Making spirits bright
Get a dose of holiday spirit tomorrow at 5 p.m., when The Gathering at Salem transforms into a hub for festive activities and shopping. Creative artist Christine Mendyk has organized a Winter Wonderland Holiday Extravaganza, which entails a holiday raffle, music, interactive crafts, delicious treats, a dramatic reading of a classic holiday tale, a free massage, a silent auction, and many items to peruse from gift and crafts vendors. Also, from 6 to 8 p.m., Captain Dave of National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” series will be available to sign autographs and pose for pictures, and fans will have a chance to win signed memorabilia. The event benefits HAWC, Healing Abuse Working for Change, and money raised will be used to purchase gift certificates for women and families in transition to safety, and also to support The Gathering. For more information, visit www.hawcdv.org or contact Mendyk at 508-844-1759. The Gathering is at 217 Essex St.