As always during Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) week, my Monday post will be short. Today, I bring you a brief glimpse of the Salem Maritime Festival, otherwise known as what I did this weekend.

For those of you who aren’t aware—and I suspect that’s most of you—Salem Maritime was the first National Historic Site established in the US. 1938 was the year, so 2013 marks the site’s 75th anniversary. Salem Maritime is made up of approximately nine acres along Salem Harbor plus a dozen historic structures and the Friendship, a replica tall-ship. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, jump on it. With the National Park Service hurting, who can say whether this historic site will survive another decade?

A mild but windy day.

A mild and deliciously windy day.

No clue why Mr. Epaulets is on stilts, but it looks like fun.

No clue why Mr. Epaulets is on stilts, but it looks like fun.

Lewis H. Story, replica of a Chebacco Boat and open for inspection.

Lewis H. Story, replica of a Chebacco boat open for inspection.

Truth is I didn't ask what they were doing. I should have.

Don’t ask. I didn’t, and truth be told, I’ve no idea what these guys were doing.

Chatting about swords.

Chatting about swords.

'Cause the woman in the sunglasses is awesome.

‘Cause the woman in the sunglasses is swag!

Ricardo Monzón Orchestra - Incredible Latin music. Holy moly, they were amazing.

Ricardo Monzón Orchestra – Incredible Latin music. They were amazing!

Not into Latin music? How about some Sea Chanteys by Sharks Come Cruisin'?

Not into Latin music? How about some sea chanteys by Sharks Come Cruisin’?

The Friendship

The Friendship

A view off the bow of The Friendship

A view off the bow of the Friendship.

Those Pikes are sixteen plus ft. long. Can you say unwieldy

Demo: those Pikes are sixteen plus ft. long. Can you say unwieldy?

Pikes in action.

Pikes in action.

It's not the uniform but the flag that identifies the sides of the combatants.

It’s not the uniform but the flag that identifies the side of the combatants.

Kites, kites everywhere!

Kites, kites everywhere!

And how did you spend your weekend?

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Hope to see you on Wednesday for IWSG!

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