As I sit in my cozy living room in the “Fourth House” on Main Street in Old Salem, the beautiful December sun is streaming through our windows. Yogi, our dog, has found the streak of sun on the carpet to lie in and I am looking out onto the landscape, calmed by the serenity of the beautiful, crisp, and snowy world of the historic district. This afternoon affords me an opportunity to reflect on the last few days here at Old Salem. Due to the snow storm and the power outage, and our subsequent server damage from the electricity troubles, we have been forced into canceling many of our treasured Christmas events. This past weekend we cancelled our sold-out “Candlelight Christmas Tours,” “St. Nicholas in Salem,” and the highly anticipated “Salem Christmas Festival.” We also have had to cancel our first-ever “A Special Day with St. Nicholas,” an event for families of children with diverse abilities or special needs.
I am so saddened to have to cancel these events, but all of our behind-the-scenes operations (ticket sales, retail processing, and administrative functions) stopped in their tracks as a result of the unforeseen weather events and related damage. Beyond the disappointment we feel knowing that we cannot host the many families and children who love to make Old Salem a holiday tradition, we are now facing an extraordinary financial shortfall in our budget. As is the case with most sites like ours, Christmas is the busiest of seasons.
We ask that all of you send us good Christmas thoughts with the hope that we can quickly restore operations. Once we are back and running, we would love to see you chatting with our amazing interpreters, eating our delicious Moravian cookies and sugar cake, and of course buying some wonderful Christmas presents in our stores.
Many thanks for your love and support,
President and CEO Old Salem