Connect:

Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Featured Video Play Icon

Who says Halloween is just for the little ones? Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 19th from 6 pm to 9 pm, where “big kids” are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!

During Witches’ Night Out, costumed revelers are invited to stroll through town and pop into participating shops that will stay open late for tricks and treats. Many stores get creative with eerie decorations and offer up spooktacular snacks and drinks. And while all of town will be frighteningly exciting, there are a few shops that always outdo themselves. Kevin Riley, owner of Partridge in a Bear Tree, is known for his over the top decorations for just about every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. This shop is a must visit for all witches in know. You may even find some great decorations and ideas to make your own house the spookiest on the block. Next, head up State Street to pay a visit to Fluke’s & Finds. Along with ghoulish treats and great shopping, you will also find owner Susan Dieker serving up her famous Witches’ brew. Just a quick broom ride across the street will bring you to Farley’s of Newburyport where owner Lisa Burke is known by all to host great shopping parties. Expect fun themed snacks and drinks and great shopping opportunities.

All witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are invited to end the festivities at The Grog for the Witches’ Night Out costume contest. The contest kicks off at 9:15 pm, but we all know witches like to have fun at night, so expect the party to keep on going.

To find even more fun events happening this Halloween season, visit our Newburyport EVENTS CALENDAR.

Nunan’s Fall Festival – An Annual Fall Family Tradition

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
Featured Video Play Icon

The Annual Nunan’s Fall Festival is back on Saturday, October 13th for another year of fun fall activities for the whole family! Join Nunan’s from 11 am to 3 pm to celebrate the coming of the new season. Nunan’s has plenty in store for this year. Curious Creatures will be on site from 12 to 2:30 pm, where kids will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with a variety of animals including an alligator, bunny, tortoise, chinchilla, and other cool creatures. Always a fan favorite with kids (and adults too!), Pumpkin Bowling will return this year as well. And of course, there will be face painting, and kids crafts to make their October memorable, and free popcorn! Nunan’s Fall Festival will also feature a couple beautiful cornhole platforms for everyone to enjoy. For mom, dad, and other adults, there will be a great display of fall décor items, such as Mums, pumpkins, cornstalks, and more!

Plus, Nunan’s state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course will be open from 10 am to 9:30 pm. Visit them and putt your way to victory – your see if your score might get you up on their leaderboard! At the end of the season, the top scores will compete for bragging rights, a free ice cream, and a trophy!

The Nunan’s Fall Festival has always been a fun, fantastic way to spend a Saturday with the family. Head on over next weekend from 11 am to 3 pm and join in on the fun! Nunan’s is located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown.

American Music & Harvest Festival

By Joe, Joe

American Music & Harvest Festival, Newbury MA

American Music & Harvest Festival

In Toe-Tapping Support of
Greater Newburyport Schools

A Newburyport Education Foundation Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 29th from 10 am – 8 pm for the annual American Music & Harvest Festival.  This is a wonderful Fall event held at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Several bands will perform live at the American Music & Harvest Festival in support of the Newburyport Education Foundation. Funds from this event benefit many local public and private schools in the Greater Newburyport community. You choose which school organization you would like to support as you make your ticket purchase.

The American Music & Harvest Festival features great live music, as well as several farm activities including tractor rides, scarecrow building and corn husking. The 2018 line-up includes Barrence Whitfield, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents, Julie Rhodes, Soggy Po Boys, Busted Jug Band, Freevolt, The Portermen, and Chuck Walker Jazz.

This year the Newburyport High School Band will kick off the day with a few songs starting at 10 am followed later in the day by two drum circle events for elementary aged children. Port Performing Arts will have a table where kids can sign up to learn some rhythms from our Band Director, Mr. Steven Cohen and then perform in front of the stage. The drum circles will perform at 12:45 pm and 3 pm with sign ups starting at 10 am.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the event if they don’t sell out but we recommend purchasing in advance.

  • $15.00  –  Advanced Pricing – Individual
  • $30.00  –  Advanced Pricing – Family (Two Adults & All Children)

Vendors selling delicious food and drinks will on hand and the Essex Base Ball Association (played by 1861 rules) providing an extra special touch to the benefit.

As a primary sponsor of the event, “the mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation (NEF) is to bring philanthropy into the schools within our Greater Newburyport Community and to generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of education.” When purchasing tickets you choose an organization from the list to be the recipient of your donation:  Amesbury Education Foundation, Georgetown Education Foundation, Gloucester Education Foundation, Ipswich Education Foundation, Masconomet Education Foundation, Newburyport Education Foundation, Pentucket Education Foundation, Rockport Education Foundation, Triton Education Foundation, Immaculate Conception School and River Valley Charter School Foundation.

For folks who choose to donate to Newburyport public schools, this year half of the Newburyport proceeds will be donated in support of Port Performing Arts, a new parent organization created to support the performing arts throughout the Newburyport district.

Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest Hosted by The Grog

Featured Video Play Icon

On Saturday, October 6, 2018 The Grog Restaurant’s 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm under the tent at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 water Street in Newburyport. This great event begun as a chili cook-off and held for six years in The Grog’s parking lot, and has grown each year in popularity and diversity. With the generosity of their co-sponsor, The Tannery Marketplace, The Grog has been able to triple attendance over the years by adding the perfect complement to chili, a craft beer festival.

Billed as the Northshore’s most creative chili competition, Newburyport area restaurants and markets vie for The Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Chili. Everyone who purchases a ticket gets to vote. So far the the 2018 participating restaurants include: Sea Level Oyster Bar, Brick & Ash, Michael’s Harborside, The Grog, PI Beachcoma, The Paddle Inn, Metzy’s, Port Tavern, Bucciarelli’s, Loretta, Plum Island Grill & West Row Cafe & Bar (more to come)

This is a competitive event and an honor to be selected as the Grog Chili Fest winner. The top pick in 2017 was Michael’s Harborside, in 2016 was Port Plums & Newburyport Olive Oil and in 2015 the winner was Port City Sandwich Company! There are many local eateries that will participate in this fun event.

This is the fifth year of the craft beer and cider-makers tasting. Many local and regional breweries are participating and the list will be published closer to the event date.

The event was created to benefit local food pantries and it still does. The Pettingill House in Salisbury, Our Neighbors’s Table in Amesbury, and Community Services of Newburyport share the proceeds from the festival. The agencies attend the event each year to provide information regarding their services and to accept food donations from attendees.

Tickets to the event are $10 for Unlimited Chili Tasting and $25 for Beer & Chili Tasting. This is an all-ages community festival and children 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be sold on-site.

 

Halloween Events in Newburyport

Halloween Events, Newburyport

There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become know as destination for Halloween fun. Decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. The 2018 festivities will be held October 7th and 8th, hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and featuring live entertainment, food vendors and all sorts of shopping.  The lampposts are decorated with very creative scarecrows that are sponsored by local small business owners. If you are looking for more detailed information on any of the following events, check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

Join Untapped History this October, for candlelight lead tours through Newburyport and share some of the strange, spooky and historically accurate tales of the ‘Port and New England! Beware Newburyport! Tales of shipwrecks, witches, unexplained hauntings and vampire epidemics. These special tours will be held October, 13th, 20th and 27thBook your candlelight tour today, if you dare!

Witches Night Out is one of the Halloween events that seems to grow in popularity each year.  More and more people are coming to Newburyport dressed for the occasion and ready to enjoy a fun night of shopping, drinks and snacks at many of the local Newburyport retailers.  On Friday night, October 19th from 6-9 pm, folks shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace.  The highlight for many folks is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, famous for having the most unique Halloween decorations in area, and all other holidays too.  Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults.  As the shopping winds down, the Witches & Warlocks head to the 2nd floor of The Grog at 9 pm for a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 9:15 pm.

Maudslay is Haunted is hosted by Theater in the Open featuring a walking tour of short spooky skits.  From start to finish you should allow at least an hour and a half take this haunted tour.  This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st from 1:30-4 pm.  There is a rain date of October 27th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.

The Newburyport Downtown & Tannery Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 26th.  Families with small children are encouraged come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local retailers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with very small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!

Start your Halloween with Maritime Trick-or-Treat at the Custom House Maritime Museum from 10 am – 4 pm on October 31st. Mom’s, Dads and Grandparents are encourage to bring kids in costume for a free visit to the museum. Ring the giant ship’s bell and scare the ghosts and goblins! Find a treasure chest treat! Plus Halloween coloring, jokes and riddles!

Anna Jaques Hospital features an annual Halloween Party on their front lawn at 25 Highland Avenue. The party runs from 4:30 – 7 pm on October 31st, giving folks enough time to stop at the Hospital before the official start of trick-or-treating. Other families just make it part of their trick-or-treating route. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, candy, hot chocolate, apple cider, cotton candy and the bouncy house!

The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport official Trick or Treating which happens on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes!

If your trying to find information about the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, this event is not on the calendar for 2018, but was extremely popular so we hear there is consideration to bring it back in future years.  People from Newburyport and the surrounding area carved their pumpkins and brought them to Market Square to be proudly featured on hay bails in the center of the square.  Spectators enjoyed Halloween music while viewing hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  This showcase featured an extremely eclectic array of designs.  Everything form ornate etched creepy carvings to super hero’s,  Scooby Doo and really cool ghosts, bats and more.

AJH Community Health Foundation Annual “Fore Your Health” Golf Tournament

By Mary Williamson, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, Mary brings more than 25 years of well-rounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital.
Anna Jaques Hospital
Anna Jaques Hospital Fore Your Health Golf Tournament

The Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation held its 28th Annual “Fore Your Health” Golf Tournament on August 13th at Renaissance Golf Club and raised over $128,000. Proceeds of the tournament will support MAKO™ robotic arm technology at the hospital.

Under the leadership of Byron Matthews, Chairman of the Golf Committee, the annual tournament has generated over $2 million to support programs and services at AJH. Thank you to Byron and the committee of volunteers for their hard work and dedication to this event: Steve DeGuglielmo, Rich Doolan, Luis Fernandez, Dr. Kevin Gasiorowski, Tom Howard, Rob Kotarba, John Matthews, Mac McKay and Donna Twombly.

Congratulations to St. John’s Prep’s Drew Semons and Robbie Forti, who won the 12th Annual Byron Bowl High School Challenge, sponsored by SPS New England Inc. Thank you also to Amesbury, Hamilton-Wenham, Ipswich, Masconomet, Newburyport, and Triton high schools for participating in this year’s event.

About the Community Health Foundation

Led by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation works with the hospital and medical staff to provide the highest quality medical care to our patients and improve the health of our community. The Foundation supports these goals through community outreach and education, and seeks philanthropic support from grateful patients and community members, employees, foundations, and businesses through outright gifts, events, and planned giving, and works closely with the AJH Aid Association.

To find out ways to support Anna Jaques hospital visit www.ajh.org/become-a-donor

Celebrate the BONS Winners – Best of North Shore Awards Celebration

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Don’t miss the 13th annual Best of North Shore Awards Celebration event in recognition of the 2018 BONS Winners on Wednesday, August 22nd from 6 – 10 PM, with a 5:30 start for VIP ticket holders, at The Crane Estate in Ipswich. Enjoy exceptional eats and drinks with friends, and rub elbows with owners from  some of the North Shore’s top restaurant, shops, spas, salons and many other categories of BONS Winners.

Taste, sip, and indulge in, the North Shore’s best cuisine, brews, cocktails, and wines under the stars, along with live music and dancing at this picturesque venue. Know as the North Shore’s best party of the summer, the Best of North Shore Awards Celebration should be listed with the BONS Winners, as Best of North Shore Summer Party!

The Best of the North Shore/BONS Awards celebrates the magazine’s editors’ and readers’ picks for the North Shore’s best dining, nightlife, entertainment venues, shopping, spas, and services. Each year, local businesses and events are nominated and voted on by the editors and readers of Northshore. Over 155,000 votes were tabulated to determine this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards and more than 250 organizations are recognized as BONS 2018 winners across 170 sub-categories. Several new subcategories were also added this year, including: crudo, raw bar, and small plates.

Do you live by the ideology that you, live to eat and drink, as opposed to the practical approach of eating and drinking to live? Do you appreciate fine shopping, spas, salons and other types of premier services?  Then round up your friends and purchase your tickets now to make sure you indulge with the 2018 BONS winners! Enjoy unlimited food, cocktails, wine, dancing and a night of excitement and fun in this stunning and historic venue of The Cranes Estate.

Japanese Summer Festival – Celebrate at Hana Japan Newburyport

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Japanese Summer Festival, Newburyport MA

You only need to travel down to Story Ave. to jet set to another country and celebrate at this Japanese Summer Festival on Sunday, August 26th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at Hana Japan in the Port Plaza. From games to food to entertainment, this annual festival, known as Natsu Matsuri, is a fun way for the whole family to learn about Japanese culture. The festival is free for all ages with games, gifts and food available for a small cost.

Spend the afternoon enjoying traditional Japanese entertainment right here in Newburyport. Dance to Taiko (Japanese Drums) or relax to the soothing sounds of a Japanese harp called the Koto. Toast each other at a traditional Japanese tea, learn the art of Shodo, Japanese calligraphy, or bend and fold artistic creations with origami. 

The Japanese Summer Festival will also have fun for your little world explorers. They can try their hands at games young Japanese children play like yo-yo balloons, toy rifle shooting and goldfishing. If your kids enjoy dancing, partake in the kids dance lessons to add some new moves to their repertoire.

And of course, there is no better way to learn about another culture than to try out the local cuisine. The Japanese Summer Festival will have sushi, fried chicken called Kara Age, pan fried noodles known as Yaksoba and more. Expand your palate and challenge your little ones to try something new or indulge in favorite dishes you already know and love.

If your family really want to immerse yourselves into the Japanese culture, Hana Japan is even offering a Kimono rental for the day. Don’t forget to bring your own flip flops to complete the look.

The Hana Japan, run by mother and son team Miyano Takahashi and Kosuke, is a local favorite offering a traditional Japanese experience from the decor to the food. While the festival is only one day, you and your family can transport yourselves back to Japan anytime by visiting the restaurant, especially when you find yourself craving some more Yaksoba.

Newburyport Waterfront Movies – Free Summer Fun

Featured Video Play Icon

Newburyport Waterfront Movies

Best of Newburyport Free Family Entertainment

Waterfront Movies Showcasing Family Films

Hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport Waterfront Movies provide free outdoor family fun each Summer in downtown Newburyport!  When the sun goes down, a 40-foot outdoor movie screen goes up in Waterfront Park.  Below are the 2018 movie dates. 

Summer 2018 Line Up:
Wednesday, August 15th:  Heavyweights
Thursday, August 23rd:  The Lion King

The Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series features three family-friendly movies throughout August and reserves the last week of the month as a rain date if necessary.  Enjoying Newburyport Waterfront Movies has become a fun family tradition for many families from Newburyport and surrounding towns.

Claim your spot with your favorite chairs or picnic blanket and make sure to pick up dinner from one of our great local Newburyport cafes or restaurants.  If you have the Newburyport App/VIP Card you can enjoy discounts at many local Places to Eat!  Below are a few suggestions for places near Waterfront Park that offer great take out options.

Anchor Stone Deck Pizza – 10% Off Food, Dine-In or Take-Out
Coffee Factory – 10% Off
Dos Amigos – 10% Off & Not Combinable with Other Offers
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante – 10% Off Food
Purple Onion – 15% Off After 3 PM
Stone Crust Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In or Take-Out

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

Enjoy the show!

Luxury Real Estate

Sponsored by Greater Newburyport Real Estate Experts
Bentley's Greater Newburyport Homes for Sale,

10 Stickney Ave, Newburyport, MA 01950

$995,000 ** BRAND NEW LUXURY HOME ** situated perfectly on a corner lot in Newburyport’s highly desirable North End! Built from the ground up with NO detail spared, you will see and feel the quality and grandness only a home built with such thought and expert craftsmanship could afford – the top notch construction is […]

85 Lime St, Newburyport, MA 01950 – Contract Pending

$1,200,000 Welcome to 85 Lime, where luxury, charm and modernity impeccably blend for the quintessential South End lifestyle. Masterfully renovated by a renowned local premier builder, you will appreciate the many original features, skillfully preserved and incorporated. Soaring ten-foot ceilings, stained glass windows, decorative moldings and ornate front staircase. This lavish kitchen has abundant high-end […]

10 77th St, Newburyport, MA 01950

$1,499,900 Imagine waking up to this view! Surrounded by beautiful Nantucket-like beaches, this newly constructed custom designed waterfront property has the most striking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and mouth of the Merrimack River. On a clear day, you will marvel at the mountains of Maine and Isle of Shoals. Built with impeccable craftsmanship […]

Maudslay Arts Center – Concert Schedule

By Joe, Joe

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport

Maudslay Arts Center

A Newburyport Entertainment Destination

Maudslay Arts Center – A Premier Outdoor Concerts Venue

The Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) in Newburyport, Massachusetts welcomes thousands of guests throughout the year who come to enjoy weddings, special events and brilliant summer concerts under the stars.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maudslay State Park, the MAC has an amphitheater with stellar acoustics and a handful of restored buildings to make sure the show goes on, rain or shine.

From a seat on the patio to a blanket on the lawn, BYOB dinners accompanied by assorted cobblers, brownies and Hodgie’s ice cream for sale make for the perfect New England summer picnic.

You can view a complete Summer Concert Series schedule online, as well as purchase tickets via net or phone. Gift certificates are also available.

To help support the local artists and venue, as a 503 C-3 nonprofit, the MAC recognizes its volunteers as its lifeblood. Avid gardeners, or those with carpentry skills are encouraged to raise their hands. Sponsorship’s are also available, with donations helping to preserve these historic grounds and buildings.

2018 Summer Concert Schedule:
July 15 2-4 PM – Paul Broadnax Trio
July 21 7-9 PM – The Mystix Unplugged (featuring Joe Lilly and Bobby Keyes) with Special Guest Danielle Miraglia
July 22 2-4 PM – Hal McIntyre Big Band with vocalist Steve Martin
July 28 7-9 PM – Amanda Carr with MYANNA and the Ken Clark Organ Trio
August 11 7-9 PM – The Hillyer Festival Orchestra
August 12 2-4 PM – Liz Frame & the Kickers
August 18 7-9 PM – The Don Campbell Band
August 19 2-4 PM – Danielle Miraglia & the Glory Junkies
August 25 7-9 PM – The Bobby Keyes Trio
August 26 2-4 PM – Donna Byrne

Maudslay Art Center

95 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport MA 01950

978.499.0050

Weddings & Functions

Buy Tickets to Upcoming Events

Support Maudlsay

Love

Riverfront Music Festival

By Joe, Joe

Featured Video Play Icon

Riverfront Music Festival

Free Labor Day Weekend Concerts on the Newburyport Waterfront

No Tickets Needed for this
Waterfront Party

Mark your calendar for the 17th Annual Riverfront Music Festival in downtown Newburyport, MA on Saturday, September 1st from 12 -7 PM.  Thousands will gather at Waterfront Park to listen to amazing free concerts.

From 12 p.m. until after the sun set, crowds will line Waterfront Park, the Boardwalk and boats on the Merrimack River while food vendors and street performers also grab attention in historic Market Square.  Folks can also visit the Beer Tent if they are 21 years of age or older.

Thanks to sponsors 92.5 The River and The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for organizing this exceptional live entertainment for the everyone to enjoy.  Below is the 2018 line up. 

Concert Schedule:
12:00 – 1:00 PM The Aldous Collins Band 
1:30 – 2:30 PM Anderson East
3:00- 4:00 PM Phillip Phillips
4:30 – 6:00 PM Barenaked Ladies

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 12 – 7 PM

Location: Waterfront Park: 36 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA

Parking:  Satellite parking will be available at two locations:
Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street, Newburyport (no cost to park)
Newburyport Commuter Rail Station, 25 Boston Way – Lot A (off Parker Street) in Newburyport ($4 fee to park for the day)

The shuttle will drop off downtown at the Greater Boston Running Company which is at 27 Water Street.  Continuous loop every half hour (30 mins) starting from Commuter Rail station Lot A, Nock to Downtown.

Special Details:  FREE event on the lawns of Waterfront Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy amazing musical performances. Please do not set up your blankets, chairs, etc. in the park before 9:00 am.  Thank you.

There will also be vendors set up in Historic Market Square, as well as live comedic shows throughout the day. Go to Newburyport.com Live Web Cams to view the Market Square activity in real time.

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Newburyport Whale Watch, Newburyport MA

Newburyport Whale Watch

Leave Newburyport Harbor and head out to the Atlantic Ocean to see Humpbacks, Minkes, Finbacks and other marine life along the New England Coast. Newburyport Whale Watch naturalists will guide the 4-hour tour out to Jeffries Ledge or wherever the whales are playing.

Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall, a gorgeous historic park at the intersection of Pond and High Streets, is a great place for ice-skating, sledding, and enjoying nature. Its scenic views provide the setting for a wide variety of popular community events. There are wide walkways and a series of footpaths that border the Mall and lead to the Frog Pond. It has also become a highly photographed area by many local photographers.

Newburyport on the Water, Newburyport MA

Newburyport Life On The Water

The weather has finally started to brighten and spring is in the air…and nowhere is that more apparent than in Downtown Newburyport on the water.  The marina workers are busy getting all of the docks into the water.  They pulled them out last October/November and they have been sitting in the boatyards all winter, under […]

Salisbury Beach Concerts and Fireworks – Live Music Schedule

Salisbury Beach Concerts and Fireworks

Salisbury Beach Concerts and Fireworks

Come Join in the Summer Fun on Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach Concerts and Fireworks
Every Saturday Night

Enjoy beautiful Salisbury Beach concerts and fireworks every Saturday night from 7:30 – 10:30 pm during the summer.  The fireworks generally start at 10:15 pm and finish around 10:30 pm.

Just a 10-15 minute drive from Newburyport, Salisbury Beach, plays host to summer-long family fun. Most Saturday nights throughout the summer, experience live music, fireworks, as well as great food and street vendors.  Join in on a fun summer time tradition!

If you are a Newburyport App or VIP Card holder catch an early dinner at Capri Seaside Italian Grille and enjoy $5 off a dinner entree before you settle on the beach with your blanket and popcorn!

2018 Schedule for Salisbury Beach Concerts and Fireworks
Saturdays 7:30 – 10:30 PM

James Montgomery Band
Sat, Jul 14 – starting at 7:30 PM

Beatlejuice
Sat, Jul 28 – starting at 7:30 PM

The B Street Bombers
Sat, Aug 4 – starting at 7:30 PM

Entrain
Sat, Aug 11 – starting at 7:30 PM

Freevolt
Sat, Aug 18 – starting at 7:30 PM

RAMBLE
Sat, Aug 25 – starting at 12 AM

Adam Ezra Ramble
Sat, Aug 25 – starting at 11 AM

Aerochix – All Female Aerosmith
Sat, Sept 1 – starting at 7:30 AM

Concerts + Fireworks

Live Performances
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Fireworks start at 10:15 PM

4 Broadway
Salisbury Beach, MA

Questions: info@sbpi.org

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

US Coast Guard

As the the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, our Newburyport Coast Guardsmen are responsible for some of the greatest rescues, with history dating back almost 200 years. Born Ready, through intense surf and heavy breaking seas, these men and women maintain and handle several sea going vessels including steel hull boats, a utility power boat and Boston Whalers.

US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

US Coast Guard

As the the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, our Newburyport Coast Guardsmen are responsible for some of the greatest rescues, with history dating back almost 200 years. Born Ready, through intense surf and heavy breaking seas, these men and women maintain and handle several sea going vessels including steel hull boats, a utility power boat and Boston Whalers.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture! Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s!

Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company – Live Music & Craft Beer

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

The 5th Annual Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company will take place on Saturday, July 21st from 12 – 7 PM at 4 New Pasture Road. The Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company will be held rain or shine and all ages are welcome! Pets are welcome, too! The event is a really great opportunity for your ears and your taste buds!  Enjoy NBPT Brew Co’s awesome craft beer, tour the brewery, dance to live reggae music, and feast on delicious local food. The event will also offer face painting and fun activities for kids.

Naturally, the festival will showcase the brilliant craft beers brewed by Newburyport Brewing Company including Green Head IPA, Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island White, Melt Away Session IPA, Tall Buoy, Maritime Lager and other special brews.  Chill out at the festival to the syncopated rhythm of live reggae music.

12:30 pm – Dread Rocks
1:50 pm – Gorilla Finger dub
3:25 pm – DIS-N-DAT Band
5:15 pm – Taj Weekes & Adowa

Everyone’s favorite, Michael Bernier of Evolvement Entertainment will serve as Master of Ceremonies and DJ Marjerley Mon will entertain the crowd spinning great reggae vibes in between sets!  There will be plenty of delicious food available for purchase from various local food trucks.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for this very popular event. If tickets are still available you may purchase them at the event. Tickets are $10 for people 21+ and kids attend free!  Mark your calendars for family friendly Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company on July 21st!

Newburyport.com is proud to help promote awareness of Newburyport Brewing Company events and we appreciate their support of our Best of Newburyport VIP Program.  If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community make sure to download the Newburyport App for your Apple or Android device.  Enjoy discounts EVERY TIME you visit the 180 participating local restaurants and shops.  The cost is $25 per year and $10 of your purchase can be donated to one of our many local nonprofit partner organizations.  The Newburyport App also gives you direct access to the Newburyport.com Events Calendar, Live Web Cams, Local Real Estate Searches and more.

We hope you enjoy our Newburyport.com video coverage of last year’s Reggae Fest. Click to view other cool local videos.

 

Newburyport Greek Food Festival – Delicious Homemade Food

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Enjoy delicious and authentic Greek food at the Newburyport Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 7 Harris street in Newburyport as they celebrate their 100 Year Anniversary. The Festival will run from 11:30 am – 9 pm on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th as well as 11:30 am – 4 pm on Sunday, July 29th. There will be live Greek music by OPA Entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening from 5 –  9 pm.

I know I am not the only local resident who eats at the Newburyport Greek Food Festival three days in a row to get my fix of delicious homemade Greek food! You will be delighted by all the Greek entrees including gyros, lamb shanks, moussaka, chicken and lamb kabobs, keftethes (meatballs), spinach pie, pastichio, stuffed grape leaves, Greek salad as well as Greek pastries and more! You can purchase food to eat on the run, such as a Gyro, or you can take your time and sit down for a relaxing meal outside or inside the air-conditioned church hall. My recommendation to my fellow foodies, is not to wait until the last day of the Festival to visit, because some of the most popular items may be sold out!

For those of us who look forward to the Greek Food Festival every year, there is great news. The feasting does not have to end after three days! The Newburyport Greek Food Festival has expanded! The Annunciation Church Gyro Cart will be open from Monday, July 30th through Sunday, August 5th. Look for the cart on Inn Street and enjoy those gyros all week long during Yankee Homecoming.

While the Greek Food Festival is not an official Yankee Homecoming Event, many folks have made a tradition of savoring this incredible food as they kick off Yankee Homecoming week.

The Newburyport Greek Food Festival is a fundraiser for Annunciation Church and all of the food is prepared and served by church members. How many times will you visit the Newburyport Greek Food Festival and the downtown Gyro Carts during Yankee Homecoming to enjoy delicious homemade Mediterranean cuisine?

 

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

Yankee Homecoming Market Place, Newburyport MA

Experience the Yankee Homecoming Market Place in the heart of Newburyport’s historic and downtown from 10 am to 10 pm daily from July 28th – August 5th.  Eat, shop and be entertained daily in Market Square, and surrounding streets. Follow the scent of the outdoor grilling to the many savory food choices and, explore all sorts of outdoor shopping, crafts and other fun things to do.  Make sure to catch daily entertainment at the Market Square stage as well as the Waterfront stage.

The Yankee Homecoming Market Place offers a wonderful variety of food options so your certain to find something for everyone. In addition to the standard outdoor vendor options of burgers, hot dogs, sausages fries and pizza, you will also find seafood vendors, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and delicious Greek food as well. Make sure to save room for sweet treats and refreshing, cool treats as well, maybe an Italian Ice, or traditional fried dough.

Grab a seat on one of the benches in Market Square and enjoy live entertainment from the Market Square stage or take a walk down to Waterfront Park to check out what’s happening on the Waterfront Stage. Downtown Entertainment runs daily from 10 am – 5 pm, and you can view the 2018 entertainment schedule for both the Market Square Stage and the Waterfront Stage. In the evenings during Yankee Homecoming you can also enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts.

As part of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place you can enjoy the Market Square Craft Day on Tuesday, July 31st from 10 am – 7 pm. The rain date is Wednesday, August 1st. The Inn Street Aritsans Revival runs from July 28th – August 5th featuring artisans and crafter from Newburyport and the surrounding area. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for more details on these events.

The Yankee Homecoming sidewalk sales are another great extension of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place. You will find tents with all sorts of great merchandise on the streets surrounding Market Square: State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street too. The sidewalk sales run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The sidewalk sales are a great way to support our local retailers and find some great deals!

While in Market Square make sure to visit the Yankee Homecoming table and purchase a raffle ticket to win a chance at a week’s vacation, a $36,000 prize for home or many cash prizes. The kids can get get their face painted, play on the Inn Street Playground or cool off in the Inn Street fountain! The Yankee Homecoming Market Place runs from 10 am – 10 pm daily in Market Square and surrounding streets.

If you enjoy saving money, make sure to purchase a Newburyport VIP Card, to receive discounts at 180 Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops. You can use your VIP Card every time you visit any of the participating businesses and help support Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and donate $10 of your purchase to help pay for our spectacular firework display. Choose if you would like a traditional Physical VIP Card valid until 12/31/18 or a login for Digital VIP Card display in the “Newburyport” App. The digital VIP Card is valid one year from purchase.

VIP Cards will be available for sale at many Yankee Homecoming Events but can also be purchased or online. If you enjoy using Apps, type “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and select “VIP Card Discounts” to view participating businesses and discounts. You can purchase directly through the App, for immediate activation, and make sure to select YANKEE HOMECOMING FIREWORKS to receive $10 of your purchase.

High School Battle of the Bands – Yankee Homecoming

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands, Newburyport

Annual Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

Top Up and Coming Local Bands

Empty tab. Edit page to add content here.

Battle of the Bands – Exceptional Local Entertainment

Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual High School Battle of the Bands. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 27th from 5 – 9: 30 pm. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage featuring a collection of family-friendly songs for cash, prizes and the opportunity to be the opening act, Sunday night of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series.

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If your interested in participating, make sure to register by midnight on July 17th. View the registration form for complete rules and regulations.

2018 BATTLE OF THE BAND WINNERS: 

  1. Fourshadow – 6 pm performance 7/29 Waterfront Park
  2. The Starving Musicians Fund
  3. Audrey and Company

First Prize

  • Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
  • Recording session- On the Fringe Studios
  • On-Air interview with Evolvement Radio & recorded song played live
  • $100 Cash
  • Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade

Second Prize

  • Headline performance last Saturday
  • Night on our Market Square stage
  • Gift Certificate
  • $100 Cash

Third Prize

  • $100 Cash

 

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of the following: Newburyport High, Amesbury High, The Governor’s Academy, Pentucket Regional High, Triton Regional High, The Musical Suite, West Newbury School of Music, and Zach Field Drum Studio. Additional bands are then selected based on contest availability.

Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting – Magnificent Kitchens/Tasty Treats

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

The Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting is a chance to enjoy a self-guided tour of exceptionally beautiful Newburyport kitchens while sampling delicious complimentary local fare. The 2018 Kitchen Tour will take place on Saturday, July 28th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting is a benefit for the Newburyport PTO.

Are you a fan of outstanding kitchen design, architecture, and fabulous food? Are you interested in supporting school programs in the local community? If you answered yes to either of these questions then this event is for you! Whether you are looking for inspiration for a kitchen renovation project, enjoy viewing beautiful and creative design, or salivate at the thought of local culinary creations, make sure to get your tickets for this popular annual Newburyport event.

This is the 18th year of the Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting. Attendees will enjoy viewing innovative design and incredible craftsmanship while also enjoying light fare & sweets from local restaurants. It’s a great opportunity to view beautiful cabinets, counters, flooring, lighting design, fixtures, soft furnishings, tableware, flatware, appliances, and other practical and decorative elements of kitchen design!

You can feel great about attending the Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting because it benefits the Newburyport PTO. The money raised from the event goes toward funding books, field trips, science fairs, and other educational events for students in Newburyport.

Tickets for the Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting are are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the following Newburyport locations or you can purchase tickets online. If buying online your ticket receipt must be redeemed for a tour brochure. Brochures can be picked up at the Custom House Maritime Museum gift shop July 26th – 28th or the day of the tour at William Raveis starting at 8 am.

  • Buttermilk Baking Company – 9 Liberty Street
  • B&G Cabinets – 253 Low Street
  • Chococoa Baking Co. – 50 Water Street/ The Tannery
  • Mill 77 – Graf Road
  • Newburyport Lighting – 38 Merrimac Street
  • Piper & Chloe – 50 Water Street/ The Tannery
  • The Book Rack & The Coffee Factory – 52 State Street
  • Custom House Maritime Museum Gift Shop – 25 Water Street

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can also support the Newburyport PTO by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Newburyport PTO.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Kayak and SUP River Races – Newburyport

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Featured Video Play Icon

This year, Yankee Homecoming will kick off with the third annual Kayak and Sup River Races on the Merrimac River, on Saturday, July 28. Contestants in the Kayak and SUP River Races must be at Cashman Park to check-in at 10:00 am and the race will start promptly at 11:30. Online registration should be done prior to race day. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, designed by Paddle Paddle Surf Apparel, and names will be entered into a drawing for tickets to attend the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest,  happening that night. Organizers are working hard to make this exciting event as fun to watch as it is to participate in, so grab your kayak or stand-up paddle board and join in, or watch from shore and cheer on your favorites; a great time is guaranteed.

Competitors will launch kayaks and stand-up paddle boards into the Merrimac River at the Cashman Park boat ramp off Merrimack Street and after a safety review, paddle up river past Ram Island, Carr Island and around Deer Island, then back to Cashman Park and the finish line for a total of 4.6 miles. This year’s Kayak and SUP River Races has several divisions: kayakers will compete for Elite, Recreational, Tandem, and Over 60, first, second and third places, male and female. Stand-up paddle boards will compete for first, second and third places and winners will receive a medal.

This year, Race Wire is handling all registrations and providing professional timing for the first time. This means that competitors in the Kayak and SUP River Races will get their time and photos sent to them moments after they cross the finish line. Participants come from all over New England to join in this fun and exciting event, and organizers are expecting around 150 competitors. The event also has some new sponsors this year, including REI who will have a tent with give-aways and lawn games in the park. The course should take average kayakers or stand-up paddle-boarders around 30-40 minutes to complete, so spectators have time to enjoy a picnic lunch by the river and play games while they cheer on the contestants.

Organizers put safety first and enlisted the help of the US Coast Guard to pick the safest time for racers to take on the rushing Merrimac River. On race day, there will be several motor boats in the water to supervise and assist boaters and paddle-boarders who need it. Alcohol is prohibited, and all participants must have a USCG approved flotation device and a race whistle. Inspectors will review all equipment before they allow racers to launch.

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest

Featured Video Play Icon

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Get ready for the 2018 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest on July 28, from 5 – 9 pm. Brewfest takes place along the beautiful shoreline of the Merrimack River under a huge tent located next to the Newburyport the boardwalk. Yankee Homecoming Brewfest is the ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about local craft beers, discover some new breweries or revisit some of your favorite brews! The event is host to over 20 local and regional breweries featuring over 40 local craft beers and ciders. Come sample some new styles and varieties of craft beers and view the list of participating breweries below.

Brewfest will features awesome live music courtesy of Freevolt and there will also be food available from Domino’s and the Deck. The huge tent that is set up for the event means Brewfest will happen rain or shine!

While Yankee Homecoming features many events for families and people of all ages, Brewfest is a really fun occasion for adult only! Only folks aged 21+ with a valid form of identification will be admitted.  No children or pets are permitted. Make sure to purchase tickets for Yankee Homecoming Brewfest as soon as possible because this popular event sells out every year.

Over 20 local and regional breweries will be present at the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest including:  Allagash Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewing, Blue Point Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Cisco Brewers, Downeast Cider House, Elysian Brewing Co., Global Beer Network, Goose Island, Guinness, Half Bottle Cans, House Bear Brewing, Kona Brewing Company, Newburyport Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing, RiverWalk Brewing, Shock Top, Smirnoff Seltzer, Stella Artois, Tröegs Brewing Company, True North Ale Company, Wachusett Brewing Company and Wormtown Brewery. Make sure to check back as the list of confirmed participants will continue to increase. 

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Newburyport

Image by Jenny Coyle of https://www.facebook.com/jennycoylephotography/

 

Art on Bartlet Mall – The Premier Yankee Homecoming Art Show

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Come experience Art on Bartlet Mall, Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th from 10 AM – 4 PM. In Newburyport on the corner of High Street and Pond Street, the art is exceptional and the setting is picturesque. Art on Bartlet Mall is a Newburyport tradition for the past 35 years. Enjoy works from over 60 local and regional artists showing all media of work, including a few hand-pulled printing artists. The artists are from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and even New Jersey.  There are award winners in over half of the participants.

Stroll along the path that surround the pond and features a beautiful fountain in the center. Bartlet Mall is the setting for the premier Yankee Homecoming art show and is one of the most photographed places in Newburyport. The 2nd day of the show shares the space and coincides with another major Newburyport family tradition, Old Fashion Sunday. Art on Bartlet Mall is a free event for the public to attend.  Participating artists pay a fee to feature their art and these fees are used to support the Yankee Homecoming Committee efforts.

If you work up an appetite after enjoying the beautiful works of art, you could take a walk down to the Greek Food Festival just a couple of blocks away on Harris Street, or you can visit one of the the many wonderful restaurants in downtown Newburyport.

If you appreciate dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday – A Classic Family Event

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Are you ready for a day of outdoor fun, games, and entertainment? Get ready for Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday! This year’s event will be held Sunday, July 29th from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is a classic Newburyport family event where children of all ages enjoy a fun and exciting array of activities.  The setting for Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday is on Bartlet Mall, a beautiful and picturesque area at the intersection of Pond Street and High Street in Newburyport.

This event is an opportunity to kick off Yankee Homecoming week in Newburyport while making wonderful memories with family and friends. There are so many fun activities to enjoy.  Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday begins with folks displaying their favorite pets on stage. There will be entertainers playing music and performing dances from the 1960s.  This is a great opportunity for folks to wear clothing from the era, including bell-bottom pants and tie-dye shirts!

Art on Bartlet Mall is another very popular event that takes place at the same time and location as Olde Fashioned Sunday. There will be regional artists displaying and selling their amazing original work on Bartlet Mall. Be sure to check out the beautiful drawings and paintings by local artists at Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday. You can enjoy Art on Bartlet Mall both Saturday July 29th as well as Sunday, July 30th during Olde Fashioned Sunday. Art on Bartlet Mall runs from 10 AM – 5 PM each day.

Kids will love the free activities at the Family Midway event. Enjoy some old fashioned games as a family, such as the egg in spoon race and three legged races. Kids can take a pony ride, enjoy face painting, and train rides around the pond! There will also be a classic car display, water safety tips, K9 demonstrations, and many exciting professional wrestling matches on the lower green.  If you have kids, Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday is sure to be a favorite, but make sure you also mark your calendar to attend Family Day at Maudslay State Park on August 5th.

When you get hungry during Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday there will be plenty of vendors cooking up delicious snacks. There will also be old-fashioned candy and popcorn available for purchase. That’s right, there will be tasty candy and snacks. New this year you can register your RC car for the first Yankee Homecoming RC Car Race.

Enjoy the beginning of Yankee Homecoming week and all the fun events for people of all ages at Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday!

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport app and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament

By Joe, Joe

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament

Three Strokes Under Par

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament 2018

The 2018 Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, July 30th at Olde Newbury Golf Club.  The Tournament which is open to both men and women, kicks off at 8 AM with a shogun scramble.  The raffle and silent auction will run throughout the Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, followed by awarding of prizes with a cash bar cocktail hour.  Be ready to play your best, as there is a $10,000 cash prize for getting a hole in one on the sixth hole!

After the tournament, participants and guests will proceed to the dock at Waterfront Park to board the Captains Lady at 4 PM for a dinner cruise hosted by the Starboard Galley Restaurant.  The menu will include: Caesar Salad and pasta salad, Sirloin Steak Tips, Grilled Chicken and Shrimp, rolls & butter followed by Strawberry Shortcake.

The Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament is always a very popular tournament so register ASAP by contacting Gary Greco at 978-462-1326 to reserve your spot. You can also reach out to Gary to sponsor a tee or donate a raffle prize. 

The Tournament Cost is $140 Per Person (Includes Carts, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Harbor Cruise & Dinner.)  Guest fee is $30 to bring a spouse or guest on the Harbor Cruise.  NET proceeds for this event go to support the efforts of the Yankee Homecoming Committee.  Use 305 Newburyport Turnpike in your GPS as the Address for Olde Newbury Golf Club.

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament History

July 31st, 2014 was a day filled with birdies, bogies and pars for most, except Paul Mahoney.  Unlike any other year, Paul played the 9-hole course with a crew of friends. Throughout the day they joked and laughed with each other about various ‘swings and misses,’ until there was nothing to joke about.

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament at the Ould Newbury Golf Club

“A number 6 iron, he hit the ball, a perfect swing, it landed three feet before the hole and BOOM, hole in one!” said Paul’s friend and teammate.  And to the victor goes the spoils, a $10,000 prize.  According to Yankee Homecoming President Micheal Volpone, this was the first hole-in-one in the tournament’s 30 year history. 

On the hole Paul made the eagle, there was also a double your money raffle for landing a tee shot on the green in combination with being the closest shot to the pin. Given Paul’s hole in one, he also sank this award.

Paul, who’s been playing golf since he was a kid, says nowadays it’s more luck than anything. When asked what he plans to do with the money, Paul said he is soon to take his wife on a couple’s trip to Alaska.

We’d also like to give a shout out to the winners of the tournament, the Miller – O’Meara – Shelly & Morris Team.

FUN FACT about the Ould Newbury Golf Course 

“Under the leadership of Benjamin Pearson, Dr. Charles S. Ingham and Joseph Dummer, 60 acres of land were leased from Governor Dummer Academy and in 1915, with a fund of $10,000 construction of the golf course began.”

Yankee Homecoming Road Races – A Newburyport Tradition

Featured Video Play Icon

The 59th Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, July 31st 2018. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K races are a wonderful tradition in Newburyport. The 5K race starts at 6 pm and the 10 Mile race starts at 6:10 PM with the start and the finish of the races at Newburyport High School.

It’s hard to believe that the Yankee Homecoming Road Races started with 30 runners in 1960. It has grown drastically in popularity with thousands of runners participating each year! Early August can be toasty for runners and spectators. Be sure to hydrate well and stay hydrated! There are water stops along the courses and there are plenty of refreshments available in Newburyport before, during, and after the races. If race day is hot you will even find a few residents along the route offering the option for runners to cool off as the run through a refreshing hose mist. Your’re certain to feel the adrenalin rush with the exceptional fan participation and thousands of competitive runners. The locals are out there every step of the course cheering and trying to spot friends and family as they speed by in the sea of color.

The Yankee Homecoming Road Races are an ideal opportunity for runners to challenge themselves, and to enjoy the beautiful Newburyport scenery! This event is a wonderful way for runners to enjoy the gorgeous historic neighborhoods and coastline of Newburyport. It’s known as one of the best road races in the region and offers family-friendly fun. The course takes runners along the ocean and through quintessential New England streets.

Information about the registration process, race pricing, and course maps for the Yankee Homecoming Road Races is available on the Lions Club website. The cost of entering the races is $25 before July 1, $30 from July 2 to race day, and $35 on race day, August 1, 2017. If you are one of the first 2400 people to register you will receive a Yankee Homecoming Road Race T-Shirt. T-shirts are also available on race day for purchase. Proceeds from the races will go to support the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, which benefits eye research in innovative Massachusetts.

Contact the dedicated organizers of the Yankee Homecoming Road Races with any questions you may have about the races and check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for details of all other Yankee Homecoming Events.

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Day in the Park – An Exchange Club Family Event

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Featured Video Play Icon

Newburyport’s annual Kids Day in the Park will take place Wednesday, August 1, from 10:00 to 2:00 at Atkinson Common Park, located at 388 High Street. This free event hosted by the Exchange Club of Newburyport, is one of the highlights of Yankee Homecoming week for many kids, featuring all the best stuff from childhood. Kids Day in the Park in an opportunity to create lifelong memories with your children. For many families this event has become an annual tradition, along with Olde Fashioned Sunday and Family Day at Maudslay Park.

Kids Day in the Park starts with a parade for decorated bikes and doll carriages, with prizes for the best ones! After that, kids can get their faces painted by volunteers from the high school art department, experience Theater in the Open – featuring the famous giraffe! – relax with a story organized by the Newburyport Library, participate in a sing-along with Steve Swochak, Music Director at the Immaculate Conception, and watch a police department K9 demonstration. Kids Day in the Park also lets youngsters see what it feels like behind the wheel in official vehicles from the City Fire Department, the Police Department and the Department of Public Works. There’s also food! Latitudes Sports Club will bring and grill an assortment of burgers and dogs and the folks at Polar Seltzer are sending cans of bubbly water. On top of that, there will be watermelon, ice cream, and what else? It’s all free!

Kids Day in the Park is hosted by the Newburyport Exchange Club,  a service organization that has existed since 1976 and focuses on four service areas: youth services, preventing child abuse, honoring America and community service. Kids Day in the Park has been organized as part of the Yankee Homecoming events since 2005, and Exchange Club members enjoy working with other community organizations to make this special day lots of fun and free for families.

Newburyport Slow Bike Race – A Coastal Trails Coalition Event

Featured Video Play Icon

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Newburyport Slow Bike Race on Wednesday, August 1st at 6 pm in Brow Square.  The Slow Bike Race is one of many great local fundraising events during Yankee Homecoming week and is hosted by Coastal Trails Coalition.  Funds raised from the event go towards pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting the towns of Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury.

So how does one win the Newburyport slow bike race?  By being the last rider to cross the finish line without touching a foot to the ground.  In addition to awarding the slowest biker, there are also prizes for best costume, team spirit and most donations. The race is 1/2 block long and takes place in historic Brown Square in downtown Newburyport.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the Newburyport Slow Bike Race in past years, enjoy aerial coverage brought to you by, UAV Look.

We suggest heading downtown to the Yankee Homecoming Market Place to grab dinner from vendors and then heading over to Brown Square to catch the Slow Bike Race followed by a visit to Waterfront Park to enjoy a free live concert!

Complete the Coastal Trails registration form if you would like to enter the race. The cost is $25 and make sure to arrive by 5:30 the day of the race.

US Coast Guard Open House – A Yankee Homecoming Historic Tour

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Featured Video Play Icon

Whether you have a little Coast Guard in training at home, or you would like to meet the men and women that protect our city, the US Coast Guard Open House has something for everyone. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station, located in downtown Newburyport at 65B Water Street, will be opening its doors to the public Thursday, August 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm, for a special day of tours and information.

As part of the town’s Yankee Homecoming celebrations, The US Coast Guard Open House offers a special opportunity for locals and tourists to step inside this iconic station. Visitors are welcome to explore the different areas within, all which will be manned by crew members offering information and taking questions. And perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the visit, is the opportunity to step aboard some of the US Coast Guard boats. While the boats will remain at the station, boat enthusiasts will be allowed to explore the decks while learning about special features. Make sure to bring your cameras and snap a pic in the Captain’s seat!

A special boating safety stand will also be set up at the station, offering up information and tips on how to navigate a boat safely. Learn about some of the challenges our local waters present, the hazards of the Merrimack River entrance, and life saving techniques.

For those visiting with little sea farers in tow, the Coast Guard Open House will also have Coastie on hand. The Coast Guard’s robot boat is equipped with navigation, searchlights, a rotating beacon, siren and air horn, sure to impress the little ones. Coastie will interact with young boaters and teach safety rules like “always swim with a buddy in a supervised area”. Watch out though, Coastie is also equipped with a squirt gun that he is known to use to get a laugh from the kids, so don’t be surprised if you get a little wet.

Newburyport, designated one of only 21 Coast Guard cities, is the birthplace of the Coast Guard. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station is the home to the men and women protecting our waters with search, rescue and law enforcement. This Coast Guard Open House is a great opportunity to meet and interact with the crew of our local station and thank them for their hard work.

For a full list of events happening during Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming week visit our Events Calendar and consider supporting the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks fund by purchasing a Newburyport VIP Discount Card.

Newburyport Bed Racing – A Favorite Event of Locals!

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

When is Newburyport Bed Racing? Mark your calendar for the 2018 Newburyport Lion’s Club Bed Races on Thursday, August 2nd at 6 pm on Federal Street in Newburyport. What is Newburyport Bed Racing? It’s a totally fun event during Yankee Homecoming week where folks design and build a bed that is used to race down Federal Street in Newburyport. The starting line is at the intersection of Federal Street and High Street, and the finish line is at the intersection of Federal Street and Water Street across from the Tannery.

You will find that the goals of participants are all different. Some are determined to win the race, others are excited to show off their cool bed creations and some are just busy waving at friends. Bed Racing is a very social Newburyport event. Most of the beds are designed and raced by local small businesses. Some of the creations are entertaining and others are impressive, but in all cases the fans get very excited to cheer for their favorite small businesses as they race or saunter down Federal Street.

All are encourage to come enjoy this event, but if Bed Racing is one of your favorite events during Yankee Homecoming week, then you’re probably from the local Newburyport area as this event is an extremely popular tradition with the Newburyport locals. Bed Racing is an annual event hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club and generously sponsored by Watts Eye Associates. Proceeds benefit the Newburyport Lions Club local charities (eye exams / glasses for the needy, annual Thanksgiving dinner, visual aids for the blind, high school scholarships, local food pantries, etc.).

If you would like to enter the race the registration fee is $30 per bed and you can register up until 6 PM on race day, but you must be lined up at 5:30 pm for bed inspection. You will find the registration form on the Lions Club website and you can contact Chad McDonald with any questions, chadmcdonald@verizon.net If by chance we have severe weather (not just rain) at race time, then this event will be moved to Friday, August 3rd at 6 pm. Enjoy our 2015, 2016 and 2017 video coverage.

Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Featured Video Play Icon

If you’re looking for some great American music in a beautiful setting, check out the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 7 from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. Bring your picnic blanket and experience the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival for free, or purchase VIP seats for $50 each and sit on the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts while enjoying free food, wine and beer. All proceeds support the Newburyport parks.

But who’s playing at the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival, you ask? This incredible line-up has something for everybody:

NRBQ  – aka the New Rhythm and Blues Quarter, originally from Louisville, Kentucky. This group has been rocking the music scene since 1966 with their unique combination of rock, pop, jazz, and blues. They have called themselves “the greatest bar band in the world” and was the unofficial house band for The Simpsons for seasons 10-12 and wrote the song “Mayonnaise and Marmalade” for the show.

Thornetta Davis – Ms. Davis is the self-appointed Detroit Queen of the Blues, a title she wholly deserves. This woman sings blues, soul, rock and funk in the tradition of Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin and boy, does she bring the goods. Listen for yourself.

Po’ Ramblin Boys – This group, formed in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, plays old-time country music, 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass. “We want to be known for keeping the old music alive and making some new music that’s still close to the roots,” says C.J. Lewandowski, the group’s lead singer and mandolin player. This group will take you back in time to when coke was still cola and a joint was a bad place to be. (As Merle Haggard would put it.)

And last but certainly not least … Quentin Callewaert  – this high school junior from Byfield is not new to the Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival; he’s a regular on the North Shore music circuit and with good reason: he’s amazing. Quentin has been playing fingerstyle acoustic guitar for years, and has distinguished himself as a prodigy, playing classical, blues and jazz guitar with the ability and passion of someone two or three times his age. And he has a great voice to boot.

The Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival supports the Newburyport Parks Conservancy, which maintains several parks and playgrounds around Newburyport including Cashman Park, Mosely Woods and Atkinson Common, to name a few.

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts – Check the Schedule

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Do you like the idea of relaxing to amazing live music with picturesque water views? Get ready to enjoy some gorgeous Newburyport summer nights featuring awesome live music when you attend the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts. The 2018 concert series runs from Sunday, July 29th through Saturday, August 4th. Check the concert schedule and read more about your favorite bands below. You will find a few that everyone associates with the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, and a couple of cool new surprises too. Grab your chairs and blankets and come experience the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts with your friends and family!

If you are looking for some fun things to do in Newburyport before the free live concerts we recommend a walk along the boardwalk, a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum, and shopoing at our many inviting local shops. If you prefer, you could relax on a comfortable bench and enjoy the live entertainment in historic Market Square!

During Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts and throughout Yankee Homecoming there is delicious food to enjoy from vendors and a wide variety of superb restaurants in Newburyport. Enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, a free live music series on the water, a Newburyport tradition!

Sunday July 29
6:00-7:00 PM – Fourshadow – High School Battle of the Bands winner
7:30-9:00 PM – Slainte (slan-chuh) Irishspeak for cheers!

Monday July 30
6:00-7:00 PM – Sierra & Andrew
7:30-9:00 PM – Overdrive Horns

Tuesday July 31
5:30-7:00 PM – Way to the River
7:30-9:00 PM – Annie Brobst

Wednesday August 1
6:00-7:00 PM –  The Coal Boilers
7:30-9:00 PM – B-Street Bombers

Thursday August 2
6:00-7:00 PM –  River Valley Ramblers
7:30-9:00 PM – Beatlejuice

Friday August 3
7:30-9:00 PM – Fortune

Saturday August 4
6:00-7:00 PM –  David Corson
7:30-9:00 PM – Compaq Big Band

 

See below to learn more about the 2017 Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts Bands.

SLAINTE
Sláinte is a group of 9 friends and musicians, specializing in upbeat Irish folk music. Formed in a dorm room at Boston College, Sláinte has been entertaining crowds throughout New England since 2012, and New York/New Jersey since 2017. With upbeat sets featuring a wide range of tunes from Irish classics to Dropkick Murphys covers, and everything in between, Sláinte always brings the craic!

OVERDRIVE HORNS
Overdrive is an eight-piece band with a tight and incredibly funky rhythm section as the driving force behind a killer four-piece horn section that features two… trumpets, woodwinds, and trombone. Dance music from the past three decades, music by Chicago, Tower of Power, the Average White Band, all the number one brass-rock hits, and a large selection of swing and songs from the Stax and Motown eras make up an exciting and exhausting performance.

ANNIE BROBST
After moving to North Shore Massachusetts from the Midwest in 2007, Annie Brobst has become one of New England’s most talented country singer/songwriters. Her first full-length CD “My First Rodeo” was recently released with much acclaim. In 2017, she was named New England Music Awards’  “Female Performer of the Year” across all genres and she is also currently New England Country Music Award’s “Local Female Artist of the Year” (for the 2nd consecutive year).

B STREET BOMBERS
Celebrating 35 years performing live music, the B Street Bombers has been one of the most highly sought after show bands in the Boston area, bringing high energy, world class music to any venue! Formed in 1981, the band is enjoying an unprecedented successful run, and the band has received tremendous notoriety of an outstanding level of musicianship.

BEATLEJUICE
Beatlejuice doesn’t mimic the Beatles, they honor them! Widely recognized as the finest interpreters of Lennon & McCartney, Beatlejuice combines wonderful vocals, great musicianship and true respect for their heroes. Playing special tribute to the late Brad Delp will be friends Mike Girard and Joe Holaday (Newburyport’s own) of “The Fools” along with Jim Rogers, Buddy Bernard, Steve Baker, John Muzzy and Bob Squires. This will be an evening of celebration, love and remembrance and the greatest rock ‘n roll music ever written.

FORTUNE
Fortune is an 1980s rock band that had a number of hits including “Airwaves” from The Last American Virgin movie soundtrack and from their second 1985 album release including: “Stacy,” “Dearborn Station,” and “Thrill of it All.” This 6 piece band has a reputation for smooth 3 and 4 part vocal harmonies and some of the most talented musicians this area has ever produced. They play hits by Queen, Journey, Boston, Led Zeppelin, and some originals.

COMPAQ BIG BAND
The internationally acclaimed Compaq Big Band is an authentic 20-piece big band, with that classic big band sound. They’ve kept New England swingin’ since 1975, with a big band repertoire that begins with  the classics from the 30s and 40s as performed by the bands of Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and other greats. They balance instrumental charts and horn features with vocal numbers such as those popularized by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darin, Frankie Randall, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, and many more.

Circus Smirkus – Pure Excitement in Support of Theater in the Open

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Get your tickets for the 2018 Circus Smirkus performance of Vaudeville in Newbury, MA. There will be four shows: Friday, August 3rd at 1 pm and 6 pm and Saturday, August 4th at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm.  This exciting event is held under the big top at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and is the largest annual fundraiser supporting Theater in the Open.  Don’t miss this amazing performance!  The talent of these young performers is exceptional, and the storyline is fun and entertaining for both kids and adults.

Every summer, Circus Smirkus kids ages 10 to 18, go on the road preforming 70 shows in 7 weeks, for sell-out crowds in a 750 seat European-style one-ring big top tent.  It is amazing to watch the determination, dedication and passion of these kids.  Although they all work very hard to achieve their ambitious goals, it is apparent that they are loving every minute of what they do, and developing strong friendships and team building skills that will carry them far in life.

Each year brings a new Circus Smirkus storyline and original full-length show combining the best in traditional and contemporary circus styles.  Vaudeville, is a celebration of the grand American tradition of variety entertainment, popular in the early 20th century featuring a mixture of specialty acts such as burlesque, comedy, song and dance. Come experience this highly anticipated big top show. The hilarious clowns are guaranteed to keep you laughing, and you’ll be in awe of the astonishing aerialists, wondrous wirewalkers, mystifying magicians, and jovial jugglers.

You can purchase Circus Smirkus tickets online using a credit card, or in Newburyport at Eureka Toys using either cash or check only.

Circus Smirkus performances run 2 hours in length including the intermission, so if you planning to attend the Saturday evening performance you can still make it to downtown Newburyport to catch the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks display after the show.

There is plenty of seating for Circus Smirkus, but tickets do not have assigned seat numbers so we recommend showing up at least 30-45 minutes prior to the show, especially if you are a large group looking to sit together.  At the end of the show you may want to account for an extra 10 – 15 minutes, as there is opportunity to meet the stars and even get a few autographs.

Ticket Prices:
Adults (13+): $23
Child (2-12): $19
Babies – (< 2) FREE

Circus Smirkus is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization helping youth engage in life changing adventures while promoting the circus arts.  If you would like to support Circus Smirkus efforts there are many ways you can help all of which are greatly appreciated.

Theater in the Open has been a vital part of the Northshore’s cultural landscape for 37 years bringing theater performances to the public, at no cost, in the beauty of Maudslay State Park and connecting children with art and nature through our beloved youth arts education programs.  Please consider supporting Theater in the Open and helping to strengthen the local arts for young aspiring actors in Greater Newburyport.

Family Day at Maudslay State Park – Free Family Fun

Featured Video Play Icon

Enjoy Family Day at Maudslay State Park, a free family event during Yankee Homecoming Week in Newburyport! The event takes place Saturday, August 4, from 10 am to 2 pm. Family Day at Maudslay State Park is a Yankee Homecoming tradition for many families.  It’s easy to see the appeal! Enjoy free games, crafts, live music, and other performances in picturesque Maudslay Sate Park. Family Day at Maudslay State Park is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful location of the park in Newburyport on the Merrimack River. Take in the exquisite gardens, expansive rolling meadows, and the huge pine trees that grown in the park.

The artist Stacey Peasley will be entertaining the crowd with her family-friendly music on the Main Stage at 11:15 am and 12:00 pm. The Yankee Homecoming Pet Parade will take place from 12 -12:30 pm. Click for complete guidelines, and for $1 and a can of unopened pet food, you can register your pet to compete in Yankee Homecoming Pet Parade contest. Questions and registration forms can be emailed to PetParade@YankeeHomecoming.com 

Check out all the booths with free fun activities including, pony rides, petting zoo crafts, a touch tank, fingernail painting, a temporary tattoos, and more! There will be several opportunities for kids to watch and learn including karate and boating safety demonstrations. In addition, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Coast Guard will be on hand to offer information about boating safety and how to be sure your life vest is the right fit for water activities. You can bring your own life vest and they will help fit it for you.

Local food vendors: Domino’s and Hodgies TOO will be on site providing an opportunity to purchase food and sweet treats. Below is the schedule for the main stage.

10:30 – 10:50 – K-9 Demo Amesbury Police
10:50 – 11:15 – The Dojo, formerly Tokyo Joe’s
11:15 – 12:00 – Stacey Peasley
12:00 – 12:30 – Yankee Homecoming Pet Parade/Fashion Show
12:30 – 12:50 – K-9 Demo Amesbury Police
12:50 – 1:15 – Five Dragon’s Martial Arts Academy
1:15 – 2:00 – Music by Stacey Peasley Band

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Firworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Blast Off Saturday

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Yankee Homecoming Fireworks, Newburyport

The Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang this Saturday, August 4th at 9:15 pm with their annual display over the Merrimack River. Pack up your lawn chairs, bring blankets and snacks and grab a spot in town to watch the sky light up at one of Yankee Homecoming’s biggest and brightest events of the week.

With the Yankee Homecoming fireworks going off from a barge in the river, there are tons of places around town to catch an unobstructed view of this illuminating show. Get in on the excitement and grab a spot among the crowds on the boardwalk, Route 1 bridge or Salisbury shoreline to hear the cheers of crowds and the sounds of the boats honking. Or make a night of it and set up camp early to swing to the live music of the Compaq Big Band, a high energy 19 piece big band specializing in jazz and swing, at the Waterfront Park music series, beginning at 6 pm. Pop into one of downtown’s numerous restaurants to grab a bite to go or stroll through the food stands set up in the square and pick up dinner and treats to enjoy during or after the show.

If you have a boat, anchoring in the river is a great way to get up close to the show and avoid the crowds. But if you don’t have a boat of your own, you can still hit the open waters for the show. Many local companies offer up special Yankee Homecoming fireworks excursions, from party boats with live music to more low key family oriented atmospheres. Check out Captains Fishing Cruises and Parties and The Yankee Clipper Harbor Boat Tours to name a few.

Letting your little ones stay up late for this special event? Pack a picnic dinner and head to Cashman Park to set up your blanket and chairs along the river. Your tiny spectators can enjoy the playground with other excited kids up past their bedtime while waiting for the festivities to start.

No matter where you choose to watch, come early to claim your viewing spot and enjoy the buzzing downtown area on this special night filled with live music, entertainment, food and shopping. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for any changes or updates do to weather.

If you would like to support the Yankee Homecoming fireworks, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card today. The VIP Card gives you discounts EVERY TIME you make purchases at 180 local restaurants and shops and you can choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card. Purchase one for $25 or two for $40 and donate $10 of your purchase to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. 

Cruisin’ the 50’s – A Premier Classic Cars Event

By Joe, Joe

Cruisin' the 50's Classic Car Show, Newburyport, MA

Cruisin’ the 50’s Newburyport

Rev Your Engines For This Spectacular Display

Aerial Video from UAV Look

Cruisin’ the 50’s Classic Cars to Drive You Wild

The 5th annual Cruisin’ the 50’s event will be held on Thursday, August 16th from 5 – 8 PM in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts where the owners of amazing vintage automobiles showcase their works of art.

This premier classic car show features an exclusive group of specially selected cars from collectors who are invited to participate in the show.  In past years, Cruisin’ the 50’s has featured some high profile vehicles such as the DeLorean that brought us Back in Time from the classic Michael J. Fox movie “Back to the Future.” Another past favorite was the 1948 black Delahaye, hand built in Paris, France and owned by private collector Bruce Male of Swampscott, MA.

Throughout the night while indulging in one gorgeous vintage vehicle after the next, great classic tunes will be broadcast live from the stage in Market Square complements of WXBJ Radio, Cool 94.1.

Cruisin’ the 50’s is a free event open to all and hosted by The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.  Enjoy beautiful classic cars in the picturesque historic downtown of Newburyport, MA.  State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street will be open to pedestrians only and classic cars will also be parked on other surrounding streets as well.  If necessary, the rain date for this event is Tuesday, August 23rd.

Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation and pre-registration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Wes Pettengill at 978-465-3140.

*Professional photography by Visual Storyteller and Documentary Photographer Ben Savoie. 

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.

Joppa Flats Education Center

Explore Newburyport salt marshes, coastal waters and more at the Joppa Flats Education Center (JFEC) located near the entrance of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This 52-acre wildlife sanctuary includes not only outdoor grounds, but indoor observation areas, making JFEC a great educational experience all year round.

Featured Video Play Icon

Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón Visits Newburyport – May 2016

Newburyport, MA a city rich with maritime history, is excited to host Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón from May 25th – 30th, and we can thank the Custom House Maritime Museum for helping facilitate this special visit.  The arrival of El Galeón is expected on Wednesday the 25th between 2-3 PM and will be accompanied by […]

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open is dedicated to bringing creative and innovative community theater to the cultural landscape of Greater Newburyport. They stage high-quality original productions each year for the enjoyment of the community. And they are dedicated to theater that is free and open to anyone!

Newburyport High School Prom – An Annual Tradition

By Taylor Walker, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Taylor is a local Newburyport writer helping to cover happenings within the Newburyport High School community. Taylor will be majoring in English at Worcester State University in the fall of 2018 and has participated in creative writing clubs.
Featured Video Play Icon

Newburyport High School Prom is always a time of excitement and fun! It’s a wonderful tradition that students prepare for, weeks in advance. The 2018 Newburyport Senior Prom was held Thursday, May 31st and the festivities started at 5 PM with the annual promenade. The Promenade always takes place at Newburyport High School before the prom in order to include everyone in this memorable event. Students (who so chose) name’s are announced as they walked down the steps of the high school and then continue down a sidewalk lined with people. Friends, parents, younger & older siblings, other family members, and many from the community come out to be part of this exciting nigh for the students. After the Promenade, students take photos with friends and family and then are transported to the prom on buses. This year’s prom was held at Blue Ocean event center in Salisbury.

Traditionally, at a prom students were expected to wear formal attire. Male students wore a black tux with a tie or vest that corresponded in color to their date’s formal gown. Now, with today’s society evolving faster than ever, students, especially girls, are encouraged to express themselves, as they so choose. You will still see lots of formal dresses but you will also see some wearing outfits that stray from traditional gowns, like jumpsuits and even two piece fashions. Meanwhile, boys are wearing different colored suits and switching up their formal attire.

Not only are students more expressive with their attire, but there is far less pressure to attend the Newburyport High School Prom as a traditional couple. You will see groups of girls, groups of guys and LGBT couples too. Newburyport High School students are attending prom with friends that they want to make memories with. Newburyport High School senior Isabelle Bacon said, “As a member of the LGBT community, I have personally noticed that our community has become more accepting, because our society has grown in awareness that not everyone is the same.” The Newburyport High School seniors are a diverse group of students but they are ready to celebrate their many wonderful accomplishments as they prepare for exciting future endeavors.

Newburyport.com enjoyed helping to capture this great group of students and we hope you enjoy our video of the Newburyport High School Prom Promenade. Make sure to follow Newburyport VIP on Instagram to view our VIP Prom photo highlights.

Newburyport High School PromNewburyport High School Prom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newburyport Lantern Festival Supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Newburyport Lantern Festival, Newburyport MA

In observance of National Ovarian Cancer Month, Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) will present its seventh annual Newburyport Lantern Festival, at Bartlet Mall, on September 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.  The rain date is Monday, September 3rd. All are welcome to come and decorate, light and float lanterns on Frog Pond at dusk. This well attended ceremony is in the Asian tradition of remembering family and friends and making wishes for the future. Decorating materials and calligraphers will be available. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per lantern. Lanterns can be purchased at the event and there are lots of markers and stencils available to help decorate lanterns. Lanterns can also be purchased in advance at Greetings by Design.

GNOCA, a volunteer organization, was founded in 2011. Its mission is to honor and improve women’s lives by promoting earlier detection, enhanced recovery and greater survival rates for ovarian cancer. GNOCA (www.ocawareness.org) seeks to increase awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to provide support services for women and families affected by ovarian cancer within the Greater Newburyport area, and to help fund ovarian cancer research.

Aside from direct assistance to local patients and their families, proceeds from GNOCA events go to Ovations for the Cure (ovationsforthecure.org), a nonprofit organization, in their promotion of knowledge of the disease, concrete hope and support for those already diagnosed, and significant scientific advancements leading to the cure.

Each year, over 21,000 women in America are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but with keener awareness of the subtle, earliest symptoms of this insidious disease, a 93 percent five-year survival rate can be achieved.

Over the past six years, the Newburyport Lantern Festival has really grown, beginning with about 100 participants the first year and swelling to about 2,000 participants in subsequent years. Many view the occasion as a perfect time to take evocative photographs as the lit lanterns freely float along the water in the twilight.

The public is encouraged to bring picnics, blankets or lawn chairs to the Newburyport Lantern Festival. Live music, under the able leadership of Donna Ricci, will be featured throughout the evening.

Other events planned by GNOCA include a September 7th show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts with four comedians from the Boston Comedy Project. In past years this evening has sold out, so interested individuals should purchase Boston Comedy Project tickets online, visit or call the box office, at 978-462-7336, for reservations. Tickets are $28 and include receptions before and after the show.

For questions about any of these events, or to learn more about GNOCA, please call Deb Green, at Greetings by Design, 978-225-6700, or email info@ocawareness.org.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Fatigue and/or fever
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits

Spring Fest – Newburyport’s Annual Spring Festival

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Featured Video Play Icon

Need plans for Memorial Day weekend? Look no further, because Newburyport’s Spring Fest, an annual spring festival guaranteed to entertain the whole family, is where you’ll want to be. Stroll the streets of our coastal town May 27th & 28th from 10 am to 5 pm and enjoy a day filled with delicious food, shopping, and entertainment.

Newburyport, already a destination with delicious restaurants, waterfront views and unique local stores, will believe it or not, be even more exciting this holiday weekend, adding to the mix local arts, crafts and food vendors along the streets as well as entertainment geared toward all ages.

Swing by Market Square both Sunday and Monday for lots of fun entertainment. Sunday, you will be amazed AND laugh as Bryson Lang, a comedy juggler, performs for crowds from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. And be prepared to show off your best dance moves when The Mystic River Band, a fun upbeat cover band, takes the stage from 1 pm to 4 pm. Then stop back in Monday at 10:30 am to sing along to all your favorite kids tunes with musician Brian Doser, known by all the locals as the Music Man, and rock out to a live concert with the high energy band, Party On!, from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Grab a tasty snack on-the-go or relax at one of the many outdoor cafes like Sea Level, West Row, Brine, Ceia, and Oregano, to take in the bustle as you dine. Work off all that delicious food strolling the waterfront boardwalk, let the kids blow off some steam at the Inn Street playground, and then treat yourself to some gelato or another delicious snack from one of Spring Fest’s outdoor vendors.

From clothing to one of a kind art work to home decor, if you’re looking for a special gift or simply something for yourself, Newburyport’s downtown shops, as well as the local vendors at this Spring festival, are bound to have what you’re looking for. And don’t forgot to take a walk over to the Tannery for even more local shopping.

Organized and hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, who work to promote the city and all the great things it has to offer, this event will not disappoint locals and tourists alike. Newburyport.com is a proud media partner to the Chamber and happy to help promote broad awareness of all major community events hosted by the Chamber.

In addition, during Spring Fest, you can purchase the Newburyport App/VIP Loyalty Card and $10 of your purchase will be donated to the Chamber Beautification Program. The Chamber Beautification Program is responsible for the beautiful hanging flower baskets around town, holiday decor, and other decorations around our beautiful city.

The Newburyport App/VIP Loyalty Card rewards card holders with discounts EVERY TIME they make purchases at the 180 Greater Newburyport participating Restaurants and Shops. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase will be donated to the Chamber Beautification Program. You can purchase directly through the “Newburyport” App or purchase online. VIP Cards will also be available for purchase in Market Square during Spring Fest. Choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card.

We hope to see you at Spring Fest 2018! If you can’t make it, check out the festivities on our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

Waterfront Music Festival – Newburyport Students Perform

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Featured Video Play Icon

Saturday, June 9, starting at 11:00 am, pack up your family and picnic blanket and head to Waterfront Park, behind Sea Level Restaurant, for the first annual Waterfront Music Festival where students from all schools in the Newburyport school district will perform music, dance and dramatic pieces through the day.  The district Performing Arts Department is presenting the first annual Waterfront Music Festival to highlight performing groups from all schools, and students of all ages across the district, including all range of music, dance and theater arts. Half-hour performances begin at 11 and go through the day until 3. Performances from the youngest students will start in the mid-morning and the day will end in the afternoon with Newburyport High School students. The Waterfront Music Festival is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to join for one or two performances or stay for the whole day. At 1:00, there will be an intermission for families to enjoy their picnics, explore offerings from local vendors, or stroll through town.

Enjoy our full video here and for other great short clips go to the Newburyport VIP Instagram profile and view under the VIP Kids & Family Highlight. You do need an Instagram login in order to view the hightlights.  https://www.instagram.com/newburyportvip/ 

Check the schedule to see when your favorites are performing, or just come by and see what’s on! Note the original schedule posted below has been amended. The event will begin at 11 am and end at 3 pm.

11:00 – 11:30 Bresnahan Elementary School Grades 1-3
11:35 -11:50 Molin 4th & 5th Grade Chorus (All Molin Students!)
11:55-12:30 Molin 5th Gr. Band & Orchestra
12:30-1:00 Nock and NHS Chorus, NHS Dance
1:00 -1:45 INTERMISSION with local vendors and food trucks
1:45 – 2:30 Nock Band and Orchestra
2:30 -3:00 NHS Theatre and Dance
3:00 – 3:45 NHS Concert and Rock Band

The mission of the festival is to feature groups from all schools in Newburyport – the Bresnahan Elementary School, the Edward G. Molin Upper Elementary School, the Rupert A. Nock Middle School, and the Newburyport High School. The district is especially excited to give the students in the new orchestra program a chance to demonstrate all they have learned.

Jamie Sokolowski, chorus and orchestra teacher at both the Nock School and the Molin School, is also the festival’s organizer. She hopes to create a fun-filled day program that brings together the community with the students, allowing community members to see all that the young people in the Newburyport school district have achieved in the performing arts. “We’re putting the festival out to see how it does, see what happens, and to collect community feedback,” Sokolowski said. “We’d like to make this an annual tradition for the performing arts. We hope that each year it grows more.” The NHS band director, Steve Cohen, has also been working hard to help the kids prepare. He has been collaborating with the younger grades as part of our district wide effort to make connections across grade levels. Both Jamie and Steve are featured working with the Molin 5th grade band in preparation for the big event!

Molin 5th grade band practicing for the big day!

Waterfront Music Festival, Newburyport

Greater Newburyport Fall and Winter Baby and Kids Consignment Sale

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

The Greater Newburyport Fall and Winter Baby and Kids Consignment Sale is an amazing opportunity to find gently used items at very reasonable price points. This semi annual sale has become so popular that it is now a two day event. This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, September 22nd from 9 am – 2 pm and Sunday the 23rd from 9 am – 12 pm at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street in West Newbury. In addition to being a fun shopping event, the Greater Newburyport Mother’s and Families (GNFC) Baby and Kids Consignment Sale is also the perfect place to sell items that you no longer need. 70% of the proceeds go to the seller, 30% goes toward a community gift given in the GNFC’s name. You do not need to be present to have your items sold. Upon registering with “My Consignment Manager” you are assigned a seller number. After the sale, you will receive a check in the mail from the GNFC for the items sold.

How to register:

Log on to:

www.seller.myconsignmentmanager.com/newburyport and follow the steps to become a seller.

ITEMS ACCEPTED FOR THE FALL/WINTER 2018 BABY AND KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE:

Children’s Shoes/Seasonal Boots
Children’s FALL/WINTER Clothing
Toys
Strollers
Baby gear
Maternity clothing
Books
Children’s Videos & DVDs
Games
Layette

On Thursday, September 20th, at 11:59 pm the My Consignment Manager website closes; all items must be entered by this time.

Location: Town of West Newbury Annex, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

Drop-off of items is Friday, September 21st, from 9:30 am -11:30 am. Should you be unable to drop off items due to work or scheduling conflict, please email consignment@greaternewburyportfamilies.org

THE SALE IS NOW TWO DAYS OF SHOPPING: Saturday, September 22nd 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, September 23rd 9:00 am -12:00 pm

*If you are NOT donating unsold items, you must PICK UP between 2:00-2:30 pm. ANYTHING LEFT AFTER 2:30 pm WILL BE DONATED AND CANNOT BE RECLAIMED.*

If you are not donating unsold items, you MUST leave a container(s) or large trash bag(s) that are clearly labeled with your seller number on the outside. All unsold items will be placed in your container(s)/bag(s) for you to pick up.

Also, The Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club (GNFC) is pleased to announce that they are ready to accept proposals for our 2018 Community Gift. Selected project(s) will receive a monetary gift from the GNFC. This is a great way for local non profits to move forward with a new or expanded project directly related to the mission of GNFC and support local families.

If you need further assistance or have questions, you may contact Corinne Poor president@greaternewburyportfamilies.org and she will be happy to assist you.

LINK TO RFP – GNFC 2018 Community Gift:

GNFC.clubexpress.com/docs.ashx?id=336180

 

 

 

 

NAA Auction – Newburyport Art Association Art Auction & Party

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
Featured Video Play Icon

The annual Newburyport Art Association art auction and party will take place in the NAA galleries on Saturday, June 16th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The NAA auction is the largest fundraiser of the year and has grown in popularity causing organizers to expand preparations and ticket sales for this fun social event. The NAA auction is a wonderful opportunity to help support a critical organization that serves as the foundation and inspiration for Greater Newburyport’s passionate community of artists and art lovers. Come view and bid on works by local artists, while enjoying delicious food and drinks at one of Newburyport’s top social events. This year’s theme is “A Night in Bangkok” and will feature sumptuous Thai creations by Brown Sugar by the Sea to be paired with creative libations and local brews.

The Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a great way to discover beautiful local art. A silent auction under a tent in the NAA Sculpture Garden will feature over 60 items including artworks and many non-art items like hotel stays, Celtics tickets, a family photography session and others. See the list of non-art items here. The main event will take place under a bigger tent along the side of the Newburyport Art Association. The live NAA auction will include 70 lots of traditional and contemporary two-dimension works,  as well as a few surprises, including two “Mystery Boxes.”

In addition, NAA lifetime artist member Donald Jurney has donated a featured painting, Willows and Mist, oil, 24 x 20, Fair Market Value $16,000 and has no reserve. Half of the sales proceeds from this lot will help fund the 2019 Donald & Kim Journey Traveling Fellowship, an annual $5,000 award to an emerging artist. Attendees of the NAA auction can also bid on works by other featured artists like Pat Forbes and Janis Sanders, whose work is represented commercially by LL Bean and Crate and Barrel.

Check out the art pieces ahead of time so you can plan your bids. Attendees will have the chance to preview works live on Friday, June 15th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, June 16th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The silent and live auctions will be held Saturday, June 16, from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.

We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance, as the Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is an extremely popular event. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the Art Auction if they are still available. General Admission tickets are $45 and there are also VIP ticket options as well. If you are unable to attend and would like to leave an absentee bid, please call or visit the gallery to purchase an absentee bid ticket and complete the form.

Mozart’s Harmony – Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert

Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert Harmony

Enjoy a beautiful musical journey and get tickets to Harmony, the Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert. The Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) will perform a newer version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved Requiem as well as music by the Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka on Saturday, May 5th at 8 pm and Sunday May 6th at 4 pm at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street in Newburyport. This Spring Concert will showcase not only the work of incredible composers, but will offer a virtuoso performance by the 150 voices of NCS singers along with a 17 piece professional orchestra and four soloists, all devoted to contributing to the culture of Greater Newburyport through choral music.

The Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert, Harmony, will feature powerful masterpieces from the choral canon. The concert will intrigue audiences with a newer presentation of Mozart’s famous Requiem, which Mozart left unfinished when he died. The Concert will feature a version of the Requiem completed by the renowned Mozart scholar and Harvard Professor, Robert D. Levin. In addition, audiences will be amazed by the intriguing music of 18th century composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. This is the first time NCS is performing Zelenka’s music! While Zelenka is not as well known as Mozart, his contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach admired his work and his virtuosic compositions are enjoying renewed attention today. Music lovers will delight in experiencing this exceptional event.

Audiences will have the pleasure of hearing these choral masterworks in the wonderful acoustics of Belleville Congregational Church. Over 140 singers will perform during Harmony along with four professional soloists and a 17-piece orchestra. You will feel emotionally moved by the invigorating music and gorgeous performances of committed and dedicated singers and instrumentalists. This lively Choral Society Spring Concert will be led by the incredibly talented Music Director of the Newburyport Choral Society, Dr. George Case.

Come to the Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert and share the gift of music with your friends and family!

The Newburyport Choral Society has been a community cultural asset for over 80 years.  They perform a spring and winter concert every year. NCS members range in age from high school students to retirees and are united in their passion for singing and sharing choral music with the Greater Newburyport Community.  

Tickets for Harmony are available in advance online as well as at the following locations:

  • Newburyport: Chamber of Commerce, 38 Merrimac Street, Unit 101; Jabberwocky, 50 Water Street; The Book Rack, 52 State Street; & The Natural Grocer, 334 High Street
  • Amesbury: Starbird Jewelers, 80 Main Street
  • Ipswich: Conley’s Drug Store, 146 High Street

Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Featured Video Play Icon

Put on your best and brightest wings, sprinkle a little fairy dust and head to the fourth annual Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk for a magical stroll through the woods to search for nearly 200 fairy houses. Mark your calendars for April 28th and 29th from 10 am to 3 pm for this whimsical event at Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Rd., in Salisbury Hosted by the Salisbury PTA, this event will transport your family to a pint sized world fit for Tinker Bell and all of her fairy friends. Tickets are available in advance online or at the ticket booth on the day of event.

You and your little fairies will frolic through a one mile path, discovering surprises along the way. Situated throughout the woods, children will delight at finding tiny fairy houses, some humble abodes with a small swing outside to sizable (for fairies of course) estates with numerous rooms, pools and more. Be on the lookout for a butterfly themed home, some bookworm fairies and a possible village! All of these enchanting creations are the work of talented professionals, families, school children, and local businesses.

While fairy houses may be very small, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk is a BIG day, complete with activities, entertainment and food. Spread your wings and dance to live music with David Torrisi, check out a performance with Theater in the Open, get your face painted and create fairy themed crafts with local groups like Macaroni Kid, the Greater Newburyport Mother and Families Club and Salisbury Public Library. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all the fun, as we’re sure you will, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk will also have delicious local vendors serving up fresh eats from BBQ to pizza to sweets. We’re told there will even be a s’mores bar this year and to be on the look out for a very special Harry Potter drink.

Costumes and imaginations are strongly encouraged, so come dressed to impress in your fairy finest. There will be fairy inspired attire and accessories for purchase for those in need of a wardrobe update. Make sure to check out the Salisbury PTA’s stand, for tutus, wands, wings, gnome hats, snacks and more. Everything for purchase at their stand costs under $3 a piece, so you won’t break the bank.  And yes, parents, you can also dress up. After all, fairies have moms and dads too!

The fairy house walk is hosted by the Salisbury PTA, who raise money throughout the year to put on special events as well as to fund field trips, assemblies, college scholarships and other activities that enrich Salisbury Elementary’s curriculum.

Please note, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk will happen rain or shine.

Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

Bike Swap and Used Bikes Sale, Riverside Newburyport

Make sure to visit Riverside Cycle on Sunday, April 15th from 10 AM – 2 PM for the annual community bike swap, hosted by the locally based Pan Mass Challenge Team, The Riverside Rockets. This is an amazing opportunity to pick up used bikes at very reasonable prices, and your helping to support an important cause. If your interested in selling or donating bikes drop them off at Riverside between 9 AM – 5 PM on Saturday April 7th or 14th. Whether you’re, buying, selling or donating, a portion of all proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund and the PAN Mass Challenge in support of cancer research. In addition to Riverside Cycle, The Tannery Mall, and The Coastal Trails Coalition are also hosts of this wonderful community event.

Here’s how it works; on April 15 between 1o AM – 2 PM, head over to Riverside Cycle’s Tannery tent and and browse the the amazing selection of used bikes. We recommend arriving early for the bike swap, as this is a popular event and a line normally forms by 9:30 AM! Pick out and pay for your favorite bike, and the friendly staff at Riverside Cycle give it a quick safety check, and get you on your way.

If you’re interested in selling used bikes make sure to drop off bikes on April 7th or 14th at Riverside Cycle. There are two options; take 80% of the purchase price in cash, or 100% as store credit at Riverside. Either way, 20% of the purchase price will go to the PMC. If you choose to donate bikes, all proceeds will go to charity. Remember, donations are tax deductible! Call the bike shop to arrange a pick-up for bike donations, if you can’t make it to the drop off times, 978-465-5566.

According to Riverside Cycle owner Aaron Millett, the goal of the bike swap is to raise money to help in the fight against cancer while providing a venue for people to buy or sell secondhand bicycles. Last year, about 200 bicycles came into the tent raising about $7,000. He estimates that in the seven years riding for the PMC, his team “The Riverside Rockets” has raised more than $500,000 for the PMC.

About 75 percent of those taking part in past bike swap events, are customers who enjoy finding great deals and supporting the Jimmy Fund. Among them are plenty of parents looking for gently used bikes for their children, or looking to part with older bikes their kids have outgrown. Some just stop by to donate bicycles. Regardless of the motive, it’s a great opportunity for customers and our fundraising efforts. “I think it’s a win-win,” Millett said.

Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses Spring Open House

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
Spring Open House, Nunan's Georgetown

Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses, located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown, is hosting our 2018 Spring Open House Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 21-22, with classes and events for the entire family. We will also be hosting various activities in honor of Earth Day. Bring the whole family and help us kick off the Spring season.

Saturday: For the young aspiring gardeners

On Saturday, from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m., the Nunan’s Open House begins with four fun — and free — workshops and crafts for young, aspiring gardeners:

  • How to plant a pansy
  • How to plant a tomato seedling
  • Earth Day crafts
  • Curious Creatures

In addition, we’re offering a children’s class on creating a fairy garden beginning at 11:00 (cost for this class is $15).

Sunday: Free advice from our experts

Have you often thought about how you might like to plant a vegetable garden? Don’t miss the opportunity to hear important tips and ask questions to gardening experts.

  • 11:00 AM  — Vegetable Gardening 101
  • 1:00 PM — Succulents on a Log (Cost $25)
  • 1:00 PM – 3: 00 PM – Sweet Paws Rescue will be on site with adorable pups to meet, pet and fall in love with.

Attendees are free and encouraged to bring photos of your lawn, tree and shrub issues.

We’ll proudly be serving Kane’s Donuts and offering our hanging pansy baskets for $5 off while they last. For more information, contact us at 978-352-8172.

Win Big at NEF’s Monte Carlo Night in Newburyport

Monte Carlo Night, NEF Newburyport

Get ready for Monte Carlo Night 2018, scheduled for Friday, April 27th from 6-11 PM. This amazing night of fun hosted by the Newburyport Education Foundation, helps provide substantial funding for key educational projects within our local schools.

Whether you’re hitting the Blackjack tables, rolling the dice at Craps, spinning the Roulette wheel or going ALL IN for the Texas Hold’em Tournament, you don’t want to miss Monte Carlo Night! Your certain to find a highly social, lively crowd at the games tables and an intense crew competing in the Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament. Doors open at the Newburyport Senior Community Center at 6 PM, and the poker tournament starts sharp at 7 PM.

Come experience Newburyport’s casino night with professional dealers at the games tables and poker tournament, and “serious players” in the crowd. Whether you take your games seriously or you’re just in need a fun night out, Monte Carlo Night is a must attend! New players are welcomed and encouraged to learn how to play games like Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette at the tables. All tickets will include access to the event, hours d’oeuvres and cash bar.

  • Texas Hold’em Tournament Ticket ($125) – includes entrance into the Texas Hold’em Tournament and casino chips for table games.  Only 100 seats available!
  • Casino Games Ticket ($75) – includes casino chips for table games ONLY (no Texas Hold’em).

Everyone will have a chance to win great prizes, regardless of what you play and how well you play.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 Texas Hold’em Tournament finishers, while casino game chips will be exchanged for raffle tickets that can be used to win fantastic items.

Cocktail Attire is encouraged (Black Tie Optional) to embody the fun, flirty, and elegant essence of Monte Carlo.  A special prize will also be given out for Best Dressed Couple.

This is the perfect opportunity for a well deserved night out and an opportunity to support important educational initiatives funded by the NEF, Newburyport Educational Foundation. Confirm the sitter and purchase your tickets now!

The Newburyport Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization created to offset the financial pressures put on the Newburyport School System. These pressures include rising operating costs because of government mandates, technology needs and rising special education costs.

The inequity between government funds and costs is a result of the per-pupil spending goal from the Education Reform Act of 1993 and rising school costs. Without help meeting these costs, the school system is reducing services. The Newburyport Educational Foundation’s main goal is to raise funds especially to finance programs that might not get money from the government.

 

Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

By Joe, Joe

Featured Video Play Icon

Greater Newburyport Spring & Summer
Consignment Sale

West Newbury Town Annex | April 7th & 8th, 2018

Buy or Sell at the Spring and Summer Consignment Sale

Spring Consignment Sale | Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

Mark your calendar now for the GNFC Spring and Summer Babies and Kids Consignment Sale, April 7th from 9 AM – 2 PM and April 8th from 9 AM – 12 PM. Organized by the Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club (GNFC), the Consignment Sale is an amazing opportunity to find great deals on everything you need for babies and kids. This is such a popular event that there will certainly be a line of shoppers waiting to enter at 9 AM on Saturday morning, and you will find the serious shoppers back at 9 AM on Sunday to take advantage of the sale. GNFC will be offering 50% off (on items marked as discounted) all day on Sunday.

For two days, the West Newbury Town Annex will be transformed into a store where people can sell and purchase gently used baby gear, clothing, shoes, toys, books, DVD’s, strollers, maternity clothing and more. GNFC is very appreciative of the Town of West Newbury for letting them use the facility at no charge.

If you’re interested in selling items you must Register Online at My Consignment Managerand you do not need to be a GNFC member. On Thursday, April 5th, at 11:59 pm My Consignment Manager closes, so all items must be entered prior to this time. After the sale, sellers receive a check in the mail for 70% of the purchase price for sold items, and they can pick up or donate unsold items on Sunday between 2 – 2:30 PM.

GNFC maintains 30% of each sale and combines the funds for a community gift that is given in the GNFC name. The donation recipient changes each year as GNFC works to help support many local nonprofits in the Greater Newburyport community. In 2017 donations were made to The Community Giving Tree and The Custom House Maritime Museum. In previous years, donation recipients have included: The Newburyport Rail Trail Project, The Amesbury Town Park Renovation Committee, The Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Newburyport Inn Street Foundation Restoration.

For more information on how to prepare your items for sale, contact consignment@greaternewburyportfamilies.org. Otherwise, happy consignment sale shopping Greater Newburyport Families!

Enjoy our video from a prior GNFC Consignment Sale.

Event Details

LOCATION:
West Newbury Town Annex
318 Main Street
West Newbury, MA 01985

SHOPPING:
Saturday, April 7th – 9 AM – 2 PM
Sunday, April 8th – 9 AM – 12 PM
Sunday Sale – 50% off items marked as discounted

Register to Sell Items

Important Notes:

CONSIGNMENT MANAGER CLOSES:
Thursday, April 5th 11:59 PM

DROP OFF ITEM FOR SALE:
Friday, April 6th – 8:30 – 11:30 AM

PICK UP OF UNSOLD ITEMS IF NOT DONATING:
Sunday, April 8th – 2:00 – 2:30 PM
Anything not picked up during this time will be donated and can not be reclaimed.

Important Notes:
You must check all items for recalls and sign a waiver confirming this information. Go to www.cpsc.gov for recall information.

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

Plum Island Light House the Newburyport Harbor Light

The Plum Island Light House also know as the Plum Island Light or the Newburyport Harbor Light, has a very interesting history. It was first lit in 1788 with a lantern burning whale oil. And it was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the U.S..  It was needed to guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor.

Featured Video Play Icon

Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón Visits Newburyport – May 2016

Newburyport, MA a city rich with maritime history, is excited to host Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón from May 25th – 30th, and we can thank the Custom House Maritime Museum for helping facilitate this special visit.  The arrival of El Galeón is expected on Wednesday the 25th between 2-3 PM and will be accompanied by […]

Newburyport on the Water, Newburyport MA

Newburyport Life On The Water

The weather has finally started to brighten and spring is in the air…and nowhere is that more apparent than in Downtown Newburyport on the water.  The marina workers are busy getting all of the docks into the water.  They pulled them out last October/November and they have been sitting in the boatyards all winter, under […]

Exceptional Food, Wine & Spirits – North Shore Magazine’s Grand Tasting

Featured Video Play Icon

Reserve your tickets now for the 2018 North Shore Magazine Grand Tasting, Thursday, March 29th from 7-10 PM at Blue Ocean Event Center. Doors open at 6:30 for VIP ticket holders. What is the Grand Tasting? Celebrity chefs, exquisite wines and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops, come together for the North Shore’s premier 4th annual “foodie” event. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a past Grand Tasting, enjoy video footage from the 2017 Grand Tasting.

Indulge in scrumptious savory and sweet nibbles from local food artisans, making everything from farmhouse cheese to hard cider to award-winning handmade chocolate treats. Enjoy creative dishes, foods and drinks from some of your favorite highly regarded spots, and discover exceptional new places to eat and shop as well.  

Grand Tasting Vendors 

The Grand Tasting features a broad selection of exceptional North Shore food and drink vendors from restaurants, wine and cheese shops, breweries, catering companies,  and bakeries. Check back for a list of the 2018 Grand Tasting vendors. 

Purchase your tickets now. Don’t miss the North Shore’s most exciting ‘foodie” event of the year! Secure General Admission tickets to the Grand Tasting for only $65 and VIP tickets for just $100, if you purchase before February 3rd. The cost for tickets purchased after this date will be $75 for General Admission and $125 for VIP. Gather some friends and treat yourself to a well deserved night of exceptional food, drinks, music, dancing and socializing.

Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

Pettengill House Fundraiser, Salisbury MA

For four hours Saturday, March 24, Salisbury Beach’s Blue Ocean Music Hall will be rocking as it hosts the annual Pettengill House fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. With music from the Thomas Machine Works Band and Low Ex, this year’s theme is Pony Up For The Pettengill. This year’s Pettengill House fundraiser  is being promoted as a casual event and attendees are encouraged to wear denim and even cowboy boots.  Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door, with all proceeds helping the Pettengill House, located at 13 Lafayette Road (Route 1).

“Together with our generous friends and supporters, it’s time to celebrate all that our agency does for the nine local towns that we serve. Our work continues as we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure that the basic needs of every individual, child and family in our service area are met,” Pettengill House Executive Director Deb Smith said.

In addition to dancing the night away, the Pettengill House fundraiser features live and silent auctions, along with a raffle and great food. The evening will also feature a tribute to Honorary Chairperson John Wile recently named volunteer of the year. Since 2009, Wile has donated money and spent countless hours coordinating Petengill House road races. Among the items up for grabs at the auctions are tickets to see Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium in July, Red Sox and Bruins tickets, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, and an electric guitar autographed by Cars guitarist Elliot Easton, Charlie Farren from the band Farrenheit and other famous ax-men.

Blue Ocean Music Hall, located at 4 Ocean Front North, is again donating the use of its world-class music venue free of charge as are the two bands of the evening, the Thomas Machine Works Band and Low Ex. The Thomas Machine Works Band is no stranger to those attending past Pettengill House fundraisers and is affectionately known as the house’s house band.

Founded in 1994 by area residents and agencies, The Pettengill House has been helping Greater Newburyport families and individuals for more than 20 years. The Pettengill House supports at-risk families and individuals by providing wrap-around services and core basics such as food, shelter, clothing and health and safety. As of today, the Pettengill House helps an estimated 3,030 clients. many of them children. Among the communities served by the Pettengill House are: Amesbury, Newburyport, Groveland, Byfield, West Newbury and Salisbury

“Thank you for your continued support and rest assured that every donation stays local and has an immediate impact on individuals, families and children of the Pettengill House community,” Smith said.

Purchase tickets online  for the Pettengill House fundraiser or at Blue Ocean Music Hall. Any questions? Call them at 978-792-5205, or email Sierra Partlan at: spartlan@pettengillhouse.org

It’s Time For The Annual AOH Father Daughter Dance

Featured Video Play Icon

For a few hours, Newburyport City Hall will be bustling with smiling and screaming daughters and their dads as the annual semi-formal Ancient Order of Hibernians Father Daughter Dance returns. Tickets are $25 each with proceeds to the March 23rd event going to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center of Newburyport and Amesbury. Subtitled “A Chuisle Mo Chroi,” Gaelic for ” The Beat of My Heart,” the AOH Father Daughter Dance gives fathers a special opportunity to spend a memorable evening with their daughters and raise money for the nationally known organization that provides care for victims of domestic violence.

AOH Father Daughter Dance organizer Paul O’Brien called the event, which will transform the upper floor of Newburyport City Hall into a sea of “green, white and orange,” a special evening which will draw fathers and daughters from all walks of life. “From CEO’s to police offices to firefighters,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien said the idea for the AOH Father Daughter Dance came more than four years ago when he attended a parent-teacher conference and discussed the special relationship between a daughter and their father. That conversation created the spark that prompted O’Brien to brainstorm ways to increase those bonds outside of school in a way that befits the Ancient Order of Hibernians.  Founded in 1836 in New York City, the AOH is an Irish Catholic organization whose members are Catholic and either born in Ireland or of Irish descent.  After some research, O’Brien found other communities and groups that were hosting similar dances and thought it would be a sweet fit for Newburyport.

As for the dance itself, O’Brien called it a throwback to an earlier time and will feature three hours of “little girl music” spun by a hired disc jockey. When asked what little girl music meant to him, O’Brien said songs by Taylor Swift and other current artists that make little girls scream in delight. For the fathers there will be some classic Beatles songs as well as oldies from that decade and other decades. He said the three-hour AOH Father Daughter Dance will feature a mix of slow songs and fast songs that will allow daughters to dance with their friends as well as their fathers.

About 125 to 150 fathers and daughters are predicted to attend the AOH Father Daughter Dance, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary. O’Brien said holding it inside Newburyport City Hall gives it a vintage community feel as opposed to renting out space at a more glitzy location. And that is part of what O’Brien said makes the dance special and unique in Newburyport, adding that no other organization within city limits hosts a father daughter dance. “It’s not at a fancy place, its a throwback idea,” O’Brien said.

For more information about A Chuisle Mo Chroi/AOH Father Daughter Dance or to order tickets, visit:  www.eventbrite.com/e/a-chuisle-mo-chroiaoh-fatherdaughter-dance-2018-tickets-42172038703

Annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival Flies High This Month

Eagle Festival, Newburyport MA

Wings will be spread and thousands of curious eyes will be wide open during this year’s Merrimack River Eagle Festival held Saturday, Feb. 17, in Newburyport and Amesbury. The annual Eagle Festival, which welcomes back bald eagles to the region, is co-sponsored by the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and features events there and across Newburyport and Amesbury.  Be sure to check online for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities which showcase the magnificence of America’s enduring symbol of freedom. Feature image taken by Jim and titled (Mr. LifeLoomsLarge).

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s Jean Adams said activities there include owl pellet dissection, fish printing, drawing bird pictures, creating pine cone feeders, live animals from Drumlin Farm. “Plus we have seal watchers at the north end of Plum Island and bird observers at the refuge near North Poll Overlook, Adams said.

According to Adams, the most popular feature is the live animals, as always provided by Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. As for arts and crafts kids and adults love fish printing (Gyotaku- the Japanese art of making prints out of real fish but in this case they use rubber fish).”It’s messy but people love it. Many people enjoy going to the North End of the Island to look for seals (we have volunteer observers there ),” Adams said. A big plus for Parker River National Wildlife Refuge staff is the chance of working with their friends from Mass Audubon.

“Plus it’s a great family activity during the dull and dreary winter months. It creates  an incentive to go outside and see what’s out there. When people get to see bald eagles for the first time– that’s amazing . It’s something you never tire of –seeing an eagle but equally fun is seeing how excited people are when they see these magnificent birds,” Adams said. Lastly, according to Adams, the Eagle Festival acts as a great showcase for the refuge.“Which is fabulous during all seasons and it’s a great way to get out and see the local ‘off refuge’ areas along the river. We are so lucky to live here and the Eagle Festival is a way to celebrate that fact,” Adams said.

Over at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, visitors will be able to learn about bald eagles, snowy owls and other raptors indigenous to the area. At Joppa Flats, and at Mass Audubon, their mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and wildlife, and the Eagle Festival is a great way to connect the two, according Melissa Vokey of Joppa Flats. “The thing about the Eagle Festival is that there’s something for everyone because everyone has his or her own way of connecting to bald eagles and nature. It takes more places than just Joppa Flats to provide all the possibilities,” Vokey said.

At Newburyport City Hall, Mary-Beth Kaeser of Horizon Wings will be presenting two programs involving live raptors. And be sure to stick around for the chance to have your photo taken with a raptor for a small donation. Also, bald eagle tours start every half and hour and depart from the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry located at 38R Merrimac St., Newburyport.

For a complete guide to the Eagle Festival Events and Activities happening at Joppa Flats and the Parker River Visitor Center visit the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

Newburyport ArtWalk

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport ArtWalk – Explore a Community of Talent Step by Step

A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art

Newburyport Art Walk

The Newburyport ArtWalk is a FREE, self-guided tour that allows you to explore galleries throughout Newburyport’s Historic District.

Four times a year the artists from the Newburyport community showcase special exhibits, as well as participate in discussion about art and offer painting demonstrations. Mark your calendar now for the 2018 schedule: April 21st, June 23rd, August 18th and November 3rd.

Live music and a casual reception is also available at the Newburyport Art Association gallery on Water Street.

You’ll also receive a free brochure and map to assist you on your journey. These items can be found at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, and the passageway between State and Inn Streets, as well as at ArtWalk Partner locations.

For more info, please visit the Newburyport ArtWalk or their Facebook.com/NewburyportArtWalk.

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.

Joppa Flats Education Center

Explore Newburyport salt marshes, coastal waters and more at the Joppa Flats Education Center (JFEC) located near the entrance of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts. This 52-acre wildlife sanctuary includes not only outdoor grounds, but indoor observation areas, making JFEC a great educational experience all year round.

US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

US Coast Guard

As the the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, our Newburyport Coast Guardsmen are responsible for some of the greatest rescues, with history dating back almost 200 years. Born Ready, through intense surf and heavy breaking seas, these men and women maintain and handle several sea going vessels including steel hull boats, a utility power boat and Boston Whalers.

Gold Prospecting Adventures, Newburyport MA

Gold Prospecting Adventures in New England

Did you know that there was a gold rush in New England in the mid 1850’s? The Vermont Gold Mining Company was established in 1854 and they erected a crushing mill with crushers, stampers and washers, experimenting with how to separate the gold from the quartz matrix.

Royal Treatment @ The Maritime Tea Events

By Michael Mroz, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Custom House Maritime Museum, Michael oversees operations, marketing and communications for the museum.
Custom House Maritime Museum
Maritime Tea Events, Newburyport

Be treated like Lord and Lady Grantham by attending a Maritime Tea Wednesday event at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Did you enjoy the last six years of Downton Abbey? Are you feeling a bit less complete now that it is finished? Well, you only need to attend one of the Maritime Tea Wednesday events at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

The tea will be British and the fare will be scrummy, a proper tea indeed. There will also be a light presentation for your pleasure and classical music to accompany your indulgence in one of the greatest pleasures, a tea laid out for you. With historical presentations that will range from special viewings of certain antiquities to excerpts from journals kept by the incredible people of Newburyport of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, you will be transported in time as well as learn about the this great city.

The Maritime Tea Wednesday events will also be a lovely place for guest to hobnob and reacquaint themselves with one another. As the tea events are taking place inside the historic Custom House Maritime Museum, guest will also come to realize how special this building has been, and is today. Do not hesitate to reserve your place for one of the upcoming Maritime Tea Wednesday events and relive those glorious Edwardian days with a maritime flair. Tea, Cakes and Maritime History…

January 10th, 17th & 31st – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 

February 14th & 28th – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 

March 14th & 28th – 11:30  AM – 1:30 PM 

April 11th & 25th – 11:30  AM – 1:30 PM 

Cost is $15 per person for both Members and Guests 

Custom House Maritime Museum – 25 Water Street Newburyport MA.

Reservations are necessary with limited seating – ring now 1 . 978 . 462 . 8681

The Custom Hose Maritime Museum is managed by the Newburyport Maritime Society, Inc., a 501 © (3) corporation established in 1968 to preserve, protect, interpret and celebrate our maritime heritage and its role in American history. The historic Federal Custom House in the heart of downtown Newburyport was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury Building. It was built in 1835 to serve the growing overseas trade and to collect taxes on imported goods coming into the waterfont.

The museum is open to the public year round for events and activities – from January through April every Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday (plus holiday Mondays) 12-4pm; and from May through December on Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm and Sunday (and holiday Mondays) 12 to 4pm.

Museum admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Museum members, active military members and children under 6 are admitted free. For more information, visit us online at the museum website at www.thechmm.org or facebook.com\thechmm, or call 978-462-8681, or email info@thechmm.org.

Old Newbury Bonfire 2018

By Joe, Joe

Featured Video Play Icon

7th Annual Christmas Tree Burn Fundraiser

Old Newbury Bonfire 2018

Bonfire Party with Music, Food & Games

Let’s get ready to Burn Baby Burn those well-loved Christmas Trees Greater Newburyport!

In honor of the original purchase of Newbury, MA in 1701, the 7th Annual Old Newbury Bonfire benefits the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department.

The event is held on January 20th, but if you’re interested in including your Christmas Tree in this community, 3-story bonfire you must drop it off by January 19th at either of the two Newbury Fire Department locations.

  • Newbury Fire Department:  3 Morgan Avenue
  • Byfield Fire Department:  44 Central Street
  • Questions:  978-462-2282

Newburyport High School’s National Honor Society members are offering their personal service to pick up Christmas trees and transport them to Newbury for the bonfire. This unique fundraiser is sure to be an extra convenience for some residents. You may contact the National Honor Society at this email address: nhstreepickup@gmail.com

The 7th Annual Old Newbury Bonfire is hosted by Protection # 2 Newbury’s Volunteer Fire Company,  along with Historic New England and Tendercrop Farm.  Join your friends and family for music, games, food and fun at an event that is becoming a Greater Newburyport Winter tradition.

Take a tour of the 1690 Spencer Peirce Little Farm House, partake in a treasure hunt and enjoy great food and drinks from local businesses.

At 5 PM the auction for  the opportunity to be one of the two official bonfire lighters will be announced!  Other prizes include a ride to school on a fire truck, cords of wood, local art and more.

Event Details

Location: Tendercrop Farm Growing Field 71 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951

Date: January 20, 2018

Time: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. w/ Bonfire Auction @ 5 p.m., Lighting to Follow

Cost:  Admission FREE, Food & Drinks Available for Purchase

Parking:  $10 for parking @ Spencer Peirce Little Farm:  5 Littles Lane

To benefit the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department Protection Fire Company #2

Find Hidden Gems at the Newburyport Art Association Holiday Gift Show & Sale

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

NAA Holiday Gift Show & Sale

For many years now, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA) has been hosting its annual Holiday Gift Show & Sale to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase original artwork as holiday gifts and support NAA artist members.

At this year’s sale, find  2-D artworks (framed and unframed) and 3-D items (fine crafts, jewelry, textiles, etc.), plus cards, calendars, books, and handmade holiday ornaments. And don’t assume these fine artworks are out of reach as you budget your family gifting; works are priced (or sized) to make the purchases more accessible than they might be at other gallery exhibitions throughout the year, according to NAA Executive Director Elena Bachrach.

“The Holiday Show & Sale is designed with holiday gift shopping in mind,” says Bachrach. “We hope our artists are successful in selling their art & craft, and we will measure success based on number of visits to the galleries and happy holiday buyers.”

As you shop, don’t forget to use your Newburyport VIP Card/App for 10% off your purchase. No card? No problem: The Newburyport Art Association, as a VIP program fundraising partner, also receives $10 for every $25 VIP Card/App purchased through NAA.

Bachrach notes that this year’s sale is largest yet, boasting three galleries full of original works submitted by NAA artists. All NAA members are welcome to submit up to two 2D artworks and four bin works (unframed), while 3D items are submitted by invitation.  This process differs from other NAA shows, which are either “open” or “juried.” The 3D items on offer are curated by NAA to ensure a varied and high-quality selection of holiday gift options.

The NAA gallery and gift shop, conveniently located in downtown Newburyport across from The Tannery and next door to the Lighthouse, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. NAA will also host two evening receptions to coincide with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s Invitation Nights on Fridays, December 1 & 8, 6-9pm. The Holiday Gift Show & Sale will close on Sunday, December 24, at 3pm.  NAA will reopen with the Winter Members Juried Show, Friday, January 12.

NAA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the creation of art, art education, and community outreach.  Through gallery shows, art classes and workshops, and various special events, NAA provides a warm and supportive environment in which to look at, think about, and experiment with the process of creating art.

Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

local menorah lightings

Each year, Jewish communities in Newburyport and Amesbury illuminate their respective downtowns with festive menorah lightings on all eight nights of Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights begins this year at sunset on Tuesday, December 12.

Newburyport’s Congregation Ahavas Achim will light up its signature 6-foot-tall electric menorah in historic Market Square at 6 PM on December 12, 13, 16, and 18; at 5 PM on December 14 and 17; and at 3:30 PM on Friday, December 15, due to the Sabbath. Prior to the December 12 lighting, families from the Hebrew School will walk around the neighborhood singing traditional Hanukkah songs at some of the local businesses. These events are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

In Amesbury, come light the Hanukkah menorah in the gazebo in front of the Amesbury Public Library at 6 PM on December 12 through 19, except for Friday, December 15, when the lighting will be held at 3:30 PM. On Thursday, December 14, Rabbi Benjamin Resnick of Congregation Ahavas Achim will make an official appearance. Amesbury Mayor Kenneth Gray has also committed to attend on that evening.

Organized by Rachel Barcelona and Gerald Litcofsky, with support from members of the Amesbury community, both Jewish and gentile, Amesbury’s menorah lightings typically include storytelling, songs, jelly doughnuts, and gelt (chocolate coins) for the children.  In the spirit of the holiday, donations to Fisher House Boston, which provides lodging for families of hospitalized veterans, are encouraged. Those who come to the lightings are asked to bring canned soups/stews with meat, or canned fruits or vegetables for the community food pantry Our Neighbors Table.  All ages are welcome – dress warmly!

Community menorah lightings are an annual tradition that is relatively new to our area. Newburyport began its public menorah lightings in Market Square in 2012. Amesbury followed up with its own nightly celebrations in 2013.

Congregation Ahavas Achim, founded in 1896, is a welcoming and diverse spiritual community whose goal is to educate and inspire individuals and families to actively participate in Jewish Life, Torah study, prayer, acts of kindness. The congregation welcomes families and individuals from all backgrounds.

Invitation Night – Get Your Free VIP Card at the Custom House

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Custom House Invitation Night Open House

Shopping local on Newburyport Invitation Night? Make the Custom House Maritime Museum your very first stop of the night and pick up a free local discount card that you can use at 180 local shops and restaurants – valid now through December 31!

Invitation Nights are typically scheduled on the first two Friday evenings in December, when downtown retailers stay open late to welcome holiday shoppers. On this year’s Invitation Nights, held on December 1 and 8, the Custom House Maritime Museum will be hosting its annual Invitation Night Open House events celebrating the Clipper City’s rich maritime heritage. Enjoy museum gift shop specials such as commemorative holiday ornaments plus live musical performances and “warm and historic holiday cheer.”

The Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate holiday shopping destination for all residents and visitors with a curiosity about Newburyport’s history as “The Birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard.” If you haven’t visited in a while – or you’ve never been before! – the Invitation Night Open House is a fantastic opportunity to check out the museum’s extensive collection of maritime art, model clipper ships, and displays from infamous shipwrecks.

The Custom House gift shop is truly a hidden gem offering a wonderful selection of unique specialty gift items that best evoke the spirit of the Clipper City.  Use your local discount card and receive 10% off any purchase of $25 or more, and stop back in anytime for 50% off museum admission. Your discount card is valid through the end of the year at the Custom House and hundreds of other local businesses any time you shop or visit.

Throughout the year, the Custom House Maritime Museum hosts a wide variety of community events in honor Newburyport’s maritime history and the local Coast Guard men and women who protect our waters. Find upcoming events on the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

Newburyport Choral Society’s Holiday Concert a Sellout Event

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Featured Video Play Icon

The Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) delivers a knockout annual holiday concert, but buy your tickets early – the pair of performances typically sell out days before the chorus sings a single note. This year’s concerts will take place at Belleville Congregational Church on Saturday, December 9, at 8 PM and Sunday, December 10, at 2:30 PM. The Sunday concert is Sold Out.

The NCS Winter Concert will feature its 125+-voice chorus, professional soloists, and a full orchestra performing classical, traditional, and contemporary seasonal favorites. In recent years, the event has also welcomed a performance by the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus, comprised of local singers in grades 4 through 8.

The 2017 program include “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saëns, popular arrangements of the Germanic hymn “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming,” and an uplifting piece from South Africa titled “Hope for Resolution.”

If you go to the NCS holiday concert, prepare to lend your voice to the festivities. The audience will be invited to join in as the chorus performs holiday carols and traditional tunes of the season.

NCS is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding choral music to the Greater Newburyport area, including Essex County and southern New Hampshire. It is one of the largest community choral societies in New England, and one of the nation’s oldest choral groups.

In 2017, NCS Music Director Dr. George Case was named by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce as one of 40 Under 40 local entrepreneurs and leaders. The honorees were chosen for their “tremendous impact in the community where they work, and for their ongoing dedication to making Newburyport a very special place to live, work and play.”

Envelope yourself in yuletide song at the Newburyport Choral Society’s gorgeous and uplifting winter concert – an annual community event that’s not to be missed. Purchase your tickets online or at store locations from Newburyport as far as Ipswich, including the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Jabberwocky Bookshop, among others. Purchase tickets.

Seaside Ice

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice

Skate Indoors – No Hats or Gloves Required

Seaside Ice at Blue Ocean Event Center

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice offers a winter family activity that’s fun, affordable, and active! Visit the indoor rink at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury for winter wonderland skating – just $5 per person, including skate rental.

Glide around the indoor artificial ice rink as you skate to festive music, surrounded by sparkling snowflakes, mirror balls, and breathtaking views of the ocean. No hats, gloves, or jackets required. Here are all the details:

SEASIDE ICE RINK PUBLIC SKATING HOURS*
Fridays & Saturdays ~ 5PM-9PM
Sundays ~ 12-4PM

*Open through February. Hours subject to change. Please call 978-462-5800 or email info@blueoceaneventcenter.com to confirm.

PARTIES & PRIVATE RENTALS
The 1,500 square foot rink is available for birthday parties, private rentals, and events. For information, fees, and menus, contact our Event Sales Team at 978-462-5992 or email info@blueoceaneventcenter.com.

Fun for the entire family!

Admission

$5 per person (includes skate rental)

Limited children’s and adult sizes available, or bring your own. 18 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Get Social

Take part in the online action.

Newburyport.com offers community social media sites for you to follow, like and post about all things Newburyport.

The party continues when you checkin & post reviews on

Foursquare | TripAdvisor | Yelp

Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Kicks off Holiday Season

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Featured Video Play Icon

The annual Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but there’s a twist: In this most nautical of cities, Santa arrives by boat. Honoring the Clipper City’s heritage as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa makes his first local appearance waving from a Coast Guard boat on the Merrimack River before docking at the boardwalk for a joyful procession through the downtown area to the traditional tree lighting in Market Square.

Kids and families gather on the boardwalk to await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 3:30 PM. Santa then leads the way from the boardwalk to Market Square for the tree lighting at 4 PM. The event features a spirited round of caroling from residents capped with Santa hats as they usher in the holiday season.

Traditionally held on the Sunday afternoon immediately after Thanksgiving, the Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is the much-anticipated kickoff of the area’s official holiday season. The nearby town of Salisbury typically hosts its own Christmas tree lighting later on the same day.

Over the next few weeks Santa will pop up at a host of public events in the area, including Amesbury’s annual holiday parade, a series of tours by firetruck (in Byfield, Newburyport, and Salisbury), a very popular Jingle Bell Walk through Ipswich, and a wide variety of storytimes and parties at local libraries and recreational farms.

In early December in Newburyport, Santa takes up residence at his “workshop” in downtown’s Inn Street, offering visits and photos with the kids on Saturdays and Sundays through mid-month. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

The Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is presented by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Newburyport Rotary Club.

Enjoy this fun video from UAV Look.

Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Featured Video Play Icon

Newburyport-area residents seeking the ultimate holiday shopping experience tend to bypass the malls in favor of Invitation Nights – a series of shop-local events in which downtown retailers stay open late and spread the holiday cheer by offering discounts and light refreshments. Traditionally held in the first half of December, these Invitation Nights draw spirited crowds as shoppers enjoy all the merchant hospitality, live entertainment, and shopping and dining their downtown area has to offer.

In Newburyport, Invitation Nights are typically scheduled on the first two (and sometimes three) Friday evenings in December. Beautiful and festive holiday decorations line the streets of downtown from Merrimac Place and Horton’s Yard to the Tannery, including the main thoroughfares of State and Pleasant Streets. You’re likely to see plenty of tired holiday-shopping enthusiasts taking a break in Market Square, resting on the benches ringing the city’s giant Christmas tree.

The Custom House Maritime Museum frequently hosts an Invitation Night Open House, celebrating the Clipper City’s rich maritime heritage with museum gift shop specials, live musical performances, and “warm and historic holiday cheer.”

Parents who don’t want to miss out on the wine and hors d’oeuvres at their favorite stores have a unique and cost-effective option for childcare during these Invitation Nights. For the past few years, Newburyport Youth Services has seized the opportunity to entertain the kiddos while mom and dad do the family’s holiday shopping. Children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to City Hall Auditorium on Pleasant Street for the screening of a special holiday movie, popcorn and drinks included. For more information, call Newburyport Youth Services at 978-465-4434.

Newburyport Invitation Nights are presented by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

In Amesbury, Invitation Nights are typically scheduled for Thursday evenings in December, when downtown merchants greet patrons with refreshments, snacks, and special pricing on some of their merchandise. These events are hosted by the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce & Industrial Foundation.

Sea Festival of Trees

By Joe, Joe

Sea Festival of Trees 2014

Sea Festival of Trees

Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular

A Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition

Sea Festival of Trees, Salisbury, MassachusettsThe 5th annual Sea Festival of Trees lights up the seacoast with 15 days of Christmas – Friday, November 17, through Sunday, December 3! Held at the spacious Blue Ocean Event Center located directly on the ocean at Salisbury Beach, this annual holiday fundraiser offers two floors of family holiday fun.

For just $5 per person, visitors walk through a maze of beautifully decorated 4 foot to 10 foot-high artificial trees decorated with a breathtaking array of holiday colors and more than 75,000 twinkling lights. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (a sheet of 25 raffle tickets is sold for $5) and enter to win the themed trees of their choosing.

Enter to Win One of These Gorgeous Trees!

Close to 150 spectacular themed trees – many with holiday décor or gifts valued at up to $1,000 or more – are donated by regional businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, student groups, work colleagues, and individuals, who showcase their decorating talents for the benefit nonprofit organizations. Donations benefit Anna Jaques Hospital, the Salisbury Beach Partnership and the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association.

While the trees form the centerpiece of Sea Festival of Trees, that’s not all this event has to offer. Also included in price of admission:

Giant Gingerbread Beach Castle Display 
New England’s largest whimsical confectionary creation, designed and hand-built by Amesbury resident Jim Shalkoski, will be on display in Blue Ocean Event Center lobby. The 8-foot by 8-foot sugary structure is constructed of edible gingerbread, candy, frosting and other colorful holiday sweets.

Seaside Ice Skating Rink
Blue Ocean Event Center’s indoor synthetic skating rink, Seaside Ice, offers free public skating with Festival admission. Skate to holiday music with breathtaking views of the ocean on the newly expanded 1,800 square foot artificial ice rink. Skates rentals are available for children and adults. No hats, gloves and jackets required!

Holiday Stage Entertainment
Regional musicians, dance troupes, choirs and artists will perform on stage in Blue Ocean Music Hall at various times throughout the Festival.

North Pole Gift & Candy Shoppe
The Festival’s North Pole Shoppe will be filled with delectable holiday candies, stuffed animals, festive ornaments – including the 2016 commemorative Sea Festival of Trees ornament – and holiday gifts for purchase.

Special Events

Giant Gingerbread House Unveiling
Baker Jim Shalkoski unveils and lights his creation. Holiday caroling, house-drawn hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies.

Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular
Exclusive VIP opening event to hundreds of holiday trees, including desserts, live entertainment and dancing.

Santa’s Arrival by Fire Truck
Special thanks to the Salisbury Fire Department, Santa will visit children and families at the Sea Festival of Trees. Naughty or Nice One-on-One times vary.

Holiday Strolling Characters
Frosty the Snowman and the Jolly Green Grinch prance amongst the trees to say hello and post for pictures.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Decorate a take-home gingerbread house with holiday candies, gum drops, royal icing and more. Includes instruction on how to make mini marshmallow snowmen, tootsie roll log piles, etc. Price per person includes a pre-constructed gingerbread house and base. Space is limited; seating is at tables of 8.

Holiday Shopping Night at By the Sea Gifts
Support Local and Shop Small at this VIP Event with complimentary wine and cheese. 10% off storewide, raffle items and a showcase of local artisans. Jewelry, home décor, candles, frames, scarves and more affordable holiday gifts.

Polar Express Pajama Party
Make one of your favorite children’s books come to life with a reading of the Polar Express, followed by a pizza party and scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees, where you’ll meet elves, the train conductor and Santa!

Ways to Participate

Be a Sponsor | Donate a Tree | Volunteer

Hours & Admission

$5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. 

For festival hours and a full schedule of events, visit www.seafestivaloftrees.com or call the Sea Festival of Trees hotline at 978-462-2512.

Get Social

Take part in the online action.

Newburyport.com offers community social media sites for you to follow, like and post about all things Newburyport.

The party continues when you checkin & post reviews on

Foursquare | TripAdvisor | Yelp

Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Local Families

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offering local families a free all-the-trimmings meal in a traditional holiday atmosphere. All are welcome to this one-seating dinner, which will be served on Thanksgiving Day at 12:30 PM at the Newburyport Senior Center (331 High Street, in front of the Bresnahan Elementary School). The menu will consist of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Peas with Pearled Onions, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls with Butter, and Assorted Desserts.

For those who need a ride there will be a bus providing transportation starting at 11 AM, with stops at Woodman Way, Park Circle, Horton Terrace, North Atkinson Street, Sullivan Building, James Steam Mill, Salvation Army, and the Heritage House. Those who are interested in a ride are welcome to wait outside or in the main lobby for the bus to arrive.

The Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner is made possible by the collaboration of many business, groups, and volunteers throughout the community. All of the turkeys served at this Thanksgiving dinner will be cooked by Lions Club’s partners at Anna Jaques Hospital. The “carving crew” from Inn Street Barber Shop will assist with carving and preparing all the turkey. The meals that will be home-delivered are packed in thermal-insulated bags from the Institution for Savings. The Newburyport Garden Club will donate all Thanksgiving centerpieces that adorn the tables. In the Senior Center’s kitchen you will find members of the Newburyport Rotary Club and the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport, employees from Market Basket, volunteers from Our Neighbors Table, Yankee Homecoming, and more.

The Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner is currently in need of desserts such as pies, cookies, and brownies. If you would like to donate desserts, please feel free to drop them off the day before or the day of the event at the Newburyport Senior Center.

The Newburyport Lions Club is also seeking volunteers to help in the kitchen, serve the food, make home deliveries, and more. If you would like to volunteer and be a part of this great meal, please contact event chair Donald Jarvis at jarvis.don@gmail.com or call 978–308–9186.

Yankee Homecoming Events- A Newburyport Tradition

Yankee Homecoming Events, Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming Events

Historic Tradition that Bonds Our Community

Coastie the Coast Guard Robot

Drone Coverage of 2015 Yankee Homecoming Parade from UAV Look

Yankee Homecoming Events

Come experience Yankee Homecoming, a Newburyport historic tradition.  The 2018 Yankee Homecoming events run from Saturday, July 28th through Sunday, August 5th.  Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for event details and download the Newburyport App  for direct access to Greater Newburyport Events.

In 1958 Newburyport held their first Yankee Homecoming, welcoming and encouraging Newburyport natives and visitors to return to Newburyport for the week long celebration honoring historical landmarks still standing.  Although there were 29 New England towns that originally hosted Yankee Homecoming celebrations, Newburyport is the only city that still continues the tradition today.

With the help of many dedicated volunteers Yankee Homecoming events have expanded throughout the years, and the tradition of honoring the US Coast Guard birthday on August 4th still remains.  The dates for the 1st Yankee Homecoming celebration were chosen with a goal of ensuring that the Coast Guard birthday would coincided with Yankee Homecoming festivities.  The Coast Guard is an important element of Newburyport history being that Newburyport is the home of the US Coast Guard.

Yankee Homecoming is a thriving tradition that makes Newburyport unique, brings together our community and promotes our local economy.  Newburyport.Com is proud to partner with The Yankee Homecoming Committee to encourage local participation and raise awareness outside Newburyport.

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks  Fund by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card.  The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal is donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport Appjust type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

Contact

Yankee Homecoming
PO Box 493
Newburyport, MA 01950

Yankee Homecoming Events

Purchase the Newburyport App/VIP Card

Download the Newburyport App

Nunan’s 100 Years Celebration – A Fun Family Event

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Featured Video Play Icon

Mark your calendar for the Nunan’s 100 Years Celebration On Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 269 Central Street, Georgetown!  Come help Nunan’s Celebrate from 10 AM – 2 PM with family fun and games.  The official 100 year ceremony will take place at noon!  Enjoy great activities for the entire family including: free balloons, free hot dogs, touch a truck, creative creatures and mini golf specials.  Nunan’s will also be running a customer appreciation sales both Saturday July 22nd and Sunday the 23rd giving customers 25% off purchase store wide.  There are some exclusions that apply.

Nunan’s has a rich history of family, top notch customer care and service to the community.  Albert D. Nunan started Nunan Florist & Greenhouses as a florist shop in Saugus, MA, in 1917. After a long and successful career, Albert passed the business to his son Ken. In 1985, Ken sold the company to Steve Flynn and Bill Guerrini. Respectfully, they decided to keep the name of the business. Over the last 30 years, Steve and Bill have grown Nunan’s into the diversified, family-oriented business it is today. Steve continues to oversee Nunan’s business operations, and, though Bill is now semi-retired, he continues to help in the greenhouses on a part-time basis.

Family ties are strong at Nunan’s. Steve’s son Stephen, Jr. is the Owner/General Manager, his sister Maryanne is the Office Manager, his sister Maureen is the Garden Center Manager, his wife Christine is an office staff member, and his son Brody is a full-time employee. 

Over the last 30 years, Steve and Bill have grown Nunan’s into the diversified, family oriented business it is today. From its small roots as a florist shop, they have added services and offerings year after year including a vibrant nursery, landscaping services and plant rentals. In 2016 they opened an extraordinary 18 hole Garden Golf Course and an ice cream shop named after their grandchild – “Kallie’s Kones” proudly serves premium Richardsons ice cream.

If you haven’t experienced Nunan Florist and Greenhouses this is your excuse to explore this amazing garden center while enjoying the Nunan’s 100 Years Celebration.  A trip to Nunan’s is more than a shopping excursion. It is a fun afternoon activity! You are certain to be impressed with the knowledgeable and friendly service and understand why Nunan’s has been able to achieve this wonderful accomplishment of 100 Years in business.

The Gilligan’s Island Costume Fundraiser Cruise Hosted by The Actors Studio of Newburyport

Featured Video Play Icon

Round up your friends for what promises to be the summer’s ultimate “three-hour tour” — The Gilligan’s Island Costume Fundraiser Cruise, a fundraiser for The Actors Studio of Newburyport on July 14th. No worries about the weather getting rough and a tiny ship being tossed. Although this is a rain-or-shine event, the S.S. Minnow has been upgraded to the 106-foot, 3,600 horsepower Captain’s Lady III, with state-of-the-art electronics, life-saving equipment and cruising speed of 20 knots, as well as seating for 100 people.

Expect hors d’oeuvres, dancing with DJ Shelly Cullen spinning tunes and the bonus of feeling good about supporting The Actors Studio of Newburyport while you enjoy this fabulous costume fundraiser cruise.  Come dressed as one of the characters: Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Ann, Ginger, The Professor and, last but not least, The Millionaire and Her Husband! (Didn’t see that coming, did you? But Natalie Schafer, the actress who played Mrs. Thurston Howell III, or “Lovey,” as she was known, was indeed a millionaire!) By the way, if you’re too young to have seen the “Gilligan’s Island” TV show, Google it! Cross-dressing encouraged. What? We’re theater people. What did you expect?

Your support makes it possible for The Actors Studio of Newburyport, a registered nonprofit, to continue its stellar programming of established plays, new original works, readers theater, acting workshops, musical performances, story slams, films, and all the other events you love. Thanks for helping to keep local arts alive!

This is guaranteed to be the best boat party of the summer! Make sure to get tickets early for The Gilligan’s Island Costume Fundraiser Cruise, a fundraiser for The Actors Studio of Newburyport.

Where: Newburyport Waterfront

When: Friday, July 14. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. We cast off promptly at 7 p.m. Don’t miss the boat! Cruise departs rain or shine!

Admission: $35 by June 1, $40 after June 1 gets you on the boat, includes hors d’oeuvres, dancing and some good feelings about supporting The Actors Studio of Newburyport. Advance purchase required. There will a cash bar. DJ Shelly Cullen will have you on the dance deck all night long! All proceeds to benefit The Actors Studio of Newburyport.

Reservations: 978-465-1229, or Purchase Tickets online.

CYBER-FRAUD IN REAL ESTATE DEALS – JOB POSTING: “Cyber-Crook Wanted: Great Pay & Flexible Hours, Internet a Must – No Gun Required”

By Robert Ciampitti, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Attorney Ciampitti is a frequent and dynamic speaker on topics related to residential and commercial real estate, land use law, zoning and condo law. As one of the Co-Founding partners of Liberty Law & Title, LLC. (one of the North Shore’s first truly “concierge” level, boutique law firms), attorney Ciampitti brings a highly innovative approach to providing creative and competitive legal services. Attorney Ciampitti and his co-founding partner Charlie Palmisano have earned the loyalty and confidence of a diverse client base including lenders, investors, developers, buyers & sellers of real estate throughout a variety of property matters. Mr. Ciampitti continues to represent clients from residential and commercial transactions to venture capital, private financing, private equity, development, permitting and general corporate matters. Attorney Ciampitti also serves as a visiting professor of business law at Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business (Salem, MA). An active licensed pilot since 1989, Mr. Ciampitti holds a Private Pilot’s License Certificate with an Instrument Rating and shares his passion for aviation with his wife and two sons, flying for pleasure as well as for business – and is currently completing FAA training toward his Commercial Pilot’s License. Mr. Ciampitti also enjoys scouting with his two sons and serves as a Scout Leader and Merit Badge counselor within Boy Scout Troop 21 (Newburyport, MA) and is himself an Eagle Scout.
Liberty Law, LLC.
Cyber-Fraud, Liberty Law, Newburyport

Seminar Description:  Today, it is easier than ever for scam-artists, through cyber-fraud, to quietly amass public information about us and our industry (called “Social Engineering”).  The latest national data confirms that these cyber-criminals are getting smarter and learning how to sound like us and behalf like us on-line, so that they can more easily target not just banks and closing firms, but also Real Estate Agents & Brokers.  Their sole purpose is to pose as you and trick your clients into diverting private information or worse, diverting MONEY!  In this instance, protecting yourself and your clients from cyber-fraud in real estate deals IS the new standard of care.  Whether we know it or not, if we work in real estate and in doing so, handle Non Public Private Information (“NPPI”), then we ARE duly-bound to serve as guard & century against all invaders (whether seen or unseen).

Seminar Purpose:  In response to this mounting cyber-fraud threat – and with input and assistance from leaders within the Massachusetts Licensing Commission as well as experts within the insurance and IT communities – LIBERTY LAW has developed this Training Seminar to assist our real estate colleagues in recognizing this very real, emerging threat.  Our goal through this Seminar is to share valuable new information about how the real estate community can protect themselves and their clients from becoming a victim of this new species of cyber-crime.

Seminar Take-Aways:  Through this 60 minute, Newburyport based seminar (along with a robust Q&A), attendees will learn the statutorily required steps that every agent and/or broker must take to protect themselves and their clients’ NPPI and funds.   If the worst should occur, attendees will learn the immediate reporting steps they are obligated to take (as licensed professionals) to report an incident to the Boston Field Office of the FBI and the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

Tall Ships Visit Newburyport – Experience Our Maritime History – May 24th – 29th 2017

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Tall Ships, Newburyport

Thanks to the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Greater Newburyport Community and curious visitors from near and far, will once again be able to experience Newburyport’s maritime history through tours and events associated with the visit of Tall Ships:  Schooner Alabama and Schooner Adventure.  Enjoy tours and special events May 24th through May 29th.

Newburyport Maritime Days are almost here!  Mark your calendar for a couple of special times: the Tall Ships are due to arrive on Wednesday, May 24th at 10:52 AM on the high tide at the mouth of the Merrimack River.  The arrival will be marked with a parade of sails to the Newburyport waterfront and the official welcoming ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday evening from 6 – 8 PM.

General public tours will be available Thursday through Monday.  Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for specific inforTall Ships, Newburyportmation and days and times of special tours and events for student groups, seniors, and artists as well as a number of fun social events.  You should purchase tickets in advance for tours and special events.  If you have questions contact the Custom House at 978-462-8681.

If you are enamored by the beauty of these amazing tall ships, we highly recommend a tour of the Custom House Maritime Museum.  Newburyport is a city filled with fascinating stories of folks who navigated ships, worked on ships, built ships and those who sailed for both business and adventure on incredible journeys of exploration.  If locals weren’t somehow connected to ships, it was certain that a family member or neighbor was, and that ships had a significant impact on the lives of everyone from Newburyport.  The Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate destination for learning and sharing maritime history and tradition.  If you haven’t been it is a must on the bucket list, and if you have been then stop in again and discover more stories and adventures of our Newburyport founding residents.

While exploring the Tall Ships we also highly recommend a visit to the, Newburyport Collection, a group of regional hand crafters, artists, and vendors selling their wares on the green, the 27th through the 29th.  This is another great opportunity to further explore Newburyport’s maritime traditions and and history.  You will find them under the tent on the Custom House waterfront lawn.

The schooner Alabama is a living piece of America’s maritime history. Built in 1926 for the Mobile, Alabama Bar Pilots, she sTall Ships, Newburyporterved until her retirement in 1966. She is not a replica, a ship built to emulate the style of past generations, but rather a design of Thomas F. McManus, a man widely regarded as the best designer of all the Gloucester fishing schooners. Alabama’s second phase of her life began when the Coastwise Packet Company and its owner, Robert Douglas purchased and brought her to Vineyard Haven in 1967. Never fitted out as a sailing vessel by the Mobile Pilots, she was finally given this opportunity thirty years later when it was decided to put her back to work in 1994. The rebuild that was a result of this decision lasted over three years and replaced almost 90% of her original form. As with the Shenandoah, Captain Douglas gave every consideration to her construction and the result is a vessel true to the era and design of McManus. The fishing schooner was an American invention, and the Alabama represents the finest vessels from this area when ships like her were relied on to provide the country with the staple of its economy, codfish.

Tall Ships Newburyport

The Schooner Adventure was designed by the famous marine architect Thomas McManus as a “knockabout” without a bowsprit for the safety of the crew. The schooner was built in 1926, in Essex, Massachusetts, by the John F. James and Son Shipyard. She measured 121.6 feet in length, 24.5 feet in breadth, and 14 feet in depth. Her gross tonnage was 130 and her net tonnage 62. When built, Adventure was powered by a 120 horsepower engine turning a single screw in a cutout space in the rudder.

Experience Newburyport Maritime Days by touring the Tall Ships, attending amazing events, and make certain you also tour the Custom House Maritime Museum.  Whether you are local to Newburyport or just visiting for Maritime Days be sure to download the Newburyport App.  The Neburyport App is a community based loyalty program that offers folks discounts at 180 local restaurants and shops and and helps support local nonprofit organizations.  Please consider supporting the Custom House Maritime Museum with your Newburyport App purchase.  In addition to being a nonprofit partner, The Custom House Maritime Museum also provides discounts as part of the VIP Program.  Show your Newburyport App or VIP Card and receive 50% off Museum admission and 10% off gift shop purchases of $25 or more.

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island – Book Launch and Fundraiser for Cure SPG47

By Elizabeth Lorayne, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth Lorayne is an author, artist and mother, inspired by nature, history and the daily rhythms of her surroundings. As the granddaughter of Admiral Walter T. Griffith and having spent her own childhood sailing and exploring the shorelines of the Pacific Northwest, she has developed a deep respect, curiosity and love for water, exploration and creativity. She and her family live in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Elizabeth is a current member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She also holds a position on the board of directors for the Newburyport Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum.
The Adventures of Piratess Tilly
Piratess Tilly, Newburyport MA

Award-winning Newburyport author Elizabeth Lorayne will launch and sign her new children’s picture book, The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island – where haiku meets girl-empowerment, science and exploration, at the Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport on Saturday, May 13th, from 10:00 am – 12 pm.

“Piratess Tilly—the refreshingly bold, smart heroine” (Kirkus Reviews) is a budding naturalist who captains the Foster with her crew of orphaned international boys and her rescued best friend, a koala named Yuki. In the sequel they head to Easter Island to study the local fish. While exploring the mysterious monolithic statues and ruins, they happen upon a smuggling of sooty tern eggs by pirates! Readers will soon find out if Piratess Tilly, Yuki and the brothers safely save the eggs.

The book release party will not only include crafts, lollipops, and commemorative bookmarks, but it will also be a fundraiser for Cure SPG47 (curespg47.org), a non-profit organization devoted to seeking a cure for spastic paraplegia-47, an extremely rare, newly recognized degenerative genetic disorder resembling cerebral palsy. All proceeds from the launch party and from the Piratess Tilly Shop online (piratesstilly.com) will benefit Cure SPG47.

Author Elizabeth Lorayne first heard about SPG47 through Kasey Edwards, the mother of a child afflicted with this disease. The two moms met at the Newburyport Montessori School where their children attended and became friends. “Because the heroine of my book, Piratess Tilly, is passionate about raising awareness and helping those in need, I’m donating the book sale proceeds to this cause,” says Lorayne.

Raffle prizes will also help benefit Cure SPG47. Some of these offerings include a beautiful floral arrangement from Willow Event Planning (just in time for Mother’s Day!), a bottle of wine and olive oil from Grand Trunk Old World Market, gift certificates to Shanti Salon, Repose Yoga Studio, Port City Integrative Health, Anchor Pizza, Brooke Whicher Photography, Motivate, Pretty Poppy, Joppa Fine Foods and a gift bag and gift card from Buttermilk Baking Company. Siga Snipas and Gretchen Stone of The Bean Group will be pledging a shared $5/book sold at the book launch and fundraiser.

Visit https://www.piratesstilly.com/ for more information and to register for this family-fun event!

Racquet Club is putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser

By Deb Binder, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Deb brings dozens of years of marketing expertise and thousands of tennis balls hit to her position as Communications Ace for the Newburyport Tennis Club.
Newburyport Tennis Club
Racquet Club Fundraiser, Newburyport MA

Partners with Best of Newburyport to Serves Up Great Tennis and Support Alzheimer’s

With the arrival of the new year, it’s natural to look ahead. And for the Racquet Club, that means looking to the Club’s 2017 tournament. It may seem early but it’s not. Walk around the Club and you’ll start to hear people talking about who they may partner with for the big tourney. As always, the season-ending tournament, scheduled for April 27th through May 5th, promises a week of great tennis capped off with a party for club members on May 4th, the night before the event finals.  Call the Club to register:  978-462-3121.

This year the Racquet Club of Newburyport is putting the “fun” in “fundraiser”  partnering with Best of Newburyport VIP. The Racquet Club is encouraging tournament participants and their friends and family to raise funds for a great cause: the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program in Beverly. For every purchase of a VIP Card made from this page, $10 will be donated to Spectrum’s award-winning memory-care program, which supports those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  https://www.newburyport.com/lago-bowl-alzheimers-fundraiser/

This year’s tournament promises to be bigger and better than ever, topping last year’s record of more than 50 teams organized into two divisions. Teams battle it out until just one is left standing. Each division will also host a rubber match for its runners-up. (Another consolation for players knocked out of the tournament? An “endless freezer” dishing up all-you-can-eat ice cream every night of the Bowl! And since all new year’s resolutions are long gone by April, there’s no guilt. Thank you Lago Ice Cream.)

The Lago Bowl is sponsored by Mike Lago in memory of his wife Carol, a huge tennis fan who encouraged him to take up the sport at the age of 50. Carol was also a major supporter of the Racquet Club and longtime sponsor of its annual tournament. The club suggests donations be made to Spectrum Adult Day Health Program in her memory.

The Racquet Club of Newburyport is the premier tennis facility on the North Shore, featuring six beautifully maintained indoor courts. The family-oriented club offers a wide range of services including tennis lessons (private and group), round robins, leagues, a junior program, and social events for its members. Whether you are a novice player looking to improve basic skills or a seasoned player in search of a better stroke, the Racquet Club of Newburyport has a program for you. Stop by to check it out!

You can help support the Lago Bowl Fundraiser by purchasing a Best of Newburyport VIP Card.  $10 from each VIP Card purchased on this page will be donated to the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program to help support Alzheimer’s patients and their families.  https://www.newburyport.com/lago-bowl-alzheimers-fundraiser/

Annelies to be Performed by The Newburyport Choral Society

Annelies Newburyport Choral Society Concert

Under the direction of Dr. George Case, the NCS, Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert will feature James Whitbourn’s powerful oratorio Annelies, the only musical setting based on the story of Anne Frank during the Holocaust. Premiered to huge acclaim in 2005, Annelies has been praised for its “woundingly beautiful” music and an extraordinary libretto that captures Anne’s keen observations and indomitable spirit. Whitbourn wrote this about Annelies:

“It was to be a commemorative work, not only for Anne Frank, but for those by whose side she lived, those she watched with penetrating eyes, and those voiceless millions who shared her fate.”

Numbering more than 125 singers, the Newburyport Choral Society will perform this dramatic oratorio to commemorate Anne Frank’s spirit and her vision of hope as an inspiration to all of the world’s oppressed people. The piece includes a variety of musical styles of the time period, including classical, folk songs, and a cabaret influence. NCS will end the concert with Whitbourn’s healing All Shall Be Amen and Alleluia, transcending the horrors of history and underlining a belief in the power of the human spirit to triumph.

The Newburyport Choral Society will perform two concerts: Saturday, May 6th at 8 PM and Sunday, May 7th at 4 PM at the Belleville Congregational Church located at 300 High Street in Newburyport.  Purchase tickets now for this amazing performance.

 

“I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look  up into the

heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too

will end, and  that peace  and tranquility will return again.”

Massachusetts Cultural Council

 

 

 

 

 

The Newburyport Choral Society gratefully acknowledges funding support for this program from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  This program is also supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

 

Floral Design Classes at Nunan’s – Develop Your Creativity!

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
Nunan's Spring Floral Design Classes, Georgetown MA

Develop your creativity by signing up for floral design classes at Nunan’s this Spring. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses, located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown, MA, offers seasonal classes to help your creative side shine. This April, we are offering both floral design classes and container classes, and our annual Spring Open House is April 22nd and 23rd. We are excited to announce Kallie’s Kones will be opening Saturday, April 1. Check out our list of classes below. To register, please call us at (978) 352-8172 or email info@nunans.com.

Thursday, April 6th at 6 PM
Flower Therapy Class

Come have fun and create a beautiful fresh flower arrangement. We will supply the flowers and guidance and you provide the creativity, so that everyone’s will be different. This will be a fun, relaxing evening as you create an arrangement for your table or for a friend. The fee for this class is $35.00.

Saturday, April 8th at 1 PM
Spring Containers Class

There is nothing that says spring more than pansies, flowering bulbs, and spring magic. Bring your own container or select one of ours as we plant a beautiful container for your doorstep for springtime. We will only use plant material that can withstand a light frost, so that it can stay out on most April nights. Cost of class is dependent on the plant material you choose and if you purchase a container.

Saturday, April 15th at 11 AM
Spring Easter Baskets for Kids Class

We will plant pansies and other spring plants into a wicker basket to make a living Easter basket that can be given as a gift or kept for your Easter table. Nothing says Easter and springtime like pansies! The fee for this class is $15.00.

Saturday & Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd
Spring Open House

Come join us at our Spring Open House! It falls on Earth Day this year, so we have a lineup of fun events for kids and educational seminars for adults. The children’s events will run from 11 AM until 2 PM and consist of “Plant a Pansy”, “Plant a Tomato Seedling”, and Earth Day crafts, as well as a Fairy Garden Class starting at 1 PM.  From 10 AM until 12 PM, we will hold a seminar where we will answer any and all of your lawn care questions, and from 12 PM to 2 PM, ask your most important tree and shrub care questions. After the winter we’ve had, we’re sure you have some!

Whether you sign up for our floral design classes or just come stop in for the open house, a trip to Nunan’s is sure to spark your Spring fever!

 

Ladies & Gems Jewelry Auction & Party at The NAA

Jewelry Auction, Newburyport Art Association

What is Ladies & Gems?  It is the perfect opportunity for a well deserved “Ladies Night Out” featuring a jewelry auction and party hosted by The Newburyport Art Association.  This is an evening not to be missed!  Ladies & Gems will take place Friday, April 7, 7:00-10:00 PM at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport MA.  The night will include jewelry for sale by the NAA’s own artist jewelers, silent auction of jewelry consigned by special NAA friends, music by Liz Frame & The Kickers, refreshments by neighboring restaurants: The Poynt, Brown Sugar by the Sea, and Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar.

As part of this special jewelry auction, the NAA is selling raffle tickets for a $5,000 shopping spree at Newburyport’s premier local Jeweler, Kaya Jewelers of Newburyport, MA.  Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold and tickets can be purchased at the Ladies & Gems event, or online prior to the event. Raffle tickets are $50 each.  Event admission ticket price is $25 – admission will be free with the purchase of 2 raffle tickets.  Raffle ticket holders need not attend the event to win the $5,000 shopping spree!  Raffle and event tickets may be purchased online via the NAA’s website, www.newburyportart.org.

Mark your calendar now for this fabulous jewelry auction.  Enjoy a fun evening out with friends all while helping supporting a very important organization in the Greater Newburyport community.

Founded in 1948, the NAA is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting our members’ work, providing art education for students of all ages and skills, and keeping the visual arts accessible to students in our local schools and for special needs adults.  Today, the NAA has become the cornerstone of greater Newburyport’s vibrant arts scene with over 600 artist members from around the region exhibiting their artwork in a full calendar of open, juried, invitational, featured artist and interest group shows during the year. In addition the Association offers a full calendar of studio classes and workshops for children, teens and adults, and we support two important community outreach programs, ArtLink & OpArt.

For further information, please contact the Newburyport Art Association at 1.978.465.8769 or email at naa@newburyportart.org.  Please visit our website at www.newburyportart.org.

Calling all Greater Newburyport entrepreneurial Women!

entrepreneurial Women, Newburyport

Are you an entrepreneurial women from the Greater Newburyport area? Have you ever wondered if you can have a career, run a business AND have a manageable work-life balance? Would you like to spend more time with your family and at home, while at the same time running a successful business? What if you your new home office was aboard a sailboat or you worked from the beach this summer?

Join other like-minded entrepreneurial women for a powerful event on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Bentley’s Real Estate located at 2A Winter St. in Newburyport where 28 Carrots and Alissa Christie of Bentley’s Real Estate will be hosting an Entrepreneur Roundtable in Bentley’s lounge. The event will provide active, lively, facilitated group discussions on a variety of topics that women entrepreneurs face. There will be plenty of Nosh & Nibbles & Networking!

28 Carrots is an entrepreneurial feeder and community for like-minded women to gather together, inspire one another, and feed innovative spirit. With every great idea, 28 Carrots 28 Carrots encourages and empowers other women to create success. Lisa Christine Summerville, CEO and Founder, of 28 Carrots lives in Newburyport and enjoys sailing and spending time with her sweet Nova Scotia Duck Toller named Camden.

Alissa Christie is a real estate broker and co-owner of Bentley’s Real Estate, a local boutique real estate agency offering an elevated real estate experience where the clients’ needs are put first. Alissa spent the first part of her young professional life as an international and maritime lawyer before transitioning into real estate full-time. She lives in Newburyport with her husband, two daughters (5 and 7) and golden retriever puppy.

Join us to create solutions to challenges that solve problems that women entrepreneur’s experience! Hear Alissa tell her story about her transition from a demanding career as an attorney in New York and Boston to a top real estate professional in Greater Newburyport. She still makes time for herself and her family and will be offering some tips on what has helped her maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Curious about starting a business? You do not need to be an active entrepreneur to attend this event. Just a desire to collaborate and not compete and a desire to meet other dynamic, like-minded women.

Be prepared to be inspired, empowered, and to make solid connections with other entrepreneurial women.

Register and RSVP> https://28carrots.com/events-overview/#!event/2017/2/28/entrepreneur-roundtables

A portion of the proceeds will also go to help EMPOWER WOMEN and raise awareness around domestic violence for the Jeannie Geiger Crisis Center:

http://jeannegeigercrisiscenter.org/

Become a 28 Carrots Member for FREE for 60 days: https://28carrots.com/membership-overview/#join.  We look forward to seeing you and celebrating success!

 

Painting Lessons Amongst Maritime History

By Michael Mroz, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Custom House Maritime Museum, Michael oversees operations, marketing and communications for the museum.
Custom House Maritime Museum
Painting Lessons Amongst Maritime History

The Custom House Maritime Museum is very pleased to present Artist Johanne Cassia, who will be giving painting lessons four times a year, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, here at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

Johannes style is the quintessential New England folk style. This is your chance to be given instruction by a revered painter in the very first Spring painting class, that will take place in the “Hall of Ships” within the historic Custom House Maritime Museum. Beginner and experienced artists welcome. You will be guided every step of the way, and depart with a 16” X 20’’ painting. Light refreshments will be served as well.

JOHANNE CASSIA IS AN ACCOMPLISHED, AMERICAN FOLK ARTIST.  She is one of a very limited group of artists that is painting the traditions that we want to pass forward as HEIRLOOMS OF OUR HERITAGE. Johanne is passionate about keeping the “American Dream” alive. Johanne is one of the only artists that currently re-creates actual 17th & 18th Century landscapes, seascapes and countryscapes in full scale format. As a commissioned artist, Johanne often paints EARLY HISTORICAL LOCATIONS into her work. She captures the many aspects of the development of our country that connects us all. Her work DEPICTS OUR EVOLVING HISTORY AND THE FAMILY TRADITIONS WE WANT TO SHARE. She allows people to fantasize about how things used to be. Viewers often say they want to “walk into her paintings.” JOHANNE CASSIA, M.ED., IS A LIFELONG EDUCATOR AND FACILITATES EARLY AMERICAN PAINTING LESSONS FOR ALL LEVELS OF ARTISTS. Her studio is on the second level of the barn where she creates her large scale paintings on wood. Her work is photographed in a commercial photography studio and the transferred to canvas.

AWARDS AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION –

Market Square, Valley Forge, PA, “Best Made in America Exhibitor”

Ribbon, Gallery of Master Craftsmen: PA, Juried show with national entrants.

Ribbon, 375th Ipswich Anniversary Art Show, MA, Painting Prized.

26 March – 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Price $75.00, which includes all material including canvas and easel

Advance Reservations Required, call 978-462-8681  -or-  email jroberts@chmm.org

 

 

Rescue a Pup & Shop for a Cause at The Black Dog Adoption Event

Black Dog Adoption Event, Newburyport

The Black Dog in downtown Newburyport has a long time partnership with the local rescue group, One Tail at a Time. Together we will be hosting a dog adoption day this Saturday, March the 4th from 10 AM – 1 PM. The Black Dog has numerous stores and each store works with local shelters to help promote dog adoption and rescue efforts.

Why do we do this? We do this because our roots and our iconic Black Dog silhouette were born from a rescue. More than 46 years ago Captain Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard rescued a small black pup with white paws and of no certain pedigree. She was called Black Dog and she lived for 16 years sailing side by side with her captain. Rescue and dog adoption is embedded in our Brand, and we hope that one day every dog will have a loving home.

One Tail at a Time Rescue saves dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters mostly from the rural south because that’s where the help is needed the most.  All of the rescued dogs are placed in volunteer foster homes until they are able to find their forever home.

Seven perfectly healthy pups just made their journey to Massachusetts and they are looking for their family! We encourage everyone to ADOPT and not SHOP for a pet. Please join us this Saturday for our dog adoption event in the Newburyport Black Dog store located at 37 State Street. We will be donating 20% of our sales to One Tail at a Time so that they can continue to bring dogs to safety. Even if you can’t adopt a pup, you can SHOP for a cause! Treat yourself to a few new things, or maybe you have gifts to purchase. This is a great opportunity to pick up quality Black Dog merchandise, and possibly provide a loving home for one of these very special pups.

 

 

 

Support The Pink House Kicks Off it’s First Art Show in November

Support the Pink House, Newburyport MA

The first Pink House Art Show and Auction is planned November 17, 2016 within sight of the pink lady herself – at PITA Hall, 8 Plum Island Turnpike in Newbury, MA. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

There will be paintings and photographs for auction, and additional pieces for sale with a percentage also going to Support The Pink House the grass roots movement working to save and preserve the iconic Pink House. Participating are artists Robin Thornhill, Jonathan Elcock, Alan Bull, Edith Heyck, Mark Hayden, Jim Fenton, Pat Lutz, Mark Antinoro, Pamela Leavey, Leslie Scott-Lysan, Marina Forbes, Tina Rawson, Robert Ring, and more! Thank you to Pamela Leavey for the beautiful Pink House photography featured in this post.

There will also be a chance to win a bona fide custom made men’s shirt from Wardrobe Stylist Rochelle Joseph, as well as a stunning jewelry piece from Pam Older Designs something for everyone on your list – especially that hard- to-buy-for category. You may end up leaving with something just for YOU!

Refreshments and light bites will be served.

So come warm up on a blustery evening, stroll with something to sip on and enjoy taking in all the extraordinary art done by local photographers and painters of the icon that is all our own. Jump into the spirit of the season and do some gift shopping that goes to a good cause and supports our local artists!

Support The Pink House is a grass roots movement that has worked daily for the last year, successfully raising consciousness regarding the imminent plans to demolish The Pink House, whose presence since 1922 has captured the hearts and imagination of residents, tourists, birders, artists, writers and photographers. Now the public, whose outcry has been heard, is stepping forward to join in. The group meets monthly the last Wed of the month at PITA Hall and has begun raising funds while pursuing solutions to keep the house in the community.

PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR and support our cause and your fabulous local artists who make the house and our community such a revered place!  Visit/Like our Facebook Page and see the event invite there!  Email info@supportthepinkhouse.com with any questions. 

 

Tall Ship Art Auction Hosted by The Custom House – Oct 8th

Tall Ship Art Auction, Newburyport MA

The historic Custom House Maritime Museum is hosting a Tall Ship Art Auction on Saturday, October 8th, at 6 pm to raise money to welcome another magnificent tall ship to Newburyport this Spring. The museum, the former United States Customhouse located at 25 Water Street in Newburyport, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the maritime heritage of Newburyport, the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port, and the Merrimack River Valley.

Talented artists from the local area were asked by the Custom House and the Newburyport Art Association to create original artwork inspired by the visit of the tall ship “El Galeon” last spring. Close to 50 pieces of unique artwork, depicting artists’ rendition of the tall ship, will be auctioned off at the Tall Ship Art Auction. The proceeds from the auction will provide support for Maritime Days 2017 and bringing in another tall ship next spring, as well as fund expansion of educational programs. This will be the only fundraiser between now and the arrival of the tall ship in 2017.

In addition to the spectacular  Tall Ship Art Auction, a silent auction will be held featuring 10 different, unique Newburyport experiences with the 2017 tall ship and the Custom House Maritime Museum. One such experience will be a VIP tour of the vessel when it docks in Newburyport’s harbor.  Don’t miss out on this special opportunity.

Tickets are going fast! Tickets for the event are $35 for the general admission and $75 for VIP. Guests will be welcomed at 6 pm, with the Tall Ship Art Auction beginning at 7:30 pm. Your admission includes beer, wine and food generously donated by local restaurants.

Please join us for an entertaining evening of maritime art and history, as you support and enjoy Newburyport’s Custom House Maritime Museum.  For more information call 978-462-8681 or go to www.customhousemaritimemuseum.org.

BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event 2016

Bentley's Customer Appreciation Event 2016, Newburyport Real Estate

The Custom House Maritime Museum created the perfect setting for the 1st Annual BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event.  Over 200 BENTLEY’S real estate clients were welcomed by an upbeat brass band to get the party started, as they toured the beautiful historic maritime museum.  The party flowed outside on to the back lawn under an extra high spectacularly lit tent.  Guests enjoyed picture perfect weather and beautiful views of the boats on the Merrimack River.  Jim Rogers and his Andiamo team catered a top notch feel with an amazing selection of food.  New England Wine & Spirits brought in their 90 Plus representative featuring a wine tasting with a special selection of high end 90+ wines, in BENTLEY’S branded stemless wine glasses.  The entertainment was exceptional!  Carubia Brass Bands drew crowds to the front of the Custom House for the start of the party and local favorite Dan Sky took the party to the next level packing the dance floor, as many folks lined the exterior walk way and benches around the tent to enjoy his incredible music.  Of course the Bentley’s team made thoughtful decisions to plan this wonderful BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event, but the true magic behind this over the top, Best of Newburyport event was performed by local event planner Tiffany Learned of Detailed Engagements.

After establishing the number 1 real estate team in Essex County and growing from 6 to 15 people, Robert Bentley opened the BENTLEY’S office in partnership with Alissa Christie, an attorney and top producing real estate agent.  BENTLEY’S Greater Newburyport is located at 2A Winter Street, and you will see their many for sale signs all over Newburyport and surrounding towns.  The BENTLEY’S office also has agents who service Southern NH as well as folks who work with clients all over the North Shore and down into Boston.

In addition to being a great celebration of the BENTLEY’S team success in real estate, the BENTLEY’S Customer Appreciation Event was also perfectly timed with the launch of the Newburyport APP, the mobile version of the Best of Newburyport VIP Card.  The APP takes the loyalty program to the next level, enabling card holders to digitally display their VIP Card, and easily view discounts for the 180 participating local restaurants and retailers.  Just type “Newburyport” in the Apple or Google store to download.  The APP is free to download, and login credentials are sent with the purchase of a VIP Card.  For $25 folks enjoy discounts EVERY TIME they visit the 180 local participating businesses plus, $10 of the purchase is a donation to a local non-profit partner organization of their choice.  Robert Bentley and his wife Laura own and operate Newburyport.com.  In addition to the Best of Newburyport VIP Program, the site has a robust local Real Estate Portal, Greater Newburyport Events Calendar, beautiful live views from 13 Live Webcams, and it offers great information on Things To Do in the Greater Newburyport area.

YOUTH FISHING CLINC AT CASHMAN PARK – FREE EVENT!

Cashman Park Youth Fishing Clinic

Join local families Saturday, May 21st, from 11 AM to 2 PM at Cashman Park in Newburyport for a fun day of fishing!  The rain date is Sunday, May 22nd.  The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries) and the City of Newburyport are sponsoring a youth fishing clinic for children under the age of 18.

Marine biologists will be on hand to help teach basic saltwater angling skills.  Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for fishing from the pier and from shore.  There will also be other fun fish-related activities and handouts.  This is a FREE event but registration is required to participate (see link below).  Parents must stay with their child(ren) during the event.  Participation is limited so sign up soon!

This youth fishing clinic is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the basics of fishing while enjoying some quality time by the water.  Activities include:

  • Learn to cast with spinning reels
  • Test your knot tying skills
  • Fun and educational handouts
  • Gyotaku fish prints with paint
  • Learn how to measure fish
  • Catch and release fishing!!

Cashman Park is located on Sally Snyder Way off of Merrimac St. in Newburyport, MA.  Parking and porta potties are available on site.

For more information on this event, other fishing clinics, and/or the MarineFisheries Angler Education Program, please visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dmf/education/saltwater-angler-education-program.html 

For additional assistance, or to send in your registration forms, please contact Maren Olson at (978) 282-0308 x167, via email at maren.olson@state.ma.us, or via mail to Division of Marine Fisheries Angler Education Program, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Support Newburyport Parks Without Breaking A Sweat

Newburyport Parks Event May 7th, Mission Oak Grill, Newburyport MA

Drink wine, taste locally crafted beer, enjoy a variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Mission Oak Grill, listen to live music by Lux, and watch the Kentucky Derby live on a big screen TV. It’s that easy!

Come to the Newburyport Parks Taste of Spring event, this Saturday, May 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Mission Oak Grill, 26 Green Street, Newburyport, MA. This event promises to be the most fun you will ever have maintaining the Newburyport Parks. That’s right, all proceeds go to caring for all of Newburyport’s 22 parks.

It’s also the day before Mother’s Day, so if you’re at a loss for what to do to make Mom feel special, Taste of Spring is a great way to celebrate with discounted tickets for mothers and those bringing one. There will be fun for all at this event. We have you covered for the Kentucky Derby with live event coverage projected on a large screen, friendly betting and a best hat competition.

You know you enjoy Newburyport parks. We see a lot of you everyday, so join forces with our sponsors: Bennett and Company, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, New England Wine and Spirits, and First Press Imports to make this event an amazing success. To purchase tickets vsit New England Wine and Spirits or http://www.newburyportparks.org/taste-of-spring.html.

The Newburyport Parks Conservancy is a private non-profit charitable foundation whose sole mission is to care for and beautify Newburyport’s parks and public spaces.  It was founded with support from The Mayor Gayden W. Morrill Charitable Foundation and continues to fund maintenance and improvement projects throughout the parks.

Kick off spring with the Newburyport Parks, the best way to sample the tastes of the season while supporting the parks we all enjoy.

“Local Sponsors Back “Cool Schools” Teacher Appreciation Contest”

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Teacher Appreciation Cool School Contest, Newburyport MA

When Macaroni Kid Newburyport set about creating the ultimate teacher appreciation event, it was surprisingly easy to secure an impressive lineup of generous local sponsors. Our first-annual “Cool Schools” contest, timed to coincide with Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6, invites parents and community members to vote online daily from April 26-May 9 for their favorite pre-k/kindergarten or early-elementary school. The winning school will receive:

  • Catered lunch for faculty/staff, courtesy of BUCCIARELLI’S in Salisbury
  • Catered dessert bar for faculty/staff, courtesy of DIANNE’S FINE DESSERTS in Newburyport
  • Coffee for faculty/staff, courtesy of NEWBURYPORT STARBUCKS
  • $500 cash prize, courtesy of CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE in Newburyport

That’s a lot of GREAT prizes, especially when you consider that the preschool-to-grade 3 Bresnahan School in Newburyport boasts a whopping 120+ faculty and staff!

When I approached Mark Iannuccillo of Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop about the contest in early March, he estimated that a catered lunch for 120 would cost about $1,200 in sandwiches – and he agreed to participate on the spot.

“Schools are an integral part of our community and Bucciarelli’s loves to support them in any way possible, most importantly because we are members of the community,” he said. “We live, work, and play here. Our kids play in the local parks and are students in the local schools.”

“When people shop small and shop local, it allows us to give back to our community,” he added.

For Dianne’s Fine Desserts, which will be treating the winning faculty and staff to a catered dessert bar, the choice to get involved was simple: “We are so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community and love getting the opportunity to give back, especially when it’s bringing awareness to local teachers and schools,” a company representative said.

Children’s Health Care jumped at the chance to furnish the $500 cash prize for the contest, in large part because supporting early education aligns perfectly with the practice’s emphasis on “full-circle health care.” CHC says it is committed to treating the whole child, including providing a nurse on staff to help parents engage with their child’s school to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) if necessary.

Our local Starbucks store in Newburyport was a particularly easy sell: The store manager, Jackie Savastra, has a daughter at the Bresnahan School! From a company perspective, “Every store is part of a community, and we take our responsibility to be good neighbors seriously,” she said. “We want to be involved wherever we do business.”

“Now more than ever, communities are relying on the private sector to share resources and help drive meaningful change,” she added, noting that April is Starbucks’ Global Month of Service, in which the company completes thousands of local service projects worldwide.

“The bottom line for these local businesses is that supporting Macaroni Kid Newburyport’s “Cool Schools” teacher appreciation contest is a great way to get involved in the community and celebrate what we can accomplish for our schools when we all pitch in together.”

“For complete contest details, and to find a contest entry form, please visit http://newburyport.macaronikid.com.”

 

Relive U2 Live with Joshua Tree Blarney Bash March 12th

U2 Live with Joshua Tree @ Blarney Bash, March 12th at Blue Ocean

Relive U2 live with the Joshua Tree Blarney Bash, on March 12th at Blue Ocean Music Hall.  If U2 live concerts bring back memories of amazing times singing and dancing with friends to this classic band, here is your opportunity to revive that spirit locally with the electric energy of the Joshua Tree Premiere U2 Tribute.

Rally a group of friends and experience an incredible night of great music and fun, with easy parking and a short commute home.  Blue Ocean Music Hall is a beautiful waterfront facility conveniently located on Salisbury Beach offering picturesque ocean views.

In addition to being an exhilirating night of fun, proceeds from this concert will be used to provide free fireworks and concerts on Salisbury Beach every Saturday night from June 26th – Labor Day weekend.  Your support helps provide the opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy great free summer entertainment, not just those who can afford to purchase tickets.  Help Blue Ocean Music Hall and the Salisbury Beach Partnership give back to our local community and enjoy an amazing night out!

The Joshua Tree is a local New England based band recognized for winning the 2008 Boston Music Awards best tribute act and is know for preforming all U2 songs with the same intensity and emotion.  The Joshua Tree covers all phases of U2’s career from first album to most recent.

Experiencing a Blue Ocean concert is a must.  In addition to great live music, you can enjoy food service at your table prior to the concert and into the beginning of the show.  Order your favorite drinks and sample Jameson’s Caskmates, smooth Irish whiskey aged to perfection in craft beer barrels, a true taste of Ireland.

You deserve a fun night out and here is your great excuse!  Get your tickets now for the Joshua Tree U2 live Tribute. Doors open at 6:30 and show starts at 8 PM.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 978-462-5888.

2016 Big Day Wedding Showcase March 6th

By Tiffany Learned, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Tiffany Learned Owner, Event Planner & Wedding Coordinator of Detailed Engagements is an expert you can trust to plan and manage all important events.
Detailed Engagements
Big Day Wedding Showcase 2016, March 6th, Ipswich MA

Planning a Wedding? You are invited! The Greater Newburyport 2016 Big Day Wedding Showcase is here!

Detailed Engagements is happy to have partnered with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce to bring to you the 2nd Annual 2016 Big day Wedding Showcase!

Are you engaged? Congratulations!! You have a lot of planning to do but first let’s celebrate!

Please join us on Sunday March 6th from 12- 3pm at the Ipswich Country Club for the best wedding show north of Boston! This year’s wedding showcase will be our biggest one yet! The best part- the event is FREE for all engaged couples!

Are you engaged and planning your wedding? Are you in a wedding and planning a shower or bachelorette party? Are you the parents of someone getting married? This event is for you!

This is your chance to tour a beautiful wedding venue, listen to performances from talented music options for your wedding, win one of our many prizes, get a sneak peek at the latest wedding fashions and so much more!!

This event will feature the TOP wedding & event professionals. Stop by on Sunday March 6 to chat with them about your Big Day!

Are you a top wedding pro who wants to join this event?

Email me at info@DetailedEngagements.com for more information!

Follow on facebook!

See you all there!

~Tiffany J. Learned

Owner/Wedding Planner

Detailed Engagements

Joppa Flats’ Winter Games Set for Feb. 21 at Maudslay State Park

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Joppa Flats’ Winter Games Set for Feb. 14 at Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA

February vacation week finishes Sunday the 21st from 1:30-4 PM with an exciting event at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, courtesy of Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. The first-annual Winter Games invites families to complete a series of nature-themed challenges, such as “animal gait races,” compass orienteering, a scavenger hunt, and a mini bird-a-thon. (The day wraps up with home-baked treats and hot cocoa, of course.)

I caught up with Joppa Flats naturalist and Winter Games coordinator Kirsten Lindquist to find out what’s in store. “We’ve got a whole suite of games ready to go,” she says, “it really just depends on the weather.” If there’s snow on the ground, for example, activities may include winter-shelter building, animal tracking, and snow-science experiments such as looking at snowflakes under a microscope. Cold temperatures would be perfect for “Can Buddies,” in which families must figure out how to insulate a metal can to keep the water inside from freezing.

“It’s like Survivor meets science experiment,” says Lindquist. “Think facilitated nature play that incorporates a lot of games and very hands-on exploration.” Lindquist notes that it’s especially important to dress appropriately for the weather, including layered clothing and sturdy waterproof boots – participants may get a little muddy!

“Maudslay State Park is such a great community focal point. There’s just so much to explore,” Lindquist says. “We want children and families to connect with nature so that they’ll want to take care of it in the future.”

“I’m very excited about this event and hope it’s something we can do again and again for winters to come. Let’s make it a community tradition to play outside together each February!”

The Winter Games should help fill the sizable gap left by the popular Winter Carnival on Bartlett Pond, which will likely be cancelled this year due to recent unseasonably warm temperatures.

Stop by the Joppa Flats Education Center Feb. 15-17 for a series of indoor and outdoor “flyby” (drop-in) activities geared toward ages 2-6 and 7 and up. Each day will focus on a different theme: Wildlife around the World, Take to the Skies, and Animals of the Ice. Let’s go outside and play!

 

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Check Out Your Local Library This Month

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Check Out Your Local Library This Month, Newburyport MA

Hope you took advantage of the generously long winter vacation to relax and decompress after last month’s flurry of holiday activities!

January’s cold temperatures have sent all but the hardiest of snow bunnies indoors for the winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to go with the kids. Parents in the Newburyport area need look no further than their local public library to find some outstanding, creative – and FREE! – programming for all ages.

Children under 5 and their caregivers can enjoy a wide range of story times geared toward specific stages of early literacy. From “Mother Goose on the Loose Babytime” to “Terrific Twos” to “A-Zs with 3-5s,” there truly is a story time for all ages and developmental stages. Be sure to take advantage of this great early-learning resource! (For a complete rundown of Newburyport-area library story times by age and location, click here.)

Emerging readers have plenty of fun and engaging opportunities to hone their literacy skills. The Newburyport Public Library is launching a new book club for grades 1-2 this month, and the Ipswich Public Library’s Story Explorers program for first graders is now accepting registrations for its winter session, just to name a couple. Not into reading with a group? “Read to a Dog” programs at two public libraries – Amesbury, Newbury – allow emerging readers to build confidence by reading privately to a trained service dog (book your time slot in advance).

For older kids, the library isn’t just a place for books or the occasional drop-in craft. Love cooking? The Amesbury Public Library offers both a Future Foodies Club and a Batter Up Cookbook Club. The Rowley Public Library’s popular cooking club, launched last fall, has expanded to include two groups this winter (sign up now for Session I or Session II). Budding builders may enjoy Minecraft or Steampunk. There are after-school clubs just for grades 3-5 (Rowley) and grades 7-8 (Amesbury). For tweens and teens, there are clubs for anime enthusiasts, Harry Potter fans, and gamers, just to name a few.

Looking for fun, free kids’ activities this winter? “Check out” your local library!

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Holiday Fun for Families in Greater Newburyport

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Macaroni Kid, Newburyport MA

The Newburyport area is unwrapping a holiday season jam-packed with events for kids and families! Santa arrived in Downtown Newburyport – via U.S. Coast Guard boat, of course – on the traditional Sunday after Thanksgiving, lighting a 35-foot evergreen in Market Square and marking the official start of holiday celebrations. (Newbury and Salisbury held their tree lightings the same day.)

The first weeks of December offer plenty of opportunities for Santa-sighting, including Santa “tours around town” in Salisbury and Byfield, courtesy of the town fire departments (yep, that’s Santa in the fire truck). Not to be outdone, Marini Farm in Ipswich will host Santa traveling by tractor, plus free hayrides and hot chocolate for area families. On weekends, children are invited to Inn Street in Downtown Newburyport to visit Santa in his “workshop,” a charmingly decorated cottage situated in the city’s sole pedestrian-only throughway. Arrive early – Santa’s Workshop is an extremely popular destination!

Chanukah celebrations get under way in early December as well, beginning on the first night (Sunday, Dec. 6) with the traditional menorah lighting and singalong in Market Square, hosted by Rabbi Avi Poupko of Congregation Ahavas Achim.

Over the course of the month, holiday decorations will be popping up in windows and window boxes all over town. For inspiration and a fun day out, visit Sea Festival of Trees in Salisbury and Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm. Both annual festivals feature a dazzling array of holiday trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, each to be raffled off for charity. Midway through the month, Newburyport’s 22nd annual Holiday House Tour will throw open the doors to more than a dozen private homes handsomely decorated in the “Coastal Christmas Tidings” style. And don’t miss a trip to Partridge in a Bear Tree, Newburyport’s go-to destination for holiday décor.

If you’re looking for something to put under the tree, shop local with our Holiday Gift Guide featuring boutique Newburyport-area vendors and services you just can’t find anywhere else. We’ve got a special section on classes and activities for kids, plus out-of-the-gift-box ideas for moms, dads, and entire families.

Ipswich is the place for some offbeat holiday celebrations this year. Ipswich Evergreen – held outdoors on the town green – celebrates the winter solstice with make-and-take evergreen wreaths. Nearby Appleton Farms hosts the “Nisse” – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – as he presides over children’s holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and caroling. Santa arrives at Town Wharf for his annual “Jingle Bell Walk” as onlookers jingle their bells along the parade route before gathering at Town Hall for caroling, holiday crafts, and photos with the big man himself.

Finally, no holiday season would be complete without a good old-fashioned singalong. The Firehouse Center for the Arts presents a popular annual singalong likely to sell out again this year, so get tickets early.

For more holiday events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Music for Change Event November 7

Pennies for Poverty, Newburyport MA

Businesses and volunteers have come together to support Pennies for Poverty’s Music for Change fundraiser, which will take place on November 7th, starting at 6:30 at the Elks Lodge in Newburyport.

The music, headlined by EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy, and including Thomas Machine Works Band and Liz Frame will have the crowd tapping their feet and dancing. Ouellette is known for his creativity and passion with original songs and fiddle-driven rock tunes. Thomas Machine Works Band has been playing to enthusiastic audiences on the North Shore for 18 years. Liz Frame’s powerful voice has been hailed as compelling, original and the perfect combination of sultriness and directness.

Popular restaurants, including Michael’s Harborside, Oregano Ristorante, Loretta, Salt Kitchen and Rum Bar, Not Your Average Joes, Dos Amigos, Annarosa’s and Buen Sabor will provide delicious tastes from their menus.

Businesses, craftspeople, artists, and skilled vendors from throughout region have generously contributed items to the silent auction.  Auction items include weekend getaway packages, Boston Celtics and Patriots tickets, gym memberships, cooking classes, restaurant meals, work by established artists, home decorating and landscape services and even a handmade quilt.

The evening will also include a raffle for a chance to win an evening of dining at the top of Newburyport Lighthouse – New England’s most private and unique dining destination. Named “the most Romantic and Exclusive Dining Destination” by Boston’s Phantom Gourmet.

Music for Change tickets ($25 in advance) are available online at MusicforChange.yapsody.com, at Dyno Records (1 Middle Street, Newburyport) or at Greetings By Design (1 Rear Water Street, Newburyport). Tickets will be available at the door for $30.

All proceeds from this event go directly to address urgent needs and underfunded programs at social service organizations that help those living in poverty in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

Pennies for Poverty: 2 Cents 4 Change, Inc. was founded with the belief that if everyone in the community does a little to help those in need, we can substantially reduce poverty and improve the well-being of all members of the community. The nonprofit is run by volunteer members of the community. Its mission is to reduce poverty and alleviate its devastating impact on individuals and families in the greater Newburyport area.

By Amy Weickert

Pennies for Poverty Music For Change, Newburyport MA Pennies for Poverty Music For Change, Newburyport MA

Savor 3 Course Cooking Demo @ Andiamo

By Jim Rogers, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Owner and Chef – Jim was born and raised in Newburyport and now owns Newburyport’s top Italian Restaurant
Savor 3 Course Cooking Demo @ Andiiamo, Newburyport MA

Come experience Savor 3 Course Cooking Demo @ Andiamo.  Andiamo’s Restaurant + bar is a place where you come for the food and stay for the intimate, engaging atmosphere. On Saturday, September 19th you’re invited to join award-winning chef, Jim Rogers, at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar for an entertaining cooking demo and 3-course lunch during Savor Newburyport.  Rogers will share his passion for classic and modern Italian cuisine and share his expert cooking techniques throughout the 3-course lunch.

This hands-on experience will include a variety of Andiamo’s delicious new fall menu. Wine pairings will be suggested throughout the event to enhance your tasting experience.

Event Details:

  • When: Saturday, September 19th
  • Time: 12:30pm – 3pm
  • How:  Tickets are available for purchase online as well as in person at Andiamo and The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce office.
  • Ticket price:  $50 pp, does include wine

What we love about this event:

  • Pairing Perfection: Chef Rogers will speak to the group about his choice of wine to complement each delectable dish throughout the afternoon.
  • The Place: Great food, superior service and an intimate atmosphere are all the makings for a delightful event.
  • Experience: At this event you will take away more than just food but you will take away a memorable experience.

SAVOR NEWBURYPORT

Savor Newburyport, Newburyport MA

Newburyport is thrilled to host the inaugural Savor Newburyport event brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and their members, highlighting the exceptional cuisine, craft beer and cocktails, shopping and cultural experiences the maritime city has to offer.  From September 17th through the 26th, Newburyport will host unique events and innovative dining and retail collaborations.

The celebration will kick off on Thursday, September 17th at the Opening Savory Gala on Newburyport’s picturesque waterfront from 6-9pm.  Guests will have the opportunity to sample award-winning food and drinks from over 30 local restaurants and chefs throughout Greater Newburyport.

Throughout the 10-day Savor Newburyport celebration, tickets will be available to numerous special events hosted by local restaurants in and around Newburyport. In addition from Friday, September 18th to Sunday, September 20th, the Savory Retail Showcase events will take place with numerous retail shops offering special incentives, features and promotions.

Visit SavorNewburyport.com for full listing of events and ticket information.

Joy Movie Teaser Trailer

Joy Movie Teaser Trailer, Newburyport MA

Get a of sneak peek of the much anticipated Joy Movie Teaser Trailer for the upcoming film scheduled to be released Christmas Day 2015.  Although we will need to wait until Christmas to see the film in full, we can now enjoy a the official Joy Movie Teaser Trailer preview of the upcoming production with scenes filmed in local North Shore towns including Newburyport, Newbury and West Newbury.

Joy is a wild story of a family across four generations centered on a girl who rises to become the woman who founds a powerful family business dynasty.  The movie features an impressive cast:  Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Elizabeth Rohm, and Bradley Cooper.

How much of Newburyport will we see?  Will “Joy” cause Hollywood to recognize Newburyport as an up and coming destination for future films?  Some speculate that our quaint historic town of Newburyport could gain recognition if “Joy” is as successful as Director, David O. Russell’s other films: “The Fighter” and “American Hustle.”

I guess we will all have to wait and see, but in the mean time enjoy the Joy Movie Teaser Trailer preview and be sure to get your tickets in advance because our local Salisbury movie theaters are sure to be packed on Christmas day with large crowds of curious locals.

 

Homes For Our Troops Benefit Concert

Homes for Our Troops Benefit Concert, Newburyport MA

On Saturday, August 8th, 2015, Newburyport’s Patriots for American Veterans Organization will host the third Homes For Our Troops Benefit Concert at the Newburyport Waterfront.  Founded in Newburyport in 2013, Patriots for American Veterans Organization (PAVO) aids American veterans in our local community.  PAVO helps Veterans in many ways and has chosen to host a benefit for Homes for Our Troops once again.

Homes For Our Troops is a national non-profit organization that helps build homes for disabled veterans.  Homes For Our Troops has built 183 homes nationwide helping to provide a private environment for rebuilding and recovery and helping to restore freedom and independence lost while Veterans were helping to defend our country.

Boston trio Savoir Faire will open the show at 2 PM, followed by Newburyport-based art-rock trio Unnamed Colors headlining at 4 PM. The concert is free, but donations are welcome (ALL proceeds go to Homes For Our Troops).

The rain date is Saturday, August 15th.  Check the Newburyport.Com Events Calendar if there is a rain date change and for all of Greater Newburyport event information.

Take in the beautiful sights of Summer in Newburyport and the captivating sounds of local original music, all while showing support for a great cause.

By: Andrew Aghababian of Unnamed Colors

Videos & Photos from Unofficial Yankee Homecoming Events

Yankee Homecoming Road Race 2015, Newburyport MA

Community Events During Yankee Homecoming

Tradition expands thru other local Organizations

Yankee Homecoming Road Race Hosted by Lions Club

Yankee Homecoming Bed Racing Hosted by Lions Club

Community Events During Yankee Homecoming

Many local organizations in the Greater Newburyport area host community events during Yankee Homecoming week.  Although these events are not officially part of Yankee Homecoming, many have become strong traditions that help to raise money for local organizations in the community.

Together both the official and unofficial Yankee Homecoming events help to stimulate our local economy, expand tourism and bring our community together to celebrate local traditions.  Enjoy our photos and videos from:  Greek Food Festival, Police Station Tour, Yankee Homecoming Road Race and Bed Race hosted by the Lions Club, Kids Day hosted by the Exchange Club, and the High Street Mile hosted by the Winner’s Circle Running Club.

Check out the Newburyport.Com Events Calendar for details on both official Yankee Homecoming events as well as other community sponsored events.

Enjoy Newburyport.Com photos and videos from events throughout Yankee Homecoming week, both on our site as well as on our facebook page.

Please consider purchasing a Best of Newburyport VIP Card for $25 and $10 of your purchase will help support Yankee Homecoming fireworks.  Present your VIP card when you shop and dine and receive discounts @ 180+ greater Newburyport businesses.

Custom House Maritime Museum 40th Anniversary & Patrons’ Party June 27, 2015

By Michael Mroz, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Custom House Maritime Museum, Michael oversees operations, marketing and communications for the museum.
Custom House Maritime Museum
Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport MA

Oh what a night to dance under the stars by the waterfront and reflect on the history of the Newburyport Custom House. To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the restoration and opening of the Custom House Maritime Museum, we are throwing a 1975 themed gala to celebrate this Robert Mills architectural gem and its unique collection or maritime and revolutionary war antiquities.  Please join us for a night of fine food, libations, music and revelry offered in true 70’s style.  Period dress is encouraged!

 

Tickets are $75 per person and include food catered by Phat Cats Bistro, assorted wines, ales and a sparkling wine bar.  Dance to live music provided by period band “1975” performing top 100 hits from the year. Explore the collection of the museum as you search for clues in our scavenger hunt and submit your completed form to win maritime prizes.  Bid on a wide array of items and experiences at our Silent Auction. Celebrate the revitalization of our downtown and learn about the role the museum has played in our community as you preview the museum’s 40th Anniversary exhibit that opens to the public the following day.

Tickets reservations can be made through the Custom House Maritime Museum website:  http://www.customhousemaritimemuseum.org/calendar/index.php?page_function=detail&event_id=342

Tickets can also be reserved by calling the museum at 978-462-8681. As this event typically sells out, advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. All proceeds benefit the preservation and operation of the museum and its’ collections.

VIP Treatment for Father’s Day at Farley’s of Newburyport

By Shannon Burke, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Shannon Burke is the Director of Advertising & Marketing for Farley's of Newburyport.
Farley's, Newburyport MA

Farley’s of Newburyport is the place to go for all things Father’s Day. From Swiss quartz watches to UV-400 protected sunglasses to a bright pair of socks, we’ve hand-selected gifts that any guy would love.

Our Peter Millar line is stock full of clothes appropriate for a day on the links. The piece we’re most excited about is a navy-and-pink-checkered sport shirt made of a wicking material, perfect for hot summer days. Also available are polyester and spandex blend quarter-zips, spring sweaters and golf shorts. Peter Millar does a great job of coordinating colors and fabrics in various pieces, making it easy to create an entire outfit.

Our most popular and most classic line for Father’s Day is Tommy Bahama. With a motto to ‘make life one long weekend’, it’s no wonder that TB clothing is perfect for the coming summer months. Farley’s has an entire section devoted to this line – some of our favorite picks for Father’s Day include casual short-sleeve sport shirts and bathing suits.

Southern Tide carries everyday polo shirts in a variety of colors as well as a multitude of accessories. We have awesome surfboard boxers and traditional logo boxers in store. Pair these with a set of Southern Tide beer socks or koozies and a linen baseball cap and you have the perfect Father’s Day basket.

Farley’s has prepared for Father’s Day by stocking up on lots of new accessories and necessities. Some of our favorites include Harrison and Pike bracelets, Illesteva sunglasses (both mirrored and normal lenses in classic frames with UV-400 protection, handmade in Italy), Daniel Wellington watches (Swiss quartz watches with interchangeable strap options), Moonshine cologne (cool packaging and a manly scent from a small bottling company, EastWest Bottlers, out of Austin, TX) and Trumbull Rhodes ties and bowties (light, patterned pieces perfect for the spring and summer).

NHS Senior Week….The Tradition Lives On

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
Krissy Ventura
Newburyport High School Graduation, Newburyport MA

Its that time of year again…another class has wrapped up its four years at Newburyport High School and is preparing to graduate.  A proud Newburyport tradition for all graduating seniors of NHS is the week before graduation.  It is referred to as “Senior Week” and includes various fun activities.  Activities include a senior banquet, a Sox game, a trip to Giggles Comedy club, the senior prom and traditional activities like Vespers, Ivy Day and the Senior Sing out.  It’s a great week of final bonding with classmates and last hurrahs with lifelong friends.  The last day of senior week is graduation, happening this year on June 7th at 1pm at NHS’s Stadium.  The graduation itself is very traditional, starting with the procession of graduates entering under the “arch of roses” and wrapping up with the singing of the Alma Mater.  Growing up here makes the whole senior week so special; being able to celebrate the same NHS traditions with my children.  This is my second one to graduate from NHS and it sure is special watching them participate in these age-old traditions.

I sometimes wonder about living someplace else and not being able to send my children to a school that has such a long history (my grandmother went to NHS, as did both of my parents!).  Newburyport itself dates back to 1635, but became an official city in 1851, prospering in fishing, shipbuilding and silverware manufacturing.  Many of the large clipper ships were built right here in Newburyport (hence the mascot of NHS being the “Clippers”).  We have many historical homes for sale highlighting amazing architecture and historical features from a bygone era.  Our entire downtown area was restored with the utmost care to preserve the beauty and elegance, while still being functional and liveable, with numerous retail shops, restaurants, bakeries and even our own theater.  Its no wonder most people who hear I live in Newburyport tell me how lucky I am…and I get it.  It’s a beautiful city with a deep history and we ARE lucky to call it home.

Farley’s of Newburyport Hosts Ball & Buck Event May 1st – 3rd

By Shannon Burke, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Shannon Burke is the Director of Advertising & Marketing for Farley's of Newburyport.
Farley's of Newburyport Hosts Ball & Buck Event

Ball and Buck is an all-American brand through and through. With a store located on Newbury Street in Boston, the company is passionate about emphasizing American quality over foreign quantity. These guys were born with red, white and blue running through their veins. A Ball and Buck customer is a guy who appreciates high quality things. He’s someone who doesn’t have a hundred pairs of jeans but wants one great pair. This is something Ball and Buck can provide – quality, made-to-last clothing that is modern but reminiscent of America’s roots.

Nothing is made outside of the United States – in fact, with manufacturing facilities along the East Coast, they make the garment you order in the factory closest to your home. Less time from the assembly line to you means less pollution to the environment, drastically reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

The second amendment, the right to bear arms, is stitched inside of every garment pushed through Ball and Buck factory doors. The company’s name comes from George Washington’s reference to shotgunning – the buck and ball method of loading muskets. Owner Mark Bollman drew inspiration for both his store, which is made complete with various antiques, massive leather sofas and a barbershop in the back, and his brand from hunting trips with his grandfather. One of the brand’s signatures is a sport shirt with a stitched in hunter’s shoulder.

Join us for an exclusive weekend of Ball and Buck clothing available at Farley’s of Newburyport. The trunk show will run Friday, 5/1 3-8pm; Saturday, 5/2 11-6pm; and Sunday, 5/3 12-6pm. Local brewery Riverwalk will be here for craft beer tastings on Friday and Saturday and local distillery Turkey Shore will make an appearance for killer rum tastings as well.  Learn more about Ball and Buck at www.ballandbuck.com.

COURTSIDE 2015: It’s April so it must be LAGO BOWL TIME!

By Deb Binder, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Deb brings dozens of years of marketing expertise and thousands of tennis balls hit to her position as Communications Ace for the Newburyport Tennis Club.
Newburyport Tennis Club
Rqcquet Club of Newburyport, Newburyport MA

April is the Club’s favorite time of the year. Or maybe it’s my favorite time of the year at the Club. Either way, it’s a great time of year at the Club!

First, what is the Lago Bowl? The Lago Bowl just the most fun ever tennis tournament. It is the Racquet Club of Newburyport’s week-long, mixed doubles, end of the season Club Tournament. This tournament has been going on for over 22 years and is steeped in history. Players of all ages and abilities square off for the thrill of becoming THE BEST OF THE CLUB.

 

Here are my top 3 reasons that Lago Bowl rocks (and do note that the order of these reasons changes depending upon how hungry I am):

  1. Competitive tennis to play and exciting tennis to watch
  2. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat
  3. Ice cream. Or rather FREE ice cream. ALL WEEK LONG! And, even better, you don’t have to play to eat it! (Thank you Lago Ice Cream)

 

The excitement kicks off April 30th and runs through May 8. It’s fun to watch teams of all types – friends, couples, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters team up and square off. There are multiple divisions of play so that play is competitive even and trust me, this tennis gets GOOD. Here are the key dates to remember: Thursday night, May 7 is the Semi-Finals and the big social event night and Friday night, May 8 is the Championship Finals.

 

I’d be remiss without a quick plug to Lago’s Ice Cream, a local institution and the reason the Lago Bowl still exists. Mike and Carole Lago were instrumental in supporting the Lago Bowl and have sponsored it for most of its 22 years and they are the reason the tournament still exists. Mike is a testament to tennis – he didn’t start playing tennis until he was 58 when his wife finally convinced him to pick up a racquet. He’s now 84 and counting, plays almost every day and sports a mean serve. And, a portion of the Lago Bowl proceeds is donated to the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to watch tennis, the Lago Bowl is the time to do it. Come on by, grab a spoon and cheer on the players.

See you Courtside!

facebook.com/RacquetClubOfNewburyport@TennisNbpt

2nd Annual Homes For The Troops Concert Featuring Unnamed Colors

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Unnamed Colors & Patriots for American Vetrans

Unnamed Colors & Patriots for American VetransOn Sunday, April 26th, 2015, local band Unnamed Colors is teaming up with Newburyport’s Patriots for American Veterans Organization to present the second Homes For Our Troops Benefit Concert at the Newburyport Waterfront Par!  Unnamed Colors will perform from 1 – 4 PM in support of Homes for Our Troops.

 

Homes for Our Troops is a national nonprofit organization that helps build specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for disabled US veterans.  Not only do these homes offer a private environment for rebuilding and recovery, they also restore the freedom and independence our veterans lost while defending our country.  HFOT lets the veteran choose the location and continues to support them in the rebuilding process.  As of March 7th, 2015, HFOT has built 183 homes nationwide.  Learn more about their work at www.hfotusa.org.

 

Founded in Newburyport in 2013, Patriots for American Veterans Organization (PAVO) aids American veterans in our local community.  Whether it’s through organizing fundraisers and clothing drives, making regular “coffee, doughnuts, and raffle” visits to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston, or even running errands and shoveling driveways for veterans in need, PAVO is always looking for more ways to lend a helping hand.  In effort to garner local support for a veterans organization doing great work at a national level, PAVO has chosen to host a benefit for Homes for Our Troops once again. 

 

Unnamed Colors is an original art-rock band out of Newburyport, MA.  Together they create a unique and inspired sound.  “They pour emotion from themselves into every song, capturing the audience from the word ‘go’” (Max Bowen, Boston’s Citywide Blackout).  When Frank Peluso, founder and president of PAVO, invited the band to play a benefit show last year, the band jumped at an opportunity to support a great organization in their own community.  This past October, Unnamed Colors and PAVO put on the first Homes for Our Troops Benefit Show.  It was so well-received that a second show was in the works the very next day.  Check out their music and upcoming show schedule at www.unnamedcolors.com.

 

The benefit concert is free, but donations are welcome.  All proceeds will go to Homes for Our Troops.  The rain date is Sunday, May 3rd.  Come enjoy a great concert for a great cause!

Health & Wellness Day 2015

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Healh & Wellness Day 2015

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce hosted a very successful Health & Wellness Day at Newburyport High School on Saturday April 11th from 10 AM – 2 PM giving the community an opportunity to meet professionals from over 60 businesses in the Greater Newburyport area and hear presentations from over 25 health and wellness experts.

The event featured activities for adults, kids and seniors and the opportunity to meet and talk with experts in many fields.  There were fitness and and nutrition experts on hand in addition to doctors, specialists, health food vendors, and senior living specialists.

A special thanks to Anna Jaques Hospital and Neighborhood Health Plan for sponsoring this event and giving the Greater Newburyport community an opportunity to meet so many experts and gain so much knowledge from one event.

 

 

New Works Festival

By Joe, Joe

Firehouse Center for the Arts, New Works Festival

New Works Festival

Firehouse Center for the Arts | Winter, 2015

An Evening of Shorts

Firehouse New Works FestivalThe 13 Annual New Works Festival at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport really got to the Long & Short of It. 

Featuring talented writers from throughout New England, close to 200 playwrights entered the festival for a chance to have their plays directed and performed by industry professionals.

“We believe in the value these new works can offer to the community of artists and participants in our Festival each year, and we continue to encourage and support writers at all stages in their careers.”  – Firehouse Center of the Arts, Newburyport, MA.

Lead by New Works Festival Committee Co-Chairs Victor Atkins and Teri Contino, each play submitted was anonymously judged by an independent panel of theater pros.

Once selected, playwrights were then paired with directors, who cast actors to make the plays come to life.

A total of eight short works were chosen this year including, Time Travel is Good for the Complexion by Shari D. Frost, a heartfelt conversation between a son and his mother now suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Other powerful plays shared messages of racism (Raghead by Tom Coasch), while others tickled our funny bones with quirky flirtations (Check Out Dinosaur by Stephen Faria).

Firehouse Center for the Arts, New Works FestivalEach year the New Works Festival also awards two playwrights with the Peter Honegger Prize. A gift from Lois Honegger in memory of her late husband, Peter was a long-time member of the Newburyport theater community, and a former judge of the New Works Festival.

This year the winner of the Peter Honegger Prize in the Short Play category was Christopher Lockheardt for his play, The Last Words of Lord Rupert Carrington, As Captured at His Deathbed by His Devoted Nurse.

This play was an hilarious dark comedy. Poor Lord Carrington, so desperately trying to preserve his legacy by hiring a nurse to dictate his last words each night before he goes to sleep.

Not unfortunately, his loud, disrespectful and arrogant demeanor pushes the nurse past her breaking point, leading to the death of Lord Carrington and a silly (provocative) statement recorded as his last.

Lockheardt’s last words? Firehouse…

That said, the Firehouse Center for the Arts is soon to hold their annual Spring fundraiser on March 7, 2015. This year’s Italian-themed event, La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life), will be held at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury. Tickets are on sale now. 

Coming Up

2015 Annual Spring Fundraiser – March 7, 2015 @ Blue Ocean Event Center

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio – February 14, 2015

Shall We Dance – February 15, 2015

Aztec Two-Step – February 28, 2015

_________________________

2015 New Works Credits

Check Out Dinosaur
Playwright: Stephen Faria
Director: Arlene Barnard
Cast: Ariana Federp and Conor Miller

Accidental Death
Playwright: Anne Marilyn Lucas
Director: Judy Muss’ells
Cast: David D’Andrea and Gretchen Stone

Raghead
Playwright: Tom Coasch
Director: Jannie Kitchen

Cast: Michael Barry and Katharine Jordan

By Accident
Playwright: Kevin Carey
Director: Maureen Daley
Cast: David Frank, David D’Andrea, and Beth Duff

Time Travel is Good for the Complexion
Playwright: Shari D. Frost
Director: Fontaine Dubus
Cast: GLORIA PAPERT amd Brad Ritchie

Scratch Off
Playwright: Scott Tobin
Director: Greg Gaskell
Cast: Sherry Bonder, Don Goettler, Dominique Salvacion, Zach Cranor and Sean Murnane

The Last Words of Lord Rupert Carrington, As Captured at His Deathbed by His Devoted Nurse
Playwright: Christopher Lockheardt
*top honor*
*Recipient of the Peter Honegger Prize*
Director: Weylin Symes
Cast: Mark Linehan*, Ceit Zweil and Meredith Stypinski*
* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

The Sign
Playwright: Kathy Hooke
Director: Geoff Brace

Quack
Playwright: Patrick Gabridge
Director: Kimberly Holliday

Cast: Robert Ringuette and Rachel Sacks

Newburyport Winter Carnival Cancelled

By Joe, Joe

Winter Carnival Newburyport MA

Newburyport Winter Carnival

CANCELLED

Weather Cancels 2015 Winter Carnival

Winter Carnival in Newburyport, MAUPDATE Feb 6, 2015_______

The Winter Carnival originally scheduled for this Saturday at Newburyport’s Historic Bartlett Mall has been cancelled.

Officials have deemed the ice on the Frog Pond unsafe at this time.

No new date for the event has been announced.

UPDATE Feb 5, 2015________

Breaking Newburyport News!

City officials are looking for a new location to hold the annual Winter Carnival after a volunteer broke through the ice on the Frog Pond at Bartlett Mall.

The man was clearing snow with the city’s ATV when the snowplow took a dip.

Already rescheduled for Saturday, February 7 due to weather, residents are now being cautioned about ice on the Frog Pond.

“The safety of families is our first priority,” said Mayor Donna Holaday.

Officials say the snow accumulating on the pond since last week’s storm has weighed it down and compromised the ice beneath. So much so, water is seeping up around the edges and through weak spots throughout the pond.

Organizers of the Winter Carnival are now looking around for other sites, and hope to make a decision by Thursday where the event will be held.

In the meantime, stay off the ice!

For more information about the Winter Carnival contact parks@cityofnewburyport.com or call 978-465-4462.

UPDATE Jan 31, 2015__________________

The Newburyport Winter Carnival will be held at the Bartlett Mall this year, featuring sledding, snowboarding and ice skating on the Frog Pond.

Hosted by the Newburyport Parks Commission and Newburyport Youth Services, you’ll also enjoy horse-drawn hayrides, free hot chocolate and cookies.

A special thanks to all the event volunteers and sponsors who make each year a blast!

Now who’s signing up for the Human Dog Sled Race!

Photo Credit | BartlettMall.org

Event Details

The Winter Carnival is CANCELLED until further notice.

The Frog Pong at Bartlett Mall is unsafe at this time.

Thank you to city officials, park representatives and volunteers who assisted in organizing, and communicating this important information.

Safety first.

Donate to The Bartlett Mall

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Featured Video Play Icon

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

From the Plum Island beaches to the Maritime Forest, the Parker River Wildlife Refuge is a top quality bird watching destination. Parker River is a nationally recognized Wildlife Refuge for over 300 species or resident and migratory birds as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall, a gorgeous historic park at the intersection of Pond and High Streets, is a great place for ice-skating, sledding, and enjoying nature. Its scenic views provide the setting for a wide variety of popular community events. There are wide walkways and a series of footpaths that border the Mall and lead to the Frog Pond. It has also become a highly photographed area by many local photographers.

Freedom Boat Club, Newburyport MA

Build Life Long Boating Memories Hassle-Free

You have probably heard a few nautical metaphors over the years, sayings such as, “A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into” or “You know what boat stands for? Break Out Another Thousand!”  The funny thing is that most of the people making these statements are boat owners.  Now you […]

Skip to toolbar