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.

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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, 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, 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, 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 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:

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, 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, 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

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!

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


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


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

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

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


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 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 |

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

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Walking Tours of Newburyport – Lively, Historic Tours & Tastings

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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.

Bird Watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Newburyport VIP New Year’s Eve Parties

By Joe, Joe

New Year's Eve Parties in Newburyport, MA

New Year’s Eve Parties

@ VIPs Mission Oak, Oregano’s + NIXS Newburyport

Food, Drink, Entertainment & Fundraisers

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Let’s ring in the New Year, VIP Style!

Newburyport VIP Mission Oak Grille will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Fundraiser together with Newburyport Gives to benefit teens in need.

The celebration starts at 7 p.m. and will feature music, dancing, giveaways and amazing food like Rack of Lamb and Ahi Tuna.

Tickets are $75 per person, and they can be ordered on Eventbrite. 

Oregano’s Ristorante & Pizzeria on Pleasant Street is also be full of cheer this NYE, featuring Cuppa Joe Jazz Quartet and a special four-course menu with a complimentary glass of champagne.

This special menu will be offered alongside Oregano’s traditional dishes, so use your Newburyport VIP to receive 10% Off Dine-In Only ($10 Max Discount).

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 12.53.21 PMOr you could choose to #PlayNice @NIXSNBPTFor $55 per person you can dance to live music starting at 9 p.m. and enjoy a three-course dinner with champagne toast at midnight.

Can’t pin down a babysitter? Celebrate next week at NIXS Newburyport using your Newburyport VIP Card to receive 15% Off Lunch Until 4 PM Wed-Sat & 25% Off Dinner 5 PM to Close Sun-Wed.

Support Local, Shop Small, #GoVIP!

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Young Professionals with a Purpose

By Joe, Joe

Chamber Holiday Mixer - 2014

North Shore Networking Group

Young Professionals with a Purpose

Expand Business Network, Charity Give Back

New Year’s Resolution | Hang out with a bunch of cool professionals to talk small business strategies.

On Thursday, January 15, join us at the Launch Party of Young Professionals with a Purpose (YPP) to expand your business network AND give back to charity.

Held at the Ipswich Country Club, this marks the first mixer for the Greater Newburyport YPP Group, with canned food donations benefiting Pennies for Poverty.

Coordinated and hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry, both Chamber members and non-members are invited to network, so bring your friends!

YYP will now continue to meet each month, with each mixer providing assistance to a different charity.

Event Details

Location: Ipswich Country Club 1 Country Club Way, Ipswich, MA 01938

Date: January 15, 2015

Time: 6-8PM

To benefit Pennies for Poverty

Hosted | Coordinated by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce

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.

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.

Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

Have you been to Nunan’s lately? Last year, we proudly opened Kallie’s Kones, a full-service ice cream parlor, and Garden Golf, a premier 18-hole, beautifully landscaped mini golf course. Our General Manager and Co-Owner Stephen Flynn, Jr. came up with the idea of building a miniature golf course to our property after seeing a rise […]

Colby Farm Sunflowers & Stars Dinner

By Joe, Joe

Farm to Table New England

Colby Farm Sunflowers & Stars Dinner

Straight from the Farm


image (5)Ever search for the Big Dipper with a group of new friends in a field of sunflowers sipping on white wine sangria after an amazing seasonal, local, slow-roasted, farm to table dinner? I have. Last week in Newbury.

Colby Farm, in partnership with new Amesbury restaurant, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits, and Essex County Greenbelt, hosted a farm fresh dinner under the stars for two nights only.

Colby Farm and its farm stand are located down the street from Newburyport on Scotland Road in Newbury, MA. Here they sell many of their own meats and produce including summer squash, eggplant, beats, carrots, lettuce, green beans, zucchini, onions and sweet corn.

“We also farm about 350 acres of hay locally,” said Elizabeth Knight of Colby Farm. “Most of our vegetables are also organically grown at the Historic New England Spencer Pierce Little Farm in Newbury.”
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In the Newburyport area we are lucky to be surrounded by so many farms that allow our restaurants to commit to providing organic. After only 4 months of opening, No. 8 Kitchen Chef Christopher Jackson explained how they’ve been reaching out to as many local farms and businesses as possible.

“Our ice cream is made right in Amesbury. Our cheeses are from Wolf Meadow Farm. Everything is made in house, from our ketchup, aioli, brioche for the burger, fresh pastas. Top to bottom it’s a fairly large menu with lots of shared plates to get that social feeling in the dining room,” said Chef Jackson.

Known for creating spectacular variations on local food, guests of the Sunflower & Stars Dinner experienced a 6 course meal prepared with meats and produce mostly from Colby Farm.

“The field we are standing on right now, Chef smoked our carrots and broccoli with the hay!” said Knight.

“Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder,” said Chef Jackson when asked about the main course. “All the pork is from Colby Farm , and it’s served with roasted potatoes and rainbow chard. I also made a sauce from all the bones.”

My favorite dish was the Grilled Sweet Corn with Tasso Ham Butter. The tasso was made from Colby Farm pork, and the corn was from a field a stone’s throw away.

image (3)Each course was also paired with a wine or spirit, with several local vineyards represented.

“We have Zervino Vineyards up in Sand Down, NH and they are providing 3 of our 6 courses of tastings,” said Tara Nellson from Tigerlilys Events & Decor. Zervino is a family owned local winery. They grow and press all their own grapes, and we’re really excited to be working with them.”

Russell Orchards of Ipswich, MA also shared their award winning wines.

For dessert, a hot apple crisp made with apples picked from Colby Farm was paired with a wine from Moonlight Meadery.

From start to finish, the event was the perfect combination of fresh and refreshing. It’s clear that Pride & Promise remain the keys to sustaining these real farming experiences.

Colby Farm is open from May, all the way up to December 24, when they sell Christmas trees, wreaths, and other seasonal items such as gluten free baked goods.


*Professional pictures courtesy of Jaimie Cuddire & Colby Farm


By Joe, Joe

Cheers to Fall with great tasting beer!


Warm pretzels, cold beer and a lot of laughs

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.53.43 PMThere was perfect weather for families to enjoy Newburyport’s 2014 Oktoberfest.

Sponsored by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at Cashman Park in downtown Newburyport and featured rides for kids and free face painting. Music by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band accompanied the day.

Various local vendors served pulled pork, chocolate-dipped strawberries and German food such as Bratwurst and Knockwurst, while beer was of course available for a $5 donation.

Beers served included Spaten Oktoberfest, Blue Point Oktoberfest, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Goose Island Endless IPA, and our favorite, the Johnny Appleseed Hard Cider.

$10 from each VIP Card purchase at Oktoberfest was also donated to the Chamber’s Beautification Program.

If you didn’t have a chance to pick one up, you can order online at and select the Newburyport Chamber from the drop down menu of our VIP Community Partners today, and start saving 100’$ on Best of Newburyport Places to Eat, Shop, Stay & Experience. 

#Support Local #ShopSmall #GoVIP!

Things to Do

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

Newburyport High School Graduation, Newburyport MA

NHS Senior Week….The Tradition Lives On

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.

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Newburyport Garden Tour Hosted by the Museum of Old Newbury

Newburyport’s Museum of Old Newbury will host its annual garden tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year marks the tour’s 40th anniversary and will feature the best gardens from the past four decades as well as some new properties. Our feature video provides a view […]


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!
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This Thanksgiving the Newburyport High School football team will have the opportunity to play its traditional rivalry game against Amesbury High School on the newly renovated turf field atop of Mt Rural.  Mt Rural, as the hill was called where the magnificent NHS now sits, is home to one of the grandest high school stadiums in the entire state, World War Memorial Stadium.   Built in 1930, during FDR’s administration, the stadium took three years to build and employed many men during the Great Depression.

My grandmother was a member of the first freshman class at NHS and was able to enjoy this amazing stadium from the very beginning.  The building of this stadium gave the community a newfound sense of pride and the entire community would come out each weekend for the games, seating as many as 8,000 fans in the stadium!  Over the years, the stadium has been home to concerts, various sporting events, numerous NHS graduations, as well as community events.

The stadium was built for longevity, however, after over 60 years, in 1999, the visitor side of the stands were deemed unsafe and the wear and tear of the years of usage started to show.  A group of concerned alumni, parents and community members decided to form a group called RESTORE and set off on a long journey to raise the necessary funds to renovate the stands and provide todays students with a state of the art turf field.

It took over 10 years, but this Thanksgiving we can all join together to celebrate the efforts of the RESTORE group and watch the historic game vs Amesbury on our new field.  The new field will be dedicated to legendary football coach and long time Athletic Director, Jim Stehlin, who was around when I was at NHS.  The history behind NHS and the entire City of Newburyport continues on for all to remember and enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!


Tendercrop Farm Field Tours

By Joe, Joe

Agricultural adventures await your family.

Tendercrop Farm Field Tours

Meet Farm Animals & Explore Field Tours

Best known for the freshest produce, meats and poultry, Tendercrop Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts offers a healthy, family-friendly experience that reaches behind groceries.

In addition to delectable farm to table foods, plants and crafts, the Farm now offers Tendercrop Field Tours!

Great for school groups, scout troops and birthday parties, Tendercrop will open their fields and pastures to the public, sharing the farming experience.

On the tour you’ll discover how food goes from the farm to table, and visit with Tendercrop Farm Friends including baby chicks, cows and turkeys.

Guests will also pick their own fresh strawberries, peaches, apples and whatever else is in season. Plus, taste treats from inside the store.

Each child will also be eligible to earn a “First Time Farmer” certificate.

Tendercrop Field Tours are available May through October with a 20 person minimum. Tickets are $8 per person.

New, New Hampshire Location

Tendercrop Farm at the Red Barn 123 Dover Point Road Dover NH 01951

phone: 603.740.4920



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