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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.
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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 6 from 1:45 to 7:00 pm. Bring your picnic blanket and experience the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival for free, or purchase VIP seats for $75 per ticket. VIP ticket holders can sit on the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts while enjoying free food, wine and beer or be front and center, dancing on the grass in front of of the stage. 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:

1:45 p.m.     Dance Act by New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
2:00 p.m.     Quentin Callawaert
2:20 p.m.     Walk That Walk
3:00 p.m.     Dance Act by New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
3:15 p.m.     Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles
4:15 p.m.     The Gibson Brothers
5:30 p.m.     The War and Treaty

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.

Newburyport Garden Tour Hosted by the Museum of Old Newbury

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.
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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 of the beautiful South End home of Paul Goldberg & Joe Bell Garden. 

11 private gardens, including the museum’s own Cushing Garden, will be on the garden tour, all within a short drive throughout Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, and Byfield. Stops on the garden tour will showcase sweeping landscapes, views of the Merrimack River, creative features, and wide varieties of plants and flowers. Along with beautiful landscaping, tour-goers will also be treated to a glimpse into an artist’s “plein air” studio, a backyard bird sanctuary, and various artists and musicians at work in different gardens. Garden tour organizers recommend beginning at the Museum of Old Newbury, but detailed guidebooks and a map will be available at all participating gardens.

Along with the Cushing Garden on the garden tour, The Cushing House itself will also be open to tour free of charge. This historic ship captain’s home, filled with 400 years of local history, will be hosting a special exhibition of artwork by Laura Coombs Hills in the Benjamin Lecture Hall.

Garden tour tickets are $30/person and can be purchased in advance online or at the museum office, 98 High St., Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. Tickets may also be purchased on tour days with cash or check at any of the participating gardens.

The museum will host its annual plant sale, as well as a pop-up boutique with Newburyport’s local Pleasant Street shop, Excentrique during garden tour hours. The boutique will be selling a collection of eclectic goods-vintage, modern, and classic design pieces. Be sure to stop into the museum’s gift shop before or after going on the garden tour for more shopping and to enter a raffle to win a variety of items, including an original oil painting and a garden design consultation.

The Museum of Old Newbury, founded in 1877, preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” from pre-settlement to the present. All proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s education programs and preservation projects.

Spanish Tall Ship Nao Santa Maria Sails into 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.
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Mark your calendars, from May 31st through June 10th the 200-ton Spanish tall ship, Nao Santa Maria, will visit Newburyport, a city rich in maritime history. The Custom House Maritime Museum will dock this replica of Christopher Columbus’  flagship the Santa Maria at the city’s Waterfront Park as part of their Newburyport Maritime Days 2019 celebration.

The Nao Santa Maria is scheduled to sail into Newburyport, its one and only stop on the Northeast coast, on Friday, May 31st. The ship’s exact arrival time is dependent on the tides, but it should be visible from Plum Island around 2-3 pm. The ship must wait for high tide to enter the harbor and should be docked downtown between 11 – 11:30 pm. The Spanish tall ship’s arrival will be visible from Plum Island to Salisbury, flying an exact replica of Columbus’ Spanish flag. Built and launched in Spain in 2018, the 92-foot Nao Santa Maria was created by the same private foundation that built El Galeón, the Spanish tall ship that visited Newburyport in 2016. The Nao Santa Maria was built to honor the 555th anniversary of Christopher Columbus sailing to America from Spain.

Public tours will be available daily from June 1st through June 9th from 9 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $10/adult, $5/child, or $25/family and can be purchased in advance online or at the Custom House Maritime Museum gift shop. Once the Spanish tall ship has docked, tickets will be available during daily tour hours on the back lawn of the museum. Public tour tickets can be used on any day or time that tours are being operated.

Along with public tours, the Custom House Maritime Museum has also arranged many fun events throughout the ship’s stay. Board the Nao Santa Maria for a private breakfast on Saturday, June 1st and 8th or dress your kids up for a special Little Pirates themed breakfast on Sunday, June 2nd and 9th. For an adult night out, purchase tickets to the CHMM Pirates Party featuring nationally touring Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Changes in Latitudes, dancing, and rum cocktails. Attend the CHMM Black Tie Gala for an elegant evening with a 12 piece big band playing the Great American Songbook, food catered by the Poynt, and a selection of Spanish wines. The Council for Aging will be aboard the Spanish tall ship on Wednesday morning, June 5th for coffee and donuts and a cocktail hour will take place for ticket holders on Wednesday evening. For a full list of events, days and times visit our events calendar. Tickets for all private events may also be purchased ahead of time online or at the Custom House gift shop. Pre-purchase is strongly encouraged, as tickets to these special events are limited and do sell out quickly.

In addition to all the fun on board the Nao Santa Maria, the Custom House Maritime Museum will also host an outdoor market showcasing local businesses at the waterfront park on June 8th & 9th, from 9 am to 5 pm. The Newburyport Collection will feature 18 local businesses to explore, sample, and shop.

A visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum is the perfect way to wrap up your Spanish tall ship visit. Whether you are a tourist or local, this museum is full of information and history about the city of Newburyport and the Merrimack Valley. From displays of famous shipwrecks to the history of the Coast Guard, there is something for everyone.

If you enjoy dining and shopping in the Greater Newburyport area, you may want to consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card in support of the Custom House Maratime Museum. The VIP Card provides discounts at 180 Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops and is available as a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or as a Physical VIP Card. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase will be donated to the Custom House Maritime Museum. Physical VIP Cards are available for purchase in the museum gift shop and both Digital and Physical VIP Cards can be purchased online. VIP Cardholders receive 10% off purchases of $25 or more in the museum gift shop and 50% off museum admission.

 

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.
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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 2019 Newburyport Senior Prom was held Thursday, May 30th 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. The prom will be held at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury. The 2019 Prom Promenade Video was entirely produced by Julia Bentley, 11 year old daughter of Newburyport.com owners.

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.

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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.
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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 26th & 27th from 12 am to 6 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. Get prepared to rock out on Sunday from 1-4 pm with Party On, a fun upbeat cover band. Then stop back on Monday from 12:30-2:30 pm and dance to mindful beats with the high energy band, Unnamed Colors. Keep the long weekend going with exceptional “doo wop” music  4-6 pm performed by Billy D and the Rocke-Its, a 10 piece 50’s & 60’s style band.

Grab a tasty snack on-the-go or relax at one of the many outdoor cafes like Sea LevelBrine, 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 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. Choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card.

We hope to see you at Spring Fest 2019! If you can’t make it, check out the festivities on our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

Plumfest-Free Annual Music Festival on Plum Island

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.
Plumfest, Newburyport

Plumfest, a free annual music festival on Plum Island,  returns for its fifth year on Saturday, May 18th from noon to 6 pm. Transforming local porches on the island into stages for small concerts, Plumfest is a grassroots operation completely run by volunteers, from hosts to musicians to organizers.

An early participant in the “porch-fest” movement, Plumfest relies on local residents on the island to share their yards, porches, and parking lots with local musicians so they can perform for visitors. Growing in numbers each year, the music festival now features close to 100 performers at more than 40 locations, including local island businesses like Mad Martha’s, Beachcoma, The Cottage, and The Plum Island Grille.

So what’s the best way to experience this popular music festival? Organizers urge attendees to skip cars and to walk, ride bikes, and bring strollers. For non-island residents, free parking will be available at the airport as well as paid parking on the island. Plumfest will have circling shuttles you can hop on and off of all day to visit different venues and to get to and from your car.

Expect a huge range in music, from full bands to acoustic performances, from bluegrass to classic rock to rap. Performances are scattered all over the island with hot spots like Northern Boulevard, Southern Boulevard on the South End, and Old Point Road.  You can plan ahead by going online to see the full list of performers as well as a map of locations or just ride the shuttle and hop off when you hear something you like. 

While there will be a few food trucks out and about, organizers hope that visitors will give back to the community by popping into local establishments to grab some food or a drink. And if you love a band, purchase a t-shirt or book them for your next event!

Each year Plumfest picks a cause to raise money for. While the festival is entirely free, red buckets are set up at the performers’ locations to collect donations. This year, funds will go to the Friends of Newburyport Youth Services, a non-profit organization that provides fundraising and advocacy in support of NYS programs and services. Over the past four years, Plumfest has donated $25,000 to various causes.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full events calendar!

 

Annual Newburyport Chocolate 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.
Chocolate Tour, Newburyport MA

For anyone with a sweet tooth, save the date for the annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour, a mouthwatering day filled with chocolaty treats in town. On Saturday, May 18th, from noon to 4 pm, 32 shops in downtown Newburyport will be offering up sweet treats to patrons with a chocolate tour ticket.

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour is a great way to experience and explore downtown while also indulging in chocolate! From specialty stores to bakeries, there is a great variety of participants, allowing you to shop your way through town while embarking on the chocolate tour. Stop into Harbor Creamery for an ice cream sample, Simply Sweet for some homemade chocolate, Chococoa Bakery for a taste of their famous whoopie pie, and more.

Advanced tickets can be purchased for $15 online (with an additional $1 service charge) or in person at Brass Lyon, Newburyport Olive Oil Company, and the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry. While tickets are available for purchase the day of the event for $20,  be warned, the Chocolate Tour limits sales to 400 total tickets and the event generally sells out.

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour begins at the First Religious Society Church and Parish Hall on Pleasant Street, where you will get a map of all the tasty stops and a bag to collect what you manage to not eat immediately! There will also be some chocolate themed baskets for raffle, so grab some tickets to try your luck when you pick up your map.

The Chocolate Tour motto, “Eat Chocolate. Be Happy. Do Good.”, sums up this delicious tour as 100% of net proceeds are donated to local non-profit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to Sweet Paws Rescue, Saturday Morning Community Breakfast of Newburyport, Nourishing the North Shore, North of Boston Cancer Resource Group,  and Prescription Refill and Transportation Programs for Elders. You can truly feel happy eating chocolate AND donating to great causes.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full events calendar!

 

Newburyport Mother’s Day Specials and Brunch Spots

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.
Mother's Day, Brunch, Newburyport

Whether you’re a local or looking to take a day trip, celebrating Mother’s Day in downtown Newburyport is a great way to say thank you to the special ladies in your life. From delicious brunch spots to unique shops to purchase a special gift, this waterfront town is the perfect destination for a fun family day. And come back any day of the week to grab a bite at one of Newburyport’s delicious breakfast spots!

 

Brunch Spots: 
Give mom a break from the kitchen on Mother’s Day and head to one of these mouth-watering brunch spots. Whether you’re looking for an inventive menu, outdoor seating, kid-friendly options, or a tasty cocktail menu, Newburyport is the perfect place to go brunching. Most take reservations online or you can call the restaurant directly.

  • Ceia Kitchen+Bar: This state street bistro, complete with an outdoor patio, focuses on delicious farm to table meals that will not disappoint.  The chef whips up a special brunch menu for certain holidays and Mother’s Day is no exception. Pair your meal with a glass of vino from their extensive wine list or try out a brunch cocktail.  Ceia takes reservations so book in advance to secure a table.
  • Brine:  If you’re looking to indulge in some oysters on Mother’s Day, book a coveted table at this oyster, crudo, and chop bar. While Brine is normally not open for brunch, they create a special menu for all the moms out there on Mother’s Day. Hit the raw bar and enjoy some of their super creative cocktails. Tables are limited, with additional sidewalk seating on a nice day. Reservations are strongly recommended.
  • The Paddle Inn: For a casual yet hip experience, you will want to grab a table at this brunch spot. Serving up classic coastal foods from communities around the world, The Paddle Inn has a delicious brunch every Sunday. Menu favorites include the donut hole boat, breakfast burrito, and tableside bubbly with assorted fresh juices. On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will be featuring a delicious lobster crepe special. The Paddle Inn does not take reservations, so it’s a great option if you want to just pop in for a bite.
  • Plum Island Grille: If ambiance is important, look no farther than this gem just over the bridge on Plum Island, featuring sweeping views overlooking the marshes. While many dine here for the sunsets, they also host a delicious weekly Sunday brunch with live jazz music. Enjoy brunch classics like Belgium waffles and crepes along with super fresh seafood choices, including a raw bar.
  • Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge: This restaurant is right on Salisbury Beach offering panoramic views of the ocean. On Mother’s Day they will be offering a reservation only brunch with pastries, made to order omelets, a carving station and more! There will even be an ice cream sundae bar for the kids…or the moms!
  • Brick & Ash:  This large two-story restaurant, including a small outdoor patio area, features modern bar food in a fun, laid back atmosphere. While they won’t be open for brunch, if your party includes kids, consider heading here for lunch or dinner. Brick & Ash has a great menu for younger diners and pool, darts, and shuffle board to keep everyone busy. Exclusively for Mother’s Day, the restaurant will be offering up specialty mom inspired cocktails AND taking reservations (usually they do not) so call ahead!

And while The Grog and Plum Island Beachcoma are also not brunch spots, they deserve an honorable mention for casual family-friendly destinations to grab lunch or dinner. Both restaurants will have live musical entertainment on Mother’s Day too!

Where to Shop:
Newburyport is filled with one-of-a-kind shops to spoil any mom. Go on a spree before Mother’s Day to surprise her, or shop together after visiting one of the brunch spots and pick up something special. For the perfect piece of jewelry stop by Kaya Jewelers for something more traditional or visit Pam Older Designs for handcrafted pieces. Got a mom that likes to kick back and relax? Grab her some bath supplies and cozy PJ’s at Soak & Shoreline. Or pop into Nauti Pearl for a great selection of unique home decor and clothing for the mom that already has everything. And of course flowers and sweets are welcomed by all moms, so be sure to check out these locations below!

  • Nunan Florist and Greenhouse: Flowers for Mother’s Day are a traditional gift, but a visit to Nunan has so much more to offer than a simple bouquet. If you have a mom that loves gardening, Nunan is a dream. Take her on a shopping spree at the greenhouse to pick out plants, shrubs and flowers for your home. You can even make the visit a family day and grab an ice cream cone and play a round of mini golf at their course!
  • Beach Plum Flower Shop: If you are looking for the traditional bouquet of flowers, look no farther than this flower shop located at the Tannery. Call ahead or stop in to create the perfect floral arrangement filled with mom’s favorite flowers.
  • Simply SweetFor moms with a sweet tooth, this old school candy shop is a must. They have everything from homemade chocolates to nostalgic candy to caramel apples. Grab a bag of something sweet to stroll through town snacking on or save the candy for later and order an ice cream cone.

Have Fun:
You’ve brunched, you’ve shopped— now don’t forget to plan some extra fun too! Moms are used to doing all the planning, so plan a little fun just for her.

  • Newburyport Whale Watch: You’re in a coastal town, so why not hop on a boat and hit the high seas? Set sail on the Captain Lady III and go on a whale watch.
  • Sole to Soul: If your mom is always on the go, give her tired feet a rest and book her an appointment at this foot spa where she will be pampered with a relaxing foot soak and massage.
  • Plum Island Kayaking: If your mom has a sense of adventure, book a tour by kayak or paddle board to explore the area. You’ll have the chance to see seals, local birds, and the sunset, depending on when you go out.

All listed businesses are part of the Newburyport.com VIP program, so make sure to check out your discounts before you visit! And for even more ways to explore Newburyport and support local shops, visit our full list of VIP Businesses.

 

 

Clark School Rolling Admissions – Open House Dates

By Jeff Clark, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Jeff Clark has served as Headmaster of Clark School for the past 12 years and is the founder of Clark High School. He was also one of the first students at Clark School during the school’s inception year in 1978. Under Jeff’s leadership, Clark School has embraced the educational opportunities presented by new technology.
Open House, rolling admissions

Clark School, a coeducational private school located in Rowley, MA, offers rolling admissions, making any time of year the perfect time to schedule a private tour or attend an open house. Mark your calendar for April 2nd or May 14th. Founded in 1978, Clark offers a stimulating learning environment for students Kindergarten – Grade 12 and is particularly appropriate for all types of students. Our goal is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who think deeply and embrace challenges that lie ahead.

Apply to Clark School

With Clark School’s rolling admissions, you can start on a new educational path today, in a school that better fits who you are as a learner and person. With rolling admissions, prospective students and families may attend an open house or take a tour and apply for admission at any time throughout the year, there is no admissions deadline. At Clark School, we strongly believe that if your current educational path is not working, it is never too late to make a change!

Visit Us!

Schedule a private tour of our beautiful Rowley, MA campus at any time by emailing our admissions department at admissions@clarkschool.com or call us at 978-777-4699 ext. 112.

Attend an Open House!

Clark School Open Houses and Admissions Events are excellent opportunities for prospective students and their families to learn more about our school, our approach to education, and most importantly to develop an understanding if Clark School is the right learning environment and experience for them. And because of our rolling admissions policy, we offer open houses through out the year.

Upcoming Open House Dates

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tour-us Tuesday | 9:00am-10:00am

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

K-12 Evening Open House | 6:00-7:30pm

Learn more and register for an Open House!

Clark School also offers a Virtual Tour (clarkschool.com), so you can explore our beautiful campus, busy classrooms, and hear from students and staff, all from the comfort and convenience of your own home!

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.
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Saturday, June 8, starting at 11:00 am, pack up your family and picnic blanket and head to Waterfront Park, behind Sea Level Restaurant, for the second annual Waterfront Music Festival where students from schools in the Newburyport school district will perform music, dance and dramatic pieces through the day.  The district Performing Arts Department is presenting the second 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. Performances begin at 11 am and go through the day until 2:40 pm. 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 2:40. Times may change slightly. 

11:00 – 11:20 Bresnahan Grades K-1 Chorus
11:20 -11:30 Molin Orchestra
11:35 – 11:50 NHS Theatre & Dance
12:00-12:30 Molin Grades 4-5 Chorus
12:30 -12:45 Nock Grades 6-8 Chorus
12:50 – 1:10 NHS Chorus
1:10 – 1:25 Nock Orchestra
1:25 – 1:35 Bresnahan Grades 2-3 Chorus
1:35 – 1:45 NHS Theatre & Dance
1:45 – 2:00 Molin Band
2:00 – 2:20 Nock Band
2:20 – 2:40 NHS Band & Strings

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!

Video and Pictures are from 2018. 

Waterfront Music Festival, Newburyport

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.
Newburyport Art Association Art Auction, NAA Auction

The 18th annual Newburyport Art Association art auction and party will take place in the NAA galleries on Saturday, June 8th 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 “Ciao Italia, An Evening in Italy” and will feature sumptuous Italian creations to be paired with Italian wines 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 such as: a large Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Diamond ring set in 14K gold from Kaya Jewelers, an Instant Party from Otto Pizza with Beer & Wine from Leary’s, a family photography session, luncheon boat cruise and so much more! 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 contemporary art and sculpture,  as well as a Plum Island Getaway with Dinner at the Plum Island Grill and Breakfast at Mad Martha’s.

In addition, NAA lifetime artist member Donald Jurney has donated a featured painting, An Afternoon in France, oil, 21.5 x 29.75, Fair Market Value $13,000. 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.

Preview the art ahead of time so you can plan your bids: Live Auction Artwork, Silent Auction Artwork. Attendees will have the chance to preview works live on Friday, June 7th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The silent and live auctions will be held Saturday, June 8, from 5:30 – 9:30 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 $50 and there are also VIP tickets available for $75 as well. If you are unable to attend and would like to leave an absentee bid, tickets are $35.

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

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Reserve your tickets now for the 2019 North Shore Magazine Grand Tasting, Thursday, March 28th 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 5th annual “foodie” event. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a past Grand Tasting, enjoy video footage from the 2017 and 2018 events.

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, wineries, catering companies, and bakeries. 

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 $75 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 Friday, March 29, Salisbury Beach’s Blue Ocean Music Hall will be rocking as it hosts the annual Pettengill House fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a special performance from Don White, acclaimed storyteller, musician and comedian and well as music from Thomas Machine Works Band, this year’s recipient of the Volunteers of the Year Award. Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight people, with all proceeds helping to benefit the Pettengill House. In addition to dancing the night away, the Pettengill House fundraiser features live and silent auctions, along with a raffle and great food and a cash bar.

“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.

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 Don White. 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. 

2019 Great Chefs’ Night ~ Boots & Scrubs

By Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Anna Jaques Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit community hospital serving 17 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire.
Anna Jaques Hospital
Great Chefs' Night

Yee haw! Boots & Scrubs, the 2019 Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association Great Chefs’ Night, will ride into town on Friday, April 5th at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, MA. Come dressed in your finest pair of jeans and cowboy boots, or favorite fancy duds. All to benefit Anna Jaques Hospital.

For more than 25 years, this signature event hosted by the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association has brought together employees, volunteers, board members, community leaders, and hospital supporters to enjoy food samplings from local restaurants and chefs, live entertainment, raffle prizes, a live auction, cash bar, and dancing.

Enter to win 2 fabulous Great Chefs’ Night raffles:

  • $5,000 jewelry raffle, donated by Matt and Karyn Khatib of M.K. Benatti Jewelers. Tickets: 1 for $20 or 3 for $50
  • $5,000 dream vacation, donated by BNY Mellon. Win a travel voucher for the destination of your choice. Tickets: 1 for $50

Thank you to this year’s Great Chefs’ Night presenting sponsor: Provident Bank.

For more information or to purchase event and/or raffle tickets, please visit www.ajh.org/aidassociation.

 

Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

By Joe, Joe

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West Newbury Town Annex | April 6th & 7th, 2019

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 6th from 9 AM – 2 PM and April 7th 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 4th, 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 recent years donations have been made to The Community Giving Tree, The Custom House Maritime Museum, 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! Click here to go directly to the GNFC website.

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 6th – 9 AM – 2 PM
Sunday, April 7th – 9 AM – 12 PM
Sunday Sale – 50% off items marked as discounted

Register to Sell Items

Important Notes:

CONSIGNMENT MANAGER CLOSES:
Thursday, April 4th 11:59 PM

DROP OFF ITEM FOR SALE:
Friday, April 5th – 8:30 – 11:30 AM

PICK UP OF UNSOLD ITEMS IF NOT DONATING:
Sunday, April 7th – 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.

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Plum Island Pink House

How many times have you driven past that old pink house on your way out to Plum Island and wondered what it’s all about?  There’s something about that house that just sets the tone as it whisks by the car.  It’s kind of eerie looking.  Kind of beat up by the weather over the years.  […]

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.

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 […]

Green Expo – Learn About Net Zero 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.
Green Expo, Net Zero Newburyport

For anyone wondering how they can do their part to help the environment, the upcoming Greater Newburyport Green Expo on Thursday, April 11 from 4-8 PM at the Rupert A Nock Middle School is the perfect place to start.  From speakers to interactive exhibits, the Green Expo aims to educate people of all ages about sustainability through net zero strategies. At this free event, attendees will enjoy products and programs from over 30 of the area’s most exciting eco-friendly companies. Click to view the full agenda of exhibitors and speakers.

Whether you are a residents, business leaders, educators, or students, the Green Expo has something for everyone. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your emissions, tips for recycling, ways to create an eco-friendly home, energy efficient improvements, nature friendly landscaping, and more.

Among the exhibitors will be many hands-on activities and visuals including Newburyport’s popular Repair Cafe staffed and ready to take on repairs, a display of electric cars, energy consultants, and delicious healthy food options from For The Love of Food and Drink.

You can also expect to visit with non-profit organizations—including the Mass Audubon, the Newburyport Farmer’s Market, and Our Neighbor’s Table—to name just a few. These exhibits will focus on issues like clean water, local food production, waste reduction, and more.

Equally exciting, the Green Expo’s featured speaker, Newburyport Mayor, Donna Holaday, will share plans to create a Net Zero Newburyport, unveiling strategies to to put the city on a path toward zero waste and carbon neutrality. Senator Diana DiZoglio and Representative James Kelcourse will also be attending to Green Expo and making opening remarks.

The overall purpose of the Green Expo is to teach communities how they can come together to address environmental issues like energy use, waste, and resiliency to confront climate change.  So whether you are looking for ways to improve energy use at your business, cut down on waste consumption as a local resident, want to learn more about going net zero, or you would to teach your child how they too can make an impact, this event has it all covered. Visit the Green Expo website to learn more about this important community initiative.

Platinum Sponsors: National Grid, N.E.T.R. Inc, and Revision Energy.

Gold Sponsors: Amesbury Industrial Supplies, Home Works Energy, Lombardi Oil, Beach Plum Flowers, Eastern Insurance, Apex Green Roofs, Serv Pro, Sun Bug Solar, RevolouSun, Window Woman, Andrew Sidford Architects, Green Cocoon, North Shore Home Energy, Graf Architects, Energy Source, Kearney HVAC, Rescom, Renewal by Andersen, High Road Farm, Black Earth Compost, Hall & Moskow, and Castagna Construction.

 

 

 

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 .
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Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses, located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown, is hosting our 2019 Spring Open House Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 13-14, with classes and events for the entire family. Bring the whole family and help us kick off the Spring season. Nunan’s is a family-owned florist & garden center known for their exceptional service, friendly staff, and gorgeous arrangements.

 

Saturday: For the young aspiring gardeners

On Saturday, from 12 to 2:30 PM, Nunan’s Spring Open House begins with a few fun activities for young, aspiring gardeners:

  • How to plant a pansy
  • Curious Creatures
  • Earth Day Crafts
  • 1 pm Kids Fairy Gardens ($15) must register, see below

In addition, we’re offering a children’s class on creating a fairy garden beginning at 1:00 PM.  Cost for this class is $15, please call (978)352-8172 to register. If you love making fairy houses Nunan’s shop carries a wonderful assortment of items to help create your fairy dream house.

Sunday: A Sweet Meet & Greet

On Sunday from 11:00 PM – 2: 00 PM, Sweet Paws Rescue will be on site with adorable pups to meet, pet and fall in love with.

Entrance is free and guests are encouraged to bring photos of your lawn, tree and shrub issues. Nunan’s experts will be available to provide plant & gardening consultation during the Spring Open House for anyone who needs it! We’ll proudly be serving Kane’s Donuts at the Spring Open House and offering our hanging pansy baskets for $5 off while they last. For more information, contact us at (978) 352-8172.

Soon enough, Garden Golf, Kallie’s Kones will be open for the season and the NEW Café Sarina will be open for business. Café Sarina is a locally-sourced, farm-to-table café & restaurant serving light breakfast & coffee, brunch, lunch, & dinner. Guest seating overlooks the beautiful, state-of-the-art Garden Golf course, featuring running water elements and gorgeous natural greens. Café Sarina’s new building also houses Kallie’s Kones, a sweet little spot serving award-winning ice cream from Richardson’s, a local, family-owned farm.

 

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 14th 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 6th or 13th. 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 14 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 6th or 13th 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.

Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert – Voices of America

Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert Harmony

With the warmer weather and blossoming flowers also comes an opportunity to enjoy beautiful live music at the annual Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert. Tickets are now on sale for Newburyport Choral Society’s (NCS) performance, Voices of America, celebrates great American composers on Saturday, May 4th at 8 pm and Sunday, May 5th at 4 pm at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street in Newburyport. This Spring Concert will not only showcase 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 will be led by the talented Music Director  Dr. George Case. Case divides his time between Newburyport and Boston, where he is also the Director of Choral Activities at the Boston Conservatory.  At the Conservatory, he not only directs the chorale ensembles, but also teaches Choral Literature and directs the graduate choral conducting program.

At the spring concert, audiences will have the pleasure of hearing choral masterworks in the wonderful acoustics of Belleville Congregational Church. This year’s spring concert will feature music from the great american composers Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Utah composer Andrew Maxfield.

Enjoy Copland’s music, blending folk art and musical theater, while capturing themes, melodies, and rhythms that are uniquely American. Move to the sounds of Bernstein, known for bringing people together with his music, regardless of their religions or origins. With a jazzy contemporary style, his dramatic Chichester Psalms is most commonly associated with Church music with the Judaic liturgical tradition. And Maxfield will be making his New England premier at the spring concert, celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, based on a collection of texts by this American poet.

The Newburyport Choral Society has been a community cultural asset for over 80 years.  Along with the spring concert, they also performs a winter concert each 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 Voices of America 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

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 2019 schedule: May 4th and November 2nd.

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.

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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.

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.

Waterfront Park

Newburyport Waterfront Park is positioned in the center of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.A perfect green space, Waterfront Park has a great boardwalk that runs along the Merrimack River and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the waterfront views and boating activity.

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.
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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 May 4th and 5th 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.

GNFC Adult Purge & Purchase Sale – Designer and Name Brand Deals!

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.
GNFC,, designer, name brand clothing and accessories

Love shopping? Love great deals? Stop by The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club Purge & Purchase consignment sale to shop a huge array of designer and name brand clothing, shoes, and accessories for both men and women. Purge & Purchase will open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 8th and from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9th  at the Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall.

If you plan your visit for Friday, the evening doubles as a Sip & Shop. That means you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer and light appetizers while scanning the racks for the perfect additions to your wardrobe.

What can you expect to find? The GNFC promises name brand and designer items that are priced to sell from roughly 100 different sellers. Be on the look out for designer names like Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Kate Spade, and name brand items by Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Anthropologie, to name just a few.

If you’d like to clean out your closets before filling them up with your new purchases, the club is still accepting new sellers with gently used brand name and on-trend items. To be a part of Purge & Purchase, simply set up your account online. 70% of all sales go directly to the seller and GNFC plans to donate a portion of it’s proceeds to a local charity. The sale is open to both members and nonmembers, to shop and/or sell.

To ensure you get first dibs on all the designer and name brand goods, consider volunteering to help. All volunteers will get exclusive access to pre-shop the sale on Friday from 5 to 6 pm before doors open to the public.

Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club is no stranger to hosting these large scale sales as they have put on a very successful bi-annual children’s consignment sale since 2008. The club is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year and excited to kick off their big anniversary year with an event to benefit adults in the community.

 

Old Newbury Bonfire 2019

By Joe, Joe

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8th Annual Christmas Tree Burn Fundraiser

Old Newbury Bonfire 2019

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 8th Annual Old Newbury Bonfire benefits the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department.

The event is held on January 12th, but if you’re interested in including your Christmas Tree in this community, 3-story bonfire you must drop it off by January 10th 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

If you are a Newburyport resident, make sure to put your tree out by January 10th and Mello Disposal will transport it to the Bonfire. Please do not bag your tree and make all ornaments have been removed.

The 8th 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 12, 2019

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

Newburyport Early Education Fair – Hosted Annually by GNFC

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.
Early Education Fair, Newburyport

Choosing a daycare or school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task, but the Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club is making it easier for families with their upcoming annual Early Education Fair. Visit Newburyport City Hall this Wednesday, November 7th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm to meet with over twenty early education schools and daycares from the surrounding areas, all in one place. The fair is free and open to the public.

Every family has different needs and priorities for their childcare, and researching your options can be incredibly time consuming… something all families can agree they are short on! The Early Education Fair, designed much like a college fair, gives parents the opportunity to move from table to table to learn about what each school or daycare has to offer. Teachers and representatives will be on hand to answer questions and offer information, ranging from flexible hours and costs to teaching techniques and philosophies, to help families select a school or daycare that matches their needs. Representatives from area Educational Foundations will also be available to answer questions about the local school districts.

Unsure of what exactly you’re looking for? The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club will be handing out folders with a suggested list of questions that parents may find helpful to ask the teachers and/or representatives from the schools.

This annual Early Education Fair, now in it’s 19th year, expects a turnout of 50 to 100 parents. Enjoy light refreshments, socialize with other local families, all while planning your child’s future!

The Greater Newburyport Mothers and Families Club is a member-led organization that provides support, information and friendship for families with young children in the Greater Newburyport area. The club connects members with local family-friendly activities, events and educational programs to keep the community safe and happy.

NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

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.
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Enjoy a fun evening out while helping a good cause, Newburyport’s local schools, at the NEF Lighthouse Auction Saturday, November 10th at Nicholson Hall from 6 pm to 10 pm.  The evening will be filled with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a delicious dinner buffet, cash bar, raffles, and of course… lots of bidding!
This annual event raises over $100,000 that goes directly to the school system’s STEM programs, to enhance literacy, and to update classroom technology. Tickets are $40 per person online beforehand and $50 per person at the door. But beware, the event expects to sell out with around 250 attendees, so if you’re planning to go, grab your tickets ahead of time.
The Lighthouse Auction will be hosting a large silent auction that both party attendees, as well as those that can not make the actual event, can bid online. Hot ticket items include a private party for you and 100 friends at The Deck, New England Patriots tickets, and the coveted Big Green Egg grill. Along with the silent auction, the NEF will have an additional live auction with 21 items exclusively available to party attendees.
And if you love all things shiny and bright, local jeweler, M.K. Benatti Jewelers, will be holding a raffle drawing for a shopping spree at their store.  The first prize winner will be treated to a $3500 shopping spree, with second and third prize winners getting $1000 and $500 to shop for their jewels. Whether you called it an early night or you couldn’t attend the party, winners of the raffle do not need to be present to win. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online.

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.

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 Newbury Village, James Steam Mill, Sullivan Building, Heritage House and Horton Terrace. 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. 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 but please, due to state law they are unable to accept home baked goods. Store bought donations with clearly marked ingredients are greatly appreciated.

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 Don Carey at 978–384–8535.

Nunan’s Holiday Events and Floral Classes – Tradition for Family & Friends

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 .
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holiday floral classes and events, Georgetown MA

Make sure to mark your calendar for the many wonderful Nunan’s holiday events and floral classes during November and December. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses is one of the largest retailers of outdoor winter décor, such as greens, roping, wreaths, and Christmas trees. We also grow over 20,000 poinsettias annually, all grown in our 20 growing houses on site. This coming holiday season is bound to be a busy one over at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses. Come visit us in Georgetown for your holiday décor, both inside and out. Your certain to find everything you need and you can also visit Nunan’s at our West Newbury location, formerly Knapp’s.

We have been busy organizing fun, holiday events and floral classes to help our customers celebrate the holiday season. Call your girlfriends and kick off the season with Ladies Night on November 15th 6-8 pm. Mark your calendar for the Nunan’s Holiday Open House, November 25th, 10 am – 4 pm, an event that is always fun for the entire family. Delicious Kane’s Donuts and other refreshments will be served, and Santa will be visiting! Come capture a keepsake family photo. Let the children visit with Santa and munch on a delicious donut, then venture outside to browse our endless bunches of Christmas greens and our sea of Christmas trees.

Let Nunan’s help you decorate your home by registering for one of our decorative workshops, such as learning how to design a unique centerpiece in our Thanksgiving Centerpiece class, or master the art of bow-making for your fall cornstalks and holiday wreaths. You can also sign the kids up for children’s classes, such as designing a beautiful fairy garden or our children’s centerpiece class. Below is the full list of holiday events and floral classes. Call or email soon to reserve your spot in one of these popular workshops, 978-352-8172 or info@nunans.com

  • Holiday Ladies Night – Nov 15th 6-8 pm
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop – Nov 17th 10-11 am
  • Holiday Bow Making Workshop – Nov 18th 1-2 pm
  • Holiday Open House – Nov 25th 10 am – 4 pm
  • Boxwood Tree Workshop – Dec 6th 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Fairy Gardens for Children Workshop – Dec 8th 11 am – 12 pm
  • Holiday Centerpieces for Adults Workshop – Dec 15th 1 – 2 pm
  • Holiday Centerpieces for Kids Workshop – Dec 22nd 11 am – 12 pm

Last, but certainly not least, Nunan Florist & Greenhouses boasts a team of talented floral designers who are eager and ready to help you create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your dinner table or to bring as a hostess gift. Bring your ideas to our girls in the florist shop and watch them create the perfect centerpiece to celebrate the holidays.

Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Kicks off Holiday Season

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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The annual Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting scheduled for November 25th, 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.

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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 annual Sea Festival of Trees lights up the seacoast to kick off the holiday season – Saturday, November 17, through Sunday, December 2! Mark your calendar for the 2019 Sea Festival of Trees, Nov. 16th – Dec. 1st. 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 $7 per person (children under 2 are free), 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  and enter to win the themed trees of their choosing.

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 the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s fund to bring back the historic carousel.

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 2018 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

$7 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.

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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.
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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.

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 IceSeaside 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.

Don’t miss your last chance to skate at Seaside Ice as the rink is getting ready to close for the season. Seaside is open Friday, February 15th 5-8 pm and Saturday, February 16th 12- 3 pm. 

Here are all the details: from Saturday November 17th through Sunday, December 2nd Seaside Ice is open daily in conjunction with the Sea Festival of Trees. During this time skating is included in the $7 admission fee. There is a cost of $5 to rent skates during the festival. If you missed the 2018 Sea Festival of Trees, mark your calendar for Nov. 16th – Dec. 1st, for the 2019 Festival.

Seaside Ice is also open in December, January and February. If your looking for fun Things to Do in the winter months, a visit to Seaside Ice is a must and is especially great if your looking to entertain the kids during school vacation week. For December, January and February the cost for admission is $5 whether you bring your own skates or rent. Seaside Ice offers fun for the entire family! Visit Seaside Ice at 4 Oceanfront North in Salisbury.

Themed DJ Skate Nights | Fridays Jan. 18 – February 16
Skating party with lights, music, & prizes from 6-8PM with popular seacoast DJ Koko P! Festive theme attire encouraged.

January 18 – Star Wars Night – May the force be with you for an evening of galactic entertainment!
January 25 – Harry Potter Night – Calling all Potterheads for a night of wizardry fun on ice!
February 1 – Team Spirit Night – Dress in your favorite sports team apparel & get game ready on Super Bowl weekend!
February 8 – Private Skating Party – Closed to the public
February 15 – Super Heroes + Princesses on Ice – Don your capes or crowns and come dressed as your favorite princess or super hero!

Weekend Hours | January 18 – February 16
Fridays 5-8 PM | Saturdays 12-3 PM | Sundays – Closed

Hours Subject to Private Event Rental
CLOSED for Private Events on: January 11, 12, 13 and on February 8.

Click here for most up-to-date skating hours and/or call ahead to confirm availability.

Call or email the Blue Ocean Event Center with questions, 978-462-5800 or email info@seaglassoceanside.com 

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Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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Newburyport-area residents and visitors 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. The 2018 Invitation Nights are scheduled for: December 7th, 14th and 21st. Invitation Nights draw spirited crowds as shoppers enjoy all the merchant hospitality, live entertainment, and shopping and dining the downtown area has to offer.

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.

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. The 2018 Holiday Gift Show & Sale will run from November 23 – December 24. The NAA will also host two evening receptions to coincide with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s Invitation Nights on Fridays, December 7 & 14, 6-9 pm. 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, 11 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-5 pm.

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.”

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.

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.

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 .
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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

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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 Wednesday, 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
AJH Community Health Foundation, Fore Your Health

The Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH 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 Fore Your Health 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 AJH 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

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.

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

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Riverfront Music Festival

By Joe, Joe

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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.
Maritime History, Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport

Custom House Maritime Museum

The Maritime heritage in Newburyport runs deep and The Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate destination for all residents and visitors with a curiosity about Newburyport's rich maritime history. Come hear stories of local families, their voyages and see model clipper ships and displays of famous shipwrecks.

Newburyport 250th Anniversary

Newburyport's future is anchored on the pasts of Privateers, Captains and Clammers. 2014 now marks the Newburyport 250th Anniversary celebrated through various benefits, art exhibits and a rockin' Clambake on Plum Island Beach.

Dogs on the Beach, off leash dog parks, Newburyport

Dogs on the Beach & Off Leash Dog Parks in Newburyport

If you’re looking to take your furry sidekicks on an adventure in and around Newburyport, you’ll want to check out this guide. From when you can bring dogs on the beach to where and when your buddies can ditch the restraints and run free at off leash dog parks, here are all the details to […]

Family Day at Maudslay State Park – Free Family Fun

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CHECK BACK FOR 2019 DETAILS.  Enjoy Family Day at Maudslay State Park, a free family event during Yankee Homecoming Week in Newburyport! The event takes place Saturday, August 3, 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 2018  schedule for the main stage.  CHECK BACK FOR 2019 LINE-UP.

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

 

 

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

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.
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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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

It’s Time For The Annual AOH Father Daughter Dance

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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 the 2019 Merrimack River Eagle Festival held Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 am – 4 pm, 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.

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.

Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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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 Sunday, December 2.

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 2 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 17 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

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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.

Voting Information – Deadlines, Candidates, & Ballot Questions

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.
Voting Information, Newburyport

If you’re planning on voting this year, you need some information, starting with whether you’re registered to vote, then who the candidates are and what the ballot questions are about. Your opinion counts more when you vote, and you can’t vote unless you register! The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is Wednesday, October 17. Voting day itself is Tuesday, November 6.

The Elections Division of the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Bill Galvin, has a wealth of online resources about voting in Massachusetts. But what information do you need for voting? Read on!

Am I registered to vote?

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re registered to vote, you can check your status with a quick search here by providing your name, birthdate and zip code.

If not, how do I register?

If you are a citizen of the United States of America, are over 16, and have an ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, you can register online. Use the Online Voter Registration System to do any of the following tasks: register or pre-register to voteupdate your address or political party, or update your name. To register, you only need to provide your drivers’ license number, no need to upload any documents. If the information is correct, you will receive a confirmation email within a day or two and then you’ll be good to go. If you’d rather register by mail or in person, you can find instructions here. But make sure you do it by October 17!

Where do I go to vote?

Your street address determines where you are allowed to vote on election day, Tuesday, November 6. To figure out where you need to go, check out the Find My Election Info web page, enter in your address and find out the address of your personal poling station.

Am I allowed to vote early?

As long as you are registered for the general election, you can vote as early as October 22 up until November 2. For a list of places and times where you can vote early, go to this Early Voting search form and select your town.

What Congressional District do I live in?

Massachusetts has nine congressional districts.  The Sixth Congressional District includes: the Essex County cities of Amesbury, Beverly, Gloucester, Lynn, Newburyport, Peabody, and Salem and the towns of Andover, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Merrimac, Middleton, Nahant, Newbury, North Andover, Rockport, Rowley, Salisbury, Saugus, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, and West Newbury.

For the Massachusetts lower state legislative district, Amesbury, Salisbury and Newburyport are in the First Essex District in Massachusetts. For more information, check the Statistical Analysis.

What offices are we voting for this year?

Secretary Galvin’s Elections web site lets you enter in your address and preview your actual ballot.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on the following offices:

U.S. Senator 
ELIZABETH A. WARREN, 24 Linnaean St., Cambridge, Democratic
GEOFF DIEHL, 10 Village Way, Whitman, Republican
SHIVA AYYADURAI, 69 Snake Hill Rd., Belmont, Independent

Governor and Lieutenant Governor 
BAKER and POLITO, Republican
GONZALEZ and PALFREY, Democratic

Attorney General
MAURA HEALEY, 40 Winthrop St., Boston, Democratic
JAMES R. McMAHON, III, 14 Canal View Rd., Bourne, Republican

Secretary of State
WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN, 46 Lake St., Boston, Democratic
ANTHONY M. AMORE, 182 Norfolk Ave., Swampscott, Republican
JUAN G. SANCHEZ, JR., 362 High St., Holyoke, Green-Rainbow

Treasurer
DEBORAH B. GOLDBERG, 37 Hyslop Rd., Brookline, Democratic
KEIKO M. ORRALL, 120 Crooked Ln., Lakeville, Republican
JAMIE M. GUERIN, 386 Pleasant St., Northampton, Green-Rainbow

Auditor
SUZANNE M. BUMP, 6 Hoe Shop St., Easton, Democratic
HELEN BRADY, 1630 Monument St., Concord, Republican
DANIEL FISHMAN, 36 Colgate Rd., Beverly, Libertarian
EDWARD J. STAMAS, 42 Laurel Park, Northampton, Green-Rainbow

Representative in U.S. Congress
Sixth District
SETH MOULTON, 10 Forrester St., Salem, Democratic
JOSEPH S. SCHNEIDER, 1203 Broughton Dr., Beverly, Republican
MARY JEAN CHARBONNEAU, 8 Cleaves St., Rockport, Independent

Councillor – Sixth District
TERRENCE W. KENNEDY, 3 Stafford Rd., Lynnfield, Democratic
VINCENT LAWRENCE DIXON, 60 Lake St., Winchester, Unenrolled

MA State Representative 
First Essex District
JAMES M. KELCOURSE, 50 Monroe St., Amesbury, Republican
JENNIFER A. ROCCO-RUNNION, 497 1/2 Main St., Amesbury, Democratic

Second Essex District
LEONARD MIRRA, 11 Mirra Way, West Newbury, Republican
CHRISTINA ECKERT, 14 Anna’s Way, Boxford, Democratic

In addition, Massachusetts voters will be asked to weigh in on three questions:

Question One is about imposing limits on how many patient can be assigned to nurses. A YES VOTE would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to one registered nurse in hospitals and certain other health care facilities. A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws relative to patient-to-nurse limits.

This question is explained in detail in the red voter publication that was sent to everybody in Massachusetts. In-depth description about legislation to limit the patient to nurse ratio.

Question Two proposes a law that would create a citizens’ commission to consider and recommend potential amendments to the United States Constitution to establish that corporations do not have the same Constitutional rights as human beings and that campaign contributions and expenditures may be regulated.

A YES VOTE would create a citizens’ commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings. A NO VOTE would not create this commission. In-depth description about the citizens’ commission.

Question Three proposes a law to add gender identity to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination in places of public accommodation, resort, or amusement. Such grounds also include race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, disability, and ancestry.

A YES VOTE would keep in place the current law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. A NO VOTE would repeal this provision of the public accommodation law. In-depth description of the gender identity ballot question.

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.
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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

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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.”

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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.

 

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