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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newburyport Greek Food Festival – Delicious Homemade Food

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Enjoy delicious and authentic Greek food at the Newburyport Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 7 Harris street in Newburyport as they celebrate their 100 Year Anniversary. The Festival will run from 11:30 am – 9 pm on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th as well as 11:30 am – 4 pm on Sunday, July 29th. There will be live Greek music by OPA Entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening from 5 –  9 pm.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

Yankee Homecoming Market Place, Newburyport MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High School Battle of the Bands – Yankee Homecoming

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands, Newburyport

Annual Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

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Battle of the Bands – Exceptional Local Entertainment

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

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

2018 BATTLE OF THE BAND WINNERS: 

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

First Prize

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

Second Prize

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

Third Prize

  • $100 Cash

 

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

Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting – Magnificent Kitchens/Tasty Treats

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting is a chance to enjoy a self-guided tour of exceptionally beautiful Newburyport kitchens while sampling delicious complimentary local fare. The 2018 Kitchen Tour will take place on Saturday, July 28th, from 11 am to 4 pm. The Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting is a benefit for the Newburyport PTO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Kayak and SUP River Races – Newburyport

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in fall 2018.
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This year, Yankee Homecoming will kick off with the third annual Kayak and Sup River Races on the Merrimac River, on Saturday, July 28. Contestants in the Kayak and SUP River Races must be at Cashman Park to check-in at 10:00 am and the race will start promptly at 11:30. Online registration should be done prior to race day. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, designed by Paddle Paddle Surf Apparel, and names will be entered into a drawing for tickets to attend the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest,  happening that night. Organizers are working hard to make this exciting event as fun to watch as it is to participate in, so grab your kayak or stand-up paddle board and join in, or watch from shore and cheer on your favorites; a great time is guaranteed.

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

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

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

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, Newburyport

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Art on Bartlet Mall – The Premier Yankee Homecoming Art Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday – A Classic Family Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament

By Joe, Joe

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, Newburyport

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Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament 2018

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

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

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

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

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament History

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

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament at the Ould Newbury Golf Club

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

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

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

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

FUN FACT about the Ould Newbury Golf Course 

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

Yankee Homecoming Road Races – A Newburyport Tradition

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kids Day in the Park – An Exchange Club Family Event

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in fall 2018.
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Newburyport’s annual Kids Day in the Park will take place Wednesday, August 1, from 10:00 to 2:00 at Atkinson Common Park, located at 388 High Street. This free event hosted by the Exchange Club of Newburyport, is one of the highlights of Yankee Homecoming week for many kids, featuring all the best stuff from childhood. Kids Day in the Park in an opportunity to create lifelong memories with your children. For many families this event has become an annual tradition, along with Olde Fashioned Sunday and Family Day at Maudslay Park.

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

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

Newburyport Slow Bike Race – A Coastal Trails Coalition Event

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

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

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

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

US Coast Guard Open House – A Yankee Homecoming Historic Tour

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Whether you have a little Coast Guard in training at home, or you would like to meet the men and women that protect our city, the US Coast Guard Open House has something for everyone. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station, located in downtown Newburyport at 65B Water Street, will be opening its doors to the public Thursday, August 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm, for a special day of tours and information.

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

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

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

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

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

Newburyport Bed Racing – A Favorite Event of Locals!

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

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

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

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

Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in fall 2018.
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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 7 from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. Bring your picnic blanket and experience the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival for free, or purchase VIP seats for $50 each and sit on the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts while enjoying free food, wine and beer. All proceeds support the Newburyport parks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts – Check the Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Day at Maudslay State Park – Free Family Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Blast Off Saturday

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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The Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang this Saturday, August 4th at 9:15 pm with their annual display over the Merrimack River. Pack up your lawn chairs, bring blankets and snacks and grab a spot in town to watch the sky light up at one of Yankee Homecoming’s biggest and brightest events of the week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 27th & 28th from 10 am to 5 pm and enjoy a day filled with delicious food, shopping, and entertainment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waterfront Music Festival – Newburyport Students Perform

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in fall 2018.
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Saturday, June 9, starting at 11:00 am, pack up your family and picnic blanket and head to Waterfront Park, behind Sea Level Restaurant, for the first annual Waterfront Music Festival where students from all schools in the Newburyport school district will perform music, dance and dramatic pieces through the day.  The district Performing Arts Department is presenting the first annual Waterfront Music Festival to highlight performing groups from all schools, and students of all ages across the district, including all range of music, dance and theater arts. Half-hour performances begin at 11 and go through the day until 3. Performances from the youngest students will start in the mid-morning and the day will end in the afternoon with Newburyport High School students. The Waterfront Music Festival is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to join for one or two performances or stay for the whole day. At 1:00, there will be an intermission for families to enjoy their picnics, explore offerings from local vendors, or stroll through town.

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

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

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

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

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

Molin 5th grade band practicing for the big day!

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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 fall 2018.
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The annual Newburyport Art Association art auction and party will take place in the NAA galleries on Saturday, June 16th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The NAA auction is the largest fundraiser of the year and has grown in popularity causing organizers to expand preparations and ticket sales for this fun social event. The NAA auction is a wonderful opportunity to help support a critical organization that serves as the foundation and inspiration for Greater Newburyport’s passionate community of artists and art lovers. Come view and bid on works by local artists, while enjoying delicious food and drinks at one of Newburyport’s top social events. This year’s theme is “A Night in Bangkok” and will feature sumptuous Thai creations by Brown Sugar by the Sea to be paired with creative libations and local brews.

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

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

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

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

Mozart’s Harmony – Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert

Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert Harmony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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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 April 28th and 29th from 10 am to 3 pm for this whimsical event at Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Rd., in Salisbury Hosted by the Salisbury PTA, this event will transport your family to a pint sized world fit for Tinker Bell and all of her fairy friends. Tickets are available in advance online or at the ticket booth on the day of event.

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

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

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

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

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

Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

Bike Swap and Used Bikes Sale, Riverside Newburyport

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

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

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

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

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

Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses Spring Open House

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

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

Saturday: For the young aspiring gardeners

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

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

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

Sunday: Free advice from our experts

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

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

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

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

Win Big at NEF’s Monte Carlo Night in Newburyport

Monte Carlo Night, NEF Newburyport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

By Joe, Joe

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

Buy or Sell at the Spring and Summer Consignment Sale

Spring Consignment Sale | Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy our video from a prior GNFC Consignment Sale.

Event Details

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

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

Register to Sell Items

Important Notes:

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

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

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

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

Things to Do

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

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.

hiking and walking trails in Newburyport, MA

Maudslay State Park

Maudslay State Park features breathtaking 19th century gardens, carriage roads and walking trails, stunning fields and meadows as well as stone arch bridges and a flowering reflection pond.  If you appreciate history and the outdoors, a trip to Maudslay State Park is a must.  Enjoy miles of hiking and walking trails and join the equestrian group if you enjoy horse back riding.

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.

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

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

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

Grand Tasting Vendors 

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

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

Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

Pettengill House Fundraiser, Salisbury MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Time For The Annual AOH Father Daughter Dance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Royal Treatment @ The Maritime Tea Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost is $15 per person for both Members and Guests 

Custom House Maritime Museum – 25 Water Street Newburyport MA.

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

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

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

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

Old Newbury Bonfire 2018

By Joe, Joe

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7th Annual Christmas Tree Burn Fundraiser

Old Newbury Bonfire 2018

Bonfire Party with Music, Food & Games

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Details

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

Date: January 20, 2018

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

Cost:  Admission FREE, Food & Drinks Available for Purchase

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

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

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

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

NAA Holiday Gift Show & Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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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 Tuesday, December 12.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Custom House Invitation Night Open House

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

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

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

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

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

Newburyport Choral Society’s Holiday Concert a Sellout Event

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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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.

Seaside Ice

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice

Skate Indoors – No Hats or Gloves Required

Seaside Ice at Blue Ocean Event Center

Seaside Ice

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

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

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

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

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

Fun for the entire family!

Admission

$5 per person (includes skate rental)

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

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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 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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Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sea Festival of Trees

By Joe, Joe

Sea Festival of Trees 2014

Sea Festival of Trees

Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular

A Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition

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

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

Enter to Win One of These Gorgeous Trees!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ways to Participate

Be a Sponsor | Donate a Tree | Volunteer

Hours & Admission

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

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

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Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Local Families

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween Events in Newburyport

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There are so many great Halloween events in Newburyport and the decorations go up each year at the annual Fall Harvest Festival which is hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber and features live entertainment, food vendors and all sorts of shopping.  The lampposts are decorated with very creative scarecrows that are sponsored by many of the local small business owners. If you are looking for more detailed information on any of the following events, check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

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 20th 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 but you will see a few young witches as well.  As the shopping winds down, the Witches & Warlocks head to the Starboard Galley for a fun Halloween Costume Contest at 8:30 PM.

The Greater Newburyport Mother’s and Families Club annual Halloween party is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 1-4 PM at Spencer Peirce Little Farm in Newbury.  This family event features music, dancing, tractor rides, pumpkin picking, Fall games, trick or treating, and a costume contest. You must purchase tickets in advance for this event.

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 21st and 22nd from 2-4 PM.  There is a rain date of October 28th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.

The Downtown & Tannery Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 27th.  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!

NEWBURYPORT TRICK OR TREATING HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3RD. The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport official Trick or Treating which happens on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Before all of the fun ends we highly recommend a drive around town to check out some of the exceptionally spooky homes!

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Trunk or Treat is a new event this year, hosted by Newburyport Macaroni Kid. Come check out the creative Halloween “Trunk” decorations that will be featured by many local businesses and organizations, all while trick or treating from vehicle to vehicle. Enjoy live entertainment and plenty of kids activities as well, such as face painting and a giant bouncy house.  This event will be held on October 14th from 3-5 PM at New England Sports Park in Amesbury.

If your trying to find information about the Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll, it will not be held in 2017 🙁 but we hear there are plans to bring it back in 2018.  This exciting event has become a tradition for many families.  People from Newburyport and the surrounding area carve their pumpkins and bring them to Market Square to be proudly featured on hay bails in the center of the square.  Spectators enjoy Halloween music while viewing hundreds of uniquely carved Jack-O-Lanterns.  This showcase features 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, but don’t be intimidated if you are not artistically inclined as this event welcomes participation from all!

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

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On Saturday, October 7, 2017 The Grog Restaurant’s 10th 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. The 2017 winner was Michael’s Harborside followed by: Brick & Ash, The Andover Fire Department & Loretta. Last year’s 2016 Winner 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.  Check back as we will provide a list of businesses as entries are confirmed.

This is the fourth 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, but advance tickets are available on Eventbrite.com

For more information, visit the Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest website or Facebook page or contact The Grog Restaurant at enjoy@thegrog.com

 

American Music & Harvest Festival

By Joe, Joe

American Music & Harvest Festival, Newbury MA

American Music & Harvest Festival

In Toe-Tapping Support of Newburyport Schools

A Newburyport Education Foundation Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 30th from 10 AM – 7 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 to benefit the Newburyport Education Foundation. Funds from this event benefit many local public and private schools in the Greater Newburyport community.

Families will enjoy great live music, as well as several farm activities including tractor rides, scarecrow building and corn husking. Check back for the concert schedule.

Vendors selling delicious apple cider donuts and other treats were 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 Newburyport Public Schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education.”

 

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. Click here for information on the 2018 Spring and Summer Consignment Sale. 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 16th from 9 AM – 1 PM and Sunday the 17th 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 2017 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 Friday, September 15th, at 6:00AM 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 15th, from 9:30am -11:30am. 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 16th 9:00am – 1:00pm and Sunday, September 17th 9:00am -12:00pm

*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 2017 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 2017 Community Gift:

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

 

 

 

 

Walking Tours of Plum Island – Explore & Discover

Walking Tours of Plum Island, Newburyport MA

The walking tours of Plum Island, North Point, led by Bill Sargent, and run from June through October. The 2017 walking tours were a big success. Please check back in the Spring for the 2018 schedule or visit plumislandoutdoors.org The 90-minute walking tours, start at North Point’s Plum Island Lighthouse go down to the south jetty and back.  The Walking Tours of Plum Island are held rain or shine so be prepared with rain gear depending upon the forecast. Tour participants should park in the Plum Island Lighthouse parking lot.

During these beautiful walks there is much to explore and discover.  You will see horseshoe crabs, woolly mammoth, terns, and striped bass and view the effects of last winter’s erosion. Changes occurred over this past Winter and this Spring validating that Mother Nature is in charge!

Investigate the Coast Guard archaeology site and speculate on whether some of the artifacts could have been used to set U-boat nets across the Merrimack River. Visit the Sand Machine where up to an acre of sand flows through natural weirs in the South Jetty during high course tides. Discuss how the Army Corps of Engineers, the city of Newburyport, universities, and colleges have all been working together to work with nature and find a solution to the rapid erosion on the point.

Walking Tours of Plum Island participation costs is $10 per person, payable to The Coastlines Project. What should you bring for the trip?  We recommend a camera, sensible shoes and a keen sense of humor!

Bill Sargent is well respected as an authority on this beautiful area of Plum Island and has been featured by many local and regional publications.  Bill is the author of over 20 books about science and the environment, including “Islands in the Storm”, “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach,” and “Plum Island 2016.”

Sandy Tilton is an acclaimed nature photographer.  Sandy has exhibited at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and during September at Riverview Artisans, 26 Central Square, Bristol, New Hampshire.

 

Yankee Homecoming Events- A Newburyport Tradition

Yankee Homecoming Events, Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming Events

Historic Tradition that Bonds Our Community

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Drone Coverage of 2015 Yankee Homecoming Parade from UAV Look

Yankee Homecoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact

Yankee Homecoming
PO Box 493
Newburyport, MA 01950

Yankee Homecoming Events

Purchase the Newburyport App/VIP Card

Download the Newburyport App

Nunan’s 100 Years Celebration – A Fun Family Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tall Ships Newburyport

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racquet Club is putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annelies to be Performed by The Newburyport Choral Society

Annelies Newburyport Choral Society Concert

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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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