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PlumFest Free Annual Music Festival on Plum Island

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

PlumFest, Plum Island’s free annual music festival, returns on Saturday, September 17th from 12 – 6 pm. Transforming local porches on the island into stages for small concerts. PlumFest is a grassroots operation completely run by volunteers, from hosts to musicians to organizers. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ARTICLE TO VIEW 2022 PLUMFEST VIDEOS.

An early participant in the “porch-fest” movement, PlumFest relies on local residents on the island to share their yards, porches, and parking lots with local musicians so they can perform for visitors. Growing in numbers each year, the music festival now features approximately 100 performers at 50 locations, including residential homes and local island businesses such as: The Plum Island Beachcoma, Mad Martha’s, The Cottage, and The Plum Island Grille.

So what’s the best way to experience this popular music festival? Organizers urge attendees to skip cars and to walk, ride bikes, and bringPlumFest, Plum Island, MA Unnamed Colors strollers. Non-island residents, are encouraged to park at the the Plum Island Airport and to carpool as much as possible. PlumFest will have FREE shuttles that you can hop on and off of all day to visit different venues and to get to and from your car. The shuttle will run from 11 am – 7 pm giving folks plenty of time to check out their favorite bands and make it back to their cars before the shuttle stops. 

Expect a huge range in music, from full bands to acoustic performances, from bluegrass to classic rock and rap. Performances are scattered all over the island with hot spots like Northern Boulevard, Southern Boulevard on the South End, and Old Point Road.  You can plan ahead by viewing the printable list of performers with locations and times and check out this year’s amazing lineup. Visit the website to view the full schedule with the map of locations or just ride the shuttle and hop off when you hear something you like. 

 

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

Each year PlumFest picks a cause to raise money for. While the festival is entirely free, red buckets are set up at the performers’ locations to collect donations. This year, funds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley and the Merrimack River Watershed Council. Donations will enable the expansion of the music curriculum by adding instruction in recording technology, studio engineering and sound management. Over the past four years, PlumFest has donated $25,000 to various causes.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full Events Calendar! The first band picture featured in the article is Unnamed Colors and the second is the Dune Dogs Band playing at the Plum Island Grille.

PlumFest 2022: RevelUp

PlumFest 2022: Lynne Taylor Music at The Plum Island Beachcoma

PlumFest 2022: Peter Lavenson & Brother Gary Shane & Slivertones & Friends

NAA Auction – Newburyport Art Association Art Auction & Party

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

The 21st annual Newburyport Art Association Art Auction and Party will take place in the NAA galleries and under a spacious tent adjacent to the Sculpture Garden on Saturday, September 24th from 5:30 – 10:30 pm. The NAA auction is the largest fundraiser of the year and has grown in popularity causing organizers to expand preparations and bidding options for this exciting annual 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 annual social events. This year’s theme is the “Venetian Carnival” featuring a venetian cocktail and cuisine, as well as venetian decor and music. If guests are feeling festive they are welcome to showcase their Venice inspired masks or carnival garb.

The Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a great way to discover beautiful local art. Plan your bids ahead of time by previewing artwork in the NAA Live Auction Online Gallery and the NAA Silent Auction Online Gallery! The auction art will be exhibited in the NAA galleries from Saturday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 21st. The exhibition is free and will be open for viewing during NAA business hours. From 5 pm on the 21st until the auction opens on Saturday the 24th, the NAA gallery exhibition will be closed in preparation for the auction. The online galleries will remain open during this time giving everyone a chance to preview art and plan bids.

The NAA Auction is always an exciting evening and a wonderful opportunity to highlight the amazing artwork of the NAA artist members! The Silent Auction, featuring over 50 lots of art, will take place from 5:30-7:15 along with the art preview for the live auction, cocktails and Venetian Carnival inspired cuisine. The Live Auction, featuring over 60 lots of art, will take place from 7:30 – 10:30 and cocktails and dessert will be available during this time. At 7 pm, experience “live painting” with local artist, Alan Bull and enjoy the chance to bid on this painting during the live auction.

Purchase tickets in advance, as the Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a sell out every year! Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the Art Auction if they are still available.

VIP tickets are $150 and General Admission tickets are $100. VIP tickets include: reserved seating, dedicated registration and check-out area, special gift and an invitation to the VIP Artist Opening Reception which will be held at the NAA Gallery on Friday, September 9th from 6-8 pm.

If you are unable to attend the Newburyport Art Association Art Auction and Party, consider purchasing raffle tickets for a two night cabin stay in Maine.  The drawing will be held during the live auction but you do not need to be present to win the raffle.

You can also support the NAA with the purchase of a Venetian-inspired glass mask. Each of these 7 unique hand-made mask’s were made by NAA Executive Director, Lisa Naas. 100% of sales proceeds will go towards supporting a future Arts Intensive Youth Initiative at the NAA.

Video from 2018 NAA Art Auction & Party:

 

 

Sculpture at Maudslay Showcases Local Artists in a Picturesque Setting

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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Sculpture at Maudslay 2022 returns to Newburyport for visitors to enjoy from Sunday, September 11th through Sunday, October 2nd at 2 pm when the show closes. The event features the work of up to 50 local North Shore artists—all displayed in a picturesque outdoor setting. The application deadline is May 24th, so make sure to submit your application ASAP if you are inspired to participate in the 2022 outdoor exhibit. Maudslay State Park offers stunning views of the Merrimack Rivers, hiking trails, beautiful gardens and meadows, and more.

The show’s 2022 theme is “Intersect“. Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay organizers point out that it’s a word that has many possible meanings and artists were invited to let the word inspire their creations. This show is site-specific—meaning the sculptures on display were designed specifically for the site they are installed at. So participating artists were also encouraged to use the beauty of the location as inspiration.

Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay is a free event open to visitors of all ages. Stroll the park in search of exhibits on your own or if you’re looking for a specific sculpture, bring your phone to use the Maudslay sculpture app which includes a map of each artist’s location. While the event is free, regular Maudslay parking fees still apply.

All visitors should follow state park Covid-19 guidelines. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Maudslay sculpture show is in its 23rd year and has featured over 250 area artists who have created over 700 sculptures. The program is supported in part by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsors of the event are mentioned in both the app and on a signboard at Maudsley as a thank you.

Newburyport Waterfront Movies – Free Family Fun

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Newburyport Waterfront Movies

Best of Newburyport Free Family Entertainment Sponsored by Newburyport Bank

Waterfront Movies Showcasing Family Films

Hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport Waterfront Movies provide free outdoor family fun in downtown Newburyport!  When the sun goes down, a 40-foot outdoor movie screen goes up in Waterfront Park. Traditionally the Waterfront Movies have been hosted during the summer months but you will notice that the 2022 schedule features one movie per month from August through October. Movie start times are slated for 7:30 or once it is dark enough to start the films.

The Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series features family-friendly movies as a way to provide some classic fun for all to enjoy. These free events have become a must-do for many local families from Newburyport and surrounding towns. Thank you to Newburyport Bank for sponsoring this cherished tradition. Below are the 2022 movie dates. 

2022 Movie Lineup:

Thursday, August 18th – Mulan
Thursday, September 15th – Soul
Thursday, October 13th – Karate Kid

*Note, there was a last minute cancellation of Soul due to wind but the Chamber plans to reschedule. We will post the new date as soon as it is announced.

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

Anchor Stone Deck Pizza – 10% Off Food, Dine-In or Take-Out
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante – 10% Off Food
Stone Crust Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In or Take-Out

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

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

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

Enjoy the show!

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Topsfield Fair – America’s Oldest County Fair Began in 1818

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.
Topsfield Fair, Topsfield, MA County Fair

The annual Topsfield Fair is back, running from September 30th through October 10th with hundreds of vendors, rides, animals, shows, and special entertainment. Known as America’s oldest county fair, nearly half a million people flock to the festivities each year to enjoy a combination of traditional agricultural exhibits with classic fair fun.

Opened daily over ten days, the Topsfield Fair features a Midway section filled with rides, food, and games. Thrill-seekers can whirl and twirlTopsfield Fair, County Fair, Topsfield, MA on fast-paced rides while families with younger children can hit the kiddie section filled with pint-sized entertainment like small merry-go-rounds and driving cars. The Midway is also home to classic carnival games. Rides and games are not included in admission. You can purchase ride packs in advance for a discount or just pay as you go at the fair.

Fair-goers should also be sure to bring their appetites because the food vendors—situated in the Midway—will not disappoint. Topsfield Fair has everything from sandwiches to desserts, and many unique treats with a county fair twist. Try out some chocolate covered bacon, sample fried kool-aide, or indulge in some farm-fresh apple crisp.

Topsfield Fair, County Fair Topsfield, MAThe Topsfield Fair was founded by the Essex County Agriculture Society back in 1818 so it comes as no surprise that farming and animals are a major part of this county fair.  Visit with tiny piglets, sheep with their lambs, and other farm animals at the Farmyard tent and stop into the multiple barns throughout the fairgrounds that house cattle, goats, rabbits, chickens, and more. There is even a beekeeping exhibit with observation hives to watch the bees in action. Along with live animals, visitors can also shop fresh produce from local farmers and goods made by local artisans.

Perhaps one of the most famous exhibits at the Topsfield Fair is the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off—which is exactly what it sounds like. Farmers from all over compete to earn the title of the heaviest pumpkin and fair visitors get to check out these massive fruits on display. All pumpkins must weigh a minimum of 300 Lbs to enter and the heaviest to date weighed in at a whopping 1,689 Lbs!

Before planning out your day make sure to take a look at the Topsfield Fair daily calendar which is packed with live entertainment ranging from live musical performances to a demolition derby. There are also live events that go back to this county fair’s agricultural roots like an old fashion tractor pull and sheepdog trials. And if you plan on spending the whole day at the fair, stick around for the fairground parades scheduled for 5 pm on the following dates: 1st, 4th, 5th & 6th.

Tickets to the Topsfield Fair, along with ride tickets and food vouchers, can be purchased online in advance at a discounted rate. Discounted tickets can also be purchased for $15 in person at Newburyport Bank’s Newburyport, Salisbury, Newbury, and Amesbury (Friend Street) locations until September 22nd. Children under 8 are always free. All pictures used in this article are from the Topsfield Fair facebook page.

 

Newburyport Chocolate Tour – Eat Chocolate, Be Happy, Do Good

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.
Newburyport Chocolate Tour

For anyone with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the 2022 Newburyport Chocolate Tour, a mouthwatering day filled with chocolaty treats from local retailers. On Saturday, October 1st, from 12 – 4 pm, over 30 shops in downtown Newburyport will be offering up sweet treats to patrons with a chocolate tour ticket. This wonderful annual event in its 19th year, is hosted by volunteers from the Central Congregational Church and 100% of the NET proceeds are used to support local nonprofits.

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour is a great way to experience and explore downtown while also indulging in chocolate! From specialty stores to bakeries, this indulgent event offers a great variety of participants, allowing you to shop your way through town while embarking on the chocolate tour.

Chocolate Tour at Gelato, Amy & Alexa Warchol

Purchase tickets for this delicious event that helps to promote awareness of our local Newburyport small businesses! Advanced tickets can be purchased at one of the following locations: Affamata/Port Plums in the Tannery, Brass Lion, the Candy Man or the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. You can also purchase tickets online. While tickets are available for purchase the day of the event for $25, be warned, the Chocolate Tour limits sales to 400 total tickets and the event typically sells out.

Kick off the fun at the Newburyport Chocolate Tour starting point, the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant Street, where you will get a map of all the tasty stops and a bag to collect what you manage to not eat immediately! There will also be some chocolate themed baskets for raffle, so grab some tickets to try your luck when you pick up your map.

The Chocolate Tour motto, “Eat Chocolate. Be Happy. Do Good.“, sums up this delicious tour as 100% of net proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to: Prescription Refill  & Transportation Programs for Elders, Greenstone Gives, “Meatball” Amesbury Police newest K-9 and the Newburyport Arts Collective (NAC). View more about these wonderful local organizations below. You can truly feel happy eating chocolate AND donating to great causes.

Chocolate Tour at Soak Serving Simply Sweet Chocoates, NewburyportThe Chocolate Tour needs and greatly appreciates volunteers interested in helping run this wonderful event. If you are available to be surrounded by smiles and sweet treats, e-mail Diane at newburyportchoclatetour@gmail.com to sign-up.

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

2022 Chocolate Tour Benefactors:

Prescription Refill and Transportation Programs for Elders

This is the 10th year that the Chocolate Tour has supported these prescription refill and transportation programs for elders run by our local Councils on Aging (Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Newbury).  The funds help elders cover co-pays and other medical and transportation needs that often are beyond the elder’s weekly budget. By having a bit of cash readily available, a staff member can immediately help an elder.  Nothing fancy and it works.

Greenstone Gives

This local Amesbury group came together in Spring of 2022 when they saw a need to help families faced with disruptions in their family due to unforeseen circumstances (job loss/change, COVID related upsets etc.). Often children would lose the stability of after school activities and other familiar routines as their parents struggle with unexpected changes in their family life.  This enterprising group of caring parents have launched a program to help these families in a confidential, supportive manner.  We are delighted to highlight this grass roots effort by welcoming Greenstone Gives as one of our Chocolate Tour 2022 beneficiaries.

“Meatball” Amesbury Police newest K-9

“Meatball” recently joined the Amesbury Police Department as a drug detection dog as well as a skilled police partner to his handler, Tommy Nichols.  He will be following in the paw steps of Achilles who is soon to retire from active duty with the department.  “Meatball ‘s” food, training and equipment are entirely dependent on financial donations. We look forward to welcoming “Meatball” to our community and thank him and his predecessor, Archilles, for their special skills and work to make our communities safer.

Newburyport Arts Collective (NAC)

With the tremendous upset of COVID on all art related activities, early on, local art groups joined together to support one another during those very trying times.  The Newburyport Arts Collective has continued and grown offering a wealth of art related events to engage all ages in the art world of the greater Newburyport area.  We are pleased to include the Collective as one of our beneficiaries of 2022.

Halloween Events in Newburyport

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There are so many great annual Halloween events in Newburyport that the city has become known as a destination for Halloween fun. Some of the most popular events are Halloween traditions that count on each year, like Witches Night Out and Downtown Trick or Treat. There are also a variety of additional events hosted by various local organizations both in Newburyport and surrounding towns. For a complete list of Halloween Events and more detailed information on the events featured in this article, 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 14th from 6-9 pm, folks will shop and show off their costumes along the main streets of downtown Newburyport as well as the Tannery Marketplace. Although you will spot a few very young witches early in the evening, this event is geared more towards the adults. The highlight for many is a visit to Partridge in a Bear Tree, known for their cool Halloween decorations and a lively vibe.

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 to take this haunted tour.  This event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 22nd and 23rd from 1:30-4 pm.  There is a rain date of October 29th. You can purchase tickets upon arrival at this event.

The Newburyport Downtown Trick or Treat takes place from 4-5 PM on Friday, October 28th.  Families with small children are encouraged to come show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy treats from local Downtown and Tannery retailers.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents with small children to ease their way into trick or treating while introducing them to Newburyport’s fun Halloween events!

If your in search of Halloween costume parties geared for adults there are two great options both starting at 8 pm on Saturday, October 29th. The Plum Island Bachcoma is featuring their All Hallows’ Eve Costume Party and My Salisbury Beach is hosting their annual Halloween Costume Ball at Blue Ocean Event Center.

The Newburyport Halloween festivities finish with the City of Newburyport’s official Trick or Treating which happens on Monday, 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, especially 13 Tilton Street!

There are a few Halloween Events that were popular in past years and may return in the future including: the Newburyport Pumpkin Lighting and the Scarecrow Contest. Newburyport.com receives inquiries about these events so we we have kept prior year videos of these events on our site for Halloween fans to view. If you really enjoy the creative scarecrows, visit Amesbury and Salisbury to check out their Scarecrow Contests.

Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Witches’ Night Out Newburyport has become known as one of the top Halloween events for the North Shore, catering to “big kids” tempted by shopping and socializing in creative costumes. Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 14th from 6 – 9 pm, where witches and warlocks are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!

During Witches’ Night Out, costumed revelers are invited to stroll through town and pop into participating shops that will stay open late for tricks and treats. Many stores get creative with eerie decorations and offer up spooktacular snacks and drinks. And while all of town will be frighteningly exciting, there are a few shops that always outdo themselves. Kevin Riley, owner of Partridge in a Bear Tree, is known for his over the top decorations for just about every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. This shop is a must visit for all witches in the know! You may even find some great decorations and ideas to make your own house the spookiest on the block. There are so many local Newburyport shop owners who enjoy this fun Newburyport tradition. Make sure to visit as many as you can!

Although the event does not include a costume contest at one of our local restaurants this year, all witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are encouraged to attend Witches Night Out in their best Halloween attire!

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

Newburyport ArtWalk 2022

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Newburyport ArtWalk

Newburyport ArtWalk 2022 – Explore Step by Step

A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art

A Community of Talent – Newburyport ArtWalk

The Newburyport ArtWalk is a FREE, self-guided tour that allows you to explore art galleries throughout Newburyport’s Historic District as well as a few galleries just beyond the downtown area. The 2022 ArtWalk will be held on Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, October 15th from 10 am – 6 pm. Artists from the area will showcase special exhibits, participate in discussions about their art and offer demonstrations. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the local artist community, meet local artists and discover new found inspiration.

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

While you’re enjoying the ArtWalk, make sure to explore Newburyport’s many wonderful retail shops and relax at one of our many excellent local Newburyport restaurants. If you’re planning a visit from outside the area, consider booking a room in one of our wonderful local Inn’s.

 

A special thanks to the Newburyport 2022 ArtWalk sponsors: Newburyport Framers and Harborside Printing Company. As an incentive to help support the local artist community, Newburyport Framers is graciously offering a 10% discount on custom framing of any art purchased during the 2022 ArtWalk and Harborside Printing helped contribute to the printing cost for the 2022 ArtWalk brochures.

The first image in this article is from inside Valerie’s Gallery at State Street and the second image features Allen Bull’s 2022 Calendar.

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

 

Newburyport ArtWalk

Artwalk 2022 Schedule

May 7th, 2022
October 15th, 2022

Saturday’s from 10 AM – 6 PM

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Coast Guard Open House, Yankee Homecoming Newburyport

US Coast Guard

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

Plum Island Airport, Newbury MA

Plum Island Airport Managed by Plum Island Aerodrome

Do you know about the impressive history of the Plum Island Airport in Newbury? Many advances in aviation occurred on Plum Island. The first flying field in New England was built on Plum Island. The original runway over the sand dunes and marshes was made of wood!

Piping Plovers Nesting, Plum Island Refuge Closures, Newbury MA

Piping Plovers Nesting Season Brings Annual Plum Island Refuge Closures

Each year Plum Island beachgoers must pack up their gear and vacate The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge when the piping plovers swoop in for nesting and breeding season causing

NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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The 2022 annual NEF Lighthouse Auction will be held at the Newburyport City Hall Auditorium. The auction is on Saturday November, 12th.  This annual event raises over $100,000 that goes directly to support key learning initiatives within the Newburyport Educational system. The 2022 NEF initiatives include: NHS Integrated Arts, Advanced Literacy Instruction & Achievement, District-Wide-SETM, Advanced Studies/MA Career Pathways & Initiative, Instructional Technology PLC, Investment Club at the High School, and Visual & Performing Arts Festival.

Did they say VIP….Support Local and kick off the 2022 NEF Lighthouse Auction as an NEF VIP!  Purchase a VIP Package and receive: two 15 oz stemless glass wine tumblers with 01950 etched on them, a bottle of Cabernet, decadent Lindt chocolates and 1 raffle ticket to the MK Benatti Shopping Spree’s! Plus all auction winnings will be hand delivered to VIP homes once the NEF Auction is over! Get your VIP Package before they are gone!

Local jeweler and exceptionally generous NEF Auction Sponsor, M.K. Benatti will once again be holding a raffle drawing for a shopping spree at their downtown store. The first prize winner will be treated to a $3,500 shopping spree, with second and third prize winners getting $1,000 and $500 to shop for their jewels. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online.

The NEF Auction is really a wonderful opportunity to Shop Local! Auction items are donated mostly by local businesses and individuals passionate about supporting our local schools. The 2022 Lighthouse Auction features an amazing selection of auction items, whether your looking to treat yourself to something special or need a unique gift, we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the auction items.

The Newburyport Education 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.

Please enjoy some of our photos and videos from prior years live auction events. We look forward to the return of the live NEF Lighthouse Auction, hopefully in 2022.

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