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Nunan’s Fall Festival – An Annual Fall Family Tradition

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
Nunan Florist & Greenhouses
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The Annual Nunan’s Fall Festival is back on Saturday, October 5th for another year of fun fall activities for the whole family, featuring vendors, crafters, raffles, giveaway’s and more! Join Nunan’s from 11 am to 3 pm to celebrate the coming of the new season and help support a wonderful local resource, as a percentage of all proceed from the day will be donated to Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association.

Nunan’s has plenty in store for this year. Curious Creatures will be on site from 12 to 2:30 pm, where kids will have the opportunity to learn about and interact with a variety of animals. Always a fan favorite with kids (and adults too!), Pumpkin Bowling will return this year as well. And of course, there will be face painting, kids crafts and a very special Fairy Walk Scavenger Hunt to make their October memorable. Free popcorn will be available as a snack but if your ready for a full meal make sure to stop in to Cafe Sarina.

Nunan’s Fall Festival will also feature a couple beautiful cornhole platforms for everyone to enjoy. For mom, dad, and other adults, there will be a great display of fall décor items, such as Mums, pumpkins, cornstalks, and more!

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

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

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

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On Saturday, October 12, 2019 The Grog Restaurant’s 12th 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 began as a chili cook-off held for six years in The Grog’s parking lot, has grown each year in popularity and diversity. With the generosity of their co-sponsor, The Tannery Marketplace, The Grog has been able to triple attendance over the years by adding the perfect complement to chili, a craft beer festival.

Billed as the Northshore’s most creative chili competition, Newburyport area restaurants and markets vie for The Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Chili. Everyone who purchases a ticket gets to vote. So far the 2019 participating restaurants include: Michael’s Harborside, The Grog, Metzy’s, Brick & Ash, Loretta, Dos Amigos,  The Paddle Inn, and Port Tavern (more to come)

This is a competitive event and an honor to be selected as the Grog Chili Fest winner. The top pick in 2018 & 2017 was Michael’s Harborside, in 2016 was Port Plums & Newburyport Olive Oil and in 2015 the winner was Port City Sandwich Company! There are many local eateries that will participate in this fun event.

This is the sixth 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’ 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.

 

Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Who says Halloween is just for the little ones? Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 18th from 6 pm to 9 pm, where “big kids” are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!

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

All witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are invited to end the festivities with a Witches’ Night Out costume contest, location TBD.

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

American Music & Harvest Festival

By Joe, Joe

American Music & Harvest Festival, Newbury MA

American Music & Harvest Festival

In Toe-Tapping Support of
Greater Newburyport Schools

A Newburyport Education Foundation Fundraiser

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 28th from 12 am – 6 pm for the annual American Music & Harvest Festival.  This is a wonderful Fall event held at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA. Several bands will perform live at the American Music & Harvest Festival in support of the Newburyport Education Foundation. Funds from this event benefit many local public and private schools in the Greater Newburyport community. You choose which school organization you would like to support as you make your ticket purchase.

The American Music & Harvest Festival features great live music, as well as several farm activities including tractor rides, scarecrow building and corn husking. The 2019 line-up includes Das Pintos, Kate Redgate Music, A Different Engine, The Portermen, Red Tailed Hawk, Chris O’Donnell, Pathological Outliars and the Newburyport High School Band.

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

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

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

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

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

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