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The Dragon’s Nest Closing: “Land of Magic and Wonder” Moves Online

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.
Dragon's Nest Closing, Newburyport

After nearly 38 years of providing joy in the form of unique toys and gifts to tourists and locals alike, Newburyport’s oldest toy store, The Dragon’s Nest, is closing its doors at the end of August. Those that known and love the store are encouraged to visit and support The Dragon’s Nest over the next month by shopping for some of your favorite toys before they sell out. Pop in to purchase early birthday gifts, special treats, and party favors. And while it may be goodbye to the quirky storefront packed from floor to ceiling with wonders for all ages, you can continue to support the town’s iconic Dragon’s Nest online on their newly launched eCommerce site.

The Dragon’s Nest, a staple for local families and a destination for visitors, was dreamed up by original owners Martin and Donna Seim in the early 80’s. Based on a children’s book, “The Dragon’s Nest” Martin wrote and illustrated, the couple created a “land of magic and wonder” in the form of a toy store. Waldo, the main dragon character in Martin’s story, became the store’s mascot.

The Seims modeled their storefront after an old world curiosity shop—which remains the same today. Customers were and are encouraged to take their time exploring two stories of shelf after shelf of toys, crafts, and trinkets.

Martin and Donna ran The Dragon’s Nest for 25 years before passing the torch to their daughter Kristin Zarkades. Zarkades in turn sold the shop to the current owner, Sally Owen in 2014.

Owen, who worked at the shop, decided to “just jump” and purchase The Dragon’s Nest with her husband when she heard the news that Kristin was closing down the beloved toy store. For the next five and half years, the Owens carried on the traditions and principles the Seims originally envisioned for The Dragon’s Nest. In fact, Donna and Martin Seim remained the landlords of the space and have been mentors to the Owens on their journey with the store. While Hugo remained mostly behind the scene handling maintenance, accounting, and payroll, Sally is a well-known face to those that know and love this shop.

Together Sally and her husband Hugo have continued to serve the children, parents, and grandparents that frequent this unique toy store. Sally has watched as parents that grew up visiting the shop as children themselves return with children of their own. She has welcomed local kids that come to play and explore after school, on half days and during the summertime. And she loves meeting families that have made stopping in for a treat a tradition on their beach vacations.

“Our customers are really wonderful—kids of all ages, people who come in every week, people that come especially to Newburyport to stop in—it speaks to the uniqueness of the store. We’ve been really lucky to have such wonderful people,” says Sally.

And while the customers are a key element to the success of The Dragon’s Nest—equally important are all the employees and people that work so hard to give those visiting an amazing experience. This includes her delivery people, with whom Sally is on a first-name basis, and the toy reps that have helped maintain the creative toys that fill the shop.

“I’m so grateful for our wonderful employees,” says Sally. “They’ve been so friendly and gracious and hardworking. Customer service has been one of the hallmarks of The Dagon’s Nest. That’s what Martin and Donna wanted—for people to always feel comfortable from the moment they enter the store and we’ve maintained that.”

The relationships the store has formed can be seen in the heartfelt goodbye letter Sally composed.

The store has been a labor of love for Sally and it’s with a heavy heart that The Dragon’s Nest is closing. While the doors will close at the end of August, she will continue to sell the remaining inventory online and continue with select popular items beyond that. In the meantime, make sure to stop in over the next month to visit with Sally and explore the shelves of The Dragon’s Nest one last time.

Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Put on your best and brightest wings, sprinkle a little fairy dust and head to the fourth annual Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk for a magical stroll through the woods to search for nearly 200 fairy houses. Mark your calendars for May 2nd and 3rd 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.

Newburyport Early Education Fair – Hosted Annually by GNFC

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

Choosing a daycare or school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task, but the Greater Newburyport Families Club is making it easier for families with their upcoming annual Early Education Fair. Visit Newburyport City Hall this Wednesday, November 14th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm to meet with over twenty early education schools and daycares from the surrounding areas, all in one place. The fair is free and open to the public.

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

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

This annual Early Education Fair, now in it’s 20th year, expects a turnout of 50 to 100 parents. Enjoy light refreshments, socialize with other local families, all while planning your child’s future!

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

Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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If you’re looking for some great American music in a beautiful setting, check out the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 6 from 1:45 to 7:00 pm. Bring your picnic blanket and experience the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival for free, or purchase VIP seats for $75 per ticket. VIP ticket holders can sit on the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts while enjoying free food, wine and beer or be front and center, dancing on the grass in front of of the stage. All proceeds support the Newburyport Parks.

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

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

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

Newburyport Garden Tour Hosted by the Museum of Old Newbury

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Newburyport’s Museum of Old Newbury will host its annual garden tour on Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year marks the tour’s 40th anniversary and will feature the best gardens from the past four decades as well as some new properties. Our feature video provides a view of the beautiful South End home of Paul Goldberg & Joe Bell Garden. 

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish Tall Ship Nao Santa Maria Sails into Newburyport

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Mark your calendars, from May 31st through June 10th the 200-ton Spanish tall ship, Nao Santa Maria, will visit Newburyport, a city rich in maritime history. The Custom House Maritime Museum will dock this replica of Christopher Columbus’  flagship the Santa Maria at the city’s Waterfront Park as part of their Newburyport Maritime Days 2019 celebration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Yankee Homecoming Road Races – A Newburyport Tradition

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The 60th Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, July 30th 2019. 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 adrenaline 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, July 30, 2019. 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 including the Newburyport Bed Racing, also hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club.

 

 

 

 

Plumfest-Free Annual Music Festival on Plum Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

NAA Auction – Newburyport Art Association Art Auction & Party

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

The 18th annual Newburyport Art Association art auction and party will take place in the NAA galleries on Saturday, June 8th from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The NAA auction is the largest fundraiser of the year and has grown in popularity causing organizers to expand preparations and ticket sales for this fun social event. The NAA auction is a wonderful opportunity to help support a critical organization that serves as the foundation and inspiration for Greater Newburyport’s passionate community of artists and art lovers. Come view and bid on works by local artists, while enjoying delicious food and drinks at one of Newburyport’s top social events. This year’s theme is “Ciao Italia, An Evening in Italy” and will feature sumptuous Italian creations to be paired with Italian wines and local brews.

The Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a great way to discover beautiful local art. A silent auction under a tent in the NAA Sculpture Garden will feature over 60 items including artworks and many non-art items such as: a large Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Diamond ring set in 14K gold from Kaya Jewelers, an Instant Party from Otto Pizza with Beer & Wine from Leary’s, a family photography session, luncheon boat cruise and so much more! See the list of non-art items here. The main event will take place under a bigger tent along the side of the Newburyport Art Association. The live NAA auction will include 70 lots of contemporary art and sculpture,  as well as a Plum Island Getaway with Dinner at the Plum Island Grill and Breakfast at Mad Martha’s.

In addition, NAA lifetime artist member Donald Jurney has donated a featured painting, An Afternoon in France, oil, 21.5 x 29.75, Fair Market Value $13,000. Half of the sales proceeds from this lot will help fund the 2019 Donald & Kim Journey Traveling Fellowship, an annual $5,000 award to an emerging artist. Attendees of the NAA auction can also bid on works by other featured artists.

Preview the art ahead of time so you can plan your bids: Live Auction Artwork, Silent Auction Artwork. Attendees will have the chance to preview works live on Friday, June 7th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturday, June 8th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The silent and live auctions will be held Saturday, June 8, from 5:30 – 9:30 pm.

We recommend purchasing tickets online in advance, as the Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is an extremely popular event. Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the Art Auction if they are still available. General Admission tickets are $50 and there are also VIP tickets available for $75 as well. If you are unable to attend and would like to leave an absentee bid, tickets are $35.

Best Outdoor Dining in Newburyport – Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

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 suns out, the weather’s warm, which means it’s time for some delicious outdoor dining, and nobody has better outdoor seating than Newburyport. From waterfront views to tacos on the run to classic New England seafood, our coastal town has it all. There are places great for kids and many that will even accommodate your four legged friends. If you are bringing your pup along for the day, pick a restaurant with a sidewalk/patio. Many will allow your buddy to hang just on the edge and some will even give them a refreshing bowl of water. So where will you be pulling up a seat for your next meal?

Hanging Downtown

Located on the pedestrian only Inn Street, lined with quaint local shops, Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante is a great choice for Italian and Lebanese food. While the patio is technically on a sidewalk, the restaurant does a great job using greenery and plants to make you feel like you’re having a private outdoor dining experience.

Heading over to State Street, the main drag in town, there are tons of restaurants offering sidewalk outdoor seating, so you can relax and still experiencing the bustle of Newburyport on a beautiful day.  If you’re looking to experiment, pop into The Paddle Inn for their eclectic menu ranging from Korean rice balls to fish tacos and everything in between, and of course equally creative cocktails. Brine, which describes itself as New England’s first Oyster, Crudo and Chop Bar, is your restaurant if your group fancies some caviar, a solid steak and oysters. Looking to pair a fabulous glass of wine with European style cuisine that locally sources exceptional cheeses, Charcuterie and creatively prepared entrees? Ceia Kitchen & Bar is where you want to pull up a chair. 

At the top of State Street, you can opt for a Guinness and bangers on the sidewalk patio at The Port Tavern, an Irish pub.  And if you’re not really into Irish fare, no problem, the tavern offers a mix of traditional Irish meals alongside classic pub favorites and a fabulous selection of beers.

Exploring downtown but hoping for dinner with a view? Sea Level Oyster Bar, offers substantial outdoor seating with a front patio overlooking downtown as well as a back patio overlooking Waterfront Park and the Merrimack River. Grab a seat out back and watch the boats come and go as you enjoy their extensive menu, ranging from a raw bar to sandwiches, pizza and lobster dinners. Come on a cool summer night and hang out by their fire pit for an after dinner drink.

Exploring ALL of Newburyport

While Downtown has its draws, Newburyport has amazing restaurants worth a quick walk or drive from the main area. 

Just a block off the center of downtown is Mission Oak, a delicious steak house situated in a renovated church. While the steaks are delicious, if you’re looking for a lighter fare, they also offers a more casual bar menu. Grab a seat on their sidewalk patio or the back patio, and enjoy a quieter outdoor seating option to the busy State Street restaurants.  

Head east of town to the Tannery for delicious Thai Cuisine, and enjoy the side patio at Brown Sugar by the Sea

Just a half block down and you can drop into Starboard Galley for your seafood fix and enjoy outdoor dining with river views, or continue driving toward Plum Island to dine on award winning lobster rolls at picnic tables overlooking the marshes at Bob Lobster

If Mexican is what you’re craving, head towards the train station for this local gem. Metzy’s Cantina, a Newburyport staple, serves up a mean taco and margarita and has an awesome outdoor seating area where your kids can stretch their legs and play in the grass.

Quick Bites and Takeout

There’s so much going on in town, you may not want to stop and sit for too long. Newburyport has great options for privately owned quick service casual dining without the wait. If you want to grab a slice, Anchor Stone Pizza is your stop. While their cheese pizza is amazing, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try out their delicious specialty pies, all named after local spots. Order online or at the counter and enjoy great people watching from Anchor’s outdoor seating. If you’re looking for a table where you can relax and the kids can play, Purple Onion, which offers up healthy alternatives to fast food, has a small patio set up right outside the Inn Street Playground. However, if you’d like to grab a quick beer or coffee with that sandwich or salad, swing by Coffee Factory and snag a seat at their State Street sidewalk seating. 

Sweet Treats

And no meal is complete without dessert. Grab a cone at Dolce Freddo Gelato and sit back and relax at a nearby bench or take your refreshing dessert down to the waterfront for a stroll. Feeling guilty about all the delicious food you’ve already indulged in? Opt for a healthier, yet equally satisfying snack, at The Juicery and kick back at their outdoor dining area. 

So if you’re looking for great outdoor seating options, Newburyport is the place to be. Just keep in mind that you can enjoy discounts at local restaurants and shops by presenting a valid Best of Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Card Program rewards card holders with discounts every time they visit any of the 180 Greater Newburyport participating businesses. Purchase one VIP Card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 or 40% of your purchase is a donated to a local nonprofit partner of your choice. View discounts on Newburyport.com or by downloading the Newburyport App. Purchase  your VIP Card today and have fun saving to save on your outdoor dining expenses!

Dogs on the Beach & Off Leash Dog Parks in Newburyport

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Dogs on the Beach, off leash dog parks, Newburyport

If you’re looking to take your furry sidekicks on an adventure in and around Newburyport, you’ll want to check out this guide. From when you can bring dogs on the beach to where and when your buddies can ditch the restraints and run free at off leash dog parks, here are all the details to have a fun and safe day with your favorite pup!

BeachesHoping to explore the local sandy beaches? First and foremost, your dog will need to stay on leash at all times at all of the beaches in the area. But you can still walk, run, and play with your dogs on the beach if you follow the rules! Below are tips to make each beach trip a success with fido.

Plum Island: During the off season, you and your dog can stroll without restriction at Plum Island Beach. But when the weather warms up and beaches become more populated, timing is everything. While dogs are not completely banned, from May 15th through September 15th they are only permitted before 8:30 am and after 5:30 pm, so take a morning stroll or post dinner walk. Note: Dogs are never allowed on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Salisbury Beach: Dogs are actually allowed on this beach ALL year long, but within restricted areas. While you and your fur babies can roam the entirety of Salisbury beach during the off season, from May 1st to September 15th you need to keep your dog’s beach walks on the riverside of the beach only. An important note, due to strong currents at this beach, dogs are never allowed in the water.

Crane Beach: From October 1st through March 31st you can bring your dogs on the beach for a leisurely walk at this picturesque location in Ipswich. The only catch is it will cost you $3 per dog you bring along for the stroll. During the peak season, no dogs are allowed.

Off Leash Dog ParksWhile taking your dogs on the beach is a fun adventure, sometimes your pups just need to get off leash to run and socialize. Newburyport is super dog-friendly, offering three great locations for your dogs to run and play. When visiting these off leash dog parks, make sure to pick up after your dog and to always bring them in and out of the designated area on leash. For a full list of rules an regulations, including how to register your dog with the city, visit the city’s official site.

Cashman Park: With waterfront views, this park is always fun to visit. And from 7:30 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 pm, daily, you can take your dogs to run freely and play.

Mosley Woods: Tucked into the woods, this 16 acre park features tons of trails and great views of the Merrimack River. At this designated off leash dog park, your furry friends are free to walk alongside you leash free from dawn to dusk as long as they are well trained and not aggressive in nature. Tip: make sure your pup is good at coming on command as this park is large and dense, making a rouge dog hard to chase down.

March’s Hill: Located right off High Street, this wide open space is a great place for dogs and owners to hang out and socialize, and from dawn to dusk, you are free to do so, no leash necessary.

Photo Courtesy: Thank you to Mariah Eaton of Beach Dog Daycare for letting us feature her dogs, Dozer and Tonka! Planning to visit the beach on a day your dogs can’t join you? Drop your pups off at Beach Dog Daycare where they can play while you’re soaking up some rays!

 

Summer IS Special at the Club

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
Tennis Club, Newburyport MA

Why play indoors in the summer? In New England there is a long-running debate as to whether tennis is an indoor or an outdoor sport. Playing tennis outdoors on a beautiful day is fabulous, no doubt about it. But, there is a lot of tennis to be had indoors, too. Why?

First, there is the rain. You can’t play tennis in the rain so indoors you go. Then there are 90 degree temperatures and blistering sun. Great on the beach, not so much on the tennis court. Add in some humidity, a little sun-stroke and an errant wind-storm and it’s time to think about going indoors. And lastly, many players use the summer to really work on their game. Taking lessons outside can be challenging when there is wind taking your great forehand off course and sun in your eyes totally ruining your serve. Taking lessons inside allows you to really work on your game. So, in the summer, there is some great indoor tennis to be had.

But another reason to go indoors is Newburyport Tennis Club’s Summer Special. From June through August, the Club has special rates monthly or for the 3 months: Adults ($100/month or just $250 for the entire summer), Juniors ($80/month or just $200 for the entire summer) and non-members ($150/month). You can sign up for one, two or all 3 months. To sign up for the Summer Special, contact the Club at 978 462 3121.

Explore Greater Newburyport Breweries – Local Craft Beers

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.
Greater Newburyport Breweries, Newburyport

People may not realize it, but there are many Greater Newburyport breweries offering the kind of local craft  beers we usually associate with Vermont or Oregon. Whether you’re an area native or visiting from out-of-town, here are a few Newburyport breweries where you can find just the right craft beers to fill up your frosty mug. All of these Newburyport breweries are as unique and individual as the people who run them, and all offer taprooms where you can explore and sample the different offerings. So, relax, hang out for a bit, gather with your friends, sample brews, bring the kids if you want, and take in the vibe.

RiverWalk Brewing Co.  40 Parker St. Newburyport
In 2012, Riverwalk started brewing beer in 3 gallon pots in a garage along the Riverwalk Trail in Amesbury, MA. These folks describe their vision of beer as “worldly,” and such craft beers as the “Rustic Pils,” a Czech-style pilsner, and “Uncle Bob’s Session Ale,” made in the British brewing tradition, and “Tricoastal,” a Belgian-style ale. They have an outdoor beer garden that welcomes dogs and an indoor Taproom (service dogs only) with a fun but limited menu including a pretzel served with ground mustard, a charcuterie board, a grilled cheese bar, sandwiches, and a couple of offerings for kids.

The RiverWalk facility is 2,000 square feet, which lets them brew a wide variety of beers. The company is also investing in renewable, sustainable energy, revealing a corporate focus on responsibility to the community. The building uses a wind turbine that supplies power to the building and a 500-kw rooftop solar array. Even the grain is recycled – at the end of a day of brewing, the grain is sent to Artichoke Farms, a dairy in West Newbury, to feed the livestock.

Plus, RiverWalk offers some fun events. As of this writing, these include: a Zombie Luau, live music, and “Bootcamp and Brews,” featuring a high intensity workout followed by a beer tasting.

Newburyport Brewing Company – 4 New Pasture Road Newburyport, MA
Located on New Pasture Road, just off Graf Road, this brewery offers free tours on Saturdays at 5:00. (Children under 12 are not allowed on the tour.) Newburyport Brewing offers a selection of beers that are available year-round, including an IPA, a pale ale, and a series of limited release small-batch beers. At this writing, that includes a New England IPA, a Yankee Blue brewed with blueberries, and a full-bodied stout. There’s no restaurant on site, but snacks can be attained using one of three methods: 1) you can purchase snacks -pretzels, beef jerky, chips 2) you can bring your own food, or 3) Hello, delivery! The bartender keeps a stack of delivery menus on hand for Newburyport restaurants that will deliver to the taproom. Check out the calendar of events in their tasting room, including Pats Games and Trivia Nights. Then come on down and give these suds a try!

House Bear Brewing  3 Graf Rd. Unit #15 Newburyport, MA 01950
Run by friends Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld, House Bear brewing creates a brew that’s a little different – mead! Mead is made by fermenting honey with water, or other fruits, spices and grains. This creates an alcoholic beverage that can be either dry or sweet, flat or bubbly. House Bear offers a variety of meads, ranging from a simple honey and water-based mead to lemonade mead, to the more exotic chocolate hot pepper mead. Check their Facebook page for information about events, including tastings in their Graf Street location on Thursdays from 4-7, paint nights, and many others throughout the Boston area.

BareWolf Brewing  12 Oakland St, Amesbury
BareWolf is a family beer business run by father/son team Paul & Stevie Bareford and their friends Matt Neff and Wyeth Bednar. This group is committed to beer. On Saturdays in the tap room – a place that welcomes both dogs kids – you can find live music. BareWolf doesn’t have a menu, but they do offer snacks, welcome you to bring your own, or there’s a pizza place around the corner that delivers.

Ipswich Ale  2 Brewery Place Ipswich MA
This one’s a little father afield from Newburyport, but it deserves a mention since it was doing small-batch brewing before it was cool, back in 1991, and they have a great brew pub. You can find Ipswich Ale not only in area stores and restaurants, but also at loads of festivals and events throughout the area. Brewery tours cost $3 for those over 21 (free for everybody under 21) and are offered Saturdays and Sundays: 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, and 5 pm and include beer tasting for participants over 21, soda tasting for all, and a talk about the brewing process and the brewery’s history. In addition to beer, they also make a wide selection of soda pops with fresh flavors like birch beer, black cherry, cream soda, raspberry and watermelon and, of course, root beer. The restaurant offers live music every Thursday and Friday nights, and “Breakfast for Dinner” night on the third Wednesday of each month. Check the calendar for the music schedule.

If your looking for fun things to do, and you enjoy quality craft beers make sure you pay a visit to our local Greater Newburyport breweries. Enjoy!

Newburyport ArtWalk

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport ArtWalk – Explore a Community of Talent Step by Step

A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art

Newburyport Art Walk

The Newburyport ArtWalk is a FREE, self-guided tour that allows you to explore galleries throughout Newburyport’s Historic District.

Four times a year the artists from the Newburyport community showcase special exhibits, as well as participate in discussion about art and offer painting demonstrations. Mark your calendar now for the 2019 schedule: May 4th and November 2nd.

Live music and a casual reception is also available at the Newburyport Art Association gallery on Water Street.

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

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

Things to Do

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

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture! Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s!

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.

Beach Activities

Newburyport beach activities extend way beyond boating and sunbathing. Explore Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island Beach for surfing, beachfront yoga, saltwater fishing and renowned migrate birdwatching.

Nauti Pearl Brings Warmth and Hospitality from founders of Native Sun

Nauti Pearl, Newburyport, Owners of Native Sun

The Nauti Pearl boutique brings a sought-after feeling of warmth and hospitality and home to those who want to wrap themselves in fabulously functional feel-good clothing that reflects style.  This flagship store can be found at 18 State Street, where you feel invited into an intentionally sophisticated space of luxury, art and style with a surprisingly approachable assortment of apparel, home décor and giftware.

An eclectic mix of owner-designed jewels bring a modern twist to every outfit and accessory…this, topped with concierge level service of personal styling makes Nauti Pearl a place to remember. Founders of this multi-store lifestyle boutique are seasoned merchants and artists with a passionate eye for comfort, space and style for all locals to appreciate. Former success includes the famed Native Sun fashion boutique enjoying 5 stores with locations in Massachusetts and Florida in its heyday…and lucky for Newburyport, this team is back and serving us again! Becky Colby, the longtime beloved former Manager of Native Sun for over a dozen years, is the most recent and very welcome addition to the Nauti Pearl team!

Co-owners John and Lisa Darke have built a number of brick and mortar brands, each carefully tailored to the local markets they serve. “Having proven success of the Native Sun brand and the relationships we built, makes it easy to see why Nauti Pearl will thrive.” Relationships with local residents and quality manufacturers are a recipe for long term growth.  “We’ve tapped into our cache of well known apparel and vendor relationships that allow our team to serve in meaningful ways. We are about the locals, and the community we live in to serve with unique style, feel-good ‘goods’ and well-being.”

Each shop features women’s clothing and jewelry that appeals to multiple generations and is a tastefully great experience for a friends or family shopping treat.  Nauti Pearl is one gem of a shop in the center of Newburyport’s charming downtown.

Nauti Pearl is a modern concept retail brand conceived by seasoned jewelry designer, Lisa Darke, when she spotted the classic elegance of a stunning pearl necklace with bling.  In Darke’s signature line, interchangeable rhinestone pins adorn traditional layered pearl necklaces and bracelets which allows for playful elegance and personality.  The fashionable wardrobe pieces in this shop are equally interchangeable, versatile and classic.  Located at 18 State Street in downtown Newburyport, Nauti Pearl features top women’s designer clothing and accessories by Michael Stars, Bailey 44, Nic & Zoe, Margaret O’Leary and Colby Davis of Boston.  Carefully curated gifts and artisan items round out the options for gift giving and self-indulgence.  Visit www.NautiPearl.com for Newburyport, Rockport and Beverly Massachusetts, Cape Neddick and Ogunquit Maine locations and information on upcoming events.

Seaside Ice

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Seaside Ice

Seaside Ice

Skate Indoors – No Hats or Gloves Required

Seaside Ice at Blue Ocean Event Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mother/Daughter Entrepreneurs Behind 8 Local Supercuts Stores

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Supercuts, Newburyport

You may know Supercuts as the national chain with salon locations throughout the Merrimack Valley, but did you know that all eight local stores are independently owned and managed by a Salisbury mom and her daughter? In this interview, Honey Tree Inc dba Supercuts owner Susan Marraffa and her daughter Josselyn Wilson fill us in on their family-operated franchise and what it means to them to be a “family friendly” business.

 

Newburyport Macaroni Kid: How did your family get into the salon business?

Susan Marraffa: I was inspired to attend Beauty School by a friend of a friend. She had gorgeous red hair and a very unique, artsy look. I liked the idea of learning the various behind-the-scenes secrets to bring out, create, and enhance the beauty in everyone. After graduating beauty school at Essex Agricultural & Technical Institute, I went on to get my cosmetology license and begin a career in the beauty industry. I later returned back to college where I earned a BA degree, which helped me take on managerial roles while continuing to utilize my haircutting skills.

Soon after college I joined a startup haircare company offering a new concept as a Manager/Stylist, Director of Operations & Vice President of Operations. Eight years later with a wealth of corporate and franchise-operations experience I joined Supercuts as a Director of Operations in the Northeast. Two years later I was Vice President of Operations on the East Coast, with management responsibility for hundreds of corporate stores as well as supporting [individually owned] franchisees. Nine years after that I became a Supercuts franchise owner with multiple locations in the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast area.

I always loved every role I played and I particularly enjoy training and developing people. I believe we have the best of all worlds in our industry as we get to listen to music all day while being creative styling hair, interact openly with fellow stylists and our valued guests, be a part of current trends in hair and fashion, and set goals to encourage and bring out the best in everyone and the business!

Josselyn Wilson: As VP of Operations overseeing Supercuts’ East Coast Markets, my mom traveled a ton!!! So when the opportunity came up to switch roles and become a franchise owner she took that leap. The market was in our backyard so to speak, with locations in Newburyport and Plaistow, Methuen, Haverhill, and Salem NH, among others.  I started working in the office as a young assistant.  Reviewing the paperwork and doing other tasks like making copies or filing.  During college I worked as a receptionist in our Plaistow location. Once I graduated with a degree in Business Management/ Marketing I started Managing our Methuen location. After a few years of that I was further promoted to oversee the office and the market.

MK: What’s it like working with your mother/daughter? Benefits? Challenges?

Josselyn: I love working with my mom – it’s the biggest perk and the main reason I’m here! She is such an amazing woman who has so much to offer not only with her knowledge but just by who she is. She’s a certified yoga instructor, she eats super-clean and healthy, and she’s a runner – we ran a marathon together in 2000! My mom also shops local and loves and supports the works created by local artisans. She stresses giving back to the community and trying to get involved in as much as we can.

We work really well together because we exist really well together. The joke is that we have conversations without even talking and our management group doesn’t know what we’re thinking! So then we all laugh and have to fill them in on what’s going on in our heads. They’ll say, “Ok, so are you going to tell us what you decided?”

We never fight, even in life. Obviously we don’t agree on everything all of the time but we’re able to communicate maturely with each other – always have.  I also think it’s because of this that has made Honey Tree feel like family to most of our employees. We invest in our people.  I know every single employee who works with us and I typically will remember important facets about their lives too.

All of my siblings at one point have worked either in the office or in one of the stores as a receptionist, and none of us ever got special treatment of any kind. I remember getting a verbal warning one time because my skirt was too short! The only challenge we have is that sometimes we end up talking about family/personal stuff and we don’t get all of our work done.

Susan: Working with my daughter Josselyn is an amazing blessing! She is strong, bright, responsible, creative,  articulate, and fully understands my intentions and approaches in managing the business. Many of our employees have observed and commented on how we oftentimes do not actually finish our sentences and yet we know exactly what the other person is communicating. We do not experience any challenges in how we work together as we are completely aligned in our thinking. Where there is a difference in opinion we discuss all the ideas and variables to come up with the best possible solution. Our only personal challenge is in practicing an awareness to not let the business responsibilities and concerns dominate our personal family time!

We also get to have lots of fun together with planning and participating in our Company Celebrations, Employee Spa Days, Red Sox outings, summertime Manager Meetings at the beach, and community sponsorship events.

MK: How do you define “family friendly”?

Josselyn: Family friendly to us is that we can be your one-stop shop for all your family’s hair care needs!  We have family appropriate magazines in the waiting room, we try to keep the music and atmosphere friendly and upbeat.  We have an al a cart menu so you can pick what services you want with nothing extra. We are a walk-in business that doesn’t make appointments so you can come in whenever is convenient for you.  We can do men, women and children’s haircuts. We carry the Paul Mitchell Professional Color line so we have a permanent color option, a demi-permanent option, a men’s grey blending option, and we can highlight – pull through a cap, paint tips, foils!  We also offer different conditioning treatments if your hair needs to be rejuvenated or even a deep cleanse after some time in the pool!  On top of all of that we offer an array of professional hair products that come with a guarantee from the manufacturer. There’s a line for everyone with a price point that fits different budgets.

MK: How do you measure success?

Susan: Success is when everyone is having fun, enjoying themselves, growing and thriving in a positive, supportive, productive, thoughtful environment. We strive to treat everyone fairly and with respect and to express and show our appreciation for their efforts and contributions in as many ways possible.

Josselyn: I measure success by how happy and cohesively functioning my team is. I try to surround myself with good people and I can say I have that in my management team. Every one of them is a genuinely good person who is just trying to do the best they can every day in a career they love.  We have two managers that have been with us for 19 years! And another three managers who we say “grew up” with us, like me, in Honey Tree. They’ve been with us 15 years starting either as a receptionist or coming to us right after beauty school. So to me, that is success. Giving people an opportunity to grow and reach their potential and fulfill their career dreams is success. Helping people see themselves in a different way so that they take on these challenges and surpass their expectations of what they originally thought capable of is success.

Obviously I like to see us grow the business! Increase sales! At least beat prior year numbers! But you can’t get to that point if you don’t have a functioning team out there representing our ideas and beliefs and not only upholding our standards but also by leading by example.

MK: What would you most like MK readers to know about Supercuts?

Josselyn: I think it’s important to note that our stylists are exceptional and highly trained. A Supercuts stylist not only had to graduate from beauty school and pass a state exam to get their cosmetology license, they also had to go through our pre-training sessions and pass a week long Hair Stylist Academy to be able to cut on our floor. We continue to educate with post-training sessions and are always giving feedback.  We train in our waxing technique before being able to perform our waxing services.  And we also pretrain our stylists, who need to attend our two day Supercolor class before being able to perform any color services. Our stylists work on live models throughout their training.  We also quarterly have on-site education where our Corporate Artistic Directors come in and work on something with the group and then we have individual breakout sessions where the stylist works one-on-one with the Artistic Director on a live model on any area’s they need to focus on. This is where we roll out any new techniques so we can stay on the cutting edge of the hair industry.

Honey Tree Inc dba Supercuts operates Supercuts locations in Newburyport, Amesbury, Haverhill, Plaistow, Salem NH, Seabrook, and two stores in Methuen. For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/htsupercuts/

 

Maudslay Arts Center – Concert Schedule

By Joe, Joe

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport

Maudslay Arts Center

A Newburyport Entertainment Destination

Maudslay Arts Center – A Premier Outdoor Concerts Venue

The Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) in Newburyport, Massachusetts welcomes thousands of guests throughout the year who come to enjoy weddings, special events and brilliant summer concerts under the stars.

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maudslay State Park, the MAC has an amphitheater with stellar acoustics and a handful of restored buildings to make sure the show goes on, rain or shine.

From a seat on the patio to a blanket on the lawn, BYOB dinners accompanied by assorted cobblers, brownies and Hodgie’s ice cream for sale make for the perfect New England summer picnic.

You can view a complete Summer Concert Series schedule online, as well as purchase tickets via net or phone. Gift certificates are also available.

To help support the local artists and venue, as a 503 C-3 nonprofit, the MAC recognizes its volunteers as its lifeblood. Avid gardeners, or those with carpentry skills are encouraged to raise their hands. Sponsorship’s are also available, with donations helping to preserve these historic grounds and buildings.

2018 Summer Concert Schedule:
July 15 2-4 PM – Paul Broadnax Trio
July 21 7-9 PM – The Mystix Unplugged (featuring Joe Lilly and Bobby Keyes) with Special Guest Danielle Miraglia
July 22 2-4 PM – Hal McIntyre Big Band with vocalist Steve Martin
July 28 7-9 PM – Amanda Carr with MYANNA and the Ken Clark Organ Trio
August 11 7-9 PM – The Hillyer Festival Orchestra
August 12 2-4 PM – Liz Frame & the Kickers
August 18 7-9 PM – The Don Campbell Band
August 19 2-4 PM – Danielle Miraglia & the Glory Junkies
August 25 7-9 PM – The Bobby Keyes Trio
August 26 2-4 PM – Donna Byrne

Maudslay Art Center

95 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport MA 01950

978.499.0050

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Riverfront Music Festival

By Joe, Joe

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Riverfront Music Festival

Free Labor Day Weekend Concerts on the Newburyport Waterfront

No Tickets Needed for this
Waterfront Party

Due to a highly successful concert in 2018 at the Newburyport waterfront, the 18th Annual Riverfest Seaside Festival will be held on Saturday, August 24th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA to accomodate larger crowd sizes.

This free concert will rock the Gloucester waterfront from noon to 6 pm, featuring the headliner band, Guster. Tall Heights, Mt. Joy, and Noah Kahan will also perform.

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PRIOR YEAR: 2018 Waterfront Concert at Newburyport Waterfront

From 12 p.m. until after the sun set, crowds will line Waterfront Park, the Boardwalk and boats on the Merrimack River while food vendors and street performers also grab attention in historic Market Square.  Folks can also visit the Beer Tent if they are 21 years of age or older.

Thanks to sponsors 92.5 The River and The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce for organizing this exceptional live entertainment for the everyone to enjoy.  Below is the 2018 line up. 

Concert Schedule:
12:00 – 1:00 PM The Aldous Collins Band 
1:30 – 2:30 PM Anderson East
3:00- 4:00 PM Phillip Phillips
4:30 – 6:00 PM Barenaked Ladies

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 12 – 7 PM

Location: Waterfront Park: 36 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA

Parking:  Satellite parking will be available at two locations:
Nock Middle School, 70 Low Street, Newburyport (no cost to park)
Newburyport Commuter Rail Station, 25 Boston Way – Lot A (off Parker Street) in Newburyport ($4 fee to park for the day)

The shuttle will drop off downtown at the Greater Boston Running Company which is at 27 Water Street.  Continuous loop every half hour (30 mins) starting from Commuter Rail station Lot A, Nock to Downtown.

Special Details:  FREE event on the lawns of Waterfront Park. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy amazing musical performances. Please do not set up your blankets, chairs, etc. in the park before 9:00 am.  Thank you.

There will also be vendors set up in Historic Market Square, as well as live comedic shows throughout the day. Go to Newburyport.com Live Web Cams to view the Market Square activity in real time.

Things to Do

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

US Coast Guard

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

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Spanish Tall Ship Nao Santa Maria Sails into Newburyport

Mark your calendars, from May 31st through June 10th the 200-ton Spanish tall ship, Nao Santa Maria, will visit Newburyport, a city rich in maritime history. The Custom House Maritime Museum

Beach Activities

Newburyport beach activities extend way beyond boating and sunbathing. Explore Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island Beach for surfing, beachfront yoga, saltwater fishing and renowned migrate birdwatching.

Why Body Sculpting and Lipolysis Versus Cool Sculpting for Fat Removal?

By Dr. Edgar Ballenas, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Dr. Ballenas graduated from New York Medical College, and completed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center/ Mount Sinai in New York City. He became board certified in Emergency Medicine in 1994 and continues to practice at Jordan’s hospital in Plymouth, MA. Dr. Ballenas has been certified in medical esthetics since 2004. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic physicians. Call Suite Six Medical today for a consultation to personalize a treatment plan tailored to your goals, time frame and budget. You can view Before & After photos as you learn about the various treatments available, and all your questions will be answered.
Suite Six Medical Aesthetics
body sculpting, lipolysis, Newburyport

If you have stubborn fat and problem areas that dieting and exercise simply won’t fix, you’ll want to hear more about Suite Six’s Body Sculpting using lipolysis, a more effective alternative to Cool Sculpting for fat removal. This procedure not only targets fat, but is also effective in treating cellulite, stretch marks, excess sweating and gynostemia. As Suite Six’s body sculpting and lipolysis expert with over ten years of experience in the medical aesthetics field, I am confident I can transform your problem areas to reveal a better you.

Body Sculpting uses a treatment called lipolysis and smooths it over with smartlipo and vasorlipo. What does this mean? Unlike Cool Sculpting, Body Sculpting actually removes the fat and uses body contouring to tighten the area. With this mid invasive procedure we will have you fully recovered within 3 to 4 days. And the best part? You will see immediate results.

There are many candidates for Body Sculpting using lipolysis and is particularly popular with mothers wanting a little help from a fabulous “Mommy Makeover”. This procedure is an ideal way to get rid of the stubborn fat that mothers struggle to lose after being pregnant. Many times, despite dieting and exercise, a new mom’s body may not shed the extra fat in certain areas. Common problem areas that will benefit from this fat removal procedure include above and below the abdomen as well as under the arms.

It is also important to note key benefits to this procedure in comparison to other choices of fat removal treatments. Body Sculpting patients will not experience issues associated with Cool Sculpting such as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) and Body Sculpting is a far more economical and less invasive alternative to liposuction. In addition, the entire procedure, conducted by myself, a board certified doctor, is done in the comfort of Suite Six’s relaxing spa atmosphere instead of a hospital.

Suite Six, a premier medical aesthetics spa located in downtown Newburyport, offers a multitude of other treatments, ranging from skin care to IV therapy. Our med spa has an extensive team of highly trained medical professionals, including myself, offering the most advanced medical treatments in the industry.

If you’re frustrated with certain areas of your body, dieting and exercise may not be enough. Contact Suite Six today at 978-358-8178 or online to inquire about our highly effective Body Sculpting procedure and take the first step to getting the body you deserve.

Port Plums Mother-Daughter Team Cooking Up Big Things

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Port Plums Newburyport

For Port Plums co-owners Karen and Katie Shernan, going into business together was a no-brainer. The mother-daughter duo purchased Newburyport Olive Oil Company in the Tannery Marketplace in December 2014 and have since taken over the adjoining space to open Port Plums, a high-end specialty foods and culinary equipment store. With the positive response and success of Port Plums, Karen and Katie have opened another fabulous specialty shop: Port Blue Accents, a specialty shop featuring many unique and eclectic personal accent items, located on Newburyport’s State Street – just a couple blocks away from Port Plums. We caught up with these busy ladies on a rare day off, which they spent cooking together (of course).

Newburyport Macaroni Kid: So which one of you first suggested that you go into business together?

Karen Shernan: I honestly don’t remember! We’ve always just kind of finished each other’s sentences.

It’s often hard to remember who came up with an idea first. It’s more like…before you know it,we’re working together on it. I do give Katie credit for finding the Newburyport Olive Oil Company when it was put up for sale. We are generally of one mind on things.

MK: Obviously you two are pretty close! Has it always been that way?

Karen: I’ve got pictures of Katie and me cooking together when she was really little. She was always one of those kids who wanted to try everything. Very open-minded about food.

Katie: To be honest, as an only child it was more fun to follow my mom around and do things with her than play by myself.

We’re actually cooking together right now! We just did a roast chicken with asparagus, applesauce, and mashed potatoes. We used to get together on Sundays and cook for the week. This is kind of like that – time to clean out the fridge! But we’ve been so busy lately we haven’t had a chance to cook together in about two months.

MK: Was cooking together your inspiration for Port Plums?

Karen: As a matter of fact it was a trip to Spain. Katie spent her junior year of college studying in Granada. I went to visit over the holiday break and we saw “Katie’s Granada”:it’s a small city that manages to be both historic and organic and cool. We were particularly inspired by the tapas there.

Katie: Granada is one of the last Spanish cities where tapas are still free when you order a drink! You can spend an evening sipping wine and trying all these little dishes. It was such an amazing food experience. On the plane back one of us said – I can’t remember who! – that we should try to recreate that sense of warmth and hospitality at home.

MK: Did either of you have any experience working with food?

Karen: Not at all. I had a 20+ year career in corporate. I was a Senior Vice President of account management for a software startup – primarily a sales role. I enjoyed my career and was able to save money toward retirement, but I realized that I’d rather take that money and use it for myself now.

It was a deliberate decision, but also just a matter of timing and staying open to whatever opportunity the universe had to offer– and taking advantage as it came along.When Katie found Newburyport Oil Oil Company it was just time to make the transition.

I firmly believe in just going for it, maybe even before you’re ready.

MK: Sounds like a lot of learning on the job.

Katie: We’ve made lots of little mistakes along the way – choosing the right payroll provider, point of sale system, that kind of thing. It’s definitely a lot of trial and error.

Karen: I say that if you’re making mistakes you’re doing it right. I mostly figure things out by the seat of my pants!

For example, I do most of the buying (finding, I should say) for the store – browsing online, going to places that I love and just seeing what appeals to me. We also go to craft shows like “New England-Made,” which exclusively features artisans and craftspeople from this area. It’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open.

Katie: We also like to take trips together to another town or venue just to get some new inspiration. We call them “sharpen the saw” days – because otherwise we’d get pretty dull!

MK: You seem to have very complementary styles. What do you most admire about the other and how do you think that benefits the business?

Katie: My favorite part of working with mom is that she encourages me to just try something. I’m more cautious and that leads me to avoid taking risks, even when they could really pay off. Whenever I go to her with an idea she just says “Try it!”

Karen: Katie was born going on 40. I really appreciate the way she thinks and how she helps me think things through when I get stuck. She can talk me off the ledge if I start to feel overwhelmed.

Katie: I guess I’m a little better at being reductive and narrowing many options down to the best few before making a major decision.

MK: How have your lives changed since going into business together?

Katie: For me it’s work/life balance. I used to commute two hours a day from my home in West Newbury to my HR-coordinator job in Lexington. Now my commute is about 10 minutes. I have so much more time to spend with my boyfriend, my friends, my dog. And what I’m doing is my passion. I may work on my business more than 40 hours a week but it’s so much more rewarding than what I was doing before.

Karen:I used to be a real road warrior, spending 2-3 weeks a month traveling for work. My friends were all work-related and spread out across the U.S. Now I have so many wonderful friends locally, and I feel such a huge sense of community. My social life if no longer corporate dinners with big clients. It’s so much more meaningful to me to participate in community events and be part of something righthere at home.

MK: What’s next for Port Plums?

Katie: We have had success hosting  a series of culinary events in partnership with other local businesses and and will continue to host many more.  We have had so much positive feedback and response as folks enjoy the social atmosphere combined with opportunity to learn from experts in the food and wine industry. Our second store, Port Blue Accents opened in the Spring of 2017. We are continuing to grow awareness as the Newburyport destination for unique personal accents and expand our customer following. While Port Plums is focused on culinary, Port Blue Accents features locally and regionally made home and personal accents and is wonderful place to purchase specialty gift items.

MK: You’ve got a busy year ahead of you! How will you measure success?

Karen: For me it’s about the customers who come into the store and are so thrilled to be there that they come back bringing friends and family to show them, too. They make my day more than anything else.

Katie: When the customers are as excited by the products we carry as we are – that’s what we consider success.

 

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Walking Tours of Newburyport – Lively, Historic Tours & Tastings

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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Newburyport Historic Tours – The Best Walking Tours

Hosted by Untapped History – You’ll Laugh, You’ll Learn, You’ll Drink!

A Lively Tour of Newburyport History

This summer, try something new and different: fun historic tours of Newburyport followed by snacks and cocktails inspired by the city’s history. Untapped History, one of the city’s walking tours, is run by local historians Eric Getz and Alex Cain, is just that. These two teachers who call themselves “history nerds,” go by the motto “you’ll laugh, you’ll learn, you’ll drink,” and they achieve that by concluding their walking tours at a waterfront Newburyport restaurant, where attendees try a sampling of appetizers and cocktails that have been enjoyed through the city’s four hundred-year history. These walking tours begin at the Custom House Maritime Museum, then visitors follow the tour guides, who are dressed in 18th-century merchant garb, through downtown Newburyport. The historic tours focus on the Merrimac River, explaining how the river influenced life in Newburyport – and in fact, the country – from the very beginning. The tour guides also discuss Newburyport as the birthplace of the US Coast Guard and how it was an important center of ship-building in the 18th century. These historic tours even go into some darker history as during the Revolutionary War when the city was a center for “privateers,” aka legal pirates who harassed British ships.

Those who participate in any of these walking tours, which makes sixteen stops through downtown Newburyport, get to touch and taste the history. Attendees handle hemp sailcloth fabric and rope used in the ship-building industry, and cones of sugar used in distilling the local spirits. Speaking of local spirits, the tour concludes with a celebration of Newburyport’s history as a center of rum distilleries by letting tour-goers try a rum cocktail for themselves. Partnering with a local rum distillery and a local brewery, walkers get to try concoctions like the “rattle skull,” a colonial-era beverage made with rum, applejack and lime juice, then topped with nutmeg, or something called a “rum swizzle” that features two kinds of rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine. Just the thing after a long walk!

The tour costs $50 per adult, and this includes the walking tour, appetizers and a cocktail. For more information, see the Untapped History web site. And if you have a moment, check out their blog, where Alex and Eric narrate some interesting – and less well known – chapters of Newburyport history.

Untapped History

Start Location for Tours
25 Water Street
Newburyport MA 01950
Alex@untappedhistory.com
978-355-8410

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Tour Details
Tours start at the Custom House Maritime Museum located at 25 Water Street, Newburyport. Please check in 15 minutes prior to your tour at the Museum Gift Shop. Tours are 75 minutes in length and include 16 stops. The cost is $50 per person. The tour will conclude with a flight of historic alcoholic drink samples and appetizers at a Newburyport waterfront restaurant.

Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places – Do you Know them All?

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

Breakfast, its an important start to the day, its business, its social and for many a relaxing tradition.  Have you stopped to consider how many excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places we have to choose from?  Have you visited them all, at least once?  So where does the breakfast lover start?  Our list is certainly diverse featuring traditional casual diners to upscale brunch places, some of which are located in Newburyport and others in surrounding towns.  We challenge you to try all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places and we hope you will discover a few new favorites.

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

Beginning with downtown Newburyport traditional diners and cafes, Angie’s Diner has a history of offering fast friendly service and delicious food since 1969.  We highly recommend the Stuffed French Toast and the Western Omelet.  Although they are known as a downtown Newburyport breakfast destination, they are also open for lunch and dinner.  Owner, Steve Luz is the man behind this Newburyport establishment and is always there working to ensure his customers are happy.

Do you enjoy a Bloody Mary or Mimosa with your breakfast or brunch?  Ceia Kitchen & Bar has a strong reputation for exceptional high quality cocktails and fresh farm to table food.  Come for brunch and enjoy creative twists on traditional favorites, and Ceia offers a great kids menu too! Owner, Nancy Batista-Caswell takes great pride in serving top quality food for her loyal customers.

 

Have you experienced the FM Station Cafe?  This is an amazing breakfast place located just off the route 1 traffic circle next to Minute Man Press.  The Blueberry Coconut Pancakes are a sweet delight and if you prefer savory we recommend the Florentine Benedict with spinach and tomatoes (Feature image at top of page), and the homemade Corned Beef Hash is excellent as well.  The FM Station Cafe offers traditional breakfast favorites with the option for a few tasty Brazilian dishes as well.  Owner, Fabio Santos is normally busy cooking while his wife Eva an her sister Coffee factory Newburyport, Coffee and sandwich shopPoloma welcome and take care of guests.

Everyone knows the Coffee Factory as the Newburyport coffee house destination with free Wi-Fi and delicious sandwiches and salads but did you know they serve tasty breakfast sandwiches too?  We recommend the Veggie Bagel sandwich featured to the right, the Joppa Flat or the Works.  Owner Kevin Yorke works hard to provide an exceptional experience for his customers in Newburyport and in his Derry and Salem NH locations too.

Are you looking for a brunch experience that includes great live music?  The Plum Island Grille is the place to go.  Owner and Chef, Francis Broadbery and his staff at The Plum Island Grille have a long history of serving an excellent Sunday Brunch menu accompanied with live Jazz Music from 1- 3 PM.  The entire menu is exceptional but we recommend trying the Quiche or the Smoked Salmon.  Head out to the Island and at least pretend you’re on vacation!

Newburyport breakfast and Brunch Places

The Riverside Cafe is a very well known breakfast and lunch spot.  Owner, Ken Santiano arrives between 4:30 and 5 AM every morning to have breakfast ready for the early birds by 6 AM.  It’s all delicious but we love the omelets, pancakes and breakfast sandwiches, yum!  Oh and the bacon is extra crispy for the bacon connoisseurs!  Make sure to visit Riverside during holidays throughout the year.  Ken and his staff do an excellent job of decorating for all occasions!

 

Don’t forget about the excellent Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places in the towns that surround Newburyport!  Salisbury has a number of breakfast spots that we highly recommend, starting with Nancy’s Marshview Cafe.  Owner, Nancy Wallace offers a tasty selection of traditional breakfast foods and keep in mind that she is also really well known for her amazing homemade cakes, pies and handcrafted lattes.  The Coned Beef Hash at Nancy’s is delicious.  It is homemade and you can tell because it is not salty!

Pat’s Diner,  a historic landmark and traditional diner built in 1950, is located in Salisbury near the Salisbury Library.  Owner, Pat Poulakos Archambault is an inspirational entrepreneurial woman at age 86 years young!  She proudly greets all of her customers and works hard to make sure that they feel like family when they visit Pat’s Diner, while her son George cooks up traditional diner breakfast selections.  Pat suggests the Eggs Benedict or the Baked Pork Pie and the kids Chocolate Chip Pancakes are made with extra TLC!

 

Have you been to Rico’s Cafe?  Owner, Maria Melo is from the Azors.  She is there at 5:30 AM to welcome you with a cup of coffee and ready to prepare your favorite wake up meal.  Among her top specialties are her omelets and her wonderful homemade soups!  Rico’s is located next door to the Salisbury Post Office.

If you’re in search of a special occasion Sunday Brunch destination, pay a visit to  Seaglass Restaurant and Lounge.  Seaglass is  right on the beach in Salisbury offering stunning views of the ocean, and an elegant brunch buffet including: made to order omelets, carving station, delicious  pastries and more.  Depending upon the schedule of the tide you could be enjoying brunch over of the ocean!  Owner, Wayne Capolupo ensures food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional at Seaglass, and don’t save Seaglass just for special occasions.  Visit any time!

 

Everyone loves Panera Bread for lunch but don’t forget they have great breakfast options as well including muffins, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and coffee.  Or, treat yourself to a freshly baked souffle in a variety of choices.  Oh, and did we forget to mention the very convenient drive thru window, and the fact that all Panera food is 100% clean, free of preservatives, sweeteners, additives, and artificial ingredients.  Although Panera is part of large company, Manager Hanna Elliott has developed a strong local customer base for the Newburyport shop and works hard to always provide top notch service for her customers.

If you enjoy breakfast sandwiches, don’t forget about Subway!  Local Franchise Owner, BB Bhatt is there early morning baking the breads. Served on a freshly baked flat bread roll with real applewood smoked bacon and your choice of vegetables, the Subway breakfast sandwiches are a delicious health option for folks who like to create their breakfast sandwich!

What do all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places have in common?  Whether managing, cooking or serving customers, you will find the owners and or managers present in all of these great places to eat!  They know their regular customers by name and they work hard to ensure a high quality experience.  In addition, all of these Greater Newburyport breakfast and brunch places help raise money for the 23 Newburyport.com local nonprofit partner organizations by participating in the Best of Newburyport VIP Program.  They also reward Newburyport App/VIP Card holders with discounts every time App/Card holders visit any of the participating businesses.  Below are the offerings for these Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch places as of of 3/1/19.  Click the links below to confirm current discounts or just download the Newburyport App.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple
Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

VIP Discounts for Greater Newburyport Breakfast and Brunch Places:
Angie’s Diner – 5% Off
Coffee Factory – 10% Off
Ceia Kitchen & Bar – 10% off Food Portion of the Check
FM Station Cafe – 5% Off
Nancy’s Marshview Cafe – $5 Off $30 or More
Panera Bread – $3 Off Purchases of $15 or More, $5 Off Purchases of $25 or More
Pat’s Diner – 10% Off
Plum Island Grille – 10% off Food for VIP Card Holder & One Guest
Rico’s Cafe – 5% Off
Riverside Cafe – 10% Off
Seaglass Restaurant – $5 Off Dinner Entree – One Entree Per Card – Sun – Thurs
Subway – Purchase Six Inch Sub, Chips & Drink Get Six Inch Sub Free

 

Greater Newburyport Pizza Places – What’s Your Favorite?

Newburyport Pizza Places

Pizza is one of the great pleasures in life.  Newburyport pizza places offer a wonderful variety of delicious and satisfying baked pies!  Made with just a handful of ingredients and a lot of love, pizza is a versatile invention. It can be fast and fun, you can grab a slice or enjoy a communal dining experience with family and friends. Choose from an impressive array of Newburyport pizza places to satisfy your inner pizza enthusiast! We encourage you to sample the pizza at all of the restaurants we’ve highlighted so you can choose your favorite pizza.  However, given all the amazing options for Newburyport Pizza Places, it may be difficult to choose just one as your favorite.

Anchor Stone Deck Pizza is located on State Street in Newburyport. Not only do they offer scrumptious pizzas, but they also offer the option to have a glass of wine or a beer with your pizza. The crust of their pizza is crispy, they have great sauce, and they offer many creative toppings that make for utterly heavenly pies, such as the one featured above. Anchor Stone Deck Pizza offers other traditional Italian offerings such as calzones and homemade lasagna as well as fresh salads and oven-roasted wings.

Interested in enjoying a full service restaurant with a great atmosphere and excellent pizza made in an oven imported from Genoa, Italy? Then Newburyport Italian and Lebanese RestaurantOregano Pizzeria & Ristorante is the place for you! Oregano is very well known for serving incredible brick oven pizza, such as the one featured in the image to the right.  They also prepare many enticing entrees such as chicken saltimbocca. Check out the bar offerings for a wide selection of cocktails, sangria, wine, and local craft beers!  If you are in downtown Newburyport and need immediate gratification, we suggest stopping into Stone Crust Artisan Pizza on Pleasant Street for a delicious slice of pizza. They also offer an excellent selection of creative sandwiches, fresh salads and excellent burgers and fries too. On Friday and Saturday nights in the summertime stop by the late night pizza window between 10 PM and 1 AM for a slice or a few!

Famous Pizzeria has recently completed a beautiful renovation project adding many modern conveniences and expanding the menu options. George Asprogiannis is the owner of both Famous Pizza and Stone Crust Artisan Pizza. Famous Pizzeria has enjoyed a terrific reputation in the community for serving great pizza, calzones, subs, wraps, and salads., and we highly recommend trying some of the newer menu items such as the roast beef and seafood platters. Nick’s Pizza on Water Street in Newburyport has been serving homemade bakery style Sicilian pizza for over 60 years!  Nick’s is unique because all they serve is amazing pizza. Owner Frank LaBarba has an extremely loyal customer following thanks to his exceptional pizza! Nick’s uses a special process to make the dough and his unique blend of sauces and cheeses give the pizza outstanding flavor.

Although you may associate Domino’s as being part of a larger company, our Newburyport location is a franchise that is locally owned and operated by Viken Dumeciyan. The pizza, (featured in image to the right) pastas,  oven-baked sandwiches, and wings at Domino’s are consistently fast, fresh, and satisfying.  If you leave room for dessert Domino’s also has a few delicious sweet treat options such as the chocolate lava cake.   Nick’s Place Salisbury serves delicious pizza but it’s loyal customers enjoy Nick’s for the broad variety of other delicious dishes: the seafood, pasta’s, salads, sandwiches and a few delicious Greek specialties such as Spinach Pie plus Nick’s has a large delivery footprint including Newburyport. Niko’s Place is in Salisbury and it is a great spot to enjoy a meal before you head to the beach or catch a movie nearby. Their menu has a lot of options including pizza, roast beef, and fried seafood. The picnic tables outside are a great place to enjoy your food!

For over 30 years West Newbury Pizza Company has been offering tasty pizzas and more! Their quality homemade foods have earned them a devoted following in Greater Newburyport. Order a specialty pizza such as the one featured here, or try some of their Greek offerings such as spinach pie and baklava!  It’s also a great place to enjoy beer or wine with your meal.  Nick’s Place, not to be confused with Nick’s Pizza, is located in West Newbury across from Pentucket High School. Nick’s Place has mouth-watering gourmet pizza and they also offer a wide selection of other types of food, including seafood, pasta, and delectable Greek cuisine.

All of the establishments featured below are locally owned and in most cases you will find that they are family run with many family members pitching in to create a wonderful dining experience. All of the Greater Newburyport Pizza Places featured on Newburyport.com are part of Best of Newburyport VIP program, a community-based loyalty program that helps raise money for 23 local nonprofit organizations and rewards customers by offering discounts. Below are the offerings for these Greater Newburyport Pizza Places as of 1/27/19. Click the links below to confirm current discounts or just download the Newburyport App.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple
Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

VIP Discounts for Greater Newburyport Pizza Places:
Anchor Stone Deck Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
Domino’s – 15% Off Food, Email VIPcard@Newburyport.com for Code. Not Combinable & Must Present Card.
Famous Pizzeria – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
Nick’s Pizza – Newburyport – 5% Off – Must Mention When Ordering & Show Card at Pick Up or Delivery
Nick’s Place – Salisbury – 10% off over $40, must mention VIP Card when ordering & not combinable with other offers.
Nick’s Place – West Newbury – 10% Off Purchase or Deal of the Day
Niko’s Place – 10% Off Purchases of $40 or More
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante – 10% Off Food Portion of Check
Stone Crust Artisan Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In & Take-Out
West Newbury Pizza Company – 5% Off Food Portion of Check

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

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
Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Have you been to Nunan’s lately? Last year, we proudly opened Kallie’s Kones, a full-service ice cream parlor, and Garden Golf, a premier 18-hole, beautifully landscaped mini golf course. Our General Manager and Co-Owner Stephen Flynn, Jr. came up with the idea of building a miniature golf course to our property after seeing a rise in agritourism—a term that simply means an activity or attraction that brings visitors to a farm. Wanting to venture away from corn mazes, Stephen began planning for a miniature golf course. Construction began shortly after, and on July 29, 2016, Nunan’s Garden Golf celebrated its grand opening with a weekend of miniature golf, hot dogs, and ice cream!

Nunan’s Garden Golf is in the quaint town of Georgetown, MA, surrounded by our growing greenhouses,and a full-scale garden center, flower shop, and landscape company set on our 22+ acre lot. It’s not your run-of-the-mill mini golf course, as Garden Golf boasts no windmills or dinosaurs. Instead, our 18-hole course is set amongst a beautiful botanical garden that has some of the most alluring and unique annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that grow in the northeast. The course takes you over bridges, through water hazards, by an 18’ waterfall and many other obstacles that make it a fun and challenging experience for the entire family! Throughout the garden, each plant has an identification label and our scorecards are designed with a “Plant Wish List” on the back of it so that you can write down what you like. After your game of golf, you can walk through our beautiful blooming front displays to our ice cream parlor and enjoy a Richardson’s ice cream as you shop for the plants on your wish list.

Now, Nunan’s Garden Golf has opened its doors to new opportunities within the community by offering a number of different programs, including youth programs and field trips, private events such as birthday parties, fundraisers, and corporate events. Garden Golf and Kallie’s Kones have already hosted a number of birthday parties and they’re a huge hit!

Hosting a corporate event for your business? Try something new and host a mini golf tournament for your employees. Many companies have standard golf tournaments, but the problem with that is not everyone plays golf and it takes an entire day. Mini golf is comparatively shorter, sweeter, and easier to play! With a Nunan’s Garden Golf corporate event, you can bring everyone together for a fun-filled day. Mini golf is a great outing activity for your employees—it helps improve communication amongst coworkers, helps employees get to know each other better, celebrate company achievements, show appreciation, energize your team, and boost morale. At Nunan’s, you can rent the entire area to play mini golf, bring in food or have it delivered, play music, or host family games, company awards, and presentations.

 

 

 

 

Newburyport Art Association

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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Newburyport Art Association

Inspiring a Creative and Vibrant Local Arts Community

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Summer’s Out of Reach, Pastel by Lisa Regopoulos

Experience the Best of the Area’s Artists and Artisans

The Newburyport Art Association (NAA) forms the heart of the local arts scene, hosting exhibitions and workshops designed to support and encourage a vibrant arts community in the Greater Newburyport area. For the past 70 years this nonprofit organization has dedicated itself to the creation of art, art education, and community outreach.

Visit the Newburyport Art Association’s downtown gallery for regular exhibitions showcasing the talents of NAA member artists. The organization hosts about 40 open and juried shows throughout the year. NAA also participates in the Newburyport Art Walk, a free self-guided tour of local galleries offered four times yearly. From late November through December, the NAA gallery presents an annual Holiday Gift Show & Sale, offering shoppers the chance to buy original artwork as holiday gifts and support NAA artist members.

The mission of the Newburyport Art Association also includes making art education accessible for people of all ages and skill levels. Art classes are open both to NAA members and non-members. Visit the organization’s website for a list of upcoming classes and workshops.

Community outreach efforts include programs for students in local schools and for special needs adults. The NAA’s “OpArt” program, for example, provides art education for clients (adults with special needs) of Opportunity Works, Inc. of Newburyport & Haverhill.

Over the decades the Newburyport Art Association has built a reputation for creating a warm and supportive environment in which to look at, think about, and experiment with the process of creating art. NAA membership offers benefits such as discounts on Newburyport art classes, workshops, and a 10% discount on purchases at the NAA Gift Shop, which now offers some art supplies!

The NAA gallery is located in downtown Newburyport across from The Tannery and next door to the Lighthouse. Regular hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Sunday 1:00-5:00p.m. – admission is free.

As a fundraising partner of the VIP Program, the Newburyport Art Association receives $10 for every $25 VIP Card/Newburyport App purchased through the NAA. Order your VIP card to support NAA here.

Newburyport Art Association
Wide-angle photograph of Young & Budding Artists Show Reception & Awards Ceremony, 2016

Newburyport Art Association

65 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-465-8769

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Newburyport Art Association, Photograph courtesy of NAA Artist Member Linda Dahlberg
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Unveil, Drawing by Noriko Fox
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The First Normal School in New Hampshire, Effingham (April), Acrylic by Linda Hefner

Get Better Results from Your Skincare Products at Suite SIX Medical

By Lindsay Merrill, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Lindsay is a Medical Aesthetician for Suite SIX Medical Aesthetics. Once she discovered the field, she fell in love! As someone with a desire to retexturize and nurture, everything perfectly fit together. Combining her passion for holistic health science, technology and skincare, Lindsay was excited to be a part of the Suite Six team. Her journey in medical aesthetics began at a very hands-on school, Esthetic Institute of New England, where she earned her medical aesthetics and advanced treatments with laser technical certification. In medical aesthetics, she constantly continues to educate herself on the latest technology, science-based medical skincare, and techniques providing clients with the most comprehensive skincare experience, allowing them to feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and cared for. She has an honest approach to treatment expectations and offerings. She enjoys customizing skin care plans that treat individual issues, explaining the process and results. She is passionate about the ever evolving field of skincare and she wants you to feel and see that in your skin!
Suite SIX Medical Aesthetics
skincare products, Newburyport MA

Is your skincare-products regime due for a facelift? If you’re like many women, you rely on the same trusty lineup of skincare products you’ve used for years. But skin changes over time, and it’s worth reassessing your approach every once in a while.  When is the last time you had a consultation to ensure that the products you use are giving you maximum skincare benefits?

Suite SIX Medical Aesthetics is your local expert on ALL things skincare, not just corrective treatments but also the skincare products that can help you prolong their – or avoid needing them at all!

We offer two skincare lines: SKINCEUTICALS and THÉMAÉ.  SKINCEUTICALS is a medical based skincare line for folks who require a more aggressive, results driven treatment line.  THÉMAÉ is a more organic line to address skincare for people with more sensitive skin.

Suite SIX takes a consultative approach to skincare, starting with a personalized evaluation.  This enables our medical estheticians to recommend the appropriate skincare line and corresponding products for daily use.  Not only does this process help to ensure that clients are utilizing optimal products, it also helps them avoid wasting money on products that are not providing the necessary benefits.

“Shop local” at Suite SIX you’ll receive top-quality skincare products backed by our expertise and personalized service for maximum results. And the best part? Both of the product lines we offer are comparable in price to department-store skincare lines.

Suite SIX accepts the Newburyport VIP loyalty Card. Show your VIP Card and receive 10% discount off full priced skincare product purchases. Plus the VIP Card also gives customers a 20% discount off full priced services. VIP discounts are not combinable with other offers. 

People who develop the right habits and use the appropriate products will have far more youthful looking skin as they age. If you haven’t taken the time to reassess your skincare regime, you may be missing out on the latest technological advancements. Let Suite SIX help you find the skincare products that will deliver maximum results for you.

Newburyport Mexican Restaurant Films Segment for “Phantom Gourmet”

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Newburyport Mexican restaurant Metzy’s Cantina is heating up the airwaves on New England’s hottest foodie show! Owner Erik Metzdorf and Director of Operations and Chief Culinary Officer Anthony Leone were thrilled to welcome Phantom Gourmet as they filmed a segment highlighting the origins of Metzy’s Cantina, local support from the North Shore community, and Metzy’s delicious new creations. The Phantom Gourmet segment aired on Sunday, March 25th featuring Metzy’s super-cool space, fresh vibe, and flavorful eats. The episode also captured many familiar faces as many customers were at the restaurant during taping, enjoying fresh, flavorful food and beverages with Metzy’s unique Mexican flair.

Your certain to be craving Metzy’s once you watch this enticing video. Popular new menu items include tomatillo-based chili verde, Metzy’s chicken wings – offered one of three different ways (including Erik’s favorite mole sauce!) – and mini “street tacos” served on crispy shells. Also look for an announcement about Metzy’s Cantina’s expanded, full bar (coming soon).

Metzy’s Cantina is available for private parties. Mobile catering options include Metzy’s Taqueria (food truck) and famous Taco Bar – both available for work events and friends-and-family gatherings. Metzy’s Cantina also offers delivery, grab-and-go, pick-up options.

On weekdays, stop by for breakfast 6 AM-10:30 AM and start the day with mouth-watering tacos, burritos, breakfast bowls, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and small-batch roasted Francisco Davila Signature Coffees from family the roastery: Coffee Roasters of Charleston.

Metzy’s Cantina has established itself as one of the top meeting places on the North Shore for groups up to 100, serving fresh Mexican eats along with free WiFi, plenty of free parking, and the coolest vibe around. Come check out this popular Newburyport Mexican restaurant’s new indoor/outdoor space right next to the city’s MBTA Commuter Rail stop, just a short 1-mile bike ride or walk along the Clipper City Rail Trail to downtown.

Visit Metzy’s Facebook page to stay in the know about exciting new menu items, specials, live music and many local events you can find the Metzy’s food truck.

Anti-Aging Treatments and Corrective Skin Care Treatments?

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Anti-Aging and Corrective Skin Care treatments, Newburyport, MA

Have you considered anti-aging treatments and corrective skin care treatments?  Have you noticed the Suite Six billboards featuring the youthful, beautiful woman?  What is Suite Six Medical Aesthetics and what is the story behind the woman on the billboards?  Suite Six is a premier medical aesthetics spa located in downtown Newburyport, offering clients a welcoming and relaxing environment in a townhouse setting.  What makes Suite Six different from other spas in the area?  They specialize in anti-aging treatments and corrective skin care treatments providing a broad suite of invasive and non-invasive anti-aging treatments as well as corrective skin care treatments tailored to specific client needs.  Suite Six offers clients a personalized consultative approach and utilizes the most advanced medical treatments.  With the extensive knowledge of highly trained doctors and top estheticians, Suite Six combines the expertise you would find in a medical practice with the aesthetics experience you expect in a top-notch spa.

When in need of anti-aging treatments and corrective skin care treatments some folks explore options provided by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. Plastic surgeons are primarily focused on surgery and invasive treatments and dermatologists are typically going to prescribe antibiotics to treat skin conditions.  They both offer important solutions in their area of focus but they typically don’t offer the full range of skin care services and corrective treatments that Suite Six Medical Aesthetics can provide.  Many people want to look younger without using invasive treatments offered by plastic surgeons.

Antibiotics can be effective in treating certain skin conditions but many clients prefer to explore medically based skin care solutions to treat conditions such as: acne, skin discoloration, dark circles, dark spots and scars.  In addition to traditional anti-aging treatments, Suite Six has expertise with laser hair removal, waxing services and tattoo removal.  Because Suit Six offers both invasive and non-invasive treatments as well as exceptional skin care products for ongoing maintenance, they are able to offer clients choices about the solutions they utilize to achieve their goals.

Suite Six clients have the option of both invasive and non-invasive corrective skin care treatments and access to the most advanced technology such as Ultherapy, the only non-invasive FDA approved device that lifts and tightens the skin minimizing lines and wrinkles using ultrasound. Whether you are considering more advanced treatments or widely used options such as Botox injections it is critical to have these types of services performed by a medical expert. Don’t let friends convince you to attend a party where someone is injecting a neuotoxin into your face in a social setting. This is critical to put yourself in the hands of medically trained experts in order to achieve optimal results.

Although the primary focus of Suite Six is providing corrective skin care treatments, they also offer high quality products to ensure that clients have a solid home maintenance program that complements skin care treatments.  Think of Suite Six as a apothecary for medical grade skin care products.  Suite Six is able to offer clients the option of medical grade skin care products because they have a medical professional on staff.  Medical grade products penetrate deeper into the skin helping to re-generate cell growth and provide stronger results in contrast with cosmetic products which just treat the surface.

We have talked about the services offered by Suite Six, but what is the story behind this innovative small business?  Local owner, Gabriela Varoudakis is passionate about empowering women by educating them on anti-aging and corrective skincare treatments and providing clients with the best individualized aesthetics plan on the market.  Working in the beauty industry for many years, Gabriela gained tremendous knowledge about the significant differences between various skin care treatments as well as the financial waste associated with purchasing cosmetic based products and treatments.  Gabriela enjoys helping her clients achieve their goals, whether that be to look younger, more beautiful and yes even sexier!  She is a strong believer that feeling beautiful and sexy isn’t sexist.  Some clients enjoy looking glamorous and others prefer the au naturel outdoor look.  Gabriela connects with her broad client base and is committed to helping everyone feel confident and achieve their goals within their budget.  If you haven’t experienced Suite Six, we highly recommend a visit.  If you are a Newburyport App/VIP Card user you will receive 20% off full priced services and, 10% off full priced retail products, not combinable with other offers.  Call today to schedule an appointment, 978-358-8178.

 

Greater Newburyport Families Club

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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Greater Newburyport Families Club

Support, Friendship & Fun

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Not Your Mother’s “Mothers Club” – A Local Community of Families

Dedicated to providing fun and friendship for the families, the Greater Newburyport Families Club (GNFC) is so much more than a traditional “mothers club,” connecting member moms and dads with local family-friendly activities, social events, and educational programs to keep our community happy, healthy, and socially engaged.

Founded in 1999 with just a few families, GNFC now has nearly 600 member-families and counting, a true testament to the Club’s commitment to Newburyport and surrounding North Shore Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Southern Maine towns. As the club has grown, so has our involvement in the community and the scale of the events we host, including opportunities for couples to socialize in adult settings.

Member Benefits Include:

  • Six information-packed club newsletters each year
  • Access to our members-only online forum for networking, idea exchange, community issues, and more
  • Social events for parents, such as movie nights, exercise classes, wine tastings, couples’ mixers, and “Sip and Shop” events hosted by local businesses
  • Playgroup-matching services
  • A calendar of events with RSVP options and email reminder notices
  • An Annual Early Education Fair showcasing the area’s best early-education programs
  • Member-organized events such as the Winter Dance, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween and Holiday Parties, and Annual Cocktail Party
  • Fun and creative kid-and-family outings
  • Ways to help the community through community outreach efforts such as food drives and park cleanups
  • Opportunities to volunteer for our club
  • Assistance to members through “meal train” gifting
  • A list of local babysitters
  • A chance to meet other families and form lifelong friendships

GNFC members also enjoy a variety of exclusive discounts whether through local member-owned businesses or deals at moms- and dads-night-out events.

GNFC provides a great way to meet other families in the community and find fun things to do together!

If you have any questions about the Greater Newburyport Families Club, please contact via email at President@GreaterNewburyportFamilies.org.

Greater Newburyport Families Club

P.O. Box 316
Newburyport, MA 01950

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Providing support, friendship & fun to the Greater Newburyport area including Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Ipswich, Merrimac, Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury and the Seacoast of New Hampshire.

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Newburyport Families Club Offers Adult Events for Moms (and Dads!)

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At the Greater Newburyport Families Club (GNFC), we understand how important it is that parents sometimes get out of the house and have fun without the kids. We get it! That’s why we have an Adult Outings Committee charged with organizing adult events throughout the year that encourage moms and dads to meet and mingle with other GNFC members.

We cater to all interests – from stand-up paddle boarding and yoga to floral design and wine tastings. Our adult events are organized to engage our diverse membership in a wide variety of activities. There truly is something for everyone.

As much as possible, we partner with local businesses to provide free or reduced cost events and discounts to our members. This includes our fantastic “Sip & Shop” series, which features local Newburyport shops providing discounts to our members, often in extended hours, as they enjoy snacks and beverages. (To find out how your business can host a members-only shopping event, please don’t hesitate to contact us!)

We also host upscale cocktail parties, often with a fun theme (think: Kentucky Derby and Roaring 20’s!). These events are ticketed events with awards for “Best Dressed Couple” and “Best Hat”; we often have live music and other entertainment.

GNFC board members organize and host our adult outings, but we often have volunteers from the membership help as well; it’s a fun way to get involved. Occasionally our members host more intimate GNFC events at their homes – a wonderfully low-key option for socializing and discussion. We are always looking for new ideas to treat our members to a fun and engaging night out.

Some of our adult events are open outside of membership and are great opportunities to learn more about the Greater Newburyport Families Club. So invite a friend and attend a GNFC adult event today!

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.

Theater in the Open

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Theater in the Open

Community Theater for All

Experience Original Works Indoors and Out

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open is dedicated to bringing creative and innovative community theater to the cultural landscape of Greater Newburyport. They stage high-quality original productions each year for the enjoyment of the community. And they are dedicated to theater that is free and open to anyone! They are headquartered at Maudslay State Park and they offer youth arts education programs in addition to the free outdoor performances for the community.

Theater in the Open has been bringing theater performances to the public for 38 years. They have also been central to the local arts scene on the North Shore. Throughout their history, the organization has been deeply involved in youth arts education throughout its history.  They provide wonderful opportunities for young people to express themselves and develop skills in theater, dance and visual arts. Theater in the Open hosts workshops that foster constructive, positive, creative experiences for young people. Their Summer Arts Workshops, with programming for children aged 5 to 17, offer kids a range of enriching creative opportunities.

In 2017, Theater in the Open was selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to be the Curator of the Maudslay Gatekeepers’s House. This means that for the next 20 years, Theater in the Open will remain in Maudslay State Park and continue their incredible performances and dynamic youth arts education programming.

Theater in the Open brings the Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour to the community each year. This is the biggest fundraising event of the year in support of Theater in the Open. Circus Smirkus is an original full-length show held under a European-style one-ring big top tent at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

Discover Theater in the Open’s quality performances. Simply bring a picnic blanket to Maudslay State Park to watch the creativity of this talented community theater company on display!

Ways to Support

Donate | Volunteer

Upcoming Shows

For information on the current season and upcoming productions, visit theaterintheopen.org.

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Custom House Maritime Museum

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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Discover Newburyport’s Maritime History

The Custom House Maritime Museum

Experience Newburyport’s Maritime History

Are you looking to experience Newburyport maritime history? The Maritime heritage in Newburyport, Massachusetts runs deep. Newburyport has many wonderful attractions but the Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate destination for all residents and visitors with a curiosity about rich maritime history.

As the eastern seacoast’s first major commercial port, and the birthplace of the U.S. Coastguard, there is plenty to preserve and celebrate in Newburyport.

Much of this history can be seen at the Custom House Maritime Museum in downtown Newburyport. This includes an extensive collection of maritime art, model clipper ships and displays from infamous shipwrecks such as the Carlyle Ship Collection of Duncan McFarlane.

Built in 1835, the Custom House served as a place to promote overseas trade and tax collection of imported goods on the Newburyport waterfront.

After a long period of transition, the Newburyport Maritime Society was founded in 1968 to restore and manage the Custom House, now regarded as a premiere maritime museum.

Open year round, the museum not only serves as an educational center and research facility, but also as a meeting place for professional and social gatherings.

Custom tours and museum rentals for concerts, weddings and other special events make the Custom House a true treasure of Newburyport.

The Newburyport Maritime Society devoted to, “connecting the past to the living history of today through new relationships with local artistic, business and environmental organizations.”

Exquisite Custom Jewelry Within Your Reach

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Kaya Jewelers for Custom Jewelry, Newburyport MA

In the past, custom jewelry was a luxury only accessible by the super wealthy. Today, adding a touch of personalized glamour to your style and jewelry collection is more affordable and easier than ever.

The first step to transform your unique idea into a spectacular one-of-a-kind design is finding a reputable jeweler that specializes in custom jewelry. Jewelers capable of crafting the exact piece you imagine are highly skilled artisans who are comfortable behind the workbench crafting both old fashioned and contemporary styles. Also, look for a jeweler able to combine traditional jewelry making techniques with modern technologies, such as 3-D printing, which allows them to easily create multiple models of your dream until it is perfect.

Searching Google for local jewelers and asking friends and family for recommendations are good places to start to find qualified individuals. Many jewelers are also very active on social media, sharing their work on Facebook, Pintrest, and Instagram. Once you have identified a few experts that you feel qualify to create your special work of art, take the time to visit their shops, talk to them about the custom design process, and look at what they have on display to get a feel for their style and ability.

It is also essential to find a jeweler that is going to be a true partner through your entire artistic journey. The ideal person will take the time to get to know you in order to ensure you are completely happy with the final creation. Look for someone who listens and asks you questions about things such as your favorite activities and preferred clothing styles. Learning about you is as an important a step as creating the piece of jewelry itself to ensure you are amazed by the final outcome for many years to come.

Visit Kaya Jewelers on State Street in Newburyport and Market Square in Portsmouth.  The Kaya family has tremendous experience designing exquisite fine jewelry pieces and provides top notch customer support.

 

Maudslay State Park

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Hiking and Walking Trails in Newburyport

Experience The Natural Beauty of Maudslay State Park

Miles of Hiking and
Walking Trails

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.

The former Moseley family estate, Maudslay is a historic site located along the Merrimack River in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

From rhododendrons in bloom to horseback riding, there is something for everyone at this impressive New England natural resource, including family picnics and a variety of renowned hiking trails.

There is a small charge for parking, or you can purchase annual passes. Permits for weddings and special occasions are also available.

The Park also features amazing cultural events held regularly throughout the summer at the Maudslay Arts Center, while the winter months are perfect for watching bald eagles roost, cross country skiing with your dogs and of course, sledding!

Maudslay State Park

74 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-465-7223

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Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Bird Watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Exceptional Bird Watching in a Picturesque Setting

Experience The Natural Beauty of The Reservation

Experience Bird Watching in Newburyport

From the Plum Island beaches to the Maritime Forest, the Parker River Wildlife Refuge is a top quality bird watching destination. Parker River is a nationally recognized Wildlife Refuge for over 300 species or resident and migratory birds as well as a large variety of mammals, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians.

Tried and true since the 1940’s, Parker River extends across 4700 acres on the northeast coast of Massachusetts.  VIP guests at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge include the Piping Plovers. Federally protected by the Wildlife Conservation, the Piping Plovers enjoy summer vacation on a secluded section of Plum Island Beach from April 1 to late summer.

There are several boardwalks that lead to the beach. Visitors also have access to a number of viewing trails, and two observation towers that are perfect for bird watching and taking pictures.

In addition to waterfowl, the many habitats at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge make it a popular Newburyport attraction for sighting mammals, fish, and reptiles. It’s no wonder the Salt Marsh habitat is deemed, “One of the most productive ecosystems in nature.”

More habitats include Cranberry Bog and Freshwater Marsh, which make Parker River sound like a Wildlife Resort & Spa in addition to a National Refuge.  Parker River also offers passes and permits for those who enjoy surf fishing and seasonal hunting.

If you enjoy bird watching and crave the outdoors a visit to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is a must!  To start your adventure, join the Parker River Wildlife Refuge free educational programs held at the Visitor Center in Newburyport, MA.

Parker River Wildlife Refuge
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 465-5753

The Administrative Office for obtaining passes and permits is opened Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

View a Map of the Refuge
Learn How to Volunteer!

Kudos: Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN), Important Bird Area (IBA), and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC).

US Coast Guard

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US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

Newburyport is the birthplace of the USCG

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PART OF A LONG TRADITION OF LIFESAVERS

One of 20 stations in the Coast Guard, the Merrimack River Station in Newburyport, Massachusetts is home to the men and women protecting our waters with search, rescue and law enforcement.

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.

Read more about the history of the USLSS Station #1, Second District Coast Guard Station #20.

US Coast Guard

Merrimack River Station
65B Water Street
NewburyportMA 01950
(978) 462-3428

Date of Conveyance: 1881
Station Built: 1882

Coordinates 42°48′37.68″N 70°51′53.48″W

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Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall

Bartlet Mall

A Scenic Park Rich in History

Bartlet Mall, a gorgeous historic park at the intersection of Pond and High Streets, is a great place for ice-skating, sledding, and enjoying nature. Its scenic views provide the setting for a wide variety of popular community events, including Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday, Art on Bartlet Mall, and the Newburyport Lantern Festival.

Bartlet Mall is an ideal place for taking a walk, walking the dog, having a picnic, biking or running. The Mall features a basketball court and one of the top 8 playgrounds in the Newburyport area, which means fun for people of all ages!

There are wide walkways and a series of footpaths that border the Mall and lead to the Frog Pond. It has also become a highly photographed area by many local photographers. The benches, walkways and shade trees create a beautiful setting.  And the view of Frog Pond, with its resident ducks and ornate cast iron fountain, is lovely.

Bartlet Mall dates to the 1600s when the first English settlers used the area as a place to water and graze sheep. It was also a training area for militias that would go on to fight in the Revolutionary War. The Mall was professionally landscaped in the late 1880s using plans by landscape architect, Charles Eliot. This work resulted in the beautiful paths and grassy lawns enjoyed by visitors today.

The historic Superior Court building, constructed in 1805, sits at the edge of Bartlet Mall. It is one of the oldest active courthouses in the U.S. Charles Bullfinch, who designed the Massachusetts State House in Boston, was also the architect for the Superior Court Building.  In fact, both Bartlet Mall and the Superior Courthouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bartlet Mall is a shimmering and beloved jewel in the heart of Newburyport’s historic district.

Bartlet Mall

High & Pond Sts.
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-465-7223

 

For upcoming events at Bartlet Mall, check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar.

Plum Island Airport Managed by Plum Island Aerodrome

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

Plum Island Airport Historic Contributions to Aviation

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Plum Island Airport, Newburyport MA
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The Historic Plum Island Airport

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! The Burgess Company built over one hundred different types of airplanes at Plum Island Airport until the end of World War I.  The founder of the Burgess Company built planes for the Wright Brothers and is recognized for his contributions to aviation.

Nowadays, the runway is asphalt, not wood! The Plum Island Airport offers several services to the flying community including flight instruction, aircraft fueling station, parking tiedowns and more. Glider rides and scenic flights are available to the general public throughout the year. The Airport is also used for public services including emergency medical evacuations and Coast Guard rescue operations.

The airport is a not-for-profit organization. Volunteers are responsible for a great deal of the work at the airport. The goal of the organization is to make sure the historic nature of the Plum Island Airport is preserved and to inform the public about the history of the airport. The airport also hosts a number of community services, such as tours, for groups such as schools, youth groups, and community organizations.

There are two museums located at the Plum Island Airport. The Burgess Aviation Museum highlights the history of the Plum Island Airport and is open year-round for self-guided tours.  The Working Museum showcases restored classic airplanes and current restoration work. Visiting the Plum Island Airport and the Museums is free to the public.  See the website for more information about the Working Museum and aircraft renovation workshops. Be sure to schedule group tours and historian led tours in advance!

Plum Island Airport is a great place for plane lovers to stop and watch planes take off and land. Frequently, Metzy’s Taqueria Truck is parked at the airport and folks can enjoy delicious and authentic Mexican food while enjoying the views.

Learn more about the fascinating history of the Plum Island Airport in Newbury by visiting their website!

Plum Island Airport

24 Plum Island Turnpike
Newbury, MA 01951

Airport Operations Tours/Working Museum: 508-269-4941

Burgess Museum: 978-270-6744

Flight Instruction: 781-325-2135

 

Directions:

From I-95 take exit 57 MA-113 W Newbury/Newburyport. Follow-113 East/ Storey Ave continuing on to High Street/Rt 1A. Turn left at Rolfes Lane/ Ocean Ave. Turn right at the end of Ocean Ave on to Plum Island Turnpike. The airport will be on the right.

Top Eight Playgrounds in the Newburyport Area

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

playgrounds in the Newburyport area

We’re lucky to live in an area with more than its fair share of wonderfully designed and maintained playgrounds, including one rated top ten in the state! From relatively small but centrally located urban parks to expansive play structures banked by rolling hills and ballfields, there’s a playground for every age range and activity level. Here’s our insider’s guide to the top eight playgrounds in the Newburyport area, as rated by Macaroni Kid readers. Click the links below for an information-packed review of each park, including key details on shade structures, water play opportunities, and restroom access.

ACTION COVE

15 Bachelor St. West Newbury MA 01985
Action Cove’s whimsical, nautical-themed wooden play structure offers enough steps, slides, lookouts, and hideyholes to keep kids entertained for hours.

playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Action Cove

 

AMESBURY TOWN PARK PLAYGROUND

Lion’s Mouth Rd., between Friend and Highland Sts. Amesbury MA 01913
This expansive, newly renovated playground forms the heart of Amesbury’s park-recreation scene, boasting state-of-the art play equipment and a splashpad in summer.
playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Amesbury Town Park

 

BARTLET MALL PLAYGROUND
151 High St. Newburyport MA 01950
This relatively small playground overlooking the “Frog Pond” (Bartlet Mall Pond) benefits from easy access both to downtown Newburyport and to the footpath that rings the pond.

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CASHMAN PARK
202 Merrimac St. Newburyport MA 01950
Stop by Cashman Park on any given afternoon in good weather and you’ll find a social scene populated by parents, their babies and kids, and a wide variety of strollers, scooters, trikes, and bikes.

playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Cashman Park

 

INN STREET PLAYGROUND
25 Inn St. Newburyport MA 01950
What tiny Inn Street Playground lacks in amenities it more than makes up for in location, location, location
playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Inn Street Playground

 

MOSELEY WOODS
Spofford St. Newburyport MA 01950
Tucked into the woods just off the Merrimac Street traffic circle in Newburyport lies a 16-acre park featuring a playground, shaded picnic area, and hiking trails.
playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Moseley Woods

 

PERKINS PLAYGROUND
10 Beacon Ave. Newburyport MA 01950
Boasting a playground with a generous sandbox, Perkins Park is the go-to recreational area for families in Newburyport’s South End.
playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Perkins Park

 

PIRATE SHIP PARK
Little Neck Rd. Ipswich MA 01913
At this picturesque oceanview playground on Ipswich’s Little Neck, a modern play structure shaped like a – you guessed it – pirate ship offers lots of climbing opportunities.
playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Pirate Ship Park

 

Dramatic Teeth Whitening With Light-Activated System From Phillips Zoom

By Dr. Sam Merabi, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Dr. Merabi grew up in Massachusetts, attended college at Brandeis University, worked at Franciscan Childrens’ Hospital as a Mental Health Specialist, attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, for his D.M.D. where he obtained numerous community service and research awards. He further earned an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to running his practice, Portside Family Dental in Newburyport, Dr. Merabi has worked for Cambridge Health Alliance as an Attending Dentist teaching Dental Residents in general practice and has been an Instructor for Harvard School of Dental Medicine for several years.
Portside Family Dental
teeth whitening, Newburyport MA

Does your head turn when you see someone with a beautiful smile and stunning white teeth? Have you ever tried pharmacy grade teeth whitening products, or whitening solutions from a dentist office? Did you feel that the results were not worth the time and discomfort associated with the teeth bleaching solution you utilized? Advances in technology have drastically increased the effectiveness of teeth whitening, and the overall customer experience has been significantly enhanced.  If first impressions are important to you then you must consider the light-activated teeth whitening system from Phillips Zoom. This cutting edge system enhances teeth whitening without teeth sensitivity and requires minimal time investment. The treatment is simplistic and can be administered by the local Newburyport teeth whitening experts at Portside Family Dental.

You probably make time to have other cosmetic treatments at local Newburyport Salons and Spas such as hair, nails, eyelashes, facials, or waxing services. Think of teeth whitening as a treatment similar to spa services, and an opportunity do something for yourself. The results are immediate and actually continue to improve over time.

Light -activated whitening:
While results vary from person to person, your smile will be noticeably whiter with Philips Zoom. With Philips Zoom you can get up to eight Teeth whitening, Newburyport MAshades whiter teeth in one 45-minute office visit. Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed uses an innovative and exclusive LED light to help you safely reach a brighter, whiter smile in less time.

Proven comfort and results:
Looking for noticeable bleaching but worried about possible discomfort? Thanks to adjustable intensity settings for maximum comfort, 99 percent of patients experience little to no sensitivity with Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed. In a clinical study, Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed provided over 50 percent better whitening results than other in-office teeth bleaching treatments, both immediately following the procedure, a week later and after 30 days.

What patients are saying:
View the videos below as customers share their experiences about using the Philips Zoom teeth-whitening solution. Visit the Philips Zoom YouTube channel for additional testimonial videos.

What to expect:
At your initial consultation, your dental professional will verify that you’re a candidate for whitening, assess your shade and take impressions for your custom fabricated trays. Your in-office procedure will utilize the Zoom WhiteSpeed in-office whitening gel applications and the WhiteSpeed lamp will accelerate whitening. Post treatment, you will receive your fabricated trays, one DayWhite or NiteWhite take-home whitening gel syringe and a Relief ACP Oral Care gel syringe to relieve any tooth sensitivity.

The Philips Zoom solution is superior to other teeth whitening solutions and is by far the fastest way to see impressive results. Treat yourself to an even more beautiful smile! Schedule a consultation appointment with the local Newburyport teething whitening experts at Portside Family Dental.

 

Local Specialty Food & Wine Shops Feature Great Gift Ideas

specialty food & wine shops, Newburyport MA

Our Greater Newburyport specialty food & wine shops are the go to destination when entertaining and many also feature great gift ideas.  In order to reward customer loyalty and encourage folks to shop local, many retailers provide discounts to Newburyport VIP Card/Mobile App users.  Over the course of the year, folks can enjoy substantial savings, especially during holiday shopping times.

We highly recommend a visit to our local specialty food & wine shops when in search of the perfect gifts.  Your friends and family are sure to appreciate thoughtful/useful food and drink related gifts instead of well intentioned gift attempts that end up becoming “dust collectors.”  Plus shopping local is a great way to support our local Greater Newburyport economy and say thanks to our small business owners.

You can’t go wrong with freshly prepared foods, beautifully packaged quality food products, wines or perhaps a bottle of sparkling cider.  Bucciarelli’s is a wonderful destinations to pick up top quality meats and prepared foods when entertaining and they also carry many specialty food and wine items to help create a beautiful gift basket.  You may think of Giuseppe’s as a great place to enjoy dinner, but don’t forget about the market area.  They offer many freshly prepared dishes as well as a wonderful selection of packaged specialty food products such as pastas, oils, olives, exceptional deli meats and cheeses.

Locals are familiar with Leary’s Fine Wine & Spirits of Newburyport & Amesbury for their great selection of wines & spirits, but the Newburyport Cheese Market offers an exceptional selection of cheeses cured meats, oils and many other gourmet foods.  New England Wine & Spirits and Port Wine & Spirits offer a broad selection of high quality wines, craft beers, and spirits in all price ranges.  The Grand Trunk Wine & Cheese Shop features many special wines as well as delicious cheeses and other packaged specialty items to enhance the cooking experience.

Port Plums is well known for their top quality olive oils and they also carry many other specialty food products as well as unique culinary gift items.  Port Plum offers the quality of William Sonoma yet is more exclusive in that you will find unique items carefully selected by the Mother/Daughter local owners Karen and Katie.

If searching for sweat treats, Greater Newburyport offers quite a few delicious options.  Simply Sweet in downtown Newburyport features amazing hand-made chocolates, nostalgic candies, gluten free chocolates, Vermont nut free products and make sure to ask about the hot-chocolate shots.  la Cascade du Choclat on the upper part of State Street, offers beautifully designed hand-made high quality chocolates, and is a wonderful place to find unique gifts.  Whether you need something special to bring to a party or your hosting one yourself, we strongly recommend the high quality reasonably priced: cakes, pies, brownies, and cupcakes at Dianne’s Fine Desserts.  At the Buttermilk Baking Company everything is made from scratch.  They pride themselves on making small-batch, by hand baking products and do all of the baking in-house.  Nancy’s Marshview Cafe is an exceptional bakery, located on Bridge Road in Salisbury.  Nancy bakes  many wonderful pastries, cookies, cakes, each day and for special occasions we suggest placing an order for one of her delicious cakes or pies.

When in search of great gifts, make sure to consider our Greater Newburyport specialty food & wine shops. Collectively, if everyone in our community makes a few more local purchases each year it has a significant, positive impact on our local economy and benefits our small business owners.  Plus, folks are sure to appreciate quality foods, wines and desserts to enjoy and share with others.

Below is a current list of discounts for the Best of Newburyport VIP Program Specialty Food & Wine shops.  Although discounts don’t change often, they are subject to change.  You can confirm current discounts by checking the VIP Landing Page or by downloading the Newburyport App.

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Best of Newburyport VIP Card/Newburyport App Discounts:  

  • Bucciarelli’s – 10% off ground beef
  • Buttermilk Banking Company – purchase 12 like items & get the 13th for free ($5 or less value)
  • Dianne’s – 20% off purchases & a free single serve dessert 
  • Giuseppe’s – 10% off purchases of $50 or more
  • Grand Trunk – 15% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • la Cascade du Chocolat – one free tasting square per card holder, per day
  • Leary’s – 10% off one non-sale 750 ML bottle of wine & 10% off purchases from the Cheese Market
  • Nancy’s Marshview Cafe – $5 off purchases of $30 or more 
  • New England Wine & Spirits – 20% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • Port Plums – 10% off, some exclusions apply 
  • Port Wine & Spirits – 10% off 12 or more bottles of wine 
  • Simply Sweet – 10% off candy shop purchases over $5 and under $100

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Historic Farm in Newbury

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. The property features exhibits and interactive activities that demonstrate what it was like to live on a farm throughout the centuries. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture!

Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s! The farm was originally used to raise cattle, sheep, horses, pigs and chickens. In addition, fruit, vegetables, flowers, barley and fresh meadow hay have been grown on the land. The main house was built with local stone, most likely from nearby Plum Island. There are several outbuildings including a large barn and visitor center that was originally a carriage barn.

There are many fun outdoor events at the Farm including Vintage Baseball from May to October. It’s a lot of fun to watch baseball being played with rules from 1881!

You can also visit sheep, goats, chickens and a horse on the property. The Farm partners with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to foster these friendly animals.  The Farm Friends is a program geared toward children 3 to 6 years old. The children who sign up for this program get to spend time with farm animals, listen to a story, and create a neat craft item to bring home. Programs run at various times throughout the year so be sure to check the Farm’s website for details.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm owned and operated by Historic New England, a cultural preservation organization. The season for Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is from June 1st to October 15th, the grounds are open year round during daylight hours. It’s a great place to enjoy a stroll, ride bikes, cross-country ski, and ride horses. There is plenty of parking at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

5 Little’s Lane
Newbury, MA 01951
978-462-2634

Directions: Take I-95 to Route 113, Newburyport. Route 113 turns into Route 1A (High Road). Follow Route 1A for 3.7 miles. Turn left onto Little’s Lane.

Plum Island Light House the Newburyport Harbor Light

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

Plum Island Light House/Newburyport Harbor Light

Guide Us Through the Channel

Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

The Historic Plum Island Light House

The Plum Island Light House also know as the Plum Island Light or the Newburyport Harbor Light, has a very interesting history. It was first lit in 1788 with a lantern burning whale oil. And it was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the U.S..  It was needed to guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor. The strong currents and shifting sands at the mouth of the harbor present a serious challenge to boaters to this day.

Newburyport Harbor was very active and important to the U.S. for whaling, fishing, shipbuilding, and trade. There were many ships coming in and out of Newburyport Harbor. Before the lighthouse was built, fires on the beach in Plum Island were used to guide mariners. It was the business people of Newburyport in the 1780s that paid to build the Plum Island Lighthouse. President George Washington appointed the first keeper of the Plum Island Lighthouse, Abner Lowell. And three generations of Lowells served as lighthouse keepers at the Plum Island Lighthouse.

There were storms that damaged and original Plum Island Lighthouse. In addition, shifting sands meant that the Lighthouse had to be moved several times.

The current lighthouse dates from 1898. Since 1927 the lighthouse has been powered by electricity. The last keeper left the Lighthouse in 1951 when the light was automated. Today the lighthouse flashes a green light to guide boaters.  It is still very important to have this lighthouse in operation to guide boats safely through the turbulent area where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Plum Island Lighthouse is located across from the Park River National Wildlife Refuge at the northern section of Plum Island.

Today the lighthouse is owned by the City of Newburyport. Friends of Plum Island Light lease it from the City and care for it. The grounds are open to the public. The Friends of Plum Island Light offer periodic public tours inside the Plum Island Lighthouse.

The picture perfect Plum Island Lighthouse is one of the great lighthouses to visit in New England and the North Shore.  It’s a “must see” for any lighthouse enthusiast and worth the visit if you are in the Greater Newburyport area.

Plum Island Light House

Northern Boulevard
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 973-6935

The Friends of Plum Island Light maintain the lighthouse and sometimes open the tower. Call (978) 973-6935 to see when open houses are offered.

Directions:

From the Newburyport Harbor Range Lights on Water Street in downtown Newburyport, continue east on Water Street for 1.3 miles, where Water Street will become Plum Island Turnpike. Follow the turnpike for 1.8 miles to Plum Island, and then turn left on Northern Boulevard. Continue on Northern Boulevard for 1.3 miles to the northern end of the island, where you will see the lighthouse on your left.

 

Autism- and Sensory-Friendly Events in the Newburyport Area

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

autisim and sensory-friendly, Newburyport MA

Looking for autism- and sensory-friendly options for family entertainment? From autism spectrum to sensory processing disorders, there are plenty of reasons why your child might need a little extra consideration when it comes to high-impact events or activities. Many large entertainment venues now make specific accommodations for these kids (think lower lights, decreased noise levels, and smaller crowds), so no one has to miss out on the fun.

Here are a few area events and activities specially designed to create a calmer environment for sensory-sensitive kids. (For a complete and continuously updated list, check out the Greater Massachusetts Special Needs Event Calendar.)

Movie Theaters

Cinemagic (Salisbury MA and Portsmouth NH) – Sensory- and family-friendly showings run once per month

AMC Theaters (Methuen and Burlington MA) – Sensory-friendly films run four times per month

Chunky’s (Haverhill MA and Pelham NH) – Lights up, sound down sensory-friendly showings run monthly

Museums

Boston Children’s Museum (Boston MA) – Morningstar Access for a less crowded experience once per month

The Discovery Museum (Acton MA) – Autism-Friendly Evenings, Sensory-Friendly Afternoons, Visually Impaired Family Evenings, Mornings and Evenings for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing & KODA Infant and Toddlers programs that offer increased accommodations and access to exhibits in an understanding environment

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (Dover NH) – Exploring Our Way Program is open the first Sunday of the month for families to enjoy the museum in a less crowded, understanding environment

Museum of Fine Arts (Boston MA) – Beyond the Spectrum program one Saturday per month for children ages 8-12 to explore galleries and create art

Restaurants

Autism Eats (Various Locations) – Hosts dinner parties in restaurants and function facilities with accommodations for sensory sensitivities

Chuck E. Cheese (Burlington, Danvers, and Methuen MA, and Newington NH) – Sensory Sensitive Sundays held the first Sunday of the month

Playspaces

SkyZone (Danvers MA) – Sensory Hours held on the second Sunday of the month

Storytimes

Amesbury Public Library (Amesbury MA) – Sensory Storytimes offered once per month

 

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Newburyport Whale Watch

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport Whale Watch, Newburyport MA

We see whales

Newburyport Whale Watch

Sail Aboard the Captain Lady III

Leave Newburyport Harbor and head out to the Atlantic Ocean to see Humpbacks, Minkes, Finbacks and other marine life along the New England Coast. Newburyport Whale Watch naturalists will guide the 4-hour tour out to Jeffries Ledge or wherever the whales are playing.

The Captain Lady III is a 160 foot boat with cruising speeds of 20 knots. The ship accommodates 100+ guests, and offers restrooms, a climate controlled cabin, flat screen satellite TVs and a Galley with snacks and lunches. You may also bring food with you, but Coast Guard regulations prohibit bringing your own alcohol aboard. The Galley however does offer wine and beer.

In addition to Whale Watch tours, there are several cruises available for fishing parties or watching the sunset. Definitely something different for those hot New England summer days and nights, and perfect for corporate parties, weddings or a little romance under the stars. Select tours even scope out various summer fireworks on Salisbury Beach and during Yankee Homecoming.

Trips aboard the Captain Lady III are also ideal for bird watching. These Birding Trips run out to the Shoals and surrounding areas where bird life is active. A naturalist from the Audubon Society at Joppa Flats will guide the way, introducing you to shore and seabirds of the Atlantic Coast. It’s a great education experience for guests of all ages.

VIP Card Deal

Receive $5 off Whale Watch Tickets with a Best of Newburyport VIP Card.

Order your VIP Card Online here

Clipper City Rail Trail

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The Clipper City Rail Trail –
A Bike Path Lined with Exceptional Local Art

Run, Bike, Scoot, Skate or Stroll it!

Experience the Clipper City Rail Trail – Newburyport’s Bike Path

The Clipper City Rail Trail is more than just your average bike path! Whether you live local to the Newburyport area or you are just coming for a visit, the Clipper City Rail Trail is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. In addition to the natural beauty that sounds the Clipper City Rail Trail, you will find many wonderful works of art that line this popular bike path. Enjoy unique sculptures, murals, unique signage and even a a steel “Steam Locomotive” play sculpture with a cow catcher, coal car, bell and whistle by artists Scott Kessel and Matt Niland.

Inspiration for Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail came from The City of Newburyport’s Senior Project Manager Geordie Vining. On a family trip to Paris, George and his family enjoyed the art along the Seine River and realized that art shared i a public space had far more ability to have broader cultural impact than art behind closed doors.

The original phase of the bike path runs from the  MBTA Commuter Rail Station over to Cashman Park, a picturesque spot on the Merrrimack River.  Construction has extend the path through the South End neighborhood of Newburyport down to the river so that folks can experience even more of Newburyport via the Clipper City Rail Trail. The last phase of the project is slated to connect the two ends providing folks a safe connection across the Rt. 1 traffic circle. Whether your ready for serious exercise or a leisurely stroll with the dog, this local bike path is a wonderful place for all to enjoy.

Along your bike route stop and experience exciting Newburyport destinations such as the Newburyport Art Association and the Custom House Maritime Museum. If you work up an appetite, stop at one of the many restaurants along the way such as Metzy’s Cantina right next to the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station or Sea Level Oyster Bar to enjoy beautiful water views as you pass through downtown.

Clipper City Rail Trail

Merrimack River to the MBTA Station
Merrimack River through the South End

Rail Trail Map

Detailed Rail Trail Overview

Joppa Flats Education Center

By Joe, Joe

Enjoy the nature of Newburyport

Joppa Flats Education Center

Education Opportunities for people of all ages

Explore Newburyport salt marshes, coastal waters and more at the Joppa Flats Education Center (JFEC) located near the entrance of the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

This 52-acre wildlife sanctuary includes not only outdoor grounds, but indoor observation areas, making JFEC a great educational experience all year round.

From guided tours and marine touch tanks, to art exhibits, summer camps and programs for EcoKids, adults and birders, you’ll experience a variety of species recorded locally each year.

The Joppa Flats Education Center also offers annual events like the Superbowl of Birding, Plum Island CoastSweep and Merrimack River Eagle Festival, making nature all the more fun.

Plus, the JFEC in cooperation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has banded and released 36,000 birds and counting from its Bird Banding Station on Plum Island, a popular stopover point along the East Coast for migrating birds. The research collected during the banding process is entered into a database with the longterm goal of studying the relationships between some of these bird species and habitat types.

The Joppa Flats Education Center in connection with the Audubon Society of Massachusetts relies on volunteers and donations from the community. Learn more about how to contribute here.

Joppa Flats Education Center

One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

978.462.9998

joppaflats@massaudubon.org

joppaflatsdaycamp@massaudubon.org

Programs, Classes & Activities

Summer Camp Sessions & Schedules

Private Functions & Upcoming Tours

Birder’s Certificate Program – College course with trips to destinations like Cuba, Kenya and Big Bend National Park.

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Joppa Flats Running Club

By Joe, Joe

Supporting excellent charitable causes

Joppa Flats Running Club

 

Promoting Running, Racing & Volunteerism

With a mission to provide financial contributions and road race support to charities in Greater Newburyport, the Joppa Flats Running Club (JFRC) encourages its members to volunteer with charitable organizations within the running community.

The JRFC’s main event is the annual Newburyport-Maudslay Turkey Trot 5k Trail Race. A tradition that started in 1989, the Turkey Trot takes place each year on Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds are donated to the Pettengill House, Opportunity Works and Our Neighborhood Table.

And with many nonprofits hosting road races as fundraisers, the JFRC also provides road support including race timing and finish line aid at these events, saving local charities thousands.

Joppa Flats Running Club

PO Box 502, Newburyport, MA 01950

joppaflatsrunningclub@gmail.com

Membership Registration Form

Trav’s Trail Run – 3 Mile Cross Country Race. All proceeds benefit The Travis Elliot Landreth Memorial Fund

Maudslay Turkey Trot – 3.1 Miles X-Country Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day

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Newburyport Events Coverage
Feature Stories, Photos & Videos

Enjoy Newburyport.com stories about upcoming and past events in Newburyport and surrounding towns. Make sure to download the "Newburyport" App for a direct link to the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Upcoming Newburyport Events

Asset Builder Awards, Newburyport

Asset Builder Awards, Recognition for Supporting Newburyport Youth

The Asset Builder Awards are a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge youth, adults and organizations throughout Newburyport who are supporting young people through their work or character. Our story image

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Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

Make sure to visit the Riverside Cycle Tannery Tent on Sunday, April 19th from 10 am – 2 pm for the annual community bike swap, hosted by the locally based

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Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

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

Past Newburyport Events

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

Purchase your tickets now for the 2020 North Shore Magazine Grand Tasting, Thursday, March 5th from 6-10 PM at Blue Ocean Event Center. Doors open at 6:00 for VIP ticket

Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

Mark your calendar for the annual Pettengill House Fundraiser, Friday March 6th from 6-10 pm at Blue Ocean Music Hall.  Enjoy a special performance from Bob Surette, top-tier master fine

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Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

Organized by the Greater Newburyport Families Club, the GNFC Consignment Sale is a great way to find an amazing selection of very affordable, gently used baby and kids items. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 7th from 9 AM – 2 PM and Sunday the 8th from 9 AM – 12 PM at the West Newbury Town Annex.

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Repair Café, Don’t Ditch It, Fix It: Electronics Repair, Jewelry Repair & More

Grab that old toaster that’s lacking the heat or wristwatch that has you constantly running late and pay a visit to the experts at Repair Café on Saturday, January 25th

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Newburyport Santa Claus Parade – See Santa on the Fire Truck

Mark your calendars because Santa Claus is coming to town aboard a fire truck at the annual Santa Claus parade Monday, December 23rd at 4 pm. With Christmas just days

local menorah lightings

Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

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

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Old Newbury Bonfire 2020

Don’t miss the Annual Old Newbury Bonfire, to benefit the Newbury Volunteer Fire Department and enjoy: music, games, tours, crafts, food & drinks. The event is held on January 18th, but if you’re interested in including your Christmas Tree in this community, 3-story bonfire you must drop it off before the bonfire, by January 17th at either of the two Newbury Fire Department locations or in West Newbury at Pipe Stave Hill. Newburyport residents should put out their trees by January 14th and Mello Disposal will transport them to the Bonfire.

Eagle Festival, Newburyport MA

Merrimack River Eagle Festival Flies High in Newburyport and Amesbury

Wings will be spread and thousands of curious eyes will be wide open during the 2020 Merrimack River Eagle Festival held Saturday, February, 15 from 9 am – 4 pm,

holiday floral classes and events, Georgetown MA

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

Make sure to mark your calendar for the many wonderful Nunan’s holiday events and floral classes during November and December. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses is one of the largest retailers

Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

Newburyport Rotary Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

The annual Newburyport Rotary Club’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting scheduled for Sunday, December 1st, offers all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but

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Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

Newburyport-area residents and visitors seeking the ultimate holiday shopping experience tend to bypass the malls in favor of Newburyport Invitation Nights – a series of shop-local events in which downtown

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Newburyport Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade

Newburyport will honor veterans and their families at the annual Veterans Day Commemorations on Monday, November 11th. Residents and visitors are invited to join honored guests for a parade and

Guide to Newburyport Preschool Registration & Kindergarten Registration

Entering into the public school system can feel exciting and daunting at the same time, which is why we’ve compiled all the information you’ll need for your family to tackle

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NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

Enjoy a fun evening out while helping a good cause, Newburyport’s local schools, at the NEF Lighthouse Auction Saturday, November 9th at Nicholson Hall from 6 pm to 10 pm.  The evening

Early Education Fair, Newburyport

Newburyport Early Education Fair – Hosted Annually by GNFC

Choosing a daycare or school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task, but the Greater Newburyport Families Club is making it easier for families with their upcoming annual

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

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,

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Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Local Families

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

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert – Christmas with Brass

Don’t miss the 2019 Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert, Christmas with Brass, Saturday Dec. 7th at 7:30 pm and Sunday Dec. 8th at 2:30 pm, directed by Dr. George Case,

Waterfront Park

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport’s Waterfront Park

You’ll be having some fun down at the boardwalk

Experience the Sunrise at 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.

Waterfront Park also plays hosts to a variety of exercise classes, the occasional summer wedding and plenty of live entertainment from local theater performances to world class bands during Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming and Riverfront Music Festival.

As part of an Urban Renewal Project in the 60’s, Waterfront Park was taken by eminent domain by the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority (NRA) and is now maintained and managed by the Newburyport Waterfront Trust, a team of five Trustees appointed by the Mayor. The duty of the Trust is to, “Keep the public ways and Boardwalk “open” for the benefit of the general public.”

Some have expressed interest in a new vision for the park as seen in this Waterfront Master Plan by Union Studio Architecture and Design. In this design the park would increase in size with the addition of two three-story mixed-used buildings and more parking, costing a developer an estimated $30 million.

Citizens for an Open Waterfront remain in support of open views of the Merrimack River including recreational activities like volleyball and a wading pool, as well as improved parking, however the group rejects the proposed buildings as the centerpiece of the design.

Waterfront Park

Downtown Newburyport (behind the Firehouse Center of the Arts on Market Street)

Newburyport, MA 01950
978-465-1252
hin57@comcast.net 

 

Managed by the Newburyport Waterfront Trust

Special events that require use of any portion of the Waterfront Park require approval. Park Use Application

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.
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Racquet Club Fundraiser, Newburyport MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Square Historic District – View Exceptional Video

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Federalist-era architecture

Newburyport’s Market Square Historic District definitely has a past.

Once a meeting place between American Indians and early explorers from England, France and Holland, Market Square was used to trade furs and fish back in the 1700’s given it’s closeness to the Merrimack River.

This all came to an end in 1811 when Market Square was destroyed by a major fire.

As part of a 20-year HUD Urban Renewal Project the brick structures were rebuilt, giving Market Square a Federalist charm that now spotlights its beautiful 19th century architecture.

Included in this Historic District is the 1823 Market House and the Custom House Maritime Museum on Water Street, as well as the buildings on State, Merrimac and Liberty Streets.

Market Square was then listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It is now known as the largest piece of Federalist-era architecture in the U.S. full of brick row houses with shops and restaurants below.

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View in detail the Square’s Master Planning by Finegold Alexander Architects.

Plus, there’s so much more to discover about Newburyport as revealed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón Visits Newburyport – May 2016

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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Newburyport, MA a city rich with maritime history, is excited to host Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón from May 25th – 30th, and we can thank the Custom House Maritime Museum for helping facilitate this special visit.  The arrival of El Galeón is expected on Wednesday the 25th between 2-3 PM and will be accompanied by the Coast Guard.  She will come up through Cape Ann and into the Merrimack River offering spectacular viewing opportunities.

Come welcome her to Newburyport’s waterfront and help start a new Newburyport tradition!  As El Galeón passes, The ASpanish Tall Ship El Galeón merican Yacht Club will fire a salute to welcome El Galeón to Newburyport.  Captain Rosario Fernandez will ring the ships bell to return the salute, and the crew will sound their bosun whistles from up in the ship’s sails.  This is a wonderful opportunity to partake in the start of a Newburyport tradition.  All are invited to participate by sounding their bosun whistles.  You can purchase these beautiful copper and brass bosun whistle souvenirs at the Custom House gift shop for just $6.

There are many festivities that will take place during the Maritime Days celebration including:  general public tours, student toursPirate Night Costume Party, Flamenco Evening (sold out), Breakfast on a Tall Ship and the Children’s Pirate Party!  Tickets to tour Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón can be purchased online or at the Custom House gift shop.  General public tour tickets will also be available at the waterfront kiosk but we recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible, as this exciting event is expected to bring large crowds to Newburyport.

Whether you are local to the Newburyport area or just planning a visit, this is a special experience that you don’t want to miss.  Come tour Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón, Newburyport MASpanish Tall Ship El Galeón and we highly recommend a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum as well.

If you enjoy our maritime history and would like to help support the Custom House efforts, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card online or this weekend outside on the back lawn of the Custom House.  The VIP Card allows you to enjoy discounts EVERY TIME you visit 180 participating Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops and $10 of your $25 card purchase will help support the Custom House Maritime Museum.

 

 

10 Under $10: Indoor Play Places in the Newburyport Area

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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No spring fever here – we’ve compiled a list of low-cost local indoor play places to take your young ones to get the wiggles out.

Harmony Natural Learning Center in Newbury hosts both morning and afternoon open-playtimes for ages 7 and under throughout the winter months. Stocked with simple activities that feature natural materials, Harmony offers a “unique play environment intentionally structured to minimize the adult role in leading and guiding play.”

Newburyport’s Joppa Flats Education Center, part of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, offers a wide range of programming for ages 3 and up, including a year-round “Imagine, Sing & Learn” series for ages 3-6 and a giant saltwater touch tank in summer. If the weather cooperates, you can cross the street to walk the path that hugs the airfield and then heads through a thicket toward historic Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. About three miles away at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley, you can explore more Mass Audubon trails and try to spot some of the area’s birds and small animals.

Ipswich Museumone of the great indoor play places for the area, has just opened a new model-train exhibit. It also offers hosts monthly homeschooler workshops for ages 6-12 that range from age-appropriate explorations of the museum’s collections to walking tours of Ipswich. Contact educator@ipswichmuseum.org for information on upcoming workshops.

All That Cheer and Tumble in Amesbury offers an open gym time most Tuesday mornings (check for schedule). The Imagination Stationz program features sensory activities, dramatic play, and an obstacles course.

The visitor’s center at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport offers a kid’s story hour for ages 3-5 on Monday mornings plus free movie screenings as part of its twice-monthly “Kids’ Conservation Cinema” series. Download a monthly calendar of events from PRNWR’s website.

Ipswich Birth to Three Family Center hosts a popular open playtime for young children, among many other programs for kids and families. Classes are free for residents of Ipswich and Essex and with a suggested donation of $6 for non-residents.

Seacoast United Admirals offers a weekday-morning PlayTime program for under-5s at its indoor recreation facility in Amesbury. Season-long memberships available.

The Do Drops playgroup for ages 4 and under is the Newbury Town Library’s best-kept secret. This freewheeling, twice-weekly playtime runs yearlong in the library’s Community Room. (Click here for schedule.)

Preschool Open Gym for ages 2-5 at the Newburyport Youth Services Rec Center offers a weekly opportunity to get the wiggles out in a spacious gymnasium with balls, mats, and plenty of room to run around.

Buddhaful Souls Yoga Studio in Rowley welcomes toddlers and their caregivers for a drop-in Friday mom-and-me yoga session ($10/toddler), and both the Rowley Public Library and the Salisbury Public Library host free kids’ yoga classes.

We hope you find this list of suggestions helpful when in search of fun indoor play places in the Newburyport area.

Visit the websites above for more details or – better yet – check the Macaroni Kid events calendar, where you can find ALL of these programs listed in one place!

Macaroni Kid Launches Free Birthday Club for Area Kids

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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Parents are invited to register their children ages 12 and under for a chance to win a $350 prize pack provided by nine generous local sponsors – monthly drawings!

Newburyport Macaroni Kid, a free web calendar and e-newsletter of local events for families, is celebrating its fifth birthday with a present for area kids! Parents are invited to register their child(ren) by birth month for a chance to win a $350+ prize pack.

Each month one birthday boy or girl will be randomly selected (using Random.org) to receive a fantastic $350-value prize pack courtesy of nine very generous local sponsors. Prizes include:

  • 30-minute mini-session with Liz Castantini Photography ($100 value)
  • “Family Fun Pack” of 3 six-visit punchcards (1 adult, 2 child) for public skating at Graf Rink in Newburyport ($65 value)
  • $25 party platter from Bucciarelli’s Butcher Shop & Deli in Salisbury
  • $25 gift card to Eureka Toys at the Tannery in Newburyport
  • $25 gift card to Sweet Cheeks residential custom bakery in Amesbury
  • Gift bag of three 2-cookie packages of “Penelope Pig” cookies from Plum Island Cookie Company in Rowley ($15 value)
  • Free haircut at Supercuts locations in Amesbury, Newburyport, Haverhill, Methuen (both locations), Seabrook, Plaistow, and Salem, NH ($150 value)
  • Free kid’s meal at Metzy’s Cantina in Newburyport ($10 value)
  • For ages 3 and under, a one-month membership for classes at Natural Harmony Learning Center in Newbury ($90 value)
  • For ages 4 and up, a family 4-pack of ticket vouchers to an upcoming special event at Charmingfare Farm in Candia, NH ($80-$100 value)

Every child registered for that month will receive a birthday shoutout in the Newburyport Macaroni Kid newsletter and on social media.

For more information, please visit http://newburyport.macaronikid.com. A direct link to the registration form can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/2CmEvhUDB8LB5cmI2

 

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New Years Resolutions for Your Dog

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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New Years Resolutions for Your Dog, Newburyport MA

New Years Resolutions for your dog…sounds funny, but its not. The most made resolutions made by us humans is to get exercise. During the winter months it’s never more important to stimulate your dog than now. Just like you, your dog can get cabin fever and depressed when the weather gets cold and out door playtime subsides. Creating healthy habits and stimulating indoor activities is a great way to keep your dog stimulated and happy. Here are a few easy ways to create New Years Resolutions for your dog and keep them happy and healthy throughout the lazy days of winter.

Perhaps Santa brought you a new treadmill this year…what a great way to walk the dog.  Start out slow, perhaps having your dog walk just through your warm up and then incorporate a jog. Soon enough when asked to go for a walk your dog will head straight for the treadmill and not the door.

This next idea is a low impact exercise but a fun one for both of you to incorporate. Teach your dog how to play hide and seek. Use their favorite toy or a snack, hide the object while your dog is watching and use a voice command to stimulate them to find the object. Once he or she catches on to the game try hiding it without them seeing but reinforce with the voice command. Don’t loose patience, your still stimulating an activity. Have you ever heard of a Kong? It is a chew toy that you put snacks inside of. This could be a good way to start the game, you stimulate with a toy and a snack…don’t forget the voice command. Hide and seek is a great New Years Resolutions for your dog.

Dancing is an excellent way to get up and move, music motivates everyone. Try putting on your favorite playlist and get Rover on the dance floor with you. Teach him some moves or just make sure he’s up and active. If dancing isn’t your thing how about yoga? Adding yoga to your exercise program is a great way to circulate the blood flow, stretch muscle and even massage your insides. Start easy but don’t forget to challenge yourself. This will be slightly more challenging for our dog but it can be a hands on bonding experience you both will enjoy. Dancing and yoga can be a New Years Resolutions for your dog and his master.

It’s never a better time to consider doggy daycare. Now that the winter is upon us and you are off to work or the gym, why not consider part time doggy daycare. This stimulates the lazy days of winter and adds socialization for your dog.

Lastly lets talk the next biggest New Years resolutions made by us all. Healthy eating habits are easier than you may think. Keeping good snacks on hand is the key to accomplishing this resolution. Stop buying junk and you cant eat it…stock up on healthy options. Making good snacks for your dog at home is simple and smart. Use the foods you eat and incorporate them into snacks for your dog. See our blog for Wicked Easy Homemade Dog Treats.

That’s it! New Years Resolutions for your dog isn’t as silly as it may sound. In fact it’s crucial for a healthy dog to get up and go and eat good throughout the lazy days of winter.

 

 

 

 

Treat Yourself to Luxurious Salon Services at Mirror Mirror

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest of Them All? You will be after treating yourself to luxurious salon services at Mirror Mirror!  Located in beautiful downtown Newburyport, Mirror Mirror is a top notch salon offering a full range of salon services.

Are you looking to pamper yourself or a friend? The experts at Mirror Mirror make you look and feel your best by offering services including lash extensions, facial waxing, and make-up application.  The salon is designed and decorated to provide you with luxurious salon services in a relaxing environment.  The Salon has high ceilings and is full of natural light as well as comfortable modern décor.

Owner Monica Tufts oversees a staff of the areas top stylists who offer color, cuts, hair extensions, and hair straightening. All clients are treated with care and attention to detail.  From colors and cuts to keratin treatments and creative styling the sky is the limit at Mirror Mirror.

Mirror Mirror is a Newburyport hair salon where you and your friends can prepare for a wedding or meet up for some primping before a fun girls night out.  Mirror Mirror offers bridal hair and make-up services, manicures, and blowouts so you can step out and look gorgeous for your special day, a date, or a night on the town.  Clients also enjoy the ability to purchase Moroccan Oil products while they are receiving their services.

If you are looking for a Newburyport hair salon where the staff is attentive and the luxurious salon services will make you feel pampered and beautiful, be sure to visit Mirror Mirror.  After receiving their top notch services you will feel like the Fairest of Them All!

Are you a Best of Newburyport VIP customer?  Show your VIP Card or Newburyport mobile App and receive 10% off each time you get both color and cut on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at Mirror Mirror Salon.

Pandora’s Box Consignment Shop Expansion

Pandora's Box Consignment Shop, Newburyport & Salisbury

It’s finally happened! Pandora’s Box upscale resale boutique and consignment shop on Pleasant Street has outgrown its space! We are relocating our flagship store to a double storefront in Salisbury, right over the bridge at 141 Bridge Road. This will allow us to accommodate more consignors! The Salisbury location will also accept small household goods, as well as small furniture and maybe vintage items. ALL CONSIGNMENTS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE SALISBURY STORE.

Pandora’s Box on 19 Inn Street, Lower Level in Newburyport will stay exactly where it is!

Both stores will have gently used clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, and accessories, as well as select new clothing, our continual half-price sale items, and our famous $2.00 box and $5 Rack! We carry top designers as well as $5 t-shirts! There really is something for everyone at Pandora’s Box. We are proud to carry discounted new samples, new leggings, as well as brand-new hats and scarves for all seasons. For a copy of our consignment policy, please see our website pandorasboxconsignment.com

If you visit us often, make sure to get the Newburyport VIP Card & Mobile App, so that you can take advantage of our customer loyalty program. We are a proud participant in the Best of Newburyport, VIP Program which helps to raise money for local nonprofit organizations in the Greater Newburyport community. Show your VIP Card or a digital display of the card using the Newburyport App, and we will take 10% off your purchase every time you visit our Newburyport and Salisbury locations.

Come visit us at our new location in November! We look forward to dressing you in unique and affordable outfits! Our staff is always there to help you select exactly the right look for any occasion.  Enjoy quality consignment at an affordable price.

See you in Salisbury and Newburyport!

Karyn J. Nicholson, Owner

978-463-3377-141 Bridge Road

978-463-1777 – 19 Inn Street, Lower Level

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Build Life Long Boating Memories Hassle-Free

By Jake Goodridge, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Vice President of Freedom Boat Club, Jake is an industry expert on recreational boating.
Freedom Boat Club, Newburyport MA

You have probably heard a few nautical metaphors over the years, sayings such as, “A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into” or “You know what boat stands for? Break Out Another Thousand!”  The funny thing is that most of the people making these statements are boat owners.  Now you are probably asking yourself, why would somebody want to have anything to do with something that they knew was a bad deal financially and seemed to cause them so much aggravation?

The answer is that the memories you make out on a boat with your friends and family are hard to beat.  Whether you enjoy a sunset cruise or trying to land the catch of a lifetime, boating/fishing is an activity that you are actually sharing the experience with the other people on the boat.  It is something that is tough to duplicate and for certain “boaters” these moments make the expense and hassle of boat ownership worth it.

If you talk to someone who owned a boat or grew up in a boating family, they will have a number of great stories to tell you, because these are the type of memories that will stick with you for a lifetime.

For me, there are memories like the time we were the only boat out and came across a pod of hundreds of porpoise, having whales so close to the boat that they sprayed us when they surfaced, catching my first tuna fish at age 18 with my father and best friend, those perfect days at Sandy Point and a number of nights where that sunset cruise was just what I needed.

Now, what if I tell you there is a way to get access to a fleet of boats and start creating memories with your family and friends for a fraction of the cost of ownership and none of the headaches.

Welcome to Freedom Boat Club!  Freedom Boat Club members get to enjoy the boaters’ lifestyle; we just offer them a more cost-effective and hassle-free way to experience it.  Our members receive access to a variety of different styles of boats and 100% of their time is spent out on the water.  There is no cleaning, no maintenance, no boat slip rental, no boat insurance to worry about; FBC is truly boating at its best.

For more information on our hassle-free approach to boating, please visit www.freedomboatclub.com or call us at (978) 499-0899.

Firehouse Center for the Arts

By Joe, Joe

A hallmark of local arts and culture

Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

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Once a market house and lyceum for the Newburyport community back in the 1800’s, the Firehouse Center for the Arts is now an expectational theater, dance, and music center.

Managed by the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities (SHAH), this intimate theater with 191 seats overlooks Waterfront Park in downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts. 

Live performance by local, regional and national artists are on the calendar year round, as well as a fantastic art gallery featuring 12 solo-artist shows a year.

Plus, holding true to the belief that the arts are an essential part of the learning experience, the Firehouse Center offers enrichment programs exclusively for schools.

Recent school shows produced include Boxed In, by Stephen Faria and Forbidden Newburyport, written and directed by Suzanne Bryan.

These productions teach lessons and enhance creativity, allowing students to express themselves in non-traditional ways.

For all of this we say, Bravo!

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The Firehouse Center for the Arts

Market Square – Newburyport, MA 01950

978-462-7336

“The mission of the Firehouse (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities) is to advance the arts and humanities in the Greater Newburyport region.”

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Kudos: The Firehouse Center and Schwartz/Silver Architects won an “Honor Award for Architecture” from the American Institute of Architects.

Exploring Newburyport Area “Place-Based” Summer Camp

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Macaroni Kid Summer Camp Guide, Newburyport MA

It’s amazing how many summer camp programs in the Newburyport area are “place based” – that is, they are camp experiences that just can’t be replicated anywhere else because they reflect our community’s unique topography, maritime history, and cultural heritage. From Merrohawke Nature School’s B.O.A.T. camp on the Newburyport waterfront to SummerQuest at the historic Crane Estate in Ipswich to Workshop in the Woods at Camp Denison in Georgetown, area programs tailor their activities to the amazing natural and cultural resources available here.

It’s not too early to start thinking about camps – many of these programs began accepting registrations as early as January! Here’s are just a few of the wonderful placed-based options to get you and your child excited for summer:

  • New this year: Appleton Farm Camp. Ipswich’s Appleton Farms, a property of the Trustees of Reservations and the country’s oldest continuously operating farm, is expanding its educational offerings with a new summer camp program for ages 5-13. Farm Camp introduces children to the farm through games, activities, arts, adventure, harvesting, cooking, and free play in the great outdoors.
  • Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, a family-friendly historic site in Newbury, hosts Farm Friends – a series of weeklong summer enrichment programs for children ages 5-12. These programs immerse children in fun farm-related activities, games, and crafts, and include visits with farm animals.
  • Mass Audubon, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental conservation, education, and advocacy, offers summer programming for children ages 4-14 at two area locations: Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport and Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield. Campers explore tide pools and dunes on Plum Island and paddle on the Ipswich River while having fun, meeting new friends, and learning about plants and animals.
  • Merrohawke Nature School in Newburyport offers nature-based learning programs for ages 4 to teens, ashore and afloat, all with the intention of creating time and space for kids to connect to our beautiful corner of the New England coastline. Summer activities include learning primitive skills and crafts, knot-tying, storytelling and singing, fishing, hiking, tidepooling, and exploring along the Merrimack River watershed, Great Marsh, and nearby coastal waters.
  • SummerQuest at the historic Crane Estate in Ipswich is a day camp for ages 5-15, promoting environmental awareness and place-based learning through hands-on, outdoor adventures. Highlights from last year’s camp session include playing Clue in the Great House, tidepooling at Steep Hill Beach, and exploring Choate island. This summer’s program promises field trips to local Trustees of Reservations properties such as Ravenswood and Agassiz Rock.
  • Georgetown’s Workshop in the Woods, a summer day camp for kids ages 5-14, is a site-specific enrichment program created in partnership with the Georgetown Conservation Commission and Friends of Camp Denison, the public-use recreational area where the camp is located. Whenever possible, the program plans activities that are unique to the area, from building rockets with the Friends of Camp Denison to jamming with the Merrimac Hat Band. Highlights from last year’s summer season included kayaking with Essex River Basin Adventures on Baldpate Pond and marching in the Yankee Homecoming Parade.
    For more amazing summer camp experiences, including archery, arts and performance, and sailing, please visit Macaroni Kid Newburyport’s free online Summer Camp Guide 2016.

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Check Out Your Local Library This Month

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Check Out Your Local Library This Month, Newburyport MA

Hope you took advantage of the generously long winter vacation to relax and decompress after last month’s flurry of holiday activities!

January’s cold temperatures have sent all but the hardiest of snow bunnies indoors for the winter, but that doesn’t mean there’s nowhere to go with the kids. Parents in the Newburyport area need look no further than their local public library to find some outstanding, creative – and FREE! – programming for all ages.

Children under 5 and their caregivers can enjoy a wide range of story times geared toward specific stages of early literacy. From “Mother Goose on the Loose Babytime” to “Terrific Twos” to “A-Zs with 3-5s,” there truly is a story time for all ages and developmental stages. Be sure to take advantage of this great early-learning resource! (For a complete rundown of Newburyport-area library story times by age and location, click here.)

Emerging readers have plenty of fun and engaging opportunities to hone their literacy skills. The Newburyport Public Library is launching a new book club for grades 1-2 this month, and the Ipswich Public Library’s Story Explorers program for first graders is now accepting registrations for its winter session, just to name a couple. Not into reading with a group? “Read to a Dog” programs at two public libraries – Amesbury, Newbury – allow emerging readers to build confidence by reading privately to a trained service dog (book your time slot in advance).

For older kids, the library isn’t just a place for books or the occasional drop-in craft. Love cooking? The Amesbury Public Library offers both a Future Foodies Club and a Batter Up Cookbook Club. The Rowley Public Library’s popular cooking club, launched last fall, has expanded to include two groups this winter (sign up now for Session I or Session II). Budding builders may enjoy Minecraft or Steampunk. There are after-school clubs just for grades 3-5 (Rowley) and grades 7-8 (Amesbury). For tweens and teens, there are clubs for anime enthusiasts, Harry Potter fans, and gamers, just to name a few.

Looking for fun, free kids’ activities this winter? “Check out” your local library!

For more events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Plum Island Pink House

By Damian Turco, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Principal Attorney and Owner of Turco Legal, Attorney Turco is highly regarded as an expert in the areas of divorce and family law. He has represented hundreds of clients through divorces, modifications, contempt matters, and other family law matters from beginning to end. He sits on multiple committees for the Mass Bar Association, has been recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the state’s upcoming top 25 lawyers of 2015. Attorney Turco’s donates considerable time to help within the community. He serves on the board of LARC, a legal non-profit that helps thousands of lower income folks get desperately needed legal help. He also volunteers his time monthly delivering legal assistance at homeless shelters, day shelters, and soup kitchen’s in Boston, Lowell, Lawrence, and Salem.
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Plum Island Pink House, Newburyport MA by Damian Turco

How many times have you driven past that old pink house on your way out to Plum Island and wondered what it’s all about?  There’s something about that house that just sets the tone as it whisks by the car.  It’s kind of eerie looking.  Kind of beat up by the weather over the years.  It certainly seems like it’s in an odd place.  I used to live out on the island and like many of us, still frequent the great natural space out there.  That house just seems to catch my eye every time I come around that bend.  Is it the remnant of a lovely estate?  Maybe a millionaire who just had to be by the airport but not too far from the beach?

Nope.  It turns out, as I never would have imagined, that the only thing it’s a remnant of is a spiteful divorce from 1925!  What??  How is that possible?  But it is as I learned from Amanda Hoover’s Boston.com article this morning.  And as a Newburyport divorce lawyer, I must say, I’m intrigued.  As Amanda’s story explained, the house is the centerpiece of a poorly drafted divorce separation agreement which required the Husband to build the Wife with an exactly replica of their downtown Newburyport marital home.  The only problems is that the agreement didn’t say where it had to be built. . . oops.  Read more about this story and why good drafting is critical in any divorce here on my Newburport Divorce Blog.

Photo by Karen Lynch.

 

Holiday Fun for Families in Greater Newburyport

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Macaroni Kid, Newburyport MA

The Newburyport area is unwrapping a holiday season jam-packed with events for kids and families! Santa arrived in Downtown Newburyport – via U.S. Coast Guard boat, of course – on the traditional Sunday after Thanksgiving, lighting a 35-foot evergreen in Market Square and marking the official start of holiday celebrations. (Newbury and Salisbury held their tree lightings the same day.)

The first weeks of December offer plenty of opportunities for Santa-sighting, including Santa “tours around town” in Salisbury and Byfield, courtesy of the town fire departments (yep, that’s Santa in the fire truck). Not to be outdone, Marini Farm in Ipswich will host Santa traveling by tractor, plus free hayrides and hot chocolate for area families. On weekends, children are invited to Inn Street in Downtown Newburyport to visit Santa in his “workshop,” a charmingly decorated cottage situated in the city’s sole pedestrian-only throughway. Arrive early – Santa’s Workshop is an extremely popular destination!

Chanukah celebrations get under way in early December as well, beginning on the first night (Sunday, Dec. 6) with the traditional menorah lighting and singalong in Market Square, hosted by Rabbi Avi Poupko of Congregation Ahavas Achim.

Over the course of the month, holiday decorations will be popping up in windows and window boxes all over town. For inspiration and a fun day out, visit Sea Festival of Trees in Salisbury and Tree Jubilee at Marini Farm. Both annual festivals feature a dazzling array of holiday trees decorated by local businesses and organizations, each to be raffled off for charity. Midway through the month, Newburyport’s 22nd annual Holiday House Tour will throw open the doors to more than a dozen private homes handsomely decorated in the “Coastal Christmas Tidings” style. And don’t miss a trip to Partridge in a Bear Tree, Newburyport’s go-to destination for holiday décor.

If you’re looking for something to put under the tree, shop local with our Holiday Gift Guide featuring boutique Newburyport-area vendors and services you just can’t find anywhere else. We’ve got a special section on classes and activities for kids, plus out-of-the-gift-box ideas for moms, dads, and entire families.

Ipswich is the place for some offbeat holiday celebrations this year. Ipswich Evergreen – held outdoors on the town green – celebrates the winter solstice with make-and-take evergreen wreaths. Nearby Appleton Farms hosts the “Nisse” – a farm elf from Scandinavian folklore – as he presides over children’s holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and caroling. Santa arrives at Town Wharf for his annual “Jingle Bell Walk” as onlookers jingle their bells along the parade route before gathering at Town Hall for caroling, holiday crafts, and photos with the big man himself.

Finally, no holiday season would be complete without a good old-fashioned singalong. The Firehouse Center for the Arts presents a popular annual singalong likely to sell out again this year, so get tickets early.

For more holiday events for kids and families in the Greater Newburyport area, visit www.newburyport.macaronikid.com. Subscribe to our FREE weekly e-newsletter to have our complete calendar delivered right to your inbox: http://newburyport.macaronikid.com/subscribe/

Custom Men’s Clothing With Premier Quality & Service

By Shannon Burke, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Shannon Burke is the Director of Advertising & Marketing for Farley's of Newburyport.

At Farley’s, we’re happy to offer everything from men’s casual sportswear to versatile suits, but one of our biggest sources of pride is our custom program. We’re passionate about providing men with clothing that will make them look and feel good. We have a staff capable of fitting anything from jeans to a suit, and our seamstress is as experienced as they get. Customer service is our forte.

We offer a custom shirt program through Individualized Shirts. We have a wide array of imported fabrics available that can suit any preference of color, fabrication or pattern – 140’s two-ply and Egyptian cotton in solids, patterns, pinpoint oxfords, chambrays, linens (tone-on-tones and patterns in stripes), checks and plaids. In addition, customers have the option of various styling features in a shirt, which is then crafted to their specific measurements. What’s unique about our program is the sheer range of options, allowing the shirts to be truly custom-made. Individualized Shirts is up to date with current trends and provides us with new swatches on a weekly basis. From the date of order, shirts are delivered in four to six weeks.

We’re also proud of our custom suit program, one of our most popular services. We use a variety of vendors, S. Cohen being a favorite. The program offers approximately 65 (both year-round and seasonal) fabrics per season and suits are available in an assortment of modern silhouettes. Patterns are produced by well-respected textile manufacturers such as Marzotto and Reda. This spring, S. Cohen continues to use fabrics by Ermenegildo Zegna, an Italian luxury fashion house that produces some of the finest fabrics in the world. New suit styles this season feature half-canvas construction, hemberg lining and improved trouser waistband and pocketing. Custom suit separates by S. Cohen are ready to ship in approximately two weeks. Complimentary embroidered initials on all custom pieces are available.

Tannery Marketplace

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport’s finest shopping & dining experience.

Tannery Marketplace

Award-winning shopping & delicious delights

The Tannery Marketplace is a collection of historic mills on the South End of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Each building is occupied by fantastic places to eat including Brown Sugar by the Sea Thai restaurant, and Chococoa Baking Company.

Recognized by Boston Magazine as award-winning shopping, guests of The Tannery can also explore shop to shop to find one-of-a-kind gifts and speciality items. Whether a unique plant from Beach Plum Too, a coastal inspired throw from Red Bird Trading Company, or an mountain bike from Riverside Cycle, everything you need to enjoy the Newburyport life can be found here.

On Sundays The Tannery Marketplace is also home to the Newburyport Farmers’ Market, which runs from May to November. Starting at 9 a.m., local vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, wine, art, jewelry and more, accompanied by live music.

Tannery Marketplace

75 Water Street
Newburyport , MA 01950

Phone: 978-465-7047
Fax: 978-465-2771
Email: info@tannerymarketplace.com
Email: ddh@hallandmoskow.com

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Real Estate Owners, Managers, Developers
75 Water Street
Newburyport , MA 01950

Phone: 978-465-7047
Fax: 978-465-2771
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The City of Newburyport and The Tannery support the Mass Save mission to help lower energy bills, leverage enery efficiency as a natural resource and reduce our carbon footprint in the most cost-effective ways possible. How small is your footprint? Learn how to Go Green here. 

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Downtown Shopping

By Joe, Joe

Downtown Shopping

Follow the cobblestones to your next treasure

Support Local, Shop Small in Newburyport

Newburyport downtown shopping is an experience that leaves a lasting impression, whether you’ve lived locally for generations or you’re just visiting for the day. Walk the streets of Historic downtown Newburyport and you’re certain to make memories that will connect you to these wonderful shops and restaurants. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Newburyport Waterfront while you shop, eat and play. From the charming flower boxes that decorate storefronts, to the unique coastal must-haves displayed within, shop owners strive to exceed expectations.

The words, “Shop Local” are very meaningful in the Newburyport community. Most residents are loyal to our local shops. They have relationships with the owners, managers and staff and they appreciate having access to great shopping right in our local Newburyport community. The downtown features a few corporate retailers but the majority of the shops are privately owned by local small business owners.

Newburyport’s downtown shopping caters to a broad scope of business types. Whether you’re in the market for: fashion boutiques, antiques, art, jewelry, specialty foods & wine, furniture, home décor, floral, pet products, sport’s, health/beauty, or giftware, you’re certain to enjoy the shopping experience! You’ll score the latest seacoast fashions at The Nauti Pearl, and find the perfect jewelry to complement at Pam Older Designs. Now gift your kids a cool toy from the Dragons Nest, your puppy gourmet treats at Just Dogs Newburyport and yourself a beautiful vintage from  Grand Trunk Wine & Cheese Shop.

The Newburyport VIP Program is a Shop Local marketing campaign that encourages everyone to be socially conscious with their shopping by making an effort to purchase locally whenever possible. Business owners offer VIP Card Discounts to card holders as a way to reward and show appreciation for shopping local. Newburport.com provides free advertising for these local shops in an effort to increase sales and stimulate our local economy.

The “shop local” commitment applies to retailers throughout the Greater Newburyport community but the charming downtown shopping experience is what initially attracts people to visit and or live in this vibrant small city. Thank you to our small business owners for being the heart and soul of the Newburyport community. These small business owners strive to inspire and motivate shoppers with their unique products and services and they pour their heart’s into making certain that each guest has the best experience possible.

We thank you for supporting local, and look forward to seeing your smile after a day full of shopping adventures in Newburyport.

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Order a Newburyport VIP Card Online to receive discounts from Best of Newburyport Places to Eat, Shop, Stay & Experience throughout the Greater Newburyport area.

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Fall Means Tennis!

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

Fall means tennis!  It’s September and summer is officially over for most people. While no one wishes summer to end, there is a silver lining: the new season of tennis now kicks off! Whether you took the summer off from tennis or took the opportunity to work on your game and are ready to show off your new forehand or backhand slice, and whether you like to play in leagues or ‘just for fun’ NOW is the time to buy a new can of balls and hit the court.

The Racquet Club of Newburyport has a full schedule of new programs for both Juniors and adults. There are many programs specifically for kids including beginner programs and the Tournament Training Academy (TTA). These TTA clinics are designed for the more serious junior – for the player who needs to be challenged more and is dedicated to becoming a better player. Adult leagues are also in full swing. Between the USTA and North Shore Tennis leagues, there is a team for everyone whether you want to play on a daytime women’s tennis league or a league for men, women and mixed doubles.

If you are new to tennis or want to improve your game, the Club’s coaching staff can help. They have added a new coach to their already strong bench and offer clinics as well as private and semi-private lessons.

Regardless of what type of tennis player you are and what kind of tennis you’d like, there is a coach for you and there is a tennis program for you. If you’d like more information about any of the programs, contact The Racquet Club of Newburyport at 978.462.3121 or email them.

Videos & Photos from Unofficial Yankee Homecoming Events

Yankee Homecoming Road Race 2015, Newburyport MA

Community Events During Yankee Homecoming

Tradition expands thru other local Organizations

Yankee Homecoming Road Race Hosted by Lions Club

Yankee Homecoming Bed Racing Hosted by Lions Club

Community Events During Yankee Homecoming

Many local organizations in the Greater Newburyport area host community events during Yankee Homecoming week.  Although these events are not officially part of Yankee Homecoming, many have become strong traditions that help to raise money for local organizations in the community.

Together both the official and unofficial Yankee Homecoming events help to stimulate our local economy, expand tourism and bring our community together to celebrate local traditions.  Enjoy our photos and videos from:  Greek Food Festival, Police Station Tour, Yankee Homecoming Road Race and Bed Race hosted by the Lions Club, Kids Day hosted by the Exchange Club, and the High Street Mile hosted by the Winner’s Circle Running Club.

Check out the Newburyport.Com Events Calendar for details on both official Yankee Homecoming events as well as other community sponsored events.

Enjoy Newburyport.Com photos and videos from events throughout Yankee Homecoming week, both on our site as well as on our facebook page.

Please consider purchasing a Best of Newburyport VIP Card for $25 and $10 of your purchase will help support Yankee Homecoming fireworks.  Present your VIP card when you shop and dine and receive discounts @ 180+ greater Newburyport businesses.

NHS Senior Week….The Tradition Lives On

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
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Newburyport High School Graduation, Newburyport MA

Its that time of year again…another class has wrapped up its four years at Newburyport High School and is preparing to graduate.  A proud Newburyport tradition for all graduating seniors of NHS is the week before graduation.  It is referred to as “Senior Week” and includes various fun activities.  Activities include a senior banquet, a Sox game, a trip to Giggles Comedy club, the senior prom and traditional activities like Vespers, Ivy Day and the Senior Sing out.  It’s a great week of final bonding with classmates and last hurrahs with lifelong friends.  The last day of senior week is graduation, happening this year on June 7th at 1pm at NHS’s Stadium.  The graduation itself is very traditional, starting with the procession of graduates entering under the “arch of roses” and wrapping up with the singing of the Alma Mater.  Growing up here makes the whole senior week so special; being able to celebrate the same NHS traditions with my children.  This is my second one to graduate from NHS and it sure is special watching them participate in these age-old traditions.

I sometimes wonder about living someplace else and not being able to send my children to a school that has such a long history (my grandmother went to NHS, as did both of my parents!).  Newburyport itself dates back to 1635, but became an official city in 1851, prospering in fishing, shipbuilding and silverware manufacturing.  Many of the large clipper ships were built right here in Newburyport (hence the mascot of NHS being the “Clippers”).  We have many historical homes for sale highlighting amazing architecture and historical features from a bygone era.  Our entire downtown area was restored with the utmost care to preserve the beauty and elegance, while still being functional and liveable, with numerous retail shops, restaurants, bakeries and even our own theater.  Its no wonder most people who hear I live in Newburyport tell me how lucky I am…and I get it.  It’s a beautiful city with a deep history and we ARE lucky to call it home.

Newburyport Life On The Water

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
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Newburyport on the Water, Newburyport MA

The weather has finally started to brighten and spring is in the air…and nowhere is that more apparent than in Downtown Newburyport on the water.  The marina workers are busy getting all of the docks into the water.  They pulled them out last October/November and they have been sitting in the boatyards all winter, under ten feet of snow, as was the case this year.  Well the snow has melted and the docks are being painstakingly moved from their winter storage and into position all along the banks of the Merrimack River.  Its hard work and takes some time, but this group of guys have been doing it for over 25 years, so they know their stuff!

The largest marina in the area is called Newburyport Marinas and it includes the docks at Newburyport Harbor Marina, Hilton’s Marina, Windward Yacht Yard and the Newburyport Boat Basin.  They are all located along the Merrimack River in historic Newburyport, with more than 500 slips for seasonal/transient dockage and accommodations for boats ranging in size up to 125′.  We happen to have a small 22’ Sea Ray and moor it at Hilton’s Marina, right next to the Black Cow restaurant.  HILTON’S MARINA is just 3 miles from the mouth of the Merrimack River with 65 slips. Hilton’s Marina can accommodate boats ranging in size up to 100’ feet and is a short walk to shopping, dining and activities in the downtown area.  It’s a wonderful place to keep your boat, as it is a short ride up river or even out through the mouth of the river to enjoy the ocean on your way to places like Cranes Beach, the Isles of Shoals, fishing at Jeffries Ledge or other local harbors.

Along with personal boating, the City offers many other options to enjoy the water.  We have a whale watching company, kayak and paddle board rental company, the Ninth Wave catamaran for rentals and a small river cruise trip from the main docks on the waterfront.  Enjoy the water and then head up town to enjoy some great shopping or have a delicious meal in one of our many restaurants.  Newburyport has a lot to offer the frequent visitor but really makes life feel like a permanent vacation when you live here!!!  ENJOY!

The New Definition of Boat Club

By Jake Goodridge, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Vice President of Freedom Boat Club, Jake is an industry expert on recreational boating.

When you first hear someone speak about his or her “Boat Club” you probably assume that this person is a boat owner. For years, the only way for someone to be able to enjoy the boater’s lifestyle was to save their money and buy a boat or, if they were lucky enough, had a friend or family member with a boat.

You may be surprised to hear that in today’s times not every “boater” is a boat owner. As is the trend in a number of different industries, boating now offers you a way to get behind the helm without the high costs of ownership. For automobiles, you have Zipcar. For private jets, you have NetJets. For boats, you have Freedom Boat Club.

FBC started operating with one location in Sarasota, FL back in 1989 and has now grown into the nation’s largest membership-based boating club with over 8,500 members in 82 U.S. locations.

FBC members enjoy a convenient and cost-effective way to get out on our local waterways and start making memories with their family and friends. When joining FBC, members receive unlimited access to a full fleet of boats and it only costs a fraction of what it would cost to own just one boat. The club offers a variety of boats including cabin cruisers, bow-riders, center-consoles and pontoon boats. FBC provides hands-on training with all memberships, so whether you are an old salt or totally new to boating, our captains will teach you all that you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable outing each time you leave the dock.

Our staff also handles all of the maintenance, washing and waxing, so our members spend 100% of their time on the water. Own the water, Not the boat!

Newburyport Brewing Company

By Joe, Joe

Well-balanced beer for smooth sailing.

Newburyport Brewing Company

Bill & Chris’ Excellent Adventure

The owners of Newburyport Brewing Company love adventure, playing music and great beer, all of which are present when experiencing this Newburyport, Massachusetts brewery.

From the citrus hints in the Plum Island Belgian White, to the bright hops of the Green Head IPA, with an award-winning Brewmaster onsite you can be sure the beers at Newburyport Brewing Company are top-notch.

Known for prime ingredients in a can, Newburyport Brewing Company beer styles are brewed with domestic and international premium based malts.

Refreshing and flavorful with a light toasted sweet malt finish, these American-style beers with an English-malt backbone have become fan favorites among beer enthusiasts throughout the country.

And with a “Kegs & Cans” ONLY policy, you’re beer will stay colder, longer. Perfect for camping, boating and enjoying other Newburyport adventures – a full circle concept.

Tasting & Pouring Hours

Thursday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Newburyport Farmers’ Market – Fresh Local Produce, Meats, Cheese, Flowers & Art

By Joe, Joe

Devoted to Supporting Local

Newburyport Farmers’ Market

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Apples minutes from the orchard, greens miles from the farm. The Newburyport Farmers’ Market lives by #SupportLocal.

Massachusetts and New Hampshire farm-fresh crops, meats and cheeses offer an edible arrangement of great local flavors.

Open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, browse the tents to meet dozens of regional farmers, chefs, fisherman and artists.

Shop for free-range beef, pork, veal and eggs at Kellie Brook Farm from Greenland, New Hampshire. Their sausage and chorizo breakfast sandwiches on fresh croissants cannot be missed.

Skip over to Appleton Farm from Ipswich, Massachusetts to sample aged cheese, and pick up a container of fresh milk or ice cream.

Figtree Kitchen from the New Hampshire seacoast is always a crowd favorite with homemade baked goods like the Kouign Amann, flaky dough layered with rich butter and sugar.

Vendors supplying fresh-cut flowers and plants like the Herb Pharmacy from over the bridge in Salisbury, MA are also onsite.

As are a bevy of local artists including Rose Bryant’s original and TINY paintings. So colorful and creative, Rose breathes life into art.

Last stop. Far From the Tree Cider from Salem, MA produces small batch hard cider that will give you something to cheers about.

If you are interested in participating, supporting or volunteering at the Newburyport Farmers’ Market, there are representatives onsite with more details, or email TheNewburyportFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

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The Newburyport Farmers’ Market

Every Sunday 9-1 p.m. Rain or Shine

Located in the Tannery Marketplace

75 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Email: TheNewburyportFarmersMarket@gmail.com

Phone: 978.457.6644

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Mission: The Newburyport Farmers’ Market supports our “Local farmers, fisherman, chefs and creative community through hosting the weekly market and creating compelling events that education, inspire and delight our community.”

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