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History of Yankee Homecoming 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.
History of Yankee Homecoming Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming History

The history of  Yankee Homecoming is far more than just a series of events, it is an annual celebration founded on the ideals that continue to bond our community today. The original Yankee Homecoming history was inspired by three concepts: the need to reunite Newburyport natives with family and friends who had moved away, a desire to stimulate the local economy and to give the locals something to get excited about. In 1958 Newburyport held their first Yankee Homecoming, welcoming and encouraging Newburyport natives and visitors to return to Newburyport for the week long celebration.  Although there were 29 New England towns that originally hosted Yankee Homecoming celebrations, Newburyport is said to be the only city that still continues the tradition today.

The idea for Yankee Homecoming was originated by local New England artist Jack Frost who was determined to restore appreciation for the

Yankee Homecoming Parade

beauty and heritage of New England.  Frost described his vision as “a national pilgrimage back east where it all began”. At the time, many city centers were experiencing economic hardships, with factories and mills closing and storefronts remaining empty and the federal government was stepping in with urban renewal plans.  Frost saw Yankee Homecoming as an opportunity to showcase all the potential these New England cities had. Through the years, Yankee Homecoming has continued to be a festival that showcases everything Newburyport has to offer and a way to help support the local economy.

He worked with Joe Mathers and George Cashman to gain approval from Newburyport city officials. George became the very first chairman of Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming. One of his first orders of business was selecting the date for the annual celebration of which Cashman made sure coincided with the August 4th birthday of the US Coast Guard.  This was very important because Newburyport is the birthplace of the US Coast Guard. In fact, a memorial was dedicated to the Coast Guard on August 4, 1958 during the first homecoming that has become a focal point of the festivities. Cashman continued to support the city he loved, residing in Newburyport until his passing in December of 2006. The 2007 Yankee Homecoming celebration honored its founder and his fifty years of dedication throughout the ten days.

Rich with tradition, Yankee Homecoming continues to be a thriving celebration that makes Newburyport unique, promotes our local economy and provides our families, friends and community an opportunity to come together. Each year residents and visitors alike flock to the city to enjoy the numerous events and support local businesses.  Newburyport is committed to celebrating Yankee Homecoming traditions and proud of how our annual celebration continues to strengthen each year.

The Yankee Homecoming Committee consists of many dedicated volunteers. This annual celebration is all possible due to extensive planning and volunteer efforts that start long before Yankee Homecoming festivities take place each year. Newburyport.com developed a partnership with Yankee Homecoming back in 2014 and is proud to volunteer our services each year running from event to event capturing videos and pictures and utilizing our social media platform and website to significantly expand awareness of the Yankee Homecoming tradition. View 2021 event video coverage and prior year videos on our Local Event Videos page, visit our Live Web Cams page to check live downtown happenings, find feature articles under Events Coverage and of course check the Events Calendar for the complete list of events. If you want to learn more about the history of Newburyport, Yankee Homecoming offers a range of self guided tours during the festival week, ranging from neighborhood tours of historical houses to walks through the Old South Church or Oak Hill Cemetery.  For direct access to the Events Calendar, type “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and download the Newburyport App.

In addition to providing free media services, the Newburyport.com/Yankee Homecoming Partnership also helps to raise money for the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport VIP  Discount Card.  The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community. $10 of each purchase or renewal is donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

Linden Trees Bring Sweet Scents to Downtown 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.
Linden Tree, Newburyport

Along with the smell of the ocean air, you may notice the additional fragrant scent of Linden trees when strolling around downtown Newburyport. These aromatic trees fill the coastal town’s air with a bright, sunny, and sweet scent when they bloom towards the end of June and through the beginning of July.

Local Realtor, Lisa Yeastedt, discovered these trees while dining at the Vera outdoor cafe located directly next to her Bentley’s Real Estate office in Market Square. Along with the savory scents of her meal, Lisa noticed a sweet fragrance she had not smelled before. Wanting to know where the smell of  a combination of honey and grass was coming from, she took a walk with her dog Forest after her meal and found herself at the nearby Newburyport Visitor Center on Merrimack Street. The sweet smell of the Linden tree had traveled all the way from Waterfront Park to Market Square where she was dining earlier.

Linden trees, also known as lime or basswood trees, can be identified by their distinct heart-shaped leaves, giving them a romantic appearance. There are 30 species of these large, deciduous trees that can be found in Europe, North America, and Asia.  Growing to be 65 to 130 feet tall, these tall trees bloom with clusters of cream to yellowish flowers and small pea-sized fruits during late Spring and early Summer months. It is these blossoms that create the distinct scent Lisa discovered while dining outdoors at one of Newburyport’s delicious restaurants.

Linden trees are not only wonderful to look at and smell, but they also produce useful products. The trees are an important honey plant, making rich flavored honey, and the Linden tree flowers can be used for teas and herbal remedies.

So next time you visit Newburyport to shop, dine, and explore make sure to stroll around Waterfront Park. Follow the scent and look for the heart-shaped leaves to spot our local linden trees.

 

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts – Sponsored by AJH

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.
Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts, Newburyport, MA

The Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts are back for another full week of great classes with amazing views of the Newburyport waterfront. These free classes, all put on by local fitness businesses, are a great opportunity to get some exercise and even try a new type of class—there’s something for everyone and every fitness level. Sponsored by Newburyport’s own Anna Jaques Hospital, the waterfront workouts are an entire week of wellness opportunities—a fitting match for a hospital that strives to keep its community healthy.

Located right off the Newburyport boardwalk on the lawn in front of Sea Level Oyster Bar, the Waterfront Morning Workouts take place each morning during Yankee Homecoming week. From bootcamp to yoga, there are a wide variety of classes offered to fit all ages and levels. Classes are free and open to the public, so sample and try as many as you would like. Love a class you take? Continue on your fitness journey by visiting the company’s local studio. The article image features a prior year waterfront workout class hosed by Sarah Oleson Yoga. 

A big thank you to Yankee Homecoming for supporting local and organizing the waterfront workouts. This event helps to promote awareness for local fitness businesses and gives our community a chance to kick off their day with a FREE class that will energize them while enjoying the natural beauty of the Newburyport waterfront.

Sunday-August 1

8 am: The Mom Comm Stroller Bootcamp
A full body workout using your stroller! We will combine strength, barre, core and cardio together with your babe in tow! Babies in carrier and prenatal moms also welcome. No equipment necessary. Little ones should stay in stroller during class; older kids are welcome to come out and participate with us (we understand they get antsy!). Bring your own toys, snacks, entertainment for them! Please bring your own mat and water. Prenatal modifications will be provided. All fitness levels welcome.

9 am: The Mom Comm Family/Adult Bootcamp
A full body workout for the whole crew, combining cardio, functional movement + core to keep you moving, sweating and having fun together. Geared towards kids ages 2+ but all ages are welcome; prenatal mamas and babies in strollers welcome.

Monday-August 2

7:45 am: Motivate Barre Cardio Nutrition
Get the shake on of a classic barre class with small isometric movements and muscle endurance work coupled with the heat of high intensity interval training sets to get our heart rates up and reap the benefits of metabolic conditioning.

9:10 am: YMCA of the Northshore
Muscle and Mat….a hybrid class blending resistance training, body weight movements and mat work all in one.

Tuesday-August 3

8 am: F45 Fitness Salisbury
The F stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement.  45 is the total amount of time for sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun.  We train as a team and the workouts change everyday so you are guaranteed to achieve life changing results.

9:15 am: Awake Minds Power Yoga
Join Meghan Leighton for an All Levels Power Yoga class during Yankee Homecoming. Get ready for a great workout, for body and mind! This is a vinyasa style class where each movement is matched with breath, creating flow throughout the class…A great way to start your day with flow and ease!
*Bring a mat and water bottle
*All Levels welcome

Wednesday-August 4

8 am: The Dojo Kickboxing

9:30 am: Pure Barre Newburyport
Pure Barre creates long lean muscles through small dance-inspired movements and isometric holds. A fusion of ballet, mat pilates and yoga, outdoor Pure Barre classes focus on strengthening and lengthening your body using just your own body weight! Class will be taught to upbeat music, and fun for all ages and experience levels. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and water!

Thursday-August 5

8:30 am: YWCA Greater Newburyport

9:45 am: Studio Five

Friday-August 6

8 am: F45 Fitness Salisbury
The F stands for functional training, a mix of circuit and HIIT style workouts geared towards everyday movement.  45 is the total amount of time for sweat-dripping, heart-pumping fun.  We train as a team and the workouts change everyday so you are guaranteed to achieve life changing results.

9:30 am: Pure Barre Newburyport
Pure Barre creates long lean muscles through small dance-inspired movements and isometric holds. A fusion of ballet, mat pilates and yoga, outdoor Pure Barre classes focus on strengthening and lengthening your body using just your own body weight! Class will be taught to upbeat music, and fun for all ages and experience levels. All you need to bring is your yoga mat and water!

Saturday-August 7

8 am: Crossfit Full Potential
Join us for a high-intensity 60-minute bootcamp-style class designed to build a bulletproof core while torching body fat.  All classes are led by nationally certified coaches that train you to Reach Your Full Potential!

9:15 am: Sarah Oleson Yoga
International yoga teacher and retreat host Sarah Oleson will guide you through a slow flow vinyasa practice to start your morning off right! All levels welcome.

Sunday—August 8

8 am: Crossfit Full Potential (active recovery class)
Recovery is where athletes make gains. You can train non-stop, but with proper recovery, you’ll get the most from that training. Full Potential’s ACTIVE RECOVERY CLASS is designed to improve your workout recovery in a low-impact setting led by Coach Ginny King.

9:15 am: CREW Barre & Cycle

The waterfront morning workouts are just one part of a much larger celebration—Yankee Homecoming. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar to find all of the fun events happening all week long in Newburyport.

Piping Plovers Nesting Season Brings Annual Plum Island Refuge Closures

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.
Piping Plovers Nesting, Plum Island Refuge Closures, Newbury MA

Each year Plum Island beachgoers must pack up their gear and vacate The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge when the piping plovers swoop in for nesting and breeding season causing a Plum Island refuge closure. The refuge shuts down to the public from late March to early July to protected these shorebirds listed as threatened on the Federal Endangered Species list. Thank you to local wildlife photographer and environmentalist Dan Graovac for capturing these amazing Piping Plover images. Visit Dan’s Instagram or facebook pages to view more of his stunning pictures.

Why does Parker River close down? There are several reasons. While plovers nest and breed at other local beaches in the area that do not close to the public, Parker River is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. This means their focusing is on preserving and encouragingPiping Plovers on Plum Island Refuge Closures wildlife, not on recreational fun. Unlike some other local coastal areas, the beaches on the refuge also have a very narrow shoreline. This makes keeping humans and their impacts on the environment at a safe distance from the plovers much more difficult. It is recommended that people stay at least 55 yards from piping plover habitats. At high tide, many stretches of Parker River are only 15 yards wide, making keeping a safe distance impossible.

There are a few exceptions to the Plum Island refuge closure. Because the popular Sandy Point State Reservation, located at the southern tip of Plum Island, is run by the state and not federally controlled, the beach remains open. There are marked off areas and signs to protect piping plover nesting zones. The reservation also keeps open a small stretch of beach at Parking Lot 1 where the shoreline is wider open a bit longer than the rest of the refuge, but it does eventually close too. But luckily you can still catch some rays on Plum Island during nesting season. Visit the  Plum Island Beach page for other options during the Plum Island refuge closures.

The good news is these annual closures are working. Breeding pairs have increased since they began closing the beaches each year and Parker River is now home to the second largest plover population on the North Shore.

How can you help? Make sure to take away any food or trash that could attract piping plover predators to the area. If you happen across a plover, make sure to watch from a safe distance.

Threatened birds use up energy needed for growth and migration fleeing to safety. Finally, you can volunteer to become a plover warden. These volunteers help inform visitors about the rules for the Plum Island refuge closures and report any violations. To volunteer, call Visitor Services at (978) 465-5753.

For the most up-to-date information on beach closures, be sure to check the refuge’s official site.

 

Yankee Homecoming Road Races 2021 – A Newburyport Tradition

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The 61st  Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, August 3rd 2021. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K races are a wonderful tradition in Newburyport. The 5K race starts at 6 pm, with the start and the finish of the races at Newburyport High School. The 10 mile race will not be happening this year.

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. You’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, August 3rd, 2021. If you are one of the first 2000 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.

 

 

 

 

Newburyport’s Kabria Baumgartner Digs into Local African American History

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.
Kabria Baumgartner, African American History, Newburyport

Newburyport resident and renowned historian Dr. Kabria Baumgartner is digging into the rich and often untold history of African Americans in Essex County. Thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded by the National Parks Service and the Organization of American Historians, Dr. Baumgartner is working to uncover materials and information to help create more inclusive and interpretive sources for local sites that reflect the true racial diversity of the county.

Through public records and census records, Dr. Kabria Baumgartner can confirm there were many African American families living in Newburyport in the 19th century. However, she has found archival materials like newspapers, photographs, and other documents extremely limiting for Newburyport itself. While Dr. Baumgartner, an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire, is still actively researching and uncovering materials, there are some fascinating stories and artifacts that have already been discovered for Essex County. Folks had the chance to hear Dr. Baumgartner’s discoveries first hand, as she was the keynote speaker at the 2021 Newburyport YWCA’s annual Engaging Community Luncheon where she spoke about her findings and shared stories and answered questions.

One such story that she uncovered is that of Sara Baro, referred to as “the African princess”, who lived in Topsfield. Sara, who was born in West Africa in the late 1830s, was captured and brought to the United States as a child. The Conant family “took her in” as an indentured servant—slavery was abolished back in 1783 in Massachusetts, but we know that the labor of enslaved people continued to fuel the economy in Essex County well into the late 18th century. Sara’s life is an amazing story of survival in the face of adversity. The Conant family seems to have treated her well and Sara even received an education at Topsfield Academy. While Sara could not change her class status, she appears to have lived a satisfying life worthy of something very special Dr. Baumgartner discovered—a will. It turns out the Topsfield Historical Society holds a very valuable artifact, Sara’s jewelry box which also happens to contain her will. This shows that while she may not have had a large amount of money, Sara had made enough of a life for herself to feel the need to create this document. Dr. Kabria Baumgarner sees this as just the beginning of her search to find more documents and artifacts related to the African princess.

Another of Dr. Kabria Baumgartner’s stories she has come across is that of the Hinton’s, an African American family that resided in Andover in the late 19th century and early 20th century. This historical story is a great example of black entrepreneurship and a tale of Black family life in New England. Allen Hinton, a freed slave, moved from the south to Andover for a new beginning—where he started his family. It’s also where he started the Hinton Family Ice Cream Farm, the first ice cream selling business in New England. The business was embraced by the community, with Allen and family selling at local schools—Phillips Andover Academy and Abbott Academy for Young Ladies. Allen’s daughter Alice later took over the business and received praise from Booker T. Washington himself for her keen business sense.

Dr. Kabria Baumgartner, who resides in Newburyport with her family,  is an interdisciplinary historian of nineteenth-century African American life and culture in the United States and the author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America. Dr. Baumgartner and her co-principal investigator in the Essex County African American history project,  Elizabeth Duclos Orsello, continue to research and find artifacts and materials to enrich our communities. Orsello, a professor at Salem State, and Baumgartner both use this grant as a teaching moment, getting their students involved in the research first hand. Photograph taken by Matthew Troisi 22 CPA, UNH EDU.

Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

Yankee Homecoming Market Place, Newburyport MA

Experience the Yankee Homecoming Market Place in the heart of Newburyport’s historic and downtown from 10 am to 10 pm daily from August 1st- August 7th.  Eat, shop and be entertained daily in Market Square, and surrounding streets. Follow the scent of the outdoor grilling to the many savory food choices and, explore all sorts of outdoor shopping, crafts and other fun things to do.  Make sure to catch daily entertainment at the Market Square stage as well as the Waterfront stage. Article photograph taken by the the official Yankee Homecoming photographers at Glenn Livermore Photography.

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

Grab a seat on one of the benches in Market Square and enjoy live entertainment from the Market Square stage or take a walk down to Waterfront Park to check out what’s happening on the Waterfront Stage. Downtown Entertainment runs daily from 11:30 am – 6 pm, and you can view the 2021 entertainment schedule for both the Market Square Stage and the Waterfront Stage. In the evenings during Yankee Homecoming you can also enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts.

As part of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place you can enjoy the Market Square Craft Day on Tuesday, August 3rd from 10 am – 7 pm. The rain date is Wednesday, August 4th. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for more details on these events.

The Yankee Homecoming sidewalk sales are another great extension of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place. You will find tents with all sorts of great merchandise on the streets surrounding Market Square: State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street too. The sidewalk sales run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 5th, 6th and 7th. The sidewalk sales are a great way to support our local retailers and find some great deals!

While in Market Square the kids can get get their face painted, play on the Inn Street Playground or cool off in the Inn Street fountain! The Yankee Homecoming Market Place runs from 10 am – 10 pm daily in Market Square and surrounding streets.

If you enjoy saving money, make sure to purchase a Newburyport VIP Card, to receive discounts at participating Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops. You can use your VIP Card every time you visit any of the participating businesses and help support Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase is donated to help pay for our spectacular firework display. Choose if you would like a traditional Physical VIP Card valid until 12/31/21 or a login for Digital VIP Card display in the “Newburyport” App. The digital VIP Card is valid one year from purchase.

If you enjoy using Apps, type “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and select “VIP Card Discounts” to view participating businesses and discounts. You can purchase directly through the App, for immediate activation, and make sure to select YANKEE HOMECOMING FIREWORKS to receive $10 of your purchase.

Santa’s Workshop Open and Spreading Holiday Cheer

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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A very special new shop just opened up in downtown Newburyport, Santa’s Workshop, owned and operated by Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself. This festive shed, hosted by Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, is located in Brown Square next to Mission Oak Grill a restaurant with delicious options for both big and little kids! Santa’s Workshop will be open to the public for visits daily through Christmas, with special appearances from Santa scheduled throughout the month.

If you want a chance to say hello to the big man in red, stop by on any of these nine days (Friday 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18 from 5-7 pm; Saturday 12/5, 12/12and 12/19 from 12-2 pm; Sunday 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 from 12-2 pm.) when he will be ho ho ho’ing in his workshop. Children—and adults!—can wave and send far hugs and high fives to Santa, snap a pic from a social distance, and even drop a letter off in Santa’s “official” mailbox.

Need some letter writing inspiration? Pop into Greetings by Design before you visit Santa’s Workshop and pick up some magical stationery created specifically for VIP letters to St. Nick.  The pack even includes some thank you notes for post-holiday.

And even when Santa isn’t hard at work, you can still swing by for a visit! In fact—on days Santa is off at the North Pole, visitors are welcome to actually enter Santa’s Workshop and peek around inside. Make sure to bring your cameras to grab some family pictures with the amazing decorations inside and out, compliments of the hard work of The Newburyport Horticultural Society. And be on the lookout for a fun new addition this year, some naughty gnomes looking for a snowball fight!

The Newburyport Horticultural Society spent many hours and dollars to transform this shed into Santa’s Workshop, a winter wonderland designed to raise everyone’s spirits in these challenging times. This holiday display is their way of giving to the greater community and to say happy holidays to all. Stop by this month to share in this holiday spirit.

Ganesh Imports Gift Card Initiative to help Sustain Local Restaurants

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

Ganesh Imports owner Bill Bixby is hoping to inspire other local businesses to help support Newburyport restaurants with his new initiative offering discounted gift cards. For the month of October, anyone that buys a Paddle Inn gift card will receive a 20% discount thanks to Bill. Restaurants in Newburyport are currently surviving on their creative additional outdoor seating—from sidewalks to parking lots to streets—all of which will soon be closed for the season. Bill saw a way to help and stepped in as fellow Newburyport business owner. His store Ganesh—a hip bohemian shop selling clothing, accessories, and home décor—has been a downtown staple for over 30 years with locations in Newburyport and Portsmouth.

How does the initiative work? Bill is donating $1,000 to offset the cost to both patrons and the restaurant in hopes that his idea will help get folks excited to purchase gift cards and inspire other businesses to sponsor similar programs with other restaurants. So to break it down—if you purchase a $100 gift card, it will cost you $80. You can purchase gift cards in $25 increments online through Ganesh Imports or directly from the Paddle Inn. Newburyport’s downtown restaurants are at the heart of this community, and Bill’s initiative aims to help make sure their kitchen lights stay on this winter.

The Paddle Inn is without a doubt one of the coolest places around and absolutely worth purchasing a gift card for! This downtown restaurant offers delicious food, an amazing selection of creative cocktails, and an exceptional staff—all with a cool positive vibe. It is however one of Newburyport’s smallest restaurants, meaning it will be very challenging during the winter months when they lose their outdoor patio tables and have a  reduced seating capacity. Paddle Inn Owner, Beau Strum and Co-Owner/Chef, Suzi Maitland are grateful for Bill’s generosity and support and hope his idea takes off for other local establishments.

Please consider purchasing a discounted Paddle Inn gift card and know that you are helping make a difference in our local community. Want to do even more? Consider adopting a local restaurant you love and make a donation like Bill’s! Together we can help sustain the businesses that sustain us.

The foundation of Newburyport.com is our VIP Program which offers discounts in order to help encourage folks to Shop & Dine Local and donates a percentage of our card sales in support of our local nonprofit partners. We are proud and excited to help raise broad awareness of Bill’s very thoughtful SUPPORT LOCAL initiative!

 

Dogs on the Beach – Plum Island & Newburyport Area Beaches

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, Newburyport

Taking your dogs on the beach in the Newburyport area is a great outdoor adventure for you and your furry sidekicks. While most area beaches welcome your pups for a visit, depending on the season, there are restrictions. Before you head out for some fun in the sun, make sure to check out our guide to where and when you can hit the beach with your dogs. And for more dog specific tips check out the Dogs in Newburyport articles.

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. For the most up to date information check with the town of Newbury’s official site. 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.

And While taking your dogs on the beach is a fun adventure, sometimes your pups just need to get off leash to run and socialize.—make sure to check out all the great dog parks Newburyport also has to offer.

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!

 

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.

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.

 

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!

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.
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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.
Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport MA

Clipper City Rail Trail

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. The path runs from MBTA Commuter Rail Station over to the Merrrimack River and provides a picturesque spot to exercise or just enjoy a leisurely stroll.

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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

Bird Watching at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

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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.

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.

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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The 2021 Fairy Gnome Discover Walk has been cancelled. Put on your best and brightest wings, sprinkle a little fairy dust and head to the 2021 Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk for a magical stroll through the woods to search for nearly 200 fairy houses. Mark your calendars for May 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 3 pm (rain or shine) 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. If purchasing tickets online, make sure to print and bring your Paypal receipt for entry.

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 is very reasonably priced 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.

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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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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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

Book a Tour

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 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.

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!

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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Exquisite Custom Jewelry Within Your Reach

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.

 

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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

By Joe, Joe

US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

Newburyport is the birthplace of the USCG

US Coast Guard

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.
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Plum Island Airport Historic Contributions to Aviation

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Plum Island Airport, Newburyport MA
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Plum Island Airport History and Current Operations

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 nonprofit 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 schools, youth groups, and community organizations. It is also frequently used to host local fundraising efforts. Featured here is the Newburyport Scout Troup 21 hosting a food drive in support of the Pettengill House.

There is a museum 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.  Visiting the Airport and the Museums is free to the public.  Check the Plum Island Airport website for more information and make sure to schedule group tours in advance!

Plum Island Airport is a great place for plane lovers to stop and watch planes take off and land. In addition to its rich history,

Liberty Law Rob Ciampitti Frying from Plum Island Airport to Nantucket for a Real Estate ClosingPlum Island Airport enables local licensed pilots to significantly decrease travel time to regional destinations such as Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod. If they are planning a vacation or have a need to schedule business travel, the Plum Island Airport can turn a 2-4 hour car/ferry trip into a 30-45 minute flight. Featured here is Rob Ciampitti, Newburyport Pilot and Partner in Liberty Law & Title flying to Nantucket for a Real Estate closing.

Many folks from the local area ride bikes to Plum Island Beach and enjoy taking a break at the airport while they treat themselves to delicious eats from Metzy’s. During the warm weather months, Metzy’s Taqueria Truck is frequently parked at the airport and folks can enjoy delicious, authentic Mexican food while catching picturesque views.

A visit to the Plum Island Airport is just one of the many fun and interesting Things to Do in the Greater Newburyport area!

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 86 MA-113 W Newbury/Newburyport. Follow-113 East/ Storey Avenue continuing on to High Street/Rt 1A. Turn left at Rolfe’s Lane/ Ocean Ave. Turn right at the end of Ocean Ave on to Plum Island Turnpike. The airport will be on the right.

Metzy's Taqueria Truck at Plum Island Airport

Metzy's Food Truck at Plum Island Airport

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.

playgrounds in the Newburyport area, Bartlet Mall

 

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.  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 
  • 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 
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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. For more general information on Plum Island attractions visit our Plum Island Beach page and check out our Plum Island Parking article for parking lot information.

Plum Island Light House

Northern Boulevard
Newburyport, MA 01950
(978) 973-6935
FriendsofpiLight@gmail.com

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.

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Clipper City Rail Trail

Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport MA

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

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Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts, Newburyport, MA

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Art on Bartlet Mall – The Premier Yankee Homecoming Art Show

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Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday – A Classic Family Event

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Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race 2021

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Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament – Geno Open

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Yankee Homecoming Road Races 2021 – A Newburyport Tradition

The 61st  Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, August 3rd 2021. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K races are a

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US Coast Guard Open House – A Yankee Homecoming Historic Tour

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Newburyport Bed Racing – A Favorite Event of Locals!

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Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Blast Off Saturday

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Newburyport Waterfront Movies – Free Summer Fun

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Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

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Cruisin' the 50's Classic Car Show, Newburyport, MA

Cruisin’ the 50’s – A Premier Classic Cars Event

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Annual Newburyport Chocolate Tour

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Santa’s Workshop Open and Spreading Holiday Cheer

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

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Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

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Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

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Asset Builder Awards, Recognition for Supporting Newburyport Youth

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Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

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

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Newburyport Santa Claus Parade – See Santa on the Fire Truck

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Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

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Old Newbury Bonfire 2020

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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
Newburyport, MA 01950

 

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.
Newburyport Tennis Club
Racquet Club Fundraiser, Newburyport MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Market Square Historic District – View Exceptional Video

By Joe, Joe

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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.

Newburyport – A Measure of Change

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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

indoor Play Places, Newburyport MA

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.

 

 

 

 

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.
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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

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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.
Farley's Custom Clothing

At Farley’s of Newburyport 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

Tannery Marketplace – Newburyport

Dine & Shop in Newburyport’s Historic Mill Buildings

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. 

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 Flower Shop, a exceptional quality home decor items at Port Plums, 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. Local vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, wine, art, jewelry and more, accompanied by live music.

Tannery Marketplace

50 Water Street
Newburyport , MA 01950

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

 

Downtown Shopping in Newburyport, Experience the Tradition

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. Gift your kids cool sports memorabilia from the Cuckoo’s 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.

Newburyport Downtown Shopping

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.
Newburyport Tennis Club
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!
Krissy Ventura
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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Newburyport 250th Anniversary

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport 250th Anniversary

Year-long Celebration | Events, News & Happenings

Treasures in the Archives

One of the city’s final events in celebration of our 250th Anniversary.
Treasures in the Archives: Newburyport 1764-2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Public Library Program Room
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Trace your genealogy, view early maps and photographs, and learn about Newburyport’s part in several historic wars.

The city will also display a slideshow on shipyards and gravestone restoration. If you have photos to contribute to the presentation, please call the Archival Center at 978-465-4428 x 231.