Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert – A Celebration of Unity

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert, A Celebration of Unity

Don’t miss the 2023 Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert, A Celebration of Unity, Holiday Music from Around the World. Purchase tickets for one of the two concerts hosted at the Belleville Congregational Church: Saturday, December 9th at 7:30 pm or Sunday, December 10th at 2:30 pm. NCS Music Director, Dr. Minji Kim will conduct the Newburyport Choral Society, The Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus, along with the chamber orchestra ensemble (including harp), student readings and audience participation. Below is a list of the 2023 Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert music selection.

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert Music Selection:

  • Spanish Lullaby
  • Moroccan Chanukah Composition
  • African Kwanzaa Song of Celebration
  • Filipino Christmas Carol
  • Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten

Purchase Tickets for the NCS Winter Concert:

It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance for the Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert, a cherished Newburyport holiday tradition. Place your order online and your name will be added to the “Will Call” list for check-in at the concert entrance.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event if they do not sell out in advance. The NCS Winter Concert will be held at Belleville Congregational Church located at 300 High Street in Newburyport. The cost for general admission tickets is: $35, seniors $30 and $10 for students,

2023 NCS Online Auction:

The Newburyport Choral Society annual online Auction, exclusively sponsored by Bentley’s Real Estate is another great way to help supportNewburyport Choral Society Auction NCS! The 2023 “Buy it for a Song” Auction is open for bidding from Friday, November 10th at 6 pm through Sunday, November 19th at 9 pm. With generous donations from NCS members and local businesses, the auction is a wonderful opportunity to find a great selection of holiday gifts, while helping support the Newburyport Choral Society.  Visit the auction website to view items and place bids.

NCS at the Custom House

In addition to the NCS Winter Concert, mark your calendar to hear breathtaking music from the Newburyport Choral Society at the Custom House Maritime Museum during the Newburyport Holiday Invitation Night on Friday, December 1st from 5 – 9 pm. Below is a video clip of NCS members as they warmed up for last year’s holiday event at the Custom House.

NCS Warming Up for the 2022 Custom House Maritime Tree Lighting:

More About the Newburyport Choral Society

Are you interested in learning more about the Newburyport Choral Society or possibly joining this wonderful organization? View general information about NCS and ways you can support the Newburyport Choral Society.

Sculpture at Maudslay Showcases Local Artists in a Picturesque Setting

By Caitlin Dowling, Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Sculpture at Maudslay 2023 returns to Newburyport for visitors to enjoy from Sunday, September 10th through Sunday, October 1st at 2 pm when the show closes. The event features the work of up to 50 local North Shore artists—all displayed in the picturesque Maudslay State Park home to stunning views of the Merrimack River, hiking trails, beautiful gardens, meadows and more. A Celebration and Photo Show will be held on Saturday, September 16th starting at 6 pm at Riverwalk Brewing and the Sculpture at Maudslay Reception & Tour has been moved to Sunday, September 17th at 2 pm.

The show’s 2023 theme is “Fracture“. Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay organizers point out that it’s a word that has many possible meanings and artists were invited to let the word inspire their creations. This show is site-specific—meaning the sculptures on display were designed specifically for the site they are installed at. So participating artists were also encouraged to use the beauty of the location as inspiration.

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

The Maudslay sculpture show is in its 24th year and has featured hundreds of local area artists who have created over 900 sculptures. The program is supported in part by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsors of the event are mentioned in both the app and on a signboard at Maudsley as a thank you.

Newburyport ArtWalk 2023

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport ArtWalk

Newburyport ArtWalk 2023 – Explore Step by Step

A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art

A Community of Talent – Newburyport ArtWalk

The Newburyport ArtWalk is a FREE, self-guided tour that allows you to explore art galleries throughout Newburyport’s Historic District as well as a few galleries just beyond the downtown area. The 2023 ArtWalk will be held on Saturday, April 29th and Saturday, September 30th from 10 am – 6 pm. A special Holiday ArtWalk will also be held on Saturday, December 2nd. Artists from the area will showcase special exhibits, participate in discussions about their art and offer demonstrations. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the local artist community, meet local artists and discover new found inspiration.

Use the map to visit the ArtWalk Fall 2023 locations and make sure to look at the extensive list of ArtWalk Fall 2023 Special Events happening throughout the day. ArtWalk maps are also available at Blochaus, Valerie’s Gallery & Greetings by Design.

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


Newburyport ArtWalk 2023 Blochaus Art GalleryThe Newburyport ArtWalk events are funded by annual dues from the local participating art galleries. Please help support the local artist community by attending the ArtWalk, telling friends and family and by sharing on your social media pages. Support Local!

The first image in this article is from inside Valerie’s Gallery on State Street and the second image was take inside Blochaus Art Gallery in the Tannery.

ArtWalk Fall 2023 Artist Talk & Reception at The Gallery on Federal
Artist Lorenzo Minoli, Exhibit – Revelation
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ArtWalk 2023 Schedule

April 29th
September 30th 

Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm

* Holiday ArtWalk

A Special Holiday ArtWalk has been scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd. 

ArtWalk Social

Make sure to follow the Newburyport ArtWalk on facebook and Instagram

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Oktoberfest Celebrations in Greater Newburyport

By Joe, Joe

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Oktoberfest 2023 in Newburyport & Amesbury!

Cheers to Fall with Great Tasting Beer!

German Style Beer, Live Music & Good Times

BareWolf Brewing Oktoberfest, Amesbury, MAOktoberfest events are the perfect way to celebrate the fall season in Greater Newburyport and throughout North Shore MA. Highlighted in this article are local micro-brewery annual festivities. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar for more specific evvent details and download the “Newburyport” App to easily access the Events Calendar.

Oktoberfest History

Local celebrations take inspiration from the original Oktoberfest traditions which originated in Munich back in 1810 and continue to grown in popularity each year. German Oktoberfest features traditional lager beers, traveling carnivals and German foods. These Celebrations typically run for 16-18 days from mid to late September and conclude by the first Sunday in October.

Oktoberfest at BareWolf Brewing – September 16th

Kick off the 2023 Oktoberfest season at the BareWolf Brewing on Saturday, September 16th from from 12 – 10 pm with the release of the Marzen Retrograde Lager and many German-style beers on tap, food trucks, new merch and live music. In addition, to the BareWolf Brewing celebration, make sure to check the Amesbury Chamber for an an extensive list of additional Oktoberfest events hosted throughout Amesbury from September 15th – October 3rd.

Oktoberfest at Riverwalk Brewing – September 23rd

On Saturday, September 23rd from 12 – 9 pm, RiverWalk Brewing in Newburyport will host their annual Oktoberfest with beers, brats and live music from Oberlaender Hofbrau Band. Located next to the Newburyport rail trail, RiverWalk has a wonderful outdoor area, offering plenty of space for the kids to play. There is no cost for Riverwalk Oktoberfest general admission tickets but if you want to take it to the next level purchase Riverwalk VIP tickets for $50: limited edition stein, complimentary coin, VIP seating area, private bartender, all you can eat pretzel bites and VIP wristband exclusive access.

Oktobrefest at Newburyport Brewing – October 14th 

On Saturday, October 14th from 12 – 9 pm, Newburyport Brewing Company will host a family friendly Oktoberfest to benefit Newburyport Youth Services, $10 suggested donation. Enjoy live music from the Oberlandauer Hofbrau Band, try the NEW, Newburyport Brewing Oktoberfest beer and check out the food trucks with brats, pretzels and more. Purchase tickets online in advance or at the door on the day of the event.

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Theater in the Open

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Theater in the Open

Community Theater in the Open

Dynamic Youth Arts & Educational Programming

Youth Arts Collaboration

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 everyone! Theater in the Open is 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 since 1979 when Anna (Clopton) Smulowitz launched the Newburyport Children’s Theater & Arts Education Program. 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. 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 highly respected Summer Arts Workshops, provide programming for children aged 5 to 17, offering 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!


Theater in the Open
1 Spring Lane
Newburyport, MA 01950

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Firehouse Center for the Arts

By Joe, Joe

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport

Firehouse Center for the Arts

A Hallmark of Local Arts & Culture


Theater & Arts Collaboration

The Firehouse Center for the Arts has become Newburyport’s hub for collaborative arts and is a highly regarded North Shore destination to experience top quality arts and entertainment.

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 choice for: theater, music, dance, film, stand up comedy and so much more.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts has become Newburyport’s hub for collaborative arts and is a highly regarded North Shore destination to experience top quality arts and entertainment.

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!

Firehouse Center for the Arts
1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

“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.

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