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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.

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.

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.

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Maritime History, Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport

Custom House Maritime Museum

The Maritime heritage in Newburyport runs deep and The Custom House Maritime Museum is the ultimate destination for all residents and visitors with a curiosity about Newburyport's rich maritime history. Come hear stories of local families, their voyages and see model clipper ships and displays of famous shipwrecks.

US Coast Guard, Newburyport MA

US Coast Guard

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

Dogs on the Beach, off leash dog parks, Newburyport

Dogs on the Beach & Off Leash Dog Parks in Newburyport

If you’re looking to take your furry sidekicks on an adventure in and around Newburyport, you’ll want to check out this guide. From when you can bring dogs on the beach to where and when your buddies can ditch the restraints and run free at off leash dog parks, here are all the details to […]

Maudslay Arts Center – Concert Schedule

By Joe, Joe

Maudslay Arts Center, Newburyport

Maudslay Arts Center

A Newburyport Entertainment Destination

Maudslay Arts Center – A Premier Outdoor Concerts Venue

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maudslay Art Center

95 Curzon Mill Road
Newburyport MA 01950

978.499.0050

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Riverfront Music Festival

By Joe, Joe

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Riverfront Music Festival

Free Labor Day Weekend Concerts on the Newburyport Waterfront

No Tickets Needed for this
Waterfront Party

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

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

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PRIOR YEAR: 2018 Waterfront Concert at Newburyport Waterfront

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 12 – 7 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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Newburyport Whale Watch, Newburyport MA

Newburyport Whale Watch

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.

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Market Square Historic District – View Exceptional Video

Showcasing Federal-style brick buildings and museums, Market Square is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newburyport on the Water, Newburyport MA

Newburyport Life On The Water

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 […]

Newburyport Art Association

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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Newburyport Art Association

Inspiring a Creative and Vibrant Local Arts Community

Newburyport Art Association
Summer’s Out of Reach, Pastel by Lisa Regopoulos

Experience the Best of the Area’s Artists and Artisans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Newburyport Art Association

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

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

Newburyport Choral Society’s Holiday Concert a Sellout Event

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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The Newburyport Choral Society (NCS) delivers a knockout annual holiday concert, but buy your tickets early – the pair of performances typically sell out days before the chorus sings a single note. This year’s concerts will take place at Belleville Congregational Church on Saturday, December 9, at 8 PM and Sunday, December 10, at 2:30 PM. The Sunday concert is Sold Out.

The NCS Winter Concert will feature its 125+-voice chorus, professional soloists, and a full orchestra performing classical, traditional, and contemporary seasonal favorites. In recent years, the event has also welcomed a performance by the Greater Newburyport Children’s Chorus, comprised of local singers in grades 4 through 8.

The 2017 program include “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saëns, popular arrangements of the Germanic hymn “Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming,” and an uplifting piece from South Africa titled “Hope for Resolution.”

If you go to the NCS holiday concert, prepare to lend your voice to the festivities. The audience will be invited to join in as the chorus performs holiday carols and traditional tunes of the season.

NCS is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding choral music to the Greater Newburyport area, including Essex County and southern New Hampshire. It is one of the largest community choral societies in New England, and one of the nation’s oldest choral groups.

In 2017, NCS Music Director Dr. George Case was named by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce as one of 40 Under 40 local entrepreneurs and leaders. The honorees were chosen for their “tremendous impact in the community where they work, and for their ongoing dedication to making Newburyport a very special place to live, work and play.”

Envelope yourself in yuletide song at the Newburyport Choral Society’s gorgeous and uplifting winter concert – an annual community event that’s not to be missed. Purchase your tickets online or at store locations from Newburyport as far as Ipswich, including the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Jabberwocky Bookshop, among others. Purchase tickets.

Theater in the Open

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Theater in the Open

Community Theater for All

Experience Original Works Indoors and Out

Theater in the Open

Theater in the Open

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

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

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

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

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

Ways to Support

Donate | Volunteer

Upcoming Shows

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

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Firehouse Center for the Arts

By Joe, Joe

A hallmark of local arts and culture

Firehouse Center for the Arts

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

For all of this we say, Bravo!

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The Firehouse Center for the Arts

Market Square – Newburyport, MA 01950

978-462-7336

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

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

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.

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