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Yankee Homecoming Road Races – A Newburyport Tradition

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The 60th Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, July 30th 2019. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K races are a wonderful tradition in Newburyport. The 5K race starts at 6 pm and the 10 Mile race starts at 6:10 PM, with the start and the finish of the races at Newburyport High School.

It’s hard to believe that the Yankee Homecoming Road Races started with 30 runners in 1960. It has grown drastically in popularity with thousands of runners participating each year! Early August can be toasty for runners and spectators. Be sure to hydrate well and stay hydrated! There are water stops along the courses and there are plenty of refreshments available in Newburyport before, during, and after the races. If race day is hot you will even find a few residents along the route offering the option for runners to cool off as the run through a refreshing hose mist. Your’re certain to feel the adrenaline rush with the exceptional fan participation and thousands of competitive runners. The locals are out there every step of the course cheering and trying to spot friends and family as they speed by in the sea of color.

The Yankee Homecoming Road Races are an ideal opportunity for runners to challenge themselves, and to enjoy the beautiful Newburyport scenery! This event is a wonderful way for runners to enjoy the gorgeous historic neighborhoods and coastline of Newburyport. It’s known as one of the best road races in the region and offers family-friendly fun. The course takes runners along the ocean and through quintessential New England streets.

Information about the registration process, race pricing, and course maps for the Yankee Homecoming Road Races is available on the Lions Club website. The cost of entering the races is $25 before July 1, $30 from July 2 to race day, and $35 on race day, July 30, 2019. If you are one of the first 2400 people to register you will receive a Yankee Homecoming Road Race T-Shirt. T-shirts are also available on race day for purchase. Proceeds from the races will go to support the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, which benefits eye research in innovative Massachusetts.

Contact the dedicated organizers of the Yankee Homecoming Road Races with any questions you may have about the races and check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for details of all other Yankee Homecoming Events including the Newburyport Bed Racing, also hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club.

 

 

 

 

Summer IS Special at the Club

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

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

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

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

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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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.

 

 

 

 

Clipper City Rail Trail

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

Run, Bike, Scoot, Skate or Stroll it!

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

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

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

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

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

Clipper City Rail Trail

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

Rail Trail Map

Detailed Rail Trail Overview

Joppa Flats 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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Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

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Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Experience & Explore Magical Fairy Houses

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

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

Pettengill House Fundraiser – Have a Blast Supporting Local!

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

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Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

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

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

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

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Newburyport Santa Claus Parade – See Santa on the Fire Truck

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

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Menorah Lightings Brighten Newburyport, Amesbury on Eight Joyful Nights

Each year, Jewish communities in Newburyport and Amesbury illuminate their respective downtowns with festive menorah lightings on all eight nights of Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights begins this year at

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Old Newbury Bonfire 2020

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Merrimack River Eagle Festival Flies High in Newburyport and Amesbury

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Newburyport Rotary Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

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Invitation Nights Draw Crowds for Local Holiday Shopping

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Newburyport Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade

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Guide to Newburyport Preschool Registration & Kindergarten Registration

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NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

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Newburyport Early Education Fair – Hosted Annually by GNFC

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

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

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Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner Serves Local Families

The Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving Dinner is once again offering local families a free all-the-trimmings meal in a traditional holiday atmosphere. All are welcome to this one-seating dinner, which will

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Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert – Christmas with Brass

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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/

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.
Freedom Boat Club, Newburyport MA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

Beach Activities

By Joe, Joe

Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Beach Activities

Yoga, Surfing, Fishing, Chatting & Birdwatching

 

Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, MassachusettsWhat a way to start off Labor Day weekend.

My around town lady friend tipped me off to a free waterfront yoga class on Plum Island Beach.

A special 5-day session only, with today being the final day, I put the puppy down for a nap and biked it to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

With beach blanket in hand and iPhone around me neck (where else would it be?), I walked the wooden boardwalk to the water – our beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

It’s 8 a.m. The weather is spectacular. I see several other ladies stretching and laying down their yoga mats. Everyone is lovely. Class begins.

Lead my Angelena Craig of The NewAging Movement, we enjoyed an hour-long session of stretching, breathing and being thankful for having the opportunity to relax on beautiful Plum Island Beach.

After class I felt my body literally melt into the sand. I hadn’t felt that relaxed in I don’t know how long. Of course my mind had slipped away to work, and thoughts of the future here and there while meditating, but I had landed exactly where Angelena wanted me to – at peace.

Slowly I peeled my body away from the warm sand and opened my eyes to what was by now, a fairly active beach scene.

Several couples and families, most snuggled in sweatshirts, had pitched umbrellas and were walking the beach.

Directly in front of Blue Inn on the Beach sat a dozen surfers bobbing up and down in the water waiting for their next ride to shore.

In the opposite direction I caught up with a man fishing near the water’s edge, kicking back in a beach chair with one pole in hand and another sunk into the sand. Why not increase your chances with two lines, right?

And just as I was about to leave I met a couple straight from Montreal outfitted in birdwatching gear from head to toe. They were so excited to be at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge hoping to catch our stellar migrating coastal birds in action.

I absolutely didn’t want to shake off the sand between my toes, but I was sure a certain Dalmatian was up to something by now, and the Riverfront Music Festival of course starts in a few hours.

Enjoy the day!

Things to Do

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

US Coast Guard

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

Newburyport High School Graduation, Newburyport MA

NHS Senior Week….The Tradition Lives On

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.

Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

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

HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY!

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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HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY! Newburyport MA

This Thanksgiving the Newburyport High School football team will have the opportunity to play its traditional rivalry game against Amesbury High School on the newly renovated turf field atop of Mt Rural.  Mt Rural, as the hill was called where the magnificent NHS now sits, is home to one of the grandest high school stadiums in the entire state, World War Memorial Stadium.   Built in 1930, during FDR’s administration, the stadium took three years to build and employed many men during the Great Depression.

My grandmother was a member of the first freshman class at NHS and was able to enjoy this amazing stadium from the very beginning.  The building of this stadium gave the community a newfound sense of pride and the entire community would come out each weekend for the games, seating as many as 8,000 fans in the stadium!  Over the years, the stadium has been home to concerts, various sporting events, numerous NHS graduations, as well as community events.

The stadium was built for longevity, however, after over 60 years, in 1999, the visitor side of the stands were deemed unsafe and the wear and tear of the years of usage started to show.  A group of concerned alumni, parents and community members decided to form a group called RESTORE and set off on a long journey to raise the necessary funds to renovate the stands and provide todays students with a state of the art turf field.

It took over 10 years, but this Thanksgiving we can all join together to celebrate the efforts of the RESTORE group and watch the historic game vs Amesbury on our new field.  The new field will be dedicated to legendary football coach and long time Athletic Director, Jim Stehlin, who was around when I was at NHS.  The history behind NHS and the entire City of Newburyport continues on for all to remember and enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Newburyport Skatepark

By Joe, Joe

Ideal location to enjoy skateboarding

Newburyport Skatepark

One of the fastest growing sports in the country

Built and designed for enjoyment, the mission of the Newburyport Skatepark is to have fun!

As part of Newburyport Youth Services, the Skatepark supports growth through encouragement of youth ambitions and interests.

Since 2001, the Newburyport Skatepark has been a great place for youths and young adults to learn, practice and enjoy skateboarding in a safe, yet challenging environment.

Created through community fundraising, an annual Skate Fest each summer allows the skateboarders to show off skills in appreciation.

The members of the Skatepark also assist with other Greater Newburyport area events, demos and tournaments at the park as volunteers continue to raise funds for park maintenance.

With safety of the utmost importance, the Skatepark accommodates various skill levels from beginner to pro, and helmets are required for all skateboarders ages 16 years or younger according to Massachusetts law. Children under 10 must also be accompanied by an adult.

And while skateboards and in-line skates are allowed, bikes, roller skates, motorized vehicles are scooters are not permitted, nor are the use of additional obstacles like ramps or jumps.

If ever an accident or incident should occur at the park, please contact Newburyport Youth Services at 978-465-4434.

Newburyport Skatepark

70 Low St. (behind Nock Middle School)

NewburyportMA 01950

Free parking is available at the school. The park is also accessible via the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line and Route #54 of the MVRTA bus line

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Newburyport Youth Soccer

By Joe, Joe

Enriching the lives of kids through soccer.

Newburyport Youth Soccer

If players have fun, they will return
If players return, they will learn
If they learn, they will have the skills to compete
If they compete to the best of their abilities they will have fun
It begins and ends with fun.

Non-profit athletic community

Since 1980, the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association has been teaching soccer to thousands of kids each year as part of a community effort to learn, compete and have fun.

The program also strives to teach the value of physical activity and promote the social skills necessary to assist kids on and off the soccer field, ensuring kids have fun and enjoy themselves.

Games are generally played at Cherry Hill Soccer Field and Cashman Park in Newburyport, MA where encouraging words only are supported.

In turn, kids will not only learn the sport, but meet new friends while releasing the pressures of school and homework. Plus, by developing their soccer skills and an understanding of the game, kids will learn how to relate to others in a competitive, yet healthy manner, exhibiting good sportsmanship.

Win or lose, players will learn the real prize is to be a dependable member of a team and respectful of other players, coaches and fans. At the end of the day, playing in an environment that supersedes winning, kids build great character, make friends and get the exercise necessary to enjoy a balanced life.

If you would like to show support for the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association there are both volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. The NYSA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are used solely for the advancement of our youth development programs and are a major source of the league’s funding.

Mission

“Newburyport Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) is a non-profit athletic community whose mission is to enrich the physical and mental lives of kids through the sport of soccer.” 

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