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Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament – Beginner and Competitive

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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Whether you want to get competitive or play for fun, all are welcome to throw bags at the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament. Yankee Homecoming is partnering up with NBPT Cornhole to bring two tournaments to the festivities—one for beginners and one for players that regularly compete in local leagues.
The Beginners Tournament will take place on Sunday, July 31st at 12 – 4 pm, at the Mall as part of Olde Fashion Sunday. $40 per team Competitive Tournament date/time to be announced $60 per team.  The contest will consist of teams of two competing in a double-elimination tournament. All casual bags players are welcome to grab a partner and compete for bragging rights of Yankee Homecoming’s best beginner team and a cash payout for the top five finishers. If you’ve got a lucky set of bags you can bring your own or borrow a set from NBPT Cornhole. To participate, preregister here and pay the $40 team entry fee the day of the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Yankee Homecoming Committee.
Those competing in the Beginners Tournament are encouraged to download the free Scoreholio app to track their team’s progress and standing. The app will also notify teams when it is their turn to play.
If you’ve taken your cornhole game out of the backyard and compete in a league, sign up for the Competitive Tournament at the Newburyport Elks on August TDB at time TBD. Preregister here to compete for the title of Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament champion. Each team must pay $60 to participate, due on the day of the event.
Want to take the leap from Beginner to Competitive for next year? Check out Newburyport’s very own bags league and partner for the tournaments, NBPT Cornhole.
The cornhole tournaments are part of Newburyport’s annual Yankee Homecoming celebration. For a full list of events happening throughout the week, check out our events calendar.

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, July 31st through Sunday, August 7th, 2022:

Sunday, July 31st  8:00AM – Pilates Fusion in the Park with The Mom Comm

A full body class blending the principles of Pilates with strength + cardio exercises. We will work to strengthen our core and pelvic floor muscles, correct postural imbalances, increase flexibility, and enhance mind-body awareness.

Sunday, July 31st 9:15 AM – YWCA Greater Newburyport

Hatha yoga – all levels bring a mat

Monday, August 1st 8:00 AM TBD

Monday, August 1st 9:15 AM – YMCA OF NORTH SHORE

Fit for Life…Low impact fusion of resistance exercises and cardio vascular movements. Bands and weights will be provided. All levels are encouraged to participate.

Tuesday, August 2nd 8:00 AM – FUEL

Please join us for a strength, core, and cardio FUELtoGO mini band workout with Jessie Reardon. All levels of fitness are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, sneakers, and water.

Tuesday, August 2nd 9:15AM – Stroller Bootcamp with The Mom Comm

A full-body workout using your stroller! We will combine strength, cardio, and core together with your babe in tow! Pregnant moms and all levels are welcome. Little ones can stay in the stroller during class; older kids are welcome to come out and participate with us (we understand they get antsy!). Bring your own toys, snacks, and entertainment for them!  Please bring your own mat and water. Prenatal + postnatal modifications will be provided. All fitness levels are welcome.

Wednesday, August 3rd 8:00 AM FUEL 

Please join us for a strength, core, and cardio FUELtoGO mini band workout with Jessie Reardon. All levels of fitness are welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, sneakers, and water.

Wednesday, August 3rd 9:15 AM – Club Pilates

Our signature contemporary mat Pilates class will strengthen and lengthen your entire body. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a contemporary twist.

Thursday, August 4th 8:00 AM – Tokyo Joes

Thursday, August 4th 9:15 AM – TBD

Friday, August 5th 8:00 AM – TBD

Friday, August 5th 9:15 AM – Pure Bare

Pure Barre is a full-body, ballet-barre-based workout. The 50-minute class features low-impact movements that focus on tightening and toning your core, glutes and arms. Please bring a mat, water bottle, and a set of light hand weights if you have them!

Saturday, August 6th 8:00 AM – Motivate® Barre•Cardio•Nutrition

Motivate® Barre + Burn is a hybrid class that will utilize barre and cardio to increase heart rate and keep your body guessing. Each class is fresh and interesting so that you will never be bored. All the benefits of our classic barre class with an added endorphin push.

Saturday, August 6 9:15 AM F45 Salisbury MA

F45 is a combination of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Strength Training in a team environment.

Sunday, August 7th 8:00 AM – TBD

Sunday, August 7th 9:15 AM – Kin Fitness

Fun-filled class of sports drills, bodyweight movements, fun games, and interval training. A whole-body workout for the whole family! Exercises will be modified for different ages and fitness levels.

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.

Yankee Homecoming Road Races 2022 – A Newburyport Tradition

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The 63rd  Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, August 2nd 2022. 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, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022. 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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 .
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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

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 in 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

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Detailed Rail Trail Overview

Joppa Flats Running Club

By Joe, Joe

Joppa Flats Running Club

Supporting Local Charitable Causes

 

Joppa Flats: 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

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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Art on Bartlet Mall 2022 – The Premier Yankee Homecoming Art Show

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Newburyport Tennis 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 Newburyport Tennis 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 Newburyport Tennis Club is putting the “fun” in “fundraiser”  partnering with Best of Newburyport VIP. The Tennis 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.

 

 

 

 

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 Newburyport Tennis Club 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.

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!
Krissy Ventura
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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