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Newburyport Holiday House Tour Supporting the AJH Aid Association

By Adair Rowland, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Adair Rowland is a marketing communications writer and editor who arrived in Newburyport over thirty years ago. Her kids may have left town, but she only strayed as far as Amesbury. A long-time contributor to the literary and performing arts community, she finds just as much local color in the stories behind stores and businesses (and really likes writing about that).
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The 2023 Newburyport Holiday House Tour, a fundraiser supporting the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association is this Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 4pm. Purchase tickets on-line or in-person at the Anna Jaques Hospital Gift Shop or Chococoa Baking Co. & Café at The Tannery Marketplace. Pick up your tour book at the Newburyport Senior Center at 331 High Street, where a Holiday Gift Market and Winter Wreath auction will be in full swing with live music and refreshments. The self-guided tour allows you to enjoy the full range of homes and outdoor décor in whatever order you choose.

The Holiday House Tour is celebrating a full return after the limitations of the last several years. The tour guide offers history and context to each of the lavishly decorated homes and private residences from High Street to High Road and beyond. Groupings in the North and South End highlight Newburyport’s signature Federalist and Greek Revival houses, plus architectural reproductions and contemporary updates to re-invigorate ideas of gracious living. One of the homes was recently featured on the popular TV series, This Old House. Three residents on the tour have expanded their décor to fanciful exterior scenes, while others are exclusively outdoor dioramas, making this year’s program a hybrid of seasonal delights.

A beloved highlight of the Advent season, the Holiday House Tour is an occasion for friends and family to visit a showcase of neighborhoods and gather inspiration for winter entertaining of their own. The creativity of local florists and decorators displays the myriad of ways a home can be dressed up and decked out. From house to house, the panorama of bejeweled trees and festive greenery offers a glimpse of personalized traditions. Holiday tables are brimming with cheer before any meal is served, and there’s a sense that the stage is set for joyful get-togethers all over town.

Back at Newburyport’s spacious Senior Center, The Holiday Market offers gift ideas ranging from gingerbread to jewelry. Favorite retailers and artisans represent dozens of “finds” in one place while the People’s United Methodist Church provides a helping of live jazz, and complementary chowder will be served between noon and 1:30.

Each year, the generosity of Newburyport’s homeowners and countless volunteers make the Holiday House Tour possible, all to benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association. The welcome of neighbors throughout the community also helps support the well-being of its residents. For those slow to feel the stir of the holiday spirit, buy a ticket — The bustle and beauty of this event may be just the lift you’re looking for!

AJH Community Health Foundation Annual “Fore Your Health” Golf Tournament

By Mary Williamson, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, Mary brings more than 25 years of well-rounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital.
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Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Community Health Foundation Fore Your Health Golf Tournament

The Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Community Health Foundation 32nd Annual Fore Your Health Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 14th at Haverhill Country Club. This premier golf classic is an important annual community fundraiser and as always, all funds raised locally remain local helping to support critical local health initiatives. There are many ways to participate in this greater Newburyport event: sign up to golf, consider sponsorship or volunteer your time for the 2023 golf tournament.

As always the For Your Health Golf tournament is a day fun filled day featuring friendly competition with contests, raffles, and great prizes. The golf tournament stats with a 7:30 am shot gun start and an afternoon round starting at 12:30 pm. Players can enjoy breakfast and lunch on the terrace and patios and dinner will be served in the club ballroom where awards will be announced and prizes presented. Prizes will be presented to each golfer in the winning foursome. You do not have to be present to win.

Whether you’re a sponsor or a golfer register early as the Fore Your Health Golf Tournament is a very popular Greater Newburyport community event that you don’t want to miss. View 2023 Sponsorship opportunities and if you aren’t not a golfer, sign up to volunteer. The success of this event is always a collective effort and volunteer participation is greatly appreciated.

 

About the AJH Community Health Foundation

Led by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation works with the hospital and medical staff to provide the highest quality medical care to our patients and improve the health of our community. The Foundation supports these goals through community outreach and education, and seeks philanthropic support from grateful patients and community members, employees, foundations, and businesses through outright gifts, events, and planned giving, and works closely with the AJH Aid Association.

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

The 2023 Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts are back for another round of classes with amazing views of the Newburyport waterfront. These FREE classes, all hosted by local fitness businesses, are a great opportunity to try a variety of exercise styles all lead by Greater Newburyport’s top local instructors—there’s something for everyone and every fitness level. Sponsored by Newburyport’s own Anna Jaques Hospital, the waterfront workouts offer 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.

2023 Waterfront Workouts Sunday, July 30th – Sunday, August 6th:

Sunday, July 30th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Sunday, July 30th  8:00 AM – Awake Minds
Join Meghan Leighton from Awake Minds: Yoga & Conscious Living for an all levels vinyasa yoga class that includes poses and breathwork to support refreshment and coolness in summer months – based on yoga and Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) recommendations for the summertime. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle with you and get ready to flow!

Sunday, July 30th  9:15 AM – The Mom COMM
Family Bootcamp
Fitness and fun for the whole family to keep you moving, sweating and laughing together. All ages are welcome. Bring your own mats and water.

Monday, July 31st  6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Monday, July 31st 8:00 AM Awake Minds 
Join Meghan Leighton from Awake Minds: Yoga & Conscious Living for an all levels vinyasa yoga class that includes poses and breathwork to support refreshment and coolness in summer months – based on yoga and Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) recommendations for the summertime. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle with you and get ready to flow!

Monday, July 31st 9:15 AM – YMCA OF NORTH SHORE
Fit for Life
This class is designed for anyone looking for a gentle approach to fitness. By incorporating low impact cardio movements and light strength training, we’ll work together to improve your balance and mobility, all while increasing your overall strength.

Tuesday, August 1st  6:00 AM – Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Tuesday, August 1st 8:00 AM – FUEL
This 45 minute class is designed to tone + tighten through various strength-based exercises and a little heart pumping cardio. This class will focus on core, lower + upper body, sculpting and don’t forget that stretch at the end! Using a combination of resistance equipment (loop bands) and body weight, we will strengthen major muscle groups while keeping things fun and functional.

Tuesday, August 1st 9:15 AM – The Mom Comm
Stroller Bootcamp
A full-body workout using your stroller! We will combine strength, cardio, and core together with your babe in tow! 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. Feel free to stay after and mingle with other moms and families.

Wednesday, August 2nd 6:15 AM – Kin Fitness 
Bootcamp for all levels
All the classic cardio, strength, core exercises you know mixed into the perfect combo to keep you on your toes – always challenging, always fun! Exercises will be modified for different fitness levels as needed. Please bring water and a Yoga mat (if you have/want one)!

Wednesday, August 2nd 8:00 AM – FUEL
Fuel to Go Band Class
This 45-minute class is designed to tone + tighten through various strength-based exercises and a little heart pumping cardio. This class will focus on core, lower + upper body sculpting, and don’t forget that stretch at the end! Using a combination of resistance equipment (loop bands) and body weight, we will strengthen major muscle groups while keeping things fun and functional!

Wednesday, August 2nd 9:15 AM – YWCA Greater Newburyport
Yoga/Barre Fusion
Multi-level class – appropriate for all fitness levels. This class incorporates low impact barre and strengthening exercises along with your favorite yoga poses and stretches. Please bring your own yoga mat and a light set of weights.

Thursday, August 3rd 6:15 AM – Kin Fitness
Cardio for all levels
Focus on your heart health, stamina, and endurance with high intensity interval training – quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short active recovery periods, paired with low intensity movements performed for a moderate amount of time. A great way to get your heart pumping! Please bring water and a Yoga mat (if you have/want one)!

Thursday, August 3rd  8:00 AM – Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Thursday, August 3rd 9:15 AM – YWCA Greater Newburyport
Muscle and Mat
This class is a combination of resistance training and fundamental core strength and conditioning. All levels welcome.

Friday, August 4th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
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Friday, August 4th 8:00 AM – Riverside Yoga
Move slowly into basic yoga postures while emphasizing breath work and simplicity. The class will include seated stretches, standing postures, and long cool-down into Savasana. This class welcomes beginners and anyone wishing to balance their regular more vigorous yoga practice or exercise with a softer, mindful class. Appropriate for all levels.

Friday, August 4th 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 5th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Saturday, August 5th 8:00 AM –  Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Saturday, August 5th 9:15 AM – Portaikido Martial Arts
With instructor Douglas Wilcox
Newburyport Aikido welcomes individuals and families of all ages and abilities to a refreshing and challenging 45-minute morning workout. Aikido is a martial art requiring flexibility and relaxation of body and mind. We will start with head-to-toe stretching and breathing and focus exercises to empty our minds. Then we will do some weapons exercises – with wooden swords that we provide – and try some empty hand techniques. No experience necessary. Try something new, try Aikido. Bring your energy, your own water, and something to work out on. See you down by the river!

Sunday, August 6th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Sunday, August 6th 8:00 AM – Riverside Yoga
Move slowly into basic yoga postures while emphasizing breath work and simplicity. The class will include seated stretches, standing postures, and long cool-down into Savasana. This class welcomes beginners and anyone wishing to balance their regular more vigorous yoga practice or exercise with a softer, mindful class. Appropriate for all levels.

Sunday, August 6th 9:15 AM – Portaikido Martial Arts
With instructor Douglas Wilcox
Newburyport Aikido welcomes individuals and families of all ages and abilities to a refreshing and challenging 45-minute morning workout. Aikido is a martial art requiring flexibility and relaxation of body and mind. We will start with head-to-toe stretching and breathing and focus exercises to empty our minds. Then we will do some weapons exercises – with wooden swords that we provide – and try some empty hand techniques. No experience necessary. Try something new, try Aikido. Bring your energy, your own water, and something to work out on. See you down by the river!

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.

Thank you to Anna Jaques Hospital for Sponsoring the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Workouts. A true community health champion, the Anna Jaques Hospital sponsorship helps encourage everyone to find their optimal exercise program at no cost and provides free advertising/exposure for the participating local small business fitness companies.

Anna Jaques Hospital, AJH Aid Association Presents Annual Gift

By Mary Williamson, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Executive Director of the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation, Mary brings more than 25 years of well-rounded management and fundraising experience grounded in relationship and community building. Her multi-faceted expertise will advance the philanthropic activities that support the sustainability and strategic initiatives of Anna Jaques Hospital.
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Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association Annual Gift 2022

On October 20, 2022 at the 134th Annual Meeting, the AJH Aid Association Executive Board presented a check to the Anna Jaques Hospital Community Health Foundation for $115,000. This critical annual donation was graciously accepted by Mark Goldstein, President & CEO and Mary Williamson, VP of Philanthropy for the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation. The Aid Association is a group of approximately 200 local volunteers dedicated to fundraising through a series of community events. The AJH Aid Association has been raising money for Anna Jaques hospital since 1888 and as always, all funds raised locally remail local and are utilized to support critical local initiatives.

The Aid Association’s fundraising success is a collaborative effort that can be attributed to a variety of very popular local events including: the Holiday House Tour, the Thanksgiving pie sale, the annual plant sale, Great Chefs’ Week, the Seaside Soiree and the tree of light. These local events reflect the important role that the Aid Association plays as they bring together local businesses, community leaders, hospital supporters, and philanthropic individuals in support of our community hospital. In addition to these successful annual events, sales from the very popular Anna Jaques Hospital gift shop also contribute to the fundraising efforts. The Anna Jaques Aid Association works closely with the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation which also helps raise funds for the hospital.

For more details, visit AJH Aid Association

Staying Healthy and Safe This Summer

By Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Anna Jaques Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit community hospital serving 17 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire.
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Anna Jaques Hospital ER Staying Healthy and Safe

Summertime in Newburyport brings beautiful weather, trips to the beach, outdoor activities, celebrations, and vacation fun. With that can also come accidents and injuries – big and small. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – the Anna Jaques Hospital Gerrish Family Foundation Emergency Department is here to provide advanced ER, emergency services right in the community.

 

ER Features:

  • Fast track services for minor injuries
  • Level III Trauma Center
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory
  • Consults/Referrals across 50 specialties
  • Tele-stroke service with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Diagnostic Imaging (CT Scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Access to more in-network providers
  • MedFlight helicopter service to Boston if needed

Entrance/access to the ER is located at 23 Rawson Ave., Newburyport, MA. To learn more, visit www.ajh.org/ER

Summer Safety Tips!

·        Sun Protection:  Wear light clothing and sunscreen, and reapply every few hours.

·        Bug Safety:  Avoid scented soaps, perfumes and hair sprays. Avoid stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where           flowers are in bloom. Use insect repellent and/or cover up with light clothing.

·        Bee Sting:  To remove a visible stinger from the skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card or fingernail.

·        Heat Stress:  Drink plenty of water, and take a break every 20 minutes while active in the heat.

·        Car Safety:  Never leave children or pets alone in a hot car, even for a few minutes.

·        Pool Safety:  Closely supervise children in the pool and never leave them alone, even for a moment. Swim with “buddies”. Secure    gates and fences at all times.

·        Open Water Swimming:  Never swim alone. Teach children about rip currents – if you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore until you escape the current, and then swim back to shore.

·        Boating Safety: Wear life jackets at all times when on boats, docks or near bodies of water.

 

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