100th Birthday Drive-By Honoring Ted Coburn Newburyport

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
100th Birthday, Ted Coburn, Newburyport

Happy 100th Birthday Ted! Local Newburyport resident, Edward “Ted” Coburn, WWII Veteran turned 100 years young on May 6, 2024! On that same day, Ted competed in his 10th Senior Olympics and took home six Gold medals; 1 mile & 1/2 mile race walk, javelin, discus, softball & shot put throw. He bikes five miles and walks two miles every day. A life long sailor and racer and an avid horseback rider, (cantering on his 98th birthday), Ted Coburn is an inspiration to all!

On Saturday, June 15th at 1 pm all are invited to participate in a Birthday drive-by at 50 Tyng Street in Newburyport. Coordinated by Lt. Simmons of the Newburyport Police Department, don’t miss this 100th birthday tribute honoring Ted Coburn.

After high school Ted joined the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Pacific on the USS Steele, a destroyer escort. Ted graduated from Tri-State College in Indiana with a mechanical engineering degree, and went on to work for Warren Pumps as their New England district sales manager.

Ted raised his 4 daughters, where he grew up, in Weston, MA on the family’s 6th generation farm. He spent his retirement in West Falmouth and the last 10 years at Linden Ponds in Hingham, with his beloved, late wife of 37 years, Peggy Coburn. For Ted, it’s his love for his family, which includes six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren that inspires him to keep going.

For more details related to the Ted Coburn 100th Birthday celebration and other local area events, visit the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Newburyport Garden Tour Hosted by the Museum of Old Newbury

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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The 2024 Newburyport Garden Tour hosted by the Museum of Old Newbury, will take place on June 8th & 9th from 10 am – 4 pm. If you have an appreciation for beautiful homes and outdoor entertaining, the 45th Garden Tour is a must! Explore stunning gardens ranging from formal homes with professionally landscaped gardens to downtown homes transformed by beautiful floral design into tranquil urban settings. The Garden Tour is an extremely popular annual event so make sure to purchase tickets early! You may also want to consider purchasing a Museum of Old Newbury membership to receive discounts on many amazing events throughout the year.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance and they are available for purchase the day of the event at the Museum of Old Newbury located at 98 High Street in Newburyport. Start your tour at the Museum to pick up your tour guide book or use the digital guide which will be sent via email for online ticket purchases.

Private gardens, including the museum’s own Cushing Garden, will be on the garden tour, all within a short drive throughout Newburyport, Newbury, Amesbury and Rowley. Stops on the garden tour will showcase sweeping landscapes, views of the Merrimack River, creative features, and wide varieties of plants and flowers. Along with beautiful landscaping, tour-goers will also be treated to various artists and musicians at work in different gardens.

The Garden Tour is a major annual fundraiser used to help support the Museum of Old Newbury and made possible through the collective effort of generous sponsors and many volunteers. Thank you to the Exclusive Real Estate Sponsor, Bentley’s The RE/MAX Collection, the Media Sponsor New England Home Magazine and the Program Book Sponsor, Harborside Printing.

In addition to the Cushing Garden, The historic Cushing House will also be open to tour free of charge. This historic ship captain’s home, filled with 400 years of local history. The Museum of Old Newbury, founded in 1877, preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” from pre-settlement to the present. All proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s education programs and preservation projects.

If your visiting Newburyport from outside the area, view Newburyport.com recommendations for places to stay and consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card to receive discounts at Places to: Eat, Shop, Stay and Experience. Download the free, Newburyport App for access to the Newburyport Events Calendar and suggestions for a diverse selection of interesting Things To Do!

2023 Garden Tour 

2019 Newburyport Garden Tour – Paul Goldberg & Joe Bell 

Newburyport Lantern Festival Supporting Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Newburyport Lantern Festival, Newburyport MA

The 2024 Newburyport Lantern Festival, will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the Bartlet Mall, Frog Pond in support of GNOCA, Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness. This special event starts at 6:30 pm with lantern decorating, the ceremony begins at 8:15 pm and lanterns float at 8:30 pm, just prior to dusk.  If necessary, the rain date is Sunday, June 30th at the same time.

Lantern Festival is open to everyone who would like to experience this peaceful tradition. This well-attended ceremony is in the Asian tradition of remembering family and friends and making wishes for the future. Come decorate, light, and float lanterns on Frog Pond. Decorating materials and calligraphers will be available. Lanterns can be purchased at the event for a suggested donation of $10 and there are lots of markers and stencils available to help decorate. Lanterns can also be purchased in advance at Greetings by Design.

Over the years, Newburyport Lantern Festival participation has grown significantly from approximately 100 participants the first year to more than 2,000 participants in subsequent years. All are welcome to attend this special ceremony and encouraged to bring: blankets, chairs and picnics to experience this collective, reflection as lit lanterns freely float along the water in the twilight.

GNOCA, a volunteer organization, was founded in 2011. Its mission is to honor and improve women’s lives by promoting earlier detection, enhanced recovery and greater survival rates for ovarian cancer. GNOCA (www.ocawareness.org) seeks to increase awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer, to provide support services for women and families affected by ovarian cancer within the Greater Newburyport area, and to help fund ovarian cancer research.

Aside from direct assistance to local patients and their families, proceeds from GNOCA events go to Ovations for the Cure (ovationsforthecure.org), a nonprofit organization, in their promotion of knowledge of the disease, concrete hope and support for those already diagnosed, and significant scientific advancements leading to the cure. Each year, over 19,500 women in America are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but with a keener awareness of the subtle, earliest symptoms of this insidious disease, a 93 percent five-year survival rate can be achieved. If you would like to help support GNOCA, donations are greatly appreciated.

Another important GNOCA 2024 event is the September 22nd run/walk in honor of Jackie Poor and Paula Holm. Register now or sponsor a runner/walker. For questions about events, or to learn more about GNOCA, please call Deb Green, at Greetings by Design, 978-225-6700, or email info@ocawareness.org.

Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary urgency or frequency
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Fatigue and/or fever
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Unexplained changes in bowel habits

UAV Look Drone Video of the 2015 Newburyport Lantern Festival

Newburyport Pride Celebration – North Shore Pride Month Events

By Jodi Coburn, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Jodi is a freelance writer and former English teacher who has spent her entire life on the North Shore. She spends her time spoiling her dogs and children, doing craft projects, and thinking about Disney World.
Newburyport Pride Event with Governor Maura Healey

Newburyport Pride will feature a series of events starting on Wednesday, May 29th in addition to the Newburyport Pride Art Exhibit at the Peg Center for the Arts, a great opportunity for the city to show its true colors. All are invited to participate in these welcoming North Shore Pride Month festivities; a collective local effort designed to unite and expand the celebration far beyond the Newburyport community. In addition to the Newburyport Pride Events, many other local businesses and organizations are also hosting events throughout Pride Month.

For LGBTQ+ people, “community” might mean, at minimum, acceptance, inclusion, respect, and equality. In Newburyport, all people are valued, but Newburyport Pride in the Port goes beyond the mere minimums and truly celebrates the local LGBTQ+ community and welcomes visitors.

There is a plethora of ways that organizations and businesses are showing the love: restaurant events, dance parties, inspirational speakers, entertainment, store specials, music, teen activities, a parade, beach party, and even special NBPT Pride Merch. Newburyport Pride has something for everyone, so you can bring the kids, the grandparents, and even the pooches. Check out the Newburyport Pride events’ summary below and visit the Newburyport Events Calendar for more detailed information about these events.

Newburyport Pride Month 2024 Events: 

  • NBPT Pride How to be a LGBTQ+ Ally Wed. 5/29 at Nock School from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Sunset Club kick-off Thurs. 5/30 from 5-8 pm
  • NBPT Pride City Hall Flag Raising Ceremony w/music and special guests Fri. 5/31 from 4-5:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Big Gay Comedy Show at Phoenix Room, Fri. 5/31 from 8-10 pm – SOLD OUT
  • St. Paul’s Church Pride Prayers & Blessing of the Parade at St. Paul’s Sat. 6/1 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • NBPT Pride Parade thru NBPT & Festival in Brown Square on Sat. 6/1 from 12-4 pm
  • Paddle Inn Pride Parade After Party Fundraiser at The Paddle Inn, Supporting The Point Foundation, Sat. 6/1, from 1-5 pm
  • NBPT Pride Melissa Ferrick Concert at the Firehouse, Sat. 6/1 from 8-10 pm
  • NBPT Pride Workout with Fuel in Brown Square, Sun. 6/2 from 9-9:45 am
  • NBPT Pride Drag Brunch Show at Barewolf Brewing, Sun. 6/2, from 11-1:30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NBPT Pride Pawrty Hosted by Sweet Paws Rescue at Riverwalk Brewing Sun. 6/2 from 12-4 pm
  • NBPT Pride Its Only Life After All” presented by NBPT DOCUFEST and the Screening Room, Sun. 6/2 from 7-8:30 pm
  • NBPT Pride Queer Here Art Exhibit at Peg Center for Art Activism from Fri. 6/7 at 11 am – Fri. 6/28 at 5 pm.
  • NBPT Pride Makerspace Meet-Up at Tinkerhaus, Thurs. 6/13 from 7-8:30 pm
  • Amesbury Community Theater presents, Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche – 6/13 & 6/14 at 7 pm and 6/15 at 2 pm & 7 pm
  • NBPT Pride Drag Queen Story Hour at the Peg Center for Art & Activism, Sat. 6/15 from 11 am – 12 pm
  • Pride in the Port – Sunset Cruise – hosted by REsurge CoWorking on the Merrimack River – Sat. 6/15 from 7-10 pm

For quick visibility to Newburyport Pride Events, download the Newburyport App and select, Events Calendar. Just search, “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and download the free app. If you are unable to make it to Newburyport in person, you can view some of the festivities on the Newburyport.com Live Web Cams, also accessible through the Newburyport App.

Pride Month is meant to encourage LGBTQ+ people to be proud of who they are (in a world that can often make that difficult), and that’s certainly important, but the Pride in the Port event is also meant to show LGBTQ+ residents and visitors that Newburyport is proud to have them. As Mayor Sean Reardon said, “We are committed to being a city that is welcoming to all, and to creating…safe spaces and positive experiences for all…people.”

For more LGBTQ+ and Pride resources, check out: Newburyport Pride, Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport Youth Services, and NAGLY (North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth).

2023 Newburyport Pride Speech by Governor Maura Healey at the Flag Raising Ceremony

2022 Newburyport Pride in the Port Celebration

Plum Island Light House the Newburyport Harbor Light

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

Plum Island Light House/Newburyport Harbor Light

Guide Us Through the Channel

Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

The Historic Plum Island Light House

The Plum Island Light House also know as the Plum Island Light or the Newburyport Harbor Light, has a very interesting history. It was first lit in 1788 with a lantern burning whale oil. And it was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the U.S..  It was needed to guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor. The strong currents and shifting sands at the mouth of the harbor present a serious challenge to boaters to this day.

Newburyport Harbor was very active and important to the U.S. for whaling, fishing, shipbuilding, and trade. There were many ships coming in and out of Newburyport Harbor. Before the lighthouse was built, fires on the beach in Plum Island were used to guide mariners. It was the business people of Newburyport in the 1780s that paid to build the Plum Island Lighthouse. President George Washington appointed the first keeper of the Plum Island Lighthouse, Abner Lowell. And three generations of Lowells served as lighthouse keepers at the Plum Island Lighthouse.

There were storms that damaged and original Plum Island Lighthouse. In addition, shifting sands meant that the Lighthouse had to be moved several times.

The current lighthouse dates from 1898. Since 1927 the lighthouse has been powered by electricity. The last keeper left the Lighthouse in 1951 when the light was automated. Today the lighthouse flashes a green light to guide boaters.  It is still very important to have this lighthouse in operation to guide boats safely through the turbulent area where the Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

The Plum Island Lighthouse is located across from the Park River National Wildlife Refuge at the northern section of Plum Island.

Today the lighthouse is owned by the City of Newburyport. Friends of Plum Island Light lease it from the City and care for it. The grounds are open to the public. The Friends of Plum Island Light offer periodic public tours inside the Plum Island Lighthouse.

The picture perfect Plum Island Lighthouse is one of the great lighthouses to visit in New England and the North Shore.  It’s a “must see” for any lighthouse enthusiast and worth the visit if you are in the Greater Newburyport area. For more general information on Plum Island attractions visit our Plum Island Beach page and check out our Plum Island Parking article for parking lot information.

Directions:

From the Newburyport Harbor Range Lights on Water Street in downtown Newburyport, continue east on Water Street for 1.3 miles, where Water Street will become Plum Island Turnpike. Follow the turnpike for 1.8 miles to Plum Island, and then turn left on Northern Boulevard. Continue on Northern Boulevard for 1.3 miles to the northern end of the island, where you will see the lighthouse on your left.

Plum Island Light House

263 Northern Boulevard
Newburyport, MA 01950
FriendsofPILight@gmail.com

The Friends of Plum Island Light maintain the lighthouse and host lighthouse tours.

2024 Plum Island Light Tours:

Reserve a 15 minute time slot between 10 am – 12:45 pm by sending an email to FriendsofPILight@gmail.com

May 25th
June 22nd
July 27th
August 24th
September 7th
September 28th

Each 15 minute time slot is limited to 5 people and only one person in the group needs to sign up. Reserve a time in advance and be aware that there aren’t any rain dates. All attendees must be a minimum of 5 years old and at least 42 inches high, and be wearing sturdy shoes.

A suggested donation of $5 per person is greatly appreciated to help care for the Plum Island Lighthouse. If tours are fully booked, sometimes there might be opportunities to book a private tour, depending on various factors such as availability of volunteers.

Art on Bartlet Mall – The Premier Yankee Homecoming Art Show

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Come experience Art on Bartlet Mall 2024, Saturday July 27th and Sunday the 28th from 10 AM – 4 PM. In Newburyport on the corner of High Street and Pond Street, the art is exceptional, and the setting is picturesque. Art on Bartlet Mall is a Newburyport tradition for the past 42 years. Enjoy works from over 60 local and regional artists showing all media of work, including a few hand-pulled printing artists. The artists are from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and even New Jersey.  There are award winners in over half of the participants.

Stroll along the path that surround the pond and features a beautiful fountain in the center. Bartlet Mall is the setting for the premier Yankee Homecoming art show and is one of the most photographed places in Newburyport. The 2nd day of the show shares the space and coincides with another major Newburyport family tradition, Olde Fashioned Sunday. Art on Bartlet Mall is a free event for the public to attend.  Participating artists pay a fee to feature their art and these fees are used to support the Yankee Homecoming Committee efforts.

If you work up an appetite after enjoying the beautiful works of art, you could take a walk down to visit one of the the many wonderful restaurants in downtown Newburyport. If you are a live music fan make sure to stick around for the Sunday night Waterfront Concert.

If you appreciate dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at many local restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device. The Newburyport App includes a direct link to the Newburyport.com Events Calendar making it simple to stay in the know about events and happenings in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

High School Battle of the Bands – Yankee Homecoming

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2024 Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

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Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands 2024

The Battle of the Bands is an exciting annual Yankee Homecoming event that provides strong opportunity for increase exposure and recognition for aspiring local musicians. Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual High School Battle of the Bands. Battle of the 2024 will take place on Saturday, July 27th starting at 6 PM. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage competing for cash prizes and a variety of high visibility and paid performance opportunities including the chance to be the opening act, Sunday night of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series. View prize details below videos.

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If you’re interested in participating, applications must be received by the Yankee Homecoming Committee by midnight on July 19st. View the 2024 registration form for complete rules and regulations.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of the following: Newburyport High, Amesbury High, The Governor’s Academy, Pentucket Regional High, Triton Regional High, The Musical Suite, West Newbury School of Music, and Zach Field Drum Studio. Additional bands are then selected based on contest availability. 

BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2024 PRIZES:

First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 4th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Saturday August 3rd

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Saturday August 3rd

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
$100 Cash

Battle of the Bands 2023 showcased 10 bands all with exceptional talent and supportive fans, family and friends who braved a sever wind and rain storm. It was an amazing evening despite the weather! Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation and fan following and concert attendance. Thank you to Cheryl Munick who has done an outstanding job as the Yankee Homecoming Chair for Battle of the Bands as well as the Waiter & Waitress Races. 

Battle of the Bands 2023

Battle of the Bands 2023 showcased 10 bands all with exceptional talent and supportive fans, family and friends who braved a sever wind and rain storm. It was an amazing evening despite the weather! Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation and fan following and concert attendance. Thank you to Cheryl Munick who has done an outstanding job as the Yankee Homecoming Chair for Battle of the Bands as well as the Waiter & Waitress Races. 

2023 Band Winners:
1st: Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband
2nd: Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport
3rd: Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh
2023 Solo/Duet Acoustic Winners:
1st: Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick
2nd: Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

1st Place Band – Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband

2nd Place Band – Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport

3rd Place Band – Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

1st Place Solo Acoustic – Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick

2nd Place Duet Acoustic – Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2024 PRIZES:

First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 4th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Saturday August 3rd

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Saturday August 3rd

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
$100 Cash

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If you’re interested in participating, applications must be received by the Yankee Homecoming Committee by midnight on July 19st. View the 2024 registration form for complete rules and regulations.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from each of the following: Newburyport High, Amesbury High, The Governor’s Academy, Pentucket Regional High, Triton Regional High, The Musical Suite, West Newbury School of Music, and Zach Field Drum Studio. Additional bands are then selected based on contest availability. 

2022 Battle of the Bands Winners

Bands:
1st: Vibe Check
2nd: Dune Dogs
3rd: Catching Arrows

Solo Acoustic:
1st: Georgia Siegfried
2nd: PC Walker & Charlie Grossman

2022 High School Battle of the Bands 1st Place Winner – Vibe Check

2022 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

2021 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

Spring Fest – Newburyport’s Annual Spring Festival

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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Newburyport’s Spring Fest 2024, is annual spring festival guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Stroll the streets of our coastal North Shore city on May 25th and May 26th from 10 – 4 pm and enjoy a day filled with delicious food, shopping, and entertainment. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar for other local upcoming events and download the, Newburyport App for direct access.

This year’s Spring Fest will be held behind the Firehouse on Waterfront Park. Swing by Waterfront Park both Saturday and Sunday for lots of fun entertainment and performances by local artists on the Waterfront Stage!

Newburyport, already a destination for exceptional restaurants, waterfront views and unique local stores, is a must visit for Spring Fest with the addition of local arts and crafts vendors along the waterfront as well as live entertainment geared toward all ages.

Grab a tasty snack on-the-go or relax at one of the many outdoor cafes like Sea LevelBrine, Paddle Inn and Oregano, to take in the bustle as you dine. Work off all that delicious food strolling the waterfront boardwalk, let the kids blow off some steam at the Inn Street playground, and then treat yourself to some gelato!

From clothing to one of a kind art work to home decor, if you’re looking for a special gift or simply something for yourself, Newburyport’s downtown shops, as well as the local vendors at this Spring festival, are bound to have what you’re looking for. And don’t forgot to take a walk over to the Tannery for even more local shopping.

This year’s Spring Fest is organized and hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Newburyport Arts Collective and Newburyport Art Association. The Chamber continuously works to promote the city and all the great things it has to offer, this event will not disappoint locals and tourists alike. Newburyport.com is a proud media partner to the Chamber and happy to help promote broad awareness of all major community events hosted by the Chamber.

In addition, during Spring Fest, you can purchase the Newburyport VIP Loyalty Card and $10 of your purchase will be donated to the Chamber Beautification Program. The Chamber Beautification Program is responsible for the beautiful hanging flower baskets around town, holiday decor, and other decorations around our beautiful city.

The Newburyport App/VIP Loyalty Card rewards card holders with discounts EACH TIME they make purchases at many Greater Newburyport participating Restaurants and Shops. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase will be donated to the Chamber Beautification Program. You can purchase directly through the “Newburyport” App or purchase online. Choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card.

We hope to see you at Spring Fest! If you can’t make it, check out the festivities on our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

 

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US Coast Guard Open House – A Yankee Homecoming Historic Tour

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Whether you have a little Coast Guard in training at home, or you would like to meet the men and women that protect our city, the US Coast Guard Open House has something for everyone. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station, located in downtown Newburyport at 65B Water Street, will be opening its doors to the public Thursday, August 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm, for a special day of tours and information.

As part of the town’s Yankee Homecoming celebrations, The US Coast Guard Open House offers a special opportunity for locals and tourists to step inside this iconic station. Visitors are welcome to explore the different areas within, all which will be manned by crew members offering information and taking questions. And perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the visit, is the opportunity to step aboard some of the US Coast Guard boats. While the boats will remain at the station, boat enthusiasts will be allowed to explore the decks while learning about special features. Make sure to bring your cameras and snap a pic in the Captain’s seat!

A special boating safety stand will also be set up at the station, offering up information and tips on how to navigate a boat safely. Learn about some of the challenges our local waters present, the hazards of the Merrimack River entrance, and life saving techniques.

For those visiting with little sea farers in tow, the Coast Guard Open House will also have Coastie on hand. The Coast Guard’s robot boat is equipped with navigation, searchlights, a rotating beacon, siren and air horn, sure to impress the little ones. Coastie will interact with young boaters and teach safety rules like “always swim with a buddy in a supervised area”. Watch out though, Coastie is also equipped with a squirt gun that he is known to use to get a laugh from the kids, so don’t be surprised if you get a little wet.

Newburyport, designated one of only 21 Coast Guard cities, is the birthplace of the Coast Guard. The Merrimack River Coast Guard Station is the home to the men and women protecting our waters with search, rescue and law enforcement. This Coast Guard Open House is a great opportunity to meet and interact with the crew of our local station and thank them for their hard work.

For a full list of events happening during Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming week visit the Newburyport Events Calendar and consider supporting the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks fund by purchasing a Newburyport VIP Discount Card.

Rescue a Pup & Shop for a Cause at The Black Dog Adoption Events

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Meet your new Best friend at the Newburyport Black Dog Adoption Event on Saturday, March 9th from 11-3 pm. Please note that dogs may arrive at different times during this event. The Black Dog in downtown Newburyport has a long term partnership with the local rescue group, Sweet Paws Rescue. Together they host two dog adoption events per year. The Black Dog has numerous stores and each store works with local shelters to help promote dog adoption and rescue efforts.

Why does the Black Dog do this? They do this because their roots and our iconic Black Dog silhouette were born from a rescue. Over 50 years ago Captain Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard rescued a small black pup with white paws and of no certain pedigree. She was called Black Dog and she lived for 16 years sailing side by side with her captain. Rescue and dog adoption is embedded in the Black Dog Brand, in hope that one day every dog will have a loving home.

Sweet Paws Rescue is a nonprofit agency driven solely by volunteers. All of the rescued dogs are placed in foster homes until they are able to find their forever home. Many healthy pups make their journey to Massachusetts looking for a family! We encourage everyone to ADOPT and not SHOP for a pet. If you’re considering the addition of a new special member to your household please keep these bi-annual dog adoption events in mind as they are a wonderful opportunity to meet some very special dogs.

The Newburyport Black Dog store located at 37 State Street is host to these events and donates a generous percentage of adoption event sales to Sweet Paws Rescue, helping bring dogs to safety. Even if you can’t adopt a pup, you can SHOP for a cause! 20% of the Newburyport Black Dog Sales from Saturday, March 9th will be donated to Sweet Paws Rescue. Treat yourself to a few new Black Dog items, or maybe you have gifts to purchase. This is a great opportunity to pick up quality Black Dog merchandise, and possibly provide a loving home for one of these very special pups.

Newburyport VIP New Year’s Eve Parties & Dinner Recommendations

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
New Year's Eve 2022 Newburyport

New Year’s Eve Happenings

Greater Newburyport Suggestions to Ring in the New Year 2024

 

New Year's Eve 2022 Newburyport

 

Parties and Dining  to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Newburyport

Looking for New Year’s Eve fun in Greater Newburyport? From countdowns to dining experiences, there are plenty of options toNew Year's Eve, Newburyport MA ring in the New Year—VIP Style! Whether you’re looking to dress up for a formal party, join friends at your favorite local bar or enjoy a relaxing early dinner, Newburyport VIP has plenty of New Year’s Eve suggestions!

For revelers hoping to stay out late for a countdown to midnight celebrating into 2024 with champagne toasts, and ready to hit the dance floor: Bar25, The Joy Nest & Plum Island Beachcoma are great choices for guaranteed fun. There are many places featuring live music including a concert at Blue Ocean. Quite a few restaurants are featuring special New Year’s Eve menus and staying open for guests to celebrate 2024. Find a list of New Year’s Eve suggestions and if you are looking for information or ticket purchase links on any of the featured New Year’s Events, check the summary of VIP suggestions below or the Newburyport Events Calendar.

If you’re hoping to grab a nice dinner earlier in the night on New Year’s Eve and be home in time to watch the ball drop from the comfort of your couch—there are many wonderful restaurant options open for business and serving up delicious meals worthy of a 2023 send off. Call ahead to check on special menu options and if they will be accepting reservations.

Ring in the New Year 12/31/23:
Bar25– 8-1, complimentary Champagne Walls, Tarot Readings, Passed Hors D’oeuvres, New Year’s Countdown, Selfie Booth! Purchase tickets!
Blue Ocean– 7-12, dinner buffet, live music from The Fools & Psychedelic Relics, champagne toast & balloon drop. Purchase tickets!
Brine – 4-10, for special 4 course dinner with tasting menu & wine pairings. Kitchen closes at 10 & bar is open until 12. Reservation required.
Joy Nest – 8-12, Celebrate NYE dancing to the jazziest tunes by Cuppa Joe & special guest vocalist, delicious bites & sips, & champagne toast. (978) 572-1615
Newburyport Brewing – 7-12, only $10 including NYE toast and live music from, Fiesta Melon. Music 8:30 – 11:30.
Plum Island Beachcoma – 7:30-12 DJ Dave Dance Party  DJ Dave: special menu, dancing, DJ & champagne toast.

VIP Recommendations for NYE Afternoon & Dinner Celebrations 12/31/23:
Capri – 4-9, for dinner and the bar open until 10 or later. Enjoy Chef Specials & regular menu.
Mission Oak Grill – 4-10 for NYE dinner and bar will be open later. Mission Oak menu available: 29th, 30st & 31st.
Plum Island Beachcoma – 2-5 live music with Boston Accents
Ristorante Molise – 3-9, enjoy a delicious dinner and desserts with friends and family. Reservations required (978) 388-4844.
Sea Level – 4:30-10 for dinner and bar open later. Order takeout online or call for reservations. (978) 462-8862.

And when the confetti has all fallen and you wake up to your first day of 2024, keep the party going with a celebratory brunch at Seaglass. This restaurant will be pouring Bloody Mary’s and champagne with their brunch menu. If you prefer to kick off the New Year casual, the Paddle Inn has you covered with Pajama Brunch.

VIP New Year’s Day 2024 Brunch:
Paddle Inn – 11-4, strut your fav PJ’s at Pajama Brunch! The bar will stay open until 6 pm.
Seaglass – 10-3, Brunch by the Sea, enjoy glass of champagne, Bloody Mary and full brunch menu. Make a reservation.
Sea Level – 11-3 brunch/lunch with live music until 3 pm and dinner until 9 pm. Make a reservation online or call (978) 462-8862.

The restaurants highlighted in this article are suggestions from Newburyport.com. It features customer’s of ours who have provided us with information about their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day happenings. This not a complete list of all restaurants open for New Year’s Eve. We encourage folks to support any of our local restaurants.

We encourage folks to support any of our local restaurants.

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Sea Festival of Trees 2023 – Winter Wonderland at Blue Ocean, Salisbury

By Joe, Joe

Sea Festival of Trees Ocean Views, Salisbury Beach MA

Sea Festival of Trees & Seaside Ice 2023

Experience the Magic of the Season at Blue Ocean Event Center

Sea Festival of Trees Ocean Views, Salisbury Beach MA

Spreading Holiday Cheer!

The 2023 annual Sea Festival of Trees fundraiser lights up the seacoast to kick off the holiday season with the Sprit of Christmas Gala featuring the Grand Tree Lighting, dancing and cocktails on Friday, November 17th and the general festivities will open to the public on Saturday, November 18th and close on Sunday, December 3rd. View the specific dates and times under the heading, Hours & Admission. The Sea Festival of Trees is the perfect family outing. Make it part of your family holiday tradition!

Experience the magic of the holiday season with stunning oceanfront views asSea Festival of Trees Candy Cane Forest, Salisbury MA the backdrop for a maze of more than 100 beautiful sparkling trees with 50,000 twinkling lights. The 2023 Sea Festival of Trees welcomes guests with a breathtaking, giant Sand Sculpture display of Santa’s North Pole castle, created free-hand with 8,000 pounds of sand, by local NH resident Greg Grady.

Make sure to check out the new candy cane forest, and take a walk through Santa’s workshop to get a peek inside his toy filled cabinets and toy testing station where kids can play with classic toys such as: Etch A Sketch and Jester Jack in the Box! Meet Elsa the Ice Queen in front of the castle gates and keep an eye out for the Grinch as his curiosity just might lure him out of the Grinch Tree to explore the festival. If you’re looking to meet the Event VIP’s: Santa, Elsa and The Grinch, check the Sea Festival of Trees website for the daily schedule.

sea Festival of Trees Seaside Ice Rink Salisbury Beach MARemember to bring your skates for ice skating at Seaside Ice, a beautiful indoor rink surrounded by holiday cheer! The cost of skating is included in the Sea Festival admission and rentals are available for $5.

Make sure to purchase raffle tickets to win one of the spectacular themed trees. There are two types of tickets available for purchase: White Raffle Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25 tickets and Red Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20, The red tickets are for the showcase trees and prizes valued at $1,000 – $4,500. Purchase tickets using cash or a credit card and put your tickets in the dispensers in front of the trees that you would like to win. IMPORTANT Note! Make sure to provide a phone number where you can be reached on Sunday, December 3rd between between 5:30 – 9 pm. Tree winners must respond to the festival contact within one hour in order to accept their tree, otherwise another winner will be selected.

This fun holiday family tradition is made possible through a collective effortSea Festival of Trees View Next to the Rink, Salisbury Beach MA of volunteers and donations from businesses and individuals throughout the community. Donations from the Sea Festival of Trees event benefit the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s fund to bring back the historic carousel. Thank you to Newburyport Bank, the Presenting Sponsor and all of the Sea Festival of Trees sponsors for helping fund this wonderful holiday event cherished by the local Salisbury community as well as families throughout the North Shore of MA and Southern Seacoast of NH.

The Sea Festival of Trees is a great place to Shop Local for holiday gifts. Enjoy shopping at Santa’s Tree Top Gift Shoppe, while the kids check out the extra cool, 7 foot tall teddy bear!

Seaglass and Capri are always wonderful dining options however, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to make the kids happy, try the North Pole Café amongst the displays of trees. The Café is located on the second floor at the Blue Sky Lounge. Enjoy “Buddy’s Favorites” from house made Papa Elf pizza to Mac & Cheese Buddy Bites and full bar service is also available.

Parking is available in the lot next door for a small fee. You can also park for free on the street or in the Salisbury Municipal Parking Lot just a couple of blocks from the venue.

In addition to the Sea Festival of Trees festivities, Blue Ocean Event Center is also host to fun holiday Special Events as well. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar to find details for these events as well as other festive holiday happenings in the local areas.

 

Special Events

Friday 11/17 from 6:00 – 9:00 pmSea Festival of Trees Eiffel Tower, Salisbury Beach MA
Spirit of Christmas Gala & Grand Tree Lighting

Sunday, 11/19 from 11:30 – 4:30
Holiday Dance Shows – included in admission

Sunday, 11/26 from 12 – 2 pm
Elf Day – included in admission

Thursday, 11/30 from 5 – 8 pm
Sippin Santa – included in admission

Friday, 12/1 from 5 – 8 pm
Blades the Bruin – included in admission

Saturday, 12/2 from 10:30 – 11:40 am
Polar Express PJ Party – purchase tickets

Sunday, 12/3 from 10 am – 12 pm – SOLD OUT
Santa & the Grinch Brunch – purchase tickets
Santa Arrives Via Firetruck

Location

Blue Ocean Event Center
4 Ocean Front North
Salisbury, MA 01952
978-462-2512

Hours & Admission

Saturday 11/18 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11/19 from 11am – 5pm
Friday 11/24 from 11am – 8pm
Saturday 11/25 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11/26 from 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11/30 from 5pm – 8pm
Friday 12/1
 from 5pm – 8pm
Saturday 12/2 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 12/3 from 11am – 5pm

$10 for Adults
$5 Children Ages 5 and Under

General Admission Sea Festival of Trees tickets are ONLY available at the door. There is not an online/advance ticket purchase option.

Raffle Tickets

Support Local by purchasing raffle tickets to win one of the beautifully decorated trees. There are two types of raffle tickets available for purchase. White Raffle Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25 tickets. Red Raffle Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. The red tickets are for the showcase trees and prizes valued at $1,000 – $4,500.

Place your tickets in the dispensers located in front of the trees that you would like to win. Make sure to include a phone number where you can be reached on Sunday, December 3rd between 5:30 – 9 pm when the tree winners are called. Tree winners must respond to the festival contact within one hour, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Santa, Elsa & The Grinch

Visit Santa, Elsa and the Grinch! View the Sea Festival of Trees website and check the daily schedule under the heading, Visit with Holiday Characters.

Special Events

Are you looking for special events? Scroll down to the bottom of the article for the dates and times of special events and visit the Newburyport Events Calendar for more details and ticket information.

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Seaside Ice at the Sea Festival of Trees

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

Seaside Ice, Salisbury MA

Seaside Ice 2023

Skate Indoors – No Hats or Gloves Required

Seaside Ice at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury Beach

Seaside Ice, hosted each year during the annual Sea Festival of Trees is a great choice if your looking for fun, affordable family activities during the holiday season. The ice skating rink is located inside of the Blue Ocean Event Center on the 2nd floor amongst the beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Plan a time to visit this local winter wonderland and experience the beauty of the season.

For the 2023 Seaside Ice skating season, the rink is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Sea Festival of Trees, November 18th – December 3rd.  The cost to skate is included in the admission price for the Sea Festival Trees. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5 and under. You can bring your own skates or rent skates for a cost of $5.

Glide around the indoor ice rink as you skate to festive music, surrounded by sparkling snowflakes, gleaming decorations, andSeaside Ice, Blades the Bruin, Salisbury Beach, MA breathtaking views of the ocean. No hats, gloves, or jackets required. In addition to open skating during the Sea Festival of Trees, there are also a few special events you may want to check out, for example a chance to skate with Blades the Bruin or Elsa the Ice Princess. Make sure to check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for Blue Ocean Special Holiday Events as well as other fun family events happening throughout the community.

 

 

Seaside Ice Hours | During Sea Festival of Trees
Saturday 11/18 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11/19 from 11am – 5pm
Friday 11/24 from 11am – 8pm
Saturday 11/25 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 11/26 from 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11/30 from 5pm – 8pm
Friday 12/1
 from 5pm – 8pm
Saturday 12/2 from 11am – 8pm
Sunday 12/3 from 11am – 5pm

Call or email the Blue Ocean Event Center with questions, 978-462-2512 or email info@seaglassoceanside.com 

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Turkey Trot Thanksgiving Day Race

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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33rd Annual Maudslay Turkey Trot – Joppa Flatts

Lace-up those running shoes and begin Thanksgiving Day running in one of Massachusetts most picturesque state parks. Run or walk this 3.1 mile course with family and friends. Run starts at 8:20 am and estimated end time is 10:00 am. Award raffles prizes immediately following the race. Parking is free to runners on day of race. 100% of race profits to be donated to local charities.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving please bring a can of foo to help stock Salisbury Pettengill House Food Pantry.

Register herehttps://www.runreg.com/newburyport-maudslay-turkey-trot-5k

Wild Turkey Trot – Winners Circle

Cool weather Fall running is back! This year the Winner’s Circle Running Club has moved their annual 5K to Salisbury! It will be run Thanksgiving morning November 23rd. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 8:30. We feature runner and family friendly trails and post race refreshments. Their new course which is primarily on a rail trail offers a fast and flat but scenic course! Pre-register to lock in the lowest rates! Race day registration will be available at $35.

The WCRC Wild Turkey Trot will be run from the start of the Salisbury “Ghost Trail” off of Rabbit Road. Pre-race bib pick up and shirt pick up is available at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar on Wed, Nov 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Race day bib pick up and registration is available at 7 AM at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar. The course is chip timed, results will be available immediately from iresults live.

Thank you for registering, we are looking forward to spending Thanksgiving morning with you! The weather looks great!

T shirts guaranteed to the first 200 pre-registered runners

Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=135757&eventId=764256

Questions: https://runsignup.com/Race/MA/Salisbury/WCRCWildTurkeyTrot5kRunWalk

Newburyport Lions Club Will Deliver 600 Thanksgiving Meals

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Lions Club Thanksgiving Meal, Newburyport

For 2023, the Newburyport Lions Club  will deliver many  Thanksgiving dinners throughout the community in lieu of hosting theLion's Club Thanksgiving Meal Prep annual Lions Club Thanksgiving meal at the Senior Center. The Lions Club will provide a free all-the-trimmings meal to: seniors, mobility challenged individuals and families unable to secure food.  The menu will consist of Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Peas with Pearled Onions, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Rolls with Butter, and Assorted Desserts. Thank you to the 2023 Co-Chairs, Frank and Kathryn Bertolino and the many volunteers for helping make a difference in our community by touching the lives of families and individuals on Thanksgiving Day. Fun fact, Frank has been a Lion’s Club member for 44 years and has enjoyed helping with the Thanksgiving meal project for 38 years.

The amazing team of Lions Club volunteers prepares and delivers meals each year on Thanksgiving and has been increasing their delivery each year. In 2020 the team prepared and delivered 350 meals, in 2021, they delivered 503 meals in 2022 they delivered 600 meals for Thanksgiving. Meals will be delivered Thanksgiving morning to folks in: Newburyport, Newbury, Salisbury and other neighboring areas. If you would like to request a meal, please register as soon as possible by calling Frank Bertolino, at 781-412-4466. The Lions Club is still in needs more drivers/volunteers who are able to help deliver food on Thanksgiving morning. If you are available to volunteer contact, Don Carey, at 978-384-8931.

Lions Club Thanksgiving Meal, Newburyport MAThe Newburyport Lions Club Thanksgiving meal is made possible by the collaboration of support from local businesses, organizations and individual volunteers throughout the community. If you are not able to donate your time, monetary donations are always greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to: Newburyport MA Lions Foundation, Inc. Mail to Newburyport Lions Club, PO Box 545, Newburyport, MA 01950.

The Lions Club has been committed to helping brighten Thanksgiving day for the Greater Newburyport Community for many years. Prior to 2020, it was tradition for the Lion’s Club volunteers to serve Thanksgiving Dinner in person at the Newburyport Senior Center. The hope is to bring folks back together for the meal with the option for delivery in future years but for 2023 it was decided to focus on delivery in order to try and keep everyone healthy. Below is Newburyport.com video from when the event was hosted in person.

Black Friday Sales 2023- Thank You for Shopping Local!

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Black Friday, Newburyport

Kick off Black Friday by Shopping Local in support of our Greater Newburyport retailers on Friday, November 24th! Many local businesses are running Black Friday Sales in order to incent shoppers to make as many local purchases as possible.  Take advantage of local sales and promotions and feel good knowing that every local purchase is greatly appreciated by our small business owners. Newburyport.com is committed to promoting SHOP LOCAL throughout the year and is asking everyone to please visit our local shops before making major online purchases. “Collectively, we can help make a difference!” If everyone in our community makes just a few more local purchases this holiday season, we can make a significant positive impact for our local small business owners. Plus there are many new local businesses that you’re likely to discover!

Although Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are known as major shopping sale days local retailer Ganesh Imports is running sales while also helping raise money for local nonprofits. Ganesh Imports is donating 10% of sales for the entire weekend to our LOCAL charities. Below is a list of local area businesses running Black Friday 2023 sales. All promotions listed here are available in stores only unless specified otherwise, they are valid only for Black Friday 2023 and can not be applied to past or future purchases. We encourage folks to check back for additional shop promotions and to visit social media pages and websites of local businesses for additional information.

Greater Newburyport Black Friday Deals:

  • Amy Williams – pull coupon for 30%, 40%, 50% off one full price item in store, today, excludes Pam Older
  • Appliance Warehouse – $750 furniture gift cards for $500 & major price cuts for appliances
  • Bar25 – purchase $400 in gift cards, get $100 bonus, vie details on website
  • BC Essentials – 60%off sale room + hot cocoa bar with all the fun toppings
  • Black Dog Newburyport – 35% off 8-10am, 25% off 10am-noon, 15%off noon-6pm
  • Charleston & Coco – buy one get one 50% off clothing in the shop
  • Design of Mine – 20% off + gift w/$150 purchase (black velvet burnout fluttershaw = $68 value)
  • Ganesh Imports – 20% off all jewelry + 10% of weekend sales donated to local charities
  • Life is Good Newburyport – 40% off storewide + an extra 15% off clearance
  • Lively Kids – join the Lively Kids email list for Black Friday VIP sale
  • Mission Oak Grill – double your vale for each gift card purchase of $100 or more
  • Pretty Poppy – 30% off Scout Bags, 25% off Mudpie kid clothes
  • Riverwalk Brewing – free $25 gift card for every $100 gift card purchased
  • RN Estheticsview four Black Friday promotions available from 9 am – 4 pm
  • Sinaloa – purchase $200 in gift cards on the website and receive a $50 bonus, until 11:59
  • Smitten – 20% off anything black, available on regular price merchandise in the shop
  • Soak Shoreline – 30-50% off of select loungewear and sleepwear for woman, kids and men
  • Sustain Boutique – free $10 gift card w/$50 gift card purchase, $15 with/$75, $20 with/$100, $30 with/$150
  • Suite SIX Medical Aesthetics – view promotions on facebook or Instagram
  • Sylvan Street Grille Salisbury – free $25 gift card for every $100 gift card purchased & 20% off all merch
  • Wild Clover – free $10 gift cards for every $100 spent, $20 clearance rack plus music, cookies & cocoa!

If you discover a shop that isn’t offering a Black Friday promotion, the VIP Discount Card can be used at participating VIP Businesses.Black Friday Sales Soak Shoreline, Newburyport MA The foundation of this community based loyalty program is to reward customers with small discounts as a thank you for shopping local throughout the year! Participating businesses have the flexibility to choose their own discount, in order to ensure that the offer works with their margins, helping to drive profitable business and encourages customer loyalty. VIP Card Discounts offered by each participating business are meant to be small because card holders have the opportunity to receive substantial savings if they use their card at multiple businesses throughout the course of the year. VIP Card Discounts are not able to be combined with other discounts or promotions so if you prefer to take advantage of a Black Friday Sale, you can’t use the VIP Card discount on that same purchase.

In addition to Black Friday Sales, many local retailers are also running great promotions and sales on Small Business Saturday. Check out the, “Keep it Local” promotions.

If you’re a fan of shopping events, make sure to visit Newburyport for the annual holiday shopping Invitation Nights on Fridays in December. Although the Newburyport downtown shopping is very popular during the holiday season, make sure visit the Tannery Marketplace as well as our great local retailers in the shopping center and industrial park areas. You are certain to find Black Friday Sales at retailers in downtown Amesbury, Salisbury and many other local towns and cities surrounding Newburyport as well. Support Local throughout the Community!

Small Business Saturday 2023 – Shop Newburyport – Keep it Local

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Small Business Saturday, Keep It Local, Newburyport

Small Business Saturday 2023 falls on Saturday 11/25 and is the perfect time to show your loyalty to Shopping Local! Imagine the positive impact for our local small business community if each of us were to make just a few more local purchases this holiday season. Newburyport.com is dedicated to providing free ongoing media services for our approximately 150 local small business and nonprofit customers as part of a community-wide campaign designed to reward customers for shopping local. The Newburyport VIP Card Program encourages folks to Shop Local throughout the year and we are proud to volunteer our media platform and services in order to help make Small Business Saturday a huge success! VIP Card Discounts can not be combined with other promotional offers but they can be used on Small Business Saturday at participating VIP Card businesses, if the shop is not running a Small Business Saturday promotion.

With so many businesses offering Shop Local incentives on Small Business Saturday, we have compiled a list of local promotions and we are using the NewburyportVIP social media platform to help broadcast the information. Newburyport.com is proud to help raise awareness of Small Business Saturday promotions as we are committed to all campaigns that help support our local small business community. All promotions listed here are available in stores only unless specified otherwise and they are available for use only on Small Business Saturday unless other days are noted.

2023 Small Business Saturday Promotions:

  • Amy Williams – pull coupon for 30%, 40%, 50% off one full price item in store, today, excludes Pam Older
  • Appliance Warehouse – $750 furniture gift cards for $500 & major price cuts for appliances
  • Black Dog Newburyport – 15% off
  • Bar25 – purchase $400 in gift cards, get $100 bonus, view details on website until 11:59 pm
  • Children’s Orchard Amesbury – 20% off everything
  • Design of Mine – 20% off + gift w/$150 purchase (black velvet burnout fluttershaw = $68 value)
  • Ganesh Imports – 20% off all jewelry  on Saturday + 10% of weekend sales will be donated to local charities
  • Life is Good Newburyport – 20% + spin for (5, 10, 15, or 20%) off storewide, also 15% off clearance, Sat & Sun
  • Pretty Poppy – 30% off Scout Bags, 25% off Mudpie kid clothing + more deals in the store
  • RN Esthetics – buy 2, get 1 in shop or by phone until 4 pm, other offers online
  • Sinaloa – purchase $200 in gift cards on the website and receive a $50 bonus, until 11:59
  • Soak Shoreline – Backroom Sale – 40-50% off of select loungewear and sleepwear for woman, kids and men
  • Sustain Boutique – free $10 gift card w/$50 gift card purchase, $15 with/$75, $20 with/$100, $30 with/$150
  • Wild Clover – $10 gift card w/every $100 spent, $20 clearance rack, music, cookies & cocoa!

In addition to local incentives and promotions, some businesses are choosing to use Small Business Saturday to give back in other ways. Ganesh Imports is donating 10% of sales to local charities from purchases made on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday as well.

Before making purchases from major online retailers, please consider whether you might be able to find that same gift locally. “Collectively we can help make a difference” for our local small business owners. In addition to the Small Business Saturday promotions listed above, many local retailers are participating in, “Keep it Local.”

2023 Keep It Local Giveaway:

Local Newburyport retailer, Salt & Grove, is excited to host the 6th annual Keep it Local giveaway, a collaborative small business effort that has strong support from local business owners and is very popular with local shoppers. Customers arrive downtown early on Small Business Saturday ready to shop and excited for the Keep it Local promotions. Participating businesses provide giveaways for their first 10 customers and a special, Keep It Local, tote bag that can be used to score discounts around town . View the list of participating businesses and promotions: Affamata, Angry Donut, Baran Home, BC Essentials, Charleston & Coco, Face Food Skincare, Green House Goods, Greetings by Design, Haven, Leallo, Lively Kids, Love & Flour, Meraki We Live Like This, Sage Market + Design, Salt + Grove, Shine, Smitten, Soak & Shoreline, The Angry Donut, The Candy Man, Vaalbara, and Wheat Newburyport.

Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to get our there and show gratitude to our small business owners. We encourage everyone to help make our local business owners feel appreciated by Shopping Local and thanking them for these generous sales promotions.

Although the focus for many people is traditional clothing and accessory type retailers, keep in mind that Small Business Saturday promotions are being offered by a very broad scope of business types. Don’t forget to support your favorite home related businesses or service oriented retailers. We wish everyone a happy holiday shopping season and please remember that, “Every Local Purchase Helps Make a Difference!”

In addition to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales, Newburyport is host to many holiday events. Make sure to check the Greater Newburyport Community Events Calendar for fun Things to do this holiday season! If you’re a fan of shopping events, make sure to visit Newburyport for the annual holiday shopping Invitation Nights on Fridays in December.

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!

Nunan’s Holiday Events and Floral Classes – Tradition for Family & Friends

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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holiday floral classes and events, Georgetown MA

Mark your calendar for the many wonderful holiday events and floral classes at Nunan’s and Cafe Sarina during November and December. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses is one of the largest retailers of outdoor winter décor, such as greens, roping, wreaths, and Christmas trees. We also grow over 20,000 poinsettias annually, all grown in our 20 growing houses on site. This coming holiday season is bound to be a busy one over at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses. Come visit us in Georgetown for your holiday décor, both inside and out. You’re certain to find everything you need and you can also visit Cafe Sarina to pick delicious prepared foods and freshly baked goods for your holiday parties.

We have been busy organizing fun, holiday events and floral classes to help our customers celebrate the holiday season. Call your friends and kick off the season with Holiday Preview Night on Thursday, November 16th from 6-8 pm. This is a free event but if you would like to enjoy delicious food and one drink from Cafe Sarina, purchase your ticket in advance. Everyone who attends will receive 20% off their purchase during Preview Night and get the chance to pick up some expert decorating tips during the floral demonstrations. Mark your calendar for the Nunan’s Holiday Open House, December 3rd, 9 am – 2 pm, an event that is always fun for the entire family. Delicious Kane’s Donuts and other refreshments will be served, and Santa will be visiting! Come capture a keepsake family photo. Let the children visit with Santa and munch on a delicious donut, then make sure to venture outside to browse our endless bunches of Christmas greens , our sea of Christmas trees and other holiday decor.

Let Nunan’s help you decorate your home by registering for one of the decorative workshops, such as the holiday Wreath Decorating Class or sign up for the Boxwood Tree Class. Below is the full list of holiday events and floral classes. Call or email soon to reserve your spot in one of these popular workshops, 978-352-8172 or info@nunans.com

The kids holiday Dance is sure to be a blast both for the kids and their parents. Make sure to purchase tickets ASAP as this will sell out soon. Grove to upbeat holiday tunes from a live DJ, enjoy holiday crafts including ornament decorating and personalized holiday cards and a goody bag filled with holiday treats and surprises. For the adults a special sangria will be available for purchase.

  • Holiday Preview Night – Thursday 11/16 from 6 – 8 pm
  • Home for the Holidays – Saturday 11/18 from 11 am – 2 pm
  • Wreath Decorating Class – Thursday 11/30 from 6 – 7 pm
  • Holiday Open House – Sunday 12/3 from 10 am – 2 pm
  • Boxwood Tree Class – Monday 12/4 from 6 – 7 pm
  • Kids Holiday Dance – Friday 12/15 from 6:30 – 8:30

Last, but certainly not least, Nunan Florist & Greenhouses boasts a team of talented floral designers who are eager and ready to help you create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your dinner table or to bring as a hostess gift. Bring your ideas to our girls in the florist shop and watch them create the perfect centerpiece to celebrate the holidays.

Newburyport Early Education Fair – Hosted Annually by NYS

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.
Early Education Fair, Newburyport

Choosing a daycare or school for your child can feel like an overwhelming task, but Newburyport Youth Services is making it easier for families with their upcoming annual Early Education Fair. Visit Newburyport Senior Center Wednesday, November 8th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm to meet with over dozen early education schools and daycares from the surrounding areas, all in one place. The fair is free and open to the public.

Every family has different needs and priorities for their childcare, and researching your options can be incredibly time consuming… something all families can agree they are short on! The Early Education Fair, designed much like a college fair, gives parents the opportunity to move from table to table to learn about what each school or daycare has to offer. Teachers and representatives will be on hand to answer questions and offer information, ranging from flexible hours and costs to teaching techniques and philosophies, to help families select a school or daycare that matches their needs. Representatives from area Educational Foundations will also be available to answer questions about the local school districts.

Unsure of what exactly you’re looking for? The Newburyport Youth Services will be handing out folders with a suggested list of questions that parents may find helpful to ask the teachers and/or representatives from the schools. Come an socialize with other local families while planning your child’s future.

The Newburyport Youth Services is a municipal department that provides quality programs, events and services for families with young children in the Greater Newburyport area.

Beach Dog Halloween Costume Contest – Vote for Top Dogs!

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Beach Dog Daycare Halloween Costume Contest, Newburyport

The 2023 Top Dog Halloween Costume Contest is one of the most highly anticipated Halloween events of the season featuring many very creative costumes, showcased by some of the coolest dogs around! What’s better than people in Halloween costumes? Dogs in Halloween costumes, of course! If you’re a dog lover and a fan of Halloween, mark your calendar for The Beach Dog Daycare, Top Dog Halloween Costume Contest. Visit the Beach Dog facebook page on the morning of Tuesday 10/31 through 8 am Wednesday 11/1 to see these Local VIP dogs. There are two separate facebook posts where you can view the contestants: one for little dogs and one for the BIG DOGS. Give a total of four likes/votes: two on the Little Dogs post and two on the Big Dogs post. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 11/1 on the Beach Dog facebook page and pictures will be posted here. It sounds simple but we can warn you ahead of time that it can be extremely difficult to choose your favorites!

 

Newburyport Haunted House – Visit 13 Tilton Street if You Dare!

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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If you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween season, look no further than the home of local Newburyport residents, the Pages, at 13 Tilton Street. With hundreds of spooky characters, lights, props, and sounds, this Newburyport haunted house is a big time operation. But be warned, we’re told someone actually ran out of their shoes last year!

Lights turn on at dusk and stay on until 9 pm most nights for anyone that wants to drive or walk by, but the real screams and shrieks will happen on Halloween night when this Newburyport haunted house gets even more realistic with the addition of ten people in costume. While they promise to take it easy on any little monsters that dare to visit, 13 Tilton Street is not for the faint of heart and parents may want to visit without the little kiddos. The Pages don’t keep track of foot traffic, but popularity has grown each year, and one neighbor says she gave out 800 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters last year.

Bruce Page, a family man and detective for the Exeter Police by day, is the mastermind of this spooktacular experience and has been adding to his collection for over 20 years. The haunted house began with a single eerie butler in the window back in 2001 and has since grown to include over 100 characters, 40 skeletons and 86 light up pumpkins, among other things. A curator of all things spooky, Page tries to add to his collection each year  by shopping in Halloween stores, making his own homemade creations and has even taken on a friend’s inventory when he retired from the haunting business.

But while Page may head up the operation, he makes a big point in saying this is a huge effort with lots of friends and family helping out. Nick Dole, the Page’s tenant that they prefer to just call a friend, is right there on the frontline as Page’s biggest helper, setting up the lights, designing the skeleton tree, and daily tweaks. Daughters, Madeline and Faith are now old enough to help Dad with the set-up and they have lots of fun showing off their scary house to friends. And while wife Nicole is not a Halloween fanatic, she enjoys being connected to this annual Halloween tradition that provides excitement for others in the community. 

The house at 13 Tilton Street is a family home owned by Bruce’s parents and grandparents before his own family, but that’s not where his passion for Halloween stems from. In fact, Page says his parents weren’t really into the holiday at all. However, just across the street, neighbor Richard Cook was stirring up scares and inspiring a young Bruce back in the day. Page says Cook use to dress up in costume and chase trick-or-treaters with a pretend chainsaw on Halloween.

This year, if you have the guts to visit this Newburyport haunted house, be on the lookout for Page’s newest addition, the blade wielding guy of nightmares, Freddy Krueger. If you aren’t too scared, say a hello to local VIP Bruce throughout the month of October or on Halloween night. Bruce who loves to hang out and watch the fun unfold, doesn’t dress up in  costume.

Whether you’re planning on driving by on your way to a Newburyport Halloween Event or visiting on the big night, make sure you get there before October ends, come November 1st, the lights are out!

Best of Newburyport & Beyond Haunted House 2023 – will be posted here very soon!

Newburyport Haunted House 2022 

2021 Bruce Page Masterpiece Haunted House

2020 visit to 13 Tilton Street Newburyport…If You Dare

2018 Best of Newburyport Haunted House

Downtown Trick or Treat: A Newburyport Spooktacular Tradition

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Downtown Trick or Treat, Newburyport Trick or Treat

Downtown Trick or Treat is an exciting annual event that transforms the city of Newburyport into a Halloween wonderland. From 4 to 5 pm on Friday, October 27th, 2023, the streets will come alive with the laughter of children dressed in a creative array of costumes. Local business owners put in extra effort to make the evening special, some decorating their storefronts with spooky decorations and many wearing Halloween costumes and attire to join in the fun. This is a night when the whole community comes together, proud to collectively create lasting memories from this timeless tradition. Newburyport is also host to a couple of additional trick or treat events hosted by the City of Newburyport. Find details in the lower part of this article or check the Newburyport Events Calendar for a an extensive summary of events in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

The anticipation of downtown trick or treat is about more than just candy. This pre-Halloween event gives kids a chance to run into friends and proudly showcase their costume before the big night! You’ll see tiny ghosts, enchanting fairies, and even the latest trending characters from popular movies and television series. The streets are a kaleidoscope of colors, fabrics, and masks, each revealing the unique personalities of those beneath the costumes. Parents often join in the fun, either by wearing costumes or participating in themed ensembles with their children. It’s a heartwarming sight to witness, as entire families embrace the spirit of Halloween, a holiday that celebrates togetherness, creative imagination, and the thrill of the unknown.

The allure of Downtown Trick or Treat is undeniable, so make sure to arrive early. The event lasts for just one hour, from 4 to 5 pm, making it all the more cherished and exciting. Families are encouraged to allow for adequate time to find parking and to consider enjoying a delicious meal at one of Newburyport’s amazing family friendly restaurants after the event.

Newburyport’s Downtown Trick or Treat is more than just a Halloween event; it’s a tradition that binds the community, celebrating the essence of the season, creativity, and the joy of childhood. So, mark your calendars to be part of the excitement that transforms Newburyport’s downtown into a spooktacular wonderland. It’s an event that promises to create cherished memories for families and leave visitors with a lasting impression of the warm and welcoming spirit of our picturesque coastal community.

In addition to Downtown Trick or Treat, hosted by local retailers and restaurants, Newburyport’s City Hall is host to a separate trick or treat on Thursday night, October 26 from 5 – 7 pm, offering Halloween fans the chance to get a head start on Halloween, vising each of the City of Newburyport departments for special teats!

The official Newburyport Trick or Treat will take place as always on Halloween night which for 2023 will take place on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. There are many additional Halloween events for kids as well as adults hosted throughout the community. Make sure to download the Newburyport App, and select Events Calendar to easily view local events throughout the community.

Newburyport Trick or Treat Summary:
City Hall Newburyport:  Thursday, 10/26 from 5 – 7 pm
Downtown Trick or Treat:  Friday, 10/27 from 4 – 5 pm
Official Trick or Treat:  Tuesday, October 31st from 5:30 – 7:30 pm

NewburyportVIP Downtown Trick or Treat Video – 2018

NewburyportVIP Downtown Trick or Treat Slideshow

 

NEF Lighthouse Auction Funding Critical Educational Initiatives

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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The 2023 annual NEF Lighthouse Auction will be held at the Newburyport City Hall Auditorium. The auction is on Saturday November, 11th from 6-9:30 pm. This annual event raises over $100,000 that goes directly to support key learning initiatives within the Newburyport Educational system. The 2023 NEF initiatives include: NHS Integrated Arts, Advanced Literacy Instruction & Achievement, District-Wide-SETM, Advanced Studies/MA Career Pathways & Initiative, Instructional Technology PLC, Investment Club at the High School, and Visual & Performing Arts Festival. TICKETS TO THE 2023 IN-PERSON AUCTION ARE SOLD OUT. You can still purchase raffle tickets and place bids online until 8 pm on Saturday evening.

 

Did they say VIP….Support Local and kick off the 2023 NEF Lighthouse Auction as an NEF VIP!  Purchase a VIP Package which includes: entry into the event, two drink vouchers, one raffle ticket for the MK Benatti Shopping Spree, one Newburyport VIP Discount Card and a VIP Bag with additional gifts of appreciation.

Local jeweler and exceptionally generous NEF Auction Sponsor, M.K. Benatti will once again be holding a raffle drawing for a shopping spree at their downtown store. The first prize winner will be treated to a $3,500 shopping spree, with second and third prize winners getting $1,000 and $500 to shop for their jewels. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online.

The NEF Auction is really a wonderful opportunity to Shop Local! Auction items are donated mostly by local businesses and individuals passionate about supporting our local schools. The 2023 Lighthouse Auction features an amazing selection of auction items, whether your looking to treat yourself to something special or need a unique gift, we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the auction items.

The Newburyport Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created to offset the financial pressures put on the Newburyport School System. These pressures include rising operating costs because of government mandates, technology needs and rising special education costs.

Please enjoy some of our photos and videos from prior years live auction events.

Veterans Day Commemorations and Parade 2023

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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Newburyport will honor veterans and their families at the annual Veterans Day Commemorations on Saturday, November 11th. Residents and visitors are invited to join honored guests for a ceremony and parade in observance of the holiday. Folks participating in the parade will gather in the CVS parking lot on Pond Street at 10:30 and prepare to march. The short procession will start on Pond Street, turn left on High Street, turn right on Green Street and continue down Green Street to City Hall. The ceremony will start at 11 am in front of City Hall and last approximately 45 minutes followed by a parade that will march through Market Square to Veterans Cemetery for the conclusion of the ceremony. View the detailed schedule at the bottom of the article.

Ceremony at City Hall 

All are welcome to gather at City Hall at 11 am for a formal Veterans Day ceremony. Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt of Newburyport Salvation Army will give with the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance lead by local scouts. The National Anthem will be preformed by the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen. Mayor Sean Reardon will recite the names of recently departed veterans with Memorial Bells and Kevin Hunt, Veteran Agent will pay honor with memories and remembrances. The City Hall portion of the ceremony will conclude with patriotic music from the Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Steve Cohen. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move into the City Hall’s auditorium.

Veterans Cemetery Observance 

After the Veterans Day ceremony, the parade will continue on to Market Square, marching up State Street to Veterans Cemetery where Newburyport Mayor Sean Reardon will place a memorial wreath at the monument, Amazing Grace will be played by Newburyport High School Band and the Benediction will be given by Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt of the Newburyport Salvation Army. The observance will end with Taps as a final salute to veterans.

Veterans Day Events and Special Offers

In addition to the the Newburyport veterans ceremony, you can also find details for events in neighboring cities and towns throughout the community. View this information as well as details for various Veterans Day special offers on the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Back in 2021 our community was fortunate to have the Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial, come to the Plum Island Airport in honor of our local Vietnam Veterans. This inspirational veterans tribute took 10 years of planning by the lead organizer, Dennis Palazzo and a small group of other local veterans. If you didn’t get to visit the memorial, we encourage folks to read article and view pictures and videos from very this very special memorial.

Veterans Parade & Ceremony Schedule

10:30 to 11:00 AM
Procession will start on Pond Street, across from CVS and proceed down Green Street to City Hall.

11 AM to 11:45 AM (Approx.) Commemorations in front of City Hall
Invocation – Captain, Jon-Erik Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Pledge of Allegiance – local scouts
National Anthem – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen
Recitation of the names of recently departed veterans –Mayor Sean Reardon Memorial Bells
Veteran Memories and Remembrances – Kevin Hunt Newburyport Veteran Agent
Patriotic Music – Newburyport High School Marching Band under the direction of Director, Steve Cohen

11:45 AM to 12:15 PM (Approx.)
Parade will leave City Hall and march around Market Square, up State Street to Veterans Cemetery at the base of Pond Street
Mayor Reardon places Memorial wreath at monument
Amazing Grace – Newburyport High School Band
Benediction – Captain Jon-Erik Berkhoudt, Newburyport Salvation Army
Taps – Conclusion of Ceremony

Fall Fest Newburyport – Gratitude and Appreciation for Community

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Fall Fest Newburyport

Experience Newburyport Fall Fest 2023 on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 10 am – 6 pm in downtown Newburyport. In the spirt of autumn traditions, we come together for Fall Fest a community-wide celebration of gratitude and appreciation that welcomes visitors to share in the excitement of our local fall festivities.

Enjoy live music, a variety of food, retail and craft vendors and a beer garden along the stunning backdrop of the Merrimack River. In addition to Fall Fest activities, we encourage everyone to explore downtown Newburyport’s amazing retail shops. Featuring a wide variety of clothing boutiques, home décor, jewelry stores, art galleries and artisan goods, you are certain to Fall in Love with Shopping Local in Newburyport! As part of a collective local effort, many shops accept the Newburyport VIP Discount Card to encourage Loyalty to Shopping Local!

If you’re planning to visit Newburyport for Fall Fest, make sure to arrive in time for Witches’ Night Out, scheduled for Friday night of Fall Fest weekend. Downtown Newburyport offers many options for arts & entertainment, interesting attractions as well as excellent shopping and restaurants. If you’re in need of a hotel room in Newburyport, make sure to reserve a room or suite in advance.

Fall Fest is about enjoying the outdoors and appreciation for the beauty of  the Fall season in New England. Autumn is one of the most picturesque times of the year to experience the Newburyport Waterfront and all that downtown Newburyport has to offer. Make sure to take a stroll on the boardwalk and enjoy the fall foliage. If you are looking for information regarding local events, download the Newburyport App for direct access to the Newburyport Events Calendar and make sure to check out Things to Do for interesting places to explore.

Hosted by the Newburyport Chamber, Fall Fest is the official name for Newburyport’s 2023 Autumn celebration, yet both the name of the event and the associated activities have evolved over the years. Fall Festival, Fall Harvest Festival, Octoberfest and October Festival are all prior year names for what is now referred to as Newburyport Fall Fest. If you happen to recall the Pumpkin Lighting or the Scarecrow Contest these are also prior year activities that were part of the Fall Fest umbrella. If you enjoy attending outdoor events during during the autumn season, we high recommend the annual Fall Festival in Georgetown, hosted by Nunan’s and Cafe Sarina. Newburyport and Amesbury are also host to traditional Oktoberfest celebrations hosted by our local breweries.

Newburyport.com Video from Fall Fest 2022

 

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert – A Celebration of Unity

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert, A Celebration of Unity

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

Newburyport Choral Society Winter Concert Music Selection:

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

Purchase Tickets for the NCS Winter Concert:

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

2023 NCS Online Auction:

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

NCS at the Custom House

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

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

More About the Newburyport Choral Society

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

Santa’s Workshop 2023 Open and Spreading Holiday Cheer

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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Santa’s Workshop, a very special “Local Shop” is ready for customers in downtown Newburyport, owned and operated by Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself. This festive shed is a joint effort from two great local organizations: the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce a highly connected local business organization that was able to secure visits from Santa for three weekend’s and the decorations are are a stunning creation compliments of the Newburyport Horticultural Society. The 2023 Santa’s Workshop theme Woodland Wonderland where the animals decorate the trees in honor of Santa’s visit.

Santa’s Workshop will be open to the public for visits daily through Christmas, with special appearances from Santa scheduled for the first three weekends of December. If you want a chance to say hello to the big man in red, he will be ho ho ho’ing in his workshop on any of the following days/times. Children can bring their list and snap a pic, and even drop a letter off in Santa’s “official” mailbox.

Santa’s Workshop Special Appearances by Santa
Patrick Tracey Square – 27-29 Pleasant Street, Newburyport

Fridays 3:30 -5:30 pm Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th
Saturdays 11 am – 2 pm Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th
Sundays 11am – 2 pm Dec. 3rd, 10th, 17th

Need some letter writing inspiration? Pop into Greetings by Design before you visit Santa’s Workshop and pick up some magical stationery created specifically for VIP letters to St. Nick.  The pack even includes some thank you notes for post-holiday.

And even when Santa isn’t hard at work, you can still swing by for a visit! In fact—on days Santa is off at the North Pole, visitors are welcome to actually enter Santa’s Workshop and peek around inside. Make sure to bring your cameras to grab some family pictures with the amazing decorations inside and out, and be on the lookout for a fun new addition this year, some naughty gnomes looking for a snowball fight!

The Newburyport Horticultural Society spent many hours and dollars to transform this shed into Santa’s Workshop, a winter wonderland designed to encourage Christmas spirit. This holiday display is their way of giving to the greater community and to say happy holidays to all.

If you are interested in more Newburyport holiday events and fun things to do check the Newburyport Events Calendar.

NAA Auction – Newburyport Art Association Art Auction & Party

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
NAA Auction, Newburyport Art Auction & Party

The 22nd annual Newburyport Art Association Art Auction and Party will take place in the NAA galleries and under a spacious tent adjacent to the Sculpture Garden on Saturday, September 23rd from 5:30 – 10:30 pm. The NAA auction is the largest fundraiser of the year and has grown in popularity causing organizers to expand preparations and bidding options for this exciting annual event. The NAA auction is a wonderful opportunity to help support a critical organization that serves as the foundation and inspiration for Greater Newburyport’s passionate community of artists and art lovers. Come view and bid on works by local artists, while enjoying delicious food and drinks at one of Newburyport’s top annual social events.

In honor of the NAA’s “75th Anniversary Year” the NAA Art Auction will feature 75 works of art & design, 50 as part of the live auction and 25 as part of our silent auction. The NAA is grateful to the Newburyport Bank Charitable Foundation, the premier sponsor for both the NAA’s 75th Anniversary Celebration and Auction.

The Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a great way to discover beautiful local art. Plan your bids ahead of time by previewing artwork in the NAA Live Auction Online Gallery and the NAA Silent Auction Online Gallery! The auction art will be exhibited in the NAA galleries from Friday, August 25th through Wednesday, September 20th. The exhibition is free and will be open for viewing during NAA business hours. From 5 pm on the 20th until the auction opens on Saturday the 23rd, the NAA gallery exhibition will be closed in preparation for the auction. The online galleries will remain open during this time giving everyone a chance to preview art and plan bids.

The NAA Auction is always an exciting evening and a wonderful opportunity to highlight the amazing artwork of the NAA artist members! The Silent Auction, featuring 25 works of art and 20-30 experience packages will take place from 5:30-7:15 along with the art preview for the live auction, live painting by artist, Alan Bull as well as cocktails and cuisine. The Live Auction, featuring 50 works of art, will take place from 7:30 – 10:30 and cocktails and dessert will be available during this time.

5:30 – 7:15 Live Auction Preview & Silent Auction/25 Works of Art & 20-30 Experience Packages | Cocktails & Cuisine
5:30 – 7:15   Live Painting by Artist Alan Bull | Alan’s painting will be for sale during the Live Auction
7:30 – 10:30  Live Auction/50 Works of Art & Raffle Drawings | Cocktails & Dessert

Purchase tickets in advance, as the Newburyport Art Association art auction and party is a sell out every year! Tickets will be sold at the door the night of the Art Auction if they are still available. Tickets are $120 with an optional $20 cost for a reserved seat.

If you are unable to attend the Newburyport Art Association Art Auction and Party, consider purchasing raffle tickets for one of two VIP Sports Packages generously donated by Cross Insurance or a Jimmy’s Jazz Club Package donated by Andrew Sidford Architects.  The drawing will be held during the live auction but you do not need to be present to win the raffle.

Package 1  Two tickets, Jimmy’s Jazz Club, Dinner & Tours of  Club & MONA $500 (FMV) | Andrew Sidford Architects
Package 2   Two VIP Tickets to Celtics vs. Knicks & Gourmet Dinner & Dessert $800 (FMV) | Cross Insurance Boardroom
Package 3  Two VIP Tickets to Bruins vs. Rangers & Gourmet Dinner & Dessert $800 (FMV)| Cross Insurance Boardroom

Video from 2018 NAA Art Auction & Party:

 

 

PlumFest Free Annual Music Festival on Plum Island

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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PlumFest, Plum Island’s free annual music festival celebration was slated to return on Saturday, September 16th from 12 – 6 pm but unfortunately the event has been cancelled due to the timing of Hurricane Lee. Plum is a huge collaborative volunteer effort with 50 location host volunteers, 100 band volunteers and many additional volunteers who help with logistics. With the size of this volunteer effort, it is not possible to have a rain date. Transforming local porches on the island into stages for small concerts, PlumFest is a grassroots community operation completely run by volunteers, from hosts to musicians to organizers. 

An early participant in the “porch-fest” movement, PlumFest relies on local residents on the island to share their yards, porches, and parking lots with local musicians so they can perform for visitors. Growing in numbers each year, the music festival now features approximately 100 performers at 50 locations, including residential homes and local island businesses such as: The Plum Island Beachcoma, Mad Martha’s, The Cottage, and The Plum Island Grille.

So what’s the best way to experience this popular music festival? Organizers urge attendees to skip cars and to walk, ride bikes, and bringPlumFest, Plum Island, MA Unnamed Colors strollers. Non-island residents, are encouraged to park at the the Plum Island Airport and to carpool as much as possible. PlumFest will have FREE shuttles that you can hop on and off of all day to visit different venues and to get to and from your car. The shuttle will run from 11 am – 7 pm giving folks plenty of time to check out their favorite bands and make it back to their cars before the shuttle stops. 

With so many amazing bands, how can you find your favorites and discover new ones too? Visit the PlumFest website to view the interactive map or check out the PlumFest Schedule for the list of bands, times and locations. This schedule is final but it is subject to unanticipated last-minute changes. If you prefer not to be tied to a schedule just ride the shuttle and hop off when you hear something you like!

Expect a huge range in music, from full bands to acoustic performances, from bluegrass to classic rock and rap. Performances are scattered all over the island with hot spots like Northern Boulevard, Southern Boulevard on the South End, and Old Point Road. Check out the amazing 2023 lineup

While there will be a few food trucks out and about, organizers hope that visitors will give backPlumFest, Plum Island MA Dune Dogs Band to the community by popping into local establishments to grab some food or a drink. And if you love a band, purchase a t-shirt or book them for your next event!

Each year PlumFest picks a cause to raise money for. While the festival is entirely free, red buckets are set up at the performers’ locations to collect donations. This year, funds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley and club members will be volunteering during the event by staffing the welcome table and supervising the airport parking lot. Donations will enable the expansion of the music curriculum by adding instruction in recording technology, studio engineering and sound management. Over the past four years, PlumFest has donated $25,000 to various causes.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full Events Calendar! The first band picture featured in the article is Unnamed Colors and the second is the Dune Dogs Band playing at the Plum Island Grille.

PlumFest 2022: RevelUp

PlumFest 2022: Lynne Taylor Music at The Plum Island Beachcoma

PlumFest 2022: Peter Lavenson & Brother Gary Shane & Slivertones & Friends at the Plum Island Grille

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting – Newburyport Rotary Club

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The 2023 Santa Parade & Tree Lighting, Hosted by the Newburyport Rotary Club is scheduled for Sunday, November 26th, offering all the holiday cheer that’s to be expected of a downtown yuletide celebration – but there’s a twist. In this most nautical of cities, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by boat. Honoring the Clipper City’s heritage as the birthplace of the U.S. Coast Guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus make their first local appearance waving from a Coast Guard boat on the Merrimack River before docking at the boardwalk for a joyful procession through the downtown area to the traditional tree lighting in Market Square.

Kids and families gather on the Newburyport waterfront to await the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus followed by a short parade that ends in Market Square with caroling and the Christmas tree lighting. To kick off the official ceremony, the Mayor gives Santa the key to the City, which is closely guarded and held at The Brass Lyon. The caroling is jointly led by the Newburyport and Triton High School Bands and Chorus with spirited participation from locals capped with Santa hats as they usher in the holiday season. It is important to know that the start time for this event is approximate as the Merrimack River tides can impact the arrival time of Santa & Mrs. Claus. We always recommend arriving early because once our VIP guests’ board their sleigh, this magical event proceeds quickly. Although the official event time posted on the Newburyport Rotary Club website is from 3 – 5:30 pm., they have provided us with more details. Santa & Mrs. Claus are expected to depart on the Coast Guard boat at 3:30 pm. The boat will go up the River towards Michael’s Harborside so that folks can get a glimpse of our VIP’s on the water. The parade start time is expected to be 3:45 – 4 pm by the time everyone is lined up and ready to go and it will take approximately 15 minutes for them to reach Market Square and another 15 minutes for caroling. The tree should be lit between 4:15 – 4:30.

Traditionally held on the Sunday afternoon immediately after Thanksgiving, the Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is the much-anticipated kickoff of the area’s official holiday season.

Over the next few weeks Santa will pop up at a host of public events in the area, including a series of tours by firetruck (in Byfield, Newburyport, and Salisbury), and a wide variety of story times’ and parties at local libraries and recreational farms.

In early December in Newburyport, Santa takes up residence at Santa’s Workshop which is festively decorated by the Newburyport Horticultural Society, offering visits and photos with the kids in December. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for the specific days and times.

The Newburyport Santa Parade & Tree Lighting is great example of teamwork and event collaboration for the benefit of the community. This special annual event is Hosted and organized by a large group of local volunteers from the Newburyport Rotary Club with help from the Merrimack River Coast Guard Station, providing transportation for our special VIP’s and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce who provides the Market Square Christmas tree and our other beautiful downtown Newburyport decorations.

As part of the Chamber’s beautification program, they are in charge of all of the holiday decorations for our city as well as the beautiful hanging flowers you may notice during the Spring and Summer months. When purchasing one of our Newburyport VIP Cards you are able to donate a part of the proceeds directly to the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, these funds are allocated specifically to the beautification program.

2021 Santa Parade & Tree Lighting

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Witches’ Night Out Newburyport – Dress to Impress!

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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Witches’ Night Out Newburyport has become known as one of the top Halloween events for the North Shore, catering to “big kids” tempted by shopping and socializing in creative costumes. Grab your broomsticks and pointy hats and fly on over to the annual Witches’ Night Out on Friday, October 13th from 6 – 9 pm, where witches and warlocks are invited to haunt the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery in their best Halloween getups. Plan a wicked girls or guys night out or have a scary fun date night and paint the town orange for this Halloween celebration. Couples and group costumes are always a hit!

During Witches’ Night Out, costumed revelers are invited to stroll through town and pop into participating shops that will stay open late for tricks and treats. Many stores get creative with eerie decorations and offer up spooktacular snacks and drinks. And while all of town will be frighteningly exciting, there are a few shops that always outdo themselves. Kevin Riley, owner of Partridge in a Bear Tree, is known for his over the top decorations for just about every holiday, and Halloween is no exception. This shop is a must visit for all witches in the know! You may even find some great decorations and ideas to make your own house the spookiest on the block. There are so many local Newburyport shop owners who enjoy this fun Newburyport tradition. Make sure to visit as many as you can!

Although the event does not include a costume contest at one of our local restaurants this year, all witches, warlocks and anything else that goes bump in the night, are encouraged to attend Witches Night Out in their best Halloween attire!

To find even more fun events happening this Halloween season, visit our Newburyport EVENTS CALENDAR.

Newburyport Chocolate Tour – Eat Chocolate, Be Happy, Do Good

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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For anyone with a sweet tooth, don’t miss the 2023 Newburyport Chocolate Tour, a mouthwatering day filled with chocolaty treats from local retailers. On Saturday, October 7th from 12 – 4 pm, over 30 shops in downtown Newburyport will be offering up sweet treats to patrons with a chocolate tour ticket. This wonderful annual event in its 20th year, is hosted by volunteers from the Central Congregational Church and 100% of the NET proceeds are used to support local nonprofits.

The Newburyport Chocolate Tour is a great way to experience and explore downtown while also indulging in chocolate! From specialty stores to bakeries, this indulgent event offers a great variety of participants, allowing you to shop your way through town while embarking on the chocolate tour.

Chocolate Tour at Gelato, Amy & Alexa Warchol

Purchase tickets for this delicious event that helps to promote awareness of our local Newburyport small businesses! Advanced tickets can be purchased at one of the following locations: Affamata in the Tannery, Brass Lion or the Candy Man. You can also purchase tickets online. While tickets are available for purchase the day of the event for $25, be warned, the Chocolate Tour limits sales to 400 total tickets and the event typically sells out.

Kick off the fun at the Newburyport Chocolate Tour starting point, the Unitarian Universalist Church, 26 Pleasant Street, where you will get a map of all the tasty stops and a bag to collect what you manage to not eat immediately! There will also be some chocolate themed baskets for raffle, so grab some tickets to try your luck when you pick up your map.

The Chocolate Tour motto, “Eat Chocolate. Be Happy. Do Good.“, sums up this delicious tour as 100% of net proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations. This year’s proceeds go to 8 Local Community Groups this year: 5 Councils on Aging for Prescription Refill & Transportation Programs, Community Services of Newburyport, New England Equine Rescue, and The Guinea Pig Sanctuary. View more about these wonderful local organizations below. You can truly feel happy eating chocolate AND donating to great causes.

Chocolate Tour at Soak Serving Simply Sweet Chocoates, NewburyportThe Chocolate Tour needs and greatly appreciates volunteers interested in helping run this wonderful event. If you are available to be surrounded by smiles and sweet treats, e-mail Diane at newburyportchoclatetour@gmail.com to sign-up.

For more fun happenings in Newburyport, be sure to check out our full events calendar!

2023 Chocolate Tour Benefactors:

Prescription Refill and Transportation Programs for Elders

This is the 11th year that the Chocolate Tour has supported these prescription refill and transportation programs for elders run by our local Councils on Aging (Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Newbury).  The funds help elders cover co-pays and other medical and transportation needs that often are beyond the elder’s weekly budget. By having a bit of cash readily available, a staff member can immediately help an elder.  Nothing fancy and it works.

Community Service of Newburyport

Community Services of Newburyport is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to offering food, clothing, emotional support and even camperships for children without funds for a summer camping experience.

New England Equine Rescue

New England Equine Rescue, know as NEER is a local West Newbury rescue group working to save horses, ponies, and donkeys from a variety of situations where the animal is at risk.

The Guinea Pig Sanctuary

We love to hear of local community members working hard to help beloved animals therefore the The Guinea Pig Sanctuary easily won the vote as a new beneficiary of the Chocolate Tour for 2023.

Clark School Rolling Admissions – Open House Dates

By Jeff Clark, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Jeff Clark has served as Headmaster of Clark School for the past 12 years and is the founder of Clark High School. He was also one of the first students at Clark School during the school’s inception year in 1978. Under Jeff’s leadership, Clark School has embraced the educational opportunities presented by new technology.
Open House, rolling admissions

Mark your calendar for the Clark School Tours and Open House dates for the 2023 – 2024 school year. The Clark School, a coeducational private school located in Rowley, MA, offers rolling admissions, making any time of year the perfect time to schedule a private tour or attend an open house. Founded in 1978, The Clark School offers a stimulating learning environment for students Preschool – Grade 12 and is particularly appropriate for all types of students. Our goal is to encourage students to become lifelong learners who think deeply and embrace challenges that lie ahead.

Apply to Clark School

With Clark School’s rolling admissions, you can start on a new educational path today, in a school that better fits who you are as a learner and person. Prospective students and families may attend an open house or take a tour and apply for admission at any time throughout the year, there is no admissions deadline. At the Clark School, we strongly believe that if your current educational path is not working, it is never too late to make a change!

Visit Us!

Schedule a private tour of our beautiful Rowley, MA campus at any time by emailing our admissions department at admissions@clarkschool.com or call us at 978-777-4699 ext. 112.

Attend an Open House!

Clark School Open Houses and Admissions Events are excellent opportunities for prospective students and their families to learn more about our school, our approach to education, and most importantly to develop an understanding if Clark School is the right learning environment and experience for them. Due to our rolling admissions policy, we offer open houses through out the year.

 2023/2024 Open House Dates:

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 Preschool/PreK | 5:30 pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 Tour-us Tuesday | 10:30 am

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 HS Open House | 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 11, 2023 All School Open House | 9:00 am

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 Tour-us Tuesday | 10:30 am

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 All School Open House | 5:30 pm

Learn more and register for an Open House or schedule a private tour!

Can’t make it to an Open House? The Clark School also offers private on-campus or virtual tour/meetings (clarkschool.com), so you can explore our beautiful campus, busy classrooms, and hear from students and staff, all from the comfort and convenience of your own home!

Fall Festival at Nunan’s – An Annual Fall Family Tradition

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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Nunan's Fall Festival, Georgetown MA

The Annual Nunan’s & Cafe Sarina Fall Festival, a popular North Shore MA tradition will be hosted on Sunday, October 22nd from 10 am to 3 pm featuring fall themed activities such as pumpkin decorating and corn maze as well as a visit from Curious Creatures, live music by Lee Biddle, artisan craft vendors and delicious fall flavored foods and treats. View the full list of activities and times below.

Fall festivals have long been a cherished tradition for expressing gratitude for the bountiful harvest and hope for a prosperous crop in the year to come. Similarly, the owners and extended family of Nunan’s & Cafe Sarina hold a deep appreciation for family bonds and the significance of savoring life’s blessings. Their daughter Sarina, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth, has been a remarkable source of inspiration for her family, friends and all who meet her. Sarina’s journey has taught them to fully embrace life, appreciate every blessing, and extend their gratitude and kindness to others in the community.

In the spirit of celebrating Sarina’s resilience and the values she embodies, Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses and Cafe Sarina are excited to host their annual Fall Festival. During this event, a portion of all sales will be dedicated to supporting the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, an important cause aimed at promoting acceptance and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. This heartwarming initiative reflects the Nunan family’s commitment to making a positive impact in their community and spreading the message of compassion and support for all.

Fall Festival Activities
Live Music by, Lee Biddle, 10 am – 12 pm
Corn Maze, 10 am – 3 pm
Arts & Crafts, 11 am – 3 pm
Face Painting & Balloon Twisting, 12 – 2 pm
Curious Creatures, 12 – 2:30 pm

Fall Festival is a FREE event and it is also a fundraiser for MDSC, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. There is no cost to enjoy the festival activities but if you choose to shop at Nunan’s or Café Sarina today, your purchases are greatly appreciated. Nunan’s garden center has an amazing selection of fall flowers and many home décor items, such as mums, pumpkins, cornstalks, and a large selection of unique decorative items! If you enjoy freshly baked goods, pick up some delicious treats! Cafe Sarina also offers gluten free options.

Rally a few friends or other families and celebrate these amazing New England fall festival traditions, while enjoying live music. At some point, in between all of the festival fun, we highly recommend a visit to Cafe Sarina for exceptional farm to table food. Arrive early and enjoy a delicious breakfast, or treat yourself to lunch or a delicious ice cream treat! Relax with a drink by the firepit as you experience the beauty of the fall season.

Plus, Nunan’s state-of-the-art 18-hole miniature golf course will be open for play. Putt your way to victory and see if your score gets you up on their leaderboard! At the end of the season, the top scores will compete for bragging rights, a free ice cream, and a trophy!

The Nunan’s/Cafe Sarina Fall Festival is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the joy and beauty of autumn while spending quality time family. Head on over to Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses, a family owned and operated community focused small business located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown.

 

Newburyport ArtWalk 2023

By Joe, Joe

Newburyport ArtWalk

Newburyport ArtWalk 2023 – Explore Step by Step

A Walking Tour Featuring Exceptional Local Art

A Community of Talent – Newburyport ArtWalk

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

You will receive a free brochure and map to assist you on your journey. These items can be found at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, and the passageway between State and Inn Streets, as well as at ArtWalk Partner locations.

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

 

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

The first image in this article is from inside Valerie’s Gallery at State Street and the second image features Allen Bull’s 2022 Calendar.

For more info, please visit the Newburyport ArtWalk or their Facebook.com/NewburyportArtWalk.

 

Newburyport ArtWalk Map Spring 2023

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

Plum Island Light House the Newburyport Harbor Light

Tour the Plum Island Light House: May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, September 7th or September 28th. The Plum Island Light was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the US, helping guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a historic 231-acre property in Newbury with events and activities for you and your family to enjoy. Much of the land at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is still under active agriculture! Visit the expansive open land and tour the farmhouse to see what life was like in Newbury in the 1690s!

playgrounds in the Newburyport area

Top Eight Playgrounds in the Newburyport Area

We’re lucky to live in an area with more than its fair share of wonderfully designed and maintained playgrounds, including one rated top ten in the state! From relatively small but

BONS Event – Best of North Shore BONS Award Winners

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
BONS Event BONS Award Winners, North Shore MA

Tickets for the 2023 BONS Event are a must! This prestigious annual North Shore event, hosted in recognition of BONS Award winners will take place on Thursday, August 17th at the Tupper Manor in Beverly, from 6:30 – 10 pm, with a 5:30 start for VIP ticket holders. BONS, Best of North Shore showcases exceptional local businesses and is the ultimate summer party for those with an appreciation for top quality food, drinks, entertainment, goods and services. Enjoy exceptional eats and drinks with friends, and rub elbows with owners from some of the North Shore’s top restaurant, shops, spas, salons and many other categories of BONS Award winners.

The BONS Event offers a chance to taste, sip, and indulge in, the North Shore’s best cuisine, brews, cocktails, and wines under the stars, while enjoying live music and dancing at a stunning venue. Know as the North Shore’s best party of the summer, the Best of North Shore BONS Award Celebration is the premier red carpet event for the Boston area.

The Best of the North Shore/BONS Awards celebrates the magazine’s editors’ and readers’ picks for the North Shore’s best dining, nightlife, entertainment venues, shopping, spas, and services. Each year, local businesses are nominated and voted on by the editors and readers of Northshore. 2023 BONS winners will be announced prior to the BONS Event in the mid-July issue of North Shore Magazine. Businesses  owners from towns and cities across the North Shore are honored with prestigious BONS Awards including many Best of Newburyport VIP’s.

Do have a passion for exceptional food and drinks? Do you appreciate fine shopping, spas, salons and premier services? Purchase your tickets now for the BONS Event and celebrate with the 2023 BONS Award winners! Enjoy unlimited food, cocktails, wine, dancing and a night of excitement and fun in the stunning and historic venue of Tupper Manor.

Cruisin’ the 50’s Car Show – A Premier Classic Cars Event

By Joe, Joe

Cruisin' the 50's Classic Car Show, Newburyport, MA

Cruisin’ the 50’s Newburyport 2024

Rev Your Engines For This Spectacular Display

Cruisin’ the 50’s Classic Cars Drive You Wild

Newburyport’s Cruisin’ the 50’s classic car show will be held on Thursday, August 8, from 5 – 8 PM. Once per year, downtown Newburyport steps back into a time of past, transforming our historic downtown into a beautiful pedestrian walkway, lined with impeccably maintained vintage automobiles proudly showcased at this exclusive invitational car show.

This premier classic car show features an exclusive group of 250 specially selected cars from collectors who are invited to participate in the show.  In past years, Cruisin’ the 50’s has featured some high profile vehicles such as the DeLorean that brought us Back in Time from the classic Michael J. Fox movie “Back to the Future.” Another past favorite was the 1948 black Delahaye, hand built in Paris, France and owned by private collector Bruce Male of Swampscott, MA. The Cruisin’ the 50’s Car Show becomes more popular each year and local businesses enjoy being part of the fun! This prior year video features a live 50’s band performing in the Newburyport Bank parking lot as car enthusiasts admire the amazing display of classic cars.

Cruisin’ the 50’s will have you indulging in one gorgeous vintage vehicle after the next, as you walk the historic streets of downtown Newburyport.  If you’re not able to make it to this exciting event, enjoy coverage from our Newburyport.com Live Web Cams.

Cruisin’ the 50’s is a free event open to all and hosted by the Newburyport Chamber. Enjoy beautiful classic cars in the picturesque historic downtown, of Newburyport, MA.  State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street will be open to pedestrians only and more stunning antique autos will be parked on surrounding streets as well.  If necessary, Cruisin’ the 50’s will be moved to the rain date for this event, the following Thursday in August, 13h from 5pm until 8pm.

Please note: Classic car participation is by invitation and pre-registration only. For participant information, contact car coordinator Wes Pettengill at 978-465-3140.

*Professional photography by Visual Storyteller and Documentary Photographer Ben Savoie. 

Cruisin' the 50's 2015 - Video Production by UAV LOOK

Cruisin' the 50's Car Show 2022

Cruisin' the 50's Car Show 2017

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
Plum Island Light House, Newburyport MA

Plum Island Light House the Newburyport Harbor Light

Tour the Plum Island Light House: May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, September 7th or September 28th. The Plum Island Light was the 13th lighthouse to be constructed in the US, helping guide boaters into the treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River and into Newburyport Harbor.

Tall Ships, Newburyport

Tall Ships Visit Newburyport – Maritime Days 2017

Thanks to the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Greater Newburyport Community and curious visitors from near and far, we were fortunate to experience Newburyport’s maritime history through tours and events

Piping Plovers Nesting, Plum Island Refuge Closures, Newbury MA

Piping Plovers Nesting Season Brings Annual Plum Island Refuge Closures

Each year Plum Island beachgoers must pack up their gear and vacate The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge when the piping plovers swoop in for nesting and breeding season causing

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Greater Newburyport

By Joe, Joe

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Oktoberfest 2023 in Newburyport & Amesbury!

Cheers to Fall with Great Tasting Beer!

German Style Beer, Live Music & Good Times

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

Oktoberfest History

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

Oktoberfest at BareWolf Brewing

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

Oktoberfest at Riverwalk Brewing

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

Oktobrefest at Newburyport Brewing

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

Things to Do

Top-rated attractions, National Parks and historic tours are among the many things to do in Newburyport.
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Sandy Point State Reservation: Tips to Plan Your Trip

Sandy Point State Reservation, located at the southern point of Plum Island, offers beautiful views, a protected cove with calm waters, and an escape from overcrowded beaches. While Sandy Point

Wooden Wheel, Hoist Wheel, Newburyport Liberty Law

What’s Up With That Wooden Wheel at Liberty Law

If you have ever been to a real estate closing at  Liberty Law, you may have noticed a huge wooden wheel on the 3rd floor (hand-notched with evenly-spaced square holes

Plum Island Beach, Newburyport

Plum Island Beach

PI beach is family-friendly sand, surf and sun 35 miles north of Boston, and a bike ride from downtown Newburyport.

Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race

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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The Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race is absolutely one of the most entertaining events of the week! Come show your support for our local Newburyport & Plum Island restaurants and cheer for your favorite waiters and waitresses at the 2023 Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race. On Monday, July 31st, 2023 at 4:30 pm on Liberty Street local waitstaff will race down the street carrying full trays to compete for an honorary title and cash prizes. Check out Newburyport VIP YouTube videos below and visit NewburyportVIP on Instagram for totally different versions of our Waiter & Waitress coverage.

Waiter and Waitress Race Winners 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 overall restaurant winner voted to have the most spirit, Sea Level Oyster Bar! Amazing job by all of the racers. Below were the 2023 individual race winners.

 

Yankee Homecoming Waiter & Waitress Race Sea Level Team

1st  Anchor Pizza – Leanne Paparella (4th time with 1st place)
1st  Sea Level Oyster Bar – Taylor Donovan

2nd  Port Tavern – Ruby Coppinger
2nd  Sea Level Oyster Bar –  Adam Michaud

The Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race, created to showcase our amazing local restaurants and shine the spotlight on our favorite waiters and waitresses who consistently create memorable dining experiences. The lineup of restaurants is guaranteed to be impress and the 2023 judges are excited to recognize the winning restaurant and top waiters and waitresses! The Yankee Homecoming Committee is delighted to announce the 2023 VIP celebrity judges: Newburyport Mayor, Sean Reardon, Ms. Northshore: Courtney Fucaloro, and Amy Traverso Food Editor at Yankee Magazine, Co-Host of WGBH’s Weekends with Yankee & Cookbook author.

The Waiter & Waitress Races are  for local restaurants to showcase their menus and specials and drive Yankee Homecoming crowds in for a meal. It’s advertising at no cost to the restaurants. In fact, participating restaurants are encouraged to display their menu and any Yankee Homecoming specials or promotions, on a board at the finish line.

All Newburyport and Plum Island waiters and waitresses, eighteen years and older, are welcome to compete in the Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race. Not in the industry? Come by to cheer on your favorite waitstaff as they walk/run from Fair Street down Liberty Street carrying trays piled high with full glasses! The top female waitresses and top male waiters to cross the finish line first with dry trays will move on to the final challenge, yet another diner dash, but with the addition of obstacles.

The male and female winners will each earn very substantial tips: 1st place $450, and 2nd place, $200. The top restaurant with the best overall performance/spirit will earn the traveling trophy, as well as bragging rights as the fastest staff in town, until the following year.

Thinking about entering the race? Brush up on the rules and register here. Only waitstaff from local Newburyport and Plum Island restaurants may compete. Registration fees are waived this year for the Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race.

PRIOR YEAR NewburyportVIP Coverage

Congratulations to all of our amazing local restaurants and thank you to all who have participated! Enjoy prior year NewburyportVIP videos and see winners lists below.

Waiter and Waitress Race Winners 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 overall restaurant winner voted to have the most spirit, Plum Island Beachcoma! Amazing job by all of the racers. Below were the 2022 individual race winners.

Yankee Homecoming Waiter & Waitress Race 2022 WinnersWaiter & Waitress Race Cup Winner, Plum Island Beachcoma

1st  Anchor Pizza – Leanne Paparella (3rd time with 1st place)
1st  Oregano – Gabriel Sambataro

2nd  Port Tavern – Olivia Coppinger
2nd  Carmine’s –  JD Horne

2021 Overall Restaurant Winner – Brick & Ash

2021 Waiter & Waitress Winners:
1st Anchor – Leanne Paparella
1st Bar 25 – Joey Nickerson

2nd Michael’s – Erin Leary
2nd Bar 25 –  Andrew Vignati

3rd Poynt – Cassie Harding
3rd Michael’s – Chase Pantelis

2019 Overall Restaurant Winner – Anchor Pizza

2019 Waiter & Waitress Winners:
1st Anchor – Leanne Paparella
1st Bob Lobster – Sam Fitzpatrick

2nd Sea Level – Margaux Munick
2nd Poynt – Chad Flinkman

2019 Yankee Homecoming Waiter & Waitress Video – Newburyport VIP

Check out 2019 Newburyport.com videos of Sea Level Oyster Bar and Oregano Ristorante waitstaff practicing for the big event! 

This 2019 Sea Level video features Madeline Walsh (left) and Margaux Munick (right). 

This 2019 Oregano’s video below features Gabriel Sambataro (left) and Lindsey Howland (right). 

Topsfield Fair – America’s Oldest County Fair Began in 1818

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.
Topsfield Fair, Topsfield, MA County Fair

The annual Topsfield Fair is a cherished tradition for many local North Shore families and for fair goers who travel far distances to be part of this amazing fall event packed with activities and fun Things to Do.  The 2023 Topsfield Fair runs from September 29th through October 9th with hundreds of vendors, rides, animals, shows, and special entertainment. Known as America’s oldest county fair, nearly half a million people flock to the festivities each year to enjoy a combination of traditional agricultural exhibits with classic fair fun.

Opened daily over ten days, the Topsfield Fair features a Midway section filled with rides, food, and games. Thrill-seekers can whirl and twirlTopsfield Fair, County Fair, Topsfield, MA on fast-paced rides while families with younger children can hit the kiddie section filled with pint-sized entertainment like small merry-go-rounds and driving cars. The Midway is also home to classic carnival games. Rides and games are not included in admission. You can purchase ride packs in advance for a discount or just pay as you go at the fair.

Fair-goers should also be sure to bring their appetites because the food vendors—situated in the Midway—will not disappoint. Topsfield Fair has everything from sandwiches to desserts, and many unique treats with a county fair twist. Try out some chocolate covered bacon, sample fried kool-aide, or indulge in some farm-fresh apple crisp.

Topsfield Fair, County Fair Topsfield, MAThe Topsfield Fair was founded by the Essex County Agriculture Society back in 1818 so it comes as no surprise that farming and animals are a major part of this county fair.  Visit with tiny piglets, sheep with their lambs, and other farm animals at the Farmyard tent and stop into the multiple barns throughout the fairgrounds that house cattle, goats, rabbits, chickens, and more. There is even a beekeeping exhibit with observation hives to watch the bees in action. Along with live animals, visitors can also shop fresh produce from local farmers and goods made by local artisans.

Perhaps one of the most famous exhibits at the Topsfield Fair is the All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off—which is exactly what it sounds like. Farmers from all over compete to earn the title of the heaviest pumpkin and fair visitors get to check out these massive fruits on display. All pumpkins must weigh a minimum of 300 Lbs to enter and the heaviest to date weighed in at a whopping 1,689 Lbs!

Before planning out your day make sure to take a look at the Topsfield Fair daily calendar which is packed with live entertainment ranging from live musical performances to a demolition derby. There are also live events that go back to this county fair’s agricultural roots like an old fashion tractor pull and sheepdog trials. And if you plan on spending the whole day at the fair, stick around for the fairground parade scheduled for Tuesday, October 3rd from 5 – 6 pm.

Topsfield Fair Tickets:

Tickets to the Topsfield Fair, along with ride tickets and food vouchers, can be purchased online in advance at a discounted rate. Children under 8 are always free. All pictures used in this article are from the Topsfield Fair facebook page.

 

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser Supporting the Fireworks

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Brewfest is a rain or shine event and is happening as scheduled. Get ready for the 2023 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser on Saturday, July 29th from 5 – 9 pm. Brewfest is hosted at Cashman Park providing picturesque shoreline views of the Merrimack River. In addition to being one of Newburyport’s top social events of the summer, Brewfest ticket sales are the primary source of revenue used to pay for our Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase Brewfest tickets and know that your contribution is helping support our cherished fireworks, hosted by Yankee Homecoming, a local nonprofit organization.

Yankee Homecoming Brewfest is the ideal opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about local craft beers, discover some new breweries or revisit some of your favorite brews! The event is host to an impressive list of local and regional breweries featuring an amazing selection of local craft beers and ciders. Come sample some new styles and varieties of craft beers and view the list of participating breweries below.

The following is the list of 2023 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest participants.  Allagash, Athletic Brewing Company LLC, Cisco Brewers,  Downeast Cider, Finest Kind Brewing LLC/Smuttynose Brewing & Island District Craft Cocktails, Jack’s Abby, Kona Brewing Co, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Night Shift, Nutrl, Sloop Brewing Co., Stella Artois, Three Floyds Brewing Co. LLC,  Trapp, Trogegs Independent Brewing, True North Ale Company, Von Trapp Brewing, and Wormtown Brewery. Check back as the list of confirmed participants may still increase.

In addition to an excellent selection of beers, Brewfest offer tasty food options as well: Fat Belly BBQ, OTTO Pizza, Pete’s Pushcart Catering, Rico’s Burrito Food Truck, North Shore Beefie Boys, and Super Star Ice Cream. The Yankee Homecoming Brewfest volunteers have also organized fun activities like cornhole and giant jenga as well as live music from, Party On!

While Yankee Homecoming features many events for families and people of all ages, Brewfest is a really fun occasion exclusively for adults! Only folks aged 21+ with a valid form of identification will be admitted.  No children or pets are permitted. Make sure to purchase tickets for Yankee Homecoming Brewfest as soon as possible because this popular event sells out every year. Note, that Brewfest will happen rain or shine. We like to assume that the weather will be perfect “glass half full”…. but check the forecast and be prepared to keep the party going…even if your umbrella becomes necessary.

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 130 local restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

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Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday – A Classic Family Event

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Are you ready for a day of outdoor fun, games, and entertainment? Get ready for Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday 2023! This year’s event will be held Sunday, July 30th from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is a classic Newburyport family event where children of all ages enjoy a fun and exciting array of activities.  The setting for Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday is on Bartlet Mall, a beautiful and picturesque area at the intersection of Pond Street and High Street in Newburyport.

This event is an opportunity to kick off Yankee Homecoming week in Newburyport while making wonderful memories with family and friends. There are so many fun activities to enjoy.  Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday begins with folks displaying their favorite pets on stage. There will be entertainers playing music and performing dances from the 1960s.  This is a great opportunity for folks to wear clothing from the era, including bell-bottom pants and tie-dye shirts! For many families Olde Fashioned Sunday has become an annual tradition, along with Kids Day in the Park and Family Day.

Art on Bartlet Mall is another very popular event that takes place at the same time and location as Olde Fashioned Sunday. There will be regional artists displaying and selling their amazing original work on Bartlet Mall. You can enjoy Art on Bartlet Mall both Saturday, July 29th as well as Sunday, July 30th during Olde Fashioned Sunday. Art on Bartlet Mall runs from 10 AM – 4 PM each day.

Kids will love the free activities at the Family Midway event. Enjoy some old fashioned games as a family, such as the potato sack race and water balloon toss. Kids can take a pony ride, watch the pet show and enjoy train rides around the pond! There will also be a classic car display, swing dancing and many exciting competitions on the lower green. Events and activities are similar each year.

2023 Olde Fashioned Sunday Events Schedule 

Roaming Railroad Rides & Pony Rides – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Down by the pond, make sure to take pictures of the kids’ smiling faces.

Midway Games – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Come enjoy some olde time fun and win prizes.

Vendor Row – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Enjoy some food, ice cream and activities

Pet Show sponsored by Bartlett’s Cove Pet Care – 10:30am
Registration at 10:00 visit Bartlett’s Cove Facebook page for more information

Antique and Classic Cars – 10:30am – 1:00pm
Step back in time and admire the classic stylings and muscle of years gone by.

Beginners Cornhole Tournament (cost $40 per team) – 11:00am
View registration information & check in at 10:30am

Opening Ceremonies and the Raising of the Flag – 11:30am
Main stage and the corner of High St and Pond St. The big start of the
week’s festivities.

Swing Dance lessons and entertainment- 12:30 – 1:30pm
Northshore swing dance will be teaching a lesson and North of Boston Swing Dance Society will also perform.

Music  by Northshore Men’s Chorus – 1:30 – 2:30pm 
Enjoy some music from The Northshoremen Chorus.

Family Fun Competition – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Come enjoy some good olde fun, some friendly competition and win
some prizes too.

  • Potato Sack Race
  • Hula Hoop
  • Water Balloon Toss – Pre-register at volunteer table next to the Main stage 10am – 1pm

When you get hungry during Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday there will be plenty of vendors cooking up delicious snacks. There will also be old-fashioned candy and popcorn available for purchase. That’s right, there will be tasty candy and snacks. Enjoy the beginning of Yankee Homecoming week and all the fun events for people of all ages at Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday!

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport app and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 130 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament – Geno Open – Sold Out

By Joe, Joe

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, Newburyport

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament – SOLD OUT

Three Strokes Under Par

Yankee Homecoming Golf  Tournament – GENO Open 2023

The 2023 Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, GENO Open will be held on Monday, July 31st at Ould Newbury Golf ClubThis event is sold out for the 2023 Yankee Homecoming Festivities. The Tournament which is open to both men and women, kicks off at 8 AM with a shogun scramble.  The raffle and silent auction will run throughout the Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, GENO Open, followed by awarding of prizes with a cash bar cocktail hour.  Be ready to play your best, as there is a $10,000 cash prize for getting a hole in one on the sixth hole!

After the Geno Open, participants and guests will proceed to the dock at Waterfront Park to board the Captains Lady at 4 PM for a dinner cruise hosted by the Starboard Galley Restaurant.  The menu will include: Caesar Salad and pasta salad, Sirloin Steak Tips, Grilled Chicken and Shrimp, rolls & butter followed by Strawberry Shortcake.

The Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament is always a very popular tournament so it is important to register early. This event is SOLD Out for 2023! Contact Gary Greco at 978-462-1326 to reserve your spot. You can also reach out to Gary to sponsor a tee or donate a raffle prize.

The Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament, Geno Open Cost is $150 Per Person (Includes Carts, Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Harbor Cruise & Dinner.)  Guest fee is $30 to bring a spouse or guest on the Harbor Cruise.  NET proceeds for this event go to support the efforts of the Yankee Homecoming Committee.  Use 305 Newburyport Turnpike in your GPS as the Address for Ould Newbury Golf Club.

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament History

July 31st, 2014 was a day filled with birdies, bogies and pars for most, except Paul Mahoney.  Unlike any other year, Paul played the 9-hole course with a crew of friends. Throughout the day they joked and laughed with each other about various ‘swings and misses,’ until there was nothing to joke about.

Yankee Homecoming Golf Tournament at the Ould Newbury Golf Club

“A number 6 iron, he hit the ball, a perfect swing, it landed three feet before the hole and BOOM, hole in one!” said Paul’s friend and teammate.  And to the victor goes the spoils, a $10,000 prize.  According to Yankee Homecoming President Michael Volpone, this was the first hole-in-one in the tournament’s 30 year history. 

On the hole Paul made the eagle, there was also a double your money raffle for landing a tee shot on the green in combination with being the closest shot to the pin. Given Paul’s hole in one, he also sank this award.

Paul, who’s been playing golf since he was a kid, says nowadays it’s more luck than anything. When asked what he plans to do with the money, Paul said he is soon to take his wife on a couple’s trip to Alaska.

FUN FACT about the Ould Newbury Golf Course 

“Under the leadership of Benjamin Pearson, Dr. Charles S. Ingham and Joseph Dummer, 60 acres of land were leased from Governor Dummer Academy and in 1915, with a fund of $10,000 construction of the golf course began.”

Newburyport Greek Food Festival – Delicious Homemade Food

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Enjoy delicious, authentic Greek food at the 2023 Newburyport Greek Food Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church located at 7 Harris street in Newburyport. The Festival will run from 11:30 am – 8 pm on Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th as well as 11:30 am – 3 pm on Sunday, July 30th. There will be live Greek music brought to you by OPA entertainment, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 – 8 pm.

I am certain that I’m not the only local resident who eats at the Newburyport Greek Food Festival three days in a row in order to try and satisfy my craving for this wonderful, homemade Greek food! You will be delighted by all the Greek entrees including: the famous Lamb Shanks, Moussaka, Pastichio, Chicken & Lamb Kabobs, Gyros, Loukaniko, Keftethes, Spinach Pie, Greek Salad, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Fish “Plaki” (Friday Only). Coffee & Greek Pastries including Baklava, Galaktobouriko, Koulourakia, and more!

You can purchase food to eat on the run, such as a Gyro, or you can take your time and sit down for a relaxing meal outside or inside the air-conditioned church hall. My recommendation to my fellow foodies, is not to wait until the last day of the Festival to visit, because some of the most popular items may be sold out!

For 2023, the Greek Food Festival will host a few Greek vendors just inside the foyer of the church, a perfect place to find quality gifts. Taste & Art of Greece will have a fantastic display of jewelry, handbags, home items, ceramics, candles, etc. made from Greek artisans.

While the Greek Food Festival is not an official Yankee Homecoming Event, it has become a very popular tradition to kick off  Yankee Homecoming week at Greek Food Festival.

How many times will you visit the Newburyport Greek Food Festival during Yankee Homecoming to enjoy delicious homemade Mediterranean cuisine?

 

Yankee Homecoming Road Races – 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 1st 2023. 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. 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. Discounts are available for early registration and there is an increased cost to register the day of the race but the standard registration cost is $30 for the 5K and $40 for the 10 mile.  Everyone registered before July 11th will receive a commemorative short-sleeve tech race shirt.  After that date, shirts cannot be be guaranteed – register early!

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. All finishers will receive a custom finisher medal with a sublimated neck ribbon. 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.

 

 

Yankee Homecoming Market Place – Food, Shopping & Entertainment Schedule

Yankee Homecoming Market Place, Newburyport MA

Yankee Homecoming Market Place

Experience the Yankee Homecoming Market Place in the heart of Newburyport’s historic and downtown from 10 am to 10 pm daily from July 29th- August 6th.  Eat, shop and be entertained daily in Market Square, and surrounding streets. Follow the scent of the outdoor grilling to the many savory food choices and, explore all sorts of outdoor shopping, crafts and other fun things to do.  Make sure to catch daily entertainment at the Market Square stage as well as the Waterfront stage. Article photograph taken by the the official Yankee Homecoming photographers at Glenn Livermore Photography.

The Yankee Homecoming Market Place offers a wonderful variety of food options so your certain to find something for everyone. In addition to the standard outdoor vendor options of burgers, hot dogs, sausages, fries and pizza, you can also enjoy delicious eats from a selection of food trucks like Metz’s Cantina, Anchor Pizzeria and others as well. Make sure to save room for sweet treats and refreshing, cool treats as well, maybe an Italian Ice, or traditional fried dough.

Yankee Homecoming Downtown Entertainment Schedule

Grab a seat on one of the benches in Market Square and enjoy live entertainment from the Market Square stage or take a walk down to Waterfront Park to check out what’s happening on the Waterfront Stage. Downtown Entertainment runs daily from 11:30 am – 6 pm, and you can view the 2023 entertainment schedule for both the Market Square Stage and the Waterfront Stage. In the evenings during Yankee Homecoming you can also enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts.

Yankee Homecoming Craft Show

As part of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place you can enjoy the Market Square Craft Day on Tuesday, August 1st from 10 am – 5 pm. The rain date is Wednesday, August 2nd. Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar for more details on these events.

Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales

The Yankee Homecoming sidewalk sales are another great extension of the Yankee Homecoming Market Place. You will find tents with all sorts of great merchandise on the streets surrounding Market Square: State Street, Pleasant Street and Inn Street too. The sidewalk sales run Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 3th, 4th and 5th. The sidewalk sales are a great way to support our local retailers and find some great deals!

While downtown the kids can get get their face painted, play on the Inn Street Playground or cool off in the Inn Street fountain! The Yankee Homecoming Market Place runs from 10 am – 10 pm daily in Market Square, Inn Street and surrounding streets.

Yankee Homecoming VIP Card Fundraiser

If you enjoy saving money, make sure to purchase a Newburyport VIP Card, to receive discounts at participating Greater Newburyport restaurants and shops. You can use your VIP Card every time you visit any of the participating businesses and help support Yankee Homecoming Fireworks. Purchase one card for $25 or two for $40 and $10 of your purchase is donated to help pay for our spectacular firework display. Choose if you would like a traditional Physical VIP Card valid until 12/31/23 or a login for Digital VIP Card display in the “Newburyport” App. The digital VIP Card is valid one year from purchase.

If you enjoy using Apps, type “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store and select “VIP Card Discounts” to view participating businesses and discounts. You can purchase directly through the App, for immediate activation, and make sure to select YANKEE HOMECOMING FIREWORKS to receive $10 of your purchase.

4th of July in Newburyport and Best Fireworks Displays

By Jenny Davis, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Jenny is a freelance writer who moved to Newburyport in 2016 with her two loves, partner Wade and their Mini Goldendoodle, Lexie. After 25 years of retail management on the North Shore, Jenny is now enjoying writing about the people and places in the area she proudly calls home. Her happy place is sitting with a book in a local coffee shop or running along the Clipper City Rail Trail.
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4th of July weekend in Newburyport offers many fun things to do! Experience the best shopping and dining that the North Shore has to offer and relax on Plum Island Beach. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar for details. If you’re looking for great places to watch the 4th of July fireworks, view our Newburyport VIP recommendations below for exceptional North Shore and Seacoast, NH venues.

Why doesn’t Newburyport host fireworks on the 4th of July? Many folks know the answer to this question but for those who don’t, the Newburyport fireworks are launched each year during the annual Yankee Homecoming celebration. Mark your calendar for the 2023 Yankee Homecoming fireworks on Saturday, August 5th, and view our Newburyport VIP recommendations for 4th of July fireworks and displays on the 5th of July as well.

NOTE DATE CHANGE – South Mill Pond-Portsmouth, NH – 9:15 pm on WEDNESDAY 7/5

If you have other plans on the 4th of July, heading up to historic Portsmouth, NH to catch their fireworks display on Wednesday, July 5th may be perfect for you! Located just a few blocks from downtown Portsmouth, South Mill Pond, across from City Hall, is a lovely spot to watch the festivities. As in years past, the city is planning for a family friendly event and please take note that it is alcohol-free and dogs are not allowed.

Salisbury Beach-Salisbury, MA-10:15 pm on 7/4

Visit Salisbury Beach, just across the Merrimack River from Newburyport to enjoy live music by Joppa Flatts at 7:30 pm and the fireworks display at 10:15 pm. If you’re an animal lover, make sure to arrive early to check out the Salisbury Beach Pet Parade from 6-7 pm on the Broadway loop. You can also enjoy a beautiful view of these fireworks from the North Point of Plum Island Beach. Note, Plum Island parking lots reach capacity quickly over the holiday weekend.

NOTE DATE CHANGE –  Woodsom Farm- Amesbury, MA – 9:30 pm on 9/4

2023 AMESBURY DAYS FIREWORKS POSTPONED TO LABOR DAY 9/4. Fireworks in Newburyport’s neighboring city, Amesbury, on the 4th of July are the finale for the annual weeklong celebration known as Amesbury Days. Arrive early with your blankets and chairs to enjoy live music by New England favorite, Way Up South. Plenty of yummy food, including BBQ and ice cream, will be offered from local vendors.

Hampton Beach – Hampton, NH – 9:30 pm on 7/4 

Fireworks are planned for the 4th of July on Hampton Beach with a back up rain date of Friday 7/7. If the date is changed due to weather it will be posted here and on the Newburyport.com Events Calendar. Fireworks are held all summer long on Hampton Beach but the display for the 4th is extra special. If you decide to go early, there is plenty to do and see along the busy boardwalk including many restaurants, shops and arcades.  Live music at The Sea Shell Stage starts at 7 pm. You may also witness one of the area’s most stunning sunsets.

Newburyport and Plum Island Beach are an excellent choice for 4th of July weekend! In addition, to great shopping and dining, check out Newburyport Whale Watch or brush up on your maritime history at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Visit the Newburyport Art Association or just chill on Plum Island Beach. If you’re in search of picturesque places to stay, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re from the local area or planning a visit, consider downloading the Newburyport App for quick access to the Newburyport Events Calendar and Things to Do. Foodies and shoppers should check out the Newburyport VIP Discount Card for savings at many local restaurants, shops and places to stay.

Walking Tours of Plum Island – Explore & Discover

Walking Tours of Plum Island, Newburyport MA

The Walking Tours of Plum Island,  led by Bill Sargent of Plum Island Outdoors are wonderful way to explore and learn about this beautiful and fascinating barrier island. The 2023 tours will run every Sunday from 10 – 11:30 am from March through Memorial Day weekend. The summer schedule may have some modifications and will be released in May. These 90-minute walking tours, start at the North Point of the Island by the Plum Island Lighthouse, guide participants down to the South Jetty and return back to the North Point. The Walking Tours of Plum Island are held rain or shine so be prepared with rain gear if necessary. In the instance of cancellation due to severe weather, event changes will be communicated on the Plum Island Outdoors facebook page. Given the length and significant walking, this tour may not be appropriate for young children.

During these beautiful walks there is much to explore and discover.  You will see horseshoe crabs, woolly mammoth, terns, and striped bass. Investigate the Coast Guard archaeology site and speculate on whether some of the artifacts could have been used to set U-boat nets across the Merrimack River.

Visit the Sand Machine where up to an acre of sand flows through natural weirs in the South Jetty during high course tides and view impacts of beach erosion and the dredging project that is being done to protect and restore the Reservation Terrace area of Plum Island and the Newburyport Harbor. Learn about ongoing collaborative efforts of: local residents, the Army Corps of Engineers, local nonprofits and politicians at all levels; as they have joined together to implement both short and long term solutions to rebuild and preserve this cherished beach and home.

Walking Tours of Plum Island participation cost is $10 per person cash at the start of the tour. Participants can park in the North Point Newburyport Beach parking lot. The weekend parking lot cost is $20 for non-residents and $12 for Newburyport residents with a valid Plum Island Beach Parking lot sticker. The What should you bring for the trip? We recommend a camera, sensible shoes and a keen sense of humor!

Bill Sargent is well respected as an authority on this beautiful area of Plum Island and has been featured by many local and regional publications.  Bill is the author of over 20 books about science and the environment, including “Islands in the Storm”, “Plum Island 4000 Years on a Barrier Beach,” and “Plum Island 2016.”

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Newburyport Bed Racing – A Favorite Event of Locals!

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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When is Newburyport Bed Racing? Mark your calendar for the 2023 Newburyport Lion’s Club Bed Races on Thursday, August 3rd at 6 pm on Federal Street in Newburyport. What is Newburyport Bed Racing? It’s a totally fun event during Yankee Homecoming week where folks design and build a bed that is used to race down Federal Street in Newburyport. The starting line is at the intersection of Federal Street and High Street, and the finish line is at the intersection of Federal Street and Water Street across from the Tannery.

2023 Lion’s Club Bed Race Winners:
Fastest Bed – Newburyport Firefighters
Fastest First Responders – Anna Jaques Hospital Nurses
Fastest Restaurant – Oregano Ristorante
Most Creative – Newburyport Youth Services

You will find that the goals of participants are all different. Some are determined to win the race, others are excited to show off their cool bed creations and some are just busy waving at friends. Bed Racing is a very social Newburyport event. Most of the beds are designed and raced by local small businesses. Some of the creations are entertaining and others are impressive, but in all cases the fans get very excited to cheer for their favorite small businesses as they race or saunter down Federal Street.

All are encouraged to come enjoy this event, but if Bed Racing is one of your favorite events during Yankee Homecoming week, then you’re probably from the local Newburyport area as this event is an extremely popular tradition with the Newburyport locals. Bed Racing is an annual event hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club. Proceeds benefit the Newburyport Lions Club local charities (eye exams / glasses for the needy, annual Thanksgiving dinner, visual aids for the blind, high school scholarships, local food pantries, etc.).

Newburyport.com recommends arriving early at the bed races so that you have time to stop by the Rotary Club of Newburyport’s annual Beer & Hotdog Fundraiser from 5 – 7 pm in the Tannery parking lot.  Support Local!

If you would like to enter the Bed Races, the registration fee is $30 per bed and you can register up until 6 pm on race day, but you must arrive at 5:00 pm for bed check in. Use the following link for 2023 registration and rule Contact Tara at 978-561-9755 or nbptlionsbedrace@yahoo.com with any questions. If by chance we have severe weather (not just rain) at race time, then this event will be moved to Friday, August 4th at 6 pm. Enjoy our Newburyport.com video coverage from 2015 through 2022 below.

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.

Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company – Live Music & Craft Beer

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The 2023 Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company will take place on Saturday, August 5th from 12 – 9 PM at 4 New Pasture Road. Bring your friends family to experience the reggae reggae vibe at this amazing annual outdoor festival. Reggae Fest is guaranteed fun regardless of the weather. Nothing can put a damper on the fun so be prepared for a good time, rain or shine! Newburyport Brewing Company welcomes all ages and well behaved pets too! Sample NBPT Brew Company’s selection of craft beers, tour the brewery, dance to live reggae music, and eat food from delicious local restaurants and food trucks. The event will also features various outdoor games/activities.

The 2023 Reggae Fest line-up includes:

  • EARTHKRY — Roots Reggae from Jamaica

  • REGGAE LOU & THE KIND BUDZ — Reggae Rock from Key West, FL

  • JAHRIFFE AND THE JAH-N-I ROOTS MOVEMENT — Roots Reggae from Jamaica / NYC

  • MELLOW — New Wave American Reggae Rock – Boston, MA

Tickets can be purchased in advance online for this very popular event. If tickets are still available you may purchase them at the event. Tickets are $10 for people 21+ and kids attend free!  Mark your calendars for family friendly Reggae Fest at Newburyport Brewing Company!

Newburyport.com is proud to help promote awareness of Newburyport Brewing Company events and we appreciate their support of our Best of Newburyport VIP Program.  If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community make sure to download the Newburyport App for your Apple or Android device.  Enjoy discounts EVERY TIME you visit the 180 participating local restaurants and shops.  The cost is $25 per year and $10 of your purchase can be donated to one of our many local nonprofit partner organizations.  The Newburyport App also gives you direct access to the Newburyport.com Events Calendar, Live Web Cams, Local Real Estate Searches and more.

We hope you enjoy our Newburyport.com video coverage of last year’s Reggae Fest. Click to view other cool local videos.

 

Yankee Homecoming Family Day Free Family Fun

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Family Day 2023 is a Yankee Homecoming tradition for many families. This popular event will be held at the Nock Middle School on Saturday, August 6th from 10 am – 2 pm.  It’s easy to see the appeal! Enjoy free games, crafts, live music, and discover new activities and organizations that support families within the community.

Check out all the booths with free fun activities. Opportunity Works Serving up hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and cold drinks. At the main stage don’t miss Marsha and the Positrons as they play fun, clever songs about science
and how the world works with positive social messages!

Family Day 2023 Activities & Participating Businesses/Organizations:

Public Service AreaYankee Homecoming Family Day in Maudslay Park, Newburyport MA
Newburyport Fire Department
Cataldo Ambulance Tango-2, the large support vehicle for major incidents
Essex County Sheriff -Touch a Truck and K9 Department

Food provided by Opportunity Works
hamburgers, hotdogs and Soda’s. Stop by for a bite to eat
and help support another Newburyport non-profit!

Petting Zoo
Stop by to see our petting zoo by New England Party Animals including:
quail, bunnies, guinea pigs, hamster, chicks, ducklings, goats and lambs

Business and organization booths

Marsha and the Positrons
Marsha and the Positrons play fun, clever songs about science
and how the world works with positive social messages!Yankee Homecoming Family Day in Maudslay Park, Newburyport MA

McNeilly Ems Educators – Learn CPR & Coloring
Small Strides Physical Therapy – Gross Motor Obstacle Course
The Mom Comm – family workout first thing, or a kids yoga
Relief Parenting – Scavenger Hunt
Little Miss Massachusetts East Coast USA – build your own crown and wand
The Dojo – demonstrations
GNOCA group – nail painting in teal
Kin Fitness – fitness activities
The Nook – Sensory and Water play
North Shore Nature Program – live local animals, native artifacts, scavenger hunt
PJC Ecological – activity TBD
Seacoast Youth Sports – Activity TBD
Kelsey’s Studio of Dance – Activity TBD
North Shore Children’s Museum – Coloring Pages and Connect 4
North Shore Swim Club – Water Balloon Bullseye
Nourishing the Northshore – Distributing seeds
Starshine Twirling Team – Baton Twirling
The Salvation Army – Connect 4 and Skee Ball
Healthy Kids Running Series – Coloring Bracelets and Race Bibs
The Friends of the Newburyport Library – Superhero tattoos and stickers
Learning Tree Preschool – Watercolor painting
Buildwave – Building activity with Legos, PlusPlus and more
Creative Photo Rescue – Interactive photo/craft
The Newburyport Public Library Childrens Room – Giant games of checkers and twister
Seacoast Youth Sports Inc – Football Toss
Turco Legal PC – Gardening
Girl Scouts – Making friendship bracelets and Girl Scout Swaps
Kadee’s Tumbleweed School of Dance – Learn dance combo’s
High Perception Hoops – Basketball activity
PDP Travel/V Plans Vacation – Roll the Dice Activity

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can support the Yankee Homecoming Firworks by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 180 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

 

 

Kids Day in the Park – An Exchange Club Family Event

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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Mark your calendar for Kids Day in the Park 2023, scheduled for Wednesday, August 2nd from 10 am – 2 pm in Atkinson Common Park. Kids Day is a popular family event hosted each year during Yankee Homecoming week by the Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport. This free event is one of the highlights of Yankee Homecoming week for many kids, featuring all the best stuff from childhood. Kids Day in the Park in an opportunity to create lifelong memories with your children. For many families this event has become an annual tradition, along with Olde Fashioned Sunday and Family Day.

Kids Day in the Park starts with a parade for decorated bikes and doll carriages, with prizes for the best ones! After that, kids can get their faces painted by volunteers, experience Theater in the Open – featuring the famous giraffe! – relax with a story organized by the Newburyport Public Library, and watch a police department K9 demonstration. Kids Day in the Park also lets youngsters see what it feels like behind the wheel in official vehicles from the city public safety departments such as: fire, police and department of public works. There’s also food: an assortment of burgers and dogs and drinks starting at noon. Best of all, it’s all free!

Kids Day in the Park is hosted by the Newburyport Exchange Club,  a service organization that has existed since 1976 and focuses on four service areas: youth services, preventing child abuse, honoring America and community service. Kids Day in the Park has been organized as part of the Yankee Homecoming events since 2005, and Exchange Club members enjoy working with other community organizations to make this special day lots of fun and free for families.

Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales – Shop Local

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales are an annual Newburyport shopping event that take place each year from Thursday – Saturday of Yankee Homecoming week. The 2023 Sidewalk Sales are scheduled for: Thursday, 8/3 – Saturday 8/5 from 11 AM – 6 PM. It is important to note that the Sidewalk Sales hours represent a general guideline and that hours for each business are different. Some may close at 5 PM and others will choose to stay open until 8 or 9 PM. There are also a few shops that continue to host Sidewalk Sales on Sunday as well.

Whether you live locally or you’re just planning a visit, this is the perfect opportunity to find great end of the summer deals, all while helping Support Local retailers! The Newburyport downtown shopping area offers a broad range of shops, from clothing and accessories to home decor, children’s fashions, specialty foods, sporting goods and much more. If you’re from the area maybe the Sidewalk Sales can be the inspiration that gets you downtown to discover new shops that you weren’t previously aware of and if you’re visiting from outside of the area, we welcome you and thank you for choosing to visit Newburyport!

While you are out shopping and visiting our Newburyport retailers and restaurants between July 29th and August 6th, make sure to save your Newburyport shopping and restaurant receipts over $20 so that you can enter the Yankee Homecoming Support Local Content! Take a picture of your receipt and email it to SupportLocal@YankeeHomecoming.com along with the following details: your full name, mailing address and the name of the Newburyport business you would like a gift card from, if you are selected as a winner. Three winners will be randomly drawn on August 12th to receive a $100 gift certificate and there is no limit to how many times you can enter.

If you dine and shop frequently in the Greater Newburyport area, you should consider purchasing/renewing or renewing your Newburyport VIP Discount Card and $10 of your purchase can be donated to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. Choose a traditional Physical VIP Card or the Digital VIP Card inside of the Newburyport App and enjoy discounts EACH TIME you use it at participating businesses. Local restaurants and retailers offer discounts as way to encourage folks to shop and dine locally and to build loyalty towards supporting local businesses.

Circus Smirkus – Pure Excitement in Support of Theater in the Open

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Circus Smirkus Newbury, MA

Circus Smirkus (“A Midsummer Night’s Circus”) will be hosted during The 2023 Yankee Homecoming Festival. Get your tickets for the 2023 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour, in Newbury, MA. There will be four shows: Friday, August 4th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 5th at 1:00 and 6:00 pm.  This exciting event is held under the big top at Spencer Peirce Little Farm and is the largest annual fundraiser supporting Theater in the Open.  Don’t miss this amazing performance!  The talent of these young performers is exceptional, and the storyline is fun and entertaining for both kids and adults.

Every summer, Circus Smirkus kids ages 10 to 18, go on the road preforming 70 shows in 7 weeks, for sell-out crowds in a 750 seat European-style one-ring big top tent.  It is amazing to watch the determination, dedication and passion of these kids.  Although they all work very hard to achieve their ambitious goals, it is apparent that they are loving every minute of what they do, and developing strong friendships and team building skills that will carry them far in life.

Each year brings a new Circus Smirkus storyline and original full-length show combining the best in traditional and contemporary circus styles.  Come experience this highly anticipated big top show. The hilarious clowns are guaranteed to keep you laughing, and you’ll be in awe of the astonishing aerialists, wondrous wirewalkers, mystifying magicians, and jovial jugglers. Make sure to purchase tickets early as many shows do sell out.

Circus Smirkus performances run 2 hours in length including the intermission. There is plenty of seating for Circus Smirkus, but tickets do not have assigned seat numbers so we recommend showing up at least 30-45 minutes prior to the show, especially if you are a large group looking to sit together.  At the end of the show you may want to account for an extra 10 – 15 minutes, as there is opportunity to meet the stars and even get a few autographs.

Ticket Prices:
Adults (13+): $30
Child (2-12): $20
There is a $3.50 service fee per ticket.
All sales are final – no refunds

Circus Smirkus is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization helping youth engage in life changing adventures while promoting the circus arts.  If you would like to support Circus Smirkus efforts there are many ways you can help all of which are greatly appreciated.

Theater in the Open has been a vital part of the Northshore’s cultural landscape since 1979 bringing theater performances to the public, at no cost, in the beauty of Maudslay State Park and connecting children with art and nature through our beloved youth arts education programs.  Please consider supporting Theater in the Open and helping to strengthen the local arts for young aspiring actors in Greater Newburyport.

Yankee Homecoming Fireworks 2023 Blast Off Saturday

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 Fireworks, Newburyport

The 2023 Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang Saturday, August 5th at 9:15 pm with their annual display over the Merrimack River. Pack up your lawn chairs, bring blankets and snacks and grab a spot in town to watch the sky light up at one of Yankee Homecoming’s biggest and brightest events of the week.

With the Yankee Homecoming fireworks going off from a barge in the river, there are tons of places around town to catch an unobstructed view of this illuminating show. Get in on the excitement and grab a spot among the crowds on the boardwalk, Route 1 bridge or Salisbury shoreline to hear the cheers of crowds and the sounds of the boats honking. Or make a night of it and set up camp early to dance to the live music of the 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, at the Waterfront Park music series, beginning at 7:15 pm. Pop into one of downtown’s numerous restaurants to grab a bite to go or stroll through the food stands set up in the square and pick up dinner and treats to enjoy during or after the show.

If you have a boat, anchoring in the river is a great way to get up close to the show and avoid the crowds. But if you don’t have a boat of your own, you can still hit the open waters for the show. Many local companies offer up special Yankee Homecoming fireworks excursions, from party boats with live music to more low key family oriented atmospheres. Check out Captains Fishing Cruises and Parties and The Yankee Clipper Harbor Boat Tours to name a few.

Letting your little ones stay up late for this special event? Pack a picnic dinner and head to Cashman Park to set up your blanket and chairs along the river. Your tiny spectators can enjoy the playground with other excited kids up past their bedtime while waiting for the festivities to start.

No matter where you choose to watch, come early to claim your viewing spot and enjoy the buzzing downtown area on this special night filled with live music, entertainment, food and shopping. Be sure to check our Events Calendar for any changes or updates do to weather. If by chance you were searching for 4th of July weekend fireworks, you can view our VIP recommendations for places near Newburyport. 

If you would like to support the Yankee Homecoming fireworks, consider purchasing a Newburyport VIP Card today. The VIP Card gives you discounts EVERY TIME you make purchases at 180 local restaurants and shops and you can choose between a Digital VIP Card in the Newburyport App or a Physical VIP Card. Purchase one for $25 or two for $40 and donate $10 of your purchase to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Fund. 

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
Check back for details.

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.

Annual Yankee Homecoming Parade To March Down High Street

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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The annual Yankee Homecoming Parade will march down High Street on Sunday, August 6th at 12 PM, marking the final official event of Newburyport’s week-long celebration. The parade, which will cover a little over a mile, begins at the intersection of Moseley Avenue and Ferry Road and end at State Street.

Along with tons of fire trucks, police cruisers, motorcycles, and vintage cars, spectators will also enjoy floats from local businesses, musical performances, a juggler on a unicycle, and Chinese dragon dancers. Many participants in the Yankee Homecoming Parade also throw candy and other swag to children along the way.

The theme for this year’s Yankee Homecoming is “There’s Only One Newburyport” focusing on celebrating the long history of Newburyport’s cherished tradition with a strong appreciation to be reunited with family and friends. Many floats and performances will represent this theme in the Yankee Homecoming Parade. Newburyport has been celebrating Yankee Homecoming every year since 1958 and although other cities and towns also host Yankee Homecoming festivities, Newburyport is the oldest and longest running continuous Yankee Homecoming in the country.

If you’re thinking about joining in the parade instead of watching from the sidelines, there is no fee if your float follows the theme. Nonprofit organizations may also join the Yankee Homecoming Parade free of charge. Businesses that would like to participate outside of the theme must pay an advertising fee. All registrations can be done online.

For locals and tourists that would like to enjoy watching the Yankee Homecoming Parade, it’s best to arrive early to find a spot on either side of High Street.  Space fills up quickly and many locals even set up chairs days in advance to claim a larger area for groups.

The Yankee Homecoming Parade is a $15,000 operation, making it the second most expensive event of the week, after the Yankee Homecoming fireworks display.

Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming celebration lasts an entire week, beginning July 29th and ending with the annual Yankee Coming Parade. To find even more ways to join in the celebrations, check out all of the events listed on our calendar.

Video of 2018 Parade

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 30th promptly at 11:00am (check in at 10:30am), at the Bartlet Mall as part of Olde Fashion Sunday. $40 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.

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 Saturday August 5th promptly at 12:00 PM. Each team must pay $60 to participate, due on the day of the event.

In addition to cornhole, the Elks offer a cash bar on site.  There will be a food truck available for the afternoon and the “Mostly Young” band will be there at noon.

To participate, preregister here and pay the $40 team entry fee for the Beginners Tournament and $60 for the Competitive Tournament Day of the Yankee Homecoming Cornhole Tournament. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Yankee Homecoming Committee.

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 Concerts 2023 – Check the Schedule

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, Newburyport MA

Do you like the idea of relaxing to amazing live music with picturesque water views? Get ready to enjoy some gorgeous Newburyport summer nights featuring awesome live music when you attend the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts. The 2023 concert series runs from Sunday, July 30th through Saturday, August 5th. Check the concert schedule and read more about your favorite bands below. You will find a few that everyone associates with the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, and a couple of cool new surprises too. Grab your chairs and blankets and come experience the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts with your friends and family!

You can also enjoy live music from Market Square stage and Waterfront stage during the day. Check the 2023 Downtown Entertainment Schedule or view the Yankee Market Place article for Sidewalk Sales, Craft Show and other details. If you are looking for some fun things to do in Newburyport before the free live concerts we recommend a walk along the boardwalk, a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum, and the Newburyport Art Association.  Of course shopping is always a great choice! Downtown Newburyport features a wonderful selection of local boutiques so make sure to leave time to check out the Newburyport shops!

During Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts and throughout Yankee Homecoming there is delicious food to enjoy from vendors and a wide variety of superb restaurants in Newburyport. Enjoy the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts, a free live music series on the water, a Newburyport tradition!

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Lineup 2023

Sunday July 30th 
7:30-9:00 PM – SCENES – A BILLY JOEL EXPERIENCE

Monday July 31st 
7:30-9:00 PM – BARRY GOUDREAU ENGINE ROOM

Tuesday August 1st
7:30-9:00 PM – NO SHOES NATION

Wednesday August 2nd
7:30-9:00 PM – SALEM BOYZ

Thursday August 3rd
7:30-9:00 PM – BEATLEJUICE

Friday August 4th
7:30-9:00 PM – FORTUNE – Cancelled

Saturday August 5th
7:15-9:15 PM – 215TH ARMY BAND

2023 Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts Bands

SCENES – A BILLY JOEL EXPERIENCE

Formerly known as Cold Spring Harbor, Scenes – A Billy Joel experience, has been performing throughout New England and beyond since 2013. Their mission from the beginning was never to play impersonator, but instead celebrate and recreate the music of Billy Joel to the highest and most authentic standard, bringing people the $400 Billy Joel concert experience, for a reasonable price that all fans can afford! Their almost ten-year journey has lead them to some amazing venues and events, most notably Touch of Texas in Binghamton, NY, and the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming celebration playing to more than 3500 people. From specific piano sounds that Billy uses himself, to the Billy Joel classic Ray Ban sunglasses, this show is not to be missed!

BARRY GOUDREAU ENGINE ROOM

Barry Goudreau is best known for his work as the former guitarist of the band “Boston”. Barry appeared on the first two “Boston” records, that have sold a combined 25 million copies. He also did two world tours with the band and received a Grammy nomination for Best new band. While still a member of the band he recorded his solo record “Barry Goudreau”, which was released on the Epic record label. The single “Dreams” received heavy airplay but the controversy surrounding the album led to his leaving the band.  After leaving “Boston” he formed the band “Orion the Hunter”. They had a hit single with the song “So you Ran”, and toured with “Aerosmith” on their “Back in the Saddle” tour.

Barry started “Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room” with his former bandmates Maes, now on keyboards and singing lead, along with Archibald. Tony DePietro joined on the drums. The band is augmented with back up singers Joanie Cicatelli, Terry O’Soro and Mary Beth Maes, who are described as the band’s “Special Sauce”. Their second CD “The Road” a follow up to their first “ Full Steam Ahead” is available now.  The band will be performing tracks from the new record, as well cuts from his other projects, and of course some of “Boston’s “biggest hits. For more information go to barrygoudreausengineroom.com.

NO SHOES NATION

The six accomplished musicians of the No Shoes Nation Band pay tribute to Kenny Chesney’s incredible catalog of Billboard Charting hit songs from his top selling albums. The No Shoes Nation Band recreates a Kenny Chesney show, playing the music you know and love. The No Shoes Nation Band brings the thrill and excitement of a Kenny Chesney concert with the same outstanding musicianship that has driven Kenny to sell out stadiums all over the country. A No Shoes Nation Band show is guaranteed to engage any size crowd, bringing them to their feet and keeping the “No Shoes Nation” fans coming back time after time!

SALEM BOYZ

The Salem Boyz is a nostalgia-rich, 12-piece classic rock and dance band with horn section, made up of reunited high school friends from Salem, New Hampshire. Our passion is bringing communities together and celebrating our favorite era of music, the 1970’s into early 80’s. We perform during the summer at Hampton Beach, at reunions and hometown events.

BEATLEJUICE

BEATLEJUICE doesn’t mimic the Beatles, they honor them! Widely recognized as the finest interpreters of Lennon & McCartney, Beatlejuice combines wonderful vocals, great musicianship and true respect for their heroes. Playing special tribute to the late Brad Delp will be friends Mike Girard and Joe Holaday (Newburyport’s own) of “The Fools” along with Jim Rogers, Buddy Bernard, Steve Baker, John Muzzy and Dave Mitchell. This will be an evening of celebration, love and remembrance and the greatest rock ‘n roll music ever written!

FORTUNE – Cancelled

For over three decades, Fortune has regularly packed venues throughout New England. Hailing from Peabody, MA, this 6-piece band has long maintained a reputation for smooth three and four part vocal harmonies, dynamic and melodic textures of multiple guitars and keyboards, and a tight rhythm section; this allowed for limitless possibilities in both writing original songs and covering any song they wanted to.  Along with their original music they are known of calling out songs from artists such as Queen, Journey, Boston, Queensrych, Led Zepplin and many more!

Over the years, Fortune has been privileged to open for nationally successful bands such as Cheap Trick, Kansas, Dave Mason, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Robin Trower, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult, The Guess Who, Ben Orr, America, and Jefferson Starship. More recently, Fortune was called to open for Kansas for the fourth time over the past decade.

Fortune is: Bob Vose, Lead vocals; Bill Plourde, Guitar; Pete DiStefano, Guitar; Steve Baker, Keyboards; Lou Spagnola, Bass; Dickie Paris; Drums
For more information, visit our Facebook page:
facebook.com/groups/fortunefriends

215TH ARMY BAND

The 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts Army National Guard remains one of the nation’s finest military bands. For more than 60 years, the band has performed throughout New England and the world, bringing the Army’s fine musical traditions and goodwill to thousands of listeners.

Riverside Community Bike Swap – Buy or Sell Used Bikes

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The 2023 Riverside Cycle Community Bike Swap will be held Sunday, April 30th from 10 am – 2 pm under the tent located in the Newburyport Tannery parking lot. Make sure to mark your mark your calendar for this amazing North Shore shopping event and fundraiser. This is the BEST opportunity of the year to pick up used bikes at very reasonable prices and you’ll find a large selection of styles and brands for the serious cyclist, the occasional rider and of course the little beginners too! If your interested in selling or donating bikes drop them off at Riverside Cycle between 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 15th or Saturday the 29th. Whether you’re, buying, selling or donating, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund to help fight cancer and the Coastal Trails Coalition to help maintain and improve our local bike trails.

Here’s how it works; on April 30th between 1o am – 2 pm, head over to the Riverside Cycle tent and and browse the the amazing selection ofRiverside Community Bike Swap, Newburyport Used Bike Sale used bikes. Newburyport.com recommends arriving early for the bike swap, as this is a very popular event and a line normally forms by 9:30 am! Pick out and pay for your favorite bike, and the friendly staff at Riverside Cycle will give it a quick safety check, and get you on your way.

If you’re interested in selling or donating used bikes make sure bring your bikes to Riverside Cycle between 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 16th or Saturday the 29th. There are two payment options; take 80% of the purchase price in cash, or 100% as store credit at Riverside Cycle. Either way, 20% of the purchase price will be donated. If you choose to donate bikes, all proceeds will go to charity. Remember, donations are tax deductible! If you have questions about buying, selling or donating, call the shop at 978-465-5566.

Riverside Cycle Owner, Aaron Millett is proud of how this important annual community event and its growth in terms of awareness, volunteers and increased donations for the Jimmy Fund and the Coastal Trails Coalition. The goal of the bike swap is to raise money to help in the fight against cancer and support our local bike trails, while providing a venue for people to buy and or sell quality used bikes in good condition. About 75 percent of those taking part in past bike swap events, are customers who enjoy finding great deals and supporting our fundraising efforts. Many of the repeat event patrons are parents looking for gently used bikes for their children, or looking to part with older bikes their kids have outgrown. Some just stop by to donate bicycles. Regardless of the motive, it’s a great opportunity for customers and our fundraising efforts. “I think it’s a win-win.”

Have fun at the Riverside Bike Swap and when your finished make sure to visit some of the other wonderful shops and restaurants located in the Tannery Marketplace.

Restaurant Week in Newburyport – Top North Shore Dining

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Restaurant Week in Newburyport 2023, Brine Oyster Bar

Newburyport is thrilled to host Restaurant Week 2023 from Sunday, March 12th through Sunday, March 26th, an amazing opportunity to experience exceptional food & drinks from top North Shore restaurants. Organized by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, participating restaurants are featuring a selection of lunch and dinner prefix menus offering strong value with a range of price points. Reservations are highly recommended and we encourage folks to try at least a couple of new restaurants as you just might discover a new favorite place.

Menu Pricing Options:
Lunch Selections: $22, $26, $32
Dinner Selections: $36, $42, $46

Although this event is referred to as Restaurant Week, it is intentionally hosted for two full weeks giving folks plenty of time to make it to their favorite places and to experience a few new restaurants as well. Although most participating restaurants are located in Newburyport, this is a community wide event and we encourage folks to explore newer places such as such as sin•a•loa Tacos & Tequila in Salisbury Beach.

Restaurant week is the perfect reason to make plans with friends, or get out for an overdue date night. Reservations are not required but they are strongly encouraged for this very popular foodie event. Check participating restaurant websites and social media pages for menu offerings and reservation information. Click on participating restaurants name below for a direct links to the business facebook page and the Instagram handles and phone numbers are also listed for your convenience.

Participating Restaurants:

Bar25  @bar25nbpt  978-255-3322
Brine Oyster Bar  @brineoysterbar  978-358-8479
Grog  @thegrogrestaurant  978-465-8008
Joy Nest  @thejoynest  978-572-1615
Loretta Restaurant  @lorettarestaurant 978-463-0000
Mandarava  @mandarava_kitchen  617-819-4381
Metzy’s Cantina  @metzyscantina  978-255-7347
Michael’s Harborside  @michaelsharborside  978-462-7785
Mission Oak Grill  @missionoakgrill  978-463-9009
Nu Kitchen  @nu_kitchen  978-954-3271
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante  @oregano_ristorante  978-462-5013
Paddle Inn  @thepaddleinn  978-572-1242
Poynt  @poyntnewburyport 978-358-8501
Sea Level Oyster Bar  @sealevel_nbpt  978-462-8862
Sin-A-Loa  @sin_a_loa  978-961-7310
Starboard Galley  @starboardgalleynbpt  978-462-1326
Tuscan Sea Grill  @tuscanseagrill  978-465-2211

Although Restaurant Week is designed to highlight Greater Newburyport Restaurants, if your visiting Newburyport we encourage you to make time to experience Newburyport shopping, a wonderful mix of fashion, home decor and and artisan boutiques. In addition to participating restaurants, many Newburyport retailers are offering promotions in a collaborative effort to encourage folks to Shop Local in conjunction with their dining experience.

Take a stroll along the boardwalk and if you’re visiting Thursday – Sunday, Newburport.com recommends exploring Newburyport’s maritime history with a visit to the Custom House Maritime Museum. Just a short distance down the Clipper City Rail Trail you will find the Newburyport Art Association featuring amazing local art exhibitions inside the gallery and amazing creativity and design in the outdoor sculpture garden. The NAA is open Tuesday – Sunday. The Greater Newburyport areas offers many amazing local attractions for folks to explore along with your Greater Newburyport dining and shopping experience.

Blarney Bash Featuring Joshua Tree – Relive U2 Live – Blue Ocean

U2 Live with Joshua Tree @ Blarney Bash, March 12th at Blue Ocean

Relive U2 live with the Joshua Tree Blarney Bash, on March 10th, 2023 at Blue Ocean Music Hall.  If U2 live concerts bring back memories of amazing times singing and dancing with friends to this classic band, here is your opportunity to revive that spirit locally with the electric energy of the Joshua Tree Premiere U2 Tribute.

Rally a group of friends and experience an incredible night of great music and fun, with easy parking and a short commute home.  Blue Ocean Music Hall is a beautiful waterfront facility conveniently located on Salisbury Beach offering picturesque ocean views. Newburyport.com highly recommends making a dinner reservation to enjoy dinner and drinks before the show at either Sea Glass or Capri.

In addition to being an exhilarating night of fun, proceeds from this concert will be used to provide free fireworks and concerts on Salisbury Beach every Saturday night during the summer season.  Your support helps provide the opportunity for everyone in the community to enjoy great free summer entertainment, not just those who can afford to purchase tickets.  Help Blue Ocean Music Hall and the Salisbury Beach Partnership give back to our local community and enjoy an amazing night out!

The Joshua Tree is a local New England based band recognized for winning the 2008 Boston Music Awards best tribute act and is know for preforming all U2 songs with the same intensity and emotion.  The Joshua Tree covers all phases of U2’s career from first album to most recent.

Experiencing a Blue Ocean concert is a must.  In addition to great live music, you can enjoy food service at your table prior to the concert and into the beginning of the show.  Order your favorite drinks and sample Jameson’s Caskmates, smooth Irish whiskey aged to perfection in craft beer barrels, a true taste of Ireland.

You deserve a fun night out and here is your great excuse!  Get your tickets now for the Joshua Tree U2 live Tribute. Doors open at 7 and show starts at 8 PM.  Purchase tickets online or by calling 978-462-5888.

Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk – Magical Fairy Houses & Art Stroll

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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The 2023 Fairy Gnome Discover Walk and Art Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th at Pettengill Farm from 11-3. Put on your best and brightest wings, sprinkle a little fairy dust and get ready for a magical stroll through the woods to search for nearly 200 fairy houses. This year the very popular Salisbury Art Stroll is being combined with the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk. So mark your calendar (rain or shine) for this wonderful outdoor event at Pettengill Farm, 45 Ferry Rd., in Salisbury Hosted by the Salisbury PTA, this event will transport your family to a pint sized world fit for Tinker Bell and all of her fairy friends. Cost for the event is $7 per person, you may purchase a ‘family bundle’ of four tickets for the discounted price of $25, children under 2 are free. Tickets are available at the ticket booth on the day of event, reminder that in person tickets are cash only. If you purchased tickets online, make sure to print and bring your Paypal receipt for entry.

You and your little fairies will frolic through a one mile path, discovering surprises along the way. Situated throughout the woods, children will delight at finding tiny fairy houses, some humble abodes with a small swing outside to sizable (for fairies of course) estates with numerous rooms, pools and more. Be on the lookout for a butterfly themed home, some bookworm fairies and a possible village! All of these enchanting creations are the work of talented professionals, families, school children, and local businesses.

While fairy houses may be very small, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk is a BIG day, complete with activities, entertainment, food and places to shop for special souvenirs. Spread your wings and dance to live music, enjoy free kids arts activities and experience the improv theater performances as fairy tales are read aloud in these magical woods. And when you’ve worked up an appetite from all the fun, as we’re sure you will, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk will also have delicious food from some of your favorite local food trucks.

Costumes and imaginations are strongly encouraged, so come dressed to impress in your fairy finest. There will be fairy inspired attire and accessories for purchase for those in need of a wardrobe update. Make sure to check out the Salisbury PTA’s stand, for tutus, wands, wings, gnome hats, snacks and more. Everything for purchase at their stand is very reasonably priced so you won’t break the bank! And yes, parents, you can also dress up. After all, fairies have moms and dads too!

The fairy house walk is hosted by the Salisbury PTA, who raise money throughout the year to put on special events as well as to fund field trips, assemblies, college scholarships and other activities that enrich the Salisbury Elementary curriculum.

Please note, the Fairy Gnome Discovery Walk will happen rain or shine.

Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting – Magnificent Kitchens/Tasty Treats

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The 2023 Newburyport Kitchen Tour & Tasting is a self-guided tour of exceptionally beautiful residential kitchens and craftsmanship and also includes delicious sweet and savory bites and drinks from local businesses. The 21th Annual Kitchen Tour & Tasting will take place on Saturday, May 13th, from 10 am to 4 pm, and is a major Newburyport PTO fundraiser in support of the Newburyport public schools. The Newburyport Kitchen tour features innovative design, and the opportunity to view stunning cabinets, counters, flooring, lighting design, fixtures, soft furnishings, tableware, flatware, appliances, and other practical and decorative elements of kitchen design! The addition of select wine and beer tastings has been an attendee-favorite and offers another tasty dimension to a fun filled tour to explore.

Many Newburyport Kitchen Tour goers make a day of it, seeking inspiration and renovation resources or salivate at the thought of local culinary creations and thoughtfully created libations, a perfect activity for Mother’s Day weekend. Thank you to the many local businesses who have donated food and or drinks to help make the Kitchen Tour extra special!

All Newburyport Kitchen Tour proceeds help fund cultural experiences, books, field trips, science fairs, and other educational events for Newburyport public school students and classrooms. This wonderful annual fundraiser is organized and hosted by volunteers. The Newburyport PTO is grateful to folks who sign up to  host a shift during the tour and they shows their appreciation by providing volunteers with free tickets to attend the Kitchen Tour.

Tickets for the Newburyport Kitchen Tour and Tasting are are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations between 4/14 and 5/13 or you can purchase tickets online. If buying online your ticket receipt must be redeemed for a tour brochure. Brochures can be picked up at the following locations prior to or day of this fabulous event:

  • B&G Cabinets – 253 Low Street
  • Buttermilk Baking Company – 9 Liberty Street
  • Chococoa Baking Co. & Cafe – 50 Water Street/ The Tannery
  • Newburyport Lighting Co. – 38R Merrimac Street
  • Nu Kitchen – 19-23 Pleasant Street
  • William Raveis Real Estate – 12 Federal Street

If you enjoy dining and shopping in our local community, you can also support the Newburyport PTO by purchasing or renewing your Newburyport App and VIP Card. The VIP Program allows you to enjoy discounts at 130 restaurants and shops in the Greater Newburyport community and $10 of each purchase or renewal is donated to the Newburyport PTO.

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

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Maritime Holiday Tree 2022 – Life Ring Ornaments Unite the Community

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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Newburyport’s 2022 Maritime Holiday Tree strung with life ring ornaments will light up the waterfront for the season beginning December 2nd at at the annual maritime tree lighting ceremony on the Custom House Maritime Museum lawn adjacent to the Newburyport boardwalk. Visitors can arrive before the tree lighting at 5:00pm to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a holiday treat and purchase a decorated life ring or a life ring to decorate yourself. Free small life rings will be available for kids to decorate while supplies last. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 pm, at which time the Newburyport Choral Society, will lead everyone in caroling at this wonderful community event. The Choral Society will sing for approximately 15 – 20 minutes but the event will continue until 6:30 pm. Although the tree lighting is early in December, this stunning tree is kept up through the holidays for all to enjoy and life rings can be purchased and added to the Maritime Tree through 12/21/22.

Unlike the coastal town’s traditional evergreen, the Custom House Maritime Holiday Tree features a nautical theme in keeping with the rich history of our port. The “tree” itself will be made of rope riggings resembling a tall ship and the decorative ornaments are replica boating life rings of various sizes. Equally as unique as the tree design is that the ornaments are all individually decorated by local residences and businesses. The idea for the Maritime Holiday Tree was developed in 2020 as a way to connect the community during a time when many people were experiencing isolation and or loss. The Maritime Tree provided hope and the start of what is certain to be, a long term Newburyport holiday tradition and an important ongoing fundraiser helping to support the Custom House. Sponsorships from local businesses help fund this fun the Maritime Tree in addition to the purchase of life rings.

The life rings, which will be strung on the Maritime Holiday Tree to illustrate tying our close community together, can be purchased in advance online to be picked up in person at the museum or by simply dropping into the museum gift shop during regular operating hours. While you are there, the museum gift shop is also a great place to shop local and discover unique gifts for that hard to shop for person on your list! The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays from 12 – 5 pm. In order to offer more flexible hours, folks are able to go to pick up life rings through Wednesday, 12/21. If you are picking up a life ring on a day that the Museum is closed, go to the back door and ring the doorbell. If you have a wreath to hang after the 21st, you are welcome to hang it on the tree.

Families, students, businesses, and nonprofits are encouraged to purchase and decorate their ornaments with anything that will sustain the weather and contribute to the festive Maritime Holiday Tree—creativity welcome!  If you would like to have your life ring ornament returned to you, make sure to write your name on the back.

Along with the tree lighting ceremony, the Custom House Maritime Museum is also host to other events during the season and the Custom House Gift Shop is a wonderful place to Shop Local for unique holiday gifts. For a full list of all holiday events and dates make sure to check our Events Calendar. Special event or not, visitors are welcome to stroll past the tree nightly through the end of December to enjoy the lights and one-of-a-kind ornaments.

 

Invitation Nights 2022 Boost Local Holiday Shopping in Newburyport

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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The 2022 Newburyport Invitation Nights will take place on the follow Friday nights: December 2nd, 9th and 16th from 6-9 pm. What is an Invitation Night, and do you need a formal invitation to attend? The answers are very simple. Newburyport-area residents and visitors seeking the ultimate holiday shopping experience tend to bypass the malls in favor of Newburyport Invitation Nights – a series of Shop Local events in which downtown retailers stay open late and spread the holiday cheer by offering light refreshments in a festive setting. Invitation Nights draw spirited crowds as shoppers enjoy all the merchant hospitality, live entertainment, and shopping and dining the downtown area has to offer.

Beautiful and festive holiday decorations line the streets of downtown to the Tannery Marketplace, including the main thoroughfares of State and Pleasant Streets. You’re likely to see plenty of tired holiday-shopping enthusiasts taking a break in Market Square, resting on the benches ringing the city’s giant Christmas tree.

While you are out shopping make sure to pay visit the Custom House Maritime Museum to view the stunning Maritime Holiday Tree and stop into the museum gift shop for a wonderful selection of unique holiday gifts.

If you are in need of Childcare, Newburyport Youth Services is hosting a movie night for kids k-5th grade at City Hall from 7-9 on 12/2 and on 12/16. The cost is $5 for Newburyport residents and $10 for non-residents. Registration is not required and kids are welcome to wear cozy PJ’s and bring a blanket and pillow.

Newburyport Invitation Nights are presented by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry a strong partner to Newburyport.com also focused on helping encourage folks to Shop and Dine local in support of our retailers and restaurants. The Chamber is also responsible for Newburyport’s beautiful holiday decorations.

Check the Newburyport.com Events Calendar to find a learn about other local holiday events in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

Menorah Lightings Honor Hanukkah Traditions in Newburyport & Amesbury

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

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All are invited to attend annual Menorah lightings in Newburyport and Amesbury, a wonderful opportunity to gather as a community to share the joy of Hanukkah traditions. The 2022 Festival of Lights begins this year at sunset on Sunday, December 18th and ends at sunset on Monday, December 26th. Each year Newburyport and Amesbury illuminate their respective downtowns with festive menorah lightings on all eight nights of Hanukkah. These public celebrations are open to all and enable our local Jewish communities to celebrate and share their cherished Chanukah traditions with all who would like to attend.

Newburyport’s Congregation Ahavas Achim will honor Hanukkah tradition by lighting a signature 6-foot-tall electric menorah in MarketMenorah Lighting, Market Square Newburyport Square. Newburyport will host an opening ceremony on Sunday, December 18th at 5:30 pm in Market Square, with prayers, songs and the lighting of the first candle, led by Spiritual Leader, Alex Matthews. Menorah lightings will take place in historic Market Square at 5:30 pm on 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th. On Friday, December 23rd the lighting will take place at 3:30 pm. These gatherings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

In Amesbury, come light the menorah at the picturesque gazebo, in front of the Amesbury Public Library at 5:30 pm nightly during Hanukkah. The Grand Menorah Lighting is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Wednesday, December 21st and will be lead by, Rabbi Zalman Borenstein; of Congregation Anshe Sholom Chabad in Haverhill. The Amesbury menorah lightings are organized by Rachel Barcelona, founder and Director of The Brave Maccabees of Amesbury (Formally known as The Amesbury Chanukah Menorah Committee), with support from members of the Amesbury community, including Amesbury Spiritual Leader, Jerald Litcofsky, and other Jewish and gentile community members. The Amesbury’s menorah lightings traditionally include storytelling, songs, jelly doughnuts, and gelt (chocolate coins) for the children. The Grand Lighting generally runs from 5:30 – 7 pm. The start time for other evenings is 5:30 and there is not a set end time but they tend to be shorter than the Grand Lighting.

Community menorah lightings are an annual tradition that is relatively new to our area. Newburyport began its public menorah lightings in Market Square in 2012. Amesbury followed up with its own nightly celebrations in 2013. In 2019 when Hanukkah fell close to Christmas, Newburyport celebrated with an interfaith candle lighting service lead by: Congregation Leader Alex Matthews from Congregation Ahavas Achim, Reverend Rebecca Bryan from the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church and Reverend Chris Nay from the Central Congregational Church.

Congregation Ahavas Achim, founded in 1896, is a welcoming and diverse spiritual community whose goal is to educate and inspire individuals and families to actively participate in Jewish Life, Torah study, prayer, acts of kindness. The congregation welcomes families and individuals from all backgrounds.

Newburyport Santa Claus Parade – See Santa on the Fire Truck

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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Mark your calendars because Santa Claus is coming to town aboard a fire truck at the 2022 annual Santa Claus parade Wednesday, December 21st starting at 4:00 pm. With Christmas just days away, Santa will cruise through town waving to all the good little boys and girls of Newburyport spreading holiday cheer.

The Santa Claus parade—sponsored by the Newburyport Fire Department, Newburyport Police Department, The NewburyportSanta Claus Parade Newburyport Teachers Association, Simply Sweet and Domino’s. Santa and his crew plan to depart the Firehouse Station on Greenleaf Street at 4:00 pm. The parade route will roll through the South End making its way to the downtown area via Water Street. It goes up State Street, turns onto High Street heading towards Famous Pizza and then all the way to the Turkey Hill neighborhood. View the full 2022 parade route to find your nearest spot to shout hello to the big man in red aboard his red fire engine escort. The route is typically the same each and we will attach the route right here as soon as it is released.

Santa always makes sure he gives a jolly “ho ho ho” to all the residents of Newburyport, meaning the entire procession can last up to two hours. So while the Santa Claus parade begins at 4 pm, Jolly Old Saint Nick may not drive into your neighborhood for quite a while depending on where it lies on the route. For this reason, revelers are encouraged to bundle up, dress warmly, and bring along some hot cocoa and treats to stay warm and pass the time.

Many neighbors gather at meeting spots as a group to celebrate the Santa Claus parade together in the spirit of the upcoming holiday. Jingle bells, festive music, and holiday attire are all welcome!

The annual Santa Claus parade has been a Newburyport tradition for 50 years thanks to the support of many local businesses and organizations that have sponsored the event over the years and the Newburyport Fire Department for loaning Santa his fire truck ride each parade.

To find even more ways to celebrate the holidays in festive Newburyport, be sure to check the events calendar.

 

Colby Farm Sunflowers – Experience the Joy!

By Joe, Joe

Colby Farm Sunflowers, Sunflower Field, Newbury MA

Colby Farm Sunflowers – End of Summer Fun!

What will you discover?

Visit the Sunflower Field & the Market!

The Colby Farm Sunflowers in Newbury, MA have become an annual end of summer tradition for many. The Sunflower field will be open for the 2022 season from Wednesday, August 24th through Sunday August 28th. Visit between 9 am – 6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 am – 7 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is no event/ticket cost, simply a $10 cash only parking fee.

This cherished annual event is an amazing opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this wonderful family run farm. Make sure to visit the farmstand after your trip to the sunflower field. Pick up fresh vegetables locally grown by Colby Farm and explore the many exceptional locally sourced products available in the market. If you enjoy supporting local small businesses, you can feel great about any purchase you make at Colby Farm!

Colby Farm and its farm stand are located just a few minutes from downtown Newburyport on Scotland Road in Newbury, MA. Here they sell many of their own freshly grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally sourced meats, dairy products, grains, and many wonderful sweet treats! The most important thing to know, is that Colby Farm is a leader amongst local farms, helping promote the importance of buying from local farms and other small business who work hard to provide top quality local consumables. Not only does Colby Farm sell many of their own products but they are an important supporter to other local small businesses who depend on Colby Farm to help provide awareness and generate sales for their locally made products.

In addition to the highly popular sunflower field and farmstand Colby Farm has tremendous experience in the hay business since 1960. Colby Farm harvests over 200 acres of hay annually and has become known as as a leading provider of quality hay for local farm animals.

Colby Farm is open from May, through December 24, when they sell Christmas trees, wreaths, baked goods and other seasonal items.

*Professional pictures courtesy of Jaimie Cuddire & Colby Farm

Newburyport Waterfront Movies – Free Family Fun

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Newburyport Waterfront Movies

Best of Newburyport Free Family Entertainment Sponsored by Newburyport Bank

Waterfront Movies Showcasing Family Films

Hosted by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport Waterfront Movies provide free outdoor family fun in downtown Newburyport!  When the sun goes down, a 40-foot outdoor movie screen goes up in Waterfront Park. Traditionally the Waterfront Movies have been hosted during the summer months but you will notice that the 2022 schedule features one movie per month from August through October. Movie start times are slated for 7:30 or once it is dark enough to start the films.

The Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series features family-friendly movies as a way to provide some classic fun for all to enjoy. These free events have become a must-do for many local families from Newburyport and surrounding towns. Thank you to Newburyport Bank for sponsoring this cherished tradition. Below are the 2022 movie dates. 

2022 Movie Lineup:

Thursday, August 18th – Mulan
Thursday, September 15th – Soul
Thursday, October 13th – Karate Kid – CANCELLED

*Note, there was a last minute cancellation of Soul due to wind but the Chamber plans to reschedule. We will post the new date as soon as it is announced.

Claim your spot with your favorite chairs or blanket and make sure to pick up dinner from one of our great local Newburyport cafes or restaurants.  If you have the Newburyport VIP Card you can enjoy discounts at many local Places to Eat!  Below are a few suggestions for delicious take out options near Waterfront Park.

Anchor Stone Deck Pizza – 10% Off Food, Dine-In or Take-Out
Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante – 10% Off Food
Stone Crust Pizza – 10% Off Dine-In or Take-Out

If you don’t already have the Newburyport App, just type the word “Newburyport” in the App Store or Play Store or use the links below from your mobile device.

Apple/App Store: Download “Newburyport” for iOS/Apple

Android/Play Store: Download “Newburyport” for Android/Google

Enjoy the show!

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Riverfront Music Festival – Riverfest 2023

By Joe, Joe

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Riverfront Music Festival – Riverfest 2023

Free Oceanfront Concerts – Salisbury Beach – Saturday, August 26th

No Tickets Needed for this Waterfront Party

Riverfront Music Festival 2023, also referred to as Riverfest, will be hosted on the Salisbury Beach boardwalk on Saturday, July 26th for a full day of free live concerts. Crowds will line Salisbury Beach to enjoy an impressive lineup of entertainment with picturesque ocean views. Salisbury Beach is the Greater Newburyport summer destination for outdoor concerts and the perfect spot for Riverfest 2023. Enjoy prior year Riverfront Music Festival video produced by local Newburyport videographer, Jim Reid.

Thank you to 92.5 The River for bringing this top-notch group of musicians to Salisbury Beach for the pinnacle oceanfront performance of the summer! Salisbury Beach, MA features a beautiful sandy beach, a great selection of restaurants, beach shops and of course, Joe’s Playland a classic arcade. A ride on the beautifully restored, historic carousel is a must! Pick your favorite horse inside the Newburyport Bank pavilion. The Salisbury Beach Partnership deserves special recognition for their ongoing dedication to providing exceptional entertainment, restaurants, shopping and fun things to do in Salisbury Beach. This local nonprofit organization has made Salisbury Beach a popular year round destination.

2023 Riverfest Lineup:

Concert Schedule:
12:15 – 1:00 PM Steve Rondo 
1:30 – 2:30 PM Air Traffic Controller
3:00- 4:00 PM Ryan Montbleau
4:30 – 6:00 PM RIPE

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2023

Time: 12 – 6 PM

Location: Salisbury Beach Boardwalk: Broadway Boardwalk, Salisbury, MA

Parking: Parking James Hunt Memorial Parking Lot 228 Beach Road, Salisbury, MA

Shuttle Service: View shuttle service details for Newburyport and Haverhill MeVa Transit.

FREE MEVA SHUTTLE!
You can get to Riverfest for FREE via MeVa Transit. Park for free at the Newburyport MBTA station and take MeVa’s free, air-conditioned #20 bus. In addition to regular hourly service starting at 7am, the #20 will leave the MBTA station approximately every 20 minutes from 11am-7pm. The route passes through downtown Newburyport, before heading straight to Riverfest at Salisbury Beach. In addition, MeVa’s #17 bus leaves on the hour starting at 7am from Haverhill via Amesbury direct to Salisbury Beach. To plan your trip and download timetables, visit, http://www.mevatransit.com

SALISBURY BEACH PARKING
A limited number of on-site parking spots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.  The town of Salisbury has four zones to park in at Salisbury Beach. Learn more about the daily rates and regulations and parking lot locations. Festival attendees are encouraged to rideshare/carpool to the event, use ride hailing services (Uber/Lyft/Taxi), take alternative transportation to the event, and utilize the free shuttle school bus service to/from Salisbury Beach State Reservation parking (see below) to the Salisbury Beach Broadway Boardwalk.

SHUTTLE BUS & SALISBURY BEACH STATE RESERVATION PARKING
The parking lots at the Salisbury Beach State Reservation will be serviced by one free shuttle bus, provided courtesy of 92.5 the River.  The bus will leave every thirty minutes from 11am to 7pm on Saturday, August 26th, 2023.  Parking is $14 per day for Massachusetts residents and $40 per day for non-Massachusetts residents. Credit and debit accepted for parking fee (no cash).  More information about the Reservation parking lots here.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Parking: 1 State Reservation Road , Salisbury, MA 01952 | 978-462-4481

PEDAL POWER
If you live nearby, why not leave the car at home and ride a bicycle to the festival? After all, riding a bike is good for your health, the environment, your wallet, and your soul!

BROADWAY BOARDWALK POLICIES
■ Help keep the Broadway Boardwalk and Salisbury Beach beautiful! Please do not leave behind cigarette butts, trash, food, etc. Put all trash/recycling in proper barrels.
■ Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the Broadway Boardwalk, except within the designated age 21+ area specially permitted during this event.
■ Dogs and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

Things to Do

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

Waterfront Park

Newburyport Waterfront Park is positioned in the center of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.A perfect green space, Waterfront Park has a great boardwalk that runs along the Merrimack River and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the waterfront views and boating activity.

Kabria Baumgartner, African American History, Newburyport

Newburyport’s Kabria Baumgartner Digs into Local African American History

Newburyport resident and renowned historian Dr. Kabria Baumgartner is digging into the rich and often untold history of African Americans in Essex County. Thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded by

Waterfront Park

Newburyport Waterfront Park is positioned in the center of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.A perfect green space, Waterfront Park has a great boardwalk that runs along the Merrimack River and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the waterfront views and boating activity.

Parks Fest 2022 – Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival

By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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Check out Newburyport Parks Fest 2022 also known as the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival at Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 2nd, from 12 – 6 PM. Bring your picnic blanket and experience the Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival for free, or purchase VIP tickets to experience Best of Newburyport live music. VIP ticket holders can sit on the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts while enjoying free food, wine and beer or be front and center, dancing on the grass in front of of the stage. All proceeds support the Newburyport Parks.

Make sure to arrive early in downtown Newburyport for a free Pre-Concert Shopping & Brunch Event. Local retailers will be hosting complimentary brunch inside their shops from 10 am – 12 pm, an amazing kick off to Parks Fest 2022! Enjoy brunch and and feel good about Shopping Local in Newburyport!

Who’s playing at the 2022 Parks Fest – Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival, you ask? Check out the impressive line-up and if by chance you’re not familiar with these nationally know bands, check out their Youtube videos.

2022 Parks Fest Lineup:

12:00 pm    Opening Remarks
12:15 p.m.  Quentin Callewaert
1:00 p.m.    Darin & Brooke Aldridge
2:10 p.m.    Rosie Flores & The Talismen
3:15 p.m.    Ward Hayden and The Outliers
4:00 p.m.   NH Academy of Performing Arts Dance Act
4:30 p.m.   HEADLINE: Amythyst Kiah

The Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival supports the Newburyport Parks Conservancy, which maintains several parks and playgrounds around Newburyport including Cashman Park, Mosely Woods and Atkinson Common, to name a few.

 

VIP Coverage from Prior Year Newburyport Parks Fest – Americana Rhythm & Roots Festival

 

Support Ukraine Efforts in the Newburyport Community and Beyond

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Support Ukraine, Ipswich MA

Support Ukraine fundraisers have been hosted and will continue to take place in the Newburyport Community and throughout many North Shore cities and towns. It is uplifting to see the positive response and participation with hope that the combined efforts will help make a difference for the Ukrainian people. Many of these initiatives began as simple ideas and spiraled into incredibly successful campaigns due to the tremendous response from individuals, small business owners, student groups and local nonprofit organizations.

Newburyport.com helps increase awareness for our local nonprofit and small business customers, many of which have recently organized or contributed to local Ukraine fundraisers. This article is meant to promote awareness of upcoming efforts and it summarizes some of the recent local happenings with links to the the organizations providing direct humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian people. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and we encourage folks to visit Ipswich this upcoming weekend to take part in the Stand Strong with Ukraine efforts.

Upcoming Local Support Ukraine Efforts:

  • Join Ipswich residents of Ukraine heritage, local ministers, state representatives, select board members, musicians and citizens of the North Shore community for an inspirational, Stand with Ukraine Event and Fundraiser, Sunday, May 22nd from 11:45 am – 3:30 pm, in Ipswich. Organized by Ipswich Citizens in Partnership With the People of Ukraine, this is a grass roots effort that provides support directly to people in the Ukraine. View the schedule of events below and scroll down to watch a video of event organizer, Ipswich business owner and Ukraine native, Tanya Marshall, from her participation in Newburyport candlelight vigil. For more information in this event, you can also visit the facebook page.
    • Program:
      • 11;45 Gather on Town Hill to join in an ecumenical prayer for peace led by Reverend Brad Clark, Ascension Memorial Church, and fellow Ipswich ministers;
      • Walk for Peace down Market Street, through the Pavilion terrace by the River;
      • 12;15 pm Rally at the Hall-Haskell House for LIVE STREAM with friends and families in Ukraine, and further a series of offerings designed to generate deeper and renewed care and compassion for the people of Ukraine in the struggle to retain their freedom, including:
      • A special live video link with friends in Ukraine Kyiv, Konotop, Dnipro
      • Tanya Marshall (Ipswich resident, born in Ukraine)
      • State Senator Bruce Tarr , 
      • State Representative Jamie Belsito 
      • Ipswich Select board members
      • Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England 
      • Music by Steve Kercher “ I need Ammunition Not a Ride” 
      • Traditional Ukrainian food and songs

Past & Ongoing Support Ukraine Efforts:

  • The, We Stand With Ukraine Musical Benefit, was held on Saturday, April 9th from from 7-10 pm, at Belleville Congregational Church. TicketsSupport Ukraine Benefit Concert Newburyport were $30 per person, available for purchase at the door and proceeds were donated to the World Central Kitchen. Doors open at 6 pm and cash is appreciated as it will enable quicker entrance into the concert, but Venmo and Square are also available. The concert will featured musical performances by: James Paone, Marjorie Senet and the Broken Home Boys, Liz Frame and the Kickers, Way Up South.
  • Ganesh Imports Newburyport, Portsmouth & Exeter helped encourage folks to make donations in support of The World KitchenGanesh Imports Ukraine Fundraiser Pic by Henry VanderSpek Photo Art by generously matching donations up to $5,000 during the week of March 7th – 13th. Salesforce Cares also made a matching donation for a total contribution of $14,821.12. Thank you Bill Bixby, Owner of Newburyport and Portsmouth and Kristin Poulin, Owner of Exeter. Thank you to Bill and Kristin, long term retailers in the community known for their ongoing support for many important nonprofit efforts. Featured picture taken by Henry VanderSpek Photo Art.
  • The Newburyport 4th Grade Girls Bake Sale for Ukraine Refugees raised a total of $36,000.00! The first bake sale hosted on March 13th at 45 Bromfield Street was a huge success raising $12,000.00, motivating the girls to organize and prepare for Support Ukraine Part 2, April 3rd, with an even bigger bake sale and the addition of a market place, raising a total of $24,000.00. A thoughtful idea of three 4th grade girls transformed into a communitywide mission with baked goods donations from a huge list of bakeries in Newburyport and neighboring towns as well as individual baked goods donations. In addition, gift certificates were donated for the raffle by many local small businesses and numerous kids donated Ukrainian artisan crafts.   This tremendous group effort was led by parents, Greg and Emily Kulowiec owners of  local small business, Dolly + Bub. Funds were donated to two causes: bstrong and family in Przemysl, Poland. Donations can be made through Venmo @Emily-Kulowiec ( verification code, 1611) or the Go Fund Me link.
    • A Newburyport Candlelight Vigil was held on March 23rd in Market Square. The Vigil was organized by Alissa Christie of Bentley’s Real Estate offering an opportunity to reflect and or pray as a collective effort to show support. The Vigil was attended by a special guest, Tatyana Marshall, an Ipswich resident and small business owner of Twins Chic. Tanya, originally from the Ukraine has lived in Ipswich for the past 15 years and is working hard to raise money for her, Stand with Ukraine Fund, a grass roots effort , designed to help get support to family and friends in need of food and medical attention. We encourage folks to follow Tanya’s mission on facebook. Tanya communicates daily with family, friends and volunteer workers in Ukraine and she works tirelessly every day to spread awareness at events throughout the North Shore community.

    • NHS Honor Society Bake Sale with Poetry, Music & Art in support of UNICEF was hosted on March 26th at Newburyport High School. The bake sale raised a total of $2,050.00.

     

    • On March 27th the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Theater in the Open & The Newburyport Arts Collective hosted An Evening of Theater and Poetry to Benefit Ukraine as part of a global initiative called the ‘Worldwide Readings Project’ in which close to 150 theater companies around the world have staged readings of Ukrainian texts to raise money for the military, humanitarian aid and relief efforts. The event raised $3,500.00 which was donated directly to Razom for Ukraine, a charitable organization delivering humanitarian aid. For anyone who wasn’t able to attend the fundraiser but would like to make a donation, they are encouraged to contribute through Nova Kahovka for Life, run by Plum Island resident Nadiia Sadowski.

     

    We will continue to post information about upcoming support Ukraine fundraisers and or opportunities to get involved in other ways as well.

     

    Merrimack River Eagle Festival Flies High in Newburyport and Amesbury

    By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
    Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
    Eagle Festival, Newburyport MA

    Wings will be spread and curious eyes will be wide open during the 2022 Merrimack River Eagle Festival. This cherished annual event will offer virtual & and in-person options from Tuesday, February 8th through Saturday, February 12th in Newburyport and Amesbury. If you are planning to attend in-person or online you must register in advance for all planned activities in order to allow for management of capacity limits. The annual Eagle Festival, which welcomes back bald eagles to the region, is co-hosted by the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and features many great events. Image taken by Jim and titled (Mr. LifeLoomsLarge).

    Although this year’s Eagle Festival will be quite different than prior years, there are still many opportunities to experience this wonderful annual tradition. Register to join online lectures including: raptor demonstrations, winter wildlife photography and winter wildlife. Outdoor guided walking tours will be available for adults and families with children ages 8 and older. Outdoor family programs highlighting winter raptors and other winter wildlife. It is important to register in advance for all online and in-person activities and lectures.

    The Merrimack River Eagle Festival is a favorite of both locals and tourists. For those visiting the area for the event, Newburyport is also a destination filled with amazing restaurants, one of a kind shops, and unique experiences. Make a weekend of your visit, there are wonderful places to stay, and continue to explore the area. If you are going to eat, shop, and play in town, consider purchasing a VIP Card to receive local discounts.

    Lucy’s Love Bus Yoga Ohana Fundraiser – Supporting Children with Cancer

    By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
    Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
    Lucy's Love Bus, Yoga Ohana, Children with Cancer, Newburyport & Amesbury

    Register for the Yoga Ohana fundraiser, lead by top yoga instructors from the Greater Newburyport area, and know that your participation is helping to improve quality of life for children with cancer. Lucy’s Love Bus helps provide hope, comfort and peace for children and their families in our region. Yoga Ohana will be held on Sunday, October 17th from 10am to 1pm, with the option to join in-person at Triton High School in Byfield, Mass. or via live online streaming video.

    Yoga Ohana will offer adults and children a fun start to their day where they will learn from expert instructors and relieve stress, while raising money for children diagnosed with cancer! Lucy’s Love Bus provides free integrative therapies such as yoga, massage, acupuncture, and music therapy to kids with cancer, as they have been proven to help alleviate pain, stress, and anxiety and are beneficial activities that inspire hope and healing.

    “‘Ohana’ means family and this event brings our community together to help families coping with childhood cancer,” said Beecher Grogan, Executive Director of Lucy’s Love Bus. “People of all ages and abilities will be able to experience the benefits of practicing yoga wherever they are comfortable, whether that’s socially distanced and masked at our in-person event, or via livestream from the comfort of their own home.”

    Yoga Ohana will feature family-friendly yoga and meditation classes, led by local yoga teachers Ann Biese, Sarah Oleson, and David Glazebrook, and sound healing with Ankati Day. Local musician and Master of Ceremonies Michael Bernier will be the lively emcee, and local music group Start the Whale will be providing relaxing music during breaks! Thanks to Cedar’s Food, all attendees will be offered snacks to take home for a healthy refuel after a morning of fun!

    Tickets are $50 for individuals or register your family/household for just $99! For more information and to register, please visit the Lucy’s Love Bus website. If you are not available to participate in this wonderful event, please consider making a donation.

    Moving Wall Visits Plum Island Airport in Honor of Vietnam Veterans

    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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    The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was on display at Plum Island Airport in Newbury, MA during Labor Day Weekend 2021, from 6 pm on 9/2 through 6 am 9/7. The replica, which is 252.83 feet long and consists of 58,272 names, has been touring the country since 1984 and includes approximately 1,300 people who are still unaccounted for prisoners of war (POW’s) and missing in action (MIA).

    Vietnam Veterans were not honored for their service to our country as they returned home. The idea to create the Moving Wall was originated  by a Vietnam Veteran, John Devitt who while attending the the 1982 dedication in Washington DC, was inspired to share the positive power of “The Wall.” John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Heaver and other Vietnam Veterans built the Moving Wall in order to honor and show gratitude to as many Vietnam Veterans as possible throughout the country.

    The Moving Wall was escorted to the Plum Island Airport by NEMLAC (NE MA Law Enforcement Council), Patriot Riders, and AmesburyMoving Wall, Plum Island, Newbury MA and Newbury police. Residents and tourists were invited to line the procession route and welcome its arrival at the airport. Visitors were also encouraged to attend the wall’s opening ceremony featuring a wreath-laying ceremony by decorated Vietnam Veterans, a welcome home ceremony, keynote speakers, and a fly-over by the state police.

    The Moving Wall was available for viewing twenty-four hours a day until its disassembly on Tuesday, September 7th at 6 am. Up to 20,000 visited this solemn memorial that honored our heroes throughout its stay, including about two thousand area veterans who were personally invited. Volunteers were onsite twenty-four hours a day assisting visitors as greeters, helping them look up names of the fallen, and escorting them to the correct panel on the Moving Wall. Grief counselors provided by the Lowell Vet Center were also be on hand.

    The Moving Wall’s visit to the area was a project ten years in the making for the chief organizer of the event, Dennis Palazzo, who finally secured a date in November 2020. For Palazzo, who had a close friend on the wall, it was an emotional experience to finally have the opportunity to bring the monument to the area.

    “Freedom is not free, it comes with a cost, and the cost is written on that wall,” said Palazzo.

    Palazzo and the official host of the Moving Wall, Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming Board of Directors, worked tirelessly with a group of close to 100 volunteers to make this event possible. The outpouring of support from the community to aid Palazzo in bringing this memorial to the area was huge. He has raised over $20,000 from sponsors, local restaurants and shops donated meals and goods, the National Guard supplied a command tent, and Newbury police and firemen offered up their time pro bono.

    “It’s an honor to bring the wall to the area. The names on the wall each represent a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and never made it home,” said Palazzo.


    Moving Wall Procession Route from Amesbury Furniture Outlet to Plum Island Airport:
    Down Market Street to Amesbury Center, continue Up Friend St., go 3/4’s around Rotary onto Main St., continue on Main St. across Route 110, under Route 495, turn Left to stay on Main St., bear Right onto Spofford St., over the Chain Bridge (Newburyport), continue half around the Rotary – 2nd exit – onto Moseley Ave., merge Left onto High St., (Route 113) for about 3.5 miles, turning Left onto Rolfes Lane, (Newbury), turning Right onto Plum Island Airport (ETA a bit before 6:00 p.m.) – with Escort Motorcycles parking on the Airport Runway, in designated area.

    Newburyport’s Kabria Baumgartner Digs into Local African American History

    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.
    Kabria Baumgartner, African American History, Newburyport

    Newburyport resident and renowned historian Dr. Kabria Baumgartner is digging into the rich and often untold history of African Americans in Essex County. Thanks to a $100,000 grant awarded by the National Parks Service and the Organization of American Historians, Dr. Baumgartner is working to uncover materials and information to help create more inclusive and interpretive sources for local sites that reflect the true racial diversity of the county.

    Through public records and census records, Dr. Kabria Baumgartner can confirm there were many African American families living in Newburyport in the 19th century. However, she has found archival materials like newspapers, photographs, and other documents extremely limiting for Newburyport itself. While Dr. Baumgartner, an associate professor at the University of New Hampshire, is still actively researching and uncovering materials, there are some fascinating stories and artifacts that have already been discovered for Essex County. Folks had the chance to hear Dr. Baumgartner’s discoveries first hand, as she was the keynote speaker at the 2021 Newburyport YWCA’s annual Engaging Community Luncheon where she spoke about her findings and shared stories and answered questions.

    One such story that she uncovered is that of Sara Baro, referred to as “the African princess”, who lived in Topsfield. Sara, who was born in West Africa in the late 1830s, was captured and brought to the United States as a child. The Conant family “took her in” as an indentured servant—slavery was abolished back in 1783 in Massachusetts, but we know that the labor of enslaved people continued to fuel the economy in Essex County well into the late 18th century. Sara’s life is an amazing story of survival in the face of adversity. The Conant family seems to have treated her well and Sara even received an education at Topsfield Academy. While Sara could not change her class status, she appears to have lived a satisfying life worthy of something very special Dr. Baumgartner discovered—a will. It turns out the Topsfield Historical Society holds a very valuable artifact, Sara’s jewelry box which also happens to contain her will. This shows that while she may not have had a large amount of money, Sara had made enough of a life for herself to feel the need to create this document. Dr. Kabria Baumgarner sees this as just the beginning of her search to find more documents and artifacts related to the African princess.

    Another of Dr. Kabria Baumgartner’s stories she has come across is that of the Hinton’s, an African American family that resided in Andover in the late 19th century and early 20th century. This historical story is a great example of black entrepreneurship and a tale of Black family life in New England. Allen Hinton, a freed slave, moved from the south to Andover for a new beginning—where he started his family. It’s also where he started the Hinton Family Ice Cream Farm, the first ice cream selling business in New England. The business was embraced by the community, with Allen and family selling at local schools—Phillips Andover Academy and Abbott Academy for Young Ladies. Allen’s daughter Alice later took over the business and received praise from Booker T. Washington himself for her keen business sense.

    Dr. Kabria Baumgartner, who resides in Newburyport with her family,  is an interdisciplinary historian of nineteenth-century African American life and culture in the United States and the author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America. Dr. Baumgartner and her co-principal investigator in the Essex County African American history project,  Elizabeth Duclos Orsello, continue to research and find artifacts and materials to enrich our communities. Orsello, a professor at Salem State, and Baumgartner both use this grant as a teaching moment, getting their students involved in the research first hand. Photograph taken by Matthew Troisi 22 CPA, UNH EDU.

    Floral Design Classes at Nunan’s – Develop Your Creativity!

    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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    Develop your creativity by signing up for Nunan’s 2024 floral design classes. Nunan Florist & Greenhouses is a highly respected family run garden center in Georgetown, MA, known throughout the North Shore community for their exceptional floral design classes. Whether you’re an experienced  floral enthusiast eager to enhance your skills or a beginner gardener in search of fun Things to Do, Nunan’s floral classes are are the perfect opportunity to develop skills and knowledge.  Register for these very popular seasonal classes and let your creative side shine!

    Details for other upcoming events will be added as soon as details are released and information will be posted related to the annual Nunan’s Spring Open House as well. Check out our list of classes below. To register, please call us at (978) 352-8172 or email info@nunans.com.

    Macramé Class
    Saturday, February 3rd at 2 PM

    What is old is new again. Macramé hangers are trendy again and we will use our knot tying skills…or you will learn knot tying skills, to make a macramé hanger. These are perfect for your home, apartment or office as we will be making these in a neutral color. Once we have finished the hangers, you will select a small trailing plant and repot it into a plastic that will fit into your newly made hanger. You can watch it grow into a beautiful hanging plant in its new hanger.

    This class will be held in the greenhouse.

    The fee for this class is $30.00.

    Primroses and Cookies, Children’s Class
    Saturday,  February 10th at 3:30 PM

    Your child will make a great gift to give someone for Valentine’s Day!  We will plant a primrose into a white terracotta pot, add Valentine’s Décor and package it for you to give for Valentine’s day.

    Then we will decorate sugar cookies for you to take home with you using frosting and sprinkles that will make a yummy Valentine’s treat for your child and family (if your child shares them)

    This class will be held at the Cafe.

    The fee for this class is $25.00.

    Little Monster Plant Class
    Saturday,  February 21st at 10 AM

    It’s vacation time and time for a fun project! This is a project with the plant that every child loves. We will be painting a clay pot to look like a little monster and then planting a venus fly trap. Remember, paint can be messy, so do not have your child wear their best clothes! This event will be held in the greenhouse on Wednesday, February 21st at 10:30 AM.

    Houseplant 101
    Saturday,  February 24th at 10 AM

    Houseplant 101 Steve Flynn – Owner Nunan Florist and Greenhouses
    Steve will talk about the care, light requirements, watering and potting of your houseplants. He will then open up the discussion for all of your questions. Listening to others questions and the answers can be very educational as well, and lead to more questions….so this will be a great chance to learn even if you are not just a beginner. This is a free event.

    Orchids – Brian Leib
    Saturday,  February 24th at 1:30 PM

    1:30 PM Orchids Brian Leib – Massachusetts Orchid Society
    Brian has spoken at Nunan’s in the past and is full of knowledge to share with you about Orchids, their care, light requirements, repotting them, and how to get them to rebloom! Brian’s goal is to make orchids more accessible and understandable. This is a great a for beginners as well as for those that have questions to ask about their orchids. This is a free event.

    Whether you sign up for Nunan’s floral design classes, browse the garden center or enjoy a meal at Cafe Sarina, a trip to Nunan’s is sure to spark your Spring fever!

    Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses Spring Open House

    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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    Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses, located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown, is hosting our 2019 Spring Open House Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 13-14, with classes and events for the entire family. Bring the whole family and help us kick off the Spring season. Nunan’s is a family-owned florist & garden center known for their exceptional service, friendly staff, and gorgeous arrangements.

     

    Saturday: For the young aspiring gardeners

    On Saturday, from 12 to 2:30 PM, Nunan’s Spring Open House begins with a few fun activities for young, aspiring gardeners:

    • How to plant a pansy
    • Curious Creatures
    • Earth Day Crafts
    • 1 pm Kids Fairy Gardens ($15) must register, see below

    In addition, we’re offering a children’s class on creating a fairy garden beginning at 1:00 PM.  Cost for this class is $15, please call (978)352-8172 to register. If you love making fairy houses Nunan’s shop carries a wonderful assortment of items to help create your fairy dream house.

    Sunday: A Sweet Meet & Greet

    On Sunday from 11:00 PM – 2: 00 PM, Sweet Paws Rescue will be on site with adorable pups to meet, pet and fall in love with.

    Entrance is free and guests are encouraged to bring photos of your lawn, tree and shrub issues. Nunan’s experts will be available to provide plant & gardening consultation during the Spring Open House for anyone who needs it! We’ll proudly be serving Kane’s Donuts at the Spring Open House and offering our hanging pansy baskets for $5 off while they last. For more information, contact us at (978) 352-8172.

    Soon enough, Garden Golf, Kallie’s Kones will be open for the season and the NEW Café Sarina will be open for business. Café Sarina is a locally-sourced, farm-to-table café & restaurant serving light breakfast & coffee, brunch, lunch, & dinner. Guest seating overlooks the beautiful, state-of-the-art Garden Golf course, featuring running water elements and gorgeous natural greens. Café Sarina’s new building also houses Kallie’s Kones, a sweet little spot serving award-winning ice cream from Richardson’s, a local, family-owned farm.

     

    Sculpture at Maudslay Showcases Local Artists in a Picturesque Setting

    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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    Sculpture at Maudslay 2022 returns to Newburyport for visitors to enjoy from Sunday, September 11th through Sunday, October 2nd at 2 pm when the show closes. The event features the work of up to 50 local North Shore artists—all displayed in a picturesque outdoor setting. The application deadline is May 24th, so make sure to submit your application ASAP if you are inspired to participate in the 2022 outdoor exhibit. Maudslay State Park offers stunning views of the Merrimack Rivers, hiking trails, beautiful gardens and meadows, and more.

    The show’s 2022 theme is “Intersect“. Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay organizers point out that it’s a word that has many possible meanings and artists were invited to let the word inspire their creations. This show is site-specific—meaning the sculptures on display were designed specifically for the site they are installed at. So participating artists were also encouraged to use the beauty of the location as inspiration.

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

    All visitors should follow state park Covid-19 guidelines. Attendees are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

    The Maudslay sculpture show is in its 23rd year and has featured over 250 area artists who have created over 700 sculptures. The program is supported in part by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsors of the event are mentioned in both the app and on a signboard at Maudsley as a thank you.

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

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    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 holders and 6:30 for general admission. What is the Grand Tasting? Celebrity chefs, exquisite wines and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops, come together for the North Shore’s premier 6th annual “foodie” event. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a past Grand Tasting, enjoy video footage from prior years. 

    Indulge in scrumptious savory and sweet nibbles from local food artisans, making everything from farmhouse cheese to hard cider to award-winning handmade chocolate treats. Enjoy creative dishes, foods and drinks from some of your favorite highly regarded spots, and discover exceptional new places to eat and shop as well. The Grand Tasting features a broad selection of exceptional North Shore food and drink vendors from restaurants, wine and cheese shops, breweries, wineries, catering companies, and bakeries. 

    In addition to hosting amazing events, North Shore Magazine strives to help give back to folks in our local community. A portion of all 2020 Grand Tasting ticket sales are donated to Our Neighbors’ Table and the Greater Boston Food Bank in support of their efforts to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

    Purchase your tickets now. Don’t miss the North Shore’s most exciting ‘foodie” event of the year! Secure General Admission tickets to the Grand Tasting for $125 per ticket or VIP tickets for $150 per ticket. There are a limited number of tickets being sold at a special price. Use the code FLASHSALE02 and receive 40% off, for both General Admission and VIP tickets. Gather some friends and treat yourself to a well deserved night of exceptional food, drinks, music, dancing and socializing.

    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 artist for: Disney, Star Wars, DC Comics, Dreamworks, Muppets and he is also know as the fastest portrait artist in the world. The Pettengill House Fundraiser will include dinner, live music by the Jumpstreet Band, dancing, speed painting, live and silent auctions, all for a great cause!  Purchase your tickets before the sell out. Tickets are $60 per person or reserve a table for eight people for $450.

    Founded in 1994 by area residents and agencies, The Pettengill House has been helping Greater Newburyport families and individuals for more than 20 years. The Pettengill House supports at-risk families and individuals by providing wrap-around services and core basics such as food, shelter, clothing and health and safety. As of today, the Pettengill House helps an estimated 3,030 clients. many of them children. Among the communities served by the Pettengill House are: Amesbury, Newburyport, Groveland, Byfield, West Newbury and Salisbury.

    “Together with our generous friends and supporters, it’s time to celebrate all that our agency does for the nine local towns that we serve. Our work continues as we remain steadfast in our mission to ensure that the basic needs of every individual, child and family in our service area are met,” Pettengill House Executive Director Deb Smith said.

    “Thank you for your continued support and rest assured that every donation stays local and has an immediate impact on individuals, families and children of the Pettengill House community,” Smith said.

    Greater Newburyport Spring, Summer Consignment Sale

    By Joe, Joe

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    Greater Newburyport Spring & Summer
    Consignment Sale

    West Newbury Town Annex | March 7th & 8th, 2020

    Buy or Sell at the Spring and Summer Consignment Sale

    Spring Consignment Sale | Greater Newburyport Mothers & Families Club

    Mark your calendar now for the GNFC Spring and Summer Babies and Kids Consignment Sale, March 7th from 9 AM – 2 PM and March 8th from 9 AM – 12 PM. Organized by the Greater Newburyport Families Club (GNFC), the Consignment Sale is an amazing opportunity to find great deals on everything you need for babies and kids. This is such a popular event that there will certainly be a line of shoppers waiting to enter at 9 AM on Saturday morning, and you will find the serious shoppers back at 9 AM on Sunday to take advantage of the sale. GNFC will be offering 50% off (on items marked as discounted) all day on Sunday.

    For two days, the West Newbury Town Annex will be transformed into a store where people can sell and purchase gently used baby gear, clothing, shoes, toys, books, DVD’s, strollers, maternity clothing and more. GNFC is very appreciative of the Town of West Newbury for letting them use the facility at no charge.

    If you’re interested in selling items you must Register Online at My Consignment Managerand you do not need to be a GNFC member. On Thursday, April 4th, at 11:59 pm My Consignment Manager closes, so all items must be entered prior to this time. After the sale, sellers receive a check in the mail for 70% of the purchase price for sold items, and they can pick up or donate unsold items on Sunday between 2 – 2:30 PM.

    GNFC maintains 30% of each sale and combines the funds for a community gift that is given in the GNFC name. The donation recipient changes each year as GNFC works to help support many local nonprofits in the Greater Newburyport community. In recent years donations have been made to The Community Giving Tree, The Custom House Maritime Museum, The Newburyport Rail Trail Project, The Amesbury Town Park Renovation Committee, The Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital and the Newburyport Inn Street Foundation Restoration.

    For more information on how to prepare your items for sale, contact consignment@greaternewburyportfamilies.org. Otherwise, happy consignment sale shopping Greater Newburyport Families! Click here to go directly to the GNFC website.

    Enjoy our video from a prior GNFC Consignment Sale.

    Event Details

    LOCATION:
    West Newbury Town Annex
    318 Main Street
    West Newbury, MA 01985

    SHOPPING:
    Saturday, March 7th – 9 AM – 2 PM
    Sunday, March 8th – 9 AM – 12 PM
    Sunday Sale – 50% off items marked as discounted

    Register to Sell Items

    Important Notes:

    CONSIGNMENT MANAGER CLOSES:
    Thursday, March 5th 11:59 PM

    DROP OFF ITEM FOR SALE:
    Friday, March 6th – 9:30 – 11:30 AM

    PICK UP OF UNSOLD ITEMS IF NOT DONATING:
    Sunday, March 8th – 3:00 – 3:30 PM
    Anything not picked up during this time will be donated and can not be reclaimed.

    Important Notes:
    You must check all items for recalls and sign a waiver confirming this information. Go to www.cpsc.gov for recall information.

    Things to Do

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

    Waterfront Park

    Newburyport Waterfront Park is positioned in the center of downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.A perfect green space, Waterfront Park has a great boardwalk that runs along the Merrimack River and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the waterfront views and boating activity.

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    Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón Visits Newburyport – May 2016

    In May of 2016, the Spanish Tall Ship El Galeón sailed into Newburyport, MA, a city rich with maritime history, thanks to the efforts of the Custom House Maritime Museum.

    Bartlet Mall

    Bartlet Mall

    Bartlet Mall, a gorgeous historic park at the intersection of Pond and High Streets, is a great place for ice-skating, sledding, and enjoying nature. Its scenic views provide the setting for a wide variety of popular community events. There are wide walkways and a series of footpaths that border the Mall and lead to the Frog Pond. It has also become a highly photographed area by many local photographers.

    Asset Builder Awards, Recognition for Supporting Newburyport Youth

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    The Asset Builder Awards are a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge youth, adults and organizations throughout Newburyport who are supporting young people through their work or character. Our story image features prior year winners. Come help recognize the 2020 winners as Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition host the 12th Annual Asset Builder Awards happening on March 19th from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Newburyport Senior Center. Nominated by members of the community, the recipients are selected for awards based on their natural ability and desire to support youth in Newburyport. Their relationships with youth in the city are positive, encouraging, supporting and empowering. Below is the list of 2020 Asset Award winners.

    2020 Asset Builder Award Winners:
    Frank Crump, Newburyport School Crossing Guard
    Lisa Hutchings, Joppa Flats Education Coordinator
    Madison, Bridget, & Charlotte MacMillan, Outstanding Youth
    Kathleen Petrie, Molin School Teacher, NPS
    Richard Tierney, Newburyport Youth Hockey Coach

    In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. The greater number of assets a younger person has, the lower number of high risk behaviors they get involved in. The BEACON Coalition uses this model as their framework for prevention.
    Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition will be accepting nominations for the eight main categories of the 40 Assets.

    Anyone can recognize an individual or organization by submitting a nomination. The 2020 nomination deadline is February 14th and below is a list of the eight asset categories. If you missed the nomination deadline, make sure to recognize someone next year. Nominations can be filled out online and forms are also available at the Newburyport High School, Nock Middle School, Newburyport Rec Center and the Newburyport Public Library. They can be dropped off at the Newburyport Rec Center (formerly the Brown School) or mailed to 40 Milk Street Newburyport, MA 01950. For additional information regarding the event and nomination forms, please contact 978-465-4434 or Beacon@cityofnewburyport.com.

    Newburyport Youth Services and The BEACON Coalition accept nominations for the eight main categories of the 40 Assets.

    • Support: This award recognizes an individual or organization who actively supports and advocates for youth. More than just a good friend, this is an individual that is trusted, respected and able to connect people to the resources they need. Or a family that models healthy communication and support!
    • Empowerment: Do you know of a young individual who has taken on challenges throughout the community in hopes of making a difference? Or an adult or organization that works to empower young people by building skills or creating opportunity for leadership.
    • Positive Identity: We would like to recognize an organization that helps to build self-esteem in young people and/or a young person who displays a positive model of identity to his/her peers.
    • Commitment to Learning: Do you know an organization that strives towards expanding the knowledge of young people throughout the community, or a young person that is dedicated to learning and pursuing further knowledge and inspire others to do the same?
    • Positive Values: This award will recognize a young person who has demonstrated honesty, character and conviction in their everyday life. A person with integrity does what is right, not what is easy.
    • Constructive Use of Time: Do you know an individual who uses their free time toward programs, creative activities or other positive programs? Or an organization whose purpose is to support youth in using their use of time to better themselves/others?
    • Boundaries & Expectations: This award recognizes an individual who is considered an adult role model or positive peer influence. This individual has a good sense and supports appropriate family, school and neighborhood boundaries.
      Social Competencies: Do you know an individual or organization who supports excels in planning/decision making, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, resistance skills, and/or peaceful conflict resolution?

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

    By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
    Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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    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 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Newburyport Community/Senior Center. This pop-up event performs a wide variety of services including electronics repair, jewelry repair, and so much more.

    Repair Café is a completely free service, matching up volunteer repairers with those in need of a service to troubleshoot the problem together. Along with electronics repairs and jewelry repairs, other common items include clothing, computers, ceramics, bicycles, and toys. Here is a full list of repair stations being offered at the upcoming event.

    Organized by The Time Trade Network of Newburyport and Toward Zero Waste Newburyport, this will be the fourth Repair Café held in Newburyport. Over 250 Visitors with more than 350 items visited the Cafés last year.

    With the slogan “Don’t ditch it, fix it,” organizers and participants donate their time in an effort to reduce the volume of materials waste, contributing to Newburyport’s zero waste goal. Repairers encourage visitors to watch and ask questions so they can not only take home a working end product but also take home some knowledge of how to fix something similar on their own.

    It’s important to note that Repair Café does not offer any guarantees that they can fix your item nor are they held responsible if an item has any additional damage or stops working at home. Whether you come in for jewelry repairs or electronics repairs, if the problem turns out to be more complicated then a short session with a volunteer, Repair Café can also refer you out to a specialist.

    Think you have a skill to share? Whether you’re a tinker, bike expert, computer pro, or master seamstress—Repair Café can use your help! Email RepairCafeNBPT@gmail.com or call 978-225-3440 to sign up and donate your time.

    If you’re in need of repairs but can’t make this Repair Café, follow their official facebook page to stay up to date on the next event.

     

    Guide to Newburyport Preschool Registration & Kindergarten Registration

    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.

    Entering into the public school system can feel exciting and daunting at the same time, which is why we’ve compiled all the information you’ll need for your family to tackle preschool registration, pre-k, and kindergarten registration—all in one convenient place. With our guide, you can spend less time searching for answers and more time preparing your children for their next big adventure.

    For families entering the Newburyport Public School system for the first time, make sure to put the Parent Information Session on January 29th at 6 pm at the Bresnahan School on your calendar. Here teachers and principals will explain the process for both preschool registration and kindergarten registration, answer questions, and get you started on the overall process.

    Preschool Registration 

    How it Works: 

    Preschool and pre-K are all part of the same program, The Integrated Preschool Program. Families with students returning to the program (ie. in their second year of preschool or entering pre-K) and new students that have had siblings attend the preschool program previously (this includes the former Brown Schools) are given priority registration from January 6th to the 16th. These students will be given spots before any lottery drawings.

    From February 3rd through the 28th registration opens for all new preschool families, along with kindergarten registration. Preschool registrations can be dropped off in person at the Bresnahan School office during school days between 10 am and 2 pm, scanned and emailed tolmorasse@newburyport.k12.ma.us or gphillips@newburyport.k12.ma.us, or mailed to the school at 333 High Street. When the school system receives your completed application your family will be given a lottery number.

    Preschool registration forms can all be found online and will also be handed out during the parent information session, January 29th at the Bresnahan School. In order to complete the process, you must fill out all forms which include:  Enrollment Form, Confidential Student Health Form, MA Health Record Form, Home Language Survey, and Certification of Address Form. Along with the forms, applicants must also include a check or money order for $300, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, your child’s most recent health records, and proof of residency (utility bill or mortgage/lease agreement). You will not be given your lottery number until the school receives your application in its entirety.

    A lottery will be drawn on March 4th at 10:00 AM at the Superintendent’s Office-70 Low St, if there are more applicants than spots. Programs range in demand, with the full day programs tending to be the most popular and the half day options generally having enough spots to meet demand. When filling out the application you will be able to give your top three preferences. If you aren’t selected for your first choice you will automatically be entered into the lottery for your second and third choices. Families may attend the drawing to see if your child is selected or wait for the school to post results online, this will be done no later than March 6th. Those that do not secure a spot will be put on a waitlist.

    Kindergarten Registration 

    Kindergarten registration is a somewhat easier and less stressful process than preschool registration, as all students are guaranteed a spot. Because all applicants will be accepted, there is no priority registration or lottery process to explain.

    How it Works: 

    From February 3rd through the 28th families may submit their applications. kindergarten registrations can be dropped off in person at the Bresnahan School office during school days between 10 am and 2 pm, scanned and emailed to lmorasse@newburyport.k12.ma.us or gphillips@newburyport.k12.ma.us, or mailed to the school at 333 High Street. 

    All kindergarten programs are five days a week, but families can choose between half and full day options. While half day kindergarten is free, families must pay for the full day option. Visit here for tuition information. There are tuition assistance programs for families that qualify and families with multiple children entering kindergarten will also receive a discount.

    As is with preschool registration, 0nly completed applications will be accepted. In order to be considered complete, you must submit all forms (these can be found online and will be handed out at the Parent Information session January 29th), which include: either the Full or Half Day Application, Newburyport Public School Enrollment Form, Confidential Student Health Form, Certificate of Address, Home Language Survey, Kindergarten Parent Questionnaire, Preschool Visitation Permission. Along with the forms, applicants must also include a check or money order for $380 if applying for full day kindergarten, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, your child’s most recent health records, and proof of residency (utility bill or mortgage/lease agreement).

    Important Dates to Remember 

    • January 6th-16th: Priority registration for preschool registration is open for returning preschool students and siblings of students that previously attended the preschool program (including former Brown Schools).
    • January 29th: Information session for all prospective families—preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten.
    • February 3rd-28th: Non-priority registration is open for preschool registration and kindergarten registration is open for all families. 
    • March 4th: Preschool registration lottery will be held. If there are more students than slots, a waitlist will be formed.
    • Mid-March: Acceptance letters to all families in all programs are sent out.

    River Valley Charter School

    Along with the Bresnahan School, Newburyport is also home to River Valley Charter School. River Valley does not offer preschool, but you may apply for kindergarten.

    How it Works:

    Any family in Massachusetts may apply to this charter school—however, residents of Amesbury, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton are given enrollment preference. Siblings to currently enrolled students will also receive preference. General enrollment for River Valley is done by a lottery system.

    Applications for kindergarten registration, as well as other grades, must be submitted by February 25th at 4 pm to be considered for the upcoming school year. You may apply online, in person at River Valley Charter School located at 2 Perry Way, or by mail.

    Your registration checklist should include—the enrollment application, proof of residency, and a copy of your child’s birth certificate. Once completed, you will receive a unique application number and entered into the lottery.

    The lottery drawing will be held on February 27th at 4 pm at the school. Families are welcome to attend the lottery drawing but it is not mandatory. Those not in attendance will receive a phone call and/or email to let them know the status of their application. Once a spot is offered, you have five days school days (five business days over the summer months) to accept the offer. Applicants that do not receive a spot will be placed on a waitlist in the order their number was drawn.

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

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    On Saturday, October 12, 2019 The Grog Restaurant’s 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm under the tent at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 water Street in Newburyport. This great event began as a chili cook-off held for six years in The Grog’s parking lot, has grown each year in popularity and diversity. With the generosity of their co-sponsor, The Tannery Marketplace, The Grog has been able to triple attendance over the years by adding the perfect complement to chili, a craft beer festival.

    Billed as the Northshore’s most creative chili competition, Newburyport area restaurants and markets vie for The Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Chili. Everyone who purchases a ticket gets to vote. So far the 2019 participating restaurants include: Michael’s Harborside, The Grog, Metzy’s, Brick & Ash, Loretta, Dos Amigos,  The Paddle Inn, and Port Tavern (more to come)

    This is a competitive event and an honor to be selected as the Grog Chili Fest winner. For 2019 The Michael’s Harborside took 1st place for the 3rd year in a row. The Grog was 2nd place, Andiamo was 3rd and Metzy’s was 4th. The top pick in 2018 & 2017 was Michael’s Harborside, in 2016 was Port Plums and in 2015 the winner was Port City Sandwich Company! There are many local eateries that will participate in this fun event.

    This is the sixth year of the craft beer and cider-makers tasting. Many local and regional breweries are participating and the list will be published closer to the event date.

    The event was created to benefit local food pantries and it still does. The Pettingill House in Salisbury, Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, and Community Services of Newburyport share the proceeds from the festival. The agencies attend the event each year to provide information regarding their services and to accept food donations from attendees.

    Tickets to the event are $10 for Unlimited Chili Tasting and $25 for Beer & Chili Tasting. This is an all-ages community festival and children 10 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be sold on-site.

     

    Music for Change Fundraiser Hosted by Pennies for Poverty

    Pennies for Poverty, Newburyport MA

    Put on your dancing shoes for the annual Music for Change fundraiser hosted by Pennies for Poverty. The Elks Lodge (25 Low Street, Newburyport) will be hopping on Saturday, November 2nd at 6 pm for this charitable concert featuring food, dancing, and of course—live music.

    Headlining the Pennies for Poverty Music for Change event is the energetic seven-piece R&B band, The Chicken Slacks, returning by popular demand for a second year. This fundraiser has sold out in years past, so grab your tickets online or in-person at Dyno Records (1 Middle Street, Newburyport) or Greetings By Design (1 Rear Water Street, Newburyport). If you don’t plan on sitting down—and you may not want to with the tunes going—you can purchase a single ticket for $40/person. For those that would like to grab a seat, there is also an option to reserve a table for eight. Tables are limited and sell out quickly.

    Along with music, there will be plenty more to enjoy at the Music for Change fundraiser. The event’s sponsor, For the Love of Food and Drink, will be serving up small plates, including vegetarian and gluten-free options and Pennies for Poverty has organized both a silent and live auction. Years past have featured Boston Celtics and Patriots tickets, gym membership, restaurant gift certificates, work by local artists, and more.

    All proceeds from Music for Change go directly to address urgent needs and underfunded programs at social service organizations that help those living in poverty in Newburyport and surrounding towns.

    Pennies for Poverty: 2 Cents 4 Change, Inc. was founded with the belief that if everyone in the community does a little to help those in need, we can substantially reduce poverty and improve the well-being of all members of the community. This nonprofit is run by volunteer members of the community. Its mission is to reduce poverty and alleviate its devastating impact on individuals and families in the greater Newburyport area.

     

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    Greater Newburyport Fall and Winter Baby and Kids Consignment Sale

    By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
    Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
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    The Greater Newburyport Fall and Winter Baby and Kids Consignment Sale is an amazing opportunity to find gently used items at very reasonable price points. This semi-annual sale has become so popular that it is now a two-day event. This year’s sale will be held on Saturday, September 14th from 9 am – 2 pm and Sunday the 15th from 9 am – 12 pm at the West Newbury Town Annex located at 381 Main Street in West Newbury. In addition to being a fun shopping event, the Greater Newburyport Families Club Baby  (GNFC) and Kids Consignment Sale is also the perfect place to sell items that you no longer need. 70% of the proceeds go to the seller, 30% goes toward a community gift given in the GNFC’s name. You do not need to be present to have your items sold. Upon registering with “My Consignment Manager” you are assigned a seller number. After the sale, you will receive a check in the mail from the GNFC for the items sold.

    How to register:

    Log on to:

    www.seller.myconsignmentmanager.com/newburyport and follow the steps to become a seller.

    ITEMS ACCEPTED FOR THE FALL/WINTER 2019 BABY AND KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE:

    Children’s Shoes/Seasonal Boots
    Children’s FALL/WINTER Clothing
    Toys
    Strollers
    Baby gear
    Maternity clothing
    Books
    Children’s Videos & DVDs
    Games
    Layette

    On Thursday, September 12th, at 11:59 pm the My Consignment Manager website closes; all items must be entered by this time.

    Location: Town of West Newbury Annex, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA 01985

    Drop-off of items is Friday, September 13th, from 9:30 am -11:30 am. Should you be unable to drop off items due to work or scheduling conflict, please email consignment@greaternewburyportfamilies.org

    THE SALE IS NOW TWO DAYS OF SHOPPING: Saturday, September 14th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and Sunday, September 15th 9:00 am -12:00 pm

    *If you are NOT donating unsold items, you must PICK UP between 2:00-2:30 pm. ANYTHING LEFT AFTER 2:30 pm WILL BE DONATED AND CANNOT BE RECLAIMED.*

    If you are not donating unsold items, you MUST leave a container(s) or large trash bag(s) that are clearly labeled with your seller number on the outside. All unsold items will be placed in your container(s)/bag(s) for you to pick up.

    Also, The Greater Newburyport Families Club (GNFC) is pleased to announce that they are ready to accept proposals for our 2019 Community Gift. Selected project(s) will receive a monetary gift from the GNFC. This is a great way for local non-profits to move forward with a new or expanded project directly related to the mission of GNFC and support local families.

    If you need further assistance or have questions, email consignment@greaternewburyportfamilies.org.

    Yankee Homecoming Paddle the Port Kayak & Sup River Races

    By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
    Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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    Paddle The Port, Kayak and Sup River Races will not be hosted during The 2022 Yankee Homecoming Festival. We hope to see the return of this event by next year. 

    This year, Yankee Homecoming will kick off with the fourth annual Paddle The Port, Kayak and Sup River Races on the Merrimac River, on Saturday, July 27. Contestants in the Kayak and Sup River Races must be at Cashman Park to check-in between 8-9 am and the race will start promptly at 9:30. Online registration should be done prior to race day. All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, designed by Paddle Paddle Surf Apparel, and names will be entered into a drawing for tickets to attend the Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, happening that night. Organizers are working hard to make Paddle the Port as fun to watch as it is to participate in, so grab your kayak or stand-up paddle board and join in, or watch from shore and cheer on your favorites; a great time is guaranteed.

    Competitors will launch kayaks and stand-up paddle boards into the Merrimac River at the Cashman Park boat ramp off Merrimac Street and after a safety review, paddle up river past Ram Island, Carr Island and around Deer Island, then back to Cashman Park and the finish line for a total of 4.6 miles. This year’s Kayak and SUP River Races has several divisions: kayakers will compete for Elite, Recreational, Tandem, and Over Age 60, first, second and third places, male and female. Stand-up paddle boards will compete for first, second and third places and winners will receive a medal.

    New to the Kayak and Sup River Races this year are some complimentary fitness as well as food options to round out the event for both spectators as well as participants.  New sponsor this year, Pure Barre, a boutique barre studio in town, will offer free barre classes throughout the day while. At 11 AM there will be the chance to enjoy a SUP YO Demonstration/ Class. On the culinary front, food trucks on site this year to add ease to your picnic plans. The Sacred Cod with be offering up fresh breakfast items while Flor de Cafe will be nearby with both with fresh hot coffee as well as yummy pastries. If you are in the mood for something a little stronger or cooler on the summer day, be sure and check out Floyd’s Spiked Ice Tea & Lemonade tent.

    Race Wire is handling all registrations and providing professional timing for racers. This means that competitors in the Kayak and SUP River Races will get their time and photos sent to them moments after they cross the finish line. Participants come from all over New England to join in this fun and exciting event, and organizers are expecting around 150 competitors. The event also has some new sponsors this year, including REI who will have a tent with give-aways and lawn games in the park. The course should take the average kayaker or stand-up paddle-boarder around 30-40 minutes to complete, so spectators have time to enjoy a picnic lunch by the river and play games while they cheer on the contestants.

    Organizers put safety first and enlisted the help of the US Coast Guard to pick the safest time for racers to take on the rushing Merrimac River. On race day, there will be several motor boats in the water to supervise and assist boaters and paddle-boarders who need it. Alcohol is prohibited, and all participants must have a USCG approved flotation device and a race whistle. Inspectors will review all equipment before they allow racers to launch.

     

    Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show

    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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    The Kids Talent Show will not be hosted during The 2022 Yankee Homecoming Festival. We hope to see the return of this event for next year.

    Local kids will take to the stage to show off their skills at the annual Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show on Monday, July 29th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Newburyport waterfront stage located in Market Landing Park.

    From music to dance to poetry to magic, kids of all ages, ranging from grades 1 all the way through 12, are invited to register and perform their talents, whatever they may be, for a live audience in the park. The Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show is a non-competitive performance designed to showcase all of the wonderful kids and rising stars that live right here in Newburyport and surrounding towns. Because this is a performance, not a competition, every kid is a winner just by taking the stage, and so all participants will be awarded with goodie bags at the end of the show.

    This year, organizers estimate there will be around 15 acts to hit the stage for the Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show. Performers will be from professional organizations as well as just individual kids— and include a DJ for a show first. This daytime event attracts, parents, locals, and tourists alike.

    It’s so important to do the kids talent show so that we can involve people of all ages in Yankee Homecoming. With kids getting involved at a young age, they’ll certainly participate in future Yankee Homecoming’s and perhaps one day even volunteer for the event,” says Lorraine Mazza, the 2019 Kids Talent Show Chair.

    To register for the Yankee Homecoming Kids Talent Show performers must fill out the registration form and return it via mail or email, as instructed on the form, by Friday, July 26th. There is no fee to register. While day of talent may be allowed to join the show, it is dependent on space and not guaranteed.

    Newburyport’s Yankee Homecoming celebration lasts an entire week, beginning July 28th and ending with the annual parade on August 4th. To find even more ways to join in the celebrations, check out all of the events listed on our calendar.

    Newburyport High School Prom – An Annual Tradition

    By Taylor Walker, Newburyport.com Correspondent
    Taylor is a local Newburyport writer helping to cover happenings within the Newburyport High School community. Taylor will be majoring in English at Worcester State University in the fall of 2018 and has participated in creative writing clubs.
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    Newburyport High School Prom is always a time of excitement and fun! It’s a wonderful tradition that students prepare for, weeks in advance. The 2019 Newburyport Senior Prom was held Thursday, May 30th and the festivities started at 5 PM with the annual promenade. The Promenade always takes place at Newburyport High School before the prom in order to include everyone in this memorable event. Students (who so chose) name’s are announced as they walked down the steps of the high school and then continue down a sidewalk lined with people. Friends, parents, younger & older siblings, other family members, and many from the community come out to be part of this exciting nigh for the students. After the Promenade, students take photos with friends and family and then are transported to the prom on buses. The prom will be held at Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury. The 2019 Prom Promenade Video was entirely produced by Julia Bentley, 11 year old daughter of Newburyport.com owners.

    Traditionally, at a prom students were expected to wear formal attire. Male students wore a black tux with a tie or vest that corresponded in color to their date’s formal gown. Now, with today’s society evolving faster than ever, students, especially girls, are encouraged to express themselves, as they so choose. You will still see lots of formal dresses but you will also see some wearing outfits that stray from traditional gowns, like jumpsuits and even two piece fashions. Meanwhile, boys are wearing different colored suits and switching up their formal attire.

    Not only are students more expressive with their attire, but there is far less pressure to attend the Newburyport High School Prom as a traditional couple. You will see groups of girls, groups of guys and LGBT couples too. Newburyport High School students are attending prom with friends that they want to make memories with. Newburyport High School senior Isabelle Bacon said, “As a member of the LGBT community, I have personally noticed that our community has become more accepting, because our society has grown in awareness that not everyone is the same.” The Newburyport High School seniors are a diverse group of students but they are ready to celebrate their many wonderful accomplishments as they prepare for exciting future endeavors.

    Newburyport.com enjoyed helping to capture this great group of students and we hope you enjoy our video of the Newburyport High School Prom Promenade. Make sure to follow Newburyport VIP on Instagram to view our VIP Prom photo highlights.

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    Newburyport Slow Bike Race – A Coastal Trails Coalition Event

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    The Slow Bike Race will not be hosted during The 2021 Yankee Homecoming Festival. The Slow Bike Race is one of many great local fundraising events during Yankee Homecoming week and is hosted by Coastal Trails Coalition.  Funds raised from the event go towards pedestrian and bicycle paths connecting the towns of Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and Amesbury.

    So how does one win the Newburyport slow bike race?  By being the last rider to cross the finish line without touching a foot to the ground.  In addition to awarding the slowest biker, there are also prizes for best costume, team spirit and most donations. The race is 1/2 block long and takes place in historic Brown Square in downtown Newburyport.  If you haven’t had a chance to see the Newburyport Slow Bike Race in past years, enjoy aerial coverage brought to you by, UAV Look.

    We suggest heading downtown to the Yankee Homecoming Market Place to grab dinner from vendors and then heading over to Brown Square to catch the Slow Bike Race followed by a visit to Waterfront Park to enjoy a free live concert!

    Complete the Coastal Trails registration form if you would like to enter the race. The cost is $25 and make sure to arrive by 5:30 the day of the race.

    Newburyport Mother’s Day Specials and Brunch Spots

    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’re a local or looking to take a day trip, celebrating Mother’s Day in downtown Newburyport is a great way to say thank you to the special ladies in your life. From delicious brunch spots to unique shops to purchase a special gift, this waterfront town is the perfect destination for a fun family day. And come back any day of the week to grab a bite at one of Newburyport’s delicious breakfast spots!

     

    Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner Specials: 
    Give mom a break from the kitchen on Mother’s Day and head to one of these wonderful Newburyport area restaurants. Whether you’re looking for an inventive menu, outdoor seating, kid-friendly options, or a tasty cocktail menu, Newburyport is the perfect place to go brunching or enjoy or wonderful dinner. Most places take reservations online or you can call the restaurant directly.

     

    • Brine:  If you’re looking to indulge in some oysters on Mother’s Day, book a coveted table at this oyster, crudo, and chop bar. While Brine is normally not open for brunch, they create a special menu for all the moms out there on Mother’s Day. Hit the raw bar and enjoy some of their super creative cocktails. Tables are limited, with additional sidewalk seating on a nice day. Reservations are strongly recommended.
    • Joy Nest:  This large two-story restaurant, including a side outdoor patio area, features creative Thai street food in a jazzy speakeasy  atmosphere. While they won’t be open for brunch, the Joy Nest will be serving the regular menu both Saturday and Sunday plus a few specials each day as well, consider heading here for lunch or dinner.
    • Mission Oak Grill:  A traditional steak house and seafood restaurant with a few Brazilian inspired dishes, Mission Oak Grill will be serving brunch from 12 – 2 and the dinner menu all day on Mother’s Day, plus they will be offering a selection of Chef Specials.
    • Paddle Inn: For a casual yet hip experience, you will want to grab a table at this brunch spot. Serving up classic coastal foods from communities around the world, The Paddle Inn has a delicious brunch every Sunday. Menu favorites include the donut hole boat, breakfast burrito, and tableside bubbly with assorted fresh juices. On Mother’s Day, the restaurant will feature the regular brunch menu, plus a couple of specials. The Paddle Inn does not take reservations, so it’s a great option if you want to just pop in for a bite.
    • Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge: This restaurant is right on Salisbury Beach offering panoramic views of the ocean. On Mother’s Day they will be offering a reservation only brunch with pastries, made to order omelets, a carving station and more! There will even be an ice cream sundae bar for the kids…or the moms!
    • Sea Level Oyster Bar: This downtown Newburyport restaurant features a beautiful, spacious nautical interior seating area as well as outdoor seating in front of the restaurant if you like to be in the center of the action and on the back side of the restaurant if you prefer a picturesque view of the Merrimack River. Sea Level is serving brunch from 10:30 – 3 and they also a great choice if you prefer to treat Mom to dinner.

    And while The Grog and Plum Island Beachcoma are also not brunch spots, they deserve an honorable mention for casual family-friendly destinations to grab lunch or dinner. Both restaurants will have live musical entertainment on Mother’s Day too!

    Where to Shop:
    Newburyport is filled with one-of-a-kind shops to spoil any mom. Go on a spree before Mother’s Day to surprise her, or shop together after visiting one of the brunch spots and pick up something special. For the perfect piece of jewelry stop by Kaya Jewelers for something more traditional or visit Pam Older Designs for handcrafted pieces. Got a mom that likes to kick back and relax? Grab her some bath supplies and cozy PJ’s at Soak & Shoreline. Or pop into Nauti Pearl for a great selection of unique and clothing and accessories for the mom that already has everything. And of course flowers and sweets are welcomed by all moms, so be sure to check out these locations below!

    • Nunan Florist and Greenhouse: Flowers for Mother’s Day are a traditional gift, but a visit to Nunan has so much more to offer than a simple bouquet. If you have a mom that loves gardening, Nunan is a dream. Take her on a shopping spree at the greenhouse to pick out plants, shrubs and flowers for your home. You can even make the visit a family day and grab an ice cream cone and play a round of mini golf at their course!
    • Beach Plum Flower Shop: If you are looking for the traditional bouquet of flowers, look no farther than this flower shop located at the Tannery. Call ahead or stop in to create the perfect floral arrangement filled with mom’s favorite flowers.
    • Simply SweetFor moms with a sweet tooth, this old school candy shop is a must. They have everything from homemade chocolates to nostalgic candy to caramel apples. Grab a bag of something sweet to stroll through town snacking on or save the candy for later and order an ice cream cone.

    Have Fun:
    You’ve brunched, you’ve shopped— now don’t forget to plan some extra fun too! Moms are used to doing all the planning, so plan a little fun just for her.

    • Newburyport Whale Watch: You’re in a coastal town, so why not hop on a boat and hit the high seas? Set sail on the Captain Lady III and go on a whale watch.
    • Sole to Soul: If your mom is always on the go, give her tired feet a rest and book her an appointment at this foot spa where she will be pampered with a relaxing foot soak and massage.
    • Plum Island Kayaking: If your mom has a sense of adventure, book a tour by kayak or paddle board to explore the area. You’ll have the chance to see seals, local birds, and the sunset, depending on when you go out.

    All listed businesses are part of the Newburyport.com VIP program, so make sure to check out your discounts before you visit! And for even more ways to explore Newburyport and support local shops, visit our full list of VIP Businesses.

     

     

    Waterfront Music Festival – Newburyport Students Perform

    By Elizabeth de Veer, Newburyport.com Correspondent
    Elizabeth de Veer is a writer who lives in Georgetown, MA. Her hobbies include organizing her elementary school-age daughter and chasing her labradoodle. Favorite coffee: hot. Favorite Beatles album: Sgt. Pepper. Favorite naughty food: lobster roll and fries. Her first novel is due to be published in winter 2019.
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    Saturday, June 8, starting at 11:00 am, pack up your family and picnic blanket and head to Waterfront Park, behind Sea Level Restaurant, for the second annual Waterfront Music Festival where students from schools in the Newburyport school district will perform music, dance and dramatic pieces through the day.  The district Performing Arts Department is presenting the second annual Waterfront Music Festival to highlight performing groups from all schools, and students of all ages across the district, including all range of music, dance and theater arts. Performances begin at 11 am and go through the day until 2:40 pm. Performances from the youngest students will start in the mid-morning and the day will end in the afternoon with Newburyport High School students. The Waterfront Music Festival is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to join for one or two performances or stay for the whole day. At 1:00, there will be an intermission for families to enjoy their picnics, explore offerings from local vendors, or stroll through town.

    Enjoy our full video here and for other great short clips go to the Newburyport VIP Instagram profile and view under the VIP Kids & Family Highlight. You do need an Instagram login in order to view the hightlights.  https://www.instagram.com/newburyportvip/ 

    Check the schedule to see when your favorites are performing, or just come by and see what’s on! Note the original schedule posted below has been amended. The event will begin at 11 am and end at 2:40. Times may change slightly. 

    11:00 – 11:20 Bresnahan Grades K-1 Chorus
    11:20 -11:30 Molin Orchestra
    11:35 – 11:50 NHS Theatre & Dance
    12:00-12:30 Molin Grades 4-5 Chorus
    12:30 -12:45 Nock Grades 6-8 Chorus
    12:50 – 1:10 NHS Chorus
    1:10 – 1:25 Nock Orchestra
    1:25 – 1:35 Bresnahan Grades 2-3 Chorus
    1:35 – 1:45 NHS Theatre & Dance
    1:45 – 2:00 Molin Band
    2:00 – 2:20 Nock Band
    2:20 – 2:40 NHS Band & Strings

    The mission of the festival is to feature groups from all schools in Newburyport – the Bresnahan Elementary School, the Edward G. Molin Upper Elementary School, the Rupert A. Nock Middle School, and the Newburyport High School. The district is especially excited to give the students in the new orchestra program a chance to demonstrate all they have learned.

    Jamie Sokolowski, chorus and orchestra teacher at both the Nock School and the Molin School, is also the festival’s organizer. She hopes to create a fun-filled day program that brings together the community with the students, allowing community members to see all that the young people in the Newburyport school district have achieved in the performing arts. “We’re putting the festival out to see how it does, see what happens, and to collect community feedback,” Sokolowski said. “We’d like to make this an annual tradition for the performing arts. We hope that each year it grows more.” The NHS band director, Steve Cohen, has also been working hard to help the kids prepare. He has been collaborating with the younger grades as part of our district wide effort to make connections across grade levels. Both Jamie and Steve are featured working with the Molin 5th grade band in preparation for the big event!

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    Green Expo – Learn About Net Zero Newburyport

    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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    For anyone wondering how they can do their part to help the environment, the upcoming Greater Newburyport Green Expo on Thursday, April 11 from 4-8 PM at the Rupert A Nock Middle School is the perfect place to start.  From speakers to interactive exhibits, the Green Expo aims to educate people of all ages about sustainability through net zero strategies. At this free event, attendees will enjoy products and programs from over 30 of the area’s most exciting eco-friendly companies. Click to view the full agenda of exhibitors and speakers.

    Whether you are a residents, business leaders, educators, or students, the Green Expo has something for everyone. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your emissions, tips for recycling, ways to create an eco-friendly home, energy efficient improvements, nature friendly landscaping, and more.

    Among the exhibitors will be many hands-on activities and visuals including Newburyport’s popular Repair Cafe staffed and ready to take on repairs, a display of electric cars, energy consultants, and delicious healthy food options from For The Love of Food and Drink.

    You can also expect to visit with non-profit organizations—including the Mass Audubon, the Newburyport Farmer’s Market, and Our Neighbor’s Table—to name just a few. These exhibits will focus on issues like clean water, local food production, waste reduction, and more.

    Equally exciting, the Green Expo’s featured speaker, Newburyport Mayor, Donna Holaday, will share plans to create a Net Zero Newburyport, unveiling strategies to to put the city on a path toward zero waste and carbon neutrality. Senator Diana DiZoglio and Representative James Kelcourse will also be attending to Green Expo and making opening remarks.

    The overall purpose of the Green Expo is to teach communities how they can come together to address environmental issues like energy use, waste, and resiliency to confront climate change.  So whether you are looking for ways to improve energy use at your business, cut down on waste consumption as a local resident, want to learn more about going net zero, or you would to teach your child how they too can make an impact, this event has it all covered. Visit the Green Expo website to learn more about this important community initiative.

    Platinum Sponsors: National Grid, N.E.T.R. Inc, and Revision Energy.

    Gold Sponsors: Amesbury Industrial Supplies, Home Works Energy, Lombardi Oil, Beach Plum Flowers, Eastern Insurance, Apex Green Roofs, Serv Pro, Sun Bug Solar, RevolouSun, Window Woman, Andrew Sidford Architects, Green Cocoon, North Shore Home Energy, Graf Architects, Energy Source, Kearney HVAC, Rescom, Renewal by Andersen, High Road Farm, Black Earth Compost, Hall & Moskow, and Castagna Construction.

     

     

     

    Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert – Voices of America

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    With the warmer weather and blossoming flowers also comes an opportunity to enjoy beautiful live music at the annual Newburyport Choral Society Spring Concert. Tickets are now on sale for Newburyport Choral Society’s (NCS) performance, Voices of America, celebrates great American composers on Saturday, May 4th at 8 pm and Sunday, May 5th at 4 pm at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street in Newburyport. This Spring Concert will not only showcase the work of incredible composers, but will offer a virtuoso performance by the 150 voices of NCS singers, along with a 17 piece professional orchestra and four soloists, all devoted to contributing to the culture of Greater Newburyport through choral music.

    The Newburyport Choral Society spring concert will be led by the talented Music Director  Dr. George Case. Case divides his time between Newburyport and Boston, where he is also the Director of Choral Activities at the Boston Conservatory.  At the Conservatory, he not only directs the chorale ensembles, but also teaches Choral Literature and directs the graduate choral conducting program.

    At the spring concert, audiences will have the pleasure of hearing choral masterworks in the wonderful acoustics of Belleville Congregational Church. This year’s spring concert will feature music from the great american composers Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Utah composer Andrew Maxfield.

    Enjoy Copland’s music, blending folk art and musical theater, while capturing themes, melodies, and rhythms that are uniquely American. Move to the sounds of Bernstein, known for bringing people together with his music, regardless of their religions or origins. With a jazzy contemporary style, his dramatic Chichester Psalms is most commonly associated with Church music with the Judaic liturgical tradition. And Maxfield will be making his New England premier at the spring concert, celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, based on a collection of texts by this American poet.

    The Newburyport Choral Society has been a community cultural asset for over 80 years.  Along with the spring concert, they also performs a winter concert each year. NCS members range in age from high school students to retirees and are united in their passion for singing and sharing choral music with the Greater Newburyport Community.  

    Tickets for Voices of America are available in advance online as well as at the following locations:

    • Newburyport: Chamber of Commerce, 38 Merrimac Street, Unit 101; Jabberwocky, 50 Water Street; The Book Rack, 52 State Street; & The Natural Grocer, 334 High Street
    • Amesbury: Starbird Jewelers, 80 Main Street
    • Ipswich: Conley’s Drug Store, 146 High Street

    GNFC Adult Purge & Purchase Sale – Designer and Name Brand Deals!

    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.
    GNFC,, designer, name brand clothing and accessories

    Love shopping? Love great deals? Stop by The Greater Newburyport Families Club Purge & Purchase consignment sale to shop a huge array of designer and name brand clothing, shoes, and accessories for both men and women. Purge & Purchase will open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 8th and from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 9th  at the Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall.

    If you plan your visit for Friday, the evening doubles as a Sip & Shop. That means you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer and light appetizers while scanning the racks for the perfect additions to your wardrobe.

    What can you expect to find? The GNFC promises name brand and designer items that are priced to sell from roughly 100 different sellers. Be on the look out for designer names like Burberry, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Kate Spade, and name brand items by Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, and Anthropologie, to name just a few.

    If you’d like to clean out your closets before filling them up with your new purchases, the club is still accepting new sellers with gently used brand name and on-trend items. To be a part of Purge & Purchase, simply set up your account online. 70% of all sales go directly to the seller and GNFC plans to donate a portion of it’s proceeds to a local charity. The sale is open to both members and nonmembers, to shop and/or sell.

    To ensure you get first dibs on all the designer and name brand goods, consider volunteering to help. All volunteers will get exclusive access to pre-shop the sale on Friday from 5 to 6 pm before doors open to the public.

    Greater Newburyport Families Club is no stranger to hosting these large scale sales as they have put on a very successful bi-annual children’s consignment sale since 2008. The club is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary this year and excited to kick off their big anniversary year with an event to benefit adults in the community.