Stuff The Van – Community Banks Giving Back

By Laura Bentley, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.
Stuff The Van, Newburyport & Haverhill MA

Stuff the Van, the annual back-to-school collection drive organized by Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank, is back this July! With the new school year rapidly approaching, be sure to come out and support this initiative, which will be accepting donations of NEW backpacks and school supplies at all Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank locations during regular business hours the week of July 22nd through the 26th. Additionally, there will be volunteers set up to receive donations at Pentucket Bank’s 120 Lincoln Avenue branch in Haverhill and Newburyport Bank’s 21 Storey Avenue branch in Newburyport on Friday, July 26th from 9 am to 3 pm.

Stuff the Van is a way for these organizations to give back to the community, helping to level the playing field of education for all children through their support of local social service agencies. Newburyport Bank’s Massachusetts collection efforts support the Pettengill House, a Salisbury based nonprofit who will distribute donations received at Newburyport Bank’s Massachusetts locations through their Operation Backpack annual campaign. Donations received at Newburyport Bank’s, New Hampshire locations will be donated to and distributed by the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County.   

Pentucket Bank partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence to distribute donations received at Pentucket Bank branch locations, widening the geographical span of impact and opportunities for students throughout the area.

Both Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank have a strong history of supporting critical initiatives that positively impact local families. Their shared commitment to community provided a natural progression for the merger of these dedicated community Banks; leveraging the strength and stability of their combined assets under the River Run Bankcorp. The evolution of community banking has maintained the same overall mission maintaining independence and a focus on the mission to provide exceptional customer experience, retaining loyal employees and ongoing strategic investment in the community.

Stuff the Van is accepting donations of NEW school supplies, including NEW backpacks, for students ranging in age from kindergarten to twelfth grade.

This initiative is crucial to children throughout our area, so please consider making a donation at any of the Newburyport Bank or Pentucket Bank locations by Friday, July 26th during regular banking hours. All donations are greatly appreciated and will help make a difference for local families throughout the area.

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 2024 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 26th and Saturday, July 27th as well as 11:30 am – 3 pm on Sunday, July 28th. 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 2024, 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 Brewfest Fundraiser Supporting the Fireworks

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Get ready for the 2024 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser on Saturday, July 27th 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 2024 Yankee Homecoming Brewfest participants: 3 Floyds Brewing Co, AB – Kona/Mango Cart, Allagash Brewing Company, Arizona Hard Teas, Best Day Brewing, Cisco Brewers,  Diageo – Captain Morgan/Smirnoff Zero, Downeast Cider, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers, Litherman, Mill 77 Brewing, Night Shift Brewing, Nutril, Riverwalk,   Trapp, Troegs Brewing, Troegs 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 and Port Vida A Mexican Cantina. The Yankee Homecoming Brewfest volunteers have also organized fun activities like cornhole and giant jenga as well as live music from, Lasy Susan!

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.

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

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Yankee Homecoming Olde Fashioned Sunday, Classic Family Fun

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 2024! This year’s event will be held Sunday, July 28th 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 27th as well as Sunday, July 28th 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.

2024 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 sponsored by Reworld (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 Barbershop Men’s Chorus – 1:30 – 2:30pm 
Enjoy some music from The Northshoremen Barbershop 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 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 2024 Yankee Homecoming Waiter and Waitress Race. On Monday, July 29th, 2024 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.

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 2024 judges are excited to recognize the winning restaurant and top waiters and waitresses! The Yankee Homecoming Committee is delighted to announce the 2024 VIP celebrity judges: Newburyport Mayor, Sean Reardon; Yankee Homecoming Committee General Chair, Alysha Robitaille, and Maura Harper of the Daily News. 

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 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

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). 

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 28th 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 3rd 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 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 2024 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.

2024 Waterfront Workouts Sunday, July 28th – Sunday, August 4th:

Sunday, July 28th 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.

Sunday, July 28th  8:00 AM – NBPT Aikido
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, July 28th  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 29th  6:00 AM – Riverside Yoga
Yinyasa Yoga – A fun all-levels vinyasa class! This class will focus on linking movement with breath as we move through sun salutations and flow through different yoga postures. Modifications will be offered. Please bring a yoga mat and water with you.

Monday, July 29th 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.

Monday, July 29th 9:15 AM THE MOM COMM
Mommy & Me Stroller – 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.

Tuesday, July 30th  6:00 AM – Club Pilates
Energizing Pilates Flow – Come start the day with mat Pilates!  At Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is for every type of body.  All levels are welcome.  Expect exercise using body weight focused on strengthening and toning.  We will incorporate modifications and progressions throughout the workout so all levels can enjoy.  Bring your own mat.

Tuesday, July 30th 8:00 AM – FUEL
Mini Band Workout –  Please join Fuel for a 45 minute mini band workout incorporating core, cardio and strength exercises. All levels of fitness are welcome including beginners.  The addition of resistance bands adds variety and challenge to the workout that you won;t want to miss.  If you’re interested in joining, make sure to bring a yoga mat and water for comfort and hydration during the session.  We are excited to have events like this that encourage community engagement in fitness and promoting overall wellness.  Cant wait to see you there.

Tuesday, July 30th 9:15 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.

Wednesday, July 31st 6:15 AM – Kin Fitness 
Bootcamp -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, July 31st 8:00 AM – YMCA of the Northshore
Strictly Strength – Simply Strength is a small group strength training class utilizing free weights, body weight and resistance bands.  This program allows for more one on one attention and more personalized exercises tailored to each participant.

Wednesday, July 31st 9:15 AM – Kin Fitness
Family Bootcamp – A fun-filled class of sports drills, body weight movements, fun games and interval training.  A whole-body workout for the whole family! Exercises will be modified for different ages and fitness levels.  Please bring water and yoga mats (if you have/want them) ages 3 years+ with caregiver.

Thursday, August 1st 6:00 AM – Kin Fitness
Cardio – 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 1st  8:00 AM – Pure Barre
A full body, 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 wights if you have them!

Thursday, August 1st 9:15 AM – Kin Fitness
Family Circuit – This family-friendly circuit training class will have you and your child moving through a series of stations focused on cardio and strength.  From slam balls to agility ladders, exercises at each station will be modified for ages and fitness levels and will always be fun!  Please bring water and yoga mats (if you have/want them).  Ages 8 years + with caregiver.

Friday, August 2nd 6:00 AM – Align Step and Strength
Power Vinyasa FLow – A 45 minute energizing breath to movement vinyasa yoga class, with posture and alignment guidance. You can expect core work, balance challenges, and a dynamic flow. Designed to increase strength, flexibility, and mind-body awareness. Beginners and all levels welcome. BYOM: Make sure to bring your mat and some water!

Friday, August 2nd 8:00 AM – YWCA of Greater Newburyport
Barre Fusion – Bring along your own mat and join us for this multi-level class incorporating exercise from different workout styles including barre, yoga, strength, training and Pilates with a deep focus on the core and emphasis on moves that will tone strength and elongate muscles.

Friday, August 2nd 9:15 AM – YMCA of the Northshore
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.

Saturday, August 3rd 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.

Saturday, August 3rd 8:00 AM –  Align Step and Strength
Abs, Booty + Flow – A 45 minute strength and yoga flow class.  The first 25 minutes will be focused on your lower body and core, where you’ll use bands and your own body weight to burn out your muscles.  The final 20 minutes will include a vinyasa yoga flow into restorative postures and stretch  BYOM: Make sure to bring your mat and some water!

Saturday, August 3rd 9:15 AM – Pure Barre
A full-body barre-based workout.  The 50 minutes 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 in you have them!

Sunday, August 4th 6:00 AM – Club Pilates
Energizing Pilates Flow – Come start the day with mat Pilates! At Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is for every type of body. All levels are welcome. Expect exercises using body weight focus on strengthening and toning. We will incorporate modifications and progressions throughout the workout so all levels can enjoy. Bring your own mat.

Sunday, August 4th 8:00 AM – Club Pilates
Energizing Pilates Flow – Come start the day with mat Pilates! At Club Pilates, we believe that Pilates is for every type of body. All levels are welcome. Expect exercises using body weight focus on strengthening and toning. We will incorporate modifications and progressions throughout the workout so all levels can enjoy. Bring your own mat.

Sunday, August 4th 9:15 AM – The Set Studio
Pilates Fusion – Improve strength, mobility & work every muscle in Pilates Fusion. This powerful musically driven class has a Pilates foundation + incorporates cardio, props and resistance exercises. You’ll get all of this in just ONE class, maximizing your workout – and your time.

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.

Yankee Homecoming Road Races – A Newburyport Tradition

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The 64th  Annual Yankee Homecoming Road Races hosted by the Newburyport Lion’s Club will be held Tuesday, July 30st 2024. 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 $40 for the 5K and $50 for the 10 mile. The registration cost is $25 for runners who are ages 16 and below. Everyone registered before July 2nd 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.

 

 

Newburyport Bed Race – Best Bed Racing 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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The Newburyport Bed Race is undeniably one of the most highly anticipated family friendly events of the summer. If you’re not from the local area, you might ask, “what is Newburyport Bed Racing?” It’s an exciting annual event that showcases the creativity, teamwork and branding of local businesses and organizations as they race their homemade beds for a packed crowd of enthusiastic fans.

If you’ve never been to the Newburyport Bed Race, add it to your must do list for 2024. When is Bed Racing? If you ask a loyal fan, they are likely to say, “the Bed Race is always Thursday night of Yankee Homecoming, just before the Beatlejuice concert.” Although that is accurate, the Newburyport.com official response would be, “see you on Federal Street, at 6 pm sharp on Thursday, August 1st for the Newburyport Lion’s Club Bed Race!

Although most contestants strive to cross the finish line first, Bed Racing teams also compete to impress the judges and spectators by designing and building elaborate racing bed structures complemented with cool and entertaining team costumes. If you’re in search of a traditional race, check out the Lion’s Club Road Race, frequently referred to as the Yankee Homecoming Road Race.

Both the Bed Race and the Road Race are major annual events that take place during Yankee Homecoming week, but they are organized and hosted by the Newburyport Lions Club. Although Yankee Homecoming is a totally separate organization they collaborate with the Newburyport Lions Club in order to structure events our local businesses and nonprofits. In fact this year, all 2024 participating Bed Racing teams are eligible for FREE registration in the 2024 Yankee Homecoming Parade.

They are organized and hosted by another amazing local volunteer-based nonprofit, the Newburyport Lion’s Club. Proceeds from Lion’s Club events benefit the Newburyport Lions Club local charities: eye exams & glasses for the needy, annual Thanksgiving dinner, visual aids for the blind, high school scholarships and  local food pantries.

If you want to grab a quick bite to eat before the start of the Bed Race, Newburyport.com recommends arriving early for 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 Newburyport Bed Race, the registration fee is $40 per bed with a reduced cost of $30 for nonprofits. All 2024 participating Bed Racing teams are eligible for FREE registration in the 2024 Yankee Homecoming Parade. Contact NBPTlionsbedrace@gmail.com with any Bed Racing questions.

If by chance we have severe weather (not just light rain) at race time, then this event will be moved to Friday, August 2nd at 6 pm.

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concerts 2024 – 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 2024 concert series runs from Sunday, July 28th through Saturday, August 3rd. 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 2024

Sunday July 28th 
7:30-9:00 PM – SCENES – A BILLY JOEL EXPERIENCE

Monday July 29th 
7:30-9:00 PM – IMPACT

Tuesday July 30th
7:30-9:00 PM – RED SOLO CUP

Wednesday July 31st
7:30-9:00 PM – 12 BARZ BAND

Thursday August 1st
7:30-9:00 PM – BEATLEJUICE

Friday August 2nd
7:30-9:00 PM – THE FAR

Saturday August 3rd
7:15-9:15 PM – SALEM BOYZ

2024 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!

IMPACT

IMPACT delivers a fresh and lively playlist of favorite 70’s, 80’s and 90’s covers which fills dance floors from Boston to MetroWest and all the way to the New  Hampshire Seacoast. IMPACT makes music to make people happy. Why waste time on the same old playlist everyone just heard in the last bar? IMPACT focuses on tunes that haven’t already been played to death elsewhere. Whether it’s a long-forgotten 80’s favorite, a “deep track,” or an exciting new arrangement of something familiar, this 5-piece, 3-voice band creates a truly unique and memorable experience – energy, danceability and great musicianship in a mix that gets audiences to their feet.

RED SOLO CUP

Tribute to Toby Keith. Formed in honor of the legendary Toby Keith, the band authentically performs many of Toby’s over 40 top 20 country songs. Raise a cup to Toby Keith!

12 BARZ BAND

Don’t Miss 7 Piece Horn and Vocal Powerhouse 12 BARZ BAND, co-led by one of Boston’s most respected and beloved Vocalist-Frontmen, Allan Michael Marcus and Journeyman-Guitarist, Ed Dondero. These two seasoned and electric performers together with their killer Horn and Rhythm sections bring it to the stage every single night.  The Legendary 12 BARZ BAND will keep all ages dancing and entertained with their musicianship,  song selections and stage presence. The Band will give a fresh take on classic songs without taking away the original artists deserved due.  Allan, Ed and the boys are sure to make this the best concert of the Summer.  Don’t miss 12 BARZ BAND!

BEATLEJUICE

For over 24 yrs. Beatlejuice has been faithfully reproducing some of the greatest Beatles songs ever written.  Beatlejuice covers every era of the Beatles catalog and onto the solo careers of the boys from Liverpool.  Renowned cover band Beatlejuice has been entertaining audiences with spot-on renditions of Beatles classics for more than two decades. Beatlejuice uses a cast of vocalists and arrangements that match the original recordings of the Fab Four note-for-note. Audiences can close their eyes and imagine John, Paul, George and Ringo playing some of the greatest and most influential songs ever written.

The band was formed in 1994 by the late Brad Delp, renowned vocalist for the band Boston, and drummer John Muzzy from the band Farrenheit.  After Delp’s passing in 2007, band members Muzzy, Steve Baker, Joe Holaday, Dave Mitchell, Evan Gianoulis and Rich Bartlett continued to perform under the name Beatlejuice and Friends, beginning with memorial concerts for Delp at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Those friends were a group of vocalists including Mike Girard of The Fools, Jimmy Rogers of Velvet Elvis, Buddy Bernard of Aces & Eights, and Bob Jennings.

THE FAR

The Far is a cover band from New England that delivers high energy performances that will keep the dance floor full and venues packed. The Far is a six-member band that has outstanding male and female vocalists, and a full complement of talented musicians and instruments that allow them to create a unique synergy. This synergy allows them to perform a range and diversity of music that most bands cannot match.

The FAR has earned a 5 star reputation from fans and other musicians alike for having excellent high energy live performances, engaging in community charity work, and dedication to professionalism.

Transcending the typical single genre that many other bands adhere to, The Far has a remarkably diverse range of music that spans genres and decades. Hits from the 70’s to current day, from Boston to Dua Lipa, Pop, Rock, Country and even some Rap Music.

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.

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

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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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Visit Newburyport for Art on Bartlet Mall 2024, Saturday July 27th and Sunday the 28th from 10 am – 4 pm on the corner of High Street and Pond Street. Hosted in the picturesque outdoor setting of Bartlet Mall, this free Newburyport art exhibit has been a cherished Yankee Homecoming annual tradition since 1982. Featuring a broad range of works from local and regional artists, Art on Bartlet Mall contributes to Newburyport’s vibrant arts scene, by expanding broader awareness and discovery of Newburyport as a destination for art enthusiasts near and far. Relax and enjoy this fun summer art exhibit whether you prefer to browse, search for the perfect gift or purchase a new work of art for your home.

Art on Bartlet Mall demonstrates Yankee Homecoming’s commitment to supporting the local arts by: showcasing local artists, promoting cultural engagement and appreciation for the arts, and encouraging community collaboration through the expansive awareness opportunities and connections enabled from the diverse Yankee Homecoming attendees and numerous local businesses and organizations.

Sunday, the 2nd day of Art on Bartlet Mall coincides with another major Yankee Homecoming event, Olde Fashioned Sunday. This fun family event also takes place on Bartlet Mall but the event activities are spread out, leaving plenty of space for the art exhibit.

While experiencing Art on Bartlet Mall, take a stroll along the Bartlet Mall walking path, a highly photographed scenic spot surrounding the tranquil Frog Pond. If you’re a fan of history and or architecture, consider taking a tour of the stunning historic Superior Courthouse Building, built in 1805. This beautiful example of Newburyport historic architecture is one of the oldest active courthouses in the United States and is only open for public tours once per year, during Yankee Homecoming. Check the Newburyport Events Calendar on 7/28/24 and 8/3/24 for details.

If you work up an appetite after visiting Art on Bartlet Mall, a visit to the Greek Food Festival is an excellent choice or 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 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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Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands 2024

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Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

2024 High School Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands is an exciting annual Yankee Homecoming event that provides strong opportunity for increased exposure and recognition for aspiring young 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 Battle of the Bands competition. The 2024 concert competition 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, during one evening of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series.

Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation as well as 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 and Cheryl is also Chair of the very popular Waiter & Waitress Races

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 midnight on July 19th. View the 2024 registration form for complete Yankee Homecoming Committee rules and regulations. View the 2024 Battle of the Bands prize details below.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from bands who’s members attend school or live in the following cities/towns: Amesbury, Groveland, Merrimack, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury. Bands and solo acts from outside of the local community are eligible to apply after June 27th, up to a maximum of 10 bands/solo acts.

2024 BATTLE OF THE BANDS 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

2023 Battle of the Bands Highlights

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!

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

2022 Battle of the Bands Highlights

2022 Bands Winners:
1st: Vibe Check
2nd: Dune Dogs
3rd: Catching Arrows

2022 Solo Acoustic Winners:
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

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.

Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Blast Off Saturday Night

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 2024 Yankee Homecoming fireworks are set to make a bang Saturday, August 3rd 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.

Launched from a barge on the Merrimack River, the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks offer many great places around town to catch an unobstructed view of this illuminating show. Get in on the excitement and grab a spot amongst 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 Salem Boyz, at the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert, 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 fireworks, mark your calendar for Yankee Homecoming Fireworks and check out our Newburyport VIP recommendations for excellent firework displays and 4th of July festivities hosted by our local North Shore, MA and Seacoast, NH neighboring communities. 

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 participating 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. Support Local! 

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 4th 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 Yankee Homecoming 2024 is “A Family Tradition” celebrates the long history of reuniting with family and friends through this cherished tradition. 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 27th and ending with the annual Yankee Coming Parade. Find even more ways to join the celebration by visiting the Newburyport Events Calendar.

Video of 2018 Parade

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

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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.
Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport MA

Clipper City Rail Trail

Whether you live local to the Newburyport area or you are just coming for a visit, the Clipper City Rail Trail is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. The path runs from MBTA Commuter Rail Station over to the Merrrimack River and provides a picturesque spot to exercise or just enjoy a leisurely stroll.

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

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