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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). 

High School Battle of the Bands – Yankee Homecoming

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2023 Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

Support Local Musicians

Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands

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 2023 will take place on Saturday, July 29th starting at 6 PM. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage competing for cash prizes and a variety of high visibility and paid performances opportunities including the chance to be the opening act, Sunday night of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series. View prize details below videos. 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 Battle of the Bands Winners

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 2023 PRIZES:

First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
On-Air interview with Evolvement Radio Recorded Song
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 6th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Sunday August 6th

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Sunday August 6th

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
Gift Certificate

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, make sure to register by midnight on July 21st. View the 2023 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

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 Brewfest, Newburyport

Image by Jenny Coyle of https://www.facebook.com/jennycoylephotography/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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.”

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.

 

 

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 2023, Saturday July 29th and Sunday the 30th 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.

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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
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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.

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.