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August 1, 2013

The Lookout: Local band to sing ‘God Bless America’ at Fenway Park

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Pop rock trio Sunchunck will return to Fenway Park this Sunday to sing its rendition of “God Bless America.”

The group, which formed in 2002 after brothers-in-law Mike Bertolami and John Catino met Amesbury High School teacher Brett Manoloff at a beach volleyball game on Plum Island, first performed the song there in 2011.

The band’s version of the patriotic song has been played at Gillette Stadium regularly since 2009 and has been videotaped and sent to troops overseas. Proceeds from downloads of the song benefit charities that support U.S. soldiers.

Sunchunck will take the field during the seventh-inning stretch of Sunday’s Red Sox game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. in Boston.

For more information, visit

Artists present shows in Newburyport

An exhibit of oil paintings by the Band of Brushes and a solo exhibit of abstract work both open Wednesday at the Newburyport Art Association.

“A Brush With Beauty” features art by Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich and Mary Ann Varoski of Newbury; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; Anika Savage of Newburyport; Grace Daly of Newton, N.H.; Sarajean Graham of Kensington, N.H.; Lynn Murray of Salem; Pam Perras of Wakefield; Cindy Stern of Boxford; and Robin Thornhill of Danville, N.H.

“Not So Simple” includes paintings by Newburyport artist Patty deGrandpre, who works in multiple mediums that embody both printmaking and mixed media.

An opening reception for both exhibits will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The paintings will all be on display through Aug. 19 at 65 Water St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-8769.

Enjoy classical music at Newburyport library

The Newburyport Public Library is hosting five free concerts this month.

The Classical Concert Series kicks off tonight at 7 with flute player Trisha Craig, whose repertoire includes pieces from Baroque to modern.

The series will continue Wednesday with Quartet For-Te, which will play classical and contemporary selections. On Saturday, Aug. 10, the library will team up with the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival for the Kids’ Concert at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival Open Rehearsal at 10 a.m. will showcase musicians working with composer Robert Maggio on his new sonnet for string quartet, marimba and steel drum quartet.

Wrapping up the series is Regina Delaney on Thursday, Aug. 15, with her own brand of Irish classical music.

All performances will take place in the Program Room at the library, 94 State St. For more information, call 978-465-4428.

Free Saturday spectacles at Salisbury Beach

Free concerts and fireworks are being presented every Saturday night through Labor Day at Salisbury Beach.

This weekend’s show is a Country Night with Jodie Cunningham & Fried Cactus, while next Saturday will feature Sarah Blacker, New England Music Awards’ Female Performer of the Year.

Upcoming performances include Joppa Flatts on Aug. 17, Adam Ezra Ramble on Aug. 24 and Don’t Call Me Shirley on Aug. 31.

The concerts start at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks beginning at 10:15.

New exhibit takes flight at Joppa Flats

Wildlife photography by New Hampshire artist Tom Zack will be displayed from Aug. 4 through Sept. 15 at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Zack will introduce his exhibit, titled “Birds on the Wing: An Up-Close Encounter With the Avian World,” at a free opening reception on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

The owner of ZackStock Imaging, Zack has spent more than 35 years as a nature and wildlife photographer.

A portion of all proceeds from purchases made during the exhibit will help support Joppa Flats, located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

The exhibit is being held in the Juliet Kellogg French Room and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Tour a lighthouse this weekend

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, weather permitting.

Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.

Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email or visit

Amesbury bank features abstract art

Artwork by the Abstract Artists Group of New England is on display through Sept. 27 at The Provident Bank in Amesbury.

“Shape, Line and Color” brings together pieces by 15 artists from a Newburyport Art Association group created 12 years ago to support, encourage and promote abstract and nontraditional artists.

Members featured in the exhibit are Muriel Angelil, Pamela Bearor-Amiralian, Jennifer Burnham, Gabriel Cordovex, Sharyn Dahn, Tina Fazio, Ethel Hills, Carole Holcroft, Barbara London, John Maciejowski, Bonnie Jean Malcolm, Joshua Marcus, Elaine Mendzela, Mark Scholz and Regina Valluzzi.

An artists reception will be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the 5 Market St. branch. Light refreshments will be served.

The artwork may be viewed during business hours at both the Market Street and Route 110 branches in Amesbury. For more information, call 978-834-8540.

Circus coming to town this weekend

“The Wizard of Oz” is inspiring this weekend’s Circus Smirkus performances at Manter Field in Newbury.

Promising everything from the Yellow Brick Road to flying monkeys, “Oz Incorporated” will be presented tomorrow at 2 and 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for children ages 2-12. They are available at Eureka Toys at The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport, online at or by calling 877-SMIRKUS.

Proceeds benefit Theater in the Open.

Exhibit features Port artist’s students

Students from Alan Bull’s weekly painting classes are showing off their talents in an exhibit this month at the Carry Out Cafe.

The show includes works by Barbara Gordon, Cynthia Kowal, Renee Le Verrier, Mary Ann McArdle, Catherine Nicol, Margaret Poppe, Carol Potkin, Anne Recchia, Matthew Tague, Barrett Wendel and Edson Worden. Many of the paintings were created during Tuesday and Saturday sessions at Bull’s Newburyport studio.

A free opening reception will take place tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the cafe, located at 155 State St., Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-417-9778 or visit

Monthly healing market in Newburyport

The fourth Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market will be held at the First Religious Society on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free fair offers psychic readings, energy healing, crystals, herbal products, sea glass jewelry, Indian saris and live music.

The church is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. For more information, visit healing

Create your own sweet treat at Eat Cake!

Stop by Eat Cake! tonight for a Decorate Your Own Cupcake Night.

From 5 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to pick out their own flavors and fill, frost and decorate for $5 a cupcake.

Eat Cake! is located in Newburyport’s Market Square at 6 Inn St. For more information, call 978-465-6057 or email

Get an inside look at an ambulance

Stop by the Assisted Living Center — Salisbury at noon today for a cookout and Touch a Truck.

A team from American Medical Response will explain what goes on in an ambulance, with the opportunity to climb inside and look around. AMR will also offer free blood pressure checks.

ALC is located at 19 Beach Road. For more information, call 978-463-9809.

Kids use art to show feelings on homelessness

See how local second-graders view homelessness in a collection of art that will be on display from Aug. 5-19 at Chococoa Baking Co.

Pamela Jamison, a teacher at Bresnahan Elementary School, asked her students, “What do the words ‘roof over head’ mean to you?” She also introduced them to ROOF Over Head, a local nonprofit that provides supportive housing to families in need in Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

An opening reception will be held Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Chococoa, located in The Tannery Marketplace, Mill 1, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

For more information about ROOF Over Head, visit

Revisit the past to help the future

Take a “Walk Back in Time” on Saturday, Aug. 10, to help out the Music for Music Foundation.

Local garage bands The Shadows and The Reunion Band will perform cover songs from the 1960s and ’70s. Acoustic duo Stellwagen will open the show.

The foundation is in its third year of raising money for music programs in Newburyport schools. This year, the goal is to help the Newburyport High band program and fund two scholarships.

The show will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 35 Low St., Newburyport. Tickets are $25 in advance at Denise’s Flower Shop, 35 Pleasant St., Newburyport, or $30 at the door.

Free summer concerts in Georgetown

The Georgetown Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday with a performance of Delta blues, country, Americana, soul, reggae and world music by Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers.

Upcoming shows will feature Rust Never Sleeps on Aug. 11 and Girls Guns and Glory on Aug. 18.

All concerts are free and run from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Park, Rear Prospect Street. For more information, visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Renee & Joe tomorrow and Big Fair on Saturday.

Renee & Joe features Renee Dupuis on vocals and keys and Joe Cardoza on bass, guitar and vocals. The duo, known for folk, rock and blues, has shared the stage with Chris Isaak, Dave Mattacks and Russ Lawton.

Big Fair is a Newburyport indie band founded by high school friends Daniel Alvarez de Toledo, Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Clayton Vye. The group plays mostly original music and some well-known covers.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Legos and more coming to Georgetown library

An assortment of Legos and model trains will be on display at the Georgetown Peabody Library on Tuesday.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see a Lego city with Lego trains created by Patrick Connolly, along with G-gauge trains and other models.

The show is part of a Summer Wrap-Up Adventure for the library’s Tuesday Morning Fun program. There will also be a scavenger hunt and vehicles from town departments, including firetrucks and police cruisers.

The library is located at 2 Maple St. For more information on the Lego exhibit, contact Connolly at 978-270-7348 or For more information about library programs, visit


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