, Newburyport, MA

March 28, 2013

Lookout: Art students earn honors at competition

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Several local students received awards recently at the Endicott College High School Arts Competition.

The exhibit features 60 works of art from 18 local high schools. It runs through April 12 in the Manninen Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, 2 to 4 p.m.

“From pencil drawings to pencil shavings, this year’s high school art competition brought together a wide range of media and demonstrated the breadth of creativity among young artists today,” juror Al Miner, assistant curator of contemporary art, Museum of Fine Arts said in a statement. “Drawings and paintings captured the human spirit and figure, as did sticks; in the hands of an artist, these simple and rigid forms convey the fluid movement of the human body. This year an especially wide variety of schools are represented in the exhibition and among the competition winners, this as a testament to the artistic vitality and commitment to the arts in this region.”

Local winners include: William Craig and Daniel Ryan, Pentucket Regional High School, second place, “Stick Man;” Robert Rigo, Amesbury High School, Excellence in Photography, “Magnolia”; and Sawyer Updike, Excellence in Mixed Media: Newburyport High School, “Share.”

Artist reception tonight at Provident Bank

West Newbury photographer Marc Page is this month’s featured artist at The Provident Bank branch in Newburyport. His show, “Athens and The Jewels of the Aegean,” will be on display at the Storey Avenue branch through April 19.

The public can visit with Page during an opening reception tonight from 5:30 to 7. His exhibit includes images of his trips to Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece, and Kuşadasi, Turkey.

Author visits Jabberwocky

Maine author Linda Greenlaw will discuss her latest book, “Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother,” at Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St., Newburyport, tomorrow night.

Beginning at 7 p.m., Greenlaw will discuss the story of “Lifesaving Lessons,” and the formation of a family between herself and Mariah, a young teenage girl in need. The memoir differs from the previous books written by Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfishing captain.

Greenlaw is the author of three autobiographical bestsellers, two mysteries and two cookbooks.

Actors Studio hosts Girls’ Night Out Quartet

The Actors Studio of Newburyport is concluding its celebration of Women’s History Month with a performance by the Girls’ Night Out Quartet on Saturday.

The group, which consists of four members of the ’80s band Girls Night Out, will entertain with a mix of funk, blues, classic rock, and “’60s Girl Group” songs.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Tannery theater, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To order, call 978-465-1229 or visit

Music at 17 State Street

The Newburyport restaurant, 17 State Street Cafe, will host two performers this weekend as part of their “Beats, Burgers and Brews” entertainment.

Tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m., the duo Will and Emily will perform various cover songs, as well as original music. The pair began playing together in 2004 after meeting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. On Saturday, folk musician Dan Blakeslee will share his country tunes from 7 to 9 p.m.

‘Egg Drop-Palooza’ in Amesbury

Lucy’s Love Bus will host a ‘Helicopter Egg-Drop Palooza’ on Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families can head to Amesbury Sports Park for a day full of festivities, including helicopter rides, pony rides, raffles, face painting, hair art, food and photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be a Bunny Hop dance-off at 12:45 p.m. followed by performances by the local band, The Brew, at 1 p.m., Mateo & Kitarah at 2:15, and AHMIR at 3.

The highlight of the day will be the “Egg Drop-Palooza” through which 30,000 Easter eggs will be dropped from the sky as kids spread out for a giant Easter egg hunt. Children ages 1 to 6 will see an egg drop at noon, followed by a drop at 2:30 for ages 7 to 18.

Tickets are $5 per person and $5 per car for parking. All proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Lucy’s Love Bus, an Amesbury-based organization dedicated to assisting pediatric cancer patients by providing funds for integrative therapies. To register in advance, visit

Open Barn at High Tail Acres

High Tail Acres, 2 High Tail Lane, Newbury, will host an Open Barn on Saturday.

From noon to 3 p.m., the public can join in a range of activities, including free rides, lessons and show horse demonstrations, and a kids Easter egg hunt.

“We are thrilled to invite the community to our barn and to show local families what we are all about,” said Dawn DelTorchio in a statement. “We are excited to share information about the programs we offer and to promote the Saddlebred breed.”

For more information about High Tail Acres, visit the website at

Spellman hosts ‘Dancers’ exhibit at Firehouse

Newburyport artist and illustrator Susan Spellman is hanging an exhibit of her work called “Dancers” at the gallery in the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square next month.

The show opens on Wednesday and runs through May 5. The public can visit with Spellman and learn more about the show at an opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.

“Dancers” features a collection of oil paintings inspired by Spellman’s passions for dance, painting and drawing. The paintings depict several dance styles, including swing, jazz, modern and ballet. As part of the exhibit, quotes about dance that inspire Spellman will also be displayed on the gallery walls, having been written in calligraphy by artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord.

“I am interested in exploring not just the beauty and motion of the dancer’s body, but also the strength, courage and exertion of the dancer,” Spellman wrote in a press release. “Dance connects us with the world around us, and brings us great joy. There is a communication between dancers of all kinds that is wordless and deep.”

Spellman is a member of the “Newburyport 10” Plein Air Painters, the Newburyport Art Association and the National Association of Women Artists.

Senior readers offer free performance

The next performance of the Senior Readers’ Theater Workshop is set for Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m.

The workshops, for seniors age 55 and older, are run by the Firehouse Center for the Arts under the direction of instructor Charles Van Eman. At the end of each session, the cast gives a free performance for the public as a staged reading.

On Tuesday, the current group of actors will present “An Evening of Sensational Scenes” at the Firehouse. The scenes include “The Octette Bridge Club” by P.J. Barry; “Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues” by Caridad Svich, “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little” by Paul Zindel.

In a staged reading, actors remain seated and read from a script. Partial funding is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Scholarship applications available

The Newburyport Choral Society is now accepting applications for the 2013 Betty Gillette Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a local high school senior who is planning on majoring in music at college. The financial award is named for a founding member of the Newburyport chorus.

Applications are due by April 8. The scholarship will be awarded in May at the Choral Society’s spring concert. For more information and to download an application, visit

Jazz vespers on Wednesday

A free jazz vespers service will be held at First Religious Society on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The evening will celebrate jazz, blues and swing music, and feature special guest Bill McGowan on guitar and vocals and Jeff Wu on saxophone. The pair will be joined by the house band of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster.

The service will also feature several readings by Cyd Raschke and a moment of silent reflection.

First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Yankee Homecoming seeks volunteers

As preparations continue for this summer’s Yankee Homecoming celebration, organizers are seeking volunteers to help run the annual festival. A Yankee Homecoming organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Starboard Galley on Water Street in Newburyport. Dinner specials will be available from 6 to 7 p.m.

Those who would like to volunteer but can’t attend the meeting can visit the Yankee Homecoming website for more details. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. Yankee Homecoming will run from July 28 to Aug. 4.

Local residents join in poetry festival

Four local poets will participate in this year’s Boston National Poetry Month Festival at the Boston Public Library.

Newburyport’s Rhina P. Espaillat will be keynote poet in the Commonwealth Salon Room on Friday, April 5, and read with X.J. Kennedy from 2 to 3 p.m. Espaillat has published 13 collections of poetry and two bilingual short story collections. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals across the country, and she has received many poetry awards and honors.

Newbury’s Alfred Nicol, who was the honoree at last year’s Newburyport Literary Festival, will read on Sunday, April 7, in the auditorium of the library. He has published four collections of work and appeared in numerous literary journals.

Amesbury’s Lainie Senechal and Richard Wollman are also participating in this year’s festival. Senechal, who has published three collections of work and numerous poems in literary publications, will read on Sunday, April 7, at 2:20 p.m. She is a retired environmental science and biology high school teacher.

Wollman is a professor at Simmons College in Boston. He has also published several collections of poetry and appeared in national literary publications. Wollman will read in the auditorium at the library on Sunday, April 7, at 4:10 p.m.

Help pick Topsfield Fair theme

Organizers of the Topsfield Fair are seeking the public’s help in picking this year’s theme.

From April 1 through April 10, individuals can offer their idea in an online contest via the fair’s Facebook page. The winner will receive a prize package and four free tickets. The fair will run from Oct. 4 through Oct. 14.

Wine tasting at Georgetown Library

The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are hosting a wine tasting on Saturday, April 27.

The benefit at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. will feature 40 different wine varieties as attendees listen to jazz drummer Keith Augeri and his band. The final half hour of the evening will include coffee and dessert.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the library or at Georgetown Liquors. Proceeds will be used to fund programs at the library. The evening is sponsored by Georgetown Liquors.


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