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.