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October 18, 2012

Lookout: Ouellette kicks off FINCH's new season

The Lookout Katie Lovett
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The FINCH Coffeehouse will kick off its new season tomorrow night with a visit by fiddle master EJ Ouellette and his band Crazy Maggy. The popular musicians perform a mix of Celtic music, reggae, jazz, pop, bluegrass and fiddle-driven rock tunes.

The nonprofit coffeehouse, which runs from October through May, is held at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

The music begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or at Dyno Records on Middle Street in Newburyport.

Refreshments will be available.

Quartet For-Te performs tomorrow

Local string musicians Quartet For-Te will perform at St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport tomorrow night. The performance begins at 7:30 at the Episcopal church, 166 High St.

Quartet For-Te is the string quartet in residence at Endicott College in Beverly. The program will include Mozart’s “The Hunt” and Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in D major. Newburyport’s Loren Lee will perform on violin and will be joined by Caroline Lieber, violin, Dayla Stoerzbach, viola, and John Bumstead, cello.

The program is free to attend although donations are welcome.

Witches Night Out tomorrow

Celebrate Halloween a little early during Witches Night Out in Newburyport tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.

The adult-only event offers a chance for customers to dress in costumes and visit merchants downtown and at the Tannery Marketplace. Businesses will offer Halloween treats and seasonal fun during the evening of shopping and merchant hospitality.

A costume contest will be held at 9 p.m. at Not Your Average Joe’s in Market Square.

‘Fill A Bag’ at

Amesbury library

The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library will hold their “Fill A Bag” Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Friends’ Used Book Shoppe in the basement of the building.

Purchase a reusable shopping bag for $10 and fill it with anything and items from the shop’s shelves, including books, music, CDs, movies, audio books and puzzles.

Proceeds will be used to support library programs.

Wrestling show serves as Komen fundraiser

Atlantic Pro Wrestling — formerly Wrestling Star Wars — will hold a professional wrestling show on Saturday at the Newbury Fire Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will serve as a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, and $1 from every full-priced ticket will be donated to the foundation that raises money for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. Also, 50 percent of the proceeds from the event’s raffle will be donated as well.

The group, which has been holding shows since October 2011, is a reincarnation of the organization that hosted pro-wrestling shows on Salisbury Beach in the late 1990s. Unlike wrestlers of the past, however, Wrestling Star Wars is an athletic contest without foul language or wrestlers being hit on the head with chairs or going through tables. It is meant to be family-friendly.

Children age 12 and younger who attend dressed in their Halloween costumes can get in for a $5 fee.

The match will include heavyweight champion “The Unequaled One” Todd Sople and New England champion “Twisted Hatter” Alex Creed, among many others.

Tickets are $10 at door. Advanced tickets are $7 and available at Express Video at the Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The hall is at 3 Morgan Ave. in Newbury.

Jan Roy exhibits at Governor’s Academy

Newburyport artist Jan Roy is hanging a new show, “Places,” at the Peter Remis Gallery at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

The exhibit, which features all new paintings by Roy, opens Wednesday and runs through Dec. 9. The public can attend a reception with Roy on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Roy, who has a studio in Haverhill, began her career in 1973 as a silkscreen artist, designing posters and note cards, before turning her attention to painting in 2000. She has been painting full-time since.

Roy, who spent the summer preparing for the show, will exhibit about 30 new abstract paintings. As she begins a new piece, Roy works from sketches and memory, never referring to photographs.

“They are places I have been to, places I wanted to get back to in my paintings,” she said. The subjects range from a dining room table where a family is sitting down for a Sunday morning breakfast to a tobacco farm in North Carolina and the Maine coastline, she said.

“It’s a real variety,” Roy said.

The Remis Gallery in the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1 Elm St., Byfield.

‘Maudslay is Haunted’ this weekend

Maudslay’s in-house acting troupe, Theater in the Open, is getting into the spirit of the season this weekend. Their popular Halloween event and annual fall fundraiser, “Maudslay is Haunted,” is set for Saturday and Sunday at the state park in Newburyport.

Gates will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. as the public is invited to join a cast of all ages for the one-hour walk through the park, featuring “eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park,” notes organizers.

The program is suitable for all ages. Admission is $5. It is free for children under age 3 to attend. Follow the Frankenstein signs from the parking lot.

In the event of rain, the program will move to next weekend.

Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race Sunday

A favorite local sporting event will take to the Merrimack River this weekend.

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury is hosting its annual Fall Haul on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with the half-mile Mayor’s Cup Rowing Race where Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday will square off against Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer.

The Mighty Merrimack Rowing Race began in 1983 and was held regularly until the mid-2000s. In 2009, the event was revived. It is open to the public.

The race is limited to traditional dories and fixed seat rowing boats, with both singles and doubles in each case, according to organizers.

Parking will be available at the Town Landing or across the street, at the Amesbury Water Treatment Facility. The race course will be fully charted and explained to participants. Advance registration is $25 and it is strongly recommended. On the day of the race, registration will be $30 and will run from 10:30 to 11:30.

Antiques appraisal night Tuesday

The Rowley Historical Society will host a session with antiques dealer and appraiser Bob Cianfrocca from Salt Marsh Antiques of Rowley on Tuesday.

The public is invited to bring items — antiques, collectibles, flea market finds or family heirlooms — to the program for Cianfrocca to examine and offer an opinion on its value or history.

The appraisal night will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rowley Public Library Conference Room, 141 Main St., Rowley. A fee of $5 per item or $10 for three items will be collected. Proceeds will go toward funding Historical Society programs.

Old-time Radio Players return to Seabrook

The Seabrook Old-time Radio Players will present two classic radio programs on Wednesday.

“Lights Out...Everybody” is a 1933 script written by Wyllis Cooper. “The introduction to the show offered creepy sound effects including dogs howling, wind blowing, a lingering gong, and finally an eerie voice that challenged the listeners by demanding ‘Lights Out … Everybody!,’ Sitting in the dark by the family radio listeners huddled to stories of the macabre.”

Actors Eddie McGee, Don Bagley, Jack Flynn, Paul Walsh and Cher McDevitt will present a favorite episode from this series, “The Coffin in Studio B,” which focuses on two radio performers trying to prepare during a last-minute rehearsal of “Lights Out” when they have a mysterious interruption.

The cast will also perform an episode from “My Favorite Husband,” a radio comedy, featuring Prudy Taylor and Eddie McGee as Liz and George Cooper, and Diane Ficarra and Don Bagley as The Atterburys, Carol Mitchell as the maid and Ann Ferreira as the announcer.

Each skit will last 30 minutes and there will be a 10-minute intermission. There will be a 3:30 p.m. matinee and a 6:30 p.m. evening performance. Admission is free.

Wheeler is featured artist at Anna Jaques

Local photographer Lindsay Wheeler will hang an exhibit of her nature photography called “Get Outside” in the front lobby and hallway at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

Her photography show will run from next Thursday through Nov. 29.

“My late-grandmother Constance Blaisdell and I spent a lot of time together, from walking around the property, smooshing our bare feet in the spongy moss and picking the latest vegetables that grew in her garden,” Wheeler wrote in an e-mail. “When we weren’t busy doing that, we took pictures with her Nikon FG film camera for hours.”

The Vermont native majored in art education. While in college, Wheeler participated in a grant-funded group photography collaboration between the college and a Vermont community care center called In Other Words, where participants spent time with the center’s residents and taking photos. The pieces were used in a traveling exhibit to Vermont hospitals and art galleries.

The hospital’s monthly art shows are a fundraiser for the Anna Jaques Aid Association.

Johnson explores ‘Plum Island to Paris’

Visitors to the Newburyport Art Association can see a solo show by Amesbury artist Christine Molitor Johnson through Nov. 2.

The former Newburyport teacher introduces the audience to two of her favorite destinations — Plum Island and Paris — through her oil landscapes.

Johnson, a Newburyport native, has always been drawn to the sand and surf of Plum Island, she says, and one of her favorite spots to paint is on Sandy Point, at the end of Plum Island. Five years ago, Johnson took her first trip to Paris and immediately fell in love, she says. She returned last October with her husband to revisit the city.

The show “will highlight some of Christine’s fondest memories of vistas between Plum Island and Paris capturing the illusive light of the day throughout the seasons.” The public can visit with Johnson during an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Ramseur exhibits at Provident Bank

Pastel artist Michael Ramseur will hang a new show, “From the Mills to the Madhouse,” at the Provident Bank in Amesbury as part of its Lobby for the Arts program. The Amesbury resident has been painting for more than 35 years.

His show will run through December at the branch at 5 Market St. in Amesbury. An opening reception with Ramseur will be held on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank.

Mystix plays at Blue Ocean

The Boston Roots ensemble, Mystix, will stop into Salisbury’s Blue Ocean Music Hall at the end of this month.

Several guests will join the group during the show, which begins at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27, including blues harpist Jerry Portnoy and guitarist Ricky “King” Russell.

Newburyport’s own alt-country Americana band, Liz Frame & The Kickers, will open the show.

Blue Ocean Music Hall is located at 4 Oceanfront North in Salisbury. Admission is $25. To order tickets, visit www.blueoceanmusichall.com or call 978-462-5888.

Triton is Haunted’ next Saturday

Triton will have an eerie feel on Saturday, Oct. 27 — but it’s OK. It’s all part of a fundraiser to support the regional school district’s new stadium.

The Triton Regional School PTAs and Team Triton are collaborating on the program at Triton Regional High and Middle schools. Festivities will include a bouncy house, dunk tank, pony rides and hay rides as well as a Horribles Parade offered outdoors.

Indoors, the fun continues with a costume contest, sack races and trick-or-treating.

Triton is Haunted begins at 3 p.m. A costume parade led by members of the Triton High School Marching Band starts at 4 p.m. Proceeds will support the new stadium, which will begin construction next spring.

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