, Newburyport, MA

March 27, 2014

The Lookout: Library to host slide talk on Ansel Adams

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Famed photographer Ansel Adams is the focus of a free slide presentation on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library.

Lance Hidy, a Merrimac resident and graphic design and photography professor at Northern Essex Community College, will cover Adams’ long career, which started with a box camera and a trip to Yosemite National Park at age 12. Hidy will also share Adams’ work for the Sierra Club, National Park Service and the environmental movement of the 1960s.

Hidy knew Adams and has designed six books and an iPad app on the photographer, who died in 1984. Hidy co-founded David R. Godine, Publisher in 1969 before starting his own design firm in 1973. He switched from books to posters and illustration in 1980, was the art director of Harvard Business Review and has designed three U.S. postage stamps.

For more information on this weekend’s presentation, call 978-465-4428 or email The library is located at 94 State St.

Chamber Music Festival starts season

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival’s first concert of the 2014 season is Saturday at The Carriage House, 203 High St.

The performance will feature Italian pianist Gabriele Carcano, who is the 2010 winner of the Bortetti-Biutoni Fellowship and a Marlboro Festival regular.

The program includes Mozart’s “Fantasia” in D minor, K 397, and “Rondo” in A minor, K 511; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, “Tempest”; and Schumann’s “Davidsbundlertanze,” Op. 6.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $30, and reservations are required at or by calling 978-463-9776.

NHS is calling all poetry lovers

For the 12th year, the creative writing class at Newburyport High School is hosting the Favorite Poem Project of Greater Newburyport this spring.

Started by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy in 1997, the National Favorite Poem Project is a way for the public to celebrate the pleasure of poetry.

Locally, the community is doing the same. Residents of all ages are urged to participate in the local project by submitting a favorite poem, along with a brief statement of why the poem has personal meaning. Poems can be old or modern, famous or obscure, English or another language with translation, but they should not be written by the participants.

Each submitter is also asked to include his or her name, email address and phone number, along with a piece of identifying information, such as profession or age.

Students will review and select poems to be read at the Firehouse Center for the Arts at the end of the Newburyport Literary Festival on Sunday, April 27. Poems must be received by April 7.

Email submissions to or mail to Deborah Szabo, Newburyport High School, 241 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950.

Marathoners raising money with concert

A concert at the Grog this weekend will benefit Brigham and Women’s Hospital on behalf of two local Boston Marathon runners.

Brittany Hill, a Byfield native, and Kristen Foote of Ipswich are both employees in the Boston hospital’s Center for Clinical Investigation and are running for Team Brigham on April 21. They are each committed to raising at least $6,500 for the hospital’s Life Giving Breakthroughs campaign.

“The Three Hour Tour” on Saturday night features Animals and Shapes, Maganahan’s Revival, and Casey Herlihy. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music runs from 8 to midnight. The 21-plus show is presented by Fusion Blue Productions of Salisbury and will also include raffles and refreshments.

Admission is a suggested donation of $8. The Grog is located at 13 Middle St., Newburyport.

For more information about Brigham and Women’s campaign, visit

Former Port resident to debut book

A launch party for a former Newburyport resident’s second novel will be held tomorrow night at Jabberwocky Bookshop.

Kristen Bair O’Keeffe’s “The Art of Floating” is the story of a popular novelist, Sia Dane, whose world is shattered when her husband disappears without a trace. More than a year later, she discovers a mute, unresponsive man on the beach. Her grief makes her determined to unravel this man’s mystery and help him find his family.

Bair O’Keeffe is also the author of “Thirsty.” She has been teaching writing for the pat 20 years and lives north of Boston with her husband and daughter.

The new book doesn’t officially go on sale until next week, but the store has been given permission by the publisher to sell them at the reading and signing.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

New exhibit, fundraiser at art association

The Spring Members Open Show starts tomorrow and runs through April 19 at the Newburyport Art Association.

A free reception will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit features acrylic, digital art, drawing, fine crafts, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor.

This Sunday, a fundraiser for the Range Lights Community Sculpture Garden will be held at 3 p.m.

Anna Schuleit Haber, visiting artist at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, will give a talk titled “The Possibilities of Installation Art and Public Art Commissions — The Beverly Oracle and Other Projects.” A $10 minimum donation is recommended at the door.

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Local youths part of Rockport concert

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras’ Honors Chamber Ensemble Concert will be held Saturday in Rockport.

NMYO’s top student musicians will perform at 7 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. They were chosen based on outstanding performances at the annual Chamber Music Concert earlier this month.

Local musicians playing include Nicholas Heitmann, viola, Amesbury; Maureen Kelly, French horn, Amesbury; Christopher Pitcher, trumpet, Georgetown; David Shane, cello, Georgetown; and Peter Cahaly, violin, West Newbury.

Music will include pieces from Beethoven and Dvorak in addition to more contemporary composers. Admission is free.

The NMYO serves northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with student musicians from more than 40 towns.