, Newburyport, MA

October 17, 2013

The Lookout: Stroll through downtown on year’s last ArtWalk

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The city’s final ArtWalk of the season will be held this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 12 galleries around the city.

Special activities planned this time include:

Chameleon: An opening reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday for “Gravitas and Whimsy,” the gallery’s Fall Art Group Show. The exhibit, which runs through Nov. 8, features new work by Chameleon artists and introduces new artists Coco Berkman, Brian Nash and Paul Toussaint.

Firehouse Art Gallery: Meet photographer Astrid Reischwitz from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Her new exhibit “Street Art” captures the interactions of people with street art in amusing and sometimes-amazing juxtapositions.

Indigo Artist Studio: “Paint and Print” is a new exhibit featuring painter Marjet Lesk and printmaker Mary Arthur Pollak, owner of the studio. The work is a marriage in abstraction and representational landscape in a variety of mediums. The show will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It can also be seen by appointment, through Nov. 15.

Valerie’s Gallery: A special “Meet the Artists” event will be held Saturday from 3 to 7. Jewelers Rebecca Alden, who makes delicate sterling silver jewelry with gemstones and sea glass, and Jill O’Reilly, who is known for her sterling silver cuffs, will be on hand, along with printmaker Kathleen Buchanan and potter Iris Minc. Buchanan creates her original prints using the collagraph process and is known for scenes of the coast and native birds. Minc, owner of Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac, will show her newest works in porcelain.

The Walsingham Gallery: A painting demonstration by James Kubiatowicz will be held Saturday from 3 to 7. Kubiatowicz’s gestural paintings capture small but significant moments in people’s lives, such as grocery shopping, walks in the woods, elegant dances, tea parties and billiards games.

Other participating galleries include Connor Summers Gallery, Lepore Fine Arts, Nantucket Stock Exchange, Newburyport Art Association, Sisters We Three, Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park and Sweethaven Gallery.

The ArtWalk brochure with a map is available at galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, many restaurants and inns, the middle passageway between State Street and Inn Street, and online at

Maudslay is Haunted!

Theater in the Open’s notorious annual haunting of Maudslay will do its scary best on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Join a cast of all ages for a one-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all in the autumn grandeur of Maudslay State Park. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats. This is a family event intended for all ages.

Admission is $5; children 3 and under are free. Allow for a brief walk from the parking lot and follow the Frankenstein signs. Parking in the Maudslay State Park lot costs $2. Rain dates are Oct. 26 and 27.

Celebrate photography at refuge event

The Phabulous Photo Weekend runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

The free event includes narrated presentations by professional nature photographers, guided photo shoots on the refuge and the chance to view entries in the 2013 photo contest. Winners of the contest will be announced Sunday at 3 p.m.

For more information and the complete schedule, visit The refuge is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Tour Georgetown’s historic Union Cemetery

Join local historian Chris Comiskey for a tour of Union Cemetery, Georgetown’s oldest cemetery, this Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Learn about early ministers, slaves and abolitionists, soldiers and young victims of a tragic epidemic.

On Oct. 26 and 27 at 2 p.m., join Comiskey and the Grim Reaper for a glimpse of the macabre side of Georgetown’s history. Hear about witches, ghosts and ghastly deaths, even a murder. Both tours take place at the East Main Street Cemetery. Cost of admission is $5, with all proceeds going to the Georgetown Historical Society. For more information, go to

Halloween party tickets available

Tickets are on sale now for an adults-only Halloween party planned for Friday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

The Historical Society of Old Newbury’s annual Halloween Haunting features card and palm readers, a spooky hayride and the first Celebrity Apple Bobbing Contest.

Tickets are $25 for the rain-or-shine event, which sold out last year. For reservations or more information, call 978-462-2681 or visit

Pitching in for two great causes

A day of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury on Saturday will raise money for breast cancer research and art education.

Hosted by the Essex Base Ball Organization, Jan’s Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts will start at 10 a.m. and feature four games between teams based in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Vintage baseball is played by 1864 rules, with wooden bats, authentic “lemon peel” baseballs and no gloves.

During and after the games, guests can sample food from local eateries, listen to live music and Joe Mac DJ, and enjoy beer from Ipswich Ale and wine from Mill River Winery. Tom Zappala of Merrimac will also be there to sell his new book, “The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players.”

The event honors Janice Sheehy, who lost her battle with breast cancer earlier this year. She was an art teacher in Lawrence and the mother of Brian Sheehy, president of the Essex Base Ball Organization, and Chris Sheehy, captain of the Lowell Base Ball Club.

Proceeds will be split between Susan G. Komen for the Cure and The Janice Sheehy Art Fund, established to help Arlington Middle School in Lawrence hold an art show and provide scholarships for art lessons.

For more information, visit or email

Artichoke Trail hike Saturday

The West Newbury Open Space Committee will lead a hike along the Artichoke Trail, the town’s newest trail network, on Saturday at 1 p.m., 443 Middle St. Parking is on the north side of Middle Street or past the bridge into Newburyport. The event is free and suitable for all ages. For more information, call Steve Greason at 978-518-1078.

Novelists to stop by Jabberwocky

Two authors will visit Jabberwocky Book Shop this weekend to discuss their new novels.

Ann Leary’s best-selling “The Good House” is set in the fictitious town of Wendover on the North Shore. It is unreliably narrated by Hildy Good, a local real estate agent and the descendant of a woman persecuted for witchcraft during the famous Salem trials.

Leary, who lives in Connecticut and is the wife of actor and comedian Denis Leary, will appear tomorrow at 7 p.m.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., Marci Nault will talk about her debut novel, “The Lake House.” It is the story of two women and their mutual struggle to find acceptance.

Nault, who grew up in Littleton and now lives in California, is the founder of 101 Dreams Come True, a motivational website.

Both events are free. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

Port cake shop thanks community

Eat Cake! is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m.

Free, family-friendly offerings will include cake-decorating demonstrations, mini cupcakes, raffles and T-shirt giveaways.

Eat Cake! is located at 6 Inn St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-6057 or visit

Take a peek inside Amesbury houses

Twelve homes will open their doors for Amesbury’s third annual Point Shore House Tour on Saturday.

This year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature 11 new stops in Merrimack River neighborhoods. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Point Shore’s 1835 Union Congregational Church meetinghouse.

Two shuttle buses will be available to take visitors between Hawkswood on Main Street to Bartlett’s Reach off Pleasant Valley Road, stopping at the homes along the way. Boxed lunches will be available for sale at Union Church, 350 Main St.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased on the day of the tour at the church or Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main St.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 978-388-6591 or visit

‘Art in Season’ at Amesbury bank

Artwork highlighting the autumn, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons is on display through December at The Provident Bank in Amesbury.

“Art in Season” features pieces by artists from The North Shore Atelier, an Amesbury-based studio founded by Lully Schwartz.

The art is on display at 5 Market St. and at the branch on the corner of Route 110 and Main Street.

For more information, call 978-834-8527 or visit

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A new, weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Featured speakers will present from 7:30 to 8 and include longtime Toastmaster David Ennamorati tonight, poet Tom Miller on Oct. 24 and murder-mystery writer Edith Maxwell on Oct. 31. Ennamorati poetically retells stories from the Bible.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Author to share family’s stories from WWII

One family’s real experiences in Latvia, Poland and Germany during World War II will be the focus of a book presentation and signing tonight at the Emma Andrews Library.

Marina Dutzmann Kirsch spent eight years researching and writing “Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival.” The main protagonists are her parents, Rolf Dutzmann and Lilo Wassull, who now live in Brentwood, N.H., and sometimes accompany Kirsch to her presentations. In 1939, Dutzmann was a Latvian aeronautical engineering student forced to flee his homeland for Germany, where he met Wassull and began a romance that survived a number of catastrophic circumstances.

The book, which was a finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards, also includes 132 photos from Kirsch’s family archives. Kirsch, who lives in Kensington, N.H., is an active volunteer with the Amesbury Friends Peace Center and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport.

The free presentation will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. Signed books will be available for $18.

For more information, call 978-358-8097 or email

Be part of a ‘thrilling’ experience

A local dance instructor is getting involved in a worldwide effort to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

On Sunday, a free clinic will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio at 908 Salem St., Groveland. Everyone ages 8 and up is welcome to come and learn the “Thriller” dance.

Then, on Saturday, Oct. 26, anyone who wishes to participate is invited to the Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, where check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Dressing like a zombie is encouraged.

Donations collected on the day of the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and Alzheimer’s disease research.

For more information, visit or

Adventures in home improvement

A DIY expert is visiting the Newburyport Public Library tonight at 7.

Ron Tanner will talk about his book “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story” and present a slide show. Tanner tells the story of how he and his wife bought a condemned property in Baltimore and restored it to its original Victorian splendor, despite knowing nothing about fixing up homes when they started. They now run the DIY website

The event is co-hosted by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

Restaurant helping chorus raise money

The Newburyport Choral Society is raising money this month by teaming up with Not Your Average Joe’s.

Every Tuesday in October, the Market Square restaurant will donate 15 percent of proceeds from food purchases made by dine-in or takeout patrons who identify themselves as NCS supporters. You can simply let your server know or download a certificate at

The fundraiser will help NCS present its winter and spring concerts.

Local photographer’s images on display

Photographs by Rowley resident Barrett S. Bacall are on display through the end of October at the Rowley Public Library.

Bacall’s diversified color images are dominated by nature, scenics and abstracts.

The library, located at 141 Main St., is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays from 2 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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