, Newburyport, MA

April 17, 2014

The Lookout: Award-winning Boston singer to perform at the Firehouse

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Recording and performing artist Will Dailey will appear at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport tomorrow night.

Dailey is a three-time winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Singer/Songwriter. His music has been featured on more than 50 television shows and films, and he recently released an original song inspired by Jack Kerouac’s “Tristessa.” He is also featured on the Stephen King/John Mellencamp musical project “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.”

Dailey’s latest album, “National Throat,” features 11 new tracks. The first single, “Sunken Ship,” was selected as a finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition.

Gideon Brown will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m. and features host Dana Marshall of 92.5 The River. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

‘To Boston With Love’ exhibit returns

An exhibit organized by a West Newbury woman has returned to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

“To Boston With Love” features more than 1,700 flags collected by Amy Friend and created by quilters from the United States and around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Holland, Ireland, Japan and Scotland. The flags, made in the wake of last year’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon, offer messages and symbols of love and peace.

The exhibit is on view through April 30 at the museum, 465 Huntington Ave. This Saturday, admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Local youths invited to join Glee Club

Registration is now open for the popular Glee Club at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

The summer session will run Monday through Friday, Aug. 18-22, and end with a public performance. Students in grades 2-12 will learn the basics of good breath support, posture and vocal production, and performance techniques — all while having fun singing the songs they love.

Glee Club is led by Johanna Hoyt Kimball, who teaches music at Cashman School in Amesbury and The Musical Suite in Newburyport, and Julie Pike Edmond, who teaches ballet, creative movement, modern dance and jazz at The Dance Place in Newburyport, Ipswich Moving Company and The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Tuition for the program is $135 per student, and enrollment is limited.

To register, call 978-499-9931 or email More information, including downloadable forms, is available online at

Reading the focus of library exhibit

Two local artists have joined forces to make “Reading Come Alive” at the GAR Memorial Library in West Newbury.

Designed to enhance children’s (and adults’) reading interests, the show features storytelling paintings by Leslie Beauregard and soft-sculpture puppets by Barb Harrold.

A “Meet & Greet” with the artists and puppets will be held next Thursday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The display is on view through May in the Exhibit Room, just opposite the circulation desk. The library, located at 490 Main St., is open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 978-363-1105 or visit

Coffeehouse presents roots, folk music

Sylvan Roots and Nice and Naughty will perform at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse on Saturday night.

Playing an eclectic mix of original, traditional American roots music and folk along with covers ranging from Alison Krauss to the Grateful Dead, Sylvan Roots will open the show. Nice and Naughty will then play its own blend of original folk and good humor.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be available to purchase.

For more information, call 978-463-3335 or visit

Artist shows work at Firehouse

Landscapes by Priscilla Serafin will be on display from April 22 through May 18 in the gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Serafin is an oil painter who focuses on the light, water and coastal marshes surrounding the North Shore.

A free opening reception will be held Sunday, April 27, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days.

Proposals are now being accepted through April 30 for solo shows that will run monthly from October 2014 through September 2015.

Artists are asked to submit 10-20 digital images on CD, representing work that would be in the show; an artist’s statement; a bio or CV; and a check or money order for $20, made out to Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Proposals can be hand-delivered to the box office or mailed to Firehouse Center for the Arts, Art Gallery Director, Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01915.

For application forms and more information, visit All artists will find out by June 15 whether they have been selected.

Pink chair paintings pay tribute to mom

Paintings by Georgetown artist Lynne Schulte are on display through April 30 at The Provident Bank in Amesbury.

“Remembrance — The Pink Chair Project” celebrates the memory of Schulte’s mother, who died in 2011. The paintings all include an Adirondack chair — painted in her mother’s favorite color, bright pink — placed into various locations that have special meaning for the artist or her mother.

The story behind each painting is posted beside each piece of art. The show has traveled throughout the region in the past two years, with Amesbury being the 11th of 13 stops.

An artist’s reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 5 Market St. Branch hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on “The Pink Chair Project,” visit

Schulte is also exhibiting a series of her large floral paintings at The Provident Bank’s Haverhill Road branch in Amesbury.

Local high-schooler wins art award

A Pentucket Regional High School student is one of the winners in the 2014 High School Art Competition at Endicott College.

Abigail Lacey received the Dean’s Choice award in the third annual contest presented by the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Competition entries are on display through Wednesday at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly.

Other local schools participating in the competition included Amesbury High School and Newburyport High School.

Open mikes in downtown Port

A 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.

Tonight’s event will feature Amesbury author Bryan P.T. Riley, who is currently working on his 14th volume of poetry, second novel and a music project. Upcoming speakers include Lisa Golda-Shields on April 24, Jeff Savlon on May 1 and David Surette on May 8.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. The shop itself is closed during the open mikes, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Additionally, musician and actor Steve Blackwood is hosting Talent Tuesdays, a weekly open mike at Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante in Newburyport.

Blackwood, a Newburyport resident who played Bart on “Days of our Lives,” will sing jazz standards, blues, Sinatra, selections from the Great American Songbook and Brazilian tunes. Local singers and musicians will then be invited to show off their talents, as well.

The open mikes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the 16 Pleasant St. restaurant.

Local photographer featured at library

Photographs by Kathleen Milstein are on display through April at the Merrimac Public Library.

Milstein hopes to connect viewers to others and the world through her work. She is a member of the Newburyport Art Association.

The library is located at 86 W. Main St. For more information, visit

Crafters wanted for sheep festival

Organizers of the 42nd annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival are seeking crafters.

This year’s festival is set for Sunday, May 18, on the Old North Andover Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 978-490-6505.

Author to speak at Andrews library

Michael Cormier is the featured guest tonight at the Emma L. Andrews Library’s Author Night.

The author of the suspenseful novel “Sumner Island,” Cormier will also read from his new book, “Convention.” Both books have vivid regional settings and plenty of local color.

Additionally, Cormier will speak about his experiences with both traditional publishing and self-publishing.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The library is located at the corner of Purchase and Marlborough streets in Newburyport. Guests are encouraged to stop by beforehand to reserve seats for the presentation.

Blues on tap at the Grog

Parker Wheeler & Friends will present a special evening of music with saxophonist Amadee Castenell for this Sunday’s Blues Party at the Grog in Newburyport.

Castenell will be joined by guitarist Kevin Belz, keyboardist Tom West, percussionist Maureen Medeiros, bassist/vocalist Steve Monahan and drummer Steve Bankuti. They will perform material from Castenell’s CDs “Sax Dreams” and “Amadee,” as well as select cuts from band Chocolate Milk.

Admission is $7, and the show runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at the 13 Middle St. restaurant.

For more information, call 978-465-8008 or visit


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