, Newburyport, MA

June 6, 2013

The Lookout: Newburyport girl featured in ‘The Sound of Music’ at North Shore Music Theatre

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A 12-year-old Newburyport girl is playing Louisa von Trapp in the North Shore Music Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music,” opening Tuesday.

Maggie Budzyna played an orphan in “Annie” at NSMT last year and Marta von Trapp in this year’s Community House of Hamilton and Wenham production of “The Sound of Music.”

The beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical is returning the NSMT for the first time since 1989. The story of a governess who captures the heart of a stern captain and his seven children contains several well-known songs, including “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi” and “So Long, Farewell.”

Performances are June 11 through 22, Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. An additional matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

Tickets cost between $45 and $75. Youths 18 and under will save 50 percent on Family Friday, June 14. For reservations or more information, call 978-232-7200, visit or visit the box office at the theater, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly.

Celebration of music and art in Groveland

The second annual Music and Art in the Park is set for Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Veasey Park in Groveland.

The event will include storytelling, guided bird walks, a hula hoop demonstration, raffles and performances by the Pentucket High School Jazz Band and the Merrimack Valley Concert Band. Local artists will display their wares, and a children’s book sale will also be held.

An old-fashioned barbecue and sundae bar will provide an array of dining options.

Veasey Park is located at 201 Washington St. For more information, call 978-521-9345 or visit

Ipswich artist’s work on display at Joppa Flats

Pastel paintings of coastal landscapes will be on display June 9 through July 28 at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

“Treetops, Flat Lands and Sand Dunes” features work by Ipswich artist Katherine O’Brien. A free opening reception will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

O’Brien’s painting of Plum Island’s salt pannes is on permanent display at Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

A portion of proceeds from purchases made during the exhibit will help support Joppa Flats. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Hitchcock comes to the Firehouse

Four actors will take on more than 150 characters when “The 39 Steps” comes to the Firehouse Center for the Arts next week.

Based on Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film and John Buchan’s 1915 novel, the Tony Award-winning play is a fast-paced whodunit that was Broadway’s longest-running comedy.

Running from June 13-23, show times are 8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for opening night are $15. After that, they cost $25 for adults and $23 for members, seniors and students.

To purchase, visit the box office in Market Square, Newburyport; call 978-462-7336; or visit

Battle of the keyboards at the Custom House

Dueling Pianos on stage Saturday at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

Museum members Alex Adrian and Malcolm Carnwatch will face off in the fundraiser, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Moseley Gallery Hall of Ships.

Tickets are $50, which includes the show along with pre-performance, intermission and post-performance receptions featuring hors d’oeuvres accompanied by wine from Grand Trunk Old World Market and beer from Harpoon Brewery.

For reservations or more information, call 978-464-8681; email; or stop by the museum gift shop today, tomorrow or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum is located at 25 Water St., Newburyport.

Mystery writer to speak

Amesbury resident Edith Maxwell will speak about her new book, “A Tine to Live, A Tine to Die,” on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Jabberwocky Bookshop.

The book is the first in a series called Local Foods Mysteries and is set in Westbury, a fictionalized version of West Newbury. Novice farmer Cam Flaherty is struggling to make ends meet when she is derailed by a murder on her property.

The former co-owner of a certified organic farm, Maxwell is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She also writes the Speaking of Mystery series, under the pen name Tace Baker.

The event is free. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit The Jabberwocky is located in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Maxwell will also speak at today’s annual Garden Meeting at 2 p.m. at the John Greenleaf Whittier Home, 86 Friend St., Amesbury. For reservations, call 978-388-1337. A donation of $10 is requested from nonmembers.

View oil paintings at Rowley gallery

“Interpreting the Moment,” an exhibit of oils by Priscilla Serafin, is on display through June 30 at Time & Tide Gallery in Rowley.

An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Time & Tide is located at Post Road Framers in the Rowley Marketplace on Route 1. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 978-238-8848 or email

Drumming up some fun in Byfield

Steel drum and percussion ensembles from Zach Field Drum Studios will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Music will include traditional calypso songs, pop tunes and a piece performed entirely on chairs, inspired by “Stomp.”

Members of the ensembles range in age from 7 to adult.

Tickets are $5 general admission and free for children 8 and younger. For more information, visit

Learn about the birds of Cuba

Go “Inside Cuba” during a slide presentation and lecture at the Joppa Flats Education Center on Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In March, sanctuary director Bill Gette led a group of Mass Audubon travelers on a bird survey program to Cuba, where they saw most of the island’s native bird species, including the Zapata sparrow, Cuban pygmy owl and bee hummingbird.

Gette will share photos of rural Cuba and its many birds, along with images of Havana, the Bay of Pigs and Cueva de los Portales.

The program costs $4 for nonmembers. Registration is not required.

Joppa Flats is at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Get help digging into your past

Take “An Introduction to Genealogy” at the Rowley Public Library on Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Rowley Historical Society and taught by teacher and genealogist Richard Doyle, the free, informal session will focus on participants’ needs and wants.

The session will take place in the large conference room at the library, which is on Main Street next to Town Hall.

To sign up, visit the town clerk’s office at Rowley Town Hall, call 978-948-5054 or email

Cooking out with the Byfield firefighters

Stay to enjoy your meal or take it to go at the annual chicken barbecue hosted by the Byfield Fire Department.

The menu, served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, will feature slow-roasted barbecue chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, homemade brown beans, rolls and cold drinks.

The department is at 44 Central St.

Farm-to-table cooking lessons

Fresh vegetables from local farms are the star of a “Summer Picnic” cooking class planned for Friday, June 14, at Kitchen Local, 14 Cedar St., Amesbury.

The hands-on adult class is led by Carolyn Grieco and includes instruction, recipes and dinner.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-994-1692 or visit

Garden volunteers sought at Maudslay

The Maudslay State Park Garden Committee is looking for people to help maintain the park’s historic gardens.

Activities include planning, planting and weeding. No gardening experience is necessary.

Upcoming garden work dates are Monday, June 10; Saturday, June 15; Monday, June 24; and Saturday, June 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Italian Garden at the park, which is on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport.

For more information, visit

Theater to take audience on a pirate adventure

Theater in the Open will present “A Princess Pirate Panto!” on Saturdays and Sundays through June 23 at 2 p.m. in Maudslay State Park.

Directed by Edward Speck, the free show will hit the high seas in search of adventures, buried treasure and a dance number or two.

Parking is available for $2 in the lot on Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. From there, follow the Theater in the Open flags to the site, about a 10-minute walk away.

For more information, call 978-465-2572.

Gardens on display in Groveland

“Beyond the Garden Gate,” the Groveland Garden Club’s tour, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine.

A plant sale will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 26 Broad St. Plants will also be sold at some of the gardens.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. They are available at Langley-Adams Library, Jon Val’s, Dunn’s Farm Stand, Nunan Florist & Greenhouses and Knapp’s Greenhouses.

For more information, call 978-290-3774.

Local photographer’s work exhibited

Photography by Edward Gerrish Mair of Plum Island is on display through the month of June at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Mair’s award-winning photographs have been featured at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Amesbury Art Festival, the British Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the Lynn Historical Museum and local phone books. He prefers to capture places instead of people.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St. Admission is free. For more information, call 978-465-0602 or visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Joe Young tomorrow and Annalise Emerick on Saturday.

Singer and guitarist Young plays music ranging from standard pop-folk to soul-searching ballads to rambling Americana.

Emerick is a folk singer who is always exploring the notion of home, musically, emotionally and geographically.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents a Brazilian-jazz piano trio, featuring Gilson Schachnik on piano, Justin Meyer on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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