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September 19, 2013

The Lookout: Gibson Brothers to kick off concert series

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Award-winning bluegrass group the Gibson Brothers will perform tomorrow at 8 p.m. on the Belleville Congregational Stage.

The first concert in the 2013-2014 Belleville Roots Music Concert Series will feature Eric Gibson on banjo and Leigh Gibson on guitar. The singer-songwriter duo will be joined by band members Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Joe Walsh on mandolin.

The Gibson Brothers received eight nominations in this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be held Sept. 26 in North Carolina. Last year, the band was named Entertainer of the Year.

Tickets to tomorrow’s show are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and $10 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., Newburyport, and the Belleville Congregational Church office, 300 High St., Newburyport.

For more information, email belleville or visit www.

Town to fete its 375th birthday

Salisbury is turning 375 years old, and it is celebrating this Saturday.

From noon to 6 p.m., the town green on Route 1 will feature a number of activities, including the opening ceremonies with town officials, a fife and drum corps, food and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and storytellers. The B Street Bombers will take the stage at 4 p.m.

Additionally, the Salisbury Historical Society, 16 Elm St., will present a slide show at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, contact co-chairman Bruce Macdonald at

From Haiti to Newburyport

Les Petits Chanteurs, a 30-voice Haitian boy choir, will return to St. Paul’s Church for a performance on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

The boys, from the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, will be joined by the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra. While in town, they are staying with families in the greater Newburyport area.

A free-will offering will be collected to aid with tour expenses and to support the rebuilding of the music school and Holy Trinity Cathedral, which were both destroyed in the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

St. Paul’s is located at 166 High St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-5351.

Trails & Sails offers variety of things to do

A number of local sites are offering free activities and events as part of Essex National Heritage Areas Trails & Sails, taking place this weekend and next throughout Essex County.

Follow in the “Footsteps of Heroes” during two walking tours planned in Newburyport. This Saturday at 10 a.m. and next Saturday at 3 p.m., author William Hallett and his wife, Elizabeth, will share stories about Newburyport’s Civil War connection. The tours will begin and end at 57 State St. and last about 90 minutes. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

The Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society and the Amesbury Hat Museum are hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at 9 Water St. in Amesbury. The Salisbury Point Station at the bottom of Water Street will also be open.

This Sunday, Newburyport’s Powder House Park and Learning Center will offer guided tours and a Civil War encampment from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Next Sunday, there will be tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Musket-firing demonstrations will be held both days at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The park is located at 57 Low St.

The Emma Andrews Library and Community Center is offering two events on Sunday, Sept. 29. Local artist Anne Recchia will present a painting demonstration from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and the Waterfront Park String Band will perform folk, country and bluegrass music from 2 to 4 p.m. The library is located at 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.

For more information on Trails & Sails events in the area, visit

‘Cracker Jack’ book signing and reception

A Merrimac couple are celebrating the release of their new baseball book with a reception Saturday at the Merrimac Public Library.

“The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players” by Tom and Ellen Zappala focuses on the lives of the players featured on baseball cards featured as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes in 1914 and 1915. The cards are extremely collectible and valuable.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the Zappalas will sign books from 7:30 to 8:30, along with contributor John Molori. The event will also include Brian “Cappy” Sheehy, who will speak about his vintage team, the Essex Base Ball Club.

For every book sold at the reception, $5 will be donated to the library, which is located at 86 W. Main St. For more information, visit

Beer festival on tap for this weekend

Amesbury Sports Park’s seventh annual Brew Fest is set for this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.

More than 100 microbrews will be offered, along with music, barbecue food, Zorb rides, sumo wrestling and games, including the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition and the Beer Olympics. Samples of rum, sangria and hard cider will also be available.

Admission is $15 and includes a tasting cup. Inside, tickets will be available for $1 per sample.

Sign up online at or pay at the gate, 12 S. Hunt Road.

Actors Studio highlights Williams’ plays

Staged readings of four of Tennessee Williams’ short plays will be presented by The Actors Studio this weekend.

Part of the Summer Classics Series, the presentations will feature “The Lady of Larkspur Lotion,” “27 Wagons Full of Cotton,” “This Property is Condemned” and “Portrait of a Madonna.”

Performances will be held tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Tickets are $12.

For more information, call 978-465-1229 or visit

A barrel of laughs at The Barn tomorrow

Comedians Jim Colliton, Jody Sloane and Rick Canavan will appear at The Barn in Amesbury at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Colliton is a regular at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and has toured with national act Brian Regan. Sloane and Canavan have both appeared at a number of comedy clubs and are regional favorites.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

Poets to share work at Jabberwocky

The Powow River Poets Reading Series will feature Annie Finch and Robert Crawford at Jabberwocky Bookshop on Wednesday.

Finch is a Maine poet, author, translator, editor and playwright who has written more than 20 books of poetry and poetics. Crawford, a member of the Powow River Poets, is the author of “The Empty Chair,” which won the 2011 Richard Wilbur Award. The Chester, N.H., resident’s poems have appeared in many national journals.

The readings will take place at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an open mike. Admission is free. Jabberwocky is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

For more information, visit

Amesbury boat shop opens it doors

Lowell’s Boat Shop will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday as part of a new state collaboration called Doors to History.

Anyone who obtains a key pass at will be able to enjoy refreshments, stroll through the new museum exhibit and go on a scavenger hunt, all for free.

The shop is located at 459 Main St., Amesbury.

Benefit tonight for The Screening Room

A special performance at the Grog tonight will benefit the Screening Room’s quest to purchase a digital projector.

Starting at 7, the event will feature music by The Henry Welch Band and Parker Wheeler’s Blues Party with guests Amadee Castenell, Dave Bailin and the Steel Fingers Band.

A donation of $10 will be requested at the door. The Grog will also donate a portion of all its sales today to the theater.

For more information, call 978-465-8008.

Hawaii artist featured in Port exhibit

“Captured Moment,” work by artist Julie Houck, is on display through Oct. 13 at Sweethaven Gallery.

A signature painter of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and International Plein Air Painters, her works are increasingly being displayed at prominent galleries in the U.S.

The gallery is located at 25L Inn St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-7656.

Coffeehouse’s season starts Saturday

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will open its season Saturday with a performance by Max Garcia Conover and Jamie Kent at 8 p.m.

Conover produces a homegrown acoustic sound with tinges of flamenco, while Kent performs folk-rooted originals.

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.

Visit for more information.

New exhibit opening at Joppa Flats

Landscape paintings by Ipswich artist Susana Bamford will be on display from Sept. 22 through Nov. 3 at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Bamford has been interested in oil painting since she was a child and has studied art in France, Italy and Ireland. She often focuses on local scenes from the North Shore and Cape Ann.

An artist’s reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Juliet Kellogg French Room at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Longtime Port educator kicks off series

A former Newburyport teacher and administrator is kicking off the Autumn Author Series at the Emma L. Andrews Library tonight.

Colleen Tierney will discuss her new book, “The Weight of Coal and Lace: The Story of Andras and Sophie Kuchta,” at 7:30 p.m. The historical novel is based on the lives of her grandfather and grandmother and their struggles living in a Pennsylvania coal town between 1904 and 1924.

Tierney was the director of curriculum for the Newburyport school system and a teacher of both special education and gifted and talented students. Now retired, she divides her time between Little Diamond Island, Maine, and Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

The library is located at 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The author series will continue with Marina Dutzmann Kirsch on Oct. 17 and Muriel Angelil on Nov. 21.

Artists host joint show at NAA

Artwork by Susan Kneeland and Anne Recchia is on display through Monday at the Newburyport Art Association, 60 Water St.

“Mix It Up” features a wide range of mediums, sizes and subject matter. Kneeland is noted for her diversity and strong use of color, while Recchia paints expressive watercolors and oils.

A reception will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The association is also currently featuring its Fall Members Open Show, on view through Sept. 28.

For more information, visit


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