---- — Work by nationally recognized artist Karen Blackwood is currently on display and for sale at Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante in downtown Newburyport.
Thirty percent of all sales this month will benefit the Newburyport Education Foundation, which is raising money this year for lights, sound equipment and curtains for the Molin/Nock auditorium.
Blackwood is an American contemporary artist who specializes in landscapes. She is a founding member of the Adirondack School of Painters and is represented by Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, Conn. She recently moved to Newburyport with her husband, “Days of our Lives” actor Steve Blackwood, and daughter, Nicole.
A free reception with Blackwood will be held this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the 16 Pleasant St. auditorium. Complimentary appetizers, party favors and a cash bar will be available. Newburyport High School students will provide music.
For more information, visit www.karenblackwoodfineart.com or www.newburyportef.org.
Cantemus celebrates ‘Stars and Stones’
A guest jazz trio will join the Cantemus Chamber Chorus for its concerts this weekend in Newburyport and Hamilton.
Pianist Joe Mulholland, bassist Bruno Raberg and drummer Jon Hazilla from the Berklee College of Music will be featured in “A Christmas Jazz Trio” of familiar carols and on Rob Landes’ “Jazz Gloria.”
The concerts, titled “Stars and Stones,” will also include movements from song sets by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. Music director Jane Ring Frank said the program is inspired by a quote from “The Way of Stars and Stones” by Wilna Wilkinson: “For every star in the Milky Way, there’s a stone on the pathway of the Camino; each a reflected soulmate, an echo in the cosmos.”
Cantemus’ 44 members come from 23 communities on the North Shore, including Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.
The performances are scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, 149 Asbury St., Hamilton, and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport. The Newburyport concert is a change from the usual location.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and free for students 21 and younger, available at www.mktix.com/ccc or at the door. A $2 discount is available for tickets purchased in advance at The Book Rack in downtown Newburyport.
For more information, visit www.cantemus.org or call 888-CHORUS-1.
Make an elf out of yourself for charity
The Tannery Marketplace is looking for a few good elves.
Each elf sighting reported by text message, email or phone will earn $1 toward the elf’s charity of choice. Each photo of an elf posted to the Tannery’s Facebook page gets $2.
To participate, register and pick up a numbered elf hat at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce or the following Tannery shops: The Black Duck, Riverside Cycles, Newburyport Olive Oil Co., Eureka! Toys and Shanti Salon.
Since the program began in 2009, more than $12,000 has been collected for organizations such as the Rowley Council on Aging, the Amesbury holiday program and The Pettengill House. Several five-star elves have been participating since the beginning, earning a gold star for each year.
The program runs through Dec. 25. The Tannery is located at 50 Water St., Newburyport.
Boat shop invites public to celebration
Lowell’s Boat Shop is hosting its annual Holiday Open House and Art Exhibit this weekend.
More than 50 artists will display their work in “Wood and Water: A Mixed Media Exhibit.” Participants include members of the Newburyport Art Association and its collaboration with Opportunity Works. OpArt is an art education outreach program that provides hands-on instruction to those with special needs.
The open house, running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, also features wood products, fresh evergreen trees, apparel, jams and jellies, and raffles. A silent auction will offer items such as Celtics and Patriots tickets, a trestle table made with pine from a 17th-century Ipswich home, a private row in a replica whaleboat, antiques, gourmet tastings, and cruises.
Live music will be provided by the Thomas Machine Works Band on Saturday and Demijon on Sunday. Santa Claus will make appearances from noon to 2 p.m. both days, and parents can take pictures of their children with him in his dory. Kids can also participate in ornament-making sessions, and a variety of food will be available.
The weekend kicks off tomorrow night with a special preview party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for Lowell’s Boat Shop members, the exhibiting artists and their guests. Memberships will be available to purchase, as well.
Proceeds from the event benefit the National Historic Landmark and its youth educational outreach programs.
The boat shop is located at 459 Main St. in Amesbury. For more information, call 978-834-0050 or visit www.lowellsboatshop.com.
Step right into an old-fashioned Christmas
The scents and scenes of Christmases past will be captured during the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s annual Holiday Open House.
Garden clubs from Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury have helped the society decorate the rooms and hallways of the Cushing House, 98 High St., Newburyport. Features include seasonal arrangements, spice-scented ornaments, period decorations and antique toys.
The house will be open Saturday and Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Amesbury church celebrates Whittier
John Greenleaf Whittier will be remembered during the 10 a.m. service at St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury this Sunday.
Award-winning local poet Rhina Espaillat will present “A Caller at Gove House, Hampton Falls,” her new poem that reflects on Whittier’s life, friends and career. She will be joined by her husband, Alfred Moskowitz, and fellow poets Toni Treadway and Robert Brodsky for the reading of the poem, which she debuted earlier this fall at a Whittier celebration at Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport.
The service will also includes hymns set to Whittier’s poems. The 19th-century Quaker, poet and abolitionist’s birthday was in December and was celebrated throughout the U.S. during his lifetime.
Designed by Newburyport artist Susan Gaylord, commemorative copies of Espaillat’s poem will be available at a reception following the service.
St. James Church is located at 120 Main St. For more information, call 978-388-0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Train show chugs into Amesbury
The Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society will open its doors for Railway Express, the annual Christmas train and model railroad show, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Six-plus operating train layouts in a variety of gauges will be on display, and visitors will have the opportunity to drive some of them, including Thomas the Tank.
The show will also feature a “Railroad Prints of Amesbury” photo gallery, video presentations, maps, books, dockets, lamps and other artifacts. Refreshments will be available.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-13 and free for children under 5. The museum is located in Carriage Mills, Building 2, 9 Water St., Amesbury.
The Amesbury Hat Museum, housed in the same location, will also be open. For more information, call 978-884-1639, email email@example.com or visit salisburypoint.tnsing.com.
Songs of the season at Port church
The New England Tenors Holiday Concert returns to the Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
The performance raises money for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which helps needy people in the region.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and under. They are available at the door, 42 Green St.
For more information, call 978-462-3339 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concerts feature Christmas favorite
For its 82nd season, Chorus North Shore is performing Handel’s “Messiah” with the Honors Youth Choir; the Festival Orchestra; and soloists Jean Danton, Martin Kelly and Mark Andrew Cleveland.
Concerts are set for Saturday at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church on Linebrook Road in Ipswich and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Hamilton-Wenham High School, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton.
The 140-member chorus and 40-member youth choir include a number of residents from Greater Newburyport.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 for seniors and students, and free for children 12 and under. They are available at www.chorusnorthshore.org or at the door.
Antique ornaments for sale at open house
A Christmas Open House and Ornament Sale will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hills House in West Newbury.
The first floor of the museum, located at 407 Main St., will be decorated for a “natural and old-fashioned” Christmas, including two trees decorated with antique ornaments.
The event is hosted by the West Newbury Historical Society, in collaboration with the Friends of the West Newbury Library. All proceeds from ornaments sold will benefit the society.
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit historic.westnewbury.org.
‘Art for a Cause’ in Newburyport
An art show set for tomorrow evening will raise money for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport.
“Art for a Cause: A Gallery Event,” hosted by Exit Realty Group in Newburyport, features photographs by Carissa Germain. The images include flowers, landscapes, the ocean, wildlife and sunsets, and 10 percent of all sales will go to the center.
The show will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at 44 Merrimac St. For more information, call 978-462-3200 or visit www.exitrg.com.
Local photographer featured at library
Photographs by Merrimac resident Sam Davis are on display through Dec. 31 at the Merrimac Public Library.
The show is called “It’s Not Always Black and White.” Davis’ interest in photography began in his teens but didn’t fully blossom until after the birth of his children. He is mostly self-taught, with the aid of some adult education classes, camera club involvement, workshops and seminars.
A public reception will be held Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the library, 86 W. Main St.
For more information, visit www.merrimaclibrary.org.
Tree of Light Ceremony planned at hospital
The annual Tree of Light Ceremony will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.
The Newburyport High School Varsity Chorus, directed by Lisa Zaleski, will perform, and all are welcome to join in the singing at the Highland Avenue entrance.
Light refreshments will follow in the Higgins Conference Room. The Tree of Light Scroll, which remembers and memorializes loved ones, will be on display in the lobby through the holidays. Donations for names benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, which raises money for patient care and services.
For more information, visit www.ajh.org.
Winter farmers market begins Sunday
Starting this weekend, the Newburyport Farmers’ Winter Market will be open every other Sunday in The Tannery Marketplace Event Tent.
Among the offerings are free-range meat and locally grown produce, along with cheeses, baked goods, prepared foods and handmade crafts. Live music will also be performed.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 22; Jan. 5 and 19; Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 6. The Tannery is located at 50 Water St.
Exploring the art of surfing
Locally created, surf-inspired art is part of a “pop-up” shop open in downtown Newburyport through Dec. 30.
Located at Jen Wright Signs, 97 Water St., the surf shop features handcrafted items, driftwood, paintings, mirrors, buoy lamps and custom-painted signs on recycled beach wood. Clothing, board wax, lip balm and totes are also available.
Visitors will also be encouraged to create their own art. The shop is open daily, with hours dependent on the tides.
Cookie Walk to help Amesbury Friends
The third annual Cookie Walk is set for tonight at 6:30 at the Amesbury Public Library.
Empty cookie tins, which can be filled to the brim with your favorites, will be available to purchase for $5, $7 and $10. Recipe books will also be on sale for $3.
All proceeds from the sale will go to the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library, whose mission is to support the library and its staff and to enhance the resources and services of the library.
Money raised by the Friends pays for educational, cultural and technical programs for adults, teens and children.
Show and sale at pottery studio
Barberry Hill Pottery in West Newbury is hosting a Fall Studio Show and Sale this weekend and next.
Owner Barbara Haack will display her ceramics in the exhibit, which also includes paintings by Eva Lee and sculpture by Peter Spellman.
The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15.
Barberry Hill is located at 102 Main St. For more information, call 978-363-2245 or email email@example.com.
Ham and bean supper on Saturday
A “Winter Wonderland” supper will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bethany Masonic Lodge in Newburyport.
The theme dinner will include pork loin, ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, potato salad, garden salad, coleslaw, brown bread, drinks and desserts.
Paul Rogers and Good Company will play smooth jazz to accompany the meal.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The lodge is located at 31 Green St.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Nancy Day tomorrow and The Latin Quarter on Saturday.
Day will perform favorite holiday music, accompanying herself on keyboard.
The Latin Quarter features classic bossa nova songs along with original music with Brazilian, Latin and Cuban influences.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.
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