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.