, Newburyport, MA

October 11, 2012

Toad the Wet Sprocket stops in Salisbury tonight

The Lookout Katie Lovett
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The band Toad The Wet Sprocket will perform at Blue Ocean Music Hall tonight as part of their current tour.

The group, Dean Dinning, Randy Guss, Todd Nichols and Glen Phillips, will play two new songs during the show, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at

Toad The Wet Sprocket reunited in 2010 and began working on their first studio album of new material since “Coil” in 1997. Also, they started working on a “best of” album of new songs, “All You Want.”

‘Fearless’ evening

at Custom House Museum

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival will join the Custom House Maritime Museum Saturday for an evening of classical and maritime chamber music.

The black tie evening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Moseley Gallery Hall of Ships. Called “Fearless,” the program will include the world premiere performance of “Captain Samuels Speaks to the Sea!” in tribute to the famous Newburyport-built packet ship, Dreadnought, and her captain, Samuel Samuels.

The string trio Ensemble Epomeo will perform, which includes Caroline Chin on violin, David Yang on viola and Kenneth Woods on cello. They will be joined by Australian composer Melissa Dunphy and British poet Peter Davison.

The festivities will include a reception of hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine, beer and other beverages, and a post-concert celebration with the artists will offer dessert, coffee and rum tasting provided by Turkey Shore Distilleries of Ipswich.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $70 per person. Black tie is suggested.

‘Phabulous Photo Weekend’

at Wildlife Refuge

The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a “Phabulous Photo Weekend” from tomorrow through Sunday.

In celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, a slate of free photography-related programs will be offered for photographers of all skill levels who are interested in learning about taking wildlife and nature images.

To view the schedule of programs, visit

Yard sale Saturday

to benefit Kenya

The Newburyport-based business Small Solutions Big Ideas is hosting a yard sale Saturday in an effort to help children in Kenya.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase laptops for the residents of Kenyan villages through the One Laptop Per Child program. The villages face a severe shortage of teachers and struggle with limited supplies, as there are no funds to purchase textbooks and other necessary learning tools.

The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. at 252 High St., Newburyport. During the last three years, Small Solutions Big Ideas has worked with Kenyan organizations and donated more than 100 laptops to their schools.

Firefighters host Chili Cook-Off

Amesbury firefighters will host their annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday afternoon in the parking lot next to the Barking Dog. The popular festival, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., features teams of firefighters from throughout the region.

Organizers warn the competition is “not your average crock-pot chili festival.” Each team has from 8 a.m. until noon to create their dish. They must make enough chili to offer all attendees a taste. Teams that run out early risk not being able to win the vote of everyone who turns out. There is a people’s choice award. Past winners have included the fire departments from Andover, Reading, Salisbury, Lynn, Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport and a team composed of area fire chiefs.

Admission is $5; children under age 12 are free.

‘The Liberator’ performed at

Actors Studio

The North Shore Readers’ Theatre will present a staged reading of Jay Harris’ new play, “The Liberator,” on Saturday morning at the Actors Studio at the Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport.

Harris’ work is based on the life of renowned Newburyport abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and explores the local tensions associated with the controversial issue of slavery that deeply divided the country.

The performance will begin at 10 a.m. and features local actors John Budzyna, Kimberly Holliday, Charlie Bradley, Woody Woodiel, Tom Kenison and Colin Budzyna. Maureen Daley is the director.

Suggested donation, $7. For reservations, call 978-465-1229.

Old Sawyer House open for visitors Saturday

The Merrimac Town Improvement Society will host an open house Saturday at the Old Sawyer House, 20 East Main St.

Visitors will have a chance to explore the Colonial architecture and view examples of Colonial life while enjoying mulled cider and refreshments in front of the house’s fireplace.

The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Old Sawyer House is adjacent to the Merrimac fire and police building. A classic New England saltbox, it was built by John Kendrick and sold to Aaron Sawyer in 1758. The Sawyer family kept the property until 1908 when it was sold to the Improvement Society. It still contains original paneling, upstairs windows and an original fireplace on the second floor. It has been decorated in period furnishings.

Point Shore House Tour benefits Union Church

The public will have a chance to peek inside 10 homes along Point Shore in Amesbury on Saturday through the second annual house tour to benefit the Union Church Restoration Alliance.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can step on a shuttle and be taken to homes from Hawkswood on the east side to Hatter’s Point. Funds from the tour will benefit the restoration of Union Congregational Church.

Tickets are $25 on day of tour, $20 in advance. Visit to order. On tour day, tickets can be purchased at Union Congregational Church or Lowell’s Boat Shop.

Bossa Buena entertains in Newburyport

The quartet Bossa Buena will take the stage at the Actors Studio of Newburyport on Saturday.

Audiences can enjoy a blending of two Latin cultures — the fiery passion of flamenco and the African-influenced jazz of the late 1950s Brazil, through the familiar sounds and rhythms of Latin America and Spain.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Bossa Buena features soprano Ann Tucker, percussionist Keith Augeri, flutist Mark Stein and classical guitarist, John Tavano.

The Actors Studio of Newburyport is located at 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5 at the Tannery. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at 978-465-1229.

Greek Taverna Night at Nicholson Hall

Head to Nicholson Hall at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday for Greek Taverna Night from 7 to 11 p.m.

The evening of food and dancing will offer entertainment by the DJ Meleti, a taverna-style dinner and “mezethakia” — Greek hors d’oeuvres and pastries. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The church is located at the corner of Park and Harris streets in Newburyport.

Cramer displays artwork at

PI Roasters

Amesbury artist Louise Cramer is this month’s featured artist at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport.

The former Newburyporter, who also has a penchant for singing, will hang her paintings through October. Cramer “paints from life,” she says, and often uses flowers and landscapes as subjects.

“For me, watercolor is liquid music,” she wrote in an email. “I want color to sing on the page the way it vibrates through me emotionally ... Life is such a gift. Each day I celebrate how magnificent the universe is in its beauty. My painting — as well as my music — is simply a reflection of my inner joy.”

The public can visit with Cramer during a reception at the coffee shop on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport.

NECC offers free piano workshop

The Northern Essex Community College music department will host a free masters’ piano workshop on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Faculty member Christina Dietrich will lead the seminar in the Technology Center on the Haverhill campus. The workshop is meant to help piano players learn and play in a cooperative group setting. The program will also discuss solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment at varying skill levels.

Dietrich has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, and has performed on the stages of Jordan Hall in Boston, Symphony Hall in Boston and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.

For more information about the workshop, contact Ken Langer, coordinator of the program, at 978-556-3223 or

Documentary screened at First Religious next week

The First Religious Society’s documentaries and discussion program continues next week with an airing of the Bill Moyers presentation, “The United States of ALEC,” on Wednesday.

The half-hour documentary explores the American Legislative Exchange Council and will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. A discussion will follow the film. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be held in the Lower Meetinghouse of the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St, Newburyport. It is free to attend.

Novel Ideas’ book club launched in Port

The Newburyport Public Library recently began a fiction book club for adults.

Each month, “Novel Ideas” club members will meet to discuss a book and enjoy refreshments.

The book selection for October is “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. The group will meet on Oct. 16 in the Program Room of the library from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is not required.

Roy-Bornstein speaks at Emma Andrews

The Emma Andrews Library Author Series will welcome Newburyport’s Carolyn Roy-Bornstein next week.

Roy-Bornstein, a Haverhill pediatrician, will read aloud from her new memoir, “Crash: A Mother, A Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude” and answer questions from the audience on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

In her book, Roy-Bornstein reflects on switch from doctor to mother after finding herself on the other side of the stretcher — as the mom of a patient — when her son, Neil, was injured in a serious accident that killed his girlfriend.

Space is limited so registration is suggested. Call 978-358-8097 to reserve a seat.

‘Fill A Bag’ at Amesbury library

The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library will hold their “Fill A Bag” Book Sale on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Friends’ Used Book Shoppe in the basement of the building.

Purchase a reusable shopping bag for $10 and fill it with anything and items from the shop’s shelves, including books, music, CDs, movies, audio books and puzzles.

Proceeds will be used to support library programs.

‘Triton is Haunted’ Oct. 27

Triton will have an eerie feel on Saturday, Oct. 27 — but it’s OK. It’s all part of a fundraiser to support the regional school district’s new stadium.

The Triton Regional School PTAs and Team Triton are collaborating on the program at Triton Regional High and Middle schools. Festivities will include a bouncy house, dunk tank, pony rides and hay rides as well as a Horribles Parade offered outdoors.

Indoors, the fun continues with a costume contest, sack races and trick-or-treating.

Triton is Haunted begins at 3 p.m. A costume parade led by members of the Triton High School Marching Band starts at 4 p.m. Proceeds will support the new stadium, which will begin construction next spring.

Mystix plays at

Blue Ocean later

this month

The Boston Roots ensemble, Mystix, will stop into Salisbury’s Blue Ocean Music Hall at the end of October.

Several guests will join the group during the show, which begins at 8 p.m. on Oct. 27, including blues harpist Jerry Portnoy and guitarist Ricky “King” Russell.

Newburyport’s own alt-country Americana band, Liz Frame & The Kickers, will open the show.

Blue Ocean Music Hall is located at 4 Oceanfront North in Salisbury. Admission is $25. To order tickets, visit or call 978-462-5888.


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