, Newburyport, MA

November 1, 2012

Lookout: Motes' motifs hanging at Hills gallery

The Lookout Katie Lovett
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Newburyport artist Skip Motes is hanging a new exhibit in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery at the Newburyport Art Association. The show, which opens on Sunday, runs through Nov. 10.

The public can attend a reception with Motes on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery, 65 Water St., Newburyport.

In a statement to the media, Motes said he views his art as “tone poems that interpret the color and texture of the Great Marsh and seacoast landscape of the region.”

“I work in pastel and build up texture with printing inks and dry color pigments,” he said. “The images are in a small format, usually 10 inches square or so; I want the art to be affordable.”

Motes attended the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Conn., where he won the Shanley Prize for pastels.

Rummage sale at

First Religious

The First Religious Society in Newburyport will host a rummage sale this weekend.

The sale, featuring gently used garments and accessories, will run tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Salisbury author releases novel

Salisbury resident Douglas Wynne released his first novel last week — and it’s a perfect fit for Halloween.

A launch party for the rock-’n’-roll ghost story, “The Devil of Echo Lake” will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport. Wynne will sign copies of the book during the festivities.

“The Devil of Echo Lake” was recently named the winner of Journalstone’s Horror Fiction award.

TTS Players present ‘Night of the Bully’

The TTS Players production, “Night of the Bully” will be staged on Saturday at the Byfield Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

The comedy by Jack Neary tells the story of Richard Feather, “a mild-mannered candy salesman from Winooski, Vermont who discovers, much to his chagrin, that national talk show host, Forrest James, has been challenged on camera to prove that he has a family,” notes organizers.

“When Richard hears this, he knows Forrest, who terrorized him all through high school, will be coming to Winooski to steal his family, just like he stole his lunch back in the old days.”

The play begins at 7 p.m. Call 978-463-3335 for tickets.

The cast will present the comedy next weekend as well. The actors include: Jon Ellis of West Newbury; Kirk and Beth Trach of Newburyport; Fred Calcinari of Kensington, NH; Cathleen Doucette of Newburyport; Michael Fay of Hampton, NH; Lindsey Laudenslager of Rowley; Sean Doucette of Newburyport; Martha Kneizys of Lowell; Eric Getz of Merrimac; Sheelagh Cook of Salisbury; Kim Bowman of Ipswich, and Angelo Troisi of Peabody.

Ham and bean supper Saturday

The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host their next ham and bean supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The menu includes ham, two kinds of beans, hotdogs, brown bread, garden salad, potato and egg salad, Cole slaw assorted desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend.

Bellydancing showcase on Saturday

Stop into Belleville Congregational Church on Saturday for a bellydance showcase. The program, which features the tribal fusion bellydance performer Belladonna, and several others, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 300 High St. Several vendors will be on hand to sell their wares, such as jewelry, soaps, clothing and tribal textiles.

Admission is $25 at the door. To purchase advance tickets for $20, visit

BSO soloist plays with Merrimack Valley orchestra

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will welcome Boston Symphony Orchestra horn player and soloist Robert Sheena during their concert on Sunday.

Sheena, a critically acclaimed musician for the BSO and Boston Pops, will join the orchestra for Telemann’s “Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G.”

Sheena is a faculty member at Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music, where he teaches oboe and English horn. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony.

The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. at Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Children age 12 and younger are $5. To purchase, visit

Comedy troupe brings ‘politicians’ to Port

See President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney as you’ve never seen them before — literally.

The comedy troupe, Politicos Comedy Brigade, is stopping in Newburyport this weekend to host a comedic presidential debate featuring Obama and Romney impersonators.

Performers from the political comedy troupe have been featured on Comedy Central and HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The group is partnering with the New Hampshire based Drink Water Productions to bring the show to Mission Oak Grill on Saturday.

The mock debate featuring the actors will also include impersonators of former president Bill Clinton and billionaire Donald Trump.

Steeple Hall at Mission Oak Grill is located at 26 Green St., Newburyport. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at or by calling 855-255-5750.

Take a peek behind the scenes at refuge

Visitors to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge can still take a behind the scenes tour of the property.

During the “Behind the Scenes” tours, a ranger will take the group to various “drive by” stops around the area in the refuge van. Tours are set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m., Thursday Nov. 15 at 1 p.m., Sunday Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday Nov. 28 at 9:30 a.m.

The two-hour tour offers an up-close look of the refuge, the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources.

Binoculars and cameras are suggested. Each session is limited to 10 participants. Advance registration is required. Call 978-465-5753.

Wine and art reception at Veasey Park

Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland is hosting its annual fundraiser, a Wine and Art Reception, on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The evening will include entertainment by the Pentucket Jazz Ensemble and food and beverages as guests can browse through a large selection of locally created art.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at

Veasey Memorial Park was purchased by the town of Groveland in 1996 and is operated by the Groveland Conservation Commission.

Local musicians

give concert

Several local musicians will perform a concert at Central Congregational Church’s jazz cafe on Sunday.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the group will play several original compositions by pianist Gay Pearson. In addition to Pearson, the group includes Lea Pearson on flute, Ben Noyes on cello, Justin Meyer on bass, and Phil McGowan on drums.

The church is located at 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport. Refreshments will be served. There is a $10 suggested donation.

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

Merrimac artist exhibits in Arlington

Jefferson Cutter House Gallery in Arlington will host a solo show by Merrimac artist Mary Pyche this month.

Pyche’s large oil painting exhibit,” Bear Hill Road,” can be viewed from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays in November. Her works will also be display at the GAR Library in West Newbury in November and December. In January, Pyche’s “Bear Hill Road” show will be hung at the Rhythm Cafe in Merrimac.

Jazz vespers on Wednesday

A jazz vespers service will be held at First Religious Society on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The program will feature jazz, blues and swing music. The house band consists of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster. John Mercer will share poetry and readings.

First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Registration underway for North Pole Express

Families can now purchase tickets for a ride to the North Pole via the Immaculate Conception School’s 12th annual North Pole Express on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Five trains will depart the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station through the day and take riders to visit Santa at the North Pole during a 70-minute trip. The journey will include games, hot cocoa and treats, as well as caroling. During the ride, children can also write letters to Santa and take part in a reading of the “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Upon arrival at the North Pole, Rudolph, Frosty, the Christmas Mouse, and Santa and his elves will greet their guests. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Polar Village and Mrs. Claus’ Bakery.

Tickets are $29 for all riders over the age of 1. Tickets can be purchased at


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