, Newburyport, MA

March 21, 2013

Lookout: A 'fresh' perspective at Chameleon

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — The Newburyport gallery and retail shop, Chameleon, will celebrate its grand reopening at 22 Liberty St. tomorrow night.

The store has returned to the space where it first opened in 1994. To celebrate its move, a group artist show, “Fresh,” will hang through April 21, the weekend of the Newburyport ArtWalk.

The artists will be on hand tomorrow night from 5 to 9 p.m. to visit with customers during a reopening party.

Music at David’s Tavern

Step into David’s Tavern on Brown Square for some music this weekend.

Tonight, hear traditional and contemporary Irish music performed by Tom Courtney; tomorrow, Michael Taglieri will perform on keyboard and vocals, and on Saturday, the progressive rock cover band Way to the River will take the microphone.

The restaurant is located inside The Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square, Newburyport.

Fundraiser tonight for Dana-Farber

The Boston-based band, The Naked Stills will offer an evening of rock and Americana tunes tonight at 8 p.m. at The Grog.

The band, which includes Plum Island resident Doug Standley on drums is playing at the Newburyport pub as a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Standley has a family member who is battling a rare form of leukemia.

The group, which began in 2009, released its debut album, Cochecho, last year. Since then, they have performed at venues throughout Boston and New York and took part in the Earthfest concert in Boston.

The Jamie Lynn Hart Band will also perform.

Cooking class tonight in Amesbury

Local chef Carolyn Grieco will run a cooking class tonight at Amesbury’s shared commercial kitchen, Kitchen Local.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Grieco will offer tips and techniques for baking homemade breads and hearty stews in a hands-on class. There is a $60 fee. To register, visit or phone 978-994-1692.

Groff speaks at Emma Andrews Library

The author series at Emma Andrews Library continues tonight with a visit by Bethany Groff, the regional site manager for Historic New England. Groff will discuss her book, “A Brief History of Old Newbury: From Settlement to Separation.”

Groff recounts the history of some of Newbury’s founding families “and the tumultuous events in which they participated.”

The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The program is free to attend, but registration is suggested. Call 978-358-8097. The library is located at 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.

Scholarship applications available

The Newburyport Choral Society is now accepting applications for the 2013 Betty Gillette Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a local high school senior who is planning on majoring in music at college. The financial award is named for a founding member of the Newburyport chorus.

Applications are due by April 8. The scholarship will be awarded in May at the Choral Society’s spring concert. For more information and to download an application, visit

Whitey Bulger book discussion tomorrow

Boston authors Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport tomorrow night to discuss their new book, “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.”

Cullen and Murphy, reporters for The Boston Globe, will begin speaking at 7 p.m. Jabberwocky is located in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.

The book talk and signing is free and open to the public.

Boston Horns play at Firehouse

The Boston Horns will bring their sounds of funk and jazz to the Firehouse Center for the Arts tomorrow night.

The group, founded by Garret Savluk and Jeff Buckridge, have played in venues across New England, New York, Montreal and New Orleans. In addition to Savluk and Buckridge, The Boston Horns include Brent Beech, on saxophone, Peter MacLean, on drums, Nephtaliem McCrary, vocals, Jeremy Parker, keys, and Ed Spargo, bass and trombone.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults. To purchase, visit the Firehouse box office in Market Square, or go online to

Bossa Buena plays at State Street eatery

The local group Bossa Buena will perform at 17 State Street Cafe tomorrow night as part of the restaurant’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” program.

Classical guitarist John Tavano, vocalist Ann Harter, flutist/sax player Albert Lamar, and bassist Chuck Walker will play from 7 to 9 p.m., offering sounds of the bossa nova music of Brazil and the samba.

The music will continue on Saturday, as well, when the acoustic duo Wild Maple performs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Beal dances in ‘Cinderella Ballet’

Salisbury’s Jessica Beal will perform in New England Civic Ballet’s production of Provofiev’s “Cinderella Ballet” on Saturday at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College.

Performances are set for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289.

The ballet shares the familiar fairy tale, and begins as Cinderella and her stepsisters receive an invitaton to the prince’s ball where he hopes to meet his future bride.

Registration underway for kids’ camp

The Newburyport nonprofit Kids as Peacemakers is holding registration for its Leadership Development Camp next month.

The two-day overnight camp will be held on April 17 and April 18 at Central Congregational Church in Newburyport. Open to kids in sixth through eighth grade, the camp is meant to help students discover the concept of peace and to explore their own leadership potential. It is sponsored by Newburyport Youth Services, The Commission on Diversity and Tolerance, and the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association.

The camp sessions will be led by trained facilitators from On Earth Peace. There is a $25 registration fee, which includes materials and meals. Registration will be open through April 3. An information night for parents will be held on April 3 at 7 p.m. at the church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport.

For more information, or to register, call 978-465-0533 or email Registrations can also be processed through

Art show and sale this weekend

An art show and sale will be held tomorrow and Saturday to raise funds for the maintenance and upkeep of Newburyport’s Kelleher Park.

From 1 to 8 p.m tomorrow, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, the sale and show will be held at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

The fundraiser is part of an ongoing community-wide campaign to restore the playground equipment and maintain the area.

First Religious Society releases book

The Historical Committee of the First Religious Society in Newburyport recently released a book, “Where We Stood: A New England Church and the American Revolution, 1764-1783.”

The historical book “examines the decisions made during that period by the society’s parishioners, their friends, and their neighbors,” the committee members wrote in a statement.

Through their research, the committee found that “much of the population was willing to risk their lives, the lives of their families, and their often-large fortunes by actively supporting the opposition to escalating British audacity — despite the fact that their disobedience might be considered an act of treason, punishable by death.”

The book can be found in Newburyport at Jabberwocky Bookshop, The Book Rack, the Historical Society of Old Newbury, the Custom House Maritime Museum, and at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist.

Middle Eastern Dance Night for MRFRS

Several of the region’s best bellydancers will join together on Saturday to help raise funds for the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury.

The dancers will participate in a Middle Eastern Dance Night and perform a range of dance styles from 2 to 5 p.m., including Egyptian, cabaret, tribal and sword.

Admission is $10. This event is for an audience age 21 and older. The Grog is located at 13 Middle St., Newburyport.

‘Shop for a Cause’ in Salisbury

The public is invited to “Shop for a Cause” this weekend. Organized by Clothes for Hope, the shopping program will run on March 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. at 114 Bridge Road (Route 1) in Salisbury.

During the event, shoppers can purchase name brand merchandise and accessories at a discount. Proceeds will be used to help educate children from the New Seed International School and Orphanage in Ho, Ghana.

Clothes for Hope was started by Newburyport High School senior Lauren Sundstrom. The nonprofit organization is funded by this annual sale of new and very gently used clothing. Last year’s profits of nearly $30,000 allowed the group to fund the building a middle school and library, as well as equipment for the facilities and school supplies.

“When I returned from my visit to Ghana in 2011 and started Clothes for Hope, I had no idea that the community — and designers and retailers near and far — would embrace this cause like they have,” Sundstrom said in a statement.

Submit your favorite poems

For the 11th year, Newburyport High School will be hosting a Favorite Poem Project this spring.

Started by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy, the National Favorite Poem Project is a way for the public to “celebrate the sheer pleasure of poetry.”

Locally, the community is doing the same. Newburyporters of all ages are urged to participate in the local project by submitting a favorite poem, along with a brief statement of why this poem has personal meaning.

Students will review and select 24 poems to be read at the Firehouse Center for the Arts at the end of the Newburyport Literary Festival on April 28. Poems must be received by April 1. Email it to or mail it to Deborah Szabo, Newburyport High School, 241 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950.

Don Campbell performs at Firehouse

Maine singer-songwriter Don Campbell will perform a tribute show to his longtime musical influence, singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, on Saturday.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. and feature songs from the multi-platinum selling artist. Fogelberg passed away in 2007 from prostate cancer. Campbell has recorded 23 of Fogelberg’s songs from 11 albums and released a tribute CD, “Kites To Fly: Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg” last year. Campbell is making a donation from the CD sales to three charities in Fogelberg’s honor.

Campbell was the national winner of the Texaco/True Value Country Showdown at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tenn., and was named Male Artist of the Year at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

This week, Campbell was nominated for Tribute Album of the Year for the 12th annual Independent Music Awards.

Tickets are $20 for the general public and can be purchased at the box office, online at, or by calling 978-462-7336.

Easter Bunny hops into Groveland

The Easter Bunny will make a stop into Let’s Party Supplies and More in Groveland on Saturday. Each child will receive a small gift. Parents are encouraged to bring a camera to take a photo.

The store is located at 908 Salem St., Groveland.

Adaptive dance lessons Saturday

Agnes Strecker Dance Studio in Groveland is running another session of its Adaptive Dance program. Lessons will be held each Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. from now through June.

The program is designed to foster a love of dance for children and young adults with special needs. The primary goal of Adaptive Dance classes is for participants to experience the pure joy and happiness of dance and music through creative movement. The classes include stretching, modified ballet positions, skipping, galloping and jumping.

The free program is taught by a special education teacher. Registration is not required. Parents are welcome to assist their child. Call the Revere office to register at 781-284-9787.

Agnes Strecker Dance Studio is located at 908 Salem St. in Groveland on Route 97.

Photographer speaks at Actors Studio

The “Art Changes Everything” photographer series continues at The Actors Studio on Sunday at 3 p.m. with Maine photographer Joanne Arnold.

Arnold will share her tips on capturing moments in nature. Each morning, she prays at dawn and photographs the moment, which has been her subject matter in recent years.

The speaker series is held on the fourth Sunday of each month. It concludes in April. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. To make a reservation, call 978-465-1229 or go online to

The Actors Studio is located in the Tannery Marketplace on Water Street.

Artist reception at Provident Bank

West Newbury photographer Marc Page is this month’s featured artist at The Provident Bank branch in Newburyport. His show, “Athens and The Jewels of the Aegean,” will be on display at the Storey Avenue branch through April 19.

His exhibit includes images of his trips to Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini, Greece, and Kuşadasi, Turkey.

Page will visit with the public during an opening reception of the show next Thursday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Open Barn at High Tail Acres

High Tail Acres, 2 High Tail Lane, Newbury, will host an Open Barn on Saturday, March 30.

From noon to 3 p.m., the public can join in a range of activities, including free rides, lesson and show horse demonstrations, and a kids Easter egg hunt.

“We are thrilled to invite the community to our barn and to show local families what we are all about,” said Dawn DelTorchio in a statement. ”We are excited to share information about the programs we offer and to promote the Saddlebred breed.”

For more information about High Tail Acres, visit the website at


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