, Newburyport, MA

November 15, 2012

Lookout: Tuckermans at 9 return to Newbury

The Lookout Katie Lovett
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The rockin’ sounds of the a cappella group Tuckermans at 9 will once again fill First Parish Church of Newbury this weekend.

The group will perform Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

“The church has great acoustics,” baritone and founder Mark Miller said in a press release. “We can’t wait to try out some new material we’ve added since our show there last winter. And we’ll also sprinkle in a few holiday tunes.”

A cappella music has seen a surge in popularity recently, due in part to the launch of a cappella radio shows, the television show, “The Sing Off,” and groups like Rockapella, Toxic Audio and Straight No Chaser.

Based in New Hampshire, Tuckermans at 9 performs contemporary a cappella versions of well-known pop, rock, blues and light jazz songs.

“Audiences of all ages enjoy our shows because there’s literally something familiar there for everyone,” Miller added. “We choose just plain good, well-written material; we also have a lot of fun on stage and it’s contagious for the audience! It’s really a show, not just a concert.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 978-465-5597 to reserve tickets. First Parish Church of Newbury is located at 20 High Road, Route 1A in Newbury.

Retired chaplain speaks at library tonight

The Rev. William E. Alberts will read from his new book, “A Hospital Chaplain at the Crossroads of Humanity,” tonight at 7:30 at the Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport. The reading is part of the library’s fall author series.

Alberts retired last year after 18 years of hospital chaplaincy at Boston Medical Center. His book is a collection of more than 50 stories from his career. He discusses his experiences “serving interdenominationally and inter-religiously anyone who asked, and working with his Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other colleagues.”

“The bottom line of chaplaincy is not about belief but about caring for patients and their loved ones,” Alberts has said. He is a Unitarian Universalist and United Methodist minister, as well as a diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

Space is limited. Stop by the library to sign up for a guaranteed seat or call 978-358-8097.

Author holds reading at Jabberwocky

Newburyport native and author James Phoenix will read from “Frame Up,” the first book in the Fenway Burke mystery series, tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Following his reading, Phoenix will sign copies of his book.

A graduate of Newburyport High School, Phoenix notes he has been “a student, a dishwasher, a waiter, a factory worker, a construction laborer, a stone tender, a weightlifter, a bouncer, a lobsterman, a salesman and a successful international hi-tech entrepreneur.”

Casino Night benefits PAG

The Amesbury Middle School Parent Advisory Group will hold a Casino Night fundraiser on Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Costello Transportation Center in Amesbury.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and comes with $500 in “funny money” that guests can use to try their luck at black jack, roulette, craps and Texas Hold ’Em. Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Gibson Brothers

visit FINCH

The FINCH Coffeehouse will host the Gibson Brothers — but on Saturday this month.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Coffee and refreshments will be available.

Eric and Leigh Gibson received the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. They also earned an award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for their piece, “Singing As We Rise.”

The brothers will be joined by their band, which includes Mike Barber on bass, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and Joe Walsh on mandolin.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. To purchase in advance, visit Dyno Records on Middle Street in Newburyport or go online to

Wrestling show on Saturday

Atlantic Pro Wrestling — formerly Wrestling Star Wars — will hold a professional wrestling show on Saturday at the Newbury Fire Hall at 7 p.m. This is the final show of the year.

The evening will pit champion “The Unequaled One” Todd Sople against “Demon” Ortiz in a 30-minute Ironman match.

The match will be “career versus title,” since Ortiz has challenged Sople that if he can’t beat him, he will retire from pro wrestling, organizers say.

Among the other matches of the evening, “Twisted Hatter” Alex Creed will also be defending the New England Championship in a “Triple Threat Match.” The “Full Force Elimination” portion of the show is a tag-team elimination event with four teams of four wrestlers each.

Tickets are on sale at the door for $10. Alcohol may be sold to those over 21 with proper ID. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., bell time is 7 p.m.

Hambley discusses legal thriller

Rowley author Connie Johnson Hambley will speak about her new legal thriller “The Charity” at Jabberwocky Bookshop on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“The North Shore of Massachusetts has the perfect settings for novels, especially thrillers,” she writes. “With its deep history of rags-to-riches stories, beautiful and remote vistas, and its proximity to Boston with its colorful history of crime figures, this area provides the reader with a great context that really makes a story come alive.”

In the book, readers will follow the story of a North Shore native who, in the process of trying to clear her name of murder, threatens to expose a cell of the IRA, the Irish Republican Army.

Following the reading, Hambley will sign copies of her book and answer questions. Jabberwocky is located in the Tannery Marketplace on Water Street in Newburyport.

Mancini plays at Cat in the Cradle

The Boston-based accordion/rock duo Bird Mancini will visit the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse on Saturday. The acclaimed duo brings a mix of acoustic rock, “blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and an assortment of percussion, bells, and whistles,” notes organizers.

Newburyport musician Roger Ebacher will share the stage with the group as well, bringing his eclectic style of sounds and genres.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center at 7 Central St., Byfield. Admission is $5. Doors open at 7:30, and the music begins at 8. Refreshments will be sold.

Reception for Bridge Gallery artists Saturday

The cooperative Bridge Gallery in downtown Newburyport will hold a reception on Saturday afternoon for four of its guest artists.

Through the design of the gallery, its artist members own and operate the gallery. However, the space does welcome guest artists at several times of the year as well.

Among the guests this month are watercolor artist Dunstan Knight, oil painters Barbara Barclay and Brenda Slattery, and pastelist Linee Baird.

A reception for the four prize-winning artists is set for Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the gallery. The public is invited to come and meet the artists. The Bridge Gallery is located at 1R Water St., Newburyport.

‘Maiden Voyage of Meaghan O’Dell’ at Firehouse

A group of young actors is quickly changing focus these days. The local students recently participated in a production of Anna Smulowitz’s “Terezin, Children of the Holocaust” as it made its off-Broadway debut in New York City, finishing its final show hours before Hurricane Sandy arrived.

Upon arriving back home, the group geared up for their next roles — honoring the 324 children aboard the Titanic in a production of “The Maiden Voyage of Meaghan O’Dell,” also written and directed by Smulowitz and co-authored by Charles Van Eman. The show will open Saturday at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

The performance is being held in honor of the 100th anniversary year of the Titanic’s shipwreck.

“Set in April of 1912 a group of young people board the Titanic seeking new lives and opportunities in America,” according to organizers. “The lives of members of a ballet troupe who had spent the winter in Paris training with the Russian Ballet and Irish orphans intersect through social class conflicts. Deeper understanding and connections are made ultimately influencing life and death decisions on this ill-fated voyage.”

The performances will be held Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. On Saturday, an evening show is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. To purchase, visit

Youth orchestra holds benefit concert

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras is giving its first performance of the season on Sunday — and it’s a benefit concert.

The show, which begins at 3 p.m. at First Church in Ipswich, is presented in collaboration with the church as part of their Thanksgiving Basket Project, which provides food baskets to families in need. Attendees are urged to bring non-perishable food items to fill the baskets to the program. Cash donations will be accepted as well.

The concert is family-friendly and includes performances by the NMYO Intermezzo Orchestra, Prelude String Ensemble, Overture String Ensemble, Junior Flute Choir, Flute Choir and selected soloists.

First Church, Ipswich is located at 1 Meeting House Green, Ipswich.

Pottery show in West Newbury

Barberry Hill Pottery is hosting the first weekend of its annual fall studio show.

The show opens tomorrow and runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday. It features ceramics by Barbara Haack, works by collage artist Ann McCrea and paintings by Diana Philip. The public can meet the trio during a reception on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The fall show continues on Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2. Barberry Hill Pottery is located in the barn at 102 Main St., West Newbury.

Saltbox Gallery art sale this weekend

Newbury oil painter Candy Way is one of 18 artists taking part in the annual Saltbox Gallery artwork sale at the Topsfield Fairgrounds this weekend.

The show will be held in Coolidge Hall from tomorrow through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local artist will exhibit and sell their handcrafted wares, including jewelry, carved birds, inlaid wooden boxes, wood turned bowls, pottery, furniture and artwork.

The popular silent auction will culminate on Sunday at 3 p.m. A reception with the artists is set for tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and Coolidge Hall is handicap accessible. Topsfield Fairgrounds is located at 207 Boston Road (Route 1) in Topsfield.

Georgetown Theatre Workshop stages melodrama

The Georgetown Theatre Workshop has opened its 39th season with a melodrama, “Bertha the Beautiful Typewriter Girl,” written by Charles George.

“The audience is invited to hiss and boo at the chicanery of the evil banker as he tries to carry out his dastardly schemes to steal a fortune from an innocent typewriter girl and her mother,” note organizers. “Watch as this evil character tries to thwart the love between his own son and the beautiful typewriter girl.”

The show will feature Andy Arnott, Bill Borrelli, Lou Dispenza, John Flynn, Andy Griffith, Renee Heusser, Jared Maul, Danielle Santapaola, Eva Toscana and Jen Quimby. It is directed by Gael Nappa.

The group first performed this show during its first season. The theater group faced an uncertain future last year when their lease was in jeopardy of not being renewed; however, they still remain in their same location today.

The show will end its run this weekend at Pentucket Workshop, 22 Pleasant St., Georgetown. Performances are set for tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Pentucket Players stage ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Newburyport’s Cindy MacIasaac will join the local acting troupe Pentucket Players in staging the first community theater production of Broadway musical “Sunset Boulevard” in the area, beginning this weekend.

The musical, which is based on the 1950s movie, has earned 7 Tony Awards for its depiction of the life of Norma Desmond, a silent movie star seeking to make a return to the big screen. When fate brings unknown screenwriter Joe Gillis into her life, the pair begin to rely on each other for more than just business.

The show will run from tomorrow through Sunday, and next weekend, at the Rogers Performing Arts Center at Merrimack College in North Andover. Tickets are $24. Call 978-521-9259 or visit to learn show times and to purchase tickets.

Food drive at

Chase and Lunt

Chase and Lunt Insurance is holding its annual food drive for the Pettengill House this week. Donations can be dropped off at the State Street agency through Saturday.

As in past years, for every bag of non-perishable food or household items that is donated, Chase and Lunt will make a $5 cash donation to the Pettengill House, up to $500.

Among the items that the Salisbury-based social service agency needs are: canned fruits and vegetables, children’s snacks, cereal, paper towels, soap and diapers (especially larger sizes and pull-ups).

Donations can be dropped at 47 State St. today and tomorrow, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Tree of Light ceremony at

Anna Jaques

The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will hold its annual lighting for its Tree of Light on Monday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m. The program will take place at the Highland Avenue entrance to the hospital. The Newburyport High School varsity chorus will perform and refreshments will be served.

Donations are now being accepted. Each donation puts a light on the tree and adds a name to the Tree of Light Scroll that is displayed in the hospital lobby, on its website, and is printed in the association’s winter newsletter. Community members can add a name in memory of a loved one or in someone’s honor.

For each name, there is a minimum donation of $5. Checks may be made payable to the AJH Aid Association and mailed c/o Volunteer Office, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, MA 01950, or dropped off at that address.

Donations must be received by Friday.

Thanksgiving eve bash at Blue Ocean

Blue Ocean Music Hall is celebrating Thanksgiving a day early next week. The music hall on Salisbury Beach is hosting an evening of country music with “The Big Thanksgiving Eve Bash” with Jodie Cunningham and Fried Cactus on Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7. To purchase, call 978-462-5888, go online to, or visit the box office.

The music facility is located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach. Doors open 90 minutes before show time.

Historical Society accepting consignments

The Historical Society of Old Newbury is accepting consignments for January’s ’Bury Treasures Auction now through Nov. 30.

The society is seeking a range of items, such as paintings, prints, vintage items, jewelry, toys, mirrors, furniture, china, candlesticks, marine-related items, silver, tools, ceramics, pottery and Newburyport-area related items. Call the Historical Society at 978-462-2681 to schedule a consultation with curator Jay Williamson.

The auction is set for Saturday, Jan. 19.

Coat drive for Pettengill House

The Newburyport stationery store Greetings by Design is running a coat drive for the Pettengill House in Salisbury this month.

The public can bring gently worn coats to the shop, 4A Winter St., Newburyport, through November. Donors will receive a 20 percent discount, including on orders for holiday cards and invitations.


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