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November 23, 2012

Lee Yeomans hangs her work at Anna Jaques

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — A self-taught photographer, Lee Yeomans has been at home behind the lens of a camera since the late 1970s. Over the years, she’s viewed the hobby as a creative outlet as she’s progressed from shooting with film to capturing images on her digital Nikon.

Her work has been accepted in many juried shows at the Newburyport Art Association, and she claimed first place in one show and honorable mention in two others. Last year, she earned first place in the Essx National Heritage Society photography contest.

Currently, Yeomans’ photographs are on display at several downtown locations: Angie’s, Valerie’s Gallery and Body Sense, and beginning next week, a display of her photographs will hang in the front hallway at Anna Jaques Hospital. The exhibit will run from Nov. 29 through Dec. 27 and is a fundraiser for the Anna Jaques Aid Association.

A fan of capturing images of nature, Yeomans is a director of Coastal Discoveries, which affords her many opportunities to shoot the “local watery environment and the life it holds.”

‘Babar the Elephant’ concert today

Symphony by the Sea will host a special family concert today as part of its efforts to introduce the younger generation to classical music.

The hour-long family concert will begin at 3 p.m. at Newburyport City Hall. Storyteller Judith Black will narrate “The Story of Babar,” as she is accompanied by the symphony. The story will be set to music by Poulenc.

“Babar is a much loved story, familiar to the kids ... and it’s been set to music, most notably by Poulenc,” board member Matt Sagal wrote in an email. “In addition to a fun hour, we want to introduce the kids to classical music as a joy ... and this piece, along with the other musical selections will do that.”

Written in 1931 by a French writer, the tale of Babar the elephant was later translated for American audiences. It chronicles the adventures of a young elephant who loses his mother and has to escape hunters. As he flees, he leaves the jungle and finds himself in the big city. As the story continues, the audience will learn how he finds his way back home and what happens when he gets there.

The audience will be invited to join in a teddy bear celebration, and so young guests are urged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal with them to the show. Families are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped stuffed animal to donate to Toys for Tots.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids K-12 and $5 for toddlers. To purchase tickets, visit www.symphonybythesea.org.

NRBQ plays at Blue Ocean Music Hall

The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet NRBQ will take the stage at Salisbury’s Blue Ocean Music Hall tonight.

The rock band, which began more than 40 years ago, blends rock, pop, jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley styles. The group includes Terry Adams, an “untamed genius of the keyboards,” Scott Ligon on guitar and vocals, Conrad Choucroun on drums and vocals, and Casey McDonough on bass and vocals.

NRBQ released their latest CD “We Travel the Spaceways” last May. Their 2011 release “This Love Goin’” earned critical acclaim.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. To purchase, visit www.blueoceanmusichall.com or call 978-462-5888. Blue Ocean Music Hall is located at 4 Oceanfront North in Salisbury.

Santa Parade in Newburyport Sunday

The annual Santa Parade and tree lighting is set for Sunday in Market Square.

Sponsored by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Rotary Club of Newburyport, the events signal a kick-off to the holiday season in Newburyport.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by Coast Guard boat at the eastern end of the central waterfront boardwalk, near the harbormaster building around 3:30-3:40 p.m. They will then parade through Market Square, up State Street, down Pleasant Street and Green Street and back around into Market Square. The tree lighting will take place around 4 p.m.

The Newburyport and Triton High School bands will perform and lead the crowd in singing some favorite holiday songs. Mayor Donna Holaday will help light the tree.

Pentucket Players stage ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Newburyport’s Cindy MacIsaac is among the cast members of the Pentucket Players production of “Sunset Boulevard,” which is wrapping up this weekend. This is the first community theater production of the Broadway musical in the area.

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 today and tomorrow at the Rogers Performing Arts Center at Merrimack College in North Andover. Tickets are $24. Call 978-521-9259 or visit www.pentucketplayers.org to learn show times and to purchase tickets.

Artist reception at Carry Out Cafe

The Newburyport eatery Carry Out Cafe is currently hosting an exhibit by local artist Susan Donelan Burke. A reception with the artist will be held at the shop on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Watercolor artist Susan Donelan Burke enjoys painting landscapes as a way to pay homage to nature. “Each season provides inspiration to rise with spring; sail through summer; reflect in the autumn and reminisce all winter,” according to organizers. “Always in search of a dreamlike quality of paint and the proper use of values, Burke knows that water is her friend.”

Burke has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and art, an associate’s degree in business administration and a certificate in graphic design. The Carry Out Cafe is located at 155 State St., Newburyport.

Pelikan exhibits at Audubon Society

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center will feature a new exhibit of nature illustrations by award-winning local artist Judy Pelikan over the next few weeks.

“The Music of the Natural World” will hang in the Juliet Kellogg French Room now through Dec. 30. A portion of all purchases made during the exhibit helps to support Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats.

Pelikan finds inspiration in nature and uses photographs, as well as her own observations to depict birds, feathers, nests and other fauna and flora found in New England habitats, all with a unique interpretation. The display features paintings of migrant and native New England birds and animals.

Book discussion Monday

Author Terry Farish will visit Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury on Monday for a book discussion. A writer of books for children and young adults, Farish will discuss her newest book, “The Good Braider.”

A young adult novel set in South Sudan and Portland, Maine, the story follows a teenage girl’s “experience of war, dreams, and the African art of braiding hair.”

The Portsmouth, N.H.. resident will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parish House at the church, 145 Main St.

This haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant’s struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.

Kenyan discussion Tuesday

The YWCA of Greater Newburyport and American Association of University Women will present a free program, “An American Experience In Kenya: Volunteering at an Orphanage,” on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The lecture by Beverly’s Carole Rein will occur at the YWCA branch at 13 1/2 Pond St., Newburyport, behind CVS. Refreshments will be served.

Rein, a teacher, will share stories from her three-week trip to an orphanage in Kenya last summer. Among the topics that will be discussed are gender role differences that have affected the management of the orphanage, the importance of education to the children, the lack of government infrastructure, the food and the climate.

Coast Guard quintet plays at museum Dec. 1

The esteemed U.S. Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet will perform a free concert at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Dec. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Woodwind Quintet began in 1977 and has performed at numerous prestigious events through the years, including the dedication of the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the vice president’s reception during the inaugural celebrations for Ronald W. Reagan, and on board the Coast Guard Barque Eagle during Liberty Weekend in 1986.

The quintet also plays at Coast Guard dinners and receptions, music festivals and university concerts. Recently, the group recorded “La Nouvelle Orleans” by Lalo Schifrin for a soon-to-be released CD featuring the United States Coast Guard Band.

The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 25 Water St., Newburyport.

Registration time 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 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 www.icsnorthpoleexpress.com.

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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