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.”