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.