, Newburyport, MA

October 24, 2013

The Lookout: Grog heats up annual chili fundraiser

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The Grog’s sixth annual Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in the restaurant’s parking lot, 13 Middle St., Newburyport.

The afternoon will feature the People’s Choice Chili Competition, with chili from restaurants including 17 State Street Cafe, Abraham’s Bagels, Carry Out Cafe, David’s Tavern, Eat Cake!, Grog, Loretta, Michael’s Harborside, Port City Sandwich, The Port Tavern, Starboard Galley and Ten Center Street.

New this year is a Craft Beer Fest & Tasting, with brews from Berkshire Brewing, Cape Ann Brewing, Ipswich Ale, Newburyport Brewing, RiverWalk Brewing and Smuttynose. Rockspring Music and Artty Raynes will provide live music.

Tickets are $10 each for chili sampling or $20 each for chili and five beer tastings. Children 10 and under will be admitted free.

The event is a fundraiser for Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury, Pettengill House in Salisbury and Community Services of Newburyport. Donations of canned and dry goods will be accepted.

Helping out a sister city

The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance is hosting its annual African dinner dance on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 25 Low St., Newburyport.

The event will support projects in Bura, Kenya, which has been connected with the Newburyport area for the past 21 years as part of the Sister Cities program.

In addition to a buffet with a variety of African food, the evening will feature a dance with African and American music, an African crafts bazaar and a live auction.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and free for children under 12, with a maximum price of $50 per family.

For more information, call 978-388-3230.

Celebrate Halloween a little early

Join the Historical Society of Old Newbury for an eerie evening at the Oak Hill Cemetery tomorrow.

The annual Halloween Haunting runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and includes card and palm readers, a spooky hayride through the cemetery, and a Celebrity Apple Bobbing Contest.

The party is for adults only and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at or 978-462-2681.

Musical acts featured at Firehouse

Two musical performances are on tap this weekend at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Tomorrow night at 8, Newburyport band Liz Frame and the Kickers will take the stage in a fundraiser for Pennies for Poverty, a local nonprofit that supports The Salvation Army and Community Action in Newburyport, Pettengill House in Salisbury, and Our Neighbors’ Table and Community Action in Amesbury.

Frame has been performing her own brand of rootsy Americana music since her early teens. The Kickers recently returned from a six-state, mid-Atlantic tour.

On Saturday, pure country music will be featured in “Nashville to Newburyport.” Colene Walters and Jimmy Parker, Nashville artists with devoted followings, will play both classic country and original compositions.

Tickets are $20 for tomorrow’s show and $23 for Saturday’s show. To purchase or for more information, go to, call 978-462-7336 or visit the box office in Market Square, Newburyport.

Art auction set for Saturday

The annual Wet Paint Auction to benefit the Newburyport Commission for Diversity and Tolerance will be held Saturday in Newburyport.

Artists will paint works during the day for the auction at night. A preview starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by the live auction hosted by The Actors Studio’s Marc Clopton at 7:30. A silent auction of other items will also take place from 6:30 to 8. Guitarist Donna Ricci will provide entertainment during the preview.

The event will take place in Steeple Hall at the Mission Oak Grill, 26 Green St. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, online at and at the door.

For more information, see tomorrow’s Daily News.

Photo contest deadline extended

The deadline for the third annual Nature and Wildlife Photography Contest hosted by the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge has been extended to Wednesday.

Matted prints are being accepted in two themed categories: wildlife and landscapes/seascapes. Entries will also be judged in two age categories: adult and youth (under age 18).

To qualify, pictures must have been taken within the boundaries of one of the following refuges: Parker River, Great Bay, Wapack, Thacher Island, Rachel Carson, Great Meadows, Assabet River, Monomoy or Oxbow. Photographers can submit two prints, which must be no bigger than 8 inches by 10 inches. The application fee is $5.

The panel of judges will comprise refuge staff and experienced photographers, and winners will be announced on Nov. 9, during the next general meeting of the Photographic Society of Parker River NWR.

Hunt’s Photo will provide a $100 gift card to the “Best in Show” and a $50 gift card to the first-place winner in each category. The winning photos will be displayed in the refuge visitor center for the next year.

For a complete list of contest guidelines, visit

Work on display at art association

Photographer Walter Mularz is currently exhibiting “My World in Focus” at the Newburyport Art Association.

Mularz is an award-winning fine art photographer who loves to shoot the outdoors. His work has appeared in a number of publications and been on display throughout New England.

An artist’s reception will be held Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m., and the exhibit runs through Monday.

On Tuesday, an exhibit of pastels by Andrew Anderson-Bell will open and run through Nov. 4. “Meditative Landscapes” includes art inspired by North Shore marshlands and Maine islands.

An artist’s reception will be held Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Fundraising auction scheduled for Nov. 16

The Newburyport Education Foundation is planning its annual Lighthouse Auction for Saturday, Nov. 16.

The event, running from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 31 Green St., will include both silent and live auctions, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door. Online bidding for items will start on Nov. 8.

To make a donation for the auction or volunteer, email or visit

Music at the Byfield community center

Two New England musicians will perform at Saturday’s Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield.

Singer-songwriter Julie Dougherty recently released her third CD and is known for haunting and beautiful folk-pop renditions. Opening for her is TMax, a quirky musician with songs that are both fun and serious.

The coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5 at the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are available to purchase.

Visit or call 978-463-3335 for more information.

Show off your pet’s Halloween best

The fourth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 63105 are holding a Pup Parade on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mill Pond in West Newbury.

Dog owners are invited to show off their leashed pets in costumes, with prizes awarded for the best outfits. The event will also include agility contests, a K-9 demonstration, crafts and face-painting.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring pet supplies for the MSPCA. For more information, call 978-363-2717.

Photographer shows off favorite images

Photographs by Jim Scourletis are on display through Dec. 7 at The Provident Bank in Newburyport.

The exhibit features a number of Scourletis’ favorite images. A former commercial photographer, he has concentrated on scenic and fine art photography for the past 10 years.

An artist’s reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Book sale in need of volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with a book sale being hosted by The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.

The sale is slated for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. downstairs at the library, 149 Main St. Patrons will be able to purchase a reusable shopping bag for $10 and fill it with books, music, movies, puzzles and more.

All proceeds benefit the Friends, whose mission is to support the library and its staff and enhance resources and services.

To volunteer or for more information, call 978-388-8148.

Comedy comes to The Barn tomorrow

Three comedians will take the stage at The Barn in Amesbury tomorrow night at 8:30.

Robbie Printz is a past winner of the Boston Comedy Festival who has appeared around the U.S. and on Comedy Central, NBC and MTV. Kyle Crawford has appeared at top clubs in the country and was the first runner-up in the MCAM Television “Last Comic Standing” competition. Joe Espi is a regular in New England clubs.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door, 5 Ring St.

‘Shrek’ comes to Pentucket

Pentucket Regional High School is presenting “Shrek the Musical” from Nov. 7 through 10. Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m.

Advance ticket sales will be held at the school on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.

General admission is $10, and reserved seating is $15.

Artist featured at Anna Jaques

Newburyport photographer Karen Lynch is the new featured artist at Anna Jaques Hospital.

The daughter of professional photographers, Lynch has had a camera in her hands for most of her life. Her images are enhanced with textures, filters and lighting adjustments applied in Photoshop.

Her work is on display through Nov. 21 in the main lobby. The show is sponsored by the Hospital Aid Association.

Whittier Bridge photos, stories sought

The Bartlett Museum in Amesbury is looking for photographs and stories relating to the Whittier Bridge.

A new exhibit on the Whittier Bridge/I-95 Improvement Project will include a history of the original bridge.

If you have pictures to share or can help with interviews of those who worked on the bridge in the 1950s, contact Alexander Pooler at

Get in the holiday spirit at fundraiser

Reservations are being accepted now for a new event that will help attendees get in the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hosted by the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, “Holidays in Bloom” will feature Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Haverhill as he demonstrates how to create memorable and festive floral arrangements, which will then be raffled off.

The evening will also feature unique gifts, food from Salisbury’s Seaglass Restaurant and a cash bar. Participating merchants include the hospital gift shop, Bali Hai Imports, Fantastic Fortunes, Ovedia Artisan Chocolates, R.E. Kimball and Company, Rocas, Rosy Rings Candles, Suzanne DeGeorge Photography, and Sunburst Trading.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury. Tickets are $45 per person, with tables for six or eight also available. Checks made out to AJH Aid Association may be sent to Amanda LaPlante, Volunteer Office, Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, MA 01950.

All proceeds will benefit the hospital. For credit card reservations or more information, call 978-463-1150.

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A new, weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Featured speakers will present from 7:30 to 8 and include poet Tom Miller tonight and murder-mystery writer Edith Maxwell on Oct. 31.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Farm-to-table cooking lessons

Learn how to jazz up your holiday dinner with a “Thanksgiving on the Farm” cooking class on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kitchen Local, 14 Cedar St., Amesbury.

The hands-on adult class is led by Carolyn Grieco and includes instruction, recipes and dinner. The cost is $60.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-994-1692 or visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Joe Young tomorrow and Clark Webb on Saturday.

Singer and guitarist Young plays music ranging from standard pop-folk to soul-searching ballads to rambling Americana.

Webb is a folk-funk singer-songwriter promoting the release of his album “Random Bits & Pieces.”

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Danny Harrington on baritone saxophone, Jack Senier on piano, Mark Carlsen on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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