Open to the public from Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, the festival will feature a giant gingerbread house, entertainment and the North Pole Cafe & Candy Shoppe. Special events planned include the Mistletoe Madness Gala, gingerbread house-decorating parties and a Polar Express Brunch.
Admission to the festival is $5, with additional costs for raffle tickets and the special events. For more information, visit www.blueoceanhall.com.
To donate a tree, email email@example.com.
Express your opinion with chocolate
Chococoa Baking Co. is offering a sweet way for Newburyport residents to vote for their favorite mayoral candidate.
From now through Election Day, customers can cast their votes by purchasing mini whoopie pies. Mayor Donna Holaday has chosen chocolate with chocolate ganache, while challenger Richard Sullivan Jr. picked chocolate with vanilla.
For each whoopie vote cast, Chococoa will donate $1 to the mayoral race winner’s charity. For more information, call 978-499-8889 or visit www.chococoabaking.com.
NAA members show off their work
The Fall Members Juried Show, Part 2, opens tomorrow and runs through Nov. 23 at the Newburyport Art Association.
The exhibit features acrylic, fine craft, mixed media, pastel and photography. A free opening reception and awards presentation will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Award winners for the show, which features 110 artists, include:
Sam Sargent Best of Show: Mark Prescott Crannell, “Bridget’s Pond,” mixed media
Institution for Savings Award for Work in Acrylic: Sandra Morrissey, “Energized Coastal Dunes of New England”
Strem Chemicals Award for Work in Fine Craft: Nancy Cahan, “Fringed Raku Vessel”
Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Award for Work in Mixed Media: Mary Arthur Pollak, “Holding On II”
Newburyport Development Award for Work in Pastel: Susan Kneeland, “A Sheepish Grin”
Matter Communications Award for Work in Photography: John Thomas Grant, “Life & Death in an Apartment”
Honorable mentions: Kristen Donegan, “The Swimmer,” acrylic; Wolfgang Ertl, “Slash Pines,” pastel; Judy Robinson-Cox, “Waterline #3,” photography; Janice M. Reynolds, “Gazing Out to Sea,” acrylic; Paul Osborne, “Still Life With Wine and Grapes,” photography