, Newburyport, MA

November 7, 2013

The Lookout: Dance event to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Dancers from all over New England will perform a wide variety of Middle Eastern dances at the Grog in Newburyport on Saturday.

The event, running from 2 to 5 p.m., will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Also known as belly dancing, the Middle Eastern dance form has been done for thousands of years and has roots and ties in traditional, folkloric and ethnic dances from around the world. Belly dancing is done by both men and women for ceremonies and family celebrations, and for themselves.

The Grog event will showcase a variety of styles, including American cabaret, tribal fusion, folkloric and American tribal style. Occasionally, the dance is accompanied by props, such as veils, swords or baskets, that are used to enhance the movements.

The Wounded Warrior Project assists veterans and their families in adjusting to a new normal after sometimes-catastrophic injuries.

Admission for the 21-plus event is $10, and the doors open at 1 p.m. The Grog is located at 13 Middle St. For more information, email or call 978-388-4148.

Poetry program in Newburyport

A poetry reading on Wednesday represents a unique collaboration between the Powow River Poets and the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Designed for a non-poet audience, “Poetry and the Experience of Nature” will illustrate the current state of a vibrant, centuries-old interaction between the writing of literature and the experience of the natural world.

Scheduled readers include Powow River Poets members Rhina Espaillat, Barbara Lydecker Crane and David Davis, who is also the poet in residence at Joppa Flats.

Guests are invited to bring their favorite poems, two minutes or shorter, to read during an open mike period.

The reading starts at 7:30 p.m. at Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Admission is free for Mass Audubon members and $4 for nonmembers. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Well-known musician back in Newbury

Autoharp master Bryan Bowers will return to the First Parish Church of Newbury this Saturday at 8 p.m.

The storyteller, singer and songwriter has won a number of awards for his instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence and professionalism.

He has gone from a street singer in Seattle to being the first living member inducted into the Auto Harp Hall of Fame. He tours throughout the country and has released several CDs.

Tickets are $15 reserved or $18 at the door, 20 High Road. For more information, call 978-465-5597.

Encaustic paintings on display

Artwork by Jennifer Toler is currently on display at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

An encaustic painter, Toler uses melted wax in combination with printed paper elements, paint and three-dimensional materials to create memory landscapes, abstract images of color and form, and subtle renderings of natural objects.

A gallery reception with the artist is scheduled for Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The gallery, located in Market Square, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and later on performance days.

Gallery to host fundraising gala

An evening of art, tapas and flamenco guitar on Saturday night will benefit the new Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital.

From 6 to 9 p.m. at The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac St., Newburyport, “Curves & Cava” will include the debut of new works of art by Lisa Noonis, Sheryl Daane Chesnut and Liz Gribin. It is the third “Women of Walsingham” fundraiser for Anna Jaques.

Tickets are $50 general admission, with patron level admission available for $125. Patron level includes a private cocktail reception with the artists from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 978-463-1176.

Writers to discuss new works

Two New England authors will visit the Jabberwocky Bookshop this weekend to promote their new books.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., James Whitfield Thomson will talk about his debut novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear.” In the story, Lucy tries to imagine the lives of her two young children, who have been gone for seven years. She is tormented by the role she played in the heartbreaking loss. “Lies” has been praised by a number of critically acclaimed authors, including Andre Dubus III and Jodi Picoult.

Thomson grew up in Pittsburgh and devoted himself to writing after retiring as a salesman at a successful startup venture. He now lives west of Boston with his wife, Elizabeth, with whom he has five children.

On Saturday at 7 p.m., best-selling author Julia Spencer-Fleming will discuss “Through the Evil Days,” the eighth installment in the Maine resident’s Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series of mysteries. Episcopal priest Fergusson and her police chief husband are taking a belated honeymoon at an isolated lakeside cabin when they are interrupted by a phone call: A farmhouse has erupted in flames, killing the couple inside. A frantic search ensues for their 8-year-old daughter.

Both events are free. Jabberwocky is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

Photo exhibit opens at Joppa Flats

Wildlife photography by naturalist Maryellen Stone will be on display at the Joppa Flats Education Center from Nov. 10 through Dec. 29.

A free reception will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Stone is a North Reading resident and retired educator who attended the Nikon School of Photography. She is also enrolled in Mass Audubon’s Birder’s Certificate Program and volunteers at the bird banding station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

A portion of all proceeds from purchases will support Joppa Flats. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Boutique to help horse rescue group

“Shop for a Cause” tonight from 5 to 8 at Pretty Poppy in Newburyport.

Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit New England Equine Rescue-North, which rescues horses and donkeys in need.

The boutique offers items for girls, teens and adults and is located at 43 Pleasant St. For more information, call 978-465-2612.

Featured artist at Port association

“4 Corners,” an exhibit by Margo Pullman, is on display at the Newburyport Art Association through Nov. 19.

The paintings reflect on the four corners of the earth, from the mountains to the coast to neighborhoods near and far.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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.

Music lecture set for next week

Cellist and teacher Kristen Miller will present a free lecture on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First Religious Society.

“Inspired by Joy: Music With a Purpose” will focus on the concepts and materials of the Kodaly Method, which Miller employs in her work with the youth choirs at the church. The method began in Hungary with composer Zoltan Kodaly and became popular in the U.S. in the early 1970s.

Miller holds a Level III certification from the Kodaly Institute at New York University. In addition to her work with the choirs, she also teaches cello in her private studio, at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras and at Waring School in Beverly.

Attendees are welcome to arrive at noon with a brown-bag lunch. Dessert will be provided. The lecture will be held in the Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Local historic site part of conference

Newburyport’s old Curzon Mill will be part of a public conference on tidal power this weekend in Topsfield.

Ron Klodenski, a Newburyport resident, will discuss the mill as part of a panel discussing important North Shore tide mills. Historic mills from Beverly, Gloucester and Salem will also be highlighted, along with a 21st-century tidal power installation in Maine.

Next to fishing, tide mills were once the major industry along the Massachusetts shore. The keynote speaker for the conference is Chris Sauer, president of Ocean Renewable Power.

Hosted by Tide Mill Institute, the conference will take place in the Topsfield Historical Society’s Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St. An informal reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. and feature displays, videos and publications.

On Saturday, registration starts at 8 a.m., with presentations running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $20, which includes lunch and refreshments. To register, call Bud Warren at 207-373-1209 or email

Remembering Jacob Marley’s

A reunion for all former employees and customers of Jacob Marley’s is planned for this Sunday at 9 Spring Lane, Newburyport.

Starting at 2 p.m., the event will feature music by Lynne Taylor and friends. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share, as well as their own beverages.

For more information, call 978-609-1286 or email

Healing arts market this weekend

The last Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market of the year will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The community is invited to receive intuitive readings and reiki healing and to browse fine crafts, herbal products and crystals for sale. Admission is free.

The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit

Paintings, baskets featured at library

Works by local artists are on display this month at the Merrimac Public Library.

Dale Forbes is exhibiting “Painting Inspirations,” while Kathy Petronzio is displaying her handwoven baskets.

The library, located at 86 W. Main St., is open Mondays and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Psychic medium to visit Salisbury Beach

“The Bean Town Medium” will visit Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury on Wednesday.

Ruth Larkin, a psychic, reiki master and holistic healer, will give readings to attendees from 7 to 9 p.m. A cash bar will be available starting at 6:30.

Tickets are $30 and available at or at the door. The restaurant is located at 4 Oceanfront North.

Learn about the region’s stone walls

A discussion on “Discovering New England Stone Walls” will be held Tuesday night at the Georgetown Peabody Library.

Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” will talk about the history, significance, styles and construction of these unique structures.

He will also build a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a 5-gallon bucket. A question-and-answer period will follow.

The free event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the meeting room at the library, 2 Maple St.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Rusty Scott on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa 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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