Make the most of the season with Newburyport Spring Fest, which takes place downtown Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival will feature art and fine crafts on Inn, State and Pleasant streets, along with live music and food from local restaurants.
Life is good will sponsor a Kid’s Korner from noon to 3 p.m. both days, offering coloring, games and other age-appropriate activities. Children will also enjoy a puppetry and storytelling performance by Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals on Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Bands taking the stage at Market Square are Jam Static, a modern/classic rock band that will perform Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Way to the River, a progressive rock cover band that will play Monday, also from 1 to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. For more information, call 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.
Tour a lighthouse this weekend
The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, weather permitting.
Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.
Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.
For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email email@example.com or visit www.newenglandlighthouses.net/plumisland.html.
Explore Adelynrood at weekend open house
An open house will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Adelynrood Retreat & Conference Center in Byfield.
The free event will feature house and garden tours, children’s activities, refreshments, a local artisan fair, local painters in their element, and the Byfield Fire Department.
Groups of four or more are encouraged to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, call 978-462-6721.
A walking history lesson in Newburyport
Celebrate Memorial Day with a walk through Newburyport’s past.
Author William Hallett and his wife, Elizabeth, will lead “Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport” on Monday at 2 p.m.
The 90-minute tour features sites and stories of the city’s Civil War history, including Albert Bartlett and the first troops that left the city, a local politician who almost ran against Lincoln for president, and Frederick Douglass’ visit.
The tour begins and ends at Arthur Page Insurance Co., 57 State St. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.footstepsofheroes.com.
Park invites seniors to view bloom
In honor of Older Americans Month, Maudslay State Park is partnering with the Newburyport Council on Aging to offer Senior Citizen Bloom Rides on Thursday, May 30.
Starting at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine, the park interpreter will take participants on narrated van rides to view the cycle of bloom.
Rides are every 45 minutes, with the last ride departing at 3:30 p.m. from the parking lot on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport.
Registration is required. To sign up, call the COA at 978-462-8650.
Museum opens for the season
Take a trip into history at Amesbury’s Bartlett Museum, which opens for the season tomorrow.
The 1870 Italianate-style “Ferry School” house features prehistoric and Native American artifacts; memorabilia from Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods; birds, shells and fossils; and an original vintage schoolroom. The carriage shed out back houses Amesbury-made carriages.
The museum is located at 270 Main St. Tours are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., through Labor Day. Appointments at other times can also be arranged by calling 978-388-4528. For more information, visit www.bartlettmuseum.org or www.amesburytreasures.org.
Author to talk about beaches
Naturalist William Sargent will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow to talk about his new book, “Beach Wars: 10,000 Years of Conflict and Change on a Barrier Beach.”
Sargent’s book outlines the history of New England’s barrier beaches, chronicling the pirates, Native Americans and farmers who have used beaches like Plum Island to fish, hunt and cut salt marsh hay.
The event is free and open to the public. Jabberwocky is located at the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport.
For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit www.jabberwockybookshop.com.
Ska and soul sounds in Salisbury
Toots and the Maytals will perform tomorrow night at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.
The Jamaican band, led by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, plays a combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock.
Tickets are $27 for standing room only and $37 for reserved seating. For every ticket sold, $1 will go to the Toots Foundation, which helps Jamaican charities.
Upcoming concerts at Blue Ocean, located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach, include the Mohegan Sun All-Stars on May 31 and Edwin McCain on June 2.
To buy tickets, call 978-462-5888, visit www.blueoceanhall.com or visit the box office Tuesday through Sunday.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Danielle Miraglia tomorrow and Big Fair on Saturday.
Miraglia is a blues guitarist whose songs range from heartfelt to socially conscious. Her latest release is called “Box of Troubles.”
Big Fair is a Newburyport indie band, founded by high school students Daniel Alvarez de Toledo, Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Clayton Vye. The group plays mostly original music and some well-known covers. It has placed in Battle of the Bands contests in Boston.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.
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 www.tencenterstreet.com.
Banks display students’ artwork
Artwork from Amesbury High School students is on display through June at the Provident Bank.
Under the direction of teacher Ann Bartkiewicz, the Student Art Show includes pieces by drawing and painting, advanced studio art, AP studio art, and Art I classes.
An artists’ reception will be held Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the branch at 5 Market St., Amesbury.
The artwork may be viewed during business hours at both the Market Street and Route 110 branches in Amesbury. For more information, call 978-834-8540.
At the Newburyport branch, artwork from Newburyport High School students is on display through May 31. “Banking on Art” features paintings, photographs and graphic designs.
An artists’ reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 66 Storey Ave., Newburyport.
The exhibit can be viewed seven days a week during business hours. For more information, call 978-225-1401.
Watercolor show continues at library
An exhibit by local watercolorists will hang at the Newbury Town Library through June 1. The featured paintings include landscapes, seascapes and still lifes.
Prints on display at Firehouse
Color woodblock prints by Linda Mahoney are on display through June 2 in the first-floor gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Her pieces include pine trees, shorelines and mountains. A painter for more than 30 years, Mahoney is an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield. She lives in Northfield. The Firehouse gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.firehouse.org.
Closing gallery offers discounts
The Bridge Gallery, which is shutting its doors after seven years, is selling artwork at a 20 percent discount.
There is also a “Make an Offer” reception this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
The gallery, which will close after this weekend, is located at 1R Water St., Newburyport. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art featured at Newburyport cafe
Opportunity Works’ art program, OpArt, has an exhibit currently on display at the Carry Out Cafe.
An opening reception will be held Friday, May 31, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the cafe, 155 State St., Newburyport. The show runs through June 30.
For more information, call 978-499-2240.
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