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May 23, 2013

The Lookout: Celebrate spring with Newburyport’s annual festival

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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 nbptcw@gmail.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.”

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