, Newburyport, MA

May 30, 2013

The Lookout: A garden variety in Newburyport and Groveland

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A variety of gardens to suit all tastes will be open to the public next weekend, when both Newburyport and Groveland host tours.

More than a dozen “City Gardens” will be featured in the 34th annual Newburyport Garden Tour on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, rain or shine. The Historical Society of Old Newbury’s Cushing Museum will also be open, offering live music, a plant sale and a raffle.

Tickets are $20 if purchased by tomorrow and $25 after that. They can be purchased at the Historical Society, 98 High St.; Corliss Brothers Garden Center, 31 Essex Road, Ipswich; Beach Plum Farms, 88 Elm St., Salisbury; Beach Plum Too, 50 Water St., Newburyport; Kelly’s True Value, 163 State St., Newburyport; and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, 38R Merrimac St., Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-462-2681 or visit

“Beyond the Garden Gate,” the Groveland Garden Club’s tour, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, rain or shine.

A plant sale will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 26 Broad St. Plants will also be sold at some of the gardens.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. They are available at Langley-Adams Library, Jon Val’s, Dunn’s Farm Stand, Nunan Florist & Greenhouses and Knapp’s Greenhouses.

For more information, call 978-290-3774.

‘Opera Fest’ in Ipswich on Saturday

Chorus North Shore is teaming up with Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series for “Opera Fest” on Saturday in Ipswich.

Conducted by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor, the chorus’s 150 members will be joined by soloists Andrea Matthews, soprano; Gale Fuller, mezzo-soprano; Ray Bauwens, tenor; and John Whittlesey, baritone. They will be accompanied by Frederick A. MacArthur and James Busby.

The concert of opera highlights will include “Sextet” from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Duets” from “La Boheme” and arias from “Carmen.”

Tickets are $20 general admission and $17 for seniors and students. They are available online at or at the door.

Adventure, flowers, history at Maudslay

Upcoming free events at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport include a ponding adventure for children, a couple of strolls and a history slideshow.

On Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., families with children can enjoy an interactive exploration into the pond and its many creatures. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet.

On Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., guests are invited to “Follow the Flower Flow: Ghent/Exbury Azalea.” Wear comfortable shoes.

A comprehensive slideshow on the history of Maudslay will be shown during Wednesday’s “History Rises From Ruins” presentation.

Next Thursday, June 6, the popular Evening Stroll will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes for the moderately paced walk led by the park interpreter.

All of the events meet at the park headquarters on Curzon Mill Road. There is a $2 parking fee for most programs, and rain cancels most, though the Evening Stroll will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Family-friendly fun at Joppa Flats

The annual Biodiversity Free-for-All will showcase animals, plants and insects from local beaches, ponds and backyards.

Free activities for adults and families will be held, rain or shine, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Participants will search for insects, investigate the “magnification museum,” handle beach creatures in the 110-gallon touch tank and take part in a green building scavenger hunt.

For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Theater to take audience on a pirate adventure

Theater in the Open will present “A Princess Pirate Panto!” on Saturdays and Sundays from June 1-23 at 2 p.m. in Maudslay State Park.

Directed by Edward Speck, the free show will hit the high seas in search of adventures, buried treasure and a dance number or two.

Parking is available for $2 in the lot on Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. From there, follow the Theater in the Open flags to the site, about a 10-minute walk away.

For more information, call 978-465-2572.

Local photographer’s work to be exhibited

Photography by Edward Gerrish Mair of Plum Island will be on display through the month of June at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Mair’s award-winning photographs have been featured at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the Amesbury Art Festival, the British Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, the Lynn Historical Museum and local phone books. He prefers to capture places instead of people.

The exhibit will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower meetinghouse, 26 Pleasant St. Admission is free. For more information, call 978-465-0602 or visit

Take a virtual journey to Alaska

Author C.B. Bernard will talk about his book “Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now” tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop.

In his book, Bernard, who traded New England for Alaska, re-creates the journeys of a distant relative, Capt. Joe Bernard, who spent decades sailing the Arctic, living among the Eskimo and Inuit and giving his name to landmarks across the North.

“Chasing Alaska” was named a top 10 travel pick by Publishers Weekly and one of the best travel books for spring by National Geographic.

The program is free. Jabberwocky is located in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

Monthly ham and bean supper Saturday

The Bethany Masonic Lodge will present its monthly “Back to the Bean” supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 31 Green St., Newburyport.

On the menu are ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, spaghetti and meatballs, potato salad, coleslaw, salad, rolls, drinks, and desserts. Paul Rogers and Good Company will play smooth jazz to accompany the meal.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Joppa Flatts to play at Seaglass

Local cover band Joppa Flatts will perform at Seaglass Restaurant & Lounge on Saturday from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

The group plays a wide variety of blues, rock and pop favorites.

Seaglass is located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach. For more information, call 978-462-5800.

Church presents tribute to a jazz icon

Wednesday night’s Jazz Vespers Service at the First Religious Society will feature a tribute to Dave Brubeck.

A special guest saxophonist will join the house band of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster during the 8 p.m. concert at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Speaker Robin Lawson will also pay homage to Brubeck in readings.

Admission is free. For more information, call 978-465-0602 or visit

Two concerts this weekend at Salisbury Beach

The Mohegan Sun All-Stars and Edwin McCain with Seth Glier are slated to perform in weekend shows at Blue Ocean Music Hall.

Tomorrow, David Foster and the Mohegan Sun All-Stars (formerly the Shaboo All-Stars), will play classic rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 and $25.

McCain, known for his romantic hit ballads “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More,” will take the stage Sunday night. Tickets are $25 and $29.

Both shows start at 8 p.m.

Upcoming concerts at Blue Ocean, located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach, include Ryan Cabrera and Jason Castro on Friday, June 7.

To buy tickets, call 978-462-5888, visit 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 Loretta Hagen tomorrow and Bossa Buena on Saturday.

Hagen, an award-winning songwriter, recently released her third CD, “Mud and Stone,” featuring heartfelt ballads, up-tempo country swing and bluesy grooves.

Bossa Buena plays the romantic bossa nova music of Brazil and the seductive rhythms of samba. The band includes classical guitarist John Tavano, flutist/saxophone player Albert Lamar and bassist Chuck Walker.

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 Ryan Parker on piano, Marty Ballou 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

Watercolor show continues at library

An exhibit by local watercolorists will hang at the Newbury Town Library through Saturday. The featured paintings include landscapes, seascapes and still lifes.

Prints on display at Firehouse

Color woodblock prints by Linda Mahoney are on display through Sunday 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

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 tomorrow 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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