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June 20, 2013

The Lookout: Stroll through downtown Newburyport’s art scene


‘Seize the Moment’ auction at St. James

St. James Episcopal Church in Groveland will hold its annual “Seize the Moment” auction on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The live and silent auctions will include a range of options up for bid, including artwork, gift certificates, and handmade items by the church’s youngest parishioners.

The church is located at 119 Washington St., Groveland.

Vintage advertisements part of new exhibit

A new exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum features advertising materials from the mid-1800s to the present day.

“Ephemera: The Art of Everyday Printed Matter” runs through Sept. 15 and includes trade cards, greeting cards, calendars, menus, bookmarks, dance cards, business cards and posters from a number of Portsmouth, N.H., businesses.

Tonight at 7, Thomas Mickey, author of “America’s Romance With the English Garden,” will speak on “The Effect of Chromolithography on the Gardening Industry.” Chromolithography is a method of making multicolor prints developed in the 19th century. Mickey will emphasize the impact of brightly colored seed catalogs and packets.

On July 11 at 7, Lorna Condon, senior curator of library and archives for Historic New England, will give an illustrated talk, “Ephemera Defined: Featuring Treasures From the Collection of Historic New England.”

The exhibit is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Athenaeum’s Randall Gallery, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth.

Both the exhibit and lectures are free, though reservations are required for the latter. Call 603-431-2538.

Tea party/hat contest for cancer research

The second annual Mad Hatter Tea Party will be held Sunday at Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar in Newburyport.

Hosted from 1 to 3 p.m. by Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness, the event will include tea sandwiches, scones and pastries along with a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to wear creatively decorated hats, and prizes will be awarded for the best ones.

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