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May 1, 2014

The Lookout: Symphony by the Sea wraps up season with ‘Feast’

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The relationship between composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri is explored in Symphony by the Sea’s last concert of the season.

“Feast: On the Music of Mozart and More” will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

Music director Donald Palma wanted to play with the bitter rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, which was highlighted in the movie “Amadeus.” So the concert begins with Salieri’s Symphony in D Major, “La Veneziana,” and ends with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major.

In between, Belgian guitarist Jerome Mouffe will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.”

Tickets are $35 for adults and $5 for students. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or visit For more information, visit

The concert will also be presented tonight at Abbot Hall in Marblehead.

Farmers market to open for season

The Newburyport Farmers’ Market will welcome its sixth season this weekend with new vendors and a performance by local band Liz Frame and the Kickers.

The summer market will be held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.

Vendors joining the market this season include Appleton Farms, Lilac Hedge Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Casco Bay Butter, Hubba Hubba Foods, Doos’ P.K. and Far From the Tree.

For more information, visit

Amesbury artists open studios to public

A Spring Fling Arts Festival will be held this weekend at 14 Cedar Street Studios in Amesbury.

Local artists and artisans will be working on a variety of projects, from oil and watercolor paintings to pottery, fiber arts and jewelry.

Each participant has also donated to a silent auction that will benefit the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport. All proceeds from a “Bracelet-a-thon” on Sunday will also benefit the crisis center. For $5, guests can make bracelets with beads from Gail Zona Jewelry.

There will also be gourmet food vendors, demonstrations and live music. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Big band sound at The Actors Studio

Soloists Allyn Warner Gamble and Stephen Faria will join forces for “Big Band Bon Temps” at The Actors Studio of Newburyport on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Gamble was a principal singer in Las Vegas for 30 years and has opened for Johnny Carson and George Carlin. Now a teacher at The Actors Studio and The Musical Suite in Newburyport, she has appeared in a number of local productions.

Faria is well-known in the Greater Newburyport area for his sketch comedy, original musicals and dramas, and versatile acting range. He is also a skilled trumpet player.

Faria and Gamble will be accompanied by Jack Senier on piano, Ross Adams on bass and Alan Stone on drums, as well as special guest guitarist Dan Searle.

Tickets are $25 and include a reception with the musicians. For reservations, call 978-465-1229 or visit

The Actors Studio is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.

Library welcomes local authors

“Local Authors Love Libraries” kicks off Saturday at the Amesbury Public Library.

From 11 a.m. to noon, historical fiction writer Anne Easter Smith of Newburyport will read and host a discussion. A native of England, Smith has lived in the U.S. for more than 40 years and writes novels focusing on families in England in the 15th century.

“Local Authors Love Libraries” is part of the May Membership Month celebration at the library and is sponsored by The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.

The free series continues with Holly Robinson on May 10, Carla Panciera on May 17, Margie Walker on May 24 and James Sullivan on May 31. Additionally, a mystery panel program will be held Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with authors Joel Brown, Elizabeth Elo, Edith Maxwell, Linda Baletsa and Tempa Pagel.

To register for any of the events, visit or call 978-388-8148. The library is located at 149 Main St.

Spring show at pottery shop this weekend

Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac is holding its annual Open Studio Sale this weekend.

In the working studio, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, owner Iris Minc and 14 other local clay artists will showcase decorative and functional pottery and sculpture. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 3 Mechanic St. and will also include a kiln opening, demonstrations and light refreshments.

For more information, call 978-346-9978 or visit

Farm celebrating new butterfly garden

A Monarch Butterfly Celebration will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Harmony Farm in Newbury.

The farm is transforming its front-yard septic leach field at 186 High St. into the Modernist Butterfly and Beneficial Insect Garden.

A community potluck will be held at noon, followed by a talk by biologist Nancy Pau, who will discuss the life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly and the cause of recent population declines, as well as the importance of backyard wildlife gardens.

Angela Palmer will then present “Not Your Grandma’s Pollinator Garden,” introducing ornamental, native pollinator perennials. She will demonstrate how to incorporate these plants into existing or brand-new gardens.

The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call 978-807-6315 or visit

Nonprofit hosts exhibit in Amesbury

An art and horticultural exhibition this weekend will showcase the work of people served by Coastal Communications, a local nonprofit agency.

Held at the Nicholas J. Costello Transportation Center in Amesbury, the exhibition will open tomorrow night with a gala event from 6 to 8, featuring a wine reception, hors d’oeuvres, live music and raffles. On Saturday, the display will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coastal Connections supports individuals with disabilities by creating personalized programs that promote living, working and playing in the community.

For more information, visit

Food and fun for a good cause

A Cinco de Mayo-themed fundraiser will be held at David’s Tavern on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The annual benefit is held by Partners in Development, a nonprofit organization founded by James and Gale Hull of Rowley that strives to help the extreme poor attain independence and whole life improvement.

The event will raise money to sponsor four children in Guatemala and features raffles, a silent auction, Mexican food, a cash bar, “celebrity” bartender Rosemary Silva of Rocas and fair trade merchandise from Bali Hai Imports. The $300 sponsorships will allow the kids to attend school and have their medical needs met for one year.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

David’s Tavern is located at 11 Brown Square, Newburyport. The party will be held in the street-level dining room.

For more information, call 978-463-6681 or 978-973-5626.

Rowley Reads goes on the road

The Rowley Library is celebrating its Rowley Reads pick, “The Orchard: A Memoir,” with a tour of Russell Orchards tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Formerly the Goodard Orchard mentioned in Adele Crockett Robertson’s book and just down the road from her orchard, Russell Orchards has been operating in Ipswich since the 1920s.

Guests will learn a little history, enjoy a tractor ride, and sample apple cider and doughnuts.

To register, call 978-948-2850.

Student artists show off their work

Artwork from Newburyport students is on display through May 16 at The Provident Bank.

“Banking on Art” features a variety of mediums, including paintings, photographs and graphic designs. In addition to work by students at Newburyport High School, the show also features pieces by youths in kindergarten and grades three, five and eight.

An artists’ reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank’s Newburyport branch, 66 Storey Ave.

The exhibit can be viewed seven days a week during business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Explore Maudslay’s history and nature

Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is offering a number of opportunities for both adults and children to explore its flowers this month.

On the next three Fridays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the park interpreter will lead children ages 6-10 and their parents on the Kids Flower Ramble.

This weekend, “Follow the Flower Flow” will look at trilliums on Saturday and dogwoods on Sunday. Both programs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Additional “Flower Flow” programs are scheduled for May 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31.

A special Mother’s Day Flower Stroll will take place Sunday, May 11, from 2 to 3 p.m. And Afternoon Flower Walks are being held Thursdays, May 8, 15 and 29, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Other programs coming up this month include “The Mighty Merrimack” on the next three Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and a Preservation Month presentation that includes a visit to the Tea House on Saturday, May 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Maudslay is also offering its popular Evening Strolls every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The moderately paced walks will take participants on every path in the park by the end of the season.

All programs are free, aside from a $2 parking fee, and meet at the park headquarters at 74 Curzon Mill Road. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing, and bring water. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

NECC Chorus sings in spring

From Mozart to The Beatles, music from the past 500 years will be performed by the Northern Essex Community College Chorus on Sunday.

The annual spring concert will take place at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Local members of the chorus include Kevin Marshall and Jennifer Weiss of Amesbury, Coty Markee of Byfield, and Heather Trainor of Merrimac. Chorus director Alisa Bucchiere is also from Merrimac.

Admission is $5, and tickets are available at the door.

Remembering Howard Johnson’s

Learn about the rise and fall of an iconic American business when author Anthony Sammarco visits the Langley-Adams Library in Groveland on Monday.

Sammarco is the author of “A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon.” His free talk starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by an ice cream social.

The library is located at 185 Main St. To register or for more information, call 978-372-1732 or visit

Storm Surge series features film

The Storm Surge spring series continues Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the presentation of “Shored Up.”

The film looks at coastal communities in North Carolina and New Jersey, and our relationship to the land, using footage captured by filmmaker Ben Kalina in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

The program will be held at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury.

Jazz Vespers Service set for next week

The Pentucket High School jazz band will play at Wednesday’s Jazz Vespers Service at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The service, which starts at 8 p.m., celebrates the inspiration of jazz, blues and swing music and includes readings and time for reflection.

Admission is free, and the church is located at 26 Pleasant St.

Firehouse looking for ‘New Works’

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is now accepting submissions for the 13th annual New Works Festival.

Through June 29, playwrights are welcome to enter short plays up to 10 minutes in length, one-acts from 30-60 minutes and full-length shows. Plays are judged by an independent panel of theater professionals.

With a theme of “The Long and the Short of It,” this year’s festival is scheduled for Jan. 23, 24, 30 and 31.

For detailed submission criteria and forms, visit or contact Janice Kitchen at 978-499-9931 or

Music on tap at downtown eateries

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Tom “Satch” Kerans tomorrow and Marianne Chatterton on Saturday.

Kerans is a singer, songwriter and guitarist influenced by Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. He was the 2009 runner-up in 92.5 The River’s Rising Star Contest and has opened for a number of national acts.

Chatterton has been featured in clubs, coffeehouses, festivals and songwriting competitions throughout the Northeast.

Both shows are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

Acoustic guitarist and singer Dan Kirouac will take the stage tomorrow at 8 p.m. at David’s Tavern in Newburyport.

Kirouac has been part of the regional music scene for 30 years. His solo performance of both contemporary and old songs will showcase versatile vocals accompanied by a six-string acoustic guitar.

David’s is located inside the Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square.

Exhibit features local woman’s art

An Amesbury artist’s work is being featured in a solo exhibit opening Saturday at The Zeitgeist Gallery in Beverly.

Eva Maria Lee is a native of Germany who has lived in the U.S. since 2003. Her abstract paintings are inspired by architectural concepts and expressionists.

An opening reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, 222 Cabot St. The exhibit runs through June 8.

For more information, visit


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