, Newburyport, MA

May 15, 2014

The Lookout: Poems and birds combine in Joppa Flats event

The Lookout
Ann Reily

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A free special event is planned for Saturday in Rowley to coincide with this weekend’s Bird-a-thon hosted by Mass Audubon.

David Davis, the poet-in-residence at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport and a member of the Powow River Poets, will count bird species and read poems at Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary on Patmos Road.

From 1 to 5 p.m., the public is invited to join Davis and his Bird-a-thon team for short guided walks. Possible bird species that may be spotted include spring migrant warblers, orchard orioles, red-bellied woodpeckers and other songbirds.

The Bird-a-thon, the wildlife organization’s biggest fundraiser, is a competition that runs throughout the state from 6 p.m. tomorrow through 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Show to highlight young artists

All Amesbury students in preschool through high school are invited to enter their work in the annual Amesbury Youth Art Show.

Submissions are being accepted at Studio 107 in 14 Cedar Street Studios on Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Categories include painting, colored drawing, black-and-white drawing, mixed media, print, 3-D, crafts and photography.

All pieces must be mounted neatly and labeled on the back with name, age, grade, phone number, school and title. Youths may submit up to four entries.

The exhibit will be on display at 14 Cedar Street Studios on Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, May 25, from noon to 4 p.m. Select pieces from the show will also be displayed at The Provident Bank for the month of June.

The show is sponsored by the Amesbury Cultural Council, The Provident Bank, Edward Jones Investments, JNB & Associates and Colorful Kids Art Lessons.

Barbershop chorus to host annual show

The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus and its quartets will be “Strolling Down Harmony Lane” during their 66th annual show on Saturday.

Highlighting the greatest hits from the doo-wop era, the concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Danvers High School, 60 Cabot Road.

Featured performers include North Shore Acappella, which was a semifinalist on the NBC TV show “The Sing-Off,” and two a cappella groups from Danvers High, Falconize and Ingrid Sounds.

All of the groups will join together at the end of the show for a salute to America.

General admission tickets are $20, and may be purchased by calling 978-374-8865, 978-927-7894 or the Northshoremen Hotline at 866-727-4988. They are also available by emailing and at the door.

Library welcomes local authors

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

From 11 a.m. to noon, poet and fiction writer Carla Panciera will read and host a discussion. The Rowley resident is the author of two collections of poetry and a new collection of short stories that will be published in the fall.

“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 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.

Organization fetes 40th birthday

Opportunity Works is marking its 40th anniversary with a celebration on Saturday night at the Bradford Country Club.

The Beatles cover band Beatlejuice will perform from 8 to 11 p.m., and there will be snacks and a cash bar. A raffle will offer the opportunity to win a six-night cruise to Bermuda or the Bahamas.

Opportunity Works, based in Newburyport and Haverhill, provides programs and services for people with developmental disabilities.

Tickets to the celebration are $40 for one and $75 for two. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100. To purchase or for more information, visit

Blues and folk at Cat in the Cradle

Poor Howard Stith will bring his blend of blues and folk music to the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse tomorrow night.

Stith is a classic storyteller with a dry sense of humor. Blues/folk/country band Earnest Freeman will also perform.

The coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30, and the music starts at 8. Admission is $15 at the door.

The Cat Cafe will serve beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

The Byfield Community Arts Center is also seeking crafters and artists for its first Byfield Music and Arts Festival, scheduled for June 28. For more information, visit

‘Crucifixion’ author at Jabberwocky

Author and columnist Alex Beam will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow night to discuss his new book, “American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church.”

The book chronicles the history of a man who started his own religion, wrote his own form of the Bible and founded a city larger than Chicago, all before his death at age 39 at the hands of a mob.

The event is free and starts at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

‘Art for a Cause’ in Newburyport

An art show set for Saturday evening will raise money for pediatric oncology research and youth sports programs.

Hosted by Exit Realty Group in Newburyport as part of its “Art for a Cause” program, the exhibit features artwork by Patti Rae Miliotis and includes silver and stone jewelry, watercolor landscapes, and photographs.

Ten percent of all sales will go to Alex’s Team Foundation, named in honor of Alexandra Jane Miliotis, who was 16 when she died of leukemia in 2002.

The show will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at 44 Merrimac St. The art is also available to view by appointment.

For more information, call 978-462-3200 or visit

Check out summer styles on Sunday

Two local organizations are hosting fashion shows this Sunday.

At noon at The Pavilion, the Salisbury Beach Beautification Committee will present fashions from All She Wears in Hampton, N.H. A full-course luncheon will also be served, and local vendors will sell their wares. Tickets are $50.

The committee is part of the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association. For reservations or more information, call 978-463-3672 or 978-499-4466.

At 3 p.m., “Coast Into Summer” at a show hosted by Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at Nicholson Hall, 7 Harris St., Newburyport.

In addition to the latest summer fashions from local boutiques, the event will also feature a Greek luncheon. Tickets are $25 and may be reserved by contacting 978-363-5377 or

Plant sales in the Newburys

Both the West Newbury Garden Club and the Friends of the Newbury Town Library are holding their annual plant sales this Saturday.

From 8:30 to 11 a.m., the garden club will offer a wide variety of perennial sun and shade plants at the West Newbury Training Field, Route 113. There will also be baked goods, certified organic herbs and heirloom tomatoes. New this year is an Energy Fair, hosted by the West Newbury Energy Advisory Committee.

Proceeds from the sale support the club’s civic activities, including annual scholarships, maintenance of public displays and gardening lectures. For more information, visit

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plants and baked goods will be offered at the Newbury Town Library, 0 Lunt St., Byfield. The Friends’ bookstore will also offer gardening books for sale, and the new seed library will be available.

The library will accept donations of plants and baked goods from noon to closing tomorrow and beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, email

A day of art on the rail trail

More than 20 artists and crafters will visit the Old Eastern Marsh Rail Trail on Saturday for the second annual Salisbury Art Stroll.

Running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, the event will also feature silhouette and caricature artists, face-painting, free art classes for children, live music, and food vendors.

The trailhead parking lot is located off Route 1, across from Stripers Grill.

Awards night to laud young thespians

The third annual Workshop Arts Awards Night will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Newbury Elementary School auditorium.

The evening will celebrate the achievements of the young actors and interns in the community. The recipient of the senior scholarship will also be announced, and there will be performances and speakers.

The event is a red-carpet fundraiser for Workshop Arts Inc., which is a nonprofit charitable foundation that runs Theater Workshop and Workshop in the Woods.

Tickets are $8 at the door, 63 Hanover St. For more information, email

Author to speak at Andrews library

Fran Larkin is the featured guest tonight at the Emma L. Andrews Library’s Author Night.

Larkin will read from and speak about his book “Five Words and Then Some.” His presentation will encourage those who are setting out on new ventures, like graduating students or new employees, as well as those thinking about making a change.

The program, the last in the spring series, begins at 7:30. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The library is located at the corner of Purchase and Marlborough streets in Newburyport. Guests are encouraged to stop by beforehand to reserve seats for the presentation.

Open mikes in downtown Port

A weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Tonight’s event will feature Blaine Hebbel, founder and president of Ring of Bone Press. He has put together “Wild Women of Lynn,” a book of poetry featuring the stories of Jocelyn Almy-Testa, Alicia Churchill, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, Kato Mele and Kerry Zagarella. Upcoming speakers include Ken and Nadine Delano on May 22, Jnana Hodson on May 29 and Hebbel again on June 5.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. The shop itself is closed during the open mikes, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Additionally, musician and actor Steve Blackwood is hosting Talent Tuesdays, a weekly open mike at Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante in Newburyport.

Blackwood, a Newburyport resident who played Bart on “Days of our Lives,” will sing jazz standards, blues, Sinatra, selections from the Great American Songbook and Brazilian tunes. Local singers and musicians will then be invited to show off their talents, as well.

The open mikes are held every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the 16 Pleasant St. restaurant.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Joe Hanley tomorrow and Josef Nocera on Saturday.

Hanley, who has spent the past 20 years playing around New England with his bands Beyond the Pale and The Foggy Duo, is getting back to his solo acoustic roots.

Nocera is a singer, songwriter and performer who lives in Newburyport. He plays original music along with tunes by artists of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.

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


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