---- — The esteemed U.S. Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet will perform a free concert at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Woodwind Quintet began in 1977 and has performed at numerous prestigious events through the years, including the dedication of the Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the vice president’s reception during the inaugural celebrations for Ronald W. Reagan, and on board the Coast Guard Barque Eagle during Liberty Weekend in 1986.
The quintet also plays at Coast Guard dinners and receptions, music festivals and university concerts. Recently, the group recorded “La Nouvelle Orleans” by Lalo Schifrin for a soon-to-be released CD featuring the United States Coast Guard Band.
The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 25 Water St., Newburyport.
Seasonal brewfest tomorrow
A popular holiday event will return to Amesbury tomorrow. Heat Event Management is once showcasing the season’s frosty brews at the 12 Beers of Christmas Seasonal Brewfest.
The event will feature seasonal creations, including harvest, winter or Christmas beer, ale, cider or mead. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lafayette Club, 11 High St., Amesbury. Admission is $25 in advance and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. At the door, tickets will be sold for $30.
Historical Society accepting consignments
The Historical Society of Old Newbury is accepting consignments for January’s ’Bury Treasures Auction through tomorrow.
The society is seeking a range of items, such as paintings, prints, vintage items, jewelry, toys, mirrors, furniture, china, candlesticks, marine-related items, silver, tools, ceramics, pottery and Newburyport-area related items. Call the Historical Society at 978-462-2681 to schedule a consultation with curator Jay Williamson.
Tree lighting and parade in Amesbury
Amesbury will get into the holiday spirit on Saturday with the annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting.
The festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. in Market Square. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World” and floats will be crafted to reflect that theme.
Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, unwrapped toys and blankets for Our Neighbors’ Table and Community Action. The Lions Club will also be collecting gently used, warm winter coats, all sizes.
Drumming workshop Saturday
World percussionist, poet, acupuncturist and herbalist John deKadt will lead a hands-on drumming and storytelling workshop at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing, 1 Lunt St., Byfield, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The workshop is appropriate for children and adults and families are encouraged to attend. Participants will learn hand drumming techniques, specific rhythms, group drumming skills and vocal percussion. Bring a drum if you have one, or drums will also be available. Adults $30, kids $10. Call 978-973-8364 to register.
Ham and bean supper Saturday
The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host their next ham and bean supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The menu includes ham, two kinds of beans, hotdogs, brown bread, garden salad, cole slaw, assorted desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend.
Open Studio weekend at ceramics shop
The 2 Rivers Ceramics Studios in Newbury are hosting a Holiday Open Studio and Sale on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitors can explore the works of various local potters from the Newburyport area on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The studio is located at 108 Middle Road in Newbury. For more information, visit 2RiversCeramics.com.
Champagne and chocolate reception at Walsingham Gallery
The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport is once again offering shoppers a chance to indulge in the finer things this weekend. The gallery is hosting its second annual champagne and chocolates holiday shopping weekend.
The refreshments will be served throughout Saturday and Sunday as the gallery at 47 Merrimac St. hosts an opening reception for the new exhibit, “Of Mice and Mischief,” a collection of new works by award-winning Boston painter Stuart Dunkel on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. Dunkel will also host a demonstration and sign copies of his book, “An Artist’s Life.” Shoppers can enter a raffle to win an original oil painting by the artist, valued at over $500.
The event will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday as well. The exhibit runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 14.
Holiday open house at Historical Society
Several local garden clubs have worked their holiday magic and decked the halls at the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s Cushing House.
The public is invited to check out the holiday decorations on Saturday during an open house from noon to 4 p.m. A second open house will be held on Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Both are free to attend.
The home, at 98 High St., boasts fresh seasonal arrangements creatively rendered by garden club members, hand-baked, spice-scented ornaments, Federal period holiday decorations and antique toy “gifts” from the Historical Society of Old Newbury’s collection.
The Cushing House was decorated by Historical Society members, Colby Farms and garden club volunteers from Newbury, Newburyport and West Newbury.
Philharmonic Orchestra concert Sunday
The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will perform their holiday concert on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover.
The orchestra will be joined by the Gospel Choir, under the direction of Renese King. King has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus; she will sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “O Holy Night” during the concert with the accompaniment of the orchestra.
The performance will also feature student violinist and orchestra member Paul Cronin performing Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen “Opus 20, No. 1.” The festivities will include with a sing-along for the audience of many holiday favorites.
Prior to the concert, the orchestra will hold their annual silent auction, beginning at 1 p.m.Winners will be announced during the concert.
Tickets for the holiday concert are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. To purchase, visit www.mvpomusic.org. They will also be sold at the door.
Northern Essex holiday showcase Sunday
The Northern Essex Community College chorus will perform their annual holiday show on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the David Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
The program will include a mix of holiday music from across a 600-year time frame.
“You can expect to hear everything from William Byrd to Regina Spektor. Mozart, Handel and Irving Berlin are also included in the program,” chorus director Alisa Bucchiere said in a statement.
‘All the King’s Women’ at Firehouse
The Firehouse’s new Senior Readers’ Theater program will stage a performance of Luigi Jannuzzi’s “All the King’s Women” at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square, Newburyport.
The production, which is free to attend, will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday. It is the debut performance for the new arts education program, which is solely for community members age 55 and older. The program is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. “All the King’s Women” consists of eight vignettes that explore the impact of Elvis Presley on culture and society, through his interactions with 17 different women.
“This play is more about the man himself, though, rather than his music, and shows the playful, generous and often warm-hearted side of the King — and how he touched the lives of countless individuals through his fame, his humor and his kindness,” organizers noted.
The play is directed by veteran actor Charles Van Eman. Participants include Victor Atkins, Terry Blanchard, Joyce Cejka, Maureen Daley, Evelyn Kovach, Arlene McCormack, Kathleen Moore, Gloria Papert and Ann Staffeld of Newburyport; Muriel Angelil and Susan Grilk of Amesbury; Gretchen Stone and Barbara Stygles of Salisbury; Janet Gillman of Seabrook and Roberta Low of Burlington.
The show will be performed as a staged reading. The actors will use vocal expression, minimal props and sound cues to help the audience understand the story.
The Firehouse will hold several more Senior Readers’ Theater workshops with Van Eman. Visit www.firehouse.org for scheduling updates.
Tree of Light ceremony at Anna Jaques
The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will hold its annual lighting for its Tree of Light on Monday at 5 p.m. The program will take place at the Highland Avenue entrance to the hospital. The Newburyport High School varsity chorus will perform and refreshments will be served.
Jazz vespers on Wednesday
A free jazz vespers service will be held at First Religious Society on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The program will feature jazz, blues and swing music. Guest saxophonist Danny Harrington will join the house band and play “Christmas Time is Here” along with other seasonal selections. The band includes Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster. Cyd Raschke will perform a reading of “Christmas 1938 at a Childrens’ Home in Alaska.”
First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Restaurant showcase in Amesbury
The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce will host a Restaurant and Shop Showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bartley Machine and Manufacturing building, 35 Water St., Amesbury, on the second floor.
General admission, $10; senior admission, $5. Admission includes one raffle ticket.
Holiday programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop
Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury will celebrate the season with its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9.
The festivities will begin with an art show preview party on Friday, Dec. 7, where Lowell’s Boat Shop members and their friends can get an early glimpse of this year’s art show and sale, “Wood and Water: a Mixed Media Exhibit.” The display includes works from numerous local artists, including members of OpArt, an art education outreach program for clients at Opportunity Works, and offered by the Newburyport Art Association.
The Holiday Open House runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Open to the general public, the celebration includes the art exhibit and sale, as well as a collection of unique Lowell’s Boat Shop gifts, handmade holiday wreaths and fresh trees, a variety of raffles and a silent auction. Refreshments will be served, and music will be performed by the Thomas Machine Works Band on Saturday and Morning Glories on Sunday.
Children can make their own ornaments and visit with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. each day.
Lowell’s Boat Shop is located at 459 Main St. in Amesbury.
Train show Dec. 8
The Railway Express 2012, a train show offered by Salisbury Point Railroad Historical Society, is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carriage Mills building, 9 Water St., Amesbury.
There will be more than 6 operating train layouts and kids of all ages can drive some of the trains. The display includes interesting historic photographs, maps, books and railroad artifacts. The adjacent Amesbury Hat Museum will also be open. Light refreshments available. Small admission fee.
Holiday Sing-along at Firehouse
Start warming those vocal cords up — the popular Holiday Sing-along is returning to the Firehouse on Dec. 15.
Families are invited to attend the program and sing some treasured classic Christmas carols with the youth choir from the Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, directed by Donna Postle.
Terry Blanchard will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and children can visit with Santa and tell him their wish lists.
The fun begins at 11 a.m. at the theater. Tickets sell out early so families are encouraged to buy early. Tickets are $3 and are available at the box office or by calling 978-462-7336.
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