, Newburyport, MA

July 5, 2013

The Lookout: Grog show to aid Plum Island beaches

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A concert at the Grog in Newburyport on Thursday will help beach restoration efforts at Plum Island.

Featuring music by Soul Robot, Deep Keel, Pat Hall and Estimated Prophets, the 21-plus show kicks off at 8 p.m.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds going to the Plum Island Foundation.

Following the success of last month’s United We Jam concert for The One Fund, the monthly Thursday night concert hosted by Fusion Blue Productions at the Grog will now benefit a different nonprofit organization or charity.

The restaurant is located at 13 Middle St. For more information, visit

Artists group is ‘Making an Impression’

The Newburyport Art Association Printmakers Group will hold its 10th annual exhibit from July 9 through 22.

“Making an Impression” will showcase a variety of printmaking styles and techniques, including monotype and monoprint, linoleum block prints, etching, collagraph, mezzotint and mixed media.

Participating artists are Muriel Angelil, Patty deGrandpre, Susan Dosick, Diane Francis, Kate Higley, Susan Jaworski-Stranc, Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy, Mary Arthur Pollak, Niki Orphanos, Jim Tinguely and Mary Carolyn Webber.

An opening reception is set for Saturday, July 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The art association is located at 65 Water St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-8769.

Summer music at Maudslay

The 21st Summer Concert Series starts tomorrow night at the Maudslay Arts Center and continues through Aug. 25.

Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and kick off with bluegrass band The Spinney Brothers. Future shows include Shirim Klezmer Orchestra on July 13, the Paul Broadnax Ensemble on July 20, Grace Kelly Jazz on July 27, the Don Campbell Band on Aug. 10, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17 and New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24.

Sunday shows begin at 2 p.m. and will feature Fatum Brothers Jazz on July 14, The Shaw Brothers on July 21, Hal McIntyre Orchestra “Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on Aug. 11, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18 and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.

Annual fundraiser on tap for July 27

Tickets are on sale for Yankee Homecoming Brewfest, set for Saturday, July 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Newburyport’s Waterfront Park.

The final fundraiser of the year for Yankee Homecoming, the annual event features more than 40 craft beers, live music by the Pete Kilpatrick Band, and food from Andiamo and Domino’s.

Including 12 samples and a souvenir tasting cup, tickets are $30 each and are available online at or at New England Wine and Spirits, 155 State St. They are expected to sell out in advance.

Non-drinker tickets are $15 and can be purchased for $15 by emailing before July 17.

Local bands to play in Amesbury

Free community concerts will be presented the next three Thursday nights in downtown Amesbury.

The seventh annual Music in the Millyard series features Animals and Shapes on July 11, Five O’Clock Somewhere on July 18 and Switchback on July 25.

At each show, donations will be collected for Our Neighbors’ Table. Items needed the most include peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, bottled juice, cereal, boxed pasta, shampoo, toothpaste and granola bars.

All performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. For more information, call 978-388-3178.

Tour a lighthouse this weekend

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, weather permitting.

Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.

Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email or visit

Enjoy tunes and dinner on the coast

The 18th annual Music-by-the-Sea concert series starts next week at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, N.H.

Joshua Tree, a U2 tribute band, kicks things off on Thursday, July 11. Popular Martha’s Vineyard group Entrain, which plays everything from rock and blues to jazz and funk, will perform on July 18.

On July 25, Even Steven will present classics of the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond. Party band Jumbo Circus Peanuts closes the series on Aug. 1 with its swinging pop-jazz.

All concerts start at 6 p.m., with the gates open at 5 for dining. Guests can bring picnics or purchase grilled food and beverages on-site. Pack a blanket or chair, but leave the pets and alcohol at home.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12 and free for kids under 3. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s ocean education efforts.

The science center is located at 570 Ocean Blvd., on the shore of Odiorne Point State Park. Concerts are held under a tent on the lawn, rain or shine.

For more information, call 603-436-8043 or visit

Explore Maudslay’s history and nature

Take a free “Family History Tour of the Estate Core” at Maudslay State Park tomorrow from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Participants will learn about the great Moulton Castle during a one-mile walk. Each Saturday morning in July features different sites.

On Sundays in July, adults and children 5 and up are invited to “Nature Discovery” from 2 to 3 p.m. Use nets, magnifiers and capture tanks to discover the hidden secrets of Maudslay.

Additionally, an “Evening Stroll” every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. is a moderately paced walk on different paths in the park.

Programs meet at the park headquarters at 74 Curzon Mill Road. Wear appropriate outdoor clothing and bring water.

There is a $2 parking fee for most programs. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Magical performance at the Salisbury library

Ed the Wizard and “Reading is Magic” will appear at the Salisbury Public Library on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Using magic, comedy and suspense, Ed emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. The program is supported in part by the Salisbury Cultural Council.

The library is located at 17 Elm St. For more information on Ed the Wizard, visit

Farm-to-table cooking lessons

Fresh fruits and vegetables found at local farmers markets and farm stands will be showcased in a cooking class on Thursday, July 18.

Set for 6 p.m. at Kitchen Local, 14 Cedar St., Amesbury, the hands-on class is led by Carolyn Grieco and includes instruction, recipes and dinner.

The cost is $60. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-994-1692 or visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Matt Borrello tonight and the Xenia Dunford Trio tomorrow.

Borrello plays original music with country, acoustic blues and early rock ’n’ roll influences.

Dunford recently released her first full-length album, “His & Hers,” which adds elements of folk rock, country and Americana to her typical jazzy flourishes and piano-heavy pieces.

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 Mark Earley on saxophone, Jack Senier on piano, John Turner 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


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