, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2012

Lookout: 'Soulful Strings' at FINCH tomorrow

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Guitarist Ken Bonfield and cellist Kristen Miller are heading to FINCH coffeehouse in Newburyport tomorrow night for a “Soulful Strings” holiday concert.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the music getting underway at 8. Admission is $15.

“We are overjoyed to bring our holiday concert back to Newburyport,” Miller, a classically trained cellist from Georgetown, said in a statement. “The sound of cello and guitar together is truly inspirational. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more music written for that combination.”

Miller will perform instrumental pieces from her repertoire,with a focus on her CD, “Winter Loves Company,” a holiday collaboration with composer/producer Tom Eaton. Bonfield, a American Fingerstyle guitarist, will use Celtic, American folk, delta blues and jazz themes for a selection of traditional and original seasonal music. Bonfield will also perform several arrangements from his holiday album, “WinterNight,” using a Carruth Harp guitar.

Bonfield and Miller will also perform several pieces together.

The FINCH coffehouse is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Tickets are available at at Dyno Records on Middle Street in Newburyport and at the door the night of the show.

Author signing books at Jabberwocky

New Hampshire resident Curt Sayers will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport on Saturday to sign copies of his new picture book, “The River and the Port: Newburyport.”

Sayers has spent the last few years photographing places, events and landmarks around the city, throughout the seasons, during walks around Newburyport with his girlfriend, Cindy Seeley, and her dog, Ben. His book includes images of the Merrimack River, Maudslay State Park, Atkinson Common, Yankee Homecoming, churches and homes. He is a self-taught photographer.

“Having had no formal training in photography, my photographic style was developed by shooting and throwing away a large percentage of the shots I had taken — keeping only the ones that appealed and/or interested me,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Thank goodness, with digital cameras, this process is much easier and cheaper now! I strive to find non-traditional viewpoints for my images .... A significant portion of my recent work has involved the stitching of multiple images to form interesting panoramic views.”

He will be at the shop in the Tannery Marketplace from 3 to 5 p.m. The book is only being sold at Jabberwocky currently.

Meditation session at First Religious

Local musician Zach Field will host a percussion and meditation session at First Religious Society in Newburyport on Sunday, Dec. 30.

Field, the owner and director of Zach Field Drum Studios in the Tannery, will lead a program called “Gong Meditation and Relaxation,” beginning at 10:30 a.m. He will provide a brief history of his own journey into using gongs and will offer some meditation tips, and then invite the audience to participate in a 20-minute gong meditation. In 2010 he began “The Gong Meditation Project” as a way to help himself and others learn ways to escape from the stresses of everyday life. He discovered that playing pitched gongs enhanced the meditation process and helped distract the mind while creating a relaxed state.

The First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Sacred Circle Dance on New Year’s Eve

Sacred Circle dance instructor Ellen Kennedy will host the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Sacred Circle Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Belleville Church hall on High St., Newburyport.

Welcome the new year with an evening of song, dance, ritual and meditation. Participants need not have experience as all dances will be taught.

Admission is a $15 donation at the door. Reservations are requested. The festivities will include a potluck of sweet and savory snacks. For more information or to make a reservation, call Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or email her at

Joppa Flats

seeks volunteers

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center is seeking education volunteers to work with children.

Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers offer a range of coastal ecology and birding programs for children who visit Joppa Flats, or by bringing programs to area schools or various wild habitats.

Education Coordinator Lisa Hutchings will be leading two in-the-field training sessions to prepare volunteers. Interested individuals do not need to have a background in science or teaching,

The first of four training programs will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and continue each Tuesday through Jan. 29. Each session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The program will focus on winter birds and penguins, weather and wildlife, raptors, and tracking and nocturnal creatures.

Training classes will begin at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center at One Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, and then continue outdoors on Plum Island. For more information or to register for the training sessions, contact Lisa Hutchings at 978-462-9998 or email

‘Flow State’ to

air at Firehouse

Skiers get ready: Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Flow State” will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Hosted by Olympic gold medalist Jonny Moseley, the ski film brings viewers “to the top of the world’s most striking peaks, taking you on an exhilarating journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. The powder in Japan will send you scrambling to tune-up your gear, the gravity in Telluride will have you scheduling an avalanche refresher course, and the steeps in Alaska will drive you to push a little harder during your next preseason workout.”

Among the skiers making appearances in the film are Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, Colby West, Chris Davenport, Jess McMillan and David Wise.

There will be two showings of the film at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit the box office or go online to


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