A launch party will be held Sunday for a new historical children’s book written by Newbury author Donna Seim and illustrated by Newburyport artist Susan Spellman.
An interactive, living-history family event from noon to 4 p.m. at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H., will celebrate “Charley,” based on the true story of a Boston street kid abandoned by his father in 1910. Seim was inspired to learn more about early 20th-century life in New England and the plight of orphans after hearing Charley Ryan’s stories from his son.
The party will feature costumed characters, wood oven-baked cookies, a children’s choir and games inspired by the book, which follows Charley as he is taken in by a Maine farm family. Seim will offer readings and signings at 1 and 3 p.m., and Spellman will give sketch demonstrations.
Seim is also the author of two award-winning picture books, “Where is Simon, Sandy?” and “Satchi and Little Star,” and the middle grade reader “Hurricane Mia.” Spellman has illustrated all of Seim’s books, along with more than 25 other titles.
Admission to Sunday’s event is free. For more information, visit www.strawberybanke.org or http://donnaseim.com.
Artist pays tribute to mom with paintings
A solo exhibition by Georgetown artist Lynne Schulte will be shown through September at the Georgetown Peabody Library.
“Remembrance — The Pink Chair Project” celebrates the memory of Schulte’s mother. The paintings all include an Adirondack chair — painted in her mother’s favorite color, bright pink — placed into various locations that have special meaning for the artist or her mother.
Visitors are invited to participate in the project by posting a note to a loved one or writing a longer excerpt in the remembrance book.
The library is located at 2 Maple St. For more information on Schulte’s art, visit www.lynneschulte.com.
Newburyport Choral Society seeking singers
The Newburyport Choral Society is looking to add new voices for its 80th anniversary season.
Registration sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Triton Regional High School, 112 Elm St., Byfield.
Choral members range from high-schoolers to retirees from nearly 40 communities in eastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7:15 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit www.newburyportchoralsociety.org.
Thrills from the past at Salisbury Beach
More than a dozen amusement park rides will be set up for Labor Day weekend at Salisbury Beach Center.
The rides will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1 to 6 p.m. Monday.
Tickets will be available to purchase for $1 for one, $18 for 20, $31 for 36 and $50 for 60. The rides will cost three to five tickets apiece.
The rides are sponsored by the Salisbury Beach Partnership, a nonprofit that organizes summer events on the beach.
Artwork puts focus on Plum Island
Oil paintings by Heather Karp are on display through Sept. 29 in the gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.
“Refuge” features a selection of works inspired by the Plum Island marshes and the surrounding landscape and sky.
An artist’s reception is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the gallery, located in Market Square, Newburyport.
The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days.
Nature, art and history at Maudslay
Maudslay State Park has a number of free programs planned for children and adults.
Taking place every Thursday through the fall, the Evening Stroll is a moderately paced walk that takes participants on different paths in the park. Tonight’s walk is from 6:30 to 7:30, while walks on Sept. 5, 12 and 19 will start at 6 p.m.
Kidleidoscope, scheduled for tomorrow and Sept. 6, 13 and 20 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., offers a story, activity and craft for children ages 3-6. The topic varies each week, and kids will spend a portion of the hour outside.
Arts in Parks, taking place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, will incorporate natural materials into a piece of art that will be reclaimed by nature. It is appropriate for children ages 8-13, who should wear outdoor clothing and expect to get dirty.
The hidden treasures in the landscape of the former Moseley Family Estate will be explored in “History Rises From Ruins” on Wednesdays, Sept. 4 and 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The presentation of archival photos is appropriate for ages 8-13.
Take a “History Tour of the Estate Core” on Saturdays, Sept. 7 and 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. View the house sites, gardens and farm complex area in a tour appropriates for ages 8-13.
The history behind Maudslay’s three stone bridges will be explored in a one-mile walk on Sundays, Sept. 8 and 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Maudslay State Park is located on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport. There is a $2 parking fee for most programs, and children must be accompanied by adults. For more information, call 978-465-7223.
New exhibit opening at Rowley gallery
“Where the Heart Is,” a collection of oils and acrylics by Ipswich resident Julia Purinton, will be on display Sept. 1-30 at Time & Tide Gallery in Rowley.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Time & Tide is located at Post Road Framers in the Rowley Marketplace on Route 1. The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 978-238-8848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee shop to host open mikes
A new, weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic will start Thursday, Sept. 5, 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.
Political activist and poet Blaine Hebbel will be the featured speaker at the inaugural event.
Merrimac Mic will be held every Thursday night at the coffee shop, 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport, and is organized by Isabell VanMerlin and the Newburyport Public Library.
For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email email@example.com.
Photography show at art association
“Time Crystals,” a solo photography show by John Stephen Hatch, is on display through Sept. 9 at the Newburyport Art Association.
A free opening reception with refreshments will be held Saturday night from 7 to 9. Celtic harpist De Luna will perform.
The exhibit is in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery, 65 Water St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tea fundraiser to raise money for athlete
An English high tea will be served on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Amesbury.
The event is a benefit for the Rev. Lucy Blood, who is going to London to compete in the International Triathlon Union World Sprint Championship. Athletes are required to pay all their own expenses for the amateur competition.
In addition to tea served in real bone china cups, there will be a trifle, tea sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and tiny sausage rolls.
A donation of $20 is suggested. The church is located at 350 Main St., across from Alliance Park. For more information, contact 978-387-3004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Summer’s in Bloom’ at Seabrook bank
Artwork by Liz Filipancic is on display through Sept. 15 at The Provident Bank’s Seabrook branch.
“Summer’s in Bloom” features paintings inspired by the beauty of nature, including flowers, landscapes, fruits and vegetables.
A free artist’s reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 1 Provident Way. Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call 603-760-1501.
Apply for a spot on art studio tour
Local artists and creative entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to display and sell their work during the 2013 Amesbury Open Studio Tour.
Entering its 17th year, the tour will be held Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 3. For applications, guidelines and more information, visit amesburystudiotour.com.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Craig Bickhardt tomorrow and Paddy Mills on Saturday.
Bickhardt is a singer and songwriter of the old school with a spare-but-telling lyric approach.
Mills is a Maine-based folk singer and winner of the 2013 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.
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 Rusty Scott on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa 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 www.tencenterstreet.com.
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