, Newburyport, MA


August 29, 2013

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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

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

‘Summer’s in Bloom’ at Seabrook bank

Artwork by Liz Filipancic is on display through Sept. 15 at The Provident Bank’s Seabrook branch.

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