NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 9, 2013

Take a virtual safari at Joppa Flats

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A slide program and lecture, “Botswana ­— Safari in the Okavango Delta,” will be presented Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Joppa Flats Education Center.

In March, David Larson, science and education coordinator at Joppa Flats, led a group of natural history enthusiasts to the Okavango Delta, a seasonal wetland largely preserved for wildlife observation. Larson’s program will lead attendees through the trip, spying on leopards, lions, giraffes and elephants.

Admission is free for members and $4 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Call 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org.

Joppa Flats Education Center is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

Fundraiser promises a tasty time

Sample a host of culinary delights and help raise money to rebuild the beach at the annual A Taste of Plum Island next Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall, 8 Plum Island Blvd.

The fundraiser features food, desserts, beer and wine from a number of restaurants in the region, as well as music and a number of raffle items.

This year’s event will support sand restoration efforts, as well as maintenance for PITA Hall.

Tickets cost $35 and are available at Dick’s Variety, Mad Martha’s, Bob Lobster, Mr Moe’s and Plum Island Beachcoma.

To purchase by phone or for more information, call 978-462-8579.

Studio has ‘Tales’ to tell

The Actors Studio of Newburyport will present “Tales of Attraction and Distraction,” short plays by Jack Rushton, this weekend and next weekend.

The seven plays feature 16 actors and six directors and explore a spectrum of human interaction. They are not suitable for children.

Show times are May 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 12 and 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 978-465-1229 or visit www.newburyportacting.org.

The Actors Studio is located in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.

‘Tuna’ comes to town

The Georgetown Theatre will present “Greater Tuna” tomorrow, Saturday and May 16-18 at the Sparhawk Theatre and Centre for Arts, 194 Main St., Amesbury. The show depicts the quirky citizens of Tuna, Texas.

Tickets are $10, with $5 tickets for students and seniors available tomorrow and next Friday. All shows start at 8 p.m.

For reservations, call 978-352-6367 or email tickets@georgetowntheatreworkshop.org.

A walk in the park

Take a guided tour Saturday of the three stone bridges built by the Moseley family at Maudslay State Park. Participants will learn about their construction and how they are being preserved. The walk, for all ages, is approximately one mile and starts at 3 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. The tour will end at 4:30 with a viewing of the Gardener’s Stone Shed. Maudslay is also offering a Mother’s Day Flower Walk on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Tenors to perform this weekend

The New England Tenors, featuring Damien Corcoran of Amesbury, will perform a special concert at Merrimack College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The group, which also includes Jeffrey Hartman of Natick and John Middleton-Cox of North Andover, will be joined by guest soprano Leigh Barrett and Ilia Paulino, a Central Catholic senior who was the 2012 winner of the Merrimack Valley Idol contest.

The program will feature songs made famous by The Three Tenors and The Irish Tenors along with selections from Broadway musicals such as “Les Miserables” and “Ragtime.”

Merrimack College is located off Route 114 in North Andover. The show will be held in the Rogers Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at www.newenglandtenors.com or 978-837-5355.

Lessons in history at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Church will present two history tours this weekend. On Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., learn about the restoration of the Civil War-era St. Anna’s Chapel, located in the churchyard. The chapel contains some of the oldest stained glass in New England. The tour starts at the front steps of the chapel. A $5 donation is requested. On Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m., “Colonial Ladies, Housewives and Slaves” will focus on the lives of the women buried in the cemetery that surrounds the church. Admission is free, and attendees are asked to meet at the front doors of the church, 166 High St., Newburyport. Both events are part of the seventh annual Newburyport Preservation Week, which this year celebrates the role of Newburyport women in preservation. For information on other activities taking place through Sunday, visit www.nbptpreservationtrust.org.

New exhibit open at Firehouse

Color woodblock prints by Linda Mahoney are on display through June 2 in the first-floor gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Her pieces include pine trees, shorelines and mountains. A painter for more than 30 years, Mahoney is an art teacher at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield. She lives in Northfield. The Firehouse gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.firehouse.org.

Enjoy music on State Street this weekend

E.J. Ouellette & Crazy Maggy will perform a cabaret show Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Loretta restaurant, 27 State St., Newburyport.

The popular musicians perform a mix of Celtic music, reggae, jazz, pop, bluegrass and fiddle-driven rock tunes.

17 State Street Cafe will present two performances this weekend. Michael Bernier, an acclaimed singer/songwriter, will perform tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of “Beats, Burgers and Brews.”

On Saturday, the Justin Laing Duet will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Workshops for the birds

Children ages 6 and up can build their own bird attractors at two events offered by Joann Healey of Wild About Nature & Science Too.

On Saturday, it’s all about the house wren, as kids will create birdhouses to attract the returning bird. Next Saturday, May 18, they will make easy-to-build feeders.

Both workshops, offered through Newburyport Youth Services, will be held rain or shine from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Moseley Woods Pavilion, Spofford Street, Newburyport. Each costs $15, plus a $5 materials fee.

Advance registration is required. To sign up for a workshop, call 978-464-4434, email youthservices@cityofnewburyport.com or visit www.newburyportyouthservices.com.

Food and fun for a good cause

A Cinco de Mayo-themed fundraiser will be held at David’s Tavern from 5 to 8 tonight.

The event will raise money to sponsor four children in Guatemala and features raffles, a silent auction, Mexican food, a cash bar and fair trade merchandise from Bali Hai Imports.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

David’s Tavern is located at 11 Brown Square, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-463-6681 or 978-973-5626.

Show spotlights local talent

Kids and adults alike are invited to show off their talents in the First Open Stage tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Religious Society Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. The coffeehouse-style event is free and open to all.

To get your name on the talent list early, contact Mark Snelling at mark.snelling@ymail.com.

‘Outsidah’ to visit library

Columnist Doug Brendel will read from “Only in Ipswich 2013” on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Emma L. Andrews Library in Newburyport. Brendel writes “The Outsidah” for the Ipswich Chronicle. His book pairs cartoons and sketches with his columns, which look at life in small-town New England from the perspective of a newcomer.

The program is free, and light refreshments will be served. Reserve a seat by signing up at the library, located at the corner of Marlborough and Purchase streets, or calling 978-358-8097.

Studio show benefits food pantries

Photographer Roy Goodwin’s prints of places, people and objects at Plum Island and the Boston area will be featured in the Barberry Hill Pottery Spring Studio Show this weekend.

All proceeds from the sale of Goodwin’s photos will support GatheringChangeInc.org, a charitable organization that supports 48 food pantries in the state.

Barbara Haack will also offer a selection of pottery for sale, including bowls, mugs, platters and vases.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. A reception will be held Saturday from 2 to 5.

Barberry Hill Pottery is located in the barn at 102 Main St., West Newbury.

Downtown eatery features jazz

Guitarist Mike Mele, bassist David Landoni and drummer Phil McGowan will perform live from 7 to 10 p.m. as part of Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” program at Ten Center restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit tencenterstreet.com

Blues on tap in Portsmouth

The Discover Thursdays Series continues at Discover Portsmouth with folk/blues group Salt River tonight and the Porch Party Mamas, an urban folk, country and blues band, on May 16. Both shows start at 7 p.m. at 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets cost $12 and are available at the door. For more information, call 603-436-8433 or visit www.portsmouthhistory.org.

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