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September 5, 2013

The Lookout: Sculpture at Maudslay opens this weekend

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Pieces are being installed on Saturday for the 15th Sculpture at Maudslay, featuring the work of 33 North Shore artists.

This year’s theme is “Intertwined,” which coordinator Bert Snow said has inspired works ranging from blue crocheted nests in trees to an old bridge abutment with trees wrapping around it to a big, swirling umbrella form.

The show opens Sunday and will be on view through Sept. 29. An artists’ reception and tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Maudslay State Park is located on Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport. The exhibit can be viewed for free, but there is a $2 parking fee. For more information, call 978-465-7223.

Comedy and music for a good cause

Two local events this week will raise money for Operation Delta Dog, a nonprofit organization that rescues homeless dogs and trains them to work as service animals for veterans with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tonight at 8 at the Grog on Middle Street in Newburyport, Deep Keel, Lockjaw Smile and Patrick Hall will perform in a concert presented by Fusion Blue Productions. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

On Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m., Robin Bornstein will host “Comedy Goes to the Dogs” at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St.

The 18-plus show will feature New England comedians, and raffles will offer the chance to win Boston sports tickets. An additional comedy night is planned for Nov. 2.

The events have been organized by Newbury resident Donald Jarvis, a former combat engineer for the National Guard who was injured by an explosive device in Afghanistan. He is getting a service dog this fall and hopes to raise $16,000 for Operation Delta Dog by the end of the year.

For more information, visit

Highway visitor center seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help travelers passing through the Maria Miles Visitor Center in Salisbury.

Located at Exit 60 off Interstate 95, the center is on track to serve more than 300,000 visitors this year.

The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and several shifts are available. Volunteers will help travelers with information about the region and state, maps and directions, lodging and dining information, area attractions and more.

For more information, call 978-465-6555 or email

A rocking night at Unity on the River

The Unity All-Stars will take the stage tomorrow night at Unity on the River in Amesbury.

From 7 to 9 p.m., the concert will feature the song stylings of Maura Lynch, Patty Barkas, Meg Rayne, Trish Ives, Brian Doser, Lisah Plumley Zimpfer and Chris Zimpfer. The Unity Choir will also take part.

Tickets are $15 at the door at 58 Macy St. For more information, call 978-394-5166 or visit

All about Cushing’s important mission

Local historian Jim Dyer will highlight “The Five Reasons Caleb Cushing Needed to go to China in 1843” in a free talk Wednesday at the First Religious Society.

Dyer will discuss the importance of Cushing’s success to the United States’ global diplomatic posture, the American mercantile community and his own political aspirations.

Cushing, who was a Newburyport resident, was appointed as an ambassador to China by President John Tyler in 1843. He negotiated the Treaty of Wang Hiya, the first treaty between China and the United States.

Attendees are invited to arrive at noon with their own lunches, which they can enjoy before the lecture starts at 1. Desserts and coffee will be provided.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Newbury resident’s art on display

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by David McPhee is on display through the end of the month at Newbury Town Library.

The paintings feature a variety of local landscapes by the longtime Newbury resident.

The library is located at 0 Lunt St., Byfield, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-0539.

Ham and bean supper Saturday

A “German Night” theme supper will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bethany Masonic Lodge in Newburyport.

Dinner will include ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, drinks and desserts.

Paul Rogers and Good Company will play smooth jazz to accompany the meal.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The lodge is located at 31 Green St.

Landscapes featured at Port gallery

“Between Land & Sea,” a new exhibit at The Walsingham Gallery, features coastal landscape paintings by Robert Scott Jackson and Ronald Tinney.

Jackson is a Newburyport native who graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston and has painted on a professional level for more than 40 years.

Tinney grew up in Pennsylvania and has studied with numerous noted marine artists. He now lives on Cape Cod, where he paints year-round.

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30 at the gallery, which is located at 47 Merrimac St., Newburyport. Hours are Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit

Apprenticeships offered at boat shop

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury is offering an after-school apprentice program for high school students between the ages of 15 and 18.

Enrolled youths will work alongside museum staff and volunteers to learn the skills and art of boatbuilding. They will also have the opportunity to build a traditional wooden boat.

Applicants must display drive and dedication to the project throughout the school year. Prior woodworking experience is a plus, but not required.

For more information and an application package, contact 978-834-0050 or

Refuge looking for your best photos

The third annual Nature and Wildlife Contest is under way at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Matted prints are being accepted through Oct. 4 in two themed categories: wildlife and landscapes/seascapes. Entries will also be judged in two age categories: adult and youth (under age 18).

To qualify, pictures must have been taken within the boundaries of one of the following refuges: Parker River, Great Bay, Wapack, Thacher Island, Rachel Carson, Great Meadows, Assabet River, Monomoy or Oxbow. Photographers can submit two prints, which must be no bigger than 8 inches by 10 inches. The application fee is $5.

The panel of judges will comprise refuge staff and experienced photographers, and winners will be announced during the annual Phabulous Photo Weekend, Oct. 18-20.

Hunt’s Photo will provide a $100 gift card to the “Best in Show” and a $50 gift card to the first-place winner in each category. The winning photos will be displayed in the refuge visitor center for the next year.

For a complete list of contest guidelines, visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Michael Bernier tomorrow and Ryan Fitzsimmons on Saturday.

Bernier has performed throughout the U.S. both as a solo acoustic act and as the front man of roots rock bands Freevolt and The Uprising.

Fitzsimmons is a singer, songwriter and guitarist known for his rock Americana style.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Local photographer’s work on display

Photography by Newburyport resident Rocco Coviello is on display through Sept. 27 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch.

“Taken by a Photograph” features images of landscapes; local attractions; and musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Mumford & Sons and John Mayer.

The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.


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