The couple also have fond memories of Pastor Frank Holmes, who reminded them of “a Supreme Court justice” in the robes he wore to perform the ceremony.
“We knew that if we were married by that minister that it would stick,” Betsy said.
Life eventually brought the couple to Newburyport, where Jonathan was born, and he opened his architecture firm, Woodman Associate Architects, on Inn Street in 1972. In addition to being a big part of the city’s urban renewal back then, his work includes the expansions of both the Institution for Savings and the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank. He is now a member of the Downtown Newburyport Enhancement Team, a committee currently working to improve Inn Street.
Betsy is an architectural historian who has studied much of the city and wrote a number of articles for Salem’s Essex Institute that were turned into books. She also taught at the University of Lowell and Bradford College.
The couple have one daughter, Kate, and two grandchildren, 8-year-old Lily and 3-year-old Emme, who live in Charlestown and visit their grandparents every Friday. They will all be at Saturday’s concert.
If you go
What: Concert to celebrate Betsy and Jonathan Woodman’s 50th anniversary
Who: The Danny Harrington Band with special guests, including Les Harris Sr., Les Harris Jr. and Aubrey Harris
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport
How much: Free
More information: An award ceremony during the concert will honor Les Harris Sr. A reception with light refreshments will follow the performances.