More than 150 pieces of art will hang at Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall this weekend.
The 18 artists of the Saltbox Gallery, based in Topsfield, will display watercolors, oils, pastels and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Saturday. Artists include Newbury’s Candy Way, who paints local marshes and sailboats, and gallery founder Priscilla Lane Brown, who lives in downtown Newburyport.
There will also be a fine gift gallery featuring silver and pearl jewelry, woven-bead jewelry, turned-wood wares, carved birds, and pottery.
An artists reception, sponsored by Plum Island Grille and Vertical Solutions, will take place tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m.
PITA Hall is located at 8 Plum Island Blvd., Newbury. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 978-887-3844 or visit www.saltboxgallery.net.
‘Get Hypnotized’ at the Firehouse
Hypnotist and comedian Peter Gross returns to the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday.
In “Get Hypnotized,” Gross uses his powers of influence to bring out silly behaviors in audience members. He has gotten volunteers to think their shoes are cellphones, forget how to count, and dance and sing.
The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $14 for students and members.
The center is located in Market Square, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.
Tea time at the Whittier Home
Step back in time and enjoy an Old Fashioned Tea Party in the Victorian Garden at the Whittier Home Museum.
Parties are scheduled for Thursday, July 18, with a rain date of Friday, July 19, and Thursday, Aug. 15, with a rain date of Friday, Aug. 16.
Hot and cold tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, and pastries will be served from 2 to 4 p.m. both days. Tours of the home will be offered, and light classical music will be played.
The cost is $20 per person. Reservations must be made by Monday for next Thursday’s tea and by Aug. 12 for the Aug. 15 tea. Call 978-388-1337 or visit whittierhome.org.
The Whittier Home Museum is located at 86 Friend St., Amesbury.
Paintings of Newburyport featured at restaurant
An exhibit of oil paintings by Christine Molitor Johnson will be on display at Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport from July 15 through Oct. 15.
“Newburyport — Home Again” features images of Sandy Point, the Chain Bridge, Joppa Flats, Maudslay and the salt marshes. Molitor Johnson is an Amesbury resident who grew up in Newburyport, and the show reflects some of her fondest childhood memories.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michael’s, 1 Tournament Wharf.
The restaurant is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Amesbury shops present summer event
Downtown Amesbury businesses will host a “Hot Summer Night Sip & Stroll” on Thursday, July 18, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The evening will feature food, drinks, music and store specials.
For more information, call 978-388-2665.
Garden, cookbook authors at Jabberwocky
The Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport will host two authors this weekend.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Thomas Mickey will speak about his book “America’s Romance With the English Garden.”
Mickey, professor emeritus of communication studies at Bridgewater State University and a former garden columnist, recounts how the revolution in advertising in the 1880s fueled our country’s obsession with gardening.
On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., chef Joanne Chang will sign copies of her two best-selling cookbooks, “Flour” and “Flour, Too.”
Flour Bakery + Cafe is a popular eatery with four locations in the Boston area. Her books include recipes for soups, pizza and pasta along with cakes, tarts and other sweet treats.
Jabberwocky is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit www.jabberwockybookshop.com.
Photography inspired by salt marsh
Black-and-white photographs by Randy Radke are currently on display and for sale at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
The pictures, taken around Plum Island, were inspired by the North Shore’s Great Marsh. Prices range from $10 to $45.
The photos are on tables in the classroom at the refuge headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.
New and old Irish tunes at Central Church
The New England Irish Harp Orchestra is performing tonight at 7:30 at the Central Congregational Church in Newburyport.
The group of 10-14 harpers from Maine to Massachusetts will be joined by button accordion player Tommy Sheridan. The orchestra plays both traditional and contemporary Irish tunes, combined with some dance, song and storytelling.
Tickets are $8 and $12. Proceeds will help fund the orchestra’s upcoming trip to Ireland to perform at the University of Limerick’s celebration of the anniversary of Brian Boru, high king of Ireland.
The church is located at 14 Titcomb St. For more information, visit www.neiho.org or www.centralchurchnewburyport.org.
Ham and bean supper in Newburyport
A “Back to the Bean” 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, coleslaw, drinks and desserts, as well as Greek appetizers, the theme dish of the month.
Paul Rogers and Good Company will play smooth jazz to accompany the meal.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. However, if the Red Sox win tomorrow, kids will eat for free.
The lodge is located at 31 Green St.
Photographer’s work on display at bank
Photographs by Brooke Whicher are on display through July 28 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch in an exhibit titled “Keep Calm and Sparkle On!”
An artist’s reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.
Whicher is a North Shore photojournalist who loves natural light, ombre and anything that sparkles. She has trained for several years with Kelly Mintz of SEE Shore Photography and is also a “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” photographer, documenting infant remembrances for local hospitals and families.
The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 978-225-1401.
Night out to benefit cancer research
Stepping Out for a Cure, a fundraiser for the Riverside Rockets Pan-Mass Challenge team, is set for tonight at Phat Cats Bistro in Amesbury.
The event, which starts at 6 p.m., will feature food, drinks, music, and auctions of art and other items. All proceeds will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Tickets are $45 and may be purchased by emailing email@example.com or at the door. The restaurant is located at 65 Market St.
Summer music continues at Maudslay Arts Center
Klezmer music and jazz are on tap in the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series this weekend.
The Shirim Klezmer Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, and Fatum Brothers Jazz will play Sunday at 2 p.m.
Led by clarinetist Glenn Dickson, Boston-based Shirim is nationally recognized for its traditional klezmer sounds.
The Fatum Brothers Jazz group known as the Rad Trads is an eight-member ensemble that will present a blend of early rock ’n’ roll, traditional jazz and soul.
Future shows include the Paul Broadnax Ensemble on July 20, The Shaw Brothers on July 21, Grace Kelly Jazz on July 27, the Don Campbell Band on Aug. 10, Hal McIntyre Orchestra “Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on Aug. 11, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18, New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24, and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.
Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.
To buy tickets online or for more information, visit www.maudslayartscenter.org. Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.
Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.
Children’s book author at Lively Kids
Lively Kids will host two book signings and readings on Saturday for “The Night Before my Birthday Book.”
Author Joni Rubenstein will appear from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Parents are encouraged to bring their children.
The book aims to capture kids’ feelings of anticipation at bedtime on the eve of the day they turn a year older. For more information, visit www.nightbeforemybirthday.com.
Lively Kids is located at 15 State St., Newburyport.
Artists group is ‘Making an Impression’
The Newburyport Art Association Printmakers Group is holding its 10th annual exhibit through July 22.
“Making an Impression” will showcase a variety of printmaking styles and techniques, including monotype and monoprint, linoleum block prints, etching, collagraph, mezzotint and mixed media.
Participating artists are Muriel Angelil, Patty deGrandpre, Susan Dosick, Diane Francis, Kate Higley, Susan Jaworski-Stranc, Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy, Mary Arthur Pollak, Niki Orphanos, Jim Tinguely and Mary Carolyn Webber.
An opening reception is set for this Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
The art association is located at 65 Water St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 978-465-8769.
Local bands to play in Amesbury
Free community concerts are being presented this month in downtown Amesbury.
The seventh annual Music in the Millyard series features Animals and Shapes tonight, Five O’Clock Somewhere on July 18 and Switchback on July 25.
At each show, donations will be collected for Our Neighbors’ Table. Items needed the most include peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, bottled juice, cereal, boxed pasta, shampoo, toothpaste and granola bars.
All performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. For more information, call 978-388-3178.
Farm-to-table cooking lessons
Fresh fruits and vegetables found at local farmers markets and farm stands will be showcased in a cooking class on Thursday, July 18.
Set for 6 p.m. at Kitchen Local, 14 Cedar St., Amesbury, the hands-on class is led by Carolyn Grieco and includes instruction, recipes and dinner.
The cost is $60. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-994-1692 or visit www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Bossa Buena tomorrow and Danielle Miraglia on Saturday.
Bossa Buena features classical guitarist John Tavano, flutist/saxophone player Albert Lamar and bassist Chuck Walker playing the bossa nova music of Brazil and samba.
Guitar and harmonica player Miraglia’s latest release, “Box of Troubles,” explores the highs and lows of life.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.
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