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December 12, 2013

The Lookout: A holiday package of performances

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Ten stories born from the hopes, dreams, memories and expectations that come with the winter holidays will be presented this weekend at The Actors Studio of Newburyport.

Each solo act in “Holiday Meshugas” takes the viewer inside the heart of an individual as he or she navigates the turbulence of holiday cheer. Running the gamut of emotions, some are born from memory and others from the writers’ imaginations.

“Meshugas” is a Yiddish word that means craziness or madness. Performances are scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Call 978-465-1229 or visit

Shop your way around Georgetown

Georgetown will celebrate the season this Saturday with the Holiday Shop Hop, taking place all day around town.

Participating businesses will offer live music, refreshments, children’s activities, sales, ice sculpting, a visit from Mrs. Claus and more. Shoppers will also have the opportunity to win a raffle basket.

A Holiday Decoration Contest is also being held in conjunction with the Shop Hop. Georgetown residents and businesses are invited to submit photos online at through tomorrow. Voting runs Dec. 14-20, and the top three entries will receive prizes.

The Shop Hop and contest are presented by the Alliance for Georgetown.

Firehouse hosts annual sing-along

The community will once again join in song for the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ annual Holiday Sing-Along, this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Directed by Donna Postle and accompanied on piano by John Metrano, the Immaculate Conception Church Youth Choir will lead the audience in well-loved carols.

Terry Blanchard will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and Santa Claus will greet children in the lobby.

Tickets are $3 and may be purchased at the box office in Newburyport’s Market Square or by calling 978-462-7336. A small treat for each child is included in the price.

Concert brings us ‘Together at Christmas’

An Amesbury church is ringing in the holidays this weekend with its ninth annual Christmas concert.

“Together at Christmas” will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St. Directed by Danny Smith, the performance will feature Voices of Distinction from Kingston, N.H.; the Main Streets Cherub Choir; the MSCC Teen Choir; the MSCC Adult Choir; and the Glory Bells bell choir.

Coffee and light desserts will follow the concert. Tickets are available in advance for $12 or at the door for $15. For more information, call 978-388-0982 or visit

Holiday shopping, treats in Amesbury

“Holiday Sip ’n Stroll” events will take place in downtown Amesbury tonight from 5 to 9 and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Participating stores will offer special sales, snacks and beverages. Live music will be played at several locations. The events are organized by the Amesbury Downtown Business Association.

Additionally, the Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its annual Amesbury Invitation Nights for next Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Shops with white balloons out front will offer treats and one-night-only specials.

New exhibit rolls into the Grog

New paintings of old work trucks by Newburyport artist Alan Bull are on view at the Grog restaurant in Newburyport through Dec. 23.

Each oil painting represents a different month and will be published in a 2014 calendar. They feature local scenes along with trucks and tractors in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Utah.

The public is invited to meet Bull at a free reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. and during Invitation Night tomorrow from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The Grog is located at 13 Middle St. For more information, visit

Meet ‘Mister Santa’ in Newbury

Technology threatens tradition in “Mister Santa,” an original production being presented by Theater Workshop tonight through Sunday.

When a department store’s Santa Claus is replaced by online shopping, can a little girl’s viral video help preserve what matters most during the holiday season?

Show times are 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Newbury Elementary School, 63 Hanover St. Tickets are $10, $15 and $25, and reservations are recommended. Contact

Live shows at Custom House

Tomorrow’s Invitation Night in Newburyport will feature dramatic presentations at the Custom House Maritime Museum.

“Voices of Christmas Past,” taken from actual ship logs, is a heartfelt tableau of Christmas Day life and emotions aboard Newburyport ships at sea. The 10-minute show will be presented at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free. The museum is located at 25 Water St.

Invitation Night runs from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Newburyport and The Tannery Marketplace and includes live entertainment and a number of shops offering holiday drinks and treats.

Auction underway at art association

The Newburyport Art Association is hosting a special Holiday Live Auction of a large pastel work donated by member Karen Jones.

Bidding started Tuesday and continues through Monday, Dec. 23. The 28-inch-by-36-inch painting has a fair market value of $1,800.

All proceeds will be used to purchase new easels for classes and workshops at the NAA.

To register as a bidder, contact the NAA at 978-465-8769 or visit the galleries at 65 Water St.

Music from the past in Salisbury

Spend “An Afternoon at the Stage Door Canteen” during the annual holiday gathering at Assisted Living Center — Salisbury.

The Majestic Theatre of Manchester, N.H., will present its “G.I. Holiday Jukebox,” featuring a quartet performing harmonies from the big band and swing era.

Refreshments and desserts will be served after the 1 p.m. performance. Admission is free and open to the public. For reservations, call 978-463-9809.

The center, located at 19 Beach Road, has several other public holiday events coming up, including carols with Newburyport High School students at 3 p.m. Tuesday, “An Afternoon of Song and Stories” with Jeffrey Mitchell on Wednesday at 1 p.m., a holiday centerpiece workshop on Dec. 19 at 1 p.m., and “The Romance of a Christmas Card” by Pontine Theatre on Dec. 20 at 1 p.m.

Make an elf out of yourself for charity

The Tannery Marketplace is looking for a few good elves.

Each elf sighting reported by text message, email or phone will earn $1 toward the elf’s charity of choice. Each photo of an elf posted to the Tannery’s Facebook page gets $2.

To participate, register and pick up a numbered elf hat at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce or the following Tannery shops: The Black Duck, Riverside Cycles, Newburyport Olive Oil Co., Eureka! Toys and Shanti Salon.

Since the program began in 2009, more than $12,000 has been collected for organizations such as the Rowley Council on Aging, the Amesbury holiday program and The Pettengill House. Several five-star elves have been participating since the beginning, earning a gold star for each year.

The program runs through Dec. 25. The Tannery is located at 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Maudslay State Park calendars for sale

The Maudslay State Park Association is selling 2014 “Save the Pond” calendars that showcase the passive and active recreation elements of the park. Money raised from the sales will be used to restore the park’s pond. Calendars are $15.

The calendars are being sold in Newburyport at Yankee Runner, 49 Pleasant St.; Greater Boston Running Co., 27 Water St.; The Natural Dog, 155 State St.; Riverside Cycles, 50 Water St.; Salon Bellisimo, 113 Merrimac St.; Plum Island Coffee Roasters, 54R Merrimac St; and Maudslay headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road. They are also available at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank’s various locations; Amesbury Animal Hospital, 230 Main St.; and West Newbury Food Mart, 275 Main St.

New photo exhibit at Newburyport bank

Photographs by Stephanie Naffah are on display in “Beyond the Eye,” an exhibit running through Feb. 1 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch.

Naffah believes that every photo has a story behind it and likes to take pictures of subjects that don’t typically get a lot of attention.

An artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-225-1401 or visit

Comedy on tap at renowned theater

The romantic comedy “Stella and Lou” is being presented by Merrimack Repertory Theatre through Dec. 22.

Written by Bruce Graham and directed by Charles Towers, the play asks if a second chance at love is really possible for two people with a lot of miles on them. Veteran actors Bill Geisslinger and Antoinette LaVecchia are making their MRT debuts as Lou and Stella.

Tickets range from $15 to $60 and are available at or by calling 978-654-4678. The theater is located in Liberty Hall, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell.


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