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January 16, 2014

The Lookout: Trivia Night to raise money for Newbury library

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — What’s the latest way to support the Friends of the Newbury Town Library?

The answer is the Restaurant Fundraiser and Trivia Night planned for Wednesday at Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport.

From 4 to 9:30 p.m., diners can choose to have a portion of their bill at the 26 Green St. restaurant donated to the Friends. The trivia part of the evening starts at 7 p.m., with Mission Oak gift certificates awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

For more information, including a printout to bring to the restaurant, visit or email

Firehouse showcases New Works Festival

The 12th annual New Works Festival kicks off Friday, Jan. 24, at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

Nineteen new plays were selected for this year’s festival, which highlights works selected by an independent panel of theater professionals.

Tickets are $13 per evening or $38 for a four-day festival pass. They are on sale now at the box office in Market Square, by calling 978-462-7336 and online at

The schedule is as follows (all shows start at 8 p.m.):

Friday, Jan. 24

One-act: “Keep Abreast” by Mary Beth Smith of Rockport

Shorts: “It’s Not You” by Dina Crawford of Salisbury, “Hopper” by Carolyn Russell of West Newbury and “For the Love of Egon” by Hortense Gerardo of Boston

Saturday, Jan. 25

Shorts: “Marrakech Moment” by Deirdre Girard of Newbury, “Flying Lessons” by Stephen Faria of Newbury, “F2F” by Cynthia Arsenault of Haverhill, “Sensing It” by Jack Rushton of Newbury, “B-I-N-G-oh!” by Jonathan Markella of Duxbury, “Take the Words From Out of my Mouth” by Christopher Lockheardt of Andover and “Collection Gal” by Scott Tobin of Lowell

Friday, Jan. 31

Full-length: “From the Deep” by Cassie Seinuk of Somerville

Saturday, Feb. 1

Shorts: “Curb Alert” by Scott Tobin; “Wrong Number” by Cynthia Arsenault; “Melting” by Deirdre Girard; “Day One” by Marisa Smith of Hanover, N.H.; “The Story of Daniel” by Kimberly Holliday of Boxford; “Recalculating” by Steven Eimert of Boxford; and “Cocktails” by George Sauer of Dedham.

Portland String Quartet in Portsmouth

The internationally acclaimed Portland String Quartet will perform in Portsmouth next Thursday evening.

Presented by the Portsmouth Athenaeum, the annual Memorial Concert will take place at 4 p.m. at North Church in Market Square.

The quartet features Dean Stein, first violin; Ronald Lantz, second violin; Julia Adams, viola; and Paul Ross, cello. It will perform works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes and Johannes Brahm.

There is no set ticket price, but donations will be accepted to support the activities of the Athenaeum’s performance committee.

For more information, call 603-431-2538 or visit

Actors Studio, Y join forces for MLK event

The YWCA Greater Newburyport is teaming up with The Actors Studio of Newburyport for its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

High school students from the Y’s Racial Justice Committee have been working with storyteller Valerie Tutson to create an evening of stories and activities during this year’s event, which is a dinner instead of the traditional breakfast.

The performances are designed to break down barriers and move toward compassionate understanding of other races and cultures. The evening will also feature the presentation of the Nancy E. Peace Action Against Prejudice Award to the Rev. Oliver Jones, assistant rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The dinner will be held Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Newburyport City Hall. Tickets are available at the Y’s front desk. For more information, call 978-225-6210 or email

Sacred Circle Dances in Newburyport

A Winter Series of Sacred Circle Dances is planned for the next four Tuesday evenings at Chailey Manor in Newburyport.

No experience is required to learn simple, traditional and newly crafted village dances from around the world.

The manor is located at 9 Spring Lane. Dancing will take place on the wooden floor of the grand ballroom from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 28 and Feb. 4 and 11.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10. Registration is required; contact Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or

Exhibit captures ‘North Shore Moods’

Paintings by Salisbury artist W.E. (Bill) Duke will be on display tomorrow through February at Post Road Framers in Rowley.

“North Shore Moods” features work inspired by the unique landscape of the region. Duke has won several awards at the North Shore Arts Association’s exhibits, including Most Popular in 2013. His work has also been accepted into the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibitions in New York City.

An opening reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the store, located in Rowley Market Place on Route 1.

For more information, call 978-948-2710 or visit

Honoring a well-loved local musician

A musical celebration of the life of Florence Pearson is planned for Saturday at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Pearson, a longtime Newburyport resident, was a professional violinist and teacher. She died in December at age 98.

Friends and family members will perform music by Bach, Schubert, Pearson, Ovsepian and Faure. The concert and memorial service starts at 4:30 p.m. at the 26 Pleasant St. church.

Winter Festival set for Tuesday in Amesbury

The Family Appreciation Day & Winter Festival sponsored by the Amesbury and Greater Haverhill chambers of commerce has been rescheduled to Tuesday.

Activities will be held in two waves — 3:30 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:15 to 9 p.m. — at Amesbury Sports Park, 12 S. Hunt Road. Unlimited snow tubing, an open skating rink, magic shows and more are part of the festivities. Food and drinks will be available to purchase.

Tickets are $10 per wave or $18 for both. Reservations are available by calling the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce at 978-388-3178 or visiting the office at 5 Market Square.

Groveland library looking for Friends

The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland is forming a new Friends group to help raise money for programs, museum passes and more.

Residents from all communities are invited to attend the initial meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the library, 185 Main St.

The volunteer group will advocate for the library and conduct fundraising to supplement the operating budget.

For more information, call 978-372-1732 or visit

Get help finding the right words

The lost art of letter writing is the focus of a free event on Wednesday at Greetings by Design in Newburyport.

From 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 1R Water St., author and life coach Jeanette Isabella will offer tips, insights and instructions for writing notes or letters.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 978-225-6700.

Newburyport author opens winter series

Mystery writer Joel Brown will be the featured guest at the Emma L. Andrews Library’s first Author Night of the year.

Brown, a Newburyport resident and author of “Essex Coastal Byway Guide,” will read from his latest novel, “Revolution Rock.” It is the third Libertyport Mystery, featuring the adventures of singer-songwriter Baxter McLean. This time, McLean has to solve an old murder, following clues deep into the past and risking a romance three decades in the making.

The program begins at 7:30 tonight. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

The library is located at the corner of Purchase and Marlborough streets in Newburyport. Guests are encouraged to stop by beforehand to reserve seats for the presentation, the first in the Winter Author Series.

Port prints on display at Custom House

Prints by artist Blake Hughes are featured in “Illustrated Newburyport,” the Custom House Maritime Museum’s first exhibit of the year.

Hughes has penned and colored a large range of artistic subjects from almost every era in his “Newburyport Through the Years” collection, which will be on display through March 1.

The museum is located at 25 Water St., Newburyport. Winter hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays and holiday Mondays from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 978-462-8681 or email

Photography exhibit continues at local 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 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

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Joe Hanley tomorrow and Altered Trio on Saturday.

Hanley, who has spent the past 20 years playing around New England with his bands Beyond the Pale and The Foggy Duo, is getting back to his solo acoustic roots.

Altered Trio features drummer Yuriana Sobrino, bassist Andy Dow and guitarist Dan Searl, who together use their improvisational skills to maneuver their way through jazz classics.

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


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