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January 23, 2014

The Lookout: Winter Carnival, Old Newbury Bonfire on for this weekend

With a forecast of possible snow showers and highs in the lower 30s, the weather this Saturday should cooperate for two popular events: the Newburyport Winter Carnival and the Old Newbury Bonfire Bash.

Both events were postponed from Jan. 11 due to pouring rain and high winds.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Bartlet Mall, the carnival will offer activities such as skating on the Frog Pond, sledding, snowboarding, the Human Dog Sled Race and horse-drawn hayrides. Free cookies and cocoa will be served.

Indoor activities will be offered by Newburyport Youth Services at the former Kelley School on High Street. For more information, call 978-465-4462 or email

After the carnival, head over to Tendercrop Farm and the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury for the bonfire bash. Starting at 3 p.m., guests can take tours of the 1690 manor home run by Historic New England, toss Christmas trees and kissing balls, bid in silent and live auctions, and enjoy a variety of food and beverages from local vendors.

The fire itself will go up around 5 p.m., with the opportunity to light it among the auction items up for grabs. For more information, call 978-462-2282 or visit

Admission to both events is free, though parking is $5 for the bonfire.

Snowshoe race at Woodsom Farm

The weather should also be ideal, if a bit chillier, for the Amesbury Police Chase Snowshoe Fun Race on Sunday.

The inaugural event will feature races for kids and adults, as well as a hybrid sledding/snowshoeing contest.

Proceeds will benefit the Amesbury Police Officers Association, which raises money for youth athletics, education, community groups and the needy.

The race will be held at 10:45 a.m. at Woodsom Farm, off Lions Mouth Road. Entry is $15, and registration is available online at

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