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May 22, 2013

Healing ways

Market features healthy cookbook, live music

Inspired by The Newburyport Farmers’ Market, Roberta Horsman wanted to create the same atmosphere with a focus on art and healing.

The result is the Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market, a monthly event at the First Religious Society of Newburyport.

This Saturday’s market, the third this year, is “bigger than it has been before,” said Horsman, a Merrimac resident who previously organized art shows and healing arts festivals at the First Religious Society.

Highlights will include healings, tarot readings, live music, free refreshments, and a number of vendors selling everything from fine crafts and paintings to plants and puppets. Half-hour talks on subjects such as acupuncture, Shamanic dreamwork and chakra balancing will be scattered throughout the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

New to this weekend’s market are Marilynn and Steve Carter, a couple from Dover, N.H. Marilynn is the author of “No Fret Cooking,” a cookbook that focuses on focuses on fresh, local ingredients without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. To accompany the book, Steve composed two CDs, “Music to Cook By” and “Music to Dine By.”

A holistic health practitioner with her own practice, Many Paths for Health, Marilynn Carter said she came up with the idea for cookbook while on a diet for allergies.

“While on the diet, I’d tried lots of new foods but was also looking forward to having some old favorites,” she said. “I thought that doing (a cookbook) would be a good way to share what I’d learned and spread awareness about alternatives to others.”

Carter said she was halfway through writing the book when she realized it needed music. Her husband was happy to oblige.

“Steve and I have been married for 44 years, and he’s always played music for me when I cook, so the idea of pairing a cookbook with music seemed natural to me,” she said.

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