, Newburyport, MA

September 27, 2012

Lookout: Livingston Taylor plays at Firehouse

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — A favorite performer of the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Livingston Taylor is once again taking the stage of the Arakelian theater.

The brother of James Taylor, the singer/songwriter has played in Newburyport numerous times, and each visit is a cause for excitement, say Firehouse organizers. Taylor is a professor at Berklee College of Music.

Often, Taylor will perform a mix of his hits and new songs, and sometimes, he’ll throw in a personal favorite of his own from Gershwin, Rogers and Hart or Jerome Kern, according to organizers. Familiar with a range of genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz, Taylor also falls upon his storytelling ability to weave his show together.

“He has been at the Firehouse for sold-out show after sold-out show, and again this year we welcome him back to the neighborhood so we can find out what he’s been up to since he was last here,” writes Firehouse staff. “There is comfort found in the timbre of his voice and the stories he tells so well. No wonder we could listen to him for hours. It’s just like catching up with the dearest of old pals.”

A Boston native, Taylor began playing guitar when he was 13 years old. Growing up in North Carolina, Taylor visited his grandmother’s house, in the Ring’s Island section of Salisbury, each summer.

Taylor will give two performances: tomorrow and Saturday. Each show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 for the general public, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 978-462-7336 or online at

Roy-Bornstein releases memoir

Newburyport’s Carolyn Roy-Bornstein will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace tomorrow night to discuss her first book, “Crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude.”

Roy-Bornstein, a Haverhill-based pediatrician, is the mother of Neil Bornstein, who, along with his girlfriend, Trista Zinck, was struck by a drunken driver in 2003 as he walked her home from a study date. The rescue workers responding to the scene found them both lying in the road. Trista died the next day at Boston Medical Center. Neil suffered serious brain and leg injuries.

In her book, Roy-Bornstein writes about the accident, and its aftermath, and facing the experience from “the other side of the stretcher,” as a mother and not as a doctor.

Her talk will begin at 7 p.m. The Jabberwocky Bookshop is located at the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Following the discussion, refreshments will be provided.

Harvest Festival

at Newbury farm


Welcome the arrival of fall during a Harvest Festival at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm on Saturday.

The festivities will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include music, vintage baseball and farm activities. Visitors can take part in a pie-eating contest, check out tractors and other farm equipment from the last 80 years or try their hand at corn husking. Wagon rides will be offered, as well as a scarecrow-building contest and a pumpkin treasure hunt.

Seasonal refreshments will be available for purchase.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is located on Little’s Lane in Newbury. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Wet Paint Auction set for Saturday

The annual Wet Paint Auction, a benefit for Newburyport’s Commission for Diversity and Tolerance, will be held at Mission Oak Grill’s Steeple Hall on Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The popular fundraiser will feature nearly 40 artists from throughout the Greater Newburyport area. Each spends the day creating a painting to be auctioned that evening. The artists can choose to paint at their studios or “en plein air” (outdoors).

In addition to the auction of the newly finished works, the evening will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of wares from other mediums. A preview of the paintings, as well as a silent auction, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with entertainment provided by classical guitarist Donna Ricci.

A cappella performance Saturday

Two regional a cappella groups will entertain audiences on Saturday at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. North Shore A Cappella gained national fame last year when it reached the final round of the TV show, “The Sing Off.” The group began singing together 31 years ago. Overboard will open the show. An all-male group, the ensemble will perform a range of material, including current hits.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $40 for a family of two adults and two students. To purchase tickets, call 978-356-3137, ext. 372 or go online to The program is a fundraiser for the arts booster group Ipswich Music, Art and Drama Association.

Coolidge exhibits

at Art Association


Local artist Lillian M. Coolidge will hold an opening reception Sunday for her new show, “Landscape Dreams,” at the Newburyport Art Association.

Coolidge’s exhibit will hang in the Hills Gallery through Oct. 6. It features more than 25 landscape paintings.

“After years of working in the high technology field and teaching elementary school, my recent retirement has allowed me to focus solely on the work I love to do,” Coolidge wrote in a press release.

The public can meet Coolidge from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The paintings will be on display during regular gallery hours Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.


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