, Newburyport, MA

September 28, 2012

Lookout: Cellist Kristen Miller performs in festival

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Georgetown cellist and composer Kristen Miller will participate in “Maya & Me,” a concert included in the ACT ONE festival at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H., on Sunday. The festival, which runs from August through October, features four concerts and 12 stage shows.

Miller has composed original scores on the cello for three silent films by 1940s filmmaker Maya Deren. Deren was born in Russia as Eleanora Derenkowskaia in 1917. She was an important experimental filmmaker in America, and “an entrepreneurial promoter of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s.”

ACT ONE, Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England, is an arts education organization. Miller is well-known in Newburyport’s arts circle and performs at numerous local venues, including the Firehouse and the Actors Studio.

“Maya & Me” will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $18 and $16 for seniors. To purchase tickets, call 603-300-2986 or go online to The theater is located at 959 Islington St., Portsmouth, N.H.

Breakfast at the Moose on Sunday

The Women of the Moose Lodge will host a breakfast buffet for the public on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Attendees can enjoy a menu of scrambled, fried or omelet eggs, pancakes, French toast, and side dishes.

Admission is $6 per person. The Moose Lodge is located at 34 Broad St., Merrimac.

Youth stage ‘Once On This Island Jr.’

The Byfield youth theater company, TTS Players’ production of “Once On This Island Jr.” concludes this weekend. Performances are set for tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

The song-and-dance show follows a peasant girl, Ti Moune, as she rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island that she lives on.

To purchase tickets, call the TTS Box office at 978-463-3335 or email Sarah at

New exhibit in Anna Jaques lobby

New Hampshire artist Jane L. Bruno is this month’s featured artist for the Anna Jaques Hospital lobby exhibit.

Each month, the Newburyport hospital hangs an exhibit by a local artist in the front hallway and lobby as a fundraiser for the Anna Jaques Aid Association. Bruno, of New Castle, N.H., will hang her exhibit through Oct. 25.

“I began painting with pastels because of my love of color and landscape,” Bruno wrote in an e-mail. “The challenge of creating art is one that I enjoy and brings me joy. It is my hope that you will appreciate my rather impressionistic and abstract style.”

Presentation on Ansel Adams in Groveland

Merrimac resident Lance Hidy, a graphic design professor at Northern Essex Community College, will visit Nichols Village in Groveland on Monday.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Hidy will give a presentation on the famous photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It coincides with the Ansel Adams exhibit currently hanging at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Hidy, who knew Adams, will discuss the photographer’s lengthy career.

Hidy was co-founder of David R. Godine, Publisher in 1969, before starting his own design firm in 1973. In 1980, he moved from books to posters and illustration. He was also the art director of Harvard Business Review and has designed three U.S. postage stamps.

Weekly bridge games in Amesbury

Card players can opt to attend two weekly bridge games in Amesbury.

Amesbury Duplicate Bridge Club runs two regular bridge games at 7 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. The club is an affiliate of the American Contract Bridge League.

On Friday mornings, visitors can also take part in supervised play and discussions on the game at 10 a.m., which is geared toward beginners.

Games are located at the club suite in Boston North Technology Park, Building C 3rd floor. There is an $8 entry fee for club games, which are open to players of all levels. Games and tournaments are not run as league-style competitions.

Food lecture on Oct. 3

Dan Kittridge of the Bionutrient Food Association will speak at the Byfield Community Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

His free lecture will discuss bionutrient rich crop production and is geared toward gardeners and farmers, as well as individuals interested in learning more about growing flavorful and vital crops.

Bionutrient Food Association is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to improving our food source.”

The Byfield Community Arts Center is located at 7 Central St., Byfield, and is handicap accessible.

Dodge exhibits at Provident

The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Newburyport is hosting an artist reception on Thursday, Oct. 4, with Ed Dodge, this month’s featured artist in the Lobby for the Arts program at the Storey Avenue branch of The Provident Bank.

Largely self-taught, Dodge has been painting since his days as a high school student at then Governor Dummer Academy in Byfield. While his main career was in the international marketing and advertising field, Dodge is the former owner of Pierce Gallery of Fine Arts and Fine Art Framing in Portsmouth, N.H.

Dodge’s exhibit, “In My Lifetime: Paintings of Memories and Mementos,” will be on display in the bank’s lobby through Oct. 20. The public can meet Dodge during the reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The bank is located at 66 Storey Ave.

Dodge grew up in Newburyport and Newbury, and now divides his time between Newburyport and Naples, Fla.

Open house at visitor center Oct. 4

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Maria Miles Visitor Center are hosting an open house at the center on Oct. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. The visitors’ center is located on I-95 south at exit 60 in Salisbury.

The open house will allow visitors a chance to meet with local north of Boston vendors, as well as the staff at the North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Refreshments will be provided and attendees can enjoy music and raffles, and try their hand at state trivia.

Erekson joins in NE Traditions Convention

Local artist Cynthia Erekson, owner of The Quilted Acorn Shoppe in Newbury, will be the featured convention artist at the upcoming New England Traditions Convention at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel.

The show will be held from Oct. 3 through Oct. 7. Erekson will teach a class and offer a demonstration on stenciling. Inspired by her surroundings during childhood, Erekson has nurtured a distinctive “refined primitive” style that is uniquely New England. The wood-graining that she uses to accentuate her designs are created using unusual tools.

Erekson bought The Quilted Acorn Shoppe in Georgetown in 1989 with her co-owner Sandi Schauer. In 2001, the business was moved to its current location, 72 Newburyport Turnpike in Newbury.

‘Novel Ideas’ book club launched in Port

The Newburyport Public Library recently began a fiction book club for adults.

Each month, the “Novel Ideas” club members will meet to discuss a book and enjoy refreshments.

The book selection for October is “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles. The group will meet on Oct. 16 in the Program Room of the library from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is not required.


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