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October 4, 2012

Lookout: Quartet brings Beatles to Bellev

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“An Evening with Nancy Day” will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. To reserve tickets, call 978-465-1229 or visit www.newburyportacting.org.

The Actors Studio is located at 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Erekson joins in NE Traditions Convention

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

During the show, which runs through Sunday, 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.

Dead Poets Remembrance Day

The annual literary event “Celebrating the Merrimack Valley Poets” is set for Sunday at Old South Church, 29 Federal St., Newburyport.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., readers will celebrate a group of poets with a connection to the Merrimack Valley. It is one of eight Boston area readings occurring this weekend as part of the third annual Dead Poets Remembrance Day in Massachusetts.

The free program will highlight the works of Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Jonathan Plummer, John Greenleaf Whittier, Harriet Spofford, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, and Jack Kerouac.

Newburyport’s Rhina P. Espaillat will read from her Spanish translations of Frost and Millay, and Toni Treadway, another member of the local Powow River Poets group, will read the original works in English.

“Millay, a controversial early feminist, had a tremendous influence on many poets of my generation, particularly women,” Espaillat said in a statement, “but many people don’t know that she lived on Ring’s Island when she was a young girl, and once had a house here in Newburyport. Her sonnets, especially, remain daring in their content, as well as magnificent examples of the form. As for Frost, he is one of the major voices of American poetry, and for many readers, defines New England.”

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