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October 4, 2012

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Following the reading, the program will continue at Oak Hill cemetery where the group will gather at the grave of Harriet Spofford, a 19th century American poet, for a sunset reading.

To learn more about Dead Poets Remembrance Day, visit

The literary celebration began in Maine after poet and filmmaker Walter Skold conducted a three-month tour where he visited 150 poets’ graves.

“The holiday hasn’t gone viral yet nationally,” Skold said in a statement, “But here in New England more people have taken part in the celebrations each year and really seem to enjoy it.”

Joppa Flatts celebrates 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, Chris Santarelli and some friends began playing music together after work.

The group had met at their jobs and discovered their mutual interest in music. Soon, they were rehearsing in a small studio space in Rowley, and their band Joppa Flatts was born.

Performing a mix of classic rock and blues “along with just enough R&B, Motown and jazz to make it one of the most unique bands on the North Shore” the group can be found today performing in a range of venues, including The Grog and Michael’s Harborside, Santarelli wrote in an email.

The band includes: Chris Santarelli, of Newburyport, the lead guitarist; George Sparacino, of Billerica, on bass/vocals; Tom Torrey, of Newburyport, on drums; Russ Leibe, of Rowley, on keyboards; Ruth Olson, of Salem, on lead vocals, and Pat Durante, of Byfield, on guitar and vocals.

Joppa Flatts will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with a show at The Grog on Oct. 13 and at Capone’s in Peabody on Oct. 20.

Cramer exhibits

at PI Roasters

Amesbury artist Louise Cramer is this month’s featured artist at Plum Island Coffee Roasters in Newburyport.

The former Newburyporter, who also has a penchant for singing, will hang her paintings through October. Cramer “paints from life,” she says, and often uses flowers and landscapes as subjects.

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