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January 10, 2013

The L:ookout: Gin Mill Julep visits Byfield coffeehouse

Gin Mill Julep will perform the first concert of the year at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse on Saturday. The Portland, Maine-based group entertains audiences with a mix of American and Finn dance music, jazz, swing and country.

The band includes: Greg Bjork on mandolin, Paul Mattor on upright bass, Ann Murray on accordion, Erik Neilson on guitar, Michelle Leier on violin and Joe Walters on clarinet.

On their website, they describe their genre as “Old European melodies, Prohibition-era pop songs, silly ditties and barnyard hijinx.”

Local musician Greta Schaefer will open for the band. The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The Cat Cafe serves beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

Pyche’s photos hang

at Merrimac cafe

Local artist Mary Pyche is hanging a new exhibit of her paintings of Merrimac called “Our Towne.” The free show features several of Pyche’s oil paintings of local landmarks and scenery. It runs through Feb. 11 and will hang at Rhythm Cafe, 12 School St., Merrimac. The public can meet with Pyche during a reception on Saturday at 2 p.m.

To create the show, Pyche used a collection of photos taken during her morning walks on Bear Hill Road.

Photography exhibit at Joppa Flats Education Center

The Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Joppa Flats Education Center will host an exhibit of nature photographs by Newburyport Art Association members Linda Dahlberg and Beth Reiter Blanchard. The show, “Take Another Look,” will run in the center’s Juliet Kellogg French Room through Feb. 24.

The public is invited to meet the two artists during a free opening reception at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport on Sunday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. A portion of all sales made during the exhibit are given to Joppa Flats.

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