---- — The 11th annual New Works Festival at the Firehouse will conclude this weekend with a mix of one-act and short plays.
Each year, playwrights from across New England submit completed pieces that have never before been staged. A panel of theater professionals review the entries and the winners are presented as staged readings over the course of two weekends.
Tomorrow night, the one-act play winner, “Till That Lucky Day,” will begin at 8 p.m. Written by John Minigan, it “moves between present-day and the past as a troubled couple works through the risks and meaning of their marriage at the beginning and near the end of their lives,” according to New Works organizers.
Minigan was named “Best Playwright of 2011” in the 8-Minute Madness Festival in New York City and was a previous winner of the Firehouse New Works Festival One-Act category in 2010.
Following that play, three short works will be staged: “No Sheet” by Susan Ferber, “Talking” by Shari D. Frost and “Your Face is Familiar” by Jay MacNamee.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, seven short plays will be presented to conclude the festival.
Admission is $13 each night. For more information, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit online at www.firehouse.org.
OpArt gallery reception set
The Provident Bank in Newburyport will host an artists’ reception tonight for the new exhibit in the “Lobby for the Arts” program.
This month, the Storey Avenue branch is featuring the works of the artists in OpArt, a program run by the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works. Through the program, instructors from the Art Association teach participating artists from Opportunity Works how to professionally create, exhibit and market their artwork.
“Fresh Paint: An OpArt Exhibit” will run through Feb. 24. The artists will be at the bank from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to meet with the public.
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The Emma Andrews Library will begin its annual “Souper Saturday” fundraising program tomorrow from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport.
Visitors can enjoy homemade hot soup and desserts to benefit summer children’s events at the library. A $5 donation is suggested. “Souper Saturdays” will also be held on the last Saturday of February and March.
Artists’ Muse show
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The group of artists who have studios at the Artists’ Muse in Amesbury will hold a group art show at Carry Out Cafe and Catering in Newburyport through next month.
The artists, who all work in different media including oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed, will visit with the public from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the cafe, 155 State Street.
Choral Society holds ‘Season of Love’ raffle
The Newburyport Choral Society will hold a fundraiser throughout February during which they’ll give away 28 weekly prizes.
Each week, a new raffle item will be picked, including weekend getaways, concert and theater tickets, sporting events, spa treatments and more.
Raffle tickets can be purchased online at www.newburyportchoralsociety.org. A calendar of the prizes is also posted.
Science writer speaks at library
Local writer William Sargent will visit the Georgetown Peabody Library next week to discuss his eight books.
Sargent, who lives in Ipswich, writes about science and the environment. A relative of the painter John Singer Sargent, he is also the son of a former governor of Massachusetts. Sargent has taught at Harvard University and the Briarwood Field Station in Bourne. He has been a consultant for the NOVA Science Series.
His book, “Shallow Waters: A Year on Cape Cod’s Pleasant Bay” received the Boston Globe Winship Award for the best book about New England and was the basis for a NOVA film.
Sargent will speak on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room.
‘Lobby for the Arts’ hangs new show
The Provident Bank in Amesbury will introduce a new Lobby for the Arts exhibit beginning next Thursday. Ipswich photographer Mark Gooby’s show, “Places Near and Places Far” will hang through March 1.
The collection is meant to show the contrasts in landscapes across the country. His images include rugged mountains and prairies to nearby salt marshes and tidal flats.
Gooby will host a meet-and-greet with the public on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Provident Bank is located at 5 Market St., Amesbury.
‘Roots and Roads’
The Amesbury-based band, The Brew, is bringing their acoustic show, “Roots and Roads” to the Firehouse Center for the Arts next month.
During their acoustic show, the group will pay tribute to several of the artists who have shaped their sound, songs and soul during the 10 years since The Brew formed shortly after the original band mates graduated from Amesbury High.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport’s Market Square. Admission is $20 for the general public. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or go online to www.firehouse.org.
Port’s Winter Carnival set for next month
The city’s Winter Carnival at the Bartlet Mall returns this year on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organized by the Newburyport Parks Commission and Newburyport Youth Services, it will offer an afternoon of fun, with a schedule of events similar to years past, including the Fifth Annual Human Dog Sled Race, sledding, snowboarding, ice skating on Frog Pond, and snowshoe demonstrations. The Mothers Club of Newburyport will run children’s activities and games and Scott Colby of Colby Farm will be on hand to provide horse-drawn hayrides.
The Human Dog Sled Race features teams of five or less, with one driver and human “sled dogs” who race across the frozen Frog Pond.
Ham and bean supper Feb. 2
The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host their next ham and bean supper on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The menu includes ham, hotdogs, potato salad, cole slaw, garden salad, brown bread, rolls, 3 kinds of beans, drinks and desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend.
Snowshoeing program Feb. 3
New England Equine Rescue-North will hold their third annual snowshoe event on Feb. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. at their facility, 183 River Road, West Newbury.
The public can hike trails and visit with the horses that have been rescued during the festivities, which also includes refreshments and door prizes.
Admission is $15 and will benefit the horses in need.
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