, Newburyport, MA

September 6, 2007

Story Time with a twist at Maudslay State Park

By The Lookout , Sonya Vartabedian

The Lookout

Sonya Vartabedian

Watch your favorite childhood stories come to life on the fields of Maudslay State Park in Newburyport as Theater in the Open rolls out Story Time this month.

The theater-in-residence at the park is staging three Sundays of fairy tales starting this weekend. Take a classic fairy take, add a touch of silliness and laughter and mix them together with a group of zany actors and the troupe's show is born. There will be a princess or two, maybe a frog, a king and queen and who knows what else.

Theater in the Open Artistic Director Jeffrey Rath directs. The cast features Victor Atkins, Rachel Ameen, Samuel Day, Aaron Foss, Matt Kiely, Beth Randall, Shelby Steeves and Alyssa Theriault, all of Newburyport; Peter and James Sheridan of Amesbury, and Aaron Foss of Salem, N.H.

Performances are the next three Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, Allow a 15-minute walk to the play site, which is marked with flags. The productions go off rain or shine. Call 978-465-2572 or visit

CD release party for Port's Dan Blakeslee

Newburyport's Dan Blakeslee heads Downstairs at The Grog in Newburyport tonight with his new CD, "Lincoln Street Roughs."

The full-length album was recorded in a warehouse in Portland, Maine, and in a friend's living room in South Portland. It features the talents of Juliet Nelson of Tigersaw on cello, Dave Talmage of Mill City Ramblers on fiddle, Kris Day of King Memphis on upright bass, Chris Elliott on flugelhorn and Ron Harrity of The Harpswell Sound and Honey Clouds on guitar.

Blakeslee has signed with the Portland-based record label Peapod Recordings, with a new recording to begin in spring 2008.

Tonight's show starts at 8 at the Grog, 13 Middle St. Blakeslee will share the bill with Orange Nichole of Salem and ILYAIMY of Baltimore. For more, contact the Grog at 978-465-8008 or Blakeslee at 603-205-2828 or

'Another Life' for Salisbury acoustic artist

Local singer-songwriter Doug Wynne highlights his new CD, "Another Life," Saturday at 9 p.m. at J. Buck's espresso and wine bar at 32 Elm St. in downtown Amesbury

Recorded primarily in Wynne's home studio in Salisbury, the 11-song CD explores themes of love, war and spirituality in a pop-rock style mixed with global sounds, including Tibetan Buddhist chants recorded during a recent trip to India.

Wynne, who studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and honed his craft in Woodstock at a studio built for Bob Dylan, played most of the instruments on "Another Life." He is releasing the disc on his own independent record label, Brief Eternity. It is available online.

Saturday's show will be a solo acoustic performance and will feature many of the new CD's songs, which were written on acoustic guitar. Wynne will also perform classic rock covers by some of his influences, including Neil Young, Pink Floyd and the Who.

Admission is free. For more, visit or

Crystal, rock, mineral trunk show in Amesbury

Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery, 32 Elm St., Amesbury, is hosting a crystal, rock and mineral trunk show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rock hound Jerry Marchand will be bringing a selection of items that he has uncovered from New England mines for sale. He will also perform Celtic harp music throughout the day.

For more, call Riverwalk Bead Shop at 978-388-3499 or visit

Vintage base ball at historic Newbury farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, hosts a vintage base ball triple-header on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Essex Base Ball Club will battle the Meddowe Base Ball Club of Springfield, playing by rules that date to 1861. The games will feature underhand pitching, and no gloves allowed. Snacks, baseballs and cards will be for sale. After the match, spectators will have a chance to stand at bat.

Grass field seating is available; bring blankets and lawn chairs. The games will be canceled in the event of rain. Call 978-462-2634 or visit or

'Stone Soup' and other treats for young readers

Children's author Ann McGovern reads from "Stone Soup" and her other books on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport.

McGovern writes about many different topics - adventures in far-away places, the sea and its creatures, stories and picture books, biographies, funny books, folk tales, and poetry. Her books, including "Too Much Noise," "Little Whale," "Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson," and "If You Lived in the Days of the Knights," have won numerous awards.

The event is free. Call 978-462-8615 or visit

Thriller unfolding at Jabberwocky Bookshop

Boston author Joseph Finder delves into his latest thriller, "Power Play," during a reading and book signing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Lifting the veil on the secrecy surrounding corporate security, Finder imagines a nightmare scenario in "Power Play": All the top officers of the Hammond Aerospace Corporation are abducted from a remote lodge and held for a $100 million ransom, the highest in history. Their best hope for rescue comes from an unlikely hero, junior executive Jake Landry.

Finder is the best-selling author of eight novels, including "Paranoia," "Company Man" and "Killer Instinct," which won the 2007 Thriller Award for Best Novel given by the International Thriller Writers.

Admission to tomorrow's program is free. Call Jabberwocky at 978-465-9359 or visit

Yard sale for feline rescue society

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society has its fall yard sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its headquarters at 63 Elm St. (Route 110), Salisbury.

Proceeds will support the nonprofit group's spay/neuter program. The rain date is Sept. 15. For more, call 978-462-0760 or visit

West Newbury Historical celebrates 50th

The West Newbury Historical Society at the corner of Main and Bachelor streets in West Newbury marks its 50th anniversary Sunday with a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon and a party from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more, call Dot Cavanaugh at 978-363-1295.

Wooden ship model class at Piel Craftsmen

A wooden ship model class for adult beginners is being offered by Piel Craftsmen, 31/2 Center St., Newburyport. It starts on Saturday and will meet on six subsequent Saturday mornings over three months.

All the steps to complete a wooden model kit of a Chesapeake Bay Flattie, a gaff-rigged fishing boat will be covered. The cost is $295, which includes the ship model kit. Call 978-462-7012.

Port Women of the Moose serving breakfast

The Newburyport Women of the Moose host their monthly breakfast buffet Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. at Horton Terrace Community Building, Golden Drive, Newburyport.

Scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, coffee, tea and juice are on the menu. Tickets are $6.

Night of music, comedy and inspiration

Unity on the River church and spiritual center in Amesbury hosts an evening of music, comedy and inspiration on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank Jones Center in Portsmouth, N.H., in association with The Secret of Health Expo.

Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Meg Rayne will start the evening. Rayne, who has been playing the guitar since she was 12, has recently released "Let's Put The Moon To Bed," a CD in tribute to her dad featuring music in the romantic style of the 1940s..

The program will also feature Vanda Mikoloski, whose inspirational Quantum Comedy show promotes "irreverent reverence," and Dr. Joe Dispenza, a scientist, researcher and teacher who will speak about how the mind can heal and the relationship between thoughts and the physical body,

The Secret of Health Expo takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by the Unity-sponsored event. Tickets are $30 in advance and $45 at the door ($35 for Unity members). A portion of the proceeds will support Unity on the River. For tickets or information, call 978-834-7830 or visit

'Shipwrecks of New England' slide show

Learn more about the area's maritime disasters when commercial diver Bruce Bateman presents a slide show titled "Shipwrecks of New England" on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

An experienced wreck diver, Bateman is also a cofounder of the Air Force Diving Team. His presentation will include information on the 1939 tragedy of the USS Squalus, which was built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard and sunk off the Isles of Shoals during a routine test dive. He will also share the story of the USS Haddock, a highly decorated WWII submarine, which was tied off a Water Street wharf before being scrapped.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library.

'Civil War Jeopardy' with the Roundtable

The Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center, 61 Lafayette Road (Route 1), Salisbury.

The featured topic will be "Civil War Jeopardy" presented by Cynthia Brown and Liz Gardell..

Admission is free. Anyone with an interest in America's Civil War is invited. For more, call Tom at 978-462-8518.

'Basic Bicycling Skills' class pedals through

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition is presenting "Basic Bicycling Skills," a two-part cycling skills class, in Newburyport this month. It is aimed at adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic or participate in a large-scale benefit ride.

The classroom session takes place Thursday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and will cover bike safety principles, bicycling laws, guidelines for riding in traffic and more. Then, a ride is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will include guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group discussion breaks along the way. An instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists will lead the class.

Registration is required. Visit;_id=54 or call MassBike at 617-542-2453.


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