---- — Greet the new month a little early at the third annual Oktoberfest, set for Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Cashman Park in Newburyport.
The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s event will feature a traditional German beer garden under the tent with a wide variety of German and American food. Wine will also be available from Rowley’s Mill River Winery.
Entertainment includes German music by the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band, children’s rides, a mechanical bull and face-painting.
Admission to the beer tent is $5 for ages 21 and older and free for those under 21. Additional fees will be charged for drinks, food and rides.
The park is located along the waterfront. For more information, call 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.
Flying pumpkins at the sports park
The fourth annual Pumpkin Chucking Fest is coming to Amesbury Sports Park on Sunday.
From 1 to 5 p.m., Chip Hersey will demonstrate the Mischief Knight, the catapult he built with Perry Stone. Knight and Stone, who died earlier this year, came in second in the World Championship Punkin Chunkin contest in 2009.
The free festival will also feature music from Don’t Call Me Shirley, children’s games, a small petting zoo, face-painting, train rides and raffles. Drinks, cider doughnuts and other food will be available to purchase.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of Smart Boards to further the educational and learning opportunities for people attending Coastal Connections’ programs.
For more information, visit www.pumpkinchuckingfest.com or www.coastalconnections.com.
Weekend music at the Firehouse
The Firehouse Center for the Arts is presenting two musical performances this weekend.
On Saturday at 8 p.m., Occidental Gypsy will play its unique mix of high-energy Gypsy rhythms and melodic pop hooks. The Boston-based quintet features Scott Kulman on vocals and rhythm guitar, Jacub Trasak on violin and vocals, Brett Feldman on lead guitar, Jeff Feldman on bass, Francisco Vielma on percussion, and Eli Bishop on violin.
Tickets are $19 for members and $21 for nonmembers.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., musical pioneer Holly Near will return to the Firehouse stage for the first time since 2009. In 1972, Near was one of the first women to create an independent record company, Redwood Records. She is currently celebrating the release of “Peace Becomes You,” her first album in three years.
Tickets are $29 for members and $32 for nonmembers.
The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport. For tickets or more information, call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.
Crafts for sale at Newburyport fair
A Fall Artisan Fair will be held this weekend at The Village at Newburyport.
The fair features work by six neighboring artisans: landscape photographer Linda Dahlberg, decorative painter AnnMarie Fitzpatrick, jeweler Nancy Powers, sculptor Andrea Alukonis, and oil painters Mary Altier and Sunny West.
The fair will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the clubhouse, 31A Clipper Way. Free refreshments will be served. Parking is available in front of the clubhouse and in the designated lot diagonally across from it.
Boston writer at Jabberwocky
Best-selling crime author Hank Phillippi Ryan will visit Newburyport tomorrow to sign and discuss her newest thriller, “The Wrong Girl.”
Ryan, winner of the 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award and 30 Emmys for her investigative reporting, will appear at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.
“The Wrong Girl” features the return of Jane Ryland, the protagonist from Ryan’s “The Other Woman.” As an ex-colleague desperately searches for her birth mother, Ryland begins to suspect that a respected Boston adoption agency is reuniting birth parents with the wrong children.
For more information, visit www.hankphillippiryan.com or www.jabberwockybookshop.com.
Be part of a ‘thrilling’ experience
A local dance instructor is getting involved in a worldwide effort to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
From Sept. 29 through Oct. 20, free clinics will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio at 908 Salem St., Groveland. Everyone ages 8 and up is welcome to come and learn the “Thriller” dance.
Then, on Oct. 26, anyone who wishes to participate is invited to the Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, where check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Dressing like a zombie is encouraged.
Donations collected on the day of the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and Alzheimer’s disease research.
For more information, visit www.thrilltheworld.com or www.agnesstreckerdancestudio.com.
New England highlighted in exhibit
The work of two Newburyport Art Association members is featured in an exhibit opening today at the Hall-Haskell House in Ipswich.
Anne Connolly of Newburyport and Jeannette Steele Esposito of Ipswich showcase scenes of New England in their studio and plein air paintings. The exhibit, titled “Northern Exposure,” also includes work by other members of Confetti, a group of artist friends who meet weekly to paint, critique and attend art-related events.
Esposito will also display some of her clothing at the show, which runs through Sunday and is part of “Ipswich Illuminated.”
The Hall-Haskell House is located at 36 S. Main St. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., and an artists’ reception will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery will also be open this Saturday night from 6:30 to 9.
Public invited to learn about Lilac Society
The International Lilac Society is hosting a free New England Fall Festival this weekend in West Newbury.
On Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors to the West Newbury Town Hall Annex, 381 Main St., will enjoy an auction and various presentations, with coffee and treats in the morning. Attendees who haven’t already reserved lunch are invited to bring their own.
On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an open house will be held at Syringa Plus Nursery, 210 Bachelor St. The event will feature a “Let’s Talk Lilacs” casual get-together and a plant propagation demonstration.
Photos sought for annual calendar
Do you have a great photo of a favorite place or activity in Maudslay State Park? The Maudslay State Park Association is seeking entries for its 2014 “Save the Pond” calendar.
Pictures should be clearly marked with the title and the name of the submitter. Photos submitted on CD or by email should be at least 5 MB in size.
A $25 donation will guarantee inclusion in the calendar. If you want your photo to represent a month, submit $125 and the association will choose the most appropriate month.
Photos must be submitted by Oct. 1 by email to email@example.com or mail to Marlys Edwards, Maudslay State Park Association, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, MA 01950. For more information, visit www.maudslayassociation.org.
An event for the dogs
Under One Woof in Georgetown is sponsoring Paws for a Cause this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to adopt a dog from PAWS New England and bring their pets in to sample treats from Goodness Gracious.
Fur-All Mobile Pet Spa is offering nail clipping for $12, with proceeds going to PAWS.
Under One Woof is located in the Eagle Building, 37 W. Main St. For more information, call 978-352-9663 or visit www.onewoofboston.com.
Art brightens up hospital lobby
Work by award-winning Newburyport artist Cynthia Cooper is on display in the main lobby of Anna Jaques through Oct. 24.
In her acrylic landscape paintings, Cooper captures the beauty of the salt marshes, sand dunes, Maudslay and the unique architecture of Newburyport. She is a member of the Newburyport Art Association and the Newburyport Ten plein air group.
The show is sponsored by the Hospital Aid Association.
Irish music featured at Port church
Celtic group The Crossing will perform next Thursday, Oct. 3, at Old South Church in Newburyport.
Hosted by nonprofit ministry FirstLoveWorks, the concert will feature original songs that carry on the Celtic tradition of storytelling.
The Crossing is a Chicago-based band that has been entertaining since 1984. While spiritual themes are woven throughout its sets, the overall mood is one of hope, joy and celebration that appeals to people of all convictions.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
The church is located at 29 Federal St. For more information, visit www.firstloveworks.org or call 978-463-0923.
Farm-to-table cooking class
Celebrate the flavors of fall in an “Autumn Harvest in New England” cooking class Wednesday night at Kitchen Local in Amesbury.
From 6 to 9 p.m., chef Carolyn Grieco will lead participants through classic cooking techniques and unique seasonal recipes for a special harvest dinner.
The class costs $60, and registration is required. Visit www.carolynsfarmkitchen.com or call 978-994-1692.
From Haiti to Newburyport
Les Petits Chanteurs, a 30-voice Haitian boy choir, will return to St. Paul’s Church for a performance tonight at 7.
The boys, from the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, will be joined by the Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra. While in town, they are staying with families in the greater Newburyport area.
A free-will offering will be collected to aid with tour expenses and to support the rebuilding of the music school and Holy Trinity Cathedral, which were both destroyed in the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
St. Paul’s is located at 166 High St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-5351.
Refuge looking for your best photos
The third annual Nature and Wildlife Contest is underway at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Matted prints are being accepted through Oct. 4 in two themed categories: wildlife and landscapes/seascapes. Entries will also be judged in two age categories: adult and youth (under age 18).
To qualify, pictures must have been taken within the boundaries of one of the following refuges: Parker River, Great Bay, Wapack, Thacher Island, Rachel Carson, Great Meadows, Assabet River, Monomoy or Oxbow. Photographers can submit two prints, which must be no bigger than 8 inches by 10 inches. The application fee is $5.
The panel of judges will comprise refuge staff and experienced photographers, and winners will be announced during the annual Phabulous Photo Weekend, Oct. 18-20.
Hunt’s Photo will provide a $100 gift card to the “Best in Show” and a $50 gift card to the first-place winner in each category. The winning photos will be displayed in the refuge visitor center for the next year.
For a complete list of contest guidelines, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/parker_river.
All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner
The Union Congregational Church in Amesbury will host a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All-you-can-eat spaghetti with homemade sauce, meatballs, bread, salad and dessert will be offered for $8 per person or $25 per family. Takeout is available for $9.
The church is located at 350 Main St., across from Alliance Park. For more information, call 978-388-0631.
Tour the lighthouse on Plum Island
The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday and next Sunday, weather permitting.
Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.
Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.
For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newenglandlighthouses.net/plumisland.html.
Association marks 125th anniversary
The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a tea tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m.
In addition to tea, specialty sandwiches, desserts and coffee will be served in the Newburyport hospital’s Higgins Room. Guest speaker Lois Valeo, who teaches college courses in textiles, fashion history and fashion marketing, will give a talk titled “Head to Toe: Bygone Women’s Accessories.”
Admission is $15 for association members and $17 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 978-463-1150.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature The Latin Quarter tomorrow and Justin Laing on Saturday.
The Latin Quarter, formerly Bossa Buena, features classic bossa nova songs along with original music with Brazilian, Latin and Cuban influences.
Laing is the lead vocalist and guitarist for Amesbury-based blues fusion group Southbound Outlaws. He is influenced by the likes of Tom Waits, Ledbelly and Mark Lanegan.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.
Soul tunes at Port restaurant
Glenn’s Restaurant & Cool Bar in Newburyport hosts Sunday Soul every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.
This weekend will feature the Tony Gallo Experience, hosted by Ed Scheer. There is no cover, but reservations are suggested.
Glenn’s is located at 44 Merrimac St. For more information, call 978-465-3811.
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