, Newburyport, MA

October 10, 2013

The Lookout: Author to share family’s stories from WWII

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — One family’s real experiences in Latvia, Poland and Germany during World War II will be the focus of a book presentation and signing next Thursday at the Emma Andrews Library.

Marina Dutzmann Kirsch spent eight years researching and writing “Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival.” The main protagonists are her parents, Rolf Dutzmann and Lilo Wassull, who now live in Brentwood, N.H., and sometimes accompany Kirsch to her presentations. In 1939, Dutzmann was a Latvian aeronautical engineering student forced to flee his homeland for Germany, where he met Wassull and began a romance that survived a number of catastrophic circumstances.

The book, which was a finalist in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards, also includes 132 photos from Kirsch’s family archives. Kirsch, who lives in Kensington, N.H., is an active volunteer with the Amesbury Friends Peace Center and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Newburyport.

The free presentation on Oct. 17 will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport. Signed books will be available for $18.

For more information, call 978-358-8097 or email

Celebrate the season at fall festival

Music, arts and crafts, scarecrows and food are all on tap for the annual Fall Harvest Festival in Newburyport this weekend.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday, with activities and sales throughout the downtown. Entries in the 12th annual Scarecrow Contest will be on display in Market Square, which will also feature live entertainment by the Squeezebox Stompers on Sunday and 97 North on Monday.

For the kids, Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals will entertain from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Market Square.

Female musicians take the stage in Port

A 12-year-old Newburyport student will be part of tomorrow’s concert at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Grace Ryan-Shelley will join singer-songwriter Chelsea Berry onstage for a song. The show, which starts at 8 p.m., will also feature singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker.

Berry, who is originally from Alaska and now lives on the North Shore, has begun to attract the attention of radio stations, magazines and venues all over the eastern U.S. Her music is rooted in folk and rock.

Blacker was recently named Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards and is about to release her third album. Her song “Smell of Caramel” was recently played on the MTV show “Jersey Shore.”

The two musicians will perform individual sets and a few tunes together. Tickets are $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers. To purchase or for more information, go to, call 978-462-7336 or visit the box office in Market Square, Newburyport.

Take a peek inside Amesbury houses

Twelve homes will open their doors for Amesbury’s third annual Point Shore House Tour on Saturday, Oct. 19.

This year’s tour, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature 11 new stops in Merrimack River neighborhoods. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Point Shore’s 1835 Union Congregational Church meetinghouse.

Two shuttle buses will be available to take visitors between Hawkswood on Main Street to Bartlett’s Reach off Pleasant Valley Road, stopping at the homes along the way. Boxed lunches will be available for sale at Union Church, 350 Main St.

Advance tickets are $20 and may be ordered online through Oct. 17 at or by mailing a check before Oct. 15 to Union Church Restoration Alliance, P.O. Box 208, Amesbury, MA 01913. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour for $25 at the church or Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main St.

The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, call 978-388-6591 or visit

WWII documentary at Firehouse tonight

The story of “The Ghost Army” will be told at the Firehouse Center for the Arts tonight, when filmmaker Rick Beyer hosts the screening of his documentary.

The movie aired on PBS in May and just won the Audience Appeal Award at the Moab International Film Festival in Utah. It recounts the secret mission of American soldiers who duped Hitler’s army in World War II.

Beyer, who lives in Lexington, will answer audience questions after the screening, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the box office, Market Square, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-7336 or visit

Get in the holiday spirit at fundraiser

Reservations are being accepted now for a new event that will help attendees get in the mood for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Hosted by the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association, “Holidays in Bloom” will feature Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Haverhill as he demonstrates how to create memorable and festive floral arrangements, which will then be raffled off.

The evening will also feature unique gifts from local merchants, food from Salisbury’s Seaglass Restaurant and a cash bar.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury. Tickets are $45 per person, with tables for six or eight also available. Checks made out to AJH Aid Association may be sent to Amanda LaPlante, Volunteer Office, Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, MA 01950.

All proceeds will benefit the hospital. For more information, call 978-463-1150.

Music to raise money to help animals

A benefit concert for the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will take place today and tomorrow at Pet City in Seabrook.

At 1 p.m. both days, professional singer Anthony Grant will perform and sell copies of his CD for $10. Fifty percent of his proceeds will go to the SPCA.

The performances will also raise awareness for the PAWS Act, a bill filed by Sen. Bruce Tarr that would create a registry of animal abusers, inspired by the recent “Puppy Doe” case in Quincy.

Complimentary food will be provided by Angelina’s of Salisbury.

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A new, weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Featured speakers will present from 7:30 to 8 and include poetess and teacher M.P. Carver tonight, longtime Toastmaster David Ennamorati next Thursday, poet Tom Miller on Oct. 24 and murder-mystery writer Edith Maxwell on Oct. 31.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Adventures in home improvement

A DIY expert is visiting the Newburyport Public Library next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Ron Tanner will talk about his book “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story” and present a slide show. Tanner tells the story of how he and his wife bought condemned property in Baltimore and restored it to its original Victorian splendor, despite knowing nothing about fixing up homes when they started. They now run the DIY website

The event is co-hosted by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

Filmmaking class for middle-schoolers

A new after-school film class starts next week and is open to all seventh- and eighth-graders in the region.

Taught by filmmaker, actress and Newburyport resident Ashley Plante at Pingree School in Hamilton, the class will run for five sessions on Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m., starting Oct. 18. It is designed for youths who want to explore creative ways to use film to tell stories and convey feelings.

The fee is $50. To register, visit or call 978-468-4415, ext. 233.

The school is also offering after-school programs in engineering, robotics, creative writing, electronic music and chess.

Healing arts market this weekend

The monthly Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The community is invited to receive intuitive readings and reiki healing and to browse fine crafts, herbal products and crystals for sale.

The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit

Community flea market at Belleville

A Fall Flea Market will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport.

Proceeds will support specific needs at the church. For more information or to inquire about table space, contact Kelly Burke-Anderson at or 978-465-2300.

The rain date is Oct. 19.

Restaurant helping chorus raise money

The Newburyport Choral Society is raising money this month by teaming up with Not Your Average Joe’s.

Every Tuesday in October, the Market Square restaurant will donate 15 percent of proceeds from food purchases made by dine-in or takeout patrons who identify themselves as NCS supporters. You can simply let your server know or download a certificate at

The fundraiser will help NCS present its winter and spring concerts.

Hawaii artist featured in exhibit

“Captured Moments,” work by artist Julie Houck, is on display through Sunday at Sweethaven Gallery in Newburyport.

A signature painter of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and International Plein Air Painters, her works are increasingly being displayed at prominent galleries in the U.S.

The gallery is located at 25L Inn St. and is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-7656.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature the Chuck Walker Quartet tomorrow and Ian Fitzgerald on Saturday.

Exploring everything from swing to blues to funk and jazz, the Chuck Walker Quartet is dedicated not only to preserving classic jazz traditions but also to pushing the borders of this creative music.

From early 20th-century field recordings through Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch and hundreds of artists in between, folk singer Fitzgerald has been influenced by one of the sturdiest strains of American music.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Tony Bennett’s bassist, Marshall Wood; Joe Barbato on piano; and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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