, Newburyport, MA

August 1, 2013

Yankee Homecoming notebook

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Yacht watching

It’s hard to miss the 130-foot yacht that’s been tied up on the central waterfront for the past couple of days. It’s drawn more attention than just about anything else. For the curious, here are some details on the Sweet Escape — it’s a charter boat out of the Caribbean, complete with a staff of seven, two sizeable motor launches, two onboard Jet Skis, three ocean kayaks and all sorts of other fun goodies, including a huge inflatable waterslide. It fits up to 10 guests in its luxury suites. It burns 50 gallons per hour at cruising speed.

If you are interested in renting it, it’s just $90,000 a week, plus expenses. Unfortunately, we don’t have the details on the well-heeled man who leased it.

Fireworks over the water

Yankee Clipper Harbor Cruises will be offering two special evening cruises Saturday night. The first will leave port at 6:30 p.m. and take guests out into the water to watch the sun set before returning at 8 p.m. Then the boat will turn right around and take guests out again at 8:15 p.m. to watch the fireworks from the water.

Tickets for either cruise can be purchased for $25 at the waterfront ticket booth, and tickets for kids under 12 are $12.50 for the sunset cruise and $15 for the fireworks cruise. For more information, call 603-682-2293.

Ayla Brown performs Friday

Country singer Ayla Brown will take the stage at Market Landing Park Friday night as part of the waterfront concert series. Brown, who performed earlier this month at Boston’s Fourth of July celebration on the Esplanade, is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and granddaughter of the late C. Bruce Brown. Her grandfather once served as a chairman of Yankee Homecoming and was instrumental in the festival’s fundraising for The Jimmy Fund.

Brown, a Wrentham native, competed on “American Idol” in 2006 and made it to the semifinals.

“She seems really nice and she puts on a nice show,” said Jason LaCroix, president of the Homecoming board of directors.

The show will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Foodies finding good eats

As popular as the craft tents are this week, some visitors to Market Square come for the food.

Jeff Krumrine, a local solutions engineer in the IT field, said during Tuesday’s craft show that food was his motive to be outdoors at noon.

“I had a great meal at the Greek church,” said Krumrine, whose office is in the downtown. “And I had a great lobster-and-scallop roll on the Square. At Yankee Homecoming, you see different offerings and I’ve had several great meals so far.”