, Newburyport, MA

September 23, 2013

Regional News in Brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Craft & Gift Festival at Austin Preparatory School

The annual Craft and Gift Festival is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium, 101 Willow St., Reading. The festival attracts hundreds of people every year who are looking for jewelry, cards, home decor items, handbags, gift baskets and many other goods. The festival also features bake and flower sales and raffle prizes.

The event is organized by the Friends of Austin, a volunteer parent group, and serves as a fundraiser for the school. All proceeds benefit Austin Prep. Questions may be directed to

Open house at St. John’s Prep

St. John’s Prep in Danvers will hold admission open houses on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. All open house sessions will begin in Brother Benjamin Hall on the Prep campus at 72 Spring St. in Danvers. To register in advance, visit

Seventh- and eighth-grade students and families interested in learning more about the high school program at St. John’s will have the opportunity to learn about the academic programs, explore co-curricular opportunities, and take part in student-led tours of the school’s 175-acre campus. Faculty, coaches, parents, current students and some representatives of the school’s clubs and organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

Discounted advance ticket sale at Topsfield Fair

Through Oct. 3, Topsfield Fair discounted advance tickets will be on sale. The discounted advance sale price is $9 per ticket, or $8 per ticket if bought in a bundle over 100. This year’s Topsfield Fair will be held from Oct. 4-14.

Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley for NECC fundraiser

Save the date to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover. This event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds from this NECC signature event will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.

Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.

This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.

Tickets are on sale for $35 each. For tickets, call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit For more information or to request communication access, visit Discounts are available for students and groups.

Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

A Salem tradition to kick off Haunted Happenings that is filled with pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. This year’s parade is Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This year’s theme is Books Come Alive! Parade begins at Shetland Park and ends at Salem Common.

Salem Theatre Co. stages Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”

The production is part of the annual Haunted Happenings celebration. A winner of the Tony Award for best play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. Artistic Director John Fogle directs. Productions are Oct. 3-6; Oct. 10-13; Oct. 17-17; all performances run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 90 Lafayette St.

The Big Draw Festival at PEM

This year the Peabody Essex Museum joins the internationally acclaimed campaign, celebrated for its ambitious reach and simple goal: To get everyone drawing. On Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can create your own sketchbook, discover the meditative benefits of zentangle or leave your mark on the world in sidewalk paint. Grab a crayon and your imagination and remember everyone can draw if given the chance.