, Newburyport, MA

July 16, 2013

Region news in brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Winemaking Competition at Topsfield Fair

The Topsfield Fair will host the annual Winemaking Competition at the 2013 Fair. Homemade Wine entries are being accepted until Wednesday, Aug 7. Entries, along with registration forms, should be dropped off at the Topsfield Fair’s Administration Building (207 Boston St., Topsfield). Entries will be awarded points based on the following categories: Appearance, Aroma and Bouquet, Taste, Aftertaste, and Overall.

In addition to the Amateur Wine Competition, exhibitors can enter the Wine Label Competition. Labels can be hand-drawn or computer generated and will be judged as separate classes. Accepted entries will be judged at the conclusion of the Winemaking Contest and will be displayed at the Topsfield Fair on Oct. 4-14.

A full list of rules, regulations and deadlines for the Winemaking contests and many others can be found by visiting the Topsfield Fair website ( and browsing the Exhibitor’s Handbook section. Any and all additional questions can be directed to the Topsfield Fair staff via phone (978-887-5000) or email (

Families sought for Chinese students

Academic Year in America (AYA) is currently looking for Newburyport area families to play host to China.

This year, AYA is bringing highly qualified Chinese high school students to the U.S. to learn about American culture while living with volunteer host families and studying at high schools across the nation. Newburyport-area families have the unique opportunity to learn about the Chinese culture during this exchange.

To learn more about hosting a Chinese exchange student with AYA, call Danielle at 800-322-4678, ext. 5164 or e-mail Visit AYA on the web at

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. The Topsfield Fair ticket booth will open on Aug. 19 to buy tickets in person, in addition to online and phone orders. 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.