, Newburyport, MA

May 3, 2014

Region News in Brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Sheep Shearing Festival May 18

The North Andover Festival Committee presents the 42nd annual Sheep Shearing Festival on Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Old North Andover Common. Activities include sheep shearing and herding demonstrations, pony rides, craft fair, food vendors, hayrides, and cow pie bingo. There will be a free shuttle from the Franklin and Middle Schools. For more information, call Jeff at 978-490-6505.

NYMO concerts May 4

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will present its Spring Afternoon of Concerts on Sunday, May 4, at Gordon College Chapel in Wenham.

The afternoon will be split into two events – a concert at 2:30 p.m. featuring Prelude String Ensemble, Overture String Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Junior Flute Choir, and Flute Choir; and a concert at 5 p.m. featuring the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Select Flute Choir.

This concert is free and open to the public and appeals to all ages. Each concert will last between an hour and two hours and both will be followed by a reception after the performance.

For more information on NMYO and their performances and opportunities for young musicians, visit the website at or contact NMYO at or (978) 309-9833.

Scholarship opportunity

Applications for the Daughters of Isabella Scholarship are available for grade 12 graduating students who are catholic and will be entering an institution of higher learning. Contact Judith Kennedy at 978-809-8552

Crafters needed for Sheep Shearing Festival

Crafters are wanted for the 42nd annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival, which will be held on Sunday, May 18, on the Old North Andover Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Jeff at 978-490-6505.

Host families needed

The following specific exchange students are available for families to host so they may attend Triton and Pentucket Schools for the next school year. A Chinese girl that likes swimming and piano, a girl from Germany who likes yoga, cycling, and dance, a boy from Finland who likes soccer, fusel, and skiing, a Thai girl that likes biking, swimming, and painting, a girl from Germany who likes swimming, running and singing, and a boy from Mexico who likes weightlifting, volleyball, and football. Students are between 15 and 17 years old, they come about the 25th of June, usually 1 week after school gets out and stay until the middle of August. Interested families should contact Ginger Smith 603-397-2494 or email immediately.

‘Let the Good Times Grow’ is new fair theme

The grand prize winner of the Topsfield Fair 2014 theme contest is “Let the Good Times Grow,” submitted by Jenna Melvin. Melvin is from Danvers and her theme idea received over 45 percent of the total votes. She will receive a prize package containing four tickets to the 2014 Topsfield Fair and an assortment of collectible Topsfield Fair souvenirs.

“Harvest the Fun” by Martha Morrison of Topsfield earned the spot of first runner-up, receiving approximately 25 percent of the votes. The 2014 Topsfield Fair will run from Friday, Oct. 3 through Monday, Oct. 13. Discounted tickets will be on sale this summer and a program of all major events will be released in July. More information about all things Topsfield Fair can be found at

Topsfield Fair seeking college interns

Topsfield Fair is seeking upperclassmen or graduate college students to become a part of their internship program. With the fair coming in early October, the fair is looking for an intern who can work throughout the summer and fall. Program responsibilities include assisting with social media projects, customer relations, assisting with advertising campaigns, and much more. The program is open to all majors; however, applicants must be articulate, self-motivated and detail-oriented. Check out the Topsfield Fair website ( or contact for more information, a list of potential projects and an application.