, Newburyport, MA

May 21, 2013

What a month of events in Port

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The last 30 days in Newburyport certainly have been filled with excitement and hard work to bring literature and history to the city. Our thanks goes out to all those who have worked so hard to make these events happen again.

In late April it was the 8th Newburyport Literary Festival. We have heard that there were about 4,000 who took part in the different events that day. A very “big thank-you” to Vicki Hendrickson, chair, the members of the board of the Newburyport Literary Association, the Steering Committee members and all of the volunteers who made the 8th Newburyport Literary Festival such an outstanding event.

And a thank-you to those in the community who opened their doors for the festival events and to all the sponsors who helped make this wonderful day in Newburyport.

This was another one-day festival with 50 authors in 10 locations around the city with events between 9 a.m. until the closing events at 7 p.m. It was a fun-filled and an exciting day for the community for people of all ages. There was something for everyone in the 50 events — some filled to capacity. Readings from poetry, non-fiction, fiction, historical, children’s events and panel discussions, the day was packed with choices.

And topping off the festival was the honoring of Sue Little, owner of the Jabberwocky Bookshop for 40 years, who has welcomed readers, writers, poetry events and Friday night author’s night at her store.

In May it was the 7th Newburyport Preservation Week events sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust. A big “thank-you” to Tom Kolterjahn, Linda Miller, co-presidents, and those involved in making this event such a success over those four days. The ability to collaborate again with the Custom House Maritime Museum provided an excellent setting for some of the events. The programs this year dealt with women in preservation with about 400 attending the lectures and tours. The lectures on “Women at Sea,” “Women: History’s Silent Partners,” “America’s Kitchens,” “The Herbalist’s Garden” by Jon Forti, nationally recognized lecturer and curator of Historical Landscape at Strawbery Banke Museum, and Sally Zimmerman, senior preservation services, manager, Historic New England, who spoke on women in the early preservation movement. There were tours of Emma L. Andrews Library, St. Anna’s Chapel and its historic restoration in progress, the Powder House Park & Learning Center and Old South Church.

These events take months of planning, hours of volunteer time and support from local institutions and friends to make these such successful and enriching programs. The city has been filled with many wonderful happenings this spring and we look forward to what is to come in 2014.

Marge and Skip Motes