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Triple Helix is arriving at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday.

The piano trio — violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro — will perform their latest concert, “An Evening of Beethoven,” at 8 p.m.

Triple Helix began playing together in 1995. They chose their group name based on the idea of the double helix — “the dynamic intertwining and interdependence of the spiraling energies that generate life,” they say, and saw “a parallel in their partnership of violin, cello and piano: each instrument, a potent force in its own right, is entrusted by the composer with its specific share of the music’s “genetic material.’”

Tickets are $24 for the general public and $22 for students and seniors. Call 978-462-7336 or go online to

Author John Smolens visits Port

Former Newburyport resident John Smolens will return to the city tonight to read from his latest novel, “Quarantine.” Smolens will speak at the Newburyport library from 5 to 6 p.m. before signing copies of his novel at The Book Rack at 7 p.m.

Set in Newburyport, “Quarantine” is the story of the plight that grips the city in 1796 after a deadly sickness is brought into the city via the travelers on a trading ship. It is told through the eyes of the Sumner family.

Smolens also set his first book, “Winter by Degrees,” in Newburyport.

Artist reception at Port eatery

The Carry Out Cafe in Newburyport will welcome two local artists to the State Street eatery tomorrow night.

Helena Dion and Elizabeth Triglione are this month’s featured artists for the cafe and their work will hang on the restaurant’s walls.

A pastel artist for 10 years, Dion pulls from her childhood growing up in Maine and is still inspired by the rocky shoreline and wildflowers. A resident of West Newbury, her newest pieces feature scenes from her latest family vacations with her husband and two teenagers.

Triglione, who also lives in West Newbury, began painting and taking pottery classes about eight years ago. She says the inspiration for her paintings are found in life’s little details, such as fruits and vegetables, rocks along the beach or flowers from her garden. Her son constructs the wooden frames for her pieces.

The public can meet Dion and Triglione from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the cafe, 155 State St. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine will be served.

Phillippi Ryan speaks at Jabberwocky

Local television reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan will visit the Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport tomorrow night to discuss her new mystery, “The Other Woman.”

The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Tannery bookstore, 50 Water St. While she will discuss her book, Phillippi Ryan will also host a question and answer period and sign copies of “The Other Woman.” Refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bridge Gallery invites artists to join

The artist-owned and operated Bridge Gallery in Newburyport is seeking new artists to join them. Artists can participate as either a full member or a guest. Full members are equal owners of the gallery; all owners participate equally in running the business. Guest artists can host exhibits, as well.

Interested artists should call Anne Recchia at 978-255-2483 for more information. The Bridge Gallery is located at 1R Water St., Newburyport.

Coast Guard exhibit gets extended run

The Custom House Maritime Museum has been able to extend the time of its exhibit on the U.S. Coast Guard until Oct. 8, due to a sponsorship from the Institution For Savings.

“On Guard! Semper Paratus in Newburyport 222 Years” has drawn record-breaking crowds to the museum this summer. It was a popular spot for visitors during the city’s Coast Guard weekend last month as Newburyport celebrated its designation as a Coast Guard City and its role as the birthplace of the Coast Guard.

The exhibition features artifacts and mementos from its long history, including historic uniforms, model ships of old and new vessels and information on the tradition of ship mascots.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“This opportunity, made possible by Institution For Savings, to give recognition to the men and women protecting our coastal waters, while imparting an appreciation of the evolution of the Coast Guard’s mission, is a tribute to their fine heritage,” museum curator Kevin MacDonald said in a statement.

Trunk show at Sisters We Three

Jan Rooney, a representative of jewelry and fiber artists in Oaxaca, Mexico, will visit Sisters We Three in Newburyport on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

The artisan shop is located at 57 Pleasant St.

Cat in the Cradle coffeehouse kicks off season

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will launch its fall lineup on Saturday night. Vermont singer/songwriter Thomas Anderson will entertain with a mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is located at 7 Central St., Byfield, and is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music will begin at 8. Admission is $5. Refreshments will be sold in the Cat Cafe.

African dinner and dance Saturday

The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance (GNBA) is celebrating its 20th birthday this year with an African dinner and dance on Saturday. The alliance has a relationship with Newburyport’s “sister city” in Bura, Kenya, and has completed numerous projects in the community over the last two decades.

The dance at the Elks Lodge in Newburyport is open to all ages. It begins at 6 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a menu of African dishes and listen to African music. A selection of African wares will be available for browsing and purchase. Gift baskets from the Taita Hills of southern Kenya will be raffled.

Proceeds from the evening will support projects in Bura.

Tickets will be available at the door or can be secured by calling Joanna Hammond and Ted Van Nahl at 978-388-3230. Ticket prices are adults $25, students $15 and children under 12 are free. Families are encouraged to attend. The maximum family admission price is $50. To learn more about the group, visit or email

Block party at Rock Church

The community is invited to stop by the new Rock Church in Amesbury on Saturday as they host a Block Party.

Located across from the Amesbury library, the church was formerly First United Methodist Church. Beginning at 3:30 p.m., revelers can enjoy games, a bounce house and complimentary hot dogs, drinks and snacks. Music will be performed by First Monday and Amesbury Praise. The groups will offer a glimpse of the celebratory music offered at the church’s new worship services, beginning on Sunday.

‘Finding Freedom’ talk at Art Association

Photographer Eva Koleva Timothy will give a lecture at the Newburyport Art Association on Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Through her talk, “Finding Freedom — The Light of Liberty,” Timothy will take the audience from her birthplace Sofia, Bulgaria, where she grew up during the height of the Cold War, and her journey to the United States as she pursued her lifelong dream to become an American citizen.

For tickets, call the association at 978-465-8769. Admission is $12 for the general public.

‘Flash from the Past’ at Maudslay

Head to Maudslay State Park on Saturday and take a peek into the past. The park interpreter will present a PowerPoint presentation featuring historical photos of the former Moseley estate while offering a narration to accompany the images. Popcorn and beverages will be provided by the Maudslay State Park Association.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. It is free, but donations are welcome. The program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Maudslay State Park Association.

Art exhibit honors Amesbury teacher

The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts program will celebrate this month’s featured artists during a reception with the public on Monday.

Local artists Janet Claffey, Billie McLane and Donna Randall joined together for the exhibit, “Travels & Treasures,” to honor their late friend — and Donna’s sister — Barbara Randall Bailey, who passed away last year. Bailey was a beloved teacher in the Amesbury school system for 35 years, as well as a talented artist and photographer.

The show features their works, as well as pieces created by Bailey. It runs through Sept. 30 and serves as a fundraiser for The Barbara Bailey Memorial Fund, which benefits students and educators in the Amesbury school system through the Amesbury Educational Foundation.

A reception will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Provident Bank, 5 Market St., Amesbury.

Hendrickson to speak at Emma Andrews Library

Newburyport-based journalist Dyke Hendrickson will speak at the Emma Andrews Library on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Hendrickson, who is a reporter for The Daily News of Newburyport, will discuss his new e-book about the television industry called “Hollywood Press Tour.”

A former television editor for The Boston Herald, Hendrickson will discuss the television of the 1980s, as his work of fiction is set in the late 1980s. Some refer to that decade as “the golden age of television” when sitcoms such as “Cosby,” “Cheers” and “Dallas” were on the air.

Hendrickson will also discuss his decision to produce his book in an electronic version for the Kindle and iPad and not as a “hard copy.”

His talk will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Angelil shows at Newbury College

Amesbury artist Muriel Angelil is hosting a solo show, “Back to the Past: A Daughter of the Nile,” at Newbury College’s Tassinari Gallery through Oct. 31.

Angelil incorporates her Egyptian upbringing into the paintings and relies upon her observances of the environment she grew up in and her memories of childhood. Angelil received her master’s degree in education from Rhode Island School of Design and her master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Art.

Jenny Allen visits Firehouse

New York-based writer and performer Jenny Allen is coming to Newburyport. Allen will present her one-woman show, “I Got Sick Then I Got Better,” next Friday, Sept. 21, beginning at 7 p.m.

Allen’s performance is being presented by the Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness (GNOCA) group as part of their month-long schedule of programs to observe National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Allen was diagnosed and treated for Stage 2 ovarian cancer in 2005 and discusses the experience with honesty, humor and emotion, during her show.

Coastsweep set for next week

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge are seeking volunteeers to join in this year’s Coastsweep cleanup of Plum Island.

The cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will help pick up trash and debris from the roads, trails and beaches. Supplies will be provided by Mass Audubon staff when volunteers check in at the refuge’s Parking Lot 1. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, Joppa Flats Education Center will host the annual “Celebrate the Coast Free-for-All,” a family activity designed to celebrate the health of the coastline. The program will run from 10a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include live tide pool animal demonstrations, guided salt marsh walks, and interactive science activities.


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