Recycling takes a trendy turn in the fourth annual Rubbish to Runway ReFashion Show on Saturday in Newburyport.

Organized by the nonprofit Long Way Home and sponsored by Wheelabrator of North Andover, the event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Nicholson Hall, 7 Harris St.

More than 25 fashions will grace the runway and represent a mixture of waste and recycled post-consumer materials. Clothing hand-created by local artists includes items such as store circulars, thrift shop bargains, product packaging, plastic utensils, Dumpster diggings and The New York Times.

The family-friendly evening will feature both male and female models as young as 10 walking to popular rock, pop, rap and reggae tunes. Hors d’oeuvres donated by local restaurants will be served, and there will be a cash bar and specialty coffee bar.

A silent and live auction will also take place. Several of the fashions will be up for grabs, along with two trips to Paris.

This year includes a special tribute to Vanessa Morales, a supporter of Long Way Home who died in a car accident on July 4 in Florida. Her family will travel from Texas to attend and honor her memory.

Long Way Home uses sustainable design and materials to build schools in Guatemala. The Tecnico Chixot School in Comalapa now has 66 students taught by locally trained teachers and occupies a campus of buildings constructed with earth-packed tires and trash-filled bottles.

Saturday’s fundraiser aims to raise $10,000 to complete construction of a cistern to collect and supply potable water for the campus. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for students and children.

For reservations or more information, visit or email

Local minister in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

A Rowley minister is playing Reverend Harper in a production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” opening Saturday at the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham.

The Rev. Bob Hagopian of First Congregational Church will share the walk-on role with Pastor Kevin Baird of Congregational Life in Hamilton.

Other local residents in the play are David Carpentier of Rowley as O’Hara and Mike Fay of Byfield as Rooney.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a classic play about a family of questionable sanity. It first premiered in New York in 1941 and was released as a film starring Cary Grant in 1944.

Performances are Oct. 25, 30 and 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance and $16 at the door. On Halloween night, guests dressed in costume will receive $3 off at the door.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call 978-468-4818, ext. 10.

A Halloween-themed day at Joppa Flats

Families can get a helping of Halloween madness this weekend with the Mystery Festival Free-for-All at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors are invited to participate in a variety of free activities. For ages 2 to 6, there will be stories and songs, silly and festive crafts, and a kooky treasure hunt. Older children will enjoy examining an intriguing “crime scene” and performing a series of forensic investigations, such as soil sample comparison, water sampling, chromatography, pH tests and track identification.

Guests are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Football talk at Port bookstore

The author of a book about the Salem High School football team will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow night.

In “No Backing Down: The Inspirational Story of the 1994 Salem High School Football Team,” Sean Stellato chronicles how the team and coaches banded together in the face of a contentious teachers’ strike. The defiance was national news at the time, and coach Ken Perrone lost his job after ignoring a cease-and-desist order from the school administration.

Stellato was a junior and the quarterback for the team at the time, and he led the players to win the Division 3A Super Bowl. He went on to play professional football and is now a sports agent.

The event is free and runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Autographed photos of Rob Gronkowski and Joe Vellano will be raffled off, and 20 percent from all sales of “No Backing Down” will be donated to the youth football league in Amesbury.

For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

Photography talk at Georgetown library

Librarians Darrell and Ruth Eifert will give a photography talk and share travel tips during a program Tuesday night at the Georgetown Peabody Library.

When the Eiferts started planning their 30th anniversary trip to England and Scotland, they both did their research. Darrell consulted his favorite British digital photography magazines, while Ruth borrowed books, did online research of bus and train schedules, investigated tourist websites, and perused travel and accommodation blogs.

Their three-week itinerary took them from Northumberland to Scotland to the medieval city of Wells, the smallest city in England.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Eiferts will discuss their adventure, show images and offer planning ideas.

Darrell Eifert’s photographs of their trip are on display through November at the library, 2 Maple St. Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 978-352-5728 or visit

Amesbury author to discuss crime fiction

An Amesbury mystery author will appear on a panel at the Boston Book Festival on Saturday.

Edith Maxwell, who writes the Local Foods Mysteries series, will join nine other mystery and crime authors for “The Whydunnit in Crime Fiction” at 10 a.m. at First Church Chapel, 66 Marlborough St.

The writers will engage the audience in a discussion of traditional motives for crimes and how variations on these themes and relationships drive today’s crime fiction.

Maxwell will debut a new series, Country Series Mysteries, under the pseudonym Maddie Day in 2015. She also writes the Lauren Rousseau mysteries under the name Tace Baker. Her most recent short story of murderous revenge, “Breaking the Silence,” appeared in “Best New England Crime Stories 2014: Stone Cold” and won an honorable mention in the Al Blanchard Short Crime Fiction Contest.

For more information about the festival, visit

School gets into spirit with tricks and treats

“Triton is Haunted!” will spook and delight visitors on Saturday.

High school and middle school students are transforming classrooms and hallways into Halloween wonderlands crawling with decorations that are both terrifying and enchanting, including appearances by Elsa and Anna from “Frozen.” There will also be food and activities.

“Triton is Haunted!” runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5, with proceeds to benefit the Triton PTA and enrichment programs for students.

Triton Regional High School and Middle School is located at 112 Elm St., Byfield. For more information, email or call 978-465-4164.

Halloween Costume Parade in Amesbury

Halloween festivities take to the street in Amesbury on Tuesday. The Annual Children’s Halloween Costume Parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. from the Water Street parking lot and meander through Market Square, up Friend Street and over to the Upper Millyard Amphitheater.

The Downtown Business Trick-or-Treating will follow. Treats will be given out by participating businesses from roughly 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., when the crowd will gather again in the amphitheater to hear Mayor Ken Gray’s top three picks in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Those who had entered the contest — and are wearing the provided bracelet — are then invited to a pizza party at Flatbread Company.

These activities are separate from the city-wide trick-or-treating planned in Amesbury on Oct. 31.

Costume party raises funds for two charities

A Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser, sponsored by Newburyport BNI, will be held tomorrow from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Club on Low Street in Newburyport. There will be refreshments, DJ, photo booth, prizes for best costume, and more. Tickets are $20.

Two charities will receive proceeds from the event. The Debra organization supports people suffering from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare and incurable genetic connective tissue disorder affecting one out of every 20,000 live births.The nonprofit Pettengill House is the local beneficiary.

Dining out Monday will benefit MRFRS

Diners will have a chance to raise money to help the cats and kittens of Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society by dining at Michael’s Harborside restaurant Monday from 5-9 p.m.

A port of food sales will be donated to MRFRS that evening.

The restaurant is located at One Tournament Wharf, Newburyport.

Readers invited to join book club

The Rowley Library Book Club has chosen “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson as its next selection.

Anyone wishing to participate is asked to read the book and come to the library on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss it. Copies are available to pick up now.

The novel follows a woman who lives her life over and over again. Each time, she gets the chance to make different choices that affect not only her life, but the lives of those around her.

The library is located at 141 Main St. For more information, call 978-948-2850.

‘A Very Non-PC Exhibit’ in Amesbury

Seven artists share their visual, political commentary on our culture, the environment and the government in a new exhibit at Blue Wave Art Gallery in Amesbury.

The featured artists are Dave Magdalenski of Amesbury; Michael Ahern of Boston; Augustus Goertz of New York City; Greg Kitterle of Boston; Daniel Venjean of Paris; Carol Wintle of Belmont; and gallery director Asia Scudder of Exeter, N.H.

A free opening reception with wine and cheese will be held tomorrow night from 5 to 9 p.m. There will also be a public lecture about the importance of art on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

“Unlock” will be up through Nov. 11. For more information, call 405-826-0181 or visit

‘Thrilling’ dance events this weekend

Two events that will appeal to dance fans are scheduled for Saturday.

The Joppa Dance Company will host a Halloween Ball from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Dance Place in The Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Appropriate for the whole family, the ball will include treats, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $25 per family or $20 per couple. Proceeds benefit Joppa’s upcoming performance in New York. For more information, call 978-465-1485.

Over in Georgetown that evening, dancers will participate in a worldwide attempt to the break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Thousands of people in cities around the world will learn the “Thriller” dance and perform it at precisely the same time, which is 6 p.m. here.

The “Thrill the World” event kicks off with registration at 4:30 p.m. at American Legion Park. Participants are encouraged to dress in full zombie attire, and a suggested donation of $20 per family will go to support the Beth Israel Senior Health Fund and the Groveland American Legion. For more information, visit

Rowley Library hosting free talks

Raising chickens and avoiding holiday stress are the topics on tap for two free programs at the Rowley Public Library.

Tonight at 7, Topsfield Fair poultry expert Ed White will answer questions and offer advice about backyard chickens. Topics include how to start, cost, breeds, equipment and resources.

Next Thursday, Jake Karlins will present “Sanity for the Holidays!” Karlins has studied Buddhism and meditation for 10 years, in addition to aikido, tai chi, yoga and other mind/body practices. He will lead meditation and a discussion of how to best handle this time of year.

The library is located at 141 Main St. For more information about either program, call 978-948-2850.

‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ begin rehearsals

Kate Sullivan, local musician and children’s author, is organizing a reading/performance of Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” It tells the story of the three kings’ journey towards Bethlehem and their surprise visit at the tiny home of a poor young boy and his mother.

Amahl’s mother will be sung by Amesbury’s Kathryn Tolley, who recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in opera.

King Balthazaar will be sung by Justin Turner, whose beautiful bass voice delighted audiences at the Theater in the Open’s summer production, “As You Like It.”

Shepherds of all sizes and ages for the chorus and a king and an accompanist are needed.

The first rehearsal/information session will be held at the First Religious Society Meeting House, Pleasant Street, Newburyport, this Saturday at 3 p.m.

Reading/performance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. at the First Religious Society Parish Hall.

For more information, call Sullivan at 978-992-7178 or email or

Music on tap at Port restaurants

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature the Clippertones tomorrow and Ruthamar on Saturday.

The Clippertones are an ensemble of diverse musician, spanning multiple generations. Drawing from a wide range of music styles, they tend to play what they call swamp rock. The group traces their influences from a variety of Roots music, mainly folk, blues, Americana, jazz, bluegrass, rock, reggae and soul.

Ruthamar Boyer was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, where she lived for the first 20 years of her life before moving to the United States in 2007. After studying at Berkeley School of Music, she performed in the Boston Metro train stations, where she was eventually discovered by JME Records. Her Haitian background influences her original music and overall sound.

Both shows start at 8 p.m. in the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

Also on Saturday, the Bob Kramer Band will be performing at David’s. The band does a rootsy, bluesy, rockin’ mix of music. The show will start at 8 p.m. at 11 Brown Square, Newburyport, restaurant.


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