Get ready for pumpkins and hayrides and good old-fashioned apple pie as Amesbury hosts its 19th annual Woodsom Farm Festival on Saturday. The family event will feature a day of fall activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town-owned farm along Lion's Mouth Road.

There will be a craft fair, vendors selling crops from local farms, a pie bake-off and a pumpkin-carving contest. Soak in the foliage on a hayride. The Yo-Yo People will entertain the crowd, and The Magic of the Steelgraves will perform.

Hayrides will travel through the fall foliage. Children can get their faces painted and enjoy a variety of other games, rides and fun, including a petting zoo, pony rides and more. Visit the police and fire departments' booths, too.

Bring chairs and blankets and spend the afternoon. The rain date is Sunday. For more, visit or call Dave Pare at 978-388-8562.

Season's final walk-through for Port's galleries

Take a tour of Newburyport's art world on Saturday. The final ArtWalk Newburyport of the year steps off from 3 to 7 p.m.

The self-guided walking tour highlights more than a dozen of the city's art galleries. Featured artists will be on hand at many of the venues to discuss their pieces, and exhibits of new works are also planned. Here's what each gallery has on tap:

Bridge Gallery, 113 Merrimac St.: Reception for artist Rick Hayes' "Recent Oils," plus "Interiors," an exhibit by gallery artists.

Chameleon, 18 Liberty St.: A collection of fine art, jewelry, objects and whimsy.

The Churchill Gallery, 6 Inn St.: New works by Jhenna Quinn-Lewis, who is known for capturing everyday objects with beauty, balance and serenity. She is particularly inspired by songbirds and their contrast with simple geometric forms. Her show runs through Nov. 23.

Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market St.: A collection of fine art by contemporary artists.

Ferry Wharf Gallery, 1R Water St.: "Heart & Wonder," an exhibit of abstract art by Eva Maria Lee, whose work is inspired by her architectural background and intensive study of contemporary art in Germany. Her exhibit, which focuses on the transformative process through her bold use of color and reduced shapes, runs through Nov. 16.

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square: Works by Gordon Carlisle filled with humor, whimsy, irony and political commentary.

Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle St.: New monotypes and oils as well as a variety of small works by studio artists Mary Pollak of Ipswich and Lillian Coolidge of Haverhill in celebration of the gallery's second anniversary. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lepore Fine Arts, 58 Merrimac St.: American and European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries, including marine paintings.

Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.: "Who Done It?" — the annual Fall Members' Open Show featuring members' work in all media and subject matter, plus artwork by local school children.

Off the Wall, 57 Pleasant St.: Paintings by watercolor artist Linda Laterowicz. Plus, guitarist Chris Martinez will perform.

Somerby's Landing Sculpture Park, Newburyport waterfront: Opening reception for "Contemplation," featuring new sculptures by David Davies and Derek Riley, plus two new humorous bicycle sculpture acquisitions by Rob Hitzig and Simon Larochelle.

Valerie's Gallery, 12 State St.: Pieces by Byfield's Robin Luciano Beaty, who most recently has concentrated on the ancient wax-based medium of encaustic paint, in addition to mixed media, vintage materials and found objects, to create works with rich textural effect. A graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, Beaty is an art instructor, professional illustrator and graphic designer. Her paintings are inspired by her view of the natural world.

The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac St.: Collection of original art and sculpture by artists from New England and beyond.

Admission to all of the galleries on Saturday is free. Visit for a gallery map and more details.

Quartet in harmony at Newburyport church

The Blackwood Gospel Quartet featuring two-time Grammy Award winner Mark Blackwood performs tomorrow night at Newburyport Assembly of God, 13 Hale St., Newburyport.

The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 in the hills of Mississippi with Roy, Doyle, James and Roy's oldest son, R.W. Blackwood, beginning a legacy of spreading the gospel in song.

Over the years, the group has won numerous awards, performed thousands of concerts and appeared on many TV shows. Today's quartet continues to sing the traditional close-harmony, quartet-style music the Blackwoods were famous for performing.

A free-will offering will be taken at tomorrow's concert.

Wine Tasting, Art Auction on Plum Island

The Friends of the Newbury Council on Aging pour a Harvest Wine Tasting & Art Auction on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Plum Island Taxpayers Association Hall, Plum Island Boulevard, Newbury.

The night will feature fine wines from around the world paired with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres. Wine consultants will be on hand to share information about flavors, regions and how to pair wines with foods.

Several local artists, including Donna¬ Callahan, Kate Zehnter and Lorraine Connolly, have been invited to show their work in a variety of mediums, from watercolor to sculpture. One piece from each of the featured artists will be up for grabs in a silent auction.

Tickets are $20. Proceeds will benefit the Newbury Council on Aging's educational classes, social programs and services for seniors in Newbury and their families and caregivers. Call Natalie Beattie at 978-465-0919 for reservations.

Blessing of the Animals and Dog Walk

Celebrate the joy that pets bring at a Blessing of the Animals and Dog Walk on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 Main St.

Bring your dog, cat, bird or other pet and join the fun. Those who aren't able to have their animal tag along may bring a photo to be blessed. Stuffed animal friends are also welcome. The all-ages event will include photos, raffles and refreshments.

Sponsorship forms for the Dog Walk are available at the church office. Participants are collecting pledges for the walk. Call Karen Schmuch at 978-948-5026 for more.

Fresh cup of music for Byfield coffee house

Local singer-songwriters Michelle Lewis and Ian Fitzgerald take center stage tomorrow for the return of the Cat and the Cradle Coffeehouse at Byfield Community Arts Center on Central Street in Byfield.

Doors for the evening of musical storytelling open at 7:30 p.m. with the music starting at 8. Tickets are $5. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be served. Visit for more.

Up all night at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spend an all-nighter Saturday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. The historic farm at 5 Little's Lane is offering a chance for families to experience 17th-century life for one night.

Guests will follow farm routines and traditions passed down for generations, from helping put the animals to bed to stories by the fire.

Activities will include flashlight tours, crafts, treasure hunts and wagon rides before curling up in a bedroll or sleeping bag and falling to sleep in the upper chamber of the 17th-century manor house, in the hayloft, inside the Visitor Center or outdoors under the star-lit sky. Morning will bring a traditional flapjack breakfast and chores before heading back to 21st-century life.

The event goes from 4 p.m. tomorrow until 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 978-462-2634 to reserve a spot, or visit

Opening celebration for Crafters Quarters

Crafters Quarters at 36 Main St. in Amesbury celebrates its grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include demonstrations, snacks, door prizes and more. The studio features tools and equipment for a variety of crafting projects plus classroom space with programs taught by visiting artists and local crafters.

Call 978-388-8000 or visit

Discover Indian Hill Farm on Sunday walk

Explore Indian Hill Farm in West Newbury on Sunday with Essex County Greenbelt. Greenbelt Director and open space advocate Annie Madden leads the group's first walk of the new reservation from 1 to 3 p.m.

Madden will discuss the history of the property located on Indian Hill Street as the group travels past picturesque views. Admission is free. Call 978-768-7241 or visit

Authors sitting in at Jabberwocky Bookshop

Jabberwocky Bookshop in The Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport, welcomes two authors this weekend. Here's who is stopping by:

Tonight, Susan Cheever delves into "DESIRE: Where Sex Meets Addiction." One part intimate memoir, one part psychological examination, it explores the difference between falling in love and falling prey to an addiction. Cheever draws on both her personal experiences and her research into the subject of addiction to answer the question: How is an addiction to a lover different from and similar to other addictions?

The New York City writer and teacher is the best-selling author of 11 previous books, including "American Bloomsbury," "My Name is Bill," "Note Found in a Bottle," "As Good as I Could Be," "Home Before Dark," and "Treetops."

Tomorrow night, Gary Braver is in town to highlight his latest psychological thriller about the escalating pursuit of beauty, "Skin Deep." The book, he explains, explores how advances in technology and medicine, as well as society's rampant celebrity worship, have rendered cosmetic surgery commonplace and the quest for perfection a fraught and dangerous path.

The recipient of the 2006 Massachusetts Honor Book Award for Fiction, Braver is also the bestselling author of "Gray Matter," "Elixir" and "Flashback." Under his own name, Gary Goshgarian, he is an English professor at Northeastern University in Boston.

Both readings start at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 978-465-9359 or visit

Move your feet for a night of dancing

Get out your dancing shoes for a ballroom and swing dance on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lafayette Club, 11 High St., Amesbury.

Nancy Murphy of Dance Technics in Merrimac will host the event. Murphy will offer an introductory lesson from 8 to 9 p.m., and then the dance floor will be open for the swing, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, merengue, West Coast swing, cha cha, rumba, hustle, Argentine tango and more.

Tickets are $10 and include light refreshments. Call Dance Technics at 978-346-9290 for more.

Music complements menu at Rhythm Cafe

Merrimac singer-songwriter Marianne Chatterton celebrates the release of her latest CD tonight at 8 at the Rhythm Cafe, 12 School St., Merrimac.

Chatterton has been performing and writing folk/acoustic music for 20 years. Her second and newest CD, "innocence, impulse, and loss," is a solo endeavor recorded and produced in her home studio. Visit for more.

Next Thursday, Oct. 30, acoustic guitarist Justin Laing stops by Rhythm Cafe for a visit. Laing departs from his rock band roots for a solo show of smooth jazz and folk melodies tinged with blues from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Visit or call 978-346-0444 for more.

'Secret Life of Lobsters' author giving talk

Trevor Corson, author of "The Secret Life of Lobsters" and "The Story of Sushi," speaks about surprising food history, marine biology and practical tips for sustainable eating to preserve our oceans for the future on Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in The Performing Arts Center at The Governor's Academy, Elm Street, Byfield.

Corson spent two years studying philosophy in China, three years in Japan living in temples and studying Buddhism, and two more years working as a commercial fisherman off the Maine coast before becoming a bestselling author. An award-winning magazine editor, he has written on a wide variety of topics.

Corson's presentation is open free to the public. Call 978-499-3236. For more on Corson, visit

'Telepathic Animal Communication' lecture

Animal communicator Mauree Harmonay will discuss "Telepathic Animal Communication" for the next edition of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society's lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport.

Harmonay will explore how cats use telepathy to send and receive information, and how people can influence their cats' behavior by¬ understanding how felines perceive and interpret human thoughts, intentions and mental images. The lecture is free and will include an opportunity to win a free cat consultation.

Reservations are requested by calling the feline rescue society at 978-462-0760 or e-mailing with your name, phone number and e-mail address. Visit for more.

A repeat for New Works Festival winner

For the second straight year, a Northampton playwright has taken top honors in the annual New Works Festival at Newburyport's Firehouse Center for the Arts.

James McLindon of Northampton won in the full-length category for "Faith," the story of a boy struggling with his spirituality. McLindon also won for best full-length in the 2007 festival for "The Garden of Dromore."

McLindon's "Faith" will be the featured presentation in the New Works Festival set for Jan. 23 through Feb, 1 at the Firehouse in Market Square. A total of two full-lengths and 14 short works were selected to appear at the event from more than 100 submissions sent from across New England.

A full-length play by Stephen Faria of Newbury was the second one chosen for the festival stage.

Joshua Faigen won for best short play for his piece "Porch/Dusk." The other selected short plays are by Victor Atkins and Kathleen Klose of Newburyport, Deirdre Girard and Faria of Newbury, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro of Cambridge, Joe Byers of Boston, Kevin Carey of Beverly, Christopher Lockheardt of Andover, George Sauer of Dedham, and Eric Levitz and Rocco Natale of Connecticut.

Judges for this year's festival were Jack Welch, one of the founders of The Boston Theatre Association, American Premiere Stage and StageSource; Joe Antoun, artistic director for Centastage and theater professor at Emerson College in Boston; the late Peter Honegger, artistic director of Busy Boy/Bad Boy Productions who presented several shows at the Firehouse; M. Lynda Robinson, director of Blackburn Performing Arts (formerly West End Theater) in Gloucester; and playwright David Frank, English and drama teacher at Roxbury Latin School.

Auditions for performers interested in presenting the new works will take place Sunday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday, Nov. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Firehouse.

For more on the festival, visit For an audition appointment, call Kim Jurney at 978-465-3414.

Calling all candlelight singers for concert

Vocalists are being sought for the annual holiday candlelight service at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, in Newburyport.

Claudia Keyian, the church's youth music director, will conduct this year's program on Sunday, Dec. 21. Soloists will be Jayne West, Neal Ferriera and Bill Holloway. The program will also include brass music as well as a children's choir and a teen choir.

Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday afternoons, Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Pleasant Street church. There will also be a dress rehearsal the morning of Saturday, Dec. 20.

Interested singers should contact Keyian at or 978-462-3405.


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