Gabby Puma Sallo of Chinchero, Peru, presents a traditional Peruvian weaving and dyeing demonstration tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at The Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery, 32 Elm St., Amesbury.

Sallo will demonstrate the traditional weaving process using a back strap loon while sharing the history and process of creating the ancient traditional textile weavings of the Andes. She will discuss how alpaca and sheep's wool are washed, spun and dyed with vegetables and roots to create the many vivid colors used in weaving, and also explain the traditional symbols used to honor the many elements of nature and the spirit world.

Sallo's weavings as well as weavings from Ausangate, Puno/Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Chinchero/Mastanas, including belts, bags, table runners, rugs, blankets and more, some of which are more than 100 years old, are for sale at the shop. Proceeds will help support Sallo and her mission.

For more, call 978-388-3499 or visit for more.

Hike to Health, more on tap at Maudslay

Step off on a Hike to Health through Maudslay State Park along Curzon Mill Road in Newburyport on Sunday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The park interpreter will lead the moderate, less than 1-mile hike. The free outing is designed to improve cardiovascular health.

Here's what else is planned at the park:

A twilight sensory walk heads out Monday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ages 6 and up are invited to observe the night's wonders within the park. A powwow and other activities are also planned.

Evening strolls continue on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The weekly outings led by the park interpreter seek to interpret various areas of the property. A different trail is explored each week.

Kidleidoscope, a nature program for ages 3 to 6 featuring a story, craft and outdoor exploration activity, takes place Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

All programs are free and start from the park headquarters across from the main parking lot. They are co-sponsored by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Maudslay State Park Association. Call the park at 978-465-7223 for more.

Movies by starlight in Port, Salisbury

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry kicks off its free Wednesday night waterfront movie series in Market Landing Park next week with the classic "The Wizard of Oz."

The film starts about 8 p.m. or soon after dusk. Admission is free. Bring picnics and blankets.

The series continues Aug. 11 with "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and Aug. 18 with "Shrek." Aug. 25 is set aside as a rain date. Visit

The free summer movie series on Newburyport's Inn Street is continuing on Thursday nights. "The Tale of Despereaux" will be screened next Thursday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 p.m., and "Bee Movie" plays Aug. 12. Aug. 19 is the rain date. The series is being presented by Newburyport Development, with the support of England's MicroCreamery.

The Currier Recreation Area near the pavilion at Salisbury Beach State Reservation is also hosting movies on Wednesday nights this summer.

The free family flicks start at dusk. Complimentary popcorn is available. People should arrive at 8 p.m. While admission is free, park admission is $9. The screenings continue through Sept. 1. Contact park interpreter Stacy Kilb at the Currier Recreation Area at 617-372-6730.

Garden party honors Whittier's life

The Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury is joining with the poetry group Tapestry of Voices next month for a garden party to celebrate John Greenleaf Whittier's love of gathering together with friends to enjoy poems, music food and friendship.

The event, set for Sunday, Aug. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the garden of Whittier's home at 86 Friend St., aims to honor the influential 19th century American Quaker poet and ardent abolitionist who spent his life pursuing social justice and artistic expression.

Members of Tapestry of Voices will recite Whittier's poetry as well as their own original works built around the day's theme. Local readers include award-winning poet Rhina P. Espaillat, Whittier Home Association President Cynthia Costello, Sally Lavery and Lainie Senechal. Other featured readers will be Tapestry of Voices founder Harris Gardner, Walter Howard, Joanna Nealon and Isabella Nebel.

Area artists, including Joan Gessner, will be painting in the garden, and classical guitarist John Tavano will perform a mix of original compositions and pieces from the Romantic period. The day will also feature guided tours of the museum, a buffet and a silent auction, with a week at The Cove in Yarmouth, Red Sox tickets, gift certificates to Ristorante Molise and Greenery Designs in Amesbury, tickets to Maudslay Arts Center in Newburyport and an original painting of Celia Thaxter's garden among the items up for grabs.

Charlie Cullen, president of The Provident Bank, will serve as master of ceremonies and Nick Costello will portray Whittier as he greets guests. Guided tours of the museum will be and a buffet.

Tickets are $25. Major sponsors are Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, May Wetherbee Jones and Rosemarie Rodie. The Steering Committee includes Joanne Sullivan, Diana Burkholder, Pam Fenner, Skye Wentworth, Paula McPartland, Rita Mullis, Judy Merchant, Harriett Gould, Dawn Bennett, Pat Grenier, Julia McCullogh, Judy Merchant, Rosemarie Rodie, Dianne Cole, Gerri Berry and Cynthia Costello.

Proceeds will support the Whittier Home Association, stewards of the collections, structures and grounds, and their efforts to repair damage from recent flooding. For tickets or more information, visit or call 978-388-1337.

Teen Theater Arts Workshop at Firehouse

The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport is offering a weeklong intensive program in theater, performance and playwriting for advanced students age 14 to 19 next month. The Teen Theater Arts Workshop runs from Aug. 9 through 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be taught by playwrights Nikole Beckwith and Gregory S. Moss.

It will focus on advanced acting technique, improvisation, elements of stage craft, scene study, self-scripted performance, playwriting for actors, ensemble play-making and audition technique

A playwright and performer, Moss receives his master's in playwriting from Brown University in Rhode Island and is a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellow in Playwriting. Beckwith is an actor and playwright who relocated from Newburyport to New York City, where she is an emerging writer-in-residence at The Public Theater.

The cost is $199. Enrollment is limited. Call the Firehouse's administrative offices at 978-499-9931 or e-mail Kimm Wilkinson at for more.

Art association fundraiser aboard ship

The Newburyport Art Association is once again inviting its supporters onboard The Back Dog's clipper ship The Alabama this summer for a fundraising cocktail party.

The event will be held dockside on the Newburyport waterfront on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature food, special cocktails and a celebrity guest captain, plus drawings for prizes.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will support the art association's outreach programs benefiting school children and special needs adults in Greater Newburyport. For tickets or information, call the art association at 978-465-8769.

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