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The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass., The Lookout column

May 29, 2014

By Ann Reily, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.

May 29--See mules participate in plowing demonstrations and enjoy 1860s baseball at the 16th annual Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Base Ball Games on Sunday.

Events will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. Visitors can learn how horses are harnessed, hitched and cared for; watch the hand-shearing of the farm's resident sheep; and see how the wool is washed, carded and spun into yarn.

The teams of the Essex Base Ball Association will play historically accurate games, which include underhanded pitching and bare hands (no gloves allowed).

There will also be wagon rides, blacksmithing demonstrations, children's crafts and games, tours of the 1690 manor house, and traditional New England music.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. The farm is located at 5 Little's Lane. For more information, call 978-462-2634 or visit

Concert to raise money to help fight hunger

A Newburyport teen has teamed up with Music for Food to host a benefit concert tomorrow night at the First Religious Society.

Mateo Lincoln, 17, is a pianist who attends New England Conservatory's Preparatory Program in Boston. He will be joined by other youth performers and local professional musicians, including Danny Harrington, Kristen Miller, Lea Pearson and Lark Madden and the Jazz Vespers Band.

The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and is appropriate for all ages, will include original music along with classical masterpieces and jazz standards.

Music for Food is a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in the Boston area. All proceeds from this concert will benefit The Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, 26 Pleasant St. For more information, call 978-465-7765 or email

Party to fete new cultural district

The Newburyport Cultural District is celebrating its recent designation by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with a Progressive Party on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

The party will kick off at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square, where guests will receive a map of the district and a list of activities. They can then walk through the district and enjoy performances, music, art, dance, special restaurant offerings and historic tours.

Ending the afternoon at 5 will be a celebratory toast at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.

The party is free, and no reservations are required.

Alan Bull showing work at Firehouse

Newburyport artist Alan Bull is showing paintings and monotypes in a new exhibit running through June 15 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

A reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Firehouse gallery, located in Newburyport'sMarket Square.

"Alan Bull: A Series Sampler" features work from several ongoing series that he has been working on for the past few years and includes images of dunes and ferries. Many of the paintings were done on birch panels, including the "White Series" that incorporates the wood grain into the works.

The gallery at the Firehouse is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days.

Plants, treats offered at Whittier Home

The Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury is hosting its annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The plant sale will include cuttings from the Whittier and members' gardens, prize irises, hostas, hybrids, herbs and more, along with garden supplies, vases and decor. Co-chairwomen Annie Tunstall and Nan Becker will be on hand to offer advice on taking care of the plants.

Coffee and cold drinks will be available at the bake sale, which will offer homemade sweets and breads. Docents will also be on hand to offer mini tours of the home.

Donations of plants and baked goods for the sale will be accepted tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at the home, 86 Friend St. To arrange pickup, call 978-388-1337.

Proceeds from the event benefit the upkeep of the museum and its educational outreach activities.

Library welcomes local authors

"Local Authors Love Libraries" concludes Saturday at the Amesbury Public Library.

From 11 a.m. to noon, author James Sullivan will read and host a discussion on his favorite subjects: "popular culture, human interest and obsession."

Sullivan is the author of "Island Cup" and other nonfiction works, as well as a freelance journalist and music and culture critic.

"Local Authors Love Libraries" is part of the May Membership Month celebration at the library and is sponsored by The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library.

The celebration also includes a mystery panel program tonight from 6:30 to 9 with authors Joel Brown, Elizabeth Elo, Edith Maxwell, Linda Baletsa and Tempa Pagel.

To register for either event, visit or call 978-388-8148. The library is located at 149 Main St.

Auditions for 'Into the Woods Jr.'

The TTS Players are holding auditions for the fall production of "Into the Woods Jr." on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St.

Auditions are open to all area youths ages 8-18 and will consist of readings from the script and some singing to gauge vocal range.

Rehearsals will start in mid-June, and the show will be performed Sept. 12-14 and 19-21.

Those unable to make Wednesday's audition who still want to be in the show are asked to call 978-476-6053 or email

For more information, visit

'Sketches From Oaxaca' featured

Erika Marquandt is the June artist of the month at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Marquandt grew up in Berlin during World War II. When she started to paint, her images were always about death.

Her new exhibit, "Sketches From Oaxaca," is inspired by her recent stay in Mexico, where she discovered that death can have a happy face and is honored there.

The frames in the exhibit are a collaboration with Oaxacan artist Miguel Angel Aguero.

The sketches will be on display from June 1-30 and are available to purchase for $15 each. Money from sales will benefit children in need in Oaxaca.

The exhibit will be displayed in the lower meetinghouse gallery, 26 Pleasant St. Admission is free, and it is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mystery writer to visit Jabberwocky

Best-selling author Brendan DuBois will stop by Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow night to discuss his latest mystery, "Fatal Harbor."

Set on the seacoast in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, "Fatal Harbor" is the eighth book in his Lewis Cole series. The plot revolves around a violent anti-nuclear demonstration at a power plant.

DuBois is the author of 16 novels and more than 130 published short stories. He is also a "Jeopardy!" game show champion.

The event will start at 7 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Admission is free.

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

Artist exhibits work at Anna Jaques

Paintings by Newburyport artist Sandra Jenkins are on display through June 26 at Anna Jaques Hospital.

Jenkins paints in oils and focuses primarily on local landscapes. The exhibit will feature her recent works.

Proceeds from artwork purchases will benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association.

Volunteers sought for kitchen tour

Organizers of the Newburyport Kitchen Tour are looking for volunteers for the 14th annual event, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 26.

The self-guided tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features kitchens in a variety of styles throughout the city. Advance tickets are available now for $25 at

All proceeds benefit the Newburyport public elementary schools.

Volunteer shifts run from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:15 to 4 p.m. To sign up, visit

Bank displays students' artwork

Artwork from Amesbury High School students is on display through Saturday at The Provident Bank.

Under the direction of teacher Ann Bartkiewicz, the 16th annual Student Art Exhibit includes pieces by drawing and painting, advanced studio art, AP studio art and Art I classes.

An artists' reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at 5 Market St., Amesbury. For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Fish fry tomorrow at Moose Lodge

The Women of the Moose in Merrimac will hold a Fish Fry tomorrow night from 6 to 8.

Admission is $8 per person and includes a menu of fried haddock, french fries, onion rings, coleslaw, beverages and desserts. Bowls of fish chowder will be available for $2.

The Moose Lodge is located at 34 Broad St., Merrimac.

Happy birthday to the brewery, city

Newburyport Brewing Co. is hosting a double birthday bash on Saturday to celebrate its first anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the city.

The family-friendly celebration will run from noon to 7 p.m. outside the brewery, 4 New Pasture Road. Mayor Donna Holaday will help kick off the festivities by pouring the first pint of a special English-style pale ale brewed in collaboration with Grog restaurant.

The brewery will also debut a nonalcoholic root beer during the party, which will feature live music from Dub Apocalypse, Freevolt and Way Up South; food from Anchor Stone Deck Pizza, Metzy's Taqueria and Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt; and 250th anniversary photos and articles from The Daily News. Brewery tours and children's games will also be offered.

Admission is $5 for those 21 and older and free for everyone else. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Newburyport Public Library. Advance tickets are on sale now at

Star singers to grace Firehouse stage

A big weekend of music is in the works at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

On Saturday, two stars of the TV show "The Voice" will perform. They will be preceded by a Boston-based jazz, gospel and R&B artist tomorrow.

Josh Logan and Olivia Henken were both contestants and members of Christina Aguilera's team on season five of "The Voice."

Logan, a native of Manchester, N.H., is a singer/songwriter who blends a style of rock, blues, soul and pop. He was also on the 2005 show "Rock Star: Supernova."

Henken is part of the Louisville, Ky., music scene who has headlined at major festivals and appeared with a number of well-known country acts.

Two shows will be held Saturday, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $26 for students, seniors and members.

Tomorrow at 8 p.m., Athene Wilson and her band will take the stage. Wilson is a three-time Boston Urban Music Award winner who has been singing since she was a 7-year-old in Jamaica.

Tickets to Wilson's concert are $22 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and members.

For tickets to any of the shows, visit the box office in Market Square, call 978-462-7336 or visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe's "Beats, Burgers and Brews" will feature the Bob Kramer Band tomorrow and Chris Marino on Saturday.

The Bob Kramer Band is a rock/blues/folk trio featuring multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bob Kramer, vocalist Cynthia Keefe, and bassist and vocalist Alan Foucault.

Marino is a vocalist performing rock, ballads, blues and more, with songs from the 1960s to today. She will be backed by a multi-keyboardist.

Both shows start at 7 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.


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