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

July 17, 2014

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

July 17--Join the Village Theatre Company this weekend for "The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes," opening tomorrow night.

Upstart detectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on their first case in the show, directed by college sophomore Caroline Carbone and high school sophomore Hannah Knittle. After hiding in H.G. Wells' time machine, the men find themselves in the 21st century at the Freudly Institute, where they meet patients who think they are famous characters such as Count Dracula, Tarzan and Lizzie Borden.

Performances are scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Grange, 21 Garden St., West Newbury.

Tickets are $12. To order or for more information, visit or email

Village Theatre Company is a nonprofit that runs three productions a year. People of all ages are welcome to audition for plays, and volunteers are welcome to help out behind the scenes.

Animals in art form come to Salisbury

A menagerie in papier-mache form will visit the Assisted Living Center -- Salisbury on Wednesday.

Gloucester artist Linda York-Robbins will bring her life-size, lifelike animals for a one-hour presentation at 1 p.m. As an art educator, she names each animal after a famous artist and uses them to teach students of all ages.

York-Robbins has been making the animals for 20 years, after first deciding to create a giraffe, monkey, baby elephant and other animals to go along with the theme of a backyard party at her home. ALC is located at 19 Beach Road. Admission to the event is free, but interested guests are asked to reserve a spot at 978-463-9809.

For more information, call 978-463-9809.

NEF Open to benefit public schools

The Newburyport Education Foundation is raising money for city schools with its sixth annual golf fundraiser, set for Monday in Haverhill.

The NEF Open will have an 11 a.m. shotgun start at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. The $225 registration fee includes a boxed lunch, dinner and all practice facilities.

Guests can also attend the dinner only for $55. The event will also feature raffle and auction items.

Everyone who signs up for the fundraiser by July 18 will receive a $25 gift card to Oregano Pizzeria and Ristorante in Newburyport.

To register or for more information, visit

Photography exhibit at art association

Work by the Newburyport Art Association'sPhotography Interest Group is now on display in an exhibit called "Our View."

A free public reception is scheduled for Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the art association. Awards selected by juror John Raleigh will be presented.

The show runs through July 27 and may be viewed during gallery hours, which are Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Artwork by fine oil painter Patricia Doherty is also currently on display at the art association, 65 Water St. "Brush Strokes of Color" runs through July 20.

Admission to all exhibits is free. For more information, call 978-465-8769 or visit

A cappella fun at the Firehouse

Five O'Clock Shadow, an all-vocal rock and pop band, will present a show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts tomorrow at 8 p.m.

By using amplification and basic effects, the Boston-based group doesn't need instruments to create the same sound and energy as the typical rock band. The members have been featured on a number of TV shows and have sung for the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for members and seniors, and $16 for students. For more information, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

Walk through history at Maudslay Park

Visit some of the various sites that tell Maudslay Park's history as a formal estate during tours being offered the next two Saturdays.

The one-mile walks will take participants to the gardens this weekend and the barns and root cellar of the farm complex next weekend.

The tours are free and meet at 10 a.m. at the visitors center at 74 Curzon Mill Road. There is a $2 parking fee.

Maudslay also offers a number of other free summer programs, including its popular Evening Strolls on Thursdays.

For more information, call 978-465-7223 or visit

Creative people sought for holiday fair

Applications are available now for artists and crafters interested in participating in the Newburyport Holiday Craft Fair.

The fair, which will take place Dec. 5-6 and 12-13 at the First Religious Society, is a juried event. All items sold must be created and produced by the artist.

The deadline to apply is Aug. 30, although spaces might fill up before then. For an application and more information, visit

An evening of song at Port church

The Newburyport Choral Society will host a Summer Sing of the Brahms Requiem on Monday, July 28, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

All are welcome to come and sing, or to simply listen. New music director George Case will also give a presentation on the life of Johannes Brahms and the history of the Requiem.

Admission is free. An optional rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by Case's presentation at 7 and the performance at 7:30. Refreshments will be served during an intermission.

The church is located at 7 Harris St., Newburyport. For more information, visit

Food contest celebrates city's 250th

Have a great idea for a sausage? Submit it to a new contest being run by Newburyport's Fowles Market, and it could be named the city's official 250th Anniversary Sausage.

The winner will receive a $75 gift card and get their sausage on the menu at Fowles for the month of August.

The contest runs through July 25, with two entries allowed per person. For more information or to enter, visit

Summer music continues at MAC

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series continues with Rebecca Parris on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Parris, "Boston's First Lady of Jazz," has performed all over the world with her own groups and with some of jazz's greatest legends. Boston-based Shirim is nationally recognized for its traditional klezmer sounds.

Future shows include Lance Bryant on July 26, The Don Campbell Band on Aug. 9, The Shaw Brothers on Aug. 10, The Paul Broadnax Quintet on Aug. 16, the Hal McIntyre Orchestra "Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra" on Aug. 17, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 23, and Aeterna Trio on Aug. 24.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.

Open mikes to spotlight local youths

A Newburyport teen, Dylan Wack, is one of the emcees of a new community open mike at Pingree School in Hamilton.

Every Wednesday evening in July, middle and high school students from across the region are invited to perform instrumental or vocal music, dance, poetry, rap, hip-hop, comedy or improv. Youths can perform solo or in groups.

Microphones, amplifiers, a drum set and keyboards will all be provided. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, beach chairs and picnic dinners for the events, which will be held outside in the Hedge Garden at 6:30 p.m. Sign-ups start at 6.

Admission and participation are free. Pingree is located at 537 Highland St. For more information, call 978-468-4415, ext. 233.

Rowley seniors highlighted in exhibit

The residents of SeaView Retreat are the stars of a new exhibit on display this month at Rowley Public Library.

Local commercial and portrait photographer Richard Hydren spent two months working with 15 residents at the extended health care home in Rowley.

"Gentle People: A Photographic Study" can be viewed during library hours, which are Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Saturday night music on the beach

The weekly Summer Concert Series continues Saturday at Salisbury Beach with a performance by the B Street Bombers.

For 30 years, the Bombers have been playing danceable music for audiences throughout New England. The band's repertoire spans from the 1970s to today.

Concerts will be held every Saturday night from 7:30 to 10 p.m., through the end of August. Upcoming acts include Joshua Tree on July 26, Jah Spirit on Aug. 2 and the James Montgomery Band on Aug. 9.

Each performance will be followed by fireworks, which are launched from a barge off Salisbury Beach Center at 10:15 p.m.

The series is sponsored by the Salisbury Beach Partnership. For more information, visit

Climate change team giving free workshop

A group of five female college students from Climate Summer is in Newburyport tonight to give a free public workshop.

Climate Summer is a summer internship program whose participants travel by bicycle in small teams across New England. The group in Newburyport this week is focused on starting conversations about climate change, fossil fuels and the Salem natural gas plant.

Starting at 7 p.m. at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., the team will present "The Power of Story," a narrative training on techniques to create and use meaningful and inspiring stories to knit a group together. The talk is sponsored by Transition Newburyport.

The Climate Summer group will also be at the Newburyport Farmers' Market on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sea animals focus of Joppa Flats' program

"Meet Beach Creatures" this summer at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

Appropriate for all ages, the program introduces visitors to the summer inhabitants of the center's 110-gallon touch tank, as well as other critters like caterpillars and tadpoles. Activities offered include take-home art projects, books and games.

The program will be held Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Aug. 16. Themes centered on local ecology and wildlife change every day, with family presentations at 11:30 and 1:30 p.m.

A $2 donation per child is suggested. Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Summer concerts in West Newbury

The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series continues tonight with The Jeri DiMarco Trio.

The jazz ensemble features Jeri DiMarco on piano and vocals, Barry Smith on bass, and Jack Diefendorf on drums.

Other upcoming shows include The Marquis' on July 24, The SpaceHeaters on July 31, Rock my Soul on Aug. 7, Plum Island Pans on Aug. 14 and the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on Aug. 21.

The free concerts are held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex. Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 978-363-1100 or visit

Local artist featured at Merrimac Library

Acrylic works by artist John Marshall are now on display through Labor Day at the Merrimac Public Library.

"Second Nature" features 30 paintings and handmade frames by Marshall, who started painting less than two years ago and is self-taught. He lives in Merrimac with his wife and two daughters.

An artist's reception will be held Thursday, July 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The library is located at 86 W. Main St. For more information, visit

Music on tap at downtown eateries

17 State Street Cafe's "Beats, Burgers and Brews" will feature Sam Bayer tomorrow and Cuppa Joe on Saturday.

Bayer is a Boston musician making his debut at the cafe. His funny folk music imagines a world where housewives win Nobel Prizes and metaphorical elephants pirouette in the den.

Cuppa Joe is a swing and blues jazz ensemble from Newburyport that performs a selection of classic jazz and blues standards of the 1950s and '60s.

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

Acoustic guitarist and singer Dan Kirouac will take the stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. at David's Tavern in Newburyport.

Kirouac has been part of the regional music scene for 30 years. His solo performance of both contemporary and old songs will showcase versatile vocals accompanied by a six-string acoustic guitar.

David's is located inside the Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square.


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