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Merrohawke Nature School
When: Jun 19, 2017 12am to May 24, 2018 12am in Newburyport, MA
Theater in the Open
When: Jun 26, 2017 12am to Aug 25, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
D: Teen Performance
When: Jul 3, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
C: Performance One
When: Jul 3, 2017 12am to Aug 18, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
B: Theater Arts Workshop: Session 2
When: Jul 17, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Meet Beach Creatures
Drop in before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach! Our 110-gallon tide pool touch tank is open for fun hands-on learning, Thursdays through Sundays, 10am ñ 3pm, through August 20. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits, answering all the "why, what, how" questions that all ages want to know. Program themes centered on local ecology and wildlife change every day, offering crafts, games, and two daily family presentations at 11and 1:00. $2 suggested donation per child. No individual preregistration is required, but if you have a group of 10 or more, please call ahead. Registration not required.

When: Jul 22, 2017 10am in Newburyport, MA
Cost: Included in admission
Full Moon Story Slam
The Story Slam is our chance to gather friends and share true stories from our lives. Simply put, a story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit and it is great entertainment! Story slammers sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evenings theme. There are opportunities for one-minute stories too!

When: Jul 22, 2017 7pm to Jul 22, 2017 9pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: 15 - 15 USD
Butterflies & Bugs Free-for-All!
Drop in at Joppa Flats and meet live caterpillars, moths, and butterflies! Youíll learn smart practices to attract birds and wildlife to your own yard and find out how to identify insects safely. Enjoy a Backyard Bug Hunt with our naturalists, join in the Monarch Migration Relay Race, and take home a fun craft or two. This program is open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by adults. This is a rain-or-shine event. There will be half-hour family presentations at 11am and 1pm. Registration not required.

When: Jul 23, 2017 10am in Newburyport, MA
Cost: Free
Paul Broadnax & Friends
The child of two well-known and influential Boston-area classical musicians, Paul Broadnax was appreciating and performing music at an early age. His mother, Ellastine Lee Broadnax, was a legendary vocal and piano teacher. His school chums included Roy Haynes, Ray Perry, Alan Dawson, and other notables. Boston, at that time, resonated with the sound of jazz. After high school Paul served in the Air Force. While stationed at Shephard Field, Texas, he met his lifelong friend and musical director for the CD "Here's To Joe" Donn Trenner. After the Service, while earning an engineering degree, Paul did arranging for the Sabby Lewis Band, freelanced during the 50's, and performed with the Tom Kennedy and Buster Daniels bands. At that time he played tenor sax, piano and sang. In the 1950's and 1960's he began a musical association with longtime friend and bassist Champ Jones and drummer Tony Sarni that flourished throughout the mid seventies: The Paul Champ Three. In 1981 Paul formed a trio with bassist Dave Trefethen and drummer Les Harris, Jr. They performed throughout New England in concerts, clubs, schools, special occasions, and on radio and television. His present trio consists of Peter Kontrimas on bass and Dave Trefethen on guitar. Paul has appeared with many nationally recognized jazz artists including such notables as Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton and Dorothy Donegan, Alan Dawson, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Witherspoon, Diane Carrol, Donna Byrne and Rebecca Parris. Paul has produced several CDs including "It's About Time", "Here's to Joe" (A tribute to Joe Williams), "Friends", "Live At Indian Hill Music", and "Strike Up The Band" featuring Fred Haas on saxophone. Additionally, he has been a featured artist on several CDs including Jeanne Lee's, "Natural Affinities", The Kenny Hadley Big Band's "Come Sunday", Greg Abate's "It's Christmas Time" and Monica Hatch's "If You Never Come To Me". Known for his "King Thing" (Nat Cole's singing and playing), and the powerful influence of Joe Williams, he continues to perform around New England and beyond. Twice nominated for the Boston Music Awards Jazz Singer of the Year, and chosen in 2003 as Musician of the Year by the Boston Musicians' Association. Powered by Eventbrite

When: Jul 23, 2017 2pm in Newburyport, MA
Cancer Strong App at Michael's Harborside
Join us on the water at Michael's Harborside in downtown Newburyport, MA for a great night and amazing fundraiser to support Anna Jaques Cancer Center.  Over 10+ raffles, 3 Silent Auctions, a 50/50 raffle, with drinks and appetizers available.  All net proceeds go to support Anna Jaques Cancer Center.  The event is hosted by the Cancer Strong App Team.  Tickets are $20 at the door or discounted online prior to the event.

When: Jul 23, 2017 7pm in Newburyport, MA
Song Sparrows ~ Afternoon
When: Jul 24, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Isles of Shoals Overnight with Capt. Rob
When: Jul 24, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Song Sparrows ~ Morning
When: Jul 24, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Song Sparrows Lunch Bunch
When: Jul 24, 2017 12am to Jul 28, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Kidsí Nature Walks - Explore the Refuge for Free!
Take your 3-5 year old youngster on a good old fashioned nature discovery walk where we will do a variety of differing activities within the Parker River refuge each session! Meet at the refuge visitor center before driving together to the head of the day's trail on the refuge (no entrance fee charged). For each session, a refuge volunteer will lead the children and their caregivers on a walk to explore different aspects of the refuge: beach, dune, marsh, scrub forest, cranberry bog. Come dressed for the weather. If the weather is completely unsuitable for outdoor enjoyment, the walk will be cancelled. Enrollment is limited to 12 children. The parent or guardian must remain for the entire program. Preregistration is recommended to ensure your spot in the program. All refuge programs are FREE, but space may be limited. Preregistration is required for all programs, unless otherwise indicated. Please call (978) 465-5753.

When: Jul 24, 2017 10am in Newburyport, MA
Cost: Included in admission
Behind-the-Scenes at Joppa: Feeding Time at the Touch Tank
Join Lisa Hutchings and her animal husbandry team after hours for a fascinating look at feeding time for the marine life in our 110-gallon touch tank. With the help of Joppa's digital hand-held microscope, you'll see a horseshoe crab devour sea worms, sea anemones lick food off their tentacles, and hermit crabs "beg" for supper. Your view of the activities will be larger than life on our video screen. As a special treat, we'll show you our developing skate embryo in its egg case and our tiny green horseshoe crab eggs - which should be hatching by the end of the summer! We are offering this program every Wednesday afternoon, July 5 through August 16. Instructions and Directions: Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Children ages 7 and up are welcome with an adult, but this program is not recommended for children under age 7. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-462-9998 to register by phone. See the website for more information.

When: Jul 26, 2017 4:30PM in Newburyport, MA
Cost: $8
Hot Club of Cowtown
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, and now celebrating 20 years, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand.Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times).The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times, in a live review the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

When: Jul 26, 2017 8pm to Jul 26, 2017 10pm in Newburyport, MA
Imagine, Sing, & Learn: Caterpillars, Butterflies, & Moths
This parent/child program is designed for the creative, curious, and active preschooler who loves animals. Each 90-minute session offers a structured series of activities including original songs, movement, dramatic play, hands-on science, and a thematic snack. You'll receive coloring pages, song lyrics, vocabulary, a fun fact sheet, and a suggested reading list in an electronic goody bag! Registration is required. Register online or call 978-462-9998 to register by phone. See the website for more information.

When: Jul 28, 2017 9:30AM in Newburyport, MA
Cost: $9; $8 children
SPIRITS WE TALK WITH - Medium Group Reading
Featuring Intuitive Medium Melanie Davis for an uplifting Mediumship Group Event at The Grog Restaurant in Newburyport, MA.  Please join Melanie for a wonderful evening of receiving messages from those who have crossed over.   Melanie is dedicated to providing validating information while communicating messages from spirit. Doors will open at 6:30pm and psychic mediumship group event will begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm.   Drink and appetizers available (not included in ticket price). First come first serve seating. Not every person can be guaranteed a reading.  This service is intended for general information purposes.  Melanie Davis is in no way responsible or liable for any actions or decisions taken either directly or indirectly by the client or anyone else and does not replace medical, professional, legal, financial, career, business, psychological, relationships or any other advice or service in any way. 

When: Jul 28, 2017 7pm in Newburyport, MA
Newburyport PTO Kitchen Tour
Join us for the 17th Annual Newburyport PTO Kitchen Tour on Saturday July 29th from 11am-4pm.This self-guided driving tour will feature one-of-a-kind kitchens in a variety of homes ranging from newly constructed waterview dwellings to renovated historic residences. This year’s kitchens represents the latest in innovation, functionality and design from our riverside and coastal community craftsmen – where historical design meets modern amenities. The tour celebrates this year with complimentary local treats served in select homes on the tour from Newburyport eateries including sweet and savories bites served from Bob Lobster, Brown Sugar by the Sea, Buttermilk Baking Co., Chococoa Baking Company, Dianne’s Fine Desserts, Loretta Restaurant, Revitalive, VASA Waterfront Kitchen & Bar and more. A special wine tasting will take place on the patio at one of the homes on the tour, generously provided by Mill River Winery and The Newburyport Olive Oil Company. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 the day of the event, for tickets and more information please visit www.NewburyportKitchenTour.com

When: Jul 29, 2017 11am to Jul 29, 2017 4pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 the day
Yankee Homecoming Brewfest Fundraiser
The Yankee Homecoming Brewfest will be held on Saturday July 29th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm and will once again serve as the final fundraiser for this year's festivities: ALL proceeds will go back to Yankee Homecoming! Brewfest will take place rain or shine, under a gigantic tent, on the waterfront and adjacent to the boardwalk. Participating Breweries include Allagash Brewing, Baxter Brewing, Blue Point Brewery, Cisco Brewers, Downeast Cider House, Down the Road Brewery, Global Beer Network, Goose Island, Ipswich Ale, Kona Brewing, Redhook Brewing, Riverwalk Brewing, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Stella Artois, Troegs, Wachusett Brewing, Farmer Willie's Craft Ginger Beer, Nauti Seltzer, New Belgium Brewing, Newburyport Brewing , Omission Beer, Shiner Beer, Smutty Nose Brewing, St. Killian Crabbie's. This year, we are excited to welcome back the incomparable live band Freevolt, who will provide the soundtrack for the evening, and food will be available for purchase from Domino's Pizza and The Deck. Ticket sales will begin on June 9th. General Admission costs $35 and the first 200 guests to enter the event will receive a free Yankee Homecoming Brewfest koozie while supplies last! A limited number of non-drinker tickets are also available for a $15 donation. All non-drinkers MUST PRE-REGISTER by emailing brewfest@yankeehomecoming.com and will receive a bottle of water upon entry. This fundraiser has sold out in advance for the past 7 years and we once again do not expect any tickets to be available for sale at the gate. Please contact brewfest@yankeehomecoming.com with any questions and we look forward to seeing you on July 29th! This is a 21+ Event. Ticket and ID required for entry.

When: Jul 29, 2017 5pm to Jul 29, 2017 9pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: 35 - 35 USD
Amanda Carr with Les Femmes de Chanson
From a Night in Tunisia to A Night to Remember this all female, all-star quartet delivers the American Songbook with a fresh spin and unique interpretations, yet stays true to the Songbook melodies we all know and love. International jazz recording artist Amanda Carr, along with pianist/vocalist Yvonne Monnett and bassist, Genevieve Rose present an intimate but energetic program that entices, engages and entertains.   Amanda Carr is a multi-styled vocalist/pianist, who has performed and recorded in the U.S. and abroad. Twice a feature story by respected writer/author Nat Hentoff in The Wall Street Journal, she garnered global exposure as he hailed her, “…a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes.” With 5 jazz vocal recordings, global distribution and airplay, Amanda continues to perform as a solo artist while remaining a popular guest artist. Amanda Carr has been a vocalist with Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, The Artie Shaw Orchestra, Harry James Band and the Glenn Miller Orchestra and recently with Michael Feinstein in concert.   AMANDA CARR:  Nominee “2016 Jazz Artist of the Year: Boston Music Awards   “. . . The swing is undeniable, her freedom around the beat, the aptness of her phrasing . . . her ability to blend with the other musicians.” -Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix   “. . . a warm and expressive voice, she can improvise well, and fully understands the lyrics that she interprets.” -Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

When: Jul 29, 2017 7pm in Newburyport, MA
Focus on Shorebirds
The Newburyport/Plum Island area is one of the finest places along the East Coast for viewing shorebirds during fall migration. By late July, many of the shorebirds that have bred in northern Canada are already moving southward along the coast. The extensive mudflats near the mouth of the Merrimack River, the salt marshes in the Plum Island estuary, and the salt pannes and impoundments on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge provide excellent feeding areas and roosting sites for these long-range migrants. Join us as we explore the Newburyport area looking for these fascinating birds. We expect to see black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated and least sandpipers, short-billed dowitchers, willets, Hudsonian godwits, and more. During our program, we will focus on the many aids to field identification including physical characteristics, habitat preference, and feeding techniques. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-462-9998 to register by phone. See the website for more information.

When: Jul 30, 2017 8am in Newburyport, MA
Cost: $42
Song Sparrows
When: Jul 31, 2017 12am to Aug 4, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Green Crabs
When: Jul 31, 2017 12am to Aug 4, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
B: Theater Arts Workshop Session 3
When: Jul 31, 2017 12am to Aug 11, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
B.O.A.T.C.A.M.P. with Capt. Rob aboard the Erica Lee
When: Jul 31, 2017 12am to Aug 4, 2017 12am in Newburyport, MA
Wednesday Morning Birding
We are in our 21st year of Wednesday Morning Birding! These very popular programs provide an excellent opportunity to explore one of the most productive birding areas in the country. To date, we have seen over 320 species of birds on these Wednesday field trips. Throughout the year, we will conduct our field trips to birding hot spots in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. The focus for our programs will be the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island, the Merrimack River estuary, and other productive areas in Essex County. When appropriate, we will adjust our itinerary to search for rarities reported in the area. This program is ideal for birders of all skill levels. Registration is not necessary. Four-trip special: $42 members, $51 nonmembers. Please call or email to sign up for the Wednesday Morning Birding email list. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Please wear appropriate clothes and bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and snacks or lunch. Registration not required. See the website for more information.

When: Aug 2, 2017 9:30AM in Newburyport, MA
Cost: $17
Making Flower Art at Spencer Peirce Little Farm
In every kind of weather, we love to head outdoors to our spectacular local habitats, so join us for one, two, or more of these nature explorations! Each one will focus on the importance of a sense of place as we explore the ecology, sights, and sounds of our natural landscape. Wildlife, local and migrating birds, collecting techniques, and environmental awareness will be presented in a fun, energetic format that adults and children alike will enjoy. Not recommended for siblings under 3. July 6: Capturing Bugs in the Riverside Yard at Joppa. July 20: Meeting Backyard Birds at Joppa. August 3: Making Flower Art at Spencer Peirce Little Farm. August 17: Finding Frogs at Mill Pond. Instructions and Directions: Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center. Please dress for the weather with waterproof footwear. Joppa Flats Cancellation Policy: Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your program if you must cancel. If you cancel less than 24 hours ahead, we can only offer a refund or credit if we subsequently fill your space. We cannot transfer your payment to another registration with less than 24 hours' notice. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-462-9998 to register by phone. See the website for more information.

When: Aug 3, 2017 2pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: $9; $8 children
The Imposter Syndrome
Ever had one of those moments where you felt that, "if anyone ever knew what a fraud I was, I'd be completely out of business?" Well, if you have, you are not alone. The feeling is known as the "Imposter Syndrome," and it's at the heart of Lawrence Hennessy's new play of the same name. Set in a New England state, which, in many ways, resembles New Hampshire, the "Imposter Syndrome" lets us drop in on the Pomfrittes family, a wealthy, conservative, and highly influential political force in Granite State politics. The Pomfrittes are more than ready, willing and able to have their youngest, Randall Pomfrittes, assume his birth right as the latest member of the family to serve as a member of the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation. The only problem is that Randall doesn't want to run. Why? Randall thinks he's an imposter. Enter Dr.Emily Tardive, an outspoken and flamboyant psychotherapist, who might just be able to convince Randall to throw his hat in the ring. The only problem is That Dr. Tardive has a past that may not qualify her for the job. Come witness the grand flambé as the characters sort out their needs and their truths.

When: Aug 4, 2017 8pm to Aug 4, 2017 10pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: 18 - 20 USD