First Annual Newburyport Easter Parade, Apr. 20th 11:30 AM


The Newburyport Easter Hat Parade will be held Sunday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Inn Street in Newburyport. This new tradition offers the opportunity for families, friends, singles and couples to get outdoors, celebrate spring, show off their finery and meet new people and engage in conversation.

“This is not your usual parade,” said co-chair Robin Lawson. “You are the parade. Rather than passively watching others march by, this event involves Newburyporters mingling, chatting, and celebrating the spring while demonstrating their stylishness, creativity and humor by showing off their headgear.”

“Make a hat, buy a hat, recycle a chapeau and go wild with your own personal fashion statement,” said co-chair Pat Skibbee. “Once you’ve done this event, you will want to repeat it again in the future. So don’t miss out on being involved in the first one.”

Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Judges for the event include Esther Sayer of the Inn Street Barbershop, Sharon Currier; Jay Williamson, curator of the Historical Society of Old Newbury. Prizes have been donated by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and The Screening Room. Prize categories include most elegant bonnet, most dapper hat, FUNiest hat, best kids’ design (14 and under) and best Newburyport-themed hat.

“Come put a spring in your step and perhaps a bee in your bonnet and be part of the First Annual Parade. I truly believe that this will be the start of a wonderful spring holiday tradition,” said Esther Sayer, one of the judges of the event. “I’m looking forward to experiencing the creativity and fun that the residents of Greater Newburyport will have on display for the Parade event on April 20.”

Other committee members are Cynthia Quinn, Ann Simpson and Sharon Currier.

For information, contact Lynn Kettleson at lkettleson

5K Trail Race, 2 Mile Walk, Earth Day Celebration Apr. 26 – Odiorne Point

Rescue Run; Race for Marine Mammals

Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Pointe State Park; Saturday, April 26th, 2014. 5K Trail Race begins at 9AM; Run through the trails of Odiorne Pointe State Park in this chip timed trail race with prizes awarded to top finishers. Part of the Run Portsmouth Series ( Sponsored by Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

2 Mile Walk begins at 9AM. Our scenic jogger-stroller friendly walk is perfect for families.

10AM – 12PM Free Eart Day Celebration; Enjoy music, a “sense of approval” kids obstacle course, earth friendly activities and a beach clean up with the Blue Ocean Society (11AM).

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Seacoast Science Center; 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH 603 436 8043.

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Earth Day Celebration April 22nd, 2014 Wells Reserve

Join us to celebrate beautiful planet Earth! This event is family friendly, fun, and free!

  • Earth Jams Concert, featuring Matt Loosigian (10-11am): Fun, all-ages, musical tribute to Mother Earth. Matt Loosigian creates an instant choir with sing-along folk classics and funny original tunes about the Earth. It’s more than a concert: It’s an experience!
  • Earthy Crafts & Games (11am-12pm): Make felted earths and paper bead bracelets, and then play earth-themed active games outside!
  • Beach Clean-up on Laudholm Beach (12-1pm): Become an earth steward and do your part, helping to pick up trash after a short hike to the beach!

Matt Loosigan is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green. Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show. Inspired by Matt’s incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar.

Tuesday April 22nd, 10AM – 1PM; Admission: Free; Registration not required.

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Hampton Fishing Derby 2014

Hampton, NH Fishing Derby Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014Time” 8-11 AM
Location” Batchelder’s Pond
Cost: Free
The Fishing Derby is back at the Batchelder’s Pond on Towle Farm Road. Let’s drop a line and get to fishin’…awards will be given for the biggest/smallest fish for various age groups. We also offer a top notch pole casting contest.

Stop by Hampton Rec. Dept. at the Town Hall 2nd floor, to register and pick up your fishing license starting April 1st, 2014. Don’t forget your fishing rod and bait! Call 603.9263932 with any questions.

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Get The Family Involved ~ Beach Clean Up Days Are Here. Portsmouth, Hampton Beaches, York.

Beach Cleanup Schedule

Upcoming Cleanups – Open to the Public and Great for Families, Individuals and Groups!

Sign up for cleanups by emailing or calling (603) 431-0260. We hope to see you there!

  • Sat., April 12, 10:30 AM at Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
    9:00 AM at North Hampton State Beach (across from the Beach Plum)
    10:00 at Hampton Beach – Meet at the Blue Ocean Discovery Center, 170 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach
    10:00 AM at Cape Neddick Beach in York, ME.Hosted by Susan DeQuattro of Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty and Tina Bach of York Curves.
    11:00 AM at Peirce Island, Portsmouth – Meet at grassy area past City pool.
  • Sat., April 26, 11 AM at Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH
  • Sun., April 27, 11 AM at Willard Beach, South Portland, ME. Hosted by Sarah Heeley, LMT and Megan Pryor.
  • Sat., May 10, 10:30 AM at Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
  • Sat., May 17, 9:00 AM at North Hampton State Beach, North Hampton, NH
  • Sat., May 17, 10:00 AM at Cape Neddick Beach in York, ME.Hosted by Susan DeQuattro of Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty and Tina Bach of York Curves

North Hampton Beach Cleanups meet at the beach across from the Beach Plum on Route 1A in North Hampton, NH. Jenness Beach cleanups meet at the sea wall at the entrance to the beach on Route 1A in Rye, NH. Cape Neddick Beach cleanups meet at the beach entrance (on Route 1A).

Above dates don’t work? Contact us if you’d like to schedule a cleanup for your group of 10 or more.

Sign Up
Please sign up if you are planning on attending by e-mailing or calling 603-431-0260.

All supplies will be provided!

We plan to conduct cleanups rain or shine. If the weather looks “iffy”, check this page or call our office at 603-431-0260, we’ll leave a message there if we decide to reschedule.

Groups: Work With Us to Schedule Your Own Private Cleanup

We also arrange cleanups for groups and schools! If you have a group of 10 or more and are looking for a fun community service project, call or e-mail us!

Child Movie Actor Visits First Annual Pie Palooza Sunday April 6th Hampton

First Annual


Presented by

Thee Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce


WHEN: Sunday, April 6th 1 pm to 4 pm

WHERE: Saint James Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton, NH




    401 TAVERN

ADMISSION: $8 includes 1 cold beverage ticket

(Children under 10 free – ALL children must be accompanied by an adult)

(Complimentary coffee available)

Movie Actor Jackson Nicoll is volunteering to compete in our


Annual Easter Egg Dig and Easter Bunny Breakfast Hampton NH

Hampton Easter Egg DigSaturday April 12th, 2014

Breakfast 8-10:30 AM – Village Pre School, 200 High Street, Hampton NH (Volunteers Welcomed-inquire at Village Pre School; (603) 929-7349)

Easter Egg Digg 11:00 AM – At the Seashell – Main Beach, Hampton NH

Start the morning with the Annual Easter Bunny Breakfast (Village Pre-school, located at The Hobbs House-200 High Street) from 8-10:30 AM. Pictures with the Easter Bunny, raffles and a fantastic, affordable, family breakfast. After your breakfast, head to the beach for the Annual Easter Egg Digg where the Easter Bunny will make his Annual Appearance where he has hidden thousands of eggs in the sand. Find a Golden Egg and win a Special Prize. Bring your pail and shovel!

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Southern Maine Walk for Aids Ogunquit ME

Southern Maine Aids WalkJoin us in beautiful Ogunquit, Maine for our annual Southern Maine AIDS Walk – 5K Run/Walk for AIDS!

Register as an individual or team and help us reach our $50,000 goal!

Register and create your fundraising page, and encourage your friends to participate or support you!

Saturday, May 4th, 2014

Registration: 9:00 am
Start: 10:00 am
Ogunquit Beach
For the past four years, Ogunquit has graciously hosted The Southern Maine AIDS Walk, creating a weekend filled with community awareness and support for people in Maine living with HIV/AIDS.  It is Frannie Peabody Center’s largest annual fundraiser, with over 100 participants and supporting businesses coming together to make a real difference.

We hope to see you there!

Can’t make it on May 4th?  You can still make a donation in support of the walk:

Or, donate to a friend’s fundraising page here.Check out photos from last year’s walk.If you are interested in volunteering or being a sponsor, please contact Katie Rutherford, Director of Development.

Salisbury Beach Could be the Jewel of our Coast

An article by the Lawrence Eagle Tribune:

The commercial center of Salisbury Beach has been struggling to find a new identity and a new direction for a long time. It is encouraging to see that a new effort is underway, one that has solid local support and some serious interest from state officials.

Last week, state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki and Energy and Environmental Secretary Richard Sullivan visited the beach to hear for themselves about a plan being primarily championed by Wayne Capolupo. Capolupo has made substantial investments in his hometown beach, and like his fellow beach property owners, he sees great potential.

The idea Capolupo and others are proposing would tear down almost all of Salisbury Beach Center and replace it with more attractive, year-round housing and businesses. Ultimately, several new and architecturally cohesive five-story buildings would include 750 residential condos with ground-floor commercial/retail space. It would completely replace the hodgepodge of buildings that line the beach center’s main streets.

The state would be a player in the development. It owns the beach itself, and it is being asked to invest about $5 million to build a beachfront boardwalk, a 500-foot pier, a comfort station, and other amenities to make the area more attractive to investors.

We were glad to see that both Bialecki and Sullivan had some interest in the plan, though they noted that as Gov. Patrick’s administration enters its lame-duck stage, they won’t be around much longer to shepherd the project along.

Capolupo and other project enthusiasts are hoping that a single, well-financed developer will take on the entire project, at a cost of perhaps $150 million. The state officials asked that they attempt to find this developer in 60 days as a good faith gesture. It seems an unreasonably short time frame to line up such a well-heeled developer, but the push is on.

Taking a glance a little further up the coast, at Hampton Beach, it’s clear that public investment in public waterfronts is a sound idea. New Hampshire has spend $15 million on Hampton Beach, dramatically upscaling its public facilities and its desirability. It’s an impressive project, but we think Massachusetts can do a better job — and for less money.

A big part of the reason is simple geography.

The local seacoast is shaped somewhat like a shallow letter “C,” with Cape Ann at the southern extremity and Hampton’s Boar’s Head at the northern end. This shape offers us a uniquely long view of the coastline, and Salisbury Beach has an enviable spot — it is the only place along that 25 miles of coast with a substantial commercial zone built directly on the beach.

Anyone who has been to Capolupo’s Seaglass restaurant can plainly see this.

Seaglass, which sits out over the beach and surf, has arguably the most dramatic and extensive views of our local seacoast of any commercial building from Rockport to Hampton. Add to that scene a 500-foot pier, a more attractive and welcoming waterfront boardwalk, and Salisbury Beach immediately vaults to the head of the list for desirability.

Salisbury Beach already has the most accessible public beachfront in the region, with a public beach that is miles longer than Hampton Beach. It also has a very popular state part, far larger and more desirable than Hampton Beach’s state park. What it lacks is a vibrant, modernized and cohesive commercial center.

Our state would be making a smart investment by looking at the potential of Salisbury Beach. We’re encouraged by last week’s visit by the two state cabinet secretaries, and we hope this development concept takes off.