Annual Newburyport Literary Festival opens April 25

By Bruce Menin newburyport@wickedlocal.com Posted Apr. 19, 2014 @ 8:40 am NEWBURYPORTThe ninth annual Newburyport Literary Festival, housed in a wide variety of venues and featuring writers, readers, critics and fans of literature for an entire weekend, is set to kick off on Friday, April 25.The opening event for this dynamic and creative festival is a public dialogue featuring authors Andre Dubus III and Ann Hood discussing “The Creative Mind of the Writer at the Firehouse.”The festival closes on Sunday afternoon, April 27, as it has for nine years, with Newburyport and area residents reading their favorite poems on the stage of the Firehouse.The Favorite Poem reading is a project organized by Newburyport High School teacher Deb Szabo and her creative writing class. In between those two events, the festival offers a range of topics for the literate, the pre-literate, and semi-literate readers in the area.Newburyport seems to be populated by three types of people: writers, readers and tourists. And the tourists, of course, are transient. On any given weekend, a cup of tea at the Café Di Sienna will reveal small, intense groups of writers earnestly critiquing one another. The library is filled with people reading and writing, and posted notices of writing groups forming. Jabberwocky and other books stores have calendars filled with visits from authors talking about their work.There is a thriving theater scene that has a festival promoting the creation out of thin air of short plays, and staging them, over a 24-hour period. And there’s also a New Works Festival, which reflects the important assurance to new playwrights that their works are welcome. To put is simply, we are writers, we like writers, and we like reading.The Literary Festival uses the entire community — many different venues hosting a rich and diverse range of offerings, from the craft of writing, to hearing noted authors read and discuss their works. It is a time when Newburyport pauses to celebrate the writer, the reader, and their common interest — literature is a natural for this community. You can find the entire breathtaking schedule of events at the Festival website, newburyportliteraryfestival.org/The Literary Festival this year honors Andre Dubus III, who has been a driving force behind the establishment of a thriving and diverse literary community here in Newburyport. Best-selling author and teacher, Dubus has been a strong and engaged force in most things literary in this area for a long time, and worthy of the celebration intended by the organizers of the festival.The festival, by design, is a smorgasbord of opportunities for readers and writers to share ideas with one another. After the opening Friday night discussion at the Firehouse, at 7:30 p.m. attendees are invited to another kind of smorgasbord — an opportunity to have dinner with the invited authors at Nicholson Hall. Tickets are $50, and are available at the Literary Festival website Read More; http://northofboston.wickedlocal.com/article/20140419/NEWS/140415609/?tag=2

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

NEWBURYPORT

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

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

NEWBURYPORT

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 (portsmouthchamber.org). 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).

Visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/events for more information.

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.

www.WellsReserve.org

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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.

Visit http://www.hamptonbeach.com for all of your Hampton, NH Information.

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 info@blueoceansociety.org or calling (603) 431-0260. We hope to see you there!

  • Sat., April 12, 10:30 AM at Jenness Beach, Rye, NH
  • EARTH DAY CLEANUPS – SATURDAY, APRIL 19:
    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 info@blueoceansociety.org or calling 603-431-0260.

Details
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

PIE PALOOZA

Presented by

Thee Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

SPONSORED BY BEAN INSURANCE AGENCY

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

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

SAMPLE OVER A DOZEN YUMMY SWEET & SAVORY PIES!!!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

  PARTICIPANTS:

  • OLD SALT EATING & DRINKING PLACE
    GALLEY HATCH RESTAURANT
    401 TAVERN
    FAST EDDIES DINER
    MCGUIRK’S OCEAN VIEW
    FLATBREAD COMPANY
    FAVORITE FOODS
    BAKER: DONNA ABISI
    BAKER:  GAIL LEPERE

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

PIE EATING CONTEST Against SELECTMEN PHIL BEAN & JIM WADELL, ALONG WITH HAMPTON BEACH AREA COMMISSION CHAIRMAN JOHN NYHAN, AND 401 TAVEN OWNER “DESI” LANIO!

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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