Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yankee Homecoming

July 27 ~ August 3, 2014

Newburyport's  charm and character are on display year-round, but if you want to be here when the city really comes alive, you'll want to visit during "Yankee Homecoming" week. The second oldest homecoming festival in the United States, this 8-day event,  July 27-August 3, hosts endless activities to take part in throughout the city.  Free Waterfront Concerts take place nightly in Waterfront Park behind the Firehouse Center for the Arts. A craft fair and highly anticipated sidewalk sales offer lots of great bargains from Newburyport's many unique shops. And, a plethora of other activities fill the days including a road race, bed race, Art on Bartlett Mall, Family Day at Maudslay State Park, Kid's Talent Show, Greek Food Festival and more!


This year brings back the popular Lighted Boat Parade down the Merrimack River on Friday, August 1, and, as always, the celebration culminates with a grand parade down High Street on Sunday, August 3 beginning at 12:30pm. Be sure to bring the kids and grab a spot along the parade route and take in this spirited event complete with floats, fire engines and lots of fun!

 

Something fun for everyone! Here's a sampling:

Saturday, July 26: Brewfest
Sunday, July 27: Olde Fashioned Sunday
Tuesday, July 29: Craft Show in Market Square
Thursday, July 31: Sidewalk Sales
Friday, August 1: Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, August 2: Family Day at Maudslay State Park
Sunday, August 3: Yankee Homecoming Parade

For more information and a detailed calendar of events, visit the Yankee Homecoming website at www.yankeehomecoming.com

Contact the Essex Street Inn today for reservations: 
 
978-465-3148  
A Little Bit of Yankee Homecoming History

The brainchild of New England artist, Jack Frost, the Yankee Homecoming celebration of New England heritage got off the ground in earnest in 1958 when more than 30 communities planned homecoming celebrations.

Newburyport residents and members of the city's Economic Development Commission, George Cashman and Nappy Vigeant, petitioned Mayor "Bossy" Gillis for money to fund a homecoming celebration who, in turn, famously responded that they would receive "not one damn cent."


Not to be deterred, Cashman, who became Yankee Homecoming’s first chairman, pressed on. He garnered editorial support at the Newburyport Daily News from Editor Bill Plante and he raised $1,000 from the Newburyport Businessman’s Association, the precursor to the Chamber of Commerce.
 

Cashman found his "hook" when he discovered that Newburyport had a claim as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. In 1791 the United States Revenue Cutter Massachusetts was built and launched the banks of the Merrimac River.

Cashman planned a dedication ceremony where a monument would be erected proclaiming Newburyport as the birthplace of the Coast Guard. Towle Silver donated the monument, Bill Plante wrote the inscription, and on August 4, 1958 Assistant Secretary A. Gilmore Flues dedicated the monument. Newburyport continued to celebrate Coast Guard Day during its Yankee Homecoming celebration for many years.

Newburyport is the only community out of the original 30 to continue the Yankee Homecoming celebration and make an annual tradition. Doing so laid some of the groundwork for the city’s revitalization in the 1970s.

More than fifty years after its inception, Yankee Homecoming is part of the fabric of the city. It has fulfilled Jack Frost’s promise of showcasing all that is good in New England.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival 

February 8, 2014 


Now in it ninth year, the annual Merrimack River Eagle Festival celebrates the pristine and restored habitat for the Bald Eagle. In 2005 the first pair of Bald Eagles returned to the lower Merrimack River Valley and built their nest known in the lower Merrimack River Valley; now there are four known nesting pairs in the region. The past few weeks has offered prime viewing of the eagles. Bill Gette, sanctuary director at the Joppa Flats Education Center, reported to The Newburyport Daily News that both adult and immature birds have been spotted all along the lower Merrimack River in the past two weeks. The mature males and females are unmistakable with their white heads and tails, while the young ones are primarily brown.

Gette reports that, “The Merrimack River in winter really sucks in eagles. I would predict that this is a big year for them on the Merrimack, and the reason for that is the polar vortex. You get all that really cold weather, and it freezes everything up north.”

The Festival is presented by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and includes a full day of great activities, including:

Visit Eagle Hotspots    9:00 am–4:00 pm

Go on an Eagle Tour    9:00 am–2:00 pm

See a Raptor Show    10:00 am–11:00 am or 1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Pose for a Photo with a Raptor  11:15 am–11:45 am or 12:30 pm–1:00 pm

 

On February 8th, Eagle Festival information will be available at all festival headquarter sites from 8:30–4pm.
  • Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center: 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-462-9998
  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters: 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport 978-465-5753
  • The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce: 38R Merrimac Street, Newburyport 978-462-6680
  • Newburyport City Hall: 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
  • Lowell’s Boat Shop: 459 Main Street, Amesbury 978-834-0050

Additional details about the Eagle Festival can be found on the Mass Audubon website.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Yankee Homecoming: Monday Happenings

Start off the week with enjoying some of what Yankee Homecoming has to offer today:

Golf Tournament
Old Newbury Country Club
8am shotgun start

49th Annual Antique Show
Bellville Congregational Church
High Street
9am-3pm

Kid's Day Talent Showcase
Market Landing Park
12pm-3pm

Downtown Entertainment
Waterfront Stage & Market Square Stage
10am-5pm

Ice Cream Social
Congregation Ahavas Achim
Washington Street

Pasta Dinner
Elks Club
Water Street
4:30pm-7pm

Waterfront Concert: Country Mile Band
7:30pm-9pm

Choral Society Community Summer Sing
Central Congregational Church
Titocmb Street
7pm





Sunday, July 28, 2013

Old-Fashioned Sunday

For those that don't mind a little rain, get out and enjoy "Old-Fashioned Sunday!" 

Old-Fashioned Sunday Activities: Bartlet Mall 10am-5pm
-Family Midway: 10am-3pm
-Food Booths: 10am-4pm
-Pet Show: 10am-11:30am
-Atlantic Pro Wrestling: 10am-11:30am & 1pm-2:30pm
-Roaming Railroad Around the Pond: 10am-3pm
-J & J Ponies: 10am-3pm
-Antique Car Show: 10:30am-1pm
-Opening Ceremonies: 11:30am-12:30pm
-Merrmack Valley Concert Band: 3pm-4pm
-Parade of Handtubs: 3:30pm-5pm


Here are some other great happenings to enjoy today:

Newburyport Farmer's Market
the Tannery
9am-1pm

Greek Food Festival
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Harris Street
11am-4pm

Horseshoe Tournament
Elks Lodge on Low Street
12pm-3pm

NBBA Basketball Tournament
Elks Lodge on Low Street
12pm-3pm

Featured Artists Exhibits
Newburyport Art Association on 65 Water Street
1pm-5pm

Waterfront Concert: The B Street Bombers
7:30pm-9pm

Art on the Bartlet Mall
10am-5pm

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Happenings Around Town

Saturday 7/27/2013: Happenings Around Town

The rain has cleared and the sun is brightly shining, making it the perfect day to take advantage of the numerous events happening around town today...

Stop by the Greek Food Fesitval on Harris Street at the
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
11am-9pm

Visit the Art on the Bartlet Mall display,
showcasing 60 New England Artists 
10am-5pm

Attend the 13th Annual Kitchen Tour 11am-4pm
 benefiting the NBPT Elementary PTO
tickets day of are $25.00

Have a drink at the Brewfest 5pm-9pm
Tickets are available at New England Wine & Spirits
155 State Street (978) 462-2131

See Grace Kelly Jazz perform live at Maudsley Arts Center
7pm-9pm

Learn about Newburyport's role in the Civil War by attending the
Footsteps of Heroes: Civil War Walking Tour of Newburyport
5pm (tour lasts approximately 90 minutes)
www.footstepsofheroes.com

Additionally, due to Yankee Homecoming, enjoy extended hours at many of your favorite downtown shops, some of which are: Ganesh Imports, Eureka!, Alpine Shop, Pretty Poppy, & Winfrey's Fudge & Chocolates


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yankee Homecoming 2013

The Newburyport 2013 Yankee Homecoming

Come stay with us and enjoy Yankee Homecoming! 
Throughout town, there will be several daily events for the entire week! For detailed information about the scheduled activities, visit the Yankee Homecoming website.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Newburyport Farmer's Market

Every Sunday 9am to 1pm
Tannery Marketplace
Rain or Shine

What a beautiful morning to walk around the
Newburyport Farmers' Market. 
Support local, small businesses as you select produce,
hand-made artisan crafts,
and both sweet and savory treats!