There is so much going on this weekend – if you want to experience the very best that Newburyport has to offer – you’ll have to do a dead-run, and go to work on Monday so you can rest!!! (And rest up for the next weekend that promises to be even more packed with activities.)
First comes Friday’s Invitation Night – and I suggest for those who attend that the best thing is to map out your path – I suggest starting at Market Square, run up Inn Street – hit Pleasant Street – then run down State, stop at the Custom House, then end up your night at the Tannery. (indoor mall is a great place to warm up and get a hot toddy at the coffee shop!
Some highlights to keep in mind are the Christmas shop (Partridge in a Bear Tree) with their now famous punch, the new John Farley’s (to see if they have continued the traditions of the earlier version) and the silent auction of wreaths at the Custom House. Also at the Custom House is a theatrical presentation that is not to be missed!
Fighting over which restaurant to be visited later is ALWAYS a tradition. I will stay out of that fight.
Now on Saturday, an opportunity of extra-ordinary exposure to our culture and history is available. Have something else planned? Cancel it if possible. We have open houses at the Cushing House at High & Fruit Street. And the Lowell Boat Shop also has an open house. Both available all the way to 4:00.
Now on Sunday, we have the pièce de ré·sis·tance!!!!!!
The archive room at the Library will have an open house all afternoon. This important center is vital for anyone living in our historic city. Yes, ancestors can be researched here but more relevant to the local scene are two important searches: One, local history which is and has been largely forgotten – is just sitting down there waiting to be re-discovered! It was there that I learned about the first Tea Party and found out about the Underground Railroad and the fact that Newburyport is the birthplace of the Clipper Ship. All there and ready to be exposed to the open air! (and on the Internet)
Two, if you have an historical house, you can find out who lived there and what significant things may have been done in your very home. Some of the most demure sites in town are often packed with exciting events that transpired there – and no plaque to announce it to the world!
Now add all the other things that are going on in our town this weekend and you can see that boredom will have a hard time to survive in our region.
Immerse yourself in history and learn about the Greater Newburyport Area.
Some of your may not be able to shed your carpetbagger label after browsing the archives but at least you won’t sound so stupid when you open your mouth in town!