North Shore Bloggers Consortium: Picks of the Weekend

The next few weeks before Thanksgiving are a terrific time for art, theatre, literature, and good food.  Take a look at my picks for the weekend:

Upcoming Theater at the Firehouse, Newburyport

The Firehouse Theatre premiers Boxed In, an original play by Stephen Faria, and directed by Stephen Haley.  Boxed In, “a journey of love, regret and unexpected friendship, tells of one man’s struggle to edit the image of who he really is and determine what is to be left behind.”  The play shows Thu – Sun, November 4 -7 at 8 pm, with a 3 pm matinee on Sunday.

The Firehouse Center for the Arts is located in Market Square, downtown Newburyport. For tickets or more information, call 978-462-7336, or visit

The Newburyport Art Association 2010 Members’ Fall Open Show

An open, regional art association, NAA welcomes artists of all levels to join, exhibit their artwork, further their skills through the art education program, and become a part of an active, vibrant art association.  For member artists, the Association holds the NAA 2010 Members’ Fall Open Show, running from 
November 5 – November 20, 2010. Gallery hours are Mon. – Sat. 11am – 5pm ,  Sun. 1 – 5pm. The event
 reception takes place on Saturday, Nov 6, 7 – 9 pm.

The NAA is located at 65 Water Street, Newburyport.  For more information call 978-465-8769 or visit

Book–Author Nights at Jabberwocky Bookshop

On November 5, listen to Allan Johnson read from The First and Last Thing. “‘Creator of the award-winning film series, Killing Us Softly, Allan Johnson has deftly woven the issues of intimate-partner violence, trauma, and healing into a compelling novel that challenges the reader to question their own beliefs and assumptions about family violence.’  Erika Tindill, Executive Director, Connecticut Coalition against Domestic Violence. Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized writer and public speaker who has worked on issues of privilege, oppression, and social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972.”

The reading begins at 7 pm and ends at 9 pm.

On November 6, come to hear Rosemary Hebert read from her new mystery, Front Page Teaser.  “Front Page Teaser is a gripping tale of an investigative reporter on the hunt. Rosemary Herbert has a huge advantage in writing it. As one of us ‘ink-stained wretches’ who write the news, she’s been there and done that, knows the way reporters write and how to make the story move.” (Tom Hillerman)

The reading begins at 7 pm and ends at 9 pm.

Jabberwocky Bookshop is located at the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water Street, Newburyport.  For more information about book-author nights, call 978-465-9359 or visit

November 2010 Wine Dinner

Drive to the unlikely setting of Amesbury’s Sports Park to sample Chef Kevin Jacques’ November 5th wine dinner.  Dishes such as Maine Lobster Ravioli, Locally Grown Mushroom Soup, and Braised Beef Short Ribs are paired by the chef with white and red wines from Hess, Castle Rock, and The Three Thieves.  Wrap the evening with a killer chocolate dessert and Noval “Black” Ruby Port for an unforgettable experience.  Dinner and wine is $65.00 per person.

Amesbury Sports Park is located at 12 South Hunt Road, off Route 495.  For dinner reservations, visit  For more information, please call 978-388-5788.


And here are the North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks-
Abby shares her picks from 5th Joy.
Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.
Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.
North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish