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Monday, May 25, 2015

 Are You A Royalty Rewards Member Yet?


What Is Royalty Rewards® and Why Should You Join?
 Royalty Rewards® is a unique program that rewards you every time you visit.  For every dollar you spend, you earn points towards FREE Loyalty Certificates for use at the  Essex Street Inn located in the heart of downtown Newburyport MA and/or any of our other participating properties; Royalty Inn located in Gorham, NH ,Woodward’s Resort and Suites, located in Lincoln, NH and Yankee Landing Marina located in Newburyport,MA

Royalty Inn-Gorham, NH

Woodwards Resort-Lincoln , NH
Sign up today and receive 50 points just for joining  then make aat any of our participating properties, simply present your card and we will automatically track your purchases* and assign points to your membership. For every 350 points you accumulate, you will automatically receive a $75.00 loyalty certificate to redeem on your next visit. Most purchases earn 1 point for every dollar spent—some promotional purchases may earn more. Best of all, there is no limit!
It’s Free… Seriously. There is no charge or fee associated with the Royalty Rewards® Program. Sign up at
PLUS….Here Are Some Additional Program Benefits:
  • FREE Gifts On Your Birthday &  Other Special Occasions 
  • Exclusive ‘Member Only’ Specials & Announcements 

*Purchase amount is total before taxes and after any other promotions or discounts
* Only 1 Royalty Promotion certificate or coupon can be used per stay

Monday, May 4, 2015

Newburyport Spring Festival 2015


Sunday & Monday, May 24 & 25

Event Description:
Downtown Newburyport
10 AM to 5 PM
Rain or Shine

Held Sunday & Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, and food from Newburyport's best restaurants.

Kids Entertainment from 10:30-11:30am in Market Square with Brian Doser, Sing-along Guitar.
Live Music in Market Square by Squeezebox Stompers
from 1-4pm

Kids Entertainment from 10:30-11:30am in Market Square with Pete & Chris , Magic Show.
Live Music in Market Square by The BelAirs 
 from 1-4pm

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cushing House Museum and Garden

Cushing House Museum and Garden

The Cushing House Museum and Garden (circa 1808), also known as the Caleb Cushing House, is a Federal style mansion with fine garden located at 98 High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States. It was a home of diplomat Caleb Cushing and is a National Historic Landmark.

The house is a center entrance four-story brick mansion in the Federal style, with center entrance at both the front and sides, and two chimneys at each side. In shape it is a flattened cube, with five windows arranged symmetrically across both front and sides. Its main entry is crowned with a modest fanlight, echoed by a fan-shaped wooden motif atop the window above it. On the grounds, visitors will find a nineteenth-century garden, fruit trees, a privy, cobbled yard and carriage house.
Within the house are fine collections of silver, furniture, portraits, clocks, needlework, antique fans, hatboxes, nineteenth century toys, and more from New England and the Orient. The Oriental Room displays early China Trade decorative arts including four Chinese coastal Hong paintings. An extensive clock collection includes examples made by local master clockmakers David Wood and Daniel Balch. In the canopy bedroom stands a carved seventeenth-century Dutch cradle and a three-sided crib. Many oil portrait paintings hang in the house, including a Cecilia Beaux portrait of Margaret Cushing and 1801 paintings by John Brewster, Jr., of Newburyport's Prince family. The museum also maintains a collection of area maps, photographs, and genealogical references.
It is now the home of the Historical Society of Old Newbury and guided tours are offered between May 12 and October 31.
The house was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and included in the Newburyport Historic District in 1984. The house is deemed nationally significant for its association with Cushing, a 19th-century diplomat whose defining achievement was the Treaty of Wanghia, negotiated in 1849 with the Qing dynasty of China. This treaty was the first in which the United States secured equivalent rights to those of traditional colonial powers (in this case, the United Kingdom).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Firehouse Center for the Arts

The historic building that houses the Firehouse Center for the Arts was built as a market house and lyceum by the citizens of Newburyport in 1823. As such, it hosted such distinguished speakers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster and Oliver Wendell Holmes. It then served as the Central Fire Station from the mid 1800’s until 1980.
1991 heralded the Gala Opening of the Firehouse Center. A cooperative effort by the public and private sectors restored the structure and created a center for the arts that will continue to serve the community for generations to come. The Firehouse Center and Schwartz/Silver Architects won an “Honor Award for Architecture” from the American Institute of Architects. The Firehouse is managed by the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport (SDAH), a non-profit organization.
Over the past twenty years, the Firehouse Center has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from local communities as well as a large tourist crowd all four seasons. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, and a two-floor art gallery.
The mission of the Firehouse (Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities) is to advance the arts and humanities in the Greater Newburyport region by:
  • fostering the growth and development of the individual artists and cultural organizations through its programs and services
  • stimulating understanding of and participation in the arts and humanities, and
  • presenting, sponsoring and producing a broad range of cultural, educational and artistic programs.
  • Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy views of the river and the boats docked in the harbor
  • Take a narrated Harbor Tour or go on a whale watch
  • Tour the Cushing House Museum, home of the Historical Society of Old Newbury
  • Enjoy our beautiful downtown shops where you'll find a wonderful mix of merchandise.
  • Visit the Custom House Maritime Museum and discover the abundant and interesting maritime heritage of Newburyport
  • Go for a walk, hike, bike ride, or cross-country ski outing in scenic Maudslay State Park. See the azaleas, rhododendrons. or perhaps a performance by Theatre in the Open
  • Drive out to Plum Island and visit the world-famous Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. On your way, stop at the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

Support the Firehouse

The arts enliven, educate, inspire, and enrich audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and make our community a better place to live. That is our goal, and we are pleased to welcome you to this experience.
Whatever brings you to the Firehouse – whether it's great music, drama, dance, or children’s programs; visual arts; or community events – we hope your experience is both entertaining and fulfilling, and that you will be encouraged to tell others about this gem we have in the middle of downtown Newburyport.
In addition to your attendance at any of our events, there are many other important ways to support the Firehouse in its mission, including:

Individual Membership*

By joining the Firehouse, you are investing in an arts center that offers rewarding and pleasurable opportunities and plays an ever-growing role in the cultural well-being of Newburyport and its neighboring communities. We not only offer concerts, plays, lectures, special events, dance and art but also a venue for all members of the community to use for various arts inspired experiences!
Membership is the backbone of the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Ticket sales alone account for approximately 35% of the costs associated with running the theater and maintaining our historic building. Your membership is essential to our financial health and our long term success. Click here to become a member today!
Become a Member Today! And enjoy the feeling that you are making a difference in your local arts community. It is easy and you enjoy a full year of benefits. Have a question regarding individual membership? Please email
Business Sponsorships*
A great way to support the arts programs at the Firehouse Center for the Arts is by becoming a Sponsor. Ticket sales cannot begin to cover all of the expenses associated with bringing great attractions to our region, so we depend on local businesses and individuals who share our vision for a vibrant arts community.
Do you have a special love of music, theater, dance, or arts education? We can develop a Sponsorship Opportunity that not only helps us bring more of that medium to our venue; but may also have promotional benefits for your business. Sponsorships can range from $500 to $5,000 or more – depending on the type of attraction, the length of the run, and the exposure the event will generate.
For more information about such opportunities, please call our Administrative Offices at 978-499-9931 or contact Beth Falconer, Director of Development.
*Firehouse Center for the Arts members receive always receive 15% off at the Essex Street Inn. ( proof of membership may be required)

Friday, April 24, 2015

History Of Newburyport Public Library

The architectural history of the Newburyport Public Library building spans three centuries: the Tracey Mansion, (1771), the Simpson Annex,(1881), and the Molin Wing, (2001).

The first library was established in 1794 by a board of several citizens calling themselves the Newburyport Library Association.  This group formally established a circulation library. However, booksellers had already begun forming small circulation libraries within their stores since before this association was formed.

The idea of a free public library was a new type of institution and the idea was created by Josiah Little, Charles Jackson, and Samuel Swett in September 1854. These gentlemen began the library in Ward Room 4 of the new city hall. The collection began with over 5,000 books.  At first, the operational budget depended on the generosity of private citizens as well as with fees paid by benefactors and the city. Additionally, Little personally contributed $5,000.00.  Following Little, Jackson and Swett followed suit contributing additional money and books.

Due to the successful operationation that was created,  in November 1854, the mayor ordered the foundation of the, “Public Library of the City of Newburyport,” and the City Council approved this ordinance. As a result, the Newburyport Public Library officially began in November 1855. By 1865, the library had become so large and popular that benefactors began looking for a new location.

When the Tracey Mansion on  State Street went up for sale, it was enthusiastically purchased as the new home for the library.  The building then needed to be modified and redesigned both internally and externally. Arthur Gilman, a Newburyport native turned Boston resident, revamped the building at no charge. Gilman placed a time capsule in the cornerstone of the building stating that the building was a, “free gift to the city”. The date was April 6, 1865.

On September 4, 1865 the final deed of conveyance specified among other conditions that this building was to be used exclusively for the city library, and that it, “shall not be open for public use on the Lord’s Day."  The Board of Alderman accepted the gift by vote and the appropriate ordinance was passed.

 In 1870, the first public newspaper reading room was established by the Newburyport Public Library. Then in 1881, a new two-story addition, known as the Simpson Annex was built.  Simultaneously, renovations were made in the Victorian Style of the exterior and portions of the interior.

In 1900 , the stacks were opened allowing patrons to browse and receive books independently. The 1920's brought creation of a separate reference department and a children's room. Then in 1939, the foundation of, "The Friends of the Newburyport Public Library". This organization is still a very important benefactor of the library.  By 1985, public computers had been introduced and it became a member of theMerrimack Valley Consortium (MVLC), a network of 35 other area libraries. Through resource sharing Newburyport library card holders have access to over 3 million items today.  

 In October 1999 the library was  moved to a temporary location , the Anvil Rock Farm in the industrial park, while the library underwent construction .  This newly expanded and renovated faculty re-opened in May 2001 and is known as the Edward G. Molin Wing.  

As of  September 2010 the library had a circulation of approximately 102,000 books and served about 19,750 Newburyport residents.        



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Planning a Wedding?

The Essex Street Inn is excited to take part in the 2015 Greater Newburyport Wedding Showcase!