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Click the arrows below to view the talks that the Program & Events team has sponsored throughout the years for the enjoyment and education of the Greater Newburyport community.

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2018 Village Talks
2018 Village Talks
Date
Topic
Speaker
Description
1/17
 
Newburyport & HABS

Reginald W. Bacon             
Newburyport through the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS).   

2/21



   

Newburyport's South End


     

Tom Horth



   
The history of Newburyport's South End between 1850 and 1950 when it was the poor fishing and clamming part of town, and learn of its local streetcars.
      

3/21



      
  Rounder Records


    
  Marion Leighton Levy &
Ken Irwin
                  

  Part III: The Studio - A conversation about the independent record business and an opportunity to get answers to your questions.

     

4/18



      
   Service Dogs



      
  Carlene White


         
  The founder of Service Dog Project, Inc. in Ipswich, MA, spoke about the inspiring and effective ways that service dogs serve veterans and patients with neurological challenges.
     
5/16


     
  Newburyport in World War II
     
  Jean Foley Doyle

    
  A two-hour documentary that examines World War II history as experienced by Newburyporters, both on the battlefield and on the home-front.
    
6/20



      
  Newburyport/ Bura Alliance


        
  Joanna Hammond & Ted Van Nahl    
      
  This talk is about the twenty-five year-long relationship between the greater Newburyport area and the people of Bura, Kenya. 

        
7/18



   
  101 Days Across America

    
  Kate Derrick & Tom Lochhaas
    
  The Joys of Retirement Camping: In January, Kate and Tom left Newburyport on a coast-to-coast camping trip that lasted 101 days and almost 10,000 miles.
                   
              
8/15
 
  Urban Renewal   Lois Ascher   A Tale of Two Cities - Urban Renewal, Newburyport, and Boston’s West End
             
             
             
             
             



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2017 Village Talks
2017 Village Talks
Date
   
Topic
  
Speaker
  
Description
    
1/11   You CAN Keep Collecting!   Paula
Estey
  Repurposing Your Art Legacy from local artist and owner of Paula Estey Gallery.
     
1/25   Decluttering Can be Fun!
  Corinne McKeown   Certified Senior's Real Estate Specialist offers suggestions about how to approach decluttering your space and downsizing your belongings.
      
2/15   The Adventures of a Local
Jeopardy Champion
      
  Jill Santopietro
Panall
  This champion tells her story of applying and auditioning for Jeopardy and her February 2016 appearance on the show.
3/29   Tales of a Wildlife
Rehabilitator
        
  David
Taylor
  Wildlife rehabilitation shares his experiences and advice.
4/19   Pentucket Teachers Make
Poland Personal
     
  Cheryl Martin &
Janet Eppoliti
  Teachers share their experience of visiting Poland to learn about the Holocaust with the goal of sharing with their students.
5/17   Newburyport's Waterfront:
Industrialization, Decay,
& Rebirth
     
  Skip & Marge Motes
  Skip and Marge share the history of the waterfront.
6/21   Smart Phones
& Tablets
     
  Mike
Olson
  This Tech Guru addresses why we need these tools and gives us tricks for using them.
7/19   Dating Houses in Essex
County & Newbury
       
  John
Cole
  Talk from the "Old House Whisperer," former SPNEA (previously titled Historic New England) Property Manager.
8/18   Nautical Newburyport
        
  Dyke Hendrickson   Journalist and author shares "A History of Captains, Clipper Ships, and the Coast Guard."
9/20   Restoring the Coachman's
House at Maudslay
        
  Tom
Wester
  Curator shares the steps he has taken and where the project is going.
10/18   Emerging Trends, Resources,
and Living Options for Seniors 
      
  Corinne McKeown   Certified Senior's Real Estate Specialist discusses how to navigate later-in-life moves.
11/15   Nature in our Back Yard
       
  Bill
Gette
  Former Joppa Director shares how to awaken to what's only a few steps away. 
12/20   Sing-Along Entertainment   Barry
Spiro
  Good fun with old and new friends!

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2016 Village Talks
2016 Village Talks
Date
  
Topic
  
Speaker
  
Description 
      
1/20 Mystery
on the Merrimack
Graham McKay Manager Master Boat Builder and Museum Curator at Lowell's Boat Shop asks "Is this the Wreck of Lightship No.17?"
     
1/27   How Records
Get Made: Rounder Returns
       
  Marian Leighton
&
Den Irwin
  A conversation with two of the three founders of Rounder Records.
2/17   Resiliency Planning for Sea-Level Rise   John W. Duggan
  Registered Environmental Engineer Commonwealth of MA and Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Civil Engineering & Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology presents the roles and responsibilities for a proactive community.
       
2/24   U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Missions
     
  Travis L. Capps   Talk presented by Operations Petty Officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Merrimack River.
3/16   The Tiny House Movement - Why Now?
      
  Vera
Struck
  Presented by Tiny House designer, builder, dweller, author, sustainability educator, mother, reclamation artist, and organic gardener.
3/23   Font Smart: Five Important Things Everyone Should Know about Type
        
  Allan
Haley
  Consulting Typographer, author, storyteller, and Director of Words and Letters at Monotype; Past positions: President of the Type Directors Club and Executive Vice President of the International Typeface Corporation.
       
4/20   What's the Buzz? It's All About Bees   Anita Deeley   Beekeeper, MA State Bee Inspector, Board Member for Essex County Beekeepers Association and MA Beekeepers Association.
        
4/27   Elephant Orphans: A Glimpse into the Power of Love
       
  Dr. Mary Baures   Author, artist, expert in treating trauma. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Antioch University; CAGS in Human Development from Harvard University.
5/18   Let the Colors Begin! Preparing your Lawn & Garden for Spring
      
  Tim Lamprey Founder of the Harbor Garden Center in Salisbury and author of "Tim's Tips" in the Daily News.
5/25
A Walk Through Newburyport History 
   
  Ghlee Woodworth   Local historian, author, and preservation award recipient.
6/15   Colonial Blacksmithing
     
  Peter Cassidy   Forging the Past & Present by Cassidy Brothers Forge in Rowley, MA.
6/22   Keeping the Past Alive - Meet Artist Richard Burke Jones
       
  Richard Burke
Jones
  Newburyport's City Clerk is a gifted artist who researches, designs, and paints historical scenes of many 19th century New England towns.
9/14   Get to Know the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
         
  Liz
Pease
  Executive Director of the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society.
9/28   Elephant Orphans: A Glimpse into the Power of Love
        
  Dr. Mary Baures
  Author of "Love Heals Baby Elephants" is an expert in treating trauma. 
10/5   Scandal & Slander in the Quarterly Court
    
  Bethany Groff
Dorau
  Exploration of 17th century records of Essex County Quarterly Court from Historic New England.
10/26   Tour Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch   Barbara Dowd & Mike Prendergast
       
  Barbara and Mike share their experiences working as Volunteer Rangers on and around Cedar Mesa, Utah.
11/9   Port Family Sails to Turkey and Back   John & Lory Douglass   This pair of sailors and adventurers recount their family journey across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, to Turkey and beyond. 
      
11/16   The High Arctic: Research & Adventure   Lon E. Hachmeister   One of the first Oceanographers to do research in the High Arctic region when almost nothing was known about its physical geography.
         
12/7   Championing the History of Amesbury's Industry and People   John
Mayer
  John is the Executive Director of the Amesbury Carriage Museum. 

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2015 Village Talks
2015 Village Talks
Date
  
Topic
  
Speaker
  
Description 
       
4/15 A Tour of Historic New England: Historic Homes and Preserved Properties
          
Bethany Groff
Dorau
      
Bethany represents Historic New England
4/20 Newburyport's South End in the 20th Century
        
Tom
Horth
Author presents this topic.

5/6   Whaleboats & Whaling in Local Industry 1650-1920
     
  Graham McKay   Speaker is from Lowell's Boat Shop. 
5/13   Multiple Intelligences: It's not how smart you are - it's how you're smart!
    
  Deidre Budzyna   Speaker is from Northern Essex Community College
5/20   Herd Around Town: My Life with Alpacas
       
  Dave Sanderson   Speaker is from Parker River Alpaca Farm.
5/27   Increasing your Energy and Focus through Yoga and Meditation
    
  Chris
Morton
  Chris: Med, RYT, Instructor
6/3   Birds of Western Cuba   David M. Larson,
Ph.D.
     
  Speaker represents MA Audubon Joppa Flats Education Center
           
6/10   Uprising: The Market Basket Crisis of 2014   Grant
Welker
  Speaker is from The Lowell Sun newspaper. 
          
9/30   A Flash from the Past: The History and People of the Former Mosley Family Estate
       
  Donna Sudak   Speaker is a Park Interpreter of Maudslay State Park
        
10/7   A Journalist's Insights into the Marathon Bomber Trial   G. Jeffrey MacDonald   Correspondent for USA Today and Pastor of the First Parish Church of Newbury
   
10/14   Where the Wild Things Are: New England's Diverse and Abundant Wildlife
        
  Bill
Gette
  By Director, MA Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center
       
10/21   Come All Ye Rounders: Journey into American Music   Marian Leighton Levy &
Ken Irwin 
      
  Presented by two of the three founders of Rounders Records
11/4   Around We Go with Jeff Briggs: The Carousel Man   Jeffrey Briggs   Sculptor and Carousel Designer presents
        
11/11   It's not how smart you are - it's how you're smart!    Deidre Budzyna 
  Professor, Northern Essex Community College and Co-owner, Acting Out Productions
        

11/18   The Grand Canyon, Lake Baikal, and the Concert for the Earth   Inga
Wennik
  The speaker links personal stories with cultural events.
       
12/2   The Triple Crown of Open Water: Tales of Swimming in the Ocean   David
Lee,
Ph.D. 
  Presented by this Nuclear Physicist and Master Swimmer.




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