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Newburyport Education Foundation to host music festival to benefit local school districts

Posted by Terri Ogan  September 5, 2013 01:37 PM

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The Newburyport Education Foundation is set to sponsor the third annual American Music and Harvest Festival to benefit education foundations for the Newburyport, Masconomet, Ipswich, Pentucket and Triton school districts, as well as River Valley Charter School and Immaculate Conception School, both in Newburyport.

The event is slated for Saturday Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, located at 5 Littles Ln. in Newbury.

Through a donation by Institution for Savings of Newburyport, the two-day event will bring local music legends Buffalo Tom and fiddling sensation Bruce Molsky to the North Shore farm for a community gathering that entails music, food, activities and vintage baseball, which is baseball played by rules and customs from the 1800s.  

Newburyport Education Foundation President Jay Iannini said in a recent statement that the goal for the festival is to combine music, local food and beer and fun activities to raise money and benefit area schools.

“We’re thrilled Buffalo Tom and Bruce Molsky are joining the fun this year, as both have major appeal," Iannini said. "Combined with so many other talents that will take the stage, this festival is going to be our best yet. There will truly be something for everyone--fantastic food and beer vendors, vintage baseball, and activities to celebrate the harvest season such as tractor rides, cider pressing and a husking bee. We are so thankful to Institution for Savings for investing in our community so generously.”
 
Saturday’s music line-up includes Buffalo Tom, Das Pintos, Liz Frame and The Kickers and The Orville Giddings Thang.

Saturday will also include a vintage baseball triple header, featuring the Essex Base Ball Club, Mixed Nine, Mudville Base Ball Club and Presumpscot Base Ball Club of Maine.

Sunday’s music includes multiple bluegrass and Americana music acts, including Bruce Molsky, Chasing Blue, High Range, The Tall Pines, Tricky Britches, Molly Tuttle and John Mailander, Cat and The Moon, Andama, Lonely Heart String Band and Katie McNally. Sunday’s festivities will also include an old-time family dance and dinner, for ages 6 and up.
 
Tickets for the American Music and Harvest Festival can be purchased in advance at www.NewburyportEF.org or at the event. Tickets are $30 per family, per day, with a family including 2 adults and all children.  

Festival attendees may select the preferred recipient of their ticket funds when purchasing tickets. Additional sponsors include Oregano Restaurant, Newburyport Development, Historic New England, Ipswich Brewery and Matter Communications.

Terri Ogan can be reached at oganglobe@gmail.com, or follow her on Twitter.

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