Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Cape Ann Museum Luncheon

Congratulations to the Cape Ann Museum for a very successful 12th Annual Luncheon, and thanks to special guest Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, for an informative and motivational presentation to the many guests at the luncheon. 

The Cape Ann Museum is a tremendous institution and resource for all of us, and you can learn more about it at


Salisbury Tree Lighting

Last night's Tree Lighting in Salisbury was a spectacular holiday event, with carolers dressed in victorian costume, a talented chorus from Salisbury Elementary School, and even artificial snowballs for friendly snowball fights! 


I was happy to join with Santa,  members of the Board of Selectmen - Chuck Takesian, Michael Colburn, and Ronalee Ray - Parrott - and the teams from the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks and Recreation Department ( led by Jennifer Roketenetz), and even the Grinch for this terrific holiday event. 


Thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to gather and celebrate the holiday season on such a special night!


Monday, November 28, 2022

Newburyport Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

Holiday cheer and community spirit shone brightly through the cloudy skies and rain drops at the Newburyport Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting , with huge crowds welcoming Santa and Mrs Claus, cheering on the High School Band and Championship Soccer Team that pulled Santa's wagon with glee . 

I was happy to join Mayor Sean Reardon, former Representative Jim Kelcourse, and Representative- elect Dawne Shand in the parade, and for some singing with the crowd in Market Square before the lighting of the beautiful tree.

Thanks to the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the Newburyport Rotary Club, the crew of US Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, and all who worked to make such a wonderful afternoon possible.


Sunday, November 27, 2022

Newburyport- Amesbury Football Game Luncheon

Since their first unsanctioned game in 1891,  the high school football teams of Newburyport and Amesbury have been playing a Thanksgiving game, with 99 official games being recorded.  

An important part of this legendary rivalry these days is a pre - Thanksgiving luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of the city hosting the game. This year the luncheon was hosted in Newburyport,  and I was honored to participate in a great event that emphasized sportsmanship and friendly competition and featured spirited remarks by Mayors Reardon and Gove, and some very creative contests involving food.

Thanks to the Mayors, the football teams and cheerleaders, the coaches, and the Rotary Club for a great event!


Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving

May we all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. 

We are frequently reminded that we would do well to set aside this special day to reflect on the blessings in our lives and to give thanks. As we do so, it is important to also keep in mind that many brave men and women will be away from their families and unable to share time with loved ones. As we gather at tables to serve ourselves, these courageous people will be on duty here and around the world serving us all. I am thankful for them, their sacrifices, and the sacrifices of those who served before them to keep us safe and our American values preserved.



Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Sea Festival of Trees at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury

 A great night for the Sea Festival of Trees!

The Spirits of Christmas Gala for the Sea Festival of Trees at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury was a truly spectacular event celebrating the 10th year of this wonderful tradition that features the creativity of the donors that create the trees, the generosity of the sponsors that support the event, and the community spirit that runs through every aspect of the festival. Thanks to Wayne Capolupo and the entire team at the Salisbury Beach Partnership for producing the Sea Festival of Trees, and for including me in the gala. 

The festival continues on weekends through December 3, and you can find information about it at