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Holiday Invitation Night Open House Celebration - Dec 8th

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December 8, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Holiday Invitation Night Open House Celebration - Dec 8th


Join us for

Invitation Night Open House

during Newburport

Holiday Invitiation Night



Enjoy a Maritime Experience mixed with Holiday Cheer

at the

Custom House Maritime Museum


Friday, December 8th

from 6:00pm to 9:00pm


FeaturingLive Music and Historical Performances Throughout the Evening!

Mike Welch performs Christmastide pieces from the Age of Sail


Live Music with Michael Welch at 6:00, 7:00 & 8:00 pm

Join versatile re-enactor and musician Michael Welch for a truly unique performance of period Christmastide pieces played on lute, concertina and harpsichord, replicating the traditions and music from Newburyport’s colonial past.

Embrace and enjoy a measure of genuine sounds and songs as sung in the parlors of Newburyport homes -- and most certainly aboard its ships during the Age of Sail.



Live Historic Performances at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm

The ship Sonora, built by John Currier, Jr., had already amassed a decade of faithful merchant service as she set sail from Hong Kong on November 26, 1863.  Under the command of Captain Lawrence C. Brown and carrying a full cargo of rice, she was destined for Akyab, British India.  But America’s far reaching Civil War strife would engulf Sonora as she lay anchored in the straits of Malacca, on the day after Christmas. Don't miss this all new dramatic historic portrayal of the capture of the ship Sonora by the Confederate Raider Alabama and her infamous Captain Raphael Semmes.

Voices of Christmas PastCapture of the ship Sonora

Producer, Writer and Actress Kate GilbertKATE GILBERT has researched, written and directed Voices of Christmas Past since starting the program as in intern in 2011. She is excited to be presenting a new script this year, and hopes that the audiences will enjoy this unique story! Kate is also an area actress. Her favorite roles include Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cukoos Nest, Raymonde in A Flea In Her Ear (Nominated for Best Actress, New Hampshire Theater Awards), Molly in Mousetrap, The Mute in The Fantasticks, Margot in Dial M For Murder and Belinda in RUSH by playwright Callie Kimball as part of the original cast premier at the Players Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Scott Helmers of Spotlight Playhouse


SCOTT HELMERS was reintroduced to the stage by his daughters 16 years ago and he’s been involved ever since. A theatrical – and parental – high point for him was playing Scarecrow opposite his younger daughter as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz in 2007. Scott is on the board of Spotlight Playhouse ( and also performs with Voices of Hope ( to raise money for cancer research. In real life, he is a business process consultant with the Harvard Computing Group, purveyors of TaskMap (

Newburyport Actor Mike Coppinger


MIKE COPPINGER is a resident of Newburyport and has recently begun performing in theatrical productions in the area. Some of his favorite roles have been as the Wizard in "The Wizard Oz"  performed at the Leddy Center in Epping, NH and also at the Rochester Opera House, and Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind" performed with the Garrison Players in Rollinsford, NH. His latest performance was as Renfield in the Break a Leg Legally production of "Dracula", performed at the Strand Theater in Dover NH.


New Hampshire Theatre Award Winning Actress Elizabeth Holcomb

A displaced southerner, ELIZABETH HOLCOMB now makes her home in Exeter, New Hampshire, with her husband Duncan, her dog Blueberry, and three wild boys: Spencer, 14, John Henry, 12, and Benjamin, 11. She now works as Program Director for Reach High Scholars, an educational non-profit. Her favorite local roles have been Lily St. Regis in Annie, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre, and The Grand Duchess Olga Katrina in You Can’t Take It With You.  In 2013, she won Best Supporting Actress at thes for her performance of Truvy Jones in Steel Magnolias. Elizabeth is grateful for the opportunity to work with Kate, Mike, and Scott and for the chance to share in the Maritime Museum community’s Christmas celebration.


Sample Newburyport's rich cultural heritage

while you celebrate the arrival of the holiday season at our

Invitation Night Open House

during Newburyport Holiday Invitation Night, December 8th, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm!


2015 Holiday House Tour

  • Explore Newburyport's Rich Maritime History
  • Discover Unique Museum Gift Shop Specials just in time for the Holidays
  • Bid on Fabulous One-of-a Kind Holiday Wreaths
  • Purchase your Discounted Holiday House Tour Tickets
  • Don't miss Live Performances of this year's all new “Voices Of Christmas Past - Capture of the Sonora”

2013 Silent Wreath Auction!

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