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February First Friday Social

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February 1, 2019 @ 6:00pm
February First Friday Social

Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on February 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM for a night of music and poetry.

This event will include the blending of two art forms. Melopoea which is ancient art of the recited poetry with music accompaniment. In this program the music will be performed by Classical Guitarist John Tavano with poetry by Rhina Espaillat and Alfred Nicol. The Jazz ensemble "Bistro Nova" is a trio consisting of Classical/Jazz Guitarist John Tavano with Bassist Roger Kimbal and Guitarist and Kate Sullivan. "Melopoea' and  "Bistro Nova" will present a program blending the two genres in an exciting way demonstrating the power and synergy of of the arts from around the world.

"The arts delight our senses, but they do much more: they allow us to move out of our narrow selves and slip into the skins, lives and circumstances of other people we may never meet or speak to. The arts—especially music and poetry, those early immigrants, those twin forms of heightened speech—also bring the world to us, in work from distant places and cultures not our own, thereby enlarging the area that we learn to inhabit with the imagination, and with empathy.

Our program today tries to illustrate how that happens: the way the mind and heart expand to fill the space art gives us in which to grow. We invite you to keep us company, and experience the mystery, the pain and pleasure involved in that kind of growth."

Come and enjoy a variety of wines generously provided by New England Wine and Spirits -- along with fine craft beers from Newburyport Brewery -- the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum! Appetizers will be served.

Please, remember to bring your membership card with you!

Whether you are a new, recent or longtime area resident, if you'd like to learn more about the Custom House Maritime Museum and experience a Newburyport Maritime Society First Friday Social -- please contact the Museum in advance at 978-462-8681 or

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