poster child for peaceful Lions
Friday, October 29, 2004
can't be protected from the reality that the world is not peaceful.
They're growing up in an environment of fear for their very security,
while being exposed to the terrible things perpetrated in the name of
war. That gives special meaning to the Lions Club poster contest them,
"Give Peace a Chance."
The Newburyport Lions are participating in the International Lions Clubs'
peace poster contest held each spring. They're soliciting contestants
by distributing flyers to Nock Middle School students, where grade 6,
7 and 8 kids are eligible to compete with poster creations. Submissions
should be brought to the school office by Nov. 6. The local winner will
receive a $50 savings bond and their poster will go on to the Lions
state district office for judging.
Winning national entries will receive $2,500 and a free trip to New
York City, where their checks will be presented at the United Nations
Building. Twenty-three merit award winners will receive $500 each and
the free trip to The Big Apple.
For information, visit www.lionsclubs.org
or call Kathy Heywood, Lions Club event chairwoman, at 978-462-4760.
All hail All Hallows Afternoon
Halloween has earned a place among the country's tackiest holidays;
even referring to the occasion as a holiday doesn't ring true. All Hallows
Eve has come a long way since Leave-It-To-Beaver days -when costumes
were homemade, blissfully ignorant of the need to keep tykes safe from
wayward motorists or flaming jack o' lanterns. Needles in apples, poison-laced
candy, vulnerable children traipsing through the darkened suburban landscape.
It's enough to make you ask if there's any purpose in promoting this
annual worry fest for parents.
In Newburyport, there actually is some redeeming value in marking the
date, and it's been that way for nearly a half a generation, since the
late City Councilor Harold Harnch organized the first parade for local
kids on the Sunday before Halloween. For years, the annual Harold Harnch
Halloween Parade has brought out the best in the city's businesses,
politicians, organizations and citizens, not to mention some of the
cutest kids you're likely to see in one place. When Harold passed away
about seven years ago, one of his staunchest admirers, Joe Spaulding,
took up the cause, and to this day, has been actively soliciting donations
of all kinds to keep the parade tradition alive.
His efforts will be rewarded again this weekend. Spaulding is anticipating
a big donation from Newburyport Bank, free custodial service from the
Bresnahan School, police officers kicking in traffic control and similar
donations of services from nearly everyone connected to the city.
The parade this year will coincide with Halloween and will start at
Atkinson Common at 2 p.m. Without benefit of formation or practice,
some 200 kids accompanied by adults who never will outgrow the fun of
it, will travel down busy High Street, where heads of passing motorists
will turn to witness the spectacle. At the Bresnahan School, parade
participants will receive safe goodies donated by those generous supporters,
but the children will take home more than sweet treats and prizes. They'll
accumulate the kind of childhood memories that neither money nor 21st
century wizardry can produce.
Preceded by a most Dexterous occasion
Any city, town or bend in the road worth its salt can lay claim to having
been the place where someone of significance made an appearance, and
Newburyport has its share of such notoriety. While we might not be able
to say he slept here, George Washington did pay a visit to the city
in 1789. The occasion will be marked with an "appearance"
of the good general and country's first president Saturday, Oct. 30,
215 years to the day since his other visit.
Washington's modern personification will appear at 3:33 p.m. in the
library Children's Room, after the assembled have been acclimated to
18th-century mannerisms by Newburyport's own - quirky Lord Timothy Dexter,
or a reasonable facsimile of him - at 3 p.m. The two will no doubt attract
a fair share of attention, dressed in ruffled shirts, distinct hats
and knee pants, as they head down State Street to Middle Street and
on to the Old South Church on Federal Street. That's where the first
Washington addressed an ecumenical session in early evening, Oct. 30,
Preceded by a horror-filled night
We've long speculated about what makes Current columnist Bruce Menin
tick, and our worst suspicions have been confirmed; he likes scarey
movies. Tonight (Friday, Oct. 29) he has the honor of being the first
local film lover to introduce the Firehouse's latest mark of creativity,
the My Favorite Movie Series.
Before the lights go out and we grip the arm rests between our seats,
he'll explain what he finds so enchanting about two film classics that
make our skin crawl: "Dracula" and "Frankenstein."
Without benefit of Technicolor, these 1931 flicks were the ancestors
of today's special effect-laden suspense movies. The double feature
begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Firehouse box office.
Next up, a movie that flies in the face of Newburyport's Audubon education
center and the Parker River Wildlife Refuge. Larry Nile will sing the
artistic virtues of his favorite film, Alfred Hitchcock's "The
Birds," before it airs Wednesday Nov. 10.