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by Alexandra Zega


OCTOBER is chock full of FUN things to do - HAPPY FALL everyone!
{ what to do · where to eat }

Fall Harvest Festival
Sunday & Monday, October 9 & 10

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Celebrate autumn in Newburyport! A Newburyport tradition for over 35 years, Fall Harvest Festival features talented artisans offering handmade crafts & artwork, great local food vendors, live music in Market Square, the annual Scarecrow Contest and Kid's Korner. Free to all!

For more info, click here!

Brought to you buy the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Held in downtown Newburyport.


Saturday, October 15


Don't miss Newburyport's First Annual Oktoberfest!! This fun, family friendly event will feature traditional German food, live music and craft beers in the beer tent as well as games, activities and rides for all ages! Bring the whole family to the Bartlet Mall for a great day of fun, froth and food!

For more info, click here!

Brought to you buy the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. To be held at the Bartlet Mall, located on High Street in Newburyport at the intersection of Pond Street.

Newburyport ArtWalk
Saturday, October 15

The LAST Newburyport ArtWalk of the 2011 season happens on Saturday, October 15! Eight galleries located in or near downtown Newburyport participate in this free introduction to the visual arts in Newburyport. The ArtWalk brochure with map is available at galleries, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the middle passage way between State State and Inn Street, and many restaurants and inns. For more information please visit online at or find Newburyport ArtWalk on Facebook.

Witches Night Out
Friday, October 21


Calling all goblins, witches and warlocks for a "spooktacular" event in downtown Newburyport, the Tannery and Horton’s Yard. Enjoy merchant and restaurant hospitality while strolling and shopping! Many participating businesses will be decorating their stores in the best of Halloween finery, serving light refreshments, having a costume contest and offering a reverse trick or treat to benefit Pennies for Poverty: 2 Cents for Change.

Witches Night Out attendees are encouraged to dress as a witch or warlock to add to the festivity of the evening. Don't miss the Costume Contest at 8:00PM, location TBA. Two categories - Best Witch Costume and Best Costume Overall - winners will be awarded $50 Newburyport Gift Certificates!

For more info, click here!

Newburyport's Great Pumpkin
Lighting and Stroll

Saturday, October 22

Join us for this NEW fun event brought to you by the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and our retail members!! Families are encouraged and invited to bring a carved pumpkin that will be lit and placed on the stairs of Market Square for all to enjoy! Each family will receive a votive candle that will be lit all at once at dusk - approximately 6:15PM.

After the lighting, attendees are encouraged to stroll the downtown and Tannery to "ooh and ahh" at all the pumpkins designed by local businesses! At the end of the evening families are asked to take their pumpkins home for safe keeping. Activities include music, refreshments, and much more to be announced!

For more info, click here!

Downtown Merchant Trick or Treat
Friday, October 28


Join Downtown and Tannery Marketplace merchants as they celebrate Halloween! Stop by - in costume - for a trick or a treat! This event is intended for small children accompanied by an adult.

For more info, click here!


Newburyport's City-Wide Trick or Treat
Monday, October 31


For more information, contact the Newburyport
Police Dept. at 978-462-4411.

Blue Ocean Music Hall

With an exciting line-up of weekly shows, Blue Ocean Music Hall is the perfect venue to see top national acts in an intimate setting where most seats are within 50 feet of the stage. Blue Ocean Music Hall offers affordable tickets, ocean views, food and a full bar, nearby parking, and an up-close and personal live music experience close-by without the hassle of traveling to larger city venues. Check out our upcoming shows online at our website below!

Blue Ocean Music Hall 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach

The Firehouse Center for the Arts

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS! Whether it be music, dance, theater, film or art, we invite you to be part of the magic at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Upcoming Shows/Events:

Sept 30 • The Boston Horns
Oct 8 • DD Martin
Oct 15 • Bob Wolfman
Oct 16 • Cathy & Marcy
Oct 21 • The Port Follies
Oct 22 • Liz Frame and the Kickers
Oct 27-30 • Little City Comedy Co.
Oct 28 • Rocky Horror Picture Show

Nov 5 • Random Acts
Nov 10-13 • The Christina Experiment
Nov 17-20 • The Christina Experiment
Nov 26-27 • The Nutcracker

The Firehouse Center for the Arts Market Square, Newburyport

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what to do activities

Newburyport Whale Watch

The fall is a beautiful time to enjoy a whale watch cruise! The Newburyport Whale Watch departs from Newburyport Harborwalk and will whisk you out to Jeffreys Ledge where you’ll see Humpbacks, Minkes, Finback Whales and more on our half-day trips. Whale Watch tickets make for the perfect gift! Take advantage of our seasonal offering: Buy 3, Get 1 Free – just visit our website to purchase. For more information and reservations, please call or visit our website below.

Newburyport Whale Watch
54 Merrimac Street, Newburyport


Bob Lobster
On the way to and from Plum Island

For a great New England in-the-rough dining experience it’s Bob Lobster; serving golden-fried clams, fish ‘n chips, homemade chowders, the best lobster rolls, and more. Bob Lobster is also a lobster pound and fish market with a delicious assortment of homemade take-and-bake seafood pies; many available gluten-free.

Open year-round. Through October 16th open every day from 9:30am to 8:00pm. Beginning October 17th open Thursday thru Sunday 9:30am to 7:30pm. Situated along the beautiful Merrimack River, five minutes east of downtown Newburyport; credit cards accepted; children’s menu available; BYOB.

Bob Lobster 49 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury (Plum Island)

David's Tavern on Brown Square

Chef owned and operated David’s Tavern, located in the historic Garrison Inn boutique hotel, has been serving creative American cuisine since 1989. Enjoy an abundant buffet brunch every Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Let our cozy brick and stone walled pub warm you with its charm as we move into fall. Tasty specials offered every evening with half portions available on grilled seafood and pasta dishes. Experience live entertainment Thursday-Saturday evenings. No Sitter? No Worries! We have one here for kid’s 18 months and older, call for details. Look for David’s food booth during the Fall festival. Open for dinner every evening at 5pm.

David's Tavern on Brown Square 11 Brown Square, Newburyport

The Grog Restaurant

For 40 years, The Grog has been Newburyport’s place to meet and enjoy. As we continue to mark this anniversary, we maintain our tradition of presenting the best food, refreshment & entertainment. Our Sunday Brunch Buffet will return on October 9 from 11am to 2pm. Choose from our mouth-watering brunch entrées in addition to selections from our full menu. Our featured Craft Brewer for October will be Cisco Brewers on Nantucket; stop by for a Whale’s Tale!

The historic and eclectic function areas at The Grog are the perfect setting for your party, reception, or other special occasion. Please call us to discuss your event.

The Grog Restaurant 13 Middle Street, Newburyport

Michael's Harborside

October is National Seafood Month! Come dine at Newburyport’s favorite seafood restaurant for all your prime seafood picks! Introducing new Weeknight Specials, every Monday through Thursday starting in October! Monday: Bottomless Fish & Chips - $10. Tuesday: Kid’s Eat Free. Wednesday: Create-your-own Pasta Night - $10. Thursday: All-you-can-eat Fish Tacos - $10.

Looking to host a dinner, buffet, or a cocktail celebration, while enjoying the breathtaking water view? The decks at Michael’s are the perfect place for any special gathering. For more information or to book an event, call us at 978-462-7785 or email Matt Kirk.

Michael's Harborside  One Tournament Wharf, Newburyport

Not Your Average Joe's

Join us for “Octobeerfest”, our celebration of Germany’s beloved party! Featured bottled beers: Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest, Ipswich Harvest Ale, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Radeberger Pilsner & Harpoon Cider. Featured draft beers: Wolaver’s Pumpkin Ale & Paulaner Oktoberfest (all draft beers offered by the pitcher throughout Oktobeerfest).

Oktobeerfest specials: Prince Edward Island Mussels: oven-roasted and sautéed with Paulaner Oktoberfest beer, garlic, basil and tomatoes, served with our grilled foccacia - and - Schnitzel and Potato Kugel: our tribute to Oktoberfest, breaded pork cutlet with a touch of mustard sauce, braised red cabbage and crispy shredded potato kugel.

Call or go online to book a reservation!

Not Your Average Joe's One Market Square, Newburyport

Starboard Galley Restaurant

When the sun is shining, Fall is a beautiful time of year to sit outside and enjoy the scenery along the Merrimack River. Our deck is still open and we have plenty of parking in the rear for our customers. Look for a coupon for our twin lobster special in the Daily News or the Lawrence Eagle Tribune - a deal you won’t want to miss! The rest of our entrees are also delicious, portions are generous, prices affordable, and children are always welcome. Full catering service also available. See why we have been “a way of life in Newburyport for over 33 years".

Starboard Galley Restaurant 55 Water Street, Newburyport

Ten Center Street Restaurant & Pub

We have a new fall menu rich in flavor, not in price. Enjoy Pan-Seared Atlantic Salmon, just $22, and Chicken Saltimbocca for $18, or the Braised Lamb Osso Buco, only $25, just to name a few. We’ve also brought back our popular half-portions on select menu items, like Lobster Shitake Risotto & Pan Roasted U-10 Scallops.

Enjoy live jazz every Wednesday night from 7-10pm by the Phil McGowan Trio and spend the weekend relaxing at our Sunday Brunch from 11am-3pm every Sunday. Ten Center’s Garden Room is the perfect place for your holiday celebration and we’d love to help you plan you special event! For more information or to book an event email Stacy Kelley or call 978-462-6652 ext. 16.

Ten Center Street Restaurant & Pub 10 Center Street, Newburyport


Top Stealth Home Energy Hogs

by Alexandra Zega

The relentless rise of electricity prices over the past decade has made many consumers more conscientious about how they use electric power. Many of those conscientious people may find it frustrating — to put it mildly — that their daily or even hourly efforts to turn off devices they're not using hasn't delivered the results they'd expected.

The blame belongs to the growing number of "vampire" or "phantom" electronic products that populate today's typical home. An alarmingly large number of electrical products cannot be truly turned off without being unplugged. These 'vampire' products draw power 24 hours a day whether "on" or "off."

These devices draw so-called standby power when they are off, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which has recently completed a large survey that measured the "standby power" in hundreds of products.

So what is "standby power"?

...standby power is electricity used by appliances and equipment while they are switched off or not performing their primary function. That power is consumed by power supplies (the black cubes—sometimes called "vampires"—converting AC into DC), the circuits and sensors needed to receive a remote signal, soft keypads and displays including miscellaneous LED status lights. Standby power use is also caused by circuits that continue to be energized even when the device is "off."

Based on LBNL's those results, Clean Beta created the following list of 26 electrical products that consume the most juice while they're "off." More specifically, the list ranks the most profligate electrical products based on the average number of watts they consume in "off" mode.

A watt is a measure of power — Joules/second — analogous to speed — miles/hour. So, to calculate watts, power must be converted into energy (like speed into distance). Here's an example: if a device draws 1 watt constantly for a year, then its energy consumption was 9 kWh. That corresponds to about $1.00.

While a single device consumes very little in annual electricity use, when multiplied by several dozen products, you're no longer talking about chump change.

An individual product draws relatively little standby power, but a typical U.S. home has forty products constantly drawing power. Together these amount to almost 10% of residential electricity use. Altogether, standby power use is roughly responsible for 1% of global CO2 emissions.

What can you do? It is not easy to reduce the amount of standby power many devices use, but it is possible. In fact, research has found that an aggressive effort can reduce standby use by about 30%.

Here are a few strategies:

Use a switchable power strip to pull the plug on clusters of computer or video products.

Buy low standby products if you can find them. Don't ask a salesperson though because they probably won't know. Better to look for ENERGY STAR products, which are tested for profligate reliance on standby power.

Buy a low-cost watt-meter, measure the devices in your home and take targeted action.

If all else fails, pull the plug, but be careful not to get electrocuted in the process.

Here are the top 10 energy that consume the most energy.

No. 1: Set-Top Box*
Average Watts While Off: 28.286
Average Watts While On: 30.198
*Average includes DVR, digital cable, digital cable with DVR, satellite, satellite with DVR.

No. 2: Notebook Computer
Average Watts While Off: 8.90
Average Watts While On: 29.48

No. 3: Inkjet/Multifunction Fax
Average Watts While Off: 5.31/5.26
Average Watts While On: 6.22/9.16

No. 4: DVD/VCR
Average Watts While Off: 5.04
Average Watts While On: 13.51

No. 5: VCR
Average Watts While Off: 4.68
Average Watts While On: 7.77

No. 6: Central Heating Furnace
Average Watts While Off: 4.21
Average Watts While On: 339.71

No. 7: Cable Modem
Average Watts While Off: 3.84
Average Watts While On: 6.25

No. 8: Multi-Function Laser Device
Average Watts While Off: 3.12
Average Watts While On: 46.98

No. 9: Cordless Phone With Answering Machine
Average Watts While Off: 2.92
Average Watts While On: 3.53

No. 10: Desktop Computer
Average Watts While Off: 2.84
Average Watts While On: 73.97

Click Here to See the Full List of the Top 26 Home Energy Hogs

(c) by William Pentland,


What Outlet Malls Don't Want You to Know

by Alexandra Zega
Outlet malls have exploded in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of American retail. For many shoppers, this siren song of bargains and high-quality designer merchandise at a low price is too irresistible to avoid, and they simply must stop to shop. But beneath all the fancy sparkle and fresh spackle of the countless outlets popping up all over the country, do they really deliver all they promise? It turns out that outlets have a few sneaky ways of tricking us into thinking we’re getting a much better deal than we actually are.

The Merchandise Isn’t What You Think
The original outlet and factory stores sold overstocked, discontinued items, and imperfect merchandise unfit for retail sale; that’s what made the prices so cheap. But nowadays, the majority of common outlet stores supplement their stock with merchandise created especially for outlet-store sale. These lines carry the brand name, but they’re made with lower-quality fabrics and cheaper construction techniques. The companies depend on customers’ inability to tell the difference between the quality of real designer merchandise and the lower-quality knockoffs carrying the same label. The knockoffs may be cheap, but that cheapness comes at the expense of quality.

It’s All About the Marketing
Merchandise at outlet stores usually comes with a price tag that prominently displays both the retail and the outlet price:“Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price $100, Our Price $25.” The tags lead customers to believe that they’re getting a huge discount. But the truth is that the listed MSRP is whatever the store wants it to be—there’s no guarantee that the item is really worth that much, or that it was ever listed for that price at a retail store. This trick, called “reference pricing,” is widely used to assuage shoppers’ anxieties and loosen their purse strings by convincing them that they’re saving more money than they’ve spent.

The Location is Remote So You Never Leave Empty-Handed
Outlet malls are notorious for being located in out-of-the-way suburbs and off deserted interstate highways. One big advantage of the remote location is a psychological effect called the “sunk cost fallacy,” according to Ellen Ruppel Shell, author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. By driving twenty-five, fifty, or one hundred miles to the outlet mall, customers invest serious amounts of time and energy; it’d be a pity if they didn’t leave with something. Customers don’t like to feel like they made a bad investment, and making purchases justifies all that effort. Of course, behavioral economists know that it’s irrational to spend more time and money to justify spending time and money, but whoever said that shoppers were rational?

How to Out-Smart the Outlets
In reality, outlet malls promise something—high quality for a low price—that is very hard to deliver. The next time you’re tempted to swing through an outlet mall, consider these savvy shopping tips.
  • Look at apparel tags. Irregular or imperfect merchandise usually carry tags that are sliced, marked on, or otherwise altered to indicate that it’s not fit for retail sale, whereas knockoffs usually carry different tags altogether. At Gap Outlets, the tags are white with blue lettering, the reverse of the retail tags. At Banana Republic Factory Stores, the tags have three small diamonds indicating they’re not retail quality. Get familiar with real retail tags, so you can spot the impostors at outlet stores.
  • Know what an item is really worth. How can you know whether you’re getting a great deal at the Samsonite outlet if you don’t know the real retail price of a suitcase? Comparison shop for large purchases; don’t rely on the reference price quoted by the store.
  • Think seasonally. It’s a good bet that any in-season merchandise is from an outlet-only line. Real retail overruns don’t arrive in outlet stores until after the season has passed.
  • Remember that fewer stores = better quality. If you’re shopping at a store that has posts in every outlet mall in the country, you’re almost guaranteed to be getting outlet-quality merchandise. At an outlet with only a few locations, the merchandise is more likely to be true overruns, discontinued items, and last-season’s line because the company doesn’t have to fill hundreds of stores.
  • Shop the sales. Outlet stores have sales at the same times that normal retail stores do, and customers can often get even better discounts at these times. But sales at retail stores can offer savings just as valuable as regular outlet prices.

(c) DivineCaroline, Yahoo Shine, Financially Fit

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