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The Region's Largest Weekly Distribution Happy Thanksgiving from... The Town Common Largest DISTRIBUTION ACROSS the NORTH SHORE of ma & Coastal NH www.thetowncommon.com November 23 - 29 , 2016 Vol. 13, No. 4 FREE The Holidays Are Special at the Firehouse By Stewart Lytle, Reporter It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas ––––––––––––––––– Photo by Stewart Lytle The Firehouse Center for the Arts undergoing renovations. Photo by Peter McClelland The Newburyport High School girls soccer team poses after winning the Division 3 North title over North Reading on Saturday (November 12th). NEWBURYPORT – The Christmas season is special at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, maybe even more this year as the historic, city-owned theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary and faces significant changes in the new year. Productions this season include the traditional, such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by the Joppa Dancers and the Nutcracker by the Methuen Ballet Ensemble, the popular Holiday Sing Along and the off-beat, A Nutcracker Panto! presented by Theater in the Open. “The coming year will be both an exciting and a challenging one for the Firehouse Center of the Arts,” wrote Louis Rubenfeld, president of the Firehouse board. The Firehouse in 2017 will hire a new executive director, welcome a new restaurant partner and complete the renovations that are already under way, he wrote. The non-profit Firehouse has raised about $500,000 towards its goal of $900,000 to pay for extensive renovations. For its seventh year, the Methuen Ballet Ensemble will open the holiday season, performing the iconic Nutcracker with elaborate visual effects and custom-designed costumes, a giant growing Christmas tree and a snowfall. Performances will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 28. A gala reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Under the artistic direction of Vanessa Voter Shaheen, the ballet company has performed The Nutcracker for more than 25 years. The ensemble includes professionals and students who are training at the Voter’s School of Dance and from the North Shore Performing Arts Center. Dancers are from cities and towns throughout the North Shore Division 3 North Winners Trimming the tree on Market Square Pink House Auction By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– Prst Std. U.S. Postage Paid Newburyport, MA Permit No. 51 ____________ You'll "flip" over the digital edition at TheTownCommon.com Goodbye Hip & Knee Pain. Hello Life! See if Mako , a new alternative to traditional joint replacement, is right for you at a free seminar Tuesday, November 29 th . Register NOW at www.ajh.org/register or call 978-463-1475. 25 Highland Ave, Newburyport, MA 01950 ON THE ROAD TO PLUM ISLAND – The pink house on the edge of the great salt marsh may have been built in spite to punish a wife, who divorced her Newburyport husband. But saving it from being torn down has become a community cause with hundreds of supporters willing to contribute and work toward preserving it for future generations. Many of those Continued on page 3 Photo by Stewart Lytle Aution organizers (from left) are Gillian Sickler, Rochelle Joseph and Alison Odle. The Town Common Newspaper You Now Shouldn’t Your Ad Be In Here Too? Call today • 978-948-8696 • www.thetowncommon.com Postal Customer Photo by Stewart Lytle supporters came last week to PITA Hall on Plum Island to admire and purchase their favorite photograph or painting of the house. It was the first auction ever held for the pink house. “The house was packed tonight at PITA Hall for the Support the Pink House Holiday Art Show and Auction,” wrote event organizer Rochelle Joseph. “Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to Continued on page 3 AJH_Mako_FtPg_11.23.16.indd 1 11/17/16 4:56 PM

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