It’s Official; YH INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL 2016

INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL

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Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016

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Join us as we celebrate our Inn Street Artisans Revival of Yankee Homecoming. During this revival we will be featuring some of the finest talent from Newburyport and the surrounding areas in many different art forms including;

  • Artisans and Healing Arts as well as our very talented youth artists.
  • Inn Street and Buskers Stage, where you can enjoy local musicians and street performing entertainers of the area in which Inn Street and Market Square have become world famous for.
  • Inn Street Farmers Market and Culinary Arts
  • Non-Profit and Humanities exhibits

We are revitalizing Yankee Homecoming 2016 with the original intent and vision of Jack Frost, the man and artist who envisioned the very first Yankee Homecoming in 1958. A festival that was motivated and engineered by local business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, arts and craft co-creative, community based-sustainable economics.

It is Yankee Homecomings mission to support and give opportunities to the local co-creative sustainable economy driven by local small business and arts. This will give the community the chance to embrace its latest state designated ‘Historical Arts and Culture District’ buoyed by local artisans, craftspeople and farmers.

We encourage everyone to come and enjoy everything Yankee Homecoming has to offer.
For more information please see click here.

More related related background and history regarding the Inn Street Artisans Market concept.

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Inn Street Restoration and Artisans Revival 2016

 

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Subject: [FWD: RE: Inn Street Fountain Restoration and Splash Pad Weekly
Update_2016-03-02]
From: <jon@spiritofnewburyport.com>
Date: Thu, March 24, 2016 11:37 am
To: xxxxxxx

Dennis,
I thought it would be pertinent to give you a little insight and status update on what else is happening on Inn Street this spring and summer. Enclosed in this email you will see a photo of a before shot that is going to be enlarged and placed on a plaque commemorating the inn street Restoration project. There is a scheduled ribbon cutting for the fountain restoration on June 4th.
I could not think of a better time to be promoting the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisan Revival. It is destined to become a main attraction for this years festival. Together with the restoration project and the excitement I am seeing from within the local community regarding the Artisans Revival in contrast to all the flack generated from last year, this event has the potential to really be something.
When you look at this photo which is the exact spot where my art cart is located, the ‘Artisans Revival’ encapsulates so much more than just a restoration of an area, but that of the community and the arts and culture that has flourished within it over the years.
As an artist of Newburyport, and one that has worked this street and festivals for the last ten years, I also could not think of a better project to be part of.
I am both humbled and honored for this opportunity, and with some help and cooperation, I look forward to putting forth an Artisans Revival venue that will inspire not only the artisans within it, but the community itself for years to come.
Being the first year something like this has taken place, the overall goal is to not only put forth the best venue we can for this year, but to lay the foundation for many more to come. I would love to see this billed as the 1st Annual Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival.
As director of Yankee Homecoming, you have an amazing opportunity to take credit for this, and deservedly so. I continue to encourage you and the Yankee Homecoming committee to work with me and to fully support, encourage, and promote this event.
Sincerely,
John Brown
Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival 2016  Coordinator
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Subject: Inn Street Fountain Restoration and Splash Pad Weekly Update_2016-03-02
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:54:41 +0000

Good Morning,

 

Progress on Inn Street has continued over the past couple of weeks (despite a slight interruption due to snow).  Work completed has been as follows:

  • Trench drains and pop us jets set in place
  • Curbing for access ramp installed
  • Concrete base for granite landings and boulders poured
  • Granite landings laid
  • Continued electrical work
  • Received brass column plates, nozzles, and light fixtures back from Delta

On March 16, 2016, Hannah Carlson from Horsley Witten Group visited the site along with Mike Hathaway from Hathaway Landscape (Arborist) to review the placement of the spray jets, perform a general inspection, review outstanding required mockups and material samples and to discuss the best course of protect and nursih the existing trees.  Anticipated work on Inn Street for the remainder of this week and next is to :

  • Install Bollards
  • Pour additional concrete pads and concrete base for splash pad
  • Masonry work within fountain limits

 

 

Subcommittee planning the ribbon cutting event for June 4th.  Attached is one of the photos that will be blown up and displayed to show a dramatic before shot of the area.  We have so much to be thankful for, especially to the people that had the vision and influence to save our downtown from the bulldozers of urban renewal.

 

There is much to celebrate!  See you all on June 4th 🙂

 

 

 

Yankee Homecoming – Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016

 

Yankee Homecoming

Inn Street Artisans Revival – 2016

March 2016

By John Brown

As a local Newburyport artist, I have been working its festivals for over ten years now. I am the artist/photographer of  Spirit of Newburtpot since 2006, I was granted the first non-food vending license in Newburyports contemporary history in 2009, and became the first artist to take his work literally to the street by operating a seasonal vending kiosk on Inn Street. Over the years I have seen many changes. Some good. Some not so good.

In 2013, I had the honor to design the ‘Jack Frost’ tribute program book for the 55th Yankee Homecoming. In that program book I made a salute to not only Jack Frost, but to George Cashman and Joe Mathers as well. This salute was incorporated into that years chairperson, Tammy Jennings, introduction in the program book. Along with that salute, I also wrote a press release for anyone interested in the symbolism that was used in the Yankee Homecoming program cover tribute to Jack Frost. Unfortunately, it never got printed. At the end of that press release, was also a plea. This plea, for the most part, has also gone unheard. The message was as follows;

“I believe its important to remember, embrace and to pay tribute to original visions when so many times the visions manifest themselves, but the artist behind them are often disregarded, forgotten or overshadowed by corporate sponsors and political motives by others over the years. The principals of such visions must be upheld and given due credit to the visionaries that created them in order to remember and embrace the principals in which they were created for in the first place.

Lets acknowledge the dedicated people and volunteers that give of the time, energy and money to the much-celebrated Newburyport Yankee Homecoming as an opportunity to take the good work that’s been done and make it better. It’s a time to take a good hard look at what is being done to our town and community and to make a choice on where we want to go from here.

So there you have it. That’s my idea for a solution. An ‘Inn Street Revival 2016’ to be ushered in this years Yankee Homecoming as an opportunity for the community to come together and lead the way.

YANKEE HOMECOMING –  INN STREET ARTISANS REVIVAL 2016 

In 1958, Jack Frost, a New England artist, put forth a vision for the first Yankee Homecoming. At the time, Newburyport was in dire economic straits. In his vision he expressed the intent for a festival that was motivated and engineered by business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, co-creative, community based- sustainable economics. In light of last years Newburyport Daily News article entitled, “Inn Street Blues’ (August 2015), this original intent can never be more important to remember, and embrace. It is with that vision in mind, alongside the completion of the initial phase of the Inn Street Renovation Project this spring, comes the vision for the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016.

Three Main Elements of the Revival

  1. A Week Long Arts and Crafts featuring ‘Artists Row’ consisting of the finest artisans from Newburyport and the surrounding area.
    FEATURING; An outdoor and ‘Tunnel Gallery’ exhibit of the finest budding artist of Newburyports youth of ALL AGES.
  2. Music – Inn Street Stage and the ‘buskers’ stage, consisting of the finest local musicians and street performing musicians of the area of which INN ST and Market square have become world famous for.
  3. Agriculture – Local Farmers Market – Inn Street Farmers Revival 2016.

The purpose of proposing Inn Street Revival 2016 is for the following reasons;

  1. It aligns with the original intent and vision of Jack Frost, the man and artist who envisioned the very first Yankee Homecoming in 1958, as a festival that was motivated and engineered by business, community, and volunteers to serve as a revival of local, co-creative, community based- sustainable economics.

Build your foundation with local arts, crafts, and music, then get your brick and mortar business to participate with sidewalk presentations, add the farmer market and agricultural element to it, and now you have a real ol town block party that we can all celebrate in and be proud of!

  1. Gives an opportunity for the local co-creative sustainable economy driven by local arts and crafts a chance to supplement the corporate sponsorship, that DOES NOT align with the original intent and vision of Yankee Homecoming, nor the local and city ordinances that discourage corporate chain entities.

      3. Gives an opportunity for the city to embrace its latest state designated ‘Historical           Arts and Culture District’ buoyed by local artisans, craftspeople, and farmers.

  1. Gives the city and Inn Street an opportunity to feature the Inn Street beautification and renovation project and the restoration of the Inn Street fountain, the latest demonstration of the historical evolutionary transformation of Inn Street and how this recreational element can and MUST co-exist with local business.

 

 

 

 

Grand Opening – Spirit of Newburyport

 
GRAND OPENING – NEW GALLERY
SPIRIT OF NEWBURYPORT
32 WATER STREET, NEWBURYPORT,
MA APRIL 23-24TH 2016

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2016 – Celebrating Ten Years!!!

On April 23/24, John William Brown and the Spirit of Newburyport will be celebrating the official opening of a new Gallery location at 32 Water Street as well as Ten Years of being in Business. There will be an Open House exhibit coinciding with the Newburyport Artwalk , as well as an exhibit at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge entitled; ‘Plum Island’ (April 1-30th 2016). Refreshments, oderves, and entertainment will be provided. Please stay tuned for more details and specifics.

Plum Island in Murals

2006-2016 – Spirit of Newburyport
Celebrating Ten Years!!!!

ANNOUNCEMENT; NEW EXHIBIT
‘PLUM ISLAND IN MURALS’
BY JOHN W. BROWN
APRIL 1 – 30TH 2016
PARKER RIVER WILDLIFE REFUGE
6 PLUM ISLAND TURNPIKE – NEWBURYPORT, MA

Plum Island Rainbow - 2014

In Addtion to the April exhibit;

Refuge to Host Conservation Film Festival in April!


The 2nd Annual American Conservation Film Festival is coming to Parker River NWR the weekend of April 1-3. Beginning on that Friday evening, a spectacular array of world class, awarding winning films will be screened in the refuge’s visitor center auditorium…all weekend-long. And everything is FREE! To see the entire film festival schedule, click on the link below.

Conservation Film Festival Schedule