Inn Street Artisans Revival Opening Day

Dear Friends and Participants of the Inn Street Artisans Revival,

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It is my pleasure to announce the opening commencement for the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival on July 30th, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. noon.

Featured Artisans – 10:00 – 5 PM

The Inn Street Artisans Revival is a first time event. It was aimed at empowering a more local based arts and crafts inn Street sponsorship of the largest festival in Newburyport, Yankee Homecoming. It is a collection of artisans, small business, healers, musicians, and non-profits and humanitarian groups from Newburyport and the surrounding area.

A separate page featuring the artisans in more detail will be presented shortly prior to the Opening of the Revival. There will be different Artisans featured on different days of the Revival, with upwards of over thirty artisans participating in the Revival overall. All scheduled appearances will be featured shortly.

For now I would like to give my thanks and appreciation for the initial core of the Artisans that have signed on for this first time event and for coming forward and claiming their space at the first Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival. Without you, this event would not have been possible.


  1. ArtyParty – Diane Soares
  2. Endless Energy – Jeff Cohen
  3. Plum Island Art – Sandra Turner
  4. Healing Arts – Roberta Horseman and Company
  5. Amy Sciuto – Amys Creations
  6. Darlene Grady Duggan
  7. Golden Closet – Laura and Meghan Golden
  8. Angela Chiklis
  9. Jafra – Debbie Pydynkowski
  10. Fun Face -Non-Profit Fundraiser
  11. Ariana Bahret – Lifeline Practitioner
  12. John Brown – Spirit of Newburyport
  13.  Culinary Arts – Greek Church – John Tsakirgis

More ‘Featured’ Artisans details and specifics to be posted shortly.

Pleas stay tuned for a complete listing shortly.

From the Yankee Homecoming Web Site;

“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 yet another opportunity to embrace its latest state designated ‘Historical Arts and Culture District’ buoyed by local artisans and craftspeople.”


There will be opening dedication at the Inn Street Stage at 12:00 Noon for any and everyone that chooses to be present. This dedication will also include a mock tea burning as a symbolic gesture and commemoration to the Market Square plaque and quote;

“Pause O Restless Passerby – Hear Ye The Lively Stir of Trade

Whilest Echoes Of Freedom’s Fury – Rise Above The Reek of Burning Tea

Mingling With The Brisk Breezes Off the Sea” – Market Square Monument

This dedication will mark the official opening of the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016.

Following the dedication will be a sacred circle dance led by Ellen Kennedy, representing the performing arts portion of the Revival.


From the Newburyport Daily News; December 26, 2013

“Originating from the work of Bernhard Wosien, a German ballet instructor and master teacher at Munich University, Sacred Circle Dance is the implementation and study of movement and dance that can encompass anything from healing to relaxation to spirituality and is dedicated to keeping the joy of dancing in community alive.”

For A Special Dedication for the Times; Please See ‘An American Prayer”

Musical Line Up;

– Lewis Flores

– The Flying Toaster Brothers

– (Others to be announced)

At 1 P.M., featured musician, Lewis Flores, a local, yet, world renown violinist, will be kicking off the musical portion of the Artisans Revival. Lewis Flores has performed internationally with some of the foremost orchestras and philharmonics. Lewis has immense versatility as a performer across a broad spectrum of musical styles and is comfortable performing in venues from small intimate gatherings to concert halls. Lewis’ performances consistently earn him high praise for his ability to connect with the music and his audience.


I first saw Lewis from my Inn Street Art cart a couple years ago as he performed an impromptu street appearance at Market Square. I would have to say that the dream of seeing him perform as part of a ‘Buskers Stage’ on Inn Street began there. A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend (who practically hobbled across the street just to see him as she was preparing for back surgery) and I happened across a performance at Market Square once again. One of the traits that I wanted to see and hear from the musicians of the Revival was ‘playing from the heart’. I could not have seen someone who better personifies this trait. This time I invited him to play as part of the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival. As it has turned out, he has now become the featured performer to kick off the Artisans Revival. If you enjoy music that personifies the ‘spirit of love and appreciation of the arts, not miss this performance. I will have more to feature regarding this performance, and others, in the days ahead. Please stay tuned.


A little more about Lewis, a local performer.

Lewis has been studying and playing the violin for more 20 years, having begun at the age of 9 with the Juan José Landaeta Youth Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Very early in his career, Lewis was asked to join the first violin section of the National Children’s Orchestra of Venezuela under the direction of Gustavo Medina and later Gregory Carreño. At the age of twelve, Lewis auditioned for the Antonio Laura Symphony Orchestra of Bolivar State and became one of the youngest concertmasters in the history of the orchestra. Lewis was blessed to participate in many national and international events during this time and toured with the orchestra in Columbia, Brazil, Costa Rica, London, and Italy.

In recent years, Lewis has performed as a soloist by invitation with many symphony orchestras and has been invited to participate in a number of masterclasses. He has worked with many prominent international maestros including Steven Mxioren (Vienna Philharmonic), Marilú Speaker (The New England Conservatory), Jose Francisco del Castillo (The Latin American Violin Academy) and Olaf Easling (Concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Venezuela).

Currently, in addition to his work as a premier soloist, Lewis serves as the Artistic Conductor for the Juan José Landaeta Youth Chamber Orchestra and a Professor of Violin for both the Conservatory of Music Carlos Afandor Real and Bolivar City Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Lewis’ passion is in performing and sharing his love of the violin and classical music with audiences. Over the past year, Lewis has worked hard to establish himself as an outstanding violinist and soloist. He has produced a number of music videos which can be found on his YouTube channel ( and the feedback from those who have enjoyed Lewis’ performances has been overwhelmingly positive. A very small selection of feedback Lewis has received:


“Fantastic music and video. I love this composition so much and the interpretation is so superb and so heart-warming…”

“…I can hear so much emotion inside your playing…beautiful, really beautiful.”

“Very expressive with much emotion, dedication and tenderness. You make this beautiful and
elegance piece came alive.”

“…this is a wonderful interpretation. You play with so much heart and feeling – thank you for this nice video…”

“I so love that you are behind every note you play and that you live through each phrase with a passion…”

“Very moving performance of a beautiful piece…”

Also performing att he Inn Street Stage; The Flying Toaster Brothers 3 P.M.

Steve Nicolas (Salisbury MA) has been playing fingerstyle acoustic and electric guitar for nearly 40 years.  He has recorded with the Vermont band The Ultra Brothers, and their album has had a lot of college radio play.

As a duo we are focused on instrumental duets from Duane Allman’s “Little Martha” to originals by Pete Huttlinger and adaptations of well known tunes such as “And I Love Her.”  I accompany Steve on mandolin, fiddle, low D whistle and open tuned guitar.  I also sing.

Patrick Hornig (Merrimac MA) I taught myself fiddle and won first place in the open division of the 19th annual Craftsbury VT Fiddle Contest after playing for only 6 months in 1981.  I am a multi-instrumentalist and composer as well as producer.  I was a two time finalist for Best Sound Design at the New Hampshire Theater Awards and produced a CD for the Shakespearean troupe Advice to the Players.  The CD included my original works based on traditional English folk music and Early music as well as electronica .

Most recently I have played fiddle with the Concord NH based bluegrass band GrassDawgs and produced their CD “Can’t Stop Lickin’.”

Also for the past 30 plus years I have been a member of the band Speed the Plough and produced a self titled CD of traditional and original works in 2013.

Featured Non-Profit and Humanitarian; Lucy Love Bus


Lucys Love Bus will be hosting a ‘Children’s Art Fundraiser’ with Face painting by Julie King of Samarra Painting (

There will be readings and sale of a featured book, and other arts and crafts for children.

“Lucy Grogan was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Throughout Lucy’s long illness, concerned individuals like you raised money to help support Lucy. Lucy learned about the benefits of integrative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, art therapy, and therapeutic horseback riding during her treatment.

When Lucy was 11, she told her mother that when she was “done with cancer” she wanted to start a program that would provide free integrative therapies to all children with cancer to help manage the side effects and late effects of traditional cancer treatment. Since 2006, our generous supporters have helped us deliver love and comfort to over 500 children with cancer.”

Read More About Lucys Love Bus here;


Beecher Grogan, director of Lucy’s Love Bus – Speaking on behalf of the Artisan Revival Non-Profit and Humanitarian Groups

at the Newburyport Library Presentation on June 8th, 2016.

Also Featured Non – Profit; Order of the Eastern Star

Matron – Terri Potter

Order of the Eastern Star is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge.  They have active chapters in both Newburyport and Haverhill, MA and support youth groups for girls (International Order of the Rainbow for Girls) and boys (DeMolay). Their service to our communities includes collecting food and clothing for homeless shelters, raising money for the American Cancer Society, MDA, Diabetes Foundation, no-kill animal shelters and much more.

5 PM Demonstration Tent – Big Ben Twombly – Historical perspective on

Artisans, Craftsmanship and Public Market Place

More will be featured on this special event, as well as all other artisans, Musicians, Non – Profits and Humanitarians and demonstration. Please stay tuned.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Spirit of Newburyport
32 Water Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street
Artisans Revival Coordinator

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