NEWBURYPORT — For those
who live in and around the Clip-per City, nothing is more certainthan Yankee Homecoming.
It’s a certainty that each sum-mer as July turns into August,ood vendors will set up inMarket Square, shops will hostsidewalk sales along State andPleasant streets, and crowds
will descend upon Market Land-
ing Park during the summertime
estival to listen to concerts on
the waterront.This year will be no exception.
Salisbury’s Dave Chretienis serving as the chairmano the 55th annual YankeeHomecoming. He has chosen astheme o “A Hidden Jewel.” ASalisbury native, Chretien sayshe’s witnessed Newburyport’s
urban renewal rsthand.“The wonderul shops, restau-
rants or every taste, the archi-tecture and history, gorgeousviews, the boats and locals mix-ing with our many visitors; acolorul blend o all that makesNewburyport a true ‘hidden jewel,’” he wrote on the Yankee
The eight day celebration kickso July 29 and runs through Aug.
Many staples o the longtimeestival will return this year,including the kids’ talent show-case, the crat air in Market
Square, the Bed Race, the Senior
King and Queen coronation and
Family Day at Maudslay. Several
events added in recent years are
also returning, including the
heritage tours, the Youth Service
awards, Brewest and the High
School Battle o the Bands.Yankee Homecoming will kick
o with Old Fashioned Sunday
on July 29, which consists o un
amily activities rom yesteryear.
The estivities go all day rom 7
a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bartlet Mall.
Visitors can enjoy a pet show, the
Roaming Railroad around the
Frog Pond, an antique car show,fy shing demonstration, canoe
tilt, boat rides, pony rides and
The downtown entertainmentseries will be packed with per-
ormers as various bands, musi-
cal acts and demonstrations take
their turns on the waterront
stage, at the Inn Street pedestrian
mall and in Market Square.
The Lions Club Yankee Home-
coming Road Race, 5K and 10-mile,
is set or Tuesday, July 31.
Organizers say the beloved re-
works show will once again light
Yank Hocon shnsth lht on ‘A Hn Jwl’
JIM VAIkNORAS/Sta photo
Matt Johnson carries the ag or the Nutmeg Volunteers as they march in the Yankee Homecoming Parade last year.
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Summer guide 2012