Jake Armerding, student musicians perform a benefit concert


MUSIC FOR FUN: Folk performer Jake Armerding and student musicians present “A Celebration of Ipswich’s Musical Roots” at the performing arts center at Ipswich High School on June 9.

The show benefits the building of a new playground at Winthrop Elementary School in Ipswich and the school district’s music department.

Armerding, a native of Ipswich, plays multiple acoustic string instruments, including guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. He was a full-time member of the band Northern Lights from 1992 until 1999, when he left to pursue a solo career. He is on the faculty of the Traditional Music Project at The Real School of Music in Burlington.

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The concert also features student musicians from the town’s middle school and high school.

A group of Ipswich parents, along with the principal of Winthrop School, Sheila McAdams, launched a plan to renovate the school’s playground last fall.

The goal was to overhaul the playground completely in 2013 and privately fund the entire project through donations, since there is no available funding in the school budget.

A community-build playground company, Play By Design, is leading the effort to create playground structures and elements that will encompass some of the dream ideas and designs contributed by more than 200 children from Ipswich.

The playground will be built by members of the community, which will reduce costs. People who sign up to volunteer for a four-hour shift at the community build of the playground – which will be Sept. 11 through 15, receive free admission to the concert.

The show will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center at the high school. Tickets are $10; $5 for senior citizens and children younger than 18.

For tickets, to volunteer, or to donate to the playground, visit winthropplayground.org.

KEEPING IT REAL: The Newburyport Preservation Trust recently recognized local residents for outstanding work in maintaining their properties and overall contributions in keeping the city’s historical assets intact.

The awards, presented at the Custom House Maritime Museum at the end of the ninth annual Preservation Week, were given in seven categories.

The award for stewardship went to Cynthia and Byron Getchell for maintaining the historical aspects of their home at 14 Milk St. for more than 30 years.

Linda Repucci received the preservation leadership award for the restoration of her 1900 bungalow at 330 Merrimac St.

Novack and Stephanie Niktie took the award for window restoration at their Italianate home at 93 High St.

Pat and Bill Starck of Starck Housejoiners, Inc. won the contract/builder award for restoring the original window sash and making historically correct new storm windows at 93 High St.

The historic landscape award was presented to Jennifer Day and Marc Cendron for their work on the 1840 garden layout at their home at 89-91 High St.

Newburyport lawyer William R. Harris was given the preservation leadership award for his decades of dedication in preserving Newburyport’s historical assets.

Two awards were given for adaptive reuse, which recognizes how a building constructed for one purpose is used for another, while keeping all the important original historical elements.

The first went to Julia and Walter Clay for their carriage barn at 8 Dexter Lane. The second award was for adapting the Nicholas Brady House at 28 Green St. for use by Dr. Saira Naseer of North Shore Internal Medicine.

Visit nbptpreservationtrust.org.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Ila Cox of Boxford, a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Home Health Foundation in Lawrence, has been named a Volunteer of the Year by the Visiting Nurse Association of America. She was selected in the category of agency board member. The award honors her for leadership, determination, and significant contributions to a home health agency. She was recognized for being an innovator, mentor, and leader. “Through honesty and hard work, she has helped this organization tackle tough problems and succeed,” said John Albert, president and CEO of the Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice, and HomeCareInc. . . . Winners of the 2013 Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Awards are: Wall’s Ford, business; Delia O’Connor of Anna Jaques Hospital, leadership; Jan Morse, Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank, community service; Connie Grasso, CG Business Services, appreciation; and Linda Boragine, Alpha-Omega Salon, appreciation.