It’s almost here! Harvestfest is on Saturday, and there’s still a chance to get involved! We have great music, food and drink lined up along with a TON of family-friendly activities. Check it out HERE.
Tomorrow, from 10am until supplies run out: a traditional fish cakes & beans, along with Trupiano’s sausage, served fresh at the Rockport Farmers Market. Proceeds benefit the market. The brunch features Cape Ann’s heritage food. A big thank you to Rockport Farmers Market vendors Mike & Grace from Trupiano’s Sausage and Tim & Ruth Sullivan of Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, along with food writer Heather Atwood for providing the food for tomorrow’s brunch!
About that Fish Cakes & Bean Brunch…
Tim & Ruth Sullivan are Rockport Farmers Market vendors, selling their own maple syrup each week. Tim knows a lot about fishing and lobstering in New England, having experienced a considerable amount of both growing up in Lanesville.
Tim gives a little background on the traditional Fish Cakes & Beans meal:
“In coastal areas, especially commercial fishing areas like Gloucester or Cape Cod, Maine, and the Maritimes, fish cakes are a staple of a traditional New England hearty breakfast. These are usually made from a flaky white-meat fish, such as cod or scrod, breaded and pan-fried to give them a delicate golden, crispy crust. They are truly scrumptious! While baked beans are sometimes also a part of the traditional ‘Full English’ breakfast, Boston baked beans have a secret ingredient that gives them a deeper sweetness: molasses. The other secret to great Boston baked beans is slow cooking. The early colonists would make these beans in heavy ceramic beanpots, place them in the banked fire of their hearths on Saturday night, and let them slowly cook overnight until the Sunday breakfast. Ours will be on Saturday morning of course, and we have another secret ingredient…maple syrup!“
For more on the history of cooking beans in the traditional way, check out this article from The Fisherman’s Voice.
The people who put together the 2nd Annual Rockport Fireworks don’t mess around — they have created a huge show for everyone this Saturday night as part of what the organizers call Illumination Weekend. Shops, galleries, restaurants are participating by illuminating their businesses with lanterns in honor of what promises to be the biggest fireworks display north of the Charles River. And people, Rockport is going to be humming this weekend. We have Lobsterfest, the Acoustic Music Fest, the Rockport Farmers Market Ice Cream Social. On and on it goes…. Here’s the breakdown:
Saturday, August 9th:
- Rockport Farmers Market: 9 to 1pm in Harvey Park
- Ice Cream Social at the Rockport Farmers Market: 11:30 to 1pm in Harvey Park
- Rockport Fireworks Activities: 12:30: Kids’ crafts, 2 to 4pm: Music in the Old Firehouse Trust.
- Rockport Rotary’s Lobsterfest: 3 to 7pm at the bandstand at Back Beach. Click HERE for info.
- Rockport Fireworks: The BIG event is at 9:30pm! Get ready for an incredible display!
Sunday, August 10th
- Rockport Acoustic Music Festival: Noon to 6pm in Millbrook Meadow. Click HERE for more info. A free & fun event!
- Illumination at Shops, Galleries & Restaurants: many Rockport business are participating in Illumination weekend through special discounts and in-store promotions. Enjoy the lanterns hanging throughout town in honor of the weekend’s festivities.
About that Farmers Market:
This Week’s Rockport Farmers Market Vendors: Wally’s Bistro, Fudge Everything, Maitland Mountain Farm, First Light Farm, Seaview Farm, Sasquatch Smokehouse, Heath’s Tea Room, Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, Cuz It’s Good!, Twin Lights, West River Creamery, the Vermont Candy Dish, That Nutty Redhead, Vintage Greens, Sea Biscuit Fine Baked Goods, Trupiano’s Sausage.
Our vendors offer meat, eggs, smoked fish, cheese, lots of produce, pickles, sauces (sweet and savory), salsas, cookies, whoopie pies, breads, nuts = truly enough for a week’s worth of delicious, amazing, locally-produced food!
Music & More: We’ll have music from the talented Steve Lacey this week and don’t miss the home growers section of the Farmers’ Market is packed with a small amount of good things: Anadama bread from Sten af Klinteberg, honey from apiarist and cookbook author Melissa Abbott, the beautiful Northern Italian-style pesto from Mercedes Flavin and flower petal jams from local grower Jessie.
The Rockport Farmers Market takes place, rain or shine. And be sure to stop by our Ice Cream Social this week! A huge thank you to The Ice Cream Store for providing the ice cream, and to Fudge Everything and Twin Lights for providing delicious chocolate topping and soda for Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sodas! Ginger Ale, Root Beer and Orange soda will all be available.
PARKING NEWS The Rockport Farmers Market, with the permission of the Rockport Police Dept., has four spaces available on High Street for short-term farmers’ market parking every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. If you’re in a hurry and need some produce, you can park right next to the market for a few minutes while you dash through the market!
The Rockport Fireman’s Parade begins at 6pm on the 4th of July!
Friday, July 4th: Parade & Bonfire Look for the Rockport Farmers Market float at the parade, and be sure to stay for the bonfire on Back Beach! (Affectionately known as the Rockport Inferno — a can’t-miss event if you’ve never seen it before.)
Saturday, July 5th: Rockport Reunion Reconnect with old friends and people you grew up with at a fun event with great food, games, beer, Twin Lights soda and more organized by a whole bunch of Rockport-loving locals. The organizers still need volunteers to help. For tickets and more information, click HERE.
*Saturday, July 5th: Rockport Farmers Market!* New this week: small-batch cheeses from a Vermont farm, jellies and relishes, plus cold-brewed tea, baked goods (whoopie pies, breads and much more), farm-raised beef, fudge sauce, fresh pesto, maple syrup, hummus, salsa and guacamole. And don’t forget the produce! Lots of produce will be on hand from First Light Farm, Vintage Greens, Seaview Farm and Grant Family Farm.
TODAY: Thursday, June 26th at the Ice Cream Store on Bearskin Neck: Enjoy ice cream provided by the Ice Cream Store with all donations to benefit Rockport Fireworks! For more info go to the Rockport Fireworks Facebook page. Don’t miss the chance to eat some very tasty ice cream for a fun cause.
SATURDAY, June 28th: Pesto is back at the Rockport Farmers Market! We’re thrilled that Paolo Laboa’s award-winning pesto will be featured this week, along with scones and tea from Heath’s Tea Room, produce from Vintage Greens, First Light Farm and Grant Family Farm. Baked goods, from whoopie pies to anadama bread to focaccia bread will be at the market, along with fudge sauce, fresh salsa, maple syrup, tomato plants, amazing Trupiano’s Sausage, hot coffee and much more! The Farmers Market is located in Harvey Park, downtown Rockport and runs from 9am to 1pm. Did you see this post on the value of Farmers Markets? It really captures what makes the Rockport Farmers Market so special. (Plus it offers a really awesome Trupiano’s sausage recipe.)
Lobster Day at the Rockport Farmers Market: July 19th
Ice Cream Social at the Rockport Farmers Market: August 9th
Interested in volunteering at the Farmers Market? Click HERE (and thank you!)
Rockport is kicking into summer this weekend with the Rockport Garden Club Tour, which starts on Friday June 20th. It’s a walking tour this year, which is cool because well, you can walk from garden to garden. Just imagine, instead of getting into your car between gardens on the tour, you can stroll at a leisurely pace, enjoying the hidden botanical gems of Rockport. No more fumbling with your keys, no more peering from the map in your hand back to the windshield as you try to find the next location, no more nearly side-swiping some unsuspecting tourist or one of your fellow Garden Club members in your desperate attempt to find a parking space. The Garden Tours are always wonderful, but this one might just be the most relaxing and inspiring one yet — you don’t want to miss it. Tickets are available at Toad Hall Bookstore now through the dates of the tour, and on the dates of the tour (June 20th and 21st) at Harvey Park under the Rockport Garden Club tent.
Spiran Hall is hosting their annual Scandinavian Mid-Summer Fest this Saturday, June 21st, also in Harvey Park at the corner of Pleasant Street and Broadway. The Mid-Summer Fest features all sorts of good clean Nordic fun: pickled fish, strawberries and cream and nisu bread for starters. Folk dancers and singers will be on hand and a maypole will be set up for a little ceremonial welcome to summer. And if summer ever deserved a welcome, it is this year. Glad Midsomer! as they say.
Finally, the ROCKPORT FARMERS MARKET is back! This is all-caps, because I’m excited. Fresh food made, grown or produced by hard-working folks in cooperation with the earth. Rockport may not have a grocery store, but we have our sweet little Farmers Market, so that’s a good start. And since the market falls on a Saturday, it’s a great complement to the Thurday Cape Ann Farmers Market. Patrons can go to both each week and stuff themselves with good stuff. Fresh food all the time, that’s our motto on Cape Ann. Well, not really, but it’s not a bad idea. The Rockport Farmers Market vendors will offer fresh produce, small-batch salsa, hummus and guacamole, baked goods, coffee, maple syrup, eggs, and more and more.
See you in downtown Rockport on Saturday, June 21st for some good food, beautiful gardens and Scandinavian rituals!
SUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE RED SHED FILM FEST ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY Are you a filmmaker? Apply to screen your film at the Red Shed Film Festival on Motif No.1 Day in Rockport! The Red Shed is a micro film festival featuring selected shorts produced on Cape Ann or with Cape Ann as the subject. The history, geography, art, people, city and towns of Cape Ann are all suitable for treatment — anything that conveys the region’s sense of place. The Red Shed Film Festival takes place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 as part of Rockport’s annual Motif No.1 Day festival of the arts. The Guidelines for Entries: Films must come in under 15 minutes and should be produced on, or be about, Cape Ann. Film structure and genre can be fiction or non-fiction, abstract or literal, linear or non-linear – play with your aesthetic tastes.Application does not guarantee screening. As such, a winner in this festival is anyone whose film is chosen to be screened. If your piece is chosen to be screened, you will be contacted based on the information you provide in the application (email or phone probably). Please submit your film at: www.rockportartfestivals.com/motif-1-festival-events/film-festival. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 978.290.9200 or go to http://www.rockportartfestivals.com
SUBMIT YOUR WORK FOR THE “WORDS BEFORE DINNER LITERARY EVENT” ON ROCKPORT’S MOTIF No.1 DAY! Have you written a poem or essay with Cape Ann as its theme? If so, we’d love to have your submission for the annual Words Before Dinner Literary event, taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport as part of the town’s Motif No. 1 Day festival. Readers will share selections of their own work from poems to brief essays (under 750 words) featuring the beauty, history, industry art and landscape of Cape Ann as inspiration. Please submit your work for consideration to email@example.com and plan to join other members of Cape Ann’s literary community for a few Words Before Dinner on May 17th. For more information go to www.rockportartfestivals.com or call 978-546-2861
Yes, this band is indeed awesome. Not that I’m biased or anything. Of course the fact that the band is made up of my brother, niece and two nephews doesn’t influence my love for their music. Not at all, I swear (well…maybe just a bit). But it is true that I really think that anyone who digs roots music will find Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band’s live show to be just as awesome as I do. They are playing this Thursday, March 13th at the Rockport Community House, with proceeds to benefit the work of Rockport Festivals, the group that puts together the Rockport Farmers Market, HarvestFest and Motif No.1 Day in downtown Rockport.
The Coffeehouse will feature the delicious coffee of Brothers’ Brew and give community members a chance to connect with the folks of Rockport Festivals. Opportunities to sign up to volunteer with the festivals and Farmers Market will be on hand, and we look forward to meeting up with our friends and neighbors and kicking off the spring after a long, cold, snowy winter.
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band are making a stop in Rockport on their Northeast mini-tour in support of their new album and feature a mix of original tunes in the style of indie-folk, Americana and roots music, playing everything from the fiddle, cello, viola, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, banjo to the melodica.
Please call me at 978-546-2861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!
Season 4 of Downton Abbey is over, and as much as I love to complain about its soap opera excesses, I’m gonna miss now it’s gone. I’m already looking forward to next winter, when the millions of us who watch this show can once again spend January and February with the Crawley family and their servants. In Season 5, will viewers get to see Mary’s decision about which one of her suitors to marry? For my money, I think it will be the Pigman. Mary will steal him away from Edith and together, Mary (Lady Pigman to you!) and her man will raise pigs and make so much money for Downton Abbey by selling
bacon rashers that the old home place will never be in financial trouble again.
For my full rant, feel free to head over to my blog by clicking the link…
One week later and I still psyched about my experience of last weekend’s “Wharf Music” installation on Bradley Wharf in Rockport (where Motif No.1 is). The installation involves lobster traps, LED lights, fire pits, and music drifting from across the harbor from several different, distant points. It is very cool for several reasons: mostly, for the thing itself. It is just really a cool experience to sit by the fire outside, in the brisk winter air and hear beautiful, almost ethereal-sounding music drifting toward you from a point you can’t exactly identify. And it is also cool because Rockport (Rockport!) has the opportunity to enjoy a public art installation on one of the town’s treasures, our old wharves, made from chunks of granite and a reminder of our industrial past.
Many, many thanks to Rob Trumbour and Rick Erhstin for conceiving this and putting it together, to Andy Tierstien for his beautiful original composition, and to Karen Berger of the Rockport Cultural District for her support. I’m looking forward to heading back to Bradley Wharf this weekend for more public art. And fire!
When it Runs:
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21st & 22nd from 6:30 to 8pm. You can park off Bearskin Neck and walk down toward Bradley Wharf to experience the “listening rooms” made from lobster traps, or you can drive down to T Wharf and just sit there in your car and roll down the windows to hear the music. This last idea is a great one if you have a screaming 18-month-old in the car, for example. Or an uncooperative spouse. But if at all possible, get out of the car and head to Bradley Wharf itself to experience the music by the fire.
Hope to see you there!
People assume that the off-season in Rockport means that the town is entirely shut down when, in reality, winter in Rockport provides great opportunities to enjoy downtown when it is at its most beautiful with snow cover and ice — all of it reflecting the thin winter light. Plus you can easily find parking, which is never a bad thing.
Local residents and artists Rick Ehrstin and Rob Trumbour have collaborated with composer Andy Tierstien to create Wharf Music: a public art installation bringing together light and music. The installation will take place in the heart of Rockport on Bradley Wharf over four evenings: February 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Come get warm by the fire, listen to the music as it washes across the water, check out the installation on the wharf and feel a moment of gratitude that you live in a place where cool stuff like this happens.
“The night, the warmth of a fire, the company of others, a distant musical conversation.”
This event sounds like a good time for a good cause! Check it out, below…
ESSEX ELEMENTARY HOLDS 5TH ANNUAL MESSY ART NIGHT
Essex, MA (January 27, 2014) – Essex Elementary School (EES) and the Essex Parent-‐Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold their annual Messy Art Night on Friday, February 7, 2014. This will be the fifth year of the event, which draws attendees from all over Cape Ann and the North Shore for it’s hands-‐on art projects led by artists from the area’s vibrant artistic community.
Over a dozen local artists will demonstrate their crafts and host hands-‐on make-‐your-‐own projects at Messy Art Night, including sculptors, painters, collagists, mixed media artists, potters, and others.
Confirmed artists include: sculptor Chris Williams, illustrator Chrissie McNiff Twombly, potters from Art Haven of Gloucester, painter Kathleen McHugh, the Art School of Salem’s Andrew Carr, painter Margaret Sweet, illustrator Leslie Galacar, painter Emily Gala, The Art Center of Hamilton’s Erin Clark, mixed media artist Jen Mayer, painter Kristen Wilson, and sculptor Scott Mulcahey. Local Essex museums Cogswell Grant and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum will also host projects at the event.
First, let’s just get this out of the way: this show is awful. Bad writing and a terrible plot have conspired to ruin what, during the first season anyway, was once a beacon of televised goodness across a crowded wasteland. But as every season brings new awfulness and I’ve lowered my expectations, I’ve learned to enjoy the Downton Abbey we have, not the one we want. And watching it is (slightly) less guilt-inducing than watching any of the Real Housewives, though many of the elements are the same: attractive vacant-eyed people throwing their money around in between arguments at dinnertime, unlikely love affairs and random stints in prison. But I do want to say that in spite of the atrociousness of DA: at least the actors are holding up their end of the bargain by trying to take this stuff seriously, so that’s worth something. And in the spirit of full disclosure: I plan on watching this thing until the show breathes its last, miserable gasp. Which might happen at any time, if the story lines are any indication.
Carson: We don’t want to hear about Alice anymore, unless it turns out she’s NOT dead and living in Yorkshire and ready to love again. And this time, she means business. The business of love.
Mrs. Hughes: Apparently the only one left with any semblance of good sense and decency, which is why nearly everyone runs into Mrs. Hughes room to share their problems. She should start charging a shilling for her services. Or a ha’penny. Or a sixpence (whatever — it’s all the same to me). And she should start sharing a few of those secrets too. Why did she have no problem digging Mr. Carson’s personal correspondence out of the trash a few episodes ago “for his own good” but can’t find her way clear to inform Lord G that his guest, the other Lord G, has an animal for a valet? Strange priorities. Someone should be sounding the alarm (discreetly, by tinkling one of those little bells) that a violent rapist has entered the house. When discussing this troubling matter with my sister, she mentioned that what is the point of the class system, really, if two aristocrats can’t rain all kinds of special aristocratic justice down on a valet for raping and beating someone right in one of those giant houses they claim to be in charge of? Do the police even need to be brought into it? At least Mrs. Hughes got rid of Braithwaite, though that’s no doubt not the last we’ll see of her. And why doesn’t Hughes enlighten that dimbulb Lady Grantham about Braithwaite’s character? She wouldn’t have to go into details. Just something like, “Trust me Lady G, Braithwaite is a terrible, terrible person and you’re lucky to be rid of her.”
Lord Grantham: Pathetic, out-of-touch and irrelevant. Why is he still around? I forget. Oh yes, so Mary has someone to undermine and Bates has someone to help get dressed.
Lady Grantham: Slightly less pathetic. Very slightly. And why does she talk as though she is holding a grape between her lips? At least she got rid of that awful Nanny a few episodes ago. You know, the Nanny for the children. But I’m afraid she might have accidentally gotten rid of the children too, since none of us have seen them since Nanny left. Someone might want to track down little Sybil and little George…
Tom: Oh Tom. Tom spent the entire house party, which seemed to go on forever, moping around for no clear reason, his big Eyeore eyes so, so sad. Even though he said, again and again and again, that he just didn’t fit in, it was hard to find a cause for the level of his despair, because not a single soul there drew attention to his newly-acquired status. As far as I could tell all the guests treated him well and he used all the right forks at dinner. It would have made more sense if he expressed unease for political reasons, because he’s clearly left his activism far behind him. How exciting would it have been if an Irish separatist had dashed into the after-dinner-cigar-and-brandy-room, shaking his fist in Tom’s face and accusing him of betraying the cause? But alas, nothing quite so fascinating occurred. Instead, Tom was just so super down in the dumps because, in his now highly developed social sensitivity, he just couldn’t believe that he called so-and-so Your Grace instead of Duchess. It was enough to send him into a tailspin. Enough to make him question everything he had ever thought about himself. About his own abilities. About who he was. Tom sat on the bench in the hallway in a self-appointed time out, thinking about how stupid he was and wishing that he would have just rented the dinner clothes instead of buying them. It was now all so clear: he would never wear them again. What a waste of a pound and sixpence. Or two pounds and a shilling. Or a shilling and a ha’penny. Then Brathewaite comes in swirling whiskey around, as transparent as water and Tom is so distraught at making a fool of himself in front of exactly no one (how could he not KNOW that Your Grace should have been referred to as Duchess? How could he not KNOW that?!). He is putty in Brathewaite’s hands. Or so we are left to surmise. As far as Braithwaite goes, her strategy with Tom left me suspecting that she was a lot less clever than we had been led to believe. What woman would consider it a Master Plan to ply a man with whiskey to the point of incapacitation before demanding, just a few hours into the next morning, that he marry her? He’s not even sure what happened between you. That is not exactly a successful seduction. And the answer is; no woman, that’s who. That is just a dumb plan and it would never, ever work.
Lord Gillingham: Another dimbulb who has an animal for a valet and demands that a widow of six months commit to marry him. Right now. Or it will be too late. Oh, she doesn’t have to marry him right now, he will wait a decade for that, no problem. She just has to swear to marry him at some point. Right now. Swear right now, on the spot, to marry him in the distant future. Sorry Mary, you lost your chance at happiness with that gem. But we viewers are not worried, if the past is any indication, Ms. Finch-Fox-Ardegarde-Castleberry, his intended, will die of the flu, or just from general malaise at not being the love of Lord Gillingham’s life (why on earth is Mary repeatedly the object of such devotion?) approximately 15 minutes to eight hours before their wedding day, and you will have a second chance at love with Lord G, the Younger.
Anna & Bates: Nothing to see here folks, except a train wreck. And for no reason other than the show writer’s malicious desire to undermine the happiness of his characters. Much weeping and gnashing of teeth are coming our way, and someone’s gonna pay.
Edith: Watch out, Edith! Your man is becoming a German citizen (for the sake of your love, cough cough) in the 1920s! Your fellow may lose the baggage of his first wife in the process, but he will gain a dictator and a fervent belief in National Socialism, so all will not be lost.
Rose: Rose? Who is that? What? Oh that’s right. She’s a character on the show. And she might be breaking all sorts of taboos by falling in love with a fella who sings like a tiny girl. Is he black? I didn’t notice. Too busy wondering why in the world he was singing like a tiny girl.
Alfred-Ivy-Jimmy-Daisy: Hopefully Alfred will learn to cook and so will Ivy and so will Daisy. I can’t wait to find out which one will learn to cook the best! Then they will all have a cooking competition and Jimmy can marry the winner. Mrs. Padmore will be the Judge. If she doesn’t die of the pressure of being a Kitchen Maid Footman Cook-off Judge first.
Thomas: Thomas is looking better and better these days. I hope Lord Grantham secretly adopts him and that he (surprise!) inherits the estate after Lord G. kicks the bucket. He can open up Thomas Barrow’s Retirement Home for Disaffected Former & Preferably Gay Valets. There’s plenty of room at the Abbey!
That’s all folks, until next week: Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 5! And I can’t wait.
This year I was lucky enough to acquire one of the limited-run wall hangings created in printer Julia Garrison’s studio & shop, The Sarah Elizabeth Shop, in Rockport. The piece hangs near our dinner table and I stare at it during every meal, surprised every time by the beauty and the level of detail in the design.
The wall hanging was printed from a block carved in 1950 by local artist Delores Rapp, who was trained by Virginia Lee Burton, the founding member of the Folly Cove Designers, so it is only fitting that over six decades later, prints are being made from the block using the same Acorn Press that was used by the Folly Cove Design Collective, which Julia uses in printing both archival and her own original designs.
This year, the current owner of the vintage block (Delores Rapp passed away a few years ago) came to Julia and they worked out an arrangement that allows Julia to print a limited run of wall hangings from the block. All the wall hangings are hand-printed and sewn locally, using archival ink on linen, which lasts forever, so your descendents will still be enjoying this pieces many Christmas moons from now.
You can purchase the hanging (and see other options for ink/background colors) directly from Julia online HERE. Or better yet, go see her in her studio/shop this weekend at 5 Whistlestop Mall in Rockport to see the wall hangings — and her other wares — in person.
This piece is bound to be an heirloom in our own family — I am already attached to it more than pretty much any other holiday item I have — and will no doubt be equally as meaningful in the homes of every one else who gets their hands on one. It is beautiful both for the amazing design (when you consider that every detail was hand carved!) and for its connection to our local and current artistic heritage.
I’m sorry my photos don’t do it justice. Check it out at Julia’s online shop or in person to get the full effect of these limited-run pieces.
Don’t miss Rockport’s HarvestFest THIS Saturday, October 19th from 10am to 6pm. The fun includes dancing and a bit of Ipswich Ale, among other delights. This post would be a million words long (really!) if I included everything going on, so for the details check out the website: www.rockportartfestivals.com/harvestfest/schedule-of-events In the meantime, here are just a few highlights:
- Rockport Music is sponsoring a Make Your Own Instrument Workshop for children at 10am (first come, first served)
- Cape Ann Animal Aid is sponsoring a Dog Parade at 11:30, with lots of fun prizes to be awarded!
- Bearskin Neck Leathers is sponsoring the Buddy Walker Band, a polka band founded 65 years ago with performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm in front of the shop.
- The MIT Juggling Club is joining the fun with performances throughout the afternoon.
- The HarvestFest Contra Dance, sponsored by the Cape Ann Contra Dance group, will host an outdoor dance in Dock Square, complete with live musicians and a caller. Did you ever think there would be dancing in the streets in Rockport?
- The Annual Scarecrow Chase Costume Parade for children begins at 3pm. Lots o’ fun & a treat for children are in store.
- Don’t forget the all-day food & drink under the big tent on T Wharf. Ipswich Ale, Twin Lights and an awesome roster of vendors will be on hand.
- Cooking demos will take place throughout the day, culminating in the famous Seafood Throwdown at 2:30, sponsored by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.
- Finally, close out the festival by sending off the public art installation that has been on Lumber Wharf all summer (due to be disassembled the day after HarvestFest). Head over to Lumber Wharf at 6:15 to join us to say farewell to this very cool piece of public art.
Check it out: Rockport’s Harvestfest has it all: fantastic local food & drink. Live music. Activities for families. A Seafood Throwdown…
But wait! There’s more! A Doggy Parade sponsored by Cape Ann Animal Aid, a contra dance in Dock Square sponsored by Cape Ann Contra Dance, the Scarecrow Chase — the annual Harvestfest costume parade for children, the Make-Your-Own-Instrument event sponsored by Rockport Music…I could go on and on…Click HERE for the Schedule of Events.
Put it on your calendar! Rockport Harvestfest on October 19th, 2013!!!!
The opening is tonight in Beverly at the Studios at Porter Mill and the show will be up through October 27th. Don’t miss the chance to see the work of these three innovative artists! Check out previous GMG posts on Nina, Jenna and Kyle for some background info.
Saturday, August 10th
Rockport Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm
This week’s vendors: Seaview Farm, Prides Osteria, Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, Wally’s Blackburn Bistro, Brothers’ Brew, First Light Farms, Home Grower’s Wheelbarrow, Rockport Festivals Market booth, Sea Biscuit Bakery, Batter Up Bakery
Rockport Rotary Club’s Lobsterfest
ILLUMINATION NIGHT at 9:30 from Granite Pier (Rockport’s first official fireworks show! Say WHAT?)
Sunday, August 11th
The annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival! Here’s the lineup & some info:
The Rockport Farmers Market always provides fresh surprises. Artist Leslie Wind has stopped by a few times and done a little spinning of wool and on-the-spot knitting, which has been a great complement to all the handmade and small-batch food at the market.
More great vendors are on for this coming week, the first week in August. Pick up a little something for your weekend, whether you’re hanging out at home or headed out to the boat or the beach. The Rockport Farmers Market offers everything from lettuce to grass-fed beef to apple slaw to fresh pasta to pickles to….you get the idea!
Wally’s Blackburn Bistro
Ma’s Tomato Marmalade
First Light Farms
Home Grower’s Wheelbarrow
Rockport Festivals Market booth
Twin Lights Soda
Sea Biscuit Bakery
Exciting times coming up this Saturday! We have the Cape Ann Waldorf School joining us to offer a fun, food-related activity for kids. And we also have Alek Razdan, who is just an amazing musician, playing a set or two for market-goers. Wally’s Blackburn Bistro will be on hand with coffee to jump start your morning (or afternoon), and Sea Biscuit Bakery is back with their amazing bread and granola. And those are just a few of the amazingly delicious items on offer this week! Don’t forget to pick up fresh produce from Mike of First Light Farms. He manages to bring beautiful produce week after week, no matter the growing conditions. We’re so happy that Mike, along with our other hard-working vendor — all of whom offer delicious, high quality items — are a part of the Rockport Farmers Market!
p.s. After selling out the first week they went on sale, reusable Rockport Farmers Market totes are back! Pick up yours this weekend at the market and fill it with good things to eat…
Ma’s Tomato Marmalade
First Light Farms
Home Grower’s Wheelbarrow
Rockport Festivals Market booth
Batter Up Bakery
Sea Biscuit Bakery
Wally’s Blackburn Bistro