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Unusually wide choice of music in Gloucester, Rockport & Manchester on Saturday

Every once in a while it’s worth reminding ourselves that Gloucester is a hub of music, which is one good reason to live here (and to visit).  This weekend proves it.  As usual, you have excellent live music choices in Gloucester (see complete schedule here).  Plus on Saturday, the Rockport HarvestFest, the Old Sloop and the Landing 9 hour acoustic festival add about 20 artists to your choices.  Here are two of our favorites, whom you don’t get to see very often:

Satch Kerans 7:30pm at The Old Sloop with Red House recording artist Drew Nelson.  Here’s what Jonathan Perry of the Boston Globe says about Satch, “reemerges  with some of the best songs he has ever written, at the collection’s core is a  clutch of sturdy melodies and classic pop structures…Kerans gets better and surer with age.”

Brad Byrd is in Dock Square at 3:30pm with his excellent band, who are in this video shot at Minglewood back in May.  See more Brad Byrd videos here.

Rockport HarvestFest: Awesome Food, Live Music & Cooking Demos!

Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!

HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm

Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o’clock.  Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.

Scarecrow Stroll Contest throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored by Granite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.

Kids’ Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales and more! And don’t miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!

Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett’s work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport’s transfer station.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

HarvestFest Scheduled Events*

Cooking Demonstrations

11 am: Cooking Demonstration with author and educator Nancy Singleton Hachisu under the tent on T Wharf. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood. Nancy will also be available to sign copies of her recently published cookbook, Japanese Farm Food.

1 pm: Cooking Demonstration featuring Chef Frank McClelland of Boston’s L’Espalier and Apple Street Farm in Essex. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.

3 pm: Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

Live Music

11 am -  12:15 pm
Tom O’Carroll playing in Dock Square.  Traditional Irish & Folk. Click here

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Nicholas Bogosian and Michael Knoblach playing in Dock Square. Old Timey Roots Music. Click here.

1:45 – 3:15 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here.

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie/Alt Rock


11 am -  12:30 pm
Courtney Reid playing on T Wharf.  Indie/Alternative Rock. Click here

12:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Sturdy Oak Boys playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Old Cold Tater playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass


2 pm – 3 pm
Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here or here to watch a video clip.

Activities for Families

11 am – 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! In Dock Square at the Old Firehouse Trust Building. Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 noon
CAAA’s Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade begins at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid

2 pm – 4 pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Kids’ Zone! Paint a pumpkin to take home as part of your Autumn decor! $5 suggested donation – proceeds to support Rockport Festivals programming.

4:30 pm
The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat!  Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.

Art & Culture

11 am
Narrative of the Battle of Sandy Bay: Rockport during the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of five speakers portraying real historical characters who instigated and lived out events in wartime Rockport. The Narrative will be followed by Gaetano Micalizzi reading his award-winning essay on the War of 1812 as well as a brief musical presentation by students.   Located at the First Congregational Church and Sponsored by the Cape Ann DAR

1 pm
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

1 pm
Glass Art Installation at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

1:30 pm
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

2 pm
Glass Art Installation at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Dock Square. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

2 pm
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

3 pm
Glass Art Installation at the 7th Wave Restaurant on Bearskin Neck. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

4:00 pm
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square! Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.

For More Information:
www.rockportartfestivals.com
rockportfestivals@gmail.com
978-501-3593

Be Creative, Have Fun & Win Some Cash Money

Rockport’s HarvestFest is coming up on Saturday and THIS year Granite Savings Bank has generously furnished some cash prizes for the winning scarecrows in our Scarecrow Stroll Contest. $175 and $150 for first and second place in the 15 & Older Category. Yes, that’s right: $175 and $150! You could do a lot with that money. Teams are encouraged to enter, with nonprofits especially encouraged to enter to raise funds for your organization. The possibilities are endless! There is also an “Under 15″ category for groups or individuals with $75 and $50 as the first and second place prizes. Don’t be shy! Make a scarecrow! You can pre-register online (Click HERE and scroll down when you get to the page for online registration) or just show up with your ‘Crow on Saturday, October 13th at 9 o’clock in the Scarecrow Stroll Headquarters in Dock Square!

Plan Your Day Now! HarvestFest Schedule of Events

Many thanks to Joey for promoting Rockport’s annual HarvestFest tradition. We offer a little something for everyone this coming weekend. And we just KNOW it will be beautiful weather. But even if it’s not, we’re partying in Rockport come rain or…snow. The following is the Schedule of Events for Saturday, October 15th, with live music, great local food, cooking demonstrations, scarecrows, a movie, hayrides, art events, and MORE! Our website with a ton of information can be found HERE.

All Day Events

Information Booth & Hospitality Tentin Dock Square. Enjoy hot coffee and cider while listening to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from noon to 5pm.  Check back for an updated list of vendors.

Scarecrow Stroll throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Click HERE for more information.

Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales, enjoy pumpkin-painting and more! Suggested donation to support festival programming.

Dock Square HarvestFest Music Tent in Dock Square.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth at Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

Scheduled Events

11 am – 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music!
Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11:30 am
Cooking Demonstration on T Wharf with special guest: the award-winning Laurie Lufkin hosted by food writer Heather AtwoodSponsored by the Taste of the Times.

12 noon to 2:30 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here and here.

Merrimac Valley Rounders playing on T-Wharf.  Bluegrass.

1 pm
Cooking Demonstration featuring Chef Frank McClelland of Boston’s legendary L’Espalier and his own farm in Essex, Apple Street Farm. Taking place under the tent on T Wharf and hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.

1 pm – 3 pm
Hayride!  Pick-up and drop-off in Harvey Park. Sponsored by Seaview Farm.

2pm to 3 pm
Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here or here to watch a video clip.

2 pm – 4 pm
103.3 WODS radio station in Barletta Park. Join the WODS street team where they will be giving away tons of great prizes with their WODS prize wheel!

2 pm
The Vanishing of the Bees: Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust building. Click here for information on this fresh documentary.

3 pm
Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

4 pm
Food Bloggers’ Forum. Powerhouse food bloggers answer the question “Does Local Matter When it Comes to Food?” Moderated by Heather Atwood, who writes a food blog and a column for the Gloucester Daily Times. The featured bloggers are some of the most creative, innovative thinkers around when it comes to food.

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie Rock. Click HERE.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Allen Estes playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Classic Americana. Click HERE.

4:30 pm
The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat!  Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.

Big News for Rockport’s HarvestFest!

We are thrilled to announce that Chef Frank McClelland of Boston’s legendary L’Espalier, the Sel de la Terre family of restaurants, Au Soleil Catering and Apple Street Farm will be the featured chef in a cooking segment on T-Wharf, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15th.

Chef Frank McClelland, photo courtesy of L'Espalier

“…food is best when it’s in its purest form. My job is to enhance that natural flavor to allow the essence of the food to sing.” -Frank McClelland

This is a great opportunity to see a world-class chef at work, one who specializes in bringing the best out of local ingredients while practicing incredible culinary technique. Chef McClelland has a deep understanding of regional ingredients – no one appreciates what New England has to offer more than he does – and this understanding is demonstrated not only in the dishes he creates but in the fact that he sources many of the ingredients for his kitchens from his own farm, Apple Street Farm in Essex. Apple Street will also be featured that day offering produce from the farm’s Autumn harvest – and what could be more fitting for a harvest festival celebrating the best of New England?

Don’t miss the chance to see Chef McClelland at Rockport’s HarvestFest!

Saturday, October 15th 

1 p.m. on T-Wharf under the big tent

From L’Espalier: Chef Frank McClelland’s L’Espalier has been a perennial “best” of America’s restaurants for three decades, earning top accolades from Zagat, Forbes, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Frommer’s, Wine Spectator and Condé Nast Traveler as well as nods in international media. L’Espalier is New England’s most decorated independent restaurant with twelve consecutive AAA Five Diamond Awards (the only one in Boston) and twelve consecutive Forbes (Mobil) Four-Star awards. He speaks and judges across the country at events like Taste of Vail, Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and the Chefs Collaborative National Summit.

At the heart of Chef McClelland’s menus of New England flavors with French interpretation is Apple Street Farm, his organic farm in Essex, Massachusetts that is the primary source of heirloom produce and proteins for L’Espalier and his trio of casual Sel de la Terre bistros. The James Beard chef and cookbook author (Wine Mondays) views his life as a farmer-restaurateur as being on-trend. By living this life from his youth, he was early to the farm-to-table or “locavore” dining philosophy.

More Information:

L’Espalier

Sel de la Terre

Au Soleil

Apple Street Farm

Rockport HarvestFest Poster!

Many thanks to Darren Mason of Merge3 Creative for the very cool poster he created for this year’s Rockport HarvestFest. It sums up the fun: local food, local beer, local color. HarvestFest features the best of New England food producers, a very cool Scarecrow display throughout town, hayrides, a screening of the movie The Vanishing of the Bees, fantastic live music and more! Check it the Schedule of Events through this link: www.rockportartfestivals.com