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Submit Your Short Film or Poem for Rockport’s Upcoming Festival!


The Red Shed Film FestSUBMIT 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: For more information please contact 978.290.9200 or go to

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 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 or call 978-546-2861

A Coffeehouse in Rockport with an Awesome Band!

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 if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!DDMRBpromoRockport SMALL

Downton Abbey: That’s All Folks (Until Next Year…)

I grimace because I care…

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…

Fire, Ice & Music: “Wharf Music” is Wharf-tastic!

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!

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Say What? Fire, Ice & Music in Downtown Rockport!

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.

wharf music poster

Wharf Music

“The night, the warmth of a fire, the company of others, a distant musical conversation.”

Make a Mess Making Art!

This event sounds like a good time for a good cause! Check it out, below…

Messy Art Night Essex PTO


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.

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Downton Abbey: Post-Episode Breakdown

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.

The Characters:

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.


The Best Christmas Decoration EVER! (Not to Overstate it)

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.

Julia prints this piece in a few different colors. Mine is printed in red ink on a natural linen background.

Julia prints this piece in a few different colors. Mine is printed in red ink on a natural linen background.

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.

Just some of the detail of the design.

Just some of the detail of the design.


HarvestFest is TODAY!!!: Cooking Demos, Live Music, Local Food & Contra Dancing!!!

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: 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?
  • -1The 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.RFHarvestFest2013FoodVendors
  • 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.HFsummerbuildartlight

Rockport’s Harvestfest is Almost Here!!!

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!!!!

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Cape Ann artists Nina Samoiloff, Jenna Powell & Kyle Browne Have a New Show!

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.

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Check Out Kyle’s website here

BIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGG Weekend in Little Rockport!

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

Lobsterfest will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 3-7pm. Tickets will be available and include a hot-boiled lobster, home-made clam chowder, corn-on-the-cob, roll, watermelon, and soda or water. There will be a cash menu with hot dogs, hamburgers, and beer, wine, and desserts. Tickets will be on sale from any Rockport Rotarian, at the Legion Hall on the day of the event, or from Granite Savings Bank, John Tarr Store, Rockport National Bank, Village Silversmith, or Bearskin Neck Leathers.
This event will be held rain or shine and is handicapped accessible.

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:

34th Annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival
Sunday August 11, 2013
Millbrook Meadow (across from Front Beach)
Noon to 6PM
Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, World, Fun!
FREE (thanks to all the volunteers!)
More info and videos at
Performers this year…
Noon – Jackson Ally
12:30 –  Eastern Standard
1:00 – Will Diehl
1:30 – Wicked Pickers
2:00 –  Mari Martin and Friends
2:30 –  Deb Hardy
3:00 –  Quentin Callewaert
3:30 –  Fireplace Ten
4:00 – Baze Band with Greg Dann
4:30 – The Dejas
5:00 – Jake Pardee and Friends
5:30 – Alek Razdan and A-Train Orchestra

SATURDAY at the Rockport Farmers Market!

BOf3K0iCQAEyzT7The 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

Seaview Farm

Prides Osteria

Sullivan’s Sugarhouse

Ma’s Tomato Marmalade

Brothers’ Brew

First Light Farms

Home Grower’s Wheelbarrow

Rockport Festivals Market booth

Twin Lights Soda

Sea Biscuit Bakery

SATURDAY at the Rockport Farmers Market!

BN7kmniCIAEz3hAExciting 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…


Seaview Farm

Prides Osteria

Sullivan’s Sugarhouse

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



Alek Razdan


Children’s Activity

Cape Ann Waldorf School

TOMORROW at the Rockport Farmers Market!

Thanks to all those who came out last week for the first summer Rockport Farmers’ Market! We had a great time and are looking forward to an entire summer of starting the weekends off with awesome food from local growers and makers. As usual, the Rockport Festivals Market booth will be staffed with volunteers to answer questions and offer information. Festival posters will be available for purchase (with other great stuff, such as t-shirts, coming soon!).

June 29th Rockport Farmers Market Lineup

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First Light Farms
Prides Osteria
Seaview Farm
Ma’s Tomato Marmalade
Sasquatch Smokehouse
Brothers’ Brew
Sea Biscuit Bakery
Twin Lights Soda
Home growers: herbs, rhubarb, flowers, produce
1003879_10201364186291922_1985052180_nGarden Talk: Market-goers will enjoy having master gardener Mary White, owner of White Gardens of Rockport and a long-time organic gardener, on hand to answer questions and engage in a discussion on gardening. Mary will have tips on everything from making your own compost to growing tomatoes. The discussion is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Rockport Festivals Market booth.

imagesMusic: Brad Byrd, the award-winning singer-songwriter, will be playing at the Rockport Farmers’ Market at 11:30 a.m. — a great opportunity to hear one of the region’s best indie musicians in a fun setting!

Pics from Saturday’s Rockport Farmers Market!

Fresh produce, smoked fish, grass-fed beef, award-winning pesto, baked goods, fresh doughnuts and coffee, plus Marvin Roberts, an expert in botany, discussing how to grow rhubarb and asparagus as part of the Garden Talks series…with all of this, Saturday proved to be a great opening to the Rockport Farmers’ Market in Harvey Park. An added bonus was the traditional Midsommer Fair, sponsored by Spiran Hall in Rockport, which featured traditional Scandinavian food, a real maypole, and Scandinavian folk singers. Check out the slideshow for more…and we’ll see you at the upcoming Rockport Farmers’ Market, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!

The Rockport Farmers Market is Coming to Town!

All the details about the upcoming Rockport Farmers Market are here on GMG! The  market will be small but mighty, featuring some great Rockport and Cape Ann-based food producers. Word on the street is that Brothers’ Brew will be there with fresh doughnuts AND and espresso maker so you can have your morning caffeine while shopping for all sorts of homegrown goodness! The first week, June 22nd, coincides with Spiran Hall’s annual Midsummer Fair, also held in Harvery Park where the Farmers’ Market is located, so you can grab some pickled herring and other Scandinavian goodness along with your produce. For more information and to stay updated on vendors, etc, go to


The official RFM press release:

The Rockport Farmers’ Market opens on June 22nd in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport, Massachusetts, at the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street, across the street from T-Wharf.

The new, open-air market specializes in locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, and honey, as well as fresh, locally sourced baked goods. Producers include First Light Farms of Hamilton, Seaview Farms of Rockport, Pride’s Osteria of Beverly, Brothers’ Brew of Rockport, and a selection of community home growers. The weekly market will also feature Garden Talks, a program offering short, informative presentations made by local experts on topics ranging from tips for growing tomatoes to vegan cooking.

The Rockport Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 22nd – September 7th, 2013, and is organized by Rockport Festivals, a group of volunteers seeking to build community through cultural events and activities in downtown Rockport.

For updates to the weekly vendor list and Garden Talks schedule, visit or contact

Some Good Dam News: Mill Dam has Been Restored!

This weekend the Millbrook Meadow Committee has planned a fun ceremony to recognize and celebrate the restoration of Rockport’s landmark Mill Dam. This has been a long process and the Committee has done and continues to do a fantastic job of bringing one of Rockport’s most historically and culturally significant places back to life. Plan on coming this Saturday if you can, and if you can’t, please spread the word about the opening ceremony:

Dam Dedication program 05-25-13


Don’t Miss Momentum Gallery, only in Gloucester for a Short Time!

  • The talented Bailey Berry, a student at Gordon College, has put together a pop-up gallery for the next few weeks. The show is curated by Bailey and is comprised entirely of works from fellow students in area colleges Endicott, Montserrat & Gordon. Originally designed to be part of an initiative in Peabody to enliven empty storefronts downtown by placing pop-up galleries and other temporary installations, Bailey had to look for alternatives for the gallery after Peabody pulled the plug on the project. She searched for a home for the Momentum Gallery and found the ideal partner in The Hive here in Gloucester. Peabody’s loss is our gain, as the project features work in a variety of media by young artists offering a fresh perspective.
    The details:
    • The show runs opens this weekend, May 25th, at 6 o’clock at The Hive on Pleasant Street. Some great music is lined up and all this music and art and energy can be experienced for just $5. Or five bux, as they say at The Hive because they are so awesome they just spell stuff phonetically.
    • Momentum Gallery will be open 10 to 5, Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment through June 15th. If you would like to partner with Momentum Gallery and donate your services for either the show’s run and or closing party, contact Bailey at And for more information on the show itself, the gallery’s partners and blog, please check out the website:

Your Motif No.1 Day Festival Guide HERE on GMG!

Okay, so here goes…Rockport is packed this weekend with activities for residents, visitors, and people in every other category. Not sure what is going on when? Keep this post handy, because it will guide you through the festivities in the expert way you’ve come to expect from Good Morning Gloucester, your guide to all things local.

Thursday, May 16th at the Blue Lobster Grille in Dock Square

  • The Inns of Rockport is sponsoring a DineAround at the Blue Lobster Grille on Thursday. 20% of the proceeds from your meal will go to support festival programming. The activities at Motif No.1 Day are free, so community fundraisers are an important part of keeping the festival alive in Rockport. Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting a good cause!

Friday, May 17th at the Rockport Community House

  • Brown bag community supper, 5K race packet pickup & Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening. Bring your supper (optional) to enjoy with friends and neighbors while checking out our 45-minute screening of short films. And if you’re registered for the Motif 1 Day 5K, you can pick up your race packet and number too! Filmmaker Emile Doucette will be on hand to talk about his work and his short film “Homemade Parade” which captures the unique spirit of Cape Ann.

Saturday, May 18th throughout downtown Rockport

The big day! Here is a downloadable schedule of events, or go to Read on for the list of the day’s events, and whether you check out art, dance, film, poetry, the race, live music, theater or ALL of it, you are sure to have a good time! See you downtown for Motif No.1 Day!

Motif No. 1 Day Schedule of Events: May 18th, 2013

9 am – 10:30am

  • The Motif No. 1 Day 5K & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools Health & Wellness programs! Sponsored by Rockport Public Schools.

10 am – 5 pm

  • Art & Flowers at the Rockport Art Association. Floral arrangements inspired by works of art at this RAA-sponsored event.

  • Shopping Scavenger Hunt. Over 60 shops participating in a fun scavenger hunt for special Motif No. 1 Day weekend promotions. Organized by La Provence, 4 Main Street.

10:30 am – 12 noon

  • Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11 am – 5 pm

  • Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park. Motif-y graffiti, coloring pages, lobster toss & more.

  • Rockport Elementary School Art Show in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets. Sponsored by Rockport National Bank.

  • Dock Square Chowder Stand serving chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach A percentage of proceeds support 2013 festival programming.

  • New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth in Harvey Park. Proceeds support 2013 New Year’s Rockport Eve programming.

11 am

  • Vision, Light & Motif No.1: a free presentation by the photographer and historian Les Bartlett at the Rockport Art Association, Hibbard Gallery.

  • Rockport Dance Academy performs in Dock Square.

  • Singer Michael O’Leary & harper Carol McIntyre in Harvey Park.

12 pm

  • The Sturdy Oaks in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

  • Singer-songwriter Courtney Reid on Bearskin Neck.

  • Rockport School Band Concert in Harvey Park.

12 pm – 2 pm

  • Dora Tevan, Puppeteer & Storyteller in Barletta Park (next to Harvey Park) sharing Cape Ann’s heritage and folklore.

12 pm – 4 pm

  • The Evolving Mural in Harvey Park with several artists passing the paintbrush to create a piece together.

1 pm

  • The Sturdy Oaks on Bearskin Neck. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

1:30 pm

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

2 pm

  • Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.

  • The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.

2:15 pm

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

3 pm

  • Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

3:30 pm

  • Rockport School Bands & Ensemble in Harvey Park.

4 pm

  • Singer-songwriter Brad Byrd in Dock Square.

  • Words Before Dinner literary event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann. Twin Lights Soda, a Cape Ann original, will be on hand.

4:30 pm

  • Photographer Thi Linh Wernau shares excerpt from her “You Are Beautiful” photography project. Books available, with all net profits benefiting at-risk children and veterans’ programs.

5 – 5:30 pm: A Community Festival Finale

  • Vintage Rockport on Film. From the collection of Pierce Sears of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co. Located at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by the Twin Lights Beverage Co. with complimentary Twin Lights soda available at the screening.


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