Category Archives: Rockport
Diner En Couleur
Sous la pleine lune AoÛt
(under the August full moon)
Annual Summer fundraiser
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966
Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers. Toast the enchanted performances with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!
Walk away with one of our wonderful gift baskets that will be raffled off!
Admission donation is $25 per person. Dress is colorful festive.
Please make a reservation, by sending a check to Windhover, PO Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966 or online (through PayPal) at windhover.org (a 501(c)3 non-profit)
For more information, contact Lisa Hahn, email@example.com or (978) 546-3611
On August 21, 2016, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:
Popcorn is available. Children are welcome. Folding chairs and blankets are good.
Concert #7 – August 21, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor
STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key
BILLBOARD MARCH John Klohr
PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN Klaus Badelt
PROCESSION OF THE NOBLES Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
THE DRUNKEN SAILOR arr. Grant Hill
BIG BAND BASH arr. Bob Lowden
GABRIEL’S OBOE Ennio Morricone ~ Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jerry Bock
YOU RAISE ME UP Rolf Lovland ~ Ben Fuller, Vocalist
OLD 89 Steve Thomas
THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN arr. Leroy Anderson
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums
Dick Chain, Director
WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance
HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
COCK OF THE NORTH Creagan More
79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
A’ THE BLUE BONNETS Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME Creagan More
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
AMAZING GRACE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
AULD LANG SYNE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band
The name, “CREAGAN MORE” is Gaelic for “LARGE ROCKS!”
which means that our Celtic Celebration is actually
A LARGE ROCK CONCERT! (who knew?)
Oh man…This event is awesome..the setting is beautiful and the ocean breeze as well…Rockport ❤
12:30 – Chris Rowan & The Troublemakers
1:00 – Bob Kramer Band
1:30 – Blue Cat Groove
2:00 – Eastern Standard
2:30 – The Jake Pardee Experience
3:00 – Deb Hardy and HUM
4:00 – Greg Dann and Friends
5:00 – Alek Razdan and Meadow Jam
Anyone who has spent time looking for bargains should know about the Old Sloop Fair at the First Congregational Church in Rockport. The Old Sloop Fair takes place over three weekends. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and the first leg of this Rummage Sale to end all Rummage Sales takes place this coming Saturday. With a wealth of hand-knitted items, baked goods and household linens, not to mention enough clothing to cover all those semi-naked people loitering on Front Beach, the Old Sloop Fair is not to be missed.
Here is a slightly less hyperbolic description from one of the organizers:
The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, will span three July weekends this year. The Fair will begin with the Rummage Sale on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. The Rummage Sale offers gently-used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, bed linens, luggage, handbags, and much more. The Fair will continue with the traditional events — Silent Auction, White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Book Nook, Handknits, Ken’s Collection, Bake Table, and Snack Bar — on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, and conclude with a Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, July 23. For more information, visit http://oldsloopfair.org, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-309-9667.
The Rockport Firemen’s 4th of July Parade is always pretty reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell scene. If you’re looking for a big parade with giant floats…this is not for you. But if you love quaint and old-fashioned it is the ticket.
Twin Lights Thacher Island
A pair of swans was spotted at Niles Pond this morning by my friend Lyn. I stopped by the Pond at 8:15 to have a look. They were on the far side of Niles, getting ready to take off and was only able to take a few quick photos. The pair flew overhead in the direction of Henry’s Pond. After doing the podcast with Joey and the wonderful Gloucester Stage Company cast, I raced over to Henry’s. In the meantime, the two had returned to Niles, but were chased away by our Mr. Swan. As I arrived at Henry’s they flew in!
The pair appear to be in their third year. This is evident by the patches of brown feathers and dullish pink bills, although the bill of the larger of the two is gaining a more coral-orange hue. Note both have black eyes, unlike our rare and beautiful blue-eyed swan. I am hopeful that Mr. Swan will find a new mate and if we are fortunate, this newly arrived on the scene pair will decide to make Cape Ann their home too!If you catch sight of swans at any of our area ponds or in the harbor, please write in and let me know. Thank you so much!
Don’t miss this fun, action packed day with the Motif 1 5k Race, circus performers, live music, farmer’s market, art, poetry and much, much more! The festivities begin at 9am, Saturday, May 21st. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit the Rockport Exchange website here.
Here’s hoping for a warm, sunny day for Motif No. 1 Day. Best wishes to Sarah Kelly and festival organizers for a smashingly successful event!!!
Just doesn’t get old.
A tradition of the Motif No.1 Day arts festival is to feature poets from Cape Ann and their work in a poetry reading, which takes place each year at 4pm.
This year the event is hosted by Christopher Anderson of the Eastern Point Lit House, and will take place in an open mic format. Poets and readers of all ages welcome. Come early for the other literary events at the festival (the Magnetic Poetry Slam, Book Spine Poetry, selections from Shakespeare presented by Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, and more) and stay for the Words Before Dinner Poetry Reading.
Click HERE for a general festival Schedule of Events.
Congratulations and hats off to Red Shed Film Festival producer and curator Henry Cooper, Rockport Exchange President Amy Rich, and Rockport Exchange Executive Director Sarah Kelly. Imagine, two years ago the festival was held in a tent, last year at the Rockport Library, and this year at the Shalin Lui!!
“The Red Shed Film Festival is designed as a showcase for films or filmmakers with a stake in our region and a sense of place.”
Henry Cooper and Sarah Kelly
Playing on the large screen at the performing center were 12 stellar short films by local filmmakers including gems by Anthony Farenwald, Nubar Alexanian, Erich Archer, Rob Apse, Persistent Productions, Henry Ferrini, and more.
People’s Choice Awarded to Meghan Shea and Mike Rogers
Special thanks to Willow Rest for providing delectable light fare and to Rockport Music for providing the venue.
To support the film festival or to get involved visitwww.rockportexchange.org. To reach Henry Cooper email at email@example.com.
So many thanks to Henry Cooper for sending the photos below. It was truly a treat to see my trailer for Beauty on the Wing on the large screen!
Beautiful collage poster by Mary Faino
Please join us at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the Red Shed Film Festival Monday evening at
The 4th annual Red Shed Film Fest is a celebration of local and global filmmaking via a selected series of
short films. Mixing genres, this year’s entries span narrative, documentary, and short episodic pilots and
established series. As in years past, there is also a science-fiction entry and a music video. All in
attendance will have the opportunity to vote for the Audience Choice Award to be given to one of the
entries screened. The winner will be announced at the post-screening reception on the third floor of the
Shalin Liu Performance Center.
Lots of great stuff is going on this year in Rockport at the annual Motif No.1 Day. We have the Rockport Farmers Market, coffee from Twin Lights Coffee Co., burgers from Seaview Farm, lots of good stuff from the Rockport New Year’s Eve Food Booth and crepes from the soon-to-be-open StudioCrepe restaurant by the train station.
A Seaside Circus, great live music, interactive activities like the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, poetry readings, and much more are all part of the event, not to mention the Motif No.1 Day 5K and Fun Run, with proceeds going to benefit health & wellness at Rockport Elementary School!
Go to www.rockportexchange.org for a Schedule of Events, but keep in mind more good things will be added before the festival takes place on May 21st.
Coming up on Monday, the 16th! Local filmmakers will showcase their work in a micro-film fest, the Red Shed Film Fest (in honor of the Motif in honor of Motif No.1 Day in honor of the arts…).
Starting at 7pm , short films will screen in Rockport Music’s beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center. A party on the 3rd floor will follow the screening, with a cash bar and light food from the legendary Willow Rest. By “party” I mean: party, Rockport-style, where we stay up past 8pm, so bear this in mind in terms of your expectations. This doesn’t mean it won’t be fun, maybe even raucous! By Rockport standards! Which is still great!
The Red Shed Film Fest is a small but mighty showcase for our burgeoning local film scene. If you like short films and can tolerate other people and want to support art, this event is for YOU!
Come out to the Red Shed Film Fest on May 16th. The RSFF kicks off the week leading up to Motif No.1 Day on Saturday, and is a great way to begin the week. Admission is suggested donation. Your donations support the free programming of the Motif No.1 Day festival, celebrating Rockport across the arts, featuring film, dance, music and poetry. For more info on the fest go to www.rockportexchange.org.