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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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Our little beach is all fancied up with a nice new sign. Summer must be coming.
LOCAL BAND PREVIEWS SONGS FROM UPCOMING ALBUM, JOINED BY THE ROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL MADRIGAL CHOIR FRIDAY APRIL 29, ROCKPORT MA Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main St. Rockport MA. 8pm
What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? will be performing with the Rockport High School Madrigal Choir. The Madrigal Choir, led by Patti Pike, will be opening up the evening, and then accompanying What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? on several songs at the end of the night. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated back to the RPS Music Department.
Mr Fox is working on a new album, and will be performing those new songs on the 29th.
It’s also lead singer-songwriter, 3rian King’s birthday! What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? features Nathan Cohen on violin & trumpet, Renee Dupuis on vocals, piano, and melodica, Joe Cardoza on upright bass, Dennis Monagle on drums, and 3rian King on voice, acoustic guitar, & piano. The band’s sound has been described as Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a secret French cafe.
Tickets range $20-$32 and can be purchased here: http://rockportmusic.org/what-time-mr-fox/
There are student and senior discounts if you call the box office to order tickets at 978 546 7391.
Photos and additional band info can be found here:
Not going to lie, don’t know much about this, but each time I scroll through my photos it catches my eye. It is known as The Londoner and is an iron spindle not far off of Thacher’s Island. It marks Londoner’s Ledge.
Mr. Swan resting (trying to) in the early morning sun. Mallards courting make nap time difficult.
Five years since Rubber Duck and Homie met on that blustery day April 18, 2011. The Fifth is the wood anniversary. Homie gave Rubber Duck a carving of Homie. (Homie is a little self-centered.)
The following is a repost of Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary describing that fateful hook-up five years ago today.
I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011: (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds: But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ” “I am so out of here!” But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him. Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.