Category Archives: Rockport

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Just a few of the things that caught my eye while out walking Marlin last night. Including “our beach” and bits and pieces of Bearskin Neck….such as one of the most photographed lanterns on Cape Ann. It was nice to be able to hit the streets again without having to battle colossal snow banks.  Bring on Spring!

Kind of Breaking Restaurant News

So, if you’re on Facebook, you may already have learned this yesterday, but for those of you who aren’t…here’s the good news!

Top Dog of Rockport has expanded their awesome hot dogs and clam menu to include burgers!

Burgers! But sliders! Plain, cheese (Hoffman cheddar), cheese and thin sliced caramelized onions and cheese, pickles,lettuce and tomato. All burgers served on a buttered grilled potato roll. Also we have have the option of a special proprietary Top Dog sauce for the Sliders.

Check out Top Dog’s Famous hot dog menu below to get in the mood for Opening Day (around Mid April) and to wet your appetite until the new menu is released!

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There’s something pretty phenomenal about walking down Bearskin Neck and grabbing a hot dog and some chili cheese fries on a summer afternoon and sitting by the water’s edge.

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34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival Lineup Announced

Yo_Yo_Ma_Michael_O'NeillYo-Yo Ma Kicks Off the 34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Friday, June 5
Opening Night Gala
featuring Yo-Yo Ma, cello

The Opening Night Gala honors David Deveau for his 20 years of Artistic Leadership

Gala Chairs: Diane Chen Koch-Weser & Jan Koch-Weser and Joe & Eileen Mueller
6 PM Concert :: 7:30 PM Gala Dinner

PROGRAM

SAYGUN: Partita
BACH: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
CRUMB: Sonata for solo cello
BACH: Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Tickets: Concert Only $150, Gala Event tickets start at $600

 

Saturday, June 6, 8 PM
Shanghai Quartet

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
BARBER: String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1
Tickets: $58, $48, $39 

Sunday, June 7, 5 PM
Shanghai Quartet with David Deveau, piano

HAYDN: Quartet in G, Op. 77 No.  1
BARTOK: Quartet No. 5
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Week 2

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: In Mo Yang, violin
Renana Gutman, piano

MOZART: Sonata in A major, K.305
BRAHMS: Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78
SCHOENBERG: Fantasy for violin and piano
RAVEL: Sonata No.2 in G major
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Thursday, June 11, 8 PM
An Evening of French Music

Franziska Huhn, harp | Pei-Shan Lee, piano | Sooyun Kim, flute
Sophie Shao, cello | Randall Scarlata, baritone
FAURE: Fantaisie, Op. 79 for flute and harp
CAPLET: Deux Divertissements for solo harp
RAVEL: Chansons Madecasses (Madagascar Songs) for baritone, flute, cello and piano
POULENC: Sonata for cello and piano
DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
Tickets: $58, $48, $39

Friday, June 12, 8 PM
A Schubertiade Evening

Jennifer Koh, violin | Randall Scarlata, baritone | Benjamin Hochman, piano
SCHUBERT PROGRAM
Sonatina in D major for violin and piano, D.384
Selected lieder for baritone and piano
Piano Sonata in D major, D.850
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Saturday, June 13, 8 PM
Art and Music: Boston Trio

A Collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum celebrating its ocean-related collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane and others
SALLY BEAMISH: The Seafarer (narrator and piano trio) ** U.S. Premiere **
FAURE: Piano Trio No. 1
DEBUSSY/arr. SALLY BEAMISH: La Mer  **  U.S. Premiere **
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Sunday, June 14, 5 PM
Russell Sherman, piano
Celebrating 70TH Anniversary of New York debut

All-Beethoven Program
Sonata in E minor, Op. 90, No. 27
Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”
Sonata in E major, Op. 109, No. 30
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23 “Appassionata”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 3

Thursday, June 18, 8 PM
David Deveau, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

HAYDN: Trio in E major
HARBISON: Trio No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, June 19, 8 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in D major Op. 18, No. 3
HINDEMITH: Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor Op. 51, No. 1
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Saturday, June 20, 8 PM
Marc André Hamelin, piano

JOHN FIELD: Andante in E-flat Major, H. 64 (Unrevealed Andante)
MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN: Paganini Variations
DEBUSSY: Images, Book II
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 21, 5 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Andrés Cárdenes, viola
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
David Deveau, piano

SCHUBERT: Notturno in E-flat major for piano trio
SU LIAN TAN: “Life in Wayang”
BRAHMS: Sextet in G major Op. 36
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 4

Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Matthew Aucoin, composer and Friends

Program: Some of Aucoin’s recent instrumental and vocal chamber music, including The Orphic Moment (a “dramatic cantata” for voice, solo violin, and ensemble), Celan Fragments, Celan Songs, and a series of piano études.
Tickets: $32, $28, $19

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Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op. 70
MOZART: Quartet for oboe and strings, K.370
SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Tickets: $93, $83, $55 

Friday, June 26, 8 PM
Emmanuel Music

Ryan Turner, artistic director
Andrew Rangell, guest pianist
HANDEL: Overture The Queen of Sheba from the opera Solomon
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in D minor
HANDEL: Cantata Apollo e Dafne, HWV. 122
Tickets: $52, $41, $31 

Saturday, June 27, 8 PM
Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu, piano

SCHUMANN: Six Etudes in the form of Canons, Op. 56
BIZET: Pieces from Jeux d’Enfants
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat major, K.358
SCHUBERT: Lebenssturme and Rondo in A major
BRAHMS: Four Hungarian Dances, No. 8, 9, 11, 18
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 28, 5 PM
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

FRANCISCO MIGNONE: Quartet No. 2
MANUEL PONCE: Estrellita and Gavota
PIAZZOLLA: Four for Tango
VILLA-LOBOS: Quartet No. 5
GINASTERA: Quartet No. 2
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Week 5

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Cicely Parnas, cello
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

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Anonymous 4

Anthology 25: A program of 25 songs from anonymous 4’s 25 albums featuring music from the Middle Ages to today
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, July 10, 8 PM
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Yehudi Wyner, piano
David Deveau, piano
SCHUMANN: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
HINDEMITH: Sonata for clarinet and piano
WYNER: Commedia
BRAHMS: Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No.1
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Saturday, July 11, 8 PM
Escher Quartet with Gilles Vonsattel, piano

MOZART: Quartet in D minor, K.421
JANACEK: Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata
TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Sunday, July 12, 5 PM
Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc, flute
MOZART: Quartet for flute and strings in C major, K. 285b
YUKO UEBAYASHI:  Misericordia for flute and strings  ** Massachusetts Premiere **
SCHUBERT: Quartet in G major, D. 887
Additional works to be announced.
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Benjamin Grosvenor playingSaturday, August 1, 8 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Two Preludes & Fugues
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 5
RAVEL: Tombeau de Couperin
LISZT: Venezia e Napoli
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Dinner with David :: 5:45-7 PM
Fridays: June 12, 19, 26
Tickets: $35 (includes 3-course meal)
Pre-Concert Talks :: 7 PM
Fridays ::  June 12, 19, 26, July 10
Saturdays ::  June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Seitz  | Dr. Teresa Neff  | Dr. William Matthews  |  Dr. Jan Swafford
Free, Open to Ticketholders

Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM
Meet the Author-Collaboration with Rockport Public Library

Bonnie Marsden, author of Sleeping with Schubert
Location: Rockport Public Library

Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM
Masterclass: Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM
Family Concert: Jupiter Quartet

Saturday, August 15, 10 AM

Family Concert: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet

All Community & Education events are free and open to the public.

Ticket Sales Dates

Subscriptions: March 30, 2015
Single Tickets: April 14, 2015

Rockport Local Food Forum

Well, it’s been a while since I posted. But in the meantime, Nichole Shrafft and others have been killin’ it in the representing Rockport department, so that’s been awesome. A whole bunch of stuff is coming up, so I wanted to pass along some information, starting with a local Food Forum in Rockport scheduled for next Thursday night. We can all get together and figure out the answers to some pressing food-related issues. There’s an anonymous survey too, in case you want to make your thoughts known and submit any questions to the panelists. Click HERE for the survey.

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A Half Milestone

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Today all systems were go: 33°F, daylight, dry pavement, and a craving to walk some distance without my cane. Janet took the cane at the front door and we walked at a medium pace to my favorite animal sculpture park. After stopping to take a few photos, we walked back home. Total distance: One half mile using no cane or other walking aid.

As the journey started thirteen months ago, I couldn’t roll onto my side in a hospital bed. I graduated to a wheelchair, then a walker, followed by a cane, and now two legs. I’m currently scouting around for a longer full–milestone trail. (Photo by Janet).

Beautiful Music from Dwight and Nicole at the Shalin Liu!

Dwight_&_Nicole-press_high_textI think I’m in love with Dwight and Nicole, the opening duo for Mavis Staples. Their music is exquisite, and wonderfully fun, too. Here’s a link to their website: Dwight and Nicole.

My favorite of the favorites is “Wish I only Knew,” which I just downloaded from iTunes. Take a behind the scenes look at their new album, Shine On, in an interview with Steve Morse.

About Dwight and Nicole, from their website:

Dwight & Nicole, an American roots band formed by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson are set to release their sophomore LP, the aptly titled Shine On, on April 22, 2014. An inspiring mashup of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae, the album can’t be categorized easily, but that’s fine. “I don’t like to be categorized…because I’m changing all the time. And in every moment, I’m a little bit different. And as I am feeling things, what I want to express becomes different. And I think our fans appreciate that honesty,” says Nelson.

Recorded at Milt Reder’s Rear Window Studio in Boston, Shine On was heavily funded by Dwight & Nicole’s devoted fans via music-centric crowd-sourcing site, PledgeMusic.com. The album is a culmination of an exciting couple of years that saw Nelson appear on NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice; chart a stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at #24 on iTunes; and win a Boston Music Award for “Female Vocalist of The Year.” The duo’s recent momentum also landed them on Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish of the Year” list, found them playing major festivals and performing at storied Fenway Park. Read More Here

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Blizzard Valentine’s Dinner

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 As the blizzard started, we walked over to the Emerson Inn for a s
pecial dinner (it’s always special there). I had the pan seared scallops with lentils and wine sauce. It was delicious, but because of what chemo has done to my taste buds, I ate sparingly. The leftovers will make great omelettes at home. It was nice to dress up. The place is not as formal as my outfit indicates.

Janet, my Valentine: She had the Rack of Lamb, rubbed with brown sugar and dijon mustard, served with a Port Wine reduction. She cleaned the plate with a simile on her face. Leftovers: 4 bare lamb bones.

 http://www.emersoninnbythesea.com/

Rockport Storm Report: 9:45 a.m.

I haven’t ventured out of the house yet this morning, but I can tell you this much….  It is WINDY!

We have had just over a foot of new snow fall since Neptune started yesterday afternoon.  Lots of news channels in town including Channel 7 and CNN. Chris Anderson from 7 News just said, “Rockport has been a Rock during this last storm.”

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We’ve been judging the ridiculousness of it all by the size of the massive snow drift in the back corner of our yard.  It is now many inches over our fence and prime for more stand-up sledding in a little while.  We have also been laughing at the scary dorsal fin that has been rising from the depths of the snow on our deck.

Our front yard looks OK…nothing crazy out there yet.  My Jeep is not covered, the deck has some new accumulation, and the driveway has been plowed in with a couple of new feet of snow.

It was exciting to come home yesterday and find the National Guard taking care of our street.  Smith Road had become so narrow that I had to do a 3 point turn to get in and out of our driveway. Likewise, we had suffered a couple of stand-offs when faced with oncoming cars on our little street.  Really nice guys out of Vermont.  One commented on the fact that despite the crazy amounts of snow, Rockport looked like a nice little town.  We told him to come back during the summer for sure.

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Drifting

SnowDrift5582wmYesterday (2/10/15) after the snow ended, I asked the Pigeon Cove shovelers if they’d seen any drifts as big as ours. No, they thought the drift in front of the garage was the worst. Fortunately, no path or walkway goes thru it. Again, they dug us out and now we have each other’s phone numbers and emails. Heike called to ask if I needed my gallery shoveled out, but I didn’t know the condition of the sidewalk. She works down the street.

 

Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Terry Weber writes…

Shop Rockport, even in the winter!

Yesterday I was very happy to get out of the house and enjoy a day of walking, working and shopping. I went to Rockport, and although the shopping area seemed abandoned compared to summer months, upon closer inspection I found many businesses open. (See below for a partial list of businesses that are open during the winter in Rockport during the winter).

You might think there is nowhere to park, but I found parking easily as the usual tourists are not around and there weren’t many people to be found. But here’ a couple of folks I did run into…

1 traci budrow at sand castlesTraci Budrow at Sand Castles wants you to know that that everything in their store is 50% off, right now! Including these tee shirts!

2 jamie russell uncovering his shopJamie Russell himself was out shoveling his walk way and wants you to know he will be open in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. Give him a call to confirm his hours!

3 dog wants in

This dog was determined to get into the Hula Moon Café! No owner was nearby, the folks at Hula called the police department to report a stray dog. Hope he or she made it home!

Here is a partial list of businesses open in the winter in Rockport. Always call ahead or look online for specific business hours which might be limited during the winter, especially during and after snow storms!

Name Type Address Phone
Bean & Leaf Café Eatery 12 Bearskin Neck 978 546 7500
Brothers’ Brew Eatery 27 Main Street 978 546 3775
The Grand Café Eatery 1 Cathedral Ave 978 546 9500
Hula Moon Café Eatery 27 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 2572
Red Skiff Grille Eatery 15 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 7647
Dolce Vita Salon Salon 6 Dock Square 978 546 7900
AliKat Shopping 2 Bearskin Neck 978 546 6737
Beadles Shopping 23 Dock Square 978 546 2223
Bearskin Neck Leathers Shopping 7 Old Harbor Road 978 546 2258
Canterbury Hill Studio Shopping 41 Main Street 978 309 8468
James Russell Jewelers Shopping 15 Bearskin Neck 978 546 1695
John Tarr Store Shopping 49 Main Street 978 546 6524
La Provence Shopping 4 Main Street 978 546 5868
London Venturers Shopping 2 Dock Square 978 546 7161
Lula’s Pantry Shopping 5 Dock Square 978 546 0010
Milk and Honey Shopping 1 Main Street 978 546 6546
The Paper Mermaid Shopping 57 Main Street 978 546 3553
Sand Castles Shopping 9 Mt. Pleasant St. 978 546 9002
Sea Again Shopping 14 Dock Square 978 309 8335
Scott Tubby Fine Art Shopping 26 Bearskin Neck 978 309 8637
TBT Post Shopping 8 Dock Square 888 676 7102
Tuck’s Candy and Gifts Shopping 15 Main Street 978 546 6352
Tusinski Gallery Shoopig 2 Main Street 978 546 2244
Wicked Peacock Shopping 17 Dock Square 978 546 0200

 

 

Pigeon Cove Shovelers

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I physically can’t shovel snow and Janet had shoveler’s fatigue. This morning, I saw three people walking up the street, all carrying shovels. We asked if they were looking for work, and they started clearing our driveway and walkways. These were, in fact, our neighbors Eva Maria (L), Heike (mother of these kids), and Levin (R). They did an outstanding job, speak German (their native language), and I asked them to come back after the next snow storm.

When FRIENDS Have Babies

What do so many of us have in common?  Surely not all of us….but, many of us?

I’m guessing that, like me, many of you spent 30 minutes each week for 10 solid years hanging out with friends.   And, by “friends”, I really mean FRIENDS….as in the television show.

From September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004 I tuned in for 30 minutes of serious bonding with Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler, and Joey.  Good times.

Say what you will, but I’m not going to lie, I think we should all consider ourselves lucky if we are able to say that we have friendships in our lives as strong as theirs.   And, yes, I do realize that they were merely television actors…

But, fresh out of college when we first “met” I loved getting to know them.  I loved watching their ups and downs…while laughing, crying, wishing, hoping, wanting, wondering…you name it.  We should all have a “Chandler” or a “Rachel” or a “Ross” or a “Phoebe” that we treasure in our lives.

So, if…like me…you were tuning in during that decade, you may remember when Ross and Rachel had a baby.  An adorable little baby girl named Emma.  But…did you know that Emma was played by not one but two adorable little girls named Cali and Noelle.   AND….that Callie and Noelle have all sorts of Cape Ann roots.

They are the stunning, funny, generous, smart, talented, kind, and polite 13 year old daughters of Geoff Sheldon and Gretchen Carpenter.  While they now live out in California, Geoff hails from Rockport.  And nothing beats 4th of July week when they all usually make their pilgrimage home!

My own warm fuzzies about Geoff began the night I was introduced to him and my future husband on Christmas Eve back in 1998.  Ironically, smack in the middle of the FRIENDS years.  Little did I know when I met Geoff that night that I’d marry the guy he was out celebrating Christmas with….and that he and his beautiful wife would later boast to sharing custody of their daughters with Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer. Well, you know, kind of.  And then there’s “Aunt Heather”.  When Heather isn’t out being amazing on horseback….she can be found in all of her gorgeous glory making Halibut Point Restaurant and even better place to be!

So, how fun to read this article yesterday!

This is What Baby Emma Looks Like Now

Photo Courtesy of Reddit

Photo Courtesy of Reddit

Also pretty cool is…

The twins made #11 of this Hollywood List:

Top 20 TV Baby Births of All Time

 

 

Reason #98 Why Rockport Rocks

We get this big dump of snow and John Penaloza has a harebrained idea it would be fun to flip the lights on at Evans Field and go sledding. Jeff Proposki finds the keys to the light pole and done. People bring hotdogs, hot chocolate, kids, and sleds and this is what Evans Field looked like on Sunday night.

Jen Keough backed way up to get 99 people in the shot.

Where's Waldo?

Where’s Waldo?

Facebook group “Rockport Stuff”. If you live in Rockport, definitely worth joining and checking out.

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