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On October 10th, Rockport hosts the final regular season Rockport Farmers Market (before next week’s Harvestfest!) and a great night of music at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse. In between the farmers’ market and the Coffeehouse you can enjoy shopping and dining in downtown Rockport!
Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm: Rockport Farmers Market vendors feature a bounty of fresh produced, jellies, jams, cold brew coffee, pastries (including a pumpkin s’mores cupcake!)
Saturday night at 7:30 brings David Roth to the Old Sloop Coffeehouse! Buy tickets online or at the door. Connor Garvey opens. More info on both performers, below.
Enjoy a day of supporting local food and live music!
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.
Click here to visit David Roth’s website.
Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.
Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.
While the charm and beauty of Rockport never gets old, one of my favorite parts of my evening walk/run with Marlin is the window shopping throughout downtown Rockport. Quintessential New England, for sure. We have such a huge collection of absolutely fantastic shops with such wonderful diversity. There truly is not much that can not be purchased locally! If you haven’t, for whatever reason, spent time walking and shopping through Rockport, you are missing out.
I have been getting a kick out of photographing door fronts and displays during this sleepy season as Rockport begins to wake up from it’s winter nap. It will not be long until ice cream is dripping down arms, the doors open full-time, and the shopping can begin in full force. Make a point to visit…and visit often.
That all being the case, I was very happy to hear from Pamela Wasserman, of Good Dog Gallery on Bearskin Neck. I am also happy to share her words…
“When I first heard Black Dog was coming to town I quickly realized exactly what it means when they say “competition is good for a town!” I immediately wanted to make my place bigger and better than it was before. However, just as I was securing a new, larger space, my mother fell ill and I spent the entire winter assisting her. The pressure of simultaneously renovating a bigger, more expensive space was simply not possible.
Another dog-themed store will only portray Rockport as an even more dog-oriented town! Someone came up to me the other day and said, “There’s TOP DOG, there’s GOOD DOG and now there’s BLACK DOG!” Rockport is indeed known to be very a very dog-friendly town. It may be due to such a low traffic level on Bearskin Neck. The lack of traffic encourages people to come walk their dogs, shop, and especially to grab a treat at Roy Moore’s and then over to Good Dog Gallery. Water dishes line the streets of Bearskin Neck, waiting for thirsty pups.
Celebrating Good Dog Gallery’s 10th year in Rockport, I am proud and honored to have so many returning customers dropping in to say “hello”, to grab a treat, or to do some shopping after the long, wicked winter we’ve had! Spring is a wonderful time to see all those familiar faces, wet noses and wagging tails!
Having moved here after 20 years in Woodstock, Vermont, I chose Rockport to showcase all the doggie goodies we have today. Those items include the delightful art, books and gift items of celebrated dog artist and sculptor, Stephen Huneck, whose flagship gallery that I managed for years, was located in Woodstock, Vermont. He has since passed, but his delightful, light-hearted dog art remains very popular, recognizable and highly collected.
We at Good Dog Gallery not only take doggie humor very seriously, hence the GREETINGS mat in the window, depicting one dog sniffing the other dog’s butt, but we take pride in all the products we offer. We assist in fitting each dog to the proper harness, sweater, or coat. There is a great selection of collars and leashes to choose from. We maintain a gourmet “Barkery” with all natural ingredients made in New England. We even feature the ever popular crispy, crunchy, dehydrated and locally caught, Cod Skins, made right here in Rockport! Yes….Good Dog Gallery’s owner has the glamorous job of hand rolling and dehydrating those cod skins for up to 14 hours! As our slogan states: “Everyone makes the same face, but they keep coming back for more!!!!” And boy, do they!
We may be small, with only one location to focus our passion on, but we have gone to great lengths to find and offer dog art and unique gifts for every dog-lover and a great selection of dog gear + treats that keep tails waggin’!
So, as we say at Good Dog Gallery, “C’mon in and have a sniff around!” GOOD DOGS WELCOME!”
Good Dog Gallery
Tail Wagging Art, Gifts, Gear, and Treats!
for Dog Lovers and The Dogs We Love!
49 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966
GloucesterCast 127 With Guests Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro
Topics Include: Shoutout To Earl and Arch for Our Intro Music, Lil Earls, Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Gilligan, The Atlantics, Mike Costello’s Historic Retirement Party Speech When He Went Ballistic, Bruce Tobey, Waterfront Owners Harbor Planning Group, I4C2, Ramada Inn Project, Jeffrey Cohen, Fuller School, Cape Ann Symphony, Sam Park, Windover, Schooner Festival, Clam Festival, Waterfront Fest, Sidewalk Bazaar, Blackburn Industrial Park, Gortons, Regionalizing the Chamber of Commerce, Mike’s Perspective Of The Chamber Since His Retirement, Joey’s Perspective On the Importance Of The Chamber, Tax Classification, Snow Removal Downtown, Free Parking Tolls Downtown, Downtown Employees Taking Up Downtown Parking Spots, Would The YMCA Be A Great Spot For A Parking Garage?, New Downtown Group Doing Great Job Promoting Themselves, Toodeloos, TBT Post, Pop Gallery, Premier Imprints, Harbor Goods, Where Do You Stand On The Windmills?, Cell Phone Tower In West Gloucester, Solar Incentives, Caciattore’s To Open Doors Saturday at 4 PM Please Show Them Your Support!
Subscribe To The GloucesterCast For A Chance To Win This Week’s Prize One Of Two Prints Donated By Jim Clyde
Yesterday, as I was doing some framing in the gallery, I saw a great picture across the street. I went outside with my rollator and yelled: “Hey skeleton dog!” Jen Greeke of Gloucester and her dog Mona crossed the street and we took a photo. Jen has started her own fashion design company: harpyfashion.com. Sometimes it only takes one look, and I know there’s a good photo to be captured.
The last Block Party of 2014 will be held on Saturday, September 20th. This event will be bigger and different than previous ones. Starting at 6 pm, the retailers and restaurants will be featuring their fare on Main Street and inside their establishments. A new feature will be “Little Italy,” with music, cheese making, and specialty Italian food, courtesy of Gallo Productions of Gloucester. This is a first – so don’t miss it. I’ll be in my gallery until 9 pm or later. After all, I’m the appointed Party King. Hope to see you!
Cat Ryan submits-
Reimagining Railroad and Maplewood and … MEETING #2
Gloucester Community Development / Metropolitan Planning Area Council
Back in March, the City of Gloucester’s Community Development partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Area Council (MAPC) to host the first in a series of 3 discussions about Gloucester’s railroad station and the surrounding area. As a reminder, these interactive meetings have an extra special focus on the Railroad and Maplewood Avenue and train station area. Our input will inform the process, and there’s funding lined up.
Residents, commuters, bikers, pedestrian walking—what do you think?
Please come for some preliminary findings and recommendations at the second meeting THIS COMING MONDAY June 23, 2014, from 6PM-8PM at Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall.
For the Railroad discussions, send in ideas and comments and/or sign up for updates on any future meetings with:
Eric Halvorsen firstname.lastname@example.org
Gregg Cademartori email@example.com
Cat Ryan submits-
A cruiseship is coming! A cruiseship is coming! Sunday, May 4, 2014, Holland America will be arriving at Cruiseport
Calling all Main Street, downtown, shops, restaurants, cultural districts, Rocky Neck:
v Open up if you can on Sunday May 4, and maybe at an earlier time (see flyer)
v Print out and hang up a welcome sign that’s being created for this day (coming soon!)
v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you will be open, firstname.lastname@example.org
v By April 30th, email Carol Thistle if you can offer a special discount or have a creative theme you would like to share.
o Gloucester doesn’t need too much help in that department but if you’re needing last minute oomph ideas, search GMG and see what Toodeloos and Pop Gallery and so many others come up with for holidays and block parties!
v Some of downtown is open Sundays anyhow (Island Art & Hobby); it would be good for all of us to know who is open on Sundays
v Passengers won’t be able to visit everywhere, of course. Residents: this might be a fun day to come together to support downtown, your favorite store, restaurant, gallery– and some great people watching!
Gloucester is one port of call. Hundreds of passengers have pre-booked, arranged itineraries– day or ½ day trips that will depart directly from Cruiseport. Some passengers remain on board. Many passengers specifically selected disembarking and exploring Gloucester.
Stage Fort Visitor Center will be open. Maritime Gloucester will be open. Cape Ann Museum is closed for renovation. How about you?
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 email@example.com if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!
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: www.rockportartfestivals.com/harvestfest/schedule-of-events 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?
- The 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.
- 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.
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!!!!
The sixth annual Gloucester Block Party Series kicks off this Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm on Main Street. Restaurants will expand to serve outside and stores will have extended hours. There will be live entertainment on several performance stages all evening and activities for children in the Kids’ Town section.
The Rose Baker Senior Center joins the festivities this year with a chorus coached by musician and author Jorgelina Zeoli. The group will perform at 7 pm on the Applied Materials (formerly Sovereign) Stage. The new Hometown Realtors Marketplace central area features sponsor and local business information tables, games and contests.
Performers A Little Bit Country, Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Lauriellen and the Boys, Inge Berg, Not that Blonde, T Max, the Alex Razden Polygroove Orchestra, Cape Ann Dance, Joe and Renee, Dr. Bones Circus of Marvels, Fraternal Combustion Engine, The Electric Ear with special guest Flag Worship will appear on three stages renamed for major sponsors: Bank Gloucester, Whitmarsh Lock & Safe and Applied Materials. Appearing at 8 pm at the Dog Bar is Ned and the Big Babies. Street performers and a surprise or two are anticipated.
Ryan and Woods Distillers will sponsor a Block Party Cocktail contest. Bartenders will use R and W products to create a signature Block Party drink. Restaurant customers may sample and vote for their favorite at the Ryan and Woods Distillery information table.
Visit www.glostblockparty.com for details, performer and sponsor lists, directions, videos and to reach organizers. Future Block Parties will take place again August 17 and September 21.
the game’s afoot: fun with urban planning
Ok. So Downtown. I know, Joey, you want more block parties among other stuff! What else everyone?? What’s on the table for you? Cycling? Parking? Arts? Jobs?
We really hope there will be a good turn-out for tomorrow’s 6PM public meeting at City Hall to discuss thoughts on downtown. All of downtown. It’ll be a good chance for everybody to knock about what they like downtown, what they think could be better, and to listen to others’ views.
Busy? The next 2 meetings will be on August 20 and September 17.
Hate to speak in public? That’s ok, too. If you have a comment, question, idea, impression…bring it, send it! Even if it’s a repeat (squeaky wheel…just sayin’) Everyone can email anytime and have voice.
Email Tom Daniel, Community Development: TDaniel@gloucester-ma.gov
No city plan is an ultimate fixed anchor. At any window in time, planning involves simultaneous sweeping aerials along with pockets of hyper focus. Responsible cities explore multiple scenarios and need to be adaptable and resilient– and try. Cities by nature are in flux. Gloucester tries! It has heart.
We’re lucky that Gloucester has had years of a dedicated and talented community development department including folks like Tom Daniel—the current Community Development Director who is orchestrating these evenings– and former Community Development Directors Sarah Garcia (now Harbor Planning Director), Dale Brown, and others, along with responsive teams including Marie Demick, Gregg Cademartori, Matt Coogan, Steve Winslow and so many more. Thanks so much for doing this work.
Among the many second-hand stores in Gloucester, some are “generalists” (the church and charity-affiliated thrift shops, Main Street Arts and Antiques, etc..) and others are specialized in things like books, music, or clothes. Today we look at one that specializes in vintage clothing and accessories: Bananas (78 Main St)!
I have heard from many people that this is the go-to place for vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories for theater productions, but Bananas also sells contemporary clothing. I picked up a nice pair of suspenders here not long ago.
The store hours are 10-5 Monday-Saturday., 11-4 Sunday. Click here to see a GMG interview with the proprietor, Richard Leonard, from four years ago. Most of the time when I go in, I see local artist Debbie Clarke behind the counter. Her beautiful work has been seen on this blog on more than one occasion.
I can’t help but mention that frequent GMG contributor and all-around nice guy Fred Bodin’s gallery is practically next door. But then again, there are so many cool places and GMG contributors and friends in close proximity downtown, that if I were to list them all, I’d end up making a map of downtown Gloucester… And I mean that!
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 www.rockportartfestivals.com. 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.
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.
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.
The Sturdy Oaks on Bearskin Neck. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.
Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.
Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.
The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.
Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.
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.
Rockport School Bands & Ensemble in Harvey Park.
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.
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.