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Gloucester Cape Ann: history of fall art fairs and events


October is gorgeous!  And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.


Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016

Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes  3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.



Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5



Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016




Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest in the country)- Oct 8 and 9th featured as part of Artweek Boston Sept 30-Oct 9


Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast


Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.



More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market


Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.

Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –  “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!

The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October.  At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. 


Thirty-four minutes and 6.07 seconds.  That is how long I waited in line for one dozen cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards yesterday.  And…I’d do it again.  My only regret is that some people in line around me had empty wine glasses because they were smart enough to partake in wine tasting prior to getting in line.  Me, not so much.

After an afternoon hockey game at Pingree we drove through Essex and into Ipswich to spend some time at Russell Orchards….which thousands of friends.

The boys tolerated the annual sit near the pumpkin photo before we headed into the bar to check out the line.  They immediately deemed it too long for them to stand in, but promised to not get the largest pumpkins on the farm if I held a place in line for them. Deal.

The boys picked out their pumpkins, found their favorite honey sticks, and did some drive-bys to check on my progress (or, most likely, to check on how much longer they had to wait for a warm cider doughnut).

Super warm doughnuts in hand, the boys tolerated the annual Russell Orchards Ford Truck photo and then we all meandered down to the pond and barns to see the animals.  We checked on the little pigs…and the giant one.  We looked at the goats, ducks, chickens, bunny, and one rat.  Finn picked up an apple that was already on the ground in front of a donkey and offered it to him….without shoving a finger up its nose.  I should explain that Finn had a thing for shoving his finger up the nostril of many a farm animal when he was younger.  We read the sign that said, “Please do not feed the donkeys” and did not do it again.

The boys tolerated the annual sit on the tractor photo and we were off.

Forced Family Fall Farm Fun. Check.  I was happy that their hockey schedules cooperated this weekend so we could get our farm fun on.



Harvestfest is SATURDAY! The Details on GMG

Harvestfest 2015 is here and the weather looks perfect and the schedule of events looks even better. Local food & drink will be on hand plus tons of things to do, from celebrating Rockport’s 175th birthday to hanging out and listening to some great live music. Harvestfest is organized by the nonprofit Rockport Exchange with the support of the Town of Rockport and a bunch of great local residents and business owners. We hope you join us for the fun!

Check it out and we’ll see you in downtown Rockport on Saturday to celebrate the best of New England in the fall! Scroll down for a Schedule of Events.


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Nothing Says “Fall in New England” like…

Want to get back at your children for whatever they’ve done wrong or failed to do when asked so far this season?  A little Doughnut Revenge is fun for all.

Nothing says, “Fall in New England” like being slapped in the face by a sugary doughnut.


Forced Family Fun Fall Farm Tour

The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there.  This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s.  Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure.  But, you should all go!

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Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies.  I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy.  I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season.  My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals.  There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong.  Primarily noses….but, there was that one time….   Bygones.

This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive.  A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game.  I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous.  If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day.  I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music.  The good eats don’t hurt either!  There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn.  We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.


We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours!  So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head?  I’d really like to know!



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:  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?
  • -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

Hanging Around at Prince Insurance

A great window display! Walk by 15 Washington Street in Gloucester for a great Fall scene. The window display is better than the pictures but I admit got caught in a “Peter Pan” moment seeing the boy floating…

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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Rockport HarvestFest: Awesome Food, Live Music & Cooking Demos!

Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!

HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm

Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!

Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf.  Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o’clock.  Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.

Scarecrow Stroll Contest throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park!  (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored by Granite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.

Kids’ Zone in Harvey Park.  Climb the hay bales and more! And don’t miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!

Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett’s work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport’s transfer station.

WOCA Fair in Harvey Park.  The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors.  Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.

NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park.  Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.

HarvestFest Scheduled Events*

Cooking Demonstrations

11 am: Cooking Demonstration with author and educator Nancy Singleton Hachisu under the tent on T Wharf. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood. Nancy will also be available to sign copies of her recently published cookbook, Japanese Farm Food.

1 pm: Cooking Demonstration featuring Chef Frank McClelland of Boston’s L’Espalier and Apple Street Farm in Essex. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood.

3 pm: Seafood Throwdown Sponsored by NAMA and emceed by Heather Atwood of the Taste of the Times. For more information, click here.

Live Music

11 am -  12:15 pm
Tom O’Carroll playing in Dock Square.  Traditional Irish & Folk. Click here

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Nicholas Bogosian and Michael Knoblach playing in Dock Square. Old Timey Roots Music. Click here.

1:45 – 3:15 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square.  Indie Americana. Click here.

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie/Alt Rock

11 am -  12:30 pm
Courtney Reid playing on T Wharf.  Indie/Alternative Rock. Click here

12:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Sturdy Oak Boys playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Old Cold Tater playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass

2 pm – 3 pm
Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click here or here to watch a video clip.

Activities for Families

11 am – 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! In Dock Square at the Old Firehouse Trust Building. Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 noon
CAAA’s Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade begins at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid

2 pm – 4 pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Kids’ Zone! Paint a pumpkin to take home as part of your Autumn decor! $5 suggested donation – proceeds to support Rockport Festivals programming.

4:30 pm
The Great Scarecrow Chase!  Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat!  Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.

Art & Culture

11 am
Narrative of the Battle of Sandy Bay: Rockport during the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of five speakers portraying real historical characters who instigated and lived out events in wartime Rockport. The Narrative will be followed by Gaetano Micalizzi reading his award-winning essay on the War of 1812 as well as a brief musical presentation by students.   Located at the First Congregational Church and Sponsored by the Cape Ann DAR

1 pm
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

1 pm
Glass Art Installation at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

1:30 pm
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

2 pm
Glass Art Installation at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Dock Square. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

2 pm
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!

3 pm
Glass Art Installation at the 7th Wave Restaurant on Bearskin Neck. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.

4:00 pm
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square! Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.

For More Information:

The HarvestFest Poster is Here!

It’s less than three weeks away, so make your plans now to come to Rockport’s HarvestFest celebration on October 13th. And just to add to the anticipation, here is the 2012 HarvestFest poster, designed by Darren Mason with additional credit going to Nina Samoiloff — and artwork by George Anderson of course!

The HarvestFest website: https://sites.google.com/site/rockportharvestfest/

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