AWESOME ROCKPORT GRANT WINNER
Toad Hall, a local non-profit bookstore that donates all profits to local environmental projects was the winner at the inaugural Awesome Rockport pitch night Monday December 14th. Toad Hall received $1,000 from the local micro grant foundation to fund the development of a new website. The new site will, for the first time, give customers the ability to purchase books online from Toad Hall. The new website will also allow the bookstore to enhance its outreach to customers and the community through mailing lists, blog posts and a monthly newsletter.
The newly established Rockport chapter of the Awesome Foundation solicits proposals from the community quarterly and chooses the top three to attend a public pitch night. The three finalists make their case before the local trustees who each donate $100 toward the award. The top vote getter walks away with $1,000 in cash, no strings attached. Proposals to make Rockport more awesome can be made at http://www.awesomefoundation.org/chapters/rockport
The three finalists pictured here (left to right) are: Ardis Francoeur (with winning microgrant in hand!), Sarah Kelly from Rockport Exchange, and Stephanie Woolf from Rockport Music.
Saturday morning and there had been a couple of shops we discovered on Instagram that we’d been dying to get to. Got into town around 9 and the Farmer’s Market was in full swing. Spoke with Lisa “That Nutty Redhead” and Sandy Farrell and a few other cool vendors and then made a great discovery in The Blue Lobster Grille which served up delicious homemade hash with poached eggs over English muffins and hollandaise for only $7.95. Tremendous discovery that was (we will be back I can assure you).
We took our time and headed down Bearskin Neck after but all the joints we wanted to check out were still closed at 10:00. They looked cool as hell though.
Sea Again Is a consignment store that often has designer handbags-
Folly Cove Art and Sea-
It’s on me that I didn’t realize that most of the stores wouldn’t be open by 10:00AM. Next Time I’ll Do My Research Better.
We went to Gloucester and had my eyeglasses repaired at Parrelli Optical on Railroad Ave- just dropped in, had them repaired in like two minutes and then hit up Lynzariums on East Main Street where I was able to get that awesome plant for the Big Jabroni. We were really eager to check out those shops in Rockport so we actually drove back in and did 5 loops around from 5 Corners down to Dock Square and around and couldn’t find a parking spot so we gave up and drove to Linens and Things to get some K Cups and then saw the new Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck (highly recommended). Our Rockport mission ended with some highs though in finding Blue Lobster Grill for breakfast and it’s always a nice walk down Bearskin Neck.
We will be back and can’t wait to finally get into these shops as well as some others.
Lois Byrnes submits-
An Aussie pal just emailed that Rockport comes out as the #1 Coastal Town to visit! Click here to read the article!
Hi Joey C & GMG Readers!
Our Annual Shop Rockport Event is this FRIDAY! We hope to see you
throughout Downtown Rockport for a fun night of Holiday shopping!
What a beautiful (and entertaining) surprise I experienced this past summer when filming B-roll and the milkweed patch at Waring Field in Rockport. From a distance the elusive hen was observed and I was delighted to see, upon coming closer to film her, that she had four little babies in tow (turkey babies are called poults).
“Turkey in the Straw” Recorded by Fiddle, Fiddle, Fiddle
See GMG post Baby Turkey Encounter here.
Thanks Paul Bruce for bringing these bad boys in when you came by for our interview about Benjamin Smith Playground.
Note to other folks wishing to come on to promote their stuff- We don’t charge and love to help get the word out about your organization but buttering up your host with scrumptious food, well that’s just plain intelligence at work.
I’m not saying that by bringing in these Bacon doughnuts had anything to do with Paul getting the top GMG time slot of the week (8AM Monday morning) but it totally did.
Oh yeahhhh baby!
Good Foggy Morning from Janet Rice!
Rockport Flaming Inferno
Another year, another inferno. I repeat myself, but this event is an under publicized gem that never fails to impress. I brought more friends this year from
faraway, over-the-bridge towns, and they returned home with with stories to tell their families. “The top of the pile was sixty feet tall.” “The fire singed the lens of the Hubble Telescope.” True, of course, and I believe I saw Vulcan with his hammer, but I believe the real story lies in the community that has created this supremely playful night.
My website photos: http://finedesign.net/photo/index.php?/category/46
Rockport “From the Headlands” (1995)
Submitted By Nat Johnson
Melissa Cox submits-
They have changed the date from Friday July 4th to Saturday July 5th. Parade still starts at 6pm. Line up is at 4pm at the High School.
Hope to see everyone there!
Went This Weekend With The Kids, Check It Out Some Time, Everything’s Made Of Paper
from the website-
About The Paper House
The Paper House is an actual house made from paper.
It was built by Mr. Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed the machines that make paper clips, began building his Rockport summer home out of paper as a hobby. That was in 1922.
The paper was meant to be good insulation. Eventually, not only was the house made of paper, but furniture as well, including some intricate and beautiful pieces.
For more about the background, read the interview with his grand niece. For an interesting look at what you’ll see, let’s step inside.
Here’s the website- http://paperhouserockport.com/index.html
Rockport Fireworks Fund-raiser
Please join Rockport Fireworks for their first fund-raising event of the season, Saturday, March 15 at the Elks in Gloucester for a night of Dancing to “Fun Bucket”. This event will take place from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for $20. Raffles, silent auction and the unveiling of local Artist Ken Knowles original painting that will help fund the fireworks. The Fireworks will be this summer August 9 off Granite Pier. Anyone wishing to buy tickets or donate to the Silent Auction may call Susan Collins 978-546-9566.
I so enjoy GMG each evening, and would like to contribute as I see something of interest. This morning I caught a glimpse of a pair of Swans at the water’s edge on Front Beach in Rockport as I was driving by. I had to stop and enjoy! Luckily my little pocket Canon was with me. I had not noticed swans at salt water before, but then realized, Mill Pond has a stream outlet at this area. With the upcoming storms, I hope they find food and a safe haven.
4 Times Fast.
If you’ve moved away I bet there are a whole lots of places you’ll recognize from this ride.
Love your blog. I follow it as a Cape Ann native currently living in Dorchester.
Not sure if you’d be interested, but there’s an incredible set of photos from the 70s taken for the DOCUMERICA Project and currently housed in the U.S. Archives. They are primarily of Rockport, but they are really cool.
Check them out here: