, Gloucester, MA

July 18, 2013

Rockport Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

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Children’s picnic

The Old Garden Beach Association will hold its annual children’s picnic Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Races and games on the beach followed by a cookout lunch on the green. A $1 donation per child is requested. Rain date is Sunday, July 28. All neighbors, friends, members and nonmembers are welcome.

RAA summer show

The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., invites the public to a reception and awards ceremony celebrating its third summer show of paintings, graphics, sculpture and photography on Friday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Show runs through Aug. 20. Admission is free. Call 978-546-6604 or visit

Acoustic Music Festival

The 34th annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival will take place Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 6 p.m., in Millbrook Meadow, across from Front Beach. Features blues, folk, jazz, world and bluegrass music. All are welcome. Admission is free. Visit


The Annisquam Village Players will present “Chicago,” adapted from the original by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Aug. 6-11, 7:30 p.m., in the Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard St., Gloucester. Reserved seating is $32, general admission is $16; visit General admission tickets may be purchased after July 22 at: Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., Gloucester; The Bookstore, 61 Main St., Gloucester; and Lula’s Pantry, 5 Dock Square. Hall is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible. Refreshments served at intermission.


The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., will hold its annual Summerfaire on Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, book sale, plant sale, crafts and children’s games. Hot dogs and baked goods sold. Thrift Shop open.

Free concert

The Rockport Legion Band continues its 80th season of free summer concerts at the Back Beach bandstand on Sunday, July 21, at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Bring chairs or blankets. Popcorn and cold drinks are available.

Vintage clothes exhibit

A vintage clothes exhibit, “In Style: Two Centuries of Cape Ann Fashion,” featuring items from the Sandy Bay Historical Society’s collection, will be held Aug. 16-18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, Broadway. Admission is $5.

Meet the author

Award-winning author Eleanor Morse will discuss her latest novel, “White Dog Fell from the Sky,” on Wednesday, July 24, 7 p.m., in the Brenner Friends Room, Rockport Public Library. Meet the Author programs are sponsored by the library, the Friends of the Rockport Public Library, and Toad Hall Bookstore.

Songs, stories in the meadow

Noted storyteller David Bates will entertain children in the Rockport Public Library’s “Dig into Reading” reading program on Wednesday, July 24, 3 p.m. in Millbrook Meadow. He will share traditional and contemporary folk songs and stories from New England and around the world. In case of bad weather, meet in the library’s Brenner Friends Room, 17 School St.

Symphony Singers auditions

Cape Ann Symphony Singers are holding auditions for all vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Cape Ann Symphony Singers rehearse every Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at the UU Church in Rockport. The Singers perform Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with the Cape Ann Symphony in the Holiday Pops Concert. For an audition, contact Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 or

Church art sale

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual art sale July 20-28. The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, noon to 2 p.m. The artwork and pottery from St. Mary’s and local artists will be on display and available for purchase 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. “Gently-viewed” art will be available in the “Used Art Bin.” All proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Mission Outreach projects.

Library book sale

The Friends of the Rockport Library will hold its annual summer book sale July 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and July 21, 1 to 5 p.m. Members’ preview sale is Thursday, July 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Memberships available at the door. Most hardbacks priced at $1.50, most paperbacks at $.50 cents or three for $1, tradebacks at $1 each, and selected high quality editions at special prices. Proceeds supplement library programs, including the Cabin Fever movie series, the authors’ series, special programs for children, and museum passes.

Summer meals program

The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals, to children 18 and under, from now until Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School. All lunches are served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. No service on July 4. A full list of all sites, including teen supper sites may be found online at

RAA kids classes

Rockport Art Association offers these summer classes for kids:

Garden Sculpture (Kathy Hilliard) — July 22-26, 10 a.m. to noon.

Fabric Art (Kathy Hilliard) — July 28-Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon.

Drawing & Painting, Session II (Becky Merry) — Aug. 5-9, 10 a.m. to noon.

Multi-media Sculpture (Erin O’Sullivan) — Aug. 12-16, 10 a.m. to noon.

Cartooning (Will Workman) — Aug. 19-23, 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 8 and up.

All classes are multi-age 5 and up, unless otherwise noted. Classes are $80 each (all materials included). Workshops meet in the RAA studio on Stone Barn Lane. Scholarships available. Call 978-546-6604 or visit

Church lift

The First Baptist Church of Rockport offers free rides to church every Sunday for anyone living on Cape Ann. To sign up, call 978-546-6121 or visit

Summer Reading events include:

“A Song & Story in Celebration” with Davis Bates — July 24, 3 p.m., in Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Library.

Summer Reading Program concludes — Aug. 7, 3 p.m., Brenner Friends Room — with a party and Australian-themed music and comedy presented by Didgeridoo Down Under.

Senior Center trip

The Rockport Senior Center will offer this trip:

Aug. 14, Essex Valley Steam Train and Connecticut Riverboat — Stop for lunch in Connecticut, take a scenic steam train ride, and cruise the Connecticut River on a one-hour narrated ride. $82.

Call 978-546-2573.

Artist demonstrations

The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer these artist demonstrations: July 23, Susan Guest-McPhail (Mixed Media); July 30, Jude Abbe (Oil Landscape); July 31, Stapleton Kearns (Oil); Aug. 6, Paul Ciaramitaro (How To Draw Anything); and Aug. 27, David Curtis (Oil Landscape). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Demonstrations begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, free for RAA members. Call 978-546-6604 or visit

Recovery programs

A variety of recovery programs meet weekly in Rockport.

Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.

Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous “Men in Recovery” men’s speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.

Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.

Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

CATA for seniors

Seniors needing transportation to the Rockport Senior Center should call Dianne at 978-546-2573 for help with a one-time application.

Plastic recycling

Rockport boat owners can recycle the plastic shrink wrap they remove from their boats this spring. The container for shrink wrap is located near the Park & Ride lot restrooms adjacent to the Transfer Station on Blue Gate Lane.

Bible study

Every Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Rockport Baptist Church hosts a Bible study that is free to the public. The group studies various portions of scripture and seeks to make contemporary application. Visit or call 978-546-6121.


In celebration of national Adopt-A-Cat Month, Cape Ann Animal Aid will offer month-long cat adoption specials and sales on all cat merchandise. Adult cats are available for $25 off the adoption fee, and adoption fees will be waived on special needs cats. Adopters receive free goodie bags with supplies, and all cat merchandise at CAAA’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter will be 50 percent off. Visit or call 978-283-6055.

Tennis program

The Rockport Recreation Department’s tennis program is open to all with no experience necessary. Morning and evening classes are offered. Prices vary depending on class, $20-$35 a session. To register, call 978-546-1309.

Middle School Blast

Middle School Blast, a new program from the Rockport Recreation Department, for students entering grades six through eight, offers soccer, kayaking, art, a book club and more. Prices vary, $25-$135 per class. To register, call 978-546-1309.

Meditation class

The Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., holds free weekly meditation teaching and practice Tuesdays, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call Larry Wolf at 617-869-0666.

Art class

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer an art class for middle school students at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, costs $60 for six classes. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Kayaking class

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer a kayaking program for middle school students at the North Shore Kayak & Outdoor Center costs $135 for four trips. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Drivers for seniors

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks volunteer medical transportation drivers. SeniorCare is in need of volunteers from Gloucester and Rockport for local and out-of-town appointments. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Drivers are compensated. Call 978-281-1750.

Senior Center programs

The Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway, offers these winter programs:

Tai Ji — Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Strength Resistance Exercise Class — Mondays and Fridays, 9 to 10 a.m. $4 per class.

Yoga — Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. $3 per class.

Bingo — Mondays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Knitting and Handiwork Group — Thursdays, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Scrabble — Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Call 978-546-5027.

Summer day camp

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer an interactive summer day camp, featuring arts and crafts, sports, and games. Camp meets through Aug. 8. Cost is $195. To register, visit Contact Caitlin at 978-546-1309 or

History museum

The Sandy Bay Historical Society museum on King Street is open Mondays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for research. Cost is $5 for nonmembers, free for members. Tours of the museum are also offered.

Scholarship fund

The Linda Wieditz Scholarship Fund is accepting donations. A scholarship, given in memory of the much beloved music teacher in the Rockport Public Schools, is presented at the Rockport High School graduation each year to one or more graduates pursuing music studies in higher education. Checks, made payable to the “Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship,” should be mailed to: Linda Wieditz Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 191, Rockport, MA 01966.

Rental, mortgage aid

Action Inc. has rental and mortgage assistance (TBRA/MBRA) money available from Rockport’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) to help Rockport families and individuals facing financial hardships in keeping their housing. Call Stella at 978-282-1000, ext. 115, to check eligibility status.

RAA classes

The Rockport Art Association offers these classes and sketch groups:

Figure sketch group (short pose) meets Mondays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Model takes several short poses progressing to 20 minutes. No instruction. $12. Meets year-round. No preregistration required. Cynthia Dunaway monitors; 978-283-3407.

Figure sketch group (long pose) meets Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Adequate time to study subject and complete works of art. All mediums. No instruction. $15. No preregistration. Em Marquis Brown monitors; 781-631-4002.

Students meet in the RAA studio, 12 Main St., in the fall, winter and early summer. The entrance is located on Stone Barn Lane, behind the library. Students meet at 66 Bray St., in Gloucester, in the late spring and summer.

Library home delivery

Rockport Public Library offers outreach services for local homebound residents. The outreach librarian delivers regular, large-print and audio books as well as periodicals and videos. Call 978-546-6934.