, Gloucester, MA

June 24, 2013

Rockport Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

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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

Children from preschool through grade six may sign up for the Rockport Public Library Summer Reading Program beginning Monday, June 24. Theme for the seven-week program is “Dig into Reading.” Reading records, time logs, book bags and bookmarks available in the Junior Department. Children can also join the “Read and Win” program sponsored by Topsfield Fair. Those who read at least 20 hours — alone or with an adult — will receive a free ticket to the fair plus a voucher for a hot dog and beverage, two ride tickets, and a “Read and Win” ribbon.

Summer Reading events include:

“Having Fun with Fossils & Dinosaurs” with Paulette Morin — June 26, 3 p.m., Brenner Friends Room.

“Amazing Animals: Diggers & Burrowers” live-animal show — July 10, 3 p.m., Millbrook Meadow. Rain site: Library.

“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 trips

The Rockport Senior Center will offer these trips:

July 17, Newport Spectacular — Tour the Breakers Mansion in Newport, R.I., have lunch at the Atlantic Beach Club and take a narrated cruise on Newport Harbor, where you will view many beautiful estates from the water. There will be time to walk around Newport’s Brick Marketplace. $79.

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.

Community hymn sing

First Baptist Church of Rockport, 4 High St., will hold an old-fashioned hymn sing Sunday, June 23, 7 p.m., in the church sanctuary. The community is invited. Fellowship and snacks follow. Call 978-546-6121 or visit

Artist demonstrations

The Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St., will offer these artist demonstrations: June 25, Carole Loiacono (Watercolor); July 2, Line Tutwiler (Oil); July 9, Bruce Turner (Oil); 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

Legion Band concert

The Rockport American Legion Band will present its 80th summer concert series Sunday, July 7, 7 p.m., at Back Beach bandstand.

Genealogy program

The Rockport Senior Center will offer an hour-long genealogy discussion Monday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. Tony and Margo Ashdon will discuss where to look for information locally and beyond. To register, call 978-546-2573.

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. Email 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.

Adult kayaking

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer two kayaking trips for adults at the North Shore Kayak & Outdoor Center on Wednesday, July 10. No experience is necessary. One trip goes to Thatcher Island, the other to Straitsmouth. Cost is $100 for two guided trips. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.


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.

Art Blast

The Rockport Recreation Department will offer an art class for middle school students Tuesday, July 2, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway. Cost is $60 for six classes. Call Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309.

Tennis program

The Rockport Recreation Department’s tennis program for youth and adults starts July 1. No experience is necessary. Morning and evening classes are offered. Prices vary depending on class, $20-$35 a session. To register, call 978-546-1309.

Memorial race

The 47th annual S.S. Crocker Memorial Race, held off the coast of Manchester, will take place Saturday, July 13. The race, which is open to all sailboats, is a fun-filled family event. Awards are given for first, second and third in each class. Wood and fiberglass boats are welcome. Event is jointly sponsored by the Manchester Yacht Club and the Manchester Harbor Boat Club. Visit

Summer fun program

The Rockport Recreation Department’s Summer Fun Program-Interactive half-day camp, for children entering grades one through five, will be held July 1 to Aug. 8, with sports, arts, crafts, games and more. Camp meets Mondays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, at Rockport Elementary School. 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, begins July 1. Blast offers soccer, kayaking, art, a book club and more. Prices vary, $25-$135 per class. To register, call 978-546-1309.

Village Harmony performance

Village Harmony, the Vermont-based youth world music singing ensemble, will perform Sunday, June 30, 7:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church. The group is led by Patty Cuyler and Avery Book, plus special guest leaders Malkhaz Erkvanidze from Caucasus, Georgia, and Bulgarian singer Elitsa Stoineva. Program features traditional music from Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Corsica and the U.S. Admission is $10, $5 for students/seniors. Call 978-546-6638.

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, beginning Tuesday, July 2. Cost is $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, beginning Wednesday, July 10. Cost is $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 July 1-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.