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July 7, 2011

Garden tour, poetry slam kick off weekend

Just a quick note of a Cape Ann summer tradition: The free annual Harbor Loop Concert Series will open next Thursday, featuring Jake Pardee and The Super Session Band.

The series will take place every Thursday through Labor Day weekend, usually with showtimes at 6:30 p.m. The concerts take place on the lawn of at the Fitz Henry Lane house, overlooking the Inner Harbor.

But for this week, there is more than enough to do: the second week of a Broadway musical masterpiece at Gloucester Stage, several artist show openings and a poetry slam on the theme of "God and Country."

Summer is when residents and visitors can take a garden tour, which this weekend is in Rockport.

Coastal Gardens Tour

Rockport Garden Club will feature 13 gardens on this year's tour, which will take place, rain or shine, tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of these gardens have never before been open to the public. The gardens vary in size, location, composition, and plant materials.

The tour includes water gardens, an impressive collection of low-maintenance grasses and bamboo, garden sculptures, cottages gardens bursting with color from early spring through late autumn, dramatic use of local granite as hardscape, and a crafted garden overlooking the sea.

Each day a luncheon and a sale of original works by local artists will be hosted at an oceanside garden. Tour proceeds help pay for the planting and maintenance of Rockport's 12 town gardens, civic projects and scholarships.

Tickets are $25 each, and may be purchased in advance by calling 978-546-2896 or 978-546-6861. They are on sale in Rockport at Toad Hall Book Store, 51 Main St.; La Provence, 6 Main St.; and Pier and Main Fine Gifts, 1 Main St. Today, tomorrow and Saturday, they will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Information Booth on Upper Broadway and at the Information Booth at Barletta Park.

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