Annisquam opens its village center to welcome residents and visitors to its 166th Sea Fair on Saturday.
The community fair boasts the expected events, such as children’s games, homemade food, a book sale, a dunk tank and much more for shoppers. But it also offers unique events, such the dinner — lobster or chicken — on the Lobster Cove bridge and its Wax Works event. Tickets for the dinner need to be purchased in advance at the Annisquam Exchange. Entertainment for the diners will be provided by the Clam Bake Five. The Wax Works tickets go on sale in the morning at the fair, and sell out every year.
Annisquam residents have a strong sense of community and pitch in to preserve its historic community buildings, and the Sea Fair is held to raise money to do so. Those buildings include the 1830 Annisquam Village Hall, the church, the Exchange and the Old Firehouse, which houses the Annisquam Historical Society and its museum. The Exchange houses an art gallery on the second floor, and the shop on the first floor.
The Sea Fair is the oldest fair on Cape Ann.
Tom O’Keefe, head of the fair, reminded residents to be sure to see the flares that will line the cove and be lit at 9 p.m., following the dinner on the bridge. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. with two seatings.
The White Elephant Table opens at 10 a.m., with an opportunity to enter early for $5, and offers all k
inds of household goods, linens, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles.
During the Wax Works show, a master of ceremonies will narrate the historical context of the various figures, which will be illumin
ated by spotlights. Some of the figures m
ay have familiar faces, perhaps because they are live local residents made to appear as wax works.
Kari Gale, an organizer, said this year there will be a large variety of games and children. The old-fashioned games involve skillets, balls, rings, sand, water, and fish. Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will have representatives there with “creatures” to share with youngsters.
She also noted that the flower table features uniquely arranged bouquets created with flowers from Annisquam gardens.
There will be “comfort food Yankee style” from cotton candy to fried shrimp at lunch time. The bake table features baked goods, including some from recipes passed down through the generations.
There also will be “new fancy hats,” collectible T-shirts, art and old photographs.
For more information call the Annisquam Village Church, 978-281-0376.
Gail McCarthy may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3445 or gmccarthy@gloucestertime
If you go What : The 166th Annisquam Sea Fair Where : Annisqaum village center on Leonard Street When : Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details: Dinner on the Bridge is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Lighting of the Cove takes place at 9 p.m. For more information call Annisquam Village Church, 978-281-0376.