, Gloucester, MA

September 26, 2013

Lanesville hosting 10 hours of music

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Lanesville Community Center presents its fourth annual Lanesville Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, featuring ten hours of live music.

The event begins with music outdoors from 1 to 7 p.m. with some of the best regional musicians who will perform bluegrass, traditional and contemporary folk, Celtic, country and blues, jump, jive and boogie.

The event features food and beverages that will be sold by Smokin’ Jim’s BBQ with beer and wine on sale, as well as local crafts and children’s activities. Admission for the daytime music is by donation.

Then at 7:30 p.m., things move indoors with the KBMG band featuring Dan King on vocals, David Brown on lead guitar, Wolf Ginandes on bass and Dave Mattacks on drums. Advance tickets for the evening dance party are available at Gloucester Music on Main Street and the Plum Cove Grind in Lanesville for $12 until the day of the event. Tickets will be $15 at the door, and can be purchased during the daytime music event.

Visit for more information on the music, times, directions and parking. The center is at 8 Vulcan St. in Gloucester.

Chamber music at arts association

String quartet music will be featured in a fall concert “Yet in September” on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester. Violinist Daniel Stepner returns to lead the string quartet of Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore chamber music ensemble. The program is designed to evoke memories and inspire the future. The program includes Gabriel Fauré “Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121,” Franz Josef Haydn’s “Quartet Op. 76, No.6,” and Antonín Dvořák’s “Quartet No. 14 in A Flat, Op. 105.”

The artists are Stepner and Maria Benotti on violin; Mark Berger on viola; and Lynn Nowels on cello. General admission is $20, seniors $18, students $15, and a family cap of $55. Call 978-270-4463 or order tickets online at Tickets are also available at the door.

A fashion show like no other

The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts announced that the Celebrate Wearable Art II event is nearing capacity. SeARTS will accept online ticketing requests through today, Sept. 26, for remaining seats. After today, call the seARTS office 978-281-1222 for updates or email The event is bigger than two years ago, when the fashion show left the audience talking for weeks about what they saw. The event also includes an exhibit and sale of wearable art, featuring hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories.

Second week of ‘Crazy Moon’

Gordon Baird, a local writer and actor known for his animated spirit, has penned an odyssey of his own machinations titled “Crazy Moon,” which takes the audience on what Baird calls an “adventure musical.” The shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. There is a benefit show for the Gloucester Writer’s Center tonight, when all ticket sales go to the center. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children, and available at the door.

New film fest by citizens group

The newly-formed citizen group Sea Commons will host the opening night of the DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival at Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester next Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Sea Commons will present the new documentary “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship” and host a panel discussion with local and regional stakeholders after the film. Tickets are discounted at $5, and can be purchased in advance at the cinema or online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door, first-come, first-served.

“Ocean Frontiers” is about future ocean management planning efforts that will have a dramatic impact on all people. The group believes this film should be seen by all coastal communities to learn the implications of “marine spatial planning.” Sea Commons is interested in promoting a regional dialogue about the future of the oceans, the last public commons. For more information, contact Camron Adibi at, or at, or at 978-381-9709.

Grammy-winning Celtic fiddler

Rockport Music presents Grammy Award-winning Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers next Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. She is a nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, and founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and superstar of “Riverdance.” She has performed as a guest star with major orchestras from London to Boston. The following week, Joan Osborne performs with her sultry voice on Friday, Oct. 11, in a genre-crossing program for the roots and blues soul singer. Her hit song “One of Us” earned her notoriety and seven Grammy nominations. She also earned a 2013 Grammy nomination. For tickets and information, visit

Rocky Neck exhibit: Family Trees

Rocky Neck Gallery will hold its final show in its summer artists series with “Family Trees,” featuring the mixed media assemblages of Stephen Thomas Martin. The exhibit runs through Oct. 13 with a public artist’s reception on Friday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Martin’s art is both literally and figuratively about reclamation. The search for unique “found objects” is a big part of his creative process. In many of his works he incorporates old photos of individuals he discovers at antique shops and flea markets. He is an award-winning artist, and a juried member of the Cambridge Art Association, and Newburyport Art Association. The Rocky Neck Gallery is at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester. For information, call 978-282-0917.

‘Afloat’ solo show

The Rockport Art Association presents Barbara Donnelly solo show, “Afloat...” in the Marguerite Pearson Gallery from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. The public is invited to a free public artist reception on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. A Beverly and Gloucester resident, Donnelly has masterfully captured the waters of Cape Ann and New England for over 40 years. From her studios on Gloucester Harbor, she has delighted in the variety of boats and schooners on the constantly changing water. She is an artist member of Rockport Art Association, North Shore Art Association, New England Watercolor Society, Copley Society of Art, Academic Artists and American Artists Professional League.

Large photography works show

Rockport Art Association is having a photography show “Large Works” by Leslie D. Bartlett and Jeffrey Trubisz. The free public opening reception is Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. This show will highlight panoramas under glass and around walls, from locations near and far.

Bartlett invites us to “view from, gaze across, stand in the midst of ... And enter a moment of Emotional Intelligence where all the senses are present.”

Jeffrey Trubisz invites us to “step into this room and cross my trail for a few moments. My photographs might be titled ‘wild places’ and my goal is to share with you the simple wonders of environments that are remote and unspoiled.”

Rockport Art Association is at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For information, visit

Sails & Trails events

The Inn Magnolia will host a free event Sunday on the second weekend of Trails & Sails, an Essex National Heritage Commission program. On Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., the inn hosts the program “It’s Not a Weed: Food, Medicine and Magic of Wild Plants.” Come walk Shore Road in Magnolia with herbalist Iris Weaver and learn about many plants. There also will be “snocones” with homemade (some homegrown) syrups.

The Cape Pond Ice Company, which dates from 1848, will offer free Historic Icehouse Tours on Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. A warm sweater or sweatshirt, and practical shoes (no flip-flops!) are recommended. The tours last 45 minutes to an hour, and includes archival film, a tour through the block ice manufacturing area and the 28-degree F icehouse where new ice sculptures are on display, and kids may indulge in a snow ball fight! Further details and directions available at 978-283-0174 or

For the full Trails & Sails schedule over the weekend, visit

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or

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