There are two fall festivals taking place around town this weekend, in addition to art and film events that cater to all tastes.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new Rocky Neck Cultural Center, this weekend offers an opportunity to experience the renovated church and the show “Synthesis,” featuring artwork from faculty and students at Montserrat College of Art and Endicott College in Beverly. A free public reception takes place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the center at 6 Wonson St. on Rocky Neck in Gloucester.
The work from Montserrat showcases a faculty member from each of the school’s nine concentrations. Participating faculty are Rébecca Bourgault, Ron DiRito, Mark Hoffmann, Masako Kamiya, Fred Lynch, Brian Savignano, Marilu Swett, Stacy Thomas-Vickory and Jesse Kahn. Participating Endicott College faculty are Barbara Burgess Maier, Diane Girardi, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean, Mark Towner and Larry Volk.
Students from both colleges will also have their works on view. From Montserrat are Kelsey Hebert, Haley Vessey, Stephanie Visciglia, Amanda Hawkins, Zachary Naylor, Emily Fung, Ariel Durkee and Aubrey Gauthier. From Endicott are Angelina Lupini, Samantha Hills, Callie J. Wiggins, Graham Swayze, Nicole Cheever, Arturo Camacho Quiroz, Siobhan McCarthy, Kaleigh Rusgrove, Kasey Larsen, Chelsea DeCrescenzo and MaryLynn Massey.
This is the third year for the joint Montserrat-Endicott show at Rocky Neck, formerly held over one weekend at the Goetemann Residency Studio and now expanded to a four-week exhibition at the cultural center. It is the first to include faculty from the two colleges. The exhibition includes a variety of media including painting, photography, book arts, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, and mixed media. The show runs through Oct. 20. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 978-515-7004.
Fallfest by the river
Mile Marker One, The Bridge and Marshall’s Farm Stand present Fallfest on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a way to thank its patrons for a great season. The event takes place at the Cape Ann Marina, off Essex Avenue, along the Annisquam River at the event tent. There is free admission, free popcorn and a free raffle that includes a gift basket and overnight stay.
The event features music, games, food, live animals, farmers market and vendors, train rides, tarot readings, craft beer tastings, a bouncy house and more. There is food to purchase including clam chowder, cheeseburgers, honey barbecue chicken sandwich, chili, chili dogs, roasted turkey legs, pumpkin bread and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.
Vendors include Marshall’s Farmstand, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Glosta Joe’s Coffee, The Open Door, Tuck’s Candy & Gifts, Tiny Island Beach Glass, Harbor Cove Dental, Hobby Life US, Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Jewels of Gloucester, Premier Imprints, Essex Birdshop & Pet Supply, Cape Ann Auction, Pauline’s Gifts, Sea Meadow Gifts & Gardens, Leslie Galacar.
Fall Fest at White-Ellery House
The Cape Ann Museum hosts a Fall Festival at the White-Ellery House on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is free to the public. The historic White-Ellery House is at 245 Washington St. in Gloucester, just off the Washington Street rotary. There will be demonstrations, including decoy carving with Bob Brophy; needlepoint design with Carol Karlson; traditional rug making with Rose Ann Hunter; handwoven design with Sara Wright; and wool spinning with Leslie Wind. Children will have a chance to try their hand at making spoon dolls and other traditional toys and games. There will be a display of quilts made by the seniors in the Rose Baker Senior Center art program; early colonial farm animals created by Shep Abbott; and historic puppets by Christy Park and Rosie Segal.
There will also be traditional musical accompaniment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by mandolin and harmonica player Pat Conlon with Linda Shields Swicker on guitar and banjo and David de la Barre on tin whistle; and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with the Cape Anne Ramblers featuring local musicians Jeannine Lynch, Charlotte Chane, Peter Phillips and Richard Chane.
Brett X. Gamache of Salem, the Goetemann Artist in Residence at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, will have a gallery talk this Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. to discuss his paintings at the artist-in-residence studio at 51A Rocky Neck Avenue in Gloucester. All are welcome.
Benefit oil workshop
David Curtis will hold a “Sunset Oil Workshop” on Friday, Oct. 4, and the proceeds will go to benefit the Rockport Art Association. The group will meet at Corliss Landing along the Annisquam River. His experience and instruction will focus on capturing the moment of a sunset by preparing the necessary parts of a composition to speedily paint the effect of sunset and twilight hour. Register by phone at 978-546-6604 or online at www.rockportartassn.org/workshops.htm.
Frontiero show extended
The Paul Frontiero show was such a success that it has been extended through Dec. 20 with many new paintings displayed at the State of the Art Gallery, 4 Wonson St. on Rocky Neck in Gloucester. The hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 978- 395-1783.
Rockport Music presents Grammy Award-winning Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers tonight, and Joan Osborne on Oct. 11. Other October events include the Dublin Guitar Quartet on Oct. 18, and the National Theatre of London’s broadcast of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on Oct. 17. For information and tickets, call 978-546-7391 or rockportmusic.org.
Political theater festival
Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company presents the third annual Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival featuring the premiere of three short plays written by locals about topics in our community. The plays are: “In a Birds Eye,” a 30-minute musical about the rezoning of the marine industrial area for a luxury hotel; “34 Beds,” in collaboration with The Grace Center, about the local shelter; “From Bud to Blossom,” in collaboration with the Council on Aging, about what happens when young teens and senior citizens are invited to speak publicly about bullying. Each 15- to 30-minute piece will be followed by a brief “talk-back” session, in which the audience can engage with the actors, directors and playwrights. The festival will run three weekends from this Friday, Oct. 4, to Oct. 20; Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. (no performance on Sunday, Oct. 6). The venue is St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester. Advance tickets are available at www.HenryAllen.org , or call 978-704-1269, or at the door.
Youth sports reform
A youth sports reform advocate and former NBA player Bob Bigelow will give a talk titled “Who Wins, Who Loses,” about adults and children in organized youth sports next Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport High School auditorium. He advocates meeting the needs of children as the top priority in youth sports programs, and provides new approaches for positive change. Bigelow is a former NBA first-round draft choice and played four years for the Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, and San Diego Clippers. He has devoted several thousand hours to researching and lecturing about organized youth sports and its effects on children and adults. He has been selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Sports Educators” by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Rockport Athletics.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or email@example.com.