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October 17, 2013

Around Cape Ann: Benefit events light up area arts slate

It’s that time of year again — the time when the Cape Ann Vernal Pond team throws a benefit party with music and dancing.

This year the event takes place on Saturday at The Essex Room at Woodman’s in the town of Essex. The concert will feature the band Entrain.

“This is your chance to hear incredible musicians while supporting two important local causes,” said Rick Roth of Cape Ann Vernal Pond.

The event benefits the Vernal Pond Team and Kestrel Educational Adventures, representing the realms of both conservation and education. The event also features a silent auction. The vernal pond team is dedicated to the conservation of and education about Cape Ann’s wetlands and wildlife.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m.

“We had a successful event last year and are looking forward to another fun event to benefit these causes,” said Roth.

General admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. There will also be a cash bar. Advance tickets are available at:, 888-718-4253; Gloucester Music and Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. For more information, visit

This year’s event is sponsored by Granite Savings Bank, New England Herpetological Society, Geoffrey H. Richon Company, Woodturning Online, TD Bank, Landmark School, Rockport National Bank, Animal Krackers, Woodman’s of Essex, Walker Creek Garden Design and Wolf Hill Home & Garden.

Cole, Amy Lee Wellspring benefit

Wellspring House presents its annual benefit concert “Live and Acoustic” featuring Grammy Award winning artists Amy Lee and Paula Cole on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport.

The evening will begin with a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a live and acoustic concert at 7:45 p.m.

Lee is founder of the internationally renowned band Evanescence, while Cole, a Rockport native, has released six solo albums spanning 18 years and toured with leading artists from many genres, from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton.

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