The Crosswinds Coffeehouse will host a performance by The Practice Session on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The performance will take place at First Baptist Church at 38 Gloucester Ave. in Gloucester.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. The group plays an eclectic mix to appeal to all musical tastes, and they only perform for non-profits. The suggested donation is $10, with proceeds going toward funding local mission projects. Homemade treats, made by church members, will be available. Everyone is welcome.
Organizers noted that the church’s Fellowship Hall, where the music takes place, is well equipped with a raised stage, plenty of room for lighting and sound, and an area for dancing for those interested. The attached kitchen provides a place to prepare beverages and homemade creations. Organizers worked to create an inviting atmosphere with round tables, casual linens, and a number of personal touches. The idea is for the venue to provide a family-friendly, non-alcohol environment.
‘Katy and the Big Snow’
The Cape Ann Museum presents Robert Bradshaw’s performance of “Katy and the Big Snow,” a fun concert event for the whole family on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. The concert is free to the public, and will be performed by the Beauport Chamber Players. The music is based on the bestselling children’s book by the late Virginia Lee Burton, a Folly Cove resident. Guests will be treated to an interactive demonstration of a variety of orchestral instruments, a discussion about how Burton’s book was translated into music and performances of “Katy” and other compositions to be enjoyed by concert-goers of all ages. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Painted fish raffle
The Rhumb Line, a music and food venue, is holding its second annual Valentine’s Caribbean Fish raffle to aid Cape Ann Animal Aid. The raffle will be held on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. at The Rhumb Line restaurant at 40 Railroad Ave. in Gloucester. The fish, which are hand-painted by Glenn Towne, feature a heart hanging from the artwork. Fred Shrigley suggested perhaps such an item could become a Valentine’s present for animal lovers. Tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10, and are on sale now at the restaurant.
BankGloucester at 160 Main St. in Gloucester is hosting a public reception for Rockport painter John Caggiano on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bank lobby.
The work is on display through March 8. The artist, who has run a gallery on Bearskin Neck for 31 years, will be at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
Born in Brooklyn, Caggiano relocated to Rockport in 1980. He was drawn to the physical beauty and unique quality of Cape Ann’s light. He travels extensively, painting on location.
This plein aire approach enables him to capture the essence of the time and place that he interprets into his colorful “Impressionistic-realism” style.
The work is enhanced by his use of a palette knife to enhance the effects of his brushwork. “Painting for me is the bold and dynamic use of color that infuses life into the subject of the painting. Color is the lifeblood of the painting.
A former president of the Rockport Art Association, Caggiano is an elected member of Academic Artists Association, Hudson Valley Art Association, and North Shore Arts Association.
His honors include numerous awards, national and international television appearances, and many periodical and art book features and reproductions.
For more information, visit JohnCaggiano.com.
Cruiseport Gloucester is hosting its annual Bridal Show & Wedding Exposition in its Grand Ballroom at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester on Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. This is an opportunity for brides-to-be to plan and get ideas for their weddings. The event features a fashion show, wedding fare, cakes, disc jockeys, live bands, dozens of floral tablescapes, prizes and more. Cruiseport Gloucester was voted the 2013 Best in Weddings award from theKnot.com. Admission is $10. The 2012 show was sold out and space is limited. Reservations will be confirmed on a firstcome, first served basis online at http://www.cruiseportgloucester.com/BridalShowForm.cfm.
The Cape Ann Museum presents a series of “Winter Shorts,” or mini-tours, on Saturday, Jan. 26.
These mini-tours were created by the docents to highlight their favorite pieces within the museum’s collection. They are also the last tours offered before the museum’s monthlong closure during February. The tours are free for members, Cape Ann residents or with museum admission. Space is limited; first come, first served.
The schedule is 1 p.m., “Into the Marsh: Explore the Great Marsh from gundalows to greenheads”; 1:45 p.m., “The Mortal Sea: Danger and Loss on Cape Ann”; 2:30 p.m., “War Comes to Cape Ann: Remembering the War of 1812”; and 3:15 p.m., “Arranged by Choice The Art of Ralph Coburn.”
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester.
For more information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.