, Gloucester, MA

November 1, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Vernal benefit tops busy weekend

Around Cape Ann Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — The Cape Ann Vernal Pond team knows how to throw a good party.

And once again it will hold its annual benefit and silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Essex at the Woodman’s Essex Room, with this year’s event featuring 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 both the realms of both conservation and education.

The event is also the team’s third annual benefit concert and silent auction. Woodman’s is located at 127 Main St. in Essex. Doors open at 7 p.m. and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

The program also features a raffle for prize baskets, with the $1 raffle tickets allowing the holder to enter their name to win specific items.

Kestrel Educational Adventures provides programs that teach ecological literacy and science in a way that is connected with nature. For more information, visit or

Old Sloop concert

Old Sloop Coffeehouse presents the Amy Black Band on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St.

Amy Black is a Boston based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood, and has shared stages with Chris Isaak, The Courtyard Hounds, Suzy Boggus and Rodney Crowell, and played the Boston Music Festival.

Black recently made her mark down south on the live radio show Music City Roots, hosted by Jim Lauderdale, as a headliner at The Basement (Nashville) and Eddie’s Attic (Georgia) and at the Americana Music Association Conference. Megan Burtt will open. She was a winner at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, the 2011 Mountain New Song Competition, and the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.

Local film festival lineup

The Cape Ann Film Festival has a line-up that includes 32 films plus guests, live events and music at an 18-day movie party, organized by the Cape Ann Community Cinema, with its unique, living room-style digital movie theater at 21 Main St. in Gloucester.

The fifth annual festival, which runs from Nov. 1-18 includes visiting filmmakers, HD operas from Europe, and one Bond girl via satellite. Most of the events take place at the cinema, with a handful happening at Film Haven, located at The Hive at 11 Pleasant St. in Gloucester.

Opening night is tonight at 7:30 p.m., when CinemaSalem’s Paul Van Ness and naturalist Kristina Lindborg present their short feature “This Perfect Place: A Natural History Of The Massachusetts North Shore.”

The evening will also offer a selection of trailers, and free pizza from La Trattoria. For a full schedule, visit

Gallery open house reception

Cape Ann Fine Art, a new Rockport gallery, invites the public to a formal opening event on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Gallery owners and staff will offer music, refreshments, and conversation, and more than 50 works of art. The opening event features the work of contemporary artists Eileen Mueller, Ed Sullivan, Dennis Flavin, and Zygmund Jankowski, whose paintings, both abstract and figurative, make the gallery brim with creative energy.

“We are excited to introduce our business to the community, and even more excited to introduce new audiences to the artists we are representing,” said gallery director Matthew Swift. “These artists are continuing a storied tradition of pioneering artists on Cape Ann.”

The owner, John Martin Terelak, brings the business and his experience as a framer to Rockport from Cape Ann Marketplace in Gloucester. He changed the name from Rockport Reproductions to Cape Ann Fine Art & Framing to reflect the greatly expanded art gallery at the new, more spacious location on Broadway at School Street in Rockport. The framery will continue to provide a full range of custom framing services for both economical framing as well as the highest quality products for collectors, artists and galleries.

For more information, visit or call 978-491-7785 for the gallery.

Ruth Brown reception reprise

A free public reception for the Ruth Brown Collection at the Rockport Art Association will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The recent opening reception was filled to capacity and because of the interest in the show, a closing reception was scheduled, Brown said.

Brown opened the Yankee General Gallery in Gloucester in 1979 and operated the fine art gallery for decades. All are welcome.

Prize-winning short story

Anna Solomon, whose Pushcart Prize-winning short story “The Lobster Mafia Story,” was inspired by her Gloucester upbringing, will be visiting the city Nov. 8.

The story is about a Cape Ann woman dealing with past crime. Solomon will return to Gloucester on Nov. 8 to discuss this story at a 7 p.m. appearance at the Sawyer Free Library. The Boston Book Festival picked “The Lobster Mafia Story” as 2012’s “One City, One Story” selection.

Thousands of copies of the story were distributed throughout the city and discussion groups were held at a variety of Boston sites. In anticipation of the Nov. 8 event at the Sawyer Free Library, free copies of “The Lobster Mafia Story” are available at the library’s circulation desk, or may be downloaded from her website at

Solomon’s fiction has twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize, won The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and have been nominated for a National Magazine Award. Her essays have also been published in The New York Times Magazine.

She also worked as a journalist for National Public Radio’s Living On Earth, where she produced award-winning stories about the impacts of environmental policy and politics. Solomon earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Rowing across the Atlantic

Last February, Lloyd Figgins and his rowing partner became the first pair to row the Atlantic Ocean non-stop via the notorious Morocco to Caribbean route.

In 60 days at sea in a 23-foot boat, the rowers faced many obstacles, including pirates, shipping tankers, sharks, and waves twice the size of the boat.

Now the Dory Shop and the Gig Rowers at Maritime Gloucester are hosting a visit by Lloyd, who will talk about his journey next Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester. The event is free and open to the public.

Oak Grove Cemetery tour

The Cape Ann Museum will present a special walking tour at Oak Grove Cemetery Saturday at 2 p.m.

Residents and visitors are invited to join Curator Martha Oaks, Archivist Stephanie Buck and Director of Education Courtney Richardson for a deeper look at this historic landmark. The tour is $10 for Museum members; $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required. For more information please contact Liza Browning at 978-283-0455 ext 16 or email

For more information, visit

Museum spotlights ‘lives at sea’

The Cape Ann Museum invites families to a musically rich, theatrically educational performance on Saturday at 11 a.m., when Musical Pastimes — a duo of musicians Dr. Susanne Powers and Larry Young – will aim to make history personal by offering emotional connections to the everyday lives of the men and women who went off to sea.

Expect plenty of music, humor and audience participation. This program is free and open to the public.

Young received a music degree from Dartmouth College after studying violin with Andrew Jennings and music history with Charles Hamm. He studied violin pedagogy at the Longy School of Music with Wolfgang Schocken and improvisation at the Berklee School of Music. Performing on violin, viola, cittern and voice, Young takes great pride in bringing the past alive with his costumed performances of music from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. He is also an accomplished lecturer who employs intriguing and humorous facts and anecdotes to provide a unique experience he calls “ historical edu-tainment.”

Powers, a native of Hamburg, Germany, started playing the violin at the age of 10; within a few short years she was winning top prizes in national competitions across the country. Powers earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City, and master’s degree and doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Highlights of her career include solo engagements with the Hamburg Philharmonic and the Catholic University Orchestra, concerts at the Austrian, Russian and Vatican Embassies, the Supreme Court, the National Gallery of Art, with the Martha Graham Dance Company at the Library of Congress, and for former President Bill Clinton.

The Cape Ann Museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, call 978-283-0455 or visit

Manchester fall show

Many Shades of Fall is the title of the new show at Manchester’s Central Street Galery, showcasing works by award-winning artists, including Phyllis Feld and Charleen Onanian of Gloucester.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. at 11 Central St. in Manchester, or by appointment with Gallery Director Alison Rowell.

The show runs through Dec. 2. For information, visit

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