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---- — If you want to ring in the new year with a few laughs, The Gloucester House is looking to fill the bill. And a comedy show there is just one of many events on tap for this weekend and into the New Year’s holiday.
A New Year’s Eve gala with dinner, comedy and dancing is being planned for Monday at the Gloucester House off Rogers Street, featuring comedians Paul Nardizzi and Ellen Mochetto.
Doors open at 7 p.m., with dinner set for 7:30 p.m., the comedy show at 9 p.m. and dancing until 1 a.m.
For tickets and reservations, call 978-283-1812 and for comedy info, visit www.NewYearsEve Events.com.
Nardizzi has been on NESN Comedy All-Stars and is a veteran of three appearances on the show Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
He is also a past winner of the Boston Comedy Festival, and has worked as a comedy circuit headliner for more than 20 years.
’Charlotte’s Web’ in Rockport
An endearing tale of friendship takes center stage for the final weekend with the production of “Charlotte’s Web,” presented by Theatre in the Pines at the Community House in Rockport.
Nan Webber, the director, noted that the Children’s Literature Association named “Charlotte’s Web” the best American children’s book of the past 200 years.
The show runs about an hour and 15 minutes, and will be performed upstairs at the Community House at 58 Broadway in Rockport, with shows set for Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children. They can be purchased in advance at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport and The Bookstore in Gloucester, and at the door.
West Gloucester Trinitarian exhibit
During the month of January, the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, will have an exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum to help celebrate the church’s 300th anniversary.
Among the articles on display will be a deacon’s chair from the original church building and original church records dating back to the 1800s. Also on display will be several footstones from the original cemetery.
The local history indicates that church attendance was compulsory for all in the 1700s, but for those who lived on the western side of the Annisquam River, it was a long walk into Gloucester, and the ferry across the river was considered expensive, at a penny per person and two pennies for a horse.
Given that hardship, these families petitioned for a church to be established on the western side of the river — and the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church was established in 1713.
Museum honors Virginia Lee Burton
The Cape Ann Museum Saturday will be presenting two events celebrating Virginia Lee Burton.
Visitors are invited to bring the family in to the children’s activity center for a program titled “Steam Shovels, Trains, Cable Cars and More!” at 11 a.m. Then, watch the award-winning documentary “Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place” in the auditorium at 3 p.m. Both programs are free for members or with museum admission.
The program is designed to celebrate the local author with story time, playing and art making in the activity center. Children can create their own winter scene like the one in “Katy and the Big Snow” with cotton balls and more, or use charcoal pencils to draw a train like the one in “Choo Choo” and color and assemble their very own “Maybelle the Cable Car” using a straw and string.
The exhibit will also explore how steam shovels and other construction vehicles work using miniature versions of the real thing. Museum staff will read Burton’s works: 11:30 features “Choo Choo;” 12:30 features “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel;” and 1:30 features “Katy and the Big Snow.”
Later in the afternoon, film Producer/Director Christine Lundberg, president of Red Dory Productions, will present the film, an award-winning documentary on the artist’s life and work, at 3 p.m. The film was nationally broadcast on PBS.
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
A Tibetan Buddhist beading exhibit is now on display at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester.
Alvin Bruce Ware, who recently moved to Gloucester, spent more than 20 years in a remote cabin in Tenakee Springs, Alaska, perfecting his beading technique on Tibetan thangkas (pronounced tonkas).
A thangka is a picture panel traditionally painted or beaded on silk representing scenes from Buddha’s life and used for contemplation and meditation; Ware also interprets the natural world around him with cranes, eagles and herons.
Auditions for local theater
Auditions for the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative’s Spring show, “Becky Shaw,” will take place in coming weeks.
The show, by Gina Gionfriddo, is described as a “searingly funny comedy about love, marriage, blind dates from hell and the quirks of family dynamics.”
Auditions will be held Jan. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pigeon Cove Circle, 6 Breakwater Ave., Rockport. The show will run for 3 weekends, April 26, 27, 28 and May 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12 at Gorton Theatre, home of Gloucester Stage Company.
Past productions of CAT Collaborative include “Rumors,” “Sylvia,” “Beyond Therapy,” “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” and “The Weir.”
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.