, Gloucester, MA


February 7, 2013

From talent show to Scots reels

Talent show moved to March 23

Editor's note: The Annisquam Village Players have rescheduled Saturday's talent show. The show will instead go on on March 23. 

Chase away the winter doldrums by attending the ninth annual benefit talent show presented by the long-standing Annisquam Village Players on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Annisquam Village Hall.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 10, Parcel of Rogues will perform Scottish music at the Annisquam Village Church.

All are welcome to attend the Saturday show and potluck dinner that starts at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and features more than 20 acts by local performers of all ages, many of whom have graced the stages in the annual summer shows of the Annisquam Village Players.

The acts include singing, dancing, skits, readings and always a few surprises and special guests, usually a politician or two. The show always features a spoof from the previous year’s show, so this talent show features an act from “Wizard of Oz.” Proceeds go to Family Promise North Shore, an organization that helps low-income and homeless families achieve independence. A jazz band will perform during dinner. Organizers encourage newcomers to attend and experience this annual event.

The Annisquam Village Hall is at 32 Leonard St. in Gloucester. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16, with a family max of $30. For reservations, call 978-281-0376 or email If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door.

The Parcel of Rogues are three old friends who come together to share their love of the music of Scotland, performing jigs, reels, and strathspeys. They will perform Sunday at 4 p.m.

Fiddler Calum Pasqua is a two-time winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Competition held annually at Blair Castle in Scotland. He was the first American ever to compete when he came away with first place. Calum grew up doing Scottish dancing with his Dundonian mother and playing bagpipes in the NYC Police Band.

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