Four years ago, Dawn Noble of La Provence in Rockport organized ten stores to open late on a Friday night to accommodate holiday shoppers. That number grew to 25 and now there is a record 56 shops and eateries throughout the downtown that will be open tomorrow night until 8, with shops offering various promotions or light refreshments. The festivities start at 4 p.m.
“Regulars and locals have been asking me if we were going to do it again, and it’s more fun as more stores get involved and promotions change,” Noble said. “A lot of stores are doing straight discounts, some are doing raffles, and some have other ideas.”
The idea is to create the atmosphere of a New England village, “straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting.” As is traditional in Rockport, the town has removed parking meters, which are replaced with miniature Christmas trees secured atop poles, illuminating the streets below.
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Eventide Fine Art Gallery will host its holiday reception Saturday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 63 Main St. in Essex. The exhibit includes new works by gallery artists and photographers including Teri Canelle Eramo, Marion Hall, B.J. Wayne, Phyllis Kaplan, Susan Luca, Pattie Owen and Dennis Sheehan.
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative at 121 Main St. in Gloucester welcomes the public to its annual holiday exhibit with many gift ideas through Dec. 31. Original art includes paintings, photographs, jewelry, furniture, stained glass, mobiles, pottery, fiber arts, metal arts, mixed media, holiday ornaments and greeting cards. The shop will offer light refreshments on Ladies’ Night tonight and Men’s Night on Dec. 13.
Flatrocks Gallery’s holiday open house takes place Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. The current show has been described as “fresh, wonderful and fun.” The gallery has a distinctive collection of local crafts worthy of being memorable gifts. Ten Pound Island Books and Celia’s Flower Studio will add to the festivities. The gallery is at 77 Langsford St. in Lanesville, Gloucester. Open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday and by appointment. Call 978-879-4683.