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November 7, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Auction tonight aids historic vessels

Two major benefits are taking place over the next couple of days, starting tonight with an auction event to benefit two historic sailing vessels — the schooner Adventure and the fishing vessel Phyllis A. — at the Elks at Bass Rocks.

The event is open to the public and will feature art, jewelry, antiques, local services, museum tickets and more to benefit the restoration of Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessels.

Tickets are $25 at the door, and the program features a silent and live auction, with light fare to be served by Beach Gourmet and a cash bar. Tonight’s event takes place from 6:30 to 10 at the Elks lodge at 101 Atlantic Road in Gloucester. For more information, call Schooner Adventure at 978-281-8079.

On Saturday, Pathways for Children, the leading provider of early education services on Cape Ann, will hold its major benefit, “A Place At the Table: Giving Children Opportunities for Success,” at Cruiseport Gloucester starting at 6 p.m. The live auction, which starts at 8 p.m., features one-of-a-kind-Parsons tables hand-painted by the area’s top fine artists, as well as other items.

Pathways commissioned 15 artists to transform Parsons-style tables into vibrant works of art with imaginative and distinctive designs.

The Parsons table, known for its simple lines and versatile shape, was designed at New York’s Parsons School of Design in the 1930s and was featured as a style icon in a 2009 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Pathways version is made of high-quality poplar. For more information, visit www.pw4c.org. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Diana at Pathways at 978-281-2400 x320 or dfoster@pw4c.org.

Cape Ann Forum

The Cape Ann Forum will host internationally known conflict resolution expert Donna Hicks for its presentation Sunday at 7 p.m.

The forum will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on the corner of Church and Middle streets and, like all Cape Ann Forum events, is free to the public.

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