Salem isn’t the only location for Halloween-related fun. Gloucester’s Hammond Castle is kicking off its annual haunted castle event with a horror movie theme this year, this Friday and Saturday.
The Haunting of Hammond Castle takes place for two weekends, on Fridays and Saturdays only, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Those attending are asked to park at Stage Fort Park to board the free shuttle to the castle because there is no parking on site. Admission is $15. This is a major benefit event for the nonprofit entity.
“North Shore Voice” competition
There will be a seven-week “North Shore Voice” competition at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar on Main Street in Gloucester starting Oct. 25.
The event, hosted by Gloucester’s Jack LoPiccolo, also known as DJ Lopic, takes place Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., beginning next Thursday, Oct. 25, with Thanksgiving as a night off, and the finals on Dec. 13.
Application deadline for entries is Friday at 6 p.m., and the competition is open to contestants who are 12 or older, though anyone younger 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Every week will be a different genre, with pop music kicking off the first week. There are no elimination rounds; contestants will sing each week, gaining points from a panel of three judges.
First prize will be $500 cash, while second prize will be a $200 Giuseppe’s gift card and third prize a $100 Giuseppe’s gift card.
The link to application information can be found at email@example.com.
The Annisquam Village Library is hosting a talk featuring a distinguished economist and Gloucester resident.
Horace Woody Brockwill discuss his new book “American Gridlock” on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., at the Annisquam Village Hall.
The event is free to the public.
Crosswinds Coffeehouse concert
The band Practice Session will perform at the Crosswinds Coffeehouse at First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave. in Gloucester, on Saturday from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
The trio plays “real music by real people for real people,” including folk standards, show tunes, a little country, and more, according to a statement from the organizers.
Donation is $10 at the door. Homemade desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. All are welcome.
‘Fall for Art’
The board of North Shore Arts Association is excited to introduce for the first time a combined artist and associate members pre-holiday Small Works show.
This new addition to the season’s regularly scheduled shows will run Oct. 25 through 28, and will include a public reception next Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The board and staff want to welcome all to attend as the North Shore Arts Association’s 90th anniversary season draws to a close. The show is designed as an opportunity to purchase of a piece of fine art in which all works are priced under $1,000.
The arts association is at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.
Share the Music
Share the Music, a Rockport-based singing group, is hosting a fund-raising performance titled “A Night at the Cabaret” on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Scout Hall on South Street in Rockport.
The group, under the direction of Wendy Betts, will perform selections from Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, and the Polish pianist-composer Wladyslaw Szpilman. The movie “The Pianist” was based on Szilman’s life in the early 1940’s concentration camps. Included are some audience sing-alongs. Singing audiences have become a familiar Share the Music trademark.
This performance helps fund music, sets, and costume pieces for the singers. This helps the group with its own fundraising activities for charitable and worthy community organizations.
Tickets, available at Toad Hall Bookstore, are $15, payable in cash or by check to “Share the Music.” Seating is very limited. No tickets will be sold at the door.
For more information visit www.share-the-music.com.
Historic businesses of Cape Ann
The Cape Ann Museum presents the second lecture in its series, “Who We Are is Who We Were: Historic Businesses of Cape Ann,” which celebrates businesses that have been around more than a century.
The event is Saturday at 3 p.m., and will feature Scott Memhard, president of Cape Pond Ice Co., who will present historic ice harvesting tools, block ice and other tools of the trade to share with the audience. This program is free with museum admission.
Cape Pond Ice Co. was started in 1848 by blacksmith Nathaniel R. Webster, who recognized the local fishing industry’s need for large volumes of ice. Prior to that, fish was preserved with salt and brine.
Almost a century and a half later — in 1983 — Memhard Investment Bankers of Riverside, Conn., became the fifth family group to own and operate Cape Pond Ice.
For more information, call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Essex antiques appraisal night
The Essex Merchants Group and the Essex Elementary School PTO are combining forces for the fourth annual Antique Appraisal Night to be held Tuesday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Periwinkles Restaurant, 74 Main St. in Essex.
A donation of $15 per person or $25 per couple will benefit both organizations and includes hors d’oeuvres, participation in wine tasting, and verbal valuations from experienced local experts in the antique trade.
“In the past, many special items have arrived including a Civil War diary and a wonderful set of art deco gold and gem stone jewelry,” said Bob Coviello, the Merchants Group chairman. “Our appraisers will be happy to look at whatever you can bring. If it’s too big to carry, bring a photo and we’ll work from that.”
Mick Verga, the father of a Chinese child he and his wife adopted, will be reading at the Cape Ann Cinema in Gloucester for the screening of a documentary “Somewhere in Between,” to be shown Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Verga’s book is titled “The Lonely Little Horse: A Chinese Adoption Story.”
The film, meanwhile, follows four teenage girls who were adopted from China on a quest in search of their identity. The girls meet and bond with other adoptees and travel to China to investigate their past.
Verga said it is a powerful movie that he believes will interest many of the local families who have adopted Chinese children. For more information, visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
The 2012-2013 “Berklee in Gloucester” season will begin again Thursday, Oct. 25, at The Gloucester House, featuring The Jim Odgren Quintet, playing jazz and standard songs in a style steeped in the rich tradition of 1950s and ’60s Blue Note jazz.
Doors for the performance will open at 6:30 p.m., so the audience can come for dinner and stay for the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 cash only at the door.
For advance tickets, call 978-525-9093. Seating is limited and last time the Gloucester House show nearly sold out. Portions of the proceeds support a scholarship fund.
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