, Gloucester, MA

February 14, 2013

Around Cape Ann: Gearing up for school vacation week

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — School’s out across Cape Ann next week for students’ annual winter vacation.

And the Trustees of Reservations are hosting a series of programs titled “February School Vacation equals Exploration!” at the Cape Ann Discovery Center.

New this year is a program called “Let it Snow,” for which there are snowshoe rentals for all ages. Explorations take place all week at Trustees properties beginning on Saturday and running through Sunday, Feb. 24.

Vacation week programs include:

Winter Birding Walk: Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Coolidge Point and Halibut Point.

Bluebird Nest Box Building: Monday, 10 a.m. to noon at Ravenswood Park.

Snowflake Shapes & Science: Thursday, Feb. 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood Park.

Hermit’s Tales on the Trails, with animal tracking: Friday, Feb. 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood Park.

Live Animals of the Night — a presentation on opossum, porcupines, and bats: Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m. inside the new Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park.

Space and materials are limited, and all interested should register in advance.

Adult prices vary. All children are free but must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call 978-281-8400,, or register on-line at

RAA President’s Tea

The Rockport Art Association is inviting its members and the public to its President’s Tea, set for Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments and conversation with RAA president Kathryn Tuck and board of governors, as well as meet past presidents and board members.

More than 100 of the association’s permanent museum collection pieces will be on display, and the event is free.

The RAA is at 12 Main St. in Rockport. For information, call 978-546-6604 or visit

Call for consignments

Rockport Art Association is also preparing for its annual Art Auction 2013 in May with a call for consignments.

The association is seeking works by historic Cape Ann artists for the auction. This event features remarkable works and is well attended by many major collectors.

Consignments are now being accepted from Wednesday to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment, and email. Deadline for submission is March 10. For more information, contact Linda Cote at 978-546-6604 or by email at:

Brooks Williams at Old Sloop

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Brooks Williams on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. in downtown Rockport.

Williams, one of the world’s leading acoustic guitarists, walks the line between blues and Americana, and has worked stages worldwide for more than 25 years.

Danielle Miraglia opens the show and comes armed with a steady thumb on an old Gibson, “an infectious stomp-box rhythm” and harmonica.

Her tunes range from the heart-felt to socially conscious. Her latest release “Box of Troubles” explores the highs and lows that life has to offer.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at the website at, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.

Manchester show opening

Central Street Gallery in Manchester has a new date for its Chocolate and Prosecco opening for its new winter show, which now takes place on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to go along with its new show titled “Warm Your Heart With Art.”

This event was rescheduled due to last weekend’s blizzard. For more information, visit

Rockport Music events

A rising star and jazz pianist, Yoko Miwa, performs with special guest jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris Friday at 8 p.m. for an evening of music.

The Yoko Miwa Trio was voted the 2012 Best Jazz Act by the Boston Phoenix and debuted its fifth CD, titled “Act Naturally,” in Japan. Yoko has played sold-out shows in Boston and New York City, and was chosen to play a special concert, Marian McPartland & Friends, at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcast at 12:55 p.m. features Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” in a new staging by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer.

This production transports the story from 16th-century Italy to Las Vegas in 1960. The cast is led by Željko Lučić in the title role, Diana Damrau as his daughter, Gilda, and Piotr Beczala as the Duke of Mantua. Those attending the HD event are invited to the third floor reception hall following the opera for a discussion led by Elizabeth Seitz.

Later Saturday evening, a Grammy Award-winning vocal group, Sweet Honey In The Rock, will perform the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. For almost 40 years, the group has toured the country as one of America’s most celebrated a cappella vocal groups and have garnered critical acclaim.

For tickets and information, visit or call 978-546-7391.

Public invited to seARTS event

The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (seARTS) is inviting the community to learn more about its initiatives and programs and enjoy an evening of networking with fellow artists and arts organizations at its 2013 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Following a brief business meeting, there will be a group of presentations called Pecha Kucha, which is a new form of intellectual entertainment. The featured format allows for 20 slides at 20 seconds each, creating fast-paced, rhythmic, sometimes poetic idea events.

SeARTS has invited four artists/organizations to present a story using this methodology – Karen Ristuben, Ramani Rangan, Marty Morgan, and Maureen Aylward from the Gloucester Writers Center.

The keynote speaker will be Steve Immerman who will discuss the work being done at Montserrat since they have taken over the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore initiative and melded it with Montserrat’s critical role as an arts educator and the betterment of the larger community through various related programs. Montserrat was a founding member of seARTS in 2000.

For information, contact, or call 978-281-1222 or visit RSVPs are requested and will be taken through Feb. 26.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at