When Gloucester's Independence Day Fireworks Show kicks off next Tuesday night, it will start not with a big bang, but with a very special ceremonial touch.
Barry Pett of the Gloucester Fund, which organizes the fireworks display to follow Tuesday night's Horribles Parade, said the show will open with a special tribute in honor of Caleigh Anne Harrison, the 21/2-year-old Gloucester girl who has been missing since she disappeared while on an outing with her mother, Allison Hammond, and her 4-year-old sister Elizabeth at Rockport's Long Beach on April 19.
"Caleigh's favorite color was purple," said Pett, "and green is the sign of missing children. So a short combination of purple and green, and some 'lanterns' — wind direction permitting — will start the display."
The display is scheduled to start at 9:30, with the fireworks being shot from Stage Fort Park over Gloucester's Outer Harbor.
The display follows the Horribles Parade, which steps off at 6 p.m. from Gloucester High School and winds through Gloucester's downtown streets, before heading up Washington Street, down Centennial Avenue and back to the high school.
On a related note, Pett said organizers have covered the cost of the Horribles night fireworks, but are starting out at "point zero" for raising money for the second yearly fireworks display over Labor Day Weekend.
Anyone who can contribute, "however small," Pett said, can send a check to Fireworks Fund, care of The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester MA 01930.
When Gloucester Stage closes the production this weekend of its season opener, Alan Ayckbourn's "Round and Round the Garden," it will also mark the end of an exhibition of artwork by David Piemonte at the theater.
The theater is continuing its collaboration with artists from Rocky Neck Art Colony for summer art exhibits at Gloucester Stage during its 2012 Play Pass season. The partnership is in its second year, and the artworks are displayed in Gloucester Stage's lobby, lounge and entrance for viewing on performance days only. The theater opens one hour before the curtain time of each performance to allow viewing of the exhibit.
The last performances of "Round and Round the Garden" are today at 3 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Piemonte, a Cape Ann resident since 1980, works exclusively with traditional black and white film to create his silver gelatin prints. Each one is printed by hand in his darkroom using archival processing techniques that he has refined over the years.
Upcoming exhibits during the remainder of the Gloucester Stage season include artist Sinikka Nogelo from Thursday through July 22 during the run of the musical "Carnival"; artist Joan Frank from July 26 through Aug. 12 during the run of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold and the Boys"; artist Yhanna Coffin from Aug. 16 to 26 during Bill Cain's "9 Circles"; and artist Lorrie Berry from Aug. 30 to Sept. 16 during the run of Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart."
The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of veteran Nathaniel Richardson. Born in Rockport on Sept. 3, 1840, he entered the U.S. Army on March 4, 1864. A private, he served in the Civil War with Company G 59th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was the husband of Laura Etta (Witham) and the father of Ethel and Elsie.
He was discharged January 14, 1865, and died in 1910.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by Office of Veterans Services.
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans Services at 978-281-9740.