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March 23, 2013

Rokcport Ramblings: Annual egg hunt is officially on

With Easter hopping around the corner, the Rockport division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 23rd annual Rockport Community Egg Hunt.

The hunt begins March 30 at 2 p.m. at Rockport Elementary School; the venue change is due to the recent construction at the Millbrook Meadow Dam and neighboring meadow.

To provide financial support for the egg hunt, to make a contribution of wrapped candy or a small prize, to volunteer, or for further information please call Missy Anzivino at 978-546-3300 or the Chamber office at 978-283-1601.

Meadow Committee gauges response

The Millbrook Meadow Committee is gauging what to do with the site and held an open vision session to welcome some new ideas.

Some popular ideas for the pond and adjoining meadow were an increased pond size for ice-skating. Participants surveyed showed a majority wanted to keep any improvement or restoration efforts simple, adding a playground and removing any invasive plant species.

The Millbrook Meadow Committee is seeking $60,000 to aid in planning and engineering during the April 6 Annual Town Meeting.

History of area’s Native Americans

The Sandy Bay Historical Society will present a program titled “Native Americans on Cape Ann” at its next meeting on Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Rockport Public Library.

Mary Ellen Lepionka will speak about the earliest inhabitants and have artifacts on display for discussion.

There is no charge and light refreshments will be served.

More musiciansat Old Sloop

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Bob Franke on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St, with John Schindler opening. Franke’s songs are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30-odd years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners. His songs have been recorded and performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, David Wilcox, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers; and many others.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at, at Gloucester Music and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. 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.

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Rockport Ramblings, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or

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