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October 12, 2013

Talk of the Times: Docksiders poised to go cruisin'

Talk of the Times

Gloucester’s popular musical Docksiders, who’ve recently made trips to Hawaii and then to Disneyland Paris, are gearing up to hit the road again — this time by sea.

The Docksiders, Gloucester High School’s acclaimed concert pops band, has accepted an invitation from Carnival Cruise Lines to be the featured entertainment on the Carnival Cruise ship “Victory” during the school’s April vacation.

“We will have several performances while on board during the week,” said David Adams, the band’s and the school’s music director and the Docksiders’ longtime driving force.

This will be the sixth time the band has represented the community outside Cape Ann — not including several trips to Boston.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Adams said proudly. “We are not on board with other bands and this is not a competition. We are entertainers.”

With an toward that trip, the Docksiders will also be hosting a major fund-raiser in the form of a wine tasting event, set for Nov. 9 at The Gloucester House.

In the meantime, the band will also be playing at the Topsfield Fair today at 5 p.m. on the Trianon Stage, and will present the Cape Ann Food Pantry next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.

All proceeds will go toward support of the food pantry.

Calendar boy

A Cape Ann lobsterman is among those being featured in a calendar spotlighting the lobstering industry in honor of today’s recognition of Massachusetts Lobster Day.

While Gov. Deval Patrick issued the formal declaration marking Lobster Day, a number of industry groups, including the Massachusetts Lobster Association, the Maine Lobster Association and the Lobster Council of Canada, have sponsored production of a 2014 Heroes of the Sea calendar.

And one of those featured is Capt. Ryan Drohan of the Kathryn Rose, based out of Rockport.

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