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July 13, 2013

Rockport Rambles: Castle open house on Pigeon Cove

Rockport Rambles

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — Pigeon Cove is a home to many people in Rockport, but it also houses an old castle, according to the Sandy Bay Historical Society.

Folklore tells us that it fishermen could see this stately building from afar, and referred to it as a castle. In reality, it is a fine example of an early American home, built around 1715, with a fascinating story to tell and many artifacts on display.

The Sandy Bay Historical Society will be hosting a free open house, with refreshments, at this historic home at the corner of Granite and Curtis streets Today from 2 to 4 p.m.

Library hosting book sale

The Friends of the Rockport Library have three sales a year, all are a major source of fund-raising to support the library, and one three-day event is set for next week.

Next Friday and Saturday, July 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyone is invited to browse for novels, mysteries, history, crafts, children’s books and much more. Most hardbacks priced at $1.50, most paperbacks at 50 cents or 3 for a $1.00, trade backs at $1.00 each, and selected high quality editions at special prices.

Their sale will continue Sunday, July 21, from 1 to 5 p.m., with a preview sale for members next Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The sale is held on the second floor of the Rockport Public Library at 17 School Street.

Kids invited to Vacation Bible School

The First Baptist Church of Rockport invites all area elementary aged students to its free Vacation Bible School “Colossal Coaster World”.

In this amusement park themed summer camp, kids will play games, learn music, make crafts, meet new friends, experience dramas, taste snacks and learn Bible stories.

The event takes place from this Sunday through next Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call 978-546-6121.

Raffle continues without the beard

Not often does a student get the chance to carve up his teacher’s face, but Rockport High School sophomore Nelson Pike won the privilege in a recent fund-raising beard raffle.

Although he was not allowed to wield the shaving instrument, he designed the three-day progressive removal of Rockport music teacher Nathan Cohen’s prodigious facial hair.

The beard raffle was one of a number of ongoing fund-raisers to help send Rockport music students on a performance and study tour of Ireland next spring.

Although there is no more beard to be barbered, the music department is offering a trip for two to Paris. To purchase a raffle ticket ($20 each or three for $50), ask any Rockport High School music student or contact Cohen at

Fair set for Saturday

A rummage sale today will kick off the multiple-day Old Sloop Fair at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St.

The event, which also runs next Friday and Saturday, and again on Saturday, July 27, features a silent auction, white elephant items, art mart, bake sale and other goods.

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