The Boston Firemen's Band was named best performing visiting band and a group called the Rockport Rascals was named best neighborhood float as chosen by the Rockport Firemen's Association for Wednesday's Fourth of July parade.
In the fraternal division, the Rotary Club took first place for its antique pumper and second for its World Peace float. Rockport Baptist Church won third place.
Hula Moon Cafe won first place in the merchant division for its shark float, which really packed a bite with its mobile jaws. Knockabout Gin Joint, by Ryan & Wood Distillery in Gloucester, took second place, and Molly's Sweet Tooth grabbed third.
The first-place winner in the Horribles Parade was dressed as a lawn chair. The second place winner dressed as a flower baby and the third was outfitted as Underdog.
Old Sloop hosts rummage sale
The First Congregational Church of Rockport will begin its Old Sloop Fair with a rummage sale next Saturday.
The sale, to run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature what organizers call "gently used" women's, men's, and children's clothing, footwear, and accessories, as well as bed and table linens.
The Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and largest church fairs on Cape Ann and the North Shore, and has been a popular Rockport summer attraction for more than 50 years.
Proceeds from this year's fair will go toward the church's operating expenses and the restoration and preservation of the church's buildings.
A project to restore the roof, siding, and windows of the sanctuary building is also in progress, financed by a Community Preservation Act grant and by contributions from parishioners and townspeople.
On coming weekends, the traditional Old Sloop Fair will host a silent auction and a giant yard sale.
Public interview sessions
The times have been set for the six candidates who will be interviewed Monday to fill two open slots on the Bylaw Committee.
One of these slots has resulted from a member's mid-term resignation, and the candidate selected will fill the seat until June 2014.
The other appointment will be for a regular three-year term ending in June 2015. The people to be interviewed by the committee and the scheduled interview times for Monday's public sessions are as follows:
7:15 — David Dwinell, 3 Drumlin Road.
7:30 — Elizabeth Fisher, 18 Longbranch Ave.
7:45 — Rollyn Hoffman, 8 Babcock Road.
8 — Wendell "Sandy" Jacques, 93 Granite St.
8:15 — Robert Sonia of 12 Tarr's Lane.
8:30 — Matthew Wigdon, 11 Summer St.
NASA comes to Rockport
Rockport High School physics teacher William Laller will be hosting a series of NASA workshops at Rockport High School, starting Monday.
Each of three programs runs for five days from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $150 per participant.
Laller asks that participants be at least 15 years old.
As to the programs, "Exploring the Solar System" will begin Monday, "Exploring the Milky Way" starts July 15, and "Exploring the Universe" will starts July 23. All participants will receive a NASA certificate for completion of the course.
Laller, along with teaching, is an astronomer and an author. Potential participants can contact Laller at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
For more information, contact Gini Nangle at the Rockport Community School at 978-546-1204 or email@example.com.
Marjorie Nesin compiles information about events, services and programs in Manchester and Essex. If you have a news tip or submission for the weekly Town Talk column, you can reach Marjorie Nesin at 978-283-7000 x3451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.