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November 23, 2012

Rockport Ramblings: Town gearing up for Christmas events

A variety of Christmas activities are returning to Rockport, and The Christmas in Rockport Committee is looking for donations to help ease the cost of decorations.

The annual tree lighting is set for Saturday, Dec. 1, shortly after Santa’s arrival. Mail or drop off donations at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester.

The Rockport Nativity Pageant Committee is also seeking community donations in support of Rockport’s 67th annual Christmas Nativity Pageant, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. Contributions on behalf of the pageant may be made care of the Granite Savings Bank, 247 Main St., Rockport.

Carolers are also needed for the tree lighting ceremony. Choral director Wendy Betts and the Dock Square Carolers will be helping Santa sing Jingle Bells and other holiday music during Christmas in Rockport.

A caroling rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:15 p.m. at the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Anyone seeking further information may email wendybetts@juno.com or call 978-546-7108.

‘Quiz Show’ students advance

Rockport High School students will compete on the televised “High School Quiz Show” in the spring after the school’s team qualified as one of the top 16 in the state in the first rounds of the WGBH TV competition.

Last year, the Rockport team won its first match in the quarterfinals, and achieved a never-before-seen tie against Hamilton-Wenham, only to bow out in a sudden-death round.

This year’s team includes sophomore Corey Silver, senior Evan Razdan, sophomore Quenton Hurst, and junior Alexandra Legendre, with alternates sophomore Oliver Herman and sophomore Nate Allen.

Unique ornaments at RAA

The Rockport Art Association is holding its 18th annual ornament fund-raising sale — while the ornaments last.

The popular benefit for the historic art association features small hand-painted squares by the member artists.

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