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November 30, 2012

Rockport Ramblings: High schoolers hosting holiday home, inn tour

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Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — A collection of news items about Rockport people and events

Want to peek into some of the town’s best decorating homes and inns? You’ll have a chance next weekend.

In the wake of last year’s successful holiday house tour, the second Seashells and Jingle Bells Inn & Kitchen Tour benefit event takes place next Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.

This year’s tour features 12 homes and inns that will be decorated for the holidays, and each site will feature a sampling of food, from soup to cookies to a drink.

Highlights this year include tea with Mrs. Claus at a seaside historic inn, a peek at a room used by a famous U.S. president, music performances from Rockport High instrumentalists and vocal enthusiasts, and much more.

Tour proceeds will benefit the more than 85 students in Rockport High School’s DECA marketing classes. The students compete at three levels, each with registration and transportation costs. With the help of the Rockport PTO and the Inns of Rockport, they designed this event to raise money to help defray their competition costs.

Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at Rockport Inn and Suites at 183 Main St. and Toad Hall Bookstore, both in Rockport, or online at Tickets are $25 the day of the event.

High school hosts

open house

Eight-graders and their parents are invited to an informational open house Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Rockport High School.

Residents are encouraged to find out what high school has in store for eighth-grade students and what teens can expect.

Principal Philip Conrad may be contacted for more information at 978-546-1234 or

Special deals for shoppers

On Friday, Dec. 7, local holiday shopping gets off to a festive start.

From 4 to 8 p.m., more than 56 merchants throughout downtown will be open and they’ll be offering exclusive promotions, discounts, raffles and giveaways.

For more information, call Dawn Noble at La Provence, 978-546-5868.

Overboard comes

to Old Sloop

Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by a cappella ensemble Overboard on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St. Overboard has made two previous appearances at the coffeehouse and performed a summer concert series on Cape Ann.

Overboard began in 2006 as a street performing group, but has grown to be featured entertainment for the likes of “American Idol.” Overboard’s high-powered soul-infused vocal rock, energetic live show, and six albums have caught the attention of both the global a cappella community and Boston’s discerning local music scene. Overboard will also include some of its renowned Christmas music at Old Sloop Coffeehouse.

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.

Legos, hoop classes for kids

Children ages 5 to 11 are invited to Rockport High School on Jan. 5. Two classes will begin that day

The first class will explore the architectural and engineering potential of Legos.

The other program, called Hip Hop Hula Hoops, will teach kids how to dance to different rhymes and rhythms using Hula Hoops.

For more information, contact Caitlin Chandler at 978-546-1309 or

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