Editor's Note: This is a corrected version of this week's Rockport Ramblings. ln the initial version, an incorrect date was given for the double-header hosted by Old Sloop Coffeehouse. The event is in fact next Saturday, Dec. 10.
First, both a community thank you and our own apology to the Nangle family.
The Nangles generously donated the Rockport Christmas tree, but due to both incorrect information provided to the Times, and an editing error, their last name has been misspelled on these pages a couple of times.
Now, on to the events — including the one they've helped make possible.
The Christmas tree lighting starts at 3:45 p.m. today on Bradley Wharf with the arrival of Santa Claus via lobster boat.
The actual lighting of the tree will take place around 4 p.m. Saturday in Dock Square.
The Sandy Bay Historical Society will be holding an open house on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sewell-Scripture House Museum at 40 King St. There will be snacks and the chance to tour the museum, as well as to spend time in the research room where people can get information on family genealogy and historic buildings in the area.
The Met at Shalin Liu
Today at 12:30 p.m., Rockport Music will feature Handel's opera "Rodelinda" at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in a live HD broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera.
Rockport Music has also added a second performance of "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn" on Dec. 14. The new show time is 4 p.m. The 7:30 p.m. concert is sold out.
School musicians on stage
Musicians from the Rockport public schools will take the stage this Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the Shalin Liu Performance Center as they put on the first in a series of December concerts.
On Tuesday, Rockport High School orchestra, chamber music ensembles, and Madrigal choir will perform works by Mozart, Gliere, Jimi Hendrix, and others. The orchestra will perform Arcangelo Corelli's "Concerto Grosso No. 6," in which three freshmen soloists will be featured: Nelson Pike and Megan Welcome on violin and Gabe Finlan on cello.
The Rockport Middle School orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and chorus will perform on Wednesday, featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Bach, among others.
Both concerts begin next week at 7:30 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Old Sloop twin bill
Old Sloop Coffeehouse is offering a double-header of sorts a week from today today, including its first children's concert.
In the Saturday, Dec. 10, twin bill, Old Sloop will present Debbie and Friends at 10:30 a.m., a cast of top-shelf musicians from Berklee College of Music, including Debbie Cavalier on vocals and keyboards, Rory McKenzie on bass, Eric Saulnier on guitar, Bill D'Agostino on drums, and Mike Carrera on vocals and crazy character voices. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.
At 7:30 p.m., award-winning singer-songwriter Carolann Solebello, founding member of the female trio Red Molly, will come on stage. Singer-songwriter duo The Westerlings will open the show. Advance tickets are $10. The 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.
Both concerts are in Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street.
The Carlson Gallery at 43 Broadway is hosting an open house reception on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The gallery will show paintings, photographs and holiday cards by Sven Ohrvel Carlson, Carol Carlson and Judith Oleson.
Rockport Ramblings is compiled each week by reporter Stephanie Bergman. If you have an item for Ramblings, call Bergman at 978-283-7000 x3451, or firstname.lastname@example.org.