Rockport Ramblings: Free bluegrass concert follows voting

Molsky's Mountain Drifters perform in a free concert presented by Rockport Music at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.  Courtesy photo

When voters are done casting their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they can head on down to the Shalin Liu Performance Center for a free concert at 7 p.m. featuring the fiddling masters of Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Bruce Molsky, a Grammy Award-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song, is Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program.

His Mountain Drifters include Allison de Groot, who has her own bands —The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch, a young bluegrass genre-bending pioneer, who started out as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen.

Molsky also can be heard on BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions singing with Joan Osborne, Julie Fowlis, and fiddling with Scottish legend Aly Bain and America’s great dobroist Jerry Douglas. 

"It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live," wrote a WBUR critic.

No tickets are required for this free concert, part of Rockport Music's Education and Outreach program.

Short takes

* The annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day— a Show You Care event — takes place at Five Corners on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.  The event is sponsored by Rockport Police Department, Rockport Council on Aging and Senior Care. The sponsors noted that hundreds of thousands of elders are abused, neglected, or exploited each year among all demographics. Elder abuse is punishable by law. The sponsors welcome all to stop by to learn more about the signs of elder abuse and to raise awareness. The public is invited to bring a hand-made banner or sign. More information is available by contacting Roger Lesch, elder affairs coordinator of the Rockport Police Department, at 978-546-1212, ext. 13, or

* Rockport Public Library's Neighbor to Neighbor program continues Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. at the library, 17 School St., with discussion on football kicking. Rick Gonsalves, former placekicker and punter for Gloucester High School and Bridgewater State University, will discuss the history of placekicking in the NFL and the different techniques players used over the years. He will also bring the New England Patriots’ Vince Lombardi Trophy for attendees to see up close. Registration is required for this event at 978-546-6934 or

* Follow the 24-hour rule. If a stranger calls on the phone, emails, or comes to your home and insists that you make an immediate financial decision, asks for your social security number, offers a service at a discount, informs you that you have won a prize, or wishes to start a personal or business relationship, it may be a fraud. Never take any action for at least 24 hours. Speak with a friend, relative, police, the attorney general’s office, etc. To check on unsolicited calls, emails, home visits, if a stranger comes to your home, or you feel uncomfortable with a stranger who is in your home, call 911 or a direct telephone line to Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212.

* The Annual Holiday Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport Holiday Fair will be held Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Dec.1, from 9 to 1 p.m.  at 4 Cleaves St. The UUSR Thrift Store will be open early on Nov. 23,  from 4 to 8 p.m., and Nov. 24 from 9 to noon; as well as during the fair. The Holiday Fair will feature baked goods, gift baskets, framed art prints, new and vintage jewelry, purses, scarves, handmade crafts and a raffle for an original painting donated by local artist Neil Linsenmeyer. For further information on donations or sales, please contact Terri Desmarais at, or 978-546-6511. Credit cards will be accepted. 

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by Michael Cronin. If you have a news tip or an item for Ramblings, please contact him at 978-675-2708, or