The Essex County Greenbelt Association celebrates its 30th anniversary of Art in the Barn at the Cox Reservation in Essex this weekend.

There will be an array of activities from Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, along with the juried art show, at the Greenbelt property, 82 Eastern Ave. 

Throughout the Cox Reservation, the barns will be filled with paintings, ceramics, jewelry and other wares by more than 150 local artists, who donate half their proceeds to Greenbelt to support its land conservation work. 

Due to popular demand, the public opening party returns Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m., featuring live music by EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy. For food and drink, there will be the Melt Truck, which sells chipotle barbecue and Cubano sandwiches; Ipswich Ale; and Mill River Winery.

In celebration of the anniversary, there will be new features on Saturday, including a landscape painters program with instructions provided by artist Carol Benally (registration required). Local author Bill Sargent will read from his children’s book “Lilly & Minot Go to the Beach” at 11 a.m., and music will be performed by Paul Harty from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The exhibits are open Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit

Genealogy series at library

Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., will hold a series of talks, “Genealogy in Gloucester,” starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, with Stephanie Buck. 

Buck will present the many avenues of information available in Gloucester. Those attending are asked to bring questions and meet other enthusiastic genealogists.

The rest of the series is as follows: Thursday, June 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m., with Jackie Linsky, local history librarian, who will demonstrate online genealogy searching and the digital microfilm machine to access Gloucester newspapers; Thursday, June 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., with Pam Plummer, a retired nurse, who shares her knowledge of genetic genealogy; and Thursday, June 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m., with Carol Kelly, a member of the City of Gloucester Cemeteries Advisory Board, who will share an exploration of Gloucester cemeteries.

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Rocky Neck auction closing date

There is a new closing date for the “Discover Rocky Neck” silent auction, which is now on Sunday, June 9, at 5 p.m. 

As part of the “Discover Rocky Neck” exhibit, artists have donated all or half of the sale of artworks in the show’s silent auction. The price of many artworks opens at a bargain price, some as low as $12.

Although the auction was originally scheduled to end on June 15, show organizers have moved the deadline to Sunday to coincide with a scheduled reception. At that time, whoever has written in the highest bid on the auction bidding sheet will walk away with one-of-a-kind art treasures.

The venue is the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. For more information, visit

Puppet show to entertain families

The Cape Ann Museum presents a free family program on Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. with Dora Tevan of the Ethnic Arts Center presenting Sicilian Traditions Puppet Theatre.

The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Reservations are required.

Families with school-age children visit free on the second Saturday morning of every month. With St. Peter’s Fiesta later this June, this event takes a look at Sicilian traditions and includes a song-story tradition from Sicily, with the theme of Gloucester’s Greasy Pole. 

Tevan has been creating and sharing world discovery programs with children since 1973 and was honored by the Somerville Human Rights Commission for her community service. 

For more information, visit or call 978-283-0455, ext. 16. 

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or, at least two weeks in advance.

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