This Weekend on Cape Ann From The Chamber of Commerce

Friday-Sunday, December 18-20
Studio Open House
Nationally known SCULPTOR DANIEL ALTSHULER will open his Gloucester studio, located at Blackburn Industrial Park Unit #50, to the public on December 18, 19, and 20, 12noon-6pm each day. Everyone, all ages, welcome. Visitors will get the opportunity to see a collection of his work, witness a sculpture in progress, and get answers to questions about the sculpture process directly from him, etc.

Friday-Sunday, December 18-20
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
BLACKBURN PERFORMING ARTS, located at 1 Washington Street in downtown Gloucester, presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” December 17-20, 22, and 23. Regular performances at 7pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm. $10/adults, $6/children (12 and under). 978-281-0680

Friday-Sunday, December 18-20
A Christmas Carol
THE ACTORS COMPANY presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens with J.T. Turner in his one man show December 16-20 at Gloucester Stage Company in East Gloucester. Tickets: $18/adults, $15/Seniors, children under 12. Please contact Amy Sheridan for information or to reserve tickets: 508-942-9938 or

Saturday, December 19
Indoor Yard Sale
GAP PROMOTIONS, located at 127 Eastern Avenue, Suite 3 in Gloucester, will hold an Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, December 19, 9am-4pm. One day only! Beer and spirits samples and overstocks. Clothing and Novelties at low, low prices. Great Stocking Stuffers and more! 978-281-0083

Saturday, December 19
Holiday Craft Fair
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY OF ROCKPORT, located at 4 Cleaves Street in Rockport, will host a Holiday Craft Fair every Saturday through December 19, 10am-1pm. Original art, handcrafted jewelry, greeting cards, knitted scarves, stained glass boxes, fresh baked cookies and candy, and much more. 978-546-2989

Saturday, December 19
Children’s Holiday Story Time
Children’s Holiday Story Time at the MANCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY on December 19 at 2pm. Holiday stories and cookies for all. Reading traditional and new holiday favorites by the hearthside in the Children’s Room. Enjoy a quiet afternoon in the busy season with Miss Sara. 978-526-2016

Saturday, December 19
The Nutcracker
CAPE ANN CINEMA, located at 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, presents the seasonal premiere of the Cinema’s holiday tradition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The filmed, hi-def presentation comes directly from Moscow’s Kirov Ballet, and is a real visual treat. Show times are December 19 at 2:30pm, December 23 at 5pm and 7:30pm, December 24 at 2:30pm, and December 26 at 2:30pm. All seats are $15.

Saturday, December 19
Solstice Stroll
THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS will host a Solstice Stroll Saturday, December 19, 4-6pm, at Ravenswood Park, 481 Western Ave, Gloucester. Celebrate the winter solstice with a candlelight stroll in our favorite woodland park followed by song, warm fire, s’mores, and hot chocolate. Pre-register by calling 978-281-8400 or emailing Members Free. Nonmembers $5.

Saturday, December 19
Annual Christmas Pageant
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT in downtown Rockport will be on Saturday, December 19, at 5pm. A torchlit reenactment of the Nativity. Starting at 5pm along Dock Square and Main Street, ending at the Congregational Church.

Sunday, December 20
Jazz Brunch
ELLIOTT’S AT THE BLACKBURN, located at 2 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, will host a Jazz Brunch, featuring Peter Fedele and Karen Ristuben, on Sunday, December 20, 12-3 pm. Come out and listen to some of the best jazz standards we can muster, including, of course, a few holiday gems. 978-282-1919

Sunday, December 20
A Colonial Christmas
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH, located at 1123 Washington Street in Gloucester, presents “A Colonial Christmas” on Sunday, December 20, at 4pm. Admission $15. Local fine artist and singer/song writer, Bobbie Wayne, will be playing Celtic harp and Appalachian dulcimer. Author, Dan Mozell will be playing guitar and mandolin. 978-281-2297

Sunday, December 20
Celtic Music Session
Join Michael O’Leary and Friends ’round the fire for their Celtic music sessions on Sundays from 5-8pm, December 20 at The Landing at 7 Central in Manchester and December 27 at Elliott’s at the Blackburn in Gloucester. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries and Cape Breton.

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