31st Annual Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show

annisquam arts and crafts 2015


October 10 & 11


One of the highlights of the Columbus Day week-end is always the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show – now in its 31st year.

50 different artists and artisans will be represented – with many who are new to the show this year.  An extraordinary collection of arts and crafts will be featured – ranging from painting, photography, paper art and watercolors to jewellery, fashion, ceramics and printed fabrics.  The majority of the artists are from the Cape Ann area and all will be bringing new work to the show.

NEW to the show this year will be a unique Fine Art Gallery, displayed ‘under the Big Top’.  An outstanding group of artists will be exhibiting their work in this new, expanded space.

The show will be held at the Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street, Annisquam on October 10th and 11th from 10:00am-5:00pm.  Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the Annisquam Village Church.  For more information: annisquamartsandcraftshow.org

Saturday at Rockport Art Association

“The Yard” Solo Show by Gloucester’s Dale Blank

Opening Reception – Sunday, October 4th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Rockport Art Association, 
12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966

“The Yard” is an homage to an old-time family business at a time of accelerating change. In a departure from the landscapes for which she is known through her Cape Ann Calendar, Ms. Blank turns her attention to the shapes, colors, textures and people of Central Auto Parts of Natick, popularly known as “The Yard.”

The show, which runs from Sunday, October 4 through Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Rockport Art Association, contains some pieces printed on metal, a medium well-suited to the subject. Several of the works have been accepted into prestigious juried shows earlier this year, including “Central,” a portrait of Mark and Clare, which debuted in the National Prize Show at Cambridge Art Association. However, the exhibit, with an opening reception on October 4 from 2-4 pm, is the unveiling of the full collection, shot over the past four seasons and incorporating Yard life over the past year. It is also a tribute to the photographer’s father, a co-founder of The Yard, who passed away this Spring.

Dale Blank earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University. Classes and course work at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Nikon School and elsewhere inform her work. For the past decade Dale has employed a Nikon DSLR camera, currently printing on Epson fine art papers.

Ms. Blank is a member of the Rockport and Cambridge Art Associations (juried admission), the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Newburyport Art Association, where she has won numerous awards for her works. She has also shown at many other venues and has participated in many juried and invitational exhibitions. Her work is held in private collections from coast to coast.

Dale is the owner of Photography by Dale Blank in Gloucester. Her photographs have appeared in the Cape Ann Map & Visitors Guide and the North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar and guide. Her limited edition prints, cards and calendars are sold at numerous venues on the North Shore. For complete information, please visit DaleBlank.com.

This solo show will be on view through October 18th. The RAA is open Monday – Sunday and is free to the public.


The Rockport Art Association (RAA) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 94 years. Each year the RAA welcomes thousands of visitors from all over the world. The RAA continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding, the Association has steadily increased in size and currently includes approximately 250 artist & photography members, and hundreds of contributing members. By promoting year-round programs of classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach, as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA remains dedicated to its mission of making fine art appreciation accessible to all. rockportartassn.org/

You could meet British Rock Star Joey Molland of Badfinger next Saturday

Joey Molland of Badfinger

In case you missed this post, here’s a reminder that we kick off our third season right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre next Saturday, Oct 10, with British Rock Star Joey Molland and Badfinger.

Hand picked by The Beatles, Badfinger was the first group signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records and their first #1 hit “Come And Get It” was written by Paul McCartney!

George Harrison and Paul McCartney produced a string of world-wide Badfinger hits, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Without You” and “Baby Blue”, which hit the charts again in 2013 on the Breaking Bad soundtrack.

Badfinger is still led by founder Joey Molland, who performed on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and John Lennon’s “Imagine” album (check out this recent article for more detail on Joey’s contribution to “Imagine”).

You can enter a contest to win an exclusive back-stage meet & greet with Joey and the band before the show next Saturday.  It’s easy, just click here and enter BADFINGER where it asks for the CONTEST NAME.  Winners will be notified via email.  You must have a ticket to win.  Get them here.  The contest ends on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, Joey Molland will be Cha-Chi Loprete’s guest on his famous WZLX radio show, Breakfast With The Beatles.  Be sure to listen in on 100.7FM or online.  It’ll certainly be worth getting up for.

Anybody still have one of the records pictured in this video?  Bring it along.  I’m sure Joey would love to sign it for you!

Wounded Warrior Event

201509281450 wounded warriorMessage from the Wounded Warrior Project.  Thank you Melissa Cox for letting us know about this important event.

The One Hour at Time will be helping out at this important event at Good Harbor Beach on Saturday. Please try to come out and help.

We are coordinating our second annual 5K/10K Race on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 in Good Harbor Beach Thatcher Road Gloucester, MA 01930.

As a disabled veteran, I am passionate and committed to the mission of the Boston’s Wounded Veteran Run, and I look forward to coordinating and organizing this event to benefit wounded veterans.

If you or your organization would like to donate goods (i.e. waters, event supplies, etc.) or help volunteer at the event, we would be grateful for donations of goods and services.

This organization has successfully organized four motorcycle runs over the past four years with more than 4,000 riders, and we would like to build off this success. Boston’s Wounded Veteran Run has recognized and honored wounded veterans for their service and have helped veterans with special home accommodations to restore his/her morale.

There is a 5k and 10k on Saturday Oct 3rd at Good Harbor to benefit Boston Wounded Veterans. This is a LOCAL non-profit, where 100% of the proceeds go back to helping local veterans. 

We are still offering same day registration and seeking volunteers to help with the race. If you can help direct the runners, help with registration or man a water stop please let me know!! I can be reached at mcoxward2@gmail.com or 978-631-9015.  Volunteers should arrive around 7:30am at the Good Harbor Parking lot and dress for wet weather.  

I have purchased a race entry for anyone who would like to do the race! First one to claim it gets to do the 5k!!





RobertWalsh.212Gloucester Stage is pleased to announce that Robert Walsh has been named Artistic Director of the 36-year old non-profit professional theatre, effective immediately. Walsh’s appointment as Artistic Director continues a 20-year relationship with Gloucester Stage as both an actor and director as well as serving as Interim Artistic Director since December, 2014. During Gloucester Stage’s 2015 season Walsh directed Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom and currently appears in the New England premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue, which has extended it run through October 11.

According to the President of Gloucester Stage’s Board of DirectorsRobert Boulrice, “This summer we conducted an exhaustive national search that generated 86 applicants. I am delighted to say that after a whole lot of work, all we had to do was remove the “Interim” tag from Bob Walsh’s Artistic Director title! The cream rose to the top, and it was locally churned.” Reflecting on the Walsh’s accomplishments as Interim Artistic Director, Boulrice continues, “Bob has been at the artistic helm for the entire 2015 season. Many patrons have commented that this has been our best season ever. He is already at work finding plays for our next season, news of which we want to tease our audiences with before the 2015 season ends. As an actor/director, Bob Walsh has graced the Gloucester Stage for many years. As our Artistic Director, it will be great having him program the plays that will appear on it.”