Gloucester’s fabulous and fantastic (and the World’s Best) Lobster Trap Tree lighting event is Saturday, December 14th at 4:30 pm. Stop in anytime between 4 to 6 at Art Haven’s Open House for cookies, crafts, and cocoa. 

Perhaps Santa will be there!

O’Maley Band Instrument Fundraiser Concert


Good Morning Joey,

Cape Ann Big Band wants to help fundraise for over $3,000.00 worth of new equipment (marimba, xylophone, concert bass drum, stage risers) for the O’Maley Band program. The concert being held at O’Maley next Thursday December 19th at 7pm is $20 but we created an online discount code: OMALEYROCKS where people can purchase tickets for only $10 and 100% of the generated income will be donated from Cape Ann Big Band back to O’Maley band.
The show will feature a local youth group called “Polyphony on the Groove” made up of 9 Gloucester High students, a visit from Santa, and a full set by the Cape Ann Big Band featuring cape ann vocalists Rhiannon Hurst of Rockport High School, Sadie Cook (GHS alum 2019) and Nathan Seavey.
online ticket link:
This is the official promo flyer for the night. If there’s anyway to share it with the greater Gloucester community, or post on a calendar or forum it would be really awesome! We want to help these kids get the instruments they need!
Thank you so much!

Carlos Menezes Jr

 Music Director
 O’Maley Innovation Middle School

Stephen A. Nails It…

The Homie Cast

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This Week in the Arts 12/13-16/2019

Coco Berkman Linocut Demonstration at the Square Circle Gallery, December 14 

In conjunction with the Rockport Makers Festival, printmaker, Coco Berkman will demonstrate the art of Linocut using Old School techniques at the Square Circle Gallery on Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 3pm. The Square Circle Gallery is located at 11 Dock Square at the intersection of Bearskin Neck and Broadway in Rockport, MA.

Taxi Cat, linocut by Coco Berkman

Using sharp Japanese tools to carve fine lines into soft surfaces, or draw scratchy lines into sheets of copper, zinc and Plexiglas, Berkman will demonstrate how she makes her beautiful linocut prints. After cutting the plate, she rolls thick sticky messy ink onto these etched surfaces with a tool called a brayer and prints those inked images onto clean crisp beautiful sheets of handmade papers with the help of a hand cranked Etching Press. Berkman loves her work and says “This is my passion. I am very very grateful that I am able to indulge in this most serious and important work of PLAY.”


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Nichole’s Picks 12/14 + 12/15

Full days of fun planned in both Gloucester and Rockport this weekend!

Pick #1: Rockport Makers’ Festival

Both Saturday and Sunday 10:00-5:00 throughout downtown Rockport.

For the second year, the Rockport Makers’ Festival returns to Rockport this December 14 and 15, 2019. This holiday festival is produced by a partnership of the Town of Rockport, Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

The town-wide festival encourages holiday shoppers to buy artisan made gifts, and activates the village with festive events that celebrate the season, including free horse drawn carriage rides on Bearskin Neck, live music, and a “winter cocktail and beer tent”, featuring local Ryan & Wood Distillery and a selection of local brewers.

Throughout the downtown area and at Whistlestop Mall, over 50 of Rockport’s own creative businesses will be showcasing their maker-made gifts, as well as hosting interactive events in their shops, galleries, and restaurants. Events include a “Do-It-Yourself Candle Bar” at Rockport Candle Company and a free “Print-Your-Own Screen Print” with Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company.

Additionally, a juried indoor Holiday Market brings over 40 creative brands from the local area and all over New England to sell their handmade wares at three locations in the village: the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant, and Spiran Hall. The market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and admission is free.

Other attractions include: an indoor Holiday Food Market hosted by Rockport Exchange on Saturday; Food Trucks; Saturday evening entertainment including a live concert at The Old Sloop Coffee House, a free holiday movie showing at Spiran Hall; and giveaway offers such as free tote bags (while supplies last) and a raffle prize.

A printed event map will be available to guide visitors to the many attractions, and a full schedule is available on the event website, www.rockportmakers.com.



Pick #2: Middle Street Walk

“Where the Past is Present in a Seasonal Celebration”

Saturday from 10:00-4:00




Pick #3:  Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Art Haven Open House 

The end of a wonderful day on Cape Ann ends with an Open House at Gloucester’s Art Haven with cocoa, treats, craft activities, music, face painting and more.  As you see the crowd gathering immediately across the street, head outside for the Lobster Pot Tree Lighting at 4:30 for a sing-a-long and 5:00 for the tree lighting.


Lobster Trap Hanukkiah Lighting Ceremony

Cape Ann Community

Sunday, December 22nd at 5:30 pm at the Temple Ahavat Achim, 86 Middle St, Gloucester

Please join us on the first night of Hanukkah as we light our Lobster Trap Hanukkiah. Latkes will be served and songs will be sung! Everyone is welcome. This is a free event.

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