Rockport Legion Band concert Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Rockport Legion Band will perform the second free concert of our 88th summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

July 17, 2022, 7:00 to 8:30

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

The best popcorn in Massachusetts is here!  Children are especially welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Bob Rick, Conductor and Music Director

Children under 12 with a teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal will get a free box of popcorn.

“This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rockport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”

Our program is below.

National AnthemHenry Fillmore
The Automatic Chromatic Lots of Fun Warmin’ up Blues*Andy Clark
Captain America MarchAlan Silvestri, Arr. Michael Brown
What’s Up at the Symphony*Jerry Brubaker
How to Train Your Dragon*Sean O’Loughlin
Old MacDonald had a Farm*Leroy Anderson & Jason Scott
March of the TrollsEdvard Grieg, arr. Beck
Colors of the Wind*Alan Menken/Paul Lavender
Teddie Bear PicnicJohn W. Bratton
The Lion KingArr. John Higgins
Elephant and the FleaRalph Maria Siegel, arr. A. Eric Heukeshoven
Beauty & the Beast*Alan Menkin/arr. Jay Bocook
The Bare Necessities*arr. Paul Murtha
Aladdin (Medley)arr. Paul Jennings
Highlights from Bravearr. Sean O’Loughlin
The Addams Family (Theme)arr. Johnnie Vinson
God Bless AmericaIrving Berlin/ Arr. John Higgins


Gloucester, MA—The Sawyer Free Library is proud to welcome Carnegie Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author Eric Klinenberg this week. NYU’s Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and a professor of sociology, Klinenberg will discuss how social infrastructure like the modern public library creates lasting and powerful connections where shared values and experiences build community consensus. Presented jointly by the library and the Sawyer Library Foundation (, the author will deliver remarks and conduct a dialogue with the audience from 6 to 7pm on Thursday July 14. 

“Professor Klinenberg’s research raises concerns about historic inattention to preserving and updating free and equitable public spaces, and his recommendations for counteracting this align perfectly with Sawyer Free Library’s 2025 plan to modernize and expand,” said Library Director Jenny Benedict, noting that the event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a dessert reception at the library’s outdoor amphitheater. “Our library has a broader reach than any other single organization in the community. The new space will foster personal connections, mutual support and collaboration among friends and neighbors across Cape Ann. It creates a dynamic, welcoming and modernized environment that will inspire generations of life-long learners in our community.”

Klinenberg’s most recent book, “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life” (Crown, 2018), will inform his remarks Thursday evening. Drawing on extensive original research, he suggests that ‘social infrastructure,’ which he defines as the physical spaces that shape our interactions, plays an essential but unappreciated role in modern societies by helping to redress inequalities in health, education, crime, climate vulnerability and social networks. 

Klinenberg suggests that just as urban green space, schools, community centers, civic spaces and nonsecular organizations are places where lasting and powerful connections are formed, so too do modern public libraries represent a crucial swatch of this social fabric. In this public remarks, he will offer a blueprint for rebuilding in this moment of societal polarization and explore how, while America appears fractured at the national level, it can be mended locally. 

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden called Klinenberg’s work, “One of my favorite books of 2018… (the author) is echoing what librarians and library patrons have been saying for years: that libraries are equalizers and absolutely universal.” 

The author of three other books and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times No. 1 bestseller “Modern Romance” (The Penguin Press, 2015), Klinenberg’s scholarly work has been published in journals including the “American Sociological Review,” “Theory and Society” and “Ethnography.” He has contributed to “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times Magazine,” “Rolling Stone” and National Public Radio’s “This American Life.” Klinenberg is currently working on a new book entitled “2020: A Social Autopsy.” 

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SFL_ProgrammingMultigenerational: During his visit to Sawyer Free Library this Thursday evening (July 14) from 6 to 7pm, best-selling author and professor Eric Klinenberg will make the case for why, in a highly impersonal and socially distanced age, social infrastructure like the modern public library creates lasting and powerful connections—like the gathering pictured above—where shared values and experiences build community consensus.

KLINENBERG PORTRAIT: Author Eric Klinenberg’s remarks at Sawyer Free Library this week will be followed by a dessert reception at the library’s outdoor amphitheater.

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Tuesday Nights are Food Truck Tuesdays @ Maritime Gloucester

It’s Official… “Food Truck Tuesdays” starts this week- we’ve got an incredible group of vendors for July – we can’t wait to see you! 4pm Tuesdays at 23 Harbor Loop. Our Maritime Museum and Sea Pocket Aquarium will also be open until 7pm.
LobsterRoller The Whoo(pie) Wagon Crêpe du Jour Meat and Sweet Foods

Shipwrecks of New England

Cape Ann Community

Join maritime researcher, Jon Johansen for an evening discussion on “Shipwrecks of New England” at the Sawyer Free Library on Tuesday, July 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

The only easy mode of transportation back in the 1800’s and up until the advent of the automobile and truck was sailing and steam vessels that plied the coast and oceans of the world. Traveling at that time could be dangerous as many of these vessels came to grief along the shores of New England, New York and the Canadian Maritimes. This lecture will cover some of the major disasters starting with the loss of SPARROWHAWK at Orleans, MA in 1626 right up to the loss of the submarine U.S.S. THRESHER off Cape Cod in 1963. Some of the others include: ROYAL TAR (1836), LEXINGTON (1840), ARCTIC (1854), ATLANTIC (1873), CITY OF COLUMBUS (1884), PORTLAND (1898), GENERAL SLOCUM (1904), LARCHMONT…

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