Annual Live Rockport Christmas Pageant December 18th!

t’s back! We are thrilled to announce the return of the annual live Rockport Christmas Pageant to be held Saturday, December 18 at 5:00PM. Our pageant is now in its 76th year! The Rockport Art Association and Museum will continue the tradition this year with a few new safety measures in place: 

Masks ARErequired while inside the Art Association and costume dressing; masks are optional outside during the procession. And we’ve added staggered costume dressing times to keep inside gatherings small. 

Want to participate? Great! There are so many roles include Adults: Lady of Bethlehem, Shepherd, Torch Bearer  Children: Child of Bethlehem, Dove children (just to name a few). Costumes provided for all ages, shapes and sizes! To participate, please email me by December 13th! 
Pat AltoRockport Christmas Pageant Chairperson

Barbara Brewer participates every year as a Lady of Bethlehem.

Musicians of the Old Post Road Gloucester Meetinghouse


Sounding Joy: Musicians of the Old Post Road

Friday, December 17th, 2021, 7:30 pm in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse, on the green at the corner of Middle & Church Street.

On December 17 at 7:30 pm, The Musicians of the Old Post Road present its new holiday program “Sounding Joy.” The concert features jubilant works from
the Classical Period, including Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, with acclaimed soprano Jessica Petrus. This is the ensemble’s fifth holiday concert hosted by the
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

Soloist Jessica Petrus has been a frequent guest for the group’s holiday programs. She has performed widely in the U.S. but is familiar to regional audiences
through her performances with Musicians of the Old Post Road, Handel & Haydn Society, Emmanuel Music, among others.

Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate will be performed in its less often heard Christmas version. The program will also include rarely-performed musical gems— charming pastorellas
by Bernhard Hupfeld and Gregor Joseph Werner and a folksy Christmas aria by Joseph Haydn. Enthusiastic audience response to a delightful “Sleigh Ride” suite by
Leopold Mozart performed by the ensemble last season inspired the group to explore and include another Mozart “Musical Sleigh Ride” for this program.

Instrumentalists for this concert include flutists Suzanne Stumpf and Rachel Carpentier; violinists Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons; violist Marcia Cassidy;
cellist Daniel Ryan; and organist Wesley Hall. All will perform on period instruments or replicas.


Tickets are available at the door and in-advance at:

Preferred seating $45; general $30; students $10 with ID; under 12 free. Masks are required inside the Meetinghouse and proof of vaccination or
recent negative Covid test is requested.

Accessible side entrance with a lift is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is allowed on the green.

Please consider being a Sponsor or our 2021-22 Concert and Events Series, which offers superb quality music, civic events and educational entertainment
for the Cape Ann community and on our YouTube channel. Sponsors receive preferred seating. See the web site for more details.


Musicians of the Old Post Road takes its name from its acclaimed concert series that brings period instrument performances of music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries
to beautiful historic buildings along New England’s fabled Old Post Road, the first thoroughfare to connect Boston and New York City in the late 17th century.

Winner of the 1998 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from
Chamber Music America and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. The ensemble has toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and has appeared at festivals and on
concert series in the US, including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Castle Hill Festival, the Artists Series
at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The ensemble has held a residency at Dartmouth College and was featured on
WCVB television’s “Chronicle” program and 99.5 All Classical radio’s “Live from Fraser” program.

The ensemble’s discography includes seven recordings that have each been praised in the US and abroad. They include: The Virtuoso Double Bass (Titanic, 1994),
Trios and Scottish Song Settings of J. N. Hummel (Meridian, 1999), Galant with an Attitude: Music of Juan and José Pla (Meridian, 2000),
Quartets of Telemann and Bodinus (Meridian, 2004), Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain (Meridian, 2008), Roman Handel (Centaur, 2013),
and Earthly Baroque (Centaur, 2017).

GloucesterCast 534 With Chris McCarthy, Bex Borden, Jim Capillo, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz and Joey C Livestreaming 12/5/21

GloucesterCast 534 With Chris McCarthy, Bex Borden, Jim Capillo, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz and Joey C Livestreaming 12/5/21

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Deck the Docks at Maritime Gloucester

We stopped down at Maritime Gloucester to check out some of this year’s Deck the Dock events and found it to be cheerful and bustling! There’s an art gallery, tree sales and museum store still open for the Deck the Docks event Sunday and Monday, December 5-6 – 10AM to 4PM. Stop by Monday 10-1 and say hi to Jim and I who will be selling trees and manning the art exhibit. **LATE UPDATE FROM MARITIME: all 40 trees and 48 wreaths have been purchased! Thanks for your support and if you are like us, start looking for another place to get your tree.

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John Bell writes: Many new friends from our community sure helped the S/V Zhai Mo-1 stopover.

Leaving Gloucester this coming week for China by sail only . Many new friends from our community sure helped the S/V Zhai Mo-1 stopover.

Warm welcome to the Captain and crew. Cape Ann, you are the best ambassadors. GMG and GDT you helped launch the public friendship within our community of Cape Ann.

Thank you Joe C. and Gail McCarthy of the GDT. The Spirit of Christmas-John Bell

Church & Library to Host Best-Selling Author

Annisquam Village Church and Annisquam Village Library Host Best-Selling Author

Doug Tallamy, best-selling author of “Nature’s Best Hope,” will be speaking Wednesday, December 14th at 4 p.m. via Zoom. In a free event co-sponsored with the Annisquam Village Library, the church’s Creation Care Team welcomes the community to attend.

A professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, Tallamy shows homeowners how to turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. He will offer practical, effective, and easy suggestions to incorporate into your own yard.  There will be an opportunity to pose questions following the presentation. 

Tallamy’s talk will launch the Annisquam Village Church’s new “For Nature” initiative.  The church’s Creation Care Team writes, “Out of our love for nature and recognition that we must live in harmony with it, we are dedicated to preserving the precious oasis of our small community and taking action to create ever more habitable natural spaces for plant and animal life to thrive.

Our mission is both clear and grand: By transforming our yards into areas that wholly welcome the presence of animals, pollinators, and native plant species we will be doing our small part to help the earth to heal so that this planet remains a place that can sustain all life.  Like a relay of illumination, we hope to inspire our neighbors to do the same.  And although we believe that each person can certainly make a difference — a community can make a revolutionary change.”

Community members who attend Tallamy’s talk and future monthly presentations, will be invited to sign “The Nature Pledge” by committing to take one or more action steps, like: allowing the leaves to stay on the ground in the Autumn; planting native plants and trees; instead of  pesticides or lawn chemicals, use only organic products in your yard and more.

To register for Tallamy’s presentation (and receive the Zoom link) or learn more about the Nature Pledge, email or call the church at 978-281-0376.

Buy your tickets now to hear stories of Forgiveness from local writers and storytellers.

Buy your tickets now to hear stories of Forgiveness from local writers and storytellers. 

Date: this coming Thursday. Dec. 9, 7:30 PM at the Gloucester Stage

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