Cool seats Main Street
Autumn vibes arrived – outdoor seating
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Relishing the last of these golden days, we took advantage of Sunday’s delightfully beautiful weather with a hike around Eastern Point. Several female Yellow-rumped Warblers were spotted feeding on seed heads, a lone turtle was basking on a sun-warmed rock, the Harbor Seals were lolling about, and a tiny Spring Peeper was spied in the fallen leaves.
You can see why these sweet birds are called Yellow-rumped Warblers. Note the little flash of yellow on the rump of the warbler flying in the background.
Harbor Seals warming in the sun.
The blanketing New England autumn is stronger on the walls at Cape Ann Museum than the fall landscape all around us just now. (When I saw this ravishing exhibit at the beginning of June, I had that same feeling about ‘summer’.) Though the seasons of color may disappoint us one year to the next, the impact of these paintings only intensifies with close observation. This is a show for anyone with an interest in painting. Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum features a terrific variety of iconic Cape Ann seacoast scenes and artists. There’s an added urgency to see the show in person: most are on loan from private collections, shown together for the first time. Come fill your eyes and heart before this exclusive opportunity passes by.
Rockbound: Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore closes October 29th.The Cape Ann Museum “gratefully acknowledges the many collectors* who lent to this exhibition and the following individuals: Mary Craven, Margaret Pearson, John Rando and Arthur Ryan.” *anonymous private lenders, Endicott College, Roswitha and William Trayes, JJ and Jackie Bell, and others
(The wonderful Fitz Henry Lane exhibition that just opened will be on view through March 4, 2018.)
3 works by W Lester Stevens
I think that the “Unattributed decorative mirror for over mantel” may be the hand of artist Frederick Stoddard. Perhaps it’s from a series or the “Morning Mantle Decoration by Fred L. Stoddard” that’s listed in the 1923 Gloucester Society of Artists inaugural exhibition.
Artists include Yarnall Abbott, Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Theresa Berenstein, Hugh Breckenridge, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Aldro Hibbard, Max Kuehne, Emma Fordyce Macrae, Margaret Patterson, Lester Stevens, Anthony Thieme, and more (hover over image to see artist information)
photos pairings below: Finding Cape Ann Museum Rockbound color/mood inspiration just outside in Gloucester October vistas (not literal place/time pairings but that could be done as well!)
Arts events are still going strong tomorrow October 8 AND Monday, Columbus Day weekend.
Annisquam Arts & Craft Show Sunday only Oct 8
Cape Ann Artisans trail Sunday and Monday
Peabody Essex Museum Ocean Liners Sunday and Monday CLOSING OCT 9TH
American Craft Week Oct 6-15 goodlinens event, Local Colors, Pauline’s gifts, DIVa, and more
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Doctobrefest Documentary Film Festival Oct 13-19
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies- Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski
FANTASTIC Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum CLOSING oct 29
Photos: Some of the booths and participating artists from today at the Annisquam Arts & Craft fair which is open two days only: Saturday Oct 7 & Sunday October 8, from 10-5. Many of the artists are part of the Cape Ann Artisans trail this weekend and/or have shops/stores!
Jane Deering Gallery
Deep in the Quiet Wood
Featuring: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Adin Murray, Michael Porter, Esther Pullman, George Wingate
Opening Reception: Saturday. October 7, 5-7PM.
from the gallery printed matter:
September 26, 1852
The increasing scarlet and yellow tints around the meadows and the river remind me of the opening of a vast flower bud. They are the petals of its corolla, which is of the width of the valleys. It is the flower of autumn whose expanding bud just begins to blush. As yet however in the forest there are very few changes of foliage.
September 24, 1852
…Am surprised to find, by Botrychium Swamp, a Rhus Radicans* …, – growing in the midst of a clump of barberry bushes which it overhangs. It is now at the height of its change, very handsome scarlet and yellow, and I not at first know what it was.
October 24, 1858
The brilliant autumnal colors are red and yellow and the various tints–hues and shades of these. Blue is reserved to be the color of the sky**, but yellow and red are the colors of the earth flower. Every fruit on ripening, and just before its fall, acquires a bright tint. So do the leaves–so the sky before the end of the day, and the year near its setting. October is the red sunset sky–November the later twilight…The scarlet oak…is now in its glory…Look at one completely changed from green to bright dark scarlet–every leaf, as if it had been dipped into a scarlet dye, between you and the sun. Was not this worth waiting for? Little did you think ten days ago that that cold green tree could assume such color as this.
*Rhus Radicans is poison ivy **and the sea all around us
Log entries focused on Thoreau’s observations of flowers in Concord, MA, are gathered together into a wonderful volume, ed. Geoff Wisner.
September 19, 1854
Thinking this afternoon of the prospect of my writing lectures and going abroad to read them the next winter, I realized how incomparably great the advantages of obscurity and poverty which I have enjoyed so long (and may still perhaps enjoy). I thought with what more than princely, with what poetical leisure I had spent my years hitherto, without care or engagement, fancy free. I have given myself up to nature. I have lived so many springs and summers and autumns and winters as if I had nothing else to do but live them–and imbibe whatever nutriment they had for me. I have spent a couple of years, for instance, with the flowers chiefly, having none other so binding engagement as to observe when they opened. I could have afforded to spend a whole fall observing the changing tints of the foliage.
A Barry Moser whale drawing is featured on the Gloucester HarborWalk whale marker.
Motif Monday, on a Sunday, another gorgeous month in Gloucester. Natural homes and architecture in October from where I was standing.
October is gorgeous! And it’s teeming with parallel exhibitions and cultural events. What an exciting environment to view and buy vital work from living artists and artisans– emerging, mid-career and established.
Founded in 2016- Cape Ann Plein Air October 10-16– beginning next week!
Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.
Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven, October 29, 2016
Founded in 2012- Paint Essex annual Plein Air moved from summer to fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016
Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008) runs Oct 14-20. Busy schedule includes 3D Flight of the Monarch Butterflies co-hosted with Kestrel Educational Adventures and Screenagers co-hosted with Sawyer Free and evenings with filmmakers.
Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5
Founded in 1984- Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, held October 5, 2016. October book reading with Anna Solomon October 13, 2016
Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Premiering this month- Man in Snow, the newest play by Israel Horovitz through October 23rd. GMG Podcast
Founded in 1873- Cape Ann Museum is a top notch American art museum. The must see exhibit Design/Build closes October 9th. Voicing the Woods- Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker opens October 20. Recent Acquisitions continues into December.
More scenes from October 2016 Annisquam Arts&Crafts fair, Annisquam Exchange, and Brace Cove Art Market and links to other fall happenings!
Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October.
Founded in – Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company
Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October 22 (rain date Oct 23)
Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights – “Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA” October 7th was the last one.
Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann October 4th. Look for this fun event next year!
Annual American Craft Week held in October
The list above gathers special events and festivals that run annually each October. At the same time, look into the monthly art gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants.
The last official day of summer marks the date for what we consider to be one of our favorite fall events. And when I say “we” I really just mean myself and the boys, because my husband isn’t necessarily fond of being on tour for the entire fall season. But, he does it….so, brownie points there. This year’s Family Farm Day at Appleton Farm in Ipswich is happening on Sunday, September 21st from 10-3…oddly enough it may reach into the 80s. Sadly, the Schraffts will most likely be no-shows this year due to an 11:30 hockey game…go figure. But, you should all go!
Our fall days at an assortment of farms continue to be some of my favorite memories with the boys. We are, and always will be, “summer people” but, that having been said, there is something about the crisp weather, the pick-your-own abundance of super yummy fruit, the music, the changing leaves….the cider donuts, etc. that gives me super warm fuzzies. I am a stickler for tradition and there is something sentimental about the annual trip to each place that makes me happy. I love seeing how much the boys have grown from autumn to autumn and see what parts of each farm draw them in each season. My boys have also always been a bit obsessed with farm animals. There are no fewer than 50 goats, cows, and pigs that could tell you tales about a Schrafft boy’s finger being shoved into places they don’t belong. Primarily noses….but, there was that one time…. Bygones.
This year our Farm Tour will take a significant hit due to conflicting hockey schedules, but, we still have a few “must do” romps that I’m not willing to skip. Our favorite farm of all is Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. First of all, I kind of like that it is a bit of a drive. A little known secret is that I’m a wicked Sunday driver. Again, my husband may disagree that the ride is a bonus, and…if I’m being honest here…it did lead to quite a marital tiff one year. The words “remind me again what exactly is wrong with the apples that are 20 minutes away from home?” were uttered in traffic on the way home….and we may or may not have missed the first quarter of the Patriots game. I digress. Applecrest is a fantastic destination and if you take the back roads, the drive is stunningly gorgeous. If you check out their event calendar you may get lucky enough to catch their super cute “Story Book Hayrides” that are put on by the drama students of a local high school to help pay for their annual school trip. They also host car shows, a field plowing day, and other events in addition to the already excellent activities that can easily fill a whole day. I’m a giant fan of the petting farm (small barnyard animals, peeps….seriously) and the excellent blue grass music. The good eats don’t hurt either! There’s also some good shopping to be done in their barn. We always come home with some classroom snacks for the boys and some sinful treats for the house.
We have lots of close runner-ups when it comes to local farms, but I’d rather hear yours! So, with fall approaching, where do you and yours always head? I’d really like to know!
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And remember to fall out for the last Block party of the Season on September 21st and “turn over a new leaf” with some new seasonal accents to your wardrobe! I will also be open block party weekend, with refreshments and snacks! Going to be a great time!
(And be sure to check out Pop’s facebook page for up to date information and special sales!)
Ivy on the walls of the Abbey of Solesmes, where I spent two days during my vacation in France. The abbey is located about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Paris.
Scroll down for a HarvestFest Schedule of Events. And be sure to pick up your Scarecrow Stroll Contest Ballot! Great cash prizes awarded courtesy of Granite Savings Bank to the winning scarecrows!
HarvestFest All Day Events: October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm
Information Booth & Music Tent in Dock Square. Pick up information about all there is to do and see during HarvestFest and listen to some great live music in the heart of Rockport!
Local Fare Fair on T-Wharf. Featuring food made locally on Cape Ann and in New England, with Cape Ann Brewing Co. offering a taste of some local brews from 11 to 6 o’clock. Cooking demonstrations to take place at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Click HERE for more information.
Scarecrow Stroll Contest throughout Downtown. Don’t miss Rockport’s unique & artistic collection of scarecrows from Front Beach to Bearskin Neck to Harvey Park! (And be sure to vote on your favorite!). Great prizes offered to the winners sponsored by Granite Savings Bank in Rockport. Click HERE for more information.
Kids’ Zone in Harvey Park. Climb the hay bales and more! And don’t miss our scheduled events: pumpkin painting from 2 to 4 pm and the costume parade, The Great Scarecrow Chase, at 4:30!
Glass Art Installations by John Bassett, seARTS Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner. Bassett’s work will be on display at three downtown restaurants, right in the heart of the new Rockport Cultural District. Bassett has created the colorful Hannah Jumper series with slumped and fused recycled glass from Rockport’s transfer station.
WOCA Fair in Harvey Park. The What’s On Cape Ann Fair highlights area non-profits, organizations and sponsors. Enjoy interactive booths as you learn just what resources are available to Cape Ann residents and visitors!. Click here for more information.
NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park. Proceeds to benefit New Year’s Rockport Eve, an annual tradition in Rockport.
HarvestFest Scheduled Events*
11 am: Cooking Demonstration with author and educator Nancy Singleton Hachisu under the tent on T Wharf. Hosted by food writer Heather Atwood. Nancy will also be available to sign copies of her recently published cookbook, Japanese Farm Food.
11 am - 12:15 pm
Tom O’Carroll playing in Dock Square. Traditional Irish & Folk. Click here
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Nicholas Bogosian and Michael Knoblach playing in Dock Square. Old Timey Roots Music. Click here.
1:45 – 3:15 pm
Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band playing in Dock Square. Indie Americana. Click here.
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Brad Byrd with full band playing in Dock Square. Indie/Alt Rock
11 am - 12:30 pm
Courtney Reid playing on T Wharf. Indie/Alternative Rock. Click here
12:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Sturdy Oak Boys playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Old Cold Tater playing under the tent on T-Wharf. Bluegrass
Activities for Families
11 am – 1 pm
Make Your Own Instruments with Rockport Music! In Dock Square at the Old Firehouse Trust Building. Create your own guitar from cigar boxes and other supplies. Sponsored by Rockport Music.
CAAA’s Best Dressed Dog Parade from Harvey park to Bearskin Neck and back again. Registration for the Parade begins at 11am with the actual Parade starting at noon. The winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the parade at the CAAA table in Harvey park. Sponsored by the Cape Ann Animal Aid
2 pm – 4 pm
Pumpkin Painting at the Kids’ Zone! Paint a pumpkin to take home as part of your Autumn decor! $5 suggested donation – proceeds to support Rockport Festivals programming.
The Great Scarecrow Chase! Children of all ages can join us for a costumed parade throughout downtown, ending up with a very special surprise and treat! Parade begins in Harvey Park at the Kids Art Zone. Click HERE for more information.
Art & Culture
Narrative of the Battle of Sandy Bay: Rockport during the War of 1812, as seen through the eyes of five speakers portraying real historical characters who instigated and lived out events in wartime Rockport. The Narrative will be followed by Gaetano Micalizzi reading his award-winning essay on the War of 1812 as well as a brief musical presentation by students. Located at the First Congregational Church and Sponsored by the Cape Ann DAR
MIT Juggling Club on T-Wharf. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
Glass Art Installation at Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant on Main Street. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.
MIT Juggling Club in Dock Square. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
Glass Art Installation at Roy Moore’s Fish Shack in Dock Square. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.
MIT Juggling Club on Bearskin Neck. Traditional street entertainment: juggling, unicycles & more!
Glass Art Installation at the 7th Wave Restaurant on Bearskin Neck. Meet Partner With an Artist 2012 Winner John Bassett. Light refreshments. Presented by seARTS and the Rockport Cultural District.
Scarecrow Stroll Contest winners announced in Dock Square! Sponsored by Granite Savings Bank.