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Upstate
Drawing from every corner and decade of America's musical landscape, Upstate has been described as a "hurricane of sound". The unique instrumentation includes mandolin, cajon, upright bass, and alto/baritone saxophone, all fronted by a powerhouse of 3-part female vocal harmony. The material is innovative and forward thinking, but never at the expense of a great hook or a solid groove. Upstate plays music to move your body and soul.

When: May 31, 2019 7:30PM in Rockport, MA
Cost: Advance tickets are $15. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $18 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, $5 for those 12 and under, and $36 for families.
Summer Solstice by the Ocean - Outdoor Yoga, Live Music and Meditation
The first weekend of summer is here! Please join us for a magical morning of mindful celebration at one of MA' most beautiful spots. If you haven't been to Halibut Point State Park in Rockport before, you are in for such a treat. Imagine sweeping ocean views, dramatic rocky coast, sun-dappled meadows with the sound of the waves echoing through the trees. Easy trails to explore around the a stunning quarry or down to the water's edge. Abundant places to sit and just take it in. Think of a place where nature surrounds you so completely that you are reminded that you are nature too. It is well worth the trip if you are coming from a distance! We will begin our morning at 8with a one-hour yoga class with live music at a specially selected spot within the Park (think secret garden vibes ;)). Yogaway Retreats founder Checka Antifonario will guide you through an all-levels class as singer-songwriter Kimberly Fife of Little Tribe Yoga uplifts us through vocals and guitar. We will then carry the post-yoga glow with us down to the ocean (a short walk) for a meditation on the giant coastal rocks.  There are ample flat and smooth places to sit, which makes this an idyllic spot to reflect, dwell in gratitude for the gifts of summer, and set our intentions for the season ahead. This seaside meditation spot is in fact the nugget of magic that prompted this whole special event, and we cannot wait to share it with you! This event is limited to 30 people. We plan to complete the meditation by about 9:45 am, after which you may like to stay for further exploration of the Park or head into charming downtown Rockport for some breakfast and some of the coolest shops around! Important Notes: Please arrive by 7:45 am so we can begin class promptly at 8:00. Checka will be at the parking lot to guide you to our class location. The parking lot is large and there should be plenty of space at this time of day, but carpooling is always encouraged when possible. Parking fees: 1) free for Trustees of the Reservations Members2) $5 for cars with MA plates3) $10 for cars with NH plates What to bring: Please bring your own yoga mat as well as well as sturdy shoes for our walk down to the ocean. It is not a steep walk but we will pass over rocks and perhaps some muddy spots depending upon recent weather. It is always a little with the ocean breeze, so please make sure you have layers to stay comfortable.

When: Jun 22, 2019 7:45AM in Rockport, MA
Old Sloop Fair Rummage Sale
The Old Sloop Fair, one of the oldest and largest church fairs on Boston's north shore, begins with the Rummage Sale on July 13. The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755. The sanctuary building was constructed in 1804 as the Sandy Bay meetinghouse. The tall steeple and white façade close to the shoreline resembled a ship's sail when seen from the sea, inspiring the local fishermen to call it "The Old Sloop."

When: Jul 13, 2019 12am to Jul 13, 2019 12am in Rockport, MA
Old Sloop Fair
The Old Sloop Fair, one of the oldest and largest church fairs on Boston's north shore, continues July 19 and 20 with antiques, vintage items, collectibles, kitchen and household items, art, jewelry, hand-knits, and a snack bar. The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755. The sanctuary building was constructed in 1804 as the Sandy Bay meetinghouse. The tall steeple and white façade close to the shoreline resembled a ship's sail when seen from the sea, inspiring the local fishermen to call it "The Old Sloop."

When: Jul 19, 2019 12am to Jul 20, 2019 12am in Rockport, MA
Rockport in Bloom, Annual Garden Tour 2019
This self-guided tour consists of over a dozen private gardens clustered in three Rockport neighborhoods. The gardens celebrate the diverse geography of Rockport including ocean vistas, enchanting gardens, water features, unique sculptures and artwork. Lunch is available for purchase in a seaside location. Your tickets may be picked up, on tour days, at the Rockport Police Station - 168 Main Street.

When: Jul 26, 2019 10am in Rockport, MA
Natalie Merchant
When: Jul 30, 2019 8pm in Rockport, MA
Natalie Merchant
When: Jul 30, 2019 8pm in Rockport, MA
Mosaic Hammer and Hardie Demos

Join artisan Pamela Stratton as she works on a mosaic, demonstrating the use of the hammer and hardie. Since antiquity, the most satisfying tools for accurate cutting of glass smalti, stone and marble have been the mosaic hammer and hardie. The hardie is like a chisel mounted in a wooden stump. See this traditional craft live and ask questions of the artist!
Demonstrations start at 10AM and will be ongoing through the Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.

The Cape Ann Artisans, now in their 33rd year, are planning a great Open Studio Tour for local and visiting art lovers. The Fall tour is Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 10am – 5pm each day. The tour is self-guided around Gloucester and Rockport where visitors are able to stop in for as long as they like in to 17 studios offering works of art in pottery, painting, sculpture, mosaics, weaving, printmaking, jewelry, and much more! Many of the artists will be doing demos during the tour. To find out more, visit www.capeannartisans.com or join our mailing list by texting to join! Text CAAList to 22828 on your mobile device.



When: Oct 8, 2019 12am in Rockport, MA
Rockport New Year's Eve
Rockport New Years Eve is an annual family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration of the arts in picturesque downtown Rockport, MA. Events take place at more than 15 venues, all within easy walking distance of one another. Most of the venues are handicap accessible. Admission to most events requires the purchase of an inexpensive button, and a few events are free. Performances include all kinds of music, story telling, puppet shows, magic, and much more. Activities conclude with a midnight ball drop.

When: Dec 31, 2019 12am to Jan 1, 2020 12am in Rockport, MA