Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Nov 22, 2012

Thanksgiving closings

The town office and the library will both be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, for Thanksgiving holiday. However, the library will be open Saturday, Nov. 25. Both SAD 28 and the CSD will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 21 to 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday, regular schedules resuming Monday, Nov. 26.

Town meeting

A Zoning Bard of Appeals meeting is tentatively planned for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Opera House, televised on channel 22. In addition, the Midcoast Solid Waste Committee Board of Directors will also meet at 7 p.m. at the town office.

It's time!

Despite the beautiful (so far!) weather, winter shall arrive and with it, snow. In light of that, Rockport's Winter Parking Ban is already in effect (it runs from Nov. 15 to April 15). All on-street parking during the winter months is prohibited between midnight and 6 a.m. In case of snowstorms or, if in the opinion of Rockport Police officers, illegally parked vehicles are posing a threat to public safety, the vehicles can be towed. And, keep in mind also that both Beauchamp Point and Marge Jones Recreational Field have been closed to traffic for the season.

Share the Wonder

The Farnsworth’s “Share the Wonder Holiday Festival” will run from Saturday, Nov. 24, through Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Farnsworth Art Museum Campus with a myriad of ways to celebrate the upcoming winter holidays. Festivities will get underway Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a campus-wide family event that will include puppet shows, carriage rides, craft activities, live music and gifts for children and adults.

Books, plus

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Judy Grossman’s watercolor class will take place at the Opera House from 1 to 3 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m. Jen Blood, the author of the Erin Solomon mystery series will be the featured speaker at “Mystery and Mayhem at the Library.” Jen will read from the third book in the series (and perhaps respond to questions regarding the humor of her name in connection with her genre).

Ashwood Waldorf School

The school will offer a 10-week session of Parent-Child classes each Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Thursday, Nov. 29. Classes are offered/intended for children 18 months to age three and a parent. Early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee will join with parents striving to create a warm, nurturing environment that seeks to surround the child with rhythm, reverence and adult gestures worthy of imitation to help parents gain a better understanding of child development by observing children at play and also learn about how important it is to care for the young child’s senses, as well as how to create healthy rhythms and discipline and relate to their children through play, song, story, and handwork. Each morning will be filled with gentle activities such as circle rhymes, songs, bread making, a puppet story and outdoor and indoor play. Everyone shares in a delicious, organic snack. Baby siblings up to 6 months old are welcome at no cost. A sibling older than six months may be enrolled for half of the tuition. For more information, or to receive a registration form, please contact Mark Ferrero at mferrero@ashwoodwaldorf.org or 236-8021. Additional sessions are offered throughout the year. For more information about Ashwood Waldorf School please call the office at 236-8021, email info@ashwoodwaldorf.org or visit ashwoodwaldorf.org.

Green shopping!

Kick off your Christmas by the Sea celebrations next Thursday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Merryspring’s Holiday Bazaar “Member’s Only” sale (you can renew your membership or become a member at that time). You’ll find a variety of plants, greens, wreaths, live arrangements and lots of exciting unique handmade gifts for holiday giving and decorating. Check out the latest list of items at merryspring.com (click on “Holiday Bazaar Gift Catalog” for early bird shopping. Friday, Nov. 30, volunteers will regroup and make and refill empty shelves for the Saturday, Dec. 1, sale, open to all, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.

PAWS

Mark your calendars for a “don’t miss” Christmas by the Sea weekend kick-off event! PAWS Auction for Animals will be held next Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at High Mountain Hall in Camden. Both a live and silent auction prevail with hundreds of items to bid on and festivities include a a cash bar and light refreshments.

Rockport Garden Club

This group’s Holly Berry Fair will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockport Opera House as part of Christmas by the Sea events. Proceeds benefit the town beautification projects and scholarships to local students pursuing a college degree pertaining to the field of horticulture.

Night skies

Monday, Nov. 26, about an hour before sunrise, check the southeast horizon for an extremely close pairing of Venus and Saturn. November’s full moon, known as the Beaver Moon or Hunter’s Moon or Frosty Moon, appears next Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Thanksgiving

Holidays can sometimes be difficult for so many people because of the circumstances of the moment and/or any single or combination of recent events that may have impacted them. Hopefully each of you, no matter the circumstances, will have at least brief moments of a blessed day of Thanksgiving no matter how you celebrate. For us, this year has certainly had a variety of ups and down including losses, but still, reflecting on things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving season, I include the normal thanks for family members’ and friends’ health (mostly) and well-being this year. And, included in my gratitudes are so many random acts of kindness from friends, neighbors, family and most heartwarming, from perfect strangers this past year during all kinds of issues, emergency and non-. Those reminiscences led to musing about how lucky and how grateful I am to live in this special area and indeed so grateful for the dedication to perfection and service from local merchants and companies; for government officials, educators, social service and other non-profit organizations and volunteers and the work they do; for our superb medical personnel and facilities — not just the science but the heart; and for the generosity of so many individuals who with time or money go out of their way to help friends and neighbors, even total strangers. Blessed be.

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