Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Nov 29, 2012


The Library Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at the town office. Citizens for Value In Education will meet Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Featured guests are CSD students Camilla Walker (senior), and Matt Clark (junior), the student representatives to the CSD School Board.

Holiday on the Harbor

Saturday, Dec. 1 at sunset, luminaries benefiting United Midcoast Charities will line Pascal Avenue from Hoboken Gardens to MCA and down to the harbor. Businesses will be open late and caroling will take place at the harbor. Park at the old elementary school (Pascal Avenue will be closed to traffic from West Street to Maine Street from sunset to 7 p.m.), with trolley rides available from the old parking lot, with stops at participating businesses and the harbor.

Ashwood Waldorf School

The 10-week session of Parent/Child classes with Early childhood educator Cherry Short-Lee, continues today, Thursday, Nov. 29, and next week, Dec. 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Classes are offered/intended for children 18 months to age three and a parent. 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 236-8021. For more information about Ashwood Waldorf School visit

Think Merryspring green

Kick off your Christmas-by-the-Sea celebrations today, Thursday, Nov. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Merryspring’s Holiday Bazaar “Member’s Only” sale (renew your membership or become a member at the sale today). A beautiful array of natural and nature-based and unique handmade gifts await you for holiday giving and decorating--- birch bark and balsam wreaths (decorated or plain), evergreen swags, bundles of greens, winterberry, holly, miniature boxwood trees, attractive centerpieces, delicious homemade spiced pecans; cranberry chutney; jams and jellies; bouquet garni; herbal sachets; paperwhites in decorative gift bags or pre-planted containers; plants; supplies to make your own decorations; pet treats; botanical greeting cards; note cards; nature related books for young and old; iced branches; ornaments; and much more. Check out the latest list of items at (click on Holiday Bazaar Gift Catalog). Call 236-2239 or email for more information. The sale will resume for all Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rockport Garden Club

The club’s Holly Berry Fair will take place Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Opera House. The fair features jewelry, cooking and garden books, dried and fresh greenery arrangements, hand painted chairs and furniture, homemade crafts, Granny's Attic treasures, decorated themed trees, holiday cards and Cooks’ Corner, a new feature for the culinary enthusiast. There are also artistically designed gingerbread houses made by Trish Moroz as well as tables of homemade delicious foods including savory appetizers, gourmet soups, quiches, breads, cakes, pies and cookies. This year a unique, lovely handmade,furnished doll house depicting a whimsical tale from "The Borrowers," children’s book series by Mary Norton will be raffled. Proceeds from the fair benefit Rockport town beautification projects and scholarships for local students pursuing horticulture/environmental related college degrees.

Beltie Holiday

Gather the family and head to Aldermere Farm for a fun and interactive family event with the Belties on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon. Your chance to get up close and personal with one of the Belted Galloway calves. Pet a real Beltie calf and have your picture taken with one, so bring your camera! If the weather is good, you’ll be able to visit with the other cattle. Kids will be able to decorate a wooden Beltie ornament to take home with agricultural-related activities for youth are on tap. A small farmers' market will be on-site and the Aldermere Achievers 4-H club will have their annual bake sale. (See that group Friday night with their parade hay wagon float during the Christmas By the Sea Friday parade). For more information, visit or call 236-2739.

Books, plus

BookLovers’ Café will meet Saturday, Dec. 1. Meet at 9:30 a.m. for informal conversation and catch-up with the books discussion starting in earnest at 10 a.m. All welcome - great company, books, refreshments and coffee. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Judy Grossman’s final watercolor class will take place at the Opera House from 1 to 3 p.m. and at p.m. the library book group facilitated by Jennifer Ruddy will feature “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., local poets George Chappell and Jim Ostheimer will conduct the poetry workshop, open to the public, all levels of ability and experience welcome. (Bring samples of written work). For more information about the library or any programs, call 236-3642 or visit

Met Opera

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30), the 2012-13 “Live in High Def from the Met” features Mozart’s last Italian Opera, La Clemenza Di Tito, featuring a charismatic cast conducted by Harry Bicket. The one of legendary director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s most acclaimed stagings. Visit for ticket information. (Encore, Tuesday Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.).

The Farnsworth’s “Share the Wonder Holiday Festival” continues Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 1/2, at the Museum Library. The Harborside Harmony Singers perform Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. the Breakwater Bells bell choir performs; both events will be in the museum library.

Rockport Garden Club

The monthly business meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 12:45 p.m. at the Opera House. The annual Christmas Holiday Program, free and open to the public, all welcome will start at 1:30 p.m. featuring the Camden Hills Regional Chamber Singers conducted by Kim Murphy.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving traveling to D.C. to spend the holiday with son Eric and daughter-in-law Hannah, my first grandson, Lucas (9-months old Dec. 3) and other family and friends, and of course the family pets! Not only was this Lucas’s first Thanksgiving, it was the kids first Thanksgiving in their hew home. Was a beautiful time with precious memories to cherish and pull out in the coming months until we get to see all of them again!

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