Rockport news

By Stephanie Kumble | Dec 27, 2012

Holiday schedules, closings

The Town Office and the Library will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. All local schools will be closed today through Tuesday, Jan. 1, with normal schedules resuming Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Town meetings

The C-R Pathways Committee will meet Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at the town office.

Are you serious? 99?!

Rockport Library is beginning its 99th year and you can help kick off the celebrations! Spend New Year's Eve day, Dec. 31, at the library. Music, workshops and games will be part of the Monday fun. Come in and have a cup of hot cider and a cookie while you learn from and listen to some great local musicians.

Schedule of events: From 10 to 11:30 a.m., “Ukulele Workshop” and performance with singer/songwriter Alice Limoges learn the fun of playing the ukulele and learn ways ways to help kids get interested in music.

From 1 to 3 p.m., “Board Games!” The library will have tables set up for board game fun (or bring a game from home to share). Play Yahtzee, Bug-opoly, Sorry, Chess, Scrabble and Maine Monopoly. Learn a new game or play one of your favorites.

From 3 to 4 p.m., “Music” with folk singer and songwriter Resa Randolph and family who will provide a performance of her own songs and arrangements. Resa's style of music ranges from bluegrass, traditional folk, jazz and blues and showcases guitar and banjo.

From 4 to 5 p.m., “Guitar Workshop” with Martin Gibson, guitarist, teacher and performer, who will offer a demonstration workshop and performance covering a variety of guitar styles. Please register for one or more of the workshops by phone, 236-3642 or email.


Kwanzaa is based on the year-end harvest festivals that have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase ''matunda ya kwanza,'' meaning "first fruits of the harvest" (celebrations of classical African cultures). The week-long secular holiday honoring African-American heritage, first celebrated in 1967, is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 and was founded by black nationalist Ron Karenga. The holiday features seven days of celebration with activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa honors a different principle, believed to have been key to building strong, productive families and communities in Africa. The Principles and necessary actions of Kwanzaa are: Unity/by building a community that holds together; Self-Determination/by speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the community; Collective Work and Responsibility/by helping others within the community; Cooperative Economics/by supporting businesses that care about the community; A Sense of Purpose/by setting goals that benefit the community; Creativity/by making the community better and more beautiful; Faith/by believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future.

Seems like principles/actions that everyone could celebrate, live by to improve our own lives and communities.


Not only did neighbor Molly Sholes remind me (before I wrote last week’s column), about Graffam’s lobster trap tree in Rockport, I’d actually driven into town to see the tree, but then promptly forgot to tell you about the tree! It’s still there (across the street from the fish store), and definitely worth seeing. Thanks to Graffams for the great addition to Rockport’s holiday decor.

Speaking of thanks

Each season each of us drive by, or visit many sites and note the wonderful planters, plantings, garden spots, perhaps thinking, “Great town beautification.” When the December holiday season comes, seemingly by magic, lovely, tasteful, green decorations arrive at public buildings, along the Opera House railings and in other nooks and crannies around not just the village, but in Rockport’s other communities. Suspect many think all of this is provided by the town, but the reality is, the Rockport Garden Club is responsible for all this town beautification - providing not only much of the labor and maintenance, but also the funds. Our public works department and fire chief help with some of the heavy duty placement, but the Garden Club is the key. Thanks to each club member, no matter how small a part or contribution you make. It is appreciated.


I just happened to be perusing the want ads and discovered a posting for Rockport Fire Chief. Guess I’d known Bruce would be retiring at some point, but hadn’t wanted to think about it. Each retirement of one of Rockport’s long-term department heads who were on duty when Alan and I moved here in 1986 is truly a sad day for us personally, marking yet another change in the town’s character. Guess that’s part of our own aging process knowing if folks are reaching retirement age, we too continue to age!

Don’t forget

Believe! Winter shall definitely arrive (won’t it?!) and with it, that beautiful (to some!) white stuff. Rockport's Winter Parking Ban is in effect and 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.

Anna Karenina

The Strand will show this theatrical new vision of Leo Tolstoy's epic story of love, Anna Karenina explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart - from the passion between adulterers to the bond between a mother and her children-while illuminating the lavish society that was imperial Russia. The film will be shown from Dec. 27 through Thursday, Jan. 3, (except Monday, Dec. 31) at various times. Check the website for specific schedules.

New Year

I wish each of you and your families a happy, healthy New Year. So far I haven’t taken the time to think much about the New Year. I don’t really make resolutions (other than to try to improve organization skills, not procrastinate so much, and to spend more time “being” instead of “doing”), but suspect this year may find me making if not resolutions, a definite plan of action in regard to working with others to make changes in some social issues that the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre brought to all our attention. I would love to hear from other Rockport residents in the coming months about anything you may be doing in response to the killings, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. Thanks.

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