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Lists can be sent to: Goings On, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or emailed to Joann Mackenzie at [email protected], at least two weeks before an event.

Hammond Castle

The historic seaside Hammond Castle in Gloucester hosts these events and programs. Information and tickets are available at Hammond Castle is located at 80 Hesperus Ave. (Highway 127), in Gloucester. Questions? 917-715-5480

Candlelight tours and spiritualism: Candlelight tours take place on Thursdays at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm; spiritualism tours are at 9 p.m. Then, on August 18, then on September 1, 8, 15 and 29. Tickets, $20.

Helen’s Willow Wind — Native American Style Flutist: Friday, August 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard. Included in your tour ticket.

History of medieval arms and armour: Sept. 10, 11 a.m. Curatorial Director John Leysath on the history and engineering of medieval European weaponry. To discover: weapons from the medieval period to the Renaissance. Adults $25, children under 12 $10. Tickets at

Sketching lessons with Slow River Studio: Sunday, Sept. 11, 10 a.m. to noon. Sketch the enchanting grounds and breathtaking interior spaces of this famous New England landmark. The course costs $15 per person.

Firebird Pops Orchestra: Movie Nightt: Friday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. Creative arrangements of beloved film scores. Brendan J. Kenney conducts the chamber orchestra. Premier seat, $50. General admission $40, on the beachfront lawn.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels may be right for you if you are 60 or older and are unable to prepare a balanced meal due to physical, mental or emotional limitations, or a lack of home help from your family, friends or neighbors to prepare a balanced meal. . If this sounds like you and you can’t comfortably or safely participate in the catering program, Meals on Wheels delivers daily to your doorstep. There are no income eligibility requirements for this program. For more information, call SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 or call toll-free 866-927-1050.

Sargent House

The Sargent House Museum will exhibit the works of a group of female artists from Massachusetts, offering a contemporary female take on the traditional interplay between figure and landscape. Works include Cori Champagne’s witty “Gulf/PR” garment, with built-in sleeping mat and flotation device for sudden weather changes; “Winter Night” by Leigh Craven, in which ceramics, wood, veneer and paint combine to capture the fragile relationship of man and nature in the darkness of winter; and Arevik Tserunyan’s integration of painting and collage inspired by the utopian world of Rococo and the Belle Epoque to evoke mysterious landscapes and uncertain narratives. Come meet the artists at a vernissage on Friday, August 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with wine and refreshments on the lawn. The exhibit is available during Museum hours (Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. before Labor Day.

willie alexander

Punk music legend Willie “Loco” Alexander returns to Music on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Middle and Church Streets on Friday, August 19 at 6 p.m. Singer, songwriter, and keyboardist, Alexander’s roots were in the Boston punk rock scene of the 70s and 80s, and his career flourished for over 50 years. He fronted his own band and played with the best, including Bagatelle, Grass Menagerie, The Lost and the post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground. Expanding his work into other mediums, he created soundtracks for local filmmaker Henry Ferrini. Your voluntary donations benefit the Grace Center, a day resource center for men and women providing a safe and supportive environment in Gloucester, Salem and Beverly. Bring a lawn chair, choose from excellent catering cuisine.

Harbor Concerts

Harbor Loop concert organizers have announced the music lineup for the 2022 summer season in the park overlooking Gloucester’s inner harbour, located off Rogers Street.

Music starts at 5:30 p.m. Organizers suggest bringing blankets and a picnic to enjoy the free live music downtown.

The schedule is:

August 18Alyssa O’Keefe Band and the Steve Lacey Jazz Quartet.

August 25, Grateful Dead Night! Randy Robinson’s Reach for the Sun~A Jerry Garcia Tribute Band, Ukulovers & Sparky Warsnip’s Alligator Wine.

September 1stMamadou Diop & Rum Runners.

September 8The Knobs by Keith Thomas Hickey and Over The Bridge by Mike Forgette

Rockport Renewals

ROCKPORT – The Rockport Public Library offers automatic renewals for most items borrowed from the library. Items will automatically renew if not returned three days prior to their due date. Customers will no longer have to take action to renew items, even if the items came from a library in the Rockport Library Network. Items that cannot be renewed include Lucky Day titles, items on waiting lists, items that have reached their renewal limit, items borrowed from outside the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), items retrieved from a non-participating library. By initiating renewals automatically, the library complements its existing fine-free model, whereby the library no longer charges fines for overdue materials. Patrons who have registered their email address with the library will receive an email notifying them that their items have been automatically renewed – and reminders of upcoming due dates. To add your email address to this service, email [email protected], call 978-546-6934, or speak to a librarian.

farmers market

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Farmers Market is back with local produce you won’t find in the supermarket. Find him every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Harvey Park until October 15. And please note that payment by SNAP and EBT is accepted. For more information, visit

Native Cape Ann

Cape Ann Museum presents its exhibit of local indigenous Cape Ann artifacts, at the Town Center Campus, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. The exhibit also includes selections from the Annisquam Historical Society. For admission and information, visit

Which job ?

ROCKPORT – The Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., is hosting What Trade? Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the trustees’ room. No instruction, just a getaway for crafters to work on sewing with lively company and conversation. For more information, call 978-546-6934 or visit Events requiring registration are listed below with contact details

Open door

Need help shopping? Make food one less worry with new programs from The Open Door. New customers and those returning after more than two years can create an online shopping profile at or call 978-283-6776. New profiles will be processed within one business day. Active customers can place orders at or call 978-283-6776. Translation services are available in many languages. Groceries will be ready for pickup, with limited delivery available. Need food today? Visit the Gloucester Food Pantry at 28 Emerson Ave., during business hours for basic groceries. Ordering online or over the phone for pickup or delivery within 1-3 business days gives you more choices. The open house is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. available at 978-283-6776 ext. 201 or [email protected] Community meals? Pick-up and delivery from 3 p.m. to closing, Monday to Friday. Additional meals available on Friday for the weekend. For more information, visit


ROCKPORT — The Rockport Public Library has added Creativebug to its list of online databases. Creativebug has over 1,000 videos from artists and professionals detailing a wide variety of arts and crafts projects for all ages. Videos cover painting, ceramics, knitting, quilting, jewelry making, party crafts, and more. Some trades can be learned in a single video, or skills can be honed over multiple videos. To get started, visit, go to the homepage, enter your library card number and email address. After that, all you need to do is enter your card number to start crafting! Questions? 978-546-6934.

Cape Ann Finns

Cape Ann Finns is looking to expand its membership and, as an incentive, is offering free half-year memberships for new applicants at this time. The $10 annual fee would begin in 2023, but there is no renewal commitment. Cape Ann Finns (CAF) is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Finns and Finnish Americans, and members need not have Finnish roots. More information about the group and an application can be found at for more information. Or send your name, address, email address, phone number and Facebook name, if applicable, to [email protected] or call Rob Ranta at 202-420-8548.

Club 500

Gloucester AMVETS Post 32 is offering the chance to win 14 prizes, totaling $1,100 in one night. The AMVETS Post 32 500 Club, which raises money for the organization’s scholarship fund, has openings. The club is open to the public and only 500 tickets or numbers are available at a cost of $5 each. Draws are held monthly when the numbers for ten $20 winners, one $50 winner, one $100 winner, one $250 winner and one $500 winner are announced. If a number is drawn for a smaller prize, it is rejected in the bucket and is eligible for all other draws. Many members keep their same numbers for months or years. It costs $60 to keep a number for a year. Members do not need to be present and will be notified by mail if they win. Anyone wishing to purchase a number can do so at the club or by phone (978-283-9738). Checks can be made payable to Friends of AMVETS and sent to AMVETS 500 Club, 14 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Draws are held the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. upstairs in the Amvets Building at 14 Prospect Saint Gloucester.

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