FIRST EVER EVENT OF ITS KIND-CREATING A FANTASTIC NEW HOLIDAY FESTIVAL IN ROCKPORT!!!

On my way to Ace hardware in Rockport this morning, I passed Rusty and Ingrid’s beautiful print shop and noticed a very cool Rusty and Ingrid graphic in their front window–about a new holiday festival called the Rockport Makers’ Market. I just had to stop in and find out more.

Rusty took a few moments from his super busy morning to explain. “This is the first event of its kind in Rockport. We are creating an on-trend holiday market (like the one’s we sell at in Boston), and we are combining it with a town-wide festival in Rockport. Ingrid and I designed the concept of the event and we are doing most of the production. We are even hand printing much of the event decor in our shop.

We have tremendous participation with town businesses and we are also bringing in some of the best vendors in New England to sell at a holiday market.
The event is getting a lot of attention. We have over 16,000 Facebook Responses to the event (“Going” and “Interested”). We also have two TV News channels that will be reporting on it (NBC Boston, and Chronicle).”

WOW, JUST WOW!!!

Rusty shared the press release (see below) and you can find out more here:

Rusty Kinnunen

Phone: (978) 491- 9632

Email: info@rustyandingrid.com

Event Website: www.rockportmakers.com

Making a Trendy New Holiday Festival in Rockport!

Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, an artist couple based in Rockport, who are mainstays of Boston’s art markets, are teaming up with the Town of Rockport and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce to create the first ever Rockport Makers’ Festival, to be held in Rockport, on the weekend of December 15 and 16, 2018.
The town-wide festival connects holiday shoppers with “Makers” of handmade and artisan gifts; and it activates the seaside village with festivities including food trucks and free horse drawn carriage rides on Bearskin Neck.
A juried indoor Holiday Market brings 30 creative brands from all over New England to sell at two locations in the village: the Rockport Art Association & Museum and Brackett’s Oceanview Restaurant. The market will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day and admission is free. The market vendors offer on-trend handmade wares including home decor, apparel and jewelry.Free carriage rides
Throughout the village, over 50 of Rockport’s own creative businesses will be showcasing their maker-made gifts, as well as hosting festive and crafty events in their shops, galleries, and restaurants. Some of the attractions include: an interactive “Print-Your-Own” screen print event at Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company, an indoor Holiday Farmer’s Market hosted by Rockport Exchange, Gingerbread House Decorating at The Sally Webster Inn, a candle making demonstration at Rockport Candle Company, and a free showing of A Christmas Carol at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening.
Book signing with author Mary Faino 
Print your own screenprint
An event map will be distributed at the festival to guide visitors to the many attractions. There will be free hand printed tote bags for the first 1,000 visitors, and a chance to win a raffle prize giveaway. A full schedule is available on the event website, www.rockportmakers.com .

Free screening of A Christmas Carol at the Shalin Liu

Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen

Rockport’s quaint Lattof Farm has expanded to include Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen.  I have been trying to get there for weeks to try their avocado toast, the quiche, or their sweet salad but I haven’t been able to make it yet.  My boys are dying to try their smoothies….Strawberry Banana, PB Rescue, or Seasonal Splash.

I just missed the kitchen hours the other day, but I stopped to browse their gorgeous produce and snapped photos of the Farmhouse Kitchen menu for keeping.  I am hopeful that tomorrow will be the day I can stop by on the way to work and you can bet I’ll update you on how delicious my breakfast was….and, I know it will be because I’ve heard so from many a townsfolk!

For now though, check out their farm stand and menu!

Lattof Farms is definitely a Rockport treasure and we’re so lucky to have them conveniently located on the way in and out of town on Main Street!

Check out Lattof Farm Kitchen’s Facebook Page HERE

The first 6 photos are from their Facebook page…and are the reason that I can’t wait to get back to the Farmhouse Kitchen.

The other photos I snapped in the farm stand while admiring the abundance of fruits and vegetables.

Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen is located at:

205 Main Street, Rockport

It is open Monday-Saturday, 7:00-2:00

Courtesy of Lattof Farmhouse Kitchen Facebook Page

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REMINDER: KIM SMITH PRESENTATION AT THE ROCKPOST ART ASSOCIATION

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! 

Additionally Sherri Casey from the Rockport Garden Club writes: All RGC members and guests are welcome to attend our July 9 evening meeting at the Rockport Art Association. This should be a beautiful, informative talk by Kim Smith titled, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.” The evening starts at 6:00 with a wine and cheese reception followed by Kim’s presentation. If you would like to attend but do not drive at night we can arrange for a ride. Please contact Sherri Casey.

In Gloucester: Fireworks. Rockport: We light the outhouse on fire.

Small dragon comes out of the outhouse. Becomes much bigger and rids Rockport of arm hair.

Even from this distance, this bonfire is making Rubber Duck cry propylene tears
Everyone who used to be closer now has no hair on their arms. That is when you move back.

MARY FAINO AND SARAH KELLY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY FOR THEIR LATEST COLLABORATION “ROME A DAY!”

Friends Sarah Kelly and Mary Faino are launching their second book collaboration, Rome a day. You may recall their previous charming and beautiful collaborative book, a day in Rockport.

Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah and Mary for their new book!

Motif No.1 Day Fest THIS Saturday rain or shine!

Lots of good stuff is happening in Rockport this weekend as Rockporters and visitors celebrate the ol’ fishing shack known as Motif No.1 at the annual Motif No.1 Day Fest.

Arts activities, roving poetry, dance, live music, theater, local food, aerialists, acrobats, and much more are on the schedule. It all kicks off with the Motif No.1 Day 5K & Fun Run at 9am, with proceeds going to benefit the Rockport Public Schools’ WELL initiative. We’ll have tents to keep you dry in case of rain, lots of great food, balloons, face-painting, print-making with Rusty and Ingrid, a Pet Parade to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid – the list goes on…

The Schedule of Events:

So who organizes the Motif No.1 Day Fest? I can hear you asking. Is it the Chamber of Commerce? The Town of Rockport? Magic fairies? No, the organizers of Motif 1 Day volunteer for a local nonprofit called Rockport Exchange. Rockport Exchange works with commercial, cultural, and civic groups to help create a strong sense of community through events and initiatives that promote local food, culture, and industry. Rockport Exchange works hard to be self-funded, but could use your support in sustaining the free community programming the organization provides.

One fun way you can help fund Motif No. 1 Day is by entering the “Win Free Coffee for a Year” raffle at Brothers’ Brew. A $20 ticket gives you a chance for a free cup of coffee every day at Rockport’s favorite doughnut (and more) shop. And the staff at BB throws in specialty coffee as part of the deal for the winner, which makes this prize practically priceless. Last year Rockport’s Harbormaster, Rosemary Lesch, won. And since Rosemary holds court in the corner table nearly every day at Brothers’ Brew, she got her money’s worth with that winning raffle ticket over this past year. Think she can win again? Rosemary is hopeful and has already bought her raffle ticket. You have a few days left to stop by Brothers’ Brew and buy your ticket! Thanks for your support and we’ll see you at the Fest! For more details, go to www.rockportexchange.org