Family fun tomorrow! TOHP Burnham #EssexMA party 10am-noon, and Motif #1 all day #RockportMA

TOHP Burnham Essex Public Reception Saturday, May 18 10AM-NOON

Temporary Public Art: Alexia Parker
Fun Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, June 7 4PM
Author James McKenna & Illust. Juni VanDyke If I were Series 5/10; llust. Alexia Parker Bike’s Big Adventure and Pumpkin Carving 5/17; Author & Illust. Barbara McLaughlin The Long Way Home 5/31; Author Diane Polley & Illust. Marion Hall Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow 6/7

TOHP Burnham Library, Essex
30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
978.768.7410
Days/Hours: M1-7,T1-5,W1-7,Th10-5,F1-5,S10-12
https://essexpubliclibrary.org

Essex Bicentennial display also on view.

snapshot scenes from Fun Friday May 10th and today below and TOHP Burnham hall installation views, Alexia Parker paper collage series, Hometown, for Once Upon a Contest group exhibition. 

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Rockport Motif #1 Saturday, May 18 all day

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Nichole’s Picks 5/21 + 5/22

Pick #1:  Motif #1 Day, Rockport

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts. And all of it centers around the fishing shack-artist’s studio-tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves that was painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1 by Lester Hornby, a well-known artist and instructor of the period.

Film, poetry, dance, music, and art-making activities are all a part of the festival, as well as historical presentations and a Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT ROCKPORTEXCHANGE.ORG BY CLICKING HERE

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Pick #2:  92.9 EarthFest Concert on the Hatch Shell

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

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“We are excited to announce that Flight of Fire, The Strumbellas, Joywave and Fitz and the Tantrums will be performing at this years FREE Radio 92.9 EarthFest Presented By Whole Foods Market. The festival will take place at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on May 21st, 2016 from 10:00am-5:00pm.”

Pick #3:  Let’s Go Fly a Kite: A Practically Perfect Mary Poppins Party 

Sunday, May 22nd 1:00-4:00

It’s an afternoon of Poppins fun for the whole family at this Mary Poppins Party at Crane Estate. Activities include kite making and flying, chalk drawing, lawn games, and more. Kite aficionados from Kites Over New England are on hand to show their kites and flying techniques. Tea, lemonade, and cookies are served.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Cost:  Child Member: $24, Child NonMember: $30
Parents and Guardians are Free

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Raw Bar at The Fish Shack in Rockport on FRIDAY NIGHT

Say what? Yes, it’s true. Word on the street (the mean streets of Rockport, MA) is that Karin Porter of the Fish Shack (the restaurant, not the fish shack) in Dock Square is serving oysters along with a signature Motif No.1 Day cocktail to kick off the weekend’s pahtying in downtown Rockport in front of the Motif No. 1 Day festival on Saturday. Rockporters and assorted other types are eating raw mollusks in celebration of Motif No.1, Rockport’s famous fishing shack.

Motif No.1 is so famous that it has a festival dedicated to celebrating every inch of its surface, documented down to the last buoy and nail hole. It’s like Cape Ann’s very own Kardashian; we know everything about it and we still can’t get enough.

Come on down to Dock Square, eat oysters and lobster rolls, listen to music and generally party like it’s M1D:2015 this weekend! Because it is!

Motif No.1 for the win!

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When does “the season” start? Today!

Live music is already playing at Motif #1 Day (see Motif #1 live music schedule here).  Brad Byrd headlines at 4pm in Dock Square.  All free!

Then it’s a HUGE night on Cape Ann.  You can’t possibly see it all, so you’re gonna have to choose.  See the full live music lineup here.  Aren’t you glad you live in a community with a vibrant local live music scene?  Twenty Two local artists performing today alone!

Crowell Chapel is a gem of a venue in Manchester and tonight you can see award-winning Boston singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson with local rising star, Joe Wilkins opening.   Get tickets here.  Here’s a taste of Meg:

Your Motif No.1 Day Festival Guide HERE on GMG!

Okay, so here goes…Rockport is packed this weekend with activities for residents, visitors, and people in every other category. Not sure what is going on when? Keep this post handy, because it will guide you through the festivities in the expert way you’ve come to expect from Good Morning Gloucester, your guide to all things local.

Thursday, May 16th at the Blue Lobster Grille in Dock Square

  • The Inns of Rockport is sponsoring a DineAround at the Blue Lobster Grille on Thursday. 20% of the proceeds from your meal will go to support festival programming. The activities at Motif No.1 Day are free, so community fundraisers are an important part of keeping the festival alive in Rockport. Come out and enjoy a great meal while supporting a good cause!

Friday, May 17th at the Rockport Community House

  • Brown bag community supper, 5K race packet pickup & Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening. Bring your supper (optional) to enjoy with friends and neighbors while checking out our 45-minute screening of short films. And if you’re registered for the Motif 1 Day 5K, you can pick up your race packet and number too! Filmmaker Emile Doucette will be on hand to talk about his work and his short film “Homemade Parade” which captures the unique spirit of Cape Ann.

Saturday, May 18th throughout downtown Rockport

The big day! Here is a downloadable schedule of events, or go to www.rockportartfestivals.com. Read on for the list of the day’s events, and whether you check out art, dance, film, poetry, the race, live music, theater or ALL of it, you are sure to have a good time! See you downtown for Motif No.1 Day!

Motif No. 1 Day Schedule of Events: May 18th, 2013

9 am – 10:30am

  • The Motif No. 1 Day 5K & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools Health & Wellness programs! Sponsored by Rockport Public Schools.

10 am – 5 pm

  • Art & Flowers at the Rockport Art Association. Floral arrangements inspired by works of art at this RAA-sponsored event.

  • Shopping Scavenger Hunt. Over 60 shops participating in a fun scavenger hunt for special Motif No. 1 Day weekend promotions. Organized by La Provence, 4 Main Street.

10:30 am – 12 noon

  • Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11 am – 5 pm

  • Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park. Motif-y graffiti, coloring pages, lobster toss & more.

  • Rockport Elementary School Art Show in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets. Sponsored by Rockport National Bank.

  • Dock Square Chowder Stand serving chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach A percentage of proceeds support 2013 festival programming.

  • New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth in Harvey Park. Proceeds support 2013 New Year’s Rockport Eve programming.

11 am

  • Vision, Light & Motif No.1: a free presentation by the photographer and historian Les Bartlett at the Rockport Art Association, Hibbard Gallery.

  • Rockport Dance Academy performs in Dock Square.

  • Singer Michael O’Leary & harper Carol McIntyre in Harvey Park.

12 pm

  • The Sturdy Oaks in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

  • Singer-songwriter Courtney Reid on Bearskin Neck.

  • Rockport School Band Concert in Harvey Park.

12 pm – 2 pm

  • Dora Tevan, Puppeteer & Storyteller in Barletta Park (next to Harvey Park) sharing Cape Ann’s heritage and folklore.

12 pm – 4 pm

  • The Evolving Mural in Harvey Park with several artists passing the paintbrush to create a piece together.

1 pm

  • The Sturdy Oaks on Bearskin Neck. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

1:30 pm

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

2 pm

  • Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.

  • The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.

2:15 pm

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

3 pm

  • Motif 1 Short Film Festival Screening in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre Co. in Dock Square. Sponsored by Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop.

3:30 pm

  • Rockport School Bands & Ensemble in Harvey Park.

4 pm

  • Singer-songwriter Brad Byrd in Dock Square.

  • Words Before Dinner literary event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann. Twin Lights Soda, a Cape Ann original, will be on hand.

4:30 pm

  • Photographer Thi Linh Wernau shares excerpt from her “You Are Beautiful” photography project. Books available, with all net profits benefiting at-risk children and veterans’ programs.

5 – 5:30 pm: A Community Festival Finale

  • Vintage Rockport on Film. From the collection of Pierce Sears of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co. Located at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by the Twin Lights Beverage Co. with complimentary Twin Lights soda available at the screening.

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Enter a Film in the Motif 1 Day Short Film Festival!!!

The Motif No. 1 Day festival celebrates art across different mediums on May 18th, and this year’s event is jam-packed with activities, which will be highlighted over the next few weeks. First part of the festival we’re highlighting on GMG? The Motif 1 short film festival, a new part of the event this year. The festival organizers are calling for films up to 10 minutes in length with Cape Ann as the subject. Any aspect of Cape Ann — industry, geography, the arts, the people — anything that conveys a sense of place. If you have something you’ve created, or know a filmmaker who is working on a piece on Cape Ann,  please submit a film or spread the word about submissions for screening consideration.  For more info go to www.rockportartfestivals.com. For inspiration check out Emile Doucette’s short film on the Lanesville Parade.RFmotif2013film

TOMORROW: Schedule of Events for Motif No. 1 Day!

For more information about specific events, click HERE to go to the website.

2012 Motif No. 1 Day Schedule of Events

www.rockportartfestivals.com

All Day Activities
Kids’ Art Zone art activities for children
Dock Square Chowder Stand
Mini-Motif Scavenger Hunt
Sidewalk Chalk Competition
Try Your Hand Interactive Art Event

Scheduled Events

9 am
The Motif No. 1 Day 5K to benefit Rockport Elementary Schools Health & Wellness programs!

10 am
The Motif: Why it Matters presentation on the Motif by artist and historian Les Bartlett at the Rockport Art Association.

Community Event: Toad Hall 40th Birthday Celebration! Meet at 10 o’clock in front of Toad Hall for a walk to Millbreak Meadow to enjoy face-painting, books & CUPCAKES!

10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Old Firehouse Trust. Sponsored by Rockport Music. For more click HERE.

11 am – 3 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets.

11 am
The Merrimac Valley Rounders in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass & Americana.

11 & 11:45 am
The Way We Were a multimedia presentation by the Rockport High School Band in Harvey Park at the First Baptist Church

12 pm – 1 pm
Free Community Concert at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

12 pm – 2 pm
Photography Exhibit Reception at the Rockport Art Association.

1 pm
The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park.

Folly Cove Designers Feature in the Old Firehouse Trust.

  • Design Showcase: the Sarah Elizabeth Shop Rockport block printer Julia Garrison is the new owner of the legendary Sarah Elizabeth Shop and will be showcasing her work as well as the work of Isabel Natti and the Folly Cove Designer Sarah Elizabeth, printed on the original Folly Cove Designers’ acorn press.
  • Film: Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place with the film’s producer, Christine Lundberg. A short documentary on the legendary Cape Ann author & designer. The producer, Christine Lundberg will be at the screening.

2 pm
Alek Razdan & the A-Train Orchestra on Bearskin Neck.

Artist Rocky Delforge painting in Dock Square in a collaborative work created on the spot.

Brad Byrd playing an acoustic set in Dock Square on Bearskin Neck.

3 pm
Carrtunes in Dock Square. Dixieland Jazz from the 20s, 30s & 40s.

3:30 pm
"In Search of the Motif" reading & book signing by author LM Vincent at the Old Firehouse Trust.

4 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced in Dock Square

Words Before Dinner Event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann. Twin Lights Soda, a Cape Ann original, will be on hand.

5 – 5:30 pm: A Community Festival Finale
Rockport Home Movies with Twin Lights Soda. Film from the collection of Pierce Sears of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co. Located at the Old Firehouse Trust. Complimentary Twin Lights soda available at the screening.

Motif No. 1 Day Schedule: Whew!

It’s almost here, and it’s happening, whether it’s sunny, rainy, sleeting or even snowing, Motif No. 1 Day in downtown Rockport kicks off Friday night with a free film by Les Bartlett and ends the next evening, May 21st at 6:00 with Vintage Rockport on Film: the 1950s. Both the kickoff and the finale will include Twin Lights soda (or tonic…) and the newest Twin Lights t-shirts will even be on hand for purchase. Below is the Schedule of Events. Go  to our festival website for more details!

All Day Events

  • Motif No. 1 Art Exhibit in the Old Firehouse Trust
  • Dock Square Chowder Stand with chowder from Nate’s at Front Beach! (percentage of proceeds to support Rockport Festivals)
  • Kids’ Art Zone in Harvey Park
  • Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
  • NYRE Food Booth in Harvey Park (proceeds to support Rockport’s New Year’s Eve)
  • Try Your Hand Interactive Art Event throughout downtown
  • The Spirit of the Motif throughout downtown
  • Find the Motif Scavenger Hunt throughout downtown
  • Music throughout downtown

Scheduled Events
10 am
The Way We Were a multi-media presentation by the Rockport High School Band in Harvey Park

10:30 am
Rockport Dance Academy in Dock Square. Click HERE for information on the Rockport Dance Academy.

10:30 am – 12 noon
Instrument Petting Zoo at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 3rd Floor. Sponsored by Rockport Music.

11 am – 3 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest throughout downtown. Registration located at the corner of School & Main Streets.

Spirit of the Motif: a wandering dramatic presentation throughout downtown.

11 am & 11:30 am
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street.

12 noon – 1 pm
Back Bay Brass Quintet at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sponsored by Rockport Music. Concert is free, tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.

12 noon – 2 pm
Photography Reception at the Rockport Art Association. Enjoy this opportunity to the photographers behind the juried work of the RAA at this free reception.

1 pm – 3 pm
Nat Simpkins Band New Orleans Jazz & Blues with Henri Smith.

1 pm – 4 pm
Face-painting with artist Kristine Karvelas in Harvey Park

12 noon
Merrimac Valley Rounders in Dock Square. A lively mix of bluegrass standards & originals.

2 pm
Film: The Fish Shack Float That Charmed Chicago at The Old Firehouse Trust. Click HERE for movie trailer.

The Rockport Legion Band in Harvey Park. Click HERE for Band information.

2pm & 2:30 pm
Puppet Show by Adventures with Amy at The Paper Mermaid on Main Street

4 pm
Sidewalk Chalk Contest Winners announced in Dock Square

3 pm – 5 pm
Soul Force V in Dock Square. A fantastic blend of funk, soul & jazz.

4 pm – 4:45 pm
Words Before Dinner Poetry Event at the Old Firehouse Trust. Original poems inspired by life on Cape Ann.

6:30 pm
Festival Finale: Vintage Rockport on Film with Twin Lights tonic at the Old Firehouse Trust (provided courtesy of the Twin Lights Beverage Co.). Twin Lights t-shirts will be available as well!

Free Motif Number 1 PrintThe first person who goes to the information booth at Motif #1 Day and mentions the free poster as part of Good Morning Gloucester will be able to take home this Folly Cove Designers Print!

Eat for a good Cause!

We all need to eat, so why not eat for a good cause? Come to Ellen’s Harborside Restaurant on historic T-Wharf this Thursday, May 19th for a DineAround fundraiser and 20% of the proceeds from your meal will go to support the programming for Motif No. 1 Day & HarvestFest. This is a great way to begin the Motif No. 1 Day festival weekend which kicks off the next night in downtown Rockport. Rockport Festivals (in charge of Motif No. 1 Day & HarvestFest) is run by community volunteers and funded entirely through community sponsorship, so this event will go a long way toward making the festivals happen. Many thanks to the Inns of Rockport & the Rockport Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the DineAround and to Ellen’s for hosting it.

Things To Do- Motif #1 Day Festival Saturday May 21,2011

Dear Joey,
The Rockport Art Festivals committee has been working hard on the upcoming Motif #1 Day Festival on Saturday May 21,2011.  Attached is the press release, schedule of events and flier.  I hope you will post the festival on GoodMorningGloucester and hopefully come enjoy the festivities!
Thank You,
Law Hamilton
Rockport Art Festivals

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Downtown Rockport will come alive with music, art, dance and poetry on Motif No. 1 Day, slated for Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Motif No. 1 Day is a long-standing Rockport tradition, a chance to celebrate Rockport across the arts through the symbol of Rockport’s famous fishing shack, Motif No. 1, the subject of countless paintings and photographs throughout the last century.
Motif No. 1 Day brings a focus on the arts to Rockport, both past and present. The festival includes interactive art events such as the Sidewalk Chalk Art contest, a scavenger hunt throughout downtown, the famous festival Dock Square Chowder Stand, live music, historical presentations, art activities for children, and the Words Before Dinner event, a poetry reading featuring the beauty and history of Cape Ann as its theme. The festival closes with Rockport on Film: Vintage Images of Rockport from the collection of Pierce Sears, proprietor of the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co.
Jazz, Bluegrass, and classic American Band music will all be featured, with appearances by Merrimack Valley Rounders, Soul Force V and the Rockport Legion Band among others. The day also includes featured events at participating businesses and an exciting array of community events such as an Instrument Petting Zoo and other activities for children sponsored by Rockport Music at the beautiful new Shalin Liu Performance Center.
The festival kicks off on Friday, May 20 at 7 o’clock in Dock Square with the premier of The Fish Shack Float That Charmed Chicago: filmmaker, historian & photographer Leslie D. Bartlett’s new film featuring archival footage of Rockport and the story of Rockport’s success at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The screening is free and film-goers will enjoy Twin Lights soda courtesy of Rockport’s own bottling company, the Thomas Wilson Beverage Co.   
For more information, visit www.rockportartfestivals.com
or e-mail: rockportfestivals@gmail.com.
You can follow Rockport Festivals at facebook.com/rockportfestivals
and on twitter @rockportfest.

Calling All Creative People!

Minimalist Motif in George Anderson's Gallery window on Main Street at last year's festival.

Jud Wilson's action figures Motif at The Ice Cream Store on Bearskin Neck at last year's festival.

One of the highlights of last year’s Motif No. 1 Day was the Find-the-Motif Scavenger Hunt, where mini-Motifs were placed throughout Rockport’s downtown for festival-goers to discover. There were Motifs made of driftwood, papier mâché, sleek steel, and an especially crazy-awesome one made by Jud of Ace Hardware using action figures attached to a plywood Motif (with lights! and sound!). The people who make Motif No. 1 Day happen are looking for more submissions for this year’s festival on May 21st. The general dimensions are 2′ x 3′ so that Scavenger Hunt participants can spot the mini-Motif easily, but if your creativity leads you to create a Motif that’s a bit smaller — or larger — it’s no problem at all. To join in the fun, e-mail rockportfestivals@gmail.com and let them know  you’ll be making a Motif for the Scavenger Hunt. Submissions are due by Thursday, May 19th, and participants are asked to pick up their mini-Motifs in Dock Square at the close of the festival (7 pm on Saturday, May 21st).  To get you in the spirit of things, here’s an image of a kit for a paper Motif No. 1, sold online by Fiddler’s Green. Yours doesn’t have to be this perfect of course. It doesn’t even have to be red — just vaguely recognizable as the (arguably) most famous fishing shack/art studio/storage building in the known universe.

A Motif No. 1 model kit from Fiddler's Green.