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T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor, and Dock Square, 3:45pm
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Where else can you see Santa arrive by lobster boat? Santa will arrive at Rockport’s T-Wharf on Rockport Harbor on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:45 p.m., following a brisk lobster boat ride across Sandy Bay. Then Santa will climb up onto a Rockport Forest Fire truck and proceed along Mt. Pleasant Street to Dock Square, led by Rockport cub scouts. At Dock Square Santa will briefly ascend the platform to greet the crowd and kick off the Tree Lighting festivities, before climbing back onto the fire truck to begin his long return journey to the North Pole.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will get underway at 4 p.m. welcoming Santa and the public at the Tree with carols and a stirring rendition of "Christmas in Rockport". Well-known Choral Director Wendy Betts will lead the musical program, and Dot Stoffa, Rockport artist and lyricist for "Christmas in Rockport", will serve as emcee.

Singers are invited to join the Dock Square Carolers to welcome in the season. A rehearsal for the carolers will be held at the Rockport Art Association at 2:15 p.m. prior to the ceremony.

Chairperson Sarah Wilkinson will offer official greetings from the Town on behalf of the Board of Selectmen, and then will pull the switch to light this year's Rockport Christmas tree.

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Rockport Chamber Music Festival's 34th Season
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport
June 5, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Chamber Music Festival's 34th Season The 34th Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 5–July 12 and August 1, features world-class musicians and rising stars, bringing the finest in chamber music from the amazing young cellist Cicely Parnas to the dynamic Shanghai Quartet. more  
Up The Line: The Montserrat – RAA Connection
Maddocks Gallery
12 Main Street
Rockport
June 20, 2015 - July 20, 2015
Click for details on Up The Line: The Montserrat – RAA Connection This exhibit features a collection of works from Montserrat College of Art’s past and present faculty as well as alumni. Many of Montserrat’s founders were also members of the RAA. Opening Reception: Saturday, June 20, 2 - 4 pm, Maddocks Gallery more  
Independence Day Celebrations
Gloucester
Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
Click for details on Independence Day Celebrations Cape Ann Celebrates Independence Day with Free Concerts, Fireworks, Parades, Bonfires, and more. more  
Celebrate July 4th at Rockport Farmers Market!
Harvey Park
Downtown Rockport
9 am - 1 pm
Rockport
July 4, 2015
Click for details on Celebrate July 4th at Rockport Farmers Market! The summer Rockport Farmers Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 1 pm, June 20 - October 3, and is organized by Rockport Festivals. more  
Pokey LaFarge
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 p.m.
Rockport
July 5, 2015
A young songwriter with an old soul, Pokey LaFarge is reinvigorating the music of the 20’s and 30’s, adding a fresh new voice and energy to ragtime blues, western swing and riverboat jazz. more  
Rockport Chamber Music Festival: Week Five
Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main Street Rockport
July 7, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Chamber Music Festival: Week Five The Festival's final week will be one to remember, beginning with young award-winning cellist Cicely Parnas rounding out the Rising Star series. more  
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 p.m.
Rockport
July 8, 2015
Click for details on Tommy Castro & The Painkillers A revered Bay Area blues rocker, Tommy Castro comes to Rockport armed with a sound that folds heavy doses of Memphis soul into his funky brand of blues, delivering searing Stratocaster lines alongside gritty, roadhouse-rattling vocals. more  
The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
Fuller School
Gloucester
July 9, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Click for details on The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Gloucester United Veterans Council and the City of Gloucester are proud to sponsor "The Wall That Heals" more  
Annual Lighthouse Cruise
24 Harbor Loop
7 p.m.
Gloucester
July 10, 2015
Click for details on Annual Lighthouse Cruise We will cruise up the Annisquam River to Annisquam Light into Ipswich Bay around the Cape to Halibut Point, to Straitsmouth Island Light, Thacher Island's twin lights and down the coast to Eastern Point Light and back into Gloucester Harbor past Ten Pound more  
Rockport Navy Weekend 2015
Rockport
Multiple Locations
Rockport
July 10, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Navy Weekend 2015 Meet the visiting sailors and midshipmen, enjoy a free concert by the Navy's Northeast Pops Ensemble, and treat yourself to a softball game and a pancake breakfast during the Rockport's annual Navy Weekend! more  
Rockport Farmers' Market
Harvey Park
Downtown Rockport
9 am - 1 pm
Rockport
July 11, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Farmers' Market The summer Rockport Farmers' Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 1 pm, June 21 - October 4, and is organized by Rockport Festivals. more  
Rockport Reunion
Evans Field (at Pooles's Lane Entrance)
Noon to 9 pm
Rockport
July 11, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Reunion It's been a while. You grew up in Rockport, but you moved away. Or maybe you stayed, but saw friends drift off. Some moved "up the line," some moved across the country. But you're a Rockporter! Live music, food, children's games. Tickets $10; $25 family; more  
Chamber of Commerce 28th Annual Auction
The Essex Room at Woodman's of Essex
125 rear Main Street
5 pm
Essex
July 17, 2015
Click for details on Chamber of Commerce 28th Annual Auction Paintings by Cape Ann’s leading artists, including Ken Knowles, John Terelak, Robert Gruppe, Don Mosher, Paul George, K.T. Morse, Carole Loiacono, and John Nesta, tickets to sporting events, trips and adventures and much more! more  
Melanie
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 p.m.
Rockport
July 17, 2015
Click for details on Melanie A singer-songwriter known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit “Brand New Key,” Melanie has remained an iconic voice for the “summer of love” generation. more  
Old Sloop Fair
First Congregational Church
12 School Street
9am - 3pm
Rockport
July 17, 2015 - July 18, 2015
Click for details on Old Sloop Fair Rockport's beloved Old Sloop Fair continues Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 with the traditional fair events: the silent auction, art mart, white elephants, book nook, handknits and handcrafts, jewelry, bake table, snack bar, and much more.
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Rockport Farmers' Market
Harvey Park
Downtown Rockport
9 am - 1 pm
Rockport
July 18, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Farmers' Market The summer Rockport Farmers' Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 1 pm, June 20 - October 3, and is organized by Rockport Festivals. more  
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 p.m.
Rockport
July 23, 2015 - July 24, 2015
Click for details on Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn The dynamic married duo of Béla Fleck and singer Abigail Washburn is a musical partnership that seamlessly blends innovation with tradition. more  
Rockport Farmers' Market
Harvey Park
Downtown Rockport
9 am - 1 pm
Rockport
July 25, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Farmers' Market The summer Rockport Farmers' Market is a new, open-air market located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport. It takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 1 pm, June 20 - October 3, and is organized by Rockport Festivals. more  
Paula Cole
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
8 p.m.
Rockport
July 30, 2015 - July 31, 2015
Click for details on Paula Cole Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always manages to return to her hometown for a memorable night of smash hits. more  
Rockport Chamber Music Festival: Bonus Concert
Shalin Liu Performance Center 37 Main Street Rockport
August 1, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Chamber Music Festival: Bonus Concert A bonus concert on August 1 from British wunderkind pianist Benjamin Grosvenor closes out the Festival in splendid fashion with a program of Ravel, Mendelssohn, Liszt, and more. more  

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