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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 6, 2014 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 Art Association Presents Contributing Members Show 2015
Rockport Art Association
12 Main Street
Rockport
March 29, 2015 - April 18, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Art Association Presents Contributing Members Show 2015 Each year, Rockport Art Association's Contributing Members are invited to participate in an annual exhibition of their artwork. Everyone is invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, March 29th 2 – 4 pm. more  
Rockport Community Egg Hunt
Rockport Community House
58 Broadway
2:00 PM
Rockport
April 4, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Community Egg Hunt 2:00 PM -- don't be late!! This one ends quickly! Preschoolers, kindergarten and grade one children are invited to a Community Egg Hunt. Bring a basket! more  
Motif #1 Day
Downtown Rockport
10 am to 5 pm
Rockport
May 16, 2015
Click for details on Motif #1 Day Downtown Rockport will come alive with music, art, dance and poetry on Motif No. 1 Day on Saturday, May 18. more  
Rockport Chamber Music Festival's 33rd Season
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport
June 5, 2015 - July 12, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Chamber Music Festival's 33rd Season The 33rd Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival, June 6–July 13, features world-class musicians and rising stars bringing the finest in chamber music from the amazing young pianist Joyce Yang to the dynamic Shanghai Quartet. more  
Essex River Day
Essex River and Memorial Park
Essex
June 19, 2015 - June 20, 2015
Click for details on Essex River Day Essex River Day is an idea that has been evolving for many years. Often when boaters are out on the River you hear the same question over and over again, "Wouldn't it be great if everyone in Essex could experience the beauty of the River?" more  
32nd Annual Cape Ann Artisans Spring Open Studio Tour
Studio Locations throughout Cape Ann
Cape Ann
June 20, 2015 - June 21, 2015
Click for details on 32nd Annual Cape Ann Artisans Spring Open Studio Tour This self-guided tour presents a rare opportunity to meet more than a dozen professional artists and artisans and to see their work and demonstrations in their own studios. more  
St. Peter's Fiesta
St. Peter's Park
Gloucester
June 24, 2015 - June 28, 2015
Click for details on St. Peter's Fiesta The St. Peter's Fiesta is a five day festival honoring the patron saint of the fisherman St. Peter. more  
Rockport Garden Club's Annual Garden Tour ~
Downtown Rockport
Rockport
June 26, 2015 - June 27, 2015
The Rockport Garden Club's 2015 Annual Garden Tour ~ "Rockport in Bloom". This year's event is a self-guided 6 mile tour that includes flower and vegetable gardens, water features and a garden with a Growing Dome. more  
Independence Day Celebrations
America's Oldest Seaport & Art Colony
Cape Ann, Massachusetts
July 3, 2015 - July 4, 2015
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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  
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  
Gloucester Blues Festival
Stage Fort Park
11 am - 7:30 pm
Gloucester
August 8, 2015
Click for details on Gloucester Blues Festival Now in its fourth year, this annual event brought blues lovers from far and wide to Gloucester, Massachusetts. more  
Rockport Fireworks Display
Old Granite Pier
Sandy Bay
Rockport
August 8, 2015
Click for details on Rockport Fireworks Display As dusk descends on Rockport, settle in at Back Beach and the American Legion Bandstand to watch the third annual summertime fireworks display over Sandy Bay. more  
31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival
Gloucester Harbor
Gloucester
September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Click for details on 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival The 31st Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival will be held September 4th - 6th 2015 more  
TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water
Throughout Essex County
Essex County
September 18, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Click for details on TRAILS & SAILS: Two Weekends of Walks and Water Hike, Bike, and Sail during the 14th annual Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water. Experience the natural beauty, cultural resources and American heritage found in the Essex National Heritage Area, encompassing all of Cape Ann and located just n more  
11th Annual Rockport HarvestFest
Downtown Rockport
10 am - 6 pm
Rockport
October 17, 2015
Click for details on 11th Annual Rockport HarvestFest The annual Rockport HarvestFest celebration features the best of the season in a quintessential coastal New England setting, offering live music, great food, and plenty of activities for families. more  
Cape Ann Restaurant Week
Cape Ann
Gloucester and Rockport
October 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015
The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the eighth annual Cape Ann Restaurant Week October 18-23. Come and taste the best of the best as Cape Ann’s restaurateurs offer a prix-fixe three-course meal all for a remarkable price. more  
33rd Annual Essex Clamfest
Shepard Memorial Park
24 Martin Street
Essex
October 24, 2015
The 33rd annual Essex ClamFest will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Memorial Park in Essex. The highlight of the day will be the Clam Chowder Tasting, a competition that pits area restaurants against one another to determine who serves the best chowd more  
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