AROUND CAPE ANN: Harbor Loop concert series begins Thursday night – Gloucester Daily Times | Candle Made Easy

This week Cape Ann is in full swing with the Harbor Loop Concert series beginning this Thursday along with the Culture Splash continuing on Thursdays and the final weekend of Gloucester Stage Company’s current production showing that some things about love just doesn’t change no matter what the era.

Harbor Loop concert organizers have announced the musical lineup for the summer 2022 season at the park overlooking Gloucester’s Inner Harbor off Rogers Street. The concert series will kick off on July 21: Ayla Davis, Sam Pallazzolla & Brandon Blatchford and Millie and the Half Nelsons.

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

The schedule is: July 28, ToniAnn Enos & Deby Wantman and Garfish; August 4, John Jerome Music & Groove Therapy; August 11, Waterbound & The Chops; August 18, Alyssa O’Keefe Band & 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 1, Mamadou Diop & Rum Runners; and on September 8 Keith Thomas Hickey’s band The Knobs & Mike Forgettes Over The Bridge.

culture splash

Gloucester’s artistic and creative spirit is showcased on Thursdays in July and August from 4pm to 8pm during the weekly Culture Splash in the city’s two cultural districts – Rocky Neck and the other downtown in the Harbortown Cultural District. The event features art demonstrations, live music performances, imaginative exhibitions and more in a festive atmosphere.

Cape Ann Harbor Tours offers a complimentary water shuttle that takes visitors from one borough to another, with panoramic views of Gloucester along the way. The shuttle makes a 30-minute loop to several attractions in the two cultural precincts.

Many of the city’s cultural and artistic organizations participate, including the Cape Ann Museum, the North Shore Arts Association, the Gloucester Writers Center, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, as well as many galleries in downtown Gloucester.

Also on Rocky Neck, at Ocean Alliance at 32 Horton St., will host a Bobbi Gibb art exhibition on Thursday, July 21 from 4pm to 8pm where visitors will see Gibb’s bronze sculptures of runners and dancers and mixed media artworks. A pioneer of the long-distance runner, Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966 and a three-time women’s winner. She will be available to answer questions about making a sculpture and to talk about her books.

For a full schedule of Culture Splash events, visit

manufacturer market

One of two summer Cape Ann Makers Markets will be held during Culture Splash on Thursday, July 21 at Ocean Alliance, featuring more than 20 Cape Ann artisans and artisans offering nature and coastal inspired handmade items, including jewelry, metalwork, pottery, sculpture, painting, photography, woodworking, candles, artisan sea salt and more. (The second Makers Market at Ocean Alliance will be held on Thursday 18th August). The Ocean Alliance crew will provide visitors with information about their cetacean research and marine conservation work. Visitors can enjoy Gloucester’s LobsterRoller Food Truck offerings and live music. All supplier table fees benefit Ocean Alliance.

Dance: ‘Artifice’

The Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St. in Rockport, welcomes Robyn Goulette and the Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, who will perform the joint dance concert “Artfulness – An Evening of Inspiring Dance” will shine, on the open-air stage under a large tent. Classical and contemporary dance is performed by eight local professional and pre-professional dance companies.

With a passion for collaboration, Goulette creates a strong program that is diverse and offers something for everyone. The program includes dance companies from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and guest artists. The dance program includes excerpts from José Limón’s classic work There is a Time, as well as a dance entitled Peace and Goulette’s contemporary ballet Being, among many other dances including a tap dance.

Audiences are welcome to bring refreshments of their choice and picnic at picnic tables on the premises before the show. Visit for tickets and more details.


The Gloucester Stage Company is presenting outdoor family theater with Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St. in Rockport now through Saturday 23 July. Shows on a stage covered by a large tent will take place on Thursday 21 July and Friday 22 July at 7.30pm and Saturday 23 July at 3pm and 7.30pm

“We are planning an ’80s-themed musical version of the show, set at a summer camp and featuring dancing and singing to music from the period,” said director Katie Oberlander. “Professional actors play key roles alongside our students (ages 6-18) and the outcome is sure to be entertaining and magical.”

Under the fairy moonlight, four amorous teenagers discover “Love is Strange” when their partners call it quits before the big dance.

“Love troubles aren’t just for teenagers, and even the camp directors get into a love fight. and as if that weren’t enough, the camp counselors try to rehearse a performance for the big dance, but to no avail. Add in a magic potion that can make anyone fall in love with the first person they see – and what could possibly go wrong?” reads the summary.

Recommended for ages 6+. Tickets are available at

Last ‘Fullerton’

The current production of “Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets at Gloucester Stage Company runs until July 24th. Though it’s set as a turn-of-the-century Parisian tale about the sexual awakening of Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton, there are some things about love that don’t change across the century. In this latest Anne Undeland play, she brings Wharton together with her boyfriend Henry James, her lover and the maid of an Irish lady. All shows have returned to the Gloucester Stage theater at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. Visit for ticket information.

quarry notes

The Cape Ann Museum presents Notes from a Quarry, a special exhibition featuring works by contemporary artist Vincent Castagnacci. Showcasing the artist’s drawings and paintings from the mid-2000s to the present, the exhibition features earlier work that reflects the strong influence Cape Ann continues to have on the artist.

“Everything I’ve become I owe to the first time I set foot on Cape Ann and Gloucester in particular,” Castagnacci said. “I have lived with his presence in my life for almost 60 years.”

Castagnacci is from Rhode Island and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and with George Demetrios in Boston and Gloucester in the early 1960s. In 1964 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale and two years later a Master of Fine Arts from the same institution. Castagnacci is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.

“Castagnacci came to know and love Cape Ann through his work with Demetrios. The Castagnacci family has owned an estate at the back of the cape for 40 years. The neighborhood, from the rugged coastline of Folly Cove to Halibut Point and up to Dogtown, has provided Castagnacci with boundless inspiration,” reads a statement at the exhibition.

Museum director Oliver Barker noted that this presentation is part of the museum’s effort to continue to showcase contemporary practitioners inspired by Cape Ann.

“Through an exploration of media, surfaces, patterns and textures, Castagnacci sheds new light on granite, which is such a defining feature of Cape Ann’s history and our collective lived experience,” said Barker.

Visit for more details and related programs.

Around Cape Ann is a column dedicated to events happening on Cape Ann and Cape Ann artists performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an article, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or at least two weeks in advance.

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