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Sunset Lighthouse Cruise August 2022 from the Thacher Island Association
Cruise aboard the Privateer IV, operated by 7 Seas Whale Watch and enjoy a specially narrated sunset tour of Cape Ann’s coast and its six historic lighthouses, and support one of Cape Ann’s National Historic Landmarks! We can’t guarantee a perfect sunset, but we can guarantee a wonderful time. BYO picnic dinner or purchase one on board. Cruise departs from 7 Seas Whale Watch Wharf, 63 Rogers St, Gloucester Harbor, 01930, Ten Pound Lighthouse, Eastern Point Lighthouse, Thacher Island Twin Lights, Straitsmouth Lighthouse, Annisquam Lighthouse, turn around at Annisquam to enjoy the views again as we return to Gloucester Harbor. Tickets available in advance at (
Rockport New Year’s Eve Summer Sampler
This year’s Rockport New Year’s Eve Summer Sampler will take place Saturday, August 6 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Back Beach Bandstand. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will try again Sunday, August 7 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The earlier hour on the rain date is to accommodate the Rockport Legion Band concert that evening. 5 Star Phresh Phood will be on hand with delicious food choices. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. Admission is free. However, RNYE would appreciate your generous donations to support the performers and Rockport New Year’s Eve 2022. A bucket will be passed at the Summer Sampler. You can also make donations here. The Summer Sampler will feature three amazing acts - Downhome Swing, Satch Kerans Band, and Henri Smith and Friends.
The annual Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) outdoor painting competition and festival, which takes place in the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport. CAPA provides local, national and internationally recognized artists the opportunity to compete in the premier New England Plein Air festival and winner of the BONS Editor’s Choice for Best Arts Festival, located in the birthplace of American Plein Air Painting, Cape Ann. During the week there are artist demos in all four communities, dinners with the artists, a nocturne painting event and more. Please check the website for the full calendar of events, times and locations.
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