AROUND CAPE ANN: The Holiday Fair Season Begins This Weekend | New


With Thanksgiving around the corner and then the December holidays, events to provide local shopping alternatives to residents began.

  • Chloe Leigh, a local jewelry designer, is hosting a special weekend at the Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant St., Gloucester, this Saturday, November 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Leigh’s handcrafted quality jewelry is often inspired by ‘the wonder of nature’. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Professional Certificate in Applied Jewelry in Gemological Research from the Gemological Institute of America, with additional studies in Florence and Murano, Italy; Aix-en-Provence, France; and Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Alongside this ephemeral event, there is also a gallery exhibition entitled “Nature Prevails” featuring paintings by Vanessa Michalak. For more details, visit

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  • The Holy Family Women’s Guild will be holding their annual Christmas Market this Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors at St. Ann’s Church, 74 Pleasant St., Gloucester. Attractions include member-made Christmas veggies and flowers, as well as boxed homemade cookies, raffles, and a Christmas craft table. In the parish hall there will be raffle prizes, tables, holiday cemetery log arrangements and decorated kissing balls. Masks are mandatory inside. All money raised will be donated to Holy Family Parish and the Catholic community of Gloucester and Rockport.
  • The Village Fair at St John’s Church at 48 Middle St., Gloucester returns this Saturday, November 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. vintage jewelry, raffle of holiday gifts and decorations, and the Regal Rummage store with seasonal clothing and a thrift store with gift ideas. There will be a fish chowder lunch. Masks will be compulsory. The church is handicapped accessible, with parking at 33 Washington St. Admission is free. Visa and MasterCard accepted.
  • On Saturday, November 20, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Rockport PTO will be holding its annual Christmas Fair at Rockport High School, 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport. Featured will be unique crafts from artisans and artists, gingerbread house kits, surprise jars for kids, Rockport Rotary’s 2022 calendar and more. Photos with Santa Claus will be available. Due to lingering concerns about COVID-19, masks are mandatory.

Comedy evening

NAMI Cape Ann is hosting a Zoom Comedy Night this Friday, November 19 at 8 p.m. with Stephen Bjork and his brand of observational humor. He will be joined by Amy Tee, named “Comedian to Watch”, as well as Dave Rattigan, another popular Boston-area comedian. This humorous event benefits Gloucester-based nonprofit NAMI Cape Ann, which provides support, education and advocacy to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues as well as those who care for them. of them. For more information and a Zoom link, visit

No more “Much noise”

After a successful first weekend and a sold-out Sunday show, the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe presents the second week of its production of “Much Ado About Nothing” from Thursday November 18 to Saturday November 20 at 7:30 pm. p.m. and Sunday, November 21 at 5 p.m. Performances take place at the new Whale’s Jaw Cafe, 17 Railroad Avenue (Whistle Stop Mall) Rockport. Plenty of free parking in the mall.

Director Joseph Stiliano said the cast wanted to have a comedy as their first production since the pandemic. He described this play of love and lust as one of Shakespeare’s most spiritual. The characters Claudio and Hero look to the institution of marriage to find their happiness while Benedick and Beatrice vow to stay happy and single and continue their “merry war” of words between them, Stiliano said. Meanwhile, the villain plots to destroy a marriage plan, but his plans are derailed by inept local police.

The cast includes: Jonathan Arnold, Peter Berkrot, Beth Bevins, Patrick Cheney, David Corbeau, Reg Edmonds, Olivia Gale, Andrew Hoover, Ray Jenness, Mark Logan, Ann Lovelace, Karen Lundh, Ken Stoeffler, Brian Weed, Deirdre Weed, Beth Willcox

Tickets are $ 20 general, $ 15 senior, $ 10 student, $ 5 under 12. Available at the door or in advance on

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events taking place in 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 [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.


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