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The Schedule


Arrival at Emerson Inn by the Sea, Rockport
7:00  Those who have arrived and wish to have dinner on your own can meet in the lobby
          and go together to “Blacksmith Shop” or “Greenery“ Restaurant

9 to Noon    Nassoon rehearsal in the OVT (Ocean View Terrace) Room, Emerson Inn

Lunch on your own, sightseeing and shopping in Rockport, meet in the Lobby those going or needing transportation (Rockport is a quaint old fishing town transformed into shops, art galleries, restaurants, and sensational views) 

6:30   Reception in Lobby of Emerson Inn
7:30   Dinner in the dining room (included in fee)


9 to Noon Nassoon rehearsal in the OVT Room

Lunch on your own

 1:30   Walking tour of Gloucester (see next page) (Gloucester, founded in 1632, is the oldest, continual fishing port in the US)
7:00  On our own Dinner at the “Rudder” in Rocky Neck, the oldest Art Colony in the US (This is a funky and delicious restaurant on the harbor with outside dining, weather permitting )


9 to Noon   Nassoon rehearsal at St. John's Episcopal Church (next door concert site, check out UUC venue for the evening, try a few songs)

Lunch and afternoon on your own (suggestions for afternoon attached)

6:00   Nassoons gather for warm-up at Universalist Unitarian Church
7:00   PERFORMANCE at First Universalist Church in America 1779
8:30   Old -fashioned New England Clambake at “The Gloucester House” (included in fee)
(complete with comic routine on how to use a bib and crack lobsters)


Open day to enjoy Gloucester and environs or just kick back
5:30 Gather at Essex County Country Club to warm up
6:00  Nassoons pre-dinner singing
7:00   Dinner (included in fee) and singing at the Essex County Country Club, Manchester-by-the-Sea, (the 3rd oldest country club in US because its not in Gloucester)

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Our Hosts — Dean & Nancy Harrison

Our concert at the Universalist Unitarian Church

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The Extracurriculars

Thursday Afternoon Walking tour of Gloucester:
(Note: everything is the first in the US because we are the oldest surviving
city in America, in these economic times we are barely surviving)

City Hall
Tour Gloucester City Hall, a national historic monument, contains spectacular historic murals throughout the hall, the names of all the fishermen lost at sea listed on the tower stairs

The Fitz (Hugh) Henry Lane House
Sitting on a high knoll overlooking the inner harbor
Where the great painter worked
(Gloucester was originally named “Beauport” by Champlain during his visit of 1414. “Beauport” means “beautiful port” in French, for you English majors)

The Cape Ann Historical Museum
To see the largest collection of Fitz Hugh Lane paintings for a tour with a docent

to see the “Fisherman at the Wheel” statue that has guarded our harbor since 1929
and featured in the film “Captains Courageous” and the emotionally stirring “Fishermen's Wives” statue. These and other statues are on the wide boulevard along the water 

Saturday suggestions:

Hammond Castle Museum
Home of John Hayes Hammond
Made up of three castles brought from Italy, France, and Spain, stone by stone
In the Great Hall, there is a 14,000 pipe organ

Beauport Sleeper McCann House
Forty room mansion built in 1920 by the architect, designer, and art collector as a summer home on the outer harbor, where each room is of a different décor and style

Salem, Mass
Only a 20-minute drive, with historic homes and the Peabody/Essex Museum
And the Witch Museum telling the story of the famous witch hunts

Golf and Tennis (can be arranged any day while you are here)

Whale Watch

Schooner Sail

Lighthouse Water Tour
 there are five lighthouses in Gloucester
Water Taxi makes five stops continually touring the inner harbor
(you can get off at each stop and re-board or go all way around)

And here's the post-mortem from Nassoon Notes

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