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Bring a little flash and panache to your garden

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Garden Club is holding its October Tea Monday, Oct. 3, starting with a social hour at noon for members of the club, followed by a talk open to the public with an award-winning garden designer. Kerry Ann Mendez will speak starting around 1:15 p.m. at the Rockport Community House at 58 Broadway. Her talk is titled “Flashy Plants with Outstanding Fall Color.” The public is invited to the talk portion of the event with a suggested $5 contribution for nonmembers.

The talk will introduce perennials, from chrysanthemums and asters to alliums and anemones, as well as shrubs, annuals and bulbs that carry the fall colors in the garden. The lecture also includes some timely tips for jump-starting more glorious gardens next year.

An author and lecturer, Mendez focuses on time-saving gardening techniques, workhorse plants and sustainable practices. She has been on HGTV, and in numerous magazines including “Horticulture,” “Fine Gardening,” and “Better Homes and Gardens.” Mendez was awarded the 2014 Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Her most recent book, “The Right Size Flower Garden,” focuses on exceptional plants and design solutions for busy and aging gardeners. Copies will be available.

Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble to perform at school

The Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble will perform a free concert at Rockport High School on Jerdens Lane Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. The ensemble is comprised of 30 musicians from around the country and provides musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. The versatility of this group allows it to play a wide variety of musical styles, including traditional wind band literature, popular standards and patriotic favorites.

The Navy Band Northeast was established in 1974, and is one of 11 official bands of the U.S. Navy worldwide. Under the direction of Lt. Gregory Fritz, the band is attached to the Naval War College at the Naval Station Newport, R.I., and serves the military and civilian communities throughout the northeastern United States.

The Navy Band Northeast’s Pops Ensemble concert is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee. The support and financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport help make the concert possible. To reserve tickets, go to or call Roger at (978) 618-3548.

Remembering the role of the Tool Company

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sandy Bay Historical Society presents Fred Peterson, a longtime Cape Ann Tool employee, who will explain the importance forging produced by the tool company played on land, sea, air and space. His photographs show many surprising and interesting products that the tool company produced.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Brenner Room of the Rockport Public Library. Admission is free.

Friends of the Library seeking used books

Friends of the Rockport Library is asking for donations of used books in good condition for its Oct. 21-23 book sale. Books may be taken to the Rockport Library at 17 School St. during regular library hours. All proceeds support special library projects. Donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, visit, or call 978-546-6934.

Rockport Ramblings was compiled by staff this week. If you have a news tip or an item for next week’s Ramblings, please contact managing editor Andrea Holbrook at 978-675-2713, or




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