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"The artists like it here. They're comfortable," Mary Jane told us proudly. "All the money went into where it's important, including a top-notch sound system and an in-floor HVAC that's silent." Many performers praise its intimacy, she said. They admire the way it lets them connect with audiences. But inside we were disappointed to find the window blocked by drapery. During intermission, we bumped into Mary Jane again and politely complained. Some artists say the bare window affects acoustics, she explained. They insist on closing the curtain. But on the third floor we could find refreshments and admire the panorama. Morning dawned rainy, as predicted. Instead of walking Cape Ann's miles of public beaches, we went to see a curiosity, the Paper House on Curtis St. in Rockport's Pigeon Cove (www.paperhouserockport.com). The novel structure began as an experiment in 1922 when Elis F. Stenman wondered what could be done with Boston newspapers with- out destroying the print. With the help of his family, he rolled, pasted, and folded newspapers to make walls 215 layers thick. Over the next 20 years, approximately 100,000 newspapers were used to construct tables, chairs, lamps, a cot, a desk, and more. International newspapers were rolled to make a bookcase. Newspapers from the capital cities of the then-48 states became a grandfather clock. The Paper House is open daily on the honor system from April to October. Gloucester's Rocky Neck merges a bo - hemian arts district with old industrial mar- itime New England. In better weather, we would have walked from studios to galleries and stopped to photograph commercial fishing boats and cranes. But not that day. Fortunately, this gave us the chance to see the Cape Ann Museum (www.capeannmu- seum.org) in Gloucester, a New England gem. Its collections relate the story of "America's Oldest Seaport" through paintings and sculpture by prominent North Shore artists. It also features tools, ship models, and artifacts of the fisheries, maritime, and granite industries. There's more: kayaking; quiet roads for cycling; nature trails to wander; whale watching; abundant sandy and rocky beaches; and festivals celebrating sailing schooners, music, art, or lobsters. See www.capeannvacations.com. Area accommodations range from campsites and motor lodges to historic B&Bs. The Yankee Clipper Inn in Rockport (www.yankee - clipperinn.com) is a cozy 1929 art deco mansion with ocean views. Of note, John F. Kennedy slept in the Sunrise Suite. At other times the inn has welcomed John Lennon, Bette Davis, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. "It's its own little world here on Cape Ann," marveled Krysten Reilly, the Emerson Inn's general manager, who had recently relocated from Maine. I certainly agreed with her observation that, "It feels so quaint yet it's easy to get here from Boston and the suburbs, and feels like a real vacation." 206 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport R O B E R T B E N S O N excursions "superb acoustics"

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