First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA

THANK YOU! for a very successful 2015 Old Sloop Fair. You donated generously, you worked hard, you attended in large numbers, and you bid enthusiastically. As of this writing, the 2015 fair netted some $30,138.51 for the church, just a few dollars shy of last year's record. There are a few items yet to be sold, and the grand total should be a few hundred dollars more.

Planning has already begin for the 2016 Old Sloop Fair. Tentatively, the Rummage Sale will take place on Saturday, July 9, the Summer Fair events will be on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, and the Giant Yard Sale will wrap things up on Saturday, July 23. Check back at this page when the time gets a little closer for a final schedule.  If you you would like to receive information about the 2016 Old Sloop Fair by email, please click here. Visit our Facebook page (link below) to see photographs from the 2015 and past years' Fairs.

The Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and largest church fairs on the Massachusetts North Shore. The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755. The building that is now the church sanctuary was constructed in 1804 and originally served as the Sandy Bay meeting house. The tall steeple and white facade close to the Sandy Bay shoreline resemble a ship's sail when seen from the sea, and the nickname "Old Sloop" was conferred by the fishermen. The steeple contains the Town Clock. Projects to restore and preserve this historic building are ongoing, financed by Community Preservation Act grants and by contributions from parishioners and townspeople.