First Congregational Church of Rockport, MA

THANK YOU! for a very successful 2016 Old Sloop Fair. You donated generously, you worked hard, you attended in large numbers, and you bid enthusiastically. As of this writing, the 2016 fair netted some $31,048.20 for the church. There are a few items yet to be sold, but there are also some expenses yet to be deducted. The toal is expected to be about $31,000.

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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.