Tickets for the third annual Pop the Cork celebration of arts, culture, wine and food are on sale. Sponsors Cellardoor Winery and Megunticook Market continue to raise the bar with this year’s events. Pop the Cork 2010 will take place Thursday, June 17 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., at multiple venues throughout Rockport village.

The appearances of three live bands and a special performance featuring Grammy-nominated songstress Oleta Adams will highlight the evening. Fabulous food from local artisans and wines from Cellardoor’s own vintner Aaron Peet will complement the night’s festivities. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Bay Chamber Concerts, a nonprofit performing arts organization located in Rockport.

Pop the Cork 2010 schedule of events

5:30 to 7 p.m.: The Harbor Park tent at Rockport Marina will feature a fantastic raw bar and a DJ playing top hits from the last five decades. Also, at the Rockport Opera House, salsa band Grupo Esperanza will perform and scrumptious Spanish tapas will be served alongside a special cocktail created by Sweetgrass Winery. At 86 Pascal Avenue, a special five-decade retrospective art exhibit by renowned artist Alan Magee will be presented through 7:30 p.m.; Bay Chamber Concerts’ Odeon Strings will play from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

7 to 7:15 p.m.: A fun and whimsical parade called Dragons and Drums, conducted by the Shoestring Theatre puppets, will lead guests to the festivities at the Harbor Park tent.

7:15 to 8:30 p.m.: The fabulous Grammy-nominated Oleta Adams will dazzle guests with her beautiful songs and soulful voice in the Harbor Park tent.

8:30 to 10 p.m.: Motown cover band Secret Service will perform for dancing in the Harbor Park tent. Also, at the Rockport Opera House, jazz/blues band Line of Force will provide a dynamic close to this spirited event.

To further inspire guests’ senses, exclusive creations by Meredith Alex will be on display throughout the evening and food and wine pairings will be offered at each venue.

Pop the Cork 2010 is organized and produced by Bettina Doulton, owner of Cellardoor Winery, and Lani Temple, owner of Megunticook Market. Advance ticket purchases are required and the ticket price of $75 includes admission to all events at the celebration. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Winery at 763-4478, or online at Check-in to the event will be held at the former Rockport Elementary School on West Street beginning at 5 p.m., and trolley service will be provided between venues.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to