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Re-opening the Cape Ann Museum: From ceramic shards and Lane’s light to more than 1000 prisms

Click below for the video with Cape Ann Museum Director Ronda Faloon

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Catherine Ryan writes-

RE-OPENING THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM with Director RONDA FALOON

Part 3 of 3: From ceramic shards and Lane’s light to more than 1000 prisms

In part 3 of touring the Cape Ann Museum’s recent renovation, Director Ronda Faloon heads upstairs and inspires several portrait shots by Joey Ciaramitaro.

designLAB Architects were tasked with orchestrating four projects for this Cape Ann Museum 2013-14 renovation. The museum required interior repairs and updates for older parts of the building “studs in” such as electrical, plumbing, fire and security systems. There was some necessary upkeep and care of fifty year old surfaces. Underutilized spaces were re-configured. Lastly, the renovation provided an opportunity to reinstall the permanent collection. Prior to this renovation, one of the museum’s last building projects was the Graham Gund master plan, a dramatic facility expansion and redesign begun in 1990 and completed in multi-stages so the museum could remain open.

It’s not easy to temporarily close a Cape Ann mainstay. In order to continue to encourage such a superb experience and repeat visitation, the Cape Ann Museum has continually improved. The museum has been in existence since the 1870s. The various buildings, architects and additions are part of its history and success in sharing the arts and culture of Cape Ann.

When the museum re-opens in August 2014 , as visitors ascend the familiar Graham Gund staircase to the second floor (or elevator—Cape Ann Museum is fully accessible), they’ll encounter a new gallery space custom designed for the massive and rare first order Fresnel Lens, one of 39 remaining in the United States. French physicist Augustine-Jean Fresnel designed these lens in the early 1820s. This one was manufactured in Paris, France, and installed on Thatcher Island in 1861. The lens is remarkable for the science and history and is just one of many objects of notable design in the museum’s collection.

Funding support also tells the story of a museum. This project was successful in raising 5 million for a capital campaign including funding from the Gloucester Community Preservation Act, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, among others- and most recently the NEA for the upcoming Fitz Henry Lane Online project.

Although we could not pin her down on a new favorite spot to recommend (“Hopeful that folks will find their own!”)

THREE QUESTIONS FOR MUSEUM DIRECTOR RONDA FALOON

Congratulations on the successful capital campaign and major facilities renovation and collection updates! When did you start as Director?

“I worked as the Assistant Director from 2004-06 and was hired for the Director’s position in 2006. I’ve lived on Cape Ann for 25 years.”

How does it feel to be almost opening?

“10 months is a long time to be closed- I look forward to having people in the museum enjoying and enlivening the spaces!  Everyone here on staff has done more than 200% to make this transformation a reality.”

Is there anything you’ll miss from the prior design?

“Change is hard and it was tough to see rooms you loved being disassembled, but now that they have been replaced with something wonderful it’s exciting! We are so grateful to the members, friends, and community for being so very generous and offering such broad support.”

SAVE THE DATES

August 16 – Cape Ann Museum Reopening Gala

August 19- Museum grand reopening to the public

August 20 – Director’s Tour

August 21 – Members’ Reception

August 27 – Curator’s Tour

Cape Ann Museum website: www.capeannmuseum.org

Architect 2013-14 renovation: designLAB

Lighting designer: LAM Assoc

Exhibition consultant: Naomi Chapman

Display cases: Jeff Westlake

Locals businesses: Timberline, Spittle Electric, Hiltz, Clean Pro and many more

For more on the legacy of artists on Cape Ann and how important the Cape Ann Museum is…

LOOK UP this August to see Hopper, Homer, Hassam, Lane and more on billboards across the country. The Art Everywhere US campaign will feature works by American artists on displays, ads and transportation platforms across the country. Popular vote decided which images will go large. Visithttp://arteverywhereus.org/art-gallery to see the 58 works of art that were crowd sourced from high lights of 5 museums. Hopper, Homer, Lane, Hassam, Heade: images by artists with some Massachusetts and/or Cape Ann –and Cape Ann Museum–connections are represented. Edward Hopper’s Nighthawksat the Art Institute of Chicago received the most votes. Look for Homer’s Gloucester image, Breezing Up (A Fair Wind), from the National Gallery (which granted Gloucester permission for the Winslow Homer story moment marker for the Gloucester HarborWalk) and Lane’s Boston Harbor, Sunset, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Several artists have more than one image chosen (Homer, Cassatt, and O’Keefe to name a few).

Thursday July 24th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds 10 to 15 kt…becoming NE 5 to 10 kt this afternoon. Seas around 2 ft. Patchy fog this morning with vsby 1 nm or less.
Tonight S winds around 5 kt…becoming W after midnight. Seas around 2 ft.

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Community Stuff 7/24/14

WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 3”

AT DEEP PIT QUARRY
111 HIGH ST., LANESVILLE, (GLOUCESTER) MA (01930)
ON
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 AT 5:30PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 AT 11:00AM & 5:30PM

FOLLOWING ON THE SUCCESS OF “QUARRY DANCE 2” IN 2013, WINDHOVER HAS INVITED CHOREOGRAPHER DUSAN TYNEK AND HIS COMPANY TO DEVELOP ANOTHER SITE-SPECIFIC QUARRY DANCE THIS SUMMER AT “DEEP PIT QUARRY” IN LANESVILLE TO BE PERFORMED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 5:30 PM AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 11:00 AM AND 5:30PM.  THE PERFORMANCES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.  CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME.

(NOTE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING SEATING, PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION BELOW.)

“DEEP PIT QUARRY” HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY. THIS INTIMATE AND MAGICAL QUARRY WAS OWNED BY THE GREAT AMERICAN SCULPTOR, WALKER HANCOCK, WHOSE HOME AND STUDIO ARE ADJACENT TO IT.  HIS BEST-KNOWN WORK, “ANGEL OF THE RESURRECTION”, CREATED IN 1950-52, IS A WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL PERMANENTLY INSTALLED AT THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION.  AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1998, THE QUARRY WAS PASSED ON TO HIS DAUGHTER, DEANIE HANCOCK FRENCH.  SHE HAS GENEROUSLY GIVEN WINDHOVER PERMISSION FOR ITS USE.

FOR QUARRY DANCE 3, THE DUSAN TYNEK DANCERS WILL USE THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE QUARRY— ITS LEDGES, CLIFFS, TERRACES AND WATER —  TO CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL PLACE. THEY WILL ALSO CREATE DANCES BASED UPON WALKER’S SCULPTURES, WHICH ARE SO FILLED WITH MOVEMENT THEY LITERALLY ‘DANCE’.  AND THEY WILL PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO HIS ROLE AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL “MONUMENTS MEN”, THAT SMALL GROUP OF MEN WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO EUROPE TO RESCUE THOUSANDS OF PRICELESS WORKS OF ART FROM NAZI DESTRUCTION IN WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED ‘THE REATEST TREASURE HUNT IN HISTORY.’

THIS ENTIRE EVENT WILL COMBINE A CELEBRATION OF THE QUARRIES WITH THE LIFE AND WORK OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY!

DURING THIS WEEKEND, FLATROCKS GALLERY AT 77 LANGSFORD ST. , GLOUCESTER,  WILL BE EXHIBITING A SELECTION OF WALKER HANCOCK’S SCULPTURES ON VIEW FROM NOON TO 5:00 PM, THURSDAY-SUNDAY.  THE EXHIBIT WILL RUN FROM JULY 24TH TO AUGUST 24TH.
HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF “QUARRY DANCE 3” WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE ROCKPORT AND GLOUCESTER CULTURAL COUNCILS.
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“It is a sign of the skill and taste of Czech-born choreographer, Dusan Tynek, that a new dance of his will often recall the work of a great choreographer, a different one each time.” Brian Seibert, NY Times

“Tynek is a talent who seems to be waiting for his big moment; he has a gift for inventing inventive, luscious movement and an instinct for theatrical effect.”  R.Sulcas, NY Times
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NOTE:
SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST- SERVED BASIS.  IN ADDITION, PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO BRING BLANKETS TO SIT ON, AS WELL AS WATER AND SOFT DRINKS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SPACE IS LIMITED.

DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABLE PARKING AT THE QUARRY, PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION:

PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:  LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, 8 VULCAN STREET; OPPOSITE THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON VULCAN STREET; ALONG ONE SIDE OF WASHINGTON STREET; ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH PARKING LOT AT 1123 WASHINGTON STREET.    (NOTE:  ON SATURDAY MORNING THE CHURCH PARKING LOT WILL BE SHARED WITH A RUMMAGE SALE.)

THERE WILL BE A SIX PASSENGER VAN SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FOR $1.00 PERPERSON EACH WAY FOR THOSE WISHING TO BE TRANSPORTED.  THIS SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY SARAH RASMUSSEN AND MARK MILLER FROM “RIDE ON TRANSPORTATION.”  THE SHUTTLE WILL BEGIN ONE HOUR BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE AND CONCLUDE ONE HOUR AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE.  IT WILL DEPART FROM THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (8 VULCAN STREET) TO THE 111 HIGH STREET QUARRY.  FOR THOSE PARKING AT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH LOT, IT IS A SHORT WALK TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER.  

WE ARE ASKING THAT NO PRIVATE VEHICLES BE USED ON HIGH STREET GOING TO THE QUARRY AT THIS TIME TO ALLOW FOR AN UNIMPEDED FLOW OF TRAFFIC.  IT IS ONE HALF MILE WALK FROM THE PARKING LOT AT THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER TO DEEP PIT QUARRY AT 111 HIGH STREET.  WE ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO CAN TO WALK, BUT PLEASE ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME.

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OPEN GARDEN INVITATION for THIS WEEKEND, July 26 and 27, from 9-3
Bobbie Brooks of DISTINCTIVE GARDEN DESIGNS would love to share her gardens
with you, where a 1000 different hybrid daylilies will be blooming! There
are several Formal Display Beds as well as beds where you can choose
daylilies to plant in your gardens.
Bobbie belongs to the American Daylily Society (AHS) and has several hybrid
introductions.
At 11 AM each day, Bobbie will share a short seminar on how to dig, plant,
and divide daylilies.
There are several display beds of mixed perennials and shrubs. A Tapestry
Bed, A Plum/Purple, and A Blue/Yellow Theme Bed as well as a Spring Island
and several daylily seedling beds. Come and enjoy. Pick a weed. Ooh and Aah!
73 Langsford St, Lanesville, Rt 127N
Gloucester Ma
DistinctiveGardenDesigns.com
lilylady@comcast.net

a BB Tapestry plus

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church is now seeking registrations for children and youth ages 9 -16 for their “Godspell, Jr. “  musical theatre camp program which will run the first two weeks in August and culminate in a stage production of Godspell Jr. stories and songs on August 15th – 17th. Campers will receive training in acting, singing, dancing and ensemble performance by professionals. The camp will run daily (Monday – Friday from 9am – 1pm). Fee: $200 (several need based scholarships available)

Registration on-line by contacting Betsy Levick at: betsy@stjohnsgloucester.org or by calling 978-283-1708.

Completed registrations and camp fee is due Sunday, July 27th

Walk-in registrations accepted that day as well.

Auditions (for soloist roles) will be held on Tuesday, July 29th at 9am.

All camp members will participate fully in the ensemble.


Ventriloquist performs at Rockport Farmers Market

There is something funny going on at this Saturday’s Rockport Farmers Market. In addition to fresh produce, fish, baked goods, tea and flowers, there will be a family comedy show featuring ventriloquist and comedian, Al Getler.

“Each week we try to have musical entertainment in addition to the options our venders offer,” said Sarah Kelly the farmers market manager. “It was suggested to provide some family entertainment, so Al is the first.”

Al Getler has been performing for audiences as a ventriloquist/comedian since he was twelve-years-old. Since then he has performed on stages and TV all over the country.

“I started out at birthdays parties. My brother used to drive me around. He thought it was dumb until I flashed the cash I had made,” said Getler.

Eventually Getler found himself being asked to expand his show to larger audiences and venues and was booked to perform in resorts and casinos and also carved a niche with corporate audiences. Along the way, he befriended another ventriloquist working to make a name for himself.

“Jeff Dunham is a good friend and became known as Uncle Jeff to my kids. He would occasionally stay with us as he worked the New York City comedy clubs.”

One story from those days appears in Dunham’s autobiography and was a part of a Biography special on Jeff Dunham’s life, “Jeff Dunham, Birth of a Dummy” that has had many airings.

“Jeff and I had a run in with a comedy club manager. It was long before Jeff created Achmed the Dead Terrorist, so he was still fighting for success and ventriloquism had not made its comeback.”

Getler describes his show as completely family friendly with lots of audience participation.

“At the core, I am a family entertainer. I love seeing both kids and their parents laugh together. In the end, everyone walks away from a live show a bit happier,” said Getler.

In addition to performing, you will see Getler behind his wife’s farmers market booth. Nancy Getler owns and operates whoopie pie and cookie company, ‘Cuz It’s Good. Seewww.cuzitsgood.net.

“Nancy is such a talented baker. I am a bigger man in show business now due to my whoopie pie consumption,” said Getler.

“The Rockport Farmers Market is a fun family atmosphere,” said Kelly. “Area families and visitors to Rockport can purchase everything they need to make several great meals using the freshest of products. And at the same time, everyone enjoys the festive atmosphere,” she said.

The Rockport Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 in Harvey Park at the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street. It runs through October 4, 2014.

You can learn more about the farmers market at http://bit.ly/rockportfarmersmarket . To learn more about Al Getler visit www.algetler.com .

Community Events: Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, Cape Ann Community Cinema

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CAPE ANN VERNAL POND TEAM UPDATE

Rick Roth writes:

“Nice time at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday.  Great weather, great crowd.  Thanks to volunteers Colleen Anderson and John Gallagher.  And thanks to the crew from Art Haven, Amelia, Avery and Natalie, for leading the Kid’s activity.

 

Saturday was the Petco Reptile Rally.  Nathan Dubrow was there with his green tree python.  I had a few snakes there and it was a fun event. Thanks to the Petco people who helped us out: Amanda, Acacia, Zac and Caroline.

 

Saturday  July 26, 2014  Time 10am

Snakes of New England and the World- 1 hour live animal presentation.

Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA

 

Saturday  August 2,  9am-5pm

Book Fair at the Manchester Public Library

We’ll be there all day with a bunch of snakes and I believe that someone is going to lead a Kid’s activity.

 

Friday and Saturday  August 8-9  9am-5pm

Gloucester Sidwalk Bazaar, Main Street in front of the Sargent House, near Bananas, where we’ve been for several years.

Bunch of snakes.

 

So… we really need lots of volunteers for the next three weeks.  Remember, even if you can do an hour or two, it will give someone a lunch break or something.  These events are great exposure for us, so please get in touch and let me know that you want to help out.  Those of you that have been around for a while know that I can really pester people about volunteering to the point where they wish they were never born.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Volunteer.

 

Meanwhile… this really cool vernal pond thing is about to take place, likely in the next week or two.  The emergence of newly metamorphosed wood frogs.  They look just like the adults except tiny.  Like 1/2 inch.  We’ll be doing a daytime field trip to see these guys soon.  Nick Taormina is scouting the pond to see just when they start hopping.  Keep watching your CAVPT emails for final details on this exciting outing.  And don’t forget to volunteer.

 

Thanks,  Rick

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CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA

Hello Kim,
Last push for this Friday’s Giggles Glosta Comedy Show Featuring Artie Januario, Ira Proctor, and Graig Murphy.

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA

BLURB:
Join us for the next GIGGLES GLOSTA comedy night on Friday, July 25 at 8:00pm!

Host Graig Murphy performs with a pair of nationally known comedy stars – Artie Januario and Ira Proctor. Known as the “funniest pharmacist”, Januario is one of the most well known and respected comedians in the area who makes any show a resounding success. Proctor has taken his comedy show across the states and overseas receiving rave reviews. Host Graig Murphy is one of Boston’s Up and Coming performers.

Tickets for these shows are $25 general admission, $22.50 for Cinema Members. Advance tickets are preferred.

photo caption: Giggles Glosta’s Comedy Show featuring Graig Murphy, Ira Proctor, and Artie Januario, Friday, July 25 @ 7:30pm

Many thanks,
Anne-Marie

Diane Blue joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party tomorrow night @ The Rhumb Line. 8:30pm to 11:30pm 7.24.2014

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This thursday, let’s welcome back the one and only Octomom of the blues: Ms. Diane Blue. A master of the harp and vocal half pipes, we’re callin’ in a special hazmat team in to deal with the proceedings.
dbharping200909First, there’s Mr. Pete Henderson, a fine, water-cooled 50 caliber guitarist, to chase away your demons, then adding Mr. Joe Bargar, a relentless air hammer, on keys, and Ms. Kathy Berkley,drummbler, to chop some wood for ya. Of course,I’ll be on base. I haven’t had these cats up here for a long while, and  I’m really quivering with anticipation. It’ll be great night! 8:30 to 11:30 at the Rummie.
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40 Railroad Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 283-9732

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest are Julie Dougherty with Woody Woodward. 8-11pm 7.23.2014

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This Week:
Fresh Baked Haddock, $12.95!

Wednesday, July 23th
Special Guest: 
JULIE DOUGHERTY!!

Julie Dougherty has recently released her third CD, The Sweet
Unraveling
.  This disc begins yet another chapter in a full and
rewarding career of writing and performing as one of the finest
divas in New England’s substantial folk/pop arena. With over 30
years as a career singer-songwriter, Julie has well established
herself as a respected and loved performer in the region’s folk
scene. In addition, Julie has enjoyed extensive forays into the
music scenes of Nashville, Texas, and Los Angeles.  Read more
on her website… http://www.juliedougherty.net/


Woody Woodward accompanies Julie this week, and is a veteran working bassist
with 30+ years on stage and in the studio. Beyond his extensive work with Julie,
Woody has performed and recorded with a long list of artists including The Shaw
Brothers
, Tommy MakeemConspiracyTriadCutts RoadThe Fabulous
Clams
 and others. Woody performed in the studio band for the TV series
“Songwriters In The Round”, backing artists such as Chris SmithersNoel Paul
Stookey
Al Kooper and many others. Woody has performed around the US,
Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Fresh Baked Haddock, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
Fozzie Hill

Allen Estes

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

While There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Beach….

Yesterday, during a miraculous 30 minute session of sitting still at the beach, I fired off this short little post about Beach Pros and Cons….as I was contemplating which beach is “best” for my boys (ummm….and me).

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/does-size-really-matter/

So, today, I invite you to participate in this little summer poll

 

Please comment with additional answers if you’d like as it is impossible to adequately include all kinds of beach experiences!

 

 

 

WTF Wednesday!

The First Look at the

Japanese Poop Museum

http://www.viralnova.com/japanese-poop-museum/

I hope they

have an online store. I’d love to get me one of those hats.

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Blueberry Cake Cookies

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Blueberry Cake Cookies

Last week I received a phone call from friends that were on their way to the Gloucester area, for the day and were planning to stop by for a quick visit.  Excited for their arrival,  I went straight to the panty to see what sweet confection I had to serve with Iced coffee.  Remembering how fast and delicious the PB&J cookies recipe using a boxed cake mix is, ( PB&J a recipe I posted a few months back using boxed cake mix), I decide to get creative with a boxed white cake mix and a small container of fresh blueberries I had on hand.  With fingers crossed and company expected to walk through he door in a few hours, I successfully created this yummy Blueberry Cake Cookie in less then and hour.  I’m looking forward to trying it with fresh raspberries next time!

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