Monthly Archives: March 2011

Sista Felicia Talks About Free Easter Basket Project at The Home and Business Expo

 

Sista Felicia will be there along with many of your favorite GMG contributors at The GMG booth.  Felicia will be giving an Easter Basket demonstration on how to pot and grow grass in your Easter Basket.  Baskets, soil and grass seed will be provided while supplies last so get there right at 12 so you can make sure you get one. We will also have free GMG Stickas to pass out.

Cape Ann Home & Business Exposition
Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 2011, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Gloucester High School Field House
32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

Click here for discounted admission coupon

Sponsored by:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
978-283-1601, tim@capeannchamber.com


Home Sponsors Exhibitors Speakers Schedule Registration Form Directions

Click here for discounted admission coupon

 

Recollections of Rockport in the New York Times

From the March 24th edition of the New York Times:

When Rockport Was My Own

 

Pamela Baker

The Bakers’ home, left, and Main Street, right, presided over by a church that residents call the Old Sloop.

By KEVIN BAKER
Published: March 23, 2011

I GREW up in a small town called Rockport, on the North Shore of Massachusetts, home to no more than 5,000 people when we first moved there, and dear to those who know it. It is a place of rugged natural beauty: a shore of granite outcroppings that jut into a cold blue sea, a movie set of a New England village with streets full of small shops and not a traffic light in the town.

My mother was so happy when we moved there from New Jersey that she used to make up songs about it and sing them as she literally skipped down to the ocean. It was a place she would always love more than anywhere else on earth, and it was easy to see why. For most of my childhood we lived, very cheaply, in a two-story, wood-frame house, with a yard full of trees and a wood behind us. We ate wild blackberries straight from the bushes that grew along the edge of our backyard, spent the summers swimming in abandoned granite quarries and skated over their black-green depths in the winter.

The town was almost unbelievable in its innocence, its sweetness. Rockport Junior-Senior High School, with 250 students, was too small to have any serious cliques and divisions; the same kids starred on the basketball team and in the school play. There weren’t even any locks on the lockers; no one ever thought to put them there. Little League games weren’t laden with adult expectations. Our champion Pigeon Cove Red Sox were coached by a couple of hippie-ish high school kids who piled us all into their old wrecks after each game to getice cream.

For the rest of the article click here to go to the New York Times website

Kevin Baker is the author of the novels “Dreamland,” “Paradise Alley” and “Strivers Row.”

The author, second from left, at his boyhood home in Rockport, Mass.
Pamela Baker

Rockport’s stony shore.

The author, far left, next to his mother and two sisters. His father is at far right with two other relatives.

Pamela Baker

Motif No. 1, a fishing shack famed as an artists’ subject.

From North Shore Kid- Vote to Help Rockport Elementary Win $25k

Vote to Help Rockport Elementary Win $25k

The proposed nature center will encourage learning by doing and responsibility

Jessica Kagle, founder of Kestrel Educational Adventures, has entered the Green Awards contest on behalf of Rockport Elementary School for an award of $25,000 that will put them on the road to designing and building a nature center in the school’s new science room. You can vote once every day, and every vote increases the odds that this money will be awarded for this purpose.

The plan for the nature center is to combine outdoor play and discovery with an academic lesson plan that will help children learn about the environment around them while connecting with the natural world.  Teams of students will plan investigations into the surrounding environment, then put together and maintain displays to aid in teaching others about the surrounding woodlands and the seasonal changes that occur in this unique habitat. The public will be invited to visit, and learn from presentations by the students who take part in the program.

Voting is easy, just go to this link and click the ‘Vote Now’ button: https://www.thegreenawards.com/Default.aspx?v=119

Vote daily until the voting ends at midnight on March 27th

For more info contact jessica@kestreleducation.org or visit Kestrel Educational Adventures.

Louisa May Alcott Free Family Program at the Cape Ann Museum Saturday March 26th

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Cape Ann Museum’s Saturday Showcase presents “A Visit with Louisa May Alcott”
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Cape Ann Museum presents “A Visit with Louisa May Alcott” on Saturday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m.  Join us for a captivating living history experience with Jan Turnquist as Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women. This Saturday Showcase event is free and open to the public.
Jan Turnquist is the Executive Director of Orchard House, the Alcott family home in Concord, MA. Turnquist transforms herself into 19th century author Louisa May Alcott for a delightful and engaging experience. The author of Little Women brings us behind the scenes stories from her life: family friendships with Thoreau and Emerson; her unconventional upbringing in poverty; the family love that inspired her to write an American classic; and her vacation to Gloucester in 1868. From the youngest reader to the most sophisticated Alcott scholar to First Lady Laura Bush, audiences have acclaimed Jan’s performances, which are geared for ages 6 to 106. This interactive presentation is an inspiring experience for the mind and heart.
Introduced in September 2005, Saturday Showcase is designed to bring parents and children into the Museum to share enriching experiences. The focus is on the visual and performing arts, with strong ties to Cape Ann. Painters, musicians, dancers, and storytellers are among the artists who have presented programs. Funding to support the Saturday Showcase series has been provided by The Goldhirsh Foundation.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org

Jan as Louisa

2011 Home and Business Expo Preview With Bob and Ed- Saturday & Sunday

Sista Felicia will be there along with many of your favorite GMG contributors at The GMG booth.  Felicia will be giving an Easter Basket demonstration on how to pot and grow grass in your Easter Basket.  Baskets, soil and grass seed will be provided while supplies last so get there right at 12 so you can make sure you get one. We will also have free GMG Stickas to pass out.

Cape Ann Home & Business Exposition
Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 2011, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Gloucester High School Field House
32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

Click here for discounted admission coupon

Sponsored by:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
978-283-1601, tim@capeannchamber.com


Home Sponsors Exhibitors Speakers Schedule Registration Form Directions

Click here for discounted admission coupon

International Dory Race Dory Prep Day March 26th

imageJoin us this Saturday, March 26th, 8:00 AM at Eastern Ave Self Storage for dory prep day!  Roll up your sleeves and volunteer a couple hours to scrape and paint the practice boats in anticipation of an April 2nd launch date.  We look forward to seeing you there.

IDRC

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Jimmy T writes-

I look forward to seeing you all, Saturday, to start our 2011 season! It’s going to be cool  at 8 a.m. so you may want to bring some light gloves and a hat. Also anyone who has a scraper and/or sander please bring them. A shop vacuum would also be helpful.  Hopefully we’ll have plenty of people and be done by noon. If we get 2-4 people to a boat the work goes quickly.
If you know new people who might be interested in rowing, this is good opportunity for them to get a foot in the door and get to meet us all!
See you there!

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Amelia–Adopt A Pet of the Week

Amelia

My name is Amelia and I am a sweet four-month-old girl pup who loves people. I have a beautiful black shiny coat.  I am active, fun and silly at times. I am a Lab/Hound mix
and will be medium to large when I am all grown.   I am so excited about become part
of a family.   I just love Cape Ann, there are so many beautiful places to walk and beaches!  

Like most pups, I love toys and to play.   If you would like to meet me, I am at the Cape
Ann Animal Aid located at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.  I wouldn’t wait too long – just take one look at my face and I know someone is just going to melt when they meet me!
I promise, if you adopt me, I won’t disappoint you – you will have fun, fun, fun!!!  Did I mention I love toys?

For More Info Check out The Cape Ann Animal Aid website