Monthly Archives: April 2012

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Trailer

Dear Friends,

You’ve heard me talking about my butterfly film (for Months!). I began filming the black swallowtails last July and am only now close to finishing.  I am so excited to share this project with you and hope you enjoy the trailer.

My daughter Liv and friend Kathleen Adams collaborated on a beautiful rendition of “Simple Gifts.” The music in the background is an improv interlude from their recording session.

Coming soon: Documentary about the Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, from egg, to caterpillar, to chryrsalis, to adult. Filmed in a garden and along the seashore, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Featuring the black swallowtail butterfly, wildflowers, pollinators, the sun, the garden, and more.

Checking In- Our Buddy Mark Teiwes Photographs From Santiago Chile

Hey Joe,
Just wanted to say a quick hello.
I’ve been checking in from time to time with your blog.  You have had some great pictures lately.
Becky and I have been doing some travels in Latin America and are now living in Santiago Chile.
I just traveled some in Patagonia and went to an Island that reminded me of Gloucester.   I’ve posted some pictures on my blog from some of our travels…
http://blog.markteiwes.com/
peace.
Mark

Check out Mark’s blog for some gorgeous photos from the area!

Also Check out the seARTS Partner with an Artist show Mark had at our dock check it out here

Celebrate Earth Day in Gloucester! Join Us April 21st for Gloucester Clean-up!

Celebrate Earth Day in Gloucester!

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Do you know of an area in Gloucester that, if you had the time and the help, you would like to clean up?  Well, here is your opportunity!  The City, in conjunction with the Clean City Initiative, is asking folks to turn out for a citywide clean up on Saturday, April 21st (rain date Sunday, April 22nd).  

The Clean City Initiative will be focusing its efforts on Stage Fort Park from 9 to noon, but the clean up is citywide and participants are encouraged to choose a public area in Gloucester they would like to see cleaned up.  We are also asking different groups to reach out to their members and pick a problem area to clean that day.  Listed below are some hot spots if folks need ideas. 

    Green Street Playground                Cherry Street
    Pavilion Beach                    Maplewood Avenue
    Magnolia Avenue                    Centennial Ave to High School
    Poles Hill                        Fitz Henry Lane
    Thatcher Road                    Railroad Avenue
            Fort Square                        Gloucester Avenue

Details
If you are organizing a group and an area to clean, contact Rose LoPiccolo at Gloucester DPW before the event to let her know where you will be working and estimated number of yellow trash bags and clear recycling bags you will need.  Rose can be reached at 978 281 9785.  Rose will be maintaining a list of all the clean up spots to insure we are maximizing our efforts! Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own tools and re-useable gloves, although gloves will be available. 

Not Attached to a Group??
On the day of the clean up, volunteers (all ages welcome!) should plan to meet at Stage Fort Park Visitors Center starting at 9 am until noon to sign in and pick up trash/recycling bags and gloves, if needed.

For questions about the event, contact: 
        Rose LoPiccolo, City of Gloucester Recycling Coordinator
        rlopiccolo@gloucester-ma.gov / 978.281.9785 

Note To Broads That Tweet or Publicly Facebook About Lost Loves or New Love Interests Every Couple Of Months

Just don’t do it. You sound stupid. Really stupid.

You want revenge on a former lover? Ignore them. Don’t give them the satisfaction. Get out and have more fun than you’ve ever had. You tweet about your ex-lover,you lose. Bottom line.

If you run into them, laugh louder than you’ve ever laughed, smile wider than you’ve ever smiled and talk to everyone else in the room. It’ll drive em nuts
I’m here to help.

Joey C

Tim Blakeley Gloucester Bytes To The Rescue Once Again

There’s a reason I call Tim from Gloucester Bytes when my computers go to hell.  Because the first thing he does is get the right part numbers, goes to the back channels and researches to get  me the cheapest replacement part, he’s reliable, and he’s reasonable with what he charges.

I’m telling you right now- he is THE GUY you should call,if your computer is sluggish he can come in, tune it up and it will be the best money you ever spent on a computer.

Call Tim at 978-886-4624 for your computer repair needs!

http://www.gloucesterbytes.com

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Cape Ann TimeBank paints some bowls for the Empty Bowl

Some great folks from the Cape Ann TimeBank came down to Art Haven yesterday to paint some beautiful bowls for Open Door’s Empty Bowl fundraiser coming up on May 10th!

Cooper’s Hawk

About 6:15 last night, my son yelled for me to get my camera. There was a hawk in a tree right outside the window ripping apart a small bird. We live on Cripple Cove in East Gloucester, and I can’t remember  ever seeing a hawk that close to the houses. It ate its meal while we took several photos then flew down and landed on top of my car before taking off. I did some research and found out it was a Cooper’s Hawk. Interesting!

Click on the photo for more.

Community Stuff Monday

Lanesville Site is one of Edward Hopper’s 90 Gloucester works and continues to inspire contemporary artists

For Lanesville Save the Shack –see posting from GMG Lane’s Cove Fish Shack Restoration Auction Harbor Loop

Gloucester Maritime, Saturday April 21, 2012, 1-4PM– The Fishing Shack is an Edward Hopper site.

Here’s a reminder for folks of another reason to connect with the cause, the rich history, and scenic spot. By the late 19th and early 20thcentury, Lanesville was one of the many popular Gloucester spots for artists. It was affordable. It had breathtaking views and light. It had regular trolley service.

Edward Hopper came many times to Gloucester . He came in 1912 with his friend and fellow artist, Leon Kroll. (Kroll would spend over 50 summers in Gloucester , eventually buying a home in the 1940s in the Folly cove neighborhood.) Hopper returned to Gloucester in 1923 for the hoopla surrounding Gloucester ’s tercentenary, and back again several other summers. There are more than 90 Edward Hopper Gloucester images, many of them Downtown.

Barbara Jobe, the organizer for the auction for Save the Shack, and a member of the Building Committee for the Lanes Cove Fish Shack, says the “local artists have been fantastic. They’ve contributed wonderful works of art fro the auction, because they understand the historical significance and the beauty of the fish shack, and the area. It has given to them, and they want to return the gift.”

Here is how Edward Hopper showed Lanes cove in 1923, and contemporary photo and their links.

Image: Edward Hopper, Shacks, Lanesville, 1923, watercolor, Canton Museum of Art, Canton , OH , from the James C. and Barbara J. Koppe collection.

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WE MAKE SUMMER COUNT!

Welcome to North Shore Summer School – the area’s new summer learning opportunity for teens in our region!

North Shore Summer School offers a wide range of high quality, engaging, academic and enrichment courses for middle and high school students over six weeks in the summer.  Representatives from 12 school systems across the North Shore helped plan this program as an alternative to the traditional ”summer school” model.  Some courses are designed to cover a year’s worth of academic content and some are designed to cover a semester’s worth of content. There are also writing workshops, career exploration labs, and tutoring and test prep services.  North Shore Summer School serves students who want to improve specific skills or study habits, reinforce areas of study already covered, or make up credits from the past academic year.

Classes Start: June 25, 2012 Classes End: August 3, 2012

Closed: July 4

Semester 1: June 25 – July 16 (3 weeks)

Semester 2: July 20 – August 3 (3 weeks)

There are several important design features that set this program apart from other summer schools in our region.

  • Courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings.  It’s summer – students shouldn’t need to get up early to go to school in summer months. This accommodates teens’ summer work and sleep schedules!
  • Courses are not age-based.  Algebra 1 is Algebra 1.  An eighth-grade student who wants to accelerate in math may take this class, as can a tenth grader who didn’t do well in Algebra 1 and needs some credit recovery over the summer.
  • Courses are innovative. The “Films to Literature” and “The Graphic Novel” are standards-based, credit bearing courses. They were developed by faculty in the English Department at Swampscott High School where they have been particularly effective in using contemporary genres to develop lifelong readers and engage a wide variety of learners. Career Labs allow students to learn about the real work of different professional fields.

North Shore Summer School is located at Pingree School. Faculty at North Shore Summer School will come from a variety of public and independent schools. The curriculum, developed with input from local and regional education specialists, does not reflect the curriculum offered at Pingree School. That said, students and teachers will be able to take full advantage of Pingree’s state of the art classrooms and science labs.

North Shore Summer School is currently hiring faculty! Please visit the EMPLOYMENT pages for more information.

Dr. Rebecca Borden Director, North Shore Summer School

director@northshoresummerschool.org

www.northshoresummerschool.org


Jazz forJoy Color flyer

Greetings All:

Attached are two colorful flyers about Jazz for Joy, an exciting concert being held by First Parish Church, Congregational, Manchester-by- the Sea to benefit the new Grace Center. The Grace Center seeks to provide a welcoming day shelter for Cape Ann’s homeless population. Please display one or both flyers, include info in your congregation’s newsletter, bulletin, and generally help get the word out however you can. Not all of you have bulletins, but please send this email to anyone you think who would enjoy the concert and especially to anyone who would want to support the Grace Center.

The musicians performing this concert are well-established artists! You may want to reserve your tickets early to ensure attendance.

Note: The bright spiraling Grace Center logo was deigned by Samantha Alves. While a student at Gloucester High School, Samantha led the Holy Family Parish Youth Group for several years, and coordinated their long-term participation as volunteers at CAIC’s Harvest Meals. 

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