Monthly Archives: July 2014

Here’s the Deal On Alchemy…

We will be reopening fall 2014 with Chef Paolo Laboa in the kitchen. Paolo’s menu will consist of genuine Northern Italian cuisine that showcases the freshest, local ingredients at approachable prices.


If you want to catch Paolo before the opening, he will be touring the Serenitee Group restaurants. Paolo will work the team to create a signature dish that reflects his interpretation of the restaurant’s cuisine.


Head to Facebook for more information on where Paolo is: https://www.facebook.com/AlchemyBistro

Thank you!
Sam 

Paolo and Chef Scott at Opus

Groundhog or Woodchuck (or Whistle-pig)?

Groundhog woodchuck ©Kim Smith2014

Marmota monax

That’s precisely what I wondered when I encountered this large member of the order Rodentia at a job site recently. Our eyes locked for several moments as we both stood perfectly still, it trying to disguise itself as an inanimate object and me trying to take a snapshot. I took a step forward and off it burrowed back into its tunnel.

Google search reveals that groundhogs and woodchucks are one and the same species (Marmota monax) and the critters also go by the names of whistle-pig (I like this one best) and land-beaver. The name whistle-pig is derived from their behavior of emitting a high-pitched whistle to alert members of their colony of impending danger. Woodchuck stems from either an Algonquin or Narragansett name for the animal, wuchak.

Whistle-pigs are the largest members of the Squirrel Family, although you can’t see that in the above photo as this is a juvenile. They dwell in areas where woodland meets open space. All summer long whistle-pigs stuff their little furry faces with wild grasses, other wild plants, tree bark, berries, and agricultural crops to build their fat reserves for the long winter hibernation. They are notoriously destructive in gardens. We have yet to see any damage in the gardens at Willowdale due to the resident woodchuck family. I imagine they are finding enough food in the surrounding forest.

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Brought to you live

DSCF4964Sheila Foley of Stoneham, Ma. has found a nice little niche for herself. Among other creative endeavors she is a live event painter. She captures special events as they occur, or,when schedules conflict, she does on-site preliminary renditions which she competes later from photos taken at the event. Either way, what comes out is a unique way to remember important occasions.

Here, Sheila does some sketches of the pier at Maritime Gloucester in preparation for a live event painting of an upcoming engagement party.

Block Party Video By Cape Ann TV – Allen Estes & Will Hunt

Put A Good Buzz On – Allen Estes and Will Hunt at the Gloucester Block Party July 2014

Cape Ann TV Video shot by Chris Mullen, Steven Essery, James Frye, John Walker, Dylan Benson and Jim Capillo. Edited by Jim Capillo

 

Windhover Performing Arts Center – Quarry Dance – August 1 & 2

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.

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

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Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game (and maybe bring the family)

Absolutely… spending a day at Fenway Park is one of the best ways to enjoy a day here in the Boston area, but, let’s be honest, it is not always that easy to score tickets that are affordable.  And…if you have young children, you can’t guarantee they’ll care much about the game.  I’ve seen more grumpy moms and dads grudgingly leave the ballpark because their young child was “done.”  OR….you spend a gazillion dollars on ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, big foam fingers, Wallys, inflatable bats, and other souvenirs as tokens of hush money….all to no avail.  3rd inning…out the door.

I’ll never recover from a day a few years ago when I brought Thatcher onto the field with me pre game to take photos of the players warming up.  He was a super cute 4 year old at the time and was wearing a “Pedroia” shirt. We walked past the dugout and Kevin Youkilis started to raz Thatch for not wearing his # instead. Within a minute Thatcher had the attention of Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Josh Beckett.  They were all chatting him up and joking with him and I couldn’t have been happier.  Thatch?….you may ask.  Over the moon?…you may assume. Well, not exactly. After a minute of tolerating the attention, he turned to me and said, “Can we go back to our seats before Finn eats all the popcorn?”  Alrightly then.  Bye guys.

So, while my boys are now old enough to love Red Sox games, and they get through a whole 9 innings or more with only a little bit of bribing, it is still something that we can really only pull off a couple of times each summer.

The solution??   Three words.  Minor League Games!   My boys are almost just as happy to head to the Lowell Spinners, the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), and, hopefully soon, the Portland Sea Dogs.  The venues are incredibly family friendly, affordable, and FUN.  The children get much closer access to the players and can often times score themselves a run around the bases, an autograph opportunity, or a chance to catch something chucked into the stands in between innings.

I, just a moment ago, received an email from the Spinners reminding me of the Family Sleepover.  Come on….talk about fun for kids!   You go to the game, head back to the car for a minute, grab your tent and gear, set up shop, watch a movie on the scoreboard, and spend the night sleeping on the field.

If you have a budding baseball fan in the family and haven’t taken advantage of the minor league teams in our area, you’re missing out.  I highly recommend looking into tickets….and, might I add, there really isn’t bad seat in any of those houses!

Play Ball my friends!

Family Sleep Over at the Lowell Spinners

The Lowell Spinners

The Pawtucket Red Sox

The Portland Sea Dogs

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Hey! SAMAY!!

Hey!  SAMAY!!

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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.

Live Pod Cast Weather :

http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/4770938

Hourly Forecast :

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Weekend And Beyond :

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Thursday Quick Look !

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Sat Night 8pm Fun Show no set guest call ins welcome http://www.dtmwickedradio.com

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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.

 www.windhover.org


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 .