Community Stuff 8/20/14

 

Magnolia Auction, Live & Silent Auctions, featuring spirits and hors d’oeuvres,  Saturday September 6th.

All are welcome to the “Little Red Schoolhouse”, under the tent, dealers welcome at the Blynman School, 46 Magnolia Avenue, Magnolia.  Wind down summer with a good time! 
A not-to-be-missed event, the MHS announces the Magnolia Auction! 

Live and Silent Auctions, HUGE silent auction 4-6pm.  Live auction 6pm. 

The event will be catered by Classic Cooks Catering, great food and drink! 

Come for the auction, stay for the party atmosphere, fun neighborhood event, all welcome,
$25pp ($20 for MHS members).
Auction items include antiques, paintings – featuring artists Carol Loiacono, Sandy Herdman and more. Gift Certificates from the greatest stores and finest restaurants on Cape Ann.  Red Sox & Celtics tickets, sports memorabilia, collectibles and fine goods and more, come by!

For questions and more information, contact Chairperson Heidi Williams, at 978.879.9132


Siren By the Sea

A graduation recital by Gillian Hurst (RHS Class of 2010), accompanied by Dr. Beverly Soll will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 4pm.  Gillian recently graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude.  They will perform approximately 45 minutes of music from the Middle Ages to Modern Day.  First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street.  Donations gratefully accepted to help fund studies at the University of St. Andrews.

Grad Recital Pic


Gloucester author  Jackie Zollo Brooks   will be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Rockport Library on Thursday, August 28th at 7 PM on the second floor of the Rockport Library.

Jackie Zollo Brook, who is an alumna of Tufts University,  has  just written a  new romantic novel  entitled “The Ravenala

She was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and also taught in the English Departments of the University of Massachusetts and Wentworth Institute. 

From 1997-1999 she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, serving as an English Teaching Supervisor. Her time in this beautiful but impoverished land and its people stayed with her. 

The Ravenala   is named for ‘the travelers tree’ found only in Madagascar.  A traveler cutting into the palm’s branches can receive a refreshing drink of cool water  Today she lives and writes full-time in Gloucester.

This meeting is open to the public and all are invited.  


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Thursday, September 18th, 7 PM, , at the
Rocky Neck Cultural Center

THE PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTION OF
FREEDOM

Understanding and Misunderstanding
Our Freedom to Do and Achieve
What Others Expect of Us

A Discussion
Moderated by Tom Kiely of West Gloucester

Participants

Karl Frank of East Gloucester, Former Instructor in Philosophy, Dartmouth College

John D. Mullen of Rocky Neck, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College

Rory Anscombe of East Gloucester, Read Philosophy and Forensic Psychiatry at Oxford College, England

Richard N. Rosenfeld of Rocky Neck, Philosophy Major, Yale College

What if the idea of free choice is an illusion?  Wouldn’t that be disturbing?  After all, the notion that we are free to make the choices we make and especially the choices that determine whether we are successful or not, criminals or not, moral or not, responsible or not, and praiseworthy or not is at the very core of our religious, political, and moral codes. Religion makes us answerable for our actions because it says we have “free will.” Our “free” enterprise system assumes we are “free” to make good or bad economic choices and is designed to reward us accordingly. Our criminal justice system punishes those who “choose” to commit crimes.

But suppose freedom of choice is just a myth. That is it just a rallying cry for Western Civilization.  Will our idea of freedom survive philosophical scrutiny? And if it doesn’t, what are we left with?  That’s what this discussion is about.


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