Community Call for HELP with the HarborWalk Gardens and a Photography Workshop Offer You Won’t Want to Miss!!

Okay so I’m in a bit of a bind, perhaps of my own making, but a bind nevertheless. Two years ago there was a formal nationwide public call for art for the HarborWalk. My grand idea was to purchase a projector and audio equipment for outdoor screenings and show films on an inflatable screen at I4-C2, along with creating a film for our community. I was a semi-finalist. I am happy to see the benefits to the community stemming from the success of movie nights and appreciate very much the time and energy that has gone into making this vision a reality.

The dilemma is that the gardens surrounding I4-C2 are not at all looking their best and invasive weed species are beginning to take over, as they have already claimed the adjacent plots of land. I’d like the gardens to shine and to be a place of pride for the City. They could look so, so much better than they do in their current condition. The butterfly gardens are a low-maintenance garden however they do need some maintenance. Having a public native plants garden in our community is a wonderful asset and provides tremendous educational opportunities. My hope is to eventually donate programs but we have to solve the garden’s maintenance crisis first and foremost. We don’t have an outside crew to take care of the gardens this year and the DPW I have learned has far too many other more important responsibilities. The group that was planning to help water realized that they had taken on too much and will not be helping this summer.

As a result, we are having a meeting (not weeding) of “Friends of the HarborWalk”  this Sunday morning, July 27, at 9:00am, under the shade tree in front of the Gloucester House Restaurant, near the Schooner Lannon office. We are going to brainstorm about ways to fund basic needs for the gardens, for example, annually purchasing and applying compost/mulch to cut down on the weeding responsibilities. I am hoping businesses in the area that are benefiting directly or indirectly from movie night will also come and contribute their ideas, suggestions, and manpower.

And here is the deal. For the first ten people that sign up to become contributing members of the Friends of the HarborWalk, either through the comment section or by emailing me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com, I am giving a close-up photography workshop. We’ll hold the workshop in the garden and it will be identical to the one that I give at the Arnold Arboretum.

Bring your own coffee Sunday morning and we will provide the homemade doughnuts!

White milkweed asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet skippers ©Kim Smith 2014JPG

Blooming Today at the HarborWalk Butterfly Garden ~ Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet,’ or white milkweed, with skippers nectaring. There are over 140 different species of milkweed worldwide; 108 of these are found in North America.

The Ghost Chair, Believe it or Not

The Ghost Chair, Believe it or Not

We’ve been doing a little remodeling, adding hardwood floors, 2nd Bathroom etc.

They (Certified Ghost Hunters) say that when you remodel it may awake spirits that are disturbed that your changing their habitat. This seems to be the case with our Rocking Chair. Sometimes when watching TV it will start rocking slowly then increase speed. I did a little experiment. I asked the Chair a few questions. One question always gets a response. The question is “do you like people sitting on you? It always speeds up when asked this. Any GMGer’s have similar experiences? There must be with Gloucester being founded in 1623. Let us know.

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Aurelia Nelson Gives Chazz Palminteri Sista Felicia’s Cookbook

A Bronx Tale is in my top 10 all time movies, my favorite scene was in the bar when the bikers came in and Chazz delivers the classic line- “Now Youse Can’t Leave.”  You gotta watch the YouTube clip of that scene just below this picture.

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Aurelia Nelson is the host of Curtain Up on North Shore 104.9 and has been hosting the movie nights at The Harbor Walk.  Her show Curtain Up! with Aurelia Nelson airs Sundays 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  You can listen to the last Curtain Up taped July 21 by clicking here

If you need a quick gift idea or would like to treat yourself and your family you can purchase one of Sista Felicia’s Cookbooks here-

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Friday July 25th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming SW 5 to 15 kt this afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/4775103

The Long-Range Forecast is no longer gonna be Apart of my GMG Weather Forecast … Message me on FB if u want longer version :) … Thanks

Hourly Forecast :

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Community Stuff 7/25/14

Joey,

This sweet juvenile tabby cat showed up at my door this evening. (Thursday) He is a sweet, vocal tabby with white boots. He seems to be well cared for and lost, not a stray. Could you please share with your readers and help him find his way home?

Found on Middle St. near the Boulevard.

Vickie Grassman

flamingosing@yahoo.com

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FINAL 2014 Essex Wet Paint


Hi Joey,

Everyone had such a good time dancing on the wooden floor at the American Legion that we’ll be back there again this Friday, July 25.  The dancing gets underway promptly at 7:30 PM with live music by the Cape Ann House Contra Band.  As always, we hope new dancers will join us.  Everyone is welcome.  No experience is necessary.  All dances are taught.

A donation of $10 is requested of each dancer. Dancers under 16 are free.

Potluck contributions of non-alcoholic drinks as well as finger snack foods are welcome to be brought and shared during the break. Water bottles are recommended to reduce our use of paper cups.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Cape Ann Contra Dance can be contacted at capeanncontradance@gmail.com

Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnContraDance

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Hi Joey!  Please help us spread the word about this Cruise. 

The Suicide rate among veterans and active duty is double and even triple the rates of civilians at a rate of almost 1 per hour, every day!  

22+ Veterans and 1 Active duty Soldier takes their own life each day. 

In 2012 more soldiers died by their own hand, than in combat.  Suicide was the #1 cause of death within our military that year.

It takes all of us to prevent suicide!  So please, step up and act.  Reach out to a friend, family member, veteran in need. 

Veteran Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

Suicide Prevention


Artistry of the Guitar with Ken Bonfield

with Raymond Gonzalez and Adam Miller

Saturday, July 26, 7:30 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Gloucester MA— Gloucester resident, and master guitarist Ken Bonfield will host an Artistry of the Guitar in-the-round concerts at The Cultural Center in Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA on Saturday July 26th with special guests Cape Ann’s own Raymond Gonzalez and all the way from Australia, Adam Miller.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm; there will be light refreshments.  Each show will start with a short solo set from each artist followed by a short intermission and then a second set with all three guitarists in-the-round swapping songs and stories and sitting in on each others compositions.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates 60 to 80 people and is fully handicapped accessible. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnaccoordinator@gmail.com.

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Upcoming Artist Workshops on Rocky Neck

August and September 2014

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Gloucester MA— The Rocky Neck Art Colony is proud to provide the Cultural Center for these upcoming workshops by distinguished artists:

August Midsummer Day Art – One-day workshop with artist Lully Schwartz

August 6, 2014 at 9am – 4pm.

Techniques for painting and/or drawing indoors and en plein air in oil, watercolor, acrylic, acrylic and/or charcoal.

Cost: $210 / $185 for RNAC members.

To register contact Lully Schwartz at lullysart@gmail.com

Drawing as Process with Gabrielle Barzaghi

Aug 9 & 11, 2014 at 10am – 3pm and Aug 10, 2014 at 12:15-5:15pm

This three-day workshop is about experimentation and the image making process. Students will work on a series of drawings from an object of their choice and move past the obvious into the realm of symbolism and metaphor by experimenting with expressive mark making, simplification, exaggeration, cropping, composition, scale, value and color.

Cost: $325 / $300 for RNAC members.

To register contact Gabrielle Bazaghi at gb@gabriellebarzaghi.com

Revolutionary Painting Techniques with Ekaterina Smirnova

September 3-5, 2014 at 9am  – 12pm

This three-day water media workshop is for students who want to improve their painting techniques by experimenting with familiar media while breaking through traditional norms and loosening their style.

Cost: $200 / $150 for RNAC members.

To register contact Ekaterina Smirnova at k.a.smirnova@gmail.com

For more information on these workshops please visit http://mail.rockyneckartcolony.org and select “Newsletter”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Lully M. Schwartz is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Mount Ida College.  She enjoys her 25+ year career as a working artist and teacher.  Her oil paintings and drawings are award winning, nationally exhibited and collected.   Lully is a studied artist adept in art history, all media painting, printmaking and drawing.   The Mill Pond Gallery, Long Island, Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Gallery, New York City, Armory Art Exhibition, Florida, the Cornell Museum of American Art and Culture,  and  Johnson & Johnson headquarters Gallery, New Jersey, are just a few of the galleries that have exhibited Lully’s art. Her work may be viewed through her websitewww.lullyschwartz.com.  Mis. Schwartz, Vice President of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (MA Chapter).

Artist and educator Gabrielle Barzaghi is a Senior Lecturer at New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University and has taught college level drawing since 1980. She is represented by Trident Gallery. You may see her work at www.gabriellebarzaghi.com

Ekaterna Smirnova was Goetemann Resident Artist at Rocky Neck in 2012, and has painted and exhibited her way around the globe. Gloucester and Rocky Neck are fortunate to have her return to paint in the area this summer. You can follow her exciting travels and view the resulting work on her blog, http://ekaterinasmirnova.wordpress.com .
In 2006 she became a member of the Art Students League of NY where she has been developing her style ever since. In the past 5 years, Ekaterina has received numerous awards in juried shows by the Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, and other art organizations.


RAA Events Week of July 18th

Demonstrations:

Tuesday, July 28th – 7:00 PM

Paul George in Watercolor

RAA Members Free/ Nonmembers $5.00

Wednesday, July 30th – 7:00 PM

Line Tutwiler in Oil Painting

RAA Members Free/Nonmembers $5.00

Classes For Adults:  $30.00/class

Thursday, July 31st – 9:00-1:00

Carole Loiacono Outdoor Watercolor Class

Friday, August 1st – 9:00-1:00

Susan Guest-McPhail Indoor Mixed Media Class

Wayne Morrell Retrospective Continues in the Maddocks Gallery through August 19th


YMCA Camp Spindrift community pool night

Good Morning

It is going to be a hot one today and potentially a busy night at Camp Spindrift!

Every Monday and Wednesday night for the summer the pool is FREE for YMCA members and only $2 per person (with a family maximum of $10) for the community

Great photo opportunity as well!

thank you in advance

Helene


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.

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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