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Walking tours on the HarborWalk

Year round, select one of three Gloucester MA HarborWalk walking tours

1) Self-guided, year round, free, public-access and award winning walkway. 42 story moment granite posts installed as a permanent outdoor exhibit. The reclaimed granite posts feature plaques highlighting the city’s past and contemporary cultural treasures. Gloucester’s maritime heritage, innovators in business, politics and the arts are all featured. The signs also provide suggestions for exploration elsewhere in Gloucester and there are QR codes which scan to additional content. It’s family friendly for all ages and accessible for all. Visit just one story moment marker or “hop-on, hop off” like a transit line. Follow a specific inner loop 1.2 miles or extend it for a nice, long walk (3 miles RT). It is designed to be flexible for any length or duration, and for educational and programming opportunities for community and visitors. It was designed by Cambridge Seven Associates. http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk atgharborwalk@gmail.com
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2) Guided: a mini mobile tour that leads you to 14 story moments and is narrated by the coolest host ever, Gloucester singer, Ann Marie. You may know her work with Bandit Kings and elsewhere. The HarborWalk mobile guided tour –an American Alliance of Museums gold MUSE winner- can be downloaded ahead of time and brought along wherever you go. Loads of talented Gloucester creatives helped and/or featured.   You’ll be guided along a shorter trail (14 stops) by following Ann Marie to the Story Moment markers that include an extra sign, postcards lettered “A” through “N”. There are surprises within stores, public spaces, and businesses as you explore our community via the app’s activities. Along with the video introduction, the two short films, “HarborWalk Cinema”, can be viewed anytime, but reward a visit downtown with not to be missed interactive elements!  http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk atgharborwalk@gmail.com

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3) Self–guided kids and family activity: Become a “Gloucester Explorer”

Any kid who hunts and finds each trail marker icon can receive a certificate signed by the Mayor for becoming an official “HarborWalk Explorer”. People can print out this 2-page tracing master sheet (see attached PDF) ahead of time from their own printer OR check at the Chamber or Stage Fort Welcoming Center for copies. http://www.ghwalk.org Contact: friends of the HarborWalk at gharborwalk@gmail.com

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Love Christmas music or not, lots of great live music choices in Gloucester tonight

Those of you who like Christmas music are in luck tonight.  Fly Amero is signing Christmas songs with his brother J.B. and Allen Estes at the Rhumbline tonight starting at 8pm.

Then catch the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes 2011 Christmas Special at 11pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 (originally aired last year) featuring Dan King, Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan, Ann Marie, Bradley Royds, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dave Sag, Courtney Reid and Allen’s son Dylan Estes.  Here’s a video of many of the performers singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. (see more air times here)

Of course, there’s lots of other excellent music in town (not necessarily Christmas — see full schedule here), including Dennis Monagle with Marina Evans, Joe Cardoza and Dave Brown at Minglewood Tavern starting at 9pm.

Where will you be next Thursday (8/9) at 1pm?

St. Peter’s Square would be the right answer … so you can join Mayor Kirk, the Lt. Governor for the Harbor Walk Ribbon Cutting and a special walk led by the Mayor.

This isn’t your usual boring ribbon cutting event, folks.  It’s the kick off to an extraordinary weekend, culminating in Gloucester’s first Blues Festival and highlighting everything Gloucester has to offer from our proud fishing heritage and continuous working waterfront to art, music, food, literature, heroism and the spectacular natural beauty that inspires every one of us.

Much of this is embodied in the Story Moments on granite posts along the harbor walk, supported by an excellent website and phone apps built by Mike Ciolino (see notice of the website launch here).

And that website features a WALKING CINEMA starring one of Gloucester’s best singers: Ann Marie of the Bandit Kings, Safety (and who backed up Chelsea Berry at North Shore Music Theatre on June 28).

See Ann Marie in the Walking Cinema intro below:

I can’t even begin to list all the music THIS WEEKEND — it’s going on RIGHT NOW at the Sitewalk Bazaar.  Just check out the full live music schedule here.

Meet Chelsea Berry’s New Band

L-R: Mike Moschetto, Renee Dupuis, Chelsea Berry, Michael Thomas Doyle, Ann Marie, Pete Iannitto

Monday you got a sneak peek at Chelsea Berry’s new band rehearsing — and Yesterday you heard the acoustic vs electric versions of one of Chelsea’s new songs, so we figured today would be a good day to introduce the band, whose debut will be next Thursday 6/28 at North Shore Music Theatre opening for Chris Isaak.  Here are brief profiles of Chelsea’s band members (Chelsea, of course, needs no introduction):

Michael Thomas Doyle – Lead Guitar
Michael is currently a senior at Berklee College of Music, and multi-instrumentalist. He is known for his high-energy performances and ecclectic style of playing. He is currently working on a jazz/post-rock instrumental album called “Kind King” with fellow bandmate Mike Moschetto. He continues to perform with various acts such as The Gary Backstrom Band, The Runaround, and many others across the area while being being a full-time student at Berklee.

Mike Moschetto – Drums
Mike Moschetto is a graduate of Emerson College from North Andover, MA. Aside from being a drummer, Mike is the owner and engineer of the Office Recording in North Andover, MA. and has worked with many local acts in the New England area. Mike is also the bassist of the experimental-rock band Aviator, as performing a variety of different instruments for singer/songwriter Amory Sivertson. 

Pete Iannitto  – Bass
Recent graduate at Berklee College of Music, Pete is a studio teacher in the North Shore Area, as well as being a freelance musician in support of many local acts in the Cape Ann and Boston Area. Pete is currently working on a solo album expected to be out by the end of the year. (see newspaper story on Pete here)

Ann Marie ShimanoskiBacking Vocals
Ann Marie Shimanoski performs and writes with two Gloucester based bands: SAFETY and The Bandit Kings. She’s studied performance arts at both The University Of London at Goldsmiths and Salem State College. Recently, her passion has led her to mentor young teens at The Cape Ann Theater.

Renee Dupuis – Backing Vocals
Renee Dupuis is a A graduate of the Hartt School (voice performance) Renee Dupuis is a vocalist/pianist for the Bandit Kings, Renee & Joe, Bling Cherry, and the Gaudy Baubles. Recently she sang lead vocals in “A Merry Funny New England Christmas” featuring Comedy Central Comedian Juston McKinney (New Hampshire Music Hall) and completed her second series of west coast performances (Los Angeles) as a member of the Bandit Kings. Renee is honored to be a part of Chelsea Berry’s band! For more information visit www.reneedupuismusic.com.
It’s summer.  It’s hot.  And so is Cape Ann’s music scene (see full live music lineup here).  You have 30 performers to choose from on Cape Ann just tonight and tomorrow!  If you’ve never seen What Time Is It Mr. Fox?, here’s your chance — don’t pass it up.  They’re at the Dog Bar tonight.  Here’s a video of one of my favorite Brian King songs, Cold Rain (starts about 1 minute into the video and it gets louder too).

In case you didn’t know, Cold Rain was covered brilliantly by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas (listen here).