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Gloucester MA City Hall Weathervane Repairs Info From Maggie Rosa

Repairs to City Hall’s Weathervane

Maggie Rosa writes-

Weather permitting a crane will be brought to City Hall at 7:00am on Friday November 9th. The crane will be placed in the Administration side of the City Hall parking lot. Campbell Construction, contractors for the ongoing exterior restoration project, are donating their services to remove the weathervane, repair it and place it back on the tower. Rental costs for the crane are being donated by C.E. Cyr Construction Co., Inc. (Lawrence, MA) and Craig Herrmann Design (Gloucester, MA). Both companies are working on the Gorton’s addition project and are happy to contribute to the community.

If mother nature is not cooperative the repairs will be rescheduled most likely for Friday, November 16th.

The weathervane was donated to the City in 1989 by the Cape Ann Savings Bank and is modeled on the famed schooner “Elsie”.

Many thanks to all of these public spirited firms. We appreciate your generosity.

Maggie

We reported on the failing weathervane this past summer-

City Hall Weathervane in 1989 before She Was First Hoisted Atop City Hall From The Infamous Fred Buck

Posted on August 19, 2012 by Joey C

photo courtesy Cape Ann Museum

Fred writes-

joey – here’s the schooner with a broken mast on top of city hall.  the copper model was created by washburn on rt. 114 in 1989 and donated to the city by the cape ann savings bank.  this pic was taken just before she was hoisted up to her place of honor.  it is, of course, the elsie, built in 1910 by a.d. story in essex.  gordon thomas, in fast and able, called her "one of the greatest."  if anyone can help bring her down for repairs, step forward!  a model of the elsie by cape ann master craftsman erik ronnberg is on display at the cape ann museum.  it’s a beautiful thing…
infamous fred

copper model of sch. elsie made by washburn, rt. 114 as weathervane for city hall.  donated by cape ann savings bank.  1989.

This post is in response to our August 16th photos from David Cox showing the Elsie weathervane in serious peril below-

Sail on City Hall Schooner needs help–David B. Cox Photos

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Manuel Simoes

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If you remember our David Cox Caught the

“In A Bird’s Eye”

Most if not all Gloucester residents are well acquainted with the heated local debate about the future of The Fort and the old Bird’s Eye building.  This was the inspiration for the musical “In A Bird’s Eye”, which was given a reading/singing at the Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival.  It follows a family through their discussions at their annual 4th of July reunion, where tradition and change collide in a funny and balanced portrayal of people on of both sides of the debate (and those who chose to stay in between).

The multi-generational cast

To sell, or not to sell?

Money talks

His heart is in it

The girls

It is a musical, after all

Grampy’s not having any of it

More photos of this and the other plays here.

Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company is on Facebook.

- Fr. Matthew Green

New lighting in Gloucester City Hall Photo From Maggie Rosa

Maggie writes-

Work in progress!

National Grid has worked with the City to provide new lighting for City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium – the lighting fixtures are on the left, the old on the right.

In addition, the lighting for the Build Not For Today Alone but for Tomorrow As Well WPA mural has been replaced.

Staging on the ventilators will be coming down this week or next. Get your cameras ready!

 

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“Unexpected”

The second play in the “Tragabigzanda Political Theatre Festival” was “Unexpected”, in which we see a family dealing with the drug overdose-induced death of one of its own. The part that struck me most was the imagined conversation between the deceased and his niece.

Getting the news

Sorting things out on the phone

Consolation

The conversation: remember the good things

More photos of this and the other plays here.

Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company is on Facebook.

- Fr. Matthew Green

“You Are My Sunshine”

Photos from the first of three short plays at the Tragabizanda Political Theatre Festival, which was held at City Hall over the past two weekends.  “You Are My Sunshine” is a moving drama that deals with the issue of post-partum depression.

Henry Allen, the director, gave an intro to the festival and to the three plays.

Playing “You Are My Sunshine”

“We don’t talk about it…”

…until they do.

Each play was followed by a “talk-back” session with the cast and crew

 
Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company is on Facebook.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Photos From The Gloucester Archives, City Hall Courtesy Ron Gilson

Sara Dunlap Archive Volunteer co-director

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George Thurston, Volunteer Microfilm expert searcher

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Liesa Logsdon From Spring City TN, (visitor searching genealogy)and Stephanie Buck Historian Cape Ann Museum and Archives Volunteer

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Patricia Wright from Spring City TN and Shirley Thompson from Brownsburg IN (visitors searching genealogy)

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Jane Meade and Joan Gilson Archives Volunteers

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City Hall Restoration Update From Maggie Rosa

Maggie Rosa writes-

So what’s going on behind the green shrouding at City Hall?

Certainly not just a paint job.

I’m attaching photos that were taken by the project’s architect Doug Manley this morning (06-18-12). There are also many more photos that can be viewed on  Gallery:http://capeannphotography.zenfolio.com/p772949276 – these photos were taken by David Stotzer (Cape Ann Photography) who volunteered to be the official photographer of the project (for which we are very grateful).

According to Jeremy Campbell of Campbell Construction Group work on removing the paint from the lower two sections of the main tower is two-thirds done.

The work on the ventilator towers is going well and as of now no major unforeseen issues have arisen.

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This shot was taken by me last week showing the green shrouding.

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This photo is of one of the small (ventilator) tower 06-18-12.

Note the construction worker at the top of the tower with the spire of Holy Family church in the background and the post office visible through the shrouding.

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Ventilator tower 06-18-12.

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Main tower 06-18-12

This shows the main tower at the bell level.

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Ventilator Tower 06-18-12

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Work on Main Tower 06-18-12

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