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Highlights from Inauguration Ceremony 2014

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The Mayor’s, School Committee’s, and City Councilor’s inauguration and oath of office ceremonies were held at Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.  A warm welcome was given by Senator Tarr, followed by the pledge of allegiance, led by Baylee Kirk, the national anthem sung by Gordon Baird, and speech given by Art Haven founder David Brooks. Mayor Kirk gave a very inspiring inaugural address, highlighting her past term’s accomplishments and goals for the coming term. The Cape Ann Symphony String Quartet provided lovely background music for the event and Allison Doody gave an outstanding performance of Katy Perry’s Roar.

Sefatia Thekan and New City Council Member Paul Lundberg

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State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and Vito Calamo

Senator Bruce Tarr and Baylee Kirk

Mayor Kirk Taking the Oath of Office

School Committee Members Taking the Oath of Office

City Council Vice President Sefatia Thekan, President Paul McGeary, and Councilor Steven LeBlanc

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Melissa Cox’s special inauguration socks

Kudos To David Brooks, Bex Borden The Staff and Kids At The Hive

If you don’t know by now that The Hive is just an incredible gift to our community and positive force than you just aren’t living breathing and opening your eyes enough to realize what positive juju is being pumped out there daily.

It’s a testament to Founder David Brooks, his staff and the teens that make the place hum.

http://thehivecenter.org/

Thank you for this gift.

GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

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Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

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Bex Borden from Art Haven Shares Gloucester’s Lobster Trap Tree Story

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Recently Rebecca Borden, President and Interim Executive Director of Cape Ann Art Haven, was asked by Conde Nast Traveler to provide background information on Gloucester’s lobster trap tree for an online slideshow they are preparing about New England’s lobster trap Christmas trees. Rebecca shared with me the same information for a Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism post on which I am working. Especially as the tree has become a holiday tradition beloved by all, I thought our GMG readers would love to know the story as well.

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Rebecca writes ~

“Our tree is about 45′ tall and is built from 350 traps. We go for quality community engagement experience over height alone. The idea behind the tree began in 2001 by Janice Lufkin Shea, a downtown business owner. Jeff Worthley started it and built it for 10-years and then handed it off to David Brooks, founder of Cape Ann Art Haven and Ed Collard from the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

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No one “owns” the tree. Local lobstermen donate their traps and volunteers work to build it. The fire department uses their hook and ladder to set the star at the top.  It is truly an event that brings out the best in the Cape Ann community and that’s why Cape Ann Art Haven has played a leadership role making it happen for the last six years. Cape Ann Art Haven is a community space where artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop creativity and confidence through hands on learning and collaboration.  BuoyPainting3

We close off Main Street for our tree lighting ceremony because we have so many people and families that attend the event. I cannot put an exact number on those who show up but its in the hundreds. Everyone loves the tree – it is a beloved symbol of our winter holiday season.

Buoys Ready for Auction

BuoyPainting1BuoyPaintingFamilyOne of the things that makes our tree unique is that we have children paint donated buoys the week before the tree lighting ceremony. Last year we had more than 440 buoys painted by children – it’s a really big deal for them. The buoys are then used as “ornaments” to decorate the tree. When the tree comes down in January, we keep the buoys and auction them off as a fundraiser for Cape Ann Art Haven where they can go as high as $450 each. We also have local artists create specialty buoys and those have gone as high as $750 each.”

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All Photos Courtesy David Brooks

ART NEWS DOWNTOWN FROM CAT RYAN

Editor’s note: When I posted this yesterday I forgot to take my watermark off which my blogging software does automatically for me.  Al these photos were taken by Catherine Ryan-

Hi Joey

Phil Cusumano, artist/captain, and volunteer juror for the 2013 HarborWalk Public Art Challenge administered by the Committee for the arts, stopped by to inspect the public art in process on Parsons Street. The artist, James Owen Calderwood, was being filmed for an interview by Lisa Smith for Cape Ann TV. Dale Brown of the Committee for the Arts was there, too.

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Jason Burroughs who is teaching with TAG is volunteering some hours yesterday and today for James’ project.

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Though difficult for painting, the off and on rain does provide opportunities for visiting. Last week there were business meetings, here with Sarah Garcia Harbor Planning Director.

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Today looking out from City Hall, peering past the high school kids cleaning, the bank, Parsons, and on to the harbor.

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James visiting the Hive.

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While there, we were privileged to witness GREAT news hot off the press and an intensity enough to match their vibrant space! TAG team members wrote and were awarded a $10,000 grant. Congratulations all!

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Pictured are David Brooks(TAG Director) Emma Johnson(Forest Foundation Intern), Alex Barrett(Forest Foundation Intern) , Satomi Nishimiya, Rachel McClenagan, Rebecca Siswick Graham (Tag Open Studio Manager), Chrid Boudrow(TAG Assistant Director) , Lauren Horne, and Greer Viau. Also Not pictured is Katie Flores (Forest Foundation Intern) not pictured. 

They were heading over to the Farmer’s Market and David promises to send in names and more information. They were also tracking down Mary Ann to share the news; she was at Maritime Gloucester with the Art Haven campers partnership week.

Next time we’ll head down Parsons over to see the permanent public art installation at Maritime Gloucester museum. The twelve foot diameter compass rose is being installed on city property where the HarborWalk crosses onto Maritime Gloucester. Two artists installing new public art downtown and connections—very exciting news.

Donna and Kathy documenting the compass rose on GMG:

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/video-compass-rose-installation-at-maritime-gloucester/

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/the-compass-rose/

Save the date and come celebrate!

What better way is there to celebrate Art Haven’s four year anniversary than the GRAND OPENING of THE HIVE, their new adult and high school community center on Pleasant Street!?! So… Save the date – July 28th! Free event with food from Classic Cooks, dessert from Giuseppe’s and drinks from Pleasant Street Tea Company… It’s gonna be A LOT of fun. Come celebrate with us!

More info at Art Haven’s web site and the Facebook event page - hope you can make it!

GHS DECA Plans To Sell Gloucester Soda–We Do A Taste Test With Former GHS DECA Student David Brooks

DECA advisor and business teacher at GHS Ann Grassetti contacted me yesterday to help get the word out about Gloucester Soda.  So I met with the future business leaders of Gloucester at Art Haven, we had a conversation and taste test.

Click here for the video-

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Wanna show off your construction skills this Saturday?

Art Haven can use some help this Saturday framing out their new space on Pleasant Street! If you’ve got construction experience and some free time, grab your tools and come on down – it’s sure to be a good time. Work will start at 9am, but feel free to come down whenever you can and help out.  For more info about what’s going on, check out this interview with Dave Brooks, founder and visionary :)

GMG Questions and Answers- David Brooks Art Haven Founder

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How long have you lived in Gloucester?

22 years

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?

summer

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?

10 lb Island

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

Poseidons

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Destinos

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?

Azorean

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

Cape Ann Brewery 

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?

Lees

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting

In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?

BOAT!!! 

Who is your favorite local artist?

Chris Williams

Which is your favorite local beach?

Niles

Who has the best chowder in town?

Causways 

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog?

Is there any others? jk Jay Alberts Cape Ann Images

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?

Clam Chowder

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood?

Walker Creek West Gloucester

What is your favorite local band?
Mile 21

As A Reward For Filling Out The Form For Use On GMG Feel free To Provide a Link Here to Any Business, Band or Website You Would Like Promoted

 www.arthaven.org

David Brooks, Shane O’Neil and Jesse Cremeans Deliver The Last of The Lobster Trap Tree Traps

It’s all fun when you are building the lobster Trap Tree and there are a bunch of people lending a hand.  Dismantling it and delivering the traps long after the fanfare has subsided shows dedication.

Huge props to the boys working in the snow and cold to finish up a job well done!

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Video with David Brooks and his latest endeavor coming tomorrow.

Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree ’10 -The Beginning

Featuring the 9:00AM Crew- David and Daniel Brooks, Paul Morrison, Shane and his brother The Emo kid, Scotty Horne, Ed Collard, Donna Ardizzoni and Rick Moore.

If you have any time at all today they could surely use a hand constructing the Lobster Trap tree.  If you are not able to physically help maybe you could drop off some warm cider or hot coffee.  It is cold as a motherfu$%er up there at Gloucester Police Station Pavillion.

We will be taping for The Learning Channel as well so come on down and be part of the fun.

Donna Ardizzoni is down there lugging traps that are bigger than her.  That woman is crazy I’m telling you!

Also if there are any lobstermen that have any lobster traps that they can contribute to the tree please swing down.  David and company will pick them up and drop them back off in your yard when the tree is dismantled.

Looking For Lobster Trap Tree Volunteers

Help build the lobster trap tree!

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Hi Joey, 

Please get the word out.

The Planned build for the 2010 Lobster Trap Christmas Tree is This Sat-Sun. Nov. 22-28th. We are still in need of volunteers for the build. Which will start at 9:00 AM. There are a few other ways to help. We are still looking to borrow traps so if you know anyone who may have good strong traps the more the merrier. We are looking to have a total of around 450 traps, the more traps from less fisherman the less we will have to run around. Also we may need help coordinating the events for the lighting of the tree on Dec. 11th around 4:30PM. We may also need someone to coordinate having TV releases for those on camera. So if anyone is interested in that please contact me directly at david-brooks@hotmail.com.  Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and for those who and to work off the calories I can think of a better way to do that than to lift a few hundred traps.

Best,

David Brooks

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