Monthly Archives: November 2012

World origami days! And, Christmas tree origami?

Here’s an origami lemur reminding me that we are already half-way through this year’s World Origami Days!

World origami days are passing by

I saw a photo of this cute little lemur model on the internet, and the folder was kind enough to send me the diagrams. I aim to post an origami photo every day of the remaining “World Origami Days”. Let’s see if I can keep that resolution…

By the way, all the decorations on my own Christmas tree (with one or two exceptions) are made of origami.  Would anyone be interested in an origami Christmas tree ornament workshop?  I’m thinking about organizing one.  I could teach a variety of designs, like an angel, a Santa, a non-representational geometric ornament, and maybe some ideas for origami garlands for the tree too.  For dates, I’m thinking either late November or early December.

Or, here’s an idea for you. Every year, OrigamiUSA decorates a tree in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City with origami, following some theme.  What would be really cool would be a (modestly sized) Christmas tree decorated with nautically-themed origami in some public (indoor) location in Gloucester.  Whales, fish, lobsters, boats, lighthouses,… That would be a fun project, if enough people were interested in helping.  Am I crazy?

Fr. Matthew Green

Last minute chance to be in a TV audience on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes & Megan Burtt Today at 1pm

Colorado Singer/songwriter Megan Burtt will be taping a show today at Cape Ann TV that will air on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes sometime this month.  Megan is visiting her friend, and Berklee classmate, Chelsea Berry for a few days as part of her Northeast tour.  After her excellent show on Saturday at Old Sloop, I asked Megan if she’d be in the area long enough to tape a show and she agreed!  So we scrambled our crew.

If you’d like to be in the audience, come to the Cape Ann TV Studio in Blackburn Park (directions here) at 1pm.  Ring the doorbell and say, I’m here for Local Music Seen.  Don’t worry about what you look like, you won’t be on camera.  Your presence allows the performers to connect with a live audience, which gives the show an added dimension.  And your clapping, cheering, whistling, etc. will be captured on the soundtrack.

If that’s not enough, you’ll also get to hear a brand-new song from Allen Estes that I haven’t even heard yet (we missed his show at Rhumbline on Sunday because we can’t be in two places at once).  Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Megan:

And don’t forget to vote (if you’re not sure why, check this out).  Might as well stop by your polling place on the way to Blackburn

Community Photos 11/6/12

Sunset Annisquam River photo by Anthony Marks

Sunset Annisquam River

Hi Joey,

B had a chance to sign the windmill blade over the weekend, so he signed his name with a  sketch of General Grievous, just under Sefatia’s Sig.  These blades are HUGE by the way – and the must have built a special trailer just to transport them…

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Patriotic pooch on East Main and Bass Ave.


Photo © Kathy Chapman 2012

Community Stuff 11/6/12


Sail Adventure Forever Gala & Auction


Rockport Senior Center News

November 15th Thanksgiving lunch, Turkey, whipped potatoes, gravy, stuffing, butternut squash, peas, cranberry sauce, apple pie & biscuit $2.00 Call For reservations call 978-546-5027

November Monthly Birthday Party at Rockport Senior Center is on  November 28th. If you have a November Birthday, call Diane at 978-546-2573 to let her know you will be coming. 

How to save on Real Estate Taxes Thursday, November 15th at 12:30. Diane Lashua from the Town Assessor’s Office will inform you on different ways for Seniors to save money on their taxes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pigeon Cove “Then & Now” Friday, November 16th at 7PM Computerized Photo Presentation set to Music by Gilbert McCarthy.  Limited reserved seating, call Diane 978-546-2573

Wreath Making Workshop December 5th 1PM at the Rockport Senior Center  $15.00

Tornado Terry & the Twisters is a Boston based Dance group. They will perform choreographed dance routine  to Big Band 40’s music and 50’s Rock

n’ Roll.  Rockport Senior Center Tuesday, December 18th at 7PM. Free, limited seating  978-546-2573

Laughing Yoga Monday, Dec 3rd at 10:30AM  Rockport Senior Center 58 Broadway. No mats or getting down on the floor for this class.  Come & join the fun

Quilting &  Hand Work Group meet every Thursday at the Rockport Senior Center from 1:00-3:30.  If you like to quilt, crochet or sew by hand, come to the center and enjoy the company of others.

Scrabble   Every Wednesday at Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway 1-3:00

Bingo Every Monday at the Rockport Senior Center 1-3:30

Computers, Exercise Class & Shredder are all available for your use at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway. Call 978-546-2573 for more information.

Fisk Documentary almost done



About the Project:

"The Opus 139 Project: To Hear the Music" is a documentary entering its final editing stage that celebrates great music, great craftsmanship, and the unique workplace ethic at C.B. Fisk, Inc. The completed film will tell the interwoven stories of founder Charles Brenton Fisk, his workshop in action, and the enterprise of creating, installing, and voicing a single new pipe organ, in this case Opus 139, commissioned by the late beloved Peter Gomes, for his magnificent Memorial Church at Harvard University.

It is a rare opportunity to be able to document and experience the intricate design process, attention to detail, and stunning craftsmanship involved in the construction of this "King of Instruments." In the last act, the soaring glory of the new organ at Harvard, Opus 139, will be heard at its inaugural concert. The Opus 139 Project is a film about the evolution of a single pipe organ, 3 years in the making, and needs to raise $15,000 in 31 days to complete production. Timeline for finishing is May 2013.

This is, has been, and will be a labor of love, rather than a for-profit project.


Dennis Lanson, Director/Producer & the Opus 139 Project Team.

Kickstarter link here

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