Monthly Archives: July 2013

Homie Recycled Sailcloth Pillows In The Hizzouse! and Striped Bass and Tuna and Codfish and Lobster and…

When I first saw these pillows I knew I had to add them to All Things Gloucester

Throw in a Man at The Wheel and a Schooner Pillow and you’d round out the line. 

Check ‘em-

http://gmg.storenvy.com/

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They come in 18” or 20” and take two weeks to make as they are produced to order.

Check them out on  All Things Gloucester

One of the great things about using recycled sailcloth is that it means this stuff doesn’t end up clogging up our landfills.  Something we all can agree is a good idea.

Fun free stuff: Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library this month

Hi Joey,

Get over to the library! This month, the Matz Gallery at the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free library is featuring the creative proposals of 15 semi finalists artist/artist teams for the HarborWalk Public Art Challenge.

Gloucester Engineering and the Matz family created a lovely exhibition space and lobby!

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Bring your kids and grandchildren. There are games and small prizes and discoveries for all ages. Here’s a printable sample “hidden pictures”.

Leave some extra time to admire more art at the library, the neighborhood quilts, the always excellent Children’s Library and programming, and the fountain. Remember to peer past the construction screen to see what’s coming! The exhibit is open when the library is open. Come for the 8:30AM opening time of the main library, and then head down to the Children’s room, which opens at 10AM. Tuesdays and Thursdays the library is open until 8pm.

Adults are welcome, too. Here are some of our city planners visiting with Utile while they’re working together on the downtown work plan.

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Thursday’s Farmers’ Market

Love Thursday because of the Farmers’ Market. Lots of great food and very social.

Ocean Alliance Update

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Here’s an update from Operation Toxic Gulf, the partnership between Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the Gulf of Mexico:
The Odyssey continues to work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and has so far obtained 20 biopsy samples from sperm whales. The response from the Gulf community has been overwhelming with donations of food and supplies, lines to tour the Odyssey and even residents coming aboard to cook meals for the crew. Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr is back in Gloucester overseeing the expedition from the Paint Factory while OA President Roger Payne leads the expedition on board. Residents of Rocky Neck will recognize crewmember Andy Rogan who is on board for the entire expedition, coordinating the science and writing blog posts on our Facebook page. Here is an excerpt from his most recent post:
“The very collaboration that we on the Odyssey are a part of brings great hope. As we continue to journey into this new century the whales will face more threats than ever before and no single individual, NGO or even methodology can address all these issues. If we can find ways to work together, to engage the general public and provide the scientific evidence needed for policy change at the governmental level then we have a good chance of protecting these magnificent creatures.”
In photos sent from the Odyssey we see Andy and Hillary Watson (niece of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson) with a Pensacola resident demonstrating how easy it is to find tar balls on the beach. Another photo shows a pod of emaciated dolphins the crew encountered in the Gulf.

Don’t forget the Harbor Loop Concert today @ 5:00pm with The Dejas & Digney Fignus ~ As always weather permitting.

The Harbor Loop Concert is happening today: 5:00 to 8:00!!!!!
The Dejas will light it up & Digney Fignus will knock it out of the park!!!
Fitz Hugh Lane Park in GTown…BE THERE!!!

Please send this to all of your friends:):)


http://www.thedejas.com/fr_home.cfm

Digney Fignus~Girl With The Curious Hand

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http://www.digney.com/

GMG Local Twitterati Report 7/14/13

Meet James Owen Calderwood one of three artists awarded a public art project

Hi Joey,

If you’re downtown, have a look at Parsons Street from either Main Street or Rogers. The Gloucester Committee for the Arts is pleased to announce that the first of 3 public art award projects has begun right there. Stop by today or over the weekend, and next week. You might see artist James Owen Calderwood at work on his 190 foot idea.

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Calderwood proposed a temporary painted abstract fishnet to extend the entire length of Parsons Street (alley way from Main Street to Rogers Street). He wrote, “This street acts as an important pedestrian link, and I am hoping to catch lots of visitors…I have been creating exterior public art for 20 years, and am interested in enriching public spaces with art that engages with the site’s history, culture and native surroundings.”

Here’s some before pictures:

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Some proposal ideas

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Action from yesterday:

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DPW was working on a multi step process to ramp and level the transition from the sidewalk to the street. A manhole casting was raised, new concrete had to dry, and then there was some paving. There are also 2 new bollard/perch seats.

There’s art on Parsons now, here fleeting:

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And substantial: sometimes there’s a peek through of artist Robert Stephenson’s transportive entrance. Fittingly his was the first signature on Jamie’s visitor sign.

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And the harbor calling in one direction; and in the other, Main Street, City Hall and Cape Ann Museum, just quick steps away.

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Many City departments are involved with any public art project.

Here’s Jamie meeting with Victoria Caldwell at City Hall.

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Jamie rented equipment from nearby Gloucester rental (air blower, rake, weed whacker, weed sprayer—vinegar Kim Smith!)

Don’t forget to stop by the library this month to see the ideas from all 15 semi finalists on exhibit.

  1. James Owen Calderwood, awarded project
  2. Justin Desilva, awarded project
  3. Bartek Konieczny, awarded project
  4. Mike McNabney & Troy Zaushny, Hard Hat Painters
  5. Anna Chirico, Joann Chirico, Dave Blakney (no photo)
  6. Frank Morbillo
  7. Angelina Marino-Heidel & Joel Heidel
  8. Tiffany Carbonneau
  9. James Sardonis
  10. Juni Van Dyke
  11. Andrew Thurlow & Andrew Doyle
  12. Lise Breen & Laura Piraino (no photo)
  13. Robert Trumbour (photo), Anthony Sanchez, Jared Steinmark, Alex Cabral
  14. Kim Smith
  15. Gary Duehr (no photo)

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Community Stuff 7/14/13

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will hold its annual Summerfaire on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 8 a.m.-2
p.m. at the church, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport. Activities will include a silent auction, 50-5- raffle, book sale, plant sale,
crafts, and children’s games. Hot dogs and baked goods will be sold and the Thrift Shop will be open.


Tickets for N Richard Nash reading 7/29

Amanda Nash writes-

Hello folks,

As promised, here is a follow-up email to invite you once again to the reading of my dad’s play, The Rainmaker, at the Gloucester Stage on July 29th. It starts at 8, and there will be a short Q&A afterwards and then a reception with some nice snacks 🙂  Please do come if you can.  The event is $20 and you can get tickets by clicking on the link below.

https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest;jsessionid=1331B07D52A69F5B32489E8D354EC301?eventId=676805&presenter=GSC&venue=&event=&version=

(If you are able to get your tickets more than a week before the event that would be terrific, so I’ll know how many snacks to order. 🙂

My original email to you is below.

Thank you, I hope you can come!

-Amanda

p.s. Last night I went to their production of Spring Awakening, and it was FANTASTIC.  I really recommend it (tho’ it is rather explicit) — it only runs through Sunday, so hurry!