Community Stuff 3/28/14

Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group Meeting on Friday April 4, 10:30 -12

Hi Everyone,
The Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group will meet at Cape Ann Giclee on 20 Maplewood Avenue, Gloucester on Friday, April 4, 10:30 -12. We will have a social time ,share goals for our work for the year, and just have fun! Coffee and pastries will be provided. All are welcome. This is a great opportunity for artists and photographers in the area to meet each other and share ideas.
Parking at Cape Ann Giclee is on the far right of Shaw’s Supermarket.
Thanks to Jams and Anna of Cape Ann Giclee for providing a space for the meeting. It is much appreciated.
Hope to see you there!
Alice Gardner  978-810-9760 


There are a couple of spaces left in the Pottery 1 class at The Hive.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for 6-week session

$150/Adult  $127/Senior or Student

No materials fee

Instructor// Susan Hershey



Rockport Reunion “The Day A Town Came Together”


Spiran Lodge # 98 Annual Swedish Pancake Breakfast



Mark Purcell, Libraries Curator to the National Trust, will present an illustrated lecture A Great Number of Useful Books: The Country House Library at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich, on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40; $30 for Trustees of Reservations and Royal Oak Foundation members. A reception following the lecture and sponsored by Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers is included in the ticket price. Advance registration at is recommended.

Purcell has been Libraries Curator to the National Trust since 1999 and is responsible for the Trust’s 168 historic libraries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He presided over the cataloguing of the Trust’s vast collection of books and the digitization of the catalogue in 2010. This is his second lecture tour for the Royal Oak Foundation, whose Campaign for Country House Libraries underwrites much of the National Trust’s libraries program.

Purcell will present a lavishly illustrated lecture exploring different British country house libraries with books both useful and curious. He will show fine examples from the National Trust including an early 15th-century Chaucer manuscript at Petworth House in West Sussex. He’ll also present the book collection at Cambridge’s Anglesey Abbey, acquired by the 1st Lord Fairhaven, a member of the British House of Lords who was born in New York City in 1896.

This program is presented in partnership with The Royal Oak Foundation, a U.S. non-profit that engages Americans in the work of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. For more information about The Royal Oak Foundation, please visit For more information about The Trustees of Reservations or this program, please visit or call 978.356.4351.

Ellen Morse Retires

Cindy Cafasso Donaldson (L), Vice President, Addison Gilbert Hospital, extends her appreciation to

Ellen Morse, ultrasound radiology technologist, who is retiring after 42-years of dedicated service to

Addison Gilbert Hospital.    A reception was held on March 26th, providing staff and co-workers to

wish Ellen a happy retirement.

(Ellen is a resident of Gloucester)



Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum Presents a Talk by Chris Hood of C.W. Hood Yachts

Photo for CW Hood

April 8, 2014, 7:30 pm

Join us for a gripping talk and engaging evening on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterline Center at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum as Chris Hood, nephew of the famous sailmaker Ted Hood, talks about yacht building in Marblehead – and the interesting journey of following a family legacy.

Chris Hood, 46, of Marblehead, Mass. is the nephew of the 1974 America’s Cup winner Ted Hood, and comes from a family of innovators and inventors. Along with his famous uncle Ted, who was known for his innovations and inventions, he has many unusual and interesting influences that helped shape his chosen career as a boat builder in his hometown of Marblehead, Mass. With sailing and yacht racing a part of the family legacy, his family history is full of unique individuals and influences. Chris Hood’s great grandfather R.O. Hood worked for Henry Ford and is credited with inventing the electric starter, his grandfather Ralph Stedman Hood was also an inventor and chemist for Monsanto in the early 1940s. His grandfather helped both Ted Hood and Chris Hood’s father, Bruce, with their own unique careers. His grandfather  is credited with inventing the looms that spun the famous Hood sailcloth, while Chris’s father – an MIT-educated physicists held many patents and created the product Hood Molded Foam in the 1970s – used in everything from car dashboards to Nerf toys. Chris Hood himself says that growing up with physicists and chemists and inventors in his home certainly helped shape his own keen instincts for three-dimensional thinking and innovation.
Chris Hood followed his own dream to become a boat builder and his award winning C.W. Hood 32 is now built right in Marblehead at the iconic Little Harbor.  Just featured in SAIL magazine and the winner of the Spirit of Tradition under 40-feet category in the British magazine Classic Yachts, Chris Hood truly has both the instincts and the legacy to continue to build high quality, innovative sailboats and power boats. 

His lecture will talk about his family history, his current projects and will offer practical advice for boat owners and boat lovers alike on getting a vessel ready for spring or simply maintaining the beautiful quality that his yachts are famous for.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Waterline Center, 66 Main Street, Essex, MA
7:30 pm

Coffee and refreshments served

Members $8; Non-Members $10

For information, call 978-768-7541

Hi Joey!

We seemed to have made a good call trying out Saturdays for dances.  The March 1 dance was so well attended that we’ve got our next two dances scheduled for Saturdays as well.  First up is this Saturday, March 29.  Then we’ll do it all again on Saturday, April 19.  Newcomers have been joining us at every dance and our intro sessions do a good job of warming them up for the evening.  We are excited that this traditional New England dance style has taken roots here in Gloucester!  The flyer has more details.




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