Community Stuff 6/26/14

Burnham’s Field Update From John McElhenny


Thought we’d share this week’s Burnham’s Field renovation VIDEO update for those following along at home, here.
We’re loving Sista Felicia’s live blogging and all of GMG’s Fiesta coverage.
Thanks for all you do,
John McElhenny

Bill O’Connor submits Fiesta Ride Coupon-

Save $3/Unlimited Rides $22.  Sourced from the production company:

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Ten Months of Planning, Rockport Town Reunion is Nearly Here

Dream that began with a Facebook page, now a major town event


A plan that sprang last summer from a collection of friends and acquaintances who met up on a Facebook is about to become a groundbreaking Rockport town event.

The first-ever all-town Rockport Reunion is Saturday, July 5 at the town’s Evans Field baseball park. Hundreds of Rockporters from all generations are expected for a day of food, games, live music and camaraderie.

Planning for the first-of-its-kind event began in September of 2013 when native Jon Cavanaugh launched a Facebook group page called “You Know You Grew Up In Rockport When …” The group now has some 1,500 members sharing stories about old times, reconnecting with classmates and teachers, rekindling friendships and remembering those who have passed on.

“We had no idea it would grow so fast or so big,” says Cavanaugh, one of 13 serving on a steering committee. “This was something that members created themselves. They were the ones who wanted to get together. We never thought it would lead to this.”

Group members raised more than $4,000 by online crowd funding, with hundreds more raised through ticket and T-shirt sales. The project is entirely non-for-profit with all funds earmarked for scholarships, town needs and a return event next year.

There will be live music from area bands from noon-9 p.m., a memorial wall and video, games, lobster rolls, beer and wine, and of course, Rockport’s own Twin Lights tonic. Attendees will wear wristbands of different colors to signify the year of their high school class.

Local merchants and individuals have supported the event with generous sponsorships, and the Town of Rockport allowed the use of Evans Field.

“This is about a town celebrating connections,” Cavanaugh says. “Some of us never left, some of us found our future in cities and towns far away. But we’re all, always, Rockporters.”

News reporters are welcome. Please RSVP Chase Squires at 303.596.4746 or the Rockport Reunion phone line at 978.491.1248.  Information is available online .

“Cruise for Schools” to support the Gloucester Education Foundation


The Gloucester Education Foundation’s (GEF) 2014 summer fundraiser, “Cruise for Schools” is coming Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5-8pm. The event will be a three-hour sunset cruise aboard Cruiseport’s  Beauport Princess to support GEF and its innovative programs in the Gloucester Public Schools.

Highlighting the event will be a special appearance by Gloucester musician Steve Caraway, who is donating his talents to support the schools.  The evening will also feature the world debut of the Gloucester District Staff All-Star Band, a musical group of teachers and administrators from the Gloucester Public Schools.  Raffles, passed-h’ors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will complete the evening.

We have several generous sponsors for this event so far, including our Admiral Sponsor, Rockport Mortgage Corporation; Captain Sponsors John and Mollie Byrnes and Joe and Maggie Rosa; Commander Sponsors Applied Materials, Beauport Financial Services, Kevin and Kathy Clancy and Douglass Design & Construction; and our Lieutenant Sponsors Cape Ann Insurance Agency, Carroll Steele Insurance Agency, Jerry Enos Painting and Philpott Doyle & Do., P.C.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting GEF at 978.282.5550 or by visiting

Event details:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Beauport Princess at Cruiseport Gloucester
Link for more information on The Gloucester Education Foundation:

We are celebrating our first year of contra dances on Saturday, June 28 with a special dance at the American Legion Hall at 7:30!  We are so grateful for the ongoing support and generosity from the individuals and organizations that have maintained this series and made it possible for us to start year two of contra dances on Cape Ann.  These family-friendly dances are always open to the public.  We hope to welcome newcomers to this anniversary celebration, so please stop in and see what contra dancing is all about!

Anniversary colored flyer sized

CB Fisk from Kenny MacCarthy

Thought you might post this.

CB Fisk, Inc. designs and builds mechanical pipe organs right here in Gloucester. The process is fascinating and the results world class. This Saturday they’re inviting us all to stop by for a tour of the facilities from 2-6 at 21 Kondelin Rd. Gloucester (Magnolia).

A couple of years ago, Jason Fouser, a friend and craftsman, gave me a personal tour. Here’s the video.

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