Community Stuff 7/17/14

Art Opening Friday July 18th

Joys Show Info 2014_Medium

Good Morning Joey!

Still love what you do!

Our friend and local artist Joy Dai Buell is having her 6th show downtown at House of the Raven starting this Friday night, 6 to 8PM.  We would love any and all FOB’s to come have a glass of wine at our opening reception and check it out. (Of course if all your FOB’s showed up we’d have a problem because they must number in the tens of thousands by now!)  Art is always good for the soul and a glass of wine before dinner is not so bad either.

I’ve attached scans of the postcard front and back with all the particulars.  If you would post in your Community Happenings, that would be great!  Thank you!
Your loyal downtown FOB’s at House of the Raven, Deb and Theo

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Rockport’s beloved Old Sloop Fair continues Friday, July 18 and
Saturday, July 19 with the traditional fair events: the silent auction,
art mart, white elephants, book nook, handknits and handcrafts, jewelry,
bake table, snack bar, and much more. The silent auction features
furniture, antiques and collectibles. All of the events will be open
from 9:00 to 3:00 both days. The bake table is Saturday only. Silent
auction bidding continues until 7:00 Saturday, and winning bidders can
pick up their items from 8:00 – 10:00 Saturday evening or 11:30 – 5:00
Sunday July 20.
The Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and largest church fairs on the
Massachusetts North Shore. The First Congregational Church was organized
in 1755. The building that is now the church sanctuary was constructed
in 1804 and originally served as the town meeting house. The tall
steeple and white facade close to the Sandy Bay shoreline resemble a
ship’s sail when seen from the sea, and the nickname “Old Sloop” was
conferred by the fishermen. The steeple contains the Town Clock.
Proceeds from this year’s Fair will go toward the church’s operating
expenses and the restoration and preservation of the sanctuary building.
A project to restore the roof, siding, and windows was recently
completed, financed by a Community Preservation Act grant and by
contributions from parishioners and townspeople.


Hi Joey,

We have a new blog post we’d love to share with Good Morning Gloucester since we features prominently some TERRIFIC Gloucester programs like the Emerson Market at The Open Door and the Cape Ann Farmers Market.

Thanks!  -Sarah

Building our community on fresh food—five ways to join the movement

It’s a welcome sign of summer in New England: the hum of neighbors chatting as they browse over plump tomatoes and crisp greens.

This scene will repeat across the country in more than 8,000 communities every week this summer as farmers markets deliver fresh produce from local farms directly to local consumers.  The North Shore has established markets in Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott. Ipswich is launching a new market. Peabody, Middleton, and Danvers are following suit.

This is great health news for the North Shore.  According to the Farmers Market Coalition, farmers markets represent “more than just a shopping trip, [they] have become integral parts of regional food systems, economies, and social networks. Markets offer a place to connect with neighbors, meet local farmers, support local small businesses, and provide nutritious food to neighborhoods in need.”

Increasingly farmers markets are feeding people across the economic spectrum. Last year people redeemed $16.6 million SNAP dollars at farmers markets—a four-fold increase in just four years. This surge resulted from intentional market outreach, education, and participation incentives. Government and private foundations helped fuel the increase as well. Locally, the North Shore United Way’s Women in Action initiative funded SNAP incentives in Beverly and Gloucester and market coupons for low-income Gloucester seniors via SeniorCare.  Paired with investments in mobile markets and healthier food choices at child care centers, community meals, and food pantries, this trend toward fresh produce holds a promise of increased health for all.

Local farmers markets thrive on broad-based support.  Schedule a weekly shopping trip with your family and enjoy the community happening there.  You can also become a volunteer! If you are passionate about healthy food, there is surely a way to lend a hand. For example:

· Love photography or have experience with social media? You can use that skill to promote the Beverly Farmers Market. (MORE)

· Cape Ann Farmers Market seeks help with set-up and distributing information to its SNAP consumers on Thursdays. (MORE)

· Want to see how a successful Mobile Market works? The Open Door seeks help with set up at their Emerson Market on Fridays. (MORE)

· Besides set up, Beverly Bootstraps Mobile Markets involve volunteers in cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities. (MORE)

· SeniorCare seeks help sorting and distributing food at Brown Bag Senior Markets in Gloucester and Rockport. (MORE)

You can find these and many more volunteer opportunities improving the North Shore’s health and wellbeing on NSUW’s Volunteer Hub at The site’s goal is to help more people find meaningful volunteer connections at local nonprofits.

Thanks Beverly Farmers Market for the photo!

North Shore Arts Association mounts special “Tribute to Tradition: Artists Who Serve”
Exhibition of the work of eight notable and multi-award winning artist members:
Trudy Allen, David Curtis, Michael Graves, Christine Pitman, Dolores Erickson Reid, Peter Tysver, Robert Stephenson and Andrea Protzmann van Gestel.
It is designed to
honor any living artist members who have distinguished themselves by dedicated long-term service to the association, worked to achieve the goals of the mission statement, and provide a generosity of labor and intellectual service to the association.

“Tribute  Exhibition” opens on July 30th and runs through August 10th, 2014.
Gala Reception July 31st, 6 – 8 pm.   Open Free to the Public.

    If you are among those who believe that reflecting and creating beauty through the medium of the visual arts is essential to a thriving human existence, then you might create – on a harbor that was named in 1606 by sea captain Samuel de Champlain, “Le Beauport” –  a living tribute to that credo.  That tribute, in the form of a community of artists committed to the advancement and preservation of the fine arts, took shape in 1922 as The North Shore Arts Association overlooking light filled Smith Cove in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
    This community of artists grew over its ninety-three years into a dynamic arts organization comprising over three hundred contemporary members.  Like many of the original founders – some of the great lights of the American art world:  Frederick Mulhaupt, Cecilia Beaux, Charles Grafly, Anna Hyatt Huntington and Paul Cornoyer;  the tradition of nurturing an association of artists continues today as each generation of artists builds on the contributions of those who came before. 
    In honor of  that tradition, the current Board of Trustees of the North Shore Arts Association is celebrating eight artist members in a special “Tribute” exhibition, July 30th through August 10th, 2014 – the third such tribute since 1983.
    What better setting than on a harbor once named “The Beautiful Port” to honor  these nationally notable and multi-award winning creators of splendid art who work in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, pen and ink, mixed media, stone and clay, and who serve the fine arts not only with their visual mastery, but also with dedicated hearts and supporting talents.
     The honorees include: 
    Trudy Allen – her work, in all mediums, is in  private and corporate collections; she is a former NSAA Gallery Director, Board Member, and community outreach activist; 
    David Curtis – a Copley Master member of  Boston’s Copley Society whose work is shown and collected internationally;  he has been for many years an active Board Member and Chair of Arts and Exhibitions, and instructor in the Stobart Funded program; 
    Michael Graves – honored for his work in oil, a Grumbacher Gold Medalist Salmagundi Club, with work in a variety of permanent collections; he has been a dedicated volunteer and committee member for  special historic exhibitions; 
    Chris Pitman – winner in Best of Watercolor III with works in many mediums in private and corporate collections;  a former active (since the 1980’s) Board Member and devoted volunteer;
     Dolly Reid – oil and watercolor painter, and sculptor in stone and wood, recognized and exhibited internationally;  a Copley Society Artist since 1989;  she has been a Board Member since 2008, current Executive Committee Co-Vice President, Arts and Exhibitions Chair, and served on numerous committees; 
      Robert Stephenson –  painting mostly in oil, he was an Artist-In-Residence at Fitz Henry Lane House, Gloucester, member of the International Society of Marine Painters and Academic Artists of America and  a former Board Member, served on exhibition placement and nominating committees; 
    Peter Tysver –  Air France landscape award, Copley Society awards and fine arts restorer; a current Board Member and Conservator and Curator of the NSAA Permanent Collection;
    Andrea Protzmann van Gestel –  noted watercolorist in numerous exhibitions;  former two-term President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and principal fund raiser, and a founding trustee of the NSAA Endowment Trust. 
    Clearly, without the founders’ seminal devotion both to cherishing and nurturing the advancement of artistic beauty and to those artists, like the current honorees, who create it, the North Shore Arts Association could not have become the galvanizing center for the visual arts it remains today.

     The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. 
    More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


Featuring Nautical Dress, Caribbean Foodstuffs, Rum Punch and Silent Auction

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Sargent House will host its annual Sargent by the Sea fundraiser, newly inspired this year by Gloucester’s privateering past.  The event begins at 7P and tickets are $65 in advance at or $75 at the door.  Tickets are limited.  The event will benefit the educational programs and preservation of the Sargent House Museum. 

This year’s event will feature Caribbean delights catered by Giuseppe’s Ristorante paired with Ryan and Wood Distilleries’ famous rum punch. Owners Bob and Kathy Ryan will provide information on the rum-making process.  Peter Souza’s renowned vocal group ‘Three Sheets to the Wind’ will offer rousing sea chanteys.  Coveted raffle items will include a sail on a private schooner, a private high tea at Sargent House, and a nautically-themed bag filled with seaside goodies. 

The event is inspired by the work of Judith Sargent Murray’s husband, Captain John Stevens, who was a privateer during the American Revolution.  Privateering was authorized by the Continental Congress during the War, and American patriots were encouraged to legally seize British ships and goods.  Judith was concerned about her husband’s safety and supportive of his patriotic activities.  Privateering was in part responsible for the wealth needed to build the Sargent House.   A cautious Judith remarked to a friend, “Mr. Stevens made many distressing voyages…until at length fortune, as if weary of persecuting…gave him a share in an agency for an armed vessel fitted out by some friends.–This was an unexpected source of wealth, and it more than answered our most sanguine hopes.”

The mission of the Sargent House Museum is to promote the work, life, house and ideals of Judith Sargent Murray, the pioneering woman’s advocate for equality in education, marriage and the right to independent work.  

For more information, visit the web at  Follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. 

Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

Took our 10 year old granddaughter, who is visiting, to the Maritime Heritage Center today.

WOW!  What a terrific place!

It is beautiful, with excellent programming, & a top-notch staff of interns.  They were patient & helpful.

So much to explore & do.

Our granddaughter, Maia, loved it — & so did we!

We will recommend a visit there  to everyone.

Yet again, bravo Gloucester! 

Judy B & Family

Hi, Joey,

I’ve been reading and enjoying GMG for two years now. Would you be willing to post the following notice of Vacation Bible School at Union Congregational Church in Magnolia? I’m the Pastor there and am working with a great team of folks to get VBS ready.


Abram Kielsmeier-Jones


Union Congregational Church

Magnolia, MA

Free Week of Vacation Bible School in Magnolia… 50+ Years Running

Union Congregational Church (3 Norman Ave. in Magnolia) is offering a week of Vacation Bible School (VBS) Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1. This yearly tradition goes back for more than 50 years! The program is 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each day at the church, with a closing program on Friday night, August 1, at 6:30 p.m. The theme character this year is Daniel. Children will learn more about this inspiring character in a creative, fun, and educational environment that will engage them through games, crafts, singing original songs, snacks, and more. VBS is for children who are going into 1st grade through children who are going into 7th grade.

To register, please visit, where you can click on the image of the lion for a registration form. You can mail the form to the church or bring it with you to registration Monday, July 28, at 8:45 a.m. You can also call the church at 978.525.3346 or email for more information.

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