Community Stuff 7/24/14
WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 3”
AT DEEP PIT QUARRY
111 HIGH ST., LANESVILLE, (GLOUCESTER) MA (01930)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 AT 5:30PM
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014 AT 11:00AM & 5:30PM
FOLLOWING ON THE SUCCESS OF “QUARRY DANCE 2” IN 2013, WINDHOVER HAS INVITED CHOREOGRAPHER DUSAN TYNEK AND HIS COMPANY TO DEVELOP ANOTHER SITE-SPECIFIC QUARRY DANCE THIS SUMMER AT “DEEP PIT QUARRY” IN LANESVILLE TO BE PERFORMED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 5:30 PM AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 11:00 AM AND 5:30PM. THE PERFORMANCES ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE WELCOME.
(NOTE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING SEATING, PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION BELOW.)
“DEEP PIT QUARRY” HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY. THIS INTIMATE AND MAGICAL QUARRY WAS OWNED BY THE GREAT AMERICAN SCULPTOR, WALKER HANCOCK, WHOSE HOME AND STUDIO ARE ADJACENT TO IT. HIS BEST-KNOWN WORK, “ANGEL OF THE RESURRECTION”, CREATED IN 1950-52, IS A WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL PERMANENTLY INSTALLED AT THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD STATION. AFTER HIS DEATH IN 1998, THE QUARRY WAS PASSED ON TO HIS DAUGHTER, DEANIE HANCOCK FRENCH. SHE HAS GENEROUSLY GIVEN WINDHOVER PERMISSION FOR ITS USE.
FOR QUARRY DANCE 3, THE DUSAN TYNEK DANCERS WILL USE THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE QUARRY— ITS LEDGES, CLIFFS, TERRACES AND WATER — TO CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL PLACE. THEY WILL ALSO CREATE DANCES BASED UPON WALKER’S SCULPTURES, WHICH ARE SO FILLED WITH MOVEMENT THEY LITERALLY ‘DANCE’. AND THEY WILL PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO HIS ROLE AS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL “MONUMENTS MEN”, THAT SMALL GROUP OF MEN WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO EUROPE TO RESCUE THOUSANDS OF PRICELESS WORKS OF ART FROM NAZI DESTRUCTION IN WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED ‘THE REATEST TREASURE HUNT IN HISTORY.’
THIS ENTIRE EVENT WILL COMBINE A CELEBRATION OF THE QUARRIES WITH THE LIFE AND WORK OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY!
DURING THIS WEEKEND, FLATROCKS GALLERY AT 77 LANGSFORD ST. , GLOUCESTER, WILL BE EXHIBITING A SELECTION OF WALKER HANCOCK’S SCULPTURES ON VIEW FROM NOON TO 5:00 PM, THURSDAY-SUNDAY. THE EXHIBIT WILL RUN FROM JULY 24TH TO AUGUST 24TH.
HARVARD PILGRIM HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IS THE PRIMARY SPONSOR OF “QUARRY DANCE 3” WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE ROCKPORT AND GLOUCESTER CULTURAL COUNCILS.
“It is a sign of the skill and taste of Czech-born choreographer, Dusan Tynek, that a new dance of his will often recall the work of a great choreographer, a different one each time.” Brian Seibert, NY Times
“Tynek is a talent who seems to be waiting for his big moment; he has a gift for inventing inventive, luscious movement and an instinct for theatrical effect.” R.Sulcas, NY Times
SEATING WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST- SERVED BASIS. IN ADDITION, PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO BRING BLANKETS TO SIT ON, AS WELL AS WATER AND SOFT DRINKS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SPACE IS LIMITED.
DUE TO LACK OF AVAILABLE PARKING AT THE QUARRY, PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THESE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION:
PARKING IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER, 8 VULCAN STREET; OPPOSITE THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON VULCAN STREET; ALONG ONE SIDE OF WASHINGTON STREET; ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH PARKING LOT AT 1123 WASHINGTON STREET. (NOTE: ON SATURDAY MORNING THE CHURCH PARKING LOT WILL BE SHARED WITH A RUMMAGE SALE.)
THERE WILL BE A SIX PASSENGER VAN SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FOR $1.00 PERPERSON EACH WAY FOR THOSE WISHING TO BE TRANSPORTED. THIS SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY SARAH RASMUSSEN AND MARK MILLER FROM “RIDE ON TRANSPORTATION.” THE SHUTTLE WILL BEGIN ONE HOUR BEFORE EACH PERFORMANCE AND CONCLUDE ONE HOUR AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE. IT WILL DEPART FROM THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER (8 VULCAN STREET) TO THE 111 HIGH STREET QUARRY. FOR THOSE PARKING AT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH LOT, IT IS A SHORT WALK TO THE COMMUNITY CENTER.
WE ARE ASKING THAT NO PRIVATE VEHICLES BE USED ON HIGH STREET GOING TO THE QUARRY AT THIS TIME TO ALLOW FOR AN UNIMPEDED FLOW OF TRAFFIC. IT IS ONE HALF MILE WALK FROM THE PARKING LOT AT THE LANESVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER TO DEEP PIT QUARRY AT 111 HIGH STREET. WE ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO CAN TO WALK, BUT PLEASE ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME.
OPEN GARDEN INVITATION for THIS WEEKEND, July 26 and 27, from 9-3
Bobbie Brooks of DISTINCTIVE GARDEN DESIGNS would love to share her gardens
with you, where a 1000 different hybrid daylilies will be blooming! There
are several Formal Display Beds as well as beds where you can choose
daylilies to plant in your gardens.
Bobbie belongs to the American Daylily Society (AHS) and has several hybrid
At 11 AM each day, Bobbie will share a short seminar on how to dig, plant,
and divide daylilies.
There are several display beds of mixed perennials and shrubs. A Tapestry
Bed, A Plum/Purple, and A Blue/Yellow Theme Bed as well as a Spring Island
and several daylily seedling beds. Come and enjoy. Pick a weed. Ooh and Aah!
73 Langsford St, Lanesville, Rt 127N
St. John’s Episcopal Church is now seeking registrations for children and youth ages 9 -16 for their “Godspell, Jr. “ musical theatre camp program which will run the first two weeks in August and culminate in a stage production of Godspell Jr. stories and songs on August 15th – 17th. Campers will receive training in acting, singing, dancing and ensemble performance by professionals. The camp will run daily (Monday – Friday from 9am – 1pm). Fee: $200 (several need based scholarships available)
Registration on-line by contacting Betsy Levick at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 978-283-1708.
Completed registrations and camp fee is due Sunday, July 27th
Walk-in registrations accepted that day as well.
Auditions (for soloist roles) will be held on Tuesday, July 29th at 9am.
All camp members will participate fully in the ensemble.
Ventriloquist performs at Rockport Farmers Market
There is something funny going on at this Saturday’s Rockport Farmers Market. In addition to fresh produce, fish, baked goods, tea and flowers, there will be a family comedy show featuring ventriloquist and comedian, Al Getler.
“Each week we try to have musical entertainment in addition to the options our venders offer,” said Sarah Kelly the farmers market manager. “It was suggested to provide some family entertainment, so Al is the first.”
Al Getler has been performing for audiences as a ventriloquist/comedian since he was twelve-years-old. Since then he has performed on stages and TV all over the country.
“I started out at birthdays parties. My brother used to drive me around. He thought it was dumb until I flashed the cash I had made,” said Getler.
Eventually Getler found himself being asked to expand his show to larger audiences and venues and was booked to perform in resorts and casinos and also carved a niche with corporate audiences. Along the way, he befriended another ventriloquist working to make a name for himself.
“Jeff Dunham is a good friend and became known as Uncle Jeff to my kids. He would occasionally stay with us as he worked the New York City comedy clubs.”
One story from those days appears in Dunham’s autobiography and was a part of a Biography special on Jeff Dunham’s life, “Jeff Dunham, Birth of a Dummy” that has had many airings.
“Jeff and I had a run in with a comedy club manager. It was long before Jeff created Achmed the Dead Terrorist, so he was still fighting for success and ventriloquism had not made its comeback.”
Getler describes his show as completely family friendly with lots of audience participation.
“At the core, I am a family entertainer. I love seeing both kids and their parents laugh together. In the end, everyone walks away from a live show a bit happier,” said Getler.
In addition to performing, you will see Getler behind his wife’s farmers market booth. Nancy Getler owns and operates whoopie pie and cookie company, ‘Cuz It’s Good. Seewww.cuzitsgood.net.
“Nancy is such a talented baker. I am a bigger man in show business now due to my whoopie pie consumption,” said Getler.
“The Rockport Farmers Market is a fun family atmosphere,” said Kelly. “Area families and visitors to Rockport can purchase everything they need to make several great meals using the freshest of products. And at the same time, everyone enjoys the festive atmosphere,” she said.
The Rockport Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 in Harvey Park at the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street. It runs through October 4, 2014.