Community Stuff 8/5/14

Fishermens Memorial-

Joey, was hoping you could post this to let all the families and public know about it.

The annual Fishermen’s Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 P.M . This Service is to remember and honor all of those who have lost their lives in the long history of Gloucester’s fishing industry. The Service starts with a procession from the American Legion, down Middle Street and onto Stacy Boulevard. Everyone is invited to join the procession. It is lead by a line of drummers and many of those walking carry flowers to toss into the sea at the end of the ceremony to remember loved ones or hold boat oars carrying the names of Gloucester fishing boats, past and present. Please join the Fishermen’s Memorial Service Committee in remembering those who lost their lives fishing from America’s oldest seaport. If you would like to make a donation to support the service or have any questions, please e-mail

International Races in Lunenburg , Nova Scotia August 23rd

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At the midpoint in our racing season the IDRC is preparing for a trip to Lunenburg , NS to compete for the International Dory titles (August edition).  That means more eliminations races here in Gloucester to compete in or watch next week.  All entrants must sign up at 6PM on Friday August 8th at St. Peter’s Square or email prior in order to race.  The races will take place on Saturday August 9th at Niles Beach in East Gloucester starting at 9AM.  All members are welcomed to participate in 5 categories:  Junior Men (18 and under), Mixed Doubles, Women, Master’s Men (50+) and Senior’s (Men Open).  We hope for a big turn out and some competitive races, so bring your family and friends, and come on down to Niles !!

Book your trip to travel to Nova Scotia with the IDRC

The ferry/cruise ship has returned from Portland , ME to Yarmouth , NS , and through a recent partnership and the generosity of the Nova Star Cruise organization the IDRC racers and committee representatives will be traveling to and from Yarmouth , NS aboard the Nova Star expense free!  The sponsorship will also include travel provided for the Canadian Dory Racing Association each June.  So if you would like to witness the beauty of Nova Scotia and the excitement of dory racing book your trip or call 866-864-6295

Cape Ann Ceramics Festival “Contemplation” Show

Hi Friends and Family,

Here’s a shout out to attend the Cape Ann Ceramics Festival “Comtemplation” Show, happening August 7 – Sept 1, 2014.  It is an honor to be showing with this talented group of artists and generally wonderful people!  This show is a must see . . . no kidding.  I have attached a photo of me working on my piece which will be located at Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester . . . fantastic gallery!  There will be another sculpture at Side Street Gallery on Rocky Neck across from Sailor Stans and the body of the show will be at the Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Rocky Neck, Gloucester.
Here are some more details:
The opening is Saturday, August 9 from 4 – 6 pm  at the Cultural Center.
General hours are Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm. 
Artists Talk with Hideaki Miyamura: August 24, 5:30 pm (recommended for sure!)

Pottery Trail:  Open Studios on Cape Ann – August 16 – 17, 10 – 5 pm

Jeremy Randall Demo Workshop at Cynthia Curtis Pottery, Saturday, August 23, 10 – 5 pm.

Please visit the website:

There you will find biographies of all the artists with photos and more detailed information of the aforementioned events. 

If you wish to schedule time to see the show with me, I’d love it!  Yours Truly, Kerry

Moon Guardian for sending

Summer Greetings,

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer.  There are so many great clay-related events coming up.  Please take a minute to check out the info below (in order by date).  I tried to be concise – I realize its a lot to take in! Let me know if you have any questions!

All the best,


1. Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Show – “Contemplation”: August 7 – September 1. Gala opening reception this Saturday, August 9, 4-6:00 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center (Free). I am honored to be a part of such a fabulous ceramics show right here on Cape Ann! ( for all the info)

2. Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks and Side Street Galleries – August 7 – September 1

3. Pottery Trail – Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17 10-5:00.  Just added: On Saturday, 11-2:00, come to my studio to try your hand at the pottery wheel!  I will have students here to help. (Free!)

4. Jeremy Randall Workshop – Here on Saturday, August 23. Come relax under a tent with other clay enthusiasts and watch the talented New York potter demonstrate his pottery-making techniques.  Pot luck lunch is awesome.  Register at

5. “Art of the Possible” Show at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center August 30-31. Gala opening reception – Friday August 29, 5-8:00 (Free)

6. Fall Pottery Classes here at the studio.  September 8 – November 1 (email me for more info)

7. Go to for weekly photos and updates. Please Like, Share, and Comment all you want.

Thank you for reading all this! Please let me know if you would rather not receive my emails.

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Presented by the Sandy Bay Historical Society, the quilt exhibit presents 60 quilts from the Society’s historic collection and from contemporary Cape Ann quilters at the Rockport Community House on Broadway in Rockport. One quilt by Rockport quilter Jan Salmon will be raffled off at the end of the exhibit. A detail from this quilt is pictured above. It is a double reversible quilt, “Choosing Sides”, 80 by 88 inches. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
Among the historic quilts the one pictured on the right is a “Friendship” quilt signed by 42 Rockport women in 1857 — including three who took part in the Hannah Jumper Liquor Raid the year before!  Also in the exhibit is a pieced cotton pillowcase embrodiered with the names of the Gloucester High School class of 1903, including some who became leading citizens, Elliott Rogers and Sumner Wheeler.
Local quilters in the exhibit include Natalie Balzarini, Linda Hogan, Edith Humlin, Judith Davis, Edie Montgomery, Carole Findlay, Sheila Irvin, Isobel Baade, Joyce McGrath, and Jan Salmon. Entrance donation is $5.


Hey, Joey. I’m hoping that someone from GMG can me some suggestions.

My friend has a trained cat show/rescue program that tours the country. She uses positive reinforcement to train all the cats and they even have an all cat band with feline guitar players, piano players, drummers and even a chicken that plays the tambourine. She uses the show not only to entertain, but to teach people the importance of interacting and training their cats to prevent problem behaviors. While she tours, she networks with rescues and shelters to help them raise money and awareness of of their needs. She also has personally found homes for over 100 abandoned/rescued cats while touring. 

She will be on the east coast next summer and is a huge Gloucester fan. I suggested the Gorton Theatre, but she needs something that doesn’t have an audience on three sides.  Is there a venue or a club that holds about 100 people that does rentals?  It’s a really unique fun show, although sometimes the cats choose to leave the stage to meet and mingle with audience members rather than perform.  The cats are all happy and love being on stage and tour in a special RV with huge play rooms that they live in. The website is if anyone wants to check it out. Some of the cats even have twitter accounts.

Any help finding her a venue that she could rent next summer would be greatly appreciated. I also suggested the Cape Ann animal shelter for her to work with.

Thanks, Joey!


Jewelry Designer Rony Tennenbaum 

To Host Exclusive 

Trunk Show” 

At Blue River Diamonds

In Gloucester, MA


Blue River Diamonds is expanding its demographic outreach now marketing to the LGBT community by stocking a jewelry collection whose very reason for being is to celebrate same-sex marriages.

The Massachusetts based family-owned store has added Rony Tennenbaum Jewelry to its bridal cases in its Gloucester location. Store manager Neal Van Dam believes that adding the Rony Tennenbaum collection will allow them a wider outreach and include same-sex couples as part of their all-inclusive accepted family of consumers.

To celebrate the new partnership, Rony Tennenbaum will be hosting a “Trunk Show” at the Gloucester store on Saturday, August 23 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Open to the public, the free event offers the perfect opportunity to meet the designer and view a more extensive portion of the collections that are not typically carried by the store year round.


  I enjoy your site every day.  I have a question,  I host a cycling event every year out of Danvers, Ma that supports cancer research at BIDMC in Boston, MA.  It is a grass roots effort that gives 100% funds raised directly to BIDMCs cancer research programs.  We have people from all over the North Shore participating in the ride.  Our web site is .  Could this event make it into you publication?
Thank you,
Tom DesFosses

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