Monthly Archives: November 2017

Here are some opportunities to support the GMG contributors. Check out their holiday offerings

Here are some opportunities to support the GMG contributors.  Check out their holiday offerings-

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Sista Felicia’s Italian Cookie Platters Available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Holiday Parties, Weddings, Funerals Confirmations, Communions and all other special occasions! Now through December

Last day to place Italian Cookie Platter orders for THANKSGIVING is Monday NOVEMBER 20th

* Large Cookie Platters 9 1/2 dozen

*Small Cookie Platters 5 Dozen

~and~

*Italian Specialty Fancy Cookies: Not included in platters &

Sold by the lb. ONLY Separately from Cookie Platters :” Cucudidatha” Fig Cookies, Cucuzza Cookies (Candied Zucchini Cookies) while supplies last, and Almond, Pistachio, Pignoli, & Coconut Macaroons

To place orders & pricing Please Email Sistafeliciaskitchen@gmail.com


Bridgette Mathews photography-

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David Cox Photography Available At Main Street Antiques-

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Address: 124 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 281-1531


Peter and Vickie Van Ness 9 Wallis Shows

6 NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED ON SALE NOW to Concert Club Members (check your email) PUBLIC ON SALE SATURDAY @ NOON!

[SEE ALL UPCOMING SHOWS]

http://9wallis.com/

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James Eves- www.capeanngiclee.com

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@SassyEcoBag Photo Shoot @ Captain Joe and Sons.

Check Out Susan’s Site- http://www.sassyecobags.com/

Check Out Kate’s New Bag That Susan Made- Very Festive for The Holidays!

SCARS OF SILENCE UPDATE AND APPEAL

Two hundred year old Armenian olive trees, Yalova, Turkey, 2015. I found myself looking for living things I could touch and photograph that witnessed the Armenian Genocide.  It is said that the olive tree was first brought to the Mediterranean region from Armenia in 4000BC.

Scars of Silence: Three Generations From The Armenian Genocide
a film by Nubar and Abby Alexanian

2017 has been a very productive year for our film, Scars of Silence. Our first ever multimedia art installation opened in September at The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown MA and runs through January 27, 2018. Curated by Jennifer Liston Munson, Senior Designer at the MFA, the show includes excerpts from our film and a selection of beautiful black and white prints by Nubar from his last trip to Turkey. The gallery talk we did at the opening was very moving, with poignant audience questions and family stories paving the way to a memorable evening. We’re planning a second gallery talk in January and hope to show a couple of additional scenes in addition to the current seventeen minute assembly. More on this soon.

We plan to release our film in 2018. But in order to do this, we need a hefty blast of wind in our sails. As you may remember, we’ve received grants and strong positive feedback in the past for our earlier 10 -17 minute assemblies from foundations (including MacArthur). What we’ve learned from foundations is that they want to see where we’re taking this film: what is the narrative arc of the film and what are our cinematic options. Before we apply for the funds from them to complete post production, we need to hire our editor, Sabrina, to create a rough cut of the entire film that will give the funders and places like Sundance and PBS, an idea of the story we are telling and how we plan to tell it.

The good news is that Sabrina’s schedule has an opening in January & February, so we need to raise $15,000 by the end of December to engage her.  We’ve made it this far thanks to you, our generous supporters, and we hope you can continue on this journey with us by making a tax-deductible contribution that will bring us where we need to be to complete Scars of Silence.
So please, if you can, help us with a tax-deductible donation by clicking HERE HERE
You  can also send a check to Filmmakers Collaborative, 6 Eastman Place, Suite 202, Melrose MA 02176
and write Scars of Silence on the check.  
As always, we are grateful for your support these past 6 years and look forward to screening the film with you.
All our best
Abby and Nubar

BREAKING: GLOUCESTER STAGE OFFICIAL STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO ISRAEL HOROVITZ ALLEGATIONS

Gloucester Stage Company 

Press statement – November 30, 2017

 

Earlier this month, the Board of the Gloucester Stage Company received information about an allegation of sexual assault by Israel Horovitz. We cancelled plans to produce a Horovitz play in 2018 and agreed that under no circumstances would he continue to serve on the Board, ex officio, as artistic director emeritus. Mr. Horovitz denied the allegation and requested a meeting, but then resigned. We deeply regret that past complaints were mishandled. On behalf of the Board I apologize to the brave women who came forward in 1992 and 1993 but were not heard. We are individually and collectively appalled by the allegations, both old and new. Such behavior cannot be tolerated and our thoughts are with the women who were victimized. We are committed to making sure that GSC is a place where people are safe, free to do their best work, and to speak out without fear of reprisal.

Liz Neumeier, Board President

Board of Directors

Gloucester Stage Company

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE charging Israel with sexual assault.

Two Great Events Friday Night

You are cordially invited to join us at our Gloucester workshop to celebrate the creation of a new pipe organ. Come see and hear Opus 147 and learn about the craft of organbuilding.

Friday, December 1
4 pm – 8 pm

C.B. Fisk, Inc

21 Kondelin Road
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
978 283-1909  • www.cbfisk.com
click here for map147 model portrait

 

Fish Tales Road Trip (2)

8 local artists, The Aqua Divas, upcoming exhibition in Marblehead

“Reflections: A Group Show by the Aqua Divas” is an upcoming exhibition opening December 4 at the Carten Gallery, Marblehead’s Abbott Public Library, 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA. The show features 8 artists from Gloucester, Manchester, Marblehead, and Sudbury.

Monday, December 4 –  Saturday, December 30
Public Reception: Saturday, December 9, 2:00 – 4:00PM

From their printed matter:

“The Aqua Divas are a group of eight like-minded ladies who love to experiment with water media. We are all individuals with our own styles and palettes and like to think our paintings reflect who we are. We paint together once a week and help each other achieve our own artistic goals. Any subject is fair game as our motto is “give it a try”. We use a wide range of techniques, as we help each other become better painters. We hail from Marblehead, Manchester, Gloucester and Sudbury.”

The Aqua Divas participating artists: Pat Flaherty, Marion Hall, Jeannie McIntyre, Brenda Lee Rangel, Charlotte Roberts, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Ginny von Rueden, Jean Yeaple

Boston Globe on Cape Ann Museum Fitz Henry Lane

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The wonderful Cape Ann Museum exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane was in the news two more times this week: reviewed by Cate McQuid in the Boston Globe, and Rick Russack in Antiques and Arts Weekly.

Click the link to read the Boston Globe article:  “Honoring an artistic native son in Gloucester” by Cate McQuaid 

Click the link to read the Antiques and Arts Weekly article: Drawn From Nature & On Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane

This comprehensive exhibition focusing on Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) as a printmaker runs through March 2018. Georgia Barnhill, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, served as guest curator and worked closely with the Museum to organize this special show.

Barnhill will be giving another curator gallery talk Saturday, December 2, 9:30AM.

More photos from the exhibition

Community Stuff 11/30/17

The Inns of Rockport invite you to join them for an evening stroll.   For the second year, the Inns of Rockport are opening their doors for the Twilight Holiday Inn & Cookie Tour!  Join us on Saturday, December 9 from 4 – 7 PM.

After enjoying the afternoon gallery stroll in downtown Rockport, plan to stay the evening and visit some of Rockport’s finest Inns decorated for the season.

In addition to opening their homes, the Inns will be offering snacks and drinks as well as an assortment of home baked cookies for you to collect and take home.   The tour also includes coupons for discounts at several of Rockport galleries and gift shops and, new this year, each Inn will be host to a local artisan who will be displaying and selling their creations! What a great way to do some holiday shopping, have a snack, enjoy the beautiful Inns of Rockport and, best of all, collect a bag of cookies!

Tickets are $25 and are limited.  Tickets are available through the Chamber of Commerce or from ACE Hardware or call 978-546-6708. Proceeds benefit the Inns of Rockport Scholarship Fund. Join us!


Sunrise Over Eastern Point From Gary Dubinsky

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Still Life From John Abisamra

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Nichole’s Picks 12/2 +12/3

Pick #1: Santa’s Arrival in Rockport!

It doesn’t get any more quintessential New England small town than Santa arriving by lobster boat in Rockport, Massachusetts.  Santa is due at T Wharf at 1:00.  He’ll then hop in “his sleigh” (umm…firetruck) for a trip downtown. The stores are open for holiday shopping and then the town comes back together in Dock Square for caroling and the annual tree lighting beginning at 4:00 pm.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Christmas at Castle Hill: The Season of Carols

READ MORE HERE

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Trustees of the Reservation

Visiting Castle Hill at Christmas is a time-honored tradition for many New England families. Don’t miss this year’s spectacular “The Season of Carols”. Each room in our 1920s mansion is festively decorated for a beloved Christmas carol. You’ll find live music and dance, fresh baked cookies and cider, a treasure hunt, family activities, and a visit with Santa.

Make Friday, date night with evening tour hours, a cash bar, light appetizers, and festive music.

Come with friends on Saturday for great decorating ideas, shopping in the Castle Hill gift shop and Harbor Sweets pop up cafe, and more.

Bring the children on Sunday to visit with Santa, take photos, and hunt for carol-themed items in our holiday treasure hunt.

Persons named Carol get in free! Please bring i.d.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, December 1, 5-8pm

Piano music by Robert Allison

Cash bar with beer, wine, and our own holiday punch

Saturday, December 2, 10am-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

11am   Ipswich High School Chamber Singers and Bel Canto directed by Abigail Frost

12:00  String Quartet: Michael Hamill, Carlos Heymann, Alice Newell, & Ann Ward

Ipswich High School Chamber Players

12:30pm  Ipswich High School Chamber Orchestra directed by Michael Coelho

1pm          Ipswich High School Jazz Ensemble

2pm          Ipswich Moving Company’s Youth Dance Ensemble

2:30pm     Venti Players and Bright Phoebe

Sunday, December 3, 12noon-4pm

Season of Carols treasure hunt

12Noon-2pm      Visit with Santa in the second floor bay

12Noon              Ipswich High School Honors Brass

1pm                  Ipswich Middle School Clarinet Ensemble

2pm                  Brass Bells

3pm                  North Shore Ringers

Date & Time
Friday, December 1
Friday, 5-8PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday, 12Noon-4PM

Cost
Member: Adult $10, Child/Senior $5; Nonmember: Adult $20, Child/Senior $10; Ipswich resident with i.d. $10. Tickets are available at the door only.

Contact Information
978.356.4351 x4015
tschell@thetrustees.org

Pick #3: Polar Express 4D at the Museum of Science

READ MORE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS 4-D Experience® is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Featured in digital 3-D and brought to life with 4-D multisensory effects, this is an immersive experience for the whole family to enjoy!

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s17)

LENGTH

15 minutes

LOCATION

4-D Theater, Blue Wing. Find on map

AUDIENCE

Recommended for: Grades toddlers – 12 and adults

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Skeptics in the Pub

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I attended Tuesday’s monthly meeting of Skeptics in the Pub at the Pilot House to satisfy my curiosity.  This month’s topic, presented by Rich, was “And now a word from the FDA”.  It was an entertaining mixture of videos and slides to present facts and promote discussion about the role of the FDA in our everyday lives.  There was a group of about 25-30 people in attendance, most of whom treated themselves to dinner from the Pilot House.  The back room of the restaurant was just the right size for this type of event and the staff did a great job for the group.  The presentation was followed by discussion and the whole event took about an hour for those of us that did not arrive early for dinner.  I learned that carefully reading labels may or may not help one bit mostly because they don’t always mean what they appear to say.  And that’s the FDA for you.

Their next meeting is scheduled for Dec 19 at the Pilot House and will be themed “Season of Reason”.  Thank you to Rich and the group for accepting me warmly and for the interesting discussion.

Gratitude Rocks’ heads-up

Sending a heads-up to GMG readers to look for the Cape Ann Y’s ‘Gratitude Rocks’ – painted my Y members – in spots on the blvd & around town. This project was originated & headed-up by our daughter, Caitlin.


If you find one, it’s yours to keep. For all of us who love Gloucester.

Judy Beavers

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Beaver Getting It Done! Video Courtesy @TheTrustees

Restorative Reiki Workshop THIS Friday!

Cape Ann Wellness

Join Marleen Wood, Master Reiki Healer and Kathryn Schroeder, Restorative Yoga Instructor, for an evening of deep relaxation and transformation at North Shore Restorative Yoga.  You will be guided through supported restorative poses using blocks, bolsters, blankets and eye pillows while receiving the balancing and healing attunement of reiki by candlelight. Set your highest intentions for balance, clarity and well-being. All levels and no experience necessary. Enjoy an evening of complete bliss in a sacred space OF LIGHT.

December 1st 6:30-8pm $35

Sign up and secure your sweet spot at http://www.nsryoga.com

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Stephanie Benenson HARBOR VOICES light show #GloucesterMA | immigration, conversation & acts of generosity manifest as public art

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from a studio visit with Stephanie Benenson Nov 2017

You can join in Stephanie Benenson’s fascinating big vision, Harbor Voices, a public art and cultural piece that’s made from light, sound and community participation. Part of the project is a  large-scale and temporary LIVE light & sound installation which will happen on ten minute loops from 4-8pm on Friday December 8th, and Saturday December 9th, one of many featured events for the 2017 Middle Street Walk. Harbor Voices will be held inside the Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall , 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

Come experience a sweeping ocean of sound, stories and light, drawn by the voices and acts of generosity of neighbors and friends.

Benenson, a Rockport native and North Shore based fine artist, received a prestigious and competitive RISD grant to create Harbor Voices. Benenson collected over 100 stories in eight languages of recent and ancestral immigration to Cape Ann. For the past year she led (and continues to lead) practical and creative storytelling sessions and workshops at area schools like Veteran’s Memorial and Gloucester High School,  as well as community organizations and centers such as Sandy Bay Historical Society. Students talked with Benenson about “their ancestors* and families bringing cultural heritage to Cape Ann.” She said that kids mentioned “family members that started businesses here (like Jalapenos, Sclafanis, and other cultural destinations on Cape Ann)…and how meangingful that was to them…and people that they had deep respect and admiration for…” They discussed “family recipes, music, food and how immigration historically has made American art and culture come alive.”  Mayor Romeo Theken was the first story collected. Other Cape Ann storytellers outside of the schools and non profit partners include: Jean Testaverde (Portuguese fishing ancestry), Ingrid Swan (Swedith quarrying ancestry), Heather Lovett (descendent of Roger Babson), Sal Zerilli (Awesome Gloucester and Rockport), Jan Bell, Buddy Woods, Susannah Natti (Finnish and descendent of Folly Cove designer), Rich Francis (GHS teacher), and Celestino Basille (GHS teacher).

Depending upon age and preference, stories were written, recorded, or drawn. All were mixed into materials and audio that will choreograph connections directly into the light installation, and an enlarging community. At first, Benenson thought the light might guide any audio. Instead voices continue to guide the light.

Every story and act of generosity is linked to the installation and transformed into light.

Blurring the lines between public art and social sculpture, LIVE happening and virtual action, Harbor Voices emblematically presents stories, shared connections and actions. Participants of all ages are encouraged to interact with the project www.harborvoices.com and its installation– to bathe so to speak in a community of vibrancy and waves of interconnectedness and support.  Benenson adds that from 4-6PM during the two days of this installation iteration, “children will be offered a small flashlight to engage with this artwork, allowing them a tangible moment to consider their part in this interconnected network of community and local history by creating their own beam of light.” Also, before the installation opens to the public, one hundred Gloucester High School students –including some who have already added into the piece– will come to City Hall to experience Harbor Voices.

Benenson’s promotion for Harbor Voices launched in September. Leveraging attention for this remarkably ambitious project is an essential component as more involvement means more impact. Straight away it fostered community and brought opportunities. For example, Benenson spoke about the project and shared audio of the stories with Rose Baker seniors, Gloucester Rotary and the Cape Ann Museum’s Red Cottage Society. Someone from Beverly has already underwrittten  support for a class at Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School. She spoke about the project with Joey as part of GMG podcast #253

As a third generation Cape Ann artist, Benenson is especially excited to “create art and conversations around our cultural heritage and our contributions to the vibrant mix of people that live on Cape Ann.”

See more pictures and read more about the artist

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Local filmmaker directs North Shore actors in video messages for Department of Justice anti-opioid campaign

11-27-17

Beverly. Massachusetts video production company Ted Reed TV is working with the US Attorney’s Office Massachusetts District to create the pilot videos for the multi-platform public information campaign titled “#Resist The Risk.” The goal of the campaign is to inform the public and spur new conversations about the dangers and consequences of abusing, selling and sharing prescription opioids that has had a devastating impact on families and communities in Massachusetts.

The segments have been filmed primarily in the North Shore area, and professional actors from TV commercials, stage and film were cast along side student actors from Emerson College, Endicott College, Salem State University and Gloucester High School. Producer/Director and Gloucester resident Ted Reed says, “We want to make each one of these messages have the ring of true life to them. Using actual locations where the opioid crisis has hit hardest in Massachusetts was part of the plan to depict the actual consequences of addiction, whether they be illegal sales, theft, overly trusting parents or babies born addicted to opioid-dependent  mothers. Each member of the crew and cast had a story to tell about their own experience of a loved one or an acquaintance who suffered from addiction to either prescription or illegal pain-killers.”

Reed worked with members of the US Attorney’s office developing the scripts for the videos which will be distributed on social media, web sites and other avenues.  He and Director of Photography Craig Kimberley developed the look and style of the video campaign to be rolled out by the end of this year. Casting was executed by Joanne Randazza of JMedia of Gloucester.

The campaign is being officially launched Wednesday, November 29.

Still photo credit: Roger Ward

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