Author Archives: Craig Kimberley

Want to get to know the folks who are running for City Council in the upcoming election?

Join the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann at the forum for City Council Candidates (At-Large and Ward 2). Oct. 18 (Wed.) at 7 PM at Sawyer Free Library. It is free and open to the public.Candidates will be introduced by Gloucester High School Students.

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Hannah Kimberley, President of Cape Ann League of Women Voters, and James Cook, Principal of Gloucester High School, in front of a map of the Gloucester political wards discussing the upcoming project that involves high school students working with local campaigns.  

Another full house for Hannah Kimberley’s presentation of Annie Smith Peck! But it was more than that.

 

Yesterday, at the Businesswomen’s Luncheon presented by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at the Gloucester House, Hannah had yet another crowd on the edge of their seats as she spoke about her new book A Woman’s Place Is at the Top. I haven’t made every event that she has spoken at this book-season, but the ones I have attended have been inspiring to say the least. Yes, I’m married to Hannah so there would appear to be a bias, but this post is not. Of course, I’m a proud husband who gives her the full support and what not. But again, this isn’t some eulogized puff piece about how awesome my wife and her writing is. This is the view of a cameraman, and an observer, an angle that was altogether different.

To separate myself from who or what I am to Hannah may seem impossible, but I can easily sit in that place from behind my camera as I work. When I’m capturing the world around me, I can easily disappear as a person, friend, or even a spouse when my world through a lens consumes me, as it often does. Now, Hannah has a pure talent for holding a room in the palm of her hand, and no I’m not talking about dinners at our house mantled in wine and food. This is the professional Hannah, the teacher Hannah, and the scholar Hannah that you find when you come to see her talk about her book and the adventures she has had in creating it. And she damn good.

After the ooh’s, aah’s, laughter and looks of “Nooo shit, she really did that?” that usually fill the room every time she gives a talk, comes the line. The autograph line. Thankfully, the fine folks at The Bookstore of Gloucester show up when they can with boxes of books to sell. (For the record, Hannah is published by St. Martin’s Press, so no she doesn’t own the books, and she’s not self-published, so that money isn’t going to my beer fund.) So as Hannah finishes her last comments and thank-yous for coming, she invites folks to go back of the room to the table where the stacks of books are, and she will happily sign each and every one. But this never happens. Before Hannah get’s a chance to leave the podium, the line immediately forms right in front of her, every time and without delay. People race to the back, buy up as many books as they can, sometimes this more than 4 books at a time, and they rush back to queue up with an anticipation of Cosco shopper in free-sample line, that’s starving. On this occasion, the women, (all women in this event’s case), are clutched with book in hand and a story of parallelism to match. I see this at all the events. This is when it happens. As I stare at my screen, through my lens, I see the excitement, passion, and respect that these women have on their faces and what this means to them, and I’m shook.  When I zoom in to get the tight shot of the eyes of each woman, I see the admiration, the respect, and a thankfulness for Hannah coming here and sharing her story with them. A look that usually only seams reserved for the eyes of a grandparent gazing at their newborn grandchild, or a mother when her baby smiles back, or every little girl that lines up to meet Justin Bieber face to face. Yes, it’s that powerful. This occurs in the small spaces of silence between fan and writer as Hannah signs each book at their request. As I try to keep the focus of my lens, compose and move my shots, I’m taking aback by these moments over and over. They are coupled with the stories of inspiration, the requests of whom the book will be autographed to, and the multiple thank yous and “atta-girl” “You keep grinding” comments that shower her at every podium I’ve witnessed. I look down the line to see the others waiting as they chat to each other and share like moments. I found the support, love, and appreciation for what Hannah’s book has done to be remarkable and well deserved.

I realized in these moments the power of the word, the power of the pen, and the power of a woman who is inspired.

Later, after the event, Hannah asked me “Did you film any of the women getting books signed?” As I pictured my framing over her shoulder, the tight shot of each woman’s eyes with the edge of Hannah’s hair cutting into the frame, as they went between looking at what she was writing and looking up at Hannah without her with that gaze of admiration, I said “Yes honey, yes I did.”

 

If you want some inspiration, click the photo link to buy your own copy from Amazon!

Or head down the Bookstore of Gloucester and get one now!!

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Every copy was sold at the event, and money was raised for the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship. Well done ladies. Gloucester is a better place because of the work these women do.

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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON CHRONICLE – TONIGHT!!

Tonight on ABC Ch. 5 (705) at 7:30pm CHRONICLE will air the long awaited interview with Gloucester’s own Hannah Kimberley about Hannah’s new book A Woman’s Place is at the Top, Annie Smith Peck Queen of the climbers.

Tune in and support local writers!

The books arrival!

Cheers to you Hannah! Bravo!!

It’s tonight folks!!’

The cover (with help by James Eves III)

GLOUCESTER-HIGH STUDENTS TO WORK WITH CITY COUNSEL CANDIDATES! JOIN THEM AT SAWYER LIBRARY OCT 18TH. OPEN AND FREE!

Gloucester High School students are working with the Cape Ann League of Women Voters about the upcoming local election for Gloucester City Council.
Students will be assigned to one of the nine candidates in contested City Council races (At-Large and Ward 2).  The students will learn all about their candidates (background, ideas for Gloucester, and campaign strategy).
The Cape Ann League of Women Voters’ televised forum will be on Oct. 18 (Wed.) at 7 PM at Sawyer Free Library.  It is free and open to the public.

LWV pic 2017Hannah Kimberley, President of Cape Ann League of Women Voters, and James Cook, Principal of Gloucester High School, in front of a map of the Gloucester political wards discussing the upcoming project that involves high school students working with local campaigns.  

Listen to Gloucester’s own author Hannah Kimberley live on NPR’s All things Considered!!

Listen Sunday August 13th at 5pm on NPR for Hannah’s interview about her new book A WOMAN’s PLACE IS AT THE TOP! (Some states may air at different times.)


Share the love folks!! Congrats Hannah!!!

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VIDEO: AERIAL FILM OF THE TULIPS!

A  very huge thanks going out to all of the hard-working folks at GenerousGardeners.org for helping add some amazing beauty to our little island. Keep up the great work!

TULIP BLVD! #gloucesterma

With the rain coming, and time passing, you may want to get down to Stacy Blvd today and take a stroll while Lil’ Holland is still in full effect! A BIGLY thank you to the fine folks at Generous Gardens for all their hard work. Next year will not feature tulips again, so today is the day to enjoy it in the warm sun!

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Passports Restaurant Community Dinner is Tonight!

Great food!
$5 raffle tickets for great prizes from Pop Gallery, Tuck’s Candies, local artists, and more!

This will benefit the League of Women Voters Scholarship Fund for local high school seniors in Cape Ann

Come on out and help our local seniors from 4 pm until close!

Reservations suggested: 978-281-3680

110 Main Street Gloucester MA

See you tonight!!!! Helping our community just feels so good!!!!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Women’s Equality Cape Ann (WECANN) official t-shirt. Staying active and alert! #wecann #gloucesterma

Buy one or buy ten and help support desperately needed scholarships!

CLICK BELOW TO GET YOURS TODAY!!

https://www.booster.com/capeannlowvscholarships

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Jessica Marie says “YES YOU CAN, YES WECANN!”

ONE OCEAN ONE LOVE SHOP: GRAND OPENING

Today was the grand opening of the One Ocean One Love Shop in Gloucester. Offering all types of ocean-lifestyle goods, this little shop by the docks is open just in time for spring.  Hidden just down at the end of the state fish pier, the shop is located where Parker and Wall St. meet down by the marina. The shop is chuck full of great original prints and gear, along with cool gift ideas, skin care products, solar-charged blue tooth beach speakers, cool hats, stickers, & beer koozies. If you see the lighthouse, you’ve found it! Stop by and show your support! (Jamie Verga and family cameo no less!)

http://www.oneoceanoneloveshop.com

SUPPORT OUR LOCALS !!!!!!!!!

Live Lunch From Paprika Grill

Please stop by and continue to show support for one of our newest and tastiest spots. Even after he and his girlfriend were robbed at masked-knifepoint, Emrah is still in great spirits! He exudes all the qualities and spirit of a true local trying to serve his community and offer fresh healthy food for the masses. Today is a 50% tip day in my book of life!
And just as James Dowd promised, it truly is THE BEST fresh made falafel on this side of the planet!

Chef Emrah Arslan is open and serving!

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Ohhh my, the GRILL at PAPRIKA!

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Winner winner

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Petty lil criminals can’t stop the good folks of Glostah!!!! HELL to da NO!

PATS WIN!!! IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE at Passports Community Dinner Feb. 7 in Support of Period Partners!

COME CELEBRATE THE PAT’S MASSIVE COME-BACK VICTORY WITH A SUPER MEAL!!!

If my football crew of misfits and step up and make a difference, surely you and your peeps can, too!

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Passports‘ Community Dinner this month will support Period Partners, a local charitable initiative raising money to provide menstrual products to local shelters and The Open Door. Access to menstrual products is a basic survival need, but for many people in America, this need goes unmet. Period Partners seeks to address this need on Cape Ann in collaboration with Women’s Equality Cape Ann (WECANN!) and The Open Door. As usual, Passports will donate 10% of all meals sold between 4:30 and closing to this month’s organization.

If you’ve been thinking about a night out, why not consider Passports this TUESDAY! The food is great, it’s a worthy cause, and it promises to be a fun night! Reservations recommended.  

PASSPORTS:  110 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930                             PHONE: (978) 281-3680

Passports Community Dinner Feb. 7 in Support of Period Partners!

Passports‘ Community Dinner this month will support Period Partners, ​a ​local charitable initiative​ raising money to provide menstru​al products to​ local shelters and The Open Door​. Access to menstrual​ products is a basic survival need, but for many people in America​ this need goes unmet.​ Period Partners seeks to address this need on Cape Ann in collaboration with Women’s Equality Cape Ann (WECANN!) and The Open Door.​ As usual, Passports will donate 10% of all meals sold between 4:30 and closing to this month’s organization.

If you’ve been thinking about a night out, why not consider Passports next Tuesday! The food is great, it’s a worthy cause,​ and it promises to be a fun night! Reservations recommended.

And we thank our community for all the support so far!

Live Bargains:DOG ROCKS @ Second Glance

Stunning Dog Rocks for $5 a piece! Surely you can find one that reminds you of a special furry friend. Buy a rock and help some folks!

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