Category Archives: All Things Gloucester

Earth Day 2017

We had a great turn out for Earth Day 2017. Even with the rain and cold the clean up teams were terrific. Wish to thank everyone who came out and the a big thank you to One Ocean One Love on Parker Street for the cookout. We are also so lucky to live in a community that has great Coast Guard personnel and all our volunteers/

Vote once before Friday to help Gloucester’s Backyard Growers win $35,000 b.good family foundation grant

from Backyard Growers:

Backyard Growers is one of three finalists in the b.good Family Foundation’s competition to win a $35,000 grant! In all of Greater Boston, we were chosen as one of the finalists because of the work we are doing right here in Gloucester—so proud!

We are now at the public voting stage. Please do the following to help us win! 

Thank you! Lara Lepionka, Executive Dir. Backyard Growers

About b.good, growing chain of farm to table ‘real food fast’ healthy burger+ more joints:

“It wasn’t until our crazy family members started running the Marathon in giant burger suits that we realized we actually had the power to make a real impact. (Incredibly, over 82 running burgers have raised more than $146,000 for charities over the last 8 years.) Inspired by what we’ve accomplished with those passionate customers, we decided to start a foundation based on the principles they personify. So, this is funded by the grass-roots and innovative efforts that we undertake together with our customers. And it’s designed so that the people who raise the money decide who gets the money…The mission of the b.good Family Foundation is to use micro-grants to help inspired individuals improve their communities. We believe that the most sustainable, impactful changes are the ones communities design for themselves. So, we give directly to individuals looking to improve their neighborhoods. Then we put the final funding decisions up for a community vote by the b.good family and their network.”

Gloucester downtown harbortown cultural district: Partner Updates | March 2017

Read dishy brief updates from downtown, marketing opportunities from MOTT, and trending topics from across the state. The arts scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann has so much going on and sets such a high, high bar for the state. We needed a calendar and GMG did it! Reminder: If organizations want to be featured on the essential GMG calendar and weekly arts round-up, they should email their listings to James Eves! Triple check the calendar before planning any major scheduling dates. 

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What’s New March 2017 updates link (if embed doesn’t show)

*= Founding Partner    Yellow =  NEW partner March 2017      Bold blue= updates

More save the dates — creative placemaking, smart cities, sustainable cities, cultural districts, smartgrowth

Artist Carol Kriekis hand painted Gloucester designs

Thanks to the Holiday Delights Youth Acting Program at Gloucester Stage, I had the lucky chance to spend some time with artist Carol Kriekis. I thought her home and studio were a perfect reflection of her warmth and style, elegant and layered like an Aesthetic Movement interior. Kriekis works in different media, mostly grounded in representation. I saw series inspired by nature and renderings of flowers.

Recently she’s transformed her classic ‘Glosta’ and other Gloucester designs into oval stickers, each with some hand flourish.   The potential for art everywhere around us — stickers, hand painted–  that had me thinking about aestheticism, too. img_20161211_192842-2

Commission design for clients:

Photograph below shows some new branding design. There’s something coming this spring for Caffe Sicilia…No reveals, yet.

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The Ameros invade 104.9 FM tomorrow (SUN) at 9am

Amero_Family_Xmas[1]Just in case you didn’t know, the Amero Family Christmas is a Gloucester tradition and it’s coming back to the Rhumb Line next Wednesday 12/21.  You can get a taste of the fun tomorrow (SUNDAY) morning at 9AM when Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson welcomes Fly, Linda & J.B. Amero into her studio — and you just never know what will happen when those folks get together.  Tune in for some outrageous musical fun!

Here’s a sampler of some of Fly’s Christmas songs.

Lobster Trap Tree – 2012 -2016

The first one I saw in 2012 was amazing and it gets better every year! From the days of stacked traps and colored lights we now have a wider base with doorways opening the inside with cantilevered traps opening up the center of the tree for a great view from inside, a look at the dome and viewing a light show of Christmas Colors on the floor. (The lightshow with its colored moving dots of light brought back memories of college…but that’s another story!) The stack is tighter and now the traps are color coordinated Yellow and Green by level and the colored lights have given way to energy efficient white LEDs.  The yearly engineering advances allow for more and more hand painted buoys from the kids at Art Haven. Hard to imagine anything more spirit lifting than just walking past the tree, not to mention spending some time in it and around! I met two photographers who were waiting for the light to go down and then were going from Gloucester to Rockport, ME and Portland to capture some other trap trees. Their take? Others might be a little taller but none are better than Gloucester’s tree!

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