Category Archives: Art

Bravo! Gloucester Stages’s YAW in the news- winter spring summer or fall the best kids acting classes around

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LEARNING FROM AN OSCAR NOMINEE- Lindsay Crouse’s visit was on the front page of the Gloucester TimesWendy Waring’s visit was also on the front page of the Gloucester Times and in the Boston Sunday Globe!

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Mark your Gloucester live event calendar: Paul Catania’s drag show stars coming to the Cape Ann Cinema & Stage August 19th

Paul Catania writes:

Good afternoon Joe! I am throwing a drag performance event at The Cape Ann Cinema and Stage on August 19th. I was wondering if GMG could assist in putting out the the good people of Gloucester. There will be drag queens of comedic, burlesque and sexy grandeur. Other special surprises as well. I have left the link to buy tickets directly through Cape Ann Cinema as well as the official flyer! Hope this message finds you well and take care.

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In the news: Boston Globe 10 places to paint the town (or the beach, or the mountains) plein air recommendations

Happy to see Cape Ann included–thanks Cape Ann Chamber for putting up the flag.

Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex are listed together under Cape Ann as a destination for plein air painting. I enjoyed reading and comparing. The first town listed, Jeffersonville, VT, has vivid detail. Cape Ann has history and scenery coming together at every turn.

I might have added that Cape Ann has been the home of the world class Cape Ann Museum, two renowned associations devoted to the advancement of art – the North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association-, one of the country’s oldest continuously active and iconic art colonies on Rocky Neck, and scores of artists and galleries, because it is the number 1 place to paint.

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Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company

Congratulations to Gloucester’s Rusty and Ingrid. Their beautiful creations are now being sold in L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.  Very exciting for this talented hard working family. You can visit Rusty and Ingrid at their Gallery at 31 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia Gloucester, MA.

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Trio in Rio and other Olympic stories to watch and remember

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With Rio’s challenging current events and Olympic travails, I thought Mashable did a good job on this Olympics round-up:

Mashable Olympic highlights

 

Sailing fans

There’s at least one person from Gloucester in Rio for the Olympics in an official capacity. I know this because I read Nick Curcuru’s interesting article from today’s Gloucester Daily Times: Ben Richardson Heading to Rio as US Sailing Olympic Committee Chairman 

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Remember to toast James Brendan Connolly

I wrote about the very first Olympic winner in 1500 years having a Massachusetts and Gloucester connection, author James Brendan Connolly. Connolly won two gold medals in the Athens Olympics in 1896: Before he was a Harvard spurner, a Veteran, a Gloucester Master Mariner, a sea tales chronicler and beloved writer,  James Connolly was one of 14 American athletes to compete in the international Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece, 1896. 

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I wonder about other Olympic athletes with Gloucester ties.

Will you watch any Rio events? cue GMG poll

Gloucester: Dancing in the street Aug 13 and

Dancers from American Travelling Morrice perform twice August 13th- once at St. Peter’s (2:30pm) and later Harbor Loop (6:15pm). They’re on their 41st tour which you’ll read on as you wander; this poster I snapped was displayed at Jalapenos. I wonder who created the woodcut? I also wondered if multi-talented Rose Sheehan, Cape Ann Contra Dance, was involved. Yes. And her son Colin de la Barre (another name befitting a pursuit!)  Gloucester Daily Times has the story.

You might fill your Aug. 13th  dance card. Whether audience or participant, one could make it a daylong celebration of beauty, sport and nature. Not 41 years, but pretty darn close, the Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swimis 38 years young and scheduled earlier that morning. Reminds me: check the GMG calendar for options. Every weekend in Gloucester is like First Night. A few of the other special events planned for August 13: Cape Ann Museum has a walking tour and White Ellery contemporary installation. Cape Ann Community Cinema features two films. Gloucester Stage has a live theater show for kids in the morning and 2 shows for Songs For A New World (one is pay what you wish).

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I bet you can reel off  a few of the chart topping rock groups circa late 1970s.  Who knew that there was a 1979 American folk dance held in St. Ann’s parish hall? The dances were started by Patricia and Norris Marston who hoped to build interest for regular square dances in Gloucester and perhaps raise funds to hire bands. One night Roger Whynott was a featured caller. On another evening it was Charlie Webster calling out folk, square and contra. – Gloucester Daily Times  

Throwback Thursday tribute: downtown Gloucester 1978 Sidewalk Bazaar

“Lucille Genovese gets into the spirit of the Chamber’s three-day sidewalk bazaar that started today.”

– Thursday, Aug 3, 1978, Gary Langer photo –above the fold– clipping from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Main Street’s 58th Annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar opens today led by Gloucester Downtown Assoc. Sashay down Main Street while it’s closed to regular traffic for three special days.

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Psst! It’s possible to dine outdoors at Blue Collar Lobster and then move over to I4C2 for the HarborWalk Summer Cinema. Star Wars Force Awakens tonight!

What seat should you pick at the HarborWalk Summer Cinema? Don’t worry–you’ll find a spot even though people stream into I4 C2 as early as 5:30PM to square away their seating, often novel. A family with an inflatable pool is a regular sight. Blankets are thrown down pell-mell. Kids zig zag a sea of boundaries as they might a sandy beach, which means your stuff is stepped on. It’s all good! There’s a happy community picnic vibe. Soon after 6PM Aurelia Nelson from North Shore Radio 104.9 hosts pre-screening festivities. Rob Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema, presides; the movie line ups he’s selected have been big hits.

Gloucester = food.

Our family takes a break from cooking and buys dinner from the vendors and/or take out from a downtown business. Once house guests treated us to a lobster dinner AND movie al fresco at Blue Collar Lobster, Gloucester House. It can be done. Has anyone tried it with Topside Grill?

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photograph from Rob Newton Cape Ann Community Cinema. Gulls land atop the screen randomly. Kids run behind the screen which is a NO NO

Where’s Gulliver? Manchester Public Library scratch ticket, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cape Ann libraries August Cape Ann Reads events

Cape Ann Reads offers the chance for the 4 libraries to collaborate and work together on community, literacy, and art. They’ve partnered with beloved organizations to celebrate the art and writing of children’s picture books.

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The four Directors and Kate La Chance from Cape Ann Museum confer, early gorgeous morning on the grounds of the Manchester Public Library. Seated left to right in the nice new outdoor furniture:  Kate LaChance, Cape Ann Museum; Debbie French, Essex TOHP Burnham; Deborah Kelsey, Sawyer Free; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Sara Collins, Manchester by the Sea Public Library.

Every month features Cape Ann Reads events! Here arethe next 5 CAPE ANN READS EVENTS FOR AUGUST

ENDING SOON- August 4th, Where’s Gulliver at Manchester Public Library

Manchester Public Library visitors have until August 4th to play Where’s Gulliver for a scratch card. 

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Manchester gets creative with their t-shirt sales at pop up library events. I am told Benedict has made it to the beach! t-shirts are $15 for adults / $10 for kids, designed through Cape Ann Art Haven art center. They are for sale at the libraries, Cape Ann Art Haven and Cape Ann Museum. Proceeds will go towards the original picture book contest.

Rockport: August 11th (THU), 6pm. Children’s Book Publishing. 

Damaris Curran Herlihy, a local resident and owner of a publishing firm will speak at theRockport Public Library. She will discuss how to prepare for publication and what to expect from the process. No registration required. FREE.

Essex:  August 18th (THURS) 1:00PM. Does your boat float?

Assorted materials will be available to create your own distinctive vessel. Test it out in our pool. Ages  four and up. Please sign up to calculate for materials @ mes.mvlc.org or 978-768-7410. TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Ave, Essex. FREE.

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Essex: Teen Activity August 22nd (MON) 6:00PM

Experiment with modge podge using nautical charts. Cover books, boxes, frames or whatever to create your nautical decoration!  Please sign up to calculate for materials @ mes.mvlc.org or 978-768-7410.TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Ave, Essex. FREE.

Gloucester: August 27 (SAT) Ed Emberley will be at Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage!

Come to Cape Ann Community & Stage for an afternoon with acclaimed author illustrator Ed Emberley and his wife Barbara. Emberley has published close to 100 books. He collaborated with his wife on earlier works including the 1968 Caldecott winning Drummer Hoff, and more recent books with his daughter, Rebecca, such as Chicken Little and Red Hen. Please RSVP Cape Ann Community Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street Gloucester, MA. ticket event $15 adults; $10 kids under

Visit Cape Ann Reads for all upcoming programs 2016-17.

BREAKING NEWS: Listen live! Deborah Cramer being interviewed right now by WNYC Leonard Lopate. Gloucester and Cape Ann wildlife- sandpipers red knots, horseshoe crabs- featured

Follow this link to listen in to  big interview with renowned 30 year + radio host, Leonard Lopate. WNYC New York public radio reaches 20 million people a month.

I’ll add the audio when it’s there.

AUDIO LINK http://goo.gl/q6114p

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Leonard Lopate welcomes poets, painters, politicians, novelists, dancers, Nobel and Pulitzer winners, filmmakers and actors to talk about their work each afternoon on WNYC’s acclaimed arts and culture interview program. The Leonard Lopate Show has been the proud recipient of three James Beard Awards and three Associated Press Awards.

The waze and wikipedia of bird sightings- Ebird, crowdsourcing since 2002- shows Gloucester whale watching great for birding and

The online database collaboration of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society compiles aggregate data from engaged birders. What a staggering quantity of volunteers taking the time to share and record data!

Although Cape Ann towns are not ‘hot spots’

it’s fun to sift through the information and peek at some public competition. The top 100 birders in MA are predominantly male.  (We know Cape Ann is a birding hot spot though it may not be a recording hot spot.) There are plenty of reports from scenic North Shore sites: Cranes Beach, Plum Island, Chewbacco Woods, Coolidge Reservation, Eastern Point, and Halibut Point. Less traveled spots such as ‘Lanesville Community garden’ and local cemeteries have a diary entry feel to them and fun to peruse. Checklists indicate the distance and effort taken for any given outing, and the duration, often significant.

There are scores of reports from Gloucester whale watch trips –customers and staff. Look for ‘Stellwagen Bank’ as a listed location. I think I’d like the location column added to one default screen, and a category for whale watching.

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eBird: An online database of bird distribution and abundance. eBird, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Available: http://www.ebird.org. (Accessed: Date [July 30, 2016]).

Gloucester HarborWalk marker for birds/birding is located along the walkway by Gloucester House, I4C2, and Topside Grill.

Gloucester HarborWalk marker for whales is located just outside Tonno.

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CAPE ANN WHALE WATCH +1-800-877-5110
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YANKEE FLEET +1-978-283-0313

 

Less than one month until the 8th annual Cape Ann Film Festival Aug 25 – Sept 1. Meet special guests: children’s author illustrator Ed Emberley, Bobbi Gibbs,Lindsay Crouse, Robert Meeropol, and Adam Nimoy!

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Meet Ed Emberley! Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will feature the documentary Creative Inspirations: Ed Emberley, Children’s Book Illustrator on Saturday, August 27th at 2PM. That special showing benefits Cape Ann Reads.

Here’s the link to the full Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Film Festival schedule with complete descriptions of the movies.

Cape Ann Reads is a community wide initiative celebrating art and literacy of children’s books from the 4 Cape Ann libraries — Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library, and TOHP Burnham Library Essex– and many wonderful partners. An original picture book contest is part of this initiative. Thanks to Rob Newton and Ed Emberley for their support!

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Two more days and Stage Fort Park becomes Gloucester’s shoreline amphitheater for Country Fest. @cassadeepope headlining, also Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band

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Apparently and not surprisingly Ringo helps Boston Fence set in the fences at Stage Fort for Gloucester’s first country fest,  coming this Saturday noon -5 (gates open 11 AM). I didn’t stop to chat or take more photographs because we were in the middle of a Gloucester beaches challenge. What an unforgettable venue to listen to Cassadee Pope (big single out right now and Voice Season 3 winner. Who was her coach?) and Boston bands Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band ! Cassadee Pope’s twitter photograph features beach/dune background. Wonder where it was taken? Everyone will have some good photos from Stage Fort. You can listen to Ringo and Emily talk to Joey about the Country fest on the podcast.

 

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