Category Archives: Community Stuff

I Am More Project

If you missed the I Am More Project by wonderful artist Amy Kerr, this show has been extended.  It is an amazing show.

This is just to let you know that due to popular demand, the opening exhibit of the portraits at the Paint Factory has been extended:

 The I Am More Opening at the Paint Factory (32 Horton St) has been extended to this afternoon (Wed) from 1-5, Thursday from 9-5 and Friday 9-5.

 If you have family or friends who wanted to see all the portraits in one place, this is their chance. This does not include the work from the additional artists.



Cape Pond Ice

Cape Pond Ice Company

Published by Scott Memhard

We need your help! – This may be our last chance to keep Cape Pond Ice afloat & serving Gloucester’s fleet! PLEASE contact Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo & Alexander Strysky at MA MEMA to endorse our Cape Pond Ice project and plans ahead:

Before Fiesta we need Letters & E-mails of Support for: Cape Pond Ice Plant Moderization, Re-configuration, and Supporting Restaurant/ Fish Market/ Distillery/ Parking

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description: An Environmental Notification Form (ENF) has been filed with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs by Cape Pond Ice Company, LLC to renovate an existing 34,423-sf building to reconfigure and modernize the ice plant, add 33 parking spaces within the building and convert a portion of the building to a three-level, 15,300-sf restaurant. The project may also include a distillery. The project does not include any expansion of the existing building. The site is located on filled and flowed tidelands in the Gloucester Inner Harbor Designated Port Area.

Contact: Alex Strysky, MEPA Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114
ph: (617) 626-1025 fx: (617) 626-1181

Mayor Sefatia Giambanco Romeo Theken, City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA 01930
ph: (978) 281-9700


After 170 years, we don’t want Cape Pond Ice to end up “on the rocks” like the scalloper Artemis, or lost at sea, like the Andrea Gail!

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

RE: EEA No. 15867 Cape Pond Ice Company, Gloucester

Project Description:

Scott Memhard, PresidentCAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC.aka Bresnahan Ice, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse104 Commercial Street, Fort WharfGloucester, MA 01930tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394

Good Harbor Beach

Took a late in the afternoon walk to Good Harbor Beach.  Everyone I met or talked to was so respectful of our little plovers.  Since all the negative things about what goes on with dogs at GHB, we have to remember that most of the time things are good.  Most important thank you volunteers for helping keep these cuties safe.

The Launch

Over at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Friday, these great 8th graders launched 2 more boats.  The faces on these kids speaks volumes of how much fun and educational this experience is.  The teachers who were there, I wish I had them in 8th grade.  Thank you to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum for all your experience and to Teacher Dave Brown and Amy Donnelly for your dedication to these students.  It was also so wonderful to see Harold Burnham watch some future boat builders launch their creations.

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Music on Meetinghouse Green’s Sizzling Summer Concert Series

From the Meetinghouse



An integral part of Gloucester summer is almost here. The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s Summer Concert Series, Music on Meetinghouse Green, featuring 9 free concerts, takes place from July 6 to September 7, 2018. The family-friendly concerts, now an iconic part of Gloucester’s summer music scene, have something for every musical taste, including be-bop, Brazilian ‘forro’ dance music, soul, jazz and rhythm and blues.

 All concerts take place at Gloucester Meetinghouse Green, at the corner of Church and Middle Street in Gloucester. Bring folding chairs or blankets. If it rains the concerts will take place inside the Meetinghouse. Each concert will be catered by a local food vendor, providing fresh and tasty dinners or snacks, often reflecting the origins of the music.

 In the spirit of giving to the community each concert is partnered with a Cape Ann non-profit organization. The public is invited to make a free-will donation (bring cash/check.)

 The Friday 6 pm concert schedule, including partner non-profit and food vendor is:

 July 6: Berklee Be-Bop Guitars

            To benefit Pathways for Children

            Food by Causeway

July 13: Stacia Kraft

            To benefit Backyard Growers

            Food by Crepes Dominique

July 20: The Bar Chords

            To benefit Maritime Gloucester

            Food by Willow Rest

July 27: Os Forrozeiros, Brazilian/Forro

            To benefit Wellspring House

            Food TBA

August 3: Deb Hardy and The Altairs

                 To benefit HAWC

                 Food by Classic Cooks

August 10: Hye Fusion, Middle Eastern Band

                   To benefit The Open Door

August 17: What Time Is It, Mr Fox?

                   To benefit Art Haven

                   Food TBA

August 24: Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra

                 To benefit The Grace Center

                   Food by Common Crow

September 7: Alvin Foster, Soul/Motown

                        To benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

                        Food by Classic Cooks


The non-profit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation was founded to help preserve and increase public use of the 212-year old Meetinghouse of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby in the Central Gloucester Historic District and at St. Peter’s Square.

Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Tom and Kristin Zarrella and Cape Ann Savings Bank.


Gloucester 8th graders making their boats at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

Last year I went over there to take photos of this great way to help students learn a new skills. Amy one of the teachers invited me back.  It is fun to watch and learn. The teachers at O’Maley and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum are really great.  On Friday, they will be launching this boats.

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I Am More Opening Exhibit

I Am More Opening Exhibit

 I Am More is a project that began in Gloucester to help people remember that they are more than their mental suffering. The opening exhibit will be held this weekend at the Paint Factory, hosted by Ocean Alliance, featuring 16 portraits in pastel and colored pencil by Amy Kerr, accompanied by essays written by the portrait subjects about all the ways they are more than their struggles. The exhibit will also feature work by artists Loren Doucette, Susan B. Field, Brenda Malloy, Rebecca Siswick Graham, Donna Ardizzoni, Katherine Richmond, Ramani Rangan, Joan Keefe, Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Sophie Trumbour, and Gloucester High School students Gianna Cabral and Kyla Snell. The event will feature the original music of portrait subject and composer, Chris Cho. On Friday evening at sunset there will be live acoustic music on the Paint Factory patio provided by Kitt Cox and Susan Wood. Come join us Friday from 7-10 pm for the opening reception, and Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 pm, and see all of the new work that has been done on the inside of the Paint Factory under the leadership of Geoffrey H. Richon Co., Inc.


World Oceans Day Fundraiser, Beach Clean Up and Whale Watch

Saturday at 10 AM – 6 PM
June 9, 2018
7 Seas Whale Watch
63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

World Oceans Day Fundraiser, Beach Clean Up & Whale Watch


(Tickets to our fundraiser are purchased on-site from a Sea Shepherd coordinator, we’ll be located at the 7 Seas pier where you board the Privateer IV. You can use cash or credit card. If you take part in the beach clean-up with us that morning, you can save $5 off your whale watch ticket ($35 instead of $40) or donate that to SSCS as well.)

In what is hopefully a new yearly event for us, we’ll be heading to one of our great historic New England towns (Gloucester) for a World Oceans Day fundraising event. Working with a couple local groups and organizations, we’ll begin our day spending a couple of hours helping clean up the beach. After a short break to clean up, eat or (for some) take your Dramamine, we’ll head out on what has always been a great day of whale watching with 7 Sea Whale Watch.

Please keep an eye out here on our event for additional details of our beach clean-up on Saturday morning. We’ll meet at the 7 Seas pier (right near where we will board the Privateer IV for our whale watch later) and head out from there. If you have gloves, buckets or bags please bring them… but we will have some on site if needed as well.

#SeaShepherd #worldoceansday #ocean #conservation #cleanocean #oceanplastic #pollution #whalewatch

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