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The Greatest Natural Spectacle on Earth was in Rockport Last Night

I’ve lived in Gloucester since the early 1980s (except 1995-1998, when I lived in CA and NYC) and Vickie has lived here since 1998 … and guess what, neither of us had ever been to the Rockport Bonfire?  Why?  Oh, lots of reasons; but none of them is reasonable — not after what we witnessed last night!

Kevin St. Peter, who chairs the Rockport Firemen’s Association, asked us to be judges in the Rockport Firemen’s Parade and we accepted. Having produced and promoted hundreds of shows & events, Vickie and I keenly appreciate just how much work it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude and, honestly, it was a true pleasure not having to deal with all the details. Kevin did that. And he dealt with all the crazy-last-minute emergencies that always pop during any large-scale event. Plus he took great care to make sure all the judges got where we were supposed to go and knew what they were supposed to do — because we had no idea.

More importantly, we had absolutely no idea what we’ve been missing all these decades.  The breathtaking power and splendor of Rockport’s giant bonfire tore its way into our psyches; seized every ounce of our attention. What struck me at first was how hot it was — those of us in front had to move back as the flames engulfed the outhouse atop the mountain of fiery palates.  Turning around I noticed the crowd of several thousand people all stood transfixed — and very quiet.  So quiet, in fact, that the blaze was the loudest sound you could hear — and it wasn’t nearly as loud as the band at the bandstand had been a few minutes earlier.

Then I realized just how bright it was. That’s when I took the picture, above. Notice how well everyone is lit — and it’s pitch black outside. No streetlights. Just the bonfire. It’s brighter than Times Square. (See Nicole’s awesome photo of the bonfire itself here.)

Fire has a magical power to captivate us in a way nothing else can. I certainly hope this Rockport tradition lives on forever. Thanks to Kevin St. Peter for throwing a giant party for thousands of people featuring one of the greatest natural spectacles our Earth has to offer — and making it feel as though everything is running perfectly smoothly!

First Antonio Gentile Bandstand Concert for 2017 – The Continentals

Antonio Gentile Bandstand
2017 Summer Concert
July 9 @ 7pm

The Continentals (Pop-Rock Show band) sponsored by Gloucester Rotary Club

All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Parking is free, restrooms are handicap accessible and the audience is encouraged to bring a chair and a picnic lunch (carry in – carry out). Rain dates are the following Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA

For concert information please contact David Benjamin, Tel. 978-281-0543,
Email: David@DavidLBenjamin.com or visit www.DavidLBenjamin.com,

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

The Cape Ann Community Band Presents:

“Music for a Summer Evening”

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 23, 7pm)

Sponsored by Bank Gloucester 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites local musicians to participate in an exciting program of concert band music. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 10, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 8 Washington St., Gloucester.

The program will include concert band music classic and contemporary; in many styles. Players are asked to commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals on August 7 and 14. The program is geared toward young and more experienced players. Families are encouraged to participate as well as former school band classmates. The music represents varying levels of ability; there’s something for everyone. Players will need their own instruments and music stand. Percussion equipment and some stands are provided.

Once again the band is proudly sponsored by Bank Gloucester. Patrick Thorpe, bank president, says “We love this group. They represent the whole of our Cape Ann Community and they always play a terrific program. We’re glad to help.”

Director Benjamin echoes Thorpe’s excitement. “We’ve always had a lot of fun preparing our concerts. It’s a supportive mood at our rehearsals. Everyone is learning and enjoying the company of fellow musicians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information please contact David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 or by email at David@DavidLBenjamin.com

More fun times with the grandchildren

Maddie, Owen, Cole and Avery have been staying with Papa and Nonnie since Sunday night. We are having such a great time with them. So far, beach, Maritime Gloucester, Lego Land, Mile Marker to swim, Wingaersheek Beach and today the beach with Aunts and Uncles. Lots of fun and so grateful we live where is so much to do.

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Fun time with the grandchildren at Maritime Gloucester

What a great take in at Maritime Gloucester. Papa and Nonnie took the kids to Maritime Gloucester on Tuesday. A terrific time had by all. For more information please click on the link below:
http://maritimegloucester.org/

Notice the photo of the schooner, this photo that is hanging at Maritime Gloucester is one of FOB Len Burgess.

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Gentile Bandstand 2017 Concert Schedule

All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Parking is free, restrooms are handicap accessible and the audience is encouraged to bring a chair and a picnic lunch (carry in – carry out). Rain dates are the following Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA

For concert information please contact David Benjamin, Tel. 978-281-0543,
Email: David@DavidLBenjamin.com or visit www.DavidLBenjamin.com,

Escape Fiesta ~ Grammy-winners & Chart-Topping Blues in Beverly This Weekend

 Friday, June 23 – Carter Alan’s BEVERLY BLUES SERIES Featuring GINA SICILIA
Sponsored by

WZLX Music Director, Carter Alan, kicks off his new Beverly Blues Series with chart-topping Gina Sicilia!  Carter will host the show and he’ll be available to sign his acclaimed new book The Decibel Diaries!

“Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female Blues singer made such an impression.”
  -Blues Revue
“Earthy, voluptuous voice” -Boston Globe

 

Gina’s acclaimed new CD “Tug of War” hit #1 on the Roots Music Report.

Don’t miss her only Massachusetts show on her Northeast U.S. Tour!

See Gina Sicilia videos HERE.

Listen to her new CD “Tug of War” HERE

Saturday, June 24
Henri Smith Summer Mardi Gras Concert
feat. Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers

Gloucester’s own Henri Smith brings his Summer Mardi Gras Party to Beverly once again featuring Grammy-winners Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers & Amadee Castenell.

Relax in brand-new, comfortable chairs at a table in our fully air-conditioned listening room with fine wine, local craft beers and specialty cocktails (including spirits from Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood!).

Don’t miss this rare chance to revel in the spirit and soul of New Orleans with these legendary musicians at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston’s north shore.

Special Pre-Show Cajun dinner created by our friends at  Evviva Cucina available as an add-on option:

  • Creole Jambalaya (Creole Risotto, Shrimp, Spicy Sausage, Pepper, Green Onions, Tomato Sauce)
  • Muffaletta (Italian Style Sandwiches on French Bread)
  • Blackened Catfish (Seared Catfish served over okra with sweet onions, fresh garlic, tomatoes, and a trio of fresh herbs)
  • Bayou Pasta Salad (Cavatappi, Honey Bourbon Citrus Glaze, Celery, Cranberries, Spinach, Walnuts, Blue Cheese)

Katrina’s $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge * The Finals * Tonight ! 7:30pm @ Katrina’s 6.20.2017

Katrina’s $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge‎The Finals: $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge Here’s tonight’s lineup and schedule! Call ahead for dinner reservations: (978) 515-7817.
Here’s tomorrow night’s lineup and schedule! Call ahead for dinner reservations: (978) 515-7817.

*click photos for a closeup slide show

 

14 Rogers St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
@katrinasgloucester
Call (978) 515-7817

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company Festival at Windhover June 27-July 2, 2017

Windhover Season Opens with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Performance of signature dances as well as “lost” work among highlights

Rockport, MA, June, 2017—Windhover is proud to announce the annual performing arts season begins with a bang when the internationally renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company takes up residence starting on Tuesday, June 27 until Sunday, July 2, 2017. The company of six dancers will be teaching master classes, culminating in three public performances scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 30 at 7:30 and Saturday, July 1, at 7:30pm. The performances will be on the outdoor stage if weather allows. Otherwise they will be performed inside the back studio, and it will be first come first-served with limited space. No tickets are required, but a suggested donation of $20 is greatly appreciated.

The PERFORMANCE schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 29 & Friday June 30th at 7:30pm

Ina Hahn’s choreography to two sections of Bach’s cello suite no.6 performed live by cellist Josh Gordon. The piece is titled: “Fragments of Six”. Sharing the program is Paul Taylor’s work titled “Junction” performed to Bach’s cello suites no.1 & 4.

“Tracer” is the last piece on the program. It was a lost work created by Paul Taylor in 1962 that disappeared from the repertory. The work was reconstructed last year and performed at the 92nd St Y in New York.  It involved a collaboration between the late renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Paul Taylor. Art historian Robert Saltonstall Mattison will provide insights into this collaborative process with an introductory talk beforehand.

Saturday July 1st: at 7:30pm

An all-out Paul Taylor program with masterpieces that include “Company B” with songs sung by the Andrew Sisters. The “Uncommitted”, with music by Arvo Pärt is from 2011. And “Junction” performed to sections of Bach’s cello suites no. 1 & 4 which is a link to Ina Hahn and her choreography, as both choreographers used J.S. Bach’s music as their inspiration for their dances.

MASTERCLASSES: Open to the public to all ages and all levels are SIX masterclasses taught by company members from the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Donations are welcome. The schedule of classes is as follows, taught in the back dance studio at Windhover.

Wednesday, June 28th

9:30-11:00 am: General class level, all ages.

4:00-5:15 pm: Beginner class

5:30-7:00 pm: Intermediate class

Thursday, June 29th: 9:30-11:00am General class level, all ages.

Friday, June 30th: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

Saturday July 1st: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

For further information, please contact Executive Director, Lisa Hahn at

Lhahn@art-horizons.com or by phone at 978-546-3611.

BUONGIORNO FROM SUNNY SIENA

Especially on this coldest and dampest of Memorial Days, I am enjoying the photos Liv is sending from her adventures in Italy, these from sunny Sienna.

Piazza del Campo in the center of Siena, Tuscany

The medieval Duomo di Siena, built between 1215 and 1263


“Saint Michael Defeats the Rebel Angels” masterwork by Renaissance-Mannerist painter Domenico di Pace Beccafumi (1486-1551). The painting is permanently installed at San Niccolò al Carmine, a Sienese church and monastery.

CIAO FROM SUNNY CINQUE TERRE ITALY!

With the rainy weather and chilly temperatures we’ve been having of late, I thought readers would like to see some snapshots from our daughter Liv’s wonderful trip to Italy. One of her best friends from college, Natalie, is getting married this weekend in Florence. For a pre-wedding adventure, Liv has been staying in the beautiful village of Manarola,  located on the Italian Riviera. Manarola is one of five fishing and wine producing towns that make up Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) in the Province of La Spezia. The photos are from Manarola and the village of Monterosso.

Cinque Terre National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Paths, trains, and boats connect the villages; cars are not allowed. 

Liv is loving the local seafood. Aren’t these paper cone containers fantastic for fish-on-the-go?

Liv enjoys going to beaches where ever she travels and I’ve asked her to let us know how folks manage trash in remote villages by the sea, like Manarola and Monterosso. As you can see in the photos above, there are trash and recycling barrels along the beach, and lifeguards also pick up garbage left behind.

Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Monterosso al Mare

 

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