Category Archives: Good eggs

National spotlight and recognition thanks to Gloucester Elks good works on behalf of returning veterans

Gloucester Elks Lodge #892 was recognized for the community work they do for Cape Ann’s returning veterans, receiving the Edward Spry trophy for being the #1 Lodge in the Commonwealth for veterans activities. Jayne Morse won the Elk’s Volunteer of the Year Award.  The Cape Ann Veterans Service office gives guidance and helps with information for the returning veterans.  ‘Welcome Home to Cape Ann- We Left the Light on For You’ outreach  for Returning Veterans is such an inspiring national model. It couldn’t happen without leadership, support and volunteers. Lots of good eggs here!

all photos are from  Elks Lodge #892 and Adam Curcuru

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photos from last years Welcome Home To Cape Ann – welcome home family event hosted by elks, free for all returning veterans and their families, lots of nice donors and We Left the Light on for You local & generously filled swag bag

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Baby Grand from Mac Bell, open mic, and music classes – news from Sound Harbor

Check out the Chickering baby grand (pre 1900) piano Mac Bell gifted to Sound Harbor! Sound Harbor offers music lessons and special musical experiences:

  • Save the date for a casual open mic recital on March 4th from 1pm-4pm
  • Sound Harbor hands on baby/toddler music song and dance classes are held every Thursday and Friday at 10AM, $5 per family.

Sound Harbor music lessons headquarters is downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, 45R Pleasant Street (within Browns Mall) 

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From out friends who want a Clean City

From FOB Ainsley Smith

From Keep Massachusetts Beautiful:
The fate of a bill that adds a 5 cent deposit on nip liquor bottles sold in Massachusetts will be decided this Wednesday, Feb 7.

Contact Rep. Thomas Golden at 617-722-2263 and Thomas.Golden@mahouse.gov or Sen. Mike Barrett at 617-722-1572 and Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov to voice your support.

While a 5-cent deposit will not eliminate the vast amounts of nip litter in Massachusetts, we believe this is a common-sense way to reduce the problem

American hockey legend #GloucesterMA Ben Smith inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame

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From the United States Hockey Hall of Fame printed matter, hockey player and stellar hockey coach, Ben Smith:

Ben Smith (Gloucester, Mass.) served as head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team in 1998, 2002 and 2006, leading Team USA to the first-ever gold medal in women’s hockey at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. It was the crowning achievement in a storied coaching career. 

Described by his players as a direct and passionate perfectionist, Smith compiled a 37-7 record in IIHF Women’s World Championship and Olympic competition during his tenure at the helm from 1996 to 2006, a span that included two gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal. And while Smith’s high-profile exploits as a women’s hockey coach gained him enshrinement into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2016, his hall-of-fame résumé extends far beyond a single brilliant decade. 

The son of a U.S. Senator*, Smith was a standout hockey player at Harvard University in the late 1960s. After graduation, he served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while also coaching high school hockey in Gloucester. He eventually became a men’s hockey assistant coach at Yale University, where he served for five seasons before joining Jack Parker’s coaching staff at Boston University. During his nine seasons at BU, the Terriers made three NCAA Tournament appearances and won four Beanpot Tournament championships. 

Smith’s first taste of international competition came in 1985 when he was named an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team. He served in a similar capacity in 1986 and 1987 and was also an assistant coach for the 1987 U.S. Men’s National Team. In 1988, Smith was appointed as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. He soon earned his first head coaching appointment, taking the helm at Dartmouth College in 1990 and then moving to the same role at Northeastern University, where he led the Huskies to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1994.

Smith remains active with USA Hockey serving in a player evaluation role for many international teams, including the gold medal-winning 2017 U.S. National Junior Team.”

 

*I’ve run into articles and archival material about both Ben Smith II and III. On GMG, Nicole posted beautiful and direct experiences about Ben Smith like this one: https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2015/12/18/olympic-dreams/

Janice Shea wrote me after a GMG post about Gloucester atheletes and Harvard (and Olympic!) connections*Ben Smith Senior, of Annisquam, was President John F Kennedy’s roommate at Harvard. He became Massachusetts Senator when JFK became president. Here’s a link to the Ben Smith II obit  http://www.nytimes.com/1991/09/28/obituaries/benjamin-smith-75-us-senator-in-1960-s.html  and wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_A._Smith_II.  And here for Ben Smith III (junior) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Smith_(ice_hockey_coach)   plus an interesting read about his coaching http://old.post-gazette.com/olympics/20020218olyhockfill0218p8.asp 

Gloucester Daily Times article about Hall of Fame induction

#AcornPress in action: Mary Rhinelander demonstrates printmaking at #GloucesterMA O’Maley Middle School, also

the upcoming weekly workshop at Cape Ann Museum that Mary Rhinelander will be teaching is SOLD OUT, again. Look for future offerings.

The very dedicated and talented O’Maley art teacher, Brett Dunton, shares some action shots of fine artist and master printmaker, Mary Rhinelander, guest teaching printmaking with the authentic Acorn press in one of the 8th Grade art classes at O’Maley Innovation Middle school. Note the foot.

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Fine artist Mary Rhinelander guest teaching linoleum block printing on historic Acorn press at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, with teacher Brett Dunton art class, Gloucester, MA February 2018

Historic portraits sometimes belie the physicality of the process

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Aino Natti (Isabel’s grandfather)

Wonder if the O’Maley students will try this energetic technique? photograph of Aino Clarke from the Cape Ann Musem Folly Cove collection  Read more

2018 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant opportunity is now open

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Essex National Heritage Commission preserves and promotes the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County, MA. The organization’s annual partnership grants have primed several projects in Gloucester and throughout Cape Ann. REGISTER by February 16, 2018 for the latest round of Essex Heritage Partnership grants: twelve $2000 awards will be granted.

How to Apply

  • Log In or Register  to apply online. Applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY.
  • Applications are due no later than Monday, February 16, 2018 by 11:59 PM
  • Read the 2018 Partnership Grant Program Description (pdf)
  • Please anticipate being in attendance at the Essex Heritage Spring Annual Meeting at Saugus Town Hall on Thursday, April 5 in the event that your organization is awarded a grant
  • Contact Charles Smith to Gain Grant Applicant Status.

THANK YOU MONIQUE JEAN AT COVETED YARN!!

The last time I made a Christmas stocking was when Alex was a baby. I miss knitting and was determined to at least get one started for Charlotte. It’s been a long time since I turned a heel on stocking or sock, but thanks to Monique Jean at Coveted Yarn, she showed me just how to do it (Monique made nine Christmas stocking this year for her family). While she was helping decipher the directions, I couldn’t help but think how fortunate are we in Gloucester to have such a fantastic yarn shop, which is not only always stocked with gorgeous yarns, but staffed with a super knowledgeable person such as Monique. Many thanks to Monique for her gracious help!

Coveted Yarn is located at 127 Eastern Avenue, just behind Shaws. Their hours are as follows:

Monday and Thursday 10 AM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM to 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM

Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM

Deadline | 2018 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations such as: Cape Ann Art Haven, City of Gloucester Committee for the Arts, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Symphony, Gloucester Stage, and many more.

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Carmen Savarino:

“We are pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE

Grant decisions will be made in mid-June and announcements will be made at the end of June. This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Tuesday, January 9th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities and to answer any questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to attend the call if interested. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at carmen.savarino@tbf.org or (617) 338-2676″

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Deadline for the 2018 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations such as: Cape Ann Art Haven, City of Gloucester Committee for the Arts, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Symphony, Gloucester Stage, and many more.

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Carmen Savarino:

“We are pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE

Grant decisions will be made in mid-June and announcements will be made at the end of June. This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Tuesday, January 9th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities and to answer any questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to attend the call if interested. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at carmen.savarino@tbf.org or (617) 338-2676″

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Carmen Savarino (with scarf) leading informational session for the 2017 Request for Proposals for Bruce J Anderson Foundation

MY MIND IS BLOWN! COVE CAFE IS OPEN AND READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

I’m so amazed and excited for our new and unique food destination, the COVE CAFE!

Located in the heart of Lanesville, the secret side of Gloucester, the Cove Cafe hits the ground running with amazing food, hospitality, and style. If you live on this side of town, you know the places to grab great sandwiches on the run,  food for a party or event, or an amazing cup of coffee and breakfast, are scarce at best. For the most part, we have Capt. Hooks for pizza, subs, and fried seafood, then Willow Rest for amazing specialty items, sandwiches, and to-go items. But now we can spread the love to Cove Cafe! From Christmas cookie trays to daily specials, soups, stews, and sandwiches, they are sure to have something for everyone!

I’ve had several very good Cubano sandwich, amazing coffee, sweet delights, and a smile with amazing service every time I’ve been in. Stop by and see Alisha and her family, you will not be disappointed!!

OH! And if you call by Thursday, Dec. 21st. you can get your holiday cookie platers, party trays, or homemade pies for the holiday!!  facebook.com/thecovecafegloucester

sunny and delicious @Cruiseport: Discover Gloucester honors for Kathie Gilson and

Discover Gloucester Annual Holiday Luncheon December 13, 2017 at Cruiseport and Mayor Romeo Theken recognized Kathie Gilson for her work with the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center, Susan Kelly of Generous Gardeners and Karen Ristuben of Rocky Neck Art Colony for their incredible service.

The food was scrumptious and Cruiseport is such a sunny, pretty venue.

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Kathie Gilson with Stage Fort Park Welcome Center volunteers

Cape Ann Museum Tenth Annual Women’s Luncheon rolls out the @GrosvenorWilton carpet

December 6, 2017 – more photos to come!

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Hundreds of guests streaming in to enjoy the 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon, Cape Ann Museum’s wonderful annual benefit to help raise funds for a unique collections-related project.

Ahead of the lunch, happy guests  are viewing the stunning wallpaper in the Davis house,l– acquired with support from last year’s luncheon–, current exhibitions, and holiday shopping in the museum’s boutique shop.

New to the gift shop- custom sampler

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The 2017 luncheon campaign will support “the purchase and installation of historically accurate carpeting in the Captain Elias Davis House, a Federal style structure built in 1804…Carpet for this project will be made by the Grosvenor Wilton Company Ltd. founded in 1790.” 

Photo – Davis House before carpet

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The 10th Annual Women’s Luncheon welcomes Melissa Geisler Trafton, an art historian specializing in 19th century landscape painting, as the special speaker. Trafton was the Adjunct Curator and Managing Editor for the museum’s momentous Fitz Henry Lane Online and wrote one of the essays in the exhibition catalog for the current exhibition: Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane.

Gals

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North Channel Cleanup At Gordon Thomas Park

This clean up is hosted by Cape Ann Maritime Partnership,

This Saturday we have an opportunity to make an impact against marine debris by cleaning it up. Join Cape Ann Maritime Partnership in our effort to clean Gloucester Harbor at 0:930 (low tide). We also want to caution everyone that the rocks will be slippery and to bring gloves.

Carol Ackerman Boston Globe obituary

Lovely tribute to long term teacher and volunteer – Carol Ackerman (December 17, 1941 – October 31, 2017) Boston Globe obituary by Marvin Pave published Dec 3rd (following special memorial service held in the Shalin Liu Performance Center). Ackerman served on many boards in the community — Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free, the Gloucester UU, Rockport Music, and Wellspring.

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Obit in the Gloucester Daily Times

 

Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them. If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country. Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.” GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off

Red Cross Blood Drive


Join us for our November 29th, 2pm-7pm

Benefits of Donating

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious cookies.
  • It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do.

You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.

Joey Asked, We Got Inspired: SAT NOV 25 Christmas Show that’s as much fun for Adults as it is for Kids

Bryson Lang & Santa (can you guess which one is Bryson?)

A few weeks ago, Joey called me asking if we were planning to have any shows for kids — and we got inspired.

We wanted to produce a show is as much fun for adults as it is for kids.

So… we’re bringing International star Bryson Lang‘s Cure for the Common Show to 9 Wallis (right down the road in Beverly) this Saturday at 2pm.

Comedy, Juggling, Music, Audience Participation, Lots of Fun!

And because it’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we invited Santa to make a magical appearance, hand out some gifts and pose on our stage with your child (or grandchild) for a perfectly lit photo op.

All for only 15 bucks! GET TICKETS HERE.

Snacks and beverages for adults and kids will be available for purchase.  All you have to do is bring the kids, relax and enjoy the show!

Saturday Clean Up

First and most exciting, BANNING THE BAG… so exciting..

Saturday clean up

Where:                 Horton Street, we can park at the Ocean Alliance

Time:                    08:00 – 09:00

When:                  Saturday, November 18, 2017

I will not be able to attend since doing the Women’s Community Club of Magnolia show

Thanks all and take care

Donna

 

 

 

SUPER EXCITING NEWS: SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS BANNED!!!

Ainsley Smith from Clean Gloucester writes, “We’ve got some great news! Gloucester is now Massachusetts’ 57th municipality to reduce our reliance on plastic bags! Thank you to everyone who came out and spoke in support or sent in emails. We look forward to working with our City Council on successfully rolling out this ordinance and related education to all of Gloucester’s residents.” The vote was passed seven to one.Gloucester Clean City Commissioners Nick Lilades, Ainsley Smith, Eric Magers, Councilor Melissa Cox, and Bev Low

buoy painting dates announced for area schools #CapeAnnArtHaven

Hundreds of buoys are primed every year.

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Schedule for the annual lobster trap tree buoy ornament painting sessions held 3:30-5pm (except Sat Dec 2nd). This year includes O’Maley middle school kids!

  • East Gloucester + Veterans Memorial Wed. November 29
  • Plum Cove + Beeman Thursday November 30 
  • West Parish Friday December  1
  • Rockport Monday December 4
  • O’Maley Middle School, Manchester Essex Elementary, & Everyone: Wednesday December 6th 
  • Open for all Saturday December 2nd, 10AM-1PM and Wed Dec 6th 3:30-5

Cape Ann Art Haven paint a b uoy dates announced

 

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