Two other great projects went last night: repairing headstones at Clark cemetery and composting at Veterans. Be on the lookout for them.
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Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️
Hope everyone was able to stay warm.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Train Station on Railroad Avenue
Dress warm and please remember gloves
As our Melissa Cox was cleaning the storm drain the ice had formed an Angel.
After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian, Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.
About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers.
Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.
There’s always something happening in the art sessions at Rose Baker Senior Center. With help and direction from the indomitably positive and dedicated artist, Juni VanDyke, participants in the art program share their talents and collaborate. Participants join in an amazing amount of creative work and activity and have the opportunity to exhibit their creations. Often they work together as a group toward a final outcome. Three quilt series became monumental and cherished works of public art. (See Kim Smith’s beautiful coverage on Good Morning Gloucester.) When you visit the art studio at Rose Baker you’ll see floor to ceiling examples of their creations. For the past few years, dolls have been blooming up the studio wall and steadily and similarly building into a kind and social public art project. Now it’s a mission for art and healing that’s reached beyond Gloucester and Cape Ann.
Juni Van Dyke shared the photographs in this post and writes about the iteration of this project:
“Two years ago, Lois Stillman, a regular participant in the Art Program at the Senior Center, shared an idea with our Monday art group. The idea became known as “The Endearing Doll Project” — “endearing” because the hand-made doll that Lois introduced to us was just that…endearing. By way of Lois’ initial instruction, the dolls began to multiply with a serious purpose: the dolls would be created for the comfort of children undergoing cancer treatment at Dana Farber. Later, more dolls…(baskets of dolls!) would be delivered to elderly residents at Golden Living and SeaCoast. Still later, more dolls…(armfuls of dolls!) would join volunteers headed to The Dominican Republic where children who have little in the way of playthings would receive them. The “Endearing Dolls” became known as “The Have a Heart Dolls”. To accurately describe the artwork attributed to each individual doll, (over four hundred dolls to date!) one would have to exhaust every synonym in a thesaurus under the heading “beautiful”. Indeed, the dolls are beautiful with exquisite individual attention given to detail: lace trimmings, velvet ribbons, eyelet petticoats, knitted caps, stylized tresses, etc. But the “Have a Heart Dolls” are so much more than beautiful works of art. These dolls, with their purpose of bringing comfort and cheer, are a definitive source of love.” Participants in the “Have a Heart Doll Project” are: Lois Dench, Judy Menicocci, Mary Noons, Maggie Rosa, Carmella Scola, Emily Soule, Ida Spinola, Lois Stillman, Teddy Talbot, Connie Troisi, Juni VanDyke, and Susan Wright
To help with the dolls or other projects and learn more about the art program: Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. The mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration.
Hope everyone had a great holiday season.
Saturday clean up
When: Saturday January 7, 2017
Where: Moorland Avenue, starting near the Back Shore
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Please bring gloves and pickers.
Thanks all and stay well.
To all our Friends of the Blog and my GMG Family, I want to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Enjoy your time with family and friends.
Sending lots of hugs and loves.
Good Morning kids:
Hope everyone is doing well. Our clean up on Saturday will depend on the weather and wind conditions.
Where: Main Street starting near Tonno’s
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Please bring gloves and any pickers you may have.
Yesterday I cleaned in front of Brown’s Mall. It was a mess and hopefully we can do something to contact the landlord to keep it clean.
I would like to keep a list of stores on Main Street that seem not to care what the front of the stores look like.
Buoy painting today, up to the very last moment before the tree was lit.
Four, three, two, one…Merry Christmas!
Thank you to David Brooks, the Art Haven crew, the lobstermen who donated their traps, and all the buoy painters for their phenomenal creation of Gloucester’s 2016 lobster pot tree. The most magical to date (if that is possible) and as always, the “World’s Best Lobster Pot Tree!” Thank you for this beautiful gift, and for all that you do for our community throughout the year.
Lobster Trap Tree Legend!
Legend has it if you share a kiss with your sweetheart under the lite Lobster Trap Tree you will be blessed with health, wealth and happiness for the next year.
Rachel Rex Photo
(From left) Jarrod Martin, Joao Ramalho, Tyler Parisi, Gabi Goszczynska , Macaella Oliver, Katie Nugent, Lexi Ciolino, Chrissy Nugent, Sophia Pata, and Sierra Rudolph practice their gardening skills
December 6, 2016
Growing your own food and understanding nature may seem ancient in today’s high-tech society, but it is a lot more important to the environment than you may think. Food requires an abundant amount of resources to transport, a concept many do not consider when grocery shopping. GHS’s environmental science students are learning how gardening can help offset some of the consequences of a mass produced food supply.
The Environmental Issues course is for seniors who are a part of the dual-enrollment program with Endicott College. Taught by science teacher Rachel Rex, the class studies the environment and the big issues that affect it, such as pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the loss of natural resources.
“We had a lot of experience interacting with the environment, learning how to make it a better place. Ms. Rex is a good teacher, she’s taught us a lot. It’s a good class,” said senior Bridget Stevens.
The class is partnered with Backyard Growers, a nonprofit organization based in Gloucester whose mission is to provide affordable renewable food and teach the community how to garden.
“It’s a really nice tie in and it includes biology, chemistry, and number of sciences. It fits really well under the umbrella of environmental issues,” said Rex.
Hope all are well. This week’s cleanup will be a combined cleanup with One Ocean.
Time: 9:00 (note the time change)
Where: Rocky Neck Parking Lot
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 (also note the Sunday not Saturday)
Please bring gloves and pickers if you have them.
Look forward to seeing all.
During Sunday’s podcast we met Kristen and Dylan of Pigeon Cover Ferments. Their sauerkrauts are out of this world delish. Don’t be turned off when we write sauerkraut; theirs is certainly not your run of the mill grocery store sauerkraut. Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkrauts are simply fermented cabbage made with a variety of seasonings, hand made and in small batches As theirs is not prepared with preservatives, Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkraut is wonderfully flavorful and is also vitamin C and probiotic-rich.
It is so exciting to see the growing food industry emerging in Gloucester. When purchasing Pigeon Cove Ferments products you are also supporting other local businesses because Dylan and Kristen source all their vegetables from local farms, including Aprilla Farm, Seaview Farm, and Cedar Rock Gardens–hundreds and hundreds of pounds of cabbage for example. Their salt comes from Atlantic Saltworks, which is based out of Gloucester and produces salt from the Atlantic Ocean.
I have to take a second round of doxycycline for tick bite related illnesses; adding probiotics to my diet couldn’t have come at a more timely moment. Immediately after sampling at the podcast, I purchased several jars at Common Crow. The sales person could not have been more complimentary of Pigeon Cove Ferments products. Today I made a grilled cheese with the caraway and pepper flavored sauerkraut. The crunchy kraut contrasted beautifully with the creamy warm cheese. I think I feel better already!
Hope everyone is doing well. On Saturday we should do again Magnolia Avenue especially near the bridge. We can meet at Klondelin Road.
Thanks and take care
When: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: Magnolia Avenue, near Klondelin Road
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
I will have bags and please bring gloves and if you have any pickers.
Take care kids
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