Category Archives: Good eggs

UNVEILING OF THE EAST GLOUCESTER QUILT!

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Monday, the 17th, at 2:00pm, Juni and her amazing quilt makers will be unveiling the East Gloucester Quilt, number fifteen, their last and final piece. The simple ceremony honoring those who helped in its creation will take place at the Rose Baker Senior Center. The public is welcome to attend. I am looking forward to the Big Reveal! juni-van-dyke-cape-ann-museum-the-neighborhood-quilt-project-detail-c2a9kim-smith-2016Greasy Pole detail

AT BURNHAM’S FIELD, WAY MORE THAN A SIGN BY JOHN MCELHENNY

58002b2ba5097-imageGLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES

By John McElhenny

October 13, 2016

Kids created it and a vandal destroyed it.

The Burnham’s Field Community Garden mural stood for three years, a 20-foot-wide sign painted with red, purple and blue flowers beneath a cloud-filled sky and a bright afternoon sun. Designed and painted by kids at Cape Ann Art Haven, the mural was a sign of the rebirth that had taken place at Burnham’s Field, the largest green space and playground in central Gloucester, right across Pleasant Street from St. Ann’s church.

Burnham’s Field in past years had become a rundown, graffiti-covered playground where drug use thrived. Families stayed away and parents were afraid to let their kids play there. That all changed when the field was renovated. Two new playgrounds were built. A new lighted paved path for joggers and little bike-riders circled the field. Basketball courts were resurfaced. Two community gardens sprang up. New backstops and benches were built for the softball fields. Trees and flowers were planted. And families and kids returned.

The new mural hung just inside the community garden in full view of the softball diamond where high school teams and adult softball leagues batted and threw. Elderly residents of Sheedy Park passed under the sign as they made their daily walks around the field. Neighbors looked out their windows and saw the new mural and sent their kids down to run on the grass and roller skate on the courts.

“We’re bringing Burnham’s back,” people said.

Then someone took a hammer or a rock and punched holes the size of watermelons through the purple flowers and cloud-filled sky.

READ THE FULL COLUMN HERE

Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi kids:

Hope all is well with everyone.

Tcleanup1                  8:00 -9:00

When:                  Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where:                 The corner of East Main Street by AJ’s on the Harbor /Gordon Thomas Park

Please bring gloves.

Thanks all. I will be leaving early because will be doing the Indoor Farmers’ Market at the Magnolia Library.

Be good..

Take care

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE OPEN DOOR’S SUPER SPECIAL AUTUMN BREAKFAST EVENT!

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. This celebration of community spirit kicks off the 2016 Thanksgiving Meal Basket and Food Drive season. Breakfast is free. Donations requested.

Reservations required by 10/21. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 209 or emailing  rsvp@foodpantry.org.

Can’t make it? Want to help? Donate online or find out more at FOODPANTRY.org.

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Rowley, Hamilton, and Wenham. 12042662_10153068500796771_1199919748706488517_n

BREAKING NEWS: GHS KURT LICHTENWALD NAMED MASSACHUSETTS TEACHER OF THE YEAR BY MassTEC!

The Gillnetter

Katelyn Moore, Staff Writer, Editor

coach-l-900x675GHS Science and Engineering Teacher Kurt Lichtenwald

The Massachusetts Technology Education and Engineering Collaborative and its members have awarded Gloucester High School’s science and engineering teacher, Kurt Lichtenwald, with the 2016 “teacher of the year” award.

Along with his award, MassTEC deemed GHS’ STEM program, run by Lichtenwald, John Barry, and David Schneider, the 2016 “program of the year.”  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Each year, MassTEC partners with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and chooses from schools across the state to recognize one program and teacher that excels in educating students about formal technology and engineering studies.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

PLANTING MILKWEED WITH CAMILLA MACFADYEN AND THE SARROUFS!

img_4947img_4937Thank you to Dawn and John Sarrouf for sharing their milkweed planting photos. They are visiting their friend Camilla at her family home in Small Point Maine, which sounds like, from Dawn’s description, a gorgeously beautiful location, and ideal Monarch habitat. There are fields of wildflowers, and Seaside Goldenrod grows just as easily in the rocky outcroppings there as it does on Eastern Point. After looking at maps, it appears as if you could draw a virtual straight line from Small Point to Eastern Point. Dawn and friends spotted about ten butterflies yesterday. Perhaps we’ll be the next stop (after the predicted rainfall).

img_4946Camilla collected milkweed seed pods and enlisted the Sarroufs to help plant.

DAWN SARROUF PHOTOS

4 HUGE Weeks of Music Starting THIS SAT: Harvest Fest, Lanesville Fest, Symphony, Concert Across America and the New Season at The Larcom

It all starts THIS Saturday at 11am with the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival — Music All Day — like getting 8 concerts for the price of 1 — only $20 and kids are FREE!  GET TICKETS HERE.

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Next Weekend kicks off with the Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighilanesvilleposter

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Finally, on OCT 1 The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre Fall Concert Season kicks off with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots and special Guest Dwight & Nicole right down the road in Beverly.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can see rock legend Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter’s little brother) the following week OCT 8 also at The Larcom.  Remember these hits?

SAVE THE DATE FOR BACKYARD GROWERS FIRST EVER GREAT GLOUCESTER GROWDOWN!!

14263992_896421497128352_6394351660514559626_nJoin us for Backyard Growers’ very first annual fundraiser! We are coming together to celebrate Backyard Growers’ work in the community and to raise funds to support our school garden programs. Enjoy cocktails, a delicious pizza buffet, and get to know the other folks in your community who are passionate about kids, gardening, healthy eating, and delicious food!

WHEN: Thursday, October 13 from 6-9pm
WHERE: Short & Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester
TICKET PRICE: $50

PROGRAM: Dinner served at 6:30. Program begins at 7:00.
6:00 – Appetizers & drinks
6:30 – Buffet dinner
7:00 – Program begins featuring:
–Lara Lepionka, Executive Director of Backyard Growers
–Dr. Richard Safier, Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent
–Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
–J. Harrison, Executive Director of The Food Project
–Peggy Lyman, Backyard Growers program participant
7:30 – Program ends. Mingle until 9pm!

Saturday Clean Up

Hi kids:

 

Hope all is well.

The Time will be 9:00 – 11:00

I have my grandchildren so will not be able to be there.

This weekend is the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean up day – a cleaning is scheduled in our area at:

Good Harbor Beach Cape Ann, Massachusetts

We will be meeting at the side entrance of Good Harbor Beach (Nautilus Road) We will be providing refreshments, trash bags, and gloves. However, we do encourage you to bring your own gloves if you can to reduce waste!

More information about the world wide event is here:

http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/clean-up-event.html?loc_id=2835

 

 

 

COME FROM AWAY IS A HEARTWARMING STORY OF HOPE AND COMPASSION FOR 9/11

Come From Away tells the story of 6,579 travelers whose planes were grounded in the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland after the attacks of 9/11. Locals from Gander and surrounding towns opened their hearts and homes for over a week, sharing what little they had. Read more about the musical here.

One of those helped by these kindhearted people was the passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones. Shirley and the other passengers tried to pay the townsfolk back, but they would not accept their money. While there she learned that many of the local children were too impoverished to attend school. Brooks-Jones had the idea to start a scholarship. This lasting legacy of the 9/11 attacks, the Lewisporte Area Flight 15 Scholarship Fund, has raised over a million dollars and sent 228 kids to college. Brooks-Jones recently gave an interview on NPR and you can read the transcript here.

Special Clean Up on Saturday

Morning kids:

Hope all enjoyed the glorious weekend. Loved the parade of sails and the waves and the ocean certainly gave us a show.

Saturday’s cleanup will be a coordinated clean with Gloucester Beach and Park Clean Team, The One Hour At a Time Gang and Gloucester Clean City Commission.

The One Hour at a Time Gang will be going to Green Street Playground.

Time is different this week.

When:                  Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where:                 Green Street Playground

Time:                    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please bring gloves and if you have them your pickers.  Would like to give a shout out to our DPW, they are doing a great job.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you kiddos

DonnaSeptember 10 clean up

 

 

 

Cruise Ship coming in on Friday

Volunteers needed to welcome cruise ship’s 2,000 guests

Almost 2,000 visitors will be coming to Cape Ann on Friday, disembarking from a large cruise ship, and the local Chamber of Commerce is seeking volunteers to greet them and offer information on local attractions.

The visitors are passengers on the MS Zuiderdam, a Holland America cruise ship, which will arrive in Gloucester on Friday, Sept. 9. The ship will return to Gloucester for two additional fall visits, on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Thursday, Sept. 29, according to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Approximately 1,800 passengers will be on board and an estimated 40 percent have pre-booked excursions, the chamber said. The remaining 1,000 vacationers will be shopping, dining, and visiting Gloucester’s and Rockport’s museums, attractions, shops and cultural districts.

On Friday, the first passengers coming in from the ship on tenders are expected to arrive on shore at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, at 9 a.m. and reach downtown Gloucester by 9:30 a, ■ , and Rocky Neck and Rockport by 10:30 a.m., the chamber said.

Volunteers are needed to help chamber representatives welcome this group to Gloucester and Cape Ann.

At Cruiseport’s upper entrance, there will be eight tables staffed by volunteers with a wide array of local maps and brochures. CATAtrolleys will be on hand to transport visitors around downtown Gloucester and CATA buses will be available to take passengers on their regular routes to Rocky Neck and Rockport. CATA will be selling all-day passes for their trolleys and buses for $3.

All other Cape Ann area transportation companies (e.g. taxis, rental car agencies, tour services, etc.) are being alerted to the ship’s arrival and will be invited to transport cruise ship passengers to all Cape Ann locations.

Many local businesses will be offering special discounts and other promotions for cruise ship passengers. The chamber has created a “Welcome Zuiderdam Passengers” sign that business owners may download from http://www.capeannchamber.com and hang at their business entrance.

The Cape Ann Chamber is working collaboratively with the city of Gloucester, CATA, Discover Gloucester, Cruiseport and downtown merchants in Gloucester and Rockport to help make these visits memorable and fun experiences for all and build the demand for more cruise ships to visit Cape Ann.

For more information or if interested in volunteering, people are encouraged to contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail. com or Peter Webber peter@capeannchamber.com or 978-283-1601.

Major Gloucester PLAYGROUND CLEAN-UP DAY

This is going to be a huge clean-up.   Please email me at donna@circleconsulting.com or kileybdavis@gmail.com to let us know which area you would like to help out.  We look forward to hearing from lots of great citizens of Gloucester.  Please bring your gloves and we will supply the yellow bags.  If you have a picker it is always helpful.

Thank you

September 10 clean up

Saturday Clean Up

The One Hour at a Time Gang’s schedule for Saturday.

Hi kids:

 Hope all is well.  When I was watching the Oliver Hazard Perry coming in on Monday was at the open lot facing Ten Pound Island.  It is a mess.  Thought a good idea to go over and clean this up on Saturday.  To find the lot go down Commercial Street to the end.  We need to keep this spots clean before the trash goes into the ocean.

 When:                  Saturday:  August 13, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Empty lot at the end of Commercial Street

 Please bring gloves and I will supply the bags. 

Thanks all

March 29, 2016 Ten Pound Island from Cape Pond Ice

 

The One Hour at a Time Gang

Good morning peeps:

 

Hope all is well. 

 

When:                  Saturday:  August 6, 2016

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Stacey Blvd. 

 We can meet at the Tavern

 Thank you kiddos

August 20, 2015 Strolling the Boulevard

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