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Community Stuff 3/23/15




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Master Plan for our Meadow and Pond

JOHN SPARKS (1941-2014)

We will miss John Sparks….


Join our Conservancy!

Generation after generation, our Millbrook Meadow and Pond have given this community respite and solace from the effects of hectic life …

Now it is our generation’s turn to give respite and renewed life to the meadow …

We have formed the Rockport Millbrook Meadow Conservancy to support restoration goals, and to give the Meadow and the Mill Pond new life to last another century.Please join us to preserve, protect and give life to this town’s treasure!

Master Plan takes shape. Our contractor will soon begin developing plans for actual construction of the long-awaited Restoration of Meadow and Pond.

The conceptual plan above shows the Pond, at left, with proposed boardwalk in white.  Meadow is at right.

Plan calls for dredging tons of sediment from Mill Pond, rebuilding the watercourse for the Mill Brook so that it winds more and is widened to prevent flooding.

The path through the Meadow will begin at Beach St. (far right) with small entrance plaza.  There’ll be rain gardens near path to capture water runoff. 

The old, dying willows will be replaced with new willows and other native plant species.

Writing a 10-Minute Play Workshop

Gloucester Writers Center

126 E. Main St., Gloucester, MA

Instructor:  M. Lynda Robinson

4-Week Workshop with Staged Reading event post-Workshop

April 2, 9 16, 23:   Thursdays 7 â 9:30 pm

Public Staged Reading in spring – date TBD

Limited to 10 participants.   $125 

Everyone has a story to tell. The 10-minute play format has all the elements of drama â plot, characters, dialogue & conflict. Learn how to put those elements into a short piece written specifically for the stage, for actors, and for an audience. Over the 4 week class, participants will create a 10-minute play for a Staged Reading to be performed live. If you are a writer, this is an opportunity to work on dialogue – or just stretch your skills into the world of theatre! If you are a dreamer, put your story into the short-play format for all the world to see!

Your play will have a professional Staged Reading in spring at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, where your play will be read by actors.  Our Readings have been drawing large crowds and providing audience feedback for the plays. 

For more information or to enroll on line do to:

GWC 10-Minute Playwriting

News from Cape ann Giclee- Ron Pruett’s show “Au Naturel” this Sunday March 22nd from 2 – 4 pm


Also, The Photoshop for Photographers classes were so popular and the winter is almost over we have added two new dates for classes – April 14th and May15th – class runs 3 hours 6pm-9pm in our studio and covers file and color management, shooting in RAW vs jpg etc cost is $60 and sign ups are online at

For more information-

RNAC Members: purchase Beaux Arts Ball discounted tickets – ONLY ONLINE!

Dear RNAC Artist and Community Members,
Please join in the Beaux Arts Ball 2015 on April 17th at 7:30PM. The Studio Restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, will graciously open its doors prior to its season only for our unique event.
RNAC Members may purchase tickets in advance, online only, for a discounted price. For more information and to purchase tickets:
The Beaux Arts Ball is a glorious tradition on Rocky Neck. So, share in the history, and experience the fun as you strike a pose, bring chaos to couture, hustle your bustle and dance like a dervish at the Beaux Arts Ball!!   

You’ve got to see — and hear — to believe!

Ruby Rose FoxYou know we love to put young, rising stars on stage with national touring artists.  Often the young talent comes from Cape Ann, but this time, we’ve got Boston Music Award winner Ruby Rose Fox and her stellar band opening for Martha Davis and The Motels on April 22, right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

Just the thought of these 2 powerhouse voices on the same stage sends shivers up my spine.  Check her out!

In this excellent, in-depth article by Bill Copeland, Ruby says “I think it took me a long time until I could sing in the place where my voice lived.”  Truly the words of a poet and a dynamic singer-songwriter.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Get tickets now, RIGHT HERE and be sure you’ve got a great seat to this super-hot show!


Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 3/21 + 3/22


Not that it feels that way ;(

Pick #1

Thanks to Paul Morrison you may have already heard about this…but it is totally worth repeating!

Paul did a post about it just yesterday!

Alice in Wonderland3

We have always loved the school plays at O’Maley and I’m confident that this will be no exception!

Pick #2  

Sugar Shack Saturdays @ Appleton Farms

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning or afternoon with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House. Then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and even taste some of our syrup! We will end back inside with some delicious snacks, including Appleton Farms cheese and a maple treat, while we read a sugaring story!

Morning Session: 10:30AM-12PM
Afternoon Session: 1:30-3PM

Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Please contact or 978.356.5728 x18 for registration.




Pick #3

This is a little less traditional, but I’ve been meaning to let you know about it for quite some time.

A fantastic on-line computer coding site for kids brought to you by MIT

Check out SCRATCH here!

Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.

For more listings check out our friends at North Shore Kid

Community Stuff 3/19/15

Parent Mentor Recruitment:


Pathways’ Cape Ann Families is seeking men and women to participate in the parent mentor program.  This Cape Ann Families Program serves families in the Gloucester/Cape Ann Community.  Parent mentors can have a variety of roles, which include enjoying activities together, strengthening confidence and self-esteem, connecting with local resources and creating mutual trust and respect.  We are looking for volunteers to participate in our Parent Mentor Training, after which each volunteer will be matched with a parent, beginning a year-long mentorship/friendship.  The next five week training will run on Friday afternoons from April 17th-May 15th.  Please contact Hailey Granger, Family Services Coordinator at 978-281-2400 x110 or at for more information.


‘1959 Pink Thunderbird’

An evening of two comedic one acts by James McClure.

Our evening takes place in Maynard, Texas, where we meet folks longing for the past and its happier times.

The characters in these two well-crafted 45 minute comedic one acts, stumble clumsily, lovingly,

and laughably into adulthood, leaving behind the illusion of their identity and discovering what matters most.

Performances April 9-12 & 16-18




Dear Joey: 

I  thought I would send along some info on this upcoming benefit concert.  It will be an incredible event, held in the Gloucester UU church – which has a large hall with excellent acoustics.  Bach’s Mass in B minor represents the culmination of his achievement, and we will also have a pre-concert talk by eminent musicologist and Bach biographer, Christof Wolff.  The musicians are top notch.  This is part of our music and lecture series, but it really represents a one of a kind event due to the logistics and number of musicians involved.  If you can swing it, come and hear the talk, enjoy an hour and 45 minutes of some of the most sublime music ever composed, and enjoy a Gala reception.  Proceeds will help preserve our beautiful and historic building (the last of it’s kind in the area). 

Alison Rowell

Haskell Street, Gl.


Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest is Bill Gleason


rl pDinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, March 18th – 8pm
Special Guest:




He’s not as mean as he looks, but… his guitar playing sure
is!  And singing, too!  Bill Gleason is our very own blues
master, and we’re extremely lucky to have him among us.
He’s the real deal, folks.  We start at 8.  Don’t miss it! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!



“Take the L out of Lover and it’s Over” – April 22

Don’t you just love that line?  It’s the chorus of this MTV smash hit by Martha Davis and the Motels.

You can see her and the band LIVE, just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on April 22 during what is shaping up to be 80s week, with the Smithereens performing there on April 25.

Tickets just went on sale to the public today and they’re selling fast, so you might want to get them (RIGHT HERE) before it’s too late.  Here’s what the critics say:

“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times

“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'” – Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)

And here’s another of her top 10 hits, “Only The Lonely”:

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