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Oct 29th come CELEBRATE the new Reredos Altarpiece by renowned artist Morgan Faulds Pike!

SAVE THE DATE!

Festive Evensong Service celebrating the new Reredos Altarpiece, sculpted by artist Morgan Faulds Pike, commissioned by St. Mary’s Espiscopal Church, 24 Broadway, Rockport, MA. Music for this special celebration includes a new, gorgeous choral anthem. Reception to follow

Festive Evensong Service celebrating the new Reredos Altarpiece Morgan Faulds Pike

Morgan Faulds Pike will feature 3 sculptures November 3rd (ticketed gala*), 4th (open to the public), and 5th (open to the public) at the annual Crane Estate Show and Sale: “Aurora,” “Poseidon” (edition of 3), and “Parthenon Horse.”

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*Here the link to reserve a ticket for the Soirée/Preview on Friday 3 November: http://bit.ly/2xlbiZl

 

Tab Hunter & Allan Glaser approachable and inspiring at Gloucester Cape Ann Cinema & Stage

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(L)Tab Hunter – he’s 86!  and Allan Glaser (R) at Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester, MA

Find a screening of the Jeffrey Schwarz documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential”; it’s fantastic!

“How long did it take to make?” was the first question at Gloucester’s Cape Ann Cinema talk back, following the must-see, indeliable and candid documentary: Tab Hunter Confidential. Six years and a life well lived along with a kick in the pants. Word of an unauthorized biography was motivating enough to tell Tab Hunter’s story “straight from the horse’s mouth, rather than straight from a horse’s ***.”

Tab Hunter is an American movie star, singer and author. The documentary is a gift that leaves the viewer wishing both Hunter and Allan Glaser were your friends, and that Hunter had starred in even more movies. There’s something for everybody to relate or aspire to: success, disappointment, betrayal, love, gratitude, humor, hard work, spirit and character. Hunter and Glasser traveled from California to Gloucester for this special screening because of Cape Ann Cinema. They shared easily and kindly as if everyone there was at a private screening and already acquainted. They’re staying downtown. They visited the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. (Do they know she came here? Did they go to Beauport Museum?  Will they come back?) They were smart, charming and personable. Present. Real. Decidely NOT full of themselves.  Hunter, along with Natalie Wood and James Dean, were the last three Hollywood stars to be signed under contract in the studio system. Beyond acting, Hunter was also a chart topping singer and competitive athelete in not one but 3 sports, a devoted son and awe struck brother. A new Hollywood biopic is in discussions. (I thought which Director might be inspired- lots of Todd Haynes moments.) The theater audience was comprised of Tab Hunter fans including super ones who drove in from Lowell. There were a couple who did not know about Tab Hunter or his other accomplishments. We’re all super fans now. The programming at this little art house cinema can break your heart.

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Cape Ann Cinema #Doctoberfest opened with Boston Typewriter Orchestra and closes with Tab Hunter TONIGHT

Crazy good and ambitious programming at Cape Ann Cinema. The 8th Annual documentary film festival opened with California Typewriter, featuring a LIVE performance from the Boston Typewriter Orchestra; the festival closes tonight with Tab Hunter in the house for the 7:30 special screening of Tab Hunter Confidential.

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Boston Typewriter Orchestra peforming at Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester, MA, October 2017 following the screening of California Typewriter during the Cape Ann Cinema 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival, Doctoberfest

You have Til Tuesday to register for major Lane symposium at Cape Ann Museum

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 24, 2017 for “Laid down on Paper: Printmaking in America 1800-1865” symposium to be held at Cape Ann Museum October 28 10-4pm

offered in conjunction with the major exhibition DRAWN FROM NATURE: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane (through March 8, 2018) and Fitz Henry Lane Online

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Rocky Neck – Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery

The Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery on Rocky Neck is open through the end of October. Greenleaf features figurative series that are as much about perception: large floating swimmer oil paintings and smaller pastels of fish or the human form. She renders the luminosity of the natural world in watercolor. Greenleaf resides in northern Florida, and is a former New England resident, with family still here. While in Gloucester she lives by Coffins Beach.  http://www.jeannegreenleaf.com/

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Jeanne Greenleaf gallery, Rocky Neck, October 2017 (monumental figurative oil paintings from swimmers series)

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Jeanne Greenleaf Gallery, Rocky Neck, October 2017

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Jeanne Greenleaf, Sandpipers, watercolor

Greenleaf’s gallery is in the same building as artist, Stephen Lapierre whose website url is www.paintpaintpaint.org. Both galleries are around the corner from The Rudder. Other nearby galleries include Gallery 53, Sallie Schacht StrandRegina Piantedosi and Ian Everard, the 5th and final Goetemann Artist in Residency for 2017 (from October 1 to October 31st).

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Leigh Slingluff plein air

De-Installation of the group show: LOOK AGAIN: FOUR LOCAL ARTISTS NANCY LeGENDRE, KAREN KOCH-WESER, KATHERINE COAKLEY, AND LEIGH SLINGLUFF  at Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Endicott faculty and student exhibition is coming next. The center is open all year.

Photos: Paintings by Leigh Slingluff coming down from Rocky Neck Cultural Center 2017 group exhibition. This show pulled from a colony of 4 artists that meet to paint en plein air, for years. They are not exclusively plein air artists, but they are when they meet up. Slingluff was awarded second place at the Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw for the second year in a row.

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Essex National Heritage: 7 Cape Ann awards, Bass Rocks Golf Club, & just how many people visit Salem?

There are 49 National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Massachusetts shares three of its four with neighboring states: CT, NH and RI.  The fourth, Essex National Heritage Area, is the only one located entirely within the Commonwealth. The enviable Essex National Heritage Area was established in 1996 for all of Essex County, Massachusetts, its 34 cities and towns, nearly 10,000 historic places on the national historic register, 26 national historic landmarks and 2 National Park headquarters (Salem and Saugus Iron Works).  Trails and Sails is just one of Essex National Heritage’s memorable rallying efforts. Make sure to participate! Another initiative is the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which calls attention to our county via its lovely, historic roads. You may have noticed the brown byway signs which were installed in 2012 after years of establishing the best routes to re-connect and highlight Essex County. This is one of the signs installed in Gloucester, MA. David Rhinelander helped with the Gloucester and Cape Ann part.

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2017 Essex National Heritage Presenters

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) held its Annual Fall Meeting on Thursday, October 4 at the Flint Public Library in Middleton. Business and community leaders throughout the county were in attendance. John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, mentioned that he joined Bass Rocks Golf Club and that he enjoyed visiting the Gloucester HarborWalk for this year’s Trails & Sails in his opening report. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage.

 

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John Farmer, Essex National Heritage President, Essex National Heritage Commission. Farmer is the Senior Vice President & Senior Credit Officer, of Eastern Bank, Lynn, one of the major Lightkeeper Sponsors* for Essex National Heritage

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Can you guess how many guests the busy Salem vistitor center welcomed since 2013? Paul DePrey, the National Park Service Superintendent for the Salem Martime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, shared this update…

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Annisquam Arts & Crafts Fair | Fall art shows

Arts events are still going strong tomorrow October 8 AND Monday, Columbus Day weekend.
Annisquam Arts & Craft Show Sunday only Oct 8

Cape Ann Artisans trail Sunday and Monday

Peabody Essex Museum Ocean Liners  Sunday and Monday  CLOSING OCT 9TH

American Craft Week Oct 6-15 goodlinens event, Local Colors, Pauline’s gifts, DIVa, and more

Cape Ann Plein Air Oct 8-16

Cyclocross is Oct 14 & 15 2017

Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Doctobrefest Documentary Film Festival Oct 13-19
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies- Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

FANTASTIC Rockbound at Cape Ann Museum CLOSING oct 29

Photos: Some of the booths and participating artists from today at the Annisquam Arts & Craft fair which is open two days only: Saturday Oct 7 & Sunday October 8, from 10-5. Many of the artists are part of the Cape Ann Artisans trail this weekend and/or have shops/stores!

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Sue Niemi, Ten Pound Studio various textile artists- Sue Niemi wearing and touching some of her scarves in the group booth, Annisquam Arts & Craft Fair 2017

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Jane Keddy clothing, sachets, original prints mostly Gloucester scenes

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Last call! #OceanLiners stunning art deco and modernism exhibition Peabody Essex Museum

 gorgeous Stanley Spencer, panel from Titanic, and so much more!

CLOSES OCT 9. There’s still time to catch one of the best shows of the year before it sails to London! Forget the theme and be ready to be continually swept off your feet by a who’s who of 20th century art and design, history, and one of a kind surprises (spoiler alert photographs of the installation below). This exhibition is high art with loans from important collections worldwide, well curated, and supremely installed. Its genesis stems from collector Stephen Lash and curators from the Peabody Essex Museum and London’s Victoria and Albert. I was reminded of great design shows at MoMa and influential Modernism fairs during the 1980s at the Armory. NEWS FLASH –  More than 1000 works of art from the collection of Stephen Lash, Peabody Essex Museum overseer, were gifted to the museum and announced this week through this exhibition. 

If you only have time for one work…

STANLEY SPENCER 
Riveters from the epic cycle Shipbuilding on the Clyde, 1941, in the collection of the Imperial War Museums, London. I have never seen one of these Spencers in person–what a surprise to find it here!

mural by STANLEY SPENCER from epic series SHIPBUILDING ON THE CLYDE Riveters, 1941 IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM LONDON Ocean Liners Installation Peabody Essex Museum © C Ryan 20170908_114331

The photo above illustrates the left corner of the Spencer mural: it’s so vast you need to use a video to capture its mind boggling composition and entirety. (Spencer’s studies included field sketches unfurled on toilet paper–useful, cheap, and lengthy matrix):

 

FINEST EXTANT TITANIC CARVING FRAGMENT (arch at the threshhold of the recital lounge), ca.1911, from the collection of Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Halifax Nova Scotia Museum. Spotlighting in this post for artist, Morgan Faulds Pike

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Shout out to David and Susan Goode – was thrilled to see the Jan Matulka from Norfolk Southern collection!

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OCEAN LINERS exhibition was co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and closes October 9, 2017. The exhibition opens at the Victoria & Albert in February and continues through June 10, 2018. There are many standouts in this exhibition, photographs September 2017 (click to enlarge and see descriptions)

 

Photographs/short video clips from my visit September 2017. Gloucester’s Zach Gorrell is a participating musician for the LIVE pianist performances. Alex Olsen playing when I was there.

 

Breathtaking corner vignette, exhibition pause, includes *gasp* wow poster and Winsor McCay silent film sinking of Lusitania  ” 25,000 drawings had to be made and photographed one at a time…” see film clips below Read more

Deep in the Quiet Wood opening reception Oct 7 Jane Deering Gallery

Jane Deering Gallery
Deep in the Quiet Wood

Featuring: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Adin Murray, Michael Porter, Esther Pullman, George Wingate

Opening Reception: Saturday. October 7, 5-7PM.

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Artist:  Adin Murray
Title:  Afternoon Light, Jones River  2014
Medium: Graphite on panel
Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches

from the gallery printed matter:

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Sneak peek of major art show ‘Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane’ at Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Museum is readying a major print retrospective of Fitz Henry Lane which opens October 7th. The staff is fine tuning the installation, adjusting lighting levels, and so on. I couldn’t resist sharing a few close ups and details to build some excitement. Lane was born in 1804 in Gloucester. He was one of the rare artists that gained worldwide recognition in his own lifetime. Today he is regarded as one of the great marine and luminous painters of the 19th century. His printmaking is stellar and continued throughout his career. Mark your calendars! Cape Ann Museum developed super special events related to the exhibition including walking tours and a full day print symposium (read more below). Sponsors of the Lane exhibition include: John Rando, Jerry and Margaretta Hausman, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, Jay Last, J.J. and Jackie Bell, Bill and Anne Kneisel, Arthur Ryan, International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc., and Beauport Hospitality Group. Drawn From Nature & On Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane opens October 7th at Cape Ann Museum, Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA.

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Whew! Whew! Whew! Hannah Kimberly featured speaker for Cape Ann Chamber Business Women’s Fall Luncheon

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Business Women’s Luncheon, October 12, 11:30AM-1PM, Gloucester House, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

The Keynote Speaker will be Hannah Kimberly. I was reading Hannah Kimberly’s biography, A Woman’s Place is at the Top, about Annie Smith Peck when I heard the news that Saudi women would be granted the right to drive sometime in 2018 (though they still  need a sign off to marry, divorce, travel, get a passport, open a bank account.) I remember when my mother could get a credit card without my father’s signature. An Annie Smith Peck quote from 1874 brought to light in Kimberly’s research shows Peck knew this pain of persistent lobbying for permission:

“I have reflected for years, I am reflecting, I shall continue to reflect. The longer I reflect, the more convinced I am that it would be wise to go to college. Years ago I made up my mind that I should never marry and consequently that it would be desirable for me to get my living in the best possible way and to set about it as any boy would do. I do not think it is my duty to sacrifice myself, my happiness, and all prospect of distinction, to say nothing of usefulness for the very doubtful pleasure of my parents. Should I remain at home, as some people would have me, I should then be utterly unfitted for active life and should only be a burden to my brothers, useless and unhappy. If I am ever to be anybody or do anything, the time is now…John (her brother) would not have me on par with college graduates? Whew! Whew! Whew! What an opinion must he have of his own and William’s attainments if he considers that I am superior to what they were when they graduated…Why did John not pursue such a course as himself? ‘Too good talents to give them the benefit of a collegiate education.’ Dare you say that aloud? What if you applied it to a young man? Are you crazy? I am not afraid that my fame would be lessened should I be Valedictorian of the class of ’78 (1878!) in Michigan.” -Annie Smith Peck 

Michigan State fans will be happy:

Kimberly writes that in 1874 Peck “wouldn’t be able to place her finger on it at the time, but somehow, within her first semester, like the handful of other women studying the classics, Annie was treated as if she were equal to the men in her class. Indeed it was a blip in the history of co-education — a golden decade — when some of the first groups of women attended the University of Michigan and were recognized as mysterious, capable, attractive, intelligent, and not yet too numerous to be a threat to male power.” – Hannah Kimberly

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Closing this weekend: beautiful intimist Leslie Lewis Sigler and Paul Cary Goldberg show at Jane Deering Gallery

Quiet works invite worlds of contemplation in the street lit Jane Deering Gallery 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA. Thru September 30th.

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Jane Deering Gallery 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
‘Silver and Grey’ 
two person exhibition: Leslie Lewis Sigler small paintings and
Paul Cary Goldberg Here Still photograph series

The entire O’Maley 8th grade will be seeing classmate Nate Oaks in To Kill A Mockingbird @GloucesterStage!

So cool! Thank you Gloucester Stage, Gloucester Public Schools and GEF

Congratulations, Nate, and Gabriel Magee, another Heidi Dallin Youth Acting Workshop (YAW) actor. Buy your tickets soon-  Gloucester Stage productions sell out and are not to be missed. Read more about Nate and the entire cast

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Gloucester Stage

PAUL MANSHIP #GloucesterMA historic artist home and studio milestone! STARFIELD property purchased and in the news

Read Gail McCarthy article “Local group buys, plans art residency for sculptors’ estate” from the Gloucester Daily Times.

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American artist Paul Manship (1885–1966) was internationally renowned since the 1920s. He maintained multiple homes and studios: two in the Unites States (New York and Gloucester, MA); Paris; London; and three in Italy. This very special purchase–the only one in the world of a Manship property– Starfield, in the Lanesville section of Gloucester, MA, was made possible by the incredible generosity of the Manship heirs, YOU- Gloucester and MA residents (City of Gloucester & the Commonwealth of MA monies were allocated to this initiative), foundations, businesses and private donations. Congratulations to Rebecca Reynolds and all involved. Early supporters included: the City of Gloucester; Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (MassDevelopment in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council); the Boston Foundation; Essex County Community Foundation; McDonagh Family Foundation; Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Biolabs Foundation; and Essex National Heritage.

Read more about the funding here

Now that the property is purchased, there will be ongoing fundraising to maintain the property and its mission.

If ever there was a forever endowment match sought, this prestigious Manship opportunity would be one to grab!

Follow this link to see rare, original art by Paul Manship, John Manship and Margaret Cassidy that was recently made available FOR SALE to help raise money for this endeavor. Join to support the cause by donating on line through the website, Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS). Eventually the historic property will be open to the public and community, and will support working artists.

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There are more than 15,000 historic house museums across the county, and just a few that were artists’ home and studios. One of the most influential is the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton, Long Island, established in 1988.  A welcome recent addition is the Winslow Homer property in Portland, ME. Here’s hoping the Manship estate is a member on this Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios (HAHS) map soon. Currently, the Massachusetts sites include Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood in Stockbridge, and the Frelinghuysen Morris home in Lenox.

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Free Trails & Sails events today throughout Gloucester, Cape Ann, all of Essex County

Here’s the link to all the listings for  Essex National Heritage 2017 Trails & Sails today and tomorrow throughout Gloucester, Cape Ann and all of Essex County.

Here’s the list of Gloucester events at City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester HarborWalk, Rocky Neck, Magnolia Library, Cape Pond Ice, and Pauline’s Gifts:

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#GloucesterMA in Boston Globe & Cape Ann Beacon- Good Harbor Beach Salt Island for sale, again

July 2016 Salt Island Good Harbor Beach

Salt Island, Good Harbor Beach and Brier Neck are naturally connected. The five acre Salt Island is about 1000 feet from Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. A sandbar links the island and beach at low tide. I’ve culled a few milestones in its history. Scroll down to 2017 to find the links for the Cape Ann Beacon and today’s Boston Globe.

SALT ISLAND TIMELINE BITS

1860

History of the Town of Gloucester: Cape Ann, John Jame Babson’s published history includes a shipwreck of the vessel, Industry, at Little Good Harbor Beach near Salt Island in 1796

19th century

Joseph Parsons’ family operated a lobster business from Salt Island

pre 1919

silent movies were filmed on location

1919 Fox Film Co Bride Number 13

Parts of the Fox Film Corporation movie, Bride Number 13, were shot on location at Good Harbor Beach and Salt Island. The 15 part serial silent film –“the most costly pictures ever made…would consume expenditures of at least one million dollars.” It was conceived and written by Edward Sedgwick, directed by Richard Stanton aka “Salt Island’s Mighty Emperor”, and starred Marguerite Clayton, Jack O’Brien, and Ed Rossman. The script was inspired by Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Here are a few fun excerpts from 1919 correspondence published in the book, “My father, a silent films pioneer,” by George E. Mcavoy:

“Again the picturesque Gloucester shores have been sought by a motion picture corporation for scenery and the noted Fox Film Company of New York, with its prominent director, Richard Stanton, has arrived at Hotel Harbor View, East Gloucester, to start immediately on the work of filming “Bride Number 13” at Salt Island off Brier Neck.

“It was decided that Salt Island in Gloucester, Mass., would be the setting of the silent film thriller, “Bride Number 13.” This island was an island at high tide and part of the mainland at low tide. Fox film Co. was building a wooden castle on the island, which was about one hundred feet high and hosted the actions of this silent film…” 

“(This was five days before the real tornado blew the wooden castle out to sea.)”

Oct 24, 1919“Dear Mother: I left Mary and the babies in Gloucester. I am on my way through New Hampshire and Maine for a lumber camp location. I expect to be back in Gloucester Monday night…

the time for the blowing up of the castle on Salt Island and the rescue of the brides from the pirate band is rapidly approaching…

Billy Carr of Gloucester, Chief Gunner’s Mate on the Navy submarine R-1 that was assigned to the picture, was to play the hero who rescues one of the brides, slashes through the nest of cutthroats, leaps into the basket with her and off. It was now November 10th. A throng of 3,000 was at Good Harbor and all over Brier Neck to watch…On the fourth day Bill Carr was called away on duty and his place was taken by Tom Corbiey…”

“Mr. Sedgwick has achieved something heretofore unknown in moving picture production. He conceived the idea of the story, witnessed and helped direct the scenes, acted in them, had a hand in the grinding of the film, and in fact had a part in every process of the film production…”

“While all bid good-bye to Gloucester last night, there was a general expression of a desire to return and several of the company said that they intended to return here next summer for the vacation period if not in picture work.”

“The explosion was a heavy one and its shock was felt in all parts of the city. It shook the windows of houses on Mt. Vernon Street and vicinity, also at East Gloucester and as far as Rockport. It occurred at 4:20 o’clock and people who felt the shock readily attributed it to the blow-up of Salt Island.”

photo caption: Bride 13 star Marguerite Clayton and kids on vacation during filming of Bride 13. Background shows the stately castle film set on Salt Island

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1923 The Silent Command

Then and now: filmmakers love Gloucester.

Fox Film Corporation returned to film the patriotic silent era Navy spy film, THE SILENT COMMAND on Good Harbor Beach, again on the Briar/Brier neck side.

The Silent Commander filed on Good Harbor Beach Salt Island

1923 was a busy year for Gloucester, MA. In addition to the municipality managing the bustling tercentenary, Gloucester welcomed another major Fox movie production to shoot on location at Good Harbor Beach. The film was made in cooperation with the Navy. It was directed by J Gordon Edwards, and starred Edmund Lowe and Bela Lugosi in his first American film. It’s essentially a spy thriller with a honeypot formula: foreign power attempts to secure plans to the Panama Canal and blow it up. The villains are thwarted by the US Navy. The production required assistance from the city’s fire department and city electrician. The film crew stayed in Gloucester at the Harbor View Hotel and the Savoy. Local people were cast and spectators lined the beach to watch the thrilling production.

BEFORE CGI:

I love this excerpt from the Gloucester Daily Times describing the staged wreck and tremendous waves washing the crew (stuntmen and Gloucester locals) overboard:

“A crowd of several hundred thronged the (Good Harbor) beach for the picture taking and enjoyed the proceedings, which were interesting, and at times thrilling…The Good Harbor beach setting is a clever contrivance, and constructed to produce a natural rocking motion of a steamer in a heavy sea. The rocking is produced by four winches operated by a crew of 10 men…Storm scenes were filmed yesterday afternoon with local actors, Stuart Cooney, son of Marion J. Cooney, taking the part of the hero and making a thrilling climb into the rigging to the crow’s nest during the height of the storm. Fred Kolstee, a rigger, commanded the crew of the steamer. The crew were (locals) Alfred Marshall, Tony Amero, Tom Bess, Peter Rice, James Francis, James Whittle and William Byers. Rain was produced from lines of hose, and a most realistic effect was produced by two aeroplanes, the wind from the speeding propellors driving the water about, and rushing through the rattlings and rigging with all the vengeance of a real gale at sea. Three times the big tank of water was released and the thousands of gallons broke over the deck in a most thrilling manner. There was some concern among the movie men before the water was released that some of the men might get buffeted about and get hurt, and they were cautioned to hold on tight.

However, it was a mere trifle for Gloucestermen, veterans of many a gale on the banks.

It was best expressed by Alfred Marshall when he stepped toward the ladder to leave the craft after the picture taking was done. Alfred was quite vexed. “Blankety, blankety, blank___, is this the best you can do? Blank, I’ve bailed bigger seas than that out of a dory. And he sung it right out so all could hear, too.”

Stuart Cooney ensured that the movie was a success from a technical perspective and “purchased the outfit and (took) it over” after the filming finished. He was a Gloucester pioneer in the film industry that’s still going strong. Film Cape Ann facilitates bringing local productions here, like the award winning Manchester by the Sea.  The Wikipedia page doesn’t have any mention of Gloucester, but it helped me with an illustration for The Silent Command lobby poster.

1923 silent FOX movie The Silent Command filmed on location Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA

See for yourself; here’s a link to the complete movie. A few of the Gloucester scenes (not all) 1:03:44, 1:08:54, 1:09:54 (some coast), 1:10:21,  1:10:52 (dory lowered from navy ship), 1:11:12 (beach island)

AFI for TCM brief synopsis: “This is one of those ‘Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean’ pictures. Full of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner,’ patriotic to the nth degree with the navy floating all over the screen. A real hero, a vamp, and a flock of thrills.” (from Var review.) Foreign agents, determined to destroy the United States Navy’s Atlantic Fleet and the Panama Canal, after an unsuccessful attempt to obtain from Capt. Richard Decatur information regarding mine positions in the Canal Zone, hire adventuress Peg Williams to vamp Captain Decatur, thereby putting him at their mercy. Decatur, advised by the Chief of Naval Intelligence, plays along with the spies to gain their confidence. He leaves his wife and is dismissed from the Navy as a result of his association with Miss Williams. Finally, he goes to Panama, thwarts the saboteurs, saves the fleet and the canal, and gains honorable reinstatement and the gratitude of his country for his heroism.”

1940s

Guy Parsons used one of the old family fishing shacks as a summer place

1950s

By now the fishing shacks were no longer visible

1952

Parson family sold Salt Island

1959

James Kimball purchased Salt Island for $2000

1972

Yankee Magazine article about Bride Number 13 Lights! Camera! Disaster! by Joseph E. Garland

1979

Gloucester Daily Times article mentions that James Kimball “has no plans for the island, although in the past he has thought of building a summer home on the island. When I was young my family spent their summers on Brier Neck…So when the island became available I jumped at the chance.”

2000

One of  the designated “Special places in Gloucester”

2005

“Special places in Gloucester” appendix list for the MA Heritage Landscape Inventory Program, MA Dept of Conservation and Recreation Essex National Heritage

September 7, 2011

GMG abou the Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island by Fred Bodin

“Where is this film? I’d love to know. All sources indicate that Bride 13 was either lost or destroyed, as happened with many silent films. The reference used for this post was the May 1972 Yankee Magazine article, Lights! Camera! Disaster!, authored by the late Joseph E. Garland of Gloucester.”

and September 9, 2011 GMG Filming of Bride 13 on Salt Island Fred Buck Cape Ann Museum adds photos from the location filming 

2013

Salt Island listed for sale $300,000 plus beach parking passes for the family

2017

Salt Island listed For Sale $750,000

September 2017 Cape Ann Beacon

Sept 1 Cape Ann Beacon “Salt Island is for Sale” by Jason Brisbois

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2017 BOSTON GLOBE

Today’s paper: Sept 16 Boston Globe “A Gem or a Rock: For $750,000 Salt Island Could Be Yours” by Billy Baker

“If somebody buys it and builds, it’s because these guys didn’t step up to the plate and protect it the way my father did when I was a little girl, ” said Maslow, who pointed out that she and her siblings are not rich people with big summer houses. “I can’t help it if someone buys it and paints it purple and puts pigs on it.” – Karen Maslow

“…this island has been available for public use informally for generations thanks to the goodwill of that family. That point should not be lost.” — Chris LaPointe, Essex County Greenbelt

Boston Globe Sept 16 2017 Salt Island for sale

Trulia listing for Salt Island exclaims “Showings available only at low tide!”

 

WWII Navy ship’s bell mystery and news from Capt Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3

Commander Mark Nestor welcomed the city’s Tourism Commission to the Capt. Lester S Wass American Legion Post 3, Gloucester, MA. Gloucester Congressman A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936) founded the American Field Service and was instrumental in forming the National American Legion at this post. It’s the third oldest in the country, and its 100th anniversary in 2019 is fast approaching.

The Legion has a new website http://www.post3.org/

It was pushed along by the requests for an on line drive to support  legionnaires suffering as a result of recent hurricane Harvey/Irma.

The building and legion accommodate thousands of visitors annually. The building itself was constructed ca.1844 and is one of the greatest examples of residents crowd sourcing together to purchase a municipal building. The architecture serves an enduring patriotic role: first as a Town Hall, then school, and since WW1  the Legion Post 3.

Nestor expressed gratitude for the city. This past summer they restored the wood floors, which brightened the space from the everyday black/brown grime of the past 20 years. They’ve greatly improved the space and display. A museum mount for the handwritten contemporaneous Official City Clerk copy of the WW1 army and navy register is a high light. A writer has already relied on it for original research.

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The Legion is open to the community and rented for private events. There is a private recreation room for veterans which is under renovation. Upkeep and care of the building is ongoing.

CAN YOU HELP SOLVE THE WW II  SHIP’s BELL MYSTERY?

Can you help identify the WWII naval vessel? The bell belonged to Reverend John J. Sheehan who was a Navy Chaplain. “It’s believed the bell was from the vessel he served on, but the ship remains unknown.” Sheehan’s cousin donated the ship bell to the Post. From the Legion’s plaque:

“After World War I, Reverend Sheehan served as Director at Camp Stella Maris for more than 40 years. It was a summer camp for youth located in West Gloucester. Its name is inscribed on the bell. Reverend Sheehan was also the National Chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also served as Pastor in a number of Catholic parishes on the north shore. The bell was dedicated to a Stephen Chamberlin. Stephen Chamberlin was a Ret. Lieutenant General who served in the army during WWII and was the Asst. Chief of Staff,G-3 in General Douglas Macarthur’s General Headquarters in the southwest Pacific area. His relationship to Reverend Sheehan is unknown.”

 

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The commemorative coin celebrating the Capt Lester S Wass Post No. 3 100th anniversary and the Cape Ann Veterans Services coin are for sale.

Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services, attended the meeting and remarked how great it was “to see our Veterans organizations being utilized to support our great communities.”

Adam Curcuru at the Legion for the Gloucester Tourism Commission meeting

Who’s buying tickets to movies, art and sporting events? New findings from US Bureau of Labor Statistics plus Health & Retirement Study

All ages! See details from a new report released yesterday by the US Bureau of Labor statistics which charts various data sets (mostly 2012-2015):

Consumer Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and Other Entertainment: Spotlight on Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

or in article PDF form

For example, this chart lumps together movies, art and sporting events

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Also a September 7, 2017 report  has more findings about the health benefits for seniors who create art and attend art events.   

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From the Health and Retirement Study (#HRS) Washington, DC—Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.

Gloucester knows this well! One big example is from the Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. Its 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.

 

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