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Open House at the White-Ellery House Saturday August 1st

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The Cape Ann Museum, which owns and operates this historic property, will open the White-Ellery House on Saturday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Museum docents and staff will be on hand to educate the public about the unique house and its history. The house is located at 245 Washington Street at the corner of Poplar Street in Gloucester and is open to the public at no charge on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

The White-Ellery House was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago.

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Edward Hopper’s Houses ~ A Guided Walking Tour Saturday August 1st

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (July 21, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper onSaturday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. The Hopper’s Houses tour will also be offered on August 7, August 15 and August 22.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

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Discover the History of Cape Ann Granite

Local author releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an illustrated book reading/signing with local author Paul St. Germain on Saturday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. Cape Ann Granite is the newest title in Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book, which is set to release on July 20, 2015, boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published. This program is free and open to the public.unnamedThe granite industry began on Cape Ann with the first sale of a piece of Rockport granite, for use as a millstone, to a farmer in Newburyport in 1800. The industry would grow to include more than 60 quarries and operations around the cape, becoming the second-largest economic force in the area behind fishing. Hundreds were employed as quarrymen, stonecutters, paving cutters, and finishers. Cape Ann was particularly well fitted for the pursuit of granite as its rocky hills and shores afforded a comparatively inexhaustible source of supply, and its splendid shipping facilities gave the advantage of quick and economical transportation to market by sea and land. The industry eventually declined, and by 1930, most quarries had gone out of business because of labor strikes and low demand. Today, most of these quarries are filled with water, and many are used as reservoirs for the surrounding communities.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

Paul St. Germain has been a Rockport resident for 20 years and has written two other books in the Images of America series about the lighthouses and lifesaving stations on Cape Ann and Thacher Island. With assistance from the Cape Ann Museum, the Sandy Bay Historical Society archives, and other private collections, he has developed a revealing record of the men, the quarries, the tools, and the final uses of Cape Ann granite around the nation.

 

Viva San Pietro!

Cape Ann Museum celebrates Fiesta with film, photography, sculpture and more.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan and Greasy Pole Walkers Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan and the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 10, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer a special view of Fiesta-inspired art. The mini-exhibit will be on display in the lower level atrium from Tuesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 28 during Museum hours. Drawing on the Museum’s own collection, along with private collections in the area, the exhibit includes works by New York artist Philip Reisman who worked in Gloucester during the 1940s and 1950s, painters Lucette White and Eileen Mueller who captured the color and excitement of Fiesta in more recent years, and collage artist and sculptor Hans Pundt. Two documentary films about Fiesta will be available for viewing on a continuous loop throughout the week. Related exhibits and information can be found in the Museum’s Maritime Galleries.

St. Peter’s Fiesta – Festa di San Pietro – honors St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. It is the largest and most colorful of the celebrations that Sicilian immigrants brought to Gloucester. The tradition of celebrating Fiesta began in Gloucester the late 1920s as a neighborhood novena and expanded to a city-wide event in the 1930s. Fiesta is still celebrated in Gloucester in late June, with music, dancing, parades, fireworks, seine boat races and the traditional greasy pole competition. On the last day of Fiesta, an outdoor Mass is held, followed by the blessing of Gloucester’s fishing fleet.

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Gloucester’s Middle Street – An ever evolving neighborhood

Guided walking tour offers historic perspective

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 9, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to presentHistoric Middle Street, a guided walking tour of one of Gloucester’s many historically rich streets, on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 a.m. The tour meets at the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Tours are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited, reservations required. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call (978) 283-0455, x16 for more information or to reserve a spot. Additional walking tours are offered throughout the summer – please visit capeannmuseum.org/events for more.

Did you know that a resident of Middle Street, Gloucester, saved the town from a British attack by sea during the Revolution? Or that a leading feminist and religious free thinker lived halfway down Middle Street? Or, that the 1764 Saunders House that forms part of the Sawyer Free Library has undergone at least three radical architectural changes including a massive Victorian tower? Four centuries of Gloucester’s social, economic, and architectural history are packed into this one short street in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Join us for a docent-led tour of an ever-evolving neighborhood where you will see surviving evidence of the past and will learn about structures and people now gone.

Image credit: The Saunders House, now part of the Sawyer Free Library, in the early 1880s. Photo by Edward Corliss & J. F. Ryan House Photographs, c. 1882-85. 4″ x 6″ cabinet cards. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library and Archives.

Souvenirs of Pigeon Cove

Local authors discuss their latest book, a history of the Rockport neighborhood of Pigeon Cove

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 10, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome John and Betty Erkkila for an illustrated presentation and book signing on Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. The Erkkilas will present a selection of images from their new book, Souvenirs of Pigeon Cove. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and the authors will be available to sign copies following the presentation.

John and Betty Erkkila collaborated to create a picture book entitled Souvenirs of Pigeon Cove, circa 1850s – 1950s, with over 250 vintage photos, ephemera, postcards and newspaper accounts sourced from the Sandy Bay Historical Museum, various family photo albums, and the authors’ own scrapbooks. At one time this “North Village” was the premier tourist destination in Rockport. Recalled are the granite enterprises and fishing trades, historical buildings and architecture, the iconic tool company, churches, hotels, schools, family life, fire apparatus and more!

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Sunset Tours of Gloucester Harbor

Sail away on the Schooner Ardelle to the world of Fitz Henry Lane

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 4, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum, in partnership with Maritime Gloucester, is pleased to announce three dates for their popular Fitz Henry Lane Sunset Harbor Cruise this summer. The narrated tour of Gloucester Harbor aboard the Schooner Ardelle will be offered on the following Wednesday evenings: June 17, July 15 and August 12. Cost is $30 for Museum members; $45 for nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information please call (978) 281-0470 or visit maritimegloucester.org.

Lane-GloucesterHarborSunrise1851Image: Fitz Henry Lane, Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum

The newly renovated Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing & maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit http://www.capeannmuseum.org/press.
The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at http://www.capeannmuseum.org.

Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage

Photographs by Robert Lerch

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 26, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage, a photographic series by Robert Lerch. The one-day exhibit will take place at the White-Ellery House onSaturday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary. This program is free and open to the public.

Peggy’s House is a collection of photos, primarily interiors, all taken in one particular house in Annisquam. Built in 1761, “Peggy’s House” is one of only 65 or so known surviving Cape Ann cottages. Typically referred to as a story and a half with a gambrel roof, it was the vernacular house of the time. During the Colonial period, approximately 350 Cape Ann cottages dotted the coastline around the island, and were home to the many families who made their livelihood fishing and farming.

Robert Lerch said of working on this project, “I am fortunate and grateful that I was given the opportunity to photograph inside a very special Cape Ann Cottage, within the current owner’s daily living space.”

Robert Lerch is a contemporary fine art photographer who has owned and operated a gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport for 35 years. His work is sensitive, soulful, and full of substance. He uses all found material and works only with natural light.

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The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home will be open this year on the first Saturday of June, August, September and October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.

 

Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting

Celebrating the accomplishments of 2014

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 8, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Staff reports and Board elections will be followed by Fitz Henry Lane Revealed, a brief discussion of new research based on infrared photography presented by Board member and FHL Online Project Manager, Sam Holdsworth. Refreshments will follow.Annual Mtg

Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865), On the Wharves [detail with infrared photo overlay], 1847. Oil on panel. Gift of Jane Parker Stacy in memory of George O. Stacy, 1948. [1289.1b]

 

Don’t Miss Anita Diamant Reading at the Cape Ann Museum!

The Boston Girl at the Cape Ann Museum

Reading and book signing with refreshments from Ohana Restaurant

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 6, 2015) – On Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m., in collaboration with the Bookstore of Gloucester and Ohana Restaurant, best-selling author Anita Diamant brings The Boston Girl book tour to Cape Ann. Join us at the Cape Ann Museum for a reading and book signing with light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public.

The Boston Girl is a coming-of-age story about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Written with attention to historical detail and emotional honesty, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Anita Diamant is the best-selling author of several books, among them theRed Tent, Good Harbor, and Last Days of Dogtown. Diamant has often used Cape Ann as an inspiration for her novels and The Boston Girl is no exception. The Rockport Lodge, a vacation house for working women of low and moderate income, plays a significant role in the main character’s life.

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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours areTuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

GloucesterCast 132 With Guests Alicia Cox, Kim Smith, Paul Morrison, James Eves, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/25/15

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GloucesterCast 132 With Guests Alicia Cox, Kim Smith, Paul Morrison, James Eves, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/25/15


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The biggest hugest development in the history of GMG the world- the Cape Ann Arts Calendar, Harborwalk Cleanup 4/26/15 at 10AM,  Mayor Sefathia recognized as Gloucester’s First Sicilian American Mayor, Cape Ann Museum, Causeway Restaurant, Funga Face, Folly Cove Designers Exhibit, Block Party Poll, How to insure that restaurants and retailers keep streets clear on Block Parties, Peter and Vickie’s Music Calendar, Why organizations that try to be exclusive rather than inclusive will fail in the media distribution game, The Studio and The Rudder half off excluding sushi through April, Who consistently has fried chicken on their menu in Gloucester?, Can Chucky Fry Chicken, Pan fried vs Deep fried Chicken, Kim Smith Covers Arrival of USCG Cutter Key Largo, Proper way to handle news outlets want to use our stuff in relation to Nichole’s post about burned up bus, begging contributors to place proper attribution to their posts, Brian O’Connor’s Solar install happened on Earth Day, Alicia getting her hair done at Fatima’s by John, Where does everyone stand on the resort pool chair saving technique outlined here, Trolling Joey to drive him nuts or sheer stupidity?, Liv’s Wedding Invitation, Tom’s Ghost Writing Gig, Girl Scout Cookie Poll, Frying in Vegetable Oil vs Lard, Clam on your french fry, Passports Community Dinner Benefiting Cape Ann Special Olympics, new features on GMG- www.capeanneats.com and The Cape Ann Arts Calendar, Being Google friendly vs Google Useless, New Banners For GMG Topics Coming Courtesy James Eves

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SPECIAL SICILIAN REPRESENTATIVES HONOR MASSACHUSETTS FIRST SICILIAN AMERICAN WOMAN MAYOR ROMEO THEKAN

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan -1 ©Kim Smith 2015.A special group of representatives from Sicily were given the grand tour of Gloucester today by Mayor Romeo Thekan and her assistants. 

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan City Hall ©Kim Smith 2015

The day began with a tour of City Hall led by the Mayor, followed by a visit to the Cape Ann Museum.

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan Cape Ann Museum ©Kim Smith 2015.

Rhonda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum’s Director, guided the guests through the galleries. This group of international travelers were tremendously impressed with Gloucester’s gem of a museum and were particularly interested in the historical aspect of the fishing and related industries.Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan -3 ©Kim Smith 2015.

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan Causeway Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015.Next stop on the Mayor’s grand tour of Gloucester was a fabulous lunch hosted by the Causeway Restaurant. Delicious and fresh course after course of seafood splendor was served–calamari, mussels, shrimp, clams, and octopus–to name just some of the heaping helpings that make the Causeway a Cape Ann destination restaurant.

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan Wicked Tuna ©Kim Smith 2015.What a treat for the guests to run into none other than Dave Carraro and Paul Hebert from Wicked Tuna, also at the Causeway for their fabulously famous fare!

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan Beauport Princess ©Kim Smith 2015. copyNext landing-place was the cruise ship Beauport Princess. Bridget Jaramillo, Cruiseport’s Director of Events, hosted the group while Captain John Randazzo steered the ship through the inner harbor.

Sicilian Envoy Honors Mayor Romeo Thekan Caffe Sicilia ©Kim Smith 2015.The Mayor and guests next headed over to Caffe Sicilia for expresso and Maria’s heavenly pastries. The Caffe was packed with patrons, but all managed to squeeze in and enjoy Caffe Sicilia’s vibrant atmosphere, welcoming hospitality, and sweet treats.

 

Although I unfortunately had to leave, the Mayor was next planning to take the guests on a drive along the shoreline to tour Cape Ann lighthouses!

The song “Piccolo Fiore” has special meaning to Mayor Romeo Thekan. It was first sung to her by her first husband Antonino Romeo when they became engaged. He again sang it to her at their wedding, and then at the baptism of their daughter. “Piccolo Fiore” was written by Salvo Romano, a member of today’s representatives.

Representatives and guests included: Salvo Romano, Gil Lana, Maurici Beppe, Tony Gambino, Ross Zagmi, Giuseppe Sabella, Paolo D’Angelo, Rosalia Favazza, Peter Cusenza, Mimmi Galanis, Agatha LoGrasso, Salvatore LoGrosso, Giovanna Margiotta, Paula Shaker, Rocco LoGrosso, Ludoviea Mauriei, Mari Annaloro, Gambino Salvatore, Frank Sclafani, and Girolama Galanis.

Thank you Mayor Romeo Thekan for all that you do to for our beautiful community!

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Local Business Still Going “Strong” ~ An Illustrated History of R.B. Strong Excavating

RB Strong excavator bucket ©Kim Smith 2014Local Business Still Going “Strong”

An illustrated lecture on the history of the R.B. Strong Excavating & Sewerage Contractor, Inc.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (April 17, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Who We Are Is Who We Were – Historic Businesses of Cape Ann: R. B. Strong on Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Join professors Janeil Rey and Shelby Clark for an illustrated talk on the history of the R.B. Strong Company, dating back to its founding by their great grandfather Walter Cressy in the mid-1800s. From paving the original runways at Boston’s Logan Airport to their role in the creation of the Cape Ann Museum’s sculpture park, the excavation company has been “Strong on Quality” since the late 1800s. This program is free for members or with Museum admission.

R.B. Strong Going “Strong” on the Niles Pond Brace Cove Causeway Restoration

 

Who We Are Is Who We Were – Historic Businesses of Cape Ann is an ongoing series of presentations focusing on Cape Ann businesses that have been in existence for over one hundred years. The series launched in 2011 with Ryan & Wood Distilleries and has included Cape Pond Ice, H.A. Burnham Boat Building & Design, and the sail making, furniture restoration and fine art painting businesses located at 16 Rogers Street in Gloucester.

Niles Pond Brace Cove casueway restoration excavator ©Kim Smith 2014.

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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours areTuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

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A. Piatt Andrew Bridge Doors on Display at Cape Ann Museum

A. Piatt Andrew Bridge Doors on Display at Cape Ann Museum

Free admission for Cape Ann residents on April 18

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (April 10, 2015) – Two of four bronze doors from the granite faced pylons on top of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge which brings Route 128 over the Annisquam River and into Gloucester are currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. The doors were removed from the bridge late last year for much need conservation work and this will be the first time in over half a century that the public will be able to view the doors up-close.

Designed by sculptor John F. Paramino (1889-1956), the doors were cast at the T. F. McGann & Sons foundry in Boston in 1950. One honors the bridge’s namesake, A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936), founder of the American Field Service, a U.S. Congressman from this district, director of the U.S. Mint and a long-time Gloucester resident. The second door celebrates the history of Cape Ann and in particular the fishing industry. John Paramino was born in Boston in 1889 to immigrant parents and studied modeling at the North Bennet Street School. He continued his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt and by 1916 had his own studio in Boston. Examples of Paramino’s public sculptures are scattered across Boston and include The Founders Memorial (1930) and the World War II Memorial in the Fenway (1947-1948).

Route 128, officially known as the Yankee Division Highway, was built between 1936 and 1958 on its current alignment as a bypass route around Boston. It was the first circumferential highway around a major U.S. city and now incorporates sections of I-93 and I-95. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is the crowning achievement of the decades-long Route 128 construction project and serves as a gateway to Cape Ann.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer Cape Ann residents free admission to the Museum on Saturday, April 18, in order that all may view the doors. In addition, the Museum will offer a narrated walking tour highlighting outdoor public sculptures in downtown Gloucester. The tour will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM. Tickets are $10 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations and tickets at (978)283-0455 x10 or info@capeannmuseum.org.

This project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Cape Ann Museum.

Print quality images available on request.

A. PIATT ANDREW BRIDGE DOORS ON DISPLAY AT CAPE ANN MUSEUM!

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyDon’t miss this rare opportunity to see the stunning bas-relief A. Piatt Andrew bridge doors up close!!

Free admission for Cape Ann residents on April 18

Two of four bronze doors from the granite faced pylons on top of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge which brings Route 128 over the Annisquam River and into Gloucester are currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. The doors were removed from the bridge late last year for much need conservation work and this will be the first time in over half a century that the public will be able to view the doors up-close.

 

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ hDesigned by sculptor John F. Paramino (1889-1956), the doors were cast at the T. F. McGann & Sons foundry in Boston in 1950. One honors the bridge’s namesake, A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936), founder of the American Field Service, a U.S. Congressman from this district, director of the U.S. Mint and a long-time Gloucester resident. The second door celebrates the history of Cape Ann and in particular the fishing industry. John Paramino was born in Boston in 1889 to immigrant parents and studied modeling at the North Bennet Street School. He continued his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt and by 1916 had his own studio in Boston. Examples of Paramino’s public sculptures are scattered across Boston and include The Founders Memorial (1930) and the World War II Memorial in the Fenway (1947-1948).

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ eRoute 128, officially known as the Yankee Division Highway, was built between 1936 and 1958 on its current alignment as a bypass route around Boston. It was the first circumferential highway around a major U.S. city and now incorporates sections of I-93 and I-95. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is the crowning achievement of the decades-long Route 128 construction project and serves as a gateway to Cape Ann.skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ a

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer Cape Ann residents free admission to the Museum on Saturday, April 18, in order that all may view the doors. In addition, the Museum will offer a narrated walking tour highlighting outdoor public sculptures in downtown Gloucester. The tour will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM.  Tickets are $10 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations and tickets at (978)283-0455 x10or info@capeannmuseum.org.

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ bThis project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Cape Ann Museum.

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ cPhotos courtesy of Skylight Studios, March 2015.

The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturdayfrom 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

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I tried to help Fred Bodin visit the State House. Here’s what happened

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Cat Ryan submits-

He doesn’t need help.

Fred with Peter Webber, Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and Ronda Faloon, Cape Ann Museum.

Since 1993, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Commonwealth Awards have been given every two years and celebrate achievement in arts and culture. Specifically,

“The Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions made by the arts, sciences, and humanities to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.”

See the full list here. Yo-Yo Ma (1997) and David McCullough (1999) are two notable past recipients. Prior city or town wins include:

Somerville (1993)

Northampton (1995, same year as Aerosmith)

Boston via Clara Wainwright (1999 First Night, Quilts—including Gloucester)

Springfield (1999 Library and Museums)

Cambridge (2003)

Worcester (2009, same year as Peabody Essex Museum)

Haverhill (2011)

Barnstable (2013)

Gloucester (2015) and Plymouth (2015)

Maritime Gloucester, Cape Ann Museum, Art Haven, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Cinema, HarborWalk, the City Archives, the partners of the two Cultural Districts, and more all mentioned this special day.

Joey and guests summed up the honor on Podcast 120: “Without having the narrow blinders of us living in this community, can you really think of another community (other than Boston and one that’s our size)…Where else would have as vibrant an arts community?” Well, nearly that quote. Hmmm. Nominate GMG for 2016 in media?

Congratulations to the other 2015 winners:

Malcolm Rogers, Beverly Morgan Welch, Town of Plymouth, Pittsfield Barrington Stage Co, Highland Street Foundation (see Free Fun Fridays GMG post), Barr Foundation, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Artsboston, WBUR, WGBY, Holyoke Enchanted Circle Theater, Amherst Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Cambridge Science Festival, Boston Conservatory, and the Worcester Art Museum

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15 The Super Cheery Podcast

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GloucesterCast 113 #GloucesterMA Podcast Taped 1/18/15

Topics Include: Guests Melissa Cox, Donna Ardizzoni, Nichole Schrafft, Bill Cox, Mr Effervescent Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro, Cape Ann Museum Favorite Parts, Mark Ring, Lobstermen Are Fishermen Too Dammit!, GMG Electricity Series, Poop In Burnham Field, Who Picks Up Poop?, RIP BINGO, Upcoming Political Season Means You Need To Subscribe To The Gloucester Daily Times, Good Luck To Sefathia, Getting Behind Whoever Is In The Mayor’s Seat, Chamber Cape Ann Chamber License Plate, Congratulations To Catherine Schlichte New Chamber Board of Directors President, Nichole’s Experience At The Car Show, No Shame In Driving A Minivan, David Black Sculpture, Controversey Over Public Art Installations, Phyllis A Annual Meeting, 525 Now Delivering, Walt Kolenda, Donna’s TBT Post Hat, Passports, Gloucester Breakfasts, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest, Fort Square Cafe, George’s, Two Sisters, Charlie’s Place, Foriegn Affairs, Doug Pappows to Come In, Tacos Lupita, Jalepenos, Melissa Cox Loses the Vegan Vote, Regina Razabonni Ardizzoni, Donna Is Going To Take Elocution Lessons, The Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tourney, Art Haven Buoy Auction , Winner of Last Week’s Podcast Subscriber Contest Who Won A Fish City Gloucester T Shirt From Fred Bodin and A Copy Of Carol Perry’s Book “Caught Dead Handed” Is Chuck Cook -Prize Must be Picked Up At The Dock

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Ready, Get Centered Street, go! 1 Center Street is open for Middle Street Walk

Hi Joey,

Get centered during Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk this Saturday. One Center Street is open and filled with friends, social imagination, wellness and artistry! Glance at the list of tenants at Kate Seidman’s building—many GMG readers are already big fans and customers. 

1 Center Street, 3rd floor:
Ten Pound Studio silk painting studio with classes every Tuesday

Bradley Royds music recording studio

Jennifer Lee Levitz Studio and Reikki practice

1 Center Street, 2nd floor:

Loren Doucette, Art Showroom, Studio and Teaching Lab ( beginning Artist Way course to discovering recovering your creative self in 2015 along with private art lessons) 978-879-6588, Lorenadoucette@gmail.com Loren Doucette adds: “We are looking for teachers and students to be a part of this great creative cooperative space! Our goal and mission is to practice, teach and share creative well-being!”

Jeffrey Marshall, Art Studio. Jeffrey was invited to have a January show at the Cape Ann Museum and will be the First Cape Ann Artist of Distinction in Residency 2015 – for the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Goetemann Residency Program

Stephen Baglioni, LMT, clothed sports massage office, http://www.massagetherapyunlimited.com/

Bob Tobin, weekly Kempo Karate classes (Wed & Sat)

Sarah Slifer Swift, rehearsal space, AND she runs Monday Morning Dance Rave 8:30-10am each week. Very fun!

Yoga with Peter Martin starting in January 2015.

Street:

Kate Seidman’s Art Room Boutique

IF YOU GO

What: OPEN HOUSE at ONE CENTER STREET

Where: 1 Center Street (between Main and Middle)

When: Middle Street Walk 2014, 10AM-4PM

Who: Loren Doucette, Stephen Baglioni and Peter Martin are hosting an OPEN HOUSE as part of the Middle Street Walk. Stop by!

Kate has owned 1 Center Street since the early 1990s. Challenge for GMG readers: Do you know the prior occupant(s) and story of this historic building? Write in your comments if you know!

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