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LIVE at City Hall: GEF Gloucester Arts Festival

Listen to sweet voices from Veterans school chorus, “Imagine”.

 

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More theater, bands and chorus coming up!

Kurt Lichtenwald and GHS robotics presented at 1pm. GHS has 11  engineering courses — teaching to the top! Showing us Propane furnaces, LADAR, magnetic Newton’s cradle (no sound), a hovercraft that can carry 60 pounds… Design. Build. Modify. (More than one kid behind me said “I can’t wait to go to high school.”) Displayed art by O’Maley Middle school artists throughout City Hall, Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free.

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Woodwork display is amazing!

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Amazing Gloucester High School trip to Spain and Portugal

Over the April 2017 school vacation, Gloucester High School students and chaperones traveled to Spain and Portugal. Report from the trip:

Mr. Celestino Basile, World Language Coordinator at the High School, led the group through visits to Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Costa del Sol, & Granada, as well as many other fascinating spots in Spain before heading to Lisbon, Portugal. Basile has brought many groups of GHS students to Europe over the years. While in Seville, on Easter Sunday, some of the Spanish exchange students who had visited Gloucester in September 2016 (staying for 3 weeks with GHS students and their families, and attending GHS with their hosting student) were able to meet up with and visit the Gloucester group. What an amazing opportunity for these kids, thanks to Mr. Basile! Highlights included a flamenco evening, an evening cruise, visiting the beach at Costa del Sol, and re-connecting with the exchange students who had visited Gloucester.

In Gloucester,MA, one must experience Fisherman at the Wheel,  the iconic bronze memorial by Leonard Craske installed in 1925. While in Madrid one must visit Oso y El Madrono– the bear and strawberry tree– the 1967 monument to the symbol of Madrid by artist Antonio Navarro Santafé.  Bears are common symbols worldwide but a bear leaning on a strawberry tree and eating the fruit heralds solely Madrid. Before that sculpture commission, Santafé modeled Madrid’s Bear of Berlin as well as sculpture gifts for dignitaries based on Madrid’s memorable coat of arms. Madrid’s bear was modeled on a local one* captured in the Picos de Europa mountains and sent to the zoo in El Retiro. “The bear, more than Difficult, it is ungrateful, because it is animal in a heavy way, and the sculptor has to guess its anatomy through its imposing fur coat. Anyway, like everything done by God, and for Nature, it is beautiful.” 

“My bear, which is the Bear of Madrid, in the fabulous wheel of the Puerta del Sol!” Antonio Navarro Santafé

The Gloucester High School students were there! And the Prado, and…

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Spanish language teacher and chaperone, Heidi Wakeman, sent two photos and summarized the trip for Good Morning Gloucester:

“37 students, 6 chaperones, 2 countries and 1 Spanish tour guide = ONE AMAZING TRIP! The GHS trip to Spain and Portugal was an exciting, educational and exhausting excursion!  We landed on Wednesday, April 12 and started sightseeing right away (El Prado museum, to see Las Meninas, el Greco, among other masterpieces).  There were cathedrals, churches, plazas and palaces.  A highlight was the reunion with Spanish students that lived here in Gloucester last fall. Students spoke and listened to a lot of Spanish, then Portuguese as we finished in Lisbon.  As a middle school Spanish teacher at O’Maley, I was so grateful for the experience: my first time chaperoning an overseas trip, and my first time to Spain! The kids will never forget this trip, and neither will I!”- Heidi Wakeman

Sevilla, Spain from Heidi

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Chaperones, Toledo Spain, from Heidi

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*Local inspiration:

Anna Hyatt Huntington modeled Joan of Arc at her Annisquam home Seven Acres in part from poses of her niece, Clara, and Frank, a ‘magnificent Percheron’  from the Gloucester fire department. The Gloucester cast is a monument to the WW1 heroes of Gloucester. Leonard Craske’s Gloucester Fisherman at the Wheel is a debated composite.

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oral history transcript 1969 A Hyatt Mayor Adores his Aunt Anna Hyatt Huntington (read by Marie Demick)

Gloucester’s Katy Geraghty part of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day!

How exciting to follow news about this stunning vocalist and actress. Not at all surprised to hear that Katy Geraghty is part of a Broadway musical!

from today’s Gloucester Daily Times:

Katy On Broadway
A Gloucester woman is making her Broadway debut in a show that has racked up a number of Tony Award nominations. Katy Geraghty, a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and the daughter of city residents Rick and Martha Geraghty*, plays the role of Debbie in the acclaimed musical “Groundhog Day,” which opened April 17 at the August-Wilson Theater on New York’s 52nd Street…Geraghty, also a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said she landed the role after being called to audition in March last year. She said she had caught the attention of “Groundhog Day” musical director David Holtzenberg, whose husband, Michael Heitzman, directed Geraghty in North Shore Music Theatre’s 2015 production of “Shrek, the Musical.” “Groundhog Day,” based on the 1993 film that featured Bill Murray, stars Andy Karl, best known for his role in “Legally Blonde,” and has been nominated for a Tony as best musical…

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Groundhog Day perform on TODAY show

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*Martha Geraghty is a Cape Ann Reads finalist

Katy stepping up to help Cape Ann Big Band raise money for O’Maley Middle School band (from prior post –2min video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty) I think we first saw Katy in Once Upon a Mattress

 

street art Gloucester: 21st Century Orphans by Danny Diamond graffiti writer and mural artist

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There’s a monumental outdoor mural behind Prince Insurance at 3 Washington Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, that changes every year. It’s sited on private property.

Thanks to the Greeke family who own Prince Insurance and let him have at it, artist and writer Danny Diamond has expressed his ideas and showcased his can command on this same outside wall annually since 2011.

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My favorite sight line is from Middle Street heading to the Captain Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 and the Joan of Arc sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington. It’s in a tight spot, and so is the kid with the green, green eyes staring back from the latest mural.

Diamond is using his talents to bring awareness to homelessness and the economy. Here’s an excerpt from his statement about 21st Century Orphans: “The windfall of green-backs that flies from my letters gives way to dingy news-print and beggars’ placards–this orphaned child’s currency. It’s rarely discussed, in our scenic little fishing town, that the homeless population has increased in Massachusetts by 40% since 2007, even as the national average was in decline. This in part due to the fact that the cost of living here in Mass is among the highest in the country; the cost of housing continues to increase now that the market has come back, and there is no relief in sight… Fifteen percent (over half a million) of our children here in the Bay state live in poverty; of the over seventeen-thousand homeless people here, thirty-eight percent are children.” – Danny Diamond, 2016

A Gloucester native, Diamond is busy with commercial art and commissions on both coasts.  I had a chance to ask him more about his art and writing after I did a post about the sea monster fence he painted. He brushed off the street artist description: “I consider myself a graffiti-writer and sometimes a mural-artist, but not a “street-artist” (semantic distinction).”  I asked him about Gloucester connections and if he went to the high school. Did any teachers influence him? He wrote back swiftly:

I studied art under Jackie Underwood, who was “Jackie Kapp” at the time, as well as theatre and set-design with Krista Cowan and Kim Trigilio. I went on to earn a cum laude BA in English Lit and Creative Writing at UMass Boston, class of ’06… I spent a lot of time at Artspace on Center St. as a kid, and so Gloucester’s sub-cultural grandmaster Shep Abbott had a big effect on me by bringing punk rock and mural art into downtown. I was mentored in the world of graffiti art by the late Jed Richardson of Manhattan who was a major figure in the NYC subway-train art movement of the 1980’s; he moved to Gloucester in 2001 or so and remained here until his passing in September of ’09… ” 

Diamond created a tribute chalk mural to his mentor at Minglewood Tavern. I worked in New York and saw first hand the 1980 era kings (and not so kings) of subway and club graffiti. I didn’t know Jed Richardson’s work and wondered if Diamond had an image to share for this post.

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artist Jed Richardson c.2008 (photo from artist Danny Diamond)

I also thought about the owners who turned over their wall for Diamond’s art. I learned that the building is owned by Peter Greeke who founded Prince Insurance. Aha! A creative family that understood and allows Danny Diamond the use of a large wall to practice and express his art. The Prince Insurance company is on Washington Street between Middle and Main and directly across from the Legion. It is a second generation family business that has specialized  in personal insurance for more than 35 years. It’s now co-owned by sisters, Melissa Moseley and Wendy Prendergast. A third sister, fashion designer Jennifer Greeke, operates Harpy Fashion out of the back office. The Prince Insurance storefront stands out with such original picture window displays.These windows are an entire family affair. Melissa doesn’t remember a time before the windows. Their mother creates them; Jen has made clothing, sculpted papier-mâché  creatures and mermaids. “Of course because of the community we  live in, over time artistic customers and friends joined in…like Richard Harding and the built boat. They’re just a lot of fun.”   Prince Insurance has a beautiful new website.

I hoped Danny Diamond had a record of his devoted wall mural project, which he obliterates and repaints every year. He did. Photographs below are from Diamond or his website, www.skribblefish.com.  His Instagram is @pyse117.  I added one showing a work in progress he is  completing for a new restaurant opening in Salem in February and other local commissions.

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Caroline Enos writes about the Civil War Coat for The Gillnetter

Everyone in Gloucester should read the  The Gillnetter, the Gloucester High School newspaper. Let’s give the young journalists finding their voice some readers. It’s good.

What’s it like to write for a high school paper nowadays? This one has embraced the digital world so it’s earth-friendly. It’s a beauty with a very easy layout. I dove in for one story but stuck around. There are editorials such as this one about the high school bathrooms needing attention by Rachel Alexander with original art by Rachel Nearis; actionable information; unexpected topics; and lots of local news  likethis inspiring report by Hanna Zuidema or this one  “pizza lovers of Gloucester Have Spoken”  by Corynn Ulrich. Did you know The Gillnetter journalists were invited to the Boston Globe?

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What brought my attention to The Gillnetter was anticipation for a story about the Civil War coat from students at the high school. Caroline Enos interviewed George and Charles before April school vacation. We hoped she’d come to Awesome Gloucester pitch night to support them and hang out. That she did. Thanks to her open notebook and scoop we have a record of a lovely testimonial delivered by Russell Hobbs. You can read Caroline Enos’ article here.

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Devils Island 2: Rogue Written and Directed by GHS Social Studies Teacher Shaun Goulart

Devils Island 2: Rogue is the follow up to the 2012 film Devils Island. Again written and directed by GHS Social Studies teacher Shaun Goulart, the sequel picks up where the first one left off. DI2 has many recurring roles mostly played by Gloucester natives as well as some new local faces.

SYNOPSIS:
When Jeffrey Taylor (Nick Decoulos) has discovered his wife has gone missing, he goes to the extremes to find her, even meeting up with an old nemesis in Trent Goodrich (Shaun Goulart). Taylor is accompanied in his efforts by his best friend Scott (Bobby Hopkins), Detective Ellis (Frank Militello), Sheriff Jackson (Frank Develis) and a disgruntled police officer (Bo Cleary).

Due out in 2015.

A SPECIAL THANKS:
Bob Tibert and the Rockport Police Dept, Chief Leonard Campanello and the Gloucester Police Dept, Lisa Smith and Cape Ann TV, Paul St. Germain and the Thacher Island Association and all the rest of the locations for donating their time and space. And a very special thank you as well to the cast and crew for volunteering their time and making the project a success, it couldn’t have been possible without their efforts.

GHS 1964 50th reunion–August 16, 2014

1964 FlickerReminder; the class of Gloucester and St Ann’s High School  are celebrating their 50th class reunion on Saturday August 16th 2014.

For more information Contact Louise Pallazola at 978-281-1048 or 978-375-8066.

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GHS DRAMA FUNDRAISER BRINGS HOTLINE STORY TO LIFE

Students from the Gloucester High School Dramatic Program, under the direction of Nick Neyeloff, will present a staged reading of scenes from My Beautiful Failure, a teen novel about a suicide hotline, on Friday evening, January 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. Admission is $5 per person, with all proceeds to go to the school’s drama program.

My Beautiful Failure is the work of Gloucester author Janet Ruth Young. Set in a locale similar to Cape Ann, it tells the story of Billy Morrison, a teen boy who volunteers at the hotline hoping to save a life, then finds that he’s falling in love with one of the callers. Says Young, “I can’t wait to see how the actors translate this story from the page to the stage. For one thing, they will not be able to look at one another, since their characters are connected only by phone. Also, the hotline does not use caller ID or any other form of tracking, so each time Billy answers the phone he has no idea what kind of situation he’s getting into.”

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The cast includes Christina Giambanco, Mikayla Healey, Diana DiLiberti, Celia Sanfilippo, Zachary Schultz (in photo), and Sabrina Siragusa. A book signing and discussion will follow the reading. For more program information, call (978) 283-6530; for directions and parking, see www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

GHS In Spain

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On April 10, 2013 forty-five Gloucester High students left for a ten-day visit to Spain. The trip began in the city of Madrid. They visited Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Retiro Park and the Royal Palace, which has more than 2,800 rooms.

The following day students traveled to the picturesque city of Toledo, the old capital of the country, which lies an hour outside of Madrid. In Toledo students walked through winding streets, visited the beautiful Medieval Cathedral, and visited the church of San Tome where they were able to see one of the most famous paintings by Velázquez, El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz. In the afternoon students visited the city of Segovia with its famous 2000 year old Roman aqueduct and the beautiful Alcazar castle.

From Madrid, students travelled toward the north of Spain. The first city they visited was Burgos. This city has an impressive Gothic cathedral made famous by the legendary hero, El Cid. The following day, students continued on to Bilbao where they visited the famous Guggenheim museum. The building itself is a masterpiece, designed by Frank Gerah.

The following day, using money from the fundraiser, students visited Biarritz, the playground of the rich and famous in France. In the morning, they had the chance to put their feet in the Atlantic Ocean, speak a bit of French and, of course, sample fresh croissants. Students spent the rest of the afternoon playing on the beach, swimming, or sunbathing.

The tour continued to the city of Zaragoza en route to Barcelona. Students visited the beautiful Basilica of our lady of El Pilar. Zaragoza is a Roman city where Emperor Caesar Augustus had established a Roman settlement.

The final destination was Barcelona. In this beautiful city, students visited the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia designed by the architect Antonio Gaudi. They also had an opportunity to walk through the Güell, Montjuïc Hill Park and one of Gaudi’s houses. On the last day, students visited Montserrat, famous for its monastery, caves and its amazing mountain with its weirdly shaped crags of rock. The town lies just 40km northwest of Barcelona and is a summer escape for many. The highlight of this visit was hearing the children’s choir sing the Salve Regina and one of the local songs.

Throughout their trip, students were able to experience authentic meals such as paella, tapas, local fish, different hams and other gastronomic delights. On one occasion, students had the opportunity to see — and participate in — an evening of Flamenco dance.

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DECA WINTER SPECIAL

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DECA students from GHS are selling their scarfs for a great deal of only eight dollars to support their DECA competition this coming January. These DECA students are selling them to other students at lunch last Friday. 

VIDEO- GHS DECA GLOUCESTER FIGHTING FISHERMEN CRUNCH

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Featuring Teacher Ann Grassetti , Joshua Lane, Angela Marino Nick Lucido and  Alex Lucido
Julie DeFrancesco is the student teacher performing the taste test.  Get to Stop and Shop Today (Sunday) to purchase yours and receive the free coupon book inside filled with over a thousand dollars in savings to local businesses!

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GHS Film Club-Newell Stadium Documentary Seeks Input

Hey Joe,

The GHS Film Club is working on a documentary on Newell Stadium, it’s history, it’s legacy and the rebuilding. As an advisor with Shaun Goulart, I am reaching out to the community for the students who will be working on the project. This is going to be a student made film that we are hoping will involve the community. With your community involvement, I am hoping you will be able to help us recruit people who are willing to help us with the film. We are looking for people to interview (such as coaches and players), people with footage of events at the stadium and any other community members who might be able to help. This is more than a film about a football field, it is more about a community and how the stadium is such an integral part of that community. I know you have a lot of people who follow your blog and I am hoping we can get you to help get them to help us.

Thanks,

Rich Francis
Social Studies Teacher
Gloucester High School

By the way, Joe,
If people want to email us they can reach us at gloucesterhsfilmclub@gmail.com

GHS DECA Plans To Sell Gloucester Soda–We Do A Taste Test With Former GHS DECA Student David Brooks

DECA advisor and business teacher at GHS Ann Grassetti contacted me yesterday to help get the word out about Gloucester Soda.  So I met with the future business leaders of Gloucester at Art Haven, we had a conversation and taste test.

Click here for the video-

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GHS Music at City Hall

Last Saturday, the Gloucester Public School District Arts Festival took over several venues in the center of Gloucester, including City Hall, the Cape Ann Museum, the Sawyer Free Library, Alchemy, and Art Haven. I’ll be posting photos of the displays in a few of these locations.

For today, here are some photos of the musical presentations at City Hall by the GHS Chorus and the GHS Docksiders.  As usual, their performances were outstanding!

The GHS Chorus shared their talent with the community

The Docksiders were in great form!

While the Docksiders played, it was hard not to want to dance. Some children gave in to the music and started dancing together.

The angle of this panorama makes it look like there was more empty space than there really was There were lots of people in the balcony, in the seats, and at the activity tables around the auditorium.

For the grand finale, the Chorus, the Docksiders, and other children from the public schools performed “We Are the World”.

There were many other beautiful moments during these performances, including the vocal talents of a student who won prizes for her performance at Disney World, but I could not capture them all.

It was appropriate that all these talented young people were performing under the message written on the wall: “Build not for today alone but for tomorrow as well.”  Teaching these children and young adults to develop their talents, to share their gifts, and to dare to dream of great achievements, is an important way of building for tomorrow.  Thanks and kudos to all the teachers, coaches, etc., who help the children of our community realize their potential!

GHS CLASS OF 81 Weekend Reunion is one week away!

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GHS CLASS OF 81 Weekend Reunion is one week away!   Visit www.GloucesterClassof81.com for details.  Includes Itinerary, purchase tickets for Saturday Dinner, Sunday Memorial Breakfast or CD "Through the Years". 

Word of Advice from Class Prez Roz "nothin’ but the bones" Frontiera… "Bone up on your Ole School and Maritime Trivia" for a Special Island Expedition of S U R V I V O R: The Class Reunion, hosted by Mr. Fiesta, Joey Palmisano.   Back from the loooong Morrocan Race,  Capt. Gus will make be in attendance.  Go Gus, Go Glosta!

Joey, take care my good man and hope your having a prosperous summer!   Your site is awesome, and one of Gloucester’s Tresures to connect people 🙂

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GHS Business Management Junior Achievement With Kathy OReilly

Kathy OReilly invited us to learn about the Business Management Junior Acievement Class at Gloucester High in which students create a business plan and create a corporation from start to finish.

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This class follows a Junior Achievement curriculum and is written to offer our students a curriculum which is rich in writing, math, communication  and computer skills. The curriculum disposes these students to actively engage in critical thinking and self-accountability. This semester our class ran their our own business called “Good Morning Mugs” from capitalization to liquidation.  Our mission is to learn about important business components necessary in building a business and to give our proceeds to a local non-profit organization or as a scholarship.  The unique part about this semester’s class is that we applied for a loan from Cape Ann Savings Bank in order to purchase our materials (inventory) for production and sale.  Our class submitted our business plan and application which was approved by Mr. Harold Rogers, President of Cape Ann Savings Bank in Gloucester.  Mr. Rogers presented it to his board before the approval was made.  I would love to give credit to Mr. Rogers/Cape Ann Savings for their contribution to our business and to recognize their involvement as well as advertise the importance of what this class offers our students here at the high school.  I would also love to give credit to Mr. Bruce Horne and Mr. Andrew Rae from Gorton’s Seafood who come in weekly during the fall semester to encourage and mentor us in our business.  They are highly dedicated in serving the community and we appreciate their time and efforts.

Each student is required to hand in an annual report which requires the following information:  title page, Table of Contents, shareholder letter, Cape Ann Savings Bank Loan Application, Invoice, marketing flyer, business plan, production plan layout, balance sheet statement, Sources and Uses of Funds financial statement, 2 financial graphs showing income sources and uses of funds, shareholder list, employee sales chart, Syllabus, and officer comments.  The shareholder letter will be distributed to their shareholders (along with their 13% return on their investment dividend) upon the conclusion of the class.   Please see features of our class by going to www.ghsja.webs.com for more information and pictures from www.goodmorningmugs.webs.com.

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