Tag Archives: Gloucester Ma
People Mapping Out Travel Plans Based On Availability Of EV Charging Stations and Gloucester Benefits!
Martin DelVecchio writes-
Alessandro sent me these pictures.
He drove his Tesla from Albany, NY for a whale watch, and chose Gloucester because of its newly-installed public charging station. He even ate at Tonno!
Alessandro charging his Tesla at Gloucester MA City Hall
GloucesterCast 193 With Ringo and Emily Tarr, Cat Ryan, @kimSmithdesigns and @Joey_C taped 7/24/17
It’s a dream come true! Yes, fresh daily-made by hand pasta has come to 11 Center Street in downtown Gloucester. I had some last night, and OMG! It’s stunning! Support our local businesses folks!!
July 4th weekend started early. We spent the morning on Stellwagen thanks to 7 Seas Whale Watch. The main spotting was incredible: Hancock and Shuffleboard, two female humpbacks, were feeding together. Alongside us reaching for railings were folks from Chelmsford, Boston, Boulder, Sweden, Germany, and Spain. The World Wildlife fund and many other ‘top’ lists rank Massachusetts as one of the top 10 whale watching cruise spots available in the world. Locals know that it’s Gloucester that’s the ultimate place to buy that whale watch ticket. We have the best whale watch companies with marine biologists and researchers on board and decades of research and authority in the field. Michelle B led the trip today. She’s awesome.
You can direct dial ALL the Gloucester whale watching companies from the HarborWalk whale marker. The “belle of the bay”, Salt, is featured on the plaque. We didn’t see her today but boats have seen her again this summer.
to Ship Shape
Back in port, everyone fanned out to downtown Gloucester. We met friends at the very packed Beauport Hotel, happy to be seated for a late lunch. Sherrie DeLorenzo was on site making sure things were buttoned down. They were. (My photo wasn’t. Sorry, Sherrie!) The concierge dynamo Chris and crew Emily were a visible and valuable resource right in the heart of the lobby. Lunch was delicious and the service was excellent. The adage a great waiter never waits was true today. Ask for Faith! Beauport is at capacity for Sunday.
Marine guide Michelle B, Seven Seas Whale Watch
Chris Hovack and Emily – Beauport Hotel
Here’s a map of the Gloucester hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfast and you name it lodging that I whipped up in 2014 when I was serving on the tourism commission. I was curious where all these places were in relation to downtown. Laura Dow of Vista Motel and Laura Baker of Castle Manor Inn booked very full dance cards for us: two days of back-to- back lodging tours (any that signed up), speed dating style. Conclusion: there are great places to stay to suit anybody’s needs and preferences. I included some that we did not see.
This year, I added Beauport Hotel — which can handle a 400 person conference capacity!
Other news this year: Vista Motel has a new pool; Cape Ann Marina Resort initiated Boatsetter (‘Uber on the water’) and… send in updates and I’ll add it to the post.
Cape Ann SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard ) is right in there by Beauport and Long Beach for visiting guests.
On The Eve Of The Opening Of The Beauport Hotel We Sit Down For A Chat
Photo Courtesy Marty Luster
Listen to our interview here–
How did Gloucester stack up?
Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects. Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!
MCC ARTIST FELLOWSHIP -$12,000
Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000
MCC BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS – $600
Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip
CULTURAL FACILITIES FUND (CFF) – $221,000
Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”
Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000
Gloucester Stage Company To replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000
Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000
Rocky Neck Art Colony To install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000
MCC CULTURAL INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO- $23,000
Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500
Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.to establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800
Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700
MCC JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS ART PROGRAM – $21,000
Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000
MCC LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL (LCC)- $7600
Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners
|Annisquam Historical Society||Preserving Gloucester History||$450|
|Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe||Season 2015-2016||$348|
|DiPrima, Jay||Henry David Thoreau Lecture||$250|
|East Gloucester Elementary School||Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art||$300|
|Harcovitz, Ruth||Songs of World War II||$250|
|LePage, Lucille||Stories, Songs & More||$571|
|Lundberg, Christine||The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film||$500|
|Manninen, Wendy||Singing and Signing||$300|
|Maritime Gloucester Association||Off to the Races! Exhibit||$700|
|Music at Eden’s Edge||Connecting Kids to Classical Music||$500|
|Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras||Youth Orchestra Honors Concert||$350|
|Phyllis A Marine Association||History Sharing Program||$500|
|Rockport Music||Jasper Quartet||$400|
|Sawyer Free Library||Printerbot Learning||$464|
|Sawyer Free Library||Cape Ann Reads||$500|
|Sheehan, Rose||Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration||$500|
|Sheehan, Rose||Cape Ann Contra Dance||$450|
|Swift, Sarah Slifer||Trident Live Art Series||$400|
|Van Dyke, Juni||The Note Card Project||$350|
|Waller, Susan||The Fiesta People’s Mural||$250|
|Windhover Foundation||Quarry Dance 5||$700|
MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000
Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000
Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000
MCC YOUTHREACH- $15,000
Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000
Main St. Gloucester: goodlinens rolls into their new space and rolls out Better Towels Across America xcountry tour
goodlinens officially moves into 130 Main Street on June 1, 2016 to begin the fit-out. “We’re looking forward to finishing work by July 1 for a soft opening!” says goodlinens owner Jo Anne Chirico.
Apparently setting up a new brick-and-mortar headquarters downtown isn’t ambitious enough. While Jo Anne is focused on building out her new space, ripping down the ceiling and tearing up a glued down rug, goodlinens is rolling out across the country with the goodlinens Better Towels Across America campaign. Anna Chirico, Jo Anne’s daughter, is driving through 48 states with goodlinens towels, gathering fans and stores state-by-state, lining them up for linen.
Anna says: “Just left Savannah today and headed to Jacksonville, down the A1A highway, camping, and on to Key West tomorrow, then Miami, Tampa, Destin Beach and New Orleans. The route was planned for the most part before I left. I’ll be going to all 48 states (as well as the southern, northern, western and eastern most part, and the geographical center.) I’ll also be dipping into Canada a few times…It may change a bit, here and there. No particular highway/route.”
We can track Anna’s goodlinens progress as she scouts buyers, lifestyle stores, and boutiques. This local small business is putting up the flag for Gloucester on this road trip the minute they give their address. Let’s make sure to follow goodlinens on Instagram and root for Anna’s route (see itinerary* below). Is there a store you are a fan of in a town she’s heading to? Let her know.
Instagram @goodlinens (updated the most) also Twitter @goodlinens
Who: goodlinens studio of Gloucester, MA, Better Towels Across America 48 state tour
What: gathering fans and stores state-by-state for goodlinens, everyone’s better towel. Beautiful. Functional. 100% linen. goodlinens towels are a simple elegance and beautiful design. They are soft, light as air, compact and natural. (Use a better towel. Your kitchen deserves goodlinens. Your bathroom deserves goodlinens. Your beach towels deserve goodlinens. got it?) http://www.goodlinens.com
When: departed Gloucester, Ma, on the night of April 25, 2016. Expected return date Mid-September.
Itinerary completed so far (what a busy month!):
– Boston, MA
– New Bedford, MA
– Providence, MA
– Mystic, CT
– New Haven, CT
– New York, NY
– Queens, NY
– Brooklyn, NY
– Neptune, NJ
– Philadelphia, PA
– Baltimore, MD
– Washington DC
– Rehoboth, DE
– Chincoteague Island, DE
– Richmond, VA
– Charlottesville, VA
– all along Blue Ridge Parkway
– Chattanooga, TN
– Nashville, TN
– Memphis, TN
– Little Rock, AK
– Tulsa, OK
– Oklahoma City, OK
– Dallas, TX
– Jackson, MS
– Birmingham, AL
– Atlanta, GA
– Charlotte, NC
– Raleigh, NC
– Charleston, SC
– Savannah, GA
Upcoming destinations after FLA:
Thank You To Sheree For Granting Good Morning Gloucester The First Interview
Found Old Rocky Neck Photos From Wm Kensington’s GREAT GREAT GREAT Grandfather Augustus Story Wonson
Hey Joey, I found these today, my Great Great Great Grandfather is Augusts Story Wonson, you know 24 Wonson Street Rocky neck first home built and the famous “Paint Factory” Enjoy and feel free to share… Best Regards. Wm Keniston
Now housing Sailor Stans!
To purchase prints or canvases of my work you can check out some of the featured images at this link-
Lesley University College of Art and Design group show features Gloucester artist Nicole Dahlmer’s installation Inheritance. Pauline Bresnahan sent photos from the reception. Congratulations, Nicole!
2016 Photography Thesis Exhibitions
- Lesley University College of Art and Design
- Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
- through May 31, 2016
GMG Alternative Energy Series: Elizabeth McLindon Is Reducing Her Carbon Footprint While Saving Money With Her Cazeault Solar Energy Install
Elizabeth is actually cash flow positive after you account for all of the incentives,State and Federal tax breaks and Mass Solar Loan Program. Her system in just two months which have been particularly cloudy and rainy have exceeded projections by 14%.
She chose born and raised Gloucesterite Tim Sanborn’s Cazeault Solar and Home and has nothing but great things to say about the process and the results.
Call to talk to Tim Sanborn From Cazeault Solar Home at 978-281-4625
Watch our video to hear how she worked her system-
Here is an image of Elizabeth’s system-
Here is the reading showing her system producing 14% more than projected.
Here is the chart showing her system producing more than she is consuming!
Part 2 MANNY CARRANCHO SHARES TREASURED PHOTOS MADONNA STATUE CARRIED FROM THE GIL EANNES AT STATE PIER TO OUR LADY
A couple of years ago, because of research I was doing about Gordon Parks in Gloucester and thankfully Joey posted on Good Morning Gloucester, I was able to interview Manny and Joanna Carrancho. Manny and his family spent considerable time giving me a detailed account of earlier events in their lives. They shared treasured historic photos and first hand knowledge and were a delight. Part 2 photographs continue with a town procession from the state pier to the church.
More photographs tomorrow