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PHOTOS FROM THE GLOUCESTER HISTORCAL COMMISSION AWARDS

An outstanding group of citizens were recognized today by the Gloucester Historical Commission for their achievements in restoration, preservation, shipbuilding, education, outreach, stewardship, and documentation. Opening remarks were made by Mayor Romeo Theken. Co-chair Mary Ellen Lepoinka introduced the awardees. Congratulations to all the recipients for their great work, with an extra huge shout out to King brothers George and Charles.

The Gloucester Historical Commission are mayoral appointees. Commission members include co-chairs Bob Whitmarsh and Mary Ellen Lepoinka, Jeff Crawford, David Rhinelander (who is recovering from heart surgery and was unable to attend), Sandy Barry, Holly Clay, and Jude Seminara.

The recipients awarded for their stellar contributions to the beautiful community of Gloucester and Cape Ann are as follows:

Joseph Napolitano: Lifetime Achievement as a preservation contractor.

Sarah Dunlap: Lifetime Achievement as volunteer City archivist.

Harold Burnham: Local Preservationist, for his achievements in historic shipbuilding. Harold was unable to attend. His father Charles accepted the award for Harold.

Marietta Delahunt: Stewardship of the historic Sargent-Robinson House.

: Local preservationists, for their work on the Civil War coat.

Mariana Vaida: Rehabilitation and Restoration of 567 Essex Ave. by a preservation architect.

Gloucester Writers Center: Stewardship of the Maud/Olson Library in E. Gloucester.

Bing McGilvray: Education and Outreach, for his work on Cape Ann art history.

Captain Ray Bates: Education and Outreach, for his book on Cape Ann shipwrecks.

Christine & Paul Lundberg: Rehabilitation and Restoration of their Annisquam historic home.

Melanie & Mark Murray-Brown: Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Amos-Rackliffe House. Melanie was unable to attend and daughter Iona took her place.

John & Betty Erkkila: Documentation of Gloucester History, for their book on Lanesville.

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2017 Call for Applications for Gloucester’s 5th POET LAUREATE is OPEN!

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 9

Links for: 2017 Poet Laureate application (digital format) or 2017 Poet Laureate application (PDF format submit 5 copies).

The City of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts announces the release of the 2017 Call for Applications for the four year position of Gloucester Poet Laureate. 

The position of Gloucester Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.  The position was most recently held by the late Peter Todd, appointed in 2014.  During Peter’s time as Poet Laureate, he generously shared his talents with his beloved City of Gloucester. 

Under City Ordinance, the process to select the Poet Laureate is administered by the Committee for the Arts and will involve a Selection Panel including representatives from the local literary community thanks to Eastern Point Lit House and The Gloucester Writers Center.  A recommendation from the Selection Panel will be forwarded to the Committee for the Arts for review and then forwarded on to the Mayor for nomination, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The Call for Applications is available for download at the Committee for the Arts page on the City website: http://gloucester-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=102.  Copies also are available at the Sawyer Free Library, the City of Gloucester Mayor’s Office, Eastern Point Lit House, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, and other locales.  Applications must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, June 9th , 2017. Contact Judith Hoglander, Committee for the Arts with any questions.

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$463,141: City Council okays 14 CPA grants for 2016. Info meeting for 2017 application February 8th

Congratulations to the 2016 (round 7) awardees!  Their final presentations were at City Council on Tuesday.

 

Since Gloucester voted to approve the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in 2008, the city has administered 7 rounds of funded projects throughout our community. Have a look at who you helped fund in 2016

  1. North Shore CDC and Action, Harbor Village *missing this photo but great presentation!
  2. Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association, Wheeler School House & GFD Riverdale Hose, No 2
  3. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Civil War Monument
  4. Generous Gardeners, Stacy Boulevard Gardens
  5. Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee, Welcome Center Renovations
  6. Community Development Dept., Stage Fort Park Beautification Project
  7. City Clerk’s Office, Archives Initial Storage Project, Phase I
  8. Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove Cemetery continued restoration
  9. Gloucester Committee for the Arts, “Out of the Shadows: Gloucester’s historic Depression Era Mural” preserve & restore murals with refined project scope,discovery and schedule of work
  10. Historic New England, Beauport Museum, outer building roof replacement
  11. Sargent Museum, Preservation of porch, granite steps & retaining wall
  12. Gloucester Writers Center, Preservation of Maud/Olsen Library & GWC Archives
  13. Maritime Gloucester, Rehab & Restoration of the railway
  14. Friends of Burnham’s Field, Continued rehab of Phase I of Burnham’s Field Restoration

Safe bet you might know someone assisting one of these projects. Who else helps?  The volunteers on the Community Preservation Committee are fantastic: Catherine Bill Dugan, Catherine Schlichte, Henry McCarl, David Rhinelander, John Feener, Barbara Silberman, Heide Wakeman, Ellen Preston, and Scott Smith. There’s no break for this committee. From start to finish the process from an applicant’s perspective takes nearly a year. Depending upon the project, it will involve assistance from the Community Preservation Committee, City staff and various departments, City Council, City Council sub committees, and the administration.  Just as one round winds down, the next year’s process and round of applicants gears up. Visit the Community Preservation Committee page on the City website to learn more about the CPA and to see prior projects.

Save the date:The Community Preservation Committee will be hosting an information meeting for prospective 2017 applicants at Sawyer Free on  February 8, 2017 at 6pm. Applications are due April 17, 2017.

Debbie Laurie, a Senior Project Manager in the Community Development Department who manages Grants and CPA for the City writes about the info meeting: “We want to help guide applicants through the process and answer any questions you may have before filling out an application.  We can also determine if your project is actually eligible or not.  Please pass the word around if you know of anyone that may be interested. “

So you want to write a children book and win $10,000 prize?

Register for Cape Ann Reads by November 15, 2016. It’s easy!  Applicants are signing up.

Visit the Cape Ann Libraries and the Cape Ann Reads website. Huge shout out and great feedback for Amanda Cook, the Gloucester Writers Center, for leading a monthly writers group at Sawyer Free for Cape Ann Reads which concluded yesterday.

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This week Cape Ann Reads: Backyard Growers story hour and TOHP Ocean in a Bottle and more

Check out Cape Ann Reads snazzy new website header designed by Ashley Curcuru with the Teen Artist Guild instructors at the Hive, part of the illustrious Cape Ann Art Haven art center. Ashley did the seagull logo for the newly named, Gulliver!

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Cape Ann Reads programs in July:

THIS WEEK: The first ever story hour at Backyard Growers on Thursday at 10am!

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THIS WEEK: Ocean in a Bottle at TOHP Burnham library (15 people have already signed up!) on Friday 2pm. Who knows what the initials stand for- TOHP?

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Wednesday July 20: If you’d like help writing your original Cape Ann Reads picture book entry, Amanda Cook from the Writer’s Center leads this monthly workshop.

Thursday July 21st Cape Ann Reads at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Sawyer Free Library Children’s Department will be hosting a pop up library. Cape Ann Art Haven will be on hand! Breaking news: Cape Ann Art Haven has added middle school Open Studio drop in hours Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5pm ($10 drop in class), enter at the 180 Main Street address. You can see their new screen printed t-shirt and apron PRODUCE ART. Awesome!

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Visit Cape Ann Reads programs page to read more about the programs, which are free unless otherwise noted. Cape Ann Reads is on James GMG calendar, too!

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Cape Ann Reads updates including: Want some help with your writing for your picture book entry?

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1)If you asked us: “I have a story to submit for the picture book contest, and would like to participate in a writing group, is there one?”  You were not alone. We are pleased to announce:

Free writers workshops all ages at Sawyer Free Library

3rd Wednesday each month May – October, 1-2pm

Led by Amanda Cook of the Gloucester Writers Center

Register here. For more information: contact Deborah Kelsey, Director, Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Public Library kelsey@sawyerfreelibrary.org. The libraries will be hosting informational help sessions as needed and requested leading right up to the contest submission deadline which will fall in November 2016.

2)Mark your calendars for Cape Ann Reads programs

Thursday, May 12, DAISY NELL, 6pm, TOHP Burnham Library, 245 Western Avenue, Essex Local author, singer, songwriter discusses the creation of her three picture books

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Saturday, May 21, MOTIF#1 DAY, Building Poetry with Picture books, 9AM-5PM. Visit the Rockport Public Library to design, photograph and display poetry created by stacking together picture books.

Saturday June 4, Round -trip double Story Walk,  10am-2pm, Manchester public Library and Manchester Historical Museum. This self-guided story walk of two great picture books will be available starting at 10 and will be accessible throughout the day. Picture book lovers of all ages are invited to walk and read and act the route together. Featured books: Stella, the Star of the Sea by Mary Louise Gay and Storm Whale by Benji Davies.

For the complete list of events for the year and all the latest information check the website capeannreads.wix/picturebooks. Additional programs may be added to the calendar.

Cape Ann Reads is a collaboration among the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Manchester Public Library, Rockport Public Library and TOHP Burnham Library in Essex.

Out in the street around the bend

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Have you seen the custom sign designed for the Gloucester Writers Center on East Main Street? I sent a picture of the drive by view to Henry Ferrini. He sent back “an interior shot of the sign with an effigy of Vincent working at his typewriter”  looking out their new-ish (2014) window thanks to another helpful grant of the Community Preservation Act.

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The sign was made by Cheryl’s Signs in Gloucester and installed last fall. Ferrini added: “William Taylor who is on the board of the Gloucester Writers Center should get all the kudos. He came up with the idea and executed it.” Look out the window and listen:  Henry plays a part in the captivating restoration of classical radio WCVA-FM www.wcva.com. Turn it on.

This week: poets Jay Featherstone reading with Carol Seitchik at the Gloucester Writers’ Center, Wed April 6, 7:30 pm.

 

FISH TALES ABOARD THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE!

And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

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Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

You Know What Tiny Little Space Is Just killing It With programming?

The Gloucester Writers Center.

Jesus I’m not sure there’s another joint around that packs as many events per square foot into their space.

The folks running the place are just relentless.

Kudos to them.

Check out and follow their website for updates- http://gloucesterwriters.org/

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And furthering the conversation about local arts, I’m not sure local writers get enough due.  It’s non stop with our awesome artists and great for them but let’s all take notice of all the awesome Working Writers in town.

Congrats on being big time relevant.

Blogapalooza with Our Own Joey C Tuesday, May 20th, 7:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Join Joey Ciaramiatro, Kathleen Valentine, Steve Butler, Greg Gibson, and Matin Ray as they Blogapalooze (is that a real verb?) at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Tuesday evening, May 20th at 7:30 pm.

In case you are like me, and were not entirely sure what exactly is a Blogapalooza:

 A Blogapalooza is a link between the online community of people who love to share information and organizations and businesses that have something interesting and worthwhile to share. 

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Gloucester Writer’s Center May Line-up, with Our Own Joey C Discussing Blogging at the Rocky Neck CulturalCenter

 

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Sat., May 10 7:30pm
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
THOREAU ON ROCKY NECK

Suggested Donation $10
No one turned away for lack of funds

Join actor/educator Jay DiPrima, for this spirited and thought provoking reading of
Henry David’s Thoreau’s lecture on
Economy.

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GLOUCESTER DIGGERS SERIES

David Rich
Wed., May 14 7:30
GWC 126 East Main Street

The Hiring and Dismissal of a
Black Teacher in 1950’s Gloucester

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Joey Ciaramitaro, Steve Brettler, Greg Gibson, Martin Ray and Kathleen Valentine talk about
B L O G G I N G .

Tues. May 20th 7:30
Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

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Robert Podgurski
Wandering On Course to a Gestalt Poetics
Thurs. May 29th 6:30pm Ravenswood Park
Space is limited so Email Annie to reserve a spot.
Donation at will

After the walk come to a reading by Bob at the GWC at 8:00pm

Author, Fred Dillen Reading at The Cultural Center Friday, March 7

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Karen MacLean is a blue collar woman in her fifties who has risen in the business world to the point she gets to bury the extraneous divisions a New York mergers-and-acquisitions firm spits out.  Karen hates shutting down factory floor guys like her father, but the M&A outfit has promised she can have a company of her own, to run, once she buries her last body, the last fish processor in a hard-times Massachusetts fishing port.  She shows up in town, learns she’s going to be canned when she gets back to New York, and decides to buy and run the old plant.  She has skills and resolve and wins the help of townspeople, including a roughly charming fisherman, but the rest of it ain’t easy.

Sponsored by the Gloucester Writer’s Center at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street.  Friday, March 7

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