One week later and I still psyched about my experience of last weekend’s “Wharf Music” installation on Bradley Wharf in Rockport (where Motif No.1 is). The installation involves lobster traps, LED lights, fire pits, and music drifting from across the harbor from several different, distant points. It is very cool for several reasons: mostly, for the thing itself. It is just really a cool experience to sit by the fire outside, in the brisk winter air and hear beautiful, almost ethereal-sounding music drifting toward you from a point you can’t exactly identify. And it is also cool because Rockport (Rockport!) has the opportunity to enjoy a public art installation on one of the town’s treasures, our old wharves, made from chunks of granite and a reminder of our industrial past.
Many, many thanks to Rob Trumbour and Rick Erhstin for conceiving this and putting it together, to Andy Tierstien for his beautiful original composition, and to Karen Berger of the Rockport Cultural District for her support. I’m looking forward to heading back to Bradley Wharf this weekend for more public art. And fire!
When it Runs:
Friday & Saturday, Feb. 21st & 22nd from 6:30 to 8pm. You can park off Bearskin Neck and walk down toward Bradley Wharf to experience the “listening rooms” made from lobster traps, or you can drive down to T Wharf and just sit there in your car and roll down the windows to hear the music. This last idea is a great one if you have a screaming 18-month-old in the car, for example. Or an uncooperative spouse. But if at all possible, get out of the car and head to Bradley Wharf itself to experience the music by the fire.
Hope to see you there!
1938 – COMMUNITY FISH PIER COMPLETED
“All Ready for Business
Gloucester’s $1,250,000 Community Fish Pier – Modern in every respect”
Fred Bodin Submits-
Historic Steam Ferry Prudence Visits Gloucester
The 62 foot long Prudence docked in Gloucester yesterday on her way from Belfast ME to Greenwich CT. The owner and two crew came into the gallery and told me about the 102 year old ship. She was originally steam powered and built of wood at East Boothbay in 1911. Prudence ferried passengers from Tiverton to Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay (RI) for 50 years. Later, the vessel gave water-based tours of the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. The Kennedys themselves also chartered Prudence for parties. She then went back to Maine for sightseeing on the Penobscot River, and will now be giving tours in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Prudence at the State Fish Pier in Gloucester
Prudence on Narragansett Bay.
Ted Kennedy at the wheel of the Prudence. This photo hangs in the cabin. Courtesy of Jonathan Wilkes.
Museum presents Historic New England Lecture
In partnership with Historic New England and the Sargent House Museum, the Cape Ann Museum presents a lecture exploring the life and work of William Sumner Appleton, founder of Historic New England (formerly the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) on Saturday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. In 1910 when Appleton founded the organization, the New England preservation movement was still in its infancy. This talk, given by Historic New England’s Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon, focuses on Appleton’s preservation efforts in Gloucester and Cape Ann. After the lecture, walk down Middle Street for a reception and abridged tours at the Sargent House. This program is free and open to the public.
The Cape Ann 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. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org