Hope to see you everyone there.
Hope to see you everyone there.
Save the date:
Friday, February 9, 2018 06:00 – 09:00 pm
1 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Public · Hosted by Magnolia Library and Community Center
Once again the Magnolia Library is proud to host a slew of amazing vendors for our seasonal Marketplace! This pre-valentines event includes some great local artists, photographers, hand knit creations, glassware, jewelry and MORE! Stop in for a quick gift for your loved one and a glass of wine on us! Free admission, free wine samples, snacks and appetizers. Bust out of your Winter Blues and join us for a Sip N Shop!
Lindsay Marshall: Angies Alpacas
Kathy Guardino-Fernandes: Photography
Rosandra C Oliva PureHaven
Erin A Pequeno Erin Pequeno’s Creative Nook Online
Donna Ardizzoni Photography
Judy Gilliss and Betty Cannon Mag His Society
Carolyn Gurrisi Paparazzi
Melissa Cox/ Jessica Biker Soaps and Dog Treats
Lara Snackzilla Jardullo Headbands, Fascinators and more
Diane Brown Saunders Lularoe
Jamie Margiotta/ Whitney Knit Head wraps and wine glasses
Haley Allison Bare Cheek Beauty
Julie Geary Classic Cooks
Rhonda Ryan Nelson Ruby Hearts
Melanie Lovell Cape Ann Animal Aid
This is always a great time, hope to see you all there. Thanks
Another great event will be held at the Magnolia Library, 1 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, MA.
Hope to see you all there.
Here’s the link to all the listings for Essex National Heritage 2017 Trails & Sails today and tomorrow throughout Gloucester, Cape Ann and all of Essex County.
Here’s the list of Gloucester events at City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester HarborWalk, Rocky Neck, Magnolia Library, Cape Pond Ice, and Pauline’s Gifts:
is Essex National Heritage’s Essex County pep rally- annual back to back weekends packed with 150+ FREE, fun, and family friendly events. Here’s the working list of the 2017 Trails & Sails events in Gloucester September 22-24th. Don’t forget to sign in! The count helps your favorite organization and locale, and you might win a prize like $150 from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
2nd of two annual weekends is big in Gloucester this year
Thank you Darren Taylor for Magnolia Library’s new pop up library. Love the fact the pop up looks just like the Library.
The Magnolia Art Show is turning 40! We are hoping you will be joining us again this year for the 40th annual Magnolia Art Show. Registration is easy on eventBrite.com. Here is the link:
The Magnolia Library and Community Center’s 40th Annual Art Show will be held on the weekend of July 14th-16th, 2017. The event takes place at 1 Lexington Ave. in the Magnolia section of Gloucester, MA. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Magnolia Library and Community Center and participating artists.
Works from artists throughout the North Shore will be on display and for sale. Unframed bin work will also be available for sale. This event is professionally judged, and visitors to the show vote for a people’s choice award.
This well-attended event starts with a champagne reception (all welcome) on Friday July 14th 7:00-9:00 p.m. The show continues on Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public and free to attend. All artwork is for sale.
ARTISTS: Registration is now open. Use Event Brite (https://MagnoliaArtShow2017.eventBrite.com) for faster and easier registration. There is a mail in registration form in the Artist Packet should you be unable to register online, starting May 28th. Packets may be picked up at the Librarian’s Desk in the Library or outside the library entrance on Lexington Ave. Click here to download the Artist Packet with registration form and Instructions.
A little weather is not going to stop us from having a fun time at the Magnolia Library Cabin Fever Market on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 10:00 – 3:00. Hope to see you all. Thank you
Here is a list of vendors who will be participating at this show:
Melissa Cox Soaps
Sand to City Style
Erin Pequeno Stone Designer
Diane Saunders, Represent Lularoe
Criadh Morrison – Roberts, Edible Art Cookie Creations
Paula and Emma Sanders, hand painted greeting cards
Lisa Ann Schraff, India Hicks styling and jewelry
Amy Hunt, Watercolors
Cape Ann Animal Aid
Donna Ardizzoni – Photography
Lizzi Harrington, Rodan and Field’s Skincare
Stephanie Vanderbilt, coastal and window and exteriors
City Adams, Memory Quilt
Scott from the new Restaurant Press
Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
Kylee Foote, Herbalist
This event will be covered in a live feed broadcast by Kory Curcuru for The Magnolia Library’s Bridge Page
“No finer place for sure, downtown.”
Seeing double? Yes, you’re supposed to. The Sawyer Free Library addition was designed to mirror Cape Ann Museum as a balanced and nuanced architectural symmetry in deference to City Hall, and catalyst for a graceful center.
Sawyer Free Library has announced a public meeting January 11th for discussions of a new building. (See the flyer at the end of this post.)
City Hall may have some upcoming construction on the Dale Avenue side as well.
Both projects are largely in the name of accessibility of a physical nature. Can they be cost effective, worthy of our history and culture, protect our significant buildings, and address current and future needs? The following are some of the issues, local coverage, links to resources, and archival material for your interest.
Although there are several new handicap parking spaces along Dale Avenue by City Hall, carving out the landscape on the left for more spots is in the cards because of grant money. Why? Several people told me that Dale Avenue parking spaces are hazardous for anyone exiting on the street. Although I do not want to minimize any pressing needs, I still ask, “Really?” Have we become so car dependent we would rather a thoroughfare here than the elegant streetscape we have (once a tree lined walk from the train station.) I was also told that it will increase visitation counts. It is an unfair advantage that historic sites with access to more funding (Monticello, Smithsonian, Colonial Williamsburg, and more) are better equipped to face these seemingly no-win situations. But there are creative retrofitting options for Gloucester, too. Universal design is about balance, not chasing funding sources at the expense of preservation and beauty, nor backwards planning.
Before the current 2015-16 library outreach, the library hosted extensive visioning sessions throughout 2013. I went to a couple, and I was invited to take part in a focus group (on schools and the library.) A completely new library and jettisoning of the historic Saunders library building was not an expressed community value. What were some common discussion points? A strategy for digitization of historic archives and newspapers, more staff, more hours of operation (Sundays), better bathrooms, parking issues, air conditioning, electrical work, maintenance, security, maximizing technology/ content access with schools, ditto Cape Ann TV, and attendance (see this great video from Lisa Smith by kids for kids ) were some goals that were mentioned.
So it was a surprise to see the unveiling of new architectural renderings that did not showcase the Saunders house. It’s like the White House not featuring the White House. I think the Saunders house should be key and central to any building overhaul, not tossed aside. Providing universal access should preserve the intended awe factors if there are any, FOR EVERYBODY–such as the architectural details, proportion, welcoming entrance and unique heritage of a historic building. In this proposal, with Saunders severed there is zero physical access to the main event. What a missed opportunity. And for a library. What do you think?
Today’s paper mentioned that the Saunders house could be used for other purposes instead of the library. Why can’t that be the case and the library maintain its #1 asset? The downtown cultural district (which is not going forward in the same capacity) and other organizations could use the library meeting spaces. Do we really need to conjure up another stand alone endeavor?
Back in 1973, the Trustees of the Library began a fund drive for the new library addition; the city of Gloucester paid 2/3. As the Library’s General Chairman, Joe Garland led that campaign. Not surprising, the text of the brochure is a good read! The architect was Donald F. Monnell. (In 1971 Monnell was quoted in the papers speaking about the attributes of Central Grammar. One likes him more and more.) The population served was 27,000–nearly what it is today.
A quip about the concept of Scaling UP that I remember from a conference this past September at Peabody Essex Museum and hosted by Essex National Heritage was to “think about the farm not just a barn”; in this case a downtown, or an entire city and region. I like thinking this way in general–architecture and planning, art, and schools. But this conference pushed me to add overlays beyond my areas of expertise or focus like wildlife and waterways. Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts–there’s so much! Mayor Romeo Theken is committed to working together and feels that planning is important and broad. One example, see Gloucester Daily Times Dec 19, 2016 Officials: City to Prioritize Its (competing) Needs
Every era has choices. The prior library expansion plans began well before 1972. Possibilities swirled as they do now. (Back then, Central Grammar was also in the news, may or may not have been razed, and possible uses favored senior housing, commercial development, an annex to City Hall, and a courthouse police station.) Today there are competing building needs and uses floated for properties as diverse as: the Cape Ann YMCA on Middle Street, the post office on Dale, the Gloucester Fire Department, police headquarters, St. Ann’s, and the elementary schools–and that’s just to name a few. Let’s celebrate enviable architectural strengths, and not fuss with buildings that should be venerated, unless it’s to help them be accessible and healthy. Let’s get the balance right.
The prohibitive costs of best practice historic preservation (ADA compliant, temperature and humidity controls, security, sustainability, in house scanning/OCR/audio transcription, etc) is impossible for all the worthy collections in town, and pits them as foes when vying for funds. Let’s flip that impediment on its head and make Gloucester a model for the state. Its treasures would be available worldwide if they were truly accessible –digitized.Two words may help accomplish this goal and free up cash for individual operations: shared overhead. It’s one hope I continue to stress–the need to share necessary resources for a state-of-the-art research and warehouse repository. This universal hub should be large enough to encompass any holdings not on view. There could be a smaller downtown central site combined with a larger off site location, such as at Blackburn. The list of sharing institutions could include and is by no means exhaustive: our municipal archives that date back to 1642; Cape Ann Museum; Sawyer Free Library; North Shore Art Association; Beauport; Hammond Castle; the Legion; Amvets and other social clubs; Sargent House; several places of worship; Gloucester Daily Times; Annisquam historical building collections; Lanesville; Magnolia’s historic collections; artists/writers estates; Veterans office; our schools; Isabel Babson Memorial Library, and perhaps businesses such as Cape Pond Ice and Gortons. The library plans don’t appear to retrofit their site(s) for this goal.
If incentives and policy supported neighborhood character over less generic construction
that would be wonderful. It’s not just Gloucester.
Time for holiday shopping at the Magnolia Library on Lexington Ave.
The Library looks great and ready for the Art Show this weekend. See you there.
The Magnolia Library Annual Meeting will be held on September 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm, 1 Lexington Avenue. All are welcome.
Krista Queeney is keeping the registration open until Monday July 6th.
For more information please go to the following link.
Please join us this Saturday evening in support of our dear friend Joe Lentini at the Magnolia Library & Community Center on 1 Lexington Ave in Magnolia. All donations and proceeds go to help out Joe & his family.
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Neighborhood Meeting This Thursday 6pm at the
Magnolia Library & Community Center
Area leaders will be at the Magnolia Library & Community Center, 1 Lexington
Ave., this Thursday, October 30 at 6pm to discuss Sunday’s fire that took our
landmark Magnolia Pizza. This building was also home to cherished neighbors
and friends. Fire Chief Eric Smith and Mayor Carolyn Kirk (and Ward 5 Councilor
Bill Fonvielle, confirmation pending) will answer questions and hear your
concerns. All are welcome.
This is also a call for your help. Eight people who lost everything need our
assistance as they rebuild their lives. Monetary donations are being accepted by
the Magnolia Library & Community Center (www.magnolialibrary.org) and by
the MHS (magnoliahistoricalsociety.com). The Magnolia Library has been open
since Sunday and will be staying open this week for residents to drop off goods,
gift cards and checks to help these residents get back on their feet. Please see
magnolia‐library‐community‐center on Facebook for a list of items needed and
for more information.