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Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop May 11 at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 ūüáļūüáł

Red, White & Blue¬†Sip ‘n’ Shop¬†

hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts

Save the Date- just about a month away! Friday May 11, 4:30-8pm at Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 

ūüáļūüáł”Join us as we raise awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services’ “Welcome Home Initiative”- a program that helps local veterans adjust to life back home. Local vendors with patriotic items and crafts. it will be as American as mom & apple pie, Stay tuned for more details and features!”¬†ūüáļūüáł

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Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 shares Exciting updates from Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

These local businesses are bringing a lot of positive coverage and energy about our region.¬†Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway re-aired March 9, 2018, International Women’s Day, on Chronicle¬†with a new introduction from the hosts because of the trail’s continued success and expanded special offers and plans!¬†Johanne Cassia and Pauline Bresnahan share the news for 2018:¬†Our “Woman owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”, a full day shopping destination, is moving forward in several ways.¬†¬†

EXCITING NEWS!

  • We are currently updating our brochure, creating special events and partnering with Essex Heritage Foundation. The 2018 printing will arrive in April and¬† include¬†additional¬†“Woman owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”. Shops will still be located on the 10 mile trail along the coast of Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley, MA.¬†We have developed a Calendar of Events to market our serious fun businesses. All shops will have refreshments, special products, promotions and giveaways.¬†¬†Mark your calendars for a trio of 2018 seasonal outings hosted by the Woman Owned Business on Essex Coastal Scenic Byway:
  • SPRING May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”,¬†a “special event” , will be held on¬†two Saturdays, May 5 and May 12.¬†We will honor ALL MOMS and invite them to shop with us. This is a “Women helping business Women” event as well: we are inviting other local “woman owned businesses” to bring in their products to our shops.¬†We will give¬†them space in our shops to sell their goods and services during this event.
  • SUMMER August 22,23 – “Harvest Festival” weekend:¬†¬†Each shop will invite a local farm to partner with them.¬†Local¬†Farms will have tents in front of our shops where they can offer farm products, flowers and tastings.
  • FALL Sept 21-23 and 28-30 “Trails & Sails Weekends” sponsored by Essex Heritage, Salem, MA.¬†We are partners with Essex Heritage Foundation and part of 150 events offered by Trail or Sail on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.¬†Each shop will offer a demonstration event on these dates. For more information about Trails and Sails :https://essexheritage.org/ts¬† Essex National Heritage is in the process of building a new and better website. We’ll have our own shopping destination page and sub pages for each shop!
  • Several organizations and groups have offered mini-bus tours since we unveiled our trail
  • People ask where can you find the brochure? Contact Essex Heritage they will have the brochures, or any of our businesses. Our FB page is¬†https://www.facebook.com/Woman-Owned-Businesses-on-the-Essex-Coastal-Scenic-Byway-1945965882357445/?ref=bookmarks

 

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Rose Bowl parade photos floats plus UMASS band

Warm up with some photographs of the Rose Bowl parade specific to Massachusetts taken by Pauline Bresnahan. She made sure to find the Rose Bowl Float featured in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Pauline writes,

“Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Rose Bowl parade. The City of Burbank float is the one that was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times article. I love the flyover photo. It always gives me chills. I did not know until I got there that the UMASS band was in the parade. Their first appearance and they had the largest band in the parade with over 400 members…The Rose Bowl parade Theme this year was Making a Difference. Even a heart on the Poster. I think I was meant to go!¬†The Grand Marshal was Gary Sinise, who played Sgt. Dan in Forrest Gump movie with Tom Hanks. He was just in Afghanastan with Gen. Milley, one of the Generals I met this year. Small world.” – Pauline Bresnahan

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Last chance

You still have time! Pauline’s Gifts is open through December 22, the last day of one of her busiest years of operation these last 18 years. They’re open seasonally and will reopen in late April 2018.

Spoiler alert for a few of the GMG contributors who couldn’t make it last night…Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz ordered custom painted Pauline ornaments for the GMG crew Christmas party and 10th year celebration. Thank you so much Pat and Jimmy!

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Road to Success!

Great title and read! Gloucester and Cape Ann in the news thanks to these businesses and Essex National Heritage. Ethan Forman article running in the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem, and more:  Road to Success: Scenic Byway Unites Woman Owned Businesses

TOMORROW: award-winning local trail featured 7:30pm Wed December 6 2017 on WCVB-TV Channel 5 CHRONICLE

from August GMG post “Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley (#1¬†Pauline‚Äôs Gifts, Gloucester;¬†#2¬†Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex;¬†#3¬†Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex;¬†#4¬†The Essex Exchange, Essex;¬†#5¬†Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*;¬†#6¬†AnnTiques, Ipswich;¬†#7¬†Be Modern, Ipsiwch;¬†#8¬†Lost Treasures, Rowley;¬†#9¬†Serendipity at Todd‚Äôs Farm, Rowley)¬†met early last spring about working together to market their businesses. ¬†These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‚ÄėMain Street‚Äô ‚Äď Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile¬†Essex Coastal Scenic Byway.”

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So proud of these women

Do not forget to watch Chronicle on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 7:30 channel 5

From the Salem News

Pauline’s Gifts

512 Essex Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

www.paulinesgifts.com

 Shops are also featured on upcoming Chronicle television show, December 6.

Good going Gloucester girl !!!!

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SALEM ‚ÄĒ Instead of heading to the malls or shopping online this holiday season, you could head onto the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to find that special something, and support some women-owned specialty shops along the way.

Last spring, a group of 10 women business owners banded together to create a brochure pointing out the locations of their shops along the scenic byway.

This grassroots effort came as a surprise to folks at the Essex National Heritage Commission, the Salem-based nonprofit that spearheaded the effort to designate the route from Lynn to Salisbury as a scenic byway. The designation is an economic development tool to guide to visitors and sightseers around the region.

The effort by the shops along a 10-mile stretch of the byway was the first time Essex Heritage had seen the roadway used as a marketing device since signs were installed for it in May 2016. For their efforts, the women received the Pioneer in Partnership award from Essex Heritage at its annual meeting this fall.

Kate Day, scenic project manager at Essex Heritage, said she was inspired by the women’s efforts to promote their businesses using the roadway as a guidepost.

The shopping brochure is a tool the shop owners use to urge customers to take a drive down the byway to visit all the women-owned shops on it. It markets shops that sell antiques, gifts, folk art, home decor, furniture, jewelry, flags, windsocks and pet supplies, among other things. It also establishes a connection among shops in neighboring communities that share the byway of routes 133/1A as a common thread.

“The women who own these specialty shops along the byway are driven by a personal passion that is evident in the success of their businesses,” said Johanne Cassia, owner of Olde Ipswich Shop and Gallery in Ipswich. “They provide unique products and services that benefit the economy and the vitality of their community.”

Katrina Haskell, owner of Essex Exchange in Essex, approached Cassia with the idea of putting together a brochure for some shops.

“We realized right away that the byway would be our connection,” Cassia said.

They spoke with other business owners and invited them to join.

“All the business owners jumped on board,” Cassia said, “and we are now collaborating special events together.”

About the byway

The state Legislature established the byway in the mid-2000s, and a corridor management plan in 2011 identified directional signs as a priority. The signs, all 175 of them, were installed in May 2016, paid for with state and federal grants.

The 90-mile byway starts in Lynn and heads north through Swampscott, Marblehead, Salem, Beverly, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury.

The brochure features nine businesses and 10 women entrepreneurs along a 10-mile stretch of the byway, from Gloucester to Rowley.

They include Pauline’s Gifts, which Pauline Bresnahan opened in Gloucester in 1999. She and her husband, Glen, live in her childhood home next to the shop. As a little girl, she said, she always wanted to own the shop, so she purchased the property about 18 years ago.

At first, it was an outlet for her own decorative arts; she paints more than 100 mailboxes a year.

“The rest of the gifts grew from there,” she said. Flags are one of her biggest sellers.

“We want to support each other,” said Bresnahan when asked why it was important for women business owners to promote one another. “I know that working with the other women, even if they are younger women, we can teach a little bit or try to mentor some young women business people.”

Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply in Essex is another of the shops on the byway. Susan Lufkin has owned the store with her sister, Shelly Nicastro, for nine years. They both knew the former owner of the business, Jane Perkins, and purchased the store from her.

Lufkin said she is a bookkeeper and has a degree in business, and her sister has a degree in sociology.

Lufkin said it is important for women business owners to support one another, “so that we are helping each other out with our thoughts and ideas.”

“It’s a wonderful project,” said Ann Orcutt, who owns two AnnTiques shops along the byway, one in Ipswich and one in Essex.

The women had already been referring each other to one another’s shops, but the initiative broadened their base of referrals, she said. The byway gave businesses along a 10-mile stretch a connection to one another.

“That was the key,” Orcutt said. “We are all on the byway.”–

Busy Days Black Friday and Shop Local on Saturday

Great turnout for Small Business, Shop Local on Saturday and also on Black Friday. Also shopping local helps our great businesses going. You would not be able to find Lobster P.J. anywhere but Pauline’s Gift or have an owner of a store welcome you dressed as a Christmas Elf, plus great olive oil with great gift ideas. Grateful to live here. Great progress on the best Lobster Trap Tree in the world.


Chronicle WCVB Ch 5 “Women on the Byway” airs 12/6! #GloucesterMA #EssexCounty in the news

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Filming the filming: Chronicle @paulinesgifts with Pauline and Mayor Romeo Theken, still from ©TheBridge

Save the date! Chronicle  is devoting a special to Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway which is sceduled to air December 6, 2017

Chronicle has been a popular news magazine TV show focusing on stories of New England for 35 years. Weeknights at 7:30pm on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston.

The award-winning Woman Owned Businesses Along the Essex Coastal Byway is comprised of local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley. They are working together to market their businesses and began work on a great trail map brochure last spring. ¬†Their street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‚ÄėMain Street‚Äô ‚Äď Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile¬†Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. They’ve inspired other routes and articles, and now Chronicle. Congratulations to all!

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester; #2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex; #3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex; #4 The Essex Exchange, Essex; #5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*; #6 AnnTiques, Ipswich; #7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch; #8 Lost Treasures, Rowley; and #9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

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Small Business Saturday local specials

Small Business Saturday 2017 specials

Joey asked Pauline’s Gifts for information about the 6th annual Small Business Saturday and a list of specials. She was an early adapter. Here it is, and thanks Pauline!

“In 2011 the Senate unanimously supported Small Business Saturday, and in 2012 all 50 states had participants. This one day event is bringing awareness of the importance in supporting your Local Small Businesses and giving many small businesses a way to promote at no cost to them.¬†If you are an American Express merchant you are able to use the tools made available to you by AMEX. Many of us receive banners, balloons, postcards, reusable bags, and lots of other swag to use for our businesses. Even those who do not take AMEX are able to utilize the promotion working with a Neighborhood Champion. These champions obtain the materials and are able to share with other businesses in their neighborhood. In 2016 there were over 6,700 Neighborhood Champions in the country.¬†Small business owners embrace the day. Through their own promotional efforts small business owners generated an estimated $15.4 billion dollars on Small Business Saturday in 2016.”¬†GMG search pulls up posts about Small Business Saturday in 2012. Some of the 2017 GMG posts: Bridgette’s post, Donna’s post, Kim’s post about PRESENT, and GMG podcast (timestamped!)

*GC = gift certificate

Call your other favorite shops to find out what specials they may be having!

7 Seas Whale Watch: Adult GCs $29 & Season Pass Discounts
Cake Ann: 10% off Next in-store Purchase When You Buy a GC
Cape Ann Olive Oil: Buy 6 Same Size Bottles, Get 1 Free
Design of Mine: 20% off Total Purchase
DIVA : 12-20% off
Dogtown Books unique gifts, rare & used books, work by local artists
Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply
, 121 Eastern Ave, Essex: 20% off Treats, Toys, & Accessories
goodlinens – Gloucester buy-two-get-the-third-50%-off special on all of our linen on Friday and through December
Hair & Color Studio, The: Buy $50 GC get $10 GC free
LifeBloom Massage & Spa: Refer a Friend & Both Get 10% off Any Treatment (no limit)
Magic Scarf Company: Wholesale Prices, Wine/Snacks
Manchester Athletic Club: $50 Join Fee thru 11/30, 1/2 Donated to The Open Door
Maplewood Car Wash: 25% off Book of 5 Washes, 10% off GCs
O’Neil Fitness: 20% off Package of 12 Personal Training Sessions
Pauline’s Gifts: 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester: 20% off Entire Purchase (Excludes Pauline’s Painted Items)
Pop Gallery 
Premier Imprints: Gloucester: 20% off Premier Imprints gifts
Present: Celebrate Small Business Saturday as we release our holiday ornaments!
R & B Carpet Cleaning Services: 10% off
Sand to City Style: 20% off
Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, 7 Main St, Essex: Up to 40% Off
The Urchin Exchange: 20% off

Pauline’s Gift

Pauline’s Gifts located at 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, had Chronical interviewing with regards to the Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. As always a fun time when shopping in Pauline’s and chatting with Pauline and her wonderful customers.

GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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Time-stamped Topics Include (click on digits before each topic to go direct):

00:12 Paul Lundberg Running For Councilor At Large- Why?

11:46 The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird from Gloucester Stage Buy Tickets Here

14:44 Kim Balls Her Eyes Out

31:37 Cape Ann Community Cinema Ticket Contest We will have two free tickets to give away I will post a question from the podcast, people need to share the podcast, tag me in it and answer the question for a chance to win the tickets.

Cape Ann Community Cinema Tickets Contest Question- What movie did Joey and Kate see?

34:40 The Franklin Cape Ann For Dinner- Maria Seniti and Crew Have Not Lost A Step -Delivering Consistency For Years At The Franklin.

37:36 Happy Belly CoffeeРShoutout To Happy Belly Coffee Roaster Tom

40:20 Serenitee Rewards Card Joey Got One Free Entree because you get one to use during your birthday month , One Free Coffee and $10.00 Free To Use At Happy Belly

42:20 Cape Pod Ice Gift Shop, Cape Ann Whale Watch Gift Shop, Pauline’s Gifts, Maritime Gloucester, Weathervane, One Ocean One Love

45:26¬†You Can Help Fund Kim Smith’s Monarch Butterfly Film

46:52 This past week Essex National Heritage announced new trustees including PETER WEBBER, Cape Ann Chamber; new commissioners including KIM SMITH; and 2017 Pioneer in Partnership awardees including Woman owned businesses of the Byway¬† Essex National Heritage organizes the wildly successful Trails and Sails and the coastal scenic Byway‚ÄĒbest route home from the airport if you have family/friends visiting for the first time and they get into Logan like at 4pm on a weekday and don‚Äôt want to be horribly stuck in traffic on route 1! easy to follow and gorgeous. Essex National Heritage celebrated their 20th anniversary this past winter and many Gloucester and Cape Ann organizations were recognized. Only one person, though, and she was‚ĶKIM!

 

49:15 Dan Ruberti Passed

50:34¬†Joey I’m Edwin from Tacos Lupita can u help me spread the word..A quick update on the donations to Puerto Rico. We have 2 containers of donations but we have the money to sent only one so far. So I ask the community of Gloucester one more time to help collect 6k to pay for the other container. God bless

52:10 Addicted to Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Corn Tortilla Chips. Is it bad to eat nacho chips at 7am?

54:33 Ro-Tel Dip

56:35 Pigeon Cove Tavern

58:50 Fun things to do ART LINKS compiled by Cat Ryan-
Arts events still going strong on Sunday and Monday Columbus Day weekend

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies

Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

Not sure if these have planned 2017 dates, yet

Magolia Sip and Stroll; Brace Cove Annual Art Market; Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing

SAVE this link to plan for every FALL¬†Gloucester annual arts events schedule‚ÄĒjust in October/ ‚Äúfall‚ÄĚ!

 

Free Trails & Sails events today throughout Gloucester, Cape Ann, all of Essex County

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:

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Last chance: FREE & FUN Essex Trails & Sails Friday thru Sunday only

Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails 

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.¬†

2017 Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails #TrailsAndSails

 

2nd of two annual weekends is big in Gloucester this year

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Great idea and beautiful new trail map! Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Route 133/1A

One for All and All for One !

Local women retailers and colleagues from Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich and Rowley met early last spring about working together to market their businesses. ¬†These street level shops represent 4 cities and towns, and share a regional ‘Main Street’ – Route 133/1A, part of the gorgeous 90 mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. The new¬†Woman Owned Businesses Along The Essex Coastal Scenic Byway¬†brochure will be in stores before Labor Day. I’ll re-post with higher resolution images and final copy when it’s unveiled.¬†While you’re exploring this contemporary woman owned businesses trail, don’t miss the fantastic historic exhibition¬†The Women of Essex – Stories to Share show sponsored by the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, on display on the 3rd Floor of the¬†Essex Town Hall and Library, 30 Martin Street (Route 22), Essex.

Fun route is easy to follow

#1 Pauline’s Gifts, Gloucester

#2 Essex Bird Shop & Pet Supply, Essex

#3 Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens, Essex

#4 The Essex Exchange, Essex

#5 Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery, Ipswich*

#6 AnnTiques, Ipswich

#7 Be Modern, Ipsiwch

#8 Lost Treasures, Rowley

#9 Serendipity at Todd’s Farm, Rowley

*Johanne Cassia, who owns Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery –#5 on the new map–painted the illustration of their businesses featured on the brochure.

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Woman Owned Business on the Essex coastal byway

I’ve included a few scenes from The Women of Essex – Stories to Share exhibition at Essex Town Hall and the renovated bright space on the top floor, accessible for all.

photo- Women of Essex: Restauranteurs (detail from installation Essex Town Hall)

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Generous gifts | Pauline’s Gifts paints an original scene on a surprising surface

What a lovely surprise gift from my friend, Pauline, and an even more surprising matrix I had to share! Pauline painted a tender piping plover mom with 2 chicks and an iconic Cape Ann vista directly on¬†¬†a vintage bag with bamboo – rattan handles.¬†I’m gobsmacked. Twin chicks. Twin Lights. Love it!

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Pauline’s Gift Shop, 512 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA. Check out Pauline’s work and her creative solutions for a range of commissions!

Join American Craft Week Oct 6-15 | Gloucester made the USA Top 10 list and you should be in the guide!

Here’s a super easy and great opportunity to share what you do or help your friend’s work get noticed. ¬†Crafters, artisans, makers, retailers, creatives: make sure to sign up before July 1, 2017 when it’s just $25.

Please share. Also, please encourage any under 30 Gloucester to showcase their work. Perhaps they’ll be designated next year’s ‘rising stars’.¬†Participants & Events :: American Craft Week :: HOW TO JOIN¬†¬†and check out their resource page-¬†“PR power packet page”

Here’s why Gloucester won

gloucester is top 10 town in USA for craft lovers winner 2017

It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s¬†heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today¬†(more on the pioneers below.) Pauline Bresnahan participates and drummed up the vote: “Gloucester has always encouraged creativity, individuality and artistic expression. Honored to be able to participate and encourage others to take part in this celebration for everyone who has fallen in love with their art and craft that shows their creativity.”

October is BEAUTIFUL!

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I’ve gathered special events and festivals that run annually each¬†October/Fall in Gloucester and on Cape Ann. ¬†Make sure to look into the monthly art¬†gallery exhibitions, live music, performances, and readings going on in the many art and culture venues as well as¬†non-traditional spaces, businesses, organizations, accommodations, and restaurants. Mind you this is only the fall (October!) listings:

Just in October

Founded in 2016-  Cape Ann Plein Air Note that Paint Essex annual Plein Air  (founded in 2012) moved from a summer slot to the fall to coincide with Cape Ann Plein Air in 2016

Founded in 2016- Look for Magnolia Sip and Stroll nights –¬†¬†“Enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live music while visiting the wonderful shops on historic Lexington Avenue in Magnolia, MA”

Founded in 2015- Brace Cove 2nd Annual Art Market (one day only!) 1pm till dark.

Founded in –¬†Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing Company

Founded in 2010 /in Gloucester 2014 – Annual American Craft Week held in October¬†Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 Annual American Craft Week October 6-15¬†¬†Last year Pauline’s Gifts and Cape Ann Artisans participated. I think we can increase that list a bit!¬†

Founded in 2015 – Pumpkin Carving at Cape Ann Art Haven

Founded in 2012- Fall Fest at Mile Marker 1 by Bridge Cape Ann

Founded in 2009- the Annual DoctoberFest Documentary Film Festival curated by Cape Ann Cinema & Stage (estab.2008)

Founded in 2006- Cape Ann Farmers Market outdoor market Thursdays into October, also features artisans and makers.

Founded in 1984- Annisquam Arts & Crafts show Oct 8 & Oct 9, 10-5

Founded in 1984-  Annual Art Auction, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Founded in 1983-  Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour (the oldest continuous in the country) featured as part of Artweek Boston 2016

Founded in 1979- Gloucester Stage is world class professional American theater in our country’s oldest seaport. Look for fall Premiers

Founded in 1972- Annual Essex Clamfest October

VENERABLE ARTS  TRADITION

Start with a visit to Cape Ann Museum¬†a world class American art museum with a not to miss fine art and archive collections founded in 1873. Just Go! Outsider art and fine craft maker high lights include Folly Cove designers repository, ¬†1893 Columbian Exposition¬†Chicago World’s Fair harbor diorama, Fiesta oars, and the¬†Community of Neighborhoods quilt cycle.

In each and every decade, printed ephemera and guides capture Gloucester’s long proud cultural history. Guides matter. Here are a couple of pioneer examples with a craft emphasis from the 1960s and 1892. American Craft Week is the digital equivalent of a who’s who in the American craft scene.

1960s

“We are told in the print that the American public is hungry for art…untouched by the machine. Cape Ann craft workers can satisfy that hunger…given a chance.” Henry Bollman, 1961

Bollman a ceramicist volunteered to chair the crafts section VIII of the 10th annual Gloucester Arts Festival: Ruth Balch, leather sandals; Henry Bollman, ceramics; Harriet Curtis, weaving and trays; Doris Frankbonner, ceramics and jewelry; Folly Cove Designers, Block Printing; Heather Godfrey, furniture decoration; Max Kuhne, silver leaf; Morris Lubin, Metal work; Reina Martin, silver and gold; Robert Natti, Pottery; Ruth Powers, Rugs

1961 Gloucester MA artisans

1960 list craft exhibition: John Black (silk screen); Henry Bollman (Ceramics); Greg Burke (Mosaics); Doris Coleman (Rockport Beach Glass jewelry); Edward Coleman (Rockport Beach glass jewelry); Carol Creed (mosaics); Alfred Czerepak (wood sculpture); Otis Dana (old pine furniture); Preston Donn (stained glass); Anne Daukas (woodwork); Folly cove designers (printed fabrics); Hazel Gaudreau (pottery); Heather Godfrey (hand painted trays and furniture); Thelma Karr (fabric designing); Evelyn Krames (enameling); Sol Krames (enameling); Max Kuehne (silver leaf); Gene Lesch (pewter and soft metals); Moris Lubin (art metal work); Ada Maker (ceramic coffee table); Barbara Marshall (cabinetmaker); Reino Martin (gold and silversmith); Sandra Matheson (cermaics)

1960 craft exhibition

Detail from one of the maps indicating the “General location of artists residing in same place permanently or each summer.” This one shows Gloucester Bay View, Lanesville, Folly Cove area mainly painters and sculptors among them: Paul Manship, Walker Hancock, Leon Kroll, George Demetrios, Virginia Lee Burton, Folly Cove Designers

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The Gloucester Arts Festival scheduled ancillary programming like Cape Ann Festival of the Arts guided hikes and arts and writing exhibitions and contests for Gloucester’s youth.

1892

The Art and Loan Exhibition¬†for¬†The Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Gloucester held August 24-29 ¬† featured “a representation collection of the antique and artistic from the many homes on Cape Ann…In connection with the exhibit a souvenir silver scarf pin was sold representing a fishing schooner under full rig with the dates 1642-1892 in raised work, and found ready purchasers…A piece of room paper from the walls of the old Ellery House, the first wall paper used in Gloucester, is exhibited…an interesting bit of fancy work is a frame inscribed in letters worked in silk Hannah Masters her Sampler May 8 1768…Another piece of family work which shows evidence of much labor and painstaking is a Clark family tree worked in silk on canvas in 1832 by Mary B. Clark, mother of Mayor Andrews…” The loan and art committee were reimbursed ¬†$1195.81; the souvenir pins inventory was $211.40. Thankfully the city published a “true and detailed account of the 250th anniversary observance and illustrated¬†these Lane and Beach works. The 1817 view of Gloucester by Capt Beach was loaned by Asa G. Andrews, too. JB Foster was the one and only artist on the extensive exhibition checklist (321 detailed items) that listed his work for sale $100 “At the Wharf Gloucester Harbor”.¬†James Pringle wrote the seminal digitized¬†“History of the town and city of Gloucester, Cape Ann, Massachusetts” 1892.

1892 art and loan on exhibit for Gloucester MA 250th

American Craft Week

Gloucester recognized as one of America’s top 10 towns for craft lovers | 2017 annual American Craft Week October 6-15

Thanks to Pauline Bresnahan for promoting Gloucester and MA.

Our neighbors in ME have a lot of listings.

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Now in its eighth year, American Craft Week is the country‚Äôs largest celebration of handmade American craft. It will take place this October 6 ‚Äď 15 2017 in galleries, festivals, museums, libraries and artist studios across the country. Learn more at¬†americancraftweek.com.¬†

PBS

Craft in America premieres its newest episode, NATURE, this Friday, April 21 on PBS. (Check local listing for time.) One of the featured artists is Iowa City basket maker extraordinaire, Mary Merkel-Hess. Learn more about this new episode and the wonderful craft artists it features: www.craftinamerica.org.

UNDER 30

See the winners of the 2016 Rising Star Competition, naming 30 exceptional craft artists under the age of 30. See them all at www.ACWshowcase.com

Cape Ann Fall art fairs and events 

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