Tag Archives: Ravenswood Park

Woodland Winter Greens

woodland winter greens

I love the bold greens in the woods in winter – a constant reminder that spring is just around the corner.  Ravenswood Park is a beautiful place to walk, thanks to the generosity of Samuel E. Sawyer.   In 1889, Sawyer’s will created Ravenswood Park which he named after the castle in Sir Walter Scott’s The Bride of Lammermoor.  We also have Samuel Sawyer to thank for the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library as much of the funding for the library came from him.  Samuel Elwell Sawyer was born in Gloucester on November 25, 1815 and died in Gloucester on December 15, 1889, at the age of 73.

E.J. Lefavour

Snapshots from Liv

Our daughter Liv is heading back to NYC tomorrow. It’s been a joy having her home for nearly an entire week and I am surely going to miss her. Liv emailed several iPhone photos from her hike with Rosie yesterday at Ravenswood Park.

Ravenswood Park Gloucester Liv Photo

We all love our mobile phones, although it is in all our interest to pause and and think about where the materials for our modern gadgets comes from and whose lives are directly affected. In Time Magazine’s August 27th Wireless Issue, Michael Christopher Brown photographed his essay A Camera Goes Anywhere: Even to the depth of the mines at the heart of its circuitry with his iPhone. Cameras are strictly forbidden in the mines of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo where armed groups and governments have used conflict minerals as the latest way to help fund their oppressive regimes. These minerals, which include tourmaline, cassiterite, and coltan are used to make critical components of mobile phones. It is ironic that the entire essay was shot with Brown’s iPhone. Click the link to read the article and to see Brown’s photos.

Impressions of Ravenswood Park

The other day, a friend took me to Ravenswood Park for the first time.  Good thing I wasn’t alone, or I would probably have either gotten lost or missed out on some of the beautiful spots in the park! This is a great place to go for a walk. Just bring lots of bug repellant…

School vacation week on Cape Ann

From the Beacon

From Ravenswood Park to Halibut Point to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, there is plenty for kids and families to enjoy during school vacation week. Plus enjoy art, dance and cheerleading lessons as well.

Here are some ideas:

Ravenswood Park programs

The Trustees of Reservations is hosting a series of programs “February School Vacation = Exploration!” at the Cape Ann Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park with explorations at their surrounding properties beginning on Saturday, Feb. 13 running through Sunday, Feb. 21.

Cost is $4 for Trustees member adults, $5 for non-member adults, and free for children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The following programs will be offered:

Ice Age Trail, Saturday, Feb. 13, 1-3 p.m.

Hermit’s Tales on the Trails, Tuesday, Feb. 16 and/or Thursday, Feb. 18, 1-3 p.m.

Snowflake Shapes and Science, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1-3 p.m.

“Waterfront” (the movie), Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Animals of the Night: Live Animal Presentation, Saturday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.

Beginning Winter Birding, Sunday, Feb. 21, 8-10 a.m. (at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport).

Call 978-281-8400, e-mail capeanneducator@ttor.org, or register online at www.thetrustees.org.

Hip-hop and shipbuilding with Wellspring

Wellspring Cape Ann Families is planning two free fun events for February vacation, open to all on Cape Ann.

Shipbuilding will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St, Essex. Make your own Chebacco Boat and learn about maritime history. The first 40 families will also receive a free copy of the local children’s book “Schooner.” Registration is required by calling 978-281-7856 with the number of children and adults.

Hip-Hop/Latin Dance is on Thursday, Feb. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. at WCAF, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Rock your body with local Hip-hop/Latin Dance fitness trainer Jennifer Amero from The Met: Metamorphosis Alternative Fitness Studio. Workshop is geared towards children 7 and up and parents are welcome to participate.

These free events are made possible by the Linden Foundation.

For more information, call Stacy Randell, 978-281-7856, srandell@wellspringhouse.org.

GHS Cheerleading Mini Camp

The Gloucester High School Cheerleaders will host a Mini Camp on Feb. 16, 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gloucester High School Field House. All children ages 5 to 14 are welcome. The cost is $75. Registrations are still being accepted by calling Patricia Marques at 978-283-5718 or e-mail cpauljr@verizon.net.

Art Haven special classes

While still offering the normal schedule of after-school classes, Art Haven is offering a variety of activities for elementary and middle school students next week. Individual classes are $20 or $25:

Elementary School

Paint Big: Monday, 9-11:30 a.m.; Tie Dye a T-shirt, Tuesday, 9-11:30; and Lord of the Rings Day: Wednesday, 9-3:30 $20

Middle School

Pottery Day: Monday, 12:30-3; Tie Dye a T-shirt: Tuesday, 12:30-3; Lord of the Rings Day: Wednesday, 9-3:30; Jewelry Making: Thursday, 9-11:30; Silk Screen T-shirts: Thursday, 12:30-3.

For information, visit www.arthaven.org. For reservations, call 978-283-3888 or e-mail arthaveninfo@gmail.com.

School vacation ‘exploration': Trustees’ series kicks off Saturday

By Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times Staff Writer

The Trustees of Reservations are hosting a series of programs geared toward next week’s February school vacation, all based on a theme of “exploration.”

Several of the programs will be held at the newly renovated Cape Ann Learning & Discovery Center located at Ravenswood Park.

The events will feature explorations at Ravenswood and surrounding properties beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 21:

*Ice Age Trail: Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Hermit’s Tales on the Trails: Tuesday and, or Thursday, Feb. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Snowflake Shapes & Science: Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*”Waterfront (the movie)”: Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

*”Animals of the Night:”a live animal presentation, Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Beginning Winter Birding: Sunday, Feb. 21, 8 to 10 a.m. at Halibut Point State Park.

For more information, please click here.

Skiing in Ravenswood

Yesterday I spent the most peaceful morning cross-country skiing in Ravenswood Park. Although there were several cars in the parking lot, I saw only a handful of people on the trails.

The sun and trees created giant shadows on the snow. The quietness filled the air. The only sound was the flap of my skis on my boots. I followed the Quarry Rd. trail where this photo was taken. The familiar landscape of my mountain bike rides was transformed into a winter wonderland.

Know Your Place: Special events at Ravenswood Park

From the Beacon-

The Trustees of Reservations is offering a series of events at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester:

Sunday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m.: The new Education Center’s ExSKULLent Adventure. Families are welcome to join in the newest treasure hunt “Sweetbay Swamp Quest” and learn about this new family sport, make your own stamps, and make your own passbooks. Learn how and what animals eat with close-up views of animal skulls. Costumes are welcome. Free to all.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m.: Ravenswood Rocks! Geological features tour with DCR’s John Ratti. A rock is not a thing, but a drama. It reflects universal axioms such as, “As above, so below,” and is the great unifying science of the world. Join the Trustees and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation educator John Ratti for a unique presentation of this elegant science. Members free, nonmember adults, $5. Pre-registration required.

For the rest of the schedule, click here.

February Vacation! Stuff to do with the Kids!

Plenty for parents to plan to do on vacation this month

Parents and caregivers looking for activities for the children during school vacation week can choose from several offerings from local organizations.

Here’s a short list of the activities offered  for the weekend and into next week.

Movies–  Cape Ann Cinema, Gloucester Cinema

Cape Ann Families“Do Something Really Big!”,  Nature Crafts,  Dance Revolution, “Guitar Hero” Tournament

The Trustees of Reservations Winter birding, Snowflake Science, Winter Quest, Hermit’s Tales on the Trails, Cows in their Winter Home, Bluebird Nest Box Building

Manchester Public Library- Make a Bird Feeder  Audubon Ark Museum Passes

Check out Flapping like a Haddock for  more fun things to do!


The Hermit of Ravenswood

hermit-of-ravenswoodBIRD CALLS PUNCTUATE THE AIR WHILE THE HUM OF A bee provides a soothing song. Only the train whistle permeates the serenity of Ravenswood Park, much the way it must have done for the “Hermit of Gloucester” a century ago. Mason Walton — the Hermit — hardly needed the distant reminder of another world. The world came to him……

Click here for the interesting story of Mason Walton