Beautiful snow at Stage Fort Park
Beautiful snow at Stage Fort Park
This morning’s snow and ice lingered all day, shrouding the city in such a hauntingly beautiful manner that I couldn’t help but take the late afternoon off and went looking and taking as many photos as possible before the sun set.
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
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.
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. “
The Northeast Conference Middle School championship races races held at Stage Fort Park on October 26th 2016.
“And on to the zip line. Once again, she has a lot of stuffed animal friends to cheer her on the course today…one-handed over the water bottles, and she makes it no problem…” (the father’s sweet narration)
The inspiring viral video of one dad’s DIY backyard obstacle course for his daughter could easily have been featured in Design Museum Boston‘s excellent Extraordinary Play exhibition which was held at the BSA space, Boston Society of Architecture. Extraordinary Play featured the best international public playground design, mostly big budget projects. Based on the posters, my sons and an older cousin thought the sky playground in City Museum, St. Louis, the Blaxland Riverside Park in Homebush Bay Australia, and the Globe Dokk1 Aarhaus in Denmark look amazing!
We’d visit any of the BSA notable playgrounds in a heartbeat if we traveled nearby: Geopark Stavangar, Norway; Adventure Playground, Berkeley; Parque Gulliver, Valencia, Spain; The Globe Dokk1, Aarhaus, Denmark; Maggie Daley Park, Chicago; and Brooklyn Bridge Park, NY. (Scroll below to see those posters.)
Gloucester is lucky to have several good playgrounds. My children loved the gigantic truck, pirate ship and lighthouse at Stage Fort, plus so many paths, boulders and expansive fields and vistas. (I don’t think the sea serpent was there when they were little. We hope they might come back to supplement the excellent swings and climbing structure)
Go before the Freedom Trail! Very helpful- reminded me of the old display at Gettysburg.
Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.
Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.
Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.
Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea
Snapped a photo at a break between sets. Off to the vendors before they begin tuning up for Cassadee
Apparently and not surprisingly Ringo helps Boston Fence set in the fences at Stage Fort for Gloucester’s first country fest, coming this Saturday noon -5 (gates open 11 AM). I didn’t stop to chat or take more photographs because we were in the middle of a Gloucester beaches challenge. What an unforgettable venue to listen to Cassadee Pope (big single out right now and Voice Season 3 winner. Who was her coach?) and Boston bands Houston Bernard Band and Southern City Band ! Cassadee Pope’s twitter photograph features beach/dune background. Wonder where it was taken? Everyone will have some good photos from Stage Fort. You can listen to Ringo and Emily talk to Joey about the Country fest on the podcast.
A mid-week vacation day is the easiest. Oh, and you’ll need your resident beach sticker. We prepped our car with a picnic blanket for the seat, extra towels, and ice waters. Start early and grab a big “lobsterjack” breakfast because you’ll need the fuel. End late.
Let’s establish some base rules here.
First off, you need to spend at least 15 minutes at each beach. (You can tweak this a little if you want.) Next, you need to dive under. We suggest a ritual for each beach, e.g. ‘The Five and Dive’. Finally, you have to stop for ice cream and candy. Remember, you can do these beaches (or others in Gloucester) and jumps in any order. Be flexible for unexpected delays like staying at one beach for hours, or a friend asking you to drop off a sub (*cough* Joey *cough*). Most importantly, you have to do at least 13 beaches and 2 jumps in one day. Mind the tides. Be grateful we have so many choices.
Annisquam lighthouse. Coffin’s beach. Good Harbor beach. Long beach. Magnolia beach. Niles beach. Pavilion beach (by Beach Court). Pavilion beach bonus (by the cut). Plum Cove beach. Rocky Neck Oakes Cove beach. Stage Fort Park (1) – Cressy’s beach ( our alt. title ‘sea serpent’ big beach). Stage Fort Park (2) – Half Moon beach. Wheeler’s Point. Wingaersheek beach.
Annisquam bridge. Magnolia Pier.
*We do this challenge at least once each summer. Yesterday we started off with breakfast at Willow’s Rest and continued from there. Our timing was random especially as we spent hours at Wingaersheek. The second meal to get us through the day came from the sandwich counter at Annie’s by Wingaersheek. Yes, they have a sandwich counter.
Starts at 7pm at the Grand Stand.
The view from the Beauport Hotel restaurant looking towards Stage Fort Park. Happy 4th of July!
Red, White, and Blue Grand Finale
I thought the fireworks this fourth extra stupendous. If you agree, the Gloucester Fireworks Committee is looking for donations, small and large, for the fireworks display during Schooner Festival over Labor Day Weekend. If you haven’t already contributed, they would appreciate your help. You can donate by clicking here or sending a check to:
The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Please make the notation on your check “Fireworks.”
A few more
GloucesterCast 166 With Guests Steven Winslow, @DonnaArd , Leslie Heffron, @KimSmithDesigns and Host @Joey_C Taped 1/17/16
A preliminary drawing was discussed outlining the new possible location for the Farmer’s Market. Amongst several proposed improvements, my favorite was the idea to connect, via a new trail, Stage Fort Park to Ravenswood. GENIUS!! A commitment was made to continue to work with the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Cyclocross, festivals, neighbors, and all interested parties. Looking forward to learning more!
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester
“For the Birds” – A Juried Multi-Media Exhibition of Avian Inspired Art
January 28-March 6
Opening Reception – Sunday, January 31 2:00-4:00 P.M.
Related Lectures at the Cultural Center:
Chris Leahy, Bertrand Chair of Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon, on “John J. Audubon: His Life and Art”
Thursday, February 11 7:00 P.M.
Kim Smith, photographer and filmmaker, “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann”, Thursday, February 18 7:00 P.M.
Rocky Neck Art Colony galleries open this winter:
Elynn Kroger Gallery, Side Street/ Hughes-Bosca, Goetemann Gallery, James B. Hand Fine Art, John Nesta Gallery, Zinc Gallery
189 Main Street, Gloucester
“Nest”- 3rd annual exhibition in partnership with Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art- offering artworks from the museum’s collection
January 30-March 6
Hours: Sat. 10-7, Thurs., Fri., Sun., Mon. 10-5, Tues. and Wed. -by appt.
Saturday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.- an evening of performance art with a natural history theme
Opening reception for the exhibition-Saturday, February 13, 5-7 p.m.
John James Audubon ,Isaac Sprague, Sharon Beals, Winston Swift Boyer, Nadine Boughton, Gabrielle Barzaghi
42 Broadway, Rockport
“Party at iartcolony”-internationally known artists currently represented by major galleries, museums and collectors
Hours: Friday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and by appointment through January 30
Abbreviated list of artists represented:
Brian Burkhardt, Tess Atkinson , Jill Whitney Armstrong, Judith Scott Larsen, Peik Larsen, Molly Segal
A delightful couple from St Louis Missouri who come to Gloucester at least two times a year. We exchanged emails and they sent me a photo they took at Stage Fort Park, the lobster they said was bought off a boat at Capt. Joe’s.
When I posted yesterday, I didn’t know the Chamber is still offering $28 tickets at their 44 Commercial St. office until Friday @ Noon. And if you go to the Harbor Loop concert tomorrow and track down Frank Biscardi or Gary Gorczyca, you can get $28 tickets from them too. Weather prediction is for 72 and sunny. A tad cool for the beach, but perfect for dancing to the Blues @ Stage Fort Park!
Come dance to this!
So … saving $12/ticket means nothing to you? Really? Here’s the thing: Advance sales END on Monday. It’s a NO BRAINER to get your tickets RIGHT NOW — RIGHT HERE and save money!
Every year the Gloucester Blues Festival gets better and better. Next Saturday (Aug 8th) is your only chance to see major blues stars LIVE IN GLOUCESTER on the same stage. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the SEVEN bands, Mitch Woods, who will ROCK stage Fort Park like you’ve never heard it done before!
She is from Vermont, he is from the Middle of Pennsylvania, Gloucester is the mid-point. They will be married Sunday July 12th at Stage Fort Park. Congratulations and we hope you will return to celebrate many wedding anniversaries here in Gloucester.