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Essex Heritage Announces 2017 Partnership Grant Winners|including 4 Gloucester

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Essex National Heritage photo YMCA grant recipient

From their release:

20 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

 May 18, 2017 – The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, announced the 2017 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program recipients at the Commission’s spring meeting in Methuen on May 18. Over the next year, the 20 grant recipients will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.

“We recognize the importance of supporting local organizations and we are proud that we are able to award twenty partnership grants again this year” said Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO, “Over the 19-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County – and we know that this seed money greatly impacts the region by leveraging more investments in the Essex National Heritage Area.”


Cape Ann YMCA

The Cape Ann YMCA is partnering with Maritime Gloucester and others to pilot Maritime Discovery Camp, a six-week summer youth program. Based on Gloucester’s historic working waterfront, the program will inspire learning, leadership and personal growth through sailing activities, marine science and maritime heritage explorations, both on and off the water. Approximately 120 campers ages 8 to 13 will participate in the hands-on experiences. Funding from the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program will enable the Cape Ann Y to provide scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth who could not otherwise afford to attend camp.

Manship Artists Residence and Studios

Best known for his Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, sculptor Paul Manship developed a 15-acre site for his home and studio in the Gloucester village of Lanesville. Purchased in 1944, the property includes two relocated 19th-century buildings, a culturally significant landscape, and two water-filled quarries. The property and its occupants were central figures in Lanesville’s well-known art colony. The grant project entails the engagement of specialists who will document the site’s existing conditions and research its history. The resulting information will be incorporated into the group’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and a master plan for the creation of a culture center with an artist residency program.

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Since its rollout in 2008, the Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail has become an unparalleled interpretive tool for researchers and visitors seeking to experience Rocky Neck’s rich cultural heritage. Over the years, the art trail has served to further the Colony’s mission, foster the economic and cultural vitality of the Rocky Neck community, and undoubtedly helped Rocky Neck become one of the earliest state-designated cultural districts in the Commonwealth. Recognizing the need to remain relevant in 2017 and beyond, the Colony is using its Essex Heritage grant to make significant updates to its Art Trail materials, including a redesigned map and new racks cards.

Sargent House Association

Prominently situated in downtown Gloucester, the Sargent House was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray, a celebrated philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women’s equality. The house contains an exceptional collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, objects and documents. Last year’s annual inspection revealed that a number of the building’s cedar roofing shingles had fallen off due to corroded nail heads – a growing problem within the New England historic house community. The all-volunteer association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will use its Essex Heritage grant to restore the most compromised sections of the roof.


GloucesterCast 131 With Melissa Cox, Rick Doucette and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 131 With Melissa Cox, Rick Doucette and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

Topics Include : 28th Annual Pride Stride, If you are a non-profit you are crazy not to participate in Pride Stride, Melissa explains how the City Budget process works and encourages citizens to get involved by showing up at meetings, parking lots and I4C2, The YMCA and Fuller School, Rick’s pitch for why the YMCA works at Fuller, Joey asks Melissa for Fiscal Year 2014 Gloucester Wind Turbine Data and she comes through with the data for GMG- 8,552,147 kWh produced, National Grid Net Metering Credit Payments $1,384,538. , Looking Back at The Windmill Poll Projections from October 14, 2012- Mayor Kirk Says City Will Conservatively Save $450,000 Per Year In Energy Costs, Bikini Speedo Dodgeball This Sunday Noon at Camp Spindrift, Please Take Cabs or Sign Up For UBER and get A  free UBER ride to the event by signing up with free ride coupon code CAPEANN Here- https://get.uber.com/go/capeann ,YMCA Rockathon, YMCA Clean Team.

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Last Night’s Taste of Cape Ann

As host to the fantastic Taste of Cape Ann, the Cruiseport Gloucester was the place to be last night!

We went….and we tasted.

What a tremendous collection of Cape Ann’s finest purveyors, establishments, and eateries serving up some delicious food, decadent treats, and a choice selection of beverages…all in the name of a fantastic cause.  Can you say, “Win, Win”?  Many excellent raffle items also helped to raise more money and give other local businesses the opportunity to get involved in this tremendous event.

All ticket sales will go towards supporting Cape Ann YMCA Teen Service Trips to New Orleans, Navajo Nation, and Nicaragua.  I’m not sure I can think of a better learning opportunity for our community’s youth than providing them the chance to help communities that are in dire need.  It is worth mentioning that I couldn’t have been more impressed by the students that were in attendance to represent the YMCA last night.  They were enthusiastic, incredibly helpful, and wonderfully polite.  Several times throughout the evening I was asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?” and they were right there to remove plates from tables, tidy the function space, and offer friendly smiles.  Great job, kids!  Way to represent!

Links to articles about their service missions can be found here:


For information on Teen Programming at the Cape Ann YMCA contact Rick Doucette at doucetter@northshoreymca.org or 978-283-0470

Most restaurants ever at Taste of Cape Ann Tonight — Even Duckworths!

This is always a good time — great food, wine, beer, spirits and people — and all for an excellent cause: supporting your local YMCA.  There’s even music.  This is the place to be tonight!

THEN and NOW – Main Street (1873)

Before photo and information Submitted by Fred Bodin:

51 Main Street (Cafe Bishco is there now).

West End of Main Street buildings, including the Cape Ann Savings Bank and the YMCA.

The second floor of the bank building became Gloucester’s first YMCA in 1858, one of the oldest Y’s in the U.S. The first YMCA was established in Boston in the Old South Church.




Origami for kids at Art Haven and Theatre Camp for Kids at the YMCA

This Thursday (3:30-5PM) is the last origami class for kids this month at Art Haven!  The content and level of difficulty of the class is entirely flexible according to the needs and interests of those who sign up.

So, for example, if your child (or a child you know) has an origami book and has stopped using it because he/she is stuck on a difficult model or discouraged, register them for the class and bring them with the book in question! I will help them through whatever difficulty they may be facing, and we can fold some model(s) from the book with the other students.

The possibilities are endless! Contact Art Haven for details on pricing and registration, and if you do register and have a specific interest or need, let me know ahead of time so I can prepare if necessary (you can comment on this post).  Here’s a photo from a previous class, showing me with budding origami artist Leon Calvo:

origami class photo

We folded a boat, a dragon, a lotus flower, and a Brontosaurus (aka Apatosaurus). Leon’s father David Calvo is a wood carver who does beautiful work and teaches classes as well.

It’s not too late to sign kids up for Theatre Camp at the YMCA! I’ve heard great things about this program. “Murder on Rocky Neck: The Opera” was the result of a similar program with Henry Allen in the past.1077257_395860890520460_1502729790_oMatthew Green

The YMCA Campaign

Living on Cape Ann we are blessed to have such a wonderful YMCA. Please listen and read their annual campaign. My daughter works at the Y and my husband and I belong to this great place. Enjoy and am sure you will recognize some of great citizens on this video.




Back in January, thirty-three members of the YMCA Teen Leaders Club embarked on their annual "Rockathon to Feed Cape Ann’s Hungry" – with each member rocking in a rocking chair for 24-sleepless hours from 8am Saturday through 8am Sunday.  Each Y Teen Leader committed to solicit and collect a minimum of 230 cans.  Youth spent weeks soliciting and then collecting donations of non-perishable food items.  In order to accommodate prospective donors who might have difficulty carting caseloads of cans, the club established a "two-for-a-dollar" rate for financial donations for Open Door.

Through the efforts of this fantastic group of local youth, 7749 cans and other non-perishable food items were earned and distributed to the Open Door, St. Vincent DePaul Society and directly to local families in need.

On March 10th, the YMCA Teen Leaders Club welcomed special guest Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of the Open Door to attend their weekly meeting.  After Julie thanked the teens for their consistently strong efforts year after year, club members proudly presented a $2075 donation – the fiscal culmination of the groups’ collections.  The YMCA Teen Leaders Club would like to officially recognize our top three solicitors:  Alex Jones-770, Steven Verga-554 and Shannon Gallagher-536.  We would also like to extend thanks to our families, friends, neighbors and the community for such a tremendous outpouring of support for others in need. Also, special thanks for donations to Dominos Pizza and Carroll K. Steele Insurance for our meals.

Other participants include: Noah Ashe, Paul Bondarev, Heather Boudrow, Cheyanne Fanala, Colby Ferris , Victoria Flannagan, Alex Henry, Katt Kariores, Sofia Lane , Ardrianna Lombardo, Rosie, Luce, Jared Marshall, Christian O’Donnell, Lindsay Parrish, Matt Pastagal, Kevin Redmond, Nathan Rubin, Jeff. St. Peter, Brandon Stewart, Breanna Silva, Antonio Saputo, Andreaz Saputo, Tiffany Sonia, Danielle Thibodeau, Keith Todd, Molly White, Zach White, Andrew Widtfeldt, Nikki Williamson & Robyn Wonson.





The YMCA is hosting an overnight Ski/Snowboard Trips for grades 6 and up; younger children may participate if accompanied by a parent. Trip fee is $155, add $30 for Rental Equipment. We hit the slopes on Friday night from 9pm -3am. We’ll camp overnight in the lodge and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet to fuel up for a full day Saturday (9am – 5pm) back out on the slopes. Transportation is provided with drop-off and pick-up at the Rockport Teen Center and the YMCA. Space is limited – Pre-registration required. For more info, please call Rick Doucette at 978-283-0470 x1702 or visit www.cayteenandcamp.org

YMCA SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIPS – Jan 8, Feb 12 & Mar 12

YMCA SKI/SNOWBOARD TRIPS – Jan 8, Feb 12 & Mar 12

The YMCA is hosting a Ski/Snowboard Trips for grades 6 and up; younger children may participate if accompanied by a parent. Trip fee is $70 per trip and provides for Lift Ticket, Motorcoach Transportation, Equipment Rentals, Snowtubing and Lesson Tips.

Saturday January 8: & Saturday March 12: Pat’s Peak. Saturday February 12: GUNSTOCK. Transportation is provided with drop-off and pick-up at the Rockport Teen Center and the YMCA. Space is limited – Pre-registration required. For more info, please call Rick Doucette at 978-283-0470 x1702 or visit www.cayteenandcamp.org


YMCA’s 2nd Annual Taste of Cape Ann September 16th

YMCA’s 2nd Annual Taste of Cape Ann

Food & Wine Gala

Sample food from the area’s best restaraunts including Alchemy, Chili Choice, the Dog Bar, Emerson Inn by the Sea, Henry’s, Jalapeno’s, Jim’s Bakery, Latitude 43, La Tratoria, Madfish Grille, Pleasant Street Tea Company, the Rudder, Ryan & Wood Distillery, the Seaport Grille, Sugar Magnolia’s, and Vinwood.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Cruiseport- Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square

6:00- 9:00pm

Tickets $35

Tickets are available at the Cape Ann YMCA or at the door.

All proceeds benefit the YMCA’s Child Care, Camp and Teen Initiatives in Gloucester and Rockport.

Special thanks to our sponsors Tom Davis, CPA; David McKechnie, Beauport Financial Services; Attorney Robert G. Stewart.

For more information contact:

Nikki Klink 978.283.0470 x1703



74th YMCA Around the Cape 25K Road Race

Waiting for the first runners to take the turn at Halibut Point this morning.

I noticed a rock on the side of the road.

It looked exactly like a gastrolith. You can find these pretty easily in Southern Utah. Dinosaurs are birds and they ate rocks which then crunched up the food in their gizzard. Once they were all shiny they would go down to the stream to gobble some more rocks up but puke the shiny ones up first. Sure looked like a gastrolith.

Then the runners arrived.

The run is to benefit the Cape Ann YMCA. Next year it will be the 75th running. Lots of famous people have run this race, Billy Rogers for one. I always liked Rogers since he said he enjoyed potato chips with mayonnaise. So do I.

I kept the rock.

End of Summer Splash!!

Hey everyone!
Well just a recap of what’s going on for the August 29th 2010 upcoming event called “The End of Summer Splash”. We are scheduled to open the Gates around 12-12:30 PM to offer the live music and events from 1-6PM. The Weather is looking to be around 88 degrees and sunny so bring your bathing suit and a towel for the pool! There will be two lifeguards on duty. The picnic tables will fill up fast, so please feel free to bring a chair or a blanket to throw out on the ground to enjoy the festivities. People have been asking about can they bring food or snacks even though the barbecue is provided, and we say “Sure!” The Barbecue is just the basics, burgers, dogs, and soda.

We also have heard back from a few of the vendors and local merchants, and it looks like there will be at least 10 or more showing up for those who might have missed the sidewalk bizarre and wanted to break up their afternoon browsing and buying the wares they have to offer. We definitely have a few clothing, jewelry, and bag vendors coming, as well as a massage therapist (5 dollar massages & a chance to win a 90 minute massage!), as well as a character artist, and the Slush people! We are hoping that Dan the Sand Art vendor will confirm as well. I had hoped to have the class of 2013 Gloucester high school girls come and face paint, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Anyone Like to face paint?..lol

We have also been informed today that Camp Spindrift will allow those people with their pooches in the festival, but they have to be leashed at all times, and they must be picked up after. We hope to see as many of you there this weekend!

Remember this event is designed to be an event to have a great sober time, but it is also in support of Camp Spindrift, as well as our own cause to help meet our goal of raising funds to start the much needed Non-Profit status we seek. Below is what we sent out to the different supporters and local media outlets in order to spread the word for those who are not on Sober Connections or in Cape Ann.

Ok enough said. Our venue for August 29, 2010 incorporate the following

• Local live bands and music from 1-6pm
• A barbecue included in the ticket pricing
• Children’s activities and games
• The use of Camp Spindrift’s pool with lifeguards
• And we will also have vendor and organization information stations, set up around the event grounds, to help the parents and kids break up the afternoon and do some worthwhile shopping or organizational awareness!

Some of the local merchants and organizations that have contributed or are sponsoring us currently without the benefit of us having a Non-Profit status yet are:

The Common Crow – Gloucester MA,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Lone Gull Coffee House – Gloucester MA
Sunbanque Tanning Salon – Gloucester MA,                                                                                                                                                                                                                 GimmeSound.com (Internet – Music)
Jalepeneos Restaurant – Gloucester MA,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fatima’s Hair Design – Gloucester MA
7 Seas Whale Watch – Gloucester MA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eric’s Place – Restaurant Gloucester MA

Many other helpful contributions of direction, insight, and encouragement from Cape Ann’s Merchants and Organizations have helped us to get this far.

Sober Connections & Cape Ann YMCA Camp Spindrift’s Summer Splash!
Location: Camp Spindrift – 13 Atlantic Avenue, Gloucester Massachusetts 01930
Start date: Sun, Aug 29, 2010 1:00 PM Duration: 5 hours

Come Join us for an End of Summer Live Music and Barbecue at Camp Spindrift in Gloucester MA.

This Event will feature live local bands, a barbecue (which is included in the ticket price), Full use of the campground facilities, use of the Camp Pool with Lifeguards, Activities for the Kids, as well as some vendors coming to show some of their wares. We have two admission prices to help cover the costs and to support Camp Spindrift.

Single Admission is $15.00 and a Family Admission is $25.00 The Family admission is for two adults and children under 16 (bring em’ all!) Tickets are on sale online as well as at the door!

Feel free to contact Dan Driscoll at 508-468-7556 or call Rick at Camp Spindrift for more information!

Ticket Sales:

Daniel R Driscoll

To read more, click here.

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