Overboard at Old Sloop

Overboard Performing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse

On Friday, December 10, a packed to capacity house at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse (at the United Congregational Church of Rockport http://www.rockportucc.org/oldsloopcoffeehouse.htm) was festively treated to the amazing a cappella voices of Overboard, a Boston based a cappella group.  Did you know that A cappella (Italian for In The Manner of The Church) music is solo or group vocal or singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music. In modern usage, a cappella often refers to an all-vocal group performance of any style, including barbershop, doo wop, and modern pop/rock. Today, a cappella also includes sample/loop “vocal only” productions by producers like Jimmy Spice Curry, Teddy Riley, Wyclef Jean, and other producers.

Overboard also performed at the UUC in Gloucester on December 5, and will be performing on Cape Ann again on New Year’s Eve during Rockport’s First Night celebration, in case you haven’t had a chance to catch them and would like to.  You can hear them at http://www.overboardvocals.com/.  Also, check out Old Sloop’s we blink above for info on upcoming performances at their monthly coffeehouse venue.  It’s a great inexpensive night out, and they serve delicious home-baked goodies and beverages for only $1.

Fly Amero featured on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes

Allen’s guest this week is his good friend and local music legend, Fly Amero. The show features a song by Allen Estes and three songs by Fly, including a song from his acclaimed Cracked Country Christmas CD.

For this special show, Fly and Allen perform together and clearly enjoy each other’s company and music.

The show premieres Wednesday December 15 at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. It will air again on Friday, December 17th at 1:30pm and Sunday, December 19th at 6pm.
Check the http://localmusicseen.com/ for more info and future show times.


Charlie Brown in Rockport Tonight (sort of)

Rockport Music is gettin’ down with our favorite little animated round-headed friend tonight at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  No, I’m not referring to Joey C.  I’m talking about Charlie Brown and the amazing soundtrack to the Christmas classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, which will be featured tonight in a performance by the deeply talented David Benoit and the Charlie Brown Christmas Trio.  Here’s your chance to listen to some great live jazz in downtown Rockport!

Full Lunar Eclipse Morning of December 21

Almost Total Lunar Eclipse

Photographers of Cape Ann take note. You might want to check out the full lunar eclipse on the morning of December 21. Earth Sky story here. Because it is so close to the winter solstice the moon will be traversing the highest in the sky for lunar eclipses for centuries.

Cape Ann:

Monday, Night of December 20 the full moon will rise at: 3:37 PM

December 21 1:33 AM (same night after midnight) the partial lunar eclipse begins.

December 21 2:41 AM full lunar eclipse begins. For the next 72 minutes the moon is a dark orange ball under total eclipse inside the earth’s shadow.

December 21 3:52 AM full lunar eclipse ends.

December 21 5:01 AM partial lunar eclipse ends.

The full moon sets at 6:30 AM

The sunrise is at 7:10AM

Between 2:41 AM and 3:53 AM the moon is going to be very photogenic next to the City Hall tower or a church steeple or over the paint factory. I might be out on Bearskin Neck trying to get a shot of Rockport Harbor with the moon in the west.  Movies of the very beginning and end will also be cool. Do a dry run the night before  to find the best locations. The moon is in “position” one hour earlier. It sets at 5:30 AM the day before, got it?

2011 Partner With an Artist Information Session Thursday, December 16

seARTS Partner with an Artist Program to Award $7,500
Connecting artists and local businesses

GLOUCESTER,  Mass. – The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts’ (seARTS) is pleased to announce its signature Partner with an Artist (PWA) program for 2010-2011. The PWA "Call to Artists" invites artists to submit proposals for innovative collaborations with local businesses.  A panel of jurors will review proposals and award five $1,500 grants. The application deadline is January 31, 2011. An Information Session on PWA will be held Thursday, December 16 from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester.

The program is managed by Sarah Slifer, who successfully created and ran the Gloucester New Arts Festival as a seARTS partner. According to Slifer, "PWA is an exciting opportunity for artists to think and work in creative partnership with businesses, bringing art out of the studio and into the public forum in new ways."

Among the most recognizable PWA programs was the October 2008 "Literary Gloucester" themed PWA series which involved installations at Captain Joe’s; Fitz Henry Lane monument; the Building Center, InterShell, Virgilio’s, and Dogtown Bookstore. Cape Ann businesses interested in working with artists on collaborative projects are encouraged to attend the December 16, PWA Information Session.

PWA 2010-2011 is supported with funding from the Bruce J. Anderson and the Andrew Bayness Funds of the The Boston Foundation. In prior years, PWA received support from seARTS Mass Cultural Council Adams Grant.

In May 2011, in partnership with Cape Ann Art Haven, seARTS invited nationally recognized guest artist and educator Jerry Beck, to lead a multi-media sculpture workshop with students to create constructions that explore Gloucester’s early history. The project was inspired by images of Native Americans, found in the Gloucester City Hall WPA murals.

The current "PWA Call to Artists" focuses on the following:

Creating opportunities for artists: In a time of recession it is even more meaningful that grants are available to artists to recognize that the arts play an important role in the economic life of our communities. In this way, PWA is inspired by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) support of artists and encouragement of artwork that connects to the community at large. 

Partnership with a business:  This is an opportunity for artists and businesses to explore a creative relationship. We are looking to fund innovative projects that explore arts/business collaborations and embrace the partnership as integral to the work of art to be created. A business might provide goods, services, or space for a project. 

Grants will be announced in early February, 2011. Completed projects will be on display beginning May in conjunction with a community forum with the artists.

For information or a copy of the Program guidelines, please contact info@seARTS.org.   There is no fee for seARTS members to apply.  Non-members may join seARTS or pay a $25 application fee.

WHAT: seARTS Information Session, Partner with an Artist 2011

           Free, artists, business and the public are invited

WHEN: Thursday, December 16th, 6:30 – 8 pm

WHERE: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester

Fly Amero, Allen Estes & The Amero Family Singers

Songs of the Season

Saturday, December 18

Inn Magnolia
18 Norman Avenue
Magnolia (Gloucester), MA  01930

Fly Amero and Allen Estes host a very special “house concert” in celebration of the holiday season, and the release of Fly’s new CD, CRACKED COUNTRY CHRISTMAS!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: In their first ever collaboration, Fly & Allen will introduce a brand new original Christmas song at this unique event titled: “I Wish I Could Fly”.

ALSO: Linda Amero (and J.B., too) will be joining in with a few of her own holiday gems.

Music by the fire.  What a wonderful way for our friends, family and fans to see and enjoy gracious inkeeper Amanda Nash’s unique and beautiful Magnolia Village inn!

Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations for the event are suggested as space is limited.
Call Donna at 978-239-1559, or email: flyzgirly@verizon.net

Donation: $15


Overnight accommodations are available.  Call: 978-525-3642 or email: innmagnolia@gmail.com
Season’s Greetings!

Go see my photos at the library!

From now until the end of December, my photography is on exhibit in the Adolph I. Matz Art Gallery at the entrance of the Sawyer Free Library. The exhibit includes local scenes capturing the weather, light, and beauty of Cape Ann. Please stop by. Thank you!    —-Sharon

Did you know? Proxigean Spring Tides

E. J. Lefavour writes-

Did you know:

That during both new and full moon phases, the gravitational attraction of the moon is in line with the gravitational pull of the sun, producing high tides and low tides 20% higher and lower respectively than average tide levels. While there is little difference in the magnitude of tide heights during new and full moon phases, tides do reach unusual heights when the moon is both unusually close to the Earth and in the new moon phase, due to the combined pull of the moon and sun together. These proxigean spring tides occur approximately once every 1.5 years. These tides occur when the Earth, Sun and Moon are in line so that the gravitational force of both the Moon and Sun contribute to the tides, and have nothing to do with the season Spring. I don’t know if this new moon low tide on October 7, 2010 at Lighthouse Beach was a proxigean spring tide, but it was exceptionally low, so low that hundreds of sand dollars lay exposed.


E. J. Lefavour- Khan Studio

Chickity Check It!- Gloucester Daily Times Taste Of The Times Now On Facebook


My buddy Joe Langhan writes-

Why follow the Taste of the Times Facebook page?

1. New Videos: Get updated when new videos are added each week so you can follow your favorite chefs, restaurants, cooks, and cookbook authors. Either go to site or receive update each week automatically by Subscribe via SMS in the upper left hand corner of the page under the logo.

2. Sneak Previews: Keep up to date on the latest taping sessions with behind the scenes photos and videos.

3. Share the site easily with your friends on Facebook by Suggest To Friends in the upper left hand corner of the page under the logo.

4. Review video descriptions and get links to past video premiers.

It is simple and easy to do.

1. Go to the Taste of the Times Facebook Page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taste-of-the-Times/150864264952046

2. Click the Like button at the top of the page.

3. Suggest the page to interested friends.