Monthly Archives: July 2014

Free outdoor movie series in Gloucester next up Raiders of the Lost Ark

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… Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?

Raiders of the Lost Ark is coming this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at I4-C2/65 Rogers Street for the free HarborWalk summer cinema series. Raiders is sponsored in part by Trident Gallerywhich just opened a new Gloucester focused exhibit featuring 18 contemporary artists. Stop in to see Gloucester through their eyes before the movie!

Make sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food, snacks and drinks are available for purchase beginning at 6pm. You can bring a picnic too or eat/order out downtown. Movies begin at dark. In the case of rain or other inclement weather, the movie night will be postponed and will be rescheduled for the following Monday. Postponement announcements will be posted on the City website and HarborWalk Facebook page.

Seagulls, boats, and harbor…Oh My! Here’s more pictures of what you missed at last week’s Wizard of Oz, the first free movie for the HarborWalk Summer Cinema series. All the movies are family friendly classics and Oz was a fitting choice to start the series off! Big shout out to Doyon’s who sponsored Wizard of Oz. The massive screen and classic movie line up are all thanks to Rob Newton’s Cape Ann Community Cinema in partnership with the City of Gloucester’s community development department and the HarborWalk. Senior Planner Matt Coogan is orchestrating this series. Ramping up the scale of community viewing, Cape Ann Community Cinema’s owner, Rob Newton, geared up during the set-up. As you might expect in Gloucester, there was a big community turn out for art! As dusk approached, I stopped counting at 400 people streaming in. Kids played “soccer” with beach balls provided byNORTH SHORE 104.9 radio who emceed the pre-movie time. Radio host Aurelia Nelson and NORTH SHORE 104.9 crew were amiable. You can catch her show Curtain up! with Aurelia Nelson on Sunday mornings at 9AM. Carol Thistle, Senior Project Manager for City of Gloucester coordinated with the radio station. Vendors you may know from Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and/or festival and Downtown Block Party regulars set up nearby and included: Markouk’s specialty bread and sandwiches (grilled right there on their traditional Lebanese saj), Kettle corn, and fried dough. Pop Gallery added to the festive vibe—see some of their recent garb on Joey in this GMG post.

Need more free flicks and fun? Here are a few links for other line-ups (mostly Boston). I think we have the best poster thanks to Chris Muskopf!

· Wednesday right here in Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema

· Thursdays Jamaica Plain

· Fridays Boston Harbor Hotel AND the Hatch Shell

· Saturdays Prudential and Somerville’s Riverfront Park Assembly Row

· Sundays Christopher Columbus Park

· Various days Beverly’s Lynch Park and various days/various neighborhoods Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights

Daisy Nell and Schooner Redbird enroute to new home on Cape Ann

About to pass by the Statue of Liberty. Look out Gloucester, here we come in time for the schooner festival_ 30th year this year! Now Stan and I can be in the race again, after selling our old schooner 8 years ago. I’ll still do the commentary on the boulevard for the parade of schooners, while Stan sails Redbird. But I’ll jump aboard for the race. Our size boat competes for the Betty Ramsey trophy, unlike the large schooners racing for the Mayor’s Cup. Stay tuned for more festival details as the summers rolls on toward Labor Day.

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The One Country Where Bookstores are Not Crashing and Burning, and Why

Very interesting article from the New York Times, Sunday June 20th.

By Elaine Sciolino

The French Still Flock to Bookstores

PARIS — The French, as usual, insist on being different. As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.

Read the complete article here.

I especially wanted to share the conclusion of the article with GMG readers. What a great idea!

A 59-page study by the Culture Ministry in March made recommendations to delay the decline of print sales, including limiting rent increases for bookstores, emergency funds for booksellers from the book industry and increased cooperation between the industry and government.

“Running a bookstore is a combat sport,” the report concluded.

One tiny operation determined to preserve the printed book is Circul’livre.

On the third Sunday of every month this organization takes over a corner of the Rue des Martyrs south of Montmartre. A small band of retirees classify used books by subject and display them in open crates.

The books are not for sale. Customers just take as many books as they want as long as they adhere to an informal code of honor neither to sell nor destroy their bounty. They are encouraged to drop off their old books, a system that keeps the stock replenished.

“Books are living things,” said Andrée Le Faou, one of the volunteer organizers, as she hawked a three-volume biography of Henri IV. “They need to be respected, to be loved. We are giving them many lives.”

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