Monthly Archives: July 2016

Congratulations to Cape Ann TV for Winning Two National Video Awards!!

Cape Ann TV reeled in two first place awards in the Hometown Media Award Contest.

The two winning videos are Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah, and Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015.

Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah was entered in the Access Center Professional Division and won in the Community Events-General category. The program was produced by Cape Ann TV staff members, Lisa Smith and Rebecca Tober and was narrated by Cape Ann TV intern, Jill Wach. The ten-minute video profiled the people who created the Lobster Trap Tree on Main Street and the Menorah at the Temple Ahavat Achim, and the importance of these structures to the Cape Ann community.

Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015 was entered in the Independent Producer division and won in the Democracy in Action category. Matt Morris created this short, two-minute video. The video creatively shows the hustle and bustle at City Hall on election night and the live election coverage by Cape Ann TV. Matt Morris won a Hometown Media Award last year for his Awesome Gloucester series. Video link to Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015

The Hometown Media Awards is a national contest, sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, that honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are distributed on community access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

Charles and George Civil War Coat News Update

image002 (2)Hi Everybody!

We thought you’d like to read about Breaking news: the coat is a positive model!

Stories about the poll for the display

1) Last night the  Bay State Banner published a second article about the Bacheler Civil War coat helping spread the word about the poll on GMG (which will help decide how the coat is displayed). Jule wrote a great article. You can share it a bunch of ways from their website.

2) America’s Civil War Magazine ( had the coat in their FIELD NOTES section, “Coat Tales”. They sent us an advance copy of the September issue. It comes out bi-monthly and they said it’s for sale at Barnes and Noble. The article compares Bacheler’s coat to another Civil War era coat. It’s really interesting.

The White House mailed back photographs and a note from the President. We believe it’s something that is sent out to kids. It doesn’t mention the Bacheler coat or Gloucester. We’ll scan that later.

Thank you Dr. Powers for contributing to the display and adding another Gloucester business in to the support.


Charles + George



Snapshots From the Cape Ann Museum’s Fantastic Design / Build Lecture

IMG_9559Moderator Bill Cross, Deborah Epstein, and Maryann Thompson

New Spaces/Od Places was the title of last evening’s Design/Build lecture. The lecture was given by Deborah Epstein and Maryann Thompson, two of the area’s leading architects, and was the second in a series that is part of the Design/Build: The Drawings of Philips and Holloran, Architects exhibit currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. Deborah Epstein designed the stunning Shalin Liu and Maryann Thompson the beautiful Temple Ahavat Achim. The lecture focused on the creative process and challenges of designing new public buildings in an area surrounded by older buildings.

IMG_9531On exhibit, the scale model of the Temple Ahavat Achim


Shalin Liu


Wendy Frontiero and Maryann Thompson


A peak at the Phillips and Holloran drawings -so interesting!

IMG_9525IMG_9528Hotel at Bass Rocks -The Hotel Thorwald was a rambling hotel in business for fifty years. It was in walking distance of Good Harbor Beach and could accommodate 200 to 250 guests. The Hotel Thorwald was destroyed by fire in 1965.


Twin Light Garage, East Main Street, now home to the Gloucester Stage Company. Note the very cool ‘Twin Lights’ flanking the sides of the sign.

Save the date for the third and final lecture in the Design/Build series on the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Raymond, presented by documentary filmmaker Lyda Kuth. Raymond was a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the 20th century. In 1948, she designed one of the first successful solar houses, the “Dover Sun House,” and is credited with designing the first Northeastern regional modernist home (1931), predating by six years the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln. Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field, Thursday September 29th at 7:00 p.m.

IMG_9539Outstanding hors d’oeuvres Chef Matt Beach!


Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!

Quote of the Week


“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Eliezer Wiesel (1928 – 2016)

Born in Romania to Jewish parents, Wiesel and his family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where his mother and sister were killed, and then to Buchenwald where his father died just weeks before the American 3rd Army liberated the camp. He lived in Paris after the war working as a journalist, and wrote the first of the 57 books he would ultimately publish, almost entirely about the Holocaust and the effects it would have on society. He moved to the United States as a correspondent for an Israeli daily and stayed on to become the Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University in 1976, he went on to teach at several other institutions including Yale and Barnard, and became the voice and conscience for oppressed populations around the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 among dozens of other awards and honors.

Greg Bover


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