SUPER EXCITING NEWS: OUR CHARLES AND GEORGE KING RECEIVING THE GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL COMMISSION AWARD TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM!!!

George and Charles write,

Hi Everybody!

We are so, so happy to write about two special awards for the Albert Bacheler Gloucester Civil War coat. On April 13th, we received the YMCA MAYOR’S YOUTH EXEMPLARY AWARD from Mayor Romeo Theken at the 2nd Annual Community Awards. The Mayor gave an awesome speech and we felt truly honored to be included. There was a giant reception at Cruiseport including a delicious breakfast. We were presented with a great plaque from the YMCA and a Senate Citation from Senator Tarr. It’s cool to receive such an award from the YMCA because their mantra is exactly the same as Albert Bacheler’s: give kids a good opportunity to learn, have fun and be active. Also he cared a lot about character. The photos we are sharing are from Mayor Romeo Theken and were taken by Ashley Snell for the YMCA event that day.

The second award is from the GLOUCESTER HISTORICAL COMMISSION. It will be taking place tomorrow May 6 2017 at Cape Ann Museum. Please come to celebrate with us and see the presentations. There are many interesting projects being awarded. It’s going to be fun!

 

Here is what they sent us:

The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual 2017 Preservation Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2 to 4 pm at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and each year the Commission recognizes outstanding cultural heritage preservation, restoration, and education projects, based on the following criteria.

Preserved neighborhood history through research, writing, or art
Preserved a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.
Restored using traditional materials or methods.
Preserved historical integrity or appearance.
Protected from present threat or future harm.
Completed project within the past two years.
Accomplished by individual, family, group, or community advocacy or fundraising

Award categories include the following.

Archaeology
Adaptive reuse
Stewardship
Education and outreach
Landscape preservation
Restoration and rehabilitation
Local preservationist
Individual lifetime achievement
Documentation of Gloucester’s history

This year’s award recipients are:

Joseph Napolitano: Lifetime Achievement as a preservation contractor.

Sarah Dunlap: Lifetime Achievement as volunteer City archivist.

Harold Burnham: Local Preservationist, for his achievements in historic shipbuilding.

Marietta Delahunt: Stewardship of the historic Sargent-Robinson House.

Charles and George King: Local preservationists, for their work on the Civil War coat.

Mariana Vaida: Rehabilitation and Restoration of 567 Essex Ave. by a preservation architect.

Gloucester Writers Center: Stewardship of the Maud/Olson Library in E. Gloucester.

Bing McGilvray: Education and Outreach, for his work on Cape Ann art history.

Captain Ray Bates: Education and Outreach, for his book on Cape Ann shipwrecks.

Christine & Paul Lundberg: Rehabilitation and Restoration of their Annisquam historic home.

Melanie & Mark Murray-Brown: Rehabilitation and Restoration of the Amos-Rackliffe House.

John & Betty Erkkila: Documentation of Gloucester History, for their book on Lanesville.

At the ceremony, members of the Commission will introduce recipients and present award certificates. Slides will be shown, and recipients will talk briefly about their projects. This event will take place on Saturday, May 6th, 2 to 4 pm in the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, Massachusetts.

PARKER RIVER BRIDGE

The view from the Parker River Bridge Tuesday night gave me pause to turn around, pull over, and stop to take a photo. It’s always pretty, but this just seemed extra 🙂

From the Newbury Historical Commission:

For a little over 100 years, the only bridge crossing the Parker River was Thurlow’s Bridge (1654), located on Middle Road (south of Governor Dummer Academy). The first bridge across the Parker River on the High Road (Route 1A), was built under the direction of Ralph Cross in 1758; it considerably shortened the distance to and from Rowley and Ipswich. Although the structure has been repaired and replaced many times since it was built, over it traveled Benedict Arnold in 1775, Washington in 1789, President Munroe in 1817, and the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824.  The 1911 structure was partially washed away in 1929.  The 1930 bridge was replaced with a new structure in 2010.

 

13 Ways Massachusetts Is America’s Black Sheep… And We Love It That Way

From Only In Your State

7. Not to mention Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

9. We have a house made of newspaper.

10. Childhood here still happens outdoors. Whether that means hours peering into tide pools and beach bonfires…

12. We’ve heard of spring, but rarely see it in person.

See all thirteen reasons here

Sunday’s Spring Market at the Magnolia Library

Here is a list of participating vendors at this fun event. Hope to see you all there. Thank you.

Sara McDermott Sunniest Side Up- Note Cards
Sharon Lowe Photography
Carolyn Gurrisi- Paparazzi Accessories
Lauren Negron Cape Ann Olive Oil
Jillian Shamberger JBombs Bath Luxuries
John Theo Author
Emma Sanders Hand painted Notecards
Sara Adams Memory Quilts
Amy Plummer Watercolor cards and gifts
Wendy Antrim Trendy Wendy’s Fashions
Haley Allison Bare Cheek Beauty
Donna Ardizzoni Photography
Diana Whitten/
Karen Pischke Gloucester Tease
Dreamtime Wellness
Top Dog Nutrition
Melissa Cox Hand Crafted Soaps
Jessica Biker Knitting and hand made bags
Diane B Saunders Lularoe Rep
Heather O DiFonzo Wine Tasting
Judy Gillis and Betty Cannon Magnolia Historical Society
Susan O’Leary SassyEcoBags
Julie Geary Classic Cooks
Rosandra Olivio PUREhaven
Bob Marshall Marshalls Farmstand
Erin Pequeno Stone Design and Face painting
Lindsay Marshall Angies Alpacas
Lara Jardullo Visual Interest headbands and fascinators
Jen Holmgren City Council Candidate

Cookie time: Virgilio’s #gloucesterma

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Reese’s Pieces jumbo cookies are yummy. Virgilio’s take out and essential Italian grocers features outstanding breads, sandwiches, prepared meals, oils and sauces, cookies, chocolate macaroons, and superb cannoli

Eye candy at the boulevard

A big thank you to all the hard work done by the Generous Gardeners and everyone else who made these beautiful gardens for us to enjoy….and tons of fun to photograph..  The Festival is Saturday morning starting at10 AM.

 

Nichole’s Picks 5/6 + 5/7

Pick #1: Boston Children’s Chorus at the Shalin Liu

Saturday, May 6 at 3:00.  Tickets $15, general admission

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Learn more or purchase tickets HERE .

The Boston Children’s Chorus unites children ages 7-18 from diverse backgrounds to discover the power of singing and transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. The Chorus bridges Greater Boston’s many diverse groups and fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion among its members. Through intensive choral training and once-in-a-lifetime performing experiences locally, nationally and around the world, BCC enhances the education and social development of youth as future leaders and global citizens in the 21st century. Since the BCC’s inception, its programs have grown rapidly. Twenty children were accepted into an initial pilot program, and in the current season, the BCC have almost 500 singers representing over 50 of Boston’s urban and suburban neighborhoods participating in twelve different choirs in five Boston locations: the South End, Allston-Brighton, South Boston and Dorchester.

Pick #2: Vintage Baseball Home Opener at Spencer-Peirce Little Farm

I did this a few years ago with the boys and it was so much fun.  I keep meaning to go back!

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

READ ALL ABOUT IT AND PURCHASE YOUR $5 TICKETS HERE

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Take a step back in time and enjoy a springtime day on the farm. Enjoy traditional New England music, sheep-shearing, and wagon rides and cheer on your favorite teams of the Essex Base Ball Association as they play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase.

Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs. No reserved seating. In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale Brewery.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

 

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

BREAKING: COYOTE ALERT

The coyote was trotting down Bass Ave in the direction of Good Harbor Beach. It paused briefly at the garden at the corner of Bass Ave and Brightside and then proceeded to jaunt up Brightside before ducking into a yard.

Wellspring’s 19th Annual Woman Honoring Women Luncheon

Cape Ann Community

This year’s luncheon recognized Wellspring House program participant, Jill Brown and honored Margo Casey of the United Way, Joan Whitney of Healthy Gloucester Collaborative and Rose Evans of the Department of Community Housing and Development.  Keynote speaker MA State Attorney Maura Healey spoke at length about the impact community support and educational opportunity have on the empowerment of women and families.  It was a powerful and inspirational event, drawing together a diverse representation of more than 650 women from communities all over the North Shore and beyond.

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