Attorney General APPEALS @BerkshireMuseum Judge Agostini decision, & Sotheby’s sale is HALTED

INJUNCTION!

Shuffleton sleuthing
Sotheby’s catalogue entry for Norman Rockwell Shuffleton’s Barbershop

 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy responded Friday November 10, 2017

Appeal trail underway then Injunction granted for Monday’s Sotheby’s sale

  1. 11/10/2017  Motion for stay under M.R.A.P. 6(a) filed by Maura Healy.
  2. 11/10/2017 Memorandum of law in support filed for Maura Healy
  3. 11/10/2017 Record Appendix Volume I filed by Maura Healy
  4. 11/10/2017 Record Appendix Volume II filed by Maura Healy
  5. 11/10/2017 IMPOUNDED Record Appendx filed by Maura Healy
  6. 11/10/2017 Response to Motion to Stay, filed by Tom Patti, Tom Patti Design LLC.8
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  8. 11/102017 Motion to exceed page limit filed for Trustees of Berkshire Musuem by Attorney William Lee.
  9. 11/10/2017 Opposition to Motion to Stay, filed by Trustees of Berkshire Musuem.
  10. 11/10/2017 Supplemental Record appendix filed for Trustees of Berkshire Musuem
  11. 11/10/2017 ORDER: The motion for a stay pending appeal pursuant to Mass. R. App. P. 6(a) from the November 7, 2017, order of the Superior Court denying the request for a preliminary injunction, is allowed. The Attorney General’s Office shall forthwith file a notice of appeal in the Superior Court if it has not already done so. The Attorney General’s Office shall file a status report on or before December 11, 2017, regarding the status of the appeal. (Trainor, J.). Notice/attest/Agostini, J.
  12. 11/10/2017 ORDER: After reviewing the parties’ submissions, the request for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the defendant, Trustees of the Berkshire Museum from selling, auctioning, or otherwise disposing of any of the artworks that have been listed for auction commencing on November 13, 2017, is allowed. The balance of the risk of irreparable harm to the petitioner and the respondent in light of each party’s chance of success on the merits weighs in favor of the petitioner. Packaging Industries Group, Inc. v. Cheney, 380 Mass. 609, 615-617 (1980). The injunction shall expire on December 11, 2017. Prior to the expiration of the injunction, the Attorney General’s Office may move to extend the injunction with a date certain by which the investigation will be completed. (Trainor, J.). Notice/attest/Agostini, J.

This 11th hour move is not the last word on the case.  Stay tuned!

On Monday, November 13, 2017, collectors CAN purchase Martin Johnson Heade’s Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds from Sotheby’s.

But not Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop, or any of the Berkshire Museum 40, for now.

Martin Johnson Heade Crimson Topaz Hummingbirds Nesting near a Palm tree o c 13 x 11 ca1865 est 150 to 200 thousand Sothebys

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Studs Terkel’s American Century: An Evening of Stories

2 NIGHTS ONLY!!

Coming to you on November 17 & 18 from the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative—an interactive evening of music & storytelling from Studs Terkel’s famous book, My American Century.Take a seat at Studs’ Place and hear the tales of a real-life 1920s Chicago hoodlum, a boy who rode the rails in the Depression, a high society photographer, a U.S. Marine veteran of WWII, and more.

Our cast of North Shore stalwarts includes Doug Brendel as Studs Terkel, Ben Reed as Doc Graham, Carolyn Aliskevicz as Eva Barnes, Nathan Arroyo-Long as Ed Paulsen, David Prentice as Jerome Zerbe, Sheryl Reed as Peggy Terry, Lauren Ashly Suchecki as Betty Basye Hutchinson, Eric Cheung as Peter Ota, and Paul Philpy as E.B. Sledge.

This is an open event with no reserved tickets and wine & beer will be available. The suggested donation is $20 to cover the cost of the theatre rental & rights; any excess will be donated to The Open Door and Cape Ann Veterans Services. Many of the stories come from Hard Times and The Good War, so we’re very pleased to be supporting these causes!


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THAT NUTTY REDHEAD!

Look who I ran into at Whole Foods in Lynnfield on my way home from work today. That Nutty Redhead, also known as Lisa Griffiths, isn’t so nutty after all–her business is doing fantastically and you can find her at Whole Foods, gourmet shops, online on Amazon, and on her website at thatnuttyredhead.com.  

Today she was serving acorn squash with almond praline topping, drizzled with maple syrup. The recipe is on the back of the New England Praline with Seas Salt package. Congratulations to Lisa on the wonderful success of That Nutty Redhead.
Looking forward to seeing more deliciousness from That Nutty Redhead! 

fun news from Sugar Mags @TasteofCapeAnn | Drift Wood Charcuterie boards scrumptious and custom

Melissa Sallah, owner of Sugar Magnolia’s has opened DRIFT WOOD CHARCUTERIE, a delicious catering option to help you entertain in style. When you order Drift Wood Charcuterie boards– like the one featured at Taste of Cape Ann– you’ll get a delicious spread to kick off your party plus a one off charcuterie board hand crafted by RPF Woodworking that you keep! Call Melissy at Sugar Magnolia’s (978) 509-5641

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YMCA 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann at Cruiseport draws huge crowd

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YMCA teens help host & work the fundraiser

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“All set here,” Cameron checking in on the booths

photos: teens help the annual fundraiser run smoothly (click on photos to enlarge and see captions)

 

Who Brought the Magic for a great cause?

I don’t think that there are many individual YMCA or towns that could pull this fundraiser off so well. They don’t have Rick Doucette and the rest of the great staff in Gloucester or such a ridiculous abundance of local foodie establishments and culture. Here’s a list of Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore great eats and drinks establishments that participated this year:

1606 Restaurant, Beauport Hotel, Gloucester; Azorean Restaurant, Gloucester; Cake Ann, Gloucester; Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester; Cape Ann Foodie Tours, Gloucester; Captain Carlos, Gloucester; Classic Cooks Catering, Gloucester; Feather & Wedge, Rockport; Ipswich Ale Brewery; Italiano Restaurant & Bar, Gloucester; Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurant, Gloucester; Latitude 43, Gloucester; Liquor Locker Gloucester; Mile Marker One Gloucester; Mojo coffee Beverly Cape Ann Farmers Market; Mom’s Kitchen Gloucester; Passports Restaurant Gloucester; Pigeon Cove Ferments; Pigeon Cove Tavern & Emerson Inn By the Sea, Rockport; Riverwalk Brewing Company, Newburyport; Ryan & Wood Distilleries, Gloucester; Sea Glass Restaurant @ Castle Manor Inn, Gloucester; Seaport Grille, Gloucester; Stones Pub & Eatery, Gloucester; Sugar Magnolias, Gloucester; Virgilio’s Italian Bakery, Gloucester

Dazzling fine food, desserts and drinks were at every turn. Feather & Wedge, 1606 Restaurant, Mile Marker One, Classic Cooks, Azorean, Sea Glass Restaurant, and Sugar Mags served winning main dishes. To die for desserts and specialty drinks were abundant. Virgilios cannolis were gone fast!

photos: Great fun taking snapshots at all the booths. (Apologies to Liquor Locker! The only photo that didn’t come out.)

 

Live Entertainment – Jerome Music

Sounds of Taste of Cape Ann thanks to fine musicians were John Jerome on guitar and vocals, and Steve Jerome on drums. Cameron sat in as a back up drummer.

 

Wouldn’t happen without the 9th Annual Taste of Cape Ann generous sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Institution for Savings and Cruiseport Gloucester

Presenting Sponsors: Beauport Financial Services, Robert Stewart PC, Tom Davis CPA

plus all the participating restaurants, hotels, specialty food and liquor businesses, and  local business support for all those gift basket raffles

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Last Night’s Taste of Cape Ann

Such a great event!  If you weren’t able to make it to last night’s Taste of Cape Ann, you should be sure to mark your calendar for next year.  So many of Cape Ann’s finest food establishments all under one roof….and all for a great cause….all to benefit the Cape Ann Y Teens.

Roll of Honor

Today we observe Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day and meant to note the anniversary of the end of World War I.  I’m a little fascinated by World War I, mostly because it was 100 years ago (a nice round number) and I’m a little surprised we don’t hear more about this anniversary.

This is an article from the Gloucester Daily Times Nov 9 1917 noting the Sawyer Grammar school’s 85 member Roll of Honor of alumni serving the war effort as members of the military.

Service Flag Nov 1917

I see many familiar Gloucester surnames on this list, including at least one relative.  Family stories indicate he was “never right” after he came back from the war, sadly not unusual then or today.  Many years later he was driven to commit suicide and it was supposed his war service had an impact on his decision to end his life.

It’s when military service gets personal like this that makes days like Veterans Day so meaningful.  Veterans Day may be observed today, but is actually tomorrow November 11.  If you can, fly your flag over the weekend.  Let me know if any of these names have stories you’d like to share.

Symposium at the Meetinghouse: ‘PRESERVATION & SUSTAINABILITY?’

Cape Ann Community

This is a community Symposium presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation and its clean energy initiative TownGreen/2025 on Saturday afternoon November 11th, 2-6:00pm.

The event will explore whether preservation of our older homes and historic civic buildings is compatible the goal of becoming “green” through expert presentations, responses from a distinguished panel, and Q&A with the audience.

Cape Ann is actively pursuing two goals that are sometimes viewed as separate or opposed.  One is for the preservation of Cape Ann’s historic buildings and homes, especially as Gloucester’s 400th anniversary approaches in 2023.  The other is to seek alternate sources of clean energy, minimize consumption, and reduce our overall carbon footprint to counter the global forces of climate change.

We explore many aspects of the basic question:  Can preservation and sustainability can be complementary rather than competitive goals?

Some of the issues emerged recently in the controversy about…

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