Book Signing Celebration

Book Signing Celebration
What: Illustrated children’s book, “Let’s Go, Animal Tracks in the Snow”. Award winning entry in the past year’s Cape Ann Reads contest, written by Diane Polley of Essex and beautifully illustrated by Marion Hall of Manchester. This sweet book encourages children and their families to use their imaginations and explore the natural world right outside their door.
When:  Saturday September 8th  anytime between 11:30-1:30
Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema   21 Main St, Gloucester
Free family friendly event . Meet Diane Polley, author and Marion Hall, illustrator, who will be signing and selling  copies of their book. (discounted price at this event)
Light refreshments, activities for the kids and something special to watch on the big screen as well.

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WELCOME SCHOONERS!

These beautiful baskets are donated by the Schooner Festival Committee and include not only fresh fruit, but freshly baked bread from Virgilios and handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley. The Ramsey’s deliver each basket, via boat, to every participating schooner on Friday afternoon. It’s no wonder schooners from around the globe love to come to Gloucester.

Brett Ramsey readying to deliver schooner welcome baskets (Ellen Ramsey adds this is a 1967 Chevy truck, in case any one was wondering). 

Brett Ramsey Photo

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Manchester Historical Museum Celebrates the Restoration of the Singing Beach Bath House

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm

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It really did take a village to “Save Our Bath House”, and we’re excited to announce that this project is completed!!

Singing Beach, from the late 1800s to 1938, was once lined with over 100 bath houses/cabanas owned or rented by numerous families to store their beach equipment and to provide privacy when changing into bathing suits. In the 1930s, a series of severe winter storms destroyed many of the bath houses and necessitated the permanent removal of all the remaining structures.

MHM’s bath house is one of only a few known survivors! It was donated to the museum in 2015 by the Parisi/Wielgorecki family, who had removed it from the beach in 1938 and used it as a children’s play house and garden shed.

Through the generous support of many people in the community, funds were raised for a complete restoration and repurposing of the Bath House into an exhibit. After months of restoration and landscaping work, MHM’s bath house now stands proudly as a new permanent exhibit that shares the history of Singing Beach.

The Manchester Historical Museum will be acknowledging and thanking all those who helped make this happen at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm. (rain date Sunday, September 9th, 2-4pm). The public is welcome to join us for fun and refreshments as we celebrate the completion of this project.

I Am More and Fish Tales

 On Friday, September 14th at 7:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center the Gloucester Writer’s Center will present an evening of their wildly popular live storytelling series, Fish Tales, with the theme “I Am More.” Join storytellers Rob Newton, Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Ramani Rangan, Hattie Mae Rich, John Graham, Karen Pischke, Annie Marshall and more, along with guest host Nicole Richon-Schoel. Feel free to spread the word on social media with the attached flyer.

 

See you there!!

 

Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.

Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?

Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”

 

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– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s 

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praying mantis screen door Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, Gloucester, Mass

 

 

Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you  poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake)  worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”

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The 1995 thank you poster text: 

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Blooms and buildings- finding sunflowers at every turn downtown Gloucester, Mass.

Enjoying all these sunny sunflowers swaying downtown. Can you spot them all? Hint- Main Street and Pleasant Street (Patti Amaral’s garden stretch); on the West End of Main Street at legendary storefront Bananas; Washington and Granite Streets nearby Mother of Grace; and Centennial nearly bookended at both Washington and Western Avenue.

 

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Let the games begin!

As I sit here at my desk overlooking the inner harbor, with my long lens poised toward the ocean awaiting a glimpse of any schooners arriving for the weekend, I share some pics of one of our own beloved Schooners, Ardelle as she headed out in the warm light and the Lannon’s flag reflection on Wednesday.   Looking forward to the sights and activities of this long beautiful weekend!! 

The Early Bird

With the alarm set for 4:30 a.m. yesterday Finn had his bag packed for a day on the lobster boat.  He was grumpy for about a minute upon waking up but then rallied in typical Finn fashion for a day of work.

After some Fortnight and a quick nap on the steam out, it was time to haul.

Nice work, Finn.  Growing up salty.

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The Mighty F/V Frigate With Captain Freddie Schrafft At The Helm Heads Out To Harvest #Lobster

BUTTERFLIES AND BIRD POOH, SAY WHAT?

Red Admiral Butterfly with wings folded, resembling tree bark.

Birds are an adult butterfly’s number one enemy and over millennia, butterflies have evolved with many different strategies to avoid being eaten.

Monarch Butterfly and Tropical Milkweed

Some butterflies, like Monarchs, taste terrible, because the caterpillar’s food plant milkweed has toxic and foul tasting substances. The Monarch caterpillar has evolved to withstand the poisonous milky sap, but a bird that attempts to eat the caterpillar may become ill, and even die. The vivid black, yellow, and white stripes of the caterpillar, along with the brilliant orange and black wing pattern of the adult butterfly, are forms of aposematic coloring. Their bright colors warn of danger to would be predators.

Great Spangled Fritillary with iridescent spots.

The wings of other butterflies, like the Great Spangled Fritillary and Blue Morpho, are patterned with iridescent scales. The iridescence creates little flashes of light when in flight, which confuses predatory birds.

The friendly Red Admiral employs the strategy of mimicry for protection from birds. When its wings are folded, the butterfly is perfectly camouflaged against the bark of a tree trunk. And if that isn’t protection enough, the outer margins of the wings resemble splodges of bird poop!

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Have you ever had a butterfly land on your arm? It was probably a Red Admiral. The word friendly is often used to describe these beautiful butterflies but, it isn’t really friendship they are wanting. Red Admirals are attracted to the salt in your perspiration and will alight to have a sip of sweat.

 

So Joey asked about the Parsons Street murals

 

 

Last year Joey wondered about the wall murals on Parsons (walkway between Main and Rogers) added after the 350ft’ street temporary mural.

You can listen to Joey here: GloucesterCast 243 Taped 9/25/17 Timestamped 43:38 Parson’s Street Mural

The Parsons Street wall murals were created by a lot of people including fine artists, teachers, and kids: Jason Burroughs, Laura Donworth, Kyra Moyer, Aiden Symes, Avery Mcniff, Teen Artist Guild, and Cape Ann Art Haven summer kids. One request from the building owner was that they include a reference to Gloucester’s Man at the Wheel as part of the overall composition. The long mural features iconic Gloucester architecture, history and themes (see the great whale!) . The Man at the Wheel depiction was pulled out and featured on its own; locals aware of the former owner’s affiliation with Sam Adams enjoyed the extra nod. Photos above are from 2015.

North Shore Magazine photographs of Gloucester including wall mural (from the whale end) April 2018

 

There are some Parsons Street before and 2015 in process here

 

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This Weekend in the Arts

 

Goetemann Artist to Construct a Large Whale’s Fluke

Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 4, 7:00 PM
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Public Construction Dates: September 10 ­ 28
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA

Closing Talk: Friday, September 28, 6:00 PM
On the Grounds of Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street Gloucester, MA

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The Goetemann Artist Residency—a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, Inc. that provides artists from around the world a live/work space for a month at a time—is pleased to introduce its 2018 Environmental/Installation Artist, Australian Deborah Redwood.

To be considered for the 2018 month-long residency, artists submitted a proposal responding to the mission of Ocean Alliance, RNAC’s non-profit partner, which states in part: “Ocean Alliance strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education.”

Redwood is the second Goetemann resident to work at the site following last year’s installation of a seven-foot tall Great Auk by Nathan Thomas Wilson. Redwood’s practice encompasses sculpture and installation that evokes a sense of play and comments on society’s waste. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Sydney) in 2006 and was awarded a one-year exchange program at Alfred University, in New York.

Beginning September 10 and continuing through September 28, visitors are invited to stroll down Horton Street to observe the artist while she constructs a large whale’s fluke (part of a whale’s tail) on the grounds of Ocean Alliance, site of the former Tarr and Wonson Paint Factory at 32 Horton Street, Gloucester. Using equipment donated by J&L Welding in Gloucester, Redwood will collect scrap metal and weld it into a sculpture rising about ten feet above the water’s edge. This is a wonderful opportunity to share an artistic experience with children while making them aware of the fragility of life in our oceans. Printed information about the artist and her process will be available on site.

Deborah Redwood is the latest artist at the Goetemann Residency and the public is invited to learn more about her work when she presents an Artist Talk on Tuesday, September 4, at 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.

For the past decade Redwood has participated in group and solo exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including; Japan, China, India and the USA.  She has also attended several artist-in-residence programs, in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont, Jaipur (India), Wellington (NZ), Sydney and now, Gloucester, MA. This challenging month-long project wraps up with a Closing Talk by the artist for the public at the Ocean Alliance site (weather permitting) on Friday, September 28 at 6:00 PM.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact: director@rockyneckartcolony.org

Images:

Deborah Redwood – Spiraling Shell

Deborah Redwood – Starfish at Killalea

Deborah Redwood – At Work