Monthly Archives: October 2018

Here’s the video taping of The GloucesterCast Episode 300 From Cape Ann TV

Thank you to Jennifer-Lee Levitz from Cape Ann TV AKA 1623 Studios for taping it on a Sunday morning and to the staff at Cape Ann TV for editing the video.

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GloucesterCast 300 Taped At The Crow’s Nest With Mary Anne Shatford, Chris McCarthy, Nichole Schrafft, Mike Codair, Kim Smith, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/6/18

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Topics Include:

300th Episode!

At the Crow’s Nest

Jennifer-Lee Levitz from Cape Ann TV taping- thank you

Riding Dirty on the back shore

Mary Anne Shatford

Who really owns the Crows Nest?

What do you think are some of the misconceptions about The Nest

Without mentioning the name of the place went on the hayride, Chris describes the hayride failure “He had one job!”

History of The GloucesterCast

First GloucesterCast Jan 23, 2011 With Kenny McCarthy Link

Mid 2013 Started to tape them more regularly, Toby and Kim became regulars

Right around 96 we started numbering the podcasts

GLOUCESTERCAST 100 TAPED AT CAPE ANN GICLEE WITH 15 OF US 10/25/14

GLOUCESTERCAST 200 WITH LIVE CALL IN FROM ED COLLARD ON THE ROAD, KAREN PISCHKE, BRIDGETTE MATHEWS, KIM SMITH AND @JOEY_C TAPED 9/18/16

We can be bought with gifts of food. 🙂

Bobby Ryan Ryan and Wood Distillery

Sam Nigro paints Captain Cosmo Oar For Cousin Larry Marcantonio

Online Fundraiser for Matza https://www.32auctions.comstpeter Dinner for 8 at Tonno, Sam Nigro Oar with depiction of The Greasy Pole

New owner Chris McCarthy Of Two Sisters

Nebraska folks

Paper Bag in The Doorway At The Nest

Welcome To The Crows Nest- Yankees Suck!

Rachel Refalo www.capeanncampsite.com

Cape Ann Plein Air Starts Sunday, look for artists around town

Glamping is trending.  Does anyone have any glamping locations they’d like to recommend?  Nichole is on the case.

Al Bezanson

Filming on Main Street Pilot for Showtime TV- filming locations include Main St, City Hall and I4C2

Congratulations To Frank DiMercurio and Chris Cicuranza- the First Same Sex Marriage Permed at a city hall- Sefatia is officiating

What is more advanced travel thinking? Packing minimalist and not checking a bag or packing everything into a large suitcase and checking it?

www.birddogs.com Connor McCarthy No underwear shorts

B-Side Is Taking Over The Alicia Unleashed Podcast

Alicia Lou Who Man Drama and Best Dating Advice

Mike Codair Chimes In

New Hampshire people Chime In On Glamping Location –Squam Lake

TAPPITY, TAP, TAP, TAP

Standing perfectly still while filming during yesterday’s gloriously warm afternoon, a beautiful female Downy Woodpecker flew to a tree not five feet from where I was working. She was very much obscured by foliage as she tapped her way up and down the trunk, turning the tree into a pantry for her winter supply of nuts and seeds. For a quicksilver moment I caught a clear look and snapped a shot through the leaves.

Downy Woodpeckers are common on Cape Ann throughout all four seasons.

WORLD PREMIERE “MY STATION IN LIFE” OPENS THIS WEEK AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE

MY STATION IN LIFE

by Gloucester’s Ken Riaf

featuring Ken Baltin as Simon Geller

OPENS LIMITED RUN AT GLOUCESTER STAGE

Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its 39th season of professional theater with the world premiere of Ken Riaf’s My Station in Life from October 12 through October 28 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. From the rubble of his studio dungeon, Simon Geller, the last standing single-handed radio operator in the country, broadcasts commercial free classical music from Gloucester – the town that loves and endures his peculiar presence. Known as “The Voice of Cape Ann”, for 24 years Geller ran WVCA-FM (104.9), a one-man classical music radio station from his home in downtown Gloucester. In Ken Riaf’s world premiere directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, this local legend comes to life through Boston actor Ken Baltin. The cast also includes Gloucester natives Meagan Gallo, a Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop student making her professional debut, and James Tarantino, a seafood inspector best known for competing on CBS-TV’s Survivor Nicaragua; and Boston actress Veronica Anastasio Wiseman who last appeared at GSC in 2016’s The Last Schwartz.

Playwright Ken Riaf lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts where he practices law. He has worked as a commercial fisherman and longshoreman, and as a visiting professor of law in literature and film at Endicott College and business law at Salem State University. Mr. Riaf’s newest play, For Whom the Ball Rolls, is a basketball parable about race, culture and rank set in the 1950’s at Boston’s Navy Yard. His film work, in collaboration with award winning Producer and Director Henry Ferrini, has been shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and broadcast and screened locally and abroad. Their award winning collaboration Radio Fishtowncreates a shifting, non-linear portrait of the enigmatic Simon Geller while debunking the myth that working people don’t listen to classical music.  Radio Fishtown, produced and directed by Henry Ferrini, written by Ken Riaf, associate produced by Judd Wilson and featuring an introduction by the late host of morning pro musica Robert J. Lurtsema won Bravo’s 1992 Hometown Video Award for Documentary Film by a Media Professional and was broadcast on Boston’s PBS affiliate WGBH.

Ken Baltin returns to GSC to play Simon Geller after last appearing here in 2009’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers. His recent local theatre credits include Shakespeare in Love at SpeakEasy Stage; Beckett in Brief with Commonwealth Shakespeare; Not Constantinople at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse and Blood on the Snow with Bostonian Society. Mr. Baltin has also appeared at many Boston area theatres including Death of a Salesman, Glengarry Glen Ross, Lost in Yonkers, and Laughter on the Twenty-Third Floor with Lyric Stage Co.; The Kite Runner, Eurydice, Waiting for Godot, and American Buffalo at New Repertory Theatre; Operation Epsilon, Fever Chart, and The Cherry Orchard at Central Square Theatre; The Screenwriter’s Daughter, and Copenhagen at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse; Deported-a Dream Play, King of the Jews, Permanent Whole Life at  Boston Playwrights; Art, The Illusion, and Oleanna with Merrimack Rep; Cymbeline and Romeo and Juliet with Actors Shakespeare Project; Brooklyn Boy at SpeakEasy Stage; and I Ought To Be in Pictures with  Jewish Theatre of NE. His recent film appearances include Equalizer 2, Vault, and A Case of Blue. On the stage Mr. Baltin will appear in Heartland at the New Repertory Theatre in January, 2019. .

Gloucester’s Meagan Gallo makes her professional theater debut in My Station in Life, although this is not her first time performing at Gloucester Stage. She has been an active member of the GSC Youth Acting Workshop program for 4 years, including leading roles in Holiday Delights 2016 (Daughter 1) and Holiday Delights 2017 (Mrs. Claus), as well as being a Playtime Stories company member. Ms. Gallo is a junior at Gloucester High School, where she is involved in the Drama Club both onstage and offstage, in Seussical, Nora’s Lost and Once Upon a Mattress.

Veronica Anastasio Wiseman has become a familiar face on Boston area stages. Recently: she has been seen in Old Money with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co; Timbuktu USA, Cleanliness, Godliness & Madness, 27 Tips for Banishing the Blues, Talk To At Me & Real Realism with Sleeping Weazel; Mrs. Packard, Mud Blue Sky, and Salome with Bridge Rep; Speech and Debate, the IRNE nominated The Goat or Who Is Sylvia with Bad Habit Productions; and The Edge of Peace at Central Square Theatre. Ms. Wiseman  produces and hosts the profile talk show Wise Friends for Sharon Community Television, where she serves as Vice President on their Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Huntington Theatre Company.

Artistic Director and director Robert Walsh has worked at Gloucester Stage as both an actor and director for close to 30years. Earlier this season he directed Cyrano; in 2017 he directed Bank Job; in 2016 he directed Songs For A New World; and in 2015 he directed the Elliot Norton Award winning The New Electric Ballroom and starred in Gloucester Blue. Walsh’s other GSC directing credits include North Shore Fish, Fighting Over Beverley, The Widow’s Blind Date,The Primary English Class, and Our Town. As an actor he has appeared on the stage in Gloucester in Sins of the Mother, The Subject Was Roses, The Barking Sharks, and Two for the Seesaw. He has also served as the Producing Artistic Director at the American Stage Festival where he directed Bus Stop, Intimate Exchanges, Jacques Brel…, andLend Me a Tenor, among others. As Artistic Associate at Actors’ Shakespeare Project he has directed As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Twelfth Night, and Measure For Measure. Other productions directed include:Othello with Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Round and Round The Garden, Table Manners, K2, Later Life andHoliday Memories at Merrimack Rep; Rancho Mirage, Race, Speed-The-Plow, and True West with New Repertory Theatre; The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and The Goatwoman of Corvis County at Shakespeare & Co.; Misalliance and A Life in the Theatre at Two River Theatre Co.; I Hate Hamlet with StageWest; The Little Foxes at Barter Theatre; and Of Mice and Men at Stoneham Theatre, among others. His roles in recent feature films include Black Mass, Patriot’s Dayand the upcoming, Altar Rock. Mr. Walsh directed the on-field ceremonies for the ’99 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. He is on the faculty at Brandeis University.

Ken Riaf’s My Station in Life runs from October 12 through October 28 at Gloucester Stage. Performances areWednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Following the 2 pm performance on Sunday, October 21 audiences are invited to free post-show discussions with the artists from My Station in Life. Single ticket prices are $35 to $45 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Cape Ann Residents, Senior Citizens and Patrons 18 years old and under. In addition to regular reserved tickets, Pay What You Wish tickets are available for theSaturday, October 13 matinee at 2 pm. Pay What You Wish tickets can only be purchased day of show at the door. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Massive and beautiful Ken Gore painting repaired and returned to City Hall

Information labels were applied to City Hall walls with an epoxy that is ill advised near art. In early spring a label for this Ken Gore painting migrated to its surface and pulled away a small patch of paint.  Elizabeth Mehlin, an expert painting restorer in Ipswich, Massachusetts, repaired the accidental damage. She was able to tease out pulverized pieces of the paint stuck to remnant epoxy and match the loss so beautifully the fix is indiscernible. The painting is large and heavy. I suspect that its original custom frame was likely carved by multi media artist and Montserrat teacher, Alfred Czerepak (1928 – 1986). Gloucester’s Department of Public Works are such great stewards of the city’s art and history!

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Before repair – and remnant epoxy

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Mike Hale and Bobby return KEN GORE painting to City Hall after slight repair necessary due to ill choice for wall label_ nasty epoxy migrated to painting surface_20180907_©c ryan.jpg

 

 

 

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To the rescue as usual. Fantastic Deparment of Public Works – Mike Hale, Bobby Gross, Phil Curcuru, Mike Tarantino –  the return of the repaired Gore painting

KENNETH (KEN) GORE
(American, b.Oct 2 1911 Elvira, Illinois -1990 d. Gloucester)
Ken Gore visited Gloucester for the first time in 1948 and settled into a home and studio within a year. Eventually he purchased 186 East Main Street where he resided and maintained a studio and gallery. (Today it’s Lynzariums, aka the Plant Shack, across from Beacon Marine Basin in East Gloucester.)  Gore was a student and art professor at the  Detroit Meisinger Art School. He served as president of both Rockport and North Shore Art Associations and for the Cape Ann Festival of the Arts. He performed regularly with the Cape Ann Symphony. He taught regularly. Apparently his personality was as joyous and musical as his painting: his art students and friends considered him “one of the nicest mans they’d ever met.” I’ve heard that his plein air road trips and truck “studio” were quite a sight.  I would love to see a picture of him on location by his truck. I do love seeing Jeff Weaver and his signature truck around town.

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186 East Main Street, Gloucester, was former home, studio and gallery of artist Ken Gore

Cape Ann Festival of the Arts detail map of artists locations

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