Holy Crap The Gran Prix Of Gloucester Has Been Canceled!

​RE: 2019 Gran Prix of Gloucester

It is with deep regret, that I announce the cancellation of the 2019 Gran Prix of Gloucester.

After 20 years this decision isn’t made lightly. For various reasons, this year’s preparation is significantly behind where it needs to be.

We take pride in promoting a high quality event people look forward to. We aren’t willing to to put on an event that doesn’t meet the high bar set by previous editions, not to mention the other excellent events in New England.

Regarding the future, every year, planning for the calendar process for the international (UCI) calendar starts soon after the GP Gloucester. At this point we can’t say for certain that plans for 2020 can be finalized before the UCI deadline of December 15.

We wish to thank our partners, past and present, the Vittoria Northeast Series, Shimano, Ipswich Ale Brewing, Pedro’s, Seaside Cycling, NEBRA, USA Cycling and all the various entities we’ve worked with. If I try to name people, I’ll miss someone. However I will take this opportunity to thank Chris McKernan for putting his heart and considerable experience to work for this event. I thank him also for his friendship.

We also want to thank you. If you’ve raced, spectated, volunteered, or hosted out of town racers, you are why this event has been an honor to promote.

Sincerely yours,
Paul Boudreau
Gran Prix of Gloucester
Event Director

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE OF THE BAHAMIAN ISLANDS

Fly safe little fledgling!

It’s heartbreaking to read about the death and devastation wreaked by Hurricane Dorian. Never having been, but greatly wishing to go someday, our hearts go out to the people of this beautiful and magical archipelago, the Bahamas.

Several friends have written asking about what happens to shorebirds, especially the Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers, during a monster hurricane like Dorian. Some lose their lives, some are blown far off course and hopefully, more will survive than not.

One somewhat reassuring thought regarding the Piping Plovers that are tagged in Massachusetts and Rhode Island is that they may not yet have left the States. After departing Massachusetts and RI, a great many tagged PiPls are soon found foraging on the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA. Data suggests that the Outer Banks are a priority stopover site for Piping Plovers well into the late summer. After leaving our shores, southern New England Piping Plovers spend on average 45 days at NC barrier beaches before then heading to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.

A male Piping Plover that I have been documenting since April, nicknamed Super Dad, still in Massachusetts at his breeding grounds as of August 28th.

Here is Super Dad with his two fledglings, aged 31 days, On August 24th, 2019.

Thirty-one-day old fledglings, sleeping after a morning of intensive foraging and fattening-up.

Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist, Matthew Trueman, Begins Project at Ocean Alliance, September 3

Opening Talk: Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 PM at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck


Closing Talk: Thursday, September 26, 6:00 PM at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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Detail of kinetic sound sculpture by Matthew Truemann.
 

Canadian sculpture and video artist, Matthew Trueman, was chosen as the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s 2019 Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist.  Truman is currently building on a series called Instruments for Landscapes that utilizes musical and clockwork technology powered by found sources of energy to create autonomous instruments tuned to specific landscapes.  He plans to create a similar piece for his Goetemann Residency project at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, in Rocky Neck. 

Truemann will give an opening talk at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. He will show and talk about his completed project at 6:00 PM on Thursday, September 26 at Ocean Alliance. The public is also invited to watch Truemann at work anytime by walking up Horton Street to Ocean Alliance anytime from September 4 to 22.

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Instrument for Inquiry installation by Matthew Trueman

A central theme of Truemann’s work is an exploration of space using our ears, as opposed to our eyes, as the primary source of information. This shift of sense is especially relevant for understanding marine animals that rely far more on acoustics that humans.

The Instruments for the Landscapes series aims to allow us to listen closer by making sound. To do this the sculpture, and ultimately the listener, must absorb, respond and harmonize with the elemental and ecological sounds of the coastline.

The sculpture powers itself using energy from the wind, water or the sun to create an output that works like a telescope, allowing listeners access into the depth of the soundscape around them.

About Matthew Truemann
 
A Canadian sculpture and video artist who completed his MFA at Western University in 2018, Truemann is a resident of London, Ontario. He employed his woodworking background to found an environmentally responsible furniture business called Joined Habitat.  See http://www.matthewtrueman.com/#/instrument-for-inquiry-into-the-melody-of-the-landscape/ to see and hear examples of Truemann’s prior constructions. Matthew Truemann’s residency is sponsored by Karen Ristuben.
About the Goetemann Artist Residency

Named in honor of its founder, artist Gordon Goetemann, the Residency fosters innovation and courageous artistic experimentation within a nurturing community that supports cultural tolerance and the exchange of new ideas.


About the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the RNAC, 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.
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Magnolia Community Farmers’ Market Sunday

Looks like great weather on Sunday for the Magnolia Community Farmers’ Market.  Great time to stroll, socialize, get great fruits, veggies, meats, food and treasures.  ALso always a great breakfast at Sherry’s Corner Cafe.

1623 Studios Cape Ann TV building out on Pleasant Street

Change is coming to the streetscape beneath the stunning oriels.

There’s work in progress underway at 11 Pleasant Street downtown Gloucester: 1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) is building out in the former Cape Ann Art Haven Hive space. I interviewed the station director, Erich Archer, back in 2016 (here) and recall him expressing some street presence downtown as one goal among many. The space on the right of the entrance at 11 Pleasant Street (7 Pleasant Street ,formerly Ruby Wolf) is available to rent.

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1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) taking it to the streets

 

The 5th Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival~ September 14, 2019 . 10:30am to 8:30pm

 

Houston…we have a set list! Announcing our lineup with all our amazing bands. Make sure to get your tix in advance! at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3321532

 

Updated Hours and Policy Reminders

Cape Ann Wellness

Moving forward our hours of operation will be slightly altered. We will be open everyday from 11:30 – 5:00, except on Tuesdays when we will be closed. With this in mind, please note that if you see the front door open outside of these hours, feel free to stop in!

Additionally, we would like to remind everyone that we offer a 10% discount to all veteran’s, service members, firefighters, law enforcement officers, school teachers, and anyone over the age of 65.

Due to the nature of our products there are no refunds or exchanges, and all sales are final.

Always check with your physician before starting any kind of new dietary supplement routine.

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