We’ve got a date for the opening reception of my Waterfront Images series at Cape Ann Giclee November 1st!

We’ve got a date for the opening reception of my Waterfront Images series at @capeanngiclee

November 1st from 6:30-9:00PM.

Cape Ann Giclee is located at 20 Maplewood Ave. #GloucesterMA. Please come and share!

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ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE – MT. PLEASANT CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6 pm
East Gloucester Community Church


If you are a lot owner or have family members interred at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery you are welcome to attend our Annual Meeting.
We currently have openings on our Board of Trustees and are actively seeking qualified volunteers who have time and energy to commit to keeping our cemetery going.

I appreciate your help on this.  I cannot seem to get it into the newspaper and it receives more traction on your page.

Regards,

Kathy Melanson

Secretary

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association

A FRONT FULL OF MONARCH BUTTERFLIES SWEEPS ACROSS THE COUTRY

You may have seen on social media sites the map of butterflies moving through Oklahoma. This is the original story in which the maps appeared: A front full of butterflies swept through Oklahoma City on Saturday

The line on the map above isn’t rain, but from butterflies and dragonflies. We can surmise based on what has been happening along our shores that the species you see in this front are most likely a swirl of Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Green Darner Dragonflies. The north easterly winds are carrying the insects south.

Below is a map showing autumn and spring migrations. The orange arow is the fall migratory route of the Monarchs.

Anything red represents rain. Blue indicates more unusual shapes, often biological in origin. Notice behind the “butterfly front” the large spattering of blue. That’s where the insects were. (GR2 Analyst)

 

 

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH AUTHOR JOEANN HART AT THE BEAUPORT HOTEL!

FROM JOEANN:

On Monday, October 21, at 6:30 pm, I’ll be reading and chatting at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester. Come join me! I’ll read from my new book Stamford ’76, A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s. This will be followed by a lively discussion with the audience about the writing of this true crime memoir, as well as my two novels, Float and Addled. Or we can talk about whatever you’d like. Books will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public. To be sure you get a seat you might want to rsvp to Concierge@BeauportHotel.com.

Restorative Yoga Class with Linda at MAGMA (Movement Arts Gloucester MA) Thursdays 11:30-12:30 (right after 10:15am Nia class)

Cape Ann Wellness

IMG_4996.jpgRestorative Yoga Class Thursdays, 11:30-12:30 at MAGMA (right after Nia class that runs from 10:15-11:15am)

Restorative Yoga is a relaxing and nurturing practice that allows the body and mind to relax and well, restore.  All you need to do is sit or lie on a mat with your body supported by bolsters, blocks and blankets.  I do all the work.  No energy or expertise required for you.  The benefits of the practice include better sleep, less anxiety, gentle stretching of the body especially the chest and shoulders, etc.

Linda was was trained in level I Rest. Yoga in the Judith Lasater tradition by Ann Biasetti in Saratoga Springs.  She will soon and be attending a level II training session in the spring of 2020 to allow for more poses and therapeutic possibilities.

Here is a link to a nice description of what Restorative Yoga is. 

I hope you will try…

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Sam Novello asks GMG: What Happened to the Cannons at Stage Fort Park?

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Sam Novello asks GMG, “Joe, what happened to the cannons at Stage Fort Park—— two are gone?” 

The cannon(s) are undergoing restoration (cleaning, chemical treatment and re-painting). In 2018, the CPA Committee awarded $22,705 of an estimated $46,000 to the Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee to refurbish the Parrot Rifle Cannon for work scheduled to commence spring 2020. The project is led by the Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee. The grant application project summary indicates the scope of work as follows:

  1. The fabrication of an aluminum “historic-rendering of a carriage for the Parrot Rifle Cannon as part of a multi-year project to restore the Fort area of Stage Fort Park.
  2. Cleaning, treatment and repainting of the Parrot Rifle Cannon.
  3. Machining or “sleeving” of the Parrot Rifle Cannon to create a narrow lined bore capable of firing a small charge report.

“Our final goal is to restore the Fort area as a historic feature of the Park and its importance to our local military history.* Repairs and restoration of this site are long overdue. The ramparts are overgrown with vegetation**. The cannon barrels are suffering due to neglect. The barrels are subject to trash, dirt and debris. We hope to preserve this site for future generations. The cleaning, capping and painting of the cannon will protect the barrel against future damage. We have proposed an annual stipend in the city budget of $2000 for maintenance of the Fort as well as a security plan for the Fort which would include lighting and security cameras. *Our ultimate goals include a visitor education center with historic references to the Fort and its history. It is expected that the entire Stage Fort Park will be used as a centerpiece of the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations.”

 

– Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee CPA application excerpt, photo from packet and phasing goals

Read the full application here: 2019 CPA Application SFP Parrot Rifle Cannon Carriage

*There is no finalized plan for this area overall. See photographs then/now below. There is a history of Fort use and restoration for  historic battles as well as city celebrations honoring this legacy and the kind souls who volunteered to do so. I’m not sure if the 187th Infantry Brigade was paid for the work they did in 1973, which I’m assuming was the last big overhaul. The CPA grant is just about the work on the cannons. The Historical Commission wrote a letter of support stressing replica accuracy using period materials (wood and metal)

**The area is overgrown at the moment because of various DPW work on the boulevard and future plans. (When I photographed the area annually it’s cleared.)

Stage Fort is the oldest fort in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

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October 2019 cannons removed for restoration from site design 1973 by 187th Infantry Brigade

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“Fort Conant”, post Civil War – pre 1900 site of ramparts before land set aside as Stage Fort Park. Four cannons were mounted during the Civil War

 

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As part of the city’s 350th celebration prep, the cannon site area (earthworks, entrance area, powder magazine, and gun embrasures) was restored by an engineer brigade from Wollaston. The design intent turned the clock back to how the fort would have been built out in the 1700s. Julian Hatch, the chairman of the 350th, had been director of public works for the city. The project was decades in the wishing and sensitively designed at long last.

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In 1930, the Fort was spruced up from its formal design post Civil and Spanish war.  Fisherman’s Field Stage Fort information plaques were commissioned and unveiled.

Printable PDF of the plaque translation here 

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Read more about historic battles and Gloucester Stage Fort Park in this trivia quiz designed by Shaun Goulart, GHS history teacher in this prior GMG post

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copy of Frank L. Cox fine art photograph (pre dates 1921) he used to illustrate his pocket Gloucester guide “The Gloucester Book”, and sell prints

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City Hall tower lights are purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month #GloucesterMA

Enza Taormina, clerk from the Office of the Mayor, relayed that the tower lights are “purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month”  October 2019.

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City Hall Clock Tower Illumination

The tower lights are illuminated to recognize special causes, organizations, events and holidays.  They were instituted by Mayor Romeo Theken and her administration. The City Electrician with Gloucester DPW installed an LED system which is outfitted with changeable color lenses. Requests for commemoration come to DPW through the Office of the Mayor. Check the Mayor’s Facebook page or local media to see announcements for new lights and/or news related to a cause. 

 

What a great morning.

The Homie Cast

What a great morning. The Pats are 6-0.

Carson Edwards dropped 8 threes in a single quarter for the Celtics.

The Nat’s are going to the World Series after Bryce Harper stuck them up and left for more money.

The Yankees are one game from elimination in the ALCS.😃

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Jewelry Designer Pop-Up at GLADSTONE to benefit Wellspring House

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Meet London jewelry designer, Tarra Rosenbaum at GLADSTONE on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 11-5, and design your very own bespoke future heirloom. Elegant and timeless, her 18k gold Aurora ring design is available in an endless number of gemstone and enamel color combinations…your choice! Bring along a piece of gemstone jewelry you’d like to redesign and repurpose or just come and discover all the fun possibilities!
GLADSTONE will be donating 10% of every Aurora ring purchase to Wellspring House in Gloucester, MA.
See website for event details, gladstonejewelry.com
36 ½ Union Street, Manchester 978.704.9410