Signs of the times

MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan

 

George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910

 

 

Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

 

 

 

Virtual Elsa (Frozen) visit from Wenham Museum tomorrow! tune in Facebook 10:30AM March 26, fairytale attire encouraged 😊🧚👸❄️

Message from Wenham Museum, offering arts programming for the little ones:

TOMORROW – Virtual Elsa Visit!
Thursday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook Live
Elsa will live stream into your living room from the Wenham Museum’s Facebook page! If you missed her visit when we opened “Frozen,” this is a chance to catch her again. She will sing songs and tell stories live from our galleries. We’re hoping this will give parents and caregivers a few moments of respite (or a chance to make a phone call!) and bring some happiness and joy to our youngest friends. Fairytale attire encouraged. Visit our website  www.wenhammuseum.org

virtual Elsa visit at Wenham Museum 25 March 2020_ corona arts programming

 

Signs of the times

(author’s note: Signs of the times updated as I add signs to the original 3/25/2020 post, most recent at top. Gloucester, Mass.)

3/28/2020

Jeff’s Variety “Because of Limited Staff” signs

3/27/2020

MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan

 

George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910

 

Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

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Virgilio’s is OPEN for take-out. What are your top 3 go-to sandwiches on the menu? #GloucesterMA

Virgilio's open for take out_covid-19_main street storefront_Gloucester MA_20200324 ©c ryan

 

mine

  1. North Ender (light on sundried tomatoes) cold
  2. Eggplant supreme (without the prosciotto) hot

My son loves the caprese. My mother in law loves the chicken salad. Great vodka cream sauce! I also grab their bread and sauce and dips at area supermarkets, too. Virgilio’s makes fresh bread next level. As in All. Day. Long.

Virgilio’s Bakery & Deli

“Bread of the Fishermen” since 1961
29 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
VirgiliosBakery.com

(978)283-5295

Alexandra’s Bread is OPEN and take out is brisk! Call ahead for what you need the next day, and they can bring it out to your car

Alexandra's Bread bakery Main Street Gloucester MA storefront_20200324_©c ryan

Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Call the day before for your favorite loaves, rolls, cookies, scones and other sweet treats. They have been busy and selling out, and can make more if they know the orders ahead of time. A surprise at this time: people have been buying new dish towels and vintage ware (washable!), and greeting cards to go.

What’s your favorite bread at Alexandra’s?

p.s. If it lasts that long, their french bread freezes well and makes fantastic overnight french toast.

Alexandra’s Bread : (978) 281-3064

Artists and Cultural organizations: Complete the MCC state’s COVID-19 Impact Survey by March 22

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Update from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC)

We are collecting data from the field on how Coronavirus is impacting you or your organization. Please respond to our survey for artists and arts and culture educators and/or our survey for cultural organizations by Sunday, March 22 at 11:59pm (EST). We have begun conversations with state legislators on future state mitigation efforts and we want to make sure they are able to craft this legislation with real data and impacts in mind. 

MCC Covid-19 Impact survey for Artists/Individuals here

MCC Covid-19 Impact survey for Cultural Organizations here

And check the MCC COVID-19 Resources page for more updates and resources.

About the Mass Cultural Council

The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

More help: MCC Update for any and all arts industry | COVID-19 Impact Form Ready and Webinar Thursday

photo caption: View past Central Burying Ground-  Gilbert Stuart, portrait artist, gravestone right at sidewalk– in the forground to building where MCC headquarters is located (behind FedEx truck), 2019 ©c ryan

From Anita Walker, Director Mass Cultural Council

An Update to Our Response to COVID-19

We are living and working in uncertain times. I am reaching out to commit to you that as new information becomes available on COVID-19/Coronavirus and relevant guidance and/or directives are issued by federal and state officials, Mass Cultural Council will remain in close touch to provide you, the Commonwealth’s cultural sector, with updates.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Baker issued a number of Emergency Actions intended to protect the public. Mass Cultural Council is following the Administration’s announcements closely. Consistent with the Executive Branch, our team will not be reporting to the office today or tomorrow (March 16 and 17), and we’ll continue to follow guidance as it becomes available moving forward. Please know that our team is able to continue its important work on your behalf remotely, and that if you have any questions you should not hesitate to reach out to your program manager by phone or email.

Mass Cultural Council is prioritizing 5 action items to help the cultural sector manage financial disruption associated Coronavirus:

  1. We are collecting data from the field on how Coronavirus is impacting you/or your organization. Please respond to our survey for artists/arts and cultural educators or our survey for cultural organizations as information and data becomes clear to you. We have begun conversations with state legislators on future state mitigation efforts and we want to make sure they are able to craft this legislation with real data and impacts in mind. 
  2. We are working internally to accelerate the processing and disbursement of any remaining fiscal year payments to our organizations. Updates on this will come from program staff as they are available.
  3. We are exploring options on how to extend deadlines on final reports – please connect with program staff with any questions.
  4. With our governing Council, we are revisiting our FY20 spending plan with a critical eye to assess how we might redeploy unspent dollars as emergency mitigation funds to support our artists and cultural nonprofits.
  5. And, on Thursday, March 19 at 3pm we will host a webinar to share the best advice available on how to manage our organizations during this crisis led by staff from the Boston Public Health Commission. During the conversation, we’ll share best practices, resources, and discuss what you are experiencing in your organizations now to start to understand what resources you need. (This webinar is limited to 500 participants and will be available online soon after.)

Again, we will continue to be in touch as information and updates become available.  Stay safe and make healthy choices.- Anita Walker | MCC

Getting ready

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020. I’m starting to set the table, making sure to add some pieces from my brother and my grandparents and folks, listening to favorite tunes, old and new, and ready for the Dropkick Murphys stream tonight (thanks to Joey’s post)

getting ready_happy st patrick's day at home_ 2020 March 17_©c ryan

Also recalling fondly one night when we saw the Clancy brothers at a packed bar in New York and I realized for the first time just how Irish my father looked. Arriving late and scanning a sea of round faced men convincingly attired in customary monochrome sweaters, I think I may have waved to the wrong dad!

Coronavirus Cancellations | GMF Bach Birthday Concert – Postponed; Opening canceled at Jane Deering Gallery visit show online

Gallery show on line _opening canceled

from Jane Deering Gallery

The opening reception scheduled for Saturday March 21st for the exhibition Formally Taught … and Not at Jane Deering Gallery has been cancelled in view of the coronavirus pandemic.  Works from the exhibition can be viewed online at https://janedeeringgallery.com/exhibitions-jdg-gloucester-ma/formally-taught-and-not/.  Requests for additional information: please contact the gallery at 917-902-4359 or via email at info@janedeeringgallery.com.  We hope to re-schedule a reception in April.  Gallery hours are temporarily shortened to Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm.  19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA.
Jane Deering Gallery

California & Massachusetts  . 917-902-4359
London . UK residence +44-207-584-1671

from Gloucester Meeting House Foundation

 

With deep regret but for the good of the community the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is postponing the March 21st Bach Birthday Concert.
The Mayor has asked that all public gatherings of over 25 people in close proximity be avoided due to the potential transmission of the coronavirus.
We are also postponing the April 19th event called The Endurance of Hope.  This will be a narrated concert in commemoration of the Holocaust
presented in collaboration with Temple Ahavat Achim.

Please note that both will be held at a later date when it is again safe for large indoor events.  We trust that will be in the not too distant future
and will keep you posted.  All advance ticket purchases will be honored.

On a happier note, the 5th season of our outdoor summer series Music on Meetinghouse Green is ready to roll.  The opening concert will be on July 10th
featuring the Berklee ensemble BeBop Guitars, with donations in support of Pathways for Children and food available from the Causeway.  The festival will
run nine Friday evenings, starting at 6:00pm.

Please feel free to share this announcement as needed.

Sincerely,
Charles Nazarian, president

Coroneconomy – some local shopping sales bump

Is your supermarket busy? Here’s the Stop & Shop crush 6pm yesterday with lines for cashiers and self-checkout wrapped all around.

crush at supermarket 6pm_20200312_©c ryan

 

The essentials – one shopper’s cart last night -ice cream and water!

the essentials_ice cream and water_one shopper's cart at stop & shop Gloucester MA_20200312 ©c ryan

Not just UK apparently- here’s the toilet paper aisle at BJ’s today. Courtesy photo with note- “The shelves are empty here. The economy will be fine.” 

Coronavirus shopping_ not just UK toilet paper aisle at BJs_ Danvers MA 2020 March 13 © c king

Beyond health and safety conversations with family and friends, at this early week mark, I’m seeing discussions about which industries may be impacted disastrously or pick up. Ditto public services: public meetings will be postponed, but could roadwork ramp up as more people stay home and off the road? One friend canceled a party this weekend, signing off with some black humor – stay healthy and send suggestions for staying cooped up with kids. Another friend sparked a debate about sending students home from college (many untested):

“We are missing a huge opportunity as a Nation. Given that we have barely conducted 6000 tests in two weeks, when compared to South Korea which conducts 20,000 test A DAY! We clearly need to ramp up! Our college kids are healthy, pretty indestructible, and well educated. They could run tests, assist in research, help out in medical settings, even help in transforming hotels or other spaces into medical ready facilities. But we are sending them home, to sit on couches and play video games. Why?” – Linda 

Responses back ranged from the difficulties of such close quarters in dorms to alternative approaches in the works (like the Univ. of Washington appealing to grad students to do just that, and Colgate keeping kids on campus).

Healthy wishes to all and feeling grateful for the work that will be undertaken by so many–and at risk– to keep us safe.

MCC on it – Practical help & safety info now, plus looking ahead with Coronavirus Impact Collection Form for arts industry

From Anita Walker, Executive Director Mass cultural Council:

Letter to the Arts Field on COVID-19

It is hard to believe that just a couple of weeks ago Mass Cultural Council launched our new CultureRx Initiative, touting the protective and healing power of culture in the face of an epidemic of loneliness and social isolation. Today, the epidemic is COVID-19/the coronavirus and social isolation has gone from curse to cure.

We are all grappling with the unprecedented and rapidly changing challenges presented by COVID-19. How do we manage the sanitation of our facilities and the safety of our staff and audiences? How do we respond when fear provokes xenophobic behavior in our customers? Should we cancel our shows, close our doors, or reduce hours? And how do we navigate the financial consequences of dwindling ticket sales and canceled shows?

I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I know that we will find them together.

  • On Thursday, March 19 at 3pm we will host a webinar to share the best advice available on how to manage our organizations during this crisis. We’ll hear from two of our colleagues at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC): Infectious Disease Bureau Director of Community Engagement & Education Leslie Karnes and Director of BPHC’s Consortium for Professional Development Brad Cohen. During the conversation we’ll share best practices, resources, and discuss what you are experiencing in your organizations now to start to understand what resources you need. (This webinar is limited to 500 participants and will be available online soon after.)
  • We have created a COVID-19 resources page with links to useful information about the coronavirus. This resource will be updated as more information becomes available from our state and federal agency partners, like the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Many of you are also concerned about grants you have received for projects and work you have had to cancel or postpone. Don’t worry. Just let us know. You don’t have to return the grant.

We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg of the financial implications this viral pandemic is having on our field. I have started conversations with key legislators to make sure that we are part of any emergency or mitigation funding package developed by the state Legislature. Many of you have sent me emails about cancellations, but the more information we have the more effective we can be in advocating on your behalf.

By Thursday, we will launch a Coronavirus Impact Collection Form on our COVID-19 resources page

You will get more details next week, but our goal is to collect up-to-date information on cancellations, layoffs, and any other financial losses you are experiencing. This way we will be able to continually update our report to legislators and key decision-makers.

We are all doing things differently now. In accordance with a directive from Governor Baker, our staff has cancelled all travel and in-person meetings for the next 30 days. When possible, workshops, trainings, and meetings will be conducted through the magic of technology. We still want to be in conversation with you, and we will do that by phone.

Finally, while we know that social isolation is prescribed as the best protective factor now, it is also true that the arts and culture are a powerful source of healing in these times of high stress and anxiety. We want to explore together alternative ways of delivering our essential services in the absence of the human touch and community that is so much a part of our work. Share your ideas and successes and we will share them with the field. In unprecedented times, creativity, and innovation lead. This is our superpower.

Thank you for all you are doing under the most difficult of circumstances. Please write and let me and your Mass Cultural Council staff contact know how we can support you, your staff, and your community. – Anita Walker, MCC

Anita Walker, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council, is retiring on June 30, 2020. You can read the retirement announcement here. Andrea Shea wrote a great piece about it for the Artery  excerpt below:

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ICA, MFA, Isabella Stewart Gardner & Harvard Art museums release joint notice: all CLOSED to the public until #COVID19 social distancing precaution is lifted #BostonMA

 

photos above- ICA August and Septemer 2019, ©c ryan

Announcement from the ICA

ICA announcement March 12 2020

In response to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) concern, the ICA has decided to close the museum as of 9 PM tonight.

This decision was made collaboratively with the Harvard Art Museums, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts to ensure the health and safety of our community. The CDC has clearly communicated that one of the most effective measures for controlling the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is social distancing. Based on that recommendation, we feel it is our ethical responsibility to put the common good ahead of any one individual or institution.

As of Monday, only essential staff will be on site; other employees will work remotely. The museum is closed to the public until further notice; updates will be shared on icaboston.org and our social media channels.

Visitor Services staff will be in touch soon regarding ticket refunds or rebooking for ticketed performances and Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING

This is a rapidly changing situation and we appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate it together. 

Be well, 

The ICA

New signs new restaurant coming | Gloucester Brazilian Steakhouse Buffet 151 Main Street #GloucesterMA

Gloucester Brazilian Steakhouse Buffet – Gloucester Steakhouse – new restaurant coming to 151 Main Street Gloucester, Massachusetts. Sign shows churrascaria images. There was a murmur back in January- a smaller sign beneath the Ohana facade forecast “Tastes better than it sounds. All You Can Eat Buffet.”

Gloucester Brazilian Steakhouse Buffet coming to 151 Main Street ©c ryan

 

(Across from the Lone Gull. OHana was there and Espressos before that.)