Mr. Swan Doing Well

Mr. Swan and his friends seem to be having a great time recently on Henry’s Pond. It was nice to see him again! I even had a chance to “introduce” him to some young men who happened by and were curious. So heartening to know young people are interested in nature and wildlife.

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Coming Soon to the Rogers Street Theatre

From a press release issued by the Rogers Street Theatre:

Award-winning works by Pulitzer prize playwright Lynn Nottage and Gloucester’s former poet laureate John Ronan come to downtown Gloucester’s Rogers Street Theatre February 23-24. The Saturday evening performance and Sunday matinee also include two staged readings from Rockport New Year’s Eve’s ten-minute playwriting contest. The theme of the weekend is “Couples.” The plays contain mature language and subject matter, and more than a few surprises.

Tickets for both the 7:30 PM Saturday February 23 performance and 3 PM Sunday February 24 matinee are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information on Rogers Street Theatre at 68 Rogers Street, or to purchase tickets go to:  www.RogersStreetTheatre.org  

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Beauport Hotel Fireside Chat Series

I recently attended one of the Beauport Hotel’s Fireside Chats featuring Lise Breen discussing Gloucester’s ties and history with slave trade. It was informative and interesting, especially since I learned there are additional Fireside Chats scheduled. Jeanne Hennessey, Director of Communications for the Beauport was hostess and let us know the upcoming dates and topics:

February 25 (Monday) Prudence Fish will be discussing Gloucester’s oldest homes.

March 4 (Monday) Tales and Ales (now that sounds intriguing!)

March 18 (Monday) Andrea Bodner from Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI)

6:30 – 8:30 pm Space is limited so email concierge@beauporthotel.com to reserve your seats. Make sure to mention your name and how many will be in attendance. Light refreshments (yummy) are offered. This series is sponsored by the Beauport Hotel, so kudos to them! (photo used with Beauport Hotel permission and taken by Jeanne Hennessey)

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Prime Rib Chart Update Sat Feb 16

Did you miss the Valentine’s Day prime rib specials this week? Fear not…..prime rib specials are available from several local establishments. This is not intended to be a complete list: if you have something to add, please let us know! These are not regular menu items, but scheduled specials. Now, go get some for yourself!

The chart has been updated at information received by 2 PM Saturday Feb 16:
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Prime Rib Weekly Specials Around Town

Did you miss the Valentine’s Day prime rib specials this week? Fear not…..prime rib specials are available from several local establishments. This is not intended to be a complete list: if you have something to add, please let us know! These are not regular menu items, but scheduled specials. Now, go get some for yourself!

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed Thurs Friday Saturday
1606 at Beauport

$38 for two after 5 PM in February

Seaport Grille

$14.95

Rhumb Line

$13

  Azorean

$18.95

Mile Marker

After 4 PM

12 oz – $18

18 oz – $22

Topside

After 5 PM

$25.99

          Boat House

22 oz – $24.99

26 oz – $28.99

Boat House

22 oz – $24.99

26 oz – $28.99

          Village Restaurant

$27.00

 

 

As you can see Wednesday is wide open for an enterprising restaurant to fill in.

Back in the Day Main Street

The 1943 photographs taken by Gordon Parks for the Farm Security Administration have been discussed in previous Good Morning Gloucester posts but I just thought it might be interesting to show you one example of a view of Main Street in 1943 and one taken 2019. Very different and yet much the same. Other photos from this collection can be viewed here.

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Adventureman Update– 29 Marathons To Go!

This amazing man is running the perimeter of the United States to raise money for sick children. He plans to end his run right here in Gloucester. His latest update says he estimates only 806 miles remain! His goal is to run the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) a day and if he keeps that pace, he will arrive sometime in early March.  Looking forward to being part of this epic journey:

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The People in Your Neighborhood

One of the interesting facets of family history research is the study of the neighborhood,  city and social history your ancestor experienced.  It brings to mind the Sesame Street song about the people in your neighborhood.

Lucky for those of us that like to study such things, there are plenty of ways to determine where your ancestors lived. One is the decennial US census records as they become available (1940 is the most recently available). This is part of the 1910 census record for  William E. Pierce and family who lived at 31 Sargent Street in 1910.

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Over the years, the Pierce family lived at 389 Main (1900); 106 Maplewood (1920), 3 1/2 Alpine Court (1930) and 3 Smith St (1940). There were 12 children born to this couple, so there were years where additional room was needed such as seen here for 1910.  So I went to go see those neighborhoods as they look today:

I realize house numbers may have changed over the years, but today’s 389 Main:

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Today’s 31 Sargent Street (1910)

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Nearby 106 Maplewood (1920)

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4 1/2 Alpine Court (1930)

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3 Smith Street (1940 just 2 years prior to William’s death):

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I am proud to learn immediate family members lived in and near these neighborhoods along with other hardworking residents. It makes me feel even more connected to our city.