On the first Shabbat after Pittsburgh attack, Temple Ahavat Achim unites hundreds in Gloucester Mass. #ShowedUpForShabbat

Rabbi Steven Lewis welcomed the community to the November 2, 2018 Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Ahavat Achim. Organizers had an idea just how big the support and need could be when four hundred RSVP’d. Every seat was taken downstairs and upstairs– where it was standing room only– a full house of interfaith harmony, beautiful music and prayer. It was heartbreaking and hopeful.

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Mark your calendars-

Public progamming and community engagement is robust at Temple Ahavat Achim and informed its architecture. For those far away, you can get an idea of just how big the crowd was by seeing the interior.  For those lucky enough to worship and/or visit, upcoming announcements mention several collaborative interfaith events (see Facebook), and the date for the annual Lobster Trap Menorah lighting is December 4th, 2018.

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*I hope to add a link to the program and the interfaith Facebook page

Gloucester’s Pauline from Pauline’s Gifts one of the winners of ACW

Congratulations to Pauline
Go visit Pauline’s Gift, Pauline Gifts never disappoints.
512 Essex Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

https://www.paulinesgifts.com/

2018 STAR AWARDS
For

Exceptional Participation in ACW

 

Most Innovative Event
InFlux –  Nashville, TN
Check-Out Influx: Borrowing Bowls
Ultimate Group Celebration
Connecting with Craft –  Stone County, ARUltimate Group Celebration
Baker Art Guild –  Baker City, OR
Open Studios Tour
Best Use of Social Media
Pauline’s Gifts – Gloucester, MA
Live Facebook Demonstration
Outstanding Charity Event
With These Hands Gallery – Edisto Island, SC
Fundraiser for Breast Cancer
Outstanding Charity Event
indigenous craft gallery – Cinncinnati, OH
Empty Bowls Cincinnati
Outstanding Family Event
Firefly Artisan Fair – Nashville, TN
Artist Demonstrations
Most Energizing Advocate
Martha Fitch – Montpelier, VT
Vermont Crafts Council
Exceptional Nonprofit Participant
Clinton Presidential Center – Little Rock, AR
25th Anniversary Exhibition of The White House Collection of American Craft
Exceptional Support from The Public Sector  
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee Craft Week
Exceptional ACW Sponsor
Emerald Expositions: American Handcrafted Philadelphia & NY NOW
Best Use of ACW Materials
Quad City Arts – Rock Island, IL
Best ACW Event Series
Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery – Akron, OH
Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education and Demonstrations
  Waterford Fair – Waterford, VA
Outstanding Legacy of Craft Education and Demonstrations
Mary Carol Koester, Azalea Bindery – Asheville, NC
Best Multi-Day Event
John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival – Brasstown, NC
Best Multi-Day Event
Paradise City Arts Festival – Northampton, MA
Exceptional Media Support
Handmade Business – Iola, WI
Exceptional Media Support
Asheville Made Magazine – Asheville, NC
Best New Event
SHAPIRO’S Fine American Crafts –  St. Petersburg, FL
Gallery Scavenger Hunt
Best New Event
Artisans Center of Virginia –  Greenville, VA
Virginia Artisans Market in Collinsville
ACW Artists Extraordinaire
Holden McCurry and Ed Byers –  Asheville, NC
Byers and McCurry Open Studio
Best Collaborating Artist Event
Great Smoky Arts & Craft Community – Gatlinburg, TN
Do the Loop and Learn A Craft
Congratulation to all the winners!

Celebrating the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage restoration and resiting at the Lanesville Community Center, #GloucesterMa

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Congratulations to Ross “Sandy” Burton, Chris Wagner, Russell Hobbs, Cheryl Mazer, Juidth Oleson, Christine Drohan, Carol Kelly, and many many other volunteers who rescued and repurposed Virginia Lee Burton artist studio into a most fitting new chapter

Come on inside the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage which was once the acclaimed artist’s former studio of her own. Virginia Lee Burton’s personal studio was rescued and nestled into the Lanesville Community Center property. The center’s clubhouse and grounds, established in 1954, seem to be the ideal spot for a summer rec program, even more so now. As one enters the cottage through the custom built door, there’s a brand new window straight ahead where the stove and chimney – and asbestos– had been. Virginia Lee Burton needed a wood stove. Today’s visitors won’t. New materials and insulation make the cottage cozy and warm.

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vs “The Barn” (1948) Folly Cove Designers large public space 

 

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Chris Wagner & Ross Burton (with microphone)

At the celebration presentation on October 21, 2018, Chris Wagner, President of the Lanesville Community Center and project manager,  recounted some history. Virginia Lee Burton purchased her studio from the Building Center in 1963. It was a pre fab home that she repurposed for her needs. He explained that the volunteers leveraged outreach. The Building Center responded with “anything you need,” and was so supportive of the cottage regeneration that they offered the volunteers a $5000 credit towards building materials. It takes an inspiring and talented village. Other area businesses stepped up: Timberline donated shingles; Argentino handled plastering; Closed Cell Structures out of Reading handled the spray foam so the cottage was winterized; Carpenter & MacNeille designed and commissioned door and windows custom built by Chris Roe from Bayview; architectural drawings from Dore and Whittier; KML Electric; plants and flowers from Generous Gardeners; and cut sunflowers for the reception from Shaws. How inspiring to learn that Camilla MacFadyen, artist and textile extraordinaire, had a hand in this studio-raising. Character, warmth, and charm were added to the new exterior wood work. Volunteers salvaged what they could of the studio and rebuilt a gem. Work is still underway. When Burton exited her sanctuary studio, she faced the ocean. Now it’s an ocean of love. Plans for future community programs and events (see below) are underway and volunteers welcome.

 

 

Support for the cottage renewal came from residents of Gloucester via CPA funding and donations, various city staff departments (e.g. conservation and community development), and a slew of committed volunteers. Like Russell Hobbs! Here’s the modest presentation listing some key volunteers:

 

The poignant celebration was held inside the Lanesville Community Center and concluded with an apt recitation from a Little House passage read by Christine Drohan.

Continue reading “Celebrating the Virginia Lee Burton Writing Cottage restoration and resiting at the Lanesville Community Center, #GloucesterMa”

Hope everyone watched Chronicle on Wednesday Evening

Great episode on our Maritime Gloucester Partnership on Chronicle.  Jamie from One Ocean One Love Shop, Amanda from Maritime Gloucester and Zach Thomas were interviewed.  They talked about the problem of plastic in our oceans.  The Skimmy Gobbler was also shown.  This Skimmer picks up the plastic.  Thank you to the Maritime Gloucester Partnership for helping to keep our ocean clean.

Lights! Flyover! Docksiders! Mattos! Let’s play ball! You don’t want to miss Mattos Field rededication celebration Oct. 5

Countdown to Mattos Field rededication day celebration

There’s just six more days till the big event, Friday October 5th, 2018, at 4:30PM, Joseph S. Mattos Jr Memorial Field, Gloucester, Massachusetts. And we’re talking years of community preparation to make it special!

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Celebrate Joseph S. Mattos Jr 

“We have a big day ahead for Joseph S. Mattos Jr. as it is his 100th. anniversary of his death and we are going to dedicate his flag to him on October 5th. 2018. We are dedicating his flag and we are also having a flyover as we raise the flag. A pilot named Rich Little is going to do it with his friends. He runs a charity Flights4CF as his daughter has this disease. The ceremony starts at 4:30 and the program is beautiful. The day will be completed with a softball game with the Softball Buddies special needs team and then food at the Gloucester Fraternity Club up the street as they have donated the hall to us for free. We are very thankful to the city, the  Light Up Mattos Committee, our C.P.A., Lucia Amero and Cape Ann Veterans Services, and everyone who has worked so hard on this field! It’s a big big list! (Here’s a more detailed on published Nov 2017 in the GDT)” -Patti Amaral

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Classic Cars on the Green Oct 13

Gloucester Meetinghouse Invitational, October 13th, car show to benefit Meetinghouse renovation

The opening event in the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s 2018-19 Concert & Lecture Series is a vintage car show, to be held on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday, October 13th.  The event is free to the public but a $5 donation per adult is requested.

A set of over 30 very special classic cars will be on display!

This event will be the first annual classic car show displaying vintage or significant cars owned by North Shore collectors to benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

It’s a competition! Vote for your favorites!

The audience will judge the cars in 9 categories, including Best in Show. The event will conclude with trophies given to the winners in an awards ceremony.
PRIZE CATEGORIES
1 FIRST PRIZE Best in Show, the People’s Choice
2 ELEGANCE The most elegant car
3 LUXURY The car with the most luxurious interior
4 GRAND TOURING The best road-trip car
5 SPORT The best racing car
6 OSTENTATIOUS The showiest car
7 PRACTICAL The most useful vehicle
8 BEAUTIFUL The car with the best styled exterior
9 DELIGHTFUL The most fun to drive

Hourly tours of the Meetinghouse

will include a performance on the historic 1893 Hutchings pipe organ. Food and beverages will be available. A Dixieland band, ‘John’s Giddy Gang,’ will perform on the Meetinghouse steps.

Car owners are asked to pre-register at info@gloucestermeeinghouse.com with a suggested contribution of $25. For more information please see:  www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

gmf Car Show 2018, FINAL POSTER

Saturday Clean Up

Dear One Hour at a Time,

Hi, I’m Christine Maney, a member of the City-Owned Cemetery Advisory Committee.

There is a clean-up of historic Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery this coming Saturday, the 29th starting at 10am.

Val Gilman suggested I contact you to ask if you’d help us gather Saturday volunteers by posting the below flyer on your social media outlets.

I thank you in advance as we all work together to keep Gloucester clean and special.

Best Regards,

Christine

Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery Clean-up -> Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am

1052R Washington St, Gloucester, MA

Questions? Contact ckellycac@gmail.com

There is a small privately-owned plot for parking near the cemetery, but once this is full, cars will have to be parked on Washington Street (no meters).

There is no bathroom facilities nor electricity.

There is a very nice coffee shop, The Cove Café, a 2-min walk from the cemetery, though no public bathrooms.

  Please bring work/gardening gloves, bug spray, and wear long pants and if you can, any of the following yard tools:

a rake, a gas or battery-operated weed whacker, loppers

weeding buckets, large black heavy-duty plastic bags for leaves and weeds

old tarps for collecting and moving debris to a central location

lawn mower

wheel barrow

Preview now! LIVE art auction October 3, 2018: local artists annual fundraiser for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

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Wall facing entrance numbers 1-16

 

and continued with numbers 17-22

 

Wall on the right as one enters- numbers 23 – 42

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same wall photographed groups of 4

 

Walls to the left upon entering: 43 – 54 and 55 – 63

 

Organized by the Friends of the Library committee including Mary Weissblum Smith and the Art Advisory Committee, the (21st) Annual Art Auction on October 3, 2018, will feature 63 participating artists:

Jerry Ackerman, Deborah Aldrich, Melissa Aliberte, Nancy Alimansky, Anita Beloff, Coco Berkman, Linda Lea Bertrand, Sheila Farren Billings, Carol A. Bistrong, Lois Showalter Blankenship, Roy Blankenship, Isabel Brown, Katherine Coakley, Ray Crane, Mary L Crowningshield, David Curtis, Susan W. Daly, Michael DeCosimo, Patricia Doran, Cynthia Dunaway, Phyllis Feld, Susie Field, James Formichella, Grace Frost, N. Hale, Marion Hall, Joy Halsted, Jeanne Havran, Olga Hayes, Sandra Herdman, Deanie Johnson, Pia Juhl, Phyllis J. Kaplan, Susan Kelley, Fred L. Kepler, Barbara Kremer, Mary Jane Lane, Margaret Laurie, Carol Loiacono, Lauren Maher, Mary McCarl, Patricia McCarthy, Roy McCauley, Perry McIntosh, Danny Mears, David Millar, Kate Nordstrom, Christine Pitman, Mary Rhinelander, Richard Roche, Jess Semerano, Emily Strangman, Peter Tysver, Juni Van Dyke, James Watson, Lea Watson, Jeff Weaver, Alyce Wherren, Curtis Wilcox, Jane Wolf, Heidi Caswell Zander, Ann Mechen Ziergiebel

Checklist Numbers 1 to 63: Continue reading “Preview now! LIVE art auction October 3, 2018: local artists annual fundraiser for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library”

Our Pauline of Pauline’s Gift Boston Voyager Magazine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pauline Bresnahan.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Worrying about what I would do with my days once my children started school my husband asked what I wanted to do with my time during the school day. After sharing my dream with my husband he helped make it come true.

After purchasing a small antique shop right next to my home we converted it to my shop, Pauline’ s Gifts. That dream began 20 years ago and is still where I spend my days long after seeing all of my children graduating from college. I have lived the dream every one of these past 20 years.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am sure there have been times that were more difficult but I have tried to learn and grow from those times and instead always be positive and appreciate the learning moment. I have the support of a wonderful community in Gloucester where I grew up and now run my business. Gloucester people embrace small businesses and support them.

Social media has made it even easier to reach potential new customers. Finding a way to educate the younger consumers on how important our small businesses are to the community is a challenge. The ease of purchasing online for many has given small stores a new hurdle. I have confidence we will overcome that challenge too.

Nothing like going into a small shop and meeting the locals and building a relationship. It’s important to small communities. We support our community with our small businesses every day.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Pauline’s Gifts – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have been a decorative artist for over 30 years. I sell my decorative art, such as mailboxes, watering cans, ornaments and much more. We are the largest supplier on Cape Ann of decorative and American flags.

We also have nautical gifts, jewelry, greeting cards and many of our items are Made in America or are made by local artisans.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I am a native of Gloucester Ma. I was raised here and went to Gloucester Public Schools. The best thing about my city is its history and heritage and how we embrace it here.

It is one of the most beautiful seaside communities on the East Coast and its people are some of the most giving. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Contact Info:

Getting in touch: BostonVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Donations for Merrimack Valley

From our friends at Rock the Baby:

A car full of your clothing donations was brought to North Andover High School today!
Thank you all so much!

We checked in at the Lawrence Senior Center.
They are no longer accepting clothing donations. Therefore, unfortunately we will not be accepting any more donations at Rock the Baby.

They are asking for gift cards so that families can go purchase what they need

Gift cards to:
Market Basket
Walmart
Target

If you would like to donate gift cards they can go to:
Lawrence Senior Center
155 Haverhill St. Lawrence, MA

Women To Women

Fish Box Derby is this Sunday… I would looooove to help Pauline stuff this truck for our service women!!! Items needed:
Feminine Products
Personal Hygiene Products
Sports bras
Books
Journals
Socks
Lotion/moisturizers
And much more

Please consider dropping anything off and there will be collection boxes around or you can drop items off at my tent space. Any little items are greatly appreciated

One Hour at a Time

Join Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang, clean the Annisquam River.

When:                        Saturday, September 15, 2018

Where:                      Dunfudgin Boat Ramp

Time:                          8:00 Am

This weather keeps reminding us that summer isn’t quite over yet! Make plans to spend next Saturday with us at our Annisquam River Cleanup!

Woman Business Owners Donation Drive for Women in Active Duty is going great!

People are so generous! The donation drive for women in Active Duty has filled boxes many times over. Collections continue through Columbus Day and will be delivered to Operation Troop Support.

Courtesy photos below include GMG readers 🙂 

 

 

Pauline Bresnahan, Johanne Cassia (Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery) and Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Veterans Services, shared a quick video with veteran Vionette, “Vee”, Chipperini describing essentials that are great to receive when deployed. (Convinced me to go for bras!) Pauline said people have been creativite getting the word out and selecting special items to donate. 

 

 

Organized by Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway, donation boxes can be found at particpating locations:

  • The Bookstore of Gloucester     owner  Arwen Severance 61 Main St. Gloucester MA
  • Cape Ann Olive Oil       owner Patty Gates 57 Main St. Gloucester MA 
  • Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply    owners Shelly Nicastro and Susan Eason 121 Eastern Ave. Essex MA
  • Pauline’s Gifts      owner Pauline Bresnahan 512 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA
  • Premier Imprints     owner Patty Gates 48 Main St. Gloucester MA  
  • Roamin’ Baths Mobile Pet Spa.     Owner Kathleen Silva Gloucester MA 978-835-3072

Item for the Magnolia Pier Restoration

Join us onboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a fundraiser for the rebuilding of the Magnolia Pier.

$100/person includes a glass of champagne and delicious appetizers while we sail about Gloucester’s historic harbor.

Magnolia Pier Fundraiser Aboard the Thomas E. Lannon

Date and Time

Sun, September 23, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

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Location

Location

Schooner Thomas E. Lannon

63 Rogers Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

Save The Date: Save Magnolia Pier Fundraiser

I am once again reaching out to all of our wonderful and supportive members and asking for assistance.  This time not for our beach, but for what a lot of us consider part of our “right of passage”  – MAGNOLIA PIER.  I would ask that you save the date of Friday, September 21st from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM for a fundraising event to help raise the private contribution portion needed to save Magnolia Pier.  Our neighbors at the Manchester Bath and Tennis have offered their facility to host this event.    Many artists and community members are donating auction items for the event for our guest auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr to auction off.  There are also several of our neighbors here in Magnolia and Manchester that have just asked where they can donate to this cause.  We are in need of donations, and volunteers to help with the auction as well as volunteers to help set up, park cars, serve food and so on.  This is a volunteer intense event.  In the days to follow you will receive information about the Save Magnolia Pier website and the link to The Gloucester Fund which will help us with receiving donations 100% of which will go to the pier.  You will also be receiving information about the fundraising sail aboard the beautiful Schooner Thomas Lannon, which will be held on Sunday, September 23rd form 11:00 Am to 12:30 PM,  If you have some time to volunteer, and item to donate (perhaps a beautiful picture or painting of the pier) please send me a reply.  There will be a planning meeting posted for those who can volunteer set up tomorrow.   The event will be a great time to socialize with your friends and neighbors and here about the pier project and what is being done.  I will have more detailed information to share with you before the week is over. Please send along any questions.

 Regards,

 Ted

Photo by Donna Ardizzoni

WELCOME SCHOONERS!

These beautiful baskets are donated by the Schooner Festival Committee and include not only fresh fruit, but freshly baked bread from Virgilios and handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley. The Ramsey’s deliver each basket, via boat, to every participating schooner on Friday afternoon. It’s no wonder schooners from around the globe love to come to Gloucester.

Brett Ramsey readying to deliver schooner welcome baskets (Ellen Ramsey adds this is a 1967 Chevy truck, in case any one was wondering). 

Brett Ramsey Photo

Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.

Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?

Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”

 

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– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s 

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praying mantis screen door Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, Gloucester, Mass

 

 

Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you  poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake)  worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”

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The 1995 thank you poster text: 

Continue reading “Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.”

Taking care of seniors: 136 Eastern Ave. “Fishermen’s Home” 1911 gift of John Hays Hammond, Sr.; and 110 Prospect St. purchased by Gloucester, Mass., in 1887

House History then and now for two former ‘old age homes’:

136 Eastern Avenue (Rt 127) 1911 and today- was a retirement home for fishermen

 

 

1911, Gloucester, Mass. “WILL OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Several Old Sea Toilers Will Eat Christmas Dinner There Monday: Everything is in readiness for the opening of the Fishermen’s Home, formerly the Colby House, on Eastern avenue, and on Christmas day, a gathering of aged and disabled fishermen who have toiled their best days on the banks, but are no longer able to follow this hazardous occupation, will spend one of the happiest days of their lives and eat their first dinner in the new home…It would be a rather difficult undertaking to find a happier man today than Judge York. Two years ago after a conference with Dr. John Dixwell of Boston, who becoming interested in the work raised a fund among his friends for the relief of this class of men, who without friends or home were obliged to seek shelter in the house of coreection. Judge York went to Ipswich and secured the release of eight old fishermen, who were brought to this city and cared for at boarding houses during the winter months. Last winter the work was continued through the efforts of Dr. Dixwell and Judge York, and lately, their efforts were further crowned by the splendid gift of Mr. Hammond, who presented the home. The seven men who will become inmates of the home on Christmas Day are John Ryan, Joseph Alcott, John Nichools, Harris Atwood, James Halley, Robert Fraser and Henry Gormley.” article in the Gloucester Daily Times

The prior year “J. Hammond deeded lots for indigent fishermen at Beechbrook Cemetery.”- 1910 Gloucester Archives 

After writing about his friendship with Captain Blackburn, “one of the most undaunted sailors America has ever had…I was proud to be one of the honorary pallbearers at his funeral…” John Hammond Sr. concluded his autobiography with more about Gloucester:

“I look back with the greatest pleasure on the hours I have spent with other old Gloucester fishermen. In the winter of 1910 several of these old fellow appeared before the district court and pleaded guilty to vagrancy. Without other means of gaining food or shelter, they were seeking some sort of sustenance  in the poorhouse for the winter. In Washington, I read about this in the papers and got in touch with Judge York, Dr. Dickswell, Fred Shackelford, and others who were interested. We established a home to provide for these old fishermen. I learned to appreciate the fine traits of these men who were given refuge there. Often it was exceedingly difficult to persuade them that they were too old to stand the hardships of deep-sea fishing. Their truck garden faced the sea, and from there they could watch with their telescopes for the fishing vessels as they left and entered the harbor.  Sailors, like miners, are notoriously spendthrifts and these of Gloucester were no exception. They would arrive at the Home in a destitute condition. Because they no longer went to sea, and there was no chance of their reaching the traditional sailors’ grave, they had a great dread of potter’s field. For that reason I provided a cemetery where all could be assured of decent burial. Above the gate is inscribed:

And here rest, brave toiler of the sea,
sleep undistrubed,
God’s peace be with thee. 

Many of the inmates were choosey about the location of their graves. There were two in particular, bunkies since boyhood, who quarreled daily and, I fear, nightly, but who exacted from me a promise that they might be buried side by side.”

 

110 Prospect Street ca 1900 and today – was a former retirement home for senior women

 

Huntress Home 110 Prospect Street Gloucester Mass photo credit Ben and Sally D'Antonio for PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF GLOUCESTER VOLUME 3

 

 

Gloucester bought 110 Prospect Street in 1887 for $12,000 to establish the “Huntress Home for Old Ladies of Native Birth.” I’ll write more about this one later.

Here’s how both senior housing options were described in the 1913 Gloucester Directory (from Gloucester Archives):

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