A message from our friend Iain Kerr from Ocean Alliance

Dear Friends,

Chris, Andy and I have just arrived in Loreto. As advised previously we are pretty damn excited to be taking part in the BBC Blue Planet Live Series. You can find more information on the show here: BBC Blue Planet Live. As I understand it the first show went live today, with Chris Packham and the crew in San Ignacio Lagoon. I have it on good faith that Chris was downwind of a grey whale and he got Snotted!

I made a mistake in my last e mail, I thought that there were three shows but it turns out there are four.

I am also excited but terrified to report that they have asked me to take part in the 4th live show on Sunday. So you can catch us on live TV on Wednesday the 27th (SnotBot with blue whales….🤞🤞) and Sunday 31st of March, EarBot and Humpback whales (🤞🤞).  Right now my biggest concern is finding whales and good weather, preferably both at the same time, then of course not making a fool of myself on live TV.

For those of you not in England, there is a way to watch the show live on your computer, Chris says you have to get a VPN, which before last week I had never heard of.  In short if the BBC website thinks that your computer is in England it will let you watch the show.

Clearly if you can’t watch the show live I am sure BBC will put it up on their website so I will send that information out next week.

So here we go – Get a VPN

  1. Download NordVPN 7 day free trial (https://free.nordvpn.com/trial/)
    1. Make sure to remember to cancel before the 7th day to avoid being charged $100+ for the 3 year subscription
    2. Alternatively, you can buy one month for $11.99
  2. After you’ve signed up for the trial, download and install the VPN app on your computer https://ucp.nordvpn.com/downloads
  3. Open the VPN app, log into your account
  4. Search for “United Kingdom” server in the country list
    1. Once connected to a server, now the internet thinks you are in the UK

Create BBC account

  1. Go to BBC iPlayer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer)
  2. Register for an account (https://account.bbc.com/signin)
  3. Choose United Kingdom as your country, and put in a UK postal code, this one should work: SW191AA
  4. Verify your email address with the email sent to you after registering

Watch BBC ONE

  1. Log back into BBC iPlayer and search for Blue Planet Live if it already aired, or if you’re trying to watch live go to channels and click on BBC ONE, then click “watch live”
  2. When asked if you have a TV License, click YES
  3. Press play
    1. If you get a message that says “This content doesn’t seem to be working” – go back to your VPN app and click United Kingdom again, it will give you a new server number, refresh BBC iPlayer and try again. You might need to try a few different UK servers before you get one that works.

I will try to send out a few blogs from our time here, until then….

Best Fishes from Loreto.

Iain

Iain Kerr

Cell: 978 760 1784

http://www.whale.org

TOMORROW Beer & Wine Tasting at Gloucester House for GHS Docksiders

annual spring Booster for GHS Docksiders –  Wine and Beer Tasting at The Gloucester House on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 6:30PM.

Docksiders 2019

You can buy a ticket or donate at Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main Street, Gloucester

Save the Date

1623 Studio’s Cape Ann Report is doing a topic, Litter in the City.  The date is set for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  More information will be coming.

Please tune in or set your DVRs.

Thank you

 

To music teacher, with love & the kids are alright (what a happy Massachusetts story!)

Friends from New York, Kansas City and Los Angeles shared this heartwarming feel good wedding rehearsal story- Hingham Middle School students surprise their teacher.  #MassProud

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Magnolia Library Blood Drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px4afUhzUxE#action=share

Magnolia Library and Community Center is hosting a blood drive with Red Cross on Friday, February 15 from 2-7pm. Since many blood drives nationwide have been cancelled recently due to extreme weather, donations & support are critical. To limit your wait in line, RSVP an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org/donate

 

1 Lexington Avenue

Magnolia, Gloucester, MA  01930

978-525-3343

From out friends at the Clean City Comission

From Ainsley:

The One Hour at a TIme Gang will be doing St. Peters Square.

Stay warm

Hi everyone,

 I know the weather feels like spring is light years away, but April will be here before we know it! You’re on this list because you’ve either hosted or expressed interest in hosting a clean up site for the Great Gloucester Clean Up. Last year’s sites were:

St. Peter’s Square

Washington Street/Train Station

Rocky Neck

Cripple Cove/State Fish Pier

Good Harbor Beach

Pavilion Beach

 It would be great to add a site in Annisquam or Lanesville to engage new neighborhoods this year. Due to Easter falling on the weekend of April 20th, I’d suggest we move the clean up activities to Saturday April 27th, and hope for a slightly warmer day.

Please let me know if you’d like to host a clean up this year, and where. If you know of other groups that may be interested in hosting a site or bringing a group, please pass this along or let me know. Additionally, if you know of restaurants that may be interested in donating breakfast or lunch snacks, please share that as well! One Ocean has generously offered to host a barbecue again, but we’ve got quite the crowd these days.

 Looking forward to working with all of you on warmer days!

 Ainsley

Chair, Gloucester Clean City Commission

 

 

Public Art happiness is … Renowned Williamstown Art Conservation Center caring for historic Gloucester murals!

Thanks to Mayor Romeo-Theken, city officials & departments and staff, residents, volunteers, archives and generous grant awards & donations, — Gloucester’s extant historic mural collection has begun a new chapter and is beginning to receive most fitting care at the illustrious Williamstown Art Conservation Center!

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WACC conservation teams on the ground in Gloucester, MA, 2018

 

Located on the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute campus, The Williamstown Art Conservation Center​ (WACC) is a non-profit institution that was established as the regional conservation center for New England by the US government back in 1977.

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The Williamstown Art Conservation Center is located on the campus of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. (architect Tadao Ando)

 

The summer 2017 issue of Art Conservator, WACC’s indispensable industry magazine, ​focused on the center’s 40th anniversary milestone and Director Tom Branchick. The back page prints the 2017 Center consortium members.

 

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Gloucester Massachusetts art collection stands with important American collections and just might be the first municipality on this list!~

You can peruse the issue here or follow the link to explore a complete digitized repository of current and past issues. The WACC website URL is: www.williamstownart.org

 

Conservators at the center assessed the condition  and performed necessary triage because of the invaluable support from the city’s Community Preservation Act (CPA). CPA funding and Williamstown Art Conservation Center’s stature are inspiring endorsements for broadcasting the project and compelling additional financial support. As money is raised, every mural will have its necessary care regimen completed. Donations in support of the mural care can be sent c/o the Auditor’s Office, City of Gloucester, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA (note mural restoration). All murals will be displayed in Gloucester as soon as their care is completed.

Sneak peek then and now:

The former Eastern Avenue School (85 Eastern Avenue) was the site for the monumental mural, Schooldays, by Frederick L. Stoddard, from 1936.  This multi-panel triptych was painted 8 feet high and nearly 60 feet long despite an array of unusual architectural challenges. My hunch for its original location on the main floor was confirmed thanks to Barbara Tarr. I’m looking for interior photos of the school that show the mural installed. Over time the school walls were resurfaced, doors blocked, and an elevator installed. Based on my expertise, I recognized that a stand alone piece was misattributed and must have been dispersed, not as bad as the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz after the flying monkeys descend-… still it was dire and will be amazing to have it whole once again! Special thanks go to Gloucester’s Department of Public Works.

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Chickity Check the new picnic table and park benches at Burnham’s Field thanks to Chad Konecky

Have you seen the sweet new picnic table and two new park benches at Burnham’s Field?  Gloucester resident Chad Konecky donated them in memory of his mother Naomi.

A plaque on the new picnic table, which is located a few feet from the playground so families can sit to watch their children play, remembers Naomi.

“Naomi Konecky loved greenspace and grew gardens. She made dirt delightful with her bare hands,” the plaque says. “Please enjoy this table and its setting, as she would. Picnic. Laugh. Breathe. Observe. Listen. Appreciate.”

The new picnic table and park benches were installed with the help of Mark Cole and Joe Lucido of Gloucester’s Department of Public Works and City Councilor Melissa Cox.

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(left to right) Chad Konecky and his wife Elizabeth Solomon sit with City Councilor Melissa Cox and John McElhenny of the Friends of Burnham’s Field at the new picnic table in Burnham’s Field. Photo by Muffy White.

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Here’s the plaque on the new picnic table at Burnham’s Field written by Chad Konecky in memory of his mother Naomi. How beautiful is this writing? It’s almost like the guy’s a professional writer or something. Photo by Muffy White.

new park bench on its ownOne of the two new park benches in Burnham’s Field donated in memory of Naomi Konecky. Burnham’s Field is the largest greenspace and ballfield in downtown Gloucester. Photo by Muffy White.

Deadline for the 2019 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local efforts such as: Gloucester Stage, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Art Haven, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Symphony, and many more.

 

 

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Loren Van Allen:

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and in the Nashoba Valley for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. Grant announcements will be made in mid-June.

This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session in January. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, the process for applying for funding, and to ask questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to participate in the webinar. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at loren.vanallen@tbf.org or 617-338-1621.

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