Sugar Mags yummy soup initiative 🍲🧅🥣🧄 #GloucesterMA #Sugarmagssoupinitiative

Sugar Magnolia's 112 Main Street Gloucester MA_ storefront_street sign_ March 2020 © c ryan

Good eggs Messages from Sugar Magnolia’s 112 Main Street Gloucester, MA

978-281-5310

!!!!SUGAR MAGS BULLETIN!!!!!

We hope everyone is staying safe. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this community my whole life and I am so grateful for the support and success of Sugar Magnolia’s. During these uncertain times I would like to be able to give back. We are starting the #Sugarmagssoupinitiative sugar Magnolias will be making three rotating soups per week in the hopes to nourish Sugar Mags fans but also those in need. So with every 4 quarts of soup sold we will donate 1 quart of soup to the The Open Door  food pantry!!!! 

If you are interested in purchasing, your orders must be placed Monday for Wednesday, and Wednesday for Friday. That would give me time to place the order for what I need delivered in time to make all of the soups. The soups will be ready to be picked up between 2 and 5 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays, at Sugar Magnolia’s, 112 Main St., Gloucester♥️♥️♥️

If you are interested please message me (via sugar mags facebook) with your phone number and your order. You will receive a phone call back and we will take payment over the phone with a credit card.  Once you get a call back and payment is received you order is confirmed.

vegetarian soup $12/quart
corn chowder $12/quart
non-vegetarian $12/quart
add corn bread for extra $3.00

soups will be posted on sugar magnolias FACEBOOK, MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

🍲🍜🥕🧅🧄🍠🥔🍗🌸🌺

PLEASE SHARE XXOO

UPDATE to bulletin:

The #sugarmagssoupinitiative has exploded!!!!! We have 45+ quarts already for next weeks donation!!! Best community ever! Today we are donating our first 20 quarts of soup to the open door. So excited to be helping our community xxoo

It’s Not too late to order soups for today just message Sugar Magnolias Facebook page.

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The soups today are 

🌈 Corn chowder, 

🥥 Bombay chicken

🍠 Sweet potato bisque

They are going fast so get your orders in. Also let me know if you were adding cornbread.  Soups are sold by the quart they are $12 per quart if you add corn bread a quart goes up to $15 

Going on a Bear Hunt? rainbow & teddy bear sightings 🧸 #GloucesterMA

For the little ones and young at heart, more and more windows in homes and shops are kindly decorated with stuffed animal teddy bears for a welcome and safe distance distraction. There are a few rainbows. Have I missed a street or your favorite?

Here are some of the bears we found on merry drives in Gloucester, Mass., this last week in March 2020, connecting during covid-19. (Click or pinch to enlarge)

 

 

bear and rainbow hunt for the little ones_ social distancing_covid-19_20200328_Gloucester, Mass. photograph ©c ryan

Friends are sharing rainbows and heart family art projects from their windows and homes– messages of hope and gratitude for community and caregivers. Have you seen the Rainbow Connection Google Map in New York?

Rainbow connection Google map

one more shared with GMG (from Arlington)

Bears joining in _©k

 

 

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN & social distancing in the waiting line for ice cream 🍦🍦

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (1)

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (2)

Long Beach Dairy Maid, 137 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, Mass. (978) 281-1348

While you’re waiting and if you missed it, here’s a great article about one of the ice cream coldmaster servers! Gloucester Daily Times article Students Raise Money to serve children in Ghana https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/students-raise-money-to-serve-children-in-ghana/article_6bd429b7-c43b-54fe-bed7-7de90f45b575.html

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

(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.) Continue reading “Signs of the times”

BROTHERS’ BREW COFFE SHOP REMAINS OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT!

Stop by Brother’s Brew for their fabulous homemade world famous donuts, fresh coffee, and various other wonderful baked goods and sandwiches.

Brother’s Brew is located 27 Main Street

Rockport

978-546-3775

 

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

Continue reading “Signs of the times”

PASTAIO VIA CORTA IS OPEN! CALL THE PASTA HOTLINE FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP AT 978-868-5005!

APERTO. Yes, we are open today!!! With the most safest precautions and intentions of feeding our community! We have fresh local produce just harvested from @cedarrockgardens, lots of pasta, our house made tomato sauce, @consorziovaccherosse parmigiano + all our Italian friends provisions! Call today for curb side pick up ☎️ PASTA HOTLINE 978-868-5005.

Pastaio Via Corta is located at 123 Main Street, Gloucester.

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

HOW TO SEW SURGICAL MASKS AND ELASTIC IS DESPERATELY NEEDED BY LOCAL SEAMSTRESSES

Home sewers across the country are pitching in to make face masks for hospitals. Local Essex shop owner Georgeanne Richards from Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens has been sharing how she and her sewing warriors are organizing, sewing, and collecting supplies for these much needed facial masks.

Georgeanne writes, “There is a desperate need for 1/4 inch flat elastic or elastic cord as you see in the photos.

The elastic is used to hold the masks in place. About 14” of elastic is used for each mask. Please check your home craft and sewing spaces for much needed elastic. Your very much appreciated donations can be placed in a bag and left on Sea Meadow’s porch in the boat planter on the bench.”

Sea Meadow is located at 7 Main Street Essex.

There are several styles of masks and here are instructions for two. Both these sets of directions are written very clearly and are super simple to follow.

From the Button Counter – Facemask: A picture tutorial

And from Sweet Red Poppy – How to Sew a Surgical Face Mask 

SHORT AND MAIN CONTINUING TO SERVE TAKE-OUT!

Dear Short & Main Customers,

First we want to thank everyone for their generosity over the past week.  As the ground shifted beneath our feet last week we had to lay-off 90% of our beloved staff and move to a new business model of curbside pickup.  It’s been tough obviously but the number of well wishes and takeout orders have helped raise our spirits.

With continued optimism, we hope to stay open and serve our community in these surreal times. When we get through it we hope to hire everyone back and probably have a really, really big party.

Until this is over the staff that have been let go could use some assistance.  We’ve set up a relief fund for our affected employees located on our website.  If any of our customers are able to contribute it would mean a great deal at this time.

We’re excited to offer our monthly burger special this Wednesday the 25th.  We expect to run out and would like to give all of you the option to reserve one online before Wednesday. If you’re worried about not getting one please go to our websitewhere we’ll explain how it works.

The following Wednesday, April 1st, We’ll be offering our monthly fried chicken special and give you the same reservation option we’re using for Burger Wednesday.
Starting Thursday March 6th we’ll bring back non-pizza entrees for all our GF friends, starting with Massachusetts raised beef short rib and then moving to a delicious roast chicken from Green Circle Farm the following week.

We’ll post our menu to the website every time it changes but we’re trying to keep things a bit simpler for the time being.

-sincerely Short & Main

WEDNESDAY  MARCH 25    BURGER NIGHT  fresh-ground grass-fed beef from jordan farms
WEDNESDAY  APRIL 1     FRIED CHICKEN  chicken from green circle farms

BROTHER’S BREW IS OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT!

Stop by Brother’s Brew for their fabulous homemade world famous donuts, fresh coffee, and various other wonderful baked goods and sandwiches.

Brother’s Brew is located 27 Main Street

Rockport

978-546-3775

 

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

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:

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

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