EAST GLOUCESTER KID’S CLUB DONATES $540.00 TO HELP PURCHASE CLEAN HARBOR TECHNOLOGIES

Over the summer, our East Gloucester neighborhood kids Atticus, Meadow, Pilar, Frieda, Lucas, and Sabine formed the club Plastic: Pick it Up!, a kid’s campaign for getting plastic off roadways and beaches so it doesn’t end up in our oceans. Through their lemonade stand, the club raised a whopping 540.00!! On Wednesday evening they, along with Jackson, visiting cousin from North Carolina, met with members of Cape Ann Maritime Partnership (CAMP) to donate the money raised to help purchase a Seabin and Marine Skimmer, marine technologies designed to clean up oil and plastic garbage.

Learning about the effect of plastic pollution with marine biologist Julie Hurley and CAMP leaders. 

Plastic: Pick it Up! club members Frieda, Atticus, Jackson, Lucas, Pilar, Meadow, and Sabine

Love this logo for CAMP designed by Jamie Mathison!

CAMP is a relatively newly formed  partnership between NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, Gloucester’s Clean City Commission, One Ocean One Love, Seaside Sustainability, Maritime Gloucester, and Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station.

The event took place at the beautiful printing headquarters and shop of Jamie Mathison and sister Sarah Steward, One Ocean One Love. Jamie is the owner and artist, and sister Sarah is the general manager. From the shop’s website: “One Ocean One Love shop is a hand-printed, surf-inspired clothing brand, offering one of a kind ocean related products in stores and online. We’re a small eco-friendly business made up of forward-thinkers, with a passion to conserve and protect marine life. 5% of all One Ocean apparel net profits are donated toward keeping the oceans clean.” 

Ainsley Smith from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission wearing tank top designed by Jamie with the CAMP logo. 

Stop by One Ocean One Love and see their wonderful collection of tees, tanks, and totes, all hand-printed from linoleum block designs by Jamie. One Ocean One Love Gloucester shop is located at 47R Parker Street, in the lighthouse on the harbor. Their Rockport shop is located at 6 Bearskin Neck. 

 

Links to learn more about the Seabin, Marine Skimmer, CAMP,  One Ocean One Love, and plastic ocean pollution:

projectaware.org

www.plasticoceans.org

http://www.oneoceanoneloveshop.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CapeAnnMaritimePartnership/

http://www.marinatrashskimmer.com/

http://seabinproject.com/

Trailblazers and Scenes from Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary Gala at Peabody Essex Museum

Secretary John Kerry reconnected with Mayor Romeo-Theken before he took to the podium to address more than 300 guests attending the Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary gala at the Peabody Essex Museum. They go way back. Essex National Heritage was designated in 1996 with key support from John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.

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20th Anniversay Gala at Peabody Essex Museum L-R: Mayor Romeo-Theken, Gloucester; Secretary John Kerry; Annie Harris CEO Essex National Heritage

Here’s a star, Emily Levin from Essex National Heritage. Everyone who hosts programs over Essex National Heritage fabulous annual Trails & Sails enjoys working with Emily.

The temporary Essex National Heritage illumination is projected above the Halo sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

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Emily Levin, Essex National Heritage (20th Anniversary Gala Peabody Essex museum)

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ANNOUNCING THE TRAILBLAZERS

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4000 votes helped select a few Trailblazer nominees for a special champagne toast representing their mission and all the wonderful cultural resources across 34 towns. Kim Smith was in good company! We toasted the following 2017 Essex National Heritage Area Trailblazers:

1)PRESERVING THIS SPECIAL REGION
1st place | Essex County Greenbelt Association
2nd place | Ipswich River Watershed Association
3rd place | The Cabot

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2)CONNECTING PEOPLE TO PLACE
1st place | The Trustees of Reservations
2nd place | Mass Audubon
3rd place |Essex Agricultural Society

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surprised Pilar !

3)BUILDING & GROWING OUR FUTURE
1st place — Peabody Essex Museum
2nd place — YMCA of the North Shore
3rd place — Valley View Farm

4)ADVANCING OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION
1st place (tie) | Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables
2nd place | Maritime Gloucester
3rd place | Essex Shipbuilding Museum

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sailing at the same table: Mayor Romeo Theken, Mary Kay Taylor Schooner Ardelle, Graham Mckay Lowell’s Boatshop Amesbury; Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure. Bill Steelman presenting award to Graham.

Nice detail: the second festive beverage for the reception featured the trio of colors in the Essex National Heritage logo.

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Gloucester organizations and partners were featured in the slide loop including: City Hall for Community Preservation, Discover Gloucester, Lannon, Rocky Neck, Schooner Adventure, HarborWalk, Cape Ann Museum.

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from Essex National Heritage printed matter:

On April 5 2017 we’re celebrating all of the incredible organizations and people that we’ve spent the last two decades working with to preserve and enhance the significant historic, cultural, and natural places that make Essex County like nowhere else. We are also THRILLED that Secretary John Kerry will joining as the celebrate. Secretary Kerry played a key role in the federal legislation designating the Essex National Heritage Area in 1996!

Who are the Trailblazers and which will receive a toast?
The public nominated 131 Trailblazers.  While all Trailblazers will be recognized at the Gala, only a few will be honored with a special toast!  The public was invited to vote for which Trailblazers will receive a toast, and the results will be revealed only at the event; toasts will be made at the Gala!

A BONA FIDE IGLOO IN GLOUCESTER!!

Look what our wonderful neighbors made! Lotus reports that they created the igloo in assembly line fashion from snow packed rectangular-shaped containers. Mandy shares that it was so much fun to make and they will be perfecting their technique for future igloos. I can’t wait to see what they come up with after this next doozy of a blizzard!16640908_10208492011198447_3897272401863748360_n

Igloo made by Geoff, Mandy, Pilar, Frieda, and Lotus

Photo by Geoff Deckebach

MONARCH DAY! STARRING THE EAST GLOUCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD GANG

Pilar Monarch Day ©Kim Smith 2015Pilar has started a new fashion trend, Monarchs as hair accessory.

Enchanted by Monarchs!  We had a fantastic day filmmaking, thanks to Emma, Pilar, Frieda, Annie Kate, Lotus, April, Elijah, Esme, Charlie, Atticus, and last but not least, Meadow. And an extra huge thank you to all the moms and dads for not minding the early morning wake up calls and texts to let the kids know the butterflies were emerging! I was tied up filming and so wish I’d taken more stills.

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Meadow Monarch Day ©Kim Smith 2015 copy

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SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE Continue reading “MONARCH DAY! STARRING THE EAST GLOUCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD GANG”

CRAZY ABOUT CATERPILLARS!

Atticus Monarch caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2015An integral part of the Monarch film is to show the connection between wildflowers and caterpillars. Emma, Pilar, Atticus, and Meadow were fantastic with the caterpillars and a huge help with the project. We are so blessed to know these bright and curious kids, and their incredible parents!Pilar Atticus Meadow Emma monarch caterpillar ©Kim Smith 2015

Pilar Atticus Meadow Emma monarch caterpillars ©Kim Smith 2015Thank you Pilar, Atticus, Meadow, and Emma for all your help filmmaking!

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DO YOU NEED YOUR GARDEN WATERED?

Introducing East Gloucester girls Pilar and Lotus garden watering service! Price varies based on size of garden:

Small gardens $3.00

Medium gardens $5.00

Large gardens $7.00

Lotus watered our garden this morning and what a treat not to have to water on this hot day. The girls are fantastic dog walkers (our Rosie’s highpoint of the week), polite, professional, have an excellent work ethic, and always come right on schedule.

Leave a comment in the comment section if you’d like to hire Pilar and Lotus and we will forward your contact information to their parents.

Gloucester Garden ©Kim Smith 2015Happy Garden!

Beauport pic by Geoffrey Gross

From Pilar Garro-

GLOUCESTER-Photographer Geoffrey Gross will give a talk on how to capture the beauty of historic houses on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library. His photography in the 2008 book Great Houses of New England features four house museums owned by Historic New England including Beauport , the Sleeper-McCann House, which also appears on its cover. With four decades of experience in the field, he is currently completing two more books for Rizzoli fine art publishers, Old Houses of New England and New England Modern, both of which feature Historic New England properties. Following the talk, Copies of Great Houses of New England are available for purchase. While the talk is free, registration is required. Please call Beauport at 978-283-0800.

Historic New England is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Beauport pic by Geoffrey Gross, originally uploaded by captjoe06.