Community Restaurants Celebrate the “Spirit of Community” with Fundraising Series


Serenitee Management, owners of Latitude43, Minglewood Tavern and Alchemy Bistro in Gloucester, as well as Cala’s in Manchester-by-the-sea, 15 Walnut in Hamilton, Backstage Bistro at NSMT and Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms renews its commitment to community with the second annual “Spirit of Community” Fundraising series – a winter-long effort to give back to the towns they serve. All six restaurants will host events that both honor community groups and leaders who go the extra mile and help to raise funds for the continuation and growth of important community resources.

The list of events is large and growing and the excitement around collaboration with organizations like the YMCA, HAWK, and Gloucester Education Foundation, local rotary clubs, National Autism Awareness and many other local and national causes has re-enforced the importance of sharing in the work of raising a village. “We are very excited to put our energy into supporting the needs of our communities, those same communities who have supported us throughout the years with their continued patronage, “says Jennifer Goulart Amero, events and marketing manager for the group. “The staff couldn’t be more excited about the events we have planned and about the potential to make a huge impact on groups that are such an important part of what makes a town a community, and who are suffering the most at the hands of a tough economy. Everyone likes to have a good time for a good cause.”

Community focus is the cornerstone of the group’s evolution. Mark McDonough, owner of Serenitee Restaurant Group with partner, chef Jeff Cala was a founding father of both Timebanks and the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. From hiring local builders and electricians to decorating with local art, acting locally is central to every step they take. Says McDonough of his reasoning, “I create restaurants that create community. Breaking bread and passing plates with friends is what the whole dining experience is about. Finding ways to expand on that idea by creating meals that create conversation and both build and support the idea of community seems like exactly what we should be doing”.

Last year’s events included Ladies’ Night for HAWC at 15 Walnut in Hamilton, a benefit for Cape Ann Timebanks featuring Groove at Alchemy, Hale Street Tavern’s IheartHale Street PROM to raise money for the a Beverly High School Scholarship fund, several 10% back smaller group events and the conclusion of the series on April 29 – “Celebrate Gloucester” a major event to celebrate life in Gloucester, to honor community heroes and to raise much needed funds for the Gloucester Fishermen Athletics Program.

Year round events have been added to the year two Spirit of Giving calendar including The Alchemy of Art series at Alchemy restaurant which debuted in mid-November, celebrating the artistic spirit with a focus on education. Each month a local artist’s work will be shown, promoted and available for sale, with a 10% donation from each to the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF), a group dedicated to bridging budgetary shortfalls in areas like arts and music. A year-end gala auction will wrap up the series with 100% of proceeds being contributed to the GEF.

Highlights of the year two series include the second annual “Bourbon on Rogers Street” Mardi Gras Fundraiser for YMCA Teens service mission to New Orleans. Last years’ event, held at Latitude 43 in Gloucester, raised several thousands of dollars for travel expenses for youth participants in a fun and festive evening. This year’s event will be held on FAT TUESDAY, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 5:00-close with 10% of dining room food and beverage sales going to the YMCA group, plus raffles, an auction and a live Dixie Land Band. Similar events include one benefiting the For Jake’s Sake Toomey Tramples Autism foundation will be held at Hale Street Tavern in Beverly Farms on Sunday, March 27 from 5-close, another for North Shore United Way on April 13th at Latitude 43 in Gloucester and a Cape Ann Timebanks “Friend raiser” Dance featuring the Paula Karakedis band at Alchemy Bistro on Saturday, March 26 from 9-close.

For information on upcoming events go the restaurant sites:, ,,, and

For inquiries on hosting an event for your nonprofit organization, please contact Jennifer Goulart Amero at

Adult Attitudes About Youth Alcohol Use Survey

Gloucester Adult Survey: Attitudes About Youth Alcohol Use

Please Participate : Adult Attitudes About  Youth Alcohol Use” Survey*

Healthy Gloucester Collaborative & The Gloucester Health Department Ask Your Help to Support Gloucester Youth & Families

AvailableFebruary 9 – March 11

Where to find the Survey:

Online: Click Here for Survey!

Community Locations:  Addison Gilbert Hospital, Cape Ann Medical Center, Cape Ann Pediatrics, Cape Ann Primary Care, Gloucester Family Health Center, CVS ( Main Street), Pathways for Children, YMCA, Rose Baker Senior,


* all Gloucester Adults 21 and over are encouraged to participate – Help Bring Better Programs to Increase Youth Health & Safety

Kathy Day Substance Abuse Prevention Services / Healthy Gloucester Collaborative

Health Department, City of Gloucester 866-964-4604

Did You Know (Babson College)

Roger Babson gravesite, Sir Isaac Newton apple tree, Babson Globe
Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That Gloucester’s Roger Ward Babson is buried at Babson College between his two wives (Grace Knight Babson and Nona Dougherty Babson); and that the second wife, Nona, was his mistress until Grace died and he married her?  The second photo is of a fourth generation apple tree that was grown from a sprig of Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree – you know the one the apple fell from and allegedly caused Sir Isaac to discover the Universal Law of Gravitation.  Roger Babson had a great fascination with Newton and in 1937, his wife, Grace, purchased for Babson College, the original pine-paneled walls and carved mantel from the parlour of Isaac Newton’s house on St. Martin’s Street, Leicester Square, London, where he lived from 1710-1725.  The Grace K. Babson Collection of Newtonia includes a library of over 1,000 volumes of English and foreign language editions of Newton’s works (many of which are autographed and annotated in Newton’s hand), manuscripts, engravings, artifacts, and other Newton memorabilia, including a death mask that originally belonged to Thomas Jefferson. The collection is the largest source of Newton materials in the United States.  The third photo is of The Babson World Globe, originally dedicated in 1955, refurbished and rededicated on October 2, 1993, which is one of the world’s largest free standing globes (28 feet in diameter, weighing 25 tons) capable of revolving on its base and spinning on its axis.  The last photo is of me standing next to my exhibit of Babson Boulders Photos at Olin Hall. 

The Babson Boulder photos have created great interest at Babson College.  A number of faculty that I spoke with during the event expressed interest in setting up field trips to bring Babson students to Cape Ann to see the Babson Boulders for themselves.  I gave them Seania McCarthy’s “Walk the Words” site info as a possible tour guide for their field trips.  Babson has a student body of 1,900 and faculty of 50+, not all of whom would take the trips, but it could potentially bring a bunch of new young people and academics to Cape Ann to investigate Roger Babson’s roots and become Cape Ann lovers in the process.  I got these shots and bits of info during my Founder’s Day tour of the campus yesterday. 

E.J. Lefavour

Amanda at Inn Magnolia is seeking partners for Trails & Sails 2011

Amanda at Inn Magnolia is seeking partners for Trails & Sails 2011. Have a great location for indoor or outdoor activities – could be musical, artistic, literary, historical, maritime, nature-related. It has to be offered for free.  Can be a continual activity or something that is just offered at a certain time.  Trails & Sails is September 16-18 and 23-25, 2011. 
Amanda is also looking for part-time housekeeping staff, experienced only. Please call 978-525-3642 or write ASAP.  Thanks!

GMG Questions and Answers- Dawn Gadow

Dawn is the Director at Art Haven among many other things and is now part of the Block Party Committee!

How long have you lived in Gloucester?  Well, I’ve lived here for about a year. But I also lived here for the summer of 2008 and I think that’s when I knew I belonged. And I’ve worked here for almost two years.

What is your favorite season In Gloucester?
You can’t beat the summers downtown – the long days, people outside enjoying the beautiful landscapes and company.

Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”?
  I spend a lot of time on the rocks in Magnolia since they’re a couple blocks from my house. There are so many days when there isn’t anything I would rather do than sit on the rocks by the ocean and relax.

What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester?

I LOVE calzones from Mike’s Place. Although I probably go to Supreme’s and grab a slice most often – it’s so affordable and right down the street from Art Haven.

What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester?

Virgilio’s, without a doubt. Foot long tuna sub with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles could never fail to make my day better.

What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester?
I haven’t done the romantic dinner thing in Gloucester too much, but I would say Latitude 43 or Alchemy. I love the atmosphere in both places and the food is always different and delicious.

What is your favorite bar in Gloucester?

I’m a quiet bar kind of person, so I actually really enjoy JD & Myers in Magnolia. I also went to Stone’s Pub for the first time the other night though and I’m a huge fan.

What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester?
  Sugar Mags! When I was going to Gordon College we would make regular trips and being close to it was one of the things I was most excited about when I first knew I’d be working on Main Street.

What is your favorite local event in Gloucester?  Well, gotta be buoy painting day at Art Haven! Oh wait, I guess I’m a little biased on that one. In all seriousness, I think block parties are one of the coolest things ever. Such a great idea and awesome community event. I’ve even invited my family from a couple hours away to come up for block party weekends to be a part of it.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat?  I prefer the beach for the most part. I love being on the sand.

Who is your favorite local artist? I would pick one of our students, but I can’t play favorites there and I guess some could argue that as a biased choice…haha. I think I’d have to go with Tom Torrey – If you haven’t seen his stuff, he’s a part of The Hive ( and he makes the coolest creations out of recycled materials.

Which is your favorite local beach?  I can’t resist a trip to Good Harbor! I had some friends that lived in a house of Good Harbor my senior year at college, so it was the first beach in Gloucester I spent a lot of time at and I have some great memories there. I also still think its one of the greatest things that you can walk to the island from the beach!

Who has the best chowder in town? I don’t think I can answer this one – I’ve never been a huge chowder fan (sorry!!) so I haven’t tried very many…

Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? Love The Hive Cape Ann’s blog – gets some different and fun information and local art out there. 

Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder?  I would have to pick clam chowder, but see two questions above…

What is your favorite Gloucester neighborhood? I love living in Magnolia, but I really love downtown. I love the energy and community of downtown Gloucester.

What is your favorite local band? Haven’t gotten into the local music scene as much as I’ve wanted to yet, but I did hear Pete Lindbergh on the blog the other day and I really liked it!

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Chickity Check It! North Shore Tonight


Hey Joey,
I was wondering if you would list in your music
section, and maybe do a post on your blog about NST and what it has to
offer.  It would be a great help getting the word out in Gloucester and
beyond.  Thanks in advance for any help.
If your not familiar with my site you should check it out! is the best way to stay connected to the north of
Boston music scene.  It is completely free for artists, venues, and fans.
Thanks again.
Richard Mandelbaum
"Providing free live music schedules for Boston’s North Shore"