Did You Know? (Little Art Cinema & Vasa)

That the Little Art Cinema, a small single-screen seasonal cinema on the corner of Broadway and School Streets in Rockport is located on the second floor of Spiran Hall, VASA Order of America’s Spiran Lodge #98, a Scandinavian Fraternal Society founded in 1908. 

The Vasa Order of America began more than a century ago as a benefit fraternal society for Swedish immigrants to the United States. Membership at the time was limited to Swedish born men who through the Vasa Order met others who needed to learn the new language and ways of the new country. A benefit fund provided a small income to members during sickness, and a death benefit, which at that time would cover final expenses. The Order is named for Gustav Vasa, who liberated Sweden in the 16th century and became the first King of modern Sweden. The name of Vasa reflects the Order’s roots as a Swedish American Fraternal Organization. Swedish in origin, the Vasa Order welcomes men and women over 14 years of age of Scandinavian roots, (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish or Icelandic,) and their spouses who would like to rediscover the traditions of their forefathers; and those who are not of Nordic ancestry but are committed to the promotion and advancement of Swedish and Nordic heritage and culture. They do this by encouraging the observance of special dates old and new, such as Midsummer, Leif Ericksson Day, etc. with proper festivities including Smorgasbord and Scandinavian music. While much of their activity occurs during the summer season, in mid-December it is hard to find a Vasa Lodge where Luciafest is not observed. 

As we all know, the Scandinavian immigrants were an important part of the quarrying industry on Cape Ann, and continue as an integral part of the community here to this day. 

About the theatre, one Yelp reviewer wrote:  ah.  This place is like a museum of memories.  AND a labor of love it seems.  A tiny little theatre on the 2nd floor of a building on the corner of Broadway and School St. in Rockport, “Little Art Cinema” is something from another time.

I happened to see a poster in the “Bean and Leaf” cafe on the Neck (that’s Bearskin y’all, not Rocky Neck) indicating that a documentary on the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier was playing the week of July 8.  I made a note to see this and wondered where there was a theatre in Rockport.  (who knew?)

I looked online and found a phone number but it is disconnected.  Don’t let this stop you….The theatre is there and appears to run like clockwork. One guy sells tickets, popcorn and snacks AND runs the projection.  I’m not sure if he’s the owner but he sure seems to be ‘into it.’  Turns out the film I went to see, airing at 7 and 9PM – was a double feature.  There was a film about Pablo Picasso playing before “A Wedding in Monaco.”  EXCELLENT.  Can’t tell you the last time I sat in a theatre that has been showing films since 1890 [this may have been when the building was built, but the theatre has only been there since 1985], in the air conditioning, with popcorn to see 2 films in a row for $7.50~~~~!!!!  Seems like they show quirky, artsy, independents…and I love that!

Seats are “decent” but not like new cinema chairs…no drink holders, etc.  Theatre is up a flight of stairs.  Parking is ON STREET and after 6 you no longer need to feed the meter.

As Cinema Treasures says about the Little Art Cinema:  “This small single-screen seasonal cinema in the seaside Massachusetts beach and resort town of Rockport is located on the second floor of a building called Spiran Hall. The concession stand and ticket-purchase area are located on the first floor.

Walk up the winding staircase to the second level and you enter a pleasant but slightly musty auditorium with seating on a single flat level amid a moderately tattered environment. The small place has real character and is of the kind that is sadly disappearing from America.

The programming of mostly art-house movies of recent vintage is appropriate and reflects the interests and tastes of the clientele that spend time in the area and patronize the place.”

I never knew this place existed.  Sounds like Cape Ann Cinema, but without Rob and the comfy couches and chairs, and no musty or tattered environment –  not to say that isn’t cool in its own right.  I personally happen to be a fan of cool old rusty, musty, tattered places and things. 

E.J. Lefavour

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Upcoming Cape Ann Profiles Including Our Greg Bover

On the next Cape Ann Profiles show host Rich Sagall interviews Greg Bover, a Vice President of CB Fisk, Inc., a Gloucester-based designer and builder of pipe organs. They discuss the intricacies of designing, constructing, and installing organs. CB Fisk has supplied organs to institutions around the world.
Cape Ann Profiles can be seen on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 on Friday, October 28 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, October 30 at 2:00PM. It repeats on Friday, November 4 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM and on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00PM.
Upcoming guests include Mark Warhol, a Cape Ann composer of contemporary classical music other Cape Ann personalities who have a story to tell.
Rich Sagall is a physician and the president of NeedyMeds, a national non-profit that provides information on programs that help people unable to afford their health care costs. He also publishes Pediatrics for Parents, a children’s health newsletter.

Chelsea Berry at the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA and other news!

Happy fall, everyone!

A few really exciting and must-see shows coming up!

Friday, November 4th, 8pm… Chelsea Berry opens for Patty Larkin (www.pattylarkin.com) at Tupelo Hall in White River Junction, VT.

Saturday, November 5th, 8pm (doors at 7:30)… House concert featuring Chelsea in Medford, MA.
Please contact Jeannine at j_ameduri@yahoo.com ASAP for directions and details.. space is limited!!

Friday, November 18th, 8pm… Chelsea opens for Marshall Crenshaw (http://marshallcrenshaw.com) at Me & Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA.
Tix available at Mystery Train in Gloucester, Spirit of 76 Bookstore in Marblehead, and Arnould Gallery in Marblehead.

Saturday, November 19th, 8pm.. Chelsea opens for Buskin and Batteau (buskinandbatteau.com) at New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill, MA.

Friday, December 2nd, 7:30pm… House Concert featuring Chelsea at the Featherbed Inn in beautiful Waitsfield, VT! *Special room discounts apply for this concert weekend!*
Please contact Linda at featherbedinn@madriver.com ASAP for reservations and details.. space is limited!!

Saturday, December 3rd, 8:30 pm… Chelsea featured at the Radio Bean in Burlington, VT.
No cover.

And last but certainly not least….

January 27th, 2012, 8pm…. Chelsea Berry headlines at the Shalin Liu in Rockport, MA!!!

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Cape Ann Skaters at the Hamilton Wenham Skate Club Fall Exhibition

Hi Joey

Here’s a nice photo of Faye Greel, Learn to Skate Director at Cape Ann Skating and Alisa Contreras, coach,  with some Cape Ann Skaters at the Hamilton Wenham Skate Club Fall Exhibition.  Fun afternoon and the skaters were all wonderful!

Enjoy ~Maryanne Askwyth

HW Skate 10-27-11 group best

Cape Ann TV brings home coveted ACM awards

The Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region has announced the winners of the Fall Video Festival, and this year, Cape Ann TV is taking home two awards. Cape Ann TV won a Second Place award in the Children and Youth category for the Cape Ann TV Youth Productions Club “Interview with Mayor Kirk,” and a Third Place award in the General Talk Show category for “Cape Ann Profiles: Egypt Revolution” produced by Rich Sagall.
    "All credit for the award belongs to Samantha and Cape Ann TV,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “She asked thoughtful questions and made me feel comfortable during the interview — not something that can always be said of professional news organizations!"
    "The students who participate in our after school video club created a professional looking program, they do a fabulous job!” said Lisa Smith who coordinates the youth program. “This show was interesting to watch because Samantha Delaney-Burke, who was only in eight-grade at the time, had a great rapport with the Mayor. She interviewed the mayor from a teen perspective, and the viewer could learn about some of the influences that shaped the Mayor as a young person."
    Cape Ann TV Youth Productions landed another coveted award earlier this year winning the top award for “Bad Day at Good Harbor,” from among all of the high school entries for the Gloucester Education Foundation Video Contest. The Youth Productions After School program has weekly meetings this fall on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m.
    The other award recipient, Rich Sagall, producer of Cape Ann Profiles, was equally honored to receive recognition. “We are so pleased to win this award,” said Rich Sagall,” producer, “Our show is a great platform to interview a wealth of interesting people and topics in Cape Ann.” Cape Ann Profiles is a new interview program was started in  (month) and features local people in the community and many diverse local and international subjects of interest. Some of Sagall’s recent guests have covered topics from the NOAA and the fishing industry to the Egyptian Revolution. The program is cablecast on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.   
    “Cape Ann TV is working to help members to develop high quality programming skills and for our center to become a leader in providing valuable local content to the Cape Ann communities. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our members and producers,” said Donna L. Gacek, the executive director of Cape Ann TV. Cape Ann TV is on Facebook and Twitter and you can find much more information on http://www.capeanntv.org and capeanntv.wordpress.com.
     The ACM-NE Region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. The ACM-NE Video Festival honors and promotes community communications and local cable programs that are first distributed on Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access or Local Origination (LO) cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats and move viewers to experience television in a different way.     The ACM-NE mission is to foster the belief that in order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express himself or herself.  The Mission of the Alliance for Community Media is to advance democratic ideals by ensuring that people have access to electronic media and by promoting effective communication through community uses of media.

Terry Weber, Gail McCarthy and Nancy Gaines Cover The 20 Year Anniversary of The Perfect Storm For The Gloucester Daily Times

Terry, Gail and Nancy get all the interviews in these big time pieces-

Perfect Storm: 20 years after
Memories fresh for those closest to losses

By Gail McCarthyand Terry Weber

Roberta Tyne Smith, now 60, recalls hearing the phone ring 20 years ago this weekend — at 5 p.m. on Halloween in 1991.

On the line was the ex-wife of Smith’s brother, fishing captain Billy Tyne, calling to tell Roberta that the Andrea Gail was three days overdue.

"I was in the middle of getting ready to go trick-or-treating with my three sons," said Smith, who now lives in Manchester. "But life changed dramatically from that day forward.

"My biggest regret is that Billy never got to see his children grow up. Billy loved his children more than anything. He always looked forward to coming home and spending time with them."

Tyne and his five-man crew on board the Andrea Gail were lost in what is today known as The Perfect Storm.

And the telling of their story — both in Sebastian Junger’s best-selling book "The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea," published in 1997, and again in the blockbuster Hollywood film of the same name, released in 2000 — has made the term "perfect storm" a common part of the American lexicon.

But memories of the storm — and the Andrea Gail tragedy — remain painful here in Gloucester, especially for the families who can never forget those days two decades ago.

Click here for the rest of the story at The Gloucester Daily Times website

and because I can never get enough of this song by Earl and Arch and the video made by Mike Lindberg The official Song od GoodMorningGloucester- Gloucester Til The End

Nancy Gaines Piece Here-

Tragedy, film lore still driving economy

By Nancy GainesCorrespondent

In the 20 years since what’s now known as the Perfect Storm, the story of the nation’s oldest seaport reads like a tale of two cities.

The economic impact on the home of the seafaring tragedy that inspired the best-selling book and blockbuster movie has been, by most measures, a wallop. And, in a sad paradox, it’s also been a boon to a place that’s been beset by a dwindling fishing industry and is now retrofitting with retail, commercial and development ventures.

The working waterfront of fishermen who go down to the sea forever — at least 30 since the Andrea Gail, says the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association — still works.

The fishing industry is worth about $200 million to the city annually, considering the ripple effect (economists use 3.5) for shoreside businesses, taxes and temporary employment, from $56.6 million in sales last year.

Yet, the business is a shell of itself 20 years ago. Fish landings in Gloucester were 126 million pounds in 1990; 41 million last year. At 100 boats, the fleet is half what it was when the movie hit, never mind the storm.