For the first time in its history spanning more than two centuries, Gloucester’s historic Universalist Meeting House will be able to welcome visitors with physical handicaps to its many civic and musical events as well as to its services starting later this fall.
The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, which was founded in 1779 as the first Universalist church in America, is currently installing platform-lift elevators connecting all three levels of the church. Handicapped-accessible lavatories are also being built.
The project is being supported in part by generous private donors and a grant from the City of Gloucester Community Preservation Committee and the City Council, recognizing the importance of this iconic building to the community.

In addition, to help see the project through to completion, the church will be conducting an online Internet auction, called “Reaching for the Stars,” featuring restaurant deals, vacation opportunities, entertainment, art, gift items, personal services, and more.
The auction is for 10 days only, beginning Sept 20 and ending Sept. 30. Bidding is open to the public.  Bidders may visit http://www.gloucesteruu.org for details and a direct link.
The 206-year-old Meeting House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular venue for concerts, lectures and civic events because of its excellent acoustics and large seating capacity.
Upcoming events at the church include sea chantey concerts on Saturday, Sept. 22, by two local groups, Baggywrinkle and Three Sheets to the Wind, as part of the Captains Courageous Festival, and the Cape Ann Forum lecture series beginning Sunday, Sept. 23.
Also, on Sunday, Oct. 28, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert Series will make its only North Shore appearance this season at the church. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance from the Boston Symphony Orchestra (www.bso.org).
Visitors also will be welcome for tours of the church and talks about its history during the Essex National Heritage Area’s annual Trails & Sails weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21, 22 and 23. Tours will be at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Here are the pictures from the "cement pour"

Identification:   Todd Main Company, Inc. employees:                             Peter Bennett (white shirt), Carlogero Taormina (grey shirt), Sal Oliva (red shirt)

Gloucester Unitarian Universalist member:                 Newton Fink, Jr. (chair, Building & Grounds Committee)

All pictures taken by Church Administrator, Karen Rembert

Cape Ann Painters and Photographers Group Moves to New Location on Rocky Neck

Hello Everyone,

The next meeting of the Cape Ann Painters and Photography Group will meet on Monday, September 10, 2012 from 9:30-11:00.

The group will be meeting  at the new Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson Street, Rocky Neck. You can park in the lot on the right as you turn onto Rocky Neck and walk up to the Center. When you see Sailor Stan ‘s ahead, keep left and the Cultural Center is on the left (old Christian Science Church).  If you would like, you can pick up coffee at the  Last Stop (on the right just before you turn onto Rocky Neck.) The Last Stop’s owner said we are welcome to come and have a social hour before the meeting if we would like.

Since the Cultural Center is charging us $25.00 for the 1 1/2 hours, we will need to ask everyone to pay three dollars at each meeting to cover the cost.

We will continue with our custom of having everyone “check in” and share what they are working on.

Thank you Henry for letting us use the lovely parlor space at the Annie.  We really appreciated your hospitality  and wish you the best in your new ventures. Hope to see you at the meeting!

It will be great to see everyone again and welcome to new members!

Alice Gardner

No Mug Up Tomorrow

Due to the major blow out Tales of Bong Tree Island backer reward (and all other friends and good people of Gloucester, Cape Ann and beyond) party Sunday from 4:00-9:00pm, there will be no Mug Up this week.  Mug Up will resume next Sunday, 9/16.  So for those of you who could never come to Mug Up because it interferes with your church, sleeping in or other Sunday morning activities, come to the party.

E.J. Lefavour


Snapshots from Liv

Our daughter Liv is heading back to NYC tomorrow. It’s been a joy having her home for nearly an entire week and I am surely going to miss her. Liv emailed several iPhone photos from her hike with Rosie yesterday at Ravenswood Park.

Ravenswood Park Gloucester Liv Photo

We all love our mobile phones, although it is in all our interest to pause and and think about where the materials for our modern gadgets comes from and whose lives are directly affected. In Time Magazine’s August 27th Wireless Issue, Michael Christopher Brown photographed his essay A Camera Goes Anywhere: Even to the depth of the mines at the heart of its circuitry with his iPhone. Cameras are strictly forbidden in the mines of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo where armed groups and governments have used conflict minerals as the latest way to help fund their oppressive regimes. These minerals, which include tourmaline, cassiterite, and coltan are used to make critical components of mobile phones. It is ironic that the entire essay was shot with Brown’s iPhone. Click the link to read the article and to see Brown’s photos.

Alice Cooper complains that pop music is getting sadder. Really? Musicians & Fans: please weigh in on this.

This morning’s Studio 360 radio program had a piece called Why is Pop Music So Sad (listen here) in which Alice Cooper, of all people, complains that modern pop music has gotten sadder since 1965 — and he’s backed up by so-called research.

There’s a simplistic notion among some musicians that major keys and up tempo music is happy, while minor keys and slower tempos are sad.  This notion seems to have been taken inordinately seriously by some academics, who have produced the following chart to make their point (see below).

“Bands that want to sound deep and mysterious cannot play in major keys,” says Alice Cooper.  “I think that we’ve gotten away from the fun in pop music.”

SOOOoooo what do you think?  Shall we have our own local study?

MUSICIANS: Leave a comment with the number of major key songs vs minor key songs and up-tempo vs. slower songs in your repertoire.

LISTENERS: When you go out this weekend (see live music lineup here), listen carefully.  Do you hear more happy or sad songs?  Leave a comment and let us know.

BOTH MUSICIANS & LISTENERS: Is Alice Cooper right?  Is pop music no longer fun?

JOEY: Should we create a poll?

Kingsley Flood Returns to The Rhumb Line tonight

In keeping it short and sweet. I am so looking forward to seeing these guys again.  If you haven’t heard then you are in for a big treat. Listen to the video below its most definitely one of my favorites.

This link says it all…http://kingsleyflood.com/press/


Community and Identity at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present Community and Identity, a group show at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck (9 Wonson St., Gloucester, MA) curated by Cape Ann artist and RNAC member Rocky Delforge. The opening reception is tonight from 5 to 8 PM. Click on the image below to see it full-sized.

Gloucester Parade of Sail 2012 Video from Kenny MacCarthy

Kenny writes-

http://www.capeanninfo.com We took a boat ride out into the middle of Gloucester’s Parade of Sail. The weather was perfect. The tide was right. And the schooners were under sail in our harbor. More good reasons to love living on Cape Ann.

Community Stuff 9/8/12



Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director, The Open Door, and Kevin P. Norton, President & CEO, Northeast Behavioral Health, have been selected as this year’s North Shore United Way LIVE UNITED Leadership Award recipients.  The award acknowledges the outstanding leadership, commitment and values exemplified by LaFontaine and Norton’s tireless efforts to meet the needs and challenges of building a healthy community and leading in a changing healthcare environment.

Margo Casey, NSUW Executive Director, said “both recipients of this year’s award are exemplary leaders.  In an era of belt tightening, maximizing economy of scales and re-positioning in changing behavioral and health care environments, Kevin’s work as CEO of Northeast Behavioral Health spawned from the merger of CAB Health and Recovery and Health and Education Services has been truly masterful.  Julie in her role as Director of the Open Door has revolutionized food pantry work with

her introduction of Mobile Markets and her relentless campaign to end hunger and build healthy lives on the North Shore.  We are thrilled to honor both community partners with this year’s award.”

Julie LaFontaine as the Executive Director of The Open Door has expanded its traditional hunger-relief programs and created new programs that treat food security as a public health issue, including the nationally recognized Mobile Market.  Julie’s extensive background in nonprofit work has brought innovative growth, stability and diverse funding to Open Door, which has gone from feeding a few to feeding a few thousand. 


Kevin P. Norton is President and CEO of Northeast Behavioral Health, a leading non-profit provider of addiction and mental health treatment in northeastern Massachusetts. Previously, Kevin served as President and CEO of CAB Health & Recovery Services, Inc. In 2010 he successfully led the merger of CAB with Health and Education Services to become Northeast Behavioral Health., including the integration of administrative, financial, clinical and business processes for the multi-site agency and its 1,500 plus member staff.

Kevin Norton

LaFontaine & Norton will be honored at the LIVE UNITED Leadership Award breakfast sponsored by Addison Gilbert Hospital on Friday, September 28, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Cruiseport in Gloucester. The event also serves as the launch to the North Shore United Way’s 2012-2013 Annual Campaign. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.nsuw.org. For more information, contact NSUW at 978-922-3966, email clippie@nsuw.rog or visit www.nsuw.org. The North Shore United Way is a local, independent United Way serving eight North Shore communities, including Beverly, Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Essex, Manchester, Gloucester and Rockport.

Rockport Cub Scouts Registration

Hello Joey.

I was wondering if you could put something on your site about our upcoming registration night.

Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to the Pack 55 Rockport Cub Scout Sign Up Night on Wednesday, September 12th . Registration begins at 7 p.m. at Scout Hall, 47 Mt. Pleasant Street in Rockport.

Thanks so much. Lisa Leahy

Gloucester Resident’s designs win $15,000 Sapi: Ideas that Matter grant to help Kestrel Educational Adventures, a Gloucester nonprofit organization

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced today the 13 grant recipients for its 13th annual Ideas that Matter program, the industry’s highly respected grant program aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes. Among the lists of recipients is Gordon College Creative Director and Program Coordinator for Return Design, Tim Ferguson Sauder for the LOOKLOOK campaign with Gloucester’s Kestrel Educational Adventures.  Both Ferguson Sauder, of Lanesville, and Kestrel Educational Adventures are working to improve science education through an exciting new educational project.

LOOKLOOK is a personal project started by Fergsuon Sauder which currently includes a set of animal trading cards and an accompanying research journal. After establishing the main design of the cards and the style of illustration he enlisted the help of Return Design alums and later Return Design itself to help in the ongoing production of the cards and journal. Return Design is assisting in the production of the card and journal designs and is being awarded the Sappi:Ideas That Matter grant in the amount of $15,000 to pay for the production of a set of cards and journals to be distributed to North Shore schools through Kestrel, a local non-profit.

Since 1999, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program has awarded over $12 million worldwide in grants to designers around the globe to support their work for nonprofit programs and organizations. This year’s winning projects reflect the on-going commitment in the design community to utilize design in combination with innovative thinking to solve social problems. Grantees submitted outstanding proposals outlining their ideas, creative execution and their unique ability to instill positive social,
cultural or environmental change.
"Being awarded the Sappi grant is incredibly exciting for us," said Fergsuon Sauder after learning of today’s Sappi announcment. "It not only confirms the quality of work and ideas that are happening in Return Design but it also gives us the opportunity to more effectively support our local school systems through good design. Gordon College has from our inception been a huge support to our ideas and program – its great to now see that support mirrored by the broader design community."


Return Design is a graphic design studio located on the campus of Gordon College comprised of college students who work to deliver design solutions to nonprofit and art-related organizations. With the support of Return Design alums and a number of outside partners Return Design helps people who are doing important things more effectively serve their clientele.
"We’re committed to using design as an agent of change for the better, whether that’s supporting a non-profit or developing a system from scratch like this one," said Fergsuon-Sauder, who founded the program in 2004 while serving on the faculty at Gordon College. "We hope this project will instill in students across the North Shore a knowledge and understanding of the animals around them that translates into an ever increasingly sustainable and respectful approach to their world."
The selected Sappi proposals were determined by an independent judging panel of leaders, all widely recognized for their forward-thinking commitment to design for social good, from the design profession.

“Sappi started the Ideas that Matter program because we wanted to give back in a way that we felt could make a real and lasting impact,” said Patti Groh, Marketing Director, Sappi Fine Paper North America. “After 13 years, we are proud to see this legacy continue and to be able to recognize the critical role that good design plays in inspiring people to take action.”

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For information, or to see a full listing of this year’s Sappi: Ideas that Matter grant recipients, visit www.sappi.com. To schedule an interview with Tim Ferguson Sauder and the Return Design program at Gordon College, call 978.8674284.

Cape Ann Figureskating New Season Begins

Dear Joey,
Although our skaters are on the ice year round we are back in Gloucester starting this Tuesday September 11!! Smile
The Learn-To-Skate, Basic skills and Adult class schedule is as follows:
In Gloucester: Tuesdays: 6:00pm to 6:50pm and         Saturdays noon to 12:50pm
                       ~30 min class & 20 min practice
In Hamilton: Tuesday: 9:30am to 10:20am & 12:45 to 1:35pm
Wed.      1:30pm to 2:20pm
Fri.         9:30am to 10:20am & 12:45 to 1:35pm

Cape Ann Skating has been teaching skating to hockey and figure skaters for over 30 years!!

Please call Faye Greel at 978-546-2290 for more information and to confirm classes
For more information regarding Cape Ann Skating please visit:

website: http://cafsc.org/


As always Thanks so much for sharing our information!!


Maryanne Askwyth

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