Dot Sieradzki Has Some Recommendations

Hi Joey, I love your blog especially for the beautiful nature photos.  I want to recommend a local poet’s work, and website,, (and book) for the same reason.  Susan Gabriel of Hamilton has a breathtaking book and website, worth a plug on your blog.I would also give a plug to local Manchester, celeb, Wendy Booker, a truly amazing woman who just released a new book, and she is a fascinating and inspirational speaker.

New Altitude: Beyond Tough Times to the Top of the World by Wendy L. Booker

Thanks for taking the place of my morning newspaper.

Dot Sieradzki, ManchesterPS I am a librarian, hence the book references.Benjamin Franklin once sniffed that he”had no use for a man with but one spelling for a word.”

Jewish Response to Homosexuality and Gender Diversity

Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm at the Temple Ahavat Achim (86 Middle St., Gloucester)

Did you know that the Torah says the first human being was androgynous? Did you know that there are six different genders mentioned in sacred Jewish texts?

Come learn about the multifarious responses to homosexuality and gender diversity in Jewish tradition. Learn how we can become more aware and inclusive to gay and transgender people in our community.

The Jewish Response To… series is a collaborative program that TAA has joined with Temple B’nai Abraham and Beth Shalom.

Sargent House Museum Presents “Ornaments of the Mind” April 14 at 2pm


Sargent House Museum
Presents: “Ornaments of the Mind: Needlework and a New England Girl’s Education”
49 Middle St., Gloucester
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2PM
Laura Johnson, Associate Curator of Historic New England, will present a lecture on “female academies” of the early 19th century founded by women like Judith Sargent Murray, Judith Saunders and Clementina Beach.  Girls learned the “useful and ornamental arts” of reading, writing, and arithmetic as well as painting in oils and watercolors on fancy surfaces and plain and fancy needlework.
The Sargent House Museum recently acquired an excellent example of this fancy needlework, presented to Nancy Parsons Sargent by her nieces Anna Williams and Julia Maria Murray, Judith Sargent Murray’s only child.  The work depicts Cornelia, a model of what the Romans called “civic” motherhood, with her children, exclaiming that they were her real treasures.  Judith Sargent Murray, a product of the Enlightenment, and the American Revolution, was one of the first writers to extoll the virtues of “republican motherhood,” the practice of mothers teaching their children the new ideals and values of the early American republic.  The needlework was handed down through the Sargent family and donated by Virginia Pleasants.  Her niece will discuss the Sargent family connections.
The public is welcome at the lecture and at the public unveiling and installation of the piece that will follow.
A free will donation is suggested; members will be admitted free of charge.


Sinatra in Rockport?

Michael Dutra

Swing back in time with songs like “My Way,” “Summer Wind,” and ”Strangers in The Night” with one of the finest Frank Sinatra impressionists in the country, Michael Dutra. Dutra has performed his tribute to ‘Ol Blue Eyes around the world since 2002, taking the stage more than 300 nights per year and stunning audiences with his dead-on renditions of Sinatra classics.

Ok, so you know summer is coming Captain Carlo’s is open.  Great lineup of music this weekend at over 15 different venues from a little bit of  country to rock-n-roll.  See full lineup here.


Our new Nephew Tommy Olson. He arrived here from South Korea On 10/9/12 the first anniversary of my son Paul’s death. It was a sad and happy day if that makes sense. We babysit at least once a week. He makes my day. We were worried that he’d have a hard time fitting in with a big Italian family. Tommy fit right in. He loves all his cousins, aunt’s and Uncles. He’s such a sweetheart! Hopefully his brother Johnathan will be here soon. Tommy’s such a special Kid!


Learn to Row !! With the International Dory Racing Committee

Learn to Row !!

With the International Dory Racing Committee

This May is your opportunity to take advantage of a free seminar hosted by the GloucesterInternational Dory Racing Committee. Every Wednesday at 6 PM and Sunday at 9 AMexperienced rowers will teach novices the proper rowing techniques required to row a Banks Dory right in Gloucester Harbor. This is a “hands on” seminar with all equipment and the dories provided by the IDRC, but you must be 13 years or older and complete the attached sign-up forms by April 25th. Here is what is in store for attendees:

· Tools of the trade – oars, thole pins, thwarts, etc.

· History of dory rowing – from the Grand Banks fishing to 2013 racing the Canadians

· Basic boat handling

· Stroke technique and pace

· Navigation

· Racing techniques and turns

· And more!

Our first day is Wednesday, May 1stat 6 PM, meeting at the Town Landing, St. Peter’s Square, in Gloucester and class size is limited, so sign up today and learn t

Community Stuff 4/13/13

Hi Joey – writing you on suggestion of Henry Ferrini.  I teach “Writing A 10-Minute Play” workshops there & we have had 2 incredibly successful evenings of Staged Readings at Rocky Neck Cultural Center of the plays that came out of the workshops – “filling the house” both times.  We just finished the 3rd “Writing a 10-Minute Play” workshop & have the Staged Reading for that one scheduled for April 27.  It’s all very exciting to see our short play community building.

I am writing now to tell you about a special 1-night workshop coming up on April 15th.  The poster w/ all info is below.  Hoping you can put it on Good Morning Gloucester.  Thank you SO much for all you do for the Cape Ann community!!


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