Hector Berlioz Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)     suggested by Rick Isaacs


Born in France, Berlioz was initially sent to Paris to study medicine, but spent the majority of his time in the library of the Conservatoire, in which he later enrolled to study composition. He himself was influenced by Beethoven, Gluck, and Mozart, among others, but would go on to have a profound effect on symphonic music, especially in powerful instrumentation, along with Liszt and Wagner, his contemporaries. Much of Berlioz’s work was inspired by the poetry of Byron, Goethe, and Shakespeare; his best known work, Symphonie fantastique, was inspired in part by Thomas deQuincey’s Confessions of an Opium Eater.  Later in life, Berlioz came full circle, returning to the Paris Conservatoire to serve as Head Librarian. Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov all gave credit to Berlioz for work that pre-figured their own.

Greg Bover

Harbortown Cultural District next big event Tues August 27th, 6PM at the Cape Ann Museum


Don’t forget


Date:   August 27, 2013

Time: 6PM

Please RSVP for the head count party prep

Let’s support our GHCD partner! The Cape Ann Museum, a Harbortown founding partner, has generously offered an exclusive after hours treat.

Come wander the hallways, rooms, expansive permanent collection and not one, but TWO well-thought and expertly curated, rotating exhibits, all the while sipping a beverage and enjoying your fellow GHCD cohorts. Museum Director Ronda Faloon will lead a tour of the Museum’ s renovation plans, with the most up to date and exciting reveal and news. Let’s put it this way…their campaign is inspiring! Take your own mental “before” snapshots and be ready for the Museum’s “after” plans:  aiming for an even better visual, intellectual and cultural classic for downtownGloucester.

Along with socializing, having a bit of wine, cheese and fruit (compliments of the Museum), we’ll also mesh this event seamlessly with a partners meeting. We’ll do some GHCD business while we’re hobnobbing and doing business!

Questions, please contact

Judith Hoglander, Co-Chair, judith@nii.net

Bob Whitmarsh, Co-Chair, since2013@comcast.net

Visit www.gloucesterharbortown.org      general email: harbortowninfo@gmail.com

*Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District founding partner institution

Angels on Madfish Wharf!

joy at carol mckenna gallery

Carol McKenna Gallery presents professional Angel Reader, Joy Kasmer Saturday and Sunday 2-6:00 PM or by appointment.   Joy’s readings are a  combination of mediumship, psychic flow, angel cards and pendulum.  Enjoy a Salem reading at Gloucester prices, $25 for a 15 minute reading and $45 for a 30 minute one, and $10 for a children’s reading.

A visit to Magical Madfish Wharf in the Rocky Neck Art Colony is not to be missed. Visit with gifted artists, enjoy music and amazing sushi and reconnect with your guardian angels.

Roomba Shark Cat, Hammerhead Sharky Ferocious Pit Bull, and Baby Duck

Although Shark Week is officially over, I can’t resist one more video featuring Shark Cat, Sharky the Ferocious Pit Bull, and a baby duck who appears to want to go for ride with Shark Cat on the roomba.

The Rockport Legion Band concludes its 80th season on Sunday August 25

The Rockport Legion Band concludes its 80th season of free summer concerts at the Back Beach Bandstand on Sunday, August 25, 20913 at 7:00 PM.

Kids are welcome, bring chairs or sit on the grass, and popcorn and cold drinks are available.

Jason Howard conducts the eighth concert of our eightieth consecutive summer concert series. The diamond anniversary program will include the following pieces:

  • Star Spangled Banner  – Francis Scott Key
  • Marche Des Parachutistes Belges  – Pierre Leemans
  • The Music Man – Meredith Willson
  • A Johnny Mercer Medley – Arr. Frank Cofield
  • Harlem Nocturne (Alto Sax Solo, JoAnn Thrasher) – Earle Hagen
  • Clarinet Boogie – Andrew Balent
  • Dixieland Jam – Arr. Bob Lowden
  • American Anthem – Gene scheer
  • Penny Whistle Jig (Piccolo Solo, Jeannine Lynch) – Henry Mancini
  • Lord Of The Dance – Ronan Hardiman
  • Hey Jude – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  • Alabama Jubilee (Tuba Solo, Alan Bernard) – Arr. Trevarthen
  • The Presidents March – Henry Fillmore
  • 1812 Overture – P. Tschaikowsky
  • Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa
  • God Bless America – Irving Berlin

Back by Popular Demand – Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse (MMM)

Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse

With Dr. Neil Williams and Moira Kelly
SUNDAY EVENING, AUGUST 25, 2013 at 7:30pm
Corner of Middle and Church Streets
Open to the Public with Free-Will Offering
Social Gathering Afterwards with Refreshments
For more information click here

Sista Felicia and Peter Van Ness on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up Sunday 9am 104.9 FM

L-R: Curtain Up Host Aurelia Nelson, Sista Felicia, North Shore 104.9 owner Todd Tanger

Well … Aurelia Nelson found a clever way to host Sista Felicia on her North Shore104.9 radio show Curtain Up that features guests in music and theatre. But it wasn’t much of a stretch.  Anyone who’s ever seen Felicia in the kitchen knows that she puts on a great show.  She’s got star quality!

Sista Felicia’s Waterfront Festival tent on Friday

So get up early enough tomorrow (Sunday) to catch Aurelia Nelson interview Sista Felicia about her new cookbook at 9am and you’ll also get to hear Peter talk about how our Fall concert series is reviving The Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

In the meantime, you can bop down to the Waterfront Festival and check out Sista Felicia’s tent.

Watching her put the sides on is a good show in and of itself.

Jewels Of Gloucester offers Free Watch Batteries For Our Fishermen

Hi Joey! As part of our first anniversary we are replacing watch batteries for free to show our gratitude to our locals. If you can, post the ad attached here, or go to our Facebook page and share the ad I posted there. We are thrilled to be part of this great community and wanted to give something back.



Jason Burroughs’ art at The Hive

Yesterday evening at The Hive (on Pleasant Street, less than a block up from Main Street, on the right) there was an opening of an art show by Jason Burroughs in their back room. It was accompanied by a concert by a variety of bands. I stopped in to snag some photos! Jason is an up-and-coming local artist, who also works in the programs offered at The Hive and Art Haven.

He will also be in the gallery during the block party today. Stop by to see the art and meet the artist! And maybe buy a print or an original… Get it before he gets famous and the prices go up!

Jason with some of his art
Jason with some of his art

Matthew Green

Community Stuff 8/17/13

Flu Clinic at Rockport Council on Aging

The Rockport Council on Aging will host a Health Clinic on Tuesday, September 24th from 12 Noon – 4:00 p.m.  at the Rockport Senior Center, 58 Broadway.   The Rockport Board of Health will provide flu shots for those 18 years of age and older.  Please bring your Medicare card and supplemental insurance card for the flu shot.   Diabetes screening and blood pressure screening will also be offered by Addison Gilbert Hospital.