Joe Novello, Chris Pallazola, and Crew Adding Finishing Touches to Saint Peter’s Square

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Joe Novello

Saint Peter's Fiesta Gloucester 2015 -2 ©Kim Smith 2015For the most part, the stage is stored in Chris Palazolla’s truck when not in use during Fiesta. Today he and his crew are giving the stage a fresh coat of paint to give it a beautiful crisp look.

Saint Peter's Fiesta Gloucester 2015 -4 ©Kim Smith 2015Murray and the DPW hanging planters. 

Saint Peter's Fiesta Gloucester 2015 Ferris Wheel ©Kim Smith 2015Despite the new hotel construction project underway at the Fort, the ferris wheel has returned! 

Theatre Classes for Young People Start at Gloucester Stage on July 10

Photos by Mike Dean        
Photos by Mike Dean
Teacher Heidi Dallin directs students
New Classes added
Classes in Acting, Stage Combat, Magic, Stage Makeup Techniques, Modern Playwriting and Hip Hop

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop exposes young people to professional theatre during a 6 week acting program for children ages 6 to 18on Fridays from July 10 through August 14. The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop provides young people an opportunity to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as to introduce them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. A professional training program, the workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training.

Award winning actress Heidi Dallin teaches acting in collaboration with Special Guest Instructors to offer specialized training in theatre related disciplines. This summer some of the Guest Instructors will include: Evan Northrup, Magician to teach magic and  Robert Walsh, Stage Combat Instructor and Gloucester Stage Interim Artistic Director to teach stage combat. Newly added specialized training classes include Stage Makeup Techniques with Jenna Worden; Modern Playwriting techniques for Classic Stories with Avery Daniels and Lucas Baisch and  Dramatic Expression through  Hip Hop Dance with Avery Daniels.

The  2015 Summer Session  begins Friday, July 10 and meets on Fridays for two hours per week through Friday, August 14 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.The students are divided in classes according to age: Children’s Class: 9 am to 11 am-6 to 8 year olds; Pre-Teen Class: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm-9 to 11 year olds; Teen Class: 2 pm to 4 pm-12 to 18 years old.The Youth Acting Workshop Program received a grant for tuition reduction thanks to sponsorship in part from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation and John and Mollie Byrnes. Reduced tuition is $185 and scholarships are available.  Call Heidi at 978-283-6688 to register or for more information.

Photos by Mike Dean        
Photos by Mike Dean
Colby Taormina of Gloucester plays Bill Sykes and Mackenzie Sweet of Rockport plays Fagin in a scene from Oliver 
Photos by Mike Dean        
Photos by Mike Dean
L to R: Mackenzie Sweet of Rockport, Emma Killian of Gloucester and Olivia Osterman of Manchester in a scene from Chekhov’s Three Sisters 

Photos by Mike Dean        
Photos by Mike Dean

Members of The Children’s Class narrate Little Late Riding Hoodwith guidance from Teaching Assistant Olivia Osterman of Manchester

HorizonatlOliviaGroup_4108Teacher Heidi Dallin gives feedback to students on improvisation Photo by Gary Ng
PreTeenActionZachMirandaOliviaLola_4437PreTeen Students perform an improvisation Photo by Gary Ng
TeenTaliaLila_4662Teen Students Talia DeWolfe of Gloucester and Lila Olson of Gloucester play a theatre game photo by Gary Ng

Black Crowned Night Heron

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One of the Niles Pond night herons, and one of the two that hang out at Smiths Cove every evening.  They may be the same two – hard to tell (I’m shooting through two not very clean windowpanes in the dusk, so Smiths Cove shots aren’t great).

The night herons are medium-sized herons in the genera Nycticorax, Nyctanassa, and Gorsachius. The genus name Nycticorax derives from the Greek for “night raven” and refers to the largely nocturnal feeding habits of this group of birds, and the croaking crow-like call of the best known species, the black-crowned night heron.

In Europe, night heron is often used to refer to the black-crowned night heron, since it is the only member of the genus in that continent.

Adults are short-necked, short-legged, and stout herons with a primarily brown or grey plumage, and, in most, a black crown. Young birds are brown, flecked with white. At least some of the extinct Mascarenes taxa appear to have retained this juvenile plumage in adult birds.

Night herons nest alone or in colonies, on platforms of sticks in a group of trees, or on the ground in protected locations such as islands or reedbeds. 3-8 eggs are laid.

Night herons stand still at the water’s edge, and wait to ambush prey, mainly at night. They primarily eat small fish, crustaceans, frogs, aquatic insects, and small mammals. During the day, they rest in trees or bushes.

There are seven extant species. The genus Nycticorax has suffered more than any other ciconiiform genus from extinction, mainly because of their capability to colonize small, predator-free oceanic islands, and a tendency to evolve towards flightlessness. (Wikipedia)

E.J. Lefavour


The Cape Ann Community Band Presents: A Night in Italy Featuring Italian classics and vocal solos

Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 19, 7pm) 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites area musicians to participate in an exciting program of Italian music featuring the band with local vocalists Kathleen Adams and Michael Pallazola in concert. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 6, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 2 Washington St., Gloucester.

They will prepare a concert of special arrangements for band and voice as well as many pieces within an Italian theme. The program will include popular music in many styles. We ask that players commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals. The program is geared toward young and more experienced players. Families are encouraged to participate as well as former school band classmates. The music represents varying levels of ability; there’s something for everyone. Players will need their own instruments. Percussion equipment are provided.

Once again the band is proudly sponsored by Bank Gloucester. Patrick Thorpe, bank president, says “We love this group. They represent the whole of our Cape Ann Community and they always play a terrific program. We’re glad to help.”

Director Benjamin echoes Thorpe’s excitement. “We’ve always had a lot of fun preparing our concerts. It’s a supportive mood at our rehearsals. Everyone is learning and enjoying the company of fellow musicians.”

For information please contact David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 or by email at

Click here for full summer Bandstand Concerts

Hoodoo Revelator Fiesta Thursday @ The Dog Bar 6.25.2015

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It’s Fiesta in beautiful Gloucester and Hoodoo Revelator will be kicking off this weekend celebration with a Hoodoo Houseparty at the Dog Bar, 65 Main St in Gloucester this Thursday, June 25th from 9pm til close! Rolling Stones, Creedence, J. Geils, Black Eyed Peas, Paul Butterfield, and much, much more!  Pop in and check out Kevin “The Rattlesnake” Haney movin’ and shakin’ and playin’ (and howlin! ) for your entertainment! On g-e-e-t-a-r will be the very talented Dan “Moe” Moriarty, who can keep up with the best of them! Glen Asaro will be wailing on the harp while Bob Clinton (of Joe Cocker fame!) will be tearing it up on bass. On drums we will be featuring the very talented Seth Pappas from the James Montgomery Band!  Great food and drinks there too!  This is one of the best weekends to be in Gloucester…why not start it off with the infectious tunes of Hoodoo Revelator!  See you there!

St. Peter’s Window Adorned with New Drapery!




Top Secret Contents!





The Unavailing….

Out with the old and in with the new!


Thank you Peter for all you do to make Fiesta Special, through your devotion to St. Peter!




Peter Thank you for today! I enjoyed spending the morning with you, and I am honored to be be the one sharing your St. Peter Tradition!

Look for Part 2 video posting latter today!

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