The return of the altar of St. Mary’s Basilica can be compared to the return of our Liberty Bell, is how the recovery of this Polish national treasure was expressed at today’s ceremony honoring Curtis L. Dagley, World War II veteran and Gloucester Times photographer Desi Smith’s father-in-law. Curtis was honored by the Polish government, the City of Gloucester, and the Massachusetts State Senate. Read the complete amazing Andrea Holbrook piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times front page story.
I only took cell phone photos today but am sure Desi will be sharing many beautiful images from today’s event. The family snapshots are of Curtis’s sisters and brother, along with Curtis’s daughter and Desi’s wife Terry.
Images of St. Mary’s Basilica Krakow, Poland courtesy Google image search
State Senator Bruce Tarr, Amy-Beth Healey, and Mayor Romeo Theken
Thursday morning the Open Door Autumn Breakfast event kicked off the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive season. Cruiseport was packed with supporters, accolades and speeches given, and the free breakfast, delicious. David Sudbay, the Open Door’s President of the Board of Directors, gave the welcome speech. Julie LaFontaine, the organization’s Executive Director, spoke with the community about connecting, engaging, and advocating.
The Helen Muise Community Service Awards were presented to Donte Cone, Nancy Days, Lauren Johnson, Giselle Rein, and Susan Otis. The Unsung Heroes Award was given to Applied Materials Food Drive Team. Backyard Growers and Cape Ann Savings Bank were recognized as Outstanding Community Partners.
Amy-Beth Healey, the guest speaker, gave a poignant and heartrending speech, giving high praise and thanks for the steady assistance provided by the Open Door during her family’s time of need. One in six people in Gloucester requires food assistance. Amy-Beth’s life story spoke to the fact that so many amongst us are living pay check to pay check. Her story could easily become your story.
If you’d like to help feed the hungry on Cape Ann, you can:
Items most needed for the Thanksgiving Food Drive: Canned tuna, canned veggies and fruit, breakfast cereals, pasta, grains, 100 percent juice and juice boxes, peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. Collecting food donations are Stop and Shop in Gloucester, Market Basket in Gloucester and Rowley, and Shaw’s in Ipswich and Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.
In case you missed the post earlier today, Julie and Mayor Sefatia announce the winner of the Market Basket shopping spree.
Juni Van Dyke’s show at Jane Deering Gallery 19 Pleasant Street Gloucester MA opens Saturday October 29 5-7PM and continues through December 2017. I think Juni’s art transposes her passions and delights into works of sumptuous color and significance. They are beautiful, moving and resonant with her life experiences.
Jane Deering Gallery is located within the 1842 home built for Capt. Harvey Coffin MacKay and Sally (Somes) MacKay. They were married in 1816. The building is one of many distinctive assets within Gloucester’s Central Historic District. There aren’t many wood structures dating from this time because of fires.
McKay’s name is on the 1821 First Fire Club list, established in 1766, appointed to Engine No. Two. Members agreed to 14 Articles: “to be helpful to each other in case of fire; 2, each member to provide two good leather buckets and two strong bags of not less than three bushels capacity, the fine for non-compliance being 12-1/2 cents; 3, to meet annually, also quarterly, with a fine of 12-1/2 cents for non-attendance; 4, a committee of two to inspect each other’s premises and inspect all fire apparatus quarterly; 5, a moderator and clerk to be elected; 6, prescribe the duties of the clerk; 7, to expel members absent from four quarterly meetings and refusing to pay the fines and assessments; 8, to pay for buckets or bags lost at any fire; 9, each member to pay 50 cents for a printed copy of the articles; 10, a secret watch-word for the society, the fine for divulging the same being 40 cents; 11, a fine of 12-1/2 cents for buckets or bags being out of their proper places; 12, fines and assessments to be paid to the Clerk; 12, a three-fourths vote necessary for admission, etc.; 14, a quarterly assessment of 25 cents to meet ordinary expenses.” See The Gloucester Fire Department: its history and work from 1793 to 1893 by John J Somes, ©1892
In 2014, a trunk filled with archival material attributed to Captain MacKay including papers about the ship Parthian fetched $900 (est. $150-200) at online auction site, Invaluable, for The Gallery at Knotty Pine in West Swanzey, NH.
“I, Harvey C. Mackay do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear, that the within REPORT and LIST, subscribed with my name and now delivered by me to the Collector of the district of BOSTON AND CHARLESTOWN, contains, to the best of my knowledge and belief, the names, age, sex and occupation of all the passengers, together with the name of the country to which they severally belong, and that of which they intend to become inhabitants, which were on board the London Packet whereof I am at present master, at the time of her sailing from the port of London or which have at any time since been taken on board the said vessel. And I do likewise swear, that all matters whatsoever in said report and list expressed, are, to the best of my knowledge and belief, just and true. SO HELP ME GOD. (Signed) Harvey Mackay, MASTER. Sworn to before me, this twenty-fifth day of April 1827, (signed) J. W., Dy. COLLECTOR.” See the (short) Passenger list on board the packet Ship London from England to Boston, Massachusetts on 25 April 1827
A fishing schooner built in Essex in 1866 was named for ‘intrepid Capt Harvey C Mackay (1786-1869). From Out of Gloucester, http://www.downtosea.com: On December 24, 1879: The Sch. ‘Harvey C. Mackay’ Given Up as Lost: The Schooner Harvey C. Mackay, for whose safety fears have been entertained, and for whose coming back to port anxious ears have long been waiting, has been given up as lost by her owners, and she must be added, with her crew of hardy men, to the list of lost fishermen. She left port…
On Monday the as the sun set the sky was beautiful off Shore Road.
Who doesn’t love flowers? I mean really.
Are the good ole days of men bringing flowers on a first date gone?
When did this stop? or better yet did it stop?
This cute article gives some great insight
Reading the articles we have now talk about flowers as being desperate or needy.
Do you think flowers as being as act of kindness or neediness?
Can’t wait to hear what ya’ll think!
From all of us at CAFM-A Giant THANK YOU for a great summer season!
Don’t miss us, come see us -this Saturday at the Gloucester UU Church- 10/29- from 10-1
Our indoor markets are partially sponsored by the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church on Middle Street-Thank you!
See you Saturday-
We’re getting’ ready for Halloween this Thursday with the bewitching appearance of Mr. J.B. Amero. He’s gonna come knockin’ at your door to scare the bejeezus out of you with colorful renditions of his fabulous C&W repertoire. Voice smooth as baby’s feet.
And he’s draggin’ in Mr. Dave Brown and Mr. David Mattacks to increase your blood pressure. Don’t miss this once in a life-cycle event, brought to you by those wonderful folks at Snakebite Pharmaceuticals, makers of Dammitol®,breakfast of champions.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Love our community! Photos tonight at 6pm 🙂
Krakow’s Gothic masterpiece- the Veit Stoss altar (ca.1480)!
Great article by Andrea Holbrook: Poland to Honor Fisherman for Saving Treasure
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland will present Curtis Dagley with a Bene Merito Medal, Thursday, October 27 at 2PM in City Hall. “Mr Dagley is honored for his participation in returning to Poland cultural treasures robbed by Germans during WWII; and also in recognition of the imprisonment he suffered at the hands of the Communist authorities of Poland.”
Pick #1: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
I am really hoping to get Thatcher and Finn into Boston to tour the museum sometime before next month’s election. I am a big believer that studying the election process, democracy, Checks and Balances, and the levels + branches of government during an election year is an opportunity that should not be missed. That having been said, it has been harder this go round to make it a positive learning experience….as much of it has been more of a circus than an age-appropriate lesson. I want to use the opportunity to show my boys how great America can be…but, it is hard to shield them from the drama and nonsense. So, I am hopeful that taking a trip to learn about JFK will help instill some of the pride and character that I would like them to feel and develop.
Just my two cents….
Pick #2: Howl-o-ween Movie Party at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th @ 1:00
Bring your friends and family and join Cape Ann Animal Aid as they raise funds with this spooktacular Halloween movie classic!
Pizza will be served at 1:00pm, and movie starts at 1:30pm.
Costumes are welcome!
Plus, enjoy the prize wheel, door prizes, raffle and more! A fantastic way to kick off the Halloween weekend and all for a great cause!
Pick #3: Go Do It! Visit Salem.
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid
There are a few local writers who would welcome help from local artists to complete their book submission into Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about registration and the guidelines, see this dynamite flyer designed by Valerie Marino at Sawyer Free Library. Thanks to Cape Ann Chamber At-A-Glance weekly newsletter and Rocky Neck’s This Week on Rocky Neck- Art Opportunities for helping to get the word out!
Pauline Bresnahan forwards the Cape Ann Veterans Services list. “Please share, boxes will be shipped overseas to arrive in time for the Holidays.” When my kids were at East Gloucester awesome Mrs. Pierce organized for this collection, helping kids understand the significance and giving them an opportunity to be helpful and give back.
Went to see some goof friends in Italy. Lots of time in Rome, Milan
at historical sites and lots of good eats.
Here are two pics in Alba in the Piedmont region.
Alba is the place for white truffle
One picture is me standing on a hill overlooking the city of Alba the other is at one of Albas Caffes
Just got back to our winter place in Naples, Florida
I read GMG every day wherever I am. It keeps me connected to our fair city.
A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.
The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com
To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.
Born between 1976 & 1994? That means you’re a Millennial! Come hang out with other professionals from around Cape Ann to mingle with, promote, and inspire each other. This event will be casual & fun.
Like our page on Facebook for event details – Next Generation Cape Ann
Contact Andrew Marques at Andrew.Marques@casbank.com or 978-282-5732 for more information.
Students at West Parish Elementary School paint a garden bench that will be auctioned off at the 10th Birthday Gala for the Gloucester Education Foundation.
The Gloucester Education Foundation’s 10th Birthday Gala is a fundraising event to celebrate and support GEF, and the organization’s work in the Gloucester Public Schools. Garden benches painted by students at each of the Gloucester schools will be auctioned off at the event held on Friday, November 4th at the Beauport Hotel.
Stay tuned for a preview of the benches painted by students at the other Gloucester schools, and if you missed the beautiful one from the kids over at East Gloucester Elementary School, you can find it here.
For more information, please visit the GEF Facebook page.
Come give the gift of life in honor of our Veterans. The Gloucester Knights of Columbus is hosting a Red Cross Blood drive on November 11th (Veterans Day) at Our Lady of Good Voyage hall from 1 pm to 6 pm.