The 4 Cape Ann public libraries announce the Cape Ann Reads jury panel

See the 2016 Cape Ann Reads selection panel  

After a year of monthly programming by the libraries and community partners, the Cape Ann Reads original picture book contest is in full swing and has moved into the jury processing stage. The contest is hosted by the 4 public libraries of Cape Ann. They will publish the first edition printing for one book from entries that were submitted by December 15, 2016. The jury selection panel includes representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library; Kate Strong Stadt, Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Anne Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex. Joining these talented library participants are three artists and award winning children’s picture book authors and illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech.  Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop will provide another crucial area of book world expertise.  Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process. A second jury of children will select their favorites and is chaired by Liza Browning from the Cape Ann Museum, a Cape Ann Reads partner.

About the Cape Ann creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest:
The 4 public libraries hosted a one of a kind call for entry seeking new and original children’s picture books showcasing local artists and writers. 

Cape Ann residents of all ages, students attending school on Cape Ann, and people who work on Cape Ann were invited to create part or all of a picture book for consideration to be published, and to submit their entries by December 15th, 2016. A first edition printing of one of these submissions will be published in 2017 by the 4 public libraries and with the support of various sponsors. The copyright is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of a Caldecott award for the children’s book, “Little House”, by Virginia Lee Burton, eminent Gloucester artist, author and illustrator.

Fly Amero opens for Albert Lee Band Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 6pm Shalin Liu Performance Center



There are still some good seats left for my show with British
rock icon Albert Lee tomorrow evening at the Shalin Liu!
Thought I’d send out one last reminder… wouldn’t want you
to miss this rare opportunity – this guy is truly amazing! ~ Fly

Purchase Tickets:

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Here are some live music cancellations due to the amount of snow we are predicted to receive 5-8 inches in this area.

Call ahead if you are venturing out. There is also a parking ban in effect.

So far…

Groove Therapy at MinglwoodAtLat


Eric Colville at Katrina’s


Justin and Guy at Jalapeno’s

justin & guy

Qwill at 7 Central in Manchester


Connor Garvey & Putnam Smith at Old Sloop Coffeehouse



The A-Train Orchestra show at The Rhumb Line at  9pm tonight is sadly canceled..atrain-doc

Gloucester Snow Emergency Parking Ban: Noon, Sat Jan 7th to Noon, Sat Jan 8th

Cape Ann Community

From the Gloucester Mayor’s Office:
Effective at noon today, Saturday, January 7th, 2017, Gloucester has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to the first snow storm of the year.
From noon today, Saturday, January 7th, until noon Sunday, January 8th, all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.
Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots, including Gloucester High School, O’Maley Innovation Middle School, West Parish and all other school parking lots. Please be advised that all vehicles in school lots must be removed one hour after the ban has been lifted.

All residents and businesses are reminded that they are responsible for clearing snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. Please make every effort to shovel out hydrants at or near your homes, and please check on your elderly and disabled. Violators of this emergency declaration are…

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Oh, what a doll! “Have a Heart Dolls” public art from Rose Baker Senior Center is global

There’s always something happening in the art sessions at Rose Baker Senior Center. With help and direction from the indomitably positive and dedicated artist,  Juni VanDyke, participants in the art program share their talents and collaborate. Participants join in an amazing amount of creative work and activity and have the opportunity to exhibit their creations. Often they work together as a group toward a final outcome. Three quilt series became monumental and cherished works of public art. (See Kim Smith’s beautiful coverage on Good Morning Gloucester.) When you visit the art studio at Rose Baker you’ll see floor to ceiling examples of their creations. For the past few years, dolls have been blooming up the studio wall and steadily and similarly building into a kind and social public art project. Now it’s a mission for art and healing that’s reached beyond Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Juni Van Dyke shared the photographs in this post and writes about the iteration of this project:

“Two years ago, Lois Stillman, a regular participant in the Art Program at the Senior Center, shared an idea with our Monday art group.  The idea became known as “The Endearing Doll Project” — “endearing” because the hand-made doll that Lois introduced to us was just that…endearing.  By way of Lois’ initial instruction, the dolls began to multiply with a serious purpose:  the dolls would be created for the comfort of children undergoing cancer treatment at Dana Farber.  Later, more dolls…(baskets of dolls!) would be delivered to elderly residents at Golden Living and SeaCoast.  Still later, more dolls…(armfuls of dolls!) would join volunteers headed to The Dominican Republic where children who have little in the way of playthings would receive them. The “Endearing Dolls” became known as “The Have a Heart Dolls”. To accurately describe the artwork attributed to each individual doll, (over four hundred dolls to date!) one would have to exhaust every synonym in a thesaurus under the heading “beautiful”.  Indeed, the dolls are beautiful with exquisite individual attention given to detail:  lace trimmings, velvet ribbons, eyelet petticoats, knitted caps, stylized tresses, etc.  But the “Have a Heart Dolls” are so much more than beautiful works of art.  These dolls, with their purpose of bringing comfort and cheer, are a definitive source of love.”  Participants in the “Have a Heart Doll Project” are: Lois Dench, Judy Menicocci, Mary Noons, Maggie Rosa, Carmella Scola, Emily Soule, Ida Spinola, Lois Stillman, Teddy Talbot, Connie Troisi, Juni VanDyke, and Susan Wright

To help with the dolls or other projects and learn more about the art program: Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. The mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration. 

Nature and Art Preschool Drop-off Program

Cape Ann Community

preschoolKestrel Educational Adventures is starting a preschool class this January!

Through play, stories, and hands – on experiences, we will explore the lives of wild creatures. The winter session will focus on using our senses to learn about the nature that is all around us. Each day we will focus on a different one of the senses, and on the final day, we will combine all senses to make discoveries. On most days, we will make original creations that show off the cool things we learn. Giving close attention to the world around us, we will become keen naturalists and imaginative artists. This class takes place primarily inside our headquarters building, with brief excursions into the areas right outside.

Nature Designs: Our Senses

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SeniorCare Offering Caregiver Respite

Cape Ann Community

Woman and man on a wheelchair feeds birds in park Woman and man on a wheelchair feeds birds in park

SeniorCare Inc. has received funding to provide respite services to low-moderate income, with a concentrated effort to reach the underserved such as the LGBTQ Community. In addition, specialist staff will support family caregivers in problem solving, decision making and finding options for short and long term care needs. This funding is available to residents of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield, and Wenham. By definition, respite care is substitute care given so that the regular caregiver can take a break and get some relief from the burden of caregiving. Respite care can be for a weekend, a day, or even for an hour.

Caregivers are often at increased risk of depression and other health problems as a result of the stress of being a caregiver. Having respite care can enable the caregiver to keep providing…

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