“Bank Job” at Gloucester Stage Features High-Energy Comic Performances

By Tom Hauck

In its New England Premiere through June 10 at the Gloucester Stage Company, Bank Job delivers superb comic performances by a quintet of actors who literally throw themselves into their roles. The setup is simple: After pulling off their heist, two bumbling bank robbers (Paul Melendy and Nael Nacer) flee to the bank’s executive washroom, where they intend to escape out the window to freedom. Their plan is complicated by a woman who happens to be using one of the stalls (Shuyi Jia, a GSC newcomer), an investigating cop (Johnny Lee Davenport), and finally a bystander (Richard McElvain).

It’s a ninety-minute cavalcade of broad-brush comic acting, with the ensemble wringing every outlandish emotion and possibility for disaster from the script by playwright John Kolvenbach. There are a few introspective moments; a welcome respite from the nonstop wackiness is ably delivered by Johnny Lee Davenport as he soberly reflects on his failed marriages and lost dreams.

Directed by Robert Walsh, Bank Job features an evocative set design by Jon Savage. The upscale wood paneling and muted lighting are enhanced by real washroom fixtures provided by Frank Webb’s Bath Center. Within this cloistered arena these five outstanding actors are able to cut loose and flex their comic skills. For tickets, call 978-281-4433, or visit http://www.gloucesterstage.com.From left: Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Paul Melendy, and Shuyi Jia

Photo: Gary Ng

Yummy scallop jambalaya! Awesome eats | Cape Ann Fresh Catch is open

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, 46 Commercial Street, Gloucester, at St. Peter’s square.

Whatever’s caught on the dayboats is what they have that day, plus prepared eats like Chef Trina’s awesome jambalaya. They are expanding rapidly.

Look for the OPEN sign by again and again Thursday–Sunday 12-5



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Here’s the church where’s the steeple?

Readying for steeple removal May 27 First Congregational Church, Rockport, MA

“Few such meeting houses still stand that can compete with the Old Sloop for its well-documented history and its colonial beauty.”

Rockport May 27 2017

June 1, 2017

Rockport June 1 2017

Mary Markos’ Gloucester Daily Times article  includes fun facts like this bit about the historic War of 1812 cannonball, along with an important update that the scope of work increased as damage was more extensive than projected. Now, there’s more of an opportunity on the ground to check out the 1775 lantern and bell.

Stow Wengenroth drawing available $450



Very much looking forward to attending our friend David Robinson’s photo opening tonight at the Hudson Gallery!

Polarized: Technology and Aesthetics of Polaroid Art
June 3 – June 15, 2017, Reception June 3rd from 7-10pm
120 Main Street, Gloucester, MA  01930

An exhibit showcasing abstractionist David Robinson and work by students of Monica Allon at The Perkins School for the Blind. Polarized: Technology and Aesthetics of Polaroid Art is a combination of original experimental Polaroid instant film prints, 20×24 large format and tactile diagrams. The photographs by David Robinson and students from Perkins reveal both decisive and pure, unfiltered and inherently conceptual, moments in time. June 3 – June 15, with a reception on Saturday, June 3rd from 7pm-10pm.

Monica Allon initiated a Polaroid project for the Lower School Extended Day Program at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The artists are students ages 10-15.  “I would bring in very tangible and functional objects from the past for our students to examine, including a typewriter, a record player, a rotary phone and a Polaroid camera. The students gravitated toward the camera because of its shape, which fit perfectly into their hands, the buttons to push and the sounds produced as a picture is taken and the film print comes out of the camera,” Monica Allon stated. The students were aware that they were creating instant objects of art which became more apparent when the tactile diagrams were created from their pictures. Using Polaroid film cameras over the course of a year, this group of students, with the aid of Teaching Assistants, learned about and documented their environment. In viewing this collection of photographs, one will appreciate a different perspective of objects and structures, causing each of us to take another look at what we see.

A selection of original Polaroid snapshots will be exhibited along with tactile diagram enlargements. Each Polaroid snapshot has been enlarged and, with the use of technology, tactile diagrams were created.  The method used to produce the tactile diagrams of the Polaroids is through Microcapsule or Thermal Imaging. The images were edited with the use of graphic image software. Betsey Sennott at the Perkins oversees this technology. Large print and braille identify each piece of artwork.

In 1972, Polaroid introduced the SX-70, a fully automatic, motorized unit that ejected a square print from the front. The high technology removed the barriers of speed and distribution between the photographer and the photo. Polaroid SX-70 film produced a fully developed print in about one minute. Instant gratification and simplicity were key for David Robinson who purchased the camera. The simplicity of the SX-70 system belied its technical complexity. Within the 2 millimeter thick film unit was a sandwich of thin polymer sheets, a positive image-receiving sheet, reagent, timing and light reflecting layers, and the tri-color negative -17 layers. When mechanically pushed through a roller system, the reagent housed in the iconic white frame spread evenly across the 17 separate layers of emulsion. He experimented with both SX-70 film and SX-70 Time zero film which had a strong following with artists who used it for image manipulation.


“Light Up Mattos” Committee and Cape Ann Women’s Softball League for the opening of the new lights for the Joseph S. Mattos Jr. Field

You are invited to join the “Light Up Mattos” Committee and Cape Ann Women’s Softball League for the opening of the new lights for the 

Joseph S. Mattos Jr. Field

Webster Street, Gloucester, MA 

Wednesday June 7, 2017  7:30 P.M.

Refreshments will be available… hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

Please feel free to invite family members and friends for this long anticipated occasion. 



Join us as we celebrate the re-launch of the Museum’s Flagship, the Lewis H. Story!  Music, food, libations and family activities in the Shipyard, it will be a great way to kick off the summer season. Saturday, June 4th, at 4pm at the Essex Shipbulding Museum.

Photo: Wooden Boat Magazine

HISTORY OF THE LEWIS H. STORY from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum website

In 1998, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum commissioned Essex builder Harold Burnham to construct a Chebacco to serve as the museum’s flagship. She measures 30 feet on deck and her hull, deck arrangement and rig are typical of post-Revolutionary War inshore fishermen.

The STORY is named in honor of Essex shipwright, carver, designer, modeler, researcher and the town’s foremost maritime historian, Lewis H. Story, 1873-1948.  All contemporary studies of Essex history and the design of the American fishing schooner are based on his life-long study and scholarship.


Image of Revolutionary War DogbodyDuring the American Revolution, the British nearly destroyed the New England fishing fleet. Since capital was lacking to build replacement schooners, a low-cost, quickly built vessel was needed. A little two-masted boat, then popular for the inshore fishery, seemed to fit the bill. Because it was developed in Essex which was then a parish of Ipswich called “Chebacco”, the vessel was known as a “Chebacco Boat” if pink sterned (pointed) and “Chebacco Dogbody” if square sterned (the origin of the term “Dogbody” is not known).

Chebacco Boats were built by the hundreds not only in Essex, but in other coastal towns as well. Typically, they measured between 22 and 30 tons and averaged from 24 to 48 feet in length, had two masts and no bowsprit. They were usually a flush-deck vessel with several cockpits, or “standing rooms” in which the fishermen stood to fish. A middle hatch gave access to the fish hold.

Local Essex tradition has it that the first Chebacco Boat was built in the attic of a house. This is likely more legend than fact. However, Chebaccos were almost always built near the dwelling of the builder and sometimes no more than a few yards from the front door. When finished, the boats were loaded onto pairs of wooden wheels and hauled to the launch-site by teams of oxen. Boat hauling went out of favor about the year 1835. Thereafter, all Essex vessels were built on the river’s edge.

There are Chebacco boats building for the Bay Fishery not only at every landing place, but in the yards of farmers some distance from the shore“.

1817, The Reverend William Bentley, of Salem

Nicole Dahlmer’s new Etsy shop opens with a bang: photo greeting cards benefit Sierra Club

Check out photographer Nicole Dahlmer’s new series inspired by road trips across America and Iceland along with her Gloucester motifs. She’s created 3 different sets of limited edition photo greeting cards based on new work, and is donating 10% of the proceeds to the Sierra Club.

Gloucester MA fine artist Nicole Dahlmer Iceland




Dahlmer’s is excited to announce that she’s opened an Etsy shop where you can buy her work. She participates in local art fairs and exhibits, and you can find her cards at Pauline’s Gifts.

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About Nicole Dahlmer

5 Year Anniversary Party and Open House

Cape Ann Community

OpenHousePosterJoin us for a week long Open House celebration in honor of the 5th Anniversary of our Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter! Featuring adoption specials, photo opportunities, snacks, prizes, donation drive and more!

We invite you to bring donations and 5 is the magic number! …5 cans of pet food | 5 rolls of paper towels | $5 dollars | 5 gift cards | 5 pet toys | 5 packages of treats etc. Thank you!

Open House Hours:
Saturday 6/3- 11am-4pm
Sunday 6/4 – 12pm-4pm
Monday 6/5 – Closed
Tuesday 6/6 – 11am-5pm
Wednesday 6/7 – 11am-4pm
Thursday 6/8 – 11am-7pm
Friday 6/9 – 11am-6pm

Gloucester’s ‘Love Fest’ Project is coming to Cape Ann Animal Aid! This interactive community art project is traveling throughout the city this summer, spreading messages of LOVE and POSITIVTY. ♥

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Yard Sale to Benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid

Cape Ann Community

Annual multi-family indoor yard sale to benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid on Saturday, June 17th from 9am-4pm. Rain or shine! Meet shelter pups and shop for great items to support a great cause! Generously hosted by Cape Ann Auction, 82 Main St., Gloucester, MA. yard sale 2017

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