GloucesterCast 282 With Jim Masciarelli, Cidalia Schwartz, Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/3/18
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Without making a peep, from the dense patch of reeds on the north side of Niles Pond appeared Mama Mallard and four little ducklings. As long as I stood perfectly still and didn’t make any rustling noises, Mama didn’t mind my presence. She and the ducklings foraged all along the edge of the pond, until they spotted the males. They quickly skedaddled, making a beeline back to the reeds and just as quietly as they had emerged, back they slipped into the shelter of the cattails.
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Robert Walsh, Artistic Director Jeff Zinn, Managing Director
TONY AWARD WINNER
DANCING AT LUGHNASA
OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE
Featuring Academy Award Nominee Lindsay Crouse
Gloucester Stage Company continues its 39th season of professional theater with Brian Friel’s Dancing atLughnasa from June 8 through July 8at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Dancing at Lughnasa received the Tony Award for Best Play in 1992. Set in County Donegal in 1936 during the Celtic harvest festival, Dancing at Lughnasa, chronicles the five Mundy sisters and their brother Jack, who has returned home from the missions after 25 years away. Brian Friel’s award winning Irish masterpiece reunites veteran director Benny Sato Ambush with Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident actress Lindsay Crouse. The pair collaborated on Gloucester Stage’s critically acclaimed productions of Driving Miss Daisy in 2014and Lettice and Lovage in 2016. The five Mundy sisters are Lindsay Crouse as Kate; Jennie Israel as Maggie, Bryn Austin as Agnes, Cassie Gilling as Chris, and Samantha Richert as Rose. The reminder of the cast includes Paddy Swanson as Father Jack, Ed Hoopman as Michael, and Chris Kandra as Gerry.
Often nicknamed the “Irish Chekov,” playwright Brian Friel had 24 plays published in a career spanning half a century. In addition to Dancing at Lughnasa his works include Philadelphia, Here I Come!and FaithHealer. In 1980 he co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company with actor Stephen Rea, which helped to unify opposing factions in Northern Ireland through performance. In 1989 BBC Radio launched the Brian Friel Season, a series launched in devotion to his work. Following his death in 2015 the National Library of Ireland valued his remaining notebooks and manuscripts at over one million dollars.
Director Benny Sato Ambush made his Gloucester Stage debut directing 2012’s Master Harold … and the boys for which he won the IRNE Award for Best Director. He returned to GSC in 2013 to direct Driving Miss Daisy and in 2016 to direct Lettice and Lovage, both productions featured Lindsay Crouse. Mr. Ambush is a professional SDC stage director, former Producer/Artistic Director of professional theaters, educator, consultant and published commentator. As a director he has worked at the Old Globe Theater; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; South Coast Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Merrimack Repertory Theater, Arizona Theater Company; Magic Theater; Geva Theater; Playwrights Horizon; Ford’s Theater; American Repertory Theater Institute; Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays; Lincoln Center Theater Institute; Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; Indiana’s New Harmony Project; Alaska Theater of Youth; International Theater Festival of Chicago; Sacramento Theater Company; National Black Theater Festival; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; Lyric Stage Company of Boston; and North Carolina Black Repertory Company. He also directed in the Boston Theater Marathon and on NPR Radio as well as directing all five of the San Francisco Bay Area McDonalds Gospel Fests. In 2005 Mr. Ambush directed the 68th annual edition of America’s oldest and longest running outdoor dramaThe Lost Colony in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His artistic leadership experience includes: Producing Director: Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theater; Associate Artistic Director: San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; Acting Artistic Director: Providence, RI’s Rites and Reason Theater Company; Co-Artistic Director: San Francisco Bay Area Playwrights Festival; and Producing Artistic Director – Richmond, VA’s LORT C TheaterVirginia (one of only 13 people-of-color to have ever been Artistic Director of a LORT Theater).Mr. Ambush was Associate Artistic Director of Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University in the summer of 2000 and Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay. For the past nine years he has served as the Senior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence of Emerson Stage, the producing wing of the Department of Performing Arts (PA) at Emerson College. He has taught on the Acting/Directing Faculty in the Department of Performing Arts at Emerson College, Boston MA as well as a Visiting Arts Professor for the NYU Graduate Acting Program; and Artist in Residence, Tisch School of the Arts, NYC. Mr. Ambush has served on numerous regional and national boards including Theater Communications Group (TCG), has been a panelist and site evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts. He received an MFA from University of California, San Diego and a BA from Brown University.
The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the House. Find out more about this historic property here.
Circus Parade, Main Street, Gloucester, MA, c. 1890. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives. Photo credit: Walter Gardner.
SUMMER WALKING TOURS ARE BACK!
Saturday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the June 2 Hopper Walking Tour. Cost is $10 for CAM members / $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.
Guided walking tours are offered on select Fridays and Saturdays during the summer months. Tours start at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum and are held rain or shine. Cost is $10 for CAM members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; registration required.
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(above left) Robert Stephenson (1935-2015), Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester, 1996, oil on canvas. Gift of Richard J. Stephenson and family, 2016. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum [2016.056]; (middle) The Beach/Saunders House (now the Sawyer Free Library) at 88 Middle Street in Gloucester, MA. Corliss & Ryan photograph, 1882. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library and Archives; (right) Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument framed by Gloucester City Hall towers (staff photo).
Cape Ann Residents are Free on the Fifth of the Month!
Tuesday, June 5 | Thursday, July 5
Sunday, August 5 | Wednesday, September 5
In conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories, which includes items loaned from historic societies, museums and archives in all four Cape Ann communities, residents of Essex, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester get in free on the fifth day of each month from May through September! Please share this with your neighbors … we hope to see you soon!
CAM KIDS FIESTA
Saturday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Every June, St. Peter’s Fiesta brightens Gloucester harbor, but how did the tradition begin? Whether it’s your first Fiesta or your 70th, all will love the stories of Laura Ventimiglia, author of the newly published children’s book, Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? Ventimiglia will host this special Fiesta storytime for CAM Kids and families.
Circle around for storytime, then sharpen your drawing skills in a free mini-class in illustration from the book’s illustrator Maura O’Connor of Montserrat College of Art, inspired by the sights of St. Peter’s Fiesta. All ages are welcome to this free family event. Registration encouraged. Call (978) 283-0455 x16 or email Courtney Richardson.
Harold Rotenberg, Pale Harbor, undated. Oil on canvas. Private collection.
Lecture by Judith Curtis
Saturday, June 9, 3:00 p.m.
Author and art historian Judith Curtis presents an illustrated talk exploring Harold Rotenberg’s place in the timeline of American art as a painter, a teacher and active member of the many organizations to which he belonged. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist.
Free for CAM members or $10 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited, registration required. Reserve online at Eventbrite or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information.
Presence of the Past: Addiction
Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Boston University Public Health Professor and PAARI Board Member David Rosenbloom joins Molly O’Hagan Hardy, CAM Director of Library & Archives and curator of Unfolding Histories, for a conversation about temperance and addiction, past and present. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories. Free and open to the public. Galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.
(above) Ales and Liquor Trade Card, ca. 1880. Cape Ann Museum.
This exhibition explores the long and much acclaimed career of artist Harold Rotenberg (1905-2011). A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a prominent member of the Rockport and Cape Ann Art Colony, and a world-wide traveler, Rotenberg’s work displays a richness in color and vibrancy of brush stroke that evokes the work of the great Impressionists. Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist captures the artist’s passion for light and landscape and his love of painting out of doors where the experience was always, in the artist’s own words, spiritual. Find out more …
Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900
On view through September 9, 2018
In the first major exhibition to bring together historical and archival material from nine Cape Ann institutions, Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900 illuminates the area’s wideranging stories from Native American life to the first European settlers in the 1640s, the temperance movement, African American history and civil rights, women’s history, the advent of railroad and mass transportation as well as work, literary, and cultural life during Cape Ann’s early years. Find out more …
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The Essex Shipbuilding Museum hosted the launch of the 38′ Viking Boat Polaris yesterday in the shipyard along with talks and demonstrations from her Owner Stuart Boyd, Builder, Jay Smith and Captain Arista Holden. For more info check them out at Norsvald.com.
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Georges Bank is a nineteenth century tale of determination and survival.
Maggie O’Grady, a bright but naïve Irish immigrant, is impregnated and discarded in a brothel by her first employer in the New World, a rich Boston merchant. Maggie struggles, and with the help of the women around her, raises her son and eventually finds love with a fisherman.
Georges Bank is set in Gloucester, Massachusetts, home to Kipling’s Captains Courageous and Junger’s Perfect Storm, in the days of sail during and after the Civil War. Thousands of Gloucester fishermen died at sea during that time — fighting in the trenches of war was safer than fishing on Georges and the other offshore fishing banks. Life was perilous for those left ashore as well, where the widows and their daughters, left with no legitimate means of support, were sometimes forced into lives of prostitution to survive.
The book climaxes with a wrongful death trial brought by the widows and children of two fishermen killed in a winter storm on a boat insured by the Boston merchant. Maggie’s son, by then a young lawyer, represents the widows. The trial presents a sobering look at the American justice system, its entanglement with the interests of the rich, and the harsh consequences of that inequity for the least powerful among us.
Georges Bank is a rip-roaring good story. The all-too-short lives of the fishermen are realistically portrayed, but so is the romance of a life lived at sea. The plight of the desperate women left behind is realistically shown as well. But there is kindness amidst the violence. By and large, they band together, sometimes in relationships that must be kept secret due to the norms of the time, and they persevere.
Finally, this is the story of a woman who refuses to be a victim, who fights and strives and overcomes.
Bradley Bagshaw grew up in Gloucester and has lived with the sea since exploring Gloucester Harbor in a beat-up dory at age ten. Sailing instructor was his first job at sixteen, which was followed by work on the docks as a stevedore and a forklift driver. Then he was off to Exeter, Bowdoin, MIT, and Harvard Law School, and to a career as a lawyer suing fishing companies for mistreating their fishermen. Starting in 2007, Bradley and his wife sailed eleven thousand miles from Seattle to Tahiti and back on a thirty-nine-foot cutter. On that trip he conceived the idea for Georges Bank, his first novel.
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As part of their newly launched “Cannons in Your Community” initiative, the Major League Lacrosse team is bringing fast-paced and action packed lacrosse to Boston area towns including Beverly’s Endicott College and Hingham.
The Cannons home field is at Harvard Stadium, but the team is happy to be bringing games to other communities as well.
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced today that the club has created a new initiative to bring select regular season home games to two greater Boston communities in 2018. The Cannons will play one game at Hingham High School in Hingham, MA, and two games at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The “Cannons In Your Community” effort is focused on strengthening the team’s community outreach and increasing direct engagement with greater Boston area lacrosse fans.
“We’re extremely excited to bring Cannons lacrosse to the communities of the South Shore and North Shore, both are very passionate about the sport,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette. “While our game continues to grow at a significant pace, we need to continue to do our part to drive the continued growth and engagement with current and prospective lacrosse fans in their towns. This initiative is going to give fans an even closer look at Cannons action in an intimate environment and provide us the opportunity to reach new fans by bringing the game to their neighborhood.”
The boys and I attended yesterday’s game at Endicott College and had an amazing time. The energy and enthusiasm was palpable and fans were able to get super close to the action. The opportunity to see such a high level sporting event in such an intimate setting is one not to be missed.
After the game the players spent 30 minutes interactive with fans, posing for photos, and signing autographs. My boys talked endlessly about how friendly the players were and how cool it was to get to meet them. The team is spot on with their hopes that experiences like “Cannons in Your Community” will help introduce more fans to this great game.
This is such a phenomenal opportunity to attend a major league sports event. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 23rd and don’t miss this chance to watch the Boston Cannons take on the New York Lizards back at Endicott College @ 6:00 pm
6/1 – 6/30: $29 JOIN FEE + get $25 to use at our outdoor cafe!
– Applies to all three locations
– Manchester traditional Memberships 18+
– MAC Fitness traditional memberships 14+
– Includes our Start Smart Program
– Limit one cafe voucher per family – Manchester location only
6/1/18-6/10/18: Enjoy the above deals PLUS get 15% off when you sign up for the FULL SUMMER!
– Available at all 3 locations
MAC’s BACKYARD BBQ BASH
WEDNESDAY, June 20th
4:00 – 7:00 PM
MAC Outdoor Pool Area
Nick Bollettieri is the 2014 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
He has coached ten #1 world ranked tennis players including: Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova, and Venus & Serena Williams.
Open Painting & Drawing Sessions Selected Wednesday’s • noon-3pm • July – August – September Fee $5 Suggested Donation Over the decades, art enthusiasts have looked to North Shore Arts Association for their introduction to and ongoing involvement in the arts. As part of NSAA’s commitment to fostering the fine arts and its dedication to community outreach, NSAA is offering these open sessions. A call to artists – beginners, intermediate, all levels are welcome to stop by and work on their own personal projects. This is a great way to meet other artists, socialize, exchange ideas and broaden your knowledge. Meet new friends and immerse yourself in the Cape Ann arts community! The goal is to develop increased knowledge and skill that comes from sharing and critiquing each other’s work. We welcome participants suggestions to help this program evolve. How it works – These sessions are informal gatherings and offer…