Alicia Unleashed- Jess A-The NICU Unicorn
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***DISCLAIMER***Conversations in this episode can be potentially triggering, if you are sensitive to light conversations about NICU units we ask that you listen to this episode at your discretion. Recorded in our “Grand Piano Studio” 8/16/18, with Alicia, B-Side and Guest Jess A. Hot Plate, is our guest a SECRET LISTENER?!!!!!! What would a summer be without B getting on so many boats? The Runaround Sound Cruise Thursday Aug 23 in Salem (link below), John Jerome at Opus in Salem Aug 18th 9pm. B joins a cornhole league and joining all these tournaments.
We’re taking a Hiatus, we’ve done it before but this time we wanted to let you know. Come join us on our FB page, maybe we can line you up for our fall schedule! We cannot have an episode without discussing the passing of ‘The Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin-RIP.
LET’S GET IN TO IT! We had probably the most bubbly, energetic, smiley (we know you can’t see that) guest ever on this episode! Jess A, a Nurse in the NICU Unit! She talks to us about how at young age she knew that she wanted to be a Nurse (and a spy). She comes from a long family line of Nurses, so it pretty much is in her blood. She explains her process of becoming a Nurse, from going to a Nursing College (straight out the gate) to now being in this career for 11 years! She takes us through a typical day is like for her (which there isn’t a typical day) also SHE WORKS NIGHT SHIFT? She talks about how incredible the people she works with are, they are just not co-workers, they are a team, a second family. She talks about some of her best moments on the job and some more difficult moments. She was great to have! Thank you for all that you do Jess and your team!
End song: Aretha Franklin-Respect. Sing among heavens Queen.
House History then and now for two former ‘old age homes’:
136 Eastern Avenue (Rt 127) 1911 and today- was a retirement home for fishermen
1911, Gloucester, Mass. “WILL OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Several Old Sea Toilers Will Eat Christmas Dinner There Monday: Everything is in readiness for the opening of the Fishermen’s Home, formerly the Colby House, on Eastern avenue, and on Christmas day, a gathering of aged and disabled fishermen who have toiled their best days on the banks, but are no longer able to follow this hazardous occupation, will spend one of the happiest days of their lives and eat their first dinner in the new home…It would be a rather difficult undertaking to find a happier man today than Judge York. Two years ago after a conference with Dr. John Dixwell of Boston, who becoming interested in the work raised a fund among his friends for the relief of this class of men, who without friends or home were obliged to seek shelter in the house of coreection. Judge York went to Ipswich and secured the release of eight old fishermen, who were brought to this city and cared for at boarding houses during the winter months. Last winter the work was continued through the efforts of Dr. Dixwell and Judge York, and lately, their efforts were further crowned by the splendid gift of Mr. Hammond, who presented the home. The seven men who will become inmates of the home on Christmas Day are John Ryan, Joseph Alcott, John Nichools, Harris Atwood, James Halley, Robert Fraser and Henry Gormley.” article in the Gloucester Daily Times
The prior year “J. Hammond deeded lots for indigent fishermen at Beechbrook Cemetery.”- 1910 Gloucester Archives
After writing about his friendship with Captain Blackburn, “one of the most undaunted sailors America has ever had…I was proud to be one of the honorary pallbearers at his funeral…” John Hammond Sr. concluded his autobiography with more about Gloucester:
“I look back with the greatest pleasure on the hours I have spent with other old Gloucester fishermen. In the winter of 1910 several of these old fellow appeared before the district court and pleaded guilty to vagrancy. Without other means of gaining food or shelter, they were seeking some sort of sustenance in the poorhouse for the winter. In Washington, I read about this in the papers and got in touch with Judge York, Dr. Dickswell, Fred Shackelford, and others who were interested. We established a home to provide for these old fishermen. I learned to appreciate the fine traits of these men who were given refuge there. Often it was exceedingly difficult to persuade them that they were too old to stand the hardships of deep-sea fishing. Their truck garden faced the sea, and from there they could watch with their telescopes for the fishing vessels as they left and entered the harbor. Sailors, like miners, are notoriously spendthrifts and these of Gloucester were no exception. They would arrive at the Home in a destitute condition. Because they no longer went to sea, and there was no chance of their reaching the traditional sailors’ grave, they had a great dread of potter’s field. For that reason I provided a cemetery where all could be assured of decent burial. Above the gate is inscribed:
And here rest, brave toiler of the sea,
God’s peace be with thee.
Many of the inmates were choosey about the location of their graves. There were two in particular, bunkies since boyhood, who quarreled daily and, I fear, nightly, but who exacted from me a promise that they might be buried side by side.”
110 Prospect Street ca 1900 and today – was a former retirement home for senior women
Gloucester bought 110 Prospect Street in 1887 for $12,000 to establish the “Huntress Home for Old Ladies of Native Birth.” I’ll write more about this one later.
Here’s how both senior housing options were described in the 1913 Gloucester Directory (from Gloucester Archives):
Pick #1: Gloucester Waterfront Festival
38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue
Show Hours: Saturday 9-6 / Sunday 9-5
Free Admission – Outdoor Event
Pick #2: Fishermen’s Feast, Boston
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Sunday, August 19, 2018
The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.
Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. The Feast traditionally starts on Thursday when the statue of the Madonna is moved from her home in the Fisherman’s Club to a chapel at the center of the feast. This will be her home throughout the weekend. Thursday is also when the fishermen that founded the Feast are remembered with a blessing of the fishing waters. Each night and during weekend days there is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts. The Feast culminates on Sunday night with the spectacular “Flight of the Angel”.
Pick #3: Ride the Trolley or Harbor Shuttle
One of our favorite summer activities is still to pack a little snack and tour the island by land or by sea. Hop on the Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle and get on and off all day long at your convenience….or do the very same thing on the CATA Stage Fort Park Trolley.
Water Shuttle Information can be found HERE:
Stage Fort Trolley information can be found HERE:
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid
We’ll be doing some band originals, along with some classic rock favorites
by Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Joe Satriani
(to name just a few).
We love always love to play in Gloucester
and the Minglewood serves great food and drinks!
25 Rogers St
Call (978) 281-0223
The Gloucester Firefighters participate in the Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy.
We had a very relaxing lunch at The Village in Essex recently. We’ve been there a number of times over the years for dinner with family, but this was our first lunch. It hit the spot perfectly!
I’ve always wanted to try a Bellini!
The Village burger was super yummy!
GMG Jimmy had the Wednesday special Seafood Pie
Thanks Village, for a great lunch!
Jude Abbe – Oil Impressionist – Plein Air Painter. Jude studied with Roger Curtis for several years, more recently working with many others, including Charles Movalli, Mary Minifie, David Curtis, Christopher Zhang, Jonatan McPhillips and T.M. Nicholas, to name a few. Using the impressionist palette, she paints, landscapes, portraits and occasionally still life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout New England and New York. Demonstration September 1 (2pm) Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early . . . 11 Pirates Lane • Gloucester MA 01930 • 978.283.1857 • http://www.nsarts.org