GloucesterCast 326 With Pat Dalpiaz and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/12/19


GloucesterCast 326 With Pat Dalpiaz and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/12/19


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Topics Include:

Paris recap

Adventureman update:

We are seeking runners to escort Adventureman into town on or near March 27! Contact GMG if  you can help.
We are also in need of host families for a couple of nights. One group of 3, 4 others. Also contact us if you are willing to host.
Irish Sweepstakes event March 13 5-7 PM hosted by Chamber of Commerce.
Seaport Grill 10 Year anniversary all week March 11-15 Daily specials
Regretting not buying the flat cap/scully cap/ in Paris
$55 Airbnb credit for signing up at this link- (free $55 to use on a Airbnb stay
Video of our Paris Airbnb Apartment click to view-


Gloucester Manship Artists Residency + Studios nominated for a Commonwealth Award


The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announced 13 finalists vying for the Massachusetts 2019 Commonwealth Awards including Manship Artists Residency + Studios in Gloucester, Mass!

press release from MARS:

The Manship Artists Residency + Studios aka MARS is a finalist for the 2019 Commonwealth Awards. Announcing the thirteen 2019 finalists, Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker said “​The Commonwealth Award is the highest honor in the arts and culture in Massachusetts. It is a celebration of the best of the best and a demonstration of the Power of Culture to enrich us all. This extraordinary group of awardees exemplifies our state’s unique cultural fabric. Their collective and individual achievements have made us a better Commonwealth.”
​ The Manship Artists Residency + Studios is recognized as an exemplary grassroots effort that brought together the skills, talents, and resources to save a local treasure with national importance as an innovative cultural resource for today and for future generations.

Established as a national and international, interdisciplinary artists residency and cultural hub, MARS has been developing partnerships and alliances with local, regional and international organizations in order to enrich and enhance existing public offerings, as well as to introduce new and exciting creative opportunities. For example, the first cohort of artists that worked at the Manship site were selected by a curator of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover and were included in an exhibition there on sculptor Paul Manship’s legacy this past fall and winter. ​Local artists also will benefit in many ways – indeed, the first “visiting” artist in January 2017 was Gloucester resident Diane KW. And, among the first “resident’ artists who will begin to stay at the Manship home as soon as renovations are completed on the residence this Spring is Lara Lepionka, a Gloucester artist and social justice activist, who has achieved wide acclaim for her award-winning nonprofit, Backyard Growers.

In addition to visiting and resident artists, MARS welcomes other innovators and cultural leaders. Thus far MARS has hosted a Smithsonian museum conservator, a Metropolitan Museum curator, an independent Maine filmmaker, as well as a dance troupe from New York City. In July 2018, MARS’ hosted its first public event: Quarry Dance VII, a collaboration with Windhover Performing Arts Center attracted over 1000 guests to four free public showings of the site-specific performance. MARS will offer similar signature public events each summer, including exhibitions, installations and performances. The first exhibition at MARS will open the house to the public with artwork by Willie “Loco” Alexander. While Willie is known internationally as a musical pioneer, few have had the pleasure of experiencing his paintings and collages first-hand. MARS is also engaged in educational outreach. Thanks to a generous donor, MARS purchased an original Folly Cove Designer Acorn Press and has loaned this cultural treasure to the O’Maley Innovation Middle School for the use of local students and artists. This loan compliments the Folly Cove Designer (FCD) curriculum that was established in the schools by the Cape Ann Museum several years ago.
MARS Advisor Catherine Amidon commented that “​It is always exciting and inspiring when a young organization such as MARS receives recognition for their achievement along with a prominent list of seasoned and accomplished cultural colleagues. MARS’ success is a tribute to the support and guidance of the Mass Cultural Council, and to the generosity of local artists and collaborators, of donors who have invested wisely and who wanted to support the hard work of MARS’ board members, their advisors, and the incredible volunteers who have brought MARS this far in such a short time. Were it not for this collective effort, MARS would not be here today.​ ”

● For more information on the MCC Commonwealth Awards contact ​Carmen Plazas​, Communications Manager, 617-858-2738.

● For the Manship Project, contact Rebecca Reynolds, Founder and Board President, (978) 290-8438. MARS’ web site is ​ Follow @manshipartists on facebook, twitter and instagram

GMG Paul Manship historic artist home and studio purchase Sept 2017 

Manships exhibition and fundraiser for MARS


If you weren’t able to make pasta today at Nina and Frank Groppos, a second special St. Joseph pasta-making day is taking place this Saturday at 10:00am. This additional day is especially for kids and everyone is invited to join the fun!

Charlotte was so super shy at first, but Kathy Pratl took her under her wing and showed her how. As soon as she understood everyone was making her favorite, noo-noos, Charlotte joined right in. Thank you Nina, Franco, Kathy, Roseanne and Friends for a great morning!

Motif Monday: Fitz Henry Lane house #GloucesterMA

The stone jug was the historic studio and home of the artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) located on Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts. The city owns the building. Schooner Adventure, one of the city’s national historic landmarks, and fabulous Sail GHS work from here. Both are willing to share limited space with a cultural residency. I hope one day the Lane house may be recreated as an historic artist home and studio celebrating the artist and Gloucester and as such serve as a mini welcome center. Part of the maintenance and operating costs and helping the two organizations on site might be off set by integrating the Lane use back in some capacity. The Winslow Homer property in Portland has done well and is open for guided tours on specific days and times. It does not have staff on site.

Fitz Henry Lane home March 7, 2019 snow



Improve your brain function by Dancing?? Try Nia before you forget!

Cape Ann Wellness

Can you dance your way to better brain function?

The answer is YES!  A recent study from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences, Colorado State University headed by Dr. Aga Burzynska shows that dancing increases white matter in the brain.  Think of white matter as well insulated wiring in an engine.  The more white matter you have, the better your brain conducts electrical activity, hence better brain function.

Check out this short video on the study.  In the text of the video is a link to the full study.  You may want to wait till you have had a few weeks of dancing before you tackle the complicated scientific literature.

Not dancing you say?  Not sure you can dance?  Need a class that can ease you into movement?  Well you are in luck.  Nia is a great way to do just that!

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Making Jokes During a Presentation Helps Men But Hurts Women

women’s history month- article from Harvard Business Review

Making Jokes During a Presentation Helps Men But Hurts Women”


“…However, our research suggests that the benefits of humor do not extend to everyone — women may actually be harmed by using humor at work. We find that when men add humor to a business presentation, observers view them as having higher levels of status (that is, respect or prestige) within the organization, and give them higher performance ratings and leadership capability assessments compared to when they do not include humor. However, when women add the same humor to the same presentation, people view them as having lower levels of status, rate their performance as lower, and consider them less capable as leaders…”

Research by Jonathan Evans , Jerel Slaughter, Aleksander Ellis and Jessi Rivin 


Sunday morning snow was falling and Thatch and I took a quick ride down the State Fish Pier on the way to volunteering at the “Welcome Home Veteran’s Luncheon” at the Elks. The juxtaposition of the fishing fleet in the winter weather always gets me.


Wreath Making Event

Linda Brown of All Purpose Flowers on Lexington Ave in Magnolia recently hosted a wreath making workshop that I decided to attend despite my clear lack of skill. Linda brought everything we needed and had the tables all decked out with clippers, glue guns and tape so we set to work.  The wine and cheese helped. I even got to witness FOB Sharon use a glue gun for the first time! It was such fun that Linda is considering offering another workshop in flower arrangement, which I am looking forward to. Making a spring wreath is a nice way to usher in spring…..hello? Spring? We are waiting….