According to the Boston Globe article from 1904, Delia Tudor was the first summer resident of the North Shore, who went to Nahant in 1820. It took until 1840 for arrivals in Beverly.
Mostly the article covers Swampscott, Nahant, Manchester and Gloucester tony neighborhood of Magnolia.
Longfellow (his home in Nahant burned by the time of the article) and Hawthorne (Swampscott) were here visiting the North Shore. “To the North Shore also came Lowell and Daniel Webster–despite his fondness for the South shore–Charles Sumner and Rufus Choate. The list, in fact, of masters of the mind who have worked, played and rested along the North Shore is a very long one.”
Excerpt about Magnolia | Gloucester
“Kettle Cove, Magnolia, which took its early name from the formation of the coast, joins Manchester. It is one of the most beautiful spots of the beautiful North shore, and , like many other localities thereabouts, has a witch legend connected with its history. Kettle Cove was settled in 1645, and was under the jurisdiction of Salem. in 1838 there were 14 houses in the cove, and a small schoolhouse, which was used for religious purposes whenever a minister chanced to come that way. it was here that the artist Hunt established his studio, and old barn, calling it the Hulks. In this vine covered studio some of his most famous pictures were painted including, The Headsman, Tom in a Felt Hat, and Gloucester Harbor. Near here is Rafe’s Chasm, where one may find an iron cross marking the place where Martha Marlon a young girl was drowned many years ago…
scenic photos illustrating the article include:
- “A Part of Manchester Shore, Near Magnolia” also known as Rafe’s Chasm
- The Oldest House at Kettle Cove, Manchester, built in 1700
- The Dana House, Magnolia
photos: Coolidge Point, Kettle Cove vista; Rafe’s Chasm by Falt; William Morris Hunt (1824-1879)- paintings mentioned in article and Willow Cottage. A Boston painter who studied with Millet, Hunt held plein air art classes –in Magnolia –in 1876. (old Kettle Cove village became ‘Magnolia’.) He transformed the barn into his studio in 1877.
“The scenery combined much sketching material in a little space. In addition to a small beach there was a rocky shore of much boldness, and the cliffs were surmounted by well-wooded groves. One of its charms was a willow-road of rare picturesqueness, and there was a graceful variety of hill and dale. The fishermen at their work, the simple cottage folk, and a few artists were the only people to be seen. In less than ten years the place became a fashionable resort, and its artistic interest was gone.”Helen Mary Knowlton, Hunt biography,1899
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The flowers near Triton on the Boulevard are so pretty.
There’s a certain slant of light
new paintings by Adin Murray
“For this recent body of work I have deviated, to some extent, from the Horizon series that has represented the majority of my work for the past several years, not because that imagery has played out for me, but simply to broaden the scope of my subject matter. Yet my intent remains the same— to showcase the beauty and inspiration that nature provides. Central to this is the play of light across the landscape (and moonscape) — sometimes dramatically illuminating objects, sometimes mingling with the atmosphere, and sometimes there is magic in the shadows. In any instance however, like life, light is always transitional and represents constant change.”
— Adin Murray
Adin Murray (b.1974) received a BA in Art/Biology from Tulane University and an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2008, he had a first solo exhibition at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, and in 2009, his work was shown at the Woodruff Art Center in Atlanta, the Rymer Gallery in Nashville, and the Pei-Ling Chan Gallery in Savannah. His work has been featured in Faultline, the University of California, Irvine’s literary and art publication; Southern Living and North Shore Magazines;, and the Boston Globe. Twenty-five of his graphite drawings are currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester MA in a two-person show titled Homeport. His work is in numerous private collections in the US and abroad. Murray maintains a studio on Cape Ann in Massachusetts. This is his third solo show with Jane Deering Gallery.
The exhibition continues through August 29th.
Gallery hours: Thursday 4-8pm . Friday & Saturday 1-5pm . Sunday 1-4pm
and by appointment at 917-902-4359 . email@example.com
A fit for foodies comedy by award winning playwright Theresa Rebeck
Performances August 6-22 at Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport
Gloucester Stage Company is pleased to announce the Boston area premiere of SEARED by Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Emmy Award® nominee Theresa Rebeck, Directed by Victoria Gruenberg, performances are at Windhover Center for Performing Arts, SEARED from Friday, August 6-22.
A comedy by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck SEARED explores the delicate balance between a creative spirit navigating success, recognition, and responsibility to a financial bottom line. Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem is Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant and a waiter with dreams of his own, and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins.
Brooklyn-based stage director Victoria Gruenberg will be making her directorial debut at Gloucester Stage with credits, including the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival directing corps where she assisted directed the critically acclaimed SEARED and then in New York City at the MCC Theater Space. The cast stars four more newcomers to Gloucester Stage Emily Bosco (Emily), Matt Monaco (Mike), Jordan Pearson (Rodney), and James Louis Wagner (Harry).
Performances are outdoors Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:30 pm at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St, Rockport, MA. Tickets are now on sale and available at GloucesterStage.com.
Hey Joey and all you cool cats!The Gloucester Open Space & Recreation Committee is hosting a survey to help us plan and prioritize HOW and WHAT we spend our resources on for the next 10 years!Please take 10 minutes to share your opinions and ideas on beaches, parks, fields, woods, quarries, ball courts, and dog friendly spaces!NOTE: the survey is open to all, including non-residents. Link below!
Thank you so much for posting and sharing!Heidi Wakeman (still here!)
Chairperson, Open Space & Recreation Committee
Open Space & Recreation Committee
The Survey will close on August 6, 2021
Information about the Open Space and Recreation Plan Update for 2021
Presented by MAPC on April 26, 2021
The Open Space and Recreation Committee was formulated to create and implement an Open Space and Recreation Plan for the City which will:
- Ensure the existence, smart use, and access to open space in perpetuity
- Ensure that contiguous areas, functions, and values that depend on them are maintained
- Propose a process for agreements with abutters with shared use/conservation interests for enhancing open space
- Recommend planned city growth and business development in a way that fully contemplates and strives to maintain the functions, values, uses, and vision for open space in Gloucester
- Establish a criteria and process for ceding open space to development or dedicated use
- Promote awareness and use of open spaces through a descriptive inventory of open spaces
The Committee consists of 7 members, each serving a 3-year term. In 2011, the Committee completed an update of the City’s 2011-2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan. The Plan includes a list of beaches, parks, playgrounds, and other open space in the City. The Committee is currently working with City staff and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to complete an update of The Plan for 2021 – 2028.
I took a little walk around some parts of Lane’s Cove that I don’t normally explore on a very pretty day. Sure is picturesque down there! In case you haven’t been able to see if for yourself lately, here you go.