Signs of the times: Rumba While You Wait in line #TraderJoes clever #Covid-19 safety

Covid-19 queue control at Trader Joe’s- a fun and clever waiting gesture keeps customers and staff safe and calm! Thankful for the smile.

(I hope people post images of the dancing–all levels!)

Better Days Ahead – Signs of the times #GloucesterMA #CapeAnnCovid 😷

Selection of signs of the times, May 2020. Gloucester, Ma.

WEAR A MASK_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryanSOCIAL DISTANCE_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryan (1)STAY SAFE_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryan stacy boulevard

yard cleaning_double white _Gloucester Mass., 5 May 2020, © c ryan

CATA THANKS EMPLOYEES _Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., covid-10, May 2020, © c ryan

Signs of the Times seen March 25, 2020 

and 

beloved weekly story times for little ones resume despite closure| with Christy at Sawyer Free Library and Tuesdays with Carol at Manchester Library #CapeAnn

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Public Library weekly Story Time with Christy resumes despites Covid-19 closure. Christy Russo is the Director of Children’s services at the library. She effortlessly brings a Mister Rogers kind flair and expertise to programs. See the first week’s video below focused on friendship. The production quality is well done, and the emoji adds feel sweet and festive.  This episode format includes a greeting and “visit” with garden friends, stories*, and activities.

*We Are Brothers We are Friends by Alexandra Penfold and Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato (Macmillan publishing, both)

Storytime With Christy

 

Also of note: Now in its 18th year, the annual Poetry without Paper competition, co-founded by Russo with poet John Ronan, is open to children in grades K-12.

More Virtual Story Times –

Manchester Public Library is offering story times as well via social media (including Facebook LIVE). Look for upcoming events here

Weekly Tuesdays at 6:30pm PJ Story Times with Carol Bender, another stellar children’s librarian on Cape Ann, began April 14th, 2020. “Remember to wear your PJ’s and bring your special animal friends for a Facebook live story time!” Upcoming April 21, 28 and May 5

Manchester Public Library story times during corona

Church Bells ringing in unison Easter Sunday at 10AM – please share

A lovely message and clarion request from Dierdre Savage, a Gloucester resident who grew up in New York City:

“Sitting in my too quiet home in Gloucester at 10AM last Sunday morning I was struck and comforted by the sound of church bells coming from up the street. Sure, there would be no usual gathering, but the bells rang. I felt an eerie sense of calm, as if it was a regular Sunday. 

Later the same morning, I live-streamed Mass being held in a small chapel at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in NYC. 

The endless sound of sirens coming from outside could not be missed. It was utterly heartbreaking.

Here’s a thought – lets get all the church bells in Gloucester – and beyond – ringing in unison on Easter Sunday morning. If you agree — please share this request far and wide.” – Dierdre Savage, Gloucester, Ma

 

Please consider asking your churches to participate. People across the country have already responded saying their churches are in on the idea — bells will ring across the country on Easter Sunday at 10AM!

 

  • various places of worship, Gloucester, MA — and City Hall bell tower 🙂 – click individual photos twice to enlarge to full size (or pinch-zoom)
  • Manny photographed the bells CLOSE UP at Our Lady here
  • Our Lady 1924 photo Fred Bodin here

 

Sugar Mags yummy soup initiative 🍲🧅🥣🧄 #GloucesterMA #Sugarmagssoupinitiative

Sugar Magnolia's 112 Main Street Gloucester MA_ storefront_street sign_ March 2020 © c ryan

Good eggs Messages from Sugar Magnolia’s 112 Main Street Gloucester, MA

978-281-5310

!!!!SUGAR MAGS BULLETIN!!!!!

We hope everyone is staying safe. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this community my whole life and I am so grateful for the support and success of Sugar Magnolia’s. During these uncertain times I would like to be able to give back. We are starting the #Sugarmagssoupinitiative sugar Magnolias will be making three rotating soups per week in the hopes to nourish Sugar Mags fans but also those in need. So with every 4 quarts of soup sold we will donate 1 quart of soup to the The Open Door  food pantry!!!! 

If you are interested in purchasing, your orders must be placed Monday for Wednesday, and Wednesday for Friday. That would give me time to place the order for what I need delivered in time to make all of the soups. The soups will be ready to be picked up between 2 and 5 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays, at Sugar Magnolia’s, 112 Main St., Gloucester♥️♥️♥️

If you are interested please message me (via sugar mags facebook) with your phone number and your order. You will receive a phone call back and we will take payment over the phone with a credit card.  Once you get a call back and payment is received you order is confirmed.

vegetarian soup $12/quart
corn chowder $12/quart
non-vegetarian $12/quart
add corn bread for extra $3.00

soups will be posted on sugar magnolias FACEBOOK, MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

🍲🍜🥕🧅🧄🍠🥔🍗🌸🌺

PLEASE SHARE XXOO

UPDATE to bulletin:

The #sugarmagssoupinitiative has exploded!!!!! We have 45+ quarts already for next weeks donation!!! Best community ever! Today we are donating our first 20 quarts of soup to the open door. So excited to be helping our community xxoo

It’s Not too late to order soups for today just message Sugar Magnolias Facebook page.

facebook

The soups today are 

🌈 Corn chowder, 

🥥 Bombay chicken

🍠 Sweet potato bisque

They are going fast so get your orders in. Also let me know if you were adding cornbread.  Soups are sold by the quart they are $12 per quart if you add corn bread a quart goes up to $15 

Going on a Bear Hunt? rainbow & teddy bear sightings 🧸 #GloucesterMA

For the little ones and young at heart, more and more windows in homes and shops are kindly decorated with stuffed animal teddy bears for a welcome and safe distance distraction. There are a few rainbows. Have I missed a street or your favorite?

Here are some of the bears we found on merry drives in Gloucester, Mass., this last week in March 2020, connecting during covid-19. (Click or pinch to enlarge)

 

 

bear and rainbow hunt for the little ones_ social distancing_covid-19_20200328_Gloucester, Mass. photograph ©c ryan

Friends are sharing rainbows and heart family art projects from their windows and homes– messages of hope and gratitude for community and caregivers. Have you seen the Rainbow Connection Google Map in New York?

Rainbow connection Google map

one more shared with GMG (from Arlington)

Bears joining in _©k

 

 

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN & social distancing in the waiting line for ice cream 🍦🍦

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (1)

Long Beach Dairy Maid OPEN for the season and social distancing_Gloucester MA_20200328_©c ryan (2)

Long Beach Dairy Maid, 137 Thatcher Road, Gloucester, Mass. (978) 281-1348

While you’re waiting and if you missed it, here’s a great article about one of the ice cream coldmaster servers! Gloucester Daily Times article Students Raise Money to serve children in Ghana https://www.gloucestertimes.com/news/local_news/students-raise-money-to-serve-children-in-ghana/article_6bd429b7-c43b-54fe-bed7-7de90f45b575.html

Signs of the times

MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan

 

George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910

 

 

Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

(author’s note: Signs of the times updated as I add signs to the original 3/25/2020 post, most recent at top. Gloucester, Mass.) Continue reading “Signs of the times”

Virtual Elsa (Frozen) visit from Wenham Museum tomorrow! tune in Facebook 10:30AM March 26, fairytale attire encouraged 😊🧚👸❄️

Message from Wenham Museum, offering arts programming for the little ones:

TOMORROW – Virtual Elsa Visit!
Thursday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook Live
Elsa will live stream into your living room from the Wenham Museum’s Facebook page! If you missed her visit when we opened “Frozen,” this is a chance to catch her again. She will sing songs and tell stories live from our galleries. We’re hoping this will give parents and caregivers a few moments of respite (or a chance to make a phone call!) and bring some happiness and joy to our youngest friends. Fairytale attire encouraged. Visit our website  www.wenhammuseum.org

virtual Elsa visit at Wenham Museum 25 March 2020_ corona arts programming

 

Signs of the times

(author’s note: Signs of the times updated as I add signs to the original 3/25/2020 post, most recent at top. Gloucester, Mass.)

3/28/2020

Jeff’s Variety “Because of Limited Staff” signs

3/27/2020

MBTA crew disinfecting train station stop, Gloucester, Mass.

MBTA_ disinfecting train station stop Gloucester MA_20200327_covid-19 signs of the times_photograph ©c ryan

 

George’s Coffee Shop of Gloucester corner of Washington and Centennial sign-  Take Out Available (978)281-1910

 

Wolf Hill sign – Closed Stay Healthy & Safe!

Wolf Hill_covid 19 sign_ closed Stay Healthy & Safe_ Gloucester Mass_ 20200327_©c ryan

Continue reading “Signs of the times”

Virgilio’s is OPEN for take-out. What are your top 3 go-to sandwiches on the menu? #GloucesterMA

Virgilio's open for take out_covid-19_main street storefront_Gloucester MA_20200324 ©c ryan

 

mine

  1. North Ender (light on sundried tomatoes) cold
  2. Eggplant supreme (without the prosciotto) hot

My son loves the caprese. My mother in law loves the chicken salad. Great vodka cream sauce! I also grab their bread and sauce and dips at area supermarkets, too. Virgilio’s makes fresh bread next level. As in All. Day. Long.

Virgilio’s Bakery & Deli

“Bread of the Fishermen” since 1961
29 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
VirgiliosBakery.com

(978)283-5295

Alexandra’s Bread is OPEN and take out is brisk! Call ahead for what you need the next day, and they can bring it out to your car

Alexandra's Bread bakery Main Street Gloucester MA storefront_20200324_©c ryan

Alexandra’s Bread, 265 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Call the day before for your favorite loaves, rolls, cookies, scones and other sweet treats. They have been busy and selling out, and can make more if they know the orders ahead of time. A surprise at this time: people have been buying new dish towels and vintage ware (washable!), and greeting cards to go.

What’s your favorite bread at Alexandra’s?

p.s. If it lasts that long, their french bread freezes well and makes fantastic overnight french toast.

Alexandra’s Bread : (978) 281-3064

Coroneconomy – some local shopping sales bump

Is your supermarket busy? Here’s the Stop & Shop crush 6pm yesterday with lines for cashiers and self-checkout wrapped all around.

crush at supermarket 6pm_20200312_©c ryan

 

The essentials – one shopper’s cart last night -ice cream and water!

the essentials_ice cream and water_one shopper's cart at stop & shop Gloucester MA_20200312 ©c ryan

Not just UK apparently- here’s the toilet paper aisle at BJ’s today. Courtesy photo with note- “The shelves are empty here. The economy will be fine.” 

Coronavirus shopping_ not just UK toilet paper aisle at BJs_ Danvers MA 2020 March 13 © c king

Beyond health and safety conversations with family and friends, at this early week mark, I’m seeing discussions about which industries may be impacted disastrously or pick up. Ditto public services: public meetings will be postponed, but could roadwork ramp up as more people stay home and off the road? One friend canceled a party this weekend, signing off with some black humor – stay healthy and send suggestions for staying cooped up with kids. Another friend sparked a debate about sending students home from college (many untested):

“We are missing a huge opportunity as a Nation. Given that we have barely conducted 6000 tests in two weeks, when compared to South Korea which conducts 20,000 test A DAY! We clearly need to ramp up! Our college kids are healthy, pretty indestructible, and well educated. They could run tests, assist in research, help out in medical settings, even help in transforming hotels or other spaces into medical ready facilities. But we are sending them home, to sit on couches and play video games. Why?” – Linda 

Responses back ranged from the difficulties of such close quarters in dorms to alternative approaches in the works (like the Univ. of Washington appealing to grad students to do just that, and Colgate keeping kids on campus).

Healthy wishes to all and feeling grateful for the work that will be undertaken by so many–and at risk– to keep us safe.