How this Gloucester Restaurant Transformed into a haven for homeless people by John Laidler Boston Globe published January 29, 2021 – Gloucester House during Covid-19, the city and Grace Center
“A popular Gloucester seafood restaurant known for its fresh seafood and harbor views has taken on a new role this winter as a temporary haven for people in need of daytime shelter, meals and other support.”
“This was the most selfless thing that anyone can do,” Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said of Gloucester House owner Lenny Linquata’s willingness to welcome homeless people to “this beautiful waterfront function hall, [a place] that makes you feel like a princess when you get married there.”– Mayor Romeo Theken, John Laidler Boston Globe article 1/29/2021
Courtney Richardson, Director of Public Education and Programs for Cape Ann Museum, shares outreach about a new community conversation series at CAM. “We want to know what you think! Join us to share your feedback about our Library & Archives on January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. There will be chowda!”
Let’s Talk About the Future! CAM Community Conversations Series Starts
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a new series of community conversations on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. As the Cape Ann Museum looks forward to 2023 and the 150thanniversary of the founding of the Museum, originally known as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, staff is rethinking exhibitions and the work that is being done within the community. To help the Museum plan for the future, please come and participate in a series of conversations about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and more. Each monthly session throughout the winter will have a specific focus: January 18 – Library & Archives; February 22 – Exhibitions; March 14 – Public Programs. These staff moderated exchanges will give participants a chance to share feedback and ideas for the future. Refreshments will be served. January’s community conversation will be moderated by CAM’s new Librarian/Archivist Trenton Carls and will feature clam chowder from the Gloucester House. Free and open to the public. Reservations encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. Reserve online at capeannmuseum.org or call (978)283-0455 x10.
Well done super boosters – Grace Ferrara and family, Carlotta , and Diane Horne – for organizing such a special event and all that went into it! The Gloucester House meal and service were outstanding. Thanks to the generous folks who bought raffle tickets and game day snacks and many volunteers and supporters. There was serious swag and a wonderful celebration for a great season. Congratulations players.
A few scenes from the GHS boys soccer dinner banquet at Gloucester House, Gloucester, MA.
Head Coach Armando Marnoto
JV Coach Jason Rutkauskus
courtesy photos from Kristin and Peg:
Link to slideshow
What’s happening on Stacy Boulevard? That Department of Public Works (DPW) project involves the main interceptor sewer cleaning and inspection which is an every 7-10 year process.
At the western edge, Yella on the Water staff training took place outside on their new deck. They refurbished the parking lot and completed the accessibility ramp.
Along Rogers Street, Building Center and Gloucester House are busy with construction. A bit further down, DPW is improving the Rose Baker Senior Center parking lot, completing “just the binder for now, then on to ramps and finally top coat.”
Waterfront businesses require unusual maintenance like pier infratstructure maintenance. Gloucester House has been in business since 1958. I wonder how long the pilings last? The trio of wharf booths for special adventures there include Gloucester Boat Rental, the Thomas Lannon, & 7 Seas Whalewatch.
Gloucester and Cape Ann’s generous community join together to pull off this awesome, model initiative. Numerous volunteers prepare for and host on site. The welcome home bundles are loaded up with community business gift certificates and support.
The organizers– Adam Curcuru, Vionette Chipperini, Jayne Morse– and Mayor Romeo Theken welcomed attendees. The guest speaker, Lt General Mark O.Schissler (USAF Retired), and Marcia (Deacon) Schissler retired here. Marcia grew up in Gloucester. Their enthusiam and positivity are a delight–say hi when you see them! The Lt General urged Veterans to stand on their service, reminding them who they are: “You make sacrifices. You willingly give of yourself and give up time to serve in the military…Hold on to it and move forward…the skills and confidences you build up a little bit over time will be great here and going forward. You’ll help make communities stronger–as strong as they can be…As you prepare for other chapters in your life, you will carry these skills and capabilities in to your next chapter… and the next, always. We honor you today and join together to celebrate and give thanks for your service and talent. This event–look around you…We’ll be there for you, take care of you now…”
Final note from Adam Curcuru, Director Cape Ann Veterans Services
“Great day at the Gloucester MA Elks Lodge #892 for the 4th Annual Cape Ann Veterans Welcome Home Initiative. Welcome Home to all our Veterans and thank you to all our Volunteers, local businesses, and community for supporting our Veterans.”
Today’s book launch of The Inner Voice and the Outer World was a resounding success. The book is a compilation of writings by veterans and their families from the Gloucester Writer’s Center “Cape Ann Veterans Writing Workshop” (2013 -2017), which was taught by the book’s editor, Dorothy Nelson. Many of the contributors were at the event to read excerpts of their poems and stories and to sign books. Shaped by the author’s experiences in 20th and 21st century wars, the stories shared were deeply moving. Readers and audience were in many instances moved to tears.
The Gloucester House was packed, so much so, that Lenny opened up the adjoining second function room to accommodate the overflow of people.
Best wishes and congratulations to the Writer’s Center, Ms. Nelson, and the contributors for sharing the stories of our local veterans and their loved ones.
The contributors are:
FRANCIS J. SULLIVAN
MELVIN P. OLSON
VIRGINIA FRONTIERO MCKINNON
LINDA NILES NX
To purchase The Inner Voice and the Outer World, mail a check to the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street, Gloucester MA 01930. Please make the check to the Gloucester Writers Center and at the bottom of the envelope write: re: Veterans Book. The book costs $15.00. plus mailing.
Sunday December 10, 2017, 1PM, at the Gloucester House
Book launch for THE INNER VOICE AND THE OUTER WORLD: writings by veterans and their families from the Cape Ann Veterans Writers Workshop, a Gloucester Writers Center project, supported by Cape Ann Veterans Services (also stunning outreach and programming)
Full house for author Hannah Kimberly’s talk at the 2017 annual Cape Ann Chamber Businesswomen’s signature fall event. Gloucester House is such a generous community venue. This stack of A WOMAN’S PLACE IS AT THE TOP hardcovers was GONE before the event was over, sold out by Charlie from the Chamber.
Jenn Orlando, Cape Ann Savings Bank, chairs the Chamber’s businesswomen committee which oversees the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship along with fostering connections through outreach like this Fall event. Orlando and Sara Young, President of the Chamber and director of Schooner Adventure, welcomed the guests and introduced featured speaker, Hannah Kimberly. Kimberly recounted tales and her rediscovery of 19th century feminist and adventurer, Annie Smith Peck. Mayor Romeo Theken praised the writer, and was pleased that other Mayors are discussing this wonderful new book. She can relate! Kimberly shared a particularily competitive bit between the subject, Annie Peck Smith, and a famous male contemporary. (You’ll have to read the book to find out!) I will note that my table discussed that face-off sounding like a Bobbi Riggs vs Billie Jean King story of its time. Kimberly is working on a new book AND there is a documentary film in the works about Annie Smith Peck, the subject of A Woman’s Place is at the Top.
from the Chamber- Businesswomen’s Events – Through the year, the Chambers Business Women’s Committee puts together a number of mixer, luncheons and other events geared towards the business women on Cape Ann. Proceeds of these events help to fund the Carolyn O’Connor Scholarship Fund, which is given each year to a recipient who is looking to change career paths or re-enter the workforce.
I met Erik from PTS Tours during one of his tours to Gloucester from Wisconsin, he was headed to the Gloucester House with approximately 40 tourists anxious to have flavor of Ne England
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Business Women’s Luncheon, October 12, 11:30AM-1PM, Gloucester House, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA
The Keynote Speaker will be Hannah Kimberly. I was reading Hannah Kimberly’s biography, A Woman’s Place is at the Top, about Annie Smith Peck when I heard the news that Saudi women would be granted the right to drive sometime in 2018 (though they still need a sign off to marry, divorce, travel, get a passport, open a bank account.) I remember when my mother could get a credit card without my father’s signature. An Annie Smith Peck quote from 1874 brought to light in Kimberly’s research shows Peck knew this pain of persistent lobbying for permission:
“I have reflected for years, I am reflecting, I shall continue to reflect. The longer I reflect, the more convinced I am that it would be wise to go to college. Years ago I made up my mind that I should never marry and consequently that it would be desirable for me to get my living in the best possible way and to set about it as any boy would do. I do not think it is my duty to sacrifice myself, my happiness, and all prospect of distinction, to say nothing of usefulness for the very doubtful pleasure of my parents. Should I remain at home, as some people would have me, I should then be utterly unfitted for active life and should only be a burden to my brothers, useless and unhappy. If I am ever to be anybody or do anything, the time is now…John (her brother) would not have me on par with college graduates? Whew! Whew! Whew! What an opinion must he have of his own and William’s attainments if he considers that I am superior to what they were when they graduated…Why did John not pursue such a course as himself? ‘Too good talents to give them the benefit of a collegiate education.’ Dare you say that aloud? What if you applied it to a young man? Are you crazy? I am not afraid that my fame would be lessened should I be Valedictorian of the class of ’78 (1878!) in Michigan.” -Annie Smith Peck
Michigan State fans will be happy:
Kimberly writes that in 1874 Peck “wouldn’t be able to place her finger on it at the time, but somehow, within her first semester, like the handful of other women studying the classics, Annie was treated as if she were equal to the men in her class. Indeed it was a blip in the history of co-education — a golden decade — when some of the first groups of women attended the University of Michigan and were recognized as mysterious, capable, attractive, intelligent, and not yet too numerous to be a threat to male power.” – Hannah Kimberly
Wicked Bites TV visited Essex and Ipswich in a big way this month to review “Clam Alley”. Visitors often ask what is the best place for a lobster roll? and fried clams? “Clam Alley” extends throughout Cape Ann. In Gloucester there’s Charlie’s, Gloucester House, Lobsta Land (another gorgeous marsh vista), Captain Carlo’s, the Cupboard and Lobster Pool in Rockport to name a quick few…what else?
Wicked Bites is scheduled on Saturdays at 9:30am on NESN. From their sites:
“Hey, you better be ready for the next ALL NEW Wicked Bites TV. On today’s show we visit CLAM ALLEY for the very best fried clams in the world. And, we have some special guest: Kim Gilder Carrigan and VB from the WRKOmorning show.”
Blue Collar Lobster at the Gloucester House.
Cocktail hour, including hors d’oeuvres, begins at 6:00 PM aboard the Privateer, which has been rented from 6:00-7: PM (boarding behind the Gloucester House at 5:45 PM). Hors d’oeuvres will also be served at the Gloucester House starting at 6:00 PM.
Dancing, reminiscing, and comradery encouraged. The DJ has been instructed “no rap.”
For more information and reservations, please email 1967GHS@gmail.com
Scenes from Gloucester businesses joining in to share news about what’s ahead for the upcoming season.
Will share more announcements and party feedback later.
Big Mike’s Bikes is back
Cape Pond Ice was featured in Yankee Magazine. Scott Memhard adds: “our popular Historic Icehouse Tours here at Cape Pond Ice Company are off to a busy season start, with some local enthusiastic Tour Guides, offered Monday – Saturday @ 11 am & 2 pm. And our ART@the Icehouse gallery upstairs, featuring a number of local artists, opens Memorial Day weekend for our 2nd Season. If any area business Welcoming staff would like to come down and have a free tour, they are welcome, at no charge!”