Music on Meetinghouse Green is back: Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation announces their 2018 line-up
First up Berklee Be-Bop Guitars on July 6 to benefit Pathways for Children
More info: www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org
Another unforgettable Cape Ann Cinema & UU Gloucester Meetinghouse collaboration was held on Sunday, December 3, 2017–a special screening of the silent film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as a benefit for Pathways for Children. Ellen Sibley was there for Pathways, welcoming guests and opening the evening.
Renowned organist Peter Krasinski explained that star Lindsay Crouse would use her artistry to accompany this silent screening like a Benshi, a Japanese word for performers who provided live narration for silent films in order to translate the intertitles. Though Krasinski has collaborated with benshi in Japan for some of his live performances, yesterday’s event was the first time he’s done so in the United States. I went to film school and was fortunate to take master classes in cinema studies with Bill Everson, a film historian and major collector. He’d invite Lillian Gish and other silent screen stars and producers to lecture, and always there were amazing accompanists. Not once though have I experienced a narration, too. I’ve heard Krasinski play before and seen Crouse act in film, tv and Gloucester Stage. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it would be like nothing else I’d ever experienced. Krasinski has seen Peter Pan numerous times and his confident music was subtle and charming, cueing the music to the action on the screen and improvising along with Crouse. Crouse’s narration was pitch perfect. Crouse spoke of her affection for the story and related seeing it 17 times as a child (yes, with Mary Martin) and how it’s among the defining and formative theatrical pulls of her youth.Who knew Nana’s whimpering and such subtle variations of so many characters crying throughout Peter Pan was possible? I googled Lindsay Crouse audiobooks right when I got home. Lindsay Crouse audiobooks
What amazing effort and art for a good cause.
Upcoming Gloucester Meetinghouse / Cape Ann Cinema collaboration Continue reading “Lindsay Crouse, Peter Krasinski soar | Peter Pan silent film screening at Cape Ann Cinema”
You can join in Stephanie Benenson’s fascinating big vision, Harbor Voices, a public art and cultural piece that’s made from light, sound and community participation. Part of the project is a large-scale and temporary LIVE light & sound installation which will happen on ten minute loops from 4-8pm on Friday December 8th, and Saturday December 9th, one of many featured events for the 2017 Middle Street Walk. Harbor Voices will be held inside the Kyrouz Auditorium in City Hall , 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA.
Come experience a sweeping ocean of sound, stories and light, drawn by the voices and acts of generosity of neighbors and friends.
Benenson, a Rockport native and North Shore based fine artist, received a prestigious and competitive RISD grant to create Harbor Voices. Benenson collected over 100 stories in eight languages of recent and ancestral immigration to Cape Ann. For the past year she led (and continues to lead) practical and creative storytelling sessions and workshops at area schools like Veteran’s Memorial and Gloucester High School, as well as community organizations and centers such as Sandy Bay Historical Society. Students talked with Benenson about “their ancestors* and families bringing cultural heritage to Cape Ann.” She said that kids mentioned “family members that started businesses here (like Jalapenos, Sclafanis, and other cultural destinations on Cape Ann)…and how meangingful that was to them…and people that they had deep respect and admiration for…” They discussed “family recipes, music, food and how immigration historically has made American art and culture come alive.” Mayor Romeo Theken was the first story collected. Other Cape Ann storytellers outside of the schools and non profit partners include: Jean Testaverde (Portuguese fishing ancestry), Ingrid Swan (Swedith quarrying ancestry), Heather Lovett (descendent of Roger Babson), Sal Zerilli (Awesome Gloucester and Rockport), Jan Bell, Buddy Woods, Susannah Natti (Finnish and descendent of Folly Cove designer), Rich Francis (GHS teacher), and Celestino Basille (GHS teacher).
Depending upon age and preference, stories were written, recorded, or drawn. All were mixed into materials and audio that will choreograph connections directly into the light installation, and an enlarging community. At first, Benenson thought the light might guide any audio. Instead voices continue to guide the light.
Every story and act of generosity is linked to the installation and transformed into light.
Blurring the lines between public art and social sculpture, LIVE happening and virtual action, Harbor Voices emblematically presents stories, shared connections and actions. Participants of all ages are encouraged to interact with the project www.harborvoices.com and its installation– to bathe so to speak in a community of vibrancy and waves of interconnectedness and support. Benenson adds that from 4-6PM during the two days of this installation iteration, “children will be offered a small flashlight to engage with this artwork, allowing them a tangible moment to consider their part in this interconnected network of community and local history by creating their own beam of light.” Also, before the installation opens to the public, one hundred Gloucester High School students –including some who have already added into the piece– will come to City Hall to experience Harbor Voices.
Benenson’s promotion for Harbor Voices launched in September. Leveraging attention for this remarkably ambitious project is an essential component as more involvement means more impact. Straight away it fostered community and brought opportunities. For example, Benenson spoke about the project and shared audio of the stories with Rose Baker seniors, Gloucester Rotary and the Cape Ann Museum’s Red Cottage Society. Someone from Beverly has already underwrittten support for a class at Veteran’s Memorial Elementary School. She spoke about the project with Joey as part of GMG podcast #253
As a third generation Cape Ann artist, Benenson is especially excited to “create art and conversations around our cultural heritage and our contributions to the vibrant mix of people that live on Cape Ann.”
See more pictures and read more about the artist
Save the Date! Press Release From The Annisquam Sewing Circle:
Each autumn the members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle gather to prepare for the Annual Christmas Fair, well known for its fabulous one-of-a-kind wreaths and center pieces as well as decorated boxwood trees. Also one will find beautiful bulbs and potted plants ready to give or take home, delicious homemade gourmet food items and handcrafted gift items.
Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair
December 2, 2017 – 8:00am – 12:00 pm
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA 01930-1322
The Annual Christmas Fair & Luncheon and the Annual Plant and Gourmet Food Sale raise funds to support scholarships for graduating seniors who are going on to college, training for a trade or other educational opportunities and community projects on Cape Ann, for example: The Open Door Food Pantry, Backyard Growers, Cape Ann Animal Aid, Pathways for Children.
The Annisquam Sewing Circle was begun in 1837 as the Annisquam Female Benevolent Society. It is thought to be the oldest continuous independent society of women on Cape Ann.
The Society’s purpose as stated in its Preamble, was “for the performance of acts of benevolence.” Through the years, the Society, and now the Circle, has contributed generously to community programs and to individuals.
This week’s Dinner Special:
BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich on a
Virgillio’s Roll w/French Fries – $11.95
Wednesday, December 16th – 7pm
A VERY SPECIAL EVENT:This week is TOY DRIVE week with the amazing Marina Evans!
I’ll let her tell you all about it in her own words…
Fly and I are excited to come together in song this week in support of Pathways for Children, a local nonprofit whose mission — to educate, empower, and support local children and their families — is vital to our community. Every year, Pathways partners with local businesses for its annual toy and book drive, and has distributed over 1,000 toys to local children & families enrolled in their programming. This drive is special because it is truly neighbors helping neighbors: all toys and books donated stay in our North Shore community. So please, join us this Wednesday – come for the tunes, stay for the good cheer, and if you can, bring a new, unwrapped toy or book to donate!
See you there, and thanks! – Marina
Learn more about Pathways for Children: http://pw4c.org
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/23 – Amero Family Christmas
12/30 – TBA
1/6/16 – Jon Butcher
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
November 21, 2014
Suzanne Gilbert Lee
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Pathways for Children Book Drive: Give the Gift of Literacy
Friday – Sundays, November 28 – December 18, 2014, 12-4pm
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to participate as a book drop-off site for the Pathways for Children Holiday Book Drive.
“Reading with children is one of the most important gifts we can give. This holiday season, our goal is to give every child in our programs a new book. As you reflect on your favorite children’s or young adult books, please consider sharing it with one of the children in our programs – donate a new book or make a financial donation to our Holiday Book Drive.” Books for 2-5 year old children are most needed, as well as books appropriate for ages 0-18 yrs.
Please donate only new books (no used books), no religious/holiday books, no adult books (age 18+). Classic children’s books are very welcome (Dr. Suess, Eric Carle, etc), and in multiple copies.
Book Donations can be made at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and both Pathway for Children sites – 29 Emerson Ave, Gloucester and 292, Cabot St, Beverly – or make a financial contribution on-line.
This morning the dedication of the new butterfly garden at Pathway’s for Children was celebrated with speeches of thanks, and a song and poem performed by the Pathways children. The sun was shining, the bees and butterflies were on the wing, and there were lots of smiles of joy on the faces of the children and attendees. My most heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciation to all who have given so much to make the garden a success!
Just some of the wonderful people who made the garden possible: Andrew, Bernie Romanowski, Beth Graham, and Peter Van Demark
Before Photo Pathways for Children
See previous GMG post on the new butterfly garden at Pathways here: HOORAY FOR PATHWAYS FOR CHILDREN’S BRAND SPANKING NEW BUTTERFLY GARDEN
HOLY CANNOLI and WOW–look how fantastically the Pathway’s Staff is taking care of their brand new one-month old butterfly garden–every plant looks well-loved!!!
Same View After Photo ~ July 18, 2014
My sincerest thanks to Caroline Haines for her vision to create a butterfly garden for the children at Pathways.
Thank you to the many donors who have made the butterfly gardens at Pathways possible.
Thank you to the Manchester Garden Club for their tremendous assisitance in planting the garden.
Thank you to the volunteers from Liberty Mutual for tearing out the old plantings.
And special thanks to Bernie Romanowski, Pathways for Children facilities director, for all his hard work and his extraordinary care and attention to detail, from the project’s inception through its continued maintenance. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) ~ Notice the pretty moth nectaring from the milkweed in the upper right. The gardens are alive with pollinators of every species imaginable, including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, songbirds, moths, and sundry insects!
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Antennae for Design ~
The architectural details of the trellis and picnic table were designed to be a coordinated focal point in the garden and planned to be stained a classic seaside blue. Why would we want to paint or stain the trellis and not simply allow it to gain a weathered patina? From an aesthetic point of view, the wood used for both the picnic table and trellis are two different types and will age very differently from each other. If this were a very large garden, it wouldn’t matter so much, but in a cozy garden room such as this, the difference will become quite noticeable and unappealing over time. Additionally, the blue will offset the flowers and foliage handsomely and is a cheery choice with children in mind.
From a very practical standpoint, untreated wood will quickly degrade in our salty sea air and neither piece will last more than ten years without protection. An opaque stain is the best solution because as the trellis and picnic table age, the obvious differences in wood will be disguised. An opaque stain also requires the least amount of effort to maintain over time.
After months of planning and coordinating, this week we installed the new butterfly garden at Pathways for Children. We’ll be bringing you more updates from the garden but I wanted to first thank our super hard-working, fabulous and fun, beautiful team of volunteers from the Manchester Garden Club. We planted the garden in record time due to their can-do-attitudes. Thank You Ladies–you were simply the BEST!!!
And, success! As Bernie Romanowski, the facilities director, and I were tidying up, not one, but two butterflies stopped by to investigate the new garden, a Cabbage White and a Canadian Tiger Swallowtail. I wished our volunteers had seen that. Plant and they will come!
This week we broke ground for a butterfly garden at Pathways for Children. I think it has been several years since Caroline Haines, the COO of Pathways, and I, first began discussing the possibility of a pollinator garden for Pathways. Then in the summer of 2012 we had an amazing Monarch Butterfly program for the children, and believe me when I write that it was truly a fabulous event because it just so happened that very day, several of the caterpillars pupated right before the children’s eyes! Caroline, the teachers, and the students had the “bug.”
After meeting with Caroline, Pathway’s Bernie Romanowski, and teacher Sandra, we determined the best use of the space would be to create an outdoor classroom within the flowering pollinator garden—no easy task as the front elevation is one long narrow sliver of space. Fortunately, though, the front of the building also faces primarily south, which is ideal for planting the most fun and colorful of butterfly, bee, and songbird attracting plants.
Bernie secured a bobcat for exactly two hours and proceeded to rip out the overgrown and diseased trees and shrubs. Under Bernie’s direction, we were then joined by a dream team of volunteers from Liberty Mutual who, in less than five hours, completely transformed the front to the beautiful canvas you see below. A fence, two- foot wide trellised pergola, and table are yet to be installed. And, the Manchester Garden Club has graciously offered to lend a hand with the planting!
Stay tuned for more updates to come!
I am excited to announce that Treetop Yoga has chosen Pathways as the beneficiary of this month’s Karma Class. The class will be held on Sunday, January 26th, 6:30-8pm at Treetop (7 Parker St. in Gloucester). This class is a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to try yoga or the long-time yogi, every level is welcome. Come out on Sunday evening to show your support for Pathways and Treetop and enjoy a relaxing, restorative evening – I guarantee you will leave with a smile. Treetop Yoga also hosted a toy drive for our Holiday Store this year.
Join Katie to honor Pathways for Children with a sweet, playful flow to warm the body preparing you for a soothing restorative sequence to open the heart and calm the mind. All levels will benefit from this heartfelt class dedicated to the children of our community.
All Karma Classes are donation based. Minimum donation of $10 recommended.
Katie O’Malley has been a devoted student of yoga for over a decade and became a certified yoga instructor with Kim Valeri at YogaSpirit Studios. She is also a certified mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer. She holds a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Please don’t be shy – I just started yoga last year and Katie was my first teacher, she is friendly, patient and very welcoming.
I hope to see you there!
Best, Jill Cahill
Communications & Special Events Coordinator
Pathways for Children
29 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
978.281.2400, ext. 154
“Many things can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say ‘tomorrow’. Their name is today. ” Gabriela Mistral (1899-1957)
Pathways for Children is offering a free parent/caregiver workshop: The Power of Reading, on Monday, February 6th at 29 Emerson Ave. Gloucester,MA. Coffee and refreshment will be served at 8:30 am followed by an informative and compelling presentation at 9:00 am by children’s librarian and educator, Martha Morgan of Rockport.
The workshop will include; the “Do’s and Don’ts to remember when reading aloud, how to choose a great read aloud book, answers to questions parents often ask and much more. Parents/caregivers of children under the age of six can register to attend with Amy Larsen at 978 281-2400 x120 or email email@example.com. This is made possible through a MA Department of Early Childhood Education & Care grant and Pathways for Children.
Many thanks to Caroline Haines, the director of Pathways for Children, for forwarding the photos of the rare albino Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The photos were shot by Kevin Shank and four of his sons over a several day period in late August. Caroline has a love for butterflies and birds, and nature in general, and brings her passion to the programing provided for the children at Pathways.
The above photos were taken in Virginia at the beginning of the hummingbird’s annual southward migration; it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that we may see an albino hummingbird visiting our Cape Ann feeders and flowers as we are in the same migratory corridor.
A true albino hummingbird, as is the above bird, has snowy white plumage and it’s eyes, legs, and bill are pink. True albinos are extraordinarily rare. Leucistic hummingbirds are still rare but are seen more often than true albions. Like the common Ruby-throated Hummingbird, leucistic forms have black, feet, bills, and eyes, but their feathers are some version of white, gray, buffy, and tan; not the typical shades of green.
Image courtesy Hilton Pond Center.
SAVE THE DATE: Pathways for Children is hosting a Snow Ball on Friday, December 17th from 7:00 – 11:00pm at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square. Please join us to eat, drink & be merry! Sumptuous appetizers and cash bar available. Tickets, $40 each, will be available beginning November 22, and can be purchased in Gloucester at the Deborah Coull Salon (116 Main Street), Pathways (29 Emerson Avenue) or by contacting Pathways at 978.281.2400×154 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The Cape Ann Partnership for Children and Families is hosting a Parent & Baby Walk & Talk on Thursday, October 14th at Pathways for Children located at 29 Emerson Ave., from 10:00am to 11:30am – rain or shine! All parents and children, 9 months and younger, are encouraged to join us to meet new families, enjoy fresh air & exercise, learn more about programs for families on Cape Ann and share a healthy snack and social time. For more info or to register please contact Amy Larsen at 978.281.2400 x 120 or email@example.com.
Thanks for helping us spread the word,
The Pathways for Children Social Services Department is beginning the annual coat drive. If you have very gently used or new winter coats, please think of the children of Pathways; ages range from birth to 12 years. Coats can be dropped off in Gloucester at our 29 Emerson Avenue location or at Kid’s Closet located at 205 Main Street. For more information, please contact Diana at 978.281.2400 x320.