The Golden Goose Awards at Gloucester Stage

Thirty-five Harborlight Montessori 4th-8th Grade students have taken up residency at Gloucester Stage Company for two weeks. As one of Harborlight’s new Experience Week programs, this group of students has been learning all aspects of theater production in preparation for their World Premiere performances of The Golden Goose Awards. The Golden Goose Awards was written by Harborlight’s very own Performing Arts Director and published playwright, Katie Oberlander. The collaboration between the staff at Gloucester Stage and the staff of Harborlight Montessori has come to life with this fantastic Theater Education experience. Tickets to the 3/22 and 3/23 performances are available for purchase on Gloucester Stage Company’s website.


This two-week theater education session is one of several options that Harborlight students, as well as students not currently enrolled at Harborlight, can select from to supplement their academic year coursework.  Robust Experience Weeks have been carefully designed to enhance students’ learning and provide them enriching opportunities during typical school vacation weeks.  Harborlight is thrilled to be working with some amazing community partners….like, in this exciting case, Gloucester Stage Company!

For more information on other Experience Weeks, click HERE 

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Photoshop workshop!

There’s a Photoshop Workshop happening at Art Haven on Friday afternoon for only $20! Students in grades 7-12 can come to learn the basics or get some help with something they’ve been struggling with. Call (978) 283-3888 to sign up now.

Photoshop Workshop

Kim Smith’s Butterfly Garden Workshop at Tower Hill Botanic Garden this Sunday, May Day

Join Kim Smith this Sunday at 1:00 at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Worcester for the perfect May Day event–How to Create a Butterfly Garden. Pre-registration is required: Creating Summer Magic.

Monarch Butterflies Nectaring at Smooth Asters

Monarch Butterflies Nectaring at Smooth Aster

I will be presenting the necessary elements to help you create a beautiful and welcoming haven for butterflies. Once you begin to think about your garden as food source and shelter, it will influence all your horticultural decisions. Native and well-behaved non-native plants, along with examples of architectural features, will be discussed based on their value to attracting specific butterflies. This lecture and slide presentation will help you gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected world that we human beings share with plants and butterflies and how to translate that information to your own garden. Butterfly gardening plant list included with workshop.

From wiki: The Floralia, also known as the Florifertum, was an ancient Roman Festival dedicated to Flora the goddess of flowers and vegetation. It was held on the IV Calends of May, April 27 to May 3, and symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. While flowers decked the temples, Roman citizens wore colorful clothing instead of the usual white, and offerings were made of milk and honey to Flora.

Maurice Prendergast May Day Central Park 1901

Maurice Prendergast May Day Celebration Central Park 1901

Creative Photography Workshop Creative Exploration of Color and Motion With Judith Monteferrante

East Gloucester, MA 01930
United States
978 283-6856

June 10 to June 12, 2011

Friday evening introduction and full day Saturday and Sunday, including critique.  Small Group (limited to 6 students). $150.00 ($80.00 in advance to reserve spot).

Explore your creative side in Photography and go beyond taking snap shots.  Creative use of shutter speed, aperture, HDR and zoom spin will be reviewed along with basic composition.

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Will be photographing in Gloucester and Rockport Massachusetts: landscapes, seascapes and close up subjects creatively adjusting deep of field and shutter speed to add to the color and composition of the scene. HDR techniques and spin zoom techniques will be covered as well as basic digital darkroom processing back in my studio.  Digital cameras, laptop with photo editing software such as Photoshop CS 4 or 5, elements or Lightroom 3. NIK HDR or Photomatrix Pro plugs in’s will be used for HDR.

Living With The Dunes Workshop September 29th

Hi Joe,

I am the Gloucester Conservation Agent (I’ve been here for a year–is that still considered new?). The Gloucester Conservation Commission is hosting a "Living in Dunes" workshop at City Hall on September 29 at 7pm. I have attached the poster, but was hoping maybe you could help us get the word out through Good Morning Gloucester.

It is geared toward helping those who live in the Wingaersheek Rd/Coffins beach area and the Gloucester end of Long Beach and are thinking to build, add on,, create a driveway,upgrade their septic, etc… This is free and will help them understand what it means to be in a dune.

We have a great set of experts speaking–a coastal geologist, a land use attorney and an environmental scientist. They are listed on the flier.

Look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!!!


Lisa Press
City of Gloucester
Conservation Agent



Artists, Teacher Studio Opportunity!

From Deb Clarke;

I’m looking at this loft space in Gloucester MA to open the Debbie Clarke “School for Drawing” and studios.  There are 2 private studios that will be available for short term/long term rental and teaching space available to artists to rent for workshops, etc.  I would like to move in June 1st.  So, if you are looking for short term or long term studio space, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss your needs.  This is a second floor space with west light.  The windows work, so there is ventilation.  I am an oil painter and am looking for other painters, teachers.  email to me at