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Ferrini centenary gala
The Gloucester Writers Center will hold a one-of-a-kind evening cabaret beginning with a culinary extravaganza on Saturday, June 22, 6 to 10 p.m., at Maritime Gloucester, to honor the late poet laureate of Gloucester Vincent Ferrini’s 100th birthday. After “Bites on the Dock,” donated by local restaurants and caterers, the “Poet’s Cabaret,” directed by M. Lynda Robinson and Michael McNamara, will launch a new book of previously unpublished poems from Ferrini to his friends on Cape Ann. Event brings together more than 50 artists, including dancers, chefs, puppeteers, musicians, actors and community volunteers. For reservations, visit www.gloucesterwriters.org. Event preceded by an afternoon panel, “Holy Local: Vincent Ferrini’s Literary Legacy,” at Cape Ann Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. The panel, made up of writers and teachers versed in Ferrini’s life and work will present new and ongoing scholarship with reference to specific published volumes, letters and unpublished material. Panel is free and open to the public; seating is limited.
In celebration of national Adopt-A-Cat Month, Cape Ann Animal Aid will offer month-long cat adoption specials and sales on all cat merchandise. Adult cats are available for $25 off the adoption fee, and adoption fees will be waived for special needs cats. Adopters receive free goodie bags with supplies, and all cat merchandise at CAAA’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter will be 50 percent off. Visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.