, Gloucester, MA

September 19, 2013

Last chance to catch 'Driving Miss Daisy'

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — In addition to the city’s final Block Party for the season on Saturday, there are many other events of note taking place on Cape Ann this weekend, particularly the Pulitzer Prize-winning theater work “Driving Miss Daisy” which closes after the Sunday show at the Gloucester Stage Company. Georgia playwright Alfred Uhry is the only playwright ever to win the “Triple Crown” for his writing, having captured an Oscar, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize. The show was praised by critics. The play features Gloucester’s own Lindsay Crouse, along with Johnny Lee Davenport and Robert Pemberton, and is directed by Benny Sato Ambush. For reservations, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Burnham on boats

Harold Burnham, the 28th Burnham to operate H.A. Burnham Boat Building & Design in Essex since 1819, will discuss the historic craft of boat building on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. This illustrated talk is the third installment of the museum’s lecture series “Who We Are Is Who We Were: Historic Businesses of Cape Ann.” This program is free for members or with museum admission. Burnham, a National Heritage Fellow Master Shipwright and captain and builder of the schooner Ardelle, will discuss the impact Fitz Henry Lane’s paintings have had on his representations of vessels from the period. Among them are the Lewis H. Story, Fame of Salem, Isabella and Ardelle. For more information, visit

Bonfield at museum

The Cape Ann Museum presents a free performance by composer and acoustic-guitar player Ken Bonfield tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. in its courtyard. Bonfield performs with handcrafted instruments ranging from the standard 6-string guitar to an 11-string harp guitar and two baritone guitars. He has produced five EPs and tours nationally year-round. The museum will close Sept. 30 for renovations and will reopen for the summer of 2014. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester.

Power women and wine

Annette Dion and Silvie Lockerova have organized “Power Women and Wine,” this evening, Sept 19, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Savour Wine and Cheese, 76 Pleasant St. in Gloucester Dion and Lockerova, both Cape Ann healing practitioners, organized the event as a way for the local community to familiarize themselves with holistic practices and the professionals who practice them. Wine tastings will be available. For more information, call 978-412-5400.

Fashion show deadline

Online ticketing has been extended through Monday morning, Sept. 23, for the “Celebrate Wearable Art II” event. However, payment by check to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA 01931, must be accompanied by an email to with ticketing information . Requests received after Sept. 23 will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. In addition to a fashion show with more than 60 “looks” presented during high tea, there is an exhibit and sale of wearable art, featuring hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories. For more information, visit

Down Home Swing

Down Home Swing will perform at the One World Coffee House at the First Universalist Church at 59 Main St. in Essex on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. The group is comprised of the musical duos of Jay and Laurie Keefe, and Chick Marston and Ellen Ford, two couples and friends for many years. For more information, visit

Trails & Sails local events

Trails and Sails, the Essex County-wide celebration of the area’s cultural, historic and natural resources, is this weekend and next. All events are free to the public.

Inn Magnolia on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. will host a “Fungus Hunting Class” with Jef Taylor, who will lead a walk around Magnolia in search of fungi. Then on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. the inn will present “It’s Not a Weed: Food, Medicine and Magic of Wild Plants” with Iris Weaver. The inn’s “snocones” with homemade syrup will be served.

The Cape Pond Ice Company, which dates from 1848, will offer free Historic Icehouse Tours tomorrow, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday at 11 am. A warm sweater or sweatshirt, and practical shoes (no flip-flops!) are recommended. The tours last 45 minutes to an hour, and includes archival film, a tour through the block ice manufacturing area and the 28-degree F. icehouse where new ice sculptures are on display, and kids may indulge in a snow ball fight! The free tour program will be repeated again next weekend, Sept. 27 to 29. Further details and directions available at 978-283-0174 or

For the full Trails and Sails schedule over the next two weekends, visit

Sargent House Museum

The Sargent House Museum at 49 Middle St. in Gloucester hosts two events on Saturday. The first is from noon to 6 p.m. with historic children’s games and activities in the garden that bring Judith Sargent Murray’s story to life. Then from 6 to 8 p.m. during the block party, the North Shore Folklore Theatre Co. will perform two acts from Judith Sargent Murray’s 1795 play “The Medium” in the garden. For more information, visit

Six original 10-minute plays

The Gloucester Writers Center and M. Lynda Robinson will present “Six Plays for the Price of One” on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Six writers will debut six original plays at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. Suggested donation is $10 but nobody will be turned away. Following the staged readings, the audience is invited to provide feedback as well as ask questions. There are both comedies and dramas on a variety of subjects ranging from rest homes, and marriage, to the “dark lady” of William Shakespeare’s sonnets. Come support Linda Hanley Finigan, Carole Frohlich, David McCaleb, M. Lynda Robinson, Jess Semeraro, and Joseph Stiliano in their creative endeavors. For more information, visit

Free program at Halibut Point

The annual meeting of the Friends of Halibut Point Association will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, near the quarry outside of the visitor center at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. The meeting will be followed by a free program called “Ex-skull-ent Adventure” with naturalist Richard Wolniewicz. Parking is available in the lot for $2. If you have an animal skull that needs to be identified, bring it along.

‘Othello’ in HD

Next Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., the National Theatre of England presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s “Othello” about the destructive power of jealousy that will be broadcast in HD at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (“The Last of the Haussmans,” “James Bond: Skyfall”). For more information, visit

Fly Amero, Jon Butcher live

Tickets are on sale now for the Fly Amero and Jon Butcher concert, “Together Live,” at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. Both will introduce new material from their upcoming solo CDs. The evening of acoustic music features the Grammy-nominated Butcher and Cape Ann’s Amero. For tickets, call 978-546-7391, or visit

Youth acting workshops

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students ages 6 to 19 for the fall session, which begins Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28. The six-week workshop features expanded instruction time and lower tuition thanks to sponsorship in part from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. The class is taught by award-winning actress and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin, as well as guest instructors. The workshops are designed to nurture the children’s creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills while learning about professional theater. The workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing and public speaking training. Students will receive instruction in American Sign Language taught by Kara Kelly Martin and prepare for the annual holiday production “Holiday Delights 2013.” To register, call 978-283-6688.

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or