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January 10, 2013

Life before the modern world

Gloucester’s Sarah Dunlap, a city archivist who recently finished editing a book written by her late father, will do a reading at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 Main St. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The book, “Life on the Abbagadasset: Memories of Boyhood on a Bowdoinham [Maine] Farm,” provides details of farm and fishing life similar to that of West Gloucester or Riverdale. Imagine the time before electricity.

Sarah’s father was Dr. Albert A. Dunlap (1902-1978), a plant pathologist and farmer born in Bowdoinham, Maine. During the last 10 years of his life, he wrote down many stories and memories of his childhood on his parents’ farm and details about the lives of his family and neighbors — how things worked and got done.

“He remembered, and in crystal clear language wrote down conversations, humorous incidents, disasters, disagreements and tragedies. From the tiniest bit of local color to the largest of life’s tragedies, he recorded them in a straightforward manner, with his own insights, surprise punch lines and remarkably precise facts,” said his daughter. “The details of daily life and nature are an honest picture of life before what we now know as the modern world.”

Jazz singers

at Cafe Shalom

“Café Shalom” will feature a night of classic jazz at Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle St. in Gloucester on Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 7 p.m. with jazz vocalist Henry Allen and his New Swing Set. At 8 p.m., following an intermission, jazz vocalist Judith Murray will perform with pianist Chris Taylor and bassist David Landoni. Murray performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, representing music that is classy, sultry, fine and mellow; and sometimes swinging. Murray’s vocals have a sophisticated, sassy, and stunning quality, critics say. Admission is $10. For more information, contact the temple at 978- 281-0739.

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