, Gloucester, MA

April 6, 2013

Talk of the Times: City Hall going Bananas for benefit event

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Gloucester City Hall is going bananas again in a benefit for the City Hall restoration project.

A benefit Bananas fashion show is scheduled for May 4 and May 5, featuring the haberdashery of Richard Leonard’s Main Street store of the same name. And it wouldn’t be a Bananas fashion show without the remarkable “Banarettes,” the name affectionately given to the models, most of whom are local faces dressed in retro clothing and often colorful wigs.

The organizers want to get the word out early because tickets are now on sale and they sell out fast just by word of mouth, so they want the public to be aware. There is a gala show on Saturday, May 4 and a matinee on Sunday, May 5.

The primary focus is to raise money to restore windows at City Hall. To that end, the Saturday evening show features a silent auction and a live auction. One of the auction items is a parking space for downtown for a year, donated for a local businessman. The gala ticket is $75 with “creative black tie” dress suggested and the sunday show is $35.

“They have some big surprises,” said Kathy Slifer, one of the organizers. Tickets are on sale at Bananas, Alexandra’s Bread and Gloucester Music, all on Main Street.

Wolf Hill fireworks benefit

The Gloucester Fourth of July fireworks may be three months away, and the Labor Day fireworks display may not be on the front burners of too many folks this weekend.

But thankfully, the people at Wolf Hill Home & Garden Center on Eastern Avenue are already looking ahead to those celebratory times.

Wolf Hill is donating $1 of every charge throughout the year to the Gloucester Fireworks Fund.

“We are fully stocked with all of your landscape materials – mulch, loam, stone, sand, compost, etc.,” said Wolf Hill’s Brittany Malgeri, “so get your materials delivered by Wolf Hill (and) help support Gloucester’s Fourth of July and Labor Day fireworks displays.”

Wolf Hill has arranged with Gloucester Fund and Fireworks Fund chief Barry Pett so that, at the end of every month, the garden center will be sending a check for the amount of deliveries we have sold that month.

“We are planning on it being something that we do all year long, every year, so that the Fireworks Fund can use it for either display,” Malgeri said.

Gloucester Stage honors

The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) recently announced the award nominations for the 2012 calendar year.

And Gloucester Stage received a total of seven nominations for its 2012 season as well as a special ensemble citation for all three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s Norman Conquests Trilogy: 2010’s “Table Manners,” 2011’s “Living Together” and 2012’s “Round and Round the Garden.”

The trilogy featured Academy Award nominee Lindsay Crouse, along with Richard Snee, Steven Barkhimer, Jennie Israel, Sarah Newhouse, Barlow Adamson and Adrianne Krstansky.

The Gloucester Stage nominations for its 2012 season include five for its production of “Master Harold and … the Boys” for Best Play; Best Lighting Design: Russ Swift, Best Ensemble: Johnny Lee Davenport, Peter Mark Kendall and Anthony Wills, Jr; Best Actor: Johnny Lee Davenport; and Best Director: Benny Sato Ambush.

The other two nominations are: Best Supporting Actress: Melody Madarasz for “Crimes of the Heart”; and Best Puppet Appearance for “Carnival.”

The17th Annual IRNE Awards will be held at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts on April 29. The pre-ceremony reception begins at 7 p.m. and the awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.. All events are open to the public – no tickets required.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Vietnam War veteran David Winslow Bowman. Born May 16, 1937, he was the son of John and Clara (Peterson) Bowman, and the brother of John, William and Marcia.

An infantry unit commander, the captain entered the U.S. Army on June 27, 1962, and served with the Viet Dong Quan Advisory Team 44, Military Assistance Command Vietnam.

“For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, while serving as assistant advisor to the 44th Ranger Battalion, whose mission was to assist an armored troop which was being attacked by a well dug-in Viet Cong Battalion. Capt. Bowman’s extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action earned him the Distinguished Service Cross (posthumously).”

Capt. Bowman also received the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Viet Nam Service Medal with one bronze star, the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, and the U.S. Military Assistance Command Insignia.

He was killed in action in the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on April 6, 1965. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 35, Site 951, and is remembered on the Vietnam Memorial, Panel 01E, Line 101.

In perpetual memory of Capt. Bowman, the city of Gloucester dedicated and named the square located at Washington and Reynard streets, David W. Bowman Square.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his friends and classmates of the 1955 Gloucester High School graduating class.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.