While many Main Street businesses are celebrating Downtown Sidewalk Days, which wraps up its three-day run today, one of the nonprofits participating in the sidewalk celebration has something extra to celebrate.
The Cape Ann Art Haven, which provides a variety of art programs and projects, is also marking its first birthday after opening last summer and expanding through a number of new programs in recent months — notably the opening of a "community darkroom" for photography classes that, among other things, features the circular revolving darkroom door that, for decades, had been at the Times.
The Art Haven, headed by director Dawn Gadow and president David Brooks, is based at 180B Main St. — just outside the Main Street that is shut down to vehicular traffic for Downtown Block Parties and this week's Sidewalk Days, which began Thursday as the latest chapter in the event previously known as the Sidewalk Bazaar. But that hasn't curbed the Haven from participating in all of those events, with a presentation of exhibits in both.
Art Haven also hosted a special birthday celebration last night.
Magnolia Art Festival
Speaking of art, the work of Thomas Marcotti was judged Best in Show to highlight the 32nd Art Festival held at the Magnolia Library Center.
Marcotti also won a top prize in the oil/acrylic category, while Richard Seeley received both a top prize and an honorable mention for his photography.
The judges' results are as follows:
Best in Show — Thomas Marcotti
Oil/Acrylic: First — Susan B. Field; Second ¬— Olga Gernovski; and Honorable Mention — Andrea Maglio-Macullar
Watercolor: First — Joyce Wood; Second — Jeannette Corbett; and Honorable Mention — Ken Foubert
Photography: First — Judith Monteferrante; Second — Tom Robinson-Cox; and Honorable Mention — Richard Seeley
Sculpture: First — Scott Mulcahey; Second — Linda York-Robbins; and Honorable Mention — Rachel Somers
Mixed Media: First — Jacoba Niepoort; Second — Judy Robinson-Cox; and Honorable Mention — Eve Perkins
The People's Choice Awards results are as follows:
Best in Show — Scott Mulcahey
Oil/Acrylic — Thomas Marcotti
Watercolor — Ken Foubert
Mixed Media — Judith Robinson-Cox
Sculpture — Linda York-Robbins
Photography — Richard Seeley
'Deadliest Catch' connection
The cross-country connection between America's oldest seaport and the crab fishing "Deadliest Catch" fishing captains of Alaska zooms into focus again Monday night with a Gloucester Little League fund-raiser featuring the boat Time Bandit's Capt. Andy Hillstrand at The Gloucester House.
The event is being coordinated by Kristin Michel and Jamie Marshall, who drew other Alaska captains into a fund-raising project last year for the Plum Cove School. The Deadliest Catch captains had been here last year to film an episode of the popular Discover Channel series with a quartet of fishing captains from Gloucester.
This year's project is designed to raise funds to refurbish fields, rebuild concession stands and update playing equipment.
Tickets for the benefit are priced at $15 each and can be purchased at Jeff's Variety on Eastern Avenue. The program will include a number of prizes, including Red Sox tickets, autographed items, gift certificates and more.
Anyone seeking more information on the event may find the organizers' flier online at www.gloucesterlittleleague.com.
The flag at the Veterans' Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Augustine J. "Gus" Piscitello. Born Aug. 3, 1920, he entered the U.S. Navy on Oct. 16, 1942. The coxswain served with the attack transport ship the USS Montour (APA-101) in the Pacific Theater.
Piscitello was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Medal, the Amphibious Insignia, the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon, and the Commendation Ribbon.
He was discharged Jan. 29, 1946, and died Jan. 16, 2008.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his children, Sal, Rosalie, Joanne and Vito and their families. Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans' Services at 978-281-9740.