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March 2, 2013

Talk of the Times: Folklore troupe has a new home

Talk of the Times

Henry Allen and his traveling North Shore Folklore Theatre Company now have a new home.

Allen and his group have partnered with the Cape Ann YMCA and now have office, storage and shared rehearsal and classroom space in their Cape Ann YMCA Community Center next door to the main Y building at 65 Middle St.

He moved in earlier this week. He and his group are also now partnered with the North Shore YMCA Theatre Company.

“We have the same mission,” he said of the partnership with the Y.

Workshops and classes begin on Monday, while Allen also has four workshops on theatre-related activities with the Y (an acting program for kids ages 4-8, an afterschool acting program, stage combat and young playwrights workshops), and is continuing all the programs he has been doing all along — including the Conservatory program, the Family Table program, the 20/20 Vision Focus Group, and the Lost Boys Project mentoring program for young men.

“We’re back and stronger and better than ever,” said Allen, whose group was most recently headquarted at the former Cape Ann Theatre, or “The Annie.” The group’s performances will continue to be mobile.

For more information, visit, or check the Cape Ann YMCA website and brochure for information on the four workshops at

Rosanne Cash boosts Essex schooner

An historic 120-year-old schooner that was built in Essex and spent her early years in Gloucester, is in dire need of repairs.

And a well-known Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter will be performing at a New York City benefit to raise money for the restoration.

New York’s South Street Seaport Museum has announced a gala concert starring singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash to raise funds to restore the schooner Lettie G. Howard, with the gala event to be held Monday, April 8 at the New York Academy of Medicine on Fifth Avenue.

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