Gloucester’s popular musical Docksiders, who’ve recently made trips to Hawaii and then to Disneyland Paris, are gearing up to hit the road again — this time by sea.
The Docksiders, Gloucester High School’s acclaimed concert pops band, has accepted an invitation from Carnival Cruise Lines to be the featured entertainment on the Carnival Cruise ship “Victory” during the school’s April vacation.
“We will have several performances while on board during the week,” said David Adams, the band’s and the school’s music director and the Docksiders’ longtime driving force.
This will be the sixth time the band has represented the community outside Cape Ann — not including several trips to Boston.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” Adams said proudly. “We are not on board with other bands and this is not a competition. We are entertainers.”
With an toward that trip, the Docksiders will also be hosting a major fund-raiser in the form of a wine tasting event, set for Nov. 9 at The Gloucester House.
In the meantime, the band will also be playing at the Topsfield Fair today at 5 p.m. on the Trianon Stage, and will present the Cape Ann Food Pantry next Saturday at 7 p.m. in the GHS auditorium.
All proceeds will go toward support of the food pantry.
A Cape Ann lobsterman is among those being featured in a calendar spotlighting the lobstering industry in honor of today’s recognition of Massachusetts Lobster Day.
While Gov. Deval Patrick issued the formal declaration marking Lobster Day, a number of industry groups, including the Massachusetts Lobster Association, the Maine Lobster Association and the Lobster Council of Canada, have sponsored production of a 2014 Heroes of the Sea calendar.
And one of those featured is Capt. Ryan Drohan of the Kathryn Rose, based out of Rockport.
The calendar is available through the website heroesofthesea.com. Money raised by the calendar goes to support those associations, and other sponsoring industry and advocacy groups such as the Atlantic Lobster Sustainability Association, the Lobster Institute and the Lobster Academy.
Global film results
The Cape Ann results of the global film event, the Manhattan Short Film festival, which had screenings at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center and at Cape Ann Community Cinema in Gloucester, are in.
And audiences at both local venues voted “
Pale of Settlement” as their favorite film of the 10 finalists.
The global winner was “Kizmet Diner,” a British entry, which was ranked No. 2 by the Rockport audience and No. 3 for the Gloucester audience, according to the film festival vote totals. Both venues voted Reece Noi as best actor.
“Kizmet Diner” was the global winner. The short film was about “a shy young diner waitress who entertains her patrons with her beautiful singing voice. One handsome patron appears oblivious to her music, much to her consternation. A light bulb moment and realisation allow her to sing her way into his heart.”
“Pale of Settlement,” the Cape Ann winner, was a U.S. film entry, which was based on true events, about a 10-year-old Jewish boy who escapes conscription into the Russian Army during the Crimean War.
Applications are still being accepted by the Gloucester Cultural Council for its 2014 Local Cultural Council grants.
The council makes awards to individuals and community organizations for projects in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, and applications are available at the front desk of the Sawyer Free Library and on line at the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s web site (www.mass-culture.org).
Completed applications in triplicate must be returned to the main desk of the library by Tuesday, Oct. 15, or mailed to the Gloucester Cultural Council (P.O.Box 176 Gloucester MA 01931) postmarked no later than Oct. 15 as well.
Instructions are available with the applications. For application and grant questions contact Martin Ray (978-283-4585), Thomas Hauck (978-282-3910) or Barbara Dyer (978-281-1210).
The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Anthony “Tony” Cruze Cecilio. Born March 1, 1926, he entered the U.S. Navy on Oct. 27, 1943.
The seaman first class served with the troop transport USS West Point (AP23), the Benson class destroyer USS Hobby (DD610), and the Fletcher class destroyer USS Little (DD803) on which he received two Battle Stars.
He served in the Battle of Iwo Jima, during the Okinawa invasion.
On May 3, 1945, Cecilio survived the kamikaze attacks of four suicide planes which sank the LIttle to her watery grave about 850 fathoms deep.
Cecilio was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Medal with two Battle Stars, the American Area Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He was discharged April 15, 1946, and died Oct. 15, 2006.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by Thelma Parks and family of Gloucester.
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.