GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 30, 2013

Talk of the Times: Library Friends launch new local scholarship

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — If you or someone in your family are a high school student headed for college, and you’ve frequented Gloucester Sawyer Free Library over the years, here’s a chance to think of what you’ve gained from that experience — and put it to good use.

On behalf of the Sawyer Free Library, the Friends of the Sawyer Free Library are establishing a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for this school year And those seeking to apply for it are being asked to submit a “short essay” of approximately 350 words on the meaning of The Sawyer Free Library in his or her life.

Beyond the essay, the criteria for scholarship eligibility is as follows — all applicants must be:

A Gloucester resident

Accepted at an institute of higher learning

Demonstrate need

Demonstrate academic achievement

Show involvement in community service.

Applications should be sent to: Friends of the Sawyer Free Library, care of Bonnie O’Neil, 162 Hesperus Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Gloucester poetry showcase

A variety of Gloucester residents, meanwhile, will be found at the library reading their favorite poems together next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library in observance of National Poetry Month, which takes place in April.

The Gloucester Lyceum invited a number of Cape Ann residents to select and read their favorite poem. Each participant reads their poem and briefly explains the reason behind their choice.

This year’s readers are: Willie Alexander (musician), Noreen Burke (Gloucester Health Director), Rufus Collinson (city poet laureate), Michele Harrison (attorney), Robert Jedrey (physician), Lara Lepionka (artist), Rabbi Stephen Lewis (Temple Ahavat Achim), Eileen Matz (active citizen and former library board member), Scott Memhard (Cape Pond Ice), Ruth Pino (real estate agent) and David Babson (attorney).

“Public poetry readings are an increasingly popular way to bring communities together and celebrate the beauty of this art form,” said Beth Pocock, a librarian at Sawyer Free Library. “This has become one of the Lyceum’s most popular events and has proven to be great fun for readers and audience alike.”

Premiere times for Symphony

First was world renowned pianist and artistic director of Rockport Music David Deveau who played in the “Late Romantic Masters” concert to a sold -ut audience at the symphony’s new home at Manchester-Essex High School auditorium. Deveau’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was followed by a five-minute standing ovation.

Later that afternoon, a 15-year-old piano prodigy, Kadar Qian, performed at the post-concert benefit reception at the Essex County Club where he played Liszt’s powerful “Mephisto Waltz” while the audience enjoyed a selection of hors d’ oeuvres. The attendees would not let Qian stop playing following his Liszt performance so he delighted the audience with an impromptu encore with a fast-moving piece by Debussy.

“I have never heard the symphony play better in the Rachmaninoff or in the Sibelius Symphony,” said David Stotzer, the president of Cape Ann Symphony who applauded Qian’s performance afterward. “The Essex County Club hosted a classy cocktail party, giving us the opportunity to socialize with our supporters and make some new friends. All in all — a great day for Cape Ann Symphony.”

Kudos for Studio Tour

The Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour has been rated near the top of the list in the second annual New England Travel Readers’s Choice Awards.

The list notes “eclectic events that celebrate everything from music and art to whoopie pies.” The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival took top billing, but the Cape Ann tour indeed came in second.

The Cape Ann Artisans are now celebrating their 30th year and are the focus of a current exhibition at the Cape Ann Musuem.

The Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour celebrates its 30th year in 2013: Dates are June 22-23 and October 12-14. In addition to viewing diverse creations and interacting with artists, visitors enjoy spectacular coastal views as they follow this tour through the picturesque and historic towns of Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.

Student art honors

Gloucester High School sophomore Jennifer Palazola, daughter of Maryjo Lamphier, won Best of School for her art work titled “Embedded by Nature” at the 6th Congressional District High School Art Competition.

The awards were presented earlier this month, by Congressman John Tierney at Montserrat College of Art’s 301 Gallery in Beverly.

Palazola’s teacher at Gloucester High is Lorrinda Cerrutti, who submitted her pieces to the competition, along with junior Rosie Margetson’s, daughter of Annie Margetson. There were 97 pieces of art submitted to this competition from 23 schools in the district and one home schooled student from Salem.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Clarence Everett Lane Jr. Born June 1, 1927, he entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 3, 1945.

A military policeman, the private served with the 796th Military Police Battalion in Austria.

Pvt. Lane was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was discharged Feb. 17, 1950, and died Dec. 23, 2010.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his wife, Marion Lane, and family.

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