GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

October 6, 2012

Honoree: I went to get fired, and came out a designer

Essex shipbuilder Harold Burnham was honored by the National Endowment of the Arts with a National Heritage Fellowship on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

Burnham sailed the pinky schooner Ardelle to accept the prestigious $25,000 award, he was given for his work in continuing the tradition of constructing wooden schooners.

In an interview with Nick Spitzer of the radio show “American Routes,” upon accepting his award, Burnham told the story of how he began designing vessels.

“When I got hired to build a boat, I wound up going to the owner, telling him I didn’t think much of his design,” Burnham said. “He told me, ‘You know, architects and engineers and captains thought it was great.’ He said, ‘You think it’s terrible.’ I said, yeah. He said, ‘Build me anything you want.’ I had gone in to get fired and came out a designer.”

Show your stuff

Essex and Manchester residents will have a chance to sparkle during the Night of Stars talent show Nov. 4 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The Manchester Essex Regional School District is not only looking for students but town residents, too, who are interested in performing.

No matter what your talent, just email Nancy Garvey at nightofstarsme@gmail.com to schedule an audition today from 10 a.m. to noon or Thursday, Oct. 11, for 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The talent show, a fundraiser for the schools, will be held at the Manchester Essex High and Middle School auditorium.

Lions seek members

The Essex Lion Club, seeking new members, will host an informational session Wednesday at the Windward Grille, beginning at 7 p.m.

Members will show the work Lions do for the town and explain how attendees can participate. Appetizers will be served at the event and a cash bar will be open.

Mark Lynch, president of the club, is available to answer questions about the session and the Lions at info@essexmalions.com or 978-768-7338.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing