Gloucester and Cape Ann have long been known for hosting a wide range fo music genres, from folk and pop to classical, jazz, reggae and crooners’ classics.
But next Friday night, Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim will be playing hosting to another — a live performance of “Kosher Gospel.”
That’s the term given to the music of Joshua Nelson, the acclaimed and innovative singer/songwriter who will be visiting to participate in services next Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. at the temple on Middle Street.
Nelson, an African-American and observant Jew whose traditional, Jewish family hails from the nation of Senegal, presents “Kosher-Gospel” as inspirational, rhythmic, and truly joyful music — a creative American amalgam of cultures. And he’ll be presenting his music at the Friday Sabbath service at the now year-old, rebuilt synagogue.
The event is free, and all faiths are welcome to attend, said David Wesson, the temple’s director of learning and programming.
Magnolia stripers’ tourney
There’s the Lanes Cove Bluefish tournament. Now make way for the Magnolia Lions Club’s Bill Rose Memorial Striped Bass, with a focus on “fishing for sight.”
The tournament, which offers a $300 first prize and a $125 second-place stipend, all for an entry fee of $20 per angler, is set for a week from today — Saturday, Aug. 4 — and based at the Magnolia Town Landing.
All stripers for the tournament must be caught between 5 a.m,. and 5 p.m, with weigh-ins at the landing from 5 and 6 p.m.
Fishermen may send a check for their entry fee to: James Fialho, 49 Magnolia Ave., Magnolia, MA 01930, or may call (978) 525-3753.
All of the proceeds raised through the tournament will be donated to eye research, according to Doug Shatford, one of the event organizers.
Good luck to all!
State House salute for lemonade queen
Little Bailee Militello, the six-year-old Gloucester girl whose Main Street lemonade stand raised $1,000 to aid a Gloucester family who lost their home in the July 9 Ashland Place fire, caught the attention of state Sen. Bruce Tarr.
Tarr will be recognizing Bailee for her lemonade stand and its sales before the State House on Aug. 9th at 11 a.m. in Suite 308, during an unofficial address, her proud mom, Brieana Militello, reports.
Caleigh’s birthday blood drive
The American Red Cross blood drive hosted Thursday by members of Caleigh Harrison’s family to mark the missing toddler’s third birthday Friday hit its goal.
Tim Washburn, the Red Cross’s regional director based out of Dedham, said Friday that the drive, hosted by Caleigh’s mother, Allison Hammond, and other family members at The Gloucester House netted some 62 units of blood — an “excellent” figure, he said, considering the event was pulled together in little more than a week.
Donors included Allison Hammond, her mother, Christine Hammond, and dozens of others. Allison Hammond said that she and her relatives wanted to honor Caleigh’s birthday with an event that would help others live.
“It was great. It was really nice to see the community pull together like that,” Washburn said Friday.
Local composer’s new ballet
A collaboration between a Gloucester composer and a South Carolina professor has resulted in a new compact disc, “New American Works for Trumpet,” on the Beauport Classical label.
The album features James Ackley, a trumpet professor at the University of South Carolina, performing with The Palmetto Camera, and a ballet by local resident Robert J. Bradshaw.
Bradshaw was commissioned to write the ballet “The Girl in White” to help raise awareness of the culture and musical traditions of Mexico. The work is inspired by Mexican folklore. It was the first ballet ever premiered at the International Trumpet Guild Conference. The Ipswich Moving Co. of Ipswich is rehearsing the work for DVD taping in August 2012.
Ackley’s CD also contains new works by Dick Goodwin and Greg Bartholomew. To listen to the CD, visit http://bit.ly/LQFM6Z
The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Kenneth William Cameron. Born Jan. 7, 1926, he entered the U.S. Army on May 10, 1944. The private first class served with Company B 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Cameron was awarded the World War II Victory Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars.
He was discharged May 9, 1946, and died Aug. 31, 1993.
The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veterans’ Services.
Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.