Would you like to bid for an autographed Curt Schilling game jersey?
How about a personal dory tour with Gloucester's own "Survivor," longtime dory rower James "Jimmy T" Tarantino, or dinners at local restaurants?
Those are among the items that will be up for grabs tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Elks Lodge at Bass Rocks on Gloucester's Back Shore.
That's where the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association is carrying out what leaders have planed as the nonprofit group's last major fundraiser for the GFAA and Gloucester's $3.5 million "Newell Renewal" stadium project.
Not all of the items are pegged to sports; the auction list includes a number of works by local artists, including a "Greenhead" painting.
Tickets are priced at $20 in advance, available at Destino's, Palazola's Sporting Goods, Cape Ann Savings, Jeff's Variety and Christine's Variety, and are $25 at the door.
The GFAA, which has led the private side of the joint public-private project fundraising, hopes to seek formal proposals from contractors to build the stadium in April, and award a bid later this spring.
Drawing on good 'Taste'
There were a lot of winners at Wednesday night's Taste of Cape Ann, where more than 300 people turned out to sample tastings from nearly two dozen local restaurants, catering services and other food and beverage providers hosted at Cruiseport Gloucester by the Gloucester Daily Times, its Taste of the Times section and Cape Ann magazine.
The real winners were The Open Door, and Cape Ann Animal Aid, which will share proceeds from the third annual event.
But a couple of diners fared better than their colleagues. The night include a drawing for three $50 gift certificates to Cruiseport's Seaport Grille, with Karen Pischke, John Nicastro and Donna Caselden taking home those prizes.
Talking dories and rum
Gloucester author Ron Gilson will give a talk in Essex next week. Gilson, who grew up on Gloucester's waterfront, said his presentation will come from a chapter in his book relating his experiences going out on the last American dory fishing schooner, the Adventure, at age 17.
Gilson, author of "An Island No More," will speak Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum's Waterline Center.
Born into a Gloucester working-class family in the depths of the Great Depression, he was raised in Ward 2's Dog Hill neighborhood, and later operated the harbor's only freshwater boat, learning the ways of the waterfront, from the bottom up.
Gilson's book relates many personal experiences on the city's waterfront, including the relevance of many mariners favorite spirits. In that vein, the event will include rum tasting presented by Gloucester-based Ryan & Wood Distilleries.
Admission is $10, and tickets available at the door or in advance at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum's website at www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.
Silent movie, music at St. John's
The St. John's Music Guild hosts the return of Peter Krasinski playing the organ at St. John's Church. His performance will accompany the 1927 silent film "Underworld," billed as the first "modern gangster movie," at 7 tonight.
Suggested donations at the door are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; call 978-283-1708 x2 to reserve tickets.
Doors open at 6 p.m., with complimentary popcorn to be served. The church is located at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester and the parking lot is at 33 Washington St.
This is Krasinki's ninth performance accompanying silent films. He has provided musical art for silent films around the world, and, in 2002, he won the national Improvisation Competition for the American Guild of Organists.
The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of Korean War veteran Frederick Ellard Stanton.
Born March 26, 1928, he entered the U.S. Army in 1948.
The corporal served with the 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. His military occupation specialty was infantry.
He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korean War Service Medal.
Stanton was killed in action on Feb. 15, 1951, while fighting the enemy near Taegu, Korea. He was 22 years old.
He was the son of Ellard Reginald and Marguerite F. (Essbury) Stanton.
He is buried in the family lot in Beechbrook Cemetery.
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.