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Ward 1 Community Meeting June 17

On Monday, June 17, Ward 1 City Councilor Scott Memhard will host a Ward 1 Community Meeting and update on the East Gloucester Elementary School building project from 6 to 8 p.m., at Gloucester City Hall’s Kyrouz Auditorium. The agenda will include a presentation and Q&A with members of the Gloucester School Committee, the EGS School Building Committee, and our EGS designer/project manager Dore & Whittier Architects. Time allowing, any other community concerns or matters of Ward 1 interest may also be raised & discussed. The EGS Building Committee will meet the week before at Blackburn Center School offices on Thursday, June 13th at 5 pm.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  Current background on the project is available at:

League of Women Voters

All are welcome to join the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann when the group meets Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the Rockport Police station, 168 Main St. in Rockport. The league is a nonpartisan group of women and men who work to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in government. Visit or call Judith Bly at 978-865-3869.

CAM’s Captain’s Bash fundraiser

Cape Ann Museum will hold its annual gala fundraising bash, “The Captain’s Party” on Saturday, June 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, with festive music, sumptuous fare, and creative cocktails. All proceeds support the museum’s educational programs, exhibitions and community collaborations. The party annually honors Captain Elias Davis (1758-1821), who built the three-story Federalist-style home in 1804, the Captain Elias Davis House, now part of the museum. Following the Revolutionary War, he commanded commercial maritime ships in the Caribbean. Individual tickets are $150 at Eventbrite. For details, visit or call 978-283-0455 ext. 10.

GHS Class of 1963 Reunion July 14

Gloucester High School Class of 1963 will hold its annual reunion-BBQ, on Sunday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Stage Fort Park, across from the Cupboard. Bring your own food and beverage; a cook and grill will be on hand. For more details call Bob Whynott at 978-283-8230 or Rick Gonsalves at 351-444-8506.

GHS Class of ‘59 Reunion July 27

Gloucester High School Class of 1959 will hold its 60th reunion on July 27, at the Gloucester House Restaurant, from 4:40 to 8:30 p.m. with cocktail hour, dinner buffet, and a DJ. — Mailings have been sent out, but some have been returned. If you did not receive a mailing or know someone out of the area who would like to have the information, please let us know. Returned mailings include: Stanley Gleason, Warren Rhoades, Doug Dukette, Jane Tarr Bonomi, Peter Bearse, Deborah Gregory Smith, Nick Kopaonan, WIlliam Lamb, and Harriet Brown. Contacts for the reunion are: Gerri Kippen, email:, or 978-491-1781. And Id Doane, email:, or 508-878-5832.

Kindness Project benefit

The Kindness Project Inc., a local initiative to celebrate and promote acts of kindness in community, will hold a fundraiser at Jalapenos Authentic Mexican Restaurant, 86 Main St., on Wednesday, June 26, from 4:30 p.m. to closing. Jalapenos will donate a portion of all orders placed — both dine-in and take-out. Reservations are recommended. Call 978-281-3680. For more information on The Kindness Project visit on Facebook@TheKindnessProjectCA or email questions to

Aquarium Summer passes

The Sawyer Free Library has received summer passes for the New England Aquarium, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Generally, the library only offers passes from September to June. But these special summer passes, which allows for a 50% discount on admission, are dated for the months of July and August. The passes and can be found on the “Reserve a Pass” link on the library’s website.

Skeptics in the Pub

On Tuesday, June 18, Skeptics in the Pub will have a program on “The Paradox of Choice.” Psychologist Barry Schwartz will run a TED-style talk, followed by discussion. Psychologists David Myers and Robert Lane independently conclude that the current abundance of choice often leads to depression and feelings of loneliness. Opinions welcome on these conclusions. Meet at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:45 p.m., at Pilot House Restaurant and Bar, 3 Porter St., next to the Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Saint Peter’s Novena

The Annual Nine Day Novena to Saint Peter begins Monday, June 17, and runs through Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall. During this beautiful annual tradition, offer prayers, petitions, and songs for the intercession of Saint Peter, Patron of Fishermen. For more information, contact Joe Novello at 978-283-4367. All are welcome.

Saint Peter’s Fiesta and procession

Fiesta trailers for floats are available for the 2019 Saint Peter’s Fiesta taking place Wednesday, June 26, through Sunday, June 30. Trailers are available for individuals, families and groups who wish to participate with a religious themed float in the 92nd annual procession following the celebration of the outdoor Mass of St. Peter on June 30 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square. A stipend is offered to help purchase flowers to decorate floats. For more information, or to reserve a float trailer, call Rose Aiello at 978-283-1664.

Curator’s Preview: ‘Homer on the Beach’

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will host a preview of Cape Ann Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Homer on the Beach,” with curator Bill Cross on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880” is a major show with some 50 original works by Homer, and some 45 contextualizing objects, ranging from historic photographs to period fashions. Curated by Cross, the exhibition will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter and the museum is its sole venue. All are welcome to this free presentation at the Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. For more information, visit

Young Playwrights Workshop

A new play writing class for young people is underway at Gloucester Stage. A professional training program for ages 9 to 19 designed to introduce or cultivate a passion for storytelling through a multi-draft process with input from professional playwright Deirdre Girard, The Young Playwrights Workshop runs Saturdays through June 22. Class size is limited. Students will learn the theme for the 2019 Gloucester Stage Young Playwrights Festival prior to the general public and have early access to submit their 10-minute play before the general public. The Young Playwrights Festival will be held on Sept. 17, and selected plays will be performed in staged readings by youth acting workshop students and professional actors. For information and registration, visit or call Heidi Dallin at 978-283-6688.

GHS ’49 Summer Reunion

All members of Gloucester High School’s Class of 1949 interested in gathering for a reunion luncheon in late July should call Bill Reilly ASAP at 978-283-3527, or 978-290-8097 so planning can commence.

Welcoming Center volunteers

Love Gloucester? The Stage Fort Park Welcoming Center is looking for people who know the city and want to welcome the world to it. It’s more fun than work. Those who can give three hours per week, Friday-Sunday, now through Columbus Day, should contact Carol Mondello 978-281-8865 or

A ‘life in pieces’

The Cape Ann Museum presents “My Life in Pieces: Painting with Stuff,” the first public exhibition of Rockport mixed media artist Stephanie Cole’s sculptural and eclectic collection. A Connecticut native, Cole studied at California College of Arts and Crafts and later at the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford. In the mid-1960s, she and her husband settled in Rockport where Cole taught art in the Rockport Elementary School and her work evolved into intricate multimedia mosaics she called “memory sculptures.” The works are view through July 7.

Gloucester400 design competition

Organizers of Gloucester’s 400th anniversary celebration are holding an international commemorative medal design competition open to amateur and professional designers. Commemorative medals are a time-honored part of Gloucester’s historic celebrations. The competition is accepting entries for Phase I. Designers must upload their original sketches to by Aug. 31, after which three semifinalists will be selected and receive a cash award of $3,000. In Phase II, the semifinalists’ designs, submitted as three-dimensional plaster models, closes on Dec. 1. The final winner will be announced in February 2020. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and his or her initials will appear on the final medal. See complete guidelines at