Cape Ann Community Calendar


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Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg, Jr. to receive Edgar B. Caffrey Award

Tribute to a career dedicated to maritime heritage; ceremony on August 24, 2019

Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Sr. (1909–1988) and Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. (b. 1944), Model of 1902 Mackerel Seiner Schooner Benjamin W. Latham, with Seine Boat, Cape Ann Museum, Gift of Earl Felton Harris, 1998 (1998.6)

The Cape Ann Museum’s esteemed Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., who for many years worked as a shipmodel maker on Cape Ann, will be receiving the Edgar B. Caffrey Award during the 37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 24-25, 2019 at the Hawthorne Marina in Salem, Mass.  The award will be conferred on Saturday August 24 at 11am. 

Ronnberg, the son of a Swedish-born Master Mariner who arrived in America in 1939, grew up in a household where he and his father would make shipmodels together.  After graduating with a degree in biology, Ronnberg decided to pursue a career in model making, firstly as an apprentice at the Newark Museum and then as an Assistant Curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  Today Ronnberg’s models are in many private collections and Museums including the Smithsonian Institution, MIT Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum and the Cape Ann Museum.

A model (above) made by Ronnberg together with his father is currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum as part the Museum’s recently opened “Homer at the Beach” exhibition which features 51 works by original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The exhibition is the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The Cape Ann Museum will be the sole venue for this exhibition, which includes loans from some 50 public and private collections.

Following a decline in the shipmodel market in 2014, Ronnberg joined the Cape Ann Museum as Maritime Curator and has carried out extensive research about the Museum’s Fishing and Maritime industry collections.  Ronnberg’s deep maritime knowledge was instrumental most recently in preparations for the “Homer at the Beach” exhibition, and his research and writings were integral to the Museum’s creation of an online catalogue raisonne of the works by Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), a Gloucester born artist who is today known as America’s preeminent marine artist of the mid-19th century. 

“We applaud Erik for this award in recognition of his lifelong passion and deep maritime knowledge,” said Oliver Barker as Director of the Cape Ann Museum. “This is a wonderful accolade for Erik who is one of the most highly regarding model makers in the country” said Barker.

Gloucester Schooner Fest is Around the Corner! Volunteers Needed!

Schooners docked at the 2018 festival

Well known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the 35th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester, held August 30th-September 2nd, 2019.

photo by Arlene Taliadoros
Schooners during the Parade Sail at Schooner Fest

Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.

A spectacular highlight of the Gloucester Schooner Festival is the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning, as the participating schooners make their way through the harbor and out past the breakwater, to the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point.

The Harriet Webster Pier during last year’s festival

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival! If you would like to be part of Maritime History with us, email Kelly at kopris@maritimegloucester.org

Sponsors for this year’s festival include Gloucester 400, Sawyer Free Library, Discover Gloucester, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, and Building Center. To learn more about the festival and it’s sponsors, visit @GloucesterSchoonerFestival on Facebook, or https://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/ .

O’Maley Free Performance Friday

Please Join Us For Our

 End of Summer Celebration of Learning 

When: Friday August 16th, 2019

Where: O’Maley Innovation Middle School Auditorium and Gym

When: 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM

*Performing Arts Musical Review to start right at 12:00*

Light Food and Beverages will be served

This is a FREE Event

Help us celebrate the end of our summer programming!

…and sign up for O’Maley Academy Fall Programs!

Special thanks to the Open Door Food Pantry, Children’s Family and Friend, The WellSpring House, And The Massachusetts Migrant Education Program for their support of this event

The Great Rowing Adventure

Join us for the Great Rowing Adventure- the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop. Then to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From the Joppa Flats, we will wend our way through the marsh and creeks ending the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we will camp for the night.

Next morning,  we will get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay stopping for lunch along the way. By afternoon we will be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the Essex River to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum to learn about the 350 year tradition of shipbuilding in Essex. The finale of the trip is a dinner at a local Essex restaurant.

For more information visit: https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/museum-store/great-rowing-adventure