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.

This Weekend Renaissance Music Returns!


The Penniless Jacks, Harper & Minstrel and the Ladies of Integrity, Aristocracy, Repute and Society (L.I.A.R.S) join us on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th for two full days of medieval, Renaissance and Celtic music. During the special program, the three groups will rotate around the museum and offer multiple 30 minute performances at the Drawbridge, Great Hall, Seaside Lawn and Dining Room. Guest may enjoy self-guided tours throughout the day.

General parking for this event will not occur on premise. Please note – Free Parking will be hosted at the Gloucester High School and there will be a free shuttle running between the high school and the Museum from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on both days. Handicapped parking will be offered on-site. Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, all performances will be moved to the interior of the Museum.

Tickets at: https://bit.ly/3A1eKaj

Main Street Block Party This Saturday!

Are you ready for a fun night for all ages? The 2nd of our three popular summer 2022 block party events that celebrate all that downtown Gloucester has to offer is on this Saturday, August 13, from 6 PM to 10 PM. Guests enjoy live music on three separate stages, street performers (featuring Kilted Colin, Cape Ann Dance, Stiles School of Scottish Dance, Picasso’s Balloonatik, and Captain Jack), Al fresco dining, food trucks, vendors, face painting, non-profits, Cape Ann Vernal Pond with featured creatures, games, and more! We will see you there!

Long Bright River: Author Talk with Liz Moore

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to offer an author talk with New York Times Bestselling author Liz Moore as she discusses her international bestseller, Long Bright River, and her other works

The virtual event will take place on Tuesday, August 9 from 9:00 to 10:00pm. Register here to receive the zoom link.

The novel takes place in Philadelphia, where Moore has lived for a decade. She traces the story of two sisters estranged from each other but bonded by their choices. Mickey is a cop, and Kacey lives on the streets in the vice of addiction. When Kacey disappears, Mickey panics over her sister’s safety—obsessed with finding the culprit and her sister before it’s too late.

Drawing on deeply personal volunteer work, Liz Moore spins a story that is both graphically honest and dignified. Long Bright River puts a very human face on the effect that addiction can have on generations of families and communities. 

About the Author

Liz Moore is the author of four novels, a winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, and she teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Temple University.

To learn more about the Library’s upcoming author talks brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium click HERE.

Next up in August:

The Beauty in Breaking: Author Talk with Michele Harper 
Michele Harper – NYT Bestselling Author and NYT Notable Book
August 22nd at 9:00 PM EDT  See More and Register

Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger and Multiply Your Impact – Author Talk with Liz Wiseman 
New York Times Best Selling Author – Liz Wiseman
August 25th at 12:00 PM EDT See More and Register

You’re invited to the Great Gloucester GrowDown

Join Backyard Growers and our awesome community at the 7th Annual Great Gloucester GrowDown. All proceeds from this blow-out fundraiser support our work cultivating healthy, connected, resilient communities by empowering people to grow their own food. Plus, this celebration will take place in-person for the first time since 2019!

📅 Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 6:30pm

📍 Short & Main, 36 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

We’ll be toasting another successful growing season in our communities with farm-fresh drinks and nibbles provided local favorite Short & Main from ingredients grown by some of our favorite North Shore farms. The event will feature entertainment, a live video premiere and fund-a-need auction. We hope you’ll join us!

THANK YOU for making an impact. Our work is your work, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Festival by the Sea is August 6 from 10 am to 6 pm

Join us in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea on Saturday, August 6th from 10 am to 6 pm for shopping, music, food, and drink. Over 80 talented artisans will be showing and selling their unique creations in Masconomo Park, Reed Park and Town Hall Park. Enjoy food by the LobsterRoller, Crepe du Jour, Rev Kitchen and The Whoo(pie) Wagon, and beer from Great Marsh Brewery. For a full list of artisans, visit the Greater Cape Ann Chamber website.

Musical guests at the Masconomo Park Bandstand

  • 11:00-12:30 PM – Pete Hoare with Geoff Small (Rock / Classic Rock / Folk)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM – Charlie Weld  (Singer / Songwriter)
  • 1:45-3:15 PM –  Presti Players (Blues / Reggae/ Funk)   
  • 3:30-5:30 PM – The Jantelles (Juke Box hits / Oldies)

Follow the Festival by the Sea Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening!

Pet Food Drive THIS SUNDAY 8/7

A pet food drive organized by PAWsitive Pantry this weekend will collect cat and dog food to benefit The Open Door and Cape Ann Animal Aid.

Help us stock our shelves so that we have the food people need for their pets! Dogs and cats are part of the family, so lets make sure everyone gets the meals they need.

Donations will be accepted Sunday August 7 at the Shaws on Eastern Ave. in Gloucester from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank you!

SAWYER FREE LIBRARY WILL MAKE THE MOVE TO MAIN STREET THIS FALL 

The Sawyer Free Library (SFL) is pleased to share that it has selected a temporary location for the Library during the upcoming renovation and expansion project. The construction project, which involves a renovation of the Library’s 1976 main building at 2 Dale Avenue and an addition of 15,000-square-feet, is expected to begin in early 2023 and take approximately eighteen months.

The Library’s Board of Trustees secured a multi-year lease for 21 Main Street in downtown Gloucester, the former space of Cape Ann Cinema and Stage. The SFL plans to move to its new temporary location this fall. 

“When 21 Main Street was proposed as an option for the temporary Sawyer Free Library, we jumped at the opportunity,” said Mern SibleyPresident of the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library’s Board of Trustees. “Located downtown, just a few blocks from our current location, it has the space and the requirements our dedicated library staff need in order to continue serving our community’s diverse cultural, educational, and informational needs and interests.”

“The commercial real estate market is very tight in Gloucester with few available properties,” continued Sibley. “We feel fortunate to have secured a space that meets our specifications with only minor modifications needed. This temporary space presented itself at the right time, and it is one that we believe will serve the community best during this exciting and historic time for the Sawyer Free Library.”

In its new temporary home, the Sawyer Free Library will offer select in-person services, curbside services, outreach programming, and an enhanced level of online services. The approximately 3,600 sq. ft. at 21 Main Street will accommodate library services for both children and adults, as well as the Library’s local history research resources and Wellspring House’s client intake center. The space will have public computers, Wi-Fi access and study tables. The size of the space limits the quantity of materials onsite.  However, through the hold system, cardholders have access to thousands of titles and resources from storage in Saunders House and other NOBLE libraries.

The Library’s hours will remain the same, open six days a week, with the familiar faces of the Sawyer Free Library’s staff available to assist the public. The centrally located space on Main Street is handicap accessible and offers ample parking in the nearby city lot. 

SFL will continue to offer a robust schedule of programs for residents of all ages throughout the community and is looking at off-site locations in Gloucester’s public schools, preschools, community centers, municipal spaces, local cultural institutions, parks, and other outdoor spaces. It will also work with its many community partners to host collaborative programming.  In addition, the Library will continue to utilize and enhance its remote and online virtual programs.

“Community residents have come to expect a wide range of educational and informational services and programs from our library, and we intend on continuing to deliver on that promise,” said Library Director Jenny Benedict. “Our dedicated Sawyer Free Library staff is committed to making this temporary transition smooth for all. We are excited to share our expertise in new and creative ways. Our talented librarians, resources, and services that Gloucester looks to and relies on will continue to be there for them, whether it be in person in our temporary space, out in the community, or online. We are beyond excited for the 2025 Sawyer Free Library and all it will mean for our community.”

SFL will be working with a relocation service to facilitate the upcoming move of library collections, furnishings and equipment to the temporary location. The Saunders House will be used for library staff office space and onsite storage during the construction.  The exact dates and the specifics of the move will be forthcoming.

“In order for the 2025 Sawyer Free Library project to move forward on schedule, it’s imperative that the current Library is available to the construction company as soon as the project and financial approvals are in place,” said Sibley. “There is also an urgency to relocate before the winter in order to move the public and our collections and equipment into a safe space where they are no longer at risk due to the deteriorating conditions of the current building.”

When doors open at the 2025 Sawyer Free Library, the building will exemplify what a 21st-century public library can and should be in terms of architecture, sustainability, accessibility, use of natural resources and light, wayfinding, lines of sight, air quality, and public safety. The modernized and expanded Library will double in size with the addition. It will boast new community spaces, including a 110-seat community room with state-of-the-art science presentation technology, a dedicated room for teens, and a digital maker space with a film production suite and a sound recording studio. Additional features will include a Library History Center, a quiet Reading Room, and a 16-seat Conference Room.

The Sawyer Free Library recently announced the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners approval of the funding for a $9 million provisional construction grant toward the estimated $28 million historic project. In October, the Gloucester City Council is expected to vote on the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library’s request for a city loan to provide the financing for the project and allow the City to access the state grant. Gloucester’s public library is owned by the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, a nonprofit corporation, which will repay the loan through grants, corporate and individual donations. 

The Sawyer Free 2025 fundraising campaign is underway, with several large corporate gifts committed, the campaign continues to gain traction and is attracting donations both big and small. Sawyer Free 2025 continues to seek funding through individual and corporate donors, federal, state, and municipal government grants, and nonprofit foundations. The public is encouraged to learn more about the project by visiting sawyerfree2025.org.

 Artist rendering of the view from the northwest corner on Dale Avenue of the Sawyer Free 2025. Rendering by Oudens Ello Architecture provided by Sawyer Free Library 



Festival by the Sea 2022

For a list of artisans, vendors, food trucks, and featured brewery, visit the Greater Cape Ann Chamber website.

Musical guests at the Masconomo Park Bandstand

  • 11:00-12:30 PM – Pete Hoare with Geoff Small (Rock / Classic Rock / Folk)
  • 12:30-1:30 PM – Charlie Weld  (Singer / Songwriter)
  • 1:45-3:15 PM –  Presti Players (Blues / Reggae/ Funk)   
  • 3:30-5:30 PM – The Jantelles (Juke Box hits / Oldies)

Follow the Festival by the Sea Facebook page to keep up to date with what is happening!