At the July 14 meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, Phil Orbanes will reveal some indecorous truths about a dozen famous stars and their lifestyles, from Aldebaran to Sol, from the intemperate “live fast and die young” crowd to the more introspective and generally cool-headed class M red dwarves, whom, for example, you would be less likely to meet in a bar.
In a colorful presentation, and with a wink and a nod, Phil will let us know the ways in which astronomy’s HR diagram of stellar life cycles can be explained by the sidewalk outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and which star would show up where, from Barnard’s Star to the Dog Star.
Phil takes as his point of departure a passage from GAACster Bill Waller’s The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide, where we learn that “[like] snowflakes — and people — each and every star has its own distinct appearance and behavior.”
Beginning from this simple premise, Phil paints a fascinating picture of the lives of an even dozen of the most famous stars, from nearby Proxima Centauri to distant, and decidedly less well-behaved, Sirius. We’ll even see that Hollywood and Gemini are not all that different: like Lassie, Castor is really a half-dozen stars.
This meeting will be a lot of fun. And like most GAAC meetings, you’ll leave knowing something really interesting that you didn’t know when you arrived. July 14, 8:00 – 9:30 pm, Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street.
The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of the month at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. More information on the club can be had on their website, http://gaac.us, the club Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/gaacpage, and on twitter, @GAACster.
Gloucester’s Summer Block Parties have become a Cape Ann Classic, and the Cape Ann Chamber is excited to be presenting three Block Parties this summer in partnership with the City of Gloucester. The first one will be Saturday, July 15. From 6 PM 10 PM on Main Street, party-goers will enjoy al fresco dining, live outdoor entertainment, free children’s activities, and street performers for a fun night on the town. The Block Parties offer local shopping, food and non-stop fun. We hope to see you there!
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GLOUCESTER, MA –The Sargent House Museum is currently hosting eighteenth-century inspired fashion. Created for The Folklore Theatre Company’s 2015 production of “The Medium, or Virtue Triumphant” the four outfits on exhibit at the historic home are based on patterns for dresses and suits popular between 1780-1805.
Judith Sargent Murray lived in the Sargent House between 1782-1793. She wrote plays including “The Medium, or Virtue Triumphant,” one novel, and a breadth of essays, poems, and letters. She was the first American playwright to have her work produced in Boston. A leading advocate of women’s rights, Sargent Murray deeply valued education, representation in government, and the right to work. Her pieces often focused on these issues. She enjoyed a celebrated reputation as a notable author, devoted Universalist, and friend of prominent figures such as John and Abigail Adams. The Sargent House Museum hosts remarkable examples of early American furnishings, artifacts owned by the Sargent family, and an incredible art collection including pieces by Fitz Henry Lane and John Singer Sargent. The costumes on display range from an everyday dress, to an evening gown and a wealthy man’s formal suit. These costumes were designed by Christine Curtis, Costume Designer. Through extensive research and amazing attention to detail, Curtis created these outfits worn by the actors in Henry Allen’s 2015 production. Representative of the fashions Sargent Murray would have encountered, the dresses and suit on loan from The Folklore Theatre Company will be on display this summer.
Tour the Sargent House Museum to learn more about Judith Sargent Murray’s enduring legacy and see these incredible pieces. The museum is located at 49 Middle Street in Gloucester and open to the public every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tours are offered on the hour. While you’re there browse the free exhibit “’Forever Endeared:’ 100 Years at the Sargent House Museum.” Visit sargenthouse.org to learn more.
YOU WON’T FIND ANY MARBLE COLUMNS OR SPACIOUS GARDENS ON THIS GARDEN TOUR!
Join us on July 15th for Backyard Growers’ first-ever, self-guided, INCREDIBLE EDIBLE GARDEN TOUR fundraising event!
Where: Backyard, community, and school gardens in Downtown and East Gloucester
When: July 15th 10am-2pm (Rain date 7/16)
Tickets: $15 per person; FREE for children
Purchase Tickets Here or by calling 978-281-0480 or by visiting us at 271 Main Street
This is your chance to see how Gloucester folks are squeezing vegetable gardens into small spaces to grow some of their own food. You will visit backyard, community, and school gardens plus a few special guest gardens where you can learn about chickens and bees! Chat with gardeners and learn a few gardening tricks as you leisurely make your way to the different garden sites. Don’t miss this behind-the-scenes look at urban gardening in Gloucester! Receive the exclusive garden tour map with your ticket purchase!