Chamber’s Annual Celebration & Cape Ann Divas Concert


Join us at the Shalin Liu for our Annual Celebration– the Welcoming of new President of the Board- Patricia Slade of the Manchester Cricket, saying good-bye to this year’s President Sara Young, of Schooner Adventure and the installation of our new Board of Directors.

This year we will have a cocktail reception in the event room of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, catered by Vinwood Caterers, followed by a concert by the Cape Ann Divas- a show Not to be missed!

Tickets for this event must be purchased at online at
rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-divas or by calling the box office at 978-546-7391.
$100 Reception and Concert
$50 Concert only

The Cape  Ann Divas
The 2018 Cape Ann Divas are six wonderfully talented female vocalists who are beloved on Cape Ann and have been wowing local audiences for years.  Now, for the first time ever, these six talented women, along with an accomplished group of four local musicians, will put together a show that will entertain and delight you! Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Kate Barry
Kate Barry’s talents run the gamut from jazz to pop–and just about everything in between. She also studied music in college, and her deeply affecting and smooth style will wow you.  You can hear her play locally at venues all over Cape Ann with her own Kate Barry Band as well as others (Cape Ann Big Band, Jazz Brewers and more.)  It’s hard not so smile when you listen to Kate!

Renee Dupuis
Renee Dupuis (voice, piano) is a soloist, backing vocalist and keyboardist with the bands SAFETY, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, the Susan Cattaneo Band and Todo Bien.  You can also hear her singing standards with the Cape Ann Big Band.  Along with bassist/guitarist Joe Cardoza, Renee co-writes and records with the duo Renee & Joe, who are currently wrapping up a second full-length album recorded at Bang A Song Studios.  Renee teaches voice on Cape Ann.  Check out reneedupuismusic.com for more info about upcoming performances and lessons.

Mari Martin
Mari Martin has been entertaining audiences from California to Massachusetts for over 20 years with her signature stage presence and soulful vocals.  She has opened for and shared the stage with such luminaries as Tower of Power, Average White Band, Alan Parsons, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, WAR, Travis Tritt, and Iris Dement.  While living in California, she was a back-up singer for Kenny Loggins, and had two popular bands of her own. Mari moved back to her hometown of Rockport to be closer to family, and performs regularly with multiple bands at local clubs and for private events along the North Shore.

Amy Rich
Amy is thrilled to be amongst these very talented Divas and to have the opportunity to perform here for you tonight. A transplant to Cape Ann from upstate New York in 1999, she studied vocal performance in college and went on to sing with bands here on the east coast, including the Inge Berge Band and bands on the west coast. This is her third time on stage at the Shalin Liu. She has performed here with the Cape Ann Big Band and the Cape Ann Divas in the past. She is so grateful for the support and encouragement of this community.  Amy has been singing with local singer/performer John Rockwell and is a founding member of the new buzz-worthy band the Headlands. Catch her at a local club near you!

Megan Wolf
Megan Wolf, a Gloucester native, is thrilled to return with the Cape Ann Divas to the Shalin Liu. The local singer-songwriter and recording artist first began her performance career with the community theatre group Annisquam Village Players at the young age of 5. Her passion for singing quickly grew and by the time she was 21 Megan was leading her own cover bands and playing the local venues and stages. Before long she began exploring her own songwriting and in 2015 paired up with guitarist Jon Butcher to co-write and produce her debut album, “That Girl” (EFX, 2017). Megan is also a member of the 80’s Pop/Dance band Safety, a mega-band composed of some of Cape Ann’s leading musicians and fellow Cape Ann Diva, Renee Dupuis. Megan’s powerful stage presence has led her to many noteworthy opportunities including playing alongside Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau and most recently joining Joe Cocker band members Cliff Goodwin, Deric Dyer, and Mitch Chakour as backing vocalist in the legacy project Mad Dogs Unchained. The band is preparing for an 18 date European tour of the U.K., Germany, and The Netherlands scheduled for February-March 2018.

THE MUSICIANS

Roger Brockelbank on drums  – Roger Brockelbank is a local teacher and drummer hailing from Beverly, MA.  His deft touch and remarkable ear make him a sough-after player. He currently plays with his own band Kind Soulz, Madhouse, the Lucky Boys and others.

Mark Retallack
on keys – Mark Retallack has played all over the North East and beyond. His playing is heavily rooted in jazz, but can shine in any genre. He currently plays in the North Shore wedding band Jump Street, the Lucky Boys, the Last Minutemen and more!

Bob Enick on Guitar—Boston based guitarist Bob Enik has been a regular on the city’s music scene for over 40 years. He’s played with big names and in small clubs.  He is a virtuoso with a style all his own.

Vinny Briguglio on bass—Over the years, Vinny has shared the stage with many talented Boston area musicians including Miranda Russell, Jen Kearney, Mari Martin, Dan King, The Boston Horns, Christine Baze, Groove Therapy, The Word, The Sultans of Swing, and many others.

 

North Shore Mother Visiting Partnership (NS MVP)

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The North Shore Mother Visiting Partnership is made up of Public Health Nurses from five communities, Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Newburyport and Peabody, who offer a universal one-time supportive home visit to mothers/caregivers and their babies up to one year.

All visits are free and confidential and there are no eligibility requirements for a visit.

Each home visit will include a free Baby Box filled with goodies and community resources.

To schedule a visit, text or call the Public Health Nurse in your town listed below:

Beverly, Teresa Kirsch, 978-380-8203

Gloucester, Kelley Hiland, 978-559-1784

Hamilton, Christine Lee, 978-290-9618

Newburyport, Pam Palombo, 978-835-1521

Peabody, Chassea Robinson, 978-490-7091

8th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

Freezin’ for a Reason:
The Rotary Club of Gloucester
Hosts the 8th Annual Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

The Gloucester Rotary Club will again host clubs from Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire) for the 8th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 300 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $120,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a half-million dollars with this event.

Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary International took on the battle against this disease, more than 350,000 people spanning 125 countries were suffering from polio. Today, there are three countries awaiting eradication – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2016, there were 37 wild polio cases reported; in 2017, there were 20 cases reported. More information on Rotary’s #EndPolioNow campaign can be found at www.EndPolio.org.

This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts. A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life. Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Supporters can text “polio” to 71777 or visit www.GloucesterRotary.org to make a donation. Help Rotarians lead the way to eradicate this dreaded disease!

For more information on how the Rotary Club of Gloucester serves the local and global community, visit www.GloucesterRotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

SeniorCare Annual Celebrate Spring Breakfast

Former Valentine’s Day Event becomes a Spring Celebration!

SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Celebrate Spring Breakfast to benefit Meals on Wheels on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester. Tickets are $12 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Breakfast sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. Formerly the SeniorCare Valentines Breakfast, proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.

SeniorCare Inc.’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door of homebound elders, Monday through Friday. Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.  In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day.  SeniorCare currently delivers Meals on Wheels to more than 550 elders each day.  Annually, this means 136,216 home-delivered meals and 39,250 meals served at dining sites in Beverly, Gloucester, Essex, Manchester, Rockport, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield, and Wenham.

Sponsorship opportunities for the breakfast are available. For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or paula.curley@seniorcareinc.org.

Tickets available online.

Backyard Growers Presents: Fermentation Workshop

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Join Backyard Growers as we partner with Pigeon Cove Ferments at our two-part fermentation workshop learning all about the benefits of fermentation!

Part 1 will be held at Backyard Growers where we will learn more about lacto-fermentation and the benefits of incorporating fermented food into our diets. All ages welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop will be at Backyard Growers’ office: 271 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Part 2 will be held at Pigeon Cove Ferments kitchen where participants are fully engaged in the sauerkraut making process and will leave with their own jar of homemade kraut. All ages welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop will be at Pigeon Cove’s kitchen: 10 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA, 01930

If you have any questions, contact: community@backyardgrowers.org or 978-281-0480

Hope to see you there!

SECOND ANNUAL GLOUCESTER MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY CELEBRATION

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WHAT: AN AFTERNOON OF PRESENTATIONS ON THE MLK HOLIDAY hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018, 2:00-5:30pm

WHERE: The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church) on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Middle and Church Street.  Accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.  Parking on the Green or next door at St. John’s Church.

PROGRAM:

Mary Ellen Lepionka, Cape Ann Algonquians’ fate after European colonization

Lise Breen, history of black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement

GWC Fish Tales, first-hand stories from refugees about the promise of America

Reverend Janet Parsons, accountability and where do we go from here?

Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken, commentary on cultural diversity

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his final Christmas Sermon on interconnectedness

Closing, tolling of the Meetinghouse Paul Revere bell for freedom

WHAT’S SPECIAL?  A rare opportunity to gather in community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, learn about historical and present-day persons of color with diverse identities, initiatives to study the history of slavery on Cape Ann as well as the black leaders of the Abolitionist Movement and rededicate ourselves to the American creed that all persons are created equal.  This is the 50th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. King, whose message on non-violence, opposition to war, drive to lift people of any ethnicity, country of origin or racial background out of poverty, and belief in the care of our natural environment is as relevant today as it was in the 60’s.

COST:  FREE with voluntary donations, all welcome.  Refreshments will be available.

MORE INFORMATION:  www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

ABOUT THE GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE FOUNDATION:  The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve the 1806 landmark building, Gloucester’s last-surviving historic Meetinghouse, as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community action center.

RELATED MORNING EVENT:  The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport holds its annual Peace March commemorating the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in which members and friends gather at 9:30 am for sign making, followed by a march through downtown Rockport at 10:00 am, and gather after the march for hot cider and goodies, followed by a short worship service.  For more information see:  http://rockportuu.org/

Mayoral Memo: Snow Emergency Updates & Flood Assistance Exploration

1/8/2018 – Last week’s snowstorm and accompanying storm surge was an unfortunate act of nature that resulted in widespread damage throughout Gloucester. This City, like others, requires that residents remove their cars from public streets prior to any storm or snow emergency for safety reasons.

For decades, recognizing that many residents do not have private off street parking, the City has offered off-street parking on public property much like we did last week at Gloucester High School. These offers were strictly optional and residents were free to make other arrangements.

Having said that, my administration recognizes that many are in need of assistance as a result of the damage caused by last week’s storm—specifically those who lost their cars due to the flooding of the High School parking lot. As a result, we will be taking the following actions:

• We have contacted the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and are working with them as they collect public damage information from all of the communities impacted in order to determine whether to request a presidential disaster declaration. While the probability of meeting the threshold for state or federal monetary reimbursement are low, a presidential declaration is necessary to lend direct assistance to the private sector;

• The City is willing to work with those who do not have comprehensive insurance to make arrangements for towing, storage and/or disposal of damaged cars; and

• My administration has reached out to several local/regional car dealerships and they have expressed a willingness to work with those negatively affected by last week’s flooding. Their name and contact information is as follows:

o Sudbay Family Automotive
– Kevin Barkhouse, Sales Manager
– 978-283-4730

o Lyon-Waugh Auto Group
– Warren Waugh, Owner/General Manager
– 978-532-8312

o Michaud Auto Group
– Kevin Michaud, Owner, or Zach Michaud, CEO
– 978-774-4040

o Village Auto Group
– Emilio LoCilento, General Sales Manager
– 978-624-4461

We will keep everyone updated as we find out more information, but please contact your insurance company and work with your Councilors and the Mayor’s Office to see how we can best assist.

Thank you,
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

Jalapenos Fundraiser for Cape Ann Animal Aid

Poster_JalapenosJoin Cape Ann Animal Aid at Jalapeno’s Authentic Mexican Food Restaurant on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 4pm to Close (dine in or take out). Enjoy a delicious meal for a great cause! The restaurant will be generously donating 10% of all sales to help dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens in need!

To view a menu please visit http://www.jalapenosgloucester.com/

Invite your friends! Share the event! Let’s pack the house in honor of the animals! ♥ Thank you!