CATA is testing an electric bus this week. And here is the scoop!
What do YOU think about electric buses for Cape Ann? Contact Cape Ann Transportation Authority (CATA) and give them your feedback. Phone: (978) 283-1886Email: WebbF@canntran.com
Did you know that transportation accounts for 29% of greenhouse gas* emissions in Massachusetts? Transitioning to electric vehicles, and powering them with renewable energy, is an excellent way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
*Greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels are causing climate change, the gases trap heat in the atmosphere and warm the planet.
Receive $25 in coupons to buy fresh produce at the Cape Ann Farmers Market
SeniorCare and the Gloucester Council on Aging will be distributing 2021 SNFMP Farmers’ Market Coupons to eligible seniors.
SeniorCare is also working with our other eight Council on Agings to bring the SFMNP to our entire area of service.
Please contact your local Council on Aging for more information.
Date: Wednesday, July 21st
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Locations: Community Room @ McPherson Park, Lincoln Park, Poplar Park, Sheedy Park, and Curtis Clark Building
1) over 60 years of age and
2) have an annual income less than $23,828 (1,986/monthly) for a household of one and $32,227 ($2686/monthly) for a household of two.
SeniorCare will also have a table with coupons at the Farmers’ Market at Harbor Loop on Thursday, July 15, 22, & 29 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.
If you have any questions regarding the coupons, please call SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978-281-1750.
The Seniors on the Go bus will be providing transportation to the Cape Ann Farmers Market, reserve your seat by 1pm the day before, 978-283-7916.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
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Join the Sawyer Free Library for a virtual story time with Wally & Tessie from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 pm and explore stories in a new and exciting way!
The mascots of the Boston Red Sox, Wally and Tessie the Green Monsters, will encourage and inspire us to get reading and have fun! Register here and a zoom link will be sent out prior to the program.
For more information, visit sawyerfreelibrary.org.
Summer Meals for Kids, provided by The Open Door, Cape Ann’s go-to hunger-relief organization launched this week providing at least 11 sites in Gloucester and Cape Ann so kids and their families can make sure no kid goes hungry while school is out.
All sites serve take-out meals only, so children can eat at home with their families. Breakfast and lunch is bundled together, and Friday sites hand out extra meals for Saturday and Sunday. Last year during the summer, The Open Door distributed 39K meals to local children–a FIVE-FOLD increase over pre-pandemic norms. This year the same need is expected. Current sites include:
- The Open Door
28 Emerson Avenue
June 17-August 27
Mon thru Fri
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Riverdale Park
69 Veterans’ Way
June 17- August 27
Mon thru Fri
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Willowood Gardens
40 Willowood Road
June 17- August 27
Mon thru Fri
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Pond View Village
23 Lepage Lane
June 17-August 27
Mon thru Fri
11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
- West Parish School
10 Concord Street
June 28-August 5
Mon thru Thu
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- Beeman School
138 Cherry Street
June 28-July 29
Mon thru Thu
- O’Maley Innovation Middle School
32 Cherry Street
June 28-August 19
Mon thru Thu
- Gloucester High School
32 Leslie O Johnson Rd
July 6-August 6
Mon thru Thu
- Camp Spindrift
13 Atlantic Street
June 17-August 27
Mon thru Thu
11:00 a.m. – 1:00PM
- Ipswich Community Food Pantry
00 Southern Heights
June 23-August 27
Wed and Thu
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Winthrop Elementary School
65 Central Street
July 6th-August 12th
Mon thru Th
Breakfast: 10-10:30AM Lunch: 12-12:30PM
For more information, go to FOODPANTRY.ORG/summermeals or call 978-283-6776
About The Open Door
The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. Founded in 1978, The Open Door is a community food resource center for low-income residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Boxford, Rowley, Topsfield, and Wenham. In 2020, The Open Door helped stabilize the lives and health of 9,681 unduplicated people from 4,703 households through the distribution of 2.64M pounds of food (or 2.05M meals.) Requests for food assistance during this pandemic year were up 27 percent.
Eric Hutchins checks in with good news about the American eel count at Millbrook Meadow! To volunteer contact Eric at: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday, June 28, 6:30-8pm, the SAWYER FREE LIBRARY will present the second talk in their informative series “TECHNOLOGY ON THE HORIZON,” which spotlights individuals and organizations on the North Shore working with critical or emerging technologies.
Most of the ocean is remote, deep, dark, cold, and extremely high pressure. So how do we help more people explore it?
Join PATRICK FLANAGAN, founder and director of OceanLab, in a virtual discussion of technologies that make exploration of the ocean more accessible to all. Learn about the evolution of technologies that allow organizations like OceanLab dive deep into deepest depths of our oceans.
Click HERE to register to receive the Zoom link for the live presentation.
Sculptures, photographs on display at CAM Green, June 18 to July 30
Brad Story Anhinga, 2011. Wood, Epoxy, Fiberglass and Found Objects. Collection of Mollie and John Byrnes.
GLOUCESTER, MASS. (June 2021) – Drawing inspiration from the vast Great Marsh, Essex sculptor Brad Story and Ipswich photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly are showcasing works in a special exhibition at the Janet & William Ellery James Center at Cape Ann Museum Green from June 18 to July 30. Each artist has been inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings on the North Shore and in particular The Great Marsh which extends from Cape Ann up to the New Hampshire border.
“The sculptures and photographs by each artist are particularly striking as they reflect the genuine beauty of our local landscape,” said Cape Ann Museum Director Oliver Barker. “As we celebrate the opening of our new CAM Green campus, they are well suited as our featured artists in this setting, melding historic buildings, contemporary art, and bucolic pastures. Both elevate the region’s natural beauty to an artform.”
Barker said this is the first of three exhibitions and related programming that will safely engage the community during the lingering pandemic and make use of the open space at CAM Green. As of June 18, the campus will be open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Brad Story is a native of Essex and lives and works on the edge of The Great Marsh. After graduating from college in 1969, he returned home to work with his father, Dana Story, in the family shipyard. The Storys have been building boats in Essex since the 1660s. After 27 years of working in the boat yard, Story turned to designing and building three-dimensional works of art that combine his fascination with airplanes, birds, and boat building. Using nature as his point of departure and materials such as wood and fiberglass, he creates sculptures that capture imaginations and lift spirits. As one critic observed, his works “conjure scenes from the Daedalus’ feather-and-wax myth to Leonardo’s drawings for an ornithopter, to the one-man gliders constructed by Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s.”
Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. Salt Marsh Island, Clouds Ipswich, MA – May, 2001. Archival Silver Gelatin Print from a 4×5 Negative.
Dorothy Kerper Monnelly has been photographing in black and white for decades. Both fascinated and inspired by the 20,000-acre Great Marsh, it was the subject of her 2006 book, “Between Lane and Sea: The Great Marsh,” which was republished in 2020. Over the course of her career, Monnelly’s photographs have been celebrated by conservation groups, and her large-scale silver gelatin prints are in the collections of several museums including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
In mid-September, the Museum will host another Great Marsh-related exhibition at the Pleasant Street campus. Two paintings of the marsh by Martin Johnson Heade (1819 – 1904) will be juxtaposed alongside works by photographer, Martha Hale Harvey (1863 – 1949), whose glass plate negatives belong to the Museum.
The Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Brad Story, and the Great Marsh exhibition will include two virtual lectures. In response to the continued limits on large indoor gatherings, the Museum continues to offer gallery talks online with the CAM Virtual Lecture Series. These regular online events—lectures, discussions, presentations, gallery tours, artists talks and more—offer visitors near and far the chance to engage deeply with the Museum’s extensive collection from the safety home. In person tickets are free for CAM members or $10 for the general public. The lectures will be live streamed for free on Facebook and Vimeo.
Thursday, June 24 at 1:00 pm
Photographing The Great Marsh
With Dorothy Kerper Monnelly and Doug Stewart
Author, Ipswich resident and Museum docent Doug Stewart will sit down with photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly to discuss her photographs of The Great Marsh. Their conversation will cover the inspiration and process behind her black and white photographs and what they reveal about the everchanging landscape of the marsh. This virtual event will be streamed online via Facebook and Vimeo.
Thursday, July 8 at 2:00 pm
From Boats to Birds, A Sculptors Journey
With Brad Story and Harold Burnham
Join CAM for a conversation between sculptor Brad Story and Harold Burnham, a master boat designer, shipwright and sailmaker. In this conversation, Story and Burnham will explore the relationship between ships and sculptures and how they’re tied to Cape Ann.
LINK TO HIGH RES IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/t/eCTD4VXVETjNJeHB
For more information about the Museum, its programs, exhibits, and collections, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
The Cape Ann Museum, founded in 1875, exists to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester.
In Summer 2021, the Museum will officially open the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus includes three historic buildings – the White-Ellery House (1710), the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), and an adjacent barn (c.1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester. Starting on June 18, the CAM Green will be open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Admission is free.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, operating hours have been reduced to better protect the safety and well-being of visitors, staff, and volunteers. The Museum is currently open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. As of June 1, 2021 the Museum at Pleasant Street will be resuming pre-COVID operating hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Timed tickets are required for all visitors at this time and can be reserved online at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press
GLOUCESTER, MASS. (June 2021) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce the generous donation of over one million photos from the vast and historically significant archive of the Gloucester Daily Times by North of Boston Media Group. This important local photo collection of Cape Ann events, people, and historic moments dates from 1980 to 2005 and will be housed at the Museum’s Library & Archives collections.
“This is an extraordinary repository of photography capturing Cape Ann’s illustrious history, and it shows how irreplaceable local journalism is in chronicling our communities,” said Oliver Barker, the Museum’s Director. “We cannot thank the Gloucester Daily Times and North of Boston Media Group enough for recognizing the historic value of their photography over the years and understanding why it is so vital to protect and preserve these images in perpetuity.”
The Gloucester Daily Times was founded in 1888 and has been documenting the region’s activities ever since. An award-winning newspaper, the photographers who captured these images are well known and produced exceptional work including Amy Sweeney, Cristin Gisler Bradley, Paul Bilodeau, Josh Reynolds, Mike Dean, and Bart Piscitello.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to permanently archive our photo collection from the Gloucester Daily Times at the Cape Ann Museum,” said Times Editor David Olson. “Local journalism captures the important moments of communities, and we’re glad to ensure access to these images – some award-winning, some historic, some simply relatable – for future generations on Cape Ann. It’s also important for Times journalists to know their work matters as a chronicle of history. Everyone benefits from this arrangement – the Times, the Museum, and our community.”
The collection is primarily centered around photographic negatives on 35mm film and digital images on compact disks and memory cards. Also included are photographic prints from earlier decades as well as the vast newspaper clipping “morgue” which gives unique insight into 20th century newspaper journalism. As is the case with all photograph collections in the CAM Library & Archives’ care, it will be fully accessible and available to researchers. The Times retains its rights to the images.
Digitizing select images has already begun, and the Museum will be integrating many of these into upcoming exhibits, through future issues of its online periodical, CAM Connects, and in 2023 will be hosting a large scale exhibition at the Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green looking at over three decades of Gloucester Daily Times photojournalism. For now, the collection is being stored, preserved, and categorized at the climate-controlled James Center.
The collection holds many familiar images from full front-page photos of historic times on Cape Ann to picturesque feature photos to game-winning moments by young athletes. Trenton Carls, the Museum’s Librarian & Archivist, cites the incredible reach of the collection as its most exciting aspect: “Many photograph collections that come to the Museum are usually very specific in scope, covering a certain event, by a specific photographer, or a certain time period. With this expansive collection, the Museum will be able to share the stories of an entire generation of people and almost three decades worth of events and moments from our community.”
The Cape Ann Museum, founded in 1875, exists to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In Summer 2021, the Museum will officially open the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester. Starting on June 18, 2021, the CAM Green will be open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm.
The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Timed tickets are recommended for all visitors at this time and can be reserved online at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month. For more information please call (978)283-0455 x110 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Sawyer Free Library is hosting local author PATRICIA HANLON on Wednesday, June 23 from 7-8:30m for a virtual book talk about her recently published book “Swimming to the Top of the Tide.”
REGISTER HERE to receive Zoom Link.
“The Great Marsh is the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Patricia Hanlon and her husband built their home and raised their children alongside it. But it’s not until the children are grown that they begin to swim the tidal estuary daily. Immersing herself, she experiences, with all her senses in all seasons, the vigor of a place where the two ecosystems of fresh and salt water mix, merge, and create new life. Noting the disruptions caused by human intervention, she bears witness to the vitality of the watersheds, their essential role in the natural world, and the responsibility of those who love them to contribute to their sustainability.” -Bellevue Literary Press