Cape Ann Trail Stewards (CATS) is having their annual Dogtown 5-mile Trail Run and it is VIRTUAL. Run the loop on historic trails through Rockport and Gloucester between December 11-13 (Friday – Sunday) from 7AM Friday until 4PM Sunday. Your entry fee covers a 1-year CATS membership, race goodies and a beanie. There will be prizes for the top finishers. Electronic and mail-in registration information can be found under Events at https://www.capeanntrailstewards.org/ . The trail map is posted on the CATS Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/capeanntrailstewards. Profits from the race go to the maintenance and repair of trails on Cape Ann. Grab your shoes and come for a run in Dogtown.
Awesome Gloucester + Awesome Rockport are now accepting proposals for $1000 micro-grants. All grants are given in cash with no strings attached. Submit proposals here: www.awesomefoundation.org/en/submissions/new
Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery Clean-up
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am
1052R Washington St, Gloucester, MA (red icon on map)
All Hands Needed!
Please bring work/gardening gloves, bug spray, and wear long pants and if you can, any of the following yard tools:
a rake, a gas or battery-operated weed whacker, loppers, or
weeding buckets, large black heavy-duty plastic bags for leaves and weeds, or
old tarps for collecting and moving debris to a central location, or
lawn mower , or wheel barrow
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers Needed for Transcription Project: In 1895 a man named Dolliver traveled around Gloucester, MA and wrote in cursive the words carved on the tombstones. The Gloucester Cemeteries Committee is working on a transcription project that will digitize Dolliver’s work, but we need volunteers to help decipher these handwritten historical documents, which will eventually be accessible on line. If you are curious, like unlocking local history and enjoy a challenge, help us! Visit https://sites.google.com/view/volunteer-local-history/home for more information.
Gloucester Cemeteries Advisory Committee would like to share with the community news about an upcoming August preservation workshop in Gloucester.
Gravestone Preservation Workshop August 3 and 4 of 2018 at Clark’s Cemetery and First Parish Burial Grounds, Gloucester, MA. This 2-day workshop will provide basic information and hands-on skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not be repeated. Participants are welcome to attend either or both days. For detailed information on this workshop please visit http://ptn.org Cost: $100 for 1 day or $150 for both days. The restoration instructors are donating their services and the workshop monies will be used to fund the Christopher P. Robinson Scholarship Fund. Contact Info: Moss Rudley: email@example.com (304-261-1748) or Jon Appell: firstname.lastname@example.org (860-558-2785)
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
6:30 pm at the Rockport Library
Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you may have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way.
Join author Hannah Kimberley as she describes her research of Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, and brings to life the Queen of the Climbers.
This event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale at the library, and Hannah Kimberley will be available for book signing.
“BEE SAFE, BEE NATURAL” WINS $1000
On Tuesday, January 26th, Awesome Rockport teamed up with the Education Foundation of Rockport to select one of three Rockport Middle School finalists to receive a $1000 grant to make Rockport more awesome. Kids from grades 5 through 8 were invited to participate, and there were 19 applicants for the grant! Three finalists pitched their ideas in public forum at the middle school cafeteria Tuesday night. Superintendent Rob Liebow and Mr. Jim Gutstadt represented the Ed Foundation and participated in the voting process as well.
The winning pitch, titled “Bee Safe, Bee Natural”, was made by three 5th graders looking to establish a honey bee hive in Rockport. The group wants to maintain the hive, train others about beekeeping, establish a source for local honey production, and help educate others on the challenges facing honey bee populations and why bees are so integral to our health and to the production of the food we eat.
The two awesome runner up proposals will hopefully reapply in future challenges. One group hopes to establish an outdoor community ice skating rink, and the other is focused on bolstering a cooking club recently started at the Rockport Middle School.
It was an amazing night of presentations by some inspiring, highly motivated kids! Now that’s AWESOME!
Check out Awesome Rockport on Facebook for information on submitting proposals in the upcoming RHS and community challenges!