The Salt of Gloucester: Poetry Reading with John Ronan

John Ronan April 2014

Poet, playwright, movie producer, and journalist, John Ronan is a man of many talents. A former poet laureate of Gloucester, he has received national honors for his poetry and was named a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow for 1999-2000.  His book, Marrowbone Lane, was “Highly Recommended” by the Boston Authors’ Club in 2010.

John founded the media company American Storyboard and produced Gloucester’s Adventure: An American Story which aired on WGBH-TV. He is also the host of  the Cape Ann TV talk show The Writer’s Block with John Ronan which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the 2014-15 season.

Thursday, April 17
7:00PM – 8:30 PM

April in the Matz Gallery: Kathleen Miller

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Born in Gloucester, MA, Kathleen Miller is a self-taught artist who currently resides in Rockport. Growing up on Cape Ann, she was greatly influenced by the artists of Rocky Neck and Bearskin Neck. Since childhood, she has had in interest in drawing, painting, and other forms of art, and has developed these interests over the years. Although primarily self-taught, she has recently studied with several local painters. She enjoys painting on location as well as in the studio. Working primarily in oils, Kathleen paints a variety of subjects, focusing mainly on landscapes, seascapes and other scenes inspired by nature. Kathleen has a way of infusing herself into her scenes, and each of her paintings reflects her personal impression of the world around her.

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In addition to being an artist, Kathleen is also a Mental Health Therapist. She utilizes many art and expressive therapy techniques in her practice, and she believes strongly in the healing properties of artistic expression both for the artist and the viewer. While drawing inspiration from the natural world, it is her intention to impart a sense of peace, hope and healing potential through all of her creative works.

Please visit The Art Nook, 58 Bearskin Neck Rockport, MA to see more work by Kathleen and other local artists. Visit Kathleen Miller on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theartnook.

Stealing Rembrandts in Massachusetts, March 25

Anthony M. Amore is a columnist with the Boston Herald and the head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum since 2005, where he is charged with efforts to recover 13 works of art stolen on March 18, 1990. He regularly blogs for The Huffington Post, drawing on his 15 years of national security, law, intelligence and crisis management experience with two federal government agencies, including his part in stopping the so-called “Shoe-Bomber” in 2001. Amore is also a trustee of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art and a lecturer in the study of art crime. He has appeared on NPR, FOX News, and many more. His latest book Stealing Rembrandts (co-written with Tom Mashberg) is a media hit. Sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum.

Tuesday, March 25
7:00PM – 8:30 PM

Community Celebration April 12 Recognizing Retired Library Director Carol Gray

Carol Gray, who recently announced her retirement after 16 years serving the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library as Assistant Director, Acting Director, and Director, will be feted and recognized at a community celebration in her honor on Saturday, April 12 at 3pm at the library.

This event is being sponsored by the Library’s Board of Directors, with assistance from the Friends of the Library. “The public is cordially invited to join us,” said Scott Memhard, President of the Library Board, “to share and express our profound thanks to Carol Gray, for her years of dedicated service and commitment to our Library, and the central role it plays as the cultural and intellectual heart of Gloucester.”

The reception will begin at 3pm on the main floor of the library, 2 Dale Avenue, with a formal presentation recognizing Carol commencing at 4pm. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For further information, please contact Acting Library Director Freyja Sanger at asstdirector@sawyerfreelibrary.org / (978) 281-9763 ext.12 or Library Board President Scott Memhard at Scott_m@capepondice.com / 978-879-9394.

Natural and Cultural Treasures of Burma/Myanmar: a Jewel of a Country in Transition

Chris Leahy of the Massachusetts Audubon will visit the Library this Thursday. He will recount his travels to Burma (now Myanmar) through a lecture and slides. Chris currently holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology at Mass Audubon. He has been a professional conservationist for more than thirty years and served as Director of Mass Audubon’s Center for Biological Conservation.

His interests in natural history are comprehensive, and he is a recognized authority on birds and insects. His published works include: Birdwatcher’s Companion to North American Birdlife, The First Guide to Insects, Introduction to New England Birds, An Introduction to Massachusetts Insects, and The Nature of Massachusetts. He is also the editor of a series of authoritative books on the flora and fauna of New England.

Chris has designed and led natural history explorations to over 70 countries on all of the continents. He is especially fascinated with the world’s great remaining wilderness areas and biodiversity hot spots such as Gabon, Madagascar, and Mongolia. He grew up in Marblehead and has lived in Gloucester with his family since the 1970s.

Thursday, March 20
7:00PM – 8:30 PM

Take Charge of Your Financial Future! Financial Strategies for Women

Demographic trends project that 95% of women will be their family’s primary financial decision maker at some point in their lives. This presentation will cover:

  • Elements of a Financial Plan
  • Paying for Health CarePersonal Finances
  • Tax Reduction Strategies
  • Estate Planning
  • Retirement Planning

YOUR SPEAKER George Gagliardi is a financial advisor with Coromandel Wealth Management (CWM), a Lexington, MA-based firm that provides individuals and families with objective advice and customized financial plans that enable them to meet their lifetime goals. George writes a monthly financial column for the Lexington Minuteman, and is a board member of several local non-profit organizations.

Tuesday, March 18
6:30PM – 7:30PM