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With autumn in full swing, Good Morning Gloucester has all the info on the best events to add a little fall flavor to the upcoming weeks. Country-rock outfit The Marshall Tucker Band will perform on Friday, December 5th at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theatre. Since this is the band’s only Boston-area stop on their current 2014 tour, die-hards and new fans alike won’t want to miss the chance to see these country-rock legends play their hearts out for the North Shore. Also on tap are two major artisan events for October – the Cape Ann Artisans Tour (held October 11-13 in Gloucester) and the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show (held October 11 & 12 in Annisquam, MA). Both events will highlight the fine arts and crafts of local artisans.

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Final “Reimagining Railroad: Strengthening Connections Downtown” Meeting


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The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Gloucester Community Development Department’s third and final “Reimagining Railroad: Strengthening Connections Downtown” meeting will recap the infrastructure and market study work done to-date as well as discuss zoning options for the Railroad Avenue area. The meeting will be held on Monday, September 29th at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

The MAPC and Community Development Department have hosted two “Reimagining Railroad” meetings, the first in March, followed by a second meeting in June. Based on key items identified in these meetings, members of the MAPC and Community Development Department have continued to work to identify ways to improve connections between downtown Gloucester, the working waterfront and the Gloucester Commuter Rail station. The project aims to make the city more walkable, functional, and prosperous while preserving the authentic character the community values. These meetings are an extension of the 2013 Downtown Work Plan, which identified the community’s desire to improve the roadways between Railroad Avenue and downtown.

For more information on Monday’s zoning meeting, visit the MAPC website:

Gloucester Celebrates Walker Hancock – Its Very Own Monuments Man

Long before George Clooney’s action film, “Monuments Men,” Gloucester was home to its own Monuments Man, sculptor Walker Hancock. Gloucester will celebrate the acclaimed artist during the Essex County Heritage Commission’s Trails and Sails Weekend September 26-28. The festivities will highlight Hancock’s artistic contributions to the community as well as an in-depth look at his life in Gloucester.

Hancock kept a studio in Gloucester from 1930 until his death in 1998. He was one of the first to join the now famous group of civilian art experts enlisted into the military during World War II to rescue priceless works of art stolen by the Nazis.


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The weekend celebration, which is sponsored by the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, kicks off on Friday, September 26 with a special Cape Ann Museum Exhibit: A Chosen Place: Walker Hancock and His Friends. At 7:00pm the Museum will host a conversation with Hancock’s daughter, Deanie Hancock French, and Jonathan Fairbanks, director of Brockton’s Fuller Craft Museum.

On Saturday, the Cape Ann Cinema in Downtown Gloucester will show the film “Monuments Men” at 2:30 p.m. while the Cape Ann Museum will conduct private tours of its exhibit showcasing Hancock’s life and work from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the evening, Robert Edsel, who penned the book “Monuments Men,” will give a talk at Gloucester City Hall to discuss the preservation of irreplaceable works of art during war times. A meet and greet and book signing by Mr. Edsel will follow the talk. The event begins at 7 p.m.


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The Cape Ann Cinema will show “Monuments Men” again at 1 p.m. on Sunday followed by a 3 p.m. panel discussion at Gloucester City Hall presented by Hancock’s Lanesville friends and neighbors. Local artist and former Cable TV host, Sinikka Nogelo, and will moderate the panel, which includes Hancock’s daughter and his longtime cook, Gloria Parsons. The group will share memories of Hancock’s friendship and paint a fuller picture of Walker’s life, not only as a vital figure in art history, but as a friend and lauded member of the Gloucester community.

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Admission to the Cape Ann Museum is $10 (free to members). All other Walker Hancock events are FREE and open to the public.

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Autumn has officially landed in Gloucester, which means delightfully crisp temperatures, delicious pumpkin spice goodies, and a fresh calendar of exciting community festivities.  Good Morning Gloucester has the updated scoop on fall fun for everyone, and if this week’s highlights are any indication, there’s much to look forward to this season.

If you love the thrill of hunting for trinkets and treasures, then don’t miss the Community Yard Sale, held in Magnolia Village (Sep. 27).  The Essex Historical Society will showcase local artists and musicians in a celebration of creativity at The Essex Residents Arts and Craftsmanship Festival (Sep. 27), and the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester kicks off with a Ben Ingram’s “Theatres of Cross”, a photography exhibition which explores Gloucester’s unique character and history (Sep. 25).

To learn more about these events and many more, Good Morning Gloucester is just a click away.

Gloucester Gears Up for Global Cyclist Showdown

Word’s best cyclists prepare for the 16th Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

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For the past 16 years, autumn in Gloucester has meant more than vibrant foliage and breaking out fall sweaters, it marks the return of the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester (formerly The Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester.) The weekend of high-intensity amateur and pro Cyclocross races kicks off on Saturday, September 27th at Stage Fort Park.  On both days, the world’s best domestic and international cyclists will go head to head in a test of stamina and athletic drive.

Cyclocross, the most spectator-friendly form of bicycle racing, unleashes racers on a challenging multi-terrain course that requires dismounting and running while shouldering their bikes at various intervals.  Presented by Great Brewers as part of the Verge New England Cyclocross series, the course highlights Gloucester’s stunning natural beauty, historic roads, and ocean-side locale, while challenging participants with sandy beach sections and bending turns.

2014 Downtown Block Party Series to End on a Jazzy Note

This year’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series finishes with a flurry of jazz masters on five outdoor stages on Saturday, September 20th. The festivities will, of course, feature a slew of dining options and activities for the whole family.

Jazz aficionados and novices alike will dig the cool sounds of Gloucester’s Docksiders Big Band plus an ensemble of accomplished musicians, including jazz pianist Bert Seager, bassist John Lockwood, Joe Hunt on drums and tenor sax players Brian Levy and Henry Paz. Other performances to look forward to are Will Loco and the Raztones along with the Downhome Swing Band and Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels.


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As always, the Block Party boasts activities for attendees of all ages. Seniors are invited to Cape Ann Cinema at 7 p.m. for free movies and snacks courtesy of local businesses Sparx3 and Cape Ann Communications. For a lift to and from the fun, Beauport Transportation Services donated a free shuttle service for seniors. Gloucester’s littlest ones can enjoy, “Kids’ Town” featuring face painting, games, chalk drawing and a giant chess board.

To re-fuel from all the fun, Block Party guests can take advantage of Main Street restaurants open late or a portable treat from one of the many vendors. For a taste of some delicious late-summer BBQ, Smokin’ Jim’s will serve food in the back garden.


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Coinciding with the Block Party will be the Kestrel Educational Adventurers grand opening of its new Get Outside Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 186 Main Street. For maps, directions and a list of participants at the Block Party, visit




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As summer winds down here in Gloucester, a fresh calendar of lively community events awaits us for the fall. Head to Good Morning Gloucester for the scoop on the season’s best in art, culture, and community. Highlights include Cape Ann Symphony’s 63rd Concert Season, which launches with “A Night At The Opera” (Sep. 27) and an Artist Talk/reception with Gloucester’s artist in residence for September, Eli Cedrone (Sep. 18). You also won’t want to miss the final Downtown Gloucester Block Party of 2014 (Sep. 20).

For details on these events and more, be sure to check out Good Morning Gloucester: