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Tom Ellis and the Building of the Thomas E. Lannon, Thursday, January 11, 2007

Schedule of Events

(Newly added events in bold type)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

8:00-10:45 a.m. - O’Maley Middle School Kickoff. Three hundred eighth-grade students will take part in scheduled activities:
            • Reader’s Theater – Community members will read aloud to students from the first chapter of “Lone Voyager.” Among those to take part are Superintendent of Schools Christopher Farmer, O”Maley Principal Michael Tracy, Sawyer Free Library Director Roger Brisson, Mayor John Bell, Greg Swinson, J.P. Ware, and others.
• A “Dory Program” organized by Schooner Adventure, featuring a full-size fishing dory and a 20 minute film about Gloucester’s history as a fishing port.
• “Mittens in a Barrel,” a demonstration of how to haul a fishing trawl line while wearing mittens (a standard practice in hand trawl fishing a century ago).
• A student mural project featuring art based on quotations from “Lone Voyager.”
• Fish printing, in which students will make decorative prints using fish as their motif. Organized by the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center with help from Schooner Adventure.

7:00 p. m., at Sawyer Free Library – the Official Kickoff of “Gloucester Reads.”
            • Capt. Tom Ellis will talk about the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, launched in Essex in 1997, and show a film about its construction.
• Author and historian Joseph E. Garland will read from his book, “Lone Voyager,” and talk about how the book came about.
Saturday, January 13

11 a.m.  at the Cape Ann Historical Museum “Saturday Showcase” – “The Spirit of Howard Blackburn,” a morning of story, dance and audience participation featuring Carl Thomsen. Supported by the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation and the 1675 Foundation.
The Cape Ann Historical Museum also has published a special edition of its monthly newsletter for children, Timeship, featuring the story of Howard Blackburn.

Thursday, January 25
7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library, a Community Reading from “Lone Voyager” to launch the release of the Audio Book of “Lone Voyager,” read by Joe Garland. Produced by the Sawyer Free Library, the multi-disc Audio Book will be on at the Library for $20. The Community Reading will feature an intergenerational cast of Gloucester residents, including XXX XXX XXX X X XXXX and XXXXXX, reading aloud from this epic’s opening chapters.
Sunday, January 28
1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Historical Museum, “An Afternoon at the Movies”
Victor Fleming’s 1937 Oscar-winning production of “Captains Courageous,” starring Spencer Tracy and Freddie Bartholomew with Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas and Mickey Rooney.  Based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic story of the same name, the film won three Academy Awards nominations and won Best Actor for Tracy.

Monday and Tuesday, January 29-30

At Gloucester High School, 10th grade United States history classes will be introduced to Blackburn’s life and lifetime. The entire student body will be encouraged to read “Lone Voyager” and discussion groups will be scheduled.

Thursday, February 15

At the Sawyer Free Library - “Blackburn’s America: 19th Century Daily Life in Photographs,” produced by Library Director Roger Brisson.

Thursday, February 22

7:00 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library – “Howard Blackburn’s Downtown Gloucester,” a lecture and slide show by Prudence Fish of the Gloucester Historical Commission, presenting an architectural tour of how Gloucester looked around 1907 – including Blackburn’s then almost-new tavern building, now home of Halibut Point restaurant.

Other Events in February (dates to be determined)

At the Sawyer Free Library - “Blackburn’s America: 19th Century Daily Life in Photographs,” produced by Library Director Roger Brisson.

Special displays at various venues, including the Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Historical Museum, Sovereign Bank, and City Hall.  At Cape Ann Historical Museum a bronze bust of Blackburn, by sculptor Daniel Altshuler, will be on display. A second Altshuler bust of Blackburn, this one in stainless steel, will be on display at Sovereign Bank, Main Street. Another bust, by Leonard Craske, will be on display at the Sawyer Free Library. Also at the library, Schooner Adventure will present oral history listening stations featuring the voices of families of dory fishermen, and a display of dory artifacts and historical photos.

Saturday, March 3

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. -- At the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Harbor Loop Open House and tour of the marine railways where the Schooner Hattie I. Phillips set sail in 1898 to carry a company of Gloucester men around Cape Horn to prospect for gold during the Klondike Gold Rush. Experience the shore side industries that flourished during the Age of Sail. Visitors can try their hand at rope making, canvas work and boat building, and see how a Gloucester dory is built. Activities for both children and adults.

Wednesday, March 7

10:00 a.m. Intergenerational discussion of “Lone Voyager” at Rose Baker Senior Center, with students from O’Maley Middle School and Gloucester High School. Open to the public.

Wednesday, March 14

7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library – Community book discussion about “Lone Voyager,” open to the public.


Friday, March 23

10:00-11:30 a.m. at Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester. “Lone Voyager” will be featured at the center’s Coffee Talk.

Wednesday, March 28

7:00 p.m. at Gloucester City Hall – “Gloucester Reads”  Gala Finale – featuring readings by Garland, music, and an appearance by Howard Blackburn and his wife, Theresa.

March (dates to be determined)

At the Cape Ann Historical Museum – “Howard Blackburn’s Fearful Experience,” a special tour of museum exhibits related to Blackburn and his lifetime, including the museum’s 1892 Room and Maritime/Fisheries Gallery.

At the Sawyer Free Library – “The Inner Blackburn – a Medical and Psychological Profile of a Survivor,” a discussion by a physician and a psychologist about Blackburn’s ability to survive five harrowing subfreezing days at sea, based on their assessment of “Lone Voyager.”

Other Events during March

• “Blackburn’s America: 19th Century Daily Life in Photographs,” will also be presented at Gloucester High School.

• City-wide book discussions organized by community organizations and businesses.



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