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Northshore June/July 2023

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96 production firm Smoke Sygnals in May built a wetu—a traditional Wampanoag seasonal shelter—on the Cape Ann Museum Green, where it will remain in place as a long-term temporary installation for the next two to three years. In the fall, the organization will create a mishoon, a traditional canoe, as part of the Cultural Heritage Festival; the vessel will then be on display alongside the wetu. "We will be using those indigenous- created objects to better tell and illuminate the story of indigenous people here on Cape Ann," Barker says. An exhibition exploring elements of Gloucester's Black history will open on June 9 at Wellspring, a nonprofit helping to support families on the North Shore. e house in which the organization is based was once owned by a freed slave and his descendants, who eventually became some of the biggest landowners in the area. Wellspring staff has been working with volunteers and a grant-funded history researcher to unearth the largely buried history of the Freeman family. "It's important to us that we tell more of a story than that these are folks that used to be slaves," says Wellspring executive director Melissa Dimond. "ere's so much more to know. We think this will be the beginning of so many more years of learning." roughout the summer and into the fall, a range of tours will expose visitors and locals to more facets of the community's past, including the history of the Dogtown settlement, and the city's rich literary history. e Cape Ann Symphony will perform a free outdoor concert at Stage Fort Park on July 28. Captains Courageous, a classic film set aboard a Gloucester fishing boat, will be projected onto the sail of the Schooner Ardelle for public viewing on August 3. A full calendar of official Gloucester 400+ events as well as additional community activities—dory races, schooner visits, outdoor concerts, and more—is available at e organizers hope residents and visitors alike take full advantage of the offerings. "We want everyone to feel like they're part of this amazing place," Zwart says. "I want people to come to Gloucester to learn and see and celebrate." What's in Store is is just a sampling of the official and associated events scheduled throughout the year. Visit calendar for complete listings. LITERARY GLOUCESTER: A WALKING TOUR June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, and Sept. 30, Downtown Gloucester Learn about the city's literary legacy, which includes such notable names as Rudyard Kipling, T.S. Eliot, and Judith Sargent Murray. CAPE ANN SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT July 28, Stage Fort Park Enjoy a free, outdoor performance by the 70-piece Cape Ann Symphony orchestra against the majestic backdrop of Gloucester Harbor. FISHERIES HERITAGE FESTIVAL Aug. 12–13, State Fish Pier Embrace the maritime history of the country's oldest fishing port. CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS SCREENING Aug. 3, Harbor Loop The classic film, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling, will be projected on the sail of the Schooner Ardelle. DOGTOWN COMMON THEATRE PRODUCTION Sept. 22–23, Windhover Performing Arts Center, Rockport This theatrical interpretation of the poem "Dogtown Common" offers a glimpse into the history of the long-abandoned colony. A CELEBRATION OF PLACE: A CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL Oct. 7–8, Stage Fort Park Singing, dancing, art, food, and cultural exhibits come together to celebrate the rich diversity of Gloucester. INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL Oct. 9–14 A weeklong exploration of indigenous film, including short films and animations, documentaries, feature-length mainstream films, contemporary television programs, and even comedy and sci-fi films. Gloucester 400+ celebrates all aspects of Gloucester—from its working waterfront to its downtown shopping district. PHOTOGRAPHS BY SHAWN HENRY

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