Speaker Date Topic
Elizabeth Mehlin Dec 07, 2022 7:30 AM
Painting Conservation and the Sawyer Free Library Mural

In 2007 Elizabeth Mehlin established Mehlin Conservation in Essex, Massachusetts.  Elizabeth has sixteeen years’ experience in conservation of oil paintings for government agencies, private institutions and individual clients in the US and Canada.

She received her Master of Art Conservation degree specializing in paintings from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts

She will be speaking primarily about the work she has done on the mural at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester.

Here website is here

Rebecca Reynolds Dec 21, 2022 7:40 AM
Manship Artists
Manship Artists Program www.manshipartists.org
Executive Director. Founding President (2015-2019), Reynolds is a museum professional and arts administrator with some 30 years experience. She served as a curator and art consultant specializing in American sculpture, as the founding director of Forest Hills Educational Trust and its public art program, and as a member of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts (2016-2019).
Rebecca will be speaking about the Manship Artists   At Manship Artists Residency, we value a Culture of Inclusion based on Diversity, Equity and Belonging.
Manship Artists Residency provides a diverse, equitable and inclusive living and work environment, one where all employees, participants, guests, and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or identity, religion, socioeconomic status, education or disability, are celebrated, feel valued, and are respected. We are committed to a non-discriminatory approach to provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement throughout our organization and programs. We actively ensure that all voices are valued and heard, knowing that when we embrace diverse life experiences, perspectives and heritages we build stronger, more vibrant and resilient communities. We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion, maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all, and providing an informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, one where everyone belongs.
Joe Sabella Dec 28, 2022 7:00 PM
Local resident trying to organize a comedy show for June 23rd 2023

Here are some of the pertinent facts ...FROM Joe

I am seeking four sponsors at  $ 400.00 each 

Dave Rattigan of Scamps Comedy will organize the show . I have known Dave for over 

twenty years where I have worked with him to organize many prior shows .

For the past fifteen years I have attended the comedy night at the Cruiseport in Gloucester 

and the event was always well attended.

The event will be G rated and will not offend anyone . Bringing comedy to Masconomo Park 

will be a first and laughter is great therapy for all .... and Masconomo Park at the Bandstand will

be the gathering spot for the event .


There will be four comedians and the event is scheduled for June 23rd to start at 6PM with a fifteen


minute break and commence at 8:30 PM . 

Bill Seymour Jan 04, 2023 7:33 AM
Homes for Our Troops

Bill Seymour will be speaking on his foundation Homes For Our Troops www.hfotusa.org

Our Mission: To build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Pam Beaudoin Jan 11, 2023
The State of the Manchester-Essex Regional School System

Pam Beaudoin is the Superintendent of the Manchester-Essex Regional School District (MERSD)

Mary Ellen Lepionka Jan 18, 2023 7:30 AM
Indigenous Americans in the Beverly Area

Join scholar and anthropologist Mary Ellen Lepionka to learn about the history of the land now known as Beverly, MA.

As Lepionka describes, The people living where Montserrat is now were the Pawtucket of Nahumkeak. They welcomed the “Old Planters” of Salem Village, today’s Beverly, and lived peaceably side by side with them during the first 50 years of English settlement. During the 18th and 19th centuries, however, their sites, history, homeland, and very identity were “erased.”

Mary Ellen Lepionka of Gloucester is an independent scholar researching the history of Cape Ann from the last Ice Age to around 1700 for a book on the subject. Some chapters have been published at CapeAnnHistory.org

Mary Ellen’s interest in local indigenous history and culture was sparked by Samuel de Champlain’s 1606 map of Le Beauport (Gloucester) showing a wigwam on her street. Mary Ellen is a retired college instructor, textbook developer, author, and publisher with a Master’s degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia. She taught anthropology and world history at Boston University, Vancouver City College, Northeastern University, North Shore Community College, and Salem State College.

Articles by Mary Ellen appear in the Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and the local history blogs Enduring Gloucester and Historic Ipswich.