The Open Door will launch a second-hand bookstore at Second Glance at 2 Pond Road this Saturday March 7th.
Off the Wall Books at the Glance will be a used bookstore tucked away in the organization’s thrift store, featuring comfortable seating with plenty of room to browse.
“When people shop at Second Glance, they support the local economy and strengthen the community,” said Julie LaFontaine, President and CEO of The Open Door. “The bookstore will create a gathering place at the intersection of community and commerce.
Off the Wall Books at the Glance will appeal to book lovers and book collectors at all skill levels. Customers will find everything there: fiction, history, vintage, children, gardening, spirituality, memories, art, personal development, nutrition and health.
It will also offer an eclectic mine of CDs, DVDs, as well as games and puzzles.
The bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“It’s a circular economy that combines the best of community and shared values,” said LaFontaine. “People donate to support The Open Door, our team works their magic to create a welcoming and friendly space, and shoppers come to buy.”
Proceeds from the bookstore and thrift store support The Open Door’s anti-hunger programs in Cape Ann and on the North Coast. Last year, the agency provided 8,287 local people from 3,686 households with 2,050,168 pounds of food (1,708,473 meals) during 50,802 visits, LaFontaine said.
The bookstore launch is scheduled to take off at 9 a.m. this Saturday and will include giveaways, designs, refreshments and community.
McKenna auction house farewell
A driver behind many community events and festivals is evolving.
Kerry McKenna is stepping down after six years as Director of Events for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. She has hosted the Waterfront Festival and Summer Block Parties in Gloucester, the Festival by the Sea in Manchester and the Essex Clamfest, all led or co-led by the chamber, as well as the chamber’s annual ‘Love Cape Ann’ auction. . She is also credited with reinvigorating the Chamber Golf Tournament, which serves as the primary fundraiser for the Business Education Collaborative and the Chamber scholarships which are awarded annually to high school graduates in the Cape Ann area.
McKenna also coordinated and nurtured the Businesswomen’s Committee. The annual Sailing and Fall Businesswomen’s Luncheon has become a flagship event for the group in partnership with McKenna’s skills as a planner and organizer.
“Kerry is the Bobby Orr of the House,” said Pat Slade, 2018 chairman of the House board, in a prepared statement. “Just as things started to look like they were heading south, Kerry, like Orr, an avid skater, stepped in and took control of the situation, using his innate professionalism to save the day. situation. Kerry brought her many skills and qualities to working with her on a daily basis for the great benefit of the chamber and all of its members – she will be sorely missed by all of us who counted on her for her honesty, intelligence and meaning. of humor. “
McKenna, a resident of Gloucester, doesn’t go far: “I’ll always be there, I’ll probably do something different. “
McKenna said she would spend quality time with her family, especially her new grandson Jake, and take some time to relax before looking for a new business, likely with a local nonprofit. .
A reception in McKenna’s honor will be held on the last day, Friday, March 20, at the chamber.
A fitting farewell
A veteran with no known relative was laid to rest in Gloucester on Tuesday “with the love and support of his community,” according to Cape Ann Veterans Services Director Adam Curcuru.
Greeley’s Funeral Home appealed for people to come and honor the service of SP4 Adelard “Del” Charron, a native of Fitchburg, who served in the military from 1971 to 1974.
“Del volunteered at Pathways for Children and enjoyed the company with the young children. Two Pathways staff accepted the folded American flag on his behalf, ”Curcuru said. “Chris Larsen of Larsen’s Shoes on Main Street remembered that Del had bought shoes in his store and came to pay homage to him. Kathy Hitchcock had known Del from her later years at Gloucester Healthcare Nursing Home and came over to say a few words of respect.
Members of the Gloucester Coast Guard station and local veterans volunteered as porters and to pay military honors.
“This is the real beauty of our wonderful city, to come together to honor the life of one of our citizens,” said Curcuru. “Del lived quietly as a neighbor in our community, he left a piece of his heart to the children he worked with at Pathways and he was buried by many who did not know him personally but came to show love and compassion for one of their own. “
A man from Gloucester took up the Mardi Gras challenge for a good cause and won for doing the right thing.
Fuddruckers hosted their annual 3 Pound Burger Challenge to celebrate on Tuesday, February 25. Participants signed up to eat a 3-pound burger on a giant bun with a pound of fries and an unlimited drink. Those who finished in under an hour won Fuddruckers gift certificates.
Gloucester’s Erick Korpi took up the challenge at Fuddruckers in Reading. Despite his best efforts, Korpi was unable to complete the challenge within the allotted time. The winner was Lowell’s Shawn Butler, who got through the meal in a record 17 minutes.
The Côte-Nord Cancer Walk took advantage of the challenge, receiving $ 5 on each registration fee.
The Reading Fuddruckers and three others from Massachusetts are owned by Jim Boland of Gloucester.
The Extinction Rebellion-Gloucester group will be hosting an orientation session for new members on Monday March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Backyard Growers, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester.
The meeting will cover the details of the XR organization, its goals, principles and values, and explain how to get involved. The session will last approximately 90 minutes.
Although the orientation is a free event, open to the public, reservations are requested. They can be made at http://bit.ly/2TsH0gG.