Anchoring the past: Eric Jay Dolin’s ‘Rebels at Sea’ captures national attention
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Anchoring the past: Eric Jay Dolin’s ‘Rebels at Sea’ captures national attention

Nautical history author Eric Jay Dolin embodied Marblehead’s maritime spirit in his last book “Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution.” Dolin’s 15th book has been racking up awards since its publication last year, including the 2023 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award and the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature. This coming May, Dolin will release his 16th book “Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World.” “Rebels at Sea” recounts the largely untold story of colonial privateers and their role in the Revolutionary War. According to Dolin, privateers commissioned by the American government to attack British vessels played a crucial role in colonial victory. Dolin commented that before beginning his research for the book, h...
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A look at performing arts at MHS this year

Marblehead High School students and teachers are gearing up for another year of performances. Andrew Scoglio — lead teacher of the performing arts department, choir teacher and a cappella director — is excited for the many concerts and shows that various singing and performing groups have in store. He’s also looking forward to working with new additions to the music staff. The cast of last spring's production of ‘Legally Blonde’  COURTESY PHOTO Though school only began for Marblehead's high schoolers a few weeks ago, rehearsals for upcoming performances are already in full swing. The choir is preparing for its annual appearance at the town Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony in Abbott Hall on Nov. 11, where they will perform classic pieces such as "America the Beautiful," the national...
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CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Sept. 27-Oct. 4

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at  Slavery to freedom walking tourSaturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 7 1p.m. Join Jarrett Zeman, assistant director at the Marblehead Museum, for his new walking tour on the history of slavery and abolitionism in Marblehead. Ever since Marbleheaders built the Desire, the first ship to transport enslaved people to Massachusetts Bay Colony, Marblehead has experienced close links to slavery. You'll see sites of local slavery from the 1700s and sites from the 1800s where black and white abolitionists fought for freedom from the pulpit, the ballot box, and the ...
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With new gallery, ’Header hopes to ‘spark creativity’

Artist Ian Sherwin, who grew up in Marblehead, is coming home and opening a new gallery on State Street next month. The space will showcase artists from around the country and offer a variety of programs and classes. “I’m here to inspire, teach and lead,” Sherwin said, speaking while renovating his one-room gallery at 1 State St. “My mission is to spark creativity.” Sherwin, who graduated from Marblehead High in 1995, fell in love with art as a kid.  Ian Shewrin, who is opening a new gallery on State Street, unboxes works by artist Jennifer Lashbrook. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER “It was my escape, my salvation,” he said. At Marblehead High, school nurse Lynne Breed noticed his talent and encouraged him. The two are still friends.  Artist Ian Sherwin created this p...
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Lights, camera, action: MHS senior’s new movie features teens, local landmarks

Marblehead High School senior Wyatt Foley is making final edits on his debut movie, which he co-wrote, directed and filmed. The Warwick Cinema plans to screen it this winter. “It’s a dream come true. We worked so hard on it,” Foley told the Current. The 40-minute movie is called “Currently a Paperboy” and features Marblehead teens and locations.  “It’s a coming-of-age movie,” Foley said. “It is an expression of me growing up in Marblehead and my observations about growing up.” MHS senior Wyatt Foley directs two of his stars while filming ‘Currently a Paperboy’Slug: cast & crew  PHOTO JAMES MARONEY MHS senior Wyatt Foley directs and films a scene from his movie, ‘Currently a Paperboy.’  COURTESY PHOTOS  MHS senior Brady Weed acts in a scene from ‘Currently ...
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CURRENT EVENTS: Best bets in Marblehead Sept. 20-27

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at  Poetry SalonThursday, Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m. Abbot Library’s Poetry Salon kicks off its fall series by exploring the works of Boston-area poet Moira Linehan. Join Salem State University Professor Emerita Claire Keyes to discuss Linehan’s four books of poetry. Join in person at 3 Brook Rd., or via Zoom. More info at Folk-rock at Me&TheeFriday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. Folk-rock star Jon Pousette-Dart performers at Me&Thee Music. He has performed with greats like Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, James Taylor, The J. Geils Band, Billy Joel and more. Pous...
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Great Gatsby comes to Marblehead

More than 175 people came out for the End-of-Summer Speakeasy at the Lee Mansion Saturday night to raise money for the Marblehead Museum. The event was sponsored by the museum and Discover Marblehead and raised $10,000. Marblehead Old Car Club vintage cars parked in front of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE The Johnny Ray Band COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE Marblehead Museum Executive Director Lauren McCormack with The Rubin Brothers Jazz Duo COURTESY PHOTO / MELISSA STACEY  Peyton Pugmire, Bonnie Buckley and Melissa Stacey COURTESY PHOTO / RICK DODGE Left to right: William Dean, Jeanne Smith, Karl Smith and Pam Ferris COURTESY PHOTO / MELISSA STACEY
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Meet the Current’s arts and culture intern

The Marblehead Current welcomes a fresh face in arts and culture coverage: Benji Boyd, a junior at Marblehead High School, who will be helping the newsroom chronicle the town’s diverse artistic and cultural events for the upcoming year. Meet Benji Boyd, the Marblehead Current's arts and culture intern, who's as versed in martial arts as he is in the arts of the written word. From the dojo to the newsroom, this multi-talented junior at Marblehead High School is set to make a mark. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER Boyd’s affinity for writing traces back to his childhood. “I’ve had a love for writing since a young age. I even attempted to write a novel in third grade, which wasn’t exactly a masterpiece,” he said with a chuckle. Despite early setbacks, Boyd has continued to hone his ...
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Life through a lens: Pultizer-winning photographer shares stories from latest adventure

Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Ulrike Welsch’s ears are “still ringing with the music” after her latest photography trip — this one to the Baltic states Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, where she attended the famous Song and Dance Festival in Riga. “It was just so powerful,” Welsch told the Current during a recent interview in her Marblehead kitchen. “The music goes down to your soul.” Welsch, who turns 83 next month, has traveled the world capturing experiences few seldom get to see first hand. She has visited more than 47 countries, snapping photos everywhere she goes. Marblehead photographer Ulrike Welsch captured this image on her trip to Latvia’s famous Song and Dance Festival this summer. Ulrike Welsch © 2023 all rights reserved “I like to capture a moment, a decisive...
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‘FolkZinger’ Christine Lavin returned to Me&Thee

Me&Thee Music kicked off its 54th season with a one-night-only performance from folk singer Christine Lavin on Sept. 8.  Known for her catchy ballads based on personal experiences and for her comedic commentary, the so-called “folkZinger” performed songs from her 25th solo album “On My Way to Hooterville,” as well as classic older tracks such as “If You’re Drunk You Cannot Buy a Puppy,” for an enthusiastic audience of fans new and old.  Lavin has played at Me&Thee multiple times in her long career, though as she put it, “Who’s counting?” Since releasing her first album in 1981, Lavin has toured all over the world and collaborated with many other folk artists. Despite hailing from New York, Lavin turned to the Boston area to get started as a musician, thanks to the app...
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