Remembering Nancy (or Laura Es?)

Hi Mari,

Does NO one remember Nancy Gitlin from the early sixties at the Beaux Arts? She lived there and sang regularly. She passed away in 1995 so I can tell you only what I know. If you like, please post this somewhere to see if anyone else remembers her. From what I understand she was quite a fixture around the place. She went by several different names. Some may remember her as Laura Es, Nancy Bressler and/or Nancy Laura.

Would love to hear feedback.

Thanks much.


Patti Petow

Patti Petow
Independent Associate


Ann Harvey Inspired an Opera

Ann Harvey, not only recieved around a medal and around 100 pounds for her heroic efforts to rescue the survivors of the Despatch and Rankin, she also inspired an opera.

Shallaway Celebrates the Legacy of Ann Harvey

The talented young artists of Shallaway are hard at work these days, rehearsing for their upcoming folk opera Ann and Séamus, to be premiered in St. John’s June 1st – 4th. For months, enthusiasm has been building around the opportunity to present the story of Ann Harvey of Isle aux Morts; a 17 year old who was instrumental in saving 168 lives from the wreck of the brig Despatch in 1828.

Ann’s accomplishment and that of her family was recognized by Governor Cochrane in 1830 with a gold medal from the Royal Humane Society and she became known in some circles as the “Grace Darling of Newfoundland”, after the British heroine who performed a similar rescue off the northeast coast of England in 1838 and became an acclaimed celebrity throughout Victorian England. In 1987, the Canadian Coast Guard named its new ice breaker the Ann Harvey. But, except for local recognition, her heroism was otherwise unheralded for 175 years until, in 2002, Kevin Major was inspired to write the award-winning narrative poem Ann and Seamus.

In turn, in 2003, Shallaway‘s Artistic Director Susan Knight commissioned Stephen Hatfield to compose a folk opera to further celebrate Ann’s legacy.

Excerpts from the Shalloway Site.

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Major updates on the Beaux Arts Book Site

We did some major work on the site. Added Film, Tom Reese, and Dance Chapters. We need to one more lead story then we’ll be ready to switch to media production, formatting the films and music for download. And… I’m on the track of solving the shipwreck mystery. Next, we’ll track down the details on what happend to the Kane family fortune. According to Tom, the Catholics have it all.

The Kane Family Shipwreck

Tom mentions the Kane family ancestors being shipwrecked off Newfoundland in the film interview. He told me to check the records of Lloyd’s of London. They have all the records of ship wrecks. After a couple of hours online, I did find some references to a ship with a story that fits the description of the shipwreck.

John and Alice Kane, with 2 year-old Thomas, sailed from Ireland for York(Toronto), Canada in 1829. Their ship wrecked off the coast of Newfoundland. They later got a ride to Maramachi, New Brunswick, where John died. After 16 years, Alice and 18-year-old Thomas made their way to Canada. The Despatch comes closet to fitting the description of the ship they sailed on.

Continue reading “The Kane Family Shipwreck”

Beaux Arts Gallery and Coffeehouse

The Beaux Arts book is for and about the people who passed through Beaux Arts Gallery and Coffeehouse of Pinellas Park, Florida, where Thomas Reese set the stage and invited artists and performers to create their magic. Here’s another blank canvas waiting to be filled with Truth, Rumors and Fantasies.

Submit stories to Guest page or email and I will post them for you. We’ll try to get this thing figured out. So far, I’m about half there now.

The year got fixed. I decided I like wordpress better than other blog options. Hey, they are in SF. I can go to a blog party and get the details from the creators, so to speak. The last party was at Thee Parkside, which is about ten blocks East of me. The picture links are fun when they work. (see comment.) Scroll down the links on the side.