Volunteer Spotlight: Jon Elcock
We continue our series highlighting some incredible people who stepped forward when Support The Pink House was in it's infancy, and selflessly gave their time and talents to carry us to the point that we are at. They did it for their own love of The Pink House, but also on your behalf - and the behalf of the entire North Shore community (and beyond) who expressed the same desire to preserve and protect this iconic landmark.
If you're on our Facebook page, have been visiting this website, opened our brochure, visited our booth at Yankee Homecoming, etc, chances are great that you've seen the work of this next person and may not realize that. It was Jon Elcock's photo was on the cover of April's North Shore Magazine which featured our story! In fact, the one at the top of this page is also shot by Jon! And you could take it home as it will be up for auction at our upcoming Pink House Holiday Art Show and Auction coming up on November 17 at PITA Hall.
"The first time I visited Plum Island, I was a bird photographer headed to explore the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The Pink House instantly caught my attention and I began to envision the house in all sorts of scenes and conditions. From then on I began to carry my wide angle lenses with me when I went out to Plum Island, welcomed each time by the house. Two years later my photographic interests have shifted to landscapes, and I credit much of my 'eye' for these scenes to that lonely house out in the marsh. It seems fitting that my first framed print sale and my first published photograph were both images of the Pink House. This house continues to be an inspiration through my journey as a photographer and I would love to see it preserved and maintained so others can appreciate it in the same way!"
Jon is a physical therapy graduate student at Northeastern, and has found success in his hobby as a photographer; a number of his landscape images were published in the last year. His full portfolio of work, featuring many scenes from Plum Island, can be found on his website. Jon came aboard in the spring of 2016 and took a leading role in our Social Media Committee, created our website, volunteered at Yankee Homecoming, and continues to donate portions of his art sales to the cause.
The first Pink House Art Show and Auction is planned for 6:30 pm on November 17, 2016 at PITA Hall -- within sight of the pink lady herself!
Jumping in to the spirit of the season, we figure it's perfect timing. We planned it to happen before all the travel, cooking, shopping and multiple holiday events have crammed your schedule. Warm up on a blustery evening, stroll with something to sip on and enjoy taking in all the extraordinary art done by local photographers and painters of the icon that is all our own. And you can do some gift shopping while it goes to a good cause and supports our local artists!
There will be donated pieces for auction, and additional pieces for sale with a percentage also going to Support The Pink House. There will also be a chance to win a bona fide custom made men's shirt the recipient can design themselves along with Wardrobe Stylist Rochelle Joseph, as well as a stunning piece of jewelry from our own Pam Older Designs.
There's something for everyone on your list - especially that hard to buy for category. And we have a feeling, you may end up leaving with something just for YOU!
PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR. Visit/Like our Facebook Page and see the event invite there!
The final monthly meeting of Support the Pink House for 2016 will follow our Art Fundraiser on November 30, at PITA Hall at 7 pm. We expect to celebrate the success of this event, talk about what we can do in 2017 and then we're all going to enjoy the holidays - with some lucky people unwrapping Pink House art!
We're counting down to Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm at PITA Hall for the next monthly meeting for Support the Pink House! The meeting is for our volunteers and those considering getting involved, as well as the general public. At these meetings you"ll hear the progress we have made in the prior month but we will also be forming committees and working toward our next steps - one of which is our exciting first Pink House Art Show and Auction slated for November 17 at PITA Hall from 6:30 pm. Spread the word!
The first official meeting of Support the Pink House took place last month and was a resounding success! It was attended by over 60 people in addition to our Steering Committee and primary volunteers (those folks with the pink name tags above) who helped facilitate the meeting. Also in attendance were an impressive show of support from both State Senators Tarr and Ives, who have been instrumental in our options moving forward, along with Congressman Moutlon (whose rep, Morgan Bell, was also in attendance), both Representatives Kelcourse and Mirra, Councilman Greg Earls from Newburyport and Selectman Chuck Bear from the town of Newbury, where the Pink House lives. You can all read about it HERE.
That kicked off what now will be monthly meetings for everyone who is part of this grass roots, community love movement. If you'd like to volunteer pls take a moment to fill out our interest sheet by clicking HERE.
The last meeting of the year will be November 30, PITA Hall, 7 pm, so please put it on your calendars.
Tee shirts and bumper stickers will be available always at these meetings, as will our petition if you still have not yet signed it. And because everyone is talking about The Pink House, there will also be fact sheets available too - because one way you can help is to speak accurately about the Pink House on her behalf.
This is a great way to contribute and make a difference, visit with neighbors and make new friendships. It's a warm and wonderful group of people, gathering together over something good - to preserve and protect a special piece of what makes where we love to live, work, visit and play so very special.
So spread the word, bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you there!!
Did you know that the current Pink House Tee Shirt is a limited edition? The tee shirts were designed by Steering Committee Member Eric Hoover, of NBPTArt, who also created the striking Pink House logo that is on everything from brochures to banners to bumper stickers.
"Facing anticipated demolition of this beautiful iconic landmark, I designed the pink house T-shirt with the intention of increasing awareness of this imminent threat, while conveying guarded optimism that the structure could be saved," Eric said of his concept. "Right now, the shirt and house are black, as the house is in need of our help. Only the windows of the house have color, but the sky is bluish. The front of the shirt only has the three pink windows, begging the curious viewer to inquire. On the back of the shirt it says, THE PINK HOUSE 2016."
With a twinkle in his eye, Eric added, " As we make progress, the tee shirt will change to reflect that. "
In future years, as we try to breathe life into this old house, I anticipate more colorful designs incorporating the pink house logo, each annual addition will have the year, and the design will reflect the status of the PINK HOUSE.
Interestingly enough, as we investigate repurposing the house, the T-shirts are made from 100% recycled materials: 50% recycled cotton and 50% recycled plastic bottles!!
We even have onesies!! You can order your tee shirt through our website by clicking on the SHOP menu, or find them at our meetings, events and booths.
The Pink House herself Tweets in her own voice on Twitter (@SupprtThePinkH), but after our Kickoff monthly meeting Wednesday, the PH was being Tweeted about by some VIP's!
State Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives has been there with encouragement - so it was no surprise that sheTweeted about Support The Pink Houseafter attending last Wed's kickoff Monthly meeting at Pita Hall with a photo by PH member Rocco S. Coviello/ Rocco's Photo Tavern including, from L to R, Jon Elcock, Social Media and Web Chair, Senator Ives, Rep. James Kelcourse, Rep Lenny Mirra, our Rochelle Rock Joseph, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Congressman Seth Mouton's regional rep Morgan Bell, our Alison Odle, our David Dempsey, and NBPT Councilman-at-Large Gregory Earls. Steering Committee member Eric Hoover was wording out of town but is present by his design of the banner behind us, and the most excellent PH Tee worn by David... !
We SO appreciate Senator Tarr's availability to us, advice and solution-oriented efforts. Photo by Rocco S. Coviello/ Rocco's Photo Tavern.
Thank you Congressman Seth Moulton, for your assistance, joining local and State elected officials in backing Support The Pink House on the all-important Federal level.
Support The Pink House’s first formal public meeting to galvanize efforts to spare the iconic Pink House was a huge success! Last night Plum Island’s PITA Hall was warm with community collaboration and good will as federal, State, and local officials joined the Support The Pink House group and 60+ caring local attendees.
All gathered to both hear the compelling behind-the-scenes story of the intense work done by the grassroots citizens group on behalf of the concerned public. As a real vote of confidence and show of solidarity, a VIP list of elected officials were in attendance: Congressman Mouton's rep Morgan Bell, State Senators Tarr and O'Connor Ives, House Representatives Mirra and Kelcourse, as well as Chuck Wik, a Selectman from the town of Newbury, and Newburyport Councilman-At-Large Greg Earls as well as Plum Island Tax Payers Leader Ron Barrett, Greg Jardis of Amesbury Industrial, among others.
The Steering Committee has been meeting regularly, at times once a week, for the last year. They realized early on that before marshaling the interested public, that they needed to accomplish the first step: Securing the house from imminent plans to demolish it. And they have succeeded, thanks to the help of many of the elected officials seen here.
The Pink House is currently owned by the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, managed by Bill Peterson. Scheduled for demolition in March of this year, STPH worked with Peterson to get a stay until May -- at which time they met with Peterson to get yet another extension. All through, our Steering Committee worked overtime, calling, meeting, and writing everyone they could who might help. While the Refuge agreed to keep the Pink House up until after the summer, it was clear this was the finale -- unless Support The Pink House could come up with something significant by September 1.
We nearly needed a miracle - and it came thanks to the involvement Senators Ives and Tarr and ultimately a conference call between Congressman Moulton and Senators Markey and Warren's offices and the Wildlife Refuge. The end result was that Support the Pink House was granted at least a year to work on solutions!
This meeting was held to kick off the effort. Senators Tarr and Ives spoke at the top of the meeting. Newer to the effort, Reps Mirra and Kelcourse were welcomed and also said a few words. Then all took their seats to watch Support the Pink House's
This is the first of monthly meetings that will be held by Support The Pink House. The next is at PITA Hall on October 26, 2106 from 7-9 pm.
Now that we have some time, and our research has produced some concrete directions to work toward, our work has begun. We have several options to explore in addition to the need to raise minimal operating funds. The Steering Committee, who works on behalf of the overwhelming interest by the public, needs folks to pitch in and help. While 40 people signed up at this meeting alone, we are rapidly growing in our needs.
If you're interested click CONTACT US, give us your information and check off any boxes describing your skills or what kind of things you'd most enjoy working on. Thank you!