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BMA Nominee Gracie Curran on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain UP tomorrow (SUN) at 9AM

Gracie Curran at Larcom Theatre April 2014

Here’s some irony: Earlier this month, the Boston Globe announced this year’s Boston Music Wards nominees (see here) which include Gracie Curran for Blues Artist of the Year.  A few days later the Boston Herald cited Gracie Curran’s move from the Boston area to Memphis as an example of local blues artists’ response to the a loss of venues that offer them a place to preform (see here).

Vickie and I are bringing Gracie back to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday NOV 1, for one night only with young, award-winning piano player Victor Wainwright, who got the first standing ovation at this year’s Gloucester Blues Fest.  GET TIX HERE.

Tomorrow, you can hear Gracie talk about the her career, the Blues, Memphis, Boston and much more on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up radio show on North Shore 104.9FM at 9am.  Yeah, this will be worth getting up for.

Community Stuff 10/24/14

At the Gallery….

Is it Halloween already?

This summer was great — very busy, visitors from around the world, and lots of commissions. Poppies are still a favorite, and pebble beach paintings are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of summer in Rockport.
The gallery is open year-round:
Autumn Hours:
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 am –  5 pm EST
Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Open by chance or appointment
So please do visit, just be sure call the gallery first to confirm hours during the unpredictable New England weather.

My Pebble Beach paintings are especially popular with visitors to Rockport. “Pebble Beach No. 29″
was featured in the inaugural issue of Cape Ann Magazine (read more about my interview below.)

Interview with
Cape Ann Lifestyle

Tusinski Gallery was also chosen to be featured in the first issue of
Cape Ann Lifestyle, published this summer. I enjoyed sharing my perspective on my early artistic influences, the joy of working in Rockport and other interesting topics. Two of my paintings: “Dreamy Still Life” and “Pebble Beach No. 29″  appear in this beautiful magazine.

From Jodi,

Our rented house is being sold, closing in on nov 10th, hoping you can print our press release.

I’ve included some photos if you want to use them.  Photos credit is Law Hamilton for all except the photo of me and the little screech owl, photo credit for that one is Erin Parsons Hutchinson.

Thank you so much, I’m praying one of your readers will help us continue to help our wildlife, if we cannot find a place, Cape Ann Wildlife may need to shut our doors permanently or until enough funds are raised for a facility.

Thank you so much

Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc (CAW) is in immediate need of a new facility to rent, due to the rented home being sold.
Cape Ann Wildlife, Inc and Jodi Swenson has been rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife in Gloucester since the 2005, saving hundreds of animals, primarily songbirds every single year.
Closing the doors on this valuable resource for our community will be a great loss.
Preferred is a affordable single family home, 3 bedroom, away from the center of town (Gloucester, Essex, Rockport, Manchester, Ipswich) for the small rehabilitation center and Jodi’s family.
As a 501(c)3 non profit, there may be a potential tax write off for a landlord.
We of course need an animal friendly kind of place, that’s affordable. 
Only permanent pets are 1 small dog and 4 birds.  During the songbird baby season, we can have up to 30 little babies at a time, fall, winter and early spring being a quiet time.
We need enough room outside to build simple pre-release cages for birds to get acclimated to life outside and flight conditioning. 
So please help us continue this important service to the community and our quickly declining songbirds.  If you know of a property that might be suitable please contact Jodi Swenson at 978-325-2501, visit

New Year’s Rockport Fundraiser, Paint Night, Wed. Nov 12th, 6:30 PM at the Pigeon Cove Circle, Rockport, MA.  Paint Night is a company that supplies an artist who will come to your location and teach you how to paint a finished painting in an evening of fun, food, drink & socialization.  We need 35 applicants by Oct. 29, but you can still register up to the day of.  Pre-registration is required at Contact Claire with questions:  Help New Year’s Rockport Eve dig out of debt from 2013 and prepare for 2014.



Metcalfe Show Opens At RAA

Rockport Artist Judy Metcalfe will open a two-week solo show of her award winning watercolors at the Rockport Art Association on Sunday, October 26th with an artist’s reception from 2:00-4:00 PM.
In Judy’s words, “I attempt to catch the moment when sunlight transforms a simple object into something wondrous.  When a flower glows with inner light, a water droplet sparkles, or an intricate network of shadows is cast by a spray of leaves or the facets of a glass vase. Each of us see these things in our everyday life, but they are fleeting. I try to capture them and hold them for others to enjoy.”  In viewing her works, the observer realizes just how well she succeeds.  Meticulously rendered, they seem to be real – not painted – with a simplicity that belies just how intricate they really are.
Metcalfe received her BFA in Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  She is a signature member of American Watercolor Society, Hudson Valley Art Association, New England Watercolor Society & National Association of Women Artists.  She holds elected memberships at Rockport Art, North Shore Arts & Connecticut Academy of Fine Art.
The Metcalfe exhibition will continue through November 6th.  For more information visit the RAA’s website at or call the gallery at 978-546-6604.  The RAA is open Tuesday – Sunday.



Johnny Orlando is remembered as teacher, mentor, and friend to countless students during his decades as carpentry teacher at Gloucester High School.  John passed away suddenly two years ago, but his memory as a master carpenter lives on in the form of a scholarship awarded to a graduating senior for college or advanced vocational training.

Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant, 86 Main St in Gloucester, has agreed to donate ten percent of proceeds of food sales on Monday, October 27th to the Scholarship Fund; and all who remember Johnny are invited to join with his family and friends that evening to celebrate his life.

Tax-deductible contributions in any amount may be also made to:

The John W Orlando Scholarship Fund c/o Gloucester Scholarship Foundation, Cape Ann Savings Bank,

109 Main Street

Gloucester, MA 01930 .

For further information, contact Rosalie Parisi at (978) 283-0286


DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Brian David Templeton, William Loosigian & Dave Mattacks @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30

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It’s He-Man Week™ as I drag in the limb-crunching behemoth of the blues: Mr. Brian Templeton. Last time he was here, severe shock and awe erupted on the dance floor and mere mortals (not you) quivered with trepidation at what might happen to their booty whilst under his spell. He’s a really big guy, physically and tonally. Makes me look like Barney Fife. He’s really a great frontman, singer and harpist,and a joy to work with. He’s bringing along Mr. Billy Loosigian, rocket-propelled guitarist and veteran of many an ear-exploding night on this same stage.He’ll be the one in the red cape. Range-finding co-ordinates supplied by the atomic clock, Mr. Dave Mattacks. I’ll be on base. hours: 8:30 till11:30, and, no, we’re not changing them anymore for the winter.



40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, Ma.


Community Stuff 10/23/14

Jewels of Gloucester Moving-


Jewels of Gloucester is excited to announce that in 2 weeks we are moving to 242 Main St. Next to Stone’s Pub and across from the Liquor Locker! Over the next few months we will be upgrading our workshop so we can provide even better and faster jewelry and watch repairs. As always we will continue making beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as offering our Cash for Gold service.

Thanks for your support,

Jim Hyatt
Owner, Jewels of Gloucester

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Follow on Twitter: @jewelzofglostr


Last Three shows-


Oceanside Hotel Info

I am writing the history of an organization called the Southern Industrial Educational Assoc. 1905-1926. Part of their mission was to provide a marketplace of selling Appalachian craftwork. 

The woman in charge of marketing the crafts outside of Washington DC was Augusta S Stone. I know she spent summers with her daughter in Magnolia and that the large hotels sold Appalachian crafts in their gift shops. She may have stayed at the hotel.

Do you know the contact information for someone who might have photos of the old hotel, possibly interior shots, or other memorabilia that might help me with my research. I notice that George Krewson III seems to be interested in the hotels history. Is there a phone number or email where I could reach him?

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. 



Resident Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Kathleen Curtis Wilson

Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Hello we at dawns studio of dance is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The fundraiser is for our dancers to go to disney nxt oct. We were wondering if u cld just put the add up for us. It will be November 13th at the D.E.S hall from 5-8. There will be a raffle basket with the frozen characters and more. Cld u plse let me know if u can do that for us, my email is ty very much

Help Eastern Point Day School “Drive Toward the Future”


Eastern Point Day School, formerly Saint Mel’s, needs your help! More to the point, future students do! EPDS is hosting a fundraiser event and silent auction to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. 

Why should you help out EPDS?

We offer an outstanding academic experience in a safe and nurturing environment, where students learn respect for others and blossom with self-esteem. We embrace local partners including YMCA, Maritime Heritage Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester Stage Co. and NOAA. Our students work together across all grades – supporting each other and learning critical problem solving skills as a team. It truly is a place where kids can be themselves and genuinely cultivate a love of learning.

1/3 of the families at EPDS last year received some form of financial assistance and/or scholarship.

When you support EPDS, you are keeping educational diversity alive on Cape Ann and giving a child in our community the gift of a bright future. Thank you. 

How can you help?

A variety of ways! Volunteer your time and talents to the school. 

Or, donate to our fundraising efforts. 



Tickets for this event on November 8th, can be purchased HERE

Your contribution to the EPDS scholarship fund extends this opportunity to children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford tuition.

With your support, we can continue to promote the advancement of Cape Ann’s next generation of inventors, artists, environmentalists, athletes, politicians and humanitarians.


Photoshop classes At Cape Ann Giclee


Hi Joey,
If you could post this we would appreciate you more than we already do which is alot.
Not a week goes by that we don’t hear “When are you going to do that Photoshop class you keep talking about?”
So due to popular demand and to not have to hear that question anymore we have set the dates for a Photoshop for Photographers I workshop and sign ups are online on our website at
This is a beginner/intermediate workshop and will cover chip to print how to make the most of your photography files for print and web. It is not a photography class but a what do you do once you have the image file workshop. We will cover file management, color balancing, shadows and highlights moves, how to send and save files, why shooting in RAW is best and more using Photoshop and Bridge. We will also be announcing more advanced workshops in the near future so stay tuned!

Anna Baglaneas Eves
Cape Ann Giclee
20 Maplewood Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930

Local Colors artist Cooperative Will Be Celebrating 25 Years This saturday!

COME CELEBRATE with the artists of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative our 25th anniversary on Main Street – Saturday, October 25th from 6 to 8 pm. Included will be all new original artwork, live music, refreshments and a raffle to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid. The raffle item is a stained glass nautilus piece donated by original founding member Donna Amero. All new artwork is on display from October 18 through November 7. The seventeen current artists invite the public and all former artists to come help them celebrate! 121 Main St. Gloucester, MA.


Community Stuff 10/22/14


What’s Happening at GHS 10/22/14

Our Scheduled Common Application Workshop will be taking place on October 23rd, this Thursday. If students have any questions or concerns about the completion or submission of the application then this is the perfect time to get all of your questions answered and your common application completed. We will begin promptly at 2:15 in the Guidance Office, and we will be available until the process is completed. Please remind your seniors that we are available and it is a great way to check the application process off their list!

The ACT will be offered at GHS , this Saturday, October 25, for any students who have registered. Please remember to bring pencils, a snack, calculator, ID and admission ticket. Please be well rested and ready to produce some college admissions work!

The registration deadline for the December 6 SAT is November 6, 2014, so if your student would like to take the SAT then please register for this test at
The registration deadline for the November 8 test has passed however the late registration is still available until October 28 for an additional late fee.

MCAS English and Math retests will be given at GHS on November 5 and November 12, respectively. If your child will be taking these required tests for their graduation requirements please ensure they are present in school at this time.

Please return all Biographical verification forms which were distributed with the Progress Reports to

Mrs. Andrewes in the Dean of Student’s office as soon as possible and if your student has misplaced their copy please ask them to stop by the Dean’s office for another copy.

The Nurse’s office is still missing over one hundred Blue Student Health and Emergency Forms so if you can find it at home please return to the Nurse’s office as soon as possible so we may have updated medical information for your students in the case of an emergency.

Upcoming Dates of Interest

First Term Ends Thursday, November 6,
Report Cards Mailed Home, Wednesday, November 12
Sawyer Medal Night   Wednesday November 12,
MEFA Financial Aid Night Thursday November 20

Guidance Department 978-281-9874
– Option #8


To Learn more or Register go to :


ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH will be presenting Godspell, Jr. on November 14th – 16th.  Co-directed by St. John’s staff members Jay DiPrima (director of youth ministry) and Mark Nelson (Music Director), the cast features a group of young talented performers from Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester.
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew, the musical uses major episodes in the life of Jesus – including his baptism, the Last Supper, his arrest and crucifixion – to explore important ideas like compassion, love, forgiveness and sacrifice for the greater good. The show draws on various theatrical traditions and musical styles, including pantomime, charades, acrobatics, vaudeville, folk and rock to create a unique reflection on the parables of Jesus.
The role of Jesus (and assistant director) will be played by Jack Favazza whose performances are well known in Gloucester and at the North Shore Music Theatre. The double role of John the Baptist/Judas will be played by Tess Burnham whose talents have also been displayed at the stages of O’Maley, GHS and currently Bishop Fenwick. Both Jack and Tess perform a number of solo songs as well as a powerhouse duet (All for the Best). The other thespians share both soloist and ensemble roles – Cara Stockman (Day by Day), Hanna Conlon (Learn Your Lessons Well), Gabrielle Cros (All Good Gifts), Jillian Osmond (Oh Bless the Lord my Soul) and Kaylee Parker. Choreographed by Carson afklinteberg, the dances reflect a joyful and upbeat story theatre approach.
All tickets ($10.00) can be purchased or reserved by e-mailing or calling Betsy Levick, Parish Administrator – or 978 – 283 – 1708 ext. 14. Tickets can also be purchased at the door twenty minutes before each performance.
(All proceeds will be used exclusively for future children and youth programs)
All performances will be held in the beautiful sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St, Gloucester, MA.  Parking is available in our lot at 33 Washington St.
Show times and dates:
Friday, Nov 14th – 7pm
Saturday, Nov. 15th – 7pm
Sunday, November 16th – 3pm

Godspell JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) and its collection of musicals for younger performers.

Joey —

Chorus North Shore is hosting a family event to raise funds for our upcoming holiday concert. Many of our singers are from Gloucester and Rockport and we’d love to see our friends and neighbors there.  We’d appreciate it if you could post this notice.

Chrous North shore

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks guest is Rocky Kramm 8-11pm


This Wednesday Only:
Fresh Baked Haddock $10.95!

Wednesday, October 22nd
Special Guest:


ROCKY: A brilliant player, singer and arranger!  Also, quite
hilarious.  Let’s have fun with him this week! ~ Fly

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Fresh Baked Haddock $10.95!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Fozzie Hill


Andy Pratt

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Looking forward……to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

Bring on the Rain – I Know Where I’m Going


I considered posting a gloomy photo of rain running down a window pane. That could be depressing and sappy, but it’s not my style. When rain and storms block in the way, don’t slow down, stay the course. Move forward to where you want to go. During a rainy Gloucester Schooner Race, Captain Steve Douglass looks ahead, consults his charts, and sees beyond the rain. I do not look at the rain dripping down the glass, but rather navigate as Captain Douglass does: Carry on toward your destination. I welcome the impending rain.

Community Stuff 10/21/14

Gallagher’s Farewell Tour visits Beverly’s Larcom Theater on October 25th

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M.E. Productions presents comedian Gallagher for the last time at the Larcom Theatre.
“Rolling Stone Magazine” calls the famous watermelon smasher, “One of the greatest comics of all time.”
He pioneered the television stand-up comedy special, racking up 14 Showtime specials during the height of his career in the 80s.  Gallagher also captured headlines as a candidate for governor in the freewheeling 2003 California recall election. In one of his campaign appearances, he lamented the state of the nation’s collective IQ. “Don’t you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence?” he asked. “There’s one marked ‘brightness,’ but it doesn’t work.”
Gallagher’s stage show has evolved over the years, and he now interacts more with his audiences. People from the crowd are often invited up on stage to share in the fun.  One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Gallagher’s reputation as an audience-friendly performer who genuinely enjoys his gigs.  He always takes extra time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with every fan in theater lobbies before and after performing.
Tickets to see Gallagher’s Farwell Tour are $29, $39, and $44.  For tickets and more information visit  or call 978-525-9093.

Parents of USTA Juniors Invited to Strategy Session with Hall of Fame Tennis Coach

This week, Nick Bollettieri—professional tennis’s outspoken, passionate, fearless and inspirational coach—will visit the Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis Program, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Regional Training Center of New England.

On Thursday, October 23, Bollettieri will host a parent session at Manchester Athletic Club’s tennis facility at 6:30pm. The session is free and open to all parents of USTA New England tournament players. Space is limited to the first 60 parents who call for a reservation.

During his annual visit to the club whose tennis program he helped design 12 years ago, Bollettieri will also give private and group lessons, as well as host a 10-and-under Green and Orange Ball Day on Saturday, October 24, from 12:00-2:30pm, and High Performance Tennis Academy Days on Saturday from 2-5pm and Sunday, October 25, from 9am-12pm.
Bollettieri recently received the highest honor in tennis when he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, earlier this year. He has coached ten #1 players in the world including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams—as well as the current #6 player in the world, Kei Nishikori..

“Our affiliation with Nick gives us some high-level opportunities, said Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis at Manchester Athletic Club. We’re fortunate to be able to extend this invitation to our tennis members, as well as the USTA junior community and their parents.
For additional information on Nick Bollettieri’s parent session and other weekend activities, contact Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis, at Manchester Athletic Club: 978-526-8900 ext. 238 or
Manchester Athletic Club is located in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is the only USTA Training Center in New England and only one of 12 USTA Regional Training Centers in the country. MAC is also home to New England’s professional tennis team, The Boston Lobsters.

Nick Bollettieri, Hall of Fame tennis coach, with Sasha Wood, an up-and-comer from Topsfield, at the Manchester Athletic Club

Cape Ann TV (, a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series – Getting Started with Abode Premiere to be held on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

Seating for this event has filled up fast, but there are still 6 seats available. (RSVP: Lunch & Learn events are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Here to guide us through the basics is Henry Cooper. Henry has a Graduate Certificate in Digital Video from Northeastern University and has worked as a Production Assistant with Rockport Music for 3 years.  He has a wonderful and informative presentation to help us navigate through getting started with Adobe Premiere. Questions are welcome during the presentation.

About Cape Ann TV: Cape Ann TV is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to the Cape Ann Community. Cape Ann TV is an important community resource that gives everyone a voice. We strive to produce programming and educational content for the community, by the community.

A catered lunch will be provided by Wally’s Blackburn Bistro.

Hi Friends,
LaVoce di New York wrote a lovely piece about my current exhibition in NYC:
And below is an invitation to a roundtable discussion at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in conjunction with this exhibition.
A presto,
Paul Cary Goldberg

Community Stuff 10/20/14

John Nasser submits-

GHS Field Hockey Qualifies for Tournament Play

Congratulations to the 2014 GHS Field Hockey Team for qualifying for Tournament play again this year. There are 2 regular season games remaining at home next week…this coming Monday, Oct. 20th @ 5:30pm and Wednesday, Oct. 22nd @ 6pm.





Friday Night Lights: Fun & Creative Vinyasa Flow With Live Music by Candlelight

Only 15 spots left!  Register ASAP to reserve your spot at this magical event on Friday, October 24.

Warning: yoga by candlelight has been known to cause epiphanies!

See you there!

Gretchen Hill

Owner, Saltwater Massage Studio


State Rep Debate Hosted by the LWV Airing on Cape Ann TV

State Representative Debate Hosted by the League of Woman Voters of Cape Ann

DebateLWVStateRep10-16-14Both candidates were in the Cape Ann TV studio on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 for a debate hosted by the League of Woman Voters of Cape Ann. Some of the topics covered by this debate include:

  • The New Governor
  • The Four Referendum Questions
  • Climate Change and Ocean Rise
  • and the Common Core in Education

LWV Debate for State Rep on Cape Ann TV Channel 12:

Saturday, October 18 at 11 am and 9pm
Sunday, October 19 at 3 am and 8 am and 10 pm
Sunday, October 19 at 6 pm
Tuesday, October 21 at 3 am and 11:30 pm
Wednesday, October 22 at 10:30 pm
Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 am


Want to go watch meteor showers Aboard The Most Beautiful Boat in Gloucester Harbor?


Hi Joe,

Monday night is the night. We are leaving on the Lannon at midnight to head out to where the sky is big and dark to watch the Orionid Meteor Showers. We have invited a local astronomer from the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club to join us. Virginia Renehan is very knowledgeable and happy to share her knowledge of the nighttime sky with our passengers. Take a nap if you have to, but join us for one of the final sails of the season.

Trick or Treat at Fenway Park!

Well, it ain’t no Rolling Rally Parade, but I’ll take it.

On exactly October 30th, 2004 and October 30th, 2007 I was inside Fenway Park boarding a Duck Boat with the Red Sox ownership to ride in the Rolling Rally World Series Parades. Two of my craziest days ever.

So, while that  won’t be happening this October 30th….at least something fun will be!

The Red Sox have been finding more and more ways to keep Fenway Park fan friendly and to open its gates in lots of new and exciting ways.  Picnics in the Park, chances to run the bases, Frozen Fenway, ice skating open to the public, the Monster Sled sledding course, concerts…and much, much more!

This year they are also hosting Trick or Treating on the warming track and a viewing of Ghost Busters on the big screen.  All for free!  While you don’t have to buy tickets….you do need to reserve them.

To Read More Click Here

Claim Your Free Tickets Here


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