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Gloucester Nor Easters – Flag Football League Fall Season 2016:

In person registration taking place Friday Aug 26th at Omaley School Field 5:30 -7:30

The Gloucester Nor Easters are entering our second Fall  season, after extremely  successful  opening two  seasons we are once again  presenting this safe and fun option to the kids of Cape Ann.

  • Registration is all boys and girls ages 4 -14
  • Registration  is now open: , register , choose Fall  in the drop  down  select  Gloucester
  • Games are every Sunday  starting September 11 at 11 am  thru the third week of November , no travel all games are at Omaley Field
  • No practice time commitments – practice generally held an hour before game time
  • In person registration  taking place Friday Aug 26th at Omaley School Field 5:30 -7:30
  • Further questions email or call 978 407 3215

We are seeking volunteers for coaching,  concessions, and committee

This Weekend in the Arts

Cape Ann Lighthouse Tour
A harbor cruise around Cape Ann

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 4, 2016) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lighthouse cruise around the Cape in collaboration with Harbor Tours of Cape Ann on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 10:30a.m. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. $30 Museum members/$35 nonmembers. Advance tickets required. Participants meet at Harbor Tours on Harbor Loop. Please call (978)283-0455 x10 for more information or to purchase tickets.


Image: Winslow Homer, Gloucester Harbor and Ten Pound Island, c. 1870. Watercolor on paper. [Acc. #2010.28]

Enjoy the history and beauty of Cape Ann’s coast, up close! Presented by Cape Ann’s longest-running sightseeing company – since 1969! See parts of the Cape you can’t reach by car – or on any other boat trip! Bring your camera – you’ll see historic lighthouses, Gloucester’s fishing fleet, lobstermen, drawbridges, islands, and Cape Ann’s spectacular natural beauty. Learn about some of the names of famous artists and poets that spent time here painting and writing. Hear about the great granite industry that flourished here for many years. If learning about the local lighthouses, inspired artists and fishing fleets has you looking for more information, head to the Cape Ann Museum after the tour to view fishing dories and instruments, galleries filled with paintings of the waterfront and a Fresnel lighthouse lens from Thacher Island.

Restrooms, snacks and drinks are available on board.

Trip Advisor reviews of Harbor Tours:

“This trip should be taken by anyone visiting the Gloucester area! The breathtaking sights seen from the boat are ones that can’t be seen by car.” – JB

“What a great way to introduce the younger kids to boat travel, some history, and where their food really comes from! The crew was very good with the children abroad, aged 3-8. The rest of us enjoyed the ride, and learned a few things about Gloucester and its history in art, the fishing industry, and interesting earlier inhabitants. ” – MP

Image: Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.


Bradford Chapel and Oak Grove Cemetery Walking Tour
A guided tour through a historic landmark

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Design/Build: the Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, the Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an hour-long, narrated walking tour through Oak Grove Cemetery on Saturday, August 27. The walk begins at 10:00a.m. at the Washington Street entrance to the cemetery. In 1854 six businessmen purchased an oak grove near downtown Gloucester to serve as a new cemetery. They wanted to create a space different from the gloomy burial grounds of the past; their vision was part of a national movement to make burial grounds more appealing to the living. Designed by landscape architects Robert Copeland and Horace Cleveland, Oak Grove Cemetery was the predecessor of the city park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, it was the first modern cemetery in Gloucester and is now the final resting place of many historic figures. It is home to the Bradford Chapel, designed by Ezra Phillips.


Image credit: Bradford Chapel in Oak Grove Cemetery.

This program is $10 for CAM members/ $20 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. The tour will begin at Oak Grove Cemetary, 175 Washington Street, Gloucester MA. Tickets cannot be purchased the day of the event.

For more information email us at Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.



With Olson’s pull, creating their own Gloucester-of-the-mind, Neta Goren and Shahar Bram first arrived in Gloucester in 2005, to discover the geography of a place that had inspired so many artists. “We came because of the poetry, we keep coming back because of the people,” says Bram, a poet, and scholar, who has given several readings at the Gloucester Writers Center over the years, and, since 2010, also serves on the advisory board.

Neta Goren, a painter who works with oils and mixed media, says: “the light I had experienced in Gloucester, so different from the erasing brightness of the light in Israel, had radically changed the way I paint.” Apollo Rising, her new body of work which will be exhibited at the Cornelius Sullivan New Gallery on Rocky Neck, testifies to that change—the bodies depicted are illuminated with local colors.

“She is a painter who creates mystery with monoliths rising. She is an artist who illumines the male torso in rich form and colors that will endure,” says Cornelius Sullivan, the highly accomplished artist, critic, curator, and host of the show.

A guest artist, and yet one of us, at the Cornelius Sullivan New Gallery.


Art in the Heart Luminary.



NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES its highly anticipated Annual Artist Members’ “Small Works Exhibition.”  Acquire works by some of Cape Ann’s most notable artists!  Show runs from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, September 17.  Pot Luck Reception Sunday, August 28 from 1 –  3 PM.   Open Free to the Public.

North Shore Arts Association members’ “Small Works Exhibition” is one of the most anticipated shows of the season.  Small works provide the artist with the challenge of creating, in a variety of mediums, within a limited canvas space –  20″x24″ including the frame.  And, small works provide art lovers and collectors alike an opportunity to own quite reasonably priced work that can easily grace smaller corners of a home or office.  Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to acquire works by some of Cape Ann’s most notable artists!

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


Flatrocks Gallery’s Presents
“Distinctive Mark”

Reception for the artists: Sunday, August 28th at 5pm.

Flatrocks Gallery’s new show, “Distinctive Mark,” presents unique perspectives by artists James Paradis, Peggy Badenhausen and Shay Cajolet. “Distinctive Mark” opened August 18th.

Painter James Paradis strives to take risks and “become more than oneself. Giving form to something that existed earlier in my mind, in my being…an extension of me.” His signature works are shaped canvases, boldly painted in sensuous mixtures of rich oils. James defied convention and returned to school at age 71 to graduate with his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  He has exhibited extensively across New England, at the annual National Invitation Exhibit at St. Johns University in New York, and in Auvillar, France, where he was invited as a guest artist of the Centre d’Exchange Cultural d’Auvillar.

Shay Cajolet is a British-born painter and print maker who trained at Massachusetts College of Art, the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Jacob Kramer College of Art in England, and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Currently, Shay teaches visual arts at Shore Country Day School. Her mixed media paintings and printed impressions are expressive, colorful, and gestural, employing water-based media to create playful, evocative images. Layered marks, colors, and textures form compositions filled with light and movement. For the smaller works in this exhibition, Shay delicately mixes drawn and painted imagery with monoprints, lithographs, and carved impressions.

For Peggy Badenhausen color relationships are a primary interest and a key connection to her environment. Her monotypes are referential rather than representational, using colors that are specific to a landscape, an architecture, or a situation. Her prints are made with oil-based etching ink on either plexiglass or wood plates, and are run through the press many times, so that each layer adds information. The unpredictable accidents of the process provide welcome changes and surprises, an experience of both discipline and spontaneity. Badenhausen received a BA from Newton College in Boston and her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown extensively in Boston and Cambridge and is included in numerous corporate and museum collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments Boston, MA, as well as private collections in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, and Great Britain.


Local Author Debuts First Novel

Very excited for FOB Carla Dellporta, she is releasing her first novel on August 31st.   Congratulations Carla..

For Immediate Release

 Press Contact:             Carla Dellaporta



Penelope Door, the pen name of Gloucester resident and writer, is releasing her first novel, Wounds of the Past.

This work of fiction is set in a small New England city and focuses on Matilda Dante, a complex woman struggling with hazy childhood memories – the most haunting of which is the spontaneous appearance of crosses on her wrists. Matti’s stigmata, and the bizarre death of her mother, were both chronicled in the local newspapers but get her no closer to bringing to light hidden family secrets. Guided by a gilded talisman and unsullied love, Matti begins to unearth the wounds of the past, discovering a most unexpected path to her future.

“I am thrilled to be among the group of amazingly talented writers on Cape Ann and am eager to see the public’s reaction to my debut novel”, Penelope stated.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Wounds of the Past will be available on Amazon, at the Bookstore of Gloucester on Main Street and several copies will be donated to the Sawyer Free Library by the author.

Penelope Door will also be featured at the Eastern Point Lit House’s Third Thursday Open Mic night on September 15th at 261 Main Street, Gloucester at 7:30PM. No fee. No RSVP. Please stop by to hear a reading and to learn the true identity of “Penelope Door”.

About the Author:

Penelope Door, a proud Brooklyn NYC native, now calls Cape Ann home. When her loyal puppy, Benjamin, is not demanding all of her time she is hard at work on completing her next novel, Conviction, her memoir and a series of children’s books.


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Tim Gartland @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 8.25.2016


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Dave says,
Mr Tim Gartland returns! Presently living in Nashville where he is the top-rated John Deere® Salesman,he not only plays a mean harmonica and sings like an angel, but he has just returned from Rio, where his synchronized spitting team brought home the Gold for the good ol’ USA.

tim gartland

He’s dragging in a crack team to black him up, featuring Mr. Tom West, dishpan handed keyboardist for the (Eupho) Mystics, Pete Henderson,on catarrh, who ,like me is still in recovery from last week’s Sax Gordon show,and Forrest “Tucker” Padgett to make butter on the skins. A great time!

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Recycling collection will be on a holiday schedule

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community


Good Afternoon All,

This is what has just been posted to the City’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the recycling collection will be on a holiday schedule. Wednesday collection will be Thursday, Thursday collection will be Friday, Friday collection will be Saturday.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you.

Rose LoPiccolo

Executive Secretary to

The Director of Public Works

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Throwback Thursday: Founder of Farnham’s Restaurant grew up in Gloucester

Matilda “Tillie” Farnham was born and raised in Gloucester, before moving to Main Street in Essex where her husband Joseph ran a clam shucking business in the backyard. Twenty years later they opened their business on the gorgeous site overlooking the marsh and Hog Island. That year was 1938.



Newly Weds – “Traditions are Started in Gloucester”


This couple from New Hampshire, were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary.  Their reception was at Crusieport, a year ago, and now they are starting a tradition on staying  in Gloucester at the Beauport Hotel.

“Traditions are Started in Gloucester”

Twinkling Marsh

This was a “one and done” 30 second shot over the Essex Marsh last night.   It was close to midnight and I was heading home and could not resist stopping, even though I’m a sissy when it comes to being out at night alone….the reflection of the house and the twinkling stars are what gave me a boost of courage lol!  BLM_6170-Edit-2


Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithHELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the Gloucester Times, reports that Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the fun!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim Smith


Nichole’s Picks 8/27 + 8/28

Pick #1: Thursday Night Picnic Concert at Castle Hill

This week’s concert is HELP!  A Beatles Tribute Band.


Members: $20/car.
Nonmembers: $30/car.

Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

Arriving empty handed? Enjoy our picnic concert vendors:

  • Saigon Alley: Fresh noodles dishes, banh mi sandwiches, and other Vietnamese cuisine.
  • Ice cream and pizza by the slice & sandwiches by White Farms Italian Pizza. Pre-order sandwiches at 978.356.4000.
  • Off the Hook Ipswich: Lobster rolls, fried clams, fish sandwiches, and other wild and sustainable seasfood fresh from the boat.
  • Ipswich Ale Brewery and Mill River Winery will sell beer and wine to people with positive identification at the Beer & Wine Garden, located partway down the Grand Allee. You may enjoy your drink within the Garden perimeter, but alcoholic beverages will not be permitted to leave the Garden. Picnic blankets and chairs are encouraged. Sorry, we can no longer allow BYOB.
  • Q’s Nuts: Popcorn, nuts, candy, soda and water.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION….including summer schedule


Pick #2: St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End


Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food.

Begun in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino, Saint Anthony’s Feast has become the largest Italian Religious Festival in New England. Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and religious services are held daily.

Visitors stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts enjoying arancini, sausage peppers & onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli and gelato. Guests can also browse the wide selection of souvenir keepsakes and mementos.

The highlight of the Feast is the ten hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats. The Statue of the Saint returns to his chapel as confetti and streamers cascade from the rooftops.

Other events include: The Filippo Berio Culinary Pavilion featuring cooking demonstrations and sampling from the North End and Boston’s most fabulous restaurant, an annual Open Air Mass in honor of Saint Anthony, including the veneration and individual blessing of the Relic of Saint Anthony and the distribution of blessed Saint Anthony Bread.

The magazine of Italian Food Wine & Culture said Saint Anthony’s Feast is “a spectacle not to be missed!” Saint Anthony’s Feast is held annually on the weekend of the last Sunday of August.

Pick #3: Go Fly a Kite

We have, all of a sudden, been doing a ton of this.  I can’t lie, it is not always my favorite activity what with the tangling, tearing, and untying of knots, but when/if it goes smoothly, it has been so much fun.  Gloucester and Rockport have been hopping lately with music festivals, fireworks, a sidewalk bizarre, block parties, the waterfront festival, a large fishing tournament….and, of course, the upcoming Schooner Festival.  This weekend looks like it could be a quiet weekend to catch up on simple activities like reading, bike riding, unwinding, fishing, and…kite flying.  Give it a try if it has been a while.



As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Lots Of Local Scenes In The Trailer For Manchester-By-The Sea The Movie

Check Out The Trailer Here And How Many Local Spots Can You Detect From The Trailer?


Talbot Rink



A couple of our boats, the Dominatrix, The Michael D and Pier 7 Marina in this shot from the State Fish Pier


Mt Pleasant Cemetery?


Is this Lobster Cove?


Another Shot Of The Gloucester MA State Fish Pier




Manchester Harbor


Annisquam Yacht Club
Thanks Bex for the reminder!

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