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GloucesterCastSquareGloucesterCast 196 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Heidi Dallin, Robert and Barbara Walsh, Deborah Cramer, Catherine Ryan, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/14/16

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Awesome Gloucester Video

Here’s a link to a video John Cooney made about Awesome Gloucester, an organization that has quietly raised nearly $40,000 and distributed it to the community in various ways over the last three years. The twenty trustees each chip in $50 a month, review and vote for their favorites out of the 10 to 15 proposals we receive every month, and then hold a public Pitch Night to decide among the top three. The best idea gets $1,000 in cash. It’s very simple to make a proposal, fun to attend Pitch Night (3rd Mondays at Gloucester House (Thanks, Lenny)), and sometimes we are looking for new trustees. Even more info at our website.



This is going to be a huge clean-up.   Please email me at or to let us know which area you would like to help out.  We look forward to hearing from lots of great citizens of Gloucester.  Please bring your gloves and we will supply the yellow bags.  If you have a picker it is always helpful.

Thank you

September 10 clean up

Holy Antipasto!

Back in June I had a work gathering at a friend’s house and promised to bring something. After working all day and then bringing the boys home to Rockport before heading back up to Hamilton, I didn’t leave enough time to finish preparing what I had originally planned to bring.  So…. I picked up the phone.  I called Mike’s Place in Gloucester and ordered a 1/2 tray Antipasto.  It was ready in 15 minutes, it was HUGE, it came with lots of homemade pita pockets, and it was only about $25.

As simple as it was, it was a big hit.  And…there was a ton left over to bring to work the next day to feed the troops.

Once this summer I ordered the same salad tray again and packed it a few days in a row for easy beach lunches…and for a couple quick light dinners. The only downside is that the salad is SO incredibly big that we could probably eat it two meals per day for five days in a row….but that would be a bit monotonous….even though it is yummy enough to do so.

After heading back to work full-time yesterday to plan for a new school year…and with the boys having a 1/2 day soccer camp each day all week long…the same 1/2 tray antipasto was calling my name.  It made for a nice dinner tonight for all four of us, it will be my lunch today at work, it will be waiting for the boys after 4 hours of soccer this afternoon, and will probably be lunch and dinner again once or twice Wednesday and/or Thursday.

Long story short…. order one!   Perfect during a super busy week….especially when it is too hot to cook.

Mike’s Place

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Charlie_DSC8000 Maya_FinnB_DSC8053 FALL Session 2016 Starts on

Friday, September 9 For Children &

Saturday, September 10 For Teens

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops is accepting students 5-19 for the Fall Session.  The six week Youth Acting Workshop Fall Session meets for a total of four hours per week through Saturday, October 15. The Fall Session features expanded class hours & lower tuition. The Fall 2016 Session features Acting Instruction taught by award winning actress, Harvard graduate and Gloucester native Heidi Dallin; Lighting Design taught by GSC Master Electrician PJ Strachman; Sound Design taught by The Totalitarians Sound Designer David Remedios and a special course incorporating play writing, dramaturgy and music in “How To Make A Musical” taught by guest instructor Tufts graduate and Danvers native Sarah Vandewalle.

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theatre.

Registration is open for the FALL 2016 Session. Students are divided in classes according to age.  The Children’s Class (ages 5-10) meets Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays, 11-1pm. The Teen Class (ages 11-19) meets Saturdays, 9-1pm Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For class times and schedules and to register, call978-283-6688 or visit

GSC Youth Acting Workshop Students in Action.

All Photos by Gary Ng



Continuing through September 11th:  Geoffrey Bayliss | Prints, Drawings : rhythmic and lyrical at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street (next door to the Cape Ann Museum), Gloucester.  The gallery is open Thursdays-Sundays 12noon-5pm and by appointment.  917-902-4359.  A selection of works from the exhibition can be viewed


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 8/30/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

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Final Block Party of the Summer!

August 29, 2016 ~ chambercacc ~

Join us this Friday night, September 2, for the final Gloucester Block Party of the summer!  As always, the event will feature our wonderful downtown merchants, delicious food, music, entertainment and more!

Details on participating vendors and performances will posted this week on  Follow along on Facebook for photos and videos.


As a reminder of how fun these community events are, here are the videos from this year’s block parties so far… We hope to see you there on Friday night!

August Block Party

July Block Party

First time #smoking #monkfish on the @webergrills Smokey Mountain Smoker


A pile of bones and animal parts were found by the East Gloucester neighborhood kids on Niles Beach Sunday. We are wondering if one of our readers could help us identify what we are looking at here. Thank you🙂

1- copyright Kim SmithThere were several of these starry shaped things and this is the largest one. There is some kind of cartilage base from which they extend.

copyright Kim SmithThis is hard and and thin. We were holding up to the light but the sun had gone down. It was somewhat translucent when earlier the light had been shining through it.

News on Cape Ann Plein Air — CAPA Gala

Cape Ann Plein Air Announces Plans for October 15 Grand Awards Gala

Celebration and Awards Ceremony Will Highlight Weeklong Outdoor Painting Competition Featuring National and Local Artists

August 29, 2016 – The organizers of this fall’s weeklong Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA) national art competition have announced plans for a gala celebration and awards ceremony on Saturday, October 15, at the Rockport Art Association and Museum.

The Grand Awards Gala will offer the public an opportunity to view the work of artists who will be painting across Cape Ann that week as part of the region’s first national outdoor painting competition.

Guests who attend the gala that evening – which will run from 6pm – 10pm – can also mix and mingle with the artists who were chosen by the CAPA juror to compete in the program.

The gala ticket price — $60 in advance and $75 at the door – can be applied to the purchase of CAPA paintings.  For tickets, visit

The artists will compete for $16,000 in prizes and awards. There will be awards of $6,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place, in addition to two $250 honorable mention awards.  Additional $500 themed-awards will be granted for Best Americana, Best Marine, Best Use of Light, Best Nocturnal and Best Perspective. There is also a $500 People’s Choice award. Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in the competition.

Guests who attend the Grand Awards Gala will be treated to a celebratory cocktail, two drink coupons, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres prepared by Best of Boston award winner Vinwood Caterers.

 About CAPA

CAPA 2016 – which will run from Columbus Day, October 10, through Sunday, October 16 – will provide local artists the opportunity to compete with national artists who participate in other plein air events around the U.S. In addition to the Grand Awards Gala, the CAPA 2016 festival will include an opening artist reception at North Shore Arts Association on October 10; a Paint by the Sea event in Manchester-by-the-Sea on October 12; and a Paint Essex 2016 plein air event on October 15, with a reception, auction and sale on October 16.  Other events planned for the week include demonstrations, concerts, workshops and gallery events.

CAPA is being organized by the Cape Ann Community Foundation, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations.  It is the first national plein air competition in the region, with activities planned in each of the four Cape Ann communities — Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

The founding sponsors are: The Applied Materials Foundation, Rockport resident Stephen Bell, By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty, Gloucester resident Linzee Coolidge, and the Beverly-based law firm Glovsky & Glovsky.  The organizers continue to seek additional partners to support CAPA 2016, offering opportunities to sponsor events, awards and prizes.

The organizers are also working with the region’s many hotels, motels and B&Bs, restaurants, service providers and others across Cape Ann to offer special packages to participating artists and others visiting for the plein air competition and festival.

CAPA 2016 celebrates Cape Ann’s legacy of plein air painting and the continued presence of locally based and visiting artists who come to the region to paint “en plein air.”  A phrase borrowed from the French meaning “open (in full) air,” plein air is used to describe the act of painting where the artist reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

Award-winning plein air artist Colin Page will serve as CAPA entry juror, selecting the 40 artists who will participate in the competition.  Another nationally recognized plein air artist, Ray Hassard, will serve as the CAPA awards judge.

For more information, visit the CAPA website at

About the Organizers

Cape Ann Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, formed in association with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation has as its mission to support Cape Ann through regional promotion, economic development and education including jobs training and work force preparedness.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the largest business organization on Cape Ann, is made up of members from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea, as well as surrounding communities.  The Chamber works to promote a strong local economy by supporting community programs, assisting area businesses and promoting the region and local education initiatives.  For more information on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, visit

seARTS , a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists.  Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit

Essex Merchants Groupa 501(c)(6) non profit organization, represents the Essex business community and is instrumental in sponsoring and supporting many town events. Paint Essex originated in 2012 and has sold nearly $100,000.00 worth of art at its Sunday auctions since its inception Over one hundred artists participate each year. Check out our website for more information.


Quote of the Week



I know the cure for everything: saltwater…in one form or another: sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke) 1885 – 1962

Born into an aristocratic Danish family with close ties to royalty, Dinesen was home schooled by her strict Unitarian grandmother, and then continued her education in Rome and Paris. She married her second cousin in 1914 and moved to Kenya, then known as British East Africa. The couple established a successful coffee plantation in Kikuyu tribal lands staffed by local people, but divorced in 1925. Dinesen had a close relationship with Denys Finch-Hatten, an English hunter, safari leader, and aviator who suffered a fatal crash in 1931. The plantation did not survive the world-wide economic depression and Dinesen returned to Denmark, where she concentrated on her writing, producing several books, the best known novel Out of Africa, and the story Babette’s Feast, both of which were later made into films. She was an important literary figure in Denmark and America through the 1950’s, hobnobbing with other intellectuals including Hemingway, Miller, and Capote. She was short listed for the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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