Monthly Archives: December 2017

Special Olympics Torch Run

Join the Cape Ann Sharks and athletes of  Special Olympics (CASO) teams by running,  walking or donating.   Your funds help support the programs for all the athletes on Cape Ann, including swimming, soccer, bowling, track and field, basketball and bocce.

Join the fun….Join the Team!

This Sunday, December 3rd, Centennial Park in Peabody for the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics!


Art Haven’s Executive Director Traci Thayne Corbett and Cathy Kelley are doing a fantastic job managing the fabulous buoy painting taking place daily after school. Today they were joined by volunteers Michael Kelley and Lianna Sours. The finished buoys are gathering in great piles all around the studio. Today’s ernest artists were representing from West Parish Elementary. Saturday, December 2nd, buoy painting continues, and is open studio day for any young person.

Michael and Cathy Kelley, Lianna Sours, and Traci Thayne Corbett

West Parish Elementary: Friday – 12/1 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Saturday – 12/2 – 10:0am – 1:00pm
Rockport Elemenary School:  Monday 12/4 – 3:30-5:00pm
O’ Maley Middle School:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Open Day for Everyone: Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm
Manchester/Essex Elementary:  Wednesday – 12/6 – 3:30-5:00pm

Lobster Trap Tree Lighting and Party at Art Haven after

December 9th, 4:30 pm, Main St at Lobster Trap Tree

Buoy Auction

January 26, 5-8pm, Cruiseport

This Weekend in the Arts


There is SO MUCH happening over the next month! Christmas in Rockport begins tomorrow with Shop Rockport Night. Detailed event information can be found on The calendar of events is attached.

As some of you know, this is my last day as RCD Director.  It’s been incredible getting to know so many wonderful people who bring such creativity and vitality to our town.  Beginning January 1st, I will be interim Minister at First Congregational Church, while Rev. Derek is on a 3 month sabbatical.

Going forward, Mechelle Brown, the Town’s new Community Engagement Consultant and Mitch Vieira, the Assistant Town Administrator, will be shepherding the RCD.

As always, I hope to see you around town!

Peace, Sue

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Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Miniature Art Show

Nella Lush's Shallow Water M_M 8x10

Nella Lush’s Shallow Water M_M 8×10

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens a non-juried Miniature Art Show at the Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  This show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography, but all pieces of artwork must be smaller than 8” x 10”. The exhibition runs from December 1 through December 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday & Sunday, noon-5 pm and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.


Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair
December 2, 2017 – 8:00am – 12:00 pm

Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA 01930-1322

Each autumn the members of the Annisquam Sewing Circle gather to prepare for the Annual Christmas Fair, well known for its fabulous one-of-a-kind wreaths and center pieces as well as decorated boxwood trees. Also one will find beautiful bulbs and potted plants ready to give or take home, delicious homemade gourmet food items and handcrafted gift items.

The Annual Christmas Fair & Luncheon and the Annual Plant and Gourmet Food Sale raise funds to support scholarships for graduating seniors who are going on to college, training for a trade or other educational opportunities and community projects on Cape Ann, for example: The Open Door Food Pantry, Backyard GrowersCape Ann Animal AidPathways for Children.

The Annisquam Sewing Circle was begun in 1837 as the Annisquam Female Benevolent Society. It is thought to be the oldest continuous independent society of women on Cape Ann.

The Society’s purpose as stated in its Preamble, was “for the performance of acts of benevolence.” Through the years, the Society, and now the Circle, has contributed generously to community programs and to individuals.

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Four Northshore Poets: A Reading

Carol Seitchik, Jay Featherstone, Mary Davies Cole, and Suzanne Gilbert Lee Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4pm

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

By suggested donations at the door; proceeds support the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Four Northshore Poets began as an introduction of two poets by a mutual friend. It grew into the idea of a poetry reading following mutual respect and recommendations for two more poets to come together for a celebration of verbal expression. Four Northshore Poets are all residents or former long-time residents of the Northshore who have been active in the Cape Ann literary scene. On Sunday Decemebr 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, each poet will read for approximately fifteen minutes. All are invited and light refreshments will be served.

Carol Seitchik comes to poetry after a long career in the visual arts. In the year 2000
she completed a series of surreal portraits and decided to give them a voice on the page establishing the artist as poet. Her poems have been published in an anthology, in journals and nominated for a Pushcart Award. Seitchik lives with her husband and dog in Beverly, MA.

Jay (Joseph) Featherstone, is a former editor of the New Republic, where he wrote on literature and politics and education; he was also headmaster of the Commonwealth School, and a a professor of education at Harvard and Michigan State. He has written for many publications, and is the author of several books on education. His book of poems,  Brace’s Cove,  was published by New Issues Poetry. He is married to educator and writer, Helen Featherstone.

Mary Davies Cole was a member of the workshop group, Cape Ann Poets for nine years;  she has been published in New Millennium Writings (2008, 2016), A Feast of Cape Ann Poets (2010), Portrait of the Artist As Poet (2006), Our Last Walk (2016), and the Vineyard Gazette . She studied at The Iowa Writer’s Workshop and with Marge Piercy.

Suzanne Gilbert Lee, former director of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, writes poetry and short fiction. Her poems have appeared in the South Boston Literary Gazette and the quarterly of the Order of St. Michael. She holds degrees in journalism and theology. She has been a member of Amherst Writers and Artists workshops, Gloucester Writer’s Center workshops and others. She lives in Rockport with her husband Kevin Lee and their daughter Nora.

More information contact: Suzanne Gilbert Lee, 617-872-7633 or



Rockport Art Association & Museum is proud to host the first major retrospective of Rockport artist Rudy Colao. This exhibition features 150 paintings by the artist, primarily in oil, with a variety of subject matter including florals, still lifes, studio interiors, as well as landscapes, shorelines and street scenes from New England to Europe. The Rudy Colao (1927-2014) Retrospective Exhibition will be on view in the Hibbard Gallery of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966 from December 2 – 31, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

Born in Peekskill, New York, Colao was raised on the east side of the Hudson in Westchester County and enjoyed drawing from the time he was able to hold a pencil in his hand. Shortly after serving in the U.S. Army during the end of WWII, Colao began his studies at the Art Students League of New York with Frank Vincent DuMond, one of the League’s most successful and popular teachers, who became his painting instructor and life mentor. Under the instruction of DuMond, combined with being self-taught, Colao became a talented and accomplished lifelong artist. Colao supplemented his painting career with teaching at the Art Students League and elsewhere.

Colao’s wonderful sense of humor helped tie all of the aspects of his life together, from making a lasting friend with Rockport artist Paul Strisik to attracting the attention of his future wife and enduring friend Camila McRoberts, who was also a fellow student at the Art Students League. They had three children and led an active and social life while he continued to pursue his artistic career. A visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts from 1950 on, Colao became a permanent resident of the picturesque town in the early 1990’s, where he opened a studio gallery and remained for the rest of his life. “Rudy Colao was a man who embraced life, lived it to the fullest, and shared his enjoyment with the world through his painting.” – Judith A. Curtis

In addition to being a member of Rockport Art Association & Museum since 1979, Rudy was also a member of Allied Artists of America, Hudson Valley Art Association and North Shore Arts Association. He exhibited at National Academy of Design, Southern Vermont Art Association, National Arts Club and Salmagundi Club. His paintings offer an eye opening experience not to be missed and have won numerous awards, especially his stunning oils of floral still lifes, including gold and silver medals at Rockport Art Association & Museum.

A 56-page, soft cover, full color catalog by Judith A. Curtis accompanies this exhibition.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 12 – 5 PM.

For further information, please visit or call 978.546.6604.


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#Shrimp On The @WeberGrills Performer #KISS

Northeast BBQ

Keep It Simple Stupid.

So often we get caught up in complex recipes with a million ingredients when some of the best things are simple to make with just a few.

Shrimp peeled and deveined.  Swathed in butter and minced garlic.

A half a chimney of charcoal spread evenly on the bottom of the charcoal grate.

A turn or two and when the grill flares up from the dripping butter close it to snuff out the flames.  Easy Peasy lemon Squeezy.  5 minutes prep time 5 minutes cook time.




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Goodlinens Studio 1st Year Celebration

Gloucester’s goodlinens studio celebrated its first year in business with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 130 Main Street, where shoppers find useful, well-designed goods for kitchen, bath, home and gift.  Thank you to all of our patrons!

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For those of you who don’t know, Sista Felicia makes the most gorgeous and precious holiday cookie collections you’ve ever seen…in addition to a ridiculously long list of other culinary treats for the tastebuds.

I was so mad at myself for missing out on ordering her Halloween and Thanksgiving cookies…they kind of go like hot cakes….so, as soon as I saw heard that she was putting together gingerbread house kits, I reached out and ordered one!

Hands down one of the best holiday purchases I have ever made.  I mean, I knew it would be great….but great is beyond an understatement.  The time, care, attention to detail, and holiday spirit that goes into each and every kit is priceless.  Finn and I picked it up the other day and were immediately dying to tear into it….but, we patiently waited…although not for long.  I was able to hold the boys at bay for two nights, but come Tuesday, they couldn’t wait another second.

As we untied the bow, opened the box, unwrapped the goodies, and spread out the enormous number of treats, candies, intricate decorations, icing, and beautifully baked gingerbread roof and walls the boys’ imaginations starting racing.  We have built Gingerbread Houses every year….but, this one takes the cake.

We melted the little hard candies into beautiful stained glass windows and went crazy decorating.  The boys worked happily while listening to Christmas carols until we ran out of frosting.  My boys were a bit heavy handed with their frosting application, otherwise we could have continued for another hour easily.

The best part is that we still have so many candy decorations left that we can go back this weekend and decorate lots more!  The boys want to make a shed and a doghouse.

If you are interested in ordering do so quickly!  No doubt these will sell out FAST!


A Day Made for Poets and Artists

I took a walk on Good Harbor Beach this week in the sunshine and wind.  The sand was swept toward the ocean pushed by the wind, rushing to meet the incoming waves.  This picture doesn’t really show you how the sand was moving, but picture “Lawrence of Arabia” sandstorm and dial it back a couple of notches.  (Allow me to note that I was crunching in sand in my teeth as I got into the car to leave just to add some color to the imagery.)


As the wind pushed and the tide approached against the wind, lovely spindrifts left the impression that the water and sand were moving as a couple out to sea.


If you look hard and squeeze your eyes a little, you can see the sun allowed for a little rainbow to make an appearance.  Think “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and dial it back several notches.


Invigorating.  Thank you Mother Nature.

Backyard Growers awarded Community First Grant to increase healthy food access in Gloucester

Cape Ann Community

 Whole Cities Foundation announces 44 local community partners through innovative grant program.

Whole Cities Foundation, an independent nonprofit foundation established by Whole Foods Market, awarded Gloucester-based Backyard Growers a $5,000 Community First Grant, to fund healthy eating initiatives in the city.

Backyard Growers, in partnership with Gloucester Housing Authority, will be using grant funds to improve fresh food access in Gloucester by establishing new community gardens and expanding existing gardens at housing communities throughout the city. Backyard Growers has 64 gardening beds in low-income housing communities as well as 9 community gardens throughout Gloucester. Their school garden programs are in every school in the Gloucester Public School District, serving over 2,000 students, and their school garden program model is now being used in Manchester, Rockport, Marblehead, Lynn, and Chicopee School Districts as well.


With the support of the Whole Cities Foundation, Backyard Growers built the Willowood Community Garden in…

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