Monthly Archives: January 2018

Super Bowl #MuseumBowl wager @MFABoston vs @philamuseum

The 2018 #SuperBowl LII winner will trigger a museum loan from the losing city’s rival fine arts institution. If the Patriots win, @philamuseum will lend Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky by Benjamin West. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston. The MFA would lend Mrs. James Warren (Mercy Otis) by John Singleton Copley, which the MFA modified for #museumbowl twitter trash talk vs Atlanta.

Super Bowl 52 bet

Philadelphia Museum created a video this year.

When the Patriots win the Eagles might feel more like this woodblock print from the MFA famous prints and drawings collection: **Sad** Eagle on a Pine Branch in the Rain, Isoda Koryusai, ca.1770s, Japanese Edo period, Bigelow collection.

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On Friday the two museum twitter accounts will throw down. I wonder which works the MFA will modify this year for the trash talk on twitter, maybe their iconic Copley Paul Revere?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art could doctor their Rubens Prometheus… if so one hopes with the logo, not a player. (And one could argue even still that it’s in the Patriots favor as knowledge of foresight for the win, and Prometheus comes out all right in the end.)

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Last year the MFA did a great job with the Thomas Sully–but hey what about that eagle installed nearby.


Thomas Sully (American (born in England), 1783–1872) The Passage of the Delaware, 1819, American wing, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

There are a lot of eagles in the MFA collection…Too dark?

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Winslow Homer. The Fog Warning. 1885. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. mash up with Samuel McIntyre Eagle ca 1786-89 for cupola at Derby house 70 Washington Street Salem, MFA collection

What would you pick for the MFA #MuseumBowl?

Winter Sip ‘N Shop Magnolia Library

Save the date:
Friday, February 9, 2018 06:00 – 09:00 pm
Magnolia Library
1 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930

Public · Hosted by Magnolia Library and Community Center

Once again the Magnolia Library is proud to host a slew of amazing vendors for our seasonal Marketplace! This pre-valentines event includes some great local artists, photographers, hand knit creations, glassware, jewelry and MORE! Stop in for a quick gift for your loved one and a glass of wine on us! Free admission, free wine samples, snacks and appetizers. Bust out of your Winter Blues and join us for a Sip N Shop!

Lindsay Marshall: Angies Alpacas
Kathy Guardino-Fernandes: Photography
Rosandra C Oliva PureHaven
Erin A Pequeno Erin Pequeno’s Creative Nook Online
Donna Ardizzoni Photography
Judy Gilliss and Betty Cannon Mag His Society
Carolyn Gurrisi Paparazzi
Melissa Cox/ Jessica Biker Soaps and Dog Treats
Lara Snackzilla Jardullo Headbands, Fascinators and more
Diane Brown Saunders Lularoe
Jamie Margiotta/ Whitney Knit Head wraps and wine glasses
Amy Prichard
Amanda Neal
Kylee Foote
Haley Allison Bare Cheek Beauty
Julie Geary Classic Cooks
Rhonda Ryan Nelson Ruby Hearts
Melanie Lovell Cape Ann Animal Aid

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks special guest: Lynne Taylor 7pm 1.31.2018



Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 31st – 7pm
My Musical Guest: LYNNE TAYLOR!

Well know as the rockin’ upright bass player for Liz Frame’s
Kickers, Lynne Taylor also happens to be a wonderful song
writer and singer. She comes to us this week with every
ounce of that potent energy we love and have come to expect.
I personally am really looking forward to this one, folks! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
2/7 – Howlin’ Bill Gleason

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there 🙂

Cape Ann Museum teams up with YMCA and MAGMA to promote youth art and sport this February vacation

Within its galleries or on the local road, Cape Ann Museum’s inventive partnering promotes art and projects all children can take part in.

Cape Ann Museum education coordinator, Kirsten Vega, shares special upcoming February programming including two new offerings during school vacation 2018: movement games and art at MAGMA, plus basketeball and art with the YMCA.

Thursday, February 8, 10:30-11:30 am: Young at Art – Folly Cove Designer Valentines. Bring your toddler to Cape Ann Museum for Young at Art on the second Thursday of each month. During this special Valentine’s Day session, we’ll explore the Folly Cove Designers exhibit, touch printmaking tools, learn a song with hand motions, and print our own Valentine’s Day cards. Recommended for children ages 4 and younger with an adult. Free for members or with Museum admission. 

Saturday, February 10, 10:00-12:00 pm: Valentine Workshop with Coco Berkman. Hand print your own animal themed Valentine’s Day cards in printmaker Coco Berkman’s family workshop! Participants leave with a set of cards. Ages 6+ / Free for families.  Space is limited; e-mail for reservations.

 February 20 & 21, 1:00-4:00 pm February School Vacation: Let’s Move at the Museum! Wednesday, February 21 | 1:00-4:00 pm Play creative movement games with Sarah Slifer Swift of Movement Arts Gloucester (MAGMA) studio and create art that moves. Thursday, February 22   | 1:00-4:00 pmWhat’s art got to do with basketball? Shoot hoops at the YMCA and create basketball player sculptures inspired by Walker Hancock.  

Saturday, February 27: 1:00-1:45pm: Family Tour  A tour for history detectives of all ages! Discover the story of Cape Ann by taking a closer look at 10 objects from paintings to film. End your tour in the Activity Center with hands-on fun and art-making. Recommended for families with children under 12. Free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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#SuperBlueBloodMoon OVER GLOUCESTER -By Kim Smith

A rare and spectacular trifecta of Moon events occurred this morning– a Blue Moon, a Supermoon, and a lunar eclipse. Additionally, I have been trying to get a shot of the Moon slipping behind the UU Church. I thought it would be beautiful if it ever lined up all at once, to see Moonlight coming through the open arches of the UU Church’s steeple. In the past either the weather didn’t cooperate or the site line was off. Today, joy! And because of the eclipse there is a magnificent red shadow edging the Moon’s glow.  

From NASA: So for viewers in the East the Moon will enter the outer part of Earth’s shadow at 5:51 a.m., but Johnston says it won’t be all that noticeable. The darker part of Earth’s shadow will begin to blanket part of the Moon with a reddish tint at 6:48 a.m. EST, but the Moon will set less than a half-hour later. “So your best opportunity if you live in the East is to head outside about 6:45 a.m. and get to a high place to watch the start of the eclipse—make sure you have a clear line of sight to the horizon in the west-northwest, opposite from where the Sun will rise,” said Johnston. 



Ice Sailing on Niles Pond

These “ice sailors” were enjoying the blue skies this past weekend on Niles Pond.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen ice sailing in action but it’s fun to watch!


Apparently the Dutch were some of the first to experiment with ice sailing, not to break speed records, but to transport goods across frozen lakes and rivers.   They modified their traditional vessels by strapping blades or runners to the hull so that their shipping businesses would continue to be profitable during the long winter months.  In the 1930s and 40s it was quite the sport in the US before the automobile took the speed spotlight.  See link for more info.

8th Annual Rotary Polar Plunge

The Gloucester Rotary Club is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Polar Plunge to help make Polio history!



On Saturday, February 3rd from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon

At Long Beach in front of the Cape Ann Motor Inn

Please park at Good Harbor Beach and take the free shuttle bus to the polar plunge

Free admission: Make donations to #EndPolioNow campaign at:

The Gloucester Rotary Club will again host clubs from Rotary District 7930 (eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire) for the 8th annual Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Long Beach in Gloucester. The event is part of Rotary International’s ongoing campaign to eradicate polio in our lifetime. Several hundred people are expected to plunge into the cold waters off Cape Ann this year. Last year, over 300 people braved the icy waters, raising more than $120,000. Since the first Rotary Polar Plunge in 2011, Massachusetts Rotarians have raised over a half-million dollars with this event. Since 1985, Polio has been the signature cause for Rotary International as it has teamed up with partners including The Global Poverty Project, The Global Eradication Initiative, The World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Since that time, more than a billion dollars have been raised among Rotary clubs worldwide and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


More information on Rotary’s #EndPolioNow campaign can be found at This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has again pledged a 2:1 match for every dollar Rotarians and friends raise toward eradication efforts.

A 60-cents donation can make the difference in changing a person’s life.

Please support Gloucester Rotarians as they brave the icy waters to help eradicate polio in our lifetime. The goal for the plunge is $125,000. Supporters can text “polio” to 71777 or visit to make a donation.



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Marine Railways Always a Sight to See

We visited the Railways recently.  As always, I am struck by the industrial beauty of the place.  I am grateful they are available for visits.


This visit brought to mind a couple of stops from the past:

Always changing, forever beautiful.

Here’s What Tony Kornheiser Had To Say About The Tom Brady WEEI Hang Up

I’ve been a follower of The Tony Kornheiser Show for years and years.  His podcast and team are fantastic.

Listen as they talk about WEEI, Alex Reimer the host who called Tom Brady’s 5 year old daughter a “piss-ant”. and what they would do as management at WEEI.

Subscribe to it here-

Join Us On The Winter Birding Boat Trip

Cape Ann Community

The Chamber is doing the Winter Birding Boat Trip again this year!
Weather permitting, we will be going out on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 8:00 AM to Noon. The cost of this wonderful excursion is $75.00. Space is limited, so please sign up early– we did sell out last year and we expect to do so this year as well.

Winter Birding Boat Trip

The Cape Ann Winter Birding Boat Trip is a chance for bird-lovers to come to Gloucester and to brave whatever weather winter brings, in order to look for loons, grebes, sea ducks, alcids and other avian delights of the season along Cape Ann ‘s spectacular shoreline- including puffins- and we hope you will join us! CLICK HERE to register.

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, passed in 1918. The treaty is a seminal piece of legislation that has saved…

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February Break with Backyard Growers!

Cape Ann Community

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Having a staycation during February break and looking for a way to keep the kids entertained?

Backyard Growers is hosting three days of children’s workshops during February break for children grades K-5 packed with hands-on activities. Each day children will learn and discover more about food and gardening though activities such as: grinding wheat to flour, making and painting with plant dyes, holding and learning about worms, dressing up like a plant, and more!

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Winter Blahs Buster

Cape Ann Community

The next meeting of the Seaside Garden Club is Tuesday, February 13, 7pm, at the Manchester Community Center. The speaker is Andi Ross of Nature’s Way, a Natick Community Organic Farm ( Guests are welcome, there is a $5 fee for non-members.

The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn and share. We invite you to become a member of our club and enjoy our monthly programs which feature interesting guest speakers and creative workshops.

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, at the Manchester Community Center, located at 40 Harbor Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea. Social time begins with light refreshments at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.

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Filming and photographing Cape Ann wildlife I have experienced extraordinary beauty and fascinating behaviors at nearly every encounter but filming a Snowy Owl take a bath has to be one of my favorite captures. I think there are a number of reasons why we are so captivated by these beautiful creatures. Most owls are nocturnal, which doesn’t allow much viewing of their day to day life. On the other hand, the diurnal Snowy Owl gives us a wonderful window into their world. Culturally, owls symbolize wisdom and intelligence and the characters they are assigned in literature strengthen our associations. Mostly though we are drawn to these creatures because they do not appear to be afraid of us, unlike most wild animals. Snowies will become irritated and depart an area when startled, or are being pestered, but I don’t sense fear in these Arctic visitors. I wonder if most have ever even seen a human being prior to migrating south.

Hedwig was a contented mess, her feet and talons blood stained reddish pink from a fresh kill. It was the morning after a rain storm, and the crevices atop Bass Rocks held pools of icy fresh water.

She gingerly at first hopped over to the largest pool, paused, and then jumped in. Repeatedly Hedwig dipped her face into the water to drink. After quenching her thirst, she plunged her entire face into the pool of water. She cleaned her face feathers by rubbing them against her breast feathers. Immersing, rubbing, immersing, rubbing, her face was clean in no time.

Then Hedwig went all in, dipping and soaking all her feathers, but not all at once did she completely submerge herself. I think that would have left her vulnerable to predators if she were unable to fly. She dipped and soaked, then fluffed her feathers, then repeated all several times more. The total length of time was about 40 minutes; she was still fluffing when I had to leave. Watching a Snowy Owl take a winter bath was beautiful and fascinating, unexpected and funny and am overjoyed to have captured with photos and film.

Happiness is a long winter bath.

A flock of Herring Gulls had the same idea. 

Alicia Unleashed- The Positive Side Effects


Recorded 1/25/18 with Chrisitna Kalinowsky, Certified Nutritional Therapy Practioner.

Minute 25:01 interview starts

NYE recap, Kyle’s not so surprise 30th Birthday Party (Shoutout to Scottie Mac), B’s Roller Palace Party…It’s not CLOSED! Shout out to Kristie Cakes. DON’T EAT TIDE PODS!!!! We recap B chasing down criminals. PSA Lock your doors and don’t chase criminals. Stay to the end to hear our 2018 manifests!


*Disclaimer: Christina is not a doctor.
We discuss what is the difference between a Nutritional Therapist and a Nutritionalist.
Christina explains “her why”, things she has had to learn in the last year throught this course. We talk Gout, Leaky Gut, Hearburn. Christina has a blog! Her favorite recipe, B’s favorite recipe (she calls it Chrisitna’s Miracle Juice)! How 1 food may work for 1 person and not for another. We talk Cheese, also “Not so healthy” food disguised as healthier.
Chrisitna also discusses the memior she is working on. And learning about Cancer.

Where you can find Christina (On Social).
Instagram: thepositivesideeffects
(Keep an eye out for the facebook page).

Special shout out to photographer
Instagram: rayaonassignment

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