Author Archives: Donna Ardizzoni

Great show at the Gloucester Marine Railway

What a fun and great event at the Gloucester Marine Railway to benefit the Phyllis A. on Saturday. So many people to thank, Doug and Gloria Parsons and the Board of the Phyllis A. for putting up with me. Amy Beth for all your help with the accounting, Joey for your truck, Cape Ann Giclee for the great grids to hang, The Magnolia Library for grids, The Annisquam Exchange for the card rack, Pauline, from Pauline Gifts on Essex Ave. for grids, Rick Gates for helping with your truck, Walt Kolenda from Cape Ann Auctions for the rolling walls and my husband, Ricky. God love him for putting up with me and my anxiety about this. This show was so much fun to be able to go inside the railway and learn how it all works. Thank you vendors and guests who came to see the show.

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To learn more about this Phyllis A please follow the link below

Almost all set up for the Phyllis A show

Donna Ardizzoni

Grand Prix Gloucester

On Sunday I volunteered as a Road Marshall at the Cycle Cross at Stage Fort Park. If you have never gone you are missing a great time. The Women, Men and children who do this grueling race are very inspirational. As a Road Marshall I can tell you that the athletes are very grateful for the support and for the volunteers. Another great time.

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From our friend Dave Moore

Dave sent me this photo and information.  Dave, we always love hearing from you. Thank you Dave.


I was looking around for the year I was born that way and stumbled into this GEM The good old days look at what they brought in then!  I was whooping 4 months old when this came out!  Let me

Gloucester ran Live on NBC Television 4 pm Sunday, October 16, 1955.

 Gloucester Mass October 16, 1955

Alpacas of Marshalls Farm Stand

Love going to Marshalls Farm Stand for fresh veggies and fruit but always have to go and visit these cute Alpacas.  They are very friendly and come right up to you.  For more information on Alpacas please follow the link below.




Join Us

From our friends at Lexicon Gallery & Studios 15 Lexington Avenue, Magnolia, Gloucester MA 01930

Saturday October 15, 6-10PM
Mix, mingle and meet our juried artists
from around the country at the Rockport Art Association and Museum, 12 Main Street Rockport, MA.
Over 400 on-location paintings, by 40 award winning artists, will be available for purchase
Celebratory drink upon arrival
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from  Best of Boston award winning, Vinwood Caterers
Ticket cost $60.00 in advance and $75.00 at the door and 100% of the fee can be applied to the purchase of CAPA paintings. Gala to be held at the Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street, Rockport MA 01966
Lexicon Gallery is thrilled to welcome the CAPA artists to Cape Ann.
Yesterday at Magnolia Beach met Chuck from Cincinnati.

CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester coming this weekend

september-27-2015-she-looks-so-strongThis event is always fun and inspirational. Come and enjoy.


Hundreds of top professional and amateur racers from across North America and throughout Europe, including many former national champions, will again converge on Stage Fort Park for the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester this weekend. The premier race on the New England cyclocross calendar is set for Oct. 15 and 16.

The two-day competition, now in its 18th year on the coast, is the opening event in the 2016 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series.

Often called the “steeplechase” of cycling, cyclocross represents “everything that’s good about cycling,” says race promoter Paul Boudreau.

This unique, race-specific discipline is a wild, entertaining mix of road racing, mountain biking and running on an obstacle-laden clover-leaf course that snakes through every corner of the park. The sport requires racers to fight for position while negotiating sharp turns, mud, sand, hills and hurdles, all at full speed for an hour. Cyclocross is demanding, challenging, and humbling for racers of all ages, men and women alike.

“Gloucester is a special race for me. It’s a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up,” said Jeremy Powers, a United Stats Cyclocross Champion. “Historic, classic, and epic.”

Again this year, the race’s title sponsor will be CRAFT Sportswear, a Swedish apparel company headquartered in Beverly and presenting sponsor Ipswich Ale Brewing.

“We’re so fortunate to have such an iconic and prestigious race in our backyard, and having partnered with the event for a number of years, it’s frankly about time we took this next step,” said Eric Schenker, CEO of CRAFT Sportswear.

In addition to professional and elite racers, the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester is an enormous draw for weekend warriors from throughout the Northeast. Anyone can race (pre-registration is required), with competitors placed in fields of similar ages and ability levels. All racers – even beginners – compete on the same course as the top riders. The result is an event that attracts roughly 1,000 competitors each day.

Cyclocross is also one of the most spectator-friendly bike-racing disciplines. The colonial-era Stage Fort Park, overlooking Gloucester Harbor and its views of the Atlantic Ocean, provides a stunning venue. Fans can eat, shop, and learn more about cyclocross racing in the Expo, or sample craft brews at the Beer Garden. Families can enjoy the picnic area with grills and a playground for youngsters. There will even be a free kids’ bike race for youngsters ages 12 and under.

“There is something about that place. It’s got a soul. I’ve been everywhere in the world that cyclocross races, and little comes close to the aesthetic drama of Gloucester,” Race announcer Chris Zigmont said.


* Races start at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and run for the better part of the day. Both days finish with the showcase Pro (Elite Class) races from 3-5 p.m.

* A free Kids Race will be held Sunday at 1:50 p.m. Registration for the Kids Race will be the day of the race. Up-and-coming racers ages 5 to 12 are invited to compete.

* The Ipswich Ale Brewing Beer Garden will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, where spectators can sample a variety of craft brews. The Expo will also be open both days, featuring a food court, cycling vendors, and local businesses.

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