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THE FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!! Hold onto your hats, we’re going to be treated to an extra fantabulous spectacular display!

Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.

Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.

Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.


Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea


I am super excited to share that my friend Lyda Kuth will be giving a presentation on architect Eleanor Raymond as part of the lecture series for the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build summer exhibit. You may have met Lyda when she gave a screening of her beautiful film Love and Other Anxieties at the Cape Ann Cinema. The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. I am sure it is going to be a fantastic talk!

About Eleanor Raymond: Eleanor Raymond (1887-1989) was a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the mid-20th century. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and Landscape Architecture for Women, Eleanor Raymond was a noted innovator partnering with solar energy researcher Dr. Mária Telkes to design one of the first successful solar-heated buildings in the Northeast. On Cape Ann, Raymond designed homes for artist Natalie Hays Hammond, anthropologist Carlton S. Coon and a summer cottage for herself overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

About Lyda: She is an independent filmmaker and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation, which supports New England independent documentary filmmakers. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with an Image Award.

kt5b69q3pk_fig018Home designed by Eleanor Raymond, Belmont, Massachusetts, in 1931, seven years before the Gropius House in Lincoln, which was built in 1938.


Eleanor Raymond and Dr. Mária Telkes

Cape Ann Symphony Big Night, Big Music Concert

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Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 65thAnniversary Concert Season on Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm with the Big Night, Big Music Concert featuring symphonic masterpieces from Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi. The orchestra’s new season features the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2016; a romantic concert in March 2017 featuring cello soloist Blaise Dejardin and a Scandinavian Spectacular in May 2017 with the remarkable blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh making her CAS debut. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 65th Anniversary Season, “The 65th Season of the Cape Ann Symphony starts off with a Big Night, Big Music program of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. These pieces are orchestral blockbusters, and the audience is going to go wild. We have Holiday Popsin November and in March, we are featuring virtuoso cellist Blaise Dejardin playing Saint-Saens gorgeous Cello Concerto. We finish the season in May with an all Scandinavian program with the remarkable pianist Yoo Jin Noh – blind since birth – performing the beautiful and lyrical Grieg Piano Concerto. We’re going to have an incredible season, and the musicians and I can’t wait to share it with our fabulous audiences.” All Cape Ann Symphony Concerts are held at the Manchester-Essex High School auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea., MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for youth 18 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit


Performance: Saturday, September 24, 2016              8:00 P.M.

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 65th anniversary season with Big Night, Big Music featuring the thrilling music of Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi as well as showcasing the extraordinary talents of the CAS musicians. TheBig Night, Big Music program includes Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances fromWest Side Story; Debussy’s La Mer and Respighi’s Pines of Rome.



Performance: Saturday, November 26, 2016               8:00 P.M.

Performance: Sunday,    November 27, 2016              2:00 P.M.

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, including an audience sing-along to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 26 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 27 at 2 pm. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music.



Performance:                Sunday, March 26, 2017        2:00 P.M.

The Romantic Masters Concert celebrates the richness, beauty and power of music from the Romantic Era on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm. Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Dejardin joins the orchestra for the elegant Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto. The program also includes Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.



Performance:                Saturday, May 20, 2017                  8:00 P.M.

Stirring works from Scandinavia are featured in Cape Ann Symphony’sScandinavian Spectacular on May 20 at 8 pm. The phenomenal blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh makes her CAS debut with the Grieg Piano Concerto. The CAS celebration of Scandinavia features audience favorite Sibelius’Finlandia and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1.


Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium: 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible



Senior Citizens/$35.00

Youth (Age 18 and Under)/$5.00

Season Subscriptions are Available.

 For Information call 978-281-0543 or


PHOTO: Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa Photo Credit: Jeph Ellis




Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim Smith


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!


Joe Nadeau & Jay Aptt One Night Only! Friday 7-11pm at the Lobster Trap in Essex ,Ma 8.26.2016


One Night only!!! This Friday 7-11pm at the Lobster Trap in Essex ,Ma (no they’re not opened again )Our band Manager and Tour bus mechanic rented the place for Joe and Karen’s arrival into Fishtown. Joe is only around town to see family and for a quick gig with The F.T. Band and our good friends The Steamers opening the show!. The F.T. Band has the pleasure of having caught and empty schedule night for the very busy ivory tickler John Hyde on Keys and ACCORDION!! We have to ask for a $10 cover which includes finger sandwiches and snacks etc. 2 bartenders to cover the bar. We ALL would like to thank our band manager Sean Nolan and Extreme Truck and Auto for setting up and paying for this night!
Sean and crew …..this Notes for YOU!


Last night’s sunset over Essex BayEssex Bay Sunset copyright Kim SmithEssex Bay Sunset -2 copyright Kim Smith

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Last night's sunset over Essex Bay

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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.

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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


Manchester-by-the-Sea Architecture Walking Tour

Explore history outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an architectural walking tour through historic Manchester-by-the-Sea in conjunction with its exhibition Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects on view at the Cape Ann Museum through October 9.

Join Manchester Historical Museum curator, John Huss and preservation consultant, Bill Finch as they highlight the diverse architecture forming Manchester’s historic downtown. This tour will begin at the Manchester Historical Museum at 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1 hour; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time.

image003Image: Constructed in 1885 to house Seaside No. 1, the town’s first horse drawn fire engine, this handsome building on Central Street later became the headquarters for the Manchester Police Department into the 1970s. Today it is serves as a museum and home for the town’s two antique engines.

This program is $10 for CAM and MHM members / $20 for non-members (includes Cape Ann Museum admission). Space is limited; Advance tickets required. 

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


The first of our Cecropia Moth caterpillars, nicknamed Mothra, is in the process of spinning her winter home, a fine silken enclosure. With the gossamer threads, she has woven several branches together, forming a V-shaped structure to secure the cocoon.

Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail 2 copyright Kim Smith

Surrounding leaves, like a blanket, are arranged around the cocoon and also secured with silk threads. The house is quite large, about four inches long and an inch and a half in diameter. As you can see from the Instagram, she has room enough to easily move within the cocoon. When completed, she will pupate within the case. Come next spring, Mothra will emerge from her winter home ready to mate and deposit eggs of the next generation. The circle of life continues.Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail copyright Kim Smith

Mothra spinning her winter home, from the inside out 🌻

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero at the Rhumb Line ~ Tonight’s Musical Guest: Charlee Bianchini- 7pm 8.24.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, August 24th – 7pm


photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

We’ve been having a wonderful series of Wednesday shows
of late. No reason to change now. Charlee Bianchini returns
to us once again this week, offering (as always) her finely
crafted music with grace and beauty. We are honored. ~ 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!
8/31 – Jay & Laurie Keefe (Allen Estes guest hosts)

9/07 – Liz Frame & The Kickers

9/14 – Honkytonk Women

9/21 – Bradley Royds

9/28 – Chick & Ellen

Looking forward……to seeing you there🙂

Gloucester Harvest Music Festival Fundraiser at LAT43! 4-10pm 25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA

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This is a fundraiser for the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival, which is a charity event to support the AGH Citizens Fund, a fundraising arm for our local hospital, Addison Gilbert. The AGH Citizens Fund is a non-profit, grass roots community based organization who raises money to donate funds directly back into the hospital for anything they may need. All proceeds go directly to the fund to support AGH! Visit our websites at and www.aghcitizensfund.orgThere will be amazing food that night of course, along with raffles, a 50/50. For more info, you can call Carol Pallazolla at 978-879-7652. 10percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to our event! Please come out and have a yummy meal with us for a good cause! Thanks!

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25 Rogers St

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0223


Voicing the Woods

An exhibition of Jeremy Adams’s organs and harpsichords

 On View at the Cape Ann Museum

October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

The public is invited to an opening reception at the Museum on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2017.

Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ and a selection of harpsichords, each built in their entirety by Adams in his workshop in Danvers, Massachusetts. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’ furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.


Jeremy Adams started his musical training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then entered into a six-year apprenticeship at the William Dowd harpsichord shop, also in Cambridge. Dowd, working in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, had sparked an international renaissance of interest in bringing authentically historic practices into performance and instrument building, and Adams, along with a handful of other young craftsmen, were the beneficiaries of his highly competitive and well regarded apprenticeship program. Adams began his professional career in the early 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, and quickly gained recognition for his skills both as a musician and a woodworker. He trained with C. B. Fisk (pipe organ design and manufacturer) in Gloucester for two years, during which time he honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing, and in 1969 opened his own shop on the North Shore. Adam’s harpsichords, clavichords and pipe organs can be found in public and private collections around the world, including at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; the Sapporo Episcopal Cathedral in Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto Fukkatu Kyokai in Kyoto, Japan; the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA; the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, MA; and the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA.

The instruments will be complemented by a series of photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg that document Jeremy’s studio and work process, highlight some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and offer a better understanding of the breadth and volume of his work. 


Related Programs

The exhibit will be further enhanced by a robust selection of programs including gallery talks, musical performances and an organ crawl. For a full schedule of programs related to the exhibition please check our website or signup to receive CAM’s weekly e-blast at

Still a Few Seats Left for Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

Still a few seats left!

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone


Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, August 24th,2016 at 12pm with “How To Make A Movie On You iPhone” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

It used to cost thousands, if not millions of dollars to make a movie. But now the basic production tools are in the hands of millions of people. Your smart phone can capture better video than most top of the line professional cameras did only a few years ago; all you need are a few tips and a few (if any) accessories to produce a festival-ready film. Join independent producer Ted Reed for a Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn discussion that will show you what you need to know and what works best to get high-quality video out of your iPhone. The principles are the same for almost any current smart phone; we’ll concentrate on what the iPhone can do and the free or cheap apps that will help you get your indie feature made.


Participants are encouraged to install the ProCam app* which we will do a quick tutorial on, but even the stock Camera app will do the trick.



Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to to reserve your spot. 


DSCF0527Happy Birthday to my sweet friend Lotus who celebrated her 11th birthday with family and friends at Niles Beach. 








WOW AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Check out this special edition of the Superintendent’s Corner as Dr. Richard Safier, Alex Corbett, and Telena Imel take us on a tour of the new West Parish Elementary School. This video was created by Lisa Smith and Becky Tober for Cape Ann TV.

The West Parish Elementary School open house for the West Parish community is on Thursday, August 25th. The entire Gloucester community is invited to tour the school on Sunday, August 28th. 

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