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Marion Rayner, New Work in Acrylics – Reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Celebrating Flowers


Marion Rayner, a member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be presenting a special show of her new work in acrylics. There will be a wine and cheese reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The show will run from June 23-July 13.

Marion has been creating landscapes, seascapes, and florals in watercolor for the past 25 years. “I love how fluid, vibrant, and unpredictable watercolors can be. I had been thinking recently about creating in another medium. With spring here and all the beautiful flowers blooming on Cape Ann, it seemed natural to want to create something that would celebrate the emergence of all that beauty. I have long admired the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Her large and exaggerated forms bring a sense of importance to each flower she paints.”

Marion’s canvas pieces are large (2”by 4”), bright and appealing. The poppies stand out from a dark background. In fact, the poppies seem to “pop out.” Each piece makes a particular flower the star of the show.

Also during the show work by Donna Amero, a founding member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be Celebrating Dragonflies with dragonfly themed stained glass in the alcove. “Dragonflies signify happiness, speed and purity,” says Donna.

Please join us for this special reception June 23, 5:30-7:30 at
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester.

The organization is also seeking new members. The group is Cape Ann’s oldest artist cooperative, and is managed and run by the artists who all share an equal status. The reception is an opportunity to meet the artists, see their work and find out about membership benefits.

AVP Porch Tour: Friday, August 3, 2018, 5-7 PM

As a preview to the Annisquam Village Players fantastic production of the Little Mermaid and a fundraiser for a new sound system for the Village Hall, the AVP Porch Tour is back.

The self guided tour through the charming village of Annisquam features private porches, many never available before, with stunning views of Lobster Cove, the Annisquam Lighthouse and across Ipswich Bay.

At the conclusion of the tour, participates will be treated to wine and hors d’ oeuvres at the final porch, serenaded by cast members of the Little Mermaid.

Tickets are $30 and are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets or at the Exchange, 32 Leonard Street, Annisquam 978-281-0358.

Intershell International will be blessing it’s newest surf clam vessel the BING BING

Michael Orlando submits-

Good Morning,

Saturday June 23rd US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom and her team will be accompanying myself on a tour of the Gloucester Fishing Industry.  I am going to finish the tour at 52 Commercial St. where my company Intershell International will be blessing our newest surf clam vessel the BING BING. This particular vessel underwent a 100% refit in Gloucester, MA at Roses Marine.  Bruce Tarr will also be attending and officiating the blessing.  We are putting this event on as a way to bring light to the fact that the fishing industry and all the industries directly affected by it are doing everything in our power to keep going in the wake of all the government regulations imposed in recent years.  It is also a chance to highlight the extremely skilled men and woman who brought this vessel back to life.



Free Skate Girls’ Hockey Open House

CALLING ALL GIRLS for a free skate open house!  If you know a girl at the U10, U12, or U14 level who may be interested in learning more about Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s girls’ hockey program please come by and experience what it would be like to play.

This Sunday, June 24th from 5:00-6:00.

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Exploring Planets on 133

Anyone know what’s up with these signs posted along 133 between Gloucester and Essex? They appear in order of the planets beyond Earth and have a little replica attached. I’d love to hear more.

Now sing along and have some fun

My name is Jupiter I am covered in clouds

I’m the fifth planet from the sun

My giant red spot is a raging storm

As for size I’m the biggest one


My name is Saturn I am brown in color

I’m the sixth planet from the sun

My outer rings are extremely thin

They’re made of dust and icy chunks

My names Uranus I am blue in color

I’m the seventh planet from the sun

Humans have named me the icy planet

Because I am the coldest one

My name is Neptune I am blue in color

I’m the eighth planet from the sun

I have too many storms in my atmosphere

And I’m the furthest planet from the sun

Lyrics from The Planet Song by Kids Learning Tube

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Treetop

Cape Ann Wellness

Treetop Yoga Presents SUP Yoga 

Saturday, June 23, 8:00-10:00 AM

with Annelise Brosch of Cape Ann SUP

Location: Essex Marina, Essex, MA

This stand up paddle board yoga workshop is designed for yogis who want to test their balance and connect to nature. This workshop includes paddle instruction, rental of all applicable equipment, anchoring system and a full yoga class, complete with one of the best savasanas of your life.

We’ll be on the water for about 2 hours. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get all your gear sized up. Can’t wait to see you!

Cost: $40 Includes all rental equipment including board and paddle. NOTE: If you have your own equipment, email to receive rental discount PRIOR to registering. REGISTER HERE 

Please NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event as it takes place off site.

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Butterfly visit ~

Cape Ann Wellness

The power of Meditation….

As we sit quietly, take a deep breath in, hold for a bit and then gently exhale, do this 3-5 times. Feel your body relax, now gently close your eyes and let your breath relax as well. Sit for as little as 5 minutes, it’s not so important on how long but how often. No matter where, time of day or length just “do” everyday and just maybe you too will have a butterfly come visit 💜

We leave you with this quote:

“Live does not happen to us, it is only responding to us” 💕

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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Fiesta 5K Road Race

Rick Doucette submits-

Howdy Joey!
Hope you’ll please give this a run on GMG:
With more than 800 runners last year, the YMCA’s St. Peter’s Fiesta 5K Road Race (link below) is THE running event of the season! An absolutely amazing course, followed by the biggest post-race party – The Fiesta! It all happens on Thursday June 28!


Snapshots from last Saturday’s wonderful St. Peter’s Fiesta Family Art Fun event, hosted by children’s book authors Laura Ventimiglia, Alice Gardner, and the Sawyer Free Library. We treasure our copies of Laura’s and Alice’s books and I am looking forward to reading them to our granddaughter. Pick up your copies of both books at the Bookstore of Gloucester!

Windhover Summer News 2018

Windhover Summer News of Performances and Special Events 2018


Spring was late in arriving on Cape Ann, but summer is now upon us and with it, an exciting season of performing arts events including modern dance classes at Windhover.  Please join us in celebrating dance performed outdoors in the natural setting of a pristine quarry, and on our beautiful outdoor stage on Windhover’s grounds. Engage with our master modern dance classes taught by prominent dance companies from New York. A special feature this year is a scientific lecture on the blue whales, (the largest creatures on earth), conducted by a researcher who has spent 23 years studying the blue whales in Baja, Canada and the U.S

Here is our summer schedule so far:

Iyengar and Restorative Yoga Classes, taught by Annie Hoffman who was on the faculty of the Boston Iyengar Center for 14 years and has been teaching in this tradition for over 26 years. Saturday, July 7th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. Saturday, July 7th from 4:00-6:00pm is Restorative Yoga. Sunday, July 8th from 9:00am-12:00pm is Iyengar. See Windhover website for fees and details.

Windhover is hosting a week-long Summer Dance Intensive for teenagers (ages 12-18) from Sunday, July 15-Saturday, July 21st, taught by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre based in New York City. This company has a residency at Windhover every summer and performs the Quarry Dance each year. Technique classes in ballet and modern dance are followed by repertory work, choreography, composition and gyro. If you, or those you know, have teens that are interested in dance, please inquire further about our Dance Intensive or check out our website at:

Open adult drop-in modern dance and gyrokinesis classes are being offered by members of Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre during the week of July 16-20, 2018. Classes are $18.00 per person or $15.00 for students. Schedule: Mon, Wed and Friday at 9:00am-10:30am is modern dance. Tuesday & Thursday at 9:00am-10:50am is gyro. Check out our website for further information.

Quarry Dance Vll comes to life at the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) estate in Lanesville in late July. Performance dates are: Friday, July 27th at 5:30pm; Saturday, July 28th at 11:00am and also at 5:30pm; plus Sunday, July 29th at 1:00pm. This site-specific modern dance is performed by the Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre in and around this spectacular quarry located on the grounds of the late sculptor Paul Manship. The property is now owned by the non-profit organization MARS. Canney’s Pit will be the chosen quarry on the property for this dance performance, and guests will enter through a gate on Washington Street. All performances are free and open to the public. Please check our website for further details and information. (Please take note this event is weather dependent. With rain, the performance is cancelled.)

Blue Whale lecture by Michael Fishbach, Director of the Great Whale Conservancy. Michael is a whale researcher, conservationist and educator who has studied the Blue Whale for 26 years in Mexico, Canada, the U.S and the Azores. Learning about these largest creatures on earth and what is being done in the field to protect them and understand them is the subject of this stimulating visual lecture.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by an hour long presentation at Windhover. Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:30pm.

See link to recent tragedy of ship strike on blue whale.

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to Windhover from Wednesday, August 22-Sunday, August 26, 2018. This exciting modern dance company brings athleticism and fresh ideas to bear on choreography. All week, there will be morning master classes of all levels, plus one open rehearsal..  On Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th, the entire company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. Otherwise, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.


Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

CLOSELY RELATED Closing Celebration

Please join us in a Closing Celebration on
Friday June 22 
from  5 to 7


CLOSELY RELATED…an exhibit that attempts to identify and examine artistic elements that appear congruently in works by artists related by friendship or marriage, or by filial kinship, or by the duality of artist and place or…other. (many possibilities).
Is our art influenced by our environment; our politics; the company we keep, and/or by our generic connections? And is what we create truly unique?
Or was Picasso right when he said:
“Every painting already has a mother and a father.”?

One Hour at a Time Gang

Hi kids:

Hope all is well and you are enjoying some beautiful weather. As I was walking Rogers Street yesterday from Pier 23 towards St. Peters Square, must have picked up a whole yellow bag of trash, still needs work.

When:       Saturday, June 23, 2018

Where:   Rogers Street starting near Pier 23

Time:       8:00 – 9:00

I will not be there since we are going to Maine to visit the grandchildren.

Thanks and hope to see everyone soon.

Take care


Warms the heart! Beloved Stage Fort Park play sculpture rebuilt in Gloucester MA

Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park playground and glorious natural setting spark imagination and exciting adventures. The gigantic truck play sculpture was re-built and resited and it’s been tricked out with a slide and an official Cape Ann license plate. Hoping a sea serpent returns with a few Virginia Lee Burton icons one day soon.

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The Lighthouses of Cape Ann


There are six lighthouses on Cape Ann, plus one more imaginative one at Stage Fort Park’s dynamite playground. Recently I hosted a large group visiting from Arizona. They wanted to walk a local history trail and ended up visiting two: the Freedom Trail in Boston and the HarborWalk in Gloucester. Their number one request? They wanted to see lighthouses. Last year, Kathie Gilson and Marie Demick designed this fun shaped brochure for the City of Gloucester. You can find it at the Chamber and the Stage Fort Park welcome center.

Cape Ann Harbor Tours offers special Lighthouse Cruise all along Cape Ann as well as harbor tours. (978) 283-1979 Email

Thacher Island Association offers trips to explore Thacher Island and book overnight stays. Launch (978) 546-7697 E-Mail:


Boston Globe: The Gull Next Door

On line last night and coming to the paper soon…

The Gull Next Door: Some Glouceser residents can’t stand all the seabirds, Boston Globe

curious if this “disco” treatment works 🙂

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