Category Archives: Things to do

Spring is Here and So Is the Annual River Herring Count!

Message from Cape Ann Vernal pond Team:


Phone: 978-282-8018

Each spring for over 10 years, the City of Gloucester, the Eight Towns and the Great Marsh Committee, and NOAA-NMFS have coordinated the annual river herring (alewife) count at the top of the fish ladder by the West Gloucester Water Filtration Plant on Essex Avenue.

Volunteer monitors help scientists by observing and documenting the spring run of herring as they migrate from their home in the Atlantic Ocean to their freshwater spawning grounds. This is a wonderful activity for interested individuals, families, youth organizations and students who want to play an active part in local conservation efforts. Learning to become a volunteer monitor is easy and the time spent observing can require as little as ten minutes of your day.

This year’s count will take place from April 1st to May 30th.

A training session will be held on Saturday March 28th at 9:00 A.M. in the
Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library.

If you would like to become a volunteer monitor and help efforts to protect this important species, please contact:

Dave Sargent/ Alewife Warden @ 978-282-8018 –
or Max Schenk @ 978-282-8025 –

Time coverage is the key to a successful count and any time you can give will make a difference!

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team



Pride Stride Pledge Sheet

Gloucester Pride Stride is getting close! We encourage all Non-Profits to sign up a team and start collecting pledges. This is a great way to fundraise for your group. All completed pledge sheets turned in prior to April 17th will be entered into a drawing for one of four extra $50 bonus payouts for your organization.

Sunday April 26th at Stage Fort Park

Thank you,

Pride Stride Committee


Sax Gordon Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30pm 3.26.2015

Dave says,

So, this is the big one: The return of the one and only Mr. Gordon Beadle. The man with the golden Sax. This hypoxia-inducing master of the honky sax will have you gasping for breath as he literally sucks all the oxygen out of the room and recycles it wobbling directly into your pineal gland. Woe to those who miss this.
But, wait, there’s more: Mr. Edd Scheer, leader of the Love Dogs, will be bashing the drums and singing all those crazy old songs that you know and love. Furthermore, Mr. Mike DiBari will be plucking those glitar strings. this could be one of my all-time favorite units to work with. It always takes me two days to recover! We all sing, we all play and we’re gonna laugh our asses off, to boot.  You should come!


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks of the Weekend 3/28 + 3/29

So, we’re not exactly headed to the beach yet….but, maybe soon.

Pick #1

The Sound of Music at the Rockport Middle School


sound of music

Rockport Middle School presents :
The Sound of Music
Opening:Mar 26, 2015
Closing:Mar 29, 2015
Number of performances: 4
Organization: Rockport Middle School
Address: 26 Jerdens Lane
City: Rockport
State: MA
Country: United States


Pick #2

The Whodunnit Scavenger Hunt

Join Watson Adventures at the Museum of Fine Arts and try to solve the murder mystery.  1:00 on Saturday for ages 10 and up.


A crazed killer is on the loose!

And it’s up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that, when completed, reveals his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body in the museum. He sent the hunt to the police and dared them to try to solve it. The police need your help. You’ll get a list of suspects, weapons, and hiding places that are all items in the museum.

By following the trail of clues and answering tricky questions, you’ll narrow the list of suspects, weapons, and places and provide the police with the evidence they need to catch and convict the killer. Can you figure out whodunnit?

No knowledge of the museum or art is necessary, but good reading skills are helpful. Contact us to learn more and find more fun!

Learn all about Watson Adventures and this scavenger hunt here!


Pick #3

Egg-cellent Easter Adventure at Appleton Farms


Say goodbye to the cold and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather here on the Farm! While we often associate eggs with the Easter Bunny, in many cultures eggs symbolize new life and are tied with the coming of spring. At this event, we celebrate spring, new life on the farm, and the bounty of fresh eggs produced by our hens.

Go on the “Egg-cellent” Quest around the farm and learn about the journey from egg to chicken, collecting Easter eggs at each station to complete the Quest! Enjoy homemade refreshments in our Carriage Barn, visit with the calves, and play games in the stone paddock!

Stop by anytime between 10am -12pm to start your Quest. Please bring a basket of your own to collect the Quest eggs. Note: It is only necessary to register for one ticket per family.


For a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid!


Community Stuff 3/26/15


IF INTERESTED CALL 978-283-0231 FOR MORE INFORMATION. ($20 off April Five-Day Class)


Date Night!!!!  AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 32 is hosting Country Western Line Dance Lessons this Saturday from 7-9pm.  Lessons are being given by Eric Lilienthal.  By supporting this event, you will help us support our Veterans, Active Miliatry, Community and our Youth! 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #32
14 Prospect St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
Visit our website for more information:

CWLDance Lessons

This porcelain wall piece by Marty Morgan is on display at The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton , MA as part of the State of Clay : Pushing Boundaries exhibit. The show runs until May 24th. For hours and directions contact




Wellspring’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) is seeking volunteer tutors to help in our Computer Skills and Career Development classes.  You don’t need to be an expert, just bring your enthusiasm!  These classes meet Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings during each of our eight week sessions during the year.  Our current session runs until May 14th.  Classes meet at 302 Essex Ave, Gloucester.  Please contact Mary to learn more about these volunteer opportunities at (978) 281-3221 x300.

Get Your Dixie Funk Boogie On


Beverly, MA.  M.E. Productions is excited to present The New Orleans Suspects with Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett at the Larcom Theatre on Saturday, April 11th at 8pm.  The Suspects are known as a NOLA supergroup, and Barrere & Tackett as multi instrumental jam pioneers.    The night will culminate with a full set of the music of Little Feat.   Tickets for this concert start at $35.

Music of the Big Easy.  It’s as American as apple pie–and rock ‘n roll itself.  It transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock, Dixie-inflected roots, and country-fried funk and boogie.  For one night only, New Orleans Suspects will join forces with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. Don’t miss a rare and intimate show with the men who continue to bring you Little Feat(on an ‘ indefinite hiatus’), and a NOLA superband.   Yep, we said it…superband.

The New Orleans Suspects formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans, including: Reggie Scanlan on bass (Radiators, Professor Longhair Band); Mean Willie Green on drums (Neville Bros. current drummer since 1981); Jeff Watkins (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band) on saxophone; Jake Eckert on guitar/vocals (current member of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); and CR Gruver on keyboards and vocals (Polytoxic, Outformation).

Paul Barrere plays a mean slide guitar, and sings lead and background vocals for Little Feat. He joined Little Feat for the band’s third album Dixie Chicken, and the rest is history with his guitar, vocals, and songwriting becoming an important part of the Little Feat sound.  Fred Tackett plays guitar, trumpet, and mandolin for Little Feat. Hailing from Arkansas, Fred Tackett worked as a side man on many Little Feat albums before becoming a full member of the band for Let It Roll. Along with his fine guitar work, Fred’s mandolin and trumpet have become a featured part of the Little Feat sound. The duo first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken” some thirty-five years ago.

The night will begin with a set from Barrere & Tackett, then The New Orleans Suspects will perform a full set of their own material. If that wasn’t enough, the two groups will join forces at the end of the night for a crowd pleasing set of Little Feat tunes.

“We have so many great shows on the North Shore…but we’re pretty excited about this one.  It’s going to be FUN,” say Seth McNally of M.E. Productions.  “If you like New Orleans music, or Little Feat, mark your calendar.”

Tickets to see NOLA Suspects with Barrere and Tackett are $30, $35, and $40 for premier seating.  For tickets and more information visit or call 978-525-9093.

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ This weeks’s Special Guest: Charlee Bianchini 8-10pm

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, March 25th – 8pm


photo by louise


She’s back! A good friend and a wonderful talent. Thank
you, Charlee, for gracing our stage once more! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Orville Giddings

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Learning to Fly

If you’ve ever thought about wanting to sky dive….if only it weren’t for that whole jumping out of a plane thing, then do I have the perfect place for you!

We made the short trek to Nashua, NH over the weekend and the boys were psyched to give “indoor sky diving” a try.

After a short instructional class to learn correct posture and some important hand signals they suited up with jumpsuits, earplugs, googles, elbow and knee pads, and a helmet.  It was right about then that I started to think, “Hmmm.  Maybe we should have waited a couple of years.”  But….”Fearless” and “Fear Not”….also known as Thatcher and Finn, were good to go.

Their first round in the tube was to try to get the hang out of flying with minimal help from the expert.  The second go round was quite a trip…with both boys soaring WAY UP HIGH…tandem style.

Sky Venture also has a pretty awesome wave and surf pool, a rock climbing wall, and a massive spinning fish pipe water slide.  I highly recommend the day trip and we’ll be going back for sure!

Save the Dates Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tours

unnamed34th Annual Open Studio Tours
June 20-21 and October 10-12
10 am to 5 pm each day


24 Artisans in 22 Studios
  • New work, new artisans, new studios!
  • Ongoing demos in many studios tucked away in hidden spots
  • Read more “behind the scenes” at
    From the Studio
  • Watch excerpts from 2014 tours here
  • Beautiful new brochures and maps available at all studios

Community Stuff 3/24/15

Good Evening Joey,

Could you please include the following brochure in the Good Morning Gloucester website before March 31st. I will have a power point presentation, and will do a few book readings. I will also have autographed copies of my book for sale on hand. I will share some sea stories of my career at sea, as well as my experiences growing up on Cape Ann.

Could you confirm this when you do it?

Thank you very much.

George Grimes


Please join us at the Shipbuilding Museum on March 31 at 7:30 PM as Master Mariner, Captain George Grimes of Rockport shares stories of a life working at sea. Remember, this program is free for museum members!

Hi Joey-

We are gearing up for CAFM’s 7th annual Dinner and Movie Fundraiser on April 6th-

Great film, great food and great company!!!

Hoping you can post this for us when you have a chance-

Thank you!



Maritime Gloucester April Vacation Programs


Sign up today for our PreK – 1st grade April vacation programs!  Make your own creature crafts, and hear ocean stories.  Our popular February vacation programs sold out completely this year, so be sure to register today.  We’ll be announcing additional April vacation programs for ages 6 – 10 soon, so stay tuned.    

10am – 11:30am, parents/guardians required. $10 per session for non-members, $5 for Maritime Gloucester members

April 21 – For the Birds

April 22 – Something Fishy

April 23 – Jiggly Jellies

Captured: Photography, Sculpture and Fine Crafts by RNAC Members

March 5-29

The Cultural Center Gallery

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM

Closing Celebration Reception Sunday, March 29, 2-4 PM / Viewers Choice Award at 3 PM.

RN Hopper - Dianne Schaefer


Gloucester MA, Mar 21, 2015 —The public will have a last chance to view the photos and craft pieces ”captured” by members of the Rock Neck Art Colony in this first member’s exhibition of 2015. The public is invited enjoy the exhibition accompanied by light refreshments with the artists at the Closing Celebration of CAPTURED on Sunday, March 29, 2-4 PM. Cast a vote for your favorite work by 2:30 PM Sunday for the Viewers Choice award to be presented at 3 PM. The Gallery is open each week, Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM.

Be sure not to miss the work of exhibiting artists, jeweler Katherine Bagley, mosaic magicians Mary Boles and Pam Stratton and photographers Matt Cegelis, Leslie Heffron, Skip Montello, Judith Monteferrante, Tom Nihan, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Katherine Richmond, Judy Robinson-Cox and Dianne Schaefer.

Next up at the Cultural Center is “It’s Not Furniture” a juried annual of paintings and mixed-media 2D work April 2-26.

Community Stuff 3/23/15




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Master Plan for our Meadow and Pond

JOHN SPARKS (1941-2014)

We will miss John Sparks….


Join our Conservancy!

Generation after generation, our Millbrook Meadow and Pond have given this community respite and solace from the effects of hectic life …

Now it is our generation’s turn to give respite and renewed life to the meadow …

We have formed the Rockport Millbrook Meadow Conservancy to support restoration goals, and to give the Meadow and the Mill Pond new life to last another century.Please join us to preserve, protect and give life to this town’s treasure!

Master Plan takes shape. Our contractor will soon begin developing plans for actual construction of the long-awaited Restoration of Meadow and Pond.

The conceptual plan above shows the Pond, at left, with proposed boardwalk in white.  Meadow is at right.

Plan calls for dredging tons of sediment from Mill Pond, rebuilding the watercourse for the Mill Brook so that it winds more and is widened to prevent flooding.

The path through the Meadow will begin at Beach St. (far right) with small entrance plaza.  There’ll be rain gardens near path to capture water runoff. 

The old, dying willows will be replaced with new willows and other native plant species.

Writing a 10-Minute Play Workshop

Gloucester Writers Center

126 E. Main St., Gloucester, MA

Instructor:  M. Lynda Robinson

4-Week Workshop with Staged Reading event post-Workshop

April 2, 9 16, 23:   Thursdays 7 â 9:30 pm

Public Staged Reading in spring – date TBD

Limited to 10 participants.   $125 

Everyone has a story to tell. The 10-minute play format has all the elements of drama â plot, characters, dialogue & conflict. Learn how to put those elements into a short piece written specifically for the stage, for actors, and for an audience. Over the 4 week class, participants will create a 10-minute play for a Staged Reading to be performed live. If you are a writer, this is an opportunity to work on dialogue – or just stretch your skills into the world of theatre! If you are a dreamer, put your story into the short-play format for all the world to see!

Your play will have a professional Staged Reading in spring at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, where your play will be read by actors.  Our Readings have been drawing large crowds and providing audience feedback for the plays. 

For more information or to enroll on line do to:

GWC 10-Minute Playwriting

News from Cape ann Giclee- Ron Pruett’s show “Au Naturel” this Sunday March 22nd from 2 – 4 pm


Also, The Photoshop for Photographers classes were so popular and the winter is almost over we have added two new dates for classes – April 14th and May15th – class runs 3 hours 6pm-9pm in our studio and covers file and color management, shooting in RAW vs jpg etc cost is $60 and sign ups are online at

For more information-

RNAC Members: purchase Beaux Arts Ball discounted tickets – ONLY ONLINE!

Dear RNAC Artist and Community Members,
Please join in the Beaux Arts Ball 2015 on April 17th at 7:30PM. The Studio Restaurant, 51 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, will graciously open its doors prior to its season only for our unique event.
RNAC Members may purchase tickets in advance, online only, for a discounted price. For more information and to purchase tickets:
The Beaux Arts Ball is a glorious tradition on Rocky Neck. So, share in the history, and experience the fun as you strike a pose, bring chaos to couture, hustle your bustle and dance like a dervish at the Beaux Arts Ball!!   

You’ve got to see — and hear — to believe!

Ruby Rose FoxYou know we love to put young, rising stars on stage with national touring artists.  Often the young talent comes from Cape Ann, but this time, we’ve got Boston Music Award winner Ruby Rose Fox and her stellar band opening for Martha Davis and The Motels on April 22, right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

Just the thought of these 2 powerhouse voices on the same stage sends shivers up my spine.  Check her out!

In this excellent, in-depth article by Bill Copeland, Ruby says “I think it took me a long time until I could sing in the place where my voice lived.”  Truly the words of a poet and a dynamic singer-songwriter.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Get tickets now, RIGHT HERE and be sure you’ve got a great seat to this super-hot show!


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