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Community Stuff 7/26/15

gifts, plants, drinks 10-1pm 186 east main st gloucester @lynzariums
Ivana Strong Bracelets

Hi Joey, my wife Amy and I are trying to raise some money for my best friend Daughter. Amy talked to her father Ed Collard and said you may help post this on your site?
Ivana is a 7 month old beautiful baby girl, daughter of Vinny and Giacqueline Parisi.  She has been at Children’s Hospital for just about a month with a weak heart.  Many people in the community have been praying for little Ivana and her family appreciates the thoughts and prayers.  In order to assist with Ivana’s care as well as support the Children’s Hospital, Ivana Strong bracelets have been created and are being sold for $5 each. Ivana is taking baby steps in the right direction but her little heart still has a lot of work to do.  If you would like to purchase an Ivana Strong bracelet, please contact Adam Orlando, via Facebook or at 978-423-0845


IT’S DAYLILY DAZING TIME here in Lanesville Distinctive Garden Designs! Rt
Approx 600 varieties of hybrid daylilies are in bloom as of today.
If anyone is in the area and wants to oogle, salivate, drool, and otherwise
enjoy the bloom season with me…do come! The private gardens will be open
from 9-2 both Sat and Sun.
S/S on July 25 and 26 from 9-2.
Short Daylily Lecture and Tour at 11 – meet on the patio;
How to Hybridize Daylilies at 1 – meet on the patio
bobbie brooks

FORMAL DAYLILY BEDS at Distinctive Garden DesignsTapestry Garden Distinctive Garden Designs

Sometimes you just gotta cross the bridge

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot -- photo Holly Harris

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot — photo Holly Harris

Last night, a number of our Gloucester friends came to the Robert Randolph & The Family Band concert we presented at The Cabot in Beverly, some of whom exclaimed, “Boy it’s just amazing that we can see this level of music so close to home!”

Indeed, Beverly is about as close as a national touring artist, the likes of Robert Randolph, is likely to get to Gloucester.  So perhaps it’s time for us to extend our notion of “just down the road” to include Beverly, which is … dare I say … over the bridge.

Tomorrow we’re bringing three of the hottest Boston area bands to the Cabot stage: Boston Music Award winners Ruby Rose Fox and Jesse Dee with Salem’s Sarah & the Wild Versatile.  We believe all three bands will soon be playing much bigger venues — that are much farther away than Beverly and — oh yeah — charge a whole lot more for tickets.  ALL AGES  seats for tomorrow’s concert start at $15 (the same as it costs to see Jurassic World at the mall).  It’s a great show for your kids, who’ll be able to say “I saw them up close at The Cabot!”  Good seats are still available here.

Community Stuff 7/24/15

Hi Joey!

The Coastal Elite Rebels (the new ALL-STAR CHEERLEADING team based here in town) are having a Fundraiser Car Wash on Saturday from 10am-1pm at the Sears on Eastern Ave. 

The girls are holding this fundraiser to help pay for their uniforms & competition fees. Any donation that can be made on Saturday is greatly appreciated!

Can you please post the attached flyer as well?

Your readers can learn more about the Coastal Elite Rebels by visiting our webpage

Thank you for you help getting the word out for us!

~The Coastal Elite Rebels


Here’s info on the upcoming production of the classic Broadway musical Camelot by Annisquam Village Players:


Charity Film Screening to Support Wounded Veterans


Tickets are now on sale for the New England film premiere of “Darkness and Light,” a documentary featuring conversations with eleven wounded veterans, ten Marines and one Soldier, who happens to be Gloucester’s own, Austin Dorr, a Korean War combat veteran.  

The film will screen at Rockport Music’s Shalin Liu Performance Center on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30pm and proceeds will benefit wounded veterans via the Semper Fi Fund.  View the trailer and purchase tickets here:


Rockport’s very own, Thi Linh Wernau, presents the New England premiere screening of her documentary film,Darkness and Light. In the film, Wernau interviews eleven wounded veterans, largely post-9/11 war veterans and Marines, through the lens of her photography series, “You. Are. Beautiful.” – a project celebrating the human spirit and beauty in all people. Themes around darkness and light emerge in these candid, unscripted and conversational interviews, and ultimately, these themes will tie back to one of the project’s main sources of inspiration: love. The audience will learn more about these wounded veterans, and get to know them simply as human beings. The veterans share messages that may help and inspire other injured veterans. By the film’s end, anyone, military or non-military, may discover a new place of understanding of how to find light within the depths of darkness.

Event Program:

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Artist talk

7:00 – 8:45 PM: Movie presentation

8:45 – 10:00 PM: Reception in the 3rd floor Reception Hall

     (all movie ticket holders are welcome to attend)

This event is proudly sponsored by Wernau Asset Management.


Blackburn Challenge this Saturday!

340 or so athletes will be paddling or rowing all sorts of high and low tech watercraft all the way around Cape Ann this Saturday. Click here for specifics at Cape Ann Rowing Club website.

Click on the new updated GMG map of the race to find a good location for viewing the race. Hint: Go to Cape Ann, face water, watch racers go by left to right.

Click on the new updated GMG map of the race to find a good location for viewing the race. Hint: Go to Cape Ann on Saturday, face water, watch racers go by left to right.

If you are on shore:

Anywhere on Cape Ann facing the water is a good view of the race. Obviously a point sticking out will be a better view as the racers cut the corner. Good Harbor Beach on the other hand is not so good as they will just be dots on the horizon. 8AM staggered start and the Annisquam River is good, they will be starting to exit the river by 9AM. Then from there until 2-3PM the fastest boaters will be circling the Cape entering Gloucester Harbor and on to the Greasy Pole finish. But don’t forget to cheer on the slower boats, the SUP boards, the dories, and everyone else who just want to finish the challenge in under six hours.

If you are watching from a boat:

Again, anywhere along the shore of Cape Ann. Please be aware there are many serious racers in high performance craft in this race. That means some are in razor thin craft and your wake can easily flip their boat. Steer clear, view from a distance, and keep the speed down when near these fragile craft.

Click the map, 33 tidbits of new information sprinkled within, and don’t be like Rubber Duck and miss the race entirely. She is paddling the race on Friday morning the day before! Such an airhead.

Nichole’s Picks 7/25 + 7/26

Pick #1

The Bluefin Blowout!  

Get yourself and the kiddos down to Cape Ann Marina Resort and Mile Marker 1 to see some giant tuna, meet the captains, check out the boats, bid at the silent auction and much, much more!  A FANTASTIC event, a premier fishing tournament and a tremendous addition to Cape Ann’s summer of fun!




Click HERE for a full schedule of events!

Pick #2

Misselwood Concours d’Elegance:  Car Show


Located near Boston, the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance is a premier classic car show featuring some of the finest automobiles in an unrivaled lawn and oceanfront setting on the East Coast. Attracting people from across the United States, the full weekend event has become the prime classic car happening of the summer on Boston’s historic Gold Coast.

Read all about the event HERE and see the schedule of events

Pick #3

2015 Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival


What is better on a summer day than a good old sand sculpture “competition”.  I’ve got to be honest and admit that I’ve never been to this, but each and every summer it is on my bucket list!  Sounds like a fun way to spend a summer day.

Check out the schedule of events HERE!


Pick #4

Footebrothers Canoe and Kayak Rentals


Canoeing and kayaking has fast become one of Americas favorite pastimes. Inexpensive and easy to learn, it’s the sport of choice for people of all ages! Once you try it, you’ll agree that there is not a better way to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and have fun with family and friends.

Our stretch of the river runs through a National Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, scenic wetlands, and Bradley Palmer State Park and Willowdale State Forest! Much of the river is accessible only by canoe, and our some of our regulars include birders, botanists and fisherman.

Get all the information that you many need HERE

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

Community Stuff 7/23/15


For more info-

2015 WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 4” at Little Parker Quarry

Off Rowe Avenue in Rockport, MA  01966

Performances are: FRIDAY, JULY 31st at 5:30PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 1st at 11:00AM & 5:30PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd at 1:00PM

Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented unforgettable Quarry Dances for the past three years on Cape Ann. The New York City based dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover for one week in order to create and choreograph a site specific quarry dance for the public. The quarry dance performances continue to grow in popularity each year.  (see attached flyer)

For Quarry Dance 4, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture of Little Parker Quarry — its ledges, cliffs, terraces and water — to celebrate this special place. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in the previous quarry dances. 

Performances are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. No reservations are required. The performance will last just over one hour.

Du Dance Theatre

There is NO parking on Rowe Avenue or on Drumlin Road. Due to the lack of any available parking at Little Parker Quarry, please take note of these special instructions for parking and shuttle transportation:

Limited parking has been arranged at the Granite Pier on the upper level. Although fees are waived for parking, you must stop at the small parking kiosk and request a Quarry Dance parking pass from the attendant. Please display this parking pass in the front window. Due to the limited space for parking, car pooling is highly suggested.

There will be a six passenger van shuttle available at Granite Pier for $1.00 per person each way for those who do not want to walk. It is about a 15 minute uphill walk from Granite Pier to the Quarry on Rowe Avenue. The shuttle will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance and run continually until the performance starts.  It will return guests back to Granite Pier following the performances. We are requesting that no private vehicles be driven on Rowe Avenue or on Drumlin Road going to the quarry during the shuttle and performance times in order to allow for an unimpeded flow of traffic.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and chairs will be provided. In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well bring their own water and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited.

In case of rain, the performance is cancelled.


Get Ready for Cape Ann’s Premiere Fashion Show!

unnamedBaylee Kirk models an Alyssa Fishenden Band-Aid dress.

By Terry Weber


Fashionistas and jewelry lovers across the North Shore are gearing up for the Celebrate Wearable Art Fashion and Runway Show scheduled for September 27 at Cruiseport in Gloucester. Celebrate Wearable Art (CWA) is a half day celebration of handmade unique clothing, jewelry, and accessories crafted by local and visiting artists and designers. The event features a fashion runway show with local models, a sale of locally made clothing, jewelry and accessories, and a buffet of Mediterranean appetizers, coffee and sweets.


The proceeds will benefit the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts – Cape Ann (seARTS) and is organized by seARTS Wearable Art members and volunteers.  This year it will kick off Boston Fashion Week, and links the North Shore fashion community with the Boston Fashion Trail by way of Gloucester. 25% of the participating artist-vendors sales are donated to seARTS and for the first time, exclusive wearable vests will be auctioned at the event with vest artists donating all or part of the sale to seARTS).


Here’s what you need to know to participate in this event:


Would you like to attend? If you book your tickets before August 15, your name will be entered into the Arts Destination Drawing, sponsored by the Franklin Cafe. That means you could win one of two packages including a night’s stay after the show, and a gift certificate for shopping and dining. Gift package donors include: Blue Shutters Beachside Inn, Pleasant Street Inn, Lexicon Gallery, Ohana restaurant, and Canterbury Hill Studio & Gallery. Please note the August 15 deadline represents an extension from the original July 20 deadline. Don’t delay on buying tickets, two shows in previous years have sold out!


For best seating, purchase your tickets today at or mail a check to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931. Please include your email for ticket confirmation. Or, stop by the Pop Gallery, 67 Main Street, Gloucester, MA to purchase your tickets. Ticket prices range from $125 to $175 and details about seating arrangements can be found here:


Are you a fashion designer, artist, or local creative looking to turn your idea into a wearable piece? To check out the possibility of your designs being showcased on the runway, download and save the PDF application from, and email to Or, send your application to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA, 01931 with an application fee of $35 by August 15. A limited number of spots are available.


Are you a model? A call for additional models will be held on Saturday, August 22 in Gloucester at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room (10 AM to 1 PM, 123 Main Street). Hosted by Darlene Sweeney of WSM Talent, Newburyport, participating models will be matched with fashions and jewelry submitted by designers and artists.   Potential models must sign up in advance by emailing; please enter “model inquiry” into the subject line. Be sure to include your name and photo.


Would you like to sponsor this event? Event sponsorships are open for all categories; in particular, seARTS seeks a presenting sponsor. Sponsorship requests should be directed to Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco at


For all other details and updates on this event, please visit Don’t miss out on this Cape Ann original event!

Katherine Worth model

Katherine Worth models a Jane Wilson Marquis pressed flower wedding dress.

Both photos are from Linehan Photography

Sound Temple Music and Healing Arts at Floating Lotus in Gloucester on Friday (7/24)

Come meditate, move and be in a sacred, healing musical space with Sound Temple.

Friday, July 24
Sound Temple with Christine Tulis and Kem Stone

Special Guests
Stan Strickland, Jon Holland and Lisa Bouchie

Floating Lotus
169 Main Street, Gloucester
7:30 pm
$20 suggested
at the door

If You Have Water Bugs, You Should Have One of These

If your kids are water bugs, like mine, then you need to check out these new KYPADS.  I did a quick blog post about them earlier this spring, but would be remiss to not follow up now that we’ve had the awesome opportunity to demo these incredible boards for a few weeks.

We were lucky enough to take two KYPADS with us to Nantucket back in June and then were thrilled to hang on to them a bit longer so as to hit the beaches around Cape Ann too!

These boards were designed by a some local peeps who had the vision to create boards that are super kid friendly, easy to manage, and up to the challenge of some kid wear and tear.

My humble review of the boards?  Well, first of all, they couldn’t have been easier to get on and off my Jeep…which I might add, is pretty high.  I was able to put them up and strap them on by myself after having gotten the hang of the ratchet straps.  Once the boards were off the Jeep most of the kids that we were traveling with (ages 6-12) had no trouble carrying them down to the beach with no help whatsoever!  That is a HUGE plus!  My absolute FAVORITE thing about the boards?  Each and every child, without exception, quickly mastered how to maneuver the boards and took to the water with no fear, no assistance, and no difficulty. More importantly than that…each child, without exception, came off the water feeling proud of the independence they had just demonstrated…and pretty psyched that they had become so darn good at something so quickly.

My boys can’t get enough of the water.  They are happiest when they are at the beach or on a boat.  To be able to hit the water solo and with such confidence in such a cool way was so excellent for them.  They were so proud of themselves and I couldn’t have been happier.

Check out the KYPADs HERE and learn about how they were created and how fabulous they truly are.

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In less than three weeks away The Gloucester Blues Festival 2015 August 8th 11am to 7:30 pm @ Cressy’s Beach

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Spread the word…The fourth annual Gloucester Blues Festival  is Saturday, August 8 2015 ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK…. Tickets $28 in advance $40 at the gate. Check out the lineup and listen to the great mix of musicians! See You There! click here for info and tickets >

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photo by Joanne Silva  Gloucester Blues Festival 2014

Check out last years festival photos.

HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online at

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

Community Stuff 7/17/15

Beauport Princess Discount Coupon for July 17th and 18th



Gloucester Nor Easters Flag Football

I  was hoping you could help me promote the new Flag Football  for youths ages 5 -14  starting up here in  Gloucester
Gloucester Nor Easters sponsored by the West Gloucester Chargers and Riverdale Rockets  present the Summer Flag  Football  Program – every  Friday Night at 6pm  Omaley  School Field for all boys and girls  ages 5-14 ,  cost  is 25.00 per player and there are family discounts provided. Go  online to register at West  Gloucester  Cahregers website and choose Gloucester  Nor  Easters or arrive at the field ahead of time to  register.  Each  registered player will get  a  new Nor Easters first  edition T shirt.  Parents please ensure you put bug  spray on your children
Any questions email us at
Glen  O. McEachern

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. 

My cousin Kim, who grew up in Gloucester Ma, where all her immediate and extended family still reside had a daughter born with tricuspid atresia on March 2, of this year.  He story can be read in detail on her go fund me page. But here is the information.  They live on the coast of North Carolina. At Kimmi’s 18 week ultrasound they got the unfortunate news that Eva would be born with a Congenital Heart Defect called Tricuspid Atresia. She would be born without the right side of her heart.  Kimmi and Jason live over 3 hours from the hospital.   Eva is receiving her care at Duke University Hospital, in the Pediatric Cardiac Program, which is top ranked in the nation.  
Soon after they learned about Eva, Kimmi and Jason educated themselves about her diagnosis and  learned Eva would need at least 3 surgeries  within the first 3 years of her life.   Fortunately, I was blessed to fly from Boston to NC for her birth to support Kim and Jason with whatever they faced after Eva was born, due to yhe unknown outcome after birth.  Eva did not need surgery immediatly after birth, and was discharged home for the first four weeks.  She did well at home, eating, growing, etc, until Good Friday, April 3, 2015. Eva took a fast, unexpected decline, and was rushed into her first surgery at Duke.

Yesterday Eva faced her second of the 3 surgeries which will lasted approximately 4-5 hours, which will be  followed by weeks of recovery.  Looking to share her story to gain support and awareness.        

Please let me know if you can help! I can provide more information if needed!!!

Kristen Coughlin

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