Last chance: Saturday party and performance at Trident Gallery for Political Body exhibit

Saturday, April 29, 5-7pm, with performance event commencing at 7pm

Installation from “The Political Body”, group exhibit at Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street, Gloucester, MA (triptych by Gabrielle Barzaghi: Cephalic Frieze2014, Pastel, Charcoal, and Ink on Paper, 50 x 129 inches overall, Three 50 x 43 inch sheets)



2017 Call for Applications for Gloucester’s 5th POET LAUREATE is OPEN!


Links for: 2017 Poet Laureate application (digital format) or 2017 Poet Laureate application (PDF format submit 5 copies).

The City of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts announces the release of the 2017 Call for Applications for the four year position of Gloucester Poet Laureate. 

The position of Gloucester Poet Laureate is dedicated to building community through poetry and encouraging a love of poetry among people of all ages.  The position was most recently held by the late Peter Todd, appointed in 2014.  During Peter’s time as Poet Laureate, he generously shared his talents with his beloved City of Gloucester. 

Under City Ordinance, the process to select the Poet Laureate is administered by the Committee for the Arts and will involve a Selection Panel including representatives from the local literary community thanks to Eastern Point Lit House and The Gloucester Writers Center.  A recommendation from the Selection Panel will be forwarded to the Committee for the Arts for review and then forwarded on to the Mayor for nomination, subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The Call for Applications is available for download at the Committee for the Arts page on the City website:  Copies also are available at the Sawyer Free Library, the City of Gloucester Mayor’s Office, Eastern Point Lit House, the Gloucester Writer’s Center, and other locales.  Applications must be submitted by 12 pm on Friday, June 9th , 2017. Contact Judith Hoglander, Committee for the Arts with any questions.

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The Annisquam Exchange opening soon

Another sign of summer The Annisquam Exchange is opening soon.

The Annisquam Exchange
32 Leonard Street
Annisquam, MA 01930
Tele: 978- 281- 0358

The Annisquam Exchange offers Consignors 70% of sale amount. The Exchange donates 30% of sales to local organizations and charities. Consignment is open to everyone. Items must be clean and ready for the showroom floor with completed paperwork. A $10.00 administration fee is due with completed contract and consignment listings.

We have been very successful in the sale of jewelry, both costume and designer; antiques and collectibles; estate pieces; small furniture; lamps; linens; china; clocks; prints and paintings are welcomed, subject to available space.

Larger pieces of furniture are welcomed at our one-day Fall Furniture Sale on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9 am to 12 pm.

2017 Dates & Information
May 3-4, (W, Th) 10-2 Pre-Opening Consignments Accepted
May 9-11 (T, W, Th) 10-2 Pre-Opening Consignments Accepted
May 19 (F) 10-4 Opening Day

May 19-June 3 10-4 Fridays and Saturdays ONLY
May 25 (Th) 10-2 Consignments Accepted
June 5-September 9 Mondays-Fridays 10-4 / Saturdays 10-1
September 15-October 7 10-4 Fridays & Saturdays
September 16 (Sa) 9-12 ONE DAY FURNITURE SALE
October 6-8 (FF, Sa, Su) 10-4 Final Weekend


EVERY Backyard Needs These!

Spring is here…summer is right around the corner….and, in my humble opinion, every yard needs Cornhole.  And, if you’re going to have a set, why not have a set cooler than your neighbors’?

Really, if you’re being honest, the only question to ask yourself is, “Exactly what do I want painted on mine?”

Should you go with the Team Spirit vibe, school colors, favorite vacation spot, favorite band, monogrammed as a wedding or anniversary gift, totally custom and off the chart? There’s absolutely a blank slate (or two) calling your name!

I recently ordered a set of Dan’s Custom Cornhole Creations with our school logo painted on them.  First of all, they were done so quickly….secondly, they’re awesome. They are going to be such a perfect addition to campus for both the students and the faculty/staff alike.  Friday afternoon Faculty Fun will surely be centered around some friendly games of cornhole in the very near future!

If you own a company and have a logo, you need these.  If you, say…for example…run a pretty successful blog and have oh, I don’t know maybe a seagull for a logo, you need these.  Just saying.

If you are looking for a Father’s Day gift, a house warming gift, or a birthday gift…here you go.  If you have a friend with a sweet yard and want to ensure you score a few invites over the course of the summer, you might want to consider ordering him/her a set.  The possibilities are endless, the beers are cold, the bean bags are waiting to be tossed.  Make the call.

Check out Dan’s Custom Cornhole Creations at his Facebook page HERE

If you’re not on Facebook, absolutely email Dan at

Or call/text Dan @ 508-981-1530

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First Cape Ann Farmers Market of 2017 this Saturday at the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair!

Cape Ann Community

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Come join us for the first market of the season – our farmers will be there with the first greens of the season, plus seedlings, soup, sandwiches, scones and other special delectables!

CAFM is excited to join forces with TownGreen2025 to promote conversation and education about a more sustainable future for Gloucester.

Join us for a special day with a fabulous live music line up🎶 , great food and lots of demos and information on how to live sustainably on Cape Ann!

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From my sailing mate Jay Irwin … “When I was a kid in Baltimore in the early days of WW2 my grandparents had a little corner grocery that sold coddies.  I think they were three cents.  Every day the coddie truck delivered a tray and set it on the counter.  A dish of yellow mustard and a stick to spread it sat on the tray.  A towel was draped over to keep the flies off.  Our store sold saltines to go along with the coddies.  During Lent the Sisters of Mercy for the Poor and our Lutheran church both did a brisk business selling coddies made by volunteers.”

From Julie Rothman, for The Baltimore Sun…….Baltimore coddies, not to be confused with codfish cakes, are hand-formed, slightly flattened potato cakes flavored with salt cod and other seasonings and then deep-fried. They are traditionally served at room temperature, sandwiched between two saltine crackers with a dollop of yellow mustard. Sometimes referred to as the poor man’s crab cake, this uniquely Baltimore food could be found at neighborhood soda fountains and delis all over town beginning in early 1920s.

As local historian Gilbert Sandler recounts in his book “Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore,” “The coddie’s origins are vague, but the way the descendants of the Louis Cohen family tell the story, it was grandfather Louis Cohen’s wife, Fannie Jacobson Cohen, who created the coddie as we know it.” Sandler further explains that according to Louis Cohen’s granddaughter, Elaine Cohen Alpert, her grandparents were just barely earning a living from the small stall they ran in the old Belair Market where they sold sandwiches, cookies, and candy. They were searching for a new product, something no one else would have, to attract new customers and set them apart.

Not long after, the Baltimore coddie was born. The Cohens sold the first coddies at their stall inside the market for 5 cents each.  Word spread before long, and the coddies became extremely popular — so much so that the Cohen family opened a small manufacturing plant and were the first to mass-produce and market the product. From the 1920s to the early 1970s, Cohen’s Coddie trucks were delivering the coddies all over Baltimore.

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Last September we wrote about the rare undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor. According to WBZ-TV chief meterologist Eric Fisher, they were recognized by the Wold Meteorological Organization in March as an official cloud formation. The clouds could be seen over Boston the past few days. You can see a photos of the wavy formations here:  Good Morning Gloucester Undulatus Asperitus.

Undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor from Rocky Neck Railways

To learn more about undulatus asperatus, read more here.


When one door closes another door opens …peek inside the new Serenitee Restaurant Happy Belly opening summer 2017!


Reclaimed doors and wood everywhere

are just some of the featured and fitting design details coming into focus at Happy Belly, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA. The everyday casual restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And small craft brew. And coffee. They’re roasting their own beans! What else? The floor’s been raised. A lengthy drink rail and counter stools gives one section a warm and chic soda-shop vibe. Nearby a massive antique metal lathe will be re-purposed into a showstopper pedestal table. The former Alchemy space is in its BEFORE stage as it undergoes a transformation by master builders, P Bevan Builders. They built Maggies Farm and other Serenitee Restaurant Group properties plus the  recent renovation of the former Empire store.



photo caption (above): Peter Bevan, P. Bevan Builders, 617 356 7107


Happy Belly along with Minglewood Tavern and Latitude 43 brings the Serenitee restaurant count back  up to  3 happy and popular eateries in Gloucester, MA, each with its own lively aesthetic and yummy grub.

Happy to see Happy Belly coming soon!


Green Gloucester at City Hall

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The Cape Ann Sustainability Fair will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. To kick off the fair, on Thursday at City Hall there were members of the Cape Ann Sustainability Fair greeted by our Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken. Look forward to the fair on Saturday. Please follow the link below for more information.

Thank you. Hope to see all there.

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