Judith Sargent Murray ‎Love Notes: The Love Letters of Judith Sargent Murray and John Murray, A Timeless American Love Story Set to Music @ The North Shore Folklore Theatre Company 169 Main Street. Gloucester, Ma

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John Murray is known as the Father of Organized Universalism in America, and was a charismatic, handsome firebrand who preached love, kindness and virtue, sometimes at his peril.

And Judith Sargent Murray is considered the most important female essayist of 18th-century America and a founding Universalist. She challenged the new American nation to be virtuous, fair, and philanthropic; to improve female education, respect women’s abilities, and allow them to participate as full citizens.

The couple was often separated and exchanged hundreds of letters. Their love story is timeless and compelling.

The event has been scheduled at 5:30 p.m. to give you plenty of time to enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day meal before or after!

Featuring Bonnie Hurd Smith & Henry∞Cameron Allen

Suggested donation: $10

North Shore Folklore Theatre Company

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169 Main St

Gloucester, MA


Chamber Invites You to Visit the Azores!

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The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Connections Adventure Travel invite you to visit the Azores. Sign up to experience the Wonders of the Azores from September 23 – October 2, 2016! Join us at the Azorean Restaurant for an informational meeting to learn everything you need to know about this fantastic trip.

Informational Meeting
The Azorean Restaurant
Thursday, February 25, 2016

RSVP Here for this FREE informational meeting.


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Rodizio Grill In Playa del Carmen

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Found this vertical setup interesting. I’d think it would be more apt to self baste in its own rendered fat if it were horizontal instead of the juices sliding down and off of the meat completely in the vertical setup. Must be a reason for it. Seems like a ton of salt packed onto the meat as well.
Beautiful restaurant. Didn’t eat there.




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Watch for Gray Seal Pups on the Shoreline

unnamed-6It’s Gray Seal Pupping Season

From December through February, gray seals give birth on islands and shoreline areas in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. It’s not uncommon to see a mother and pup or a lone pup on a beach. Gray seal pups are born with a white, fluffy coat, known as lanugo, and nurse from the mother for approximately 16 to 17 days.
“A mother seal may be off feeding when someone comes across a seal pup on the beach,” says Mendy Garron, marine mammal stranding program coordinator for NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region. “The best thing you can do is keep people and pets away from the seal pup, so the mother has a chance to return.”

Gray seal pups are very vocal, and can sound like a baby crying, but this is normal behavior and doesn’t necessarily mean that the pup is in distress. This vocalization helps the mother find the pup when she returns from foraging.
NOAA Fisheries reminds members of the public to respect wildlife by maintaining a safe distance of at least 150 feet from seals.
Seal pups are often higher up on the beach, near the high tide line or even in the dunes, for protection while the mother is away. Sometimes pups do wander far from the beach, ending up in unusual places. If you suspect an animal may be in trouble, please take the following actions:
  • Call your local Marine Mammal Stranding Network Member or the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional 24-hour hotline 866-755-NOAA (6622).
  • Always maintain a safe distance, at least 150 feet, from the animal to avoid injury to yourself or to the animal.
  • Do not touch the seal! They are wild animals. They will bite, and can transmit disease.
  • Keep your pets on leashes, and remove them from the area. Pets can further stress seals, provoking defensive behaviors. Seals can attack pets if they feel threatened, and they can transmit diseases to pets.
  • Never feed seals. This can make the animal sick or dependent on people for food.
  • Do not move or push the animal back into the water. Seals need time to rest and regulate their body temperatures, which is why they “haul out” on land.
  • If you see someone harassing a marine mammal, please contact our Office of Law Enforcement at 800-853-1964.
NOAA Fisheries is the federal agency responsible for monitoring marine mammal populations in the United States. In this region, NOAA Fisheries relies on a team of dedicated, trained personnel from Maine to Virginia to assist the agency in carrying out its mission.Marine Mammal Stranding Network has been in existence for several decades and is comprised of organizations from the wildlife rescue community, academic institutions, zoo/aquarium facilities, and federal state or local government agencies. The Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) was officially formalized in 1992 under the Marine Protection Act of 1972 after numerous mass strandings and unusual mortality events occurred around the country.
Get more information on NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region’s Stranding Program (covering the coastlines of Maine to Virginia).
Find out about our gray seal research on Muskeget and Monomoy Islands.


Looking for a super easy gluten-free dessert for a relative this afternoon, a quick stop at Turtle Alley was made. I was knocked out by Hallie Baker’s fabulous heart boxes, each filled with a different assortment of chocolates, and each clearly labeled–all ready to go for your Valentine sweetheart! FYI, Hallie informs that her chocolate truffles are definitely gluten-free.
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Leroy Gaynor at Turtle Alley

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Turtle Alley Leroy Gaynor chocolatier

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The Red Swirl at Turtle Alley

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Waves crashing in Magnolia on Tuesday

Artful Birdhouse Auction

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Rocky Neck Art Colony
February 8, 2016
Suzanne Gilbert Lee
978-515-7004   617 872-7633 cell
The Artful Birdhouse: An Auction of artist-created birdhouses, Auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr, Sunday, February 21, Preview: with light refreshments and Champagne punch from1-2 PM, Live Auction at 2:15 PM.
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-4:00 PM
Tickets are $10 per person available online beginning Wednesday, February10 through Saturday, February 20 until 5 PM at http://rockyneckartcolony.org/event/the-artful-birdhouse/
Tickets also available at The Cultural Center gallery from Thursday, February 11 through Sunday, February 14.  As space is limited, early purchase is suggested.
Gloucester MA, February 8, 2016.  “The Artful Birdhouse,” in the entertaining and capable hands of auctioneer State Senator Bruce Tarr, offers more than 20 original, artist-created birdhouses by auction on Sunday February 21, preview beginning at 1:00 PM, live Auction 2:15 PM.  Engaging the charm and appeal of birdhouses as a foundation, the imagination of friends and members of the Rocky Neck Art Colony soars in whimsical, modern, traditional, fantasy and completely unexpected “artful” birdhouses. The following artists have donated their time and talents for an auction of their birdhouse creations in support of Mass Audubon and in conjunction with the “For The Birds” avian-art exhibit at The Cultural Center.    
A highlight of the event is the featured item:  A private naturalist walk with Mass Audubon’s Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology Chris Leahy.  With broad expertise in birds and insects, and an engaging communication style he leads many international tours.  Winner may invite up to 10 guests.  The value is “priceless.”      
 Artists contributing to the auction event are Kathy Gerdon Archer, Deborah Barnwell, Carol Mansur Benesh, Lisa Carlson, Joy Dai Buell, Elizabeth Gauthier, Rachel Gauthier, Joy Halsted, Jane Keddy, Mindy Lind-terk, Ron MacNeill, Tom Nihan, Sinikka Nogello, Christy Park, Hans Pundt, Kenny Riaf, Sally Seamans, Betty Lou Schlemm, Pam Stratton, Karen Tibbetts, and Karen Tusinski among others. 
A portion of the day’s event proceeds will support Mass Audubon’s mission to protect the flora and fauna of Massachusetts.  
The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org

Valentine’s Day Destinations


Ok, Ok many people feel that Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. That’s fine but don’t ruin it for the rest of us. I do not particularly care about the whole “gift receiving and giving” aspect. Its the “spirit” I LOVE! Its a day when everyone just LOVES. Isn’t that what we all want? Is just to love and be loved?

So, for the spirit of the holiday I have put together your Valentine destinations on Cape Ann! I will update as I find new places! Book your destination today!



Seaport Grille special pre-fixe menu! Check it out!

Katrina’s Special menu, music and more!

Magnolia 525 tavern keep posted for their festivities


Foreign Affairs Valentine’s Brunch AND dinner!


Chocolate for your honey

Turtle Alley 42 Rogers St, Gloucester

Nichols Candies 1 Crafts Road/Route 128, Exit 12 Gloucester

Tuck’s Candy 15 Main st, Rockport


Wine and Cheese

Savour Wine 76 Prospect St, Gloucester

The Cave 44 Main St, Gloucester



Celia’s Flower Studio 77 Langsford St, Gloucester

Sage Floral Studio 274 Main St, Gloucester

Russell’s Florist 18 Eastern Ave, Gloucester

Audrey’s Florist 38 Railroad Ave, Gloucester


Specialty Gift Shops

Pop Gallery 67 Main St, Gloucester

Magic Scarf Main St, Gloucester

La Provence 4 Main St, Rockport

Mimi 11 Central St, Manchester


If you know of more restaurants and destinations drop me a comment and I will add them!


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