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More than just a Lighthouse Tour with Captain Donald Steele

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IMG_3650Harbor Tours provides a tour of six Lighthouse tour on Cape Ann, (Ten Pound Island, Eastern Point, Straitsmouth, Thacher and Annisquam Lighthouses). The tour is far more; it is narrated by Captain Donald Steele; who gives the history of Cape Ann and the many points of interest; you seethe many islands along the coast line, local and private beaches, and some celebrities’ homes along the shore. As a Gloucester native he tells stories of the many storms, that occurred along the rough coast line of Cape Ann.

The tour is a must for locals and Gloucester visitors. In the slideshow you will see the many delighted faces of people on the tour that I went on this past weekend. 

Naomi Lee shares her art in Gloucester and around Cape Ann

Naomi Lee (Glimcher Panarello) who has made her home here in Gloucester for the past six years was a long time resident of Revere for thirty seven years and moved on to Marblehead for 18 years. She has been interested in art since early child hood. Always creating something from paint, mud and clay, she has even mentioned how she loved to get punished, knowing she would be sent to her room on purpose. It was there she could be secluded and create her art. She remembers painting birds on vinyl window shades. Also, one of a beautiful parrot that her mother gave to a neighbor who had mentioned how much she loved it.

At the age thirteen she went to the Museum Of Fine Arts and took a course in sculpture and that’s only training she has gotten, everything else was self taught. Because of her skills she ended up working in Parks and Recreation teaching children to senior citizens to create things from clay, later working at two different Jewish community centers one in Revere and one in Marblehead. For one season she was the Art Director at the Eastern Yacht club for the summer program. This was around the early 1990’s and continued teaching until the early 2000’s. Her last position was at Temple Emanuel teaching pottery in Marblehead 2002.

Two and a half years ago she was juried into the Guild of Beverly Artists, while looking to make money to get her car fixed, during that time she did five shows and many others on her own since.

Presently you can find some of Naomi’s art work (oil paintings) in the back room at the Pleasant Street Tea Co. on 7 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. The paintings will be there until the end of April.

After this you can view her paintings at the Sovereign Bank in Manchester from May 1 to June 5. Then onto the Lone Gull for the month of July and the Sovereign Bank in Gloucester for the month of September.

There are many paintings to see of Gloucester’s landscape these happen to be a favorite subject of Naomi’s. Paintings can be done by photo or by eye. She believes in the warmth of the sun the calm of the moon the strength of the wind and power of sea.

Naomi calls this seascape of Good Harbor a miracle painting after a serious decision in her life and seeing the rainbow confirmed her choice. This is the product of doing so.

Naomi Miracle

On May 4th at the Sovereign Bank in Manchester there will be a reception between 10:00 am and 11:30 am with refreshments and a token of appreciation.

Here are some other pieces of Naomi’s  art work.



My favorite of The Annisquam Lighthouse.

Naomi Lee contact


(781) 710-1080

Annisquam Light, circa 1890

 Annisquam Light, circa 1890 Charles E. Dennison/©Fredrik D, Bodin
The first Annisquam Lighthouse was built in 1801 on Wigwam Point, where the Annisqaum River meets Ipswich Bay. It was replaced in 1851 by the lighthouse in this photograph. The forty one foot high wooden tower was octagonal. The keeper’s house, to the right of the light, also built in 1801, had a covered walkway connecting it to the lighthouse. Cows grazed the lighthouse grounds, and wandered along the beach at low tide. The present  Annisquam Light was erected in 1897, and is made of brick. The light was automated in 1974, and the keeper’s house is currently used by Coast Guard families.
Printed from the original 8×10 inch negative in my darkroom.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Annisquam Lighthouse at Dusk Photo From Alyson M

Alyson M contributed this photo to the Good Morning Gloucester Flickr Group Upload some photos to Flickr and join the group (all for free) and you too could see your pictures here on GMG.

Alyson writes-

We were all walking away from the lighthouse, turned around to take a last look and scrambled to set up the tri-pod’s once again. I unfortunately am not so quick with the tripod so this one is without, but the feeling of this picture and being there was pure beauty! 

Annisquam Lighthouse at Dusk, originally uploaded by Alyson M..