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From noon to four this afternoon City Hall will be abuzz with a special celebration exhibiting the work of Cape Ann children’s book authors and illustrators. Each author has a table with their projects. Come meet and talk to the authors about their original stories. The illustrators have created art coloring sheets taken from the pages of the books to give to guests. The award ceremony, hosted by Mayor Sefatia, takes place at 1:30. This is a unique and new book fair created by Cape Ann’s four library directors, Deborah Kelsey (Gloucester), Deborah French (Essex), Sara Collins (Manchester), Cindy Grove (Rockport), and art director Catherine Ryan.

I am looking forward to seeing all the artists coloring sheets. My Monarch Butterfly project and documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly first incarnation was an illustrated book, then photo exhibit, and now film.

The illustration above is of a male and female Monarch mating. The Monarchs fly up into a tree and stay joined together, abdomen to abdomen, for about four hours. The blue butterflies are a cousin of the Monarchs, the Blue Tiger of India (Tirumala limniace), but you can color your butterflies anyway you see fit–I’d love to see a pair of rainbow Monarchs ūüôā

Read more about the Cape Ann Reads celebration in a post by Catherine about Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Times article here.

Gail McCarthy highlights Cape Ann Reads and Cape Ann Art Haven in Gloucester Daily Times

in the news- Gail McCarthy highlights two family fun events in today’s Gloucester Daily Times

Friday – The annual Cape Ann Art Haven buoy auction is tomorrow night at Cruiseport!

Saturday – The upcoming Cape Ann Reads celebration at Gloucester City Hall is Saturday January 27 from noon to four. Gail’s article includes interviews with the four Library Directors and Mayor Romeo Theken. The color photograph that’s reproduced is a stunning drawing by Kim Smith from one of her children’s picture books, Beauty on the Wing.¬†There’s also a photograph from Alice Gardner’s drawing installation at The Book Store for her published book¬†St. Peter’s Fiesta.¬† Here’s the link to the article and a clever title design:¬†All Booked Up: Community Reception and Fair Celebrate literature and art for Children by Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times

All Booked Up spotlight Cape Ann Reads Celebration by Gail McCarthy for Gloucester Daily times January 25 2018.jpg

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Gloucester Daily Times update on Cape Ann Reads

Look for special group exhibits and readings to be announced later in 2018-¬†“Cape Ann Reads to Hit the Road” by Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times

This month: come to Gloucester’s City Hall on January 27 for a Cape Ann Reads celebration. Explore early drafts & drawings as well as published children’s picture art and books–all by Cape Ann artists and writers. The Book Store of Gloucester will have a satellite book shop devoted to published picture books right on site.

Gail McCarthy Gloucester Daily Times announcing Bruce J Anderson grant award for Cape Ann Reads January 8 2017

PAUL MANSHIP #GloucesterMA historic artist home and studio milestone! STARFIELD property purchased and in the news

Read Gail McCarthy article “Local group buys, plans art residency for sculptors’ estate”¬†from the Gloucester Daily Times.


American artist Paul Manship (1885‚Äď1966) was internationally renowned since the 1920s. He maintained multiple homes and studios: two in the Unites States (New York and Gloucester, MA); Paris; London; and three in Italy. This very special purchase–the only one in the world of a Manship property– Starfield, in the Lanesville section of Gloucester, MA, was made possible by the incredible generosity of the Manship heirs, YOU- Gloucester and MA residents (City of Gloucester & the Commonwealth of MA monies were allocated to this initiative), foundations, businesses and private donations. Congratulations to Rebecca Reynolds and all involved. Early supporters included:¬†the City of Gloucester; Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund (MassDevelopment in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council);¬†the Boston Foundation; Essex County Community Foundation; McDonagh Family Foundation; Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Massachusetts Cultural Council; New England Biolabs Foundation; and Essex National Heritage.

Read more about the funding here

Now that the property is purchased, there will be ongoing fundraising to maintain the property and its mission.

If ever there was a forever endowment match sought, this prestigious Manship opportunity would be one to grab!

Follow this link to see rare, original art by Paul Manship, John Manship and Margaret Cassidy that was recently made available FOR SALE to help raise money for this endeavor. Join to support the cause by donating on line through the website, Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS). Eventually the historic property will be open to the public and community, and will support working artists.


There are more than 15,000 historic house museums across the county, and just a few that were artists’ home and studios. One of the most influential is the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton, Long Island, established in 1988.¬† A welcome recent addition is the Winslow Homer property in Portland, ME.¬†Here’s hoping the Manship estate is a member on this¬†Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios (HAHS) map soon. Currently, the Massachusetts sites include Daniel Chester French’s Chesterwood in Stockbridge, and the¬†Frelinghuysen Morris home in Lenox.

Historic Artists' homes & studios GOOGLE map



Gloucester’s Katy Geraghty part of Broadway’s Tony Award nominated musical Groundhog Day!

How exciting to follow news about this stunning vocalist and actress. Not at all surprised to hear that Katy Geraghty is part of a Broadway musical!

from today’s Gloucester Daily Times:

Katy On Broadway
A Gloucester woman is making her Broadway debut in a show that has racked up a number of Tony Award nominations.¬†Katy Geraghty, a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and the daughter of city residents Rick and Martha Geraghty*, plays the role of Debbie in the acclaimed musical ‚ÄúGroundhog Day,‚ÄĚ which opened April 17 at the August-Wilson Theater on New York‚Äôs 52nd Street…Geraghty, also a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said she landed the role after being called to audition in March last year. She said she had caught the attention of ‚ÄúGroundhog Day‚ÄĚ musical director David Holtzenberg, whose husband, Michael Heitzman, directed Geraghty in North Shore Music Theatre‚Äôs 2015 production of ‚ÄúShrek, the Musical.‚Ä̬†‚ÄúGroundhog Day,‚ÄĚ based on the 1993 film that featured Bill Murray, stars Andy Karl, best known for his role in ‚ÄúLegally Blonde,‚ÄĚ and has been nominated for a Tony as best musical…

Read the article


Groundhog Day perform on TODAY show

Today show groundhog day


Katy on Instagram

*Martha Geraghty is a Cape Ann Reads finalist

Katy stepping up to help Cape Ann Big Band raise money for O’Maley Middle School band (from prior post –2min¬†video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‚ÄėS Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty) I think we first saw Katy in Once Upon a Mattress


Liv and Matt’s Wedding on the Cover of North of Boston Weddings Magazine!

livmatt_06-20-2015-378Check out the elegantly beautiful¬†spread in the summer issue of “North of Boston Weddings,” created by Gail McCarthy and Amy Sweeney, featuring our daughter Liv and son-in-law Matt’s Lighthouse Beach wedding.

Our family’s deepest thanks and appreciation¬†to Gail and Amy–truly a wonderful¬†memento of their special day that we will treasure for always.

Story by Gail McCarthy and Liv, photos by Esther Mathieu.

North of Boston Weddings

Bouquet by Aster B. Flowers

“North of Boston Weddings” presents a guide to planning your wedding day, local couple’s weddings, gowns, flowers, invites, venues, and more! To read this and more about Liv and Matt’s cover¬†story you can pick up a free copy of “North of Boston¬†Weddings” magazine at the following locations:

The Essex Room


Adesso Spa

Avanti Hair Salon

Bass Rocks Golf Club

Sunbanque of Gloucester

Cakes by Barbara

Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort

Captain Carlo’s

Castle Manor Inn

Chrisholm & Hunt Printers

Cruiseport Gloucester

Kyla Salon

Dr. Jeffrey H. Ahlin

Eastern Point Yacht Club

En Vogue Salon

Espresso Italian Grille & Pub

Fatima’s Hair Design

Gloucester Estate Buyers

Gloucester Rental Center

Hamond Castle Museum

Harbor Loop Gifts/Building Center

House of the Raven

Nor’east Cleaners

Russell’s Florist

Sage Floral Studio

Salon 127

Salon Unique

Soft Touch Hair Salon

Trident Gallery

Virgillio’s Itallian Bakery

West End Salon

Mila’s Beauty Salon

N Larson Jewelry

Seaside Wellness & Spa

Mimi Gift Gallery

Emerson Inn by the Sea

Nicole’s Hair Salon

Rockport Golf Club

Rockport Inn & Suites

Yankee Clipper Inn/Bistro 127





Gail McCarthy’s Wearable Art Show News Article Hits Newsstands Today!



Sista Felicia’s “Gifts Of Gold” 10 lb Pasta Dress ¬†modeled by her daughter Amanda Mohan in ¬†the 2013 SeArts Wearable Fashion Show makes it onto the pages of The Salem Evening News!


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Dress designed and handmade by Sista Felicia

wearable art fashion show pasta dress 2013 (52)

Hair & Makeup by Sista Felicia

wearable art fashion show pasta dress 2013 (15)

Today’s Gloucester Daily Times issue also highlights Sista’s “Gifts Of Gold” ¬†along with 4 wearable art creations made by Gloucester residents. Two created by Sage Floral Studio, made from fresh flowers, one Crafted with green soda cans by Donna Caseldon ¬†and one ¬†sailcloth Lobster Dress submitted by Daphane Papp, ¬†both from Annisquam!

Looking forward to this years SeArts Wearable Fashion Show. The 2015 Sista Felicia Wearable Art Dress is currently in the making.


Have You Picked Up Your Summer Issue of Cape Ann Magazine?

What a terrific issue and the perfect read to bring to the beach (and not just because my story about the Cape Ann to Mexico Monarch connection is featured on the cover!).

Cape Ann Magazine’s Summer 2014 issue provides a wonderful window into summer living on¬†our beautiful North Shore.¬†I throughly enjoyed reading all the articles, including Gail McCarthy’s about Essex sculptor Shelly Bradbury and the beautiful work she does designing for Mariposa; Alexandra Pecci’s two articles, one about Mariposa,¬†aptly titled¬†“Elegance for Everday,” and a second interesting¬†story about Woodman’s celebrating their 100th year in business; Andrea Holbrook’s story featuring¬†Gloucester’s¬†only sailmaker Josh Bevins; and Sean Horgan’s article about¬†tuna-chasing Johnny Johnson. Pick up the Summer 2014 issue of Cape Ann Magazine.¬†I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!

Cape Ann Magazine Summer 2014 butterfly ©Kim Smith 2014

Luxuriating before work with Cape Ann Magazine’s summer issue and Brother’s Brew fab house-made doughnut!¬†

Excerpt¬†from “Cape Ann to Mexico: The Monarch Butterfly Connection”

Like many communities throughout North America, Cape Ann shares in the interconnected web of the wondrous migration of the monarch butterfly. The very same monarchs that we see nectaring in our gardens and along the shoreline in late summer make a journey of over 2,500 miles south to Mexico to spend the winter in the unique and magnificent oyamel fir and pine tree forests of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, known locally as the Sierra Nevada (Snowy Mountain Range).

Last December, reports began to pour in from Mexican and American scientists that the number of monarchs overwintering was the lowest ever documented, representing a 90% decline from population numbers recorded in the 1990s. This coincided with the lamentably few monarchs seen breeding and feeding in our Cape Ann gardens during the summer of 2013. For the past three years I have been filming the monarchs in Gloucester, and all around Cape Ann, for my forthcoming film, Beauty on the Wing‚ÄĒLife Story of the Monarch Butterfly. I came to the realization that if I did not travel to Mexico at this moment in time, there may never again be the opportunity to film the monarch butterfly migration.

Read more in the Cape Ann Magazine Summer 2014 issue available at the following shops: 


The Gloucester Times, 36 Whittemore St., 978-283-7000

The Book Store, 61 Main St., 978-281-1548

Good Harbor Liquors, 340 Main St., 978-281-7100

Harbor Loop Gifts, 1 Harbor Loop, 978-283-3060

Jeff’s Variety, 71 Eastern Ave., 978-281-5800

Richdale, 410 Washington St., 978-281-4670

Richdale, 120 E. Main St., 978-283-2179

7 Eleven, 50 Bass Ave., 978-283-6868

Savour, 76 Prospect St., 978-282-1455



Hershey Frame Shop, 8 Rr Pleasant St., 978-546-2655

Rockport Market, 21 Broadway, 978-546-3684

Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main St., 978-546-7323

Tucks Candy, 15 Main St., 978- 546-6352



Richdale, 8 Beach St., 978-526-7294


See Joey’s funny post about GMG Media Moguls here.

Cape Ann Magazine Cover Kim Smith. Summer 2014


Thank You Cape Ann Magazine….Who Wears It Best?








What a wonderful¬†Surprise!¬†….Learned last night that this photo I took of Amanda during last September’s Wearable SeArts Fashion Show made its way onto the pages of the Spring 2014 issue of Cape Ann Magazine! ¬†So honored to be included! It is with much gratitude, I thank Gail McCarthy, Andrea Holbrook, Karen Adreas and the entire staff at Cape Ann Magazine for their kindness and support over the past several months.¬†



Pick up a copy of¬† Cape Ann Magazine’s 2014 spring issue and be the judge…

Who Wears It Best?

Amanda Mohan, Sista Felicia’s daughter…



James Eves III, owner¬† of Cape Ann Giclee & the talented Creative Director Of “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”


You be the judge….




“Gifts Of Gold”…The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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¬†On the eve of Thanksgiving while prepping my families¬†feast, I received another “Gift Of Gold!”¬†A Photo taken back in late¬†October¬†with photographer¬†Allegra k. Boverman and reporter/writer Gail McCarthy from Gloucester Daily Times & Cape Ann Magazine¬†was¬†publically announced¬†to have¬†been chosen for the cover of¬†Cape Ann Magazines’ 2013¬†December issue.¬†I was fully aware that Gail had been working on an article about my cookbook project for the magazine, but¬†was completely surprise¬†by¬†the cover!¬†¬†Just¬†prior to ¬†the launch of my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia,Harvest” in late August,¬†Gail and I met to discuses my cookbook project and it’s¬†journey for her story.¬†In Late October Gail contacted me again, asking if¬† she could stop by my house to take a few photos for her piece with¬†a photographer named Allegra, and hesitantly ¬†asked if¬†I could possibly stage my kitchen to look¬†as it¬†would during the holiday season, by the end of the week to make the magazine’s deadline.¬†Always up for a challenge I immediately said yes.¬†Knowing I had only days to pull this off, and knowing my holiday decorations were¬†all in¬†storage, I realized I had to get creative and ¬†use what I had on hand left over form past functions and craft projects!¬†¬†After quickly making a list,¬† I got¬†to work.¬†Crunched for time I¬†reached out to¬†the Mariposa Company in Manchester Ma, to borrow a few of their lattest holiday collection pieces that would best display my confections¬†planned for the¬†photo shoot. I am a huge fan/collector of Mariposa, and I use their products to¬†display¬†the foods I serve everyday.¬†The company graciously agreed¬†and within hous of my initial phone call to them,¬†my table was beautifully set Sista Style decked out with the latest Mariposa Holiday Collection and ready for my homemade Sicilian treats.¬†¬†I’m thrilled for Allegra and Gail that their hard work made the cover and I personally would like to congratulate¬†them on a job well done. I also would like to personally thank the Mariposa Company for their willingness to help on such short notice and for consistently producing elegant serving wear for all my entertaining needs.¬†Cape Ann Magazine¬†2013 December issue is ¬†scheduled to hit newsstands this Tuesday December 3,¬†Again I have been blessed to work with amazingly talented people who help make my mission to keep¬†my cultures rich Sicilian Traditions alive for¬†future generations.¬†I¬†simply can not wait to pick up dozens of¬†copies for my family and friends on Tuesday. Cape Ann Magazine is sold at the following Gloucester Businesses:

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To purchase copies of “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” Click link below


Chickity Check It! Sista Felicia Featured In Gail McCarthy GDT Article-


August 14, 2013

‘Sista Felicia’s’ Sicilian cooking
Gloucester-rooted book is now a series

By Gail McCarthyStaff Writer

Felicia (Ciaramitaro) Mohan grew up in a family surrounded by simmering pots of pasta and bubbling brews of tomato sauce, all created by mothers and grandmothers who never used a recipe.

Their style of cooking, straight from their memory, included a pinch of that ingredient, or a handful of another, and so on.

But two generations later, out of fear of losing these heirloom recipes forever, Mohan ‚ÄĒ at the urging of her husband Barry ‚ÄĒ set out to make a cookbook of sorts for her twins, Amanda and BJ. From that seed sprouted her effort to make such a book. But she never imagined that the original scope of the work would grow exponentially.

For the entire article at The Gloucester Daily Times website click here


To order your copy of her cookbook and/or get an invite to her Gala Book Launch at Cruiseport click here

Chickity Check It!- “Tale of 2 fisheries on stage and at the dock Play’s ’80s packing plant a far cry from today” By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times


By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times

The 1986 setting for the play ‚ÄúNorth Shore Fish‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ now showing at Gloucester Stage resuming Wednesday night ‚ÄĒ hints at a foreboding crisis in the fishing industry that started as a trickle in the mid-1980s, and has become a veritable deluge in 2013.

But while the dwindling fish landings feeding into the background story for the Israel Horovitz play continue into the 21st century, it is under dramatically different circumstances.

Local fishermen today are fighting to maintain their livelihood against the pressures of a federal bureaucracy they believe wants to shut them down, but the workers who manned the plentiful fish processing plants in the 1980s and in Horovitz’s play faced a vanishing way of life due to automation, foreign competition and eventually, yes, a dwindling number of landings.

In the mid-1980s, millions of pounds of fish were landed daily by the Gloucester-based fleet ‚ÄĒ compared to the landings at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange on Harbor Loop last Thursday, which was 7,700 pounds.

For the entire article click here to read it at The Gloucester Daily Times Site

Chickity Check It! Turbine Meeting Breakdown from Gail McCarthy at The Gloucester Daily Times


March 30, 2013

Turbines spark quick $60K city savings

By Gail McCarthyStaff Writer

The towering wind turbines rising above Blackburn Industrial Park have already translated into revenue with the city, clearing $60,000 in the first three months, according to Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

That was just one element of information shared Thursday night by Kirk and three experts at a wind energy panel discussion that prompted more than 300 Gloucester and Rockport residents to flock to the Sawyer Free Library for a panel discussion on wind energy.

Within three months worth of performance, Kirk said this year’s revenue projection for this calendar year will be $430,000. The only reason that is below the $450,000 estimate is that in the first few months of operation, there were glitches that needed to be addressed and required the turbines to be turned off. Once the operation is in full swing, Kirk said the city will be on track to meet its savings projections.

For the entire article click here to view it at the Gloucester Daily Times website

Terry Weber, Gail McCarthy and Nancy Gaines Cover The 20 Year Anniversary of The Perfect Storm For The Gloucester Daily Times

Terry, Gail and Nancy get all the interviews in these big time pieces-

Perfect Storm: 20 years after
Memories fresh for those closest to losses

By Gail McCarthyand Terry Weber

Roberta Tyne Smith, now 60, recalls hearing the phone ring 20 years ago this weekend ‚ÄĒ at 5 p.m. on Halloween in 1991.

On the line was the ex-wife of Smith’s brother, fishing captain Billy Tyne, calling to tell Roberta that the Andrea Gail was three days overdue.

"I was in the middle of getting ready to go trick-or-treating with my three sons," said Smith, who now lives in Manchester. "But life changed dramatically from that day forward.

"My biggest regret is that Billy never got to see his children grow up. Billy loved his children more than anything. He always looked forward to coming home and spending time with them."

Tyne and his five-man crew on board the Andrea Gail were lost in what is today known as The Perfect Storm.

And the telling of their story ‚ÄĒ both in Sebastian Junger’s best-selling book "The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea," published in 1997, and again in the blockbuster Hollywood film of the same name, released in 2000 ‚ÄĒ has made the term "perfect storm" a common part of the American lexicon.

But memories of the storm ‚ÄĒ and the Andrea Gail tragedy ‚ÄĒ remain painful here in Gloucester, especially for the families who can never forget those days two decades ago.

Click here for the rest of the story at The Gloucester Daily Times website

and because I can never get enough of this song by Earl and Arch and the video made by Mike Lindberg The official Song od GoodMorningGloucester- Gloucester Til The End

Nancy Gaines Piece Here-

Tragedy, film lore still driving economy

By Nancy GainesCorrespondent

In the 20 years since what’s now known as the Perfect Storm, the story of the nation’s oldest seaport reads like a tale of two cities.

The economic impact on the home of the seafaring tragedy that inspired the best-selling book and blockbuster movie has been, by most measures, a wallop. And, in a sad paradox, it’s also been a boon to a place that’s been beset by a dwindling fishing industry and is now retrofitting with retail, commercial and development ventures.

The working waterfront of fishermen who go down to the sea forever ‚ÄĒ at least 30 since the Andrea Gail, says the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association ‚ÄĒ still works.

The fishing industry is worth about $200 million to the city annually, considering the ripple effect (economists use 3.5) for shoreside businesses, taxes and temporary employment, from $56.6 million in sales last year.

Yet, the business is a shell of itself 20 years ago. Fish landings in Gloucester were 126 million pounds in 1990; 41 million last year. At 100 boats, the fleet is half what it was when the movie hit, never mind the storm.

What to do this weekend-

From knitting to Dr. Seuss

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

Knitting is again gaining popularity as a growing number of residents are getting together to share their projects. To that end, the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will present a program Monday at 6 p.m. in the Friend Room titled “Know Your Knitting (K)Neighbor ‚ÄĒ The Ecological Knitter.”

This will be an evening of talk and demonstrations on ways to reclaim, recycle, reuse wool, cotton, cashmere, silk yarns and fabrics. The public is invited to bring their own projects or just come and chat. At the last knitting event, a woman shared with the group how she would buying hand-knit sweaters in thrift stores, unraveling them to reuse the yarn. This sparked a discussion about reusing fiber, both yarn and fabric.

Rose Ann Hunter, an Old Sturbridge Village Craftsman, will bring examples of projects she makes from fabric recycled from garments and thrift stores. Kathleen Valentine, author of “The Mermaid Shawl & Other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons & Wraps,” will bring two of the shawls featured in the book, made from reclaimed silk.

Call Leslie Wind for more information at 978-546-6539, or e-mail inquiry@parlezmoipress.com.

Wine tasting and music

The Rotary Club of Rockport is holding a wine tasting at Rockport Golf Club this Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Requested donation is $30; tickets are available at the door or at the club’s Web site at http://www.rockportrotary.org. The evening of wine sampling includes hors d’oeuvres provided by Classic Cooks and live jazz and blues music by Alek Razdan and the A-Train. There will be a silent auction. There will be more than 100 wines to sample, including those from California, Washington state, France, South America, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal.

‘Suessical’ in Gloucester

“Seussical,” a musical based on the books of Dr. Seuss that made a Broadway debut in 2000, will performed by the Department of Performing Arts of Landmark High School, opening tonight at 7:30. Shows also are tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Show are at Fuller Auditorium in Gloucester. This popular show is for all ages and will be accompanied by a professional orchestra. Tickets are available at the door for $5, general seating, and $15 for special VIP seating.

Pete Lindberg CD release

Tomorrow, The Dog Bar will host Pete Lindberg’s first CD release party. Lindberg spent the last few months recording his first solo CD with Bradley Royds at his Cape Ann studios. Royds described Lindberg as “a gifted storyteller with prolific talent ‚ÄĒ a true bard.” He is part of a growing musical family, which includes his father Mike Lindberg, who plays with the Irish/Celtic group O Brien’s Boru. The new CD features his songs, accompanied simply by guitar and harmonica. The show begins at 9 p.m. The Dog Bar is located at 65 Main St. in Gloucester. There is no cover. For information, visit http://www.myspace.com/plindberg or http://www.dogbarcapeann.com.

Gloucester Maritime celebration

The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center is host a three-day celebration, today through Saturday, to celebrate the opening of its new Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery and the start of the 2009 season. All events take place at the center, located at 23 Harbor Loop in Gloucester.

Bud Ris, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium, will present a free slide lecture, “The New England Aquarium Today and Tomorrow” at 7 tonight.

Erik Ronnberg, renowned New England ship-model maker, will present a free slide lecture, “New England’s Earliest Otter Trawlers,” includes slides of the Surf he built for marine artist Tom Hoyne, tomorrow at 7 p.m.

The center will host a “Demonstration Day” on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Events include an Historic Postcards slide show, seafood cooking demonstrations, live music by Not That Blonde, storytelling by Fred Dodge, and presentations on whale tagging, shipwrecks and sustainable fisheries. Ongoing demonstrations include net stripping, sail making, dory building, and ship model construction. Visitors can explore a simulated shipwreck with Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary maritime archaeologists and observe a boat being hauled out of the water on the center’s 19th century marine railway. Children’s activities include fish printing, compass making and knot tying. Sea Pocket Lab, the center’s outdoor aquarium with touch tanks, will be open.

Visitors can also explore the first exhibit, which focuses on the shoreside industries that supported the local fishing fleet at the dawn of the 20th century. Displays feature ship models, and artifacts ranging from oilskins to foghorns to sailmaker’s tools. Chart your course to the Grand Banks. Experiment with the interactive marine railway model. Watch vintage film footage of fishing schooners. For more information, call 978-281-0470.

Cape Ann Community Cinema

Joaquin Phoenix plays an emotionally unstable man who must choose between Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw in the film “Two Lovers,” showing at Cape Ann Community Cinema through Sunday at 7:15 p.m., with a bonus show tomorrow at 5 p.m.

There will be two benefit screenings of “The Breast Cancer Diaries” on Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, Ann Murray Paige sets up a video diary camera in her bedroom. The result is an unvarnished first-person account of her nine-month battle, punctuated with humor, poignancy and romance. Part of the proceeds benefit breast cancer awareness and The Breast Cancer Diaries Foundation. Tickets for this special event are $10 each.

Opera on the Island features “Benvenuto Cellini” on Saturday at 1 p.m. with this French opera written by Hector Berlioz in the 1830s. It is described as complex, richly detailed and prolifically imaginative, and which Berlioz’s contemporaries often considered unplayable. This production came from the 2007 Salzburg Festival, with a cast accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic and its chorus. Tickets $12.50 all seats.

A free show takes place Saturday at 9:30 p.m. with “Sita Sings The Blues,” a film about a goddess separated from her beloved husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by e-mail. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this animated interpretation of the Indian epic “Ramayana.”

The films are shown at Gloucester Stage Co. at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. For tickets and show times, visit http://www.capeanncinema.com.

Salute to Spring

Chorus North Shore sponsors the Honors Youth Choir’s concert “Salute to Spring” this Saturday at 7 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Church, 225 Cabot St., Beverly, in a concert dedicated to spring. Twelve Cape Ann youth are members of choir, comprised of 33 students representing 20 North Shore schools. Those students are Katherine Boucher, Emily Daily, Matt Favaloro, Katherine Maddox, Sophie Palmer and Katrina Tuck, all from Rockport; Christine Anderson, Lara Carney, Carly Curcuru, Olivia Francis and Elisa Smith, from Gloucester; and Nancy MacMillan of Manchester. The event is described as a choral choreography including narration, choral gesturing, duets, solos and more. Under the direction of conductor Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and accompanied by Robert Littlefield, the program includes music from early Baroque to the present day. The program is designed for a wide audience including families. Tickets at the door are $10, children under 12 are free.

Gentle yoga

ACI-Cape Ann’s Dr. Pat O’Brien has created a beginner’s gentle yoga class that meets every Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St. in Rockport. She designed the class to provide an understanding of how yoga works and how it helps work out aches and pains. The classes are open to all, suggested donation is $10. For more information, contact O’Brien at yogaclinic@hotmail.com or visit http://www.aci-capeann.org.

Local music and Mother’s Day events

The Seaward Inn will host a Mother’s Day jazz brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kicking off the Sunday Morning Live Series. Performing will be Al Boudreau on vocals and drums, Barbara Boudreau on vocals and Jack Senier on the piano. Reservations encouraged, no cover. The inn is located on the coast at 44 Marmion Way in Rockport. For information, visit http://www.seawardinn.com.

The Linda Amero Trio featuring Steve Heck on piano and Bronek Suchanek on bass will play a Mother’s Day Lunch on Sunday at Captain Carlo‘s from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For reservations, call 978-283-6342. On May 15, the jazz vocalist will perform at the Franklin Cafe “Supper Club” at 118 Main St. in Gloucester from 7 to 10 p.m.

To kick off the sailing season, the schooner Thomas E. Lannon is offering free sails to mothers on Sunday, when it sails from 1 to 3 p.m. from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House restaurant in Gloucester. Reservations suggested. For more information, go to http://www.schooner.org or call 978-281-6634.

Museum announces guided tours

The Cape Ann Museum will provide weekly guided tours led by docents trained in teaching the public about the museum’s art and history collections. Eleven docents recently completed a five-month training program in preparation for leading public tours this spring. Starting this month, the docents will lead tours of the Highlights of the Collection, the Captain Elias Davis House, and the Fitz Henry Lane Collection. Tours are free with the price of admission. Tours for May are as follows:

Highlights of the Collection: Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.; Captain Elias Davis House on May 16, May 30 at 2 p.m. and the Fitz Henry Lane Collection on Saturday and May 23 at 2 p.m. Visit http://www.capeannmuseum.org for further details. The museum also provides tours to private groups through advance reservation. For more information to book a private tour, contact Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, ext. 11.

Spring jazz concert

Jazz in Rockport presents “Swing into Spring” with Kendra Shank and Quartet. She performs as part of the Jazz in Rockport concert series, introducing her new CD release “Mosaic” on May 16 at 8 p.m. at the Rockport Art Association. The jazz vocalist was described by The New York Times as an artist with “effervescence, depth” and “integrity.” There is a discount for those also attending Rockport Art Association’s Arts and Flowers event on May 15. For information, call 978-546-6604 or Brickhouse Productions at 978-546-8474. Tickets on sale at Rockport Art Association, Toad Hall Bookstore and The Book Store of Gloucester.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000, ext. 3445 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com, or fax to 978-281-5748.

What’s happening around town?

Events showcase Gloucester’s WPA murals

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

Residents have two chances to view some of the city’s historic murals in the next few days.

Cape Ann Museum is offering the earliest, when it will present “Howard Curtis and Gloucester’s Works Progress Administration Murals,” a walking tour with Susan Erony on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

The second is when O’Maley Middle School opens its doors to allow public viewing of its murals Tuesday evening in conjection with a student art show.

Among Gloucester’s treasures are its collection of murals painted as part of the Federal Art Project of the 1930s Works Progress Administration. City Hall and Sawyer Free Library were two beneficiaries of the marriage between a vibrant local arts community and a federal government program.

The tour will focus on murals in those buildings by Charles Allen Winter, Frederick J. Mulhaupt and Frederick Stoddard, as well as the late Howard Curtis. Years after they were painted, Curtis was responsible for saving the WPA murals when few other people understood their social, historical and aesthetic value.

Saturday’s walking tour includes a visit to the museum’s exhibition of seascapes by Curtis (1906-1989). The tour will stop at City Hall auditorium for a look at the social, political, artistic and historic context for the murals, as well as Sawyer Free Library to view murals by Frederick Stoddard, who was assisted by Curtis. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Erony is an artist and a freelance art lecturer, educator, writer and curator. She has consulted with organizations on issues of art and society, taught and lectured on both art history and art practice. She served on the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, where much of her work focused on Gloucester’s collection of WPA-funded murals. Erony attended Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art, Lesley University and the University for Humanistic Studies in Utrecht, Holland. Her artwork, focusing primarily on history and the human condition, has been exhibited extensively in Europe, Canada and the United States and is in many private and public collections.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Reservations are required; call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester.

O’Maley Middle School in Gloucester will host “Vanilla, Strawberry, Picasso,” a celebration of student work and an ice cream social featuring student masterpieces. As part of the evening’s events, residents can see the WPA murals by Cape Ann’s Mulhaupt (1871-1938), who is best known for capturing the era of the “New Deal.” The paintings, worth an estimated $1.1 million, are open to viewing by the public inside the middle school on Tuesday, April 14, from 6 to 8 p.m.. This event is part of a community outreach plan to promote the school’s commitment to high standards of academic excellence and community involvement.

“This event is centered on the students, staff, and all the great things that they are doing to further O’Maley Middle School as a place where students can thrive and succeed,” said O’Maley Principal Michael Tracy. “This is an opportunity for our school to open its doors to the public and feature exemplary pieces of students’ work in addition to sharing some influential art work.”

Baird performing with jazz quartet

“Singing columnist” Gordon Baird will be the featured vocalist for the Mark Early Jazz Quartet tonight from 7 to 9 at Latitude 43 restaurant in Gloucester.

Baird is known for his Gloucester Daily Times columns, sailing exploits and local TV show and has appeared in musicals at North Shore Music Theatre, Boston’s Lyric Stage and Reagle Players. Baird is also known for his Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett picks as well as selected show tunes.

Early, a member of Roomful of Blues, regularly hosts a rotating cadre of jazz players and singers from Boston to the North Shore. Special guest vocalists are expected.

For more info, call 978-281-0223.

1980s-style prom event with Safety

Gulu Gulu Cafe will present a 1980s-style prom event to raise money for HIV prevention on Saturday with the dance band Safety, featuring several Cape Ann musicians. The band rocks the house at the “Pretty In Pink 1980s Prom” event at the Salem cafe, located at 247 Essex St., starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 each. Those attending are invited to don their rubber bracelets, neon leggings,and prom dresses, and reach new heights with hair spray. In addition to live music from Safety, the event includes DJ Express spinning ’80s favorites, video clips, a special performance from drag diva Blanch Debris, prom photos in front of a vintage ’80s backdrop, raffle, prizes for best ’80s outfit and dance skills, and a buffet. Tickets can be purchased at the cafe in advance or at the door.

Safety covers a spectrum of ’80s dance music, including songs by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode, Pat Benatar, The Cure, Culture Club, Billy Idol and Prince. The band features Brian King on vocals and keys, Kascia Murray on vocals, Ann Marie Shimanoski on vocals, Guy Fiero on vocals, Tony Goddess on guitar and keys, Daniel King on bass, and Dennis Monagle on drums and vocals. For information, call the caf√ɬ© at 978-740-8882 or visit http://www.gulu-gulu.com.

Rockport egg hunt

The Rockport Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 19th annual Community Egg Hunt for the local children at Millbrook Meadow on Saturday at 2 p.m., weather and meadow conditions permitting. Preschoolers will be grouped in one section, and kindergartners and first-graders in another. In addition to assorted candies, the hunt will feature a number of special eggs to be redeemed for prizes.

Cape Ann Community Cinema

This week, Cape Ann Community Cinema is screening “Wendy and Lucy” from Friday to Sunday, at 5 and 7:15 p.m.

The film, described as a poetic road drama, stars Academy Award-nominee Michelle Williams as Wendy Carroll, who is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a finding summer work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and her dog. “Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times,” according to a film description.

This Saturday features “Opera on the Island” with the HD screening of “Don Carlo” by Verdi at 1 p.m.

The version inaugurated the 2008-09 La Scala Opera Season. It is the 1884 four-act version that Verdi reduced and changed into Italian from the original 1867 five-act version in French. The story is based on conflicts in the life of the Prince of Asturias, after his betrothed, Elisabeth of Valois, was married instead to his father, Philip II of Spain, as part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551-1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois, according to a press release.

The films are shown at Gloucester Stage Co. at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. For tickets and showtimes, visit http://www.capeanncinema.com.

Local photographers at gallery reception

Photographic works by Rockport Art Association members David Piemonte and Law Hamilton are part of a new show on display at the Mingo Gallery at 284 Cabot St. in Beverly. The gallery is hosting an artists reception Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The artists will be on hand to talk about their works, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The gallery is showcasing the photos of six artists: Piemonte, Hamilton, Jeffrey Trubisz of Salem, whose work has been shown at the Rockport Art Association, Mike Otis of Beverly, and Ed and Dorothy Monnelly of Ipwsich. The works include portraits of jazz musicians, landscape and architectural studies, as well as still lifes. The show runs through May 16. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. More information is available by calling 978-927-5964.

Museum presents Family Free Day

Cape Ann Museum presents a free drop-in program for families on the second Saturday of each month. Family free day includes admission for family members all day, family gallery guides, art and history activities in the education room, and light refreshments served throughout the day. Stop by this Saturday for activities related to “Howard A. Curtis, Seascapes” exhibition. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. For information, call 978- 283-0455.

Franklin Fridays

For the “Franklin Fridays” Supper Club,¬† Gloucester vocalist Linda Amero will be featuring Boston musicians Joe Mullholland on piano and Bronek Suchanek on bass at the Franklin Cafe, 118 Main St., Gloucester, this Friday from¬† 7 to 10 p.m.¬† There is no cover charge but reservations recommended.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000, ext. 3445 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com, or fax to 978-281-5748.