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A true Gloucester waterfront legend, Erik Ronnberg, Jr., Cape Ann Museum, Marine Curator, is retiring.

My lifetime waterfront friend will be honored at a retirement celebration, Friday, September 30, 2022. All are welcome at the C.A.M. downtown campus, at 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Ron’s congratulatory letter to Erik follows: 

Dear Erik:


What wonderful news – your upcoming well-deserved retirement!  I am so happy for you, my lifelong waterfront friend. 

Just think, Erik, our association dates back to the 1940s.  You were a toddler in your dad’s rigging loft on John J. Burke’s Sherman B. Ruth’s outfitting wharf.  I was a frequent visitor to his rigging loft.

The year was 1947 and the brand-new scallop dragger “Bright Star” was in front of your father’s shop.  Recently launched from the Essex James yard, she was receiving your dad’s rigging.  F/V Bright Star was a beautiful vessel, and many years later, 2011, you would replicate it in a 30” model.  It’s this model, the Schooner Elsie, and the 1947 modern side trawler F/V Kingfisher, to name a few, that you have passionately recreated in model form that will forever serve as a tribute to Gloucester’s anchor industry history.  

To me, my dear friend, your professional model work, over a lifetime, on display at our own premier Cape Ann Museum,  as well as the nationally recognized Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.,  speak volumes about your professional career and your many contributions to the history of our Gloucester over the years.

Your career-ending tenure as Marine Curator of our own C.A.M. is such a wonderful contribution, a book end, to a lifelong artistic journey…your legacy to our Cape Ann community.


Ron Gilson

Catching Up With the Neighbors — pat morss

Our wildlife remained active while we were distracted enjoying late summer.

Large swarms of swallows harvesting mosquitos
Getting recharged on the power lines
A lone Ruby-throated Hummingbird by the front door
Makeshift nest for feeding
A nursing Red Squirrel thankful for water during the drought
Seems a little late for this little Snapping Turtle
A pretty-patterned caterpillar rhythmically galloping across the road
Monarchs gathering for their multi-generational migration to Mexico
A pair of Wood Ducks visiting Niles Pond
Hank Heron (Great Blue) back in his/her tree, enjoying the rain
Young antlers
And adult antlers

It is almost time for lots of fun

Don’t want to try and park near Lexington Avenue for Magtoberfest? You don’t have to! We are offering FREE shuttle service from
the Stage Fort Park upper lot directly to Lexington Ave. It really can’t be much easier to get down to enjoy the awesome food, cars, fun, and music this year. See you on October 9th!

Orchard Adventuring

It’s that time of year when it’s all about apples, pumpkins, cider and wine (of course) so it seems logical to make a stop at Russell Orchards in Ipswich. They are currently in full apple picking swing. Our daughter had never been apple picking (clearly there were gaps in her education) and Russell Orchards is a great spot to start! It’s very kid-friendly with farm animals and special treats inside the store. It’s also driver friendly as I noticed some outlets for electric vehicles. We took full advantage of the pumpkin displays, store treats and apple trees. I suggest you consider doing the same!

Healthy Aging

Cape Ann Wellness

Talking about aging can often be taboo but it really shouldn’t be- after all, 60 is the new 50!

Life expectancies have consistently increased since 1950 and only continue to do so as time goes on.

We are living longer and better in our golden years with an average age of 79 years old per the2022 Revision of World Population Prospectsand many of these older adults will decide toage in place in the comfort of their own home. Making the decision to age in place is critical toplanning for your futurejust like making the decision to reinvent yourself and being the best version of YOU is essential to your quality of life!

September is Healthy Aging Month and during this month we want to help you embrace your golden years because these truly can be the best years of your life!
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Call to Artists: Apply for Juried Artist Membership at NSAA

What: Apply for Artist Membership at North Shore Arts Association
 North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
 October 1 & 2, 2022
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NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION CALL TO ARTISTS; YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO APPLY! Submission deadline for New Artist Membership is October 1 & 2, 2022. For membership information and an application please visit: Becoming a Member at NSAA.   

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about becoming a Juried Artist Member please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.   

Gloucester Stage Company opens THE THIN PLACE

With the supernatural as the setting, Tony Award Nominated Playwright LUCAS HNATH ‘ssuspenseful play is an immersive exploration of the fragile boundary between our world and the one just beyond

 Performances September 30 – October 23 at Gloucester Stage’s historic theater 

Gloucester Stage Company will close out its powerful 2022 season with the haunting production of THE THIN PLACE. Directed by Dee Dee Batteast, part ghost story, part dissection of “truth,” the play builds a never-ending loop between your head and your sixth sense and satisfies the cravings of both. With insight and relentless curiosity, the Tony Award-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath‘s play transforms the theater into an intimate séance, crafting an unnerving testament to the power of the mind, which has a mind of its own.

The suspenseful ghost story probes the profoundly human need for connection as it follows the burgeoning relationship between two women. Linda communicates professionally with the dead, who are still here, just in a different part of here, in the “thin place” and Hilda is a keen observer who’s seeking answers. Through their conversations, THE THIN PLACE explores the living world, the worlds beyond, and the fragile boundary between them.

Making their Gloucester Stage debuts, Cynthia Beckert and Siobhán Carroll lead the small cast as Linda, the veteran medium, and Hilda, who is grappling with a strange loss. Accomplished actors Joshua Wolf Coleman and Bren McElroy also star in this quietly chilling story which crackles with spiritual vulnerability. And yet at the same time, the enthralling story plays with perceptions of reality and the omnipresence of death. 

THE THIN PLACE will run from September 30 through October 23. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Tickets are now on sale and available at

The production is made possible with support from The Beauport Hospitality Group. The 2022 Season at Gloucester Stage has been made possible by the Shubert Foundation and the Applied Materials Foundation.