1st Annual Rocky Neck Trot Info From Megan Balestraci, Allie Tashjy and Katy Balestraci


Katy Balestraci Writes-

Hi Mr.C  my name is Katy Balestraci and i am twelve years old my dad is Jim. me and my friends on rocky neck are having a trot and we would love it if u could put it in your blog.

The kids of Rocky Neck invite other children and there families to the 1st Annual Rocky Neck Trot (walk skip run) a 1 mile course around Rocky Neck. Sat August 21st 10:30am at the Causeway park at the beginning of Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Rain Date Sunday Community picnic to follow bring your own food and drink prizes will be given out to 1st 2nd and 3rd place for those who complete the whole course

Katy Balestraci

Here are organizers- Megan Balestraci, Allie Tashjy and Katy Balestraci


Should be a great family time!

Hope to make it with the Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad.  Sounds like this would be just a perfect perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.

Thanks Katy, Allie and Megan for giving us the scoop!

Chelsea Berry Show at the Gloucester Community Cinema to Benefit Action, Inc.


















Photo by Louise

Gloucester – Singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry will be performing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Thursday, August 26, with 50% of proceeds going to Gloucester-based human services agency Action, Inc.

Action, Inc. aims to improve the quality of life for low-income residents of Cape Ann and beyond by minimizing the effects of poverty, promoting economic security and advocating for social change. An integral part of the community since 1965, Action achieves its mission through a wide range of programs and services, including access to public benefits, the COMPASS Youth Program for at-risk teens, home care for elders and disabled adults, job training and adult education programs, assistance with home heating and utility payments, home weatherization and energy conservation, an emergency homeless shelter, housing advocacy, and more.

Originally from Alaska, Berry now lives and regularly performs throughout Cape Ann, and is also a part of the Boston music scene, playing at venues such as the House of Blues and the Paradise. Berry released her new original album Walk with Me in June.

Thursday’s show is all-ages and begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. To have your tickets held at the door, email chelseaberrymusic@gmail.com or
robertnewton@massbayfilmproject.org. The Gloucester Community Cinema seats 125 livingroom-style and features a gourmet snack bar. Attendees may also bring in their own food and beverages.

For more information on Thursday’s show and upcoming performances by Chelsea Berry, call
her at 978-325-1168, email
chelseaberrymusic@gmail.com, or visit her website at
To learn more about Action, Inc., visit
www.actioninc.org or call 978-282-1000. Action’s main
offices are located at 180 Main Street in Gloucester

Cape Pond Ice- The Team

Cape Pond Ice – a company forged from the depths of New England, with a passion to deliver the finest ICE to the finest people in the world.

Here is a team of hardworking, passionate and highly motivated personnel working in conjunction with one another to produce and deliver quality CHILLING POWER to everyone!

Meet Sam hard at work in the office! 

Sam works everywhere: hauling ice on to the fishing vessels, packaging ice, harvesting ice and…..he will take you on the "Coolest Tour" of our Ice House!

Stop by and meet the "Coolest Guys Around" or visit us on-line

The News From Rocky Neck Courtesy Judy Robinson Cox

On the Neck

Thursday, August 19 : 6:30-9pm
Karin Rosenthal Exhibit at the Residency Studio

Funny Feet by Karin Rosenthal
Funny Feet, photograph by Karin Rosenthal

The Rocky Neck Art Colonyis fortunate to have award winning photographer and former Artist/Teacher in Residence, Karin Rosental, showing her work at the Residency Studio (51A Rocky Neck Ave.) tonight from 6:30 to 9pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the country’s most innovative and esteemed photographers.

Karin’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and is in numerous collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, The International Center of Photography, Polaroid’s National and International Collections, and the Allan Chasanoff Collection.

August 19 – Sept 1 : Garden Views, paintings by Sue Daly & Lynn Loscutoff
Win's Orchids by Sue Daly; Bobbie's Garden by Lynn Loscutoff

Win’s Orchids by Sue Daly

Bobbie’s Garden by Lynn Loscutoff

Ann Fisk Room, Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave.

Thurs, Sept. 2 : Nights on the Neck

Entertainment To Be Announced next week

SEPT 3-6: Four Friends Art Exhibit at Kismet Wharf

Four Artists
Clockwise from top left: Marie Sweeney, Barbara McLaughlin, Joan Frank, Barbara Dugan

Barbara Dugan, Joan Frank, Barbara McLaughlin and Marie Sweeney will exhibit their paintings from September 3 to 6 at Kismet Wharf, 51A Rocky Neck Ave.

Reception: Friday, Sept 3, 5:30-8pm

Sidestreet Gallery : Graceann Warn & The Art Of Encaustic
Grace Ann Warn

NOW THROUGH THIS FALL At Side Street Gallery, 17 Rocky Neck Ave.

Side Street is the home of Hughes Bosca’s unusual fine 18K BOLD Gold jewelry. As a gallery we focus on finding and representing exceptional contemporary artists and ethnic objects. In addition to paintings we have selected fine artifacts from around the world. Through our eclectic displays we offer a vision of how to bring unusual art/objects into your every day life. Side Street is an experience. Join us in the adventure of collecting.
For more information: 978-283-3791

Weiler Photo Gallery : A Paris Portfolio

Paris Portfolio
The Weiler Photo Gallery Exhibiting “A Paris Portfolio” through August.

Please visit us on weekends or by appointment or check out “A Paris Portfolio” on our website.

77 Rocky Neck Ave, "Madfish Alley", Gloucester

www.weilerphotogallery.com   978-281-6443   WeilerPhotoGallery@comcast.net


FRI, August 20, 5-8pm Reception for
Judythe Meagher, Solo Show at NSAA, AUG 16-31

Judythe Meagher

The North Shore Arts Association will present two new Featured Artist Exhibitions; Judythe Evans Meagher’s Show “Gloucester Up Close and Personal” will be on display from August 15 to Sept 1 in the Gordon Grant Room. A Champagne Reception will be held Friday, August 20 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Sunday, August 22, Giant Yard Sale at Inn Magnolia

This Sunday afternoon, 8/22, from 12-3 pm, the Inn Magnolia will be glomming on to the shining star of the Magnolia Historical Society’s ANTIQUES ROADSHOW/SIDEWALK BAZAAR/GIANT YARD SALE SCREAMING EXTRAVAGANZA!! Okay I added the screaming extravaganza part. But, anyway, we will be having a lawn party with tasty sangria and snacks. Please join us. Wear a silly hat or some big floppy white shoes. Or come incognito as a regular person.    — Amanda Nash

Jan Walker, Rich Seeley, and Tom & Judy Robinson-Cox
in Newburyport Art Association Photo Interest Group Show, August 26 – Sept. 6

Newburyport Art Association

Joyce Frederick Exhibit at Gloucester Stage

Painter, Joyce Frederick, currently has three paintings on exhibit in the foyer of the Gloucester Stage Company on East Main Street.

Kate Somers at Addison Gilbert Hospital

Kate Somers is exhibiting her paintings at the Addison Gilbert Hospital for the month of August.

Opportunities / Classes

Karin Rosenthal Photography Critiques

Award winning photographer and former Artist/Teacher in Residence, Karin Rosenthal www.krosenthal.com, will be available for private photography critiques at the Residency Studio this week. The cost is $40 for 1/2 hour or $75 for one hour. If you would like to schedule a critique, please call Karin at 617-850-2782.

Pottery Classes


The Best of Rocky Neck

Rocky Neck Art Colony Member’s Exbition, October 2 to 16

The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites all art colony artist members to submit your best work to this exhibition, dedicated to celebrating and championing creative talent on Rocky Neck and in the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Submission Info:
  • All Rocky Neck Art Colony artist members are invited to submit one piece up to 40” wide or two smaller pieces not to exceed 40” in width of their Best Work.
  • Media accepted: painting, mixed media/assemblage, sculpture (including ceramic sculpture and metalwork), printmaking, drawing, photography. The artist should provide a sculpture stand for large sculpture. The gallery cannot accommodate installations or video (unless all self-running equipment is provided by the artist).
  • Work must have been completed within the last three years.
  • Accepted work must remain with the exhibit until the exhibit closes.
  • All two-dimensional work must be wired for hanging. No sawtooth hangers or clipframes.
  • Everyone submitting work will be asked to gallery sit for two hours during the show
  • Download application form (http://mail.rockyneckartcolony.org/Call_for_Art.pdf) and mail or drop it off at the Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester MA 01930 by September 15.
  • There is no entry fee. Work may be for sale but it is not required.
  • The Art Colony will take 30% commission on any work that is sold.
  • The hanging committee will make every attempt to hang all work submitted but may have to return some pieces due to lack of space or improper framing.
  • Drop off work on Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 to 8pm or Friday, October 1, 10am to noon.
  • Pick-Up of Unsold Work: Sunday, October 17, 10am to noon.
  • Reception: Saturday, October 2, 5 to 8pm. Donations of food or beverages will be appreciated but are not required.

For more information contact Marie Sweeney, (sonomarie@comcast.net) or Judy Robinson-Cox (judy@robinson-cox.com).

Ocean Alliance News Announcement from Iain Kerr

I am pleased to report that the RV Odyssey is in the Gulf of Mexico. She left Portland Maine on July 17th and while she had a rocky trip down the East coast, it was a very productive trip. The University of Southern Maine science team (lead by Dr. John Wise) have proved the viability of our aft cabin laboratory by developing TWO cell lines while at sea, Humpback whale and Fin whale. To the best of our knowledge no one has developed cell lines from these whales before and certainly not in a vessel at sea – this is GREAT news.

The Odyssey will be in the Gulf through October 2010, we will then lay her up over the winter and go back to the Gulf in May through August 2011. We plan to spend a minimum of 3 seasons in the Gulf to see how the oil and dispersants are moving though the food chains and the direct and indirect consequences of oil and dispersants on the whales in the region.

Thanks to the generosity of the Campbell Foundation (equipment) and the Ocean Foundation (airtime) the RV Odyssey now has a V Sat communications system on board. The V Sat means that the Odyssey is connected to the world 24 hours a day for a flat rate.

So as to be able to respond to this new connectivity – last week we launched a new website (thanks to the incredible efforts of Ilana and Shirish). Same address as before www.oceanalliance.org but it is now being updated daily. Please check out the news reports, blogs and stories from the Ocean Alliance and the Odyssey in the Gulf. Also please do check out our two Facebook pages ‘Ocean Alliance’ and ‘A Race To Save our Oceans’ .   –Iain Kerr

Looking for artist whose painting blew into the harbor

I was taking a walk on Friday at the Railways and a woman came by…a painter. She had been on the pier and the wind swept her painting into the water!!!! She’s about 40 years old I guess and as I remember sandy colored hair. She was pulling a wagon with all her painting materials in it. About 20 minutes after she left a man came up and his name is Elisio Braz 18 Honeysuckle Road 978-281-3883. He had fished out the painting.I am hopring that someone in the art colony might know this woman and could pass on this message. Thanks!   –Ruth Mordecai


Larry Dahlmer

Larry Dahlmer was awarded the "People’s Choice" award at the Beaux Arts Ball for his
reproduction of a painting of Gloucester Schooners.

Kate Somers

Kate Somers was honored recently with two prestigious awards. She received an award for Most Creative for her Horribles Parade floats and she received the People’s Choice award in watercolor at the Magnolia Art Festival.


September 2
Nights on the Neck (Last one of the season)

September 9
Hannah Bureau: Goetemann Resident Gallery Talk, Rocky Neck Gallery

October 2
Reception, RNAC Members Juried Show

October 6
Hannah Bureau: Goetemann Resident Studio Talk, Residency Studio


Rocky Neck Art Colony, PO Box 60, Gloucester, MA 01931

Send email to info@rockyneckartcolony.org to add an even

Pictures of the Last Block Party

Are you excited for the Block Party tomorrow?!!

Here are some pics from the last one with Jimmy T and the Lovely Laurel, an accordionist at Valentinos, young buskers Seth Perkins and Jay Frye, Hemoglobin boards including the upcoming workshop flyer, and some other fun shots of Main Street at night. Enjoy!

click to view slideshow…


Fishermen Memorial Service August 28th

Paul Scola Writes-

Fishermen Memorial Service

The Fishermen Memorial Service, a ceremony to remember fishermen lost at sea, will be held on Saturday, August 28th. The procession will leave from American Legion Square promptly at 5pm and will proceed
to the Monument of the Gloucester Fisherman on George O. Stacy Boulevard where the ceremony will take place. The public is encouraged to participate in the procession and ceremony. Please bring loose flowers to be scattered into the harbor. Wreaths will be
placed at the Fishermen’s Monument. If raining, the ceremony will be held in American Legion Post 3, corner of Middle and Washington Streets.
For information please contact the Office of Veterans’ Services

Roaring Mary @ The Pleasant Street Tea Company ~ This evening 6:30 to 9:30

Roaring Mary, a Celtic music trio with guest musicians who appear at the Pleasant St. Tea Co. on the first, third, and (when applicable) fifth Fridays of every month, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Roaring Mary consists of Lin Swicker on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Steve Levy on banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and vocals, and David de la Barre on whistle, Scottish small pipes, concertina and vocals. They do traditional music from the British Isles–Scotland, Ireland, Britain, and Wales. Invited guests join them each time for additional tunes and songs. They have a Facebook page, Roaring Mary, with graphics etc. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Roaring-Mary/124771567541091?v=wall

It’s a great time and very cool for kids as well as adults in a venue that is not a bar, appropriate for all ages. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for all you do here Joey, it’s a great website!!


Pamela Campbell

Gloucester on the Travel Channel!!!!!


Eye Catching Title and a Half Naked Woman.

Just a cheap way to get people to click on this Post.

Samantha Brown is also my favorite host on the Travel Channel.



THIS WEEK ON CAPE ANN From The Cape Ann Chamber Of Commerce


ROCKPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY presents mystery writer Anne Canadeo on Wednesday, August 18, at 7pm. She will discuss her latest Black Sheep mystery, “Knit, Purl, Die.” 978-546-6934

THE CAPE ANN FARMERS’ MARKET will be open every Thursday through October 7, 3-6:30pm at its new location– I-4/C-2 on Rogers Street.

THE HARBOR LOOP CONCERT SERIES continues this Thursday, August 19, with Paula Karahalis Band, Phat Maxx.

GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY presents “An Ideal Husband” August 12-29. Four actors portray nine characters, adding a gender bending layer to Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about friendship, political corruption, blackmail, and redemption-as timely today as when first presented in 1895. 978-281-4433 m

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Old Cold Tater on Friday, August 20, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE presents “Schooner Races of the 1920’s Between Gloucester & Nova Scotia,”presented by John N. Morris, Ph.D., Author, “Alone at Sea” on Thursday, August 19, 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library. Admission Free. Morris’s ancestors have been fishermen going back to the seventeenth century. 978-281-8079

ROCKPORT MUSIC will host legendary folk/pop icon Jonathan Edwards in a very special concert with legendary blues man James Montgomery on Friday, August 20, 8pm at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Tickets $29-$49 are on sale now from the Shalin Liu Box Office at 978-546-7391.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH will host Diva Diana Jacklin, violinist Hartmut Ometzberger, and pianist Thomas Enman as they perform music of Strauss, Beach, Copland, Ives, and violin pieces of Kreisler, Vieuxtemps, and Maud Powell on Friday, August 20, at 8pm. Donation $15.

There will be a MANCHESTER SUMMER CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT on August 20 at First Parish Congregational Chapel in Manchester. Classical concert including works by Bach, Brahms and Britten. Peformed by Estelle Choi, Sage Cole, Jonina Mazzeo, Emily Rideout, Sarah Schram, Verena Sennekamp, and Lorna Tsai. To reserve tickets, email mscm@sagecole.com.

THE CELEBRATE THE CLEAN HARBOR SWIM will beheld on Saturday, August 21, at Niles Beach in Gloucester. 1.2 Mile swim. Contact: Richie Martin: 978-281-0670 clean.harbor.swim@comcast.net.

DOWNTOWN GLOUCESTER BLOCK PARTY. August 21, 6-11pm. Main Street Gloucester from Pleasant Street to Washington Street. Come One Come All. Free Downtown Block Party. Get ready to dance and play. Free presentation by Cape Ann Community Cinema of “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” at 8:30pm on an outdoor screen.

11TH ANNUAL “NELSON’S RIDE” motorcycle memorial ride and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, August 22, at Stage Fort Park. Ride stages at 9:30am, leaves the Park at noon sharp. See Ride Route and times to avoid traffic delays. Riders and non-riders welcomed to come out to Stage Fort Park, live music, vendors, food, bike games. $15 donation per adult requested, children free.

THE SEAWARD INN presents “Jen & Henry,” Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain, an acoustic pop-rock duo, Sunday Morning Live, August 22, 9am to noon during Breakfast Buffet by the Sea. Known for triumphant harmonies this duo have toured the country several times and have met with enthusiastic fans and critical acclaim. 978-546-3471

CAPE ANN MUSEUM, in collaboration with the ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION, presents a Walking Tour of Rockport on Sunday, August 22, at 10:30am. This guided tour highlights the studios of many Rockport artists’ of the 1930s. The tour is $20 for members of the Museum or the Rockport Art Association and $25 for nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Deadline to make your paid reservation is Friday, August 13. 978-283-0455

RUN GLOUCESTER! 7-mile road race is set for Sunday, August 22, along the scenic Cape Ann shoreline. A field of 3,000 to 5,000 runners is expected for the inaugural race. Register at www.rungloucester.com. 978-494-4110

MAGNOLIA’S LEXINGTON AVENUE will host a huge day of fun on Sunday, August 22, 9am-3pm, including a Sidewalk Bazaar of Magnolia’s businesses, a giant Yard Sale inside the Magnolia Library, Roadshow of Antique cars,(free hot dog lunch when you bring your antique vehicle for showing), The Patio Restaurant and the Magnolia Pub open for lunch and drinks and more. Free event!

ROCKPORT LEGION BAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, at 7pm at the bandstand overlooking Rockport’s Back Beach. Concerts will be held every Sunday evening through August 30; listeners are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to this family-friendly program. On Sunday, August 22, featuring a program with both The Rockport Legion Band and The Creagan More Pipes and Drums.

Join Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’, an evening of traditional songs ‘n tunes aboard the SCHOONER THOMAS E. LANNON as she takes a sunset sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Sunday, August 22, 5:30-8pm. 978-281-6634

ANTONIO GENTILE BANDSTAND CONCERT SERIES. Sunday, August 22, at 7pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, featuring Old Cold Tater (Acoustic Bluegrass).

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM will host Music in the Courtyard, featuring Susan Slowick on Friday, August 27, 4-5pm. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. 978-283-0455

THE ANNUAL FISHERMEN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE, a service to honor the memory of fishermen lost at sea, will be held on August 28th at 5:00 p.m on Stacy Boulevard in Gloucester. 978-281-9740

222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER, located at 222 Eastern Avenue in Gloucester, will host a Kirtan on Friday, August 28, 7-9pm. Join Satya Lee Harrington and friends as we raise our voices in call-and-response chant. Beginners welcome…there are no wrong notes in chanting. If you would like to be a musician, please call 978-281-6222.

THE 17TH ANNUAL ESSEX MUSIC FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 28, in Centennial Grove in Essex features a collection of the area’s finest acoustic performers in a family oriented venue. An eclectic mix of genres perform on two stages and include Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Celtic, Ragtime, Cajun/Zydeco and Americana Roots music.

COGSWELL’S GRANT invites artists and painters to a day of plein-air painting on Saturday, August 28, 9am-5pm. Join your fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth century historic house and barns. Artists can take a free tour of the house museum and its collection of American folk art. 978-768-3632

SEASIDE POW WOW AND FESTIVAL will be held on Saturday-Sunday, August 28-29. Stage Fort Park. Intertribal American Indian event featuring dancing, story telling and arts and crafts. 10am-5pm. Free Admission. 978-335-8702

THE LANDING AT 7 CENTRAL will host Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and string players Bob & Jennifer Strom for their Celtic music session on Sunday, August 29, 6-9pm. An acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries. 978-526-7494


CYNTHIA CURTIS POTTERY, located at 80 Pigeon Hill Street in Rockport, will hold 8-week Fall Pottery Classes August 30- October 23. Surrounded by the woods of Pigeon Cove, small classes for all ages and abilities offer individualized instruction on wheel throwing, handbuilding, and glazing. Classes for kids and adults, private, independent or class setting. Daytime and evening. 978-546-6186

Release and renew with sound and song at SoulSong, a relaxing yet energizing class led by singer and song-leader Michael O’Leary. If you can talk you can sing! 7-week session starts Wednesdays, September 1 & 8, 7-9pm at 222 ARTS & WELLNESS CENTER. Private sessions also available. 978-283-0495 or Michael@222artsandwellness.com

INN MAGNOLIA, located at 18 Norman Avenue in Magnolia, presents the Travel Channel’s Most Haunted Star, Dr. Ciaran O’Keeffe, to benefit the Magnolia Historical Society on Wednesday, September 1, 7pm. Tickets available at http://www.neghostproject.com. Information: Ron (New England Ghost Project) at 978-455-6678 or Amanda (Inn Magnolia) 978-525-3642 or InnMagnolia@gmail.com.

THE ROTARY CLUB OF GLOUCESTER presents its Fourth Annual Comedy Show at Cruiseport Gloucester on Thursday, September 2. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Dave Rattigan will host the show again this year and DJ Hazzard, Patty Ross and Jim Colliton have been lined up to perform. Tickets: $30, table of 10: $250. Tickets available at the Chamber or by from Ruth Pino.

THE ROCKPORT ART ASSOCIATION is holding a 50/50 Raffle for RAA Art Certificates– first prize is $15,000 in RAA Art Certificates. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be held on Friday, September 3, 5-7pm. 978-546-6604

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL, Gloucester Harbor, September 3-6. Click here for information on riding a schooner during the Mayor’s Race on September 5.

THE GLOUCESTER MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER will celebrate Gloucester’s relationship with the sea with Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 4, 10am-4pm. The Center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day. 978-281-0470

Come join SCHOONER ADVENTURE for a Working Waterfront Walking Tour starting at 10am at the Fisherman’s Statue and ending at Fitz Henry Lane House on Saturdays, September 4, 18, and 25. Using old maps and photographs, we will journey back to the 1880’s -1920’s and visit the old wharves and businesses that once lined our inner harbor. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes. 978-281-8079

CELEBRATE GLOUCESTER, on September 5, sponsored by National Grid is the first ever concert and celebration on the I4-C2 property at 65 Rogers Street, recently purchased by the City of Gloucester.

Eleventh generation shipwright HAROLD BURNHAM will start construction on a new schooner – the Pinky Schooner Ardelle on Monday, September 6. The keel will be signed and frames will be raised. In celebration of the birth of this new schooner, THE ESSEX SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM will have demonstrations on traditional boat building techniques and food will be available for purchase, including ribs, chowder, hot dogs, beverages, and more. 978-768-7541

THEATRE IN THE PINES presents “Hamlet” at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, located at 37 Main Street in Rockport, on September 17-19. Friday and Saturday 7:30pm, matinee: Saturday 2pm and Sunday 3pm. Tickets available at Toad Hall Bookstore, The Bookstore of Gloucester, Shalin Liu box office. 978-546-7391

THE LANESVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held on Sunday, September 19, 1-6pm at the Lanesville Community Center. Food, crafts for sale, raffle, great music.

THE 7TH ANNUAL LYONS AMBULANCE SERVICE GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit Gorton’s Specialty & Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital. Foursome Scramble Format. For sponsorship and player Information, please contact: Amy Sullivan at 978-236-1600 or asullivan@nhshealth.org.

THE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ROCKPORT GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, September 20, at Rockport Golf Club. For sponsorship and player information, please contact: Bob Krause at 978-546-5135.

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHEAST MA 13TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC will be held on September 21 at Turner Hill in Ipswich- Highly acclaimed golf course, live auction, awards, and more! Bring spouse or friend for dinner & auction only! Event supports disaster victims in Cape Ann and surrounding communities. 978-922-2224

Anyone Know Of A Seagull Banding Program? This Seagull Had a Band On Its Leg Reading OK9

This seagull was on the front of our dock and luckily I whipped out my hog cameraphone and was able to get some shots which blown up gave the ability to view the code on the tag.  Only problem is I can’t tell where to report it to.  It’s obviously part of some scientific tagging program but I just don’t know which one.  Any help or if someone knows, pass the link to this post along to that outfit.


the band is Black  with white inscription reading OK9. You can click the pic for a larger view of the band on it’s leg.




Pop Gallery- Main Street’s Newest Addition

Here are some pictures from my first visit to Pop Gallery at 67 Main Street in Beautiful Downtown Gloucester’s West End where I got to speak with Linda Cordner.


Look for our interview with artist Betsy Frost tomorrow.

Here is the Pop gallery website-


Pop Gallery Encaustic Artist Linda Cordner Video

Interview With West End Gloucester MA Pop Gallery’s Linda Cordner,

This from Linda’s Website-
The word Encaustic, from ancient Greek, means “to heat” and that is the basis for encaustic painting. Wax, primarily bees wax, with or without added pigment and mixed with a small amount of damar resin, is heated to a liquid state and applied to a ground with brushes. Painting is done quickly, as the wax starts to harden as soon as it is separated from its heat source. Each painted layer must be fused to the next to create a solid piece that becomes the encaustic painting. It is one of the most durable painting mediums since wax is impervious to moisture and over time will retain its original colors.

Artist Statement

I am very drawn to wax and its tactile qualities, the smell and viscosity of the medium are very different from other painting techniques. Creating organic forms is a natural extension of wax’s origin. Coming from a background in graphic design, I am drawn to certain color schemes and shapes, the repetition and placement being important to the composition. My paintings are made by layering multiple coats of wax which can completely obscure the under layers at times. I then scrape away areas of the wax to expose the compositions below.

Pop Gallery is located at 67 Main Street in between Dog Bar and The Bookstore of Gloucester in what many are beginning to call Gloucester’s “Artist Row”