Enough Was Enough! Lighthouse Beach Discovered!

I had finally had it with seeing all these pictures and paintings of Lighthouse Beach.  It was time for the family to discover it for ourselves!  (thank you EJ for the directions on where to park)

Much like the Rocky Neck beach that the residents there would rather you not know about Lighthouse Beach is a secluded treasure that all my GMG peeps need to know about.  We spent the better part of three hours there picking periwinkles, romping around the beach and climbing the rocks without seeing another person on the whole stretch of beach.


Click the picture to check out our adventure-

Lighthouse Beach directions-

Click here or the map for a Google map to discover how to get there.imageGloucester Zen- Lighthouse Beach

A Tour of a Cape Ann House

Last Saturday, along with about 400 other people, I went on the Rockport Cottages & Castles house tour, a benefit for Rockport Music. It was a great event and a reminder of all the incredible homes we have here on Cape Ann.

House tours are kinda like tattoos — you either get the appeal or you don’t. My husband, for instance, cannot begin to understand why I want to pay money to go shuffle around the homes of a bunch of strangers. I can’t explain it to him, and I don’t even try. Of course there is the practical side of things, you can get ideas for your own home by seeing what other people have done to their living spaces. But even more than that, seeing a historic house gives you a glimpse into another time in a way that is a lot more connected to reality than visiting a house museum (of course I love house museums as well). On my blog I occasionally feature a local house, usually historic, and its interior. A few weeks ago I posted about this 1760 Rockport house, which highlighted how to honor the past without being locked into historical accuracy. An inspiring place.

Know of any amazing Cape Ann homes waiting to be discovered? I’d love to hear about their stories. Feel free to email me: therovinghome@gmail.com

Spreading the word ~ Latin Night events at the Lobster Trap in Essex, Ma

Hi Joanne, just wanted to let you know about our on-going Latin Night events at the Lobster Trap is Essex, presented by Franco Lazo Morales, Woodman’s Director of Entertainment.  You can expect a live music set early around 7 that will lead you into Salsa lessons and a live DJ Latino-style dance party!  Franco is from Mexico City and works as a soloist inviting along special guests, he plays a variety of Latin inspired music with a reggae flare.  Please spread the word, these events are taking place every Thursday in May with prospects of continuing throughout the Summer!



TWIN LIGHTS Half MARATHON SPECIAL Stay with us at the Seaward Inn, Saturday night before the Half Marathon and receive a complimentary pasta dinner for two as well as a bottle of wine in our ocean view Sea Garden Breakfast Restaurant.The menu? A *tossed garden salad with balsamic-honey vinaigrette, *house-made Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic-herb bread and, for dessert….* Lemon Pot De Crème with fresh berries http://twinlightshalfmarathon.com/

Help Request

I received a request from Don Dunsky yesterday. The library is working on a project and would like to find out the location of this house from sometime in 1930’s or 1940’s. Any information? Thanks! (Under the photo in pencil, it says “Beach Rd.? across from golf course”  Must have been someone’s guess.)

Betcha Didn’t Know How Many Places There Are To Stay In Gloucester Did Ya? -GMG Gloucester Tourism 2011 Kick Off Week


Here’s a poll, how many places do you think there are to stay overnight in Gloucester?

Well if you have guests coming in all you need to do is go to www.GloucesterMA.com for the handy reference list.

I was absolutely astounded at the sheer number of places there are to stay.

Is your local hotel, bed and breakfast or inn listed?  If not what the hell are you waiting for?  Fill out this business listing form to get in

Cape Ann Television Schedules Annual Member’s Meeting May 24th

Cape Ann Television Schedules Annual Member’s Meeting

Cape Ann Regional Cable Access Television is holding its Annual Member’s meeting on Tuesday, May 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library Friend Room. Annual meeting and election of officers, news about what is new and exciting at Cape Ann Television.

A Special Presentation, “Public Access and Democracy: From the Boob Tube to YouTube, A revolution in Our Time, ” gives members a glimpse at the evolution of public access television, a form of mass media where ordinary people can create content cablecast through their local cable system.