Important meeting about the new downtown hotel – Monday at 7 p.m.

The effort to bring positive change in Gloucester is gaining momentum. In one week, nearly 500 people have signed the petition in favor of rezoning to allow a downtown hotel. (If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please do so here.) Letters to the editor have been running every day from people who support the hotel and the jobs and economic growth it will bring to Gloucester.

But all our efforts will fall short if we don’t have strong attendance at Monday night’s important public meeting. Let’s not let a small group of opponents give the impression that they speak for all of Gloucester. City councilors and Planning Board members need to see that we who love Gloucester and want it to move forward are the majority. You won’t be asked to speak. By showing up, you will be showing your support.

Please attend the meeting this Monday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

We encourage you to arrive early. We need your support!

Thank you,
Citizens for Positive Change in Gloucester

Series- Can You Date The Publication of This Old Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Visitor Map- The Cape Ann Trail? Entire Map Part V

If you haven’t got it yet I can say without a doubt there is a clue on this page.

FOB Frank Ciolino brought down this old Visitor’s Guide map and I’ll be posting a different neighborhood photo each day this week.  Look for clues to tell you when you think it was first published.


TONIGHT: Artist Rocky Delforge at Thistle Hill in Rockport!

Spring has come to Rockport with one of the town’s first openings of the season! Rocky Delforge is a young Rockport printmaker and artist who is doing some great contemporary work. Yesterday a few of us in town got a preview of his new show and were especially impressed by his massive hand-printed piece depicting downtown Rockport – you MUST see this piece!

The whole show promises some surprises as it takes its cues away from the dominant (if unbelievably beautiful) influence of the nautical. And the show is in a great venue, Thistle Hill on Main Street in Rockport (a few doors down from the Rockport Art Association). Although Thistle Hill is a retail shop, the owner is creating space for Rocky’s show in her efforts to collaborate with a local artist. This is a fantastic idea and what might be the start of a new trend in Rockport: one in which the retail sector and local artists come together.

Check out Rocky’s work HERE.

The Walrus Announces Summer Pie

Theater Pie Workshops present for Summer 2012 Summer Pie Theater Play House.

I am excited about our Play House and anxious to let people know that it is happening with Registration Open now.  This is the first year for our Summer Pie Play House.  But many of us have been together many times and many ways in workshops and camps for many years.  We did not meet last year which makes this opening even happier.
Our Play House will reunite old friends and bring in new in a whimsical summer setting where the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Rockport shares their in-Spirited  Church with us to be a Play House of our own.  The charming and welcoming UU makes a wonderfully imaginative little theater.
The Play House leaders called Coaches will be familiar to many who have been with us in other camps and programs.  The Coaches are also looking for kid-companion jobs in the afternoons after Play House.  I have their contact info.

The Play House operates from 9:00 am-12:15, M-Th, and until 2:00 on Friday.  Every Friday a Show is presented for one and all.  Every week is different so a participant may register for one or more weeks.  The participants are called The Artists.  Our volunteers are called Cheerleaders.  I am the Head Coach, The WALRUS.

The fee per week per player is $100.
There is a minimun registration requirement of 10.  The Play House is full with 24 registered.
Registration is now open.  Contact Dona Lambert at  Request a flier and schedule.

The Summer Pie Play House opens the week of June 25.  We are closed July 4 week.  The Play House is then open for five consecutive weeks July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6.


SIX (6)One Week Morning Workshops for Players entering grades 1-7*

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:15 pm and on Friday until 2:00 pm

A SHOW EVERY FRIDAY AT 1:00 for one and ALL

A different workshop each week – Please register for one or more weeks

Fee:  $100 per week – per Player


The Summer Pie Playhouse meets and performs
at The Unitarian-Universalist Society of Rockport at 4 Cleaves Street


Workshop Weeks:  June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, July 30-August 3, and August 6-10, (no workshop July 4 week)

Registration is on a first come basis with a maximum of 24 Players

Registration is due three weeks in advance of each participating week

A minimum of 10 Players must be met to run a week

To register or inquire contact Dona Lambert @ 

FYI  & General Schedule:  

  • 8:50 am – 9:00 am, Players arrive.
  • 9:00 am – 9:20 am, Theater Games and Figments in Big Group
  • 9:20 am – 10:00 am, Play Construction in small groups of 4-5 Players with a Coach and a Cheerleader.  We construct our play in pieces and put it together nice and easy as Pie!
  • 10:00-10:30, Big Group Interpretive Dance and Choreography
  • 10:30-11:00, Big Group Snack Theater, The Coaches and Cheerleaders perform for the Players
  • 11:00-11:45, Small Group Play Construction
  • 11:45-12:15, GLEE and Design
  • 12:15, M-TH, Players are picked-up.  On Friday the Players stay through for the Show and the audience comes a little before 1:00 for the performance.

Bring a substantial snack and drink M-TH, on Friday bring a full lunch and drink.

*Players entering Grade 7 will work in the small groups as peer leaders.  They will also have some time, in a group together, to plan a special act for the Show.

Each small group will have a Coach, (Jr/Sr. in HS, or College Arts Student), and a Cheerleader, (a volunteer Arts Student entering grades 8-10), and possibly a 7th. Grade Peer Leader)

Figment Coaches will take Players for special work as it is imagined and invented in creating a song, dance, scene, or poem.  So within the small groups, there are even further possibilities, as the Spirit Leads for creating.

 Head Coach:  Dona Lambert

Cheerleaders:  Volunteers entering grades 8-10 who have worked with Dona.  Apply to Dona for the week or weeks of your choice.

Coaches:  Paid Staff.  Must be a Jr. or Sr. in HS or a College Student and must have worked with Dona.  

Apply to Dona for the week or weeks of your choice.

Best regards.
Dona Lambert

Willy Wonka Musical at O’Maley Middle School

Link to Cape Ann TV Interview with Willy Wonka Cast

There are four performances for this year’s 2012 O’Maley School Drama Club musical, featuring a double cast and 75 talented middle school students in the cast and crew.

Evening performances are Friday, March 9th and Friday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m. Matinee shows are on Saturday, March 10th and March 17th at 1:00.  Tickets ($5.00 students/seniors and $7.00 adults) can be purchased 30 minutes before the show in the O’Maley School Auditorium. Call Leslie Sellers at 978-281-9850 if you need more information.

What’s Edgy? Nose ring? Purple hair? Bangs? Electric?

gimmesound Artist of the week, Megan Burtt reveals her identity crisis and explores ways to be more edgy — and less folk — in her very funny intro to Pay It Now, the first song on her CD.

Then she plays the song with a sultry, edgy feel for an enthusiastic crowd at Sunday’s house concert.

After you watch the video, above, check out the edgy band version here.  Which do you like better?

A full weekend of music starts tonight with plenty of choices for early birds and night owls alike.  See lineup here.

Demolition happening now at Art Haven’s new space – carpets tomorrow!

Here’s a little video of some of the demolition started this morning at Art Haven’s new space at 11 Pleasant Street. They’re looking for some volunteers to come help rip up carpets tomorrow afternoon if anyone’s interested… Great way to get out some pent up aggression! Just call (978) 283-3888 or email for more details or just come down at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon!

Back to Work! from deb clarke

Back to Work!

From deb Clarke;
we had an engagement party for my elizabeth and her man joshua a few weeks ago. i had to clear my workspace to make way for the bar. krash/slide and all survived. forgot that all of this work was stored behind/beside/beneath. wonders never cease. back to work, getting ready for my mini residency at The Cape Ann Museum at the end of this month. more details to follow. for now, bringing work to various stages of completion. will demonstrate process, be available to chat with folk.

A-Train Orchestra On iTunes!

If you’re a local to Gloucester and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard the fantastic A Train Orchestra at one of the many local events.  Well now’s your chance to get their music on iTunes-


Here they were on Rocky Neck-

John McElhenny Gets Us The Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Coverage Videos From FOX and CBS

Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Coverage on Boston TV stations


I thought people might be interested in the clips of the Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament that ran on Boston television stations.

Here is the segment that ran on WBZ Channel 4.

Here is the segment that ran on FOX 25 TV=

The FOX clip has a nice interview with Noah from The Farm Bar & Grille. But the best part is the impromptu dance party in the same clip by my friends Heather Fraelick and Gina Briguglio. Somebody call Dancing with the Stars!

New Gyotaku Artist Joe Higgins At Local Colors

Hi Joey-

My name is Joe Higgins – I’m one of the artists at Local Colors- I make Gyotaku fish prints- (like attached). I’m the newest artist. I catch all the fish from a kayak off the North Shore coast. I have a website if you want to see more. Anyway I thought i would introduce myself– I’ll be running some event in June at Local Colors as well as raising some money for local fish related charities including The Large Pelagic center and others (maybe you have some suggestion-

Here are a few prints that are in gallery- the tuna tail is from a #700 lb tuna.

Anyway I’ll be hosting some weekends in June where kids can make fish and lobster print shirts at no cost–
I’ll be working this tomorrow and Saturday all day at Local Colors – -if you are in the neighborhood – swing by