The eight annual Summer Retreat is just a couple of months away!

The eight annual Summer Retreat is just a couple of months away!


The Retreat is a rare opportunity for people to take a break from their busy lives and experience something wonderful. It’s a chance to:

Rest and revitalize with life-changing happiness teachings from world-class teachers and master practitioners – including the amazing Lama Marut, author of A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life.

Enjoy meditation, yoga at all levels and community in the beauty of pastoral New England.

Understand how to live in happiness for six days…so you can be happy the rest of your life.

The retreat is led by Lama Marut — an American Buddhist monk whose teachings are both profound and completely engaging. He will make you laugh. He will make you think. He will probably change your life.

You can check out his podcasts – including podcasts from last year’s Summer Retreat – on iTunes.

Thanks to Joey and Good Morning Gloucester for supporting the Summer Retreat!


Did You Know? (Mug Up – Rain or Shine)

That we had a Mug Up last year during Hurricane Irene?  So a little rain won’t stop us tomorrow, but we’ll also understand if you don’t want to come out in nasty weather.  Some photos from last Sunday. 

Mug Up, Sunday 9:00-11:00 or so at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave, G3

E.J. Lefavour

Ultramarine Allison ~ Carol

The beautiful French ultramarine blue of the Allison ~ Carol. The word ultramarine is derived from Middle Latin ultramarinus, meaning “beyond the sea,” because it was imported from Asia by sea.

The Allison ~ Carol lobster boat in the travel lift at Rose’s Marine.

From wiki: Ultramarine is a blue pigment consisting primarily of a zeolite-based mineral containing small amounts of polysulphides. It occurs in nature as a proximate component of lapis lazuli.

Plants, Preserves, Pastries and Strawberry Shortcake at St. Ann’s Today

Don’t let the nasty weather stop you from getting some! 9AM-2PM today, in the hall under St. Ann’s Church of Holy Family Parish, located on Pleasant Street, just north of Prospect Street. There are lots of good things just waiting for you! Here are some photos to tantalize all fans of gardening and of home-made pastries and preserves… and of home-made strawberry shortcake! Available while supplies last!

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I bought some “Olivi Scacciate”, some sort of eggplant preserves, and a crushed black olive spread… I’ll go back for some strawberry shortcake at lunch!

Fundraiser organized by the Women’s Guild of Holy Family Parish.

Last of The Eastern Rigs From Jon Campbell

Jon writes-

I spent a lot of time around Gloucester over the years. As you’d leave out of the harbor, I used to see a small Eastern Rig tied up at the end of Rocky Neck past the railway. Got to thinking about how the old-timers felt about those boats, made a song.

  Down here in Pt. Judith the ‘Roanne’ ended up at Mystic Seaport, and the "E Carl Rice " got cut up and put in a dumpster.

  Was looking at your photos of American Eagle and thought I’d see if you wanted to use this song to put together a montage piece using some of your old pics.

  Got Alan Estes to join us out at the Astoria Fisher Poets Gathering last year, but he didn’t make it this year.

  Drones Club is the private club for Pt. Judith fishermen, has toilet seats from long gone boats nailed to east wall.

  I’m supposed to play up at Harbor Loop this year, not sure when, here’s a last video of a song dear to our hearts down here at the water’s edge in RI.

Only In Ipswich From My Boy Doug Brendel


Funny Ipswich book by “The Outsidah”

What do you think about your hometown?
Only in Ipswich, a new book by Ipswich Chronicle columnist Doug Brendel, makes humorous observations on life in Ipswich from the perspective of a newcomer.
Cartoon-illustrated by the author, Only in Ipswich includes a complete year’s worth of “The Outsidah” columns, plus the columns Brendel wrote that his wife wouldn’t let him turn in.
“Don’t forget to mention that I included very poor-quality sketches of all five selectmen,” Brendel says. OK, there, we didn’t forget. His sketches also include a mosquito in a Patriots cap, a fisher cat driving a school bus, a map of Ipswich constructed out of breakfast foods, and other oddities.
“I hope the book makes people smile with recognition,” the author says, “as they see Ipswich in a fun new way. I think it might also be something anyone on the North Shore might like to send to friends or relatives out of town, to give them a glimpse of why we love it here.”
The book is available at local Ipswich businesses and on Amazon. You can follow The Outsidah at

Community Stuff June 2, 2012



90th Anniversary Season

Artist Members Exhibition II  

June 9 – July 7, 2012

Opening Reception

Sunday, June 10, 2 – 4pm

We are looking for a few more volunteer runners to hold paintings for the jury on Tuesday, June 5. If you are able to help, please contact the Gallery at 978-283-1857.

Click Here to View Award Winners from Exhibition I

Upcoming Events:

Free Demonstrations

Steve Kennedy, Oil Painting

Sunday, June 3 at 2pm

Steve Kennedy

Tom Sutherland, Oil & Wax Painting

Saturday, June 9 at 2pm

Tom Sutherland Wax

Invitation to Artists!

Really Open Rehearsal and "Paint-in"
with Music at Eden’s Edge Chamber Music Ensemble
Monday, June 11, 12:30-3:00 pm

Artists are invited to attend this rehearsal and use the musicians as live models; or interpret the music through painting or just listen. Whatever you wish, you may share in the rehearsal process that leads to musical performance while surrounded by inspiring works of art in NSAA’s spacious gallery! 

Open to Artist and Associate Members and Friends.

MEE Paint In image

This is a goodwill donation event.

If attending please bring your own easels,

small tables and drop cloths.

Ongoing Exhibits 

Gordon Grant Room Featured Artist

Jude Abbe

May 26 – June 14

Hallway Gallery Featured Artist

William E. Duke

May 26 – June 14

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirates Lane
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930



If you haven’t experienced the sun-drenched terraces of Beauport in Gloucester, the atmosphere of a Vintage Baseball Game at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, a sneak peek into one of America’s finest folk art collections at Cogswell’s Grant in Essex, or a game of croquet in the historic Phillips House backyard, your time has arrived.

Historic New England, the nation’s oldest and largest heritage organization, will offer ten free experiences in the North Shore, spanning over three hundred years or history. Free house tours will be available at all North Shore properties on Saturday, June 2.

On Cape Ann, please visit the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House on Eastern Point and see the newly restored landscape, open 10 am – 5 p.m. and Cogswell’s Grant in Essex, open 11 am – 5 p.m.   Free guided tours are available on the hour. 

Please call 978-283 – 0800 for more details. Hours vary per museum. Please visit to plan your day.

Historic New England house museums on the North Shore offering free tours on June 2:

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, 1907
Boardman House, Saugus, 1692
Coffin House, Newbury, 1678
Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, 1728
Dole-Little House, Newbury, c. 1715
Gedney House, Salem, 1665
Phillips House, Salem, 1821
Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury, 1785
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, c. 1690
Swett-Ilsley House, Newbury, c. 1670

CAST I Hate Hamlet Final Performances

Unsolicited comments on CAST’s production of “I Hate Hamlet”:

"I laughed so hard, my ear fell off," said V. Vangoe after seeing Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe’s production of "I Hate Hamlet". “I lost thirty pounds and one inch off my waist”, W.H. Tafte. “Funnier than “Othello” and not nearly as long”, G.B. Shor. The witty and sometimes touching (but in a good way) comedy is finishing its run this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM at The Cape Ann (The Annie), 1 Washington Street (corner of Main), Gloucester. Directed by Ray Jenness, this delightfully funny piece written by Paul Rudnick features Beth Bevins, Evie Gariepy, David McCaleb, Beebe Nelson, Nick Neyeloff and Graig Owen.

Tickets, $15; $10 (student); $5 (under 19) are available at the door or may be reserved at . More information is available at and Facebook.


ALL Women of Faith….take some time from your busy schedules to enjoy the company of women in song in prayer at the Bass Rocks Elks function hall, Gloucester, on Tuesday, June 12, from 3-7PM and Wednesday, June 13th from 9AM-4PM (Dinner and lunch provided).

The women from Holy Family Parish Gloucester , are sponsoring ValLimar Jansen, a highly regarded singer, cantor, and recording artist. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer and a presenter at workshop conferences across the United States . Known especially for her work with gospel, contemporary Christian and gospel-jazz styles, she sings a wide range of music, including spirituals and traditional organ based music. ValLimar will be accompanied by Mary Carol Kendzia with her talents as an experienced accompanist and editing/writing for catechesis and spirituality. The focus for the gathering is on “Women Responding to their Baptismal Call in Challenging Times.” Cost for the day and a-half event is $75.00, {$60.00 for women over 60 years of age.}

Registrations can be found at Holy Family Parish Office, St. Joachim’s Church, St. Ann ’s Church or by visiting our website at or by contacting Dawn Alves at You can see more of ValLimar’s talents at any of the following websites; ,, or ValLimar Jansen .


Opening This Weekend!

An intimate collection of female literary portraits by Edgar Lee Masters performed by Ms. Meriwether set in small town Illinois at the turn of the 20th Century.

Saturday, June 2 at 8PM

Sunday, June 3 at 3PM

Monday, June 4 at 8PM

Full Price – $50, Senior & Student – $45

Call GSC Box Office for Tickets and Information


or visit

Bringing ‘Spoon River’ women to life

By Gail McCarthy

Read more in this Gloucester Daily Times article… Click here!