DOCUMERICA Project Photo Set Rockport In The 70s


Love your blog. I follow it as a Cape Ann native currently living in Dorchester.

Not sure if you’d be interested, but there’s an incredible set of photos from the 70s taken for the DOCUMERICA Project and currently housed in the U.S. Archives. They are primarily of Rockport, but they are really cool.

Check them out here:


Shane Donaldson


Rudder Opening For The 2013 Season This Thursday April 18th!

Besides Having The Most Beautiful Room To Dine In Gloucester the Rudder Also Has A pretty Good Web Presence.

Check Out Their Site For All The Details-

The Rudder is available for private functions 7 days a week. Contact Greg
Halle the event coordinator if you would like to book your special function.



For more information on the hours of operation, private functions and
social media visit"

Swing Into Spring

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Hello friends,


Please join us and show your support for the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Sunday April 28, 4 pm.  We start with wine & cheese at the Center for an hour with the Cape Ann Swing Ensemble, Mary Martin on vocals and a special dance performance by Sarah Slifer Swift, followed by dinner at the Rudder – a chance to check out the new spring Rudder offerings!

Since May, 2012, we have made enormous progress in establishing the Cultural Center as a year-round hub of arts and educational activity on Rocky Neck, while contributing substantially to the cultural vibrancy of Cape Ann. Just some of the Center’s uses have been:

*Launching an innovative Teaching Artist Partnership with the Gloucester Public Schools to connect hundreds of middle school students with professional artists.
*Welcoming diverse classes and workshops that served over 500 artists and community members.
*Generating earned income to support Cultural Center operations from cultural and community programs.
*Hosting the Schooner Adventure lecture series.
*Hosting several Gloucester Writers’ Center poetry readings and 10-Minute Play performances.
*Co-hosting three speakers on international topics with the Cape Ann Forum.
*Providing space for more than twenty business meetings.
*Hosting ten extremely well attended art exhibits with sales of artwork.
*Providing space for community salsa dancing, yoga, Ta’i chi and meditation classes.
*Sponsoring numerous artist talks, critiques, and conversations.

This spring, the Rocky Neck Art Colony will take ownership of the Cultural Center and launch the next phase of our capital campaign to retire our debt. This is an exciting crossroads for the Art Colony and the city, along with an increasing number of partners who are committed to our vision to foster the community’s economic and cultural vitality.


We hope you will come and enjoy this fun way to show your support for the Center’s acquisition by the Rocky Neck Art Colony for the benefit of all.  Limited space is available so reserve your tickets (and wine raffle tickets) early by:


* Paypal at

* Send check payable to Rocky Neck Art Colony Building Fund to P.O. Box 60, Gloucester MA 01930 or

* Call Brenda Malloy at 978-559-1709.

Hope to see you there!!


Karen Ristuben for the Rocky Neck Art Colony

Love Soup?

“Eat soup first and eat it last,
and live to till a hundred years be passed”

 Do you love soup?  Do you have a great soup recipe?  Do you want to help support the Rocky Neck Cultural Center?  Then you don’t want to miss this. 

 On Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00pm, mark your calendars for Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On – Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition with proceeds to benefit the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. 

 If you make a great soup that you would like to have included in the competition, email me at with your name and the type of soup you will bring.  Entries will be limited to 14 unique soups, including Karen Roberts’ and my own special secret recipes, so there is room for 12 additional entries.  We want to be able to offer a variety of unique soups for people to enjoy and vote for, so come up with something other than chicken, unless you know you make the best damn chicken soup ever.  The creator of the winning soup will win a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s, in addition to the worldwide acclaim and notoriety of being the best soup maker on Cape Ann.  Fun, delicious, heart and tummy-warming, and all for a good cause. 

Those who just love to eat soup, show up at Sailor Stan’s with $12 in hand ($5 for children under 12), enjoy soup, fresh bread and a beverage to your heart’s and belly’s delight, cast your vote for your favorite soup, and help support the Cultural Center.  And while you’re here, make sure you stop by the Center and enjoy the Best of Rocky Neck show currently on exhibit.

 P.S.  I make a darn good soup, and Karen is the “Soup Nazi”, so bring on the competition!  I’m talkin to you, Sista Felicia!

E.J. Lefavour

The Ciaramitaro-Mohan Family

Lastly in my thanks for the Saint Joseph film project assistance goes to the beautiful Ciaramitaro-Mohan Family. Felicia and I have been working on this project together since its inception and I can only say that she is the most talented, sweetest, funnest (and funniest), smartest, and best organized friend and partner in a project that anyone could ever hope for.

Ciaramitaro Family and Friends St. Joseph 2013

Her home is always filled to the brim with family and friends, light, laughter, and love. To Felicia, Barry, Pat, Amanda, BJ, Joey, all Ciaramitaro cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and best friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your beautiful Saint Joseph novena and feast. I hope you will find as much joy in, as I have found in the making of, the Feast of Saint Joseph film. xo


_DSF8666Felicia and Christie


Amanda and Felicia

North Shore Acapella @ Seaport Grille tomorrow (TUESDAY)

The season has started.  Summer music venues are opening up and Seaport Grill is having music on Tuesday starting at 6pm (plenty early to bring the kids).  Let’s show them some support and maybe they’ll make live music a regular thing!

See this week’s complete live music lineup here.

Seaside Cycle and Sufari Indoor Outdoor Sale April 27th


i hope spring is treating you well with millions of hits! i was hoping you could make your readers aware of an event we are doing here in manchester on april 27th. Its kind of an indoor/outdoor sale with all of the local merchants displaying discounted sale items. if it is nice outside i know myself (seaside cycle) and Sufari are going to set up tents outside of the community center. should be pretty cool.

i hope you can share this with your readership.

Thank you as always and have a great spring.

scott b


Costa Rica Adventure – Fishing, Lizards and Birds


I was fortunate to spend 10 days in Costa Rica, staying at Silver King Lodge operated and Managed by Roseanne Cody of Gloucester.



I will be posting photos of life on the Rio Colorado (Brown Colored River)

Below are photos of a Lizard who likes to rest on a hammock and eat bugs.



Below are some of the birds found at the lodge.





Spring brings rainbows! (I hope)


It seems that every year I get one or two good rainbow shots.

From May, three years ago (in Les Avants, Switzerland)

From April, two years ago (in Newburgh, NY)


From July, one year ago (here in Gloucester):I can’t wait to see what rainbows are in store for me this year! Let’s hope the weather starts getting nice enough to give us beauties like these from past years…

Fr. Matthew Green



The Bookstore of Gloucester : a reading and signing with local author

Hi joey,
It’s Arwen from The Bookstore.  I was wondering if you could help us out.  We have a few big readings coming up and would love to get the word out there.
Our first one is on Friday, May 10th with local author, Domenica Ruta.  Domenica
is from Danvers and her memoir, “With or Without You” has been getting tons of rave reviews and publicity.  I will attach a blurb from her website so you can get an idea of what it is about:(please forgive my technically challenged format, my cousin Jenn should be doing this :))

“Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving Italian town north of Boston where in the seventeenth century women were hanged as witches. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious figure in this hardscrabble place, was a drug addict and sometime dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, whose highbrow taste was at odds with her base appetites. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter the idea that art—via a classic film or a classical education—could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by. With or Without You is the story of Domenica’s unconventional coming of age—a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit ’90s childhood and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process.”
“In a brilliant stylistic feat, Domenica Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving.”
The reading will be at 7 pm on Friday, May 10th. 

Our address is 61 Main St. and our phone # is 1-978-281-1548.
We can also have books signed for people if they can not make reading….
Thank you so much Joey!
Arwen Severance