Rockport’s Motif No.1 Day, Today!

The festival goes on, rain or shine. Motif No.1 Day activities will take place as scheduled, so we will see you downtown!

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates the arts in Rockport. And all of it centers around the fishing shack-artist’s studio-tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves that was painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1 by Lester Hornby, a well know artist and instructor of the period. Film, poetry, dance, music, and art-making activities are all a part of the festival, as well as historical presentations and a 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives.

Motif No.1 Day takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, May 17th in downtown Rockport. The Motif No.1 Day 5k starts at 9am.

For more information, links, and a complete list of activities, visit the Rockport Arts Festivals page here. 

I am delighted to add that my Good Harbor Seal PSA was accepted to the RedShed film Festival. I’ll be there tomorrow afternoon and evening to catch all the short films by local Cape Ann filmmakers. I hope to see you there!


Cape Ann Milkweed Project Seed Pickup and Information Day is Sunday, May 18th, from 9:30 to Noon

Female Monarch Egg Marsh Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2011Female Monarch curling her abdomen around to the underside of a Marsh Milkweed leaf (Asclepias incarnata) to deposit an egg. Photographed in Gloucester

Our milkweed and New England Aster seed pickup day is this coming Sunday from 9:30 to noon at Captain Joe and Sons. Captain Joe’s is located at 95 East Main Street and you can find directions posted on their website here. Thanks so much to Joey for hosting the event at the dock. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

banksy-1Banksy Image Courtesy Bing McGilvray

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Needs Help Moving Tomorrow, Saturday

Rick Roth and I had a fun time at WGBH Radio this afternoon, with Jim, Emily and Will. Nice people, fun time.

We got the office furniture assembled. Thanks to Jean, Colleen, Anna, Tracy, John, Andrew, Jeff, Clayton, Nick, Melissa, Emily, Amber and Jessica. And thanks to Dierdre for the wonderful snacks.

The big office move is scheduled for this Saturday:
We (CAVPT and Kestrel) are moving our office from 15 Lexington Ave. in Magnolia to 186 Main St. Gloucester in Brown’s Mall right across from the police station. The plan is to do this on Saturday, May 17th. We will need help with this. If you have a truck or a van, we could use that too.

Start gathering your donations for the Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team/Kestrel Educational Adventures Yard Sale.
Saturday May 24, 2014, 9am-1pm. St. Peter’s Square, Gloucester
Bring your donations to St. Peter’s Square at 7am on the morning of the sale. No TVs or computers please. We will need some volunteers to work at the sale too. And, we will have some stuff at our Magnolia office which will need to be moved from the office to the sale early in the morning on Saturday. How early? Depends on how many volunteers and trucks we get.

Sunday May 18, 2014 2-3pm
Snakes of New England and the World- one hour live animal presentation.
The barn at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich MA
Guess what?… We’ll need volunteers.

We still need lots of volunteers in the next couple of weeks, so please get in touch and let me know if you can help out. AND… WE STILL NEED A TREASURER.
Thanks, Rick

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Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

Kathy and Marty were back at the Gloucester Marine Railways this week to check out the Schooner Adventure with Restoration Coordinator Geoff Deckebach. Caulking and other repairs and improvements are underway as the restoration of Gloucester’s flagship continues.

Schooner Adventure fished for cod, haddock and halibut in Georges and Browns Banks from the year she was built, 1926, until 1953. Carrying a sailing rig, diesel engine, and 14 dories, Adventure was an exceptionally fast and able vessel, the ultimate evolution of the fishing schooner.  She was a “highliner,” the biggest moneymaker of all time, landing nearly $4 million worth of cod and halibut during her fishing career. When retired in 1953, Schooner Adventure was the last American dory fishing trawler left in the Atlantic.

In 1954, Schooner Adventure was retired from fishing and converted into a windjammer for passenger cruising, removing the engine, propeller, and prop shaft. Adventure carried passengers along the coast of Maine until 1987. Her grace, beauty, and prowess as a sailing vessel earned her the nickname “Queen of the Windjammers.” National Historic Landmark (1988-present)

Captain Jim Sharp donated Adventure in 1988 to the people of Gloucester to be preserved as Gloucester’s historic tall ship and to be used to inform and educate the public about the important role of fishing in American history.


AdventureKC copy



AdventureSchooner B+W photos © Marty Luster 2014

Color photos © Kathy Chapman 2014


Artist Spotlight Series – Linda Sojda

linda sojda artist spotlight

I have recently had the great pleasure of getting to know Linda Sojda while photographing her work and designing her website.  She is an amazing artist and just a joy to be around. If you have a chance, visit her studio at Cripple Cove Studios, 97 East Main Street (at the left of the driveway leading down to Capt. Joe & Sons), or visit her website at to see more of her work.

Linda’s art practice examines color, pattern, shape and texture and what happens when these elements are juxtaposed. The unexpected combinations give her painting direction. Her work is non-representational and yet it is very much inspired by the landscape. Nature’s organic patterns and shapes, contrasting hues of color and unintended markings offer vast possibilities.

She works in mediums that foster exploration and unforeseen outcomes. Oil and wax can be blended, layered, scraped, and sanded allowing transparencies and depth of field.  She also paints with sumi ink and gouache on Japanese Okawara paper. With this medium she deconstructs Chinese characters and uses the gestural brushstrokes and negative space to shape an image. This approach results in paintings that are direct, immediate and bold, as you can see from the examples above.

In kindergarten, Linda painted a bowl of fresh fruit sitting on her teacher’s desk. Miss Gray liked her painting so much that she showed it to the principal. He must have liked it too because he had it framed and hung it in his office. She couldn’t believe her eyes. Linda has had many great days in her life, but that day is still one of the best. Since that time, making art has never really left her. Painting in her studio, visiting a gallery or new exhibit, gathering with her artist’s group or sketching ideas at home, art has been a constant in her life, for which she is beyond grateful.

Linda grew up on the shores of Lake Erie, about fifty miles west of Buffalo, New York. In college she studied art earning a degree in art education. She taught art K-12 in New York, Michigan and California. At the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem she is an educator to both adults and children. Today she lives in Gloucester and has maintained a studio at Cripple Cove Studios in East Gloucester for several years where she leads small workshops and welcome visitors. Linda is an active member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and currently serves on its board of directors and on the Goetemann residency committee.

Linda’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and Canada.

E.J. Lefavour

Music This Weekend – Get out and enjoy

TONIGHT, Friday, May 16, 2014

Listen to Miranda Russell MIRANDA RUSSELL

Live and Unplugged: Fundraiser for Manchester Essex Regional Schools Spaulding Education Fund
4 Rosedale Ave., Manchester, MA 01944

Menage a Trio with special guest Jack Senier (piano) & & Mark Pucci (bass)
118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-7888
8:00 pm  1964: THE TRIBUTE

1964: The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to a nostalgic era in rock history
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-4123
8:30 pm Listen to The Hot Tub Piranhas THE HOT TUB PIRANHAS

with special guest Frank Hawks
3 Porter Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-0131

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-6342

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-6565

Rock & Soul
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0223

Live Dead at The St Lawrence Literary Society
(It’s a bar!)
11 Fairview Ave., Ipswich, MA
Phone: 978 356 3125
9:30 pm Listen to Ned and The Big Babies NED AND THE BIG BABIES rock pop rock indie

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732

TOMORROW, Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am  MOTIF NO.1 DAY

Instrument Petting Zoo
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

Trio of young professionals dedicated to engaging audiences through performance and education.
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391
6:00 pm DAN KING

Early Show with special guests
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732
7:30 pm Listen to ROOTS 66 ROOTS 66

with special guest Mark Earley
38 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-4808
8:00 pm  SAFETY
Bridge Deck
Mile Marker One
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-2122

Leaders of the New England folk music scene
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-4123
Captain Carlo’s

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-6342
9:00 pm  JOE UNIS BAND
Dog Bar
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-6565
9:00 pm  EDDY’S SHOE
Get Groovy
Minglewood Tavern
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0223
9:30 pm  SARAH SWAIN
The Rhumb Line
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732
Check online for latest information
Check online for latest information

The Dive Locker’s Live Diving Event!



The Dive Locker’s Diving Demonstration off Webster Pier!

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 pm

No registration required. : Free

Audience: Family Event

Join us on May 18th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm when we take the vintage Mark 5 Navy diving suit out of Paul Harling’s Diving Locker and give it a test run off the end of our pier. Commercial diver John Harvey will wear the brass diving helmet and the durable rubberized canvas suit in this working equipment demonstration. Experts will be on-hand to answer questions. Come join in the fun!


This is a free family event.  For more information, visit or call (978) 281-0470.

Melanie Murray-Brown
Director of Program Integration
Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA 01930 – 978.281.0470

Scenes of Cape Ann – Open House art show at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation

Scenes of Cape Ann – Open House art show at

Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation

Open House art show, “Scenes of Cape Ann,” will displayed selected art on Saturday, May 17 from 2-3 p.m. in the lobby of Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation, 292 Washington Street, Gloucester. 

Refreshments will be served.

In collaboration with Care Ann Giclee and donations from local artists, Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, is looking to bring the residents of the memory impaired unit back home through a program entitled,

“Scenes of Cape Ann.”

Several local artists have donated numerous images of familiar places and events to bring memories and comfort to the seniors on the Alzheimer’s unit.  

Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of Lahey Health Senior Care, is located on the campus of Addison Gilbert Hospital, offering a friendly and elegant setting with an extensive program of short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care.

For further information about Scenes of Cape Ann, please contact Alison Cox at 978-283-0300, ext. 124.

Christopher Morley Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.”

Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Morley was the valedictorian of his class at Haverford College and spent three years in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Although sometimes unacknowledged today, he had an enormous effect on American journalism and literature in the first half of the twentieth century, writing over 100 novels, plays, and collections of essays. A great fan of Arthur Conan Doyle; he was a founder of the Baker Street Irregulars and annotated an edition of Doyle’s complete works, while also compiling a similar edition of Shakespeare. He was the editor of the 11th and 12th editions of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, (a book which launched my interest in quotes long before the Internet made them ubiquitous,) and a judge for The Book of the Month Club, which regularly exposed the mass market to works with high aspirations. His last quote, published after his death, reads: “Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.”

Greg Bover

Friday May 16th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Fri SE winds 10 to 15 kt…increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Fri Night SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
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Community Stuff 5/16/14

Hi Joey!
If there’s anyway you can run something for us to promote the health fair this sat may 17 to GHS that the Red Sox World Series trophy is coming to, we would b very grateful!
Here’s a link too of several items to b auctioned/raffled off. Thanks!
Carol Pallazolla




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11th Annual Seacoast Seven – 2014 Online Registration

Event Date: Saturday, July 19, 2014, Event Time: 8 am
Online registration ends: 7/17/2014 at Noon, EST

Friends of Seacoast, the fund raising committee for the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Gloucester

is organizing the 11th Annual Seacoast Seven Road Race in Gloucester on July 19, 2014. Last year’s race was a big

success and we are expecting a large turnout for 2014

  • Awards/cash prizes
  • All proceeds from the race go directly to The Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • The start/finish line is located at Stage Fort Park overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor
  • The Seacoast Seven Mile Race starts at 8 am
  • There will be music before and after the race. Bagels and cold drinks will be served at the Finish Line

Atlantic Saltworks: Becoming a Gloucester Business + Launching a Kickstarter Campaign!

Hi Joey,

Since you first reached out to us late last year, we have received nothing but a positive welcome from everyone in Gloucester and have had such a demand for our salt that we have decided to open up a new salt making facility in Gloucester!  We are close to identifying a location to get the move started.  This new place of our own will help us meet growing demand, scale our business and make us Gloucester based.

But, we need help to make it a reality. So, we’ve turned to crowdsourced funding on Kickstarter to help raise some of the funds needed. We are hoping you might be able to help spread the word about our impending arrival and our kickstarter campaign. If you or anyone else is interested in supporting us, here is a link to the campaign:

Your amazing support is what brought us to Gloucester in the first place, and we can’t wait to be a permanent part of the community!!

Thanks a million!

Alison and Heather

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Google Advertising Seminar May 21, 2014 Hosted by McDougall Interactive

Dear Joey,

I wanted to let you know about Google doing an exclusive free one hour workshop for our friends at our office on May 21st about Google Adwords and growing small businesses.

See our page on Google’s partner site:

Our release is here on
Featured speakers from Google include:
Arjan DijkVP, Global Small Business Marketing:
Helping small businesses succeed on the web, Arjan authored The Small Think Big Book, sharing unique insights, inspirational stories, and actionable ideas to help small businesses thrive in a hyper-connected marketplace.
Fred Vallaeys, Google AdWords Evangelist:
Showing how to maximize a business online, Fred demonstrates navigating online advertising and expanding online presence through smarter insights — leading to greater customer engagement with digital ads.
Ben Wood, Director, Channel Sales Americas:
Explaining how to work and win with an agency, Ben discusses how small businesses should approach working with an agency, resources the Google agency team provides, and the importance of working with an online professional.


18A Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts



Brad Story’s
New Sculptures

Join us for Opening Reception

Saturday, May 24, 2014

6 – 8 pm

Law and Water Gallery

For More About Story’s
New Sculptures


Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting

Celebrating the Accomplishments of 2013

The Cape Ann Museum will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester and is open to the public.

2013 was a year of momentous change for the Cape Ann Museum. Staff and board members will recap and review last year’s accomplishments, including the launch of a $5 million capital campaign and the start of an essential and significant renovation project. In addition to electing directors and officers, Cape Ann Museum members will be asked to vote on a proposal that, if adopted by at least two-thirds of all of the members eligible to vote, would change the legal name of the corporation from Cape Ann Historical Association to Cape Ann Museum to conform to the name adopted by the Board of Directors.

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Chamber Announces Winning Cape Ann License Plate Design with Downloadable Application

To download the application, just click anywhere on the image and drag it to your desktop.

For more information, visit the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce website here.

*   *   * 2014-03-25 License Plate Design Press Release

New Special License plates will help end the Tragedy of Pet Over