Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Rick Roth writes ~

Nick Taormina and I set 6 turtle traps today in some vernal pool habitat near where Blanding’s Turtles have been known to exist. In Gloucester on Essex County Greenbelt property. With permission from ECGB and MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. The idea is to see if we can find any Blanding’s. They are a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts, and their presence could determine a Rare Specis Habitat.

As of now, we are going ahead with the sale this Saturday. By Friday evening we will make a decision. Yes or no. Rain date is the following Saturday.
Start gathering your donations for the Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team/Kestrel Educational Adventures Yard Sale.
Saturday May 24, 2014, 9am-1pm. Rain date, Saturday, May 31.
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.
Please get in touch if you can help out.

Thanks, Rick

we only have one earth, save it


The Annisquam Exchange Opening Day

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The Annisquam Exchange is located in historic Gloucester, MA, America’s oldest fishing port, settled in 1623. The Annisquam Exchange is a consignment shop that is THE source for unique items for the home, including antiques, china, silver and collectibles. The Exchange has become a well-kept secret among area antique dealers and collectors. The Exchange features many fine items from local residents’ summer homes, including many estate pieces. The Exchange also sells gifts, toys, cards and souvenir Annisquam apparel, The Annisquam is located at 38 Leonard Street and their phone is 978-281-0358.

Great weather means you have to plan ahead a little

Every once in a while, we make a point of alerting you when upcoming concerts are about to sell out or when seats are released.  We realize Gloucester is a last-minute-town and, during the winter, you can get used to showing up on the day of a concert to buy tickets at the door.  As more people discover the thriving music scene around here, you can’t always do this — even in Winter.

Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14
Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14

Now we’re approaching the time of year where you really do have to think ahead a little — especially if you want to see a show at Shalin Liu in Rockport.  Many of their May shows sold out and if you check their website, you’ll find shows in June and July with only a very few seats left.

Luckily for you, there are still seats left to see Gary Hoey this Friday (tickets here).

Gary’s solo set dazzled the packed Larcom Theatre audience back in March when he performed with James Montgomery and the Guitar Summit.

So just accept the fact that living in the middle of one of the top music scenes in the U.S., means you’ll have to plan ahead if you want to see some of the top artists who come here.

As always, we’re here to help with a local live music listing that’s updated every day.

John Rockwell’s FINAL GIG with David Brown at Minglewood Tonight Wednesday 5.21.2014

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That’s no typo. I hope you can join me and the phenomenal guitarist David Brown as I close out my run at Minglewood Tavern this Wednesday from 7-9pm.
I love when some of my previous musical guests come up and join me for a song or two. If you are so inclined, please do!
I also learned a very moving Townes Van Zandt song just for the evening and I will try to do it justice, with Fozzie Hill singing the Emmylou Harris part.
I hope you can make it!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero Special Guest: J.B. Amero


Wednesdays Only:
Lobster Roll w/French Fries or Salad,

Wednesday, May 21st
Special Music Guest: 
J.B. Amero!
                                                                               Photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

This week, brother JB rides in with a few special numbers
in honor and celebration of country legend Merle Haggard’s
76th birthday!  Should be a real good one.  Come get it! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Lobster Roll w/French Fries or Salad, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…
Inge Berge

John Rockwell

Jon Butcher

Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly



Deb Clarke’s Cezanne Phase

Deb Clarke’s Cezanne Phase

It was ’98 or ’99 when Fred Kepler studied with me.  We both painted when he came for his lessons. My paintings were used as ‘training’ paintings that i used to demonstrate various techniques, color mixing, approaches to composition, etc. as the painting developed. The Cezanne phase painting above is the result of Fred’s visits to the studio over an 8 week period.

The still life above is 26×32″ .  We  set the still life up in the center of the floor under studio lights which were staggered warm/cool/warm/cool in overhead tracts.  Cezanne was the compositional reference.  I did not use Cezanne color theory in my work; I needed to learn how to use black and white gray.   That was my lesson.  Fred’s lesson was composition with warm/cool color theory and drawing thrown in.

Today Fred visits the world’s great paintings with his dear Lenore.  I have seen some terrific paintings that he has done of Lenore, or other people standing in front of the masterpieces.  He has learned to teach himself by copying the best paintings, while sharing his love of art with his wife and having a great time.  He has even come to know the joy of selling some of his work!

So glad I did not throw this painting away.  I was tempted to over the years, but some of those creases are just to awesome not to admire.  oh, the braided rug is one of the Willis family treasures.  I sure hope I didn’t get too much paint on that beauty.

best and onward,


Pet of the Week-Pandora


Oh my goodness, I am in Good Morning Gloucester! Now everyone will get to know me better.  My name is Pandora and I am a four-month-old Retriever and Great Dane.

My siblings and I are here at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  We will be medium to large when we are fully grown.   If you have the time for an active pup and want to put some excitement in your life, consider adopting me or one of my siblings, we are all sweet dogs and we love to snuggle!

Have you visited the shelter yet?  If you haven’t you should come for a visit – it is incredible!  Great outside trails, wonderful staff and volunteers and I love all the other animals here.   If you visit, we would love to have some gently used towels, and of course, it is ok to bring toys for shelter cats and dogs.    If you see you at the door, I will be sure to greet you!

Fifty Years Later: Devil Dogs Revisited

Drake's Bakery was founded in 1896, and in the 1960's they made popular snacks such as Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, Sunny Doodles, and Funny Bones. Devil Dogs were my favorite. I haven't had one in fifty years. The one I ate tonight was awesome, and must be consumed with milk. I can't wait to try a Ring Ding!
Drake’s Bakery was founded in 1896, and in the 1960’s they made popular snacks such as Ring Dings, Yodels, Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles, Sunny Doodles, and Funny Bones. Devil Dogs were my favorite. I haven’t had one in fifty years. The one I ate tonight was awesome, and must be consumed with milk. I can’t wait to try a Ring Ding!
Devil Dogs are Kosher and vegetarian. They're now 4.5 inches long and weigh in at 1.64 ounces. In case quantity of 96, they cost 30 cents each from Drake's web site.
Devil Dogs are Kosher and vegetarian. They’re now 4.5 inches long and weigh in at 1.64 ounces. In case quantity of 96, they cost 30 cents each from Drake’s web site.

Trident Gallery Happenings

Trident Live Art Series presents Junichi Fukuda and Kristen Miller
Cellist,singer,composer Kristen Miller will play a set of her lush and original work, and dancer Junichi Fukuda will present his solo “Eclosion.” Other performance surprises in store. Light refreshments and conversation to follow performance. event is free, donations appreciated, reservations encouraged: email to reserve

Saturday, May 24, 5:00-6:00pm

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For reservations please email to or visit and call come in to visit, 189 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 491-7785

Community Photos 5/21/14

First visit to Steel Derrick this year

Hi Joey,

The weather was perfect for a hike in the woods of Rockport Saturday.  We paid a visit to Steel Derrick, one of the most peaceful places on the planet!

~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid


Diving,Maritime Gloucester photos from Anthony Marks


The Manchester Athletic Club and Lil’ Sprouts of Essex Preschool Partner to support the “whole child” and their families.

Lil’ Sprouts of Essex Preschool, serving students 2-6 years of age, located at #1 Scott’s Way in Essex, MA will partner with the Manchester Athletic Club’s program “Gymazing” to create “MAC SPROUTS”.

Presently Lil’ Sprouts of Essex operates on the public school calendar and is in operation from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Jane Lindland, Director and owner of Lil’ Sprouts of Essex recognizes there is a piece of the community that she could better serve by filling the need for an extended day after school program (3:30 PM – 5:30 PM), as well as coverage during school vacation weeks and full time summer care.

Marcy Plante,  Director of Gymazing and an alumni family of Lil’ Sprouts of Essex is working hand in hand with Ms. Lindland to develop “MAC SPROUTS” which will begin in September 2014.  With this partnership Lil’ Sprouts of Essex will bring to their students and families a focus on physical education, health and nutrition.  Additional offerings will include instruction in tennis, swim and yoga.  Students will be transported from Lil’ Sprouts of Essex to the Manchester Athletic Club where families will pick up.

The program will begin with a limited enrollment of 20 students per day.  To enroll contact Lil’ Sprouts of Essex @ 978-768-6287.

Community Stuff 5/21/14


Special Dinner

Make reservations early for this event with a special tasting menu, cocktails featuring Ryan & Wood products and a talk by Bob Ryan on his products – Beauport Vodka, Knockabout Gin, Folly Cove Rum and Ryan & Wood Rye Whiskey.

May 30, 2014, 6:30 pm

Tasting Menu $60

Includes 3 Cocktails

With Local Ryan & Wood Spirits

See Menu Below

Rack of Lamb

Lamb Chop

The French 75

Bob Ryan and His Still


May 30, 2014, 6:30 pm

Four Course Tasting Menu $60

With Ryan & Wood Cocktails

1st Course

Candied Porkbelly & Grilled Watermelon

seared haloumi feta, pickled tomato & mint almond vinaigrette

2nd Course

Mochiko Fried Lobster

potato eggplant stir-fry, lomein noodle & lobster curry

3rd Course

Caramel Grilled Petite Filet Mignon

roasted rice cake, red pepper agrodolce & peach kim chee puree

4th Course

Pastry Crème Bombellini

berry macerated, strawberry panna cotta, blueberry ice cream

Water Shuttle Seasonal Passes now available $ 50.00 until June 15 th.

If interested email or call 978-283-1979 for details.
Capt. Steve Douglas
Harbor Tours, Inc. 
Gloucester, MA., America’s Oldest Seaport


Dear Joey,

A Math & Science Circus and STEM Expo will occur at the Rockport Public Schools on Saturday, May 31 from 9 AM through Noon.  This free family-friendly event will celebrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our schools.  Our partners are the Cambridge Science Festival, MathWorks, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, the Rockport PTO, and Education Foundation for Rockport.  More information is attached.



Gloucester Education Foundation is holding a fundraiser cruise aboard the Beauport Princess, docked at Cruiseport Gloucester. Tickets are now on sale and the inclusion of our event information in your publication would be greatly appreciated.

Please find the Press Release, GEF logo and “Save the date” jpegs attached. 

Kindly reply to this email with questions.

Thank you, in advance on behalf of the Gloucester Education Foundation.

Jennifer Amero

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Cruise for Schools on the Beauport Princess – supporting innovation in education in Gloucester Public Schools

The Gloucester Education Foundation’s 2014 summer fundraiser, “Cruise for Schools” is coming Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 5-8pm. The event will be a sunset cruise aboard the Beauport Princess, docked at Cruiseport in downtown Gloucester, and will feature live music, including performances by local musicians and musically talented teachers and administrators. The event will also include raffles and great food, all in support of the GEF’s innovative programs in the Gloucester Public School System.

GEF supports everything from field trips to performances, literacy and science school year and summer programs, and even provides funding for school gardens and classroom aids that help our teachers to provide the very best student interaction even in large classrooms. EVERY student in Gloucester Public Schools benefits from the GEF.

Tickets are $75 and include the cruise, appetizers from Vinwood Caterers, live music and assist in the GEF’s mission to continue to help students to “Think the Best”.

Event details:
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Beauport Princess at Cruiseport Gloucester

Link for Tickets:

Link for more information on The Gloucester Education Foundation:

Hi Joey!

I designed some awesome Glosta t-shirts to raise money for my Relay For Life team! Would you mind sharing them with your readers?

Thanks so much!

Vickie Grassman


Glostafarians for a Cure are a family team participating in the Relay For Life of Cape Ann in Gloucester, Massachusetts June 13-14, 2014.
There is something magical about Gloucester… a spirit that touches you when you spend time here. We think this tie-dyed Peace.Love.Glosta. t-shirt perfectly conveys the groovy feeling of Gloucester. Proceeds from the sale of this shirt go directly to the American Cancer Society to help create a world with less cancer.
Please support our fundraising efforts and help save lives by ordering a shirt today! Hurry… Ordering ends May 29, 2014!

Hi Joey,

Please post if appropriate…

The Rockport Elementary School EarlyAct Club (Rotary Club for elementary school students) vs Rockport Rotary Club Basketball Game is Thursday evening, May 22, 2014 in the Rockport Elementary School Gymnasium, starting at 6pm, with the game beginning by 6:30. Please come and support the kids, and bring family and friends! Only $5. per person, or $10. per family!  Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit community and world service projects.  Many thanks and come cheer us on!

EarlyAct™ is a school-wide service club for elementary students from ages 5 to 13. It is sponsored by one of the local Rotary clubs in the township in which the school is located. The mission and operation of EarlyAct™ are closely linked to the ideals of Rotary and provide the foundation and natural succession into Interact.
EarlyAct™ provides young students the opportunity for gaining an increased awareness and knowledge of their community and the world. At a young age, all students can easily be encouraged to be caring and helpful. Their minds are open to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual which builds respect for others.
EarlyAct™ also engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles to identify and carry out projects which benefit
their school, local and global communities.