Sleeping Swans in the Harvest Moonlight

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The Ukeladies are learning Harvest Moon–I’d forgotten about this beautiful song and the fairly recent video, released by Neil Young in 2012, is so very sweet.

Coffins Beach Wreck: Some Details

As reported on Monday, (here) the Coffins Beach Wreck has been undergoing a painstaking examination to determine its identity and history.

At the site on Monday, Harold Burnham speculated that the vessel might be a chebacco boat, named for the parish that predated the Town Of Essex. Chebacco boats were known to fish north-easterly to Newfoundland and were first constructed at about the time of the American Revolution. Most of these small schooners were destroyed by the British during the War of 1812. A modern replica of a variant of a chebacco boat is the Lewis H Story, flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.IMG_0416_edited-1 Carved in the heavy stem of the wreck are the figures VI, indicating a fully laden draft of 6 feet. Buried in the sand is a V, or 5 foot marking.

IMG_0460 Adding to the mystery is this chunk of coral found among what is believed to be the ballast rocks discovered deep in the boat’s hull. What is a tropical specimen doing in a boat that presumably fished the Northeast coast?




For more than two years, Rockport-based artist Thi Linh Wernau has been photographing a series titled, YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. It is a project that celebrates the human spirit and beauty in our wounded veterans. It honors the sacrifice of our wounded veterans, empowers them with a platform to share their voices and inspires and helps other vets.

Thi recently dove into the world of video and filmmaking with a passion and desire to share these veterans’ voices in new ways. Please view her documentary short film (13 minutes) featuring an interview with Marine and wounded combat vet, LCpl Nick Eufrazio, USMC (retired) of Plymouth, MA. You will learn more about Nick’s spirit and who he is as a person through the eyes of his family and caregivers, as well as through his own eyes.


The main mission of this project is to spread love and kindness, inspiring love of self and love of others. Thi also has the goal to pay it forward to charities that help empower wounded veterans. Please help her pay this message of kindness forward by donating on behalf of her project today. Every dollar helps, and you can donate as little as $10, 100% of which goes directly to the charity.


Stay tuned for a few more updates on this project, as Thi has an exciting solo exhibition of her photographs launching at McGladrey Art Gallery in Boston this October.

The You. Are. Beautiful. project is made possible through the generosity of Wernau Asset Management. Learn more about her work at:

Guertner Cousins Reunion

Guertner Cousins celebrate breakfast at Sugar Magnolia from Washington, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and Massachusetts.


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Tonight ToniAnn Enes with Guest: Inge Berge @ The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM



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Hello Friends,

Hope all is well with you, just giving a heads up on my week!
I’ve been rehearsing a few new tunes that I’d love to play for you this week! 
Wednesday, 9/10,  I’ll be at The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM performing with the one and only…Inge Berge.
We’re still having the $6.00 Specials for Ladies Night so if you going to hang on for dear life to this  beautiful weather please come  and pay us a visit!
As always I appreciate your support!
Thank you,
Toni Ann
The Seaglass Restaurant @ The Castle Manor Inn
141 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 515-7386

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks guest are J.B. Amero & David Brown @ The Rhumb Line.

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Wednesday, September 10th
Special Guests: J B A M E R O & D A V I D B R O W N ! ! ! !

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The “incredible” meets the “unbeatable” in this week’s phenomenal Rhumb Line match-up! Please come and say hello
to Brother J.B. and Brother David Brown… the absolute cream of the crop here on Cape Ann. I mean, like, WOW!
~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Fresh Baked Haddock $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
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Orville Giddings

Renee Dupuis

Ron Schrank

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

Wicked Learning From Wicked Tuna

My boys have been super excited about spotting Wicked Tuna boats all summer long. I have to admit it is pretty darn cute listening to the two of them talking about the boats, crew, fish, green sticks, the price per pound, fat quality, this pound test or that pound test, etc.  While they’ve watched the show here and there during past seasons, they’re just a bit older this year…and hence, much more into it.  Likewise, for whatever the reasons, the North vs. South episodes that are currently airing get them giddy.

They clocked some serious hours at the Blue Fin Blowout back earlier this summer and I was so proud of how long they sat patiently waiting for boats to arrive.  They were completely riveted by the weigh-ins and the size of the fish. They couldn’t get down there fast enough for Day #2 of the action. A couple of weekends ago they got their “Wicked Tuna” on down at the wharf and thought they were the coolest cats in town when they got to haul their own little fish down the dock.  And, worth mentioning, they both gobbled up the sushi like it was candy after helping my husband clean the fish.  Finn hasn’t quite mastered the “Tails Up” yet though.

Despite witnessing their enthusiasm all summer, I was still surprised to see the journal entry that Thatcher wrote at school yesterday.  Love that kid!  I get that many probably find the fact that we let our 5 and 7 year-olds watch Wicked Tuna in the first place may not be the best of parenting decisions….but, I’ll take the learning opportunity and run with it.  (insert shameless shout out to his amazing teachers at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School).

Just more proof that growing up salty is excellent and that this little slice of heaven that we call home is bursting at the seams with opportunities for the kiddos to find something unique that speaks to them and to be passionate about.


Brothers in Cancer, Brothers Forever

RobtFred4513wmThis past Sunday, my friend and brother-in-law, Robert Lee Doss (L), died after a courageous battle with cancer. He was diagnosed last February, two weeks after my own cancer diagnosis. Robert and my sister, “Painter Barb,” lived on Martha’s Vineyard, and were frequent guests at GMG and my own events at the gallery.

Robert was a CPA, attorney, and Chief Revenue Officer for the State of Alaska. This photo was taken by sista’ Barb during our last visit together, which was a delightful luncheon at the Emerson Inn. Rest in peace Robert, you were a true friend and the best oyster shucker and grill master I ever knew.

Wednesday September 10th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather..

Marine Forecast :
Wed NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed Night SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Patchy drizzle. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Beach Forecast :
Cool / raw morning clouds poss Fog & Drizzle temps 60’s NE winds 10-15mph
UV Index 5
Water Temps 72°

Pod Cast Weather :
Hourly Forecast: