Fund Raiser for Cape Ann Animal Aid Tuesday, April 7th!

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

Monthly ‘Community Reiki Share’ offered in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Each month, a local charity is designated to receive a portion of the proceeds. We are using ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ to select which charity to team with. The first step being – Basic Physiological Needs (Air, Water, Food, Shelter.)

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Charities have included – Open Door Food Pantry, Beverly Boot Straps, (January,) Wellspring House (February,) Action Inc. (March.) And this month – Cape Ann Animal Aid. Animals need our help too! Many of the attendees of the Monthly Reiki Share are huge animal lovers. Some have ‘loved and lost’ their beloved pets. At this month’s Reiki Share we remember and honor Johnny Cat, Luna, Ruby and Ava. Let us know if you have a charity and would like to team up with us for May!

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Peeps Poll

Annually for the past nine years, the Washington Post has sponsored a Peeps Diorama competition, made with marshmallow peeps. This year’s PEEPles choice award went to “Peepalize It” created by Michael Romanyshyn.


The dioramas are oftentimes politically satirical and ripped from the headlines. This year one of the finalists included “White House Trespeepers,” highlighting the theme of government incompetence specifically as it relates to embarrassing incidents involving the Secret Service.


Images courtesy Google image search.

The Miranda Russell Band Playing Shalin Liu May 7&8th- Git yer Tickets!

Hi Joey,
Miranda Russell here, AKA Daisy’s daughter, AKA the girl from Russell Orchards in Ipswich, AKA the singer with two nights coming up May 7th and 8th at the Shalin Liu in Rockport.
Also, belated thanks for the shout out last fall for the Orchard. Alicia worked for us for a season and she was such a sweetie. And yes you were right, it’s Russell Orchards, not Russells’s Orchards’s. 😉


Live blogging: Good Harbor Beach #gloucesterma

It’s great to be back on our grand island!
The wind is screaming down here, but it’s sunny and beautiful as you can see.

Get out and have a walk!

Or come take some photos and share them with us!

Jimmy Fallon liked our SXSW pick so much he put her on The Tonight show last night

We all know that Jimmy Fallon is a huge FOB and either he or his staff reads GMG every day.

What we didn’t know is how seriously he takes our suggestions.

That is, until last night when he introduced our #1 pick from SXSW, Elle King (we picked her in this post) as his musical guest last night.

See Elle King’s Tonight Show performance here.

Live from Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House ~ Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

 Easter Greetings from Turtle Alley

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but TWO, fabulous chocolatiers! I Love Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House, and both owners, Barbara at Nichols and Hallie at Turtle Alley are wonderfully helpful and accommodating. And the people that work at both places could not be sweeter and more friendly. Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

Easter Greetings from Nichols Candy House

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Gloucester MA, April 1, 2015— The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to host an exhibition by Gloucester-born and long-time Rocky Neck Art Colony member Judith Steele Goetemann. “Here, Then, Now” features Goetemann’s studio work that includes mixed-media drawings, batik and quilted batik, and silk dye paintings from 1970 to the present on view at the Cultural Center Gallery on Rocky Neck. In Goetemann’s own words: “My studio is the place where I design, process, and judge… past and present meet, reality becomes art, and art becomes truth.”

“JUDITH STEELE GOETEMANN: Here, Then, Now” is on view at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, April 30-May 25, 2015 during gallery hours Thursday-Sunday from 12-4 PM. The public is invited to the Opening Reception Sunday, May 3, 2-4 PM at the Cultural Center.

Judith Goetemann has achieved national recognition through the media of batik and silk dye painting and has exhibited in Boston, Chicago, New York and in such venues as the New York Public Library and the Munich Winter Olympics. Throughout her career she has received awards and commissions, and been in numerous publications including the MET’s Encyclopedia of Textiles. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Cape Ann Museum that has two of Judith’s batiks in their permanent collection. Judith is also an active member of the Rockport Art Association and runs the Goetemann Gallery on Rocky Neck with her husband, painter Gordon Goetemann. To see more of her work please visit

Photo credits:

Portraits of Judith Goetemann by Judith Monteferrante

Paintings courtesy of the artist

Glow with Grace Walk for Those in Crisis on Cape Ann

On Sunday, March 29, 2015, the Grace Center Inc. held its 3rd Annual “Glow with Grace” candlelit walk to raise awareness for its mission to help those in crisis on Cape Ann.

Founding Executive Director, Rev. Tom Bentley opened the evening with an enthusiastic and compelling talk about the impact that Grace Center is making on the Cape Ann Community. He spoke about the benefits of the cost-effectiveness of the program, noting that the organization is run primarily by a strong volunteer base.

Also, present were City Councilman, Paul McGeary and Senator Bruce Tarr. Both officials emphasized the positive contributions this program has made in such a short time.

Following the 10 minute walk from the Gloucester High School to the Fisherman Statute, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken greeted the walkers where she also spoke of the benefits of the Grace Center. Mayor Theken stressed the increased need for the Grace Center to be open more days in the week, and  she pledged additional funds if a space for operations could be found.  Presently the Grace Center program must rely on donated space in three churches which can offer no more than one day each per week.  

Sen. Bruce Tarr echoed the Mayor’s appeal and pledged also to help secure additional funding if possible.

The evening was concluded with Rev. Tom Bentley offering a prayer, and guiding the participants in singing “Amazing Grace.”

The Grace Center Inc. operates as a day resource center for those adults on Cape Ann who are homeless, low-income and in crisis or transition. To date, the organization has served over 600 individuals, offering breakfast and a hot lunch, along with social services. Learn more at

In the winter of 2009, the Cape Ann Clergy Association recognized an increasing number of requests for help from low-income and homeless adults. A Needs Assessment Study identified a number of pressing needs including the absence of a safe day space for the homeless in Gloucester. On December 22, 2011, the Grace Center, Inc. opened as a day resource center with professional staff and volunteers. To date we have served over 600 individuals. While we are proud to get to know and encourage individuals currently experiencing homelessness, we also continue to welcome the many older adults, lonely community members, or those at high risk of or currently experiencing crisis. No matter the life circumstances that have brought our guests to our doors, we strive to always provide gifts of acceptance, hospitality, and opportunity to all we meet.

The lighthouse Project

Good morning!

The Lighthouse project was designed to look at the social ramifications of small, positive acts of kindness.  The experimental curriculum works directly with a group of students who are empowered to take on miniscule tasks and then report on the social consequence of their behavior.  The group has tracked their progress in order to determine a variety of outcomes.  For example, do they have the ability to impact themselves through these behaviors?  Does this expand beyond themselves to the people close to them in life?  Does it go beyond that to the school and/or community?  Can one beacon of light pave a new direction for the masses? 

The students have been encouraged to take pride in themselves and their school.  Students come together each week to talk about their personal experiences with this task.  In addition, we plan monthly “acts of kindness” done for no other reason than to bring hope to other students and inspire creativity, inspiration and an overall feeling that each student matters.  The program is designed to inspire confidence and pride in positive (even if small) successes.

The students have dedicated hours after school to create inspirational gestures of hope which are randomly distributed to the student body.  It is amazing to see the amount of energy and enthusiasm students put towards recognizing each other’s strengths….not always an easy or popular thing to do in high school!
The project has been recognized by the White House and has inspired students in Gloucester High School’s Cabinet Making program to make an official sign.  I have attached pictures of the projects…
Tomorrow we are embarking on our next random act….leaving colored eggs around the school full of inspirational quotes and candy:)
Follow us on twitter: The Lighthouse Project
I would be happy to talk to anyone interested in running the story….and would be thrilled to be able to prove to my students that kindness and small acts of kindness can change the world.
Thank you!!
Amy Rose

Rockport High School

Guidance Counselor


Marine Science Internships at Maritime Gloucester

Marine Science Internships at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester offers unpaid High School Internships and College Internships.  These Summer Marine Science Internships focus on hands-on learning in our Sea Pocket Lab Aquarium.  Interns work as interpreters, assist in animal husbandry duties, and participate in the care of Aquarium exhibits.  The summer internship also includes science, fieldwork, and career exploration enrichment activities, and the opportunity to participate in our Harborwatch Citizen Monitoring Program.  Click here for full information on High School Internships or College Internships.     

“I can’t tell you how much I learned about marine life, running an aquarium, and even teaching the public. Every shift I came home with a new story to tell: ‘Today I watched a squid shoot ink!’ or ‘Today I looked at live crab plankton with a microscope!’ and the entire experience was extremely valuable.”  

-Lindsey, High School Intern

Happy Birthday To One Of My Favorite People – John McElhenny

Here’s John accepting his Community Award From Gloucester Universalist Church for spearheading the revamping of Burnham Field,  Gloucester’s largest downtown green space.
Photo Kim Smith-


One of the friendliest,  funniest, good-hearted people I know.

Happy Birthday My Man!

Sunrise Service, Breakfast, and 10:30 a.m. Service at Union Congregational Church in Magnolia

Easter is April 5—Sunrise Service, Breakfast, and 10:30 a.m. Service at Union Congregational Church in Magnolia
Easter in Magnolia begins with a sunrise service on the rocks at 6:15 a.m., just off the intersection of Lexington Ave. and Shore Rd., hosted by Union Congregational Church. An Easter Breakfast, free of charge, will be held in the church vestry at 3 Norman Ave shortly thereafter. Then a second Easter service of worship is in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. You are welcome to join us.

Empowered to Connect Simulcast: April 10 and 11
On April 10 and 11 Union Congregational Church (3 Norman Ave. in Magnolia) will be hosting the “Empowered to Connect” Conference simulcast. The conference is for adoptive and foster parents, social workers, and professionals, and is designed to help them connect with children from hard places, in order to help them heal and become all God desires for them to be. The simulcast broadcast of this conference is perfect for those who have adopted, are thinking about adoption, or who work with those touched by adoption. The conference is from 10am – 6pm both days. There is a $10 registration fee. 11 CEUs are available for social workers who attend both days. For more information feel free to email Danielle at You can also see a one-page flyer here.