Cape Ann Whale Watch – voted one of the top whale watches in the US


Hey Joey,

Not sure if you saw this article last fall in Boston’s CBS local (linked below), but pretty cool that we can make such big headlines for such a small town! Would love if you could share this as we enter our 37th season this Saturday! Our trip leaves at 1:30 – Reports from fishing boats that whales are around. Thanks a lot!

Emily Douglass

Cape Ann Whale Watch


Click the link to read about it!


Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyDon’t miss this rare opportunity to see the stunning bas-relief A. Piatt Andrew bridge doors up close!!

Free admission for Cape Ann residents on April 18

Two of four bronze doors from the granite faced pylons on top of the A. Piatt Andrew Bridge which brings Route 128 over the Annisquam River and into Gloucester are currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. The doors were removed from the bridge late last year for much need conservation work and this will be the first time in over half a century that the public will be able to view the doors up-close.


skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ hDesigned by sculptor John F. Paramino (1889-1956), the doors were cast at the T. F. McGann & Sons foundry in Boston in 1950. One honors the bridge’s namesake, A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936), founder of the American Field Service, a U.S. Congressman from this district, director of the U.S. Mint and a long-time Gloucester resident. The second door celebrates the history of Cape Ann and in particular the fishing industry. John Paramino was born in Boston in 1889 to immigrant parents and studied modeling at the North Bennet Street School. He continued his studies under Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Bela Pratt and by 1916 had his own studio in Boston. Examples of Paramino’s public sculptures are scattered across Boston and include The Founders Memorial (1930) and the World War II Memorial in the Fenway (1947-1948).

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ eRoute 128, officially known as the Yankee Division Highway, was built between 1936 and 1958 on its current alignment as a bypass route around Boston. It was the first circumferential highway around a major U.S. city and now incorporates sections of I-93 and I-95. The A. Piatt Andrew Bridge is the crowning achievement of the decades-long Route 128 construction project and serves as a gateway to Cape Ann.skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ a

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer Cape Ann residents free admission to the Museum on Saturday, April 18, in order that all may view the doors. In addition, the Museum will offer a narrated walking tour highlighting outdoor public sculptures in downtown Gloucester. The tour will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 10 AM.  Tickets are $10 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Space is limited, reservations are required. Reservations and tickets at (978)283-0455 x10or

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ bThis project is a collaboration between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the City of Gloucester and the Gloucester Committee for the Arts, and the Cape Ann Museum.

skylight-studios-bridge-doors-conservation-2015-03-19_ cPhotos courtesy of Skylight Studios, March 2015.

The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturdayfrom 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

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Meet Rambo, the world’s first octographer! She lives at The Sea Life Aquarium in New Zealand. After first destroying numerable cameras, once the team secured the camera, she learned how to take a photo in just three tries. Her trainer said that, on average, it would have taken a dog ten repetitions and a cat about twenty!

The photos cost $2.00 and the proceeds go towards octopus habitat protection.

Octopus photos ~

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#octographer photos courtesy Google image search.

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Tonight! Lisa Marie hosts The Dave Sag’s Blues Party…8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 4.16.2015


Lisa Marie Harrington says, “Music got me through the hard times.’’ (Bill Greene/Globe Staff) By Lenny Megliola
Lisa Marie Harrington says, “Music got me through the hard times.’’ (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)
By Lenny Megliola

Dave says,

I’m throwing Ms. Lisa Marie to the wolves this week as I bow out to the travel gods and take my muddy boots to New Orleans. I need a vacation. I’m gonna search for loop garou in the fetid swamps. I’m gonna get bit on my mojo hand. And I’m gonna eat too much. I can’t wait!
So Ms. LM is bringing in the heavy artillery in the form of Mr. Johnnie Juxo, Tarzan of the keys, Mr. Silverfish Steve on DDT glitar and Mr. Chris “Anzio” Anzelone on clubs. It’ll be a blast! And, I’ll see you next week! Always have fun!

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Minglewood now has one of the best lunch deals in town


One of the best lunch deals in Gloucester may come at a surprise to some…

Minglewood Tavern now has a weekday “Chalkboard Specials” menu that consists of four classic sandwiches that are just $6 each.  Plus, you can even make it a meal with fries and a soda for only $2 extra.


Last we checked, that’s even more affordable than your average meal at the drive-thru — and the food isn’t even on the same playing field!

Minglewood Tavern opens at noon daily, and is located at 25 Rogers Street.

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Conomo Point #EssexMA : 4 properties at auction. No bidders. From Kenny MacCarthy @Glosta

For Cape Ann Real Estate Info From Kenny MacCarthy-

Cape Ann Home

For More Info, House Hunting Or Ready To List Your Home,
Contact Kenny at 978-758-0983

Contact Kenny For Personalized Real Estate Information Or Just To Chat About Your Real Estate Needs- 978-758-0983

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Gail McCarthy’s Wearable Art Show News Article Hits Newsstands Today!



Sista Felicia’s “Gifts Of Gold” 10 lb Pasta Dress  modeled by her daughter Amanda Mohan in  the 2013 SeArts Wearable Fashion Show makes it onto the pages of The Salem Evening News!


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Dress designed and handmade by Sista Felicia

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Hair & Makeup by Sista Felicia

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Today’s Gloucester Daily Times issue also highlights Sista’s “Gifts Of Gold”  along with 4 wearable art creations made by Gloucester residents. Two created by Sage Floral Studio, made from fresh flowers, one Crafted with green soda cans by Donna Caseldon  and one  sailcloth Lobster Dress submitted by Daphane Papp,  both from Annisquam!

Looking forward to this years SeArts Wearable Fashion Show. The 2015 Sista Felicia Wearable Art Dress is currently in the making.


Learn From Master Drummer Mamadou Diop

We will be drumming with Mamadou Diop who is a world renowned song writer, musician and drum teacher from Senegal, West Africa. Expect to be educated on traditional West African rhythms played in unison, as poly-cross rhythms and as “call and response” beats. You will also learn the history of the drum used for ceremonies, dance and spiritual gatherings. Mamadou has the unusual knack of blending new and experienced drummers together providing a great drumming experience for all.
Besides being a drum teacher, Mamadou is a renown rhythm guitar player and singer whose award winning band has performed frequently around New England including many locations in Gloucester. In 2012 Boston Music Awards honored Mamadou as International Musician of the Year.
Besides his musical activities, Mamadou is President of A3D, Inc. (African Development through Drum and Dance) which is a humanitarian organization helping schools and medical facilities in West Africa along with supporting organizations and the community in the greater Salem area. 
No Drums, Shakers or Percussion Instruments? . . . No Problem. There are extra drums and other percussion items around to freely share.

Messy Art Day For Kids At The Lanesville Community Center Saturday

Hello, Joey! Some friends and I are former and current preschool teachers and enthusiastic artists in Lanesville–and we are having a messy art day for kids this Saturday, at the LCC from 10-12.
I am the last minute announcer for this fun thing, but my daughter was also happy to help!  Many thanks for the post in GMG!
Mary Beth Periera


Nichole’s Family Picks of the Weekend 4/18 and 4/19

Dare I say it is finally here, my friends?  Bring on the fantastic weather!

Pick #1

The Swan Boats are back in action this weekend!

Check them out HERE

2015 Season
Saturday, April 18 to Sunday, September 20, 2015  10am to 4 pm

Adults $3.50

Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)

Under 2 yrs. Free
Seniors $3.00

While there, take a spin on the Frog Pond Carousel and let the kiddos play on the playground.  My boys love walking throughout the Public Garden and searching for statues too.

Read more about the Frog Pond here!

Pick #2

The USS Constitution Museum

This is a great way to spend a day!  If you’re up for even more of an adventure you can tour the Constitution, spend some time in the museum, and then take the water taxi over to the New England Aquarium area and continue the fun at Faneuil Hall, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (one of my favorite areas of the city…and you can bet I’ll be writing about it again soon), or the North End!

Pick #3

Fairy Shrimp, Salamanders, & Frogs, Oh My!

Head out to Ravenswood Park from 1-3 on Saturday to learn all about Vernal Pools and the critters who call them home!

Read all about the program HERE

Vernal pools are crucial to the survival of fairy shrimp, salamanders, and wood frogs. We’ll have fun exploring the pools at Ravenswood Park. Participants will learn how to certify and protect vernal pools. When vernal pools become certified, we can prevent development on and around them. This program is instructive for participants, so you, too, can take home the techniques, forms, and methods to certify pools.


Pick #4

We are GIANT fans of Maritime Gloucester, but sadly they are not open for the season quite yet. They are, however, offering some great April Vacation programs later in the week!

Check them all out by clicking here.  Their educators always do a phenomenal job!


Please always remember to check out our friends at North Shore Kid for a more comprehensive list of excellent family activities!