Summer Institute at Salem State University: 2015 Field School

Photo: Matthew Lawrence

Looking for a field school or a hands-on experience that takes you up close with historic shipwrecks?
Sign up now for the SSU accredited course in maritime archaeology for both students and the public.

From July 13–17, this intensive course will cover the practice, theory and methods of maritime archaeology including field work for the survey and documentation of historic shipwreck sites.

Dr. Calvin Mires and Capt. Laurel Seaborn of SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program) in collaboration with Victor Mastone of MBUAR (Massachusetts Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources) will be program instructors for this accredited course through Salem State University (SSU). Participants will receive three credits through SSU and internationally recognized certification through the Nautical Archaeological Society (NAS).

Join us for a memorable week exploring the maritime heritage of Massachusetts!

Register now as class size is limited. 2015 Field School: Register Online!

Maritime Archaeology of the North Shore
(Topics in American History, HST 360-92, ref# 1820)

For more info on registering contact:
SSU Office of Continuing Studies or 978-542-6324

Check out for details and FAQs.

The Studio is open! And it’s HALF OFF FOOD!

That’s right, for the rest of the weekend it’s half off all food (minus sushi, u wish).
And let me tell you, this year the food already blew us away! Tons of new items and fun flavors to taste! Here’s a few of our selections from last night. Hanging with the N.K.O.T.B. – The New Kid On The Blog!
James and Anna in the house.

And guess who popped over to offer a fine steak sauce selection? Miss Cox!

The fried ribs, oh helllllll yes! Just Do it.

Dear baby Jesus, thank you for calamari (asian style here, they have many others)!

And the Thai mussels, Fu-get-uh-bout-it!

Half price or not, it’s on point this year! Get it poppin folks!!!

“Method 15/33” From Shannon Kirk Is Now In Local Bookstores!

Hey Capt Joe! Thanks for having me on the show months ago. You mentioned giving you an update on my book. So here goes…I’m having a book release party this Saturday (May 2nd) at The Grove in Manchester, 7 pm. The bookstore in Gloucester (on Main) and The Book Shop of Beverly Farms are currently carrying the book. (Method 15/33 is the title). Here’s the link to my site with all the reviews so far. And also a trailer for the book.



Here’s our interview when Shannon introduced the book back in January-



Magnolia soulangeana ©Kim Smith 2015Yesterday while in Boston to meet with clients at their home on Comm. Ave, I couldn’t help but take a snapshot of the glorious saucer magnolias blooming along the avenue. I wished I’d had more time because just as I was leaving, the sun began to poke out. The stunning display that you see lining the south-facing side is the genius of one woman and when I have time, will write more about her brilliant accomplishment to which we are all the beneficiaries, more than fifty years after planting!

Commonwealth Avenue Boston Magnolia soulangeana ©˚im Smith 2015

Magnolia soulangeana Commonwealth Avenue Boston

At the Gloucester HarborWalk Gardens, we planted two species of magnolia adjacent to each other. Many arboretums, such as Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, plant several species within the same plant family in close proximity to provide an opportunity to learn by comparing the differences and similarities. I wanted our community to enjoy a mini-arboretum experience by planting two of the most beautiful magnolias that grow well in our region, the saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) and sweetbay magnolia (M. virginiana). Stop by in the coming weeks to visit our gorgeous magnolias in bloom. M. soulangeana will bloom first, followed by M. virginiana.

The Friends of the HarborWalk will be back at the HarborWalk this Sunday (tomorrow morning), beginning at 9am. We’ll meet in front of the Gloucester House. Come lend a hand–its work, but fun with this growing great group of community-spirited friends. Everyone is welcome!

Please leave a comment in the comment section or feel free to contact me if you have any questions at



Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon ~ May 15-16, 2015

boy birdingThis is Mass Audubon’s annual fundraiser where teams of birders spend 24 hours trying to spot the most species in Massachusetts. Since the event began in 1983, thousands of dedicated supporters and team members have raised more than $2million to support Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries and programs across the state. You can help Mass Audubon and Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary by supporting our team! If you would like to help this year, please click on this link and ready, set, bird!


CALL FOR ENTRIES: Deadline Midnight, Monday, June 15, 2015


  • A juried exhibition of New England Artists that explores the possibilities and pushes the limits of the use of paper in works of art.
  • At the RNAC Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA
  • July 2-26, 2015
  • Juror: Katherine French, Director Emerita at Danforth Art, Framingham, MA.
  • Entries open: April 24.
  • Deadline: Midnight, Monday, June 15, 2015

Gloucester MA, April 23, 2015 — The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites New England artists to submit work for the “Printed, Painted, Folded or Torn” a month-long juried exhibition at the Cultural Center Gallery at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. RNAC seeks work that explores the possibilities and pushes the limits of the use of paper in works of art. All media will be considered provided the use of paper is a primary component.

The juror for this exhibition is Katherine French, former Executive Director at Danforth Art in Framingham, MA, became Director Emerita upon her recent retirement from that institution. Acclaimed for exhibitions exploring historical and contemporary expressionism, French was recipient of an award for curatorial excellence from the New England chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. She was also named Best Curator of Locally Made Art at the Boston Art Awards and subject of profiles in Art New England and the Boston Globe.

For more information and a prospectus go to:

Real Estate MarketWatch #GloucesterMA, #RockportMA, Manchester, Essex and Beverly Video Listing Tour @Glosta

House Hunting Or Ready To List Your Home?
Contact Kenny at 978-758-0983

The MarketWATCH: Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Beverly Farms
Contact Kenny For Personalized Real Estate Information Or Just To Chat About Your Real Estate Needs- 978-758-0983

Join award winning By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty agents Kenny MacCarthy, Sue and Bob McDermott for a ride around Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Beverly to see their favorite homes.

“Gimme dat Fat!”

Fred can finally chew and eat a modest amount of normal food, sans Thrush. I weigh 148 lbs, probably what I weighed in 6th grade in1962. I’m munching all the time now. This was the “Breakthrough Day.” For the first time in10 days, I can swallow food and water without pain. Just give me fatty foods, please…

East Gloucester Elementary Doing It Big Per Usual With Messy Art Night!

What a community! Huge thanks to all the parents who pulled off a dream night for creative kids!

May 8 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

GAAC May 8 Program Note

This month at GAAC we have a real treat in store, an astronomical travelogue extraordinaire from GAACster Dwight Lanpher. Dwight and his wife Terry embarked on an astronomy tour from Paris to Greenwich in 2013, and returned with a story — and pictures — of great telescopes, great observatories, great clocks, the unlikely history of the discovery of Neptune and the saga of a carpenter’s lifelong work trying to solve the problem of finding longitude at sea.
Dwight will regale us with tales of key individuals from Sir George Airy — he of the Airy disc — to Urbain Le Verrier, who predicted the orbit and position of Neptune using only mathematics. Come on in for a great time with great friends and lots of goodies, and an amazing and colorful astronomical tale.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of the month at the Lanesville Community Center in the Lanesville neighborhood of Gloucester from 8:00 to 9:30. You can learn more about the club on our website,, our Facebook page, at or our Twitter feed, @gaacster .