Mad Hot Ball Photos From Martin Del Vecchio

Martin writes-

Sunday was the 10th annual Mad Hot Ball.  For the past three months, every 5th-grader in the city learned ballroom dancing techniques at school.  On Sunday they demonstrated their steps to a packed GHS field house, and competed for prizes in a variety of dance styles.

The Mad Hot Ball is sponsored by the Gloucester Education Foundation. 


Congratulations Hannah Kimberley, Cape Ann League of Women Voter’s Newly Elected President!

Hannah Kimberley, Joan Kimberley, Christy Park ©Kim Smith 2015

Christy Park, Joan Kimberley, and Hannah Kimberley

This morning election of officers for the Cape Ann League of Women Voters took place at their annual meeting, held at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. The 2015-2016 officers are as follows: Hannah Kimberly, president; Joan Kimberley, vice-president; Kathryn Lorden, secretary; and June Michaels is the treasurer.

I had the pleasure, along with Essex County beekeeper Kati Vandi, to present programs to the League on how to help the pollinators in our own backyards. Kati is a certified beekeeper and teaches classes to both children and adults at Mass Audubon. She gave a great talk about the significance of bees to our ecosystem and the importance of not using pesticides and herbicides. Kati highly recommends both books she is holding up in the photos. The program was organized by Kathy Lorden and Hannah Kimberley.Kati Vandi ©Kim Smith 2015

Kati Vandi

At today’s meeting, the League voted to conduct an ambitious study on ocean rise, including researching such topics as FEMA insurance rules, FEMA storm maps, locating vulnerable Cape Ann public and private infrastructure, and learning more about what is being done in other communities and states.

To learn more about the Cape Ann chapter of the League of Women Voters, visit their website here.

Summer Series: Guided Walking Tours

Discover Gloucester through its architecture and artists

The Cape Ann Museum will be offering a series of walking tours – Hopper’s Houses, Historic Middle Street and Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester – on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. beginning on May 2. Tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email for details.

Hopper’s Houses

May 2, May 23 and June 13
American realist painter Edward Hopper first visited Cape Ann in 1912. Returning in 1923, Hopper began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Cape Ann Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

Historic Middle Street

May 9, May 30 and June 20
Discover Gloucester’s historic Middle Street—an ever-evolving neighborhood packed with four centuries of social, economic, and architectural history. On this tour in the heart of downtown Gloucester, visitors will see surviving evidence of the past and learn about structures and people now gone.

Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester

May 16, June 6 and June 27
Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With his subtle use of gleaming light, Lane is generally regarded as one of the finest 19th century practitioners of a style known as luminism. This tour takes visitors on a walk through downtown Gloucester to learn about sites that were part of Lane’s life as well as to look at some of the views Lane painted.

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 Saturday from 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

Circa 1928 Film from Dwight Herbert

This is 16 mm film taken during the summer of 1928 along the coastal waters from Boston to Gloucester. It is about 9 minutes long. I cut and edited the original film and added the 1928 sound track. You will see some interesting scenes from Marblehead and Gloucester.

Q: Who’s the Hendrix of the Harmonica? A: Sugar Blue and you can see him LIVE at the Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 8

Three months from today on Saturday, August 8th, The 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival kicks summer into high gear at Stage Fort Park featuring top national blues stars, including the man who’s known as Hendrix of the Harmonica, Sugar Blue. You’ve heard his signature playing on “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. (You didn’t think Mick played that harp did you?)

Now you have the chance to see this blues icon (who’s also recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and many other) LIVE IN GLOUCESTER at The Gloucester Blues Festival on August 8th at Stage Fort Park.

What kills me is how much cheaper the tickets are if you buy them in advance — only $28 (GET TICKETS HERE) as opposed to $40 at the gate.  So stop what you’re doing right now and GET A PAIR OF TIX FOR YOUR MOM (and a pair for yourself too).

Here’s Sugar Blue live (Ooooh, what a tight band he’s got too!)

And here’s the Rolling Stones’ multi-platinum hit “Miss You” — you don’t see a harp in Mitch’s mouth, do you?

“Fast and Furious Marty Luster.”

LusterJeep5832I that knew my friend Marty liked my Jeep Liberty. He like it so much he bought the first Jeep Renegade on Cape Ann (Hull No. 1). We took a ’round the Cape ride in his new car last week on one of those Spring Fever days that stirred the instincts of every teenager, only 60 years later.

After not driving since January 2014 because of illness, the fever hit me, hard. Tomorrow I’ll take the shop vac, towel, wax, and Windex to my 2009 “Trail Ready” Liberty. I can’t drive it yet to insure both my safety and that of others, but I can run my hand over the smooth metal as I did with my Dad’s 1956 Buick Special station wagon.

The Dog Poop vs Gum Poll…

During the taping of GloucesterCast 135 at Cape Ann TV I was completely baffled at the responses from the panel when asked which they would rather step in if they were wearing flip flops and didn’t have a choice in the matter- dog poop or gum.  Donna, Kenny and Toby all chose dog poop which is shocking.

Am I crazy for choosing gum?  I figure you can put ice on the gum and get it off, but I want no part of any flip flops that have trudged through dog poop. In the dumpster they go!

Where do you fall on the most pressing issue?

Cape Ann TV Announces Lunch & Learn Event  “Choosing the Video Camera That’s Right for YOU!”

Cape Ann TV Announces It’s Next

Lunch & Learn Event

“Choosing the Video Camera That’s Right for YOU!”

Presentation by: Barry Dennis Jr., Professional Video Sales Consultant

(Gloucester, MA) – Cape Ann TV (, a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series: “Choosing the Video Camera That’s Right for YOU! to be held on May 13th, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930)

Forget about what you read online or what your brother’s friend who is a filmmaker told you. Find out the REAL DEAL about cameras on the market.

Learn the differences between shooting video with a DSLR, consumer camcorder, professional camcorder, cine camera, mirrorless or compact system camera, and even cell phone cameras. 
You will learn about sensor sizes, 4K vs. HD, lens options, frame rates, camera construction and hear about brands like Canon, Sony, Blackmagic, GoPro, Panasonic and more. Audio for video recording will also be discussed.

This is not a camera class, it’s more informational for the person trying to make sense of the world of videography.

You will learn about these cameras: Panasonic X920, HC-X1000, GH4, Sony A7s, FS7, PXW-X70, Canon C100, XF205, T6S, GoPro hero4, Blackmagic camera, a DJI Inspire 1 Drone w/ 4K camera, and Shogun recorder. Additionally Barry Dennis will discuss the capabilities of Rokinon lenses and a variety of wireless microphones.


Seating is limited for this event. Please email: to reserve your seat.