Make Way for Ducklings

Mallard Duckilngs ©Kim Smith 2015JPG I was standing so still while filming yesterday morning that I don’t think the female mallard was at first aware of my presence. What a wonderful treat to see she and the ducklings emerge from the reeds growing along the water’s edge. They are amazingly fast and adeptly darted through the water and across the beach, as though they had been born months earlier. I was getting a tremendous cramp and had to stand quickly, which was mama mallard’s cue to chide the ducklings back into the tall grass.

Mallard female Duckling ©Kim Smith 2015Female Mallard and Duckilng -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage

Photographs by Robert Lerch

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 26, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Peggy’s House, a Cape Ann Cottage, a photographic series by Robert Lerch. The one-day exhibit will take place at the White-Ellery House onSaturday, June 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The White-Ellery House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary. This program is free and open to the public.

Peggy’s House is a collection of photos, primarily interiors, all taken in one particular house in Annisquam. Built in 1761, “Peggy’s House” is one of only 65 or so known surviving Cape Ann cottages. Typically referred to as a story and a half with a gambrel roof, it was the vernacular house of the time. During the Colonial period, approximately 350 Cape Ann cottages dotted the coastline around the island, and were home to the many families who made their livelihood fishing and farming.

Robert Lerch said of working on this project, “I am fortunate and grateful that I was given the opportunity to photograph inside a very special Cape Ann Cottage, within the current owner’s daily living space.”

Robert Lerch is a contemporary fine art photographer who has owned and operated a gallery on Bearskin Neck in Rockport for 35 years. His work is sensitive, soulful, and full of substance. He uses all found material and works only with natural light.

Peggy's House: Blue Blanket

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home will be open this year on the first Saturday of June, August, September and October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.


Lit House Book Club Event with Karen Skolfield at Duckworth’s Bistrot

june15_book_club_webKaren Skolfield’s book Frost in the Low Areas won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry and the First Book Award from Zone 3 Press, and is a Massachusetts “Must Read” selection. She is the winner of the 2015 Robert H. Winner award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2015 Arts & Humanities Award from New England Public Radio. Skolfield is an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts.

Ducks, Geese, Egrets and Herons enjoying the Long Weekend

Walking through the Coolidge Reservation and around Clarke Pond is always interesting and fun especially at this time of the year.  There were many ducks and birds enjoying their environment.  To find out more information on the Coolidge Reservation please click on the following link.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Roger Martin

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (May 27, 2015) – In conjunction with the special exhibition Bill of Lading: The Art & Poetry of Roger Martin, the Cape Ann Museum presents a celebration of the life and work of Roger Martin on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

Roger Martin, 2012. Photo by Al Mallette.

Celebrating Roger Martin will take place in the special exhibition gallery where Bill of Lading is currently on view (the exhibition closes on June 28). A panel discussion will be lead by John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block. John will be joined by Greg Bover, Vice President of Operations at C.B. Fisk who will discuss Martin’s time at Fisk and bring examples of Martin’s carvings done for Harvard University’s Memorial Church; publisher and historian David McAveeney of Curious Traveller Press, the publisher for Martin’s Rockport recollections; Thorpe Feidt, Martin’s friend, Montserrat colleague and fellow artist; and his children Mari and Chris who will share their father’s poetry.

Bill of Lading explores the art and poetry of Rockport native, Roger Martin (1925-2015). A founder of Montserrat College of Art and a long-time member of its faculty, the town of Rockport’s first Poet Laureate and compiler of three books celebrating the people and poetry of his hometown, and a highly respected graphic artist, illustrator and painter, Roger Martin has long been one of Cape Ann’s most distinguished and creative individuals.

November Tide, 2003, oil and stick on canvas. Collection of the artist.
November Tide, 2003, oil and stick on canvas. Collection of the artist.

Support CCALS at Latitude 43 & Minglewood This Monday, June 1st

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Lat43+MW_CCALSPosterHead to Latitude 43 or Minglewood Tavern this Monday, June 1st to support Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS); just come in any time after 4:00 PM and the restaurant will automatically donate a portion of your check to the cause!

PLUS you can use the opportunity to check out Latitude 43’s new Summer Menu, which will be launched tomorrow, May 28th. Here’s a taste of what you can expect…



Burrata cheese, arugula, basil, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic reduction & pea shoots


Scallop & shrimp ceviche with poblano peppers, grilled corn & cilantro, served on Southwestern Gazpacho with fried tortilla points



Smoked half chicken smothered in an Asian peach BBQ sauce with jalapeno cornbread & house coleslaw


Bacon, edamame & fresh corn succotash with a strawberry herb coulis


Curried quinoa salad with…

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~Tonight Allen Estes @ The Rhumb Line …New hours 7-10pm 5.27.2015


Music Show runs 7-10pm!
This week’s dinner specials:
Grilled Salmon – $12.95
Chicken Stir Fry – $9.95

Wednesday, May 27th
Special Guest:ALLEN ESTES!

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                   photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando
We start at a new time this week (7pm sharp) as we feature Cape
Ann’s most popular and prolific songwriter, the amazing Allen Estes.
Come in early and enjoy great weekly dinner specials prepared fresh
by Rhumb Line in-house expert, Dave Trooper. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest!
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
*Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

Upcoming guests…
Katrin Roush

Dan King

Fozzie Hill

Charlee Bianchini

Don’t miss it…
…ever! 🙂

Got Fish? Boyhood at its Best.

I have a feeling there are many days just like this one in these boys’ futures.  I love so much that this is how they care to spend their days while growing up on Cape Ann.  Good friends, good times, good fishermen.  Watching them enjoy each other’s company like this, while doing what they love, gives me the total warm fuzzies.

Coastal Elite Cheer Academy & Club GRAND OPENING CELEBATION SUNDAY MAY 31ST 6-8 PM


Coastal Elite Cheer Academy & Club

Home of the Coastal Elite Rebels All Star Cheer Team

Located at Browns Mall 11 Pleasant St., Gloucester


*Birthday Parties * Open Gym * Toddler Tumble Classes * Toddler Open Gym* All Star & Recreational Cheering * Fitness Classes * Tumble Clinics & Private Classes*Cheer Dance*



Cheer dance exhibition – Raffle Tickets and door Prizes –

Discount Class Passes – meet our instructors – summer session discounts

$25 Off Birthday Party Bookings

a chance to win 2 Red Sox Tickets with any purchase (excluding merchandise)

· Keep checking the website schedule for updates to the CEC schedule