Discover the History of Cape Ann Granite! Local author releases exciting new title featuring stunning, vintage images


Telling a story in pictures is Cape Ann Granite, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local author Paul St. Germain is set to release on July 20, 2015. The book boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone by.
The granite industry began on Cape Ann with the first sale of a piece of Rockport granite, for use as a millstone, to a farmer in Newburyport in 1800. The industry would grow to include more than 60 quarries and operations around the cape, becoming the second-largest economic force in the area behind fishing. Hundreds were employed as quarrymen, stonecutters, paving cutters, and finishers. Cape Ann was particularly well fitted for the pursuit of granite as its rocky hills and shores afforded a comparatively inexhaustible source of supply, and its splendid shipping facilities gave the advantage of quick and economical transportation to market by sea and land. The industry eventually declined, and by 1930, most quarries had gone out of business because of labor strikes and low demand. Today, most of these quarries are filled with rainwater and springwater, and many are used as reservoirs for the surrounding communities.
The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.
Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. Have we done a book on your town? Visit


Paul St. Germain, has been a resident of Rockport, Massachusetts for the past 20 years. His interest in Cape Ann area began in 1999 when he was asked to join the Thacher Island Association’s Board of Directors. In 2002 he was elected President of the Association and has worked to develop a variety of ways to fund the restoration efforts on the island

Viva San Pietro!

Cape Ann Museum celebrates Fiesta with film, photography, sculpture and more.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Thekan and Greasy Pole Walkers Saint Peters Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and the Sunday Greasy Pole Walkers June 2014

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (June 10, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer a special view of Fiesta-inspired art. The mini-exhibit will be on display in the lower level atrium from Tuesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 28 during Museum hours. Drawing on the Museum’s own collection, along with private collections in the area, the exhibit includes works by New York artist Philip Reisman who worked in Gloucester during the 1940s and 1950s, painters Lucette White and Eileen Mueller who captured the color and excitement of Fiesta in more recent years, and collage artist and sculptor Hans Pundt. Two documentary films about Fiesta will be available for viewing on a continuous loop throughout the week. Related exhibits and information can be found in the Museum’s Maritime Galleries.

St. Peter’s Fiesta – Festa di San Pietro – honors St. Peter, the patron saint of fishermen. It is the largest and most colorful of the celebrations that Sicilian immigrants brought to Gloucester. The tradition of celebrating Fiesta began in Gloucester the late 1920s as a neighborhood novena and expanded to a city-wide event in the 1930s. Fiesta is still celebrated in Gloucester in late June, with music, dancing, parades, fireworks, seine boat races and the traditional greasy pole competition. On the last day of Fiesta, an outdoor Mass is held, followed by the blessing of Gloucester’s fishing fleet.

Viva! Saint Peter's Fiesta Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Viva!

Saturday night on Rocky Neck

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Don’t miss Regina Piantedosi’s exhibit at her new YUPO Gallery space, 74 Rocky New Ave., “My Mother-My Self” presenting an impressive array of retrospective works by Anna DelloRusso (Regina’s Renaissance woman artist mother) and Regina.  Opening Reception Saturday, June 13th from 4-8pm.

Also don’t miss the Opening Reception for Joseph Flack Weiler’s photography exhibit at Gallery 53, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., also on Saturday, June 13th from 5-7pm.

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Finally, watch for the opening of the Madfish Grille next weekend, with a soft opening Friday evening, June 12.  The restaurant will not be serving food this year, offering music Thursday through Sunday, and Dark Gable’s BBQ by Andre under the canopy. Check out the cool graffiti art in the bar by James A. Fox, artist from Beverly who works as a teach of graffiti and mixed media arts at Collins Middle School in Salem.

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NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES:  NOTED ROCKPORT ARTIST, BONNIE GRAY, “I Love To Paint!” SOLO EXHIBITION.  June 4 – June 27, 2015.  Opening Reception June 14th, 2 – 4 pm.   Open and free to the public.

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Enjoying the challenge of painting still life, landscapes, and florals in oil, Gray says, “I love to paint!  I appreciate the richness of the colors made possible using oil on canvas, and strive to create a sense of realism.  A day spent painting is as refreshing as any vacation day might be.  My interest in art, and love of painting is without doubt one of the great blessings in my life, and I strive to convey that feeling in my work.”

 Having studied at Massachusetts College of Art while in high school, Gray was also a student of the late Helen Van Wyk, focusing on still life painting with a concentration in the techniques of the Dutch Masters.  In addition to being an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association since 1995, she has been a member of the Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative in Gloucester, MA since 2008.  Her work can be found in private collections on Cape Ann and around the country.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

June is PTSD Awareness Month

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June has been designated PTSD Awareness Month by the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD).

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder resulting from exposure to a single or multiple traumatic events, such physical or sexual assault, natural or man-made disaster, and war-related combat stress. Symptoms of PTSD include persistent intrusive thoughts and distressing dreams about the traumatic event, triggered emotional responses to reminders of the trauma, efforts to avoid thinking or talking about the trauma, and persistent hypervigilance for cues that indicate additional danger or trauma re-occurring.

PTSD Statistics –

According to the National Center for PTSD,

  • about 7 to 8 percent of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives.
  • about 5.2 million adults have PTSD during a given year.
  • Veterans with PTSD by service era:
    • Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom: About 11-20%
    • Gulf War (Desert Storm)

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Saturday June 13th at 3:00 PM, Cape Ann Museum

Saturday June 13th at 3:00 PM, Cape Ann Museum

Al Bezanson submits-

Gloucester’s Chet Brigham has completed a splendid biography of our 121-year-old Official State Ship.  The lives (yes lives, not life) of the extraordinary Ernestina-Morrissey are chronicled in 276 pages.  The author sorted through mountains of material to give us this entertaining story.  He will introduce the book at the Cape Ann Museum at 3:00 PM Saturday, June 13th.

From the schooner’s website:  “ The Ernestina-Morrissey’s story is one of wide-ranging maritime adventures, lived by a remarkable cast of captains, crews and voyagers. Sailing to the Grand Banks from Gloucester for cod in the 1890s … voyaging to the Arctic every year for almost two decades on scientific expeditions … serving under both the U.S. Army and Navy in the Arctic during World War II … crossing the Atlantic a dozen times as a packet ship, linking Cape Verdean-Americans in New England with family members on their home islands … back in America under sail out of New Bedford, educating boatloads of school children on the wonders of their ocean environment.

In Phoenix of the Seas, Chester Brigham writes of the indomitable spirit of the Ernestina-Morrissey. Of the men and women who have commanded her: Gloucester fishing captains Bill and Clayton Morrissey, Arctic navigator Bob Bartlett, Henrique Mendes on Cape Verde, round-the-world captain Dan Moreland. Of the lives the vessel has touched: dory-trawling fishermen on the Grand Banks, hardy field scientists, Inuit hunters, GIs at remote weather stations, Atlantic islanders, volunteers who have sacrificed much for love of the ship.

She has been written off as doomed time and again. But now, this Phoenix ship will rise from the ashes once again! Thanks to a combination of private and state funding, the Ernestina-Morrissey is to be completely restored – after which, based at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, she will set sail in her next, yet-to-be-decided incarnation.

Gloucester author Chester Brigham has written three other books on Gloucester’s maritime history: On Opposite Tacks (2011), Gloucester’s Bargain with the Sea (2007) and The Stream I Go A-Fishing In (2003). Phoenix of the Seas. Whale’s Jaw Publishing. Hardcover. 296 pages. 42 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-9740778-4-0”


Effie M Morrissey at Beacon Marine, c. 1940.  Note the ice sheathing for Arctic work.  She was built in 1894 for the J F Wonson Fish Company which would have been just to the left of this photo.  In the deadly Portland Storm of November 1898 she had the good fortune to be in port, but broke loose from Wonson’s dock and was blown ashore,    (Photo by Leslie Jones, courtesy of the Boston Public Library.)

Al Bezanson

Pet of the Week-Savanna

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June is Adopt A Cat month so how about you take me home?  My name is Savanna. I am a sweet 3 year old gal who enjoys the company of most people I meet.


I was brought to the shelter when my owner was moving and could not take me with her. It’s alright though, I am ready to explore new places and meet new faces! In my previous home I enjoyed the company of another cat as well as, a dog, so I wouldn’t mind having another four legged friend.  Don’t I sound just PURRRR-fect? Visit the shelter in person or check our website for more information about me and all the other animals waiting for homes.

Nichole’s Picks 6/13 + 6/14

With the nice weather here the possibilities are endless.

Here are just a few options….other than an awesome day at the beach, long hike, or boat ride.

Pick #1 

The Boston Dragon Boat Festival

The 36th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held on June 14, 2015.  Come see races and cultural performances. Admission is free!

Performances. Arts and crafts demonstrations. Tasty Asian foods.  Join us for North America’s longest running Dragon Boat Festival!

Check out the entire schedule HERE


Pick #2

The Strawberry Festival at Mile Marker One

Not to miss!  A great, very local way to spend part of your day on Saturday!

Mile Marker One does a great job with these festivals and we always have a blast.



Pick #3

The Topsfield Strawberry Festival 


Pick #4

Rise and Shine:  Little Farmers Lend a Hand. Appleton Farms, Ipswich

Click Link above to preregister!

Join us for a morning of farm fun. Have you ever collected warm eggs from the chicken coop? Or seen how fast pigs will run for their morning helping of veggie scraps? This Saturday morning program introduces families to our working farm.

You’ll meet our calves, goats, and pigs when you help with the morning chores (don’t worry, we will go easy on you!), followed by fun and games in the grassy Stone Paddock. We learn as we go and take advantage of whatever lesson the day has to offer. We conclude our farm adventure with a seasonal story in our Carriage Barn.

Weather: This program runs in rain or shine. If it rains, we will swap out our games with a farm craft in the barn but please dress appropriately as there is always an outdoor component. In the event of lighting, we cancel.

Bring a picnic lunch or stop by our Dairy Store to grab some goodies and spend your day on the farm. We have picnic tables, bathrooms, water, and plenty of stroller friendly walking paths for you to enjoy.

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For a more comprehensive list of family activities visit our friends at North Shore Kid