A Note To All Our Awesome Cape Ann Summer Residents and Visitors- The Clock Is Ticking…

Thanks for coming to the island and making yourself part of the community.  Just a friendly reminder before you leave though.  We only have a couple of weekends before the summer rental folks head back “up the line” back to their main places of residence.

Before it all slips away I suggest that you take that evening sail on the Thomas Lannon, The Ardelle, the Beauport Princess or a Harbor Cruise Aboard The Harbor Shuttle, get to that awesome restaurant that you’ve been meaning to get to all summer long but haven’t been to yet, visit the museums you haven’t seen, buy that painting or awesome print that you’ve been admiring all summer long and support the community that you’ve been part of for the summer.

We appreciate your patronage and what you bring to our local merchants.  It’s a long winter for a lot of these folks and often times toward the end of the summer people tend to just lounge around but then winter comes and there are so many things you wish you would have done.

The best part of the year is right here- squeeze every last bit of fun out of it.

-Joey C


community Stuff 8/22/15

FREE Adult Education Classes

Registration for FREE adult education classes at Wellspring House in Gloucester is happening now for our Fall Session. Classes begin Monday, September 14.

Wellspring House’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) provides 8 weeks of FREE classes in Computer Skills, Career Development, English and math for women and men interested in preparing to pass the high school equivalency test, returning to school or finding a new career. Classes are 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Please call Lisa to schedule an individual appointment at (978) 281-3558, ext. 304. Wellspring House is located at 302 Essex Ave., Gloucester, MA.  FREE local transportation is also available.


Breaking… captain of the Schooner Columbia and this 175′ replica schooner will be arriving in #GloucesterMA Harbor next Thursday morning around 10am

Heads Up Schooner Committee and other key parties – I spoke to the captain of the Schooner Columbia and this 175′ replica schooner will be arriving in Gloucester Harbor next Thursday morning around 10am. (August 27th). The owner and builder, Brian D’Isernia, will be on board.

More information to follow next week but we want to give them a grand welcome and think about best ways to generate a “schooner mob” for this welcome home trip.

Thomas Balf
Executive Director
Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930

The Schooner Colombia was built in 1923 and sank in 1927. It was built as a racer but has a storied history in it’s short 4 year life. When it sank it lost all hands and those names are on the Cenotaph on the plaque representing 1927.

Watch the video and see the construction in which no expense was spared. What a thing of beauty.

Artful Display of Garden Tomatoes Hit the Table for Lunch @SistaFelicia’s Kitchen! 

What’s your favorite way to serve up tomatoes this time of year?

Floating Lotus Gloucester Presents 35th Parallel

Floating Lotus Gloucester Presents 35th Parallel
Saturday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm


Described by Showcase Magazine as “One of New England’s most innovative ensembles,” 35th Parallel takes the listener on a sinuous journey around the globe. Multi-instrumentalists Mac Ritchey and Gabe Halberg weave a sonic spell, winding a musical trail through the Middle East, North India, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.

We are honored to bring back these great musicians to our new space at 169 Main St. in Gloucester,MA.

Tickets: http://www.floatinglotus.net/products/35th-parallel

Passports is looking to hire 2 host/servers.

Cape Ann Dining News-


Passports is looking to hire 2 host/servers. Both positions offer flexible hours. Great for Moms and students! If you know anyone that may be interested please forward them my info or have them stop by the restaurant. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me! Cheers

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UPDATE MA State House official Governor portraits come and go plus Dorothy Lamour

Cat Ryan submits-

I asked why Governor Baker selected Governor Volpe’s portrait for the Governor’s office at the State House. 

Here’s an update and photograph from the State House curator, Susan Greendyke Lachevre:

“I have attached an image of the Volpe portrait, which was selected by the governor himself, as is customary, for display in his office.  Governor Baker’s father served under Volpe while he was secretary of transportation In Washington…The State House is one of the oldest state capitols in the country, and the building is on the National Register.  Renovations started almost as soon as it was occupied in 1798 with the coppering of the wooden dome.   As a functioning seat of government and a popular visitor attraction, it gets a lot of wear and tear, and is constantly undergoing careful historic renovation or updating somewhere within its 600,000 square feet.   I doubt if it will ever stop.”

Catherine adds:

The official Governor portrait for John Anthony Volpe was painted by Pietro Annigoni, 1963. Governor Romney and Governor Cellucci also picked the Volpe portrait by Pietro Annigoni. What about Governor Volpe? For his first term, Volpe selected a portrait of Governor Christian Herter. Herter’s father was artist Albert Herter who painted the murals in the House chamber. His grandfather, Christian, owned Herter Brothers, the legendary 19th-century cabinetmaking and decorating firm. I don’t have a picture of the Governor Herter portrait.

For Volpe’s second term, he displayed the Robert Gordon Hardie portrait of Governor Marcus Morton (1840-1841, 1843-1844).

For Volpe’s third term, he chose a portrait of Governor Leverett Saltonstall III. The Saltonstall portrait remained on view through 1975 for Governor Francis Sargent. At that time the predecessor portrait was displayed behind the governor.

I don’t have a great photo of the Saltonstall portrait, but I liked the signing ceremony with Hollywood star, Dorothy Lamour, visiting the State House promoting and presenting a War Bond prize:

“To the winners of the Ward Bond prize awarded to the first set of twin War Bond Babies Contest…Whereas the Motion Picture Industry has been designated as the spearhead of the US Treasury Department September Billion Dollar Drive for the sale of War Bonds and Stamps…extend thanks to the Massachusetts Division of the War Activities Committee and the undersigned managers and theater owners for untiring efforts…” The Governor’s office looks packed.

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Horses, Hounds, and Hors d’oeuvres

I know that I wrote about attending a polo match at Myopia Polo last summer, but it totally bears repeating.

We went last Sunday and had such a great afternoon.  I think that with a little bit of planning ahead and some proper picnic packing, an afternoon at the polo fields with a great group of friends is a phenomenal way to spend a day.

If you get there early enough (gates open at 1:30) you and your friends can score some tailgating spots right along the sidelines and eat, drink, and hobnob all while appreciating one heck of a sport!

Tickets are only $10 for adults and children under 12 are free.  Dogs are even allowed as long as they are kept on a leash.  With that last tidbit of information, we may have just lost Joey, but the rest of us should totally go.

Read all about MYOPIA POLO HERE

Sandy Bay Historical Society will hold a reception, discussion and signing by Paul St.Germain and his new book entitled Cape Ann Granite.

Sandy Bay Historical Society will hold a reception, discussion and signing by Paul St.Germain and his new book entitled Cape Ann Granite.

On Thursday night August 27 at 7:30, local author, Paul St.Germain will discuss and sign his new book at the Sandy Bay Historical Society Museum at 40 King Street in Rockport.

Telling a story in pictures is Cape Ann Granite, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book was just released on July 20, 2015. It boasts over 200 vintage images, many of which have never been published, and showcases memories of the granite industry that prevailed on Cape Ann for over 100 years.

St.Germain will discuss his book and explain some of the photographs on display in the museums granite exhibit. He will also sign his book which will be available for sale. Admission is free.

cape ann granite cover