The Play, Dogtown Common, is a Stirring Portrayal of Community

He Joey,

We hope you can add our thoughts about this play before Friday, since final performances are this weekend.

Thanks.  Hope all is well.

Sue Bumagin and Paul R. Korn


The Play, Dogtown Common, is a Stirring Portrayal of Community

Every time we hear about another drug overdose in our community, we are reminded that addiction and mental health are serious issues that are not going away.  This really hit home on Sunday afternoon as we witnessed a remarkable performance by the North Shore Folklore Theatre Company.  Dogtown Common: Never Try, Never Win is at once the history and demise of one of Gloucester’s most unique and misunderstood areas as well as the present-day story of one man’s descent into the opioid quagmire.  An essential theme of the production has to do with the community’s response to his suffering.   Past and present come together in a powerful production that featured Gloucester citizens ranging in age from 8 to 81 as well as some terrific original music. 

The sold-out show was followed by a spirited and substantive discussion between audience members and the cast.  What stood out was how much people could relate the themes of the performance to their everyday lives.  The message we took away was that a caring community is a really important part of the healing process.

The show really rocked.  Final performances take place on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16,at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 17, at 2:00pm in the back room of the Floating Lotus store, 169 Main St., Gloucester.  


The Power of Restorative Yoga

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Release tension and stress with the power of Restorative Yoga this month with Katie O’Malley at Treetop Yoga Studio!

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 Thinking about trying Restorative Yoga? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The poses are easy and subtle using bolsters, blankets and blocks to fully support the body.
  • The Restorative Yoga practice is scientifically proven to activate the relaxation response in the nervous system, improve immune functioning, balance hormones and release stress.
  • Candle light, gentle massage, aromatherapy naturally ease tension without you having to do anything
  • Katie offers nurturing support and guidance for each pose and guided meditation for a completely nourishing experience on every level and for every body.

Next Restorative Workshop: Sunday, April 17th at 6:30pm

$20 when you sign up in advance, $25 at the door

Check out our website to learn more and sign up online today

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Katie O’Malley, Treetop Yoga Instructor, Counselor and Reiki Healer…

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It’s Community Night again at SMS!

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It’s our second to last Community Night of the season at Saltwater Massage Studio! Join us Monday April 11 from 4 – 7 for $10 mini massages.  It’s a perfect chance to see what we’re all about and get a little “spot treatment” on your neck and shoulders while you’re at it.  All are welcome!

First come, first served.  Cash only.

Saltwater Massage Studio

65 Pleasant. St., Gloucester MA

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Beaux Arts Ball

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It was overcast and chilly, so the parade wasn’t quite what it has been in the past during summer balls, but in spite of the weather, people turned out with some great costumes.  The Studio looked amazing, the Ball Committee did an incredible job of decorating, food was plentiful and delicious and fun was had by all.

E.J. Lefavour

Happy Dog Running Glistening Long Beach

Rockport to Gloucester and back again, speeding along for a shore close-up at the very end. We couldn’t resist filming the speedy little guy. Did the dog know? Hoping this Monday minute whisks you away to a fabulous shore.


Any soundtrack can work. I was tempted to write ‘Ryan’s dog’… The west coast of Ireland vistas in the movie Ryan’s Daughter flicked in my mind. The 1970 movie was directed by David Lean, cinematography by Freddie Young, and score by Maurice Jarre.

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Live Deli Counter: Willow Rest

I could not help but share the deli case this morning at Willow Rest! It’s simply stunning and inviting, but I came for the awesome breakfast burrito!

Roast Beast-Chicken cutlets-fresh turkey

Stuffed heaven

Got eat ya greens

pasta, and roasted tomatoes!

crab or fish cakes-lasagna

Mini meat loafs!

I know you may be on the other side of the world (downtown) but ya gotta come eat at Willow Rest when you get a chance! #localpride Sent from my iPhone

Giddy Up, it’s Opening Day.

Opening Day.  2016.

Spring is in the air (kind of). The boys are back in town.  And Fenway Park is officially open for business.  Baseball season makes me kind of giddy and, as another Opening Day is upon us, I felt the need to take a walk down my own little Memory Lane last night.

I’ve clocked some serious hours inside the hallowed walls of Fenway Park….here are some of my favorite memories and photos.  Some during important events with sold out crowds, some when the ballpark was completely empty, some victorious, some solemn, some firsts, some lasts, some celebrations, some good-byes, some iconic, and some quirky. All a part of why Fenway Park in undoubtedly one of my favorite places on Earth.

Unusual Kangal Dog Breed Show on Cape Ann


Kangal Dog Club of America Speciality Show!

May 20, 2016

10:00am -11.30am Dog Handling class (spectators welcome)

2:00pm – 4:00pm Four educational discussions

May 21

1:00pm- 4:00pm Dog Show (public invited)

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257( R) Granite Street

Rockport, MA 01966

Dog lovers can observe this rare and unusual breed at a Speciality Show for Kangal dogs.  Owners will come from all over the US to participate, including Cape Ann native Mary Hughes.  The unusual profile of the Kangal dog is what makes this show so interesting.  Originally from Turkey, their centuries old history is based on flocking guarding skills that are on display still today, in Turkey and the US, although there is an estimated 800 in this country.