Save Our Shores Ribbon Cutting


An extraordinary event took place this evening on the Back Shore. A ribbon was cut by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken to commemorate  the successful public campaign by the citizen organization, Save our Shores Gloucester, to raise $100,000 to purchase and protect 4 lots at 166-178 Atlantic Road from development.The land will will be protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement.

Thank you to Save Our Shores Gloucester from a grateful community, our children and our grandchildren.

Save Our Shores Gloucester (SOSG)

Roger Armstrong

Hazel Hewitt

Marty Del Vecchio

Dave Manley

Mark and Pam Poulin

Barbara Silberman


Despite the chilly winds and rain, a fantastic group of friends, fans, and well-wishers came out for Nubar’s book signing, When the Fish Came First. All throughout the evening there were waiting lines to purchase books! Thanks to Karen Ristuben and the Rocky Neck Cultural Center for hosting this very special community event.

Nubar Alexanian Book signing c Kim SmithHonoring Linzee and Beth Coolidge

Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo -3 c Kim SmithAngela Sanfillipo and Nubar

Nubar Alexanian Book signing -3 c Kim SmithNubar signing his book Stones in the Road: Photographs of Peru for Ricardo and Diana Fernandez

Nubar Alexanian Book signing Angela Sanfillipo c Kim SmithMemories from December 1979 – Angela, her husband, daughter, and three-month old baby daughter’s christening

This Weekend in the Arts

Flatrocks Gallery’s new show
“Chromatic, Exploring the Language of Color”

Artist Reception
Saturday, May 7th from 6-8pm.

Sandra Douglas’ acrylic paintings are vibrant intuitive works. She explains “Art in the highest sense is beyond explanation. It can only be felt. Therefore, any attempt to explain it on a rational level falls far short of its reality. Color as an expression of light surpasses the gross material of paint. After one develops methods of working with color, the work becomes integrated and the fun begins. The paintings start to flow and the artist becomes a channel. Whatever the springboard, the piece takes on its own persona. When light is truly created by color, an emanation of energy extends from the painting – its soul.”

Sandra received a degree in History of Art from Wellesley Collge and was the head of the Visual Arts department  at Pingree School for many years. She then conducted private workshops and developed her own work. She studied with Don Stone in Rockport and with George Demetrios in Gloucester. She also studied painting, printmaking and design at Montserrat College of Art. As an abstract painter, she trained with Paul Scott and Sam Feinstein – both students of Hans Hofmann.

Nate Longcope describes his paintings as “ still frames from an abstract animation, each one with a deep meditation on form and juxtaposition. The line drawings and painted colored swaths within layers of clear resin create a depth of field that cast shadows that move as the viewer moves. These layers of color and resin are like layers of acetone in cell animation, a comic abstraction, creating form and narrative in the minds eye.” He earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. There he studied film, collage, and animation. Nate’s  specialization in video installations, led him to working at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the PS.1 Contemporary Art Museum, and Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Stephen Bates works are essentially collage, using watercolor, acrylic, paper, thin wood and wire, full of energy and movement. “I am a professional musician, and I want to  bring my musical experience into my painting. Music progresses in time and an explosive event may be followed in an instant by something quiet and delicate. If I  bring musical ideas into the realm of painting, those different qualities are brought together in visual form which is seen instantaneously.” Bates’ career as a clarinetist for the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra spanned from 1973 to 2009. During this time he continued to make his unique painting/sculptures and exhibited extensively in the Washington DC area. He now teaches at Ten Pound Island Studios. Stephen will perform three pieces of Igor Stravinsky for clarinet and speak about the relationship of his music and art in the gallery on Sunday May 22nd from 5-6pm.

Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St., Gloucester MA. 978-879-4683
open Thurs. – Sunday 12-5pm




Genealogy Workshop at the Manchester Historical Museum
Saturday, May 7 (10:30am-noon)

Come learn how to start researching your family background at this beginner workshop.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo has been doing family history research for 40 years. She started before she was old enough to drive, riding her bicycle to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, to research her family tree. She has been blogging about genealogy at the “Nutfield Genealogy” blog since 2009, and has won several awards including the Family Tree Magazine Top 40 Genealogy blogs in 2011 and 2013. She is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Societies of Genealogists, The National Genealogical Society, The New Hampshire Historical Society, and the Mayflower Society.

Topics will include:

  • Charts and Forms
  • Recording Names and Data
  • Julian vs. Georgian Calendar
  • Primary vs. Secondary Resources
  • Vital Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Gravestones
  • Census Records
  • Common Mistakes and Errors
  • Other Resources (Ancestry, Family Search, etc…)

 $10 members/ $15 nonmembers
Seats are very limited – preregistration required
call 978-526-7230 or email


Call for Storytellers

Gloucester Writers Center Fish Tales is looking for storytellers for the upcoming show on Friday, May 13th, 7:30 PM at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

This is an All Women Line Up. The only requirement is that you have to be female.

Fish Tales Storyteller Guidelines

  • Stories should be true and from the personal experience of the storyteller.
  • Stories must be stories, not personal narratives about a subject/theme.
  • Stories are most effective if told without reading a script. If this seems difficult, make an outline and tell the story to the mirror a few times, then try it without the outline. Experience tells us that a story that is told and not read has greater lasting power.
  • Stories must be five minutes. Keep an eye on the time keeper who will signal when you are approaching the end of your time. In some venues we only have 1 hour for the show so your help is appreciated in keeping to the 5 minute limit.
  • Storytellers who are far over the 5 minute timeline will not be included in the final cut of our film that appears on Cape Ann TV and posted on the GWC website.
  • Arrive at the venue ten minutes before the start time to find out where you are in the line-up and to get comfortable.
  • See also
  • To see a sample show:

Please get in touch with Maureen Aylward ( if you have a story to tell.

Two days left to play Bingo


Do not forget to shop for Mother’s Day at Downtown Gloucester. The participating business are:
Animal Krackers
Beth William Studio
Blue River Diamonds
Cape Ann Brewery
Cape Ann Museum and Gift Shop
Cape Ann Olive Oil
Downtown Book Store
Floating Lotus
Harbor Good/Life is Good
House of Ravens
Kids Unlimited
Larsen’s Shoe
Local Colors
Magic Scarf
Mark Adrian Shoes
Metaphysical Shop
Passports Restaurant
Pleasant Street Tea Company
Pop Gallery
Premier Imprints
Ryan & Wood
Sage Florist
TBT Post
The Hive
The Weathervane

Almost time for Bingo

Thank You, Sudbay.

Well, even more specifically, thank you to Phil Prieur.  Phil calls himself “My new family car salesman” and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I haven’t purchased many cars.  In my 44 years, or my 27 years of driving, I’ve only called five vehicles mine.    Well, until this week.   This week, Vehicle #6 found its way into my driveway.

In High School I had a little blue Isuzu for no time at all.  Shortly afterwards I drove a brown Peugeot…a diesel at that.  After graduating from college I purchased my first “real” car.  As in, I actually went to a dealership, picked out, and signed on the dotted line for a Volkswagen Jetta.  Several years later I went on safari in Africa and spent a lot of time driving around the African bush in Land Rover Defenders. Upon returning home to the states I put down a deposit on a new Land Rover Freelander that was still under production.  I patiently awaited its arrival and then drove it until it literally wouldn’t drive another mile…and then purchased my Jeep Commander.

That Jeep was well-used and well-loved for over 7 1/2 years.  There were times that I LOVED that car.  Like, for example, the day in June of 2009, when it safely drove Finn home from the hospital for the very first time.  Or the times that it drove up and over the sand dunes of Eel Point, Nantucket.  The boys loved watching it disappear into the belly of the ferry that would transport us all to our happy place.  Last year, in particular, all loaded with bikes and paddle boards….Nantucket beach stickers stuck proudly to the rear and front bumpers…our Jeep felt oddly like a family member.   There were also, however, days that I hated it.  Like, really hated it. Like the day that the gentleman who was attempting to detail it called to say that he was giving me my money back because it was simply impossible to clean.  And then….then…there was the chicken bone incident.  I still shudder at the thought.  If you’re not privy to the horror….please read HERE.

Love or hate, what I wasn’t expecting, was to return from a 10 day vacation in Florida with the boys…only to find out 48 hours later that our Jeep was gone.  Gone.  Like, the engine can’t be fixed and, with over 160,000 miles, was beyond repair.

I took a few days to process the fact and then, reluctantly, headed to Sudbay to chat about my options.  Finn had already had a good cry upon hearing the news.  “But we didn’t even get to say good-bye.”  Thatcher was more excited about getting something new(er)…until, that is, he remembered all of the days that our Jeep took us to Cape Hedge Beach. “Us” meaning the boys and the dogs.  First Moby and Marlin….and then, sadly, just Marlin….and then, with a new furry addition, Marlin and Minnow.  I was sad too. Honestly though, I thought I was just sad because I was really enjoying the lack of monthly car payments.

I was soon to realize, however, that wasn’t completely true.  I, and the unsuspecting Phil, were about to realize that I was also having trouble letting go.  While driving into Sudbay’s Jeep entrance I caught sight of our Jeep.  Big, sad, lonely, white….our Jeep.  Call me crazy, but I started to cry. I will never deny being a completely emotional person.  I cry. And somewhat easily at that.  So, as I recalled the many weekend road trips, journeys to Florida and Virginia’s coast, the two trips to the ER for stitches to both boys’ foreheads, the piles of sand, the hockey rink rounds, the Christmas trees, the fireworks, the tailgates, the laughs, the tears, the singing, the silly moments, the after school chats, the infant seats, the carseats, the booster seats, the spills, the post-sledding chills, the munchkin runs, and the ice cream cones….  I cried.

Flash forward to meeting Phil Prieur.  I’m quite certain he wasn’t expecting a defeated mom with tear streaked cheeks to sit down at his desk, but he handled it like it happens every day.  In fact, he shared a story about another mom that made me feel just a little less crazy.  Within fewer than 40 minutes I had gone from sad and uninterested to hopeful and excited.  Phil asked me to tell him what my “needs” in an automobile were and truly with no unnecessary pressure, showed me a few that he felt would fit the bill.  He was supportive, helpful, knowledgeable….and, in my opinion much more importantly, patient and kind.  While I never thought it would be possible, I actually left there (a bit after scheduled closing time) feeling like there was a new chapter on the horizon.

Two days later, I returned to the dealership to complete the necessary paper work.  Phil let the boys park it at his desk and was as kind to them as he had been to me.  He answered their questions, engaged them in conversation, and seemed to honestly get a kick out their little souls.  The next day, I picked up our new car.  Smaller than our Commander.  Not brand new, but newer for sure.  And clean….so, so very clean.  We are looking forward to creating some pretty great new memories.

I am so grateful for having met Phil in my time of need.  While I am obviously hoping to not have to purchase another car for quite some time, Phil has made it clear that he is there for us as we get to know this one.  But if any of you should happen to be looking to purchase a car….Phil could very likely be your guy.

Check out Sudbay and their inventory HERE



The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner!

Hey Joey,

The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is right around the corner on Thursday, May 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. Can you let GMG readers know that they are invited to join us for an evening of food and hospitality?

The meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.

Extra parking is available at Harbor Beach with complimentary trolley service to and from the event site. Tickets available at the door. $15 for adults and $10 for children under ten.

Empty Bowl events are held nationally to generate awareness concerning hunger and to raise money for local hunger-relief programs. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Summer Meals and Mobile Market programs.



Sneak Peek at some Silent Auction Bowls:


Platter painted by Cape Ann artist, Ken Knowles; available in the Silent Auction.

Bowl painted by painted by Cape Ann artist, Kevin Ellis; available in the Silent Auction

Bowl painted by painted by Cape Ann artist, Joy Buell; available in the Silent Auction

Treetop’s Moving & Expanding: Celebrate with our May Special! 10 classes for $99

More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

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We are happy to announce we will be moving and expanding to a beautiful new space located on Pond Rd. right behind the new Common Crow Natural Market.

Highlights of this new location will include:

  • A larger studio with natural light and beautiful new hardwood floors
  • An additional secondary studio with high ceilings, providing the opportunity for more specialty workshops, yoga trainings, and classes
  • A sunny and open reception area with expanded retail shop and more!

This upgrade will provide more space for not only Treetop, but also for our sister business, The Well for Integrative Medicine, which will be located right next door. We will be the hub of health and wellness on Cape Ann and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. For updates and pictures of our progress, be sure to follow us on Instagram & and Like us…

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