GloucesterCast 184 with the Cast Of Lettice and Lovage


GloucesterCast 184 with the Cast Of Lettice and Lovage

Sitting in with us are Kim Smith,Lettice and Lovage Actors Lindsay Crouse and Marya Lowry, Director Benny Sato Ambush, Artistic Director Bob Walsh and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

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May 19–June 11

By Peter Shaffer Directed by Benny Sato Ambush Featuring Lindsay Crouse*

“British playwright Peter Shaffer (“Equus,” “Amadeus”) has created two bastions against the decline of Western civilization in the personas of two magnificently eccentric ladies, Lettice Douffet and Lotte Schoen…” Variety
Leading tours through an obscure English mansion utterly devoid of interest, Lettice Douffet chooses to ‘Enlarge! Enliven! Enlighten!’ by fabricating fanciful stories. Igniting the wrath of her employer, a battle ensues that rapidly turns to friendship and a series of escapades that will surely delight. Featuring Lindsay Crouse as Lettice, this delectable comedy by acclaimed playwright, Peter Shaffer, will be directed by GSC veteran, Benny Sato Ambush. Genre British comedy Who it’s for Fans of Downton Abbey; Fans of Lindsay Crouse, Fans of The Norman Conquests (Alan Ayckbourn)


Northeast Cleaners In East Gloucester Getting Solar Today- Installed By Our Local Solar Guru- Tim Sanborn At Cazeault Solar and Home

Call to talk to Tim Sanborn From Cazeault Solar Home at 978-281-4625  He’s local and he’s a straight shooter.


Such a no-brainer!


GMG gets exclusive first look video and photos inside The @BeauportHotel #GloucesterMA


A musical, poetry, and historical fact extravaganza celebrating America was presented today at City Hall by the West Parish first grade students. Songs included God Bless America, America the Beautiful, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and the Star Spangled Banner. Thank you to Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken for sharing her photos!



For lots more photos, visit Mayor Sefatia’s Facebook page here.


Pair Cape Ann Swans third year swans copyright Kim SmithA pair of swans was spotted at Niles Pond this morning by my friend Lyn. I stopped by the Pond at 8:15 to have a look. They were on the far side of Niles, getting ready to take off and was only able to take a few quick photos. The pair flew overhead in the direction of Henry’s Pond. After doing the podcast with Joey and the wonderful Gloucester Stage Company cast, I raced over to Henry’s. In the meantime, the two had returned to Niles, but were chased away by our Mr. Swan. As I arrived at Henry’s they flew in!

Cape Ann Swans copyright Kim SmithThe pair appear to be in their third year. This is evident by the patches of brown feathers and dullish pink bills, although the bill of the larger of the two is gaining a more coral-orange hue. Third year swan copyright Kim Smith copyNote both have black eyes, unlike our rare and beautiful blue-eyed swan. I am hopeful that Mr. Swan will find a new mate and if we are fortunate, this newly arrived on the scene pair will decide to make Cape Ann their home too!Pair Cape Ann Swans copyright Kim SmithIf you catch sight of swans at any of our area ponds or in the harbor, please write in and let me know. Thank you so much!

Habortown Arts Festival This Weekend!!

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The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Henri Smith on Saturday, May 28 from 11:00am to 1:00p.m. as part of the first annual Harbortown Arts Festival.  Smith, a jazz musician, will perform outside in the Museum’s courtyard. This program is free and open to the public. For more information please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email

Photo: Henri Smith performing at the Cape Ann Museum, 2011.

Smith was born and raised in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans, and began his career polishing his sophisticated and dramatic vocal delivery at a young age. Today he thrills audiences with his New Orleans Jazz, Blues, Creole and Cajun flavored music touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Hurricane Katrina took his home in New Orleans and he moved to Cape Ann, where he now lives and shares his Creole and Cajun heritage.

Bring a friend or bring a lunch to this mid-day concert and enjoy an all-star performance.


A Conversation with Nubar Alexanian, Saturday, May 28, 2016, 5:30–7:00pm


Trident Gallery is pleased to host a conversation with Nubar Alexanian on Saturday, May 28, 5:30–7:00pm, a moderated conversation with the artist and author of the limited edition large-format book of photographs Gloucester: When the Fish Came First, recently published on May 6, 2016. A selection of Alexanian’s photographs will be on view, and copies of the book will be available at a 10% discount. The event is free and open to the public.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Announces Opening Party on Saturday, May 28

New season presents artist demos and 8 new members

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck opens for the season on Wednesday, May 25, followed by a festive opening party on Saturday, May 28, from 6 – 8 pm to celebrate the new season and welcome seven new gallery members. Save the date! The public is invited to visit the gallery on beautiful Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA to meet the artists and enjoy an array of beverages and delicious edible treats.

The gallery welcomes eight new members: Deborah Barnwell, jewelry; Pam Courtleigh, assemblage; Rob Dieboll, painting; Gail Gang, painting; Ellen Garvey, blown glass; Kathleen George, painting; Shana Holub, ceramics, and Cornelius Sullivan, etching. See our Facebook page and web page for more pictures and further information about the upcoming season full of surprises.

Good Harbor, 24  x 30, oil on linen, © 2016 Rob Diebboll
Good Harbor Beach, oil painting by new gallery member Rob Diebboll

On the same Saturday, May 28, our first Summer Artist Series artist holds her opening reception at the gallery, as well. The abstract paintings and mixed media of Kathy Soles, former Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck, are on display in the Ann Fisk Room at Gallery 53 from May 25through June 7. The Gallery 53 SAS (Summer Artist Series) this year is exciting with seven incredible artists showing their work. See for detailed information.

The season also includes a series of artist demonstrations on Saturdays, from 1-3 pm. Please join us and watch how art is made up close and personal. A schedule and full list of participants is available on our web page

Fun Night at Stage Fort Visitor Center and yes that’s Joey’s photograph

On a cover.

UPDATE: for more images please see Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken’s 40+ photos of the event


Carol Thistle thanking Joey for the Discover Gloucester cover photo.

Stage Fort Visitor Center is officially open for the season. It was a full house last night.

Speaking of generosity: I recognized many of the returning volunteers who fill the shifts necessary to greet and assist all who walk through the door. Or around the gorgeous wrap around porch. The volunteers are a fun, dedicated group.

The opening always feels optimistic and festive. Local restaurants provided tasty signature appetizers and munchies. Laura Baker, proprietor of Castle Manor Inn, kept the table looking great all night.

Everyone takes a few moments to announce their business and any updates. Last night was no different, for instance: Vista Motel has a new, big pool; Cape Ann Marina will be making it easier for people to rent boats by matching clients with captains and vessels; the upcoming schooner race is not ‘competitive’, right?; the new concierge for Beauport Hotel put up his hand and a hello; and Sarah Oaks is fabulously readying the Maritime Gloucester shop.

I let people know that one HarborWalk marker may not be available for Hunt the HarborWalk tracing. It’s the marker at Norman’s Woe in Solomon Jacobs Park and public landing. The park should be open this weekend– and throughout the summer. Keep in mind it’s only a temporary look and opening. The park will close back up after the busy summer season. They may install that HarborWalk marker for the summer, too.



Congratulations to FOB Pauline Bresnahan

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Congratulations to Pauline Bresnahan selected as Unsung Heroine 2016 from the City of Gloucester for her volunteer efforts to collect donations of flags for our Boulevard, to provide flags for our schools and to give returning troops and their families with care packages consisting of gifts certificates from local businesses. Thank you for all you do! We’re proud of you Pauline!!

Shameless plug…

Since Fiesta is right around the corner (26 days to be exact!)  I thought someone might be looking for a momento or Father’s Day Gift for the Fiesta Fanatic in their lives.   I have a few sets of these left.  They are 4×4 coasters, with cork backs.   The set is $39.95.   If you are interested shoot me an email at    I’ll be working on putting up some Fiesta photographs on my website this weekend so if you want to check it out you can find my work at   All my printing is done locally by the awesome James and Anna at Cape Ann Giclee so check out their site as well!

Photo May 27, 7 36 42 AM

New Car, New Car Keys…Needed a New Key Chain

I seriously needed a new key chain.  My commander was just that much taller than my new car and I’ve discovered…over and over again, each time I get behind the wheel…that my keys now actually whack me in the knee the entire time I drive.

So, as I often do when looking for something particular and yet original, I took to Etsy.

I custom ordered my color block “sun, sand, sea, and salt” key chain and it came in the mail yesterday.  Love.