Gloucester Streets From Anne Power Parsons

I know you mentioned some of the Gloucester streets that were eliminated or renamed over the years in Gloucester.
I’ve been researching the Power family and some of their relatives who lived in the Fort in the 1860’s.
I found that on some birth certificates the home address was listed as Marginal Way. I knew they always lived as close to the wharves as possible, particularly Fort Wharf.  In later years addresses were: 77 Commercial St., 59 Fort Square and 46 Fort Square.
In the 1870-71 Gloucester City Directory it lists street names.
Beach Street–Commercial to the beach near the Pavillion.
Commercial–From Front to Fort (in 1869 directory, it says to Fort Wharf.)
Marginal Way –From Commercial south of Old Fort.
Neptune–From Commercial to the Beach.
So my ancestors didn’t move, but the streets changed names.
Anne Power Parsons


Amy and Dyland Kerr copyright Kim SmithAmy and Daughter Dylan Kerr

A wonderful turnout for Amy Kerr’s exhibit at the Paint Factory! Her beautiful works are on display through this Sunday only.Amy Kerr exhibit paint Factory -6

Amy Kerr exhibit Sandy Paint Factory

Paint Factory copyright Kim SmithSunset Gloucester Harbor from the Paint Factory copyright Kim SmithLast night’s sunset over the Fort from the Paint Factory patio


Len Burgess writes, “YOU WANT TO BE IN THIS CHALLENGE! It is this JUNE 6TH, 5:30 TO 8PM. Sign up at, or call Marcia at (978) 375-3337 today! Tickets are selling fast and the weather is predicted to be 75 degrees, partly sunny – perfect sailing weather.”

JOIN THE 4th ANNUAL SCHOONER CHALLENGE! Monday, June 6th, 6 to 8 pm. The Schooners Adventure, Lannon, and Adelle join forces to help us to protect and preserve the Schooner Evelina M. Goulart here at the shipbuilding museum. Schooners sail from The Maritime Gloucester dock on Harbor Loop. More fun than you can imagine. Sign up at, or call Marcia at (978) 375-3337 today! Tickets will sell fast!

Video by Barry O’Brien, with footage lent by Marty Luster


Breaking news: Pleasant Street just got more pleasant



Jane Deering downtown offices at 19 Pleasant Street between Cape Ann Museum and the Hive!

Stop by tonight to check out Points of View: Michael Porter | Chris Pullman

‘while you’re at it’,  heading downtown to see the new Light Exhibition at the HIVE 7pm !


Quotes of the Week – Muhammad Ali


“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”

Muhammad Ali (1942- 2016)

Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Kentucky, Ali won the Olympic gold medal for light heavyweight boxing in 1960. He worked his way up to a title fight by 1964 and was the youngest challenger to take a title from a champ (Sonny Liston). A follower of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, Ali was arrested and stripped of his title in 1967 for his refusal, as a conscientious objector, to be drafted during the Vietnam War. His conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court four years later. He went on to take the title twice more from Joe Frazier and George Foreman. He retired from the ring in 1981 and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984, likely caused by repeated head trauma. Since then he has traveled extensively as a UN ambassador of peace and was active in promoting education and the defense of the Bill of Rights. George Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.


The envelope, please! Nearly $310,000 Gloucester piece of MA’s 2016 art funding pie

Ralston Crawford photograph

How did Gloucester stack up?

Read on to see the state’s Cultural Facilities Funding (CFF) totaling $221,000 plus Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) totaling $88,200 in Gloucester for 2016. It’s a safe bet that each resident in the City benefits from at least one of these 2016 projects.  Along with the categories below and others, make sure and think about next year’s application categories including the new festival grant category that will be due September 2016 for 2017 programming. Congratulations to all the recipients!


Artist Erica Daborn, for artistic professional development. $12,000


Beeman School, O’Maley and Veterans $200 each for an educational field trip


Driven by the Boston Foundation, MA Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities (MAASH), the MCC and others after many years, this big pot that funds so many projects was part of legislation passed back in July of 2006. Maybe it will be increased by it’s 10th year anniversary summer 2017? Across the state over the past 9 years, “CFF has awarded grants of $91.9 million to nearly 700 projects across the Commonwealth. Demand for CFF grants continues to outpace supply…The new round includes 68 capital grants totaling $8.9 million and another 23 planning grants totaling just over $400,000. Grants range from $7,000 to $300,000, and must be matched one-to-one from private and/or other public sources.”  

Maritime Gloucester To construct a Student/Visitor educational Center on Harbor Loop. $116,000

Gloucester Stage Company To replace aging and limited lighting system with a state-of-the-art lighting grid, equipment and controls, and supporting electrical rewiring. $50,000

Manship Artist Residence and Studios (MARS) To conduct a feasibility study for the renovation of the Manship property as an arts and culture center with an artist residency program. $30,000

Rocky Neck Art Colony To install an acoustic ceiling treatment, a second AC unit, lighting upgrades, and integrated A/V projection and sound equipment to its Main Hall. $25,000


Cape Ann Museum to celebrate the art, history and culture of the region and to keep it relevant by offering quality exhibitions and programs for our communities, and beyond. $11,500

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, establish, maintain, and operate a non-profit civic symphony orchestra in the Cape Ann area to foster, promote, and increase the musical knowledge and appreciation of the public through the performance of music at concerts and other functions; to provide an opportunity for Cape Ann area musicians to play as an orchestra; and to assist and encourage the musical development of Cape Ann students. $3,800

Maritime Gloucester to promote Gloucester’s maritime heritage as a platform for teaching maritime skills and marine sciences, and for encouraging environmental stewardship. $8,700


Rocky Neck Art Colony establish an Office of Cultural Development in the City of Gloucester to champion innovation in arts and culture, provide support for private and public cultural development, and invigorate the City’s cultural tourism agenda; to develop an inclusive, collaborative cultural plan for Gloucester to strengthen historic links between the city’s maritime culture, community and the arts. $21,000


Allocation Gloucester $7,600 Thanks Rose Sheehan and the LCC volunteers on the committee for processing all the applications every year! This year’s 21 winners

Annisquam Historical Society Preserving Gloucester History $450
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe Season 2015-2016 $348
DiPrima, Jay Henry David Thoreau Lecture $250
East Gloucester Elementary School Rob Surette and His Amazing Hero Art $300
Harcovitz, Ruth Songs of World War II $250
LePage, Lucille Stories, Songs & More $571
Lundberg, Christine The Art & Craft of Folly Cove Designers Film $500
Manninen, Wendy Singing and Signing $300
Maritime Gloucester Association Off to the Races! Exhibit $700
Music at Eden’s Edge Connecting Kids to Classical Music $500
Northeast Mass. Youth Orchestras Youth Orchestra Honors Concert $350
Phyllis A Marine Association History Sharing Program $500
Rockport Music Jasper Quartet $400
Sawyer Free Library Printerbot Learning $464
Sawyer Free Library Cape Ann Reads $500
Sheehan, Rose Welcome Yule – Midwinter Celebration $500
Sheehan, Rose Cape Ann Contra Dance $450
Swift, Sarah Slifer Trident Live Art Series $400
Van Dyke, Juni The Note Card Project $350
Waller, Susan The Fiesta People’s Mural $250
Windhover Foundation Quarry Dance 5 $700

MCC CULTURAL DISTRICTS City of Gloucester – $9000

Gloucester’s downtown Cultural District. $4,000

Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District. $5,000


Maritime Gloucester and Action to provide hands-on marine and physical science instruction to at-risk 16-20 year-olds in collaboration with Action, Inc. $15,000

Stand-off on the Mill River

There was a little mexican stand-off at the Mill River this morning.   This poor young buck was waiting out this coyote who was on the hunt.  At first it looked as though the deer may have been stuck in the river mud, but it soon became clear that he was just keeping a safe distance from the coyote.   The coyote paced in and out of the woods.  (thanks to hubby Neil for sharing his pics!)DSC_3226-Edit


At first the coyote looked like he was just going to wait for the tide to come in and draw the deer back to land.  _DSC1119-Edit

But he headed back into the woods and the deer began to move down the river a bit.

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Our Buddies Dot and Bex Have A sweet Vacation Rental Property In Gloucester

It’s a great place to stay for families.

We’re less than a mile walk to GHB and we have a private pool. The apartment comes fully stocked with beach chairs, towels, umbrella, cooler, sand toys and boogie boards. And guests get a wagon to tote everything back and forth!

And there is an elementary playground less than 50 yards away! (We abut East Gloucester Elementary School.

And well, you know the view and the property and the owners 🙂

We’re sold out this summer. Week rentals only from late June to Labor Day Weekend.

Okay, gotta go mow the lawn.  



Community Photos 6/4/16

Hello, Joey – thought you might like these 2 pics taken from The Atlantis Inn this weekend. Really shows the difference in the weather from Saturday to Sunday. Hope you are having a nice Memorial Day weekend.




Hi Joey,

Saw this floating by out the window today . Summer is finally here!

Brianne Hurley-Caso