Gloucester Police Department – Elder Abuse Awareness Rally


Volunteers, police, fire and other organization’s personnel came to the Cookout held on Roger Street by the Gloucester Police Department.

See more information at Senior Care


Male Female Luna Moth dorsal Copyright Kim SmithConsidered by many to be North America’s most beautiful insect, a newly emerged Luna Moth will melt the heart of even the most vehement of insectophobes. These male and female pristine beauties were photographed at new friend Jane’s lush garden in Gloucester. Jane, along with her friend Christine (who we met last week), intend to repopulate Cape Ann with members of our native Giant Silkmoth Family. See story here.Male Female Luna Moth underside ventral Copyright Kim Smith copy

In the photo above, the female is in the lower right. You can easily tell the difference because the male has much fuller antennae–all the better to detect the female’s pheromones.

Female Luna Moth Copyright Kim SmithHer abdomen is swollen with eggs. A female Luna Moth will oviposit between 400 to 600 eggs, more during warm weather.

Not quite as large as the Cecropia Moth, nonetheless its wings span nearly four and a half inches. You are most likely to see Luna Moths flying during evening hours and the caterpillars munching on birch leaves, one of their favorite food plants in our region. The adult moths only live for a week and during that time are unable to eat (they emerge without mouthparts). The mature Luna Moth’s sole purpose is to mate and deposit eggs of the next generation.

Many thanks to Christine and Jane for sharing their passion for the gorgeous Giant Silkmoths!

This short film of a Luna Moth in flight was made after finding a Luna Moth at Willowdale Estate. I returned home with the moth and as evening approached it began to quiver and vibrate in preparation for flight. I had been listening to Ave Maria and it was playing in the background so I left it in the video and think the music perfect for this most stunning of creatures.

Jane’s Garden

Blue poppies Meconopsis coyright Kim SmithRare-for-these-parts Blue Poppy (Meconopsis rudis)

Jane's Garden copyright Kim SmithPink Poppies copyright Kim Smith


Father’s Day Jazz Brunch Cruise!

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Hey all you last minute planners, surprise your Dad with a ticket to the Father’s Day Jazz Brunch Cruise! The weather on Sunday is supposed to be sunny and gorgeous out! Join us! Call 978.865.3210 for tickets. Happy Father’s Day!13331029_1064147380336057_4996519833042239360_n

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Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is getting a NEW SIGN!

At the end of the parking lot on the right, just after you turn onto Rock Neck Avenue to go onto Rocky Neck, there’s a blue and white information sign that’s been there in some form for many years.  We’ve created an upgrade, it is beautiful!

The new sign is being installed this Friday, June 17th, in the morning.  There’s going to be a Gloucester Times photo op at 11 a.m. and all are welcomed.  Then there’s also going to be an “unveiling” ceremony on Thursday, June 23rd, at 5:30 p.m., and Herhonah The Mayor will be there for that little ceremony.

The new “wayfinding” map was designed by a committee of dedicated RNAC artists, and it shows the locations of places of business on the Neck, including 20 Artist Galleries, representing over 50 artists.  (We thought about also showing all the artists who live and work on the Neck but don’t maintain galleries, but there were so many that it was impractical.)  Rock Beaudin of White Light Design, in Beverly, did an amazing job of translating the many ideas the artists had into an integrated, clear, and effective design which will help tourists understand and enjoy Rocky Neck.

The framing and installation of the sign is going to be 100% professional and absolutely beautiful, thanks to the generosity of Frank Biscardi, Gloucester Resident, support of the arts, and owner of Boston Fence Company.  The carpentry of the frame is amazing, done by Rocky Neck resident, violinist, artist, and Master Carpenter Jimmy Lounsberry.  It’s beautiful, it’s strong, and it’s gonna last us many, many years!

Everybody’d invited to both events!

More Arts this Weekend

Artist Demonstrations
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2016 season.

On Saturday, June 18th Katherine Bagley shows silversmithing techniques.

Several galleries across the country have displayed and sold Katherine’s work. She has been a member of Gallery 53 for 4 years.

Silver earrings with inlaid stone by Katherine Bagley

On Saturday, June 25 printmaking artist Mary Rhinelander will demonstrate linoleum block carving and will let visitors try their hand at making a print to take home with them.

“Pitcher” linocut by Mary Rhinelander

For more information about the show, please call
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck at 198-282-0917




at Cultural Center on Rocky Neck

Sunday, June 19, 2:00 PM

Time Matters.jpegKathleen Gerdon Archer, Michele Fandel Bonner and Conny Goelz-Schmitt talk about the work in the exhibition, Time Matters: Three Explorations on view through July 4 at the Cultural Center. These aesthetically allied artists recognized that their work, while employing different mediums, shared a  fascination with the impact of time on the physical nature of objects, and the evolution of lives and cultures. Learn more about their work and approach.

The public is invited: Free

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA


Stephen LaPierre, Key West oil painter
joins Rocky Neck Art Colony for 2016 Season

Stephen LaPierre, the Key West oil painter, has relocated to Rocky Neck this summer. Known for his startling plein air nightscapes and dayscapes, capturing Newburyport to Cape Ann, Vegas to Key West, and Havana to Oslo, LaPierre is also spending studio time this season expanding his epic clowns-with-cellphones series.

LaPierre’s studio, filled with over two hundred original pieces, offering a twenty five year retrospective, is located along Madfish Alley, 77 Rocky Neck Avenue, in Gloucester; open Thursday through Sunday from noon until dark, or by appointment.

LaPierre is represented by Manchester resident, Susan Wadia-Ells. For more information: or or 978 578 1546.


They call her “Queen of the Blues” ~ Toni Lynn Washington Joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.16.2016



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Dave says,

The bases are loaded this Thursday as I Welcome Ms. Toni Lynn Washington to the Rhumb Line stage. A veritable living legend in the Boston area, Ms. T is sure to have your Adam’s apple bobbing with delight. I know she’ll hit it out of the park, too, with such luminaries as Mr. Mike DiBari, the mentalist of the blues, on catarrh, and Mr. Steve Bankuti,the drummer whose line is always busy!
It’s her first time here in town, so come early and stay late! You’ll be quizzed on this next week!




40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Cemeteries and playgrounds for all the new old open spaces

New playground ideas land at BSA

You may have been reading about Design Museum Boston‘s exhibit because there has been so much advance press and articles about play. The show opened last week at the Boston Society of Architects venue and will be on view all summer. I’m not sold on the term ‘playscapes’ but I’ll definitely see this exhibit. I’m expecting plans and ideas rather than actual playground equipment. There’s a party favor: a playground passport your kids can leave with as they head out to play for real in Boston parks.

A trending topic the show may cover is the idea of opening up all those schoolyard playgrounds for use by the community when the schools aren’t using them– at night, off days and hours. Here’s a recent article making the rounds from the Atlantic Monthly magazine and the trailer from the documentary The Land.

Extraordinary playscapes BSA

A cemetery budget is no walk in the park (and neither is a cemetery)

Swinging wildly through the stages of life: historic cemeteries, ‘gardens with graves’, are inspiring multi use discussion of a different sort. Cemeteries established in the 1800’s were rolling landscapes, beautifully designed to welcome the general public. Massachusetts’ first one:

“Mt. Auburn is more like a park than a crypt. It is 175 acres of winding paths, dignified trees, whispery breezes, and shimmering lakes. The land, called “Stone’s Wood,” used to be beloved by Harvard students as the perfect place to take respite from the bustle of 19th-century life, and the Cemetery was created in 1831 to ensure that the growing cities of Cambridge and Watertown would not envelop the forest’s beauty. The founders were successful in their efforts.” read more from this Harvard Crimson article.

In Gloucester, renewed attention for care in several cemeteries is under way. Sign up for the Oak Grove cemetery tour June 25th or July 2 to learn more about one of our own ‘Mt. Auburns by the sea’. The tours will be led by Courtney Richardson.




Road trip – first stop Lobsta Land

We are headed “Off the Island” for an extra long weekend with our “Goombas” up to the Bar Harbor/Acadia area.   First stop of the road trip is to fuel up for the 5 1/2 drive at Lobsta Land!


Eggs Bene, banana walnut french toast and a veggie omelet!

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Peaceful morning view of the marsh

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2016 St. Peter’s Fiesta Novena Night 2 & 3 Photo Gallery!


My apologies for the delay post of photos from Tuesday evenings St. Peter’s Rosary. Simply the result of forgetting my camera Tuesday evening, and a hectic past few days….Enjoy!





Faces Of the Rosary Night 2


Voices from the women at the head table (night 2),who lead the rosary nightly

IMG_1483Sista Felicia’s Italian Flag Cookies!


Novena Coffee Time  Night 2


Faces Of the Rosary Night 3



Novena Coffee Time Night 3


Click Read more for complete photo gallery of Night 2 & 3!

Continue reading “2016 St. Peter’s Fiesta Novena Night 2 & 3 Photo Gallery!”

Nichole’s Picks 6/18 + 6/19

Pick #1: Father’s Day Weekend Campout at the Crane’s Estate with REI.

Read all about it HERE     For Trustees members only…so sign up now if you haven’t already.

Adult $45 and Child $25.  Registration Required 

Spend an adventure-filled weekend camping at the Crane Estate! Our special site in the Pine Grove is an ideal location for both experienced campers and first-timers. This overnight includes a choice of optional programs and activities on Saturday afternoon, which may include a Great Marsh Creek Walk, a Dune Hike through the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a Guided Kayak Paddle in Essex Bay, or a Scavenger Hunt for the little ones. Of course you are also free to simply lounge on the beach, or explore the property on your own. Bring a bag lunch for Saturday. REI will teach us how to make a delicious, nutritious camp out supper – and we’ll follow that with s’mores around the campfire on Saturday night. A light breakfast will be provided on Sunday morning. After you pack up on Sunday morning, you are welcome to spend Sunday afternoon at the beach (parking in the lot by the Barn only).


Pick #2:  Connors Farm Strawberry Festival, Danvers

Always a favorite kick-off to summer!


Saturday, June 18, 2016 – 9am to 6pm (Rain date Sunday, June 19, 2016)

$7.95 Admission per Person, 2 and under are free.

(A Portion of the Proceeds Benefit Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber)

Note: Everyone must pay the $7.95 fee for entrance to pick your own and all festivities

Activities Included with $7.95 admission: The Boston Rockabilly Band LIVE from Noon to 4pm, Jumping Pillow, Farm Animals, Hayrides, Cow Train, Grain Train, Duck Races, Pedal Carts & more!

Additional charge for: Food, Our Famous Strawberry Shortcake, BBQ Food, Pick Your Own Strawberries, Pony Rides, Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate and Face Painting.



Pick #3:  Arts Fest Beverly


Saturday, June 18th, 2016         10am-4pm on Cabot Street

NEW – Arts Fest is expanding – Cabot St will be closed from Judson to Bow St

Rain or Shine

Join us at Arts Fest on Saturday, June 18th from 10am-4pm. New this year, Arts Fest has expanded to include one more block of Cabot Street. Artist tents will be set up all the way from Judson Street to Bow Street. For fourteen years, Arts Fest has brought fine artisans and crafters downtown for a free festival that attracts thousands of shoppers and visitors. Artist tents will be set up with jewelry, clothing, furniture, paintings, photographs, pottery and more for sale. The free event also showcases live painting and local performers. There is plenty of fun for the whole family!


Pick #4:  Family Fishing Festival at Endicott Park, Danvers

Saturday, June 18th @ 10:00 a.m.


This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours – limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a free event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or

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As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.


Congratulations to Cape Ann TV’s Executive Director Erich Archer for Winning an Emmy at the New England Emmy Awards!


See the award winning episode here


Beauport Hotel’s Walls Celebrate Gloucester’s Heritage – F/V Linda B.

Nina Goodick reflects on a painting by Robert C. Gruppé of her grandfather’s boat “The Linda B.”  hanging in the Hotel.

Also see posts spotlighting Nina and her pottery at Ceramic Festival .