At tonight’s St. Peter’s Fiesta opening ceremony, Mayor Romeo Theken announced that the citizens of Gloucester are now the proud owners of Beautiful Pavilion Beach.The beach was deeded over to the City by Sheree Zizak, Beauport Hotel proprietor.


Pavilion Beach Sunset -2 copyright Kim Smith

Co working Survey From “Everything I do goes viral James Dowd”

Hey JC! 

Put together a little survey for an idea that’s been banging around for a while regarding Co-working. For those who are unfamiliar, these are spaces where people who typically work from home can go for a few hours or the day and have desk-space, wifi, printing and that sort of thing without running out that one cup of coffee they bought at the Cafe three hours ago (but people better keep going to cafes, dammit!).

Also good for meeting, conference calls, presentations, night classes, b​ook clubs, that sort of thing. 

There are a lot of ways to execute this idea, there is no space chosen yet or anything, we’re just getting the community together first, to gauge if there is enough support.

So we’d love to get a little feedback through this five minute survey. If you’d post it, this would continue the awesome. As always, you rule, etc.  –Jim Dowd

survey link

This Weekend in the Arts

Music in the Courtyard at the
Cape Ann Museum

An afternoon with
Rockport High School musicians

  The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present cellist, Jace Mason and violinist, Clara Mazo on Friday, June 24 from 4:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. as part of the Museum’s Music in the Courtyard summer concert series.  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.

Jace Mason is going into tenth grade at Rockport High School. He is an accomplished student cellist who has studied the instrument for six years, has just completed his second year in New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Program, and is a former member of Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras. He has also studied at Berklee College of Music’s Global String Intensive and at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Mike Block. He enjoys playing jazz, contemporary, and fiddle music in addition to classical. He also studies guitar, piano, and voice in addition to the cello.

Clara Mazo is entering her tenth grade at Rockport High School. She has been playing violin for 12 years and has been taking private lessons at New England Conservatory for 3 years with Mark Lachirovich. She has played in the Massachusetts Northeastern District Orchestra since 7th grade and made the Massachusetts All-State Orchestra this year, performing at Boston Symphony Hall in March. Clara has also played the trumpet for 5 years, performing with Rockport High School’s top jazz ensemble in addition to the school orchestra on violin. Clara has also played at local weddings in Gloucester and in Rockport.

This program is free and open to the public.

Interested in supporting the Museum through membership? Join now and get free admission to the Museum and discounted tickets to all of our events!

*In the event of inclement weather the concert will be moved inside the Museum.


Gina Loves Gary and other
new works by Brian Murphy

Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Residency Studio
51A Rocky Neck Avenue Street, Gloucester, MA  01930

Friday, June 24 from 4 to 9 pm and
Saturday, June 25, 2016 from noon to 8 pm

Former Gallery 53 Summer Artist, Brian Murphy is showing a new collection of his whimsical wire sculpture on Friday and Saturday June 24-25 at the Goetemann Artist in Residency Studio. (51A Rocky Neck Ave. between the Studio Restaurant and Gallery 53).  Brian is hosting public reception on both evenings from 5 to 8pm.

For more information contact Brian Murphy at


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Bird Mancini and T Max return to help raise money for the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck by performing an entire night of wonderful songs made famous by The Beatles. Within the hits and their personal favorites, expect a lot of three-part harmony, familiar riffs, and the unforgettable melodies that have lived in our hearts and minds since The Beatles 1964 invasion. Tickets available in advance at – programs – music.


Boston’s Bird Mancini is a cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored bossa nova, country-folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia, with lush vocals, guitar, accordion, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. In recent years they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, NYC, and The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

Critically acclaimed and ASCAP/Boston Music Award nominees, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year’s Best by Metronome Magazine.  They’ve opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, The Stompers, The Outlaws and others.

The duo features Ruby Bird-vocals, accordion, melodica, harmonica, percussion; Billy Carl Mancini-vocals and guitar.


New England-based, T Max is a man of many hats (literally and figuratively).  He’s the singer/ songwriter/ storyteller who has run The Noise (New England’s longest running music magazine) for 34 years. He also founded Boston Rock Opera (produced and acted in Jesus Christ Supertar), wrote two folk-rock operas, released nine solo albums, produced Boston Rock ‘n’ Roll Trading Cards, was the music director for Project Eno (a tribute to Brian Eno), lectured on marketing music media at Emerson College, was a fine artist in wood, is an art photographer, graphic artists, and to show that he’s not just interested in fields of art, he placed 4th in the US Open in 1988 (playing chess). New England music legend Willie “Loco” Alexander says, “T Max is a man from another century, like Ben Franklin or Ian Whitcomb, a man of a thousand voices (and hats). His music runs the gamut of standards to scat—creating songs from the lost jukeboxes of time.  Amen.”



“New Members” Exhibition and “Artist Members” Exhibition II plus “Art of the Sea and Science” Exhibition and Silent Auction:  ALL June 17 – July 30th.  Receptions for all three Exhibitions on Sunday, June 26th, 2-4 PM.  Open Free to the Public.

            Lecture, “Why Whales”, same date as Receptions, June 26th from 12:30-1:30PM, given by Ian Kerr CEO of Ocean Alliance in conjunction with “Art of the Sea and Science” Paint Factory Painted Slate Show and Silent Auction.


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