Congratulations to Cape Ann TV for Winning Two National Video Awards!!

Cape Ann TV reeled in two first place awards in the Hometown Media Award Contest.

The two winning videos are Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah, and Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015.

Gloucester’s Giant Lobster Trap Christmas Tree & Menorah was entered in the Access Center Professional Division and won in the Community Events-General category. The program was produced by Cape Ann TV staff members, Lisa Smith and Rebecca Tober and was narrated by Cape Ann TV intern, Jill Wach. The ten-minute video profiled the people who created the Lobster Trap Tree on Main Street and the Menorah at the Temple Ahavat Achim, and the importance of these structures to the Cape Ann community.

Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015 was entered in the Independent Producer division and won in the Democracy in Action category. Matt Morris created this short, two-minute video. The video creatively shows the hustle and bustle at City Hall on election night and the live election coverage by Cape Ann TV. Matt Morris won a Hometown Media Award last year for his Awesome Gloucester series. Video link to Behind the Scenes at Gloucester Election Night 2015

The Hometown Media Awards is a national contest, sponsored by the Alliance for Community Media, that honors and promotes community media and local cable programs that are distributed on community access cable television channels. Awards are presented to creative programs that address community needs, develop diverse community involvement, challenge conventional commercial television formats, and move viewers to experience television in a different way.

Charles and George Civil War Coat News Update

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We thought you’d like to read about Breaking news: the coat is a positive model!

Stories about the poll for the display

1) Last night the  Bay State Banner published a second article about the Bacheler Civil War coat helping spread the word about the poll on GMG (which will help decide how the coat is displayed). Jule wrote a great article. You can share it a bunch of ways from their website.

2) America’s Civil War Magazine ( had the coat in their FIELD NOTES section, “Coat Tales”. They sent us an advance copy of the September issue. It comes out bi-monthly and they said it’s for sale at Barnes and Noble. The article compares Bacheler’s coat to another Civil War era coat. It’s really interesting.

The White House mailed back photographs and a note from the President. We believe it’s something that is sent out to kids. It doesn’t mention the Bacheler coat or Gloucester. We’ll scan that later.

Thank you Dr. Powers for contributing to the display and adding another Gloucester business in to the support.


Charles + George



Snapshots From the Cape Ann Museum’s Fantastic Design / Build Lecture

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New Spaces/Od Places was the title of last evening’s Design/Build lecture. The lecture was given by Deborah Epstein and Maryann Thompson, two of the area’s leading architects, and was the second in a series that is part of the Design/Build: The Drawings of Philips and Holloran, Architects exhibit currently on display at the Cape Ann Museum. Deborah Epstein designed the stunning Shalin Liu and Maryann Thompson the beautiful Temple Ahavat Achim. The lecture focused on the creative process and challenges of designing new public buildings in an area surrounded by older buildings.

IMG_9531On exhibit, the scale model of the Temple Ahavat Achim


Shalin Liu


Wendy Frontiero and Maryann Thompson


A peak at the Phillips and Holloran drawings -so interesting!

IMG_9525IMG_9528Hotel at Bass Rocks -The Hotel Thorwald was a rambling hotel in business for fifty years. It was in walking distance of Good Harbor Beach and could accommodate 200 to 250 guests. The Hotel Thorwald was destroyed by fire in 1965.


Twin Light Garage, East Main Street, now home to the Gloucester Stage Company. Note the very cool ‘Twin Lights’ flanking the sides of the sign.

Save the date for the third and final lecture in the Design/Build series on the life and accomplishments of Eleanor Raymond, presented by documentary filmmaker Lyda Kuth. Raymond was a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the 20th century. In 1948, she designed one of the first successful solar houses, the “Dover Sun House,” and is credited with designing the first Northeastern regional modernist home (1931), predating by six years the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln. Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field, Thursday September 29th at 7:00 p.m.

IMG_9539Outstanding hors d’oeuvres Chef Matt Beach!


Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!

Quote of the Week


“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Eliezer Wiesel (1928 – 2016)

Born in Romania to Jewish parents, Wiesel and his family were sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where his mother and sister were killed, and then to Buchenwald where his father died just weeks before the American 3rd Army liberated the camp. He lived in Paris after the war working as a journalist, and wrote the first of the 57 books he would ultimately publish, almost entirely about the Holocaust and the effects it would have on society. He moved to the United States as a correspondent for an Israeli daily and stayed on to become the Mellon Professor of Humanities at Boston University in 1976, he went on to teach at several other institutions including Yale and Barnard, and became the voice and conscience for oppressed populations around the world. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 among dozens of other awards and honors.

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First Band to open for the Harbor Loop Concert Series 2016 last night “Ol’ Brown Shoe”..A Grateful Dead Cover Band

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Special thanks to Carol Pallazolla and Chris Siva for taking on this event. For Dave Hill taking care of sound…

Many many thanks to Morgan Huke R.I.P. for bringing it to us and for Bradley Royds, Walter Peckham, Harry Pardee for their devotion all the past years. Thank you to the sound guys and people who set it all up… All the bands, contributors, police officers, vendors and the community who enjoyed coming out and filling the hill..

Capt. Nelson Amero Deck at 20 Fort Square

On top The Captain Nelson Amero deck, Jeff Amero compliments General Contractor Anthony Giacalone  for a job well done on his new home at 20 Fort Square.


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Balistreri Painting, General Contractor Giacalone , Primo Plastering and Jeff Amero all enjoy the beautiful view from the deck named after Jeff’s Great Grandfather Captain Nelson Amero.

A Trip Down the Annisquam

I absolutely love taking a slow trip down the Annisquam River.  It never gets old.  I started to wonder the other day how many people who live on “the island” have maybe never enjoyed the same scenic boat ride.  Some day soon I’ll use the GoPro and make a video, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite homes, etc.

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 7/8/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

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A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

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To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Sawyer Free Library Week of July 10,2016

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Maritime Community Day is Saturday July 16

Image ~ July 7, 2016 ~ maritimegloucesterprograms

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Remembering & Forgetting with Lama Marut

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RememberingV3Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He lived as a Buddhist monk for eight years and has served for the past fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world. Lama Marut is currently the Spiritual Director of eight “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore. When not traveling, he resides with his wife, Cindy Lee, in rural Australia.

In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Beyond Words, 2012) and his new book, Be…

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