Live Theater Performances and Activities for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and activities for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 16 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for included for July 16: Dr. Seuss Day: What Pet Should I Get?; The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax; July 23: Virginia Lee Burton Day: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House; July 30 :  Rumpelstiltskin and Where the Wild Things Are.  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or

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2 Pizzas for $10 During Outdoor Movies!

More Cape Ann Dining News –


Gloucester’s free outdoor movie series kicks off tomorrow night with Grease – and to celebrate you can get TWO Cheese Pizzas for just $10 from Minglewood Tavern.
Yes, just $10 for two cheese pizzas, perfect for sharing while you watch the show. This offer is good every Wednesday night during the outdoor movie series.
Best of all, you can easily grab it on your way, or take a quick walk over while you wait for the movie to start. Just call 978.281.0223 for take out.
Summer Cinema Series

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This week Cape Ann Reads: Backyard Growers story hour and TOHP Ocean in a Bottle and more

Check out Cape Ann Reads snazzy new website header designed by Ashley Curcuru with the Teen Artist Guild instructors at the Hive, part of the illustrious Cape Ann Art Haven art center. Ashley did the seagull logo for the newly named, Gulliver!

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Cape Ann Reads programs in July:

THIS WEEK: The first ever story hour at Backyard Growers on Thursday at 10am!

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THIS WEEK: Ocean in a Bottle at TOHP Burnham library (15 people have already signed up!) on Friday 2pm. Who knows what the initials stand for- TOHP?


Wednesday July 20: If you’d like help writing your original Cape Ann Reads picture book entry, Amanda Cook from the Writer’s Center leads this monthly workshop.

Thursday July 21st Cape Ann Reads at the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Sawyer Free Library Children’s Department will be hosting a pop up library. Cape Ann Art Haven will be on hand! Breaking news: Cape Ann Art Haven has added middle school Open Studio drop in hours Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5pm ($10 drop in class), enter at the 180 Main Street address. You can see their new screen printed t-shirt and apron PRODUCE ART. Awesome!


Visit Cape Ann Reads programs page to read more about the programs, which are free unless otherwise noted. Cape Ann Reads is on James GMG calendar, too!

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Beach day! How to pack light: Good Harbor Beach new cushy recliners, and lemonade!


Sun, surf, squeaky sand, Salt Island, wildlife- Good Harbor Beach has so much character and here’s something new you may want to try. The concession rents chaise lounges with comfy cushions ($18) and umbrellas ($15) as a full-service amenity. They will carry it to your spot. They will set it up. All through? They will pick up.  (Within reason–it’s not a challenge.)  Most people have already arrived with their chairs and may not know this perk is an option. If you are in need of a super extra relaxing treat or a lighter gear lug– it’s good to know before you go.

Chris, Nick and Jonathan were setting up the slush carts for the day. Watermelon is the 2016 crowd favorite. Note the new wheels. My favorite slush is at Virgilios, but we like Richies, too. I’m told BLT ($7.25) is a popular sandwich order this summer at the concession stand (middle of the beach). The Good Harbor Beach Hotel snack bar at the end of the beach has great sandwiches, too (no restroom).

Breaking news: Dan ordered wheels and is building a beach cart to offer…

fresh squeezed lemonade.

Look for that rolling by your towel –or chaise –in the near future. Please carry in, carry out, and if a trash container is temporarily full, carry home.



City of Gloucester beaches is on Facebook–the City is not in charge of the concession stand.

Dijon Mustard Horseradish Marinated Grilled Salmon & Farm Fresh Corn With Lime Infused Couscous


Check out today new recipe on my New Recipe Website! Click link below for recipe details!

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Top Dog AND Beer….Does it Get Any Better?

I took an early morning drive to snap a quick photo of the new seating area at the Top Dog on Bearskin Neck this morning.  While there I had a nice little chat with the owner.  He told me, after inquiring about Joey, that they have a new yellow awning coming to shade the area I had just photographed…and, oh, the small fact that they’ll soon be serving beer.

I’m sorry if you don’t share my enthusiasm, but come on!  A loaded dog or fried clams, cheese fries, AND an ice cold beer on “the Neck.”  Quintessential Summer!

Evidently, for now, they’ll be serving Sam Summer, Harpoon IPA, hopefully some Cape Ann Brewing Company beers, and Switchback from Vermont.

Good times.


HomieCast 18 with Craig Kimberley, Rick Doucette, Eric Lorden, BJ Mohan, Alecia and Stan Mauer and Joey C Taped 7/11/16

Listen In For Your Commute!

The Homie Cast


HomieCast 18 with Craig Kimberley, Rick Doucette, Eric Lorden, BJ Mohan, Alecia and Stan Mauer and Joey C Taped 7/11/16



Topics Include:

HomieCast 18 Feast- Eric’s King Salmon, Pork Tenderloin and Raviolis From New Local Pasta Maker, Pastaio via Corta (see Craig’s video here)

Eric watering his tiered garden with rainwater barrels details.

Weber Kettle Club– Rescue-Restore-Respect

The Pimping Of Craig’s Grill Custom Handle & New Style Lid Bale He Got At Foster’s Grill Store On His Older Performer

Foster’s Grill Store Potential Local Weber BBQ Event With Joey’s

New England Revolution To South Boston?

Hanna’s Sweet Cornhole Present To Craig

Horribles Parade Recap and Why It’s Important To Support The Horrible’s Parade

Eric’s 50th Pirate Party Booze Cruise

The Mauers Arrive From Iowa

Jeep/Ski Mobile/Motorcycle/Boat


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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 7/12/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

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.

The web address will be

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

Thacher Island Association Annual Lighthouse Cruise

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July 11, 2016 ~ saintgee74

This is the last call for reservations for the “Lighthouses of Cape Ann” tour around the Cape on Wednesday July 13 at 7pm departing from Captain Bill’s Whale Watch, 24 Harbor Loop,Gloucester. This three hour narrated cruise up the Annisquam River and around the Cape will pass all six lighthouses, including the Twin Lights of Thacher Island, before returning via Eastern Point to Gloucester Harbor. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Credit cards accepted .Call 617-599-2590 for reservations. All proceeds go toward the maintenance and restoration of both Thacher and Straitsmouth Island lights.

Thursday Night Chamber Auction

July 11, 2016 ~ chambercacc

Chamber Auction Thursday, July 14: A Celebration of Cape Ann!
Includes a Special FREE Auction Preview Event on Wendesday, July 13.
Register Here.


The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Auction celebrates its 29th run on Thursday, July 14 beginning at 5:00 PM at The Essex Room at Woodman’s, 125R Main Street, Essex. For added fun a FREE Auction Preview/Business After Hours, will also be held at The Essex Room, on Wednesday, July 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. This special Auction Preview evening will be a great opportunity to mingle with friends, preview this year’s Live Auction treasures and get an early start on Silent Auction bidding.

This Thursday’s main event will bring together bidders from across Cape Ann and the North Shore in hopes of going home with marquee auction items. Led by committee chair Tony Corrao, the auction committee’s preparations are humming along. Over $100,000 worth of donated items are already in hand and great new packages have been arriving daily from Chamber members and friends.

“This is one of the premier summer gatherings on Cape Ann,” said Carol Morse, a staunch supporter of the Chamber Auction for many years, adding: “This year’s Auction promises to be another great success and one of the best nights of the summer.”

Original paintings by Cape Ann’s leading artists, including Ken Knowles, Robert Gruppe, John Terelak, and Carole Loiacono; tickets to Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots games; exciting trips and adventures, including a South Africa Photo Safari; many vacation packages to fun places, including New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Portland, ME, Niagara Falls and Newport, RI; a select Afghanistan rug from Landry & Arcari; a beverage center from Doyon’s; and great shop and dine packages from Cape Ann shops and eateries are just some of the auction highlights. Plenty of other fun and unique items will also be up for bid.

For a complete list of auction items and to register to attend please visit or call 978-283-1601. Tickets for the 29th annual Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Auction on Thursday, July 14 are $30 per individual or $300 for a reserved table of 10. The 29th Annual Cape Ann Chamber Auction is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Rose Baker Artist Honorees


July 11, 2016 ~ oldfolks76

Juni Van Dyke has selected Bob Quinn and Barbara Maddix as the Rose Baker Summer Artists and they are being honored with an exhibit of their work in the lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center. Juni is the instructor and Director of the Rose Baker Art Program and every two months she selects one or two artists from the Program for this honor.

Bob Quinn (l) and Barbara Maddix (c) with Art Director Juni Van Dyke standing in front of the summer exhibit.

Even before Bob Quinn enrolled in his favorite high school class, mechanical drawing, he knew art would always be an important part of his life. Over the years, Bob has developed enviable skills in leather carving, metal work, stained glass, and computer graphics and video. His professional career was in marketing and advertising which allowed him to put his creativity and artistic eye to work in the business world.

Bob admires the many notable Cape Ann’s artists, and has used their work to inspire his own personal style of drawing, sketching, and watercolor.  Bob’s style is straight forward, unencumbered, and charming.  On exhibit at Rose Baker are works that delight the eye and reflect the subjects he loves most:  Gloucester and all that is of the sea.

After retiring from a long career assisting one of Boston’s most prominent judges, Barbara Maddix has followed her lifelong interest in art.  Barbara joined the Senior Art Program over 24 years ago. Now in her nineties, Barbara is still an active member of the Art Program.  Some of her most recent contributions to the Program include creating ceramic bowls for Gloucester’s Empty Bowl Dinner and creating numerous iconic scenes for Art Program’s Neighborhood Quilt Project.

Barbara’s paintings are joyful and childlike.  They are rendered with exuberance and a unique sense of color that reflects Barbara’s happy outgoing love of life and the world around her.

The summer show is on display from now until the end of August in the main lobby of the Rose Baker Senior Center at 6 Manuel F. Lewis St in Gloucester. The show can be viewed weekdays from 9am to 4pm.