Chef Doug Papows Has Transformed Emerson Inn Dining Into A MUST VISIT. Pigeon Cove Tavern Rocks!

Playing with my food but not like Adam Bolonsky

Adam catches a bluefish and needs to make sure it is really really dead before he lays it between his legs in a kayak.

Waht better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.
What better way than to rip the heart out with the gills and the blue is tastier after bleeding out.

If I catch a big blue I need to scale and leave the skin on for the perfect Marcella Hazan “Bluefish with Crispy Potato” click for recipe.”  I was planning on making a post of gifts hanging on our kitchen wall from Fred Bodin’s Shop. But then I had a blue that I bled out when I caught it then scaled before filleting. But wait I needed a picture.

The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred's shop
The small ceramic striper on the wall as well as an antique map of my neighborhood when our house was the only one both came from Fred’s shop

Still bleeding out but I think I can make a new Zombie avatar before I fillet the fish.

Rock Lobster is playing in the background.
Rock Lobster is playing in the background.

Reading Marcella’s recipe she lists other fish you could use but I have tried them all and a fresh bluefish is the only way to make this dish. Half a fillet will rest on the crispy potatoes while remainder of the fish marinates overnight to become smoked bluefish tomorrow. Ryan & Wood wood chunks from the distillery whiskey casks for the smoke. Perfection. Then smoked bluefish paté sealed with a dog kiss from Stella makes Joey’s favorite snack on a Ritz cracker.

This Weekend in the Arts

Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tours at the Cape Ann Museum
Get your art fix outside.

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present its new and improved Fitz Henry Lane walking tour, Fitz Henry Lane: On Foot and Online, on Friday, July 29 at 10:00a.m.

Experience 19th century Gloucester history as this tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Learn how Lane rose from modest beginnings in the pre-civil war era to worldwide recognition as a marine painter and why, even today, numerous artists journey to Cape Ann to capture its unusual light, first immortalized by Lane.

Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane, Kettle Island, 1859, oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Estate of Samuel H. Mansfield (1332.1)

Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to use the rich sources of information in the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online catalog raisonné. During this walk, you will connect specific locations to the paintings they inspired by accessing the online catalog. Alternative visuals will also be available.

All tours begin at 10:00a.m. in front of the Cape Ann Museum. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!




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Karen Orsillo & Jill Pabich at Lexicon Gallery
Through The Looking Glass

Opening Saturday July 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Show Continues Through September 18, 2016

Gardening at Night by Jill Pabich Oil on Canvas ~ 24″ x 24″

A Journey of the Small and Mighty.

Jill Pabich’s intense oil paintings join
Karen Orsillo’s Neriage porcelain mini’s in the perfect pairing.


15 Lexington Ave., #1, Magnolia, MA 01930

Hours: Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm
Mon 4-6:30pm during Magnolia’s Farmers Market


Artist Demonstrations on Rocky Neck
Saturdays 1-3

Cynthia Curtis Demonstrates Making Pots with a Pottery Wheel on
Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 3pm at Gallery 53

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Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2016 season. On Saturday, July 30 potter Cynthia Curtis will demonstrate the art of making pots on the pottery wheel. She will cover basic forms such as cylinders, plates and bowls while discussing the many ways to alter and decorate wheel thrown pots. Cynthia began working with clay in 1977.  A North Shore native, she has always been drawn to the ocean as is evident in her selection of glazes.  Inspired by nature, Cynthia integrates beach glass, shells, and coral as well as environmental motifs into her work.  Her stoneware pottery consists of a variety of functional and ornamental pieces. She has taught over 1,200 students of all ages and abilities for the last 20 years.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

For more information call 978-282-0917


Stage Fort Park Summer Bandstand – Sunday July 31 Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen

old cold tater 2Chick & Ellen with Laurie & JayOld Cold Tater, with Chick & Ellen appear in concert on Sunday, July 31, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. These outstanding acoustic musicians promise a great evening of Bluegrass at its best. This concert is sponsored by Cazeault Solar & Home. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 3. For further information please visit or call 978-281-0543

Quarry Dance

at Barker’s Quarry in Lanesville
Leverett Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Performances are: FRIDAY, July 29th at 5:30PM

SATURDAY, July 30th at 11:00AM & 5:30PM

SUNDAY, July 31st at 1:00PM


Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented spellbinding and engaging Quarry Dances for the past four years on Cape Ann. The New York City-based dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover to create and choreograph a site-specific quarry dance for the public. The audience for the quarry dance performances continues to expand, and people come from Boston and the surrounding areas.

For Quarry Dance 5, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture, cliffs, ledges, paths and water of Barker’s Quarry to celebrate this special place. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in previous dances. Boston based live saxophonist Russ Gershon will accompany all four quarry dances.

Mr. Barker of Barker’s quarry was a quarryman who owned many acres of land and had a thriving granite business in the 1890’s until the early part of the 20th century. The quarry sits on the Selma & Gabriel Kleimola Reservation and is partially privately owned by a Kleimola family descendant as well as publically owned by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. The Kleimolas were from Finland, and they were lured to the Lanesville area by way of Ellis Island with eagerness to start a new life!

Performances of Quarry Dance 5 are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. No reservations are required. The performance will last just over one hour. In case of rain, the performance is cancelled.

An art exhibit on silk interpreting the beauty and resilience of the quarries will be shown by artists Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett and will be on view during the entire run. There will be two educational free quarry talks offered by the ECGA (Essex County Greenbelt Association) following the performances on Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon that will last a half hour.

As there is no parking on Leverett Street, arrangements have been made to park at the Lanesville Community Center at 8 Vulcan Street, and also at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville.  A shuttle van provided by the company “Ride on Transportation” will run back and forth from the Lanesville Community Center to the quarry on Leverett Street starting 45 minutes prior to performance times and after the performance is concluded.  The suggested fee for the shuttle is $1.00 per person each way. The St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville are both within close walking distance to the Lanesville Community Center shuttle service. It is about a ten to fifteen minute walk to Barker’s quarry (at the end of Leverett Street) from the various parking areas, and we encourage as many people as possible to plan to walk.

The shuttle will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance and run continuously until the performance starts.  It will return guests back to the Lanesville Community Center following the performances. We are requesting that no private vehicles be driven on Leverett Street going to the quarry during the shuttle and performance times in order to allow for an unimpeded flow of traffic.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and chairs will be provided. In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well bring their own water and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited. For further information, please check the Windhover website which is: or call 978-546-3611.

Major funding has been made possible by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This program is also supported in part by a grants from both the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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Less than one month until the 8th annual Cape Ann Film Festival Aug 25 – Sept 1. Meet special guests: children’s author illustrator Ed Emberley, Bobbi Gibbs,Lindsay Crouse, Robert Meeropol, and Adam Nimoy!


Meet Ed Emberley! Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will feature the documentary Creative Inspirations: Ed Emberley, Children’s Book Illustrator on Saturday, August 27th at 2PM. That special showing benefits Cape Ann Reads.

Here’s the link to the full Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Film Festival schedule with complete descriptions of the movies.

Cape Ann Reads is a community wide initiative celebrating art and literacy of children’s books from the 4 Cape Ann libraries — Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Rockport Public Library, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library, and TOHP Burnham Library Essex– and many wonderful partners. An original picture book contest is part of this initiative. Thanks to Rob Newton and Ed Emberley for their support!



Author Anna Solomon writes, “I meant to add: An old professor of mine who summers in Annisquam told me about this real-life Lucy Pear, and I got chills! Apparently it is her last name (not middle). I would love to be put in touch with her if anyone has contacts….”

Lucy Pear is the fictional heroine of Anna Solomon’s newest novel Leaving Lucy Pear. Copies are available at the Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore. Read more here about Leaving Lucy Pear and about Anna’s three upcoming Cape Ann author events.


The Guys At Cape Ann Chimney And Hearth Are Top Notch


Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth

7 Pond Rd. Gloucester MA 01930   – 978-283-1119

Bob and Luke have been extremely helpful advising about wood stoves and pellet stoves.

If you want to be comfortable and save some money this winter you have to check out their showroom on Pond Road.  They have a ton of different models and styles for you to look at and they will install and repair them as well.

Here’s our wood stove, a Vermont Castings Intrepid.  I dropped it off this morning and Bob and Luke are going to get it into tip top shape for us.  It looks like the top part could use a little touching up.  Don’t be the dope that calls them right when we get the first cold snap when the entire free world is all trying to get service at the same time.  Call now and get out ahead of the winter! 978-283-1119

Here’s the before pictures of our Vermont Castings Intrepid-



Check back for the after pictures.

Sculpture Walk

The boys and I went up to Meredith, New Hampshire earlier this week to spend some time at a friend’s lake house.  As we walked into the town of Meredith for dinner one night we I was stricken by how lovely it was to be able to appreciate some gorgeous art installations along the way.  34 sculptures in all dot the lakefront and beautify the town.  For the 3rd year in a row the town of Meredith has welcomed artists from throughout the Northeast to display their work as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk.  Since its beginning, some of the sculptures have actually been donated to the town to serve as permanent art to be appreciated year after year.  Many others are refreshed yearly….giving new artists the opportunity to participate and residents and visitors the opportunity to appreciate new pieces of art.

It reminded me of our very own Gloucester HarborWalk.  Something else that I am completely in love with.  If you have not taken the opportunity to complete the walk and read the 42 stories that tell Gloucester’s rich history, you really should.



Below is a map of the Sculpture Walk and just a few of the installations

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 7/29/16


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.

Music on Meetinghouse Green to Benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures

July 28, 2016 ~ Rose

Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus in Free Concert, Friday, July 29, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester, MA


A nonprofit, men’s organization dedicated to four part acapella harmony; particularly the preservation of the Barbershop Harmony style. We meet every Wednesday night at the ICC, 300 Rantoul Street in Beverly, MA from 7:30 to 10:30.

This is concert four in a series of nine free outdoor concerts presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.   The family-friendly concert begins at 6 pm. Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink permitted inside.) Next Friday’s concert will feature Willie Alexander to to benefit Gloucester’s Opioid Angel Program.


The public will be invited to make free-will donations and all collected monies will go to Kestrel Educational Adventures.

Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization inspiring a sense of wonder, understanding, and connection to the natural world through playful, outdoor, scientific inquiry. We do this through offering a variety of skills and curiosity based programs, workshops, events, and other services. Our unique philosophy centers on the relationship between learner, spontaneous events in nature, and instructors. We serve the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Beverly and Salem, among others.

Marina Evans at the Cape Ann Museum

July 28, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

A brave composer, performer and traveler, Marina Evans will perform as part of the Cape Ann Museum’s Free Music in the Courtyard series on Friday, July 29 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Evans combines strong, sultry vocals with traditional folk americana and an indie pop edge to create a sound that is all her own. Her studio work deftly combines various styles, genres, and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – and paints a picture of a versatile and passionate artist.


Her unique sound and powerful stage presence have earned her opening sets for such legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, Loudon Wainwright III, and Ellis Paul. A bold, honest performer, clever lyricist and a dedicated songwriter, Marina Evans is a star on the rise whose songs and spirit are not to be missed.

This program is free and open to the public.

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

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

Playtime Stories at the Gloucester Stage Co Continues: New Stories and Activities


New Stories and Activities for GSC’s Youngest Audiences


Rumpelstiltskin and Winnie The Pooh

And Now August Performances Starting With


The Little Prince and Madeline


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 30 at 10 am with Rumpelstiltskin and Winnie The Pooh 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. Upcoming performances include:   July 30Rumpelstiltskin and Winnie The Pooh; August 6: The Little Prince and Madeline; August 13: Eric Carle Day: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? ; August 20: Guest Narrator award winning actress Dossy Peabody reads Make Way For Ducklings; Pat the Bunny and Junket Is Nice; August 27:Corduroy and Lily’s Plastic Purse. All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. Advance reservations available. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit


The Little Prince cover