Good Harbor beach sunrise August 17, 2016 -1 copyright Kim SmithBedazzled by a single morning’s sunrise–every shade all at once–from hues of rose-violet-blue giving way to fiery bands of red-yellow-orange. I can’t decide which I like best, you choose 🙂



More great deals at TBT Post

Visit us this Saturday during the second Main St. Block Party of the summer in Gloucester. Our special promotion for this Block Party ONLY: The first 20 customers to make purchases of $25 or more receive a FREE SCARF!

The Block Party starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. but make sure you get there early to get your free scarf with your purchase!


Sax Gordon Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 8.18.2016

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The exploding cigar of honky sax, Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle, returns to The Rhumb Line. They broke the mold before they made this guy! Always a party!


And he’s bringing along the Mysterious Mr. Pete henderson to thwack the glitar as well as Mr. Chris Rivelli, of Broomful ‘O Blooze fame to hit on all cylinders. Don’t miss it!

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


Lexicon Gallery

Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM EDT
Sunday September 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Lexicon Gallery And Studios
15 Lexington Ave
Magnolia, MA 01930

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Lexicon Gallery & Studios

Martha Grover Two Day Hands-On Workshop 

 Sept 24 – 25, 10am – 4pm

Lexicon is very excited to have Martha Grover coming to our neck of the woods to teach this two day, hands-on workshop.

Participants will work with bottomless wheel-thrown forms and slabs in both the soft and leather-hard stages. Martha will demonstrate various altering techniques and the addition of slabs, handles, and spouts to create an assortment of functional forms. These will include her signature cups, bowls, vases, pitchers, lidded forms, and baskets. Each new form will be demonstrated by Martha then practiced by participants, moving from simpler to more complex construction over the course of the two days.

Martha will also address a range of topics of interest to working and aspiring potters, including crack repair and mending, the use of the spray gun for glaze application, successful studio practices, any special topics requested by the class, and her sources of inspiration and philosophy of making. Participants will gain both technical knowledge and insights into Martha’s development of a successful body of work.    

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Sat Sept 24 10am – 4pm and Sun Sept 25 10am – 4pm

Class size 20 maximum

Nichole’s Picks 8/20 + 8/21

Pick #1:  Gloucester Waterfront Festival

9:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stage Fort Park

With live music, crafts, vendors, artisans, and much more Stage Fort Park will be the place to be this weekend.  In addition to all of the shopping and entertainment, the North Shore Old Car Club will be displaying a large collection of antique automobiles on Sunday.




Pick #2:  Antique and Classic Boat Festival

Salem, Ma at the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina 



The flash of polished bronze and gleam of varnished wood across the water will be the order of the day as elegant antique and classic yachts sail into the host city of Salem, Massachusetts for the 34th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 20-21, 2016. Mostly wood, primarily private yachts and aesthetically stunning, the vessels will be on display to the public over the weekend at Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina. A hallmark of the Festival is the great variety of craft exhibited. “Where else,” says Pat Wells, Coordinator, “can one see 1900s-60s motor yachts, mahogany speedboats, sloops, yawls, schooners and a 19th century gold-leaf canoe! Although many of these craft are museum quality, they are real boats in the water and in use by their owners today.”

To the delight of the public, some skippers sport vintage garb; others display period décor or play a few tunes. Table settings and captivating floral arrangements might be found aboard a boat. Welcome mats are in evidence and children, pets and parrots have been known to enliven the scene. Many hospitable owners invite the public aboard for a personal tour, regaling visitors with tales of their boat’s history, memorable voyages and the joys and woes of restoring their classic.

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Pick #3:  Boston Greenfest


Welcome to the region’s largest multicultural environmental music festival located at Boston City Hall Plaza, Faneuil Hall and the adjacent Sam Adams Park. This year will feature a Showcase of Innovation. Find out how salt, water and vinegar can be more powerful than bleach. Try out apps that can make your life easier and our world greener. Discover ways to grow a mini-farm in your kitchen. See how easy it is to give new purpose to household objects. Appreciate art and jewelry made from recycled materials.

At this free event you can experience live music and dance performances from more than 20 countries, watch an eco-fashion show featuring local designers with models walking the runway in upcycled fashion, create a community-wide art piece, view a green film festival, test drive an electric car, listen to inspiring speakers, take a ride on a bike that generates electricity, taste healthy international cuisines, have a drink at the beer and wine garden, and much more.

Learning comes in many forms. Boston GreenFest is a community classroom. It allows everyone to learn and explore together. It will bring the innovator out that is in each one of us.

Boston GreenFest is a celebration of life and possibility, providing you with ideas and experiences that can shape your life and the life of your community. When summer comes to a close, see that it closes by opening a door to a greener future. Turn off your AC, call your friends and neighbors, and come explore Boston GreenFest!

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

Gail Welter Crushin’ On G-Town

Hi, I love you page and your town.  My husband and I visited recently and enjoyed a 3-day stay – not our first visit.  I’m a blogger and featured the sights and pleasures of Gloucester in my blog in a few different posts.  I thought you might be interested in reading them and perhaps sharing them on your Facebook page. 

We sailed the Thomas E. Lannon:

We also visited Beauport:

Then in Rockport:


My last post from our visit will be featuring the Adventurer Schooner and the Maritime Museum.  Please enjoy these posts and check out others written about your area  which can be found in my Table of Contents under “Destination-Massachusetts”.   Thanks and have a great day!!!

Award Winning Actress DOSSY PEABODY, Granddaughter of PAT THE BUNNY Author Joins Playtime Stories Company at the Gloucester Stage Co. Saturday



SATURDAY, August 20 10 AM

Guest Narrator  Dossy Peabody Performs with YAW Actors

Her Grandmother Dorothy Kunhardt’s  Best Selling Books:

Pat the Bunny and Junket is Nice


Robert McCloskey’s

Make Way For Ducklings


Live Theater Performances and Activities for GSC’s Youngest 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, August 20 at 10 am with Guest Narrator Award winning actress Dossy Peabody joining the Playtime Stories company to narrate her grandmother Dorothy Kunhardt’s classics Pat The Bunny and Junket Is Nice; and the New England favorite, Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. The 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  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.

A North Shore native and Salem resident, Dossy Peabody is thrilled to join the Playtime Stories company  on August 20 to read her Grandmother Dorothy Kunhardt’s classic children’s books. Dossy Peabody was recognized in 1990 by the Boston Theater Critics’ Association with the very first Elliot Norton Outstanding Acting Award. At GSC she has created some of Israel Horovitz’s most memorable characters in his most successful plays including the Gloucester play, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, and the Wakefield set, The Widow’s Blind Date . She has also appeared in many feature films including Mermaids, The Crucible and Amistad.

Dossy Peabody’s Grandmother Dorothy Kunhardt was the author of over 50 children’s book, including the legendary interactive book and one of the best selling children’s books of all time, Pat the Bunny which has sold over 6 million copies. She was also a historian, writing several books about 19th century America, including a well-known account of the aftermath of Lincoln’s assassination, Twenty Days. Ms. Kunhardt was the subject of the recent HBO Documentary. Living With Lincoln.

Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. Upcoming performances include: 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 Storyperformances 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 www.gloucesterstage.comJunket is Nice

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Gloucester whale research in Alaska: report from the field

15 blow samples, 1 delivery  by plane Northern Exposure-like (Alaska! ), and one eagle, not in distress:

“We were out on the water by 7:30 am yesterday, but it was still cloudy and raining so we were a bit down. We don’t like to collect Snot in the rain; droplets of rain in the dish could be Snot so we have to process every dish which is a lot of work for us and even more for the analysis lab.

By 10:00 am the skies cleared the seas started to calm down and the team worked like a well-oiled machine (albeit in a very small boat).  We collected 6 samples in the next 3 hours and then changed location close to Turnabout Island about 10 miles away.  The first thing we saw here was a bird in distress just off the shoreline, we sent up a drone and realized that it was not in distress but it was a bald eagle swimming shore with a fish so big that it could not fly.  It swam amazingly well and reached the shore successfully (with dinner).

The water around us seemed to be boiling with life and soon 4 whales turned up and were swimming less than one body length from the shoreline side lunging.  The footage we recorded is absolutely spectacular and we collected 2 more samples.

The day was saved by the fact we could charge our flight batteries all day from the boat batteries.  The previous day our inverted failed and we had a new one flown in (the same day) from Juneau (for $11) from Alaska Industrial Hardware & Alaska Seaplanes.  Only in Alaska!!

We had a chance to have 2 drone’s in the air, one recording the other collecting Snot. Our Inspire 1 drone’s worked flawlessly.

We finally pulled into the dock last night at 8:00 pm exhausted but elated with a total of 15 samples, stunning video footage of whale behavior and memories that will last a life time. Foggy this morning – but we are sure that it will soon burn off so we are heading out.”

Ian Kerr Ocean Alliance

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CATA Student Bus Passes are scheduled to be sold in the Gloucester High  School Atrium on Wednesday, August 24, Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.; Tuesday, August 30  from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Gloucester High School Atrium. Student Passes will not be available for purchase at the CATA office until after September 5.

The Pass Plus, Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass will be on sale. Students passes are not valid for Danvers or Peabody malls. The Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass and Unlimited Annual Pass are photo IDs and the student must be present at the time of purchase. The cost for the Unlimited Annual Pass is $200.00; the cost for the Unlimited Semester (Fall or Spring) Pass  is $100.00 and the cost for the Pass Plus is $25.00. All Passes are payable by cash or check. For further information, call the CATA office at 978-283-7278.

525 In Magnolia Is Worth The Trip- Classy Comfort Food At Reasonable Prices

More Cape Ann Dining News-


As an East Gloucester Guy Who Rarely Leaves The Shire In The Summer I Can Say Without Question That The Drive Cross Town To 525 IS Definitely Worth It!

Get The Stromboli!  The crust in the Stromboli was outrageously good.  The Strawberry Cove Salad Delicious.  Solid Pour On The Drinks.

If you haven’t been, I would not hesitate.  525 On Lexington Ave In Magnolia.

Check Them Out On Facebook @Magnolia525

525 is also committed to using local Seafood and host Local Seafood Nights every Wednesday.


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