WOW AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Check out this special edition of the Superintendent’s Corner as Dr. Richard Safier, Alex Corbett, and Telena Imel take us on a tour of the new West Parish Elementary School. This video was created by Lisa Smith and Becky Tober for Cape Ann TV.

The West Parish Elementary School open house for the West Parish community is on Thursday, August 25th. The entire Gloucester community is invited to tour the school on Sunday, August 28th. 

Call for Entries – Photography

The Gloucester Rotary Club will publish a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2017 as a fundraiser.  All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s efforts to raise money that supports the many community and international activities in which the club is involved.

In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that show the unique beauty of Cape Ann throughout the year. Gloucester photos are preferred, but images from other Cape Ann towns will be considered. Water—either ocean or tidal river—must be visible somewhere in all entries. Images from each season: winter, spring, summer and fall are encouraged. A selection committee from the Rotary Club will make the choices.

Full contest rules and requirements are available online at  All entries must be received by 12:00 p.m. on September 16, 2016.

Essex, MA to host PAINT ESSEX 2016, Fifth Annual Wet Paint Auction and Reception

Scores of Artists to Visit Historic Massachusetts Shipbuilding Village, Dining Destination and Antiques Mecca to Capture Sweeping Landscapes, Epic River Views and the Quaint Charm That Defines the Community.

 First ever collaboration between the Annual Paint Essex event and the new national Cape Ann Plein Air during the week of October 10-16.

Essex, MA-October  15th and 16th, 2016—The Essex Merchants Group and Eventide Gallery at Periwinkles, in conjunction with the Essex River Cultural District, is proud to sponsor the fifth annual Paint Essex Day and Wet Paint Auction on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October  16, 2016.

Artists from near and far will converge on Saturday October 15th to capture Essex’s limitless variety of historic local scenes as well as its magnificent landscapes. The Wet Paint Silent and Live Auction and Reception will take place on Sunday, October 16th.

Paint Essex 2016 Event details:

  • Registered painters will participate in Paint Essex from 8AM to 7PM on Saturday, October 15th.
  • The Wet Paint Silent and Live Auction and Reception will take place from 4PM to 8PM on Sunday, October 16th at the Essex Room at Woodman’s Function Hall, Main Street in Essex.
  • A cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and live music will accompany the silent and live auction of the previous day’s creations. Catering by Woodman’s of Essex. The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Michael March, of Blackwood March Estate Auctioneers and Appraisers in Essex, will be the featured auctioneer. March brings decades of expertise in selling Cape Ann art. Teri Canelle Eramo of Eventide Gallery, founder of the event, and the Essex Merchants Group are this year’s event planners. Teri is a talented painter whose work is hung in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts and Ireland.
  • There will be a late afternoon free preview of the paintings on the grounds at Woodman’s on October 16th.

Cape Ann Plein Air Event details:  Paint Essex 2016 will collaborate with Cape Ann Plein Air 2016, a national outdoor painting competition and festival that will debut this fall. Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 – which will run from Columbus Day, October 10, through Sunday, October 16 – will provide local artists the opportunity to compete with national artists who participate in other plein air events around the U.S. The weeklong CAPA 2016 festival will include an opening artist reception at North Shore Arts Association on October 10; a Grand Awards Gala at the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 15; and a Paint by the Sea event in Manchester by the Sea on October 12.  Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in the competition, with awards of up to $6000. Artists may submit entries through August 15 by visiting the Online Juried Shows website at For more information on Cape Ann Plein Air, visit

Paintings by the Sea, Manchester by the Sea Quick Draw Event details: This 4th year event will feature up to 80 artists who will paint local scenes on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. Later that same evening there will be a reception at the Manchester Community Center where the day’s paintings will be judged, sold and awarded prizes. For further information contact Chuck Hayback at or visit .

The Essex Merchants Group is a 501c-6 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Essex as a destination for shopping, recreation, dining and appreciation of its natural beauty and bountiful open space. It is proud to announce that it is awarding its second Annual $1000 Visual Arts Scholarship to a Cape Ann student at this year’s Auction event.

Bob Coviello, Chair of the Essex Merchants Group, says “Essex and all of Cape Ann is a perfect venue for these events. There are innumerable natural views, historical settings, quirky locations and artifacts to fill a thousand canvases. The Merchants Group is thrilled to add this unique event to its repertoire of town activities.”



Artists can register in advance for Paint Essex 2016 (Strongly recommended as space fills up quickly!) by emailing, or in person (if space is still available) on Saturday morning at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Waterline Center at 66 Main Street in Essex.

EVENT TICKET PURCHASE:  (Advance purchase is strongly recommended!)

Tickets for Sunday’s Paint Essex 2016 Silent and Live Auction and Reception are $25 each and are available at Periwinkles, First Ipswich Bank, Main Street Antiques and at the door.

2015 Event sponsors included Bank Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Claire and David Lane, Woodman’s of Essex, Chebacco Market, Shea’s Riverside Restaurant, Sea Meadow Gift and Garden Shop, White Elephant Shop, Michael Bider Antiques, Blackwood March Antique Auctioneers and Appraisers, Essex County Greenbelt, Eventide Gallery at Perwinkles Restaurant and Wheelworks Pottery. We hope to see them all back for Wet Paint 2016.

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Motif Monday: Gloucester smiles when Manny reels them in



Manny’s post of this couple from New York, for his Gloucester Smiles series.

She was a photographer. I ran into Manny at this way point between Beauport Hotel and the Cape Ann Chamber.  Some time after, I crossed back that same way to return to Cape Pond Ice. He was still with them–so amiable and welcoming! I meant to post a compliment to him that very same day. A  wonderful post by  James Eves with a dynamite portrait of Manny shined through my GMG email and I thought that was pretty cool kismet.

Off the island ~ Quebec City, Canada

I’m back after a super busy, tiring but invigorating week away!   I love visiting new places and this past week I spent time with New England Photo Workshops and some photo friends walking and photographing the streets of Old Quebec City.  We put in lots of miles taking in its beauty and hope to get back there again some time soon!   I would definitely recommend putting it on your bucket list.   Lots of restaurants, street performers, unique shopping, old world architecture and a very safe & clean.

You can’t really go anywhere in Quebec without a view of the impressive Chateau Frontenac built in 1893 which is one of the most photographed hotels in the world.



The old world architecture made you feel as though you were in France or Italy with many small neighborhoods.   You could do a book just on the doors of Quebec!

If you go, make sure you tour the Citadel and watch the changing of the guard.

So much to see and do around every corner!

Pet of the week- Sashimi

I was originally rescued by the MSPCA from a hoarding situation. There were lots of us cats and all of us were feeling very shy and under-socialized so several different rescue groups and shelters worked together to find us all spots to go where we could get the extra care we would need. I and 3 of my feline family were able to come here!
As you can imagine when we first arrived we were all feeling pretty shy and overwhelmed. I took a little while to get comfortable but with lots of patience, coaxing and yummy treats I started to trust the people here and came out of my shell.
I am considered a Special Needs adoption because I have a head tremor. This tremor has been present since I arrived and has not changed at all since I have been here. I eat, sleep, play and socialize just like the other kitties only I do it with a bit of a wobble. My veterinarian can’t say for sure what is causing my head tremor without doing all sorts of special and really expensive testing but because the tremor hasn’t changed and doesn’t affect my quality of life he said I can get a chance to find a family to call my own and consider myself a Special Needs adoption candidate! I’m a quiet fellow who enjoys the finer things in life like sunny windowsills, climbing up a cat tower, playing with toys and getting attention from my people. I am looking for a family willing to take home a Special Needs animal and with my shyer nature I am looking for a home with older children or adults. I had a rough start in life and I am looking forward to a bright future with you!
To see all available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:

Looking For a Unique and Awesome Getaway?

The Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast in Charlestown is absolutely one of my new favorite places in the world.

In looking for a quick little getaway, I started thinking that it would be fun to find a houseboat or a “yacht” to spend the night on.  Once I started to think in that direction, I quickly realized that the boats I was finding were either a) super expensive or b) kind of run down or c) far away.

I was beginning to get a little bit discouraged, but then…just when I was about to give up and go a different route…I found the Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast in Charlestown. It was perfect on every note.  Super cute, check. The right price, check.  Close enough to home to allow for a quick getaway, check. Something a little bit different, check. Easy, check.  Done.

The owners of the Green Turtle, Karen and John, actually own two yachts and the floating house (which is home to two nearly identical and separate units).  While I had originally been looking for an actual boat….and while their boats looked really, really lovely…I  was immediately smitten with adorable yellow home on the water.

Booking was a breeze.  I emailed for availability and Karen got back to the me the very next morning.  We cemented a date, I planned our getaway, I called on our way in, and John was in the parking lot of the marina ready to greet us the second we arrived.  He made us feel incredibly welcome from the get go.  He helped us put our things in a dock wagon, gave us our bearings, talked to us about various modes of transportation for getting into the city, and escorted us to our little floating home.  Once inside, he gave us the skinny on the whats and hows of our accommodations, talked to us about nearby lunch options, showed us our generously stocked (and free) fridge, snacks, coffee, and even homemade granola, and shared a big file of brochures about the area.  Just when we thought it couldn’t get any nicer, the lovely and equally as gracious Karen arrived.  Karen welcomed us, asked us about any food allergies, and asked what time we’d like breakfast delivered to our door.  How did a mushroom, onion, and cheese frittata with fresh fruit, cornbread, and chorizo sound?   Ummm….yes, please.

They excused themselves and allowed us to settle in.  For the rest of our stay Karen and John were available when we needed them, but politely tucked away elsewhere when we didn’t.  They live aboard another boat in the marina and were busy with the hustle and bustle that is involved in maintaining a variety of vessels and accommodations….and yet were always up for a chat when we happened to engage them along the way.  John happily shared his fishing rod with my husband and, upon hearing that we had reservations at the Chart House on Long Wharf, gave me a card for the Water Taxi to pick us up at our front door (well, deck chair) and deliver us almost directly to the restaurant.  It couldn’t have been more convenient or perfect…and the nice little boat ride across the harbor on a beautiful evening was an added bonus!

The photos speak for themselves.  Our room was perfectly quaint and comfortable.  Fully equipped with AC, television, seating area, really comfortable bed, microwave, and refrigerator (full of water, juices, yogurt, milk, cream, and some simple snacks).  While it was the perfect combination of well-equipped and cozy….my favorite place was, without a doubt, the dock.  With 4 deck chairs and some side tables…and some pretty planters with flowers….I could have sat there forever.  In the evening we had cocktails on the dock, read a little, and watched a large variety of boat traffic come and go in the harbor.  In the morning, we drank coffee, ate our phenomenally delicious breakfast….and then read a little more.

My only regret is that our stay was too short.  I will absolutely be returning for a longer stay soon. The question is, stay onboard one of their yachts next time….or return to the floating home that we loved so much?

Check out all of their options, information, and more at the link below.

The Green Turtle Floating Bed and Breakfast Weekly Roundup


cape ann dining news

Join us for the 8th Annual Cape Ann Brewing Hop Picking Party on Thursday the 25th!

Aside ~ August 19, 2016 ~ The Pub at Cape Ann Brewing / Cape Ann Brewing Company


Join us this coming Thursday as we harvest the hops we’ve been growing on-site at the pub and around the North Shore. Help us pick a mess of cascade & nugget hops. Fill a bucket and get a free Cape Ann Brewing pint glass!

We’ll use these hops in our Brew The Charles entry, our Homeport Pale Ale. We’re also pulling out our “Hopulator” and will load it up that night for some freshly infused beers. We’ll have live music, a homebrew seminar and, of course, great beer!


These hops, grown on-site at the Pub at Cape Ann Brewing, along with other locally sourced hops will be harvested and picked.

Serenitee Rewards Card Pays Back Over And Over- The Salmon @LatFortyThree

August 19, 2016 ~ Joey C

The Salmon At Lat 43


Every time I look at my rewards by logging on online there’s more free stuff that magically appears. Sign up here (for free) to get yours and enjoy the gift of free awesome food from The Serenitee Group.

Serenitee Rewards Card

Here’s the info from The Serenitee restaurant Group website-

Account for your good taste.

The Serenitee Rewards Card allows you earn points towards free food and experiences every time you dine at one of our restaurants. You earn 10 points for every dollar spent. All you have to do is put your Rewards Card next to your credit card when you pay. Here are the standard rewards:

2,500 points = Free Appetizer, Salad or Dessert
3,500 points = Pizza, Sushi Roll or Sharing Platter
5,500 points = Free Entrée
10,000+ points = Tickets to special events, like wine dinners and cocktail parties, plus some fun rewards we’re still dreaming up.

But there’s more…

  • We also add surprises through the year. You might find a free appetizer show up on your card for Latitude 43, or brunch at Alchemy, or sushi at Opus.
  • You always get a free entrée and dessert on your birthday.
  • We run specialty theme diners throughout the year that you can attend for free with points.
  • We give you double points Monday nights & lunch Mon-Thurs.
If you already have a Blue Rewards card…
  • Click here to create an on-line account.
  • Click here to log into your account and see what’s on your card.
How Do I Get a Rewards Card?

To get a new card or replace an existing card:

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


August 18, 2016 ~

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.




Tonno Lobster Roll Made with Fresh Off The Boat Lobster

Image ~ August 17, 2016 ~ Tonno ~



Emerson Inn is Hiring!

August 13, 2016 ~ krystenreilly

Emerson Inn and Pigeon Cove Tavern are now hiring!  If you’re looking for a fun, energetic place to work with potential growth opportunity, then this is the place for you.  We’re now reviewing applications for Servers, Hosts, Dishwashers, Front Desk Associates and Housekeepers.  Both full-time and part-time hours available.  To apply, please fill out an application on our site ( or come visit us at 1 Cathedral Ave. in Rockport to fill out an application in person.  We hope to speak to you soon!


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings for 8/22/16


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.

Mums 2016

August 22, 2016 ~










The Essex Merchants Group, the Essex Division of the Chamber of Commerce, the Essex Enhancement Committee and the Essex River Cultural District will be sponsoring this event again this year. Thousands of colorful potted mum plants will be delivered to the parking lot of Main Street Antiques on September 19th. These locally grown plants will be sold for $5.00 each to those taking part in the MUMS THE WORD campaign. (Checks payable to Essex Merchants Group)

Decorate your store front, porch and yard. Everyone is invited. Please let us know that you, your business or organization will be participating and how many plants you want us to order for you. In addition, if you are an individual, a business or an organization and would like to adopt a site or make a donation to the Mums Fund you can send it to

For more information call Bob Coviello (978-768-7039) or email

Lighthouse Harbor Tour

August 20, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Join Harbor Tours of Cape Ann and the Cape Ann Museum for a cruise around the Cape.

Saturday, August 27 at 10:30a.m.

Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. $30 Museum members. $35 nonmembers. Advance tickets required. Participants meet at Harbor Tours on Harbor Loop. Please call (978)283-0455 x10 for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Enjoy the history and beauty of Cape Ann’s coast, up close! Presented by Cape Ann’s longest-running sightseeing company – since 1969! See parts of the Cape you can’t reach by car – or on any other boat trip! Bring your camera – you’ll see historic lighthouses, Gloucester’s fishing fleet, lobstermen, drawbridges, islands, and Cape Ann’s spectacular natural beauty. Learn about some of the names of famous artists and poets that spent time here painting and writing. Hear about the great granite industry that flourished here for many years.

Restrooms, snacks and drinks are available on board.


Trip Advisor reviews of Harbor Tours:

“This trip should be taken by anyone visiting the Gloucester area! The breathtaking sights seen from the boat are ones that can’t be seen by car.” – JB

“What a great way to introduce the younger kids to boat travel, some history, and where their food really comes from! The crew was very good with the children abroad, aged 3-8. The rest of us enjoyed the ride, and learned a few things about Gloucester and its history in art, the fishing industry, and interesting earlier inhabitants. ” – MP

Image: Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.


Rockport Countdown To Kindergarten Tuesday August 23

Image ~ August 19, 2016 ~


Sawyer Free Library Week of August 21, 2016

August 19, 2016 ~ sawyerfreelibrary


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