Cape Ann Whale Watch- Is A Must

Kate reviews Cape Ann Whale Watch-

Cape Ann Whale Watch: Two thumbs up, 5 star experience, a must do for visitors and locals!  Whether you go alone, with a friend or with your family, Cape Ann Whale Watch will provide an exciting and educational experience. The 3-4 hour adventure on the Hurricane II began with an introduction and safety message, a beautiful ride through the harbor pointing out areas of interest such as Gorton’s and the Paint Factory, and an educational experience throughout. On this particular trip the Naturalist, Christopher Ferrante, educated us on not only the sea life we were searching for but kept the passengers laughing with shots to the Yankees fans, Giants Fans and all other non-Boston/New England sports fans that saturated the boat! Top to bottom, the boat was super clean, including the four restrooms. Hungry? The galley offers tons of food options from clam chowder to sandwiches, beverages and a variety of different snacks.  All in all, the morning trip out to search for whales was not only exciting but educational and, thanks to Christopher, comical. The entire staff from Captain Scott, to Christopher and all the others on board were friendly and full of knowledge. Whether you’re a resident of Gloucester like us or visiting, a trip on Cape Ann Whale watch is something everyone needs to do. Take our word for it!

5 star reviews:

Eloise: “It was amazingly fun and awesome!”

Madeline: “I would totally do it again!”

Connor: “I loved when the whale jumped up out of the ocean!”


Check out their Facebook page at this link for all kinds of whale videos from their latest trips-

Art of reading: announcing monthly lunchtime book club at Cape Ann Museum

Screenshot_2016-08-25-11-10-41Nice new program idea! Starts October 18th with Wendy Warren’s, New England Bound.

While you’re there have a look at the 2015 awesome acquisition, Charles Allen Winter’s 1898 Woman Reading (with funds from Arthur Ryan)– and other favorites!

Read more from CAM:

Cape Ann Museum Book Club

For literary-minded Cape Ann residents

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 25, 2016) –The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer a monthly book club for year-round residents of Cape Ann. Beginning this October and running through April, the Museum will host book club meetings on the third Tuesday of the month in its auditorium from 11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.

Space is limited to 15; reservations are required and will be for the entirety of the October to April program length. Due to the afternoon meeting time participants are invited to bring their boxed lunches. Free for Museum members or included with general admission. Not a member? Join prior to registration and save at least $15! Contact Program Coordinator, Kate LaChance to book your spot now!

A Museum docent and staff member will be present to facilitate each book group discussion to allow for a flow of ideas, provide connections to the collections and history of Cape Ann, and to suggest talking points if needed. The selection of books can be seen below along with the meeting date at which it will be discussed.  Non-book group members are encouraged to read along with the recommended books on their own time even if they do not meet the registration deadline to join the book club.

Gloucester Nor Easters – Flag Football League Fall Season 2016:

In person registration taking place Friday Aug 26th at Omaley School Field 5:30 -7:30

The Gloucester Nor Easters are entering our second Fall  season, after extremely  successful  opening two  seasons we are once again  presenting this safe and fun option to the kids of Cape Ann.

  • Registration is all boys and girls ages 4 -14
  • Registration  is now open: , register , choose Fall  in the drop  down  select  Gloucester
  • Games are every Sunday  starting September 11 at 11 am  thru the third week of November , no travel all games are at Omaley Field
  • No practice time commitments – practice generally held an hour before game time
  • In person registration  taking place Friday Aug 26th at Omaley School Field 5:30 -7:30
  • Further questions email or call 978 407 3215

We are seeking volunteers for coaching,  concessions, and committee

This Weekend in the Arts

Cape Ann Lighthouse Tour
A harbor cruise around Cape Ann

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 4, 2016) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lighthouse cruise around the Cape in collaboration with Harbor Tours of Cape Ann on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 10:30a.m. The 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.

Image: Winslow Homer, Gloucester Harbor and Ten Pound Island, c. 1870. Watercolor on paper. [Acc. #2010.28]

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. If learning about the local lighthouses, inspired artists and fishing fleets has you looking for more information, head to the Cape Ann Museum after the tour to view fishing dories and instruments, galleries filled with paintings of the waterfront and a Fresnel lighthouse lens from Thacher Island.

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.


Bradford Chapel and Oak Grove Cemetery Walking Tour
A guided tour through a historic landmark

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Design/Build: the Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, the Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an hour-long, narrated walking tour through Oak Grove Cemetery on Saturday, August 27. The walk begins at 10:00a.m. at the Washington Street entrance to the cemetery. In 1854 six businessmen purchased an oak grove near downtown Gloucester to serve as a new cemetery. They wanted to create a space different from the gloomy burial grounds of the past; their vision was part of a national movement to make burial grounds more appealing to the living. Designed by landscape architects Robert Copeland and Horace Cleveland, Oak Grove Cemetery was the predecessor of the city park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, it was the first modern cemetery in Gloucester and is now the final resting place of many historic figures. It is home to the Bradford Chapel, designed by Ezra Phillips.

Image credit: Bradford Chapel in Oak Grove Cemetery.

This program is $10 for CAM members/ $20 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. The tour will begin at Oak Grove Cemetary, 175 Washington Street, Gloucester MA. Tickets cannot be purchased the day of the event.

For more information email us at Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.



With Olson’s pull, creating their own Gloucester-of-the-mind, Neta Goren and Shahar Bram first arrived in Gloucester in 2005, to discover the geography of a place that had inspired so many artists. “We came because of the poetry, we keep coming back because of the people,” says Bram, a poet, and scholar, who has given several readings at the Gloucester Writers Center over the years, and, since 2010, also serves on the advisory board.

Neta Goren, a painter who works with oils and mixed media, says: “the light I had experienced in Gloucester, so different from the erasing brightness of the light in Israel, had radically changed the way I paint.” Apollo Rising, her new body of work which will be exhibited at the Cornelius Sullivan New Gallery on Rocky Neck, testifies to that change—the bodies depicted are illuminated with local colors.

“She is a painter who creates mystery with monoliths rising. She is an artist who illumines the male torso in rich form and colors that will endure,” says Cornelius Sullivan, the highly accomplished artist, critic, curator, and host of the show.

A guest artist, and yet one of us, at the Cornelius Sullivan New Gallery.


Art in the Heart Luminary.



NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES its highly anticipated Annual Artist Members’ “Small Works Exhibition.”  Acquire works by some of Cape Ann’s most notable artists!  Show runs from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, September 17.  Pot Luck Reception Sunday, August 28 from 1 –  3 PM.   Open Free to the Public.

North Shore Arts Association members’ “Small Works Exhibition” is one of the most anticipated shows of the season.  Small works provide the artist with the challenge of creating, in a variety of mediums, within a limited canvas space –  20″x24″ including the frame.  And, small works provide art lovers and collectors alike an opportunity to own quite reasonably priced work that can easily grace smaller corners of a home or office.  Perhaps most importantly, it is an opportunity to acquire works by some of Cape Ann’s most notable artists!

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


Flatrocks Gallery’s Presents
“Distinctive Mark”

Reception for the artists: Sunday, August 28th at 5pm.

Flatrocks Gallery’s new show, “Distinctive Mark,” presents unique perspectives by artists James Paradis, Peggy Badenhausen and Shay Cajolet. “Distinctive Mark” opened August 18th.

Painter James Paradis strives to take risks and “become more than oneself. Giving form to something that existed earlier in my mind, in my being…an extension of me.” His signature works are shaped canvases, boldly painted in sensuous mixtures of rich oils. James defied convention and returned to school at age 71 to graduate with his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.  He has exhibited extensively across New England, at the annual National Invitation Exhibit at St. Johns University in New York, and in Auvillar, France, where he was invited as a guest artist of the Centre d’Exchange Cultural d’Auvillar.

Shay Cajolet is a British-born painter and print maker who trained at Massachusetts College of Art, the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, Jacob Kramer College of Art in England, and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Currently, Shay teaches visual arts at Shore Country Day School. Her mixed media paintings and printed impressions are expressive, colorful, and gestural, employing water-based media to create playful, evocative images. Layered marks, colors, and textures form compositions filled with light and movement. For the smaller works in this exhibition, Shay delicately mixes drawn and painted imagery with monoprints, lithographs, and carved impressions.

For Peggy Badenhausen color relationships are a primary interest and a key connection to her environment. Her monotypes are referential rather than representational, using colors that are specific to a landscape, an architecture, or a situation. Her prints are made with oil-based etching ink on either plexiglass or wood plates, and are run through the press many times, so that each layer adds information. The unpredictable accidents of the process provide welcome changes and surprises, an experience of both discipline and spontaneity. Badenhausen received a BA from Newton College in Boston and her MA from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown extensively in Boston and Cambridge and is included in numerous corporate and museum collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments Boston, MA, as well as private collections in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, and Great Britain.


Local Author Debuts First Novel

Very excited for FOB Carla Dellporta, she is releasing her first novel on August 31st.   Congratulations Carla..

For Immediate Release

 Press Contact:             Carla Dellaporta



Penelope Door, the pen name of Gloucester resident and writer, is releasing her first novel, Wounds of the Past.

This work of fiction is set in a small New England city and focuses on Matilda Dante, a complex woman struggling with hazy childhood memories – the most haunting of which is the spontaneous appearance of crosses on her wrists. Matti’s stigmata, and the bizarre death of her mother, were both chronicled in the local newspapers but get her no closer to bringing to light hidden family secrets. Guided by a gilded talisman and unsullied love, Matti begins to unearth the wounds of the past, discovering a most unexpected path to her future.

“I am thrilled to be among the group of amazingly talented writers on Cape Ann and am eager to see the public’s reaction to my debut novel”, Penelope stated.

On Wednesday, August 31st, Wounds of the Past will be available on Amazon, at the Bookstore of Gloucester on Main Street and several copies will be donated to the Sawyer Free Library by the author.

Penelope Door will also be featured at the Eastern Point Lit House’s Third Thursday Open Mic night on September 15th at 261 Main Street, Gloucester at 7:30PM. No fee. No RSVP. Please stop by to hear a reading and to learn the true identity of “Penelope Door”.

About the Author:

Penelope Door, a proud Brooklyn NYC native, now calls Cape Ann home. When her loyal puppy, Benjamin, is not demanding all of her time she is hard at work on completing her next novel, Conviction, her memoir and a series of children’s books.


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Tim Gartland @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 8.25.2016


dave sag

Dave says,
Mr Tim Gartland returns! Presently living in Nashville where he is the top-rated John Deere® Salesman,he not only plays a mean harmonica and sings like an angel, but he has just returned from Rio, where his synchronized spitting team brought home the Gold for the good ol’ USA.

tim gartland

He’s dragging in a crack team to black him up, featuring Mr. Tom West, dishpan handed keyboardist for the (Eupho) Mystics, Pete Henderson,on catarrh, who ,like me is still in recovery from last week’s Sax Gordon show,and Forrest “Tucker” Padgett to make butter on the skins. A great time!

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


Recycling collection will be on a holiday schedule

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community


Good Afternoon All,

This is what has just been posted to the City’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the recycling collection will be on a holiday schedule. Wednesday collection will be Thursday, Thursday collection will be Friday, Friday collection will be Saturday.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you.

Rose LoPiccolo

Executive Secretary to

The Director of Public Works

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Throwback Thursday: Founder of Farnham’s Restaurant grew up in Gloucester

Matilda “Tillie” Farnham was born and raised in Gloucester, before moving to Main Street in Essex where her husband Joseph ran a clam shucking business in the backyard. Twenty years later they opened their business on the gorgeous site overlooking the marsh and Hog Island. That year was 1938.



Newly Weds – “Traditions are Started in Gloucester”


This couple from New Hampshire, were celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary.  Their reception was at Crusieport, a year ago, and now they are starting a tradition on staying  in Gloucester at the Beauport Hotel.

“Traditions are Started in Gloucester”

Twinkling Marsh

This was a “one and done” 30 second shot over the Essex Marsh last night.   It was close to midnight and I was heading home and could not resist stopping, even though I’m a sissy when it comes to being out at night alone….the reflection of the house and the twinkling stars are what gave me a boost of courage lol!  BLM_6170-Edit-2