Alpaca yarn Marshalls -3 copyright Kim SmithAngela Marshall is going to be carrying ALPACA YARN FROM HER ALPACAS!!! As far as I know, this is the very first time ever that gorgeous Alpaca yarn from Alpacas raised right here on Cape Ann will be available for sale. Not only will she be carrying skeins of yarn, but also beautiful, warm (and very importantly, not itchy) Alpaca hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and hand warmers. I bought two pair of hand warmers on the spot! More information about when the yarn and goods will be ready to purchase, and a complete list of where to purchase, will be coming soon.

Alpaca yarn Marshalls copyright Kim SmithEach basket of yarn shows from which Alpaca the fiber was shorn. Dakota’s coat is a beautiful soft buff brown.

Alpaca yarn Marshalls -2 copyright Kim SmithThis buttery cream comes from Magnolia. The baby hat made by Angela was crocheted with yarns from both Dakota and Magnolia. 

Last year I had the joy of visiting Island Alpaca on Martha’s Vineyard and think that the Marshall’s are running their growing Alpaca Farm with similar integrity. This could be a fantastic local industry and I think it will be great if we all support Angela and Pat in this exciting endeavor. They now have 23 Alpacas, including the four adorables born this summer. Harumby is the last of the summer babies and today she is one week old. Go see!

Harumby Marshall's Alpaca Farm copyright Kim SmithHappy Birthday Harumby

This Weekend in the Arts





Artist Demonstrations on Rocky Neck

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

 Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2016 season.

On Saturday September 3rd, Ceramic artist Susan Hershey works with clay to create mostly functional pots. She will discuss making ceramic vessels and using a wood fire kiln, her preferred method of firing a pot, to complete the process.

For more information call 978-282-0917


Gallery 53 Showcases plein air artist Marilyn Swift 
with “This Side of the Bridge Summer Artist Exhibition

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is delighted to welcome plein air painter, Marilyn Swift as the sixth Summer Artist in the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her show titled This Side of the Bridge showcases a variety of Marilyn’s Cape Ann watercolors painted on Cape Ann. Marilyn’s show opens on Wednesday, August 31 and continues to September 20 with the opening reception on Saturday September 3, from 6-8 pm.

Much of Marilyn’s inspiration comes from painting en plein air. On location, Marilyn walks around with sketchbook in hand, making quick compositional value studies before beginning painting. Watercolor, more than other medium, requires thoughtful planning. Her goal is to capture the essence of the scene she is attracted to as well as the feeling of the day.

Best known for her watercolor paintings, Marilyn Swift’s work has been published in The Best of Watercolor; Watercolor Expressions; and MonheganThe Artists’ Island. Marilyn’s pen and ink drawings illustrate two local cookbooks: The Taste of Gloucester, a Fisherman’s Wife Cooks and Culinary Motifs of Rockport.

Marilyn’s professional artist memberships include The Copley Society of Boston, The Rockport Art Association, North Shore Arts Association, New England Watercolor Society, Academic Artists Association, American Artists Professional League of NYC, Hudson Valley Art Association, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society and the Rocky Neck Art Colony. Exhibiting widely over her forty year career, Marilyn has won numerous awards in all the above organizations. Marilyn’s paintings are included in prestigious private and public collections both in the USA and abroad.

For more information about the show call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.


Maritime Heritage Day

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA 01930

Celebrate Gloucester Schooner Festival at Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year we are creating a busy, festive hub of traditional crafters, engaging community organizations in the First Ipswich Bank Pavilion, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music with Old Cold Tater, impossible magic, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop. Enjoy local fare at our food tents. Schooners will be docked nearby at Gloucester House restaurant and the Jodrey State Fish Pier. Admission is free to the event. The event schedule and list of event participants can be found at


Dave Sag’s Blues Party is gonna rock n roll tonight with Mike O’Connell, Steve Sadler and Forrest Padgett and of course Dave himself! @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 9.1.2016

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Tonight the Kapusta King of Wooster, Mr. Mike O’Connell, returns to the Rhumb Line stage. Mikey, who was nearly arrested last week for wearing a Speedo® at the beach has just gotten back from a vacation visiting the Sonny Bono Memorial Pine Tree in Calif. Oughta be a story there…

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He’s bringing the heavy guns to put you in the mood for celebration. There’s Mr. Steve Sadler, utility glitarist, Mr.Forrest Padgett, on defibrilllators and me, on the big bass.

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

Red Dot sale at The Annisquam Exchange

August 12, 2013 The Annisquam Exchange



  • NOW 20% OFF: wide variety of vintage collectibles, jewelry, artwork, textiles, kitchenware, gifts and more
  • LAST FULL WEEK: September 5th – 10th, (Mon.-Fri. 10-4/Sat. 10-1)
  • FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY: Beginning September 16th 10- 4
  • FURNITURE SALE:  Sept 17th, 9 a.m. -12 noon
  • LAST DAY OF OPERATION: Sunday, October 9th: 10-4 during the Arts & Crafts Show, 32 Leonard Street (Annisquam Village)

Nichole’s Picks 9/3 + 9/4

Labor Day Weekend on Cape Ann is all about

Schooner Festival!

That having been said,

Pick #1

is getting as close as you can to the exquisite schooners!


Pick #2

is heading to Maritime Gloucester to see all of the amazing activities they have to offer during their Maritime Heritage Day on Saturday


Pick #3: 

is to hit the block party on Friday night!


Pick #4: 

is to watch the Boat Parade and Fireworks on Saturday night!


Here is the schedule as listed on

Festival Schedule

(Gloucester Schooner Festival schedule subject to change)

Click here for downtown Gloucester parking information.

Friday, September 2, 2016

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party, The Gloucester Block parties are fun, festive events that bring downtown to life! A portion of Main Street is closed off between 5:00 and 10:00 PM, allowing for music, entertainment and outdoor dining and shopping. This family-friendly event has something for everyone! Find Details information at

6:30 pm
Maritime Gloucester’s Gala (ticketed event)  Contact Maritime Gloucester for reservations and information.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day
Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop in downtown Gloucester, will host its annual Heritage Day celebration from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event is free to the public.

4:00 pm
Lobster Bake @ The Gloucester House
Enjoy the open air dock atmosphere of the Cafe Seven Seas with lobster, corn and chips for $15. Cash bar. Entertainment.

7:00 pm
Private Fireworks Viewing from Beauport Museum
Watch Gloucester’s annual Schooner Festival fireworks display from the terrace and lawn of Beauport. Treat yourself to an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please. $12 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers.  Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

7:00 pm
Boat Parade of Lights
The annual Boat Parade of Lights begins at dusk at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River, travels down the river, through the drawbridge and into Gloucester Harbor, ending in the Smith’s Cove area of the harbor. Click here for information on joining the Lighted Boat Parade.

9:15 pm
Fireworks Display over Gloucester Harbor. (following Parade of Lights, time approximate)
(The Gloucester Fireworks Committee is in need of more donations for the Labor Day weekend fireworks. Donations may be made to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Please notate “fireworks” on your donation.)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

8:30 am
Skippers Meeting
This meeting is required for all Schooners sailing in the Mayor’s Race.  Meet at Solomon Jacobs Park, immediately adjacent to the U.S. Coast Guard Station on Harbor Loop.

10:30 am
Private Parade of Sail Viewing from Beauport Museum
Sunday, September 4, 10:30 a.m.
Visit Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival’s Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor’s race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event. $10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers.
Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 to purchase tickets.

10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Parade of Sail as Schooners proceed from Inner Harbor, past the Fishermen’s Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, to the race starting area off Eastern Point.

11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Shuttle Bus to Eastern Point Light, from Eastern Point Gate (Eastern Point Boulevard at Farrington Avenue) to watch the start of the Mayor’s Race. Free ofCharge, courtesy of Cape Ann Transportation Authority.

1:00 pm
Start of Mayor’s Race for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reception and Awards Ceremony
for captains, crews and invited guests (ticketed event)

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