special Gloucester offers for 3 ships cruising for fall foliage Sept 9, 24 and 29! See the welcome poster to print and hang for Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam

Here’s the current list of Gloucester stores, museums, and organizations with special offers for the Zuiderdam passengers coming this Friday September 9th!

Peter Webber and Ken Riehl of the Cape Ann Chamber will be walking down Main Street in Gloucester tomorrow to hand out these festive welcome flyers for Holland America passengers. If you don’t see Peter or Ken, please print them out from the photo and display on doors and windows, or contact them and they can email you a PDF.

Ships arrive Friday September 9, Saturday September 24th–which is also a big Essex Heritage  Trails & Sails day in Gloucester and Cape Ann– and Thursday September 29th as part of fall foliage cruising.

Three Sheets to the Wind will perform from the Cruiseport deck. CATA will be making bus stop locations and selling all day passes for $3. Some passengers remain on ship and 40% have pre-arranged day trips. After processing through security, 1000 remaining passengers or so will be guided to CATA’s special trolley downtown (including one stop at Western Ave and Middle Street for walking over to Stacy Boulevard) and regular routes to Rocky Neck and downtown Rockport. CATA doesn’t loop to Stage Fort. Steve Douglass runs water shuttle service to Rocky Neck. Local taxi and car services have been alerted. Please reach out to Peter@capeannchamber.com for details. Crew come ashore and in the past have numbered in the hundreds.

If you are ever interested in volunteering contact Lorre Anderson at welcomecruisers@gmail.com to sign up for welcome cruisers, the visitor center, and/or the Chamber. Lorre has managed the cruiseship volunteer brigade for the Chamber for years and is fabulous.


10-day fall color route from Holland America

Gloucester’s Downtown Welcomes Holland America Zuiderdam passengers! Enjoy these special offers:

  • DIVA; 161 Main St.: 12% off all purchases. Vintage and curated jewelry


  • Cape Ann Museum; 27 Pleasant St.: $2 discount on our regular admission (currently admission is $10 for adult and $8 for seniors so admission for cruise ships would be $8 and $6 respectively) contemporary exhibits and permanent collection with world class holdings including Marsden Hartley, Fitz Henry Lane, Stuart Davis, Umberto Romano, Paul Manship, John Sloan, Katharine Weems, Viginia Lee Burton, Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and many more.






  • Harbor Loop Gift/ Building Center; 1 Harbor Loop; 10% off all nautical merchandise for the Cruise ship arrivals


  • Kids Unlimited; 123 Main St: Take an additional 10% off all summer & winter clearance, already 50%-80% off



  • The Brass Monkey; 85 Main St.: for a “TASTE OF NEW ENGLAND”.  Sample a wide variety of New England specialty foods and explore our two floors of unique gifts, antiquities, clothing, jewelry and much more.



  • Trident Gallery; 189 Main St.: free exhibition poster ($25 value) to first 50 visitors


  • Weathervane; 153 Main St.: 25% off sweats (excludes Cape Pond Ice)


Please note: Additional specials may be available at other businesses. Passengers are encouraged to ask merchants for details.  City Hall tower tours may be available September 9th and definitely offered on Sept 24th and 29th. 


flashback to 2014 prep


neptunea_decemcostata_liveWhile at Gloucester Maritime during the Schooner Festival Maritime Heritage Day I learned that Massachusetts has a state sea shell! We have a state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee, a state flower, the Mayflower (Epigaea repens), friends of mine are working to have the Great Spangled Fritillary named the state butterfly, and how exciting to learn from a member of the Boston Malacological Club that our state flower is the New England Neptune (Neptunea lyrata domcemcostata).

The shell is found from the Grand Banks off Newfoundland to North Carolina. According to the BMC, the shell is rarely found on beaches but is commonly taken in lobster traps. Next time when beach combing I’ll be on the lookout and am wondering if any of our Cape Ann lobstermen find them in their traps. Please write if you do. And if you have any spare shells to share, that would be wonderful 🙂

1126d Neptunea lyrata has many common names including wrinkled whelk, ribbed Neptune, inflated whelk, and lyre whelk. The New England Neptune is a marine gastropod mollusk, a type of large sea snail. 


About the Boston Malacological Club, from their website: The Boston Malacological Club was founded on March 14, 1910. They are the second oldest continuously active shell club in America (after the Pacific Conchological Club) and just celebrated their centennial. The Club was the proud host of the 2010 Conchologists of America Convention.

The BMC is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group, whose charter is to promote the study of land, freshwater, and marine mollusks, related creatures and their environments. The BMC participates in basic research (through local field trips), welcomes guests to its monthly meetings, and sponsors educational programs such as shell shows. In 2005, the Club donated $10,000 to malacological research through the grants program of the Conchologists of America.

BMC members practice responsible shell collecting in accordance with the COA’s Conservation Resolution.

Meetings are held in room 101 of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA (Directions) on the first Tuesday of each month from October to May. Meetings run from 8pm to 10pm, unless otherwise noted.

Image courtesy Google image search


Last glimpse of the Schooner Columbia before she headed out this morning. Note that her masts are taller than the crane at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Farewell and safe travels Columbia.


Read More About the Columbia Here

Dinner Special at Pigeon Cove Tavern!

More Cape Ann Dining News-


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Come visit Pigeon Cove Tavern for dinner tonight (9.6), tomorrow night (9.7) or Thursday night (9.8) and for every two main courses you order, receive your first course on us! Just mention “First Course Special” to your server to receive the deal.

(first course: either one shared appetizer or two salads to start)


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Art museums in Massachusetts are closer than they appear. Gloucester, Google maps and upcoming exhibitions



Last week I was in the Amherst area to meet with clients at a museum. I added on a couple of exhibitions that I knew were closing before I’d be back in that area. I have to map out shows or I miss them.

If you do an online search for ‘art museums in Massachusetts’ or ‘best of’ museum inquiries there are several helpful lists that pop up. The New England Museum Association for one has stepped up their digital presence for their membership directory. Still, must-see institutions on the North Shore and Cape Ann are rarely high lighted, buried deeply, and frequently absent from compilation lists ( see omissions at Artcyclopedia, Massvacation, Tripadvisor, visit Massachusetts, art-collecting, etc.)

Here’s a link to Massachusetts Art Museums created in Google maps. Part 2 Massachusetts 2016 fall/winter museum exhibition guide coming!

Upcoming show trends include: illuminated manuscripts, citizenship, art of picture books, and vintage and contemporary photography.




Liz Frame and The Kickers Tonight! Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 9.7.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 7th – 7pm



This one’s a first, people! Liz Frame & the Kickers are
getting raves wherever they perform. Exciting band with
attitude and vibe. You’d be crazy if you miss this! Come
and get it! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
9/14 – Honkytonk Women

9/21 – Bradley Royds

9/28 – Chick Marston

10/5 – Fozzie Hill

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


Special Clean Up on Saturday

Morning kids:

Hope all enjoyed the glorious weekend. Loved the parade of sails and the waves and the ocean certainly gave us a show.

Saturday’s cleanup will be a coordinated clean with Gloucester Beach and Park Clean Team, The One Hour At a Time Gang and Gloucester Clean City Commission.

The One Hour at a Time Gang will be going to Green Street Playground.

Time is different this week.

When:                  Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where:                 Green Street Playground

Time:                    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Please bring gloves and if you have them your pickers.  Would like to give a shout out to our DPW, they are doing a great job.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

Thank you kiddos

DonnaSeptember 10 clean up




Colby Farm Sunflowers are in bloom!

This place just makes you smile!  If you are in the area and just want a feel good moment, stop by Colby Farms in Newbury, MA and wander over to their Sunflower Field.  You can check out their Facebook page and get updates on the blooms.   As of 9/2 the field was about 25% in bloom so I’m sure this week they will be at peak.   Our friends at Colby Farm are great to do this each year so make sure if you go, don’t pick the flowers and be respectful of the area.   Their farm stand is right next door so pop in and show them some love!   Enjoy some pics below of my visits the last couple years.

All aglow
Coming in for a landing
Colby Farm Sunset
Over achiever

2016 Parade of Sail Drone Video From Martin Del Vecchio

Martin writes-

There seemed to be fewer schooners this year, probably because of the approach of Hurricane Hermine.

And some of the schooners seemed to skip the inner harbor altogether, thus avoiding my camera.

But still, this is my favorite event in Gloucester, and easily my favorite drone event.  It is just so inspiring to see the harbor filled with large sailing vessels.

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out

My boys finally head back to school today.  And, while I worked off and on all summer, officially so do I.  As someone who has always worked in the field of education, I’ve ALWAYS gone back to school.  Every September, for 40 years,…I have had a 1st Day of School.  So, never having experienced sending the boys back to school…without actually going with them…I get a kick out of the parents who celebrate the end of summer and the big day. Genuinely.  I love this compilation of parents celebrating the big day in creative ways.


Gloucester Cinema continues with the second event in the opera series.  The live performance of CARMEN, performed in by the English National Opera (ENO) Company during its 2015 season, was filmed at the London Coliseum. 

The mission of the English National Opera is to make opera current and interesting to the masses and to do so it is creating affordable and relatable English language operatic performances. CARMEN, which includes the famous Toreador song that everyone will recognize, is for a more mature audience.  Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic PIRATES OF PENZANCE (the third in the series) can be considered multi-generational.  It should appeal and be enjoyable watching to anyone curious about opera.  Opera in Gloucester is a rare treat.  It is not often that you have the opportunity to see solid performances of famous programs at the ticket prices of $10 children and seniors and $12 for adults.  The Gloucester Cinema offers plenty of free parking and easy access to the theater.

With a run time of just under three hours, CARMEN, a passionate tale of an naïve soldier and a fiery gypsy (Carmen).  The stunning performance is the backdrop for French composer Georges Bizet’s dazzling score which evokes all the sounds and sizzling atmosphere of Spain through some of the opera’s most famous melodies, from Carmen’s seductive ‘Habanera’ to the Toreadors’ stirring parade.

Check out the Carmen trailer to see how captivating this opera promises to be and why European audiences have loved this film.. Carmen will be playing Sunday 9/11 at 10 p.m. and Thursday 9/15 at 7 p.m.


Pirates of Penzance is scheduled to play Sunday, October 2 and Thursday, October 6.  The trailer touches on the highlights of a swashbuckling farce of brilliant humor and razor-sharp wit, it’s chock-full of memorable melodies, including the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General.


Gloucester Cinema is located at 74 Essex Ave (Route 133), Gloucester.  Feel free to call John Williams 781-724-5368 if you have any questions about this show or the others in the upcoming Arts and Architecture Series.  Tickets can be purchase at the theater or online at gloucestercinema.com.  Check out our Face Book page.

John Williams

Gloucester Cinema

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 9/7/16


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 http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

An All Acoustic Show By Charlie Farren with Satch Kerans To Benefit The Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

September 6, 2016 ~ cohawks

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Architecture Talk at the Cape Ann Museum by documentary film maker Lyda Kuth

September 6, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Thursday, September 29

7:00 p.m.

The life and accomplishments of Eleanor Raymond (1887–1989), a pioneering woman in the field of architecture during the mid-20th century, will be the subject of a talk presented by documentary film maker Lyda Kuth. A graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and Landscape Architecture for Women, Eleanor Raymond was a noted innovator partnering with solar energy researcher Dr. Maria Telkes to design one of the first successful solar-heated buildings in the Northeast. On Cape Ann, Raymond designed homes for artist Natalie Hays Hammond, anthropologist Carlton S. Coon and a summer cottage for herself overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor. Lyda Kuth is an independent filmmaker and Executive Director of the LEF Foundation, which supports New England independent documentary filmmakers. She has been recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council with the prestigious Commonwealth Award and honored by Women in Film and Video New England with an Image Award.


Ezra Phillips (1870-1937), Block for Howard Blackburn, c.1900, Phillips & Holloran Architectural plans [Acc. #2011.1]Member cost is $10; Non-member cost is $15. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.

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