Alicia Unleashed- Everybody’s working for the weekend



Alicia Unleashed Episode 39 taped with B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox


Enjoy for your ride home! This is an 80’s song battle. You’ve been warned!


Get your art fix outside!

Fall Walking Tours at the Cape Ann Museum

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 31, 2016) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce its fall lineup of walking tours. Guided walking tours begin at the Cape Ann Museum at 10:00a.m. and are held rain or shine, lasting about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details.

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

Manchester-by-the-Sea Architecture Walking Tour Saturday, September 10

 The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an architectural walking tour through historic Manchester-by-the-Sea in conjunction with its exhibition Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects on view at the Cape Ann Museum through October 9.

Join Manchester Historical Museum curator, John Huss and preservation consultant, Bill Finch as they highlight the diverse architecture forming Manchester’s historic downtown. This tour will begin at the Manchester Historical Museum at 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1 hour; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time.

Image: Constructed in 1885 to house Seaside No. 1, the town’s first horse drawn fire engine, this handsome building on Central Street later became the headquarters for the Manchester Police Department into the 1970s. Today it is serves as a museum and home for the town’s two antique engines.

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour ~ Saturday, September 10

Take a leisurely walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by painter Edward Hopper. Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. He began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

Image: Edward Hopper (1882-1967), Sun on Prospect Street (Gloucester, Mass), watercolor, 1934. Source:

Public Sculpture Walking Tour ~ Saturday, September 17

Get up-close and personal with the artwork you drive by everyday on this walk through downtown Gloucester. New to Gloucester? Then, this tour will give you a three-dimensional introduction to this historic city by the sea. From sculptures commemorating those who went to sea, to those who fought in war to those who changed the artistic landscape of Cape Ann forever—this walking tour will uncover the stories behind the public sculptures of Gloucester, including the unique processes of the artists who created them.

Fitz Henry Lane on Foot and Online ~ Saturday, October 1

Experience 19th century Gloucester history as this tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Learn how Lane rose from modest beginnings in the pre-Civil War era to worldwide recognition as a marine painter and why, even today, numerous artists journey to Cape Ann to capture its unusual light, so brilliantly captured by Lane.

Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to use the rich sources of information on the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online website. During this walk, you will connect specific locations to the paintings they inspired by accessing this online catalog of Lane’s work. Alternative visuals will also be available.

Hopper’s Houses Walking Tour ~ Saturday, October 8

Take a leisurely walk past select Gloucester houses made famous by painter Edward Hopper. Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. He began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.


 The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, library/archives, and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at


This Weekend in the Arts

Artist Demonstrations on Rocky Neck
Saturdays 1-3

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 10th, artist Mary Rhinelander McCarl will show her creativity through paper collage. McCarl is also a painter and changes subject matter depending on the season. In summer she paints the beaches marshes and rocks of Cape Ann. In winter she concentrates on paintings of flower arrangements and collages based on her studies of Medieval Art.

She uses watercolor and acrylic paints, often enhanced with water-soluble crayon. She has worked in the classes of Susan Guest-McPhail at the Rockport Art Association, experimenting with printmaking and collage. This has led her back to her love of Medieval manuscript painting, as she experiments with paper and textile collages and decorative subjects painted in acrylics on small panels. She has also revived an interest in block printing on Japanese paper.

For more information call 978-282-0917




Down Home Swing -Sun. 9/11@5pm at the


77 Langsford St./Rt127, Gloucester, MA 01930
978-879-4683 •


Flatrocks Gallery is pleased to be offering music by Down Home Swing on Saturday Sept 11 at 5pm. Four of Gloucester’s finest musicians-Jay & Laurie Keefe, Chick & Ellen Marston will share their expert picking, thrilling harmonies and broad acoustic repertoire. Light refreshment will be offered. A $10 suggested donation (though any offering is welcome)compensates the artists. Please join us in our lovely sculpture garden.


Are you a Serenitee Rewards Card Member?

More Cape Ann Dining News –


If so, you just got a FREE APPETIZER at Minglewood Tavern added to your card!

Perhaps you’ll want to try the Crispy Fried Pickles, Nacho Pile of Love, or the Truffle Fries  as a prelude to one of Minglewood’s nightly specials.

With Trivia on Tuesdays, live music every Friday & Saturday night and food specials five nights a week there’s always something going on. Plus, they just added a new buy two, get one free Monday night sushi special and BURGERAMA on Thursdays with six specialty burgers just $10 each.


If you’re looking to take advantage of the warm September weather, the FREE appetizer can also be used at Minglewood’s sister restaurant Latitude 43. With outdoor dinning, right on the harbor, fresh seafood, and creative cocktails – it’s the perfect spot to take advantage of the last few weeks of summer.

Please note: Latitude is now open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Monday & Tuesday for…

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Live blogging- passengers come ashore in Gloucester from Holland America cruise ship Zuiderdam.

Happy travelers are such a joy! Meet Dean and Cathy King from Adelaide. They went to Washington and New York where they caught this Holland America cruise to Canada. They said the entertainment director outlined the demographics: 110 Aussies, 700 or so Canadians, 700 or so Americans, many countries represented by 10+ passengers and 13 New Zealanders, “to be precise.” They were squaring away their plans in Cruiseport until an 11:45AM tour to Rockport, and later walking downtown Gloucester. Their friends signed up for an 8AM tour. I spent time in Adelaide and loved it. I hope they have as great a time here, and memorable trip all around.


Before reaching Cruiseport, passengers like the Kings are shuttled ashore by tender boats.


The tenders hold more people than you think!


As they came ashore they were greeted with soaring vocals of Three Sheets to the Wind.


What a reception! Many visitors stopped to take their photo.


Passengers stream upstairs to happy greeters.


The lines ebb and flow with every tender.



Maps and brochures are selected as passengers head outside to enjoy a day in Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Volunteers like Peter Webber, Kathie Gilson, Lorre Anderson,  Charlene, Linn, Jeanne, and Elizabeth helping passengers
CATA trolley route


HarborWalk map is popular

Happy helpful greeting at the CATA table. How could it be otherwise–Heidi Dallin!





Passengers heading downtown on the CATA trolley while others stand waiting for a CATA scenic bus.


Unidentified American artist, “It’s good to be on a well-run ship, Holland America Line,” mid 20th century, ink on paper, gift of Stephen S Lash, 2010, collection of Peabody Essex Museum. The museum is featuring the art of Ocean Liners: glamour, speed, and style on view May-October 2017


Brunch at the 525 is back

SUNDAY BRUNCH is back! You asked, we listened! EVERY SUNDAY 10am to 3pm

12 Lexington Avenue
Magnolia Gloucester, MA 01930

All your favorites…..Omelets, Eggs Benedict, Pancakes, Mimosa, Parfait, Bacon Bloody Marys, Monte Cristos, Fried Dough, Burgers & more!

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Foggy bocce

A foggy day in Gloucester town. A lucky day all around. Had me high. Had me proud. For suddenly, I saw things there. And through foggy Gloucester town, the life was charming everywhere.




Yesterday’s velvety vistas.


Rick Roth writes,

We had a great time on Saturday at Maritime Gloucester.  Our snakes were a big hit and we were pretty much mobbed all day. Thanks to our courageous volunteers:  Kate, Diane and Jon Bevins, Nick Taormina, Marisa Neves, Colleen Anderson, Marion Healey, Keith Bertone, Wendy Antrim and Abby Cook.  Snakes were relatively well-behaved except for Ludwik who pooped in Marisa’s shoe.  Snakes today.

We got Charlie Farren and Satch Kerans to play at our benefit concert.  We got sponsorships, we booked a great venue.  We got a bunch of cool raffle/auction prizes.  Colleen printed tickets.  Cheryl made the event poster and we hung them up all over the place.  We got a hold of the Gloucester Daily Times and we posted on Facebook.  We are getting some airtime on 104.9 radio. But, we still need to fill the house to have a really successful fundraiser.  Please get the word out however you can. Show up and bring your friends.  We are most of the way there, but we need to bring this home.

Friday  September 9, 2016  7-11:30pm
CAVPT Benefit Concert/Auction with Charlie Farren all acoustic show. He’s really a talented musician, fun and dynamic performer.  Local musician, Satch Kerans will open the show.  Rick Roth, from Littleton MA will be there with some of his cool critters.  He’s the guy that was at our concert last year.  And Gloucester Rick Roth (that’s me) will be there with some critters as well.  There will be some auction/raffle action.  This is going to be a great show.
Its also a benefit for CAVPT so we need all of you to come out and support us and bring your friends.  I’m going to notice if you don’t show up, and I think you all know how I can torment people half to death for non-support of the Vernal Pond Team. Go to the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team facebook page and check out the event poster.  Then share it with all your friends.  I’ll be watching.

We will also need lots of volunteers for this: ticket booth, auctio/raffle, critter management and more. Lots to do.

And… presale tickets are only $10.  So get them on line at or at Toad Hall Bookstore on Main Street in Rockport or The Get Outside Center, 186 Main St., Gloucester.  $15 at the door.

In other news, speckled kingsnakes started hatching here yesterday.  Watch out… they may make their social debut at the concert.

Oh… and I still need redback salamanders.

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Images Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team website

Challenger Hockey Takes to the Ice Again!

This is really such a fantastic program.  Please spread the word to any families who you think may benefit from it.  Challenger Hockey is a free program for children with developmental disabilities from ages 6-16.  It is a wonderful way to introduce these children to adaptive ice hockey while also having a great time.

Please find the application online at the link below.  Once there navigate down to the Challenger Program option.