angies-alpaca-gloucester-1-copyright-kim-smithAngela Marshall is simply amazing. Since the last time I stopped by to say hello and visit her beautiful alpacas, which was only several weeks ago, she has set up a charming shop in a tiny little red shed that was recently added to the Marshall family compound of farm buildings. Freshly scrubbed, painted, and wares beautifully displayed, there is something for everyone in this petite shop.angies-alpaca-gloucester-copyright-kim-smith

angies-alpaca-gloucester-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithThe skeins of yarn are shorn and spun from her alpacas and come in a lovely array of soft, natural shades, from creamy white to rich chocolatey browns and blacks. Alpaca, which is as luxurious as cashmere, is not only one of the warmest fibers, it is not in the least itchy.

At Angie’s Alpacas you’ll find alpaca hats, mittens, hand warmers, scarves, socks, super comfortable felted alpaca insoles, and much more.angies-alpaca-gloucester-magnolia-copyright-kim-smith

The alpaca named Magnolia came over to check out the above afghan-in-progress. Christy Marshall, now living in Georgia, is visiting the family farm and is crocheting the throw. The white in the afghan comes from Magnolia!

Presently, Angie’s Alpacas is open by appointment. Call 978-729-7180 or email Angela at Angiez65@hotmail.com. As the shop becomes established, so too will the hours. A website and Facebook page, created by Angela’s daughter Jenn, are underway. Angie’s Alpacas is located at Marshall’s Farm, 148 Concord Street, Gloucester.

You can see Angie’s Alpacas yarns and accessories tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st, at the Fall Festival at Mile Marker One. If the weather isn’t too inclement, the Marshall’s alpacas will be there as well. Admission to the festival is free.

See previous post about the Marshall’s alpaca yarn here.



Harumby is growing so quickly, both eating hay and nursing simultaneously.


That’s Angela in the background. She works from sunup till well past sundown. It’s a tremendous amount of work taking care of the alpacas, all the farm animals, and managing the office at Marshall’s Landscaping Supply.angies-alpaca-gloucester-marshalls-copyright-kim-smith angies-alpaca-gloucester-stormy-copyright-kim-smithHarumby’s Mom, Stormy, has the most intense gaze. She is always on high alert and doesn’t miss a thing that goes on at the farmyard.

This Weekend in the Arts



First-Ever Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival Set for October 2016

Historic Artist Community Provides Backdrop for Week-long Outdoor Painting Event for National and Local Artists

Cape Ann Plein Air (CAPA), a week-long outdoor painting competition and festival, will take place this fall, beginning on Columbus Day, October 10 and ending on Sunday, October 16. Festival highlights will include an opening artists reception at North Shore Arts Association on October 10, a Grand Awards Gala at the Rockport Art Association & Museum on Saturday, October 15, and a Wet Paint Essex plein air on Saturday, October 15 and art reception and sale on Sunday, October 16.

Organized by the Cape Ann Community Foundation, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, CAPA will provide a backdrop for regional and national artists, many of whom participate in other plein air events around the U.S.

CAPA is the first national plein air competition in the region, with events planned across the four Cape Ann communities — Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Up to 40 artists will be juried to participate in CAPA, competing for $16,000 in prizes and awards. There will be awards of $6000 for first place, $4000 for second place and $2000 for third place, in addition to two $500 honorable mention awards.  Other $500 awards will be granted for People’s Choice, Best Harbor Scene and Best City Scene.

CAPA juror Colin Page — an award-winning artist who paints almost entirely “en plein air” — will select the 40 artists who will participate in the competition.  Nationally recognized plein air artist Ray Hassard will serve as CAPA’s distinguished awards judge.

Plein air painting — a phrase borrowed from the French meaning “open (in full) air” — is used to describe the act of painting where the painter reproduces the actual visual conditions seen at the time of the painting.

Commenting on the festival, Rocky Neck Art Colony President Karen Ristuben, who will manage this first ever Cape Ann Plein Air, said, “I am very excited and honored to lead this event, which will showcase the region’s incredible artistic heritage and talent.”

 “Cape Ann – for nearly two centuries a destination for painters and other artists, many of whom focus on the region’s natural beauty – is the ideal backdrop for a plein air event,” said James Caviston, president of seARTS, an organization that supports the region’s art and cultural community.

“We see this as an amazing opportunity for all of Cape Ann – including artists, business and community leaders — to be part of a national event that will raise the visibility of our storied and still vibrant arts presence,” said Ken Riehl, board member of the Cape Ann Community Foundation, and CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

seARTS and the Cape Ann Community Foundation are partnering with the region’s leading arts organizations to coordinate the event, with support from a growing number of sponsors.  CAPA presenting sponsor is Applied Materials, a global technology company with operations in Cape Ann.  Other foundational sponsors include Sotheby’s International Realty and Stephen and Jill Bell. The organization is currently seeking additional partners.

Registration and an opening reception will be held at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, followed by plein air painting over six days in each of the four communities. The paintings produced during the week will be sold at the CAPA Grand Awards Gala on the evening of October 15 at the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

Other events planned for the week include:

– a “quick draw” competition in Manchester-by-the-Sea on October 12

– Cape Ann Museum tours October 11-14

– Wet Paint Essex one-day plein air on October 15 and sale on October 16

In addition, plans will be announced soon for youth and emerging artist events, demonstrations, workshops and gallery events.

The organizers are working with the region’s many hotels, motels and B&Bs, restaurants, service providers and others across Cape Ann to offer special packages to participating artists and others visiting for the plein air competition and festival.

Artists may submit entries beginning April 8, and these will be processed by www.OnlineJuriedShows.com through July 15.  A non-refundable fee of $50 is payable when artists apply, along with samples of their plein air work.  Artists 18 years and older are eligible. The registration fee for Wet Paint Essex will be waived for any registered CAPA artist.

For more information on Cape Ann Plein Air, visit www.capeannpleinair.com or email


About the Organizers

Cape Ann Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, formed in association with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation has as its mission to support Cape Ann through regional promotion, economic development and education including jobs training and work force preparedness.

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, the largest business organization on Cape Ann, is made up of members from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester-by-the-Sea, as well as surrounding communities.  The Chamber works to promote a strong local economy by supporting community programs, assisting area businesses and promoting the region and local education initiatives.  For more information on the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, visit www.capeannchamber.com.

seARTS  — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists.  Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit www.searts.org.


Folly Cove Designer-Inspired Printmaking Workshop
A four-part adult block printing workshop at The Cape Ann Museum

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (August 18, 2016) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a four-part printmaking workshop for adults this coming October, inspired by the Folly Cove Designers and led by artist Mary Rhinelander and Museum staff member Victoria Petway. This workshop will meet at the Museum on Thursdays from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.: October 27 to November 17.

$125 for CAM members / $145 for nonmembers, materials included. Space is limited to 15, reservations required:

To register, please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org

Photo: L to R: Virginia Demetrios, Aino Clarke, Louise Kenyon, Hetty Beatty Whitney, Ida Bruno.

photo for Life Magazine by Harold Carter, Sept. 19, 1945.  Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Enjoy four days of close instruction from artists Mary Rhinelander and Victoria Petway as they delve into the incredibly rewarding and beautiful world of block printing. This customized course offers participants a special opportunity to create his/her own artwork surrounded by the inspirational work of the Folly Cove Designers.  Participants will sketch, carve linoleum blocks and print their original work to take home.

A shared affinity for the Folly Cove Designers brought Mary and Victoria together and they will guide the workshop using Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios’ three rules: Do it! Don’t copy! Don’t give up!

Participants will leave this workshop with a greater understanding of the history and work of the Folly Cove Designers, a new creative outlet and twenty original greeting cards just in time for the holidays. All levels of experience are welcome.


Insights On Site: Contemporary art at the Historic White-Ellery House
Artists find inspiration in the rooms of this First Period house

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (September 9, 2016) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Here – Long Ago, an installation by Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles on Saturday, October 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

Details of multimedia work from Here – Long Ago by Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles.

In this one-day installation of multimedia work created specifically with the White-Ellery House in mind, artists Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles explore time, memory and imagina­tion, focusing attention on the quotidian things people leave behind – photos, letters, clothing, boxes, books, etc. Using a thematic structure, the artists have designated that each of the five rooms in the house communicate a single concept – the Word, the Stitch, the Image, the Year and the Box – with the intention of placing the viewer in a different time and asking them to ponder the lives of those who lived here long ago.

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the back­drop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Wash­ington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Visitors are invited to explore the art installation and the historic house and property. Karen Battles and Leslie Lyman will be available to discuss their work and Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions about the House. This program is free and open to the public.

Support for this program is provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.

Karen and Leslie are both mixed media artists living in Newburyport and Beverly Farms respectively.

This will be the final installation in the 2016 Insights On Site series. To see work by other artists in the series or to find out more about this program visit capeannmuseum.org/insights-on-site.


Paintings by Ron Straka on Display at BankGloucester

A collection of Ron’s paintings are on display at the bank (160 Main St., Gloucester) through Nov. 11th. BankGloucester is hosting a reception in Ron’s honor on Saturday, October 1st from 11am to 1 pm. The reception is a great time to meet Ron and talk with him about his work.

Ron Straka was born in Pennsylvania and graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Though he was a physicist professionally, Ron has been painting since his early teens. He is continually drawn to the challenges of plein-air painting, and traveled throughout the world to paint landscapes. His paintings have been in numerous shows and galleries throughout the country.


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Two of our favorite rising stars tomorrow – Danielle Miraglia & Victor Wainwright – both for under 20 Bucks

We’re torn.  Two of the hottest rising stars of today’s blues scene will be close to home tomorrow.  Danielle Miraglia in a co-bill with Jon Shain at Old Sloop in Rockport ($10 in advance HERE, $12 at door)

… OR …

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots with Roomful of Blues Horns and Dwight & Nicole opening at The Larcom in Beverly.  Tickets start at $19 HERE.

Here are some videos to help you decide:

Thought you’d find nothing to do this weekend because Summer is over?  NOT!

It’s baaaack! Announcing the 2016 Massachusetts Mayors’ Arts Challenge. How would you showcase Gloucester art chops in 1 minute video?

So the 2016 Mayors Arts Challenge to tape a video submission highlighting art and culture  was announced September 26th.

The deadline is October 14th.

What’s a city to do?

#MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA

The last Mayors’ Arts Challenge was in 2010. You can view various past submissions on the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouTube channel including Peabody (600 views), Pittsfield (3710 views), and Gloucester (24,877 views). Pittsfield won in 2010.

Guidelines for 2016:

  • The Gloucester 1-3 minute video needs to be sent to the State by October 14, 2016
  • October 17 – videos across the state go LIVE and voting commences
  • November 1 – voting stops
  • After November 1st – videos from 3 cities with the most “thumbs-up” are sent to the MCC selection panel. Winner announced soon thereafter and will be showcased at the State House February 17, 2017 as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state’s highest honors in arts and culture. In 2015 Gloucester and Plymouth received Commonwealth Awards as creative communities “that demonstrated the central role of arts and culture in building healthier, more vital, more livable communities.” Gloucester was honored specifically “for providing leadership, funding and infrastructure to places where art and culture are presented.”

Gloucester is huge on enjoying, boosting and celebrating creative folks working here. Everyone has a phone. Help your artist-friend,  business, restaurant, or organization that’s big into the arts.

Snap a photo, shoot some video. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. No matter what tag it #MaMayorsArtsChallenge #GloucesterMA then share, share, share before October 7th, one week prior to the State’s final deadline. Those tags –or one of them– could be a video.


The Open Door Autumn Breakfast

The Open Door Autumn Breakfast will be held on Thursday, October 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester. This celebration of community spirit kicks off the 2016 Thanksgiving Meal Basket and Food Drive season. Breakfast is free. Donations requested.

Reservations required by 10/21. Call 978-283-6776 ext. 209 or emailing  rsvp@foodpantry.org.

Can’t make it? Want to help? Donate online or find out more at FOODPANTRY.org.

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Topsfield, Boxford, Rowley, Hamilton, and Wenham. 12042662_10153068500796771_1199919748706488517_n

Papi’s Final Stand

The Red Sox come home today for their last regular season home stand….and the last regular season home stand of #34’s career.  I’m no sports writer so I won’t try to wax poetically about the ride it has been, but I will say that I’ve gotten a huge kick out of being in his presence off and on for the past 13 seasons of Red Sox baseball.  The weeks of the ALCS, ALDS, World Series, and Rolling Rally Championship Parade back in 2004 will go down as one of the best months of my life.  While we’ve shared fewer than 10 sentences over the years, he has both smiled for my camera and made me smile more times than I could ever count.  Bring on the postseason!


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 9/30/16


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.

Sawyer Free Library October 1-8,2016

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SeniorCare to Host Veterans Appreciation Information Sharing Workshop

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SeniorCare Inc. will host a Veterans Appreciation Information Sharing Workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the SeniorCare offices located at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA. Veterans, their Caregivers, and the organizations that support Veterans are invited to attend. Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, and local and state officials will attend the event.

There will be a brief presentation on the various programs available to Veterans through SeniorCare, including Caregiver Support, Options Counseling, and Homecare Services. Organizations that serve Veterans will be invited to share materials and a brief discussion of their services and updates to Veterans services.

There is no charge to attend. Light refreshments will be served.  For information and to reserve your space, contact Tracy Arabian at SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 x-508 or tracy.arabian@seniorcareinc.org. For more information about SeniorCare and its programs, go to www.seniorcareinc.org.

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Options to Help You Pay for Medications

September 29, 2016 ~ trixy546


SeniorCare Inc. will host a presentation by Richard J. Sagall, M.D. regarding the difficulties many people face when trying to pay for their medications and options to explore to help on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the SeniorCare offices located at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester, MA.

Everyday too many people face the dilemma of paying for healthcare or paying bills, rent and buying food. What they don’t know is that there may be help for them with their healthcare costs. NeedyMeds is the best single resource for information about these programs. In this presentation, Dr. Sagall will take you on an exploration of all the available types of help and how to best find programs.

Dr. Richard M. Sagall received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. After completing his family practice residency at the Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor, ME, he practiced family medicine and occupational medicine there for nearly 20 years. During that time he began NeedyMeds. Dr. Sagall has written articles on assistance programs and occupational medicine topics for a number of publications. He has given presentations on patient assistance programs and occupational medicine throughout the country.

There is no charge for the workshop.  For information and to reserve your space, contact Tracy Arabian at SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 x-508 or tracy.arabian@seniorcareinc.org.

Free Computer Coding Class in Salem Open to All Gloucester High School Girls

Image ~ September 29, 2016 ~ GloucesterU