Thank you to Tony and Abbie for allowing me to come by and get some footage of the spunky little seahorse. This is the fourth seahorse Tony has found, the second this week. He finds them feeding on tiny crustaceans in his lobster bait traps. I think this is a female. If you look closely in the above Instagram and compare with the diagram below, she does not have the male’s brood pouch.

Lined Seahorses are not strong swimmers; they ambush their prey by camouflaging themselves, changing color to blend with their environment. They are found in shades ranging from deep brownish black to gray to green, red, and oranges. Lined Seahorses feed on small crustaceans, fish larvae, and plankton. Their mouths are without teeth and instead of biting, use a sucking action to draw in food. Because a seahorse has no stomach, it must eat constantly.

Seahorses live in habitats where there is an abundance of vegetation to hold onto, for example, eel grass and seaweed in southern New England. On temperate shorelines they may curl their tail around mangrove roots and corals. It seems logical that Tony’s bait traps make a convenient feeding station, providing both food and a place on which to latch. Although rare, sightings as far north as Nova Scotia have been reported. Cape Cod is the tippy end of the Lined Seahorse’s northern breeding range.

Fun fact about Lined Seahorses: Scientists report that the males dance for their mate every morning as a way to bond.

The Lined Seahorse population is in decline; their species status is listed as “vulnerable.” The reason for the decline is not only habitat destruction, but sadly and preventably, because they are a popular commodity in the trinket trade.

A reporter from NECN and NBC contacted Tony and the story may be airing on NECN.  Let us know if you see the episode. Here’s a video Tony’s wife Abbie made, posted on GMG in 2010.  The seahorse in this video was caught in December, in Ipswich Bay, in 40 degree waters.

Anatomy of a seahorse from Google image search

This Weekend in the Arts

“Far Eastern Roads”

Photographs By Jintara Nutprasas
Public · Art · by Pastaio Via Corta


Friday, October 21 at 5 PM – 9 PM
65 Middle St, Gloucester, MA 01930-5737, United States

Please join us on the evening of, October 21st, for a one night only gallery opening at 65 Middle Street in Gloucester for photographs by Jintara Nutprasas. Prosecco & Snacks will be provided by Pastaio Via Corta & Mayflour Confections.


Voicing the Woods

An exhibition of Jeremy Adams’s organs and harpsichords

 On View at the Cape Ann Museum
October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

A public opening reception will be held at the Museum
on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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(left) Jeremy Adams Organ, 1986. Annisquam Village Church, Gloucester, MA; (center) Adams doing restoration work on a Pleyel harpsichord; (right) Adams at work in his shop. Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg ©2016.

 Voicing the Woods:  Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ chest, a 1995 clavichord and a selection of harpsichords, each built in its entirety by Adams in his Danvers, Massachusetts workshop. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’s furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.

A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

Adams’s harpsichords, clavichords and pipe organs can be found in public and private collections around the world, including the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; the Sapporo Episcopal Cathedral and the Kyoto Fukkatu Kyokai (Kyoto Episcopal Church) in Japan; Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA; the Waring School in Beverly, MA; Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, MA; and the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA. Restorations and expansions of existing instruments include work on Martha’s Vineyard and in Barbados.

The design and construction of Adams’s furniture and objets d’art evolved, in part, from the refined casework required by the musical instruments, and in part from a lifelong interest in painting and sculpture. The intersection of these elements has led to commissions from clients far and near, and to exhibitions with the Jane Deering, Found and Oasis galleries, as well as representation in a competition at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Pennsylvania.

Photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg complement the instrument exhibit and document Adams’s studio and work process, highlighting some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and underscoring the breadth and volume of his work. 


Flatrocks Gallery‘s fall show

We Need a Hero

The show runs from October 20th-November 20th.  All are invited to an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 22nd from 6-8pm.

We Need a Hero celebrates the fine art of illustration, with eight artists rooted in design and animation. Though there is borrowing from popular culture, distinctly unique visual languages are being explored here. Elements of folk and pop art, abstract expressionism and realism are cleverly interwoven into deeply personal reflections of our modern world. The show features paintings by Mark Hoffmann, Michael Crockett, Andrew Houle, David Leblanc, Greg Orfanos, and book art by Sean Randolph, Kurt Ankeny, and Jess Semeraro.

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





Two exhibitions highlighting plein air to coincide with the Cape Ann Plein Air Festival will be on display at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Oct 13 – Nov 13

Dual Receptions for both exhibits on Sunday, Oct 23, 3-5 PM

Plein Air – Here and Abroad

Montserrat College of Art Exhibition
October 13 – November 13, 2016

The Cultural Center Gallery at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930

Artists Reception Sunday, October 23, 3:00-5:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Montserrat College of Art will present “Plein Air — Here and Abroad” at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, Oct. 13-Nov. 13.  An opening reception with the artists will be held on Sunday. Oct. 23 from 3-5 pm and the public is welcome.

 The exhibit coincides with the first juried Cape Ann Plein Air Festival Oct. 10-16.

For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann (Massachusetts’ “other” Cape located 25 miles north of Boston) has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint “en plein air.” Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host a week long plein-air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best.

Aritsts included in the Montserrat exhibit include former trustee William Fusco of Manchester, Founding Faculty member the late Roger Martin of Rockport, faculty Barbara Moody, Judith Brassard Brown and Ron DiRito;  alumni Susan Cottle Alberto, Colin Maguire, Loren Doucette and Amanda Hawkins, and current students. Programs highlighted through faculty work are the college’s Study Abroad programs in Viterbo, Italy and Mallorca, Spain, the continuing education division, offering views of the college’s activities through the art work created through them.

Montserrat College of Art is a four-year residential college of art and design located in Beverly, MA offering the bachelor of fine arts degree, continuing studies for teens and adults, study abroad opportunities and four public galleries offering free openings and lectures with artists and creatives from around the country.

Beyond Plein Air

October 13 to November 1, 2016 

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Studio Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Artist Reception: Sunday, Oct 23, 3-5 PM (Studio Gallery)
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Vista, textured arcylic on canvas, 36″x36″ by Kathy Coakley

RNAC member exhibition of non-traditional plein air paintings and photographs. The exhibit takes place at the same time as the Montserrat College exhibition “Plein Air — Here and Abroad” located in the Cultural Center Gallery.

Participating artists:  Matt Cegelis, Kathy Coakley, Anne Cowman, Ann Marie Crotty, Gail Gang, Kathleen George, Jan Goodwin, Dani Shirtcliff, Martha Wakefield


Judith Curtis, author of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, 1850-1950 will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, and the important American artists who have lived and worked on the peninsula.

Free and Open to the Public. If you wish to donate all proceeds of Judith Curtis’ talk will be accepted towards updating and expanding the Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail.


Meetinghouse event:
‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’

Sunday, October 23, at 6:00pm

Gloucester Meetinghouse, corner of Church & Middle Street.
Accessible side entrance at 10 Church Street.

Silent horror film classic ‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde’accompanied by organist Peter Krasinski at the Gloucester Meetinghouse on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 6:00pm.

World-renowned sonic artist Peter Krasinski performs on the grand 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe-organ in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse, improvising accompaniment to 2 silent film classics:  the Buster Keaton comedy, ‘The Haunted House’ and the scary main feature ‘Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.’  Event opens with a fun costume parade and an impressive organ prelude.

$15 General, $12 Students & Senior (65+), kids under 12 free.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Preservation Fund

Cape Ann Savings Bank


Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry at Female Music Fest in Beverly on Saturday $20

Once in a while, when good people work together, something wonderful arises.  That’s what you can expect on Saturday at the Queen Treatment Only Music Festival co-produced by award-winning Boston vocal powerhouse Ruby Rose Fox in partnership with us at gimmeLIVE.

Our vision was to bring the area’s top female artists together for one show on the same stage for an extraordinary night of music.  Ruby has chosen a stellar lineup for what the press are calling a “groundbreaking” show (see videos of all artists here).  Of course, no North Shore festival lineup would be complete without Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry!

Tickets are only $20 in advance GET THEM HERE ($30 at the door).  ALL AGES festivals like this can pave the way for the next generation of girls and women to make independent music without apologies, fear or rules.  Bring your friends for a one-of-a-kind musical experience you won’t see anywhere else!

Just in case you don’t know Chelsea, here’s a taste of some of her music:

And here’s a video of Ruby Rose Fox (some of which was shot the last time she played at The Larcom in Beverly)

Lisa Smith Shares Snapping Turtle Photos

Lisa Smith writes,
“Hi Kim,
I know you like pictures of nature. Here is a couple of pictures I took of a giant snapping turtle at Niles Pond yesterday. I stopped to take a picture of the pond and heard something moving in the brush,stepped in to see what it was and it was this turtle. I took a photo of it with my bike helmet so you could so how big it is in relation to the helmet.
The turtle turned around and went back to the water.  Which was a good thing because it was headed for the road. I was covered in burrs, when I got out of the brush.
I know you spend a lot of time at the pond, have you seen this turtle?”
Hi  Lisa, I don’t know if this is the same snapper that I have seen, but I think there are more than one at Niles Pond. I can guess where you found it because there is a little stream that runs along the road, on the opposite side. They like to burrow in the muddy banks of the stream, both the snappers and Painted Turtles. Thank you for sharing!
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So you want to write a children book and win $10,000 prize?

Register for Cape Ann Reads by November 15, 2016. It’s easy!  Applicants are signing up.

Visit the Cape Ann Libraries and the Cape Ann Reads website. Huge shout out and great feedback for Amanda Cook, the Gloucester Writers Center, for leading a monthly writers group at Sawyer Free for Cape Ann Reads which concluded yesterday.




Scary stories-scenes from City Council & School Committee Consolidation meeting



See GMG for prior school consolidation meetings (with links)

Cape Ann TV link to the video (coming soon)

Building Management that works with MSBA

Samantha Verga’s Facebook Group (250+ and growing): Advocates for the Future of Gloucester Public Schools


Ray Lamont’s Gloucester Daily Times article about the meeting


Visiting Halibut Point from IN, NY, and Denmark


A delightful couple from Indianapolis Indicia with their teen age daughter enjoy the quarries.


Couple from Denmark


A Couple originally from Beverly now live in upper  state New York, visit the place he proposed forty years ago.  Happy Anniversary

Nichole’s Picks 10/22 + 10/23

Pick #1:  Essex Clamfest14479611_10153961060041724_7149893393695934696_n

Visit Cape Ann Vacations to learn more

The 33rd annual Essex Clamfest has everything the small town is known for including pony rides, arts and crafts, K-9 demonstrations and, of course, the ever-popular clam chowder competition. Nearly 1000 people tasted the best of the best in 2014.

Each voting for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award while nine esteemed judges helped to select the winner of the Judge’s Award. The event is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with the chowder contest from Noon to 2:00 pm.

Pick #2: Halloween Happenings at Ipswich River

Read more about it HERE

October 21 & 22, 2016
Giant carved pumpkin at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

At sundown this Halloween season, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary will be transformed into a magical forest. Join us for a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. Glowing luminaries and carved jack o’lanterns will light our way. Learn firsthand about the creatures of the night on this fun family-friendly walk.

Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume but dress warmly since we will be outdoors most of the time. The program begins in the Barn, where a variety of activities will keep children entertained before the outdoor walk.

Allow about 1-1/2 hours total for the program. At the end of the walk, warm up by the bonfire as you enjoy fresh local cider and Halloween cupcakes made by Ipswich River volunteers. Appropriate for children ages 4-10.

Please choose a date and an arrival time:

Friday, October 21: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, 7:00, 7:15, or 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, 6:45, or 7:00 pm


$9 per person (members)
$10 per person (nonmembers)

Register Online

Please register early for this very popular event, and list a second time in case your first choice is filled.

Because of the popularity of this program, we cannot accommodate extra people the night of the program. When you arrive, please check in at the Barn to receive your group number. Rain or shine.

Advance registration required. Call 978-887-9264 to register.

Pick #3:  The Head of the Charles Regatta


I’m so sad that I used to LOVE this event so much…and yet I never seem to get in there anymore to watch it.  But, if you can make it in, you should!  Such a great way to spend a fall afternoon in New England!


Since 1965, rowers have come from near and far to take part in the world’s largest Regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors. There are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s festivities.
Take part in the excitement on the banks of the Charles

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, the Regatta offers spectators a variety of activities. Individuals looking for a relaxed setting that boasts spectacular views should check out the Eliot Bridge Enclosure; while, the Weld Exhibition is the go to place for great local grub and Regatta merchandise. For a lively and energetic venue, check out the Reunion Villagewhere alumni and spectators gather to support their favorite teams. Visit theRowing and Fitness Expo at the finish line to test out a rowing machine or browse vendor merchandise.

We encourage spectators traveling to and from the Regatta to use public transportation or catch a ride on one of our complimentary shuttle buses. Visit www.mbta.com for schedule and route information, or click here for our Shuttle Schedule. Parking availability is limited for spectators and parts of Memorial Drive will be closed over Race Weekend. For more information please click “Here.”

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

Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center, October 21

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Reiki for Seniors at the Rose Baker Senior Center. Sept. 16th and every ‘3rd Friday’ of the month. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm. 15 minute chair reiki sessions for a nominal donation. Sign up in advance by calling – Rose Baker Senior Center Ph: ( 978) 281-9765.

Rose Baker Senior Center – 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street Gloucester, MA

Note: For people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or Dementia, family health agents may sign a simple consent form for their loved ones to receive Reiki. This Reiki Program for Seniors is coordinated by a registered nurse and Reiki will be offered by experienced, advanced Reiki Providers that are licensed or certified, and insured. Attention is paid to safety, hygiene and confidentiality. People receiving Reiki may feel free to stop a session at any time. Most people report feeling “very relaxed,” “calm”…

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