Rotary Polar Plunge Video

Hi Joey – As requested, I’ve uploaded a video of the hardy souls who did the Polar Plunge today to support the Rotary International campaign against polio. There were about 200 plungers and watchers. And, a good time was had by all.

Long Beach at Cape Ann Motor Inn: air temp 35◦F, ocean temp 43◦F, wind 13 mph


The footage [approx. 9 minutes] is not edited so here are some time stamps:


0:00 Prelims and herding the Plungers

4:20 Introductions

6:00 Running and plunging into the ocean

6:38 Running out of the ocean

7:00 Recovery: Finding clothes and warming up


Please post. Thanks very much, Lucinda Seigel, Cape Ann Communications



Recently a reader wrote the following about her Barred Owl:

-There is one in my yard-Have heard him at dusk and my husband has seen him twice in the stand of oak trees near my front door around 6:30AM-Same place I have heard him-You are welcome to come try and get a picture-Patti

Please contact me Patti. Unfortunately your email address is coming up anonymous in the comment section. I can be reached at I would really love to come and record audio of your Barred Owl. So very much appreciate your kind offer. Thank you!barred-owl-sleeping-copyright-kim-smith-copy



dscf6262Your antidote to February ~ don’t miss the beautiful FRESH show at the RNCC!

The gallery exhibit runs from February 2nd to March 12th. For the full schedule of events and workshops held in conjunction with the exhibit visit Backyard Growers Events here.dscf6296

dscf6278Leon Doucette “Barn Shelf Arrangement” Oil Painting

dscf6264Stevens Brosnihan’s “Colony” Photograph

leon-doucette-rnccdscf6268Leon Doucette “Stopping to Think” Oil Painting

2016 Pigeon Cove Ferments Harvest Is In The Books

Passports Community Dinner Feb. 7 in Support of Period Partners!

Passports‘ Community Dinner this month will support Period Partners, ​a ​local charitable initiative​ raising money to provide menstru​al products to​ local shelters and The Open Door​. Access to menstrual​ products is a basic survival need, but for many people in America​ this need goes unmet.​ Period Partners seeks to address this need on Cape Ann in collaboration with Women’s Equality Cape Ann (WECANN!) and The Open Door.​ As usual, Passports will donate 10% of all meals sold between 4:30 and closing to this month’s organization.

If you’ve been thinking about a night out, why not consider Passports next Tuesday! The food is great, it’s a worthy cause,​ and it promises to be a fun night! Reservations recommended.

And we thank our community for all the support so far!

Julie Rhodes Band w/ These Wild Plains opening @ Katrina’s Saturday 9pm February 4th

julie rhodes

Katrina’s feels blessed to have this rising star returning to perform with her kickass band for the 4th time at our venue.
It was a special year for Julie Rhodes, the Boston based blues-rock singer who released her debut album in March and just won the 2016 Boston Music Award for “Best New Artist.”
Julie was also nominated for
Album of the year
Female Vocalist of the year
Americana Artist of the year

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Julie’s opening act will be These Wild Plains
THESE WILD PLAINS – “Miss Me When I’m Gone”

reservations recommended ( limited seating)
You do not want to miss this show!
* in lieu of door charge, please tip the
musicians if you can.


14 Rogers St
Gloucester, MA
Call (978) 515-7817

Prepped and ready: Rotary Club of Gloucester polar plunge fundraiser today! So many come they park at Good Harbor before heading to Long Beach




The Rotary Club of Gloucester hosts the 7th annual regional fundraiser to eradicate polio. Brave and generous dippers will park at Good Harbor, shuttle past Uncle Tony (Precision Roofing Services of New England) to Cape Ann Motor Inn and Long Beach waters. Hundreds of supporters will be on hand to watch as many fearless participants dive in for a purpose– including more than 20 Gloucester High School Interact club members and the new Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce President, Sarah Young, Director of Development for Schooner Adventure. It’s a colorful crazy sight and an inspiring cause. To donate and learn more visit the Rotary Club of Gloucester: Freezin’ for a Reason: The Rotary Club of Gloucester Hosts a Polar Plunge to Make Polio History

Donations are tripled by the Gates Foundation.

‘Leven & Sorellanza Valentine’s Concert

Cape Ann Community

leven-sorellanza-poster-for-feb-11-2017-concert-at-the-gloucester-meetinghouseWHAT TO EXPECT‘Leven and Sorellanza performed in concert together for the first time at the Gloucester Meetinghouse in February 2015 and return this year with the Valentine’s Day theme.  They began their debut by flying a long banner over the audience as they produced ethereal sounds that set a magical tone to the whole evening.

The varied repertoire of these talented women and their evident exuberance for singing a cappella was hugely entertaining as well as moving for the audience with playful solos, duets and rhythmic gymnastics adding spice to their superbly blended ensembles.  Prepare to relax, laugh, remember, and allow the theme of love to permeate your soul with music sung from the heart. 

WHAT’S SPECIAL? Two Cape Ann a cappella  women’s vocal ensembles raise their voices in songs of Love…and Home…and Love…and Work…and Love…and Life…and Love…and Strength…and Love…and Peace…and Love some more…


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