What fun to encounter a small flock of terns teaching its young to fish. Nearly as large as the adults, the tubby terns cheekily squawk and demand food (shrimp I think in this case). Watch as the fledglings try to master fishing skills while the adults tirelessly guide the young on how to feed themselves.

With thanks to Paul St. Germain, president of the Thacher Island Association, for information about the ongoing restoration of shorebirds on Thacher Island.




Spring Members Show

Exhibition Dates: March 16-April 23
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 18, 2:00-4:00 PM
Closing Reception: Sunday, April 23, 2:00–4:00 PM


RNAC seeks works of art by RNAC members featuring both representational and abstract 2D works in water media, oil, graphite, encaustic, photographs and prints; and also jewelry, ceramics and sculpture.


The exhibition (unjuried) will display the variety of work that RNAC members are doing in 2017 and reveal the variety of artistic expression and direction found in the work of RNAC artists. Both floors of the Cultural Center will be used to display art with room for approximately 30 artists submitting wall art, and for 10-3D artists on pedestals.

A curating team made up of exhibition committee members will make final choices and all choices will be final. (You, as an RNAC member, are welcome to join the committee. The committee meets regularly.) The first 30 artists to submit wall art will be guaranteed space for at least one work (depending on size); all other works will be considered as space is available.


RNAC members only. Artists must be members when entering. To join the Rocky Neck Art Colony go to


  • Each artist may submit two pieces.
  • Application is made by mailing a completed inventory form and check for $20 made out to RNACG.
  • Deadline for applications: received by Thursday, March 2, 2017 at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

Art Requirements:

  • All art must be original. (no reproductions)
  • Each artist may submit 2 pieces of 2D wall art or multiples of small 3D items.
  • Submission of artwork previously shown at any other Cape Ann venue is not recommended.
  • A maximum size of 24 inches in width is recommended in order to accommodate the art of most members. Larger pieces will be considered as space allows.
  • 3-D work must fit on a 16×16” pedestal top.
  • Accepted work must be delivered by hand, no shipping.

Entry Fee:

$20 per artist will cover the costs of mounting this show.


There is a 25% commission on sales.


RNAC requires a number of good quality photos of work for publicity and web site promotion in JPEG format. Files are to be sized no greater than 2 MB, maximum 1,200 pixels for the longest dimension. Each image must be labeled with the following information: last name, first name initial, title, medium.jpg. Example: Smith_J_SunsetSymphony_acrylic.jpg

Please email images to Suzanne at

Size Requirements:

Submitted 2-D work of 24 inches in width and 50 inches in height, including the frame is recommended. 3-D work must fit on a 16×16” pedestal top. (3-D artists should be prepared to supply pedestals as needed.) Accepted work must be suitably framed and wired for hanging; no saw-tooth or sandwich frames allowed.

Accepted Work

  • Deliver Art: Tuesday, March 14, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.
  • Art not installed must be picked up on Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 AM- 12 Noon. (Email will be sent on 3/14 ONLY if you have artwork to be picked up.
  • Pick-up unsold work: SUN, April 23, 4-5 PM or MON, April 27, 10 AM-12 PM

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please contact


16708388_1028244820612685_1365850163122677238_nWinter getting you down? Spring is around the corner! Come on down to our FREE annual seed swap! Bring some seeds to share and swap. Don’t have any seeds to bring? No worries! Come any way and grab a few freebies!

Thu, February 16, 2017
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Backyard Growers Office
269 Main Street

This event is part of FRESH, a six-week exhibition with accompanying workshops and presentations hosted by the Rocky Neck Art Colony and Backyard Growers.

Tony Frontiero joins Fly Amero tonight @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 2.15.2017


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, February 15th – 7pm
Special Guest: TONY FRONTIERO!


















Guitarist/singer/songwriter Tony Frontiero has led and played
in many local cover and original bands through the 80s and
90s (Easy Street, Grapevine Road). In recent years, however,
we find him focusing on his songwriting and solo career. No
stranger to the Rhumb Line, Tony had a regular Sunday night
solo spot here back in the 90’s. His songs have a pop sensibility
with a touch of blues, R&B, folk and jazz. ~ 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!
02/22 – John Rockwell

03/01 – Honkytonk Women

03/08 – Quentin Callewaert

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

More Maserati Dreams…

A while back I wrote a blog post about how funny it was to pull into the rental lot to pick up a car for our road trip to NYC….only to realize that my boys truly thought, for one glorious moment in their young lives, that we were renting a Maserati from the dealership that happened to be right next door.  We were, instead, renting a minivan.  The polar opposite, perhaps, of the Maserati Dream they had just been so rudely slapped awake from.  Sorry, boys.  I laugh again just thinking about it.

So, how funny that a friend of mine now stars in the 2017 Maserati Ghibli commercial that was just released this week.  He’s the driver….and he could convince me to buy a Maserati any day. My boys remind me of the young boy in this commercial….car enthusiasts that they are. Maybe you remember the video of them sprinting from car to car at the New England Auto Show in a state-of-the-art electronics, leather and shiny chrome induced frenzy….in their own need for speed. While they’ve never met Andrea, they think he’s super cool.  His cool status increased exponentially when he purchased a Cape Ann Youth Hockey cash calendar all the way from Italy….so, he’s a good guy too.  Same guy, in fact, that started One Love Unified….a clothing company with quite a mission that, “believes in the power of youthful optimism- random acts of kindness and individual responsibility to change the world. Our philosophy is to contribute to the betterment of humankind, and to co-exist with all living creatures. At our core essence, we believe in showing love for one another, the community, and the environment. OLU is committed to the fulfillment of this vision- a world free from violence, where all living creatures live harmoniously with one another.”

If you ask me, we need more Andreas in the world.

See original post HERE: Maserati Dreams on a Minivan Budget


Finn Sporting a One Love Unified t-shirt