The mask that Mayor Sefatia wore at the International Women’s Day celebration was created especially for her by Gloucester’s own Hanna Anderson. Hanna was the costume designer for the Annisquam Village Player’s Peter Pan. The Mayor was so proud to show off her beautiful mask. Usually kept in a protected place at her home, she was thrilled to have the opportunity to wear it once again. The Mayor wanted to be sure to give Hanna a huge shout out for her exquisite design.


Since designing costumes for AVP’s Peter Pan, Hanna is still involved in the theatre arts however, she is now performing and designing her own costumes. She is an aerial silk performer working in San Diego. Michelle Barclay, Hanna’s Mom, sent along these photos.


Don’t you love the fabulous and recently gifted Paul Manship “Tortoise” ❤

paul-manship-tortoise-cape-ann-museum-4copyright-kim-smithErik Ronnberg and “Tortoise.” Erik is the adjunct maritime curator for the Museum and model ship builder.paul-manship-tortoise-cape-ann-museum-3-copyright-kim-smith

paul-manship-tortoise-cape-ann-museum-1-copyright-kim-smithWard One City Councilor Scott Memhard and Erik Ronnberg at the Movalli opening

The bronze “Tortoise” was modeled in 1916 and cast in 1999. The gift was made possible through the generous donations of Arthur N. Ryan, Henrietta Gates, Heaton Robertson, and attendees of the 2015 Women’s Luncheon. Read more about Paul Manship’s work at the Cape Ann Museum here.

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Perhaps Manship’s most well known work, it’s interesting to see how the plaza surrounding “Prometheus” has changed through the decades.

prometheus-fountain-plaza-rockefeller-center-new-york-citywalk-in-new-york-new-york-vintage-rockefeller-center-city-garden-club-and-fountain-axis-from-above-1934Prometheus at Rockefeller Center by Paul Manship

Alicia Unleashed- Shout out to G-Town


Alicia Unleashed Episode 55 taped 3/5/17 with B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox

Pier 23, Dress Code, Azorean, Seaport Grille, Short and Main, Second Glance, Gloucester Mattress, Stones Pub, Phia Wellness Center, Beauport Hotel, Studio Restaurant

Motif Monday New England architecture: religious conversion

So many titles! This Old Church. When a house of worship is a house. I wonder about the people and the history behind their unique architecture, and smile thinking about dedication and reverence. What were the maddening, fascinating and funny stories of the houseproud chapters?

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Author Wayne Soini Talks about Abraham Lincoln at Sawyer Library



When: Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, MA
Subject: A brief talk with Questions and Answers on “Researching and Writing about Abraham Lincoln in 2017”
(None of my books on sale that night but I will gladly sign copies if people bought copies on Amazon.)
Author of DEEP SNOW, HIGH WATERS and FULL HEART (Young Man Lincoln Trilogy)…
Free and Open to the Public.


Oil painting of Abraham Lincoln by artist and sculptor Richard R. Miller

Last few shots, I promise!

The weekends go by too fast!   We had a great time in NY despite the sub zero temps.  I promise these are the last few pics I’ll bore you with.   These few black and whites are from our walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and the view from Hoboken, NJ at Sinatra Park looking over to Manhattan.   Have a great Monday!!

Cyclones take home the GOLD!!!

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community

On Sunday March 5, 2017 the Cape Ann Cyclones, our local Special Olympics Junior Basketball Team traveled to the Fay School in Southboro to compete in their first Unified Team State Tournament. The Cyclones beat the Franklin Challengers(18-12) and the North Attleboro Rockets to earn the gold medal.The Cyclones showed great teamwork, outstanding sportsmanship throughout the day. Special Olympics Unified Sports®brings together ATHLETES with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities (UNIFIED PARTNERS) to train and compete on the same team. Participants improve their physical fitness, sharpen their skills and learn acceptance and inclusion while participating in Unified Sports. ​



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