Montserrat College of Art Offers Youth S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps in Beverly for Grades 3-8 in July and August


This summer, Montserrat College of Art is offering Youth S.T.E.A.M. week-long camps that will run July 10 through Aug. 4 at Montserrat’s downtown building, 248 Cabot St., Beverly, MA. These flexible, partial, or full-day opportunities for youth in grades 3-8 offer hands-on learning in a safe, supervised environment, led by professional faculty from educational institutions on the North Shore and beyond. Students are welcome to attend for more than one session.

S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) classes incorporate creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and presentation. The program will be offered in lower school and upper school groupings: students in grades 3-5 will be together and students in grades 6-8 will be together. Students may choose their own courses, up to three each day. Class subjects include Cartooning, Collage, Crazy for Chemistry, Digital Photography, Drawing, Eco-Art, Geometry and Art, Horticulture, iPhoneography, Jewelry Making, Junk Box Creations, Magical Media, Nature Crafts, Painting, Sculpting with Nature, Sculpture and T-Shirt Design.

Course offerings will be: morning, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., mid-day, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., and afternoon, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Supervised brown bag lunch and pre and after school sessions will also be offered so parents can be assured their children are in good hands all day. At the end of each session, student work will be on view in a group exhibition for families to view and celebrate. Pricing is $100 per five-day class, or $265 for a full-day, five-day per week of classes.

For more information about the offered courses, instructors or to register, visit: or contact Montserrat’s STEAM Director Eric Moore at or 978.921.4242 x1717. Moore is a member of the Art Education faculty at Montserrat who has been teaching Visual Art to kids of all ages for more than 19 years.

Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn Series: “Green Screen 101”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Tuesday March 21 at 7PM with “Green Screen 101”. Presentation and demonstration by Ted Reed, professional video producer.

Think of all the times you’ve wanted to battle with Vikings, dive deep beneath the ocean waves and fly to the moon and beyond. Well, now you can!

Join us for our first Lunch and Learn After-Hours, starting at 7pm on Tuesday March 21st when we explore the basics of shooting on green screen. We’ll cover the basics of what you need for cameras, lighting, and software right here at Cape Ann TV’s studios. Find out how to make your own special effects—special!


Chroma Key or Green Screen is a fantastic tool for filmmaking that opens up so many storytelling opportunities. It isn’t too difficult provided you know the basics and is easy to use for your films whether you are making an independent low budget film or Hollywood Blockbuster.

Green screens are a key tool in a technique called chroma keying. In a basic scenario this may involve a person/subject being filmed standing in front of a green (or blue) screen. Then using an editing program the green color is digitally removed from the video file leaving the person/subject. A new image/video is then layered behind them. If done well it should look as though the person is actually standing in the scenario that is happening in the background.

The ability to chroma key opens up an array of options for filmmakers. For example if you are filming a news story and you need your presenter to look as though they are standing out the front of the Taj Mahal, then you could use this technique instead of ACTUALLY taking a news reporter to the Taj Mahal. It saves a lot of time and money.

Join award-winning local video producer Ted Reed on Tuesday March 21st at 7PM at Cape Ann TV for Lunch & Learn After Hours “Green Screen 101”.

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to to reserve your spot.


Linda Brayton and Tom Schauer share the following information about the Gloucester Dog Park ongoing fundraising efforts: 

“If people would like to donate to the Gloucester Dog Park, the address is P.O. Box 6, Gloucester, MA, 01931 or go online at You don’t need $1000.00 to be able to help this project. Every donation will help it get done! Thank you for your support!!!”

43rd Senior Care Meals on Wheels fundraiser buffet breakfast at Gloucester House

Many familiar faces and organizations came together in support of Senior Care’s Meals On Wheels, and showed up early to help host a festive and delicious event. We enjoyed sharing a table with staff from Cape Ann Savings Bank,  GoldenLiving Center, and Betty and John Erikkala from Lanesville. The Valentine’s Day fundraiser buffet breakfast was pushed back to March 10 due to the winter storm. March being March it was lightly snowing when we left.


I missed John and Betty Erkkala’s Souvenirs of Lanesville talk at Cape Ann Museum about their new book, but noticed the pocket ornament. The book is  available at the museum shop. Our marvelous city archives were mentioned once or twice!


Custom place mats gave thanks for the wonderful sponsors. You’ll recognize people in the photographs affiliated with these organizations and businesses.



Our Little Home By the Sea

Our home is officially for sale.

I’m not sure that making the decision to leave the house that you brought your two young children home to if ever an easy choice….and it certainly hasn’t been for us….but, it seems like it is time.

We love this little slice of paradise and it has been absolutely perfect for us for many years…sadly, we know if would be absolutely perfect for us several years from now as well…but, I’m not sure we can ride the storm for the decade or so in between.  Our boys are getting older…and bigger….and so is their stuff.

Even as I type this post, I remember carrying both boys over the threshold for the very first time and my heart breaks just a little bit.  First smiles, first words, first steps, one split forehead in the front yard and the six stitches that resulted, birthday parties, barbecues, puppies, and saying good-bye to three grown dogs….so much has happened here.  Good news, bad news, smiles, tears, laughs, fears, nerves, hopes, dreams, nightmares, little plans, big plans. Us.

Piles of sand from Old Garden Beach have been rinsed off in the yard and the quiet street has watched the boys grow from strollers, to radio flyers, to little bikes, bigger bikes, roller blades, and even an ATV.

Is it possible to not be ready at all…and to be more ready than ever….all at the same time? Because that is kind of how I feel.  If I stop and think of all of the Christmases, I may have to remove the For Sale sign from the front yard.

So, our precious little house is officially on the market and is even having an Open House tomorrow at 12:00.  If you stop by, check out the threshold to the kitchen that shows how the boys have grown over the years…it is kind of crazy.

If you know of anyone who wants a perfect little home by the beach, in the very best of neighborhoods, with great outdoor living….to begin their own history in….or to downsize and live a simple, happy life…. please share the word.

3 Smith Road, Rockport MA.  12:00 – 1:30.  Go say “hello” to Kim Jylkka Lorden from RE/MAX at the Coast and then spend the afternoon checking out the sweetest little seaside town you have ever seen.

Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Community

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 29

10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Cape Ann Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

Charles Movalli gallery

$10 Museum members/ $20 non-members. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

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Rise Up and Sing Out!

Cape Ann Community

Fourth Annual Pete Seeger Legacy Sing-a-long will be held Sunday, March 12 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.


The Cape Ann Interfaith Clergy Association in cooperation with Folk Life Studio and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church present the Fourth Annual Pete Seeger Legacy Sing in an open community sing-a-long entitled “Rise Up and Sing Out!”.

This family friendly event will be held on Sunday, March 12 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, located at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in Gloucester, MA. Song sheets will be provided and those with acoustic instruments are welcome to come and play along.

The first sing, organized in 2014, was a memorial celebration held shortly after the passing of the iconic folk singer/activist.

Since then, a local social justice organization has been selected each year to be the 16298564_1325248124187531_5226880042050576172_nrecipient of freely given donations from…

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Gloucester Area Astronomy Club annual Astrophotography Night

Cape Ann Community

On Friday night March 10, at 8:00 pm, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will bring you our annual Astrophotographers on Parade!

In this annual festival of GAAC astrophotography some of our best photographers will each show off a few of their favorite pictures they’ve taken of galaxies, nebulae and other objects. They will explain what each one is, how big and far away it is, and any issues they had getting the shot.

This is always a colorful, fun and exciting evening, one that will leave you with a new appreciation of what these folks do, as well as a lot of new knowledge about the strange, distant and enormous objects they photograph. Come early to see friends old and new, grab a good seat and some great goodies, and share some terrific conversation. See you on the 10th!

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets from 8:00 to 9:30 pm…

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Scenes from Mothers and Daughters art opening at Jane Deering Gallery


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Prior post with press release and more info “Prepping for Mothers and Daughters curated by Juni Van Dyke and Jane Deering Gallery 

Juni Van Dyke | Paige Farrell
Mathilde Iervolino | Bobbi Iervolino Kovner
Jane Crotty | Anne Marie Crotty
Esther Moss Proctor | Eliza Proctor
Constance Rhinelander | Mary Rhinelander McCarl
Helen Burgess | Valerie Sadler

see more photos from Juni

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