What? Wakewoman is in the pulpit? Come, come whoever you are to an hour of power at the UU Church in Rockport!

Sunday morning (March 12th) Heidi will be leading the service at the Rockport UU. Musical accompaniment by Rockwell & Kerwin.


Happy Birthday to Len Burgess

As Len celebrates his 80th, let’s revisit one of his ice crystal masterpieces. Len is truly a fine artist, craftsman, musician and scholar. Above all, he is a warm and gentle soul and, happily, a good friend.

©Len Burgess 2015

                                     At Dawn

 At dawn we walk through a forest of frozen firs,

 their branches dipping to snag our hats and drip

ice down our backs and send chills to our toes,

with snow underfoot and shadowy woods ahead.


But, the young sun’s glow gives a sweet caress

and promises us shelter as we trudge through

this strange, mysterious  and glorious world

of shadow and light, of biting cold and loving


© Marty Luster 2015




Marshalls Farm Stand

On Thursday decided to take a ride over to visit the animals at Marshalls Farm Stand, 144 Concord Street, Gloucester, MA near Wingaersheek Beach. By the way the farm stand will be opening in late May.

The Alpacas and the horses are so friendly. Great place to visit with your kids/grandchildren

Jo Jo



The beautiful horses

Call for Entries – Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

At the Water’s Edge
Online Photo Contest

fiss054.jpgIn conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s spring exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit images based on the theme of “at the water’s edge” that capture the magical place often seen in Movalli’s work where land and sea meet. Photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea.

For over forty years, Charles Movalli (1945–2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts and a widely respected teacher.

Submission deadline April 30 | Live Facebook voting May 5 through May 19 | Winners announced May 26

A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent’s Cove). Handcolored slide from the Fishermen’s Institute, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Cape Ann Museum staff will select photos for public voting on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the theme of “at the water’s edge.” Beginning on Friday, May 5, the selected photos will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page at The public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them.

For more information please visit:


  • 1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)
  • 2nd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop
  • 3rd Prize: Copy of Kodachrome Memory by photographer Nathan Benn

A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be displayed on the Cape Ann Museum website.


The Cape Ann Museum celebrates the art, history and culture of Cape Ann – a region with a rich and varied culture of nationally significant historical, industrial and artistic achievement. The Museum’s collections include fine art from the 19th century to the present, artifacts from the fishing, maritime and granite quarrying industries, textiles, furniture, a library/archives and two historic houses. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (18 and under) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

Last Chance: Fresh art exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

Open today and tomorrow 12-4 including Sunday Closing Reception, Raffle event 2-4pm



Hillary Irvine

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“Green Screen 101” Cape Ann TV- Lunch & Learn Series ‘After-Hours’

Cape Ann Community

Learn how to green screen at Cape Ann TV’s next Lunch & Learn ‘After-Hours’! on Tuesday, March 21 at 7PM

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,’ 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…

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Only A Few Tickets Left – Irish Sweepstakes Event

Cape Ann Community

Only ten tickets left – don’t miss out on your chance to WIN BIG!
At next week’s Irish Sweepstakes event we give out a total of $20k in prizes, including a grand prize of $10,000. The party also features a 50/50 raffle, an Irish dinner and cash bar. Join us for the fun!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gloucester House Restaurant  | 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester
Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by stopping by or calling the Chamber office at 978-283-1601.

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TownGreen 2025, a program of the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, presents its second Cape Ann Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, located at 32 Cherry Street in Gloucester, MA, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free.

Enjoy live music, speakers addressing clean energy technology, carbon neutrality, locally relevant impacts of climate change, and personal carbon footprint reduction and have enlightening conversations with our expert youth ambassadors about climate change concerns on Cape Ann. You can even test drive an Electric Vehicle!

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market will be on site from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Bring your broken bicycles to be repaired by volunteers from the Cape Ann Timebank and your unwanted bikes to be donated for refurbishing by Bikes not Bombs.

For more information, visit our website at

Gloucester Cinema Update on Seating and Ticketing 

For your information — an update on Gloucester Cinema


            FINALLY, the sample chairs that have been sitting in the Gloucester Cinema lobby for almost a year are where they belong – in the theater ready for you to check them out.

            After months of waiting for the seats to be made, shipped and installed (not to mention theater owner John Williams single handedly removing the old seats) the comfy rockers and the sought-after recliners are in each theater.  Customers who went to see many of the Oscar nominated movies had a heightened experience when they realized they could choose between the standard rocker with plenty of leg room or the recliners located at the front of the theater.

Just in time for the new Beauty and the Beast movie, Gloucester Cinema is not only proudly announcing their upscale seats but also their new ticketing system, which will make your movie going experience a little easier.  Starting Friday, March 17, you can pick a specific seat when you buy your ticket on the website —  From wherever you have internet access to the cinema’s website, online purchasing gives you the flexibility to buy an assigned seat ticket for either the rocker or the recliner.

If you are bringing guests and want to be guaranteed a ticket, it’s not a bad idea to buy your tickets online before coming to the show.  “With the installation of the larger seats and wider aisles, there are not as many seats in the theater to sell as there once was,” stated theater owner John Williams.  “So, it is safe to say that tickets for new popular movies like Beauty and the Beast will sell faster.”     Customer commentary on the cinema’s Face Book page highlights that patrons are thrilled with the switch.  According to John, “They also love that at this point there is no price difference between which type of seat you purchase.”

An online purchase gives you the opportunity to buy a ticket for a preferred seat for the specific show time you want.  If you wait to buy your seat at the theater, the computer will generate an assigned seat based on whatever is still available.

Everyone has been waiting for Beauty and the Beast and the other block buster movies scheduled to be released in 2017.  Check out for a list of all the shows, times, whether the movie is 2D or 3D, pricing and available seating.  As always if you are looking to book a private party feel free to call John at 781-724-5368 for details.