Under the weather with a two-boxes-of-tissues-a-day head cold, I haven’t been out walking as much as usual. This afternoon I popped over to Niles to take our Rosie out for a very short walk, just in time to see off in the distance a male and female Ring-necked Duck resting at the icy water’s edge, along with freshly opened branches of pussy willows. Spring is surely on her way!

Ring-necked Ducks for the most part breed further north. I imagine the little flock that is at Niles is only here for a brief period of time.

Charles Fine Arts: Form–Face-Figure Exhibit


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FORM  FACE FIGURE  starting Saturday March 18th – April 9th

Includes Live Portrait Sessions by Geoffrey Chalmers, Eli Cedrone, and Leon Doucette



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Beverly hosts a regional Massachusetts Cultural Council cultural districts gathering at The Cabot

The City of Beverly and The Cabot hosted a Massachusetts Cultural Council north shore cultural district meeting today. The theater was getting ready for tonight’s sold out Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan and they still made time for the districts. Mayor Cahill welcomed the group. The current exhibition installed in this sunny space is a solo show by fine artist and commercial sign maker, Andrew Bablo.

Cultural districts and organizations coming together for this meeting included the following: Beverly Main Streets and the BAD district; Montserrat College of Art; Chris Sicuranza, Gloucester’s Director of Communications & Constituent Services,Office of the Mayor; the two Gloucester cultural districts, and local cultural council; Rockport’s cultural district; Essex Historic Society and Shipbuilding Museum  and district; Historic New England and Cogswell’s Grant; Lynn’s district; Haverhill’s; and Concord’s. Concord will be hosting their regional meeting tomorrow. Currently there are 35 cultural districts across Massachusetts with 40 possible by the end of June. Salem may come on next year.  Interactive MA cultural districts as Google map.


OUR HOSTS photo L-R: Kevin Harutunian, Chief of Staff, Beverly; Aaron Clausen, City Planning Director, Community Development, City of Beverly; Gin Wallace, Director Beverly Main Streets; Meri Jenkins, MCC; J Casey Soward, The Cabot, Beverly; Steve Immerman Montserrat College of Art, Beverly; Annie Houston, MCC


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Women of Essex exhibit at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum opens this weekend

Slated to run in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, Women of Essex Stories to Share, will be on display most weekends from March 18-April 29. The show is hosted by Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum. Lee adds:

“The motivation for this exhibit was the recognition that, while our emphasis at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum has been on shipbuilding and the men involved with it, there were many significant roles of women in the community. Hence the exhibit Women of Essex – Stories to Share. This exhibit features about a dozen women that we are featuring individually in this first phase of the project. To help scope this effort, we are focusing this phase on women who are no longer with us. These include the women that were instrumental in building the first meeting house, one of the first woman auctioneers in the country, a female professional baseball player, a woman who was a motivator behind several town projects, several individuals active in the arts, and even an enslaved woman. There will be collections of several other groups of women, namely teachers and restaurateurs, an Essex mainstay.”



Nichole’s Picks 3/18 + 3/19

Pick #1: Wonka, Junior

There’s quite a buzz about East Gloucester Elementary School’s upcoming performances of Wonka Jr.

Shows on Friday @ 6:30, Saturday @ 2:00, and Monday at 6:30.

I’ve been told that tickets are $10 and are available at the door.


Pick #2: Cape Ann Youth Hockey:  Girls Open House Practice on Friday, March 17th at 6:00 pm.

CAYH - Girls Flyer 2017-2018 Season from kristin


Pick #3: Children’s Drop and Shop at the Pingree School in Hamilton

The Drop & Shop offers a unique, extensive shopping experience for families with kids 0-16.  You can shop for complete seasonal wardrobes for all your kids, or stock up on new [different] toys, games, books, DVDs, gear and furniture.  There are sizes, styles and price ranges for everyone.  Moms, Dads, Aunts and Grandmothers are all welcome to shop for the all the children in their life.  Best brands only.  All items are screened, hand-picked and approved from a team of experienced and savvy moms!
Plan for an extensive shopping experience by bringing an empty shopping bag, or three. The facilities offer plenty of room to roam.  We ask – no food or drink, cash and local check only.  Children are always welcome, but please consider others and make sure they stay within arms reach.  Roaming children will be asked to re-unite with their guardian.  It’s not okay to leave children unattended.


As always, for a comprehensive listing of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

New book based on a lifetime of guidance: local writer Jane Edwards shares her compelling take on elder care

Congratulations, Jane!

See Joann Mackenzie’s article in the Gloucester Daily Times about Jane Edwards new book  “Caring for Caring: An Enriching, Kindhearted, Ethical Journey with Our Elders”. 


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Judith Curtis at the Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Community

Cape Ann & Beyond: Lecture by Judith Curtis

Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond.

Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Image: Charles Movalli (1945–2016), Marine Railways, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Dale Movalli, 2016 [2016.59].

Author and art historian, Judith Curtis will give an illustrated lecture on one of the North Shore’s most distinguished landscape and marine painters, the late Charles Movalli. This talk will touch on Movalli’s philosophy and technique as it pertains to works in the Cape Ann & Beyond exhibition.

The cost of this program is $10 Museum members / $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Register by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

Judith Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s permanent collection. She lives on…

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Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – Visit us at the Cape Ann Career and College Fair!

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – Priority Applications due now!

Stop by our table at theCape Ann Career and College Fair!  March 16th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the Gloucester High School field house.  All GHS students and parents are invited.

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Cape Ann Wellness

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

#NationalKickButtsDay. You Can Do It!

Kick Butts Day is organized by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and sponsored by the United Health Foundation. The first Kick Butts Day was held in 1996.


Talk to your doctor about group and individualized treatment programs for smoking cessation. Stopping smoking can be a challenge. Medications for tobacco treatment along with tobacco treatment counseling may make it easierAsk your doctor if you are a candidate for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT,) Zyban (Wellbutrin) or Chantix. 

Addiction is a ‘disease of the brain.’Nicotine addiction is no exception, and the cigarette companies know as much about the addiction pathway as healthcare providers, finding ways to  make cigarettes more addictive so they can sell more cigarettes.

Collaborative, comprehensive, supportive programs make it easier to stop.

Benefits of Stopping Smoking –  Click here to…

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