Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Secretary Kerry

Together with the Essex National Heritage’s 20th anniversary celebration, 131 Trailblazing organizations where honored at last night’s grand gala, held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Over 300 Essex Heritage supporters were in attendance.

Very special guest Secretary John Kerry, who helped craft the legislation in 1996 that designated the area (and worked with Senator Kennedy over many years to secure funding), gave an inspiring speech highlighting the fact that the past twenty years of this unique public-private partnership has created the tremendous success that is the Essex National Heritage area.

Congratulations to the Essex National Heritage and all the Trailblazers!

The best fun seeing these four at the gala!! Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure, Captain Tom Ellis of the Schooner Lannon, Mayor Sefatia, and Tom Balf, Director of Maritime Gloucester.



A special toast was given to the following Trailblazers:

Preserving this Special Region: Essex County Greenbelt Association; Connecting People to Place: The Trustees of Reservations; Building & Growing Our Future: Peabody Essex Museum; Advancing Our Educational Mission (tied for first place): Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables. Of special note to Cape Ann residents, Maritime Gloucester came in second place and Essex Shipbuilding Museum came in third place in the category Advancing Our Educational Mission.

Discover Gloucester at the State House today!

Elizabeth Carey shares photos and a note with GMG:

“Today is Tourism Day at the Massachusetts State House. Each year tourism leaders from through the Commonwealth gather together to celebrate the tourism industry. There were many in attendance including Ann Marie Casey Executive Director of the NBCVB. Kate Fox of Destination Salem. Corey Atkins State Rep. Tom Kershaw of Cheers with Steve and Rhonda of Woodman’s.”- Elizabeth Carey, Discover Gloucester


Thanks so much, Elizabeth for sharing your photos from the State House. Many of the participants attended last evening’s 20th Anniversary gala at Peabody Essex Museum for Essex National Heritage. Ann Marie was there despite revving up to MC this annual State House conference–she was selected by her many colleagues for that role.

Evan Goodrow Tonight ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.6.2017

This Thursday at the Rummie: I’m gonna have to eat my spinach cuz Mr. Evan Goodrow is coming to town! the scrofulous Mr. G is sure to delight you as he always does with his nuclear versions of blues, and assorted popular toons. Always a pleasure.


And he’s dragging in Mr. Dave Moore, foremost funguy drummer to keep the pressure up. I’m gonna need a couple o’ days to recover….



40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Trailblazers and Scenes from Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary Gala at Peabody Essex Museum

Secretary John Kerry reconnected with Mayor Romeo-Theken before he took to the podium to address more than 300 guests attending the Essex National Heritage 20th Anniversary gala at the Peabody Essex Museum. They go way back. Essex National Heritage was designated in 1996 with key support from John Kerry and Ted Kennedy.


20th Anniversay Gala at Peabody Essex Museum L-R: Mayor Romeo-Theken, Gloucester; Secretary John Kerry; Annie Harris CEO Essex National Heritage

Here’s a star, Emily Levin from Essex National Heritage. Everyone who hosts programs over Essex National Heritage fabulous annual Trails & Sails enjoys working with Emily.

The temporary Essex National Heritage illumination is projected above the Halo sculpture by Anish Kapoor.

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Emily Levin, Essex National Heritage (20th Anniversary Gala Peabody Essex museum)





4000 votes helped select a few Trailblazer nominees for a special champagne toast representing their mission and all the wonderful cultural resources across 34 towns. Kim Smith was in good company! We toasted the following 2017 Essex National Heritage Area Trailblazers:

1st place | Essex County Greenbelt Association
2nd place | Ipswich River Watershed Association
3rd place | The Cabot


1st place | The Trustees of Reservations
2nd place | Mass Audubon
3rd place |Essex Agricultural Society

surprised Pilar !

1st place — Peabody Essex Museum
2nd place — YMCA of the North Shore
3rd place — Valley View Farm

1st place (tie) | Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables
2nd place | Maritime Gloucester
3rd place | Essex Shipbuilding Museum

sailing at the same table: Mayor Romeo Theken, Mary Kay Taylor Schooner Ardelle, Graham Mckay Lowell’s Boatshop Amesbury; Stefan Edick Schooner Adventure. Bill Steelman presenting award to Graham.

Nice detail: the second festive beverage for the reception featured the trio of colors in the Essex National Heritage logo.

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Gloucester organizations and partners were featured in the slide loop including: City Hall for Community Preservation, Discover Gloucester, Lannon, Rocky Neck, Schooner Adventure, HarborWalk, Cape Ann Museum.




from Essex National Heritage printed matter:

On April 5 2017 we’re celebrating all of the incredible organizations and people that we’ve spent the last two decades working with to preserve and enhance the significant historic, cultural, and natural places that make Essex County like nowhere else. We are also THRILLED that Secretary John Kerry will joining as the celebrate. Secretary Kerry played a key role in the federal legislation designating the Essex National Heritage Area in 1996!

Who are the Trailblazers and which will receive a toast?
The public nominated 131 Trailblazers.  While all Trailblazers will be recognized at the Gala, only a few will be honored with a special toast!  The public was invited to vote for which Trailblazers will receive a toast, and the results will be revealed only at the event; toasts will be made at the Gala!

Spring cleaning: new checkout counters at Stop & Shop supermarket and signs at Leonardo’s Pizzeria Sub Shop

Stop & Shop 6 Thatcher Road Gloucester installed 3 Goldilocks options for the checkout counters: which one is your too easy, too hard, just right?





Leonardo’s 273 Main Street sports a new canopy outside and programmable 3 screen menu inside



Check out the local scene: Art at the Schoolhouse spring show opens tomorrow

One weekend only…more than 50 exhibitors last year

Magnolia Historical Society

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Nichole’s Picks 4/8 + 4/9

Pick #1: Enchanted Easter Tea Party at MarketStreet

Dress in your Easter best and let us enchant you at our Easter Tea Party on The Green!

As your party attendee enters the affair, they will be greeted with a special Easter Package containing everything they will need to delight in the fun!

Guests will sip “tea” and enjoy a light breakfast while being mystified by our entertainers. That’s not all! Hop on over to the craft table, cookie decorating stations, and photobooth for more fun!

-There will only be 150 tickets sold for this event, reserve yours while you still can!

-Each ticket is good for one Child and 2 Adults. *Each child is allowed to bring up to 2 parents/guardians with them. More than 2 adults will not be permitted into the Tea Party Area.

-(Rain Date for this event is Sunday, April 9, 2017)

-*100% of your $5.00 donation will be given to the Lynnfield Recreation Department.

-*Ticket required for entry. Participants without tickets will not be granted access to the party.



Pick #2: Beverly Comic Con


Join us on Saturday, April 8th for the fourth annual Beverly Comic Con hosted at Porter Mill Studios!

Free to the public, family friendly and jam packed with local comic creators and unique vendors. Original art, posters, prints, handmade collectibles, t-shirts, graphic novels and of course comic books, will all be on hand for this one of a kind event.

Free admission with plenty of parking across the street at the garage.
Doors open to the public at 10am.

Beverly Comic Con 4
Saturday, April 8th.
Studios at Porter Mill 10am-6pm
95 Rantoul Street
Beverly, MA. 01915

Special Guests-
Robert Gill – DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics
Braden Lamb – Boom Studios, First Second Books
Shelli Paroline – Boom Studios, First Second Books

Live music –
DJ Noel Snow
DJ Radio Scotvoid

Live art –
Michael Crockett

Magic Show –
The Impossible Ivan Demarjian




Pick #3: Visit Rockport

Now that the town is coming to life again for the season, you’d be crazy to not get a jump on the season by visiting now.  As we learned earlier this week, Top Dog and Roy Moore Lobster Company are open….as are many of the shops.  Visit T Wharf, stroll Bearskin Neck, stop for lunch, do some spring shopping, and enjoy the sunshine (hopefully).



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

Cape Ann YMCA Community Awards Celebration Thursday, April 13, 2017

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The Cape Ann YMCA Board of Directors and staff invite you to our 

Second Annual
Cape Ann YMCA Community Awards Celebration!

Join us in honoring our 2017 Community Award Winners

Mayor’s Youth Exemplary Award
Charles and George King
Youth Development

David Brooks – Cape Ann Art Haven and The Hive

Healthy Living 

Lara Lepoinka – Backyard Growers

Social Responsibility 

Sal Zerilli and The Trustees of Awesome Gloucester / Awesome Rockport

Thursday, April 13, 2017

7:30-9:00 am Cruiseport Gloucester

6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA

Community Awards Program begins at 8:00 am

Complimentary Full Breakfast

RSVP strongly encouraged by April 7th.
Complete this form to reserve your seat today!