Italiano Restaurant and Bar a must!

The most anticipated restaurant opening this year has arrived! Italiano Restaurant and Bar downtown is a must try! My son, Tyler, and I went down on opening night and they killed it! Atmosphere is great, polished decor and a seasoned staff. They won me over and i’m sure they will win you over too.

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Italiano’s dinner menu- 

Italiano’s lunch menu –


Italiano is located at 64 Main Street. For more information, call 978-559-7638.



John Tarrant on Koans and Creativity

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Our upcoming event is on Wednesday, April 26 – at 7 PM – at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport, MA – just a few doors down from our gallery.

John Tarrant will be giving a talk about the dynamics between koan study and the creative process.

John Tarrant is a Western Zen Master, ground breaking author, and Founder/Director of the Pacific Zen Institute in San Francisco — an organization devoted to koans, the arts, and spirituality as a creative act.  He has pioneered the development of koans as a method for understanding the mind in Western culture. John has a PhD in psychology, teaches physicians and executives at Duke Integrative Medicine, and for many years had a practice in Jungian psychotherapy.

It is quite an opportunity to bring someone of his caliber – and so involved in the creative process – to Cape Ann.

For our upcoming exhibition on the 13th of May, we have sought out 8 conceptual artists – all Alumni of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts – to explore the philosophy and use of koans — taking inspiration from John Tarrant’s seminal work “bring me the rhinoceros, and other zen koans that will save your life.”

koan is a genre defying exhibition – opening May 13 at iartcolony

with 2 performances:

— Furen Dai unveils her newest video performance, “The Inner Mind of a Translation Machine,” and

invites viewers to her participatory performance – 500 Buddhas.

— Monica Lynn Manoski reads poems from her work, “The Reading Dress.”   — through text, video, performance, sculpture, photography and painting, eight conceptual, Boston-based Alumni from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts examine the dynamics between koan study and the creative process

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Congratulations to Deo and Paula Braga, and their son Dominick, for the grand opening of the Braga’s newest venture, the restaurant Italiano. Today’s joyful ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Mayor Sefatia, Ken and Kerry from the Chamber, family, friends, and Barry Pett, who was representing Senator Bruce Tarr. Located at 64 Main Street, Italiano is serving lunch and dinner daily in an elegant yet child friendly atmosphere. The menu looks delicious and the staff are simply terrific. For information about hours and seating call 978-559-7638.

Snapshots from this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Sefatia sharing history about Gloucester’s Militello family photo, circa 1952

Generous Gardeners

Thank you Generous Gardeners for this great event that will be taking place on May 6, 2017. For more information please go directly to their website at

The boulevard already looks beautiful.

Gloucester Tulip Festival, Saturday May 6, 2017
May 6th is the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the new Stacy Boulevard gardens and the completion of the seawall reconstruction project.
The festivities will begin at 10:00 AM with an old-fashioned promenade from the Stage Fort Park Visitors Center to the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.  Participants are encouraged to dress in their best and stroll with neighbors and friends.  Free and open to all.  Prizes awarded based on elegance, creativity and floral inspiration. Prizes are baskets of tulips with gift certificates.
1. Best Bonnet (female)
2. Best Chapeau (male)
3. Best Pram
4. Best Walking Stick
5. Best Children’s Outfit
6. Best Headdress
7. Best Overall (male)
8 Best Overall (female)
9. Best Couple
10. Best Family
Following the promenade, Gloucester’s mayor will officially open the Boulevard with a ribbon cutting.  The Promenade’s Grand Marshall, William Taylor will then announce the winners.  Generous Gardeners volunteers will be available all afternoon to answer questions and provide interesting tulip trivia.
Generous Gardeners planted over 22,000 tulips for a spectacular show of color and form in shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange and red. Generous Gardeners is a volunteer group of local gardeners who care for over 22 public spaces in Gloucester.  There are two tulip festival fundraising events planned.  The movie Tulip Mania will be shown April 29th at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage on Main Street.  Doors open at 7:00 to mix and mingle.  The film starts at 7:45 about the spectacular tulip speculation in 1637 Holland.   $15/per person.  The second event is a fundraiser party on May 6th at the Mile Marker starting at 6 PM and featuring the Honky Tonk Women’s Band. $20/per person.  These events benefit  Generous Gardeners and the Stacy Boulevard Gardens.
Free Parking at Stage Fort Park.  Handicap/senior parking at Kent Circle.  Promenade contestants must register at 10:00 AM at Stage Fort Park Visitors Center, but all are welcome to participate.
Please note our fabulous fundraiser trip to Amsterdam below.  If you would like a ticket supplies are limited, email and she will reserve one for you.  Call 781-346-1363 with questions.
May 6 Generous Gardener Tulip Festival Poster
Raffle for All Inclusive plus Airfare for 9 day Amsterdam Tulip River Cruise

Passports Restaurant Community Dinner is Tonight!

Great food!
$5 raffle tickets for great prizes from Pop Gallery, Tuck’s Candies, local artists, and more!

This will benefit the League of Women Voters Scholarship Fund for local high school seniors in Cape Ann

Come on out and help our local seniors from 4 pm until close!

Reservations suggested: 978-281-3680

110 Main Street Gloucester MA

See you tonight!!!! Helping our community just feels so good!!!!

Pet of the week- Larry

My name is Larry and I’m looking for a family to call my own. I’m what the people here call a “Super Senior” and my super power is lovability. I love catnip toys, lounging on sunny windowsills, and rumor has it I’m also a great mouser! I’m a very gentle soul and I can come off as a bit reserved initially, but once I get to know you my personality really shines. I love getting scratched behind my ears and will head butt you to let you know I want more. I’d love nothing more than to curl up next to you on the couch and take in all the love. I’m not always a fan of other cats and in my previous home the dogs would sometimes bully me, so my ideal home would be one where I can be your one and only. If you’re interested in meeting me, come on down! To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:


KEEP YOUR SHOOT TOGETHER—TRICKS AND TIPS FOR PRODUCTION PLANNINGThis year’s Lunch and Learn series at Cape Ann TV has been concentrating
on how to get the most out of cameras, microphones, lights and other
technical equipment. But how do you plan to use all this stuff on your
next project without losing your mind?Come to our next Lunch and Learn After Hours at 7pm on Thursday May 4th
and we’ll show you how pre-production planning can help you keep your
shoot together.
We’ll cover how to keep your crew and cast organized, how to plan and keep
your locations ready, and how to make sure you aren’t blowing your budget.
We’ll be handing out some handy forms the pros use designed to make your
life easier when you’re planning and executing a video production.  Bring
your production questions and learn some of the secrets production
managers use to keep the show on the road.

“Keep Your Shoot Together”—Thursday May 4th at 7pm at the Cape Ann TV
studios in the Blackburn Industrial Park

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

What Do You Want to Know? We want to hear from you about what you’d like
us to tackle next, so you can get working on your next video project. Just
email us at, and let us know what you want to know.
We’re putting this year’s schedule together now, so send us your ideas

Chamber Golf Tournament at Bass Rocks

Cape Ann Community

Join us for the 28th Annual Cape Ann Chamber Education & Scholarship Golf Tournament at Bass Rocks Golf Club. Proceeds from this annual event benefit everything that the Chamber does to support local education including scholarships for Cape Ann high school students. The Chamber has awarded over $100k in scholarships over the years.

Don’t miss a fun day at Bass Rocks Gold Club that includes prizes, snacks on the course, raffles, a special giveaway item, an awards dinner and more!  REGISTER HERE.


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