Greater Yellowlegs foraging in the marsh.

I have loved this past month’s atmospheric and textured, misty April weather. Do you recall an April as foggy? I don’t. Whenever out and about and a spare moment was mine, I grabbed my camera and had a go at capturing beautiful fog-shrouded Cape Ann.

Piping Plover

Trying out the new teleconverter–note the little tiny figure fishing on the breakwater in the photo on the left, which was shot at 18mm, and then with the 400mm lens plus tele.

Same focal lengths with Ten Pound Island.

And then the sun came out.

Cape Ann Shave to Save

Cape Ann Shave to Save

To Benefit St Jude Childrens Hospital

May 19th, 2017   6:00pm to 8:00pm

St. John the Baptist Church     52 Main St., Essex, MA 01929

Shave your head to help children with cancer. At St Jude families do not have to pay for treatment. The hospital helps children and their families all over the world. Follow the link to join the shave or make a donation. Mail donations to P O Box 74, Essex, MA 01929.

Join us at these restaurants. They will donate a portion of the night’s sale to the Shave.

Monday, May 8th @ Jalapeno’s, 86 Main St, Gloucester


For more information email

Jane Shaw

Scandinavian Spectacular Set for Cape Ann Symphony



Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director



SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Concert Features CAS Debut of RemarkableBlind Pianist

Yoo Jin Noh

Cape Ann Symphony wraps up the orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Concert Season on Saturday, May 20 at 8 pm with a Scandinavian Spectacular featuring stirring music from Scandinavian composers Carl Nielsen, Jean Sibelius and Edvard Greig and the CAS debut ofextraordinary  blind pianist Yoo Jin Noh at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The Scandinavian Spectacular concert program features Nielsen’s Symphony No. 1;Sibelius’ Finlandia and piano phenom Yoo Jin Noh performingGreig’s gorgeous Piano Concerto. Maestro Udagawa is eager to bring the young soloist to Cape Ann, “Rockport Music’s David Deveau first introduced me to Yoo Jin Noh and I was so impressed with her ability. There is an incredible amount of musical talent in the Greater Boston area. All you have to do is hear some one like pianist Yoo Jin Noh to know that is true. We are looking forward to presenting this unique  talent to CAS audiences.” Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony Scandinavian Spectacular concert are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Pictured: Guest Soloist Pianist Yoo Jin Noh

Courtesy Photo

Stacy Boulevard construction Part 5: rounded a big corner and an angle of repose





Earlier posts outline the engineering. The photograph above details the subgrade that was re-established for irrigation (note ditch alongside walkway), loam and sod. The photo also emphasizes the lengthy short wall on the right which was removed for access during construction. “The excavation was deep enough that the angle of repose was into the old wall.” The wall in the photo is rebuilt.





Spacing and symmetry were important design considerations for Stacy Boulevard construction. The old benches were surveyed. Most were returned relative to where they were sited before the build out. The memorial benches on the boulevard are full. This one shows a tribute to Al Swelka.






Photos Nov-Dec 2016. Video caption: Stacy Boulevard construction minute – stroll before January, and sod.  Upcoming posts in this Stacy Boulevard series include: disasters, the cultural landscape, and Blynman. 


Part 4 – Gloucester’s majestic public works construction stats: bringing the Stacy Boulevard plans to life 

Part 3- Gloucester’s Stacy boulevard public works construction Part 3: compare high res plans from 1922 and 1923 with today

Part 2: Stacy Boulevard Public Works stunner | Gloucester is an early client for the Harvard and Olmsted trained landscape designer, Thomas Warren Sears. His 1908 photos are a must see!


September 12 2016- Stacy Boulevard construction update: historic Blynman the Cut Bridge project scope plans and engineering details

August 2016 

Alicia Unleashed- EDS Awareness

Alicia Unleashed Episode 59 taped 4/30/2017 with B-Side, Kyle D, Kim and Hostess Alicia Cox


Episode 59-Taped 4/30/17
With B-Side Special Guest Kyle Danikas and Kim

Alicia’s “Hot Plate” topics. We welcome back Kyle and she explains where she has been and what she has been up to. She also brought along her friend Kim who is incredible in her own. Kyle and Kim sit down with us to describe what it is like to live with EDS and the daily struggles they endure. We’re sure you will not want to miss a second of the episode.
May is EDS Awareness month and we are helping get the information out.

Kyle is doing a Walk with the Marfan Foundation June 11th in Boston Common. All money raised for her Team (Team Zebra) will go to research for EDS.

Every little bit helps, if you would like to make a donation to help Kyle’s Team please go to the following link:

Kyle Danikas-Team Zebra
The Marfan Foundation

Also we apologize for the recording quality and echo…and the crunching. (We’re a work in progress)

Annisquam Arts Summer Studio for Kids

Ignite your imagination this summer at Annisquam Arts!

Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts tips off its 23rd season by offering a variety of workshops for young artists. Conducted at Dawn’s open and professional home studio on Goose Cove, we have easy access to Gloucester’s cultural center and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. The entire program runs for seven weeks, June 26 – August 10, with new courses each week.



Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research. More information about Dawn and her work can be found at

Haley Stevens is also a member of the Glen Urquhart School faculty, as the After-Care Associate. Haley has a BFA in art and design from Salem State University, where she focused on education and was awarded a Presidential Creativity Award for printmaking. In 2009 Haley received a Gold Medal from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. She is also MA certified to teach art and greatly enjoys working with children. It is her goal to inspire young artists to do their best and find their inner voice.

Courtney Kelly is a local North Shore artist and former first grade teacher at Glen Urquhart School. With a one-year-old daughter, she now practices art from her home. Courtney’s passion for art started at a young age, leading her to study Fine Arts at Drew University. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in elementary education from Lesley University. She loves inspiring children through art and learning and looks forward to embarking on her second summer with Annisquam Arts.


You may register online at, by phone (978) 290-2107, or by brochure, which can be requested by calling or emailing Dawn at

While there is no official registration deadline, we encourage you to sign up early as our workshops do fill up quickly!


Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6-14, $250 per week

Young Artists’ Summer Studio Workshops run Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm for ages 6-14. We’ll have a blast engaging with a wide range of materials and artistic techniques in a multi-sensory studio environment. Small class sizes and individual instruction allow for all levels of ability to be nurtured. All classes are led by Dawn with assistance from Haley Stevens and a few helpers.


Week 1: June 26-29

This week, we’ll be on the go! Sketchbooks in hand, we’ll follow the footsteps of legendary Cape Ann artists such as Stuart Davis, Nell Blaine, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery and Edward Hopper. We’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most scenic destinations and inspiring galleries and studios. A Gloucester harbor boat shuttle will bring us to explore the Rocky Neck Art Colony…and to get an ice cream of course ☺ Walking shoes, swimsuit and a towel are encouraged this week!


Week 2: July 3-7 (Class runs Monday-Friday with no class Tuesday July 4)

Clip, cut, collect, compose, construct – this week is all about creative collage! Made with a variety of materials, our creations will include 2D whimsical drawings and 3D found-object sculptures, and a whole lot in between. We’ll experiment with a combination of printmaking, photography, and magazine collage, with inspiration from  the mixed mediums of Robert Rauschenberg, cutting edge pieces by Kurt Schwitters, the Twentieth Century’s greatest master of collage, and the crazy upside-down world of Julian Schnabel.


Week 3: July 10-13

This week, the studio door will open to a woodworking shop!  We’ll be inspired by one of nature’s greatest treasures to create abstract wood sculptures like Louise Nevelson, wacky driftwood portraits, and mobiles with wood scraps, sea glass and buttons à la Alexander Calder  We’ll even build our own personalized step-stools. Together, we’ll safely learn about tools like hammers and various joining and gluing techniques to make our constructions sturdy. From the decorative to the functional, wood is a perfect, versatile material to fire-up our imaginations!


Week 4: July 17-20

From the beach to the recycling bin, our art materials this week will come from unlikely places! We’ll cast the sand beneath our feet into whimsical sculptures, and make funky 3D pieces with driftwood and found objects. Colorful shards of pottery, buttons, marbles, shells, and other collected treasures will help us see that art is truly everywhere. Come with your imaginations revved up as we transform discarded remnants into modern masterpieces!


Week 5: July 24-27

Pattern, color, and designs galore! We’ll use a variety of fanciful techniques to flex our creative muscles. From collage to block printing, you’ll have your family and friends mesmerized by your creations! We’ll experiment with a craypas-watercolor resist and try our hands at bold optical illusions. Looking to color experts like Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella, we’ll turn blank canvases into eye-popping masterpieces.


Week 6: July 31- August 3

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Come on an artistic safari, guided by the works of Henry Rousseau, Deborah Butterfield, and Franz Marc. Along the way, we’ll use a variety of fun and sophisticated techniques. Make animals spring to life in colorful 3D paper-mache masks and beautifully detailed metal embossings. Channel your spirit animal in an Aboriginal dream drawing and get messy with a big chalk-pastel masterpiece. This week, set free your imagination to run wild!


Week 7: August 7-10

Learning to draw is the goal! Ancient cave paintings, modern-day graffiti, traditional Chinese calligraphy, what do these varying techniques have in common? We’ll spend this week celebrating the humble line, the foundation for every great masterpiece! With tools like ink, charcoal, oil stick, and pastels we’ll draw inspiration from the textured drips of Jackson Pollock, the spirited marks of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the punchy dots of Roy Lichtenstein.

Afternoon Specialty Workshops

Monday-Thursday, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Ages 6-14, $225 per week

For two weeks this summer, Dawn is teaming up with Courtney Kelly to offer Afternoon Specialty Workshops. Together, the morning and afternoon workshops provide an exciting full day option for those students who desire a longer day of artmaking fun!

DRAW IT!                                                                            

Week 4: July 17-20

Are you up for an artistic challenge? Whether an avid drawer or a curious beginner, students will learn advanced techniques using graphite pencil, color pencil, and markers. Each day, students will learn the essentials of drawing by experimenting with new and varied subjects. Students are instructed step by step and encouraged to incorporate their own creative vision and personal flair!


Week 5: July 24-27

This week’s class is designed to build on the “Draw It” class, but it can also be taken as a single class. Students will experiment with several unique painting mediums, including watercolor pencil, watercolor paint, oil sticks, and acrylic. From portraits and landscapes to animals and abstract work, we’ll will explore different techniques and tricks to make brilliant masterpieces to hang on our walls!


Dawn Southworth’s studio

63 Bennett Street South  • Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-290-2107 • Email:


Mother’s Day Gift Certificates…

Cape Ann Wellness

Let us take care of those special Moms in your life!

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC loves Mom’s and in celebration of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, we are offering 10% savings on all Gift Certificate purchases. Give the gift that keeps on giving – give the gift of health and wellness


Our gift certificates make the perfect gift for any Mom, Grandma, Aunt or Friend!

For those special woman in your life that do not live near to our office we offer phone and Skype consultations as well.

Check out our web site for a list of services:

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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Pellet Pooper Meatloaf for the win

Sundays in my house are usually spent doing groceries and meal prepping for the week’s lunches.   Yesterday hubs and I decided to get some meat smoking on the grill and so I tried a meatloaf recipe that I’ve been eyeing for a while.   I know the boss is a tried and true Weber guy…but we like the “set it and forget it” ease of our Traeger grill which Joey has lovingly referred to as our “pellet pooper”!     You can adapt this any way you like, but I would not leave out the sausage…it gives it an amazing flavor!


1 lbs beef, 1 lbs veal, ½ lb uncased Italian sausage

2 rolls broken up and soaked in ½ c buttermilk

½ c diced onion & ½ c bell pepper & 1 clove diced garlic (microwaved 2-3 minutes to soften)

2 tbsp each Worcestershire, mustard, siracha

2 eggs

1 cup favorite bbq sauce (I use Stubby’s for it’s lower sugar content)

1 lb bacon (dice up and fry 2 slices for inside the meatloaf and use the rest for the outside)

Mix everything but the BBQ sauce up in a bowl.   Make a weave out of the remaining bacon on a piece of parchment.  Put the loaf on the bacon and baste with bbq sauce.   Wrap bacon around loaf and cook on rack with pan underneath so grease can escape.   Smoked at 225 for 45 minutes, then upped the temp to 325 until internal temp was 140.   Basted with BBQ sauce and cooked under internal temp was 160.

Life’s Simple Pleasures

This past weekend was one of those weekends that make me appreciate the little things. We didn’t do anything over-the-top exciting, but we did a lot….and had a blast.

The weekend began with the boys’ baseball parade and season’s opening ceremonies. While I barely made it because I couldn’t quite get out of work on time, they had a great time.  Saturday began with a long walk through town with one boy and two dogs.  It was so great to see Rockport opening up around us, to feel the sunshine, and to hear the sounds of, dare I say, summer.  Later we watched some good buddies play ball, hit Top Dog for an early dinner, went to Rockport High School’s baseball game under the lights, and ended the night at Long Beach Dairy Maid before bringing a little friend home to Gloucester.

Sunday Funday brought Bocce Ball on the boulevard with Grampy (who should be reading this….so, we apologize again that the boys couldn’t get along super well when teamed against each other on the court), lunch outside at Mile Marker One, some science fair homework, a walk on the beach, baseball practice, and then a shift feeding the baby goats up at Appleton Farms (pinch me) thanks to some great friends.

While I don’t necessarily need the reminder…it is always great to get out and about and get in touch with just why we love living on Cape Ann.  Good times.


While away at Willow Rest: shop hand picked local gifts and fare

There’s a little something for everyone at Willow Rest, 1 Holly Street, Gloucester, MA

T-Shirts by Karen Pischke

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GloucesterCast 225 with Karen Pischke and Joey Ciaramitaro