Don’t miss the 5th Annual Schooner Challenge! Proceeds to benefit the Evelina M. Goulart, the Essex-built, Gloucester fishing schooner. Tickets may be ordered online at or call 978-375-3337.


White-tailed Deer Doe

I had a lovely encounter early this morning with a pretty doe. Isn’t she beautiful?  It was around 5:30 am and still a bit dark under the trees. We checked each other out for at least five minutes, me filming away and she nibbling on greens, before she somewhat nonchalantly headed into the woods. The deer appeared on the young side, with her knobby knees and keen curiosity. Please, any deer experts reading this post, do you think she is an adult deer or a teenager? How can you tell? Thank you!


This Weekend in the Arts

RESIST: The Art of Protest exhibition and related events, all at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

June 1-July 2, 2017

  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 3, 4-6 pm

  • Kids Resist: Art-making activities for young people, Sunday, June 4, 2-4 pm

  • We Resist: Readings in collaboration with the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Sunday, June 18, beginning at 5 pm

  • Farmer’s Market in collaboration with the Gloucester’s Farmer’s Market, Saturday, July 1, opening at 5 pm

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) hosts a new exhibition, RESIST: The Art of Protest, featuring works of art from artists motivated by the current political climate. This five-week exhibition, made possible by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, takes place from June 1, to July 2, 2017 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester. The gallery is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Over twenty artists from the local community present art inspired by the theme of resistance. More than an exhibit, RESIST gathers together images, writing, music, and other modes of art and activism. RESIST empowers the community and encourages the public to be active participants in democracy. RESIST focuses on involvement, catharsis and fun.

Artists in this show draw from a wealth of experience, materials and modes. Work includes photography, sculptures, installations, collage, paintings, prints and technology. In addition to the traditional gallery opening and exhibit, a series of events—from prose and poetry readings and art activities for children to a Farmer’s Market—featuring local musicians, writers, and community organizers. Please join the artists at the opening reception for RESIST: The Art of Protest on Saturday, June 3, for light refreshments, music by Renee Dupuis and Joe Cardoza, and fun.

Co-curated by Stevens Brosnihan and Amanda Cook, RESIST brings together twenty or more well-known artists from the local community. In addition to Brosnihan and Cook, contributing artists and community activists include Willie “Loco” Alexander, Nicole Bogin, Willa Brosnihan, Joe Cardoza, Greg Cook, Michele Del Vecchio, Renee Dupuis, Susan Erony, Derek Fenner, Hope Fishburn, Ryan Gallagher, Joe Gallo, Paul Cary Goldberg, George Hall, Jay Jaroslav, Lara Lepionka, Camilla MacFadyen, Somer O’Brien, Adam Orcutt, Jess Semeraro, Joshua Scott-Fishburn, Rosemary Scott-Fishburn, Mark Tiewes, and others. Additional work by artists and artist statements can be found at

Gotta give us what we need
Our freedom of speech is freedom or death
We got to fight the powers that be

Lemme hear you say
Fight the power.”

Public Enemy 

For More Information: Email:


Rock Bound: Painting the American Scene on Cape Ann and Along the Shore

A special exhibition opening this summer at the Cape Ann Museum

On view June 3 – October 29, 2017

Gifford Beal (1879–1956), Northeaster #2, Bass Rocks, 1930. Oil on board. Private collection.

In the years immediately following the Civil War, Cape Ann set out on a path that would make it one of New England’s most vibrant and influential art colonies of the early 20th century. As the foundation on which this growth took place was broad, with countless artists working in a myriad of media, no one trend or style would come to dominate the emerging colony. There did arise, however, a fascination with capturing the “American Scene” as embodied on Cape Ann and in the surrounding areas.

With paintings drawn from private collections and the Museum’s own holdings, Rock Bound will explore the ways in which an array of artists of the early 20th century sought to capture the natural beauty of the region, the power of the ocean and the hardscrabble way of life that was quickly disappearing in other places. The exhibit will also consider how artists placed local populations and traditions in their context, whether it was carpenters working in the shipyards of Essex, women and children relaxing on wide sandy beaches, or fishermen and quarrymen pursuing their timeless and dangerous ways of life. Artists featured in Rock Bound will include Jane Peterson, Martha Walter, Gifford Beal, Leon Kroll, Marsden Hartley and Stuart Davis among others.

Media contact: Meredith Anderson   (978)283-0455 x15


David Rogers, Classical crossover guitar
Folklore Theater

 cb_002Solo guitarist David Rogers performs Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00pm at Folklore Theater Company 169 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 704-1269

Admission: $15.00

Termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his ‘astonishingly florid’ improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards jazz, world, folk and classical music.

An endorsing artist for GHS Strings, his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk.

David will play a program based around Spanish, Flamenco, Up-Tempo Latin, original settings of Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones’, Roxy Music songs, as well as music by the Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions. He will also be premiering an original setting of Tim Buckley’s stunning Song to the Siren.


Insights On Site

A series of one-day contemporary art installations at the Historic White-Ellery House

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord on Saturday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the White-Ellery House in Gloucester. Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home. This program is free and open to the public.

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Images courtesy of the artist.

Gaylord studied English literature at Boston University and since the late 1970s has been working with words, letterforms, design and expressive mark making. In 1992 she began an ongoing series of sculptural works called “Spirit Books.” As Gaylord says of this work, “These books connect my experience of the inherent spirituality and mystery of nature with the long-standing tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief.”

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.

Insights On Site – 2017 Season

June 3
Reading the Past: A Calligraphic Installation — Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Using excerpts from the 1848 journal of a 13-year-old Gloucester girl, Gaylord’s installation will bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through her subject’s observations of school and home.

July 1
Surf’s Up!
Cameron Ahearn, Kerry Sullivan and Jamie Hosker

A rare chance to see a collection of surfboards ranging from the mid 20th century through the present day. The collection was compiled by Ahearn’s father, and once adorned the walls of The Studio Restaurant on Gloucester’s Rocky Neck.

August 5
— Sarah Slifer Swift

In this durational performance, Swift and company explore women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time.

October 7
Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman

In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.

Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.


Judy Cook’s Songs of the Sea

A musical performance celebrating women and the sea

Judy Cook - photo credit Joseph Tecza
Judy Cook – photo credit Joseph Tecza

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome author and folk singer Judy Cook on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m. for a musical performance devoted to (wo)men’s relationship with the sea. This program is free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Registration required; please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or register online at Eventbrite. For more information email

Fascinating stories of women and the sea have been passed down in ballad form through the centuries. Add to these a few of the great songs about ships, men and ghosts and the result is a wonderfully entertaining program. The songs and poems in this program range from funny to serious, from chorus to narrative, and from well-known favorites to more obscure gems.

Judy Cook performs each year throughout the United States and Britain. She is recognized for her depth of understanding and storytelling ability in ballad form, her musical talent and her dedication to historical research. Judy’s programs are enthusiastically received at universities, museums, historical societies, festivals, and lecture and concert series.


Last Chance to see this show

Summer Love Fest in Gloucester
Photo Show at the Essen


‘Husband and wife photographers Michael Chamness and Karen Pischke of Gloucester have their photographs on display in downtown Manchester-by-the-Sea at the Essen Restaurant, 4C Summer Street (Route 127) through June 11.

Photos feature landscapes and bird life of Cape Ann. Drop in for a cup of coffee and a sandwich and enjoy!’


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Massachusetts Candy Trail


Just because it’s a happy stop and local flavor.

Putnam Pantry fans

Danvers Putnam Pantry, established in 1951, is hosting an employee reunion this month:

“Did you work at Putnam Pantry for your first job? Did you work in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond? Please join us June 17, 2017 @ 12:30pm for food, drinks and to catch up with some old friends!”

brief background on history of candy in New England  see New England Historical Society When New England Candy was King: 15 Sweet Facts 

Nichole’s Picks 6/3 + 6/4

Pick #1: Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


Sunday, June 4th 10:00-4:00 Rain or Shine.  $20 per car applies to both members and nonmembers.

Join us on Sunday, June 4 for a day of nature and fun. Featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls. An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

Among the many activities:

  • Live owl presentations throughout the day
  • Insect Zoo
  • Native reptiles & amphibians exhibit
  • Face-painting & Henna
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Craft demonstrations & sales
  • Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Food! Bake Sale! Ice cream!
  • Raffle with lots of great items to choose from
  • Naturalist-guided walks & pond explorations
  • Guided tours of our butterfly & bird habitat gardens
  • Green Games Alley: games & activities about sustainability
  • Live music all day

Please Note:

The Audubon Nature Festival is a fundraising event for Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary will be closed to general visitation on June 4 until 4:00 pm. During this event, we provide special programming, activities, and entertainment.

Because of this unique experience, the sanctuary will only be open to event participants who pay the admission of $20 per car (Mass Audubon members and nonmembers). Your admission provides critical support for our education and conservation programs. Thank you!

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Pick #2:  Thursday Baseball in Rockport!  

Come Support the Rockport High School Baseball Team in the State Tournament at Evan’s Field.


Pick #3: Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour

June 3 & 4 10:00-5:00


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Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community, located along the scenic North Shore of Massachusetts that includes three important cultural districts. For the past two years Gloucester has been named one of the country’s top ten Art Destinations by American Style Magazine. Come visit us, explore our exquisite natural surroundings and see the fine art and craft that they inspire. Many Artisans are open year round; during non-tour times please call for an appointment to view our work.

The tour is free and self-guided. Professionally printed brochures containing the studio descriptions and the tour map are available at all studios, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127, and many other public venues; meanwhile, at home you can download and print the PDF to plan your trip. Print it out, mark it up, or just keep it on your portable device (smartphone, tablet,…) for travel.  As you approach each artisan studio on the road a bright, magenta Studio Tour banner will mark the studio location.


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

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Yard Sale Recap

Greetings from the Pond Team…

We had a great Yard Sale on Saturday – plus a Snakes and Vernal Pond Exhibit. The weather was perfect. We were set up earlier than ever. Breakdown happened faster than ever. We brought in over $1400.00, which is the second most ever.
I wish I could thank everyone by name, but its really not possible with all the Vernal Pond Team members, the Kestrels and everyone who donated items or volunteered some time before, during and after the sale. All I can say is Thank You to everyone for a great fundraising event!

I’ll be at O’Maley School in Gloucester on Friday, June 2, for Visiting Scientist Day meeting with four or five different classes to talk about field biology and a few other things. Not sure what time yet. I could use a volunteer or two to help out. Email if you can assist.

Saltwater Massage Studio is Hiring!!

Cape Ann Wellness

~ NOW HIRING ~ seeking one great massage therapist to join our awesome team. This is a dream job for an MT, I know because it was my dream. In the words of one of our current team members “I don’t think I’m ever going to work anywhere else.”  REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2 years professional work experience as a massage therapist. Availability FRIDAY afternoon and SUNDAYS (additional shifts available, but only MTs with Fri/Sun avail will be interviewed). Licensed by the MA Massage Therapy Board and AMTA or ABMP member. Applicants with advanced certifications and continuing ed and/or background in another fitness or wellness field are preferred. To apply: send a resume AND cover letter to I am looking for the right fit and not just someone to fill a job, so tell me a little about you and why you want to work here. Talk to you soon!image

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Thursday 6/1 is the first day of the Cape Ann Farmers Market!

Cape Ann Community

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Join us at Stage Fort Park from 3:00-6:30 this Thursday June 1 for our first market of the season!!!

Come enjoy the gorgeous view from Stage Fort Park and get your fresh, local strawberries, greens, basil, and pastured heritage chicken. Let your kids play on the playground while you enjoy live music, check out the beautiful work of local artisans and chat with friends!

See all of our vendors at

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