Gloucester and Essex schooners headed to Sail Boston

Wave the flag for Gloucester and Essex!

Essex-built schooners participating in Sail Boston will be a significant part of the upcoming celebration of Tall Ships, June 16-22. They are: Lettie G. Howard, Roseway, Adventure, Thomas E. Lannon, Ardelle, Fame, and Lewis H. Story. 

There will be fifty-one vessels participating in Sail Boston, twenty-nine of which will be schooner rigged. Of these twenty-nine, seven were built in Essex, MA, and four were built by eleventh generation Essex shipbuilder Harold Burnham. The oldest, Lettie G. Howard from South Street Seaport, New York, was built in 1893, with Ardelle the youngest, in 2011.

Other participating schooners with a local connection are American Eagle from Rockland, Maine, originally the Gloucester dragger Andrew and Rosalie, and the small schooners Green Dragon from Gloucester and Redbird from Essex. 

The website has a complete list of all of the vessels, plus a calendar of events and viewing information.



Sara Young, Greg Bover, and Ken Riel

Last night the Studio Restaurant was crowded with colleagues, friends, and well-wishers in honor of Greg Bover, vice president of the organ building company C.B. Fisk, and the latest is a long line of super community minded, dedicated men and women representing Cape Ann’s business community.

Greg has lent his formidable leadership skills and hands on mentoring to many organizations in our community–to name just a few of his contributions–building the captain’s quarters of the Schooner Adventure, past Sawyer Free Library president, clerk for the Fish Box Derby, and trustee of Awesome Gloucester.

The award could not have been given to a kinder person. Thank you Greg for all that you give to our beautiful community.Greg and Mayor Sefatia

Jamison, Greg, and fiancé Maureen

Sara Young and Sinikka Nogelo

Bob Gillis and Tobin Dominick

Greg and Stefan Edick


Kirkus review and book launch at Charles Fine Arts for the new children’s story about Bobbi Gibb, first woman Boston Marathoner and artist

IMG_20170608_150512.jpgLast chance | last week to visit current group exhibition at

Charles Fine Arts 

Flowers and Elegant Objects

closes June 16, 2017


Group show features Bobbi Angell,   Liz Ayer,   Stephen Bates,   David Bareford,   Lorrie Berry,   Eli Cedrone,   Geoffrey Teale Chalmers,   Anne Winthrop Cordin,   Traci Thayne Corbett,   Yhanna Coffin,   Fran Ellisor,   Bobbi Gibb,   Paul George,   Ellen Granter,   Marjorie Hicks,   Christine Molitor Johnson,   Bonita LeFlore,   Nella Lush,   Marija Pavlovich McCarthy,   Tracy Meola,   Carole Porter,   Judith Monteferrante,   Katherine Richmond,   Jan Roy,   Rosalie Sidoti,   Tony Schwartz,   Charles Shurcliff,   Deb Wolf

Special Event June 13

Charles Fine Art is hosting a book launch Tuesday June 13 for the new children’s book about Bobbi, The Girl Who Ran, by Kristina Yee and Frances Poletti with illustrations by Susanna Chapman. The event is co hosted by Sawyer Free Library and The Book Store. Here’s the Kirkus Review:

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The Girl Who Ran kristina yee

IMG_20170608_150752 (1).jpg“In cooperation with Gibb herself, Poletti and Yee tell the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, questioning authority with her feet.

The Boston Marathon had been taking place for 70 years when Bobbi Gibb, a white woman, steps illegally to the starting line in 1966, a hoodie covering her hair. Her road there is strewn with the land mines of bias, everything from “So unladylike” to the official comments on the rejection to her application: “Women cannot run marathons. It’s against the rules.” Poletti and Yee neatly evoke the joy some find in running, simply running. Gibb “ran with her pack, going higher and higher, / the world whooshing by, like the wind in the fire.” Such couplets are found every few pages, the last four words the refrain. Readers gain a sense of the experience through Chapman’s artwork, the light-footed energy of the watercolors slipping outside the pen’s fine line, a veil of wind trailing behind Gibb. Halfway through the race her ruse is up. She is boiling in her hoodie and confides to a fellow marathoner, a black man, that she is afraid of ejection. “We won’t let anyone throw you out; it’s a free road.” Well-told and illustrated, Gibb’s story speaks to not only women’s fight for equality, but the power of community.” 

Last chance: Film producer Alejandro Springall and John Sayles at Cape Ann Cinema

“I like to show my beautiful country.”

Alejandro Springall, Mexican film producer, talk back after The Thin Yellow Line / La delgada línea amarilla screening at Cape Ann Community Cinema, Gloucester, MA.


Last night at Cape Ann Community Cinema was a rare chance to see an auteur film before its American distribution. A memorable talk back with Alejandro Springall — a film producer with a poetic touch– was informative and inspiring. Springall provided behind-the-scenes details on the making of The Thin Yellow Line, other films including ones in collaboration with John Sayles, and the Mexican film industry. Mexican companies can invest in films and write off a deduction with tax incentives built into mandatory state funding for culture. Why give it to the government when your marketing is funding a movie? It’s easy to see why Sayles and Springall have worked together: similar artistic approach to filmmaking, a particular focus on characters, great scripts, and dignity.

John Sayles presents Go For Sisters tonight!

About the 2 Gloucester screenings this week

Way cool NE Beach Soccer Cup at Good Harbor Beach June10 also benefits GHS soccer and FYS

“The New England Beach Soccer Cup tournament is not just about crowning a champion, but more importantly giving back to the community.

This year, all of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Fishermen Youth Soccer as well as the Gloucester High School Soccer Boosters.

These two organizations have been instrumental in the development of thousands of young student-athletes and soccer players and have played a vital part in the community for several decades. We’re so happy to be able to give back to these deserving organizations and re-invest in our youth and community!”

We can’t be there because of a Fishermen Youth Soccer game this Saturday–AWAY AWAY as in Haverhill– but we’ll check out that this cool new add-on: LIVE streaming the event!

NE 2017 beach soccer cup

Video from 2016

Nichole’s Picks 6/10 + 6/11

Pick #1:  Dragon Boat Race and Festival, Boston

June 10th and 11th along the Charles River

The 38th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held the weekend of June 10-11, 2017.  Be sure to save the date!  Races and cultural performances. Admission is free.

69 teams raced in the 2016 Boston Dragon Boat Festival, once again breaking a Festival record for the number of teams competing.  See the list of teams that participated.


Pick #2: Millbrook Meadow and Pond Annual Rubber Duck Race

Saturday, June 10th at 11:00 am

Be sure to buy plenty of raffle tickets for the big Rubber Duck Race, 11 a.m. June 10, 2017. Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Council on Aging, and if your duck comes through among the first, you can be a winner! — in Millbrook Meadow and Pond.



Pick #3:  Cape Ann Museum’s Second Saturdays


The second Saturday of every month is free from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.


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

Landry and Arcari Famous 26th Annual Yard Sale Is Saturday June 10th!

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Jay Arcari and son Nick Arcari are preparing thousands of square feet of carpeting for our 26th Annual Yard Sale, this Saturday from 8am to 4pm at our Salem location. Designer wool carpeting 25% to 65% off of our closeout prices! Top name brands like Karastan, Stanton, Fabrica, Prestige, Fiberworks and many others! Don’t miss this sale! #yardsale #rugs

Our 26th Annual Yard Sale, this Saturday, June 10, from 8am to 4pm in Salem MA, rain or shine! Breathtaking tribal, modern and vintage handwoven rugs starting at $250. All-wool carpeting and area rugs starting at 99 cents a square foot. Food, fun and special guests for the whole family. Don’t miss it!

Jeff Arcari is feverishly discounting thousands of rugs with sale tags for our upcoming 26th Annual Yard Sale, this Saturday at our Salem location, 8am to 4pm, rain or shine! Jeff only discounts like this once a year, so you don’t want to miss this sale!

Cape Ann Farmers Market TODAY at Stage Fort Park!

Cape Ann Community

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Come to Stage Fort Park from 3:00-6:30 this Thursday to enjoy the view while you shop for delicious fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, pastries, and more! Browse our craft vendors, get your knives sharpened, listen to live music, and eat dinner while your kids play on the playground!

Check out our full list of vendors at!

The Cape Ann Farmers Market accepts EBT/SNAP, WIC Coupons, Senior Farmers Market Coupons, and cash.

Free parking at Stage Fort Park during the market! Come enjoy the sun!CAFM2017

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