Please go to my instagram page and like daughter Madeline’s Pier 23 Burger Photo

All my #BBQ buddies please like this photo on my instagram page to help my daughter Madeline win the #foodvolution #pier23kitchen burger naming challenge in #GloucesterMA. She named it “Simple Yet Delicious” I would really appreciate your help as she’s super excited about it.


First Monarch butterfly sighting of the summer, AND SHE IS DEPOSITING EGGS!!!

So many thanks to my friend Morgan Faulds Pike, sculptor of the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial, for sharing her sighting. The female Monarch was spotted near Goose Cove, depositing eggs on Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).

Note how the female is curling her abdomen around to the underside of the milkweed leaf. The Monarchs most often (but definitely not always), choose the most tender newly emerging foliage at the top of the plant on which to oviposit eggs.

Please share your Monarch butterfly sightings. If you do get a photo, we’ll post here. If you do not, we would love to know the date and location of your sighting any way. THANK YOU! 

This Weekend in the Arts

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Essex Merchants Group is excited to announce its Best of Essex Online Goods and Services Auction. The auction will go live on Monday June 5th and run until 10:00 PM on Monday June 19th, 2017.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on over 120 items donated by Essex friends and businesses.

Items include gift certificates from the town’s restaurants and many of its antique shops. Bid on fine art, specialty gift baskets, marine goods, landscaping and carpentry services, concert tickets, museum memberships and more. Fishing charters and cruises on the Essex River are well represented.

Some of the other highlights are a sculpture by Chris Williams; oil paintings by local artists, Teri Eramo of Eventide Fine Art Gallery, Kim Thayer of Thayer Art, Robert Hanlon of Walker Creek Furniture and Art Gallery and Marcia Savory of Savory Scenes; crab cakes and Caesar salad from Timothy Hopkins Catering and Cogswell’s Grant tickets to Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions.

Beginning June 5th, follow this link to the auction

Best of Essex Online Auction 2017 Homepage
Bid in the Best of Essex Auction on over 120 items!

where you can browse, register and bid!

Essex Merchants Group originated in 2008 with the mission of “promoting Essex, Massachusetts as a destination for shopping, dining, recreation and appreciation of its history, natural beauty and open space”.  All proceeds from this auction will be utilized to that end.

For additional information, contact Bob Coviello at: or 978-768-7039.


Unexpected No. 5 Exhibit
North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA

June 12 to July 8, 2017
Reception: Sunday June 25, 2-4 pm

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Fifth Show

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The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its fifth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Five” at the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, MA. This show features artworks of about 80 artists, works of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture and photography.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years

Rockport Art Association & Museum
12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966


Downtown rooftop cinema by Gloucester’s 400th and John Sayles

Scenes from 2nd special John Sayles Presents event at Cape Ann Community Cinema which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The Cinema has added a second screening room opening next week and an organ for monthly silent movie screenings with live accompaniment.

Last night’s feature Go For Sisters was written and directed by esteemed American filmmaker John Sayles. He introduced the movie and took questions after the screening. Its powerful cast featured Edward James Olmos, aka Eddie. I didn’t know Sayles was a novelist.




Manuel and Alexandria Nunes, the 2017 Mordomos of the DES Crowning

This week the Portuguese community has been celebrating the Rosary every night in preparation of the Crowning on Trinity Sunday June 11th at our Lady of Good Voyage at 11:45

Father Jim Achadinha and Manuel and Alexandria Nunes

Visitors from South Hadley and Pittsburg


Visitors from South Hadley, he and his wife were celebrating his birthday.

They had just finished a “Taste Gloucester” tour.


Visitors from Pittsburg Pennsylvania.

Of course we talked about Football.

 New England Patriots and Tom Brady vs Pittsburg Steelers and Terry Bradshaw

Tonight’s full strawberry ‘mini moon’ heralds Strawberry Festival tomorrow!

2017 Smallest Full Moon is tonight June 9th

June 10th 4th Annual Strawberry Festival hosted by The Bridge Cape Ann @Mile Marker One 75 Essex Avenue near the Boulevard 11-4pm



Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Meeting Friday Night 6/9 @8:00

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Friday’s program at the Lanesville Community Center will feature a presentation by our own Paul Duval on his September 2015 trip to the Deutsches Museum in Munich, home to a remarkable astronomy exhibition.

The exhibits included a planetarium and even an amateur astronomy exhibit. Paul went on a one hour inter-planetary walk through a scale model of the solar system, and got a chance to observe through a number of exotic and historic telescopes.

In addition to the featured presentation by Paul Duval, Friday night is also Jim Koerth night at GAAC. Jim, one of GAAC’s founding members, will be pulling up stakes and moving to North Carolina in the next few weeks, so come in, have some cake, and say bon voyage to an original GAAC stalwart.

deutschesYou won’t want to miss Jim’s farewell or this colorful record of Paul’s trip — come early for a good seat, good…

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Experience Sail Boston on Schooner Ardelle!

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Captain Harold Burnham and his crew have lots of great plans for the Ardelle during Sail Boston 2017. Visit their website to see the schedule and to order tickets. Sail Boston will be an extraordinary experience that you don’t want to miss. As always Maritime Gloucester members get a discount on Ardelle tickets!ardelle-schooner-race-copy-w1440h900

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