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Our latest Electric Bill!!!!

Call Tim Sanborn from Cazeault Solar to find out how you can help the environment and be cash flow positive right off the bat with Solar. Total no-brainer, and Tim’s company makes it look natural on your home.

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Here’s the proof, and our house is all electric baseboard heat. We’re making money baby!
I especially like this part-

 “Please do not mail payment. You have a credit balance on your account.”

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Mayor Romeo-Theken and City Councillor Sean Nolan invite interested people to gather, review and discuss updated plans to beautify Stage Fort Park in anticipation of Gloucester’s 400th anniversary. Potential improvements include:

  1. Beautifying the area between the Gentile Bandstand and Visitor’s Center;

  2. Creating a new terrace to better accommodate popular festivals and the farmers’ market; and

  3. Modifying the paved parking area nearest the Visitor’s Center.


Friend Dawn Vesey shared the Piping Plover Growth Chart to my facebook timeline and I thought our plover lovers would enjoy seeing. The chart was made by Jim Verhagen and he has offered a high resolution version, gratis, to anyone who would like it for education/research purposes. Contact Jim via his website “Readings from the Northside.”


MBLC Update on the proposed new building plans for the Library


From Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library

Date: July 13, 2017

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Wait-listed for Library Construction Grant

NEEDHAM – July 13, 2017 – The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) voted to place the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library on a wait-list for a Provisional Construction Grant. The grant is part of the state-funded Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) which helps libraries across the state meet the growing demand for library services with expanded and improved library facilities. Attendance at public library programs has increased 49% since 2006 and every 5.5 seconds a Massachusetts resident accesses the Internet through a public library.

Thirty-three libraries completed the grant round process. Through a rigorous review, nine libraries were identified to receive grants and twenty-four were placed on a wait-list. Wait-listed libraries will receive construction grants as the funding becomes available either through the existing bond bill or a future bond authorization.

“This is a very good result for us,” said Katherine Prum, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees. “It gives us the gift of time, a number of years in which to build community support, raise funds, conduct a strategic planning process, answer the questions regarding renovation vs new construction, and address concerns about the historic buildings, amphitheater, and gardens.”

“Our residents support the library and are using it more than ever. Obviously we would have preferred to be one of the nine initial recipients, but it was a highly competitive grant round. We’re proud to have completed the process and we’ll be ready when the funding becomes available for our library,” said John Brennan, President of the Board of Trustees.

The proposed project would centralize all the library facilities in a single building, and reassert the library’s role at the center of the city’s culture and learning.

Funding for the MPLCP is authorized by the governor and the legislature. Funding for this grant round is part of the general governmental needs bond bill filed in March, 2013 which included $150 million for the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program. This funding was also used to award construction grants to 11 communities that had been on a wait-list for several years and will be used to support a future Planning and Design grant round.

The MPLCP was first funded in 1987. Since then, the program has assisted hundreds of communities in building new libraries or in renovating and expanding existing libraries. For more information about the program, please visit the MBLC’s website.http://mblc.state.ma.us/

Shake time!

Classic housemade  strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream milkshakes at Happy Belly 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA. Whip cream is homemade, too!

Fresh baked bread and bakery treats are excellent. Large loaves ciabata coming out of the oven in just about an hour…

**Update: the bread is ready and added some more photos from inside**


more photos inside Happy Belly and menus

This Weekend in the Arts

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Peter Souza and 3 Sheets to the Wind
to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 14, 6:00 – 8.30 PM

Lawn in front of the Gloucester Meetinghouse,
corner of Church and Middle Street.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce the second of our free outdoor concerts, part of the series of ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’. Tonight’s concert on July 14, 2017, features Three Sheets to the Wind, a Gloucester sea chantey and sea music group. Goodwill offerings will be made to benefit the Schooner Adventure. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, a check or cash, and a picnic dinner. The Causeway Restaurant is also offering food to purchase. In case of inclement weather the event will be held inside the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.

For more information:   http://gloucestermeetinghouse.org/




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Flatrocks Gallery presents The Manships through August 6th.

Featuring work by Paul, John and Margaret Manship.

A portion of the proceeds of sales will benefit the Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS), an initiative to preserve the artists’ home.

Paul Manship (1885 – 1966) is a major American artist responsible for many of our iconic public sculptures and whose work is considered to be a precursor to the Art Deco movement. There is a gallery dedicated to Manship’s work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in 2004 they held a retrospective of his career. Having gained fame and fortune by mid century, Paul Manship looked for a home for his wife Isabel and their four children. They found a 15 acre lot owned by the defunct Rockport Granite Company in Lanesville.  With two large quarries and surrounding woods , it was an ideal spot. Being wartime, building supplies were scarce. A house from Pigeon Cove was moved to a perch over Butman’s Pit and the family moved in, in the spring of 1945. Soon after a large oxen barn was purchased and reassembled on site to use as a studio. The family home blossomed into an idyllic retreat, a showcase for Paul’s sculpture, with fabulous gardens,  a welcoming place for villagers, a gathering place for the artists of Lanesville and beyond,  offering swimming and skating on the quarries and lots of parties ! The legacy of fine art and community was carried on by son John and his wife Margaret, both devoted artists, until Margaret’s death in 2012.

Flatrocks is honored to host an exhibit of Paul, John and Margaret Manship’s work and to contribute to the initiative to save this historically significant site and the legacy it represents.

The Manships touched many peoples’ lives, Fireside Stories will be told Saturday July 15th from 7-9pm. All are welcome and storytellers encouraged!

Saturday, August 5th there will be a Gallery Talk from 4-6pm. Please join us !

Flatrocks Gallery is open Thursday-Sunday noon to 5pm, and by appointment, located at 77 Langsford Street.


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Nichole’s Picks 7/15 + 7/16

Pick #1: Rockport’s Navy Weekend!



The United States Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron (OSTS), aboard six NA-44 foot sailboats, will drop anchor on Friday July 14th in Rockport Harbor to take part in the Rockport Navy Weekend 2017. Sailors from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine and the USS Constitution in Boston, Massachusetts have been invited to participate in the weekend events.
The Rockport Navy Weekend is hosted by the Rockport Navy Committee. Activities are planned to encourage the entire community to interact with and learn about the US Navy. The enthusiastic support and generous financial donations of the residents and businesses of Rockport helps make the Rockport Navy Weekend a success. 

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Pick #2:  Gloucester Block Party! 


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


Live Theater Performances at Gloucester Stage for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces A Celebration of local author Virginia Lee Burton at Playtime Stories,  on Saturday, July 15 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. An engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Saturday, July 15 the stories are Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel The Little House narrated by Danvers native and 2016 Education Apprentice Sarah Vandewalle and performed by Youth Acting Workshop students and members of the 2017 Apprentice Company. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past two summers. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week through August 19 Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors.  July 15 is a A Celebration of Cape Ann author Virginia Lee Burton with the books: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little House

Playtime Stories at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester runs throughSaturday, August 19. Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime StoriesCompany include; July 22: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Doctor De Soto, The Little Mouse, the Ripe Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear ; July 29: Where the Wild Things Are andCorduroy ; August 5 Dr. Seuss Celebration: Oh, the Places You’ll Go and Green Eggs and Ham with more stories to be announced for August 12 and August 19. All Playtime Storyperformances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Old Sloop Fair at The First Congregational Church of Rockport

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, continues Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with many traditional events:  White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Hand-knits, Ken’s Collection, and Snack Bar.  This year, the fair introduces its Boutique of antique, vintage and selected special items, priced for immediate sale.  The Boutique replaces the silent auction of several prior years.  The “Indoor Yard Sale” will offer tools, lamps, rugs, garden supplies, etc., and “Kids’ Corner”, staffed by the church youth, will have items aimed for the younger crowd.

The Old Sloop Fair is one of the oldest and largest church fairs on the Massachusetts North Shore, a true Rockport tradition.  It originated in 1957 under the guidance of Pastor Ed Nutting, and is an important fund-raising activity for the church.

The First Congregational Church was organized in 1755.  The sanctuary building was constructed in 1804 as the local meetinghouse.  The tall steeple and white façade close to the shoreline resembled a ship’s sail when seen from the sea, inspiring the local fishermen to call it “The Old Sloop”.  Currently, the steeple is being restored, and much of it is sitting on the church’s front lawn.  The church is displaying regular updates on the restoration project and the opportunity to contribute to the project.

For more information, please go to http://oldsloopfair.org, send email to info@oldsloopfair.org or call 978-546-6638.



Friday 7/14 GAAC Meeting Program Note: The Lives of Famous Stars

Cape Ann Community


At the July 14 meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, Phil Orbanes will reveal some indecorous truths about a dozen famous stars and their lifestyles, from Aldebaran to Sol, from the intemperate “live fast and die young” crowd to the more introspective and generally cool-headed class M red dwarves, whom, for example, you would be less likely to meet in a bar.

In a colorful presentation, and with a wink and a nod, Phil will let us know the ways in which astronomy’s HR diagram of stellar life cycles can be explained by the sidewalk outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and which star would show up where, from Barnard’s Star to the Dog Star.

Phil takes as his point of departure a passage from GAACster Bill Waller’s The Milky Way: An Insider’s Guide, where we learn that “[like] snowflakes — and people…

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Learn To Make Origami Flowers At Phia

Cape Ann Wellness

Our July craft night will be a fun origami paper folding workshop. This is a great relaxing alternative to a Friday night out at the bar or, a great activity to do in between dinner and going to hear your favorite local band play. Located right downtown on Main St., Phia is the perfect location to walk to all the local hot spots.

Origami paper folding is an ancient craft that promotes creativity, relaxation, and mindfulness. Phia’s origami flower workshop will teach you to make several types of paper flowers and we will give you written directions and pictures for each flower to take home. These flowers are the perfect way to capture this beautiful growing season all year long. Come sip your favorite drink, fold some paper, and enjoy fun, low key vibes. All are welcome! No experience needed.

Only $15 when you register online today!

July 2017 Craft Night Flyer

Pre-register here: www.phiawomenscenter.com

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