You’re doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t been to Feather and Wedge in Rockport MA

I had the best meal I’ve eaten in 2017 and it was the scallops of risotto with corn and peas and I could literally eat this meal every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy.

Amazing.  Get there.




Feather and Wedge
Address: 5 Main St, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: (978) 999-5917


Kate got the salmon which she loved and we always start out with either the cheese board or the charcuterie board.  Can’t go wrong with either.



Anticipation is building for Gloucester’s fabulous and beautiful Schooner Festival. After a year and a half of Harbor renovations it is a joy to see Schooner Adventure and Schooner Ardelle return to their home at Maritime Gloucester.Schooner Columbia will be berthed next to the Adventure during the 2017 Schooner Festival, as she has in previous years, save for last year’s Festival. Friday’s schedule is as follows:

Friday, September 1, 2017

All Day Arrival of Participating Vessels.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Mayor’s Reception for invited guests (ticketed event)

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gloucester Block Party on Main Street in downtown.

Schooner Adventure Crew

Schooner Columbia


Check here for the 2017 Schooner Festival schedule of events.

Compass Rose ~ Bronze and glass sculpture by Mark Read, Maritime Gloucester

Cape Ann’s Schooners
 Adventure, Flagship of the City of Gloucester and leading the Parade of Sail
 Thomas E. Lannon, honoring her namesake– a fisherman from 1901-1943
 Ardelle flagship for Maritime Gloucester.
 Bald EagleGreen Dragon  and Sugar Babe from Gloucester
 Redbird & Lewis H. Story from Essex.  View of the Paint Factory from Maritime Gloucester

Can major Gloucester paintings by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer come back home? Appealing to Bill Gates and private collectors: please remember Gloucester!

Legions of fans visit local, national and international museums to see icons of American 20th century art by Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer. Some of this art was inspired by Gloucester, MA. One more Hopper or Homer Gloucester scene in any collection would be welcome, but in Gloucester it would be transformative.

The City of Gloucester boasts a world class museum that would be the ideal repository for a major Hopper and Homer of Gloucester. It hasn’t happened, yet. It should! I feel not enough of a case has been made for having originals right here in the city that inspired some of their most famous works and changed their art for the better.

Edward Hopper Captain’s House (Parkhurst House), one of the few original Hopper works remaining in private hands, is slated as a promised gift to Arkansas’s Crystal Bridges Museum of  American Art. Crystal Bridges opened in 2011 and will have acquired 4 examples of Hopper’s art — 2 paintings, 1 drawing and 1 print–with this gift. (I think Arkansas would have been ok with 3.)

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The only known Winslow Homer seascape painting still in private hands is a great one inspired by Gloucester. Bill and Melinda Gates own Lost on the Grand Banks, 1885.  I saw it at the auction house back in 1998 just before the sale.  What a fit for Gloucester and Homer if it found its way back here!


Winslow Homer Lost on the Grand Banks 1885


Edward Hopper’s Gloucester Street also went to the west coast, purchased by Robert Daly. I’d love to see this one in person! The corner hasn’t changed much since 1928 when Hopper painted the street scene.


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Hopper’s downtown Gloucester scene, Railroad Gates, is not on public display.

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I’m surprised and hopeful that there are paintings of Gloucester by Hopper that could be secured. There are tens of drawings including major works on paper. I saw this Gloucester drawing, Circus Wagon, by Edward Hopper at the ADAA art Fair back in March 2016.

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Davis House (25 Middle Street) was sold at auction in 1996.

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I’m keeping tabs on most of them. The only way they’re going into any museum is through largesse. Why not Gloucester?

Homer and Hopper watercolors in private collections can’t be on permanent view due to the medium’s fragility. (Exciting developments in glazing and displays are being developed that go beyond the protective lift.) The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, cares for works of art as well as any institution.



You can rent one of 110+ Gloucester MA properties that Edward Hopper painted!

Available now: 160 Prospect Street, Gloucester, MA / Parkhurst House (Captain’s house)


Edward Hopper Parkhurst's House Captain's House 1924 watercolor private collection 100+ Gloucester homes and vistas inspired Hopper



Happy Belly, Happy Son

If you haven’t been to Happy Belly don’t walk, RUN!

Took Tyler for the first time and he was over the moon about the Open Faced Corned Beef Benedict!

He was particularly excited about the fruit cup that comes with it AND the home fries!

Don’t forget to check out their extensive dessert section and use your Serenitee card for points while you’re there!


Happy Belly

3 Duncan Street
Gloucester, MA 01930.

Alicia Unleashed- Girls just want to have fun

Alicia Unleashed taped 8/29/17 Episode 66 with B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox
It’s like a ghost town tonight! First Day of School. Hurricane Harvey. J.A.S. Electric’s Charity Cruise to benefit the
Hot Plate: Last Block Party September 1st @ 6pm, Schooner Festival on Saturday, summer goals and highlights. No Summer of Bridget (unless you caught her on the snaps). Fall goals, Alicia is heading to Vermont as Bridget dreams to hike and go to Vermont. We loathe Depascito, Shape of you and Taylor Swift’s new song. What establishments we spend most of our money at. Talk about upcoming guests, who would you like to hear? KEVIN BACON IS GETTING GARRIED! (That’s right, we said Garried!) FaceTime with Mr. E! GET YOUR SERENITEE CARD!

This Weekend in the Arts

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Howard Sherman Exhibition

August 27 – Sept 2, 2017

Opening Reception at 6:30 PM,
Artist Talk at 7 PM Thurs. Aug 31, 2017,

Open to the public

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – Studio Gallery
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


ROCKY NECK ART COLONY welcomes 2016 Goetemann Artist-in-Residence Howard Sherman back to Rocky Neck with Instigators, showing at the Cultural Center Studio Gallery beginning August 27, 2017.

Sherman is known for large, bombastic images and human-scale canvases, but Instigators sheds light on his smaller works on paper. By delving into this medium, the artist reveals his intuitive use of material in a distilled yet assertive manner. Sherman received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in 2006. Soon after, he was featured in a solo traveling exhibition originating at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. His work is part of several museum collections and is on permanent display at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The artist has been profiled numerous times in New American Paintings, appears in the 2010 book Texas Artists Today, and was chosen for the cover of the recently-released art history book Texas Abstract: Modern/Contemporary by Michael Paglia and Jim Edwards. Rice University is now collecting his personal artifacts for its research center.

Sherman continues to further his craft and studies. Along with the Goetemann residency, the artist has also been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, School of Visual Arts, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Artist Residency Program and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Sherman has been in a number of solo exhibitions across the United States, and his work has been featured in group exhibitions in Texas, California, New York, Florida, Spain, India and Peru.

Instigators will be on display at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – Studio Gallery from August 27 to September 2. A reception honoring the artist will be held on Thursday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist talk starting at 7:00 p.m.

 Howard Sherman, artist

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. The Cultural Center is becoming known as a new listening room for eclectic musical programming. Concerts are scheduled throughout the year.


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Tickets available at: s/edge-gala-benefit-party- performance




Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 8.31.2017. Looks like a wicked good one!



I have possibly the most dangerous band of the year. I call ‘em the Seasick Dyna-Sores, but we’re really just musical friends. We’re gonna crank out some serious Dixie and Trad Jazz. Six guys, no waiting. three horns, three rhythm players and many vocals. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DON’T MISS THIS. 

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

3rd Annual Bicycle Tour de Greenbelt September 16th

Cycle 25 mile or 50 mile (not timed) circuits for land conservation on the 3rd annual Tour de Greenbelt. Pass through and by North Shore towns and sites — Essex, Rowley, Newburyport, Topsfield, plus more than 50 Greenbelt properties

Tour de Greenbelt cyclists

Date and Time:
Saturday, September 16th, 2017 – 3rd annual ride!
9:00am start for the 50-mile ride
9:45am start for the 25-mile ride
BBQ and post-ride festivities to enjoy when you finish! Ends at 3:00 p.m.
*Packet Pick Up: Wednesday, Sept. 13th & Thursday, Sept. 14th @Cox Reservation 4:00-7:00 PM

We need to do this version of the running of the bulls and we need to do it yesterday. Hampden Hill would be perfect!

Something to fill the void in the off Fiesta months when we’re missing our beloved Greasy Pole.  Or maybe we could set it up for this Friday’s block party.  Start out at the intersection of Middle and Hancock and let it demolish people all the way down to I4C2.

Telegraph– A Spanish village’s attempt to invent a “cruelty-free” version of bull-running by replacing the animals with giant balls has ended in tragedy after two people were seriously injured.

One man was left in a coma after sustaining a serious head injury when he was crushed against metal barriers by the 300-kilogramme resin ball which chased runners around the town of Mataelpino, near Madrid during the event over the weekend.

Another man suffered three broken ribs and concussion.

The mayor of Mataelpino, whose idea of substituting in the balls – painted with bull’s faces – seven years ago has been emulated by other Spanish towns, has said the council will review its safety protocols before next year’s event.

Good times!

Thursday Get To Minglewood Tavern For Burger Night!



Minglewood Tavern

25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA 01930

The Serenitee Rewards Card allows you earn points towards free food and experiences every time you dine at one of our restaurants. You earn 10 points for every dollar spent. All you have to do is put your Rewards Card next to your credit card when you pay. Here are the standard rewards:

2,500 points = Free Appetizer, Salad or Dessert
3,500 points = Pizza, Sushi Roll or Sharing Platter
5,500 points = Free Entrée
10,000+ points = Tickets to special events, like wine dinners and cocktail parties,
plus some fun rewards we’re still dreaming up.

But there’s more…

  • We also add surprises through the year. You might find a free appetizer show up on your card for TWK, or lunch at 15 Walnut, or sushi at Opus.
  • You always get a free entrée and dessert to celebrate your birthday month
  • You…

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