Aquanuts Do It Again, Swimming in 9 Rhode Island Beaches in Just One Day!


Hi Joey,   

Those crazy Aquanuts! The perseverance, the guts, the athleticism….well, and the absurdity of it all!

For those who are just learning about this unique New England swim team, here’s the rundown: The Aquanuts have been swimming as a team since 2009. They get together annually for one day of rigorous adventure. The crew’s first goal was to swim in 6 States in one day. When that wasn’t enough, they did 7 states in a day, next time it was 8 states all in one day: a day consisting of sunrise to nautical sunset.

They’ve swum all of the beaches on Cape Ann, Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, the entire coast of New Hampshire, and triumphed at the Maine/Canada International.

Nine beaches in nine towns was this year’s goal. On Tuesday, August 15, the five Aquanuts made a big impact on the smallest state, hitting the beaches of coastal Rhode Island. A dawn start at Misquamicut got them out to Block Island and back in time to finish in Little Compton before sunset! The towns in between were: Charlestown, East Matunuck, Narragansett, Newport, Middleton and Jamestown.  

Albeit a lovely day on Cape Ann, southern Rhode Island proved challenging. There was rain, scary undertows, shark alerts, one very confused duck, and no time to check out the Newport mansions. 

The Aquanuts will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2018. Should be a wild and crazy one. 

Still crazy after all these years…..not a bad thing!

Thanks for your continued support, Joey.

Cindy Hendrickson


Left to right: Brian Carlson (Gloucester), Betsy Daly (Cambridge) Ned Daly (Needham) Monica Daly (Natick) Cindy Hendrickson (Gloucester)



Stop by The Cottage on Smith Cove, you won’t be disappointed! The little gray shingled shop is overflowing with sea, sun, and sand inspired home furnishings, jewelry, and lightweight, airy pure cotton tunics, tops, and wraps. There is even a charming selection of children’s clothing. I had the pleasure to meet the very friendly and helpful Ginger Attaya and Kathy Tarpinian this afternoon, two of the seven women who own The Cottage.

Kathy Tarpinian and Ginger Attaya

My Charlotte and Jessica at The Cottage 🙂

The Cottage on Smith Cove is located on Madfish Wharf, Rocky Neck, Gloucester. The shop is open daily from 12noon to 8pm. For more information, visit their Facebook page here. 

This Weekend in the Arts

Lon Blais’ National tour
documentary one-man show returns to
Gloucester’s Folklore Theatre:

The Boy on the Bureau

5 performances August 18-20 LIMITED ENGAGEMENT

The Folklore Theatre Company presents re-launch of national tour of Lon Blais’ The Boy on the Bureau

Lon Blais’ one-man autobiographical “stage documentary” about his uneasy and unorthodox escape from his family’s dysfunction. It was not easy being the favorite child and “white sheep of the family”. In a world where everyone hid from the truth, Lon made up his own. Blais was born in Salem and grew up in Danvers

In 2004 retired very early from his other beloved career, teaching after his wife’s extended illness and having been too busy, too poor, and too tired – with the encouragement of his wife, he set out on a quest – a bucket list with no end point.

He bicycled across the country… twice, he got a tattoo, he hiked the Grand Canyon, he conducted a drum & bugle corps, he got a dog… And then he wrote a play… in 12 days…. and then he workshopped it…. and it took off….

Lon’s friends who live across the country asked to have copies of the script sent to them because very likely they’d never see it performed.… then they demanded the play tour the country….

His very first tour stop is the stage of the Folklore Theatre Company in Gloucester

In January of 2017, Lon is heading off to drive around the country performing “The Boy on the Bureau”.

5 performances only
Friday, August, 18, 7pm
Saturday, August 19, two shows: 2pm & 7pm
Sunday, August 20, two shows 2pm & 7pm
Audience talkback with Blais after each performance
$20 special event ticket

Tickets at www.FolkloreTheatre.Company/boxoffice
169 Main Street, below Floating Lotus


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Brian Murphy as the Season’s fourth Summer Artist at Gallery 53.

Brian Murphy’s show of delightful wire sculptures, “Drawing a Line in the Sand,” opens on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and runs till Tuesday, Sept. 5.  The GALA OPENING RECEPTION is Saturday, Aug. 19 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. Everyone is invited.

A self-taught artist, Brian started Totally Wired Sculpture in 2002 and has gradually spent more time working creatively, which he says is a nice balance to his serious work as a child therapist and dealing primarily with issues of trauma.

Brian’s work can be seen as lighthearted line drawings in the medium of steel wire.  Often political and humorous themes are incorporated which can challenge or amuse the viewer, leaving them feeling uplifted. The goal of each piece is to create kinetic movement from the tension in the wire so that the figures seem to dance or sway on their own and appear enlivened. Mythological themes and tales of transformation dominate the work, illustrating the power of art to help us change and grow.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in an historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester.  Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday and from 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday.  For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Flatrocks Gallery presents

‘Sticks and Stones’ through September 10th

an exhibition in which the elements of line and form so familiar to us on Cape Ann are interpreted by four local artists.

Martha Swanson has enjoyed a lifelong career in the arts, making her reputation here as the artistic director for the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. She is an award-winning painter as well, fueled by the natural beauty and cultural richness of the area. Her works in watercolor, with their precise focus on detail, are meditative studies inspired by the patterns and chaos in nature.

After a twenty-five year career as a food stylist, Mary Jane Sawyer has turned her abundant creative energy toward her painting. Her oils draw from her interest in “inadvertent art, born from weather and industry in this particular place, Cape Ann. Marks on stone, stains left by iron and drill, grout piles and erratic boulders balanced and askew.”

 Pam Courtleigh has an eclectic past including stints as a puppeteer, a farmer, a taxi driver, a pastry chef, and an antiques dealer – and this varied career reflects in her assemblage sculpture. Collecting and combining odd, beautiful bits of life and nature, once meant for other purposes, her creations tell stories of the constant of change. Pam relishes in the journey!

Caroline Bagenal, who has exhibited in Europe and America, is an Associate Professor at Montserrat College of Art, and a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery. She returns to Flatrocks Gallery with her continuing series of sculpture constructed of bamboo or marsh reeds. She describes the work as “drawings in space.” The sculptures are delicate geometric forms, or patterns animating the space they inhabit, and leading the viewer through the exhibition.

Flatrocks Gallery, 77 Langsford St.,Gloucester is open Thursday – Sunday noon to 5pm.  Visit our website at and like us on facebook.



August 20, 2017 from 1:00 to 8:00 PM

Finn Festival—Celebrate Finland 100 

Finnish Heritage runs deep in Lanesville.

After a long struggle Finland became and independent state of December 6, 1917. Finns express themselves and their national character with Sisu (willpower, tenacity, persistency).

Experience Finnish History and Culture.

Join us for a family-friendly event as we Celebrate Finland 100!

  • Kalevala—The Finnish Epic at 4:00 PM | Lecture by Tom DuBois, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sisu—The Traveling Sauan from 1:00-8:00 PM
    Fee required for the traveling sauna, to reserve your time, please visit:
  • Molkky and Kubb games
  • Finnish music
  • Finnish souvenirs & more!
  • Bring your favorite Nordic food to share.
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Mr. Chris Fitz. Long a staple in the Boston scene @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight ~ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.17.2017

Tonight at the Rhumb line’s Davesag’s blues party sees someone new and completely different: Mr. Chris Fitzz. Long a staple in the Boston scene, Chris really rips it up,possibly tearing your tonsils out.A truly great glitarist and vogellist, mein herr. Add a teaspoon of keys in form of Mr. Ben Knight and a dash of drums via Mr. Andrew Jones with me as the crud on the bottom, stir well, and step back to avoid collateral damage! 8:30 to 11:30 pm


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA

Fish here now

Someone’s been carving more – now there’s fish schooling up, “Sacred Cod”, is chain saw carving commission by Doug out of Lynn. Find the tree stump carved into public art between Walgreens and Orange Leaf, roughly 102 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA. There’s a ‘cap’ atop the column which fostered various descriptions and predictions (suggestion of street lamp or light, quotas, more to come…) 

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GIF public art tree sculpture fish schooling up Gloucester MA


Someone’s carving where were we – earlier post work in progress

There are extensive examples of fish and public art in Gloucester. For a quick mini FISH SCULPTURE TRAIL …Head down the street for another intricate wood carving of fish in Latitude 43 arts collection

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and close by  Aristides Demetrios swirling Sea Harvest sculpture fountain (click here for more about that one)  at Sawyer Free Library.


Visitors attending Weddings

Gloucester is a great backdrop to have a wedding.


Visitors from North Carolina attending a friends wedding


Visitor from Great Britain was attending a nephew’s wedding

She is here enjoying a ride on the Water Shuttle

Back to School Gloucester Public Schools update from Superintendent

The traditional end of summer ‘welcome back’ notice for parents from the Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent has great news for the whole community! I’ve noted funding sources, like Applied Materials, when they were listed, and will add in any that were missed!

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  • Back to School / Open House dates



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  • JOHN BARRY, KURT LICHTENWALD, DAVID SCHNEIDER – amazing teachers’ program receives #1 state and national engineering awards and recognition
  • BACH IS BACK  Gregg Bach has returned to GPS, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • JODIE GRENNODIE new Principal at Beeman
  • GHS – FULL ROOF REPLACEMENT great details about the construction project and an earlier update from July 
  • DEADLINE INFO for BUS PASS applications and  FREE/REDUCED LUNCH applications

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  • GHS ERIC LEIGH AND DAVID ENOS write and secure $109,154 biotechnology grant
  • GHS $499,000 WORTH NEW FAB LAB AND EQUIPMENT – Grant awarded for a brand new Fabrication Lab/Maker space and state of the art, industry level equipment for advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering program in  Career and Voc
  • O’MALEY ACADEMY aka after school offerings, directed by the amazing counselor Allison Cousins, have been extended and funded for a 4th year as the program deemed exemplary ($140,250 grant )

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  • O’MALEY new BioLab space thanks to Applied Materials and MA Life Sciences Foundation
  • O’MALEY band and chorus music room to be souped up acoustically thanks to $136,980 from Gloucester Education Foundation
  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – BUILDING BLOCKS exciting new elementary science program
  • ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS new teacher collaboration opportunities

Continue reading “Back to School Gloucester Public Schools update from Superintendent”

You’re Invited to the Cape Ann Art Show / Last Chance to Sign Up for One Night Wellness Retreat at Beauport Hotel

You’re Invited to the Cape Ann Art Show – Beauport Hotel Gloucester


Open to the public. Dozens of artist-painters will be showcased at this event; additional artists who want to participate will be placed on a waiting list for future art shows.

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Last Chance to Sign Up for One Night Wellness Retreat at Beauport Hotel



See you at the market!

Cape Ann Community


CAFM accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, Senior Farmers Market Coupons, and cash! Earn bonus SNAP dollars when you buy fresh produce from participating farmers through the Healthy Incentives Program!


Learn more about CAFM, our vendors, and our SNAP/EBT programs at or come talk to us at our info table at the market!


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Volunteers Needed for EverWalk New England Event in September

Cape Ann Community

Cuba swim endurance mavericks Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll are committed to leading Americans away from sedentary lifestyles into the great outdoors. Their goal is to turn American into an EverWalk nation of walkers. This vision is being realized through epic EverWalk events around the country. The first Ever Walk was held in 2016, with walkers traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego in one week!

The second EverWalk will take place in New England, departing from Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday, September 10, walking up the beautiful north of Boston coastline, arriving at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

Hundreds of volunteers will be needed along the EverWalk route throughout the week. Volunteers will be asked to register walkers, provide assistance along the walking route, call emergency services if needed, and a variety of other services. Monetary stipends are available for volunteers.


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