Scott Memhard share his gorgeous Passionflower, which he grew from seed! I asked how hardy is his vine because our Maypop died out after a very bad winter several years ago.

“Kim – I hadn’t heard them called Maypop before. They’re hard to winter over around here, even in a sheltered location with heavy mulch.  I started several varieties of these, Passionflower vines and Cup & Saucer vines, from seed last fall inside, and they’ve been doing well this summer.  My grandmother always had a Passionflower vine that she’d brought from Bermuda, where they’re grown for perfume, in her little greenhouse.  As kids we were very impressed by their incredible delicate structure and colors, especially when she preserved the flowers by dipping in hot melted wax!”

Scott’s photos are of the North American native species  Passiflora incarnata. We here on Cape Ann are located in the tippy most northern range of this beautiful vine. All the rest (500 species) are more tropical. Maypop grows prolifically in the southeastern US and the foliage is the caterpillar food plant of FOUR species of butterflies: Gulf Fritillary, Julia, Zebra Longwing, and Variegated Fritillary. One of numerous common names, it is called Maypop because in the southeast the vine has a habit of popping up in May, in a location where you did not plant. Maypop spreads by root suckers. Other common name include Wild Passionflower, Apricot Vine, Old Field Apricot, Holy-Trinity Flower, Molly-pop, Passion Vine, Popapple, Granadilla, Maycock, Maracoc, Maracock, White Sarsaparilla, and Purple Passion Vine.

Scott Memhard Photos


Longtime Eastern Point resident Elli shares this lovely scene of a doe and fawn foraging in her backyard. I have seen lots of bucks in the marsh at the EP Lighthouse and we’ve had a few single deer in our yard on Plum Street, but never a fawn and doe. I sure would love to photograph/film a fawn and mom on Cape Ann. Thanks so much to Elli for sharing!White-tailed doe and fawn, Eastern Point, Gloucester


The Second Annual Ocean Alliance Labor Day weekend art exhibition and fundraiser gala in partnership with Trident Gallery and the Trident Live Art Series celebrates contemporary viewpoints of the sea and maritime history at the Ocean Alliance Headquarters, the historic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.

Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift is curating the art installation Edge for Ocean Alliance, which will be on view, free and open to the public, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Hours to be announced.

Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift has invited Composer Robert J. Bradshaw and the Beauport Chamber Players, lighting designer Michael Friedman, and dancer Nina Brindamour to create a site-specific staging of Bradshaw’s musical work “Down to the Sea in Ships” for the Paint Factory.

“Down to the Sea in Ships” is a piece for strings and narrator about ill-fated whaling captain George Pollard Jr., whose story inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

In addition to this unique inter-media staging of “Down to the Sea in Ships,” the Gala event includes delicious food and drink, the art exhibition, and the Parade of Lights and fireworks of the Gloucester Schooner Festival.

Tickets are $100/person, a contribution toward the continuing restoration of the paint factory complex, one of the last standing icons of Gloucester’s maritime history. More information and tickets will be available soon!



Perfect night on the harbor and the dock for Kay Ellis Fundraiser.

Could not have been a more perfect night for a sail on Lannon and Ardelle, dinner, and the great mystery raffle with new and old friends that came out to celebrate Kay Ellis’s legacy to Gloucester’s tourism and hospitality business.  She would have loved it to the “Eat Dessert First Bags” and

 the scholarships given in her name.  Thanks to all that donated terrific raffle prizes and the committee that pull off this great event.  Thanks to the Gloucester House who always makes every evening special.  Thanks to Fly Amero and Allen for Queen of the Harbor.


Foggy early morning scenes around the Harbor.

Castle in the Fog

City Hall and the Paint Factory

UU Church 

Cruise Ship American Constellation with Ten Pound Island and the Greasy Pole

The American Constellation is a 175-guest room cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. From the company’s website, “Designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can’t access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.”

Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser


_2017_08_28_100597 image  A scholarship fund to benefit local students of the tourism and hospitality industry has been set up in memory of Kay Ellis, who worked diligently for many years on many tourism ideas and issues and helped elevate Gloucester as a tourism destination. She loved the maritime and hospitality business and she put her heart and soul into it, working with the Chamber of Commerce and Discover Gloucester, all the while promoting Schooner Lannon. We hope to share her vision through the scholarships




L.A.-based singer/songwriter Brad Byrd returns to Katrina’s Wednesday night

Indie-rock/alt-country musician Brad Byrd returns to Cape Ann for a show at Katrina’s, 14 Rogers Street, Gloucester, Wednesday, at 9 p.m. Formerly of Rockport, Byrd in June released his critically acclaimed, third studio album, “Highest Mountain.” Many of the songs on “Highest Mountain” were written, composed, and recorded on Cape Ann and in Los Angeles.

Byrd’s music has been featured on film and TV, most recently on FOX’s “New Girl” and ABC’s “American Housewife,” along with radio stations across the country.

On Wednesday night, Byrd will be performing with a nationally recognized backing band of NYC- and Boston-based musicians. Opening for Byrd at 8 p.m. will be James Vassallo of “Above Water,” who lives in Rockport. Admission is free. Copies of “Highest Mountain” on both CD and vinyl will be available at the show, as will other merchandise.

For more details about Byrd, “Highest Mountain,” and his 2017 U.S. tour, visit

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to experience a nationally recognized artist with deep Cape Ann roots. 
Brad Byrd