Good Morning Gloucester received a nice note of appreciation from Cape Ann Trail Stewards president Nick Holland. I went to their website to learn more about Cape Ann Trail Stewards. They are a non-profit, all volunteer coalition founded in 2012 and their primary focus is on helping municipal landowners and conservation organizations protect, maintain, and expand Cape Ann’s trail network. They match volunteer trail stewards to trails in need of stewardship, and organize trail work parties.

I am super excited to learn more and looking forward to exploring some trails with Nick. Thank you for writing and letting us know!!

Cape Ann Trail Stewards Mission Statement: Trails, from meandering paths to stony fire roads, connect Cape Ann communities across borders, public and private land, and diverse natural landscapes. CATs helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible and safe use of the Cape Ann trail system and recreational areas. CATs works with municipalities and like-minded conservation organizations to protect and preserve land for its recreational and ecological values. CATs promotes the understanding of the wildlife and natural resources of our woodlands and wetlands.

Cape Ann Symphony Expands in New Season




Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 66thConcert Season on Saturday, September 23 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and on  Sunday, September 24 at 2 pm at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA with Russian Fireworks, a passionate and fiery all Russian program. The orchestra’s new season features CAS’s debut performance in Ipswich in September; the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2017; a concert featuring French symphonic miniatures with guest artist harpist Ina Zdorovetchi in March 2018; and an evening of Orchestral Opera Gems in May 2018. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 66th  Season,”The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are extremely excited about the upcoming 2017-18 Season. We have added a concert in Ipswich in September, and are growing bigger and better because of the generous support of our wonderful audience. Our goal is to present concerts of the highest artistic standards guided by an enthusiasm for learning, a passion for the joy of music and love of good old fashioned fun and humor.” Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for Students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or



Saturday, September 23, 2017: 8:00 P.M: Manchester-Essex High School,Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Sunday, September 24, 2017: 2:00 PM: Dolan Performing Arts Center,Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 66th season with Russian Fireworks a passionate and fiery all Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky’s Firebird and welcoming guest artist, the brilliant pianist Ya-Fei Chuang to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in her CAS debut. The season opening concert features the CAS debut performance in Ipswich at the Dolan Performing Arts Center on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm in addition to the performance at the Manchester performance venue.



Saturday, November 25, 2017: 8:00 P.M. Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

         Sunday, November 26, 2017: 2:00 P.M. Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, including an audience sing-along to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm & Sunday, November 26 at 2 pm. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music.


Performance: Sunday, March 25, 2018: 2:00 P.M Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Belle Musique Francais Concert features a selection of French symphonic miniatures by Faure, Ravel, Bizet, and Debussy. Guest Artist harpist Ina Zdorovetchi joins the orchestra for Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro. The program also includes Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants (Petite Suite).


Performance: Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:00 P.M. Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Emotional, romantic and stirring works from the world of opera are featured in Cape Ann Symphony’s Orchestral Opera Gems on May 19 at 8 pm. The CAS celebration of opera features orchestral masterpieces from famous operas by Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Bizet and others. The program includesWagners Meistersinger Overture; Tchaikovskys Polonaise from Onegin;Puccinis Intermezzo: Manon Lescaut; Bizets Carmen Suite No. 1 plus many other audience favorites.



Senior Citizens/$38.00

Students (of any age)/$15.00

Youth (Age 12 and Under)/$5.00

Season Subscriptions are Available.

 For Information call 978-281-0543 or

Banning Polystyrene Food Service Products

It took until 10:15 last night, but we are thrilled to announce that the ordinance phasing out polystyrene food service products was accepted by City Council, for a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow. Our plastic bag ordinance is going back to Ordinance and Administration for some last touch-ups, but it does so with significant support and momentum.
We are so thankful for everyone who took the time to attend the meeting and share your opinions, for those who emailed in comments of support, and for our youngest supporters in the ‘Plastic: Pick It Up’ club for being unafraid to speak out. Your voices have been heard, and change is coming!

The One Hour at a Time Gang wishes to thank you all for your hard work. When we are out picking up, plastic bags and polystyrene are everywhere. Next we need to take care of the butts people throw right out their windows. The Butt Butlers have helped.

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line ~ Allen Estes joins Fly Amero tonight 7pm 9.13.2017



Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 13th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

Cape Ann’s premier songwriter returns to the Rhumb Line
Wednesday stage this week! But, Allen Estes is more than
just a songwriter. He’s a poet, a singer, a multi-instrumentalist
and… a dear sincere friend to us all! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
9/20 – Quentin Callewaert

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

SchoonerAdventure Dinner on the Deck

Last night 12 very lucky people that purchased the Great Gatherings Adventure Deck Dinner at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce 30th Annual Auction had a marvelous night.  The event was hosted by Sara Young and Captain William Leathers.  The food was generously donated by Relish Catering & Events.  From Sara’s Dark & Stormy when we arrived to the Cinnamon Panna Cotta it was a night to remember.  We couldn’t have had a more perfect night on our beautiful harbor.  We all love Cape Ann!!!

Who’s buying tickets to movies, art and sporting events? New findings from US Bureau of Labor Statistics plus Health & Retirement Study

All ages! See details from a new report released yesterday by the US Bureau of Labor statistics which charts various data sets (mostly 2012-2015):

Consumer Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and Other Entertainment: Spotlight on Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

or in article PDF form

For example, this chart lumps together movies, art and sporting events

US Labor of Statssept 2017 labor of statistics

(Rose Baker Senior Center one of many Council on Aging art programs with Juni Van Dyke- have a heart doll )

Also a September 7, 2017 report  has more findings about the health benefits for seniors who create art and attend art events.   

#HRS arts impace on health and retirement sept 2017 interactive report.jpg

From the Health and Retirement Study (#HRS) Washington, DC—Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.

Gloucester knows this well! One big example is from the Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. Its mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration.


Visitors to Gloucester-03


Two young men  from Brooklyn New York

Visiting their Famous father/grandfather  Marty Luster


Couple from Florida


Couple from Revere MA


A visitor from Los Angles California vesting a friend in Gloucester


Plastic: Pick It Up Club Kids Lotus, Pilar, Atticus, Meadow, and Frieda

The proposed ban on the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) cups and containers in the City of Gloucester passed City Council by a vote of seven to two. Voting in favor were Councilors Melissa Cox, Sean Nolan, Scott Memhard, Valerie Gilman, Jamie O’hara, Paul Lundberg, and Joe Ciolino. Voting in opposition were Councilors Joe Orlando and Steve LeBlanc. The ban will be fully implemented in January 2019.

The vote on banning single use plastic grocery bags will come again before the City Council in October, with some slight wording changes to the petition.

Ainsley Smith of Gloucester’s Clean City Commission wishes to thank all who came to the meeting last night in support of the ban and thanks everyone for all that they have done, and are continuing to do, on behalf of the citizens of Gloucester and their efforts to make Gloucester a clean city.

Really proud of our neighborhood kids for having the courage to come before the City Council.

Terrific turnout at the City Council meeting to ban plastic single use bags and polystyrene to go cups and containers.

The Compassion Experience

Thatcher is attending the Compassion Experience today and I’m really hoping to tag along as it sounds pretty amazing. If I have to opportunity to go, I’ll keep you posted.

Now at Gordon College’s Barrington Center for the Arts

September 13 – September 16
Sep 13 at 12 PM to Sep 16 at 7 PM

“Visitors to The Compassion Experience step into the life of a child who has suffered under the crippling weight of poverty. But the journey does not end there. In the span of less than 30 minutes, they will travel with that child from hardship to hope. And in the midst of hope, they will watch that child’s story transformed through the support of Compassion and the child’s life-giving relationship with a sponsor.

The Compassion Experience will challenge your views of poverty, transform your understanding of the world, and move you to be the change for a child that just needs someone to believe in them.

This immersive exhibit is coming to a city near you. Experience other cultures, the realities of global poverty, and how you can change the life of a child living half a world away.”



First Cape Ann License Plate Grants Awarded!

Cape Ann Community

Cape Ann Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

Join us in supporting a stronger Cape Ann! With more Cape Ann License Plates on the road, more money comes back to the Cape Ann communities. The Board of Directors of the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF) recently awarded grants totaling $12,000 to three Cape Ann area non-profit organizations, Action, Inc., Backyard Growers and Cape Ann Farmers Market, in the Foundation’s first-ever round of grants.

The CACF has awarded the following amounts to these organizations:

  • $3,500 to Action, Inc. for their project entitled “Healthcare Career Pathways”, to help low and moderate income Cape Ann residents develop new skills and gain certification in the healthcare field;
    Action Inc
  • $5,000 to Backyard Growers for their project entitled “Backyard Growers Farm to School”, to expand their schoolyard Garden Program and implement hands-on nutrition education programs for over 1,700 underserved children and youth in Gloucester public schools; and
    Backyard Growers
  • $3,500…

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Kestrel Outside Center Fundraiser


The Get Outside Center (GOC) opened in 2014, with funding from a single generous donor who promised to fund all our expenses for 2 years. We have just completed our third year in operation.

The idea was to create a free community resource that would, after two years, become supported by local businesses and community members.

Our Vision Team planned and schemed for two years to find a way to remove common barriers to getting outside. We decided that what our community really needed was a resource center right downtown, where even people who don’t yet value nature shop, work, and eat. We decided to make this place easy to get to, completely free, super comfy and fun, and open all year.

The Get Outside Center brings in many children and families, and has something for all ages: Trail maps, live animals, digital microscopes, rotating hands on activities, and staff naturalists to answer questions. It has an extensive resource library so you can look up information, and includes everything from small children’s books, to in depth books for serious naturalists. For a small fee, visitors can become members and then check out all kinds of cool gear, including waterproof boots, high quality binoculars, compasses, field guides, backpacks, snorkel sets, and more.

We get about 1000 drop in visitors a year, and also host classes, events, and a Meetup group.




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4:44AM With Tuffy and Jimmy At The Dock

It’s here- Backyard Growers’ Great Gloucester Growdown!

Cape Ann Community

Backyard Growers 2nd Annual 

Great Gloucester Growdown


An evening of fun, friends, food and music to support our Farm to School and Community Gardening Programs.

Enjoy appetizers, dinner and cocktails prepared by Short & Main followed by a rockin’ dance party with local 80’s band SAFETY.

September 26, 2017

6:30-10:30 pm 

Short & Main 

36 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 

Tickets: $75 

Purchase your tickets online at or the event page today!

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