Whew! Whew! Whew! Hannah Kimberly featured speaker for Cape Ann Chamber Business Women’s Fall Luncheon

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Business Women’s Luncheon, October 12, 11:30AM-1PM, Gloucester House, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

The Keynote Speaker will be Hannah Kimberly. I was reading Hannah Kimberly’s biography, A Woman’s Place is at the Top, about Annie Smith Peck when I heard the news that Saudi women would be granted the right to drive sometime in 2018 (though they still  need a sign off to marry, divorce, travel, get a passport, open a bank account.) I remember when my mother could get a credit card without my father’s signature. An Annie Smith Peck quote from 1874 brought to light in Kimberly’s research shows Peck knew this pain of persistent lobbying for permission:

“I have reflected for years, I am reflecting, I shall continue to reflect. The longer I reflect, the more convinced I am that it would be wise to go to college. Years ago I made up my mind that I should never marry and consequently that it would be desirable for me to get my living in the best possible way and to set about it as any boy would do. I do not think it is my duty to sacrifice myself, my happiness, and all prospect of distinction, to say nothing of usefulness for the very doubtful pleasure of my parents. Should I remain at home, as some people would have me, I should then be utterly unfitted for active life and should only be a burden to my brothers, useless and unhappy. If I am ever to be anybody or do anything, the time is now…John (her brother) would not have me on par with college graduates? Whew! Whew! Whew! What an opinion must he have of his own and William’s attainments if he considers that I am superior to what they were when they graduated…Why did John not pursue such a course as himself? ‘Too good talents to give them the benefit of a collegiate education.’ Dare you say that aloud? What if you applied it to a young man? Are you crazy? I am not afraid that my fame would be lessened should I be Valedictorian of the class of ’78 (1878!) in Michigan.” -Annie Smith Peck 

Michigan State fans will be happy:

Kimberly writes that in 1874 Peck “wouldn’t be able to place her finger on it at the time, but somehow, within her first semester, like the handful of other women studying the classics, Annie was treated as if she were equal to the men in her class. Indeed it was a blip in the history of co-education — a golden decade — when some of the first groups of women attended the University of Michigan and were recognized as mysterious, capable, attractive, intelligent, and not yet too numerous to be a threat to male power.” – Hannah Kimberly



With a house full of family from Ohio here to meet baby Charlotte, our daughter Liv visiting, too, and loving every minute, there’s not much time to post. Liv took this snapshot of Eastern Point Lighthouse just now with a seagull perched on the Lighhouse, a schooner (I think it’s the Lannon), a teeny Boston in the background, and the sun going down. Joyous Times!

Liv Hauck Photo

This Weekend in the Arts

Rockport Art Association & Museum presents

Keith Gantos One-Artist Show

An exhibition of paintings by local artist Keith Gantos will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, September 30th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, September 30 – Thursday, October 12.

Keith enjoys painting themes that may cause the viewer to ponder, muse, or chuckle as noted by the title of the work. The detail in his paintings is to draw one closer into it. The subjects are those that are familiar to him, each with a memory & story behind them.

His techniques, at present, lend themselves to a glazing of oil primarily in transparent or semitransparent oil, layer after layer, so that light travels through the layers of color and bounce off the background’s primed white surface, then back to the eye so as to attempt, awkwardly at best, to mimic color as seen in creation. Yet, opaque paint is used as he feels it’s needed.

He has produced hundreds of pieces of art. Painting in oils for 50 years, completing his first oil painting at 10 years of age. He enjoys working in other mediums as well, such as egg tempera, pastel, gouache, and watercolor. His work has been in art shows throughout his life, winning awards, and continues to be in shows as outlined below. His paintings are in private collections throughout the US and in different parts of the World. (One collection has his art hanging next to a Picasso.) His work is also published.


Artist for ‘Artistic Finishes’ Co., Cleveland, Ohio; La Jolla Art Museum, La Jolla, CA; Lloyd’s Gallery of Fine Art, Escondido, CA; Chaffe Art Gallery, Rutland, VT; Eastmans Art Gallery, Rutland, VT; Quechee Inn Art Gallery, Quechee, VT – (one man show); Ledyard Art Gallery, Hanover, NH – (one man show); Polonaise Fine Art Gallery, Studio 47 Fine Art Gallery, Woodstock, VT; Bradley Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, CA; Spanish Village Art Center – Balboa Park, San Diego, CA; Pastel Society of San Diego, CA; Keith Gantos’ “Staircase” Fine Art Gallery, Rockport, MA; Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA.

Google: Keith Gantos or Keith-Gantos.artistwebsites.com; keith-gantos.pixels.com

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM. For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at http://www.rockportartassn.org



0dfd9061-22c7-429d-b9c8-8f7c54b5033f.jpgRoger Martin:
Woodcuts & Unseen Works

Music in the Garden
Sun. Oct. 1st 3-5pm

John Rockwell and Amy Rich

Americana at its best.Two of Rockport’s most talented folk/Americana performers, two founding members of the Headlands, will be singing old time favorites and folk gems.Their harmonies will leave you breathless.If you missed the opening reception to Roger Martin: Woodcuts and Unseen Works, stop by for some great music and great art!

77 Langsford St. Gloucester MA

Open Thurs. through Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment
978-879-4683 ~ www.flatrocksgallery.com


Flight of Fire…All Female Band playing Tonight at Katrina’s! Whoa! Rock Stars! . Friday . 9pm . 9.29.2017 Whoa! Rock Stars


Fronted by a wild singer who was born to wail and identical twin sisters whose in-your-face attitude never fails to ensnare an audience, this passionate band known for over-the-top stage antics and crowd-pleasing songs delivers energetic rock with aspects of folk and metal, creating the unique, intense sound that is Flight of Fire.

Come join Flight of Fire at Katrina’s as they play an all-night acoustic show with original music and classic rock covers! It’s a rare full-night set at Katrina’s – a “go to” favorite for locals, tourists, families, girls nights out and anyone looking for delicious, creative food, signature cocktails, and cool ambiance.

Flight of Fire has opened for such artists as: Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band, Lita Ford, Fitz and the Tantrums, Alestorm, Nekrogoblikon, The Strumbellas, Joywave, Blue October, Eyes Set To Kill and Hunter Valentine.

Winners of Best In State – Massachusetts – New England Music Awards – 2017
Nominated For Best New Music Video (My Last Gamble) – Worcester Music Awards – 2017
One of the Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands (Music Connection Magazine) – 2016
Winners of Limelight Magazine’s “Opening Act Contest” 2016
Winners of Radio 92.9 Earthfest Battle of the Bands 2016
Winner of Limelight Magazine Music Awards’ “Band of the Year” 2016
New England Music Awards’ “Last Band Standing” Boston Finalists 2015
Hard Rock Rising 2015 Boston City-Wide Champions


more videos on youtube!

check out their website, too!

crazy good set list!



Local Teacher and Students Celebrate Play Publication

I am very proud and excited that a play written by our Director of Performing Arts, Katie Oberlander, and performed by our students at the 2016 Massachusetts Middle School Theatre Festival, where they won a gold medal, has been published by Eldridge Publishing and will performed by two other schools, located in Texas and Indiana, in the next few months.  

I’m also looking forward to celebrating with Katie and the cast/crew of Mastermime in a few weeks.  See information below.


Harborlight Montessori’s Director of Performing Arts, Katie Oberlander, and her former middle school students are celebrating the publication of Oberlander’s play, Mastermime, with a party at the Beverly school on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm. Students are planning to sign scripts, greet fans and reminiscence about the creation of the original play.

Mastermime is an over-the-top melodrama that tells the story of a notorious criminal who distracts audiences with entrancing mime routines and then disappears with their valuables. The mystery unfolds, punctuated with theatrical cell phone ringtones, love-at-first sight encounters, and a dramatic mime battle! Oberlander wrote the play for her students to perform at the 2016 Massachusetts Middle School Theatre Festival where they won a gold medal for their performance. Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, subsequently published the play and schools in Texas and Indiana have upcoming performances planned for November and December.

Harborlight Montessori is a preschool through 8th grade independent school in Beverly, MA, serving communities North of Boston. Mastermime is the second play to be published that teacher Katie Oberlander originally wrote for Harborlight students to perform. Oberlander works closely with her students to create plays that are fun for them to perform and specifically catered to their talents. For more information, please contact Director of Communication Nichole Schrafft at nschrafft@harborlight.net.



Mime performance

Cape Ann Special Olympics and Cape Ann YMCA Announce Renewal of Collaborative Swimming Program

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester, MA — Sept 12, 2017 – Cape Ann Special Olympics (“CASO”) and Cape Ann YMCA (the “Y”) announced today the extension of a collaboration to support the second season of the Cape Ann Special Olympics Swim Team. The program will provide weekly training to the CASO swim team in competitive swimming as well a developmental program for athletes developing basic skills needed to participate. Classes began on Sept 9 for the swim team and September 14th for the developmental team. All participants will also receive a Y membership for the year with instruction on the use of the Y’s fitness equipment and other facilities. Financial support for this program is provided by Brace Cove Foundation.

In the first year of this very successful program 22 CASO athletes received extensive training at the Y and 18 of them competed in a qualifying meet held at Boston University earning the opportunity…

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30 Day Personal Reboot

Cape Ann Wellness


30 Day Personal Reboot: A gentle approach to naturally cleanse and renew your body and mind

Join Caitlin Graft and Amanda Stefanik for four weeks of clean eating, conscious living and well-being!

We do not believe it is necessary to impose harsh restrictions and stressful limitations in order to have a successful whole body cleanse.

We make it easy by providing educational resources, shopping lists, journal prompts and basic meal templates. With continuous support through this transformational process, we will be connecting and sharing experiences through our in-person weekly meetings as well as our private Facebook group.

In addition to following clean, satisfying dietary recommendations, daily exercise and mindful eating habits, we will cover the following:

  • Learn how our natural detoxification systems work and ways to support them
  • Set personal intentions and goals to promote self-growth and consciousness
  • Establish mindful practices including yoga, meditation and pranayama (breath work)
  • Explore beneficial…

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