Tonight on ABC Ch. 5 (705) at 7:30pm CHRONICLE will air the long awaited interview with Gloucester’s own Hannah Kimberley about Hannah’s new book A Woman’s Place is at the Top, Annie Smith Peck Queen of the climbers.

Tune in and support local writers!

The books arrival!

Cheers to you Hannah! Bravo!!

It’s tonight folks!!’

The cover (with help by James Eves III)

FREE Mothers Group

Cape Ann Wellness

Phia Women’s Center will be offering a free mothers group for the women of Cape Ann and surrounding area. There will be toys, books, and other moms and kids to make connections with. Come ask questions, relax and let the kids play, and commiserate on the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Cape Ann Mothers Group will be held every Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm starting October 12th at 242 Main St. in Gloucester.

Don’t forget to check us out at The Bridge Cape Ann’s Fifth Annual Fall Fest  this Saturday from 11:00 – 4:00 at Mile Marker One. We’ll have a kid’s craft, information about our programing, and a fun treats for adults!

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This Weekend in the Arts

Season’s End Party at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Cape Ann residents and visitors are invited to attend Gallery 53’s Season’s End Party on Saturday, October 7 from 6 to 8pm at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. (between the Studio and the Rudder restaurants). A reception for the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s seventh Summer Artist, printmaker and painter Randolph Kelts, will take place at the same time. The festive party features delectable appetizers, seasonal libations and an array of creative artist-made door prizes all offered at no charge to the public. This yearly event is very popular so we recommend that guests arrive early so they can find a nearby parking spot on Rocky Neck.

A painter and printmaker, Randolph Kelts lives in both Gloucester, MA and Portland, OR. The theme of her Summer Artist show is Cape Ann Environs translated in both her paintings and prints. The watercolor and gouache paintings and the Intaglio solar plate prints express the loci of this special place and mirror the uniqueness of a coastal area. The intaglio prints complement the free-style paintings in their dramatic imagery interpreted in ink. To enhance the prints, they are often hand painted or drawn and always individually printed.

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 a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open daily May 25 to October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to rockyneckartcolony.org.

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

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. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up-to-date information visit rockyneckartcolony.org.


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The Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show – now in its 33nd year – is always one of the highlights of Columbus Day Week-end.

There will be 40 artists and artisans – with art that encompasses landscapes, portraits and water colors and crafts that include jewelry, fashion, ceramics, paper art and printed fabrics.  The majority of the artists – including many who are new to the show this year – are from the Cape Ann area.

The Opening Gala will be held on Friday, 6 October – $30 at the door or $25 if bought in advance.  The Mass Motion Dance Youth Company from Manchester-by-the-Sea and Peabody, will perform as Marionettes at this year’s   show and offer a whimsical addition to the evening’s experience.

The Show will be held in the Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street, Annisquam on October 7 and 8 from 10:00-5:00pm.  Admission is free.  Proceeds from the show will benefit the Annisquam Village Church.  For more information, please contact deborahbird1@gmail.com


Autumn Photography Exhibition by Judy Robinson-Cox and Reception at Square Circle Gallery

Where: Square Circle Gallery, 11 Dock Square, Rockport MA
Reception: Saturday, October 7, 1 to 5pm

The Square Circle Gallery at 11 Dock Square in Rockport MA is holding a reception and exhibition of new work for photographer Judy Robinson-Cox on Saturday, October 7 from 1 to 5pm.

“Judy Robinson-Cox is one of our most popular artists,” says Myra Hall, gallery manager. “We are excited to feature her work this Fall at The Square Circle.”

Known for her photographs of miniature tabletop constructions of tiny plastic figures posed on food or common household objects, Judy has created a series of seasonal images to help celebrate our autumn and winter holidays. In addition to framed and matted photographs in all sizes, the Square Circle will introduce a line of handmade ornaments and original photograph holiday cards. The Square Circle Gallery exhibits the largest collection of Judy’s photographs available for sale to the public.


Judy was a fine arts major at New York University and received a BFA, cum laude from the University of Connecticut. She also studied at the Philadelphia College of Art, Montserrat College of Art, the Griffin Museum’s Photography Atelier program and many local workshops and classes.

She is active in various Massachusetts arts organizations including Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Rockport and Cambridge Art Associations.


Located in downtown Rockport at Dock Square, the Square Circle Gallery is known for paintings by local artists, modern graphics, sculpture, ceramics, Judaica and fused glass. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday at 10am and Sundays at 11 am. Closing hours vary; please call (978) 546-7100 for more information.


Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane

A special exhibition opening this fall at the Cape Ann Museum
On view October 7, 2017 – March 4, 2018

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Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865), View of the Town of Gloucester, Mass., 1836. Colored lithograph on paper. Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Bequest of E. Hyde Cox, 1998 [Acc. #1998.36.10].

Drawn from Nature & on Stone, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition focusing on 19th century American artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865) as a printmaker, will be on display at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from October 7, 2017 through March 4, 2018. An opening reception is planned for Saturday, October 7 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (free for Museum members or with admission) and a special Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester walking tour will be offered on Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited on the walking tour, tickets and reservations required. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit camuseum.eventbrite.com or call 978-283-0455 x10.

Georgia Barnhill, Curator Emerita of the America Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, is serving as guest curator and worked closely with the Cape Ann Museum in organizing this special show. The exhibition, exhibition catalog and related programming are being organized in connection with Fitz Henry Lane Online, a catalogue raisonné and resource tool created by the Cape Ann Museum.

Fitz Henry Lane has long been recognized as one of America’s most important artists of the mid-19th century. Born in Gloucester, trained in lithography in Boston and, during the same time, exposed to the art world, by the late-1840s Lane was rapidly establishing himself as a well known and sought after painter.  During the 1850s and into the 1860s, working from a studio overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Lane created an unknown number of canvases documenting and celebrating in amazing detail and beauty the world around him.  His work included views not only of Gloucester and surrounding communities but also of Boston Harbor, coastal Maine, New York Harbor and other locales.  Today, the Cape Ann Museum, located just a few blocks away from Lane’s studio, proudly displays the world’s single largest collection of oil paintings by this esteemed American artist.  While his canvases, exhibited in museums around the world, remain the work Lane is best known for, his life-long fascination with the art of lithography remains an important and central part of his career.

With the exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone, the Museum will investigate Lane’s lithographs, exploring the intersection of his work in oil and in print and his success at creating illustrations for sheet music, business cards and stationery, advertising materials and book illustrations. The exhibition will highlight a series of views Lane created of towns and cities throughout the region including Gloucester; Boston; Norwich, Connecticut; Castine, Maine; and Baltimore. In total, Lane is thought to have had a hand in the production of approximately 65 lithographs.

Drawn from Nature & on Stone will feature lithographs from the Cape Ann Museum’s own holdings and from collections throughout the region including the American Antiquarian Society, the Boston Athenaeum, The New York Public Library and the Library of Congress. The exhibition will offer scholars and lay people alike the opportunity to explore the intersection of Lane’s work as a printmaker and a painter, to learn more about the art of lithography and to consider the enduring effects image production has had on American culture since the early 19th century.

Programming related to Drawn from Nature & on Stone will explore Fitz Henry Lane’s life and career in detail and against the backdrop of 19th century printmaking culture in America. A symposium will be held on Saturday, October 28 at which six scholars working in fields related to the history of graphic arts will present their research to the public.  Their presentations will explore such diverse topics as how race and race relations were portrayed in prints in the period following the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863; the role women artists and artisans played in printmaking during the 19th century; and how the rise of industrialization in towns such as Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts, affected the careers of Fitz Henry Lane and other artists.  The symposium will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s auditorium and will be a day-long event.  Space is limited for the October 28 symposium and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.  For additional programming related to this exhibition, please see the Museum’s website www.capeannmuseum.org

The Museum is deeply grateful to the sponsors of this exhibition:

John Rando, Jerry and Margaretta Hausman, Linzee and Beth Coolidge, Jay Last,

J.J. and Jackie Bell, Bill and Anne Kneisel, Arthur Ryan, International Fine Print Dealers
Association, American Historical Print Collectors Society, Inc., Beauport Hospitality Group.


Cape Ann Artisans open Studio Tour


Visit 20 unique studios during the 34th  Cape Ann Artisans (CAA) self-guided Open Studios Tour. dates:. October 7-9. Time: 10AM-5PM daily. Weave along the scenic coastline of Gloucester and Rockport into small neighborhoods and downtown.  It’s a unique opportunity to meet 22 working artists in a relaxed setting.  Enjoy an array of pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, mosaics and jewelry. Visit year round by appointment. CAA 3rd annual Holiday Event: Dec 1-2 in Rockport. Read more about each Artisan in the blog “From the Studio.”

Cape Ann Artisans • (978) 546 – 7582 • capeannartisans.com


Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tour

Explore Gloucester of the 19th Century

Image credit: View of the Town of Gloucester, Mass. Lithograph on paper. Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston, 1836. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Gilbert L. Patillo.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an autumn walking tour focusing on artist Fitz Henry Lane’s 19th century Gloucester neighborhood on Sunday, October 8 at 1:30 p.m. This program is $10 for Museum members; $20 nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations required. Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or visit capeannmuseum.org.

Delve into the 19th century on this tour through the neighborhoods and waterfront areas that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Learn how Lane rose from modest beginnings in the pre-Civil War era to worldwide recognition as a marine painter and why, even today, numerous artists journey to Cape Ann to capture its unusual light. This program is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition, Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane which opens on October 7 and remains on display until March 4, 2018.

Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Tour participants should meet in the front lobby of the Cape Ann Museum at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester.


PHOTO CONTEST!!! WIN A FREE FLUTTER SHAWL! Design of Mine 33 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

Betsy seems a little blue today come down come down to Design of Mine and take your picture with her to cheer her up. Tag our Facebook when you post it on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free Flutter Shawl! Contest runs through Sunday, October 8th, 6pm. Winner will be drawn on Monday morning! 33 Main Street, Gloucester!

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Gloucester, MA


Sold! Happy buyers at the Sawyer Free Annual Art auction

Scenes from last evening’s night at the auction. Great fun and success!

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library annual art auction takes place every October. Pictures from the 2017 preview installation. The Art Advisory Committee and a big team of volunteers does a fantastic job fostering community, boosting artists and  fundraising. The artists are generous. It’s a great month to join or renew your Sawyer Free membership. They’re currently ‘friend’raising.  Sign up and join here. Oct. 15-21, 2017 is the 12th annual National Friends of Libraries Week



Lone Gull Love

Gotta love the Lone Gull.  Carefully prepared drinks, yummy pastries and a relaxed atmosphere.  I especially like to check out the art work on the walls.  We discovered Lone Gull quite a while ago and I loved the quote on the coffee holder so much that I saved them.  Now I’m glad I did because they don’t have these anymore.

When I sit out on the sidewalk in front of Lone Gull and hear the gulls screech, I smile thinking this thought from Captain Norman Borge F/V Nomad: His belief was when a fisherman passed away, his spirit would like on in a seagull and the gull would watch over his family and friends…..

Welcome North Shore Restorative Yoga

Cape Ann Wellness

Join us for powerful, therapeutic and heart opening yoga at this new boutique healing arts studio in the heart of Magnolia. The studio offers a beautiful, light filled spaced for the community to enjoy a variety of classes and workshops including Flow, Beginners, deeply relaxing Restorative Yoga and much, much more.
Flow&Restore is a daily class offering which is a perfect blend of movement, breathing and strengthening balanced by the powerful practice of relaxation in supported Restorative Yoga poses using bolsters, blocks, blankets, sandbags and eye pillows. Other daily offerings include Gentle Yoga and Beginners Basics. In all of the classes and workshops, teachers offer gentle assists, Reiki, candlelight and essential oils to deepen your peaceful state.
NSRY is inspired by their community of students that have already connected to the beautiful, safe space, personal attention and full schedule of classes and workshops that offer both traditional Vinyasa and Restorative…

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GoSun Stove

Anyone out there ever use this?  I’m intrigued…especially for fish on the boat.

GoSun is a young company comprised of designers, engineers, and change-makers, intent on serving the world with unparalleled green cooking solutions. We are passionate about our products and how they power our customers’ lives. Founded in a small suburban garage, we grew quickly thank’s to our community of committed customers, who not only believe in our products, but also use them to bring people together.

At GoSun, we are big believers in nourishing the good things in life and helping others do the same.

GoSun Sport

Our fastest solar oven. Bake, roast or steam a meal for two people in minutes, reaching up to 550°F (290°C). GoSun Sport sets the bar for portable solar stoves.


GoSun Grill

Bake, boil or fry a meal for eight people, (4x more food than the speedier GoSun Sport) using only the sun. Due to unprecedented demand, the Grill will be on back order, shipping in October/November 2017.


Read the reviews here

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Low Hanging Fruit


Gloucester and Cape Ann are absolutely filthy with riches in scenery, dining, art and many other blessings.  My passion is family history and local history research, and for those of us interested in these, we are also blessed with Cape Ann treasures.

The “low hanging fruit” for local history research includes the City Archives housed in Gloucester City Hall. This hidden treasure is stuffed to the gills with valuable records and information.  It is staffed with volunteers, though you can also make online requests for information.  I have had very good luck doing that.  They are very efficient in response and willing to assist.

Another piece of low hanging fruit for researchers is the Cape Ann Museum Library.  Most are probably already familiar with the fabulous collections of the museum, but they also have a research library packed with gems and treasures for those seeking family or local history insight.  Staff there have been very helpful and their collection is in addition to the information available at the City Archives. Stop in an check it out next time you’re there!

And, of course, no such list would be complete without mentioning the Sawyer Free Library.  I have mostly taken advantage of the microfilm collection of newspapers,  they have a link to the genealogy collection here.  I have spent many many hours here and loved every minute.

There are many other resources as well, these are just some of the more prominent ones that I have made use of over the years.  The City is to be applauded for taking such great care of its history and making it available to all.


Don’t miss the final 2 outdoor farmers markets of the season!

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logo vectorCape Ann Farmers Market TODAY

Stage Fort Park 3:00-6:30

(Free parking)

**Cape Ann Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Coupons**

Great food, live music, beautiful artisan goods. Come watch the sun set while you shop, let your kids play on the playground, and check out some of the newest local vendors!

Want to support the market? Buy a membership today and get great discounts to local farmers, restaurants, and shops! Help us continue to support small local businesses!

Stay up-to-date on what’s going on at the market on and off season – sign up for our newsletter on our website! 


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SHINE Medicare Enrollment Day at SeniorCare

Cape Ann Community

It’s that time of year again! Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period is October 15- December 7, 2017. SeniorCare Inc. and the Massachusetts SHINE program will co-host a Medicare Plan Enrollment Day on Monday, November 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at SeniorCare’s offices at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester. Several SHINE Counselors will be on-hand for half-hour appointments to review Medicare options with beneficiaries.

Health insurance needs are as unique to the individual.  Because Medicare plans change every year, it is critical to review each Medicare plan to ensure it will be the most cost-effective plan in 2018.

Advance registration is required for this SHINE Enrollment event. Please call 978-281-1750 to reserve your space. Participants will need to bring the following to their appointment: Medicare card (the red, white & blue card), current insurance card(s), and a current list of medications.


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Deep in the Quiet Wood opening reception Oct 7 Jane Deering Gallery

Jane Deering Gallery
Deep in the Quiet Wood

Featuring: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Adin Murray, Michael Porter, Esther Pullman, George Wingate

Opening Reception: Saturday. October 7, 5-7PM.

Artist:  Adin Murray
Title:  Afternoon Light, Jones River  2014
Medium: Graphite on panel
Dimensions: 12 x 12 inches

from the gallery printed matter:

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