Happy Belly Winter Hours & Star Wars Trivia!


Happy Belly will be switching over to traditional cafe hours for the winter months; but don’t fret, they’ll still be open in the evening for special events like Star Wars Trivia on Thursday, December 7th at 6 PM!

Happy Belly’s Kitchen will be open 7 AM – 4 PM daily, with Beverages, Prepared Foods and the Bakery open till 5 PM.

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Happy Belly’s next round of themed trivia (following an awesome night of Harry Potter Trivia earlier this month) will be Star Wars Trivia on Thursday, December 7th at 6 PM — mark your calendar!

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Today, November 13th, a Monarch will emerge from its chrysalis in a garden 2,800 miles north of its winter sanctuary. The thing is, Monarchs typically arrive in Mexico at harvest time and around Day of the Dead celebrations, or when Americans celebrate Halloween. In the language of the indigenous Purépecha peoples, the name for the Monarch is “Harvester” butterfly. Under the most ideal conditions, this Monarch won’t arrive until Christmastime.

Along the northern leg of his journey, he will find little or no nectar plants as we have had several nights of freezing temperatures. All the wildflowers and garden plants have finished blooming for the season. With little fortification, is it possible for Monarchs to fly great distances? Biologists look for this type of climate change mismatch to track how global warming is affecting wildlife. Butterflies can survive rain. The water beads up and drips off its wings, but snow and below freezing temperatures are fatal to Monarchs.

With a hope and a prayer, fair winds and good weather, perhaps our little intrepid Monarch will make it to sunny Mexico, or possibly, shorten his journey, and at least make Florida his home for the winter. Here’s hoping.


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Friends of the Monarch Butterfly: If you would like to help towards the completion of the documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly, please consider making a tax deductible donation here:


Donors contributing over $5,000. will be listed in the credits as a film producer.

For more information, visit the film’s website here: Monarch Butterfly Film

For an overview of the film’s budget, please go here: Budget

Thank you so very much for your help.

With gratitude,


A Stairway to Nowhere?

At the building for the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Statistics: this stairway to nowhere but an interesting painting.

I like the whimsy of this, but this lady keeps looking at me

I hope the Stairway to Nowhere isn’t a precursor to my research results.

Emily Dickinson Quote of the Week


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul

And sings the tune without the words

And never stops -at all-

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Born to an Amherst Massachusetts family with deep Puritan roots, Dickinson was better known in her lifetime as a gardener and a baker than as a poet. Famously reclusive, she spent decades brooding on the mysteries of life and death, and became more and more preoccupied with the latter. A few of her poems were published in The Atlantic Monthly, but the vast majority of the more than 1,800 she wrote were not known to the public until after her death. A complete collection did not appear until the 1950’s.

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buoy painting dates announced for area schools #CapeAnnArtHaven

Hundreds of buoys are primed every year.


Schedule for the annual lobster trap tree buoy ornament painting sessions held 3:30-5pm (except Sat Dec 2nd). This year includes O’Maley middle school kids!

  • East Gloucester + Veterans Memorial Wed. November 29
  • Plum Cove + Beeman Thursday November 30 
  • West Parish Friday December  1
  • Rockport Monday December 4
  • O’Maley Middle School, Manchester Essex Elementary, & Everyone: Wednesday December 6th 
  • Open for all Saturday December 2nd, 10AM-1PM and Wed Dec 6th 3:30-5

Cape Ann Art Haven paint a b uoy dates announced


Georgia Barnhill curator’s talk “What Makes Fitz Henry Lane’s Lithographs So Special?”

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20170929_162640Curator’s talk at the Cape Ann Museum SATURDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2pm

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS $10 for members ($20 for non members includes museum admission)

read about the talk from the Cape Ann Museum press release:

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Annual Annisquam Sewing Circle 2017 poster

Annisquam Sewing Circle shares the 2017 Christmas Fair poster

Saturday morning, December 2, 2017

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Web site: AnnisquamSewingCircle.org
Blog: http://www.annisquamsewingcircle.net
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/AnnisquamSewingCircle

Local Writer Cynthia Hendrickson Climbs the Ladder of Success!

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Cindy is the author of The Luckiest Dog Not Alive, which has now been picked up by Barnes and Noble! Yes, her book is already on Amazon, but having Barnes & Noble pick it up is another proud moment in her writing career. The Luckiest Dog Not Alive is about one special dog and his adventures in the afterlife. Cindy is a resident of Gloucester and also the owner of Cape Ann Foodie Tours. Let’s support our local writers and entrepreneurs! If you would like to purchase a signed copy directly from Cindy, email chendr23@yahoo.com. To purchase online, visit www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

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3 Days, 24 Games, 72 Periods, 25th Year. Sal Grasso CAYH Tournament. Check.

The 25th Sal Grasso Memorial Friendship Tournament is in the books and after 24 games, lots of teamwork, and a ton of celebrating, our friends from the north are all traveling back home….but, the tournament trophy is staying here! Congratulations, Cape Ann Youth Hockey Nation.

Watching the weekend unfold was pretty special.  I know I am not alone in the fact that, while my boys only played in four of the 24 games, we watched 13 games over the course of the weekend.  Certainly there are many families who stayed, cheered, rallied, and rooted even more than we did.  Watching skaters ages 7-14 years old, at all different levels in their hockey “careers,” as they took to the ice, skated to the bench for coach talks, celebrated goals and great saves, acknowledged their goalies, took a knee during occasional injuries, and lined up to give their “good games” to opposing teams was cause for lots of warm fuzzies.  At the root of it all for the players….is a love of the game. At the root of it all for the parents (early hours, wet equipment, cold toes, nervous moments)…is the love that we have for the fact that our children love the game.  Our hockey players are linked with a unique bond and it begins very early in their learn-to skate-years.  The rink rats, the younger siblings, the runny-nosed milk crate years.  As they develop through Cross Ice, Mites, Squirts, PeeWees, etc. they spend more hours together in rinks than anywhere else.  Their bonds lead to bonds amongst the parents.  The camaraderie that exists at the rink is palpable….and it was even more so this weekend.  So, thank you Skaters, thank you Fellow Parents, and thank you CAYH.

All of Cape Ann Youth Hockey families owe the organizers, the volunteers, the coaches, and the hockey players a ton of gratitude. The work and effort it takes to pull off an event like this should not be lost on anyone.  Some of the Execution Team who absolutely won their game are Kristin Michel, Mandy Milan, Jessica Cusumano, Rob Harris, and Brendan Chipperini. Also of note is Eric Russell who coordinated referees for 25 games and Joe Loiacano who created a great atmosphere for families to gather and enjoy time away from the rink over at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort.  His generosity was much appreciated by all!  Many people offered gifts of time and talent as well.  Of note are Brian Linn, Michelle Cooper, and other parents who worked hard behind the scenes to keep hundreds of people fueled, fed, and warm.  Incredible amounts of coffee and hot chocolate were consumed. We’d also like to recognize Andrew, Claude, Michele and Jennifer from the Westmount Recreation Department. They were at the rink all day every day making sure that the Westmount families were tended to and had point people for all of their needs.  They also may have kept some of us company on the dance floor at the Mile Marker late into Saturday evening…but that’s a story for another day. 

We can’t forget to thank the staff of Talbot Rink who worked long, hard days!  That zamboni made many more than a few trips around the ice and keeping the rink clean, safe, and warm for so many people is no joke. Speaking of long, hard days…the Gloucester DPW surprised us with a “Welcome” sign at the rotary for our Canadian guests. Such a nice touch!

This year’s tournament began on Friday afternoon with opening ceremonies emceed by Michael English, a ceremonial puck drop by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, a color guard presentation by the Gloucester US Naval Sea Cadets….featuring several Cape Ann Youth Hockey players….and both the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada sung by Alexandra Grace.  While my iPhone recording of our National Anthem isn’t the best of quality, I assure you she was fabulous.  

Next year CAYH will once again be traveling to Montreal, Canada to enjoy gracious hosting by the Westmount hockey organization, but in November 2019 we can look forward to hosting the tournament on home ice once again.  By then we should all be well rested.

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Pet of the Week- Trilon

11.13.2017 Pet of the Week-Trilon

Hi my name is Trilon! I am a bit over two years old. I am a long hair guy with a beautiful grey coat and green eyes. I have quite the affectionate personality and I love to have attention from my people. I will snuggle in close and give plenty of headbutts when I am comfortable. I was lucky enough to make my way to CAAA from the MA Feline Rescuer Transfer and I seem to really be enjoying indoor life. I am sure to be happy with a loving companion, tasty treats and a warm bed. I am considered a special needs adoption because I have FIV, which means I could have more health problems in the future because my immune system is compromised but I could also be as healthy as my fur friends. I should be kept indoors and visit with the vet on a regular schedule to make sure I stay healthy. If you’re looking for a mellow kitty ,someone over the crazy kitten phase stop by the shelter to meet me and see if I might be a good addition to your family.  To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org.