I am so love with the blossoms of our fanciful Amaryllis ‘Clown.’ She opened the first of three bodacious blooms on Christmas Day–three blossoms on one stalk, that is–with the flowers of two more stalks yet to emerge! She’s a treasured bulb, and so easy to force indoors. The following is excerpted from a book that I wrote and illustrated between 2003-2006 titled Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which was published by David Godine in 2008.

How to Grow Amaryllis ~ Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! 

Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, and then a typically late and fugitive, fleeting spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant catalogues to peruse. If you love to paint and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both, as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months. I believe if we cared for a garden very much larger than ours, I would accomplish little of either writing or painting, for maintaining it would require just that much more time and energy.

Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging scapes provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter. Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink.

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The LobstahCrackah Ballet: Revenge of the Gull King ~ December 29- January 14

Definitely not your mama’s Nutcrackah! Appropriate for all ages!

In this unique spin, the Gull King will overcome the LobstahCrackah Prince and kidnap Clarafied Buttah, taking her away to Lobstahland where he steals the magic scepter and throne of the queen, The Shrimp Cocktail Fairy. Meanwhile, Uncle Drawsum Buttah has transformed the LobstahCrackah back into a prince, who returns to Lobstahland disguised as a squid to save the day. Dancing turbines, mermaids, jelly fish, and whales… oh my! Come experience the magic for the last time.

6th & FINAL

Revival by Popular Demand!

December 29- January 14

We are conveniently located in

historic downtown Gloucester

at 169 Main Street or 68 Rogers St

Below Floating Lotus


Don’t miss it!

* Box office opens 30 mins before curtain.

Tickets available here >


Deadline for the 2018 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations such as: Cape Ann Art Haven, City of Gloucester Committee for the Arts, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Symphony, Gloucester Stage, and many more.

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Carmen Savarino:

“We are pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE

Grant decisions will be made in mid-June and announcements will be made at the end of June. This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Tuesday, January 9th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities and to answer any questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to attend the call if interested. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at or (617) 338-2676″

Carmen Savarino (with scarf) leading informational session for the 2017 Request for Proposals for Bruce J Anderson Foundation

SeniorCare Presents “Mimi & Dona” Documentary

Cape Ann Community

“Heart-wrenching. As unflinching as it is beautiful.” – The New York Times

SeniorCare Inc. presents Mimi & Dona, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Cinema, 21 Main Street in Gloucester, MA. The film will be followed by a discussion and cocktail hour with light appetizers. This presentation is sponsored by The Residence at Riverbend with additional support from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable—the likelihood that she will not outlive her daughter and the need to find her daughter a new home.

This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers…

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