CAPE ANN READS BOOK FAIR is happening Saturday!

Don’t miss this wonderful celebration, the first of what is hoped to be a recurring fair. Cape Ann’s four library directors and Mayor Sefatia are planning a fantastic reception for the attendees, authors, and artists in what promises to be a super fun and unique new event. The fair will take place at Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall from noon to four with the award ceremony scheduled for 1:30. See the list of authors and artists in the flyer below, but I just want to draw attention to several of my very favorite local artists, names that you will surely recognize, that are participating–Daisy Nell, Mary Rhinelander, Juni VanDyke, Sarah Kelly, Mary Faino, Alice Gardner–I think you get the idea of the caliber of work that is going to be exhibited. Shoutout to Catherine Ryan for all that she is doing to make this fantastic and original celebration possible. When you see her, please give her a huge thank you. 

I hope to see you there!

Cape Ann Artisans Tour

Cape Ann Artisans Announce Details for 35th Anniversary Open Studios


image004.jpgThe Cape Ann Artisans have set the schedule for 2018.  The Spring Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.   The Fall Tour will encompass the entire three day Columbus Day Weekend, Oct 6-8 which falls during American Craft Week (Oct 6-15), a national celebration.  The tour time is 10AM-5PM.  The Holiday Show will return during Rockport’s Main Street festivities in early December alongside Shop Rockport night.

Among the new developments for 2018, the Artisans are in discussion with a local tour operator to put a real “tour” option in place.   This would provide a convenient alternative to those that would like to hop on a mini-bus vs. drive their own vehicles.

Also exciting is the expansion of the “Cape Ann Artisans in the Community” event throughout the year.   If you have a regular meeting where your organization would appreciate exposure to this group, the Artisans will create an on-site display and mini-presentation to provide some insight as to role in the community, education, and quality of life that is enhanced by the presence of working artists.  Meet the artists, hear about the CAA history and help share the story with your community.   To request a visit by the artisans, please send a note to Jackie via

The Artisans thank the community for its continued support of its partner program that includes sponsorships on the brochure and online.  Annually, the Artisans print and distribute over 12,000 brochures which are distributed throughout the region.  The annual printed brochure with the Cape Ann map outlining the tour, will be finalized in early February and a few places are still available for local businesses.  Those interested  should contact Sinikka Nogelo [] before January 31 to secure one of the limited spaces.  Online-only sponsorships are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Tour will include 20 studios and 23 Artisans, with several working as husband and wife teams and Ruth Worrall teaming up with Bart Stuyf at his studio.  The Artisans newest member is Andy Matlow, who creates sculptural and functional ceramics and Judith Wright returns from sabbatical.  The 2018 Artisans are:

  1. David Archibald
  2. Cynthia Curtis
  3. Rob Diebboll
  4. Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco
  5. Deborah Gonet
  6. Elizabeth Harty
  7. Camilla MacFadyen
  8. Andy Matlow
  9. Anni Melançon
  10. Sinikka Nogelo
  11. Bond Street Studio: Terry DelPercio-Piemonte & David Piemonte
  12. Marcie Rae
  13. Margaret Rack
  14. Mi Robertson
  15. Pam Stratton
  16. Bart Stuyf
  17. Twin Lights Studio: Erin O’Sullivan & Scott Place
  18. Beth Williams
  19. Ruth Worrall
  20. Judith Wright
  21. Sara Wright

Here’s a re-cap:

What:  The Cape Ann Artisans open studio, self-guided tour of 20 studios

Where: Gloucester and Rockport, MA.

When:   June 2-3 and October 6-8.   All Days: 10-5

Holiday Show:  December 1 & 2nd Rockport

Two Book Discussions to be held tonight

Hillbilly Elegy A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance will be the topic of discussion tonight Tuesday Jan 23 at Books and Brews to be held at the Azorean 6-8 PM.  Maybe you’ve already read this and would like to join the discussion! It’s a very thought provoking book.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

I haven’t read this one myself, but I always am intrigued when I see a new detective character introduced.  A Carrion Death by Michael Stanley will be discussed tonight at The World’s a Mystery Book Club gathering at the Pleasant Street Tea Company from 6:30 – 8 PM.


A Carrion Death (Detective Kubu, #1)

14-Day Trial at Crossfit Cape Ann

Cape Ann Wellness


Not sure if CFCA is right for you? We offer a 14 day trial membership for $65 so you can test the waters before fully committing to improving your health/fitness and life!  Trial memberships start with a private intro session with one of our coaches. The intro will give you an opportunity to check out our facility, learn more about our program, watch an actual class in progress and learn some of the basic movements that we use on a regular basis. More importantly, it’s a chance for us to get to know you… (your goals, athletic background, previous injuries) and address any questions or concerns that you may have. This session generally lasts 40-60 mins. Once you have completed your intro… come to class as much as you want for the next 14 days! Get a feel for our workouts, our coaches and our supportive community. When the 14 days are…

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