Join past and present members of the Annisquam Village Players for an evening of live entertainment. Admission includes wine and appetizers. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Entertainment starts at 7:30. 


That’s a big movie poster! Dead in the Water Cape Ann Museum premiere


from the Cape Ann Museum- Gloucester Screening set for “Dead in the Water” FEB 10

The Cape Ann Museum, in collaboration with the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association,  is pleased to present “Dead in the Water”,  on Saturday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The documentary film dealing with the devastating impacts of federal regulations on the lives of New England ground fishermen was produced and directed by Rockport native and professional filmmaker David Wittkower. A panel discussion with film participants will follow each showing. Tickets are $8 for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations can be made at or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Two and a half years in the making, “Dead in the Water” is Wittkower’s fifteenth documentary film. It was shot in different coastal towns and features scenes and interviews with area fishermen, their spouses and other family members; advocates for fishermen; elected officials; and community activists.  “This film opens the doors for the world to see how difficult and dangerous the life of a fisherman is,” said John Bell, a former three-term mayor of Gloucester (2002 -08). “On top of that, the impact of misguided federal regulations on fishermen has never been presented as powerfully as it is in ‘Dead in the Water.’ This film packs a real punch. It stays with you long after you’ve seen it.” The film also includes the song, “Gloucester Harbor Shore” by Grammy® Award winner, Paula Cole.

Wittkower, a graduate of the American Film Institute in cinematography, describes “Dead in the Water” as an examination of the “relentless destruction of the New England ground

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coming home to sunset and nice news

Thanks Tim McCarthy, Cape Ann Beacon, for this big reminder about the Cape Ann Reads celebration tomorrow, noon to four. Gloucester City Hall is set up and ready for dozens of area artists and writers and their original children’s picture books!

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The I Am More Project

From our friend Amy Kerr, she is doing a wonderful project. Please go to her website for more information.


 Those of us who suffer from depression, grief, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, and dysphoria can become overshadowed by our struggles, but we are more than our suffering. We are parents, friends, artists, professionals and children. We have dreams, loves, goals and gifts.

 You can read the stories of those here in Cape Ann that you might not have realized struggled with these issues, like Donna and Seth, by following I Am More at Then share your own essay or poem by emailing to receive a Writing Guide.






Got History? Get Archives

A true treasure is  located in a small room in the basement of City Hall. Gloucester Archives houses a wide variety of research tools including maps, directories, military records, property records, photos, books and stories.  The heart of the Archives is in the 10-12 dedicated volunteers taking turns manning the room from 9-noon weekdays ready to assist with various requests or to continue their work indexing records.

A friend recently mentioned they were curious about the history of their house.  I suggest going to the Gloucester Archives.  Anyone working on their Gloucester related genealogy should stop by.  The city’s history is well documented and preserved here in three vaults also located in the basement, which are a treat of their own.

Sarah Dunlap graciously gave me a tour of these vaults and described the services available (you do not need to be a city resident to take advantage).  The volunteers in attendance today included Sue Hall, Judy Silva, Peggy Calkins, Lois Hamilton and Sandy Williams.  A variety of personal interests drew them to become volunteers and they clearly enjoy their work.

I asked what was the most surprising or exciting discovery they had made and Sarah responded that they were inspired by a speaker who indicated it was information that couldn’t be found.   Sarah and staff took this as a challenge and labored to track down and verify  FitzHenry Lane’s name change from Nathaniel Rogers Lane in order to provide previously unavailable information. Dilly, Dilly to the staff!

In response to my question about what the Archives needed or hoped for, Sarah indicated that funding is always being sought. Even more importantly, climate controls for the vaults is a dire need as records are beginning to deteriorate.  This is an example of one of the storage vaults.  You can clearly see the need.


This is the main research room, easily accessible via City Hall’s handicap entrance on Dale Ave.  It’s pretty clear they are making good use of the space allotted–look at those jammed bookshelves!

Some additional vault pictures:

Gloucester Archives began in 1987 to organize and maintain these city and town records.  It’s pretty amazing it’s “only” taken these last 30 years or so to sort, organize and index this vast collection.  They provide services in person, by phone or email.  They accept donations and especially appreciate monetary donations.  Katelyn Vance is the current Archivist and is working to improve the collection and services.

If you aren’t tired of the pictures of the basement, please enjoy the following additional pictures to give you an idea of the “ambiance” in some areas.  Thanks to GMG Jimmy for his photography work.

@Killer_Hogs_BBQ Rub For The St Louis Ribs On The @WeberGrills Performer

Northeast BBQ


Malcom Reed has what I consider to be one of the best YouTube channels for all your BBQ needs- HowToBBQRight

Malcom explains everything concisely without pretense and the videos are edited so you can follow along without having to sit through the entire process.  He hits the main points and sends you on your way.  He also happens to sell great BBQ Rubs under the Killer Hogs Brand which you can find here on Amazon  

The BBQ Rub is excellent.  I highly recommend it and may go in for the five lb bag if anyone wants to split it up with me.

This cook was pretty straightforward.  250 degrees.  Ribs cooked offset the coals. Charcoal arranged with the snake method.  Apple chips for smoke.  Foil under the ribs to collect the drippings.  After 3.5, hours wrap in foil with a couple of squirts of BBQ sauce.  Back on the grill…

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New Classes Added at CFCA!

Cape Ann Wellness

Looking for more options to workout in the evenings? We’ve got you covered! We are psyched to enhance our schedule especially for the evening folks. Take a look!


Our primary goal at CFCA is to help our members increase their capability, durability (both mental and physical) and most importantly longevity through consistent quality movement in a fun and supportive environment.

For more information, check us out on the web:

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44D2B573-ACAE-4701-9FD3-4118214852C7Just getting acquainted with this bustling city. The drivers make Italian drivers seem cautious. Crossing a street is not for the faint of heart

We spent some time today at the botanical gardens and joined in the annual Republic Day celebration. Also, we walked around the colorful and busy Ghandi Bazaar.

Tonight we will  hear a concert of traditional Indian music.