This right here is why I’ll never understand people that go on safaris. #crazypeople


Walking along a sandy beach this morning I looked up to see in the distance a Harbor Seal hauled out at the water’s edge. I took a few photos, and then slowly walked backwards, towards the wrack line, in the opposite direction of the seal. After about half an hour, the seal fishtailed down to the water and was quickly lost in the surf.

This is the second Harbor Seal in two days that I have seen resting on the beach. The sea has been rough and tides lower than usual, but for whatever reason this apparently healthy seal was hauled out on the sand, the very most important thing we humans can do to help the seals is to keep your distance.


Beautiful Fish: Chimaera -By Al Bezanson


The chimaeroids, being cartilaginous fishes, are allied to the sharks, skates and rays, but are separated from them by many important anatomic characters. Most obvious of these externally are that they have no spiracle; that they have only one external gill opening on either side; that their tails are symmetrical; and that their gill filaments are free at the tips like those of bony fishes. The chimaeroids remotely suggest the grenadiers in general body form, but are easily separable from them at a glance; first of all by the softness of their bodies and by their naked skins, also by the location of the pelvic fins which are set far back under or behind the tips of the pectorals, and by the large size of the pectoral fins, to list only the most obvious differences. There is no danger of confusing them with any other Gulf of Maine fishes, so curious is their appearance.

Occurrence in the Gulf of Maine—

Our only reason for mentioning this chimaera is that it is (or was) so plentiful along the offshore slopes of the Banks off the eastern part of the Gulf and off Nova Scotia that many were brought in for a few years subsequent to 1875, when fishermen long lining for halibut extended their operations down to 300 fathoms or so. Only one seems to have been reported during the past 25 years, caught off Browns Bank, 85 miles southwest of Cape Sable, between 400 and 500 fathoms on October 15, 1930.[85] But perhaps it would be found no less plentiful now than of old, if sought at the proper depth. The shoalest capture of which we found record was at 160 fathoms.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder (1953) online courtesy of MBL/WHOI

Woman Owned Businesses on the Byway 2018 NEW brochure is out…and meet two new members!

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The partners have been busy planning for 2018 and held their last meeting at Village Market / Sandwich & Coffe Shop in Essex, one of the newest local establishments to join this award-winning and Chronicle WCVB Channel 5 recommended trail:  “Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway”.

MEET Village Market Essex, MA

Village Market / Sandwich & Coffee Shop, 978-768-0001, 1 Martin St. Essex Ma. 01929 (On the corner of Rt133/Rt.22, across from the Essex Post Office)

“Owners Patricia Wright along with her Mom, Laura opened the Village Market Coffee shop almost 3 years ago. They are open 7 Days a week Monday – Saturday 7am-3pm and Sunday 8am-1pm. Their baked goods are made fresh daily with a wonderful asst. of flavors. They also have some amazing baked cookies and scones. I had a blueberry scone , OMG yummy. So moist and fresh. They have wonderful home made soups and great comfort food lunches packed and ready to take out. I enjoyed the atmosphere and talked to many of the people in the coffee shop. What a wonderful local friendly vibe. I have attached photos of their menus and learned that they also do small platters. They feature Boars Head deli meats and also use fresh breads and rolls from our own Virgilio’s in Gloucester MA. We are thrilled to Welcome the Village Market Coffee shop to our Trail Map “Woman” Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Byway.” Here is a link to their Facebook page

(All Photos this post credit-  Pauline Bresnahan)


MEET Barbara Breaker owner of The Barn at Todd Farm Rowley Ma

located at 275 Main St. Rowley MA. 978-948-5111


Barbara opened November 2014. Shop is open  Wed. – Sun. Year round  Hours are Wed. Thru Sun  10:30 to 5.  Sunday morning opening at 8 when Todd Farm Sunday Flea Market runs April – November. Always open by appointment. “The focus of the shop is Antique, Vintage, Craft, and Handmade. I opened the shop because I fell in love with the beautiful 2,000. Sq.Ft. Restored historic Barn and wanted to start my own business after years of experience working for other talented business owners.  The timing was perfect! We are a group of 12 dealers and artists in the shop. I run and manage the daily business. I enjoy being part of the creative expression of others and want to promote and support their growth and success both creatively and financially. The Todd Farm Flea Market has been running for 50 yrs and is an important part of the Rowley community. My shop offers a reflection of that experience in a unique way. We are hosting a Spring Open House Saturday, May 5th.” Like is on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram

Co-founders Pauline Bresnahan wrote the nice introductions for the new members and took the photographs. She did not include a note for her own business, but I will! Pauline’s Gifts will open April 17, 2018, at 11am for  her 19th season. Spring days and hours: open Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturdays 11-5.


COMING SOON: Don’t miss the Mother’s Day special SPRING event they’ve planned – May 5 & 12- “Moms are Everything”! They are planning a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Farm to Home event in August and a Woman Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway Helping Our Woman Veterans Event during September, along with  special days during Essex National Heritage’s annual Trails and Sails weekends.




Berkshire Museum art case: Mass Supreme Court Justice Lowy allows third amicus brief

Amy Stewart, Second Assistant Clerk for the ‎Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for the County of Suffolk, confirms that Justice Lowy has allowed a third Amici Curiae filed by Martin Gammon related to the Berkshire Museum case. Gammon has a new book coming out “Deaccessioning and its Discontents: A Critical History,” (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018). He has long art world experience, and is an antiques roadshow appraiser and a former director of Museum Services at Bonhams auction house. Although he is opposed to the current deaccession agreement reached by the Attorney General and the Trustees of the Berkshire Museum, and backs off from the panic, Gammon articulates some sell-off, specifically:

“Consequently, if the court were to warrant a limited sale of the European and non-Western works, and that in turn proves to be insufficient for supporting operations in the course of time, then the trustees could then petition the court and consider some of the core American works for potential sale, but then they should be offered in a collaborative process through the auspices of the AAMD to other public institutions first, as the likelihood of another museum willing to acquire them is high, and they would in most cases remain in the public trust.”

Gammon underscores the irregularity of any deaccession planning with no curators on staff as is the case with the Berkshire Museum. One of the paintings Gammon muses a curator may have considered selling was the now infamous cover lot yanked back on the eve of the Sotheby’s November 21, 2017 sale: LOT 18 L’Agneau Nouveau (The Newborn Lamb), oil on canvas, presale estimate 1.5 to 2 million)

x Bouguereau LOT 18 Berkshire Museum Bouguereau featured on the cover of the Sotheby's catalogue 70 lots Nov 21 sale L'Agneau Nouveau-Ne THE NEWBORN LAMB oc 65 x 34 est 1500000 to 2mil

A poignant counter perspective was expressed in a Letter to the Editor on March 13, 2018: Crane gifts to museum would be painful loss, (aka “beyond the Rockwells) by David Peter Moser, a former resident of Pittsfield who benefited from amazing enrichment programs developed between the museum and community organizations

To the editor:
I am saddened by the potential loss of Berkshire County’s cultural assets, those being the gifts Zenas Crane made during his lifetime to his Berkshire Museum. Often overlooked in the press are those gifts associated with former Massachusetts governor and senator Winthrop Murray Crane, subject to being deaccessioned for cash. Governor (1900-1903) and senator (1904-1913), Winthrop Murray Crane and his family also donated works that are among the 40 to be sold, acquired over the last century as his heirs wanted to honor their direct ancestors and the mission of the Berkshire Museum. A native son of Dalton, both businessman and statesman, Winthrop Murray Crane is equally revered as part of this area’s proud heritage. Sen. Crane’s wife, Josephine Boardman Crane, and daughter, Louise Crane, gave art treasures either directly or through their nonprofit foundations. Louise Crane had no descendants.

Works include: William-Adolph Bouguereau’s “La Bourrique/The Horseback Ride;” Girolamo Troppa’s “Apollo and Satyr;” Thomas Wilmer Dewing’s “Two Ladies in a Drawing Room/The White Dress;” George Henry Durrie’s “Hunter in Winter Wood;” Adriaen Isenbrandt’s “Adam and Eve/The Temptation;” Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ “Diana of the Tower; ” Henry Moore’s “Three Seated Figures;” Edward Vuillard’s “Deux femmes dans un interieur;” and Edwin Lord Weeks’ “Indian Prince, Palace of Agra.”

The Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, now located in Falmouth., has assets of over $70 million and gave $500,000 during the 2007 Berkshire Museum Capital Campaign. Attempts to reach out to the Winthrop Murray Crane ancestors regarding their feeling towards the Berkshire Museum’s intended renovation plans and deaccessioned artworks have gone unanswered.

As an aside, I thank Josephine Boardman Crane for also establishing the Junior Naturalist Program at the Berkshire Museum, which was an important part of my childhood learning experiences growing up in Pittsfield during the 1970s with Woody Bousquet and Thom Smith. My experiences, enhanced by visits to the Berkshire Museum as well as later hiking excursions through the hills of the Catskills and Berkshires with Woody, compelled me to study art history in college at Tufts University. Memories of the paintings by Hudson River School artists’ depictions of our beloved mountain ranges remain clear. Science, nature, history and art interconnected through paintings — treasures “once” known at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.“- David Peter Moser

Moser was compelled to detail the strong accession stories and local community support for the Berkshire Museum 39– the works of art off the beaten press path. Justice Lowy asked about them, too.

Gammon filed one day ahead of the March 20th public hearing where parties and amici presented oral arguments. Although Gammon will not have an opportunity to present oral argument,  Justice Lowy will read and consider this file along with all the other documents. No further information is available at this time.

AMY STEWART FANTASTIC Boston MA John Adams Courthouse -Berkshire Museum deaccession case oral arguments before SJO Justice Judge Lowy_Mar 20 2018 _102144 © catherine ryan (17).jpg

03/28/2018      #24   Notice to counsel/parties regarding paper #18 file

MOTION For Leave To File A Brief Of Amicus Curiae filed by Martin Gammon. (No Certificate of Service included). (3/27/18: “Per the within, Motion is ALLOWED WITHOUT HEARING” (Lowy, J.))

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean up

Hi kids:

Hope all is well and welcome back to spring. As I was walking Main and Rogers realized after the snow some serious work needs to be done.

When:                  Saturday, March 31, 2018

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Meet at St. Peter’s Square

See you all, look forward to seeing all your faces.

Thanks and take care



Do you Love Cape Ann???

If you Love Cape Ann how about stepping up and getting a Cape Ann License Plate. What better way to show your love for Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport. You will be a traveling ambassador for a place you love and you will be helping the non-profits on Cape Ann to continue to receive grants from the Cape Ann Community Foundation. The Foundation is funded by a portion of the fee for your plate every two years as long as you have the plate. It so easy to get a plate just go to and sign up, plate is mailed to you in about 8 days, don’t have to turn in the old plate. Special plate fee is tax deductible. Help us get at least 400 more plates on the road by September 1st. So show your pride and support the region and all the non-profits that do so much good work on Cape Ann!

update from Save the Art – Save the Museum


Save the Art – Save the Museum Continues to Seek Transparency from the Berkshire Museum and Attorney General

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (March 28, 2018) – Save the Art – Save the Museum has helped to achieve a major goal of saving the Berkshire Museum’s 40 most valuable artworks from immediate auction. We re-dedicate ourselves now that the issue is before the courts, and will continue our efforts to SAVE THE ART and SAVE THE MUSEUM for ours and future generations..

In Boston on Tuesday, as lawyers for both sides stated their cases before Judge David Lowy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Berkshire Museum reiterated its requirement for $55M, but again offered no documentation or proof to justify this vast sum. The intent of Zenas Crane, Norman Rockwell, and others who donated these treasures to the Berkshire Museum could not be clearer; they wanted them to be forever available for the pleasure, inspiration and education of the people of Pittsfield and Berkshire County. To sell them is to sell our cultural heritage.

Save the Art – Save the Museum believes the Berkshire community has a right to a candid reckoning of why we and all future generations must be denied these cherished and irreplaceable artworks. We continue to invite the Museum trustees to engage in dialogue with the community about alternatives to this drastic action.

The public deserves full transparency from the Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General. We call on the Supreme Judicial Court to reject the agreement and to order that the Attorney General conclude the investigation with a complete, published report.

READ MORE  Click here to read detailed court coverage by Catherine Ryan of GoodMorningGloucester Blog

TRUSTEES few smiles - Boston MA John Adams Courthouse -Berkshire Museum deaccession case oral arguments before SJO Justice Judge Lowy_Mar 20 2018 _102144 © catherine ryan (12)BOARD OF TRUSTEES in packed courtroom – John Adams Courthouse, Berkshire Museum deaccession case oral arguments before SJC Justice Judge Lowy, March 20, 2018 – Boston, MA. © 2018 Photo by Catherine Ryan

“Those, like me, who were caught off-guard by the astonishing deal (now awaiting court validation) cut last month by the Berkshire Museum and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey feel justifiably blindsided by the AG’s about-face. With scant explanation, she pivoted from a seemingly adversarial stance towards the museum’s deaccessions of the cream of its collection to acceptance of the shameful sell-offs, notwithstanding the fact that they would run afoul of professional standards and would violate what the AG had deemed to be restrictions prohibiting sales of about half of the 40 deaccessioned works.” – Lee Rosenbaum, CultureGrrl

READ MORE  Click to read commentary from Lee Rosenbaum’s CultureGrrl in artsjournal

BERKSHIRE EAGLE LARRY PARNASS Boston MA John Adams Courthouse -Berkshire Museum deaccession case oral arguments before SJO Justice Judge Lowy_Mar 20 2018 _102144 © catherine ryan (14)LARRY PARNASS, investigations editor for the Berkshire Eagle – Photo by Catherine Ryan © 2018

“In a 20-minute interview March 14, Healey responded both to questions about her handling of the museum’s proposed art sales and questions about whether her past ties to WilmerHale constitute at least an appearance of a conflict of interest. She rejected questions that her office was in any way in conflict. “With respect to any conflict of interest, we followed the rules. We didn’t have a conflict here and the results speak for themselves,” Healey said.”  – Larry Parnass, Berkshire Eagle

Save the Art – Save the Museum (STA) is a citizens’ group that started as a grassroots effort on social media shortly after the Museum announced plans for its sale in July 2017. Members meet regularly to organize opposition to the deaccession, educate the public about viable alternatives, and raise funds to support legal efforts. STA acts on behalf of more than 1,500 people who have joined its Facebook group dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Berkshire Museum imperiled by this sale, and thousands of other local residents who also object, many of whom have flooded the local newspaper with letters urging the Museum to change course and bring back the art.

Massachusetts boasts natural and cultural resources across the state. “Don’t miss an exhibit that’s closer than you think” is a Google map I pulled together Continue reading “update from Save the Art – Save the Museum”

Nichole’s Picks 3/31 + 4/1

Pick #1:  Egg-cellent Adventure at Appleton Farms

Saturday, 10:00-2:00

Members, $24 per family   Nonmembers, $30 per family


Say goodbye to the cold and celebrate the arrival of warmer weather here on the Farm! While we often associate eggs with the Easter Bunny, in many cultures eggs symbolize new life and are tied with the coming of spring. At this event, we celebrate spring, new life on the farm, and the bounty of fresh eggs produced by our hens. Go on the “Egg-cellent” Quest around the farm and learn about the journey from egg to chicken, collecting Easter eggs at each station to complete the Quest!

Enjoy homemade refreshments and face painting in our Carriage Barn, visit with our, bunnies, sheep and goats and try your hand at “candling eggs” and play games in the stone paddock! Quest begins at 10am.  Please plan to arrive between 10AM and 11:15AM and bring a basket of your own to collect the Quest eggs. Recommended for ages 2-6, but all are welome! If you have 6 or more in your family please register for 2 family tickets so we have enought snacks and eggs for all!

Please let us know if your child has any allergies as this is not a nut free event.


Pick #2:  Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt


The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will hold the 28th annual Rockport Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 PM.  The event is for the children of the town – preschoolers through grade one – and will take place on the field adjacent to the Rockport Elementary School playground, 36 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport.

Preschoolers will be grouped in one section and kindergarteners and first graders in another.  In addition to assorted candies, chocolates and small prizes, the hunt will feature a number of special eggs to be redeemed for larger prizes. The Easter Bunny is also expected to make an appearance.  Bring a basket and arrive early – the hunt will begin promptly at 2.

This year’s event is being organized by the Chamber’s Rockport Division with key support from the Cape Ann Y’s Beyea Teen Center in Rockport, local innkeepers, Rockport Rotarians, Rockport Inn & Suites and the Institution for Savings.

Please contact the Chamber Office (978-283-1601) to volunteer and to donate wrapped, nut-free candy and small prizes. Financial gifts are also welcomed and may be mailed to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, 33 Commercial Street, Gloucester.  Wrapped candy and small prizes may be dropped off at Rockport Inn & Suites or at the Chamber office.


Pick #3:  Madagascar at the North Shore Music Theater


All seats $12
We have added a special character MEET & GREET opportunity after the show on Friday, March 30 at 9:45am only. Meet the characters and have photos taken with them in a private post-show reception. The $10/per person MEET & GREET tickets can be selected when buying tickets for the show. Those that already have tickets for the Friday show can call the Box Office (978) 232-7200 to buy tickets to the MEET & GREET. *Everyone attending the MEET & GREET must have a ticket

A wild and wacky adventure awaits Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe and those pesky, plotting Penguins when they stage a jailbreak from New York’s Central Park Zoo. After busting out of their home and landing on the faraway island of Madagascar, these furry friends encounter the madcap antics of the outrageous King Julien and his fellow island inhabitants in a musical celebration of friendship. The nonstop escapades and rollicking pop score will have audiences of all ages wanting to “Move It, Move It!” with their favorite characters. Share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this spring with this family-friendly 70-minute adaptation.

Madagascar is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid


World Fish Migration Day! Little River Fish Count (Sat March 31st)

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Shellfish Warden Tammy Cominelli and NOAA Fish Biologist Tara Trinko Lake lead a walking tour

Little River Fishway Tour

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Tour from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

LOCATION: Little River next to the West Gloucester Water Filtration Plant, 732 Magnolia Ave, Gloucester, MA.

Join us to celebrate World Fish Migration Day and learn more about the Little River! Come tour the new fishway with the Gloucester Shellfish warden and staff from NOAA Fisheries. Learn about the small, but resilient alewife population in the Little River.

The City of Gloucester leads an annual effort to monitor the migration of returning adult alewives as they migrate from the ocean to Lily Pond and the Little River to spawn. Volunteers that count fish help us understand when and how many fish travel upstream every year. River herring provide important forage for cod, bluefish, tuna and striped bass, which are…

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Seaside Garden Club’s April Meeting

Cape Ann Community

April 10, 2018, 7pm at the Manchester Community Center
Deborah Trickett of the Captured Garden, will present a Jaw-Dropping Container Demonstration. Two containers will be demonstrated and raffled. Deborah Trickett is the owner of the Captured Garden ( First, she will demonstrate some unique and beautiful container gardens with a power point lecture. Next, she will create 2 container gardens as we observe her design choices and technique. Deborah designs these to be beautiful, and anything but typical. She showcases uncommon plants and creates combinations that are anything but cookie cutter. At the end of the program, we will have a chance to win her two designs. Guests are welcome, there is a $5 fee for non-members.


The Seaside Garden Club is a group of fun, active, civic-minded and hands-on gardeners. We welcome all types of gardeners from beginners to experienced… there is always something to learn…

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Harold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist. A special exhibition features 90 years of painter’s work at Cape Ann Museum On view April 14 – June 17, 2018.

Cape Ann Community

pic.pngHarold Rotenberg: An American Impressionist, a special exhibition exploring the career of artist Harold Rotenberg (1905-2011), will open at the Cape Ann Museum on Saturday, April 14 and remain on display through June 17.

For 90 years, Rotenberg devoted himself to painting, creating a remarkable body of work. “Paintings are adventures,” he once observed, adding each one is “a new experience.” Visitors to the Museum will be able to share in this remarkable artist’s adventures as they explore a selection of 40 works created on Cape Ann and around the world.

A native of Attleboro, Massachusetts, beginning in the early 1920s, Rotenberg embarked on a life of creating art and inspiring others to do the same. Through his work at a settlement house in Boston, at the Boston Museum School, the School of Practical Art in Boston and from his own studio, Rotenberg provided instruction to an entire generation of…

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