Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge,

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The fifth annual Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge, sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund, takes place on Sunday, May 6, 2018 and once again this year includes a Team Challenge.
The USATF-sanctioned race will take off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck and return by way of Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck, where participants will be treated to a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck, overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.  Individuals and teams—runners and walkers of all ages—are welcome.  But everyone is urged to sign up soon, as participation in this year’s Race will be capped at 400.

The Rocky Neck 5K & Team Challenge will be a community ‘happening’ which benefits a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.  And, it will be an event offering lots of FUN for lots of people!
Nearly anyone can run or walk this event. Beginners can get a taste of what exercise and outdoor enjoyment bring. Experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course. Any kind of group will find it especially rewarding to compete as a team and/or with family and friends.

Gloucester Civil War Coat Update from George and Charles King

Update about the Bacheler Civil War coat from the irrepressible brothers Charles and George,


We added a new photo to show Gloucester Civil War coat fans the materials that will be going into the huge display box that is (finally) under construction THANKS TO YOU.  Gaylord Archival is making the display for the coat with a Smallcorp part right now! The Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) awarded the coat a second grant this January. That’s all for now.”
George King
Charles King

ORCHESTRAL OPERA GEMSFROM THE CAPE ANN SYMPHONY: Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli



Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director



An Evening of Passionate Orchestral Music

From the World of Opera :


Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Weber, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli

Orchestral Opera Gems close the Cape Ann Symphony’s 66th Concert Season on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. A romantic and moving program, Orchestral Opera Gems features orchestral masterpieces from renown and beloved operas by Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or

Famed composers Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Ponchielli, Weber, Tchaikovsky, andBizet take center stage for the CAS Orchestral Opera Gems Concert on May 19. Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa points out, “Some of the most passionate and emotional music written for the orchestra comes from the world of opera. The stories of love, jealously, loss, longing and romance were captured in music by great composers such as Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Bizet and Wagner. Many of these operas feature interludes of incredible symphonic music, and we’ve selected some favorites for the May concert.” The Orchestral Opera Gems program includes Leoncavallo’s Intermezzo from I Pagliacci; Tchaikovsky’s  Polonaisefrom Onegin; Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana; Puccini’s  Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Ponchielli’s  Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda ; Verdi’s Prelude to Act 3 from  La Traviata; Bizet’s  Carmen Suite No. 1; Weber’s Overture to Oberon; and Wagner’s  Meistersinger  Overture  and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmenrung. Udagawa adds, “Make sure you come to this very romantic concert with someone you’re madly in love with.”

 In July of 1888 Mascagni entered a competition in Milan open to all young Italian composers who had not yet had an opera performed on stage. One-act operas would be judged by a jury and the three best operas would be staged in Rome. Mascagni chose Cavalleria Rusticana, a popular short story and play and in two months, he composed the opera. Among the 73 operas submitted,Cavalleria Rusticana was chosen as one of

the three to be produced. The opera premiered to huge success on May 19, 1890 with  Mascagni taking 40 curtain calls.


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From our Friend Charles Nazarian, President Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is hosting a Symposium on finding common ground concerning gun violence and seeking effective solutions on Saturday May 19th from 2-6pm. Please see the attached Press Release, Fact Sheet and Poster.

Participants include Gloucester High School Students, American Legion Commander Mark Nestor, former Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke, Cape Ann Clergy and nationally known gun-control legislation proponent John Rosenthal. The keynote speaker is Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations.” The event is divided into four, 45-minute segments with 15 minute refreshment breaks so that people may attend all, or part, of the afternoon. Admission is free with free-will offerings to the Foundation to benefit the ongoing preservation of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse.
Please post notices about this significant community gathering wherever you can.
For further information please see the GMF web site, feel free to contact me at 978-821-5291 or the GMF Events Chair, Sandy Ronan at 978-473-2134.

Charles L. Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

10 Church
Gloucester, MA 01930

Gloucester Meetinghouse UU symposium- Finding Common Ground: American Culture, Gun Violence, 2nd Amendment


press release shared with GMG:

Upcoming symposium hosted by Gloucester Meetinghouse foundation at historic Gloucester UU  Church (Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church) May 19, 2018 FINDING COMMON GROUND: A SYMPOSIUM ON AMERICAN CULTURE, GUN VIOLENCE AND THE SECOND AMENDMENT


Spurred by national concern about mass shootings, a symposium in Gloucester on Saturday, May 19, will put a fresh focus on gun violence, examining both the intent and application of the Second Amendment and the differences among us that led to an impasse in addressing the problem. The afternoon program, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is sponsored by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. It will include:

  • Students from Gloucester High School speaking about the growing youth movement against gun violence;
  • A presentation by former Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke on issues surrounding the intent of the Second Amendment’s language on the right to bear arms and its application today;
  • Remarks by Mark Nestor, a Vietnam veteran who as commander of Gloucester’s American Legion Post 3 oversaw a unanimous vote by Post members favoring tighter regulation of firearms;
  • Discussion by Cape Ann clergy on the moral imperative for action with diverse approaches;
  • A panel discussion that will include John Rosenthal, a Boston businessman and Gloucester resident whose national organization, Stop Handgun Violence, campaigns to reduce firearms deaths.

The keynote speaker is Colin Woodard, author of “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America.” The Washington Post described this book as “a compelling and informative attempt to make sense of the regional divides in North America in general and this country in particular.” said it “explodes the red state-blue state myth” and describes how conflicts between cultures “have shaped our country’s past and mold its future.”

This symposium is occurring as our country experiences outrage over the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting and a powerful new youth movement is taking shape with the intent to make sure it never happens again. Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation vice president Sandra Ronan describes it as “an event to help restore civic dialogue by seeking common ground on an emotional and difficult subject.” Richard Prouty, a lifelong educator and former director of Project Adventure in Beverly, will be moderator.

The program begins at 2 p.m., is separated into four segments with 15-minute breaks, and will conclude at 6 p.m. with a ceremonial ringing of the church’s Paul Revere bell, for freedom. The community is welcome to attend all, or only some, of the segments. Written questions will be welcomed and reviewed for replies from the panel in the final segment.

The program is free with voluntary donations invited. Refreshments will be available. The event is part of the Meetinghouse Foundation’s 2017-18 Concert & Lecture Series. The nonprofit, IRS-recognized Foundation was founded to help preserve and increase public use of the 212-year-old Meetinghouse. The structure is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the church founders are recognized for their role in establishing religious freedom in Massachusetts, well before that guarantee was made in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

            The Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Middle and Church Streets in downtown Gloucester and has easy access for persons with disabilities at the side entrance at 10 Church Street. Parking is available on the Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby in the Central Gloucester Historic District, and at St. Peter’s Square.

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Pet of the Week-Max


Hi, my name is Max! The folks here are guessing I am a young guy somewhere between 8 months old to a year. I was found on my foster’s front porch one morning. The Humane Society in the area helped to get me to an animal hospital where I could be checked out. I lived in their home for about a month and my foster says I am a sweet and gentle dog.
I love to be around people and I follow wherever they go. I am still learning my house training manners and doing well. Although the foster family dog wasn’t fond of me, I seem to like to be around other dogs and I still wanted to be friends.
I am a lap dog so I hope you don’t mind snuggling now and again. I like to play ball and my favorite toys are squeak balls. I enjoy walking outdoors and do well on a leash. I am also learning to be accustomed to the crate when no one is home. If I sound like I might be a good fit for you and your family, stop by and visit me today!
To learn more about me or other animals waiting for homes, please come visit our shelter at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester or check us out online at

Humpback, Minke, Sei, and Fin…Oh My!

I was fortunate to be on Saturday’s 7 Seas Whale Watch where there were multiple sightings of at least 4 whale species: humpback, minke, sei and fin. They were demonstrating their feeding habits which the naturalist, Jay, narrated competently for us. I must also mention all the seabirds we also saw, in particular the gannets and their aggressive diving for food, creating a spray that from a distance, I mistook sometimes for a whale blow.

I have been on a number of marvelous whale watches from the various companies around town, but never before one on which there were more than could be counted. Although naturalist Jay told us there is no better time of year for a whale watch than another, I am now convinced early spring is the best! All those hungry whales trying to fill themselves up was an amazing learning experience.  If you haven’t been, I suggest you go. There are lots of deals to be had with a little bit of homework, so just go!

Whale watching–highly recommended to go NOW! if you can 🙂

Cape Ann Whale Watch: Sat only until May 1
7 Seas 1 trip/day @ 1:30 until June 25 then 2/day

Capt Bill & Sons opens season May 19


Humpback breaking the surface to find greedy gulls


You can see the baleen on these whales which filters their food.


Canned Food Drive Saturday May 5th

Cape Ann Community

Saturday May 5th from 9 am to 3 pm at Market Basket and Shaw’s the Gloucester Knights of Columbus and Rockport Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food items for the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Holy Family Parish All collections will support local Cape Ann Families. Come help us help our neighbors!

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During some part of each of the past four off leash beach days, the Piping Plovers have been found in the parking lot, forced off the beach by a barrage of dogs in the nesting area, and dogs chasing them up and down the beach. For the first three of those four off leash days that they were driven off the beach, the PiPl spent a good part of the time going from white painted line to white painted line, using the color white as camouflage against predators such as hawks, crows, and falcons. They are miniature “sitting ducks” when in the parking lot, not only to natural predators, but because they are so well camouflaged, and so tiny, they are in tremendous danger from car and truck drivers who would not see them until it is too late.

Nesting and courting in the parking lot.

New little nest scrape.

Yesterday morning at 7am, an off leash day, the PiPl were chased off the beach by a dog and its owner. They flew to the parking lot. For the next twelve and a half hours, Mama and Papa did not leave the parking lot. They did not eat or drink, but spent the entire time courting, mating, and building a nest scrape in the gravel, traveling from white line to white line. It was sadly beautiful and heartbreaking to watch. Beautiful in the way that no matter what obstacles they face, the little pair’s desire to reproduce is so powerful that they will continue to try, even in a habitat that is so wholly unsuitable for raising chicks. Sad and heartbreaking because this scenario was unquestionably and completely unnecessary.

Yesterday the dogs were in the nesting area, poohing, peeing, romping, and digging. It happened throughout the day, from 6:30am to 8pm, but was especially challenging during high tide, when so little beach remains. The following batch of photos was taken in the short period of time that I was on the beach and not in the parking lot, as the tide was receding.

When dog owners were asked by volunteer Preston if they were aware of the PiPl–most said yes–as they allowed their dog to wander into the nesting area.

Dog runs into nesting area, dog goes poop, owner enters nesting area to clean up poop, can’t find poop, has to muck around in nesting area to find, finally finds poop, cleans up, dog meets a new friend in the nesting area.

Last night Mama and Papa flew back to the beach after the coast was clear, at sunset. As you can imagine, they were ravenous, and ate with great gusto at the water’s edge.

The Bachelor returned to the nesting area at sundown, too.

Early this morning I found all three eating and bathing in the tide pools, before they were chased off again later in the morning. As I write this, the Mama and Papa are taking turns sitting on their nest scrape, in the rain, in the parking lot.

The Piping Plovers can’t catch a break – off leash dogs this morning on an on leash day.

It is difficult for the animal control officers to give out tickets as the ordinance is written, when it is an off leash day, especially when the dogs are running willy nilly and far away from their owners. And it is impossible for them to be there 24/7.

Early this morning, which is an on leash day, Officer Dolan was handing out tickets.

Call your councilors and Mayor Sefatia’s office and let them know your thoughts on protecting the Piping Plovers. Tomorrow is the last day of the spring summer season 2018 that dogs are allowed on the beach. But they are not allowed under ANY circumstances in the nesting area. If you see a dog on the beach at any time of day or night after April 30th please call the dog officer at 978-281-9746. Thank you.

I have an idea to make a brochure to not only hand out to people at the parking lot entrance to the beach, but to circulate door to door around the neighborhood. We need to help folks understand why it is so important that we help the PiPing Plovers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped yesterday. If you came and I unfortunately did not see you it is because most of the day was spent in the parking lot. Thank you to Lillian and Craig, Leontine, Deborah,  Heather, and Preston for your good work!!

Mama sleeping on the white lines in the parking lot

Dogtown Days 2018 research updates and special events! Cape Ann Museum May 5 & ribbon cutting May 6

Dogtown Days 2018

Dogtown Days 2018


CAPE ANN MUSEUM PROGRAM, SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m

“This program, presented by the Friends of Dogtown, offers an opportunity to remember the past and imagine the future of Dogtown. Free and open to the public.

Starting off with a presentation by local artists recalling Thoreau’s 1858 visit to Dogtown, Dogtown Days will present a collection of newly discovered historical photographs of the early 20th century landscape and will debut new poetry inspired by the “ghosts” of the old settlement. Members of the Gloucester Historical Commission will review the history of archaeological investigations, including the recent survey of Dogtown, and will explain the process and implications of its inclusion in the National Register of Historical Places. The City of Gloucester’s Dogtown Advisory Committee and privately-supported Cape Ann Trail Stewards will describe ongoing projects including site cleanup, trail maintenance, and the construction of a new footbridge at the site of Gloucester’s first mill. The program will conclude with a presentation by members of the Friends of Dogtown on a new project that is underway to restore key historical, ecological, and art landscapes in Dogtown.”


“celebrating the new footbridge constructed by Gloucester High School students followed by tours of the art, ecological and historical landscapes described on Saturday.”

2016 PDF vision for dogtown (maybe visitor center)