Sandy Bay Yacht Club Adult Sailing Open House Friday, June 8th, 6-7:30pm

Sandy Bay Yacht Club

Adult Sailing Open House

Friday, June 8th, 6-7:30pm

Interested in learning how to sail or need to refresh your skills? Would you like to learn about racing? Just want to get out on the crystal clear water of Sandy Bay? Founded in 1885, SBYC is an active sailing club with weekly races throughout the summer. Our sailing program provides basic through advanced training for adults with semi-private lessons on a flexible schedule. Sandy Bay also has an active social program. Its easy to join and membership is surprisingly affordable.

Join us on Friday, June 8th, from 6-7:30pm for an informal evening of appetizers and drinks at Sandy Bay’s historic clubhouse – located at the end of T-WHARF in ROCKPORT. Meet the fleet captains, race committee, sailing instructors, and everyone involved in SBYC’s Adult Sailing Programs.
Can’t make it on Friday? Stop by for Sunday Morning Coffee, 9:30-11am every Sunday until Labor Day, and speak to someone from the Membership Committee.

For more information about both the Adult and Junior sailing programs see our website at

Contact: Jessica Lanier

Chair, Membership Committee


Founded in 1885, SBYC is located in Rockport, Massachusetts. SBYC has numerous one-design and cruising sailboats that participate in races and regattas. Our mission is to give our members broad exposure to racing, to instill a love of the sport of sailing and to provide sailing programs that develop safe, independent sailors.

Senate Retail Task Force issues final report Outlines findings on the challenges and opportunities facing Massachusetts retailers

BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail unanimously approved its final report. The Task Force was charged with assessing the economic health of the Massachusetts retail sector, and identifying challenges and opportunities facing retail communities.

“I am very pleased that the voices of retail business owners around the commonwealth were heard and represented in this timely report,” said Jon Cahill, General Manager of Maestranzi Bros. in Beverly, MA.

“I want to thank Senator Rodrigues and Senator deMacedo for leading this task force,” said Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester). “Supporting the retail sector is very important and I am happy that we have this report to inform our future policymaking.”

The Task Force, chaired by Senator Michael Rodrigues (D- Westport) and Senator Vinny deMacedo (R- Plymouth), held a series of regional public meetings, hearing directly from retail employers and employees. The Task Force issued a set of findings, reflecting the testimony of retailers, information presented by industry experts, and an examination of current policies and mandates.  

“The Task Force’s report is the result of a thoughtful, collaborative process to better understand the challenges facing Massachusetts retailers,” said Senator Michael Rodrigues. “Now that the Task Force’s work has concluded, I look forward to working with my colleagues to explore ways the state can support retail business growth, and ensure retailers remain a core part of our Commonwealth’s foundation.”

“I want to thank the local retailers who provided the task force with valuable insights into their challenges and aspirations,” said Senator Vinny deMacedo. “This report reflects the collaborative effort and diverse viewpoints of the task force’s membership in a way that we believe will provide meaningful information to guide the Legislature in its efforts to support and grow our local businesses and economies.”

Members of the Task Force also included Senator Mike Barrett (D- Lexington), Senator Julian Cyr (D- Truro), Senator Jason Lewis (D- Winchester), Senator Kathleen O’Connor-Ives (D- Newburyport), and Senator Don Humason (R- Westfield).

The retailers appointed to the Task Force included Judith Herrell, owner of Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton; Peter Kavanaugh of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Dartmouth; Barry S. Rotman, Board Chair of Rotmans Furniture in Worcester; Malcolm Sherman, a retail consultant with expertise in turning around struggling businesses; Christopher Carlozzi, Massachusetts State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business; Jon Cahill of Maestranzi Bros.; and Christopher Connolly, President of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association.  

The remaining appointees included Jim Carvalho, Political Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445; Harris Gruman, Executive Director of the SEIU Massachusetts State Council; and Jon Hurst, President of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.


Charles and George King share the following,

Hello everyone!

Joann Mackenzie from the Gloucester Daily Times wrote an excellent article on the upcoming installation of the Civil War coat at GHS!

We’d like to thank Joann and the Gloucester Daily Times for their continued support and interest in the coat and its restoration.
Click the link below to read the story.
Charles and George


Reader Robert Millman sent photos and wrote the following question:

I am new to Gloucester, having bought a home two years ago.

As we were clearing some down trees and brush, we came upon a small stand on what I think are Monotropa, related to Indian Pipes, but do not look like any other pictures I have found.  Corliss and another local nursery were not able to provide anything further information.

Can you ask your readers or do you have any suggestions of who I could reach out to?

Thank you

Hello Robert,

Your beautiful clumps of wildflowers are the North American native One-flowered Broom-rape (Orobanche uniflora); also called Naked Broomrape. I can see why you thought it was related to Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora), or Ghost Plant. Neither grows green leaves and both produce single flowers, typically seen growing in bunches.
Indian Pipes photo courtesy wikicommons media
Like Indian Pipes, it is a parasitic plant, which means it does not produce chlorophyll, or green tissue, deriving nutrients by attaching its roots to neighboring plants.
One-flowered Broom-rape photos submitted by Robert Millman
There are over 200 species Orobanche. Host plants for One-flowered Broom-Rapes include species of sunflowers, goldenrods, and sedums. 
Aside from white, Naked Broomrape also flowers in lavender and yellow.
The stems of Sporchia (Orbanche crenata), a species parasitic on the fava bean, are gathered and eaten in the region of Apilia, in southern Italy. Image courtesy wikicommons media.


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight w/ Jon Ross, Paul Foss & Chris Anzelone 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 5.31.2018

Thursday at the Rhumb Line: Portsmouth Blues Avatar Mr. Jon Ross blows into town for a summit with his old buddy Dave Sag. He’s been here many times before but always under the radar. Do not be swayed by clever imitations; Jon is the real deal! Backing him up will be my old friend and self-medication expert: Mr. Paul Foss. Traveling down all the way from Bangor Maine, this keyboard whiz will have you unzipping your L.L.Bean mukluks and shakin’ your tootsies! Drums provided by former Mohawk and balanced pistons:  Mr. Chris Anzelone. Don’t miss it!


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks 6/2 + 6/3

With warmer weather comes all sorts of fun springtime activities.

Pick #1:  Gloucester Grow Fest

What’s free, green, and fun?  Gloucester Grow Fest.

Presented by Backyard Growers, the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest sounds like a great way to spend a day!

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Where: Burnham’s Field, 9 Sargent St Ext. Gloucester 01930

Join Backyard Growers as we present the first annual Gloucester Grow Fest, a free event for all ages to celebrate healthy eating, green living, and warm weather! We’ll have garden tours, art projects, yummy food, games, live music, community yoga, and more. Organizations from across Cape Ann will be there leading activities.

Activities for all Ages presented by the following organizations:

Action, Inc.
Alprilla Farm
Backyard Growers
Black Earth Compost
Cape Ann Art Haven
Cape Ann Farmer’s Market
Cape Ann YMCA
Change is Simple
Common Crow Natural Market
Crossfit Cape Ann
Essex County Greenbelt
Generous Gardeners
Harbor Health Group
Inner Harmony Music Therapy
Lahey Health
The Open Door
One Ocean/One Love
Sawyer Free Library
Seaside Sustainability
Treetop Yoga

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Pick #2:  Boston Cannons Lacrosse @ Endicott College

Exciting news!  The Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse is coming to Endicott College this weekend and again on Saturday, June 23rd as part of their newly launched “Cannons in Your Community” effort.

The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced that the club has created a new initiative to bring select regular season home games to two greater Boston communities in 2018. The Cannons will play one game at Hingham High School in Hingham, MA, and two games at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. The “Cannons In Your Community” effort is focused on strengthening the team’s community outreach and increasing direct engagement with greater Boston area lacrosse fans.

“We’re extremely excited to bring Cannons lacrosse to the communities of the South Shore and North Shore, both are very passionate about the sport,” said Cannons President Ian Frenette. “While our game continues to grow at a significant pace, we need to continue to do our part to drive the continued growth and engagement with current and prospective lacrosse fans in their towns. This initiative is going to give fans an even closer look at Cannons action in an intimate environment and provide us the opportunity to reach new fans by bringing the game to their neighborhood.”




Pick #3:  Strawberry Festival 

The Strawberry Festival at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is always a lot of fun!

Saturday, June 2nd 11:00-4:00

Hosted by The Bridge Cape Ann, this event is a kick-off for the summer at Mile Marker One with Marshall’s Farm Stand.

FREE Parking! FREE Admission!

Kid Zone with Bouncy House, Pony Rides, Live Animals, Face Painting, Vehicles to explore from Gloucester Police Department (Official), Gloucester Fire Department, & the Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

Great Food & Drink, Live Music & Performers, Beer Tastings, Farmer’s Market, and of course, over 40 local vendors.


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

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 5/31/18

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board


A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Summer Art Programs!


Join us at Art Haven this June-September for summer art classes, for kids from ages 5 – 18.

It’s going to be a summer full of great experiences, creative learning and fun memories!
Register at
Read About The Three Age-Level Programs Below

Art for Kids Grades 1-5

All the same Art Haven favorites plus a few new classes. These week-long programs, each with its own fun theme offer kids a positive, fun environment to learn and be creative.


Middle School Art

Designed just for kids grades 6-8, join us for week-long classes that take your art further. It’s all about self-expression, learning new skills and creating art with friends.


High School Art

All NEW! We are bringing all the same college-level prep with real-world art and design instruction offered by large art schools, right here to Cape Ann—at a fraction of the cost, and with a schedule that allows teens to attend while working and being involved in their other summer activities.



Spaces are limited, register soon.

Scholarships and Sibling Discounts available.

Art Show Tonight!


Come by and see work by our students from kids, teens and adult classes this spring, with a live demonstration of the Potter’s Wheel!

Student Spring Art exhibit-FInal-SQUThe show takes place 6 – 8 pm at the Art Haven Studio at 180B Main Street in Gloucester.

Pre Demo-Pop Up Show June 24 -29th Demonstration June 29th 2pm KT Morse’s demo will be focused on painting clouds and sky scapes, with a focus on morning and evening light and mixing dramatic color. Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early… North Shore Arts Association •11 Pirates Lane • 978.283.1857 •

MAY 30, 2018 ~ 11PIRATES