A full day of Safety and Survival Training was held today at Gloucester’s Coast Guard Station. SST is cosponsored by the Fishing Partnership Support Services, Division of Marine Fisheries, and the USCoast Guard. “Fishermen are 37 times more likely to die on the job than policemen. And on top of that, New England’s waters are the most dangerous in the country. Safety and survival training is not something to ignore—it’s desperately needed and can truly be life-saving for everyone on your boat.” Training was conducted in these vital areas:

  • Man-Overboard Procedures
  • Fire Fighting & Emergency Communications
  • Flooding & Pump Operation
  • Flares & EPIRBs
  • Survival Suits
  • Life Raft Equipment
  • Helicopter Hoist Procedures
  • Basic First Aid


To learn more about the Fishing Partnership Support Services Safety and Survival Training, and all the services provided to fishermen, visit their website here.


Plastic straw stuck in a turtle’s nostril.

Have you made the switch to glass, paper, bamboo, or metal straws? I love paper straws, they are much easier on wildlife and the environment, and am looking for a local place to purchase. Paper straws are carried randomly at the grocery market and I can find them online, but I was wondering if our readers know who might carry them locally, and with consistency, which led me to wondering also, have any of our local restaurants made the switch to anything-but-plastic straws?

We would love to support these businesses. Please write and let us know if you know of a source and/or of a restaurant. Thank you! 

Garbage left on the beach becomes garbage polluting our ocean.

Yawn, Another Sunset on Cape Ann: Wednesday May 3, 2018

But it was 72 degrees Fahrenheit, no wind, no bugs, no mosquitoes, the asparagus just popped out of the ground, summer is stretched out in front of us, and the Ryan and Wood Knockabout Gin in my glass is ice cold.

Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day describing the one day in his life he would like to repeat over and over, this one. And maybe today too.



Art show at Beauport Hotel

Attention Art lovers on Cape Ann!

Art show at Beauport Hotel

Beauport Grand Ballroom | Beauport Hotel Gloucester| 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 5:30PM to 8:30PM

COST: If you’re interested in showcasing and selling your work, there is a $25 entrance fee. All sales will be directly handled by the artists, and all funds go directly to them. The event itself is free and open to the public.

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Beauport Hotel Gloucester will be hosting their next Art show at Beauport Hotel on Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 8:30PM. The evening will consist of over 50 artists from Rocky Neck Art Association, North Shore Art Association, and other local organizations. They’ll be showcasing and selling their paintings, photographs, and sketches. All funds go directly to the artists. In addition, there will be live music from 6 to 9PM, light refreshments, cash bar, and an all-day 15% off sale in the Beauport Boutique.


HOW TO SIGN UP: To sign up, please call the Beauport Boutique at 978.282.0008 extension 4 between the hours of 9AM and 9PM. Once you provide your information, you will need to provide your e-mail so the Boutique staff can send you a link for payment. Once the payment is received, your spot will be reserved. Please keep in mind that calling the boutique does not guarantee your spot, but it’s still needed for the sign up process. Spots are limited.

Requirements: In order to be eligible, you must be a resident of Cape Ann. Eligible works of art include paintings, photography, sketches, drawings, and other forms of canvas-like art. Due to the nature and theme of this event, we will not be accepting 3D works of art, sculptures, jewelry, and other forms.

Additional details will be given upon calling the Boutique.

If you’re interested in sharing the event, please find our Facebook event on Beauport Hotel’s profile. In addition, we will be sending along a digital flyer in the coming days if you would like to hand them to your guests. If you have any additional questions, please call the Beauport Boutique during business hours (7 days a week from 9AM to 9PM.) Thank you!

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial St | Gloucester, MA 01930 | • 978.282.0008 ext. 4

Massachusetts Whale Trail #whaletrailMA and more in Gloucester

The Massachusetts Whale Trail “is a special collection of museums and attractions, whale watching, and historic sites and tours with a connection to whales.” Capt Bill & Sons, 7 Seas Whale Watch, and Cape Ann Whale Watch are included.


Naturally, Gloucester had created a version on the HarborWalk which you can find on line or on the trail at marker #36 right by Tonno Restaurant, Gloucester, MA.  Whale watching is beloved here in town. The Gloucester HarborWalk has whale watch information, points of interest and a tab to all the local whale watching  companies.”Most offer daily whale watching trips from April through October.”

SEVEN SEAS WHALE WATCH +1 (888) 283-1776
CAPE ANN WHALE WATCH +1 (800) 877-5110
CAPT BILL & SONS +1 (800) 339-4253
YANKEE FLEET +1 (978) 283-0313

When O’Maley 6th graders study Gloucester and visit the HarborWalk, the student thank you drawings featured whale tails and spouting whales. It’s common for local kids to be invited to birthday parties on whale watch trips.  Donna Ardizzoni photographed and wrote about her Right Whale sightings from shore spring 2018, and more whale sightings around town. Parsons Street wall Mural (by the Fish Net HarborWalk street mural) was painted by local kids under the direction of Cape Ann Art Haven and features a great whale.



Ocean Alliance headquarters is located in Gloucester. Kim Smith posted the announcement for its most recent National Geographic special. 

Maritime Museum (opening May 26) and Cape Ann Museum are included on the new Whale Trail map. Cape Ann Museum collection includes Hartley’s study for Whales Jaw Dogtown

Hartley-WhalesJaw collection CAPE ANN MUSEUM Gloucester Mass

Stores along Main Street and throughout Gloucester’s neighborhoods have art and goods inspired by whales. Look for hand carved wood sculptures at Willow Rest. Savour Wine & Cheese, Gloucester, MA




Cape Ann Artisans Celebrate 35 Years of Open Studios – spring tours June 2,3

Details and dates from Cape Ann Artisans:

“Cape Ann Artisans Celebrate 35 Years of Open Studios & Gloucester’s Designation as a
Top Ten Crafts Destination! See the Studios in style with a new private bus tour offering!

There’s nothing like seeing the artists and their spaces in the intimate studio settings. Enjoy 20 studios and 23 Artisans in the upcoming 35th Anniversary Spring Tour, June 2-3 and Oct 7-9.  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

*Note this is one location

The Cape Ann Artisans Spring Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3.   There’s much to celebrate in 2018.  Just announced, Gloucester is ranked in the Top Ten destinations for Craft Lovers by American Craft Week.   The tour is primarily self-guided by car, but for the first time ever, the Cape Ann Artisans have partnered with a local arts and cultural tour operator to offer a new touring option.  Cape Ann Plug-In Tours will provide a 14 passenger bus alternative to meet tour-goers and navigate the neighborhoods of Gloucester and Rockport.  In total, there are three bus tours – Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning in order to cover all the studios in two days.  For Boston visitors there will be a convenient train station pick up.  The bus will also have a guide to introduce the artisans and local history and on-board goodies including a Shopping credit from the Artisans!

Cape Ann Artisan press release continues:

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Gloucester makes the list again! America’s Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers

Results from American Craft Week “Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers- 2018” are tallied. Gloucester, Massachusetts, made it again!  view alphabetized list of American Craft Week 2018 Top 10 winners- see photo of a Cape Ann Artisans stop.

And save the dates- annual American Craft Week will be Oct 5-14 in 2018

See my 2017 post “Gloucester Made the USA Top 10 List and you should be in the guide!…Here’s why Gloucester won. It’s tough to match Gloucester for the range and depth of fall art fairs and events –including American Craft Week– and Gloucester’s heritage of artists and artisans of yesterday and today (read more about the pioneers) ” 

Pauline’s Gifts is ready for ACW 2018!

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Cape Ann Community

ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):

Applications for 2018 summer jobs are now being accepted – summer is only 6 weeks away!

Apply for a GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job. THERE ARE VERY LIMITED OPEN SLOTS, SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO REVIEWING YOUR APPLICATION ASAP!

As part of this internship you will:

  • Be matched with a local company where you will gain important workplace skills  – we have numerous job listings at a wide range of employers!
  • Be paid minimum wage or a stipend
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students in 9th through 12th grades
  • Interviews being conducted NOW!
  • A 2.5 hour workshop each Wednesday at GHS to learn valuable workplace skills during the weeks of July 9th- August 17th, and an internship…

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New STEM Summer Program for High School Students!

Cape Ann Community

Still on the hunt for opportunities and activities for high school students over the summer?

Introducing the newest program from Gloucester Biotechnology Academy – SummerSTEM: Fish Fraud Forensics!

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s SummerSTEM: Fish Fraud Forensics is a one-week, hands-on summer course to introduce high school students to biotechnology. Held at the state-of-the-art teaching laboratory at Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, students will use modern biotechnology methods to identify a mystery fish specimen by analyzing its DNA.

Registration is now open to all high school students, ages 14 to 18 – no science experience required!  Visit our website at to learn more and download the registration forms. SummerSTEMflier

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1 Day till Empty Bowl Dinner!

Cape Ann Community

FINAL SNEAK PEEK! Count down begins! Volunteers and staff for The Open Door 18th annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Thursday, May 3 are busy as bees!  Soups and cookies are being made and collected, bowls are journeying from kiln to display!

Doors at Cruiseport Gloucester open at 4 p.m. and close at 8p.m. so you have 4 solid hours to fall in love with a bowl, bid on those Silent Auction Bowls, and tuck into some delicious local soup, bread and cookies!

This year is The Open Door’s 40th Anniversary, so come also to eat cake and celebrate!

Hope to see you there!

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