Cape Ann Reads 2018 inaugural celebration of children’s picture books by local artists and writers

The Cape Ann Reads inaugural reception celebrating original children’s picture books by local artists and writers was held at City Hall in Gloucester, Massachusetts, January 27, 2018.¬†Linda Bosselman of Sawyer Free Library was the official photographer for the packed event and she captured all its positive energy and people. An upcoming group exhibition featuring these participants will travel to the four¬†Cape Ann communities. As you can see from the celebration pictures, the touring exhibition and its related receptions and readings will be worth a visit! Cape Ann Reads is an initiative by the four public libraries of Cape Ann.

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The Cape Ann Reads reception and awards ceremony opened  in style Рthanks to the red-ribbon cutting courtesy of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Ken Riehl.

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Cape Ann Reads 2018 ribbon cutting courtesy CAPE ANN CHAMBER 20180127_133442-ANIMATION

Portraits of the artists and writers

City Hall is a gorgeous venue for an art fair. Linda photographed all the local artists and writers at their individual picture book display booths. Effort was high. Kind friends manned booths for participants who were unable to attend: Ashley was there for Steven Kennedy and Victoria Petway, and Sinikka Nogelo represented Gail and James Seavey.

Cape Ann Reads childrens picture book reception-local authors & artists Jan 27 2018 City Hall Gloucester MA ©Linda Bosselman (20)
Cape Ann Reads Medal Book- The Tree in Dock Square, written by Jean Woodbury (L) illustrations by Bonnie Sylvester (R)


Awards ceremony program began with a warm welcome of support for the arts from Mayor Romeo Theken and opening remarks by the Library Directors and special dignitaries


Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum and Beauport Hotel.

Cape Ann Reads convened a nine member selection panel that included representatives from each of the public libraries: Justine Vitale Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Carol Bender, former Children’s and Teen Librarian,  Rockport Public Library (now at Manchester); Kate Strong Stadt, former Head of Youth Services, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; Ann Cowman, Young Adult Librarian, Manchester-By-The-Sea Public Library; and April Wanner, Assistant Librarian at the TOHP Burnham Library, Essex.  Joining these talented library staff members were three artists and award winning children’s book author-illustrators: Pat Lowery Collins; Giles Laroche; and Anna Vojtech. Bob Ritchie proprietor of Dogtown Book Shop provided another crucial area of book world expertise. Cape Ann Reads is grateful for their time and considerable talents to help the participants and the process.

Each library and the Cape Ann Museum designated one child representative for the second jury — a thoughtful panel of children: Eli Porter, Alycia Hogan Lopez, John Recroft, Lucas Rodi, and Josie West. They put in tremendous effort to read every entry, prepare notes, and come together for discussion. They were tasked with close reading and instructions to let us know any books that were favorites or that they wanted to compliment. Several came to assist the event as junior staff.


Awards presentation – Cape Ann Reads Gulliver, Honor and Medal books

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Thank you to Mayor Sefatia and the DPW for the fantastic signs, which are now posted at each and every entrance to the beach, from the Good Harbor Beach Inn entrance to the back marsh entrance, and all the boardwalks in between. The signs are just so tremendously helpful for monitoring the Piping Plovers! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Beautiful Fish: Pilotfish (2) -By Al Bezanson


 Sailing to San Juan with pilotfish 

Continued from May 15th GMG post: Follow the red from March 28th to April 10th

From the log of SERENDIPITY, April 10, 1961

El Morro is abeam and we are having a better day than Sir Francis Drake who was driven away from the fortress in 1595 with a cannon shot through his cabin. For us it has been 13-1/2 days from Nassau, sailing 819 NM at an average of 2-1/2 kt. Only after we reach the murky harbor water do we lose sight of the three pilot fish that have been our companions for 13 days. Three buckets hold components of our engine, which sputtered its last in Nassau Harbor.

Al Bezanson

Acoustic Night with Gloucester’s own Alexandra & Josh, Feather & Wedge, Thursday, May 24, 7-9 PM


Gloucester’s own talented acoustic duo, Alexander & Josh, will be at Feather & Wedge this Thursday for an evening of incredible acoustic music. With vocals by Alexandra and guitar by Josh, their set list includes blues, folk, jazz standards, indie pop and original music. Don’t miss the chance to hear this multi-talented young duo. 

Thursday, May 24

7 to 9 PM

Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917


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Sundays on the field behind O’Malley equals Flag Football.¬† Flag Football on the field behind O’Malley on Sundays equals displaced geese.

Typically tons of geese can be found relaxing on the field, but on Sundays they need to vacate the property between the hours of 9:00-1:00 (give or take) so flag football games can play on.  This past Sunday I got a kick out of the flybys they occasionally executed while waiting patiently for their field to be, well, theirs again.