Kick off the Weekend With A little Bit Country & Free Whiskey! RESCHEDULED to 6/21


Come to 9 Wallis tomorrow night (Thursday 5/24)

to Kick-Off the Holiday Weekend!

9 Wallis Whiskey Kick ~ Featured Cocktail
  • SIP: FREE Whiskey Tasting by Ryan & Wood
  • TASTE: Special Small-Tasting Selections from Local Favorite Rasta Kitchen Farm to Table Catering
  • DANCE: Music by Local Rising Stars MARTIN and KELLY Best Dance Floor on Boston’s North Shore!

The incredibly talented duo of Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly have become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville. On Sunday, they brought the house down opening for The Oak Ridge Boys at the Cabot. And they’ve been featured as support acts for Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore and Sarah Evans.

Advance Tickets Only $15 – At the Door $20  GET TICKETS

Register: Lyon-Waugh | Bluefin Blowout Family Fun Run + 5k

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Join us on Sunday, June 10th

for the Inaugural

Lyon-Waugh Auto Group

Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K,

benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association!

All are welcome to the Inaugural Lyon-Waugh Bluefin Blowout Family Fun 5K!
Join us as we run, walk, and stroll from Stage Fort Park to Hammond Castle and back to Stage Fort Park for a 5K loop.
Enjoy the beautiful Cape Ann waterfront and fresh ocean air while having fun and raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association.


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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like to volunteer for this event please email

THE AFTER PARTY: We are planning a meet up after this event at the Cape Ann’s Marina Resort, and  we’ll enjoy spirits from our sponsors- Tito’s, Goslings, and The Botanist. More details to follow.


Debunking Piping Plover Myths #2 and #3

Myth #2: “The reason the Piping Plovers are nesting in the parking lot is because when they first arrived to Gloucester it was cold and they find the asphalt warmer.”

Not true and by this logic, Piping Plovers would be nesting in parking lots from here to Canada!

Piping Plovers arrive at Atlantic coast and Great Lakes beaches every year from late March through the month of May. Along the Atlantic Coast, they breed from the mid-Atlantic states to New England and all the way up the coastline to the maritime provinces of Canada, as far north as Newfoundland and Labrador. The temperature is no colder on a Gloucester beach than a beach on Plum Island or a beach on Prince Edward Island.

Myth #3: “The reason the Piping Plovers are nesting in the parking lot is because the tides are higher and the beach area was disrupted after the winter storms.”

Also not true. 

Piping Plovers typically nest on both narrow and wide sandy beaches. Unfortunately, nests and eggs are occasionally swept away during a storm when the tides are high.

Beaches all along the Massachusetts coastline were hit hard by late winter storms however, Piping Plovers often do well on beaches where winter storms have created a change in the topography. Storms generate what is called overwash, when water from the sea carrying beach sediments flows onto the dunes. Overwash is critical for beaches to maintain their shape and size in the face of sea level rise. The best foraging areas for Piping Plovers are known where you have large expansive mudflats created by storm overwash.

Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover parking lot nest and eggs.

As you can see, there is a theme to these comments, to blame the fact that the PiPl are nesting in the parking lot on everything else except what in actuality drove them to the parking lot.

Constant and unrelenting disruption by dogs off leash in the nesting area is what forced the Piping Plovers to the parking lot.

By speaking frankly to help bring awareness about what occurred in the nesting area at Good Harbor Beach during the months of April and May is by no means meant to malign or portray as wicked and threatening dogs or dog owners. Disruption by dogs was witnessed by myself, by fellow PiPl volunteers, as well as by Greenbelt and Mass Wildlife representatives, and the dog officers. 

In the minds of our nesting pair of Piping Plovers, the Good Harbor Beach parking lot was seemingly the safest location at the time of mating and nest scraping, as it was also the quietest and least disrupted. Readers may be wondering, why did our pair not nest in the wide expanse of dunes? I think the green growth found in the dune habitat does not provide protective camouflage as do the white painted lines and gravel found in the parking lot. If you have stopped by to see the PiPl in the parking lot, you may have noticed that they are practically invisible, the way they blend in with their surroundings. The little pair are certainly resourceful!

Don’t mistake their resourceful choice of nesting locations as ideal. The parking lot is a horrendous place to nest. It is far away from their food and water. Piping Plover parents take turns sitting on the nest. In a normal situation where the nest is on the beach, one sits on the nest while the other forages close by, but at the same time is always on the lookout to zoom in and help defend the nest from real and imagined predators. Under the parking lot circumstance, while one is brooding in the lot and the other foraging on the beach, they are not in constant contact or communication with one another, making the chance of successfully hatching young all that much slimmer.

And safeguarding the chicks during their first days after hatching in the parking lot, until they make the epic journey to the beach, is going to be a monumental challenge and take tremendous teamwork.

Mama at the parking lot nest exclosure while Papa is foraging at the beach and out of the range of communication.

The problems that arise with dogs on the beach during shorebird nesting season has been dealt with and resolved conscientiously in coastal communities over decades.

Some solutions for next year:

  1. With gratitude to Mayor Sefatia and the DPW, effective signage has been posted at each beach entryway. The signs need to be in place all year round because they also have a No Dunes icon. Letting people know that throughout the year the dunes are off limits to people and pets will help lessen erosion and create a healthier dune habitat, which over time will help protect our beach for everyone.
  2. Enforcement of existing ordinances.
  3. Education about the life story of the Piping Plovers.
  4. Recently a meeting of the Animal Advisor Committee was held at City Hall. Many suggestions and proposals were discussed. A very simple and effective solution for Good Harbor Beach is to close the beach to all dogs beginning April 1st and to reopen on September 16th, making the time dogs are allowed on the beach only two weeks shorter than the existing ordinance. The time period from April 1st to September 15th would give all shorebirds the uninterrupted space needed to mate and establish their nests, and time enough for the young to fledge.

The Piping Plover mating dance is elaborate. Each time the PiPl are interrupted, they do not resume where leaving off, but begin the dance anew. In the above photo, the male is high stepping all around the female while she has positioned herself to accept the next step, where he jumps on her back, and they connect, cloaca to cloaca. The courtship dance takes about twenty to thirty minutes while copulation only lasts a mere minute.






Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking

A quiet walk on Coffin’s Beach this beautiful morning put me in the mood to again share a snippet of Walt Whitman’s haunting chant.

Walt was born on May 31, 1819 and died on March 26, 1892. Among his greatest poems is Out of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking. The first stanza is 24 lines long and consists of a single grammatically correct sentence. I have attempted to capture the mood and content of that stanza in this short (5 minute) video.

One Hour at a Time Clean Up

Good day kids:


Let us try this again.

This week’s clean up will be at Grapevine.

We can meet on the East Main Street side

When: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time: 08:00 – 09:00
Where: East Main and Grapevine Avenue

Please bring gloves and pickers if you have them.

Thank you all.

Beauport Art Show

Beauport Art Show

Today at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Beauport Hotel Gloucester
55 Commercial St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930


Join us for this special evening as we celebrate the talent of local artists at Beauport Hotel Gloucester! Artists will be displaying their paintings, drawings and photographs in our Beauport Ballroom which will be available to purchase.

All sales directly support the artists and no admission fee will be charged for the public.

There will be live music entertainment, light refreshments, cash bar, and complimentary valet and self parking. Also, the Beauport Boutique will be holding an all-day 15% off sale on merchandise!

If you’re joining us that evening, consider stopping by our 1606 Restaurant & Bar Music Series afterwards for live music by Brick Park Duo from 6 to 9PM.

Cape Ann Artists – are you interested in being a part of the show? Contact the Beauport Boutique at 978-282-0008 (option 4) between 9am-9pm.

Rocky Neck Art Colony – First Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Celebrates the Artists and Galleries on Rocky Neck

The Rocky Neck Art Colony kicks off the season with its first Summer Artist Show at Gallery 53 entitled Celebrating Rocky Neck, an exhibition of the artists and galleries on Rocky Neck. The show runs from May 25 until June 12, 2018. Featured are some of the most beloved and esteemed artists in the Rocky Neck Art Colony including Judythe Meagher, Ruth Mordecai, Elynn Kröger, Brenda Malloy, Rokhaya Waring, Regina Piantedosi, Lisa Carlson, Stephen LaPierre, Sallie Strand and many more. The public is invited to attend a grand Opening Party on Saturday, May 26 from 6 to 8 pm that features creative artist-made munchies and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Housed in a historic waterfront building at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gallery 53 is conveniently located between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave in Gloucester, MA. Artists are selected for their creativity, technical skill, and distinctive style. The gallery provides the community with thought-provoking Summer Artist Series (SAS) shows and a place to purchase affordable locally-made art. Paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood, glass, mixed-media, hand-pulled prints, and photography are creatively displayed.  

Gallery 53 artists exhibiting this year include Kristine Arnold*, Katherine Bagley, Trish Conant, Traci Thayne Corbett, Cynthia Curtis, Marci Davis, Rob Diebboll, Phyllis Feld, Ellen Garvey, Elizabeth Gauthier, Kathleen George, Dina Gomery, Eric Hahr, Susan Hershey, Anne Holt*, Richard Honan, Jane Keddy, James Lemieux, Stephanie Mason, Skip Montello, Andy Matlow*, Brian Murphy*, Michael Oleksiw, David Piemonte, Mary Rhinelander, Judy Robinson-Cox, Tom Robinson-Cox, Connie Vallis, Deborah Way and Ruth Worrall. (*new this year)

Gallery 53 is open daily from May 25 to October 14, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call ‪978-282-0917.

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook and Instagram.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit (Attachments for reference only. High Res versions attached to email.)

When a field trip is a field trip! Mass Audubon and O’Maley Middle School

Gloucester public schools have stellar community partners and locales

Mass Audubon Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary


Two+ centuries of naturalists in Gloucester is quite a legacy. Here’s a partial list from Robbins to Cramer and Smith to Smith–there have been notable champions most every decade.

  • Mason Walton (Hermit of Gloucester)
  • Alpheus Hyatt, principal founder of world famous Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole– from 1880-1886 the school was on Goose Cove and later off Lobster Cove
  • BH VanVleck  (wrote book with David Starr)- instructor at Annisquam seaside laboratory 
  • Samuel Sawyer land conservation
  • Alfred G. Mayor (Hyatt’s son in law) marine zoologist- his studies on marine life led to 1905 book Sea Shore Life
  • Prince Mahidol of Thailand “Sanitary Survey of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts 1921 by M. Songkla” in city archives- Includes brief history of Gloucester and description of public health activities
  • Roger Babson land conservation and watershed
  • Dr. Ralph Dexter, began his studies on marine life in 1933 (later Kent State) and chimney swifts
  • Ivy LeMon banded monarch butterflies to trace their migration wintering in Mexico
  • Sara Fraser Robbins curator of education ( the title of her classic book The Sea is All About Us was a nod to Gloucester summer resident TS Eliot’ Four Quartets)
  • Betty Smith
  • Dan Greenbaum
  • Sara Evans
  • Philip Weld, Jr
  • Jane Benotti
  • Deborah Cramer
  • Chris Leahy
  • Harriet Webster
  • Martin Ray
  • Kim Smith
  • Ian Kerr

organizations such as Gloucester Civic and Garden Club, Essex County Greenbelt, Mass Audubon, Ocean Alliance, Martime Gloucester, UMASS Marine Station…


Save the Date. You are invited

Gloucester Avenue Neighborhood Clean Up

The Clean City Commission is excited to partner with Cape Ann Lanes for a neighborhood cleanup on Gloucester Ave on Saturday, June 9th! Join us from 9-11 for a cleanup, followed by free pizza and a round of bowling, courtesy of Cape Ann Lanes. This will be a great family-friendly event! Trash bags and gloves will be provided.


Additional details can be found at


Join This Community Yard Sale To Sell Your Stuff!

Have you ever hosted your own yard sale and had a very slow turnout?

Would you like to clean out your basement, shed, garage, and closets….without the hassle of advertising and planning your own yard sale?

Would you like to be a part of a multi-vendor yard sale in a great location to increase your odds of selling your loot and making some money?


PRIME Yard Sale location at 243 Essex Street in Beverly!

All are welcome! For a $20 participation fee, simply RSVP so we hold you a spot, pack up your items, and set up your space here on campus.

Crafters and artisans welcome as well!

Harborlight is hosting our first ever Community Yard Sale.  To make the event even more fun, we’ll have some live music, family yoga on the lawn, and some yard games and children’s activities like bocce ball, corn hole, and more.

Please RSVP to participate to Nichole at

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It’s Not Glosta

It’s beautiful, but it’s not Glosta.

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Lake Erie sunset

We recently visited our daughter who lives in Erie PA. I spent most of my childhood on the shores of Lake Erie, where my dad settled after he left Gloucester following college. I had wondered if living on Lake Erie helped my dad remember his hometown. There are many similar sights since they are both coastal communities.

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Presque Isle Lighthouse


When my son-in-law teased us about staying at the hotel on the lakefront, he said “You just have to see the water, don’t you?” And we agreed.  But I responded “True, but I do miss the salt air.” Erie is nice enough, but it’s not Glosta.

Lake Erie Coolest Guys and CB

Another sight you might see in Gloucester.

Thursday will be one month since Alfred Ina passed away

Hi Joey

My mother, Irene Shaker, wanted me to send information to you on my uncle who passed away last month.  She would like for you to share it on your site, Good Morning Gloucester.  She enjoys your blog and reads it faithfully.  Below is a paragraph on my uncle as well as a photo.  Please let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks you.

Elaine Parisi


Thursday will be one month since Alfred Ina passed away, leaving a terrible void in the Ina family.  Al grew up in Magnolia and was a 1955 graduate of Gloucester High School.  He attended Miami University and began his career as a hair stylist in New York City, eventually opening a shop in Magnolia next to his mother’s elegant boutique, Ina’s of Magnolia on Lexington Avenue.  Al enjoyed his clients from all over Cape Ann.  He eventually retired to West Palm Beach until moving to Columbus, Ohio last year to be near family.  

We become our thoughts…

Cape Ann Wellness

Our thoughts today are creating our future.

Through the lens of Ayurveda, our heart is the launching pad of all body/physical and mind/mental sensations. Our thoughts stimulate a physical emotional response releasing bodily chemicals and hormones into our bloodstream. Our body sends signals back to the mind, which responds. Thoughts in turn affect the physical body. It is a loop that continuously repeats itself.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC encourages you to slow down, think before you react and work on your breathing, slow it down, as this will give you time to be mindful for your own health.

Remember: We become our thoughts and you are in the drivers seat.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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