Foster’s Grill Store Traeger Cookout Saturday May 26th 10AM-2PM

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Come Join Us for a Traeger Cookout!
Saturday, May 26th
10am to 2pm
We will be grilling and talking about Traegers rain or shine!
* No Purchase Necessary
* Kids Welcome

Traeger Deals Starting June 6th through June 17th
$100 off MSRP of Pro Series 34, Pro Series 22, Pro Series 20 and Select Pro
$50 off MSRP of Bronson 20 and Tailgater 20
– OR –
10% off Traeger Pellets, Accessories, and Grills with MSRP less than $1300
(Cannot be combined with MSRP $100 off or $50 off deals)

Summer Hours Starting Monday May 28th
Monday – Friday 8am to 5:30pm
Saturday 8am to 5pm
Sunday 9am to 1pm

Copyright © 2018 Fosters Grill Store All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
107 Eastern Ave.
Gloucester MA 01930


Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge, Featuring Steve Lacey, Sunday, May 27, 10:30 – 2:30


NYC jazz guitarist, Steve Lacey, returns to Feather & Wedge this Sunday. Steve will be playing jazz standards along with some of his original compositions. There is no better way to start off your Sunday then enjoying a delicious brunch accompanied by music from this incredible jazz guitarist.

Sunday, May 27

Steve Lacey10:30 to 2:30 PM

Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917

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Celebrate Pride Month at Beauport Museum

Celebrate Pride Month at Beauport Museum

Visitors to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House hear the story of the celebrated interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. Sleeper was a gay man living in the early twentieth century and during Pride Month we celebrate and explore LGBTQ history at multiple public programs and tours.

In partnership with North Shore Pride, Historic New England is hosting A Celebration of Pride and History at Beauport Museum on Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special house tours discuss the challenges of interpreting LGBTQ history at Beauport and share readings from books and letters written by Sleeper and his social circle. Tickets available in advance or at the door for $25 ($20 for Historic New England and North Shore Pride members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting Admission includes a light buffet reception served on the terrace overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Entertainment by local musician, singer, and businessman John Archer. This program is supported in part by Plug-In Cape Ann Tours providing shuttle transportation from overflow parking lots at Saint Anthony’s Chapel on Farrington Avenue and Rocky Neck Art Colony.

On June 28, Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, gives an illustrated talk at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m. Codman, Sleeper, and the Gay Man Cave explores how Henry Sleeper and other interior designers created spaces that provided sanctuary and reimagined the historical past. Optional Beauport house tours are offered at 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for $15 ($10 for Historic New England members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting

Guided Beauport house tours are offered all month Tuesdays to Saturdays, every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students/children, and free for Gloucester residents and Historic New England members.

About Historic New England

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of more than three dozen historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England saves and shares New England’s past to engage and inform present and future generations. We engage diverse audiences in developing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life by being the national leader in collecting, preserving, and using significant buildings, landscapes, archives, stories, and objects from the past to today. Visit


About North Shore Pride

The mission of North Shore Pride, Inc is to promote the general welfare and unity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community within the North Shore, and to advocate for the acceptance of the members of the LGBTQ community by the broader North Shore community. The organization engages in activities designed to promote greater understanding of LGBTQ issues by engaging in fundraising activities and partnering with allied individuals and organizations. Visit

Seaside Sustainability Presents

Seaside Sustainability will host the first ever Cape Ann :A SIP FOR THE SEA”

The event will take place at 7 Seas Whale Watch, and include a night of drinks, snacks, and beautiful harbor views. We will set out on Friday, June 8 at 7:00 PM and cruise around Cape Ann. On board, you will find a plethora of lite bites (included in the ticket cost) provided by local restaurants and a cash bar. There will be a 50/50 raffle and an exciting chance to win lots of local products, services, and food! We will return to port at 10 PM to conclude this great celebration for World Oceans Day

Who: All Ages Welcome
When: Friday, June 8, 7 – 10 PM
Where: Seven Seas Whale Watch
Cost: $30 in advance and $35 at the Door



Appraisal Day June 2 Cape Ann Museum White-Ellery Historic House

©Cape Ann Museum White Ellery.jpg

From the Cape Ann Museum – ONE DAY ONLY

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an appraisal day with Blackwood March Auctioneers & Andrew Jacobson Marine Antiques at the White-Ellery House (245 Washington Street, Gloucester) on Saturday, June 2 from 11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.  Appraisals are $5 per item, limit 3 items. The historic house will be open for viewing without charge. Appraisal tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Historic houses like the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House remind us that old things are worth hanging on to and when they are properly cared for they shine. In conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900, the Museum presents an appraisal day, encouraging local residents to bring out their treasures, heirlooms and antiques, which illustrate the history of this area. Join appraisers Michael March from Blackwood March Auctioneers and Andrew Jacobson from Andrew Jacobson Marine Antiques

For two generations Blackwood March auctioneers and appraisers, based in Essex, have appraised and sold at auction fine art and antiques for trusts, estates, attorneys and individuals. In the art market they have established auction records for such artists as: Aldro Thompson Hibbard, Emile A. Gruppe and Frederick Mulhaupt, while selling antiques and accessories for strong prices for various clients. In addition to fine art, participants are encouraged to bring: silver, nautical antiques, Chinese items, Art pottery, Oriental carpets, quilts, Textiles, glass, china, and diverse accessories.

For over twenty years, Jacobson Marine Antiques, based in Ipswich,  has dealt in ship models, half hulls and pond models; nautical paintings and prints; rope work and curios; artifacts, medals and commemorative items; vintage photography; navigational instruments’ scrimshaw and whaling implements; ocean liner, steamship, lighthouse and life-saving memorabilia; and out of print books.

The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. (First Period means c. 1620–1725.) It is a 2 ½ story “saltbox” structure with a massive central chimney that once serviced six fireplaces. Unlike other structures as old as this, the White-Ellery House has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago.

The White-Ellery House is on the National Register of Historic Sites because of its unique construction and important interior features. The house was built for the Reverend John White (1677–1760), brother-in-law of Cotton Mather, former Chaplain at Fort Saco, author of New England’s Lamentations (1734) and Gloucester’s first settled minister. In keeping with White’s esteemed position in the community, the House exhibits a certain elegance and refinement, perhaps best reflected in the surviving interior details.

At the time the House was constructed, the surrounding area was Gloucester’s Town Green—the center of the community. The Reverend Mr. White’s church, also called a meeting house, was located on the Green and most of the townspeople lived in the immediate area. The Annisquam River was readily accessible and was an important means of transportation for early residents, most of whom were farmers or simple tradesmen, and their families.

The second owner of the White-Ellery House was James Stevens who kept it as a tavern between 1735 and 1740. The House was owned next by the Ellery family who retained ownership of it until 1947. Although the center of Gloucester long ago moved from the Town Green to the Harbor Village, the site remains the entrance to Gloucester and an important historical site.

In 1947, plans were unveiled showing the soon-to-be-constructed Route 128 coming into Gloucester directly through the Town Green and literally on the doorstep of the White-Ellery House. Realizing the House’s importance, the City of Gloucester took it by eminent domain and sold the building to the Cape Ann Historical Museum with the proviso that it be moved immediately. Under the leadership of Museum president Alfred Mansfield Brooks, the House was picked up and moved approximately 100 yards to its present location. For the next decade, Brooks oversaw restoration of the structure, a process which successfully preserved much of the original fabric of the House and which has allowed visitors today to see this gem of First Period architecture, still standing on the edge of Gloucester’s former Town Green. The barn alongside the White-Ellery House is also a First Period structure, built in the mid-1730s, exhibiting the same early construction techniques as the House.

Today, the White-Ellery House serves as a study property, inviting visitors to explore not only the history of early American architecture but also the story of an ordinary New England family who worked hard to provide for themselves and to raise their children, who took part in events of local and national importance, and who sought to preserve their legacy in the face of an ever changing world. The House also serves as a unique venue for art installations and related programming which are held at the site during the summer months.”

How Bout Y’all Let @ericfisher Know What’s Up!

Do you have a Cape Ann License Plate???

If you don’t go to and order one today, it will come in the mail in 8-10 days, no hassle!!!

If you do have a plate, send us your picture with your plate to, like our Instagram page, capeannlicenseplate and our Facebook page at CapeAnnLicensePlate and you’ll be entered to win a $50 Cape Ann Gift Certificate, time is short, we must receive by May 31st.

Long Beach status: sand creeps back, no stairs, more damage at seawall and walkway

Photo journal documenting rapid damage and repairs post trio of winter storms as of May 2018.

sunrise_ May 2018_flawed and beautiful Long Beach seawall promenade Gloucester Rockport Ma  ©c ryan.jpg


is creeping back, truly. (view looking across to Gloucester side) 

sand creeping back Long Beach Mass after winter storms May 16 2018 ©c ryan.jpg

(sand migrating back- view looking to Rockport– see 2017 post about  Long Beach annual shifting sands )

Sand migrates back center of Long Beach MA - even with winter storm erosion- 20180516- ©c Ryan.jpg

beach erosion was significant

Damage continues

Spring tides slam the Long Beach seawall.

photo: A tree tossed up like a toothpick atop the rip rap helps to illustrate the ocean’s twice daily whollops.

tree tossed up like toothpick_May 16 2018 Long Beach Mass-strong high tides twice daily ©c ryan.jpg

vulnerable spots clearly visible to the naked eye (I marked up two with red lines)

weak spots Long Beach seawall damage May 18 2018 _©c ryan.jpg


When the seawall opened up and heavy concrete sections balanced like hanging chads or individual playing cards, I was not surprised. The massive promenade had shown signs of strain.  Small fissures and tiny holes were noticeable before the winter storms accelerated its decline. Water finds a way in at high tides. The manmade wall is noticeably shifting and rumbling at a greater pace. Holes, cracks and breaks along the seawall expand, and new ones erupt. I can’t help conjuring up comparisons to Yellowstone’s boiling and unpredictable surface.  I imagine stakeholders are mapping details of their immediate landscape. Though beaten down, the promenade is walkable and sturdy. Tiny holes do expand rather alarmingly.

example –

and another (filled)- the cone eventually dropped beneath the path


more photos (before-afters, repairs, boulder pyres, stairs or lack thereof, and nuisance popples) and videos of  seawall ramparts giant boulder shuffle

Continue reading “Long Beach status: sand creeps back, no stairs, more damage at seawall and walkway”

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Please take some time to Celebrate and Honor Memorial Day 




Monday, May 28th

Gloucester will not hold a parade this year, but will be holding special Memorial Day Ceremonies at Gloucester High School at 10:30 in the morning. Followed by lunch in the cafeteria around noon.


Monday, May 28th

In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from American Legion Hall on Beach Street,  proceeds down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery.  Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery.  It will then go back to White Wharf and on to the American Legion Hall.


As written on the town of Manchester’s Facebook page

Manchester American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade Program
Date: Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9AM.

8:30 AM Report to Legion – Veterans, Auxiliary and all parade participants gather at Legion.

9:00 AM Waterside Service – Recognition with wreath and poppies cast into the water in memory of all servicemen and women lost at sea.

9: 15 AM Line up to March – Veterans and all parade participants form up and start marching by the Town Hall. Head up Pine St to Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Wreath laying, rifle salute, and Taps at flagpole.

Form up and march to Rosedale Cemetery. Wreath laying, salute and Taps with reading of Gettysburg address (by Manchester Essex Region High School 10th grader) Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) lot.

Walk down to the Legion Lot for Memorial Day Service. In Flanders Fields poem to be read by 10th grader.

Form up on Pleasant Street Extension and proceed down towards School St. to Hinckley Park for wreath laying, gun salute and Taps.

March to Union Cemetery for gun salute and Taps.

March to 1661 Old Burial Ground on Summer Street for gun salute and Taps.

Return to American Legion for National Anthem and raising the flag.

Collation to follow at the Legion.

The firing squad along with Commander, Selectmen, buglers and police escort will depart to Kettle Cove Cemetery in Jeffrey Creek located on Magnolia Avenue.

Allan Kirker, Post Commander
Manchester Legion Amaral-Bailey Post #113


Monday @ 9:00 at Essex’s Memorial Park:  24 Martin Street.

As written on their Facebook Page:

Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.



WGBH radio: Maggie Penman asks Mike Hale Gloucester DPW and Rockport DPW Richard Souza are the beaches ready?

Cape Ann Department of Public Works (DPW) have been at it clearing and repairing our coastal communities non-stop since three back to back winter storms. Both Gloucester and Rockport beaches are open for Memorial Day. According to the story, Cape Cod not so much.

Here’s the link to read the WGBH article and to listen to the story in case you missed it on the radio this morning  Memorial Day is Here. Are Massachusetts Beaches Ready? WGBH story (article and radio) by reporter Maggie Penman (apt name for journalist :))

WGBH radio interview Gloucester and Rockport DPW are MA beaches ready

portrait of Mike Hale Director Department Public Works Gloucester MA © c ryan _ April_ 2017.jpg
portrait of Mike Hale, Director of Public Works, Gloucester, MA, April 2017

D.E.S. Portuguese Club 2018 “Emporator”-Elja Bagaco

Elja Bagco  Elja Neves Bagaco seen here with her father (Manuel Neves) several years ago, is the 2018  “Emporator” for the Feast of the Holy Spirit on Trinity Sunday.

Her daughter Delia Morrissey will be representing her during the procession and ceremonies.

Elja Bagaco was diagnosed with ALS in January 2017 and the disease has quickly progressed. Since then, she has required a G-tube and then had a respiratory arrest in November. She now has a trach and on a vent. The family desperately wanted to get her home requiring a 24/7 nursing care.  She is now being lovely cared for at home.

The entire Portuguese community prays to the Holy Spirit to give strength to Elja and her entire family.

See below the  many participants at the Rosary and Mass this week with Father “Jim” Achadinha from Our Lady of Good Voyage.































Below   D.E.S. Schedule for the Crowning:

Monday, May 21st @ 7:00pm

Tuesday, May 22nd @ 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 23rd @ 6:30 (mass)
Thursday, May 24th@ 7:00pm
Friday, May 25th@ 7:00pm (singing prayer)
Saturday, May 26th@ 5:30pm (rosary will be held in church- Our Lady of Good Voyage)
Sunday, May 27th@ 11:45pm at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church-mass, followed by the feast and our annual auction and raffles at the D.E.S. Club
**for those who are attending in the parade on Sunday, May 27th please meet dressed and ready to then be put in your spots at 10:30am at the D.E.S. Club**
***Tickets for the Crowning and Raffle Tickets will be sold all week long during the rosary. So for those who want tickets please see Alex Nunes or Fatima Simas for tickets.***