Phil Cucuru

THE NEW FOOTBRIDGE LOOKS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! Phil and Mike have been doing the finish work the past few days and a deep layer of sand was added to the beach end for safety sake. I think it looks super sharp with the diagonal cuts across the pilings.

It’s been a really tough spring for the DPW after the extensive damage caused by back to back nor’easters, but getting the bridge completed before the summer crowds was made a priority. Thanks so much to Phil and Mike for working though the weekend. If you see these guys around town, please tell them how great the footbridge looks!

Mike Tarantino


You never know what gift of beauty you will encounter in the “wild woods” of Cape Ann. I never leave home without my cameras and today was a perfect example why. Traveling the scenic way between jobs, I passed a stunning little Green Heron whose rich teal and maroon colored feathers were shimmering in the mid morning sun. I had to pull over, thinking I would at best take a few snapshots because in previous encounters, Green Herons usually fly away quickly. The bird tolerated me for some time as I watched him do a slow, stealthy dance around the pond’s edge, catching small minnows as he went. Imagine how delightful to then see him catch a fish as large as his dagger-like bill!!

The Plunge!

Green Herons eat a wide variety of fish and small creatures including minnows, sunfish, catfish, pickerel, carp, perch, gobies, shad, silverside, eels, goldfish, insects, spiders, crustaceans, snails, amphibians, reptiles, and rodents.

One large fish devoured in one large gulp!

The Green Heron is found throughout the US but is a species in decline in most regions, except California, where the bird appears to be increasing. Green Herons breed in Massachusetts coastal and inland wetlands.

Thacher Island Association 2018 Annual Meeting

Thacher Island Association 2018 Annual Meeting Date Set for Monday June 18.

The Thacher Island Association will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 18 at 7 pm at the Rockport Community House on Broadway in Rockport. The public is welcome.

A presentation of the work completed on both Thacher and Straitsmouth Islands in 2017 along with special video presentation on recent activity and plans for 2018 on Straitsmouth Island. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Artists Explore SERIES, Curated by Barbara Moody

Artists Explore SERIES

June 28 – August 12, 2018

Artist Reception: Friday, June 29, from 6 to 8 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6 PM

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The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is pleased to present an exhibition of eighteen regional contemporary artists who work in series. These artists oftenstart with an idea and move through a sequence of separate works…exploring the fulfillment of an idea and visual goals. By viewing several closely related works by each artist, audiences can observe and experience the process of art-making. Artists Explore SERIES is on view at RNAC’s Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester from June 28 – August 12, 2018. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday, June 29, from 6-8PM. Weekly gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-6 PM.

RNAC is pleased to introduce Barbara Moody as the Guest Curator of Artists Explore SERIES. Moody has an M. Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She is currently a professor at Montserrat College of Art, where she also served as Dean for nine years. Moody says of her artistic process “I work in series to explore one idea from different perspectives. Keeping the same feeling or mood, I can change the subject and color to examine a range of possibilities.”

Artists Explore SERIES collaborators include Kathleen Gerdon Archer, Joan Bediz, Morgan Dyer, Conny Goelz-Schmitt, Julie Graham, Mark Hoffmann, Nancy Legendre, Kevin Lucey, Maria Malatesta, Barbara Moody, Ruth Mordecai, Rose Olson, Lynda Schlosberg, Deb Schradeick, Martha L Swanson, Len Thomas-Vickory, Helen Tory and Alyssa Watters.


When asked to comment on working in series it was found that the artists have varying ideas about their artistic process. According to artist Morgan Dyer, “This painting series informs ideas of landscape through a lens of personal experience. Color dictates the subject, exploring emotional connections within these experiences and speaking to moments in time similar to a journal.”Kevin Lucey adds, “I work in a series to thoroughly investigate an idea or concept. In most cases, the series ends up being autobiographical, as I am constantly trying to better understand myself, and the people around me.” For Maria Malatesta, “Working in series allows me to explore an idea or direction more deeply. This can lead to unexpected and surprising places. Color, marks and space are all important investigations.” And, Ruth Mordecai sums it up with, “Working in series helps to explore and to simplify.”

This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration. This exhibition includes between two and eight works by each artist, for a total of over 80 works of art, representing painting, sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, and illustration.




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 painters in US art. Edward Hopper and Emil Gruppe are examples. It has as well been a catalyst for the progressive ideas of Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Theresa Bernstein, Milton Avery and Nell Blaine, among others. Today, Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving, creative community.

Meet the New Rotary in My Life

In case I should ever feel that Blackburn Circle and Grant Circle aren’t enough, now I have a 3rd rotary to navigate each day.  This one is miniature and kind of cute….oddly enough.

This is Route 22 off of Exit 18 in Beverly.  It is the younger sibling to the one that was added last year on Brimbal Ave near what will soon be the new Whole Foods….further ensuring that I have the joy of encountering drivers who don’t know how to navigate a rotary no matter which direction I head.


Treasure Found at Second Glance

I’d like to introduce my new friends Abbott and Costello.  I rescued them from the recent vintage sale held at the Second Glance for the princely sum of $16.  For some reason, I was drawn to them and needed to bring them home.  Of course my first instinct was to do some research and I learned they are majolica monk pieces and their value online appears to be at least twice what I paid–perhaps more.  (So a big shout out to Second Glance pricing!) This pottery style is quite popular and I can see why.  I think I have a new obsession and I have Second Glance to thank for it. And GMG Jimmy is REALLY happy to have new brick-a-brack around!!

Timestamped GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18

GloucesterCast 283 With Susan Lipsett, Tucker and Elise From Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/10/18

Topics Include: 01:16:06 Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Susan Lipsett Brought Us Kouign Amann

01:58 Tucker and Elise At Cedar Rock Gardens CSA, Peacocks, , Native Plants Event June 20th

35:45 Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade

49:45 Kim mentioned in Plover Story Strange that in the Gloucester Times article they didn’t mention GMG

Props to Sean Nolan Extreme Truck and Auto

57:20 Foster’s Traeger Sale For Fathers Day

01:08:28 I don’t want Lebron

53:35 Plover Update

56:50 Shoutout to Ken Whittaker From Buzza

01:05:30 Trio and @CapeAnnBrewing Present: Trio Summer Kickoff Beer Dinner June 19th 7PM By Reservation Only

01:12:12 CAFM is back THIS WEEK!

01:12:30 Good Harbor Footbridge Update


Acoustic Night with Andrew James – Thurs, 6/14 – Feather & Wedge


Acoustic singer-songwriter Andrew James, will be at Feather & Wedge this Thursday for an evening of unforgettable music and food. Andrew’s impressive set list included James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, some original music and much more. His talent is often compared to that of musicians far older and more famous. Come check out why.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

7 – 9 PM

Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917

Feather & Wedge Restaurant & Bar, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Andrew James

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