Deborah Cramer receives Audubon “A” Award

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Congratulations Deborah Cramer!

Audubon Awards an ‘A’ to Gloucester Author, Gloucester Daily Times article by Joann Mackenzie, photo by Shawn G. Henry. Cramer is the author of The Narrow Edge

FYI local photographers – Mass Audubon’s  Annual Statewide Photo Contest opened June 19th “Do you enjoy taking photos of woodland paths and shining shorelines, songbirds and bunnies in the backyard, family members and friends reveling in nature? Then you’ll be excited to know that Mass Audubon’s annual statewide photo contest, Picture This: Your Great Outdoors, is now under way and continuing through Sunday, September 30.”



Friends Sarah Kelly and Mary Faino are launching their second book collaboration, Rome a day. You may recall their previous charming and beautiful collaborative book, a day in Rockport.

Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah and Mary for their new book!

Picking Me a Bouquet of Dogwood Flowers


Heading down south to the land of the pines
I’m thumbing my way into North Caroline
Staring up the road and pray to God I see headlights
I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Picking me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I’m a-hopin’ for Raleigh, I can see my baby tonight

So rock me momma like a wagon wheel
Rock me momma any way you feel
Hey, momma rock me
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain
Rock me momma like a south bound train
Hey, momma rock me.

From Wikipedia:

Wagon Wheel” is a song co-written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Dylan recorded the chorus in 1973; Secor added verses 25 years later. Old Crow Medicine Show’s final version was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2013. From Wikipedia.

See it performed here.




Marion Rayner, New Work in Acrylics – Reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm

Celebrating Flowers


Marion Rayner, a member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be presenting a special show of her new work in acrylics. There will be a wine and cheese reception on June 23, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The show will run from June 23-July 13.

Marion has been creating landscapes, seascapes, and florals in watercolor for the past 25 years. “I love how fluid, vibrant, and unpredictable watercolors can be. I had been thinking recently about creating in another medium. With spring here and all the beautiful flowers blooming on Cape Ann, it seemed natural to want to create something that would celebrate the emergence of all that beauty. I have long admired the work of Georgia O’Keefe. Her large and exaggerated forms bring a sense of importance to each flower she paints.”

Marion’s canvas pieces are large (2”by 4”), bright and appealing. The poppies stand out from a dark background. In fact, the poppies seem to “pop out.” Each piece makes a particular flower the star of the show.

Also during the show work by Donna Amero, a founding member of Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, will be Celebrating Dragonflies with dragonfly themed stained glass in the alcove. “Dragonflies signify happiness, speed and purity,” says Donna.

Please join us for this special reception June 23, 5:30-7:30 at
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main Street, Gloucester.

The organization is also seeking new members. The group is Cape Ann’s oldest artist cooperative, and is managed and run by the artists who all share an equal status. The reception is an opportunity to meet the artists, see their work and find out about membership benefits.

Gloucester’s own Meg Colby will be at the Special Olympics in Seattle in July

This is very exciting for Meg, her family and her Cape Ann Special Olympics family to qualify for the  Special Olympics. We will be watching and cheering for you. We are all proud of you.

Meg will be swimming the following events.

200M Freestyle, 7/2
100M Backstroke 7/3
100M Freestyle 7/4
4×50 Freestyle Relay 7/5

Mike O’Connell Tonight ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party at The Rhumb Line :8:30pm 6.21.2018

Happy Summer

Thursby, The Rheum Line presents Mike O’Connell and his elastic band of doom: Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, on thumps, and Bobby Gus, on gootar. Bobby’s been here many times and you will be sure to dig his moves. It’s all in the wrist. He knows all the chords. 830 to 1130. Tell your friends to come on down and enjoy themselves while they can! Pretty soon, you won’t remember any of this….


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

AVP Porch Tour: Friday, August 3, 2018, 5-7 PM

As a preview to the Annisquam Village Players fantastic production of the Little Mermaid and a fundraiser for a new sound system for the Village Hall, the AVP Porch Tour is back.

The self guided tour through the charming village of Annisquam features private porches, many never available before, with stunning views of Lobster Cove, the Annisquam Lighthouse and across Ipswich Bay.

At the conclusion of the tour, participates will be treated to wine and hors d’ oeuvres at the final porch, serenaded by cast members of the Little Mermaid.

Tickets are $30 and are on sale through Brown Paper Tickets or at the Exchange, 32 Leonard Street, Annisquam 978-281-0358.

Intershell International will be blessing it’s newest surf clam vessel the BING BING

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Good Morning,

Saturday June 23rd US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom and her team will be accompanying myself on a tour of the Gloucester Fishing Industry.  I am going to finish the tour at 52 Commercial St. where my company Intershell International will be blessing our newest surf clam vessel the BING BING. This particular vessel underwent a 100% refit in Gloucester, MA at Roses Marine.  Bruce Tarr will also be attending and officiating the blessing.  We are putting this event on as a way to bring light to the fact that the fishing industry and all the industries directly affected by it are doing everything in our power to keep going in the wake of all the government regulations imposed in recent years.  It is also a chance to highlight the extremely skilled men and woman who brought this vessel back to life.



Free Skate Girls’ Hockey Open House

CALLING ALL GIRLS for a free skate open house!  If you know a girl at the U10, U12, or U14 level who may be interested in learning more about Cape Ann Youth Hockey’s girls’ hockey program please come by and experience what it would be like to play.

This Sunday, June 24th from 5:00-6:00.

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Exploring Planets on 133

Anyone know what’s up with these signs posted along 133 between Gloucester and Essex? They appear in order of the planets beyond Earth and have a little replica attached. I’d love to hear more.

Now sing along and have some fun

My name is Jupiter I am covered in clouds

I’m the fifth planet from the sun

My giant red spot is a raging storm

As for size I’m the biggest one


My name is Saturn I am brown in color

I’m the sixth planet from the sun

My outer rings are extremely thin

They’re made of dust and icy chunks

My names Uranus I am blue in color

I’m the seventh planet from the sun

Humans have named me the icy planet

Because I am the coldest one

My name is Neptune I am blue in color

I’m the eighth planet from the sun

I have too many storms in my atmosphere

And I’m the furthest planet from the sun

Lyrics from The Planet Song by Kids Learning Tube

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Treetop

Cape Ann Wellness

Treetop Yoga Presents SUP Yoga 

Saturday, June 23, 8:00-10:00 AM

with Annelise Brosch of Cape Ann SUP

Location: Essex Marina, Essex, MA

This stand up paddle board yoga workshop is designed for yogis who want to test their balance and connect to nature. This workshop includes paddle instruction, rental of all applicable equipment, anchoring system and a full yoga class, complete with one of the best savasanas of your life.

We’ll be on the water for about 2 hours. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of class so we can get all your gear sized up. Can’t wait to see you!

Cost: $40 Includes all rental equipment including board and paddle. NOTE: If you have your own equipment, email to receive rental discount PRIOR to registering. REGISTER HERE 

Please NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event as it takes place off site.

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Butterfly visit ~

Cape Ann Wellness

The power of Meditation….

As we sit quietly, take a deep breath in, hold for a bit and then gently exhale, do this 3-5 times. Feel your body relax, now gently close your eyes and let your breath relax as well. Sit for as little as 5 minutes, it’s not so important on how long but how often. No matter where, time of day or length just “do” everyday and just maybe you too will have a butterfly come visit 💜

We leave you with this quote:

“Live does not happen to us, it is only responding to us” 💕

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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