Music on Meetinghouse Green

The beat of jazz band Berklee Be-Bop Guitars will thrill audiences of all ages at Meetinghouse Green, at the corner of Church of and Middle Street, July 6 at 6 pm. Begun in 1991, this group is an all-faculty Berklee College of Music guitar ensemble. Trumpet/flute, vibes, bass and drums also played by band members, add rhythmic sparkle to the music. Rooted in bop traditions, the band plays guitar-oriented music reflecting the long history of jazz. They have delighted Cape Ann audiences on many summer nights. The band has recorded several CDs and has a wide following of fans.

 The concert is free. In the spirit of giving to the community, concert goers are encouraged to make free-will donations to Pathways for Children, a provider of educational and care programs on the North Shore. Bring cash or a checkbook, beach chairs or blankets. Food is provided by The Causeway Restaurant. In case of rain the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, in lots nearby and at St Peter’s Square.

 Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Tom and Kristin Zarrella and Cape Ann Savings Bank.


Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? query from Kate Foley posted November 2016 on Good Morning Gloucester generated comments about the artist and his work. I was inspired to piece together some of my primary research and the comments into an informal online catalogue. It’s very much a loose work in progress! Hope it helps people searching for information about the artist, and compels collectors to share additional images of his art.  Just this week (6/27/18) another GMG reader commented that they acquired a Brooks painting in Tucson, AZ.

Byron Brooks online catalogue

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Byron Brooks gravesite, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mass.

Byron Brooks is not listed in any artist biographical compilations. The index card sketch below mimics the format as IF he were listed in Who Was Who in American Art:

BROOKS, Byron [Painter] b. 1906, Manchester, Mass | d. 1978, Gloucester, MA.
Addresses: 12 Stage Fort Park Avenue and 2 Davis St in Gloucester, MA (Willet Street during the war)

Studied: not known

Manchester Art Association

Exhibited: 1961, Tenth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, Visual Arts Exhibition, Section VIII, Balcony Show. Painting, “Rock Clipper Ship”. Emily Anderson chairman (curator) 1957, Sixth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, “Cottage by the Sea”, Group SP (Sunday Painters section), curated by Emily Anderson
*Brooks ran a gallery from his home

Work: collection of Addison Gilbert Hospital
Employment: Driver-Delivery; employed by City of Gloucester Highway Dept

Veteran:  WWII veteran, served in the Coast Guard


Snapshots and instagrams from the last nights of Saint Peter’s Fiesta Novena. Buona Festa!


Annually on the Saturday of Fiesta weekend, the Crazy Hat Ladies, also known as Amy and Robyn, host a wonderfully zany parade on Orchard Street.
Be there by three!!


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.

Chris Stovall Brown Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.28.2018



Thursday!! The Rheum Line permits the addition of Chris “Stovall” Brown to the arsenal of da blooz.

Chris and I have a really nice thing going, musically.Ephraim Lowell bangs the drum. I bang my head.

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

By No Means Made Up of Ordinary Sailors

These pages are part of an article from The Century Magazine published in October 1886 called Gloucester Fishers. I found it on eBay several years ago and had to have it.  I didn’t know what to expect beyond the detailed description of various facets of Gloucester fishing and fishermen.  The sketches alone are worth whatever investment I made at the time. But, as my Irish luck would have it, there was a great big treat hidden within.

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You will notice some highlighted sections which I cropped for easier reading. Captain John Bentley of the Schooner Paul Revere is a direct ancestor, which I knew very well at the time. But this article points out that his father-in-law Martin Costello was part of the crew as cook, a fact I did not possess. This gave me the gift of my great great grandmother’s maiden name! This little piece of the multi-page article also gave me insight into the role of the cook on a shipping vessel of the time which I found fascinating.  I thought you might too.  No ordinary sailors indeed.

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CAFM tomorrow rain or shine!

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logoDon’t miss our weekly local farmers market this Thursday!

Stage Fort Park


Our market is on rain or shine! We’ll be at Stage Fort Park until the Coast Guard shuts us down!

The market is in full swing! Come get your tomatoes, berries, summer squash, bread, cheese, fish, pastries, crafts, coffee and more!!

Check out our website for our full vendor list for the season and sign up for our weekly newsletter to stay up to date on what’s fresh and what’s happening each week at the market!

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That’s right, the tequila, margaritas, and cervezas are awaiting you and your family at Machaca on Rogers street, right next door to the St. Peter’s Club. Home made tortillas are signature at Machaca, and believe me, it matters. Now to be fair, in the eye of the FIESTA storm, they ate not fully stocked and full-menu’d out just yet. But there was plenty to taste and swoon over once the food started rolling in. Tequila waits for no one, and there’s dozens more to come.

Guac done right.

My homie and colleague Bobby Turner and I had to split the last of the AVACADO FRIES in order to avoid arm wrestling for it!! OMG, JUST DO IT! (and thank me later;)

Tacos, made here, fresh, every order. (Negra Modelo draft and a lil’ Herradura complete the meal)


Stop by and see Eric, Louise, and all the staff and taste some street taco love!!

It’s official!!!

Damn, I love tacos! Fish Tacos, Brisket Tacos, Carnitas Tacos, Chicken Tacos….