They don’t call these zinnias ‘Giant’ for nothing! One of my favorite zinnias, not only for its show-stopping size and sparkling array of colors, but these beauties are a magnet for Monarchs (and a bevy of other beneficial pollinators, too). Zinnias (Zinnia elegans) are a native North American wildflower and these grand beauties were developed by Ernst Benary, one of the oldest German seed companies, founded in 1843. You can purchase Benary Giant seedlings from Elise and Tucker at Cedar Rock Gardens in the spring.

Benary Giant Zinnia and Monarch Butterfly

Elizabeth Redmond from Essex shares photos and writes,

“Hi Kim,
My little butterfly garden in Essex is only 4 feet by 6 feet and yet the monarchs find the Asclepias incarnata that I grew from seed—so gratifying! This week I’ve had two at a time (although not caught in photo). Thanks for your awareness-raising work and great photos!”

Jackie Bennet, who works at Corliss in Ipswich, shares recent sightings of a male Monarch butterfly and caterpillar, and a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the crocosmia.


Don’t miss the 31st Annual Cape Ann Chamber Auction, better than every!!!

The Love Cape Ann Fundraising Auction is this coming week, July 26, 5-9 PM at the Beauport Hotel. There are still a few seats left!

Call or email Kerry McKenna at 978-283-1601 or to reserve your seat.

Check out all the Live and Silent items here:

Hope to see you at Beauport Hotel Thursday night, July 26th!!!

Jazz Brunch featuring Scollins-Young Duo | Sun 7/22 | Feather & Wedge


The popular Scollins-Young jazz duo joins us this Sunday with Kevin Scollins on guitar and Benjamin Young on double bass. Their extensive set list includes your favorite jazz standards selections plus modern jazz, contemporary blues and R&B.

Sunday, July 22, 2018
10:30 AM 2:30 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

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SeniorCare Inc. & NeedyMeds Offer Free Workshop

Cape Ann Community

Storylines is a free self-care app that makes it easy for you to track and manage your health conditions. It also allows you to access the NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card and other information on assistance programs, right at your fingertips.

SeniorCare Inc. and NeedyMeds will co-host a free workshop to learn about the Storylines App on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 5-6pm at SeniorCare’s offices at 49 Blackburn Center in Gloucester.

People living with a disability, people ages 60+ and caregivers are invited to this free information session.  Call Kelly at 978-281-6666 to RSVP or if you have any questions.  For more information about the Storylines App, go to

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities—Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and…

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John Caggiano Demonstration – Saturday, July 21st 2pm Pre-Demo Pop Up Show July 16 -21st

Cape Ann Community

John Stephen Caggiano, a long time Cape Ann artist, will demonstrate his skills painting with brushes and palette knives. His oil palette, which has evolved over many years, is large and varied. It contains many colors, most of which are utilized in every painting. He will most likely paint from photos unless it is feasible to move outside on the grounds of the North Shore Arts Association, in which case he will choose a subject from the surrounding area. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. If time permits, he will be happy to critique a painting that you bring with you as long as you are willing to share it with all in attendance. John Caggiano is an elected member of North Shore Arts Association, the American Society of Marine Artists, Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, Lyme Art and Rockport Art Associations. Annually he is a juried and invited…

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