The woman exercising was intent upon doing her workout and didn’t notice the Great Blues on the beach. It just struck me as so funny because they were nearly as tall as was she when their necks were elongated, and because a single Great Blue Heron strolling on the beach isn’t something you see everyday, let alone three.




Cape Ann Symphony Launches Expanded  Concert Season Featuring  Unique Pairings of American & European Composers

Orchestra Season Expands to Eight Concerts & Two Venues in 2018: Manchester & Ipswich

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of an expanded concert season for 2018/2019. The orchestra has expanded from its traditional five performances per season to eight performances for the 67th concert season. According to CAS Board President Fran White, “Due in part to sold out concerts in Manchester over the past two seasons and a highly successful debut concert in Ipswich last September, this season we are able to expand our outreach on the North Shore with a full schedule of concerts in Ipswich!” The new season features concerts in Ipswich in September, November and May in addition to the traditional concert schedule in Manchester. Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa looks forward to the orchestra’s expansion to Ipswich, “The orchestra and I are not only pleased to be playing regularly in Ipswich, but also to have the opportunity to play in the Dolan Center, a concert hall with such amazing acoustics.” In addition to the expanded season in Ipswich, CAS has announced an earlier start time of 7:30 pm for all evening concerts as well as the addition of a free Pre-Concert Lecture Series led by the CAS’s inaugural Conducting Fellow, Ipswich’s Michael Coelho, immediately prior to each concert.“We are confident that these changes will serve to provide yet another dynamic feature to our planned programs,” adds CAS Board President White, “We believe an earlier evening concert start of 7:30 pm better serves our audience. The new Pre-Concert lecture series will be entertaining and serve to provide interesting background on the concert programs as well as introduce our Conducting Fellow to CAS audiences.”

The 67th concert season features a year of unique parings of American and European composers in each concert as well as a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial in September; the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2018; the CAS debut of renowned piano soloist Jonathan Bass and the return of esteemed local composer Robert J. Bradshaw with a Cape Ann inspired work in March; and the return of the BSO’s violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young in May. “We are so excited about our upcoming season,” continues CAS President White, “The planned concerts are spectacular!  We continue to bring outstanding, quality professional classical musical performance to the North Shore.” Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 67th Season, “The 2018-19 Season of the Cape Ann Symphony is going to be thrilling! In September, we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with his Candide Overture and Symphonic Dances fromWest Side Story. On the same program, we will be presenting the wildly romantic music from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Holiday Pops will feature the Cape Ann Symphony Chorus, as well as holiday inspired music from American and European composers. In March we will perform Norman’s Woe by Gloucester’s own Rob Bradshaw, and internationally renowned pianist Jonathan Bass will play Mozart’s gorgeous Piano Concerto No. 21. Audience favorites violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young will join us in May to play the passionate Sinfonia Concertante of Mikloěs Roězsa who was well known for writing music for such Hollywood blockbusters as Ben Hur. The musicians and I are looking forward to what is going to be a real tour-de-force of incredible music this coming season.”The orchestra’s 67th concerts season kicks off on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA and on Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm at Ipswich High School on 134 High Street, Ipswich, MA with Bernstein & Prokofiev: The Agony and Ecstasy of Love. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $43 for adults, $38 for senior citizens, $15 for Students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

BERNSTEIN & PROKOFIEV: The Agony and Ecstasy of Love


Saturday, September 22, 2018: 7:30 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Sunday, September 23, 2018: 2:00 PM: Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School, Ipswich,MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 67th season with Bernstein & Prokofiev: The Agony and Ecstasy of Love in Manchester and Ipswich. The season opening concert celebrates revered American composer Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial with his Candide Overture and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and brings European composer Prokofiev’s soaring romantic interpretation of Romeo and Juliet with the Romeo and Juliet Suite to CAS audiences.



Saturday, November 24, 2018: 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA

Saturday, November 24, 2018: 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

         Sunday, November 25, 2018: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, features a program of holiday favorites from Strauss, Anderson, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others. The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music including the annual audience sing -along.


Performance: Sunday, March 24, 2019: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Bradshaw, Beethoven, Mozart & Bass features the CAS debut of guest artist pianist Jonathan Bass playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. Renowned virtuoso piano soloist Jonathan Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall as the first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. He appears frequently throughout the United States including with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, China, Japan, Israel, Poland, Spain and Russia. The concert also features Gloucester based composer Robert J. Bradshaw’s Norman’s Woe, inspired by the well-known Cape Ann Reef, immortalized in Longfellow’s poem Wreck of the Hesperus and  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.


Performance: Saturday, May 18, 2018 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Performance: Sunday, May 19, 2019 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA

Cape Ann Symphony favorites and Boston Symphony Orchestra’s violinist Luica Lin and cellist Owen Young return to collaborate with Conductor Udagawa and the CAS orchestra to perform Sinfonia Concertante by Miklos Rozsa. Rozsa is best known for his score of the classic film, Ben Hur for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The May concert program also includes the orchestra playing Rozsa’s Academy Award winning  Parade of the Charioteers from Ben Hur and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.



Senior Citizens/$38.00

Students (of any age)/$15.00

Youth (Age 12 and Under)/$5.00

Season Subscriptions are Available.

For Information call 978-281-0543 or Visit

Joey, Eloise & Maddie throwing it down!

Last night the boss and his beautiful girls matched up with Peter Zappa and his sons from the Causeway in a BBQ Throwdown at the Bluefin Blowout helping to raise money for Alzheimers research.   Both using two of Joey’s prized Weber Performers they fired up the grills and got to cooking!   It was clear that Eloise and Maddie have the family cooking gene as they took control and banged out some awesome bacon wrapped tuna with avocado and cracked pepper, and a delicious Kobe beef burger with siracha mayo.  Peter and his boys put out a flavorful marinated grilled tuna and a Kobe beef burger with grilled onions that was a judges favorite.   All in all the judges deemed it a tie….ultimately The Alzheimer’s Foundation was the winner!!

All Hail Stacy Boulevard

Some of this ground has been covered in previous GMG posts (shout out to Manny and Catherine especially), but I thought it might be worth a reminder for you perhaps as you sit awaiting bridge access.  Look around you and think about the past and how this beautiful esplanade came to be.  It’s just under 100 years old, as we know it today.

As stated hereThe half-mile of clean arc of Stacy Boulevard from the Tavern to Kent Circle along Gloucester Bay has struck travelers as rivalling the Via Caracciolo on the Bay of Naples, and as colorful when it’s lined above the tide from one end to the other with the canopied booths of vendors offering their wares during the mid-August Gloucester Waterfront Festival. The esplanade was conceived by George Stacy when that flamboyant hotel man became park commissioner in 1908, brought to reality on the inspiration of the three hundredth anniversary celebration in 1923, and restored in 1988. To make way for it, Gloucester (which has always had a partiality for moving heavy things around) relocated up in the back streets the houses that crowded the harbor side of Western Avenue. Fill was dumped; a new seawall was made; trees were planted; the esplanade was laid out; the benches were bolted down; and three years before his death in 1928, Mr. Stacy saw his boulevard done, his promise kept.  (I like the part about how Gloucester has a penchant for moving heaving things around!)

Pre boulevard Aug 6 1921 GDTGDT pre Boulevard Aug 6 1921

These are from the Gloucester Daily Times August 6 1921 and give us a little bit of an idea of how far this concept has progressed over the years. The Boulevard undergoes nearly constant repair, updating and improvement and is a testament to the City’s dedication to presenting itself as a beautiful historic seaport. So, turn off your engine while you wait for the bridge to open and look around you.

New Moon Yoga Nidra

Cape Ann Wellness

Please join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC for a powerful session of restorative Yoga combined with the deep relaxation of Yoga Nidra . (Yoga deep sleep) & Aromatherapy.

This class will incorporate meditation, breath work, aromatherapy, and supportive healing yoga poses. We will combine the energy of the new moon to set our intention for the month ahead while deeply relaxing the body to ground these intentions and heal the body and mind.

Benefits of Yoga Nidra
• Increase Immune function
• Improved digestion
• Better sleep
• Releases old habit, fatigue, worry and stress

We supply all the mats and props…so just show up and be ready for the most relaxing Yoga and best night sleep you have experienced!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Investment: $27

Thursday, Aug. 9 from 7-8:30pm

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, 25C Lexington Ave, 2nd Floor, Magnolia, MA 01930

Please register by calling/text: 978-852-0066.

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Captain Carlo’s Fundraiser for Cape Ann Animal Aid

Cape Ann Community


Join Cape Ann Animal Aid at Captain Carlo’s on Saturday, August 11th between 11:30am-3:00pm (dine in or take out). Enjoy a delicious meal for a great cause! The restaurant will be donating 10% of all sales to Cape Ann Animal Aid, helping dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens to thrive and find loving homes.

Weather permitting, there will also be some shelter pups out front ready to meet you, too! And don’t forget to bring some extra $$ for the 50/50 Raffle! For more info or to make a reservation, call 978-283-6342.

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