Book Signing Celebration

Book Signing Celebration
What: Illustrated children’s book, “Let’s Go, Animal Tracks in the Snow”. Award winning entry in the past year’s Cape Ann Reads contest, written by Diane Polley of Essex and beautifully illustrated by Marion Hall of Manchester. This sweet book encourages children and their families to use their imaginations and explore the natural world right outside their door.
When:  Saturday September 8th  anytime between 11:30-1:30
Where: Cape Ann Community Cinema   21 Main St, Gloucester
Free family friendly event . Meet Diane Polley, author and Marion Hall, illustrator, who will be signing and selling  copies of their book. (discounted price at this event)
Light refreshments, activities for the kids and something special to watch on the big screen as well.

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These beautiful baskets are donated by the Schooner Festival Committee and include not only fresh fruit, but freshly baked bread from Virgilios and handmade chocolates from Turtle Alley. The Ramsey’s deliver each basket, via boat, to every participating schooner on Friday afternoon. It’s no wonder schooners from around the globe love to come to Gloucester.

Brett Ramsey readying to deliver schooner welcome baskets (Ellen Ramsey adds this is a 1967 Chevy truck, in case any one was wondering). 

Brett Ramsey Photo

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Manchester Historical Museum Celebrates the Restoration of the Singing Beach Bath House

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm

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It really did take a village to “Save Our Bath House”, and we’re excited to announce that this project is completed!!

Singing Beach, from the late 1800s to 1938, was once lined with over 100 bath houses/cabanas owned or rented by numerous families to store their beach equipment and to provide privacy when changing into bathing suits. In the 1930s, a series of severe winter storms destroyed many of the bath houses and necessitated the permanent removal of all the remaining structures.

MHM’s bath house is one of only a few known survivors! It was donated to the museum in 2015 by the Parisi/Wielgorecki family, who had removed it from the beach in 1938 and used it as a children’s play house and garden shed.

Through the generous support of many people in the community, funds were raised for a complete restoration and repurposing of the Bath House into an exhibit. After months of restoration and landscaping work, MHM’s bath house now stands proudly as a new permanent exhibit that shares the history of Singing Beach.

The Manchester Historical Museum will be acknowledging and thanking all those who helped make this happen at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm. (rain date Sunday, September 9th, 2-4pm). The public is welcome to join us for fun and refreshments as we celebrate the completion of this project.

I Am More and Fish Tales

 On Friday, September 14th at 7:30 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center the Gloucester Writer’s Center will present an evening of their wildly popular live storytelling series, Fish Tales, with the theme “I Am More.” Join storytellers Rob Newton, Anita Pandolfe Ruchman, Ramani Rangan, Hattie Mae Rich, John Graham, Karen Pischke, Annie Marshall and more, along with guest host Nicole Richon-Schoel. Feel free to spread the word on social media with the attached flyer.


See you there!!


Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.

Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?

Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”


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– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s 

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praying mantis screen door Maj. Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center, Gloucester, Mass



Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you  poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake)  worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”

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The 1995 thank you poster text: 

Continue reading “Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.”

Blooms and buildings- finding sunflowers at every turn downtown Gloucester, Mass.

Enjoying all these sunny sunflowers swaying downtown. Can you spot them all? Hint- Main Street and Pleasant Street (Patti Amaral’s garden stretch); on the West End of Main Street at legendary storefront Bananas; Washington and Granite Streets nearby Mother of Grace; and Centennial nearly bookended at both Washington and Western Avenue.


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Let the games begin!

As I sit here at my desk overlooking the inner harbor, with my long lens poised toward the ocean awaiting a glimpse of any schooners arriving for the weekend, I share some pics of one of our own beloved Schooners, Ardelle as she headed out in the warm light and the Lannon’s flag reflection on Wednesday.   Looking forward to the sights and activities of this long beautiful weekend!! 

The Early Bird

With the alarm set for 4:30 a.m. yesterday Finn had his bag packed for a day on the lobster boat.  He was grumpy for about a minute upon waking up but then rallied in typical Finn fashion for a day of work.

After some Fortnight and a quick nap on the steam out, it was time to haul.

Nice work, Finn.  Growing up salty.


The Mighty F/V Frigate With Captain Freddie Schrafft At The Helm Heads Out To Harvest #Lobster