The Great Egret doing the happy dance was fishing with a group of mixed herons and egrets when he began to leap about and flourish his wings. I couldn’t tell why from the distance I was shooting until returning to my office to look at the photos and saw he had a minnow in his mouth. What a show-off!

This Weekend in the Arts 9/28-30/18

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Unexpected No. 9 Exhibit
Reception Sunday Sept. 30, 2-4 pm   

Rockport Art Association& Museum  

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Ninth Show 

Painting by Christine Waller, 24 x 24″, oil and collage are elements on canvas, title: “Hazmat Man” created 2018

The Rockport Art Association & Museums Experimental Group opens its ninth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Nine” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA, 978.546.6604. This juried show features artworks of both the RAA&Ms artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography.  The exhibition runs from September 29 through October 13, with an Artist Reception on Sunday, September 30 from 2-4 pm.  

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-5 pm or by appointment. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum. 

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email 

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 96 years.


Marilyn Swift One-Artist Show

September 29 – October 11, 2018

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 29th, 2 – 4 PM

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An exhibition of diverse watercolor and water media paintings by Gloucester artist Marilyn Swift will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, September 29th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, September 29 – Thursday, October 11.

Marilyn Swift has been an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum since 1978 (40 Years!). She has been awarded numerous prizes for her watercolors, not only at the RAA&M but also at juried shows throughout the Northeast. Upon earning her BA at The College of New Rochelle in NY, she taught art in the Norwood Public Schools.
“My paintings are direct responses to visual stimuli. While others use words or music or gestures, I paint. Watercolor is, for me, the vehicle that generally works best. When a subject dictates, I will paint in oil or acrylic; but I always return to watercolor. I am a dedicated plein air painter, inspired not only by Cape Ann, but also by travels both near and abroad. Over the years, I have studied with noted artists whose works I admire, yet I continually strive to express my own voice. My work can be described as emotional realism incorporating careful drawing, planning along with thoughtful editing, and good design.”  – Marilyn Swift

Please check out Marilyn’s website: for further information about her affiliations and visiting her East Gloucester Studio/Gallery.

RAA&M Fall Hours:

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM; Sunday 12 – 5 PM.  (Open Mondays through October 15.)  For more information on this and other shows, please visit the RAA&M’s website at


Saturday Clean Up

Dear One Hour at a Time,

Hi, I’m Christine Maney, a member of the City-Owned Cemetery Advisory Committee.

There is a clean-up of historic Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery this coming Saturday, the 29th starting at 10am.

Val Gilman suggested I contact you to ask if you’d help us gather Saturday volunteers by posting the below flyer on your social media outlets.

I thank you in advance as we all work together to keep Gloucester clean and special.

Best Regards,


Cove Hill (Lane’s Cove) Cemetery Clean-up -> Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 10am

1052R Washington St, Gloucester, MA

Questions? Contact

There is a small privately-owned plot for parking near the cemetery, but once this is full, cars will have to be parked on Washington Street (no meters).

There is no bathroom facilities nor electricity.

There is a very nice coffee shop, The Cove Café, a 2-min walk from the cemetery, though no public bathrooms.

  Please bring work/gardening gloves, bug spray, and wear long pants and if you can, any of the following yard tools:

a rake, a gas or battery-operated weed whacker, loppers

weeding buckets, large black heavy-duty plastic bags for leaves and weeds

old tarps for collecting and moving debris to a central location

lawn mower

wheel barrow


I spent some time up at the Crane Estate the other day.  Photos waiting to be snapped around every corner up there.  It is a beautiful property no matter what the season. Geometric shapes and patterns have always captured my eye when taking photos so I was immediately drawn to this.


Reminder – MCC Local Cultural Council grant deadline is October 15th


Just around the corner! Reminder: this year the Massachusetts Cultural Council Gloucester LCC Application deadline is October 15th, 2018.

Here’s a list of  2017 awarded projects. The Gloucester Cultural Council is one of hundreds of Local Cultural Councils across the Commonwealth. The LCC Program supports community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. The Gloucester Cultural Council guidelines and online applications are available at

Night at the opera: Tenor Giovanni Formisano performance September 28, 2018

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“Giovanni Formisano will perform this Friday, September 28th, at 7:30PM at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (at Parish House) in Jamaica Plain, 146 Forest Hills St. In addition to Neapolitan songs, he will perform arias and duets with a Ukrainian soprano, Olga Lisovskaya. The two have performed together at Carnegie Hall and were featured on RAI TV, viewed by millions. More info:”

He wowed Gloucester this summer


Lost to the Sea from Nova Scotia

Yarmouth Nova Scotia has a striking monument to lost fishermen located in a lovely park. It is very serene and thought-provoking.


There are many familiar Gloucester surnames included on this memorial, but one in particular piqued my interest.  George A. Pierce drowned off Eastern Point in August 1923, coincidentally during the city’s 300th anniversary celebration. Although he did not live in Gloucester at the time of his death, he did have family in town.  I was going to save this little tidbit for a future post regarding the history of the city’s anniversaries, but when I saw this on the beautiful memorial, I just had to share it.


Meet our dental assistant At Harbor Cove Dental, Danielle Botelho!

Cape Ann Wellness



123 Main St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 865-3360




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Seaside Garden Club’s October Meeting

Cape Ann Community

Susan MahlerSeaside Garden Club welcomes Suzanne Mahler as its guest speaker at their October 9 meeting, “Dividing and Transplanting Perennials.”  Nearly all perennials benefit from periodic division. Learn the indicators for division, which plants require regular separation, and the best times to split and transplant. Tools of the trade and methods of division will be covered during a live demonstration of multiple plant species with different types of root systems. Divisions will be donated to the club for raffle at the end of the presentation.

Suzanne Mahler has been sharing her passion for gardening for more than 30 years, having spoken at the Boston, Rhode Island, and New England Spring Flower Shows, Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Environmental Protection Agency, and garden clubs and organizations throughout the New England area.

She is past President of the New England Daylily Society, an Overseer for the Massachusetts Horticultural…

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