Happy Halloween from East Gloucester!

Closing Artists Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert ART@the Icehouse Gallery

Closing Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert

If you missed our very successful Grand Opening Reception October 13th for this Exhibit, now is your last chance!— Please join us for our upcoming Closing Artists’ Reception for Leon Doucette & Peter Herbert at ART@the IceHouse, Cape Pond Ice Company, this Saturday afternoon, November 3, from 3 pm – 6 pm.
Saturday, November 3, Closing Artists’ Reception, from 3-6 pm,
ART@the IceHouse, 104 Commercial Street, Fort Wharf, Gloucester

Please join us to view these lovely portraits, and land and sea-scapes by two talented local artists!

ART@the IceHouse Gallery

Nia with Linda Wilkes at MAGMA tomorrow, Nov. 1 at 10:15 am. Free weekly class at Rose Baker Center, Mondays at 1 pm

Cape Ann Wellness


Join us tomorrow, Nov. 1 at MAGMA as we dance our final week to the fun music of Pink Martini.  If you don’t know the group, they are very eclectic.  Something for everyone.  Here are a few links to their music.  Sway  and Bitty Boppy Betty  Come check it out.

And join us at the Rose Baker Center on Mondays at 1 pm for a free weekly Nia class.

Hope to see you soon!  Namaste, Linda

Nia is a no-impact, movement class that draws from a number of disciplines including yoga, Tae Kwon Do, Jazz, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi. Routines are created for safety and joy, all while getting a great cardiovascular workout.  Hmm.. fun, safety, good music, joy and cardiovascular health all in one package. Come experience this healthy and mindful fitness experience for yourself.  For more info, visit my web site

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Local restaurants come together in one night of support for YMCA Teens

WHAT:       The Taste of Cape Ann Celebrating our TENTH YEAR! The most delicious event of the year featuring the best of Cape Ann eateries offering food, wine and spirits for just $25 per person with 100% of the proceeds of ticket sales going to support the Cape Ann YMCA’s Youth & Teen programs in Gloucester and Rockport. Annually, some 200 guests take part in this fabulous foodie festival. Some local favorites include Cake Ann, Cape Ann Food Tours, Cape Ann Olive Oil, Common Crow, J Cakes, Latitude 43 & Minglewood Tavern, Lobster Land, Mile Marker One, Mom’s Kitchen, Nutty Redhead, Passports Restaurant, Pier 23 Kitchen, Pigeon Cove Ferments, Seaport Grille, Trio, Sugar Magnolias and more! Music by John Jerome.

Through the generous support of the Cape Ann community and Beauport Financial Services, Cruiseport Gloucester, Tom Davis, CPA, Robert Stewart, PC and Institution for Savings, proceeds directly impact the Y’s Teen Leadership Development programs and Teen Centers in Gloucester and Rockport. The Cape Ann Y has a long history of serving youth and teens in the Gloucester and Rockport communities and strives to empower the next generation of leaders by giving them the tools to succeed. Through service learning opportunities, leadership clubs and drop-in Teen Centers where everyone is welcome, the Y is creating an inviting and inspiring atmosphere for young adults to thrive.

WHEN:         Thursday, November 8th, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Tickets: $25/person

WHERE:       Cruiseport Gloucester

6 Rowe Square Gloucester

Inge Berge Tonight! Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 10.31.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 31 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: INGE BERGE!

I’m sure Inge Berge has something scary bubbling in his
witch’s brew pot for us on Halloween this Wednesday. Only
one way to find out what it is… jump on your magic flying guitar
and come to the Rhumb Line! We start at 7pm! ~ Fly

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
11/7 – Toni Ann

11/14 – Annette Dion

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Salem witch trials end with Esther Elwell, from Gloucester, Sarah Jessica Parker’s ancestor

Sarah Jessica Parker season 1 episode 1 NBC Who Do You Think You Are tv show_ ancestor ESTHER ELWELL one of 3 women from Gloucester was accused of witchcraft.jpg

In the tv show, Who Do You Think You Are? (March 5 2010), produced by Lisa Kudrow, season 1, episode 1, Sarah Jessica Parker learns that her tenth great grandmother, Esther (Dutch) Elwell, was found guilty of witchcraft in 1692. Her arrest was the last formal accusation recorded during the Salem witch trials. The grisly court was dissolved days prior to her sentencing because spectral evidence was banned. Esther lived to be 82 years old. Parker visited Danvers to meet with historians and inspect the original records, and then on to Salem to pay respects.

Did Sarah Jessica Parker come to Gloucester?

Well, not according to the final edit. The show could have filmed here.

Witches of Gloucester

Beckoned to Gloucester, Salem teenager and accuser, Betty Hubbard, officially confirmed the false suspicions in 1692. And just like that three women from Gloucester– Esther Elwell, Abigail Rowe and Rebecca Dike– were arrested for killing Gloucester resident, Mary Fitch, by witchcraft. Historians determined that nine women from Gloucester were caught up in the witchhunts, jailed, and released (by the spring of 1693). Accused were more often than not related and at odds with accusers, well off, and/or “trouble”.  Collaborating institutions and collections have gathered and digitized 17th century documents. You can peruse them here:

Later history of witches in Gloucester revolve around Dogtown. In the 1896 book,  In the Heart of Cape Ann, Charles Mann described Gloucester’s Dogtown as “practically the only ruined city in America.” By then Dogtown legends persisted about “witches” like Tammy Younger (died 1829), her aunt Luce George, Peg Wesson, and Judy Rhines.  Percy Mackaye’s 1921 poem Dogtown Common acknowledged Mann’s book, “curious reader may learn many strange, half fogotten facts concerning the old Puritan life of that region…”  Here’s the eerie opener setting a fitting scene for Halloween.

Inland among the lonely cedar dells
of old Cape Ann, near Gloucester by the sea,
Still live the dead–in homes that used to be.
     All day in dreamy spells
They tattle low with toungues of tinkling cattle
Or spirit tappings of some hollow tree,
And there, all night–all night, out of the
They bark–and bark.

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Apparently, when Sarah Jessica Parker starred in Hocus Pocus (1993), she did not know this family history. Some of the movie was filmed on location in Salem and Marblehead.

Please take the 2 seconds to vote for the Fishermen/Patriots Semifinal matchup as Fox25news game of the week!

This Friday’s playoff game is on the ballot for Fox25News Game of the Week. Please take the 2 seconds to vote for the Fishermen/Patriots Semifinal matchup.


Free Yoga for Trauma Survivors

Cape Ann Wellness

Friday, November 2, 5:30-6:45 PM

HAWC (Healing Abuse, Working for Change) and Treetop Yoga are teaming up to offer a very special monthly workshop for survivors of abuse. All classes will be unique, as instructor Hilary Richard leads participants in meditation, breathwork, and gentle yoga postures with the intention of releasing trauma and finding empowerment. Shaina Doberman from HAWC will be available before and after class for anyone needing one on one support; there will be no group discussions during these events.

These workshops are intended for those who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual assault; no prior yoga experience is necessary. Classes are free to survivors of all genders who register through HAWC; drop-in participants welcome with a suggested donation of $5 (cash only).  No class in December. Dates for January, February, and March TBD.

Contact Shaina at 978-283-8642, with questions or to register.

HAWC 24-hr Hotline: 800-547-1649

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