Come Join The Fun And Regale Us With Your Favorite GMG Stories While Drinking Greg Souza’s World Famous Bloody Marys.
We will be taping the 300th GloucesterCast Podcast
Everyone is invited, especially FOB’s (friends of the blog) you know who you are!
Our fall pollinator gardens are a rich tapestry of expiring stalks, fresh blossoms of asters and goldenrods, fading blossoms of garden favorites, and vibrant annuals getting a second wind after the intense heat of summer. Blooming in a medley of of rose and dusty pink hues, violet, purple, crimson, rusty red, yellowed greens, Spanish orange, golden yellow–the colors are made more vivid in the atmospheric glow of autumn’s light.
Monarchs, Sulphurs, Painted Ladies, American Ladies, Swallowtails, and Buckeyes are just some of the butterflies on the wing, hungrily seeking nectar to sustain their journeys. Not to be forgotten are a host of songbirds, and too, honey bees and native bees, all also in need of sustenance.
1) Tidy-up anything that looks really raggedy, but leave the tall dry stalks of plants such as sunflowers, Joe-pye, Echinacea, and Rudbeckia. The stalks provide winter shelter for many species of bees.
2) Dead head plants such as Butterfly Bushes and Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia), which encourages continued bloom.
3) No need to bother deadheading Zinnias and Cosmos as they will flower whether or not the expired blooms are removed. The seed heads provide food for Goldfinches, Nuthatches, and many species of resident and migrating songbirds.
4) Don’t forget to provide blossoms and sugar water for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Our annually returning female and her 2018 brood of two has departed for the season, but we have been daily visited by southward migrating RTHummers.
Even on a cloudy October day our front dooryard garden at the Mary Prentiss Inn is abuzz with blossoms and pollinators. The Monarch nectaring at the Tithonia was the first to greet me while checking on the garden.
seARTS and the Cape Ann Museum are pleased to present the 2018 Wearable Art Salon on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum. Guests will enjoy a panel discussion, book signing and a selection of 2017 CWA runway looks. Panelists include former professor of fashion and design Barbara Broudo, editor and curator Suzanne Ramljak, author Anne Lee and artist Christine Gauthier-Kelley. The panel will be moderated by Petra Slinkard, The Nancy B. Putnam Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum. This program is $12 for seARTS and CAM members, or $15 nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations are required. Tickets available online at Eventbrite or call (978)283-0455 x10. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Time: 6:30 PM Doors Open, Wearable Art books for sale, & looks on display, program follows at 7:15PM
Place: Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
Tickets: $12 Museum and seARTS Member; $15 Guests via Eventbrite
“When You go into the Woods,” features oil paintings by Vanessa Michalak highlighting some of Cape Ann’s well known gems. Works depict imagery of a variety of places including Annisquam Village, Lanesville’s Vernon Quarries and Babson’s Dogtown boulders. The exhibition will be on display throughout October at Jane Deering Gallery, Gloucester, MA with and opening reception scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6th from 6pm-8pm.
The Exhibition, “When You Go Into The Woods” is a reflection of Michalak’s exploration of Cape Ann and her ongoing investigation of the painting process. The works reflect a fascination with a specific place and its hidden treasures. Many of the works are plein air paintings that brought her to the edges of quarries and sent her trekking through Dogtown’s rocky paths. As much as these works pay tribute to a specific place, they also reflect Michalak’s gestural painting style that at times borders on abstraction. Much like her wanderings in the woods, there is a sense that she doesn’t mind getting a little lost in brushwork, layering and mark before finding her destination.
Michalak grew up in Maine before moving to Boston where she lived and worked for over a decade. While living in Boston she visited Cape Ann often and eventually moved to Gloucester last year. She earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013 and has attended many notably residencies including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO and Playa, Summer Lake, OR. Her work was featured in New American Paintings#110 and she was selected as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Painting in 2014.
The Rocky Neck Art Colony invites Cape Ann residents and visitors to attend Gallery 53’s Season’s End Party on Saturday, October 6 from 6 to 8pm at 53 Rocky Neck Ave (between the Studio and the Rudder restaurants). The festive party features delectable appetizers, seasonal libations and an array of creative artist-made door prizes all offered at no charge to the public. This yearly event is in celebration of a successful season for Gallery 53, which closes for the year on Sunday, October 14. Parking is available in the Rocky Neck parking lot at the beginning of Rocky Neck Ave and the Marine Railways at the end of Rocky Neck. Street parking is also available on Rocky Neck Ave., Clarendon and Wonson Streets.
Please join us at
Dear I Am More subjects,
September was a super busy month for the project. The display and event at the Lahey Behavioral Health treatment center in Danvers to celebrate Recovery Month was very well-received. The staff shared how they would watch the residents reading the pieces and then walk away smiling. The Fish Tales live storytelling event with the theme “I Am More” was standing-room-only and Henry Ferrini of the Gloucester Writers Center called it “one of the best we’ve presented.”
Iain and I have finished hanging the October displays. Julia is on display at Emerson College, and the rest of you are at the Action Inc. headquarters in Gloucester. Action provides shelter and services for the homeless population, low income residents, and at-risk youth of Cape Ann, and everyone who receives services from them will pass by your portraits. Just in the short time we spent there hanging, there was an amazing response and I’ve already received feedback from a board member who saw it yesterday.
To round out the year, your portraits will be headed to Addison Gilbert Hospital in November, Magnolia Library in December, with lots of displays planned for 2019 including the Matz Gallery at the Sawyer Free library, Gloucester High School and North Shore Music Theatre. I’ve recently had inquiries from Rockport, Brattleboro, VT and Washington D.C., so stay tuned!
We’re getting better, like fine cheddar.
So, this is it:
It’s chili con carnage this week as I present Mr. “Sax” Gordon Beadle. The anointed has just returned from Europe somewhere to regale you with his special brand of nonsense. This could be the best show of the year.
Also featuring Edd Scheer on drummps and the wily Pete Henderson, on gootar. So don’t be a spaz, Chaz,make the scene and be seen! 830 to 1130
40 Railroad Ave.
Please consider joining the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services, the City of Gloucester, and the Light Up Mattos Field Committee for this special ceremony.
4:00 on Friday, October 5th.
27 Webster Street, Gloucester
October 4th – October 7th, 9:00 – 4:00
Plum Island Airport, 24 Plum Island Turnpike
JetOberfest is almost here.
Come on out and join us once again at the Plum Island Airport for 4 days of Nonstop RC Jet action (Turbine and Ducted Fan Jets, no props or rotors for this event please). Pilots from all over the Northeast and Canada will make their way to our little slice of heaven to WOW the crowds with some amazing machines.
Dates: October 4th – 7th
Times: 9-4 Thur-Sat, Sun 9-2 (pilots will be packing up for travel after noon as flying tapers off).
Location: 24 Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury, MA
Plum Island Airport
Pilot fee $ 50
Date & Time
Sunday, October 7
Member Carload: $20;
Nonmember Carload: $25;
Join us for fall concerts in the Stone Paddock! These family-friendly concerts will feature live music, food trucks, lawn games, and an opportunity to meet our dairy cows and farm animals!
Bring a picnic from home or food will be available for purchase from local food trucks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Ipswich Ale and Old Planters Brewing. Enjoy our lawn games, meet our animals, and enjoy a gorgeous fall evening on the farm. Gate opens at 4pm and concert starts at 5pm. Sorry no dogs or byob.
This Sunday’s band is The Katrina Marie Band
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.
It was the last Saturday in September at Niles Beach for the Gig Rowers Race. The racers weren’t the only thing worth watching.
I think she was checking to see if her shadow was following her.
When you have a twirly skirt, you gotta twirl.
SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual autumn fundraising breakfast at Lobsta Land Restaurant, located on Causeway Street in Gloucester (Route 128, exit 12) on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 per person and include your choice of pancakes, French toast, eggs, or a fruit plate with yogurt. Tickets are available in advance online at www.seniorcareinc.org, by calling 978-281-1750, or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit the full spectrum of programs offered by SeniorCare.
SeniorCare Inc. is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and a state designated Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) with offices in Gloucester and Beverly. Established in 1972, SeniorCare serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over, including the nine communities of Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and…
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