Important Message from Superintendent Richard Safiere

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There was an incident this morning, Thursday, October 25, when a driver of a green Subaru asked a Grade 5 Veterans Elementary School student whether he would like a ride to school. The student refused, twice, and ran into the school.

The police were contacted. They provided security at dismissal today and an investigation is actively underway. I have spoken with Chief McCarthy of the Gloucester Police Department and he has indicated that they will be increasing their presence at all of the schools.

I am writing to remind parents and guardians, that both at school and at home, we need to continue to remind our children about personal safety and “stranger danger”. We, for our part, will continue to do so, and we will take every step to ensure the safety of your children. I ask that you do the same.

Thank you.

Richard Safier, Superintendent


The Open Door’s annual Autumn Breakfast, hosted by Cruiseport Gloucester, was especially beautiful and meaningful this year as it is the organization’s 40th year serving the Cape Ann community. The maxim of the Open Door is ‘feeding people and changing lives,’ and the heart rending testimonial given by guest speaker Colleen Moceri spoke to just that as she shared her story of how her life has been deeply affected by the assistance she has received from executive director Julie LaFontaine and her kind hearted staff.

Sheree Zizak received a huge round of applause and standing ovation for her tremendous generosity and was presented the Unsung Hero Award. The Helen Muise Community Service Awards were given to Jeffrey and Nancy McKeen, Janice Nolte, and Chris Pitman. The Charlotte Pope Award was presented to Ben Steele, and the Outstanding Partner Award was given to Addison Gilbert Hospital.

If you would like to make a donation to this most worthy of organizations visit the

The Open Door’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is Saturday, November 17th, from 9am to 3pm. Items most needed are peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, healthy snack items, 100 percent juice and juice boxes, breakfast cereal, hearty soups, and caned fruits and veggies. Your food donations will be collected at Stop and Shop Gloucester,  Market Basket in Gloucester and Rowley, and Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue and in Ipswich.

ALL DAY celebration for momentous Virginia Lee Burton exhibition at Cape Ann Museum! November 3, 2018

press release from Cape Ann Museum:

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“The Little House: Her Story

Exhibition Opening & All Day Celebration

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (October 25, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a day-long celebration to mark the opening of the special exhibition, The Little House: Her Story, on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Throughout the day, watercolor painting in the CAM Activity Center and origami daisy making in the gallery will be available for all ages. The Little House will be read by Museum staff at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a film-screening of Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place with film producer Christine Lundberg. Light refreshments will be served in the gallery from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members or with Museum admission.

The Little House: Her Story is a special exhibition featuring the work of beloved children’s book author & illustrator and founder of the Folly Cove Designers Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968). In addition to Burton’s drawings, book illustrations and prints, an artfully-created scale model of her “Little House” will be on display in the gallery. The exhibition will remain on view through March 31, 2019.  

The “Little House” model was fabricated in Japan for a highly-anticipated exhibition held at the Takenaka Corporation Gallery A4 in Tokyo last summer in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Burton’s famous tale, The Little House. The exhibition paid tribute to Burton’s books and her work as the founder of the Folly Cove Designers, which have garnered widespread acclaim in Japan. The Tokyo exhibit was organized by Gallery A4 curator Michiyo Okabe, using original artwork and archival materials lent by the Cape Ann Museum, the Sawyer Free Library, the University of Minnesota, and the Burton-Demetrios Family.

The exhibition celebrates the life, art, and work of Virginia Lee Burton, one of Cape Ann’s most important artists whose legacy lives on today through her books and in the lifelong memories created for so many children. Burton, who lived and worked in the Folly Cove area of Gloucester for most of her adult life, was one of the 20th century’s most admired children’s book authors; a versatile and uniquely talented artist who enjoyed dance, design, writing, illustration and teaching. Through her children’s books – Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, The Little House, and Maybelle the Cable Car among many others – she achieved her widest acclaim and was awarded the coveted Caldecott Medal in 1943 for The Little House. It was her fourth book, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, and was translated into Japanese in 1954 by Momoko Ishii, later becoming an international success. In 1964, Burton traveled to Japan for two weeks, invited by the American Cultural Center in Tokyo and was hosted by Ishii.

The Little House is a timeless story of a small, simple house in the country that gradually changes as urban expansion threatens its quiet, pastoral existence. Larger buildings, traffic, and development encroach on the house as it endures unwelcome change through the seasons and neglect once its owners move out. But, the family’s descendants realize its value, load it onto a trailer, and relocate it into the country once again. The Little House is a story about honoring beauty, the past, the natural world and all of its peacefulness. It has captivated readers from all cultural backgrounds for decades.

This exhibition and related programming was made possible through the support of the Takenaka Scholarship Foundation; the Cape Ann Savings Bank; Nancy LeGendre & Walter Herlihy; Mary Craven; Margaret Pearson; Christine & Stephen Kahane; Arthur Ryan; J.J. & Jackie Bell; Gib & Sarah Carey; Paul & Christine Lundberg; and Andrew Spindler. For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website

Image credits: Courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum.

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This Weekend in the Arts – 10/26-29/18

Barbara Donnelly One-Artist Show

October 27 – November 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 27th, 2 – 4 PM

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Medley – An exhibition of paintings by Barbara Donnelly will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 27th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, October 27 – Thursday, November 8.

“A New England native, I have a natural love of the seacoast. Wherever I am in the world, the water, boats, nearby villages and the local people have a spirit that engages me. To saturate my paintings with the color, light and life that embrace their true “essence” is my desire. To ‘capture the moment’ en plein air is pure pleasure.”  – Barbara Donnelly

Donnelly, painting her whole life and an art graduate of Boston University, had an art studio/gallery on the working waterfront on Harbor Loop, Gloucester for twenty-two years until 2015. Previously she had a working studio in the Gloucester Academy for fifteen years. Currently she paints in a studio in downtown Beverly and in her lake house studio in NH.

As well as painting New England, she has enjoyed painting abroad, studying the varying light, landscape and architecture in France, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Puerto Rico, Portugal and China. Her work has found collectors in each of these countries.

“A life-defining moment was winning an international award of an Artist-in-Residency to paint in France. Living alone for two months in a small cottage by a canal, I made friends, became fluent in the language and have returned to different regions of France frequently to paint. Being invited to have a six week long One Artist Exhibition of the French paintings at l’Ambassade de France (French Embassy) in Washington, D.C. was an exciting experience and a singular honor for an American artist.”
– Barbara Donnelly

An award winning artist and popular teacher, Barbara has conducted painting workshops and painting demonstrations from her studios and for art associations and other organizations.

Academic Artists, American Artists Professional League, Copley Society of Art, New England Watercolor Society, North Shore Arts Association and Rockport Art Association and Museum.

National Shows:
Salmagundi Club, NY; Hudson Valley Art Association, NY; Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, NY; Pittsburgh Watercolor Society, PA; Hilton Head Art League National Open, NC; North American Watercolor Opens, MA; Whistler Museum National Show, MA, among others.

RAA&M Fall Hours:

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


This Weekend in the Arts 10/26-29/18

Iranian artist Azita Moradkhani, Goetemann Artist in Residence at the Rocky Neck Art Colony 

Closing Talk October 26, 7pm

At the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave, Unit 10, Gloucester

Body Cast, by Azita Moradkhani
Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art and both her MA in Art Education and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to Moradkhani’s work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.
She was a recipient of both the Young Masters Art Prize and the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize in London in 2017 and also received the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Grant that same year. She was juried into the prestigious Medal Award Gala auction at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2015.




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Find-a-Grave at Beechbrook Cemetery

There’s a free, volunteer-based online service offered through Find-a-Grave which allows people to view headstone photos taken by volunteers as a way of advancing their family history research. I am one of those volunteers and I recently re-visited Beechbrook Cemetery in hopes of fulfilling such a request. There were a number of requests on the list that day, and even though it was a little rainy, I decided to see what I might find there. Any excuse to visit this wonderful place is OK by me, rainy or not.


Sounds of children playing rang through the air off to one side, while excited dog barks filled the air coming from the opposite. I relished every minute until the raindrops threatened my camera’s well being. I did find one gravestone from the list to add to the online inventory:


Lucky for me, it was nice and easy to photograph and read.  It isn’t always so! I love searching to fill these requests, it gives me a very good feel for the cemetery’s personality. And you never know who you might run into…..I think they were Find-a-Graving too……



I wish to god someone put together a 24 hour mix of Felger and Mazz Shitting On The #RedSox All Season

The Homie Cast

#FelgerSucks #MazzSucks

These buffoons have zero credibility.  The only reason they’re around is to be shit stirrers.

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