This Weekend in the Arts 11/2-5/18

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


I AM MORE at Addison Gilbert

I Am More: Addison Gilbert Hospital

When I initially approached AGH about a display, they said their gallery wall was booked two years in advance if I wanted to wait. When I explained the timely circumstances of the portrait series they agreed that it was important to find the space. So find space they did:

This is, I think, the most high traffic display site we’ve had so far, servicing all of Cape Ann for Emergency care, Primary care, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Health, Radiology, Center for Healthy Aging, DISCOVER Substance Abuse and the Gorton Cancer Care Center.

 A visitor passing by said the stories give her hope, so thank you.

Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas fair December 1, 2018

Perry McIntosh shares a save the date for the Annisquam Sewing Circle annual Christmas fair stressing that it’s traditionally slated after Thanksgiving which comes early this year. Don’t miss it!

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courtesy photo, Annisquam Sewing Circle, Dottie’s wreath

Saturday, December 1, 2018
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Annisquam Sewing Circle 
Annisquam Village Hall, 32 Leonard Street, Annisquam, Gloucester

“For years, residents of Cape Ann have lined up at the Annisquam Village Hall before the doors open for the annual Christmas Fair to purchase the beautiful greens, gifts, and gourmet goodies made by the ladies of the Annisquam Sewing Circle.

The fair is known for its beautiful wreaths, but there will also be decorated boxwood trees and mantle and table centerpieces suitable for smaller spaces.

The abundance and variety of handcrafted items will dazzle the eye—sweaters, socks, hats and mittens; placemats, potholders and monogrammed dish towels; needlepoint tree ornaments created by the members of the Annisquam Sewing CIrcle just for this fair, as well as many more one-of-a-kind items that will not be found anywhere else! Once again, Circle member Grace Murray has knitted one of her unique hats (her 335th!), which will be offered in a silent auction. Only one of these hats becomes available to the public each year.

Beautifully wrapped foods and baked goods grace the gourmet table —from homemade preserves to fancy cakes, gluten-free items and even Food for Fido and your Favorite Feline. The fair also features a glittering display of costume jewelry which for many shoppers is a destination itself. Hostess baskets and grab bags are also popular traditional items at the fair.

A delicious three-course luncheon will be served at 12:30. Tickets are $18 and reservations are recommended (visit

Founded in 1837, the Annisquam Sewing Circle is one of the oldest continuous independent societies of women in the United States and is the oldest one on Cape Ann. All proceeds from the Fair are contributed by the Annisquam Sewing Circle to Cape Ann community programs.”


G.A. 20 Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 11.1.2018


Thursday at the Rhummie: The return of Matt Stubbs and Pat Faherty backed by the effusive Chris Anzelone. Their band G.A. 20 gets a lot of sound and makes a lot of pleasing noise in the process. Come see!  830-1130


40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA


Hungry? Go Score Your Free Taco Today Thanks to Mookie!

Today is the day.  Don’t forget that, thanks to Mookie Betts stealing second base during the World Series, Taco Bell has promised everyone in the United States a free Doritos Locos Taco.

Visit your closest Taco Bell between 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and maybe throw out a hashtag.  Surely there is one….  maybe #thanksmookie or #stealabasestealataco or #freedoritoslocostaco or #tacohero

Here’s a link to find a list of Taco Bell locations near you….


Early voting and voter ballot questions

Early voting at Kyrouz Auditorium, City Hall, Gloucester, MA, today to 7:00 PM and Friday, November 2,  8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

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Ballot questions Pro/Con one sheets WGBH


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Delightful couples, one from Peabody (he was originally from Gloucester), the other couple are from Michigan.

While I was taking the photo, the Lobster Police were in the process of releasing a caught oversized lobster.  (see photo below) 


See section “§697.20   Size, harvesting and landing requirements.” in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations site.

Nichole’s Picks 11/3 + 11/4

Pick #1:  Cape Ann Museum Little House Exhibit

The Little House: Her Story

NOV. 3, 2018 — MARCH 31, 2019


2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of the children’s book The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968). In recognition of that milestone, for the past two years the Cape Ann Museum has been pleased to collaborate with Gallery A4 at the Takenaka Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, creating an exhibition exploring Burton’s extraordinary career and legacy. The Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, the University of Minnesota, the Burton-Demetrios family and the Tokyo Children’s Library also contributed to the project. The exhibition that resulted from this partnership featured archival material and a model of the little house at the center of Burton’s story. After being on display at Gallery A4 the exhibition traveled to a handful of other venues around Japan including Spiral, a multi-purpose cultural center in Minami-Aoyama. The exhibition was greeted enthusiastically by large crowds at each site. Now, a year later, the model of Virginia Lee Burton’s Little House that was at the center of the exhibition is on its way to America where it will soon be on display at the Cape Ann Museum.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased and honored to have been given this rare opportunity to engage in cross cultural dialogue on salient topics such as these and thanks its partners—and dear friends—in Japan for their generosity and kindness.


Pick #2:  The Trustees present Notch Traveling Biergarten at Castle Hill

Saturday, November 3rd 12-4, Free


The Trustees and Notch Brewing are partnering to bring a series of family-friendly, outdoor ‘biergarten’ experiences to some of our parks, farms, and cultural sites this year.

Each biergarten will present family-friendly activities, food, refreshments, and entertainment, and will highlight each location’s unique character, history, and natural wonders. The weekends will feature locally crafted session (low alcohol) beer by Notch, which grows its barley and malt locally in Hadley, MA. The gardens are modeled after European-style, outdoor beer gardens growing in popularity both nationally and internationally as more and more people look for ways to enjoy leisure time together with family and friends.

The Notch Traveling Biergarten will be on site during Castle Hill’s annual Art Show.

10 am – 4 pm  Crane Estate Art Show & Sale in the Great House, Casino and Grand Allée.

10 am – 4 pm  Castle Hill Gift Shop and Cafe Open. The Cafe will sell sandwiches, salads, snacks, desserts, coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages.

12 pm – 4 pm Bambolina of Salem will serve bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut, and pretzels in the Biergarten.

12 pm – 4 pm Lawn games and children’s eye spy in the Biergarten

1 pm  Pedro Alonzo will give a curator talk at TunnelTeller, Alicja Kwade’s Art and the Landscpe installation at the former site of the Crane’s hedge maze.

2 pm  Student art reception in the Casino


Pick #3:  Boston Christmas Festival and Gingerbread Competition

November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th



Visit all 350+ pop up boutiques by American Artisans 

Enjoy sampling the delicious products found in the Farmer’s Market Aisle. One entire aisle was not big enough and this year there are even more exhibitors to tantalize your taste buds.

Be amazed at the sensational Gingerbread Houses created by Boston’s top pastry chefs vying for Best in Show honors.

Meet the Artisans and commission a piece OR buy from their new 2018  line.

The Annual Boston Christmas Festival will feature the work of more than 350 American master craftsmen, and will highlight the annual Gingerbread House Competition to benefit Housing Families, Inc. – a non-profit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness.

Shop from 300 of America’s Finest Craft Artists at the Annual Christmas Festival, a festive holiday tradition, heralds in the season at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center with the largest fine art and craft show in New England.

A unique aspect of the event is the rare opportunity it offers festival-goers to meet the artisans, discuss their work and commission custom pieces destined to become tomorrow’s heirlooms.

A popular Festival highlight will be the Gingerbread House Competition, where Top Chefs create gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a celebrity panel.

Don’t forget to Print your Discount Coupon!.


As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

I saw a total of 8 Trick or Treaters. Is Halloween officially dead?

Got out of work at 6:45PM and had it in my head to make sure I drive extra slow on the way home because it was Halloween night and I figured that would be prime time for kids to be out and about.


I saw three kids in one pack on Haskell and not another group all the way to my sister Felicia’s house where we had dinner.  While at Felicia’s only one group came by, a group of four one of which was Erin McKay’s daughter and then Buzzy Boo came home dressed up like a skeleton.

Uhmmmmmm, does anyone else remember what it was like when we were middle schoolers in the early eighties?

It was egg fights on the Golf Course and you’d get cans or shaving cream and put needles in the nozzle and then melt it down so the shaving cream would squirt out 7-8 feet or so.  Toilet paper in the trees?  We’d come home COVERED in shaving cream and eggs.


Those were good times.

The streets were packed with kids.  I’m not sure how it is around the rest of the city but  our neighborhood in East Gloucester was a dead zone.  Get to CVS today because I’m sure there’s a buttload of candy left over that they’ll be selling for next to nothing.



Rabbi’s Note to TAA Community after Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

Cape Ann Community

בָּרוּךְ דַּיַּן הָאֱמֶת

Blessed is the True Judge

עֵץ-חַיִּים הִיא לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ, וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר

It is a tree of life to those who grasp onto it, and whoever holds on to it is happy.

(Proverbs 3:18)

First an invitation, and then some reflection.


This Friday night (a musical Kabbalat Shabbat with the Alle Brider Band) is the first time we will join together as a community after the horrific murders at Congregation Tree of Life in Pittsburg last Shabbat.  Our service, which will follow the regular form of our Friday evening service, will be an opportunity for prayer, song and healing in response to this horrific event.

We are also reaching out to the wider Gloucester community to join us in solidarity.  Since Shabbat, I have received many expressions of concern and support.  I expect I am not the only one. Today, leaving the synagogue, I saw a car…

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