I made this mistake one time and it will be the last time…


Spring Peeper out and about before hibernating for the winter.

Relishing the last of these golden days, we took advantage of Sunday’s delightfully beautiful weather with a hike around Eastern Point. Several female Yellow-rumped Warblers were spotted feeding on seed heads, a lone turtle was basking on a sun-warmed rock, the Harbor Seals were lolling about, and a tiny Spring Peeper was spied in the fallen leaves.

You can see why these sweet birds are called Yellow-rumped Warblers. Note the little flash of yellow on the rump of the warbler flying in the background.

Eastern Painted Turtle

Who me?

Harbor Seals warming in the sun.

kiosk for Essex Coastal Scenic Byway coming to Stage Fort Park

Essex National Heritage has helped Gloucester produce 2D informational signage at the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center; one large arts focused placard has served multi use as a screen.  These new kiosks are the first ‘in the round’ wayfinding markers for Essex National Heritage area and a natural progression for the Scenic Byway. The highway wayfinding signs for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway have been in place and successful and took years to coordinate. David Rhinelander and others helped facilitate that endeavor in Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Save the date- Ribbon cutting December 19th

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Essex Heritage is pleased to announce the installation of 9 informational kiosks in communities along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway at the end of November-early December. The Byway is a state-designated route linking 14 coastal cities and towns from Lynn to Salisbury. These kiosks are a part of a wayfinding signage project that has been ongoing for over a decade with the goal of supporting a tourism-based economic initiative by showcasing the region’s historic, cultural, and natural places.

The 90-mile Essex Coastal Scenic Byway guides visitors and residents through one of the country’s most picturesque and historically significant regions – Boston’s legendary North Shore. The route features mile after mile of breathtaking vistas, historic homes, access to world-class art and culture destinations, distinctive local businesses and visitor centers. To celebrate the installation of the kiosk in Gloucester, please take note of the event details below.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00am

Location: Gloucester Visitor Center, 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester

Nia, tomorrow, Nov. 8,  10:15 am at MAGMA New routine-AYA

Cape Ann Wellness

What is Nia?  Safe, thoughtful, cardiovascular fitness to great music!  No-impact movement, adaptable to all levels of fitness and ability. Nia is a fun, no-impact cardiovascular, fitness program that draws from
three areas of movement:

  • Martial Arts:Tai Chi, Taekwando & Aikido,
  • Dance Arts:Jazz, Modern & Interpretive Dance
  • Healing Arts:Yoga, Alexander Technique &
    Feldenkrais Method

Nia can be practiced by people of all ages and ability levels.  Nia can be done in bare feet and comfortable workout or yoga clothing.

For more info visit niawithlinda.com

New routine this week.  Classic Nia by co founder Carlos Rosas.  Great music, moves and a good workout without impact on the tootsies. Time to care for the body and mind after all the political shenanigans. Here’s a link to samples of the music (click here).

Building Access Update:  Filming in the building is complete so you can either enter on the Pleasant…

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The Art of Geoffrey Bayliss opens at Jane Deering Gallery

from Jane Deering Gallery-

GBayliss . Blue Harvest VE1 2017 . Reductive linoleum print . Plate 18x24 inches . Paper 22x30 inches.jpg

Jane Deering Gallery is pleased to present The Art of Geoffrey Bayliss, November 10-December 10 with an Open Reception Saturday November 17th from 1:00-4:00pm at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. The artist’s latest work — two suites of unique linocut prints — will be on view in the exhibition titled Harvest.  Blue Harvest, a series of 13 prints in beautiful color, and the companion series, Red Harvest, achieve a range of complexity emblematic of the reductive technique. Accompanying the new prints is a flock of highly inventive papier-mâché birds, fresh from the studio and ready for new destinations. These delightful objects are the result of explorations in papier-mâché by Bayliss and artist/printmaker Coco Berkman with whom Bayliss continues to study. The artist has generously offered to donate his proceeds from the sale of these works-in-progress to The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry.

Bayliss, a native of Gloucester, holds a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He has studied with artist Celia Eldridge, sculptor John Bozarth, printmaker Coco Berkman, and artist Charlotte Roberts.  His work is held in numerous private collections in the US.  This is the artist’s 3rd solo show with Jane Deering Gallery. The gallery will be open Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm, November 10 – December 10, and by chance or appointment at 917-902-4359, info@janedeeringgallery.com, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA. 01930.

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portrait of the artist Geoffrey Bayliss (photo credit: Celia Eldridge)


The Bluest #BlueLobster I Ever Saw Came In And Went Out Today At The Dock In #GloucesterMA

I’ve been at the dock for 42 years.  a long time.  I’ve seen probably 6 blue lobsters in my time here but none as blue as the one brought in today and released.


Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb LIne ~ This weeks special guest: Toni Ann Enes 7-10pm 11.7.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 7 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: TONI ANN!

Way too much time has gone by since Gloucester’s beloved
child, Toni Ann Enes has taken the Wednesday stage. My
sincere apologies for that! Toni Ann has a core group of
devoted fans here – and for good reason. Her music is gentle,
true and straight from the heart. We’ll have a lovely evening
at the Rhumb this week! ~ 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

11/21 – Thanksgiving Eve (there will be a band on this night)

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Holiday Trolley Ride with the Good Witch of Salem

Sometimes when I do my “Nichole’s Picks” post on Thursdays…just prior to the beginning of a new weekend, events are already booked up.

So, with that in mind, I am throwing this event out now.  It doesn’t take place until December 9th, but no doubt it will fill up.

Reserve your tickets now.  Sounds like a super fun day for young children!


Sun, December 9, 2018

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EST


Join the Good Witch of Salem on a quest to find the Gingerbread Man aboard the Holiday Trolley! The race through Downtown Salem will begin at Jodi Bee Bakes with a story time all about the Gingerbread Man and how he came to life one day. All will get to view the baking equipment and tools used to create the Gingerbread Man prior to boarding the Holiday Trolley. Be on the lookout for the Gingerbread Man throughout the entire event. Together we will take off to find that cookie! You’ll never know where he will pop up!

Filled with songs, instruments, dancing, and special surprises along the way, this trip is sure to be a memorable one. In addition, the trolley will make a stop to spread some magic reindeer feed for Santa’s most beloved animals, his reindeer! The trip will conclude once the Gingerbread Man has been caught and then end with a special treat.

Ticket Details:

This is a ticketed event. Non-ticket holders will not be allowed entry to the event space. Everyone boarding the trolley must have a ticket. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Children 2 and under are admitted at no cost if sitting on the lap of an adult. Please note that tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Event begins at 3:00PM and ends at 4:30PM. Trolley will be departing promptly at 3:30PM.




Sunday at the Stadium

Things were hopping at Newell Stadium on Sunday when we stopped by to watch Fishermen Youth Football D team face Lynnfield. I think the future of Gloucester football is looking bright.

The new stands were full and the concession stand was open and ready:


The cheerleaders were enthusiastic and led by coach Stacy. The players provided some great football action for the fans.

Thank you to the coaches and volunteers for making this happen for the players and cheerleaders.


Get Down To Maritime Gloucester This Morning At 9AM To Watch Them Haul Out A 107 Year OId Historic Schooner On Their 169 Year Old Railway!

Address23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

Click here from some old photos of the Maritime Gloucester