New GMG Sticka Unboxing With Chuck Shewbridge At Gloucester Graphics

Last week Cape Ann Museum loaded 5,000+ issues of newspaper published on Cape Ann between 1827-1900 into a truck. The Gloucester Telegraph, Cape Ann Advertiser,


Last week we loaded 5,000+ issues of newspaper published on Cape Ann btwn 1827-1900 into a truck. The Gloucester Telegraph, Cape Ann Advertiser, and many more will be microfilmed, digitized, and then returned. Soon, they will be available online with open access for us all to search and explore…just in time for the 400th!



Emma, Ben, and Lily – note that the snow is nearly as high as is the Duckworth’s sign – Snowmageddon 2015

On Sunday’s podcast we asked our guest, Chris Spittle, the Cape Ann weatherman to predict whether 2018-2019 would be a snowy winter, or not. Judging by the snowstorms of the past that have brought the greatest amounts of snowfall, it is likely that we may very well have a snowy winter and here’s why Chris suggests yes.

Historically, the greatest amounts of snowfall occur when North America’s trade winds are transitioning (Neutral state) from La Niña to El Niño. During the transition, and at the beginning (weakest) state of the transition to El Niño we are most likely to experience the greatest amounts of snowfall. Currently, La Niña (east to west trade winds) is oscillating to El Niño (west to east).

Chris shared the graphic below classifying the ten worst snowstorms of the past two centuries.


On the plus side, El Niño summers are generally warmer 🙂

NOAA website: What are El Niño and La Niña?

El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of a natural climate pattern across the tropical Pacific Ocean that swings back and forth every 3-7 years on average. Together, they are called ENSO (pronounced “en-so”), which is short for El Niño-Southern Oscillation.

The ENSO pattern in the tropical Pacific can be in one of three states: El Niño, Neutral, or La Niña. El Niño (the warm phase) and La Niña (the cool phase) lead to significant differences from the average ocean temperatures, winds, surface pressure, and rainfall across parts of the tropical Pacific. Neutral indicates that conditions are near their long-term average.


Our front dooryard, in 2015, between blizzards.

Pirate’s Lane East Gloucester 2015

Plum Street 2015

We even had visit from a Snow Goose during the winter of 2015! He mixed with a flock of Canada Geese, staying for about a week, foraging on sea grass at Good Harbor Beach. 

Eastern Point Lighthouse Snowy Day

Nia with Linda Holiday Schedule

Cape Ann Wellness

nia aya 70s shoutout grapgicTomorrow’s Nia class at MAGMA on Thursday December 13 at 10:15 am will be your last chance for your 70’s fix.  Next week, holiday music!  Not just ordinary holiday music, but some unusual pieces including a Klezmer version of Joy to the World or Oy to the World, and the Christmas Can Can.

Schedule changes for the next few weeks:

  • Classes at Rose Baker Center:  Dec 17 at 1 PM
  • Rose Baker Center is closed on Xmas and New Year’s Eve so no classes.
  • Classes at MAGMA:  Dec 13 and 20 at 10:15 AM
  • MAGMA is closed the week between Xmas and New Year’s Day so no classes
  • MAGMA Classes resume on Jan 4 at 10:15 AM
  • Rose Baker Center Classes resume on Jan 7 at 1 PM

MAGMA Building Access:

You may find MAGMA by either entering the building on the Pleasant St. side or via the Main St. entrance.  The…

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Quentin Callewaert This week Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7pm 12.12.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, December 12 – 7pm



Kid Dynamite returns! The fantastic Quentin Callewaert lights
up the Rhumb Line stage this week with his fiery youthful
spirit, unlimited energy and oh-so snappy fingerpickin’! No one
ever wants to miss one of his nights with us. We hit at 7! ~ 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!
Next week…
12/19 – Amero Family Christmas

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Swans on Ice

We came across two swans trying to make their way across ice recently at Parker River Refuge. They tread oh-so-carefully across the ice, testing their weight and slipping across the expanse until they eventually plopped through a thinner layer.


Maybe it will work better if I sit on the ice.


They seem to be discussing the issue as they form that irresistible heart shape together.


One down!


See what you’ve gotten us into?


Peace restored.


CBD + Yoga Workshop: Sunday 12/16 12:00-2:00

Cape Ann Wellness

Have you heard of the many benefits of the using the non-psychoactive components of cannabis? Scientists have discovered there is one key component of the Cannabis Hemp plant that accounts for most of the plant’s natural health benefits. That component is Cannabidiol (CBD).
Did you know right here in Cape Ann there is a shop that specializes in the sale of CBD products, with knowledgable  staff to help you pinpoint which products might be best for you? They even have an RN on staff that provides consultations for healing with CBD.
Carla from Cape Ann Botanicals in Ipswich will be joining us at Treetop Yoga to talk us through the benefits of incorporating CBD into our lives and yoga practices, and will have a number of samples yogis can choose to apply, ingest, or inhale before class begins.
We will tune into our breath as the samples settle, and class…

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