Cape Ann Report – Public Art in Gloucester

Maureen Aylward, Host, talks with Mags Harries Sculptor, Public Art Artist; Karen Ristuben, Program Director, ECCF’s Creative County Initiative; and Ken Hecht, Gloucester City Councilor, Ward 2, about public art in Gloucester. They talk about what public art currently exists, such as the city owned WPA murals, and also talk about a city art policy; does Gloucester need one? does Gloucester have one? and if not how does Gloucester create one? They discuss temporary and permanent art installations as well as different styles, such as multimedia, projection, audio and sound, sculpture, and murals.


Robert Walsh, Artistic Director | Christopher Griffith, Interim Managing Director

Gloucester Stage Company


“The readiness is all”


Gloucester Stage Company Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Interim Managing Director Christopher Griffith, are proud to announce the 2019 slate for Gloucester Stage’s 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater on Boston’s Northshore.

“We are tremendously excited by our line-up of plays for this anniversary season! An absolute knockout will be Ben Butler, both funny and smart – I’m thrilled my colleague and friend Joe Discher is able to direct, following his off-Broadway premiere. Butler, a Gloucester resident and Union General, comes to life in this historic comedy – a true portrait for the Boston community. Additionally, we welcome back Paula Plum and Richard Snee, along with numerous artists who have contributed to Gloucester Stage in the past and will continue to define the future.  Through this lineup we are able to honor the late Neil Simon, introduce Karen Zacarias to our audiences, and invest in a unique partnership to impact Boston area schools by bringing Hamlet to life” shared Robert Walsh.


Griffith adds, “This theater has always been changing, through seasons, different buildings, market crashes, new plays, good years and bad years – we kept going. Reflecting on our 40th anniversary, there has been talk that we could never rival what we were, but we can – it’s happening now. There is a reinvigorated need to create at Gloucester Stage, beneath our feet and in our hands. We’re not going to just talk about what we’ve done in the past, but show our audiences what’s in-store for the future. I hope when you walk through our doors this season, you feel that vision coming to life.”


Season Opener: June 7 – June 30

Celebrating Neil Simon

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon

Directed by Shana Gozansky


The romantic comedy Barefoot in the Park, award-winning playwright Neil Simon’s longest-running hit, and the tenth longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history opens Gloucester Stage’s 40thAnniversary season on June 7. The comedy opens as newlyweds Corie & Paul move into a top floor garret off Third Avenue in the east 40’s of Manhattan and follows the young couple as they quickly discover there’s more to marriage than meets the eye. Shana Gozansky makes her GSC debut directing Paula Plum, Richard Snee, McCaela Curran Donovan and Joe Short in this Neil Simon classic. Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park runs June 7 through June 30. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.



Second: July 5 – July 28

Alfred Hitchcock’s

The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow,

Adapted from the John Buchan novel

Directed by Robert Walsh


A fast paced and witty mystery play, The 39 Steps follows Richard Hannay who feeling stricken with a boring life sets out for adventure. He quickly gets swept up in a murder/espionage story and must save the entire UK from peril. GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh directs this imaginative stage adaptation of the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Lewis D.  Wheeler and Amanda Collins, last seen at GSC in the sellout To Kill a Mockingbird, return for this indomitably funny play. Patrick Barlow’s The 39 Steps runs from July 5 through July 28. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.


Third: August 2 – August 25

Boston Area Premiere

Ben Butler by Richard Strand

Directed by Joe Discher (Director of the World Premiere and Off-Broadway Productions)


Richard Strand’s Ben Butler, a smart and funny discourse on race, protocol and our sense of humanity garnered high critical acclaim during its Off Broadway run in 2016. When an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary during the Civil War, Union General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma – follow the letter of the law, or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history? Benjamin Butler, a lawyer and former Governor of Massachusetts who championed the causes of labor and of naturalized citizens, spent his summers in the Bayview neighborhood of Gloucester (present-day Ames Estate). Joe Discher who helmed the show’s world premiere production in 2014 and the Off Broadway production in 2016, makes his GSC debut directingBen Butler. Richard Strand’s Ben Butler, runs from August 2 through August 25. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.


 Fourth: August 30 – September 22



Extra effort is being put into curating the final piece of the 40th Season, and with special opportunities come the need for perfect timing. Gloucester Stage looks forward to announcing the fourth production in the first quarter of 2019.



Fifth: September 27 – October 20

Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias


Karen Zacarias’ comedy follows the high-powered lawyer Pablo, and his very pregnant wife doctoral candidate Tania, who have just purchased a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. Soon a disagreement between the neighbors over a longstanding fence line derails their plans of realizing the American Dream. Karen Zacarias’ Native Gardens runs from September 27 through October 20. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.


Sixth: October 25 – November 17

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Directed by Christopher V. Edwards, Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project 


Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge comes to Gloucester Stage after two successful seasons of full-house student matinees. Responding to a need from Boston area schools to immerse students in classic literature, this performance has an adjusted schedule to impact over 2,000 middle and high school students. Hamlet’s story begins when he meets his father’s ghost, revealing that his brother, Claudius, has murdered him and taken Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, for his queen. Hamlet then begins his journey of revenge while struggling with self-doubt and facing challenges from all sides. Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project Christopher V. Edwards makes his GSC directing debut with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet running October 25 through November 17 at Gloucester Stage. Public performances are limited to weekends with student matinees weekdays. Specific show dates and times available online.



Wednesdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm;

Saturdays – Sundays: 2:00 pm



Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Single Ticket prices are $15 to $48 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Senior Citizens, Military Families, and College Students and those under 18 years of age. For detailed ticket information visit


SUBSCRIPTIONS: Season Packages start at $185 for 6 tickets to use for any show and include early access to seating, no online fees, and free ticket exchanges. This year also offers subscribers the ability to reserve their seats for the entire season with a Reserved Subscription. Interested patrons can save an additional 10% as an Early Bird Subscription by ordering before December 31st. Packages can be purchased or renewed by calling the Box Office at 978.281.4433 or by


PAY WHAT YOU WISH: Gloucester Stage is committed to inclusion and diversity, including socio-economic status. Pay What You Wish performances are the first Saturday Matinee (2pm) of each production, allowing access to the arts for all. No one is turned away for lack of funds and donations can be made before or after the show.


CAPE ANN NIGHTS: Enriching our local community is key to our mission impact. Residents of Cape Ann can purchase $25 tickets at Preview Performances and every Wednesday of each production. Limit of 2 (two) per household. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office 978.281.4433, with a valid address.


ABOUT THE COMPANY: Gloucester Stage is a professional non-profit theater providing a unique, intimate experience as audiences are never more than five rows from the stage. Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the waterfront of Cape Ann, the organization is led by Artistic Director, Robert Walsh and Interim Managing Director Christopher Griffith. Entering the company’s 40th Season in 2019, GSC benefits from a loyal audience searching for intellectually stimulating and socially relevant stories.

For further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or

2019 Season Photos:


Paula Plum, Actor Barefoot in the Park
Richard Snee, Actor Barefoot in the Park
Robert Walsh, Artistic Director Gloucester Stage  & Director  of The 39 Steps
Lewis D. Wheeler, Actor The 39 Steps
Amanda Collins, Actor, The 39 Steps


While searching for something on Youtube, I stumbled across this footage. Now, I know we post a lot of old fishing footage clips that are found, so I hope this isn’t a repeat video. Some of these clips I’ve seen in other videos, but not all of it. Either way, I hope you enjoy! #gloucetserma

Cape Ann Museum launches travel exhibit: Once Upon a Contest – Selections from Cape Ann Reads children’s picture books!

Discover a world of new, original picture books through art! Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum’s news for the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition  opening next week:

Cape Ann Museum Meredith Anderson designed header for Once Upon a Contest

Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads

A special exhibition celebrating local children’s book authors and illustrators

 GLOUCESTER, Mass. (December 14, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads, a ground breaking show on view until February 24, 2019, stemming from the country’s first children’s picture book contest hosted by four public libraries. The exhibition brings special attention to award-winning local artists and writers and the art of children’s picture books. There will be an opening celebration on Saturday, January 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann Residents or with Museum admission.  For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

Once Upon a Contest was drawn from manuscripts recognized for distinction during the Cape Ann Reads 2017 original picture book competition.  The special group show was organized and circulated by curator, Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.  Visitors will find picture books created by traditional author-illustrators (individuals who create both text and illustrations), friends and family pairings, repeat partnerships, volunteer match ups, self-taught and master artists, storytellers, published authors, and educators. 

The exhibit features work by:  Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, and Claire Wyzenbeek.

For a few, inclusion in this show will mark their debut display at a museum. The works on view range from preliminary mock ups and unfinished pages to final published illustrations for original books. They cover diverse themes and points of view and provide glimpses into stories and methodologies. The exhibition will include a reading nook for visitors of all ages.

Cape Ann Reads came about in 2015 when the four public libraries on Cape Ann –Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Manchester by the Sea Public Library; TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex; and Rockport Public Library– began to work together to encourage and highlight community creativity, regional collaboration, and family literacy through a focus on children’s picture books. “A passion for writing literature and the arts is one thing that ties all four communities together making Cape Ann Reads a meaningful collaboration between our four libraries and the Cape Ann Museum,” explained Cindy Grove, Director, Rockport Public Library.

During the first year of implementation, the collaborating public libraries and Cape Ann Museum offered innovative monthly programming and free picture book themed workshops for families and adults as a vehicle for family literacy, a work of art and literature, and a form of engagement and recreation. The vibrant endeavor culminated in a public art call, Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads. “What an opportunity for a talented individual or individuals to produce a lasting piece of literature with such special meaning,” exclaimed Deborah French, Director, T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, Essex.

Scores of Cape Ann creatives responded to this open call for a chance to win a first edition printing. In fact, so much interest occurred that a writer’s group led by Gloucester Writers Center was established, and volunteer artists and writers stepped up to help people without a partner. Two jury panels selected Gulliver, Honor and Medal books in the spring of 2017.

The jury panel included librarians, acclaimed children’s book author-illustrators and a rare books dealer: Carol Bender, Pat Lowery Collins, Ann Cowman, Kate Strong Stadt, Giles Laroche, Bob Ritchie, Justine Vitale, Anna Vojtech, and April Wanner. Five children served on the kids panel. A reception and book fair was held in Gloucester’s City Hall in January 2018 thanks to Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken. Original sculpture trophies of the bespectacled Cape Ann Reads mascot, “Gulliver”, by fine artist Jason Burroughs, were presented to the Honor and Medal book recipients. Cape Ann Reads continues to foster connections among the children’s picture book network, and generate business. Six books have been self-published, reviewed, and sold in local stores. Reflecting on this boon, Sara Collins, Director of the Manchester by the Sea Public Library said “Cape Ann Reads has been an innovative incubator for authors and illustrators, with the offspring as marvelous and varied as you can imagine in this creative community.”

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to launch this important Cape Ann Reads exhibition just as it was to kick off the first Cape Ann Reads program with the Eric Carle Museum back in January 2016, ” said Ronda Faloon, Director Cape Ann Museum. The Museum scheduled the exhibition to coincide with the major Virginia Lee Burton retrospective, The Little House: Her Story, and the month of January when the Museum is free to area residents. The legacy of Burton is an inspiration for many Cape Ann Reads participants.

Once Upon a Contest opens in December 2018 and continues until February 24, 2019. Following its launch at the Cape Ann Museum, the exhibition will tour the four communities of Cape Ann throughout 2019 as follows: Manchester in April, Essex in May-June, Gloucester in August-September, and Rockport in October-November.



Cape Ann Reads group exhibition.jpg

In addition to the opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Cape Ann Museum will offer weekly story time with Museum staff and guest readers on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. through March 31, 2019. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. children and their families are invited to enjoy the special exhibition and participate in hands on art making and writing activities. This program is free and open to the public.  

During February school vacation week, the Museum will host children’s book creation workshops for school age students from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, featuring Leslie Galacar, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Claire Wyzenbeek, and Alexia Parker. These workshops are $15 for CAM Members or $25 nonmembers. To register contact Sarah Flanagan at 978-283-0455 x16 or email


Cape Ann Museum Once Upon a Contest montage.jpg Image credits: A Community Effort

  • The four Library Directors of Cape Ann announcing “Gulliver,” the public’s name choice for the Cape Ann Reads mascot (left to right: Deb French, TOHP Burnham; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Deborah Kelsey, Gloucester; Sara Collins, Manchester), July 2016.
  • Cape Ann Reads kids jury selection panel (left to right: Josie, Alycia, Eli, Lucas, John). Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum, March 2017.
  • Bonnie L. Sylvester, illustrator (left) and Jean Woodbury, author (right) of The Tree in Dock Square, the first Cape Ann Reads Medal book, June 2017.
  • Claire Wyzenbeek (author and illustrator Henrietta’s Moon Egg) at her booth for Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book reception and book fair, January 27, 2018, City Hall Gloucester MA. ©Linda Bosselman.

The lovely, clever header and flyer were designed by Meredith Anderson at Cape Museum. A printable version is available below the break – please print, post and share!

And here is a link to a printable Once Upon a Contest press release

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Every year we are on the epic adventure of finding great light displays.  My boys spend so much time at the hockey rink in Gloucester and we’re lucky to be able to drive down Reynard Street this time of year to admire their wonderful holiday spirit.

Please send along information about other neighborhoods….near or far, that you know of!  We’re looking to take a nice ride on Saturday night!

SAVE THE DATE! First Ever GMG Holiday BBQ Party December 29th At Cape Ann Giclee!

You heard me right! We’re switching it up this year!  BBQ Featuring grub from @craigkimberley and me!  So here we are, kicking you in the privates to get your attention.



Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party January 29th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 29th, 2017 – 6 to 11pm (ish)
Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930


Every Time I Look at Them, It Makes Me Appreciate Home All the More

I found this 75 year old Gloucester Daily Times article intriguing as it describes local fishing boats as pin up material for overseas soldiers. As described by Sgt. Robert C. Strescino, pictures of local boats are his “pin up girls. Every time I look at them it makes me appreciate home all the more.” It was published in the Dec 30 1943 edition of the Gloucester Daily Times.


Boats as Pin ups GDT Dec 30 1943

In one of those hard-to-believe coincidences, I happened to be at Joppa Flats today chatting with the volunteer at the Mass Audubon desk. She mention her family were Havners of Gloucester and worked at Gorton Pew! I wonder if Edward mentioned here is her ancestor!  Anyhow, here are some boats that  might have deserved pin up status back in the day: Kathryn Leigh; Lisa Ann III; Lucy and Angel Fisher




No Place Warmer: Sunday’s Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge with Harry Wagg


Join the fun Sunday at Feather & Wedge for another great Jazz Brunch. This week Harry Wagg returns for a special performance with traditional, modern and original compositions. If you haven’t heard Harry yet, now yours chance. Reservations highly suggested. 978.999. 5917

Sunday, December 16, 10:30 – 2:30 PM

Harry Wagg Jazz Brunch Feather & Wedge Rockport MA

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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CAFM Holiday Market THIS SATURDAY 12/15

Cape Ann Community


Join us at our last market of 2018!

Saturday December 15 10am-1pm at the UU Church!

Visit your favorite vendors, stock up on delicious ingredients for holiday fare, get a beautiful locally made gift for someone on your list, and enter our wildly popular holiday raffle! 

Check out our Facebook event for more information or to RSVP!

Our 2018 Holiday Market Vendors!

Alprilla Farm

Arrowhead Farmyarn


Cake Ann

Camilla MacFadyen, Liz Grammas, & Amanda Cook

Chrissy’s Crumble

Down to Earth

Farmer Dave’s
Halvah Heaven

Happy Belly
Herb Farmacy

High Road Farm

Kim Gregory Pure Pastry

Markouk Bread

Pigeon Cove Ferments
Salt Marsh Farm

Sasquatch Smokehouse

Seaview Farm


Zen Bear Foods

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation to CAFM or better yet become a member!

Our goal is to sell 10 more memberships before the end of 2018. Memberships come with great discounts to local restaurants and…

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The Musicians of the Old Post Road ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents The Musicians of the Old Post Road concert ‘Christmas with the Bach Family’ on Friday, December 14, 7:30pm

The Musicians of the Old Post Road, a renowned New England chamber music ensemble consisting of violin, viola, cello, flute and harpsichord, will perform seasonal works of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers of the Bach family with distinguished vocal soloists in the historic (1806) Gloucester Meetinghouse at the corner of Middle and Church Street.  The ensemble is joined in this concert by soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

For their 3rd season in the Meetinghouse they will present a banquet of Bach works for the holidays including Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann…

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