The Virgilios began making St. Joseph rolls in the early 1950s, for the Feast of Saint Joseph, and today, they make them year round. Back then, there were so many families that celebrated Saint Joseph traditions that even as young kids, Joe and all his cousins had to hurry to the bakery after school to help their grandfather fill the St. Joseph roll orders. Now the bread is made with state of the art equipment but in his grandfather’s day it was all made by hand. Joe smiled thinking about how his grandfather would love today’s mixing and baking machines. I went home with a camera-full of stories and bag full of Joe’s bread, both generous, and much-appreciated gifts.

Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls are super yummy plain, with a touch of butter, or olive oil, and are even more super delicious made into one of their world-famous sandwiches!

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken Murder Mystery


On Saturday, March 23rd, Glousester’s very own Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be hosting a one-evening-only, roaring 20’s themed murder mystery benefit you won’t want to miss!

Come donned in your 1920s best, ready for an evening of intrigue and amusement. As you enter Cape Ann Brewing Company, you will be transported back to the jazz-age where socialites, artists, flappers, and musicians mingle at the swankiest event of the year. You will receive your role in the play and join in the festivities. The party is full of laughter and flirtatious fun… until someone is murdered. Don’t trust anyone – you must figure out who the murderer is before you’re next.

But don’t let a little blood spoil your evening! As you solve the murder, take a moment to savor the four small plates crafted by celebrity chef Wheeler del Torro, paired with four delicious Cape Ann craft brews you know and love.

Tickets are a steal at $75, a portion of which will be donated to our local branch of Crush Cancer and Alzheimer’s. The tickets include includes 4 beers paired with each food tasting, a role in the murder mystery game, and a chance to win the grand prize. There’s a limited number of tickets available, so book your spot today!

PLEASE NOTE: In order for chef to provide the most exciting and fulfilling experience possible to his guests, it is important that everyone in attendance has no food allergy or restriction. If you have a food limitation, please refrain from purchasing a ticket to this event.

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Join Chef Wheeler for Murder Mystery on the Orient Express!

Allie Rose Nicastro -Artist!


This is my daughter Allie Rose Nicastro, she has been painting on her own for years… she is only 14 years old and is an excellent artist.

She was recently awarded an art scholarship from Bishop Fenwick and sells some paintings, saving her money for Fenwick next school year.

She is the sweetest little girl and I’m honored she is my daughter. I thought maybe you could use this on your page for the Art Spotlight section.

The Portrait of my father (Jerry ) and the painting of his former lobster boat “Rosa Lee” were given to my father this past October when he retired after over 50 plus years in the lobster/fishing industry at 72 yrs old.

Thank you
Jeremiah Nicastro

Allie’s email address is

If anyone is interested in having her do some art work for them



In Absentia, an exhibit of photographs by Dale Goffigon will be on display at GLADSTONE jewelry and art gallery at 36 ½ Union Street in Manchester from March 9 – June 8.
The images are dreamy architectural portraits of old world elegance. Goffigon’s art is about perception. These are powerful glimpses of light, color, texture, and form, frequently of forgotten spaces. She layers her fascinating travel experiences on her background in textiles and weaving, sharing views that range from decay to opulence All is bound together by the artist’s sensitive ability to frame and capture haunting beauty. 
Goffigon’s work has been published in The Redstone Book of the Eye and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. She studied at Parsons School of Design, the International Center of Photography and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. 
The opening reception with the artist will be on Saturday, March 9 from 4-6pm. All are welcome. 

For more details, see GLADSTONE’s website, or call the gallery at 978.704.9410.

Elaine Souza

G L A D S T O N E 
36 ½ Union Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA  01944

Print on baryta


Paris Day 4

A late start after a long night watching the soccer match.

Plan was to check out the catacombs. It was a 45 minute walk and after putting in 26 miles on our feet the past three days my feet were starting to bother me a bit but you see so much more of the city by foot.

We skipped coffee and food and got to the Catacombs around 1PM (desperately needing coffee and food). We settled on a place called Indiana which was a Place I’d seen in other parts of the city and served classic American fare.  It was n’t terrible but out of all the memorable meals we’ve had since we’ve been hear this was very forgettable.

Right after we purchased skip the line tickets tor the catacombs and entered at 2PM. The remains of millions of dead Parisians from the 1700 and 1800s were stacked intracately under the streets of Paris where there was formerly quarried out limestone beds. It was incredible.  Lots of people including Jen Goulart, Ken Hecht and Jim Ellis told us to go and we’re glad we did.

Took the Metro back to preserve the feet, stopped at a near The Louvre called Cafe Benjamin for a coffee and Irish coffee for Kate.  Next shopping at a store called C&A where we got Kate a furry coat.

Next made 7PM reservations for dinner near the Arc De Triumph at Brasserie Baroche.  Plan was to get tickets to go on top of the Arc at sunset to look at the views of Paris from up there.  Beautiful views, $12 Euros for the ticket to get up and looked up to the left you see Sacre-Couer straight ahead, Champs-Elysees and to the right the Eiffel tower. It was beautiful seeing all this at the golden hour.

From the Arc dinner was at Baroche and was my favorite yet!  The bread! Served warm it was soooo delicious. No need at all for butter it was scrumptious. I opted for all tapas- mushrooms stuffed with escargot in a butter garlic sauce, grilled octopus and breen ceviche in citrus and pomegranate. Kate got a chicken sandwich and French onion soup.  Delicious, great service, I’d go back and recommend it to anyone!

After dinner a quick stop into Longchamps on Champs-Elysees for a new bag.

From there, the Metro home as we wanted to get back to even after our late night on Day 3.  We stopped for some cheese, a bottle of wine and Prosecco at the corner store (the same one we circumvented twice in the pouring rain the night before) then headed to the apartment.  Kate wrestled with our newfangled washer dryer while we watched a couple of episodes of the new Netflix series “The Bodyguard”.

We’re devouring this city and loving every minute of it.

8.1 miles walking today bringing the four day total to 34 miles.

Today we have Versailles in our sights.



The Rockport Lodge

Cape Ann Home

Nothing speaks to warm weather like late summer nights on the porch. Sitting with friends and family, watching the last light of the day disappear behind the horizon and the feel of that cool summer breeze. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.  Although we may be in the dead of winter, summer isn’t really that far away. Installing interchangeable panels from Upstate means you can get out there even sooner. Get started on building or remodeling your porch to make the most of this year!

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