Michael O’Leary & friends at Jalapenos some Sundays

Around the table

Though Dog Bar and Landing are closed, you can find Michael O’Leary and friends on alternate Sundays at Jalapenos (only in America!) brought together by their love of traditional music beautifully played, sung and felt. They were at the Farm on St Patrick’s Day, and Lannon music sails.

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Michael O'Leary and musicians Sundays Jalapenos Gloucester Ma_20190324_ ©catherine ryan (2)

Maternal Garments

Some photos from the show Writing Mothers Workshop hosted at the Lanesville Community Center this past Saturday.
Maternal Garments:  What Mothers Wear was a mixed media exhibition that addressed the many layers of “clothing” mothers wear and the meaning and cultural context entwined within those garments.  This exhibition was a collaboration between words and fabric.

From Iain Kerr

Dear Friends,

What an adventure the Blue Plant Live shoot has been – it’s been an absolutely amazing experience for the SnotBot team and it’s Snot over yet (😉)! EarBot is live this Sunday (show #4) at 20:00 GMT on BBC 1 BBC Blue Planet Live. If you missed the SnotBot show (# 2) I will let you know how and when you can see a non-live version, it is coming to BBC America and other media outlets.

BBC did have some transmission issues during our live shoot, but I take my hat off to the whole team. I have been told that this was the biggest live production that the BBC have ever done. To give you an on location perspective of this undertaking, there are 33 people in the BBC Baja team, 3 people in the helicopter team, 3 local small boats and drivers and of course the 3 person SnotBot team (missing Miller). Grand total 42 people!!! Clearly shooting a live show is far more complicated than a regular documentary. I think that the BBC “The Equator from the Air” (still to be released) production team who joined us in Gabon West Africa had a total of 6 people.

The 42 people were broken down into 7 different crews;

  1. The shore crew who managed the satellite uplink (we could not get more than twenty kilometers from this location, which turned out to be a limiting factor).
  2. The uplink crew on the boat, responsible for transmitting the live signal to the shore crew.
  3. The film and sound crew on the boat.
  4. The SnotBot team – who knows what they do?
  5. The helicopter crew.
  6. The ShotOver boat crew (I talked about the amazing ShotOver camera in an earlier blog) – they took shots of us on the boat from the water & amazing wildlife shots.
  7. Supporting panga’s run by local fishermen who ran people out to the bigger boat, tracked whales etc.

Typically I lead with expedition logistics, so it is hard for me to express how much of a pleasure it was to watch others doing this job and doing it so well. However you cut it, managing 42 people in the field is a logistical nightmare and the fact that they kept pulling off the impossible was amazing.

My wife can tell you I am not a morning person, well I guess my future is not in live TV.  For two days in a row we had to be at breakfast at 5:00 am and on the live day 4:30 am. We did get to see some more spectacular sunrises at sea though and the shore scenery was always spectacular.

There was rehearsal day before the live segment, not just for our location but for all of the different connections between the two other live teams and the studio in London. I take my hat off to Chris Packham, his ability to remember boat loads of facts and then eloquently reiterate them on demand-live was quite phenomenal.  For those of you who missed the live SnotBot show, the satellite uplinks were not kind to me. Chris Packham introduced me as one of his favorite scientist’s and then we lost the uplink.  Andy had a great segment on the science and data later in the show so we are all good. If you get a chance please watch the show, in the meantime, (spoiler alert) we did find a couple of blue whales on the live day but they were out of the satellite uplink range so no Snot collection live, but they ended the show with a cut to a Snot collection we made during the live rehearsal. I like to think that we did collect blue whale Snot live but it was only watched by the producers in London & the Baja team. In one of those bizarre situations it turns out that the sample we collected during the live rehearsal is the most productive blue whale snot sample we have collected to date.  Andy said that the liquid was so gummy that he had a hard time sucking it up with the micro pipette. I have attached the actual snot collection video short that appeared during the show to this e mail.

The Sea of Cortez is one of my favorite places to work, every day on the water held new and different wildlife encounters. Chris Packham quoted Jacques Cousteau who called the Sea of Cortez “The Aquarium of the Pacific.” I have run sperm, humpback, blue and grey whale expeditions here. When you are out on the water there is always enormous biodiversity, from concentrated bait balls of fish that attracts all sorts of wildlife including diving birds, to Mantas, turtles, dolphins, whales and whale sharks and so on.

I have attached a few photos of the team working and some amazing Sea of Cortez wildlife, apologies that I don’t have the capacity at this time to label them all. Of course we missed our good friend Christian Miller, but Andy and the rest of the team stepped up to the plate with the attached photos. I have included a couple of lunch break photos that I thought were fun.

I am still staggering a bit from a lack of sleep so I hope that you will bear with my usual erroneous writing and grammar. We have just flown south to our next location and we will be out on the water tomorrow and Sunday following and listening to Humpback whales and flying EarBot (LIVE).

I want to end by applauding the BBC Blue Planet Live team again, what an incredible effort. At dinner one night the director said that the goal of this show was to be ambitious and push boundaries, they did than and the some!

The Ocean Alliance Drones for Whale Research Program continues….. One more show to go but well done team Blue Planet live!!

Best Fishes


Iain Kerr




museum news: Trustees adds deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum to its properties


Published reports broaching the merger surfaced in September 2018. Now it’s an official merger under the Trustees.

from Trustees

BREAKING NEWS: The residents of Lincoln have voted to approve The Trustees integration with the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, adding another special place to our properties!

The deCordova–along with its nearly 30 acres of beautiful landscapes and internationally acclaimed collection of more than 3,400 objects–will be a unique cultural site for The Trustees, and furthers our mission to connect people to inspiring places.

The town of Lincoln continues to retain ownership of its lands (most of the property) after this integration.

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The application process for the 2019 Grants is currently under way, with applications due May 1st. All made possible by the proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plate. This year we will award $15,000

In the last two years we have awarded $24,000 to local nonprofits and education initiatives. Action, Inc was delighted to receive one of the first in 2017 to support their Healthcare Career Pathways Program. The grant was uses to cover the cost of supplies for students to complete training. Materials required included things like scrubs, text books, medical supplies all used for training. As a results three unemployed individuals obtained employment. Twelve others increased their income as a result of the training.

All of this was made possible because you take the time to order a Cape Ann License Plate at Lovecapeann.com So take the time today and show your love and pride in our Cape Ann Community.





When: 18 May 2019                 Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where:    7 Harbor  Loop Gloucester

Come experience and explore the Mission of Station Gloucester’s

First Responders

•             Live Helicopter Search & Rescue Demonstration

•             A Free Lunch provided by the Station

•             K-9 Teams and Demo

•             Signal Flare Demos (Drop off your expired flares)

•             Boating Classes and Vessel Safety Check information

•             Try on Safety Gear

•             Search and Rescue Boat Tours

•             Live Band

•             Health and Well Being Booths

•             Beverly Dive Team

•             NOAA

•             Special Appearance by “Coastie”

Rain Date May 25th

JASON BURROUGHS Goetemann Residency May 2019 intro talk May 6


Jason Burroughs Goetemann Artist Residency 2019 – Gloucester Invitational Artist month of May opening talk May 6th

Read more about Jason Burroughs here

Whether as sculptor, painter, muralist, mixed media or assemblage fine artist, Gloucester-born Jason Burroughs works across media with a signature touch. Can’t wait to see what happens from this residency. Follow him on Instagram- he’s been doing a weekly sketch on his instagram page @jazzyjburroughs

What would Jason do here?

Ever since I saw his inventive stepped paintings pre 2017,  I wonder what would Jason do here-

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2017 – inventive sculpture paintings stepped away from flat and vertical surfaces


or just about anywhere! I’ve written about the monumental walls at O’Maley ideal for professionally trained artists that are former Gloucester O’Maley grads–like Jason– at the start of their careers. Murals are common public art attractions. To date I have not seen one mural initiative with that focus. Clandenstine street art and graffiti art can break through. (Some practitioners are diametrically opposed to that commercial conceit.) Elite global street artists and muralists command hundreds of thousands of dollars through private and corporate sponsorships. Commissions this scale for young artists with degrees begin at $16,000. That’s a great our town endeavor/grant investment.

Monumental walls at O’Maley ideal canvas for murals by former alums now emerging artists / art school grads – O’Maley Innovation Middle School Gloucester Mass- Feb 3 2016

Read about the Parsons Street murals (wall) here.


Established in 2015, this one month residency is offered by committee invitation to an inspiring and highly deserving Gloucester artist. It is understood that artistic inspiration can be difficult to attain when work and family take precedence. The artist is provided with a live-work studio for one month. Read more here about Goetemann juried and invitational artist residencies 

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open Thursday-Sunday. Seasonal Hours are: June through August 12-6pm, September through May 12-4pm.

Gallery 53 at Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue is open seasonally May – October, seven days a week, 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat until 8pm.

Visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org for more information. 

Must Be Spring on the Salt Marsh

I took a ride toward Wingaersheek Beach and spotted two egrets dining in the marsh. I was so happy to see them again, I had to pull over and take these pictures. I noticed the prominent green coloring near the eyes and found out later that this is a sign of their breeding season. If I had known that sooner, I would have put the camera away for their privacy!

Sunday, March 31: Acoustic Brunch Featuring Chris + Joe


Join Feather & Wedge for brunch and enjoy acoustic duo Chris + Joe (Chris Langathianos and Joe Wilkins), a Cape Ann-based duo with deep roots in the Greater Boston music scene! These two are known for their tight harmonies, thoughtful songs, and engaging banter. Joe, a multi-instrumentalist, expert songwriter, and producer, teamed up with vocalist and producer, Langathianos, 7 years ago, and have continued to capture audiences with their easy and melodic, yet diverse, style and approachable sets.

Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917

Sunday, March 31
10:30 – 2:30 PM

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East Gloucester 5th Grade performance of Alice in Wonderland is this weekend!

The East Gloucester 5th Grade performance of Alice in Wonderland is this weekend!
Three shows to choose from: 6 pm Friday, 2pm Saturday and 6pm Monday.
Tickets $7 each. Buy in advance (reserved seating) or at the door
Don’t be late for this very important date!