Right whale #1204 with her 2019 calf in Cape Cod Bay


On Sunday, April 7 the Center for Coastal Studies right whale aerial survey team spotted their first right whale calf of the year in Cape Cod Bay. This sighting heralds the arrival of the 2019 calves to their feeding grounds here in the northeast.

The calf, which was first sighted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on January 17 in the calving grounds of the southeastern US, is the third of seven known mom-calf pairs of the season. Its mother is right whale #1204, a whale of at least 38 years of age that was first seen in 1982.  This is #1204’s ninth known calf; her first was documented in 1988, the most recent in 2013.  Out of the nine calves, this is only the second #1204 has been documented with in Cape Cod Bay.

Boaters, kayakers, paddle-boarders, swimmers and light aircraft and drone pilots are reminded that it is illegal to approach a North Atlantic right within 500 yards (1500 feet) without a Federal Research Permit. However, the right whales often feed very close to shore, offering whale watchers on land unbeatable views of one of the rarest of the marine mammals.

CCS right whale research and response operations are conducted in partnership with DMF and NOAA under federal permits issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Support also comes from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, CCS aviation contractor AvWatch, private foundations, and contributions from CCS members.

Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store special lecture presented by Manchester Historical Museum (Jordan family had a summer “cottage” Manchester-by-the-Sea)

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photo: Mr. and Mrs. Eben Dyer Jordan II, “The Rocks” or “The Eben Jordan Cottage” was built in 1903 and designed by Edmund Wheelwright* (*Longfellow Bridge), 50 Harbor Road, Black Beach Cove, Manchester by the Sea.

Eben Jordan II was born in boston on Nov. 7, 1857, the son of Eben Dyer Jordan and Julia M. (Clark) Jordan. Jr. founded the Boston Opera House, was president of the New England Conservatory of Music, and director of the Royal Opera in London and the Metropolitan Opera.

APRIL 16th Program

information and visuals from Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum:

Anthony Sammarco lecture Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store presented by Manchester Historical Museum at First Parish Chapel (across from the museum) on April 16th. Stop by Manchester Historical Museum to see Once Upon a Contest and head over for refreshements and a great talk!

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Annisquam Arts Summer Studio for Kids

Welcome to Annisquam Arts! We’re gearing up for our 25th season of art-making in the heart of Cape Ann. From sewing to nature art, we’re offering seven inspiring workshops this summer––sign up for one week or all seven! Young artists ages 6–14 are welcome.



Developed by artist and educator Dawn Southworth, Annisquam Arts has been a summer haven for creativity and fun for over 20 years! All workshops are taught in Dawn’s professional home studio on Goose Cove, with access to Gloucester’s many cultural offerings and Cape Ann’s most scenic spots. Excursions, beach days, and group activities give students plenty of time to socialize and be outdoors. Projects are designed to encourage imagination and to support individual creative expression––students have a blast learning a range of artistic techniques with the highest quality materials. Small class sizes and individual instruction serve and nurture all levels of ability. At the end of each week, students go home with an impressive portfolio and a memory bank full of fun experiences to share with their families!

Ages: 6–14
Tuition: $250/week
Location: 63 Bennett Street South, Gloucester, MA

Sample Day*:

9:00 AM Drop off at Annisquam Arts, students gather together to learn about the day’s artist/thematic and associated project
9:00 AM Set up in small groups and work on their projects
10:30 AM Snack-time & take a break
10:45 AM Continue working on project, or transition to another project or activity
12:00 PM Lunch-time in or outdoors with supervised play
12:30 PM Wrap up the day’s work and hang their work to dry or archive in their developing portfolio
1:00 PM Pick up

*Tuesday or Wednesday is beach day! This is weather dependent. We leave the studio at 11:00 AM and eat lunch at Lighthouse Beach. We are back at the studio by 12:45 PM. Thursday is ice-cream day! We have sweet treats at the studio after lunch.


All classes are taught by professional artist and educator Dawn Southworth in her professional home studio on Goose Cove, with assistance of 2-3 additional helpers each week.

Dawn Southworth is a well-known Boston artist recognized for her mixed media works and installations. Dawn teaches art at Glen Urquhart School, in Beverly, MA, and is a former visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. Dawn previously owned Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the US Embassy in Morocco, the Boston Public Library, and Fidelity Management and Research.

Due to limited class sizes, early registration is encouraged! Sign up below online at or contact Dawn to request a mail-in brochure at | 978-290-2107. A nonrefundable deposit of $75 due upon registration.

2019 Workshops:

Each week is designed as a separate enriching program. Young artists may sign up for one week or all seven! Classes run Monday–Thursday, 9:00 AM–1:00 PM.

Week 1:  June 24- July 27


With sketchbooks in hand, we’ll make daily excursions to some of the area’s most iconic spots. Hop aboard a boat shuttle through the Gloucester harbor; explore the galleries and studios of the Rocky Neck Art Colony; and follow the same scenic paths as legendary Cape Ann artists Winslow Homer, Fitz Henry Lane, and Edward Hopper. Walking shoes, swimsuit, and a towel are encouraged this week––as well as an appetite  for ice cream☺

Week 2:  July 1- July 5  (no class July 4, Thursday)

Mirror Mirror

This week, we’ll make our selfies by hand! Using ink, charcoal, collage, and pastels, we’ll explore a range of portraiture techniques. From Picasso to Frida Kahlo, we’ll find inspiration from the traditions of cubism, surrealism, pop art, and graffiti. Your reflection will never look the same!

Week 3:  July 8- July 11

Journey to Japan

Take inspiration this week from the time honored traditions of Japanese art. We’ll explore textile design, bookmaking, and ink painting; try our hand at manga comics; and create our own big waves inspired by Hokusai’s iconic painting. Students will bring a piece of Japan home in hand-dyed Shibori silk, hand-bound journals, and Sumi-e ink paintings.

Week 4:  July 15- July 18

Sew Much Fun

Delve into the art of textiles, where form meets function through a variety of colors, textures, and prints. Crafting decorative pillows, embroidering designs, and learning a variety of basic stitches, you’ll bring your own expressive flare to time-honored traditions. Gain handy skills, like how to sew a button, while creating pieces you can wear and decorations for your home!

Week 5:  July 22 –July 25
Nature’s Art Box

Artists have always turned to their surroundings for inspiration. We’ll do the same this week, making works from found and natural materials. Forage and sculpt in the spirit of Andy Goldsworthy, capture the shapes and colors of the landscape before you like Georgia O’Keeffe. We’ll make whimsical fairy houses, funky block prints, and intricate observational sketches of shells and sea creatures!

Week 6:  July 29 –August 1

Recycled Reseen

Someone’s trash is another’s treasure! Artists like Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Julian Schnabel are known for making masterpieces from the recycling bin. This week you’ll learn how to make something from nothing and everything from anything, turning broken plates into mosaic collages, forming driftwood into sculptures, and using cereal boxes to make handmade books.

Week 7:  August 5- August 8

Oodles of Doodles

A line is a dot that went for a walk. This week, we’ll be running in all directions with ink, charcoal, and pastels to bring our own imaginative doodles to life. From ancient cave painting to modern day graffiti, we’ll explore how drawing techniques have evolved over time. Practice observational drawing on Cape Ann’s docks in the tradition of Stuart Davis  and compose a dynamic comic-book painting in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. You’ll find there are endless possibilities for making your mark!


Beauport Hotel Art Show

Join us for an evening showcasing local art! Over 50 artists from Cape Ann will be displaying paintings in our Grand Ballroom for purchase. Artist Dan DeLouise will also demonstrate a live painting to be raffled during the event. All raffle proceeds support Pathways for Children. The show is free and open to the public.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester
55 Commercial Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest: Lisa Marie 7pm 4.10.2019

Wednesday, April 10 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: LISA MARIE!

We have an amazing evening full of blues lined up for you this week with first-time Wednesday guest, Lisa Marie! I honestly don’t know why it has taken so long to make this happen, but I know it promises to be a total blast. Lisa will be accompanied by Charlie O’Neal on guitar. Come early… we hit at 7pm! ~ Fly

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA

Dogtown news

Consideration of Dogtown for National Historic Register failed to pass last night 2 to 6 (and one recused).  1623 Studios (formerly Cape Ann TV) films city council meetings so if you missed the meeting you’ll be able to catch it there.

This just in from Lisa Smith: “1623 Studios recorded last night’s City Council Meeting, which had a hearing about Dogtown, and it will air on Channel 20 on Saturday at 1pm and 11:30 pm.” Once 1623 Studio edits, they’re uploaded to its youtube channel here. 

And here’s a link to Ray Lamont’s coverage in Gloucester Daily Times posted on line now and in print tomorrow.

Dogtown detail google maps
detail from satellite view Google maps – blue dots indicate photos for some Babson boulders relative to (red circles) O’Maley, Applied Materials, Babson museum, watersheds, whale’s jaw

Twentieth century gift to the city by Roger W. Babson

Babson Reservoir and Sanctuary 1931 dedication plaque Gloucester MA photograph 20160810_©catherine ryan
BABSON RESERVOIR AND SANCTUARY [eleven hundred and fifty acres] commemorative plaque 1931 “This reservoir, watershed and reservation are for the people of Gloucester, the land having been given in memory of my father and grandfather who roamed over these rocky hills. They had the vision that some day it should be conserved for the uses of the city and as an inspiration to all lovers of god and nature. Roger W. Babson”

a few prior Dogtown posts-

April 28 Annual Dogtown day – ribbon cutting and some reasearch results

Oct 2017 there was a public presentation about an archaelogical consultation and information about historic designation: Before Dogtown was Dogtown

March 2017 What if…a section of Dogtown brush was cleared away? Summit by Essex County Greenbelt & Mass Audubon at Cape Ann Museum 

Bonzer Car Sharing

Thatch and I spent some time walking around Assembly Row the other day to grab some things for our upcoming vacation.  First of all, it is really nice up there….tons of shopping, lots of green outdoor spaces, some riverfront park area, walking/jogging trails, and a nice variety of places to eat and drink… the large movie theater.

But, I digress.  This post is about this cute little number.  Bonzer….one way trip car sharing.  “A new and easy way to get around the city with eco-friendly cars”

I was intrigued so I checked out their website HERE


Dry Brushing ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Dry brushing through the lens of Ayurveda….

The Benefits

Increases muscle tone
Improves skin texture (luminosity and suppleness)
Reduces the effects of stress on the body
Promotes weight management by supporting healthy metabolism
Supports natural detoxification
Improves lymphatic circulation
Enhances circulation
Stimulates areas that accumulate cellulite
The Contraindications

Avoid garshana if you have:

Very sensitive skin

A Skin condition, such as psoriasis or eczema

An open wound (skip area)

Inflamed skin due to sunburn or an allergy an allergy

Ayurvedic dry-brushing, called garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), promotes lymphatic cleansing and is a powerful way to support the removal of ama (cellular waste products) from the body. Garshana is traditionally done using raw silk or linen gloves, though many prefer to use a natural bristle body brush. This technique is recommended for people who have signs of ama, which may include fatigue, sluggishness, feeling physical or mental dullness, constipation, and a taxed…

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Cara Pekarcik goes to Antarctica and tells us all about it at MARITIME GLOUCESTER LECTURE SERIES – Thursday 7pm

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The Maritime Gloucester Spring Lecture Series Leading Ladies: Defining the Discussion of Maritime Science and History starts Thursday April 11 at 7:00 pm.  The first in this series is Cara Pekarcik, 2018 Mass Teacher of the Year, 2019 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence, and a marine educator and high school science teacher.  She will be presenting “When The Ocean Meets The Classroom: A science teacher’s experience in Antarctica.”  Cara took her curiosity and passion for ocean science on an unforgettable adventure to Antarctica and shares her thoughts on her research and appreciation for our blue planet.

2019 MG Lecture Series - FINAL

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