My friend Jay Featherstone will be reading from his new book of poems Glass at the Gloucester Writers’ Center on May 15th at 7pm. You can order Glass from fenwaypress.com, or from his website, jayfeatherstone.com, which has some sample poems and the beginning of a schedule of readings. Or ask a local bookstore to carry this book from an independent press.

Jay wrote another beautiful book about poems awhile back that you may be familiar with, Brace’s Cove, which is also available to purchase on his website


MassWildlife Earth Week Events


In celebration of Earth Week next week, MassWildlife will be holding a variety of events to which the public is invited. You are receiving this information because there is an event in your area. Thank you for helping us publicize these events.

April 24 and May 1: Adult Learn to Fish Course, Westborough This is a two session adult only fishing course designed for beginners. Come learn how to make this great pastime part of your life. The first session will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters (1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough), 6–8 p.m. The second session will be held on the water (Location TBD) on Wednesday, May 1, 6–8 p.m. *Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@mass.gov or (508) 389-6309.


April 25: Stock Trout at Jamaica Pond, Boston.  Meet the stocking trucks at 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Jamaica Pond Beach Area, Jamaicaway, Boston, between Pond Street and Elliott Circle and help stock fish for this annual “rite of spring”.  Annually, MassWildlife stocks brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout to more than 500 rivers, streams, lakes and ponds throughout the Commonwealth each year for anglers of all ages.  Approximately 500,000 trout grown at MassWildlife’s hatcheries will be stocked this spring through the month of May.  Trout stocking schedules are updated on the agency website daily through the trout stocking season for the convenience of the state’s anglers. (www.mass.gov/trout) Anglers 15 years old and older need a fishing license to fish in Jamaica Pond and all other fresh water bodies in Massachusetts. Young people under 15 don’t need a license to fish. License fees pay for the stocking program and other fish and wildlife conservation and recreation programs. Purchase a license online at www.mass.gov/massfishhunt or in person atMassWildlife offices or select sporting goods stores.

April 26: Take a Lunch Break Bird Walk, Rockport – Celebrate Earth Week with MassWildlife Technician Josh Gahagan as he leads free Lunch Break Bird Walk from Noon to 1PM at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. Participants will search for early spring migrants such as warblers and thrushes in the woods, as well as any lingering sea ducks on the oceanfront. Paths are level and easy strolling for most people, but muddy areas are possible. Wear appropriate footwear for this rain or shine event. Bring binoculars if you have them. MassWildlife may loan a few extra binoculars, spotting scope, and field guides. Handouts about Massachusetts birds and other birding resources will also be provided.  No pre-registration necessary. For more information, contact Marion Larson at marion.larson@mass.gov or call 508-389-6360.

April 27: Cops and Bobbers Family Fishing Festival, Springfield This event is intended for children 12 and under and their families. This is a free, learn to fish event at Forest Park (299 Sumner Ave. Springfield, MA 01108) from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours; limited equipment and bait will be provided. This event is in cooperation with the Springfield Elks, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Springfield Parks Department. *Open to the public. Pre-registration required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Jennifer Lapis at jennifer_lapis@fws.gov or (413) 256-5502. 


April 28: Earth Day Fishing Clinic, Middleton – This is a free, family friendly “learn to fish” program at Creighton Pond Camp (210 Essex St.) at the Middleton Stream Team Earth Day Festival from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, May 5. This event is in cooperation with the Middleton Stream Team. *Open to the public. No pre-registration required. Contact mstmiddletonma@gmail.com for more information.


Dogtown Trail Run May 19

from Sandy Barry- 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to run through Dogtown’s best trails and support  Cape Ann Trail Stewards! Sunday, May 19    9 AM Start 5 miles
Parking at O’Maley Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA.
Packet pick-up from 7-8:30 AM at the race start on Dogtown Road.
Your entry earns you a 1-year membership to Cape Ann Trail Stewards, a t-shirt and 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes back into the trails on Cape Ann.
$25 pre-registration $30 race day
Information and registration at: http://www.capeanntrailstewards.org/

Cape Ann Trail Stewards helps to maintain existing trails, improve access and promote the responsible use of the Cape Ann Trail network and recreational areas.  Our work area includes: Essex, Gloucester, Manchester and Rockport.

Dogtown run may 19 2019

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ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists during ArtWeek

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Essex news from Lee Spence and Lynne and Jay Havighurst:

ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10AM – 12PM

Hosted by Essex River Cultural District

Event Location: Essex Town Hall, 3rd Floor, 30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
(An accessible facility)

Get to know a diverse group of Essex artists as they share thoughts on the creative process, inspirations and influences behind their art, in a casual conversation moderated by Karen Ristuben (Program Director, Creative County Initiative at Essex County Community Foundation) with audience Q&A.  Hear from poet Erica Funkhouser, whose latest book, Post and Rail, undertakes an exploration of family history, one mother’s compelling silences and our recent discovery of a way to “hear” gravitational waves that have been traveling to earth from billions of years ago.  Mixed media artist Susan Guest-McPhail, passionate about the process of experimenting and starting new, explores the mystery of creating a non-objective painting.  Glassblower James McLeod of The Bubble Factory uses steel or wood coupled with glass –  creating tension between a very fragile material and a seemingly unbreakable, “heavy” material –  to generate an emotional response and connection to these objects.  Sculptor Chris Williams bends, shapes and welds metal into life-like works of art that appear caught in a moment of stillness.  His process of bending and twisting the metal gives each piece a pulse. Essex Arts Collective comprises the second panel of artists.  This dynamic group of women artists create collaboratively and collectively to inspire each other as they pursue their art.  Featured members are Melissa Glorieux, Jen Groeber, Mallie Pratt, Jen Romans, Margaret Sweet and Alison Taylor.

Doors open at 9:30AM with complimentary coffee and cinnamon rolls by Ripple on the Water Restaurant. Following ArtTalk, clam chowder by Woodman’s Restaurant will be served. Free admission and parking.

This special event, presented by the Essex River Cultural District, is funded by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. The event marks the recent 5-year renewal of the Essex River Cultural District designation. ArtTalk: Conversations with Essex Artists is part of ArtWeek (https://www.artweekma.org), a statewide creative festival.

 Artists’ Websites:

 Erica Funkhouser https://www.ericafunkhouser.com/

Susan Guest-McPhail https://susanguestmcphail.com/

James McLeod https://www.bubblefactoryma.com/team

Chris Williams https://www.chriswilliamssculpture.com/

Essex Art Collective https://riversandroads.life/essex-artists-collective/

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Yoga at Cape Ann Museum for Artweek2019

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upcoming from the Cape Ann Museum

Yoga at the Museum for ARTWEEK 2019

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (April 10, 2019) –The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to participate in ARTWEEK 2019 by offering Yoga in the Gallery with Director of Library & Archives Molly Hardy, on Saturday, April 27 at 9:00 a.m. This program is $5 for Museum members or $10 nonmembers(includes Museum admission). Reservations can be made at camuseum.eventbrite.com. Email info@capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10 for more information.

Molly O’Hagan Hardy is the Director of Library and Archives at the Cape Ann Museum. Dr. Hardy previously served as the Director of Digital and Book History Initiatives at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester where she oversaw digital research and pedagogical projects, both in-house and in the larger scholarly community. Molly Hardy brings her passion of literature and history to her teaching of ashtanga-style yoga, and believes in the power of yoga to heal and to inspire. She started practicing five years ago to recover from decades of running and triathlon training, and to lift her spirits. She has completed Cape Ann Power Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training.

With support from a network of 150 statewide, regional, community and media partners, ArtWeek celebrates all forms of creativity in an affordable and accessible way for everyone who lives, works, plays and visits Massachusetts. It’s an award-winning, innovative festival that features hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture and the creative process. ArtWeek events span the Commonwealth’s six regions—Greater Boston, North of Boston, South of Boston, Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts—and roughly 70 percent of this season’s events are free, making the arts accessible to everyone across the Commonwealth. Visit artweekMA.org to view the full calendar of events by town, region, price or area of interest.

Image courtesy of Cape Ann Museum.

About the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at http://www.capeannmuseum.org.

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

Happy Passover

Philip Reisman’s 1928 etching depicts a family and friends gathered together reading the Haggadah at their Passover Seder.

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Philip Reisman 1928 etching series scenes of NYC 

About the artist, Philip  Reisman-

Philip Reisman produced some sixty prints during the 1920s until 1931, mostly scenes from life all about him in New York City. Reisman studied printmaking with Harry Wickey who became a wonderful friend and guide. Helen Farr Sloan introduced Wickey to Reisman. At the time of this print, Reisman was sharing a studio with Harry Sternberg. He hadn’t sold any art work until he began to sell etchings. Later, when the “floor fell through everything” during the Depression, he applied for employment on the WPA. He was first assigned to the graphics department, and then moved on to easel painting and mural projects.

He was smart, humble,  political and hopeful. A great humanist and social commentator. He and Louise, his wife, visited Gloucester often. Examples of his paintings and photography of Gloucester are included in the Cape Ann Museum.

Reisman was born in Poland in 1904 and from the age of four brought up on the lower east side in New York City, “a way of life and kind of scene I understand and witness. The kind of scene which arouses me emotionally and that’s why I do it and keep doing it because it hasn’t lost its meaning for me.”

“In my work I focus on people…I paint people because they have always transfixed me. What they do. Why they do certain things. I’m really puzzled why people do many things and captivated by everything about them. The way they dress, the way they act and their relationships. The architecture they build around themselves. The whole thing is an endless fascination to me.”

“My interest is in portraying life as I see it with its light moments and with its sad moments and I present it as it is…as long as I live I’ll keep painting people because they intrigue me and I have hope!”-excerpts from my interview with Reisman in 1985 before his 83rd birthday

Historical Commission 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards | Ceremony May 19th at Cape Ann Museum

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Gloucester Historical Commission annual awards ceremony takes place at Cape Ann Museum

The 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards
Press Release from the Gloucester Historical Commission

The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual 2019 Preservation Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2 to 4 pm at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. The event features a slide show of winning projects and comments by recipients.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and each year the Historical Commission recognizes outstanding cultural heritage preservation, restoration, and education projects.

This year’s award recipients are:

Bryan Melanson
Restoration & Rehabilitation, for his cooperation and responsiveness as a developer to historic preservation on the Back Shore.

Ross Burton & Lanesville Community CenterRestoration & Rehabilitation, for their reconstruction of Virginia Lee Burton’s writing cottage.

Lillian Olmsted Stewardship, for her research and vigilance as a citizen seeking to preserve the historic character of her neighborhood.

Magnolia Historical SocietyAdaptive Reuse, for the rehabilitation of the Blynman School as their headquarters and a local history museum.

Bernadette Fendrock & Alan D’AndreaRestoration & Rehabilitation, for restoration of an architecturally significant house at 24 Beach Rd.

1623 Studios Education & Outreach, for their programming on the history and historic preservation of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Manship Artists Residency + StudiosAdaptive Reuse, for their rehabilitation of the Paul Manship estate as working space for artists and sculptors.

James Ryan Preserving Gloucester History, for his annotated hand-drawn maps of Cape Ann’s granite quarries and neighborhoods.

Richard & Kathy Clark Stewardship, for their faithful volunteer efforts on the restoration of the Civil War-era Clark Cemetery.

Annisquam Yacht Club Restoration and Rehabilitation, for their extensive rehabilitation of a historically significant recreational facility.

Meetinghouse Foundation
Education and Outreach, for its cultural programs and collaborative preservation of a historic church building.

Appreciation Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement– To be announced.

Certificates are awarded based on the following criteria:
Preserved neighborhood history through research, writing, or art

  • Preserved a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.
  • Restored using traditional materials or methods.
  • Preserved historical integrity or appearance.
  • Protected from present threat or future harm.
  • Completed project within the past two years.
  • Accomplished by individual, family, group, or company, or through community advocacy or fundraising

Award categories include the following.

  • Archaeology
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Stewardship
  • Education and outreach
  • Landscape preservation
  • Restoration and rehabilitation
  • Local preservationist
  • Individual lifetime achievement
  • Documentation of Gloucester’s history


Reserve Now: Easter Brunch at Feather and Wedge in Rockport

There is no better way to celebrate Easter than with a special brunch at Feather & Wedge. Book your table soon. Space is limited! To reserve your table, call 978.999.5917.

Preview menu here.

Sunday, April 21, 2019
11 AM  – 5 PM

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


Easter Jazz Brunch Cruise aboard the Beauport Cruiseline

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Come aboard the Beauport Cruiseline for a unique Easter Sunday Jazz brunch experience. Enjoy our award-winning cuisine, and the spectacular views of Gloucester harbor. Jazz music by C-Zone Entertainment.

Space is limited! Visit BeauportCruiselines.Eventbrite.com to get your tickets today!


Assorted Pastries
Freshly Baked Miniature Croissants and a Selection of Fresh Danish

Fresh Fruit Bowl
Fresh Cut Assorted Fruits Including Honeydew Melon, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Red and Green Grapes

Fisherman’s French Toast
Made with Virgillio’s Freshly Baked Bread, Served Warm with Maple Syrup

Eggs Benedict
Gently Poached Eggs with Canadian Bacon on Toasted English muffin napped with our Delicious Hollandaise Sauce

Carved Honey Ham
Honey Ham Carved by Our Chef and Accompanied by a Pineapple Glaze

Baked Haddock

Prime Rib

Butternut Squash Ravioli
With a Mascarpone Sage Cream Sauce

Chef’s Choice of Vegetable

Home Style Home Fried Potatoes

Chocolate Mousse Dessert


Raw Oysters, cocktail sauce and mignonette.
Shrimp Cocktail.
Avocado Toast with Shrimp.
Tuna Tartare , lemon vinaigrette and chive oil.
Zucchini Flowers, herbed ricotta and tomato.
Smoked Salmon, bagel, cream cheese, shallot and capers.
Omelette – Lobster, scallion, potato & crème fraiche.
Omelette – Shiitake Mushroom, zucchini, mozzarella.
Vanilla French Toast & Berries.
Poached Eggs – Stone & Skillet English muffin, hollandaise & pancetta. Add crab … extra charge.
Pork Hash – 2 Fried Eggs, Stone & Skillet English muffin.
Waffles with banana, almond butter, amaretto whipped cream .
Scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries and grilled bread.
Chicken Parmigiano.
Eggplant Parmigiano.
Veal Milanese.
Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Grilled Lamb Chops, rabe, roasted potato and mint gremolata.
Cod Oreganata, creamy potatoes and leeks.
Sliced Virginia ham.
Home fries.
Mixed Fruit.
Roasted Potatoes.
Create your own!
Add Peach, Orange and/or Grapefruit juice to any glass of prosecco.
Or try all three with a bottle of bubbles of your choosing … extra charge.
Zonin Prosecco.
Champy, Brut.
Veuve Clicquot, Champagne.
Moet e Chandon, Dom Perignon.
Roederer Estate, (½ btl) Brut.
Louis Bouillot, Cremant Rose.
Classic Bellini – Peach and prosecco.
Elisabetta’s Spritz – Lillet, Aperol and Prosecco.
House made Bloody Mary bar accouchement
Bloody Mary; Beauport vodka
Bloody Maria; Espolon tequila
Bloody Bulldog; Knockabout gin.
#1 #Brunch #Easter #TonnoGloucester #GloucesterMA #NorthShore #BostonMA #CapeAnn #Foodie #FoodiesOfInstagram @ Tonno Gloucester

Where’s the affordable housing?

Cape Ann Home

Six.  That’s the amount of single family homes for sale in Gloucester under $500k as I write this post.  There are 61 single family homes for sale in Gloucester in total.  So that means 55 of the remaining homes for sale in Gloucester are listed at over a half a million dollars.  MLS shows the average list price of homes for sale in Gloucester currently at $1.389mil…that’s not very affordable.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend close to $1.5mil to buy a home in Gloucester.  It just means there is a shortage of homes for sale that are considered affordable.  The majority of the current homes for sale are on the water, marshes and beaches of Gloucester….some absolutely beautiful homes.   This is common with the spring market, as buyers would want to be in Gloucester for the summer.  This is prime second home buying season.  We…

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Stair Building 101 Workshop

Cape Ann Home

Depositphotos_91435208_xl-2015.jpgJoin us for a workshop led by Fine Home Building ambassador Aaron Butt. We will start the day in the classroom learning how to calculate the rise and run of a stringer, and then move outside to put your knowledge to practice. Butt has taught at the North Bennet Street and is now a lead carpenter at Carpenter & MacNeille. He is a passionate carpenter and teacher. This workshop is designed to teach you how to build a basic set of stairs. Space is limited. To learn more or reserve your spot please email monica@grandbanksbp.com.

Learn More: https://www.grandbanksbp.com/products/stair-building-workshop-101

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