The Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner 2019

Cape Ann Community

Come be part of this community tradition! The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner is right around the corner next week on Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cruiseport Gloucester.  Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach with free trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $20 ($15 for children under 10) and available at the door. Cash, check or charge.

As always, the meal is simple—soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this community event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty.

More than 1,000 bowls have been created for the event by community members young and old.  Silent Auction bowls include donated talent from local artists and professional potters. Soup has been comes from generous restaurants and caterers.

NEW THIS YEAR! Silent Auction bowls can be previewed and bids may be place in advance…

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The fabulous and fantastic brand new restaurant, Grove, opened this past week. The restaurant is part of the Briar Barn Inn, spa, and art gallery complex, which is located at 101 Main Street in Rowley. I was invited to attend a soft opening by my friend Sarah Boucher, Briar Barn Inn’s Director of Sales and Marketing, and had the joy of sharing breakfast with her charming husband Jeff and their adorable daughter Cordelia.

The country-style restaurant is simply beyond gorgeous, with soaring post and beam ceilings and natural light spilling in all around. The beautiful light fixtures create a warm, ambient glow and the furnishings are an inviting mix of modern comfort with Swedish farmhouse style and country French.

The space is not only open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch, but is ideally perfect for small to mid-sized weddings, as well as a host of events including company meetings and parties. And the staff is wonderfully kid friendly, too 🙂

If you have ever attended a wedding or special event at Willowdale Estate, then you know of their renowned catering team and how exquisitely delicious is the fare. Chef Ben Lightbody, Willowdale’s Executive Chef, is also the Executive Chef at Grove, and he has created an outstanding menu.

I really don’t need to say more, but just in case you have never sampled Willowdale’s offerings, Grove’s French toast, with cinnamon crème anglaise, is the best French toast I have ever had, and I make really good French toast. The outer layer was a thin perfectly butter browned crust, while the bread was moist and tender inside. The cinnamon crème anglaise was pure perfection and the candied pecans made for a wonderfully crunchy counterpoint. I cannot wait to bring my family and try lunch and dinner!


Sunday: 9:00am – 9:00pm

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 7:30am – 9:00pm

Friday: 7:30am – 10:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm

* Alcoholic beverage service begins at 11am

Call or Email for Reservations:

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Good Harbor Beach Inn is open for the season, directly on the beach & sporting new awnings #GloucesterMA 🏖️☀️

Good Harbor Beach Inn is open seasonally, 1 Salt Island Road, Gloucester, MA (978)-283-1489 / TOLL FREE 1-87-SEASHELL. Snack bar opens after May 21 

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This Weekend in the Arts 4/26-29/19



Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880

An Exploration of the Earliest Marine Works of Winslow Homer

On view: August 3 to December 1, 2019

Winslow Homer (1836–1910), Children on the Beach, 1873. Oil on canvas, 12 3/4” x 16 3/4”. Private collection.

This summer, the Cape Ann Museum will exhibit some 50 original works by renowned American artist Winslow Homer.  The exhibition, Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, will be the first close examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The exhibition will include loans from some 40 public and private collections and will be on view from August 3 to December 1, 2019.  The Cape Ann Museum will be its sole venue.


27 Pleasant Street • Gloucester, MA 01930
phone: (978) 283-0455 •


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Saturday, May 4th, 2 PM (EST)

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Over 200 Lots Featuring Masterworks by Historic Cape Ann Artists Offered in Rockport Art Association & Museum’s 34th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, May 4th, 2 PM (EST) in RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery.

Auction Preview Exhibition: Wednesday, April 24th – Saturday, May 4th.
Evening Preview Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 5–7 PM with light refreshments.

Auction Preview Gallery Talk with Judith A. Curtis: Sunday, April 28th, 2 PM.
Join noted Cape Ann Art Historian and author Judith A. Curtis for a gallery talk and walk-through tour of the auction artists, as featured in her article from the April issue of American Art Review magazine titled “The Cape Ann School – A Voyage of Discovery.”

An online photo catalog of all auction lots is posted on the RAA&M’s website:

Over the years, the Annual Art Auction, a major fundraiser for the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), has become a highly anticipated event. As a prestigious art auction, it attracts serious collectors throughout the country, as well as those just starting a collection.

Held in the RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery, the auction features works by master Cape Ann artists of the past including Aldro T. Hibbard, Anthony Thieme, Emile Gruppé, W. Lester Stevens, Harry A. Vincent, Antonio Cirino, Paul Strisik, Emma Fordyce MacRae, Philip Little, Hayley Lever, Marguerite Pearson, Carl Peters, Al Czerepak, Bernard Corey, and Charles Movalli, among many others. The auction specializes in Cape Ann art, but is not limited to this region and also includes works by numerous other prominent historic American artists.
The auction, now in its 34th year, began with a bequest by founding RAA&M member Antonio Cirino (1888-1983). Cirino left his artwork to the Association with the stipulation that the art be auctioned to help support the organization. The auction quickly evolved to include other historic Cape Ann artists, and has been the Association’s major annual fundraising event ever since.


Bidding is available live at the auction on May 4th, online via (with advanced registration), or by submitting an absentee bid with the RAA&M in advance.

If you would like more information about the auction or need additional promotional images please contact: Margaret Redington, Program Manager & Auction Coordinator, 978.546.6604 or via email


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This Weekend – April 27-29.

Cynthia Curtis Pottery is proud to announce she has been invited to show and sell her work at the Museum of Fine Arts!  She and 11 other artists from across the region will be at the Art in Bloom Market in the Shapiro Family Atrium Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5.

Save the dates for upcoming shows!
– Art in Bloom Market at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  April 27-29, 10-5:00
– Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour 
  June 1-2 and Oct. 12-14, 10-5:00


Love the new clothes at The Gloucester Shop of Cape Ann

Love the clothes at The Gloucester Shop of Cape Ann, 48 Main Street, Gloucester, MA  01930, 978-282-3227.  Here are a couple of photos of the clothes. I actually bought a couple of the outfits.  The dresses are so cute and love the skirts, tee shirts, pants, and jewelry.  Come on down and take a look.

Grand Opening for Minglewood Harborside is Tonight! 7-10pm 4.25.2019 ~ Get there early for the ribbon cutting!

APR 25 Minglewood Harborside Grand Opening Party!

Join us for our Grand Opening Party on Thursday, April 25th

7 PM – 10 PM

Minglewood Harborside 25 Rogers St.

Gloucester, MA

Enjoy complimentary light bites from our new menu

Over The Bridge will be in the house, with Live Music starting at 8 PM

Don’t miss it!

**we’ll also have regular seating available if you’d like to come in for dinner**

check out their new website!


The celebration continues through the weekend


First Friday with Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket!

Friday, April 26th, 2019, 7:00pm

Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket has taken the New England music scene by storm since their debut in 2009. The full size ensemble has redefined the sound of classic funk, by slathering it with hip-hop, blending it with flavors of jazz, blues, rock, soul.

Hailing from Boston, Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket is led by the triple-threat of velvet-voiced front-woman Kobi, emcee Micah Casey (a.k.a. “Big Daddy Disco”), and guitar slinger/vocalist Ryan Green (a.k.a “Funk McNasty”). The ferocious and relentless groove of the bands all-original funk music is driven by the the thunderous rhythm section of drummer Dave Share, bassist Joe Cesarz, and percussionist Jim Schunemann. The groups hard-hitting pocket sound is rounded out by Keyboard extraordinaire Scotty King, and a horn section anchored by saxophonist Matt Oliphant, trombone player Rich Houghton, and trumpeter Bryan McCulloch.

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Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 9:00pm

First gig of the year, and we are stoked that it will be on the first Saturday night of the highly anticipated new Minglewood Harborside! Everybody in town is wanting to see the renovations they made, so we anticipate a FULL capacity show. Carpool, and get there EARLY! Stay safe, and let’s have a Fn ROCKING time.

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Toni Lynn Washington Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 4.25.2019

Oh, boy! Thursday at the Rummbbie: let’s hear it for Toni Lynn Washington! What a gal! What a singer! She’ll have you convulsing in the aisles with her full tilt R&B klaxoning and really bad jokes. Like me! There’s a reason she’s been around for years and successfully, too.She just nails it.

A dance party!  830 to 1130 Backed by Mike DiBari, of Madhouse™ fame, on gootar, and Steve Bankuti, humina, humina, on drums.

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

New Great Marsh brewery construction moving right along and Bicentennial Celebrations 2019 #EssexMA

Great Marsh Brewing Company expansion is well underway on the former Fortune Palace site at 99 Main Street in Essex, Ma. The brew pub makes a statement on the skyline and will have incredible views. Slated to open in the fall of 2019, the new brewery and restaurant received a five million bond boost from MassDevelopment and partnership with Webber Restaurant Group. North shore owner John Collins resides in Newburyport. If progress remains on track, the opening will sync right in with Town of Essex Bicentennial Celebrations in 2019 (see brochure below).

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Archaeological Site, Nora, Sardinia

This site is quite large and very interesting. Nora sits on a peninsula not far from Cagliari, Sardinia. It was settled by the Phoenicians (Lebanese) in the late 9th century or early 8th century BC. The town came under Roman control in 238BC   and became an important trading center .

Much of the town is now under water.


Last chance to catch Once Upon a Contest in Manchester-by-the-Sea and temporary public art by Leslie Galacar

Tomorrow is the last day to catch the travel exhibition Once Upon a contest in Manchester. Explore fantastic new children’s books by local authors and artists at the lovely Manchester Historical Museum. Friday will also be the last chance to catch Leslie Galacar’s temporary work consisting of a series of intricate illustrations that progress from the entry to the main gallery. Can you find this one on site?

The exhibition changes with each installation as each locale and architecture is unique and special-  as are the programs and public art component. The reading and art exhibit is coming to Essex next, opening on May 4th at TOHP Burnham Library.

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2019 brochure is out! Woman Owned Businesses on the Byway

Trifold brochure see the front here and the back here. Donna Ardizonni, Johnanne Cassia, Bachman and Essex Heritage contributed photography for the new edition.

Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway post on Facebook and Instagram. Contact Pauline Bresnahan or Johanne Cassia with any questions. Tours welcome.

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All-Clad “Deal Of The Day” Sale Today

Check out the huge All-Clad Sale On Amazon At This Link


I’m a huge fan of our All-Clad cookware!

From Gizmodo-

“If you’re still using the $10 pots and pans you bought when you moved into your first apartment, Amazon’s All-Clad sale has your name on it. While All-Clad cookware is never cheap, it heats up much faster and more evenly than most pans thanks to its trademark steel-encased aluminum core, and is basically indestructible to boot. You may never have to buy pans again in your life if you buy these.

The highlights here are a combo pack with both am 8” and 10″ frying pan set and 12″ and a 10″ tri-ply skillet for $154. These skillets are some of the most popular pieces of cookware we’ve ever posted, and usually cost $100 or more individually. Just be warned, once you use the skillets, you’ll want to start buying All-Clad versions of everything.”

Come Support GHS Girls Lacrosse at 525

Enjoy the delicious food and cozy atmosphere at Magnolia’s 525 next Tuesday, April 30th,  and simultaneously help support the hard working girls on the Gloucester High School Lacrosse team!

A portion of earning between the hours of 4:30 to 9:30 will help raise funds to support their efforts this year.  You enjoy a great meal and company of friends….while helping the team enjoy a great season.

Read more about 525 HERE  and take a peek at their menu and beverage list!

We hope to see you there!

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Sunday- Dory Prep (Sanding and Painting) week 4

Boat Prep Sunday

We are going to be prepping (sanding and scraping and painting) the two practice and four race boats for the season this weekend.  Looks like Mother Nature doesn’t want us to work on Saturday so this weekend we will try Sunday.  We need to finish the boats so as many people as possible would be greatly appreciated.  Any one with extension cords, sanders, scraper or able arms please bring them.  The more people the faster we get the boats in.  
Sunday April 28th 8:30 AM
Upon your arrival text Bill Edmonds (978) 675-6007 so he can open the gate for you.  We will have some sanders and scrapers to use.  We have four boats to prep and six boats to paint.  The more people we have the better so come all members.  Thank you in advance for your help. 

Ripple on the Water in Essex

We enjoyed dinner at the recently opened Ripple on the Water Restaurant in Essex. The vibe is beach house casual, the service friendly and efficient (shout outs to Cathy, Lily, Michelle and Tom). GMG Jimmy splurged on chicken and waffles, which he enjoyed very much! Except for the bite he allowed me to take, every bit was eaten. My lobster rolls were perfectly proportioned and yummy. We’ll go back! Looking forward to the outdoor seating.

Weekend Workshops at Treetop Yoga

Cape Ann Wellness


Looking forward to a full weekend of rock and roll, meditation, advancing our practices, and giving back.


Friday, April 26, 6:30-8:00 PM

Join Amy Connors for a 90 minute Vinyasa flow set to a stellar Pink Floyd soundtrack. Class will include Reiki Assists and each student will receive a charged crystal to take home with them after the experience. copy-of-copy-of-pink-floyd-flow-1

Investment: $30 In Advance/ $35 Day Of



Saturday, April 27, 6:30-7:30 PM

Gather with others to celebrate the important work that Wellspring has been doing for over 35 years. Erin Mckay will lead a heart opening practice that brings our community together to practice compassion and empathy. This year’s Women’s Luncheon will honor the value of empathy with a presentation by Dr. Helen Reiss, author of The Empathy Effect.
When we allow ourselves to be more open…

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