It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a paramotor! At first glance I couldn’t tell what was overhead, but after meeting Johnston, the operator, he said he was flying a a paramotor. Johnston was having a fantastic time and it looked super fun, if not (more than) a little scary.

A paramotor is simply a powered paraglider and you can read more here at wiki.

I gently mentioned to him that landing and taking off within the cordoned off nesting area in the parking lot wasn’t allowed, and he seemed to understand.


Gloucester Stage Secures First Regional Production of

Recent Broadway Hit


Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Interim Managing Director Chris Griffith recently announced that the non-profit theater’s 40th anniversary season will include regional premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact from August 30 through September 22.  Gloucester Stage will be the first theater in the country to produce the critically-acclaimed The Lifespan of a Fact since the play’s SRO smash hit world premiere Broadway run featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale closed in January 2019. Written by Jeremy Karekan, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingal, The Lifespan of a Fact is the ultimate showdown between truth and fiction. A determined young fact checker is about to stir up trouble. His demanding editor has given him a big new assignment: a groundbreaking piece by an unorthodox author. Together, they take on the high-stakes world of publishing in this new play about the comedy of conflict. The Lifespan of a Fact reunites director Sam Weisman, actor Mickey Solis and Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident actress Lindsay Crouse after their celebrated collaboration in GSC’s 2017 New England premiere of Lucy Prebble’s, The Effect. Prior to 2017 Crouse and Weisman worked together in the 1995 feature film Bye-Bye-Love which was directed by Weisman and starred Crouse.

Artistic Director Walsh on why GSC wanted to produce The Lifespan of a Fact, “I couldn’t be more excited to reunite Lindsay Crouse, Sam Weisman & Mickey Solis for this incredibly topical play! The opportunity to share such a timely and provocative story with our Boston & New England audiences is truly a joy for us.” Interim Managing Director Griffith on securing this important new work for the theater’s 40th Anniversary Season,” This is a defining year for Gloucester Stage, and a play of this caliber, direct from Broadway, is the shining example of where we’re headed in the next 40 years. We’re grateful to Jeffrey Richards Associates and Dramatists Play Service for allowing a small, tenacious stage company on the North Shore the opportunity to present this brilliant new show, but more so to our audience who are hungry for socially relevant and stimulating stories like Lifespan.”

Lindsay Crouse is an award-winning veteran of stage and screen.  In the New York theater she spent seven years with the Circle Repertory Company, winning critics’ praise for her portrayal of Ophelia in Hamletand Viola in Twelfth Night, and garnering an Obie Award for David Mamet’s Reunion.  On Broadway she won a Theater World Award for her performance as Ruth in Pinter’s The Homecoming. For the last decade Ms. Crouse has played a wide range of characters at Gloucester Stage. She joined the cast of the riotous trilogy, The Norman Conquests, by Alan Ayckbourn, sharing with them Boston’s IRNE award for Best Ensemble, and she received an IRNE nomination for her performance as Lettice in Peter Schaffer’s madcap comedy, Lettice and LovageOn the dramatic side she played the doctor in the searing duet, Going to St. Ives, received raves for her portrayal of Emily Dickinson in The Belle ofAmherst, and won the IRNE Award for Best Actress for her performance as Daisy in Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisydirected by Benny Sato Ambush. On television she played three different characters on Law & Order, and spent a season on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the infamous Maggie Walsh. She was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Performer in the Children’s Special, Mother and Daughter, and for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album, “The Complete Shakespeare Sonnets. Some of Lindsay’s best known feature films include All The President’s Men, House of Games, The Verdict, The Insider, Mr. Brooks, Slapshot, Prince of the City, Daniel, and Places in the Heart, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. A longtime Gloucester resident, Ms. Crouse began spending her summers in Gloucester as a child and is now a Gloucester resident. Her parents began summering in Gloucester in the late 1940’s as an escape from New York City. Lindsay’s father playwright Russel Crouse found inspiration on Cape Ann. He often worked here with his longtime partner and collaborator Howard Lindsay. Their partnership of over 28 years is one of the longest in theater history and responsible for such hits as The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Life With Father and the Pulitzer Prize winning The State of the Union among others.

Director Sam Weisman made his GSC directing debut with 2017’s The Effect.  He has directed directorial film, television, and theatre including the feature films, George of the Jungle (which received a British Academy Award nomination for Best Children’s Movie); The Out-of-Towners (starring Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn, and John Cleese); D2: The Mighty Ducks, and Dickie Roberts (starring David Spade, produced by Adam Sandler). He also was Co-Producer of the feature film, DAD (starring Jack Lemmon, Olympia Dukakis, and Ted Danson). Mr. Weisman has directed or produced over 200 television episodes, for such shows as Family Ties, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, Seventh Heaven (Pilot Episode), Law and Order, Monk, In Plain Sight, and The Bernie Mac Show. His television work has received three Emmy Nominations, multiple Humanitas Awards, two Golden Globe Nominations, and a Golden Globe Award. His Pilot of the critically acclaimed series, Brooklyn Bridge, was honored by TV GUIDE as one of the best television episodes of all time.
Mr. Weisman’s theatre work has received much recognition, including multiple Drama-Logue and LA Weekly Awards, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Director honors for the West Coast premieres of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (starring Ian McShane and Penny Fuller) and Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit (featuring Nathan Lane). Other West Coast theatre credits include James Lapine’s Table Settings, and an acclaimed production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child (starring Ralph Waite and Nan Martin) at South Coast Repertory Theatre. At The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, he directed Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero, and the world premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Gizmo Love. Recent work includes developing several feature film projects, such as The Miracle of St. Anthony, a Walden Media film based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name. In addition, he is the co- creator and Executive Producer of THE SING OFF, NBC Television’s a cappella singing competition.

Mickey Solis’ New York and Off Broadway credits include the American premiere of Ivan Viripaev’s Illusionsat the Baryshnikov Arts Center; An Orestia with Classic Stage Company; God of Carnage at Engeman Theater; White People at Ensemble Studio Theatre; Night Over Taos at INTAR, directed by Estelle Parsons; The Master and Margaritaat the Fisher Center; Beckett at 100 (at the 92nd St. Y with Alvin Epstein and Bill Camp; Error of Their Ways at HERE Arts Center; and Private Moments in Central Park directed by David Levine for Creative Time. Regionally he has worked at the Yale Repertory; American Repertory Theater; Dangerous Ground (Brooklyn); Triad Stage; Appalachian Summer Festival; New College Theater; Moscow Art Theater; Epic Theater; Shakespeare on the Sound; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

The New England Premiere of The Lifespan of a Fact runs from August 30 through September 22 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Following the 2 pm performances on Sunday, September 8; and Sunday, September 15, audiences are invited to free post-show discussions with the artists from The Lifespan of a Fact. Single ticket prices are $15 to $48 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Cape Ann Residents, Senior Citizens and Patrons 18 years old and under. In addition to regular reserved tickets, Pay What You Wish tickets are available for the Saturday, August 31 matinee at 2 pm. Pay What You Wish tickets can only be purchased day of show at the door. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information about Gloucester Stage, or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse, Actor
Mickey Solis, Actor
Sam Weisman, Director
Sam Weisman and Mickey Solis at Gloucester Stage  Photo by Gary Ng
All photos by Gloucester Stage for unlimited use

Fun Friday May 10 at TOHP Burnham Library Essex with Juni VanDyke and James McKenna children’s picture books

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The TOHP Burnham Library Essex is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads May 4 – June 21, 2019 for the libraries of Cape Ann

Featuring: Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, John Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, Claire Wyzenbeek

Public Reception: Saturday, May 18 10AM-NOON

Temporary Public Art: Alexia Parker

Fun Fridays: May 10, 17, 31, June 7 at 4PM
Author James McKenna & Illust. Juni VanDyke If I were Series 5/10; Illust. Alexia Parker Bike’s Big Adventure and Pumpkin Carving 5/17; Author & Illust. Barbara McLaughlin The Long Way Home 5/31; Author Diane Polley & Illust. Marion Hall Let’s Go! Tracks in Snow 6/7

TOHP Burnham Library, Essex
30 Martin Street, Essex, MA 01929
(978) 768-7410
Days/Hours: M1-7,T1-5,W1-7,Th10-5,F1-5,S10-12

PDF print postcard HERE


GMG reader asks about Dutch company Fugro survey vessel far off #GloucesterMA today

Appealing to GMG readers for help with this comment:

A red Fugro vessel heading in the direction of Boston was moving slowly on the horizon past Gloucester this morning. It was well beyond camera phone range. A GMG reader described seeing lots of phased array radars which caught my attention.  Usually only on military ships. The logo was large enough to read with a scope. Best guess is that it was similar to the photo attached from the Fugro website. Do they pass this way frequently?”


“We are the world’s leading Geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it.”- Fugro

According to the company website, Fugro provides expertise in different industries including off shore services and science. (For example its seawatch wind LiDAR buoys meaure wind speeds for proposed wind projects.) The website mentions “10,000 employees in 65 countries”. Offices in Houston and Norfolk coordinated prior work in MA. See the December 1 2017 Press release related to Cape Cod job here



Backyard Growers BUILD Day

One Hour at a Time Gang

We need your muscle power! 💪

Backyard Growers’ 10th growing season is off to a great start – in spite of the weather! For our BUILD Day 2019, we’re making a final push to build new garden beds for families and seniors around Cape Ann so that they can enjoy their own fresh veggies this summer and into the fall. But we can’t do it without you! WE NEED YOUR HELP to build these garden beds.

Interested in joining the party? Meet us at Backyard Growers HQ (271 Main Street) in downtown Gloucester at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, ready to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and have an awesome time! Rumor has it it’s going to be SUNNY🌞, too!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight May 8th – 7pm His Musical Guests: HONKYTONK WOMEN!


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, May 8 – 7pm
My Musical Guests: HONKYTONK WOMEN!

Who wouldn’t want to spend an evening with three incredibly fun, lovely ladies with
voices like angels and personalities to match? We’re talkin’ Honkytonk Women here.
It will be my honor to emcee this Wednesday’s great Rhumb Line show. 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
5/15 – Jon Butcher

5/22 – Allen Estes

5/29 – John Rockwell

6/05 – JB, DB & Bobby Stanton

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

YMCA Backshore 5k on May 16th

Backshore 5k on May 16th at 6:00pm. I have attached a flyer for the race and linked in our websites information regarding the race. This year our community race series races will support different causes serving our community. The Backshore 5k race proceeds will go to support camp scholarships for local children to attend summer camp. In addition to the camp scholarships we are offering a $5 discount to all middle and high school students that register for this race.

Schooner Adventure’s former rig

I have been scanning my old Kodachrome slides and came across some interesting photos of Adventure’s sail plan. Consulting Joe Garland’s 1985 book Adventure; Queen of the Windjammers, I find she had topsails when launched in 1926, but spent most of her working life as a dory trawler without topmast. This shortened rig is close to her present appearance. Adventure retired to Rockland, Maine as a prized member of the tourist windjammer fleet in 1954. She was painted white, and and the tall rig was restored. This is how she looked in my first photo from Eastern Point in 1988. The next two photos are 1992 (black hull) and 1993, and the last shows how she looks today after her Gloucester return and restoration. – Pat Morss

Eastern Point 1988
Eastern Point 1992
Eastern Point 1993
Gloucester Harbor 2017

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Contractors Division Event

Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Contractors Division Planning Board is holding an event that is geared towards anyone who owns a business/operated vehicles over 10,000 lbs. The chamber also has a facebook event page for it.. link below.

Free Friday Fun Schedule 2019

100 Venues! 10 Fridays!  All for free!

Thanks to the Highland Foundation, Free Friday Fun is back for the summer of 2019!


Scroll down to see the FULL LIST OF FREE FUN on this year’s 10 different Fridays!

Our Free Fun Fridays offer visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free. We reach out to schools, veterans groups, libraries, seniors centers, and many other community organizations to ensure that everyone knows that they are also welcome.

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Jazz Night this Thursday: Gorell-Landoni Duo at Feather & Wedge


Stop in at Feather & Wedge this Thursday to hear some fantastic jazz from the Gorell-Landoni Duo. With Zach Gorrell on piano and Dave Landoni on bass, this accomplished jazz duo performs selections from the Great American Songbook as well as arrangements of pop, R&B, and original compositions.

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917


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

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Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Patrick Thorpe and Danny Williamson as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Thorpe was selected by a club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Williamson was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Thorpe and Williamson will be honored at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester.  The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Patrick Thorpe joined BankGloucester in 1999 and was named President a year later. He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Ann YMCA, the First R Foundation, and as a board member and past president of the…

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