GHS Staff Golf Tournament 5/24/2019

On Friday May 24th 53 golfers braved the cold windy afternoon for a good cause, to play in the 7th Annual GHS Golf Tournament. Starting at 3pm at Cape Ann Golf Course the participants competed for the highly coveted GHS Golf Trophy. It was a great event which raised money for the Gloucester High School Sunshine Fund.

A big thank you to the Cape Ann Savings Bank for their continued support in our event with the generous donation to help make t-shirts.
A second big thank you to Pete Sutera for making this year’s t-shirts. You can find him on Instagram at: psutescustomvinyl.


These sweet Piping Plover chicks are only hours old. All four are healthy, vigorous, and already feeding themselves and stretching their wing buds. They sure were giving their Mom and Dad reason to panic as they ran hither and thither, not yet understanding the adults piping voice commands. A dog ran through the nesting area and a pair of Crows added to the parent’s stress. After both parents briefly left the chicks to distract the dog and give chase to the Crows, calmness was restored and three snuggled under Mom while the fourth kept dad on the run.

*Note–I have been following and filming half a dozen PiPl nests around the state and just to be clear in case of any confusion, these are not our Good Harbor Beach PiPls 🙂


There have been quite a few PiPl chicks hatching around New England beaches. The cool, overcast weather will benefit the hatchlings tremendously. The beaches are relatively quieter, with fewer people, dogs, and trash that attracts avian predators, which will help allow the babies to reach that critical one week old age.

Finding insects in the wrack zone

Tiny wing buds


Kids and family program featuring Barbara McLaughlin TOHP Burnham Library Essex May 31 4pm



For all those interested in the progress of the Cape Ann Reads Children’s Book Contest story The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin, McLaughlin will be at the Burnham Library in Essex for a reading with an art demonstration and activities for young artists. 

Friday, May 31 from 4 – 5 PM, art materials will be provided 

Bring children and grandchildren ages 5 and up so they can share their budding talent!

Very best regards,

Barbara McLaughlin

Scenes from Essex TOHP Burnham Library Reception

Here are a few scenes from the open house on Saturday May 18, 2019 at TOHP Burnham Library, Essex, for the Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads exhibition. Most of the photos were taken at the beginning and at the end. What a great turn out on what felt like the first sunny Saturday this spring! Library Director Deborah French and librarian April Wanner welcomed the artists and writers and the community to a lovely public reception. The Friends of the Library provided coffee and baked goodies.

You can catch the exhibition at this venue through June 21, 2019. The temporary public art series by Alexia Parker is on view in this hall and look for one work in the library on the main floor. Three special upcoming programs in Essex feature Barbara McLaughlin this Friday May 31st at 4pm; Diane Polley & Marion Hall June 7th, 4pm; and Betty Allenbrook Wiberg. Contact the library for more information. Good to know: two fantastic playgrounds are close by the library and this exhibition: Memorial Park on the grounds surrounding TOHP, and Eagle’s Nest at Essex Elementray on Story Street.


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Beauport Hearing Care

Beauport Hearing Care

One more week to donate old hearing aids through our ‘Orphan Hearing Aid Drive’. Thank You to All that already donated! It doesn’t cost anything to donate old hearing aids – but the Gift of Hearing could mean the world to a child or adult. Please consider giving at one of our partner locations listed at And don’t forget to have your own hearing tested annually.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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Schedule and Artists for 30th Anniversary Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn, Cox Reservation, #EssexMA June 7 – 9, 2019

SAVE THE DATE! Essex County Greenbelt submits press release and photo


30th Anniversary of Greenbelt’s Art in the Barn, June 7 – 9, 2019

Essex County’s Land Trust celebrates its 30th Anniversary of Art in the Barn on June 7 – 9, 2019 at the Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex.  One of the North Shore’s premier, juried art shows, Art in the Barn hosts more than 150 local artists.  Throughout the Cox Reservation, the barns are filled with paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. The artists generously donate 50% of their proceeds to Greenbelt to support their land conservation work. 

Back by popular demand, the fabulous public opening party from 5 – 8:30 pm on Friday night June 7th will feature live music by EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy. Melt Truck will sell chipotle BBQ and Cubano sandwiches, and Ipswich Ale and Mill River Winery will sell beer and wine.

In celebration of Art in the Barn’s 30th Anniversary, there will be exciting new features on Saturday including: a landscape painters’ program with instructions provided by artist Carol Benally (pre-registration required); local author Bill Sargent will read from his children’s book Lilly & Minot Go to the Beach; and Saturday morning music will be provided Paul Harty.

Admission and parking are FREE. Learn more about Art in the Barn and the participating artists at

Friday, June 7th 2019:
        10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public
          5:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Public Opening Night Reception
                       EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy, food truck, beer & wine

Saturday, June 8th 2019:  
        10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public
           9:00 am – Carol Benally instruction (pre-registration required)
         10:00 am – 1:00 pm – live music with Paul Harty  
         11:00 am – 11:30 am – children’s read aloud with Bill Sargent

 Sunday, June 9th 2019: 

         10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Art Exhibit Open to the Public

About Greenbelt:

 Greenbelt – Essex County’s Land Trust works with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County, and to create an environment more resilient to climate change.  Since 1961, Greenbelt has protected more than 17,500 acres of local land. For more information, visit or call 978-768-7241.

#GloucesterMA in national news: Audubon feature article by Deborah Cramer ode to city, Kim Smith, piping plovers, volunteers, GMG and Greenbelt

Deborah Cramer wrote an outstanding feature for Audubon published May 2019. This feel good – feel proud story is a great read inspiring efforts near and far. It takes a city.

“…(Kim) Smith, a photographer and filmmaker, had inspired much of the effort. While not everyone can be on the beach every day, her images, videos, and blog offered the entire city an up-close portrait of the birds’ daily lives.”– Deborah Cramer

 Read the article here

“How Plover Chicks Born in a Parking Lot Spurred a City to Make its Beach Safer: The dramatic ups and downs of a piping plover family in Gloucester, Massachusetts, show what it takes to protect a threatened species” By Deborah Cramer published by Audubon May 23, 2019.

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Things are Looking Up

After realizing last minute that I had a little window to run “up the line” or “over the bridge” to do a couple of things…..and then realizing that the paddle boards may not have been strapped down appropriately for a trip on the highway… I pulled off Blackburn Circle to tighten them a bit.  As I adjusted the straps I heard Finn say, “Whoa” as he stood there staring up into the sky.  I have seen the windmills from that perspective before….Finn had not.  It is pretty cool to stand at one’s base and watch them do their thing.



Jason Burroughs closing talk Thursday May 30th 5pm Goetemann Artist Residency #GloucesterMA

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Throughout this Goetemann Artist Residency, Jason Burroughs carved out painting times while working at his full time job which goes with the territory of being an emerging fine artist. So what was different with this special honor on Rocky Neck? To begin with, he timed a full week off from work to coincide with the Residency, to devote his time exclusively to art. Burroughs doesn’t have an artist studio so it has been a luxury to have ample room and walls to surround himself with new works in process and recent series near by, and to spread out books and materials. He set himself a tall task of completing at least 15 new plein air works, all oils rendered in the field. He had new tubes of paint to work with thanks to a recognition award from the Cape Ann Plein Air quick draw. Paint is expensive and Gruppe’s quip about paint like you are a millionaire went through his mind as he struggled to capture what he saw and sought to express. A few times he painted side by side more seasoned artists that have become friends and mentors, which he enjoys. Mostly he adjusted to painting with oil, outside on the waterfront, throwing paint down and “putting in the work spending time looking, truly looking.” Burroughs wishes he had his own studio right here on Rocky Neck. The Goetemann Artist Residency was a dream come true this month. Come hear about all he’s done.


Burroughs is looking forward to the next Goetemann talk with Marilu Swett ; Swett was professor for his senior sculpture work at Montserrat College of Art.

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JAZZ DINNER THIS THURSDAY: Gorrell-Landoni Duo at Feather & Wedge


Join Feather & Wedge for dinner and an evening of great jazz with the Gorrell-Landoni Duo.

This accomplished jazz duo will perform music from the Great American Songbook as well as arrangements pop, R&B, and original compositions.

Thursday, May 30
7:30 – 10:00 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Zach Gorrell Dave Landoni

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 019166

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Treetop Yoga Travels to Tanzania January 23-31, 2020- Info Session This Thursday!

Cape Ann Wellness

Come over to Rockport Inn & Suites this Thursday, May 30th, from 5:30-7:30pm to enjoy a glass of wine and cheese meet with other interested travelers, and ask questions at a live Q&A webinar. For More information on the trip, click here!Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 7.27.19 AM

Erin Carney, who is leading the yoga portion of this trip of a lifetime, joins us back on the East Coast this week. To get a sense of her teaching style, check out her workshop Thursday before the Info Session:

Copy of WAVES-2Join Erin for a thoughtfully designed master class that aims to bring us a little bit closer to that sometimes elusive flow state. Our place of peak performance, productivity and inspiration. Erin will combine different methodologies including: pranayama, asana and meditation to redirect us back to ourselves. Erin believes that the yoga practice should ultimately increase our quality of life and she’s here to help facilitate some entry…

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