Photos from Tuesday night’s procession from the American Legion Hall to Beach Court to return Saint Peter to the Saint Peter’s Club until the official Fiesta opening ceremony on Friday evening.


Photos from the second to last night of the beautiful novena to Saint Peter

These three ladies lead the congregants in the Italian songs sung nightly. Left to right are Grace Taormina, Eleanor Mortallaro, and Josephine Russo  

Fiesta Event Kicks off Playtime Stories Season





A Live Fiesta Theater Performance for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older
and An Opportunity to Meet the Author

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces a special Playtime Stories event celebrating St. Peter’s Fiesta with a live performance of Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia’s NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. An engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. To celebrate Fiesta on Saturday, June 29 the Playtime Stories Company will read and perform Gloucester resident Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia’s new book, NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? and Tomie dePaola’s STREGA NONA. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops and crafts relating to the story. On June 30 audience members can craft their own Seine boat and participate in Playtime Stories Seine Boat Races at GSC and make their own Fish magnets.

Playtime Stories is pleased to welcome special guest author Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia to sign copies of her new book which will be available for sale. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, ” We are honored to have Laura at this Playtime Stories special event to celebrate Fiesta for the second year in a row. She is an inspiration to our audiences and the young performers in the Playtime Stories Company. Last year’s Fiesta Playtime Stories was standing room only – the biggest audience we have had in Playtime Stores history! The actors and I could not wait to bring Laura’s story back this year. NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA? is now a Playtime Stories tradition. ”

Each Saturday from June 29 through August 17 the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of veteran members of the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop program and special guest narrators perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. “We have had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past four summers, ” points out Dallin, ” It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!”

Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The Playtime Stories season consists of July 13: MAGIC 101: The Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night and The Magic School Bus: Inside a Beehive ; July 20: A DELIGHTFUL DAY of Dr. SEUS: The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who; July 27: MYSTERY MAYHEM: Scooby-Doo and Where’s Mommy?; August 3: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO READ ABOUT THEM: Where the Wild Things Are and Pegasus, the Flying Horse; August 10: BONJOUR! ADVENTURES IN FRANCE: Madeline and The Little Prince; and August 17: SUMMER FINALE: Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Quiet Cricket; and Judith Viorist’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5 for one child (includes one free adult). Free coffee and donuts provided by Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Playtime Stories Cast members with Author Laura M. Alberghini Ventimiglia and Translator Diletta Ballati at Gloucester Stage Photo by Heidi

The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta

Episode 94


We can’t believe it ourselves! We had ‘The Crazy Hat Ladies of Fiesta’ Amy Clayton and Robin Clayton McNair in the yahd! Also how could we not have Samantha Frontiero Barrett, it’s a 4 year tradition?!

We ask them how it all started, why it started, what it feels like to be part of the official unofficial traditions we have come to know and love about Fiesta!

Seriously a MUST LISTEN (we know you are not reading these)!

Of course, you must listen for the special ending 😉

Anyone that would like an additional ringtone from this episode, please find us & DM (direct message) on Facebook to get yours!

#FiestaCast #CrazyHatLadiesofFiesta #StPetersFiesta #VIVA #podcast #AliciaUnleashed #mechisamioututtimutti


I was in Newburyport and people we were having diner with were complaining because they lost Riverfest to Gloucester.  They said it was an awesome event and they felt like Newburyport was losing out to Gloucester.  Huge win for us.  Huge win for local businesses.  Huge win for us that get to see world class acts right here in our back yard!

Great job Mayor and City Council to make this happen!

Riverfest Seaside Music Festival
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12-6pm

We heard you when you told us we’d outgrown the venue in Newburyport. So, we’re excited to share that Riverfest is moving to a new, larger venue — beautiful Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, overlooking Gloucester Harbor.

And we’ve also moved the event up one week from its traditional Labor Day weekend. The event will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12-6pm.

And something that surely hasn’t changed — Riverfest will continue to be free and open to the public, as it’s always been.

We’re stoked about the future for this popular, perennial event, and we hope you’ll join us on August 24th for an awesome day of live music and great vibes!

The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Resident, Eeva Siivonen, Gives Opening Talk on Monday, July 1

Opening Talk:

7:00 PM on Monday, July 1 at the Cultural Center
at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.

Closing Talk:

7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25,
at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10.

Now in its 15th year, the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Residency provides visiting artists with a four-week stay in a live-work studio at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) with access to the rich cultural community of Gloucester, MA. The July artist, video artist Eeva Siivonen, will give her opening talk at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 1, at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA. Her closing talk is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10.

In Siivonen’s moving image work, the physical and sensorial experience of being in a place or a landscape creates subjective voices that are transient and present only through the dialogue between senses and the details of the physical environment. She assumes bodies and identities of observers who wander, rethink, and reinvent themselves constantly through the dialogue between language, image and sound. She looks for the moments of connection when images, words and sounds meet and align—creating, however briefly, a unity of a voice or experience. By playing with the constant tension between the pre-linguistic and ambiguous nature of images and sounds, and the gravity of language defines and creates meanings. Prefering to embrace chaos and the fragile nature of our subjectivities, the constant stream of memories, random thoughts, and associations that collide with the perceptual world around us, keep her viewers in a perpetual state of aimless change and movement.

This illuminates what is small and ephemeral—details, thoughts, and emotions that appear and disappear like fireflies at dusk. Little pieces and traces of thought and experience speak through silence rather than noise. She sutures these together in a visual and sonic space where the overlooked and forgotten become visible and amplified in an effort to create space for attention and empathy.


A video artist, originally from Helsinki, Finland, Eeva Siivonen currently lives in London, Ontario. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees in documentary film directing from Aalto University in Helsinki before moving to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a second MFA in Video Art from Syracuse University.

Stills from video Strange Places and How to Survive Them


Community Sails on Adventure Start Friday

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Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure begins her community sails on Friday, June 28, with a sail from 5 – 8 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. We will be continuing through the season. Next Wednesday evening we’ll have a special sail for the Fireworks.

You owe it to yourself to get aboard to experience what it’s like to sail on a 122-foot vessel that was the highliner of the fleet and one of the handful of these historic ships still sailing.

Call the office at 978 281 8079 for special pricing to celebrate the start of our home port sailing program.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ His musical guest: Liz Frame 7pm 6.26.2019

Wednesday, June 26 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: LIZ FRAME!

She’s among the finest songwriters we’ve ever featured at the
Rhumb Line. Shrewd piercing lyrics, smooth lilting voice and
a music style that’s 100% all her own. This week, we showcase
the amazing Liz Frame. The added treat: She’ll be accompanied
by her regular Kickers lead-guitarist, John Webb. You do not
want to miss this one! ~ 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!
7/03 – PARADE DAY!
Dave Sag features “Sax” Gordon Beadle (I’ll be on the road)

Coming soon…
Toni Ann

Inge Berg

Quentin Callewaert

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Homer at the Beach exhibition of Winslow Homer marine paintings opening at Cape Ann Museum, Aug. 3

Winslow Homer Children on the Beach 1873 oil on canvas private collection.jpg

Mark your calendars! Cape Ann Museum announces super special exhibition and ancillary programs:

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


GLOUCESTER, MASS. (June 2019) – This summer, the Cape Ann Museum will exhibit 51 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 more than 50 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.

In 1869, Winslow Homer (1836–1910) exhibited his first picture of the sea. He was an ambitious New York illustrator—not yet recognized as an artist—and freshly back from France. Over the next 11 years, Homer’s journey would take him to a variety of marine destinations, from New Jersey to Maine, but especially—and repeatedly—to Gloucester and other parts of Cape Ann.

It was on Cape Ann that Homer made his first watercolors and where he first developed an identity as a marine artist. And it was in Gloucester in 1880, at the end of these 11 years, where he enjoyed the most productive season of his life, composing more than 100 watercolors of astonishing beauty. Homer’s journey forever changed his life and the art of America.

This exhibition will include a remarkable variety of works by Homer and a broad range of period objects to reveal new aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, for the first time placing these paintings, drawings and even ceramic work in their rich geographic, cultural and historical settings, on the 150th anniversary of Homer’s first paintings of the sea. Period clothing, ship models, and historic photographs and prints will add context to the work. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with 150 full color images and essays by prominent scholar John Wilmerding and by William R. Cross, curator of the exhibition.

As a companion to Homer at the Beach, the Cape Ann Museum will also display an exhibition by nationally renowned photographer Steve Rosenthal. Rosenthal has spent the last year walking in Winslow Homer’s footsteps, exploring the sites that inspired Homer and capturing them through the lens of his camera. Rosenthal’s exhibition will allow visitors to explore changes in the local landscape over the past 150 years and how it has stayed the same. Rosenthal will present a gallery talk on Saturday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. A full schedule of related programming for Homer at the Beach appears below and will include a lecture series beginning on August 17 and a scholarly symposium to be held during the weekend of October 5, 2019. Companion walking tours and sailing experiences are also planned to add to the understanding of Homer’s work.

Homer at the Beach is curated by William R. Cross, a consultant to art and history museums and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has many years of leadership experience serving clients and managing teams in the investment management industry and serving museums and other non-profits. He has authored more than 200 articles and lectures, generally related to art, architecture and local history, and has a special passion for placing art in context, unveiling beauty and narrative meaning embedded – and often hidden – in objects. A graduate of Yale (B.A.) and Harvard (M.B.A.), Cross lives in Manchester, Mass.

Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880 at the Cape Ann Museum will run concurrently with Winslow Homer: Eyewitness at the Harvard University Art Museums, a complementary exhibition opening August 31st.

 This exhibition has been supported by The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc., as well as by four leadership gifts from generous individuals, and by 50 additional sponsors at varying levels who have collectively made this initiative possible.

Cape Ann has long been recognized as one of this country’s oldest and most important art colonies and the collection of the Cape Ann Museum contains examples of works by many of the artists who came to Cape Ann, including Marsden Hartley, Cecilia Beaux, Edward Hopper and John Sloan. At the heart of the Museum’s holdings is the single largest collection of works by early 19th century artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865). A native of Gloucester, Lane worked as a lithographer and a painter and his works on display at the Cape Ann Museum capture the town’s busy seaport in its heyday. The Cape Ann Museum is dedicated to illuminating the diversity of life on Cape Ann by collecting, preserving and presenting the interconnected stories of art and industry during the past 400 years. As such, the Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880 exhibition represents an important moment for the Museum as it seeks to build greater audiences and awareness of the institution regionally, nationally and internationally in anticipation of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2023.

 Homer at the Beach Related Programs

Visit for ticket information


Saturday, August 17, 10:30 a.m.
Elizabeth Block, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England invite you to take a fresh look at Winslow Homer’s seaside paintings. Elizabeth Block, Senior Editor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents Homer’s paintings within the context of women’s bathing, dress, and hair practices of the early 1870s and as an extension of the artist’s early magazine illustrations. (This program will be held at Coolidge Point: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 9 Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.)

Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics
Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College
The artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is beloved for his moody representations of crashing surf against the rocky Maine coastline. The artist, however, was no recluse. He enjoyed traveling for pleasure and painting new subjects. During the last decades of his life, with box camera and painting kit in hand, Homer visited a number of tourist locales, among them the Bahamas, Cuba and Florida. This talk will explore Homer‘s varied depictions of the tropics, to revisit this important yet little addressed aspect of his oeuvre.

Homer’s Wine-Dark Seas
Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Marc Simpson, Independent Scholar
From 1873 to at least 1905, Winslow Homer made watercolors that figure among the most glorious of his achievements. “You will see,” he said, “in the future I will live by my watercolors”—and this has proven to be the case. But even in the context of these remarkable accomplishments, his views of sunsets and fireworks done in Gloucester in the summer of 1880 stand out. Consideration of them, and of a small cluster of later works, prompts reflections on both Homer’s spirituality and his heroism. These in turn, especially in the context of comparisons that have been made between Homer and his colleague James McNeill Whistler, raise questions about how we write art history.

Winslow Homer and the North Sea
Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Athens, University of Connecticut
This talk examines the influence of Homer’s time in Cullercoats, England, on his portrayal of the sea. While his earlier works cast the coast more benignly as a place for leisure or industry, his later canvases present the sea as a site of struggle between humanity and the natural world.


Winslow Homer: New Insights
Saturday, October 5
This full-day symposium will include presentation of scholarly papers, lunch and a closing panel discussion followed by a reception. Participants will include: Henry Adams (Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University); Kathleen Foster (Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Curator of American Art and Director, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art); Ethan Lasser (incoming John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, MFA Boston); Martha Tedeschi (Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, Harvard Art Museums); and Sylvia Yount (Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator In Charge, The American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Papers will be presented by: Adam Greenhalgh (National Gallery of Art); Diana Greenwold (Portland Museum of Art); Judith Walsh (Buffalo State College); Asma Naeem (Baltimore Museum of Art); Ross Barrett (Boston University); Melissa Trafton (University of New Hampshire).


Homer Sunset Sail
Wednesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m.
All aboard the Schooner Ardelle for a sunset cruise in Gloucester Harbor. Enjoy tales of Winslow Homer’s time on Ten Pound Island and beyond. Wine, beer and snacks included. $60 CAM Members; $75 nonmembers. Advanced tickets required.

Homer Sunset Sail
Sunday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m.
All aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon for a sunset cruise in Gloucester Harbor. Enjoy tales of Winslow Homer’s time on Ten Pound Islnad and beyond. Wine, beer and snacks included. $60 CAM Members; $75 nonmembers. Advanced tickets required.


Homer in the City
Discover the geographical, cultural and historical setting where Winslow Homer lived and painted in the late 19th century. Offered on August 11, 18 & 24; also throughout the fall, dates TBD. $10 for CAM members; $20 non-members (includes Museum admission). Registration required.

e 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, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit 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

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

Jazz Dinner, Tuesday, July 2, at Feather & Wedge Featuring Jose Allende


Feather & Wedge is delighted to feature Jose Allende at this week’s Thursday Jazz Dinner. Mr. Allende delivers incredible arrangements of jazz standards and Latin American music with wonderful improvisation, South American rhythms and classical music influences.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
7:30 PM  –  10:00 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Jose Allende

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