Babson’s Farm Quarry

Babson’s Farm Quarry
It’s been many years since the last man was blinded
by steel from a hammer or sliver of stone.
It’s been a long time since a hand or an arm
was blasted away  at the  Babson’s Farm quarry.
It’s been many years since our bedrock  was cut
for  bridges and buildings and roadways and streets.
It’s been a long time since steam engines have fired;
when  monuments shaped from our granite rose tall.
It’s been many years and the hammers are silent;
the cutting and hauling and lifting are done.
It’s been a long time and the workers are resting;
this gift they’ve bequeathed us –  this jewel in the sun.
© Marty Luster 2012


July 5 concert of jazz and swing marks the fourth season of Music on Meetinghouse Green

The John Baboian Ensemble launches the fourth season of free Friday evening concerts on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Church and Middle Streets on July 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Baboian’s ensemble offers up a rocking evening of jazz standards and selections from the Great American Songbook.

 Renowned guitarist Baboian teams up with fellow Berklee College of Music faculty members Jeff Stout on trumpet and Danny Harrington on baritone sax. The trio is joined by Gloucester native Dave Landoni on bass and George Farrell on drums. Acclaimed singer Sandi Bedrosian offers the vocals.

Baboian’s career as a professional musician spans more than four decades and has reached audiences on five continents. Over the years he has shared the spotlight with a “Who’s Who” of musical legends.  While rock, jazz, and swing are his specialties, he is equally at home in classical, blues, R&B, Latin, and world music genres.

 Each week Music on Meetinghouse Green partners with a different non-profit organization to raise awareness for the services they provide to the local community. At the July 5 concert, the audience is invited to contribute to a freewill donation for Pathways for Children with cash, check, or credit card. The food vendor for the concert is The Causeway Restaurant.

 The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The concert is handicap accessible. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District. Folding chairs will be provided or bring your own beach chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse.

 The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is grateful to our 2019 sponsors who made this series possible:
Scobie Ward
Platinum Tier:
J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Harry & Mary Hintlian
Gold Tier:
John and Janis Bell, Bomco, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan
Silver Tier:
Anonymous, Gib and Sarah Carey, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Charles Nazarian, John and Sandra Ronan
Bronze Tier: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Bill & Rose Hausman

All 2019 Music on Meetinghouse Green concerts are dedicated in honor of Linzee Coolidge and the late Beth Coolidge for their vision and generosity.



Greasy Pole Walkers and the Fiesta Families are the most fun and beautiful to photograph and to film. Thank you so very much for a wonderful week of friendship, fun, photographing, and filming. This week I hope so much to have time to look at the footage of Derrick Hopkins and post his three winning walks. Viva San Pietro! 


Favorite moment from Fiesta 2014 ❤

Dressing for Summer ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Cooling colors for summer…

Summer is the season of fire, and there is an increased tendency for arguments, yelling, and getting angry. It is better not to discuss any serious topics during the hot hours of the day, or during very hot days. If you need to make important decisions, do it in the morning or evening when it’s cool.

Dress in cotton (or silk) clothes, and as much as possible avoid colors like red, orange, yellow, and black. Gentle and mild colors help one to stay cool, especiallyblue, white, green, and purple. After dressing, you can do your worship or meditation practice if it is part of your routine.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC go to summer color is white…what’s your go to summer color to keep your cool?

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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The Fishtown Horribles Parade

Cape Ann Community

The Fishtown Horribles Parade is looking for 45-50 volunteers! Anyone interested should come down the Gloucester High School at 4:30 on the 3rd. The Sign Up table will be in front of the field house under the Gloucester High sign. Please like and share this post to help us get as many volunteers as possible. Thank you and we can’t wait to see you all at the parade!

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