Nia Goes to the Beach:The Songs of Summer July Nia routine on Cape Ann:

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Songs of Summer/Nia with Linda

Come experience the fun of moving safely to and singing along with all the great summer hits! Artists including the Beach Boys, Seals and Crofts, Alan Jackson. Songs like Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Summertime Blues, Help Me Rhonda, Love that Dirty Water and more. Come join us for a Nia beach party but leave the sand at home.

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Free, weekly class at Rose Baker Senior Center-Mondays at 1 pm
Manchester Athletic Club on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 am. Free to members
 MAGMA, 11 Pleasant St.  Class on Thursday at 10:15am $5 seniors, $10 others

You may find MAGMA by either entering the building on the Pleasant St. side or via the Main St. entrance.  The elevator is accessed by the Main St. door.  Walk to the rear of the arcade and take the elevator to 5th floor and…

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1606 Restaurant & Bar – July Music Series đźŽ¶


Our July Music Series schedule is here! 🎶 Join us every Wednesday and Thursday night with local artists from 6-9 PM!


July 🍉

10 – AJ Edwards

11 – Chris Fritz-Grice Music

17 – Brick Park

18 – Toby Tobas: Steel Drummer/Percussionist

24 – Mari Martin

25 – Mike Francis Duo

31 – Fil Pacino

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On the Saturday during Fiesta, my granddaughter Charlotte and I had the joy of attending Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta, a Gloucester Stage Company original adaption of the beautiful book of the same name, written by Laura Ventimiglia. The production was fantastic, the kids wonderfully talented, and I think it was so successful that Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta is going to become a tradition at Gloucester Stage.

Many, many thanks to Laura and Heidi for inviting Charlotte and I. Charlotte, who is not quite two, had a wonderful time–the show is appealing to a wide range of ages–from the very youngest to the very oldest nonnas and nonnos in the audience.

Laura and her grandchildren ❤

Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta: 

NARRATOR- Gianna Ferace

JOEY- Bianca Numerosi

AMELIA- Lia Sophia Numerosi

JACOB- Nathan Gorman-Melo

NONNA- Emily Grace

MR. AMATORE- Finn Wall

ST. PETER- Naia Gibson

LOCAL FISHERMEN/STORM- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray, , Schuylar Corbett April Smith, Oni Gibson, Benjamin Pixley . Mia Jaworski, Anya Lichtenwald. Alexis Thomas, Olivia Philbrook, Miranda Joyce

MRS. VITTORIA- Lucy Camera Murray

FAMILY- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce,

COUSINS- Sophie Camera Murray, Emerson Philbrook

MR. MARINO- AJ Porcello

MR. BRUNO- April Smith


SEINE BOAT ROWERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

GREASY POLE WALKERS- Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, AJ Procello, Alexis Thomas, Benjamin Pixley, Schuylar Corbett

Greasy Pole Flag: Emerson Philbrook



PRIESTS/ FLEET Brady Patten, Nate Oaks, Miranda Joyce, Sophie Camera Murray,

Strega Nona: 

NARRATOR- Miranda Joyce

STREGA NONA- Brady Patten

NONA’S CAT- Oni Gibson

TOWNSFOLK/ SPAGHETTI-  Emily Grace, Bianca Numerosi, Naia Gibson, Gabi,Cros, Lia Sophia Numerosi, Gianna Ferace,  AJ Porcello, Nathan Gorman-Melo, Lucy Camera Murray, Nate  Oaks, Anya Lichtenwald, Alexis Thomas

TOWNSPERSON 1- Mia Jaworski


TOWNSPERSON 3- April Smith

TOWNSPERSON 4- Schuylar Corbett

BIG ANTHONY- Benjamin Pixley

PASTA POT- Sophie Camera MurrayGrace Numerosi and Bianca Numerosi


These beautiful shorebirds, so small you can hold one in the palm of your hand, and so softly hued, they melt into summer shades of driftwood and sand, are actually tough as nails. You would have to be mighty fierce to battle hungry gulls and crows twenty times your size, an ever shrinking habitat, extremes in weather, and oddest of all, unmated males of your own kind.

We usually refer to our disrupter as the Bachelor; in WWE terms, I think he would be called a heel. Daily, there are impromptu smack downs, mostly Papa defending the chicks, but Mama often rescues the chicks, too. Even on the 38th day of our fledgling’s lives, the Bachelor went after one of the chicks this morning. The heel snuck up and then moved aggressively towards an unsuspecting fledgling, sleepy-eyed in the sand. Papa was nearby, gave the Bachelor the business, and down the beach they both flew.

Unmated males pose a problem not only at Good Harbor Beach, but at Piping Plover nesting sites everywhere. Early in the season, I imagine it may be good for the success of the species to have a few extra males present in case the male of a mated pair is killed. But why do they continue to harass throughout the summer, especially when the female may even have left the area? Papa’s and Mama’s defense of the chicks against the Bachelor’s villainous behavior is perhaps demonstrating to the young birds life lessons in how to defend their own future broods.

The Bachelor this morning, hiding behind a sand castle, waiting to pounce on a resting fledgling.

The sleepy 38-day-old fledgling.

Several mornings ago I observed the family feeding together in the intertidal zone, but wait, there were six, not five. Mom looked up from finishing her bath and quickly realized the Bachelor had wormed his way into the family’s territory. She went straight at him, but he held his ground. Papa heard the commotion and full on charged, chasing the Bachelor all the way down to the snack bar.

Mama taking a bath.

She looks up and recognizes it’s the Bachelor.

She flies straight at him, even wrassling for a moment, but the Bachelor refuses to leave.

Papa gives chase up the beach.


From four fat healthy caterpillars, Lauren released two butterflies yesterday, with two more chyrsalides yet to open. This was her first time raising Monarchs and I think she is hooked. Many thanks to Lauren for sharing her photo, just beautiful!


Gloucester Rotary Club Summer Social Sunset Cruise

Gloucester Rotary Summer Social 2019
The Gloucester Rotary Club will host a Sunset Cruise aboard the Privateer, docked at 63 Rogers St in downtown Gloucester, on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Boarding begins at 6:00pm, and we leave the dock at 6:30pm, returning at 9:30pm.

In addition to beautiful Gloucester vistas and refreshing ocean breezes, the cruise will include sandwiches, salads and desserts, a cash bar, and fun entertainment.

Tickets are $35 each and can be reserved by contacting Brad Pierce at 978-884-9999. The Privateer can accommodate 150 guests. Last minute walk-ons are welcome, but advance reservations are appreciated.

July 9: Jazz Dinner at Feather and Wedge with The Jazz Imposters


Stop in at Feather & Wedge tonight for an evening of great food and music with The Jazz Imposters.

The Jazz Imposters aka Rik the Meanie, is an experimental band originated by Rockport High School senior Jackson Renda and recently graduated Rowan Rockwell. After releasing there debut EP, Laizze Faire, on SoundCloud, The Jazz Imposters have gained a following through out the Cape Ann and Boston Area. The Jazz Imposters take influence from Fela Kuti, Mac Demarco, The Wutang Clan, Wilco, among others. As the band continues to thrive, Saxophonist Francis Altman, Bassist Noel Rudloff and Guitarist Matt Rich are now regular members of the Imposters.

Reservations suggested! 978.999.5917

Tuesday, July, 9, 2019
7:00 – 9:30 PM

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

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3 Amazing Castles! by New England Views

Welcome to the latest episode “3 Amazing Castles!” by New England Views. We take a visual tour to visit Hammond Castle in Gloucester, and also Gillette Castle, and Winnekenni Castle. Featuring new aerial footage & much more.

New England Views is on Facebook:
featuring the photography & videography of Cape Ann native Mark Kanegis.

Mark’s website and printing are done by Cape Ann Giclee:

Furniture Sale at the Annisquam Exchange




Come to shop or bring items to sell
Registration and drop-off 8:00 am
Pick-up unsold items no later than 1:00 pm
ACCEPTING: Indoor/outdoor furniture, mirrors, carpets, larger garden pots and plant stands, framed artwork/prints.

The Annisquam Exchange is located in historic Gloucester, MA, America’s oldest fishing port, settled in 1623. The Annisquam Exchange is a consignment shop that is THE source for unique items for the home, including antiques, china, silver and collectibles. The Exchange has become a well-kept secret among area antique dealers and collectors.

The Exchange features many fine items from local residents’ summer homes, including many estate pieces. The Exchange also sells gifts, toys, cards and souvenir Annisquam apparel.

The Riverfest Seaside Music Festival Line-up Will Be Announced Wednesday July 10th At 5PM on 92-5 The River

“The Big Reveal is coming! Join us Wednesday afternoon at five as we announce the new location and line-up for this year’s Riverfest Seaside Music Festival.   We’ll announce who’s playing, share interview clips and play rare River Music Hall performances from all 4 bands.  The Big Reveal on Wednesday July 10th at 5pm is presented by Bud Light, America’s Favorite Light Lager and 92-5 the River, Boston’s Independent Radio.”

Senator Bruce Tarr Convenes Northeast Coastal Coalition To Discuss Draft Dredge Study

What: Northeast Coastal Coalition: Regional Dredge Purchase Feasibility Study

Who: Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Senator DiZoglio, Representatives Mirra, Hill, Kelcourse, Ferrante, Parisella, the Woods Hole Group, the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, representatives of the Federal legislative delegation, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Coastal Zone Management, municipal officials, the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the University of New Hampshire, and other non-governmental organizations.

When: Friday July 12, 10 AM to Noon

Where: Essex Town Hall, Third Floor, 30 Martin Street, Essex, MA

Press: Open

Boston- Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, Chairman of the Northeast Coastal Coalition, has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the preliminary findings of a Regional Dredge Feasibility Study that has been ongoing for the past several months.

The study is being conducted by the Woods Hole Group, an international environmental services organization commissioned to assess the feasibility of a regional collaborative among North Shore communities to maintain navigable depths in places such channels and mooring areas.

Regional lawmakers succeeded in securing $50,000 in last year’s budget to fund the study; Peter Phippen, Coastal Coordinator at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is administering the state grant and the study project.

Representative Lenny Mirra and Senator Tarr filed budget amendments in their respective legislative branches to examine long-term strategies, permitting, best practices, and cost effectiveness for dredging options. The study project is being addressed by the Coalition’s Regional Dredge Subcommittee Chaired by Representative Mirra, with Representative Brad Hill, Representative Jim Kelcourse, and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante assisting.

Senator Tarr has encouraged the participation of the general public and engagement from local, state and Federal officials. The Coalition has attracted the participation of representatives from North Shore communities from Cape Ann to the New Hampshire state border.

“In Search of Orcas” Day #4

Another trip to the orcas on a much faster zodiac today. After suiting everyone up with matching foul weather gear….even though it was close to 80 degrees today, we took off for our “Adventure Whale Watch.”  We landed all the way up in Canadian waters, but saw a family of orcas, one humpback, tons of seals, and two eagles. The Kestrel was such a fun way to race through the San Juan Islands. With only 20 passengers and high speeds, we sped through the islands for four hours.

The islands are really, truly some of the most special landscape I have ever seen. After returning to Friday Harbor, Thatch and I spent the afternoon driving around the island in our Jeep to visit the Lavender Farm and Alpaca Farm. We also stopped again at Lime Kiln Park to see if we could view whales from land, but didn’t see any.  Thatch dipped his toes in the ocean though and snagged a piece of the super strange seaweed that floats around the Salish Sea.  It’s super tubular and odd….I’ve never seen anything like it (see the photo below).

The sun doesn’t set until 9:15….which makes for perfect late dinners on the harbor or reading on our deck.  Traveling with a 12 year-old means not finding live music and having a few cocktails to end the day…. but, I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.

New Find: Paul’s Closet on Center Street

We were delighted to discover Paul’s Closet on Center Street. It’s an eclectic collection of vintage, new and unique pieces. Located in the former Post Historic Studio at 6 Center Street, Paul calls is an artisan retail shop. You can see Paul’s reflection in the mirror below! It’s aptly named Closet as it is a bit small, but definitely worth a stop just to see what’s new.

The Empty Cup ~

Cape Ann Wellness

An empty cup is a gift

It allows us to have walked away from things, people, institutions etc that were no longer filling us up.

It takes strength to empty our cups.

When our cup is empty it can be filled with anything, anyone we like, desire.

An empty cup helps us reach out to things “we” like, need.

When our cup is filled with “us” joy has a chance to appear.

Too often we loose ourselves in relationships with friends, family, partners, jobs etc that are not filling up our cup with “us” but them.

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“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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1919 Recreated: A Gallery Showing at the Sargent House

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When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 13 – September 1, during museum hours (12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

Where:The Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA

Admission: Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members

Gloucester’s historic Sargent House celebrates its 100th anniversary as a museum with “1919 Recreated: A Gallery Showing,” an exhibit of works by many of the artists who participated in the original 1919 exhibit which launched the museum. As in 1919, the new exhibition brings together works by John Singer Sargent, Theresa Bernstein, Childe Hassam and others. More than 25 works will be shown, many on loan from Rockport Art Association & Museum, the exhibit’s major contributor.

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be a charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent of his cousin Charles Sprague Sargent, the botanist who led Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum for more than 50 years, and who founded…

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