When talking about wild creatures on the Good Morning Gloucester podcasts, we often comment about how there seems to be so many more herons and egrets foraging and nesting on our shores. I think it is a combination of factors, most notably because our waterways have never been cleaner and because of global climate change. Whatever the reason, to see such grand beauty on a daily basis, we on Cape Ann are most certainly the beneficiaries.

Great Egret Good Harbor Beach

Music on the Meetinghouse Green – The Goddnesses

July 26 free rock concert on Meetinghouse Green

If you love music that makes you dance, and harmonies that make you sing, come to the fourth free concert of Cape-Ann-grown rock and roll band, The Goddesses, at Meetinghouse Green, on Friday, July 26, 6:00 PM ‚Äď 8:30 PM.

¬†Cape Anner, Tony Goddess, (and yes, Goddess is his real name), has boogied with the best of Gloucester‚Äôs rock and rollers, was a member of the Gloucester/Somerville band, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, as well as world-renowned indie-rock band pApAs fritAs, who made two of their three records in West Gloucester. He is also proprietor of the Rogers St recording studio ‚ÄėBang-a-Song‚Äô. Tony‚Äôs wife, vocalist Samantha Goddess, is recognized for her wonderful voice as well as being the tallest member of Jenny Dee. Bassist Dave ‚ÄúSag‚ÄĚ Saginario plays Thursday nights at the Rhumb Line, and is bass chair of the band ‚ÄėMadhouse‚Äô. Keyboardist John Cameron performs regularly with Saginario. Drummer Steve Chaggaris, the only non-Cape Ann resident of The Goddesses, has played gigs throughout Cape Ann, including with the Orville Giddings Group and The Soul Band.

The Goddesses‚Äô musical influences hail directly from American rock ‚Äėn roll, but with regional twists from New Orleans, Austin, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, and even from Gloucester, MA.

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 26 concert, the audience is invited to contribute to a freewill donation to Art Haven, a non-profit community organization providing art classes for adults and children in Cape Ann.  Willow Rest will provide delicious food for concert-goers.

 The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The concert is handicapped 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.

This Weekend in The Arts 7/19-22/2019


Roar into the fun at First Congregational Church of Essex VBS, 39 Main Street, Essex.

July 21-25, 5:00-8:00 pm.  Ages Pre-K through 8th grade welcome!

Join us for a fun-filled time celebrating a ferocious faith that powers us through this wild life.  Each evening includes singing, dancing, outdoor games, interactive drama, arts & crafts, fascinating experiments, a movie theater, and dinner!!

Pre-register at (“community” tab, click on “VBS”), or you can sign up at VBS itself (not necessary to pre-register).


Hello from The Jantelles,

Come dance the night away to the Juke Box hits while you enjoy a full buffet and the views of the Gloucester Harbor on the Beauport Cruise Lines!  

Saturday,  July 20th,  6:00 Р9:00
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester ~ 978-865-3210 ~
Tickets $35.00 – $59.00


Concert at Annisquam Village Church

JULY 20 ‚ÄĘ 7:30 PM
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930

CONCERT WINDS TRIO David Benjamin, clarinet, Priscilla Walter, piano, and Jean Antrim, flute, kick off our concert season with trios, duos, and solos in our renewed sanctuary space, where the sound is DIVINE. Join us for an evening of chamber music.

General admission $20, Seniors/Students $15
Tickets available at the door or online at:
Questions: Kathleen Adams at

Continuing thru July 28 at the Jane Deering Gallery

Continuing thru July 28th is the exhibition Within | Without new work by Gloucester artist Ann Conneman, whose masterful brush-drawn, hand-carved lettering in stone and on paper is exquisitely beautiful.  The stones Conneman carves are found throughout New England, many on her walks in the wilds of Cape Ann.

The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester next to the Cape Ann Museum.  Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00-5:00 and by appointment.  917-902-4359 . 


TONIGHT how much $? Costs associated with new school options slated for reveal

meeting tonight.jpg

East Gloucester/Veterans Memorial Elementary School Building Committee

July 18, 2019

5pm District Office Conference Room
2 Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Agenda here:

Estimates of associated costs (all – building, swing space, architects, fees, etc) and eligible reimbursables.

General public invited next week: New schools, big schools, small schools, where? Let’s gather & talk July 25 6:30 PM Fraternity Club #GloucesterMA 

Think of Me Tuesday – Gloucester Stage Co. – 7/21/19 – 7:30p

It’s just a few days from now and there’s still some seats left and btw it’s FREE. Yes, FREE – i.e. you can’t afford to miss it.

Reading the part of Jim “Buddy” Chum is the actor¬†Ken Baltin¬†who won an Elliot Norton best actor award for his role as Simon Geller in last years¬†My Station in Life.¬†He’s joined by a great cast so it promises to be a good time.

JB Amero, David Brown, Dave Mattacks and Dear Ol Dave Sag ~ Tonight 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 7.18.2019

Thursday! Time to put your chaps on and sidle up to the bar at the Rhumb Line for another country music session with the indomitable Mr. J. B. Amero and his Sidekicks.This cat can sing! Even if he had a big chaw stuck to his molars, which he doesn’t. Sorry, no yodeling allowed. Fred’s putting spittoons out and covering the floor with fresh hay, just for you. With Dave Brown and Dave Mattacks.830 to 1130. See ya there podner.

Dave Sag


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2019 w/ Big Brass Band & Eric Colville for Tonight is canceled 7.18.20198



Show Canceled

Harbor Loop Organizers are sorry to cancel tonights outside concert due to forecasted rain.
We will keep you posted on a possible rain date

See you next Thursday on the ‚Äú Hill‚ÄĚ

Big Brass Band


Eric Colvile




New schools, big schools, small schools, where? July 25 6:30 PM Fraternity Club #GloucesterMA (Dore & Whittier costs reveal tonight 5pm)

Fraternity Club.jpgSAVE THE DATE

July 25, 2019 6:30PM

And when! “Light Up Mattos has rented the Fraternity Club, 27 Webster Street, Gloucester, MA,¬†for a Listening Post on July 25th, 2019 at 6:30 to talk about the possibilities of a 440 student population in Mattos field area, Green Street and East Gloucester school.¬†Together we can ask questions of each other and really see what we all think of having such a large population of students, and perhaps find new ideas, too. Please come and be heard and listen. Together we can make a difference.¬†We will be looking for volunteers to put information flyers in neighbors doors in Mattos field area, Green Street area, West Parish area and East Gloucester area to get the word out. Proposed schools affects us all!” – Light Up Mattos

Gloucester schools |¬†Elementary: East Gloucester, Veterans Memorial, West Parish, Beeman, and Plum Cove;¬†Middle: O’Maley and fields;¬†High School: GHS and fieldhouse


The next new school meeting is TONIGHT- July 18, 2019. Associated costs for limited options slated to be revealed. Goal for submission to the state agency, MSBA, is August 1, 2019. Meeting held in the School admin offices at Blackburn. 5pm.

Catch up on new school building process in these prior posts:

  • July 25, 2019 public community discussion all welcome! Fraternity club 6:30PM
  • July 18, 2019 Dore & Whittier slated to reveal associated rough costs on new builds/construction costs/swing space costs, and eligible reimbursables, for presentation to school committee (no public comment) 5PM
  • July 9, 2019¬†Dore & Whittier Presentation to City Council (no public comment) scenes (this post) and link to 1623 Studios/Cape Ann TV taping of City Council meeting July 9, 2019 here¬†questions from city councilors following presentation begin at 27:57 minutes
School Committee Dore & Whittier presentation to full City Council July 9 2019 City Hall Kyrouz Auditorium Gloucester MA ©c ryan (6)
City Council meeting July 9, 2019 included presentation by Dore & Whittier for school committee new building options. Chair reminded audience that this meeting was not a public forum and no costs, final sites or options. There was quite a turn out.


Oral Communications july 9, 2019:

“Joseph S. Mattos Jr. grew up right up the street from Mattos field at 9 Linnett Place. He came from a patriotic family and chose the Army for his love of animals. Mattos field was dedicated to Joseph in 1935 and was rededicated last October 5th. the 100th. anniversary of his death. ¬†Lt. Maxwell Parsons grew up at 65 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Lt. Maxwell served in the U.S. Army. Lt. Maxwell Parsons Playground was erected by the Gloucester Playground Commission in 1935 ¬† Ganine Nancy Doucette grew up at 19 Mt. Vernon St. The Park was dedicated in 1986 in her memory. Mr. John Gus Foote was instrumental in the dedication. Private First Class Doucette wanted to serve her country and almost could not. She died serving her country as she wished. ¬† I am their voice as they have none. I am here today to speak for them all. ¬† Please don‚Äôt take their dedicated open space. ¬†Thank you. Patti Amaral”

  • Mattos family letter to the editor HERE¬†Save-Mattos-Field¬†
  • July 8, 2019 GDT article by Ray Lamont announcing presentation of 9 options to City Council noting that still nothing is final and no costs or reimbursement¬† details will be available¬†HERE
  • June 26, 2019 School Commitee votes to accept options 1623 Studio (Cape Ann TV) taping HERE¬†questions begin following Dore & Whittier presentation and prior to vote at 1:05 into taping (Joel Favazza, etc,”sounding the alarm about these sites but continually told hold on calm down this is not the time to ask” and now we’re at final options no discussions. “Foreclosing opportunity (for alternatives etc) despite telling community for months there would be chance.” He mentions 12-15 months but the questions about the sites and process go back well before 2015; see selected roundup below)
  • June 20, 2019 School Building Committee votes to accept 9 options to present to school committee (no public comment) HERE¬†
  • June 20, 2019 Scenes and recap of new building plans presentation June 17 including full text of readings by Patti Amaral and Mary Ann Boucher¬†¬†also reminder that school building committee to vote on this day for the options to push forward
  • June 17, 2019¬†Reminder notice of Councilor Memhard Ward meeting about new schools (open to public comments) HERE

“A round up of Pros and Cons related to the recent West Parish construction and its use and operating costs since being built might be helpful. Some West Parish feedback that made the news ranged from small inconveniences (no dishwasher) to larger concerns about design (despite ample site the gymnasium was not designed with enough space for spectators, the design of the parking lot did not take into account ease in snowplowing and numerous vehicular/traffic snafus).¬† There was no discussion about these proposals within a broader context of all the school properties, all the elementary schools, merging with Rockport, what happens with development of the older sites if Schoolhouse Road option is undertaken, etc.” Big built out schools haven’t demonstrated a reduction in operating costs.¬†¬†The state is considering policy for livable, innovative, green and walkable communities. You can’t alter special places, build mega schools that everybody needs to drive to, and have walkable, quintessential New England neighborhoods and green communities. Can we request a modified incentive to best match our geography and green goals?

  • Spring 2019, School building committee website set up spring 2019¬†
  • October 2018¬†GMG post MSBA school committee school consolidation update¬†HERE¬†
  • October 2017¬†City Begins Quest for new Merged School: Search on for funding for East Gloucester-Veterans study, Gloucester Daily Times article by Ray Lamont¬†HERE
  • In¬†February 2017, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), a state agency, moved the Gloucester school consolidation proposal further along in its funding process. The MSBA cost page is¬†here¬†where you will find information and data about schools built either a)2008-2013¬† or b) 2014-current.¬† West Parish is in there. (List of MSBA projects completed for Gloucester) MSBA splits out designer and project management phases from the final build which means you have to go back and forth between documents. Expected life span for new buildings is 40 years.
  • September 27, 2016, GMG post, Ward 1 Community Discussion about new elementary schools at East Gloucester Elementary School¬†HERE
  • September 14, 2016¬†GMG post school consolidation meeting¬† at West Parish¬†HERE
  • January 2015¬†joint City Council/School Committee meeting; presentation by Dore & Whittier¬†HERE¬†Option A Maintain all four buildings as they are with same number of classes¬†per grade;¬†Option B Make additions and renovations at all four schools;¬†Option C Remove Plum Cove or Veterans and make additions and renovations¬†at other three (2-3 classes per grade);¬†Option D Remove Plum Cove and Veterans and make addition at Beeman (4¬†classes per grade), with 3 classes per grade at East Gloucester

The next Sawyer Free new building meeting (also Dore & Whittier)

folds into the Trustees meeting 7/23/19 and specifically capital projects Wed 7/24/19 8:30AM.




We’ve all become pretty accustomed to seeing the small yellow signs that frequently dot Cape Ann saying “Crew”….indicating that a movie is being filmed somewhere in the vicinity.

Yesterday, after seeing a couple of those signs on my ride home through Rockport, I happened upon this scene on Main Street.

I have no idea what they are filming, but it reminded me of back when downtown Rockport was turned into Sitka, Alaska for the Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds film, The Proposal.


Image from HubPages

Sip and Sunflowers at Mile Marker

Audrey’s Flower Shop hosted a Sip & Sunflowers event last night at Mile Marker. About 20 aspiring floral designers attended and had an opportunity to hear Audrey’s Flower Shop proprietor Heather Peatfield demonstrate arranging sunflowers and greens to their best advantage. Artistic efforts are not my forte but I was made to feel I was a floral genius! Thank you Heather and I look forward to the October Drunkin Pumpkin event!

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50 Year Celebration Saturday Night 7/20

Cape Ann Community

The 50th anniversary of the first human footsteps on the Moon will be celebrated on Saturday, July 20 from 8 PM to 10 PM at the Lanesville Community Center (8 Vulcan Street). 

There will be sharing of memories, along with a presentation by former Navy Seal Earl Kishida who helped retrieve the Apollo astronauts at sea. Astronomer Bill Waller will then discuss what we have learned from lunar exploration, and what lies ahead. 

The evening will end with a toast to the Apollo astronauts and to the thousands of people who supported their pioneering missions. The event is free with donations accepted in support of the Rockport Community Observatory Project being led by the Educational Foundation for Rockport.  For more information, please contact Bill Waller at

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