This summer Annisquam will be transformed into a brilliantly-hued Greek island, as the AVP produces one of the most popular musicals of the Broadway stage, Mamma Mia!.  The jukebox musical romantic comedy is based on the songs written by ABBA, an internationally beloved Swedish pop/dance group active from 1972 to 1982. The title of the musical was taken from the 1975 chart-topper song “Mamma Mia.”

The musical opened in London in April 1999 and in New York in October 2001, becoming the ninth longest running Broadway show.  The Broadway opening was shortly after 9/11, and many found the show to be an affirmation of life in the midst of the destruction of 9/11. The show became a major motion picture in 2008 (filmed on the Greek island of Skopelos), and a sequel named Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released last year.  It is one of the few major musicals where the songs, popular worldwide since the 1970s, predated the show and the movie. Many audience members will recall as teens singing such megahits as “Dancing Queen,” “Super Trouper,” “Mamma Mia,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” “Waterloo,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” We will not be surprised to see our audiences singing and dancing in the aisles of the Village Hall this summer.

The show tells the story, through the ABBA music, of a young woman (Sophie), raised by her mother (Donna) in the Greek islands, and engaged to be married to her fiancé (Sky), seeking to find her father to walk her down the aisle.  After reading her mother’s diary, she discovers that there are 3 possible contenders (Sam, Bill and Harry), all of whom she invites to the wedding.

Old Cold Tater and Down Home Swing at Gentile Bandstand


Old Cold Tater and Down Home Swing appear in concert on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA.

These outstanding acoustic musicians promise a great evening of Bluegrass at its best. This concert is sponsored by Cazeault Solar & Home. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps a picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, July 31. For further information please visit or call 978-281-2286

Kayaking around Gloucester Harbor on Sunday

What a beautiful day Sunday was.  Rick and I went kayaking around Gloucester Harbor and had our lunch on Ten Pound Island, we visited Joey on the dock, Wicked Tuna being filmed and paddle through the west wind and choppy ocean.  It was fantastic.  Also we saw the barge that took down the Magnolia Pier.

Again we are so lucky.

Motif Monday: Signs of Summer Long Beach cottages

SANDY VIEW front row cottage names _Long Beach Gloucester Rockport Massachusetts_summer 2019 © c ryan


What’s in a name? For these front row cottages it’s the charm of Long Beach all the way. What would you use?



Compare with April 2017 see 74 Long Beach front row cottages in less than a minute  slowed down version “Coastal Living: Long Beach walk combines ocean view, front row cottages and beach” here


The 173rd Annisquam Sea Fair

Annual Sea Fair

Community-Wide Celebration
Village Center: Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 10am-3:00PM
Food,Books, Art, Flowers, Plants,T-Shirts, The Ship’s Galley and more.
School Yard: Kids’s Games, White Elephant Table
Village Hall: “The Waxworks” – Annisquam’s answer to Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks
Lighting of the Cove: 9:00pm

Hand made teddy is one of the raffle items offered by the ladies at the flower table at the Sea Fair this Saturday.  Take a chance on owning this bear.

Pet of the Week- Alina & Caesar

Alina & Caesar
Hi, my name is Alina and the big guy next to me is my best bud, Caesar.
Can you believe this is our second go around at finding our forever home? Change can be tough but we are hoping someone will have it in their heart to adopt us both as a bonded pair. We have been together for awhile now and we really believe that life is better together!
I am about 6 years old and tend to be the more reserved one. I like to take my time getting to know you, but once I do, I love attention and especially being brushed! The folks here always tell me how cute I am when I ‘give paw’ or run and do zoomies around the play yard.
Caesar is about 5 years old, and is the more outgoing one. He loves everyone he meets (dogs, people, you name it)! He is a great balance of energy and chill. He keeps me moving and makes me feel young and also safe.
We love exploring outside and resting in some snuggly beds . We are both crate trained, know ‘sit’, love car rides, and are just awaiting your arrival. We’d love to start our next chapter with you! We know that many people are looking to adopt puppies, but there are a lot of positives to adopting adult dogs, too.
In our previous home we lived with children and well…we have decided we prefer the attention on us , because of this we are looking for an adult only home. Because we are members of the extended stay club, our adoption fees have been reduced to help us find a home more quickly. Please consider coming to meet us. We’d love to meet you!
To learn more about us or other animals waiting for homes, please come visit our shelter at 4 Paws Lane in Gloucester or check us out online at

Totally Tubular

I guess “tubular” is how you would describe this seaweed.  I was clearing out my iPhone of tons of photos last night and found these photos that I took earlier this month at Lime Kiln Park in the San Juan Islands.  This seaweed was floating everywhere out there and I was kind of fascinated by it.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

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Here’s the story behind the large yacht AD VANTAGE in #GloucesterMA Harbor


Photos submitted by Deb Schradieck

This is what I’ve found- Accommodations:Ad-Vantage was originally launched in 2012 as an Offshore Crew Supply Vessel by Damen Shipyards. A perfect platform to then be transformed in 2015 to the Yacht Support Vessel she is today, extending capacity and capabilities of her mothership Vantage yet accommodations still offered for 6 guests in 3 staterooms of her own. There is a forward cabin that can convert from a Queen bed to 2 Twin beds, a portside Twin bedded cabin and starboard Queen cabin for a versatile arrangement of staff or overflow of guests from her mothership, 150′ PJ Vantage. Ad-Vantage carries a range of tenders and toys for every occasion including a Triton 3300/3, 3 man, 1000 meter capable submarine, 40’ Van Dutch, 34’ Jupiter fishing boat, 26’ Rupert RIB, Nautique G21 wake boat, Hobie Cat & Seadoo. The interior of Ad-Vantage was refitted to accommodate additional personnel such as dive guides, submarine pilots or medic, however the simple, clean finish of the interior could accommodate overflow of guests depending on the intended use.


54m Damen Sea Axe refitted as superyacht support vessel Advantage


A 54 metre Damen Sea Axe vessel has been refitted and launched. Now named Advantage, she will be used as a superyacht support vessel.

As part of the extensive refit, Advantage was lengthened with a new transom platform housing a stern anchor. Her deck was reconfigured and 60 seats were removed and replaced with three guest cabins, a captain’s cabin and an office on the main deck.

She was given Quantum stabilisers and a new paint job, as well as getting an upgrade to her lower crew area and galley. A fit-for-purpose coal room was also added.