Jeff Denoncour, Trustees of Reservations Coastal Ecologist, shares some record breaking Piping Plover news from Crane Beach. Jeff writes that “at Crane 49 pairs nested and 87 chicks have fledged, with 8 chicks remaining, a great year and breaking records for Crane!”

Piping Plover lift off, times two!

Martin & Kelley bring Country to Gentile Bandstand

The exciting Country act of Martin & Kelly make their Gloucester concert debut on Sunday, August 4, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly are rising stars presenting a quality show for all. The free concert is sponsored by Institution for Savings. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 7, 7pm. For further information please visit or call 978-281-2286.

Nia Goes to the Beach:The Songs of Summer July-August Nia routine on Cape Ann-Last Week

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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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the #powerof100

Hi Joey,

I thought you would be interested to hear about this new giving circle that will launch tomorrow Tuesday, July 30 at 5:30 pm at the Gloucester House. About 100 women who want to support our wonderful local community will gather for the first meeting of the Cape Ann Chapter of 100 Women Who Care (check out Each woman will donate $100 and through the #powerof100 we will collectively raise $10,000 for a local charity.

We will hear presentations from members about three organizations that — Grace Center, Wellspring Educational Resource Collaborative and O’Maley After School Program  — and vote on the one we think most needs funding. We will be meeting four times a year and members can nominate charitable organizations they would like to support. This means we will learn about 12 local charities each year and will donate $40,000+ to four of them.

We are five Gloucester residents who have recruited our friends, but we’d really like to spread the word to get more women to join us at future meetings.  It would be great if you could help us to reach more people by writing about our efforts in GMG.

Many thanks in advance for any support you can provide to this worthy effort.


Marilyn Short

DENOVO QUARTET PLAYS IN ANNISQUAM Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. with chamber music of Holbrook Robinson, played by the Denovo Quartet.


The Annisquam Village Church concert season continues on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. with chamber music of Holbrook Robinson, played by the Denovo Quartet.
Holbrook RobinsonRobinson has close ties with Annisquam from his childhood summers there. The late Kira Robinson, the composer’s mother, emigrated to the U.S. during the Russian Revolution. The French-speaking group that she started upon her retirement in 1974 from Adelphi University still meets weekly in Annisquam. Following in the academic footsteps of his parents, Robinson is professor of French at Northeastern University with a deep passion for music. He is a self-taught composer, strongly influenced by (mostly tonal) works in both romantic and modern repertoire that have coherence and breadth.


Robinson’s quartets reflect his French propensities as suggested by the titles of his works: Accélerations, Célébrations, Langoureux Vertige, etc.. Jakov Gubanov, one of the last private students of Dmitri Shostakovich, writes of Robinson’s “individual style” and his “embrace of many noble traditions”. . . . “Even though the music language leans on tonal, mostly diatonic idiom, the music sounds quite contemporary. There are many features, so attractive to both a professional and a common listener: rich and diverse texture with intensive polyphonic work, bright thematic ideas, convincing structure, and – what is most important – a strong spiritual message in each composition. I am very happy that inspiration never abandons you and that you have such responsive artists performing your works.”

MaeLynn Arnold, violin
Michael Hustedde, violin
Amberly Lamphere, viola
Daniel Dickson, cello
Since their debut at the Deer Valley Music Festival in 2015, the Denovo Quartet has quickly established a creative presence in the greater Boston area as sought-after performers and collaborators. Mentored by the Muir Quartet at Boston University, Denovo Quartet is known for their robust sound and energetic interpretations and has been featured on numerous recital series performing both classic and contemporary repertoire. Recent engagements include performances at the Alcyon Chamber Music Series, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Brookline Library, and Parish Center for the Arts. While remaining grounded in the standard quartet canon, Denovo’s curiosities also extend to contemporary music, where they have an extensive background performing and recording new works. They were fortunate to work with Joan Tower at the Deer Valley Music Festival in the summer of 2015 and premiered Douglas Friedman’s “The Pilgrim,” which has since inspired them to seek out exciting new music. New commissions include recording quartets by Northeastern University professor Holbrook Robinson as well as current Northeastern University composition students. The quartet members come from Ohio, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Washington. Individually, they have performed across the US and on tours to China, Russia, Europe, South America, and Canada. They have played in master classes for such renowned musicians as William Preucil, Stephen Clapp, Christian Tetzlaff, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and for the Emerson, Tokyo, Arianna, JACK, and Atrium Quartets. Each member of Denovo holds a graduate music performance degree from Boston University. All four freelance and teach privately in the greater Boston area.

The concert takes place in the newly renovated sanctuary of the historic Annisquam Village Church, renowned for its resonant acoustics and classic New England simplicity. All are welcome to a reception following the concert in the Village Church Cove Room.

Admission at door $20 / Seniors and Students $15 or order on-line through or

The Annisquam Village Church is located at 820 Washington Street (corner of Washington and Leonard Streets) in Gloucester. 978.281.0376.

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Bite Me indie film screening at Hammond Castle #GloucesterMA & candlelit tours

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The Joyful Vampire Tour of America landed at Hammond Castle for a most special screening of Bite Me, within its Great Hall, one of the location shoots for the film.

Bite Me is the second feature film of writer/director collaborators Naomi McDougall Jones and Meredith Edwards. Writer, star and producer, Naomi McDougall Jones, is so besotted by the charms of Hammond Castle, she’s currently working on her next feature inspired by John and Irene Hammond. She hopes to film at the castle in 2020. Her husband is a north shore native and connection for her introduction to this cultural landmark. Hammond Castle programming and curation is returning to its heyday. Look for upcoming special events, and curated exhibitions from new research into the archives.



Marlee Newman, Assistant to Naomi McDougall Jones, shared all the channels of this tenacious film push and where you can screen the movie. Thanks, Marlee!


Youtube & Docu-series:





Stream the movie:

Seed & Spark:



Google Play:


Next Stops:

Wellfleet, MA (July 29):

Cape Cod, MA (July 30):

New York, NY (Aug 5):

Marlee Newman

Assistant to Naomi McDougall Jones

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Writer |  Actress |   Producer

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Gloucester Blue: fifty small painted drawings & selection of art furniture by Paul Neily | opening reception August 3 Jane Deering Gallery

August 3 – 30, 2019

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Fifty small painted drawings bathed in the spectral light of blue, evoking a state of memory and flashback, impression and recall. What the mind stores, the dream rouses. Paul Neily’s charmed drawings document his memory of the streets and lanes, houses and rooftops of Gloucester, a city that is changing. There’s a sense of nostalgia to Neily’s recollections but no sentimentality. Neily’s reminiscence echos his reflection of a city real and beloved. Also on view will be a selection of Paul Neily’s unique furniture pieces. His platinum furniture pieces were influenced by the work of Carl Jung.

Paul Neily — painter, poet, composer, designer — is a self-taught inventor. His paintings and furniture pieces have been shown in New England. Neily’s work is held in numerous private collections. He lives and maintains a workshop in Essex, Massachusetts on Cape Ann.

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The exhibition continues through Saturday, August 31, 2019
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 5:00pm and by appointment
Please contact Paul Neily @ 978-491-1416 .


Bluefin Blowout Wrap Up

I’m still “reeling” after a week’s worth of Bluefin Blowout events. You could not ask for a better collection of people to be gathered in one place for the sake of raising a ton of money for a cause near and dear to the hearts of so many….and certainly theirs. The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and tournament founders,  Drew Hale and Rob Bouley, have gathered an incredible array of generous sponsors, volunteers, exhibitors, donors, and Captains and Crews...that also happen to rival the most fun of any guest list I challenge you to find!! With a massive amount of heart, passion, and determination they (most certainly Cidalia Schwartz and Kruti Kansara) have created an event that grows exponentially each year. It’s success can surely be measured in the amount of money raised for the Alzheimer’s Association…. at least $320,000 this year and close to $500,000 in just two years alone (not to mention the 6 previous years) ….but, also in the giant laughs, amazing memories, and gratitude that all involved feel for being a part of it. This amazing group, led by none other than Warren Waugh, inspire everyone to make a difference. I am continuously in awe of what happens when these people gather together under the tent…and I am humbled to watch them through my lens. Warren remains, to me, the epitome of “Those who give, gather” and I am thankful for the opportunity to be on the periphery of the magic as it happens.

This year’s tournament consisted of 67 boats and brought in 14 fish.

Then winning boat, with a 560 pound bluefin, was the Reel Easy.  They took home a check for $62,800, a BMW from BWM Peabody for one year, and many other prizes. Second place went to The Lady M with a 500 pound fish and 3rd place went to the Painkiller and their 432 pounder.  The Painkiller actually caught a second fish on Saturday and that one weighed in at 368 pounds.

Also on the board were the Karen Lynn, the Lady J., Gypsea, Lion’s Den, Shark Bait, the Frigate, Tonno, Fair Warning, Kelly Ann, and Tuna Taxi with fish weighing in between 410 and 186 pounds.

A record breaking amount of prize money was awarded to the winning boat…..and a record breaking amount of money was raised for the Alzheimer’s Association.




Monday Night at Cala’s

We took a ride to Manchester and decided to have dinner at Cala’s (in part thanks to our Serenitee card). We had not been there in a while, but were put at ease immediately by the friendly neighborhood atmosphere. Domenick was our server and he was very efficient, which added to the experience.

Monday is Taco Night, so I tried my very first fish taco, blackened haddock. Loved it! Jim tried the tuna and the beef. His plate was clean when Domenick came back for it.

Great atmosphere, service and food. Serenitee points a plus! Thanks Cala’s in Manchester at 7 Beach Street for a lovely evening.

North Shore Concert Band Plays Celtic Concert at Salem

North Shore Concert Band plays Celtic Concert at Salem Willows, July 30, 2019, at 7pm The concert features special guests the North Shore Pipe Band playing classic pipe tunes with the concert band. This concert is sponsored by North Shore Elder Services and the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Suites. 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 Thursday, August 1. For further information please visit or or call 978-531-9339.

CBD and skin care

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Whether you are struggling with acne, eczema, or psoriasis, or just looking to add a skin care routine to your regiment, CBD oil has been found to be monumentally beneficial. Firstly, hemp oil has the perfectly balanced 3 – 1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids. This is important because these fatty acids have been shown to smooth and firm the skin, improve the structure of skin cells, remove waste products from the body, and leave skin feeling silky and smooth. Additionally, CBD products are a great source of skin friendly Vitamins. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that promotes the growth of healthy skin tissue. Vitamin C is a building block of collagen, which helps skin elasticity, skin tone, and brightens the skin. Finally, the presence of Vitamin B6 which lends itself to skin firmness. Not convinced? come by the shop for some free samples at…

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