Friends, please consider donating to my friend Nicole Duckworth’s fundraiser. She is running the NEDS Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 18th, to raise money and awareness of the need for organ donations. NEDS is an acronym for New England Donor Services. She had a wonderfully successful bake sale to raise funds and any additional donation would be tremendously appreciated. Thank you so much! Please donate here.

Erica is here thanks to her organ donor. Learn more and register online at Register Here


On our shores today you may find the charming teetering tip-tailed Spotted Sandpiper. They are a medium sized-shorebird, larger than the Semipalmated Sandpiper you see in the photos, but not as large as the Ruddy Turnstones they are currently migrating alongside. Spotted Sandpipers have a characteristic bobbing-teetering movement when foraging, which has earned the bird its many common names including including Tip-tail, Teeter-bob, Teeter-peep,and Perk Bird.

Fun fact: During breeding season the females may be monogamous, or they may also lay up to four different clutches of eggs, with a different male assigned to each nest. Remarkable!

Although considered common, I don’t often see the Tip-tail on our locaL beaches so it was a joy to spot several this past week, in vary stages of fading breeding plumage.

The Spotted Sandpiper in the above photo has retained some of its spots. The spots give way to a pure white breast during the winter months.

Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage.


The Spotted Sandpiper often forages in a crouched manner.



We’re looking forward to trying Cape Ann’s newest restaurant this evening and will let you know how we fare 🙂 The menu looks very enticing.

Dinner Menu

Antique Table Dinner Menu

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$5.95 Minestrone Soup
$5.95 Chicken and Vegetable Soup
$6.95 Clam Chowder


$7.95 House Salad
Field greens, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, creamy balsamic vinegar dressing
$8.95 Caesar
Romaine hearts, caesar dressing and our homemade crostini, parmigiano cheese
$10.95 Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella, vine tomatoes, roasted peppers basil, extra virgin olive oil.
$8.95 Spinach Salad
Baby spinach, roasted peppers, tomatoes and honey-roasted walnuts with a lemon dressing.


$14.95 Antique Table Antipasto
Sampling of cured meats with vegetables and cheese
$12.95 Fried Calamari
Crispy fried Squid rings, and hot cherry peppers served in a spicy marinara sauce hot cherry peppers.
$14.95 Mussels
Sauteed with choice of garlic, olive oil and wine or marinara.
$16.95 Antique Table Clams
Sauteed with garlic, olive oil, onions, fresh tomatoes and baby spinach in a white wine sauce.
$13.95 Shrimp Grand Marnier
Egg battered shrimp, flamed with grand marnier liqueur and orange juice.
$10.95 Meatballs
Home made with mushrooms, in red sauce topped with ricotta cheese.
$11.95 Eggplant Rollatine
Stuffed with mozzarella, Romano cheese and basil, served in a marinara sauce with crostinis.
$12.95 Prosciutto Rollatine
Prosciutto rolled with provolone cheese, peppers & basil, drizzled with balsamic reduction.
$10.95 Bruschetta
Toasted bread, topped with diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic & pesto sauce.


$10.95 Margherita Pizza
Roasted garlic, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil.
$11.95 Antique Table Pizza
Red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, grilled chicken breast and mozzarella cheese.
$13.95 Shrimp Scampi Pizza
Baby shrimp with garlic, lemon, olive oil and mozzarella cheese
$10.95 Boscaiola Pizza
Marinara sauce, mushrooms, prosciutto and smoked mozzarella


$6.95 Broccoli Rabe
$2.95 Oven Roasted Potatoes
$3.95 Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Oil
$3.95 Oven Roasted Seasonal Vegetables


$16.95 Chicken, Ziti, & Broccoli
Choice of garlic oil and fresh tomatoes or Alfredo sauce
$16.95 Penne Vodka
Sauteed chicken, bell peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes in a pink vodka sauce.
$14.95 Cheese Ravioli
Our homemade Ravioli served with marinara sauce.
$18.95 Lobster Ravioli
Lobster filled ravioli in our delicious lobster cream sauce.
$17.95 *Gnocchi Basilico
Potato gnocchi sauteed with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil & romano cheese.
$16.95 Bolognese
Our delicious hearty meat sauce ,tossed with your choice of pasta
$15.95 Ricotta gnocchi
Hand Rolled with wild mushrooms & Alfredo or baked with marinara, mozzarella cheese & basil.


$15.95 Eggplant Parmigiana
$16.95 Chicken Parmigiana
$18.95 Veal Parmigiana
Breaded, baked with marinara sauce, basil and mozzarella cheese served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken Florentine
$18.95 Veal Florentine
Chicken or Veal cutlet, with roasted peppers and baby spinach in Alfredo sauce. Served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken Marsala
$18.95 Veal Marsala
Pan seared with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca
Baked in Alfredo sauce, topped with prosciutto, provolone & romano cheese served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken or Veal Francese with Pasta
sauteed egg battered chicken breast with artichoke hearts & fresh tomatoes in lemon & white wine sauce.
$17.95 Orechiette
Sweet Italian sausage ragu, sauteed with garlic and broccoli rabe in a light tomato sauce.
$16.95 Fettucini Carbonara
Prosciutto, onions and romano cheese in an Alfredo sauce.
$16.95 Fettucini Putanesca
Garlic, olive oil, anchovies, capers, olives and basil in a marinara sauce.
$18.95 Antique Table Fettucini
Sauteed with shrimp and spinach in an Alfredo sauce.
$18.95 Linguini Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Pan seared shrimp with garlic and basil in a spicy marinara sauce.
$17.95 Linguini Mussels
$18.95 Linguini Clams
With your choice of garlic, olive oil and wine sauce or marinara sauce.
$18.95 Chicken Valdostana
Topped with prosciutto and fontina cheese, stuffed with spinach, & roasted peppers over roasted vegetables & potatoes in a tarragon and truffle oil cream sauce
$16.95 Chicken Picatta
$18.95 Veal Picatta
Pan seared with capers and lemon in a white wine sauce, served with pasta.
$23.95 Di Mare- with choice of Risotto or pasta
Clams, mussels, calamari, scallops & shrimp sauteed with garlic. Choice of red sauce or garlic white wine.
$20.95 *Salmon
Pan seared and topped with tomato and caper sauce, served with roasted vegetables
$18.95 * Fried Haddock
Rolled in pecarino cheese and served with our homemade tartar sauce and roasted potatoes.
$18.95 *Antique Table Haddock
Panko crusted and pan seared haddock served over risotto in a lemon caper, butter and white wine sauce.
$21.95 Pork Chop
French cut and stuffed with bacon, figs and gouda cheese, served in a creamy port wine with mushrooms & roasted potatoes
* served with a side salad

Tax Free Weekend coming

The Massachusetts sales tax holiday is back in August. Here’s what to know.


Remember it is the 2019 Waterfront Festival this weekend at Stage Fort Park.

Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Name: Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Date: August 17, 2019August 18, 2019
Event Description:
Over 200 booths featuring juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the U.S. will display their unique creations. Live music and delicious food including a Lobster Bake! Family style entertainment free through the day.
Hours are 10am to 6pm each day. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Free Admission. (Fee to Park)
On Saturday enjoy a Lobster Bake put on by Ipswich ClamBake, along with beer by Ipswich Ale!
Lobster Bake, $25:

  • Steamed Lobster with drawn butter
  • Steamed Corn on the Cobb
  • Fresh home-made cole slaw
  • Chilled Watermelon Slice

Add one half pound steamed clams with broth and butter, $30.
A La Carte:

  • Lobster with butter:  $21
  • One pound Steamed Clams with broth and butter:  $12

39th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Massachusetts
August 17 & 18, 2019 Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 17
7:30am to 11am Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast
9am to 6pm Festival Opens: Arts, Crafts, Food Booths & Kids Area
9am to 11am Jazz in the Air – Food Court Stage
11am to 3pm Alter Ego – Food Court Stage
3pm to 6pm Two Weeks from Everywhere – Food Court Stage 1pm to 4pm Performance Art – Roaming the Festival
12pm to 6pm Cape Ann Chamber Lobster Bake and Craft Beer Truck Fund Raiser
Sunday, August 18
9am to 5pm Festival Opens: Arts, Crafts, Food Booths & Kids Area
9am to 12pm Jazz in the Air – Food Court Stage
11am to 4pm North Shore Old Car Club over 100 antique/vintage autos 12pm to 5pm Funbucket Band – Food Court Stage 1pm to 4pm Performance Art – Roaming the Festival
• Numerous Artisans will be demonstrating their and craft.
• Dozens of Specialty Food booths will offer samples including herbal dips, jams, jellies, sauces, mustards, maple, honey, oils, vinegars, fudge and much more. • A wide variety of International Foods will be available including traditional American fare, wraps and panini’s, Ice cream, kabobs and seafood. • Several non-profit Agencies will be participating. • Designated Children’s Area with bounce castle, giant inflatable’s, make your-own-craft and more. • Please be sure to visit our Sponsors who help make this wonderful event possible: Engle&Völkers by the Sea, BMW of Peabody, Atlantic Fish and The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Everybody loves a deal.

And if there’s ever a prime opportunity to scoop one up in Massachusetts — maybe for that new couch or television you’ve been eyeing — that moment is coming soon.

For one weekend in August, the state’s sales tax holiday returns, giving shoppers a chance to make some big-ticket purchases without fretting over the Commonwealth’s usual 6.25 percent cut of the bill.

Here’s everything to know about the two-day, tax-free affair, including when it is and how you can use it.

When is the tax holiday?

This year’s holiday is set for Aug. 17 and 18.

Healing Navajo Flute Performances by Jonah Littlesunday on Cape Ann and North of Boston

Cape Ann Wellness

“Prayer and Love. Nothing and no one is above that. Love is the most powerful thing in the universe.  Add prayer, you create magic.”  — Jonah Littlesunday                                      

Native American flautist, Jonah Littlesunday was nominated in 2017 for three categories at the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs): Flautist of the Year, Best Male Artist, Record of the Year (for the multi-artist compilation ‘One World Many Voices’). Jonah gained international recognition when he performed ‘Expressions of Love’ at Senator John McCain’s funeral.

Jonah is performing for the first time in New England, offering his riveting, soulful, healing music. Concerts and short performances will be offered North of Boston and on Cape Ann.

Schedule of Concerts:

  • Thursday, August 15.  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. Manchester-by-the-sea, MA
  • Friday, August 16…

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Join us every Wednesday and Thursday for our 1606 Live Music Series with local artists from 6-9PM



Join us every Wednesday and Thursday for our 1606 Live Music Series with local artists from 6-9PM! With full bar bites & dinner menus available, 44 seat bar with lounge, couches, fireplace, and wide screen TV’s, 1606 is a great spot for all to enjoy local live music. There is no cover fee and we also offer complimentary self and valet parking.

Call (978) 282-0008

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The Great Rowing Adventure

Cape Ann Community

Join us for the Great Rowing Adventure- the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum! The program starts on Thursday, September 12, with a tour of Lowell’s Boat Shop. Then to Plum Island to board the rowing vessels, a Surf Dory built at Lowell’s and two Sharptown row boats built at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. From the Joppa Flats, we will wend our way through the marsh and creeks ending the first day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate; a delicious meal will be provided in the Pine Grove, where we will camp for the night.

Next morning,  we will get back into the boats to begin the magical journey through Fox Creek into Essex Bay stopping for lunch along the way. By afternoon we will be closing in on the end of our journey as we make our way up the…

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