hauling st nicholas rocky neck from jackie bennett

jackie writes:

I will have some digital prints from original negatives of waterfront scenes from the late 79’s and early 80’s available at the Phyllis A. Art Show and Fun Raiser at the Rocky Neck Railways on Sat and Sun. Sept 21 and 22.  This is a sample.

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Monarchs were on the move over the weekend, not only on Cape Ann, but all over northern and northeastern regions of the country* very solid numbers of migrating Monarchs are being shared, from Ontario, to upstate New York, Michigan, and Maine.

Lets keep our hopes up for good weather for the Monarchs on the next leg of their journey southward!

*Ninety percent of the Monarch Butterfly migration takes place east of the Rocky Mountains.

If you would like to help support the Monarchs, think about creating a milkweed patch in your garden. The best and most highly productive milkweed for Monarch caterpillars is Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), the milkweed we see growing in our local marshes and dunes. The seed heads are ripe for plucking when they have split open and you can see the brown seeds and beautiful floss.

For several of my readers who have expressed difficulty in germinating milkweed seeds, the following is a foolproof method from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

How to Germinate Milkweeds

MILKWEEDS (ASCLEPIAS SPP.) ARE NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO GERMINATE. But don’t despair. The Wildflower Center has developed and tested a protocol that results in good germination rates for a number of our native milkweed species. Follow this process and you’ll soon be on your way to supporting monarchs, bumblebees and tons of other insects that depend on milkweed plants. READ the complete article here.


Darin Murphy and Jill

Visionary iartcolony gallerists Bob Armstrong and Jill Whitney Armstrong created an outstanding opening for their new show “be present.” Evocative and thought provoking, the lineup included visual work by artists David Robinson and Jane Hudson (currently exhibiting at iartcolony), Ken Brown video from Psychedelic Cinema,* an oration given by Darin Murphy, and live drawing and painting demonstrations given by Will Pappenheimer and Michael Talbot.

Brian King (What Time is it Mr. Fox) performed his Dionysian piece from his newest play Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth, which premiered this summer at the Museum of Science.


Artist and drummer for the Cars, David Robinson, and cult filmmaker Ken Brown.

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be present runs through November 22, 2019. For more information, call 978-764-5495.

*Psychedelic Cinema revives Brown’s Super 8 films, which were shot at the Boston Tea Party, one of Boston’s legendary live rock and blues music venues. The artists he created light shows and films for include Jimi Hendrix, the Velvet Underground, Sly Stone, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, and many, many more.



Please join me for the Monarch Migration Celebration at the Stevens Coolidge Place in Andover on Saturday October 5th at 10:30am. I am cosponsoring the event and giving my slide presentation and talk “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.” The presentation is part of a day long event celebrating the Monarch migration. This promises to be a wonderfully fun day for kids and adults!

Monarch Migration Celebration

You spent the summer watching them flit about your gardens, now it’s time to wish them well on their trip down to Mexico – it’s the Monarch Migration Celebration at Stevens-Coolidge Place!

This celebration will kick off with a children’s pollinator parade around the property (costumes encouraged!) bringing all visitors to an afternoon of demos, crafts & stories, seed bomb making and gardening tips to bring these orange friends to your yard in the spring. Want to join in the butterfly tagging? Bring your flying friends with you and we’ll be happy to show you how! Butterfly release at 2:30PM

Trustees Member: $3
Trustees Member Child: $5
Trustees Family: $15

Nonmember: $6
Nonmember Child: $10
Nonmember Family: $25
Please help us plan for the day. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Stevens Coolidge Place

137 Andover Street

North Andover

This Weekend in the Arts: 9/13-16/2019


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Local pediatrician, Brian Orr, and his daughter, Theresa, are displaying paper art works this month at the North Shore Unitarian Church in Danvers. Their art captures sea scenes and animals, as well as Boston cityscapes. Color, color and more color define their work as they use various papers and metal foils to illustrate their subjects. They often use recycled materials in the works such as old windows or wood planks.

Prints of their work are available at Cape Ann Giclee in Gloucester. They will have an open house for viewing their work this Sunday at NSUU from 12-2. All are welcome.


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Yesterday’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

As solemn an occasion as it was, I was pleased to be in attendance at yesterday’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Gloucester Fire Department Headquarters.   Gloucester’s Police, Fire Dept., Coast Guard, Harbormaster, Veteran’s Services, City Officials, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and the Gloucester Division of the Navy Sea Cadets (including my son, Thatcher) gathered for a short ceremony led by Fire Chief Smith. The ceremony included remarks from the Chief, a prayer by Chaplain Peter Aberle of the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville, a symbolic “5-5-5-5” alarm on the ceremonial fire bell, and a powerful moment of silence.

All in attendance were invited to City Hall for a reception afterwards, thanks to the Mayor’s office and the Gloucester Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary as well as donations from Jim’s Bagels & Bake Shoppe, The Caffe Sicilia, and Virgilio’s.

A special display was open for viewing by those in attendance thanks to Gloucester residents Dan Leahy, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War who was working for the Port Authority at the World Trade Center at the time of both the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks, and Brenda Leahy.

If you were not able to attend yesterday’s ceremony, maybe make a point of attending next year. It is an important tradition for the City to continue to honor those whose lives were lost due to the attacks on September 11, 2001 and also to show our great appreciation and respect to current first responders.

It’s time! temporary fencing at Stacy Boulevard ahead of the railing replacement



Part of Gloucester DPW ongoing Stacy Boulevard work, this new railing will extend east, continuing the look of the promenade western side. Future phases involve grounds work. AFTER comparisons will be in this direction.


The Gardeners are Generous and We All Benefit

Lovely gardens on the boulevard are still looking great! Thank you Generous Gardeners! You can support their efforts if you need some daylilies for a $10 donation by emailing susan@generousgarders.org with the desired variety (take a picture of the flower or the tag). Seems like a wonderful way to spread the beauty across Cape Ann!

Meet Seaport Grille’s Pastry Chef & the face behind our famous Key Lime Pie, Kayleigh Cain!


Meet our amazing Pastry Chef & the face behind our famous Key Lime Pie, Kayleigh Cain! 🍰 Kayleigh started as a hostess here at Seaport Grille, but soon began to help the baker in the kitchen. Kayleigh ended up loving making desserts for Seaport and she has done so ever since! Her favorite is our Coconut Cake, but her Key Lime Pie, Apple Crisp, and homemade chocolate chip cookies are also delicious. We love Kayleigh, & we know how much all of you love the desserts she creates! 🍪


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Our parking ramp is closed for maintenance until October 7th.

Cape Ann Wellness

Our parking ramp is closed for maintenance until October 7th. If you are scheduled during this time, please allow yourself some extra time to find a parking spot on the street or at the public lot on Rogers Street. Don’t forget to bring quarters for the meter.
You can enter the building through our main entrance on Main Street between Pastaio and Local Colors.
We apologize for the inconvenience.


Harbor Cove Dental

123 Main St Suite 2, Gloucester, MA 01930
Appointments: patientconnect365.com

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