The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill is excited to announce that it will honor five change-makers, including Gloucester native, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo


Paying tribute to the legacy of “The First Lady of the World,” The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK), a non-profit educational organization based in Hyde Park, NY, is excited to announce that it will honor five change-makers, including author and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton, and humanitarian, author and global journalist, Zainab Salbi, with the prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal at a ceremonious luncheon on Sunday, October 13.Medals will be bestowed by honoree-selected presenters, including 1995 medal recipient, Hillary Clinton, honoring her daughter, Chelsea Clinton. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY. Open to the public, event tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (845) 229-5302.

In its 32nd year, the Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Ceremony recognizes individuals who reflect Mrs. Roosevelt’s desire to build a better world through humanitarian efforts. In addition to Clinton and Salbi, the 2019 honorees include Hyde Park residents and philanthropists, John and Gloria Golden, and President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises and gender equity champion, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. Each of these distinguished guests will be presented with awards for their unfailing dedication to promoting human rights and to challenging injustice.


Gloucester native, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

“Dedicated to serving others, these inspiring honorees have made an irrevocable impact on the global community,” said April Gozza, executive director of ERVK. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor and celebrate their contributions, which put into action Eleanor’s ideals. This year is especially momentous as it marks the first time both a mother and daughter have received the medal.”

In the tradition established by Mrs. Roosevelt’s life’s work, each medalist has made significant contributions to evolve social justice, education, public service and human rights. Embodying what it means to live through activism, advocacy and compassion, medalists serve to better their local communities and the world at large. Former honorees include Gloria Steinem, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Hillary Clinton, James Earl Jones, Loung Ung, Pete Seeger, Peter and Jennifer Buffett, Pumla Gobodo-Madikezeka, Richard Holbrooke, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Tarana Burke.

Proceeds will support the ERVK’s efforts to educate, inspire and uplift future generations through leadership and youth development programs, including the esteemed Girls Leadership Worldwide program and the Eleanor Roosevelt Emerging Community College Leaders (ECCEL) program for community college students. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and more information can be found on the event website.

For more information on the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Ceremony or to view a list of past medal recipients, visit

About the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill:

Furthering Eleanor Roosevelt’s life mission, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill (ERVK), a non-profit organization located in Hyde Park, NY, facilitates educational programming to inspire youth across the globe to be champions of social justice and humanitarian efforts. By offering intensive, prestigious programs like Girls Leadership Worldwide (GLW) and Eleanor’s Community College Emerging Leaders (ECCEL), ERVK equips young people with the necessary tools to be agents of change within their communities and beyond. To learn more, please visit or follow the organization on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


My friend Elaine pointed out this sweet little sea duck sleeping on the rocks. Softly hued in shades of white, buff, and chocolate brown, with root beer colored eyes, a pale blue mottled bill, bluish-white feet and legs, and only about as large as a crow, we struggled to figure out what species. The little toothy hook at the end of the bill gave it away. I am almost ninety percent certain the little mystery duck is a female immature Long-tailed Duck. If any of our readers know otherwise, please write 🙂

Long-tailed Ducks breed in the Arctic wetlabds but in the winter they are found in our area, along the coast in salty water and sandy shorelines. Perhaps the young duck will stay for the winter. Write and let us know if you see any Long-tailed Ducks in your neighborhood. Thank you!

This Weekend in the Arts 9/20-23/2019





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BOBBI GIBB ART – murals, sculpture, recent works

You are invited to attend an Open Studio and Art Sale event all of next month – September 14st – October.

This Exhibit showcases my sculptural works and latest explorations in abstract art & mixed media forms.

The event is in the “Loft Area” of the Cape Pond Ice Company located at 104 Commercial Street in Gloucester (Cool place, yes?).

To give you an idea of the type of work showcased during my event, link to my new CloudBoard Channel below


Please call, text or email me to make a special appointment at any time to join the fun at my   Open Studio and Art Sale – Bobbi Gibb 978-273-1552   &

Cape Pond Ice Company loft”ART@the Icehouse”, 104 Commercial Street, The Fort, Gloucester MA.


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Brian Templeton, Billy Loosigian and Dave Mattacks join Dave Sag tonight ~ Thursday night blues party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 9.19.2019

Big fun  this Thursday with Brian Templeton, Billy Loosigian, and Dave Mattacks. Makes me feel like a rock star!





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Have You Ever Been to an Auction? If not: What are you waiting for? This Saturday Night, Sept. 21 at 6pm 1 Kondelin Rd in the Cape Ann Industrial Park

Cape Ann Auction will auction up hundreds of Treasures from Cape Ann Estates. Expect to find art, antiques, jewelry, furniture, local history and much more. There’s a 2 hour inspection period before from 4pm-6pm the day of the auction to preview any items you may be interested in.  Everything is on one level so loading purchases is easy, and help is available. There’s also plenty of parking.
It’s an old school auction with live bidding and no reserves. Here’s a small sample of what’s in this auction.
Art: 19th Century o/c in bold gold gilt frame of Schooner by Moonlight signed Ernest Baker 25”x30”, framed etchings, drypoint & prints signed by Frank W. Benson incl: etching of 3 Geese Leaving Water 11”x16” hand signed, etching of Plovers on Shore 13/50 hand signed 6.5”x9.5”, Two Duck Hunters in Blind 7”x9” XII, Canadian Geese Landing 1916 III, Single Canadian Goose in flight XI, Single Goose up from Pond IV,  PC Wharton engraving 7 Mallards? Landing, orig. pastel of Spaniel Dog signed by Mears 12”x18” in metal frame, 1889 Engraving of Essex MA – as found featuring Conomo & Falls Village,

Stoneware, Pottery, Porcelain & Glass: 4 gallon antique stoneware jug w large vivid cobalt bird decoration by O.L. & AK Ballard of Burlington VT (excellent condition), 2 gallon crock w/ cobalt blue floral decoration signed L & P.G Chace Somerset, an assortment of other stoneware crocks & jugs incl: 10 gal w/ lid Geo. E. Wales, Newton Center MA & others,  26” antique copper fish weathervane topper,

Furniture: awesome modern lucite chair, early 19th century blanket chest w/ two drawers and lift-top, bow-front oak curio cabinet,  chest on chest country highboy, Eastlake settee & matching side chair,

Americana: crazy cast iron flying pig doorstop, fragment of antique Cigar Store “Indian” on iron stand, victorian period iron sculpture’s  pedestal w/ adjustable bronze platform, Civil War era pistol grip amputation bone saw mfgd by Goodman & Shurtleff Boston MA, giant clamps 31” from Essex MA Ship Building Yard, 14kt gold penknife, Sterling & Silverplate Flatware, antique Washer Woman whirlygig, very old concrete duck family

Clocks & Watches: Tall-case w/ split pediment 19th century grandfather clock in cherry wood (amazing grain) & painted wooden face, victorian period grandmother clock in gorgeous tiger oak case,

18kt gold Zenith working pocket watch, collection of watches including gold filled Waltham pocket watch & others. Antique Hat-pin collection.

Toys: WWI Elastoline Doughboy Soldiers, other iron, lead, metal soldiers, Black American bel-hop other figures, Hubley Cast Iron fire engine, Tootsie-Toy metal battleships & submarines, Carl Yaztremski Tin-Litho Baseball 1962 Game in excellent condition, baseball cards and much more! Auction License #119




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Nichole’s Picks 9/21 + 9/22

Pick #1: Trails and Sails Week in Essex County

These fabulous activities are so rich and important….and are such an asset to families and residents in this area.  There is a full calendar of 10 FREE Days of Events

Get your calendars out and start marking the ones that you would like to squeeze in!  There truly is fun for the whole family.

Discover special places in your backyard! Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, explore historic properties, and take in cultural experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during Trails & Sails!

GMG’s own Pat D. did a great post about Trails and Sails earlier today as well.  Please read hers HERE



Pick #2: KidsFest at Wachusett Mountain

So this may be kind of a hike, but it sounds worth it.  Plus, you can stop at the AWESOME Wachusett Brewing Company on the way home.



Sept 21-22

10am – 5pm

This one’s all about kids and families! Two days filled with entertainment, shows, giveaways, vendors, activities and more! No shortage of fun for everyone!



As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Trails and Sails Already Underway!

Trials and Sails is a 10 day event held across Essex County and includes a wide range of activities designed to highlight the variety of indoor and outdoor experiences available to the public. This year’s event runs from Friday Sept 20 to Sunday Sept 29 but you can get a headstart tonight in Ipswich at the Ipswich Visitor Center Gallery at the Hall Haskell House 36 South Main Street.  A reception will be held there 6-8 PM to “Meet the Woman Business Owners” along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway (our own Pauline Bresnahan of Pauline’s Gifts is among these women). Art and artisan pieces from these businesses will be shown and offered for sale in the Gallery at the Ipswich Visitor Center until Sunday Sept 22 from 10 AM to 5 PM. It’s a great take. I stopped by yesterday and visited with Anne from Lost Treasures in Rowley. Additional Trails and Sails info available here.

You’ll be hearing more about these events in the upcoming days. My calendar is pretty full of plans to attend a number of them.

7 tips for Getting Your Diet Back on Track

Cape Ann Wellness


A Nutrition Series with Darren Burke

Join Darren Burke, Certified Nutritionist, for an educational lecture series that will highlight simple and effective ways to clean up your eating habits. You’ll learn about what foods are in season and recipes that incorporate those foods!

September 26th – 6:30 PM: 7 tips for Getting Your Diet Back on Track

  • Did you create some bad habits this Summer? Too much take out, ice cream or alcohol? The café will be preparing healthy and easy snack recipes that you and your kids will love this new school year!

October 24th – 6:30 PM: Craft Beer and “Healthy” Candy Pairing

  • Don’t knock it ’till you try it! Join Darren as he pairs different seasonal craft beers with “healthier” versions of you traditional Halloween treats!

November 21st – 6:30 PM: Stress-Free Thanksgiving

  • Stay on track with these guilt free dishes! The café will be preparing healthy…

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