Three Local Celebrity Chefs At My Waterfront Series Opening Reception At @CapeAnnGiclee Friday Nov 1st!


We’ve got a date for the opening reception of my Waterfront Images series at @capeanngiclee

November 1st from 6:30-9:00PM.

Our King of BBQ Craig Kimberley Will Be Smoking Up Some Pork Butts and We’ll Have Pulled Pork The Night Of The Show, The Mrs Is Making Her Famous Cole Slaw and Sista Felicia Is Making A Dessert. Ralph DiGiorgio is announcing his over the top offering tomorrow!



Cape Ann Giclee is located at 20 Maplewood Ave. #GloucesterMA. Please come and share!



Dear Friends,

As many of you are aware my wife Amy has been running an Art / Mental health Awareness project called I Am More for the last three years. You can read more about her work here;

She just opened a new show of 20 portraits and stories that she has been working on for the last year and a half. Our CBS Boston News affiliate did a great story on this new series of portraits & stories, you can watch it here;…/4194891-i-am-more-than-this-…/

The story is just under three minutes in length but it is a deep dive into the project.

I feel that our work on whales and oceans is topical (Charismatic Megafauna) and people like to talk about it. Mental health is one of these issues that is clearly not talked about enough, even though there seems to be a mental health crisis affecting both young and old right now.

I am very proud of the work that Amy is doing, not only to shine a light on this topic but as they say in the news, to get people talking about it.



This Weekend in the Arts 11/1-4/2019

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Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative is celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a gala reception titled 30 Years of Local Color, Sat., Nov. 2, 6:00-8:00 pm. All the artists welcome the public to come enjoy refreshments, live music and all new art. There will be a 15% store-wide discount during the event. 121 Main St., Gloucester.  978-283-3996


Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Twelfth Show

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The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its twelfth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Twelve” at Rockport Art Association & Museum, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, 978.546.6604. This juried show features artworks of both the RAA&M’s artists and contributing members. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography.

The exhibition runs from November 2 through November 17

Artist Reception on Saturday, November 2nd from 2-4 pm. 

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm. Closed Monday.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email at

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 98 years.



Gloucester Housing

GLOUCESTER’S HOUSING: FROM CRISIS TO OPPORTUNITY Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents 2019 symposium November 16 from 2:00–5:00 p.m.
The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s community symposium explores the topic of housing, its relevance to the City of Gloucester and Cape Ann, and the challenges and opportunities it presents for the future. Through a program of speakers, panels, and audience interaction, presenters will address the question of how Gloucester’s lack of reasonably-priced housing is holding the city back. Discussions will explore how creative, green, and maritime economies might offer solutions.
The three-hour program is free and open to the public. People are encouraged to attend as much of the program as they like. Ten-minute breaks with refreshments between segments will allow audience members to interact with presenters and engage in informal conversations with each other.
The keynote presentation will be delivered by Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners. With its origins in the 1960’s, Harborlight has worked to develop, manage, and advocate for quality, affordable, and inclusive housing. Mr. DeFranza will draw on his extensive experience in regional housing to speak to the importance of community partnerships.
Additional speakers include Peggy Hegarty-Steck (Action, Inc.), Carl Gustin (Economic Development and Industrial Corporation), and Tom Balf (OceanVest). Panelists include Bob Gillis (Cape Ann Savings Bank), Shawn Henry (Planning Board), David Houlden (Housing Authority), Jen Holmgren (City Council), Kirk Noyes (Gloucester Development Team), and Ken Riehl (Cape Ann Chamber). Participants represent a wide range of expertise from government, non-profits, the arts, and local business encompassing a broad range of housing viewpoints. Individual presenters will share personal stories relating to their housing experience. Written audience questions will raise specific concerns and ideas for panel discussions.
“Housing is an important and timely topic for Gloucester and the region,” noted Charles Nazarian, President of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. “Part of our mission as a civic hub and community action center is to raise awareness of contemporary topics and to bring together relevant stakeholders for a balanced public conversation.”
The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District. For more information on this program and for the full 2019-20 event schedule, please visit

Treat not trick – fantastic massage at Luna Day Spa #GloucesterMA

Thanks to a generous spa gift package, I was lucky to book a relaxing and therapeutic massage with Julie at Luna Day Spa in Gloucester this Halloween. Before this terrific massage I was feeling a bit of shooting pain down my leg and was barely able put a sock on my right foot. What a treat to leave feeling so much relief! Plus I’m grateful they honored an old gift certificate with no hassle whatsoever.   Luna Day Spa is located at 33 Bass Avenue (across from Sullivan Tire)



I love the move by twitter to ban all political ads.

I can’t stand when my twitter feed which is basically curated by the people I choose to follow gets injected with political ads from either party as “promoted tweets”.  I didn’t ask for politics in my twitter feed.  I unfollow psycho political hard left and right people whose posts consist 80% of bashing the other party.  I don’t care to read it.  So for Twitter to take the initiative and ban all political ads- that’s a move I can get behind!

Bravo twitter.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at this link- @Joey_C

Zomei Tabletop Tripod and Ulanzi Cellphone Tripod Mount Demo For Our Facebook Live Streaming

Reviews and link to purchase:

ZOMEI ZM-HR-CK30-RED-01 Lightweight Compact Aluminum Alloy Mini Desktop Tabletop Tripod with 360 Degree Panoramic Ball Head and Quick Release Plate for Canon Nikon DSLR Cameras, etc, Red


Reviews and link to purchase:

Ulanzi ST-03 Metal Smart Phone Tripod Mount with Cold Shoe Mount and Arca-Style Quick Release Plate for iPhone Xs Xs Max X 8 7 Plus Samsung,Cell Phone Tripod Holder Clip Adapter 


Nichole’s Picks 11/2 +11/3

Pick #1: Purely Good in Our Neighborhood

This great event was rained out last weekend, but is on for Sunday, November 3rd.  Lots of local pure goodness. The event is FREE, but lots of great artisans and vendors will be on hand to sell their goods.  This event will raise money for Sweet Paws Rescue and Windrush Farm.


Pick #2: Fall Twice Loved Toy Sale

Friday, Nov 1st 5:00pm — 8:00pm

The Community Giving Tree will host their Twice Loved Toy Sale at Coolidge Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds. Get amazing deals on toys and books while helping local children. All proceeds support low income families with basic necessities such as clothing, school supplies, baby equipment, and personal care items.

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Pick #3: Sense of Wonder Family Walk: Cool Camoflauge

Sponsored by Ipswich River
November 3, 2019 (Sunday) 1:30pm – 3:00pm


Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield MA
Instructor: Carol Maynard – Sanctuary Field Teacher
Audience: All
(suitable for children 3 & up)
Adult $9.00, Child $8.00
Adult $11.00, Child $10.00

Each outing will begin with a short introduction indoors before going outside for a walk. We’ll explore the topics listed below, but stop to investigate anything of interest that crosses our path. These walks are a wonderful introduction to the sanctuary for the whole family. Sign up for one or more!

November 3: Cool Camouflage
In order to survive, animals use many disguises. They can stay very still, blend in with their surroundings, and even change color. Take a hike to look for these secretive creatures that hide themselves from prying eyes.

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

Happy Halloween!

Things that scare me include snakes. I am not alone in this, so when I saw one recently on my regular morning walk, I knew I had to change up my walk routine a little. Luckily it was the only kind of “good” snake……..dead. Stand down, you naturalists out there….I hear you….snakes serve a purpose….blah, blah, blah. Regardless, changing up my routine even a little put the view in a new light. I thought you might enjoy a virtual snake-free stroll. I understand it’s supposed to be kind of lousy weather so maybe this will brighten your day a bit as it did mine recently.

Three Local Celebrity Chefs At My Waterfront Series Opening Reception At @CapeAnnGiclee Friday Nov 1st!


The King Of BBQ- BBQiT YouTube Star Craig Kimberley Announces His Food Contribution To The Reception-

We’ve got a date for the opening reception of my Waterfront Images series at @capeanngiclee

November 1st from 6:30-9:00PM.

Our King of BBQ Craig Kimberley Will Be Smoking Up Some Pork Butts and We’ll Have Pulled Pork The Night Of The Show, The Mrs Is Making Her Famous Cole Slaw and Sista Felicia Is Making A Dessert. Ralph DiGiorgio is announcing his over the top offering tomorrow!



Cape Ann Giclee is located at 20 Maplewood Ave. #GloucesterMA. Please come and share!



With their big brown winsome eyes, we tend to think seals are sweet and adorable. But just as there are abnormal behaviors in people, so too do other species of mammals possess aberrant traits.

Yesterday morning while heading down to take a walk on the beach I was wondering if anything interesting had washed ashore with the previous day’s king tide. At that very moment I looked over the shoreline and saw what appeared to be a small seal in the seaweed. I approached cautiously from behind because from a distance it appeared as though it was resting.

We’ve all seen seals washed ashore but I have never seen one with the skin peeled away, down to the very muscle, and with the layer of blubber so clearly defined. The seal was small and slender–from tip to tail about two and a half feet–if that.

The area all around the seal was undisturbed, which led me to believe it was not a coyote. The face and neck skin were so cleanly removed, it wasn’t a boat propellor, but it had to have happened in the water. What kind of creature would skin a seal?

Not only do Grey Seals eat Harbor Seals and Harbor Porpoises, but bull Grey Seals have been documented eating young of their own kind. It may be more common than previously thought. After reading the description of how an adult Grey Seal drowned, and then ate a pup, I suspect there is the possibility that this young seal was killed by a Grey Seal.

Have any of our readers ever seen a skinned seal and if yes, please tell us what you may, or may not, know. Thank you.

The following is footage of a male Grey Seal eating a Grey Seal pup, with brackets placed around the link so that you can chose to not to see this disturbing video if you do not care to. []

Corkscrew Seals: Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Infanticide and Cannibalism May Indicate the Cause of Spiral Lacerations in Seals


Large numbers of dead seals with characteristic spiral lesions have been washing ashore around the North Atlantic over the past two decades. Interactions with ship propellers and shark predation have been suggested as the likely causal mechanisms. However, new evidence points towards a more likely candidate: grey seal predation. An adult male grey seal was observed and recorded catching, killing and eating five weaned grey seal pups over a period of one week on the Isle of May, Scotland. A further 9 carcasses found in the same area exhibited similar injuries. Post mortem analysis of lesions indicated the wound characteristics were similar to each other and in 12 of the 14 carcasses analysed, were indistinguishable from carcasses previously attributed to propeller interaction. We therefore propose that most of the seal carcasses displaying spiral lacerations in the UK are caused by grey seal predation. Cases in other locations should be re-evaluated using the scoring system presented here to identify whether grey seal predation is a major cause of mortality in phocid seals.

Read the full paper here.

Halloween at the Little Art Cinema!

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Spend this Halloween at the Little Art with a marathon of horror classics all for $10!

First up at 5 is Tod Browning’s adaption of Dracula starring the iconic Bela Lugosi!

Next at 7 we have to Hitchcock classic that spawned an entire genre: Psycho!

To finish the night off we have a tale of superstition and science from one of the best B-movie directors ever to work in Hollywood, Jacques Tourneur (Out of the Past, Cat People)!

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