Russia trip – Pat Morss

Anne-Lise and I are back from a trip to Moscow and St Petersburg with a stop on the way home for family and shrimp (just like ours but with no quota) in Norway.

Moscow, pedestrian street
Moscow, GUM shopping center
Moscow, Red Square, St Basil
Suzdal, Golden Circle east of Moscow
Suzdal, Golden Circle east of Moscow
St Petersburg, Catherine Palace
St Petersburg, Catherine Palace
St Petersburg, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
St Petersburg, St Isaac’s Cathedral
St Petersburg, Russian Museum
St Petersburg, Hermitage, Winter Palace chapel
St Petersburg, Peterhof Palace
St Petersburg, concert at Grand Duke Vladimir Palace
St Petersburg, concert at Grand Duke Vladimir Palace
Norway; shrimp with avocado, on the way home

And the Finalists Are … Three Finalists Selected from Dozens of Submissions to Gloucester’s 400th-Anniversary Medal Design Competition

The designer of GMG’s official logo, Beth Swan (the only Gloucester resident of the three finalists) is one of three finalists for the designer of the 400th Anniversary Medal Design Competition!

Beth was one of the first contributors to GMG in the early days and won the competition we held to design our logo. She is incredibly talented! Go Beth!

Here’s the press release-

 Gloucester Celebration Corporation, the official organizers of Gloucester, Massachusetts’ 400th-anniversary celebration, today announced the three finalists in Phase I of the Commemorative Medal Design Competition. The finalists are:


  • Alexis Chipperini, of Brighton, MA for “Call of the Storm”
  • Beth Swan of Gloucester, MA  for “Out at Sea”
  • Shannon Wilkins of Portland, ME, for “Gloucester: America’s Oldest Seaport”


Selected from over three dozen designs received from artists worldwide, each of these three artists will receive the $3,000 award for Phase I, and will move into Phase II of the competition.


“The sheer number of entries alone was challenging,” commented Roger Armstrong, head of the judging panel. “And, I think I speak for the rest of the judges when I say how difficult it was to make our selection from so many thoughtfully-created designs. In the end analysis, we felt each of the three finalists honor something that is ‘uniquely Gloucester’ with exceptional clarity and creativity.”


In addition to Mr. Armstrong, the judging panel included Ms. Joy Dai Buell, Ms. Janice Carragher Charles, Mr. Leon Doucette, and Mr. Ken Hruby. The judging panel conducted a blind review of all entries; i.e., the judges were not advised of names or addresses of any artists. Their review was based solely on the designs themselves and the artists’ descriptions of their designs.


“I would like to thank our panel of judges for how professionally and insightfully they reviewed every design submitted,” said Bruce Tobey, tri-chairperson of the Gloucester 400 steering committee. “I applaud both their hard work and the designs they selected.”


Phase II of the Competition

In Phase II, the final medal will be chosen by a second panel of judges from 3-dimensional renderings of each of the three finalists’ designs. The design selected to represent the city’s 400th anniversary as its commemorative medal will then be minted in bronze and silver versions for purchase by Gloucester residents, collectors, and numismatists worldwide. In addition, the final artist will receive an award of $10,000.



Medals will be available for pre-order in February 2020. The first minting of the 400th anniversary medallions will be available in the Spring of 2020. Proceeds from their sale will provide the chief source of funding for Gloucester’s 2023 celebrations and will provide residents with a memento of the Quadricentennial, help the city capture the priceless stories of the city’s 400-year history, and create new memories for storytellers to come.



These magical creatures never cease to amaze and surprise. Early one morning I went looking in the butterfly trees for an overnight roost. Instead I found them sleeping like a dream in a golden field.

The light was pure rose gold for a few brief moments, casting a pearly pink glow over the butterflies, too.

I’ve seen a small cluster of sleeping Monarchs on a wildflower branch before, but never a field full. The wind was strong; perhaps they felt safer roosting closer to the ground.

It was funny to watch them awaken. Some flew off, but most stayed in place and began drinking nectar. Bees do this, they sleep in flowers, but it was a first to see Monarchs sleeping in their breakfast.

Come join me Saturday morning at The Stevens Coolidge Place in Andover for all things Monarch. I will be giving my Monarch conservation program at 10:30. For more information go here.

Male (left) and Female Monarch Waking Up in Goldenrod Field


Wishing the Duckworth Family and Friends a Happy Fifteenth Year in Business

Duckworth’s is the heart of our East Gloucester neighborhood. Thank you to Ken and Nicole for hosting countless joyful celebrations and making wonderful memories for so many at your beautiful and welcoming restaurant.

Here’s to fifteen plus more years ❤ ❤ ❤

Emma Duckworth was only one year old when Duckworth’s Bistrot first opened in 2004. Here she is today at sixteen with Gillian, Colleen, and Michelle.

Cape Ann Makers Market


We are excited to offer for the first time, Cape Ann Makers Market, 2019 Holiday Market, an indoor holiday shopping event featuring artisans, crafters, and makers of Cape Ann and beyond. This event is co-produced by Cape Ann Auction, Hold Fast Company, and Cape Ann Giclee.

CAMM 2019 Holiday Market:
Saturday, November 30, 2019
10 am to 4 pm
Held at Cape Ann Auction’s new warehouse location
1 Kondelin Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

We will have plenty of vendor spaces available and are offering two booth sizes to choose from. Since this is a first time event, we have kept the fee low.

8×10 for $35 | 12×12 for $45
Electrical connection is available if needed.

Vendor selection will be based on craftsmanship, use of materials and with an emphasis on handmade gifts. We will not accept vendors selling directly imported goods, otherwise commercially made (buy/sell) items or direct sales.

Please complete the Vendor Application form linked below and submit no later than October 14th.

No payment is due until your application has been accepted.

Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by October 18th along with vendor agreements and additional event details. See More

cape ann makers market

This Weekend in the Arts 10/6-9/2019

SATURDAY, October 5 – Artist’s Reception at GLADSTONE 

Cove Glow, 2018, oil on canvas, 9” x 12 – Rockport, MA

GLADSTONE fine jewelry and fine art gallery is pleased to be showcasing the work of Zufar Bikbov, an acclaimed plein air painter, in conjunction with the upcoming Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival in October. The exhibition opened on August 20 and will be on view through October 12.


Zufar Bikbov is passionate about oil painting and the dynamic nature of the plein air art form. He has been traveling and painting landscapes throughout the United States for over a decade, and is the recipient of multiple prestigious plein air awards at national competitions of juried artists.
A native of Russia, Zufar was influenced by his father’s unrealized dream to become a professional artist in Stalin era post WWII Soviet Union. Zufar trained from the age of nine at Zelenodolsk Youth Art School in Kazan in the Russian realist tradition. He embraces experimentation in his artwork and today his landscape painting style exhibits elements of both realism and impressionism.
As a young adult, Bikbov’s desire to help others led him to embark on a career in medicine. During his years in medical school and residency, art remained an important constant in his life. He was honored to participate in the 2002 exhibit, Doctors Paint, at the State Museum of Fine Arts in Kazan, Russia.  There he made a connection which ultimately brought him to Yale to further his medical studies. He relocated to the United States in 2004 and continued to work in the medical field through 2016, painting and participating in plein air competitions all the while. Zufar became a full-time artist and art teacher in 2017.
Zufar’s work is represented in private collections throughout the United States – from New England to California – as well as the UK, Spain, and of course, Russia. While he continues to avidly explore the American landscape, Zufar teaches painting in studio and online at the project.
This is Zufar’s first exhibition at GLADSTONE and the second year he will be competing in Cape Ann Plein Air, October 6 – 14. He was the recipient of the Second Place Award at Cape Ann Plein Air 2018.
The gallery is located at 36 ½ Union Street. Hours are 11-6, Tuesday – Saturday.


James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email:
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.


Chris Stovall Brown Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 10.3.2019

Thursday at the Rhumbobabrewhaha: the return of Chris “Stovall” Brown and his gas giants. CB is the orneryest(?) of the breed of Boston catarrhists and I’ll personally guarantee he’ll move your internal organs around your thorax or double your tip jar money back.
Included on the list is Mike Clarke, former Delbert McLinton drummbler (no slouch he) and Dhave Saggh, persiflage expert. Gonna be a blast!
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

GHS boys soccer next home game at New Balance Field at Newell Stadium is…

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GHS Boys Varsity Soccer 10.2.19 vs. Lynn


OCTOBER 7, 6:30PM HOME vs. Salem

The team is half way through its 2019 season. Pump up the volume! For Joey and other spectators: mark your calendars with 4 more chances to see season home games.

Gloucester Daily Times sports writer, Nick Curcuru, describes the boys varsity soccer team as one not to miss: “Gloucester is not only good, it is one of the most exciting teams in the conference as it can light up the scoreboard and put up goals in bunches against any defense.” excerpt from The Contenders article. His report on the Malden game, Resilient Fishermen, is a great read about that exciting game.

upcoming games (see full schedule here )

GAME 10. MONDAY OCTOBER 7, 6:30PM (JV postponed), HOME vs. Salem

Game 11. Tuesday October 8, 3:45 (JV 4:00) AWAY vs. Lynn

12. Friday October 11, 4:00PM (JV 4:00PM) HOME vs. Marblehead

13. Tuesday October 15, 4:00PM (JV 4:00PM) AWAY vs. Peabody

14. Friday October 18, 4:00PM (JV postponed) AWAY vs. Salem

15. Monday October 21, 6:30PM (JV 4:30PM) HOME vs. Swampscott

16. Wednesday October 23, 6:30PM (JV 4:30PM) HOME vs. Danvers

17. Friday October 25, 4:00PM (JV 4:00PM) AWAY vs. Beverly

18. Monday October 28, 7:30PM (JV 6:00PM) AWAY vs. Malden


Classic Cars

Not for publication contact: Charles Nazarian

October 2, 2019


Second Annual Classic Car Show Kicks off Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s Autumn-Winter-Spring Program Season!

A picture perfect early fall day set the scene for the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s second annual Cape Ann Classic Cars on the Green on Saturday, September 28. More than 30 antique and classic cars lined the historic Meetinghouse’s grand allee while scores of car enthusiasts, families, and visitors to Gloucester strolled the promenade. John Hicks and his Giddy Gang provided the perfect accompaniment with their distinctive Dixieland band.

Entries to the invitational show spanned more than 50 years with two 1923 Model T’s representing the earliest entries and a 1979 Firebird TA as the most recent. Both visitors and owners voted for their favorite cars in nine categories ranging from Best in Show to Most Luxurious, Most Ostentatious, and Most Fun. The runaway winner for the day was the 1963 Turino Turquoise Cadillac convertible owned the Tim Sparks of Lowell. The ’63 Caddie was the crowd favorite for Most Elegant, Most Luxurious, and Grand Touring/Comfort.

Tours of the historic 1806 Meetinghouse were a popular attraction. Among the building’s many historic and notable details and treasures, visitors were most intrigued by the 1785 charter signed by freed slave Gloster Dalton and the role that the Meetinghouse played in the legal battle that resulted in the incorporation of a policy around the separation of church and state in the United States Constitution. Bob Wech, Music Director for the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church thrilled visitors with a rousing mini-concert on the 1893 Hutchings-Fisk pipe organ to complete the tour.

Congratulations to all the 2019 winners!

1957 Chevy Belair convertible
Owner: John Ross, Ipswich

1963 Cadillac convertible
Owner: Tim Sparks, Lowell

1963 Cadillac convertible
Owner: Tim Sparks, Lowell

1963 Cadillac convertible
Owner: Tim Sparks, Lowell

1967 Cobra
Owner: John Pardee, Rockport

1958 Ford Skyliner
Owner: Nick Anderson, Hamilton

1946 Studebaker MS
Owner: Jonathan Poore, Hamilton

1957 Chevy Belair convertible
Owner: John Ross, Ipswich

1964 Comet Caliente convertible
Owners: Deb and Lauren Boudreau-Steeves


Photos by:
Lauren Boudreau-Steeves
Rick Isaacs
Charles Nazarian


Nichole’s Picks 10/5 + 10/6

Pick #1: Topsfield Fair 

FIND ALL THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW including ticket prices, rides, shows, full schedule, and more HERE 

October 4 – 14
Open Daily at 10AM




Pick #2: Notch Traveling Biergarten at Appleton Farms

Friday from 5:00-9:00, Saturday 2:00-7:00, and Sunday 1:00-6:00

Appleton Farms219 Country Road,  Ipswich

Notch is proud to partner with The Trustees to bring you a series of public family-friendly Traveling Biergarten events in some of Massachusetts’ most scenic places.

The Traveling Biergarten is going back to the farm- Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA!

We’ll be pouring Notch session beer in half-liter mugs and have authentic biergarten furniture set-up for your relaxation. There will also be a selection of games to play should you find the urge to toss some corn bags around.

Appleton Farms charges $3 admission for non-Trustees members.

About Appleton Farms: Appleton Farms offers a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past- rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this 1,000-acre pastoral landscape. One of the oldest continuously-operating farms in the country, Appleton Farms still raises dairy cows, goats and chickens and is home to six miles of paths for pedestrians and horses. The farm was gifted to the Trustees by Colonel Francis Appleton and continues to operate in its centuries-old tradition by operating a Farm Stand and CSA.

The Trustees is a non-profit that preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. Their network of over 100 farms, historic homes, and wooded areas spans from The Berkshires to the Cape and Islands and everywhere in between.


Pick #3: The Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair in Salem

Salem’s Month of Haunted Happenings is officially underway.

Check out all of the Haunted Happenings HERE

October 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fun for all ages! Shop 70+ vendors, listen to live music and enjoy historic Salem . This street festival has something for everyone… crafts, jewelry, paintings, stained glass, and more!



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


Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy has three classes of graduates working in biotech companies across the North Shore and Boston, and our fourth class just recently started their biotech journey in the teaching lab.  Come to our OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, October 24th to learn how you can start your own career in the exciting world of biotech!

GBA_Flyer_OPEN HOUSE October 2019

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