Once a week Charlotte and I stop by Russell Orchards for their wonderfully fresh fruit; peaches and plums a month ago, and currently, a grand selection of apples, along with several varieties of pears. We are also addicted to their fresh eggs, red potatoes, cider, a variety of home grown veggies, and my family’s favorite, the original and simply the best apple cider doughnuts.

Much to Charlotte’s disappointment, Daryl is usually asleep. Wake-up, wake-up she calls, but to no avail. Daryl snores dreamily on. But after many, many wake-up attempts, this time she awoke from her darkened corner. Daryl walked toward Charlotte (actually, towards her water bowl, both in the same direction) for a quick slurp, then outdoors to her pigsty to closely examine her food bowl. Out the barn door we raced to hopefully catch a second glimpse. Daryl turned around once in her pen then shuffled indoors to return to her shady corner in the barn, falling fast back to piggy dreamland, but not before emitting some deep throated classically hoggish snorts and grunts. This was enough activity to endear Daryl to Charlotte forever.

The little Billy Goat Sweet (I would write Gruff, but he really is very sweet and Patient) is much more fun. Here he is getting his ears examined and in the next photo, she is showing him how to button a coat.


Imagining your best, most meaningful life, and then taking the leap to live it was the theme of Lindsay’s inspiring talk, presented at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s Businesswomen’s Luncheon, and held at the beautiful Beauport Hotel.

The talk was deeply rooted in the artist’s own life journey, through her storied acting career, and Buddhist studies. The audience was raptly held and I think I speak for many in that we could have stayed all afternoon listening to her ideas on living life with imagination.

Thank you to the Chamber’s Kerry McKenna for the outstanding job she did organizing this stellar, annual event, and to all the sponsors!  

Lobster Cove: Gloucester DPW rebuilding stone wall along Washington Street / 127 (and brush clearing at Bennett)

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Brett, John, Chelsea – DPW crew covers their masonry work in progress on the stone wall by Lobster Cove October 9, 2019, ahead of a forecast nor’easter, Gloucester, Mass.

CAUTION- slow down!

Gloucester DPW crews are restoring the old stone fence along Washington Street/Rt 127 between the Annisquam footbridge and Annisquam Church. They are filling and resetting capstone and top stone along its length and attending to areas of greater disrepair. The fence on this route has been hit by cars more than once. Estimates for contracting the work went far outside the department’s budget. Thankfully, Gloucester DPW is up to the city maintenance of a traditional public works build.  They began the job last week (see below)

BEFORE (and one in process/mortar)



So far- Gloucester DPW is just a fraction of the way into this project. They’ll tackle sections at a time.

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Goose Cove

Gloucester DPW repaired the stone wall at Goose Cove (also hit)

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Nearby another DPW crew completed much needed roadside overgrowth clearing on Bennett Street up towards Dennison Street

Before (Google Street view) / After


This Weekend in the Arts 10/11-14/2019


Solo Show: John Fleming
Saturday – October 12, 2019

Opening Reception:
Saturday, October 12, 2:00 – 4:00 PM



An exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Rockport artist John Fleming will open in the Marguerite Pearson Room of the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) on Saturday, October 12th with an artist’s reception from 2 – 4 PM. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, October 12 – Thursday, October 24.

As a member of the Rockport Art Association & Museum, Fleming has won numerous awards for excellence in sculpture and graphics, including the Marguerite Pearson Gold Medal for best in show.  A graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York City, Mr. Fleming’s art has taken many forms: commercial art, advertising, graphic design, illustration, art direction, and jewelry design and manufacturing.   The works he will be featuring in this solo show are drawn from Fleming’s decision to use nature’s seemingly random way of creation and “see what happens.”  As Fleming himself states:

“Each piece has its story.  Some hopeful of what they will become.  Some comical.  One, in particular, tragic and flawed knowing that it’s probably the last of its evolving kind.  All of them having no sense of why they exist.”


Capture the beauty of Halibut Point on paper!

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Take a FREE 45 minute beginner drawing lesson with Slow River Studio owner Jess Yurwitz (www.slowriverstudio.com) on Sunday afternoon Oct. 13th.  Sketching tours will leave the Ranger Station at Halibut Point Park in Rockport at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Limit of 15 people per tour.

No artistic skill? No problem! This is an experience for everyone! At Slow River Studio we believe everyone can become more artistic with instruction, individual coaching and practice. We offer small, supportive classes to help you develop the drawing skills and creative confidence that can lead to a lifetime of relaxation and joy. You can overcome your fears and develop a new identity as an artist!

Visit our website for more information: www.slowriverstudio.com

Jessica Yurwitz
Slow River Studio
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Jane Deering Gallery presents First Violin: An Octave of Prints by artist Patty Rosenblatt.

An Opening Reception will be held with the artist on Saturday, October 12th from 4:00-6:00pm. The series of eight images grew out of a commission from the Longwood Symphony Orchestra to make a sculptural piece using an unfinished violin. Inspired by a relished theory — which posits that clay is the substance from which all life on earth first sprang — Rosenblatt decided to submerge the violin in a well of wet clay and allow the complexity of time to alter the submerged instrument. The resulting series of prints capture the various stages of transformation. The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA, next to the Cape Ann Museum. Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment at pattyrosenblatt@gmail.com.

Patty Rosenblatt studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She earned a BA from Goucher College and and MA from Boston College. In 2007 she was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship by the Santa Fe Art Institute. Currently, she is an Advisor to Manship Artists Residency and Studios (MARS), Gloucester MA; and served from 1999-2013 on the Advisory Board of the Aidekman Art Gallery, Tufts University. Rosenblatt has exhibited widely throughout the northeast region. Her work is in numerous public and private collections. The artist maintains a studio on Cape Ann.

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First Violin III 2006 . Iris print on Hahnemule Rag paper . 22×30 inches

First Violin continues thru November 9 . 2019
Gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm
and by appointment at pattyrosenblatt@gmail.com


End of Season Party at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Date: Saturday, October 12, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Location: Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA

Contact: Loren Doucette, RNAC Operations Manager Rnac.operationsmanager@gmail.com, 978-515-7004

The public is invited to attend Gallery 53’s festive “End of Season Party” on Saturday, October 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

This popular event features an array of tasty food and drinks, and free original artwork by member artists that will be given away as door prizes. Come to Gallery 53, at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on October 12 and put your name in our fishbowl. A winner will be drawn every 15 minutes. Some of the prizes include handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, photographs, cards, ornaments, glass, and sculpture. For more information call 978-290-2639 or email gallery53@rockyneckartcolony.org.

Some of the Door Prizes that will be given away to party attendees:

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John Keegan Tonight ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 10.10.2019


Thursday! The return of Mr. John Keegan®, the man who practically invented the hangover. Longtime leader of Madhouse™, Johnny gladly provides ointment for your soul whilst keeping the energy hummin’. Brian Alex, gootarist and erstwhile leader of Entrain™, provides more ooomph along with Benny Benson&Hedges, smokin’ away on the Drummmbs. It’s possible others may show up. one never knows!

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732




Interested in learning more about who’s running for City Council next month??

Then come to the Gloucester Councilor At Large debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann!

The debate will be held Thursday, October 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm [to get people home before the Patriots kick-off time which is 8:20 pm]. At the

SAWYER FREE LIBRARY 2 Dale Ave. in Downtown Gloucester.

League of Women Voters of Massachusetts is a nonpartisan organization which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We do not support or oppose any individual candidate for public office.

Happy Birthday GMG Jimmy!

You won’t see this guy here in Gloucester today because he’s in New York coaching JV Field Hockey, but I hope you’ll join me in wishing him a very happy birthday. Many of my posts have had “value added” content thanks to his insight and assistance. Even though he’s a Long Island NY Italian, I think  he’s adapted fairly well to Glosta life since his first visit on our honeymoon 34 years ago!


Cape Ann Home


New Waterview Townhouse on Little River. Gorgeous views from your deck or private patio with Firepit. Outdoor shower was just installed and it comes with your own MOORING! 3 Bedroom, 3 1/2 Bath Townhouse with 3 levels of living space. 1A Stanwood Point, Gloucester Listed at $799,000

Come and tour this beautiful Property this weekend at one of the Open Houses. 

Saturday & Sunday 11:30-1:00PM  This could be yours in time for the Holidays!


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