Day three of the October nor’easter so rather than post more photos of dreary gray skies and wind and waves, here’s a sunny yellow photo to lift your spirits. The photo was taken during this year’s historic Monarch migration. Loving this weather because it’s providing an opportunity to sort through the multitude of butterfly photos shot in September and October 🙂

Monarch Butterflies Seaside Goldenrod

Please support GHS JROTC! cadets at Shaws on Eastern Avenue

Cadets from the Junior ROTC program at Gloucester High School volunteer for 3 hour shifts at Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue. 

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GHS JROTC 10/12/19 – L to R Willow, Emmanuel (3 hour volunteer shifts at Shaws Eastern Avenue to support the program)
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generous local businesses let community groups fundraise– this one at Shaw’s for GHS JROTC. Generous customers, too! The jars were filling up!

Wingaersheek Beach: kite surfing fruit slices & windy choppy waves on day 3 nor’easter #GloucesterMA

I wondered what impact the storm had on Wingaersheek and was surprised by penny candy on the horizon. If surf on the ocean side is not amenable, there are so many alternate beach options in Gloucester. 

Grateful Friends holds Second Annual Spirits & Spirits Costume Ball Oct. 19 to benefit cancer support program

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Grateful Friends, a program run by volunteers which provides support and unexpected joy to adults living with cancer or going through cancer treatment will hold their Second Annual Spirits and Spirits Costume Ball on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6-10 pm at the Rockport Golf Club, 36 County Way, Rockport. 

Last year’s Spirits & Spirits Costume Ball was a huge success! The organizers ask that you dress up, and have a scary good time!


Food is being catered by Gourmet Delights and a cash bar will be offered. The evening will include live and silent auctions, dancing, and a photo booth by Entertainment by Scott Sica. Auction items will include a $500 Lottery ticket tree, a Gourmet Delights catered cocktail party for 24 guests, autographed New England Patriots memorabilia, two ski passes to Attitash Mountain with accommodations, a two-night couples getaway at Splash Landing on Coffins Beach, Gloucester, and the ability to name a new sandwich for Virgilio’s menu.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. A $125 VIP experience is also being offered, and sponsorships are still available. Please visit or


To date, sponsors include Leslie S. Ray Insurance, Gourmet Delights Catering, Simple Title Closing & Escrow, Lauren Alaina, Country Music Artist, Dancing with the Stars contestant, The Sudbay Family Automotive Center and Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Surfside Subs

In case you weren’t sure, Surfside Subs is still open and serving yummy pizza, subs, ice cream and other treats. Although the pizza is a favorite of mine, I decided to try a sub … a real sacrifice (tee hee ) but I’ll do anything for our readers!


Cape Ann Community

Two scary Halloween movies with live accompaniment on the pipe organ, Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating the season of dark and windy nights, hobgoblins, and scary creatures, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents two landmark silent movies featuring the Frankenstein monster and accompanied by world-renowned sonic artist and organist Peter Krasinski.

The first movie is a short 1910 Thomas Edison photo-play, the first motion picture version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. This silent movie features sophisticated special effects for its time. Unsuspecting audiences were dazzled when it was released. Now nearly 110 years old, this rarely-seen film continues to amaze audiences with its powerful visuals.

The second is the brilliant 1931 Frankenstein movie that launched Boris Karloff’s career as the famed monster. The film had no musical score, creating the perfect opportunity for improvised accompaniment by a virtuoso on the pipe organ like Peter Krasinski. Karloff’s rendition of…

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