The Practice of Nia: Wellness Movement Classes on Cape Ann

Cape Ann Wellness

What is Nia and Why Should I Try It?

3388987588_31a7f515e9_cNia is a head to toe wellness practice, with elements of dance, martial arts, yoga, and cardiovascular conditioning. We work with movements that help build core strength while honoring our body with its strengths and limitations. People think because Nia is a no impact movement form, that it is easy and not a true workout. it all depends on how you move and how intensely you use your core muscles. It can be both an incredible workout and is adaptable for those with limitations. All in the same class! Come try it if you haven’t. You will be amazed at the results.

Here is what Nia headquarters says about the practice of Nia:

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect…

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Four exclamation points for four beautiful Mute Swans. They arrived yesterday afternoon. Thank you to my dear swan-loving friend Lyn Fonzo for the alert ❤

There don’t appear to be any brownish-gray adolescent feathers leading us to believe they are at least two years old. Young Mute Swans often join a flock, remaining until they are of breeding age, typically at about four years old.

I don’t think our visitors are familiar with people. A gentleman came to the water’s edge with a bucket of food for the ducks. The Swans showed no interest in the food and kept their distance.

All four Swans have black eyes. Mr. Swan, who is blue-eyed, has not been seen at all his usual haunts for many months. He was at least twenty-nine years old when last seen, which is a very, very, ripe old age for a Mute Swan not kept in captivity. Most wild Mute Swans only live ten to twelve years.

One of the Swans was super bossy, giving another of the Swans several nips.

Two appeared rather enamored of each other





Acclaimed Boston Actress Gigi Watson Makes GSC Debut as HAMLET

Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its 40th Anniversary Season of professional theater with William Shakespeare’s  Hamlet from October 25 through November 17 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.. Hamlet’s story begins when she meets her father’s ghost, revealing that her uncle, Claudius, has murdered him and taken Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, for his queen. Hamlet then begins her journey of revenge while struggling with self-doubt and facing challenges from all sides. Hamlet features Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project Christopher V. Edwards in his GSC directing debut and a cast headlined by acclaimed Boston actress Gigi Watson making her GSC debut in the title role of Hamlet. The cast also includes GSC newcomers Shawn K. Jain as Claudius, Charlotte Kinder as Ophelia, Olivia Miller as Gertude, Zachary Zamsky as Laertes,  and a returning GSC favorite from 2017’s SRO production of To Kill A Mockingbird, Thomas Grenon as Polonius.

Director Christopher V. Edwards comments on staging Shakespeare’s enduring classic in 2019, “Hamlet is a show about where we live with our personal moral compass. It lends itself to various types of people, ages of people, genders of people, races and cultures of people to look at the play through their own lens. In the GSC production we will be looking at Hamlet as a woman and we’re looking at how that changes the dynamics of the relationships between people. It’ll be a same sex relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia, and there’s generational conflict inherent in the play. We’re also interested in how young people today are dealing with this issue of feeling disenfranchised and not quite sure how they want to define themselves and how they want the world to define them and whether they want to be defined.”

Director Christopher V. Edwards’ Boston credits include Pride and Prejudice, Equivocation (Elliot Norton Nomination for Best Play), and Much Ado About Nothing, all with Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Some of his favorite shows include: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers, Around the World in 80 Days,Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Water by the Spoonful, The Bomb-itty of Errors,How to Break, Venus in Fur, and  A Raisin in the Sun.  He has worked in London’s West End, Off-Broadway, The National Theatre of Oslo in Norway, The Helix in Ireland, The Fringe in Edinburgh, John Houseman’s The Acting Company, HERE Arts Center, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Penumbra Theatre, The Flea Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, SOHO Rep, the Guthrie Theatre, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Dorset Theater Festival among others.  Mr. Edwards received an M.F.A. from the U. of MN in Association with the Guthrie Theatre. Prior to becoming the Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, he spent three years at Nevada Conservatory Theatre as the Artistic Director and on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and fourteen years with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY as the Associate Artistic Director, the Director of Education and Apprentice Training.

Gigi Watson makes her GSC debut as Hamlet. Her regional credits include Rhinoceros, and Lenin’s Embalmersat Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater; Small Mouth Sounds and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at SpeakEasy Stage; Brawler at Boston Playwrights Theatre; Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, andMacbeth with Brown Box Theatre Project; Billy Elliot with Wheelock Family Theatre; Finish Line with Boston Theater Company; and Café Variations with ArtsEmerson/SITI Company. Ms. Watson holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College. She coaches acting and audition prep with My College Audition. This winter, Ms Watson will play Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Actors Shakespeare Project

Thomas Grenon returns to GSC to play Polonius after previously appearing in GSC’s critically-acclaimed 2017 production of To Kill A Mockingbird directed by Judy Braha. A Boston based actor; Mr. Grenon received an IRNE award nomination last season for Best Actor in a Fringe Play for Delicate Particle Logic with Flat Earth Theatre Company. He has worked with many Boston area theater companies including Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Bridge Repertory Company, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Hub Theatre Company, Arts After Hours, 7 Stages Shakespeare Company and The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. Mr. Grenon produced and directed 8 The Play, the fight for Marriage Equality for Broadway Impact. He attended the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC.

Shawn K. Jain is making his GSC debut as Claudius. Originally from Northern California, Mr. Jain is an actor and communications professional based in New York City. His previous stage credits include New Repertory Theatre (Heartland), Merrimack Repertory Theater (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley), American Repertory Theater (Charlotte’s Web, Assistance, Our Town), Moscow Art Theater (Fear and Misery in the Third Reich), Constellation Theatre (The Fire and The Rain), Prince George’s County Shakespeare (Twelfth Night). Mr. Jain’s upcoming Film/TV performances include Thespian, Season 2 on Amazon, A Ring for Christmas, and Extra Room. He trained at the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater School.

Charlotte Kinder is  making her GSC debut as Ophelia. Her recent credits include Twelfth Night (Viola) andShipwrecked! (Ensemble) with Moonbox Productions; Red Velvet (Ellen Tree) with O.W.I. Bureau of Theatre;Julius Caesar (Portia) with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project; King Lear, Romeo & Juliet (Juliet-CSC2),and Twelfth Night with the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Everyman (Sister/Fellowship) andGreenland (Tanya) with the Apollinaire Theatre Company; Northanger Abbey (Catherine) at the Wickham Theatre in Bristol, England; and Frankenstein (Elizabeth) at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. Ms. Kinder holds a Masters in acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Olivia Miller is making her GSC debut as Gertrude.  Her New York stage credits include Cherry Lane Theater and Culture Project and on film, Lolita Express.  Ms. Miller’s local credits include Trinity Repertory Company, OBERON, Wilbury Theatre Group, and Greater Boston Stage.  Her recent roles include Audrey in Little Shop ofHorrors at Trinity Rep; Greta Garbo in Coming Attraction with Wilbury Theatre Group; Susan intick…tick…BOOM and Viola in Twelfth Night with Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company.  Her solo show, Bloody Mary: LIVE!,” which imagines Queen Mary I as a standup comic, had it’s Boston premiere at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON in August 2019.  She earned her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company.

Recent Boston University graduate Zachary Zamsky is making his GSC debut as Laertes. After graduating last spring from Boston University, Mr. Zamsky headed home to New York, where starred onstage in Morning by Simon Stephens, and in a television pilot where he played a variety of roles that ranged from a Renaissance bad boy to mime to a hit man. He recently appeared in the short film, Union County.




Public performances are limited to weekends with student matinees weekdays.


Fridays & Saturday: 7:30 pm;

Saturday & Sunday: 2:00 pm


Saturday: 7:30 pm

Sunday: 2:00 pm

Student Matinees October 29 – November 15

Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:00am


Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930


SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Single Ticket prices are $15 to $48 with discounts available for Preview Performances, Senior Citizens, Military Families, and College Students and those under 18 years of age. For detailed ticket information visit

PAY WHAT YOU WISH: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2 PM: Gloucester Stage is committed to inclusion and diversity, including socio-economic status. Pay What You Wish performances are the first Saturday Matinee (2pm) of each production, allowing access to the arts for all. No one is turned away for lack of funds and donations can be made before or after the show.

CAPE ANN NIGHTS: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 PM; SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2 PM & 7:30 PM; Enriching our local community is key to our mission impact. Residents of Cape Ann can purchase $25 tickets at Preview Performances and every Wednesday of each production. Limit of 2 (two) per household. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office 978.281.4433, with a valid address.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: SUNDAY: NOVEMBER 3 & NOVEMBER 10: Following the 2 pm performances on Sunday, NOVEMBER 3 and Sunday, NOVEMBER 10, audiences are invited to free post-show discussions with the artists from Hamlet.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Gloucester Stage is a professional non-profit theater providing a unique, intimate experience as audiences are never more than five rows from the stage. Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the waterfront of Cape Ann, the organization is led by Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Managing Director Christopher Griffith. Now in the Company’s 40th Season, GSC benefits from a loyal audience searching for intellectually stimulating and socially relevant stories.

For further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433


Cape Ann Symphony Launches Second Season of Popular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series 

Cape Ann Symphony Launches Second Season of Popular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series 
Series of Concerts in Intimate Settings 
FIRST CONCERT is OCTOBER 27 at First Church of Ipswich 
After the incredibly successful introduction of three musical events featuring Cape Ann Symphony musicians in three different intimate settings during the winter of 2019, Cape Ann Symphony is bringing MUSICIANS UNLEASHED back  as a FOUR concert series during the 2019–2020 season.
 Musicians Unleashed 2019/20 is a program of 4 concerts to be performed in small venues.  The concerts will feature CAS musicians.  These concerts are fund raisers and musicians are volunteering their time to perform.  According to CAS President Fran White. “We launched this concert series in January, 2019. This is something very different for the CAS and we happily received such positive feedback from our audiences that Musicians Unleashed is  returning for a second season.  Audiences loved the variety of interesting venues, many of which do not host music events on a regular basis, and the opportunity to see CAS musicians play in small groups.”
The following is the schedule for 2019/20:
Sunday, October  27, 2019  2:00 PM


                                                                                                   at First Church of Ipswich, Ipswich, MA

Be embraced by the warmth of music on an autumn afternoon! Program includes: BORODIN String Quartet; DVORAK Terzetto for 2 Violins and Viola; and

LIGETI Sonata for Solo Cello and TCHAIKOVSKY Quartet No. 1. Musicians scheduled to appear include: Susanne Powers, violin; Oksana Gorokhovskiy, violin; Anna Stromer, viola and Dorothy Braker, cello. The perfect fall treats, Donuts and Cider, FREE for all audiences members.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2:00 PM      HIDDEN TREASURES           St. Paul Lutheran Church – Gloucester

Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:00 PM   SERIOUSLY GORGEOUS      Shalin Liu Performance Center – Rockport

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2:00 PM         FLOWERS IN THE RAIN       Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church – Gloucester

Ticket prices for each concert in the Musicians Unleashed Series:  $35 for adults and $15 for Youth.
Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to for tickets.

Cape Ann Home Care Job Fair Today October 22 11AM-5PM

Cape Ann Home Care Job Fair


Join ABC’s Team Helping Keep Cape Ann Seniors Safe at Home

ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is hosting a Home Care Job Fair at their Gloucester Office, 281R East Main Street on Tuesday, October 22nd from 11AM-5PM.

ABC has immediate opportunities throughout Cape Ann for:

  • Home Health Aides
  • C.N.A.’s
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Homemakers
  • Companions
  • Heavy Cleaning workers

Onsite interviews, door prizes and free Dunkin Donut gift cards to the first 25 applicants. Join ABC’s team and make a difference in the life of a senior living at home. There are many reasons to join ABC including rewarding work with a flexible schedule to suit your lifestyle – come on down to meet ABC!

Can’t make the job fair? Apply online and still be eligible for the sign on bonus!

Dining Out in Gloucester to End Polio

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Rotary Club and Castle Manor Inn are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

There will be a Dining Fundraiser at the Sea Glass Restaurant at the Castle Manor Inn, located at 141 Essex Avenue (Rt 133) in Gloucester on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 5pm to 9pm. The Castle Manor Inn will donate 10% of all dining proceeds from this event to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s #EndPolioNow fundraising Campaign. Reservations are recommended—978-515-7386. For more information about the Sea Glass Restaurant, visit their website at

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases…

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