Gloucester400™ Needs You! Call for Volunteer Experts and Interested Parties to Serve on Important Sub-Committees, November 16th

Three Commemorative Medal Finalist Designs will be on Public Display

Who:  All Gloucester residents able to volunteer on key sub-committees for Gloucester’s 400th-anniversary celebration are encouraged to attend the next public planning meeting.

What:  Gloucester400™ sub-committees need volunteers to fully represent the city and help formulate concrete plans for 2023’s city-wide celebrations. If you have interest or expertise in the following areas, please join us:

  • Arts Committee (includes Visual Arts, Literary, Music, and Theatre subcommittees)
  • Genealogy
  • Heritage
  • Burial Grounds and Cemeteries
  • Logistics
  • Business
  • Millennial Outreach
  • 400th Community Outreach and Engagement
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Dogtown/ Common Settlement
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Veterans Outreach
  • Fisheries
  • Waterways
In addition to the planning session, the recently-announced commemorative medal finalist designs will be on display to the public throughout the meeting.

When:  Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.

Where: The Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall (9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA)

Why:  Full participation of Gloucester’s educational, artistic, technological, business, industrial, historic, and community resources is needed to plan and develop the broadest possible array of events, programs, exhibitions, and opportunities throughout the year 2023. Only with the help of our friends and neighbors throughout the city, can we create meaningful programs and events that truly highlight Gloucester’s extraordinary art and culture, remarkable industrial achievements, and spectacular natural resources.

Contact:   Christine Armstrong


Gloucester’s 400th Anniversary: “Our People, Our Stories™”
Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, will be “400 years young” in 2023. To celebrate its past, honor its people, and welcome its promising future, the city has already begun preparations for celebrating this historic milestone and organizing the year-long celebration of its anniversary. The theme of the quadricentennial is Gloucester: Our People, Our Stories™ and focuses on celebrating Gloucester’s history through the stories of the people who lived, sacrificed, rejoiced, worked, built, and innovated together – at times risking everything — since 1623. Gloucester400™ is the steering committee established by the citizens of Gloucester, working collaboratively with the City to guide and coordinate an exceptional year of festivities.


Retiring after 50 years and closing award-winning jewelry store!

Selling entire shop contents all together or in parcels, including cases, props, lighting, etc. DIVA (Donna’s infinite Variety of Adornments) in Gloucester, MA, has been awarded as “Best” by the Boston Globe and with countless “Reader’s Choice” awards.

Donna Soodalter-Toman, the owner, has been a maker, designer, collector, buyer and seller for 50 years! She is also an appraiser and licensed auctioneer. This inventory is unmatched in terms of originality and saleability. Priced at keystone and slightly above, retail prices start at $10 and scale up to $30,000.

This unmatched inventory includes thousands and thousands of pieces from the late 1700’s to today in every metal, color and stone/gemstone, and for all genders.

Costume jewelry, for example, includes antique, vintage and contemporary pieces from names like; Chanel, Barkley, McClelland Barkley, Florenza, Lisner, YSL, Carnegie, Haskell, Hagler, Boucher, Roberta, Jomaz, Mazer, Trifari, Eisenberg, Schiaparelli, Bittar, Renoir, Matisse, KJL, DeLaRenta, Monies, Bonaz, Bengel, Diamonbar, Galiano, Lagerfeld, Prada, etc., plus countless collectible pieces in paste, Galalith, Bakelite, Lucite, celluloid, etc.

The collection of sterling silver is unmatched in size and piece. Antique, vintage and contemporary (mostly one-of-a-kind) pieces include makers like; NE From, David Anderson, Hull, Jensen, Hans Hansen, Coro, Trifari, DeTaxco, Aguilar, Kerr, Tiffany, Peruzzi, Coppini, Cini, Levin, Wiener, Shiebler, Robert Lee Morris, John Iverson, Linda Tesh, Betsy Fuller, Jayne Redman, Roberta and David Williamson, Bezak. Rebecca, F. Kite, Joseph Downs, Collen Denton, Romanik, Von Musulin, Judith Jack, John Hardy, Vitresse, David Yurman, Gabriella Kiss, DVA, Elyn Blake, Anne Besse Shepard, Wolf Doesch, Margaret Thurman (Echo of the Dreamer and Mars/Valentine), Eileen Sutton, Amy Kahn Russell, Tabra, Todd Reed, Linda Kindler Priest, Goudji, Lori Leonard, Sydney Lynch, Mar, Carol Webb, Carolyn Morris-Bach, Deborah Armstrong, Ford/Forlano, Nancy Kennedy, Biba Shutz, Elizabeth Garvin, Patty Walton, Urso, Naftali, Ray Tracey, Cavender, Girardi, Kristi Anderson, Kirstin Lora, Kristin Holeman, Judith Ripka, Magik-Fusager, Lagos, Rebecca Collins, Joan Dulles, Kiestlestein-Cord, Sebagg, Daus, Bigazzi, Messenger, Bayanihan, Sam Shaw, Terri Logan, Flying Anvil, Kabana, Hermes, etc., and a huge array of additional US, Scandanavian, Mexican, Italian, Other European and Native American pieces.

Antique, vintage and contemporary gold and platinum pieces, which cover Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern and contemporary time periods, are signed by makers like, DVA, Reinstein-Ross, Menagatti, Tiffany, Kabana, Chris Ploof, Esti’ Frederica, Konstantino, Andy Cooperman, Ripka, Yossi Harari, Charriol, Roberto Coin, George Sawyer, Paul Lantuch, Ross Coppleman, Homero, Sevan, Yvan Wolf, Asch-Grossbert, SOHO, La Novelle Baque, Gurhan, Rob Green, Todd Reed, Morelli, Marraccini, Omega, Concord, Hamilton, Gubelin, Tourneau, Chambers, etc. Many more are unsigned or signed by names unknown to Donna.

Would like to have contents sold by end of January, if possible, as the store will close at that time and everything remaining will be packed to move.

Please contact Donna with questions, requests for appointments, request for pictures, etc. She can be reached at 617-447-7527 or While merely representing a mere dent, a number of her pieces can be viewed on Facebook (DIVA), Instagram (Adornmentdiva) and on her website (

5 Ways to Improve Home Efficiency

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Often times when we think of efficiency, we fall into two separate camps. The first thing is using less to save money. The second is environmental, be more efficient to reduce your footprint. I am here to make the case that the two are one and the same. That using less ultimately costs us less, which is better for our environment. Being efficient in our homes this winter means saving money, keeping your home at a cozy temperature and using less resources. It’s a win – win situation.

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This Weekend in the Arts – 11/15-18/2019

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 ‘LEVEN  Sings in Annisquam

 Sunday, November 17 at 7:30 PM

‘LEVEN Director Kristina Martin with Caroline Haines, Ann Hyde, Pat Maloney Brown, Sue Bonior, and Sheryl Reed.

‘Leven a cappella ensemble presents “In Gratitude”  Sunday evening at the Annisquam Village Church .

“Songs of gratitude for the joys and challenges of living upon the magnificent earth” come to life when Kristina Martin leads Sue Bonior, Pat Maloney Brown, Caroline Haines, Ann Hyde, and Sheryl Reed in ‘Leven’s stylish, exciting adaptations of their eclectic repertoire.  Dawn Pratson, founder of the ensemble in 1991, returns to sing with her successors for this fall concert. A reception follows.

The Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester.

Admission at the door is $20. / $15. Seniors and Students — or order On-line:   Information at 978.281-0376


Tonight Something Special ~Sonia Rae Taylor with her husband Ryan on guitar and the fabulous Alex MacDougall on drums 8:30pm Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 11.14.2019


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Dave Sag’s Blues Party-/Thursday 11.14.2019  I’m proud to present Sonia Rae Taylor with her husband Ryan on guitar and the fabulous Alex MacDougall ,on drums for a groovey night of visceral dance music, blues, and reds and yellows. Boy,am I sleepy…. I promise you will be blown away! I mean it!


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

Ski, Skate and Board Consignment Event! November 16&17th

Every year we love seeing all the folks from Gloucester & surrounding areas coming and picking up great deals on Skis, Skates and Snowboards. We always have a great deal of Hockey equipment for a fraction of what you would pay, if you bought new. Thanks everyone for your support of this great North Shore event.

Broadway Comes to Cape Ann for State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante #GloucesterMA

Next week!

Please join Karen Tibbetts, Meg Jarrett and Stephanie Tashjy on Thursday, November 21st at 6 pm at the Cruiseport to honor State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and to hear the latest about the Arts in Massachusetts and how Cape Ann “plays a role”. Please feel free to bring a friend.

Celebrating the strength of women and a discussion with Theater Innovators including Erica Lynn Schwartz General Manager of Colonial Theater and Colleen Glynn, First Female Business Director of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts.”

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1623 Studio | Author Chris Leahy discusses “The Birds of Mongolia” on The Writer’s Block with John Ronan

TONIGHT! 11/14/19 8pm; re-airing 11/21/19 Channel 12

The fourth program of The Writer’s Block with John Ronan’s 30th anniversary features Chris Leahy on Birds of Mongolia, co-written with Gombobaatar Sundev.

“Mongolia is one the most unspoiled regions on earth, rich in spectacular landscapes, and home to abundant wildlife and some of the world’s rarest birds. Chris Leahy is an expert naturalist and birder and has been exploring Mongolia since 1982. Leahy served as Director of Mass Audubon’s Center for Biological Conservation and is the holder of the Bertrand Chair (emeritus). Gombobaatar Sundev is Mongolia’s most famous ornithologist.”

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Laura Harrington poses a challenge related to the 19th Amendment|”Perfect 36″ talk hosted by Daring Democracy #RockportMA tonight

Laura asks GMG to share a reminder for tonight and writes:

I’m speaking in Rockport as part of the UU Church’s Daring Democracy series.  If you can post about it, I’d be most grateful. 

We decided to sing about some unsung heroes – the women who led the fight for the right to vote. This amazing story is not in most history books, and if you can find it in high school text books, please let me know. I’ll be talking about the musical we wrote – PERFECT 36 – about the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote at the UU Church in Rockport on 11/14 @ 7. Please join me. This story – which took place in 1920 – feels a whole lot like 2020 and is more relevant than ever.

Laura Harrington

Author of A Catalog of Birds, Europa Editions
“A soaring new novel about love and loss.” The Washington Post
Alice Bliss, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction, A Boston Globe Bestseller

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Nichole’s Picks 11/16 + 11/17

Pick #1:  North Shore Gamers Club at the Sawyer Free Library

Saturday, 9:00-4:30

Looking to get into the fun of modern board gaming? Come and learn from the best! North Shore Gamers will be hosting a game day open to all levels and types of board gamers. Bring your favorite game or play from our communal library.
Including Chess.

CONTACT: Devon Winkler  978-281-9763
LOCATION: Friend Room


Learn more about the North Shore Gamers HERE

North Shore Gamers is a meetup group dedicated to offering gaming events that are open and welcoming to all sorts of gamers. Whether you’re an old pro or brand new to the hobby, you’ll find a place here. The organizers have made a lot of friends in this group, and enjoy providing the opportunity for others to do the same.

We generally focus on strategy games, but there’s plenty of room for all sorts of genres, from dexterity games to word games, from trivia games to trick-taking games. We also tend to focus on learning new games, and are happy to teach anyone interested in trying something new. But, we also like to revisit old favorites from time to time. If it rates well on Board Game Geek ( (and even if not, as there are plenty of hidden gems on that site) it’ll likely get played at one of our events.

To give you an idea what to expect, here are some of the games currently getting a lot of play: Codenames, Pandemic Legacy, No Thanks!, Deep Sea Adventure, Tokaido, Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Splendor.


Pick #2: Boston International Kids Film Festival 

The Boston International Kids Film Festival highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world.

Welcome to a weekend of workshops and screenings of family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe!

Filmmakers Collaborative created the BIKFF in 2013 with a goal of showing kids that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and ( more importantly) to have fun!

By screening amazing student-made films from around the world while at the same time offering these young filmmakers a look at professionally-made films created just for them, we are enabling the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

The young filmmakers that participate in FC Academy, our after-school and summer filmmaking program, are given center stage at special blocks throughout the weekend, as we screen the short films that they have created in front of their family and friends.

Combine all that with hands-on workshops on stop-motion animation, storyboarding and filmmakers meet-ups and you are in for an event that families of Greater Boston will be enjoying for years to come!




Pick #3: Ski, Skate, Board Friends of Cutler Consignment Sale


Saturday and Sunday, Nov, 16th and 17th
Saturday 11/16 – 9am-2pm
Our vendors will be here ALL day on Saturday
Sunday 11/17 – 11am-1pm
Clearance – 50% off most items (Vendors not included)

Cutler Elementary School
237 Asbury Street, Hamilton

Find great deals on new and gently used clothing and gear for the whole family! Skiing, skating, hockey, snowboarding, sledding and more! Top vendors include Plymouth Ski & Sports, Hardy’s Ski Emporium, Wenham Sports Stop, and More!


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

Berry Tavern

We took a ride to Danvers recently to have dinner at the Berry Tavern. One of our Gloucester friends works there and we wanted to check in with her. It was well worth the ride! Efficient, friendly service was enhanced when our waitress was thoughtful enough to bring seltzer water to assist with cleaning Jim’s stained shirt. It’s a very busy spot, even early on a Friday evening but we were served quickly as if we were alone in the restaurant. Shout out to our friend Emma!

OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND 11/16 & 11/17 12:00 – 2:00PM

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Welcome Home to spectacular sun rises and amazing water views of the Annisquam River! This three level townhouse is your dream come true. Walk into a bright and inviting kitchen, with a breakfast nook for morning coffee, and fully equipped with top of the line stainless steel Bosch appliances. The cozy living room is complete with fireplace, and the dining area has beautiful French doors leading to your private back deck & patio, all in an easy modern floorplan. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms, each with en-suite baths and customized walk in closets, and also a convenient laundry room. The finished lower level includes a third…

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Restorative Yoga Class with Linda at MAGMA (Movement Arts Gloucester MA) Thursdays 11:30-12:30 (right after 10:15am Nia class)

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Restorative Yoga Class Thursdays, 11:30-12:30 at MAGMA (right after Nia class that runs from 10:15-11:15am)

Restorative Yoga is a relaxing and nurturing practice that allows the body and mind to relax and well, restore.  All you need to do is sit or lie on a mat with your body supported by bolsters, blocks and blankets.  I do all the work.  No energy or expertise required for you.  The benefits of the practice include better sleep, less anxiety, gentle stretching of the body especially the chest and shoulders, etc.

Linda was was trained in level I Rest. Yoga in the Judith Lasater tradition by Ann Biasetti in Saratoga Springs.  She will soon and be attending a level II training session in the spring of 2020 to allow for more poses and therapeutic possibilities.

Here is a link to a nice description of what Restorative Yoga is. 

I hope you will try…

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