Tree work

After the recent October Nor’easter, we lost an over 40 foot Oak Tree that actually split in two and went over to our neighbor’s driveway.  What a mess.  Yesterday Mayer Tree and Magnolia Tree came and did an amazing job cutting and cleaning up trees.  Photos are not so good due to the rain but amazing how careful these tree workers are.


Giving Cheer

Cape Ann Home

This year we’d like to celebrate the holiday season by coming together and working to give back to our community, we’d love your help! Wellspring, a local charity, is looking for donations to provide families in need with gifts and support this holiday season.

From now until December 6th, we will be collecting donations at our showroom in Gloucester. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets at our holiday party for a chance to win prizes and give back to the community at the same time. All proceeds will be donated to Wellspring. Join us as we come together to celebrate. All are welcome.

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This Weekend in the Arts – 11/22-25/2019

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Rockport Art Association & Museum National show

On Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 the Rockport Art Association and Museum will be opening the Cape Ann regions first-ever national fine art show!  The RAA&M National 2019 artwork submissions came from artists across the United States in a diverse number of media: drawing, mixed media, collage, digital art, photography, sculpture, painting, & printmaking.  Nationally recognized artists Tom Hughes and Jo Ann Rothschild juried the exhibition, selecting 160 works of art out of nearly 700 entries from most every corner of the country.  Entrants ranged from nationally-recognized fine art photographers whose work has been featured in the The New York Times, sculptors whose works have ignited firestorms of controversy, and celebrated painters belonging to the National Academy.

The exhibition has been generously sponsored by the Institution for Savings, and over $7,000 in prize money has been contributed for awarding to outstanding works by a number of public and private entities, including Cape Ann Savings Bank, BankGloucester, Mass Credit Union, iartcolony, and Security First Mortgage Funding LLC.

The RAA&M National marks Cape Ann’s return to national prominence as a center for the fine arts after languishing for too many decades in general anonymity.  As well, it marks a bold new chapter in the history of the Rockport Art Association & Museum as this institution leads the charge towards helping restore this region’s reputation as a center for cutting-edge fine art that is relevant far beyond our granite shores.

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(978) 546-6604


Umass surf competition results | the November 2019 winners at #GoodHarborBeach …

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At Good Harbor Beach (courtesy photo)

I asked the UMASS surf club how the Lake Atlantic Invitational competition fared on November 16, 2019 at Good Harbor Beach. The ocean was rather “lake” in the morning and the air a brisk 22 degrees.

“The competition was a huge success! The waves got better throughout the day, and we had a lot of creativity with crossstepping, handstands, and laying down backwards almost like a coffin.” The final results:

John Lane (3rd place from last year) in first

Colby Kelly (last year’s winner) in second

Juliet Dodson of UMass Surf Club in third

“We’re not sure yet if we’re going to try to do these competitions annually or biannually, but keep an eye out for another competition in April, most likely still somewhere in Gloucester. And yes it was chilly, but most of us are used to that weather having grown up in the area, and even the competitor from California did a good job overcoming the cold with help from a nice winter wetsuit.”

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UMASS Surf Club

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photo caption: “On the left is Myles Wrinn, the Forecaster for the club for the last 2 years and on the right is Peter Roy, current President of Surf Club. The club was founded by alumni in 2014.”


Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Evan Goodrow 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.21.2019

Evan Goodrow Tonight at Dave Sag’s Blues Party



The Rhumb Line

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Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Boston Globe rave review for Yella on the Water restaurant #GloucesterMA

Love the title and wonderful review!

“On the menu Yella on the Water seems to have become instantly popular, and we could see why.”

Read “Lebanese cuisine with a splash of Gloucester” by Coco McCabe and Doug Stewart Boston Globe 11/20/19 here


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Day 14 Not Eating Like An A$$hole. Improv At the Dock

The biggest problem I face now that I’ve gotten older and my metabolism has slowed is over eating out of boredom.  When not kept in check, if I’m sitting around and there’s a bag of nachos, that bag of nachos is going down without me even thinking about it.   Heading for a ride?  Stop off on the way and grab a couple of slices of pizza to carry me over til the next meal.

These are unnecessary.  I enjoy them, but they are unnecessary.

So the plan on my “Not eating like an a$$hole” diet has been to make sure the fridge is stocked with healthy alternatives when the hunger pang strikes.

Yesterday was one of those days when I couldn’t get away from the dock but I was prepared.

One of the go-tos has been Boars Head deli turkey that I’ll go to the fridge and take out a slice or two.  Very versatile. Also packets of tuna.

Around mid-day I was hungry.  Shredded up some sliced turkey, ripped up a couple of slices of bacon and mixed in some salsa.


Was it a masterpiece?  No, but it saved me from reaching for something that would have put me off track and it was tasty.

Being prepared and having some healthy options goes a long way to keeping on track.

Another move is when I’d normally go to the fridge to grab something to snack on, I pour myself a glass of water instead.

Down 5.5 lbs in 14 days.

The goal is 190.

Fall Art Show at Senior Center

Cape Ann Community

For the fall art exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Center, is honoring a group of artists: Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Marion Linden, Helen Burgess and Gen McNamara. The artists and Juni are pictured below in front of the exhibit. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

Fall 19 Artists

From left to right, the artist being honored are Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Valerie Sandler and her mother Helen Burgess, Susan Harrington, Juni Van Dyke (Art Director) and Marion Linden. Gen McNamara was not at the photo session.

Many of you may know Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s work as she has been honored as artist of the month before.  Mary studied medieval art at Radcliff College.  Many years later, the influence of her studies are…

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