2020 Windhover Summer news


Quarry Dance Vlll at Babson Quarry at Halibut Point State Park July 2019 Taken by Lisa Hahn

As the winter solstice approaches, some of us dream of summer and all of the many special activities that can be enjoyed outdoors immersed in the natural world.

Windhover Performing Arts Center in Rockport, Massachusetts will have a full program of arts activities for the public to enjoy in 2020. The month of July alone will have a concentration of dance events, leading the way with the PAUL TAYLOR 2 Dance Company returning to Windhover for their summer artistic residency starting Wednesday, July 8–Sunday, July 12th, 2020.  Modern dance classes for all ages and levels will be offered that week. Open rehearsals on our outdoor stage will captivate the public by showing how movements are put together and phrases are constructed and perfected by the Taylor 2 Company Director Cathy McCann and the company’s six dancers. Concluding the week will be two full evening performances of Paul Taylor’s works that have not been previously seen at Windhover, taking place on Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11, 2020.

The Teen Dance Intensive takes place at Windhover during the week of July 12–July 18th concluding with a performance by the students on our outdoor stage (weather permitting) on Saturday, July 18th at 5:00pm.

Toward the end of July, the QUARRY DANCE lX will take place at an undisclosed location (to be announced in 2020). The Quarry Dances have attracted quite a crowd over the nine years of its existence, performed by the renowned Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre.  Please save these dates of the 2020 quarry dance performances:

Friday, July 24th at 5:30pm; Saturday, July 25th at 11:00am and also 5:30pm; and Sunday, July 26th at 1:00pm. These special dance performances mark the unique topography of Cape Ann, drawing attention to these sacred spaces.

This year for the first time, Windhover has invited guest dance companies for residencies, culminating in performances throughout the summer. Details will be revealed in the next newsletter.

In order to sustain and support these programs, Windhover does rely on your support. We are a 501©3 non-profit organization; therefore all contributions are fully tax deductible. Our website:www.windhover.org has a DONATE button linking to paypal or a credit card, so please contribute whatever you can so help us meet our goals to support these exciting endeavors.

You can also donate through Amazon Smile, by selecting Windhover Foundation as the beneficiary for Amazon’s program. It does not cost any extra to do this. The link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2708940​ and then specify Windhover Fdn.

Lastly, Windhover is compiling a list of building supplies it needs, so donations in-kind for building materials are appreciated.

Many thanks for helping sustain the vision of bringing the arts to the Cape Ann Community through education, classes and performances for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Holidays, and thank you for your support.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director of Windhover

Windhover Performing Arts Center
P.O. Box 2249
(257 rear Granite Street)
Rockport, MA. 01966
Phone: 978-546-3611
Email: windhover@verizon.net
Website: www.windhover.org


I am More Project

Gloucester’s amazing artist Amy Kerr’s I Am More Project is will be at the North Shore Mall.

I Am More: Massachusetts

Twenty new paintings of individuals from around Massachusetts accompanied by essays to remind us that we are more than our

life situation, health diagnosis, mental illness or physical disability. This is the third of five regional exhibits across the state.

Topics include postpartum depression, brain cancer, dementia, anxiety, addiction, poverty, eating disorders, spinal cord injury, insecurity, sexual abuse, schizoaffective disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, suicide, learning disabilities, bullying, PTSD, and surviving the Holocaust.

Portrait subjects come from Gloucester, Lynn, Reading, Wenham, Peabody, Lawrence, Newburyport, Littleton, Burlington, Mattapan, Leverett, Amherst, Feeding Hills, Worcester, Westborough, and Mashpee.

Watch CBS Boston’s piece about the exhibit when it was unveiled in Worcester: https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/10/22/worcester-popup-art-i-am-more-than-this-amy-kerr/

Where: The Northshore Mall, 210 Andover Street, Peabody, in front of Macy’s, Upper Level

When: December 31st through January 30th

Opening Reception Friday, January 3rd from 7-9pm

Feel free to share our Facebook Event Page.

A special thank you to the Northshore Mall, the Office of Congressman Seth Moulton, and NAMI Greater North Shore for making this exhibit possible.


Thanks for your help in spreading the message!


Amy Kerr

I Am More Founder/Artist




City of Gloucester Reaches Settlement with the Town of Essex


December 17, 2019

City of Gloucester Reaches Settlement with the Town of Essex

–Gloucester and Essex Agree to Financial Settlement for Capital Costs

–Amends Inter-Municipal Agreement for 25 Years; Wholesale Rate Set

GLOUCESTER, MA (December 17, 2019) – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that the City of Gloucester recently reached a settlement with the Town of Essex regarding litigation involving the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project.

In 2000, Gloucester entered into an inter-municipal agreement (IMA) with the Town of Essex setting the terms and conditions for which Gloucester agreed to sell and Essex agreed to buy wastewater treatment and disposal capacity from Gloucester.

In 2017, there arose a dispute regarding certain language in the 2000 IMA.  As a result, Gloucester brought suit against Essex for certain damages that included, among other things, breach of contract.

After engaging in successful mediation, a settlement was reached in September that was ratified by the Gloucester City Council on December 10 and by the Town of Essex’s Board of Selectmen at their December 16 meeting.  The settlement requires Essex to pay Gloucester $1,664,134.75 in equal, annual installments of $66,565.39 each over a period of twenty-five (25) years to be made on or before the 31st day of July in each fiscal year, beginning in Fiscal Year 2021.

James Destino, Gloucester’s Chief Administrative Officer said, “We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement with our neighbors.  The money the parties agreed to represents Essex’s share of the CSO project.  With that behind us we look forward to our long-term partnership and ongoing regional cooperation for this work.”

Annual payments will go into the Enterprise Fund and be used to pay down debt.

Additionally, both parties agreed to the renegotiation of the IMA outlining the terms on how Gloucester’s Department of Public Works will continue to provide sewer service to Essex in consideration for payment of applicable sewer use rates and fees.

In recognition of the infrastructure work, maintenance and operation Essex will manage in its own town an IMA-Wholesale Rate was set.  That rate is fourteen percent (14%) less than the sewer rate charged to Gloucester’s residential users.  Gloucester’s residential rate may be amended from time to time and the IMA-Wholesale Rate will automatically adjust for a period of twenty-five (25) years from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2044.

Essex expects that the annual savings from the new IMA-Wholesale Rate will offset the amount it has agreed to pay Gloucester for each annual CSO-related payment.

Andrew Spinney, Chairman of the Essex Board of Selectmen, said “The Essex Board of Selectmen is happy that, through mediation, we have reached an agreement with the City that will satisfy both communities’ needs for the next 25 years.  I applaud all of the officials in both communities for their hard work in coming to this important agreement.”

Gloucester also has an IMA for this project with the Town of Rockport.  The two communities have begun discussions for amending that IMA based on the Essex settlement.

Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line – AMERO FAMILY CHRISTMAS! 7pm 12.18.2019


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, December 18… 7pm start
Your Music Show of Shows: AMERO FAMILY CHRISTMAS!



AFC! American Football Conference? Not this week, Pats fans! This week, it stands for AMERO FAMILY
CHRISTMAS! That’s right. Sister Linda and Brother J.B. join forces with me once again to spread the holiday joy that has been our family tradition since early childhood under the loving wing of Dear Mother Moulty on 10 Southern Avenue, Essex, MA!

My, my… the stories we could tell about those glorious days!
Wild music and riotous laughter all night long in that back room (a.k.a. Moulty’s Inn), with Father Earl steaming in the living room, asking, “What the hell’s going on around here?!”

So, it’s now time for us all to get warm and fuzzy with our closest, most beloved friends on this beautiful island known as Cape Ann.
We’ll have fun and laughs while singing all those happy, happy songs as best we can!

I would personally like to thank all the wonderful, faithful fans who steadily support our Wednesday show (and local music in general) year in and year out. YOU are the true stars shining atop our proverbial Christmas tree. And… an additional, SPECIAL thanks to proprietor, Fred Shrigley, for 40 incredible years of music, joy and all-around good vibes! Such a great life we have here in Gloucester! ~ with love, Fly

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

12/25 HO! HO! HO! We’re CLO! CLO! CLOSED!

01/01/2020 NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH! (best bloodies on the planet)…11am – 3:30pm

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

City of Gloucester to Introduce Enhanced Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Bags


December 17, 2019

City of Gloucester to Introduce

Enhanced Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Bags

Improved Design and New Color

–No Change in Cost


GLOUCESTER, MA (December 17, 2019) – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken today announced that residents will soon notice a change to their pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) bags.

Over the next several weeks, enhanced bags will become available at bag purchasing locations around town.

The enhanced bags, which will continue to be available in 13 and 36 gallon sizes, will feature new flex technology.  The new flex technology boasts expandable strength, better durability and flexibility.  Additionally, the color of the bags will change from purple to maroon.

These changes are a result of resident feedback and subsequent discussions with our vendor, WasteZero, regarding the City’s need for a better designed product that will reduce the number of bags that may rip and/or tear.

Mayor Romeo Theken said, “The new bags will function better and make it easier for residents to dispose of trash.  Thank you for all the feedback regarding the current product.  You helped drive the decision for this change and we hope that all users find these bags more effective.”

Michael Hale, Director of Public Works said, “The Department of Public Works is constantly trying to improve municipal collection services.  We are pleased to introduce these enhanced bags, at the same cost, to Gloucester residents.”

The costs of the bags will remain the same and can be purchased at any of the following locations.

36 gallon large bags ($2.25 each sold in packs of 5) are available at:

·         Ace Hardware – Gloucester Crossing

·         Annie’s – Concord Street, West Gloucester

·         Braga’s Gas Station – Washington Street

·         Crosby’s Market – Manchester

·         Ed’s Mini Mart – Washington Street

·         Lanesville Package. Store – Washington Street

·         Market Basket – Gloucester Crossing

·         Richdale’s – 120 East Main Street

·         Schooner’s – Essex Route 133

·         7-Eleven – Maplewood Avenue

·         7-Eleven – Bass Avenue

·         Shaw’s – East Gloucester

·         Shaw’s – Railroad Avenue

·         H & S Convenience – 31 Western Avenue

·         Stop & Shop

·         Sunny’s Variety – Railroad Avenue

·         Tedeschi’s – Washington Street

·         The Building Center – Harbor Loop

·         Tony’s Variety – Washington Street

·         Walgreens – Main Street

13 gallon small bags ($1.25 each sold in packs of 5) are available at:

·         Stop & Shop

·         Shaw’s – East Gloucester

·         Shaw’s – Railroad Avenue

·         Richdale’s – 120 East Main Street

·         The Building Center – Harbor Loop

·         Tedeschi’s – Washington Street

·         Rose Baker Senior Center – Manuel F. Lewis Street


Single large or small bags are available at the following locations:

·         Tedeschi’s Market – Washington Street

·         The Building Center – Harbor Loop

·         Tony’s Variety – Washington Street

A discount is available at the Rose Baker Senior Center to residents who are least 65 years old and who currently participate in the City’s trash and recycling program.  Those eligible may purchase a maximum of pack of 5 large bags per month at a discounted rate of $1.50 per bag.  Proof of identity and address are required.

In a PAYT solid waste program, residents pay a per-unit fee for disposal of the solid waste that they generate. The Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection has found that PAYT is an effective mechanism for encouraging real waste reduction at the municipal level.

Gloucester is one of 145 municipalities, out of 351, in Massachusetts who have adopted this approach.  In each of these municipalities, solid waste tonnage was reduced by 25-50% through a combination of increased recycling, diversion to reuse, repair, donation, composting, and other methods of disposal.

Gloucester adopted WasteZero’s bag-based PAYT program in 2009.  Since that time, Gloucester has saved more than a million dollars in disposal fees.

LAST DAY TO VOTE! 2019 Window Contest!

Hello Joey,

This is Kimberly, from the Gloucester Tourism Commission working on behalf of the 2019 Gloucester Holiday Window Competition.

Would you be able to help us thank all the businesses for participating – and encourage EVERYONE to VOTE.

The link to VOTE is here.

More information can be found on the facebook page with photo’s.

Thanks for your help engaging our community!

Cheers, KImberly



Dear Santa

I am tickled to see Santa’s mailbox at Destinos. I have a few things on my list. I’m not asking for peace on Earth or the happiness of my children. I appeal to a higher power for those kinds of things. Santa’s powers are a little more material in nature. Therefore:

I’d wish for the socks to come out of the wash in a matched pair.

I’d ask that drivers use their turn signals consistently and reliably.

It would be nice if my phone would just follow me around rather than having to remember it or locate it.

Thank you Santa!

Please help with the GloucesterCast Survey

I’m sure by now our readers/listeners have figured out how much I enjoy producing our podcast.  I often say it wouldn’t matter if there were only 10 listeners because I love that it gives me an excuse to get together with friends and mess around on the regular.

The fact is though is that I want it to be the best it could be so if you could provide feedback on how we could improve it’s the only way I’ll really know what areas we need to get better at.

So if you could answer a few questions about what you like/dislike and what you’d like to see more of/less of I’ll do my best to incorporate your suggestions.

Here’s the link to take the survey- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MY9CSJN

Acoustic Music Night Featuring Headlands at Feather and Wedge!


Headlands, featuring John Rockwell, Amy Rich and Eric Wilson, all of Rockport, return to Feather & Wedge this Thursday for an evening of entertainment and great food. Their set list includes selections from Roots and Americana to a little bit of Country. Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Thursday, December 19, 2019
6:30 – 9:30 00

headlands at feather and wedge

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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Weekly Updates, Events and New Promotions

Cape Ann Wellness

Angel Assist Program

Starting in 2020, each month we will be partnering up with a different non-profit for our “Angel Assist” program. With this program, we will donate a certain percentage of our sales for one month to these non-profits. Starting in January, we are happy to announce our first partnership with HAWC. This amazing program provides services to victims of domestic violence, and can be found in 23 different cities and towns in Massachusetts! If you know of a local non-profit that could benefit from some assistance, please contact us at angelwingscbd@gmail.com.

Winter Solstice Party

This Saturday, from 1:00 – 4:00 we will be hosting a Winter Solstice Party at our shop on 12 Roger’s Street. Come join us for CBD infused hot holiday cocktails, free CBD samples, snacks, and holiday music. Additionally, local psychic Annette Dion will be here offering $10 “quick readings”. Come prepared with a question…

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Winter Solstice Celebration in the Shipyard

Cape Ann Community

Come learn a new skill or craft to do by the fire this winter at our Solstice Celebration.

There will be activities such as log splitting in the yard and crafts from wood carving to knitting in the Waterline Center for kids and adults.

Activities range from $2 to $20. There will be baked goods and hot drinks!

December 21st from 11am to 4pm at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main Street, Essex 01929

For more information go to the website: https://www.essexshipbuilding.org/calendar-of-events

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