It was a beautiful morning at Parker River despite mostly overcast skies and a strong wind. This first day of our “January thaw” was made even more beautiful by the presence of the Snowy Owl.

I believe she’s a female, although the lightest females can look like the darkest males. She appeared largely unperturbed by the gaggle of photographers that came and went. The Snowy flew across the dune for a few moments, but then flew back to roughly the same spot; in both locations she was somewhat protected from the blustery wind.

I have it on good authority that there are currently SIX Bald Eagles at Parker River, two hatch-years, two that are roughly three years old, and two adults. I have only seen one youngster this week, in a battle with a crow, and I couldn’t tell who was chasing who 🙂

Cape Ann Museum Community Conversation Series Kicks off Jan 18, 2020

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Courtney Richardson, Director of Public Education and Programs for Cape Ann Museum, shares outreach about a new community conversation series at CAM.  “We want to know what you think! Join us to share your feedback about our Library & Archives on January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. There will be chowda!”

Let’s Talk About the Future! CAM Community Conversations Series Starts 

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a new series of community conversations on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. As the Cape Ann Museum looks forward to 2023 and the 150thanniversary of the founding of the Museum, originally known as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, staff is rethinking exhibitions and the work that is being done within the community. To help the Museum plan for the future, please come and participate in a series of conversations about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and more. Each monthly session throughout the winter will have a specific focus: January 18 – Library & Archives; February 22 – Exhibitions; March 14 – Public Programs. These staff moderated exchanges will give participants a chance to share feedback and ideas for the future. Refreshments will be served. January’s community conversation will be moderated by CAM’s new Librarian/Archivist Trenton Carls and will feature clam chowder from the Gloucester House. Free and open to the public.  Reservations encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. Reserve online at or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Tomorrow! Check out these unique custom tours by the talented docents at Cape Ann Museum – and new free days #GloucesterMA

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(Consideration – interior scene at the time of a special Lane exhibition in 2017)

The museum is switching up free days in January for days throughout the year including a fixed schedule of second Saturdays of every month.

Courtney Richardson shares news about the debut of a bounty of new Cape Ann Museum tours presented by dedicated docents on Saturdays in January 2020. Peruse the complete list below; a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion went into preparing distinct and engaging programs for museum visitors.

Winter Shorts Return in January!

Theme-based tours of the collection Saturdays throughout January

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a month-long series of specialty tours on Saturdays starting January 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.  Learn more about the Museum’s collections through Winter Shorts. Each tour has been creatively crafted by one of the Museum’s volunteer docents. Each themed tour focuses on different areas of the collection. Three or four tours are offered each Saturday —sign up for one or more—a great way for members and nonmembers alike to learn about the Museum and Cape Ann art & history. Each tour lasts approximately 20 minutes with time to transition in between. Come for one or all! On these Saturdays, Winter Shorts will replace the 11:00 a.m. highlights tours. Tours are free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Space is limited. Reservations required. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

List of tours by date.


January 11, 2020

“Everyday Art Objects” with CAM docent Pat Earle

There are many things in our world what are used on a regular basis but not remarked on for their appearance. Sometimes, when no longer used, these items become recognized and treasured for their beauty. View objects on display now which are admired as artwork and consider what everyday objects might be exhibited by this Museum 50 years from now.

“Cape Ann Morals, Commerce and Culture Viewed Through a 19th Century Piano” with CAM docent Paul Romary

The piano in the rear parlor of the Davis House was built in Boston in 1828 and accessioned by the Cape Ann Museum in 1942. In exploring between those dates, this piano offers a window into the transformation of the mores, commerce and culture of the nation charting Cape Ann from the Federal era of the early 19th century until the Great Depression.

“Angels, Saints and Serpents” with CAM docent Trudi Olivetti

Amid the realistic landscapes and life-like portraits in the Cape Ann Museum, one can find surprising representations of otherworldly beings. Some of these are allegorical and some are sworn to be seen by eyewitnesses. On this brief tour, we will visit some of these and learn their intriguing stories.

“Is that a Lane?” with CAM docent John Day

The Captain Elias Davis house has many treasures: furniture, portraits, pewter, imported serving ware, navigational instruments; a bird cage, a large ship model, a sailor’s valentine, a peep box, and a lady’s fireplace screen.  Sometimes overlooked are the landscapes and seascapes on the walls of the several rooms, some of which are among the Museum’s oldest and most historically important paintings.  And among these are several with direct or indirect links to the work of Fitz Henry Lane.

January 18, 2020

“The Material World” with CAM docent Gail Anderson

A British redcoat, an elegant silk dress, lavish upholstery and carpeting. Have you ever looked carefully at the use and depiction of fabric in the museum’s collections……and what that material might indicate about the owner or wearer? This Winter Short will explore artworks and artifacts to discover hidden meanings folded into fabric.

“Geology as Destiny” with CAM docent Ed Becker

The landscape of Cape Ann has been shaped by ancient geologic forces – from the collision of tectonic plates to the scraping of glacial ice. Using examples from the Museum’s collection, we’ll explore how this geologic history led to Cape Ann’s important quarry industry, and to landforms that have inspired artists for over two centuries.

“Cape Ann Really Rocks” with CAM docent Hazel Von Rosenvinge

Fishing wasn’t the only booming industry on Cape Ann. Granite quarries speckle the landscape. Rocks were shipped all over the world. Learn more about the people who worked in the quarries and the impact the industry had on this place.

“Let’s Have a Show of Hands” with CAM docent John Huss

Visit an array of exhibits and see how artists portrayal of HANDS helps deliver their message. HANDS are on display on canvas, in stone and on film. It’s a fast and fun tour!

January 25, 2020

“Judith, John and Universalism” with CAM docent Sarah Wetzel

Musings on Judith Sargent Murray born in Gloucester May 1,1751 -nearly to the day 200 years before me -and her husband the Rev. John Murray. Exploring her voice and influence during the time of the birth of our country and the establishment of the first Universalist Church here in Gloucester.

“Sailing Solo” with CAM docent Doug Stewart

What kind of person would willingly spend two months, maybe three, alone in a small boat being tossed around by waves while trying to sail 3,000 miles to Europe? Meet two of them, both Gloucester fishermen, in the Museum’s Maritime Gallery and see the actual boats they sailed. One of the men, Danish immigrant Alfred Johnson, was the first person in history to sail alone across the Atlantic. The other, Nova Scotian Howard Blackburn, was the first to do so without fingers!

“From Tragedy to Beauty: Thacher Island and the Fresnel Lens” with CAM docent Suellen Wedmore

This multi-media presentation on the Island of the Twin Lights, includes a brief history of the island and lens, shared photographs, a piece of a Fresnel Lens that you may hold in your hands, music, movement, and the reading of two poems relating to Maria Bray’s 1864 heroism. She is joined in this presentation by Cape Ann Museum members Barbara Brewer and Juliana McGovern, who participated in Suellen’s 2016 CAM presentation “Mind the Light.”

COMPLETED TOURS Continue reading “Tomorrow! Check out these unique custom tours by the talented docents at Cape Ann Museum – and new free days #GloucesterMA”

Martin Luther King Day 2020


The event will be held Monday, January 20, 2020 from 2-6 p.m. in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse, on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The program will unveil extensive research by the Cape Ann Slavery and Abolition Trust (CASAT) that documents the role that the industry of slavery had on Cape Ann from the 1700s until the Civil War. Alvin Foster and his Soul Eclectic band will provide music. Byron Rushing, past president of the Boston Museum of African-American History, and a longtime state representative and civil rights leader will deliver the keynote address. A panel discussion with Q&A follows. The program concludes with a slide show and audio recording of Martin Luther King, Jr. and ringing the Paul Revere bell for freedom. The program is free – all are welcome.


The Cape Ann Slavery and Abolition Trust (CASAT) is a joint undertaking of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. CASAT’s research has documented a profoundly important topic often hidden from view. Their work has uncovered the stories of slave owners and traders and their vessels, as well as the stories of formerly enslaved people, local abolitionists, and clergy. In addition to the presentation on MLK Day, CASAT organizers and researchers will officially launch the online presence of their work on January 20.

Alvin Foster returns to Gloucester, performing for the second year in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and has earned a loyal following of fans from his appearances in the Music on Meetinghouse Green Summer Series. He is a vocalist, music director, songwriter, and teacher, specializing in soul music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Foster describes his approach to music as, “playing soul music underlying Black people’s courage to be happy and celebrate life, love, spirituality, and growth in the face of racism.”

Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 36 years and represented the Ninth Suffolk District. He was a member of the House Committee on Rules and the Joint Committee on Rules for many years and a member of the House Committee on Ethics. He is well-known as a civil rights activist and was an original sponsor of the Massachusetts bill in support of gay rights. He served as President of the Museum of Afro-American History from 1972-1985 and was instrumental in the preservation of the country’s oldest African-American church building, Boston’s historic African-American Meetinghouse.

Panel Discussion and Q&A
Mr. Rushing joins Cape Ann Slavery and Abolition Trust researchers for a panel discussion with an opportunity for audience questions.

Martin Luther King in his own words
Concluding the MLK Day Celebration will be a slide show and audio recording of Martin Luther King, Jr. and ringing the Paul Revere bell for freedom.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is dedicated to preserving the treasured Meetinghouse, built for the first Universalist Congregation in America and today, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, as a civic hub, entertainment venue, and community center. Each year, the GMF presents an Autumn-Winter-Spring series of concerts and events plus the much-anticipated Music on Meetinghouse Green free nine-week summer concert series. The preservation work to stabilize the Meetinghouse’s 110 foot bell tower to prevent water from entering the building and stop heat from escaping through the perimeter is currently underway. Once this Green Envelope Project is completed, the full renovation of the interior of this magnificent historic building may begin.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The accessible side entrance is at 10 Church Street. Weather permitting, event parking is available on the green and at parking lots nearby in the Historic District. For more information on this program and the full 2019-20 event schedule, please visit



Reminder | Bruce J. Anderson webinar January 15th and a nice message for #GloucesterMA #InspiringSiblingStory


The Bruce J Anderson 2020 application deadline is all heart: February 14, 2020 

That’s more than a month away, and the stellar team at The Boston Fund is hosting a Webinar next week to help with any questions.  They make it easy to participate.

Bruce J Anderson- an inspiring sibling story

Every year, we share the Bruce J Anderson announcement for its upcoming grant cycle which has supported wonderful local projects. After posting the 2020 call, Larry Anderson wrote a message for GMG readers about the fund honoring his brother and the family’s love for Gloucester and Cape Ann. It’s often difficult for families to get together in one place as years go by, and here six siblings gather again and again for something so positive. (I have another post in mind about sibling tributes which I’ll share with Larry soon.) Thank you so much for sharing the story and sparking ideas!

“Thanks for recognizing the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. Bruce was my brother. He loved Gloucester, where he spent most of the summers of his life and where he lived and worked at the time of his death many years ago. His six siblings — three sisters, my two brothers, and I — have been fortunate to be able to keep his generous spirit alive through the modest but steady efforts of the foundation created in his name. We have been gratified to be able to support the worthy organizations you name, as well as many others on Cape Ann. We are always glad to hear from new community-minded groups. So please take advantage of the January 15 webinar offered by the capable, helpful folks at The Boston Foundation, who administer the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.” –  Larry Anderson 

Photos above show happy results from their support — installation views at Cape Ann Museum from the travel exbibit Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads

Next Week! About the webinar

A word from the Bruce J Anderson team at The Boston Fund

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, has launched its 2020 request for proposals.

Please find the request for proposals here,

and note the application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

We will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 15th from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, and the process for applying for funding.  Please note that this webinar is not mandatory and your attendance will not affect how your application is reviewed. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please accept the attached calendar invitation so we can know your plans for attendance.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Loren Van Allen at or 617-338-1621.

Nichole’s Picks 1/11 + 1/12

This weekend is supposed to be unseasonably warm (if that can be a term used in New England…since anything usually goes with the weather so maybe there isn’t truly anything “unseasonable”).  Warm weather could make for better outdoor winter activities because it won’t be nose-freezing cold and it will make for nice days to be outside for extended hours….however, too warm will ruin all outdoor activities.  That being the case, call first to make sure snow related activities are actually open for more normal hours.

Pick #1: Snow Tubing at Nashoba Valley


A 2-hour ticket is $35   Normal winter hours on the weekend are 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Pick #2: ‘Entre Les Rangs’ Light Exhibit at Boston Seaport

Again, take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy a night out in the city.  It’s much better to walk around in mild temps and see the winter sites.


Boston’s Seaport will welcome another illuminated, interactive art exhibit to the neighborhood.

The Seaport has partnered with Canadian art production company Creos and architectural firm KANVA on “Entre les rangs,” a twinkling collection of 28,000 handmade white crystalline stems topped with white reflectors that will be displayed on Seaport Common (85 Northern Ave.) from Monday, Dec. 9 through Feb. 2, 2020.

The exhibit, meant to evoke a “rural wheat field swaying in the breeze” according to a press release, will refract light from projectors mounted nearby, and will change based on weather and human interaction.

Beyond the winter art installations, the Seaport has welcomed several public art displays, including “Air Sea Land,” a collection of colorful sculptures lining Seaport Boulevard, and “20 Knots,” a collection of giant nylon daffodils that adorned Seaport Common in April.

Monday, Dec 09, 2019 6:00a –
Sunday, Feb 09, 2020 11:30p

Seaport Common
85 Northern Ave
Boston, MA


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Pick #3: Ice Castles 

If you’re up for the drive or want to do a quick overnight trip, check out Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire.  I’ve heard they’ve been working hard to combat the extra warm weather, but they are planning on operating this weekend as of now.  Reservations are necessary so don’t just drive up and expect to get in.  If this weekend doesn’t work out, make a note to plan ahead for another weekend!


Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction located in six cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more.

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

More Tribute To Fallen Iconic Gloucester Fisherman Tommy Burns

So You Want To Be a Lobsterman?

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The beauty of this scene sent me back to the books to refresh my memory of the mythological story of Arethusa, a Greek myth of transformation into water.  This picture seems to demonstrate that very transformation from vessel to reflection to seawater.


Joey, Here is my Painting, “Meeting On Rum-Row” It’s 1932,  Prohibition and two former Gloucester fishing schooners meet up with the US Coast Guard’s 75’ patrol boat, CG-100 which was then based in Gloucester.  They are on Rum-Row, 3 miles off the coast of New York and New Jersey.  The coast guard is charged with … Continue reading Painting – Meeting of Gloucester Boats on Rum-Row From Bill Hubbard and More About The Arethusa→

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Arethusa Definition: Arethusa was a nymph, possibly the daughter of an Arcadian river god, and a follower of the virgin goddess Artemis. One day as she was bathing, she discovered the river god Alpheus desired her, so she fled. She ran as far as the island of Syracuse, but he kept up. In desperation, Arethusa … Continue reading Arethusa 04/22/12→



Tonight’s The Night! 7pm in our lobby, we are hosting a @veuveclicquot Pop-Up @Beauport_Hotel


You’ve been waiting for it…and we’ve been listening! Tonight, January 10th at 7pm in our lobby, we are hosting a @veuveclicquot Pop-Up. We are so excited to be hosting the Clicquot In The Snow event and we can’t wait to see you there! Make sure that your phones are charged to capture some iconic Instagram shots and be ready to experience our lobby like never before.

veuve“Please join us us for “Clicquot in the Snow”, the first of our Veuve Clicquot Pop-Up Champagne Lounge series on Friday, January 10th at 7pm where we will be transforming our Pavilion Foyer into a stylish bubbly lounge. This is a free event so stop by before dinner at our 1606 Restaurant•Bar or make a night of it sipping on velvety Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé for purchase. There will also be for purchase a pairing menu of oysters, artisinal cheese and chocolate…

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