Cameron’s Restaurant inside, the carved eagle sign, and demo January 2020 #GloucesterMA

Debris from the demo of the 13,500 SF property (and parking lot) on 206/209 Main Street, formerly known as Cameron’s restaurant, is being trucked away from sorted piles, scrap metal here, mixed materials there. Action Inc. and North Shore Community Development Coalition ‘s  new apartment building will meld in a few street level commercial spaces. (Read about the latticework of buildings on this stretch of Main here and see photos then and now below. I think it will be both changeless and changing as the saying goes.) I’m confident the charm and great karma of Cameron’s meals and happy celebrations will carry forward for the residents and business owners coming to this corner of Main and Elm.

In the meantime I was delighted to find some (poor) snapshots with my mom inside Cameron’s. I’m sure there are more and better Cameron’s photographs out there!

2019 March 17 view past shuttered Cameron's _206 Main Street Gloucester Mass_site for future housing and mixed use by Action inc
photo caption March 17, 2019 view across Main Street, past Cameron’s to City Hall
Cameron's demo 2020 Jan 22 Gloucester Mass ©c ryan
photo caption January 22, 2019 

Inside Cameron’s restaurant 2009, 2010

photo snapshot captions – fuzzy glimpses of Cameron’s restaurant interior on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (kids playing fiddles now in their 20s!) & 2010. There must be photos out there!

Cameron’s carved eagle salvaged and soaring

The eagle was removed, repaired and painted in 2017 in preparation for a new and most fitting site– flying high for Cape Ann Veterans Services. Who carved Cameron’s iconic eagle sign?

GMG reader David Collins shares the answer about the artist who hand carved the eagle as reported in the Gloucester Daily Times 2017. Carl Goddard of Nahant carved the eagle in 1967. 

Mike Springer photograph for Gloucester Daily Times- 16 foot wooden eagle hand carved in 1967 by Carl A. Goddard of Nahant

View on the side

2012 mural across from common crow _on Cameron's building_ Elm Street off Main Gloucester Mass _ ©c ryan
2012 mural painted by children w/ Cape Ann Art Haven (and painted again!)
Cameron's demo coming 206 Main Street Gloucester Mass_20200117_©c ryan (2)
January 17, 2020 Cameron’s demo coming, corner of Elm and Main

Demo January 17 – 24, 2020


Artist studios across the street will have a front row for the construction progress.

ROCKY NECK NOW, 2020: Finding StructureThe Annual Spring Members’ Show

ROCKY NECK NOW, 2020: Finding Structure

The Annual Spring Members’ Show

Exhibition Dates: February 13 –March 29, 2020

Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Galleries open: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-4:00 PM

Opening Reception:  Saturday, February 15, 2:00-4:00 PM

Artists’ Talk: Sunday, March 8, 3:00 PM

Closing Celebration: Sunday, March 29, 2020, Viewer’s Choice Awards at 3:00 PM


ROCKY NECK NOW 2020: Finding Structure, the highly anticipated annual members show is the opening exhibition of 2020 at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC). This year’s theme, finding structure provided the opportunity to display work inspired by or including the use of structure, as a literal or abstract device in any medium. Homes, factories and stairs, lobster pots, ropes and ladders are just a few of the many elements that have inspired generations of artists in the creation of masterful works of art on Cape Ann. The Cape Ann Museum has displayed works by Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis and Jeffrey Marshall that makes use of these devices and other Gloucester inspired iconography. RNAC members now display their exciting new work inspired by many of these same elements.

The exhibition runs for seven weeks beginning Thursday, February 13 and continues through Sunday, March 29, 2020 at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street in East Gloucester.  The exhibition features recent work by more than 30 of the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s artists. This show, open each Thursday through Sunday, noon-4:00 PM. in both galleries at the Cultural Center includes a wide range of artistic interpretations with representational, abstract and expressive styles in all media.

The public is invited to celebrate the creativity of RNAC artists at the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. View the art, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments, drink and always lively conversation. Visitors to the galleries are encouraged to participate in the popular Viewers’ Choice Award by voting for their favorite work of art. Three artists receiving the most votes will be recognized at the closing celebration on Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 PM.  These awards provide the artists and the organization with important feedback from the community.  

The Artists

Some of the more than 30 well-known, RNAC participating artists include John Abisamra, John Bassett, Joan Benotti, Matthew Cegelis, Michele Champion, Yhanna Coffin, Pamela Courtleigh, Cheryl Curran, Jillian Demeri, Loren Doucette, Nancy Dudley, Liz Sibley Fletcher, Dina Gomery, Maureen Holub, Cindy Journey, Jane Keddy, Randolph Kelts, Bobbi Iervolino Kovner, Ira Levine, Brenda Malloy, Carmela Martin, Jay McLauchlan, Ronald Pruett, Jenny Rangan, Judy Robinson-Cox, Kate Somers, Karen Watson, and Suellen Wedmore among others. The majority of members in the exhibit are from Gloucester and Rockport with others from Beverly, Brookline, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester MA, Mason, NH, Swampscott and Worcester, MA.

Artists’ Talk

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 3:00 PM, the public is invited to a panel discussion featuring selected ROCKY NECK NOW artists. Audience participation is encouraged and the discussion will cover a wide range of topics, many based on questions asked by audience members.

With an exciting roster of planned exhibitions and events in 2020, the public is invited to receptions and events throughout the year with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available by visiting the website at, by email at or telephone 978 515-7004.


The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, please contact:


46th Annual SeniorCare Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast

Cape Ann Community

SeniorCare Inc.will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester on Friday, February 14, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.

SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program brings a daily meal right to the door of homebound elders, Monday through Friday.Menus are designed by nutrition experts to meet the needs of older adults and are prepared by a professional caterer.In addition, homebound elders have a daily interaction with the delivery team—sometimes their only human contact that day. SeniorCare serves lunch to more than 550 elders each day through the home-delivered meals program (Meals on Wheels) and the community dining program. Annually, this means 175,000…

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