Dear Friends,

You are receiving this note because you donated generously or because you have been a friend and supporter in one manner or another to my documentary Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly.

I am beyond excited to share that we will be picking up the masters this week from the color and sound editing studio, Modulus, which I have been working with these many months. The film has come together beautifully. I think you will love the soundtrack by Jesse Cook and the new mix and voiceover recording. Because of several delays over the course of editing, I was able to include footage from the butterfly’s spectacular late winter exodus at Cerro Pelon, Mexico, and from the exquisite Monarch migration that took place along the shores of Cape Ann this past fall.

Currently I am submitting Beauty on the Wing to film festivals. Over the weekend I sent in no less than 18 submissions. Some festivals we’ll hear back from within a few weeks, others it may take several months. In the meantime, I am learning about film distribution and am working on scheduling a sneak peek preview screening for all my donors and will keep you posted about that.

Here is a link to the new short trailer. Beauty on the Wing Trailer

I hope you will have two minutes to view and also, if you could, please share. The old trailer has thousands of views and believe it or not, number of views is important to festival organizers and film distributors So please share. Also, I am creating a longer, more detailed trailer and will send that along later this week.

A most heartfelt thank you for your generosity and your kind support. I am so grateful.



P.S. See below very rough draft of a poster because I needed one quickly for the festival applications- I am looking for a graphic designer who can help with some ideas I have for posters, postcards, and other promotional materials. Please let me know if you have someone you love to work with. Thank you!

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Accepting Students for Winter Session

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop
Accepting Students For Winter 2020 Session
NEW Classes in Advanced Acting for Teens Ages 14 and Older
plus Monologue & Song Audition Prep and Costume Design
Winter Session Begins February 28 !

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop is now accepting students ages 5-18 for the 2020 Winter Session of professional arts instruction: Advanced Teens Ages 14 and older: Fridays at 2:30 pm and Saturdays at 10 am. Children Ages 5-10 years old: Fridays at 4:30 pm and Saturdays at 8 am. Teens Ages 11-13 years old: Saturdays at 8 am. The Youth Acting Workshop Winter 2020 Session features expanded instruction time of four class hours per week, an Advanced Acting Class for Teens and scholarship opportunities. Students will receive instruction in acting, directing, play writing, vocal production, improvisation, creating characters and the world of the play and costume design during the six week session. Acting teacher, director and award winning actress Gloucester native Heidi Dallin will be joined by guest instructors: Danvers native and Tufts University grad Sarah Vandewalle to teach personal expression through writing a monologue; Costume Designer of YAW’s annual production of Holiday Delights, Gloucester native and New York University grad with an MFA in Costume Design , Jennifer Greeke, to teach Costume Design and Gordon College grad Marion Wolter to teach expressing yourself through song and auditioning for musical theater. Students will write and perform personal monologues as well as learn and perform contemporary musical theater songs and design costumes for each project. Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops are designed to provide young people an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater. Registration is open for the Winter 2020 Session. Sibling discounts and Scholarships are available. Class size is limited and registration is on a first come basis. For further information and to register, call 978-283-6688 or visit

Youth Acting Workshop students perform at Gloucester Stage
Photo 1: Stage Combat from the Advanced Teen Class: Gloucester’s Brendan Heanue, 15; Anita Magee, 15; Gabrielle Cros, 14 and Anya Lichtenwald, 16
Photo 2: L to R: Gloucester’s Anita Magee, 15 & Gabriel Magee, 13,
Photo 3: L to R: Gloucester’s James Towne, 9; Gabrielle Cros, 14
Photo 4: Foreground: Gloucester’s Bezzie Strong, 14; Background: Anya Lichtenwald, 16
Photo 5:Foreground: Gloucester’s Bianca Numerosi, 7; Background: Calvin Lee, 8
Photo 6: Gloucester’s Brendan Heanue, 15
Photo 7: L to R: Gloucester’s Stella DiMercurio; Rockport’s Julia Drost
Photo 8: Gloucester’s Onni Gibson
Photo 9: Gloucester’s Elliana Parsons, 12

photo credit: Emily Harney


Cape Ann Community

The second annual free Family Movie and Crafts Day will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Kick off school vacation week with games, face painting, craft projects, and prizes. Two popular animated movies will be shown – one about toys and the other about a snowman. Enjoy refreshments all day and a free pizza lunch. Tour the historic 1806 Meetinghouse upstairs and ring the Paul Revere bell in the tower.

Presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation in partnership with Pathways for Children, Maritime Gloucester, and the Cape Ann Community Cinema.

Please note new location this year! The event will be held in the Meetinghouse downstairs, accessed from the side door at 10 Church Street. Parking available on the green, weather permitting, and around the Historic District.


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Experimental group of Rockport Art Assoc & Museum hosts presentation from gallery owner & activist Paula Estey

Donna Caselden shares save the date for an upcoming event in Rockport:

Experimental group of Rockport Art Association and Museum (RAAM) kicks off the year with a presentation from respected gallery owner and activist, Paula Estey.   

“The Personal is Political: Art and Activism 2020” A presentation through Estey’s professional journey from Gallery owner to community activist. We’ll talk about things like our creative responsibility as artists for truth; how to avoid burnout or comparison; how to maintain an ethic of beauty in the face of challenges, and the artist’s personal paths to activism. Artists can be effective catalysts for conscious change.   This exciting talk is free and open to the public!  All are welcome!

Date March 19, 2020

Time 6-8 p.m.

Place: Hibbard Gallery, Rockport Art Association & Museum

Paula Estey (Abbreviated) Bio ~ Paula Estey (pictured here with her son) has been an art warrior from birth, through poetry, painting, performance and now as the founder of Paula Estey Gallery: A Center for Art and Activism, celebrating six years in 2020. Paula has curated meaningful contemporary fine art exhibits addressing environmental and other social justice topics.  In 2017, Estey founded The Women in Action Huddle of Greater Newburyport,. a support and activism group with more than 250 members working on initiatives serving the environmental crisis in our communities and region. For more info:

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courtesy photo Paula Estey (with son)

Raam exterior


The boys love a good trip to the Blackbear Barbershop. With our crazy schedule the bonus of being open seven days a week is HUGE. Check out their list of services and prices below.

260 Main St. Gloucester MA
Monday – Saturday – 7am to 7pm | Sunday – 7am to 4pm

Check them out HERE:


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The Red Umbrella ~

Cape Ann Wellness


#Ayurveda is a preventative system of medicine and health care but also a guide to support you in optimal living.

How we choose to live our lifestyle will determine if we will incur disease or redirect it.

Our lifestyle should be a reflection of our life, and our life should be supported by choices that enliven us versus enslave us.

As we live according to the daily cycle, seasonal cycle, annual cycle, lunar cycle and life cycles, we can recycle…

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