I love this handy chart that features a number of common butterflies we see in New England, and thought you would, too.

Nectar plants are wonderful to attract butterflies to your garden, but if you want butterflies to colonize your garden, you need to plant their caterpillar host (food) plants. We all know Common Milkweed and Marsh Milkweed are the best host plants for Monarchs, and here are a few more suggestions. When you plant, they will come! And you will have the wonderful added benefit of watching their life cycle unfold.


Monarchs are dependent upon milkweeds during every stage of their life cycle. Milkweeds are not only their caterpillar food, it provides nectar to myriad species of pollinators.

Shore Road Closure Magnolia Pier rebuild

Talked to an engineer the other day with regard to the crane on Shore Road to build the Magnolia Pier.  The workers have been very polite and considerate of the neighbors and walkers.  He informed me that the crane can reach over 200 feet.  He also stated that most likely it will take about two more weeks with the crane.

Final days and Leap Year reception for authors & artists – Once Upon a Contest children’s picture book show at Rockport Public Library


Closing Reception Saturday 11AM 2/29/2020

Final days to catch Once Upon a Contest at beautiful Rockport Public Library, and the delightful installations by Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, CAR Invited Artist, Rockport. Please spread the word!

The library is open until 8pm today, Thursday, February 27, 2020.

The library is closed Fridays!

The library is open 10-5 on Saturday RECEPTION 11AM (some nice surprises )

(The library is open Sunday 1-5)

Fun extra: Enjoy this short video about acclaimed  picture book artist and author, Giles Laroche, creating paper art. His most recent book is coming April 2020!

video by Meghan Gocke

still from Giles laroche short video feb 2020 by Meghan Gocke

This weekend in the Arts 2/28-3/2/2020

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Odds Were Against Me

Featuring works by two renowned 20th century women sculptors:
Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington and Katharine Lane Weems

A special exhibition focusing on the accomplishments of women artists

On view: March 3, 2020 through Jan. 3, 2021


Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973), Diana of the Chase, 1922. Bronze. 96 inches high.
The James Collection. Promised Gift of Janet & William Ellery James to the Cape Ann Museum.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to pay special tribute to renowned local women artists in its new exhibition, Odds Were Against Me, featuring works by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876–1973) and Katharine Lane Weems (1899–1989).

Opening March 3, the exhibition has been organized to recognize the 100th anniversary of American women winning the right to vote with the passage of the 19thAmendment. Other featured artists include Cecilia Beaux, Theresa Bernstein and Emma Fordyce MacRae. The exhibition will run through Jan. 3, 2021.

“This yearlong showcase of works by Weems and Huntington is integral the Museum’s commitment to featuring the inspiring work of women artists both past and present through special and rotating gallery installations,” said the Museum’s Director Oliver Barker. “Weems and Huntington are part of a long line of Cape Ann artists whose work is fundamental to the compelling story of Cape Ann’s evolving artistic and cultural history which resonates with visitors young and old, from the local community and beyond.”

Huntington’s larger than life-size bronze sculpture, Diana of the Chase, anchors the exhibition, with selections of Weems’ vivid animal sculptures from the Museum’s collection offering a contrast in subject and scale. A full-length oil portrait by Marion Boyd Allen (1876-1973) of Huntington at work in her studio is paired with an intimate painting of Weems done in the 1920s by Boston and Manchester artist Charles Hopkinson (1899-1989).

Weems was one of this country’s most accomplished sculptors of the 20th century and a major figure on Boston’s North Shore for many years. She is best known for her larger-than-life size animal pieces, many of which can be found in and around Boston, including the bronze Dolphins of the Sea (1979) at the New England Aquarium.

Weems studied with Charles Gafly at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and with Anna Hyatt Huntington, George Demetrios and Brenda Putnam. In 1928, she was awarded the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts’ prestigious George E. Widener Memorial Gold Medal for her work Narcisse Noir (1926).  She maintained a home and studio in Manchester (known as The Chimneys) and was life-long friends with fellow sculptor Walker Hancock. The name of the exhibition is based on Weems’ memoir, Odds Were Against Me, which provided insights into the challenges that she and other women or her generation faced as they struggled to gain footholds in the arts.

Huntington was born in Cambridge, MA, a daughter of Alpheus Hyatt, a zoologist and paleontologist, and Audella Beebe Hyatt, a watercolorist. The Hyatts purchased a summer house in the Annisquam section of Gloucester in 1878 where Alpheus ran a biological laboratory and school. For many years, Huntington maintained a summer sculpture studio on the property. While she would study for a time under Henry H. Kitson in Boston, and later with Hermon A. MacNeil at the Art Students’ League in New York, Huntington thought of herself as a self-taught artist, inspired by her older sister Harriet who was also a sculptor.

In 1902, Huntington moved to New York City to pursue her career, traveling from there to France in 1907. By the 1910s, she had established herself as one of this country’s most respected sculptors, attracting commissions for such works as her well-known depiction of Joan of Arc (1915-1918), versions of which are installed in Blois, France;Québec City; San Francisco; New York City; and Gloucester. In 1923, she married Archer Huntington and worked on what is now known as Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. She is best known as a figurative sculptor, having created animals, equestrian monuments, fountains and other works for gardens.

“The Cape Ann Museum is fortunate to have a strong collection of artwork and artifacts in its holdings related to women, now and in the past,” said Museum Curator Martha Oaks. “While many of these items are typically on display throughout the Museum, this year as people across the country recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we’re enjoying calling them out to our visitors and exploring the myriad of stories they can tell us about women’s abilities and achievements.  Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington and Katharine Lane Weems were two extraordinary artists who excelled at a time that wasn’t always welcoming of women. We’re very proud to be showcasing their work and sharing it with Museum visitors.”

Cape Ann has long been recognized as one of this country’s oldest and most important art colonies and the collection of the Cape Ann Museum contains examples of works by many of the artists who came to Cape Ann, including Marsden Hartley, Cecilia Beaux, Nell Blaine, Edward Hopper and John Sloan. At the heart of the Museum’s holdings is the single largest collection of works by early 19th century artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865). A native of Gloucester, Lane worked as a lithographer and a painter and his works on display at the Cape Ann Museum capture the town’s busy seaport in its heyday. The Cape Ann Museum is dedicated to illuminating the diversity of life on Cape Ann by collecting, preserving and presenting the interconnected stories of art and industry during the past 400 years.


For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website



John Keegan of Madhouse Tonight @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 2.27.2020

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight!
It’s John Keegan of Madhouse
w/Mike DiBari on guitar
Benny Benson drums
Mark Earley on the tenor sax.
The Rhumb Line
8:30 to 11:30


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732




Oliver’s Harbor a New Favorite Spot!

We went for dinner Monday night at Oliver’s Harbor on Main Street and they assured their status as one of our favorites. Theresa served us efficiently and offered solid suggestions which we appreciated. GMG Jimmy raved about the squash bisque. The Spicy Panko Scallops were a wonderful treat. The fries I got with my burger were outstanding. Jim very much enjoyed his Linguine Vongole. If you’re on the fence about giving it a try, get off the fence……

Spicy Panko Scallops
Squash Bisque
Specially blended olive dip…mildly spicy. Great with the fries.

Linguine Vongole