An “Unwhaling” in photos

Dear Gloucester Friends,
Last evening, in a socially distanced backyard celebration, resident Charles Gantt held an “unwhaling” for his hand-crafted, Barcelona inspired, multi-media whale, PICO.
Charles is a novice artist, and this is his first sculpture (wire, hand-cast concrete, ceramic tile, stone). Attendees were impressed by the amazing piece of backyard, do-it-yourself, art. 
We thought you might be interested.
David VanderhooftShore Road

Wooden Sail Boat Seeking Winter Home

We have a wooden sailboat built in 1950 that we have restored, maintained and sailed for 25 years. Over the last two years we replaced the plank keel, sternpost, dead wood, stem and bowsprit. Finally we are on the water again!

We love Cape Anne (one of our crew grew up in Gloucester) and hope to store our boat here and do our yearly spring work of sanding, painting, varnishing and small repairs. We need room to put up staging and store our mast, booms and dinghy. The boat is 34 feet on deck (plus bowsprit and boomkin), with a 50 foot mast. 

We’d like to find someone who has a boat or boats and room for one more on their land. Or has a workshop with outdoor space. Or a boatyard/boatbuilder with enough room. (Most boat yards have many boats and space is limited for DIY maintenance). We would also consider buying a piece of land with water and electricity.

Over the past many years we have been lucky enough to share boatshops and have been called “low wake people”. We are very neat, and considerate. We would of course pay storage fees (to be determined) and are open to the possibility of sharing the use of the boat, with an experienced sailor, as part of the exchange. We are hoping to haul out at the end of September. We would appreciate any names, places, and or ideas: 

Contact Paul at



The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) invites ALL artists to enter this exhibit celebrating the new and emergent voices of the Cape Ann art community.  Artists do not need to be members of RAA&M to apply!!!!  This is an opportunity to show artwork that reveals the immense diversity of the creative community about us. This exhibit will be juried using digital images (.jpg), submitted and uploaded during the July 25 – September 13 submission period onto the site.

Grass Roots: Emerging Artists Exhibit: October 15 – November 1, 2020

Call for Submissions Begins: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Deadline for Online Entries: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Notice of Acceptance by: Sunday, September 27, 2020
Accepted Art Drop-Off: October 8 & 9, 2020 (Thursday & Friday, 9:00AM – 4:45 PM)
Jury for Prizes: Sunday, October 11, 2020
Exhibit Opens: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Exhibit Closes: Sunday, November 1, 2020
Pick-Up Artwork: November 4 & 5, 2020 (Wednesday & Thursday, 9:00AM – 4:45PM)

To learn more, please feel free to click the following link:

And to apply, please click here:

New item at Arts Abound

Monday 11am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday closed
Thursday 10am – 3pm
Friday 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm
Sunday sometimes open…check here for updates
Also by appointment and by chance…call (603) 359-2173

Sue Wheeler – owner | artist | designer
21C Lexington Ave
Magnolia Village in Gloucester, MA
(603) 359-2173


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Arts Abound has donated numerous masks to healthcare workers and now they are available for purchase.

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Savour-Summer Virtual Grand Wine Tasting Advisory



What + When + Where + Why:

Welcoming wine-lovers to our first Savour-Summer Virtual Grand Wine Tasting, spanning two weeks….August 14th to August 31st, at a time, in a place of your choosing.

We believe we have produced the safest, enjoyable shopping experience, providing insightful, essential information to confidently make informed purchasing decisions…a new way to engage our bi-annual Spring-Summer & Fall-Winter Grand Wine Tasting events… virtually.


Nine Representatives from New England’s leading wine distributors recognized for their well-crafted wine portfolios – curated & compiled from old & new world acclaimed vintners – have each selected five wines themed especially for summer into fall drinking.

View + Read:

Each Rep has produced a crisp video presenting their value-laden selections accompanied by wine description sheets, & wine “tech” sheets available to preview and download.
Providing guests guidance to smoothly and efficiently navigate the tasting.



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Pet of the Week-Pumpkin


Pumpkin here. I am a beautiful 5 year old lady looking for a home where I can spend my days. I love being pet and loved by my human companions, but I am not very fond of the other cats here so I would be best as an only pet . If you’re in the market for a sweet and fun adult cat and don’t mind me being your only pet, I could be a perfect fit! Please send in an application if you’re interested in taking me home.
Visit the following section of our website if you are interested in adopting Pumpkin today:

Kentucky Derby

The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby should have taken place back on May 2nd, 2020….as the attached Woodford Reserve logo suggests.  It will, instead, take place this coming Saturday, September 5th and, as with many sporting events, it will take place without fans.

As we countdown to the main event you can watch LIVE as the horses complete their morning workouts each day from 7:00-8:00 am.

Please click HERE to learn more:

Here are this year’s horses as they currently rank:

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Safely Sail Aboard the Lannon!

We finally booked a trip on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon and boy, was it perfect! The weather was fantastic, the winds were friendly, the crew was skilled. On the sail we took, there were about 20 masked guests who were assigned seating in socially distant groups. We even saw an acquaintance onboard….good to see you again, Steve! Captain Zach offered safety instructions and introduced the mates Patrick and Casey and then we were underway in our beautiful harbor and vicinity. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the 90 minute excursion.  The winds had us leaning just enough to make it exciting without being scary. We all had big smiles on our faces. It was a great trip. I highly recommend it.  FANTASTIC job, crew! Can’t wait to go again. Check it out on their website:

CBD CAN Help Anxiety

Cape Ann Wellness

We are currently living through anxiety provoking times. The coronavirus is the perfect recipe to turn even the most laid back and centered among us into worrying wrecks, imagining the most catastrophic (although unlikely) outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones.

And that, dear friends, is the day-to-day life of someone living with anxiety. I know because for the last fifteen years it’s an inner world I’ve inhabited. Only for me, it’s not a pandemic I’m freaking out about, but lesser evils such as whether I’m going to make a complete idiot of myself in some social gathering or my own favorite anxiety rabbit hole – feeling anxious about feeling anxious.

While there’s no magic bullet to banish anxiety for good, managing anxiety symptoms is a commonly stated reason why people take cannabis – medical or otherwise – withCBDshowing particular promise in preliminary studies.


Anxiety disorders are a…

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