1980 Video From @GBHArchives: Bobbi Gibb From Rockport, The First Woman To Unofficially Run the Entire Boston Marathon In 1966

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Hi Joe,

I thought some of the local sports fans might like to see this amazing video from the other night in Boston where two north shore ladies received the Good Sportsman award from the sports editors of the Boston Globe for their stories.   You might recall Abbey D’Agostino from the Olympics as one and the other is of course our own Bobbi Gibb from Rockport!

I’ve posted the video and also photos from the event on this page below!


Thanks for sharing!

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco
Marketer for Technology & the Arts
seARTS Cape Ann – Advisor

Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails 2020 FREE fun events start Friday September 18th! Plan ahead

The Essex National Heritage Fall annual meeting is this Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 9AM — and it’s virtual so more people can RSVP than ever. The next day, Trails and Sails 2020 is back! Two fun three day weekends packed with FREE activities.

News from Essex National Heritage:

Discover special places in your backyard from Friday September 18 – through Sunday September 27, 2020!

Be guided through unique landscapes on land and sea, virtually explore historic properties, and take in experiences of all kinds. Find what makes Essex County like nowhere else during the annual two weekends of Trails & Sails. Event styles this year include: DIY Virtual Experiences; self-guided tours; tours by car; scavenger hunts; small group events; and arts and cultural activities and experiences…and so much more!

SEE upcoming trails & Sails events here (updated continually)

Trails and Sails 2020,

Essex National Heritage,

Manchester Historical museum will be offering self guided tours: Download your choice of 3 self guided walking tours in the downtown area of Manchester-by-the-Sea from the Manchester Historical Museum website

Meanwhile Ipswich Marini Farm is featuring a farm forest ice cream hike.

There are no Rockport or Gloucester listings that I see- however, the Sargent House Museum is offering walking tours downtown September 26, October 3, 10, and 17 to sites and historic buildings associated with Judith Sargent Murray. It’s not too late for the museum to add the Sept. 26th one into the mix of free events for Trails & Sails 2020, or folks to plan “while you’re at it” activities. (Perhaps they’ll waive the $10 on that day for Trails & Sails participants?) The HarborWalk is open!

City Alert Regarding Maplewood Ave Gas Main Repair Work Upcoming

The City of Gloucester recently posted the following alert for Friday Sept 18- Monday Sept 21:

Gas Main Work at Maplewood Ave Railroad Crossing

National Grid is committed to delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to its customers.  To make improvements to their gas distribution system, they will be replacing a section of the gas main that runs underneath the railroad crossing on Maplewood Avenue.

For their crews to work in this area safely, it will be necessary to close the railroad crossing to vehicular traffic.  The roadway will be closed beginning on Friday, September 18th through the early morning hours on Monday, September 21st.

Although the roadway will be closed, care will be taken to provide access to the businesses and residences in this area.  Detour signs will be placed in advance of the closure.

We regret the temporary inconvenience.  Should you have any questions, please contact National Grid’s Customer Service at 1-800-233-5325.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Image copied from City Alert and available in pdf format here.

From Patrick Thorpe regarding the Gloucester Rotary

Good Morning Friends of Rotary,

The Gloucester Rotary Club is once again publishing a 12-month Cape Ann photo calendar for 2021 as a fundraiser.  All profits will go to the Gloucester Rotary Club’s many community and international activities.

In Order to publish a beautiful calendar, the Club is requesting high quality digital photos that reflect the amazing communities of Cape Ann throughout the year—photos that reflect what the photographer feels “community” means to him/her, whether it is a person, place or event.  As we will be featuring one photo per month, we need images from each season:  winter, spring, summer and fall.  Photographs from Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester will be accepted.

For complete contest rules please visit https://gloucesterrotary.org/page/calendar-photos.  Please note that we have extended the contest deadline to Sunday, September 27, 2020.  We appreciate your support and interest in helping us with calendar fundraiser.

Thank  you for your continued support of the Gloucester Rotary Club.


Patrick Thorpe

Calendar Committee Chairman

NEW Maplewood School apartment and town house condos are so loft-like soaring big and bright! Beautiful historic building #GloucesterMA

There will be 12 brand new homes for sale within the former Maplewood School, renamed the “Maplewood School Residences” at 120 Maplewood Avenue. Open houses began last week, offering sneak peek access and sales for buyers eager to preview the thoughtful and modern layouts designed into this beautiful and historic Gloucester building. The Maplewood School Residences project has reached the exciting studs out stage for its interior raw spaces.  A model unit **still under construction** was made available for walk through.

 The school was built in 1899. Here are some BEFORE exterior photographs from 2016 when the building was on the market and from 2018 (when demo and major structural upgrades commenced) compared with AFTER photographs from February and September 2020.



a few more BEFORE exterior and interior photographs


AFTER photographs interior and exterior details from 2020

– construction in progress

Original architectural features were restored and incorporated throughout. The space plans and configurations are stunning and creative. And big! The smallest two bedroom unit is a large and airy 1600 sf’. Every unit in the Maplewood School residences features classic design elements like generous entries that will make it a pleasure to come home to. How exciting to see this long term project come to life!


Cranes will be on site as early next week to facilitate delivery of granite counter tops and hardwood flooring for the upper floors. Some of the listings include extra outdoor space balconies. 


The visionary architect Kirk Noyes has developed 45+ historic buildings in multiple states, and several architectural treasures right here in downtown Gloucester, like Central Grammar on Dale Avenue and the Wesley Condos on Prospect Street.




 The Gloucester Daily Times published a release by Lillian Shapiro about this special project. Read it here

“When we first looked at this building, we were immediately struck by its great condition…What we have done is create an accurate reproduction of the 1899 schoolhouse by doing things like reinventing the cornice detailing around the building, re-configuring old classrooms, and refurbishing the original staircase.”

-Kirk Noyes, architect, construction team member Maplewood School Residences as quoted in Gloucester Daily Times article by Lillian Shapiro


South Shore Art Center features North Shore artists Coco Berkman, Pia Juhl and Juni VanDyke #CohassetMA

The South Shore Art Center press release for September/October 2020 exhibition:                     

From North Shore to South Shore…Gloucester Comes to Cohasset 

Featuring three artists: COCO BERKMAN, PIA JUHL, JUNI VANDYKE

Cape Ann artist printmaker Coco Berkman creates images that delight her and hopefully others through the process of linoleum printmaking. Inspired by literature, the natural world, and the free play inherent in drawing, Berkman uses sharp Japanese tools to carve images into sheets of linoleum and then prints them one color at a time over several months to complete an edition. A member of the Boston Printmakers, Berkman’s work is represented by 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington and The Square Circle Gallery in Rockport. 

Pia Juhl, is well known for her light filled paintings depicting quarries and giant rock formations indigenous to her surroundings.  She has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and on Cape Ann including Jane Deering Gallery.    

Juni VanDyke will exhibit paintings related to her connection with Gloucester.  “The Cape Ann landscape is a subliminal force directing my art and tethering me to a love of color and the infinite configurations of abstraction.  Traveling to my work in Gloucester, I cross over the elevated Annisquam Bridge where below the sea is an ever changing miracle of patterns and light holding promise for later.”   VanDyke’s work is held in the permanent collection of Cape Ann Museum.  Her work is represented by Jane Deering Gallery, and throughout the US by Room and Board, Inc.

The exhibition continues through October 30th.

The South Shore Art Center is located at 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset


 Zoom link (there is no password):https://zoom.us/j/91879749303

The event site link is: http://www.ssac.org/bancroft.asp

Images (in order)

Coco Berkman “The Reception” Lino Print

Juni VanDyke “View From Above” Acrylic and Oil on Board

Pia Juhl “Dogtown” Oil on Canvas

A CBD Dosing Guide

Cape Ann Wellness

Dosing CBD can be a bit tricky at first. However, there are some standard rules to follow when trying to identify the correct amount to take.

Firstly, they always use the phrase “low and slow” when it comes to CBD usage. With the exception of severe pain management, most ailments can be managed with minimal amounts of these supplements. While it may take a few days for the CBD oil to build up in your system, the amount is less important than the consistency and regularity of taking it.

Additionally, when CBD is supplemented in low amounts, it acts as a stimulant. Alternatively when used in large amounts, it produces a calming effect. Therefore, if you’re having trouble with sleeping, make sure not to take too little an amount. On the other hand, if you are dosing with CBD in the morning, try not to take too much.

Finally, it…

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