The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center – Dana-Farber / Brigham and Woman’s Blood Mobile on the way back for another Blood Drive at True North Brewery!

The good folks of the North Shore and especially Ipswich have joined forces with True North Brewery in Ipswich to make our Hook-A-Cure / Dana-Farber Blood Drives a HUGE success.

In our first two drives, we had enough blood donated to easily save over 200 people!

Even under Covid protocols, so many people requested an appointment, we had to turn people away! Something we never want to do.

So to solve the problem, True North expanded the drive into a two day event to hopefully accommodate all who want to join us!!

For those returning, we send a deeply felt Thank-you and look forward to seeing you again! For those brand new to our Drives, know that beside the obvious, True North gives out a Pint of their wonderful brews for every Pint of donated blood!

Just to insure you know how important a blood donation can be…here is a quote from a Cancer patient we know:

“As I sit here and listen to the nurses reading off Lot Numbers of the blood they’re preparing to administer, I’d be remiss to not take the opportunity to (again) remind my dear friends: if you can give blood, please do. YOU WILL SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE…someone who is somebody’s parent, spouse, child…someone who is somebody’s everything.”

You never know the impact of your kindness…be somebody’s everything!

So please join us and register for either Friday, April 30th, 2021 at or Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Brigham and Woman’s Hospital Blood Mobile, will be at True North Ales, 116  County Road, Ipswich, Ma. from 8:30 to 3:00 both days.

“Donate your blood for a reason, let the reason to be life”

Public Art opportunity: YOUR future murals HERE! Open call for artists May 2021 deadline #GloucesterMA

photo caption: future site (43′ x 63′) for new temporary mural commission Elm St., Gloucester

About the art call.

Calling all Gloucester, Cape Ann, North Shore and New England area artists! One monumental exterior wall and two interior sites are available for commission submission in downtown Gloucester on the new apartment building, Harbor Village. The exterior mural $5500 (fee & materials. Lift will be supplied.) Two mural opportunities (10 x 10; 10 x 15) inside are $2000 each (fee & materials).

Request for proposals Here

“North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) and Action Inc. have partnered together to bring new art into downtown Gloucester through the Punto Urban Art Museum (PUAM)…The goal for this call is to provide opportunities for local/regional artists to bring life and color into downtown of Gloucester. Selected Artists/teams will be a part of efforts in celebrating the 400th anniversary of Gloucester!”

application here.

Submission Deadline Sunday May 2, 2021- midnight; project completion target end of summer 2021.

About Harbor Village

Harbor Village: a new mixed income apartment building developed by Action Inc. and North Shore Community Development Coalition on 206 Main Street at Elm (formerly Cameron’s) now under construction.

Harbor Village website HERE.

BEFORE VIEW- One future mural commission will go here!

Not here

Exterior mural could be visible from the next blocks: oblique angle view back to mural wall on Elm Street from Pleasant Street (between Cape Ann Museum and Jane Deering Gallery)

and strip at top visible from Chestnut

Action, Inc.’s support of the arts

Action, Inc. continues a tradition of supporting the arts with these new commissions. The organization has a history of collaboration with community arts partners, commissioning original public art for its buildings, and preserving any historic assets (buildings and art).

Gloucester Murals

Here is a selection of some of the exterior public art murals in Gloucester. Depending upon your device, double click or pinch and zoom to enlarge and/or right click to see the credit details. On mine there is an option to select “view full size”. Indoor murals include masterworks from Gloucester’s public art collection (for example see its major WPA-era New Deal murals).

Artist experience runs the gamut: outsider and novice artists; community collaborations (with established artists helping youth); and solo endeavors (from trained professionals whether emerging or midcareer, established and revered).

corner diner

Nowadays Supreme Roast Beef

1930s | 2012 | 2021

photo credit: Catherine Ryan

Potential walls in Gloucester abound. At the back of Cape Ann Museum on Elm Street across from the new Harbor Village. One day O’Maley (see prior post here)

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Monday Night Open Jam with Dennis & Joe 8pm live on Facebook 4.19.21

Good day, Jamily!!! Happy Monday!!!We’ve got a sweet looking lineup tonight, once again!

Check it out!Tom Satch Kerans

8:00-8:20Annette Dion

8:25-8:45Alexandra Grace

8:50-9:10Tony Goddess& Sam Goddess

9:15-9:30Brad Byrd

9:35-9:55Joe Cardoza & Dennis Monagle

10:00-10:20Amanda Cook

10:25-10:40Dan Colbert 10:45-11:00

*virtual tip jar to keep the Jam rolling: Venmo:


Hope to see you all tonight!! Spread the word!! Thank you, Jamily!! ✨🎵

Cemetery Stroll at High Street Cemetery

Also known as Prospect Street Cemetery, this is a very small and bleak looking cemetery sitting next the the AM VETS building. The few stones are old and clustered within a few feet of each other. A Guide to Cemeteries in Essex County, Massachusetts published by the Essex Society of Genealogists (1991) describes it as “Small, abandoned, barren-looking cemetery sloping downhill from street with stone wall & iron gate. Marker at gate illegible.” It also notes that a list of names was published in the Gloucester Daily Times June 18 1925.

Unfortunately I could never actually recommend a stroll through here. Many have apparently taken advantage of the wall to hide garbage and poop bags thrown into the enclosed area. It’s also not a very big area and it would be a very short walk if you decided to take it. But several Gloucester families have their dead buried here and it deserves recognition as one of our cherished resting places.