State Library features 1887 Magnolia #GloucesterMA historic map in virtual summer show

“This item was specifically selected for virtual display during the summer months because from the mid-1800s and into the 1900s Magnolia was a vacation destination for Bostonians and other New England and New York residents. This map was published in 1887, so it depicts Magnolia in its relatively early days of development. “

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In The Arts

The Manship Residency To Host Series of Summer Jazz Concerts

July 20, 2021: After supporting residencies for artists throughout the pandemic and launching numerous initiatives allowing creatives to utilize the idyllic beauty of the Manship estate during a time of great societal strain, the Manship Residency is thrilled to safely welcome the community back onto our grounds with a series of ticketed weekend jazz concerts spanning the month of August. At Manship, we know firsthand how the pandemic amplified the difficulties that artists and musicians face. These concerts will not only serve to further Manship’s mission, allowing us to continue our efforts to support local artists. They will also directly provide thirteen exceptionally talented musicians an opportunity to perform before a live audience after a period of tremendous disruption in the gig economy. 

The gorgeous grounds of the Paul Manship Estate, which is called Starfield and located in the village of Lanesville, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will provide an arresting  backdrop for the concert series. Complete with two quarries, knobbly knolls of granite, and aromatic pine trees, the preservation of this historic and natural treasure is an equally vital part of the work of the Manship Residency. Manship is thrilled to present such spontaneous and creative music on an estate where creativity has always been the norm. We thank the multi-talented Marla Blakey for her production work on these concerts. Without her, these performances would not be possible.

Tickets will be available at beginning July 20th. The grounds will open at 7:00 PM on Saturday and 5:30 on Sundays; the shows will begin a half hour later. We recommend reserving your spot for your preferred concert as soon as possible, as tickets will be limited! Reservations are required. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The series begins on August 7th, when jazz singer Shawnn Montiero will perform a tribute to the legendary vocalist Carmen McRae. Montiero is known for her ethereal vocals and improvisatory phrasing, she possesses a Ray Charles-like ability to suddenly kick a tune into a higher gear and bring a crowd to life. Her energetic stage presence will provide the perfect spark needed for this opening performance, which is also billed as a special event for Manship donors and will serve as the Manship Residency’s 2021 Gala.

On the 14th and 15th, the famed Martha’s Vineyard jazz duo of John Alaimo and Michael Tinus will take the stage. Alaimo possesses local roots, having studied at Boston University and Berklee College of Music, top-class musicianship, and the ability to make keys sparkle and resonate, especially when paired with the ever-present rumble of Tinus’ bass. 

The following weekend, on August 21st and 22nd, Manship is thrilled to welcome singer, actress, and storyteller April Armstrong as she pays tribute to one of the greatest musical artists ever – Billie Holiday. Armstrong has previously performed as Lady Day at the Vineyard Playhouse and other venues throughout the Northeast. For these shows, she is joined by pianist Matt Jensen and bassist Jesse Crawford, a veteran of the stage at Carnegie Hall. 

Finally, the series concludes on August 28th and 29th with the Afro-Cuban jazz stylings of Stan Strickland. Greta Bro, a singer who has spent decades exploring the spiritual capabilities of the human voice, will provide vocal accompaniment. Strickland teaches at Berklee College of Music, and has shared the stage throughout his illustrious career with legends of the upper echelon like Pharaoh Sanders and Herbie Mann. 

The Manship Residency hopes that you will join us to experience such beautiful and powerful music on the stunning grounds of the Manship estate. It is truly a pleasure to welcome our community back to Starfield, which is, at its core, a place where communal and social values flourish and proliferate through continued investment into artists and the changemakers in our society. We thank you for your support and consideration of our aims. Let the music begin! 

About the Manship Residency

The site of the Manship Residency was once the summer retreat of Paul Manship, the sculptor of the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center. Today many of the same opportunities and qualities that attracted Paul Manship to Cape Ann are available to those who come here seeking an escape into a restorative natural setting to spark their inner muse. The core mission of the Manship Residency is supporting today’s innovators and thinkers and offering them an inspiring environment in which to create.

NSAA Exhibition and Artists’ Demonstration: Mary Rose O’Connell and Tom Gill

Show Dates:
August 3 – 21, 2021 in the Gordon Grant Room
Artist Demonstration: 
Saturday, August 7, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM
Sunday, August 8, 2021, at 1:00 – 3:00 PM

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

Mary Rose O’Connell, “Winter’s End at Copley Square,” oil, 24 x 30, $3,750 

A new exhibition by Mary Rose O’Connell and Tom Gill opens August 3rd in the Gordon Grant Room at the North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) in Gloucester, MA. The exhibition features approximately forty combined works and will be on display through August 21, 2021. Concurrently both artists will be giving a painting demo on August 7th at 1:00 PM where they will share their process and answer questions. Please join us on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for the opening reception. 

The exhibit features Tom Gill’s acrylic landscapes executed with bold colors and vigorous brush strokes. Mary Rose O’Connell’s florals, marine and landscape oil paintings are dynamic with beautiful light effects. In her demo, Mary Rose will be exploring an approach to creating a unified painting, with attention directed toward design, drawing, values, edges, and color. Tom will be using a limited palette of three colors with a focus on line, tone, color, and design. 

To see Mary Rose O’Connell’s work please go to or contact her at For Tom Gill’s work please check out Thomas Gill – North Shore Arts of Gloucester (

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Cape Ann Museum Courtyard Concert:
Wood & Bone

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 – 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Wood & Bone is a Boston based roots band featuring Jesse Ciarmataro aka Qwill on guitar, banjo, and lead vocals, Joe Wilkins on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, Joe Cardoza on upright bass, and Dennis Monagle on drums, and vocals – The Band plays an ever-changing mix of harmony-driven Folk, Soul and Blues.

During the summer, enjoy free concerts in the Cape Ann Museum Courtyard at 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, on Thursdays from 5:00-7:00 pm. Offered as part of the city-wide Culture Splash, the Courtyard Concerts feature local and regional musicians whose music ranges from salsa to sea shanties, bluegrass to jazz, and reggae to folk.

Wood & Bone

Start with Tails & Tales: Story and Art at Sawyer Free Library at 3:00 pm.

Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

NSAA Artist Demonstration: Paul George

Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6:00 PM

North Shore Arts Association
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

Paul George, “Winter Woods II,” watercolor, 28 x 30 inches, $2,800 

North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) is excited to collaborate with the Rocky Neck Cultural District Partners to celebrate art on Cape Ann every Thursday night in July and August for the Cultural Splash between 4 – 8 PM. During Thursday’s extended hours come experience free artist demonstrations starting at 6 PM by extremely talented, well-known artists.  

We are thrilled to welcome NSAA’s award winning artist Paul George, who is giving a watercolor painting demo Thursday, August 5, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Paul is the winner of over eighty-five awards in New England and nationally, including being awarded twice with gold medals for excellence as the Marine Master at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He is a juried member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, National Watercolor Society, and New England Watercolor Society. To see more of Paul’s paintings, go to

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Job Posting Schooner Adventure

Office Manager  – The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a small and growing 501(c)(3) maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the National Historic Landmark 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. The Office Manager is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations and procedures. This position supports the work of and reports to the Director of Development and Communications and the Board of Directors. Starting at 20 hours per week there is potential for growth to full-time with increased responsibility in tourism and retail management.

Visit for more information and a full job description.

Cape Ann Museum’s first ever Teen Arts Council creates events, Instagram account to attract more local young people

Paid internship opportunity for five local high school students adds youth voice to Museum efforts

This summer, the Cape Ann Museum introduced its first ever Teen Arts Council, a program aimed to help teens develop leadership skills while creating youth-focused events and initiatives that will draw more young people to the Museum. The council’s first five members live in area towns and hope to help the Museum develop an inclusive space which will allow local teenagers to get involved and enjoy what the Museum has to offer. 

The members of the council include: Eleyna Bayer, 17, of Beverly who attends Waring School in Beverly; Olivia Gado, 17, of Manchester who attends Manchester Essex Regional High School; Sophie Zerilli, 16, of Rockport who attends Hamilton Wenham Regional High School; Chandra Lavery, 16, of Gloucester who attends Beverly High School; and Ethan Wood, 17, of Ipswich who also attends Waring School in Beverly. The members each get paid $15 an hour and meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Throughout the last few weeks, we’ve learned about the inner workings of the Museum and started brainstorming programs the Museum can implement to get more youth involved,” Wood said. “We believe creating programs and exhibits geared toward teenagers will show them that they are represented in this space and that they can enjoy what the Museum has to offer.”

The Teen Arts Council plans to launch a regular “Teen Arts Night” series starting with an outdoor event on Friday, Aug. 20 for local teens to hang out, make art and view the new Learning to Swim exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum Green, 13 Prospect St. in Gloucester off Route 128 and Grant Circle. The night will be filled with music from a local teen band, lawn games, and stations where teenagers can take place in creating self-portraits for the upcoming exhibit, Quilted Together: An Exhibit of Community Portraits. The show – which features drawings by people from all over the Cape Ann community – will be on display at Cape Ann Museum Green from Sept. 24 to Nov. 5.

The teens are also creating an interactive map for the upcoming exhibit, Learning to Swim, so local visitors can share their memories of learning to swim with artwork and archival photographs from the Museum’s collection that depicts the area’s popular swimming spots. Paintings by Joy Halsted, Elaine Wing, Norma Cuneo, Jessica Tam, Bernard Chaet, Jeff Weaver, and Dorothy Arnold look at the water through the lens of an artist while photographs from our archives capture the joy of swimming through the ages. The exhibit will be on display Aug. 14 to Sept. 12 at Cape Ann Museum Green.

The teens also developed a new Instagram account for the Museum to highlight the work of local teen artists while also promoting activities and events that appeal to young people at the Museum. “Our goal with the Instagram is to build a connection with the teen art community,” Bayer said. “We want to showcase local teens on our page. We hope to encourage teenagers to show off their skills and submit their art to our profile.” Follow the Instagram profile to stay up to date on the Teen Arts Council and those interested in being highlighted can send their work through the Instagram or via email to

The Museum’s Education Manager Miranda Aisling said she hopes this council is the first of many. “Our goal is to continue the Teen Arts Council after this summer,” she said “The council was formed to help the Museum understand what teenagers want to see and how to get them engaged in the Museum. In working with the council, the Museum is committed to the importance of remaining open-minded and highlighting underrepresented voices like younger artists.”

To learn more about the museum and its upcoming exhibits, visit:

Jackson Falls

We spent an afternoon hanging out at Jackson Falls in Jackson, NH just outside of Conway the other day. The boys played in the little falls, swam in the small pools, and explored while we enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and relaxed in the sun. While we were up there for a two night camping trip…. I’d do it again for a day trip as well.

View of the Harbor from the Water

Thanks to Joey taking us for a ride near dusk aboard Tide Together, we were able to see some of our favorite sights from the water. It was a beautiful night, perfect for a ride. Anytime you get a chance to take a ride in the harbor is an opportunity to give your eyes and spirit a real treat. Have we mentioned lately how happy we are to be here? Happy Anniversary of our honeymoon in Gloucester 1985, GMG Jim!