Southwest Interlude — pat morss

We are just back from a week in the Southwest, with family in the small town of Ridgway, Colorado, and a side trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. My sister and family moved west in the 1970s and became successful ranchers, as well as advocates for local culture and preservation. I post these photographs here, because I see connections with our values on Cape Ann.

Gloucester has “Zeke’s Place” for breakfast (today), in the historic Bulfinch Bldg.
Ridgway has “Kate’s Place” for breakfast, behind a western storefront
My sister’s Double-D ranch with mountains and cattle rather than ocean and fishing boats
My 1974 photo of Ridgway, used as a movie set for “True Grit” with John Wayne, before our “The Perfect Storm”
My sister built new in 1985, including The True Grit Cafe at the right
It’s great to see “The Grit” is still enjoyed by locals
The bartender showed us photos on her cell phone of mountain lions she saw the previous evening
We have deer. Telluride (ski town near Ridgway) has elk
Like Cape Ann, artists cherish the quality of light and early fall foliage, here on Red Mtn Pass, toward Santa Fe
Santa Fe is full of galleries, here Rebecca Tobey’s mountain lion at Ventana
I got the better of this elk (tenderloin) at the elegant Geronimo Restaurant on Canyon Road

Business After Hours & Ribbon Cutting Cape Ann Museum Green at the Janet & William Ellery James CenterWednesday, September 29 | 5 – 7 PM

If you haven’t yet been to see Cape Ann Museum’s ‘new’ space- now is your opportunity- it is fabulous! Join us as we help the Museum celebrate their new Green and officially welcome them with a Ribbon Cutting (6 PM).
Please note that due to very limited parking at the Green, we will be shuttling people to and from the event from the Pleasant Street campus.Please plan to park downtown and gather at the courtyard of the museum’s downtown campus, 27 Pleasant Street.

North Shore Packathon for Haiti On October 21, 22 and 23

On October 21, 22 and 23, volunteers from across the North Shore will gather to pack 100,000 lunches for schoolchildren in the remote mountain village of St. Louis d’Ayiti, Haiti. Volunteers will gather for six two-hour shifts at Christ Church (Episcopal) of Hamilton and Wenham, 149 Asbury St., Hamilton. Given the continuing Covid problem, we will offer participants both indoor and outdoor packing stations.

Participants will be trained to work assembly lines to pack vitamin-fortified meals of rice, beans and dehydrated vegetables. They will experience the satisfactionof hands-on work to help others, and will come away from the experience with a better understanding of profound, “no-safety-net” poverty, and the importance of education in building a more resilient future for Haiti.

All ages (5–105) and abilities are welcome to participate. To sign up for a packing session (and/or to donate to help defray the cost of the 100,000 meals), go to

Satur-Sail-Day Aboard the Thomas E. Lannon

We took family visitors aboard the Thomas E. Lannon Schooner for a sail last Saturday. Even though the skies were a little cloudy and grey, it was another wonderful experience with Capt Heath Ellis and the crew. There was a small incident with an inexperienced boat crew at the dock as we were returning, but the crew handled it professionally and calmly so we felt very safe. The season will be coming to a close very soon (mid October) and we still have some great weather days coming up so give some consideration to a sail! Kids (to age 16) free with paying adult on Saturdays! Tickets and information here.

Need a rental in Gloucester or know someone that does?

Email me at to schedule a showing!

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Katelyn Ciaramitaro

About 5 Dodge St Gloucester, MA 01930

Centrally located, 3 bedroom rental. In unit laundry is an added bonus! Open concept living space with a large dining and living room. Brand new carpets and flooring. This unit offers a large, private deck with ample space to dine, entertain and watch the beautiful sunsets. Seasonal view of Gloucester Harbor. Great, shared outdoor space in the back. Walking distance to Gloucester Crossing that includes Market Basket, Marshalls, HomeGoods and more! Pets are negotiable. Available as early as October 1st. Twelve month lease, first, last & security required. Application, references and credit check required. *Broker fee of $1,000.

Craft Fair on Commercial Street Today!

If you are like me, you have started to think about the holidays with the potential of “supply chain delay” effects on your shopping. No issues with such delays when you shop local and at a craft fair such as the one being held today Saturday 10 AM – 3 PM at 44 Commercial Street (kind of behind Mom’s Kitchen). Stop down and say hi. I have a couple of gift baskets like this one ready for you! Also, notecards, prints, puzzles and other items featuring local scenes. Pat D’s Photos is ready to help with your holiday plans!

News from your YMCA!

Cape Ann Wellness


As a member of your local YMCA, you are part of so much more than a place to work out. You share in a mission to strengthen the community, every single day!

Did you know?  
We ensure children have access to summer camp.
The Cape Ann YMCA provided scholarships to over 250 campers this summer who otherwise may not have had the life changing experience that camp can offer in a safe environment that encourages them to challenge themselves and create new and long-lasting friendships.

Family Fun Cornhole Tournament
Join us for a fun-filled day with our first annual Cornhole tournament! Adult division and kids division.

New Aqua fit class with Katy Coffey!
S’WET  (Structured Water Exercise Training)
Combining high intensity interval training with advanced cardio, plyometrics, and strength equipment , S’WET ™ is a…

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