CAPA Quick Draw — pat morss

After a year off for COVID, it was great to have the Cape Ann Plein Air Festival back this past week. It is now sought after by artists nation-wide. This year 200 applicants were judged for their work and the limit of 35 were accepted. The final event today, after the Gala, is fun because it gets all the artists together in one area to produce a painting in just 2 hours for the “Quick Draw.”

It took place this year on the waterfront at Harbor Loop, and Maritime Gloucester
Familiar sights were visible, like The Paint Factory
Russell and his wife, from South Carolina, stayed with us this year
Our neighbor’s brother was up from Maryland
I’m told the ages of the artists spanned from their 20s to their 80s
Painters painting together with the statue of Fitz Henry (Hugh) Lane
A painter painting the painters painting with Fitz
After the 2 hours, the artists framed their paintings and set them up for viewing
With hope for a sale, which is more frequent with ever increasing CAPA popularity
At the Gala, which capped off the the week of competition, Johnathan McPhillips took top honors

Magtoctoberfest a success

What a great time on October 10, 2021 at Magtoberfest was so fun.  Thank you everyone who came and participated.  A special thank you to the committee and sponsors and everyone who came.  Here is a couple of photos, because it was so busy, which was great, not many photos.  Had a great time. The antique cars, food, beer garden, vendors and music just made the day.  Thank you again for shopping

This photo is from Marshalls Farm stand, Angie’s Alpacas beautiful knitted wear.   Little Kayden fell asleep on the soft Alpaca mittens.

Hannah holding a snake

Nonnie and Riley at the Magtoberfest

Looking and Listening at the Cox Reservation

I was feeling a little out of sorts and prescribed myself some time outside enjoying the beautiful fall. Worked like a charm. I stopped at the Cox Reservation in Essex for these shots. I heard new-to-me bird and animal calls. One squirrel example here in the video. These vocals could be heard far and wide though I do not know what was going on for the squirrel (input welcome). It’s kind of amazing what you see and hear once you stop to look and listen!

Local Author and Activist Kate Ranta to Speak At Sawyer Free Library putting a spotlight on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Cape Ann Community

Local Author to share her story of turning abuse and tragedy into transformation and triumph 

The Sawyer Free Library will present “Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph,” Thursday, October 14, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Manchester-by-the-Sea author KATE RANTA emerged from a severely abusive relationship to become a national leader in raising awareness about domestic violence. She will read passages and autograph copies of her book, “Killing Kate,” and engage in questions and answers about her first-hand experience of domestic and gun violence and her journey to empowerment in the aftermath. 

This important event hosted by the Sawyer Free Library is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Copies of the book “Killing Kate” will be available. Face masks are mandatory for those attending. The Sawyer Free Library is located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester.

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