OK Now That I’ve Officially Used The Solo Stove On My Own I Can Declare It Is Absolutely Brilliant Total No-Brainer Purchase – $15 Discount Code Link In This Post

Check out the video of our first fire:

The whole design is absolutely brilliant! I am frickin in love with this thing.It gives off great heat.
There’s virtually no smoke.
The base is cool even when the thing is roaring.
It’s built solidly from non rusting stainless steel.
It comes with a heavy duty carrying bag and is easily portable for you to bring to friends houses, camping, or wherever.
I frickin love it!

Link For $15 Off Solo Stove HERE

This is a total game changer and gets my official- “No-Brainer Purchase” designation.

Chinese Visitor — pat morss

I read in the Gloucester Times this morning that there was a Chinese yacht hauled out for repairs at Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck. She hit an iceberg north of Greenland on her attempted cicumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean. She apparently was denied passage through Canadian waters due to the COVID close-down, and was headed toward the Panama Canal on her return to China. She pulled into Gloucester for repairs.

Chinese ketch Zhai Mo 1 (also name of owner)
Up on the ways
Taking advantage of other repairs
Cracked keel welded, and “doubling-up” plate added
Much more to see at the Railways
Joe repairing fishnets
Badfish, in the Wicked Tuna TV series, was docked at the former MadFish Grill
Hot Tuna, another competitor, was also there
Had a good conversation with Jarred (may have name wrong)
Stickers on Hot Tuna’s wheelhouse

Contestants So Far For The GMG Bloody Mary Contest Judging Will Be Live On The October 31st GloucesterCast!


  • Contestants bring a gallon of their Bloody Marys for live judging.
  • Winner gets choice of $550 value teeth whitening from Paul Gamber DMD or framed print from Joey Ciaramitaro $150 value Second place gets the other prize.

Contestant #1 Kristie at Manchester American Legion…

Contestant #2- Bex Borden

Third contestant-Zorba Kinigstein from George’s Restaurant and Bar

Contestant #4 Brianna Unsworth

 New Exhibition at Rocky Neck Art Colony Featuring Four Landscape Artists “Variations on Surface”, Curated by Courtney Wilson

Location: The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA

Dates: October 21, 2021 – November 21, 2021

Artists’ Reception: Saturday, October 30, 4-6 PM

Hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present VARIATIONS ON SURFACE: Four Artists Explore Landscape, on view Thursday, October 21 through Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St, Gloucester, MA. The Cultural Center is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Don’t miss the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 30 from 4-6 PM. 

VARIATIONS ON SURFACE: Four Artists Explore Landscape,  proposes that our relationship to the world may be felt and expressed in a blurred vista, horizontal line and more. The works of Courtney Wilson, Bruce Buescher, Kimberly Knowles and Katherine Richmond, explore four variations of perceived experience of landscape. The artists distill and distort landscapes to heighten awareness of them. Wilson’s paintings set up a tension between foreground and background by often focusing on the means of viewing — a window or transparent surface — rather than what’s beyond it. Similarly, Buescher’s paintings abstract landscapes to their single key element: the horizon. Knowles uses geometric shapes and lines to reflect emotion and experience. Richmond explores and experiments her nature, and by pushing the boundaries during these fleeting moments, she was able to capture the various possibilities in this world of light and shapes. Her photographs give viewers an opportunity through their own sense of wonder and imagination to enjoy it however they choose. In all, these artists’ works seek to refocus our perception of the space and places we inhabit.  

Artists in the Exhibition

Courtney Wilson is a contemporary artist inspired by impressionistic style and reflection of light. While receiving her BFA at Endicott College and interning at Rocky Neck Art Colony, Courtney has been inspired by the vibrant history and beauty of Cape Ann. Her collection of work is a mixture of the observational and imagined. Her work plays with layers of space whilst remaining focused on a horizon line to capture both the ethereal qualities of her surroundings and memory of place. Often distilled or blurred, Courtney aims to portray a landscape representative of memory and identity. Her intention is to evoke thought through prominent horizon lines, while challenging perception of the environment through blurred or rainy lens.  

Bruce Buescher is an architect and artist. A quiet upbringing in rural Texas instilled in him a keen sensibility to open spaces, nature, and the horizon. Architecture school developed his ability to focus on meticulous tasks and take pleasure in details and craftsmanship. His paintings reflect this in the quiet and often months-long process involved in making them. Rather than pursuing a single subject matter or starting point, he lets the physicality of oil paint and a somewhat synesthetic feeling of hue guide the origins of his paintings. The work therefore grows out of a love of paint itself and is then informed by the artist’s past experiences in wide open and quiet landscapes.

Kimberly Knowles a Boston-based visual artist, is inspired by the intersection of high contrast and intricate detail. While receiving her MA in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy at Lesley University, her collection has grown through different forms of abstraction, striving to grasp the movement and ephemerality of the humanity she encounters. Brief moments in vast natural spaces inform her meditative painting process, as well as each individual composition. Her artwork reflects emotion and experience through a pattern of line, shape, and desaturated hues. Through pausing to take-in each abstraction, Kimberly seeks to provide a moment of introspection for viewers, challenging how each individual’s personal narrative impacts our perception of the world around us. 

Since 2012 Katherine Richmond has taken part in juried photography competitions and exhibitions. She has won twenty-six awards, nineteen from large international competitions. Her photos have appeared in numerous publications and are in many private collections. Exploring and experimenting is her nature, and by pushing the boundaries during these fleeting moments, she was able to capture the various possibilities in this world of light and shapes. Given technology available today, Richmond would hope viewers would be surprised that these photographs were captured through a lens, and that minimal processing took place afterwards.   Looking otherworldly, her work references the color, shapes, and textures. The images’ formal aesthetics are similar to contemporary paintings. The intoxicating landscapes of bold colors and dynamic shapes, create excitement that moves beyond the original form and photography.

Katherine Richmond was born in Boston, and took up photography in 1976. She is attracted to nature, animals, people, abstract, and documentary photography. She lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  


Special Events

In addition to an opening reception on Saturday, October 30, from 4 to 6 PM, the following public programs will accompany this exhibition: 

November 20, 7-8 PM – Artist Q&A

Consult the RNACExhibitions.com and rockyneckartcolony.org web page for details and updates.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) was founded in the mid-19th century and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1973. With the creation of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in 2012, RNAC programs are reaching a wider demographic as the visual arts focus is expanding to include more diverse cultural and educational offerings. The Cultural Center is located at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org.

“Cape Ann & Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies” exhibition explores summer artistic havens that lured painters over the years

Exhibit travels from Maine to Massachusetts, Oct. 30, 2021 to Feb. 13, 2022

Don Stone, Dorymen, 1992

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (October 2021) – The growth of two of New England’s oldest and most revered summer art colonies will be the subject of a special exhibition, Cape Ann & Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies, opening Oct. 30, 2021 at the Cape Ann Museum. The show features works by artists who visited and were inspired by both places including Theresa Bernstein, Walter Farndon, Eric Hudson, Margaret Patterson, and Charles Movalli. It will be on view through Feb. 13, 2022.

Curated by art historian James F. O’Gorman, the exhibition was organized by Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with the Monhegan Museum of Art & History on the island of Monhegan in Maine. It is on view now in Monhegan until Sept. 30 before it moves to Cape Ann.

Monhegan and Cape Ann trace the roots of their respective art colonies back to the mid-19th century and specifically to the years immediately following the Civil War. Summer enclaves, which emerged during that time, gave artists the chance to socialize with one another, work together, share ideas, try out new techniques, and critique each other’s works.

Located 10 miles off the Maine coast, Monhegan is much smaller than Cape Ann and more isolated, however, both places offered their own vistas and many artists moved between the two colonies. During the 20th centuries, both communities saw a surge of artists, professional and amateur, visit their shores. Today, Monhegan and Cape Ann continue to be vibrant regional art colonies of national significance.

One of the artists featured in Island Vistas is Eric Hudson (1864-1932) who was an accomplished painter and photographer. An expanded collection of Hudson’s paintings will be on display in an adjoining gallery at the Cape Ann Museum, giving visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into his work.

The exhibition includes works from the collections of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, the Cape Ann Museum, the Rockport Art Association & Museum, and private collections.

DROPBOX LINK TO HIGH RES IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/t/G4Mo6x00dSf68bcC

The Cape Ann Museum, founded in 1875, exists to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national, and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In Summer 2021, the Museum opened the 12,000 square foot Janet & William Ellery James Center at the Cape Ann Museum Green. The campus also includes three historic buildings – the White-Ellery House (1710), the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740), and an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), all located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester. CAM Green is open Thursday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors, and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month

A Family Home

Cape Ann Home

There are some buildings that blend in with the landscape so well they become a part of the Earth. They take on the characteristics of the surrounding environment and the people that live there. This home perhaps more than most. It was designed and built by an architect in the 1950s for his family. Set back from the road, this house uses vertical siding to blend in with the trees in the surrounding woods. It’s a home full of memories. In 2003 the architect’s son moved in with a family of his own, and brought a whole new generation of life into the home. 

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Downton Abbey Called and We Answered

A Vintage Car Climb event was held recently at the Crane Estate featuring pre-WWII vehicles in timed races. This sounded very interesting so we secured tickets and attended on a gorgeous fall afternoon. It was a celebration of the “roaring twenties” and “jazz” era complete with costumed staff, appropriated music accompanying the vintage vehicles. You really felt drawn back to a long lost era with the roar of the engines, lively music, dancing and costumed participants.

The event was very well organized with lots of volunteer help for the sold out crowd. Our friends at Lyon-Waugh Auto Group sponsored the event and we even got to say hello to FOB Cidalia ! The vintage vehicles were spotlessly maintained and it was so much fun to watch them race by, complete with the sounds and smells of pre-WWII automobiles!

Sawyer Free Library’s “Global Forum Book Group” welcomes Peter Kiang: UMASS Boston Director of Asian American Studies Program on Thursday, October 21st

Cape Ann Community

Join an important discussion with the Sawyer Free Library Global Forum Book Group when they welcome Peter Kiang the Director of Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston to discuss the bookFacing the Mountain by author Daniel James Brown on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30pm at the Library.

InFacing the Mountain,author Daniel James Brown tells the unforgettable story of the Japanese-American men who volunteered for the US Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team and displayed incredible courage on the brutal battlefields of Europe. Yetat the same time, their parents were put in camps and stripped of their livelihoods, and an equally brave battle was being fought in the courtroom back home. This book reveals the all too common failure of democratic ideals in a time of crisis.

Peter Kiang, director of UMASS Boston’s Asian American Studies Programwill join the group to discuss this phenomena as well as the history…

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Cape Ann Nonprofits Offer “Smarter Giving.” A free seminar about how your donations can go further and have bigger impact. Oct. 26 at Noon.

Cape Ann Community

Smarter Giving: Strategies to Enhance your Charitable Impact

Join fellow donors from across Cape Ann for a “lunch and learn” seminar about simple ways to enhance the impact of your giving.


About this event

With year-end charitable giving right around the corner, join us for a 1-hour interactive webinar with financial and legal experts to learn how your charitable donations can go further and work harder to benefit your favorite causes AND your own bottom line.

Hosted by Cape Ann Development Warriors in partnership with Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Essex County Community Foundation

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David S. McKechnie, CLU, Managing Partner, Beauport Financial Services

Ryan J. Swartz, Director and Vice Chair, Trust and Estates Department, McLane Middleton

Aria McElhenny, Founder, Cape Ann Development Warriors

Stacey Landry, Director of Strategic Giving & Gift Planning, Essex County Community Foundation

Jennifer Mayo, Assistant…

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