Criss Cross Milk Island Criss Cross to Twin: Watch Out for Right whales feeding here again! between Long Beach and Good Harbor Beach #RockportMA #GloucesterMA

Spring time in Gloucester! Right whales visible from the shore May 5 and May 6, 2022. Not as close as 2018, but we could still hear the blows!

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Donna Ardizzoni posted about the (humpback) whales off Magnolia last week.

Open Your Home to Summer + Kung Fu Nuns

Cape Ann Home

Bring the Outside In

Summer is coming, and it’s a cause for celebration as we all start spending more time outside. The days are getting longer, and more and more windows are staying open throughout the day. For many of us, we don’t have the opportunity to spend as much time outside in the sunshine as we’d like. Perhaps, we should focus more on bringing the outside into our homes

Kung Fu Nuns

Grand Banks

7 Crafts Road




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Serenitee Restaurant Group Mother’s Day Menus!!


Mother’s Day is almost here and our teams have been working to put together a line up of special menus that she’ll love.

Reserve a table at15 Walnutwhere you can enjoy brunch food and beverage specials, like theGrapefruit & Mint Bellini or CitrusyChampagneSangria, orhead toAlchemyfor brunch specials like the BBQ Pulled Pork Hashwith 12-hour brined pork shoulder, home fries, two eggs, caramelized onions & chipotle aioli, serveduntil 3 PM.

Opus‘ brunch specials include French Toast Stickswith house-made Portuguese sweet bread, ouzo chantilly, maple butter & powdered sugarand are available all day.

Click on the restaurant’s name below to view our Mother’s Day Specials.

15 Walnut. Alchemy. Hale Street Tavern.Maggie’s Farm.
Minglewood Harborside. The Spot. Opus.Cala’s.

Give Mom something delicious this Mother’s Day!

Treat Mom to a cocktail with her friends on…

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World Premier Composition Performed at Gloucester Meetinghouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                            MAY 5, 2022


The highlight of a program on the international remembrance day of the Holocaust called Yom HaShoah, that was presented in the historic Gloucester Meetinghouse on Middle Street last Sunday, May 1st, was the world premiere of a composition by Leslie Steinweiss called “The Grip of Evil: The Endurance of Hope.  It was performed with narration by Judith Black by an ensemble including strings, flute, clarinet, piano and two vocal soloists, conducted by the composer.  The event was co-hosted by Temple Ahavat Achim and the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

Composer and Lyricist Leslie Steinweiss with the narrator and ensemble after the performance

The program had to be postponed two years due to the pandemic.  A group of donors from the Temple, led by Eve and Phil Cutter, commissioned the Steinweiss piece in 2019 and Sunday’s performance was the long-anticipated premiere.

Donor Phil Cutter chatting with Stephen Bates, who played the clarinet and flute

Two other original pieces were performed during the event.  Stephen Bates presented his composition called “Remembrance of Things Past and Future” for solo clarinet and Abigale Reisman presented her piece “Gedanken” for string trio.

Composer Abigale Reisman performs her piece “Gedanken” for string trio with Anna Seda, cello and Rebecca Hallowell, viola

The program included a dramatic remembrance story about the Holocaust presented by Judith Black and readings from the period by Ally Kramer, Hadassa Goldberg and Emma Quateman.

Storyteller Judith Black acts out a dramatic remembrance account of the Holocaust

The next program in the spring series at the Meetinghouse is performance of beloved Bach orchestral works including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, played on period instruments by the Appleton Consort on Saturday, May 21, at 8:00pm.  For more information and online ticket purchases visit

Event photos provided by Kathleen Williams







Cape Ann Wellness

These funds will help provide more opportunities for camp and early education to local children and families

The  Glen T. MacLeod Cape Ann YMCA receiveda $10,000 gift from BankGloucester to support the Y’s financial assistance program. BankGloucester President & CEO Patrick Thorpe presented a check to YMCA of the North Shore President & CEO Chris Lovasco on May 5, 2022.

BankGloucester President & CEO Patrick Thorpe presents a check for $10,000 to YMCA of the North Shore President & CEO Chris Lovasco

“The Y is an exceptional organization. They have been a staple of the Cape Ann Community for a very long time and through their programs, have supported our community members and their families in various ways, said Patrick Thorpe, BankGloucester President & CEO. Thorpe added, “This has been especially true over the past couple of years as the pandemic has significantly impacted so many of us. The…

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Stevens Coolidge House and Gardens in the Spring

I am a sucker for spring flowers, in particular tulips so I jumped on the opportunity to visit the Spring Bloomfest at the Stevens Coolidge House and Gardens in North Andover recently. Things have changed there since my last visit about 4 years ago, so it took me a minute to realize I had visited this very festival earlier. Honestly I was a little underwhelmed by the spring blossoms but delighted by the rainbow-ribbon themed decorations which seem so very appropriate for a spring day.

The Bloomfest is sold out but soon (May 16) the grounds will be open for normal admission and you might want to give it a try. The house is open to the public and there’s a thorough self guided tour you can take advantage of. Plenty of helpful staff is also available. But if it’s mostly tulips you love, take a stroll on the boulevard!