The Wizard of Oz is here! Get your tickets now for the first production at the Cape Ann YMCA!!

We’re off to see the Wizard and can’t wait!

How exciting for these young performers to have the opportunity to work with theater professionals in a big production at Cape Ann YMCA’s beautiful facility.

From the team– Heidi Dallin, Rin Wolter, Tyler Garofalo, and Sarah Vandewalle–

Here’s the joyful flyer. Printable ready!

Jude Abbe’s Artist Demo at NSAA this Thursday!

Jude Abbe Oil Painting Demonstration

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

Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 6:00 PM
Open and free to the public

Jude Abbe, Pots and Feathers, oil, (currently in a private collection) 

North Shore Arts Association 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 Culture 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 local award-winning artist Jude Abbe, who is giving an oil painting demo this Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 6:00 PM. Jude is going to focus on how light plays a major role in still life painting by showing how light interacts with the subject. She hopes that her demo will inspire new and experienced artists alike to “look at things differently”.  

“There’s nothing better than seeing art being created live.” – Jude Abbe 

Jude is the recipient of the Charles Movalli Gold Medal and the Grumbacher Award of Distinction! She is an active member of the North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, and the Lyme Art Association.  

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 Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Cape Ann Artisans Announce Participating Artists for Summer Mini-Tour August 13th – MA Sales Tax Free Holiday

Cape Ann Artisans Announce Summer Mini-Tour Participants

Visit Studios on the first day of MA Sales Tax Holiday

Cape Ann summers bring many visitors to Gloucester and Rockport and the Cape Ann Artisans are pleased to welcome everyone into their studios for a mid-summer event called the Mini-Tour.   For this special event on Saturday, August 13th, nine studios will be participating between the hours of 10AM and 5PM.

The tour is “self-guided” and visitors can start anywhere they wish.  However, planning is encouraged and the online map is a good guide to make the most of the day.  A special Mini-Tour rack card shows the participating studios.   The CAA encourages visitors to do some advance planning to maximize their visit by using the CAA map which is now available at all the tourism outlets and online.    You will find brochures at the Cape Ann Chamber, North of Boston CVB on 95 South, Stage Ft. Park Visitors Center, local banks, and CAA partner locations.  You can visit these studios on August 13th and enjoy a Sales Tax holiday with retail items up to $2500.

Blackburn Challenge 2022

2022 Date – July 23rd, 2022 – Finalized

Registration Open! – Click to Register – Please carefully read the instructions for multi crew vessels (2 or more)

Important Information for 2022 Blackburn Challenge – Full Race Event and Festivities are back!

*** We are in desperate need of Chase Boats for the race. Offering gas money, hat and tee shirt.
Please contact ***

  • Price Increase Saturday July 9th – Midnight – Price goes up from $90 per registrant to $115. Please register early, we have a lot of planning to do for food and tee-shirts.

  • Registration Closes on Wednesday, July 20th, 6pm. NO Registration at the Race – Only check-in for online registrants

  • Parking Information – Parking is only allowed in town lots, not in the Beauport hotel lot, and NOT in the lot at 33 Commercial Street (this is the finish line lot – no parking). It will be challenging taking your boats out at the finish line. There is a public boat ramp on Western Ave at the end of Pavilion beach. Getting your car from the high school and taking out there may be the best option for take-out until the party ends at the beach. There will be a parking attendant managing our lot. Trailered boats or OC6 are allowed to pass through the cut.

  • Time Limit – 6 Hour limit to complete course. Chase Boats and Timing will finish after 6 hours. Racers are paddling at their own risk after 6 hours on the course. Please plan appropriately if you believe you can not complete in 6 hours.

  • Schedule: Gloucester High School – 32 Leslie O Johnson Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

    • 5:45 am – 6:45 am Safety Check: Each vessel must pass inspection before registering. Get your sign-off at central safety booth by the tennis courts or find a roaming safety volunteer with orange vest

    • 6:00 am – 7:00 am Check In

    • 7:00 am Captains Meeting – All Participants

    • 7:45 am – 8:30 am Staggered Start by Boat Classes

    • 12:00 Noon Pavilion Beach Finish Line Facilities Open

    • 2:00 pm Award Ceremony & Festivities

  • Electronic Waivers – New for 2022 – All waivers will be include online as part of the registration process for both captains and crew

  • Registration & Check In: Registration & check in is from 6:00 am to 7:00 am at the Gloucester High School. Registration tables will be located in the cafeteria. Access is from behind the tennis courts.

  • Race Course & Charts: Please visit Blackburn Challenge Race Course page for full details

  • Rest Rooms: Rest rooms are available in the Gloucester High School for the start, and porta potties at the finish at Pavilion Beach

  • Race numbers: Should be taped to both sides of your bow. Call your number to the timers at the finish line when crossing at the Greasy Pole. – Pay attention at Captains Meeting for specific finish line instructions

Race Charts:
Downloadable Race Charts below. Print them out and put them back to back in a dry chart bag or a zip lock. Staples or Kinkos can laminate them inexpensively as well. Race coordinator phone number included.

See Race Course page for additional info.
Download Blackburn Race Chart 1
Download Blackburn Race Chart 2

Rest Rooms: Rest rooms are available in the Gloucester High School and Porta Potties at the finish line

Do not cross the finish line twice!


It is essential that race personnel know who is on the course.
Therefore, each participant must confirm his or her presence with the start committee, the

Who Remembers 1996 Sitcom “Townies” Based Out Of #GloucesterMA Starring A-Listers Bill Burr, Molly Ringwald, jenna Elfman and Ron Livingston and lauren Graham

Keith Is A Wreath!

Our friend Joey took advantage of our absence from the podcast recently to throw some shade my way regarding Keith the Wreath and his new Instagram account (@KeithIsAWreath). To fill in the story a bit, Keith the Wreath is a little gimmick I was using to show familiar Gloucester sights and stories with a new twist. He has a bit of a following here on GMG as well as in my own Facebook world, so I created his own Instagram account as a creative outlet. I hope you will show Joey Keith’s popularity by giving it a follow on Instagram. Believe it or not, “Keith The Wreath” was already taken (someone beat me to it) so search for KeithIsAWreath on Instagram to watch his adventures. Please!

Also, just because I am who I am, I had to take Keith a step further and now Aretha is in the mix as a childhood friend of Keith’s. They will have some distinct preferences and you will be seeing them together on adventures here on the blog as well as on Instagram! So, Keith is large and brilliant red; Aretha is smaller and sparkling blue. They make very pretty pictures together.

GMGI Waives all Biotech Academy Tuition for 2022-2023

Cape Ann Community

“The Big Waive” a gift to Cape Ann’s young adults

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy has announced a new financial structure to support young adults’ investment in their futures. Through the generous support of donors, tuition and fees will be waived in their entirety for the Academy’s incoming class of 2023. In addition, qualifying students will receive stipends to help support their living expenses.

The Academy trains young adults for professional careers as life sciences laboratory technicians. Students spend seven months of hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art teaching facility located in Gloucester’s Blackburn Center, followed by a three-month paid internship at a biotech company in Boston, Cambridge, or the North Shore.

Spaces are still available for the incoming class of 2023, with start dates in both August and November. The program is open to students between the ages of 18 and 30 with a high school diploma or equivalent —…

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