GLOUCESTER CULTURE SPLASH Gallery Strolls and Live Poetry on July 28

Culture Splash is a summer series of weekly Thursday events focused on connecting Gloucester’s two designated cultural districts: Harbortown and Rocky Neck. Gloucester is the only city in Massachusetts with two official cultural districts! Culture Splash is now in its second successful year, running on Thursdays through June, July, and August from 4:00-7:00pm, with a FREE Water Shuttle with Cape Ann Harbor Tours offered from 4:00-8:00pm, so “Splashers” can travel easily between events in both districts. The shuttle picks up and drops off at the docks at the Harbormaster building at Harbor Loop and at The Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck. 

Over 40 cultural organizations and small businesses are collaborating on this series, celebrating Gloucester’s robust cultural history and offerings. This collaboration is led by arts and culture industry leaders in Gloucester and made possible by City support, as well as grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. A couple of the most dedicated volunteer contributors are Courtney Richardson, Executive Director of Rocky Neck Art Colony, and Michael DeKoster, Executive Director of Maritime Gloucester.  Thursday, July 28 will bring about a special Culture Splash experience in Harbortown: a gallery stroll! 

“Culture Splash is the best way to see all that Harbortown Cultural District has to offer, and that includes some of our world-class art galleries. What a great way to spend a Thursday evening! With this stroll you can move from gallery to gallery at your pace, enjoy local stores, grab a drink or dinner, stop in at local museums, and then take the free Harbor Shuttle to Rocky Neck and continue the fun. What a wonderful way to enjoy our city’s cultural scene,” says Michael DeKoster, Executive Director of Maritime Gloucester.

The Harbortown Gallery Stroll will feature fine arts experiences, hand crafted works, and displays at Beth Williams Studio, Cape Ann Museum, Charles Fine Arts, Chloe Leigh Designs, Jane Deering Gallery, Local Colors, and Matthew Swift Gallery. Refreshments will be offered to visitors. 

Jane Deering Gallery, Harbortown

On Rocky Neck, a hub of art galleries and one of the state’s first designated cultural districts, stroll to Cove Gallery, the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Imagine Gallery, Judythe Evans Meagher Gallery, Madfish Gallery, Michalak Fine Arts, Stephen LaPierre Gallery, and Hughes Bosca/Side Street Gallery! Rocky Neck’s featured cultural organization for July 28 is Gloucester Writers Center who will host a scenic Introduction to Haiku Workshop at 3:00pm and live poetry readings with Amanda Cook and D. Eric Parkison at Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main Street starting at 7:00pm. For more information on the Haiku Workshop, interested parties should register by email to

“I love that Culture Splash brings new audiences to visit artists that have been living and working here for years! Rocky Neck has been home to working artists and their galleries for more than a century and this event honors that cultural history, giving Gloucester’s artists more visibility. Culture Splash is truly a collaborative effort between our two cultural districts, and it’s beautiful to see that partnership bringing arts and culture to the community,” says Courtney Richardson, Rocky Neck Art Colony Executive Director.

Cove Gallery, Rocky Neck

Beyond strolling galleries, you can find art displays at the Beauport Hotel in Harbortown and at Ocean Alliance on Rocky Neck, in addition to an abundant lineup of other cultural events including live music, performances, poetry readings, art demonstrations, and specials at restaurants and boutiques!

Visit to learn more, and access the event map, updated weekly with Culture Splash happenings. 

This event series is made possible by grant funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Join us for #GloucesterCultureSplash Thursdays this summer!

Meet Brandon Blatchford

Bside sat down with 11 year old Musician/Singer Brandon Blatchford to discuss his incredible 2022 summer!

Brandon discusses what it feels like to open for some of Gloucester’s Bands and Musicians; John Jerome, Bob Davis Trio, David Doc, Sam Pallazola and who he would like to perform with next (we’re looking at your Mystery Meat and Chris Fritz Grice).

Listen in to hear what it is like to be an 11 year old with some pretty great inspirations and some awesome bucket list ideas!

We can’t wait to see what is next for Brandon!

coldplay #thebeatles #johnlennon #mysterymeat #CFG #johnjeromemusic #bobdavistrio #slipknot #minglewood

Free Outdoor Screening of Gloucester-made, Oscar-winning film “CODA” Q&A with Director Sian Heder: Friday, Aug. 5

Any Cape Ann’er who has yet to catch up with CODA, this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, now has one less excuse. The Cape Ann Museum will present the film free to the public Friday, August 5 on a 26-foot screen in the spacious outdoors at the Cape Ann Museum Green.

“The Cape Ann Museum is thrilled to be hosting a free screening of CODA to celebrate the movie’s incredible artistic achievements and the local art and history that inspired it,” says CAM Director Oliver Barker. “We welcome this opportunity to invite our community to see the movie for free in the city where it was filmed.”

Following the success of last year’s public screening of Gloucester-based film, Captains Courageous (1937), the Cape Ann Museum is again partnering with the Rockport-based Cape Ann Community Cinema to “take art outside” with a free screening of the Oscar-winning 2022 movie at the Cape Ann Museum Green (13 Poplar St., Gloucester, MA).

CODA, which stands for “child of deaf adults,” tells the story of Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) and her family’s struggling fishing business. Her parents Frank (Troy Katsur) and Jackie (Oscar-winning star of Children Of A Lesser God, Marlee Matlin) and brother Leo (Daniel Durant) are deaf, with Ruby the only hearing person in her home. Ruby discovers a passion for singing that makes her choose between supporting her family and following her dreams.

Partially filmed in Gloucester, Rockport and Beverly, this screening is presented in conjunction with CAM’s summer exhibition, The Legacy of the Family-Owned Fishing Vessel, on view through September 18.

“We’re especially honored to have Sian Heder join us to speak about the process behind the film and her connections to Gloucester,” says Barker. Heder, a regular summer resident of Gloucester, will speak from 7:30pm-8:00 pm, with the film starting at 8:15 p.m. and wrapping up by 10:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to be on-site as early as 6:00 p.m. to reserve their spots and bring their own picnic to enjoy before the screening. There will be ASL translation during the announcements and conversation.

All parking will be at O’Maley Middle School with a shuttle between sites. On-site parking is reserved for those with accessibility requirements. Local residents are encouraged, where possible, to walk or ride their bike. While the screening is free to attend, reservations are required. Visit for more details.

Hammond Castle

This Friday, July 29th join Curatorial Director, John Leysath for a presentation of The History of Medieval Arms & Armor on our seaside lawn! Presentations at 11am and 1pm. Adult tickets are $25, Kids 12 and under are $10. Tickets at
Arms & Armor attendees may also purchase self-guided tour tickets at 20% discount in the Museum Shop on the day of the presentation to explore the Museum. Offer valid the same day of the ticketed event only.

Blackburn Brewfest, CAPE ANN’S FIRST BEER FESTIVAL, is coming to Stage Fort Park, Saturday, September 17, 2022 – 1-5pm!

Blackburn Brewfest, CAPE ANN’S FIRST BEER FESTIVAL, is coming to Stage Fort Park, Saturday, September 17, 2022 – 1-5pm!

Hosted by the Next Gen Committee of the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, you’ll feast from regional food trucks, taste the amazing beer from a large selection of regional breweries, and more! LIVE MUSIC with Over The Bridge, providing a
reggae-rock-hip-hop soundtrack! (great background for the lawn games!)

Tickets will be on sale soon!

psssst….We’re supporting a good cause…Proceeds from the event will benefit local
non-profits and help fund next year’s event

$100,000 TO THE BIGGEST FISH And It ALL COMES DOWN TO TODAY! We’re Live!!! 2022 Bluefin Blowout lIVESTREAM AND Information Post

We will be broadcasting live TODAY, THURSDAY AT NOON!

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Leaderboard as of 3:48PM

Wednesday Livestream- 12-4:30PM

Wednesday Livestream 4:50PM-

2022 Bluefin Blowout Schedule of Events

Good Morning Gloucester Will be Livestreaming At Noon Thursday

Thursday, July 28 | Final Fishing & Closing Ceremonies

1:00pm – Weigh in opens (Weigh in hours 1:00pm – 4:30pm is free & open to the public)

4:30pm – Weigh in closes (once last fish is weighed in)

6:00pm – Closing Ceremonies (Captains and guests only)

6:30 pm – Dinner is served (Captains and guests only) 

*Bluefin Blowout Apparel store open to the public during above hours (Bluefin Blowout apparel is a big thing) 

Community Concert Co-Sponsored by Sawyer Free Library on Saturday, July 30 at 11am

Cape Ann Community

Community Concert with THREE libraries! Join Sawyer Free, Rockport & Manchester-by-the-Sea libraries at Masconomo Park in Manchester for a great family outdoor summer show! Lots of fun with TWO musical groups: Ants on a Log joins Bee Parks & the Hornets for this fun community event!

Saturday, July 30 at 11:00am! Open and free to all!

Rain location is Manchester Elementary School.

For more information visit or 978-325-5500

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