Video: Mackerel Fishing Aboard The F/V Pretty Girl

Video from Captain Lou Williams

Lou is going to set lobster traps which means to me the lobsters will pick up dramatically. Lou always times it perfectly. He’s like the Nostradamus of fishermen. Certain fishermen are always chasing yesterday’s news and you know when they get set up for a certain fishery everyone should just haul in their gear and call it quits because everything will turn to shit. But not Lou. Lou is gold with his timing.

Rocky Neck – Women on the Wharf historic group exhibition with a focus on Jane McDonald plus Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, Patricia Sullivan. Reception, Book Talk August 13, 14th

News from Rocky Neck about great upcoming group show-

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends
Curated by Christina McDonald

  • Exhibition Dates: August 11 – September 11, 2022
  • Venue: Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Galleries open: Thursdays through August noon – 7 PM, Friday-Sunday, noon – 5 PM
  • Opening Reception:  Saturday, August 13, 4 – 6 PM
  • Book Talk with Carol St. John: Sunday, August 14, 3 PM

This retrospective exhibit honors the life and legacy of the renegade artist Jane McDonald, who painted on Cape Ann and Rocky Neck from the 1970s until her death in 2009.  McDonald, a fiercely passionate artist who eschewed societal expectations, established her own studio/gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Avenue.  In the 1980s and 1990s, she collaborated with and inspired other painters Joan Frank, Eileen Mueller, Carol St. John, and Patricia Sullivan, generating a powerful female presence on Rocky Neck’s Madfish Wharf. Jane dedicated herself to supporting these artists, encouraging each to be true to her own vision. This exhibit reunites this dynamic group for the first time. A genius of whimsical watercolors, McDonald’s spirit and influence echoes in the work of other Cape Ann artists: Patricia Sullivan’s strong colors and composition; Eileen Mueller’s bold brushwork and energy, Joan Frank’s combination of childlike vision and sophistication, and in Carol St. John’s playful, satirical watercolors. These works can be found in collections here and all over the world.  These five artists join the long history of notable artists of Gloucester.

Jane McDonald (1938-2009); Joan Frank (1941–2014); Eileen Mueller; Carol St. John; Patti Sullivan

Women on the Wharf: Jane McDonald and Friends is on view Thursday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM, with extended hours until 7 PM on Thursdays through August, at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass. The public is invited to celebrate the artists at the Opening Reception Saturday August 13 from 4-6 PM. View the art and enjoy light refreshments, drinks and lively conversation. Carol St. John will deliver a free public talk on her recently-published work, With Life as Your Canvas, All is Art, Art is All, on Sunday, August 14, 3PM.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony offers an exciting roster of exhibitions, receptions, and events in 2022, with refreshments, admission and nearby parking free of charge. More information for all Cultural Center events is available on the website,, by email at,  The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, is the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, which hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds.

Fireworks Rockport Illumination Night & Day Saturday August 13, 2022

Reminder this coming Saturday: Rockport Massachusetts is hosting the annual Rockport Illumination day of free family summer fun!

Volunteers help place the enchanting paper lanterns in earnest this Thursday.

Illumination Day Schedule 2022 – Saturday August 13th

Art and merchant raffles. Join us in paint your own lantern, face painting, kids activities, and…storytelling! Sponsored by “Institution for Savings”

Storytime Readers
11:00 Rockport Chief of Police John Horvath
11:30 Selectman Paul Murphy
12:00 Selectwoman Denise Donnelly
12:30 Emily Souza Children’s Librarian Rockport Public Library
1:00 Jean Woodbury local author of “The Tree in Dock Square”

Music in Dock Square
2-4 Rhiannon Hurst, Steve Lacey, Jace Mason / Jazz Music
4:15-6:15 – RPS Band / Rhythm/Soul
6:30-8:30 Northwest Fox Trio / Alternative Rock


9pm (will last about 20-25 minutes)

Rain date August 14th.

featured storytime reading 1pm

paper lanterns photo- c. ryan, 2016

It’s Always Fun At Maritime Gloucester

It’s always fun at Maritime Gloucester on the Harbor Loop but Food Truck Tuesdays are even MORE fun. Last week, The Lobster Roller and Blue Bird Dessert Bar were there and today is will be Butter UR Biscuit with Latin Soul Cuisine starting at 4 PM. Hurry down, these food trucks sell out! We almost always discover something new: did you know about the Little Library down there? We have had a great time just hanging out down there. You never know who you will run into……..

Its SHARK WEEK at the Sawyer Free Library!

Cape Ann Community

Shark Week at the Sawyer Free Library continues Tuesday, August 9 at 3:30pm

Join us for this special interactive event with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

Perfect for Grades 1 – 5. Registration required. Please register each child individually HERE

Any questions, reach out to or 978-325-5500.

Register Here for this fun program! Space is limited!

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