Cape Ann Plein Air Quick Draw — pat morss

This week the annual Cape Ann Plein Air Festival is in full swing. The weather so far has been challenging – cold and windy. The opening event on Sunday was the Quick Draw, held at Essex County Greenbelt’s Allyn Cox Reservation. Competitors had two hours to complete their paintings, followed by a half hour to frame and submit them for judging and for sale.

Headquarters for judging at the Cox Reservation, Essex
No restrictions on creativity, as the sign notes
The Great Marsh took center stage
Well along at 1-1/2 hours
Coffee to warm the hands
Small was a good approach to the windy conditions
This artist’s easel blew over – now in restoration mode
Low to the ground also worked well
The perfect compact outdoor kit
Framing before the judging

Sushi Sang Lee

Edomae/Gloucester Omakase sushi bar open

Thursday to Sunday.

Only two seatings a night.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

At 6:15pm & 8:15pm

Sunday take out and Just one seating so far

At 5:30pm

Reservation at Tock or visit

Located inside of Savour Wine and cheese.

76 Prospst st

Gloucester, MA 01930

The Entrance is behind the building Parking lot side.

Private party available as well.

For more information feel free to call us at



“One oyster filters up to 50 gallons of water per day!”

The MHBC is sponsoring a fun informational meeting featuring Steve Parkes of MOP

to be held at the Manchester Community Center

on October 6 at 6:30 p.m. 

Please join us at Morss Pier one hour before the Meeting if you’d like to see the upweller and how it works.

Everyone is welcome!

As part of The Massachusetts Oyster Project (MOP), the Manchester Harbor Boat Club (MHBC) has established the first Manchester Harbor upweller. Our upweller is a system for growing oysters that are currently cleaning the harbor water and can later be planted in approved locations to continue their mighty work. It is staffed by volunteers and is located on Morss Pier in the doghouse. 


Dan Houde, Manchester Electric

Scott Milne, Milne Heating and Plumbing

Monty Lewis, Monty Lewis Design

Massachusetts Oyster Project, particularly Sarah Valencik and Steve Parkes

Manchester Select Board, Conservation Commission, and Harbor Advisory Committee; also the Harbormaster, Shellfish Warden and MERHS Guidance Dept. for their support and assistance.

MHBC Board and volunteers

We want to continue to expand our educational efforts next year.

Thank you to the amazing Magnolia Community Farmers Market Committee

The Magnolia Community Farmers Market was a success summer of 2022 thanks the following hard workers.

Alana Horne
David Kelley
Rebecca Doyon
Greg Farrenkopf (eclectic clam)
Dylan and Nying Gallo

The whole vibe of the Market was fun and enjoyable.  We all had a good time with meeting new people, reconnecting with old friends and buying local.

Thank you all who participated and who come to support us.

Hope to see on Sunday, October 9, 2022 for the 2nd annual Magtoberfest.




Gloucester Fire Department Reminds Community of the Importance of Working Sprinkler Systems

GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith and the Gloucester Fire Department would like to remind the community of the importance of fire sprinklers, following a recent incident in which sprinklers had a large impact on limiting potential damage.
On Monday, Sept 19. Gloucester Fire was dispatched to a residential building at 93 Prospect St. for a report of a stove fire. Upon arrival, crews determined that a single activated sprinkler head had extinguished the flames.
The sprinklers at this location played a crucial role in preventing the fire from causing more severe damage.
Sprinkler systems should be installed in any commercial or residential building. In the instance of a fire, sprinklers can stop the extension of or completely extinguish the fire.
Without a proper sprinkler system in place, community members can lose thousands of dollars in property damage.
“Sprinklers and alarms help keep fires in check by alerting people of danger to allow them time to escape,” said Chief Smith. “I want to remind community members who rent or own commercial or residential buildings to make sure you have proper sprinkler and alarm systems in place and that all systems are working properly.”

Rusty Yet Regal Evelina M. Goulart

As I have previously mentioned, my eye is drawn to the worn, tattered, battered objects around us. The peeling paint and cracks may hide the story but also reveal their glory and the dignity. So here’s the Evelina M. Goulart as she sits in the Essex Shipbuilding shipyard. She’s what remains of the only example of a schooner dragger and her majesty really struck me. More details available here from Essex Shipbuilding.

Rusty yet regal.

FAQ’s on the Sawyer Free Library Temporary Move

Cape Ann Community

The Sawyer Free Library (for now) closed its doors at Dale Avenue to the public on Friday, September 30 at 5pm, and will reopen at our temporary location on Monday, October 24 at 8am, located at 21 Main Street (above Mystery Train). We look forward to serving you at the temporary space while the construction phase of our new library is underway! 

To follow is all you need to know about the move and what to do with your materials during our three-week closure. For even more information, please visit

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