Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Essex ClamFest Chowder Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the 2022 Essex ClamFest Chowder Competition Winners!


1st Judge’s Choice: Woodmans’ of Essex

2nd Judges Choice: Ripple on the Water


1st People’s Choice: Ripple on the Water

2nd People’s Choice: The Farm Bar & Grille

It was a GREAT day in Essex yesterday and we thank all those who came out to enjoy the chowder, crafts, music, food and drink. We could not have asked for better weather and we are so happy that ClamFest has returned after a two-year hiatus! Stay tuned for photos! THE FARM Bar & Grille@ripple_onthewater_essex@woodmans_of_essex#clamchowder#chowdercompetition#essexma

Grateful Dead, Dvorak, and more | selection of American classical Music by Cape Ann Symphony Musicians unleashed at the UU Church #GloucesterMA

NEXT WEEKEND! October 29, 2022

including local artists that are residents, too

And announcing…a new concertmaster!

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series
Featuring works by The Grateful Dead, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Rachel Grimes, Dvorak & Cape Ann Symphony Concertmaster Scott Moore
at Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed programs were launched in 2019 and have become a wonderfully popular series with overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response. Ticket prices for American Classical Music are $40 for Adults and $15 for Youth. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to for tickets.

Read all about it from the Cape Ann Symphony press release:

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the return of the popular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series with American Classical Music at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street in Gloucester, MA. The ticket price for American Classical Music is $40 for Adults and $15 for Youth.  Call CAS at 978-281-0543 or go to to purchase tickets.

The first Musicians Unleashed Concert of the 2022-2023 season, American Classical Music features music made in America.

“We wanted to put together a program of great music that reflects the vast and wide diversity of peoples and cultures that have made up and continue to make up our great country of America” says Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa.

The American Classical Music concert program includes a wide range of musical styles and composers from Dvorak to the Grateful Dead. The music from an eclectic slate of composers featuring Florence Price, Cape Ann Symphony’s recently appointed Concertmaster Scott Moore, William Grant Still, The Grateful Dead, Rachel Grimes, and Dvorak will be performed by four CAS musicians: violinist Scott Moore; violinist Erica Pisaturo; cellist Seth MacLeod; and violist Brandon White. 

“How exciting to hear such a unique mix of composers performed by these talented musicians …all musicians who are relatively new to our CAS audiences,” points out Maestro Udagawa, “This is a great opportunity for audiences to get to to know some of the newest members of the orchestra.”

The concert program includes: Florence Price’s Juba from String Quartet No. 2Scott Moore and Erica Pisaturo, violins; Brandon White, viola; Seth MacLeod, cello; Scott Moore’s Duo selections: Scott Moore and Erica Pisaturo, violins; William Grant Still’s Danzas de PanamaScott Moore and Erica Pisaturo, violins; Brandon White, viola; Seth MacLeod, cello; Grateful Dead’s Truckin’, arranged by Minsky: Seth MacLeod, cello; Rachel Grimes’ Egon and Gertie – Violin/Cello Version: Scott Moore, violin; Seth MacLeod, cello; Scott Moore’s Fiddle Tunes (solo): Scott Moore, violin; and Dvorak’s American Quartet, 1st Movement: Scott Moore and Erica Pisaturo, violins; Brandon White, viola; Seth MacLeod, cello.

Cape Ann Symphony’s new Concertmaster Scott Moore makes his MU debut as a violinist and a composer in American Classical Music

“Scott Moore is a fabulous violinist who plays at an incredibly high level in all kinds of styles from classical music to Kentucky Bluegrass. He’s also an unbelievable composer, arranger and all-around musician, say Udagawa, “We are thrilled that he is the new concertmaster of the Cape Ann Symphony, and I’m looking forward to our audiences getting to know him and his music making!”

Scott Moore was born and came of age in rural Kentucky. He began his career as a violinist and composer as a four-year-old in New York. He’s been a soloist with a number of orchestras, played Mozart for the Archduke of Austria, and given an impromptu recital in Carnegie Hall for an audience of ghosts. In 2018, he began performing, from memory, the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach.

Mr. Moore has been an organic farmer and a professional driver, learned fiddle tunes from old-timers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, drunk bourbon with rock stars on a steam-powered riverboat, and played music on four continents. An enthusiastic collaborator on stage and in the recording studio, he has forged a reputation as a skillful and inventive musician unbound by genre equally at home as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, with bands at festivals, or in the recording studio with Jim James, Tyler Ramsey, Houndmouth, Dawn Landes, Rachel Grimes, and many more. 

A composer as well, he has composed six adventurous new scores for the Louisville Ballet, including As You Like It in August 2022. Recent seasons trace an exciting arc, with appearances running the gamut from contemporary classical to rock, jazz, bluegrass, and beyond. These include solo engagements with the Louisville Orchestra and extensive collaboration with LO music director Teddy Abrams. Ongoing work with pianist-composer Rachel Grimes includes several albums and performances like WNYC’s Soundcheck, NPR’s Performance Today, and two stints at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival. As a longtime member of the 23 String Band, he has performed across the country as a crowd favorite at festivals like Rockygrass, Grey Fox, Forecastle, ROMP, Festival of the Bluegrass, and many more. He has also recorded two as-yet-unreleased albums with his own band, blurring the lines between acoustic and electric back porch folk and vintage rock-n-roll.

This native Kentuckian is now a resident of Gloucester. He and his wife violinist Erica Pisaturo, also a member of CAS, moved to New England in the fall of 2019. Moore is the 2022 Artist-in-Residence at the Annisquam Village Church, where he recently performed the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J. S. Bach.

photo credit: June Stratton

Violinist Erica Pisaturo is a native of New England, where she began her violin studies at the age of four. After earning a BA in Music and Art History from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she escaped the harsh winters to earn an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

While in the South, Ms. Pisaturo played violin in a number of professional symphony orchestras, including the Hilton Head Symphony and Savannah Philharmonic, both of which she also served as Orchestra Librarian. She has has toured and traveled the world extensively including studying architecture in Italy, making music on tour in China and Japan, and serendipitously meeting her husband, Scott Moore, CAS’s new Concertmaster. She and her husband moved to Gloucester in 2019 and Ms. Pisaturo now plays with the Cape Ann Symphony and Symphony By The Sea. Though she has left the South, she continues to perform in Georgia, South Carolina, and Kentucky when life allows. She recorded with Rachel Grimes and performed in the world premiere of The Way Forth (2019) with the Louisville Orchestra. Other recent performances include the Forecastle Festival and the Big Ears Festival.

Cellist Seth MacLeod earned his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Boston University, where he studied with George Neikrug who dedicated to Seth a cadenza he composed for the Dvořák Cello Concerto. In September Mr. MacLeod joined the Cape Ann Symphony as Principal Cellist. He has performed as a soloist with the Wellesley Symphony, Lincoln-Sudbury Civic and the Metrowest Symphony Orchestras. Mr. MacLeod is also the principal cellist of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and he is a member of Symphony By The Sea. He is a versatile chamber musician and string instructor at area schools. .  

Violist Brandon White made his CAS debut in March 2022’s Musicians Unleashed Concert, the Virtual Clarinet Quintet Concert. Originally from New York and now residing in the Boston area, Brandon White has enjoyed a varied career as a violist. A classically trained violist, Mr. White has been recognized as an analytical, and forward-thinking musician with a love of all viola music and new compositions. He holds degrees from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he studied under Shelly Tramposh and earned his BM in Viola Performance, as well as The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studied under Lila Brown and earned his MM in String Performance. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Jordan Hall, and Sanders Theater and played with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Hamptons Festival Orchestra and the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Mr. White currently performs in the Rivers Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the contemporary viola duo Waterhouse Row alongside Emilie Catlett. He performs on a Hungarian Viola from 1968 made by Otto Erdesz.

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Hosts An Evening With Joel Janowitz

Who: Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966                                             

What: An Evening with Joel Janowitz

Where:  ZOOM

When: November 16, 2022, 7:00pm

Experimental Group of Rockport Art Association & Museum presents Joel Janowitz

Please join us as we listen to artist Joel Janowitz. This exciting talk is free and open to the public!  All are welcome!

Joel Janowitz is a distinguished painter and printmaker working in both the abstract and representational realms. In 2022 he had solo exhibitions at Gallery Kayafas in Boston and at three Provincetown venues: the Mary Heaton Vorse House, the Provincetown Art Museum (PAAM) – Joel Janowitz: Recent Gifts to the Permanent Collection, and at Schoolhouse Gallery. In 2021 he was included in the Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibition, The Contemporary Print. His work has been collected by the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Boston’s MFA, Harvard Art Museums, Yale University Art Gallery, and numerous other public institutions. 

Janowitz was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting in 2013 and he has received four Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships in Painting, most recently in 2016.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  

If you would like a zoom invite to the event, please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, via email at  

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

The next Old Sloop Coffeehouse concert will be Friday, October 28. The show features Alisa Amador, who recently won NPR’s national Tiny Desk Contest. Hayley Sabella will open the show.

Our concert page, with more information and links for tickets is at Our concert page, with more information and links for tickets is at

Here is Alisa’s winning NPR Tiny Desk Contest video:

Sawyer Free 2025 Campaign Gets $100,000 Challenge Grant Offer

Sawyer Free 2025 (visit, the philanthropic capital campaign to fund a comprehensive renovation, modernization and expansion of Gloucester’s public library building, is proud to announce the offer of a $100,000 challenge grant by a private family foundation. If Gloucester and the surrounding Cape Ann community can raise that sum in a 75-day window ending December 31, the new library project will receive a matching gift of another $100,000. 

The Sawyer Free 2025 campaign is a transformational investment in Gloucester’s future. This time-restricted, dollar-for-dollar match by a fund that wishes to remain anonymous will help renovate and expand our library, but on one condition: Gloucester must come together to give $100,000 to match this challenge and receive the grant. Any donation during this grant-offer window will constitute a booster rocket for getting the campaign $200,000 closer to meeting its goal. 

“The fact that an out-of-town philanthropist is willing to offer a six-figure challenge grant to Sawyer Free 2025 is a powerful validation of the virtue and worth of this project,” said Barry Weiner, a retired attorney and the campaign chair for Sawyer Free 2025. “The newly renovated and expanded Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will stand as a model for what a 21st century civic hub can and should be, and if the citizens of Gloucester and folks around the North Shore accept this challenge to pitch in whatever they can to help us secure this extra $100,000, it would be another loud statement by this community, which has already demonstrated an inspiring level of support for this project.”

The most advanced Western democracies have embraced the fact that modern libraries are a nexus of education, community, innovation, economic advancement, technology, wellness, civic engagement, assimilation, belonging, preventative care, climate justice, lifelong learning, research and free programming. Gloucester deserves to be part of this revolution.

Sawyer Free Library provides a lifeline of resources serving people from all walks of life, but it’s beset by severe limitations of space, navigation, technology and mobility-device access. While the library staff continues to provide the best possible services and programming for our entire community, the Sawyer Library Foundation is committed to rallying all of Cape Ann to support this campaign to modernize our beloved institution and create a space that will reflect the amazing things that happen within the building.

The Sawyer Free 2025 project’s total cost is $28 million, a sum that includes built-in inflation costs through the completion of the project in 2025. The Sawyer Library Foundation, the fundraising arm of the campaign, has already secured more than $15 million in pledged donations and grant awards, including $1 million in donations in the first 150 days following the public launch of the campaign this past May. 

It’s never been easier to help this cause. Every tax-deductible dollar donated between now and December 31 becomes two dollars thanks to a challenge by a matching funds grantor. That means a $50 gift becomes $100, $250 becomes $500, and so on. To learn more, visit

âś“ How do contact Sawyer Free 2025?

Call 978.225.0363 or 978.225.0915

Facebook: Sawyer Free 2025

Instagram: Sawyer Free 2025

YouTube: Sawyer Library Foundation 2025

âś“ How Do I Give to Sawyer Free 2025?

  • Visit
  • Text to donate: Text “325182” to 1-855-575-7888 and select an amount
  • Checks: SF2025, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester, 01930 (Checks payable to: “Sawyer Library Foundation”)
  • Volunteer! Reach out if you want to pitch in at the library or with the capital campaign, either in person or virtually. Help your neighbors, serve your community and share your expertise. No matter what kind of volunteer work you do for us, you are contributing in invaluable ways.

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Trick Or Treat At Hammond Castle Museum on October 27th

Cape Ann Community

What better place to trick or treat than at an old seaside castle? We have everything you need to ignite your child’s imagination: a drawbridge, spiral staircase,and a Great Hall
We will have spooky music, multiple trick or treat stations inside the castle and bubbles, snacks, spooky stories and a craft at the 13th Century arches. You bring the scary costumes.

Timed Trick or Treat sessions will last approximately 15 minutes with five treat stations set up within the Castle starting on our drawbridge and leading into the Great Hall. The program will conclude with bubbles, a craft, spooky stories and snacks outside at the Arches.

*This ticket grants you access to the Trick Or Treat event. At the time of this event, the Museum will be closed to tours. If you wish to tour Hammond Castle Museum on the day of the ticketed event, Self-Guided Tour tickets may be…

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