Sold tonight! Edward Hopper Gloucester Roofs Fetched 1.98 million at Christie’s Auction Paul G Allen Collection Part 2

view from Winchester Ct. / Spring St. stairs in 1928

The first sale was by Rehn Gallery to Edward and Grace (Cogswell) Root in 1929. They built a major modern collection.

Lot 138 Sold for $1,980,000 (plus fees)

Presale estimate was 1.2 – 1.8 million

EDWARD HOPPER (1882-1967)
Gloucester Roofs, 1928
signed ‘Edward Hopper/Gloucester’ (lower right)
watercolor and pencil on paper


  • Frank K.M. Rehn Galleries, New York (1928).
  • Edward Wales Root, Clinton, New York (acquired from Rehn Galleries, 1929)
  • Mrs. and Mrs. Wilson H. and Mary D. Kierstead, New York and London (after 1962)
  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York (1981). Sold to Mr. and Mrs. James A. and Edith Hall Fisher, Pittsburgh
  • Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York — sold to Paul Allen, in 2016

The price realized for a second drawing, Lily Apartments, by Edward Hopper, Lot 153, was $1,620,000

The sixty lots included in the Paul Allen Part 1 sale last evening totaled 1.6+ billion. Paul Allen cofounded Microsoft in 1975. He died in 2018. Proceeds were raised for undisclosed charitable entities.

Bacon Wrapped Pickles On The Weber Kettle

Pretty simple to make. Take out quality pickle spears, pat dry with paper towels, wrap with bacon, sprinkle rub on and cook offset the coals at 350 F until you get the texture on teh bacon you like!

Rockport DPW Removes Long Beach Stairs and Footbridge access

Long Beach, Nov. 10, 2022

This year, several of the stairs had to be dug out several feet for removal.

Sign of winter coming: Saratoga Creek footbridge severed access between Cape Hedge and Long Beach until spring returns.

Sand is covering the rip rap in November 2022, not as high as 2011, and deposited the entire stretch. Sand depth shifts on Long Beach. Read more here in an older post from 2017.

Seawall repair October 2022 Before | After

Inflation-busting Wine Sale and Grand Tasting at Savour This Weekend! (Our Biggest Discounts of the Year)

Savour Grand Wine Tasting

Saturday &  Sunday, November 12 and 13, 2-5p.m.

Two Days, so you can spread out – different wines each day, so come for both!


$5 Suggested Donation to

Pathways for Children

Over 60 wines to taste!

10% discount on 6 wines

15% off a case of 12

Parking behind store

76 Prospect St., Gloucester

978 282-1455

Gloucester Meetinghouse Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             November 10, 2022   





GLOUCESTER, MA: The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF) and TownGreen present Planning for Reality: Climate Change and Downtown Gloucester, on Saturday, November 19, at 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester, MA.

The program features four presentations that include opening remarks from Greg Verga, Mayor of Gloucester; Professor Charles Waldheim, Director of the Office for Urbanization at Harvard Graduate School of Design; Dr. Antonio Raciti, Associate Professor of Community Planning and Ecological Design, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Kevin Hively, CEO and Founder of Ninigret Partners, a management consulting firm that focuses on economic development and community planning.

The Symposium addresses urban planning in the downtown Gloucester area in light of expected and projected climate impacts with a focus on building awareness of climate threats and considering them in the urban planning process. It will conclude with a panel of the speakers to address reflections and key insights from the event. All segments will have Q&A for audience participation.

The November 19th Symposium, Planning for Reality: Climate Change and Downtown Gloucester, brings together experts in climate change scenario planning, community planning in environmental justice communities, and economic development in urban coastal areas to discuss how addressing climate change impacts today will allow for more effective and protective urban planning in the future.

Hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation in partnership with TownGreen, the Symposium will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about how climate change will impact downtown Gloucester. The event is free and will be live streamed on GMF’s YouTube Channel where it will be available after the program.

Speakers will address these topics:

  • Professor Charles Waldheim, Director of the Office for Urbanization at Harvard Graduate School of Design: What does research say about the impacts of sea level rise and a Category 3 hurricane on downtown Gloucester?
  • Antonio Raciti, Associate Professor of Community Planning and Ecological Design, University of Massachusetts, Boston: What is the framework for future downtown development given the interests of environmental justice communities?
  • Kevin Hively, CEO and Founder of Ninigret Partners: What are the implications of urban planning from the perspective of the Blue Economy?

“TownGreen is focused on Cape Ann-specific climate impact research and public education based on this research. We’ve been lucky enough to partner with Professor Waldhiem and his team at the Harvard Graduate School of Design to bring our communities realistic, visual research so we can begin to see what might happen in a great storm,” says Dick Prouty, TownGreen Board Chair. “It is very important that we understand what the climate threats are, what they look like, where they will happen, and begin to take the necessary steps to address it through adaptation solutions.”

The program will take place in the heart of downtown Gloucester at the Gloucester Meetinghouse on Church Street. “It is fitting that a symposium addressing climate change be held in the historic Meetinghouse, the site of important annual community programs on topics of current concern,” says GMF President, Charles Nazarian. “Climate change will impact us all. Meeting together to talk about these issues is exactly what we need.”


The mission of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is to preserve one of Gloucester’s most admired historic buildings, built in 1806 for the first Universalist Society in America and home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church. The GMF is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) modeled on a similar nonprofit that supports Boston’s famed Old North Church.


TownGreen, Inc’s mission is to act as a catalyst in assisting the greater Cape Ann region in becoming a vibrant and inclusive model of sustainability that is fossil fuel free and prepared for the impacts of climate change. TownGreen, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It has promoted climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, including clean energy, since 2015. For more information, visit the TownGreen website:

For additional information, contact: Kathleen Williams, Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation,, Cell: 978-821-5291; Maureen Aylward, Director, TownGreen,, Cell: 978 290 1507.


Boston Globe Review | Of Garments and #GloucesterMA…Folly Cove Show at Cape Ann Museum

Great review. Read Murray Whyte’s rave here. He found a favorite. You will, too. Must see exhibit at Cape Ann Museum.

Folly Cove, art review, murray Whyte,Boston Globe,Cape Ann Museum, #GloucesterMA, Gloucester artists, Designed and Hand-Blocked by the Folly Cove Designers, November 2022,

“There are magical things here. The array of printed swatches of fabric might be the least beguiling element of a rich process — which is saying a lot, because they’re captivating. The group’s instrument of choice was the linocut block, each of them carved meticulously by hand.”

-Murray Whyte.

Whyte, Murray. (2022, Nov. 9). Of garments and Gloucester: celebrating the Folly Cove designers. Boston Globe.
Over decades, the women’s collective built a national following for their hand-printed fabrics and wares. In a new exhibition, the Cape Ann Museum looks at the process and precision that guided their handiwork.

Quiet Walk Along Main Street

I had heard Weathervane was putting up a new store sign so I went to check it out and continued up the street for a bit just to see what I could see. It was a quiet morning and some of the establishments weren’t yet open for business. I prefer the hustle and bustle but it’s good to savor the quiet as well. This is for those of you who are missing Glosta!

Sawyer Free Library Annual Meeting next Wednesday, 11/16 at 2 Dale Avenue! All are welcome!

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Corporation will be hosting its Annual Meeting on Wednesday evening, November 16, at the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester. All are welcome.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with welcoming remarks by the President of the Board of TrusteesMern Sibley. The public is invited to attend this informative evening, during which there will be a presentation by Matt Oudens of Oudens Ellos Architecture detailing updates of the 2025 Sawyer Free Library Capital Project. 

The annual meeting will offer the community the chance to gather at 2 Dale Avenue one more time before the Sawyer Free Library’s historic renovation and expansion project begins early next year. Attendees will be welcome to take pictures of the spaces that have special meaning to them or just sit and take it all in while…

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