100% of what we raise will go directly to ADRA, an organization working with the UN, as mentioned recently in the Boston Globe:

The event will be held at 7pm March 30, at the Newburyport Elks, at 70 Low Street, starting with a talk with Arik Burakovsky, Assistant Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

The auction itself features collectables, gift certificates to shops, experiences, boat rides, restaurants, inns, etc. in the North Shore area.  Come for fun and to support this important cause. For more information or to make a direct donation go to


Craft Fair to Support Special Need Dances 
Place: Gloucester Fraternity Club
Date: April 23, 2023    Time: 11-4pm
Cost: $40
Includes table and 2 chairs

Please email: for an  application. Janine Brooks is the organizer and contact person for vendors – many local vendors know her for the great craft events she organizes at the Elks. Applications must be  submitted no later than March 20th.

You will be notified of your status on or before March 24th.

Full payment will be due at that time if accepted. We ask that only products hand made by you be sold at the market. Some categories may fill up quickly so be sure to get your application in as soon as possible.

We hope that people will support this event to raise money for the Special Needs Dances held at the Elks. Our son Yianni and his friends absolutely love and look forward to these wonderful dances that are put on by volunteers from the Fraternity Club!

My wife Anna who owns Cape Ann Sea Salt Co. will be one of the vendors. It will be a great opportunity for local vendors to kickstart the season and for buyers to get their Mother’s Day shopping done all while supporting a fantastic cause!

Thank You,

James Eves

MISSING PERSON Rockport Police Department Seeking Public’s Help Locating Missing 15-Year-Old Girl

MARLEY CASTILLO, age 15, was last seen on Monday, March 13, at 10:10 p.m., leaving a home on Doctor’s Run in Rockport. Please note her hair is now curly. (Photo Courtesy Rockport Police Department)ROCKPORT — Chief John Horvath and the Rockport Police Department are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 15-year-old girl. 

MARLEY CASTILLO, 15, was last seen on Monday, March 13, leaving a home on Doctor’s Run at approximately 10:10 p.m.

She is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds, with reddish/brown curly hair. She has a small scar on her forehead above the bridge of her nose.

She was last seen wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, slipper-style footwear, and pajama style pants. She was also seen carrying red colored Nikesneakers. 

Marley is said to frequent Gloucester, Hamilton, Salem, and Lynn.  

Rockport Police are asking residents in the Doctor’s Run area and surrounding towns to review any home security camera footage they may have.

Anyone who believes they have footage of Marley, or other information about her whereabouts, is asked to call the Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212.

Gloucester House Irish Coffee

Introducing another in the limited series of posts featuring local Irish Coffee. This one was a bit of a surprise because we went to Gloucester House on short notice and I wasn’t planning to spend my afternoon there, but that’s the beauty of retirement in Gloucester! Here’s their version of a double Irish Coffee. I am not sure why they ever bother to ask if I want the whipped cream… was perfect for leisurely socializing ! Thanks Gloucester House!

What’s on the Program? Cape Ann Symphony this weekend!

Heidi Dallin shares a reminder about this weekend’s gorgeous concert program:


March 19, 2023 2:00 PM

Brahms, Dvorak

featuring special guest soloist, Blaise DĂ©jardin  – Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist

Cape Ann Symphony’s 71st Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 19 at 2 pm with Brahms, Dvorak & DĂ©jardin featuring the CAS return of Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Blaise DĂ©jardin at the CAS performance venue, Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. For tickets or information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

The orchestra opens the concert with Brahms’ powerful Symphony No. 1 in c minor, a piece which Brahms struggled with for years to complete. Cape Ann Symphony welcomes back Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist Blaise DĂ©jardin to close the concert with Dvorak’s stirring Cello Concerto. DĂ©jardin made his CAS debut in March 2017 with his acclaimed performance of Saint-Saens’ elegant Cello Concerto.

“Our concert on March 19th will feature two great works and one amazing soloist,” points out CAS Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa.

“The Brahms Symphony No. 1 took almost 20 years for Brahms to write and is full of passion and struggle. It’s a fiery piece, and a perfect match for the passionate Cello Concerto by Dvorak. Dvorak wrote this concerto here in America and is full of gorgeous melodies – one after another. Our soloist, Blaise DĂ©jardin is the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony, and he is an incredible musician. The musicians of the orchestra and I are really looking forward to presenting this concert to our wonderful audience!”

Yoichi Udagawa

About Blaise DĂ©jardin

Born in Strasbourg, France, cellist Blaise Déjardin made his orchestra debut at age fourteen, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du vent for cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy.

In 2010, he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet with three of his colleagues from the BSO cello section. The Boston Cello Quartet’s diverse playlist and fresh style quickly drew an international following ranging from seasoned symphonic audiences to modern music lovers who had never attended a chamber music concert.

An accomplished and in demand arranger as well, he has written numerous pieces for cello ensembles, which led to three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards. Commissions include Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and A Far Cry. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company.

A prizewinner at numerous international competitions, including a First Prize at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition (2005), he has performed as soloist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the French Camerata, and many others.

In 2019 DĂ©jardin released the album MOZART New Cello Duos with cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, featuring his own transcriptions. He also appears on both Boston Cello Quartet albums Pictures and The Latin Project. His first album as principal cello of the BSO, Ades Conducts Ades, was released by Deutsche Gramophone in 2020.

Mr. DĂ©jardin holds a First Prize of Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a Master of Music Diploma and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser and Bernard Greenhouse. He now teaches privately and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Tanglewood Music Center. He has served as Artistic Director of the Boston Cello Society since its creation in 2015.

About Cape Ann Symphony and Maestro Udagawa

Founded in Gloucester in 1951, the Cape Ann Symphony is a professional orchestra of over 70 players from throughout the New England area. They perform a subscription season of four concerts per year plus several Pops and youth concerts. The Symphony Board of Directors named Yoichi Udagawa the Music Director and Conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony in the summer of 2000 after a yearlong search. In addition to his leadership of Cape Ann Symphony, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and a cover conductor at the Boston Pops Orchestra. Maestro. Udagawa is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory where he teaches conducting. Frequently invited to guest conduct, Maestro Udagawa has worked with many different orchestras including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Nobeoka Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Indian Hill Symphony, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Brown University Orchestra, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Boston Conservatory Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Newton Symphony, the Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Mid-Texas Symphony. Maestro Udagawa is at home in popular and contemporary music as well as the standard symphonic repertoire. He is known for his relaxed manner and ability to speak from the podium which has helped new audiences as well as enthusiasts gain a greater appreciation for symphonic music. His programs often include premieres of new works – some specially commissioned for the orchestra — as well as great orchestral works across the symphonic repertoire and lively Pops programs. He is also an integral part of the Cape Ann Symphony Youth Initiative.

Yoichi Udagawa, the son of a nuclear physicist father and singer/artist mother, was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964. His family immigrated to the United States soon thereafter. He began playing the violin at age four and made his conducting debut at age fifteen. After receiving a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, he continued advanced studies in conducting with Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Morihiro Okabe, and Henry Charles Smith. A fan of many different styles of music, Mr. Udagawa also enjoys performing gospel music in addition to his conducting activities. He is an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s March concert: Brahms, Dvorak & Déjardin is Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth (12 years old and under). For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Seaarts talk with local artist Kathy Artist

Searts: ART TALK

Kathy Roberts

What Is Your Medium?

My medium is painting, predominantly in watercolor, but I also enjoy experimenting with acrylics/mixed media and alcohol inks.

How long have you been an artist?

I have always been a creative person, experimenting with drawing and painting as a teen

and then taking my first formal watercolor workshop in my late teens where I got hooked and continued studying painting on a weekly basis while raising my family. Many breaks were taken from art while working as a Social Worker and family therapist in the Gloucester community. I’m currently a full time artist where you’ll find me in the “creator incubator,” my home studio and gallery.


Where do you get your inspiration?

There are so many things that influence my art: the changing seasons of New England inspire my landscapes, Gloucester’s seaside community reflects how I portray historic sites, beaches and seascapes which I’ve been very connected to since childhood. I also enjoy the art of the Impressionist Movement.

Weaving memories, traditions, family and my love for nature and food create a blanket of work that embraces who I am.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

After a year of isolation, with the news of covid, I felt I needed to plan an event to boost my spirits and bring hope, color and music to my neighborhood. I decided I would have a drive by art show, where people could stay in their cars, wear masks and view my paintings displayed on easels and a clothesline on my front yard! With Carol King music playing in the background many cars came through with the 10th car awarded a print. It was very successful and a lot of fun! I have also enjoyed being an art teacher at GHS and have taught adult & child watercolor classes from my home. Anyone whose interested in visiting my Gallery can call or text for an appointment @978-853-7825. I will have periodic art sales and open houses throughout the year that are open to the public. If you would like to be added to my email list just send me a text.

My website:

My most recent work can be found on Instagram:#kathygrobartgallery and Facebook@capeannartgallery

New Date for Seaside Garden Club

Cape Ann Community

Due to tomorrow’s nor’easter, our program, Gardens of New England Artists is postponed until April 4, same time, same place.

Seaside Garden Club’s April Meeting is jointly sponsored by the Manchester Garden Club.

On Tuesday, April 4, Seaside Garden Club welcomes Jana Milbocker with a program on the Artists’ Gardens in New England.

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter and others in this virtual tour.

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens (, a lecturer and author. She combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. Jana loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos…

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