Tomorrow May 19th, 5-7pmGloucester 400+ Visitor’s Center – Open House Ribbon Cutting and Short Program at 6pm

Please Join Us Tomorrow May 19th, 5-7pm
Gloucester 400+ Visitor’s Center – Open House Ribbon Cutting and Short Program at 6pm
We are located at 123 Main Street at the Corner of Hancock and Main.We look forward to seeing you there!

City of Gloucester Launches New Platform, Blinkay, for Non-Resident Beach Parking Reservations   

Non-residents can now reserve beach parking at Good Harbor, Wingaersheek, and Stage Fort Park on the Blinkay website or mobile app  

Today, the City of Gloucester officially launched the new non-resident beach parking reservation system – Blinkay. Non-residents can now reserve beach parking for Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach, and Stage Fort Park through the Blinkay website or mobile app. After a successful first season requiring parking reservations in 2022, the City will build upon this success with an improved platform utilizing fixed license plate reader cameras to validate passes.   

The Blinkay mobile app can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play Store. Non-residents will be required to create an account prior to selecting the vehicle type and the desired date. After entering the vehicle’s license plate information, non-residents will pay with a credit or debit card to secure their reservation.  

Reservations are required starting May 27th, 2023 and can be made up to 10 days in advance. Reservations are non-refundable; however, Blinkay’s platform allows users to add or change their passes between vehicles to provide more flexibility to visitors.  

The fixed license plate reader cameras will streamline the check-in process. Reservations will be associated with a specific license plate number – the plate reader cameras will notify parking lot attendants if a vehicle has a valid reservation or a resident beach sticker.  

“The reservation system was an overwhelming success last year,” said Mayor Greg Verga. “We have been able to dramatically decrease traffic, reduce overcrowding and eliminate the stress of driving to Gloucester only to be turned away at the gate. Implementing efficient systems can have a positive impact on so many pieces of City government, and I am proud of how successful this new system has been. I am looking forward to the coming beach season.”  

The plate reader cameras will also provide real-time beach operations information, providing parking lot capacity counts to manage parking availability.   

There are no significant changes to the resident beach sticker process, and no reservations will be required for residents. The license plate reader cameras will verify the vehicle’s resident beach sticker and the plate number will no longer be on the sticker itself.  

To learn more about the resident beach sticker application or Blinkay non-resident parking reservation system, visit the City’s website:  

Greasy Pole Charms from Ann Schlecht

Hi Joey –

I have created charms for this year’s greasy pole event and I am trying to get the word out so people can know where to find them. 

Brand new charms, just in time for the Fiesta! Two Greasy Pole charms – “the struggle is real” and “victory!” Each wax seal charm is handcrafted by local jeweler, Ann Schlecht, using fine silver (99.99% silver) and comes with a card telling the story of how the greasy pole came to Gloucester. These charms, as well as other Cape Ann Charms, can be found at Local Colors in Gloucester, on Etsy (Gilded Lily Charms) and coming very soon to Pop Gallery!


Vendors Wanted For 3 Upcoming Local Block Parties!
Dates Are As Follows:
June 17, July 22, August 19
Each Event Will Be Located On Lexington Ave Magnolia

If You Are Interested In Signing Up To Be A Vendor Click The Link Below & Fill Out The Form

Vendor Spots Are First Come First Serve
Spots Are Limited
Deadline To Sign Up: May 28, 2023

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11:00 am presentation in the CAM Auditorium, 27 Pleasant St, Gloucester MA 
Registration required for all attendees. Free for members, $20 for non-members 

1:30 pm performance at CAM Green, 13 Poplar St, Gloucester MA 
Free and open to the public

The Cape Ann Veterans Writers Group (and family members)will meet on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10:00-12:00 at the Gloucester Veterans Services Center at 12 Emerson Ave.

The workshop is led by Kevin Perrin and the next meeting is June 10th. If you are a veteran, a spouse, dependent, or family caregiver of a veteran, and are interested in developing a writing practice, consider signing up. In this supportive space, the workshop will explore all genres of writing and the writing need not be specific to military experiences. To learn more about the group or to join up, contact Kevin at”

GloucesterCast 653 Livestream Taped 5/18/23 Link to Join



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Graham Nash at the Cabot

I was lucky enough to be invited to see Graham Nash at the Cabot Theater in Beverly last week. Way back in High School my friends and I would go see Crosby, Stills, and Nash at Great Woods every year. I remember those shows fondly for lots of different reasons. All these years later, I still love live music….be it a small intimate venue with an up-and-coming artist, stages all over cities like Nashville, a band playing outside on the waterfront….or, obviously, a big concert. I read somewhere a bit ago, “Life is short. Buy the damn concert tickets.” I feel that for sure! If you haven’t been to the Cabot recently you should. SUCH a great venue! Graham Nash was phenomenal. Not only has he not missed a beat in all of these years and still sounds amazing….but, my favorite part, was that every single song had a story. It was so fun to hear the inspiration…often really funny…behind each song.

Spring Into Essex This Weekend

Essex is holding its Spring into Essex event this weekend May 20-21 2023 and it sounds like a great deal of fun you might not want to miss. A variety of events are taking place including a “Wet Paint” class at Seameadow Gifts, Tequila Tasting at Ripple On The Water, and Birds Bees and Butterflies at Cox Reservation. And lots more: info here at this link. Here are a couple of my favorite Essex photos to get you in the mood. Who knows? You might see one of these on display in Essex this weekend! Hoping to see you around!