Boston Globe interviews Small Businesses including Pauline’s Gifts #GloucesterMA

Front Page article – Congratulations! Pauline’s Gifts 512 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA.

“Every bit of my inventory comes out of my pocket,” said Bresnahan. “I am being very cautious.”

Bresnahan credits support from local shopperswith helping her get through the pandemic. In 2021, they helped deliver the strongest Christmas season in the23 years she has owned the shop. She also counts on summer tourists to boost sales. This year she is seeing more…”

SHIRLEY LEUNG INTERVIEWS PAULINE BRESNAHAN, PAULINE’S GIFTS AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, bOSTON gLOBE jUNE 27, 2022 PRINT EDITION. rEAD THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Small businesses, big concerns: With Demand Falling and costs rising, owners caught in economic tempest. Boston Globe. by Shirley Leung. 6/27/2022

GHS Gillnetter scooped Boston Globe Great Divide – High School bathroom closures

Front page above the fold Boston Globe article published June 27, 2022 covers school bathroom closures statewide.

The Gillnetter, Gloucester’s High School newspaper featured an on trend opinion piece by Jenna Smith published back in February 2022 — which elicited change. The local newspaper, Gloucester Daily Times, published it also. Both covered the TikTok challenge in September and fall of 2021.

“Our school has eleven student bathrooms, five designated for females, five for males, and one single stall gender neutral bathroom.

During the day, only the first floor  bathroom is unlocked during passing times between classes. The science wing bathrooms are always locked, and the second and third floor bathrooms are only open if a teacher is there to unlock and supervise them. Teachers have been directed not to allow students to use the bathroom during the first and last five minutes of classes, as well as the first five, and the last five minutes of lunch.  This means that students can only access the restroom during class time. Typically, the first floor restroom is the one available, however sometimes it changes, which results in students having to go on a scavenger hunt to find an open restroom. Once we manage to find the bathroom that is open, we must wait in a line as only three students are allowed in the restroom at a time.”

excerpt from Gloucester High School newspaper, GHS Gillnetter, Feb 2022 article by Jenna Smith – read the full piece here: Open the Bathrooms, Please

Boston Globe article by Jenna Russell for Great Divide series published 6/27/2022 read the full article here School Bathroom Closures anger students statewide

Final 4~ Cape Ann United moving on to the semis! #MTOC Massachusetts State Soccer Tournament

Never give up! On June 24 and June 25, two brackets of four teams in this age group battled to make it to the final four on June 26. Cape Ann United needed at least three goals in their second game today, and the other teams had to meet specific spreads if there was a chance to move on. Unbelievably, that’s what happened! The win was so thrilling, the Arlington players they lost to yesterday ran over to congratulate the Cape Ann United players afterwards. Pembroke and Harvard are out. It was such a unique sports win, as much or more exciting than winning three matches straight.

Goal Differential!

“What an amazing end to our group play today! How can you not be a believer of this team when you see them score 3 goals in the last 10 mins against Harvard (who seemed likely the best team in our group) to knock them out and advance to the semis! It is confirmed; We play at 9am tomorrow on field 9. If we’re fortunate enough to win, we’ll play in the finals at 10:50am.”

Coach Gary, Cape Ann United Sea Wolves

Thank you to Coach Gary Schmidt and Jim Sperry, Cape Ann United.

Let’s Go!

Progin Park Fields was 90+ degrees sweltering.

penalty kick (red card) – goal 2 of 3, game 2

vid clip 37 sec – game one, first half (Cape Ann United wearing blue shirts)

Let’s Go Cape Ann United! State Soccer Tournament #MTOC fields at Progin Park Lancaster

Warming up! Back to back 50 minute games start soon. Team lost to Andover yesterday with only 8 players first half.

both games Field 1

Crowd at Crow’s Nest cheered for the runners – St. Peter’s Fiesta 5K 2022

More than 800 runners (and 1000 sign ups) participated in the festive 2022 St. Peter’s Fiesta 5k.

Race Results here

photo: View from Markouk corner. The crowd at the Crow’s Nest cheered the runners with cowbell and gusto. Flanagans was a bit of a heartbreak hill. Both Gorton’s Fishbox Derby side and climb past Crow’s Nest, Cruiseport side.

Fire At Beacon Marine #GloucesterMA – East Main street closure

Notes on photos: 8:00AM heavy smoke streamed out the roof edge of the iconic Beacon Marine Basin at 211 East Main and one prominent plume rose rapidly. Smoke clouds were visible from a great distance. Highland Street was soon closed because fire truck crews accessed water lines, ran hose. (Hydrant difficulties.) Update 8:40: I’m told that the smoke is darker and multiple town assistance was underway. May all impacted and those assisting be safe. It’s locally owned and site of cherished vintage store, artist studio, workshops, and businesses. Update: 9:40 – well under control. Crews attended from water and street. Thankful incident happened in daylight. Update: 10AM neighbors hear welcome sound of firetrucks backing up.

6/24/2022 – See Ethan Forman excellent coverage and the impact of the fire – Gloucester Daily Times

2022 Essex County Youth Soccer Champions! Cape Ann United beat Masco. On to state tournament Div 1 #ECYSA2022 #MTOC

Cape Ann United teams were back at Pingree vying for another win in the Essex County Youth Soccer Playoffs. CAU beat Masco to win the regional playoffs.

Great game. Final Score 3:2

Moving on to Div 1 State Championship (see MOTC schedule below)

(Aidan missing from team photo. More photos coming.)

CAU Clippers

A second Cape Ann United soccer team (U16), CAU Clippers, played North Andover on the adjacent field, so we had two Cape Ann United teams to cheer on. (North Andover won that game.)

The state tournament MTOC June 24th to 26th in Progin Park, Lancaster MA

Final schedule to be posted June 22, 2022. Cape Ann United Boys 12PG As of today

  • Friday #8101 Essex County 3:50PM vs Bay
  • Saturday Essex 2:20PM vs. Coastal
  • Saturday Essex 3:40PM vs. Nashoba
  • Sunday if they make it

Cape Ann United teams compete in Essex County Youth Soccer Playoffs at Pingree #ECYSA

Cape Ann United Sea Wolves 2 boys and Cape Ann United Tide 3 girls soccer teams competed on adjacent fields in the Essex County Youth Soccer playoffs at Pingree June 17, 2022. Boys faced North Andover. Girls played Woburn.

Boys won 3:1 and face Masco Sunday morning, June 19, 2022. The team is hoping to win the state tournament again. Players hail from Manchester and Gloucester, a mix of newly minted graduates and a few back from first year at college and work. Having missed season(s) due to covid they’re enjoying reuniting. In 2019, they won U16.

Players and fans are grateful for a superbly organized event held at such a stunning regional locale.

Boys bracket

Thank you Dean Sidell and staff!

The state tournament MTOC June 24th to 26th

the Friends of the SFL are getting ready to close up the Book Shop temporarily while the library moves to another location…

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News From the Friends Book Shop…

     We want to thank all our wonderful “friends” who donated, sorted or purchased books over these past 10 years since we opened for business. Our Friends Book Shop will be closing temporarily for the renovation of the SFL Monell Building and Annex, which is tentatively slated to begin in early 2023 and reopen again in 2025.

Here are a few key dates to keep in mind.

June 15                   Book donations will no longer be accepted.

July   1-31             Bonanza book sale will be held – 50 % off all books!!!

Mid -August          Book Shop will cease operations until the SFL reconstruction is completed in 2025.

Please stop by the Book Shop to stock up on your summer reading while we still have an abundant supply of “gently used books”.  We appreciate your many years of support and look forward to seeing you in our new library location in 2025.  If you have questions, please email us at


Follow The Yellow Brick Road this summer to the Cape Ann YMCA and join a NEW Summer Performance Camp!

News from the Cape Ann YMCA-

The Cape Ann Y is launching their first ever all ages Performance Camp. This four-week performance camp for young people age 5 to 17 years old runs from June 27 through July 22 and culminates in two public performances of the classic beloved musical The Wizard of Oz at the Cape Ann YMCA at 4pm on July 21 and July 22.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from theatre professionals in all areas of production including acting, music, dance and scenic, prop and costume design while developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills as they are introduced to the skills necessary for professional theatre. The production offers a wide range of roles for all actors to discover their creative potential and shine. Based on the classic novel and award-winning motion picture, The Wizard of Oz follows the story of Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, as she travels to the magical land of Oz to find the true meaning of “home.” 

Production Team Director: Harvard University graduate and award winning actress Gloucester’s Heidi Dallin 

Music: West Parish Music Teacher, Gordon College graduate and accomplished musician Rin Wolter 

Set, Costumes, Props: Tufts University graduate and Wellesley College Theatre Director Sarah Vandewalle

Choreography: Summerstage alum and Manchester Elementary School Teacher Tyler Garofalo

Stage Manager: Manchester native Emerson College graduate and Summerstage alum Jenny Hersey

Production and Choreography Assistant: Gloucester native and recent Dean College graduate is…Ts Burnham

“Many of you remember Ts as a longtime student of Heidi Dallin and the daughter of Holiday Delights choreographer Carol Burnham known for creating  the Holiday Delights  Nutcracker Football Dance! I’m so excited to have Ts on the team this summer! Plus other special guests!”

Heidi Dallin

For more information on Performance Camp go to:

The Y offers flexible pricing for the camp. Please check it out:

Contact Camp Director YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist Heidi Dallin for more information: Email: Phone:  978-729-1094

Heidi Dallin | YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

Cape Ann YMCA

Celtics banner Massachusetts State House NBA Finals

9pm NBA FINALS Game 5 tonight

Love the hometown hype! Celtics banner and the dome – Massachusetts Statehouse Beacon Hill, Boston. 6/11/2022 photos – c. ryan

GHS Class of 2022 Graduation New Balance Field at Newell Stadium Gloucester High School #GloucesterMA

Congratulations Class of 2022!

The individual signs for the Class of 2022 students lining the boulevard are alphabetized A-K on one side of the Fisherman at the Wheel and L-Z on the other.

Love the customized scoreboard


Beautiful diplomas sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank

1623 Studios livestreamed the event here: Facebook page at

Come See Annie Kids at Plum Cove Elementary school #GloucesterMA June 9, 10

Great notice and wonderful Paul Bilodeau rehearsal photos in the Gloucester Daily Times today! Performances this week on Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are FREE but reservations necessary

Read the article and see more photographs here

Front page Gloucester Daily Times June 8, 2022

Plum Cove Elementary School: Spring 2022 musical performed by 4th and 5th grade students under the direction of Heidi Dallin. The photo caption notes Miss Hannigan played by Evelyn Taplett and Annie played by Bianca Numerosi.

Can you remember an elementary school performance or arts educator*? Chances are if you attended elementary school in Gloucester, you can. Gloucester has a long, strong and colorful history of professional theater artists enriching community theater for young and old, and prioritizing arts education in area schools. It’s no surprise that East Gloucester Elementary School (EGS)– only blocks away from Rocky Neck and former sites of Atwoods’ Playhouse-on-the-Moors, Little Theater, and Bass Rocks Theater–included a theater and stadium seating for little ones right in the school. Productions have been mounted in all the schools, and evidence shows year round activity in some decades. Poets and playwrights, choreographers, industry professionals (stage direction, lighting, costume design, etc), and insiders engage and collaborate. Nan Webber inspired generations at the GHS drama department and on Cape Ann. Heidi Dallin has devoted 30+ years to youth theater development.

Congratulations to all involved with this Annie Kids production! Enjoy this magic time.

*note: I don’t, but I did not grow up here. A couple of early memories that come to mind are the children’s museum recycle arts and crafts shop (fill a shopping bag), and seeing the Fantasticks at Priscilla Beach Theater, Plymouth, MA, summer vacation ca.1972-74.

Summer Performance Camp! Follow the yellow brick road to Cape Ann YMCA #WizardofOz #GloucesterMA

We hope you can join us in Gloucester this summer for a great performance opportunity. We are launching The Cape Ann Y’s first ever all ages 4 week Summer Performance Camp.  All participants(age 5-17) will be in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the CAY. There will be two public performances at the end of the final week.(July 21 and July 22 @ 4pm) 

The camp will be led by a professional adult production team and participants will learn about all aspects of professional theatre and producing a show!

Heidi Dallin

  • Director: Gloucester native and award winning actress Heidi Dallin
  • Music: West Parish Music Teacher Rin Wolter
  • Choreography: Manchester Memorial Teacher  Tyler Garofalo
  • Set, Costumes, Props: Danver’s Sarah Vandewalle
  • Stage Manager: Manchester’s Jenny Hersey
  • Production & Choreography Assistant: Gloucester’s TS Burnham, recent college graduate with a degree in theatre 


Performance Camp Details here: The sign up details are here

Print the broadsheet for Cape Ann YMCA Summer Performance Camp 2022 – Wizard of Oz

Jane Deering Gallery group show: Gloucester . Cape Ann | modern conversations

Jane Deering Gallery is pleased to present 

Gloucester . Cape Ann | modern conversations

June 9 – June 29, 2022

Opening Reception on Saturday June 11th from 3-6pm.

Artists working in Gloucester, and more broadly on Cape Ann, have a unique vision of the promontory. What is their feel for our place along the sea? And how do they wish to present it to us, the viewers of their thoughts? Each exploration of light, land, sky, stone, architecture, industry, and countless other features is singular. There is communication between artist and place; and we sense, we hear, those conversations in their art. Participating artists include: Coco Berkman . Ann Conneman . Celia Eldridge . Paige Farrell . Erin Luman . Jeffrey Marshall . Adin Murray . James Paradis . Michael Porter . Christopher Pullman . Esther Pullman . Beverly Ripple . Caleb Hershey Rulli . Juni Van Dyke.  

Exhibition at Jane Deering Gallery June 2022


My interest lies in how artists living and working in Gloucester, and more broadly on Cape Ann, express their vision of the promontory. What is their feel for our place along the sea? As they encounter it, and closely observe it, how do they wish to present it to us, the viewers of their thoughts? Each exploration of light, land, sky, stone, architecture, industry, and countless other features is singular. There is communication between artist and place; and we sense, we hear, those conversations in their art.

The New York Times recently penned the phrase to see it all anew, an apt phrase that could easily have been the title for this show.

After giving the gallery to regional artists for their own exhibitions these past months, I am happy to be back at JDG for the summer season. Join me for this first show which celebrates seeing and hearing anew this place of home.

Jane Deering, June 2022

Gallery hours: Friday & Saturday 1-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm; and by appointment @ 917-902-4359 . 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. 

Celia Eldridge

to view selected works in the exhibition:

Bonus: Wonderful interviews by Pat Lowery Collins including this one with Juni VanDyke here

Rituals of solace and gratitude on Memorial Day. About Poppies and Lieut. Col. John M. McCrae poem In Flanders Fields

photos: Poppies bloomed before lilacs in Gloucester, Ma. 2022 (Salt Island Road, Eastern Ave., elsewhere)

I wrote about the poet and his poem, In Flanders Field, in prior posts. Republishing excerpts with links:

“Veteran of the Boer War and WWI, a teacher, and doctor, Canadian John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields in the spring of 1915 while still at the bloody battlefront in Ypres, Belgium, in an area known as Flanders. The Germans had already used deadly gas. Dr. McCrae had been tending to hundreds of wounded daily. He described the nightmare slaughter: “behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed.”  By this time he had already devoted his life to art and healing. He couldn’t save his friends. How could anyone?  

Twenty years prior, he sketched poppies during his medical residency in Maryland. He published poems and stories by the time he was 16.  I’m not surprised he noticed the brilliant fragile petals and horror. He wrote for those who couldn’t speak and those who had to see.

Meningitis and pneumonia killed him January 1918 after several months battling asthma and bronchitis. His poem and the emblematic poppy continue to inspire and comfort…”

Catherine Ryan, see 2016 GMG

In Flanders Fields was penned by Lieut. Col. John M. McCrae, Canadian physician and soldier, during the First World War, following the first German chemical attack, early spring 1916, Second Battle of Ypres. Bonescattered, torn and trampled fields germinated scarlet poppies and so many, many simple white crosses.

The fallen went from war to peace.

In Flanders Fields was first published in London Punch December 1915. By March 1916, American newspapers carried the poem ( including Norwich Bulletin, and KY Citizen, June, 1916)

McCrae died in France in 1918, and there rests in peace and vitality.

The common poppies sway by design, are tall and reaching; their architecture flings the seeds further and their flowers appear to open and close, intermittent as firecracker displays. (Individual flowers bloom for (mostly) a day, but the one plant will produce hundreds of flowers over the season.) The large translucent blooms indeed blow, glow and grow. Those adjectives in the first line opener of McCrae’s poem have swapped around in different versions. “Blow” it is.”

Catherine Ryan see June 2021 GMG

Reminder: Memorial Day Tribute 9AM Gloucester High School #GloucesterMA

Cape Ann Veterans Services does a masterful job hosting and facilitating Memorial Day commemorations as well as partnering and offering year round support. Their office is located on 12 Emerson Ave.

The service was beautiful. If I find a video link I’ll add it here. Take a moment to listen to the youth involved–stunning National Anthem rendition sung by Alessandro Schoc, Governor’s proclamation red by Kinnery Muniz, ROTC Missing Man Table Ceremony, and more