Rescue Reunion 2022

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Rescue Reunion 2022You’re invited!

The Cape Ann Animal Aid Rescue Reunion is a celebration of rescue that welcomes adopters to connect with CAAA staff, volunteers, and rescue partners that were a part of your pet’s journey to their forever home – to you!

The following rescue groups will be joining us this year:
All proceeds from Rescue Reunion support Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Safe Harbor Fund
, transporting dogs and cats to Massachusetts from around the country. 
Stage Fort ParkJune 18, 202211 AM – 2 PM


Gonna be a wicked good night of music @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party at the rhumb Line 7-10pm 5.19.2022

Whoa and Whoa again, Thursday at the Rhumbline: Orville Giddings and his merry band of musical elves, including john Cameron, on keys, John Loud, on drums and the world -famous Marque Earley on honkophone. And me too. Time to get the locals out!! We’re gonna have a big dance party!! So bring your simian desires to the front and enjoy yourselves! Hours 7 to 10pm


Gloucester, MA—Sawyer Free 2025 (visit, a newly launched philanthropic capital campaign to fund a comprehensive renovation, modernization and expansion of Gloucester’s public library building, has already won a $200,000 state grant award. MassDevelopment and the Mass Cultural Council have announced that Sawyer Free Library’s mission to transform Gloucester’s cultural, educational and community hub will receive one of 94 capital grants from the organizations’ FY22 Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF).  

The Sawyer Free 2025 project will preserve the original exterior, which will house a fully redesigned interior, and will also double the size of the existing library’s footprint with a 15,000-square foot addition.

“The campaign went public only a week ago and already it’s been endorsed by the Commonwealth in the form of a six-figure grant award,” said Barry Weiner, a retired attorney and the campaign chair for Sawyer Free 2025. “This is a tremendous validation of our vision to fund this once-in-a-lifetime investment in a vital community resource. We are more optimistic than ever that our fellow citizens of Gloucester as well as residents across Cape Ann and the North Shore will respond to this show of support from the state and rise to this occasion with donations both big and small.”

The design principles of Sawyer Free 2025 are grounded in the human experience and an ambition to put people first. The newly renovated and expanded Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library will stand as an exemplar of what a 21st century civic nexus can and should be in terms of architecture, accessibility, sustainability, the use of natural resources and light, layouts, lines of sight, air quality and public safety. The end product will exponentially amplify the library’s ability to deliver critical services and outcomes not only for Gloucester, but for communities across Cape Ann and the North Shore as a place of equity, inclusion, connection, creation, compassion, renewal and advancement. 

“Sawyer Free Library has a broader reach than any other single organization in the community,” said Jenny Benedict, library director “This new space will provide so many more opportunities to connect and collaborate with our more than 100 partner community service providers and will deepen our collective impact on the city of Gloucester.”

The Sawyer Free 2025 project’s total cost is $28 million, a sum that includes built-in inflation costs through completion of the project in 2025. The Sawyer Library Foundation, the fundraising arm of the campaign, has already inspired $14.3 million in pledged donations and grant awards. The completion of the new facility—featuring a sound studio, a film studio, a digital tech lab and 110-seat community meeting space—will result in a 25-percent increase in annual visitors, a 25-percent increase in the number of public programs offered each month by the library and a 50-percent increase in the number of programs hosted at the library by partner agencies.

The Mass Cultural Council grant fund supports investments in cultural facilities and projects throughout the Commonwealth with capital and planning grants for nonprofit organizations, colleges and municipalities that own or operate facilities primarily focused on the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. CFF grants are administered to support the acquisition, design, construction, repair, renovation, rehabilitation or other capital improvements, or deferred maintenance of a cultural facility.

“These kinds of attractions foster community, build our creative economy and bring vibrancy and visitors to Massachusetts,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “(These grants) will support our partners in the cultural sector.”

✓ How do I learn more or contact Sawyer Free 2025?


Facebook: Sawyer Free 2025

Instagram: Sawyer Free 2025

YouTube: Sawyer Library Foundation 2025

Call 978.225.0363 or 978.225.0915

✓ How Do I Give to Sawyer Free 2025?

  • Visit
  • Text to donate: Text “325182” to 1-855-575-7888 and select an amount
  • Checks to: SF2025, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930 (Pay to the order of: “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.

Come On Down to the Craft Fair on Saturday!

Gloucester Elks is hosting an outdoor craft fair Saturday May 21 from 10-3 in their parking lot. Pat D’s Photos will be there with prints, notecards, refrigerator magnets, coasters, glass prints and more! Please stop by and say hello to GMG Jim and I. We always like to put a face to a name especially if you are followers of the blog or the podcast. Cape Ann Sea Salt, Hold Fast Soap and Ardizzoni Photography are among the other vendors and it should be a great day. Some samples of available items from Pat D’s Photos shown below. I think the 5 x 7 glass prints are going to go fast!

Complete list of vendors!

An Evening of Poetry at the Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, May 19th

Cape Ann Community

Join us for an Evening of Poetry at the Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, May 19 from 6:00 – 7:00pm.

The Sawyer Free Library is partnering with The Bookstore of Gloucester to present a poetry reading with local poets Rebecca Hart Olander and Jennifer Martelli. The poets books will be available.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on the Main Floor of the Library located at 2 Dale Avenue. No reservations are needed. For more information visit or 978-325-5500.

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Film Screening of “Lives Well Lived” on Thursday, 5/19 at the Sawyer Free Library

Cape Ann Community

In collaboration with the Gloucester Senior Center, Sawyer Free Library is hosting a screening of the award winning documentary “Lives Well Lived” on Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. This event is part of a series of events being held in celebration ofOlder Americans Month.

In our society, the elderly are often overlooked. Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, and life experiences of older adults living full and meaningful lives in their later years. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive during the great personal and historic challenges.

The stories told in this film will inspire people of every age to achieve the longevity of both health and spirit, and to realize that growing older can be a journey to be celebrated.

Screening to take place in the Friends Room of the Sawyer Free Library located at 2 Dale Avenue. No…

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Marshview Farm CSA has 2022 veggie shares available for you and your family With Pick Up and Deliveries Across Cape Ann and The North Shore!!! Sign Up Here-

Marshview Farm CSA has 2022 veggie shares available for you and your family.

With pick up locations and deliveries across Cape Ann and the North Shore, Marshview Farm can connect you to the local, fresh, and delicious produce you deserve.

Taste the difference an Ipswich farm can make for your dinner table.

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Alicia Unleashed’s very own dubbed “Queen of Fiesta” Samantha Frontiero Barrett, was announced as an honorary member of the ‘Crazy Fiesta Hat Ladies’!!!! (Also guests of the show, thanks to Sam).

We cannot wait to see what you and Emmett have in store!

Love your girls,
A & BSide