Magnolia Sunshine is signed and done! Emily Grace mural for Bravo by the Sea #GloucesterMA

Gloucester artist, Emily Grace, has delivered a bold delight downtown. Magnolia Sunshine, her vivid new mural for the exterior wall of Bravo by the Sea , is complete and its immediacy lures you in.

I asked Emily about her inspiration and design:

“I was so glad when Beth (Beth Gibeley Panagos, Bravo owner) asked me to do my own style for the mural. All of the shapes and bright colors are the way I love to work and it’s just awesome when you get someone to commission you for something and they really want YOU. When thinking about the art for the space, we knew it needed to be Gloucester themed, and then we thought it would be great if it could be Magnolia themed since Beth and I both live in Magnolia.

I’m so honored to be able to bring my work right to Main St, it’s one of my favorite places on Earth, being a Gloucester girl!”

Emily Grace, November 2022

Emily Grace finished “Magnolia Sunshine” on Nov. 27, 2022. Did you spot the cherished landmarks? The completed mural features local scenes: a sunny surrealist horizon and lush floral border, Magnolia pier, harbor, and Kettle Island.

Emily Grace resides in Gloucester and is a Junior Painting Major at Salem State. You can see more Emily Grace art here: Instagram: and Etsy ArtbyEmilyGStudio

Artist | Emily Grace

Commission | Bravo by the Sea, Main St. Gloucester, MA.

Bravo for Emily Grace Mural for Bravo by the Sea! photos: C. Ryan Nov. 30, 2022.

Today is Gloucester’s 49th Annual Ladies Night 2022!

Dec. 1, 2022 All day!

The wreaths are up on Main Street, the Lobster Trap Tree is beckoning and charming in its Before state, the shops and restaurants adorned and merry, and today’s weather is clear and crisp for Gloucester’s 49th annual “Ladies Night”! What are the store specials and holiday treats that will tempt us tonight?

photos: Sunrise – Main Street, Gloucester, Mass. ready for Ladies Night

For years my mother and I met up at Halibut Point Restaurant on the East End for a festive toast before strolling and shopping Main Street. I think I had my first buttered rum there. We had so many favorite stops. What Ladies Night traditions do you recall fondly?

**Which means: the 50th Ladies Night will land in Gloucester’s 400th+ Anniversary year!**

Great day and fun at the 2nd annual MAGTOBERFEST on Sunday.

Thank you to all the committee members who organized and also the volunteers that worked really hard to make this event a great success.  Also thank you to all who came and participated as vendors in the 2nd Magtoberfest 2022.  Thank you all who came to shop local and have a great time.



Cape Ann symphony playbill for 2022-2023. Season Tix available now!

Heidi Dallin reveals the slate. Mark your calendar for some days and nights filled with great symphonic music!


Cape Ann Symphony Celebrates


Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces the launch of the orchestra’s 71st concert season on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 PM at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium.

“We are so thrilled to be able to perform a full season schedule of orchestra concerts…. the first since 2019!’ says Cape Ann Symphony Board President Fran White.  “After facing the challenges of the past two years, Cape Ann Symphony is stronger than ever due to the amazing support from the musicians, our Music Director, our tireless Board of Directors, our sponsors and donors, and finally, our loyal audiences!  We look forward to gathering again in  Manchester and Ipswich to celebrate the joy of music.”

The upcoming season features a celebration of three of the world’s preeminent composers, The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky and guest artist violinist Victor Romanul makes his CAS debut performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto to kick off the season in October 2022. The concerto was severely criticized and declared unplayable when it premiered. But audiences loved it and the concerto now is a mainstay of violin concertos. 

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus performs with the orchestra in the annual Holiday Pops Concert in November 2022; the return of Blaise Dejardin, Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Cellist in March 2023, and  the virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin to wrap up the season in May 2023.

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Udagawa is eager to open the CAS 71st Season, “The musicians of the Cape Ann Symphony and I are extremely excited about the upcoming 2022-23 Season. “Our goal is to present to you concerts of the highest artistic standards that are guided by an enthusiasm for learning, a passion for the joy of music and love of good old fashioned fun and humor. Looking forward to seeing you at our concerts!”

Cape Ann Symphony’s 71st concert season kicks off on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with The Big Three: Mozart, Beethoven & Tchaikovsky. Season subscriptions for the four concert season are available to purchase. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age with valid Student ID; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit


  • Performance: Sunday, October  2, 2022: 2:00 PM: Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the 71st season with three of  music’s most renown composers Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky and guest artist Victor Romanul performing Tchaikovsky’s “unplayable” Violin Concerto in his CAS debut. The program also includes Mozart’s Magic Flute and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.



  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 2:00 PM Dolan Performing Arts Center, Ipswich High School. Ipswich,MA
  • Saturday, November 26, 2022: 7:30 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA
  • Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester, Sunday, November 27, 2022: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Holiday Pops Concert, Cape Ann Symphony’s joyful holiday tradition, features a program of holiday favorites The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus under the direction of Rockport’s Wendy Betts joins the orchestra for this exciting celebration of holiday music including the annual audience sing-along.


  • Performance: Sunday, March 19, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

Cape Ann Symphony welcomes back Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist Blaise Déjardin to play Dvorak’s Cello Concerto. Déjardin made his CAS debut in March 2017 with his acclaimed performance of Saint-Saens’ elegant Cello Concerto. The orchestra opens the concert with Brahms’ stirring Symphony No. 1 in c minor, a piece which he struggled with for 14 years to complete.  


  • Performance: Sunday, May 14, 2023: 2:00 PM Manchester-Essex High School, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Colors of Music features legendary composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms and guest artist Grammy winning virtuoso pianist Michael Lewin. The internationally acclaimed pianist has played in over 30 countries and commands a repertoire of over 40 piano concertos. Mr. Lewin joins CAS to play Brahms’ powerful Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert also includes Mozart’s joyous Marriage of Figaro Overture and Haydn’s delightful Symphony No. 101 “Clock.”

Photo 1: Violinist Victor Romanul, Guest Artist for October 2 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 2: Cellist Blaise Dejardin, Guest Artist for March 19 Concert; Courtesy Photo
Photo 3: Pianist Michael Lewin, Guest Artist for May 14 Concert; Photo Credit Liz Linder
Photo 4: CAS Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa

Congratulations Hurricanes! Fishermen Youth Soccer Girls G6 are 2022 Essex county youth soccer Champions! #ECYSA2022 ⚽🏆

Way to go FYS Hurricanes!

courtesy photo – FYS Girls 2022 G6 county champions.

Pingree hosted the regional tournament. Exciting recap from FYS.

“The team had an incredible undefeated season all the way through the playoffs. The regular season had the team leading their division with a record of 7-0-1.

The record is impressive, but two things about the record only show up when looking into that stats:

– 5 of the 8 games were decided by 2 or less goals. So, nearly all games were very tight and hard played. 

– Only 4 goals were scored against the team over the regular season. Excellent defense and goal tending by this team, highlights not found when looking at just the record. 

For the playoffs, this team received a first round BYE.

The Semi-Final game occurred on a hot Friday evening. The team looked like it was cruising into the final game with a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes remaining when the unthinkable happened. The team allowed 2 goals to score with minutes left in the game. Regular time ended at 2-2, and the heat was really cranking on this team now. This team has gone into OT in the past during their winter season, so they knew what to do. The team scored the game winning goal with just minutes left in OT, avoiding the dreaded Penalty Kick tie-breaker. 

The Final game was early Sunday morning, on father’s day. The girls were ecstatic and ready to go at game time which is good because the other team came out strong. The opponents appeared bigger and stronger than our young team, but our defense being our strength all season was up to the challenge. The game was tied 0-0 at half. After a brief halftime, the team was more determined than ever and came out aggressive and started to dominate play. The team just could not find the back of the net.


Until about 5 minutes remaining when they finally broke the draw and went ahead 1-0.


Congrats to the FYS Hurricanes team on an impressive season!”

FYS Hurricanes


  • Ava Borowick
  • Kaila Cauthers
  • Isabella Figurido
  • Jude Friday
  • Riley Hill
  • Charlotte James
  • Abigail Karcher
  • Mailee Lusk
  • Marley Militello
  • Iylan Mione
  • Maria Moginot
  • Rosie Telep
  • Betsy Telep
  • Natalie Tolman
  • Allison Tuck
  • Evelyn Watson

Coaches: Hugh Cauthers and Phil Lusk

Red white and blue | scenes from Gloucester July 4th 2022 and today’s front pages

photos: red, white and blue – c. ryan, July 4, 2022, Gloucester, MA.

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.

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

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