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

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

Poetry After Buffalo and Uvalde: Amanda Gorman Hymn for the Hurting 2022 New York Times.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Open Window 1849. Public mourning then/now

May beauty in nature, art, family, friends, faith — however one seeks comfort — be found.


Longfellow (1807-1882) and Fanny Appleton (1819-1861) had six children. Fanny, their third child, died at 15 months in 1849. I was thinking about this poem this week.

The Open Window.

The old house by the lindens
Stood silent in the shade,
And on the gravelled pathway
The light and shadow played.

I saw the nursery windows
Wide open to the air;
But the faces of the children,
They were no longer there.

The large Newfoundland house-dog
Was standing by the door;
He looked for his little playmates,
Who would return no more.

They walked not under the lindens,
They played not in the hall;
But shadow, and silence, and sadness
Were hanging over all.

The birds sang in the branches,
With sweet, familiar tone;
But the voices of the children
Will be heard in dreams alone!

And the boy that walked beside me,
He could not understand
Why closer in mine, ah ! closer,
I pressed his warm, soft hand !

The Open Window. Seaside and the Fireside published 1849


New York Times brilliant op ed selection, Amanda Gorman’s guest column, Hymn for the Hurting, published Saturday edition, May 28, 2022.

calling Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

and in the streets the blood of the children ran simply, like children’s blood.”

Pablo Neruda I’m Explaining a few things

salve after salvo

More Classic Vintage cars! Ford+ Model Antiques on a pleasure drive around Cape Ann 2022 | Thatcher Road and Atlantic Road Back Shore #GloucesterMA #CapeAnn

May 23, 2022

Can you name and dates these beauties? I think there were 10 or 11 odd cars.

Parade passing by!

Atlantic Road

Around the bend on Thatcher Road heading to Gloucester from Rockport

Car collectors focusing on makes circa 1950 convened on Stacy Boulevard this past weekend. You can see photos here

6 days to Elks Annual Spring Craft Fair

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022 AT 10 AM – 3 PM

Gloucester Elks Annual Spring Craft Fair

97 Atlantic Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930-4331
Come join us for our Annual Spring Craft Fair – May 21, 2022 from 10-3.
Over 30 crafters and artist from the North Shore Area.

Happy Easter Happy Spring #GloucesterMA

What’s it like here today? A bright and chilly Sunday, about 39°, meant hats and warmer coats for daybreak walkers. Gig rowers were pulling a fast clip in the harbor. Shorebirds and tracks were absent from the beach. Seagulls and robins were in the streets thanks to a night of heavy rains flooding out earthworms.

Let’s go Celtics! Celtics Easter pops from Nichols

Gloucester Oscars | CODA afterglow Front Page Gloucester Daily Times

A joyous read for Gloucester and movie fans everywhere, Gloucester Daily Times front page serves as a beacon to the triple Oscar winning film CODA with great reporting by Ethan Forman and Gail McCarthy and photographs by Paul Bilodeau.

REPORTER Ethan Forman

Ethan Forman’s piece features multiple local interviews, businesses and locales.

“…CODA did not turn to special effects to tell the story on the water. Instead, it turned Capt. Paul Vitale’s 50 foot fishing vessel Angela + Rose into a working movie set in August and September of 2019.”

Ethan Forman. Gloucester Daily Times, March 30, 2022 | Read the complete article here

“They are definitely the little film that could,” said Meg Jarrett, of Gloucester, the liaison for Cape Ann for the Massachusetts Film Office, who spoke of the importance of CODA’s success, saying it will make it easier to film other productions on Cape Ann.”

Ethan Forman CODA coverage in the Gloucester Daily Times March 30, 2022


“This is Our Moment”: Deaf Community Celebrates 3 Oscar Wins for ‘CODA’

Gail McCarthy continues her excellent CODA chronicling

“Gloucester is at the center of an independent film that sent not a ripple, but a tidal wave throughout the Deaf community with its message being heard at the White House and around the world.

The cinematic pebble that started that ripple was the film “CODA,” which stands for Child of Deaf Adult(s), but coda is a term often linked more to the music world than the Deaf community.

That began to change Sunday night…”

Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times, March 30, 2022 read the full article here

See prior Gail McCarthy piece here

**updated: correction brain freeze – apologies for crediting Sean Horgan instead of Ethan Forman in the first pass! Sorry Ethan**

Rockport Art Association & Museum Experimental Group Opens 17th Show, at Jane Deering Gallery

coming April 2022- News from Rockport Art Assoc. & Museum –

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Seventeenth Show

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its seventeenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Seventeen” at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. The exhibition runs from April 2 through April 30. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 1 to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm or by appointment at 978.886.4582.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email at

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

image: JudySchimdt_ESCAPE_15_ x 20__ illuminated monotype

Cape Ann Symphony Concert: A world Premiere! BSO Guest artists! Charles Floyd, Brahms, Beethoven, Lucia Lin and Owen Young March 20th

Heidi Dallin shares a reminder about Cape Ann Symphony 70th season spring concert which sounds incredible!

Cape Ann Symphony’s 70th Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA., featuring guest artists BSO violinist Lucia Lin and BSO cellist Owen Young, a poignant new work written for CAS by composer Charles Floyd, and classic works by Beethoven and Brahms. There will be no requirement for proof of vaccination nor Covid tests at this concert. The wearing of masks will be up to the individual. Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. For information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa looks forward to the eclectic program on March 20,

“We are so excited to bring our audience not only masterpieces of classical music from Beethoven and Brahms, but also the world premiere of a Charles Floyd work commissioned by Cape Ann Symphony. What an exciting afternoon of music!”

Yoichi Udagawa, Cape Ann Symphony Music Dir. & Conductor

Violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young return to CAS to perform Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra. Maestro Udagawa points out,

“The Brahms’ Double Concerto is the last major work for orchestra that the great composer wrote, and it’s a masterpiece. The way he weaves the violin and cello parts together with each other and the orchestra is beyond compare, and it has some of the most beautiful melodies he ever wrote. We are thrilled to be performing this with violinist Lucia Lin and cellist Owen Young of the Boston Symphony.”

Udagawa is also eager to share Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 with CAS audiences,

“The Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is one of his most popular works, and it combines everything about the music of Beethoven we love. His rhythmic drive, dramatic gesture, energy as well as lyricism and humor.”

About Composer, conductor, pianist Charles Floyd

Composer, conductor and pianist, Charles Floyd has been heard in concert with more than 500 orchestras in classical and pops performances, including annual appearances with the Boston Pops Orchestra. His eleven-year partnership with singer Natalie Cole included the multiple GRAMMY® Award- winning tribute to Nat King Cole entitled “Unforgettable, With Love;” Also the Emmy Award-winning PBS Great Performances concert video of the same title. Charles Floyd last appeared with CAS in 2015 when he performed the world premiere of his Piano Concerto to a sold-out audience and two standing ovations.  CAS Board President Fran White remembers the concert well, “The atmosphere in the building was electric! The audience would not let him leave the stage. Maestro Udagawa brought him back to the piano for an encore and he played an arrangement of America the Beautiful which he improvised as he played it! He received another standing ovation!”

About Hymn for the Fallen by Charles Floyd

Charles Floyd’s latest composition “Hymn for the Fallen” written for the Cape Ann Symphony is part of a larger work: The Fallen.

“Charles Floyd has written an incredible piece for Cape Ann Symphony. We are so proud to premiere this touching piece on March 20. Charles describes it so much better than I ever could, but I will say that we are really looking forward to preparing it and presenting it to our audience. Charles is a composer who has an amazing ability to create works that touch our hearts.”

Floyd wrote “Hymn for the Fallen” to highlight the sense of isolation and helplessness experienced since 2020. He describes the work as follows:

“Hymn for the Fallen” begins in isolation with violins commencing a tuneful exposition that is later joined by violas and cellos. The harmonies that build are bittersweet, but quite tonal in nature. Polytonality (the simultaneous use of two or more keys) plays a big role as a vehicle to prevent the emotional affect from feeling too ‘settled’ or too ‘sweet’. This is to reflect the notion that the emotional aspects of the past two years remain largely unsettled and unresolved. The final result is a haunting melody that is as sing-able as a hymn which (hopefully) does not gloss over the gravity of sadness rather than to honor with reverence the loss of a loved one. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic and the insurmountable loss of life as a result of it, various riots, fear, brutality, extremism, civil unrest, confusion, grief, and violence inspired me to create a series of works called The Fallen of which “Hymn for The Fallen” is one. The series is not intended to be performed in one sitting. Rather it is a collection of works on a series of difficult topics.”

Charles Floyd on his beautiful work, Hymn for the Fallen, commissioned by CAS

About BSO violinist Lucia Lin

BSO violinist Lucia Lin made her debut performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 11. Since then, she has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She has performed many solo recitals for the Cape Ann Symphony and throughout the U.S., making her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in March 1991, and has appeared with the Boston Pops Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Ms. Lin is a member of the Muir String Quartet, the quartet in residence at Boston University. She is also a founding member of the Boston Trio and the chamber group Innuendo. Ms. Lin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1985 and served as assistant concertmaster from 1988 to 1991 and 1996 to 1998.

About BSO Cellist Owen Young

Cellist Owen Young joined the BSO in August 1991. He is a frequent collaborator in chamber music concerts and festivals; he has also appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras. One of the Cape Ann Symphony’s regular soloists, he also has appeared in the Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Davos, Sunflower, Gateway, Brevard, and St. Barth’s music festivals and is a founding member of the innovative chamber ensemble Innuendo. He has performed frequently with singer/songwriter James Taylor, including the nationally televised concert “James Taylor Live at the Beacon Theatre” in New York City. Mr. Young was formerly on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Longy School of Music; is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music; and is active in Project STEP (String Training and Education Program for students of color)

About Cape Ann Symphony

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.

About Yoichi Udagawa

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 also an accomplished violinist and an avid fan of exercise and yoga.

Buy tickets

Cape Ann Symphony’s Floyd, Beethoven, Brahms, Lin and Young Concert is Sunday, March 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.  Single ticket prices are $45 for adults, $40 for senior citizens, $20 for students of any age; $5 for youth 12 years old and under. There will be no requirement for proof of vaccination nor Covid tests at this concert. The wearing of masks will be up to the individual. They will not be required. For information or tickets, call 978-281-0543 or visit

Yeah, spring ahead this weekend

It is that time again to Spring Ahead,

Mar 13, 2022 – Daylight Saving Time Starts

Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 13, 2022 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

Also called Spring ForwardSummer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

More info:
DST Start 2022: US and Canada