All these fine folks came out to cheer on and welcome Adventureman!

Fantastic in-every-way turnout for Jamie McDonald! Thanks to Sheree Zizak for the fabulous welcoming reception at Beauport, to Mayor Sefatia, Joey, and Pat for getting the word out, for hosts and hostesses, Kerry from the Cape Ann Chamber, and to all who gave Jamie, his family, and friends a Gloucester Welcome.

If you would like to donate to Jamie’s Superhero Fund to help sick kids go HERE.

Late Sunday afternoon

After a very successful There’s More to Sea Art Show at Ocean Alliance, ( The Paint Factory), the sky was so awesome and there was a small cruise ship, I think it is the American Glory, leaving port.  The Beauport was also was cruising Gloucester’s Beautiful Harbor.

Gloucester in the news: Nell Porter Brown fabulous Beauport Sleeper McCann article in Harvard Magazine

Harvard Magazine, May-June 2018,  “Gloucester’s Beauport Mansion” by Nell Porter Brown is well done, sprinkled with quotes from site manager Martha Van Koevering, and with special upcoming tour announcements for the season at this Historic New England property, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, Mass., open May 26-October 13. Beauport was designed by Henry Davis Sleeper and executed by and with architect Halfdan Hanson. One must go and go again to Beauport!


“Sleeper’s brother inherited Beauport, but couldn’t afford to keep it. In 1935, the conservation-minded Helena Woolworth McCann, heir to the Woolworth department store chain, bought the mansion and preserved it virtually as Sleeper had left it. The McCann family spent several years summering there, but by 1941 both she and her husband had died. Their children, knowing their mother’s wish that Beauport be preserved as a house museum, donated it to Historic New England with the caveat that they could stay there whenever they wanted. One of them often did, into the 1970s, amicably closing the door to her quarters in the “Red Indian” room when tours came through. And therein lies much of Beauport’s appeal. It’s not…”


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sunny and delicious @Cruiseport: Discover Gloucester honors for Kathie Gilson and

Discover Gloucester Annual Holiday Luncheon December 13, 2017 at Cruiseport and Mayor Romeo Theken recognized Kathie Gilson for her work with the Stage Fort Park Visitor Center, Susan Kelly of Generous Gardeners and Karen Ristuben of Rocky Neck Art Colony for their incredible service.

The food was scrumptious and Cruiseport is such a sunny, pretty venue.

Kathie Gilson with Stage Fort Park Welcome Center volunteers

It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…at the Beauport

Christmas at the Beauport is beautiful.  I stopped by for an hour the other day while they were still in the midst of decorating.  I struggled with wanting to take photos …and wanting to stay out of their way.  So, this is all I left with…but, you get the gist.  I look forward to going back for a holiday cocktail and to enjoy the holiday ambience again soon.

Live blogging: In Their Own Words- Henry Sleeper and Halfdan Hanson Build Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England special tour!


We are on this incredible tour at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.  Descendants of both Sleeper and Hanson are here! This special programming duet was brought together by two Gloucester institutions, the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with Historic New England’s Beauport property, inspired by the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build exhibition.

Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, is leading the tour. Martha Van Koevering is the Site Manager for the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House.

Stephen Bridges, Martha Van Koevering, Lorna Condon

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Historic New England’s Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House receives CPA funds

Historic New England received $20,000 through the City of Gloucester Community Preservation Act (CPA) to support electrical upgrades at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, its most visited historic house museum.


Beauport, one of two National Historic Landmarks in Gloucester, received the grant to rehabilitate the electrical systems and install new fire protection sensors. As part of Historic New England’s charge to preserve and maintain its historic properties, this project has been identified as one of the most pressing preservation needs at the site. Work will include system upgrades, the removal and re-installation of fixtures, and the rewiring and conservation of lamps – an important part of the ambiance and décor for the visitor. Site Manager Martha Van Koevering stated, “Beauport visitors are in for a treat next season. The project will protect this historic property and better illuminate the museum for increased public use and enjoyment.”

About Historic New England
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of thirty-six historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

Concert by the Sea at Beauport with Henry Allen

IMG_5892 StitchConcert by the Sea at Beauport , at the Sleeper-McCann House, in the garden overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Listened to great music by Henry Allen and the New Swingers, watching the sunset and schooners passing by, what a great setting.



Concerts by the Sea at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

A summer Friday evening concert is the perfect ending to a long week. Enjoy Gloucester-based artists focusing on early twentieth-century American music with Celtic and Scottish origins as well as favorites from American singer-songwriters such as Cole Porter. Friday, July 11: Emerald Rae and Flynn Cohen. Friday, July 25: Henry Allen and the New Swingset. Friday, August 8: Lukas Pool and Eden Foreman.

Concerts 2014 with timeThe scenic Beauport gardens provide a tranquil and beautiful setting for this series of early-evening performances. Chair and refreshments are provided. Come between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to enjoy an abbreviated house tour. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end by 8:30 p.m.

Each concert: $30, $20 Historic New England members. Registration is required. To register, please visit HistoricNewEngland.org or call 978-283-0800.

Beauport Makes Lonely Planet Top 10 World’s Greatest Mansion and Home List

Making it to the uber cool “Flipboard Picks”:  the latest Lonely Planet Top 10 world’s greatest mansion and home list

…and Gloucester ’s Beauport is on it!  Congratulations Sleeper-McCann.

Here’s the list

Lonely Planet : Live it up! The greatest mansions and grand houses.

1. Marble Palace Mansion , Kolkata , India
2. Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion , Malaysia
3. Werribee Mansion , Australia
4. Villa d’Este, Italy
5. Castle Howard , England
6. Fallingwater , Pennsylvania , USA
7. Château de Chambord , France
8. Catherine Palace , Russia
9. Sleeper-McCann House , Massachusetts , USA

The lavish ‘summer cottage’ of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper has over 40 rooms and is also known as the Beauport House. Sleeper toured New England in search of houses about to be demolished and bought up selected elements from each: wood panelling, furniture, wallpaper, coloured glass and china.  In place of unity, Sleeper created a wildly eclectic but artistically surprising – and satisfying – place to live. The mansion sits on rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor and has Arts-and-Crafts-style terraces leading down into a series of garden ‘rooms’.

The house is in Gloucester, Massachusetts. You can visit the house between June and October, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. The last hourly tour begins at 4pm.

10. Powerscourt , Ireland

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Brilliant Beauport Thursday, September 15

Brilliant Beauport


Thursday, September 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester , Mass.

$14 Historic New England members, $21 nonmembers

Enjoy a leisurely evening tour of Beauport when the house truly comes alive. Henry Davis Sleeper’s spectacular array of lighting devices illuminates the house with a brilliant and captivating glow. See the Master Mariner’s Room, Strawberry Hill Room, and Octagon Room sparkle as Sleeper intended. Light refreshments are provided.

Reservations required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information.