Signs of the times: we have a date! Cape Ann Museum plans for re-opening to the public Oct. 1 (and Sept. 24 for members) after COVID-19 closure

Reopening plans for museums are underway. Cape Ann Museum reopening plans feature a special extra bonus: the museum’s expansion, “Cape Ann Museum Green”, will be revealed!

Read all about it in the press release from Cape Ann Museum www.capeannmuseum.org

Image: Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865)The Western Shore with Norman’s Woe, 1862. Oil on canvas.
Collection of the Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA. Gift of Isabel Babson Lane, 1946 [1147.c]

The Cape Ann Museum is preparing to re-open its main campus at 27 Pleasant Street to the public on Oct. 1 with new safety precautions for social distancing, reduced capacity, touch-less doors, increased cleaning, and other measures that adhere to Gov. Baker’s Phase 3 re-opening plan and to protect the public while enjoying the Museum’s renowned art and maritime collections.

Museum members will be invited to return to the Pleasant Street campus on Sept. 24, and the Museum’s new Cape Ann Museum Green off Grant Circle will open to the public on Sept. 17 including the contemporary archival collections storage and public exhibition space, the Janet & William Ellery James Center.

At the new Cape Ann Museum Green, visitors will see a selection of images from The Porch-Rait Project, photographs of Gloucester families taken early in the COVID 19 pandemic as a benefit to The Open Door. Tickets for both sites may be reserved at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com.

“We are overjoyed to announce that we can re-open with the necessary precautions required by the state,” said Museum Director Oliver Barker. “As the global pandemic hit in March, we closed our doors to protect the staff and public. Since then, I think we have all been feeling the need to return to a place of inspiration, to see art that reminds us of the beautiful places in which we live, and to feel a sense of normalcy again by visiting the Museum and our new Cape Ann Museum Green campus.”

When visitors return to Pleasant Street on Oct. 1, they will see a newly re-installed and updated Lane Gallery, showcasing the work of marine artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865). They will also be able to view three special exhibitions: Tom and T.M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint, which has been extended through November 1; Odds Were Against Me, featuring works by 20th century sculptors, Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington and Katharine Lane Weems, on view through January 3, 2021; and Our Souls are by Nature Equal to Yours, an exhibit exploring the life of early feminist writer Judith Sargent Murray, on view through November 8.

Here are some of the precautionary measures that the Museum will be taking when it re-opens:

  • The Museum will have limited opening hours from Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow for ample cleaning. The time slot of 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. will be reserved for high risk populations to visit.
  • All visitors will need to make a reservation at www.camuseum.eventbrite.com to ensure limited capacity.
  • The Museum will only allow 7 percent occupancy in the galleries. There will be no public access to the Auditorium, Activity Center, or Davis House until further notice.
  • The Library & Archives will be closed due to ventilation issues, but access to the entire collection can be found online at capeannmuseum.org/research or by emailing library@capeannmuseum.org.
  • Visitors will be required to wear masks throughout their time in the Museum. Anyone without a mask will be offered one upon entry.
  • Social distancing in the galleries and throughout the Museum will be enforced by staff and security guards.
  • Limited docent tours will be offered.
  • Increased cleaning will happen during the Museum’s off-hours.
  • Main entrance and bathroom doors have been redesigned to open automatically for touch free access.

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Signs of the times: Blume coffee and bakery clever design tweaks for customer and staff safety during Covid-19 #RockportMA

Rockport, Mass.

Clever reopening design at Blume. Customers step up to a custom order booth tucked into the door frame; the pick up window was moved to the right. Bakery goods are displayed in the windows. The signature pink floor shines through.

 

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NEW Business in a business: Ken and Regina Lane Raise the Bar at Seaview Farm Wine Room curated by Paige Farrell #CapeAnnEats #RockportMA

Raising the Bar!

Explore a great and diverse wine list expertly built out for a specialty farm stand amid the natural beauty of Cape Ann.

Seaview Farm NEW wine (and craft beer)  room will open to the public Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, and along with the farmstand, will be open seven days a week from 11-6. The farmstand opens at 10am.

Learn more about the  selection  from Ken and Regina Lane, Seaview Farm owners (first photo), and Paige Farrell, Wine Curator (second photo) below:

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About the wines at Seaview Farm

Bringing wine and craft beer to the Seaview Farm Store provides a wonderful opportunity to further enhance the selection of our own grass-fed beef, specialty foods, and other farm products. As owners of Seaview Farm, we worked closely with wine curator Paige Farrell as she carefully selected wines, which would resonate with the space itself — a room in the farmhouse that has been in our family for nearly 200 years.

Paige took a classic approach, setting the wines of France and Italy as the foundation; and then sourcing synonym wines from alternate European countries, as well as from the Finger Lakes in New York State, and the vineyards of California, Oregon and Washington. – Ken and Regina Lane

The selection of wines on offer is just a taste for all that is to come, as the Seaview Farm Store continues to develop as one of Cape Ann’s local culinary treasures. We are delighted that the combination of our farmhouse setting and Paige Farrell’s experience and passion for wines of the world means that our customers will have a selection of wines worthy of this beautiful region.”

Ken & Regina Lane, owners, Seaview Farm, and Paige Farrell, wine curator for Seaview Farm, Freelance Writer, Fine Wine and Hospitality Consultant, WSET Advanced Certification, Wine and Spirits; Diploma, 2020

 

About Paige Farrell

Paige Farrell has worked with fine wine for over twenty years, including at two Relais & Chateau properties. She has collaborated with Rick Tramonto and Gale Gand at the renowned Tru in Chicago, and with Barbara Lynch at Menton in Boston. In addition, she works with major corporate clients as the public relations, marketing and event manager for the Boston wine trade. For individual clients, she curates wine selections for private wine cellars. As a wine writer, Paige writes regularly for Northshore Magazine, and has written for The SOMM Journal, ELYSIAN Magazine, and several other publications. She has taught extensively about wine.

” Wine is more than a beverage to me. It’s a gentle chameleon; a muse connecting food to drink to family to friends to places to times; a portal to a slower pace and  — perhaps most especially — a poetic pause.” – Paige Farrell

Paige will be available to hire for private events, tastings, and personalized wine selections from the farm shop. She can be contacted at farrellpaige@gmail.com. Her website is www.paigemckeonfarrell.com.

Paige Farrell holds a BA in French from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with studies at Paris-Sorbonne University, Paris, France and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Presently, she is a Diploma Candidate with the prestigious Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She is also a photographer, and has exhibited at Jane Deering Gallery and Flatrocks Gallery, both in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

 

Al fresco dining: Salt Water Grille

Salt Water Grille 226 Washington St, Gloucester, MA  (978) 879-4244

From their website:

Indoor & Outdoor Dining / Takeout/Curbside Pickup | WE BELIEVE IN QUALITY SO WE CHANGE OUR SPECIALS DAILY, CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK TO SEE! @Salt Water Grille and Pub
Wednesday, Thursday: 3pm-9pm, 
Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12pm-9pm
Closed Monday, and Tuesday

 

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New pub: The Office at George’s plus outdoor seating at George’s Coffee Shop

George’s Coffee Shop expanded.

The Office at George’s — “Thirsty…You won’t be!”– a new local pub and local music and events will be open soon in the space of their former ice cream shop, Salah’s. (Some of the fixtures related to the ice cream business were repurposed for new owners opening across the street.) Also, George’s Coffee Shop added **new** outdoor seating as an option in response to Covid-19 phased re-opening.

 

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Are you up for the 13-2 Gloucester beaches challenge? 13 beaches. 2 jumps. 1 city. Go! #Staycation #safecation #Covid19

Covid-19 and summer brought an old post to mind. Reposting summer 2020; First published in July 2016.

 

Are you up for a Gloucester beaches challenge?

A mid-week vacation day is the easiest. Oh, and you’ll need your resident beach sticker. We prepped our car with a picnic blanket for the seat, extra towels, and ice waters. Start early and grab a big  “lobsterjack”  breakfast because you’ll need the fuel. End late.

Let’s establish some base rules here.

First off, you need to spend at least 15 minutes at each beach. (You can tweak this a little if you want.) Next, you need to dive under. We suggest a ritual for each beach, e.g. ‘The Five and Dive’. Finally, you have to stop for ice cream and candy. Remember, you can do these beaches (or others or quarries in Gloucester) and jumps in any order. Be flexible for different ages and unexpected delays like staying at one beach for hours, or a friend asking you to drop off a sub (*cough* Joey *cough*). Most importantly, you have to do at least 13 beaches and 2 jumps in one day. Mind the tides. Be grateful we have so many choices.

The Beaches- partial list

alphabetical order

Annisquam lighthouse.  Coffin’s beach.  Good Harbor beach.  Long beach. Magnolia beach. Niles beach. Pavilion beach (by Beach Court). Pavilion beach bonus (by the cut). Plum Cove beach. Rocky Neck Oakes Cove beach. Stage Fort Park (1) – Cressy’s beach ( our alt. title ‘sea serpent’ big beach). Stage Fort Park (2) – Half Moon beach. Wheeler’s Point. Wingaersheek beach.

The Jumps- partial list

Annisquam bridge. Magnolia Pier.

*We did this challenge at least once each summer. (In 2016) we started off with breakfast at Willow’s Rest and continued from there. Our timing was random especially as we spent hours at Wingaersheek. The second meal to get us through the day came from the sandwich counter at Annie’s by Wingaersheek. Yes, they have a sandwich counter.

Gloucester Beaches sandwich directory

 

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Main Street Arts & Antiques is OPEN and spiffy inside and out #GloucesterMA

David Cox. 124 Main Street Arts & Antiques. Gloucester, Mass. (978) 281-1531

 

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take 2(Coming soon…Archie’s picks 🐶🐶!~ And before/after photos  of a new jewelry and collector bag display by Kim)

 

Main Street Arts & Antiques is OPEN and spiffy inside and out #GloucesterMA

David Cox. 124 Main Street Arts & Antiques. Gloucester, Mass. (978) 281-1531

 

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(Coming soon…Archie’s picks 🐶🐶!~ And before/after photos  of a new jewelry and collector bag display by Kim)

 

signs of the times: good egg private events held here | Outside the Box Cafe #GloucesterMA

Good egg private events at Outside the Box Cafe (alongside Audrey’s Flower Shop and The Rhumb Line )

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TIME magazine on museums and historic homes during Covid-19 features Salem Massachusetts

 

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Excerpt from ‘The Uncertain Future of Places That Preserve America’s Past’

“Thanks to the City’s infamous witch trials, the historic homes and gardens on the Salem, Mass., waterfront usually get about a third of their annual visitors in the Halloween season. But the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lock-downs have created a scary situation for these places: most of the rest of their visitors arrive in the spring and summer. Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s busy time has been a wash, and it’s not looking like the fall will be much different. At the site of Salem’s The House of the Seven Gables and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace…” Read the full article TIME magazine here

Peabody Essex Museum has reopened with a modified schedule:

“Thursdays through Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. To allow for safe physical distancing, a limited number of visitors will be allowed inside the museum and its galleries at any time. Reserve your tickets in advance at pem.org/tickets or by calling 978-542-1511.”

In Gloucester, both Beauport Museum and Hammond Castle are open. While Cape Ann Museum is not open, its on line, virtual fare has increased. Check out “CAM connects”- the most recent July 23, 2020 Cape Ann Music

Hammond Castle-  Advance purchase of timed tickets is required to enter the museum. Purchase your tickets here. Guest are also welcome to explore the Museum grounds including the Bell Tower, Drawbridge, Look Out Point and our iconic archesThe grounds are open from 9:30 am to 4 pm daily. Face masks are required and social distancing should be maintained as recommended by the State of Massachusetts and the City of Gloucester.

Beauport Museum – Historic New England property details: “The tour has been altered to maximize social distancing, and each tour is limited to four guests. Please read the “Know Before You Go” section below for more information on safety requirements. Advance tickets are required, and admission is free for Historic New England members. Buy tickets now.”

 

Signs of the times creative families: Long Beach chairs drive-in movies plus giant beach jenga #CapeAnnCovid #outdoorfun

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What movie would you play?

Scenes from a beautiful summer evening on Long Beach July 21, 2020.

Signs of the times | one way routes, sanitized pens, and on point placard Surfside Subs & pizza Long Beach #CapeAnnCovid #GloucesterMA

Local businesses adjust to Covid-19 reopening “new” normal.

Surfside Subs and pizza shop one way routes and sanitized pens and on point pizza box placard

 

Beach Day! New safety signs at Long Beach #RockportMA. Residents only at Good Harbor Beach #GloucesterMA

Scenes from Long Beach

views from both the Rockport and Gloucester ends at about high noon (tide heading out)

Cape Ann SUP is set up renting paddle boards and lessons at Long Beach by the Cape Ann Motor Inn, and the Cow Mobile Ice Cream Truck. Dominic is too modest to mention but we know that he keeps an eye out there beyond his clients and has rescued swimmers. The rip tide sign reflects the corner of the cove. There was a rescue covered in the Gloucester Daily Times this week, “Friends pull 5 from riptide“. Afterwards a lifeguard chair has been relocated closer to this side and a new sign added at the entrance.

 

Scenes from Good Harbor Beach

about 11 and again at 4pm

WSJ article quotes expert from Addison Gilbert #GloucesterMA | Beverly Hospital on #covid-19 and air travel

The Middle Seat: The Greatest Coronavirus Risks when you Fly, Wall Street JournalScott McCartney article here 

 

“He was just asked to peer review a new study done in Germany by experts in airplane modeling that he thinks is instructive to…”

Mark Gendreau is the Chief Medical Officer of Addison Gilbert Beverly Hospital and an “expert on disease transmission on airplanes” 

 

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Snakes of New England just for you! Covid-19 closure isn’t stopping Sawyer Free children’s services summer fun and reading 😀📚🐍😀📚 #Gloucesterma #CapeAnnCovid #rattlesnakes

Don’t miss the chance to see a very special show right at home – “Snakes of New England with Rick Roth”

Here’s how:

“He has such a great ease and natural presentation! People register and the library sends them a link which they can watch–at their convenience–anytime July 20-25. Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team was so good to work with us offering this wonderful opportunity to learn.”

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LEGO sets prizes! Covid-19 closure isn’t stopping Sawyer Free children’s services summer fun and reading 🧱😀📚

Lego Summer Challenge flyer from Sawyer Free public library– ongoing with Lego set prizes! Email photo of original creation to crosso@SawyerFreelibrary.org

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