Northshore Magazine’s Grand Tasting

Northshore Magazine sure knows how to throw a party.  Last night’s Grand Tasting at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury was phenomenal.  With over 40 vendors with unique culinary treats and delicious cocktails we were able to sample some of the North Shore’s finest for sure.  Beautiful displays, a fun crowd, and attention to detail allowed the atmosphere to rival the amazing food.  Definitely an event to not be missed so keep an eye out for next year’s date!

Award-winning chefs, exquisite wines, and tantalizing tastes from the region’s top restaurants and gourmet food and wine shops come together once again for this fun foodie event. Enjoy scrumptious savory and sweet nibbles from local food artisans—making everything from lobster ravioli to small batch rum to hand-made chocolate treats.



Motif No. 1 Day 5K and Festival THIS Saturday!

Rockport’s going to be a happening place on Saturday, with the Rockport Elementary School Motif No.1 Day 5k & Fun Run kicking off at 9am, immediately followed by the Motif No. 1 Day Festival!

Tons of live music, great food, interactive art-making, a Seaside Circus, and a Rockport Art Colony pop-up art exhibit are all taking place right downtown from 11 to 7pm. Just outside the downtown area the YMCA’s Ben Beyea Youth & Teen Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party from 10:30 to 1pm with activities and food so good stuff is taking place throughout Rockport! Eastern Point Lit House is hosting an Open Mic for writers, and there will be plenty of opportunity to make art, whether as part of the Sidewalk Chalk art event or contributing to the community mural.

The Schedule of Events:


The 2017 Commemorative Poster from Rockport artist David Arsenault:

Motif No.1 Day is organized by the community nonprofit Rockport Exchange. For more on the festival itself or how you can get involved, go to See you in Rockport on Saturday!

Art! Music! Poetry! Dance! on Motif No.1 Day


Lots of great stuff is going on this year in Rockport at the annual Motif No.1 Day. We have the Rockport Farmers Market, coffee from Twin Lights Coffee Co., burgers from Seaview Farm, lots of good stuff from the Rockport New Year’s Eve Food Booth and crepes from the soon-to-be-open StudioCrepe restaurant by the train station.

A Seaside Circus, great live music, interactive activities like the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, poetry readings, and much more are all part of the event, not to mention the Motif No.1 Day 5K and Fun Run, with proceeds going to benefit health & wellness at Rockport Elementary School!

Go to for a Schedule of Events, but keep in mind more good things will be added before the festival takes place on May 21st.

Motif No.1 Day 2015 (M1D:15) is Gonna Be Amazing

Five days away from the best M1D in 65 years (really). Film, Dance, Poetry, Music, Art, activities for kids and tons of community events are planned.

FILM: (look for GMG goddess Kim Smith’s clip!) The Red Shed Film Fest at the Rockport Public Library

DANCE: The T-Wharf tent featuring the Rockport Dance Academy and Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre.

MUSIC: The Dock Square tent features the Mari Martin Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Glass Onion. The Shalin Liu features a FREE community concert and an Instrument Petting Zoo.

WORDS: The School Street Tent: Magnetic Poetry Slam, Words Interactive, Words Before Dinner: the Poetry of Cape Ann.

ART: motif 2015 is a show featuring fresh, new work curated by Bob & Jill Armstrong of Iartcolony Gallery in Rockport. Artists from Cape Ann, Boston and beyond have re-imagined the Motif in everything from sculpture to paintings to video installations. A gallery walk will also be part of the festival.

COMMUNITY: Rockport Elementary School 3rd Grade Art Show, the M1D 5k & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools, Thacher Island Committee, Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport Cub Scouts, Millbrook Meadow Committee, Addison Gilbert, SISU Fitness and more!

FOOD: Top Dog will have a food booth at the School Street Tent, Blue Lobster Grille and That Nutty Redhead will be set up in Dock Square, the New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth will be in Harvey Park.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest with prizes sponsored by The Ice Cream Store, painting, sketching, a Story Walk and Make-a-Book craft sponsored by the Rockport Public Library and much more!

Print out this handy Schedule of Events and bring it with you to Motif No.1 Day. The CATA trolley Park ‘n’ Ride will be running all day. Follow us on Twitter @rockportfest to stay up on the festival haps (do people still say that?) #M1D #rockportrocks



Cape Ann Artisans at 30


I stopped in the museum the other day, having heard great things about the art on display. I was not let down!


Click on the panoramas to see them in an immersive viewer:IMG_3783




Smaller items

In conjunction with the Cape Artisans at 30 Exhibit, the Museum is hosting a series of demonstration days. Members of the Artisans will demonstrate their various crafts throughout each scheduled day. This program is free with Museum admission.

Saturday, March 30
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mike Foley, Sculpture
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Leslie Wind, Jewelry-making activity for children.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beth Williams, Jewelry; Pam Stratton, Mosaics; Judith Wright, Mosaics.

Fr. Matthew Green


Don’t Miss a Reading by Jamie Quatro at Toad Hall Bookstore!

From the Annisquam artist Rachel Perry Welty:
My friend Jamie Quatro will be stopping on the North Shore on her book tour for “I Want To Show You More” on Monday, March 11, at 7 pm, and will do a reading and signing at Toad Hall. She has won all kinds of advance praise for her first collection of short stories, and she has been called a “brilliant new voice in American fiction” and compared to other writers such as Alice Munro. She is reviewed in the March 11 issue (this week’s issue) of the New Yorker. It’s exciting for me personally to be a small part of her debut, as I made the art for the cover. You can read more about Jamie and her book here:
Monday March 11
7 pm
Toad Hall Bookstore
47 Main Street
Rockport Mass 01966


Susan Parent From Toodeloos Is Organizing A Monster Downtown Gloucester Black Friday Event!

No need to go to the malls on Black Friday! 

Here’s the latest from Susan Parent owner of Toodeloos Toy Store Downtown Gloucester!

Stores Signed On To Downtown Gloucester Black Friday So Far

Island Art And Hobby
Life Is Good
Jewels Of Gloucester
Mark Adrian Shoes
Premier Imprints
The Cave
The G33K Store (yes, that’s how it’s spelled)
Green Life
The Raven
Local Colors
Dogtown Books
Antique Store
Village Silversmith
Cape Ann Olive Oil
The Bookstore
Kid’s Unlimited

AND Lone Gull will open at 5:45 AM so people can get caffeinated and get shopping!
Most stores will be open at 6AM, some a bit later…7AM or so. I am still working on more stores! I will be pounding the pavement again on Saturday.

After Hours at the Cape Ann Museum

If you were not at the Cape Ann Museum Summer “After Hours” event last Thursday, August 16, you really missed out!  This museum is one of the under-recognized jewels in Cape Ann’s cultural crown.

There was great music, great food from Alchemy,  live music/dance pieces featuring Sara Slifer, Kristen Miller, and 3rian King… and the personable staff and breathtaking art that you can always find at the Cape Ann Museum. Here are some photos.

Their next event is today at 3PM:

Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, will discuss Hartley’s sixteen-year relationship with Cape Ann and how it changed his life and work. $10 Museum members; $15 nonmembers. Reservations are required; to make a reservation please call (978)283-0455 x16 or email Dogtown Lecture series generously sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

Fr. Matthew Green

Mamie’s Kitchen Taste of Sicily Event Spots Open

Hey Joey,
Just a reminder ‘Taste of Sicily’ dinner has a couple more spots in each seating!
This Thursday is the last day to purchase tickets for Monday January 23rd!

Telephone number- (978) 283-0474

2011 Coastsweep Event Last Thursday Pics From Howard Amaral

Hello Joey, Here are several pics of Coastsweep at Plum Cove Beach, Homie was there to represent!

The Cleancity Initiative sponsored a Coastsweep Event at Plum Cove Beach Thursday. Each year volunteers clean and collect data from what they pick up, and submit it to the Ocean Conservatory in Washington D.C. The data is collected from the entire east coast and used to help define what materials are littering our waterways and beaches, and work towards environmental solutions to reduce or redefine how the materials are used. There are more Coastsweep events scheduled for this fall, please volunteer to help out.

“Help us to Keep our Homeport Clean”

Howard P Amaral and Patti Amaral

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Rockport Art Association FeatureEvent With Three Local Greats- Goetemannn, Mordecai and Our Boy Johnny Sarkin!!!


RAA celebrates it’s 90th anniversary in 2011!

The Rockport Art Association founded in 1921, one of the oldest and most
active art organizations in the country, offers something for everyone.
Visit us and discover the artistic and cultural splendor of Cape Ann.

Opening Reception Friday June 17th  ~ 6-8pm
Exhibition June 17th – July 19th
Open Free To The Public
Click here for more info . . .

Late Spring – Early Summer Hours
Monday thru Saturday 10:00 ~ 5:00
Sunday Noon ~ 5:00

Carolyn Sanchez Announces Haute Affaire’s Bridal & Formal Wear Event

For more  info check out the Haute Affaire website

Carolyn also speaks about social media and says that without Facebook her business probably wouldn’t exist in the last part of her video.

Cathy Tarr At Cape Ann Lanes For Cape Ann Beer and Blog Event

Bowling is fun.  As Cathy said to me last night- Once you are there and bowling everyone has a great time!


Cathy Tarr At Cape Ann Lanes, originally uploaded by captjoe06.


Mary At Cape Ann Lanes
Sharon and David Cox At Cape Ann Lanes
David Cox and His Pretty Pink Bowling Shoe Laces
Mike Foley Reacts After Bowling A Sub Par Frame

I regret that I have no picture of Brainfix.  Boo Joey

Gloucester Deadliest Catch Event Update

From Kristin & Jamie –

It’s Official . . . . Jonathan Hillstrand will be joing his brother Andy at the Gloucester Little League Fundraiser on August 3rd at the Gloucester House!!!

GMG Readers – If you have a question that you would like ask Jonathan or Andy, please submit it by email and we will have it answered at the event. Email