North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester celebrating its 94th year, reflects this philosophy with its “Art in Action – Connecting Communities”

North Shore Arts Association: American writer, artist and philosopher E. Hubbard said “Art is not a thing, it is a way.” The historic North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester celebrating its 94th year, reflects this philosophy with its “Art in Action – Connecting Communities” focus this season, by hosting a groundbreaking collaboration with Gloucester’s marine conservation/research group Ocean Alliance, now headquartered in Gloucester’s iconic Paint Factory, and historic Rocky Neck Art Colony. Supporting the Ocean Alliance mission to protect and preserve our oceans and marine life and North Shore Arts Association and Rocky Neck Art Colony’s mission of supporting the arts, an “Art Exhibition of the Sea and Science” will be on display June 17 through July 30 in the galleries of NSAA. Although works of all genres will be on display, the main focus will be works depicting the sea and Cape Ann. A very unique component of the exhibition will be a show and silent auction of works painted on old roofing slates removed from the historic Paint Factory building. These historic slates donated to NSAA by non-profit Ocean Alliance provide the substrate used by NSAA Artist Members to create original paintings, each approximately 12″x24″ depicting a myriad images. Bids for the silent auction may be placed June 17 through July 30 by visiting or contacting NSAA. One hundred per cent of silent auction proceeds will go to fund the ongoing restoration of the NSAA’s gallery building and Ocean Alliance’s Paint Factory headquarters. The collaboration also offers an extraordinary series of Ocean Alliance and Rocky Neck Art Colony lectures and performances. This special programing was made possible through partial funding by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The first of the series will be marine conservation/research group Ocean Alliance presenting a lecture “Why Whales?” by CEO Dr. Iain Kerr on Sunday, June 26th, 12:30-1:30pm followed by a reception, open free to the public 2-4pm. A dynamic performance/poetry reading, “Sea Change: Reversing the Tide” will be presented by President of Ocean Alliance Dr. Roger Payne – whose profound discovery of whale songs has been a major force in their protection – and his wife, noted British actress Lisa Harrow on Thursday, July 7th at 7pm. Rocky Neck Art Colony President and arts and marine conservation advocate Karen Ristuben will present a lecture “Intersection of Marine Science, Conservation, Activism and Art on Saturday, July 23rd 3pm. All lectures and performances are free with a suggested donation of $5. To learn more about these three iconic non-profits visit, and

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Recent Ribbon Cuttings on Cape Ann

This past week we celebrated ribbon cuttings with three local businesses.  Tonno Restaurant in Gloucester had a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off their grand opening in the afternoon on Friday, June 17. Later that evening, 7th Wave Restaurant had a ribbon cutting to celebrate new General Manager Natasha Khan and Executive Chef Zac Tran bringing on a new menu concept.  Monday afternoon, June 20, The Brass Monkey welcomed family, friends and customers to join in their ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration.

BIG THINGS are happening on Cape Ann this year!  We are excited to welcome you all and wish you great success!



7th Wave


The Brass Monkey


Gig-A-Might Ladies Seine Boat 2nd Heat WINNERS!

Start of RaceGig-A-Might TeamJust Before Start of Race
Captain – Jenny Fremont
Scutler – Anthony Giambanco
Jessica Biker
Annette Grimes
Sally Huss
Sarah Smith
Cindy Perry
Stephanie Swanson
Rosie Benson
Melissa Cox
Tracy Lowthers
Nicole Andrade
Photo Credit:  Bill Bougas
Please join us Friday June 24th on Pavilion Beach at 4:30pm for the Ladies Seine Boat FINALS!!! Viva San Pietro!!

The Cape Ann Museum presents 400 years of Building

Between Earth, Sea and Sky: Four Hundred Years of Building on Cape Ann

Thursday, June 23

7:00 p.m.

Between Earth, Sea and Sky: Four Hundred Years of Building on Cape Ann
Architect and preservation consultant Wendy Frontiero will open the series with an introduction to the predominant architectural styles of Cape Ann, and an exploration into ways that people, culture and industry combine to make extraordinary places. Frontiero has extensive experience in the documentation, evaluation, protection, and enhancement of historic properties. Her work includes determination of historical and architectural significance; building conditions assessments and recommendations for treatment; designs for restoration, renovation and additions; community-wide preservation planning; and assistance with design review and regulatory review processes.

Member cost is $10 per lecture / $25 for the series; Non-member cost is $15 per lecture / $40 for the series. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!


Design/Build Lecture Series

Thursday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Between Earth, Sea and Sky: Four Hundred Years of Building on Cape Ann
Presented by architect and preservation consultant Wendy Frontiero

Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m. reception followed by lecture at 7:00 p.m.
New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods
Presented by Deborah Epstein and Maryann Thompson

Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Architect Eleanor Raymond: A Pioneer in the Field
Presented by Lyda Kuth


Yoga on the Harbor at Maritime Gloucester

A perfect way to start your weekend! Cape Ann Power Yoga’s Paige Amaral leads Saturday morning yoga from 8:00 – 9:00 am through July. Classes are $5/Maritime Gloucester members; $10/general public. Bring a mat and water with you. Harriet Webster Pier @ Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop Gloucester, MA.

Sign up online or bring cash/check with you.


Update on Gloucester Sign At The Rotary

Update on Gloucester Sign


The face ought to be near done today. The rope trim and the welcome to and Americas oldest seaport should be done today.

All that will be left is to paint the support beams in the back of the sign.

This will take the sign all through the summer and this fall a new sign will need to be designed and done.

Thank you
Cheryal’s Signs



The difference between beach and resident stickers and where residents stickers are needed.

Beach Stickers can be used for both.
Residents stickers are not and can not be used at Beaches.
Hope this helps.
The following parking areas require either a resident beach sticker or
a resident parking sticker with a nominal fee associated with the
purchase of a resident parking sticker: good for a period of five
years beginning in 2012 and every five years thereafter.
Beach Court, for its entire length.
Commercial Street, #17—#21, westerly side, in a southerly direction to
its intersection with Beach Court.
Day Avenue, both sides beginning at its intersection with High Street
for its entire length in a southerly direction.
Eastern Point Boulevard, Niles Beach area, westerly side, (Niles Beach
Area) from its boundary with Eastern Point Road in a southerly
direction to its intersection with Farrington Avenue, from 6:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. daily.
Farrington Avenue, southerly side from its intersection with Eastern
Point Boulevard to its intersection with St. Louis Avenue from May 1
to September 15 during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fort Square, for its entire length (from #2 to #59).
So, a beach sticker is as good as a resident sticker.
Thank you
Have a safe and fun Summer.

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken

Mid-Sommar Fest

Spiran Lodge #98Mid-Sommar Fest


Saturday, June 25 – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

At Spiran Lodge

Corner of Broadway and School St., Rockport


Nisu and Pastries for Sale

Swedish Meatballs

Strawberries & Cream

Hot Dogs and Swedish Hamburgers

Nisu & Coffee

Scandinavian Gifts

Entertainment: Finnish Folk Singers –

Alexandra Conniver and Kermit Bennett (HYVAA)