Thacher Island Association Annual Lighthouse Cruise

“Lighthouses of Cape Ann” — Wednesday, July 13. Departs at 7 p.m. from Captain Bill’s Whale Watch, 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, aboard the 100-foot Miss Cape Ann. This three-hour narrated sunset cruise up the Annisquam River and around Halibut Point will pass all six of Cape Ann’s lighthouses, including the Twin Lights of Thacher Island, before returning via Eastern Point to Gloucester Harbor. Snacks and sandwiches available (or bring your own), plus cash bar. Donation is $30 per person. Credit Cards accepted. For reservations or information, call 617-599-2590 or e-mail info@thacherisland.org

A bit of Brazil growing in Gloucester

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Ryan, Fernando, and Sarah stand proudly in front of their garden.

Fernando, his wife Raquel, and their two children Ryan and Sarah are participants in the 2016 Backyard Garden Program. Raquel and Fernando are originally from Brazil, and they heard about our program when they volunteered to translate our program application into Portuguese.

When asked about his experience with their garden, Fernando said that “it’s getting the kids to eat healthier and showing them where their food comes from”. His daughter Sarah, when asked what her favorite thing to do in the garden was, said she “likes watering, because it makes the plants grow”.

Fernando said that there isn’t one day where the whole family doesn’t go out to the garden to see what had changed from the day before. Often when Fernando is in the garden his young son Ryan comes to help out. Fernando noted that both Sarah and Ryan “are impressed that they’re growing things they can eat” and laughed when he recalled all the times Sarah would ask, “Dad what is this, can you eat this!?”.

Not only does their immediate family love this garden, but Raquel’s mother, a McPherson Park resident, plants in the BYG managed McPherson Park Community Garden. Often Sarah’s grandmother and her can be found out in the garden watering and harvesting, and Fernando said that the garden is therapeutic for his mother-in-law. As a chef Fernando has loved having the fresh produce and herbs for his cooking, and mentioned that he has had the chance to explain to Sarah and Ryan that sometimes they make salads with multiple types of lettuce. Not only that, but because they have their own garden they have had the opportunity to plant some things from Brazil that they can’t find in stores in the area, and Fernando’s mother-in-law has been able to use that produce in cooking traditional dishes that they missed.

When asked what this garden means to him and his family, Fernando said “it’s another chance for us to do things together, and it’s strengthening our family”.

For more information on how to support our Backyard Garden Program see our donate page, and for information on how to apply see our program page.

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 http://www.nsarts.org, http://www.whale.org and rockyneckartcolony.org.

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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!

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

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Captain – Jenny Fremont
Scutler – Anthony Giambanco
Crew
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 info@capeannmuseum.org.

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.

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

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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