Old House Doctor at the White Ellery House

Experts from the Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England are teaming up Saturday, August 6 to answer all your old house questions and needs from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the Museum’s White-Ellery House, 247 Washington Street in Gloucester.

Preservation experts at this drop-in event will answer questions about preventive maintenance, researching an old house, identifying a home’s architectural style, creating historic gardens and choosing paint colors that enhance historic houses. Visitors are invited to bring photos or images of their homes along with their questions to share with the “Old House Doctors.”

Pre-registration is not required.

A $10 donation is suggested. For more information, please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

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Specialists and areas of expertise:

Maintenance – Pre-1850s Houses
Joe Cornish, Supervising Preservation Services Manager, Historic New England

Architectural Style – Post-1850s Houses
Joanna McKnight, Preservation Services Manager, Northern New England, Historic New England

Paint Color – Post-1850s Houses
Sally Zimmerman, Senior Manager of Historic Preservation Services, Historic New England

Historic Gardens
Gail Anderson, Historic Garden Consultant

First Period Houses on Cape Ann
Prudence Fish, Author of Antique Houses of Gloucester

How to Research Your Old Home
Stephanie Buck, Librarian/Archivist, Cape Ann Museum

Historic Preservation
Bill Finch and Carol Rose, Finch & Rose Preservation Consultants

Old House Magazine

Patricia Poore, Editor


Music on Meetinghouse Green to Benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures

Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus in Free Concert, Friday, July 29, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester, MA


A nonprofit, men’s organization dedicated to four part acapella harmony; particularly the preservation of the Barbershop Harmony style. We meet every Wednesday night at the ICC, 300 Rantoul Street in Beverly, MA from 7:30 to 10:30.

This is concert four in a series of nine free outdoor concerts presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.   The family-friendly concert begins at 6 pm. Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink permitted inside.) Next Friday’s concert will feature Willie Alexander to to benefit Gloucester’s Opioid Angel Program.

KestrelThe public will be invited to make free-will donations and all collected monies will go to Kestrel Educational Adventures.

Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kestrel Educational Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization inspiring a sense of wonder, understanding, and connection to the natural world through playful, outdoor, scientific inquiry. We do this through offering a variety of skills and curiosity based programs, workshops, events, and other services. Our unique philosophy centers on the relationship between learner, spontaneous events in nature, and instructors. We serve the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Beverly and Salem, among others.



Marina Evans at the Cape Ann Museum

A brave composer, performer and traveler, Marina Evans will perform as part of the Cape Ann Museum’s Free Music in the Courtyard series on Friday, July 29 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Evans combines strong, sultry vocals with traditional folk americana and an indie pop edge to create a sound that is all her own. Her studio work deftly combines various styles, genres, and instrumentation – from sweet ballads to folk anthems to straight up rock and roll – and paints a picture of a versatile and passionate artist.


Her unique sound and powerful stage presence have earned her opening sets for such legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, Loudon Wainwright III, and Ellis Paul. A bold, honest performer, clever lyricist and a dedicated songwriter, Marina Evans is a star on the rise whose songs and spirit are not to be missed.

This program is free and open to the public.

Interested in supporting the Museum through membership? Join now and get discounted tickets to all of our events!

*In the event of inclement weather the concert will be moved inside the Museum.

You can’t beet these cooking workshops!

Backyard Growers is holding our second cooking workshop as we have the second harvest of 2016!


This August class is the second class in a series of three seasonal cooking workshops (May, August, and October) that Backyard Growers is launching to celebrate local seasonal produce. All workshops are held in the dining room of The Open Door. Each August course is the same curriculum.

These workshops will focus on sharing delicious, healthy, seasonal-produce based, easy, kid-friendly, cheap, and fast recipes with you and your family. Beyond being practical, these workshops will be hands on, fun, and you won’t leave hungry! This is a family workshop so please bring your kids if they are 5+ and remember to wear clothing you don’t mind cooking in!

Dates: Tuesday August 2, 23, 31 6:30-8:30PM


  • 2016 Backyard Garden Program participant: Free (and 2/3 Mandatory)
  • 2015 Backyard Garden Program participant: Free
  • Community Garden Participant: Pay as you can
  • Past Community or Backyard Garden Program participant: $10
  • Community Member: $20 per person

There is limited space in each workshop so reserve your spot here soon!

We are also looking for volunteers for upcoming events. For more info see our NSUW page.

Fitz Henry Lane On Foot and Online

Friday, July 29

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

The Cape Ann Museum invites you to experience 19th century Gloucester history as this walking tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane.

Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to use the rich sources of information in the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online catalog raisonne. During this walk, you will connect specific locations to the paintings they inspired by accessing the online catalog. Alternative visuals will also be available.



Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

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

Upcoming Fitz Henry Lane waking tours: Saturday August 6; Friday August 19

Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850, oil on canvas. Gift of Lawrence Brooks, 1970. [Acc. #2020]


Annisquam SeaFair Saturday July 30, 2016

Annisquam SeaFair

170th Year Anniversary

Saturday July 30, 2016 

Leonard Street, Annisquam

10-3pm:  Food, Drinks, Plants, Books, Art, White Elephant Table, Children’s Games, T-Shirts, Hats, Candy, Cakes, Famous Waxworks Tableau and more.

6:30-9:30pm  Block Party with Live Music and food.

9pm Annual Lighting of Lobster Cove

Come for a bit, come all day and night.

The Largest Little Fair Known.