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Tree work

After the recent October Nor’easter, we lost an over 40 foot Oak Tree that actually split in two and went over to our neighbor’s driveway.  What a mess.  Yesterday Mayer Tree and Magnolia Tree came and did an amazing job cutting and cleaning up trees.  Photos are not so good due to the rain but amazing how careful these tree workers are.


Giving Cheer

Cape Ann Home

This year we’d like to celebrate the holiday season by coming together and working to give back to our community, we’d love your help! Wellspring, a local charity, is looking for donations to provide families in need with gifts and support this holiday season.

From now until December 6th, we will be collecting donations at our showroom in Gloucester. We’ll also be selling raffle tickets at our holiday party for a chance to win prizes and give back to the community at the same time. All proceeds will be donated to Wellspring. Join us as we come together to celebrate. All are welcome.

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This Weekend in the Arts – 11/22-25/2019

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Rockport Art Association & Museum National show

On Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 the Rockport Art Association and Museum will be opening the Cape Ann regions first-ever national fine art show!  The RAA&M National 2019 artwork submissions came from artists across the United States in a diverse number of media: drawing, mixed media, collage, digital art, photography, sculpture, painting, & printmaking.  Nationally recognized artists Tom Hughes and Jo Ann Rothschild juried the exhibition, selecting 160 works of art out of nearly 700 entries from most every corner of the country.  Entrants ranged from nationally-recognized fine art photographers whose work has been featured in the The New York Times, sculptors whose works have ignited firestorms of controversy, and celebrated painters belonging to the National Academy.

The exhibition has been generously sponsored by the Institution for Savings, and over $7,000 in prize money has been contributed for awarding to outstanding works by a number of public and private entities, including Cape Ann Savings Bank, BankGloucester, Mass Credit Union, iartcolony, and Security First Mortgage Funding LLC.

The RAA&M National marks Cape Ann’s return to national prominence as a center for the fine arts after languishing for too many decades in general anonymity.  As well, it marks a bold new chapter in the history of the Rockport Art Association & Museum as this institution leads the charge towards helping restore this region’s reputation as a center for cutting-edge fine art that is relevant far beyond our granite shores.

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Umass surf competition results | the November 2019 winners at #GoodHarborBeach …

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I asked the UMASS surf club how the Lake Atlantic Invitational competition fared on November 16, 2019 at Good Harbor Beach. The ocean was rather “lake” in the morning and the air a brisk 22 degrees.

“The competition was a huge success! The waves got better throughout the day, and we had a lot of creativity with crossstepping, handstands, and laying down backwards almost like a coffin.” The final results:

John Lane (3rd place from last year) in first

Colby King (last year’s winner) in second

Juliet Dodson of UMass Surf Club in third

“We’re not sure yet if we’re going to try to do these competitions annually or biannually, but keep an eye out for another competition in April, most likely still somewhere in Gloucester. And yes it was chilly, but most of us are used to that weather having grown up in the area, and even the competitor from California did a good job overcoming the cold with help from a nice winter wetsuit.”

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Boston Globe rave review for Yella on the Water restaurant #GloucesterMA

Love the title and wonderful review!

“On the menu Yella on the Water seems to have become instantly popular, and we could see why.”

Read “Lebanese cuisine with a splash of Gloucester” by Coco McCabe and Doug Stewart Boston Globe 11/20/19 here


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Day 14 Not Eating Like An A$$hole. Improv At the Dock

The biggest problem I face now that I’ve gotten older and my metabolism has slowed is over eating out of boredom.  When not kept in check, if I’m sitting around and there’s a bag of nachos, that bag of nachos is going down without me even thinking about it.   Heading for a ride?  Stop off on the way and grab a couple of slices of pizza to carry me over til the next meal.

These are unnecessary.  I enjoy them, but they are unnecessary.

So the plan on my “Not eating like an a$$hole” diet has been to make sure the fridge is stocked with healthy alternatives when the hunger pang strikes.

Yesterday was one of those days when I couldn’t get away from the dock but I was prepared.

One of the go-tos has been Boars Head deli turkey that I’ll go to the fridge and take out a slice or two.  Very versatile. Also packets of tuna.

Around mid-day I was hungry.  Shredded up some sliced turkey, ripped up a couple of slices of bacon and mixed in some salsa.


Was it a masterpiece?  No, but it saved me from reaching for something that would have put me off track and it was tasty.

Being prepared and having some healthy options goes a long way to keeping on track.

Another move is when I’d normally go to the fridge to grab something to snack on, I pour myself a glass of water instead.

Down 5.5 lbs in 14 days.

The goal is 190.

Fall Art Show at Senior Center

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For the fall art exhibit at the Rose Baker Senior Center, Juni Van Dyke, Director of the Art Program at the Center, is honoring a group of artists: Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Marion Linden, Helen Burgess and Gen McNamara. The artists and Juni are pictured below in front of the exhibit. The public is encouraged to stop by the Center between 9am and 4pm any weekday to see the work of these accomplished artists.

Fall 19 Artists

From left to right, the artist being honored are Mary Rhineland McCarl, Ed Leavitt, Valerie Sandler and her mother Helen Burgess, Susan Harrington, Juni Van Dyke (Art Director) and Marion Linden. Gen McNamara was not at the photo session.

Many of you may know Mary Rhinelander McCarl’s work as she has been honored as artist of the month before.  Mary studied medieval art at Radcliff College.  Many years later, the influence of her studies are…

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The woman in the above picture was trying to capture a photo of her dog and the seal together. A friend of mine took the photo late last winter at a local Massachusetts beach and shared it. The seal was terrified and the woman appears to be oblivious to her snarling dog. I was in the area earlier that day when she was asked twice by an Audubon employee to stop disrupting a Snowy Owl.

It’s that time of year when Snowy Owls begin to arrive from the Arctic and a time of year when we may be fortunate enough to see a seal hauled out on the beach. Seals are only on the beach to rest, to recuperate, or to escape the jaws of a shark. NOAA’s rule of thumb is to keep at least 50 yards (150 feet) away from a hauled out seal.

If you make a Snowy fly, you are too close.

Please show your love for our local wildlife. Thank you





Get inspired to visit (and re-visit!) Homer at the Beach … Catch the PBS News Hour segment (originally broadcast on November 18) here.  

Homer at the Beach has sent attendance soaring, bringing visitors from near and far and surpassing all previous records for the Cape Ann Museum. The exhibition has garnered excellent reviews and publicity in major national media including the Wall Street Journal, theWashington Post and PBS Newshour and has been covered closer to home on WGBH Open StudioChronicle and the Boston Globe (find links to news coverage here). The exhibit closes on Sunday, December 1; the Museum will be open for extended hours on the final day from 10 AM to 5 PM. But don’t wait, the last weekend is expected to be quite busy!



Agape Giving Tree Magnolia Library

In conjunction with the outdoor Magnolia Tree Lighting, Agapé Brewing Community will be lighting an indoor “giving tree” on Sunday, December 8 at the Magnolia Library. Agape has partnered with Pathways for Children to supply gifts for up to 45 local children in need. The Giving Tree will have tags/ornaments each listing info about the children (age, favorite things, toy wish list, etc). After we light the tree, all in attendance are encouraged to take a tag and go shopping for that child. All gifts should be NEW and UNWRAPPED and can be dropped off at our 2nd Annual Holiday Marketplace on Sunday Dec 15 from 12pm-5pm at the Magnolia Library (additional drop off times TBD).

The tree lighting will also feature food, beer, live music, crafts, games, and pictures with Santa.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks Musical Guests: LAURIE, ELLEN & JAY! 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 11.20.2019


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 20… 7pm start
My Musical Guests: LAURIE, ELLEN & JAY!
The initial booking for this week’s show was Chick Marston & Ellen Ford.  Well,
Chick has recently run into some minor issues with his back, so… to the recsue
comes Laurie & Jay Keefe, joining the great Ms. Ford for what promises to be
an exquisite evening of style and swing!  The ladies blend like sisters, and the
gentleman is a monster on the mando!  Chick says he’ll try to make it for a few
numbers if possible.  That would be icing on the cake, for sure.  However it plays
out, we’ll be having the time of our lives.  ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
11/27 Thanksgiving Eve w/The Talking Dogs
Electric Show: Dave Brown, Fly, Wolf, Mattacks
Plus special guest… Dan-O King!
12/4 Lisa Marie

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂