Spring beauty Scilla siberica Kim SmithSpring Beauty (Scilla siberica ‘Blue’)

A sea of blue by the old wood pile ~ A lovely surprise to come upon this sweet patch of Siberian squill near to the place where I was photographing the sky over the harbor in yesterday’s fast moving storm. Squill is a carefree, pest-free plant, whether lighting up a woodland edge, carpeting a lawn, scampering through a rock garden, or carpeting the forest floor. Its one growing requirement: plant in well draining soil; squill does not like wet feet. They are small, so you will need to plant lots to make an impact, but squill will naturize over time and in a few short years, you’ll soon be digging up clumps to share with friends.

In mid-fall, plant the rounded end of the bulb down, pointed end up, about 3 to 5 inches deep and about 15 per square foot

Nicknamed Siberian Squill not because it is from Siberia, but because it is hardy through zone 2.

Adventure Volunteer Workshop

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Introductory Workshop for Adventure Volunteers

Past, current, and prospective volunteers are invited to join us as we prepare for Adventure’s upcoming season. We will be hosting several information/training sessions this spring. Various aspects of volunteering with Adventure will be covered, including:

Adventure’s history and docents

Line Handling and deck safety

Hands-on teaching techniques and activities

We will kick off the season with an introductory session on April 21st. While this session is designed for new volunteers to become familiar with Gloucester Adventure Inc. as an organization, including the highlights and benefits of joining the Adventure volunteer community, everyone is encouraged to attend. If you can’t make it to this session, don’t worry, there will be more opportunities each Thursday evening for the following three weeks to learn about the organization and get involved.

Date: Thursday, April 21,  5:30 to 8:00, Maritime Gloucester Classroom, 23 Harbor Loop

5:30 to 6:00 Open Ship aboard Adventure, 6:00 to 8:00 Volunteer Workshop

Please contact us with any questions and to RSVP, space is limited

Email: volunteers@schooner-adventure.org or call 978 281 8079

Upcoming workshops:

April 28 – Education and inquiry based teaching

May 5 – Adventure History and Docents

May 12 – Deck Safety and Line-Handling






If you haven’t made a donation yet– absentmindedness, procrastination, or for whatever reason–now is the time to do so. Every single donation helps, small or large. THANK YOU!

The donations continue to arrive, and we are within shouting distance of our goal!

But now our deadline is approaching; in order to close this purchase by April 19th, we need to have the funds in hand by April 12th. So this is our last big push to get us over the top. Any excess funds raised will be used to protect more of Gloucester’s undeveloped coastline.

Save Our Shores Gloucester would like to thank all of our generous donors for their support. And special thanks goes to Lindsay Maver, who raised more than $1,500 from her customers at the Plant Shack in Gloucester last weekend!

Please share this one last time, and thank you again!

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PACE medical model of care program tour with Senator Bruce Tarr and State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante

April 9, 2016 ~ Joey C

Hi Joey,

I just wanted to send you some pictures from today’s tour of the PACE medical model of care program with Senator Bruce Tarr and State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante.  They both are going to lobby for the PACE at Element Care program and advocate for our seniors when the “Preserving Access to PACE Act” comes out at the State House next week.  We are very fortunate to have such caring legislators doing such good work for us!

I would encourage anyone who has medical needs or is a caregiver who is looking to keep their loved one home and out of a hospital or nursing home setting, to come to us at PACE in Gloucester to see if we can assist them.  We are a non-profit healthcare care organization who’s mission is to keep people living in the community safely and independently for as long as possible with our comprehensive healthcare services, all covered by MassHealth & Medicare, for those 55 and over.  If anyone would like more information or a tour, please call me at 978-283-7375.  We are located next to Pathways for Children, across the street from the Open Door.


Thanks Joey!

Carol Pallazolla

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PACE medical model of care program with Senator Bruce Tarr and State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante


Caribbean Dance Party at Gloucester’s Elks at Bass Rocks

April 8, 2016 ~ trixy546

Celebrate Spring at SeniorCare’s FUNdraiser!

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SeniorCare Inc. will host its first Caribbean Dance Party fundraiser on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Elks at Bass Rocks, located at 101 Atlantic Road on Gloucester’s picturesque back shore. The party will feature the music of Kolors, a Caribbean band with an exceptional dedication and commitment to sharing the joys of the Caribbean culture through its rich music. Join us as we celebrate spring 2016 in grand style. It will be an evening filled with music, dancing, and Caribbean style foods.

The Caribbean Dance Party is presented by TLC @ Home, LLC., a non-medical home care agency dedicated to exceeding expectations on service delivery and standards with all clients, employees, referral sources and community relations. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets to the party are $35 and include admission, hors d’oeuvres, a buffet supper, and a cash bar. A raffle with dozens of great prizes will also be offered. All proceeds support SeniorCare‘s programs and services including:

Meals on Wheels • Protective Services • Nutrition Education/Programming • Nursing • Caregiver Support • Money Management • Long-Term Care Ombudsmen • Preventive Health Programs • RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) • Transportation • Pawsitive Connections – a supportive pet program for seniors • Independent Living Funds

For information and to purchase tickets, contact Kelly Knox at SeniorCare Inc. at 978-281-1750 x-540 or kelly.knox@seniorcareinc.org. Or, visit our website www.seniorcareinc.org.

About SeniorCare

SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over.  We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Cape Ann Museum Photo Contest

April 8, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

Inspired by Home Online Photo Contest

In conjunction with this summer’s exhibition, Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers are invited to submit images based on the theme of “home” that capture the unique character of Cape Ann (photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea).

What does home mean to you? The photo below, taken by Philip Reisman in Gloucester in 1951, is one idea of home in a particular place and time. With this online photo contest, we want to see what speaks of home to you.

Deadline for submission: April 29, 2016

To submit your work, go to: http://www.capeannmuseum.org/inspired-by-home/

gloucester alley kids 7/51 [harbor terrace]

Winning entrants will be notified by May 27, 2016; top three selections will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)

2nd Prize: Signed copy of White on White by photographer Steve Rosenthal

3rd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop

All accepted images will be posted on the Cape Ann Museum website and on other social media outlets. A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be digitally displayed in the Museum during the course of the Design/Build exhibition (June 4 – October 9, 2016).

To submit your work, go to: http://www.capeannmuseum.org/inspired-by-home/

Sawyer Free Library Week of April 10

April 8, 2016 ~ sawyerfreelibrary


Happy National Library Week!

The Theme this year is “Libraries Transform Lives”

How has your library transformed you or someone you know? Please share with us by leaving a comment or by stopping in!

April 16:

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Our Book Sale is May 19-21!


Vacation Week Event:

Story Flags April 21

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Today’s The Day- First Match At Noon Get There Early It’s Bikini Speedo Dodgeball 2016 Bitches!



Check Out The Facebook Event Page For The Latest Dodgeball Updates-


Bikini Speedo Dodgeball This Saturday April 9th Click This Link For All The Info

Parking Will be at the Wingaersheek Lot and Shuttle Bus will take you to Spindrift.

Much easier mode of transportation is Uber, Lyft or Lighthouse Taxi-978-281-6161

If you drive please drop off your teammates/passengers at Spindrift and then park so there will be less people taking the shuttle bus and it will make it go much quicker.  Also all tips on he shuttle bus will be going to the event beneficiary- Camp Spindrift.


Reiki Training for Animal Lovers

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Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Reiki 1st Degree/Shoden Training – Saturday and Sunday. April 9 and 10.*

Learn 1st Degree/Beginner Reiki with a focus on self-Reiki for relaxation and self-care.

Contact us for details – info@dreamtimewellness.com. 978-283-4258. Whether for self-care or professional Reiki practice, start your journey here with thorough, supportive classes. Additional practice opportunity and mentoring offered.
Note: *This 2-day class will help you get started with reiki for self-care, family and pets. Additional self-study, required reading and supervised practicums for certificate of completion.
The attendees of this Reiki Training have each expressed a deep love of animals and there will be additional focus on ‘Animal Reiki’ for this class. Animals respond to Reiki with signs of relaxation, helpful for optimal wellbeing and peak performance.

‘What is Reiki?’ – Reiki (ray-kee) is a hands-on (or non-touch for those that prefer) healing method/art that originated in Japan in 1922. During…

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