Sharing my husband’s memory of the night his band opened for Prince

Last night talking about Prince with my husband, and knowing what a huge fan of his he was, I asked Tom what is his favorite Prince song. He said there were too many and then shared a heartfelt story about the night his band (The Atlantics) opened for Prince at the Metro. It was for The Dirty Mind album tour and the year was 1981, Saint Patrick’s Day. He and his band mates were over the moon with excitement, but also scared to death. Not because of Prince’s growing star power, but because of the intense racial divisions prevailing in Boston at that time, which often manifested at rock concerts, with musicians getting caught in the crosshairs.

All worries were for nothing. To everyone’s joyful surprise, the audience, a sea of black faces and white faces in equal numbers, were all there to have a fantastic time, which they did. Tom especially recalls a group of young black women in the first row, dressed more for church than a rock concert, smiling and dancing to the Atlantics songs, and if you can believe this, they placed their purses on top of the stage, near his feet. (Can people even bring purses to concerts any longer??) Prince’s messages of love and tolerance are a powerful inspiration. That Saint Patrick’s Day night at the Metro opening for Prince is one of Tom’s favorite band memories.

On Tom’s facebook page is a great photo from that night, taken by the Metro’s house photographer Steven Stone, maybe a little too sexy in case young kids are scrolling through GMG, but you can check it out here at Thomas Hauck.

Well hello there!

Beauty Surprise at Twilight!

Female Mallard Nine ducklings Kim Smith

As much as I was surprised by this sweet glimpse of mama and her ducklings coming around a bend in the marsh, she was as equally surprised to see me, hidden behind a clump of tall grasses. One glance, and mom quickly departed with her nine (!!) newly emerged ducklings. Happy Earth Day!

This Weekend In The Arts

at Rocky Neck Art Colony

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Rocky Neck Art Colony opens the doors on “Why Abstract: The Art of Imagination” an invitational exhibition of abstract art curated by artist Matt Cegelis of Rockport. Featuring paintings, mixed media, photography and digital art by 23 artists, the exhibition examines why the artists choose abstraction as an expressive practice. Elements of mystery, imagination, discovery and more are also explored in artist statements and public discourse with the artists.

“Why Abstract” is on view April 21–May 30, 2016 at the Cultural Center Gallery at 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester during gallery hours, Thursday-Sunday 12:00-4:00 PM each week. The public is invited to a reception for artists and friends on Saturday, April 23, 4:00-6:00 PM.

Additional public events during the exhibition include two Artist Talks on Sunday, May 1, 3:00-4:00 PM, and Sunday, May 22, 3:00-4:00 PM, and a Closing Celebration with a “Viewer’s Choice” award presentation on Friday, May 27, 4:00-6:00 PM.


April is for Lighthouse Enthusiasts
Cape Ann Museum to host
lighthouse-inspired programs

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to announce its April 2016 lineup of lighthouse-inspired programming. The poetry of Suellen Wedmore and the newest book by Eric Jay Dolin each revolve around the influencing power of the lighthouse, its keepers, and the Fresnel lens on display at the Museum. Join the Museum for these programs, each of which offer a new take on the popular topic of lighthouses.

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Photo: Lighthouse enthusiast photographs the Fresnel lens at the Cape Ann Museum. Image credit: Nicole Fandel

 Saturday, April 23 at 2:00p.m.

Based on her most recent book of poetry, Mind the Light, writer Suellen Wedmore melds photographs, paintings, music and movement to depict the bravery and intelligence of the little-known heroines of our American past—women lighthouse keepers. Assisting Wedmore will be Juliana McGovern, Barbara Brewer, and others. Following the program, Wedmore will be available to sign copies of her book which is for sale in the Museum Shop. This program is free for CAM members / $10 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required.

Saturday, April 30 at 3:00p.m.

Eric Jay Dolin, the best-selling author of Leviathan, will discuss his most recent book, Brilliant Beacons, which traces the evolution of America’s lighthouse system, highlighting the political, military and technological battles fought to illuminate the nation’s coastlines. The talk will include remarks on the Fresnel lens, the inspiration for the term “brilliant beacon” as their use transformed American lighthouses. Following the program, Dolin will be available to sign copies of his book which is for sale in the Museum Shop.

This program is $15 for CAM members / $20 for non-members (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required.

For more information email us at Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.



hamlet.pngWith two successful events completed, the Gloucester Cinema, 74 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA (in collaboration with SPECTICAST Entertainment) continues their Arts Program with the announcement of the exclusive showing of three renowned plays — Hamlet, The Adventures of Pericles and The Taming of the Shrew.  All three of these classics were captured in stunning HD live at the Stratford Festival in September 2015.

HAMLET, the first of the Stratford Festival plays will be shown on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m.   The Stratford Festival, originally dedicated to the works of Williams Shakespeare, has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years.   These plays are captured using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create a sensational high-definition, surround-sound experience remaining faithful to the stage version of the production.

HAMLET, Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy has been called the greatest play in the English language and it will hold you spellbound.  The film excites and surprises at every turn, with some of the world’s finest classical actors bringing to life the most intense and heart-breaking relationships the stage has ever seen.

For “SAVE THE DATE” purposes the other two plays THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES will run on Sunday, May 8 at 10 a.m. and Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. followed by THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, which will run on Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. and Thursday June 2 at 7 p.m.

This is a perfect opportunity for drama students and those who are studying Shakespeare’s works to see them performed on the big screen by some of the finest classical actors.  Check out our Gloucester Cinema Face Book site. For additional information or group reservations, please call John Williams, Gloucester Cinema at 781-724-5368.


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James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email:
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.


If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?

Joey’s poll from yesterday asking “WHICH IS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL HIT FOR YOU, THE LOSS OF DAVID BOWIE OR PRINCE?” struck a powerful chord in me. It feels like the greatest musicians of our era are dropping so fast we can’t even keep track. Case in point: Lonnie Mack (blues/rock guitar pioneer and major influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan) also died yesterday.  So what do we do? One response is for Vickie and me book as many of our idols as quickly as possible and rush out to see the ones who are too big for the venues we book. It’s beginning to feel like a race against time.

RockinBluesl_Jumbo4-30bAt the same time, we think it’s important to showcase young artists, who might become the next Prince or Bowie or any of the dozen other greats who have left us over the past year. To that end, we produce several “rising star” shows a year — and our next one is a Rockin’ Blues Benefit next Saturday, April 30 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.

In addition to featuring three of the region’s top talent: Delta Generators, Willie J. Laws Band and Danielle Miraglia, this show has some profound significance: 1) It’s the last Delta Generators Show with Craig Rawding fronting the band — and 2) We will auction off a guitar (thanks to Guitar Center) signed by all the artists to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.  This will likely be the last guitar — perhaps the last thing ever — signed by all the current members of the Delta Generators.

If you live in Gloucester, you may have seen Danielle Miraglia here. In 2014, we brought her to Gloucester for the first time to perform with James Montgomery at a benefit for The Open Door, then again at the Cape Ann Solstice with Allen Estes and Charlie Farren.  She’s also been at the Rhumb Line.

On Sunday morning at 9AM, Danielle will be Aurelia Nelson’s special guest — and her only guest — on her North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up.  You’ll hear Danielle perform some of her songs along with a tribute to her favorite artist, Prince.  Now, Danielle isn’t one of those people who waited until yesterday to honor Prince.  Here’s a transcript of an interview she gave 10 years ago in Boston Beats:

Question: “If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?”

Danielle: “Oh, Prince. Even though I would be completely intimidated by him, and probably just faint. And he’s my height, so it would work.  All his dancers are really short, because they can’t be taller than him or it would just look funny.  I don’t have to play anything, I’ll just roll around on stage.  I’ll just hold onto his leg.  You can put that in print if you want.”

Check out Danielle at Gloucester’s UU Church fundraiser here (by Cape Ann TV):

Are we there yet Earth Day? Art Love & Harmony


Happy Earth Day! If you missed Patti Amaral’s every day is Earth Day letter to the editor  it’s a great way to begin your morning. Her letter made me think about this street art in Gloucester. Does anyone know who painted it and how it came about? Is it unique?

The mural is located out of sight behind Dunkin’ Donuts. I am a Dunkin regular. Admittedly a drive-thru is not a promising Earth Day post.  There’s a reward with this one: a sun dappled park scene where everyone and their dog are enjoying the open air, lunch, the sun, the moment–and they pick up after themselves!

Patti, Donna, Amy– in this world Everyone is pitching in, all lyrical limbs. There’s even a bit of  perspective.Ten years ago, the mural wrapped so you might not catch the whole story with just one queue. You’d need to drive through again and it wouldn’t bother you a bit. Over time, low and lush hydrangea beneath the mural were broken up and dispersed among planters. Small billboards with local advertising sprouted; it’s hard to find fault with that business effort. We hoped it was only a trial. It wasn’t. My young sons felt badly for the painting when ads were pasted right up to the mural’s edge and (eek!) atop. The day came when they said no way to that drive through. (We may have wrote the owners please move the signs a little more to the left and can you fix it?)

It’s been years and I forgot about the painting. The billboard clutter was drastically reduced. Unfortunately there’s no harmony in 104.9 smack dab in the middle of the painting. And is it churlish on Earth Day to wish that the 2 evergreen somethings that have grown too tall for that site could be cropped, instead of the image? If that sign (sorry 104.9) was scooched over and off…cue the Earth Day music.


Fifth Dimension’s 1969 chart topping Age of Aquarius – Let the Sunshine In. The clip includes scenes from Hair. My dear friend blasts this song first thing Earth Day morning. What’s on your Earth Day playlist?

Pet of the week-Simba


Super Senior Simba here! I am a sweet and mellow fellow with an affectionate nature. I like to relax in sunny window perches and taking long cat naps. I am looking forward to enjoying my Golden Years by taking things slow, snacking often, playing freely and loving without abandon. How about you? I am looking for a family who is willing and able to love me for the rest of my days. Maybe this could be you? Then stop by and visit with me today! The Super Seniors program is supported in part by a grant from the Petco Foundation. Please check out our website for all available animals and to support us in our Gloucester Pride Stride Effort to raise funds for veterinary care.

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 4/22/16

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Volunteer Drivers Needed in Rockport

April 21, 2016 ~ trixy546 ~ Edit

SeniorCare is looking for drivers to deliver Meals on Wheels in Rockport. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a frail elder, please contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x560.

Meals on Wheels

Do You Have 2 Hours to Spare to Help a Frail Elder?

Maritime Gloucester Happenings

Image ~ April 21, 2016 ~ maritimegloucesterprograms

Constant Contact April vacation week 2016

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Great race and helps support the arts.
Register before May 1 and get a free tshirt and the post race buffet at the Studio makes the entry fee a bargin.
You can register online by going to  or get a registration form at the Lone Gull.
Please pass this on to any runners I may have missed.
The race is capped at 400 so don’t delay or you will miss out !

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Participants Registered Before May 1 Will Receive a
Custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

Go to to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

The event is sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund.  With chip-timed results, participants may compete individually or as a team in the popular Team Challenge.  The Run/Walk along the breathtakingly beautiful seaside course will be capped off by a festive post-Race brunch celebration on the deck at Rocky Neck’s The Studio Restaurant.

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The Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge is a fun community ‘happening’ to benefit RNAC, a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.   Open to all, beginners can experience the joy of exercise in the outdoors while  experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course.  Everyone will enjoy creating memories individually or in a team with colleagues, family and friends.

The Team Challenge provides a great opportunity for groups from businesses, non-profits, clubs and affiliations of every size to show their colors, build organizational pride and share an experience to be long remembered.

The USATF (United States of America Track and Field) sanctioned event will take off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck.  It will return along Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck where all participants are invited for a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards  ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.

The Race start will be at 9 a.m., with packet pickup at Race Headquarters in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck from 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM. Race participation is limited to 400.  Participants registered before May 1 will receive a custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

If spots are still available on Race day, walk-in registration will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sign up early to insure participation. Go to to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

Volunteers will be positioned to direct visitors to street parking as well as  designated lots in and around Rocky Neck.  Space will be available in Rocky Neck Park along the Causeway for everyone to meet and warm up before the Race kicks off.

Earth Day Activities at Common Crow 


Celebrate Earth Day with Common Crow

Dear Common Crow Fans,
We are celebrating EARTH DAY at the store this Saturday, April 23.
Please join us for a fun day with music, free samples, family art activities, plant talks and . . .
The long awaited, one day only, GREENLIFE FLASH SALE from 10-5pm!
Hope to see you all there!