Monthly Archives: July 2016


Words won’t adequately describe how delicious was Passport’s French dinner. I had only my cell phone camera with me but I think you will get the idea. 

IMG_97271st Course ~ Superb panko crusted super fresh big eye tuna, crispy rare, with sweet and spicy sriracha glaze, and carrot snow pea slaw. My husband says it is his new favorite entree, anywhere, anytime. Served with sparkling Brut Dargent Blanc de Blanc

IMG_9730Rock shrimp in basil pesto with Danielle’s Pastaio escarole, radicchio, and cheese ravioli. U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e! With Jean and Paul Benoit Droin Chablis.

IMG_9740Beyond amazingly delicious hard sear all natural sirloin with marchand de vin, potato gratin, and braised kale. Served with Louis Latour Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine. 

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker did an outstanding job selecting the accompanying wines. The three entree-sized servings were simply exquisite and, along with the blood orange sorbet for dessert, it was one of my favorite dinners I have ever experienced. Thank you Passports for the wonderfully joyful cooking. Hats off to Chefs Eric, Jeremy, and Alex!

The cost of the wine dinners is 45.00 per person, which in my opinion is an extraordinarily low price considering the caliber of the food and wine. Each course is served with a VERY generous glass of perfectly paired wine, four glasses in all. IMG_9752

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker

This Weekend in the Arts

Architect Halfdan M. Hanson: His Hidden Legacy

A multimedia presentation followed by optional tour of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Saturday, July 23 at 1:00p.m.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a lecture and walking tour focusing on the life and work of Halfdan Hanson, architect of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Hanson’s granddaughter, Linda Brayton and great-granddaughter, Jen Holmgren, share the fascinating details of his hidden legacy and conclude with a short walk to view Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, one of Hanson’s major designs.

Tickets are $10 for Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England members / $15 non-members (Museum admission included). Space is limited; reservations required.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets, call (978)283-0455 x10 email


Image credit: International Newsreel photo 175229. “July 28, 1922 John D. Rockefeller Jr. visits Gloucester. The church of Our Lady of Good Voyage at the famous little fishing city.” Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Upcoming Cape Ann Museum – Historic New England Collaborations:

August 6, 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Old House Doctor at the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House


Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

Get your art fix outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are held rain or shine. Participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. Cost is $10 for Cape Ann Museum members; $20 for nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited and reservations are required. Email or call (978) 283-0455 x10 for more information or to reserve a space. This tour will be offered again on July 30, August 12 and August 27.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months between 1912 and 1928. He began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.


Image credit: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.



“The Intersection of Marine Science, Conservation, Activism and Arts.”  This is the third offering of a series addressing the interconnection of the Arts and Sciences as part of NSAA’s “Art in Action – Connecting Communities” initiative for their 2016 season.

Saturday, July 23, 3 PM.  Open Free to the Public.

 Fascinated by the transparency and reflectivity of glass, and similarly those qualities in our ocean waters, highly regarded Arts and Environmental activist and major force for the growth of the arts on Cape Ann, Karen Ristuben will offer a dynamic look at the ways in which marine science, conservation, and the arts can positively impact each other.  Through photography, video, sound and performance with “environmental advocacy at the core” her goal is “to expand the efforts of scientists working on issues of ocean contamination and public health” and to stimulate interest, involvement and awareness in the general public.

By using the arts to present fascinating information about our ocean environment she believes that visual, sensory offerings provide an emotional experience allowing audiences to come away not only with new and interesting information, but also a desire to learn how they can make a difference.  Aesthetically compelling experiences can be transformational in stimulating individuals’ discovery that they can, in whatever way personally appeals to them, make a direct difference in the protection of our oceans and planet.

Karen Ristuben’s presentation promises to be not only an innovative educational experience, but also a stimulating and exciting melding of the Arts and Sciences.

Supporting Ocean Alliance’s 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” continues 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.

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5 PM.

More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.


Hans Pundt Summer Artist Exhibition
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Show Dates: July 20 – August 9, 2016
Reception: SAT July 23, 6 to 8 pm

Gloucester resident and mixed media/assemblage artist Hans Pundt is the fourth Summer Artist in the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. His show opens on Wednesday, July 20, and continues to August 9 with the opening reception on Saturday July 23, from 6-8 pm.

Pundt searches out the rich visuals found in the obscure and unusual. His creative spirit takes him on a journey that can be quirky, mystical, edgy, odd and fascinating, which is all reflected in his work along with a bit of fun. Every piece he creates tells a story and engages the viewer to use his or her own imagination to interpret the story.

He loves to use found objects in his collage and assemblage work, often combining the two mediums. He enjoys the hunt for materials, the tactile manipulation and construction of the piece and likes giving life back to found objects and discarded bits of paper.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours
Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM

For more information call Gallery 53 at 978-282-0917.


The Evolution of Architecture in Gloucester

Architecture Walking Tours at the Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a new addition to its popular outdoor walking tours. The Evolution of Architecture in Gloucester will take place on Sunday, July 24 at 2:00p.m.


Image credit: Colonial revival house on Pleasant Street in Gloucester, MA. Designed by architectural firm, Phillips & Holloran.

 Downtown Gloucester boasts a variety of architectural styles, often alternating from one house to the next. This historical architecture tour will introduce participants to those building styles from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century. Participants will learn to distinguish key architectural elements that grew out of the socio-economic and cultural changes in Gloucester that took place during this 200 year period. After this tour you’ll find it hard not to notice the diversity offered in Cape Ann’s building styles and what they reveal about the community during different time periods.

This walking tour is offered in conjunction with this summer’s special exhibition, Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects which runs through October 9, 2016.

All walking tours begin in front of the Cape Ann Museum. 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 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

This walking tour is also offered on Friday, August 5 at 10:00a.m.


2016 HSP Poster - UR Upper Harbor


Safety wowed the crowd and yes, there was dancing in the street! July 21, 2016 @ The Harbor Loop Concert Series 2016. Next week The Mike O’Connell Band

Band Members
SAFETY features – Dan King,Tony Goddess, Dennis Monagle, Renee Dupuis, Megan Mckensie, and Brian King
Safety Alumni – Kascia Murray, Guy Fiero, Colin Harhay, Ann Marie
Gloucester, MA

Victory Agents

Live 80s cover band featuring 4 lead singers and the best hair in music (currently).
80’s done with a new twist and fantastic duds.

Your party, is our party.
Personal Interests
Bangles, Bowie, Blondie, Eurythmics, Kulture Klub, Go Go’s, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, The Cure, Stacie Q., Devo, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode…

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