Cameron’s Restaurant inside, the carved eagle sign, and demo January 2020 #GloucesterMA

Debris from the demo of the 13,500 SF property (and parking lot) on 206/209 Main Street, formerly known as Cameron’s restaurant, is being trucked away from sorted piles, scrap metal here, mixed materials there. Action Inc. and North Shore Community Development Coalition ‘s  new apartment building will meld in a few street level commercial spaces. (Read about the latticework of buildings on this stretch of Main here and see photos then and now below. I think it will be both changeless and changing as the saying goes.) I’m confident the charm and great karma of Cameron’s meals and happy celebrations will carry forward for the residents and business owners coming to this corner of Main and Elm.

In the meantime I was delighted to find some (poor) snapshots with my mom inside Cameron’s. I’m sure there are more and better Cameron’s photographs out there!

2019 March 17 view past shuttered Cameron's _206 Main Street Gloucester Mass_site for future housing and mixed use by Action inc
photo caption March 17, 2019 view across Main Street, past Cameron’s to City Hall
Cameron's demo 2020 Jan 22 Gloucester Mass ©c ryan
photo caption January 22, 2019 

Inside Cameron’s restaurant 2009, 2010

photo snapshot captions – fuzzy glimpses of Cameron’s restaurant interior on St. Patrick’s Day 2009 (kids playing fiddles now in their 20s!) & 2010. There must be photos out there!

Cameron’s carved eagle salvaged and soaring

The eagle was removed, repaired and painted in 2017 in preparation for a new and most fitting site– flying high for Cape Ann Veterans Services. Who carved Cameron’s iconic eagle sign?

GMG reader David Collins shares the answer about the artist who hand carved the eagle as reported in the Gloucester Daily Times 2017. Carl Goddard of Nahant carved the eagle in 1967. 

Mike Springer photograph for Gloucester Daily Times- 16 foot wooden eagle hand carved in 1967 by Carl A. Goddard of Nahant

View on the side

2012 mural across from common crow _on Cameron's building_ Elm Street off Main Gloucester Mass _ ©c ryan
2012 mural painted by children w/ Cape Ann Art Haven (and painted again!)
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January 17, 2020 Cameron’s demo coming, corner of Elm and Main

Demo January 17 – 24, 2020


Artist studios across the street will have a front row for the construction progress.

When Prospect Street was one lane | Allen Street then and now #GloucesterMA

Near Allen Street

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near Allen Street- view down Prospect Street _ Our Lady blue domes in background, 107 Prospect St. on right, Gloucester, Ma.
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when Prospect Street was one road, homes (still standing), and variety property fence designs (from  History of Gloucester Vol. 3, published 1978, featuring photographs from James B. Benham collection and from Gaspar J. Lafata and Martin J. Horgan Jr. )
top floor balcony enclosed


Below- arch windows and decorative door elements on the homes in the vintage photo can be found on homes throughout Gloucester, including two nearby:

Tonight! GHS boys JV 5:30 PM | Varsity 7:00 PM basketball home games vs. Lynn Classical 🏀🏀 #GloucesterMA

GHS jv bball warm up_20200119_Gloucester High School gym ©c ryan

  • Find all the GHS sports schedules for Gloucester specific page here

  • GHS Basketball twitter = @FishermenBball
  • GHS Fishermen Athletics twitter = @FishermenGhs


GHS Boys basketball  home games vs. Lynn today. GHS Girls basketball and Swim Team both away. Gymnastics tonight (meet in Wenham).

Jan 24, 25, 26 2019 breaks down as follows

GHS sports now

4:00pm Basketball: Boys Freshman Game vs. Lynn Classical

5:30pm Basketball: Girls JV Game

vs. Lynn Classical

5:30pm Basketball: Boys JV Game vs. Lynn Classical

6:00pm Swimming/Diving: Varsity Meet TBA vs. TBA

Dive Meet – 5:30pm Warmup No Bus – permission slips to be signed

7:00pm Basketball: Girls Varsity Game

vs. Lynn Classical

7:00pm Basketball: Boys Varsity Game vs. Lynn Classical

8:00pm Gymnastics: Varsity Meet vs. Malden Public Schools

7:30pm warmup

Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00am Wrestling: Varsity Quad

vs. Multiple Schools..

9am weigh in

4:00pm Ice Hockey: Boys JV Game

vs. Lynnfield

Sunday, January 26, 2020
3:10pm Ice Hockey: Girls JV Game

vs. Winchester

5:00pm Swimming/Diving: Varsity NEC League TBA vs. TBA

Academy of American Poets Announces Winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students

April is National poetry month.  Poem in Pocket Day 2020 falls on April 30th. Stay tuned for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library annual poetry without paper contest for students.

Here’s the winning image for the 2020 poster – this year was an open call to student artists!

SAMANTHA AIKMAN winner 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students_photograph
Order the 2020 poster with winning art by SAMANTHA AIKMAN, 10th grader from VT,  for the Academy of American Poets’ 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students (photography “tree cookies”) 


New York, NY (January 9, 2020)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that tenth grader Samantha Aikman from Mount Mansfield Union High School in Richmond, Vermont, has been named the winner of the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. Aikman’s artwork was selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel from among ten outstanding finalists and 180 student submissions. The Academy of American Poets will distribute 100,000 free copies of the 2020 National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s artwork to libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide. The poster will also be available for download

As the winner of the contest, Aikman will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and art supplies from Sakura Color of America. She will also be featured in the April 2020 issue of American Poets magazine. 

The judges have additionally selected artwork by twelfth grader Kai Huie from The Bronx High School of Science in New York, New York, to receive Honorable Mention for the 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. As the runner-up Huie will receive $250.

KAI HUIE honorable mention 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students
KAI HUIE 2020 National Poetry Month poster contest for students – honorable mention


For the contest, the Academy of American Poets invited students in grades nine through twelve to submit artwork that incorporated line(s) from the poem “Remember” by current U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and that reflected a celebration of the art of poetry.

Read the full release and more about the lines both Aikman and Huie selected here

Request a free copy of the National Poetry Month poster featuring Aikman’s winning artwork in time for the April 2020 celebration.

View all ten incredible finalists.

Tell students you know who might like to submit for the poster contest 2021.

GHS boys JV 10AM and Varsity 11:30AM basketball home games this morning! 🏀🏀

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January 19, 2020 GHS boys basketball home games tonight vs. Beverly

JV game at 10 AM | Varsity at 11:30

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Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company new #RockportMA digs on Bearskin Neck

Rusty and Ingrid storefront 8 Bearskin Neck Rockport Mass _20200119_©c ryan

Rusty and Ingrid moved from Main Street to 8 Bearskin Neck Rockport, Mass. Winter Hours: Friday, Saturday, Saturday: 11am – 5pm. Or by appointment.

Rusty and Ingrid moved from Main Street to 8 Bearskin Neck Rockport Mass _20200119_©c ryan (1)

Mayor Romeo Theken instrumental in securing 3 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure upgrades #GloucesterMA

Mayor Romeo Theken was instrumental in securing funding, including a MassWorks grant, for another generational neighborhood infrastructure overhaul in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This soup to nuts improvement project– water, sewer, drainage, pavement, & utilities–impacts several streets including: Cedar, Millet, Sargent, Shepherd, Trask, and Warner. Some original sewer pipes were a century old.

gloucester ma infrastructure improvements coming to streets here_google maps

Gloucester DPW works in concert and alternates with various partners as the work is completed. While National Grid is up at bat currently with the utitlity upgrades, DPW is demobilized. The gas complany is replacing aged gas lines and mains, and improving services. It may have a wider scope than the city utility work.

photo caption: street work view down Millet Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts. City Hall and St. Ann’s in distance:

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photo caption: Millet and Warner Street , Gloucester, MA (Jan. 14, 2020)

Millet and Warner Streets_thx Mayor, DPW getting $ past finish line _3 million all grant funded_ MassWorks_ infrastructure improvements_Gloucester MA_ photo © c ryan 2020 Jan 14.jpg

Thanks to Mayor, DPW getting $ past finish line _3 million all grant funded_ mass works_ infrastructure improvements_Gloucester MA_photograph copyright © c ryan 2020 Jan 14 (2).jpg

National Grid marks street_thx Mayor, DPW getting $ past finish line _3 million all grant funded_ MassWorks_ infrastructure improvements_Gloucester MA_ photo © c ryan 2020 Jan 14

Cape Ann Museum’s new satellite location opening June 2020 #GloucesterMA

From Washington & Poplar streets, progress views (2018-2020) across to the Cape Ann Museum expansion. This spot includes the historic White Ellery House and Barn, Babson-Alling home, new archives & collections building, and public space and grounds. The museum’s anchor location is nearby on Pleasant Street in downtown Gloucester.


Apri 2019 / Nov 2019


Jan 2019 / Jan 2020


Nov 2018 / Jan 2020


sign announcing Cape Ann Museum expansion_Gloucester Mass_20200114_©c ryan


How are you enjoying this 68°crazy warm winter walk weather?

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I didn’t notice yesterday but today, January 12, 2020, the ground smells like April. I found a sunny spot protected from the wind and stayed put reading outside, odd but nice. The former highest January temp on record was 62 degrees back in 1975.

Cape Ann Museum Community Conversation Series Kicks off Jan 18, 2020

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Courtney Richardson, Director of Public Education and Programs for Cape Ann Museum, shares outreach about a new community conversation series at CAM.  “We want to know what you think! Join us to share your feedback about our Library & Archives on January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. There will be chowda!”

Let’s Talk About the Future! CAM Community Conversations Series Starts 

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a new series of community conversations on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. As the Cape Ann Museum looks forward to 2023 and the 150thanniversary of the founding of the Museum, originally known as the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, staff is rethinking exhibitions and the work that is being done within the community. To help the Museum plan for the future, please come and participate in a series of conversations about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, programming and more. Each monthly session throughout the winter will have a specific focus: January 18 – Library & Archives; February 22 – Exhibitions; March 14 – Public Programs. These staff moderated exchanges will give participants a chance to share feedback and ideas for the future. Refreshments will be served. January’s community conversation will be moderated by CAM’s new Librarian/Archivist Trenton Carls and will feature clam chowder from the Gloucester House. Free and open to the public.  Reservations encouraged but walk-ins are also welcome. Reserve online at or call (978)283-0455 x10.

Tomorrow! Check out these unique custom tours by the talented docents at Cape Ann Museum – and new free days #GloucesterMA

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(Consideration – interior scene at the time of a special Lane exhibition in 2017)

The museum is switching up free days in January for days throughout the year including a fixed schedule of second Saturdays of every month.

Courtney Richardson shares news about the debut of a bounty of new Cape Ann Museum tours presented by dedicated docents on Saturdays in January 2020. Peruse the complete list below; a tremendous amount of knowledge and passion went into preparing distinct and engaging programs for museum visitors.

Winter Shorts Return in January!

Theme-based tours of the collection Saturdays throughout January

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a month-long series of specialty tours on Saturdays starting January 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.  Learn more about the Museum’s collections through Winter Shorts. Each tour has been creatively crafted by one of the Museum’s volunteer docents. Each themed tour focuses on different areas of the collection. Three or four tours are offered each Saturday —sign up for one or more—a great way for members and nonmembers alike to learn about the Museum and Cape Ann art & history. Each tour lasts approximately 20 minutes with time to transition in between. Come for one or all! On these Saturdays, Winter Shorts will replace the 11:00 a.m. highlights tours. Tours are free for CAM members or with Museum admission. Space is limited. Reservations required. For more information visit or call 978-283-0455 x10.

List of tours by date.


January 11, 2020

“Everyday Art Objects” with CAM docent Pat Earle

There are many things in our world what are used on a regular basis but not remarked on for their appearance. Sometimes, when no longer used, these items become recognized and treasured for their beauty. View objects on display now which are admired as artwork and consider what everyday objects might be exhibited by this Museum 50 years from now.

“Cape Ann Morals, Commerce and Culture Viewed Through a 19th Century Piano” with CAM docent Paul Romary

The piano in the rear parlor of the Davis House was built in Boston in 1828 and accessioned by the Cape Ann Museum in 1942. In exploring between those dates, this piano offers a window into the transformation of the mores, commerce and culture of the nation charting Cape Ann from the Federal era of the early 19th century until the Great Depression.

“Angels, Saints and Serpents” with CAM docent Trudi Olivetti

Amid the realistic landscapes and life-like portraits in the Cape Ann Museum, one can find surprising representations of otherworldly beings. Some of these are allegorical and some are sworn to be seen by eyewitnesses. On this brief tour, we will visit some of these and learn their intriguing stories.

“Is that a Lane?” with CAM docent John Day

The Captain Elias Davis house has many treasures: furniture, portraits, pewter, imported serving ware, navigational instruments; a bird cage, a large ship model, a sailor’s valentine, a peep box, and a lady’s fireplace screen.  Sometimes overlooked are the landscapes and seascapes on the walls of the several rooms, some of which are among the Museum’s oldest and most historically important paintings.  And among these are several with direct or indirect links to the work of Fitz Henry Lane.

January 18, 2020

“The Material World” with CAM docent Gail Anderson

A British redcoat, an elegant silk dress, lavish upholstery and carpeting. Have you ever looked carefully at the use and depiction of fabric in the museum’s collections……and what that material might indicate about the owner or wearer? This Winter Short will explore artworks and artifacts to discover hidden meanings folded into fabric.

“Geology as Destiny” with CAM docent Ed Becker

The landscape of Cape Ann has been shaped by ancient geologic forces – from the collision of tectonic plates to the scraping of glacial ice. Using examples from the Museum’s collection, we’ll explore how this geologic history led to Cape Ann’s important quarry industry, and to landforms that have inspired artists for over two centuries.

“Cape Ann Really Rocks” with CAM docent Hazel Von Rosenvinge

Fishing wasn’t the only booming industry on Cape Ann. Granite quarries speckle the landscape. Rocks were shipped all over the world. Learn more about the people who worked in the quarries and the impact the industry had on this place.

“Let’s Have a Show of Hands” with CAM docent John Huss

Visit an array of exhibits and see how artists portrayal of HANDS helps deliver their message. HANDS are on display on canvas, in stone and on film. It’s a fast and fun tour!

January 25, 2020

“Judith, John and Universalism” with CAM docent Sarah Wetzel

Musings on Judith Sargent Murray born in Gloucester May 1,1751 -nearly to the day 200 years before me -and her husband the Rev. John Murray. Exploring her voice and influence during the time of the birth of our country and the establishment of the first Universalist Church here in Gloucester.

“Sailing Solo” with CAM docent Doug Stewart

What kind of person would willingly spend two months, maybe three, alone in a small boat being tossed around by waves while trying to sail 3,000 miles to Europe? Meet two of them, both Gloucester fishermen, in the Museum’s Maritime Gallery and see the actual boats they sailed. One of the men, Danish immigrant Alfred Johnson, was the first person in history to sail alone across the Atlantic. The other, Nova Scotian Howard Blackburn, was the first to do so without fingers!

“From Tragedy to Beauty: Thacher Island and the Fresnel Lens” with CAM docent Suellen Wedmore

This multi-media presentation on the Island of the Twin Lights, includes a brief history of the island and lens, shared photographs, a piece of a Fresnel Lens that you may hold in your hands, music, movement, and the reading of two poems relating to Maria Bray’s 1864 heroism. She is joined in this presentation by Cape Ann Museum members Barbara Brewer and Juliana McGovern, who participated in Suellen’s 2016 CAM presentation “Mind the Light.”

COMPLETED TOURS Continue reading “Tomorrow! Check out these unique custom tours by the talented docents at Cape Ann Museum – and new free days #GloucesterMA”

Reminder | Bruce J. Anderson webinar January 15th and a nice message for #GloucesterMA #InspiringSiblingStory


The Bruce J Anderson 2020 application deadline is all heart: February 14, 2020 

That’s more than a month away, and the stellar team at The Boston Fund is hosting a Webinar next week to help with any questions.  They make it easy to participate.

Bruce J Anderson- an inspiring sibling story

Every year, we share the Bruce J Anderson announcement for its upcoming grant cycle which has supported wonderful local projects. After posting the 2020 call, Larry Anderson wrote a message for GMG readers about the fund honoring his brother and the family’s love for Gloucester and Cape Ann. It’s often difficult for families to get together in one place as years go by, and here six siblings gather again and again for something so positive. (I have another post in mind about sibling tributes which I’ll share with Larry soon.) Thank you so much for sharing the story and sparking ideas!

“Thanks for recognizing the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. Bruce was my brother. He loved Gloucester, where he spent most of the summers of his life and where he lived and worked at the time of his death many years ago. His six siblings — three sisters, my two brothers, and I — have been fortunate to be able to keep his generous spirit alive through the modest but steady efforts of the foundation created in his name. We have been gratified to be able to support the worthy organizations you name, as well as many others on Cape Ann. We are always glad to hear from new community-minded groups. So please take advantage of the January 15 webinar offered by the capable, helpful folks at The Boston Foundation, who administer the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.” –  Larry Anderson 

Photos above show happy results from their support — installation views at Cape Ann Museum from the travel exbibit Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads

Next Week! About the webinar

A word from the Bruce J Anderson team at The Boston Fund

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, has launched its 2020 request for proposals.

Please find the request for proposals here,

and note the application deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

We will be hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 15th from 12:00-1:00 pm EST. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, and the process for applying for funding.  Please note that this webinar is not mandatory and your attendance will not affect how your application is reviewed. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please accept the attached calendar invitation so we can know your plans for attendance.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Loren Van Allen at or 617-338-1621.

winter sunrise Good Harbor Beach – marsh walk loop

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From Salt Island side walked the beach and circled round Thacher Road at the back of Good Harbor Beach, about 6:30-6:45am. Photos possible from the safe and great new walkway (thanks Gloucester DPW)

GHS boys basketball home games today! 🏀🏀

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January 7, 2020 GHS boys basketball home games tonight vs. Beverly

Freshman game at 4pm

JV game at 5:30PM

Varsity at 7:00PM