We are America the Beautiful

We Are America the Beautiful is a non-partisan initiative engaging citizens to learn about the status of national events, the impact of local action and the importance of voting thoughtfully.

If you look at our facebook page: weareamericathebeautiful you will see the many subjects that we have addressed over the past couple of years.



This Weekend in The Arts 7/19-22/2019


Roar into the fun at First Congregational Church of Essex VBS, 39 Main Street, Essex.

July 21-25, 5:00-8:00 pm.  Ages Pre-K through 8th grade welcome!

Join us for a fun-filled time celebrating a ferocious faith that powers us through this wild life.  Each evening includes singing, dancing, outdoor games, interactive drama, arts & crafts, fascinating experiments, a movie theater, and dinner!!

Pre-register at FCCOE.org (“community” tab, click on “VBS”), or you can sign up at VBS itself (not necessary to pre-register).


Hello from The Jantelles,

Come dance the night away to the Juke Box hits while you enjoy a full buffet and the views of the Gloucester Harbor on the Beauport Cruise Lines!  

Saturday,  July 20th,  6:00 – 9:00
6 Rowe Square, Gloucester ~ 978-865-3210 ~ Beauportcruiselines.com
Tickets $35.00 – $59.00


Concert at Annisquam Village Church

JULY 20 • 7:30 PM
Annisquam Village Church
820 Washington St., Gloucester MA 01930

CONCERT WINDS TRIO David Benjamin, clarinet, Priscilla Walter, piano, and Jean Antrim, flute, kick off our concert season with trios, duos, and solos in our renewed sanctuary space, where the sound is DIVINE. Join us for an evening of chamber music.

General admission $20, Seniors/Students $15
Tickets available at the door or online at:
Questions: Kathleen Adams at avc.music.program@gmail.com

Continuing thru July 28 at the Jane Deering Gallery

Continuing thru July 28th is the exhibition Within | Without new work by Gloucester artist Ann Conneman, whose masterful brush-drawn, hand-carved lettering in stone and on paper is exquisitely beautiful.  The stones Conneman carves are found throughout New England, many on her walks in the wilds of Cape Ann.

The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester next to the Cape Ann Museum.  Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00-5:00 and by appointment.  917-902-4359 . janedeeringgallery.com 


3 Amazing Castles! by New England Views

Welcome to the latest episode “3 Amazing Castles!” by New England Views. We take a visual tour to visit Hammond Castle in Gloucester, and also Gillette Castle, and Winnekenni Castle. Featuring new aerial footage & much more.

New England Views is on Facebook:
featuring the photography & videography of Cape Ann native Mark Kanegis.

Mark’s website and printing are done by Cape Ann Giclee:

The opening reception for Gloucester artist Ann Conneman’s work at the Jane Deering Gallery on Pleasant Street drew a crowd.

The exhibition Within | Without celebrates Conneman’s masterful brush-drawn, hand-carved lettering in stone and on paper. The stones are found throughout New England, many on walks in the wilds of Cape Ann. In the artist’s words: Lettering out these words with a brush and paint is a silent performance—a fluid, slow-motion translation into visual presence. Carving is elemental—the physical removal of stone with a mallet and chisel. Words become tactile and enduring.

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The exhibition continues through July 28. 

The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester next to the Cape Ann Museum.  Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00-5:00 and by appointment.  917-902-4359 . janedeeringgallery.com 

Conneman holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and earned a Diploma in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, Boston.

Windhover Summer News of Performances and Special Events 2019

Summer has burst forth on Cape Ann with its blossoms, peonies, late evening sunsets, sail boats and ocean waters that are slowly becoming swimmable. Now is the time to bring Windhover’s exciting performing arts season to your attention. Please join us in celebrating modern dance performed outdoors in the natural setting of a pristine quarry, as well as performances on Windhover’s beautiful outdoor stage.  Engage with our master modern dance classes taught by prominent dance companies from New York.

Here is our select summer schedule so far:

Better Balance & Brain Movement Workshop for teaching seniors.
Wednesday, July 3-Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Stay physically stable and mentally able. This workshop explores balance, cognitive impairment and movement by understanding issues related to aging. Taught by Lynn Simonson, creator of Simonson Technique, an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware including chair yoga. Three classes of two hours each are open to the public.  Contact Lynn at: lynnsimonson@aol.com  Lynn holds 4 certifications in Senior Exercise and balance training. Retreat includes lodging, food and yoga instruction. (See the Windhover website for further information.)

Summer Dance Intensive for teenagers (ages 12-18) from
Sunday, July 14-Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Taught by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre based in New York City. This company has had a residency at Windhover every summer for many years, and they perform the Quarry Dance each year. Technique classes in ballet and modern dance are followed by repertory work, choreography, composition and gyro. By special request, a guest instructor will teach hip hop classes as well. If you, or those you know, have teenagers that are interested in dance, please inquire further about our Dance Intensive from Director Molly Tupper at mollytupper@mac.com and check out our website at: www.windhover.org  A final student performance will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 4:00-5:00pm on Windhover’s outdoor stage, pending the weather. All are welcome.

Open adult drop-in Gyrokinesis Classes
Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00pm & Thursday, July 18 at 2:00pm.

Classes offered by members of Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre during the week of July 15-19, 2019. Classes are $12.00 per person. Check out our website for further information.

Quarry Dance Vlll
Friday, July 26th at 5:30pm;
Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am and at 4:30pm
Sunday, July 28th at 1:00pm

Quarry Dance Vlll comes to life at the exquisite setting of Halibut Point State Park where the breath-taking views of the Babson Farm Quarry set against the backdrop of the ocean are unforgettable. It is a unique landscape setting, and it will be a performance not to be missed. . This site-specific modern dance is performed by the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre around this spectacular quarry located on the grounds of the Dept of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). All performances are free and open to the public. Please check our website for further details and information. (Please take note this event is weather dependent. With rain, the performance is cancelled.)

Mid Summer’s Dream Women’s Yoga Retreat
Friday, August 2—Sunday, August 4, 2019

Led by 500 hour yoga instructor Nancy West. Nancy has been leading yoga retreats worldwide for 6 years and teaching for 19 years in the Boston area. Nancy shares her vast knowledge of yoga and meditation with you to help restore, re-set, and re-energize you.

Grab a few girlfriends or come solo and make new friends to join us in peace, serenity, and laughter. The beautiful natural setting of Windhover allows us to reconnect with nature and unplug from the craziness of life.

For more info, email Nancy at: nancy_reallifeyoga@comcast.net  or call 508-990-6795
Styles of yoga: Vinyasa, restorative, hatha, and meditation
Paddleboard yoga, kayaking for an additional fee.

Iyengar and Restorative Yoga Classes
Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Taught by Annie Hoffman who was on the faculty of the Boston Iyengar Center for 14 years and has been teaching in this tradition for over 26 years. Weekend package, or single day classes available. Contact Annie Hoffman at 617-645-5573 or email Annie at:

Endless Summer Women’s Yoga Retreat:
August 30-Sept. 2, 2019

Taught by Nancy West, yoga instructor.
Styles of yoga: Restorative, hatha, vinyasa and meditation

Art workshop, paddle board yoga, kayaking for an additional fee. For more info, email Nancy at: nancy_reallifeyoga@comcast.net  or call 508-990-6795

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company
Wednesday, September 4–Sunday, September 8, 2019.

This dynamic modern dance company brings athleticism, musicality, and creative ideas to bear on choreography.  All week, there will be morning master classes of all levels, plus two open rehearsals where you can learn how to interpret a dance based upon a wealth of images.

Friday and Saturday evenings September 6th and September 7th at 7:30pm

he entire company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. With inclement weather, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.


Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director,
Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966
Landline 978-546-3611,
Email: Windhover@verizon.net     www.windhover.org

Windhover’s outdoor stage with Teen Dance Intensive 2018.  Photo credit: David Watts Jr.

The Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Resident, Eeva Siivonen, Gives Opening Talk on Monday, July 1

Opening Talk:

7:00 PM on Monday, July 1 at the Cultural Center
at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA.

Closing Talk:

7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25,
at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10.

Now in its 15th year, the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s Goetemann Artist Residency provides visiting artists with a four-week stay in a live-work studio at the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) with access to the rich cultural community of Gloucester, MA. The July artist, video artist Eeva Siivonen, will give her opening talk at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 1, at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA. Her closing talk is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, at the Goetemann Residency Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., #10.

In Siivonen’s moving image work, the physical and sensorial experience of being in a place or a landscape creates subjective voices that are transient and present only through the dialogue between senses and the details of the physical environment. She assumes bodies and identities of observers who wander, rethink, and reinvent themselves constantly through the dialogue between language, image and sound. She looks for the moments of connection when images, words and sounds meet and align—creating, however briefly, a unity of a voice or experience. By playing with the constant tension between the pre-linguistic and ambiguous nature of images and sounds, and the gravity of language defines and creates meanings. Prefering to embrace chaos and the fragile nature of our subjectivities, the constant stream of memories, random thoughts, and associations that collide with the perceptual world around us, keep her viewers in a perpetual state of aimless change and movement.

This illuminates what is small and ephemeral—details, thoughts, and emotions that appear and disappear like fireflies at dusk. Little pieces and traces of thought and experience speak through silence rather than noise. She sutures these together in a visual and sonic space where the overlooked and forgotten become visible and amplified in an effort to create space for attention and empathy.


A video artist, originally from Helsinki, Finland, Eeva Siivonen currently lives in London, Ontario. She earned her BFA and MFA degrees in documentary film directing from Aalto University in Helsinki before moving to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a second MFA in Video Art from Syracuse University.

Stills from video Strange Places and How to Survive Them


Ann Conneman coming to the Jane Deering Gallery

Jane Deering Gallery is pleased to present new work by Gloucester artist Ann Conneman, whose masterful hand-carved lettering in stone and on paper is exquisitely beautiful. The exhibition opens with a reception on Saturday June 29th from 5:00-7:00pm and will continue through July 28.  The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester next to the Cape Ann Museum.  Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 1:00-5:00 and by appointment.  917-902-4359 . janedeeringgallery.com 

Artist: Ann Conneman Title: Silent Stone Date: 2016 Medium: Found stone Dimensions: 15.25 x 16.75 x 3 inches

Beauport Hospitality Group Upcoming Events and Specials

Beauport Hospitality Group Upcoming Events

1606 Live Music Series
Every Wednesday and Thursday – 6:00PM-9:00PM

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Join us every Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00-9:00PM for our live music series with local artists! There is no cover fee and we also offer complimentary self or valet parking.

1606 Breakfast Buffet
Every Saturday and Sunday– 8:00AM-11:00AM

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a delicious breakfast buffet featuring fresh, fluffy eggs, salmon bagel station, eggs benedict, mini pastries, and more!

Rail Stop Brunch
Every Saturday and Sunday– 11:30AM-3:30PM

Rail Stop Boston | 96 Guest Street | Brighton, MA 02135

Description: Rail Stop is now serving brunch! Join us every Saturday and Sunday to try dishes like Lobster Eggs Benedict, Ricotta Pancakes and more!

Sunrise Yoga with Annelise & Cori
Every Friday– 6:30AM-7:30AM

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Join us every Friday for Sunrise Yoga on our rooftop pool! Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Atlantic and get ready for your day with this relaxing yoga session. Free to overnight hotel guests. $15 for outside patrons. Please bring a yoga mat, overnight guests will be provided with one.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunrise-rooftop-yoga-tickets-63120906330?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Beauport Hospitality Group Notices July 2019

Notices Overview:

  • July 3 only – Red, White and Beauport Room Package at Beauport Hotel
  • Now – July 31 – Portside Pride Room Package at Beauport Hotel
  • Now – September 1 – Stay n’ Cruise Room Package at Beauport Hotel
  • Now – September 1 – High Seas Room Package at Beauport Hotel
  • Monday – Friday 4PM-6PM – Appy Hour at Rail Stop Boston
  • Sunday – Thursday 4PM-Close – Wine and Dine for $39 at Rail Stop Boston

Red White and Beauport Room Package
July 3 Only

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang? In addition to overnight accommodations in a Classic City View King room, this package includes:

  • Two tickets to our Red, White & Beauport event with exclusive views of the Fireworks display
  • An exclusive welcome amenity
  • Breakfast for two the next morning

Valid for overnight stays falling on July 3 only. Please call 978.282.0008 to make your reservation.

Portside Pride Room Package
Until July 31

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Mention our Pride package when you book your overnight stay for dates prior to July 31 and receive a complimentary pride-themed welcome amenity! A portion of the proceeds will be donated

to SAGA out of Gloucester High School. Valid for overnight stays prior to July 31. Please call 978.282.0008 to make your reservation.

Stay N’ Cruise Room Package
Until September 1

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: Book this package to receive overnight accommodations at our hotel in addition to your choice of a Lobster Lunch Cruise or Lobster Dinner Cruise experience aboard the Beauport Cruiselines ship where guests will enjoy a gourmet buffet, spectacular harbor views, live DJ entertainment and much more. Hotel guests may opt to take advantage of complimentary shuttle transportation to and from Beauport Cruiselines as well. Please call 978.282.0008 at least 48 hours in advance of your desired cruise date to reserve. Please visit BeauportCruiselines.com for list of upcoming cruises.

High Seas Room Package
Until September 1

Beauport Hotel Gloucester | 55 Commercial Street | Gloucester, MA 01930

Description: When guests book our High Seas package for their summer getaway, they will receive overnight accommodations in addition to a 2 hour sail experience aboard the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon.

Complimentary shuttle transportation to and from the dock will be provided as well. Available dates for 2-hour public sails include:

Thursday, June 13

Saturday, June 15

Sunday, June 16

Wednesday, June 19

Saturday, June 22

Sunday, June 23

Monday, June 24

Please call 978.282.0008 for more information and to make a reservation.

Happy Hour
Monday-Friday 4:00PM-6:00PM

Rail Stop Boston | 96 Guest Street | Brighton, MA 02135

Description: Enjoy half-priced appetizers from our Bar Bites menu Monday-Friday from 4PM-6PM. Valid only on orders from our bar area, not valid in dining room. Please call 617.254.0044 for more information.

Wine and Dine for $39
Sunday-Thursday 4:00PM-Close

Rail Stop Boston | 96 Guest Street | Brighton, MA 02135

Description: Come on in and enjoy this incredible deal! Offer includes one bottle of wine, one appetizer and two entrees- all for only $39! Valid on dine in only. Please call 617.254.0044 for more information.



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This EXPERIMENTAL WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP is for all age and skill levels. Everyone is welcome, from the beginner to the advanced hand in watercolor.

So get your passport ready and save some room in your bags because we are going on a journey and you will have some souvenirs to take home from this one-day workshop.

Journals are a great way to document and record one’s trips and adventures in a meaningful and lasting way. Keeping a sketchbook and journal, forces you to slow down and interact with the environment around you, to look carefully and take it all in. In so doing, stronger memories are formed to last a lifetime. When you incorporate collage, photographs, maps, postcards, pressed leaves and flowers into your record, it adds much to the experience and helps capture the full color and texture of your journey. Martin will share his inspirations, as well as his personal travel journals through Bali, Italy, Ireland, Morocco, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

He’ll also show you how he creates his signature “Mail Art” pieces. Martin has developed a way to turn his travel watercolor sheets into mailing envelopes. Family, friends and fellow pilgrims who receive these treasures delight at such thoughtful and personal remembrances from his travels.

And, over the course of the day, Martin will share his favorite, innovative tips and techniques for working with watercolor. You will also have an opportunity to experiment with water-based mediums in a new light.

WHAT TO BRING: your favorite watercolor supplies – paints + paper, hair dryer (if you have one), and examples of your work for show and tell.

To register, click here


Jonah Littlesunday, Native American Flautist is Coming to New England.

Jonah gained international recognition when asked to play at Senator John McCain’s funeral. He will be performing at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Friday. August 16. 7 – 8:30 pm. 6 Wonson St. Gloucester MA. Go to Eventbrite for a list of venues and on-line 
ticket sales. To order tickets off-line: Phone: 978.283.4258 or Email: dreamtimewellness@gmail.comJonah Littlesunday Live Performance at RNCC.jpg

New Closing Date for Discover Rocky Neck Silent Auction

Sunday, June 9, at 5:00 PM

As part of the Exhibition Discover Rocky Neck, artists have donated 100% or 50% of the sale of multiple artworks in the show’s Silent Auction. The price of many artworks opens at a bargain price, some as low as $12. Originally scheduled to end on June 15, the show organizers have moved the deadline to 5:00 pm on June 9 to coincide with the festive reception for Art Collectors, New Home Owners, Realtors, Home Decorators, Art Lovers and Tour Participants. At that time, whoever has written in the highest bid on the auction bidding sheet will walk away with a one-of-a-kind art treasure.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

contact Executive Director, 978-515-7004, director@rockyneckartcolony.org

Free Guided Studio/Gallery Tours 

Free Guided Studio/Gallery Tours 

  • Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
  • The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck: 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Studio/Gallery Walks: Sunday, June 9, 1:00 to 4:00 PM
  • Festive Soiree: for Invited Guests, Sunday, June 9, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
  • Silent Auction Winners AnnouncedNEW DATE: Sunday, June 9 at 5:00 PM

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Free Guided Studio/Gallery Tours

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is holding a series of free Guided Studio and Gallery Tours on Sunday, June 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Participants will have a chance to see private artist studios — usually open only by appointment, galleries normally open limited hours and popular studios and galleries with new work.

You may visit the East Gloucester Studios on your own by car. The studios will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Please follow the map in the Studio/Gallery Guide, that is available in the Rocky Neck Parking lot and at the Cultural Center Gallery, 6 Wonson Street or download a pdf Gallery Guide.

Four ½-mile walking tours are scheduled on the Rocky Neck peninsula beginning at 2:00 PM.

One of the highlights of the tours is a visit to the beautiful new gallery FLOAT (with artists Barbara Moody and Kathleen Gerdon Archer) on Madfish Wharf and private studios of artists rarely open to the public including the Ruth Mordecai, Marilyn Swift, Sinikka Nogello, David Calvo, Rokhaya Waring, and Ten Way Studios. The Guided Tour also includes visits to the studio/galleries of L. A. Dahlmer, Paul George and KT Morse, Elynn Kroger, Judythe Evans Meagher, Stephen LaPierre, Diana Pasquarello, Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints, Brenda Malloy, and Sallie Strand. Visitors will also have a chance to see the studio/galleries of deceased artists John Nesta and Gordon and Judith Goetemann. In addition, the tour visits a range of other eclectic galleries and shops, some with new artists and many with new artwork: State of the Art Gallery, Side Street Gallery, The Cultural Center Gallery, James B. Hand Fine Art, Gallery on the Neck, Imagine, Gallery 53, Madfish Gallery, North Shore Arts, and The Cottage on Smith Cove. Along the way visitors will see artists at work and may partake in refreshments and special gifts reserved for Tour participants.

All Tours start at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester on Sunday, June 9.

Tour Schedule (please arrive 15 minutes before Tour):

  • Self-Guided Tour of East Gloucester Studios: 1:00 to 3:00 PM
  • Walking Tours of Rocky Neck: depart at 2:15, 2:45, and 3:00 PM
  • All tour participants are invited to an exclusive invitation-only party after the tour at the Cultural Center Gallery at 4:00 PM.

To reserve your spot or find out more information see https://rockyneckartcolony.org/discover or email RNACgala@gmail.com.