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Mass Cultural Council 2nd annual Traditional Arts Showcase at Shalin Liu, Sept. 8

Mayor Romeo Theken shares Mass Cultural Council’s invitation to upcoming arts showcase in Rockport: The Mass Cultural Council presents Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM 

MCC event at Rockport Crossing Customs: Immigrant Masters of Music & Dance

“The Mass Cultural Council is sponsoring our second annual Traditional Arts Showcase at the Shalin Liu on September 8. We would love for you to join us! Please share this invitation with your networks (via your newsletters, social media, online calendars, etc.) See details below regarding performers and ticket info. $20 general admission”

Event will celebrate music and dance: Gund Kwok Asian Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe; recent immigrants from Nepal will perform music of the Gandharvas; indigenous music of Greece led by Vasilis Kostas; salsa lesson from Eli Lady Pabon; and music from Latin Logic (photo above).

I wonder if Carlos Menenzes (Cape Ann Big Band;Jambalaya horns, O’Maley), Zach Gorrell, Docksiders, and other area artists and musicians know these groups and vice versa?

Continue below to see more information about the upcoming event and videos of the performers from MCC Press release:

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Today’s paper: Sean Horgan features Captain Joe & Sons in lobster news – Gloucester, Massachusetts throw the claw down!

“Building on the success of its Gloucester Fresh seafood branding campaign, the city of Gloucester plans to apply the same formula to help brand and market Massachusetts lobster to lobster lovers the world over. Couldn’t happen in a better place.”- Sean Horgan

Link to article in today’s Gloucester Daily Times by Sean Horgan with photos by Mike Springerand lots of lobster numbers “Gloucester hopes catch can claw its way to top: Push on to brand, market Massachusetts Lobster” 

Horgan wrote about the Seaport Economic Council  award announcements August 15th, City Wins $110,000 promote its fish, lobste “We’re really excited about the attention the program is getting,” said Sal Di Stefano, the city’s economic development director and its point man on the Gloucester Fresh campaign. “This was just a concept a few years ago and now it’s an internationally recognized brand. We’re really proud of that.”


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“Greet the Schooners” Friday August 31 at 12:30 pm

“Greet the Schooners”


Join us aboard Cape Ann Harbor Tours’ M/V King Eider on Friday August 31 at 12:30 pm for a 1.5 hour trip as we escort S/V Bluenose II and S/V Columbia when they sail into Gloucester Harbor all dressed out. You can’t miss this kick off event for the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2018!

Get your tickets online now, Click here to purchase



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August 29–That’s the night for a party! You are invited to celebrate your love for Cape Ann, its maritime heritage, and the coming Schooner Festival. They are all themes in local author Jim Masciarelli’s novel, Beyond Beauport. RSVP IS REQUIRED at The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, music from DJ SCOTTIE MAC, remarks from Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure and Michael De Koster of Maritime Gloucester, a book signing, and a few surprises. Details: 6-9 PM on the back deck of The Gloucester House overlooking Gloucester Harbor. RSVP today at Eventbrite!

Nichole’s Picks 8/18 + 8/19

Pick #1:  Gloucester Waterfront Festival

38th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival

Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue

Show Hours: Saturday 9-6 / Sunday 9-5

Free Admission – Outdoor Event



Photo Credit:  Donna Ardizzoni, Good Morning Gloucester


Pick #2:  Fishermen’s Feast, Boston

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Fisherman’s Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help). When the fishermen immigrated to America in the early 1900’s, they brought their traditions with them. Today’s Feast is much the same as it was over 100 years ago with lights adorning the street and the smell of sausage in the air. The current Feast is organized by the descendants of those original immigrants and still includes a procession of the Madonna through the streets of the North End.

Each August since 1910, the Feast has been held in Boston’s historic North End on North and Fleet Streets, making it the North End’s oldest continuously running Italian festival. The Feast traditionally starts on Thursday when the statue of the Madonna is moved from her home in the Fisherman’s Club to a chapel at the center of the feast. This will be her home throughout the weekend. Thursday is also when the fishermen that founded the Feast are remembered with a blessing of the fishing waters. Each night and during weekend days there is entertainment on the bandstand and vendors selling food (Italian sausages, calamari, pizza, pasta and much more) as well as crafts. The Feast culminates on Sunday night with the spectacular “Flight of the Angel”.




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Pick #3:  Ride the Trolley or Harbor Shuttle

One of our favorite summer activities is still to pack a little snack and tour the island by land or by sea.  Hop on the Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle and get on and off all day long at your convenience….or do the very same thing on the CATA Stage Fort Park Trolley.

Water Shuttle Information can be found HERE:  

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Stage Fort Trolley information can be found HERE: 

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Lunch in Essex

We had a very relaxing lunch at The Village in Essex recently. We’ve been there a number of times over the years for dinner with family, but this was our first lunch. It hit the spot perfectly!

I’ve always wanted to try a Bellini!

The Village burger was super yummy!

GMG Jimmy had the Wednesday special Seafood Pie

Thanks Village, for a great lunch!

Jude Abbe Pre-Demo Studio Showroom Pop Up Show Aug. 27- Sept. 1

Cape Ann Community

Jude Abbe – Oil Impressionist – Plein Air Painter. Jude studied with Roger Curtis for several years, more recently working with many others, including Charles Movalli, Mary Minifie, David Curtis, Christopher Zhang, Jonatan McPhillips and T.M. Nicholas, to name a few. Using the impressionist palette, she paints, landscapes, portraits and occasionally still life. Her work has been exhibited in shows and galleries throughout New England and New York. Demonstration September 1 (2pm) Space is limited so we do suggest that you sign up early . . . 11 Pirates Lane • Gloucester MA 01930 • 978.283.1857 •

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Calico #Lobster Caught By The F/V Ryan Zachary Today August 16, 2018

From Maine Science Today-

So when you’re looking at a lobster, you’re looking through one layer of yellow pigment, one layer of blue pigment, and one layer of red pigment, which looks like a solid layer of muddy reddish-brown.

So what happened to make this particular lobster blue? In a lab you can make a lobster blue by not feeding it astaxanthin, in the wild it different colors are cause by genetic mutations. Lobsters can be blue, red (while still alive), yellow, and even split-colored. The chances of seeing some of these colors are very slim.

But it doesn’t matter what color it is when it’s alive — it will still turn bright red when cooked.

Here are the odds of catching a different colored lobster:

  • Blue: 1 in 2 million
  • Red (live): 1 in 10 million
  • Yellow: 1 in 30 million
  • Orange and Black Calico: 1 in 30 million
  • Split-colored: 1 in 50 million
  • White/Crystal/Albino: 1 in 100 million

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This Weekend in the Arts

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Layerings and Landings

An exhibition of luminescent paintings and three-dimensional photography featuring the beauty and mystery of our natural environment.  Aug 15 to Sept 11


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Reception: Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck welcomes four artists:
Kathleen George, Jon MacAdam, Rosemary Scott-Fishburn and Eric Smith as Summer Artists

“Layerings and Landings”, an exhibition of luminescent paintings and three-dimensional photography featuring the beauty and mystery of our natural environment.

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

The Rocky Neck Art Colony is pleased to present a show called Layerings and Landings, curated by Gallery 53 member and abstract landscape painter, Kathleen George. The exhibition features works created by four friends who each delight in making art about Land. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 18 from 6 to 8pm. The show is open Sundays to Thursdays from 10am to 6pm and from 10am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays. All works for sale.

For more information call 978-290-2639 or email



– a collection of wild and whimsical earrings by Tin Can Sally – on display at:

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, 121 Main St., Gloucester, Aug. 25 – Sept. 14.


EARRINGS – by Tin Can Sally

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