Ron Gilson’s patriotic tribute to his friend, Joe Mondello at the dory shop

A spectator packed room and observation deck at Geno’s Dory Shop, greeted Ron and Joan Gilson on this sunny, mild mid-winter afternoon for Ron’s patriotic tribute to his friend, Joe Mondello. It was to the sound of bag pipes, guitars, concertina, and mandolin, playing light, spirited music, Ron delivered his tribute to his longtime boyhood friend, Joe Mondello, on the occasion of Joe’s 93rd year.

Joe Mondello, a lifelong Gloucester cobbler, still working daily, is a proud U.S. Navy WW II veteran. Surrounded by his family and friends, he stood at attention and returned Gilson’s respectful salute while the audience sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.

Following this tribute, Mondello, “the Dog Hill legend”, and his guests shared a delicious cake, frosted with the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, as the crowd congratulated Mondello and “the band played on”!


Cape Ann Animal Aid is just one of the many nonprofits on Cape Ann that is eligible to receive grants given yearly by the Cape Ann Community Foundation. In the last two years the Foundation has awarded $24,000 in grant to Cape Ann Nonprofits. This year they will award another $15,000. This all happens because you show your love for Cape Ann and order a Cape Ann License Plate at The License Plate funds the Cape Ann Community Foundation.

My own cat, Bogey is a 2007 rescue from Cape Ann Animal Aid. The work they do mean so much to the animals and the people who rescue them.

NEA allocates 27 million and the winning arts applicants are…

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2019 grant recipients were announced this month. Poetry was competitive.

  • For the NEA 2019 Artworks 972 of 1605 eligible grants were funded (ranging from $10,000-$100,00 totaling more than $25 million)
  • For the NEA 2019 Challenge America 138 of 221 eligible applications to receive $10,000 each for a total of $1.38 million
  • For the NEA 2019 Creative Writing Fellowships in poetry–  35 of 1700 eligible applicants (none having won an NEA fellowship before) to receive $25,000 each. “Visit the Arts Endowment’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and recipients of Literature Fellowships for translation projects.”

Comparison by state from N. Dakota 1 grant $30,000 to NYC 252 grants 6.8 million

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Here are the details for Massachusetts 40 grants totaling $1,085,000. In 2019 there were three projects awarded on the North Shore: RAW Beverly; Decordova Museum; and PYD in Somerville. Continue reading “NEA allocates 27 million and the winning arts applicants are…”

Beauport Hotel Fireside Chat Series

I recently attended one of the Beauport Hotel’s Fireside Chats featuring Lise Breen discussing Gloucester’s ties and history with slave trade. It was informative and interesting, especially since I learned there are additional Fireside Chats scheduled. Jeanne Hennessey, Director of Communications for the Beauport was hostess and let us know the upcoming dates and topics:

February 25 (Monday) Prudence Fish will be discussing Gloucester’s oldest homes.

March 4 (Monday) Tales and Ales (now that sounds intriguing!)

March 18 (Monday) Andrea Bodner from Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI)

6:30 – 8:30 pm Space is limited so email to reserve your seats. Make sure to mention your name and how many will be in attendance. Light refreshments (yummy) are offered. This series is sponsored by the Beauport Hotel, so kudos to them! (photo used with Beauport Hotel permission and taken by Jeanne Hennessey)

Fireside Chat


Visual Arts as Healing

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Gloucester MA, “a Great Resort for Artists” — Karl Baedeker. The natural light, sea, rocky granite shores and scenic beauty of Cape Ann has drawn artists, writers and poets for centuries.

‘Annisquam Delight.’ Gloucester MA. ©2015 Dreamtime Wellness LLC.

I am Inspired by the natural beauty of Cape Ann and grateful for scenes such as this sunset on the Annisquam River. Seeing a standing heron at low tide and this sky filled with angelic clouds reflected in the water, it felt as though ‘Gifted by Grace.’

‘Annisquam Delight,’ SOLD at my very first show, entered in 2017 at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. ‘Meditation Rock in a Storm,’ chosen for the ‘Opposites Attract’ open juried show at Cape Cod Arts Center represents finding peace in the midst of any storm we might face in life. Along the Annisquam River there are many beautiful spots to enjoy meditation, yoga, and other…

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Cat Cavallini Shares Some Kitesurfing Photos From Good Harbor

I’m no Kim Smith that’s for sure, but had to send you pics, cuz I think you love all things GH too. the wind surfers were like watches dances in the clouds! It was so windy, freeze rain and gorgeous waves for them when I got to GH around 10 30 this morning.
Over sixty years ago my parents came over here from avellino Italy and our combined next door started taking us to Good Harbor every Sunday. So I’ve been going there since I could crawl 61 years ago!
Of course passed on the tradition taking my sons there too. last May we rested my oldest son Joshs ashes into the ocean from salt island where I will join him someday too. He was my twice a week Gloucester kayak buddy. Now my brother and I come up here to kayak and even though we live out Worcester way we love Glosta hope to live here someday, well I’m still alive that is, haha!
This Christmas you actually delivered a GMG calendar gift for me to my friend Hilda’s house. She had just moved to magnolia and was so thrilled that Joey actually dropped off the calendar in person! So ya, we’re all big fans.
Grazie mille per GMG,


A beautiful trio of young Mute Swans spent the day at Niles Pond foraging on pond vegetation and enjoying fresh water. When the fresh water ponds thaw, we see our local swans take a break from their salty harbor refuges. The Three Graces spent the entire day eating nearly nonstop, which suggests they are very hungry.

I believe the three young swans are not quite one year old. Their bills are pale, and brown first-molt feathers mix with incoming white feathers. It’s their first winter so if you see the young swans, please be kind.

Mr. Swan, too, has been enjoying the fresh water at Henry’s Pond. He’s so territorial that I hope he stays over in Rockport for a bit so the Three Graces can fortify at Niles.

Mr. Swan thawing at Henry’s Pond

Prime Rib Chart Update Sat Feb 16

Did you miss the Valentine’s Day prime rib specials this week? Fear not… rib specials are available from several local establishments. This is not intended to be a complete list: if you have something to add, please let us know! These are not regular menu items, but scheduled specials. Now, go get some for yourself!

The chart has been updated at information received by 2 PM Saturday Feb 16:


Cape Ann Home

A BOAT LOVER’S DREAM! Docks and Moorings available. PHASE 3 OF STANWOOD POINT DEVELOPMENT HAS BEGUN! Two more townhouses to be built. Starting at $799,900. get in now to start customizing your dream home on the water where the Little River meets the Annisquam. All details listed in link below. Call now to schedule a showing at 5 Stanwood Point, Unit B still for sale at $899,900. This unit will be shown as a model unit until it is sold. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

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We’re Hiring Home Health Aids- Mavencare. Flexible Schedule, Better Pay, Choose Your Clients!

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Mavencare Caregivers are the best in their field and view their career as more than just a job. Join our staff of healthcare professionals supporting seniors who wish to age in the comfort of home. You and our clients are supported by clinical managers, care coordinators and social workers as needed.

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Students: Apply NOW for the GHS Summer Internship Program!

Cape Ann Community

ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):
Applications for 2019 summer jobs are now being accepted!
Apply for a LEAP for Education – GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job!

As part of this program you will:

  • Select a local company where you will gain important workplace skills - we have numerous job listings at a wide range of employers!
  • Be paid minimum wage or a one-time stipend
  • Receive school credit
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students 9th through 12th grades (including June 2019 grads)
  • A 2.5 hour workshop each Wednesday at GHS to learn valuable workplace skills during the weeks of July 8th- August 16th, and an internship placement at least 9 hours per week (exact weeks/hours will depend on the employer but will mostly…

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