Before Dogtown was Dogtown: Archaeological Survey project to be presented at City Hall November 29! Maybe hello blueberries bye bye Lyme Disease

Old tree Rockport Road ca.1892

Dogtown is eligible for the National Register! Will Gloucester earn another major district designation?

Nov 29th, 7PM, Public Meeting

Come to a special public presentation November 29th in Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, at 7pm.

Read excerpts from the press release shared by Bill Remsen, local project coordinator, and Mary Ellen Lepionka, co-chair Gloucester Historical Commission, and some Dogtown maps and memorabilia 1633-1961:

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3 films with Cape Ann news building Oscar buzz: Coming Through the Rye (tomorrow in Gloucester!); Loving; and Manchester by the Sea

November 4th, 2016, 7:00PM ::: COMING THROUGH THE RYE will premier at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester. Salinger anything. And Chris Cooper?! Wait…WITH OSCAR WINNER CHRIS COOPER IN PERSON! Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Daily Times article shares Rob Newton’s story about Cooper’s first visit to Cape Ann Cinema. These special guest screenings are incredible.


Catch the movie that lives up to its name opening here in Gloucester before its Boston premiere! Next week:::Thursday, November 10th, 7:00PM ::: LOVING (WITH PRODUCER SARAH GREEN Q&A), a BENEFIT FOR GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester


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“Manchester by the Sea” is set for release November 18th– at the mall.  Not sure when it’s coming to Cape Ann Cinema or Gloucester Cinema, 34 Essex Ave, Gloucester.

“Manchester by the Sea burrows into the mind of a man who experiences a trauma that neither kills him nor makes him stronger. Rather, it leaves him maimed.” 

-quote from Rebecca Mead’s New Yorker articleTHE CINEMATIC TRAUMAS OF KENNETH LONERGAN: After a bitter fight with Hollywood producers, the filmmaker returns with the shattering “Manchester by the Sea.” Lonergan has said he used local actors and Massachusetts crew for the shoot.

Queen of Katwe is playing at Cape Ann Cinema now. No Cape Ann ties but buzz worthy all the same.

There will be a new screening room open at Cape Ann Cinema with help from the Dusky Foundation and named with a tribute to Cape Ann Cinema fan, legendary actress and director, Liv Ullmann. Yes, that Liv Ullmann!

Dog Park News From Christopher Lewis


Anne and Christopher Lewis held a party for major donors to the Dog Park along with the Dog Park Construction Team. Everyone was updated on the significant progress that has been made this Spring.We would very much appreciate some space in GMG to tell people about the progress and that we only need to raise a further $65,000 to complete the project.

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June 24, 2012,   Dog Park News 

On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Anne and Christopher Lewis hosted a party, at their home in East Gloucester for major donors to the Dog Park along with the Dog Park Construction team. Among the attendees were: John Dugger, Chair of the Dog Park committee along with construction team member, Nikki Bach of Inside Edge Builders together with major donors, who included Jason and Shelly Sevinor of Salem Plumbing in Gloucester, Anne Lewis, ‘The Cat Doctor of Gloucester,” and Beth and Linzee Coolidge of the Dusky Foundation.” Major donations totaling $151,500 have been committed by seven individuals, three corporations and one foundation. Completion of the project will require further donations of $65,000. The Dusky Foundation will match the first $25,000. If you would like to help us finish the project , please call 978 879 9283

Construction is under way at Stage Fort Park. The foundation has been built and the sheds, which were built by the Gloucester High School carpentry shop students under the guidance of Dana Griffin, are in place on the foundation of the entryway. This has all come about thanks to the donated services of the building committee working on a landscape plan by Hugh J. Collins Associates of Wenham.

Entryway and Dog Shelters
The Landscape designer is currently working on a detailed plan for the tree and plant layout and water needs. As soon as a trench is made for the water line, the entryway will be completed. All materials for the entryway pergola will be donated by Precision Roofing and Timberline. Two anonymous donations have been received for the large dog area and small dog area shelters.

Water Station and Solar power
Arrangements have been made with the City of Gloucester to tap the City water main. After this is completed it will then be possible to install the water stations in the large dog and small dog areas. These stations have been donated by Shelly & Jason Sevinor of Salem Plumbing Supply in Gloucester and Dr. Ray Cahill of Seaport Veterinary Hospital. The building committee is working with a potential donor on the installation of solar panels.

The best estimate for the grand opening of the Dog Park is late fall 2012 or early spring 2013.  This depends on how the transplanted trees grow, which will determine when the final grading can be done and the fence installed.


Jason Sevinor of Salem Plumbing in Gloucester, Dr. Ray Cahill of Seaport Veterinary Hospital, Shelly Sevinor, John Dugger, Chair of the   Dog Park Committee, Chef Kim Johnson and Dr. Anne Lewis of the "Cat Doctor of Gloucester" at the major donor event in East Gloucester


Linzee Coolidge of the Dusky Foundation and Maggie Cahill


Suzyn Ornstein and B.J. Wayne, the artist and  musician, with "Thank you" dog Biscuits by Chef Kim


Chef Kim Johnson, Shelly and Jason Sevinor of Salem Plumbing in Gloucester with Dr. Anne’s dogs, Sangha and Kami

Take care — Christopher Lewis

Generous Donations for Gloucester Dog Park

A Dog Park Update from Mary Lou Maraganis:


“Gloucester Dog Park is one paw closer to becoming a reality thanks to the generous donations of $12,500 by Christopher and Anne Lewis for The Cat Doctor of Gloucester and an anonymous donation of $10,000 by a Rockport resident.

We still have a way to go but these donations along with the Dusky Foundation’s matching gift was certainly a wonderful way to end 2011.  Remember the allocation of the land for the dog park was only approved by city council in March.  We’ve come a long way in 9 months.  This is due in part to a great crew of volunteers comprising the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park.  We are actively recruiting additional volunteers to help with PR, community development, events planning, web design, arts committee members, volunteer coordinator -simply anyone that wants to be an active part in making this dog park a valuable part of this community.”

To find out more information on donating and/or volunteering, please visit or call 978-283-5723.


The 1926 National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner Adventure Has Been Awarded a $250,000 1:1 Matching Grant From The Dusky Foundation


The Schooner Adventure, the 1926 National Historic Landmark dory-fishing schooner, has been awarded a $250,000 1:1 matching grant from The Dusky Foundation. This grant provides a major step forward in helping the Adventure organization gain the momentum needed to finish the restoration of the vessel and realize the goal of becoming a maritime, environmental and educational resource for future generations.
The three recent, very visible restoration projects; the USCG approved access, allowing visitors to walk Adventure’s decks; the steering gear, two projects funded by the Lynch Foundation grant and; the construction of the barrel windlass, used to raise and lower the anchors, funded by the City of Gloucester’s Community Preservation Act; along with the extremely well designed education programs have helped to renew public interest in the project and inject new life into the organization. The Dusky grant and the matching funds will enable the installation of water tight bulkheads and other below deck structures, and the outfitting of the vessel to allow Schooner Adventure to once again sail as Gloucester’s official flagship. This is a significant move forward to finish the vessel.
While the Schooner Adventure has national significance in terms of America’s maritime and commercial fishing history showing America at work, the vessel has particular importance to community of Cape Ann. Ties to the New England fisheries will lead to fund raising credentials in other areas along the coast but the sight of Adventure under sail cannot help but connect the people of Gloucester to their own history.
It is imperative that the restoration of Schooner Adventure be completed and the vessel returned to active sailing, so that future generations can experience what the life of a Gloucester fisherman felt like and meant. If Gloucester’s history is to be understood, it should be viewed in large measure through the eyes of a fisherman. What better way to tell Gloucester’s story than on board the last of the “Gloucestermen.”
About Adventure
The Gloucester Adventure, Inc a 501(C)(3) non-profit historic preservation and educational organization, was established to restore the schooner Adventure as a historic community resource and living classroom. Volunteers help year-round with vessel restoration, innovative educational programs, events, and fundraising.
For more information and support for Adventure, visit  or call 978-281-8079

The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a non-profit organization, Federal ID number: 04-302-0719