Category Archives: Annisquam


Check out this fantastic video created by Dave Rimmer, Essex Greenbelt’s Director of Land Stewardship and Osprey Program. The footage was taken last summer from Greenbelt’s OspreyCam. Watch highlights of the 2020 Osprey season captured from Annie and Squam’s nest in Gloucester. Annie and Squam fledged three chicks, Vivi, Rusty, and Liz, and you can watch their development from egg to fledging.

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS Online Extravaganza Tonight at 7:30 pm!

Dear Friend of the Annisquam Village Players,

Our big online extravaganza is tonight at 7:30 pm! Use this link to watch the show. You’ll also be able to add live comments in the chatbox on the right as you enjoy the show.

This show will preview songs from our summer 2021 live production of the beloved musical about everyone’s best-loved, practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins.  Some 50 present and past members of our company, ranging in age from 4-84, will sing favorites like Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious, Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, I Love to Laugh, Jolly Holiday and Step in Time.

Please join us TONIGHT at 7:30 pm.   And since you’ll be watching from home, you can sing along!

We hope to see you TONIGHT!

The Annisquam Village Players



Dear Friend of the Annisquam Village Players,

We aren’t able to be on stage at the Village Hall this summer, but as a gift to the community, the Village Players will be presenting an online extravaganza.  This happy show will preview songs from our summer 2021 live production of the beloved musical about everyone’s best-loved, practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins.  Some 50 present and past members of our company, ranging in age from 4-84, will sing favorites like Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious, Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, I Love to Laugh, Jolly Holiday and Step in Time.

Please join us Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  The show will be broadcast from AVP’s brand new Youtube channel. And since you’ll be watching from home, you can sing along!

We hope to see you August 6!

The Annisquam Village Players

DONATE to AVP here


Despite the pandemic, Alexandra’s Bread is continuing  to provide the community with their fabulous bread and super delicious baked goods. It couldn’t be simpler shopping there, two people at a time in the shop, and you can preorder. Jon Hardy and Alexandra Rhinelander

Tom and I shared Alexandra’s Bread wonderfully delicious cranberry scones for a late breakfast this morning. I hadn’t intended, but couldn’t pass up a loaf of their exquisite olive bread, jam packed with  plump black olives. So sorry I bit into it before taking a photo.

Hot Tip from Alexandra – the bandanas they are wearing come from Nelson’s,  just down the street. Only $2.00 a piece!

Alexandra’s Bread is located at 265 Main Street

Phone 978-281-3064


As you all know, we are in unprecedented times. Our planned production this summer of Mary
Poppins cannot take place as planned because of the coronavirus. The good news is we have secured the rights to produce the show in the summer of 2021.

However, we are not going to sit idle. We want to keep the spirit of AVP alive and also honor the many people who are on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus. The AVP creative team has been at work to try to plan a fun event that will be safe for all (both cast, crew and audience). What we are proposing to do is present an online event which will be produced online on our former opening night, Tuesday, August 4. We will produce several songs and dances from Mary Poppins, filmed in people’s homes and solo on the AVP stage, to honor the importance of arts during this pandemic and to keep all of us who love being involved in a show active this summer.

If you have any interest in being involved, please email Terry at and let me know of your interest. We are working on the program and think it will be fun for everyone. We will also get an early preparation for Mary Poppins next summer. I look forward to hearing from you as we creatively plan our summer program.
Terry Sands, Director (with Mary Curtis Co-Director)


Wishing Amelia and Nico all the best in their next adventure. Thank you for a decade of wonderful nights out at your magical cove-side restaurant.

Amelia and Nico write,

“After a decade, we decided to close our beloved Market Restaurant. Although this coincides with the closing of many restaurants due to the pandemic, this was a decision we made some time ago. Our priority right nw is to create a lifestyle more conducive to raising a family.

…We want to thank our Annisquam and Gloucester communities for welcoming us to the neighborhood and embracing us. Thank you for believing in us and letting us take over the The Market. Thank you for the vases of flowers from your garden, bundles of herbs, plots of land to plant vegetable, paintings, letters of support and of course your patronage over the years.

And to all our customers, we couldn’t have returned year after year without your willingness to visit us on a tiny peninsula on a small (almost ) island in a rickety building hanging over the ocean. We are humbled by your support and love.

Thank you all.


Ameilia and Nico”

Note – Amelia and Nico are cooking at Sort and Main for the time being and working out details to launch Market Catering. Gift certificates to the Market will be honored at Short and Main

Images Market Restaurant website


We live by the sun.  We feel by the moon. We move by the stars.
We live in all things. All things live in us.
We eat from the earth. We drink from the rain. We breathe of the air.
We live in all things.  All things live in us.
We call to each other. We listen to each other.
Our hearts deepen with love and compassion.
We live in all things. All things live in us.
We depend on the trees and animals.  We depend on the earth.
    Our minds open with wisdom and insight.
We live in all things. All things live in us.
We dedicate our practice to others. We include all forms of life.
    We celebrate the joy of living-dying.
We live in all things. All things live in us.
-Stephanie Kaza
Dear Friends,
Have you noticed how taking a walk means so much now? For me, it is one activity that “normalizes” each day. The healing power of nature renews us mind, body, and spirit.
Tomorrow is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. On our church’s website we say, “We regard care for the earth as a spiritual discipline…We wish to expand our concern and caring into the realm of environmental protection in order to become true stewards of this earth that God has granted to us.”
We know our earth is in trouble. This pandemic is like a warning shot, calling us to change many of our ways, including how we care for the earth. (See Beebe Nelson’s March 18 Letter to the Editor.) In the days and weeks ahead, I will be inviting you to join in various church and community initiatives to care for our planet, including the formation of a church Green Team.
Today (and each day this week) our own Peter Lawrence, President and Co-Founder of Biomimicry New England, will offer a suggestion for an activity that youth and adults can do at home to be more engaged with nature. This activity uses one of my favorite apps, INaturalist:
City Nature Celebration: Observations of plants, animals, insects, or fungi in the greater Boston area between April 24 – 27,
From Ray Charles, here is “America the Beautiful.
May the peace and joy of God’s creation be with you,
Rev. Sue
Join Us!
Spiritual Connection Circle: Tuesday 4 p.m.
You can find the readings and prayers here.
1) To connect on Zoom click HERE  Password: 171731
2) To phone in (without video): +1 646 876 9923  MEETING ID: 870 167 6165
PARTICIPANT ID: Press # Password: 171731
Need Support or Help During the Pandemic?
*The AVC Friendship Line
We know that with physical distancing, you or someone you know may be feeling a sense of isolation or loneliness. This is an opportunity to talk by phone to a member of our church community each day. To participate, please contact
*Neighbors Helping Neighbors
A collaborative initiative of our church, The Good Neighbors, The Annisquam Sewing Circle, The CERT Team, Cape Ann Time Bank, and concerned Annisquam residents, this is a network devoted to providing emergency support to church members and Annisquam residents during the pandemic. Our goal is to ensure that in case of emergency, vulnerable individuals have needed food and supplies. If you have an emergency need for food or supplies, contact

Annisquam Lighthouse

annisquam-lighthouse-copyright-kim-smithAnnisquam Lighthouse on a crispy clear and chilly October morning

Excerpt from the terrific website,

Annisquam Lighthouse is situated on the Annisquam River, which is in fact an estuary that connects Ipswich Bay to Gloucester Harbor. In 1631, the village of Annisquam was founded on the eastern side of the northern end of the river. The village grew into a fishing and shipbuilding center that during its heyday rivaled Gloucester. For ships traveling the coast, the river was considered an important refuge.

The lighthouse got its start with an April 29, 1800 act of Congress that authorized the erection of a light on Wigwam Point in Annisquam. The act also provided for the appointment of a keeper and other support of such lighthouse at the expense of the United States, provided that sufficient land for the lighthouse be granted to the United States. That land was to come from Gustavus Griffin, who deeded six-and-one-half acres on October 26, 1800, for which the U.S. Government paid him $140. The area was known as Wigwam Point, because it was historically a summer gathering place for Native Americans. Annisquam is a combination of the local Native Indian name for a harbor, “squam”, and “Ann” from Cape Ann, after Queen Anne of England. Originally, it was frequently written as “Anesquam.”

Annisquam Lighthouse c1870.  Benham Collection.

Annisquam Lighthouse c1870. Benham Collection.

In 1801, $2,000 was spent for the construction of the original thirty-two-foot wooden lighthouse, which displayed a fixed white light forty feet above the water. A two-room keeper’s dwelling was erected near the tower. The light’s first keeper was James Day, a Gloucester native, who was provided an annual salary of $200. George Day helped is father mind the light, and when James Day became seriously ill in 1805, George was made the official keeper.

An article published in the Boston Post during the early years of the light provides insight into the life of Keeper James Day and his family. The article, quoted in The Lighthouses of New England, states:

A large milk pan, an iron pot, and a dozen wooden spoons made up the greater part of their housekeeping articles; and their livestock consisted of a cow. It was their custom, while boiling their hominy for supper, to milk the cow into the pan, and after turning in the hominy and placing it on the floor, to gather around with their wooden spoons, and all help themselves from the same dish. On one of these occasions, old parson F., their minister happened to be paying them a parochial visit; and one of the boys, being a bit crowded, thought he could better his position by changing it to the opposite side of the dish. In attempting to do this, by stepping across, he accidently put his dirty foot square onto the milk and hominy, and before he could take it out again the rest had revenged themselves for the interruption by rapping him smartly on his bare leg with their wooden spoons, and without taking any further notice of the affair, went on eating as before…

annisquam_1956_cgAerial view of the Lighthouse and Coast Guard station 1956

Read More Here
annisquam-lighthouse-1-copyright-kim-smithVintage Photos

Foggy Morning Music at Annisquam Lighthouse

Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015I had a wonderful adventure early looping around Cape Ann and listening for the clearest fog horn sounds to record. My drive began at the Paint Factory to listen for the Ten Pound Island fog horn, then onto Eastern Point Lighthouse, Thacher Island Light, and Straitsmouth Island Light, before landing at the lighthouse at Annisquam. For my purposes the Annisquam Lighthouse was perfect and I loved the combined sounds of fog horn, birds awakening, waves lapping at the shore, and the clanging of buoy bells in the distance. I think I got some good stuff!

Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Gloucester -1 ©Kim Smith 2015

Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester  - 3 ©Kim Smith 2015Lighthouse Annisquam Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Click the image to hear the Annisquam Lighthouse foghorn.

Ipswich Bay and Annisquam Lighthouse Panoramas

Always a pretty sight from the meadow looking towards Ipswich Bay. This is the view from where our daughter will be married in less than two months!

Lighthouse Beach Annisquam Lighthouse ©Kim Smith 2015

Ipswich Bay Annisquam Lighthouse Panorama ©Kim Smith 2015

Click panoramas to view larger.

The top photo was taken with the iPhone 6plus, the second photo with my Fuji XE-1 at 50mm.

Annisquam Lighthouse Saturday Spring Snowstorm