WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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art galleries, hiking trails, kayak tours, paddle boarding, and overnight camping on Thacher Island. She bragged about the five-minute walk from the heart of Rockport to the beach. We should drive Route 127A for its wonderful water views, she suggested. Coastline and marshes, fishermen's shacks, and farms long ago helped make Cape Ann arguably America's oldest art colony. Such notable painters as Fitz Henry "Hugh" Lane, Winslow Homer, Frederick Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Mark Rothko, and many equally talented but less famous women have been among artists living and working here since the mid-19th century. Last October, the area's four waterfront communities, Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, inaugurated an annual Cape Ann Plein Air competition and festival (www.capeannpleinair.com), honoring the tradition of painting outdoors. It's no wonder many memorable movies have been filmed in these parts, including Captains Courageous (1937), starring Spencer Tracy and Lionel Barrymore; Mermaids (1990) with Cher and Winona Ryder; and The Perfect Storm (2000), based on Sebastian Junger's nonfiction bestseller about a Gloucester-based commercial fishing vessel lost at sea. Whether stormy or serene, Cape Ann is distinctly New England. Photo-worthy vistas appear around every bend. We also found satis- fying seafood, historic lodgings, and topnotch live music despite McKenzie's good-natured claim that "the sidewalks roll up early." Essex is the birthplace of fried clams. Lawrence "Chubby" Woodman invented the recipe in 1916, and Woodman's restaurant still gets big crowds although some prefer nearby J. T. Farnum's or The Clam Box in Ipswich. They're all great clam shacks. But on this trip the full-serv- ice Village Restaurant (55 Main Street, Rockport), jumped to the top of our list for light batter, freshness, and taste. On the other hand, it's hard to beat lobster rolls for lunch at Roy Moore (two Rockport loca- tions: 21 Dock Square and 39 Bearskin Neck). Rockport alone has 33 art galleries, many in the harbor district, from Main Street to Bearskin Neck. It's a fun place to stroll, with gal- 200 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 excursions "bold and colorful nautical scenes" Gloucester Harbor C O U R T E S Y O F C A P E A N N C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E

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