Meet Red Agate Design

Meet Red Agate Design

Tell us about Red Agate Design and why you started it. I started Red Agate to share my love of design with others. When I retired, I found that I was craving a creative outlet in my life. To fill that need, I started quilling which involves rolling, shaping, and gluing strips of paper together to create art pieces. From there, I ventured into working with wire and beads and turning those pieces into necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other jewelry pieces. It’s been a fun and creative journey for me, and I hope my pieces make others feel special. You can view my jewelry collection on my Instagram page, which is @redagatedesign. Feel free to contact me at if you would like to see any of my pieces.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? One of my favorite pieces of advice that I once received was, “There will always be ups and downs, so don’t get discouraged. Trust yourself.”

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? There are so many wonderful places in Marblehead, that it’s hard to choose just one. I really enjoy spending time in the garden at the Hooper Mansion. It’s a delightful hidden gem where you can enjoy your morning coffee.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to know that I was Geppetto in a ballet adaptation of Pinocchio.

Red Agate Design
Owner: Ellen Harrington
Instagram: @redagatedesign

Meet The Preppy Stitch

Meet The Preppy Stitch

The following is an interview with The Preppy Stitch owner, Gabrielle Rogers

Tell us about The Preppy Stitch and why you started it. The Preppy Stitch is a boutique monogram and embroidery shop focused on elevating the everyday and honoring the tradition of the monogram. We’re located in Marblehead and we provide embroidery services for many items for your home, weddings, and travel. We love helping our clients create a personal gift for a friend or a special monogram to help their personality shine through. Recently we launched Gabrielle Bettacchi Bespoke, our line of personally designed crests. These crests are perfect for weddings, families or new babies. The reason I started the Preppy Stitch was because I love all things monogrammed, celebrating the everyday and finding small ways to turn moments into memories!

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “find your niche”. As a business owner, it’s important to find your niche so you’re not trying to be everything for everyone.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? Aren’t we just so lucky to live here? It’s hard to pick just one spot, so I would say, anywhere that is right on the water! That’s what makes Marblehead so special!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I really want to be in a flash mob. Sadly, I think that trend has passed. But it would have been so much fun to participate in one!

The Preppy Stitch
Owner: Gabriella Rogers

Meet Marblehead Little Theatre

Tell us about Marblehead Little Theatre and how it got started. In the Fall of 1954, Mrs. Henry (Terry) Hale became the chair of the Marblehead Woman’s Club drama committee. Eight women of the drama committee performed the one act play ‘The Charm Racquet’ for the Woman’s Club on the occasion of their annual meeting in May of 1955 at the Old North Church Parish Hall. It soon became evident that a much larger group was needed and so, husbands, sons, daughters, and friends were invited to an organizational meeting in September 1955. Terry Hale continued to lead the new group as its first president through its formative first three years. The newly formed Little Theatre group presented its first production, the three-act play, Moss Hart’s ‘Light Up the Sky’ at the Woman’s Club Guest Night. The show opened on January 18, 1956, at the Marblehead Junior High School Auditorium. And so Marblehead Little Theater (MLT) was born and now over six decades later has proven to be one of the oldest community theatre groups in New England, as well as one of the few to have continually produced shows each year.

Who are the people involved with MLT behind the scenes? Andrew Barnett is MLT’s Technical Director and the doer of all things related to keeping the building running and in good shape. Andy has been involved with MLT for over 20 years as a producer, designer, builder and board member. He designed and built his first set at the Marblehead Middle (Village) School in 1992 for “Fiddler on the Roof”. Andy has built scenery for Marblehead Middle and High School, Salem High School, Rebel Shakespeare Company, Stage 284, Endicott College, Gordon College, Opera Boston, Gloucester Stage, Roxbury Center for the Arts, MassJam, Perkins School for the Blind, Boston Center for the Arts, Mssng Lnks, The Summer Revels, Riversing and The Christmas Revels. His work is a tribute to the many dedicated artists who believe in making live theater great.

At present, we have a 14 member Board of Directors. This includes President Julie Menard, Vice President Trudi Olivetti, Danuta Shasha – Treasurer, Alma Mahon – Secretary & Education Director, Bruce Whear – Volunteer Coordinator, Stanis Ames – Marketing Coordinator, Steve Black – Season Planning, Ted Merritt – Box Office Coordinator, Betty Lautner – Membership Coordinator, Dayle Persons, Anne Lucas, David Foye, Christina Easthope, and Erin Pelikhov. Our Executive Producer Emily Black has helped steer productions for the past several years. In addition to the Board and staff, we have a community of friends of MLT who fill vital roles in the realms of Production, Lighting, Sound Design, Music Direction, Choreography, Set Design/Construction/Painting, Stage Management, House Management, and beyond.

What are some of the programs you provide for children, teens & young adults? MLT offers a variety of youth theater programming throughout the year. We run school vacation workshops in February and April, and run four (4) sessions of Musical Theater workshops in the summer. We also run Improv workshops for children and teens, as well as Shakespearen Acting workshops. Finally, each Fall and Spring we run full Children’s Musical Theater productions, which include a full rehearsal schedule and a weekend of performances. Info can be found at

What show is coming up on the schedule with Marblehead Little Theatre? The Great Gatsby, An American Musical is coming up at MLT this month and runs from June 23 through July 2! Based on the beloved American novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this new musical by Fred Anthony Marco and Frank Schiro is sure to delight audiences as they’re transported to “the Eggs” of Long Island during the Jazz age. Purchase tickets at

For More Information:
Marblehead Little Theatre
12 School Street, Marblehead

New England Inspired Jewelry by Patsy Kane | Nautical

New England Inspired Jewelry by Patsy Kane | Nautical

Tell us about Patsy Kane | Nautical and why you started it. Patsy Kane | Nautical is a Marblehead based boutique jewelry design and manufacturing company. Our focus is on classic maritime inspired pieces in a variety of metals and materials. As a New England based company, we try to ensure that the majority of our products are produced in New England. Begun as a creative endeavor, our designs are now offered through our website and in fine retail settings. We partner with the NortheastArc on our I Love You Bracelet and Bosun Bracelets.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? It’s a toss-up: “If you’re talking, you aren’t listening” and/or “Do what you’re best at and hire for the tasks you aren’t”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have two favorite spots in Marblehead. I love to be tucked away inside our circa 1900 renovated beach cottage or out on our boat.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I originally wanted to be a veterinarian (inspired by All Things Great and Small) and went to Ag school for a semester.

For More Information:
Patsy Kane | Nautical
Owner: Patsy Kane Wiswell or 617-834-0818

Meet Mark Katz Photography

Meet Mark Katz Photography

Tell us about Mark Katz Photography. I launched my photography business in 2013, finally investing time and energy into something I had always been interested in. I was asked to take headshots for a law firm and things went well, so I went with the flow, further honed those skills and a business was born. Over time, I gravitated towards my true passion, landscape photography, which is what my business has evolved into entirely now. My artwork is split between Marblehead/Swampscott and Vermont. Broadly speaking, I think of photography not only as a personal outlet, but an immersive outdoor experience, and a means of conveying, accentuating or at times, creating a mood. Ultimately, I want investors of my artwork to experience the enjoyment and perspective that I am able to enjoy behind the lens. 

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? “Keep as little inventory as possible”. I must credit my wife with this great advice. I figure nothing bad can come from publicly telling my wife she’s right. In hindsight, I probably printed too many photos in the earlier days and wound up with excess inventory. Now, most of my artwork is made to order, either via social media or my website.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in Marblehead is Plus Cafe. I am a regular there and love everything about the establishment. My 2 year old son usually accompanies me and it has become a special place for us to hang out together. My favorite spot to shoot in Marblehead is a toss up between the dozens of locations that offer so many unique views of water, boats and town structures. Devereux is my indicator for where to find the best light, and at times has determined where I choose to shoot. 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? For a long time, photography played second fiddle to my career as a scientist in drug discovery-biology.

For More Information:
Mark Katz Photography or 518-421-7175


Week of Festivities

Week of Festivities

We can’t think of summer in Marblehead without thinking about the Festival of Arts. For over 50 years, the festival has been a celebration of all things art related, attracting incredible artists from near and far. Whether you enjoy film, music, writing, painting, photography, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Marblehead is a community bursting with arts and culture and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate that on such a grand scale every year. We appreciate all the hard work the volunteers and board members do to create such an amazing event. A lot of time and dedication, all year round, goes into making the Festival of Arts the great success it is! 

The 2019 festival runs from July 4th – July 7th. To learn more about all of the events happening around town during the week of the festival, go  to our culture page –

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