Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cool Stuff You Might Not Have Known About The New Cape Ann License Plates Video Interview

Did you know you can request your numbers for a little extra dough?

I’ve got printed applications right here at the dock if you want to pick one up.  I’ll even deliver it to the Chamber for you!

There was a ton of stuff I found out for the first time in this interview with Ken Riehl, Peter Webber, Brienne Black and Kerry McKenna.

Order your own plate personalized with your favorite numbers right at the Chamber website-

http://capeannchamber.com/

Download an APPLICATION.

For more information, please contact the Chamber at info@capeannchamber.com, or call 978-283-1601.

CA Plate to RMV 8 May

Click for video interview-

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If you don’t have a printer you can head to the Chamber for an application or come down the dock and I have them here-

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Splish Splash

Bird Bath Gray Catbird ©Kim Smith 2014Click image to view larger

The day we planted blueberry bushes is the very same day the catbirds began to call our garden home. We now see Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis) throughout the seasons, devouring the seeds and fruit of holly, crabapple, winterberry, magnolia, blueberry, and shad. Their cat-like cries, which lends the species their common name, are welcome and often heard. Gray Catbirds are in the Mimidae Family and, like their relatives the Mockingbirds, also mimic the songs of other birds.

Although I have read that catbirds are shy, they seem relatively sociable in our garden and aren’t threatened by the presence of people within close proximity. We keep the bird baths filled with fresh clean water and I especially love to watch the catbirds from our kitchen window as they are so exuberant in their bathing habits–diving and splashing and then drying their wings at the edge of the basin. Oh Joyous Spring!

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis ©Kim Smith 2014

Gloucester Welcoming Center Open House Thursday 5:30pm — YOU SHOULD BE THERE

So, you don’t think you benefit from tourists coming to Gloucester?  Well …. do you like: having a choice of world-class restaurants you can walk to; our extraordinarily hot music music scene in all kinds of venues, including schooners; guaranteed parking at some of the most gorgeous beaches anywhere on Earth all summer long for only $20; living among award-winning museums, studios & galleries, Broadway-quality theatre; a thriving cultural economy … I could go on and on … OR perhaps your an artists, musician, photographer, writer, actor, chef, carpenter, plumber, contractor, fitness instructor, diver, ship’s captain, etc … OR  you own or work in a hotel, restaurant, gallery, museum, boat, theatre, school or any retail store in Gloucester … or your business supports these people, like a lawyer, accountant, banker, realtor … Let’s face it, there’s really no business nor person in Gloucester who doesn’t benefit directly when tourists come here to share the City we all love.  So come to Stage Fort Park on Thursday and see what the good people who work so hard to make tourism possible do every day to make your life better!

Stage Fort Park Open House invite(2)

Art & Textiles Auction May 20th 1 Lexington Ave. Gloucester MA

Little Auction House/Big Art

Tuesday Evening, May 20th, 2014

6pm (Preview 3-6 May 19th & 20th)
1 Lexington Ave., Gloucester, MA

Cash, checks & CCs accepted.
MA lic#2621
No Buyer’s Premium! No Sales Tax (Proceeds go to 501c)

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There will be more than 250 lots of Fine Art, Textiles and more including:
The Age – 3  Civil War 1864 Era Newspapers
Lots of Antique Fire Brigade related ephemera 
Collection of hand carved folk art figures by Tim Jumper of Hingham MA

see partial photo gallery here > http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?mode=1&listingid=2085479&url=auctionlist.cgi

Magnolia is a bit busier than it has been in the past 6 months, but there is parking on both sides of all the streets all the way around the the Village.

CAN IT BE TRUE? Is this the new iPhone 6?? Watch the video and decide.

Island in the Annisquam: Merchants

Three investors bought Merchants (or Pearce)  island about 1890: Edward Samuel Page, Mr. Kitchen, and another investor. They had trouble selling lots because of fresh water issues. This photo shows Merchants Island from Riverview, with the pier and float in the foreground, enabling the only access to the island. A handful of cottages still stand on Merchants, used in the summer only.

Three investors bought Merchants (or Pearce) island about 1890: Edward Samuel Page, Mr. Kitchen, and another investor. They had trouble selling lots because of fresh water issues. This photo shows Merchants Island from Riverview in 1910, with the pier and float in the foreground, enabling the only access to the island, and Wingaersheek dunes in the background (right) A handful of cottages still stand on Merchants, used in the summer only.

Here's a cottage on Merchant’s Island about 1900, with a moored dory with fish traps. A few hardy summer residents of Merchants have visited the gallery. I noticed they frequently looked outside at the weather. That's understandable - it's a long row home.

Here’s a cottage on Merchant’s Island about 1900, with a moored dory holding fish traps. A few hardy summer residents of Merchants have visited the gallery. I noticed they frequently looked outside at the weather. That’s understandable – it’s a long row home.

Tuesday May 20th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather

Marine Forecast :
Tue NW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt…becoming NE 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Tue Night E winds around 5 kt…becoming W after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.

Sun and Clouds with afternoon Sea Breeze’s highs in the 50’s shore to 70’s inland .. Along Sea Breeze convergence zone we may see the development of showers / storms .. Winds North west to 10mph inland and East North east on the coast! Tuesday Night any showers dissipate temps cooling down into the 40’s …..

Hourly Forecast :

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Extended Forecast :

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Community Stuff 5/20/13

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The award-winning watercolorist, Marion Hall, is exhibiting her vivid, impressionistic paintings in the vestry gallery of the
Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves Street, Rockport, from May 16 through June 30. Marion is a
Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, as well as an artist member of both the Rockport Art
Association and the North Shore Art Association. Her work features seascapes, landscapes, and wildlife of New England,
particularly Cape Ann. Please call the church for gallery hours: 978-546-2989.


Sunday June 22nd is International Sun Day, and, weather permitting, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club  will be celebrating  in downtown Gloucester, by the Fisherman statue, from 5:00 pm until 9:00. There will be safe solar observing glasses for the public, handouts and activities for the kids, and a number of different specially filtered solar telescopes, to take some good long looks at our nearest star.

How is our sun like a pot of boiling spaghetti? What is space weather and why should we care?  We’ll find out! We’ll see giant solar prominences live, as they happen, and sunspots big enough to swallow the earth as they make their way around the sun’s surface.   When it starts to get dark we’ll take a look at the planet Saturn, giant Jupiter and beautiful star clusters and nebulae.

Come join us on the Boulevard for International Sun Day Sunday as we explore the universe around us, both near and far.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community Center in Gloucester. More information is available on their website at at http://gaac.us or their facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/gaacpage. You can also follow them on twitter, @gaactweet.


Registration for FREE Adult Education Classes at Wellspring House

FREE Transportation Provided

Do something different this summer! Registration for FREE adult education classes at Wellspring House in Gloucester is going on now for those interested in attending our Summer Session. Classes begin Monday, June 2nd and you must be registered before that date.

Wellspring’s Adult Learning Initiative (ALI) provides 8 weeks of FREE classes in Computer Skills, Career Development, English and Math for men and women interested in passing the high school equivalency test, returning to school or finding a career. Classes run from 8:45 am -12:30 pm, Monday – Friday for 8 weeks.

The goal of the ALI program is to help individuals move toward personal and financial self-reliance by gaining self-confidence, direction, motivation and workplace skills necessary to further their education and careers.

FREE transportation is available for students who need it.

Whether your goal is to get a better job or go back to school, call the Career and Education Advisor for more information or to sign up for classes at (978) 281-3558, ext. 304.Wellspring House is located at 302 Essex Ave., Gloucester MA.

Be Courageous!!