Monthly Archives: July 2014

Baby Robins, Brought to You by Wolf Hill

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but two, terrific garden centers, Wolf Hill and Goose Cove Gardens (and Corliss Brothers in Ipswich isn’t too far off the beaten track, either). Barbara and her team at Goose Cove are phenomenal as is the team at Wolf Hill–Kate, Joe, Ben, Dave, Jake, and all the guys. Baby American Robin ©Kim Smith 2014 Both Wolf Hill and Goose Cove take wonderful care of the wildlife that makes their home in the very inviting environment of their nurseries. Last year Kate kept me well supplied in butterfly eggs, which had been deposited on Wolf Hill plants, and whenever I shop at either garden center, a frequent topic of conversation is the robins because they oftentimes build their nests smack dab in the middle of a plant, or group of plants, that are for sale. Robins especially like to nest in hanging flower baskets. This year was no exception. Today when at Wolf Hill I spied a mama robin zooming away from a balled and burlapped tree. The nest was at eye level! I ran and got my cameras but filmed for only a moment because both parents found it highly disturbing. The babies were hungry, with wide gaping greedy mouths, and it was clear my presence was keeping them from their breakfasts. As soon as I turned away, the parents resumed feeding the babies.

_S956668Isn’t this sweet how they take care of the robins at Wolf Hill?

Shout Out to Chief Campanello and the Gloucester Police Department!

I discussed writing this post with my husband on Sunday, just to let people know how professional I thought was the police presence at Fiesta, when the department’s own release was published yesterday (posted here). Nevertheless, I wanted to share my observations regarding the department during the Fiesta.

For the past week I have been filming throughout the square, and in the thick of Pavilion Beach for all three days of the Greasy Pole and seine boat races, amidst the throngs of thousands and thousands. I just have to say that despite all the rambunctious craziness, the officers were without fail courteous, cool, calm, and collected. I am sure their patience was tried often enough, but whether directing traffic, giving directions, riding their horses throughout the city, or when simply standing at the sidelines, they were friendly and composed. Thanks to Mayor Kirk, Chief Campanello, and all the officers on duty for helping to make this years’ Saint Peter’s Fiesta one of the best ever!

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Officer Campanello and Family

Cape Ann Holiday Celebration Schedule

July 3rd

Photo by Northshorekid.com

Ringo Tarr and The Gloucester Fund present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.  This year we feature a LASER LIGHT SHOW bigger and better than ever before, plus a brand-new surprise.

Located near the Blyman Canal and Blyman Bridge section of the Boulevard on Gloucester Harbor. The scheduled events for the night include: (times are not exact)

  • 5:00 - Music begins
  • 6:00 - Horribles Parade passes right down the Boulevard.
  • 7:00 - Cape Ann Big Band immediately after the parade
  • 8:00 - The Runaround Sound -  Gloucester’s favorite high-energy band featuring ska, reggae, soul and more.
  • 9:15 – Laser Light Show – You don’t want to miss
  • 9:30 – FIREWORKS
  • 10:00 – Music resumes and a SPECIAL SURPRISE ~ Dancing til 11pm!

July 4

10:00 a.m – Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 p.m. – Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach

9:00 p.m. – Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach

“1st Annual Rockport Town-Wide Reunion” Saturday July 5th-12:00pm to 9:00pm

Well here we are folks… 4 days! 4 day’s until we kick off the “1st Annual Rockport Town-Wide Reunion”, and what a time it will be! This is a Multi-Generational Town Reunion, however, this does not mean you cannot attend if you live or grew up elsewhere… not at all. We invite and encourage everyone to grab your family and friends, a couple of blankets or beach-type chairs and come to this very special event that will have food, beverage, things for kid’s as well as adults, and of course Live Entertainment throughout the day. Please: Leave your own beverage and coolers at home as they will not be permitted at the event…. there will be an ample supply of Beer, Wine, Soda, Juices and Bottled Spring water for sale at reasonable prices…. there will also be many food kiosks stationed at the Event. Here are pics and a list of the days performer’s… Please join us for a day of family, friendship, fun, fellowship and some fantastic music from many talented, local area artist’s, Including our headliners AfterFab and nationally known singer, songwriter and recording artist, Mr. Allen Estes

 

Saturday, July 5th from 12 Noon until 9:00 p.m. at Evans Field in Rockport, Ma. Tickets will also be on sale throughout the day…
Contact Jon Cavanaugh at 978-491-1248 for more ticket info.

 

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The “Blue Ocean”

A converted eastern rigged side dragger. Not sure if this boat is fishing at the moment. It has moved from mooring to mooring in Gloucester Harbor for the past year.

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St. Peter’s Fiesta 2014 Saturday & Sunday Greasy Pole Winners Up Close & Personal

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My dear friend Bridget Mathews Shares her amazing photos of Sunday Greasy Pole Champ Mark Allen  and Saturday winner Kyle Barry capturing the prized flag made by brothers Thomas and Peter Favazza.

Sunday Champ Mark Allen’s Moment of Glory

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Saturday Champ Kyle Barry’s Moment of Glory

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Pet of the Week- Brook Anne

Brook Anne
Hello my name is Brook Anne and I’m a beautiful young lady. I was brought to the shelter with my babies so that we could find our forever homes. My babies are now all grown up and have been placed in nice homes – now it is my turn. I am a sweet and affectionate girl who is one year old. I have a beautiful orange-and-white coat. I like getting patted, lounging on soft spots, being held and generally fussed over.
Oh!  I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.  Please stop by and visit me and the other cats who are looking for forever homes, I promise, you won’t be disappointed.
What a Pretty Kitty!
~Alicia

Community Photos Fiesta 2014

Len Burgess submits-

At the St. Peter’s Fiesta Mass Sunday morning, Kim Smith and David Cox, –always on duty getting great shots for Good Morning Gloucester. 

Len

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They also serve who clean up after, in fact, there has to be a morning after… and this is one view…

My best,

Sid Falthzik

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Hi Joey,

Thought you might get a kick out of this photo of my son Declan Sartwell (left) and nephew Benjamin Frithsen (right) the great great grandsons of Cigar Joe Frontiero  enjoying Fiesta Sunday with their mothers Kerri Sartwell (Joe’s great granddaughter) and Marni Frithsen across from the Mother of Grace Club.

-Best

Steele A. Sartwell

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