Monthly Archives: July 2014

Do You Remember When? The Worlds Gone Crazy!

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/3/newsid_4678000/4678707.stm\

 

1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner

An American naval warship patrolling in the Persian Gulf has shot down an Iranian passenger jet after apparently mistaking it for an F-14 fighter.All those on board the airliner – almost 300 people – are believed dead.

The plane, an Airbus A300, was making a routine flight from Bandar Abbas, in Iran, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

The USS Vincennes had tracked the plane electronically and warned it to keep away. When it did not the ship fired two surface-to-air missiles, at least one of which hit the airliner.

Navy officials said the Vincennes’ crew believed they were firing at an Iranian F14 jet fighter, although they had not confirmed this visually

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Chandon Sunday Art Show at the Gloucester House

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A bunch of RNAC and GMG artists will be taking part in this great event and Art Show at the Gloucester House this Sunday. We had such a great time during the Valentine’s Art Show hosted by the Gloucester House, and are all looking forward to being back again.  Come out and enjoy Chandon Sunday and check out the art show.  

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http://www.hobbithousestudio.com 

Birds of Cape Ann: How to Tell the Difference Between a Snowy Egret and a Great Egret

Great egret Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Great Egret

For the Chief, and anyone who wants a quick and easy reference on how to tell the difference between the Snowy and Great Egrets, both white and both often times found feeding in the marsh and tide pools together. The Great Egret is greater in size and has a bright yellow bill, with black legs and black feet. The smaller Snowy Egret has the opposite markings, with unmistakeable cadmium yellow feet and a black bill.
Great Egret Snowwy Egret how to tell the difference ©Kim Smith 2014

Snowy Egret and Great Egret

In the above photo taken this morning, the egrets were too far away for my camera’s lens to get a really clear picture however, when cropped, you can see a side-by-side comparison. The Snowy Egret, with black bill and bright yellow feet, is flying in the background and the Great Egret, with black feet and yellow bill, is perched.

Great Egret lobster Cove Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Great Egret Lobster Cove

More posts about Great Egret and Snowy Egrets:

BIRDS OF CAPE ANN: GREAT EGRET VS. GREAT EGRET

BEAUTIFUL GOOD HARBOR FOGGY MORNING SUNRISE, SNOWY EGRET, AND WHIMBRELS

Save the Date ~ Screening of My Film “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly”

On August 16th at the Berkshire Museum they’ll be showing a double header of sorts. Earlier in the afternoon at 2:00pm is a presentation of my program on how to attract butterflies and pollinators to your garden, titled “The Pollinator Garden,” followed by a showing of my film Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly, followed by a Q & A. The event is part of the “Butterflies” exhibit currently on display at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. I hope you can come join me!

Black Swallowtail osmeterium ©Kim Smith 2011 copy

In the above photo, the orange horn-like structure at the top of the caterpillar’s head is called an osmeterium. When the caterpillar is distressed, it everts the osmeterium. The osmeterium is thought to be a mimic of a snake’s tongue and is a defense against would-be predators such as birds. Additionally, a horrible smelly odor is released from the osmeterium, which can be smelled from a distance of up to ten feet away, and is yet another defense mechanism!

See previous GMG posts about the “Butterflies” exhibit here.

 Butterflies at the Berkshire

Museum Map to Berkshire Museum Provided by GMG FOB Catherine Ryan

Exciting New Film Assignment for the Berkshire Museum Black Swallowtail Butterfly Male ©Kim Smith 2013

Governor Patrick recently declared July as Hurricane Preparedness month

Councillor Melissa Cox forwards-

Hi Joey,

I know this is long but it’s important information. Please share if you can. 

Governor Patrick recently declared July as Hurricane Preparedness month and MEMA is following suit with tools and information relative to tropical storms and hurricanes. The press release includes some links that are very useful and informative on this issue.

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Dennis Brennan, Matt Stubbs and Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, Tonight @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30-11:30 The Rhumb Line 7.17.2014

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It’s a buzzer beater with my missive this time around: what with house guests and emergency cosmetic surgery, I simply don’t know where the time has gone. If you find it, send it back, postpaid, and I’ll buy you a cherry phosphate. So, let’s go!!
This Thursday at the Rhumb Line we feature that glottal gurgler and all-around nice guy, Mr. Dennis Brennan. A fabulous vocalist and harpist, you oughta see what he can do when I’m not around! He’s bringing along his fleet-fingered stunt double in the form of Mr. Matt Stubbs, on gootar, to add a lot of electrical spice, and Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett to stir the pot.I’ll be on soup bone!

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And Sunday evening, from 5 to 8, I’ll  be down at the Brew Pub cringing whilst backing up a fabulous singer: Ms. Maureen Benson. Backed up by a bunch of the Old Salties, this portends to be a groovie evening of standards from the good old American Schlongbook. Come and say Hi!
And don’t forget Monday at the Rose Biker Senior Center,where the Good Old Salties rule from 1 to 3. C’mon down and get your pacemakers recharged!

 

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I was talking with a friend the other day about how our young children are like little sponges and we shared stories about the crazy amounts of information that they are able to learn…and I remembered this little video.

I count my blessings every day that Thatcher and Finn are in love with learning and that they appreciate all that is being introduced to them at the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.

Thatcher took this video of Finn practicing a song that he learned to remember all of the countries in Africa….and then it leads into his actual performance with his Preschool class….during which, he clearly needs to pee and it appears he is breaking a sweat trying to remember the words.  He is also busting out some of his father’s mad dance moves :)   Undeniably my husband’s child.

And…along those same lines…

Here is a link about the epic failure of Americans to label a map of Europe and, likewise, of Brits to label a map of the United States.

 

A “sparkling” Sunday event July 20th Gloucester House Art Show- July 20, 2014

chandon-summer 3From our friend Lily at the Gloucester House.

After the success of our Valentine’s themed show, I wanted to invite you to participate in a “sparkling” Sunday event on Sunday, July 20th.

The Gloucester House has been selected as the official North Shore partner of Domaine Chandon’s Limited Edition American Summer sparkling wine series. This California-made, Blanc de Noirs is fabulously tasty and the branding is perfect for our seaside community. Per this partnership, we are hosting an all-day, “Chandon Sunday” event which will highlight the rich roots of Gloucester as America’s oldest seaport and as a constant hub of great American art, creativity, and thought.

The day will start with a Bubbles Brunch from 9am – 1pm, will transition to a display of local art for sale in our Café Seven Seas, and will conclude with an All-American BBQ in the evening. Throughout, American Summer will be featured, with red, white, blue, and bubbly abound.
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Grilled Veggie Pesto Pizza

 

 

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         Grilled Veggie Pesto Pizza

A few summers ago,  I came across a mouth watering photo of a Grilled Veggie Pesto Pizza on the very popular Blog site “The Pioneer Women” belonging to Ree Drummond. When I read the list of ingredients included in Ree’s Grilled Veggie Pesto Pizza; pesto, grilled zucchini, goat cheese, roasted peppers… I immediately got hungry, and knew I had to make it for a friends end of the summer BBQ.   Using zucchini, summer squash, and basil, from my farm share at the Applenton Farm I whipped up my own “Basil Pesto” recipe and followed Ree’s guide for the pizza.  After sampling the first bite I fell in love.  The combination of flavors is absolutely amazing!  The past few summers I have made it numerous times and it’s always a big hit.  I give “The Pioneere Women,”  Ree Drummond’s Grilled Veggie Pesto Pizza a double thumbs up! Trust me, give this one a try…you won’t be disappointed. It’s a great way to use fresh zucchini and basil growing this time of year!   

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Tonight we are celebrating a few friends Belated Birthdays’ on the beach… and this is on the menu!

For Step-by-Step Recipe details  and photos click see more Read more

Thursday July 17th , 2014 Cape Ann Weather ..

Marine Forecast :
Today NW winds around 5 kt…becoming SE this afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Patchy dense fog this morning with vsby 1 nm or less.
Tonight SW winds 5 to 10 kt…becoming NW after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Pod Cast Weather :

http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/4743462

Hourly Forecast :

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Extended Forecast:

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Catch “Wicked Weather Sat Nights 8PM EST ! Guest Joe DelliCarpini From National Weather Service Boston / Taunton .. Gonna be a great shoW! See ya there :)

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What’s missing in this picture? From Janet Rice

Janet Rice submits-

This photo was taken after 6PM last weekend. Although there is a huge crowd (many of them small children) at Good Harbor Beach there are no lifeguards!.
Over the past few years cars have been, in ever increasing numbers, streaming into the Good Harbor Beach parking lot after the City stops collecting fees and staying until it gets dark.
This is not an unusual sight on a good day. Does this also happen at our other beaches as well? It makes me wonder if it’s time for the City to reassess it’s beach safety policies before something tragic occurs.
What have other people observed and what do you think?

Response:

What I think is that people need to take some personal responsibility, stop expecting the government to wipe their ass all the time and use common sense.    When it’s dark out I could trip and fall walking down my street, should I expect a police escort holding a flashlight for me?  If the water is rough and you’re not a particularly strong swimmer, how about not going in?  How about the parents of the small children go in the water with them, look after them or tell them not to go in the water if it’s too rough?  When I go to beaches in Florida you walk for miles and miles of beach and not see lifeguards.  That’s my take.

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