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New Film: A Flight of Monarchs

When watching, know that the first two minutes of the film was shot in Gloucester. I think you will be dazzled by the sheer numbers of Monarchs that travel through Cape Ann’s backyards and meadows during the peak of migration.

I began photographing the Monarchs in 2006, which was a year when we had an extraordinary number of Monarchs visiting our shores. At that time, I became determined that if ever again this phenomenon were to occur on Cape Ann, I was going to have the ability to document on film, rather than only through still images, this beautiful event for my community. It’s hard to imagine without observing and here you can see what I have wanted to share.

A Flight of Monarchs begins on a September day as first one and then passels of Monarchs begin to arrive to the fields and meadows of Cape Ann, carried across Massachusetts Bay on a tailwind. By the early evening light they begin to pour into the surrounding trees, clustering to stay warm in the branches furthest away from the prevailing breezes. The following morning as the sun begins to touch their wings, they alight from the trees, seeking the freshest wildflowers from which to drink nectar to help build their lipid reserves for the several thousand mile journey south. They drink and drink until the last of the sun’s rays dip below the tree line. As they arrived on a tailwind, they again depart, and are carried to the next gathering area. For coastal Monarchs, Allens Pond, which is located in Westport, Massachusetts is often the next stop.

In the next scene, the butterflies have arrived to the sacred oyamel fir forests of Angangueo, Michoacán, deep in the heart of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. It’s early morning and the butterflies are suspended in great primordial branched clusters that may become so heavy from the weight of so many butterflies the boughs of the trees bend to the breaking point. Later in the day, as the sun begins to warm their wings, the butterflies begin to stir. During the winter, it is imperative that the Monarch’s body temperature remains relatively low. They leave the sunniest branches in search of shade and a drink of water from nearby mountain streams. Occasionally in late February, as the air temperatures begin to warm with the coming springtime, for a short period during the day, the butterflies leave the trees all at once. This phenomenon is called a butterfly “explosion,” and is a truly magnificent event to observe.

A Flight of Monarchs is set to the evocative and tender “Fields of Blue,” written and performed by composer and guitarist Jesse Cook and his band, to which permission was granted by the artist for the purpose of this short film. Here is a link to Cook’s website. I highly, highly recommend attending a live performance of Jesse Cook and Company. As was I, you will be completely taken by their gorgeous music, exquisite artistry, and with Cook’s songwriting, will travel in beautiful melodies inspired from around the world.

I am currently editing my feature length documentary, Beauty on the Wing, which after months and months of organizing and editing three years of footage, is currently running at approximately twelve hours in length. At eleven hours too long, I have a great deal of editing to accomplish in the coming winter months!

A Flight of Monarchs presented here is the shorter version of the film that I created for the Berkshire Museum’s “Butterflies” exhibit. The first version is six minutes long and played on a continuous loop in the main gallery of the exhibit hall. The longer version will soon be posted on Vimeo.

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Linda rae has another outstanding trip in Gloucester

Pick what you find interesting, you have such great photographers around.  We have gathered these memories to last for the long months ahead before we can visit in the Spring.  We were amazed at the Gloucester Museum, especially the hall of fishermen families.  What a great idea.  Could have spent hours there.  We always visit the railway marina to see the latest work going on.  And then there was the day last winter in a Pennsylvania grocery  store when Rob discovered this famous fellow and dragged him from aisle to aisle just to catch a big smile on my face.  Needless to say, he was in the way of countless shoppers who weren’t as friendly as Gloucester people.  And I was ready to pack our bags and head six hours to Gloucester.  Congratulations on the excellent restoration of City Hall.  Magnificent!
Just to reiterate something I posted before.  Your Radio Shack is exceptional.  Once again I called ahead to have Travis help me with my iPhone. Their staff and his technical expertise surpass even the Apple Store.  And all with a smile.  You are fortunate… Don’t lose it!
Have a gentle winter, we hope to visit four or five times again next year.  Thank you for Good Morning Gloucester!!
The bridge is of our little town of Milford right across from Pennsylvania situated in the beautiful Delaware River Valley .
Blessings, Linda rae and Rob
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Come Back Kid! chance to win a $500 complimentary overnight stay in Gloucester

Hi Joey,

GMG readers, Gloucester is looking for feedback for our local businesses.

Any FOBs that have visited Gloucester and want to help, please take a brief online survey

GMG readers who have any trade with the visitor-based economy, please have a look and share it with your customers, business travelers, and guests (especially any that travel and stay overnight).

Bonus prize! Respondents (prior visitors) who complete the survey will be entered to win a complimentary overnight stay in Gloucester with value of $500.

Per ordinance and under the direction of Community Development’s Tom Daniel and Carol Thistle, the City of Gloucester has established a tourism commission and engaged Open the Door (not to be confused with wonderful The Open Door) to gather as much information as possible for a new Five-Year Marketing Plan. One of the next steps includes casting a net far and wide for feedback from Gloucester visitors. Queue this on-line survey!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5V9H7YV

Please note that the deadline is in two weeks–no later than December 5, 2014. Good luck!

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Editor’s note-

I find it funny on question 11 where they ask-

*How did you get your information on Gloucester? (Check all that apply)

That Good Morning Gloucester is not listed when we probably get more web traffic than all of the other listed sites combined.

If you do indeed feel that GMG is your source of Gloucester info for events then feel free to fill us in in the “other” option on question 11.

Cape Ann TV Gloucester Cyclorcross 2014 Video&FORM

Hi Joey,

Got a great video here, done by Cape Ann TV interns Henry Cooper (Camera
Operator and Editor) and Lexi Bird (Host), full coverage of the
Cyclorcross Gran Prix Gloucester 2014

Come along for a ride with Lexi Bird to find out what makes Gloucester’s
Cyclocross Grand Prix one of the best biking events in the USA.

Thanks!

Becky Tober
Production Coordinator
Cape Ann TV
http://www.capeanntv.org
978.281.2443
Like us on Facebook: Cape Ann TV
Twitter: @CapeAnnTVCATV

The restoration of the Phyllis A

Hi Joey,

The restoration of the Phyllis A continues in earnest at Gloucester Marine Railway.  This week the iconic red pilot house, spars, and engine were removed.  She is being lightened up before coming off the rails and then picked up on the big blue travel lift.   There is a spot waiting for the Phyllis A in the parking lot, so she can have more extensive work done without tying up the railway.    We are actively seeking volunteers to help with her restoration and to help with mailing and other office type work too.  Please come by the Steel Drive behind Fosters on Saturday 8-4 to help support the Phyllis A’s restoration, while getting rid of your unwanted steel.    

Mary Barker

TONIGHT HARBORTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT PARTNERS CELEBRATION TONIGHT

Reminder Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District

The 2nd Annual Meeting and celebration 

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

At the HIVE 5-7pm

Meet the new partners. Surprises, special performance, and…

2014 Windows Gallery at the HIVE

Featuring Harbortown Cultural District Partner group exhibit

On exhibit November 5, 2014

David Cox, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Fred Bodin, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Joey Ciaramitaro, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, photograph

Loren Doucette, Harbortown Cultural District *Founding Partner, painting

John Sarkin, represented by Ken Riaf’s Law and Water Gallery, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, drawing

Juni Van Dyke, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, painting

Ken Riaf, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, box constructions, mixed media assemblage sculpture

Beth Williams, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist & downtown proprietor, handmade glass beads and jewelry

goodlinens, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, artist and entrepreneur JoAnne

Chirico  downtown textile business

Belle + Me, Harbortown Cultural District new Partner, designers Anne Malvaux and Lisa LeVasseur, French inspired custom scarves with jewelry

Ten Pound Studio, Harbortown Cultural District Partner, artist and a Ten Pound founder, Susan Quateman, silk painting;  artist Muriel Lee Steele, silk painting scarf

BEYOND THE WINDOW! Art Haven is a Harbortown *Founding Partner

Check out HIVE, TAG, and other artists including Jason Burroughs currently on exhibit within all Art Haven’s amazing artistic community spaces. Sign up for classes! Use TAG services: printing and design, graphics, digital printing, screen printing, and more!

Just One Look…

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Yesterday, as I was doing some framing in the gallery, I saw a great picture across the street. I went outside with my rollator and yelled: “Hey skeleton dog!” Jen Greeke of Gloucester and her dog Mona crossed the street and we took a photo. Jen has started her own fashion design company: harpyfashion.com. Sometimes it only takes one look, and I know there’s a good photo to be captured.

Dare I? Oh Why Not!

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Halloween morning I dressed in jeans, a heavy long sleeve shirt with black and white stripes, a watch jacket, and outrageous pirate hat. All of these items came from Bananas, a vintage clothing store on Main Street. Captain Fred’s first adventure of the day was a medical appointment at Addison gilbert Hospital. As I got off the bus, I almost chickened out with the hat, but decided to just suck it in and go for it.

I got a lot of attention walking through the lobby, down the hall, and in the elevator. Everyone who passed by smiled, and most said “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat.” Once on the fourth floor, oncology, I was greeted by a witch, and signed in by a Thing with blue hair. I had found kindred spirits on my favorite floor. Of course, we had to take a photo. Nurse Kristen is the witch on my right, and Myriah, of departmental administration, is the Thing on my left. Whether Witch or Thing, they are great people providing exceptional care to me and all of their patients.

Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District The 2nd Annual Meeting and celebration Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 At the HIVE 5-7pm

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Hey Joey,

Founding Partner Art Haven has generously offered the HIVE for Harbortown Cultural District’s 2nd Annual Meeting and partner celebration which will be the perfect setting! Join us in celebrating a spectacular year filled with museum openings, special events, national press, and other landmark programming and happenings. Plus…meet the new Harbortown Cultural District Partners! Here’s a link to the current partners list (http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org/partner-profiles) Thanks to founding partners: GMG for helping us connect and spread the word, and to  Fred Bodin, Maritime Gloucester and the Cape Ann Museum for hosting our 3 previous Harbortown Partner Events.

RSVP

Carol Thistle,  Gloucester Community Development Director

cthistle@gloucester-ma.gov (978)281-9781

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Related posts:

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/my-first-post-is-up-for-the-massachusetts-office-of-travel-and-tourism/

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/google-map-of-ma-cultural-districts-from-cat-ryan/

https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/breaking-news-gloucester-ma-becomes-first-city-to-have-more-than-one-cultural-district-after-mass-cultural-council-approves-downtown-gloucester-as-the-gloucester-harbortown-cultural-district/

Cast Off and Chow Down!

PrincessCruise5073wmPrincessCruise5075wmLast Saturday Janet and I took Gloucester’s Beauport Princess dinner cruise, with music by the Sugar Tones. The trip featured a buffet dinner, which I expected to be the usual finger sandwiches, cheese and maybe some greasy wings. Boy, was I mistaken! The prime rib was one to over two inches thick, and perfectly cooked. Additions included baked haddock, fancy ravioli, big mushrooms, and much much more. Cheesecake was served as dessert. Only one or two diners went for seconds. If this were a restaurant only, it would be one of the City’s best. Throw in a three hour cruise in Gloucester Harbor, and you’ve got an unforgettable night for very reasonable money. The Princess will be sailing weekends until New Year’s Eve. http://beauportprincess.com

Gloucester High Athletes at Bates

Former GHS athletes Gilbert Brown and Michael Tomaino are two of four from their class at Gloucester that have been selected to be captains of their football teams at the college level this year. That is truly unbelievable! The other two are Jordan Shairs at Curry and Chris Unis at Merrimac. I have no knowledge of this ever happening before and all these young men, along with their parents and former coaches should be proud of what they have accomplished.

King Chemo and I

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I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.

My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.

Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.

A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.

This Just In: Ward 4 Candidates Forum on Cape Ann TV Tonight through Tuesday

This just in from Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV.

Cape Ann TV Covers the Ward 4 Candidates Forum

The Gloucester City Council will vote on who will fill the vacant Ward 4 City Council seat at their next meeting Tuesday night on October 14. Five of the seven candidates attended the Ward 4 Candidates Forum hosted by the Lanesville Community Center on Thursday, October 9.

Cape Ann TV covered the Forum. It is a last minute addition to the Cape Ann TV program schedule and will air on Cape Ann TV Channels 20 and 67.

Cape Ann TV Channel 20 on

Friday, October 10 at 9:30 pm

Saturday October 11 at 11:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 9:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 8:00 pm

And on Cape Ann TV Channel 67 at

Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 12 at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm

Monday, October 13 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, October 14 at 12 pm

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