Tag Archives: Halibut Point

This is Not a Bee

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Halibut Point: Bees Bees I’m covered in Bees. A hundred shots of bees and the bees are all out of focus. I think they were all bumble bees and they were bumbling so much they were fuzzy. This bug was in focus.

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One fuzzy bee in focus! Click on the photos to get up close and personal with my fuzzy bee and bug. Click one more time to see the fuzzy head. How does this thing fly? The wings are attached to her head and her ass is humongous compared to the wings. It did fly away.

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Destination Gloucester….celebrity run in.

As if some steamers and a good drink at Halibut Point with a great friend isn’t excellent enough….last night I happened across a wonderful party of about 20 diners out to celebrate a wedding of dear friends.  While we didn’t chat long, the happiness exuding from their large table was palpable and I was so happy to have had the chance to meet them.

The fact that I met them at all stemmed from the fact that some of the younger-than-me wait staff recognized one of the guests as a very handsome actor. Doing my due diligence as a GMG contributor (who happened to be wearing my GMG baseball hat…go figure) I introduced myself and got a bit of the scoop.

Yanic Triesdale, a Canadian actor, also adored in the United States as Michael on The Gilmore Girls in addition to other series and mini-series, is in town to celebrate the destination wedding of dear friends Isabelle Lafleche and very soon-to-be-husband, Patrice.  While, maybe not as recognizable in person to those dining at Halibut, Isabelle is the fantastic, and incredibly beautiful, author of the novels J’Adore New York and J’Adore Paris.  I can’t get to Barnes and Nobles fast enough.  She also happens, as it turns out, to be good friends with GMG’s own, Kim Smith.

They were completely charming and talking with them made me smile.  I was, for the record, incredibly happy to learn that my own dear friend, while recognizing that I was mildly intruding on a rehearsal dinner of sorts, bought the table a couple of bottles of wine in thanks for humoring me.

Excellent examples of friendship on both sides of my iPhone last night.

Cheers to friendship….mine, Kim’s, everyone’s.  Cheers to Isabelle and Patrice on a glorious wedding and a lifetime of happiness. How special that they chose Rockport, of all places, to seal the deal.

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GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14

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GloucesterCast With Toby Pett and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/19/14

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Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930, What up Homie?,  Jim Casey, Lighten Up Francis, Toby Pett, Chamber License Plate, Bringing GMG Back Old School, Passports Wine Dinner, Killer Cheeses, Sidewalk Sweeping Day, Carry In/ Carry Out, Patti Amaral, 40 Barrels?, Masspirg, Effort To Get 5 Cent Deposit On Water and Juice Bottles, Big Mike’s Bikes, Getting Around Gloucester Via Bike and Water Taxi, Toby’s List of the Best Bartenders In Gloucester, Stoli O Tonic, Lime Shortage, Gene Silviera, Erika Baert, Ellen Tasker, Molly Marks, Halibut Point, Jack Muniz, Jamie Verga, Lobsta Land
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I Love Sumac!

Now that’s not an opinion you don’t hear very often. I try to get my clients to love it too or, if they can’t enjoy Smooth Sumac for its unusual beauty, to at least appreciate the shrub for the myriad species of wildlife that it supports.

American Robins Eating Sumac ©Kim Smith 2014American Robin Flock Eating Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) Berries

Yesterday while walking through Halibut Reservation with daughter Liv, we encountered a very large flock of robins devouring seeds of sumac. The beautiful clump of sumac, with its bare crooked, leaning trunks and raspberry pink furry seedheads made a striking combination of shapes and textures against the windswept ocean vista. We disturbed the robin feast, but then Liv walked further down the path to photograph the Atlantic and I stayed behind, half hidden by an evergreen tree. The robins quickly returned to the ripened seedheads and I got to snap away until the next walker came along.

Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra) is a shrub that naturally forms colonies; it can also be grown as a beautiful single-trunk tree. The yellowy-green flowers on female plants give way to deep rusty red berries held in erect, pyramidal clusters. What makes sumac so invaluable to wildlife? The fruits persist through the winter, providing nourishment for many, many species of birds and small mammals. Additionally, the foliage is a larval host plant for the Coral Hairstreak Butterfly!

robinarrivalsAmerican Robin and Winterberry photo submitted by Jacqueline Bennett. Thanks Jacqueline for sharing your beautiful photo!

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Liv submits apparition from Halibut Point

Sean Hurley Cape Ann Artist/Printmaker Gives An Update On Halibut Point

Sean Hurley here, Cape Ann artist/printmaker.
As you may or may not know, I am also full time cook down at Halibut Point, and we are trying to spread the word about our upcoming anniversary, and the return of our classic menu.  In January, Halibut Point will celebrate its 30th anniversary, almost unheard of in the restaurant business.  We’ve recently been trying out some new things, but we want to get the news out that due to customer feedback and demand, we’ve returned to what we do best, re-instating our old menu.
I’d love it if you could help spread the word – I’ll attach the current menu below.
Cheers,
Sean

Oyster Bar

Oysters & Cherrystones 2.50 each ½ dozen 14.00
Shrimp Cocktail – With homemade cocktail sauce 10.00 Chowders & Soups – cup 6.00    bowl 8.00
Clam Chowder – White and creamy
Italian Fish Chowder – Spicy tomato base with peppers and onions
Howard’s Chili – Beef, black bean, and tomato
Soup of the Day – Ask your server
Side of Italian bread 2.00
Appetizers & Salads
Sliced Prosciutto, Fresh Mozzarella, Salami, and Italian Bread 8.00
Cajun Shrimp Kabob – Served with blue cheese dressing 8.00
Steak Kabob – Marinated sirloin with veggies 8.00
Grilled Buffalo Wings – Spicy and served with blue cheese dressing 9.00
Garden Salad – with garlic mustard, balsamic vinaigrette, or blue cheese dressing 6.00
… with grilled chicken 11.00 …with grilled salmon or steak tips 13.00

From the Grill

Served with chips and a pickle, coleslaw, or hot side
Old Fashioned Burger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich 8.50
… add choice of cheddar, Swiss, provolone, or creamy bleu cheese, caramelized onion, or bacon 1.00 ea.
Haddock and Cheese Sandwich – grilled in foil, with cheddar cheese, bread crumbs,and a side of coleslaw 13.00
Open Faced Salmon – with pesto and mozzarella on a slice of Italian bread 13.00
Grilled Hot Dog 5.50 …with sauerkraut and cheese or chili and cheese 6.50
The Harf and Harf – A juicy cheeseburger and cheese dog relaxing on a bun, withgreen pepper, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayo 14.00
The Point Reuben – on rye bread with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese 9.00
The Fatty Matty – steak tips on a bun with onions and blue cheese dressing – 12.00
Grilled Chicken and Ham Sandwich – with choice of cheese 10.00
Feta Chicken Sandwich – with lettuce, tomato, and poppy seed dressing 10.00
Cheese Steak – with melted cheddar cheese 9.00

Deli Sandwiches

Served with chips and a pickle, coleslaw, or hot side
Turkey and Cheddar – with lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and aioli 8.50
Ham and Swiss Sandwich – with lettuce, tomato, and mustard 8.50
Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato – with mayo 7.00
Chicken Salad Sandwich – secret recipe 8.50
Tuna Salad Sandwich 8.00
Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich – with pesto 8.50
The Dagwood Delight – Ham, turkey, tuna, cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato,onion, mustard, mayo, and green pepper, on crispy Italian bread 14.00

Halibut Point Special:

Burger, Chicken, or Deli Sandwich, with Cup of Chowder or Soup & Draft Beer 18.00
Entrees
Served with our hot side and vegetable of the day
Howard Blackburn’s Haddock – Cooked in foil with parsley lemon butter, topped with crumbs 20.00
Charcoal grilled Salmon 20.00
London Broil – marinated, sliced thin and served with toast 19.00
Teriyaki Steak Tips 20.00
Cajun Shrimp Kabobs – spicy, served with our blue cheese dressing 18.00
Boneless Chicken Breasts – with feta and poppy seed dressing, or with buffalo sauce and blue cheese 18.00

Halibut Point

Tidal Pool at ocean's edge in Halibut State Park
Painting by E.J. Lefavour

 

Did you know that Halibut Point is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now descend from rocky headland to the tidal pools below. Beginning in the 1840s, granite was quarried from this area, first on a small scale and primarily along the coast, and then on a much larger scale when the Rockport Granite Company acquired the Babson Farm quarry and expanded its operation. Shortly after the Cape Ann granite industry collapsed in 1929, 17 acres on the eastern side of the quarry were purchased and given to the Trustees of Reservations who manages Halibut Point State Park for scenic, historic and conservation purposes. This is a painting of a tidal pool and some of those 440 million year-old rocks. Makes me feel really young.

Things To Do- Rebel Shakespeare At Halibut Point August 28th

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Hi Joey,
We’re flickr friends, and I wanted to invite you if you’re around to come see Rebel Shakespeare at Halibut Point on august 28th at 5pm.
We’d love to have you.
spread the word if you can. Traditional press leaves a lot to be desired. I’m finding that word of mouth through arts and neighborhood channels works best.
www.rebelshakespeare.org/muchado is the website for details.
cheers,
chris geiger
tour coordinator

Land of Ktulu submitted to the GMG Flickr Group By halibut2

 I know Paul Morrison likes to stack up rocks.  He uses the term cairns to describe the stacked up balanced rocks.

The pictures here are from halibut2 and were taken on May Day at Halibut Point.  The video is from pro rocker-stacker Bill Dan.

From the wikipedia page for cairns-

A cairn (carn in Irish, carnedd in Welsh, càrn in Scots Gaelic) is a human-made pile of stones, often in conical form. They are usually found in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, or near waterways.

If you’re looking for something to do why not head out to Halibut Point, make some cairns, take some pics and submit them here to GMG

There’s also The Rocker : World Wide Phenomenon a blog with some great pictures and videos of Cairns

Land of Ktulu, originally uploaded by halibut2.

 

New Addition To The GMG Cape Ann Free WiFi Map- Halibut Point

Thanks to FOB Sandy Farrelll who gave me the heads up we have a new addition to the Good Morning Gloucester Free WiFi Map- Halibut Point restaurant at 289 Main street in Beautiful Downtown Gloucester.

I put the map together as a resource for travelers who might need access on their laptops or wifi enabled devices.  So if you have a business that offers free wifi and you are not listed you may want to let me know because these very same people are likely to spend some dough in your store and if you are listed they’ll not to swing by your joint.

you can also always find the map in the tab at the top of the GMG home page.

Check out the interactive map by clicking the highlighted link above or the map below

Beginning Winter Birding

Date:     January 17, 2010
Location:     Halibut Point Reservation
Time:     8 – 10AM
Cost:     FREE to all.
Phone: 978.281.8400
E-mail: rlatham@ttor.org

Halibut Point is nationally renowned for viewing winter birds. Learn the basics of birding, natural history, and behavioral traits of our area’s winter birds such as ducks, gulls, cormorants, loons, grebes, gannets, and alcids. Meet at Halibut Point parking lot.

You can also join us on February 21 and March 21.

Click here for Driving Directions