Monthly Archives: August 2016

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

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My grandmother was fond of saying “the early bird catches the worm.” I assumed she said that because I adored getting up early to eat breakfast with my grandfather before he left for work. In a large family with siblings and cousins, I had him all to myself in those day break hours. Having developed a passion and love for wild creatures and wild places, I understand better what she meant. She and my grandfather built a summer home for their family in a beautiful, natural seashore setting and both she and my parents packed our home with books and magazines about nature. Now I see her design…

Wednesday morning at day break, beautiful scene, beautiful creatures by the sea’s edge

God Harbor Beach Sunrise August 3, 2016 -2 copyright Kim Smith

Song Sparrow copyright Kim SmithSong Sparrow breakfast

American Robin fledgling copyright Kim SmithAmerican Robin fledgling, note its speckled breast feathers

Mockingbird copyright Kim SmithMockingbird feeding its fledgling

Song Sparrow Virginia creeper copyright Kim SmithSong Sparrow and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) flowers and fruit

Sanderling copyright Kim SmithSanderling

Gull eating crab copyright kim Smith

God Harbor Beach Sunrise August 3, 2016 copyright Kim Smith

The Bill Rose Memorial Striper Tournament

 

Fishing for Sight, Sponsored by the Magnolia Lions Club.

James Fialho sent me the information on this great event.

Saturday August 6, 2016 is the tournament.  The tournament goes from 5 am to 5 pm, $25 per person, $300 first prize, $125 second prize, weigh in closes at 6 pm cook out starts at 5:00 pm at the  Magnolia Town Landing.

Here is a couple of photos from 2015’s tournament.

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Alicia Unleashed- Magic Talking Box

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Alicia Unleashed Episode #35 Birthday Edition Taped with John Sheehan, B-Side and Hostess Alicia Cox

 

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WIN Concert Tickets, Downtown Dollars and MORE @ Sidewalk Bazaar RIGHT NOW!

Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW.  And they’ll be there all day today!  Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel.  Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!

You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!

Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!

Get down there now.  Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets

Lisa Marie Tonight! Thursday the 8th.8:30pm. Davesag’s blues party @ The Rhumb Line 8.4.2016

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Are you ready? Do you suffer from 4 weal drive? Wheys and miens? Corrosive carbuncles? Well, we offer the perfect ointment for your troubles in the form of Ms. Lisa Marie. Yes, this Thursday Ms. LM descends through the clouds spraying sunshine on all those parts that you fear need toning. Gonna be a big dance party. She’ dragging in Mr. Johnny Juxo on the keys and those fabulous wombat-skinned pointy Italian Shoes to shake things up. A drummer of dubious origin, too? I’m not sure….
It’s also Dave Trooper’s Going away party! From 6 to 8 pm, come by and wish him and Catherine good luck as they deport themselves to Ecuador, where the living is easy, the fish are jumpin’ and the coca grows high. Bring your instruments and show him who’s boss! Seriously, I’m going to miss him terribly and wish both all the luck on their new adventure. Do come!
Dave Sag

Gloucester Stage’s Artistic Director Bob Walsh Opens SONGS FOR NEW A WORLD

unnamed Photo_7_3847.LowRes ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT WALSH BRINGS JASON ROBERT BROWN’S POWERFUL SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD TO GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY

Song Cycle Features Cast of Broadway Veterans including Tony Award Nominee Barbara Walsh & Rockport’s Wendy Waring

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, andThe Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features four singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport’s Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis’ Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, “Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in ParisWe are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It’s a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way – it’s a thrill!”

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TBT Post

From FOB Mario and Richard at TBT Post,

Hello,

Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the 58th Annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar.

TBT Post 33 Main Street Gloucester Ma 01930 will be celebrating with 50% OFF Store Wide on all;

  • Unique Jewelry
  • 100% Alpaca Wear
  • Organic Cotton Summer Wear

Please come to the wonderful City of Gloucester Massachusetts for all the fun, shopping, food and excitement August 4th, 5th and 6, 2016.December 4, 2014 great bag from TBT Post

Rio waters can get better! Thanks to dogged naturalists, we can put our heads under water in Gloucester. Register now for the August 13 Clean Harbor Swim

While Rio welcomes the 2016 XXXI Olympics, Gloucester will host the “38th Annual Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim” on August 13, 2016 at 9AM on Niles Beach. A  500 meter course for children ages 8-12 was added last year; any parent and child registering at the same time will receive a promotional discount. I find that incentive extra symbolic because a mother and daughter, Sarah Fraser Robbins and Sarah Robbins Evans, together with Philip Weld, Jr., got this all going! MassAudubon facilitated the annual swim the following year and many years after. More recently it’s been produced by the New England Ocean Water Swimming Association (NEOWSA). Many partners with the City of Gloucester continue to work hard for clean water. I’ll write more about the history of the swim in another post, but in this post I want to delve a bit into the biography of Sarah Fraser Robbins.

They swam for clean water because the Clean Water Act was not being enforced in the Harbor. Today participants swim to celebrate clean water.

There are 2.5 centuries of conservation efforts and notable naturalists in Gloucester. Sarah Fraser Robbins was one.

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Sarah Fraser Robbins was 68 at the time of the first swim, a long time Gloucester resident, environmentalist, author, scholar and museum educator. She worked at the Peabody Essex Museum for 25 years. In 1961, she and others helped persuade the Raymond family to donate land to Mass Audubon, now Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary. Robbins was friends with Ivy LeMon who was active in banding monarchs to trace their migration wintering in Mexico–had to be with that wonderful name. I have heard that together they helped to secure habitat and urged people to garden using the plants butterflies liked. Kim Smith continues on that Gloucester path.

Robbins published articles in regional journals, the journal of the New England aquarium, and for close to 30  years a regular column- “The Curious Naturalist” -for  Mass Audubon publications. The Sea Is All About Us: A Guide to Marine Environments of Cape Ann and Other Northern New England Waters, the 1973 book Robbins wrote with Clarice Yentsch, was an influential touchstone about wildlife at our shores. The lengthy title opens with a nod to the T.S. Eliot poem Four Quartets: The Dry Salvages. What other could it be?  That glorious landmark seamark poem is all Water, art, legacy and nature. And the paradise that’s Cape Ann. 

Read an excerpt with Robbin’s curator, scholar and naturalist’s eye in mind. (Her father was an amateur geologist.)

The river is within us, the sea is all about us;
The sea is the land’s edge also, the granite
Into which it reaches, the beaches where it tosses
Its hints of earlier and other creation:
The starfish, the horseshoe crab, the whale’s backbone;
The pools where it offers to our curiosity
The more delicate algae and the sea anemone.
It tosses up our losses, the torn seine,
The shattered lobsterpot, the broken oar
And the gear of foreign dead men. The sea has many voices,

The ‘savage rocks’ are two groups of rocky ledge off our shores nearby Straightsmouth and Thacher Island. The bigger ‘Dry Salvages’ are a mile and a half out and the little salvages are a mile out. Growing up, including when he came home from Harvard, Eliot sailed from his family’s summer home on Eastern Point. He could clear the Dry Salvages or thread past Avery Ledge and Flat Ground and back home to Gloucester.

… the ragged rock in the restless waters,
Waves wash over it, fogs conceal it;
On a halcyon day it is merely a monument,
In navigable weather it is always a seamark
To lay a course by: but in the sombre season
Or the sudden fury, is what it always was.

Check out who wrote the forward for the new edition of The Sea is All About Us:

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None other than Deborah Cramer, author of The Narrow Edge, another Gloucester conservationist ( and still looking for horseshoe crab sightings)

The Peabody Essex Museum and Maritime Gloucester memorialized Sarah Fraser Robbins. Be inspired!

  • In 2003, Peabody Essex Museum established the Sarah Fraser Robbins Directorship for the Art & Nature Center, currently held by Jane Winchell.
  • In 2014 the Center was dedicated in memory of PEM honorary trustee, Dorothy “Dotty” Addams Brown, Sarah’s good friend and Eastern Point resident.
  • Maritime Gloucester’s education center was dedicated in 2008 as the Sarah Fraser Robbins Marine Science Center.
  • In 2014, Maritime Gloucester also established the Sarah Fraser Robbins Environmental Award.

Philip Weld’s father, Philip S. Weld Sr., was a newspaper publisher, editor, writer, environmentalist, veteran, and record breaking sailor. The year after the first harbor swim Phil Sr won a transatlantic race sailing “Moxie” and wrote about that crossing. He grew up in Manchester and raised his family in Gloucester.

You can see Sarah’s daughter, Sarah Robbins Evans, interviewed in a great 2010 GMG video by Manny Simoes. Make sure to watch his terrific mini doc overview of that 32nd Clean Harbor Swim run by Richie Martin. There are brief and peppy participant interviews. Swimmers came near and far- Tewksbury, Beverly, Boxford, Boston, Bedford NH, Essex, Portland ME, Falmouth ME, Swampscott…watch to find out more!

To register for the Clean Harbor Swim

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Throwback Thursday tribute: downtown Gloucester 1978 Sidewalk Bazaar

“Lucille Genovese gets into the spirit of the Chamber’s three-day sidewalk bazaar that started today.”

– Thursday, Aug 3, 1978, Gary Langer photo –above the fold– clipping from the Gloucester Daily Times.

Main Street’s 58th Annual Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar opens today led by Gloucester Downtown Assoc. Sashay down Main Street while it’s closed to regular traffic for three special days.

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Nichole’s Picks 8/6 + 8/7

Pick #1:  2016 Bluefin Blowout

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FRIDAY| AUGUST 5 – Open to the Public

  • 12:00 AM – Boats permitted to leave dock
  • 6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes
  • 8:00PM-11:00 PM – Live Music– Groove Therapy

SAT | AUGUST 6 – Open to the Public

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM
    • Music, Food and Cocktails served under the tent
    • Live tuna demonstration by Tonno, Gloucester
    • Silent auction and 50/50 to benefit Alzheimer’s
  • 3:00 PM – Weigh In Opens
  • 6:00PM– Dinner
  • 6:30PM– Awards
  • 8:00 Live & Silent Auction
  • 8:30-12:00 PM – Live Music- Herland Brothers

SUN | AUGUST 7 – Open to the Public

Brunch & Bloody Mary’s at the Cape Ann Marina / Mile Marker 1

Pick #2:  Gloucester Blue Festival

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Saturday, August 6 2016

ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK

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Pick #3:  The Salem Maritime Festival

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The 2016 Salem Maritime Festival will be hosted on the weekend of August 5th, 6th and 7th!
Celebrate ships, sailors, and song at this annual free family festival! Hosted by the National Park Service, which is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary, the festival features live music, historical reenactors, harbor cruises, demonstrations, interactive programs, arts, crafts, and more! Join us for Free family fun! (Schedule subject to change.) Festivities will begin Friday evening and will extend through Sunday afternoon! The Salem Maritime Festival is hosted by Salem Maritime National Historic Site in cooperation with the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Event Contact Information
Salem Visitor Center (978) 740-1650

Festival Hours:

Friday, August 5: 3 PM to 8 PM (Dockside Vessels and Live Music)

Saturday, August 6: 10 AM to 7 PM (Exhibitors and Demonstrators 10 AM to 5 PM)

Sunday, August 7: 11 AM to 5 PM

Harbor Cruises

One of the most popular features of the Salem Maritime Festival is the free 90-minute boat rides around Salem Harbor. On Saturday, August 6, festival goers can enter a series of raffles for a chance to set sail in Salem’s harbor. We will start taking lottery entries at around 10:30 AM. Participants can set sail on the following vessels:

Schooner Adventure, built in 1926 and located at Maritime Gloucester (Sail time 2:15 PM)
Schooner Ardelle, an authentic Cape Ann Vessel from Gloucester (Sail times 12:15 PM and 1:45 PM)
Sea Shuttle’s Endeavour, learn about marine science of Salem Sound (Sail times 12:30 PM and 2:15 PM)
Schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a War of 1812 Privateer (Sail times 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM)

In addition to the harbor cruises, Coast to Coast Paddle will guide participants on paddleboarding and kayaking adventures in Salem Harbor!

 

As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Tears In First Parish by Kathy Clark

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Tears In First Parish

Posted on August 2, 2016 by Kathy Clark

Everyday when I come in to the cemetery off Centennial the piles of dog poop are growing in number and size.  Evidently cleaning up the First Parish and Clark cemeteries has opened up a new dog park as well as a short cut and easy access to the party center in the back corner of Clark.

I was cleaning marble fragments in hopes of finding the missing pieces of our Douglass family graves.  Didn’t find any new engravings, just blank pieces.  I sat on the ground next to our cousin William who gave his life as a Union Soldier.  There was a fresh pile of dog poop on his grave.

A lady walked into the cemetery with two dogs.  I asked her if she had bags to pick up after her dogs who were clearly in the cemetery to do their job.  She took offense and said there were bags in her satchel.  She let the dogs off the leash to run all over the place.  Then a lady came in from Oval Park and let her three dogs go.  I watched one of the dogs poop.  After some time I decided to walk over to Clark. I passed the nice fresh poop from lady number two.

As I neared the wall to go into Clark.  The women came out with all five dogs on the loose.  Lady number two practically ran for the Oval Park exit, calling Rufus and Nellie as she went.  Lady number one headed back to Centennial, all the while muttering about me being crazy and mocking the way I was standing with my hands on my hips.   (Sorry lady, my back was hurting from weed chopping.)

Thus, the tears.  I am not asking for thanks for what I do, but I don’t like being disrespected and treated like some kind of weirdo.

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