Monthly Archives: July 2017

PIPING PLOVERS DAY ELEVEN!

Three eleven-day-old Piping Plover chicks, one preening, and two under Mama’s wing. 

With the beach rake, crows, gulls, fires, dogs, garbage, and humans simply enjoying our beautiful Good Harbor Beach, there is mortal danger at every moment for these tiniest of birds. Thank you to all the awesome volunteers for all that you are doing to keep these little balls of fluff safe. Eleven days surviving, especially during a holiday weekend, is no small feat!

Learning to follow Mom’s voice commands.

Counting little pairs of legs under Mama’s wing.

TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING NEWS AND SAVE THE DATE: SNOTBOT ON NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!!!

Iain Kerr writes, 
Hi Kim,

This Week in the Arts

Introducing the 2017 RNAC
Goetemann Fellowship Recipient,
Nathan Thomas Wilson

Introduction and Artist Talk:
Wednesday, July 5, 7 PM at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

Public Art Installation, Reception and Talk:
Tuesday, July 25 at 7 PM at Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester.

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Ocean Alliance Building

The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) and the Goetemann Artist Residency (GAR) welcome artist Nathan Thomas Wilson as the inaugural Goetemann Fellowship recipient. The Goetemann Fellowship is a new award, established in 2017 as a vehicle to bring public art to Rocky Neck.

This year, in partnership with Ocean Alliance, the Goetemann Artist Residency hosts Nathan Wilson at the residency studio on Madfish Wharf as he installs artwork on the grounds of Ocean Alliance, site of the former Wonson Paint Factory. Measuring 30 x 40 feet and located on the windswept Gloucester waterfront, in the gravel parking lot of the Ocean Alliance facility, the site is highly visible to passing fishing ships, sailing, and recreational boats, and provides public access for tourists and visitors on foot or by car. The installation is designed to illuminate the mission of Ocean Alliance that “strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education.” The artist has open access to the site.

Wilson received an MFA at The University of Pennsylvania and earned a Post Graduate diploma in Visual Arts at Goldsmith’s College, London. He currently teaches at Emmanuel College in Boston and Curry College in Milton, MA as well as a class in Collaborative Sculpture at MIT in Cambridge, MA. He received a Lawrence Shprintz Award at The University of Pennsylvania and was a nominee for a Joan Mitchell MFA Award among others.

Wilson has installed several works of art in and around Boston and the RNAC/GAR is proud to welcome him to Cape Ann. At an opening talk on Wednesday, July 5, 7 PM, at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester, Wilson talks about his work and creating installations. On Tuesday, July 25, 7 PM, at the installation site at 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, the results of his work on Rocky Neck will be revealed. In the event of inclement weather, the talk will be held at the Goetemann Residency Studio at 6 Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester. Both events are free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

The Residency committee and RNAC place exceptional value on the year-round work performed by the Alliance. Their continuing efforts to protect existing whale populations while educating the public about the fragility of our oceans resonates with the entire world.

The Ocean Alliance strives to increase public awareness of the importance of whale and ocean health through research and public education. We work with our scientific partners to collect a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life. Ocean Alliance uses this data to advise educators, policy makers, and the general public on wise stewardship of the oceans to mitigate pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, and promote ocean and human health. Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Organization, was founded in 1971.

For More Information:
Email: info@rockyneckartcolony.org
Ocean Alliance www.whale.org.

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FIRE ON GOOD HARBOR BEACH

This morning I arrived at 5am to check on the plovers and two young guys were building a fire right next to the Piping Plover sanctuary. I watched from a distance for a moment as they built up the fire, and then they crossed the beach to leave. I called the police to come put out the fire and asked the guys, hey what’s up with the bonfire? Their mysterious response was that they were coming back to add more wood. They left via the footbridge and a few seconds later, the police arrived to extinguish the fire.

Building a fire where children will shortly be running around in the sand is a really, really dumb idea. Not only that, but the PiPl family were super stressed, which is not usually the case during daybreak hours. 

At about 5:30, two crows entered the sanctuary, eating garbage that had blown in. The parents were very distracted by the crows. At an opportune moment, when the chicks were on the opposite side of the crows and garbage, I ran into the roped off area and removed the enticing chicken remains, and chased away the crows. Crows and gulls are only on Good Harbor Beach in great numbers because of the garbage left behind. If there were no garbage, there would be no gulls and no crows.Pre dawn, and pre-arrival of the DPW, with lots of plastic littering the beach, which washes into the ocean each and every night.

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

The Cape Ann Community Band Presents:

“Music for a Summer Evening”

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 23, 7pm)

Sponsored by Bank Gloucester 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites local musicians to participate in an exciting program of concert band music. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 10, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 8 Washington St., Gloucester.

The program will include concert band music classic and contemporary; in many styles. Players are asked to commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals on August 7 and 14. The program is geared toward young and more experienced players. Families are encouraged to participate as well as former school band classmates. The music represents varying levels of ability; there’s something for everyone. Players will need their own instruments and music stand. Percussion equipment and some stands are provided.

Once again the band is proudly sponsored by Bank Gloucester. Patrick Thorpe, bank president, says “We love this group. They represent the whole of our Cape Ann Community and they always play a terrific program. We’re glad to help.”

Director Benjamin echoes Thorpe’s excitement. “We’ve always had a lot of fun preparing our concerts. It’s a supportive mood at our rehearsals. Everyone is learning and enjoying the company of fellow musicians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For information please contact David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 or by email at David@DavidLBenjamin.com

CHANGES COMING TO GOOD HARBOR BEACH

Possibly you’ve noticed the missing sign at Good Harbor Beach. It was removed by the DPW in preparation for construction at GHB, by the footbridge. A foot bath is planned, the retaining wall needs fortifying, and a guest landing pad is being created. The work is scheduled to begin after the Fourth of July holiday.

Your Daily Good Harbor Beach Garbage Photo 

Gloucester high school athletes summer beach training

These coaches and kids show up Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and really dig in.  The Volunteer coaches today were Zach Smith and Kyle. Michael Lattoff (sp?) is retiring and started this boot camp 30+ years ago.  I marvel at the dedication of volunteer coaches.

My piping plover watch shift overlaps with this session. Good Harbor Beach piping plovers are conditioning alongside these hardworking athletes. The birds have to be well and strong for migration; zipping about the beach is no picnic.

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Tough drills start low and use the ocean, too

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When there were 4 baby plovers at Good Harbor Beach

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Seagull and piping plover tracks. And cigarette butts…

Today is day 11 and there are 3 babies. This volunteer video was taken a few days ago when there were 4 babies, tracking 1 baby plover back to its mom with a surprise at the end. From a volunteer shift by Cliff and Charles. For (nearly) LIVE updates to see what the summer brood is doing, updates are posted here  https://twitter.com/Glostaplover

Please join in and share your sightings #Glostaplover

Professional close-ups and best ever viewing follow Kim Smith! Here’s her post from Day 10

Reflecting on our Independence

While we all enjoy the parade, cookouts and fireworks, let’s reflect a bit about one of the best known sentences in the English language from from the Declaration of Independence…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.   Be safe and enjoy!!

Again and Again

Just think of all of the fantastic bags Regina is going to be able to make with that giant pile of sail!

I drove by Again and Again in East Gloucester Square the other day and had to turn around and park to snap a photo after that massive pile caught my eye.

Visit Again and Again HERE or stop by the shop and check out their inventory!

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Brad Hall, Currently Starring in “The Effect” At Gloucester Stage Giving Entertaining Commencement Keynote

Having Brad On The GloucesterCast Podcast Yesterday Was a Treat.  I loved hearing his story about leaving bottles of wine in crab pots in exchange for crabs in Santa Monica.

Listen to the Podcast here- GloucesterCast 231

What a resume-

In Television, Brad has written, performed, developed, composed music for, directed, created or produced many shows; among them SNL, Frasier, Brooklyn Bridge, The Single Guy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Watching Ellie, Parks And Recreation and VEEP.

Brad has also written, produced and performed in motion pictures, often in happy partnership with Gary David Goldberg and Sam Weisman.

Brad attended Northwestern University and is a co-founder of the Practical Theatre Co. in Chicago. It was at the Practical Theatre that Brad first met Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with whom he has two sons.