Monthly Archives: August 2017

Live From Opening Night of Annisquam Village Players ” Sin gin’ In The Rain”

Larry Cook killing it on stage as the Production Singer! Great Show A Summer must see! Click link for tickets http://annisquamvillageplayers.com/

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Gloucester Rotary Pancake Breakfast

Cape Ann Community

Come for the Pancakes, Stay for the Waterfront Festival!

RotaryPancakeBreakfastThe Rotary Club of Gloucester MA will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Stage Fort Park, located on Hough Avenue in Gloucester, MA. This popular event takes place concurrently with the Gloucester Waterfront Festival, which is sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and is held in Stage Fort Park on Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. A special FREE parking area is available for Pancake Breakfast attendees.

Tickets for the Pancake Breakfast are $8 per person and are available from any Gloucester Rotarian or at the following Gloucester locations:

  • North Shore Health Project, 5 Center Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel F Lewis Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Bank Gloucester, 160 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
  • Cape Ann Savings Bank, 109…

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Come cook with us!

Cape Ann Community

Backyard Growers is hosting it’s second summer cooking workshop this Tuesday, Aug 8, 6:30-8pm at The Open Door.  Come share knowledge about summer gardening, harvesting, and cooking with BYG and local community gardener Patricia!

Tickets and more information here

2017 Summer Cooking Workshop

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KIM SMITH POLLINATOR GARDEN PROGRAM FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THURSDAY EVENING

Please join me Thursday evening, August 10th, at 7:00pm, at the Peabody Institute Library, South Branch. I will be giving my talk about how to create a garden to benefit a host of pollinators and screening several short films. I hope to see you there!

The day we planted blueberries, is the day the Catbirds moved in. Many species of songbirds are pollinators, too!

Painted Lady nectaring at wildflower Joe-pye, Good Harbor Beach

FRIENDS OF LITTLE CHICK

Common Tern delivering breakfast to its fledgling.

Here are a collection of recent photos of different species of shorebirds and songbirds gathering and migrating along Cape Ann beaches that Little Chick may encounter on his journey south.

During the spring breeding season Piping Plover mating adults chase all other birds out of their territory, from the largest Black-backed Gull to the tiniest Song Sparrow. At this time of year, during the summer southward migration, you’ll often see PiPl feeding alongside other PiPl, as well as with Semipalmated Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, Killdeers, peeps, terns, and gulls.

Ruddy Turnstones

Ruddy Turnstones Photobombed

Common Tern fledgling squawking for breakfast.

Won’t someone, anyone, please, please feed me! Unlike Piping Plover chicks, Common Tern chicks cannot feed themselves at birth. Common Tern chicks can walk and swim, but it will be many weeks before they learn to fish.

Tree Swallows massing, foraging in dunes rich with insects and berries.

Bonaparte’s Gulls

 

Compare Common Tern in the foreground to Bonaparte’s Gull in the background. Both have red-orange legs and feet and both are black-headed. The easiest way to differentiate when on the beach is the Common Tern’s bill is orange; the Bonaparte’s Gull’s bill is black. 

 

Least Sandpipers are the smallest of peeps. Note how beautifully camouflaged are they in the drying seaweed at the high tide line.

Daybreak and early morning are often the most beautiful time of day to see wildlife.

Cape Ann SUPahBowl! Aug 12 plus Local Art Show Aug 22 at Beauport Hotel Gloucester

Two great upcoming events to attend or be part of! Beauport Hotel will also be announcing the winners to their customer photo contest (deadline was yesterday) celebrating 10,000 likes on Facebook, an accomplishment reached in their first year!

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Read more about the CAPE ANN SUP Cape Ann SUPahBowl! August 12 special endurance sport event!

 

Cape Ann SUPahBowl

Call to Local artists: The deadline to apply for the Beauport Art Show is August 15th

Beauport Hotel 

ARTISTS: If you’re an artist from the Cape Ann looking to sell your paintings, this is a great opportunity to showcase your work! Interested? Pre-register by the end of day on August 15 by calling the Beauport Boutique at 978.282.0008 ext. 4. Up to five paintings may be submitted, and artists must bring their own easels.

This is a great opportunity to mingle, browse, and directly support your local artists. We look forward to hosting what we hope will become a regular event!

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Register by Aug 11 for 39th Annual Clean Harbor swim (kids and adults) held @Niles Beach August 19th

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REGISTER BY AUGUST 11 for 39th Annual Clean Harbor Swim- 

“New since 2015 is the Clean Harbor Kids swim, a 500 meter swim along the shore of Niles Beach for 8-12 year olds. This is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sport of Open Water Swimming.”  And to talk about the history behind celebrating a clean water swim here in Gloucester harbor, the natural world ‘all about us’, stories of conservation, and work of naturalists like Sarah Fraser Robbins.

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Saratoga Race Course

The boys and I joined my parents, siblings, and cousin up in Saratoga this past weekend. A day at the race track was, as crazy as it sounds, just what we needed. The horses and grounds were gorgeous, the people watching was phenomenal, and the excitement was kind of intoxicating.  The boys learned to read the racing sheets and make $5 bets for their favorite horses to show….don’t judge.  We enjoyed the atmosphere, the beautiful day, and…yes…a couple of cocktails.  The track at Saratoga, open only seven weeks each year, brings some of the very best horses, jockeys, and trainers to its grounds….which makes for some pretty great events.  This past weekend was the Whitney…and the famous Traverse is coming up in just a few weeks.  While it was oddly fun to be there with the boys, I look forward to a weekend away up there with friends as well!

Read more about Saratoga HERE

HUMPBACK WHALE BREECHES AND SENDS FISHING BOAT FLYING

ABC Newsonline.

August 7, 2017

Six men are lucky to be alive after a whale threw their boat metres into the air in the Whitsundays (Australia).

WARNING: This story contains graphic images that may disturb some readers.

The group was returning from a reef fishing trip on Saturday afternoon, when the large humpback breached underneath the 8.5-metre aluminium vessel, near Gloucester Island.

The impact of the collision with the whale and the water was so great that those on board were violently thrown around the boat, with two men knocked unconscious.

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Skippers need to keep a lookout, authorities say

The Whitsundays is considered a whale nursery, with the species choosing the warm waters off the Queensland coast to birth their calves.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Heritage (EHP) said about 30,000 humpback whales were migrating along the Queensland coast this year.

“Humpbacks have made a remarkable comeback since the 1960s when hunting stopped,” the spokesperson said.

“EHP and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service would remind boaties to be very cautious during the humpback migration — humpbacks are on the move day and night on their migration.”

The spokesperson said adult humpbacks could weigh up to 45 tonnes.

“These huge, unpredictable mammals may surface, slap their tails or leap out of the water unexpectedly around vessels.

“Skippers need to keep a lookout at all times — even if skippers avoid cutting across the path of a whale or going within the approach limits, humpbacks may approach or nudge boats.

“If a skipper becomes concerned about the safety of their vessel and passengers due to a whale’s behaviour, he/she should stop, slow down and/or steer away from the whale immediately.”

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