Monthly Archives: October 2017

beautiful By the Sea Sotheby’s Cape Ann Plein Air commercial video by Tom Curry

Tom Curry video By the Sea Sotheby’s International Realty  Cape Ann Plein Air

and here’s Curry’s Beauty of  Rockport

 

See more about the event in Kim Smith’s  post, with Mayor Romeo Theken’s photos

There’s another By the Sea Sotheby’s TV spot I’ve seen that is beautiful and features Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore landmarks.

A SPECTACULAR PAINTED LADY BUTTERFLY IRRUPTION HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!

The sheer number of Painted Ladies migrating are stealing some of the Monarchs thunder!

Many readers have written inquiring about the beautiful butterflies with wings in a tapestry of brilliant orange, brown, black, cream, and blue. Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui) are often confused with Monarch butterflies, especially during the late summer. Both are currently migrating and you will often see the two species drinking nectar side-by-side.

As do Monarchs, Painted Ladies depart from Mexico to begin their northward migration in springtime. Both Monarchs and Painted Ladies belong to the brush-foot family (Nymphalidae) and can only survive in warm climates.Monarch Butterfly, top, and Painted Lady bottom. Note that the Painted Lady is about half the size of the Monarch

Sightings from the midwest recorded large numbers early in the season, and 2017 has proven to be an outstanding year for this most successful of butterflies. The Painted Lady is also nicknamed the “Cosmopolitan” butterfly because it is the most widespread butterfly in the world.

Painted Lady drinking nectar from the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk

One reason we may possibly be experiencing a Painted Lady irruption in North America is because a rainy spring in the south was followed by a fabulous bloom of dessert annuals that provided abundant food plants for the caterpillars. Unlike Monarch butterflies, which will only deposit their eggs on members of the milkweed family (Asclepias), Painted Lady caterpillars eat a wide range of plants. More than 300 host plants have been noted; favorites include thistles, yarrow, Pearly Everlasting, Common Sunflower (Asteraceae), Hollyhock and many mallows (Malvaceae), various legumes (Fabaceae) along with members of Boraginaceae, Plantaginaceae, and Urticaceae.

Common Buckeye and Painted Lady Nectaring at the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk  

Much, much more remains to be discovered about the beautiful Painted Lady, its habits and how their behavior and seasonal distribution varies by geographic location.

Read More about Painted Ladies here:

DANCE OF COLOR AND LIGHT

Painted Lady Drinking Nectar from the Purple-stemmed Aster

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE!

AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

 

HARPER LEE’S

 

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE 

 

Gloucester Stage Company wraps up its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird from October 6 through October 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Director Judy Braha brings Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel to life on the GSC stage. A timeless American classic, To Kill a Mockingbirdexplores civil rights and racism set against the backdrop of the segregated South of the 1930s and as seen through the eyes of 10 year old Scout Finch as she watches her father, attorney Atticus Finch, strive to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape. The cast is led by Lewis D. Wheeler as Atticus Finch; Amanda Collins as Jean Louise Finch, Carly Williams as Scout Finch,Thomas Rhett Kee as Heck Tate, Cheryl Singleton as Calpurnia, Douglass Bowen-Flynn as Mr. Gilmer and Boo Radley, Stewart Evan Smith as Rev. Sykes, Cliff Blake as Bob Ewell and Mr. Radley, Thomas Grenon as Walter Cunningham and Judge Taylor, Teresa Langford as Mrs. Dubose and Mayella Ewell, and Aaron Dowdy as Tom Robinson. Two Gloucester residents and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting workshop students make their professional stage debut inTo Kill A Mockingbird: Nathaniel Oaks as Jem and Gabriel Magee as Dill.

All Photos Gary NG

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The Butterfiles have been amazing

Butterflies on a daisy bush off of Shore Road is incredible, also on Stacy Boulevard, the flowers thanks to Generous Gardeners are attracting Butterflies and Bees. Take a walk and watch these beautiful butterflies land on the flowers and eat.




#GloucesterMA Good Harbor Beach Salt Island: Greenbelt in GDT & lifeguards interviewed for NBC Boston NECN news

Salt Island, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA, is for sale. Unimproved and undeveloped, Salt Island is a natural monument, a beacon. For generations,the Island seemed as free as the air and sea, the beaches and shore. All were welcome at the right tide– daily the beach and island are connected. There’s an innate understanding that visitors need to respect the natural property much as they would when visiting a national park. Yet Salt Island is owned privately; it’s simply left wild and public.

Yearly taxes were paid by the family. The City provided yearly services; for instance lifeguards to help stranded visitors, unaware of the tides.

Is it possible to compensate the owner in the most advantageous way (some combination of sale, waiving estate taxes, credit for donation) to clear up any future ownership confusion and protect the means of public access, minus vague qualifiers (“left open as resources allow”) or increasing any necessary costs? Land steward organizations sometimes sell property or limit access, laws and environment change, funds for care deplete. Is there a common sense path that considers Salt Island as Good Harbor Beach– it’s attached daily– and accorded the same balance of care that the beach has legally maintained since the 1920s?

NBC Boston Rob Michaelson report on Salt Island sale

above – Lifeguards have a summer suggestion in the VIDEO link For Sale in Mass: A $750K Island Packed With History. “This small island in Gloucester, Massachusetts has hosted a major salt theft, a lobstering hermit and a Hollywood production.” by Rob Michaelson for NECN NBC Boston

 

above- photos of Good Harbor Beach lifeguards moving a signature chair after a morning conditioning training session that involved swimming and running the length of Good Harbor Beach,  twice. Foggy drizzle, low tide connection to Salt Island

below– link to Coalition Aims to Buy Salt Island: Greenbelt Negotiating Bid for Save Our Shores, by Ray Lamont Gloucester Daily Times

coalition aims to buy salt island GDT Ray Lamont Oct 3 2017

infinite moods of Salt Island

GMG post about Salt Island includes a historic timeline and links to prior ‘for sale’ stories published by Cape Ann Beacon and Boston Globe

Ponant Cruise ship off of Shore Road

Beautiful cruise ship off of Shore Road. Look this Ponant Cruise Ships on line and seems that they are private cruises. Nice way to travel.

For more information please follow the link below:
https://us.ponant.com/transform-your-world/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Lien_texte&utm_campaign=Brand&ectrans=1&gclid=CL_-i56w1NYCFU-HswodLncKeQ

Annisquam Exchange end of the season Sale

THE ANNISQUAM EXCHANGE
• Everything is NOW: 20% OFF
There is a wide variety of vintage collectibles, jewelry, artwork, textiles, kitchenware, gifts and more.

LAST DAY OF OPERATION: Sunday, October 8, 2017
Hours from 10- 4 during the Arts and Crafts Show
32 Leonard Street (Annisquam Village), Gloucester, MA 01930

info.annisquamexchange@gmail.com

That Ship Has Sailed

That ship has sailed….well, actually, The Ship has sailed.

I’m not sure how I missed this fact until just last weekend, because I’m fairly certain I’ve been by since its demolition, but regardless…it is gone.

What’s next?  Hilltop or the Orange Dinosaur Mini Golf….oh, wait.

Local fun fact:  I read last night that the ship was actually built by a retired Gloucester sea captain named James F. Wilkinson….back in 1925.

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Photo from itemlive.com 

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Community Gathering: October 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

Cape Ann Community

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, along with local abuse prevention organizations and gun violence awareness activists invites all to gather on the steps of City Hall to recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

This year, Mayor Romeo-Theken, accompanied by other community leaders, will highlight the dangerous intersection of domestic violence and gun violence with a moment of silence to honor victims of the Las Vegas massacre, as well as all victims of natural disasters within Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, The Islands, and Mexico.
We invite all members of the community to join us to help heal while wearing purple – the symbolic color for domestic violence awareness. Wearing purple, shining purple lights in your homes, businesses, and other structures in the community generates discussion and awareness of domestic abuse and dating violence.
For more information, please contact Sunny Robinson (CPDA)…

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October, Ayurveda Awareness Month

Cape Ann Wellness

Ayurveda is a natural system of health and wellbeing and the sister-science to yoga. It originated in India thousands of years ago.

As a Complementary and Alternative Medicine Ayurveda can support your health needs in various ways. Ayurveda uses diet, herbal remedies, lifestyle tools and body therapies to establish health in body and mind.

Like Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is based on the five elements of nature. They are earth, air, fire, water and ether. According to Ayurveda, these elements are present in our environment around us as well as within us.

Good health is a state of balance of these five elements. Maintaining balance is the key and that involves many things. Your diet, lifestyle, relationships and habitat are all factors which can affect your natural state of balance. If you know your body type you can create a healthy lifestyle and greater well being.

Discover Your Body Type
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