Monthly Archives: December 2017


Snow Goose in the Sea Smoke

Early this morning while out filming Cape Ann Lighthouses in the sea smoke, far off shore there was a Snow Goose bobbing about in the frigid waters.

Look for Snow Geese on the shore and in the water. Their feathers are white, tipped black at the outer edges, with a gray band above the black tips. Both their bills and feet are pink. There is also a dark morph, commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Goose.’

Thanks to Lyn Fonzo who last week sent a snapshot of a white goose feeding amongst the Canada Geese. She was wondering what bird. I thought it was a juvenile Snow Goose and the sighting today confirms that yes, we have (at least) one Snow Goose on our shores!


Evocative views looking through sea smoke along the shoreline this morning, from Ten Pound Island to Twin Lights, and at every vantage point along the way. On my very last stop photographing a buoy in the sea smoke, I spied a mystery bird far off shore. Bobbing in the water and with a bill not at all shaped liked a seagulls, it was a SNOW GOOSE! He was too far away to get a great photo, but wonderful to see nonetheless!

Alicia Unleashed- Is it cold in the shade?


Episode 72- recorded 12/28/2017


PSA do not judge our titles if you are not going to listen for context. K thanks bai.

We reflect back on Highlights (and low) from 2017.

Talk about our favorite guests, reflect back on last years episode.

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Help Windhover Continue to Thrive


Windhover Center for the Performing Arts needs your help and support for 2018. We have exciting plans for this next summer of 2018 which includes a return of the great Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company to Windhover in August. The entire company will be in residence to perform Taylor repertory, teach master classes, and engage in some community based programs such as open rehearsals and exchanges of ideas about dance in today’s world.

The Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre will return to Windhover to teach a week-long dance intensive for teenagers in July. This will be followed by Quarry Dance 7, performed for the public for free at the MANSHIP QUARRY located in the Lanesville section of Gloucester. Paul Manship was a great 19th century American sculptor who settled in Cape Ann and purchased a home and studio on the site of two quarries in Lanesville. This magical 15 acre site is now a non-profit retreat for artists, and Quarry Dance 7 will highlight the terraces and grounds, the historic barn, granite garden and the twin quarries. Parking has been arranged at the Lanesville Community Center nearby, so the Quarry Dance plans are in place quite early this year.

All of these events depend upon the support of this engaged community and of those who love the arts, and dance in particular. Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. Please consider a year end donation in any amount to help us fulfill our mission and to bring these programs to the public in 2018. You can donate through the website: or by sending a check to: Windhover, P.O Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

Thank you for your assistance and for your help in continuing the legacy and dream of Windhover Center for the Performing Arts into 2018 and beyond.

With best wishes for the New Year,
Lisa Hahn
Executive Director, Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

P.O. Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

Phone: 978-546-3611


Reminder: Quick Steps & Ballads at Cape Ann Museum


DETAIL (Fitz Henry Lane sheet music cover displayed at Cape Ann Museum’s Drawn From Nature & On Stone exhibition)

FHL sheet music cover for a yankee ship and a yankee crew 1865 litho

photo: FH Lane illustration (Boston Harbor/USS Constitution/State House) for

Captn. E.G. Austin’s quick step
As first performed by the
BOSTON BRIGADE BAND on the anniversary of the
Boston Light Infantry,
May 31st 1837
also the new nautical song A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew,
sung by Mr. Williamson

From Cape Ann Museum- Upcoming Saturday January 6, 2018

Cape Ann Museum Fitz Henry Lane Quick Steps and Ballads

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Quick Steps and Ballads: The Sheet Music Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, on Saturday, January 6 at 3:00 p.m.  This musical performance is free for Cape Ann residents, Museum members or with Museum admission. Reservations are required and can be made online at or call (978)283-0455 x10.

The performance was conceptualized and coordinated by local musicians Kristina Martin, Kathleen Adams and Beverly Soll with music transcription and program design by Andrew Soll. Featured performers include the Waring School Singers, ‘Leven, Vintage Victorian of Nahant, and other individuals from around the north shore area. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the dances and hear the songs that were popular in the 19th century!

The performance is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Drawn from Nature & on Stone: The Lithographs of Fitz Henry Lane, which was designed to explore artist Fitz Henry Lane’s life and career in detail and against the backdrop of 19th century printmaking culture in America. As early as 1833 Lane was illustrating sheet music for these popular songs of the time. The special exhibition is on display until March 4, 2018.

Image credit: (left) Song of the Fisher’s Wife. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F.H. Lane. Lithograph by Sharp & Michelin Lithography. Published by Oakes & Swan, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society.  (center) The Maniac. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Thayer’s Lithographic Press. Published by Parker & Ditson, Boston, 1840. American Antiquarian Society. (right) Sicilian Vespers. Lithograph on paper (sheet music). Drawn by F. H. Lane. Lithograph by Pendleton’s Lithography, Boston. Published by C. Bradlee, Boston, c.1832. Boston Athenaeum. Gift of Charles E. Mason, Jr., 1978.”


Shared by our City Councilman Scott Memhard, “Rare gigantic Blue Lobster landed at Boston’s NE Aquarium, with ice sculptor extraordinaire Donald Chapelle, Gloucester’s own Lars Eric Miller (who wished it was a Blue Fin Tuna), Brilliant Ice Sculptures, and Cape Pond Ice, of course….!”

Plus 1

Since Gloucester will be adding a Ciaramitaro to its rolls sometime in the future (congratualtions to the Boss Capt Joe and the lovely Kate!), I thought it might be fun to take a look at how this Gloucester family has grown over the years. In the 1917 City Directory,  there seems to be one lonely Ciaramitaro family: Giuseppe and Rosie at 5 Commercial Ct.  By 1937, you can clearly see the family has grown considerably, right along with the variances in spelling. One thing remains constant: Fishermen all.

*Correction: at least two things remain constant: 1. occupation and 2. Joey and Kate’s love for each other.  *1917 Gloucester City Directory C00091937 Gloucester City Directory C0016

Last chance: Peter Lyons December art exhibition at Trident Gallery

Various installation views of Peter Lyons striking paintings at Trident Gallery, Main Street, Gloucester, MA. There’s still time to catch the show, on view through December 31, 2017. Lyons was born in New Zealand in 1960 and was in the US by 1990. He’s lived and worked on both coasts, currently in Natick. He’s shown at Richard York Gallery in New York.

PETER LYONS installation view Trident Gallery December 2 2017 © C Ryan 123210

Local photographer Steve Howard closes out Sawyer Free 2017 exhibitions

Last chance to catch the Steve Howard photography exhibition, December 2017, at Matz Gallery, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, MA. Howard resides in Gloucester and is an exhibiting member of the Rockport Art Association.

Photographer Steve Howard Sawyer Free exhibition December 2017 20171206_150525



Deadline | 2018 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations such as: Cape Ann Art Haven, City of Gloucester Committee for the Arts, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Symphony, Gloucester Stage, and many more.

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Carmen Savarino:

“We are pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE

Grant decisions will be made in mid-June and announcements will be made at the end of June. This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Tuesday, January 9th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities and to answer any questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to attend the call if interested. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at or (617) 338-2676″


6 Degrees Outside- No Problem- Full Packer Brisket On The @WeberGrills Simpsons Kettle

Northeast BBQ

My buddy Eric Lorden got me a full packer brisket for Christmas.  As there doesn’t look like there’s any end in sight to these frigid temps here in the northeast it was getting time to put up or shut up.  So I trimmed this beautiful Angus Brisket which had a considerable about of fat to remove.


You can see how much fat was trimmed away in this pic.  I left a quarter inch or so on the fat cap side which was cooked fave down on the Kettle.


After trimming away the unwanted fat it was time to season.  Coarse salt, crushed black pepper, John Henry’s Brisket Rub and a little Montreal Steak Seasoning.  Fat cap side up in this picture.  She was wrapped in cello and refrigerated overnight.


Got a late  start at 8AM but set up the kettle for the snake method, placed a large aluminum pan on…

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