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SAVE OUR FIREWORKS!

TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT THE DECISION WILL BE MADE. PLEASE DONATE TODAY. THANK YOU!!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim Smith

HELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the Gloucester Times, reports that Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the fun!

 

SUNSET OVER ESSEX BAY

Last night’s sunset over Essex BayEssex Bay Sunset copyright Kim SmithEssex Bay Sunset -2 copyright Kim Smith

one more from last night

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Last night's sunset over Essex Bay

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Ring-bille Bonaparte's Gulls copyright Kim SmithBonaparte's Gulls twilight copyright Kim SmithBonaparte’s and Ring-billed Gulls in dreamy twilight

URGENT HELP NEEDED OR LABOR DAY/SCHOONER FESTIVAL WEEKEND FIREWORKS WILL BE CANCELLED

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -7 copyright Kim SmithHELP SAVE THE FIREWORKS!

WITHOUT AN INFUSION OF DONATIONS MADE BY FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT, the Schooner Festival/Labor Day weekend fireworks will be cancelled. Gail McCarthy, senior staff writer for the Gloucester Times, reports that Barry Pett, who heads the Gloucester Fund and has organized Gloucester’s fireworks shows for the past 25 years, shares that there is only $4,000.00 in the kitty when approximately $12,500.00 is needed. Insurance costs alone are $1,000.

I think we can do this! I just made my donation on the Gloucester Fund’s website FIREWORKS page here. You can donate with all the usual credit cards as well as through PayPal. Or send a check to the following address with the memo “Fireworks”

The Gloucester Fund
45 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA  01930

Our July 3rd fireworks were spectacular, so thank you for that Barry Pett!! Let’s continue the fun!

Gloucester Fireworks July 4 2016 -12 copyright Kim Smith

 

Manchester-by-the-Sea Architecture Walking Tour

Explore history outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present an architectural walking tour through historic Manchester-by-the-Sea in conjunction with its exhibition Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects on view at the Cape Ann Museum through October 9.

Join Manchester Historical Museum curator, John Huss and preservation consultant, Bill Finch as they highlight the diverse architecture forming Manchester’s historic downtown. This tour will begin at the Manchester Historical Museum at 10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1 hour; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time.

image003Image: Constructed in 1885 to house Seaside No. 1, the town’s first horse drawn fire engine, this handsome building on Central Street later became the headquarters for the Manchester Police Department into the 1970s. Today it is serves as a museum and home for the town’s two antique engines.

This program is $10 for CAM and MHM members / $20 for non-members (includes Cape Ann Museum admission). Space is limited; Advance tickets required. 

For more information email us at info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Museum at (978) 283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite

SPINNING A WINTER HOME

The first of our Cecropia Moth caterpillars, nicknamed Mothra, is in the process of spinning her winter home, a fine silken enclosure. With the gossamer threads, she has woven several branches together, forming a V-shaped structure to secure the cocoon.

Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail 2 copyright Kim Smith

Surrounding leaves, like a blanket, are arranged around the cocoon and also secured with silk threads. The house is quite large, about four inches long and an inch and a half in diameter. As you can see from the Instagram, she has room enough to easily move within the cocoon. When completed, she will pupate within the case. Come next spring, Mothra will emerge from her winter home ready to mate and deposit eggs of the next generation. The circle of life continues.Cecropia Moth Cocoon detail copyright Kim Smith

Mothra spinning her winter home, from the inside out 🌻

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Cecropia Moth Cocoon copyright Kim SmithCecropia Moth caterpillar copyright Kim Smith
cecropia-moth-male-copyright-kim-smithMothra’s Dad

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE RECEPTION FOR THE EXQUISITE INSTRUMENTS OF JEREMY ADAMS CAPE ANN MUSEUM EXHIBIT!!

Voicing the Woods

An exhibition of Jeremy Adams’s organs and harpsichords

 On View at the Cape Ann Museum

October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

The public is invited to an opening reception at the Museum on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2017.

Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ and a selection of harpsichords, each built in their entirety by Adams in his workshop in Danvers, Massachusetts. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’ furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.

 

Jeremy Adams started his musical training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then entered into a six-year apprenticeship at the William Dowd harpsichord shop, also in Cambridge. Dowd, working in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, had sparked an international renaissance of interest in bringing authentically historic practices into performance and instrument building, and Adams, along with a handful of other young craftsmen, were the beneficiaries of his highly competitive and well regarded apprenticeship program. Adams began his professional career in the early 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, and quickly gained recognition for his skills both as a musician and a woodworker. He trained with C. B. Fisk (pipe organ design and manufacturer) in Gloucester for two years, during which time he honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing, and in 1969 opened his own shop on the North Shore. Adam’s harpsichords, clavichords and pipe organs can be found in public and private collections around the world, including at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; the Sapporo Episcopal Cathedral in Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto Fukkatu Kyokai in Kyoto, Japan; the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA; the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, MA; and the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA.

The instruments will be complemented by a series of photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg that document Jeremy’s studio and work process, highlight some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and offer a better understanding of the breadth and volume of his work. 

 

Related Programs

The exhibit will be further enhanced by a robust selection of programs including gallery talks, musical performances and an organ crawl. For a full schedule of programs related to the exhibition please check our website or signup to receive CAM’s weekly e-blast at capeannmuseum.org/eblast.

TRACKING THE PIPING PLOVER

Piping Plover fledgling standing on one leg copyright Kim SmithPiping Plover Fledgling warming on a chilly morning. Birds stand on one leg to conserve energy.

Love everything about this bird–even its tracks in the sand are sweet. The PiPl are with us still, although getting increasingly difficult to discern as their breeding plumage fades to non breeding plumage. You often feel as though you are trying to locate sand upon sand but their fleur delis tracks and gentle melodious piping bird song will lead you to them.

Piping Plover tracks copyright Kim Smith

 

Still a Few Seats Left for Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

Still a few seats left!

Cape Ann TV

Lunch & Learn Series:

How To Make A Movie On Your iPhone

 

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Wednesday, August 24th,2016 at 12pm with “How To Make A Movie On You iPhone” presented by Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

It used to cost thousands, if not millions of dollars to make a movie. But now the basic production tools are in the hands of millions of people. Your smart phone can capture better video than most top of the line professional cameras did only a few years ago; all you need are a few tips and a few (if any) accessories to produce a festival-ready film. Join independent producer Ted Reed for a Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn discussion that will show you what you need to know and what works best to get high-quality video out of your iPhone. The principles are the same for almost any current smart phone; we’ll concentrate on what the iPhone can do and the free or cheap apps that will help you get your indie feature made.

 

Participants are encouraged to install the ProCam app* which we will do a quick tutorial on, but even the stock Camera app will do the trick.

 

 

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to reserve your spot. 

Snapshots from the Anna Solomon Lit House Duckworth Book Club Event

Thank you to Chris Anderson for sharing these photos from the Anna Solomon event at the Lit House.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOTUS JOY!

DSCF0527Happy Birthday to my sweet friend Lotus who celebrated her 11th birthday with family and friends at Niles Beach. 

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WOW FIRST LOOK TOUR OF THE NEW WEST PARISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH SUPERINTENDENT SAFIER

WOW AND DOUBLE WOW!!! Check out this special edition of the Superintendent’s Corner as Dr. Richard Safier, Alex Corbett, and Telena Imel take us on a tour of the new West Parish Elementary School. This video was created by Lisa Smith and Becky Tober for Cape Ann TV.

The West Parish Elementary School open house for the West Parish community is on Thursday, August 25th. The entire Gloucester community is invited to tour the school on Sunday, August 28th. 

THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY, BRASS MONKEY THAT IS!

IMG_2256Master woodcarver David Calvo shares his work in progress, this exquisite sign he is creating for Gloucester’s newest gift and antique emporium, The Brass Monkey, located on Main Street in the old Pallazola building. For more information about Calvo Studios and David’s woodworking classes, visit his website here.

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DAYBREAK AT THE JONES RIVER SALT MARSH

Happy Late Summer!

Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester copyright Kim SmithI hear lots of unhappy exclamations that summer is ending. No need to despair, the last day of summer is September 21st, still five weeks away. We’re just coming into the most atmospheric and beautiful season of all–September and October being two of the best months anywhere in New England–especially on Cape Ann!

Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester -2 copyright Kim Smith Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester -3 copyright Kim Smith Jones River Daybreak

HOW DO YOU SAY PLOVER?

Piping Plover Fledglings copyright Kim Smith .Sweetly beautiful birds and full of personality, whether called ploh-ver or pluh-ver. This pair of fledgling siblings was photographed at Wingaersheek Beach.

How do you pronounce plover? Do you say ploh-ver, like clover, or do you say pluh-ver, like lover? I was convinced the clover pronunciation was correct until having dinner with friends recently who were equally as convinced that the lover pronunciation was accurate. The conversation reminded me of that old film, Shall We Dance and the potato song, or “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” A quick Google search offers both pronunciations!

HATS OFF TO NICOLE BOGIN, GLOUCESTER FISHERMAN’S WIVES ASSOCIATION, AND THE CAPE ANN FARMER’S MARKET!!

A wonderful celebration of locally caught fish and fisherman, local produce and farmers, and top notch local chefs

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Mayor Sefatia teaching Lt. Governor Karyn Polito about Sicilian eggplant, with Angela Sanfilippo

Who Fishes Matters

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Seafood Throwdown and last night’s competition did not disappoint. Local chefs Eric Lorden, owner of Passports Restaurant, and Danielle Glantz of Pastaio Via Corta joined forces (dubbing themselves the Center Street Chefs) to compete against David Gauvin of Addison Gilbert Hospital and Todd Shopkowski of SnapChef.

The mystery fish, revealed moments before the competition began, was caught by Al Cottone, Captain of the Sabrina Maria. Fresh, whole, beautiful and fabulous whiting, alternately named Silver Hake, was presented to the chefs and off they went through the market shopping for farm fresh local ingredients. With only fifteen minutes to shop and an hour to prepare, the race was on!

Celebrity and very special guests included Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association President Angela Sanfilippo, former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk (now the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office), lobsterman Mark Ring, author and Gloucester Times food writer Heather Atwood, and Maria and Sal DiStefano. DSCF0277

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Judge Beatrix Brosnihan and Lara Lepionka

Seafood Throwdown Gloucester 2016 Al cottone Mark Ring copyright Kim SmithLobsterman Mark Ring and Fisherman Al Cottone

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Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Carolyn Kirk
DSCF0172Daniele chopping squash blossoms for the pasta

DSCF0406Mayor Sefatia and Angela Sanfilippo frying whiting for their cooking demonstration

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SAVE THE DATE FOR LOCAL ARTIST MARY RHINELANDER FOLLY COVE PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

Folly Cove Designer-Inspired Printmaking Workshop
A four-part adult block printing workshop at The Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present a four-part printmaking workshop for adults this coming October, inspired by the Folly Cove Designers and led by artist Mary Rhinelander and Museum staff member Victoria Petway. This workshop will meet at the Museum on Thursdays from 10:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.: October 27 to November 17.

$125 for CAM members / $145 for nonmembers, materials included. Space is limited to 15, reservations required:

To register, please call (978) 283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Mary Rhinelander card detail copyright Kim Smith

Stop into Alexandra’s Bread to see Mary Rhinelander’s wonderful and whimsical prints. This is a detail of one of her cards, which I had sent to Matt and Liv. Sorry I can’t resist–it was simply puuurrrffect for Valentine’s Day!

 

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Photo: L to R: Virginia Demetrios, Aino Clarke, Louise Kenyon, Hetty Beatty Whitney, Ida Bruno.
photo for Life Magazine by Harold Carter, Sept. 19, 1945. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

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