Snow Day in the Hood!
Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift writes,
Cape Ann has been blessed with stunning sunrises and sunsets this winter, or perhaps it’s just that the weather temperatures are warmer than usual, which makes it much more fun to be out and about photographing. Fifties today and despite the overcast skies, the day was divine!
Sunday, February 21st, 3pm at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Sponsored by the Cape Ann Interfaith Clergy Association in cooperation with Folk Life Studio and the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
A family friendly, sing-a-long open to all.
Song leaders will include Daisy Nell and Captain Stan, Chick Marston and Ellen Ford Marston, Rose Sheehan and John Hicks, and othersSong sheets will be provided. Acoustic instruments welcome.
A free will donation will be collected to support the work of the Backyard Growers
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These stunning photos of Atlantic Road utterly demolished by storm damage, taken in 1991, were sent to us by GMG FOB Mary McLoud Tucker. Although she resides in Annapolis, she has deep roots in Gloucester. The photos are from a booklet published by the Gloucester Daily Times. Many, many thanks to Mary for taking the time to send these very graphic images.
Set to music by Peter Dayton, “Perfect Wave” is a compilation of clips from the day after blizzard Jonas, filmed along the Back Shore and at Good Harbor Beach. I only needed a few shots of B-roll for several projects but the light was so beautiful I stayed and stayed. Mesmerizing, yet terrifying to imagine being on the sea in a boat, the waves were spectacular from every vantage point along Atlantic Road. As a friend said, it was a photographer’s dream that afternoon. I’d love to make another short to Peter’s fantastic surfing song, set in Gloucester at Good Harbor Beach, but during the summertime.
So many thanks to my friend Peter for allowing use of “Perfect Wave.” I heard the song on his website recently. Boston rockers will surely remember Peter from La Peste. Peter is also a phenomenal painter and you can see some of his images of minimalist surfboard inspired paintings and collaged flower paintings on his website here: Peter Dayton
IT TAKES A VILLAGE ~ BEAUTIFUL NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT BUILDING ART HAVEN’S LOBSTER TRAP TREE AND BUOY PAINTING
Created by Jon Cooney. See more of Jon’s stellar work on his website at Jon Cooney Productions.
The back shore was abuzz this weekend with bird sightings of several interesting species including Redheads, Black-headed Gull, Glaucous Gull, and Arctic Gull. With their round cinnamon-colored heads, this dynamic duo of male Redheads were particularly beautiful in the late afternoon light. Redheads are diving ducks and as you can see in the photos, they are feasting on the vegetation found along our currently unfrozen shores.
My husband Tom and I went to see The Finest Hours last night. It was superb, and very suspenseful–I wasn’t just at the edge of my seat, I was hiding under my coat! My friend Donna Casey was one of the costume designers and the costumes were fantastic; the female lead’s 1950’s dresses and coats were especially exquisite. It was wonderful to see Donna’s name in the credits!
The Finest Hours is the story of what is considered the Coast Guards greatest small boat rescue and when you see the film, you will understand why.
This Disney feature film was primarily shot in Massachusetts. Thanks to our amazing and super hard working House Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for the film tax credit, which keeps Massachusetts crew and production teams, and myriad ancillary businesses, working at well paying jobs!
As I was parking on Main Street to meet a friend for lunch Saturday, who was leaving after just dropping off a batch of lobsters to Passports, but Joey. Lobster doesn’t get any fresher–from boat to table–and within only mere minutes! Sublimely sweet and delicious, both my friend and I had the lobster salad. To say she was impressed is putting it mildly.
Mute Swans mostly drink freshwater (and a great deal of it) because most of the places that you find swans living at are on freshwater ponds, lakes, rivers, and inlets. However, just above the eyes and under the skin, swans have a gland that enables them to drink saltwater. This gland removes salt from their bloodstream and concentrates it into a solution that is excreted from their nostrils, which the swan can shake its head to clear.
There are a number of good folks in Rockport and Gloucester who keep a watchful eye on our local swans. Thursday I had the joy of meeting Lois and Serena, who have been feeding and observing the swans for over twenty years. They have photos of Mr. Swan (known as Buddy in Rockport) dating from 1998. He was already full grown by then, which makes him at least twenty years old. That is quite extraordinary as most Mute Swans in the wild live on average only to twelve years of age.
My deepest thanks and appreciation to Lois and Serena for the time they took sharing swan stories, the reading material lent, and for their kind and goodhearted nature, especially towards Buddy/Mr. Swan!
As you may or may not have read here on Good Morning Gloucester, I have been filming the swans over the past several years for a film project. If you have a Cape Ann swan story that you would like to share I would love to hear from you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!
Thanks so much to our hosts, Passports owner and Chef Eric Lorden and wine expert Matt Rose, for a lovely evening of exquisite food paired perfectly with a selection of fine southern Italian wines.
Superb, and my new favorite entree, is Eric’s rosemary scented duck leg, with walnut gremolata* and red quinoa, which was paired with an delicious rich and spicy red, Pipoli Aglianico, Del Vuture. What a treat! The shrimp scampi was equally as tasty, and for your information, Eric only purchases fresh native Gulf shrimp, no questionable farm-raised Asian shrimp is served at Passports.
Matt did an absolutely excellent job explaining the different regions from where the wines hailed as well as sharing interesting stories about the Sicilian farmers and families that grow the wines. As usual, the service at Passports was outstanding. Don’t miss the next Passports wine dinner; I recommend making an early reservation. The restaurant was filled with equally as happy and satisfied patrons as were my husband and I.
Hosts Matt Rose and Eric Lorden
* I had to look up exactly what is gremolata (or gremolada) and it is a chopped herb condiment classically made with garlic, parsley, and lemon zest.
Al forwards this link and writes, “Schooner race from Key West to Cuba is about to start and the boats can be tracked. The link is from Apella who has become a regular in the Gloucester race.” Follow this link.
Message from Dan Hall, Schooner Apella:
SO, if you’ve glanced at either the Conch Republic Cup Kattack tracking site, or my own SPOT tracker page, you’re wondering why we’re back at the dock and not on our way to Cuba. Well. We headed toward the starting line about 1pm. At about 2:30 we got hammered by wind and wave; as high as 40 knots and 8 or 9 foot seas. At 3:30 the race committee called off the race, for the day. We hope to have a clean and safe start mañana, I assume at 5pm. Will keep you posted. Dan Hall in Key West
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Many thanks to Plum Island’s Bob Pete for the Red-tailed Hawk information.
Nine Swans a-Swimming
After checking in with my elbow doctor at Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, I took a drive along the road to Plum Island. I only meant to stay for a few minutes as I was planning to hurry on back to work on current projects but within moments of being there, a gorgeous Red-tailed Hawk was spied circling around. It was too tempting and I desperately wanted to stay longer and photograph and film but turned right around and headed back over the causeway. Halfway across a bevy of some sort of large white avian creature caught my eye–could it be–yes, it was a large flock of swans! They were feeding on the seaweed and seagrass along the Merrimack River shoreline.
Quickly finding a place to park I got out my gear and with a wide swathe of marsh grass dividing me from the swans, I tried to get as close to the water’s edge as possible. There were NINE swans in all, two adults and seven almost year-old swans. So much for getting back quickly. And was I ever pleased with my rule never to leave the house without cameras.
A passing woman from the neighborhood out walking said that this was the first time she had seen the swans at the river’s edge in over two years. For my swan film, footage of one year old swans was needed, and here were seven! Every cloud has a silver lining as I never would have been on Plum Island today if not for elbow injury.