Paul T Morrison
There were carolers this weekend but most of the stores I hit were going to be open all the way to Christmas Eve. So that pair of earrings or feather boa, salad bowl, or nutcracker, or that weird gift, the big stone thing to put in the garden and put a candle inside.
Bearskin Neck is a must but make sure you make it all the way down main street because there are gold mines of goodies all through town.
The best part is easy in and out. Rockport meters are all covered and plenty of street parking available.
Sun rose at 7:09 AM kind of drab and grey but the light show was twenty minutes earlier.
RD itinerary for the next few days to find Christmas Spirit.
Friday night December 4 from 4-9 PM Shop Rockport. Bearskin Neck but don’t forget down the street past Shalin Liu for more art and great Tuscan bowls and stuff.
Saturday 1PM The Freemantle Doctor putters into Rockport Harbor with Santa. This is earlier than the previous 50 years so make a note. 1PM. Thousands of children crammed on the docks screaming “IT”S SANTA!!!” I have not seen one fall in yet. Maybe Saturday …
Saturday 1-4PM Santa hangs out in Rockport. Pull his beard. Drink hot chocolate. Sing Christmas Carols.
Saturday 4PM The Rockport Tree lighting in Dock Square.
Saturday 7PM The GMG Christmas Party at Cape Ann Giclee. Even if you have flexilis anatidaephobia like Joey and Craig you have to stop on by. RD will be on a leash.
You will have to wait something like two billion years to see something like this again. 10:11 PM is the time you need to remember.
6:22PM the moon rises.
8:12 Penumbral eclips begins nothing to see
9:07 PM partial eclipse begins
10:11 PM full eclipse begins (shit gets real. The moon is now in complete shadow.)
10:47 PM maximum eclipse ( demons appear, world ends)
11:23 PM full eclipse ends (watch for that first glimmer of light passing over Mount Everest hitting the moon)
12:27 AM (only astronomers and nerds will stay up for this.)
Taking a break from the treasure hunt Rubber Duck and Homie check out the Schooners.
Rubber Duck received an anonymous email precisely at midnight last night. It was a very short email.
DATE:09/03/15; 23:59:59 EDT (DST)
BODY: At the GPS coordinates below you will find treasure Rubber Duck. You must dig at this spot before high tide tomorrow morning or all is lost Rubber Duck. You must dig Rubber Duck. No one else.
Since RD was online chatting at midnight she immediately put an IP trace on the message. Whoever sent it covered their tracks. They used anonymous Web Proxy Servers based in Russia and Romania to bounce the message and hide the source.
At first light we punched the GPS numbers in (specific to within 3 feet!) and set off. One twisted ankle and a grumpy duck later we find:
Me: “The message said you had to dig Rubber Duck.”
(This is when Rubber Duck starts sounding like Carol Channing when she is excited but also a little ticked off)
Rubber Duck: “Hello? Has anyone noticed my little stubby rubber wings and I don’t even have any feet?”
What do you think Rubber Duck will find?
What? Let’s start at the end. Schooner Festival Weekend! This coming Saturday, September 5 there is a boat parade, A Parade of Lights! Parade starts at Jones Creek out the Cut Bridge into the Harbor and around the coves then Fireworks! Sounds amazing. Last Year’s parade was a tad thin. I think they need more boats. So I was thinking.
A six foot translucent Rubber Duck up on the Radar Arch of Blue Duck with a wicked bright LED bar inside. I have a blow up two man raft as a base, surf board under that, the LED bar and a 180 rubber ducks for the edging. But I need an idea for how to make the duck. A beach ball for the head, maybe some sticks here and there for support wrapped in a yellow sheet or something. I’ll have Thursday to Saturday at 7PM to construct. Anyone who spends time or comes up with the awesome solution like they have a big blow up Rubber Duck in their basement gets to ride in the parade. (Anything that blows up that light can go through that can be painted yellow might help.)
Wanna make a Homie the Seagull for RD to chase to stick on the bow? Make it and we’ll mount it!
Or if you want to add to the parade, throw some lights on your boat and read the info here!
Baby daughter goes to college on Sunday so she asked three friends up for lobster. Dad goes to Joey’s Dock and ten lobsters leap off the transom directly into my five gallon pot.
Rockport, Harvey Park, across the street from the Red Skiff that you might be able to get into if you wait two more weeks and the tourists have left. But go now. Buy a chicken that was just a puffy little chick at Seaview Farm earlier this summer. Now they are big and round and ready for your frying pan or oven. Get that chicken, fresh eggs, Vidalia Onion Pickle Relish any day 38 South Street, Rockport.
The Boston Globe reported on July 26 that Gloucester has been awarded $240,000.00 to convert streetlights to LEDs; the move is reportedly expected to save the city $130,000.00 annually on its electric bill. This is great news, but only if we’re careful with the type of LEDs that we wind up with.LEDs are by nature rich in blue light. And shining blue light around at night is a terrible idea.The sky is blue in the daytime because blue light from the sun is scattered in the atmosphere most easily. This is, unfortunately, also true at night — the blue light component of streetlights is scattered in the atmosphere and produces sky glow, which blocks out the stars and causes glare. Glare is bad for drivers, and for birds and other living things that need the dark, and for other natural resources, including the night-time sky.
The more blue light, the fewer stars we can see. We could easily lose one of Cape Ann’s great tourist attractions, our rich night skies, in the transition to the wrong LEDs. Most folks never get to see the Milky Way, but we see it all the time; tourists are often quite surprised at the beauty of our night skies. But once the stars are gone, they’re gone. Go to Boston, for example, and look up.
The good news is that in addition to saving money, we can have more environmentally-friendly lighting by being smart about our choice of LEDs. Here’s how: the amount of blue light produced by streetlights is measured by color temperature. 4000k lighting has a lot of blue light mixed in; this is obvious to the eye. 3000k lighting or lower produces a warmer color and is not just more pleasing to the eye, but better for you, for nocturnal wildlife, and much better for our night time skies.
We encourage readers of GMG to write or call the folks who will be involved in choosing our new LED streetlights, and to ask them to choose lower glare, healthier, and more night-sky friendly 3000k lights over blue-light rich 4000k lighting.
The undersigned GAAC members, active astronomers in the area, sprinkled all over the North Shore and beyond, consider Cape Ann as the best viewing in New England. At least once a month we drag our telescopes, large and small, to the north east corner of Cape Ann for the incredible dark sky that we have here. GAAC shows the night sky to hundreds and hundreds of folks from here and away every year, and we’ve seen the night sky disappear in too many other locations. Let’s not let this happen to Cape Ann.