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AUTHOR ANNA SOLOMON REQUESTS INFORMATION ABOUT THE “REAL-LIFE” LUCY PEAR

Author Anna Solomon writes, “I meant to add: An old professor of mine who summers in Annisquam told me about this real-life Lucy Pear, and I got chills! Apparently it is her last name (not middle). I would love to be put in touch with her if anyone has contacts….”

Lucy Pear is the fictional heroine of Anna Solomon’s newest novel Leaving Lucy Pear. Copies are available at the Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Bookstore. Read more here about Leaving Lucy Pear and about Anna’s three upcoming Cape Ann author events.

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CECROPIA MOTH CATS

Cecropia caterpillar on the move 🌻

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Beautiful caterpillar of the beautiful Cecropia moth, North America's largest species of Lepidoptera

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Don’t you love the colors of the third stage, or instar, of the Cecropia Moth caterpillar? Only about an inch and a half long in the photo, in the final fifth instar, before it pupates into a cocoon, the caterpillar will be as large as a large man’s thumb.

Cecropia moth Caterpilla mid instar. copyright Kim SmithIn its second instar in the above photo, the caterpillar resembles the developing birch flower catkins. This is an evolutionary form of mimicry against predation by birds. Cecropia Moth caterpillars eat not only the foliage of American White Birch trees, but also other species of birch trees, apple, ash, beech, elm, lilac, maple, poplar, Prunus and Ribes species, white oak, and willow.

Cecropia Moth caterpillar early instar copyright Kim SmithFirst instar Cecropia Moth Caterpillars

Thank you so much again to my friend Christine for the gift of the Cecropia moth eggs. 

WONDERFUL BUZZ ABOUT ANNA SOLOMON’S “LEAVING LUCY PEAR,” A NEW NOVEL SET ON CAPE ANN!

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At the Bookstore of Gloucester -“Leaving Lucy Pear” is a real page turner – Sharon Bo Abrams can’t put her copy down!

Chosen as a must-read book for summer 2016 by TIME Magazine, InStyle, Good Housekeeping, The Millions, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune

One night in 1917, Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. The unwed daughter of wealthy Jewish industrialists and a gifted pianist bound for Radcliffe, Bea plans to leave her shameful secret behind and make a fresh start. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea’s hopes for her future remain unfulfilled. She returns to her uncle’s house, seeking a refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more when the rum-running manager of the local quarry inadvertently reunites her with Emma Murphy, the headstrong Irish Catholic woman who has been raising Bea’s abandoned child—now a bright, bold, cross-dressing girl named Lucy Pear, with secrets of her own.

In mesmerizing prose, award-winning author Anna Solomon weaves together an unforgettable group of characters as their lives collide on the New England coast. Set against one of America’s most turbulent decades, Leaving Lucy Pear delves into questions of class, freedom, and the meaning of family, establishing Anna Solomon as one of our most captivating storytellers.

For more information visit Anna Solomon’s website here. Anna has three upcoming Cape Ann events. In addition to the two posted below, she is also having a reading at the Rockport Library on August 24th.

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Praise for Leaving Lucy Pear

From the first page, I was under the spell of Anna Solomon’s emotionally engaging narrative about the devastating choices we make and the unexpected consequences they bring. This is a fine literary tapestry woven with beautiful language, complex characters, and a precise probing of human desires and demons.

SUE MONK KIDD, New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Wings

Anna Solomon writes with a poet’s reverence for language and a novelist’s ability to keep us turning the page. Leaving Lucy Pear is a gorgeous and engrossing meditation on motherhood, womanhood, and the sacrifices we make for love.

J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN, New York Times bestselling author ofMaine and The Engagements

Leaving Lucy Pear is that rare combination of stunning language, raw emotion, and profound wisdom that catches you up and wrings you out and yet somehow leaves you fuller than when you began. In this tender new novel, Anna Solomon looks at our most fundamental relationships—between mothers, children, and lovers—with more compassion and grace that seems humanly possible.

CELESTE NG, New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You

In Anna Solomon’s marvelously textured new novel, Cape Ann in the late 1920’s thrums with the issues of the day, prohibition and the vote, the immigrant problem and labor strikes, Sacco and Vanzetti and Mother Jones. When two seemingly dissimilar women, Emma and Bea, become bound to the same child, we’re given a piercing and often profound look at motherhood, what it is and isn’t, as well as the ways suffering makes and unmakes us all, sometimes many times over. Solomon is an enormously gifted writer, and her penetrating tale will linger in your mind long after the last page has turned.

PAULA MCLAIN, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun

Leaving Lucy Pear is a mosaic of longing: a cast of characters wrestling with lives they might have led, keeping secrets that could free them, and building uncertain futures. With great empathy, Solomon transports us to an evocative and overlooked time and place in this morally complex and deeply satisfying story.

CHRISTOPHER CASTELLANI, author of All this Talk of Love

A marvel of a novel, bursting with intelligence, insight, compassion, and truth. It reminds me of books I read when young, the ones made me want to write, the sort that keep you reading through the night, unable to close the covers. Anna Solomon is an extraordinarily gifted storyteller and we are the lucky beneficiaries of her gift.

ROBIN BLACK, author of Life Drawing

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Whoa… Jon Butcher Tonight! Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 7.27.2016

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 27th – 7pm
Musical Guest: JON BUTCHER!

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Fresh off another iconic National Anthem performance at
majestic Fenway Park, the legendary Jon Butcher graces our
stage at the Rhumb Line this week. Among the hardest working
people I’ve ever known, my friend Mr. Butcher never allows
himself to stand still. He continues to grow as an artist, and
spends each waking moment toward that end. Accordingly,
he’ll be featuring brand new material from his upcoming CD.
Every bit as gutsy, rootsy and soulful as we’ve always known
his music to be. Come meet Jon Butcher, up close and
personal. It all starts at 7! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…

8/03 – Inge Berge

8/10 – Ron Schrank

8/17 – John Rockwell

8/24 – Charlee Bianchini

8/31 – Jay & Laurie Keefe (and friends)

9/07 – Liz Frame & The Kickers

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

 

 

OUR BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR CITY SKYLINE SUNSET IN THE STORM’S AFTERMATH

The storm swirled in late yesterday afternoon. I was on the way home from filming at Good Harbor Beach and stopped at Pirate’s Lane to watch it sweep across the Harbor. Kayaks were hurling through the air, boats racing pell mell to shore, great gusts whistling, bells clanging, and it was over before it began! The after storm glow and cloud formations were exquisite. 

Happy Summer Storm Drama! (As long as everyone is safely on shore)

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View from Plum Street

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SENSATIONAL FRENCH WINE DINNER!!!

Words won’t adequately describe how delicious was Passport’s French dinner. I had only my cell phone camera with me but I think you will get the idea. 

IMG_97271st Course ~ Superb panko crusted super fresh big eye tuna, crispy rare, with sweet and spicy sriracha glaze, and carrot snow pea slaw. My husband says it is his new favorite entree, anywhere, anytime. Served with sparkling Brut Dargent Blanc de Blanc

IMG_9730Rock shrimp in basil pesto with Danielle’s Pastaio escarole, radicchio, and cheese ravioli. U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e! With Jean and Paul Benoit Droin Chablis.

IMG_9740Beyond amazingly delicious hard sear all natural sirloin with marchand de vin, potato gratin, and braised kale. Served with Louis Latour Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine. 

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker did an outstanding job selecting the accompanying wines. The three entree-sized servings were simply exquisite and, along with the blood orange sorbet for dessert, it was one of my favorite dinners I have ever experienced. Thank you Passports for the wonderfully joyful cooking. Hats off to Chefs Eric, Jeremy, and Alex!

The cost of the wine dinners is 45.00 per person, which in my opinion is an extraordinarily low price considering the caliber of the food and wine. Each course is served with a VERY generous glass of perfectly paired wine, four glasses in all. IMG_9752

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The wait is nearly over! This Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 Grammy & CMA Winner Lori McKenna headlines Ebb & Folk in Gloucester, MA.

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On Saturday, July 23rd, New England folk music’s most recognized names share the stage on Gloucester’s historic waterfront for the first annual EBB & FOLK.

2016 Grammy Award winner for best country song, Lori McKenna, headlines an extraordinary day of music featuring Chris Trapper, Mark Erelli, Chad Perrone, Amy Fairchild, Brian Jarvis and others.

The event takes place under the event tent at Cape Ann Marina (Mile Marker One) on the banks of the Annisquam River just feet from historic Gloucester Harbor. In addition to a full day of live music, the the event will feature Cape Ann artisans and merchants presenting the best that the area has to offer.

Ticket information > http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2543337

Upon showing an event ticket, guests will be given an event bracelet allowing them entry and re-entry throughout the day to enjoy the artists of their choosing.

Artist of the event allowing guests to plan for their favorite performers.

1:00pm – Fozzie Hill with Wolf Ginandes (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

2:00pm – Allen Estes (45 minutes) GLOUCESTER STAGE

2:45pm – Chad Perrone (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

3:45pm –Amy Fairchild (45 minutes) GLOUCESTER STAGE

4:45pm – Chris Trapper (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

5:45pm – Brian Jarvis (45 minutes) GLOUCETSER STAGE

6:45pm – Mark Erelli (60 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

8:00pm – Lori McKenna (75 minutes) CAPE ANN STAGE

Contact info email Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com.

FOR DAVE JEWELL AND MADDY

Time flies – Dave Jewell, Maddy, and Family, not too long ago.Dave Jewell Family-2

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See Joe’s post earlier today.

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PRAYERS FOR DOMINIC NICASTRO AND HIS FAMILY

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nicastro Family

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Dominic and Catherine Nicastro

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The man who for years was St. Peter’s guardian and played a central role in St. Peter’s Fiesta has passed away.

Dominic Nicastro Sr., 66, who went to work as a commercial fisherman right after graduating from Gloucester High School, died early Thursday morning at the Golden Living Center after a lengthy illness.

For decades, Nicastro played a central role in Fiesta’s salute to the patron saint of fishermen, first as one of the carriers of the St. Peter’s statue and then, from 2000 through 2015, as its primary guardian, said Joe Novello, head of St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee. Nicastro was the statue’s fifth guardian in the festival’s 89-year history, handing over the duties to Joe Orlando in 2015.

“He was a genuine man, just a very good guy,” said Novello of Nicastro on Thursday. “He was a very proud man, but he was very respected as a leader.”

Novello recalled that Nicastro eventually bought his own lobster boat, then later worked as a diesel mechanic with the Cape Ann Transportation Authority. But his heart, he said, was always with Fiesta.

“He so loved St. Peter,” said Sara Favazza, 86, whose father, Capt. Salvatore Favazza, commissioned the statue in 1927 and is among the founders of Fiesta.

Nicastro served for years as president of the St. Peter’s Club, and played a role in organizing Fiesta’s sporting events. He regularly joined his wife Catherine in attending each night of the nine-day Novena to St. Peter, Novello recalled.

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Another perfect night for a FREE Movie at I4-C2 – Finding Nemo Tonight – Bring Food Donations for The Open Door

Last week over 700 people (including plenty of “Pink Ladies”) flocked to I4-C2 to enjoy “Grease” under the stars. Tonight will be just as beautiful, if a tad cooler. Perfect viewing weather for “Finding Nemo.” Bring non-perishable food to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry and do some good while having fun with the family!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest: Toni Ann Enes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line

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This week’s dinner special…
Roast Sirloin French Dip w/french fries – $10.95
Wednesday, July 20th – 7pm
Musical Guest: TONI ANN ENES!

 

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Toni Ann graces our presence at the Rhumb Line this week.
With solid guitar and vocal performance, she has steadily
moved forward as an artist, gaining so many, many fans over
the years here on Cape Ann. Come see the lady work her
wonderful magic once again! We start at 7! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
7/27 – Jon Butcher

8/03 – Inge Berge

8/10 – Ron Schrank

8/17 – John Rockwell

8/24 – Charlee Bianchini

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

 

 

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR THE ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PLAYERS “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST”

These tickets sell out FAST! Here is the link to AVP’s wonderful production of Beauty and the Beast13697039_10153606620151651_9132348592407614864_n

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Join the Annisquam Village Players for a magical time as they present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Performances run August 9-14 all at 7:30 PM

Tickets are currently available online

Starring:

NARRATOR…PAUL HOROVITZ
PRINCE…BEN FULLER
OLD BEGGAR WOMAN/ENCHANTRESS…DAPHNE PAPP
BELLE…KELLY DUFFY
MAURICE…ANDREW HANKINSON
GASTON…PETER NELSON
LEFOU…THOM SMOKER
MONSIEUR D’ARQUE…TERRY SANDS
COGSWORTH…KEITH McCARTHY
LUMIERE…WILL ROUSMANIERE
BABETTE…TS BURNHAM
MRS. POTTS…KAITI MADDOX
CHIP…CHARLIE ROUSMANIERE
MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE…STEPHANIE MOREY-BARRY
BEAST…DAVE SCANNELL
CASTLE RUG… ELIZABETH RANGER

THREE CARYATID SERVANTS…
AEDAN McCARTHY
LIAM McCARTHY
MICHAEL NEWMAN

THREE SILLY GIRLS…
CHLOE BEAULIEU
EVA-MARIE RUDLER
EMILY FRICK

GASTON’S CRONIES…
AEDAN McCARTHY
LIAM McCARTHY
SEANIA McCARTHY
MICHAEL NEWMAN
BEN FULLER
JACOB BROWN
LEVIN RUDLER
BETHANY WILLCOX
LEILANI BROWN
ADDIE PATES

WOLVES…
JACOB BROWN
LEVIN RUDLER

TOWNSPEOPLE/SERVANTS…
JOHN HENTSCHEL
JOHN MOSCAL
HEIKE BOETTCHER
EVY STEWART
MARY FLAHERTY
LIZZY HANSON
HELEN IVES
AMANDA MADDOX
MORGAN REILLY

PRINCIPAL DANCER… EMILY WHALEN

FRENCH CHILDREN/SERVANTS…
JACK ROUSMANIERE
C.C. HANSON
JEREMY ADAMSON
FLETCHER WILSON

Free Public Concert Friday Night with Peter Souza and Three Sheets to the Wind at the Meetinghouse Green

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About the Series

http://gloucestermeetinghouse.org/
This is concert three in a series of nine free concerts on the Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Church and Middle Street, from July 8 to September 2, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

The public is invited to make free-will donations to the Schooner Adventure.

The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm. Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink permitted.)

About the Music
https://www.facebook.com/threesheetstothewindgloucesterma/
Three Sheets to the Wind is an old sailing term and refers to a ship whose sheets (lines) have come loose, causing the sails to flap uncontrolled and the ship to shudder and roll (like a staggering drunk) and meander at the mercy of the elements.

Three Sheets to the Wind is also a Gloucester chantey/sea music group. Many of the crew have years of established song and sea history to offer and create a perfect storm of song and good cheer. Their vocals, harmonies and instrument skills are phenomenal, and they have a great time performing and drawing the audience into the fun.

About Schooner Adventure
http://schooner-adventure.org/
The Gloucester Adventure, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit maritime historic preservation and educational organization. We are the stewards of the 1926 dory-fishing Schooner Adventure. Our mission begins with restoration and preservation in perpetuity of the National Historic Landmark Schooner Adventure, one of the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners. The Schooner Adventure is a national treasure that has resumed active sailing as an icon of the American fisheries and as a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education programs. The Schooner will be operated at sea, primarily along the New England coast, as a living monument to Massachusetts’ fishing heritage. As such, the Schooner Adventure is important not only to Gloucester, but also to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all America.

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