Friend and East Gloucester resident Dan Allen sent along these wonderful snapshots of recent visits by songbirds in his beautiful garden. Dan’s garden is abundant with wildflowers, food, and welcome shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Thank you Dan!Nothing common about this gorgeous little warbler, a male Common Yellowthroat. Yellowthroats migrate north from winter homes in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Yesterday I posted photos of a male Eastern Towhee. Dan’s photo is of the female! Wherever the male’s feathers are black, the female’s are milk chocolate brown.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another nesting migrant to Cape Ann. They eat fruit, seeds, nuts, insects, and especially Love sunflower seeds. Only the males have this striking feather pattern; the female’s feathers are shaded in quiet tones of gray, tan, and brown. During the winter months, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks live in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
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A flocking good look for the Duckworths!
The Charles Movalli exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum closes Sunday, May 21st. Don’t miss! The Cape Ann Museum is open on Sundays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
For over forty years, Charles Movalli (1945–2016) was a pillar of Cape Ann’s year-round art community, a distinguished landscape and marine painter, a prolific writer and advocate for the arts, and a widely respected teacher.
His paintings have been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the region and showered with awards; his writings on art and artists have been published widely, and his editorial skills earned him a 25-year stint as contributing editor of American Artist magazine. Often referring to himself as “the luckiest man in the world,” Movalli created a body of work which continues to inspire and delight viewers.
This exhibition is drawn from private collections throughout the region and is complemented by gallery talks and discussions exploring Movalli’s career and influence. A full list of program-related exhibits can be found here.
Julie Rhodes and her band are back at Katrina’s tonight. Killer blues and more new songs (sometimes mixed with some Etta James and Janis) are what you are in for tonight. Most of Julie Rhodes’ songs have stories to tell of life’s happenings and then some.
spme of favorite originals
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Julie is bringing Andrew Hammond to open up the evening in the first set. You do not want to miss this show. Andrew is like a modern day Guthrie and Dylan combined. His songs are so moving …I could listen to him for hours…his music and vocals make your heart melt. Please do, come out and hear for yourself.
14 Rogers St
Call (978) 515-7817
Good Morning Papa Plover!
Over the past several weeks, five Piping Plovers battling over nesting turf have been observed at Good Harbor Beach, from the creek end of the beach, all the way to the entrance by the Good Harbor Beach Inn. In the past three days, there hasn’t been activity in the roped off area nearer the GHB Inn. It appears only one pair has decided to call GHB their home for the summer and they seem to be zeroing in on the cordoned off area by boardwalk #3, same as last year.
Unfortunately, the “Party Rock,” the large exposed rock up by the wrack line, is this year not in the roped off area; the roping comes just short of enclosing the “Rock.” The past few evenings, even before the heat wave, folks have been setting up their hibachis, behind the rock, abutting the restricted area. This morning there were a group of six sleeping next to the rock. Needless to say, our Plover pair was super stressed. Early morning is when they typically mate and lay eggs, and neither are happening under duress.
Papa wants to mate with Mama, but she is too stressed.
Here are just a few things we can do to help the Plovers. Please write and let us know your ideas and suggestions, they are so very much appreciated. It would be terrific to put together all the suggestions to present to Mayor Sefatia and Chirs. Thank you!
- Post a No Dog sign at the footbridge. I think this is critically important.
- Post signs at entrances to the beach to help educate folks about the Piping Plovers, why respecting the restricted area is so important, and why removing trash is equally as vital to the survival of the plovers.
- Additionally, I would love to make a brochure about the Piping Plover life cycle that we could hand out to visitors at the parking entrance. Though when I suggested that idea to a friend, he thought the brochures may end up littering the beach. What do you think?
- Fix the fencing around the dunes. As it stands now, the rusty old fencing is nearly buried in the sand and actually dangerously invites tripping. If the fences were mended and signs posted about the fragility of the dunes, folks would stop cutting through the dunes to go to and from the parking lot. Right now, they are walking through the restricted area to access the dune trail. Visitors may also want to know that the grass and shrubby growth on that trail is teeming with ticks, another reason to keep off the dunes.
- If folks are setting up a cookout or planning a sleepover next to the nesting area (especially near the party rock), gently explain why it would be best to move further down the beach, away from the restricted area.
Mama Plover fishing for worms
I would be happy to meet anyone at Good Harbor Beach to show exactly what are the issues. Dave Rimmer from Essex Greenbelt mentioned that in other communities where Piping Plovers have nested on very busy beaches, a network of Piping Plover babysitters was established to help the chicks survive on the busiest of beach days. If we are so fortunate as to have chicks, I would love to get together a group of “Piping Plover Babysitters.”Good Harbor Beach sunrise
Our Mexican Wall-Building Cheese Fest Fundraiser with Celebrity Chef K.C. Diaz is scheduled for this Thursday at the Rhumb Line. To celebrate, you’re gonna have to listen and dance to the finest tootlin’ trumpeter and hemogoblin I know. And that’s Mr. Johnny “Bluehorn” Morricone.
I know, I know, he was just here a month ago, making up for a snow day last winter, but this cat is the coolest cat that is what am, and you gotta love him!. Helping out will be “Big Jack” Ward on gootar and vocals and the new sprout from California, Mr. Mike Clark, on drummps. No, not that Mike Clark, you Byrds fans. Showtime 8:30.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
If you’re not friends with Bing McGilvray on Facebook and you love Cape Ann artists, then you should be. He is always posting gorgeous paintings of our community such as “Joan of Arc” (1932), painted by J. Jeffrey Grant (1888 -1960). Bing is an archivist at the Cape Ann Museum.
Don’t you love the trees? Did you know Gloucester was formerly a “tree city?”
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, May 17th – 7pm
Special Guest: INGE BERGE!
The great Inge Berge brings his magical bag of musical
tricks to the Rhumb Line stage this week. We haven’t seen
him on a Wednesday since way back last year. Come join us
for some serious fun! ~ 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!
5/24 – Jon Butcher
5/31 – John Rockwell
6/7 – Allen Estes
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
The Annisquam Village Church launches its 2017 concert series with the Anglo-Irish ensemble, O’Carolan Etcetera, on Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM. Toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes are joined by balladeer Michael O’Leary and his bodhran for a set of laments, lullabies, and love songs. A Scottish burr (or “uvular trill”) may also be heard at this performance when Annisquam’s Poet Laureate, Duncan Nelson, declaims an Ode. A reception with tea and scones round out this “MUSIC FROM THE MISTY ISLES” performance.
The historic 1820’s (Third Parish) Village Church is an intimate setting for chamber music with lively, resonant acoustics and extraordinary keyboard instruments (two organs, a harpsichord, and a piano). The church is handicap accessible. Tickets are $20 (Seniors and Students $15), and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Diamond Cove Music or The Bookstore in Gloucester; and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Subcriptions: $50 for all three performances, include priority seating and may be purchased by check to AVC and mailed to ATTN: MUSIC, Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
The 2017 Concert Series continues on July 23 at 8 PM when cellist Jonathan Miller and harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch collaborate in a program of Bach, Vivaldi, and Scarlatti. An August 20, 8 PM concert on harpsichord and both organs features Beverly and Andrew Soll in solo and duo performances that include works of Bach, Mozart, Sweelinck, and Hindemith.
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF COMEDYBANK JOB BY JOHN KOLVENBACH OPENS GLOUCESTER STAGE 2017 SEASON
Gloucester Stage Company kicks off its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job from May 19 through June 10 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For two brothers, Russell and Tracey, new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach’s hilarious Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, the brothers find themselves locked in the executive bathroom with no way out and no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. A fun comedy, Bank Job is about the holes we dig ourselves into—and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and featuring GSC veterans Johnny Lee Davenport, Nael Nacer, Richard McElvain and Paul Melendy and GSC newcomer Shuyi Jia..
Bank Job had its world premiere in 2014 at the Amphibian Stage Productions Theater in Fort Worth, Texas. Bank Job playwright John Kolvenbach will be at Gloucester Stage on Sunday, June 4 for a free post show discussion with the director and cast following the 2pmperformance. John Kolvenbach is an American playwright known for works including Sister Play, Gizmo Love, Love Song, On An Average Day, Goldfish, Marriage Play, and Fabuloso. Both Love Song and On An Average Day were performed on the West End in London. Love Song was directed by John Crowley and featured Kristen Johnson, Cillian Murphy, Neve Campbell and Michael McKean, and was nominated for an Olivier Award as best new comedy. On an Average Day was also directed by Crowley and featured Woody Harrelson and Kyle McLachlan. Mr. Kolvenbach’s plays have been performed in London’s West End and all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, Zurich, San Juan, Berlin and throughout the United States.
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Check out last week’s 2nd challenge 2nd night
Katrina’s $1,000 Singer Songwriter Challenge 5.9.2017
Another night with a great mix of music from so many singer songwriters.
Moving lyrics with passionate deliverance by all.
It always amazes me how one can write lyrics and put it to music or vice versa…What a talent and then to get up in front of a crowd and share it all.
Thank you to all that shared.
Red Tail Hawk duo
Joseph Andrew Slepoy
photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando
Red Tail Hawk duo
Red Tail Hawk duo
Joseph Andrew Slepoy
Congratulations to Chad Perrone for winning last nights challenge. We will see you at the finals.
Thank you to the judges: Alice Arnold, Eric Reardon and Jake Pardee.
I could never do it, seriously…
A special thank you to Chris Langathianos for bringing it and Katrina’s for hosting.
Phil Curcuru shares that a new and improved boardwalk is being installed this week at Good Harbor Beach at the #2 location, directly in front of the snack bar. The boardwalk will be wide enough to be handicap accessible.
Thank you Phil and Mike, and thank you to the Gloucester DPW for the tremendous job they do maintaining Good Harbor, and all of Gloucester’s public beaches, throughout the year.
It was a grand day for the Schooner Adventure and Maritime Gloucester as our beautiful National Historic Landmark has returned to her home berth at the Maritime center. The reconstructed pier looks fantastic, and ready for a summer of fabulous fun and educational experiences. Come on down and check out the pier and see the Adventure back at home. Click here for Schooner Adventure’s exciting calendar of upcoming events and summer programs, as well as here for news and noteworthy activities at Maritime Gloucester. Captain Willy Leathers and Crew
Don Boye, Captain Stefan Edick, Michael Bergmann, and Steve Parks
Moving the float from the Jodrey Fish Pier across the Harbor to Maritime Gloucester pier.