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ISRAEL HOROVITZ “MAN IN SNOW” WORLD PREMIERE THURSDAY NIGHT!

unnamedThe Gloucester Stage Company is excited to present the world premiere of Founding Artistic Director, Israel Horovitz’s newest play, Man In Snow. A drama suffused with relational cues and miscues, we follow the varied passions of a family seeking resolutions to the highs and lows of the mountains we climb in life. This is passionate, compelling storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

To learn more about Man in Snow, check out our podcast interview with director Israel Horovitz and Heid Dallin here.

To purchase tickets and show times visit the Gloucester Stage website here.

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LEND ME YOUR EAR

Sometimes they just don't want to leave home🌻#monarchbutterfly

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I couldn’t resist taking a selfie with this newly emerged Monarch after she at first fluttered onto my shoulder, flew to my hat, and then decided to stay for a bit on my neck.

Butterflies have sharp crochet-like hooks at the bottom of their tarsi (butterfly name for feet) and it feels a bit pokey when they land on your skin. The hooks enable the butterfly to grip securely to surfaces. During a strong wind, the hooked tarsi are all that is keeping the butterfly grounded.

Thank you Nicole Duckworth for the photo caption🙂

TRAILS AND SAILS – THE SAILS

Magnificent sails and scenes out and about the Harbor during the Trails and Sails event this weekend.trails-and-sails-schooner-lannon-4-copyright-kim-smith

Schooner Lannon

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Schooner Adventure Rounding Ten Pound Island

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PLANTING MILKWEED WITH CAMILLA MACFADYEN AND THE SARROUFS!

img_4947img_4937Thank you to Dawn and John Sarrouf for sharing their milkweed planting photos. They are visiting their friend Camilla at her family home in Small Point Maine, which sounds like, from Dawn’s description, a gorgeously beautiful location, and ideal Monarch habitat. There are fields of wildflowers, and Seaside Goldenrod grows just as easily in the rocky outcroppings there as it does on Eastern Point. After looking at maps, it appears as if you could draw a virtual straight line from Small Point to Eastern Point. Dawn and friends spotted about ten butterflies yesterday. Perhaps we’ll be the next stop (after the predicted rainfall).

img_4946Camilla collected milkweed seed pods and enlisted the Sarroufs to help plant.

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THE SCALE OF THE ZUIDERDAM

zuiderdam-cruise-ship-gloucester-harbor-massachusetts-usa-boston-skyline-copyright-kim-smithIn case you haven’t had the chance to check it out, these photos are an attempt to illustrate the size and scale of the cruise ship Zuiderdam in Gloucester Harbor. I was lucky to get the Schooner Adventure sailing past the ship during this weekend’s Trails and Sails event. I think the next largest ships in the Harbor that day were the Schooners Lannon and Adventure.

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zuiderdam-cruise-ship-gloucester-harbor-massachusetts-usa-ten-pound-island-copyright-kim-smithMoving past Ten Pound Island

 

Toni Lynn Washington ~ Tonight’s host @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm to 11:30pm 9.22.2016

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Dave says,
Another huge week for you music fans! It’s still summer as far as I’m concerned, so, here ’tis:
Thursday night at the Rump Line: you gotta come and see Ms. Toni Lynn Washington. If you don’t know this lady; shame on you.A world class performer who’ll rip your lungs out,Jim. Last time here, she had ’em swinging’ from the rafters.

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Clock Strikes Ten will bring Gloucester three sets of classic Cheap Trick tunes this Friday, September 23rd at House of Mitch starting at 9pm.

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If you love the hits, or you love the deep cuts, they’ve got ’em all!  This is the first Gloucester show for Clock Strikes Ten which has been nominated as “Tribute Band of The Year” for six years running.  Clock Strikes Ten features Gloucester local Tony Goddess (Papas Fritas, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents) on bass, Boston-based John Powhida (The Rudds, John Powhida International Airport) on lead vocals and guitar, John Brookhouse (The Dirty Truckers, Worshipper) on lead guitar, and Johnny “Rock” Lynch (The Neighborhoods, Watts) on drums.  9pm start.
WHAT: Clock Strikes Ten (Cheap Trick tribute band)
WHERE: House of Mitch (18 Rogers Street, Gloucester)
WHEN: Friday, September 23rd, 2016
TIME: 9:00-midnight
EXAMPLE: Clock Strikes Ten at Johnny D’s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx78qyK-EdE)

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Bradley Royds is this week’s Special Guest @ The Rhumb Line. 7-10pm 9.21.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 21st – 7pm
Special Guest: BRADLEY ROYDS!

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With his signature clear, pure voice, brilliant, witty lyric… and
overall boyish charm, Bradley Royds deligthts us once again.
Has he ever failed to do so? Well… no. I’ll be there, folks…
and I can’t wait! ~ 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…
9/28 – Chick Marston

10/5 – Fozzie Hill

10/12 – Toni Ann

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

Cape Ann Symphony Opens 65th Season!

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY

THE 65th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY OPENS 65th SEASON WITH

BIG NIGHT, BIG MUSIC

Features Bernstein, Debussy & Respighi

 

 

Cape Ann Symphony kicks off the orchestra’s 65th Anniversary Concert Season on Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm with Big Night, Big Music featuring big thrilling symphonic pieces that showcase the talents of the CAS musicians at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. Ticket prices are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $5 for Youth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visitwww.capeannsymphony.org.

 

Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa describes the upcoming concert program, “We are starting off our 65th Anniversary Season with a concert we’re calling Big Night, BIG Music. The three pieces on the program are BIG!!!! Massachusetts born and raised Leonard Bernstein’s music from West Side Story, the French composer Claude Debussy’s description of the sea – La Mer, and the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s musical description of the Pines around the city of Rome are three incredible, powerful, emotional, gorgeous, knock your sox off masterpieces. We’re going to give brief introductions to the pieces during the concert to show our audiences some of the reasons why these pieces continue to move and excite people all over the world. It’s going to be a BIG concert, and we can’t wait!”

Leonard Bernstein was a Massachusetts boy. Born in 1918 in Lawrence, he spent summers in Sharon, and attended Boston Latin before completing his BA at Harvard University. Though he later moved to Philadelphia (to attend the Curtis Institute) and then to New York, he remained connected to the area – studying conducting at Tanglewood and frequently leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds the distinction of being the first American Music Director of a major orchestra – the NY Philharmonic. Musically, he was a jack of all trades: a brilliant pianist, much sought-after conductor, a critic and lecturer on the arts, and of course, a prolific composer of music in many styles. He was a deep admirer of Copeland and other classical composers of the day, and strove to be recognized as one of them. However, one of the works he is best known for is not one of his symphonies or his chamber pieces, but rather West Side Story.

 

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THE THREE MUSKRATEERS!

three-muskrat-family-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithMore muskrat love! Did you know Muskrats eat phragmites?!! They gnaw off the emerging and exposed shoots at the base and then eat the green stems. Very cool. Other fun facts: Muskrats can hold their breath underwater for up to fifteen minutes. They can also chew underwater. Unlike beavers, whose tails are flattened horizontally, a muskrats tail is laterally flattened (in other words vertically). The tail functions like a rudder to help the Muskrat maneuver through water. Muskrats can swim forward and backward.three-muskrat-family-massachusetts-2-copyright-kim-smith

LITTLE RAINBOW OVER CAPE HEDGE

The beginnings of a rainbow appeared in the sky above Cape Hedge and Long Beach early this morning. Nothing spectacular, but it was pretty while it lasted, until the next batch of thunderstorms began to roll in. Thanking Mother Nature for the much needed rain! rainbow-cape-hedge-long-beach-cape-ann-copyright-kim-smith

OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS FOR GLOUCESTER PART TWO!

niles-pond-causeway-restoration-2-copyright-kim-smithThe Niles Pond-Brace Cove causeway restoration is progressing admirably. You may recall our story about the extensive damage the causeway had suffered from several fierce back to back storms. In 2014, the Association of Eastern Point Residents restored the structural rocks supporting the causeway. This past week, preparations for restoring the plantings has begun.  

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Below are  photos taken in 2013 of storm damage, prior to restoration.

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Phase one of restoration work, 2014

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ATTENTION CAPE ANN ICE CREAM LOVERS: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

Today only, all ice cream at Ro’s Harbor Scoops is buy one, get one free. This is Ro’s last day of the season at this location (her Dairy Train in Rockport will be open through Columbus Day weekend).

Ro’s Harbor Scoops is located at 89 Bass Avenue, just around the corner from Good Harbor Beach. They are open until 9pm this evening.

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WORLD WAR II BOMBERS OVER GLOUCESTER

On Saturday you may have heard the rumble of engines in the sky over Gloucester and looked up to see an astonishing sight: a vintage World War Two bomber or fighter plane cruising overhead. The planes are owned by the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA, and every year as part of the “Wings of Freedom” tour they fly into Beverly Airport for a weekend. The tour, which includes a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber, B-24J Liberator bomber, B-25 Mitchell bomber, and a P-51 Mustang, will be at the airport on Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm. You can even pay to ride in one as they cruise from Beverly to Gloucester and back. For more information, visit the Collings Foundation. 

b-52-mitchell-bomber-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithThe Collings Foundation B-25 Mitchell bomber spotted in the sky over Niles Pond on Saturday afternoon.

BEAUTIFUL HARVEST MOONRISE-MOONSET

harvest-moon-2016-copyright-kim-smithLast night’s Harvest Moon rising was spectacular, especially the striations of clouds in the moonglow. Early this morning the moon was nearly as big and beautiful too, and as I was setting up my gear, Snowy Egrets flew into the setting moon.

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