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PHOTO CONTEST!!! WIN A FREE FLUTTER SHAWL! Design of Mine 33 Main Street, Gloucester, MA

Betsy seems a little blue today come down come down to Design of Mine and take your picture with her to cheer her up. Tag our Facebook when you post it on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free Flutter Shawl! Contest runs through Sunday, October 8th, 6pm. Winner will be drawn on Monday morning! 33 Main Street, Gloucester! #DesignofMine #TheFlutterShawl#GloucesterMainStreet #PhotoContest #ShopLocal  #SmallBusinessShopping


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The sheer number of Painted Ladies migrating are stealing some of the Monarchs thunder!

Many readers have written inquiring about the beautiful butterflies with wings in a tapestry of brilliant orange, brown, black, cream, and blue. Painted Ladies (Vanessa cardui) are often confused with Monarch butterflies, especially during the late summer. Both are currently migrating and you will often see the two species drinking nectar side-by-side.

As do Monarchs, Painted Ladies depart from Mexico to begin their northward migration in springtime. Both Monarchs and Painted Ladies belong to the brush-foot family (Nymphalidae) and can only survive in warm climates.Monarch Butterfly, top, and Painted Lady bottom. Note that the Painted Lady is about half the size of the Monarch

Sightings from the midwest recorded large numbers early in the season, and 2017 has proven to be an outstanding year for this most successful of butterflies. The Painted Lady is also nicknamed the “Cosmopolitan” butterfly because it is the most widespread butterfly in the world.

Painted Lady drinking nectar from the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk

One reason we may possibly be experiencing a Painted Lady irruption in North America is because a rainy spring in the south was followed by a fabulous bloom of dessert annuals that provided abundant food plants for the caterpillars. Unlike Monarch butterflies, which will only deposit their eggs on members of the milkweed family (Asclepias), Painted Lady caterpillars eat a wide range of plants. More than 300 host plants have been noted; favorites include thistles, yarrow, Pearly Everlasting, Common Sunflower (Asteraceae), Hollyhock and many mallows (Malvaceae), various legumes (Fabaceae) along with members of Boraginaceae, Plantaginaceae, and Urticaceae.

Common Buckeye and Painted Lady Nectaring at the Seaside Goldenrod at the Gloucester HarborWalk  

Much, much more remains to be discovered about the beautiful Painted Lady, its habits and how their behavior and seasonal distribution varies by geographic location.

Read More about Painted Ladies here:


Painted Lady Drinking Nectar from the Purple-stemmed Aster


Thanks so much to Pat Dalpiaz for sharing this classic footage of Gloucester’s working waterfront, with the carillon bells of Our Lady of Good Voyage playing in the distance.


Yuck and double yuck, but very cool. Commissioner Ainsley Smith of Gloucester’s Clean City Commission shares a photo of cigarette butts collected in the City’s new Sidewalk Butlers. Initially, twenty butlers will be installed, mostly along Main and Rogers Street. The butlers were made possible by a grant from Keep America Beautiful.

Many thanks to Ainsley and fellow commissioners Eric Magers, Beverly Low, and Nick Iliades, and to all who are working so hard to keep Gloucester beautiful!


With a house full of family from Ohio here to meet baby Charlotte, our daughter Liv visiting, too, and loving every minute, there’s not much time to post. Liv took this snapshot of Eastern Point Lighthouse just now with a seagull perched on the Lighhouse, a schooner (I think it’s the Lannon), a teeny Boston in the background, and the sun going down. Joyous Times!

Liv Hauck Photo

Flight of Fire…All Female Band playing Tonight at Katrina’s! Whoa! Rock Stars! . Friday . 9pm . 9.29.2017 Whoa! Rock Stars


Fronted by a wild singer who was born to wail and identical twin sisters whose in-your-face attitude never fails to ensnare an audience, this passionate band known for over-the-top stage antics and crowd-pleasing songs delivers energetic rock with aspects of folk and metal, creating the unique, intense sound that is Flight of Fire.

Come join Flight of Fire at Katrina’s as they play an all-night acoustic show with original music and classic rock covers! It’s a rare full-night set at Katrina’s – a “go to” favorite for locals, tourists, families, girls nights out and anyone looking for delicious, creative food, signature cocktails, and cool ambiance.

Flight of Fire has opened for such artists as: Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band, Lita Ford, Fitz and the Tantrums, Alestorm, Nekrogoblikon, The Strumbellas, Joywave, Blue October, Eyes Set To Kill and Hunter Valentine.

Winners of Best In State – Massachusetts – New England Music Awards – 2017
Nominated For Best New Music Video (My Last Gamble) – Worcester Music Awards – 2017
One of the Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands (Music Connection Magazine) – 2016
Winners of Limelight Magazine’s “Opening Act Contest” 2016
Winners of Radio 92.9 Earthfest Battle of the Bands 2016
Winner of Limelight Magazine Music Awards’ “Band of the Year” 2016
New England Music Awards’ “Last Band Standing” Boston Finalists 2015
Hard Rock Rising 2015 Boston City-Wide Champions


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crazy good set list!


Stopping by for only a few brief moments, a rarely seen and travel weary Spicebush Swallowtail made an appearance in our garden this morning. He drank nectar from the wildflowers, the native Heleniums and Phlox, before departing over the garden gate. We’ve planted a Spicebush just for these beauties, so begged him please come back Mr. Swallowtail, when you have a bit more time, and bring the Mrs. so she may deposit her eggs on the foliage of the Spicebush. They make the cutest caterpillars!Faded Male Spicebush Swallowtail

The next two photos are courtesy WikiCommons Media and show how different a newly emerged female Spicebush Swallowtail appears, and a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar.

Andrew Clark w/Steve Bankuti, Jack Ward and Dear Ol’ Dave Sag, Tonight! Davesag’s blues party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 9.28.2017 it’s been a wicked long time…rock n roll!

The Tootin’ Torquemada of the tenor returns this Thursday! My old buddy.  Mr. Andrew Clark returns for another night of wild digressions and upbeat toons guaranteed to make your choppers vibrate. Been awhile since Big A. has transgressed our shores and I’m looking to have a wild time chasing him around the circle of fifths!

On Guitar, “Big Jack” Ward, Luther Johnson’s longtime pot-stirrer will be holding down the fort from his high stool, and everybody’s favorite thumper, Mr. Steve Bankuti  will wind you up. Lot’s of dancing!


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Join us for the opening of our FIRST EVER multimedia art installation at the Armenian Museum of America in Watertown MA! The opening reception and gallery talk will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The show includes excerpts from our film and beautiful black and white prints by Nubar Alexanian from his last trip to Turkey in 2015. We look forward to seeing you there!

Can’t make it to the opening? The show will be up from September 28, 2017 through January 27, 2018.



Toni Ann Enes joins Fly Amero tonight 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 9.27.2017

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 27th – 7pm
Special Guest: TONI ANN!

Toni Ann

This is a good girl. We love this girl. Her name is Toni Ann
Enes, and she is our #1 Soul Sister. Come early, get a good
seat, order a drink and some grub, sit back and close your
eyes. Remind yourself why you live here… or, better yet,
let Toni Ann do it for you! ~ 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!
10/4 – Orville Giddings

10/11 – Allen Estes (Guest Host)

10/18 – JB & DB

Looking forward… seeing you there 🙂


Getting the last of those late day swims in–simply beautiful this afternoon–hoping for three days in a row!


FV Endeavor in the Foggy Sunset

Heading out to photograph wild creatures, instead I found fog. Beginning in the afternoon and lasting into sunset, waves and ribbons of fog enveloped the east end of Gloucester until only shapes and silhouettes were visible.

Fog Ribbons and FV Endeavor

A wedding reception was underway at the Yacht Club, lots of folks were out watching the setting sun, and a photo shoot was taking place on the Dogbar. Returning home, Niles Beach and Ten Pound Island were even more shrouded in fog. Final stop was the Paint Factory to catch the last glimmer of light. Looking towards Ten Pound Island from the Paint Factory, in the last Instagram you can see the sliver of a crescent moon.

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