Category Archives: gloucester

TONIGHT’S BEAUTIFUL FULL WOLF MOON RISING OVER CAPE ANN

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While out for an early evening walk with our pooch tonight I was unexpectedly delighted to catch the full Wolf Moon rising over the back shore. I wonder whose house that is on Niles and if they knew the moon was rising so picture perfect above their home.full-moon-wolf-moon-brace-cove-gloucester-seals-cape-ann-copyright-kim-smithBrace Cove Harbor Seals lolling about under the moonlight on this unseasonably warm evening

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Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line with Fly Amero … Tonight’s guest: Sasquatch – 7pm 1.11.2017

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 11th – 7pm
Special Guest: SASQUATCH!

 

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One of my all-time faves, Sasquatch, a.k.a Paul Cohan
graces us with his illustrious presence this week at the Rhumb
Line. Paul has successfully captured the heart and spirit of
Gloucester with his music over and over again. He represents
a giant part of our local culture – and for that, he’s one of the
big reasons why I love my Wednesdays! Come see! ~ 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…
01/18 – Jeff Frasier

01/25 – Jon Butcher

02/01 – JB & Dave Brown

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

 

Principal Bacheler Civil War Coat Update Awesome Gloucester Maybe

Charles and George King write with the latest update on the Bacheler Civil War Coat:

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while, but we have good news:

We just heard that we made the final of this month’s Awesome Gloucester! This grant will help us get the display case for the coat. We asked for feedback and results were just like the museum choice. If you want to come it takes place at The Pilot House at 7:00pm on Monday, January the 16th. It would be great to have a lot of support! Three different projects will give a presentation and the Awesome trustees will choose a winner. We’re grateful for the chance. We hope we win!

Sincerely

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Gloucester’s Harbortown Cultural District Annual Partner’s Meeting

ghcd_annualpartnermtg_feb2-17Please help spread the attached announcement with your networks.
We will be sharing our plans for 2017 as well as conducting business such as voting on updates to the By-Laws and electing new Officers.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday February 2nd!

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Borden

FREE FANTASTIC BOOK ON HOW TO “HIRE A GHOSTWRITER!”

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My husband Tom has just published his newest ebook, Hire a Ghostwriter: The Complete Guide to Outsourcing Your Book. Based on his long experience as a professional ghostwriter, he wrote this concise guide for anyone who’s thinking about writing a book but doesn’t have the time or the expertise. Hire a Ghostwriter shows you how to hire a ghostwriter and work with them to create a book that will proudly bear your name.
 
The ebook is available on Amazon Kindle with a very special offer: For one week only, you can download it for free. Next week, the price will go up to $4.99 (still a bargain!). All Tom asks is that if you like the ebook, please leave a positive review on the ebook’s Amazon page, because positive reviews help the ebook rank higher. HERE IS THE LINK TO PURCHASE
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SCREAMIN’ FUN!

Lots of fun in our East Gloucester neighborhood after the first decent snowstorm of the season. Happy Snow Days

P.S. Sorry friends for the grainy photos, the sun had set beyond the hill.
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Screaming fun⛄⛄⛄

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ARTICLE IN THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES FEATURING CAPE ANN: Seafood and Dunes: New England’s Lesser-known Cape

Thanks to Good Morning Gloucester reader Peggy Matlow for passing along the following article. It was forwarded to her by Peggy’s cousin, who lives in England.good-harbor-beach-cape-annsnow-copyright-kim-smith
By James Dean
January 7, 2017
Salt hits the back of my throat. As I step out of my car, I suck deeper on the icy sea air. Freezing waves crash below me as I gaze out towards the Atlantic from Gloucester, an old fishing settlement on the New England coast, while the sun slowly drops below the horizon.

In the distance is the glimmer of the Eastern Point lighthouse, the last sight of home for many Gloucester fishermen before they sailed into the vastness of the ocean. Dotted around the harbour are small wooden houses from which fishermen’s wives would look anxiously into the bay.

Fishing has run thick in the blood of Gloucester since English settlers arrived in 1623. The city — the oldest seaport in America — is on Cape Ann, which juts into the Atlantic just north of Boston. Across the Cape, stretched over some of the most beautiful coastline in America, are working fishing towns, beaches of white sand, marshes, old colonial buildings and, of course, bucket loads of fresh seafood.

In the winter, with the fishermen at rest, the pace of life slows to match the region’s calm, understated beauty. This is perhaps the reason that Manchester by the Sea, the brooding drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams, was filmed here in the winter months. Although the movie (most of which was filmed in Gloucester) follows the lives of a working-class family, Manchester-by-the-Sea itself, which lies to the west of Gloucester, is unabashedly wealthy. Just off the main road are $14 million mansions with great sea views.

When we Brits think of the Massachusetts coastline, we think of the dreamy panoramas of Cape Cod. Indeed, most Bostonites head south to the sand dunes and salty air whenever they take a break from the city. If Cape Cod and its quaint little villages possess a special kind of serene beauty, so does the lesser-known Cape Ann. And with fewer tourists, Cape Ann — unlike Cape Cod — stays in character.

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Read the complete article here.

HOME SWEET HOME

Loving every minute of a snowbound afternoon

Home sweet home ❣

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It's a hot cocoa kind of day ❄️❄️❄️

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There are at least 550 different varieties of amaryllis. This cheery one is called Amaryllis hippeastrum 'Clown.'

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BREAKING NEWS: JEREMY ADAMS AND MARTHA OAKES APPEARING ON WGBH OPEN STUDIO WITH JARDED BOWEN TONIGHT!!

Watch Open Studio tonight at 8:30 on WGBH for a profile of Jeremy Adams and the Voicing the Woods exhibition. Jared spoke with curator Martha Oaks in the gallery and with Jeremy Adams in the gallery and at his workshop. Adams even plays a little harpsichord music!jeremy-adams-cape-ann-museum-copyright-kim-smith

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party Presents ~ The Davis Boys @ The Rhumb Line Thursday 8:30pm 1.5.2017

 

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Wow! The hills are alive with the sound of
music! So braid your hair ,wind your cuckoo
clock and c’mon down to get a load of the
Fabulous Von Davis Family. This Thursday
night we have a special treat for ya: Mr. Bob
Davis, AKA Johnny Carwash is dragging his
entire family kicking and screaming into the
Rummie for a sonic supersession. All three
“Flatwounds” will be there. Flatwound “Bob”
on the Qatar, Brother “Flatwound” Jeff, on
tympanic membrane busters, and Fils
“Flatwound” Josh on vocals. I’m bringing my
earplugs!
But seriously, folks, Bobby and company are
always a blast to work with and I look
forward to seeing you all there, cheering
them all on! Let’s start the New year with a
bang!

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

BEAUTIFUL BACKSHORE-BRACE COVE-GOOD HARBOR BEACH-TWIN LIGHTS BIG ROLLERS – and hello there fearless (crazy) person(s)

good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smithAs one bank of clouds departed, another soon took its place. The waves were wild and wooly but the surfers were out in full force at GHB and Brace Cove.back-shore-good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith

Pretty Spindrift Wave

Not for the faint of heart–from where I was standing way across on the other side of the Cove you could hear the roar of the waves slamming Brace Rock–would you ever try this?surfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-2-copyright-kim-smithsurfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith

And crashers #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland #waves

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EXCELLENT LYME DISEASE ARTICLE SHARED BY JIM DOWD

Jim Dowd shares the following very excellent article about Lyme with important guidelines.

Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease

On a visit to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik challenged conventional diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases.

“The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours to inject the bacteria is completely outdated,” she said. “There are studies that show that an attachment of 15 minutes can give you anaplasmosis, 10 minutes for the Powassan virus, and for the different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, we have no idea.”

 

This past Friday, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, attending physician at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (SRH) traveled to one of the nation’s front lines in the public health battle against Lyme disease to speak to a group of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians. “I wanted to do this presentation by Skype because of all the ticks you have here,” she joked.

Dr. Zubcevik was at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH) to speak at grand rounds, a weekly meeting of clinicians, which on this day was open to the public, resulting in an overflow crowd at the Community Room just off the hospital lobby.

Over the course of the hour, she shared the most recent findings that she and her colleagues have made on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, in particular on the 10 to 15 percent of patients who suffer long-term symptoms, defined by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). She discussed the protean nature of tick-borne diseases, the importance of public awareness, and the urgent need for the medical community to step up its game.

“Graduating medical students and doctors really aren’t educated about the gravity of this epidemic,” she said. “There’s a gap there that needs to be filled. We’re all responsible to educate our young doctors about what this entails.”

Dr. Zubcevic said the recent revelation that actor, singer, and songwriter Kris Kristofferson was cured of dementia once he was properly diagnosed with Lyme disease should be a lesson for medical professionals on how pervasive the disease is, and how often it is overlooked.

“Sudden-onset dementia should really be a red flag for Lyme [disease], especially in people with compromised immune systems,” she said.

“Everyone over 50 has a compromised immune system.”

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE HERE

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at the Rhumb Line – 7pm ~ Guest Host: JOHN ROCKWELL!

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 – 7pm
Guest Host: JOHN ROCKWELL!

 

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Happy New Year! The amazing John Rockwell hosts the
Wednesday show this week in my absence (I have a private
performance elsewhere). It has been a while for John, so
do come and cheer him on. He is pure joy onstage! …and
I’ll see you all next week! ~ 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…
01/11 Sasquatch

01/18 Jeff Frasier

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

Cape Ann Symphony Holds Annual Meeting

dsc_8343-1The Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 7:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, President, Treasurer, Manager and Board Officers. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 18, 2017 through January 19, 2018. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm. ($36. per person/ cash bar). It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. For further information please contact David Benjamin, Business Manager, 978-281-0543.

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Cape Ann Symphony Photos by Jeph Ellis

CAPE ANN WILDLIFE: A YEAR IN PICTURES

snowy-owl-gloucester-massachusetts-c2a9kim-smith-2015My husband Tom suggested that I write a year-end post about the wildlife that I had photographed around Cape Ann. Super idea I thought, that will be fun and easy. Many hours later (not realizing how daunting) the following is a collection of some favorite images from this past year, beginning with the male Snowy Owl photographed at Captain Joe’s last winter, to December’s Red-tailed Hawk huntress.

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Living along the great Atlantic Flyway, we have been graced with a bevy of birds. Perhaps the most exciting arrival of all occurred when early summer brought several pairs of nesting Piping Plovers to Gloucester’s most beloved (and most highly trafficked) of beaches, Good Harbor Beach. Their story is being documented on film.

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Work on Mr. Swan’s film will also resume this January—the winters are simply not long enough for all I have planned!

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While photographing and filming Red-winged Blackbirds this past spring, there was a face-to-face encounter with a hungry coyote, as well as several River Otter sightings.

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eastern-coyote-massachusetts-kim-smithThe summer’s drought brought Muskrats out from the reeds and into full view at a very dry Henry’s Pond, and a short film about a North American Beaver encounter at Langsford Pond. Numerous stories were heard from folks who have lived on Cape Ann far longer than I about the extraordinary number of egrets, both Snowy and Great, dwelling on our shores.three-muskrat-family-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smith

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There were few Monarch sightings, but the ones seen thankfully deposited eggs in our garden. Thank you to my new friend Christine who shared her Cecropia Silkmoth eggs with me and thank you to the countless readers who have extended an invitation to come by and photograph an exciting creature in their yard.

cecropia-moth-caterpillar-copyright-kim-smithPristine beaches, bodies of fresh water, and great swathes of protected marsh and woodland make for ideal wildlife habitat, and Cape Ann has it all. With global climate change pushing species further away from the Equator, I imagine we’ll be seeing even more creatures along our shores. Butterfly and bee populations are overall in decline, not only because of climate change and the use of pesticides, but also because of loss of habitat. As Massachusetts has become less agrarian and more greatly forested, fields of wildflowers are becoming increasingly rare. And too fields often make the best house lots. Farmers and property owners developing an awareness of the insects’ life cycle and planting and maintaining fields and gardens accordingly will truly help the butterflies and bees.

female-mallard-nine-ducklings-kim-smithThank you to all our readers for your kind comments of appreciation throughout the year for the beautiful wild creatures with which we share this gorgeous peninsula called Cape Ann.

The images are not arranged in any particular order. If you would like to read more about a particular animal, type the name of the animal in the search box and the original post should come up.

I wonder what 2017 will bring?nine-piping-plovers-napping-gloucester-copyright-kim-smith

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