Category Archives: Rockport

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

HERMINE’S GIFTS!

Tropical storm Hermine’s rain has breathed new life into Cape Ann’s drought depleted freshwater ponds and brackish marshes. Perhaps it was her winds that delivered a surprise visit from the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, a rarity for Massachusetts as we are at the tippy northern end of their breeding range. Towering waves accompanied by a tumbling undertow tossed from the deep sea gifts of nutrient rich seaweeds, mollusks, and tiny crustaceans, providing a feast for our feathered friends. See all that she brought!

Yellow Crowned Night Heron, juvenile

muskrat-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithMuskrat! Eating tender shoots and going to and from his burrow, via refreshed canals along the wetland banks.

Wind and weather worn Red Admiral Butterfly, drinking salty rain water from the sand and warming its wings in the sun.

sanderling-eating-clam-copyright-kim-smithSanderling breakfast

great-blue-heron-immature-snowy-egret-great-egret-copyright-kim-smithImmature Great Blue Heron, Two Snowy Egrets, and Great Egret (far right)

snowy-egret-minnow-in-mouth-copyright-kim-smithA multidue of minnows for the herons and egrets

piping-plovers-hermine-eating-copyright-kim-smithThe Wingaersheek Piping Plover family has not yet begun their southward migration. Here they are foraging in the bits of shells, tiny clams, and seaweed brought to the shoreline by Hermine and not usually found in this location.

cormorant-injured-copyright-kim-smithinjured-gull-copyright-kim-smith3Injured Cormorant and Gull finding refuge and food at the pond bank.

pebble-beach-seaweed-foogy-morning-copyright-kim-smithSeaweed Swathed Pebble Beach in the lifting fog

GOOD HARBOR BEACH DAZZLING DAYBREAK

Good Harbor beach sunrise August 17, 2016 -1 copyright Kim SmithBedazzled by a single morning’s sunrise–every shade all at once–from hues of rose-violet-blue giving way to fiery bands of red-yellow-orange. I can’t decide which I like best, you choose 🙂

 

 

Windhover Annual Summer Fundraiser – DINER EN COULEUR Thursday 8/18/16

Diner En Couleur
Sous la pleine lune AoÛt
(under the August full moon)
Annual Summer fundraiser
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Featuring mini dance performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, Carol Earle, Sarah Slifer Swift plus live music

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers.  Toast the enchanted performances with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Walk away with one of our wonderful gift baskets that will be raffled off!

Admission donation is $25 per person. Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation, by sending a check to Windhover, PO Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966 or online (through PayPal) at windhover.org  (a 501(c)3 non-profit)

For more information, contact Lisa Hahn, windhover@verizon.net or (978) 546-3611

Rockport Legion Band Free Concert Sunday August 21

On August 21, 2016, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Concert #7 – August 21, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH John Klohr

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN Klaus Badelt

PROCESSION OF THE NOBLES Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov

THE DRUNKEN SAILOR arr. Grant Hill

BIG BAND BASH arr. Bob Lowden

GABRIEL’S OBOE Ennio Morricone ~ Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jerry Bock

YOU RAISE ME UP Rolf Lovland ~ Ben Fuller, Vocalist

OLD 89 Steve Thomas

THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN arr. Leroy Anderson

Celtic Celebration
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums
Dick Chain, Director

WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH Creagan More

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

A’ THE BLUE BONNETS Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME Creagan More

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AULD LANG SYNE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

The name, “CREAGAN MORE” is Gaelic for “LARGE ROCKS!”
which means that our Celtic Celebration is actually
A LARGE ROCK CONCERT!  (who knew?)

Happening now! The 37th Rockport Acoustic Music Festival August 7, 2016

rockport music festival 2016

 

Oh man…This event is awesome..the setting is beautiful and the ocean breeze as well…Rockport
12:30 – Chris Rowan & The Troublemakers
1:00 – Bob Kramer Band
1:30 – Blue Cat Groove
2:00 – Eastern Standard
2:30 – The Jake Pardee Experience
3:00 – Deb Hardy and HUM
4:00 – Greg Dann and Friends
5:00 – Alek Razdan and Meadow Jam

http://www.rockportusa.com/festival-event.cfm?id=1472

Get To the Old Sloop Fair Early or Get Left Behind

OldSloopFair-RummageSale-for-gmgAnyone who has spent time looking for bargains should know about the Old Sloop Fair at the First Congregational Church in Rockport. The Old Sloop Fair takes place over three weekends. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and the first leg of this Rummage Sale to end all Rummage Sales takes place this coming Saturday. With a wealth of hand-knitted items, baked goods and household linens, not to mention enough clothing to cover all those semi-naked people loitering on Front Beach, the Old Sloop Fair is not to be missed.

Here is a slightly less hyperbolic description from one of the organizers:

The Old Sloop Fair at the handicap-accessible First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street, will span three July weekends this year.  The Fair will begin with the Rummage Sale on Saturday, July 9 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.  The Rummage Sale offers gently-used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, bed linens, luggage, handbags, and much more.  The Fair will continue with the traditional events — Silent Auction, White Elephants, Art Mart, Jewelry, Book Nook, Handknits, Ken’s Collection, Bake Table, and Snack Bar — on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, and conclude with a Giant Yard Sale on Saturday, July 23.  For more information, visit http://oldsloopfair.org, send email to info@oldsloopfair.org, or call 978-309-9667.

BREAKING: PAIR OF SWANS AT NILES AND HENRY’S PONDS!!

Pair Cape Ann Swans third year swans copyright Kim SmithA pair of swans was spotted at Niles Pond this morning by my friend Lyn. I stopped by the Pond at 8:15 to have a look. They were on the far side of Niles, getting ready to take off and was only able to take a few quick photos. The pair flew overhead in the direction of Henry’s Pond. After doing the podcast with Joey and the wonderful Gloucester Stage Company cast, I raced over to Henry’s. In the meantime, the two had returned to Niles, but were chased away by our Mr. Swan. As I arrived at Henry’s they flew in!

Cape Ann Swans copyright Kim SmithThe pair appear to be in their third year. This is evident by the patches of brown feathers and dullish pink bills, although the bill of the larger of the two is gaining a more coral-orange hue. Third year swan copyright Kim Smith copyNote both have black eyes, unlike our rare and beautiful blue-eyed swan. I am hopeful that Mr. Swan will find a new mate and if we are fortunate, this newly arrived on the scene pair will decide to make Cape Ann their home too!Pair Cape Ann Swans copyright Kim SmithIf you catch sight of swans at any of our area ponds or in the harbor, please write in and let me know. Thank you so much!

The haul today at Motif #1 Day in Rockport

Cake Ann and Seaview

Got the dessert at Cake Ann and some Salsa from Seaview. Stopped by Seaview to pick up some eggs.

bareskin

Bearskin was hoppin’

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Rubber Duck also did not write down the name of this shop. Bearskin Neck. Soapy bare skin.

Didn't catch the name of the store. You have to come to Bearskin Neck to see the pig. "Some Pig"

Didn’t catch the name of the store. You have to come to Bearskin Neck to see the pig. “Some Pig”

HAPPY MOTIF NO. 1 DAY!

Don’t miss this fun, action packed day with the Motif 1 5k Race, circus performers, live music, farmer’s market, art, poetry and much, much more! The festivities begin at 9am, Saturday, May 21st. For more information and a complete schedule of events visit the Rockport Exchange website here.

Motif No. 1 Rockport MA copyright Kim Smith

Here’s hoping for a warm, sunny day for Motif No. 1 Day. Best wishes to Sarah Kelly and festival organizers for a smashingly successful event!!! 

 

 

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