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!
Category Archives: Rockport
Motif No. 1
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
Wind and weather worn Red Admiral Butterfly, drinking salty rain water from the sand and warming its wings in the sun.
The 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.
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
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, email@example.com or (978) 546-3611
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
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?)
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
Anyone 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-309-9667.
The Rockport Firemen’s 4th of July Parade is always pretty reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell scene. If you’re looking for a big parade with giant floats…this is not for you. But if you love quaint and old-fashioned it is the ticket.
Twin Lights Thacher Island
A 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!
The 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. Note 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!If 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!
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.
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!!!
Just doesn’t get old.