Category Archives: Rockport

Got Fish? Boyhood at its Best.

I have a feeling there are many days just like this one in these boys’ futures.  I love so much that this is how they care to spend their days while growing up on Cape Ann.  Good friends, good times, good fishermen.  Watching them enjoy each other’s company like this, while doing what they love, gives me the total warm fuzzies.

Time to visit the all new Bearskin Neck, Rockport

You might think ho-hum, I’ve been to Bearskin Neck over the years many times, but you should try it out again. Lots of new stuff. Two examples:

A new turn-around and new breakwater at the end! There is still the “Pass at Your Own Risk” sign but now it is so much easier to walk all the way out to the #6 harbor beacon. It really needs a good storm to wash the grit off it left from mashing 13 ton rocks into a flat top but you should try it out now.

There's a party out on #6 ATON.

There’s a party out on #6 ATON.

New artists! I’ll highlight just one but there are tons of new artists and shops out there. One gallery you have to stop in to see is David Arsenault. Leaf through his website but you have to see these in person. The very familiar, Good Harbor Beach, Old Garden Beach swing. After viewing if you go back outside on Cape Ann you realize you are living in a painting.

You've sat at this picnic table before enjoying a sunset haven't you?

You’ve sat at this picnic table before enjoying a sunset haven’t you? New owner, same table, different sunset.

Click on Bearskin.net for the latest including first Friday Nights in Rockport or click on the frequently updated Bearskin.net Facebook page.

Rubber Dick Approved.

Rubber Duck Approved.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @The Rhumb Line – Special Guest: Chick Marston 5.20.2015

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, May 20th – 8pm
Special Guest: CHICK MARSTON!

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Traditional and contemporary folk music. Delta and ragtime
blues. Classic and old-time country. And, of course… sea
songs. Chick Marston is a master of all, with a pulsing
thumb-bass precise as a metronome. Such an incredible
study! We start at 8. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
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Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

 

Motif No. 1 Day

My coverage of Motif No. 1 Day doesn’t necessarily reflect how much fun we had!  If you missed it this year, make a point to be there next year.  Kudos (and then some) to the organizers, volunteers, performers, vendors, and everyone else who played a role in this tremendous community event!

Here are some of the photos that I did manage to snap while being pulled in three different directions…literally…thanks to two boys and a dog.

GREEN HERON!

Green Heron Massachusetts Cape Ann ©Kim Smith 2015Male Green Heron

What mystery bird, new to my eyes, was I seeing as it cautiously appeared from the knot of tall reeds? Its neck extended like a heron’s, but was smaller in size than even the Black-crowned Night Heron. I caught a glimpse and then waited for movement, and then waited, and then waited some more when the furtive bird at last flew into a tangle of trees where its shape was unfortunately barely distinguishable. I took a few photos knowing they would be far too grainy to post, thinking nonetheless that a photo would be at least useful for a bird id. Suddenly the mystery bird took flight to the far end of the pond, landing at the water’s edge. I stealthily made my way over and for a few moments had a clear view through the emerging grass and cattails and was able to both film and photograph.

The neck of the male Green Heron is a striking chestnut color and the wing backs are a gorgeous velvety deep greenish-blue gray. As usual, the female’s plumage is more subduedly colored. Green Herons begin to arrive in Massachusetts in May, where they will stay through the summer, dispersing southward in September. The heron’s population is concentrated around inland wetlands and coastal marshes.

From reading several species accounts, the Green Heron’s claim to fame is that it is one of the few animals that utilizes tools to capture prey. It will float a stick or bread crust on the water’s surface to lure small fish, tadpoles, and crayfish. Wouldn’t that be amazing to film! Green Heron’s also eat small snakes, earthworms, and insects.

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Bill Lee and The Sandy Bay Yacht Club Fleet All Wear Life Jackets To Promote National Safe Boating Council #RockportMA

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Bill Lee @ the sandy bay yacht club cruising fleet  all 42 wear wearing their life jackets to help promote the national safe boating council READY SET WEAR IT you call call me Bill Lee on the boat @ 978-502-5994 if you want more info

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Brilliant Sunrise Twin Lights from Good Harbor Beach

Electric Light Orchestra!

Twin Lights from Good Harbor Beach Sunrise ©Kim Smith 2015

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Nichole’s Picks 5/16 and 5/17

As with last weekend, Pick #1 was a piece of cake!

Get out and get your Rockport On!

Pick #1

MOTIF NO. 1 Day is a can’t miss day of fun, for sure!

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PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR EVENT DETAILS!

AND, HERE FORE A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

Pick #2

Such a great month of events for you history buffs…or for anyone who hopes to share this piece of American History with their children.

Revolutionary Revelry in Lexington

SATURDAY, MAY 16th

Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival
11 am – 7 pm, $

Let the Battle Begin!  BBQ and Summer Food Vendors, New England Craft Beers on tap and Live Music! Admission benefits The LABBB Collaborative Schools for Special Needs Students!
Once inside food and beer may be purchased from vendors.

$5 Admission Fee, Kids 13 and under enter free! Food cost additional
At the corner of 1557 Massachusetts Avenue and Woburn Street, Lexington
Lexington BBQ Battle

Artists En Plein Air
10 am -2:00 pm, Free

Local artists will demonstrate their skills along the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.  Watch as they create unique pieces and discuss their artistic process.

At Minuteman Commuter Bikeway sites between Hancock and Woburn Streets, Lexington
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Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures
10 – 4 pm, Free

Hidden Treasures includes 45 towns in the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area. Free activities for intergenerational audiences to explore this area’s history, culture and nature. Lexington shows off the arts and culture “hidden treasures.” This event will spotlight Pop-up Art displays and performances, as well as guided, and self-guided walks around town and conservation lands.
Hidden treasure maps have been created for you to follow.

Along sections of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and at sites throughout Lexington
Freedom’s Way

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SUNDAY, MAY 17th

Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival
11 am – 7 pm, $

Let the Battle Begin!  BBQ and Summer Food Vendors, New England Craft Beers on tap and Live Music! Admission benefits The LABBB Collaborative Schools for Special Needs Students!
Once inside food and beer may be purchased from vendors.

$5 Admission Fee, Kids 13 and under enter free! Food cost additional
At the corner of 1557 Massachusetts Avenue and Woburn Street, Lexington
Lexington BBQ Battle

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures
10 – 4 pm, Free

Hidden Treasures includes 45 towns in the Freedoms Way National Heritage Area. Free activities for intergenerational audiences to explore this area’s history, culture and nature. Lexington shows off the arts and culture “hidden treasures.”  This event will spotlight Pop-up Art displays and performances, as well as guided, and self-guided walks around town and conservation lands.
Hidden treasure maps have been created for you to follow.

Along sections of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway and at sites throughout Lexington
Freedom’s Way

Raw Bar at The Fish Shack in Rockport on FRIDAY NIGHT

Say what? Yes, it’s true. Word on the street (the mean streets of Rockport, MA) is that Karin Porter of the Fish Shack (the restaurant, not the fish shack) in Dock Square is serving oysters along with a signature Motif No.1 Day cocktail to kick off the weekend’s pahtying in downtown Rockport in front of the Motif No. 1 Day festival on Saturday. Rockporters and assorted other types are eating raw mollusks in celebration of Motif No.1, Rockport’s famous fishing shack.

Motif No.1 is so famous that it has a festival dedicated to celebrating every inch of its surface, documented down to the last buoy and nail hole. It’s like Cape Ann’s very own Kardashian; we know everything about it and we still can’t get enough.

Come on down to Dock Square, eat oysters and lobster rolls, listen to music and generally party like it’s M1D:2015 this weekend! Because it is!

Motif No.1 for the win!

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GMG EXCLUSIVE: RED SHED FILM FESTIVAL COMPLETE LINE UP OF FILMS AND FILMMAKERS ~ DON’T MISS THIS FANTASTIC EVENT!!!

For more information on Motif No.1 Day and the Red Shed Film Festival see Sarah Kelly’s post from earlier today: Motif NO.1 Day is Gonna Be Amazing

Films are listed in the order of showtimes:

Calling All Chefs, Nubar Alexanian, Walker Creek Media

Vincent in the Present, Henry Ferrini

A Flight of Monarchs, Kim Smith

Hugh Verrier: Portrait of an Artist, Ben Gadberry

Toby MacNutt: Body of Work, Ashley DeLucco & Elizabeth Rossano, Vermont Community Access Media

Candles in Paradise, Rob Azevedo

That Asian, Akiyo Nishiyima

Stillwater, Jon Halverson

Whiskey Boys, Justin Plasse, Sensorium Pictures

Monsura is Waiting, Kevin Newbury & Matthew Principe, Principe Dynamics

Here And Now, Julian Higgins, Innerlight Films and Cinelicious

The Waiting Room, Jaret Sears

Sailing & Art, Christine Schmitthenner

Greenheads, Gordon Baird

Bless It, Michael Kelly, Trust The Vibe

The Granite Stoke, Ryan Scura & Dylan Ladds

Life by Lobster, Iain McCray Martin

This Perfect Place, Paul Van Ness and Kristina Lindborg

The Red Shed Film Festival is part of the Motif No. 1 Day Rockport Arts Festival. Screenings will be held at the Peggy Brenner Room, Rockport Public Library, at 17 School Street.

The Brenner Room is on the second floor; take the main staircase and turn left at the top, take another left at the end of the hall and you’re there.
For the documentary shorts, there will be audience voting for the favorite first, second, and third places.

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Motif No.1 Day 2015 (M1D:15) is Gonna Be Amazing

Five days away from the best M1D in 65 years (really). Film, Dance, Poetry, Music, Art, activities for kids and tons of community events are planned.

FILM: (look for GMG goddess Kim Smith’s clip!) The Red Shed Film Fest at the Rockport Public Library

DANCE: The T-Wharf tent featuring the Rockport Dance Academy and Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre.

MUSIC: The Dock Square tent features the Mari Martin Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Glass Onion. The Shalin Liu features a FREE community concert and an Instrument Petting Zoo.

WORDS: The School Street Tent: Magnetic Poetry Slam, Words Interactive, Words Before Dinner: the Poetry of Cape Ann.

ART: motif 2015 is a show featuring fresh, new work curated by Bob & Jill Armstrong of Iartcolony Gallery in Rockport. Artists from Cape Ann, Boston and beyond have re-imagined the Motif in everything from sculpture to paintings to video installations. A gallery walk will also be part of the festival.

COMMUNITY: Rockport Elementary School 3rd Grade Art Show, the M1D 5k & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools, Thacher Island Committee, Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport Cub Scouts, Millbrook Meadow Committee, Addison Gilbert, SISU Fitness and more!

FOOD: Top Dog will have a food booth at the School Street Tent, Blue Lobster Grille and That Nutty Redhead will be set up in Dock Square, the New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth will be in Harvey Park.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest with prizes sponsored by The Ice Cream Store, painting, sketching, a Story Walk and Make-a-Book craft sponsored by the Rockport Public Library and much more!

Print out this handy Schedule of Events and bring it with you to Motif No.1 Day. The CATA trolley Park ‘n’ Ride will be running all day. Follow us on Twitter @rockportfest to stay up on the festival haps (do people still say that?) #M1D #rockportrocks www.rockportartfestivals.com

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If Eyes are the Windows to the Souls…

If eyes are the windows to the souls, what are front doors to the homes that we love?  I have a quirky affinity towards front doors.  When we can’t afford to do the renovations that we’d so love to do, I find myself sprucing things up…or maybe just mixing things up…by throwing on a fresh coat of paint, changing a wreath, looking for door knockers, etc.  I am also somewhat obsessed with quarterboards….but that is a blog post for another day.

These are a few that have caught my eye recently.

Don’t Miss the RED SHED FILM FESTIVAL SATURDAY MAY 16th

The Red Shed Film Festival is part of the Motif No. 1 Day Rockport Arts Festival. Screenings will take place at:

Peggy Brenner Room
Rockport Public Library
17 School Street
Rockport, MA 01966
The Brenner Room is on the second floor; take the main staircase and turn left at the top, take another left at the end of the hall and you’re there.
For the documentary shorts, there will be audience voting for the favorite first, second, and third places.

 

Creeping

While you can’t go wrong with the scenic eye candy no matter where you walk or run in Rockport, I find myself torn just for a split second each night at the end of my little road.  If I head left, I go past Old Garden Beach, down Atlantic, all through town, through the Mill Pond Park, up to 5 corners down 1/2 of Broadway, behind the fire station, through some neighborhoods, up Summer Street, past the school, and home.  If I head right, I go onto the Old Garden foot path, follow it to its end, onto Marmion Way, past Gap Head, by Straitsmouth Cove Landing, do the Straitsmouth Way loop, back onto Marmion, up and down the streets parallel to mine, and home.  6 one, 1/2 dozen the other.

It is all pretty amazing.

Tonight, I went right. I couldn’t help but spend a little time creeping as I went.  I’m pretty envious of those homes that have Thacher’s Island and Twin Lights right there in their backyards!

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Miranda Russell Band @ Shalin Liu May 7tt & 8th

Here’s a sneak peek of Miranda Russell, accompanied by Justin Piper and Joe Kessler, performing “Jolene” on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.” She will be Allen’s guest this week through to May 10, 2015. Airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

After you watch her on TV you’re really going to want to see her live — and you’re in luck.  Miranda will be at Shalin Liu in Rockport next Thursday & Friday May 7 & 8.  Good seats are still available for both shows, but the best seats are on May 7.  Don’t wait.  These shows are likely to sell out.  Get tickets here.

MUST READ HYSTERICAL LISE BREEN @BroBrewCrew ENDORSEMENT!!!

We sent Lise home with the donuts after Sunday’s HarborWalk garden cleanup. Here’s what she had to say about Brother’s Brew!

“I have to say those cinnamon donuts were the best ever. I briefly considered taking them to the neighbor’s house—but then had to try just a tiny piece of the puffy jellies, but didn’t get to reach the jelly (was I thinking this was some sort of exotic preserve that I would never get a chance to sample again?)  so had to cut an entire half of the jelly donut to try it for the total essence of jelly donut.  You would think I would have stopped, but then had to just try the chocolate. As I sliced off an inch, it occurred to me that you can’t present a donut to someone who isn’t your blood with a piece snuck out of it like you can a sliver of cake.  Well, the damage was done, so might as well take another slice. You know how that goes. The sugar and fat ratio imbued was saying MORE. And then I remember you saying the cinnamon were to die for and… Well it turns out I thought so too.  So now the donuts were entirely, absolutely gone. We scarfed those—how many? six? eight?— down in two hours tops. You know when I said I could just eat one at a sitting? I proved myself very, very wrong.  I guess it helped that the backs of my thighs were screaming “feed me!”  Something about lactic acid buildup needed to be counteracted with butter, white flour and sugar. Talk about weekend warrior aches! It looks like my 45 min on the elliptical machine with the ten minutes of pedaling backwards is not doing it.

Bill said I could never bring them into the house again.  Ok. But now I know where I can get them outside of the house.
You be sure now to send the photos of our 25-odd bags to our Mayor’s office/comptroller’s office and get reimbursed…

Anyway, I hope to see you Sunday for a repeat/repast.  No! Leave the doh at the Bros!”

When I asked Lise if we could post her funny note, she added:

“To make it worse, there were BOYS in full skateboard regalia visiting the neighbors and you just know they would loved the treat. Clearly there is not much in the way of impulse control over here, but might possibly justify the crime by the fact we had skipped lunch and it was mid afternoon.”

Thanks Lise for sharing!!!

Brother's Brew Rockport Donuts! ©Kim Smith 2015Brother’s Brew Latest Creation ~ Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Miranda Russell on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes” this week and in concert next week

Here’s a sneak peek of Miranda Russell, accompanied by Justin Piper and Joe Kessler, performing “Jolene” on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.” She will be Allen’s guest this week and next week through to May 10, 2015. Airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

After you watch her on TV you’re really going to want to see her live — and you’re in luck.  Miranda will be at Shalin Liu in Rockport next Thursday & Friday May 7 & 8.  Good seats are still available for both shows, but the best seats are on May 7.  Don’t wait.  These shows are likely to sell out.  Get tickets here.

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