Almost the Super Moon

July 9, 2014 spooky almost full moon
I took this on Wednesday evening, been trying to get a photo of the moon for years only can accomplish this. Very interesting about the Super Moon.
On July 12, 2014, we have the first full moon after the June 21 solstice. Around this time of year, in North America, buck deer start growing antlers, thunder storms rage and farmers struggle to pile up hay in their barns. Thus, according to folklore, we call this full moon the Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon. The July 2014 full moon is also the first of three full-moon supermoons in 2014. Previously, we had two supermoons in January – on January 1 and 30 – but they were new-moon supermoons. The full moons on July 12, August 10 and September 9 all enjoy the supermoon designation because the centers of these full moons and the center of Earth are less than 361,863 kilometers (224,851 miles) apart. The closest supermoon of the year comes with the August 10 full moon, with a moon that’s only 356,896 kilometers (221,765 miles) from Earth.

Looking For A New Place to Visit?

If you’re like me, and you have young children or grandchildren, you’ve probably exhausted most short day trip venues.  Don’t get me wrong, there are so many tremendous places to visit around this area and I feel incredibly fortunate to have such fun, educational, and diverse opportunities for summer fun at our doorstep! We certainly have our favorite stomping grounds that never get old, and that we’ll visit time and time again, but every once in a while, we plain ole want something new.  I feel compelled to add that the boys have also had plenty of down-time by just hitting the beach, riding bikes, and playing in the yard….but, we like to throw a day trip into the mix once a week.

With a seek and conquer attitude, we hit the road on Monday morning, determined to visit someplace we’ve never been.

Destination:  Kimball Farm, Westford.

Just a mere few minutes over an hour away….and loads of fun.  Oh, and clean! Our choice was a big success!

Kimball Farm has a bit of everything.  Bumper Boats, mini golf, a driving range, Pitch and Putt golf, an indoor arcade, batting cages, a small animal experience highlighting some rescued and orphaned animals, a seafood shack, and, of course, ice cream!

I chose Monday because I had to head “up the line” to Danvers for an errand anyway…so, it was really only a 40 minute drive.  Once there, we spent about 3 hours having outdoor fun.  We could have easily stayed longer, but we love the driving range and batting cages at Richardson’s Dairy so we skipped those options and focused our fun elsewhere…promising them another trip to Richardson’s soon.

The Bumper Boats were the obvious winner for the boys.  I gave the win to the fact that the place was well-cared for, clean, and nicely landscaped and decorated.  A big family win all around!  Check it out for sure if you don’t mind a short drive!

Kimball Farm

 

Cripple Cove Playground Needs Your Help

For all the local peeps with little ones…do you ever visit Cripple Cove Playground? We are there regularly with out energetic little man. We found out tonight that Gloucester doesn’t have enough money to put down new mulch and it really needs it. The elderly couple that helps maintain the park (free of charge) has set up a fund to try and get new mulch. We’ll be donating! If you are interested in donating, the information is….The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St. Gloucester, MA 01930. In the memo field, please note Benjamin Smith or Cripple Cove Playground.”

Community Stuff 7/12/14

BE PART OF A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS!  Nominate a young couple to experience a FREE Dinner and Dance Lesson on Friday, July 18 from 5:00-7:30 at St John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St. Gloucester, MA.  Please nominate one couple by submitting the couple’s name, address, and telephone number along with your name and telephone number by calling Lin at
617-974-8222 or by email: linart245@msn.com    We will select 5 couples for this evening on a first-come basis. All entries must be received before July 14.

The free dance lesson will be offered by Anita and Bob Beloff who have been teaching ballroom dance in the local communities for eight years.  This evening promises a wonderful dining experience with an extra-added pleasure of a free dance lesson.  Another added delight is that we will provide babysitting within the church for their children with cartoons on the big screen and pizza. 
Any questions, please contact Lin York-Robbins at 617-974-8222.

Zucchini Pesto Happy Hour At Niles Beach

Nights on the Neck Photos by Len Burgess

July 2014 NOTN_Len Burgess Photos

We had a fun first Nights on the Neck for 2014, in spite of some last minute cancellations by performers.  Len Burgess got some wonderful shots of Three Sheets to the Wind at Trefry Park, Ernie Pigeon at Goetemann Gallery (doesn’t it look like Ernie is sitting in front of windows looking out at the water? – Gordon’s paintings are amazing), Bird Mancini performing by the Rocky Neck Accommodations, Pat Conlon and Fran Clark at the Rocky Neck Gallery.  Unfortunately missing are shots of T Max at the Cultural Center.

Great shots.  Thanks Len.

E.J. Lefavour

Cape Ann YMCA Clean Team Rocks!

This morning we had a super training session with the Cape Ann YMCA Friday Clean Team on how to water the butterfly gardens at the HarborWalk. If you see the Clean Team working around town, stop and tell them thanks for the great job that they are doing.Thanks so much Clean Team–I am looking forward to working with you!

Clean Team Gloucester YMCA ©Kim Smith 2014

Emma Thomas, Josh Billings, Tia Strong, Austin Smith, Brendon Strong, Reuben James, and Philip Hinckley (left to right)

Breaking News: Anita Diamant is the The Book Club @ Duckworth’s August Guest Speaker!!!

New York Times best selling author Anita Diamant will be leading the discussion at the The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot event on August 17th.

Come join the table of the fabulous Chef Ken Duckworth in a discussion of Ballistics by Billy Collins. collins_ballistics_front For more information about the event and to purchase tickets click here:The Writer’s Book Club @ Duckworth’s Bistrot.

From the Eastern Point Lit House website ~ Anita Diamant writing career began in Boston in 1975. As a freelance journalist, she contributed to local magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Phoenix, the Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine, branching out into regional and national media, with articles in New England Monthly, Yankee, Self, Parenting, Parents, McCalls, and Ms. She also wrote about Jewish practice and the Jewish community for Reform Judaism magazine, Hadassah magazine, and jewishfamily.com. A collection of her essays appears in the book, Pitching My Tent: On Marriage, Motherhood, Friendship and Other Leaps of Faith. Diamant’s first book was The New Jewish Wedding, which she followed the with five more guidebooks to Jewish life and lifecycle events. In 1997, Diamant published her first work of fiction, The Red Tent, whichthe independent booksellers alliance honored as its “Booksense Best Fiction” selection in 2001. Diamant’s novels, Good Harbor, and The Last Days of Dogtown, are both set in Cape Ann. red-tent

As if Rockport Isn’t Gorgeous Enough!

Add some beautiful sailboats with nautical flags a flappin’ and some pretty easy on the eyes cadets all dressed in navy and khaki and Rockport just got even prettier!

Welcome back to town to the United States Navy!

See the full schedule of events for Rockport’s Navy Weekend here.

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Day One With The Chiropractor- Elizabeth Bish

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So those that know me know I’m not a fan of going to the doctor’s office.  It’s not that I don’t respect doctors or know they do good work, it’s just that 95% of the time you go in with a nasty head cold you go out knowing exactly what you knew before you went in- there’s no cure for the common cold.

Further, those of you who know me know that I’m pretty well busted up from years and years of pretty intense physical labor down here at the dock.  Last year immobilized and brought to the hospital for excruciating back pain, messed up shoulders, legs, feet, you name it.

Well this last episode of back pain which I’ve been working through with ice and ibuprofen has got my close friends and family begging me to make a doctor’s appointment to try to get me some help.  My good buddy Eric Lorden raved about his chiropractor Elizabeth Bish who has an office which faces the DogBar parking lot underneath Café Bishco.

He and Toby Pett nagged and nagged and nagged and I ignored the both of them.  Then one day I got an unexpected call from Elizabeth Bish asking me to set up an appointment.  Frustrated with my back pain I agreed and we set it up.

Well yesterday morning I went in, filled out the paperwork and went through the standard list of questions you get whenever you’re a new patient at any medical facility.

Then we get down to business. This lady- Elizabeth who is a very attractive lady I’m guessing in her late 40s and weighing about 95lbs soaking wet gets up on me, flips me around a bit tells me to relax and take a deep breath and as soon as I relax lays down a thunder of god suplex which cracks my spine which made a sound so loud I’m thinking the people upstairs at Café Bishco must have thought the the big oak in the parking lot at Dog Bar was gonna come thundering down through the side window.

Next she gently cradles my head in her hands and softly sways it form side to side telling me to relax and take a deep breath, now exhale and then yet again KABLAMMIE, a monster neck twist that managed to get multiple cracks and again on the other side of my neck.  Not gonna lie I thought I was gonna shit my pants at that spit second because I thought my neck literally might have snapped off and I’d be paralyzed but after standing up and walking around my entire back and neck which had severe limited movement felt clearly looser and the range of motion was greatly improved.

I went in skeptical, I walked out feeling much better and a believer.  Looking forward to the next visit and I’ll be sure to report back to you the results.

Thanks Elizabeth

Lights! Camera! Nature! Movies by kids ages 7-12 @ Cape Ann Community Cinema Tomorrow (SAT 7/12) NOON-2pm

From Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:

Lights! Camera! Nature! Come to the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Sat., July 12 at Noon to 2 PM , to watch nature movies made by kids ages 7-12 in the the Kestrel Educational Adventure Program.

Here is one of the movies being screened “Telephone Island”:

Welcome to Telephone Island a magical island off the coast of Gloucester, Ma and it is filled with fascinating animals. This movie was made in the Spring-Summer of 2014 by a student in the Kestrel Foundation’s Lights, Camera, Nature program. The program is led by Jessica Kagle and made in co-operation with Cape Ann TV where the students edited their movies. Screening of this movie and the others made in the spring program will be at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Main St. in Gloucester, Sat., July 12, 2014 at noon to 2pm along with NOVA’s “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies”.

Rockport Legion Band 81st consecutive season of summer concerts Starts this Sunday

The Rockport Legion Band will start it’s 81st consecutive season of summer concerts this Sunday, July 13, at the Back Beach Bandstand on Beach St.  We’ll have seven concerts this year, ending August 24.  Concerts start at 7:00 and will last about 90 minutes.  Concerts are free.  There is popcorn and tonic available.  Kids are welcome.  Blankets and lawn chairs are good.

Our website is http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com/  We’re a wind band, no strings attached, and welcome new players.  And we do rehearse: Thursday nights, 7:30 at the American Legion Hall next to the bandstand on Beach St.  If you’re interested contact our co-directors Jason Howard JasonHow90@hotmail.com or Jim Davison oldog1@comcast.net

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