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Short Film: Snowy Day Robin and Starling Flock

If you are fortunate enough to have a flock of robins visiting your neighborhood, take a closer look and you may notice other species of birds mixed with the flock, most notably European Starlings. The starling’s winter plumage is shiny black, bespeckled with white dots and some iridescence to their feathers. During breeding season they gain an even greater degree of iridescence.

Native to Europe, the starling was introduced to the United States in the 1890s. They often join flocks with American Robins. Starlings eat many of the same fruits and berries (crabapples, sumac, holly, and winterberries) as do robins and they are very competitive. Starlings also compete with birds such as Eastern Bluebirds for nesting sites. In a recent mixed flock of robins and starlings I also noticed one gorgeous waxwing!

Several years back we posted this short video. I wish I still had the footage because I am a much better editor today however, at approximately 30 seconds, the starlings make their entrance.

Anne Malvaux inspired today’s post. This morning she very sweetly sent along photos of the flock of robins and starlings that were in her neighborhood on Rocky Neck. She writes,

“Hi Kim, thinking about you because I have at least 50 robin red breasts in my tree in front of my window. I hope all is well. – Anne Malvaux”

Thank you Anne!!!

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Original post from 2012: Round Robin Redbreast Snowy Day

2015 Rocky Neck Polar Plunge Info

The Rocky Neck Plunge is a great, fun Rocky Neck tradition, whether you take the plunge or just come by to watch and cheer on those bold daring ones who do. The Open Door Food Pantry truck will be there, so please bring along some food stuff to donate (they also accept cash and checks payable to Open Door). The Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Oaks Cove Beach (Stevens Lane and Wonson Street) on Rocky Neck. Be there, or be somewhere not quite so fun, crazy and exciting.

-E.J. Lefavour

Here’s a timelapse of 2013 from Herb Wennerberg

Little Lost Dog Bengi at Brace Cove Update

Update: GMG reader Lisa provides the following link: http://www.lostmydoggie.com/details.cfm?petid=78091. Please contact the owner if you see Bengi.

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To the owner of the little white lost dog Bengi, as of 2:35 today, Thursday, he is at Brace Cove. A bunch of us tried to catch him, but he does not want to be caught. He’s going up and down the beach and tearing through the deeply thicketed path. He does not have a tag. Please let us know when Bengi finds his way home. Thank you so much.

Lisa writes: 

I too saw little Bengi on Niles beach on Christmas. We had no luck catching him. Above is the link to him but no contact to the owner. Does anyone know were he belongs in Gloucester? It says this little fella has been missing since Dec 19. The police said he was reported running around Rocky Neck on Christmas Eve. If anyone knows his owner please tell them to search East Gloucester!! Last I know the little fella was seen on Grapevine.

The Most Refreshing Way to Start the New Year – The Rocky Neck Plunge!

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rocky neck plunge january 2014

These are some shots from January 1, 2012 and 2014 Rocky Neck Plunges. The Rocky Neck Plunge is a great, fun Rocky Neck tradition, whether you take the plunge or just come by to watch and cheer on those bold daring ones who do. The Open Door Food Pantry truck will be there, so please bring along some food stuff to donate (they also accept cash and checks payable to Open Door). The Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Oaks Cove Beach (Stevens Lane and Wonson Street) on Rocky Neck. Be there, or be somewhere not quite so fun, crazy and exciting.

E.J. Lefavour

You Still Have Time to Get to The Studio

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In case you didn’t know, the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck is still open. Starting this week, they will be open Friday-Sunday 11:30am-11:30pm and may only be open for a couple more weeks, so if you didn’t have an opportunity to go this summer, or it was too crowded and you couldn’t get in, now is your chance.

E.J. Lefavour

Save the Date! Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

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Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt Unveiling

Sunday, October 26, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester.

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is pleased to host the unveiling of The Rocky Neck Neighborhood Quilt on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4pm.

The Rocky Neck Quilt is one of twelve finished quilts created for the project:

“Gloucester… A Community of Neighborhoods.” The quilts were created with community participation led by Gloucester Senior Citizens in The Art Program at The Rose Baker Senior Center. The collaboration bears testimony to the truth that the gift of creativity resides within us all. The unveiling reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, the official Welcome Center for Rocky Neck and home of the Art Colony, hosts exhibitions, workshops, meetings, lectures and cultural events of all kinds. The Center accommodates up to 100 people. For information about renting the facility for a meeting, theatrical or musical performance, a small wedding or anniversary, both private or for the community, contact the coordinator at rnac.director@gmail.com

Summer is Over, But the Studio is Still Open!

I was a huge fan of late afternoons on the deck of the Studio this summer.  If you ask me, there was nothing better than sitting outside with some friends, having a yummy cocktail, eating sushi, and taking in the beautiful view of Rocky Neck.  Especially if you weren’t in a rush.

Summer is behind us, but when given a 3 hour window to go play this past weekend, we readily headed straight towards the Studio anyway.

The fall menu is out and we ordered some obscene chili and cheese fries, chicken dumplings, and….of course…sushi.  The Kiss the Fish and Red Dragon rolls to be exact.  Pair those with a pumpkin beer with a cinnamon sugar rim and I’m a goner.

True that the deck is gorgeous, but I’m equally as happy hunkering down at the inside bar.  The high ceiling, massive paned window, and wood finishings are totally cozy and comfortable.

They won’t be open much longer, towards the end of November is what I’ve heard rumored, so check out the fall menu soon.  And….maybe give me a call first ;)

The Studio

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Last Hurrah for Madfish Wharf Galleries This Weekend

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Columbus Day Weekend is the final open weekend for the galleries at Madfish Wharf. If you haven’t had a chance to come by and visit this season, this will be your last chance. If you haven’t experienced Regina Piantedosi’s YUPO Gallery and her amazing non representational mixed media paintings, you really should, and if you prefer paintings of things you recognize, don’t miss her magical new series of “Obligatory Boat” paintings. Sue Handman has come up with a wonderful lightweight plaid wool scarf with her trademark vintage fabric collage and clever sayings that are just adorable. Diana Pasquariello at Diana’s Gallery has done a whimsical “Wicked Tuna” painting which has been sold, but she has prints of available. Hobbit House Studio II has works by Joey C., Donna Ardizzoni, Len Burgess, Tom Nihan, Linda Sojda, Theresa Testaverde, Judy Wilburn, Kathy Chapman, Marty Morgan Pottery, Belle & Me scarves, and books, painting, photos and montages by E.J. Also, the Hobbit House Bargain Loft is chock full of paintings and prints available at “make an offer so I don’t have to move them again” bargain prices. Galleries will be open Thursday through Columbus Day Monday, with pack up and close down starting on Monday.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Spontaneous Collaboration series of painting by the collaborative team of Sue Handman, E.J. Lefavour, Brenda Malloy, Diana Pasquariello and brainchild Regina Piantedosi, one of each of the five pieces is on exhibit at Imagine Gallery, Sue Handman Gallery, Diana’s Gallery, YUPO Gallery and Hobbit House Studio II through Columbus Day weekend.

Hard Merchandise

Hard Merchandise at rest.

Lately it’s hard to avoid The Hard Merchandise around the harbor working and with multiple cameras pointed at the crew unloading Bluefin Tuna.

I caught the Hard Merchandise at rest where it’s been docked for years. Behind the Madfish Galleries on Rocky Neck.

My camera was the only one there.

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Live Sunset View From Flat Cove Landing Rocky Neck

The colors of the sky from our kitchen window were so gorgeous BJ & I jump in the car and quickly drove down the street to capture the end of the sunset… The colors in the sky changed so fast it was amazing!

Dinners Downtown and on Rocky Neck – Favorite Views and Chews

Saturday treat after working the gallery all day: We sat on the outdoor deck at the Seaport Grille. Since my appetite ain't what is used to be, Janet and I split a Wedge Salad. It's always a meal deal – "Wedge of Iceberg, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, smoked bacon, bleu cheese and grape tomatoes $11."

Saturday treat after working the gallery all day: We sat on the outdoor deck at the Seaport Grille. Since my appetite ain’t what is used to be, Janet and I split a Wedge Salad. It’s always a meal deal – “Wedge of Iceberg, topped with homemade bleu cheese dressing, smoked bacon, bleu cheese and grape tomatoes $11.”

Sunday on the deck at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck: We met our friends Sheila and Malva for a meal and drinks. Homie, one huge seagull, checked out the fare on the customers' plates. He left a big tip on the way out!

Sunday on the deck at the Studio Restaurant on Rocky Neck: We met our friends Sheila and Malva for a meal and drinks. Homie, one huge seagull, checked out the fare on the customers’ plates. He left a big tip on the way out!

We’re so lucky to live here.

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