White-throated Sparrow and Winter Moth Post From Kim Smith

White-throated Sparrow and Winter Moth


White-throated Sparrow Dining on Winter Moth Larvae

Last May my husband and I were delighted to discover a large flock of White-throated Sparrows (Zonotrichia albicolli) rumpusing about our garden. A chorus of choristers chortling My Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada or alternatively Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody, their clear, elegant notes were heard for several days and they were easily spotted rustling about the hedge, dining on safflower seeds from the ground below the bird feeder, and feasting on winter moth caterpillars in the trees. I believe it to be a fairly rare occurrence to observe a flock migrating this far east through Cape Ann. My East Gloucester neighbor Jen, who has a lovely garden even closer to the easternmost edges of the peninsula, reported same. Her flock also stayed for several days enjoying the winter moth caterpillar banquet found in her yard. Rather than walk or run, White-throated Sparrows hop, and we delighted in our all too brief encounter with this beautiful and entertaining “Whistler of the North.”

Click here to Check out the rest of the entry at Kim’s Blog- http://kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com/

Old-Style Fun at the Liu

A shout-out to D.J. of Bearskin Neck Leathers for coming up with a nickname for the classiest joint in Rockport: the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center.  D.J. likes to call it The Liu, pronounced loo, and since D.J. can be kinda scary (in a good way), we do what he says.  Tomorrow at The Liu, there’s a free screening of a movie (filmed in Rockport in 1988) hosted by the great Philip Hopkins of Film Chest, as well as some vintage home movies of Rockport from the collection of lifelong resident Pierce Sears, proprietor of everybody’s favorite hometown business, the Twin Lights Soda Company.  And as if all of that isn’t compelling enough, there will also be a holiday sing-along.  Of course all of this fun is preceded by Rockport’s pageant, beginning at 5 p.m. sharp.

So get to town early, shop, get some coffee at the Bean & Leaf, watch the pageant, watch the movie, watch the home movies, then sing your heart out at The Liu.  Sounds like the perfect pre-Christmas Rockport Saturday to me.

Label for the Rockport Classic Twin Lights Soda Co.

More Buoys To Paint During The Winter Carnival Block Party! Saturday Dec 18th

Art Haven Director Dawn Gadow Writes-

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to paint buoys at Art Haven last weekend! We had a record number of buoys painted and wanted to make sure to say a huge thanks to Ben’s Paint, Rose’s Marine, Winchester Fishing, Ace Hardware, Building Center, and everyone who came out to help build the lobster trap tree this year! If you haven’t gotten to see it all lit up yet, you better check it out!
Also, since we ran out of buoys last weekend, we’ve got another buoy painting opportunity this Saturday during the Winter Carnival Block Party! We picked up a few more buoys and those who didn’t get a chance last weekend are welcome to come Saturday between 5 and 7 to paint their own unique ornament for this year’s tree. We do still have a limited number, though, so let us know if you’re definitely coming down to paint one and we’ll be sure to have one for you. You can email us at arthaveninfo@gmail.com or call 978.283.3888.
Thanks again to everyone who was a part of this year’s tree (and is going to be this weekend)! Gloucester’s lobster trap tree is clearly the best around – when else is this much of the community involved in one masterpiece?!?
Happy Holidays from Art Haven!


Local Resident Bo Cleary, Fitness Coach to Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale of "The Fighter"

Local Resident Bo Cleary, Fitness Coach to Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale of "The Fighter," Premiers Fitness Video Series On Taste of the Times

In this first video demonstration, “Mitt Fitness,” Bo shows his training approach on how to use boxing to get in shape. Bo coached Mark and Christian before and during the filming of their latest movie, The Fighter, opening nationwide today. It has already received 6 Golden Globe nominations. In the movie, released today, December 17, 2010, Bo plays a policeman who breaks the hand of the main character played by Mark Wahlberg. The movie is based on the true story about the unlikely boxing champion from Lowell, Micky Ward.

Bo, currently living in Cape Ann, says that he has seen the movie and liked it a lot, and not just because he is in it. “It has a lot of drama, great acting by Mark as well as Christian Bale, who plays Micky Ward’s brother, Dicky Eklund. Besides that, it is a true story that happened right in our area.”

In this first video, Bo suggests starting in front of your mirror, moving your hands back and forth like a boxer does to train for a fight.

Click the picture to view Bo’s video At The Gloucester Daily Times-


Zach White Earns 5- Pound Gummy Bear For Community Service


Congratulations to Zach White of the YMCA TEEN LEADERS CLUB!  Zach led all club-members in performing the greatest amount of documented community-service volunteer time during just the month of November with more than 38 hours and earned himself this 5-pound Gummy Bear.  Since September, this group of dedicated YMCA teens have so far contributed more than 750 hours of volunteer community-service to various organizations and events on Cape Ann.  For more information about the YMCA Teen Leaders Club, or other opportunities for local teens, please contact Rick Doucette at 978-283-0470 or vist www.cayteenandcamp.org.


Deb Clarke Art Reception Rescheduled! This Sunday 12/19/2010

Deb Clarkes Art Show Reception is Rescheduled for this Sunday 12/19/2010

Deb’s Art Show and Sale is now open to the Public.

it’s located at;

The Random Arts Gallery on Lexington Ave. in Beautiful Magnolia!

Check out the Box of Paintings she has that you can pick one out for FREE!

3pm-5pm Wine and Cheese will be served.

Took this flash pic before I left the gallery Sunday. It is a tight space, jam-packed with work. This is one small section. There is a lot more.

The reception sunday was a washout. Pelting cold rain and wind. David and I drank some wine and ate a lot of cheese/crackers. My friend Paul Frontiero from http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com stopped by, took some pictures and David bent his ear for a bit.

Reception Redux next Sunday 3-5.


ALSO, DEB HAS A BOX OF PAINTINGS THAT YOU CAN BROWSE AND PICK OUT ONE FOR FREE! I grabbed a beauty Last Sunday and it’s Hanging on my Wall right now. IF IT’S FREE IT’S FOR ME!


Did you know That there is a Terminal Moraine at Dogtown Square?

Ejay Khan Writes-

Did you know

That there is a Terminal Moraine at Dogtown Square?  A terminal moraine, also called end moraine, is a moraine that forms at the end of the glacier, called the snout. Terminal moraines mark the maximum advance of the glacier. A moraine is any glacially formed accumulation of unconsolidated glacial debris (soil and rock). Moraines may be composed of debris ranging in size from silt-sized glacial flour to large boulders. The debris is typically sub-angular to rounded in shape.  In other words, this is a pile of glacier poop.


Khan Studio

Weekend Picks From Your Boy Joey and The North Shore Bloggers Consortium

#1 Pick-

A Winter Carnival Gloucester Block Party!


Friday Dec 17th-

Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops Presents HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

Ian McColl’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Saturday Dec 18th-

Gloucester’s Sea Serpent Author Book Signing At Cape Ann Museum Dec 18th

Free Screening Of Christmas Movie Filmed and Set In Rockport At Rockport Music Sat Dec 18th

Things To Do- Giuseppe’s Holiday Bash and Caroling With Joe Saturday and Sunday

Sunday Dec 19th-

Deb Clarke’s Art Show and Opening Reception

Cape Ann Animal Aid Holiday Open House Sunday, December 19th Pet Of The Week

North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks-

Here are the picks from my fellow bloggers in the North Shore Blogger Consortium


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.


Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought


Weekend Picks from North Shore Kid here