Monthly Archives: July 2016

HOW TO QUICKLY TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SNOWY EGRET AND A GREAT EGRET

Often asked this question, I thought it would be helpful to post the answer again, especially as at this time of year when we see numerous numbers foraging in our marshes and along the shore. Both species of birds breed on Cape Ann and the coast of Massachusetts.

Snowy Egret Egretta thula -2 copyright Kim SmithThe first clue is size. Snowy Egrets are small, about the size of the Mallard Duck. Remember the letter S for small and snowy. Great Egrets are much larger, nearly identical in size to that of the Great Blue Heron.

Great Egret Ardea alba copyright Kim SmithGreat Egret (Ardea alba)

Great Egrets have  black feet and yellow bills. Snowy Egrets have reverse coloring, yellow feet and black bills.

Great Egrets stand very still while fishing. Snowy Egrets are wonderfully animated when foraging; they run quickly, walk determinedly, fly, and swish their feet around to stir up fish.Snowy Egret Egretta thula copyright Kim Smith

Tough Getting into Gloucester right about now!

FYI….traffic is blocked from the rotary all the way over the bridge, past lobster land, past Sudbay, to the route 133 exit. Not moving. It looked like there was a tow truck at the very beginning of it all picking up a car. Slooooow Going!

This Weekend in the Arts

New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods

A conversation with architects Deborah Epstein and Maryann Thompson.

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Visitors in the Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum, 2016.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods, the second lecture in its Design/Build lecture series. Join, Deborah Epstein (Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc.), one of the lead architects for the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, and Maryann Thompson (Maryann Thompson Architects), architect for the modern rebuild of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, for an evening reception and conversation on Thursday, July 7. The reception will begin at 6:00p.m. in the Design/Build exhibition gallery, followed by the lecture at 7:00p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium.

Epstein and Thompson will speak about the process each firm went through and the challenges they faced in the design and construction of new public buildings in an old New England community. This lecture is part of a series offered in conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s exhibition: Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, on view from June 4, 2016 to October 9, 2016.

Member cost is $10 per lecture / $25 for the series; Non-member cost is $15 per lecture / $40 for the series. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org.

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.

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NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION HOSTS GLOUCESTER’S MARINE CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATION, OCEAN ALLIANCE,

for an inspiring performance/presentation by Ocean Alliance founder Dr. Roger Payne and his wife, noted British actress Lisa Harrow: “Sea Change – Reversing the Tide.”  Payne and Harrow, in a dynamic reading and visual presentation share their experiences/ information about the challenges of conserving our oceans and whale populations around the world.

Thursday, July 7, 7 – 8PM.  Open and free to the public.

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Sacred Nature:  A Journey of Spirit – Conomo Point
An Architectural Installation of Photographs and Stained Glass by Hilary Harrison

July 7 through July 31, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 4-6 PM

Artist Talk and Invitation: Come and Tell Your Story of Conomo Point: July 17, 4-6 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

“Sacred Nature: A Journey of Spirit – Conomo Point” is open at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on July 7 through July 31,2016. The exhibit features an architectural installation of stunning photographic images and vibrant stained glass creations by visionary artist and artisan Hilary Harrison. The focal point is Conomo Point in Essex, Massachusetts, a place where the tidal waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean meet the salty marshlands of Essex and Gloucester. Through the eyes of love a story emerges relating to nature. The journey begins with an invitation to come into the center to experience and contemplate the vast beauty of nature in its sacred expression.

Experience through the center of being … the Heart, resurrecting devotions to nature that are timeless, timely, and eternal. Stories permeate past, present, and future into one sacred and eternal moment through each untouched photograph. Honor the light, color, and experience of our being, sacred as music through the soul.  Witness the beauty and sacredness of nature, the exhibition of photographs and stained glass reflects the sanctuary of Mother Nature brought alive by the artist.

“Our experience is reflected in nature, and nature is reflected within us. We are the thread that binds heaven and earth. ”   Hilary Harrison

“Sacred Nature: A journey of Spirit – Conomo Point” open at the Cultural Center Gallery on July 7 through July 31, 2016. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, July 9, from 4-6 PM.  An artist talk will be given on Sunday, July 17 at 4-6 pm with an invitation for stories of Conomo Point.

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Floating Lotus Welcomes Esthema a Boston-based ensemble composed of virtuoso musicians that defy musical boundaries, Angel Romero of Progressive Rock Central (Sept 2014).  A progressive music ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz-fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and Turkish fusion. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures. This is Esthema’s debut performance at Lotus. We hope you can join us at an incredible space! Much Love!

Tickets here:http://www.floatinglotus.net/products/esthema-floating-lotus-world-music-series

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8th ANNUAL REGGAE BASHMENT ON HIGH SEAS BOAT CRUISE JULY 30

image1SATURDAY JULY 30 2016 LIVE N DIRECT FROM 7 Seas WHARF
63 Rogers St
Gloucester Ma 01930

WITH DJ’S LION PRIDE SOUND(Renegade Red, Jah Vision, & Jah Red) on the 1’s and 2’s. Spinning strictly the best in Reggae ,Roots,Rockers,Ska,Lovers and Dancehall. Please join us for a magical evening on the water of dancing,entertainment and fun!
BOAT BOARDING AT 6 PM BOAT LEAVES AT 7 PM SHARP!!
7-11 PM
$20
CASH BAR ON BOARD!!!
BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE
or contact Lara 603 759 6487 for cash sales and info
limited amount of tickets this event, so don’t miss out
21+
CASH BAR ON BOARD!!!!
We all look forward to another great night! Thanks to all for your support
the 7 Seas Wharf is right next to the Gloucester House Resturant and across the street from the Citizens Bank on the water!!! There is a Huge 7 seas Wharf sign on Rogers St ..

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