Local Team-building Opportunities:LAVIDA AT GORDON COLLEGE!

Great opportunity for schools, local businesses and other groups. Team building provides fun and engaging ways for groups to get to know one another and learn how to work and problem solve together. During the challenge course activities, participants experience the power of encouragement and practice facing challenges, testing limits, developing confidence and learning to trust. www.gordon.edu/adventurepursuits

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THE GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVER PAIR ARE STRUGGLING AND NEED OUR HELP

Good Morning Papa Plover!

Over the past several weeks, five Piping Plovers battling over nesting turf have been observed at Good Harbor Beach, from the creek end of the beach, all the way to the entrance by the Good Harbor Beach Inn. In the past three days, there hasn’t been activity in the roped off area nearer the GHB Inn. It appears only one pair has decided to call GHB their home for the summer and they seem to be zeroing in on the cordoned off area by boardwalk #3, same as last year.

Unfortunately, the “Party Rock,” the large exposed rock up by the wrack line, is this year not in the roped off area; the roping comes just short of enclosing the “Rock.” The past few evenings, even before the heat wave, folks have been setting up their hibachis, behind the rock, abutting the restricted area. This morning there were a group of six sleeping next to the rock. Needless to say, our Plover pair was super stressed. Early morning is when they typically mate and lay eggs, and neither are happening under duress.

Papa wants to mate with Mama, but she is too stressed.

Here are just a few things we can do to help the Plovers. Please write and let us know your ideas and suggestions, they are so very much appreciated. It would be terrific to put together all the suggestions to present to Mayor Sefatia and Chirs. Thank you!

  1. Post a No Dog sign at the footbridge. I think this is critically important.
  2. Post signs at entrances to the beach to help educate folks about the Piping Plovers, why respecting the restricted area is so important, and why removing trash is equally as vital to the survival of the plovers.
  3. Additionally, I would love to make a brochure about the Piping Plover life cycle that we could hand out to visitors at the parking entrance. Though when I suggested that idea to a friend, he thought the brochures may end up littering the beach. What do you think?
  4. Fix the fencing around the dunes. As it stands now, the rusty old fencing is nearly buried in the sand and actually dangerously invites tripping. If the fences were mended and signs posted about the fragility of the dunes, folks would stop cutting through the dunes to go to and from the parking lot. Right now, they are walking through the restricted area to access the dune trail. Visitors may also want to know that the grass and shrubby growth on that trail is teeming with ticks, another reason to keep off the dunes.
  5. If folks are setting up a cookout or planning a sleepover next to the nesting area (especially near the party rock), gently explain why it would be best to move further down the beach, away from the restricted area.

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I would be happy to meet anyone at Good Harbor Beach to show exactly what are the issues. Dave Rimmer from Essex Greenbelt mentioned that in other communities where Piping Plovers have nested on very busy beaches, a network of Piping Plover babysitters was established to help the chicks survive on the busiest of beach days. If we are so fortunate as to have chicks, I would love to get together a group of “Piping Plover Babysitters.”Good Harbor Beach sunrise

Hudson Gallery – Interactive Show

Interactive Art Exhibit by Donna and MJ Caselden, mother and son talent, at Hudson Gallery located at 120 Main Street. 

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Essex Heritage Announces 2017 Partnership Grant Winners|including 4 Gloucester

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From their release:

20 Grants Awarded to Local Organizations

 May 18, 2017 – The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage), in keeping with its long tradition of supporting the region’s unique cultural heritage, announced the 2017 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program recipients at the Commission’s spring meeting in Methuen on May 18. Over the next year, the 20 grant recipients will be working to implement a diverse range of educational, interpretive, and preservation projects throughout Boston’s North Shore and the Merrimack Valley.

“We recognize the importance of supporting local organizations and we are proud that we are able to award twenty partnership grants again this year” said Annie Harris, Essex Heritage CEO, “Over the 19-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County – and we know that this seed money greatly impacts the region by leveraging more investments in the Essex National Heritage Area.”

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The Cape Ann YMCA is partnering with Maritime Gloucester and others to pilot Maritime Discovery Camp, a six-week summer youth program. Based on Gloucester’s historic working waterfront, the program will inspire learning, leadership and personal growth through sailing activities, marine science and maritime heritage explorations, both on and off the water. Approximately 120 campers ages 8 to 13 will participate in the hands-on experiences. Funding from the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program will enable the Cape Ann Y to provide scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth who could not otherwise afford to attend camp.

Manship Artists Residence and Studios

Best known for his Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Center, sculptor Paul Manship developed a 15-acre site for his home and studio in the Gloucester village of Lanesville. Purchased in 1944, the property includes two relocated 19th-century buildings, a culturally significant landscape, and two water-filled quarries. The property and its occupants were central figures in Lanesville’s well-known art colony. The grant project entails the engagement of specialists who will document the site’s existing conditions and research its history. The resulting information will be incorporated into the group’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places and a master plan for the creation of a culture center with an artist residency program.

Rocky Neck Art Colony

Since its rollout in 2008, the Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail has become an unparalleled interpretive tool for researchers and visitors seeking to experience Rocky Neck’s rich cultural heritage. Over the years, the art trail has served to further the Colony’s mission, foster the economic and cultural vitality of the Rocky Neck community, and undoubtedly helped Rocky Neck become one of the earliest state-designated cultural districts in the Commonwealth. Recognizing the need to remain relevant in 2017 and beyond, the Colony is using its Essex Heritage grant to make significant updates to its Art Trail materials, including a redesigned map and new racks cards.

Sargent House Association

Prominently situated in downtown Gloucester, the Sargent House was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray, a celebrated philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women’s equality. The house contains an exceptional collection of 18th and 19th century furniture, objects and documents. Last year’s annual inspection revealed that a number of the building’s cedar roofing shingles had fallen off due to corroded nail heads – a growing problem within the New England historic house community. The all-volunteer association, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will use its Essex Heritage grant to restore the most compromised sections of the roof.

 

This Weekend in the Arts

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts.

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M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.

Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives, M1D is a festival with something for everyone.

Click here for more Information.

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seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! 2017 Fall Benefit to be Served Up on May 20

Art lovers and foodies to celebrate with wine, food and music at Bass Rocks Golf Club to benefit the Cape Ann arts community

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seARTS will hold its 2017 Spring Benefit on May 20 at the Bass Rocks Golf Club, serving up an evening of wine, food and music to support the organization’s efforts on behalf of the region’s arts community.

Guests of seARTS Uncorked – The Art of Food & Wine Pairing! will be treated to a sampling of food & wine pairings led by Nick DiFazio of M.S. Walker. seARTS is particularly thrilled to welcome DAY JOB, a high energy dance band that has been getting crowds on Cape Ann on their feet for over 10 years. This versatile seven-piece band covers hit songs from every decade from the 1960’s to current day hits. Great combinations of guitars, keyboard, sax and vocal harmonies. Bring your dancing shoes because the energy is infectious and the music will keep you on the dance floor all night long!

 Bass Rocks Golf Club, home of the seARTS Art Loan program since 2008, will host seARTS Uncorked.

 Tickets for seARTS Uncorked are $85. Seating is limited, so seARTS encourages guests to purchase tickets now at Eventbrite. Or visit Eventbrite.com and search for seARTS Uncorked.

About seARTS

seARTS is a coalition focused on cultivating Cape Ann’s position as a world-class center for working artists. Established in 2000, seARTS is working to help to transform the region’s economy by bridging its maritime heritage and a future powered by the arts. For more information on seARTS, visit www.searts.org.

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ROCKPORT MUSIC HOSTS BENEFIT CONCERT TO SUPPORT DYNAMIC Rockport Cultural District. SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY CAPE ANN’S OWN Cape Ann Big Band! Sunday, May 21, 7 PM. Tickets may be purchased at rockportmusic.org

Cape-Ann-Big-Band-413.jpgAn exciting mix of jazz, soul, big band and rock n’ roll, this much loved North Shore based 17 piece band will perform swing favorites featuring singing performances by Nathan Seavey, Amy Rich, John Rockwell, Mari Martin and special guest Kiva Trumbour. Cape Ann Big Band entertains to delight and engage audiences with its special fusion of the contemporary and nostalgic.

A portion of the funds raised by this performance will support the marketing and promotion of the Rockport Cultural District.

A quintessentially New England seacoast village, Rockport’s rugged shores, hidden coves, and charming lanes have inspired legendary artists like Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam and Edward Hopper. Taken by the art colony’s culture of kindness and hospitality, they returned year after year. Its burgeoning arts and culture community, combined with the warmth of its townspeople continues to draw artists and art lovers from around the world, reflecting Rockport’s unique place in the cultural history of Cape Ann.

In 2012 the Massachusetts Cultural Council honored Rockport with formal recognition as a State Cultural District. This designation has provided the opportunity for increased partnership between the Town of Rockport, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Rockport Art Colony Galleries, Rockport Music, various festival groups, community volunteers, local businesses and arts advocates to market and promote Rockport as a cultural travel and tourism destination.

When asked why the Rockport Cultural District is important, Tony Beadle, Executive Director of Rockport Music states, “The RCD is well situated to be a facilitator of tourism, promoting cultural events and quality of life.”

Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of the Rockport Cultural District shares, “The Cultural District is an important bridge organization building stronger relationships between community stakeholders in an increasingly competitive coastal tourism market. Without the significant budgets of competing destinations, we need to leverage limited resources to be sure that potential visitors find their way to Rockport.”

The RCD publishes a “This Week in Rockport” guide and offers free Cultural District Walking Tours beginning Memorial Day weekend. Working closely with the Rockport Art Colony Galleries, the RCD also manages rockportart colony.com

For more information please contact: Sue Koehler-Arsenault, Chairperson of Rockport Cultural District, rockportculturaldistrict@gmail.com.

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Mr. Johnny “Bluehorn” Morricone tonight @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 5.18.2017

 

Our Mexican Wall-Building Cheese Fest Fundraiser with Celebrity Chef K.C. Diaz is scheduled for  this Thursday at the Rhumb Line. To celebrate, you’re gonna have to listen and dance to the finest tootlin’ trumpeter and hemogoblin I know. And that’s Mr. Johnny “Bluehorn” Morricone.

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I know, I know, he was just here a month ago, making up for a snow day last winter, but this cat is the coolest cat that is what am, and you gotta love him!. Helping out will be “Big Jack” Ward on gootar and vocals and the new sprout from California, Mr. Mike Clark, on drummps. No, not that Mike Clark, you Byrds fans. Showtime 8:30.

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Fabulous coach Armando Marnoto announces Summer Soccer Camp schedule

See below for Armando Marnoto Cape Ann Summer Soccer Camp: email abmarnoto@gmail.com to receive the registration form

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Age Group Recommended Ages Practice Days Practice Times Cost

Lil Kickers 3.5 to 5 Years old Fridays 5-6p.m. $100.00

U-6’s 5 to 6 Years old Mondays/Wednesdays 5-6:15 p.m. $125.00

U-8’s 6.5 to 8 Years old Mondays/Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:30 p.m. $150.00

U-10’s 8.5 to 10 Years old Tuesdays/Thursdays 5-6:15 p.m. $175.00

U-12’s 10.5 to 12 Years old Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:15-7:30 p.m. $200.00

U-14’s 12.5 to 14 Years old Fridays 6-7:30 p.m. $125.00

This Armando post and a Good Harbor Beach walk at low tide reminded me about

beach soccer JUN10 2017 The New England Beach Soccer Cup

and can we get portable, safe Soccer goals for the beaches and Burnham’s Field?DIY PVC?

 

Digestion = Agni

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Through the lens of Ayurveda we are what we “digest” not what we eat.

If we don’t digest our food we start to form “Ama”. Ama is a Sanskrit word, which literally means undigested or uncooked. The first stage of disease is also sometimes called Ama “toxins”.

Ayurveda also explains another entity called “Agni”. This word literally means fire. But in this context it means digestive fire. As long as the digestive fire is strong, Ama cannot be formed in the body. Agni (digestive fire) helps to melt down and flush out Ama (toxins) from the body.

Weak Agni (digestive fire) becomes weak by eating out of one’s constitution (Vata, Pitta or Kapha), eating the same foods, overeating, drinking too much water with meals, staying up late, resisting the urge to eat and eating at irregular times.

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7 Seas Whale Watch adds a great preview for Sail Boston | Tall Ships Sunset Cruise June 16

From 7 Seas Whale Watch Reserve tickets online or by calling 978-283-1776

7 seasJoin us June 16th as we set sail to view the Tall Ships lined up outside of Boston harbor, in position for The Sail Boston Parade of Sail.

For the first time since 2000, the Tall Ships are visiting Boston! On the evening of June 16th the ships will be at anchor just outside Boston harbor awaiting the “Grand Parade of Sail” the next morning. This is your oppotunity to view these beautiful ships as they were meant to be: At sea! With any luck, you will also get to enjoy viewing the ships as they are illuminated by the brilliant colors of sunset which, thanks to the time of the year, isn’t until 8:23PM.This is a rare opportunity to peacefully view the Tall Ships away from the crowds and traffic jams of the city. So we hope you will join us for this special cruise to the Tall Ships in June!

  • Friday, June 16, 2017 ~ 7pm / Returning at 11pm
  • Departing from 7 Seas Wharf in Gloucester
  • $65 Per Person
  • Full Narration
  • Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres
  • Full Cash Bar & Galley
  • DJ will provide music & dancing on our open air top deck

 

Sunset behind the tall ships and Boston’s skyline could be a spectacular photo opportunity (weather permitting)

June 17 – June 22, 2017 – SailBoston17 Participating Ships

Joey’s post Check out the Tall Ships on five trips offered by the Cape Ann Whale Watch Hurricane reservations 

Calling all photographers: This may be the most famous photograph from the Tall Ships in Boston Harbor 1976. Can someone line up the Boston skyline and feature the Adventure during Sail Boston 2017?

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Nichole’s Picks 5/20 + 5/21

Pick #1: Motif No. 1 

Saturday May 20th 9:00-5:00

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About the festival

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport across the arts.

M1D honors the fishing shack, artist’s studio, and tourist attraction that started it all: an old building right on one of Rockport’s historic wharves, a building painted so often by artists at the turn of the last century that it was given the nickname Motif No.1.

Featuring film, poetry, dance, music, art-making activities, historical presentations and more, along with the Motif No.1 Day 5k and Fun Run, with proceeds to benefit Rockport Public Schools’ wellness initiatives, M1D is a festival with something for everyone.

Pick #2: Touch-A-Truck Day 

To Benefit the Fishtown Horribles Parade  | Gloucester High School | Sunday, May 21st from 9:00-2:00

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid