Charters for Sail Boston -Tall Ships Event

Charters for Sail Boston –Tall Ships Event

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Many of our on-the-water attractions are offering charters for the Sail Boston Event in June.  See below for details and links to book your charter today!

Beauport Hotel Fiesta Special! 

MR. SWAN CAPTURE UPDATE

Despite repeated attempts by Boston Animal Rescue League workers Bill Tanguay and Mark Vogel to capture Cape Ann’s beloved swan, Mr. Swan escaped.

The day began a little after 6:00am when the Friends of Mr. Swan convened at Henry’s Pond to strategize on how to manage and understand the mysterious notice posted at the pond, which read, “Please don’t feed swan. He is being rescued on Tuesday.” The Friends of Mr. Swan are a group of people who feed and monitor Mr. Swan on a daily basis throughout the year and they include Skip Hadden, Lois, Serena, Skip and Joel Monroe, Lyn Fonzo, Elaine Somers, and myself. The news had spread quickly amongst the group about the scheduled rescue. Mr. Swan’s left foot appears to be sprained or in some way injured at the ankle (possible snapping turtle bite) but we had taken the tactic of allowing the foot to hopefully heal on its own. Wildlife capture can lead to euthanasia and that is truly the last diagnosis any of us would want for Mr. Swan (also known as Buddy, Poppa Swan, Old Blue Eyes, and Papa Swan).

Lois and her Buddy

Mr. Swan is at least 27 years old, has outlived two mates, and fathered many cygnets. With his beautiful blue eyes and pure white cygnet offspring, Mr. Swan is a rare form of Mute Swan (Cygnus immutabilis), thought to originate from the Baltic Sea region. All these many years that he has called Cape Ann home Mr. Swan has brought joy and happiness to countless people, especially to young children. At this point, he is not showing outward signs of physical pain, he is feeding and drinking, and maintaining his feathers (preening). We hope with all our hearts that his foot will heal but believe that if it his time to go, he should be permitted to live out his remaining days in his own neighborhood with his community of friends.

Lyn and her Poppa

The Friends agreed to take turns watching for the ARL workers. Our objective was to speak with them to learn more about the specifics of the capture and how it would impact Mr. Swan’s overall health, what would be the various courses of action based upon veterinary examination, if we could determine the outcome with covering his medical bills, and to insure that Mr. Swan be returned to Cape Ann, if he did have to undergo rehabilitation.

ARL’s Bill and Mark arrived at around noon. We discussed the various options and were assured that as Mr. Swan is a community “pet,” with plenty of friends to look out for him, he would less likely be euthanized.

Coaxing Mr. Swan to the pond’s edge was easy when offered some favorite foods, but getting him to walk onshore was another story.  Out came the kayaks, where Mr. Swan led Bill and Mark on a wild swan chase back and forth from one end of the pond to the other. He skillfully led the workers through the thick reeds of phragmites, where he has a secret nest and many avenues of escape. At one point it appeared as though Mark had captured him with the swan-sized net, but he wriggled out and bolted free. We could see Mr. Swan panting and visibly tiring and at that point he slipped deep, deep into the reeds and was not seen again. We all came to the mutual decision that it was best not to continue as Mr. Swan was clearly super stressed and exhausted.

Nearly captured!

Super stressed and panting

Final slip into the reeds.

Bill, Mark, and the Friends decided that the logical course of action is to continue to monitor Mr. Swan on a daily basis. If his condition worsens we will at that time call the ARL. In the meantime, we are urging everyone to please follow these simple guidelines in helping Mr. Swan on his road to recovery.

  1. A healthy diet while healing is critically important. He should only be fed cracked or whole corn. Additionally, chopped lettuce or grass cuttings can be offered along with the corn. PLEASE NO JUNK FOOD, which includes bread, chips, and every other kind of processed food snack.
  2. Please do not bring your pooch to the shoreline where Mr. Swan is resting. Dogs, especially bird chasing dogs, create a great deal of stress for swans.
  3. If you see Mr. Swan in any kind of distress please contact any one of the Friends of Mr. Swan or email me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!


You can’t miss the Red-winged Blackbirds at the pond and they love cracked and whole corn, too.

Awesome City DPW work on Maplewood!

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What’s happening on Maplewood? Much of it is underground. Orchestrated crews are working on a huge project in a neighborhood that has been neglected for some time.

FAST STATS

Status: in progress

The work includes 4000 feet road resurfacing (July) and nearly 5000 feet of new sidewalk (both sides). DPW is working to make improvements to utilities as well: all new water services, a series of valves and some drain work. “National Grid is also replacing some aging gas mains and services.” 
Progress June 2017: nearing finish line
Project start: partial sidewalk begun last year
Funding Awarded: FY2017-18

  • from State: Balance of about $600,000K Chapter 90 funds
  • from City: $100,000K from CDBG and Community Development

Contract completion: part of City’s annual paving bid and on schedule.
Locations: downtown Maplewood Avenue. This work dovetails with larger water work “bid and awarded to Granese of Salem. They worked on…

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Awesome City DPW work on Maplewood

What’s happening on Maplewood? Much of it is underground. Orchestrated crews are working on a huge project in a neighborhood that has been neglected for some time.

FAST STATS

Status: in progress

The work includes 4000 feet road resurfacing (July) and nearly 5000 feet of new sidewalk (both sides). DPW is working to make improvements to utilities as well: all new water services, a series of valves and some drain work. “National Grid is also replacing some aging gas mains and services.” 
Progress June 2017: nearing finish line
Project start: partial sidewalk begun last year
Funding Awarded: FY2017-18

  • from State: Balance of about $600,000K Chapter 90 funds
  • from City: $100,000K from CDBG and Community Development

Contract completion: part of City’s annual paving bid and on schedule.
Locations: downtown Maplewood Avenue. This work dovetails with larger water work “bid and awarded to Granese of Salem. They worked on the right hand side of Washington Street all spring (Riverside, Gloucester Ave, Whittemore and now moving to Grove and Derby see photo today) cleaning and lining water mains.”
Priority: Top Level! Mayor’s Office considers infrastructure and safety improvements a priority and walkability adding into quality of life benefits for residents, visitors and economy.
Upcoming streetscape work– Middle Street

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GAS LINES

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DRAINS

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WATER

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Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company performs at Windhover

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Windhover Season Opens with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Performance of signature dances as well as “lost” work among highlights

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Windhover is proud to announce the annual performing arts season begins with a bang when the internationally renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company takes up residence starting on Tuesday, June 27 until Sunday, July 2, 2017. The company of six dancers will be teaching master classes, culminating in three public performances scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 30 at 7:30 and Saturday, July 1, at 7:30pm. The performances will be on the outdoor stage if weather allows. Otherwise they will be performed inside the back studio, and it will be first come first-served with limited space. No tickets are required, but a suggested donation of $20 is greatly appreciated.

The PERFORMANCE schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 29 & Friday June 30th at 7:30pm

Ina Hahn’s choreography to two sections of Bach’s cello suite no.6 performed live by cellist Josh Gordon. The piece is titled: “Fragments of Six”. Sharing the program is Paul Taylor’s work titled “Junction” performed to Bach’s cello suites no.1 & 4.

“Tracer” is the last piece on the program. It was a lost work created by Paul Taylor in 1962 that disappeared from the repertory. The work was reconstructed last year and performed at the 92nd St Y in New York.  It involved a collaboration between the late renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Paul Taylor. Art historian Robert Saltonstall Mattison will provide insights into this collaborative process with an introductory talk beforehand.

Saturday July 1st: at 7:30pm

An all-out Paul Taylor program with masterpieces that include “Company B” with songs sung by the Andrew Sisters. The “Uncommitted”, with music by Arvo Pärt is from 2011. And “Junction” performed to sections of Bach’s cello suites no. 1 & 4 which is a link to Ina Hahn and her choreography, as both choreographers used J.S. Bach’s music as their inspiration for their dances.

MASTERCLASSES:

Open to the public to all ages and all levels are SIX masterclasses taught by company members from the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Donations are welcome. The schedule of classes is as follows, taught in the back dance studio at Windhover.

Wednesday, June 28th

9:30-11:00 am: General class level, all ages.

4:00-5:15 pm: Beginner class

5:30-7:00 pm: Intermediate class

Thursday, June 29th:

9:30-11:00am General class level, all ages.

Friday, June 30th:

9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

Saturday July 1st:

9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

For further information, please contact Executive Director, Lisa Hahn at
Lhahn@art-horizons.com or by phone at 978-546-3611.

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new City lights coming to Main Street

So long 6 silver aluminum lights on Main Street. The industrial street lamps are being replaced later this month with the same design as the ones installed on the Boulevard.

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Eventually DPW will replace the Main Street period lights, too. This one has earned a distinction of most odd one out for a while!

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The replacement of Roger Street lights will be scheduled sometime even further out.

Calling out to vendors for the Magnolia Library Art Show

Greetings,
The Magnolia Art Show is turning 40! We are hoping you will be joining us again this year for the 40th annual Magnolia Art Show. Registration is easy on eventBrite.com. Here is the link:

http://MagnoliaArtShow2017.eventBrite.com

 

The Magnolia Library and Community Center’s 40th Annual Art Show will be held on the weekend of July 14th-16th, 2017. The event takes place at 1 Lexington Ave. in the Magnolia section of Gloucester, MA. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Magnolia Library and Community Center and participating artists.
Works from artists throughout the North Shore will be on display and for sale. Unframed bin work will also be available for sale. This event is professionally judged, and visitors to the show vote for a people’s choice award.
This well-attended event starts with a champagne reception (all welcome) on Friday July 14th 7:00-9:00 p.m. The show continues on Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This event is open to the public and free to attend. All artwork is for sale.
ARTISTS: Registration is now open. Use Event Brite (https://MagnoliaArtShow2017.eventBrite.com) for faster and easier registration. There is a mail in registration form in the Artist Packet should you be unable to register online, starting May 28th. Packets may be picked up at the Librarian’s Desk in the Library or outside the library entrance on Lexington Ave. Click here to download the Artist Packet with registration form and Instructions.

Bill Gleason joins Fly Amero this Wednesday @ The Rhumb Line June 14 7pm

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, June 14th – 7pm
Special Guest: BILL GLEASON!

Bill Gleason brings us the straight and natural American folk
blues in its truest form. From Michigan to Alaska to Japan,
and so many places in between… we don’t really know how
he found his way to Gloucester, we’re just glad he did. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
6/21 – Quentin Callewaert

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Katrina’s $1,000 Dollar Singer Songwriter Challenge Tonight 6.13.2017

Tonight, 8 singer-songwriters perform for the last chance to advance to next week’s $1,000 FINALS. We have a full lineup and 3 great judges, so join us for the best Tuesday night of live music north of Nashville. Reservations are gladly accepted for those planning to enjoy dinner from Katrina’s all new menu – call (978) 515-7817. The show starts at 7:30pm.

 

Week Six (last week performers)

Another week of nonstop talent. One of the performers (guess who) sounded just like an angelic being, no joke.
Next week is the 7th one (challenge) and all of the players that won first place go to the finals on June 20th. I would not miss this one for the world.

This week’s lineup went as follows:
$1,000 Singer – Songwriter Challenge: Week 6 Tuesday, June 6th
7:30 Introductions
7:40 Rick Richter & Chris Florio
8:00pm: Steve Caraway
8:20pm: Calvin Lamothe
8:40pm Dylan Chane
9:00pm: Edenville
9:20pm: Melody Mathews
9:40pm: Open
10:00pm: Sarah Schuyler
1:30pm: Announcement of Finalist

Judges: Susan Coviello, Brian Alex and Brian King

1st Place: Calvin Lamothe
2nd Place:Steve Caraway
3rd Place a tie: Edenville & Melody Mathews.
Awesome night, Chris Langathianos & Katrina’s…

 

Unique Gift for Fathers That LOVE to Golf

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Father’s Day is almost here. Looking for a Gift for the Special Men in Your Life that LOVE to GOLF?!?

For a Really Unique Gift …

‘Hypnotherapy Session for Improved Golf.’   

Golf Swing DTW AD Improve Your Game With Hypnosis

Hypnosis to Improve Your Golf Game – Recent study shows that “hypnosis may positively control emotions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11219648

Hypnosis can help you feel more relaxed, confident and in control, in golf as well as other aspects of your life. 

Golf is a Mental Game– Relax, Visualize, Believe and SUCCEED!

This hypnotherapy program from Dreamtime Wellness™ is for golfers that want to:

  • Feel more comfortable on the course,
  • Improve scores,
  • Lower handicaps,
  • Relax, and have More FUN!

Discounted Gift Certificates Available Through Saturday, June 17th. To Order – Call 978-283-4258 or Email: info@DreamtimeWellness.com. Gift Certificates can be sent via email for faster delivery. Contact us for details.

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St. Peter’s Novena – Night 1

The unofficial start of the Fiesta began with the first night of the Novena to St. Peter.  This year after 40 years of leading the Novena ladies in prayer and her dedication to the St. Peter’s Fiesta, Rosie Verga passed the torch on to Jeannie Linquata who, along with Caryn Ryder, Ann Sanfilippo, Faye Quinlan, Grace Cusamano and Nancy Millifoglie has been preparing the altar for the last 5 years with the most beautiful, creative altar designs.   This year’s Novena is dedicated to the 100th year of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima where Our Lady appeared before the 3 small children and asked them to “Recite the rosary every day to obtain the peace for the world and the end of the war.” And then disappeared.  (Click here to read the full story of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima).  

2017 St. Peter’s Altar
Faye Quinlan, Jeanne Linquata, Ann Sanfilippo, Caryn Ryder and Grace Cusamano
Sara Favazza with the Statue her Dad, Capt. Salvatore Favazza, commissioned the statue in 1927 and is among the founders of Fiesta.
St. Peter’s Fiesta is celebrating its 90th year

 

 

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Tailgating on the Boulevard

My dad will be out of town for the day on Father’s Day and we wanted to be sure to gather together to celebrate him before the day came and went.  With the three grandsons all incredibly busy and the grown-ups in the family having the nerve to occasionally have plans on their own, the best we could all pull off was two hours on Saturday morning.  Knowing full well that if we met for breakfast, he’d just end up picking up the tab, we decided to meet on the boulevard for breakfast and bocce ball.

So fun.  We had a little breakfast tailgate and the boys teamed up with “Grampy” to show off their mad bocce skills (kind of).  Later they did some beach combing and threw the football around….all while we ate granola, drank coffee, and enjoyed the breeze.

Good stuff.  Happy Father’s Day, Dad! xoxo

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World Class Yoga Teacher Returns to Gloucester

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NICKI DOANE

Devotion to yoga and the desire to share with and give back to the world are what motivate the teaching of Maya Yoga with Nicki Doane. Yoga is spirit in action, and as Nicki teaches, she inspires people to find a place of spirit inside themselves, recognizing the profound connection between the self and spirit.
Nicki has been studying yoga in India for years and has been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar. Her unique approach to Vinyasa yoga strengthens all aspects of your being through dynamic structural alignment, conscious breathing, and practical yogic philosophy; helping students find the deeper life of yoga. Nicki strives to teach each student that yoga is about being fully present in the moment and discovering that we are truly all One: One Love, One People, One Heart, One Destination – Our Higher Self.

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Join Us at the League of Women Voters Meeting!

Cape Ann Community

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7 pm at the Rockport Police Station

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Interested in Voting Rights? Voter Education?

Then join us at our next meeting!

Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League has worked to foster civic engagement and enhance access to the vote since our organization was founded in 1920.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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