Happy Birthday to our Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover chicks! All four have made it to the one week birthday milestone and that is nothing short of a miracle (born Thursday morning, June 22). The volunteers are making a tremendous difference, the trash situation is being managed by the DPW and volunteers, and fewer dog owners are bringing their dogs to the beach. Thank you to everyone for taking such great care. If the PiPl can survive the first two weeks, their chance of survival increases exponentially.
This weekend is not only the fourth of July, but a heat wave is predicted. Volunteers are much needed on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, especially between the hours of 11:30 to 3:30. If you can spare some time and would like to spend an hour at Good Harbor Beach being a Piping Plover ambassador, please email Ken Whittaker at email@example.com.
Our East Gloucester neighborhood kids named the Piping Plover parents Papa Joe and Mama Joy. This year’s chicks hatched during Fiesta and an anonymous reader suggested we name the chicks Me chi, Samiou, Tutti, and Mutti. I kind of love that!
After first snuggling under Dad’s wing, the little seven-day old chick popped up and immediately began to scratch an itch. He scratched so hard that he knocked himself over. Then off he ran pell mell for a yummy breakfast of sand fleas.
Photos from the Fiesta Ferris wheel taken Thursday evening. Click the slideshow to see larger.
What a great take in at Maritime Gloucester. Papa and Nonnie took the kids to Maritime Gloucester on Tuesday. A terrific time had by all. For more information please click on the link below:
Notice the photo of the schooner, this photo that is hanging at Maritime Gloucester is one of FOB Len Burgess.
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A beautiful new store as arrived on 33 Main Street Gloucester, MA, the store is locally owned by Melissa Tarr. Beautiful wear.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
Can you spot a piping plover? Train your eyes to scan for movement–it’s the easiest way to spy the piping plover summer 2017 brood. They scuttle along dry seaweed patches back and forth to the wet sand and within the enclosure. Yesterday the baby chicks were still apt to topple over inside sand scallop depressions. Their future wings are visibly growing out. Now 1 week old, their sweet piping chirps are clearly audible. The parents are much easier to find. We’re lucky we can see the birds close up in Kim Smith’s gorgeous art.
Phone in hand? Share your Good Harbor Beach piping plover photos and observations! tag #Glostaplover and follow Gloucester Plover at https://twitter.com/Glostaplover
Volunteers are needed for shifts over the upcoming holiday weekend. Contact Ken firstname.lastname@example.org
Shifting skies Tuesday vs Wednesday
A little sunset therapy last night over at Annisquam which I have lovingly dubbed “Anni-squash-a-gnat” lol! Playing with my fisheye lens.
Pick #1: CATA Trolley Shuttle from Stage Fort Park
Such an easy, fun, and inexpensive ride to get around town AND, total bonus, to Good Harbor Beach, without having to pay to park! Get dropped off at the foot bridge as early as 10:17 and then the trolley comes back every hour up until 5:17 pm. Many other fun stops along the way. See below. Ummm….and an all day pass costs $3 with children under 5 Free. And, unless things have changed, if you are riding the trolley from Stage Fort Park, they allow you to park there for FREE. Total score.
SEASONAL DAYS OF OPERATION
10:00 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.
June 17 through September 4
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
including July 4th and Labor Day
One Way Fare: $1.00
All Day Pass: $3.00
Persons with Disabilities, Seniors
& Persons on Medicare $0.50
Children under 5 years FREE
Pick #2: Newburyport Americana Rhythm and Roots Festival
Free live music Saturday, July 1st at Waterfront Park in Newburyport
Saturday, July 1st
3:30 to 8 p.m.
Don’t miss Newburyport’s annual music celebration of America’s roots on July Fourth weekend. Bring the family to Newburyport’s central waterfront for a free concert featuring roots music including Marcia Ball, Nikki Hill, and the Lonely Heartstring Band, with opening act local, teen, guitar sensation Quentin Callewaert.
Event sponsorship gets you VIP seating with free snacks, beer and wine overlooking the event from the balcony of the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Click the button below to donate and reserve your VIP seating now.
Pick #3: Boston Harborfest 2017
Friday, June 30th – Tuesday, July 4th
With hundreds of activities over Independence Day weekend at Boston’s best landmarks, this family-friendly event is the country’s largest Fourth of July festival. Activities include the annual opening ceremony at Faneuil Hall, historical reenactments, Freedom Trail® walks, boat tours, live entertainment and much more!
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid.
They are an absolute no-brainer purchase. They emit a slightly warm hue that gives just enough light at night so you can walk around without flipping lights on or off (also allow me to pee in the toilet instead of guessing if it’s a straight shot into the bowl).
The are a small enough footprint that they allow you to still use the other plug in a two plug outlet. They only cost 30 cents to run for an entire year. They have a sensor that turns them off when there’s enough light that they aren’t needed. Totally ingenious, totally cheap, but they look really nice.
You can buy them on Amazon on sale now for $11.49 (normally $15.99) 28% savings
Here’s the link to purchase- Sycees 0.5W Plug-in LED Night Light Lamp with Dusk to Dawn Sensor, Warm White, 4-Pack
Here’s some shots from our house-