Celebrating day forty-two with our Good Harbor Beach Little Chick!
Our Little Chick had a great morning, feeding in the intertidal zone, resting and preening by the enclosure, and flying more than several times up and down the length of Good Harbor Beach. He is gaining confidence in his flying ability. And, too, he quickly moves out of the way of approaching danger. Little Chick didn’t associate much with the other species of birds feeding at the water’s edge until the mixed flock got spooked by a jogger and all took flight at once.
He only flew to the edge of the enclosure while the Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, and Semipalmated Sandpipers headed down to the private end of Good Harbor. Last year, about mid-August, migrating Piping Plovers began arriving at Good Harbor Beach, staying for varying lengths of time to forage and to rest. My greatest hope for our Little Chick is that he will find a flock of Piping Plovers (or they will find him) to join with before undertaking the long journey south.
Notice how Little Chicks flight feathers are gaining in length and strength. Everyday his bill looks more and more like an adults’s bill, too.
Little Chick showing off his primary and secondary flight feathers
Resting, Preening, and Piping, all on one leg!
Foraging at the tide pools at day break.
And at the intertidal zone later in the morning.
Sherman House reflection
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Boston Artist Heather Buechler will be exhibiting in Gloucester during the Sidewalk Bazaar. The pop up gallery will be open August 3-5thfrom 11am to 5pm at 137 Main St. Gloucester, MA.
Heather Buechler is a Boston based artist focusing specifically on the intersection between spirituality and the state of one’s mind and presence. Trained in Figurative Drawing and Fibers, Heather began to experiment with varied materials including resin, acrylics, cattle markers, and recycled house paints. At first glance her art appears to be merely abstract, but upon careful visual interaction with it one cannot help but feel the soothing peacefulness that emanates from the canvas. This feeling isn’t coincidental – it is intentionally crafted and it is the force behind her work. This visual interpretation of universal connectivity allows the viewer to lose themselves within the borders of the canvas.
Heather has been in solo and group shows and her work is held in private collections. Her art can be described as vibrant and expressive and her diverse body of work demonstrates a broad range of talent across mediums. Don’t miss your chance to see her work while it’s in Gloucester. Make sure to stop by 137 Main St.during the Sidewalk Bazaar to see the exhibit of this talented artist with unique artistic vision and love for color.
Ruth Worrall Demonstration
at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
Friday, August 4, 6-8pm
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck
53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Gallery hours, Sun – Thurs 10:00 AM-6:00 PM, Fri and Sat 10:00AM – 8:00 PM
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is sponsoring a series of artist demonstrations for the 2017 season. On Friday, August 4, potter Ruth Worrall will demonstrate the art of making saggarware pots. Ruth was born in Ecuador, where she first played with “mud” in her mother’s back yard. When she was sixteen, she moved to the USA. Ruth attended Salem State College, where she became mesmerized by clay. She continued to use the studio in exchange for helping as a part-time assistant after graduation. Although she is mostly self-taught, Ruth had one professor who emphasized the use of LESS clay to make lighter, taller pots. This lesson has stuck. When you pick up one of Ruth’s pieces, it is usually distinguished by a balance of solidity and delicacy.
Ruth has taught pottery to both children and adults, most recently at The Hive in Gloucester. In her own work, the focus is on utilitarian objects, mugs, bowls and vases. She makes stoneware, fired in an electric kiln, as well as saggarware, a firing technique that allows her to use found objects like crab claws, seaweed, oxides, and grasses, to make marks on her pots.
Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to rockyneckartcolony.org. See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
Sphere A performance/installation
Directed and choreographed by Sarah Slifer Swift
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Sphere, a 4-hour performance/installation, at the Cape Ann Museum’s White-Ellery House on Saturday, August 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The creative team for this piece is Sarah Slifer Swift, Director/Choreographer; Kristen Miller, Composer; Andrea Minicozzi, Filmmaker; and several dancers/performers. In this performance, Swift explores women’s social and political power through the lens of the historic White-Ellery House. Using movement, film and sound, the performers will examine the complexities of labor, value and respect, as they have been gained, lost or changed over time. The performance will be ongoing and visitors are invited to come and go as they please. Museum staff and volunteers will be available throughout the day to answer questions about the House.
The historic White-Ellery House (1710) has served as the backdrop for Insights on Site – a series of one-day contemporary art installations for seven years running. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucesterjust off the Grant Circle Rotary and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from May through October. Parking is available in the field behind the house.
Sarah Slifer Swift is a dance artist and educator based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her work spans choreography, site-specific work, improvisation, performance installations and conceptual work. She has been a director, curator and advisor to many arts events and initiatives.
Insights On Site – 2017 Season – Upcoming
October 7 Taking Care — Alyssa Pittman
In this installation Pittman explores the universal ritual of sweeping and investigates the act and practice of “taking care” of the spaces and places around us. Her work is inspired by the craft of broom making, by the broom as a powerful icon and by sweeping as a symbolic act.
Support for these programs was provided by The Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation which celebrates Umberto Romano’s (1906–1982) legacy on Cape Ann through arts education and appreciation and by fostering the work of emerging and/or working artists.
The Hunters and the Hunted
Early Mariners of Cape Ann illustrated talk
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to offer an illustrated talk on the early mariners of Cape Ann by CAM Librarian/Archivist Stephanie Buck and past president of the Manchester Historical Museum, John Huss on August 5 at 3:00 p.m.
This program is free with Museum admission. Space is limited; registration is required. Please call (978)283-0455 x10 or register online at Eventbrite. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The early mariners of Cape Ann were not only hardy fishermen, boat builders and prosperous merchant sea captains, but also cunning and courageous defenders of a new nation during both the War of Independence and the War of 1812. Join Stephanie Buck and John Huss as they share a wealth of fascinating stories about the gallant seamen of Gloucester and Manchester as they battled the supposedly invincible British Navy!
John Huss is the Manchester Historical Museum’s Curator and Program Coordinator. John is also a docent at the Cape Ann Museum and serves on the Museum’s Education Committee.
Stephanie Buck is the Librarian/Archivist at the Cape Ann Museum. She was educated in England and was awarded a degree from Bedford College, London University, before coming to this country.
The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, two historic homes and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.
The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.
“‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ tomorrow evening, August 4th, starting at 6:00pm. It looks like it will be a sultry summer evening to enjoy an unforgettable performance by celebrated singer Gordon Michaels doing Broadway, Blues, Jazz and Soul favorites. Gordon is a baritone powerhouse who entertains with great humor, passion and stunning musicianship.” Fun Fact: He was in the original FAME movie
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She’s draggin’ in Mr. Johnny Juxo, keybored millipede,with his piano and accordion (and vocals) as well as Mr. Jeff Giacomelli, bariform sexophonist (and vocals), to squeeze the wheeze and raise the stakes.
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
ROTARY CLUB OF ROCKPORT PRESENTS LOBSTERFEST 2017!
Date: Saturday, August 12 from 3-7 PM (rain or shine)
Location: American Legion Hall Bandstand at Scenic Back Beach-Rockport, MA
Tickets: $25—includes Hot Boiled Lobster, Clam Chowder, Corn-on-the-Cob, Roll, Watermelon & Soda /Water
There will also be a cash menu of burgers, hot dogs, chips, beer & wine.
Live entertainment by “Stillhouse Down”
Tickets are available at:
John Tarr Store, Village Silversmith or from any Rockport Rotarian. Advanced tickets recommended. For information/tickets call 978-985-2869 or visit our web site at: www.rockportrotary.org
Proceeds to benefit the Rockport Rotary Club’s Community and International Service Projects.
The LOBSTERFEST will be followed by the Town of Rockport’s annual fireworks show, and the town will be illuminated for the occasion. Come for the day and enjoy the fun!