New Solar Battery Technology, Solar Costs Explained With Tim Sanborn Of Cazeault Solar Taped 1/17/18

New Solar Battery Technology, Solar Costs Explained With Tim Sanborn Of Cazeault Solar Taped 1/17/18

Call Tim Sanborn From Cazeault Solar For A Free Consultation and Solar Evaluation (774) 228-3411

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This Week at Backyard Growers:

Cape Ann Community

Cropped Ferment

Join Backyard Growers this Thursday, January 17th, 6pm as we partner with Pigeon Cove Ferments at our two-part fermentation workshop learning all about the benefits of fermentation!

Part 1 will be held at Backyard Growers where we will learn more about lacto-fermentation and the benefits of incorporating fermented food into our diets. All ages welcome.

Tickets can be purchased online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermentation-workshops-tickets-41291296379

Questions? Contact: community@backyardgrowers.org or call 978-281-0480

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Having a staycation during February break and looking for a way to keep the kids entertained?

Backyard Growers is hosting three days of children’s workshops during February break for children grades K-5 packed with hands-on activities. Each day children will learn and discover more about food and gardening though activities such as: grinding wheat to flour, making and painting with plant dyes, holding and learning about worms, dressing up like a plant, and more!

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Chamber’s Annual Celebration & Cape Ann Divas Concert

Cape Ann Community


Join us at the Shalin Liu for our Annual Celebration– the Welcoming of new President of the Board- Patricia Slade of the Manchester Cricket, saying good-bye to this year’s President Sara Young, of Schooner Adventure and the installation of our new Board of Directors.

This year we will have a cocktail reception in the event room of the Shalin Liu Performance Center, catered by Vinwood Caterers, followed by a concert by the Cape Ann Divas- a show Not to be missed!

Tickets for this event must be purchased at online at
rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-divas or by calling the box office at 978-546-7391.
$100 Reception and Concert
$50 Concert only

The Cape  Ann Divas
The 2018 Cape Ann Divas are six wonderfully talented female vocalists who are beloved on Cape Ann and have been wowing local audiences for years.  Now, for the first time ever, these six talented women, along with an accomplished…

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CAPE ANN WILDLIFE: A YEAR IN PICTURES 2017

CAPE ANN WILDLIFE: A YEAR IN PICTURES 2017

By Kim Smith

Cape Ann provides welcome habitat for a menagerie of creatures beautiful, from the tiniest winged wonder to our region’s top predator, the Eastern Coyote. Last year I posted a Cape Ann Wildlife Year in Pictures 2016 and I hope you will find the wildlife stories of 2017 equally as beautiful. Click on the image to find the name of each species.

WINTER

The only partially frozen ponds at the start of winter allowed for dabblers and divers such as Mallards, Mergansers, and Buffleheads to forage at the freshwater. Mr. Swan had his usual entourage of quwackers and daily heads to the other side of the pond to get away for his morning stretches. Sightings of Red-tailed Hawks and other raptors abounded. Although photographed in Newburyport, the owl photos are included because these species are found readily on Cape Ann. An Eastern Screech Owl (red-morph) was seen daily perched above a playground and Barred Owl sightings too were reported throughout the winter. Raptors live on Cape Ann all year round but are much easier to see in winter when the trees are bare of foliage.

The beautiful aqua green eyes of the juvenile Double-crested Cormorants were seen wintering at both Niles Pond and Rockport Harbor. And during a warm February day on a snowless marsh a turkey bromance shindig commenced.

SPRING

In early spring, a male and female American Wigeon arrived on the scene making local ponds their home for several weeks. In the right light the male’s electric green feathers at the top of his head shine brightly and both the male and female have baby blue bills.

Meadow and marsh, dune and treetop were graced with the heralding harbingers of spring with photos of a Red-winged Blackbird, a pair of Cedar Waxwings, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, and Grackle included here.

The Great Swan Escape story made headlines in Boston as Mr. Swan eluded captors for hours. He had re-injured his foot and someone took it upon themselves to call the animal rescuers, which would have surely meant death for our beloved 27-year old swan if he had been wrangled into captivity.

M is clearly for Migration through Massachusetts and the month-long arrivals and departures did not abate. Short-billed Dowitchers, winsome Willets, Yellow Legs, Brandt Geese, and Ruddy Turnstones are just some of the migrating birds spied on Cape Ann beaches and marshes. The best news in May was the return of the Piping Plovers. Of the five or six that camped at Good Harbor Beach to investigate potential nesting sites, one pair bonded and built their nest mere yards from the nesting pair of last year. Could it be the same pair? The nesting Piping Plover story took up much of the spring and by early summer four little Piping Plover chicks hatched over Fiesta weekend. Hundreds of photos and hours of film footage are in the process of being organized with a children’s book and documentary in progress.

Piping Plover Courtship Dance

Piping Plover Nest

SUMMER

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The survival of one Piping Plover chick was made possible by a wholesale community effort, with volunteers covering all hours of daylight, along with Mayor Sefatia and her team, Ken Whittaker from the conservation office, Chief McCarthy, and animal control officer Diane Corliss all lending a hand.

Sadly, several Northern Gannets came ashore to die on our Cape Ann beaches, struck by the same mysterious and deadly disease that is afflicting Northern Gannets in other coastal regions. During the summer season they are typically at their North American breeding grounds, which are six well-established colonies, three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, and three in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Newfoundland.

An orphaned swan was introduced to Niles Pond, much to the dismay of Mr. Swan. Eastern Point residents Skip and Lyn kept watch over the two while they reluctantly became acquainted.

By mid-July many of us were seeing Monarchs in much greater numbers than recent years. Nearly every region within the continental United States experienced a fantastic Painted Lady irruption and butterflies of every stripe and polka dot were seen flitting about our meadows, fields, and gardens.

The tadpoles and froglets of American Bullfrogs and Green Frogs made for good eating for several families of resident otters, who are making their homes in abandoned beaver lodges. Little Blue Herons too, find plentiful frogs at our local ponds.

Tree Swallows Massing

In early August we see the Tree Swallows begin to mass for their return migration. They find an abundance of fruits and insects in the dunes, headlands, and beaches. The Cedar Waxwings and Ruddy Trunstones were observed back again foraging on their southward journey, along with myriad species of songbirds, shorebirds, divers, and dabblers.

FALL

The Late Great Monarch Migration continued into fall as we were treated to a wonderfully warm autumn. Waves and waves of Monarchs came ashore and more butterflies arrived on the scene including new batches of Painted Ladies, Clouded Sulphurs and Common Buckeyes (nothing common about these beauties!).

A pair of Northern Pintails called Cape Ann ponds and coves home for nearly a month while we seem to be seeing more and more raptors such as Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Bald Eagles, and Peregrine Falcons. Juvenile herons of every species that breeds on Cape Ann lingered long into the fall—Black-crowned Night Herons, Yellow-crowned Herons, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, and Green Herons.

Just as Mr. Swan and the Young Swan appeared to be warming to each other, the Young Swan, who has yet to learn to fly, became trapped in the ice at Niles Pond. He was rescued by caretakers Lyn and Dan and is now spending the winter at a cozy sanctuary built by Lyn and friends.

 

Heart Wings Monarch Butterfly

Thank you to all our readers for your kind comments of appreciation throughout the year for the beautiful wild creatures with which we share this gorgeous peninsula called Cape Ann. If you’d like to read more about a particular animal, type the name of the animal in the search box and the original post should come up

With its expansive marshes and dunes, bodies of fresh, clear water, saltwater coves and inlets, and geographic location within the Atlantic Flyway, 2017 has been a banner year for Cape Ann’s wild and wonderful creatures. I can’t wait to see what awaits in 2018!

Snowy Owl “Hedwig” January 2018 Backshore Gloucester

Cape Ann Museum

January is Membership Month.  Also every year the Museum opens its doors free of charge to all Cape Ann Residents during the month of January.  If you have never been there, you are missing out on a great day of learning and enjoyment.

For more information please check on the link below:

http://www.capeannmuseum.org/

 

 

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest: Quentin Callewaert 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.17.2018


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 17th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: QUENTIN CALLEWAERT!

Busy recording his first album (with Jon Butcher producing),
Quentin Callewaert finds time to grace us with his amazing,
youthful spirit… and snappy fingerpickin’! If this kid don’t
make you smile, you just ain’t livin’. Come and get it! ~ 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…
1/24 – Chick Marston

1/31 – Lynne Taylor

2/7 – Inge Berge

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

Discover Gloucester Girls’ Getaway Weekend

Forgive me if this has already been shared….but worth sharing again nonetheless.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE

Need a weekend away with your girlfriends? Relax, reconnect and reminisce with your pals on a Girls’ Weekend in Gloucester!

Whether you are coming to town for the Bridal Expo or just looking to have a fun weekend with your friends, Gloucester has everything you need. Lodging specials, shopping discounts, art classes and more can be found in Gloucester on the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.

Download your Girls’ Weekend Passport, which will be your ticket to the great giveaways, discounts and experiences all especially designed for the ultimate girls weekend. You can also pick up a passport in person at any of the participating businesses during the weekend.

 

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Kettlebell Class at Crossfit Cape Ann

Cape Ann Wellness

Come join us tonight (and every Tuesday night) for our weekly Kettlebell Class at 5:30PM. No previous kettlebell experience required and your first class is FREE! If you have never tried kettlebells – come check it out! They combine aspects of strength and cardiovascular work into one simple and effective tool. Crossfit Cape Ann is located at 18 Sargent Street in Gloucester, MA. See you there!

For more: http://www.crossfitcapeann.com

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My Turn

It’s been a few days since we’ve seen Snowy Owl pictures, so I’ll take my turn posting some I took yesterday on the Back Shore.  This owl was disturbed by crows who dive bombed and squawked like the crazies they are.  It flew back and forth a few times; there was a dog nearby that I believe may have scared Owl a bit.

There were only a few people around with cameras at the time.  The waves were pretty spectacular and I think drive-bys thought we were simply taking wave photos.  One of the other couples that did come by noted there are two owls in the vicinity.  As I compare recent Back Shore owl pictures, I would tend to agree these two are different owls.  Greater minds than mine will be able to be more certain that these two below are not the same owl.

It’s been a magical experience to see these–it speaks to the wonder and beauty of Cape Ann!

North Shore Mother Visiting Partnership (NS MVP)

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The North Shore Mother Visiting Partnership is made up of Public Health Nurses from five communities, Beverly, Gloucester, Hamilton, Newburyport and Peabody, who offer a universal one-time supportive home visit to mothers/caregivers and their babies up to one year.

All visits are free and confidential and there are no eligibility requirements for a visit.

Each home visit will include a free Baby Box filled with goodies and community resources.

To schedule a visit, text or call the Public Health Nurse in your town listed below:

Beverly, Teresa Kirsch, 978-380-8203

Gloucester, Kelley Hiland, 978-559-1784

Hamilton, Christine Lee, 978-290-9618

Newburyport, Pam Palombo, 978-835-1521

Peabody, Chassea Robinson, 978-490-7091

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