SNOWY OWL HEDWIG SURVIES MARCH NOR’EASTER RILEY! -By Kim Smith

Our beautiful Snowy Owl Hedwig survived, and looks none the worse for wear. She spent the afternoon of March 5th resting in a sunny, but wholly unphotogenic location (and extremely windy corridor, too, I might add). Perhaps a New England Nor’easter is nothing to her, when compared to an Arctic tundra storm. She’s clearly a genius 🙂 And has some mighty good survival skills.

Thank you to Betty G. Grizz for sharing her Hedwig sighting this afternoon ❤

BEFORE AND AFTER ATLANTIC ROAD ESTATE MARCH NOR’EASTER STORM RILEY -By Kim Smith

Atlantic Road estate, after a relatively mild storm last week.

Sunday afternoon, after March Nor’easter Riley.

READER DAVE FINDS DOVEKIE ALIVE ON THE BEACH–AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A DOVEKIE

Dave writes, “Saw this Dovekie at low tide Saturday. The gulls were picking it up and dropping it to the side. I chased them away – temporarily and shooed it back into the water.”

Dovekies are easily blown ashore during severe winter storms.  They don’t walk very well on land. If you find a Dovekie on the beach, and it does not appear to be injured, gently pick it up and bring it to the water. And do as Dave did, shoo away interested gulls.

Thank you so much Dave for sharing your photo and for helping the Dovekie back in the water!

Read more about Dovekies here:

RARELY SEEN ON LAND TINY AND BEAUTIFUL DOVEKIE FOUND ON LOCAL BEACH -BY KIM SMITH

BEAUTIFUL FISH: SEA RAVEN -By Al Bezanson

SEA RAVEN; RED SCULPIN; SEA SCULPIN; RAVEN; KING o’NORWAY

The sea raven is said to be a good table fish.

See Fishes of the Gulf of Maine, Bigelow and Schroeder, 1953, courtesy of MBL/WHOI http://www.gma.org/fogm/Hemitripterus_americanus.htm

Today, if you looked close, you might have seen sea ravens hurled by the crashing storm waves into the road on the back shore.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Music Concert

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Celtic songs of Michael O’Leary.  Multi-instrumentalist Steve Levy joins fiddler Jen Strom and guitarist Bob Strom to back up the vocals in the warm, intimate acoustic of the historic Annisquam Village Church, March 17 at 7 PM.
Tea and scones follow this festival of song.
Erin go bragh! 
Tickets are $15 at the door; $5 for 16 and under, $40 per family.

Thank you,

Kathleen Adams, Music Director
Annisquam Village Church
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Cape Ann Gift Certificates!

Questions came up at the lady podcast about the Cape Ann Gift Certificates.

Did you know . . . Cape Ann Gift Certificates are really checks?

We sold more than 60K last year, 20K just over the holidays! This is a highly successful program that keeps people shopping and dining locally.

https://capeannchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/GiftCertificateList-revised-2-12-18.pdf

DISASTER AT PEBBLE BEACH #ROCKPORTMA MARCH STORM NOR’EASTER RILEY

After filming the explosive waves on Atlantic Road yesterday afternoon for various documentary projects, I headed over to Henry’s Pond to check on Mr. Swan’s whereabouts. Expecting to see and film some damage to the road that divides Henry’s Pond and Pebble Beach, which often occurs after storms, especially nor’easters, I was completely overwhelmed by the destruction found at Pebble Beach. The road is gone; the worst I have ever seen, and I couldn’t make it to the Pond because it was simply too dangerous to climb over the slippery, jiggley rocks and seaweed.

 

Day One At Hard Rock Riviera Maya

My love Kate works for the company that owns Hard Rock Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Vallarta, Unico, Eden Rock and Nobu Hotels in Miami.

We’re lucky to be able to stay at these next level all inclusive resorts once a year for vacation.

When I was younger I did an inexpensive all-inclusive in CANCUN and was totally turned off by the cattle call mentality.

This place is nothing like that. There’s a ton to do, there are countless different pools to go to with varying levels of activity from entertaining to completely chill. The food is great and there are soooo many different options and they’re all unique and you never fell like the food is mass produced. The booze is top shelf.

This is the kind of vacation where you literally don’t have to think about anything. The kind of place where you can instantly unwind all that tension in your neck and back from all the responsibilities of the real world. Everything is taken care of and taken care of perfectly. I’d highly recommend you come here.

I’m. Looking forward to checking out Unico which she tells me I won’t believe.

Hard Rock Riviera Maya has two sections, one adult only and one for families. I can’t wait to bring the kids here in the family section. There’s soooo much to do, their heads are going to explode. For now I’m going to enjoy the adult section to the max.

Sandals is so 90s. The hip kids are going to Hard Rock All Inclusive Collection and the sophisticated are hitting Unico (I’m looking forward to filing a report from Unico like you read about).

Sun’s about to come up as I write this –

An Evening of Rock and Blues with Jon Butcher and Friends Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA Friday, April 20, 2018

An Evening of Rock and Blues with Jon Butcher and Friends Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA Friday, April 20, 2018 The thirty-five year career of Boston songwriter, recording artist and Grammy nominee Jon Butcher is a ‘how to succeed’ road map in an ever changing entertainment business landscape. From the days of powerful record labels and producers, through the rise of MTV and video, digital recording, independent production and collaborations, to film scoring and soundtracks- Jon has embraced every element of an ever evolving musical journey. The flourishing Boston rock scene embraced Butcher’s highly acclaimed 1983 debut album, Jon Butcher Axis and Butcher was one of the first Video stars on MTV. His music has been featured in film and television productions including HBO’s Deadwood, he has played and performed with some of the best in the industry and Butcher’s Hendrix inspired guitar work and performances have turned new generations on to an iconic sound. His latest CD-2 Roads East, digs into his “love affair with the very fabric of American music”. Creating, composing and sharing his passion for all elements of the industry have lead him to his newest gig, mentoring. Through his Gloucester-based artist management company ELECTRIC FACTORY X, Jon (and partner Leighton Wolfe) keeps the creative focus on bold, next generation artists for a new audience All of this comes together live on stage at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, April 20th when ME productions presents: An Evening of Rock and Blues with Jon Butcher and Friends. The evening kicks off a celebration of thirty- five years in a challenging and rewarding industry and will feature a band put together for this event, a unique assortment of the finest blues and rock musicians working today. This includes seventeen year old guitarist Quentin Callewaert who will open the show. Jon is producing this talented young musician’s debut CD. Callewaert is a local favorite who Jon refers to as “a young talent with an old soul”. Old favorites, new songs, some great storytelling and few surprise too! Celebrate thirty-five years well spent! An evening of Rock and Blues with Jon Butcher!

March 9 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club: What’s Up Next at NASA

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This month’s GAAC meeting will feature club member Steve Kolaczkowski with a preview of NASA programs scheduled for the next couple of years.

Will we land on Europa or Enceladus? Sail the Methane seas of Titan? Go back to the moon? Add to all the hardware on Mars, revisit Jupiter or Saturn, send another spacecraft racing out to the stars with New Horizons and the Voyagers? Come to our Friday, March 9 meeting, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center and see what might be next!

We’ll have all the goodies you associate with a GAAC meeting, all the great conversation and of course a colorful, entertaining, informative presentation with Steve. You’ll always leave GAAC knowing something you didn’t know coming in — come early and get a good seat for this one.

We hope to see you next Friday!

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets from 8:00pm to 9:30…

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