SNOWY OWLS IN MASSACHUSETTS IN AUGUST!?!

The Snowy Owl Project shares that not one, not two, not three, but four Snowy Owls remain in our area! This is highly unusual for August because most Snowies have left Massachusetts by May.

They are finding finding plenty to eat. The owls are being closely monitored and thus far have no health issues. This is the time of year that Snowy Owls molt, so if you see one, it may be brown and missing some feathers.

Hedwig in the moonlight

Tragically, a Snowy Owl was recently rescued at Logan Airport and was taken to Tufts, where it died of rodenticide poison. That brings this year’s total to eight that have been killed by rat poison. Imagine if in every region, this many were killed annually by rat poison. It’s no wonder the species is struggling, despite occasional irruptive years.TOXIC LUNCH!

Photo Dan Vickers

Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge shares the following:

Do you have unwanted mice and rats around your home? Do you also have birds of prey and beloved pets using that same area? If you do, consider the potential deadly consequences of using toxic rodenticides on more than just the rodents.

Dan Vickers snapped this photograph of a Red-tailed Hawk eating a poisoned rat. The blue color you see in the gut of the rat is a fat-soluble dye used in anticoagulant rodenticides. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for rat poisons to accumulate in the food web. Once this hawk consumes the poison, it too can die.

Please help minimize wildlife exposure to pesticides and consider the collateral damage and danger for other mammals, birds of prey, domestic pets, and humans.

Follow this link for more information and safer rodenticide alternatives:

Poisons Used to Kill Rodents Have Safer Alternatives

A second generation of ultra-potent rodenticides creates a first-class crisis for people, pets, and wildlife.

 

 

Music on Meeting House Green Willie Alexander/ August 24, 2018

FROM GARAGE BAND TO THE BEAT OF ROCK ’N ROLL, WILLIE ALEXANDER AND THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY ORCHESTRA ROCK MEETINGHOUSE GREEN, AUGUST 24

 Gloucester-based singer/pianist Willie Alexander plays with his Persistence of Memory Orchestra at the free Gloucester Meetinghouse Summer Concert on Friday, August 24, 6 – 9 pm.

 Alexander has played and raved through more musical eras than most musicians have survived. With deep roots in ‘60s bands such as the Lost and Bagatelle, becoming a member of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground in 1971, Alexander’s music fuses punk, rock ’n roll, jazz and blues, with hip-hop laced with techno. Together with his Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Alexander will have you hopping and jiving under the fairy lights of Meetinghouse Green. His music is zany, soulful and rocks you out of your chair. Fun for both young and old concert-goers.

 As always, the concert is free but in the spirit of giving to the community, the audience is invited to make free-will donations to the Grace Center, a local day resource center serving adults in crisis in the Cape Ann area. Breakfast and lunch are served to adults in need, Monday to Friday, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.

 Bring cash or a checkbook, beach chairs or blankets. Fresh, all-natural food is provided by The Common Crow. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse. Parking is available in lots nearby and at St. Peter’s Square.

 Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Brent and Linda Wilkes; Tom and Kristin Zarrella; and our corporate sponsor Cape Ann Savings Bank.

 

SUPPORTING THE CAPE LICENSE PLATE AT THE BLOCK PARTY!

Cape Ann License Plate got some support from Lt Govenor Karyn Polito, Mayor Sefatia Theken, Governor Baker, and State Senator Bruce Tarr. Get your own Cape Ann Plate at Lovecapeann.com.

They also stopped at our booth at the Block Party to learn all about the Low Number Plate Online Auction that begins August 20th – September 3rd. Plated from 1-100 can be previewed at Lovecapeann.com.

Part 4 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – Grave found and Collectors respond

Good Morning Gloucester

Byron Brooks_ WWII veteran, Coast Guard_ Artist_Gloucester resident_ born in Manchester_grave Pleasant Grove Cemetery Manchester MA_20180628_072316 ©C Ryan (2).jpg BYRON BROOKS (b.1906 – 1978)- WWII veteran, Coast Guard. Artist active 1940s-70s. Gloucester resident. Born in Manchester. Buried Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, MA ©C Ryan, June 2018

Look for New Information about artist Byron Brooks and images of his work added here  https://goo.gl/WPv1XT and on Good Morning Gloucester (GMG). Byron Brooks Homeward Bound, found displayed Addison Gilbert Hospital spring 2018:

HOMEWARD BOUND in memory of Byron L Brooks given by his wife Marjorie_ Addison Gilbert ©c ryan_20180525_111542

Good Morning Gloucester readers shared comments and images of Byron Brooks paintings to help rediscover the artist and the man.

Byron Brooks paiting - courtesy photo private collection NY (2).JPG Arist Byron Brooks, untitled painting, ca.1961-65, private collection, New York

winter scene.jpg Artist Byron Brooks (untitled winter pastoral) oil on canvas, private collection D. Wolcott

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? Part 1 November 2016

Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for Artist Byron Brooks Part 3

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Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

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Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? query from Kate Foley posted November 2016 on Good Morning Gloucester generated comments about the artist and his work. I was inspired to piece together some of my primary research and the comments into an informal online catalogue. It’s very much a loose work in progress! Hope it helps people searching for information about the artist, and compels collectors to share additional images of his art.  Just this week (6/27/18) another GMG reader commented that they acquired a Brooks painting in Tucson, AZ.

Byron Brooks online catalogue

Byron Brooks - Good Morning Gloucester requests for information©c ryan

Byron Brooks_ WWII veteran, Coast Guard_ Artist_Gloucester resident_ born in Manchester_grave Pleasant Grove Cemetery Manchester MA_20180628_072316 ©C Ryan (3) Byron Brooks gravesite, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mass.

Byron Brooks is not listed in any artist biographical compilations. The index card sketch below mimics the format as IF he were listed in Who Was Who in American Art:

BROOKS, Byron[Painter] b. 1906, Manchester, Mass | d. 1978, Gloucester, MA.
Addresses: 12 Stage Fort Park Avenue and 2…

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David Collins shares vintage photos of Stage Fort Ave homes near Barrett’s Camp #GloucesterMA |searching for artist Byron Brooks Part 3

Good Morning Gloucester

In response to Searching for artist Byron Brooks (Part 1) and (Part 2), David Collins, a Good Morning Gloucester reader and amateur geneologist, was inspired to act. First he emailed a PDF family tree for artist, Byron Lloyd Brooks, and then shared vivid remembrances and vintage photographs in response to the artist’s timeline in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These are wonderful additions to filling out Brooks story and a peek into Gloucester history. Thanks so much, David!

For a time, Brooks lived in 12 Stage Fort Avenue. Collins’ family lived in 7 Stage Fort Avenue 1940s-1960s. Does anyone know the neighbors Collins mentions or have more photographs of long gone homes and Barrett’s Camp at Stage Fort Park? I’m looking forward to scouting for that boulder.

Part 3 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – David Collins responds:

historic photo courtesy David Collins for artist Bryon Brooks research_shows Stage Fort Park Avenue ca 1940s_his sister with friend_Gloucester MASS ca. 1950, courtesy photograph to assist with Byron Brooks research from David Collins (his…

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Part 4 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – Grave found and Collectors respond

Byron Brooks_ WWII veteran, Coast Guard_ Artist_Gloucester resident_ born in Manchester_grave Pleasant Grove Cemetery Manchester MA_20180628_072316 ©C Ryan (2).jpg
BYRON BROOKS (b.1906 – 1978)- WWII veteran, Coast Guard. Artist active 1940s-70s. Gloucester resident. Born in Manchester. Buried Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, MA ©C Ryan, June 2018

 

Look for New Information about artist Byron Brooks and images of his work added here  https://goo.gl/WPv1XT and on Good Morning Gloucester (GMG). Byron Brooks Homeward Bound, found displayed Addison Gilbert Hospital spring 2018:

HOMEWARD BOUND in memory of Byron L Brooks given by his wife Marjorie_ Addison Gilbert ©c ryan_20180525_111542

 

Good Morning Gloucester readers shared comments and images of Byron Brooks paintings to help rediscover the artist and the man.

Byron Brooks paiting - courtesy photo private collection NY (2).JPG
Arist Byron Brooks, untitled painting, ca.1961-65, private collection, New York

 

winter scene.jpg
Artist Byron Brooks (untitled winter pastoral) oil on canvas, private collection D. Wolcott

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? Part 1 November 2016

Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for Artist Byron Brooks Part 3

 

 

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s musical guest: Jared Thomas 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 8.15.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, August 15 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: JARED THOMAS!

 

“Rootsy”, “soulful”, “country”, “blues”… these are some of the
words I’d choose to describe 1st-time Rhumb Line guest,
Jared Thomas. He comes to us all the way from Texas to be
part of our weekly festivities. I’m looking forward to sharing the
evening with him… and with YOU. ~ Fly

Check out Jared Thomas:

https://youtu.be/OGM-Oy9JQdw

https://youtu.be/V4RQE7woink

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming guests…
8/22 – Ardys Flavelle (Allen Estes Hosts)

8/29 – John Rockwell

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

David Collins shares vintage photos of Stage Fort Ave homes near Barrett’s Camp #GloucesterMA |searching for artist Byron Brooks Part 3

In response to Searching for artist Byron Brooks (Part 1) and (Part 2), David Collins, a Good Morning Gloucester reader and amateur geneologist, was inspired to act. First he emailed a PDF family tree for artist, Byron Lloyd Brooks, and then shared vivid remembrances and vintage photographs in response to the artist’s timeline in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These are wonderful additions to filling out Brooks story and a peek into Gloucester and Stage Fort Park history. Thanks so much, David!

For a time, Brooks lived in 12 Stage Fort Avenue. Collins’ family lived in 7 Stage Fort Avenue 1940s-1960s. Does anyone know the neighbors Collins mentions or have more photographs of long gone homes and Barrett’s Camp at Stage Fort Park? I’m looking forward to scouting for that boulder.

Part 3 Searching for artist Byron Brooks – David Collins responds:

historic photo courtesy David Collins for artist Bryon Brooks research_shows Stage Fort Park Avenue ca 1940s_his sister with friend_Gloucester MASS
ca. 1950, courtesy photograph to assist with Byron Brooks research from David Collins (his sister with her friend by side entrance 12 Stage Fort Ave, Gloucester, Massachusetts )

“Hello, Catherine, Here is a little more information on the artist Byron L. Brooks, in case you are still interested. I have attached a family tree for him. It does also have some information on his two wives that I know of. I am not a professional genealogist, so don’t take the information as gospel. I grew up at what was then 7 Stage Fort Avenue (no “Park” in the address) in the late 1940s, 50s and early 60s in the house that is now 1 Anchor Lane, I believe. We moved to Connecticut in 1961 the week I turned 16. The house Byron lived in, 12 Stage Fort Avenue, was, back when I lived there, a 2-family house.  Most of the other houses in that part of the neighborhood were, or had been, summer camps. Stage Fort Avenue Y-ed at our house and both parts, one going on to one of the Park’s parking lots and the other going past us to Barrett’s Camps, were named Stage Fort Avenue. The house in front of Byron’s, the address was 10 Stage Fort Avenue back then and is now 7 Stage Fort Avenue, didn’t exist – at least not in the large form it is in now. Sam and Marion (Kerr) Johnson lived there. I think the house burned down in about 1975.

Ralph and Evelyn (DeCoste) Bradstreet lived in the downstairs part of 12 Stage Fort Avenue and several families lived upstairs over the years. Byron must have lived in the neighborhood a while before my family did. I think my folks moved to #7 about 1939 or so. I don’t know when the Bradstreets moved into #12. That said, Byron Brooks was my mother’s 2nd cousin. They share Ephraim Brooks [1818-1905] and Ruth Ward [1816-1892] of Nova Scotia as great-grandparents.

However, I had never heard of Byron until your 2nd GoodMorningGloucester article. I even collect art by people who called Cape Ann home – Charles Movalli was my best friend growing up*. I also have an extensive family tree that I have worked on for many years. Still, I had no idea Byron existed!  Of course, I had his parents in my mother’s part of our tree. I have now added information on him and his many siblings because of your articles. Thank-you! Hope this helps you, in return.” David Brooks 7/1/18

PHOTO COURTESY DAVID COLLINS_ 12 Stage Fort Avenue ca1947_razed_shared for Byron Brooks artist catalogue_Gloucester MA
photo credit: 12 Stage Fort Avenue, Gloucester, MA. ca.1947 photo courtesy David Collins

photo credit below (click to enlarge): 7 Stage Fort Avenue ca.1947-57 (L), and Stage Coach Inn vintage postcard, both images courtesy David Collins

about the photo with the girls on the rock and Stage Fort Avenue homes THEN (now gone):

“This one is of my sister and the girl (and her dog) who lived upstairs at 12 Stage Fort Avenue for several years while we lived on Stage Fort Avenue and then moved to School Street in Manchester. Her father, originally from Rockport, was a 7th cousin of Byron Brooks but I doubt he knew. The girls are sitting on a rock outside the side entrance to downstairs #12, the one the people we called Auntie Evelyn and Uncle Emerson (Ralph Emerson) Bradstreet (both cousins of each of my parents) probably used most often. It led into their kitchen. The doorway at the stairs in front (in the other picture I sent you) led into a hall, with stairs running up to the 2nd floor apartment and also a door at the left into the downstairs apartment.

The building behind the girls and to the left was, at least at one time, a Barrett camp. I think sometimes people bought them and made them more permanent homes even if they didn’t live in them year-round. The family’s name sounded like Brown-eyes but I don’t remember how it was actually spelled. Oh, I do remember: William and Irene (Douglas) Brauneis. Irene Douglas’ brother (a close friend and fishing buddy of my uncle) and his wife and family and his parents lived in the large house at the top of the hill behind the camps that was not a camp. I think the Brauneis family lived in theirs, maybe even full time eventually, long after we had moved.

The next home which looks altogether different was rented out in the summer, too, but I have no idea who lived in it. In the next camp to that one, not in the picture, a Mrs. Morrison spent the summer and her daughter and family, the Kilroys, would join her for a few weeks. Mrs. Kilroy had grown up in Gloucester. I hung around with daughter Carol and brother Robert the part of the summer when they were in town…Henry and Pauline (Osmond) Garvey and family lived in the Barrett camp that abutted our property on (what was then) Stage Fort Avenue. Great family. They would summer there from Tuckahoe, New York, but both had been brought up in Gloucester. ”- David Collins

*author’s note – more on this connection later

Byron Brooks on line catalogue (updated)