IT’S SNOWING IN IPSWICH!

Tiny flakes falling through the trees, making that distinct pitapat sound of snowdrops landing on crisp frozen leaves below. But wait, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. An assembly of Redpolls overhead, hungrily teasing seeds from the tree’s cones were creating a shower of snow-seeds.

I followed along ever so quietly as the flock moved from tree to tree, expertly pulling the cones apart for the small kernel held within.

Returning several times to the same trail and hoping to catch sight again but, with most of the cones gone, so too were the Redpolls. 

The Common Redpoll is a species of finch with a distinct crimson cap that looks like a mini French beret, giving the song bird a bit of a rakish appearance.

Their small yellow bills evolved to eat small seeds, such as those of thistles and birches. Some studies show that in winter Redpolls subsist almost entirely on birch seeds.

Common Redpolls have been known to survive temperatures of -65 degrees below and even sleep at night in snow tunnels that can be up to a foot long. Redpolls nest in the Arctic tundra; we only ever see them during the winter months.

I’M GONNA LASSO SANTA CLAUS

FIVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” Brenda Lee was only nine years old when she recorded “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus.” I’ve been singing this to Charlotte, and she Loves it!

 

In 2002, Brenda Lee was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cape Ann Symphony Annual Meeting 2019

Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc.

Notice of Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

Gloucester House Restaurant

63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, INC HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING.

 

The Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, on Wednesday, January 16, 2018, at 8:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, President, Treasurer, Manager and Board Officers. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 18, 2019 through January 19, 2020. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm (cash bar) and buffet dinner ($45/per person) at 7:00 pm. There will be musical entertainment throughout the evening.  It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. For tickets or further information please contact Cape Ann Symphony via phone: 978-281-0543 or website: www.capeannsymphony.org.

expect a little bit of traffic on RT 127 as Days Pond wall and sidewalk get some Gloucester DPW love

Gloucester MA DPW Days Pond stone work Dec 2018 (3)

 

Another Gloucester DPW project began last week along RT 127, near Wolf Hill, at Days Pond. The fence and wall have been damaged over the years from simple wear and tear, and even automobile accidents. “A recent one took it from more than just an eyesore to potentially dangerous,” Mike Hale explained. The wall is being replaced and raised. The crew will be there a couple of weeks this December to complete all that is doable in winter, and return in the spring to finish the job. Since the crew began the pond has frozen over and thawed. Note the stone work.

Traveling This Holiday Season? Tips to Stay Heathy

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Holiday Travel. Whether by car, train or air, holiday travels can have its challenges. Here are some tips to stay healthy and well while you travel.

For any means of travel: Good hand hygiene and covering your cough go a long way. Avoid traveling if you are ill, especially with a fever. Carry a list of medications, allergies and emergency contact names and numbers. Leave your travel information with someone you know and trust. Avoid posting on social media that you are away. Share photos after you are back home.

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