Last Stop Now Open Under New Management

The new Last Stop is open for business and looking good! None of the staff was willing to be included in the pictures, but it really is staffed with some very nice people. They will strive to offer healthful food and snacks. I also noted a few beach supplies available in an appropriately named Last Stop on the way to sand and surf.

Gloucester Field Hockey Plant Sale

The Gloucester HS field hockey team is holding a plant sale today until 1 PM as a fundraiser. They also have T shirts for sale and you may see GMG Jimmy around town in one.

If you can’t make it down there, donations can be sent c/o Coach Lauren Riley-Gore 42 Dennison St. Gloucester MA 01930.

I know other plant sales are occurring today, but try to stop by and give this team some support too. Captains Cate Delaney and Mia Salah with Coach Riley-Gore:

Operation: Safe+Boat Today

Gloucester Station Coast Guard is hosting an event today on Harbor Loop 10 am – 2 pm which will feature signal flare demos, live helicopter search and rescue, live music, search and rescue boat tours, K9 demos, Beverly dive team, free lunch, as well as other health and safety information. Sounds like it’s going to be a great day, so stop down to check it out.

Windward Grille Lunch

I did not realize Windward Grille in Essex was open for lunch so I was happy to give it a try based on the recommendation of my aunt. I was a little surprised at how busy it was on for a weekday lunchtime (I love that retirement allows us to do this!), but I took it as a good omen.

My Texas burger was the size of a certain large southern state and it was delicious:

GMG Jimmy got a pastrami sandwich and sweet potato fries:

My dessert was a Windward coffee….mmmmm……Another place to add to our lunch options!

One of the Ones Midas Touched

One of the ones Midas touched,

Who failed to touch us all,

Was that confiding prodigal,

The blissful oriole.

Emily Dickinson’s words seem very appropriate for these backyard orioles. I am so happy to see them….for me, this is a real treat….like an orange for an oriole. I will wait patiently for the male to sit still long enough for his photo shoot.

Minglewood Harborside

We decided to stop for dinner at the new Minglewood Harborside and check things out. As you have heard, a complete makeover of the inside was recently completed so we were curious. It was far too rainy and dreary to try the new outdoor seating so we had an inside table. The large bar area dominates the main room and it is something! Several people were seated at the bar watching the TVs and playing Trivia and having wings that were on special (Tuesday’s). There are outlets at the bar for customer convenience….how smart is that?

We ordered the Orange Chicken and Haddock Burrito which we enjoyed so much there were no leftovers.

And, as you see above, don’t forget your Serenitee card! (Have we mentioned the Serenitee card is free?) Thanks, Minglewood Harborside, we’ll be back soon to try the outdoor tables.

Tulip Fest

Last weekend I noticed Nichole Schrafft had the Tulip Festival Open House at The Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover as one of her suggestions for a weekend activity. Tulips are my favorites and I was intrigued so off I went. It’s a small property with an historic house and gardens. Several families were in attendance enjoying the nice morning. I will say it was more “Open House” than “Tulip Festival”.

The historic house was quite interesting and the gardens were lovely and well kept.

BUT it was no tulip fest in comparison to our own boulevard in all its glory. Make sure you go down, wander among the beds and bask in the brief beauty of our tulips! Thanks again Generous Gardeners! Now here’s a tulip fest:

Hawks and Hummingbirds

As if returning to Gloucester wasn’t rewarding enough, I returned to find our hawk couple together at their nest. I will keep sharp eyes open for chicks but I was happy enough to find the hawks together.

And, thanks t9 a heads up from Paul Morrison in a recent post, I put the hummingbird feeder out with some sugar water and was rewarded within 30 minutes with this welcome visitor: