GloucesterCast 322 With Ken Riehl, Kerry Mckenna, Ralph DiGiorgio, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/17/19


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GloucesterCast 322 With Ken Riehl, Kerry McKenna, Ralph DiGiorgio, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/17/19

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Joey and Ralph starting a diet after eating like a savage in Playa Del Carmen

Chamber Event Updates

Birding weekend, Irish Sweepstakes, recap, Afterhours event at Ryan and wood, College and Career Fair, CAIC, Essex Centennials www.essexma.com , Gloucester 400 www.gloucesterma400.com

Local Prime Rib specials chart will be updated once a day as new information becomes available, so stay tuned!
Which side of the bed do you sleep on and is there a difference?
What would you do at 4:30AM?
Ordered New Glasses from Zenni Optical for short money Check out Zenni Optical Website Here
Father Alves Passing
Judith Goetteman Passing
Nip Ordinance
Cape Ann Wildlife Update- Muskrats, Three Young Swans, Bald Eagle
Pat got a new phone and got nickel-and-dimed like the phone company took notes from the airlines! But the staff at the Verizon store at the Crossing was very helpful.

GloucesterCast 321 With Brandon Pratt, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/15/19

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GloucesterCast 321 With Brandon Pratt, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/15/19

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Playa Del Carmen with Chris, Eric and the Rabbit

Brandon Pratt Interest Rate and Housing Market Update

Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

Brandon Pratt- CrossCountry Mortgage Gloucester, MA- 180 Main Street, Suite A

brandon.pratt@myccmortgage.com and or for an easy online application,

Click on www.northshorehomeloans.com and Apply Now.

Going To Feather and Wedge Tonight

Duckworth’s Valentine Day Reservations Are Open For Next Year

Hanging Of The AFC Championship Poster

We stopped at the Northern Lights Farmstand in Ipswich and it was wonderful! Local goods, fresh vegetables, open all year https://northernlightsfarmstands.com/
Pat attended the second in a series of Fireside Chats at the Beauport Hotel. Very interesting discussion of the history of slave trade in Gloucester. 3 future chats are scheduled for Feb 25 (Prudence Fish-Antique Gloucester Homes); Mar 4 (Ales and Tales) and March 18 (Andrea Bodner-GMGI) Post scheduled for Sunday.
 Pat is posting a prime rib weekly special chart this morning at 8 AM similar to the oyster chart. Anyone with additional info is welcome to contact us.
Cape Ann Wildlife Update
Six Right Whale Calves Born
Harp Seals Are Continued To Be Spotted
No Snowy Owls Locally check out project snowstorm https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

GloucesterCast 320 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Lara Lepioka, Kim Smith and Joy Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/19

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GloucesterCast 320 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Lara Lepioka , Kim Smith and Joy Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/19

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Backyard Growers to unveil three-year vision for a healthier Gloucester www.backyardgrowers.org

Backyard Growers New employee- James Harrison

Adventureman update. On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdventuremanJamieMcDonald/ 
Now in North Carolina. He is looking forward to his time here in Gloucester Massachusetts!

Here’s the Adventureman LIVE tracker: https://z6z.co/adventureman

35 marathons to go. Right, TOGETHER, let’s do this!

Feather and Wedge Did Not Disappoint- Perfect Spot For Valentine’s Day, Click here for the Valentine’s Day menu and to make a reservation Call 978-999-5917

LRC tournament recap

Golden Sparrow Returns

Briarbarn Inn Website- https://www.briarbarninn.com/

Art Haven Buoy Auction Recap

Cape Ann Museum Virginia Lee Burton Little House Exhibit

 

GloucesterCast 318 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/23/19

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GloucesterCast 318 With Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/23/19

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Pat and Jimmy Brought treat from Cape Ann Coffee

PSA -Ice On Your Car needs to be removed.

Poop Tea- Smooth Move

Tonno had more art stolen from the bathroom $100 reward

Bowling Alley looking to get approval for brewpub on premises.

Cape Ann Brewing Mug Club

LRC Tournament Sat Jan 26 at Elks sponsored by Bridge Cape Ann: https://www.facebook.com/BridgeCapeAnn to benefit Elks Scholarship fund.

Design of Mine 50% off sale on Facebook Live Thurs Jan 26 7 PM

Marie Kondo show on Netflix impacting local donations to Second Glance etc.
“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”

Muffy White Style and Organizing

Adventureman update

Go-to game food? Superbowl has become party event.

Virgilios Eggplant Supreme

George’s Coffee Shop Anadama Burger

The Winter Robins Have Have Returned https://wp.me/pa6CS-26aL

Kim is Advocating for Piping Plovers https://wp.me/pa6CS-26dE

Art Haven Buoy Auction is Friday night 5PM

Sawyer Free Library

Look for for Kim’s pictures from Briar Barn Inn

GloucesterCast 317 With Adam Curcuru, Dave McKechnie, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/17/19

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GloucesterCast 317 With Adam Curcuru, Dave McKechnie, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/17/19

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Coast Guard Help Information from Adam Curcuru
Pisces Closing 50%Off Sale
Alchohol vs marijuana
Polar Vortex Has Been Broken
You Have To Own More Than One Guinea Pig In Switzerland Because They Are Such Social Animals
Mr Swan In the Ice
Phylis A Fundraiser
Jeff Denoncour giving talk at Cape Ann Museum On ecology of Crane’s Beach Saturday at 3PM need to register
Lobster Buoy Auction to Benefit Cape Ann Art Haven- January 25th

GloucesterCast 316 With Nate Cahill, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/15/19

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GloucesterCast 316 With Nate Cahill, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/15/19

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Nate Cahill
Call In From Kate
Call In From Ralph
Patriots Predictions
Panera Is Overrated, Tuscan Grill, Ralph Plans Ahead, Bricco In The North End
Dark Chocolate Is More effective for suppressing a cough than cough syrup.
Cape Ann Coffee Treats from Pat and Jimmy
Seaport Grille and Sherry’s Corner Cafe reopening Wednesday Jan 16th.

GloucesterCast 315 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/13/19

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GloucesterCast 315 With Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/13/19

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Pat brought me a sesame seed bagel from Cape Ann Coffee.

Felicia turned 50 and we had a hell of a time.

Sorellina, Louis Vuitton, Intercontinental

Call in from Chris McCarthy

Colonoscopy aftermath

Resolutions? What resolutions has anyone made and are they broken yet?

We went to coffee tasting for eieio roasters at Willow Rest. Went in for a sip, came out with bread, snacks AND coffee https://eieio-roasters.com/

Mom’s Kitchen for breakfast a good take. GMG Jimmy enjoyed meatloaf omelet. Kate has a chicken pot pie challenge going with Dave from Mom’s kitchen.

Craig and Joey bought 80 bags of Weber Charcoal

Do you stock up on essentials when on sale.

Not cracking the seal on expensive booze.

Catherine’s Curated exhibit at Cape Ann Museum

First big snow coming

FREE youth and family program at Cape Ann Museum Saturday morning!

 

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Stop by Cape Ann Museum Saturday morning January 12th from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m for a fun reception!  As part of CAM Kids Second Saturday series, explore the inventive worlds of children’s books in the special exhibitions on view this winter: The Little House: Her Story and Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads! Meet some of the writers and artists featured in the exhibit, enjoy light refreshments, draw & color, explore the gallery with a “Seek & Find” and more!

 

 

 

Also look for Story Time in the Gallery each Wednesday through March!

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Art Reception for Jon Sarkin and Paul Cary Goldberg at Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI)

 

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“Big Boy Fish Head” GMGI acquisition; Paul Cary Goldberg (L) Jon Sarkin (R)

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) acquired original art by Paul Cary Goldberg and Jon Sarkin for its special new research institute headquarters on Main Street — which means they built an impressive ~~temporary~~ corporate collection from the get-go! *update 1/10/19: GMGI stresses that “these pieces are on loan, and remain property of the artists and are for sale.” Ok! So they could be a great start to a permanent collection. For a peek inside, including in-situ shots, see Kim Smith’s post about the GMGI expansion groundbreaking 

ARTIST RECEPTION JANUARY 10, 2019

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is excited to host an Artist Reception for Paul Cary Goldberg and Jon Sarkin on Thursday, January 10th from 5- 6:30pm at GMGI’s Research Institute at 417 Main Street. RSVP Please contact Ashley Destino (772.708.8266 or Ashley.destino@gmgi.org) if you’d like to join us!

UPCOMING

GMGI regularly hosts private groups, including science educators from the North Shore this January. GMGI will be announcing plans for public Open House dates in the coming weeks!

Mark your calendars: on Thursday January 24th, 2019, there’s an academy open house at the teaching facility in Blackburn (55 Blackburn Circle, Gloucester, MA.,) for the community and prospective students to learn more. Check it out!

TREMENDOUS TURNOUT FOR CATHERINE RYAN’S CAPE ANN MUSEUM OUTSTANDING “ONCE UPON A CONTEST” OPENING EXHIBIT CELEBRATION!

The opening celebration for the beautiful new exhibit at the Cape Ann Museum, “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads,” was fabulously well-received and well-attended. Artists, writers, Mayor Sefatia, Cape Ann Museum director Rhonda Falloon and staff, Cape Ann librarians, friends, families, and well-wishers were all there to join the celebration.

Congratulations to special exhibition curator Catherine Ryan, the Cape Ann Museum, and Cape Ann Reads Initiative for an outstanding show!

The exhibit highlights local writers and artists of children’s picture books from the Cape Ann Reads initiative. Cape Ann Reads, hosted by the area’s four public libraries (Sawyer Free, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex), was created to encourage literacy in young people through community and creative collaborations.

“ONCE UPON A CONTEST” RUNS FROM DECEMBER 20TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 24TH

Author/illustrators included in the exhibition:
Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury and Claire Wyzenbeek

Exhibit Curated and directed by Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

Deborah Kelsey, director of Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library

Cindy Grove, director of the Rockport Public Library

Sara Collins, director of Manchester’s Public Library

Deborah French, director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Public Library

THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM IS FREE TO CAPE ANN RESIDENTS DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY!

 

CATHERINE RYAN’S BEAUTIFULLY CURATED EXHIBIT AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM – ONCE UPON A CONTEST

Our Catherine Ryan has curated and designed a wonderfully fun and beautiful exhibit, “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads,” currently on view at the Cape Ann Museum.  The exhibit highlights local writers and artists of children’s picture books from the Cape Ann Reads initiative. Cape Ann Reads, hosted by the area’s four public libraries (Sawyer Free, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex), was created to encourage literacy in young people through community and creative collaborations.

The exhibit is thoughtfully designed for little folks. The paintings are hung at just the right height for pint-sized readers and soon-to-be readers. Mock-ups of the books are placed on shelves within easy reach and petite chairs for little ones make for a cozy storytime feeling.

I took Charlotte to the Museum on Friday and she had a fantastic experience. We’re planning to return again this Friday!

Come join us at the opening celebration from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, this Saturday, January 5th, at the Cape Ann Museum, 2nd floor.

“Once Upon A Contest” runs from December 20th through February 24th.

Thank you to Charlotte and her Mom and Dad for the photos! The watercolor illustration Charlotte is sitting in front of is from my book, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,” which was the original inspiration for the documentary film of the same name. The illustration shows a pair of Monarchs ascending into a maple tree, as they are mating. 

The Cape Ann Museum is free to Cape Ann residents during the entire month of January!

Author/illustrators included in the exhibition:
Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury and Claire Wyzenbeek

Exhibit Curated and Directed by Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

Deborah Kelsey, director of Gloucester’s Sawyer Free Library

Cindy Grove, director of the Rockport Public Library

Sara Collins, director of Manchester’s Public Library

Deborah French, director of Essex’s TOHP Burnham Public Library

Countdown to Once Upon a Contest Reception at Cape Ann Museum

SAVE THE DATE! RECEPTION IS ONE WEEK AWAY

Cape Ann Museum reception for the four libraries of Cape Ann Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads travel show, Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 3-5PM

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photo credit: Installation partial view of “Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads” travel show debuted at Cape Ann Museum, December 2018.  © c ryan

Photo shows from left to right: in the foreground illustration by Leslie Galacar for Where in the World is Catherine Abigail written by Michael LaPenna; illustration for “Why does my dog…” written and illustrated by Mary Rhinelander; back wall left hint of temporary public art mural by Bonnie L. Sylvester, a Cape Ann tableau as walk-in installation, by the manuscripts (Sylvester illustrated The Tree in Dock Square by Jean Woodbury); back wall right drawing for Beauty on the Wing written and illustrated by Kim Smith; illustrations by Juni VanDyke for two books from the If I were … series by James McKenna; and a lower left corner from an illustration for  The Best Way Home, written and illustrated by Barbara McLaughlin.

 

GloucesterCast 312 With Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Mike Codair, Melissa Cox, Bill Cox, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro 12/23/18

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Ralph brought pastries from Cafe Sicilia, Chris brought quiche from Cape Ann Coffee, Melissa Cox brought her biscotti.

Brandon Lafata Memorial Hockey game at O’Maley

Gloucester Most Eligible Bachelor Voting Results- Chris DeWolfe Takes the Crown

Bottling Ryan and Wood Malt Whiskey

Topside Grill Pickle Pizza

Allbirds

Stand Up Sit Down Front Back

The Franklin Pasta Carbonara

Stop and Shop gas reward program

Melissa Cox

Parker River Reserve

Radio Shack at Abacus Computer and The Mac Daddy 238 Main St

White Ellery House news

Bag ordinance

Melissa Cox and Marker Photography at Santandeer Manchester-By The Sea 17 Union Street Jan 3- Feb 6th Reception January 5th

 

 

 

Cape Ann Museum launches travel exhibit: Once Upon a Contest – Selections from Cape Ann Reads children’s picture books!

Discover a world of new, original picture books through art! Courtney Richardson shares Cape Ann Museum’s news for the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition  opening next week:

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Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads

A special exhibition celebrating local children’s book authors and illustrators

 GLOUCESTER, Mass. (December 14, 2018) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Once Upon a Contest: Selections from Cape Ann Reads, a ground breaking show on view until February 24, 2019, stemming from the country’s first children’s picture book contest hosted by four public libraries. The exhibition brings special attention to award-winning local artists and writers and the art of children’s picture books. There will be an opening celebration on Saturday, January 5 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. This program is free for Museum members, Cape Ann Residents or with Museum admission.  For more information visit capeannmuseum.org or call 978-283-0455 x10. 

Once Upon a Contest was drawn from manuscripts recognized for distinction during the Cape Ann Reads 2017 original picture book competition.  The special group show was organized and circulated by curator, Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.  Visitors will find picture books created by traditional author-illustrators (individuals who create both text and illustrations), friends and family pairings, repeat partnerships, volunteer match ups, self-taught and master artists, storytellers, published authors, and educators. 

The exhibit features work by:  Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, Jim Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, and Claire Wyzenbeek.

For a few, inclusion in this show will mark their debut display at a museum. The works on view range from preliminary mock ups and unfinished pages to final published illustrations for original books. They cover diverse themes and points of view and provide glimpses into stories and methodologies. The exhibition will include a reading nook for visitors of all ages.

Cape Ann Reads came about in 2015 when the four public libraries on Cape Ann –Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Manchester by the Sea Public Library; TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex; and Rockport Public Library– began to work together to encourage and highlight community creativity, regional collaboration, and family literacy through a focus on children’s picture books. “A passion for writing literature and the arts is one thing that ties all four communities together making Cape Ann Reads a meaningful collaboration between our four libraries and the Cape Ann Museum,” explained Cindy Grove, Director, Rockport Public Library.

During the first year of implementation, the collaborating public libraries and Cape Ann Museum offered innovative monthly programming and free picture book themed workshops for families and adults as a vehicle for family literacy, a work of art and literature, and a form of engagement and recreation. The vibrant endeavor culminated in a public art call, Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads. “What an opportunity for a talented individual or individuals to produce a lasting piece of literature with such special meaning,” exclaimed Deborah French, Director, T.O.H.P. Burnham Library, Essex.

Scores of Cape Ann creatives responded to this open call for a chance to win a first edition printing. In fact, so much interest occurred that a writer’s group led by Gloucester Writers Center was established, and volunteer artists and writers stepped up to help people without a partner. Two jury panels selected Gulliver, Honor and Medal books in the spring of 2017.

The jury panel included librarians, acclaimed children’s book author-illustrators and a rare books dealer: Carol Bender, Pat Lowery Collins, Ann Cowman, Kate Strong Stadt, Giles Laroche, Bob Ritchie, Justine Vitale, Anna Vojtech, and April Wanner. Five children served on the kids panel. A reception and book fair was held in Gloucester’s City Hall in January 2018 thanks to Mayor Sefatia Romeo-Theken. Original sculpture trophies of the bespectacled Cape Ann Reads mascot, “Gulliver”, by fine artist Jason Burroughs, were presented to the Honor and Medal book recipients. Cape Ann Reads continues to foster connections among the children’s picture book network, and generate business. Six books have been self-published, reviewed, and sold in local stores. Reflecting on this boon, Sara Collins, Director of the Manchester by the Sea Public Library said “Cape Ann Reads has been an innovative incubator for authors and illustrators, with the offspring as marvelous and varied as you can imagine in this creative community.”

“The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to launch this important Cape Ann Reads exhibition just as it was to kick off the first Cape Ann Reads program with the Eric Carle Museum back in January 2016, ” said Ronda Faloon, Director Cape Ann Museum. The Museum scheduled the exhibition to coincide with the major Virginia Lee Burton retrospective, The Little House: Her Story, and the month of January when the Museum is free to area residents. The legacy of Burton is an inspiration for many Cape Ann Reads participants.

Once Upon a Contest opens in December 2018 and continues until February 24, 2019. Following its launch at the Cape Ann Museum, the exhibition will tour the four communities of Cape Ann throughout 2019 as follows: Manchester in April, Essex in May-June, Gloucester in August-September, and Rockport in October-November.

 

 

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In addition to the opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Cape Ann Museum will offer weekly story time with Museum staff and guest readers on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. through March 31, 2019. On Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. children and their families are invited to enjoy the special exhibition and participate in hands on art making and writing activities. This program is free and open to the public.  

During February school vacation week, the Museum will host children’s book creation workshops for school age students from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 through Friday, February 22, featuring Leslie Galacar, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Claire Wyzenbeek, and Alexia Parker. These workshops are $15 for CAM Members or $25 nonmembers. To register contact Sarah Flanagan at 978-283-0455 x16 or email sarahflanagan@capeannmuseum.org.

 

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  • The four Library Directors of Cape Ann announcing “Gulliver,” the public’s name choice for the Cape Ann Reads mascot (left to right: Deb French, TOHP Burnham; Cindy Grove, Rockport; Deborah Kelsey, Gloucester; Sara Collins, Manchester), July 2016.
  • Cape Ann Reads kids jury selection panel (left to right: Josie, Alycia, Eli, Lucas, John). Deliberations were held at Cape Ann Museum, March 2017.
  • Bonnie L. Sylvester, illustrator (left) and Jean Woodbury, author (right) of The Tree in Dock Square, the first Cape Ann Reads Medal book, June 2017.
  • Claire Wyzenbeek (author and illustrator Henrietta’s Moon Egg) at her booth for Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book reception and book fair, January 27, 2018, City Hall Gloucester MA. ©Linda Bosselman.

The lovely, clever header and flyer were designed by Meredith Anderson at Cape Museum. A printable version is available below the break – please print, post and share!

And here is a link to a printable Once Upon a Contest press release

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SNOWY OWL GOLDEN-EYED GOLDEN GIRL

We startled each other! 

Happy Birthday to PROJECT SNOWSTORM

By Scott Weidensaul

On this day five years ago, my phone rang not long after breakfast. It was my friend and colleague Dave Brinker, a biologist with Maryland’s Natural Heritage program. He was calling because of something we’d both been watching with growing interest and amazement — the almost unprecedented invasion of snowy owls coming south into eastern North America, which was playing out across birding listserves, eBird and other information outlets.

The numbers were incredible. Just a week earlier, a birder in Newfoundland had reported counting nearly 300 snowies in one small area at Cape Race — 75 of them visible in a single sweep of his binoculars. White owls were showing up as far south as Jacksonville, Florida, and on the island of Bermuda.

“None of us are going to live long enough to see something like this again,” Dave said. He’d been talking with another mutual friend, owl bander Steve Huy, and they had some ideas — recruiting other banders to try to trap and band snowy owls to help track their movements, or maybe soliciting photographs from the public, which would allow us to age and sex many of the owls to get a sense of where the different age- and sex-classes were wintering.

That was plenty to think about, but not long after I hung up, the phone rang again. This time it was Andy McGann, who in 2007 was an intern on my saw-whet owl banding project, and in 2012 had worked for me again as a research technician while Dave and I tested a new type of automated telemetry system for small owls.

Andy was now working for Cellular Tracking Technologies, a company founded by golden eagle biologist Mike Lanzone to build next-generation GPS transmitters. Andy asked me if I’d been following the news about the snowy owl invasion. “Because, um, we have a transmitter here that was built for another project — but Mike said if you can find some funds, just enough to cover our costs, we’d love to put it on a snowy owl instead,” he said.

That was the beginning of Project SNOWstorm — and it snowballed (no pun intended) was stunning speed. By the evening of Dec. 7, 2013, I had spoken with a longtime supporter of our saw-whet work, the late Jim Macaleer of West Chester, Pa., who had agreed to underwrite not one but five transmitters. The next day, anonymous friends and fellow researchers had matched that gift with one of their own. We’d reached out to our good friend Norman Smith in Massachusetts, who has been studying snowy owls since 1981, who enthusiastically joined the effort. Along with Steve, another former research tech of mine, Drew Weber, brought web savvy and know-how. Jean-François Therrien, a French-Canadian researcher who did his Ph.D. on snowy owls in the Arctic and who now works here in Pennsylvania at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, jumped in with both feet. The proposal we submitted to the U.S. Bird Banding Lab for authorization to tag and track snowy owls was approved in record time, since the BBL was already looking for someone to do just that kind of project.

Less than two weeks later Dave, JF, Mike and I gathered along the  Maryland coast, where we trapped “Assateague,” a juvenile male and our first tagged owl. It’s been a wild five years ever since, as this project has grown in ways we never could have expected. For instance, we had a research project but no budget, so Dave suggested we try crowd-funding. I was frankly skeptical, but many of you quickly proved that it’s possible to launch and maintain an ambitious scientific project with small donations from the general public and birding/ornithological organizations. (Our institutional home, the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in central Pennsylvania, has been a huge supporter from the start, not least because all donations to SNOWstorm are thus tax-deductible in the U.S.)

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GloucesterCast 310 With Chris Spittle, Ralph DiGiorgio, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/9/18

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Tree lighting

Chris Spittle AKA @CapeAnnWeather

GMG Holiday Party December 29th At Gloucester Stage
There’s a photographer that submits photos and freaks out when I don’t post them.

First he submits them and adds “Let me know when they will be posted.” The next day I generally get a disappointed email that he hasn’t seen his photos on the blog yet. The day after that he goes on insinuating that I don’t want to promote local artists. Relentless.

“Santa Baby” non-controversy.  Outrage culture vigilantes are a minority.  I used to get freaked out but now it seems the public is starting to wear of these stories.

Topside Grill- Not Your Grandaddy’s Topside Grill

Nantucket Christmas Stroll

Shingles Shots

Send In Lobster Trap Tree Photos To Kim

Winged Creature Update

 

 

 

GloucesterCast 309A With Chris McCarthy, Aurelia Nelson, Senator Bruce Tarr, Megan Merlin, Pat and Jim Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/2/18

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GLOUCESTERCAST 309A WITH CHRIS MCCARTHY, AURELIA NELSON, SENATOR BRUCE TARR, MEGAN MERLIN, PAT AND JIM DALPIAZ, KIM SMITH AND JOEY CIARAMITARO TAPED 12/2/18

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North Shore 104.9 Senator Tarr Toy Drive- 9 stops planned on Thursday, December 13th For more info click- https://www.northshore1049.com/sen-bruce-tarr-holiday-toy-drive/

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15 year anniversary of Sugar Mags, Ladies night celebration!

STEPHANIE TASHJY AND GEORGIA HART TALK SUGAR MAG’S 15 ANNIVERSARY & DRIFTWOOD CARCUTERIE

Homiecast Roast Beef Taste Off

Dogtown Books reopening and welcomed the new owners. We brought home 3 new treasures!!!
 
Jimmy brought home something interesting from one of the local church holiday fairs.
 
Sip and Shop event Riversbend Tues Dec 4 5-8 PM. Nice to have one on a weeknight!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1745275302173999/
 
Pat finds interesting documents from 1953 regarding the sale of the dock here at Captain Joe and Sons
Lobster Trap tree Lighting
Request for lobster trap tree family photos Kim will post them submit them to  kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com
 

A WHALE OF A TAIL AT THE PAINT FACTORY

“Dive Deep Within” – Goetemann artist Deborah Redwood’s sculpture at the Paint Factory

Don’t you love the scale of Deborah’s piece? Much like Gloucester’s most beloved statues, the “Fishermen’s Wives Memorial,” “Man at the Wheel,” and “Joan of Arc,” “Dive Deep Within” is built to a very human scale and blends beautifully with the environment. “Dive Deep Within” is a statement, but does not try to compete with or dominate the surrounding landscape. Read more about Deborah’s piece here:

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When I look at the subtle artistry of “Dive Deep Within,” I am reminded of the humungous abrasive metal sculpture that our community has been highly pressurized to accept, to not only find a suitable location for its installation, but to pay for its fabrication as well. One suggested site was the tiny narrow strip of green grass on the Rocky Neck causeway. When that location was wholeheartedly rejected, the next attempt was to locate the sculpture at the beautiful, but again very small, Solomon Jacob’s Park. This suggestion was especially nonsensical because the Solomon Jacob Park was specifically designed to be an open window to the working waterfront.

Monumentally large sculptures like that perhaps look best when sited in vast open spaces, a midwestern prairie or on a farm field; at a similar place where from the artist has made his home for most of his life, rather than Gloucester’s stunning waterfront.

Greatly appreciating the scale and intention of Deborah Redwood’s “Dive Deep Within”