NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT THREE PIPING PLOVERS TODAY AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!

Throughout the day, a threesome has been actively feeding, battling for territory, and two of the three, displaying courtship behavior.

Often times I have read that Piping Plovers in Massachusetts do not begin to actively court until mid-April. That has simply not been the case with our Good Harbor Beach pair. As soon as they arrive to their northern breeding grounds, they don’t waste any time and get right down to the business of reproducing! Last year, the PiPls were courting within a week of arriving, and this year, on the first day.

I only had brief periods of time to visit the beach this morning, but within that window, FOUR separate times the male built a little scrape, called Mama over to come investigate, while adding bits of dried seaweed and sticks, and fanning his tail feathers.

Papa scraping a nest in the sand.

Fanning his tail and inviting Mama to come inspect the nest scrape.

Tossing sticks and beach debris into the scrape.

Papa high-stepping for Mama.

It was VERY cold and windy both times I stopped by GHB and the PiPls were equally as interested in snuggling down behind a clump of dried beach grass as they were in courting.

Mama and Papa finding shelter from the cold and wind in the wrack line.

Good Harbor Beach was blessedly quiet all day. Our awesome dog officer Teagan Dolan was at the beach bright and early and there wasn’t a single dog in sight, I think greatly due to his vigilance and presence educating beach goers this past week.

Heather Hall, Katharine Parsons, Alicia Pensarosa, Laurie Sawin

Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting Katharine Parsons, Director of the Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Program. She gave an outstanding program to a crowd of Piping Plover advocates and interested parties, which was held at the Sawyer Free Library. Katharine covered everything from life cycle, management strategies and tools, habitat conservation, and the fantastic role Massachusetts is playing in the recovery of Piping Plovers, Least Terns, Roseate Terns, and Oystercatchers. We are so appreciative of Alicia Pensarosa and Gloucester’s Animal Advisory Committee for sponsoring Katharine!

Ward One Councilor Scott Memhard and Katharine

City Council President Paul Lundberg, Katharine, and Alicia

Fun Fact we learned from Katharine’s presentation–a Piping Plover chick weighs six grams at birth. In comparison, and after consulting Google, a US nickel weighs a close 5.5 grams.

Cape Ann Museum names new Museum Director!

Cape Ann Museum_20181219_© catherine ryan.jpgNews from Cape Ann Museum:

For the past 17 years, Ronda Faloon has been a constant champion for the Cape Ann Museum. During her tenure as Executive Director she has guided us through a period of tremendous growth. She has expanded our facilities, grown our visitation and membership and elevated the role that the Cape Ann Museum plays within our community. She has advanced our mission and made the Cape Ann Museum a truly special place.

When Ronda first announced that she would retire in the spring of 2019, the Board of Directors formed a Search Committee, co-chaired by Board members Henrietta Gates and Suzi Natti. The Board also engaged the services of a nationally recognized firm that specializes in museum related executive searches. The Search Committee was focused on identifying an individual who would understand and appreciate who we are as an organization and would have the ability to guide us through the implementation of our Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

Inquiries and applications were received from all over the country. The Search Committee met and reviewed many candidates who were evaluated based on their ability to serve the needs of the Museum, our membership and our community. 

I am pleased to announce that the search has been successful.

Effective April 1, 2019 Oliver Barker will become Director of the Cape Ann Museum.

Oliver joins us from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where he supervises a portfolio of fundraising and international engagements and is responsible for developing partnerships with foundations, corporations and governments. Prior to joining the MFA, Oliver worked as Curator & Project Director for the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He began his career as the Director of Education & Visitor Services for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy where he lived for nearly a decade. Oliver holds a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and an Honors Degree in Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), in Melbourne, Australia.

Oliver has deep family ties in Gloucester* and has been a frequent visitor to the Cape Ann Museum for 20 years. He lives in Wenham with his wife and children.

I am confident that you will enjoy meeting Oliver and getting to know him. He is a thoughtful, respectful and charismatic leader who has the ability and perspective required to guide us through the next chapter of our own story.

Thank you for your continued support of the Museum. I look forward to seeing you at one of the Museum’s many great events this year, including Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880, opening in August.

Sincere regards,

Charles D. Esdaile

President, Board of Directors

*Lundbergs

GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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GloucesterCast 245 With Paul Lundberg, The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jimmy and Pat Dalpiaz, Judy Ryan, Heidi Dallin, Kim Smith, Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 10/8/17

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Time-stamped Topics Include (click on digits before each topic to go direct):

00:12 Paul Lundberg Running For Councilor At Large- Why?

11:46 The Cast of To Kill A Mockingbird from Gloucester Stage Buy Tickets Here

14:44 Kim Balls Her Eyes Out

31:37 Cape Ann Community Cinema Ticket Contest We will have two free tickets to give away I will post a question from the podcast, people need to share the podcast, tag me in it and answer the question for a chance to win the tickets.

Cape Ann Community Cinema Tickets Contest Question- What movie did Joey and Kate see?

34:40 The Franklin Cape Ann For Dinner- Maria Seniti and Crew Have Not Lost A Step -Delivering Consistency For Years At The Franklin.

37:36 Happy Belly Coffee– Shoutout To Happy Belly Coffee Roaster Tom

40:20 Serenitee Rewards Card Joey Got One Free Entree because you get one to use during your birthday month , One Free Coffee and $10.00 Free To Use At Happy Belly

42:20 Cape Pod Ice Gift Shop, Cape Ann Whale Watch Gift Shop, Pauline’s Gifts, Maritime Gloucester, Weathervane, One Ocean One Love

45:26 You Can Help Fund Kim Smith’s Monarch Butterfly Film

46:52 This past week Essex National Heritage announced new trustees including PETER WEBBER, Cape Ann Chamber; new commissioners including KIM SMITH; and 2017 Pioneer in Partnership awardees including Woman owned businesses of the Byway  Essex National Heritage organizes the wildly successful Trails and Sails and the coastal scenic Byway—best route home from the airport if you have family/friends visiting for the first time and they get into Logan like at 4pm on a weekday and don’t want to be horribly stuck in traffic on route 1! easy to follow and gorgeous. Essex National Heritage celebrated their 20th anniversary this past winter and many Gloucester and Cape Ann organizations were recognized. Only one person, though, and she was…KIM!

 

49:15 Dan Ruberti Passed

50:34 Joey I’m Edwin from Tacos Lupita can u help me spread the word..A quick update on the donations to Puerto Rico. We have 2 containers of donations but we have the money to sent only one so far. So I ask the community of Gloucester one more time to help collect 6k to pay for the other container. God bless

52:10 Addicted to Garden of Eatin’ Red Hot Blues Corn Tortilla Chips. Is it bad to eat nacho chips at 7am?

54:33 Ro-Tel Dip

56:35 Pigeon Cove Tavern

58:50 Fun things to do ART LINKS compiled by Cat Ryan-
Arts events still going strong on Sunday and Monday Columbus Day weekend

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Scary Movies all October Why should Salem have all the fun?

o   Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with UU Church SILENT horror movies

Hunchback of Notre Dame Oct 17, 7:30PM featuring world famous pipe organ maestro Peter Krasinski

Not sure if these have planned 2017 dates, yet

Magolia Sip and Stroll; Brace Cove Annual Art Market; Oktoberfest at Cape Ann Brewing

SAVE this link to plan for every FALL Gloucester annual arts events schedule—just in October/ “fall”!

 

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Highlights from Inauguration Ceremony 2014

_DSF6788Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Senator Ed Markey

The Mayor’s, School Committee’s, and City Councilor’s inauguration and oath of office ceremonies were held at Kyrouz Auditorium at City Hall on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.  A warm welcome was given by Senator Tarr, followed by the pledge of allegiance, led by Baylee Kirk, the national anthem sung by Gordon Baird, and speech given by Art Haven founder David Brooks. Mayor Kirk gave a very inspiring inaugural address, highlighting her past term’s accomplishments and goals for the coming term. The Cape Ann Symphony String Quartet provided lovely background music for the event and Allison Doody gave an outstanding performance of Katy Perry’s Roar.

Sefatia Thekan and New City Council Member Paul Lundberg

David Brooks

State Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante and Vito Calamo

Senator Bruce Tarr and Baylee Kirk

Mayor Kirk Taking the Oath of Office

School Committee Members Taking the Oath of Office

City Council Vice President Sefatia Thekan, President Paul McGeary, and Councilor Steven LeBlanc

Gloucester High School Student Allison Doody singing RoarGloucester High School Student Allison Doody singing Roar

Melissa Cox’s special inauguration socks