Welcome back to Rockport, Santa! We missed you.
Several nights ago while filming at T Wharf in truly gorgeous fading light a very cool hawk flew on the scene, hungrily hunting the flock of pigeons that were circling around Motif #1. The kerfuffle was captured on film, and then he perched about fifteen feet away from where I was standing! I very slowly and quietly turned cameras toward him. The hawk stayed for a few moments longer before heading back out to chase the pigeons.
I believe this is an immature Cooper’s Hawk because of the beautiful elongated teardrop-shaped patterning of the feathers on its breast, the distinguishing three bars on its long tail, and the yellow eyes. What do you think?
The light was so dim and the hawk photos were shot at only a shutter speed of 40 and high ISO of 5400. Nonetheless, I’m impressed with the clarity of the images from my new lens when shooting in very low light conditions.
Motif #1 (Not fuji, iPhone 6sPlus photo)
I posted a few “live blog” photos of Santa’ much awaited arrival, but here are several more.
Such a fun tradition. It is so fun to watch the boys, and all of Rockport’s children, get older each year as they stand on T-Wharf and await Santa’s arrival.
This was our 9th “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the novelty has certainly not worn off.
Even the rain couldn’t dampen the anticipation on T Wharf in Rockport yesterday afternoon as the crowd eagerly awaited the arrival of the one and only Santa!
It is truly a one-of-a-kind kind of day in a one-of-a-kind kind of town!
Please excuse my shoddy videography. As you can imagine, I was filming with one hand, taking photos with the other, and trying to make sure the boys didn’t do belly flops into Rockport Harbor. Intentionally or by accident.
This event has already received some press here on GMG and I’ve had my eye on it for a couple of weeks.
The Beauport Princess will welcome Santa aboard on Saturday (twice)!
Reserve ASAP for the evening Santa Cruise to enjoy cocoa, cookies, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, partying with some elves, and of course schmoozing with the big guy Himself! The afternoon cruise has already sold out, so if you’re interested in sailing with Santa, book now for the 6:00-7:30 pm trip.
Because we call Rockport home, we’ve yet to miss Santa’s arrival into Rockport Harbor. Each year it is a big day in our household and I’m guessing that, years from now, it’ll be one of those days that our boys treasure from their book of childhood memories.
Santa is scheduled to arrive on Rockport’s T-Wharf at 3:45….by lobster boat, of course. Santa is always escorted into the harbor by the Rockport Harbor Masters, as well as, the Coast Guard. You can never be too safe when it comes to the Big Guy after all.
Once disembarking the boat and climbing the ladder up towards Motif #1, Santa will hitch a ride on one of Rockport’s Forest Fire Trucks to Dock Square for some caroling and the lighting of Rockport’s Christmas Tree. The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to get under way at 4:00 p.m.
Dressing warmly and packing a thermos are never bad ideas 😉
In my humble opinion, you can NEVER go wrong with a trip to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary….and this weekend is no exception!
Saturday’s programing includes “Gifts from Nature” for 4-12 year olds @ 10:00 a.m. and “Map and Compass Treasure Hunt” @ 2:00 p.m. for ages 7 and up!
On Sunday, from 1:30-3:00, you can join a “Sense of Wonder Walk: Nuts about Squirrels” for ages 3 and up! Come on….how can you resist that?
Get your laugh on! The Improv Asylum in Boston’s North End will be home to “No Rest for the Wicked Funny” again this year. The event is 24 straight hours of comedy to benefit Globe Santa. While 23 hours of the event is not child friendly (and, really, who would want it to be!!!), the 10:00 a.m time slot on Saturday, December 6th is!
“Family Time! Children 13 and under can improvise with The 24 hour cast for some family friendly fun. (Kids get in free)”
So, if you have a child who loves the limelight or who is outgoing and funny, this may be just the ticket to let them shine! And…it is for a great charity.
You can read more about the entire event here
Hmmm. There’s something different about Rockport Harbor these days. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Could it possibly be the massive marine crane that is resting alongside our sleepy and iconic Motif 1?
It has taken me by surprise several days in a row upon coming to the end of Broadway to turn up South Street to head home.
The equipment, for the record, is in town to work on the Rockport Breakwater.