A Question To The Rockporters- Fog Horns in Rockport – what happened to them – HELP ME PLEASE

Wayne asks-

Hi Gloucester;
I absolutely enjoy your blog. But I have a question concerning the Fog Horns in Rockport  and no one seems to be able to answer my question. I am hoping you can help.
I live on Phillips Ave, Rockport (near the Emerson Inn)..For years I could hear the FOG Horns during overcast days and find the sound so comforting & soothing (reminds me of days gone by). However,, for several months now-they have been silenced and I am heartbroken………
what happened to the Fog Horns?  Please don’t tell me they have ceased due to some disgruntled residents?
Please make my day – can you help me and maybe do a little digging around and see what you can find out?    ..I’m quite serious.
Most Appreciative-look forward to hearing from you

Purchase Your Tickets Today for the Upcoming Gloucester Garden Tour!

We hope you can join us and please help spread the word. The funds raised will go directly towards maintaining the Fishermen’s Wives Memorial and Gardens and the butterfly gardens at the HarborWalk. The tour is hosted by GenerousGardeners and the Harvard Club of the North Shore. I am going to be at the HarborWalk Gardens throughout the day to answer all your habitat gardening questions. And I will be giving two guided tours, the first at 1:00 and again at 2:00.

To purchase tickets.

Today is the last day you can purchase tickets at the 20.00 price. Tomorrow they go up to 25.00. For the first 50 ticket holders, free parking at Stage Fort Park is included.


Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird ~ Susan Kelly Photo

Susan shares this photo of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird that frequents her garden. If you want female hummingbirds to choose your garden to build their nests nearby, I recommend putting your hummingbird feeders out early, in March and April. Northward migrating hummingbirds are in need of nourishment by they time they reach our shores. Their diet consist primarily of small insects; there are few insects on the wing and even fewer nectar plants blooming. I place my hummingbird feeders above early blooming Red Riding Hood Tulips. Although the tulips do not provide nectar, the red flowers lure them to the hummingbird feeders.

A note about hummingbird feeders. Never add red food coloring or use honey to sweeten the water. To make your own sugar solution, combine 1 part pure granulated sugar to 4 parts water. Clean you hummingbird feeders weekly with a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water; more frequently in warm weather.

new Garden Tour Flyer

Fun At The Horrbles Parade Is Increased Multiple Times Over By Being In It!

We’re coming back next year strong. Count on it!

Kudos to all of the people who put in the time to build floats and walk in the Parade.
Special nod to The folks at Ryan and Wood and Camp Spindrift who were far and away the Best In Class IMO.


Horribles Parade and Fireworks Submission From Jay Smiledge

The "You. Are. Beautiful. – Tribute to Warriors" show is now up at LAT 43 in Gloucester!


Dear Cape Ann Community,

The "You. Are. Beautiful. – Tribute to Warriors" show is now up at LAT 43 in Gloucester! This special event to celebrate art and support our wounded vets is this Monday, July 8 from 6:30-9:30pm.  Tickets are $20/person and 100% of the ticket price goes to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.  You can buy tickets at the door or here:  http://youarebeautiful.eventbrite.com/

Through this body of work, I am proud to share the voices and portraits of five veterans, four of whom are from Massachusetts.  All five of the veterans I photographed will be at the event, including Corporal Evan Reichenthal, USMC. 

Evan decided he wanted to become a Marine when he was in middle school.  After graduating from high school in 2009, he enlisted and would see his dream of pursuing the ultimate profession to test one’s mind, body and spirit, come true.

In December 2010, Evan’s unit deployed to a small base in Marjah in southern Afghanistan.   Evan was an infantryman and was on foot patrol on January 5, 2011 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED).  The explosion severed his right leg, damaged his left calf, destroyed his right elbow and sent shrapnel throughout most of his body.

Evan underwent 26 surgeries following his injury.  He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service.  Evan applied the same calm determination he maintained in becoming a Marine to his recovery.  His will to adapt and overcome continues to make him a warrior.  As he says, “My body may break but my mind cannot.”

Evan would say he is not a hero because he was just doing his job.  I think he’s a hero, and sometimes even heroes need help.  This is why we are doing this event. 

Evan is also on the cover of my book, "You. Are. Beautiful. Volume 01 – Portraits and Poems."  I launched it in April, and it features 26 people I photographed for my project, veterans and beyond, across Boston and surrounding areas, Chicago and surrounding areas, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco. 

100% of net proceeds from the book go to charities that empower wounded vets and at-risk youth.  The book is available at Lula’s Pantry in Rockport, Willow Rest in Gloucester and online at:  http://ThiLinh.pixpasites.com.

I hope you are inspired by this work, and I hope you will pay this message forward.  You are beautiful. 


Thi Linh Wernau, Rockport, MA

(All photos copyright Thi Linh Wernau and Thi Linh Photography)


Community Photos 7/4/13

Three Guys and Three Gulls From Janet Rice

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Hmmmm… This cloud over Kettle Island needs some Viagra!

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In all my years I’ve never seen a penis cloud.  in fact I hereby declare this cloud formation a Penis Cloud.

So in the future all you meteorological students when you study different cloud formations you can think of me when you see “Penis Clooud” with a little asterisk next to it crediting me with the proper naming rights.

Community Stuff 7/4/13

Lanesville Community Center Senior Social

Hi Joey,
The Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan St., will hold a Senior Social on Friday, July 5, from 1:00 – 3:00.  The Everly Sisters of The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester will be singing.  Nisu, coffee, and cold drinks will be served.  Join us for an afternoon with friends and neighbors!
Door prizes will be awarded!
Jean Jacobson

5th Annual Vikings Hockey Sunset Cruise




The Friday July 12 meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will
feature old friend and NASA Solar System Ambassador Ted Blank, with a
presentation on the exploits of the Mars Curiosity rover. Ted will give us
a colorful and in-depth look at the news and photos "just in from Mars"!
The Curiosity rover and the Mars Science Laboratory it carries are the most
expensive, most complex instruments ever sent to the surface of another
planet. In addition to great pictures, Curiosity is now returning
cutting-edge science data for the first time, including, for just one
example, checking out the martian radiation environment in advance of human
Curiosity’s main mission, the goal of many individual onboard science
experiments, is to determine whether Mars could have once harbored life,
and even whether it might do so today.
This is exciting stuff. Ted is one of our most popular speakers, so come
early and bring your questions.
The meeting will begin at 8:00 pm, Friday July 12, at the Lanesville
Community Center.
GAAC meets on the second Friday of every month at the Lanesville Community
Center. More information is available on their website ( http://gaac.us )
and Facebook page ( http:www.facebook.com/gaacpage ). No telescope is
necessary, just an interest in what’s going on out there. Meetings are free
and open to everyone, and presentations are suitable for the general public.

Community Stuff 7/4/13

As announced at the recent Rockport American Legion meeting, Angela Cook
of Oasis Rockport has begun the Cape Ann Veterans Project. She will be
putting together a book detailing the stories of our local veterans,
scheduled for release on Veterans Day. A percentage of the proceeds from
the book will be donated to the American Legion. Angela is putting a
call out to our local veterans to get in touch so that you can schedule
an interview. She can be reached by calling 978-290-3182 or emailing
acook@oasisrockport.com . All veterans from Cape Ann, even those who now
live elsewhere, are invited to participate in this project.

Veterans Flyer