Who Is The Fruit Cup Ninja?

Bill Cox writes-

For the life of me, I can’t figure this out. When Melissa and I cleaned this area out a few weeks ago, we must have found a dozen or so fruit cups. Today I find another….I am vexed! Do we have a fruit cup ninja running around? Was there a fruit cup truck accident I was unaware of? Pagan ritual item?


Bluefin Blowout Weekend!

more details- www.bluefinblowout.com


Today is the day! The Captain’s meeting gets underway tonight at Cape Ann Marina for the start of the 2013 Bluefin Blowout. 37 years ago, things weren’t that different. Last year only two fish were taken in the two day tournament. There are a lot more competitors this year. Things are about to get fun, fun, Funky!





Today, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce announced that Robert W. Heidt, Jr., the Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, has announced his resignation to accept another leadership position in the Chamber industry. Heidt’s departure comes after nearly two years of distinguished service in which he advanced many of the organization’s goals and helped strengthen the Cape Ann business community.

"Robert has been an invaluable, motivated leader for our organization and Cape Ann. His ability to advocate for business, build partnerships and drive the organization forward serves as a model for those who follow. While we are sorry to see him go, we are so very fortunate to have benefited from Robert’s leadership. The Chamber will build upon the progress under Robert’s tenure while continuing in its mission to advance the region’s business interests," said Ed Collard, 2013 Board President.

During his tenure, Heidt is credited with dramatically enhancing the financial stability, bolstering internal & external communications strategies, building a dynamic team of professionals and adding additional levels of transparency to the growing organization. "It has been a privilege working shoulder to shoulder with so many dedicated professionals who care deeply about the vitality of Cape Ann. In today’s very competitive, global environment, it is critical that America’s Chambers strive for world-class commitment and meaningful results – together, we have done that. I give much credit to my team, members and partners I’ve had the honor of working with and look forward to their continued progress.” said Robert Heidt.

Heidt will leave his post on October 1st. Peter Webber, will oversee Chamber operations until a new Chief Executive Officer is hired, appointed by Ed Collard, 2013 Board President. Ed Collard will be leading the Search Committee for the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer.

So What’s Up With This?

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Looks like someone is selling Niles Pond, or at least the spit of land at its shore.  Anyone know what’s up with this?  It would be a shame not to be able to encounter lovely flowers like this rose mallow (or swamp mallow) along the shore of Niles Pond.

E.J. Lefavour

Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow Growing at Niles Pond

Rose Mallow Marsh Mallow ©Kim Smith 2013

Please Don’t Pick the Wildflowers ~ Thank you!

Hibiscus moscheutos, known by many common names including Swamp Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow, Eastern Rose Mallow, and my favorite, Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow, is a wonderful perennial garden plant and when found in nature, is a wetland plant that can grow in great drifts. Hummingbirds and bees drink nectar from mallows. The flowers of Hibiscus moscheutos range is shades from pure white to deepest rose, and some have a brilliant magenta eye.

Rose Mallow was planted widely at the beginning of the previous centurey, when an awaresness developed about conserving our North American native wildflowers. You would be hard pressed perusing a home and garden publication from that era and not find a lovely illustration of Crimson-eyed Rose Mallow.

Seafood Throwdown, Farmers Market, Live Music on Schooners and in the Streets. It’s still Summer folks!

Seafood Throwdown
NAMA’s Niaz Dorry with the Mystery Fish (gray sole) at a July 2010 Seafood Throwdown won by Sugar Mags

Can you feel it?  People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year.  It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do.  Take today for instance.  Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets.  See the full live music schedule here.

Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria.  Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!

See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.

Harbor Loop Concert Series 2013 ~ Tonight with Allen Estes “Souls of The Sea” and The Walker Creek Band 6:30 to start.

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Allen Estes~Souls Of the Sea

Allen Esteshttp://www.allenestes.com/allenestes/Allen_Estes_Welcome.html


The Walker Creek Band

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line with his special guest Lydia Warren 8.22.2013. 8:30-11:30


Dave says,
The heat’s on high this week as we cave in to our animal desires with the welcome addition of a new musician to our Augean Stables: Ms. Lydia Warren. This gal, tender as an egg from a bluebird’s nest, absolutely wrecked the joint at the Glou. Blues Fest a coupla weeks ago. She plays scorching glitar, and sings like an angel. You gotta czech this out. She blew me away!
Worse, I’ve got the hottest guitarist on the Boston scene, Mr. Chris “Stovall” Brown, to back her up. And, completing the circuit, Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett is gonna keep time for us. I need a doctor….if you miss this, you should get burial insurance.
Photo take at the 2nd Gloucester Annual Blues Festival 8.10.2013
40 Railroad Ave.Gloucester, MA 01930phone: 978-283-9732

Email: shred1946@yahoo.com


Origami bicycle

I have been ramping up my origami activity a bit recently, and wanted to make an origami bicycle for a friend. I tried to find instructions for one, but could only find references to two origami bike designs – and one is really a scooter, not a bike, while the other is a great design, but very complicated and not fully documented. So, I decided to try to come up with my own design. Because of the geometry of a bicycle, I decided to fold it from a long rectangle instead of a square. (While squares are more common, origami can be made out of different shapes of paper.) Here are my sketches and rough draft:

After another rough draft, I came up with this model:

It’s made from an single long rectangle with no cutting or glueing. It could still stand for some improvement, but I think it’s a good start!

Matthew Green



Magnolia Road Race

Hi Joe,

Thanks again for all of your help on the race this year.  GMG has a prime position on our shirts and we are putting up a banner on the side of the Library for race day and a few weeks after to thank all of our sponsors.

Thanks in part to your video, we have sold out all of our free t-shirts for the first 100 pre registrants early this year.  There will not likely be any available race day.  However, we have decided to make more available to the first 10 people who show up to register in person on Friday night, between 7-8PM at the Library.  We all agree these are the best shirts we have done yet.  I will bring yours by soon.  We are also keeping the low $20 entry fee for anyone who shows up Friday, which will save you $5.

So…on top of the kid’s fun run, the 5K main event, pancake breakfast, bouncy house, fire engine display, and crafts fair…. The Library is also setting up a hot dog stand at the Magnolia Pier around 11AM.  That’s right! Hot Dogs and Pier Jumping.  The weather is going to be perfect.  Does it get any better than that?




Spread the Word! PANCAKE BREAKFAST The Library is opening the gates starting at 8:45am; right after the fun run on Saturday August 24. Yet another reason to run watch or volunteer. $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

This certified 5k course is lined with spectators, loops around the shore, and is chock full of gorgeous ocean views (and breezes!) Historically 200-400 runners participate and 50 volunteers run the show. Post-race celebrations include an awards ceremony, refreshments, and this year the Magnolia Library Center’s 125th anniversary celebration. ALL proceeds benefit the Magnolia Library Center, a non-profit community organization dedicated to enriching the lives of our residents by providing educational and cultural experiences through programming and events.

For more information email or call:
Amy Greaves (617) 283 2363
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Gloucester’s First Bike Lanes

Fred Bodin Submits-

I first noticed the Bike Lane on Rogers Street while driving home Saturday night after the Block Party. Today, I saw it again on Stacy Boulevard while leaving the Waterfront Festival. It runs the entire length of the Boulevard, but not on all of Rogers Street. I’m not used to dealing with innovation, except for a few trips thru Boston. I automatically drove my car in between the center line and the Bike Lane line. I think it’s a great idea.

Just A Little Time Left To Get Tickets For Sista Felicia’s Book Launch Gala At Cruiseport!

Sista Felicia writes-

I am thrilled to announce that Maurizio Pasquele from Music Paradise Productions will be in the Ballroom  as our entertainer for the evening. Get your dancing shoes ready, and don’t forget to come hungry…Cruiseport Gloucester will be serving recipes straight from the pages of the cookbook! Tickets to the Gala are on sale now. Message me for tickets or stop by the GMG tent at the Gloucester Farmers Market today 8/22/13, at the Beautiful Stage Fort Park 3-6 pm to purchase tickets.  Their will be additional copies for sale during the Gala.

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Community Stuff 8/22/13

Exploring ART for the Adult  – Papier-Mâché life-sized Sculpture

Next Course:  (11 Fridays 1:30 – 4:30)  Aug 23,30 -Sept 6,13,20,27 – Oct 4,11,18,25 – Nov 1

Course 5: Papier-mâché life-sized sculpture Create a life-sized head of a famous person in history utilizing a variety of materials, mediums and techniques.

Classes meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St.  (parking available on Washington St.)

                            Cost: $240 per Course: Payments of $20 per week Plus a One-time $5 supplies fee per course.

For Information and Registration

Phone: 978-283-6149 or 617-974-8222 Email: lyorkrob4@gmail.com