Community Photos 8/20/14

Al Bezanson submits-

Last week the 185 ft three-masted schooner Atlantic was anchored for a spell inside the breakwater at Eastern Point.  She is a 2010 replica of the schooner that held the monohull transatlantic speed record from 1905 until 1997.    In Newport earlier this summer with my friend Jay Irwin, the captain invited us aboard when he learned that Jay had visited the original in 1954, and had met the first mate who sailed the 1905 race.  He gave us a grand tour and this photo is one small example of her fit and finish.  Atlantic sank at a dock in Norfolk in 1982 and our friend Lane Briggs (founder of the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race)  made a number of dives on her in an attempt to raise the old girl, but she was too far gone.  He salvaged one of the masts, which was resurrected as a flagpole near downtown Norfolk.

Al Bezanson


Photo from August 2014/Celtic Music at the Stage Fort Park Bandstand/Janet Rice


Len Burgess submits-

Perfect sailing day out in Gloucester harbor Saturday. Got some photos of the ‘Thomas E. Lannon’ from Al Bezanson’s schooner ‘Green Dragon’.  -Len Burgess

Please Don’t Weed the Milkweed

Common Milweed Asclepias syriaca ©Kim Smith 2014Once established, native Common Milkweed grows vigorously and rambunctiously, making itself known even in the thinnest of sidewalk cracks. Here’s a patch growing along East Main Street. I think it beautiful! What do you think?

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If you caught Tom Ashbrook’s On Point broadcast on NPR this morning you heard Doctor Lincoln Brower, Karen Oberhausser, and Rick Mikula, three of the world’s leading butterfly experts, speaking about the disappearance of the Monarch and the main reason why–most notably because of the sterilization of the American landscape through the use Monsanto’s Roundup and GMO corn and soybean crops. The episode is airing again tonight at 8pm.

The following is a list of a few suggestions on ways in which we can all help turn the tide:

Plant milkweed and wildflowers. Teach members of your family and friends what milkweed looks like and why we don’t want to weed it out of the garden. The above patch of milkweed is growing next to a shop on East Main Street. About a month ago, I went into the store and, very, very politely inquired as to whether or not they knew that the plant growing outside their doorway was a terrific patch of milkweed. They had no idea. I explained what the benefits were to the Monarchs and have since noticed that the milkweed patch is still growing beautifully!

Ban GMO crops. Genetically modified seeds have been altered to withstand megadoses of Roundup. Millions and millions of tons of herbicides are poured onto Roundup Ready fields of crops, preventing any other plant that has not been genetically altered from growing (in other words, wildflowers). The application of Monsanto’s deadly destructive herbicide Roundup is creating vast sterilized agricultural wastelands, which will, over time, only need heavier and heavier does of their lethal chemicals to continue to be viable.

Don’t apply herbicides and pesticides in your own gardens.

Create wildflower corridors in backyards and highways.

Reduce salt wherever possible (and where it wouldn’t cause harm to human life). Large amounts of road salt, as was needed during this past snowiest of winters, is detrimental to wildlife habitats.

Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Artist Talk with Hideaki Miyamura


Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Artist Talk with Hideaki Miyamura, Sunday, August 24, 5:30PM at the Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.
Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese-born American studio potter working in New Hampshire. Born in 1955 in Niigata, Japan, Miyamura traveled to the United States to study art history at Western Michigan University. After college, he returned to Japan to pursue his interest in ceramics as an apprentice with master potter Shurei Miura in Yamanashi. During that five-year period, he experimented with over 10,000 test pieces, using countless formulas to develop original glazes. Now celebrated throughout Japan and the United States for his experimental and illustrious glazes, Miyamura’s surfaces possess a stunning and unusual iridescent quality. Porcelains created by Miyamura are included in numerous significant museum collections including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

BREAKING NEWS & VIDEO: Whitney Doucet, who sang with Keith Urban, to join James Montgomery at the Celebrate Gloucester Kick-off on Friday

James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester.  Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.

Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.

The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22!  VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available.  Get them NOW (right here)!


House Hunting

A little known secret about me is that I am full blown obsessed with the shows House Hunters and House Hunters International on HGTV.  And then there’s Island Hunters!  Did you know there are actually people out there shopping for islands?!

I’ve been watching them both for years and they never get old…

I LOVE living here…that comes as no surprise…but, I’d be lying if I didn’t find myself watching episodes of couples picking up everything and moving to some beachfront location on some tropical island paradise.  I live vicariously through them for 30 or 60 minutes whenever possible.  Dork, I know.

So, yesterday, upon finding a vulnerable little hermit crab at Cape Hedge Beach who was “between houses,” my boys suggested we conduct our own beachfront version of House Hunters.  We found several shell options for the squishy little guy, placed him and them under a clump of seaweed as much protected from hungry seagulls and bigger crabs as possible, and let him do his thing.

We watched him for a bit, but he was shy so we left him alone to take a look around his potential new residences.  We weren’t sure what he was looking for…striped, solid, beach chic, room to grow, open floor plan, comfy cozy, etc.

When we went back later to check, he was gone.  The boys were thrilled….even though there was no commission to be gained.

House Hunters

House Hunters International

Island Hunters


I’m very disapointed in you Rockport!


What are Towns thinking? They own Nature now?

I’m sure and I hope this sign is made for Commercial Companys that would haul away the rocks and smash them into decorative stones for Driveways and road shoulders.

“I’ll give you my rocks when you pry  them from my cold, dead hands

                                                                                        -Paul F. Frontiero Jr.

Why You Should Worry About The Butterflies

On the second hour of WBUR’s On Point this morning at 11:00am, the show features several outstanding Monarch experts. Here’s the link:

So many thanks to Michele and Jane for letting me know!

“We love butterflies, and monarch butterflies are called “monarch” for a reason.  They are grand.  All that fluttering orange and black display on a winged scale built to impress.  To charm.  But monarch butterflies are in trouble.  This year saw the smallest migration ever recorded to their winter retreat in the mountains of Mexico.  And if you are looking this summer for monarchs, they’ve been hard to find.  There’s a reason, and it goes back to genetically-modified crops, say my guests today.  This hour On Point:  monarch butterflies, beautiful and in trouble.”

– Tom Ashbrook

Community Stuff 8/20/14


Magnolia Auction, Live & Silent Auctions, featuring spirits and hors d’oeuvres,  Saturday September 6th.

All are welcome to the “Little Red Schoolhouse”, under the tent, dealers welcome at the Blynman School, 46 Magnolia Avenue, Magnolia.  Wind down summer with a good time! 
A not-to-be-missed event, the MHS announces the Magnolia Auction! 

Live and Silent Auctions, HUGE silent auction 4-6pm.  Live auction 6pm. 

The event will be catered by Classic Cooks Catering, great food and drink! 

Come for the auction, stay for the party atmosphere, fun neighborhood event, all welcome,
$25pp ($20 for MHS members).
Auction items include antiques, paintings – featuring artists Carol Loiacono, Sandy Herdman and more. Gift Certificates from the greatest stores and finest restaurants on Cape Ann.  Red Sox & Celtics tickets, sports memorabilia, collectibles and fine goods and more, come by!

For questions and more information, contact Chairperson Heidi Williams, at 978.879.9132

Siren By the Sea

A graduation recital by Gillian Hurst (RHS Class of 2010), accompanied by Dr. Beverly Soll will take place on Sunday, August 24 at 4pm.  Gillian recently graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, summa cum laude.  They will perform approximately 45 minutes of music from the Middle Ages to Modern Day.  First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School Street.  Donations gratefully accepted to help fund studies at the University of St. Andrews.

Grad Recital Pic

Gloucester author  Jackie Zollo Brooks   will be the speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Rockport Library on Thursday, August 28th at 7 PM on the second floor of the Rockport Library.

Jackie Zollo Brook, who is an alumna of Tufts University,  has  just written a  new romantic novel  entitled “The Ravenala

She was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and also taught in the English Departments of the University of Massachusetts and Wentworth Institute. 

From 1997-1999 she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, serving as an English Teaching Supervisor. Her time in this beautiful but impoverished land and its people stayed with her. 

The Ravenala   is named for ‘the travelers tree’ found only in Madagascar.  A traveler cutting into the palm’s branches can receive a refreshing drink of cool water  Today she lives and writes full-time in Gloucester.

This meeting is open to the public and all are invited.  


Thursday, September 18th, 7 PM, , at the
Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Understanding and Misunderstanding
Our Freedom to Do and Achieve
What Others Expect of Us

A Discussion
Moderated by Tom Kiely of West Gloucester


Karl Frank of East Gloucester, Former Instructor in Philosophy, Dartmouth College

John D. Mullen of Rocky Neck, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College

Rory Anscombe of East Gloucester, Read Philosophy and Forensic Psychiatry at Oxford College, England

Richard N. Rosenfeld of Rocky Neck, Philosophy Major, Yale College

What if the idea of free choice is an illusion?  Wouldn’t that be disturbing?  After all, the notion that we are free to make the choices we make and especially the choices that determine whether we are successful or not, criminals or not, moral or not, responsible or not, and praiseworthy or not is at the very core of our religious, political, and moral codes. Religion makes us answerable for our actions because it says we have “free will.” Our “free” enterprise system assumes we are “free” to make good or bad economic choices and is designed to reward us accordingly. Our criminal justice system punishes those who “choose” to commit crimes.

But suppose freedom of choice is just a myth. That is it just a rallying cry for Western Civilization.  Will our idea of freedom survive philosophical scrutiny? And if it doesn’t, what are we left with?  That’s what this discussion is about.