Because of the current stretch of rainy weather there will be few Monarch sightings at this time. Butterfly’s wings don’t work very well in the cold and rain. We can hope that if the warm weather returns there will be a greater number of butterflies migrating through our region than the passel of last week. In the mean time, I thought I’d share one of my most treasured possessions, which is the August 1976 issue of National Geographic. I purchased this copy when I began doing research for my Monarch film and children’s book. If I remember correctly, it was $2.50 on eBay–lucky me to find a copy!!
The issue tells the story of the “discovery” of the Monarchs by scientists. I have reservations in writing the word discovery because it is difficult to imagine that the native peoples living in the region did not know of their existence long before westerners. As a matter of fact, the woman who led the discovery, Catalina Aguado, was born in Michoacán, the Mexican state that is home to the butterflies wintering grounds. Catalina is the only living member of the original team featured in the 1976 National Geographic article.
There have been three interesting and noteworthy Monarch stories in the news recently, forwarded to us by our GMG FOBs. Stay tuned for a post tomorrow with summaries and links to all three articles.
Faculty-Student Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art
Exhibit at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, October 2 – October 26, 2014
Public Reception Sunday, Oct. 5, 2 – 4 p.m.
Synthesis II: Endicott College and Montserrat College of Art Faculty and Student Exhibit, will be on view at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester, Thursday, October 2 – Sunday, October 26.
A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 2 – 4 pm.
The show will feature the works of Endicott College faculty members Meg Black, Krystal Demaine, Mari LaCure, Michael Miller, Carol Pelletier, Cynthia Roberts, Dean – Mark Towner, and Miles Warner. Montserrat College of Art faculty exhibiting are Judith Brassard Brown, Greg Orfanos, Justin Gagne, Gabrielle Keller, Lisa Perkins, Robert Roy, Julia Shepley, Blyth Hazen and Len Thomas-Vickory.
Students from both colleges will also have their works on view. Endicott exhibiting students are: Stephanie Alvarado-Ross, Samantha Hensel, Kayla Hodgetts, Alicia Luong, Suzie Newman, Kara Summerly, Graham Swayze, and Ruby Wallace-Ewing.
Montserrat College of Art students exhibiting are Adam Kooken, Mike Outhouse, Anthony Corrado, Katherine Roldan, Rory Bastille, Kerry McDermott, Alecia Parent/ Rebecca Segar collaborative piece and Chelsea Nee. Their work is from a semester-long documentary project of the plant and workers at the Salem Harbor Power Plant which was on display last June. The structure is now being demolished to make way for a new, smaller power plant. The project was funded by Footprint Power.
This will be fourth year for the joint Montserrat-Endicott show at Rocky Neck, formerly held on a weekend at the Goetemann Residency Studio and now expanded to a four-week exhibition at the Cultural Center.
The exhibition will include a variety of media including painting, photography, book arts, sculpture, illustration, graphic design, and mixed media, and will be on both floors of the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.
Mark Towner, Dean for the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College states, ““There is a long history of exhibiting art by students alongside their professors’ art. The process reveals interesting patterns of media, style, and subject. The presentation of art created by individuals from different institutions, most often occurs in the form of an open competition.
“In the spirit of unity and celebration, this exhibition at Rocky Neck Cultural Center integrates both approaches. The end result provides multiple actions and dynamic reactions, to form a more complex picture: A synthesis most worthy of examination and the titling of this exhibit.”
Montserrat College of Art President Steve Immerman said he is “Montserrat values its collaboration with the creative community on Cape Ann, and especially the Rocky Neck Art Colony. We are so pleased to be able to showcase the work of our talented faculty and students with a larger audience.”
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 4 pm.
For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 978-515-7004
Free Celtic music concert on Saturday October 4th in Lanesville at the Orthodox Congregational Church featuring The Crossing, visiting from Chicago. Doors open at 5:30 PM. They will play at the Firehouse in Newburyport on Sunday October 5th at 3PM. Tickets for the Sunday concert are $15. Find out more at www.grrrrecords.com/crossing.
Lynnderella…Lynderella…I have a name that sounds like “Cinderella” and I am hoping just like her, I will soon find my happily-ever-after! I am a sweet and social gal with a passion for making new friends and investigating new places. I have a playful side and wouldn’t turn my paw up at some fun toys either. So…are you my happily-ever-after? You’ll have come to the Cape Ann Animal Aid’s Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter to find out if we’re a perfect match! And hey, while you on your way, it would be purrrrfectly sweet of you to bring a gift for me and my kitty friends. We are running a little low on wet pate-style cat food over here and I hear that donations are always welcome! I hope you meet you soon! For more information visit www.capeannanimalaid.org.
Heidi Hafey submits-
My ten year old son Daniel and his friend Caleb Grace caught a Triggerfish today inside Lanes Cove. They were watching him yesterday and calling it the “mystery fish”. Today they went back and managed to find and catch him! Caleb’s Dad took one look at the photos and immediately identified it as a triggerfish. When I googled triggerfish and Gloucester the search took me to GMG so I thought I’d share… (They set it free after the pics)
Corliss Landing Sunset – photo from Anthony Marks
Hi Joey – I saw the most beautiful sunrise yesterday. Just wanted to share this with the GMG community! Leslie Heffron
Lanes Cove Heron on 9 26 14 at 8 AM From Bobby Brooks
Fish Tale Friday October 3, 7:30pm
Benefit for Cape Ann Animal Shelter & the GWC
Theme: Dogs & Cats
Come at 7:00 Have a drink, appetizer or dine and reserve your spot.
Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Writers Center and the Charles Olson Society Present:
The Fifth Annual Charles Olson Lecture
Photo: Sam Charters
Ralph Maud Charles Olson as I knew him.
Sunday, October 19th 2:00 pm
Cape Ann Museum 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
diggers series Grace Schrafft oGloucester Witches
Wed., October 22th 7:30 pm 126 East Main Street
In September of 1692 nine Gloucester women were accused of witchcraft…come to find out more.
last year. For more information
see our Annual Report.
Marine Forecast :
Today NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Patchy fog this morning. A chance of rain this morning with vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tonight NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft.
Pod Cast Weather : lol Thursday Not Tuesday ! http://www.spreaker.com:80/episode/5031283
Hourly Forecast :
What’s Happening at GHS 9/30/14
All seniors were invited to attend a presentation through their senior English classes last Friday for a refresher on the College Application Process. Great questions and renewed energy! A presentation for the parents with their students is scheduled for Thursday, October 9, at 6:30 in the Lecture Hall for all interested seniors and their parents.
The Guidance Counselors have begun meeting with all seniors to ensure all of the planning and preparation of last year is progressing on target and make any changes or modifications to their college and career plans.
The PSAT’s will be offered at GHS on October 15, 2014 for all juniors and any sophomores who may be interested. This practice opportunity for the SAT’s is a wonderful time to begin thinking about the entire college application and acceptance process. To register for the PSAT, a payment of $22 (cash only) may be deposited with Mrs. Mondello before school, during lunch or after school.
The Health Fair will be in the Field House on Thursday October 2, for all of our students to attend.
Progress Reports will be distributed Friday, October 3, 2014. Check with your students to review their progress and please call the attendance office if your student did not receive their copy at 978-281-9867. Parents may register on the Gloucester High School Website Homepage for
access to their I parent accounts and obtain daily updates regarding attendance and student progress.
The Guidance Department is currently meeting with all of the freshman to check in and find out how everything is going, (can you open your locker, when do you do your homework, any questions or problems?). We just wanted to thank you for sending us some very well rested, enthusiastic students.
Common Application Workshops: Please join us after school on Thursday, October 23 and/or Thursday, November 6 for assistance in completing your common application in our Guidance Conference Room. We will be available to assist you with all questions and concerns and will have computer access available to complete
Family Ties 3rd Annual Golf Tournament
Here is the information about this year’s event. We appreciate your continued support of Family Ties and our events without you we could not be as successful as we have been. We are also looking for a photographer to assist as Thom’s camera is in the shop so if you know of anyone please feel free to give them my contact information 617-388-9571. Thanks – Bethany
Here’s the 411 for the event:
Tee Up……To End Cancer! Schedule of Events:
Indian Ridge Country Club 9:00am Registration & Breakfast (Sponsored by Markouk Bread and Peet’s Coffee)
Andover, MA 11:00pm Shot Gun Start (Goodie Bags Sponsors by Gloucester’s RBS Citizens Bank)
Monday October 6, 2012 4:00pm Dinner, Awards & Auction (Sponsored by TrucBrush)
Please join us for a day of sunshine, fresh air, friends, family, food and a celebration dedicated to all we love to fight and to raise money to help The American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life and Family Ties, Inc.; to help individuals and families financially; and to find cures to end cancer. We are hosting an all-day event of golf, food, awards, silent and live auctions for all to enjoy with the proceeds going to our foundation and to Relay For Life fundraising efforts.
Family Ties, Inc. is a Massachusetts Non-Profit Corporation that was established to help families affected by cancer. Family Ties, Inc. works with Relay for Life which is a 501(c)(3) company to help as many as we can in the fight against cancer. In 1985, Charles “Chucky” Pratt was diagnosed with cancer as a 17 year old high school student. Chucky lost his battle with cancer after four years and missed out on so many of life’s wonderful moments. Family Ties was a Relay for Life team created by Erin “Pratt” Avila to honor her brother and to bring her family together, celebrate him and fight for those who need our help.
Over the past 9 years our family has raised over $110,000.00 as a part of the Relay for Life in Cape Ann, we have won several awards as a team due to our fundraising efforts and have led the fund raising event as top fundraisers. We have now turned this team into a foundation as our passion is to raise money to help families who are battling cancer and to help invest in cures supporting The American Cancer Society through the Cape Ann Relay For life. Join us with your family and friends to help us in the fight against cancer.
Harpoon Beer – Beer Cart Sponsor
RBS Citizens Bank, N.A. Main Street Gloucester, MA – Goodie Bag Sponsor
UTZ Snacks – Snack Sponsor
Markouk Bread – Breakfast Sponsor
Pete’s Coffee – Coffee Sponsor
TrucBrush – Dinner Sponsor
Pratty’s Cav – Event Sponsor
Cape Ann Savings Bank – – Event Sponsor
Live Solutions Group – Event Sponsor
BMP Realty – Event Sponsor
The Law Offices of Bethany M. Pratt- Event Sponsor
RPF Woodworking – Event Sponsor
George’s Coffee Shop – Event Sponsor
Auction List confirmed so far more confirming every hour:
1. Wicked Tuna autographed items
2. Ricardo Marnoto original Canvas
3. Sweet Reb’s Dessert Company Gift Certificate 12 Dessert valued at $100.00
4. Barking Lot Gift Certificate for $40.00
5. Jamie’s Restaurant Gift Certificate
6. Harpoon Beer 2 cases
7. Cristin Connors – 2 bottles of wine
8. Couture Day Spa Gift Certificate
9. Felicia Ciaramitaro Mohan – Cookbook
10. Rudder Gift Certificate
11. Two Tickets to Deep Sea Fishing
12. Katrina’s Gift Certificate $25.00
13. Elite Nails Gift Certificate for mani/pedi
14. Cindy Goodhue Gift Certificate for mani/pedi
15. West End Salon and Spa with Emily free haircut and blow dry
16. Nicastro Driving School gift certificate for free driving lesson
17. KAM Cleaning Gift Certificate
18. Anthony Saputo – 24” beveled door mirror $125 value
19. LostaLand – Gift Certificate
20. Discovery Adventures – Gift Certificate for $100.00
21. Lauren Riley – Gift Certificate
22. Amy Ruvolo – Commemorative one of a kind Golf Plate
23. Sunbanque – Gift Certificate
24. Lina Krom Bianchi – hand knitted scarf
As always we thank our team photographer Thom Falzarano for all his hard work and dedication.
If you are interested in making a straight donation to the Family Ties, Inc. foundation please feel free to contact Jon Pratt at 978-239-6881 or Bethany M. Pratt at 617-388-9571.
Thank you from the bottom on our hearts
Family Ties, Inc.
Andrew’s Crew Kidney Walk Fundraiser, Oct. 8th Jalapeños
Our 6-year-old son, Andrew, had a kidney transplant at Mass General when he was just 2 years old. Not long ago, they were they not dialyzing infants nor were they transplanting adult kidneys into 2-year-old boys. We have so much to be thankful for. That is why we are taking part in the National Kidney Foundation Walk on Oct. 26th in Boston. To raise money for medical research that will help Andrew and the millions of other Andrew’s who fight kidney disease. We are having an “Andrew’s Crew” kidney walk fundraiser at Jalapeno’s restaurant next Wednesday, October 8th. 10% of all food and drink revenue that evening will go to the “Andrew’s Crew” walk team. Also, we will have a craft table for the kids and a 50/50 raffle.
I have included a link to the “Andrew’s Crew” team page and a new photo. Let me know if you have any questions.
Wendy Morgan took these pics of my T’ai Chi class at Cape Ann Center for Dance on Emerson Ave on Tues mornings.
We have room for more students, if any folks are interested. They can contact me at 978-283-5039.