Bye Bye Little Cottage

unnamed-2By Terry Weber
On September 15, the little cottage on Magnolia Beach (63 Raymond Street in Manchester) was knocked over. The property (house and .47 acres) sold in July for 1.2 million bucks. It was built in 1940 and had 2 bedrooms and one bath. 
Just wanted to say goodbye to the Little Cottage as small cottages on prime waterfront property are becoming extinct. I liked looking at it from the beach and I’m sure it provided a wealth of happy cozy memories in its time. 
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Jet Blue is AWESOME!

The power of social media is so cool these days! I tried the Terra Blue Potato Chips for the first time on a Jet Blue flight and I went to go buy them in the store AND


I tagged @JetBlue in search for these amazing chips and they private messaged me and sent me some bags!


ANNDDDD to make it even cooler I RECEIVED A HAND WRITTEN NOTE! Does that even happen these days any more?

Thanks #jetblue another reason you’re the best airline ever!



Invasion of the Salp at Good Harbor Beach

Salp at good harbor

These Salps or Salpae were at Good Harbor Beach, where there were multitudes of strands of them riding on the incoming tide in the river.  They are very cool gelatinous little creatures, which I had never heard of or seen before.  The first photo is a couple of strands floating in a plastic cup.  The other two are out of the water (although I put them right back after photographing them) on land.  When you remove them from water, the strand immediately breaks up into individual animals, but when you return them to the water, they find each other and rejoin again.  Very fascinating creatures.

A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas[1]) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. Salp jet propulsion is one of the most efficient in the animal kingdom.[2] The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton.

Salps are common in equatorial, temperate, and cold seas, where they can be seen at the surface, singly or in long, stringy colonies. The most abundant concentrations of salps are in the Southern Ocean[3] (near Antarctica), where they sometimes form enormous swarms, often in deep water, and are sometimes even more abundant than krill.[4] Since 1910, while krill populations in the Southern Ocean have declined, salp populations appear to be increasing. Salps have been seen in increasing numbers along the coast of Washington.[5]

Salps have a complex lifecycle, with an obligatory alternation of generations. Both portions of the lifecycle exist together in the seas—they look quite different, but both are mostly transparent, tubular, gelatinous animals that are typically between 1 and 10 cm (0.39 and 3.94 in) tall. The solitary life history phase, also known as an oozoid, is a single, barrel-shaped animal that reproduces asexually by producing a chain of tens to hundreds of individuals, which are released from the parent at a small size. The chain of salps is the ‘aggregate’ portion of the lifecycle. The aggregate individuals are also known as blastozooids; they remain attached together while swimming and feeding, and each individual grows in size. Each blastozooid in the chain reproduces sexually (the blastozooids are sequential hermaphrodites, first maturing as females, and are fertilized by male gametes produced by older chains), with a growing embryo oozoid attached to the body wall of the parent. The growing oozoids are eventually released from the parent blastozooids, and then continue to feed and grow as the solitary asexual phase, thus closing the lifecycle of salps.

The alternation of generations allows for a fast generation time, with both solitary individuals and aggregate chains living and feeding together in the sea. When phytoplankton is abundant, this rapid reproduction leads to fairly short-lived blooms of salps, which eventually filter out most of the phytoplankton. The bloom ends when enough food is no longer available to sustain the enormous population of salps. Occasionally, mushroom corals and those of the genera Heteropsammia are known to feed on salps during blooms[6]

The incursion of a large number of salps (Salpa fusiformis) into the North Sea in 1920 led to a failure of the herring fishing.[7]

One reason for the success of salps is how they respond to phytoplankton blooms. When food is plentiful, salps can quickly bud off clones, which graze the phytoplankton and can grow at a rate which is probably faster than that of any other multicellular animal, quickly stripping the phytoplankton from the sea. But if the phytoplankton is too dense, the salps can clog and sink to the bottom. During these blooms, beaches can become slimy with mats of salp bodies, and other planktonic species can experience fluctuations in their numbers due to competition with the salps.

Sinking fecal pellets and bodies of salps carry carbon to the sea floor, and salps are abundant enough to have an effect on the ocean’s biological pump. Consequently, large changes in their abundance or distribution may alter the ocean’s carbon cycle, and potentially play a role in climate change.

Salps are related to the pelagic tunicate groups Doliolida and Pyrosoma, as well as to other bottom-living (benthic) tunicates.

Although salps appear similar to jellyfish because of their simple body form and planktonic behavior, they are chordates: animals with dorsal nerve cords. Such evolutionary development leads in turn to vertebrates, animals with backbones.

Salps appear to have a form preliminary to vertebrates, and are used as a starting point in models of how vertebrates evolved. Scientists speculate that the tiny groups of nerves in salps are one of the first instances of a primitive nervous system, which eventually evolved into the more complex central nervous systems of vertebrates.[8]

From Wikipedia

If You Died Tonight

harbor sunset reflection

I woke up singing this song this morning.  Since none of us can say with certainty that we won’t, I felt compelled to ask the question, and ask you to seriously contemplate the answer for yourself.  If you died tonight, where would you be?  Listen to this song by Big Daddy Weave and think about it.  Do you know where you would be?

This Saturday in the Arts

Painting Restoration Assessments by Roy Blankenship, Fellow, AIC and NSAA member.

Saturday, September 19th, 1:30 – 3 pm.
Up to three paintings.  Free of Charge.  Open to the public.

 If you have a painting that is showing signs of aging, and would like a one to one Restoration Assessment (this is NOT an appraisal of value) by a professional painting restorer, come to the North Shore Art Association on Saturday, September 19th, from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.   For up to three paintings you can enjoy a restoration assessment by artist member, restorer, and Fellow of The Institute of Conservators, Roy Blankenship.

Roy Blankenship has consulted and professionally restored fine art for museums, galleries, public, private, and institutional collections including many of the priceless paintings owned by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.  In addition to his 47 years experience in art restoration, both he and his wife Lois Showalter Blankenship are professional artists.  More info

The North Shore Arts Association’s galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. More information on all North Shore Arts Association events is available by visiting  their website at, and by email at, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

CAM Connections Third Tuesdays

Reconnecting older adults to art and their community

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to welcome older adults and care partners to CAM Connections , on Tuesday,  September 15 at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. This program meets on the third Tuesday of every month and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required – to make a reservation or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x12 or email

The Cape Ann Museum CAM Connections Third Tuesdays program brings art, culture and history to underserved seniors in the Cape Ann community. The program offers personal engagement with the Museum collection through small group art conversations. The heart of the program is to create space for a meaningful experience in the welcoming environment of the Museum, where participants can share responses and reflections as well as form new social connections. Individuals with memory challenges and their care partners are warmly welcomed.

Third Tuesdays offers seniors the experience of slowing down and becoming still to look closely at art with others. During small group conversation, participants view paintings, objects and artifacts in an open-ended discussion format, stimulating personal curiosities and stories, while having fun, growing and learning together.

The Cape Ann Museum, a regional center of local art, history and culture, has a treasured collection that resonates with the personal and collective history of seniors with ties to the region. Committed to improving the lives of seniors, CAM Connections values the arts as healing and believes active engagement with the arts offers needed connection, reduces isolation and promotes health and well being. Past participants have witnessed the many ways the Museum’s unique collection offers a bridge to a meaningful and enriching life experience.

Trails & Sails at the Cape Ann Museum
Hopper’s Houses – A Guided Walking Tour

A tour in downtown Gloucester to view houses immortalized by renowned American realist painter Edward Hopper

Image credit: Edward Hopper, American, 1882-1967. Universalist Church, 1926. Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper, 35.6 x 50.8 cm. (14 x 20 in.). Princeton University Art Museum. Laura P. Hall Memorial Collection, bequest of Professor Clifton R. Hall x1946-268. Photo: Bruce M. White.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, in tandem with The Essex National Heritage Commission’s Trails & Sails Weekend of Walks and Water, a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. Tours last about 1 ½ hours and are held rain or shine; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. The tour, along with Museum admission, is offered at no charge on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, no reservations. For additional information please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10 during Museum hours.

American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months between 1912 and 1928. His earliest visit was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. During his second visit to Cape Ann in 1923, Hopper courted the young artist Josephine Nivison. He also began working in watercolor, capturing the local landscape and architecture in loosely rendered, light filled paintings. In 1924, Hopper and Nivison who were newly married returned to Gloucester on an extended honeymoon and continued to explore the area by foot and streetcar. During his final two visits to the area, in 1926 and 1928, Hopper produced some of his finest paintings. This special walking tour will explore the neighborhood surrounding the Museum, which includes many of the Gloucester houses immortalized by Hopper’s paintings.

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This weekend is closing weekend at Palazola’s!

Hey Joey!
This weekend is closing weekend at Palazola’s! A wholesaler is coming in next week to take whatever inventory, fixtures, office equipment, etc etc are left. Can you post post this information on the blog? This is the last weekend to pick up some great stuff cheap!! They are open Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Thanks so much!!


From our friends at The Lanesville Music Festival — check it out!


On Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, The Lanesville Community Center proudly presents its 6th Annual Music Festival featuring local musicians, food, artisan and cultural vendors, activities for kids and beverages for adults all supported by enthusiastic local volunteers.

Admission is by Donation at the event – Rain or Shine.

Performances feature the talents of Charlee Biancini, Quentin Callewaert, Joe Wilkins, Mamadou Diop, Steve Amazeen, Greta Bro, The Tree House Charlatans, and Squash, Hicks and Pickens. This brilliant line-up brings together new faces as well as old favorites performing in delightfully diverse musical styles from African Drumming to Digeridoo – from sea shanties to sultry Blues.

In addition to the music, the Festival promises food and other fun… the former provided by The WillowRest, Joe’s on a Roll, Holly Cow Ice Cream, and our own LCC festival fare…the latter by a showcase of wonderful vendors and community volunteers.

The Festival is generously supported by The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The City of Gloucester, and other friends of the LCC.  And, we in turn, are sharing raffle proceeds in support of the Cape Ann Animal Rescue who will be on hand with pet-able furry friends.

The Lanesville Music Festival is truly a celebration of our neighborhood and we look forward to sharing The Lanesville Community Center and the “Lanesville Way”.

Come early – stay late – listen to great music, amidst a festive combination of food, art, culture, education, beer, wine, raffles, popcorn, Hoola-Hoops and more.




(Friday Sept. 18th 4-6pm)

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to reach out to let you know that Cape Ann Art Haven is hosting an info session about fall programs tomorrow at Art Haven. We’d love for you to stop by and get info about how to connect kids who will benefit from the programs we offer.

Our focus has always been and always will be to serve the underserved and reach kids who don’t have an outlet to express themselves. We’ve got an awesome team of staff and volunteers who are great mentors for the students and create a fun and creative environment for the students at Art Haven.

This is also a great chance for you to meet Laura Donworth who is doing a fantastic job coordinating the space and programs at Art Haven. You can also meet check out the new Sound Harbor space that runs a variety of music programs and will be doing demonstrations and tours of their space at the kick off on Friday.

All are invited to join and there will be Fro Yo from Orange Leaf and plenty of opportunity for the kids to get their hands messy in some clay.

Thanks for all of your continued support!


David Brooks

Cape Ann Art Haven, Founder

Fall Kick Off Info Night

Cruise with Captain Hollywood from Wicked Tuna

IMG_8745Cruise with Captain Hollywood from Wicked Tuna, he is currently running Harbor Cruises out of Gloucester. 

Call (978)-290-6174.










Captain Bill Muniz “Hollywood” seen here with two local fishing captains and tourists from Italy.

Saturday Clean Up

Good Morning all:


Hope everyone is well. 

 When:                  Saturday, September 19, 2015

Where:                 Wingaersheek Beach

Time:                    8 – 9

 Will have bags, please bring gloves

 Thanks all


April 21, 2014 Spring day on Winkgersheek


Nichole’s Picks 9/19 + 9/20

There are some fun things going on this weekend.  Seize the moment and enjoy the nice weather while you still can!

Pick #1  Harvest Moon Music Festival


Read more HERE!

Pick #2  Choate Island Day, Ipswich

Spend the day exploring Choate Island in Essex Bay. With its magnificent vistas, abundant wildlife, and historic buildings, Choate Island is like no place you’ve ever been.

Park at Crane Beach and catch the free bus and boat shuttles to the island. Shuttles run continuously throughout the day (the last boat to the island leaves at 1 pm).

Once on the island, you may visit the Choate family homestead, the historic Proctor Barn, the White Cottage Visitor Center, and the summit that marks the final resting place of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Crane, donors of the island.

We’ll also offer history talks, a children’s treasure hunt, and seasonal refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

Reservations recommended. Day-of tickets will be available on the dock for cash or check.



Pick #3 Appleton Farm Day

While I miss summer already, this is one of my favorite…dare I say the “f” word…FALL…activities of the year.

Come celebrate the fall season with some good ol’-fashioned fun on America’s oldest working farm. Grab your friends and family and join us at Appleton Farms for our annual Family Farm Day!

Visit with our farm animals, climb aboard a tractor, paint your own pumpkin, learn about beekeeping, challenge your friends at the potato spoon relay or hay obstacle course, and make sure to enjoy a pony ride! Looking for more?  There are old-fashioned games like tug-o-war, crafts, face-painting, farm tattoos, and live music by Ben Rudnick and Friends.

All this activity will surely have you hungry for some fresh-from-the- farm food.  Visit the food court where you will find our own 100% grass-fed burgers cooked up by Vinwood Catering , seasonal selections from the Heritage Food Truck, and tasty Mexican inspired dishes from North East of the Border.  Snacks, drinks, and dessert will include White Farm’s Ice Cream, cider donuts, popcorn, mojo cold-brewed coffee, and lemonade.  For the adults in the group, Ipswich Ale and Far From the Tree will be serving up their locally made beers and cider.

Admission includes everything except food and beverages.  This event runs rain or shine. Admission fee is per car so join your friends and come together.  Trustees members don’t forget your membership card to receive discounted admission.   Not a member yet?  Join at the event and receive a free Appleton t-shirt plus $10 off a family membership!  (Promotion available at the event only).


Pick #4  If You’re Up For Heading Into the City

There are two fun events happening in Boston that involve dancing, music, vendors, food, and good times!





Live entertainment on 2 stages • Over 100 Local Merchants, Artists and Organizations
Great Food • Dance Performances • Children’s Activities • Pooch Friendly


For more family friendly activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid!

Cape Ann Museum hosts Educators’ Open House

Cape Ann Museum hosts Educators’ Open House

Bringing local art and history into the classroom.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (September 12, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum warmly welcomes all curious and creative educators to an Open House onTuesday, September 29 from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Meet with local teachers while exploring the galleries and learn about the many ways in which the Museum’s collections are being used in the classroom today. For more information, please email Liza Browning or call (978) 283-0455, x16.

cid:part4.00060309.09080301@capeannhistoricalmuseum.orgEarly in the evening, past and present local teachers will be on hand to share their experiences collaborating with the Museum and Museum Educator Liza Browning. Following tours of the galleries, Senior Researcher Melissa Trafton will guide educators through a demonstration of Fitz Henry Lane Online. This state-of-the-art web-based resource combines a free public catalog of world-renowned American marine artist Fitz Henry Lane’s paintings and drawings, with research into the history of the 19th-century coastal life he portrayed in his works. Former CAM Director of Education Courtney Richardson will join Trafton to model lesson plans that put to use the many facets of this online tool, including original documents pulled from the Museum’s archives – most rarely seen by the public – which offer a fuller understanding of the history of fishing, maritime activity and life along the New England coast. The evening concludes with a wine and cheese reception where teachers will have a chance to share ideas and discuss future collaborations. Educators from schools throughout the North Shore are welcome to attend free of charge. 

The Museum hosts field trips and offers classroom visits throughout the year. Museum Educator Liza Browning will be available for question regarding this resource.  

The Fitz Henry Lane Online project is generously funded by: Danversbank Charitable Foundation, John H. and H. Naomi Tomfohrde Foundation, Wyeth Foundation for American Art and National Endowment for the Arts.



Image: Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Gloucester Harbor at Sunrise, c. 1850, oil on canvas. Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Judge Lawrence Brooks, 1970. [Acc. #2020]


Community Stuff 9/17/15

Hi there,

Hope there’s room for this event listing:

What: “Bully” a documentary on the risks and realities of youth bullying. See the trailer and information on the film at

When: September 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Rockport Little Art Cinema, 19 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Admission: Free. But suggested donation to the North Shore United Way, which funds the program

Questions: 978.867.7137

After the film, Dan Graham, LICSW, a youth therapist from Lahey Health Behavioral Services, will lead a discussion and take attendees’ questions.

September Soiree