Swarm of Sandpipers

swarm of sandpipers

I got to go on an amazing walk with FOB, Ann Kennedy during her and Bob’s visit here from Missouri.  They are staying at a home at Ames Estate in Bay View, so we walked along the shore and out around the islands.  On the rocks of the furthest island, we came upon this large flock of sandpiper type birds.  I had noticed the flock flying in when we first started our walk, but didn’t expect to encounter them.  They were very tame, as you can see by the photo of Ann photographing them from only a few feet away, or maybe they are migrating and were just tired.  The gulls were very unconcerned about our presence as well.  It was amazing to see that many in one place at once, and to be able to get so close to them.  A very special walk, as my walks with Ann are every time she and Bob come to Gloucester.  So glad we got to spend time together, Bob and Ann, and that we have been able to become such nice friends through Good Morning Gloucester.  Look forward to seeing you again next year.

These might be Sanderlings, but I’m not sure.  Anyone know?

E.J. Lefavour

Events Coming this Thursday

Celebrate Wearable Art

Hear from the artists featured in seARTS’ Wearable Art Show

Designed by Gina Russo and Beth Genovese of Sage Floral Studio. Clark Linehan Photo.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present highlights from seARTS’ 2015 Celebrate Wearable Art III show including an expert panel discussion on fashion and wearable art’s place on Cape Ann and beyond. This program will take place on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00p.m and is offered in collaboration with seARTS. Tickets are $10 Museum members/$15 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Please contact (978) 283-0455 x10 or info@capeannmuseum.org for tickets and reservations. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

For information about the Celebrate Wearable Art III show on September 27, please contact seARTS directly at (978)281-1222.

Whether born, working or living on Cape Ann, the panelists of Celebrate Wearable Art have used their skills in varying ways. Hear from ceramicists, jewelry-makers, fashion designers and metal smiths at the beginning of their careers or some with over thirty years of experience.

 The Celebrate Wearable Art expert panel discussion will be moderated by George Summers, fiber artist and retail shop manager for the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and Gail McCarthy, Arts Editor for the Gloucester Daily Times. Panelists, including Diane K.W., Beth Williams and Jen Greeke will discuss their inspiration, techniques and process. On display will be the wearable art of panelists K.W. and Greeke, as well as Camilla MacFadyen, Richard Crangle and Donna Caselden.

9-11 to the Present: the State of Intelligence and National Security
Lecture by Mary Margaret Graham

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7PM  at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 • Gallery hours, Thurs-Sun, 12:00-6:00 PM

th[4]The Rocky Neck Art Colony welcomes back Mary Margaret Graham to lecture on the state of intelligence and national security in the post/9-11 age almost 15 years since the terrorist attack on American soil.

About Mary Margaret Graham


Mrs. Graham is a graduate of Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania and obtained a Masters degree in Russian Studies at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She and her husband, Ian, live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


In May 2005, Mary Margaret Graham was appointed as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Collection. In this role, she worked on behalf of the Director of National Intelligence to conceptualize and manage DNI oversight of intelligence collection programs across the IC. She was responsible for developing a dynamic, enterprise approach to intelligence collection as well as planning for future intelligence capabilities to ensure national priorities were reflected in systems acquisition decisions.

Mrs. Graham previously served as CIA’s Associate Deputy Director for Operations for Counterintelligence. In her 29+ years with the CIA she had numerous field and headquarters assignments. From 1999 to 2001, Mrs. Graham served as Chief of the National Resources Division; from 1998 to1999 she served as the Deputy Chief of the Europe Division. She also served as the Executive Assistant to William Crowell, then Deputy Director of the National Security Agency, in the mid-1990s.

Following her retirement, Mrs. Graham was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.

Honors and Awards

Mrs. Graham has earned several prestigious medals for her service: the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal in 2008, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2008, the Intelligence Medal of Merit in 2005, the Donovan Award in 2001, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1996.

Current Activities

Mrs. Graham currently serves on the Board of Directors of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Intelligence University Foundation. In addition, she serves on the Intelligence Advisory Board for The Mitre Corporation. Mrs. Graham is also a docent at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and is a member of the MFA’s Patron Steering Committee.

Artist Katherine Chang-Liu Lecture
“Influences and New Realism”

at the North Shore Arts Association

“Influences and New Realism”, nationally acclaimed Artist Katherine Chang-Liu will give a Lecture at the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, MA, Thursday, October 1, at 7 pm, with Introduction by renowned Rockport artist Ron Straka. Admission is $20 per person.  Early ticket purchase strongly suggested – Seating Limited.  Net proceeds to benefit NSAA

For California based artist Katherine Chang-Liu, painting begins with the concept, an idea drawn from personal experience, which she expresses through an abstract assemblage of color and shape.  What is especially fascinating in Liu’s work are the details that lead to reflections about the unfinished state of things.  She says that the West is obsessed with time, and asks how would our perception and goals change if we were to be defined by our pace?  You can say that Katherine Chang-Liu’s work encourages us to pace life, to return to introspection, examine the past, and in general, to slow down.

Chang-Liu’s work has won 49 awards, been featured in 40 books and 98 magazine or newspaper articles.  A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, her work can be found in over 1100 public, private and corporate art collections.  In 2012 Ms. Chang-Liu received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

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 www.nsarts.org, and by email at arts@nsarts.org, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

Neil Linsenmayer Solo Show

at North Shore Arts Association

North Shore Arts Association presents Rockport artist (and former CIA Analyst), Neil Linsenmayer in a fascinating solo show he has entitled “Going Back in Time.”  Come ‘imagine history’ through the eyes of an artist whose work has graced the covers of many Cape Ann community publications including North Shore Magazine.  Exhibition runs Thursday, October 1 –  Sunday, October 24.

Neil Linsenmayer is intrigued by the subtle ways in which light, color and shape interact especially as reflected in the natural sea and landscapes of Cape Ann.

He shares, “whenever I come upon a scene that cries out to be painted, it is almost always because of something unusual in the interplay of these elements  – the way light reflects off one surface onto another, changing its color, luminosity and character.  Light and color give form to objects and are vital to creating the illusion of space.  They are key to recreating the mood of the scene, be it lively, serene, or somber.”

Linsenmayer’s paintings often feature old and worn objects, particularly architectural  and marine objects that reflect the stories their age has to tell.  He says, “The challenge is to bring out the essential dignity in these worn objects, and to invite the viewers to join me in imagining their history.”

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 www.nsarts.org, and by email at arts@nsarts.org, or by telephone 978 283-1857.

Cape Ann License Plate

From our friends at the Chamber:


Thank you for your support with The Cape Ann License Plate. With your helped we have reached the amount of signatures necessary for the RMV to print. We hope to have all the applications submitted by the beginning of the new year. Any checks made out to Mass Dot over a year old have gone and will be voided. It would be great if we could have some information from you to fill out the apps




Plate #

Phone #

License #

RMV Location Sent to

New check for $40 to Mass Dot and $100 for custom # if applicable


You can send the check to

Cape Ann Chamber Commerce

33 Commcercial Street





“Gloucester Blue” Extended!


Robert Walsh (Latham) and Esme Allen (Lexi)


Israel Horovitz’s



Due to overwhelming demand Gloucester Stage has extended the New England Premiere of Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue through Sunday, October 11. Originally scheduled to close on Sunday, October 3, the additional performances are: Sunday, October 4 at 2pm; Wednesday, October 7 through Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 pm and Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11at 2pm at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.

Directed by Mr. Horovitz, Gloucester Blue takes place in the attic loft of an old industrial building in The Fort section of Gloucester owned by the upscale Bradford Ellis IV also known as Bummy and his wife Lexi. Working class housepainter Stumpy has been contracted to refurbish the building and he has hired Latham, friend-of-a-friend, to help him complete the job. As the play opens, Stumpy and Latham are hard at work, spackling damaged walls and applying fresh plaster and primer. Out of work for the last six months Latham is grateful for the job. When Lexi shows up with paint color samples, a story of intrigue, seduction, betrayal and money is set into motion in this dark comedy. According to author and director Horovitz, “If I look at Gloucester Blue as though someone else wrote it, I would describe it as a very dark, very funny play about class distinctions. In Gloucester-speak, it’s The Fort versus Eastern Point. In theatre-speak, I think Gloucester Blue is a really fun evening of theatre.”

Gloucester Stage Founding Artistic Director Horovitz. directs a cast featuring Lewis D. Wheeler and Esme Allen as the upscale couple Bummy and Lexi, and Francisco Solorzano and Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh as housepainters Stumpy and Latham. “One thing I so appreciate about Israel’s work is his intense desire to keep exploring new avenues of style, content, and conflict – all essential pieces of good playwriting,” Walsh, a frequent actor in and director of Horovitz’s work explains, “For as comfortable as he is with dark comedy,Gloucester Blue represents an even newer pursuit of the tools and nuances of that genre’s storytelling components.”

Gloucester Blue is the latest in Horovitz’s series of Gloucester-based plays that include North Shore Fish, Henry Lumper, Park Your Car in Harvard Yard,Fighting Over Beverley and Sins of the Mother, all of which were first produced at Gloucester Stage and went on to successful runs nationally and internationally. “Gloucester Blue has already found audiences in developmental productions in Seattle, Florida’s Delray Beach and New York City,” Horovitz says, “I’m delighted to finally bring this play home to Gloucester.”

Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue is extended through Sunday, October 11 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Wednesday throughSaturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $28 for all performances. Tickets are $1 for ages 25 years and under for all performances. The $1 tickets are cash only and available at the door on day of performance only. All performances are held at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

Bob_9_6347Foreground: Robert Walsh (Latham) and Francisco Solorzano (Stumpy)




In The Least Shocking “Let’s Cover Our Kids In Bubblewrap” News Of The Day

This from The HuffPo-

School District Bans Playing Tag, Claiming It’s Not Safe For Kids

Are you a tag survivor?

A Washington state school district has banned the game of tag for kids at recess, citing student safety.

“While at play, especially during recess and unstructured time, students are expected to keep their hands to themselves. The rationale behind this is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students,” Mercer Island School District communications director Mary Grady told local news station Q13Fox on Wednesday.

Parents weren’t impressed.

“Good grief, our kids need some unstructured playtime,” Kelsey Joyce told the station. Melissa Neher said, “I played tag. I survived.” Still another parent noted that now her son walks around chatting about video games during recess, rather than getting more vigorous exercise.

Does this even surprise anyone any more?

Remember when we were kids after a pee wee football game championship all the kids piled into the back of pick up trucks driving around town and blared the horns on our way to get ice creams?  Could you imagine the horror with today’s parents passing judgment?  What is it kids have to be strapped down in 3 point harnesses til they are over ten years old nowadays?  Forget about riding in the front seat.  Oh man, what is this world coming to?  How much softer can we make today’s youth? 

TAG?  REALLY???????

Next lets ban apple pie because someone might burn the roof of their mouths.  Bananaheads.