Red-winged Blackbird Kim SmithLast evening I was making audio recordings of marsh sounds for film projects and could not have picked a better night. Not only were the spring peepers loudly calling, the blackbirds were singing well past sundown. The resulting combination of bird songs and peepers created a veritable symphony.


EDITED W/EMAIL CONTACT INFO Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Spring Peeper Field Trip Tonight at 9pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: To correspond with CAVPT, please email at cavpt@yahoo.com
Rick Roth writes from Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team


And… there will be a field trip tonight.  Almost all the salamanders have left the vernal pools and gone back to the woods.  We might see a few.  Peepers should be screaming.  Meet at Walgreen’s parking lot on Main Street at 9pm. Look for my van, White Lightning.

My cell phone is still out of order.  So… those of you that have been calling or texting that you are helping with these shows, please respond to this email.  If you have not been calling or texting respond to this email anyway.  We need you.

Okay… CAVPT basically has three components: protection of wetlands and wildlife habitat, education- this is where we teach people about the importance of wetlands and wildlife habitat, and fundraising, which is where we get the money to do this.  So… this weekend we have apportunities to accomplish two of these goals, education and fundraising.  But we can’t do it without volunteers.  So far I have a total of one volunteer besides me for two shows.  Please get in touch and tell me you want to volunteer this weekend.

TWO SHOWS AGAIN THIS WEEKEND, so… we will need lots of volunteers:
Saturday  April 23, 2016  somewhere around noon or 1pm.
Snakes of New England and the World- one hour live animal presentation.
Earth Fest at Lynn Woods,  Lynn MA- Pennybrook Rd. entrance.

Sunday  April 24, 2016
Gloucester Pride Stride, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Pride Stride starts at noon.  We will be there with some sort of live animal exhibit for the after walk party.
We need people to walk for CAVPT and people to help with the exhibit.

And… keep gathering those yard sale items for the Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team/Kestrel Educatrional Adventures Yard Sale, Saturday  May 28, 2016  9am-1pm, St. Peter’s Square in Gloucester.  Rain date- Saturday June 4th.

Thanks,  Rick

we only have one earth, save it

First Calico #Lobster Of The Season @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA @NEAQ Says They’re Incredibly Rare.

The New England Aquarium pegs the odds of getting one at 1 in 30 million. Read the article here


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Joey: “Who in their right mind uses Red Mulch?”

This has been a burning GMG question for years now. Joey believes that anyone who uses red mulch is a sociopath, only sane people use black mulch. This is a photo of red and black mulch. Equal piles. I will be graphing the usage of the mulch over the next two weeks.


The problem is, this is right next to Fenway Park so we might find that only gardening sociopaths live in the Fenway area.

The manager of the Shaws on Boylston Street in Boston will be posting updates of usage.
The manager of the Shaws on Boylston Street in Boston will be posting updates of usage.

Breaking News: Prince, Singular Music Star, Is Dead at 57

From New York Times:

Prince performing in California in 1985. Credit Liu Heung Shing/Associated Press

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died on Thursday at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota, according to The Associated Press. He was 57.

Across a career of more than 35 years, Prince released 39 albums while being lauded not only for his songs, but their visual presentation both onstage and on camera. His 1984 film “Purple Rain” is widely considered one of the best and most influential music films ever, while its accompanying soundtrack spawned the No. 1 hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

This is a major loss for Pop Music!!

Check out this line up! Ed Scheer, Ricky King Russell and Mario Pettett Tonight @The Rhumb Line’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 4.21.2016



dave sag ed scheer ricky king russell and mario perrett 4.21.2016



40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


HAPPY POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY! T S Eliot Macavity The Mystery Cat

It’s a beauty for a poem day. What poem would you share? Along with an original poem from each kid, it’s tradition for us to read and carry Macavity: The Mystery Cat by T S Eliot. You can grab it below the GMG post fold (otherwise known as read more.) The T S Eliot Foundation bought his family’s Gloucester summer home in 2014 and I’m looking forward to hearing more about their plans.  You can read more about Eliot in Gloucester on the HarborWalk and TS Eliot on GMG. Gloucester kids can try out their original poem as they ready for Sawyer Free Poetry Without Paper deadline.

When we visited Portland, ME, we walked by the house Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in and that his grandfather built in 1785. You can’t help but walk by it several times as it’s on the beaten path. It was winter and the garden was closed else we would have stepped inside. Pretty sure my kids wouldn’t pick a Longfellow poem for today. For Longfellow in Gloucester.

WGBH story on Eliot in Gloucester

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Two Vintage “Might Mac” Copper Printing Plates.

I Tried photographing the plates against a mirror to read the inscription.

One Copper Plate Contains advertising inscription about Chester Brown going to a Yale Harvard game, wearing his Might Mac Jacket. The plates were found by a gentleman from Beverly Mass.

A1  A2

B2  B1

Went golfing…kinda

My hubs Neil asked if I wanted to get out for some fresh air and “stroll” with him last night while he hit a few balls around at Rockport Golf Club.   I said sure and grabbed MY golf equipment…(my camera!).   It was a nice brisk night on the course and luckily Neil was patient while I selected my shots!   So here’s my kind of golfing 😀

At the Tee


Love to see the Heron’s back for the season!

Bridge to the 7th Green

Nichole’s Picks 4/23 + 4/24

Pick #1:  Wizard of Oz

Click HERE for all information and to purchase tickets

The Wang Theater, Boston.   April 12-24th

“We’re off to see….”
The most magical adventure of them all.
This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Pick #2:  Frog and Toad at the Wheelock Family Theatre




April 15 – May 15, 2016

Friday nights at 7:30; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 3:00

School vacation week matinees at 1:00 (Tuesday April 19 – Friday April 22; there is no evening performance on Friday April 22)

American Sign Language and Audio-description are offered on Friday May 13 at 7:30 and Sunday May 15 at 3:00.

All public performances offer open captioning

Music by Robert Reale, Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Directed by Mimi Katano. Musical Direction by Heather McLaughlin Garbes. Scenic Design by Matthew T. Lazure.

Waking from hibernation in the early spring, the perky Frog and the worrywart Toad celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. These two best-friends plant gardens, swim underwater, rake leaves, go sledding, bake cookies, and learn to appreciate each other’s distinct qualities. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons. A delightful story based on the picture books by Arnold Lobel, this musical adaptation is a treat for all ages; children and the child within.

Recommended for adults, teens, ‘tweens, youth and children 4+

Pick #3:  Franklin Park Zoo

I’m not always a fan of zoos, but sometimes a day at the zoo can be fairly educational as well as fun.  The Franklin Park Zoo does a pretty good job and this in between weather is nice for spending the day without being too hot…or too cold.



If you have Friday off, they are doing some fun Earth Day activities too.

Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the Earth Day celebration at Franklin Park Zoo! Visit the Zoo for a fun and engaging day to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer.

Learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet and preserve the Earth. Festivities  include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, plus animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, eco-friendly exhibitors and much more! Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the Zoo’s Organic Garden Project and how it provides food and enrichment to Zoo animals in a sustainable way.


As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Grill Accessory Review: Charcoal Companion Basting Brush

More from Joey’s Pit-

Northeast BBQ

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Normally I’m skeptical of BBQ accessories, like burger formers and jalapeno popper stands.  but sometimes there are tools that work.

When my Kate surprised me with the Charcoal Companion basting brush I was skeptical at first.  I was going to be smoking up some pork ribs that weekend when I’d put it to the test.

Normally the last 45 minutes or so on the smoker I like to spritz or baste my ribs with a mix of apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, water.  Often times in spray bottles the BBQ sauce clumps up and doesn’t come out evenly.

This was not the case with the Charcoal Companion basting brush.  I simple squeeze and just the right amount of liquid came out and the integrated silicon brush helps to spread it exactly where you want it on your ribs.

Clean up is a snap , just toss it in the dishwasher…

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 4/21/16 www.capeanncommunity.com

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

CAPE ANN CAREER FAIR 2016 May 19th, 2016

Image ~ April 21, 2016 ~ Joey C


June 4, Holy Family Women’s Guild will be hosting their annual Strawberry Festival

April 21, 2016 ~ Joey C

Hi Joey,  On Saturday, June 4, Holy Family Women’s Guild will be hosting the annual Strawberry Festival 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Ann Church Hall.  This year the Guild will be honoring the Gloucester Lobster Fishermen.  We will be offering a lobster buoy paired with a gift certificate.  There will be handmade ceramic mugs and biscotti for sale also – a Gloucester Mug-up.  The Strawberry Festival will also offer homemade cookies muffins, jams and other baked goods including our famous Strawberry Shortcake.  There will be hand-crafted items and note cards.  As usual, there will be many types of plants offered as well.  All donations will be gratefully accepted.  If you need more information please call Jane Marshall at (978) 283-5111  or Janet Lucido at (978) 526-1543.

Rockport Is Keeping It’s Doors Open late again this summer! NOW EVERY Friday Night! May 27 – September 2

April 21, 2016 ~ Joey C

Rockport expands it’s 2016 Rockport @ Night! This event was so well received last year we’ve decided to step it up and do EVERY Friday Night throughout downtown Rockport. Just look for the “Hanging Lanterns with the Gold imprinted Ribbons” at participating Shops and Galleries…

Every Friday night beginning MAY 27th, through Sept. 2nd. Downtown galleries and shops open their doors from 4-8pm and then some… for a “Rockport @ Night” event. The town’s merchants welcome you with light refreshment, wine, and beverage while you enjoy the renowned talents of this creative Art Colony. See art demos, music, and visit the unique shops. Come celebrate as they illuminates it’s streets, and enjoy the ambiance that only Rockport can offer. Meet with the artists and shopkeepers and tour their galleries. Artists will be on hand to take questions from visitors.

Come share the history and hospitality of this seaside community, as you stroll through the streets of beautiful downtown Rockport.

Rockport At Night poster Press-PR 2016

Cape Ann Shave To Save Friday May 20th

April 21, 2016 ~ Joey C