Piping Plover with garbage plastic bottle pollution copyright Kim SmithLandscape design work is keeping me away from beloved film projects (although I do love my work no doubts). I did mange this morning to go to Good Harbor Beach to check on the Piping Plovers, to Henry’s to see Mr. Swan, and to the marsh for the ducklings. There were two plovers awakening in the little GHB cordoned off sanctuary, feeding and chasing away intruders. Mr. Swan was chilling at Henry’s, and the three sweet duckling families I have been filming don’t appear to have lost any additional members.

Spending time at Good Harbor Beach filming the plovers before the beach has been cleaned has certainly been an eye opener. Although not even officially summer yet, every morning at daybreak I find the beach littered with an astonishing amount of plastic bottles, trash, food, and plastic bags. According to Rose Piccolo at the DPW, the cleanup crew arrives around 7am and typically has the beaches cleaned by 8:30am. They do a really truly phenomenal job of making our beaches look pristine and attractive before the 9am opening.

A most sincere thank you to Joe Lucido and the Gloucester DPW for a job well done.



This Weekend in the Arts





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An ongoing series of one-day contemporary art installations at the Historic White-Ellery House

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present CURRENT by Tim Ferguson Sauder and Rob Alexander on Saturday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the White-Ellery House in Gloucester. This collaboratively created installation will use sculpture to explore issues related to Cape Ann’s fishing industry. Tim Ferguson Sauder is design professor at Olin College and a resident of Lanesville; Rob is Creative Director of Office, a brand strategy and design firm based in San Francisco.

The White-Ellery House (1710), owned and operated by the Cape Ann Museum, has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations since 2010. The House is located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester and is free and open to the public on select Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays.


Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects

Opening reception: June 4
On view: June 4 to October 9, 2016

Design-Build V1-1.jpgThis summer, the Cape Ann Museum presents a special exhibition exploring the work of Phillips & Holloran, one of Cape Ann’s most successful architectural firms. Design/Build will delve into the 300-plus sets of drawings they produced while in business from 1894 through the 1950s. The plans, which were given to the Museum in 2011, include drawings, blueprints and elevations of private residences, civic buildings, summer hotels, artist studios and commercial structures.

Working during a time that witnessed the professionalization of the field of architecture, the firm of Phillips & Holloran left an indelible mark on a substantial and important swath of Cape Ann’s built environment. Included in the collection are such recognizable and notable structures as the T.S. Eliot House on Eastern Point, sections of the Cape Ann Savings Bank on Main Street in Gloucester, the iconic Bent house in Annisquam, Spiran Hall in Rockport, the Pulsifer building at the corner of Beach and Union Streets in Manchester and the saloon built for Howard Blackburn on the east end of Main Street in Gloucester (pictured here).

The Museum will be partnering with Historic New England and other regional resources to provide a broad selection of programs and events designed to complement the exhibition—a full schedule can be found at http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/exhibition-related-programming/.


Public Sculpture Walking Tours
at the Cape Ann Museum

Get your art fix outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present its first summer walking tour, this Saturday, June 4, focusing on the public sculpture we see around us every day. Participants will learn about art, history and culture all while enjoying the beautiful summer breeze afforded by Gloucester’s harbor.

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Museum visitors on a Public Sculpture Walking Tour, 2015.

All tours begin at 10:00a.m. in front of the Cape Ann Museum. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

 Public Sculpture – June 4, July 2, July 9, August 13

Get up-close and personal with the sculptures you drive by every day. From works commemorating those who went to sea, to those who fought in war to those who changed the artistic landscape of Cape Ann forever—this walking tour will uncover the stories behind the public sculptures of Gloucester, including the unique processes of the artists who created them.


Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Cheryl Arena 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.2.2016

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Thursday night Ms. Cheryl Arena returns to Fred’s Coliseum in force!  Yes, that lovable gal with the nasty harmonica and the big voice is ready to chase you back to whatever evil rock you’ve been lying under.

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And, oops, I forgot to write down who the guitar player is, but rest assured you won’t be disappointed. Forrest “Forrest” Padgett will be the heartbeat du jour. My buddy Paul F’oss will be arriving by sled dog from the hinterlands of Bangor ME to tickle the ivories, and I’ll be on base with two men out.



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Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


First viral cat video wasn’t a video. More Cape Ann Reads Saturday June 4 in Manchester


Back in April, guests lucky enough to attend the Cape Ann Reads program at the Rockport Public Library enjoyed a lecture given by Anita Silvey. She spoke about the development of the American picture book from her years of experience in children’s picture book publishing, editing and most recently as an author. If you went to the afternoon lecture, you would have heard about the staggering success of the Newbury honor awarded Millions of Cats, written and illustrated by Wanda Gag in 1928. (The first Caldecott wasn’t awarded until 1938.) I sold lithographs and wood engravings by Wanda Gag and worked with a few of her artist friends; she died young, aged 53. Gag’s artistic career was going well prior to this book. She was one of the most praised printmakers of the 1920s and 30s and had a solo exhibition at Weyhe Gallery in 1926. (A lot of her prints have cats in them, too.)

Gag’s brother created the wrap around hand-lettering for Millions of Cats, including the memorably repeated refrain: “Cats here, cats there, Cats and kittens everywhere, Hundreds of cats, Thousands of cats, Millions and billions and trillions of cats.” The art and double page spreads revolutionized picture books.  It had immediate and record sales. Silvey related that this book has the distinction of being the longest American picture book continuously in print, and that it was helped along by an editor. (Gag had abandoned a prior version in 1923.)


Anita Silvey with Cindy Grove, Director, Rockport Public Library, Cape Ann Reads lecture series. (Rockport Goes To War, WPA era mural by Sam Hershey)

What’s coming next for Cape Ann Reads?

Don’t miss this Saturday’s June 4 2016  round-trip double Story Walk for the whole family from 10am-2pm at the Manchester public Library and Manchester Historical Museum. Picture book lovers of all ages are invited to walk and read, and act the route together! The featured books are: Stella, the Star of the Sea by Mary Louise Gay and Storm Whale by Benji Davies.

Cape Ann Reads events are listed on the awesome Good Morning Gloucester arts calendar. For all the latest information and details, check the Cape Ann Reads website.  Additional programs will be added to the calendar. Cape Ann Reads is a collaboration among the Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Manchester Public Library, Rockport Public Library and TOHP Burnham Library in Essex and regional partners. Check them out!

Nichole’s Picks 6/4 + 6/5

Pick #1: Audubon Nature Festival at Ipswich River

Sunday, June 5th 10:00-4:00 rain or shine @ the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

$15 per car…member and non-member

Join us on Sunday, June 5 for a day of nature and fun. Featuring Marcia and Mark Wilson of Eyes on Owls.An unforgettable natural history experience for the whole family!

Among the many activities:

  • Live owl presentations throughout the day
  • Insect Zoo
  • Face-painting & Henna
  • Children’s games and activities
  • Craft demonstrations & sales
  • Butterfly Plant Sale
  • Food! Whoopie Wagon! Captain Dusty’s ice cream!
  • Raffle with lots of great items to choose from
  • Naturalist-guided walks & pond explorations
  • Guided tours of our butterfly & bird habitat gardens
  • Exhibits and activities on solar power, sustainability, & being green
  • Native reptiles & amphibians exhibit
  • Live music all day


Pick #2: Intro to Geocaching at the Cox Reservation

My boys and I love using our hand-held GPS to look for geocache boxes in our area.  I’ve been meaning…and will eventually…do a blog post it.  For now, I bet this event will be lots of fun!

SIGN UP HERE…SPOTS WON’T LAST for this cool event!

Saturday, June 4th 1:00-2:30

Come experience the fun new sport of Geocaching, the web-based hide-and-seek game that is growing by leaps and bounds across the country!


Instructors will share how to use a GPS unit and astute powers of observation to find hidden caches at the Cox Reservation.
Learn strategies for locating cleverly hidden caches and Geocaching etiquette.
Along the way, we will also teach basic GPS skills,  including creating waypoints and plotting a course. One GPS unit will be provided to be shared per family.

RSVP.  Capacity limited.

We will be walking on woodland paths. Proper footwear and insect repellent are recommended.


Pick #3: Cape Ann Harbor Tours Water Shuttle

According to their schedule they should be operating 12:00-4:00 on the weekends now.


We love hopping on the Lady Jillian, going for a cruise around the harbor, listening to the informative tour, and maybe jumping off for a bite to eat, an ice cream, or a stroll through Rocky Neck before getting back on to head home.

Not only a great mode of transportation, but also an inexpensive way to spend some time on the water with the kids.


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

2016 Smart Growth conference #MSGA16

I’m in Worcester, MA, attending the 2016 Smart Growth Alliance conference (I was an invited speaker at a prior conference.)  The conference brings city planners, transportation and civic innovators, real estate and housing professionals, business leaders, non-profits, architects, Great Neighborhood and gateway cities, and –well, let’s just say a wide range of (primarily) policy folk.

It’s surprisingly enjoyable.

This year, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito is the key note speaker and we’ll hear from Worcester the host city. Other headliners include Michael Hogan President & CEO of AD Makepeace Company; Mayor Donna Holaday of Newburyport; Dan Burden the ‘walkability guru’; Parris Glendening former MD Governor and President of Smart Growth America’s Leadership Inst; Veronica Eady, VP Conservation Law Foundation; and Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Executive Director 128 Business Council. There will be more than 70 speakers. Attendees often fan out in groups to cover more panels.  I’ll report back where I’ve landed.

One topic that will swirl in the background concerns housing and a landmark bill S.122 proposing changes to planning, zoning and permitting. The organizers support this in a big way. Director Andre Leroux writes, “We believe that the (legislators) have done a thoughtful job balancing the needs of municipalities, developers, and the environment. “

With two-thirds of Millennials desiring to live in walkable, transit-accessible places at the same time that seniors shift to apartment living, suburban communities have a real test before them.  Communities like Newtonville need to decide between planned growth and unplanned growth. For its peers like West Concord village, Winchester Center, Andover and Newburyport, the future is already happening.” Quite a dishy prompt.

The Boston Globe endorsed the bill, you may have noticed the title: “Make Room for Granny, and other zoning fixes.” Granny does live longer than Grandpa.




Light show at the Hive Saturday, June 4th

Another exciting exhibit at The Hive! GMG readers and Gloucester residents will recognize some of the artists exhibiting. From the press release:

The exhibition, Light, spotlights five artists from the North Shore whose work explores the multifaceted concept of light.

Opening Reception: June 4th, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

Dynamite poster.


The Hive strives to provide emerging artists with a space to showcase their creative works and to shed light on the growing creative community.



Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 6/2/16



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.

Rockport PTO Community Yard Sale

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Image ~ June 2, 2016 ~ rebsly

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The PTO will be holding a community yard sale on June 18th from 9 AM to 12 PM (rain date on June 19th) outside of the Rockport Elementary School.  Anyone in town is welcome to have table at the yard sale!  We will also have a PTO table where you can donate your random unwanted goods.  The proceeds of this table will go to the PTO which funds many of the field trips your children go on, enrichment activities, teacher supplies, school improvements like the murals, scholarships and many more things!  So, clear out your house of all your unwanted items, bring a table and join us for the 1st annual Rockport PTO community yard sale!  Or, come shop with us and help support the Rockport School System!

Where:  Outside Rockport Elementary School, Jerden’s Lane

When:  Saturday, June 18, 2016 (Rain Date: June 19, 2016)

Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost to sell: $15 per table for PTO members, $20 for non-PTO members

Please note: You must bring your own table(s).  The PTO will not be providing tables.

If you have any questions, please contact rkptpto@gmail.com.  It would also be great to know if you plan on getting a table so we could get an idea of how many sellers we will have.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Month at SeniorCare


June 1, 2016 ~ trixy546

June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15, 2016, is Elder Abuse Awareness Day. SeniorCare Inc. and several non-profit and civic organizations are holding special events on Cape Ann and the North Shore to increase awareness of this growing issue in our society.

10,000 people turn 65 in the US every day. That trend is going to continue for the next 20 years. Our demographics are shifting, and we will soon have more elder people in the US than ever before. At the same time that the population is growing, we know that a startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.

Elder abuse can be physical, emotional/verbal, sexual, financial, neglect by a caregiver, or self-neglect. Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. In Massachusetts, an elder is anyone 60 or older.

If you suspect abuse or self-neglect, don’t assume that someone has already reported it. In cases of immediate danger call 911. Otherwise, you can call SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 during business hours or the elder abuse hotline at 800-922-2275 after hours.

This year, SeniorCare is participating in three rallies to increase awareness of Elder Abuse. The first rally will take place in front of Beverly City Hall on Saturday, June 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Beverly’s event is supported by the Beverly Police Department, HAWC, SeniorCare and the Beverly Council on Aging.

Gloucester will hold a rally on Thursday, June 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to meet at the flagpole in front of the Gloucester Police Station on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. The rally will march down Main Street, continuing along Rogers Street to the Fitz Henry Lane parking lot (across from Walgreens on the corner of Rogers Street and Harbor Loop). Following the march, there will be a cookout in the Fitz Henry Lane lot until 2:00 p.m. Gloucester’s event is supported by the Gloucester Police Department, HAWC and SeniorCare.

Rockport’s “Show You Care” rally will be held on Friday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Five Corners (the intersection of Broadway, Railroad Avenue, and Main Street). This event is supported by the Rockport Police Department, the Rockport Council on Aging and SeniorCare.

Concerned citizens are invited to participate in any or all of these events. Join SeniorCare and our local safety agencies in bringing light to the horrendous crime of elder abuse. Please stop by to show your support!

SeniorCare is committed to stopping Elder Abuse!
About SeniorCare
SeniorCare Inc. serves an area that represents more than 27,000 residents aged 60 and over. We provide services to adults with disabilities and elders in nine communities. Established in 1972, SeniorCare has approximately 100 employees and nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers and staff work to fulfill its mission as a consumer-centered organization which provides and coordinates services to elders and others. This allows them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice, while remaining part of their community.

Elder Abuse Awareness Rallies:

Beverly Elder Abuse Awareness Rally

Beverly, MA
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 9am-12pm
Beverly City Hall
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Gloucester Elder Abuse Awareness RallyGloucester, MA
Thursday, June 16, 11am-2pm
Fitz Henry Lane lot, Rogers Street, Gloucester
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Rockport Elder Abuse Awareness RallyRockport, MA
Friday, June 17, 10am-12pm
Five Corners, Rockport
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Star Party at Halibut Point State Park

June 1, 2016 ~ Michael Deneen

Weather permitting, the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club and HPSP present the first summer star party of 2016 at the Halibut Point Visitor Center, from dusk to 10:00 pm on Saturday night, June 4. There is no cost.

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The club will have telescopes set up for the public to look through; we’ll see Jupiter and its moons, Mars, Saturn, summer star clusters and galaxies, colorful binary stars, and more. Come on out and say hello to Summer with a guided tour through your wonderful dark Cape Ann skies.

Please park in the paved lot off of Gott Ave, and walk the short distance up the hill to the Visitor Center. If it’s overcast we’ll try again on July 9.

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the first Friday of the month from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, 8 Vulcan Street in Lanesville. All are welcome; parking is free and there are no dues or fees. No special knowledge or equipment is needed to have a great time. For more info on the club please see the web page, at http://gaac.us, the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/gaacpage, or you can follow the club on Twitter, @GAACster.

Community Reiki Share for a Cause – Toots Fore Tufts

More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

Next Community Reiki Share – Tuesday. June 7th. 5:15 – 8:15 P.M. $20.00 Suggested Donation. Portion of monthly proceeds donated to charitable fund-raising, local and abroad. This month’s Reiki Share proceeds to help benefit Toots Fore Tufts and the Marc K. Jackson Foundation.

Toots Fore Tufts is raising funds for the Marc K. Jackson Foundation, providing programs that support neuro-oncology (brain cancer) and other patients undergoing treatment for cancer and their families at Tufts Medical Center. 100% of the proceeds from next Tuesday’s Reiki Share will go directly to Toots Fore Tufts.

How You Can Help Support Toots Fore Tufts – 

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