Good Harbor Beach Sunrise -2 Gloucester MA copyright Kim SmithPiping Plovers nesting -4 Gloucester MA copyright Kim SmithAn approximately six foot in diameter protective barrier has been installed around the plover’s nest. This is a huge relief as many of us have noticed dog tracks in the cordoned off area. The plover’s don’t seem to mind the wire construct and go about their morning routine, running through the spaces between the wire grid as if the barrier had always been in place. In the above photo, you can see a plover sitting on its nest between the two clumps of grass within the enclosure.

Piping Plovers nesting Gloucester MA copyright Kim SmithEvery morning the plover’s switch places several times, with both parents taking turns sitting on the nest, while the other leaves the restricted area to feed at the shoreline and bath in the tide pools. The above photo was taken on the 13th of June, before the barrier was put in place. There are minimal tacks around the nest site, so it would be logical to assume the nest was very recently established. The photo below, taken on the 15th, show many more tracks and it looks like there are three eggs.

Piping Plovers Three eggs Gloucester MA copyright Kim Smith

Piping Plovers Two eggs Gloucester MA copyright Kim Smith

Nest on the 16th, I only see two eggs however I think the plovers move the eggs around in the nest. And too, my camera lens is zoomed all the way, and the image is cropped.

Piping Plovers nesting -3 Gloucester MA copyright Kim SmithThis morning the plovers were easily slipping through the wires.

Twin Light GHB Sunrise copyright Kim Smith

Snowy Egret Good Harbor Beach copyright Kim SmithSnowy Egret Good Harbor Beach -2 copyright Kim SmithSnowy Egrets fishing at the GHB tidal river this morning.


Sneak Peek Thanksgiving Pop Up artist commission

Pauline Bresnahan shares a screenshot–and a Save the Date 11/26/16 Thanksgiving Pop Up @ The Hive

Will you look at that? An original portrait commission because of the 2015 Thanksgiving Pop Up Fair at the Hive where we featured local younger artists! You can find out more about the artists and see examples of their work on the young artist directory of the Hive website. Which reminds me–artists send in your updates!


10 Great reasons to shop TBT Post this weekend

Thank you Richard for sending me this.

10 great reasons to shop TBT Post this weekend and all this month are as follows:

1. $20.00 Pewter Rings Buy One Get One Free!
2. $20.00 Off handmade one of a kind necklaces/earrings.
3. Earring sets for only $10.00.
4. Organic Cotton shirts in a variety of colors & styles.
5. White Organic Cotton pants for that summer walk on the beach.
6. Organic Cotton long sleeve white shirts for the beach or boat ride.
7. Prewashed and preshrunk Aguayo beach wraps, picnic table cloths for only $18.00.
8. Buy On Get One Free! Alpaca socks, leg warmers, hats, fingerless gloves and scarves.
9. Hand made Organic Cotton Bags in a variety of colors, styles and sizes.
10. Our TBT Post Summer Line of: shawls, skirts, blouses, dresses and rompers are also available.

Please shop the TBT Post store of your choice at:

8 Dock Square Rockport Mass 01966
33 Main Street Gloucester Mass 01930
181 Essex Street Salem Mass 01970
391 West Broadway South Boston Mass 02127

Phone: 888-676-7102

Thank you
Jane Barton TBT Post Rockport
Ed Sholes TBT Post Gloucester
Mario Bravo TBT Post Salem
Richard Fenk TBT Post South Boston

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The Folklore Theatre Company is proud to dedicate our 5th revival in tribute to the life and memory of one of Gloucester’s favorite sons, 2001 Friday Greasy Pole Champion Phil Palminteri (July 25, 1981 – November 28, 2015)


Gloucester in the house at North Carolina Museum

A rare Edward Hopper drawing of East Main Street, Gloucester, is part of a comprehensive exhibit, “Marks of Genius”, masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) through June 19th. These wonders of process traveled to the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan before Raleigh. The next stop will be the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Hopper is featured at every venue, and so is Gloucester. 

If it were your museum, where would you hang the Hopper?  The NCMA installed the drawings in their largest special exhibition space by subject rather than chronologically, the design choice of other venues. How do I know? Exhibitions Assistant, Margaret Gaines, was kind enough to share details and photographs of the museum and its beautiful Meymandi Exhibition Gallery in the East Building so that we could all armchair art gawk. (I smiled when I read that East Main Street is in the East building of this East coast museum.) “Gloucester” is written on the museum label along with my research and color photograph.

“American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals” is up at the same time.  Childe Hassam has Gloucester and Massachusetts ties, but I didn’t ask to see pictures of that exhibit. Though “Marks of Genius”  won’t be coming any closer to Massachusetts than North Carolina, the Hassam show is coming to the Peabody Essex Museum on July 16th. The North Carolina Museum of Art partnered with PEM. I wouldn’t miss it.

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Here’s another photograph pulled back to compare the house with the Hopper sketch and choices.



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That Melissa Cox, She’s One of the Good Ones

Not only is she a good sport, but she’s generous too.

Melissa agreed, thanks to a $500 request, to be tossed into the pool in the name of charity.

That $500 will go to a charity set up to help the Orlando shooting victims and their families.

You just never know what you’re going to run into when you meet up with a friend for a drink in Gloucester.  While I missed the actual splash…I landed on the roof top deck in time to see a wet, chilly, but still smiling Melissa Cox spreading cheer the way she always does.

Thanks so much to Christopher Sicuranza for capturing and sharing the moment…and to Melissa for allowing me to post it.  Thanks also to Steven LeBlanc for “the push” and Sean Nolan for stepping up big with the $500 donation.

(and, how about that roof top pool area!)  #Beauport Hotel



Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 6/17/16


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 . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

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

Rockport PTO 1st Annual Community Yard Sale Saturday June 18th

Image ~ June 17, 2016



Walking Tours at the Cape Ann Museum

June 16, 2016 ~ Cape Ann Museum

The Cape Ann Museum welcomes you to get your arts and culture fix outside this weekend with two walking tours featuring major players in Cape Ann’s artistic, economic and social history. Choose between a leisurely stroll down historic Middle Street on Friday, June 17 or a lively jaunt by Gloucester’s harbor to view the very spots immortalized by the work of artist Fitz Henry Lane on Saturday, June 18.

Guided walking tours begin at 10:00a.m., are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite. Choose one or both tours: Historic Middle Street and Fitz Henry Lane.


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