Often asked this question, I thought it would be helpful to post the answer again, especially as at this time of year when we see numerous numbers foraging in our marshes and along the shore. Both species of birds breed on Cape Ann and the coast of Massachusetts.

Snowy Egret Egretta thula -2 copyright Kim SmithThe first clue is size. Snowy Egrets are small, about the size of the Mallard Duck. Remember the letter S for small and snowy. Great Egrets are much larger, nearly identical in size to that of the Great Blue Heron.

Great Egret Ardea alba copyright Kim SmithGreat Egret (Ardea alba)

Great Egrets have  black feet and yellow bills. Snowy Egrets have reverse coloring, yellow feet and black bills.

Great Egrets stand very still while fishing. Snowy Egrets are wonderfully animated when foraging; they run quickly, walk determinedly, fly, and swish their feet around to stir up fish.Snowy Egret Egretta thula copyright Kim Smith

This Weekend in the Arts

New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods

A conversation with architects Deborah Epstein and Maryann Thompson.

Visitors in the Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum, 2016.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, New Spaces/Old Places – Merging Contemporary Architecture with Historic Neighborhoods, the second lecture in its Design/Build lecture series. Join, Deborah Epstein (Epstein Joslin Architects, Inc.), one of the lead architects for the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, and Maryann Thompson (Maryann Thompson Architects), architect for the modern rebuild of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, for an evening reception and conversation on Thursday, July 7. The reception will begin at 6:00p.m. in the Design/Build exhibition gallery, followed by the lecture at 7:00p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium.

Epstein and Thompson will speak about the process each firm went through and the challenges they faced in the design and construction of new public buildings in an old New England community. This lecture is part of a series offered in conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum’s exhibition: Design/Build: The Drawings of Phillips & Holloran, Architects, on view from June 4, 2016 to October 9, 2016.

Member cost is $10 per lecture / $25 for the series; Non-member cost is $15 per lecture / $40 for the series. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets or for more information please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email

Tickets can also be ordered online at Eventbrite.



for an inspiring performance/presentation by Ocean Alliance founder Dr. Roger Payne and his wife, noted British actress Lisa Harrow: “Sea Change – Reversing the Tide.”  Payne and Harrow, in a dynamic reading and visual presentation share their experiences/ information about the challenges of conserving our oceans and whale populations around the world.

Thursday, July 7, 7 – 8PM.  Open and free to the public.




Sacred Nature:  A Journey of Spirit – Conomo Point
An Architectural Installation of Photographs and Stained Glass by Hilary Harrison

July 7 through July 31, 2016
Opening Reception: July 9, 4-6 PM

Artist Talk and Invitation: Come and Tell Your Story of Conomo Point: July 17, 4-6 PM

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
GALLERY HOURS: Thursday-Sunday, 12:00-6:00 PM

“Sacred Nature: A Journey of Spirit – Conomo Point” is open at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on July 7 through July 31,2016. The exhibit features an architectural installation of stunning photographic images and vibrant stained glass creations by visionary artist and artisan Hilary Harrison. The focal point is Conomo Point in Essex, Massachusetts, a place where the tidal waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean meet the salty marshlands of Essex and Gloucester. Through the eyes of love a story emerges relating to nature. The journey begins with an invitation to come into the center to experience and contemplate the vast beauty of nature in its sacred expression.

Experience through the center of being … the Heart, resurrecting devotions to nature that are timeless, timely, and eternal. Stories permeate past, present, and future into one sacred and eternal moment through each untouched photograph. Honor the light, color, and experience of our being, sacred as music through the soul.  Witness the beauty and sacredness of nature, the exhibition of photographs and stained glass reflects the sanctuary of Mother Nature brought alive by the artist.

“Our experience is reflected in nature, and nature is reflected within us. We are the thread that binds heaven and earth. ”   Hilary Harrison

“Sacred Nature: A journey of Spirit – Conomo Point” open at the Cultural Center Gallery on July 7 through July 31, 2016. The public is invited to an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, July 9, from 4-6 PM.  An artist talk will be given on Sunday, July 17 at 4-6 pm with an invitation for stories of Conomo Point.



Floating Lotus Welcomes Esthema a Boston-based ensemble composed of virtuoso musicians that defy musical boundaries, Angel Romero of Progressive Rock Central (Sept 2014).  A progressive music ensemble hailing from Boston, MA (USA), Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz-fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and Turkish fusion. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures. This is Esthema’s debut performance at Lotus. We hope you can join us at an incredible space! Much Love!

Tickets here:



63 Rogers St
Gloucester Ma 01930

WITH DJ’S LION PRIDE SOUND(Renegade Red, Jah Vision, & Jah Red) on the 1’s and 2’s. Spinning strictly the best in Reggae ,Roots,Rockers,Ska,Lovers and Dancehall. Please join us for a magical evening on the water of dancing,entertainment and fun!
7-11 PM
or contact Lara 603 759 6487 for cash sales and info
limited amount of tickets this event, so don’t miss out
We all look forward to another great night! Thanks to all for your support
the 7 Seas Wharf is right next to the Gloucester House Resturant and across the street from the Citizens Bank on the water!!! There is a Huge 7 seas Wharf sign on Rogers St ..

Danielle Miraglia tonight Davesag’s blues party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30 to 11:30 7.7.2016


Dave says,

This Thursday put those pain pills away and hobble on down to the Rhumb Line for some wholesome entertainment! I’ve got Ms. Danielle Miraglia on tap and it’s gonna be a corker. She drove the place wild last time! She sings like an angel, plays gootar,too.

Mr. Blob Enik sits down to put you in his guitar sights. Mr. Chris Anzalonedrums and Ms Cheryl Arena, who was just here a month ago, is comin’ with her harps and voice!
drums and Ms Cheryl Arena, who was just here a month ago, is comin’ with her harps and voice!


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

Petty Morals will be making their Gloucester debut at Katrina’s on Saturday July 9th

Petty-MoralsPetty Morals is an all-girl synth-rock outfit based out of Salem, MA. They enjoy heavy eyeliner, the finest boxed wines, and being all dressed up with nowhere to go. They won 2nd place in the 2014 Rock N Roll Rumble, were nominated for best new act and best rock act in the 2014 Boston Music Awards, and WON the award for ‘video of the year’ (shot partially here on Cape Ann) in the 2015 Boston Music Awards! Their influences include: The Cars, The Sounds, The Epoxies, Prince, Electric Six, Metric, Blondie, Garbage, Go-Go’s, Le Tigre, The Rolling Stones, Berlin, Heart and more.


14 Rogers St.
Gloucester, MA
9pm ~ Free! (reservations encouraged)

Harbormaster Introduces New Facebook Page & Community Gathering: Discussion and Planning for Public Safety and Needle Recovery

Harbormaster Introduces New Facebook Page

July 7, 2016 ~ Chris Sicuranza

The Gloucester Harbormaster office through the leadership of Thomas “TJ” Ciarametaro has announced the launch of a new Facebook page for updated news and announcements about our waters. Great to see our new department head hitting the ground (or is it water?) running.

Please ‘like’ the page seen here:


Community Gathering: Discussion and Planning for Public Safety and Needle Recovery

July 7, 2016 ~ Chris Sicuranza

(Official link – click here) An ad hoc community gathering has been established for Thursday, July 7 from 6PM to 8PM at the Kyrouz Auditorium for citizens to gather and report their collective concerns around public safety, especially with regard to appropriate protocols to needles. This is not an official city hall sanctioned event, but representatives from various departments (including administration, Mayor’s office, Health, DPW, Law Enforcement, etc.) have been invited to better clarify updates, inform the public of opportunities and create a cohesive plan for short term and long term action.

Hey Check Out This Weeks Newest Member of “Sista’s Cook Of The Week Club”


Tag me a photo of your “Sista Recipe” and become a member of the club! I look forward to seeing your dishes…Please help spread the word to send in your food photos! Names from the club will be drawn periodically for special gifts!

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Have You check out Sista’s New Recipe Website?

Follow Sista Felicia On Instagram,Twitter and Facebook!

Tag Sista Felicia a photo of your Sista Recipe on Facebook (Felicia Mohan) Twitter(@Sistafelicia ) or Instagram (@Sistafelicia) and become the next member of the ” Sista’s Cook Of The Week Club!” 

Nichole’s Picks 7/9 + 7/10

Pick #1: Thursday Night Picnic Concert at the Crane Estate


Photo Courtesy of The Trustees

We’re celebrating 20 years of Picnic Concerts and we want you to be a part of the fun! Bring a picnic supper, explore the grounds, dance on the lawn, and experience some of the region’s best bands. You’ll enjoy special 20th anniversary activities all summer long. The celebration begins on July 7 with Picnic Palooza, a friendly picnic competition. Prizes will be awarded for Most Elegant Spread, Best Beach Picnic, and Best 1996 Throwback Picnic. Look for picnic fare inspiration and share your amazing picnic photos on the Crane Estate Facebook page starting in July.

Tickets available at the gate only. Gates open at 5PM for picnicking. Concerts start at 7PM and end at 9PM. A weather decision, if necessary, will be announced on our website,, by 3PM on the day of the concert.

Members: $20/car.
Nonmembers: $30/car.

Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10.

Tickets available at the gate only.

July 7 The BaHa Brothers
(Summertime Music)
July 14 The Piano Men
(Music of Elton John & Billy Joel)
July 21 Soul City
(Soul, Motown & Funk)
July 28 Soul Rebel Project
August 4 Sorry, no concert. Celebrate The Trustees 125th Anniversary with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at Castle Hill
August 11 Beantown Swing Orchestra
(Big Band Swing – Come at 6PM for the group swing dance lesson)
August 18 Entrain
(Rock Funk Jam Band)
August 25 Help!
(Beatles Tribute Band)
Sept 1 Orville Giddings Band
(Boogie Blues)

Pick #2: Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell, Boston

Each time I drive down Storrow Drive on my way to Fenway I think, I should really bring the boys in here to bike ride or paddle board along/on the Charles and make a day of it.

What better way to end a day of doing just that than taking in a free movie on the lawn at the Hatch Shell?

Disclaimer:  Upon writing this post, I realized that there isn’t a movie scheduled for this week…probably because of the 4th of July festivities, but I kept it as a “pick” because you can plan ahead for the remaining weeks of summer.


Free Friday Flicks is a summertime tradition in Boston, attracting thousands of movie-goers to enjoy family-oriented feature length movies under the stars all summer long at DCR’s Hatch Shell in Boston! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free games and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030. The fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!


Pick #3:  Cape Ann Harbor Tours Lighthouse Cruise


As seen on their website…..

Enjoy the history and beauty of Cape Ann’s coast, up close! Presented by Cape Ann’s longest-running sightseeing company — since 1969!

Eastern Point LighthouseYou and your family will love our Cape Ann Lighthouse Cruise. Many people consider it to be the highlight of their visit!

Straitsmouth Island LightSee parts of the Cape you can’t reach by car — or on any other boat trip! Bring your camera — you’ll see historic lighthouses, Gloucester’s fishing fleet, lobstermen, drawbridges, islands, and Cape Ann’s spectacular natural beauty. Learn about some of the names of famous artists and poets that spent time here painting and writing. Hear about the great granite industry that flourished here for many years.

Restrooms, snacks and drinks are available on board. Trip length is approximately 2-1/2 hours.

Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested!


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





Live Theater Performances of Classic Stories for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly continues Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories, live performances and activities for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 9 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester. Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. Each week Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors. The books for July 9 areCurious George and Little Bunny Foo Foo. Other Stories planned for July include July 16: Dr. Seuss Day: What Pet Should I Get? and The Cat in the Hat; July 23: Virginia Lee Burton Day: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shoveland The Little House; July 30Rumpelstiltskin and
Where the Wild Things Are.
  All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433or visit

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board 7/7/16- Garden Tour,Senior Care Sunset Cruise, Annisquam Village Church Online Auction, New CATA Service


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 2 Comments

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.

Gloucester Garden Tour Saturday July 9th 10-4

Image ~ July 6, 2016 ~ generousgardener1


SeniorCare’s 7th Annual Sunset Cruise to Support Seniors

July 6, 2016 ~ trixy546


SeniorCare Inc. will host its Seventh Annual Sunset Cruise Fundraiser, an evening cruise aboard Cape Ann Whale Watch’s Hurricane II, on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The evening includes a light box dinner, dancing and entertainment by DJ Tracey Sousa, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by contacting SeniorCare at 978-281-1750 or online at Sponsor opportunities are available.

For more information about the Sunset Cruise and SeniorCare’s programs, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 or

About SeniorCare

PrintSeniorCare 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.

Annisquam Village Church Online Auction

July 6, 2016 ~ mperrym

July 6 – July 20

There’s something for everyone at the Annisquam Village Church’s seventh annual online auction! Shop 300 unique treasures donated by local businesses, artists, and patrons—this year’s highlights include a sailboat, original works of art, vacation escapes, and generous gift certificates from many local stores, restaurants, and services. Bidding closes at 9:00 p.m. July 20. Register and bid at . Your bid will help raise funds to support the Church’s local and international work, including The Open Door Food Pantry, Family Promise North Shore/Boston, Action Inc., Grace Center, Heifer International, and Haiti Projects.The auction is managed through


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New CATA Service-Rockport & Gloucester

July 6, 2016 ~ fswebb

This month, CATA is starting a new service for senior and disabled customers in Rockport and Gloucester.  Each Wednesday, CATA will pick up at the Rockport and Gloucester Senior Centers in the morning, travel to a different shopping location off Cape Ann, and then return to town in early afternoon.  The list of shopping locations is included in the attached flyer.

The cost is $5 round trip.  For additional information, please call 978-283-7916.


Happy Shopping Rockport Gloucester Mall bus Flyer – REVISED SUMMER 2016
Hello SBYC Member(s) & Friends,

Join us this Thursday, July 7 at 7, p.m. for the first of the Thursday Talk series with Jesse Fielding! With over 10 years of experience in the professional racing industry, collecting over 15 national and world class titles from dinghys to maxi yachts in venues around the world.

Jesse Fielding, nephew of SBYC members Ed and Betsy Salas. Hailing from Kingston, RI, Jesse entered filmdom at the age of 20, not as an actor but as a sailor. A contestant in the grueling Transpac sailing race between Honolulu and Los Angeles, he appeared prominently in the Walt Disney Pictures documentary covering that event, Morning Light (2007).

For those new SBYC members or members and guests who have not had the opportunity to attend a talk, the format is relaxed and informal. The talks begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings with refreshments.

Watch the trailer for the documentary MORNING LIGHT, Fifteen young sailors…six months of intense training…one chance at the brass ring. This documentary tells the inspiring story of a group of intrepid and determined young men and women, on the cusp of adulthood, as they embark on life’s first great adventure.


Eastern Point Lit House co-founder Chris Anderson writes, “The Lit House is very excited about our next book club event at Duckworth’s with Gloucester High School’s new principal, James Cook. He’s a great poet and educator, and we’re thrilled to get to share dinner and drinks with James. Even if you can’t get through The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit in time, you won’t want to miss this. I’m sure you’ll want to finish it after hearing what James has to say. Hope to see you there!”REVISED_july_16_book_club_web