Tropical storm Hermine’s rain has breathed new life into Cape Ann’s drought depleted freshwater ponds and brackish marshes. Perhaps it was her winds that delivered a surprise visit from the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, a rarity for Massachusetts as we are at the tippy northern end of their breeding range. Towering waves accompanied by a tumbling undertow tossed from the deep sea gifts of nutrient rich seaweeds, mollusks, and tiny crustaceans, providing a feast for our feathered friends. See all that she brought!

Yellow Crowned Night Heron, juvenile

muskrat-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithMuskrat! Eating tender shoots and going to and from his burrow, via refreshed canals along the wetland banks.

Wind and weather worn Red Admiral Butterfly, drinking salty rain water from the sand and warming its wings in the sun.

sanderling-eating-clam-copyright-kim-smithSanderling breakfast

great-blue-heron-immature-snowy-egret-great-egret-copyright-kim-smithImmature Great Blue Heron, Two Snowy Egrets, and Great Egret (far right)

snowy-egret-minnow-in-mouth-copyright-kim-smithA multidue of minnows for the herons and egrets

piping-plovers-hermine-eating-copyright-kim-smithThe Wingaersheek Piping Plover family has not yet begun their southward migration. Here they are foraging in the bits of shells, tiny clams, and seaweed brought to the shoreline by Hermine and not usually found in this location.

cormorant-injured-copyright-kim-smithinjured-gull-copyright-kim-smith3Injured Cormorant and Gull finding refuge and food at the pond bank.

pebble-beach-seaweed-foogy-morning-copyright-kim-smithSeaweed Swathed Pebble Beach in the lifting fog

Schooner Festival 2016

An unbelievably beautiful event this years race out in the ocean waters off Cape Ann. It was incredible to see these wonderful vessels sailing under such conditions with the swells and wind filling their sails.

Crane on Main. Charles Fine Arts @196 Main Street now open. Downtown artist and artisan rental options.

Updates on Main Street:

The roof replacement is underway at the Gloucester police station. The crane is lifting supplies.



196 Main Street went from this


to this


Charles Fine Arts at 196 Main Street opens with ‘The Friends and Family Show’, a group exhibit displayed until September 24th, by appointment. Artists studios are available to rent. http://www.charlesfinearts.com


Artist and artisan studio and gallery spaces:

For over 25 years, artists have pooled together to rent gallery space at Local Colors 121 Main Street. Established in 1978, the gallery operates as a co-op, sharing resources and all operations and administrative duties. They are the staff so there is always an artist on hand! The monthly rent split among the invited artists is modest as Cape Ann Savings (109 Main Street) owns the building and is a stalwart community and arts supporter. The roster is full right now.

Gallery display of another sort is part of goodlinens plans for 130 Main Street and will be installed along the right wall as you enter (photo below was looking left). A curated small selection of artisans will be invited to rent on a monthly basis for a modest fee. Owner Jo Anne Chirico designed special matrices currently in stages of fabrication. Look for three artisans in focus by October.



2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Musical Festival September 17th 2016 11AM – 9PM 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA



Nadia Robertson

Henry Allen & the New Swingset




Allen Estes

Back Eddy

Liz Frame and the Kickers


Danielia Cotton

8 shows in one day for twenty dollars! 


Artist bio click ithttp://www.gloucesterharvestmusicfestival.com/#artistbio

Tickets click it > http://gimmelive.com/?c=80

Evan Goodrow rocks the Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 9.8.2016


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Thursday night let’s welcome back Mr. Evan Goodrow to the Rhumb line stage.It’s been a while since Evan has been here as he has been in recovery from a horrifying hair-conking accident. But, rest assured,  he’s doing fine and just slavering to regale you with his high-energy antics. Always takes me a day or two to recover. Dave Moore provides mortar,and I play the trowel.





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


Post storm Hermine: see the sea of seaweed and mosses on Long Beach

During the last days of summer, the sands at Long Beach shift to form a ledge that we affectionately call the ‘August shelf’. The slant is a challenge walking or running and a ramp or jumping platform if the tide is right.  Children engage in all manner of parapet building and collapsing. The ocean remains warm and the waves can seem bigger. These marks –annual gifts from nature– gently nudge us to fall. This year, as a result of tropical storm Hermine, there is a bonus shelf of seaweed brought in by majestic tumultuous waves. Don’t miss a fantastic chance to inspect species common to Gloucester, Cape Ann and the East Coast. Seagulls and clothing pop against a uniform blanket of red.  From a distance, the deep color of the seaweed seems the natural inspiration  for the architectural details of Cape Ann Motor Inn.

Look closely as there are so many species intertwined and clumped together teeming with texture and color! Be inspired to create: the Cape Ann Museum includes volumes of pressed seaweeds and mosses. Learn more: Isabel Natti did the algae plant drawings for The Sea is All About Us, a pioneer book on local marine life and shores by Sara Fraser Robbins and Clarice Yentsch. Visit Maritime Gloucester to learn about life at the shore. Garden: a friend collects some seaweed for her beds. Eat: I haven’t tried making my own seaweed salad but I have eyed Irish moss pudding recipes. Pudding anyone?

Irish Moss pudding:  1 cup (dead, rinsed, cleaned, possibly soaked) moss with a quart of milk in a double boiler for 15 – 30 minutes, strain out the moss. Add sugar to taste, and optional flavoring (citrus, coffee, vanilla, green tea, whatever you like). Pour into mold and refrigerate or blend a health drink. The consistency is thicker relative to time.

a few seaweed examples I teased out from the pile



Loren Doucette Art Popping up on Center Street

loren-doucetteYou can contact Loren at  her:

Website: Loren Doucette Art

Email: lorenadoucette@gmail.com  or call  978-879-6588 or visit her Pop-Up shop on 3 Center Street  Gloucester MA



Nichole’s Picks 9/10 + 9/11

Pick #1:  Ipswich River Wildlife Santuary

Two great events, but act quickly because there are only a few spots left for each!

Map and Compass Treasure Hunt


Join us for a guided map and compass treasure hunt around the sanctuary. Bring your own compass or use one of ours and learn to find north, orient yourself, count paces, and use the map and compass to find your way. After some basics, we’ll hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. No experience necessary. This program is a good introduction to orienteering for the whole family.

Instructions and Directions:

Meets in the Nature Center. Please dress for the weather and bring a compass if you have one (we will have some to lend as well.)
Registration is required.

Family Campout: River Camping


Explore the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary after hours and join us for a night of camping under the stars. Have an early dinner at home, and then come with your family and your tent, and prepare to have fun.

This campout will focus on the Ipswich River. We will start the evening by setting up our tents at the top of the hill, and then head down to the river for an evening canoe trip. We’ll look and listen for otters, beavers, muskrats, and owls. After we return, we’ll cook up s’mores around the fire pit and play games. Then it’s off to bed so we can wake up for an early-morning breakfast (provided). Afterwards, we will paddle downstream to look for turtles, frogs, herons, and creatures that live above and below the water’s surface. Basic canoeing instruction will be provided, along with all equipment.

Instructions and Directions:

The campout begins at 4:30 pm on Saturday, September 10 and ends at 9:00 am on Sunday, September 11. Rain date: Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, September 18. The campout will only be rescheduled in the event of extreme weather. Please note that refunds will not be issued if the campout is rescheduled to the rain date and you are unable to attend. A confirmation with a list of what to bring will be sent.




  • SATURDAY:    NED’s 50th Anniversary Celebration featuring Funny Cars Under the Stars

    8am – 8pm

    Nitro Funny Cars, Nostalgia Funny Cars, Pro Mods, Jet Funny Cars, Pro 7.0, VP Race Fuels ET Series Championship Finale, Iannotti Bros. Select Cars Top Sportsman.

    Spectator $30
    Reserved Seating additional $10

  • SUNDAY:      Outlaw 10.5, NEDX-275, Top Bike, Street Fighter, Iannotti Bros. Select Cars Top Sportsman, & T&T


    Spectator $15


Pick #3:  Second Saturdays at the Cape Ann Museum

Traveling to Cape Ann


Bring the kids! Make a postcard inspired by the Museum’s collection of historic cards written by vacationers telling of their adventures on Cape Ann. The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in hands-on activities that delve into the art, history and culture of the region. Each Second Saturday focuses on a specific theme based on the Museum’s collection and/or special exhibitions.

Second Saturday Monthly 11am-2pm

Pick #4:  Cape Ann Reads


See the Cape Ann Reads Schedule HERE and learn more!

This Saturday’s Event:  Please register at the link above.

CAPE ANN READS Pirate’s Tea Party in Manchester

When:  Sat, September 10, 11am – 1pm
Where:  Manchester Public Library, 15 Union Street, Manchester, MA (map)
Description:  Ahoy all mateys wishing to attend this fun filled festivity! There will be adventurous activities and refreshments fit for rapscallions.
Co-sponsored, the tea party will be offered on the Manchester Public Library (15 Union St) lawn, activities following at the Manchester Historical Museum (10 Union St).
Please register at kstadt@mvlc.org with Miss Kate, or 978-526-2016.
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 promoting children’s picture books throughout 2016.
Each month there are special free programs. For a complete list of events visit the website or check with your local library. http://www.capeannreads.wix.com

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

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 9/8/16


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.

Music on Meetinghouse Green to Benefit the Gloucester Meetinghouse Fire Deterrence Project

September 7, 2016 ~ Rose

Cape Ann Big Band in Free Concert, Friday, September 9, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester, MA

capeannbigbandlarge2-w2000h1400This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time.… Known for operating like a family, Cape Ann Big Band prides itself with having a repertoire that has no boundaries. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”

This is the final concert in a series of nine free outdoor concerts presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.   The family-friendly concert begins at 6 pm. Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink permitted inside.) Donations will be accepted to benefit the Gloucester Meetinghouse Fire Deterrence Project.


About the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
The long term goal of the Meetinghouse Restoration Project is to complete a historically informed but fully functional building restoration, both to preserve this important landmark and to be a cultural gathering place for all of Gloucester and Cape Ann. The church has a long history of community service, with a congregation eager to share the space. Until it can be protected by a comprehensive fire-sprinkler and detection system with fire-stops in the walls it will remain at grave risk of loss.

Seaside Garden Club Kicks off Their 2016/17 Season next Tuesday

September 7, 2016 ~ kwillwerth

The Seaside Garden Club is kicking off their 2016/17 program year with Medicinal Use of Native Plants demonstration on September 13th at the Manchester Community Center (Click here for directions). Social time begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.  All are welcome. $5 guest fee for non-members.

Are you curious about the “weeds” growing around your property or neighborhood? Dr. Nicole will show us some local native and introduced plants and discuss some of their traditional uses. The goal of the program is to begin to identify, and build relationship with, some of our potentially edible, medicinal and useful plants (with a focus on weeds); so that we can correctly identify them in our own backyards and perhaps even grow some. The wild weedy area around the train tracks in back of the Manchester Community Center will be used to find and identify plants as they are seasonally available. Come prepared with bug spray and protective clothing. A reference handout will be supplied for further study.

A traditional medicine woman, community herbalist and family chiropractor, Dr. Nicole K. Andrade, CACCP has been studying and practicing natural healing techniques for 20 years.  She owned and operated Atlantic Family Chiropractic, PC in Gloucester for 13 years, was the founder of the Cape Ann Healing Center and a co-founder of Treetop Yoga Studio. She is certified from the Academy of Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics and has studied reiki, shamanism and ethnobotanical and spiritual healing traditions for 10 years with indigenous and traveling healers of New England, New Mexico and of the Amazon regions of Peru, Brazil and Ecuador.  She currently works as an associate doctor at the Lydian Center for Innovative Healthcare in Cambridge, MA.

The Seaside Garden Club has a terrific line up of programs and speakers for this year, including: Aster B Flowers, All about Perennials with Steve Hebert and the Art of the Vignette with club favorite Cheryl Munroe. Always popular workshops are being offered, starting with a holiday workshop lead by Jackie Rich in November and an Outdoor Container workshop at Chapman’s Green House in the spring.  The annual Plant Sale and Auction is scheduled for May and our season concludes with a Book Discussion and potluck dinner in June.

The Seaside Garden Club meets the second Tuesday of every month (September through June) at the Community Center, Manchester-by-the-Sea.  Social time begins at 7:00 pm; programs begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Renew your membership by the September meeting in order to be included in the annual Yearbook! Annual membership is $25.00. Guest fee is $5.00 per meeting. Make your check payable to: The Seaside Garden Club, PO Box 94, Manchester, MA 01944.

Be sure to “Follow” the Seaside Garden Club on their Blog: https://seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com/

Or to join our Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeasideGardenClub


Did you know kissing a donkey can heal a toothache? ;) Ok maybe not. But seeing us every 6 months helps!

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