The Seaside Garden Club presents The Art of the Vignette

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The Seaside Garden Club kicks off 2017 with The Art of the Vignette on Tuesday, February 14th at the Manchester Community Center.  Social time begins at 7 pm and the program starts promptly at 7:30 pm.   All are welcome.  Guest fee is $5.

The Art of the Vignette: A fun design presentation illustrating how to effectively use small spaces in the garden to convey a sense of drama and personal style and how to avoid common faux pas. Cheryl Monroe will teach us how to use color, design features and objects d’art to draw the eye and create fabulous vignettes that will have your visitors admiring your savior -faire.

Cheryl Monroe is one of the Seaside Garden Club’s favorite speakers.  Her entertaining style and plant knowledge make her programs memorable.  Cheryl is a self-taught gardener for 20 years, now a graduated Master Gardener specializing in clematis and…

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tree-swallows-gloucester-massachusetts-5-copyright-kim-smithTo answer several reader’s questions regarding Tree Swallows on Cape Ann –

The birds that we see flocking up and forming a murmation over Gloucester’s downtown skyline are typically European Starlings, a species that was introduced to the U.S. from Europe at the turn of the previous century. The birds that are in the film that I posted yesterday, Dance of the Swallows, are Tree Swallows. They prefer more remote areas such as sand dunes, where the swallows find a wealth of insects.tree-swallows-gloucester-massachusetts-4-copyright-kim-smith

Insects comprise the bulk of their diet. Tree Swallows perch on branches, telephone wires, and in our area, commonly on Northern Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) and other dune shrubs. Most birds cannot digest the waxy coating on Bayberries, but Tree Swallows are one of the few species that can. Bayberry fruits do not ripen until September and I wonder if when migrating through Cape Ann in August, the Tree Swallows are eating the insects on and around the plants, not the unripened fruits.

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“I like to live in the now.”

David Hockney’s exhibit opens at the Tate on February 9th as the fastest selling show in Tate exhibition history. It will come to the Metropolitan Museum of Art November 2017-February 2018.

In 2013 I wrote about “A major retrospective of David Hockney’s work completed over the last decade, A Bigger Exhibition (San Francisco, de Young Museum), has generated voluminous press and praise, mostly for his legacy of embracing new technology. Oh, and how old he is now, somehow compelling him to create before time runs out…(See a good overview of the de Young exhibit on Newshour but listen at 4:24 dispensing this cliché while introducing another. When hasn’t Hockney investigated any series, media or pursuit without daunting and constant focus?)”


Marsden Hartley’s Maine will open at the The Met Breuer (former Whitney) March–June 2017. It will be at Colby (partnered with the Met) this summer. Cape Ann Museum has fantastic Hartleys.

The first Whitney Biennial presented at the new Whitney opens March 17 – June 11, 2017. Although there are no working artists residing in MA that are on the checklist, two artist filmmakers born in Massachusetts were selected: Robert Beavers and James N. Kienitz Wilkins.

One Billion Rising Event 2/14

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On Tuesday, February 14th at 3 PM, the Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, Strong Men Don’t Bully, HAWC, the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center and the Mayor’s Office invite you to join ONE BILLION RISING TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS.

Please wear RED and bring pots, pans, and other noisemakers to rise together and demand a change!

For more information, please contact Kelley Ries, Public Health Nurse, at 978-325-5266.

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Meals on Wheels Valentines Breakfast this Friday!

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SeniorCare Inc. will hold its annual Valentine’s Day Breakfast Fundraiser Breakfast at The Gloucester House, located 63 Rogers Street in downtown Gloucester on Friday, February 10, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Tickets are $12 per person and include a buffet breakfast. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels program.  For information about the breakfast or to become a sponsor, contact Paula Curley at 978-281-1750 x-560 or


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