If I were a little creature, I wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of these bad boys.

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Interestingly, owls have a ratcheting mechanism in their foot, which keeps the toes locked around the prey or branch so the muscles don’t have to remain contracted.

Eyes on Owls is a terrific website for identifying owls commonly, and not so commonly, seen in New England. The owls are listed in descending order of how frequent their occurrence, from the most widespread to the rarest migrant. In our region, the Great Horned Owl is the most common, and the Barred Owl is a close second. Mass Audubon also provides a list of owls that breed in Massachusetts here.

City of Gloucester Closed Thursday for Snow Emergency

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Tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th the City of Gloucester and all public buildings including City Hall and schools will be closed. Effective at 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to an upcoming severe snow storm.

From 8:00 AM tomorrow, Thursday, February 9th, until 7:00 AM Friday, February 10th all vehicles are banned from parking on city streets.

Residents may park in all municipal and school parking lots.

Please remove all vehicles from municipal and school parking lots before the parking ban expires at 7:00 AM Friday. School parking lots will be the first areas to be ticketed and towed once parking ban has concluded. Violators of this emergency declaration will be at the owner’s expense. Your cooperation during this parking ban is necessary for efficient and safe snow removal efforts.

All residents and businesses are reminded…

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Yay Cups! 

Hang in there!

Everyone is complaining about the slick conditions this morning and the approaching storm for tomorrow but I’m here thinking we got off pretty easy so far this winter!    1) It’s 32 days until daylight savings time (which should be a holiday in itself!!), 2) it’s actually light out when we leave work, 3) I can see the bottom of my wood pile….which all means… WE ARE OVER THE HUMP OF WINTER!!   902367_10201372320493299_833066144_o

The Envoy Hotel’s “IGLOOkout Bar”

So with a predicted blizzard on the way I’m not quite sure, but all and all I think this looks like a pretty fun way to do something new in the city.

The Lookout Rooftop bar at the Seaport’s Envoy Hotel is drawing some attention with its new “igloos” on the Roof…hence the IGLOOkout Bar.

Winter chill? Snow in the forecast? No problem, here at The Envoy.

Enjoy a few cocktails at the Igloos on Lookout Rooftop & Bar, starting Thursday February 9th, 4pm-10pm. Open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays ONLY. No Reservations, only first come, first serve! Igloos are heated and lit!






Do you want Rick Doucette To Have To Dye His Hairs Blue?

Hey Joey – I hope you’ll please share this update with the GMG Universe:
The Y Teen Leaders Club have been hard at it collecting donations and have now surpassed their 7500 goal, and if they can reach 10,000 in the next 2 days, they’ll get to dye my hair and eyebrows too! (I’ll have to wear it that way for at least one week)
100% of all non-perishable food, and financial donations will benefit the OPEN DOOR and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Looking at John Singer Sargent

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Dr. Erica Hirshler at the Cape Ann Museum

Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

This lecture, presented by Dr. Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Sargent House Museum, will explore Sargent’s heralded career and his ties to the North Shore.

Cost is $10 for CAM or Sargent House members /$15 for nonmembers. Space is limited, reservations required. For more information email Tickets can be purchased by calling (978)283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. Oil on canvas. 87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. Acc. #19.124. Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit.

Image: John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), 
The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882. Oil on canvas. 
87 3/8 x 87 5/8 in. Acc. #19.124. Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, 
Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit 
in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit.

Widely considered an expert in American painting of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Dr…

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From Paper Pods to Pea Pods: An Artist’s presentation by Lara Lepionka

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FRESH presents Lara Lepionka, an artist and executive director of Backyard Growers, presenting From Paper Pods to Pea Pods. Lara will share the inspirational story of Backyard Growers, focusing on her journey as an artist to a nonprofit founder and the myriad connections between creating art and growing food.

$15 per person, limited tickets – Reserve your tickets here!

FRESH is a six-week exhibition, with accompanying workshops and presentations, hosted by the Rocky Neck Art Colony and Backyard Growers

This is an exciting collaboration by two inspiring non-profits—Backyard Growers, which encourages an active relationship with food and the earth, and Rocky Neck Art Colony, which encourages and promotes excellence in the arts.

In this exhibition, artists from all over New England will present works that reflect on the theme FRESH, exploring the ways in which food connects us to the earth, nourishes us, and ties us to warmth, family, friends, and memories. Join…

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