We friends of Mr. Swan think he is practically a genius. You would have to be, to survive the oftentimes inhospitable shores of Cape Ann. And, too, he is well over twenty years old and has out lived two mates!

Mr. Swan at Brace Cove

Mr. Swan is a species of swan called a Mute Swan, which do not migrate great distances. Instead, they move around from body of water to body of water within a region. When Mr. and Mrs. Swan were raising their young, by mid summer, when food was becoming less plentiful and water levels receding at Henry’s Pond, the entire swan family–mom, dad, and all the cygnets–would travel for the remainder of the breeding season to Niles Pond, a larger pond with a more plentiful supply of aquatic vegetation. Several weeks ago, the brackish water of Henry’s Pond thawed. Mr. Swan returned to the Pond, but then with a stretch of cold weather, it quickly refroze. He headed over to Pebble Beach to forage for food in the saltwater cove. This week, sensing the coming nor’easter, Mr. Swan moved over to Rockport Harbor, which rarely freezes, is less rough than Pebble Beach, and where a supply of food is readily available. Whether a September hurricane or March blizzard, Mr. Swan rides out the storm tucked in along the edge of pond or harbor.

Don’t you find it very interesting that although not indigenous to this country, Mute Swans have adapted many strategies for surviving our changing seasons, and with the seasonal changes, the differing types of, and amounts of, food available.

Mr. Swan at Rockport Harbor


If you see Mr. Swan at any of our local bodies of water, please be very kind to him. Dogs, no matter how well meaning, will make any swan feel threatened. And please, if you must feed him, only feed him whole corn. No junk food ever. Swan junk food includes bread, crackers, chips, and Doritos. In all the years that I have been filming Mr. Swan, never once have I fed him. Mr. Swan has friends, wonderfully kind stewards, who regularly look after his well-being, supplementing his native diet of pond greens and seaweed with cracked corn, and that is quite sufficient for his good health.

Thank you everyone for looking out for Cape Ann’s one and only Mr. Swan!


Mr. Swan at Henry’s Pond

Mr. Swan at Rockport Harbor and Niles Pond, with His Ever-present Entourage of Quackers

Exhibition A Time for Blue at Trident Gallery, January 20–March 26, 2017

Title: Archetype Artist: Peter Lyons (b. 1960) Year: 2005 Medium: oil on panel Size: 24″ x 36″ (H x W)
Title: Eight Sheep on Blue Field Artist: Zygmund Jankowski (1925-2009) Medium: oil on paper Size: 22″ x 30″ (H x W)

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

A Time for Blue, on view at Trident Gallery through March 26, is a themed exhibition of art organized first of all around the color blue, but strongly influenced by the many meanings and echoes of the words “time” and “blue.”

Time: era, moment, fit period; occasion; trial; tempo, meter; enforced duty; and many more.

Blue: the pure color of a clear sky; melancholy, dismal; not red; indecent; blasphemous; discolored by cold, contusion, fear, or vascular collapse; stemming from rigid morals. Blues: songs marked by frequent occurrence of blue (flatted) notes; blue military uniforms, the police; and more.

In the Trident Gallery context, the most unusual works on display are two early “Blue Dog” silkscreen prints from 1993 by the Cajun artist George Rodrigue (1944–2013), and an early pastel drawing of Gloucester from 1958 by Nell Blaine (1922–1996). Several paintings by Zygmund Jankowski and Peter Lyons have not been exhibited previously at Trident Gallery. Other works of art are shown again in the new light of this exhibition.

Gallery hours are
Friday 12–7, Saturday 10–7, Sunday 10–5, and Monday 12–5, and by appointment.

About Trident Gallery

Trident Gallery shows beautiful and intelligent contemporary art in all mediums, emphasizing the work of artists continuing Gloucester’s rich legacy as a center for new American Art. Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift curates and produces the exhibitions, drawing on over twenty years of multi-disciplinary scholarship, teaching, and creative exploration.

For further information, visit TridentGallery.com or call the gallery at 978-491-7785.

Allen Estes Tonight at The Rhumb Line ~ Wednesdays with Fly Amero 7-10pm 3.15.2017

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, March 15th – 7pm
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

It becomes a songwriter showcase event whenever the great
Allen Estes takes the stage. Such will be the case once
again this Wednesday, starting 7pm. Don’t be late! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming guests…
03/22 – Charlee Bianchini

03/29 – Liz Frame

04/05 – Bradley Royds

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Way to Represent, Traci Budrow!

I watched different meteorologists and news reporters knocking out storm coverage all day long from their windy, wet, and cold vantage points on T Wharf and Bearskin Neck in Rockport…from my warm home.  At one point I thought to myself, “It’d be nice to make sure they have some hot coffee since they’ve been down there for hours”….but I didn’t.

You know who did take the initiative to go take care of them though?  Rockport’s Traci Budrow…that’s who!  And, not just with coffee.  Good job, Traci.  Way to represent the charming town of Rockport.

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The Power of Play Festival is Back!

Cape Ann Community

Gloucester Education Foundation is proud to host our second annual Power of Play Festival!

What: The Power of Play Festival: a day of play for ALL AGES. GEFcolorPlayLogo

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 11am-2pm

Where: Gloucester High School Field House, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road, Gloucester

Who: Gloucester families and kids. Admission $5 per family at the door.

Gloucester Education Foundation’s Power of Play Festival will feature fun family activities like: an obstacle course, art projects, lego building challenges, hula-hooping, giant board games, music, dance, fort-building, goop-making, sand and water play, simon says and LOTS more.

Play promotes creativity and innovation, and helps kids develop skills that are a foundation for life-long success, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and collaboration.

Hosted by Gloucester Education Foundation and Sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services Department

Gloucester Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization made up…

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