Mike Perrine and his team are on the job, systematically dismantling the collapsed North Atlantic Fish/Channel Fish building. According to Mike, the use of a barge and crane were considered but just the movement alone of the barge would have guaranteed even further damage to the wharf. Considerable expense is saved by manually removing the building. As Mikeā€™s team is pulling the building down, the debris is being loaded onto a trailer on site.

The work area is fenced off and Mike warns that people not try to sneak on site. This is a very dangerous work zone. The dismantlingĀ can easily be viewed from I4-C2 and from the Cape Ann Brew Pub.

Michael Perrine

Mike and his son ZacK.

The two mastiffsĀ are Mike’s and they are named Beauty and BeastĀ šŸ™‚Ā I didn’t catch ZacK’s dog’s names. Dog friendlies may recognize Mike and ZacK as they generously installedĀ the waterlines for Gloucester’s dog park.

Booming off the water on Friday evening to insure debris does not contaminate the Harbor.

View from the Cape Ann Brew Pub Friday night.

For more information on the collapse see the Gloucester Times here.Ā 



Amy writes, “Come to the Paint Factory this weekend to celebrate the creativity of teens at the ā€œSelfieā€ art show. The show features portraits in pastel, colored pencil and charcoal of teens from Gloucester, Tyngsboro, Hudson, Bolton, Boxford, Littleton, and Acton. Play the Selfie Scavenger Hunt for your chance to win an 8×10 portrait of your choice!

Ā See you there!

Cape Ann Sustainability Fair

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, Cape Ann Sustainability Fair was held at The O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester, MA.Ā Ā  Lots of interesting ideas and having the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market there made for a great day.


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First named Tragabigzanda after a Turkish Princess, Cape Ann was later renamed by King Charles in honor of his mother, Queen Anne. The granite rock formation at the tip of Eastern PointĀ looks to me like the silhouette of a figurehead on a ship’s bow. Historically though, Mother Ann is thought to represent either a recliningĀ Puritan woman or Anne of Denmark, the mother of King Charles.

I have been experimenting with different focal lengthsĀ with the new 1.4 teleconverter. The first photo was taken at 400mm with the teleconverter. I am not sure if the fog or the lens is creating the softnessĀ but I think it’s going to be lots of fun nonetheless, especially for wildlife.

Thank you Generous Gardeners Volunteers

The tulips, grass, flowers and the boulevard looks amazing and looking forward to The Tulip Festival on May 6, 2017.

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Gloucester Tulip Festival, Saturday May 6, 2017

May 6th is the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for the new Stacy Boulevard gardens and the completion of the seawall reconstruction project.

The festivities will begin at 10:00 AM with an old-fashioned promenade from the Stage Fort Park Visitors Center to the Fishermenā€™s Wives Memorial. Participants are encouraged to dress in their best and stroll with neighbors and friends. Free and open to all. Prizes awarded based on elegance, creativity and floral inspiration. Prizes are baskets of tulips with gift certificates.

1. Best Bonnet (female)
2. Best Chapeau (male)
3. Best Pram
4. Best Walking Stick
5. Best Childrenā€™s Outfit
6. Best Headdress
7. Best Overall (male)
8 Best Overall (female)
9. Best Couple
10. Best Family

Following the promenade, Gloucesterā€™s mayor will officially open the Boulevard with a ribbon cutting. The Promenadeā€™s Grand Marshall, William Taylor will then announce the winners. Generous Gardeners volunteers will be available all afternoon to answer questions and provide interesting tulip trivia.

Generous Gardeners planted over 22,000 tulips for a spectacular show of color and form in shades of pink, purple, yellow, orange and red. Generous Gardeners is a volunteer group of local gardeners who care for over 22 public spaces in Gloucester. There are two tulip festival fundraising events planned. The movie Tulip Mania will be shown April 29th at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage on Main Street. Doors open at 7:00 to mix and mingle. The film starts at 7:45 about the spectacular tulip speculation in 1637 Holland. $15/per person. The second event is a fundraiser party on May 6th at the Mile Marker starting at 6 PM and featuring the Honky Tonk Womenā€™s Band. $20/per person. These events benefit Generous Gardeners and the Stacy Boulevard Gardens.

Free Parking at Stage Fort Park. Handicap/senior parking at Kent Circle. Promenade contestants must register at 10:00 AM at Stage Fort Park Visitors Center, but all are welcome to participate.

Please note our fabulous fundraiser trip to Amsterdam below. If you would like a ticket supplies are limited, email susan@generousgardeners.org and she will reserve one for you. Call 781-346-1363 with questions.

May 6 Generous Gardener Tulip Festival Poster

Raffle for All Inclusive plus Airfare for 9 day Amsterdam Tulip River Cruise

Meditation and Relaxation Offerings: April 30 – May 7th

Cape Ann Wellness

Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

  • Sunday April 30th. 11 a.m. ā€“ 2 p.m.Ā Make Every Day ā€˜Earth Day! ā€˜

(This ā€˜Earth Day Celebrationā€™ was RESCHEDULED Due to Weather.) This Sunday looks like the weather is going to cooperate. šŸ™‚

Shinrin-yoku,Ā (forest bathing)Ā is the Japanese practice of making contact with and taking in the atmosphere of the forest.

Join us for a gentle walk and meditationĀ in nature and experience the health benefits.Ā ā€˜By Donation.ā€™

On this leisurely walk you will be encouraged to use all of your senses as you allow the beautiful setting in nature to lower your stress levels, boost your immune system and improve your overallĀ health. No experience with meditation necessary.

  • Tuesday May 2nd Community Reiki Share. 5:15 ā€“ 8:15 pm. (*Reiki Practitioners can come early for special Japanese Reiki Hatsurei Ho Mediation ā€“ 4:30 pm.) Manchesterā€¦

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Red Cross Blood Drive Friday May 5th

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Knights of Columbus is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross at Our Lady of Good Voyage Hall on May 5th from 1 pm to 6 pm. To make an appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to:
http://www.redcrossblood.org and select a time that works best for you!May 2017 Blood Drive

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Pietro Cannavo writes, “As you may already know that a friend and a member of our community passed away unexpectedly. We are trying to raise money for his family to help pay for expenses. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please find it in your hearts to help in anyway. Thank you. We miss you Joel.”



Deborah Cramer writes from the climate march on Washington D.C. “The EPA, under its new leadership, is taking down the climate change pieces of its website. So, so happy to be in Washington with so many kids chanting “We are unstoppable, another world is possible,” as thousands of people marched down Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House.”


Yellow Legs feeding at daybreak in the marsh.

I am not sure if this is a Greater or Lesser Yellow Legs. It was too dark to make an id beforeĀ flying off to join several more feeding at low tide in the marsh.

Look for bothĀ Greater and Lesser Yellow Legs along the shoreline–they are seen in Massachusetts during spring and fall migrations. Yellow Legs are travelingĀ to bogs and marshes of the boreal forest region of Canada and Alaska where they breed and nest for the summer.