Dad Piping Plover spends considerable time showing Mom how good he is at nest-building.

Mom nonchalantly makes her way over to the nest scrape.

She thoroughly inspects the potential nest.

Dad again rearranges the sand. Mom pipes in, “Honey, I think I’d prefer that mound of dried seaweed over there, nearer the blades of seagrass. And can you please add a few seashells to the next one, rather than bits of old kelp.”

Here we go again!

Five Piping Plovers have been observed at Good Harbor Beach. They are battling over territory and beginning to pair up. The male builds perhaps a dozen nests scrapes in a single day–all in hopes of impressing the female. Hopefully, within the next week, they will establish a nest; the earlier in the season Plovers begin nesting, the greater the chance of survival for the chicks.

Dave Rimmer from Essex County Greenbelt reports that although many nest scrapes have been seen, no nests with an egg on any of Gloucester’s beaches have yet been discovered. He suggests that perhaps the cooler than usual spring temperatures are slowing progress.

Not one, but two, potential nesting sites have been roped off for the Piping Plovers. The second site is near the Good Harbor Beach Inn.

This Week in the Arts

Cape Ann Museum Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.

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Image: Charles Olson’s work table. Photo credit: Charles A. Lowe for the Gloucester Daily Times, January 11, 1970. From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum Archives.

The Cape Ann Museum spent the year 2016 connecting with its audiences through engaging programming, exciting special exhibitions and community collaborations.  The Museum welcomes the public, members and friends to join us in celebration of the accomplishments of 2016!

At 7:00 p.m., author Peter Anastas will present Paper Trail Redux: A Stroll through the Archives of the Cape Ann Museum. Anastas will reflect on the experience of cataloging his own papers in the Museum Archives and will share stories about local writers, including Barbara Erkkila, Joe Garland and Vincent Ferrini, who have each donated their papers to the Museum Archives.

The presentation will be followed by brief reports on activities of the past year and an invitation for Museum members to elect a new slate of officers to the Board.

Refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public.


Stevens Brosnihan awarded Goetemann Residency

Opening talk, Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00 PM z
at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street

Closing talk, Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00 PM
at the Goetemann Residency Studio, Madfish Wharf, end of Rocky Neck Ave

 The committee of the Goetemann Artist Residency, a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, is pleased to announce the selection of Stevens Brosnihan as the first resident of the 2017 season. Each year a Gloucester area artist is invited to spend a month at the Goetemann residency studio on Rocky Neck. Brosnihan was selected as a Goetemann Resident and Gloucester Invitational Artist of the year and receives the use of the residency’s live/work studio on the Madfish Wharf on Rocky Neck from mid May to mid June this year.

Brosnihan, a Gloucester resident, received a BFA from New Mexico State University and an MFA in painting and drawing fro the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is also known as a photographer. He describes his artistic life and practice as follows; “Life on our urban farm is a tangle of processes and outcomes, accidents and events, projects, festering mounds, islands of chaos, moments of ecstatic beauty and tireless tedium. Within this domestic framework and within my community, I create art, write, debate, ponder and collaborate. Some works punctuate ideas, others diffuse into the patterns of daily doings. Projects are sometimes fleeting or ongoing eventualities. The dust seldom settles and when it does we use it to write our stories.”

The public will have the opportunity to hear about his life as an artist at a talk at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street at the beginning of his residency on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 7:00 PM. The public is also invited to share Brosnihan’s residency experience at the end of his stay at an informal gathering at the residency studio on the Madfish Wharf at the end of Rocky Neck on Wednesday June 14, 2017, at 7:00 PM. Both events are free to all.


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Pole’s Hill

On Saturday, The One Hour at a Time Gang, cleaned and picked up on Pole’s Hill.  What a beautiful spot.  Here a couple of photos of the view from up there.  Even though it was cloudy so pretty.


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One of the views from the top

View of O’Maley from Pole’s Hill


Congratulations to Eric Magers, so well deserved!! Seaside Sustainability was given the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 2017 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. 

Learn more about Seaside Sustainability’s programs here.

And recent GMG podcast with Eric here.

Photo, left to right:
Mathew Beaton – Secretary of Energy and Environmental Education
Eric Magers – Executive Director
Kris Scopinich – Director of Education Mass Audubon
Don Siriani – Legislative and Communications Director Commonwealth of MA

State Officials Recognize 33 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

From the office of Energy and Environmental Affairs:

BOSTON – At a State House ceremony, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton today honored 33 energy and environmental education programs at Massachusetts schools and nonprofits as part of the 23rd Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education.

“Hands-on energy and environmental educational programs improve students’ problem-solving skills and create lifelong passions for science and the environment,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our administration is proud to recognize the students, teachers and nonprofits raising awareness and coming up with creative solutions to our pressing energy and environmental issues.”

“These educators are engaging students in real-world environmental and energy issues and bringing topics they learn in the classroom to life,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The programs recognized today are developing students who will make a positive and lasting impact on their communities, schools and the environment.”

Winners competed for $5,000 in awards, funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust with the intention to fund further environmental education initiatives at the schools. EEA solicited Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award nominations in early 2017. Schools and organizations that voluntarily incorporate environmental education into public or private school curricula are given priority.

“The outstanding educational programs honored today immerse students in important issues like energy, recycling and wildlife conservation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beaton. “It is more important than ever that we teach the next generation the importance of preserving and protecting our natural resources.”

The project applications were scored by the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education, a group of environmental educators from state agencies, non-profits, industry and academia.

“Not only are these schools teaching students important lessons about protecting the environment, they are also providing them with valuable knowledge and skills in STEM subjects that could spark their future career choices,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.


Happy Mothers Day To Our Constant Never Failing Always There For Us Mother Pat Ciaramitaro 

Thank You For Everything Mom.  When they write sappy Mother’s Day cards to sell in stores you’d never think that there could be a woman that could live up to those impossibly high standards.  But there you are, every day doing what you do, being the very definition of the mother that does everything and gives everything for her family. Always, without fail, you come through.

You are amazing.

I love you with all my heart