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4:20pm Update:
Catherine, George, and Charles drove our littlest chick to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. Thanks to Jodi, they were prepared and waiting for him. Little chick was assigned a case number and we were told to call after 3pm. As I am writing this report, Avery from the school just returned my phone call. She sounds terrific and was very helpful in explaining little chick’s injury and care. He has a traumatic brain injury, most likely caused by being stepped on. Little chick is being given supportive care, which includes pain medication, an anti-inflammatory, and fluids. He is also in an oxygen cage that allows him to breathe more easily. The vets are guarded in their prognosis as recovery from head trauma is very unpredictable.

Very sadly, I have to report that dogs were running around the beach unleashed at the time of the injury. No one witnessed exactly what happened, but last year I saw a dog running over and instantly killing a chick, despite my very best efforts to get the owner to control his dog. This morning at 6am dogs were on the beach leashed, but the owner was obliviously walking her two dogs through the sanctuary area precisely where the chicks were darting about. Leashed or unleashed, irresponsible dog owners are one of the chick’s greatest threats. Please, please folks tell your friends and neighbors about the Plovers and why it is so important to follow the dog ordinances. It seems as though late in the day, after 5 and before sunset, the chicks are the most vulnerable. Perhaps folks think its okay to bring dogs to the beach after the life guards leave. Early evening is exactly the same time of day that the chick was killed last year.

Our two Good Harbor Beach siblings, this morning at fourteen days old.
Earlier this morning updates:
Catherine writes, “I called Kim who met me right away at the beach. Soon After 9pm Jodi was there getting the bird. Jodi implemented  ER incubator and hydration methods. By 11pm chick pooped which may be sign that he was reacting to rehydration. (She explained that body shuts down digestion quickly to protect brain and heart. Pooping could be things working.) One eye swollen may equal head injury or seizure. All was speculation and she hoped chick would make it through night.”
Volunteer Nancy, who found the chick wrote, “My daughter spotted the chick on the soft sand lying just off the wet sand of the creek bed near where we were this morning. My son in law carried the chick from creek bed to large enclosure. I held chick while giving it water and tried to keep it warm, then put it in the covered part of the enclosure on advice of Audubon woman, hoping its mom would be able to give care. We called every emergency number we could find but no one picked up. Thank you so much for responding as you did.”
Today at 6:15am–dog walking through the Plover’s sanctuary–leashed or unleashed, dogs (as well as people) unintentionally step on Plovers. Please be careful.



Live Theater Performances for Young Audience Members Age 2 and Older

Gloucester Stage Company proudly announces Playtime Stories, an engaging combination of children’s stories and live performances for ages 2 and older, on Saturday, July 8 at 10 am at Gloucester Stage, 267, East Main Street, Gloucester and runs through Saturday, August 19.Playtime Stories offers young children the unique opportunity to experience the fun and magic of live theater as they watch their favorite books come to life onstage. Following the performance audience members will be invited to join the Playtime Stories Company in fun and interactive workshops relating to the story. Each Saturday the Playtime Stories Company, consisting of members of Gloucester Stage’s apprentice company, veteran Youth Acting Workshop students and special guest narrators will perform a children’s story against the backdrop of the story’s illustrations as well as create a dynamic weekly series of interactive events related to the story. According to Youth Acting Workshop Director and Teacher Heidi Dallin, “We had a great response to the Playtime Stories program over the past two summers. It is a terrific way for YAW to reach out to younger audiences to spark their excitement in live performance. Many of the veteran YAW students in the Playtime Stories Company have been involved in the YAW program since they were 5 years old and now they will inspire the next generation of YAW students!” Each week from July 8 through August 19Playtime Stories explores different stories ranging from classic fairy tales to new stories to works by local authors.  July 8 is a A Celebration of author Eric Carle with the books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; The Grouchy Ladybug and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.   Upcoming books to be read and performed by the Playtime Stories Company include July 15: A Celebration of Virginia Lee Burton with Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel; July 22: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Doctor De Soto, The Little Mouse, the Ripe Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear ; July 29: Where the Wild Things Are and Corduroy ; August 5 Dr. Seuss Celebration: Oh, the Places You’ll Go and Green Eggs and Ham with more stories to be announced for August 12 and August 19. All Playtime Story performances are held at 10 amat Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Admission is $5. For more information or tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

This Weekend in the Arts


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The Rockport Garden Club invites you to attend its 2017 garden tour: Rockport in Bloom. This self-guided tour consists of 11 private gardens clustered in the three Rockport neighborhoods. Each garden celebrates the diverse geography of Rockport, from sweeping ocean vistas, to enchanting gardens with water features, to unique granite sculptures and arches evoking the legacy of the granite industry in Rockport.  Lunch, including a vegetarian option, is also available for your purchase and enjoyment in a seaside garden.  An additional feature for this year’s tour includes artists in the garden.  Several local artists will be painting ‘en plein air’ during the tour and are sponsoring a wine and cheese reception that will take place following the tour on Saturday, July 8th at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. All are welcome.

Tour dates are: July 7 and 8 from 10am to 4pm each day. Tickets purchased prior to June 1 are $20 and $25 thereafter. Tickets may be purchased in advance through Eventbrite or by check mailed to:  Rockport Garden Club, PO Box 712, Rockport, MA 01966.

On tour days, tickets may be purchased at the Rockport Police Station (cash, check or credit card), 168 Main St. and Toad Hall Book Store (cash or check only), 47 Main St, Rockport, MA.  Tickets purchased in advance may be picked up at the police station. The tour is held rain or shine. Please see the RGC website: www.rockportgardenclub.org for additional information.



The Estate Gardens, Designers, Gardeners
and the North Shore Horticultural Society

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Manchester’s summer estates, home to beautifully designed gardens, were maintained by highly skilled gardeners and nursery workers who helped to keep Manchester in bloom all season. Many of the highly skilled gardeners came from Europe where they were trained in formal gardening and greenhouse techniques. Some of the gardeners began meeting to discuss gardening tips which resulted in the formation of the North Shore Horticultural Society – which still exists today encouraging local gardeners with horticultural tips and knowledge. This year’s exhibit highlights a few of the talented landscape architects, gardeners and nurseries sharing their stories and images of their work.

In addition, we will be featuring special monthly floral displays at the beginning of each month generously provided by North Shore Horticultural Society in July, Manchester Garden Club in August and Manchester Memorial School 4/5th Graders in September.

The exhibit, which will run July through September, opens on Friday, July 7 to the public and is free. MHM is open Tuesdays-Fridays (10-3pm) and select Saturdays this summer – July 8 & 15, August 5 & 19, September 23 (10-1pm). For more info call 978-526-7230, email info@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org. or visit our website http://www.manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org/


Surf’s Up, Colors of the Coast

Mary Taddie, Mosaics/ Bonnie Maller, Oils
Eleanor Fisher, Glass Shard Paintings
Cynthia Curtis, Ceramics

Summer is the theme at LEXICON GALLERY’S next show. “Surf’s Up,” combines Mary Taddie’s, Mosaics (Surfboards, wall art and jewelry), Eleanor Fisher’s Glass Shard paintings, Bonnie Maller’s richly colored oils with Cynthia Curtis’ melted sea glass ceramics. Show dates are July 6, 2017-August 19, 2017 with an opening reception Friday July 7, 6-8pm. The artists will be speaking at 6:30pm, sharing their creative process. This is also Magnolia’s monthly Sip & Stroll with live music by Joe Militello and complimentary nibbles and libations. A fun night not to be missed.

Mary Taddie’s interest in the arts began in Marblehead over twenty years ago where she focused primarily on watercolors. Mary became interested in classical art forms and studied ancient mosaics under Master Lucianna Notturni in Ravenna, Italy. Since her return to the US, Mary has transitioned her work from the ancient mosaic form to a very unique, contemporary form of wall art using a ring saw to shape ceramic tile, marble and stone. Her art may also include other materials such as vitreous glass and Italian smalti (enamel impregnated glass) that are cut by hand. Mary has exhibited in a variety of venues on the North Shore and also teaches mosaics classes. She is a member of the Marblehead Arts Association, and is currently VP of Salem Arts Association, Salem, MA. Mary has a studio / workshop at Little Harbor Studios in Marblehead.

Eleanor Fisher began her mixed media painting in 1991, following a brain tumor removal and near death experience where she was told to “ paint and you will be guided”. Eleanor developed a unique style of glass shard paintings where she paints an oil painting, then cuts and layers glass directly on the canvas. The light and movement combine to form radiant color and depth. Eleanor Fisher’s infectious enthusiasm and creativity continue to be an inspiration for many including her own daughter and Lexicon Gallery owner, Seyrel Williams.

Bonnie Maller makes her first debut as a painter in this show. Bonnie was an internationally acclaimed makeup artist for over 30 years. She worked with all the top fashion designers and magazines as well as countless superstars throughout her career. She was Ralph Lauren’s makeup artist of choice for over 25 years doing most of his ads. In addition, Bonnie designed and made jewelry which sold in upscale stores throughout the New York and Boston areas, working with precious and semi precious stones and doing her own gold and silversmithing. In late 2015, Bonnie moved locally and began devoting her time to oil painting, her lifelong dream. Her discerning sense of light, color and composition contribute greatly to her richly colored paintings.

Cynthia Curtis began working in clay in 1977. A North Shore Native, she is drawn to the colors and moods of the ever changing sea. Wandering the shore, she collects shells, glass and other beach offerings which she uses directly in her work. Cynthia Curtis Pottery Studio is a sunny haven in the Rockport woods. Since its origin, over 1,200 students of all ages have taken classes and created valuable connections that have been nourishing, healing and inspiring on many levels. Cynthia is a true believer in the therapeutic value of working with clay. Many have become part or full time potters. Cynthia’s ceramics often feature her signature turquoise glazes, melted sea glass and found beach objects into her functional pottery. You can also view her work during the Spring and Fall Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour, the oldest studio tour in the country.

LEXICON GALLERY hopes you will join us in honoring Mary, Eleanor, Bonnie and Cynthia with wine, food and good company at the Opening Reception on July 7, 6-8pm, during normal gallery hours, Fri-Sat 10am-4pm or email gallery owner Seyrel Williams, Seyrel@LexiconGallery.com to schedule an appointment. The LEXICON GALLERY is located at 15 Lexington Avenue, #1, in Magnolia, MA. For more info, go to www.LexiconGallery.com


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Summer Artist Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Rockport artist Scott Tubby as the season’s Third Summer Artist at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Painter and ceramic artist, Scott Tubby, will exhibit paintings and ceramics at Gallery 53 from July 5 until July 24, 2017. The public is invited to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Saturday, July 8, from 6 to 8 pm at Gallery 53, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA.

Scott began his career 39 years ago as a ceramic artist. He returned to art school in the 1990s to study painting and now works in two mediums: oil paint and clay. Gallery 53 is excited to show both of these mediums together in one show.

“Through the discipline of art, I have learned to work in a more intuitive way,” says Tubby. “I use an idea or sketch a composition as a starting point, but then let the work unfold and influence me as I continue to work with the color, form, texture and light until I feel all the various elements come together in a harmonious way. Working in three dimensions for most of my life has had a strong influence on what I create on a two dimensional surface.”

Tubby’s artwork is in many private and public collections throughout the US, Europe and Japan including three porcelain vessels at The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Now in it’s ninth year, the Summer Artist Series is a program of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and Gallery 53 that honors local artists with solo shows at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck.

A juried co-op gallery, Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck features a distinctive collection of fine arts by Rocky Neck Art Colony members. Located in a historic 19th century building between the Studio and Rudder Restaurants at 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, Gallery 53 is open May 25 to October 15 from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from10 am to 8 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to rockyneckartcolony.org.

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Painting Workshop for Kids

CAM Kids Favorite Flowers

Image: Nell Blaine (1922–1996). Rubrum Lily, 1980. Oil on canvas. Gift of Arthur W. Cohen, 1990. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum [2714].

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present CAM Kids Favorite Flowers, a painting program for children and families on Saturday, July 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Paint along with watercolor artist Marion Hall in the Museum Courtyard (weather permitting; in case of rain the program will be moved inside to the Museum’s Activity Center) to learn the basics of watercolor painting. Using good quality artist materials, participants will create a small painting of a fresh flower or plant of their choice. Hall will give painting demonstrations and will teach participants ways to experiment with color combinations and painting techniques.

This is a drop-in program and parents are invited to participate as well! This free family program is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich. To make a reservation please call (978)283-0455 x10 or email courtneyrichardson@capeannmuseum.org.

Marion Hall is an award-winning watercolorist whose paintings feature seascapes, landscapes, and wildlife from Cape Ann, Florida, England and France. She has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the north shore of Massachusetts and beyond. Marion is a Cape Ann Museum docent and an Artist Member of the Rockport Art Association and the North Shore Arts Association.


Adventure has returned – and is sailing from Gloucester

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After an early summer of intense activity showing the Gloucester flag in other ports, the 1926 Schooner Adventure has returned and is taking passengers sailing for the rest of the season. In her role as ambassador for the city, she was in the thick of the Tall Ships Parade at Sail Boston in early June, went north for the Portland Schooner Festival, and then on to Boothbay for Windjammer Days, welcoming thousands on board for deck tours and daysails.

Now she is back at her home berth at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop and offering sailing opportunities several times a week, typically Wednesdays and Fridays in the late afternoon and Saturday mornings, as well as special events and group outings. Gloucester’s National Historic Landmark fishing schooner is fully restored and Coast Guard certified, sailing aboard is a satisfying and exciting experience you won’t want to miss. Information and schedules at www.schooner-adventure.org.



Our littlest Piping Plover is on its way to Tufts with Catherine and her sons George and Charles.

Photo: Jodi Swenson, Cape Ann Wildlife. Jodi is Cape Ann’s resident bird rescue expert.


Mama and the two fourteen-day-old chicks this morning at daybreak.

Two of our three Piping Plover chicks are doing beautifully, the third however is hanging on for dear life. The littlest chick was found limp and helpless by beach goers, on the dune edge near the creek. The chick was placed in the wire enclosure where Catherine Ryan and I found it at around nine pm. Jodi Swenson from Cape Ann Wildlife arrived shortly thereafter. She immediately tucked the chick into her shirt and has been keeping the chick in a warming nest. Jodi reports that the chick’s eye is swollen and that it is having neurological problems. More information to follow.Little Chick’s right eye is very swollen.
Jodi’s snapshot from last night.