Day thirty-six and our Superstar is growing beautifully. Barring people and predator dramas, Little Chick and Papa’s days have taken on a confident routineness –forage, sleep, wake, preen, do stretches, maybe practice flying (and maybe not), check in with Pa, repeat.

Extra shout out to Chief McCarthy for making Good Harbor Beach his early morning routine, too. Thank you everyone for all that you are doing to help the Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers!



Wake up 



Check-in with Papa




Male Tree Swallow

You may have noticed the pretty swallows perching in clusters on telephone lines and flying low over the sand. Both Barn and Tree Swallows can be found at the beach throughout the warmer months, but the birds that are beginning to gather on Cape Ann en masse are the Tree Swallows. The following is a short film from last year’s migration that explains what is happening at this time of year with the Tree Swallows here on our beaches and dunes, and in our neighborhoods.

M is For Migration Through Massachusetts
Responding to Reader’s Questions About Tree Swallows
New Short Film: Tree Swallows Massing

Getting Close to Weigh In

Excitement is brewing down here at Cape Ann’s Marina resort. With over a dozen fish landed and several coming in tonight for weigh-in, this is a show not to be missed!    Some captains and crew will make the decision to stay out overnight and bring their fish to the dock tomorrow. No matter what happens we are in for a fantastic weekend!




This Weekend in the Arts

At Flat Ledge Quarry in Rockport

Access via Granite Pier at 16 Wharf Road, Rockport, MA. 01966

Performances are:
FRIDAY, July 28th at 5:30PM
SATURDAY, July 29th at 11:00AM & 5:30PM
SUNDAY, July 30st at 1:00PM


Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented electrifying Quarry Dances for the past five years on Cape Ann. The New York Citybased

dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover Performing Arts Center to create and choreograph a site-specific quarry dance for the public. The audience for the quarry dance performances continues to expand with people of all ages coming to enjoy them from Boston, its surrounding areas and the local community of Cape Ann.

For Quarry Dance 6, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture, cliffs, ledges, and paths surrounding the quarry as the backdrop for the quarry dance. No contact with the water is permitted, due to the nature of this particular quarry being a reservoir for the town of Rockport water supply. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in previous dances. The dramatic and echo-inspiring spaces underneath the Keystone Bridge will be enhanced by the dance.

Russ Gershon, a Boston based saxophonist, arranger, composer and the leader of the globe-trotting ten-piece Either/Orchestra will improvise an accompaniment for the Quarry Dance. This will be his fourth time participating, and he will utilize saxophones, flutes, and percussion instruments. He draws his ideas from jazz and other American popular music traditions, along with Ethiopian and Latin music.

Performances of Quarry Dance 6 are free and open to the public, however, donations are strongly suggested. No reservations are required, but please note that the performances are all weather dependent. In case of rain, the performance is cancelled. The performance will last just over one hour.

Parking is permitted at Granite Pier, however only Rockport residents with resident stickers will be admitted to park for free. Others will need to pay the $6.00 fee for non-resident parking, a requirement of the Granite Pier Association. The other option is to park for free at Windhover, located about 1.5 miles away at 257 Rear Granite Street. There will be a shuttle continuously transporting guests from Windhover to Granite Pier starting 30 minutes before the show and then 30 minutes afterwards. Windhover’s address: 257 rear Granite Street.  Be sure to watch for the Windhover sign which designates parking.  Shuttles will be provided by “Ride on Transportation,” “Beauport Ambulance Service,” and the new “Fishermen’s Taxi,” all of which are kindly donating their services.

Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and a number of chairs will be provided.  In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well as bring their own water, snacks and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited. For further information, please check the Windhover website: You may also call Windhover at 978-546-3611, or email Executive Director Lisa Hahn at (Windhover is a non-profit 501©3 organization.)

Major funding has been made possible by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This program is also supported in part by grants from both the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Donations from individuals also help support the Quarry Dances for the future.

Please come and enjoy this performance in the unspoiled natural beauty of a Cape Ann Quarry, and please spread the word.


The Rocky Neck Art Colony Selects Susan Guest-McPhail as the Season’s fourth Summer Artist.

Currents, Susan Guest-McPhail’s show of mixed media paintings, opens on Wednesday, July 26 and runs through Tuesday, August 15. The opening reception is Saturday, July 29 from 6-8 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. The public is invited to the reception to meet the artist and partake of delicious food and refreshing drinks.

Like so many other artists living on Cape Ann, Guest-McPhail’s work is influenced by living near water, beach and marsh. This special seaside atmosphere lives in her work and, according to Guest-McPhail, needs to be embraced, especially in these turbulent times.

“Making art is like breathing, you need to just do it,” says Guest-McPhail.

She paints with acrylics, oils, encaustics and mixed media. The papers that are used in her collages are mostly hand-printed with some found items added. “Experimenting with new ideas, such as using curly, dried grasses tied to sticks for brushes, or a night of printing in a special color makes me smile and feel energized,” says Guest-McPhail.

Most of the time she paints in a contemporary realist or totally non- objective style, but there is always a string of movement flowing through that keeps her brush, her brayer, and herself moving like the tides.

According to Guest-McPhail, “starting a non-objective painting is an interesting mystery. You don’t know where it will take you. It’s like making a puzzle without the picture on the box and the finish is the surprise. My collage papers are hand-printed in acrylics or oil and the making is as much fun as cutting them up,”

Guest-McPhail agrees with mindfulness expert and painter Ellen Langer, who is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Langer says, “Make art for fun. Make art for a richer life.”

Susan Guest-McPhail’s art has been shown in New York at the National Arts Club, the Salmagundi Club, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and several museums and galleries. She was the featured artist in Making Monotypes Using a Gelatin Plate: Printmaking Without a Press by Nancy Marculewicz (2002)  Her awards include the cover of Arts Around Boston magazine and the American Artists magazine award at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in New York City.

Guest-McPhail is an alumna of Montserrat College of Art and the Vermont Studio School. Her artist memberships include: National Society of Women Artists; Rockport Art Association and Museum; North Shore Arts Association; Monotype Guild of New England; The Pastel Society of America; and The Copley Society of Boston.

Guest-McPhail teaches workshops for the Rockport Art Association and Museum and the North Shore Arts Association.

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck is a juried co-op gallery that 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  to October from10 am to 6 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and from 10 am to 8 pmFriday and Saturday. For more information call 978-282-0917 or go to

See Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




Palm Beach article reflects on ‘Perfect Storm’ intensity and local fall out

“The surging tide destroyed no fewer than 1,200 feet of the wall — and, of course, washed away the “Cowboys” marker. It also washed a tow truck, two cars and a Florida Power & Light Co. truck into each other and injured two people.  Waves also wiped out 210 feet of the 940-foot Lake Worth municipal pier …”

Read more


Don’t Forget 1967 GHS 50th Reunion–August 5th

1967 Flicker Cover (2)

Gloucester High School and St Ann’s class of ‘67 will be having their 50th class reunion at the Gloucester House on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Cocktail hour, including hors d’oeuvres, begins at 6:00 PM aboard the Privateer, which has been rented from 6:00-7: PM (boarding behind the Gloucester House at 5:45 PM). Hors d’oeuvres will also be served at the Gloucester House starting at 6:00 PM.

Dancing, reminiscing, and comradery encouraged. The DJ has been instructed “no rap.”

For more information and reservations, please email


1967 GHS 

1967 GHS a

1967 GHS b  1967 GHS c

Do You Love a Fisherman? Fresh fish Friday

Where were we? Beautiful family on that flyer




If you haven’t guessed by this photo, we were here:

Gloucester Market- Turner’s Seafood, 4 Smith Street downtown Gloucester

My friend tipped me off to the amazing oyster rockefellas they make and we’ve bought salmon and swordfish for special events. We’re lucky to have several places to buy fresh fish and we shop at all of them– though not nearly as much as we should. What is your favorite fish to grill?

FIVE. 5 Bluefin Tuna Landed at the Bluefin Blowout.

Fish on…and on…and on…and on…and on.   FIVE fish landed and due in for weigh in later this afternoon.  That means A LOT of excitement and action down at Cape Ann’s Marina and Resort for this year’s 6th Annual Bluefin Blowout!

See  you there!


Fish On and Lots of Family Fun to be Had!

We’ve been told that there is already one fish on….to be coming for weigh in at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort later this afternoon….and there is tons of fun to be had!  Get on down to this year’s Bluefin Blowout!

Here is today’s schedule of events (and Saturdays as well):

FRIDAY | JULY 28 – Family Fun Friday (Open to Public All Day)

1:00 PM– 5:00 PM – Family Fun: Tons of fun with games, prizes, and much more for all ages!

2:00 PM – Watermelon Eating Contest!

3:00 PM – “Harpoon” Toss

6:00 PM – Weigh In Opens

7:00 PM – MINI Peabody Rally | Meet at MINI of Peabody @ 6:00 PM, or join us at Cape Ann Marina! CLICK HERE TO RSVP

9:00 PM – Weigh In Closes Boats weighing fish must be past the designated checkpoint buoys and committee boats no later than 9:00PM.

8:00-11:00 PM – Live music: Grits & Grocery |

SATURDAY | JULY 29 – Family Fun Continues & Cornhole Tournament

10:00 AM – VIP Bloody Mary Brunch (By Invitation Only)

10:00 AM – Porsche Nashua Rally

11:00- 3:00 PM Cornhole tournament, and family fun

12:00 PM – 92.5 The River Street Team arrives

2:00 PM – Weigh In Opens.

4:30 PM – Weigh In Closes when last tuna is weighed. Boats weighing fish must be past the designated checkpoint buoys and committee boats no later than 4:30PM. 

6:00 PM – Closing Ceremonies

6:30PM – Dinner Served

*Spectator Tickets For Dinner Available On Site LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE*   

Contact: Cidalia Schwartz | | 978-532-8312

7:00 PM – Live Auction Begins

8:00 PM – Silent Auction Closes/Tournament Ends


Fun Guaranteed. Giant Tuna Expected. Bluefin Blowout 2017.

This is, without a doubt, the place to be this weekend…starting early this afternoon. Check out the schedule of events in the first few photos below.  Wednesday night’s private event was fantastic…and last night’s Captains’ Party was no joke at all.

Be certain to come down at some point, have a great time, and maybe bid on some auction items to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association! The Lyon-Waugh Auto Group has gone all out and, as always, Cape Ann’s Marina Resort is the perfect venue.

Captains and crews left the docks late last night or early this morning and hopefully some large tuna will be landed later today.