There are so many to thank for the tremendous success of the Cape Ann Reads Book Fair and Celebration, but one huge extra special shout out goes to Catherine Ryan for all that she did to make the day sing.
Thank you Catherine ❤ ❤ ❤
Unfortunately I didn’t take very many photos today, but here you can see Mayor Sefatia giving accolades to Catherine for not only the tremendous job she did helping to launch and organize Cape Ann Reads, but for her role as the Mayor’s art liaison, and for all that she does each and everyday for the Cape Ann arts community.
Ribbon Cutting for the inaugural Cape Ann Reads celebration, the first of what promises to be an annual event.
Six-year-old Kiki from Essex came to Cape Ann Reads today with her Grandmom Susie to connect about Monarchs. Kiki successfully raised fifty Monarch butterflies this past summer, from eggs she collected herself in the wild. After they emerge from their chyrsalides, she brings the butterflies to places such as the Italian Garden at Crane Estate and gives them to people to release, along with a handout on how to raise Monarchs.Six-year old conservationist Kiki from Essex
On Friday before the Buoy Auction went over to the State Pier, the harbor was like a mirror. Amazing how the ocean can change continually.
Gloucester Smile with a her Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (aka Swissies)
From noon to four this afternoon City Hall will be abuzz with a special celebration exhibiting the work of Cape Ann children’s book authors and illustrators. Each author has a table with their projects. Come meet and talk to the authors about their original stories. The illustrators have created art coloring sheets taken from the pages of the books to give to guests. The award ceremony, hosted by Mayor Sefatia, takes place at 1:30. This is a unique and new book fair created by Cape Ann’s four library directors, Deborah Kelsey (Gloucester), Deborah French (Essex), Sara Collins (Manchester), Cindy Grove (Rockport), and art director Catherine Ryan.
I am looking forward to seeing all the artists coloring sheets. My Monarch Butterfly project and documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly first incarnation was an illustrated book, then photo exhibit, and now film.
The illustration above is of a male and female Monarch mating. The Monarchs fly up into a tree and stay joined together, abdomen to abdomen, for about four hours. The blue butterflies are a cousin of the Monarchs, the Blue Tiger of India (Tirumala limniace), but you can color your butterflies anyway you see fit–I’d love to see a pair of rainbow Monarchs 🙂
Read more about the Cape Ann Reads celebration in a post by Catherine about Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Times article here.
The Animal Advisory Committee is hosting a coyote awareness program at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on February 26th at 7pm. Dr. Jonathan Way will be giving a presentation based on his eastern coyote research. We hope the presentation will be educational on how we can peacefully coexist with coyotes. We anticipate this will be a packed event and hope to do more of these events in the future.
Hope to see you there!
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Mayor Sefatia helps celebrates the 10th annual Buoy Auction at Crusieport, a fun evening for everyone.