At least, I think she is our Hedwig–Betty G. and Dave Fernandez, what do you think? Comparing photos from last winter, the feather patterning around her face looks to me identical. 

With thanks and gratitude to Bob and Doug Ryan from Ryan and Wood Distilleries. Bob emailed yesterday afternoon that a Snowy Owl was being dive bombed by crows and gulls. I raced over and she had tucked in under the rocks at the base of a tree.

I took several photos and footage, and just as I had packed up to go, she flew to a large boulder. Immediately, within thirty seconds, a noisy flock of gulls were harassing her from overhead once again, and a few crows dove at her. She then flew to the nearest building. The crows and gulls pestered her for another fifteen minutes, while she quietly perched.

To write “return” is not entirely accurate. She was probably here all along. As soon as work began on the Atlantic Road hotel roofs, we no longer saw her at the back shore. I thought Hedwig might still be here last month, but wasn’t positive, and then Alicia wrote to say she had seen a Snowy and thought it could possibly be Hedwig. It was difficult to confirm without looking at closeups from a long lens. I searched around Alicia’s location for several days but could not find.

Considering most Snowies have left Massachusetts by April, it’s wonderful to have a record of her here in Gloucester in early May. I am elated, and grateful, to Bob and Doug for the call, because now we have footage of her in a rocky woodland Cape Ann setting! Thank you, thank you!

The reason crows mob owls is because some owl species, like the Great Horned Owl, eat crows. Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) and Great Horned Owls (Bubo virgianus) are closely related.

Gloucester Public School 10th Anniversary ARTS festival

Beautiful colorful banners on Dale Avenue announce GPS 10th anniversary annual ARTS festival, Saturday May 12th 11-4pm, at City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, and Sawyer Free Library! Sponsored by Gloucester Education Foundation; what a milestone!

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Friends of the Rockport Library

And hello dear Friends of the Library.


The bright light in this past dreary April was seeing many of you. We connected when you worked and shopped at the Book Sale, and we celebrated those of you who volunteer for the RPL and FOL at our Appreciation Reception. It always feels good to link with our members and experience the common bond of our commitment to our extraordinary library.
As an organization, we have achieved some notable successes already this spring. We made a positive difference in advocating for library funding, and we raised $3,000+ for library programming through our Spring Book Sale. Behind the scenes, your FOL Board is facilitating support for library staff education, launching a book-donation drive, designing a membership drive, organizing a Motif #1 Day mini-sale of books, CDs, and DVDs, planning a July Book Sale from 7/19-7/22, and arranging our Annual Meeting with a special performance by Sheryl Faye as Abigail Adams. (We heard great reviews of Sheryl as Eleanor Roosevelt — we are bringing her back by popular demand!)

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As you can see, your Friends’ Board has ambitious goals and a busy schedule. You are part of it all. Actually, you are the most important part of it all! Membership is our financial foundation, and your active participation makes our work possible.
Here are dates to note. Mark your calendars, and please contact us if you can help with these coming events. One thing we can all do is spread the news about our mission and activities and encourage others to join us as Friends of the Rockport Library.

Motif #1 Day Mini Book Sale

Saturday, May 19,
Harvey Park 10-5

Summer Book Sale

Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22,
Brenner Room See posted schedules coming soon.

FOL Annual Meeting with performance

Wednesday, August 1,
by Sheryl Faye as Abigail Adams – Brenner Room 6:30 PM

No more versions of my May Message coming — I promise! Let us know your ideas for moving FOL forward, and please click on the attachment to see a poster about book donations.
Be well, all!

One Hour at Time Clean up

Hi kids:

 Hope all is well and we all look forward to a warm day tomorrow..  Beach chair in the truck…

 This Saturday, guess what could use some TLC? 

 Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Magnolia Avenue near Klondelin Road

When:                  Saturday, May 5, 2018

 See you there.

 Thank you



Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line ~ Bradley Royds hosts for the evening w/ Special Guest:Tony Frontiero 7pm 5.2.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, May 2nd – 7pm
Your Guest Host: BRADLEY ROYDS!

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Bradley’s Guest: TONY FRONTIERO!


Bradley Royds steps in once again as host this week. His
outstanding guest will be Gloucester’s very own Tony Frontiero.
The ultimate songwriter’s night. Tres cool! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
5/9 – Quentin Callewaert

5/16 – Jon Butcher

5/23 – Julie Dougherty

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

A reminder from NOAA and more whales


Mariners are urged to use caution and proceed at safe speeds in areas used by right whales. Federal law prohibits operating vessels 65 feet or greater in excess of 10 knots in certain areas and times along the US east coast. Approaching right whales closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law.





Right Whale Sighting Advisory System
NOAA Fisheries


Annisquam Annual Spring Plant & Gourmet Food Sale


Annual Sewing Circle Spring Plant & Gourmet Food Sale Sunday, May 20, 2017 

8:30am – 1:00pm

 The Grounds of the Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard Street, Gloucester MA 01930

Finally – Spring!

Due to the very cold weather this Spring and other Village events the Annual ASC Spring Plant & Gourmet Food Sale will be held on SUNDAY on the grounds of the Annisquam Exchange…This event will feature a wide array of annuals and perennials from leading garden centers– including hanging plants, bedding plants and rose bushes. Go on the hunt for the perfect plants for your garden – sunny or shady. The Plant Sale also includes perennial plant treasures dug from our member’s gardens and sold at bargain prices!

Select from:

  • A wide array of annuals and perennials – including hanging baskets, bedding plants and rose bushes
  • Plants that thrive on Cape Ann – collected from Sewing Circle members’ gardens

In addition to your quest for the perfect plants and not to be missed is our Gourmet Food Table with delicious pies, cakes, and savory treats.  Many items will be prepared from recipes in our award-winning Annisquam Sewing Circle Cookbook, ” A Circle of Recipes, which celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the Sewing Circle.

Come early for the best selection at this always popular event!  The Plant and Gourmet Food Sale is held in the Village of Annisquam in Gloucester, off Rt. 127A. Turn down Leonard Street at the Annisquam Village Church and on to the Annisquam Exchange.

All profits are donated to Cape Ann community programs and given as scholarships

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CFCA Membership – Civil Service/Military

Cape Ann Wellness

Did you know that Crossfit Cape Ann offers a discount for full time Police/ Fire / Military/ Coast Guard & EMT? This membership allows you to come to as many classes as you’d like! Membership also includes open gym times and access to the climbing wall and recovery work while other classes are in session. Your fitness is important to our communities safety!


Check out our website for more information:

*Photo cred: Jonathan Kozowyk

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