The Good Harbor Beach Killdeer Family has hatched a second clutch of four chicks!

The first nest was located in the dunes, the second on the edge of the parking lot. The staff at the GHB parking lot placed two large stones on either side of the nest. A week or so later, an orange cone.

Nesting patiently and well hidden in the scrubby parking lot growth. 

Mama and Papa Killdeer successfully distracted many a beach goer from getting too close to to the nest with their broken-wing distraction display.

Killdeers are a species of plovers, as are Piping Plovers, Semi-palmated Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, and Wilson’s Plovers. It takes about the same amount of time for the eggs to incubate, approximately 24-28 days.

Both male and female Killdeers brood the eggs. It is not easy to tell the difference between the male and female unless side-by-side. The male is typically a bit larger than the female.

Three of the eggs had hatched by nightfall, the fourth hatched early the next day. This new little Killdeer Family safely made it out of the parking lot the day after hatching, heading into the marsh, just as did the brood that hatched earlier in the summer.







Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover Chick Three Days Old 

Fundraiser for Chris Larsen this Saturday

This will be a night of dancing and fun. We will have appetizers, (Cash bar) a silent auction, a raffle and a 50/50 raffle! Tickets are $20.00 each to get in. I’m going to be making up the tickets soon and they will be available to buy through my siblings, mom and I. So keep this on your schedule!

A huge shout out to the Gloucester House for throwing this awesome event!

My family is raising money for my dad Chris Larsen. He had a quadruple bypass a few days after New Years Day. While in the hospital he was put on Heparin which is a blood thinner. At the time it wasn’t known that he was allergic to it. He started to show different symptoms including blood clots and swollen legs and feet. My dad was kept on it and continued to have pain in his legs. He suffered irreversible damage to his right leg which was recently amputated below the knee and a partial toe amputation on his left foot due to gangrene. Chris is a well known guy that greets everyone with a smile at Larsen’s Shoe Store. He is a Vietnam veteran and has lived a life of service to the country and the community. He has been a stubborn Fin his entire life and never asks anyone for anything, but now he knows he is in a battle in which he needs help. We are raising money to assist with unforeseen expenses such as home renovations, medical bills, rehabilitation, and equipment he may need to make this life altering experience a little easier. Family of Chris Larsen

Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to welcome Austin-Healey auto tour

It has been just over 6 months since the first airing of the “ Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway” on Chronicle WCVB Ch.5.

Pauline Bresnahan writes, “We have seen a tremendous amount of visitors to our trail since because of that show. We have also mailed about one hundred copies of our trail map when we get a request either on our Facebook page or when they call a shop.

“We can’t begin to thank the Chronicle crew from the show. We have seen visitors from Needham, Pembroke, Roslindale, Methuen, Holliston, Quincy, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Gardner, Andover, Gloucester, Rockport, Cambridge, Boston, Arlington, just to name a few. (courtesy photos – find more on the Facebook page)


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“We were thrilled to have visitors arrive on a small bus from the Council on Aging in Topsfield MA. We encourage small tours when organizations contact us, including this exciting news:


“Recently we were contacted by an Austin-Healey Auto owners group. They will be holding a weekend summit in Beverly and have asked to do part of our trail on an early morning in August. They have a three hour window and have asked for information. We are very excited to host this group of about 60 owners and their spouses. Some of us will offer refreshments and small gift pack on information about our own towns. “We have connected four communities along a beautiful road by working together. It has been awesome!”-

photo challenge: can you name the stars with an Austin-Healey? Look forward to seeing photographs of Austin Healeys August 2018 in Gloucester and along the Byway.


This Weekend in the Arts


ROCKPORT, MA, July 14, 2018, 8 – 11:00 PM

Come join the Rockport Art Association & Museum for a night of music and dancing with the unique and upbeat folk/roots group – Headlands – with the backdrop of the Second Summer Artist Members Exhibition.


Rhythm & Hues : Music at the Rockport Art Association will host Headlands on July 14, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:00 PM. Tickets are available for purchase prior to the event at and at the RAA&M Art & Sea Gift Shop for $15 or at the door for $20. Headlands features veteran guitarist/vocalist John Rockwell, vocalist Amy Rich, Kevin Levesque on bass, and Eric Wilson on acoustic & electric guitar, as well as vocals.

RAA&M looks forward to welcoming the creative community for the launch of our music series.


It’s our first official event in our new Gloucester store, and we are thrilled to be hosting local North Andover resident Joyce Cooper!

Joyce will be bringing a variety of decoupaged items for sale.  Come meet her, enjoy light fare from our fav across Main Street: The Cav, and learn more about Joyce’s amazing craft!



Save the Date: BLUE WHALE Presentation


Michael Fishbach will give a presentation on the BLUE WHALE and its current survival status at the Windhover Performing Arts Center on Wednesday Aug. 15, 2018

Date: Wednesday. August 15th from 5:30-7:30pm
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres served


The blue whale – the world’s true gentle giant
(and why its survival is important to us all)

Michael’s presentation will weave his 26 years of fieldwork on the world’s largest animal, the endangered blue whale, with his work to save this majestic life form at the non-profit- Great Whale Conservancy.

He will introduce the little known blue whale in stunning images, videos and stories.  He will tell of the current status of the blue whales, its critical importance to the oceanic ecosystem, the greatest threat it now faces, and what the Great Whale Conservancy is doing to mitigate human caused deaths to these whales, and how that will finally kickstart their global recovery.

Photos by Michael Fishbach in Baja, Mexico

No charge,  but fully tax deductible contributions are greatly appreciated.

Please RSVP via email.

Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O. Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966

978-546-3611 ~ email:  ~

Chefs at Sea

I had such a great time last night on the Chefs at Sea cruise with Beauport Cruiselines. Everything prepared by Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant was spectacular.

The Chefs at Sea series will continue each Wednesday until August 15th.

Make a point to book your tickets soon! It is such a great way to see Gloucester’s gorgeous historic seaport while enjoying amazing cuisine by celebrity chefs. It is hard to think of a better way to spend a summer evening.  

Live music, cash bar, and great company are the icing on the cake. 

Beauport Hospitality Group (BHG), a regarded collection of upscale, full-service hotels, restaurants, event facilities and harbor dinner cruises situated along the picturesque North Shore coastline of Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the debut of its inaugural “Chefs at Sea” dinner series aboard its luxuriously appointed 124-foot ship – Beauport Cruiseliner, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester.

Beginning July 11th and running every Wednesday through August 15th, BHG’s “Chefs at Sea” cruises will take guests along for an incredibly scenic and gastronomically satisfying three-hour culinary experience, featuring creatively-themed menus penned by acclaimed local chefs, including: Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV, an Italian wine bar and bacaro located in Boston’s hip South End neighborhood, Matt O’Neil of the highly acclaimed Ledger restaurant and the Blue Ox, and Ledger, Jason Bond of Bondir, Rachel Miller from the wildly popular Nightshade pop up, as well as Rory Lee of Moona in Cambridge, whose authentic Eastern Mediterranean mezze has landed the restaurant on every critic’s “must-try” list.

Upon boarding at 6:30 p.m., seafarers will be treated to delicious bites prepared by the featured chef and their talented “crew,” with dinner service commencing as “Cruiseliner” pulls away from the docks. In addition to a satisfying, multi-course meal, guests will enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration, live entertainment, custom décor, dancing, and sightseeing from spacious decks, all while sailing the tranquil waters of Gloucester Harbor. Cash bars featuring a full selection of premium beer, wine and spirits will be available for those who wish to imbibe. Upon request, pickups at the commuter rail is available via Beauport Hospitality Group and hotel stays are recommended at the nearby Beauport Hotel! Tickets are $80.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and include your meal, entertainment and a 3-hour scenic tour. All beverages are on a cash-bar basis. Menus are at chef’s whim, and will be released 72 hours prior to the event. Those with allergies, or dietary restrictions should make requests in the notes section of Eventbrite at time of booking and when possible accommodations will be made. Tickets will sell out in advance quickly!

Here is the line up of amazing celebrity chefs, their restaurants, and the charities that some of the proceeds are going to!    To call that a Win, Win.

Chef Jason Bond of Bondir Restaurant

Date:July 11, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit Faith Kitchen

Chef Matt O’Neil of Ledger and The Blue Ox

Date:July 18, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit ALS & MS Associations

Chef Rory Lee of Moona

Date: July 25, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit PCRF

Chef TBD

Date:August 1, 2018 | 6:30PM

Chef Rachel Miller of Nightshade

Date:August 8, 2018 | 6:30PM

Chef Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi of SRV

Date:August 15, 2018 | 6:30PM

Some proceeds to benefit No Kid Hungry


Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Orville Giddings, Mark Earley and Steve Chaggaris and dear Ol Dave of course 8:30pm 7.12.2018 Put on your dancing shoes!


Thursday at the Rhump Line:
The Ipsquink Boys!! That’s Orville Giddings, incandescent serial smiler on gootar and vocals, backed up by a truly confused bunch of guys, including Marque Earley(again!)
and Steve Chag-rug.
Steve Chaggaris
 And me. of course.  We all love OG and wish him well in his  hospital recovery of a dental whitening proceedure  gone wrong. The doctors say he’ll be fine. And he will! sunglasses recommended! Be there! 830-1130
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Hypnotherapy in Gloucester

A while back, I attended a session on hypnotherapy given by Tina M. Grasso at the Sawyer Public Library, and lucky for me, I won a free session.  I do not think I am alone in the fact that sometimes racing thoughts and worries keep me from getting decent sleep so I asked Tina to concentrate on that as a focus for my recent session.  I was hoping to gain some tips and tools to use to re-route the midnight fretting that sometimes keeps me awake.

It’s not the hypnosis you might think of from the sitcoms. There is no quacking like a duck when you hear a certain phrase.  There is no watch dangling on a chain for your eyes to follow. No loss of control and no lack of memory of the hypnosis. If you have ever been mesmerized by waves or clouds or the sound or rain, it’s a bit like that.


There is the steady tone of a voice, closed eyes and a restful posture. My experience was that I was very aware of being in an office seated comfortably in a chair.  I heard everything Tina said.  I left feeling deeply relaxed and this state lasted almost 18 full hours. It was kind of like you might feel after a deep tissue massage. That the relaxed feeling seemed so deep and lasted so long is what surprised me the most.  I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.

Perhaps this kind of therapy is not for everyone. Many believe they are “too pragmatic” to benefit; or they are just “weirded out” by the idea. I can only speak for myself: I left feeling like I now have some tools to use to assist with relaxation and sleep.

There are a few different hypnotherapy options here in Gloucester. My experience was with Tina M. Grasso at Bright Mind Services I am very appreciative to her for her professional and compassionate approach. It might be something for you to consider next time you’re lying awake at 3 AM.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest……

I was thinking about the recent sign posted at the bridge prohibiting vehicles on the sidewalk while we were waiting there recently. At first glance, this nearby sign appeared to be blank on both sides, so I was curious. You can see how faded the lettering is and I can’t quite tell what it is supposed to say.

If a sign is illegible, is “whatever” still prohibited/enforced/informative?

Beautiful aerial video of inner harbor with Gloucester Gig Rowers

Capt. Douglas Fifield has filmed and produced an amazing gull’s-eye-view music video of a pilot gig crew rowing in Gloucester Harbor, including many of the iconic sights of the harbor and Gloucester Gig Rower’s home on the Maritime Gloucester dock in Harbor Loop. It may change the way you see the harbor!

You can watch it on the front page of the Gloucester Gig Rowers website: https://www.

Crew members: Suzyn Ornstein (coxswain), Whitney Buckley, Karen Conant, Jaime MacDonald, Jenny Davis, Melanie Catanzaro Osmond, Steve Yost


CAFM is in full swing!

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logoBerries, greens, tomatoes, corn, and all the summer favorites are in! Come enjoy Stage Fort Park and pick up all the ingredients for a great summer dinner!

Thursdays 3:00-6:30

Stage Fort Park

**Free parking during the market**

Learn more about the market and check out our vendors at 


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