A surprise meeting with a beautiful female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. She is drinking nectar from the wildflower Saponaria officinalis. The plant’s many common names include Soapwort, Bouncing-bet, and Wild Sweet William. The name Soapwort stems from its old fashioned use in soap making. The leaves contain saponin, which was used to make a mild liquid soap, gentle enough for washing fine textiles.

Saponaria blooms during the summertime. Although introduced from Eurasia, you can find this wildflower growing in every state of the continental US.

The hummingbird in the clip is a female. She lacks the brilliant red-feathered throat patch, or gorget, of the male. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are all around us, you just have to know what to plant to bring them to your garden. Mostly they eat tiny insects but if you plant their favorite nectar-providing plants, they will come!

If I could only grow one plant to attract the Ruby-throats, it would be honeysuckle. Not the wonderfully fragrant, but highly invasive, Japanese honeysuckle, but our beautiful native trumpet honeysuckle that flowers in an array of warm-hued shades of Spanish orange (‘John Clayton’), deep ruby red (‘Major Wheeler’), and my very favorite, the two-toned orange and red ‘Dropmore Scarlet.’Lonicera sempervirens’ Dropmore Scarlet’

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird drinking nectar from zinnia florets.

This Weekend in the Arts

Group Art Exhibit Interprets Form

Flatrocks Gallery at 77 Langsford St., Gloucester, MA, will be hosting “Interpretations of Form”, from July 26 to Aug. 19. Curated by Pat Lowery Collins and Joreen White, it features the work of Barbara Moody, Joy Halsted, Joyce Audy Zarins, Pat Lowery Collins, and Joreen White. The opening is Saturday, July 28 from 4-6 p.m. Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-5 p.m.  Tel. 978-879-4685

The artists in this exhibit have chosen to interpret form – human form, animal form, form in the landscape – with the use of such diverse mediums as oil, acrylic, pastel, and bronze and by using a variety of approaches. While one artist may choose to deliver a message, another may seek to elicit an emotion and another to suggest the sublime. All have honed their skills over many years, and a selection of each one’s work will be on display.


“Dance like no one is Whale Watching”

July 28 8pm to 12am and Sunday July 29 5pm
MAGMA 11 Pleasant St Gloucester Ma.

Dance performance by artist in residence Emily Beattie and Dance  party by Mercury House DJ ‘s Kissinger +Oceanize www.magma.center

Tamano–Gloucester Homestay Program

_2018_07_26_107579Tamano – Gloucester  Homestay Program celebrates it’s 20th year, a program for students to our sister City in Japan.

Mayor Sefatia welcome the students, they exchange gifts, the students present the Japanese flag which is hoisted at City Hall by the mayor and the students.  Robert Whynot took the students on a tour our historical City Hall.





“There’s More to Sea” – sneak peek

Pulling a few things together for this weekend’s Multimedia Art Show at the Gloucester Paint Factory….swing by and take a peek at the awesome talent we have in our beautiful island and see the latest renovations to the Gloucester Paint Factory!   Proceeds from sales of any pieces benefit the Ocean Alliance and the restoration of the Gloucester Paint Factory.

JULY 27, 2018
Friday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

JULY 28, 2018
SATURDAY, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
JULY 29, 2018
SUNDAY, 9:00 – 5:00 PM

Ocean Alliance
32 Horton St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

Nichole’s Picks 7/28 + 7/29

Pick #1:  Patriots Football Training Camp


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Pick #2: Snakes Show at the Sawyer Free Library

Snakes of New England and the world with Rick Roth

Saturday, July 28th at 10:00 a.m.  ALL WELCOME



Pick #3:  Essex Heritage Boat Tours to Bakers Island Lighthouse


*Not for children under the age of 4

Boat & Light Station Tour Schedule

Essex Heritage will be hosting guided boat tours aboard landing craft, Naumkeag, to Bakers Island Light Station again this June – September!

    • Tours offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
    • Tours will also run on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)
    • Departures are at 10:30 AM on Friday, 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM on Saturday/Sunday
  • Adults: $35
  • Children (4-12 yrs): $25
  • Essex Heritage Members receive a 20% discount!  Not a member?  Not a problem.  Click here to become a member.  (New members: A discount code will be provided on your membership confirmation)


As always for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

CFCA Saturdays Now at 8AM!

Cape Ann Wellness



Get your work out in and make it to the beach on time! We welcome everyone from the community to join us for our Saturday AM class. The drop in fee is only $5 for non members and this fee will be donated to an awesome local cause. No previous Crossfit experience necessary.

More details – www.crossfitcapeann.com

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Your Thursday farmers market – rain or shine!

Cape Ann Community

CAFM logo The delicious summer fruits are in, and all your favorite veggies! Bread, cheese, knife sharpening, and more all at the Cape Ann Farmers Market!

Rain or shine Thursday 3:00-6:30 at Stage Fort Park!

**Keep an eye on our Facebook for updates if the storm progresses!**

PLUS, buy your CAFM membership THIS WEEK (before the end of July) on our website or at the market to be entered to win 2 tickets to Gloucester Stage on top of all our great discounts to local restaurants and businesses.

Learn more on our website: capeannfarmersmarket.org


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