Monarch butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs, here there and everywhere!

This morning I went out to my garden to collect more milkweed leaves for our current batch of caterpillars. A female was flitting about and in addition to finding half a dozen newly laid eggs, these two beautiful freshly molted third instar caterpillars were forgaing around on the milkweed foliage. We are having at least a second brood of Monarchs this summer, helped greatly but the current warm stretch of hot humid weather. If you have been raising Monarchs and think you are done for the summer, look again on your milkweed plants because you may very well have a second batch coming along.


GMG Reader DB shared that she had spotted a Giant Swallowtail recently in her garden. Well, it was back again drinking nectar in her zinnia patch! She only had cell phone on hand and kindly submits these two snapshots. Thank you DB!!

Here’s a handy chart I found online to help readers identify Swallowtails visiting your garden.

Mass Cultural Council 2nd annual Traditional Arts Showcase at Shalin Liu, Sept. 8

Mayor Romeo Theken shares Mass Cultural Council’s invitation to upcoming arts showcase in Rockport: The Mass Cultural Council presents Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM 

MCC event at Rockport Crossing Customs: Immigrant Masters of Music & Dance

“The Mass Cultural Council is sponsoring our second annual Traditional Arts Showcase at the Shalin Liu on September 8. We would love for you to join us! Please share this invitation with your networks (via your newsletters, social media, online calendars, etc.) See details below regarding performers and ticket info. $20 general admission”

Event will celebrate music and dance: Gund Kwok Asian Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe; recent immigrants from Nepal will perform music of the Gandharvas; indigenous music of Greece led by Vasilis Kostas; salsa lesson from Eli Lady Pabon; and music from Latin Logic (photo above).

I wonder if Carlos Menenzes (Cape Ann Big Band;Jambalaya horns, O’Maley), Zach Gorrell, Docksiders, and other area artists and musicians know these groups and vice versa?

Continue below to see more information about the upcoming event and videos of the performers from MCC Press release:

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Today’s paper: Sean Horgan features Captain Joe & Sons in lobster news – Gloucester, Massachusetts throw the claw down!

“Building on the success of its Gloucester Fresh seafood branding campaign, the city of Gloucester plans to apply the same formula to help brand and market Massachusetts lobster to lobster lovers the world over. Couldn’t happen in a better place.”- Sean Horgan

Link to article in today’s Gloucester Daily Times by Sean Horgan with photos by Mike Springerand lots of lobster numbers “Gloucester hopes catch can claw its way to top: Push on to brand, market Massachusetts Lobster” 

Horgan wrote about the Seaport Economic Council  award announcements August 15th, City Wins $110,000 promote its fish, lobste “We’re really excited about the attention the program is getting,” said Sal Di Stefano, the city’s economic development director and its point man on the Gloucester Fresh campaign. “This was just a concept a few years ago and now it’s an internationally recognized brand. We’re really proud of that.”


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“Greet the Schooners” Friday August 31 at 12:30 pm

“Greet the Schooners”


Join us aboard Cape Ann Harbor Tours’ M/V King Eider on Friday August 31 at 12:30 pm for a 1.5 hour trip as we escort S/V Bluenose II and S/V Columbia when they sail into Gloucester Harbor all dressed out. You can’t miss this kick off event for the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2018!

Get your tickets online now, Click here to purchase



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August 29–That’s the night for a party! You are invited to celebrate your love for Cape Ann, its maritime heritage, and the coming Schooner Festival. They are all themes in local author Jim Masciarelli’s novel, Beyond Beauport. RSVP IS REQUIRED at The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, music from DJ SCOTTIE MAC, remarks from Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure and Michael De Koster of Maritime Gloucester, a book signing, and a few surprises. Details: 6-9 PM on the back deck of The Gloucester House overlooking Gloucester Harbor. RSVP today at Eventbrite!