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Some press for the show that I have been working on with the BBC! The shows air October 17-19th, at 8pm. I don’t know yet which night the Cape Ann Monarch episode will play, but will let you know.

– Travel journalist Samantha Brown, wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole, and BBC presenter Chris Packham host the live nature show celebrating fall in New England –

PBS announced, as part of its co-production partnership with the BBC, that a new three-part live event, AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND, will air Wednesday-Friday, October 17-19, 2018, at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).

Travel journalist Samantha Brown, BBC presenter Chris Packham and wildlife cinematographer Bob Poole will host the multi-platform television experience from alongside Squam Lake, New Hampshire. Similar in format to PBS’ previous summer spectacles BIG BLUE LIVE and WILD ALASKA LIVE, the new series will include a mix of live feeds and pre-taped footage from across New England.

Unique to AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND, the live event will focus on cultural traditions and historical sites in addition to local wildlife and the colorful gold and red landscapes in the region that’s best known for them.

To accomplish this, local experts in food, wildlife, music, literature, and history will join the trio of hosts each night to showcase characteristics special to New England.

“In AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND, audiences will experience exquisite outdoor adventures while surrounded by nature’s most picturesque imagery,” said Bill Gardner, Vice President, Programming & Development, PBS. “We look forward to partnering with the BBC once again to present this ambitious live production and share this American experience with PBS and BBC viewers.”

AUTUMNWATCH – NEW ENGLAND cameras will be there to capture time-lapse changes of fall foliage; a quest for majestic moose in Maine; the Monarch butterfly migration through Cape Ann, key wildlife species like squirrels, chipmunks and turkey gangs as they invade backyards in preparation for the winter months; and the critters like owls, bats and bears that make the most of nighttime.

Audiences can expect to see segments that highlight Native American history and traditions, Halloween traditions, regional fairs and the many farms that provide the region with its rich varieties of apples, pumpkins, cranberries and maple syrups.

“I’m thrilled that AUTUMNWATCH is moving to New England for this very special week of live programming,” Tom McDonald, BBC Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, said. “The teams are heading to one of the most iconic locations in the USA to experience the great American ‘fall’ for what promises to be an unforgettable chapter in the Watches’ history.”

Female (left) and male (right) Monarch Butterfly. These two beauties (resting on native wildflower New England Aster) eclosed (emerged) during the BBC filming of the Monarch migration through Cape Ann.


I know I’ve posted plenty of photos of Lucy, but she and I have not been getting around much for the past 7 weeks due to injuries I sustained while doing a stupid human trick.

We’re both bored, and I think that shows in her face.

I should be back to full activity in a few weeks. In the meantime, Lucy and I will commiserate with each other.



Marshall’s Farm Stand

When going over to Marshall’s Stand on Concord Street, Gloucester, to grab fresh fruit and veggies plus some meats, do not forget to take in the atmosphere of this fun farm.  The Halloween decorations are awesome and of course my friends the Alpacas and the little goats.  Do not forget to see Perry the Peacock with ducks and chickens.

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Timber! Iconic Edward Hopper vista in Gloucester, Massachusetts, easier to see thanks to tree removal at 316 Main Street


TIMBER 316 Main Street _2018 Sept 26_1PM_one of more than 110 Gloucester Massachusetts houses vistas inspired artist Edward Hopper _1924 painting National Gallery of Art, DC ©Cather


Haskell’s House, 316 Main Street, is one of more than 110 homes and vistas in Gloucester, Massachusetts, that inspired artist, Edward Hopper (1882-1967).

Gloucester merchant, public official (city councilor / state representative), and Master Mariner, Melvin Haskell (1848-1933), commissioned the house in 1884.

Hopper and artist, Jo Nivison (1883-1968), were married in 1924. They nicknamed the fancy house high atop the hill the Wedding Cake House. The famous drawing was originally purchased by American master painter, George Bellows (1882-1925), from a sensational Hopper solo exhibition held in the Frank K. M. Rehn Gallery in 1924. The watercolor changed hands and was eventutally gifted to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Goldstone in 1996.  Hopper depicted the house in two other works, both side views from Prospect street rather than this view from Main Street.

The house was listed for sale at $830,000 throughout the spring and summer of 2018. Landscaping today involved major brush and tree removal. The result will be a scene closer to the one experienced by artists Edward Hopper and Jo Nivinson in the 1920s. The scenic locale is a power spot: down the block from the Crow’s Nest and across the street from Gloucester’s Inner Harbor, Beauport Hospitality’s Cruiseport and Seaport Grill venues, Cape Ann Whale Watch, and Gorton’s.




BEFORE July 2018

July 2018: 316 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, obscured by towering pines and heavy brush The 1884 house inspired Edward Hopper to paint a watercolor in 1924 that is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Hopper painted more than 110 vistas in Gloucester, Ma. All photos ©Catherine Ryan


AFTER 2018

Tree and heavy brush removal underway September 26, 2018, 316 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, revealing a scenic vista closer to the one that inspired Edward Hopper back in 1924 ©Catherine Ryan


Aymar, Jimmy, Edgar and Pedro were some of the adroit and brave tree climbing removal crew with ALZ Landscaping and Tree Service out of Lynn, Massachusetts. The unwieldy trees grew threateningly high.


short video: Edward Hopper Haskell’s House in Gloucester Mass is easier to view after tree removal Sept 2018 © catherine Ryan


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Third Annual Sustainability Fair on September 29

The third annual Sustainability Fair organized by TownGreen2025, a program of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School on Cherry Street in Gloucester.

 With something for every member of the family, the TownGreen2025 Sustainability Fair offers up-to-date information on saving energy and money through more energy efficient homes and businesses. Visitors will learn about new solar techniques and installation and clean energy delivery models. See the latest electric and hybrid cars, go for a test drive, and learn about discounts and subsidies.


Programming for the day includes:
– 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon Keynote speaker Nathaniel Stinnett, CEO of The Environmental Voting Project in Boston offers ways to make better and more informed choices and how to make a difference for the environment by voting, particularly in this critical year of mid-term elections.
– 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. Program Panel on Carbon Pricing – the transformation to a new and needed clean energy economy. Carbon pricing uses a fee on emitters of carbon dioxide (utilities, oil companies, gasoline and heating oil companies) to make it more expensive to pollute. All or most of the income from the tax is returned to individuals, families, and companies, to offset the added costs to the public. Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Senator Bruce Tarr both supported the carbon pricing bill that passed the legislature this year but was pulled from the Omnibus Energy bill in the final conference committee as a result of pressure from the utilities.
Reforest the Tropics – an innovative plan to offset the entire carbon footprint of Cape Ann schools through reforestation.
Teachers and students from Rockport and Gloucester share their work on climate change.
– Enjoy healthy food and snacks.
– And more!

 Dick Prouty, lead organizer of the TownGreen2025 Sustainability Fair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation, describes the program’s mission to create a carbon footprint for Gloucester and Cape Ann that is zero or as low as possible. “The climate change that is already affecting our lives and communities is mostly caused by the burning of fossil fuels which releases carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere and results in global warming and all its related effects,” stated Prouty.” “The amount of carbon dioxide that each community adds to the air is known as its carbon footprint,” he continued. “We believe that Cape Ann can become a model for how one region can achieve much cleaner energy and a more sustainable existence in a decade.” Prouty anticipates that the benefits of this work will be reduced and stabilized energy costs, increased local clean energy related jobs, and an attractive climate for business and innovation.


Can We Just Talk About How FU(%ing Awesome MFing Sean Nolan and Extreme Truck and Auto Repair are?


14 Kondelin Rd Ste 1
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

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Driving Sunday with The Mrs and she tells me my inspection sticker expired last month.  Damn it.  I totally forgot.

Need a minor fix but just am totally stretched for time. 


Not when you deal with Sean and the crew at Extreme Truck and Auto repair.  All my worries escaped my mind and body within a minute of talking to Sean and having his assurances he could get me taken care of.

Not only that I feel so confident every time I go in.  It’s not often you go to a auto repair place and they tell you you don’t need the $800 repair that the dealership you bought the car from is telling you you need.  But Sean runs the most honest and capable shop I’ve ever dealt with.

If you have an issue, I implore you.  Just bring your vehicle to Sean.  It’s going to save you a lot of aggravation and worry.  I promise.

Thank you Sean.  You took something that had been on my mind hanging on me for a week and made it go away in minutes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I think you already know this but you’ve earned my business forever.

Oh and Kate just told me it’s his birthday so if you see him today make sure you wish him a Happy Day!


Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line ~ Tonights host: Ron Schrank with Sheila Schrank to join. 7pm 9.26 2018

 Dinner Specials Each Week!

Wednesday, September 26 – 7pm

Photo by Louise Welch

Pictured here with wife (and musical guest), Sheila, Ron Schrank

has graciously taken on last-minute hosting duties this week as I travel once again to points west.  Sure to be an evening of feel-good music and great fun.  Drop by and say hello! ~ Fly

Dinner with great music!

*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

10/3 – Dan King

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Need To Know – Rockport – HarvestFest 2018

Melanie Waddell, Rockport Exchange (via Rockport Community Development), reminds all that the upcoming annual family friendly event, Harvestfest 2018, will be on Saturday Oct. 13th in downtown Rockport between 10am and 5pm. Full details online at: https://rockportexchange.org/programs-events/harvestfest/

This week at the Cape Ann Farmers Market!

Cape Ann Community

Join the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

September 27  4:00 to 6:00 pm
It’s an open mic for all ages. Come and share your talent on the Cape Ann Farmers Market stage. We’ll have a keyboard and 2 mics set up for performers. Otherwise, come prepared to perform a couple of songs and bring your own instruments. If you’d like to let us know you’ll be preforming or if you have questions, email sept27openmic@gmail.com.

PLUS we’ll be making cranes to represent the victims of gun violence and you can register to vote! 

For information about the Concert Across America visit http://concertacrossamerica.org. Can’t wait to see you there!3d103fa9-4bed-41f4-9265-edaa6013a358

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All of this on top of our regular weekly farmers market!

Thursday 3:00-6:30


**CAFM vendors accept SNAP EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Coupons! **

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Jim O’Neil has put together a fund-raising effort for JD Martz

Hi Joe, I hope all is well with you!

I wanted to share an idea for Good Morning Gloucester that will touch your readers hearts and inspire the North Shore community.

I’m working on a project for local contractor, Jim O’Neil who has put together a fund-raising effort for JD Martz, a 29-year-old family friend from Beverly who became paralyzed from the shoulders down last year.  JD has a supportive family and a loyal girlfriend who has stood by him as he works toward rehabilitation and recovery.  Their goal is to build JD a home in Danvers that will accommodate his electric wheelchair and new way of life.  They’ve created an online fundraising drive at www.jdmartz.com.  Jim is also coordinating in-kind donations of services, time and materials from sub-contractors and suppliers in the North Shore area. Jerry Noble Electricians of Gloucester and New England Design Works of Manchester by the Sea have already committed.

JD’s story went relatively under the radar last year and we hope this fundraising effort will bring a new focus to his ongoing cause. Attached is a press release and a bio that gives an overview of JD’s story.  I’ve also attached a flyer that we put together to garner support from the building community.