Have you seen the Little Blue “Calico” Heron? I had not, until this summer. I thought at first we have yet another species to add to the wonderful world of wildlife found on Cape Ann.  The calico heron is not at all a different species but is the in-between stage of the Little Blue Heron as it loses its first hatch-year white plumage and gains its adult blue plumage.

In the bird’s first summer after hatching the Little Blue Heron is pure white, with just a wee bit of grey at the wing tips. In its second hatch-year, you’ll find the Little Blue Heron in a range of white and blue-gray combinations. By the third summer, the Little Blue Heron’s body feathers are a tableau of rich blue-grey-green with lovely violet maroon neck and head feathers.

During the breeding months, Little Blue Herons are occasionally seen at Cape Ann marshes, freshwater ponds, and along the shoreline. By late summer and autumn they can be found in mixed flocks of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Green Herons, and Great Blue Herons, feasting on fish and frogs to build a reserve of fat for the southward migration.

The above photo and top photo shows the contrast between the Little Blue Heron first hatch-year, which is flying by a calico second hatch-year Little Blue.

First hatch-year Little Blue HeronAdult Little Blue Heron

Calico (second hatch-year) Little Blue practicing nest building skills

Left to right, Snowy Egret, calico Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, and adult Little Blue Heron

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Little Blue Heron range map – Cape Ann is at the northern edge of their breeding range


For the first time in its history Blue Collar Lobster Co. will open its doors to host a Halloween concert featuring two of the area’s premier local original bands. On Saturday October 27th Pier Ave and Over The Bridge will take the stage for what will be an incredible night of roots, rock, and reggae.

The two groups are joining forces for the evening to send a message to local music lovers. Their message is simple: The local music scene needs more collaboration. “Local musicians need to work together to promote unity and support one another. By doing this we can create a scene that is great for venues and live music fans alike. The North Shore is where we are from, and the artists who call it home are our family not our competition.” As two of the area’s highest drawing local bands the show is sure to bring in live music fans from all over Boston’s North Shore and beyond to show their support for the blossoming local music scene on Cape Ann.

Tickets to the show are on sale now! The event boast’s an impressive lineup of local sponsors, FREE giveaways, a $500 cash prize for best costume, professional sound and lighting display provided by Davis Thurston Productions.

$20 Advance, $25 Door/dos 21+ event

For more information you can visit their websites:
http://www.PierAveMusic.comOr “Like” them on Facebook:


Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Azita Moradkhani, Rocky Neck Art Colony Goetemann Artist in Residence

Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm
At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester

Body Cast, by Azita Moradkhani
Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art and both her MA in Art Education and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to Moradkhani’s work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

Poll: Who Would You Rather See In The ALDS? The A’s Or The Yankees #RedSox #Poll #MLB

With tomorrow night’s American League Wildcard Game Deciding Which Team Goes On To Face Our Beloved Red Sox in The American league Divisional Series I’m A Bit Conflicted.

Do you want to face the A’s who you feel is less dangerous or do you want to face the Yankees who will make the series more interesting rivalry and hype wise?


Upcoming ART @the Icehouse, Peter Herbert & Leon Doucette

Please mark your calendars:
For Immediate Release:
New Generations of Cape Ann Art: Leon Doucette and Peter Herbert ART@the Icehouse Exhibit Opening

New works by Gloucester painters Peter Herbert and Leon Doucette are featured in a special upcoming Artist Exhibition hosted at the Art@the Icehouse gallery in Gloucester’s “Fort” neighborhood.
“New Generations of Cape Ann Art” opens with an Opening Reception at 5 pm Saturday, October 13, 2018. ART@the Icehouse Gallery is located above Cape Pond Ice Company, Fort Wharf, 104 Commercial Street, Gloucester, MA.
Leon Doucette is a nationally recognized young portraitist and oil painter, who has won recent awards of the Guild of Boston Artists, and an international competition by the American Portrait Society in Washington, DC. Leon received his BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and serves on the Cape Ann Museum curatorial staff. Leon’s paintings are characterized by soft tonal modeling, diligent brushwork, and often solemn atmosphere.
Peter Herbert most recently exhibited his abstract landscapes at The Jane Deering Gallery and in Annisquam, and will share a new series of land and seascapes examining play of light and color on horizons, and fresh images of Gloucester harbor and Cape Pond Ice’s wharf and Icehouse. Peter studied at the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Students League of New York, with Brooklyn realist Andrew Reiss, as well as master painter David Levine, and locally under mentorships of Erma Wheeler and Gordon Goetemann.
Preparing together for this ART@the Icehouse exhibit at Gloucester’s iconic Cape Pond Ice, Peter and Leon have explored fresh, complementary synergy in their new work and color palette.
Saturday’s 5pm, October 13th Artist Reception is free and open to the public. This special exhibit extends through Sunday, November 4th, with hours Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, and Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm, and by appointment.
For questions, please contact Scott at ART@the Icehouse, 978-283-0174 or
(Courtesy bio photos, gallery & painting previews & PDF Exhibit Announcement attached)

Scott Memhard, President
aka Bresnahan Ice/United Party Rental, Lawrence & Peabody Icehouse
104 Commercial Street, Fort Wharf
Gloucester, MA 01930
tel: 978-283-0174 FAX 978-283-3714 cell: 978-879-9394


American Craft Week begins in 2 days: special events at Pauline’s Gifts, goodlinens, and Cape Ann Artisans

 American Craft Week Ocober 5th – 14th, 2018 

Pauline Bresnahan is featured on American Craft Week national site: “Proud to kick off American Craft Week in Gloucester MA. which was VOTED a Top 10 City for Crafters in USA. Thanks for sharing and please watch as I demonstrate Decorative painting on a Lobster Buoy.”

Gloucester listings:


514 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA • Visit website • Jump to events page

Join us for our decorative painting in a LlVE event on @PaulinesGifts Facebook page at 4pm on Oct. 5th. And Oct. 6th. 2018 in Celebration of American Craft Week in Gloucester MA which was VoTed one of the Top 10 Cities this year.


130 Main Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

The work of 8 artisans will be on display throughout the week. Please check the website in October for demonstration schedule. TELL A STORY WITH JEWELRY: Join us for a jewelry making workshop hosted by Ellen Szaboon Saturday, October 13th from 1pm-3pm. Space is limited. Contact Ellen at to register. Registration closes on October 8th. The workshop is $35.00. The fee includes materials to make a necklace (chain, charms, and beads). If you like, bring special or sentimental beads or charms to enhance the meaning and unique style of your creation.


Cape Ann Artisans

63 Langford Street, Gloucester, MA • Visit website

Cape Ann Artisans are part of a vibrant arts community along scenic North Shore of Massachusetts. Open Studio Tours are self-guided of artists’ studios in Gloucester and Rockport, important Massachusetts designated Cultural Districts. Tours are 1st weekend in June and Columbus Day Weekend.


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Visitors to Gloucester from South Dakota


Couples from South Dakota.  We had a great conversation about the contrast of where we live.

I also directed them to the Eastern Point Light House.  The couple on the left where originally from the west coast but now operate  Sunshine Valley Gardens in Piedmont South Dakota.  (see link below)


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Triple C at Tonno

For the entire month of October, in honor of Anthony’s sister, Christina Cathleen Caturano, Tonno Gloucester, Tonno Wakefield, and Prezza Boston, joined with Cappella Restaurant, will be donating 100% of the proceeds from their Triple C cocktail  to the Zakim Fund in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Triple C

Ketel Citroen, St. Germain, Fresh Grapefruit, Muddled Basil, and Simple Syrup

I enjoyed one last night and it was beyond delicious.



Fire Department Housekeeping

I wondered why the fire trucks were gathering in the Stage Fort Park lot, so I asked and was told they were checking the hoses. I guess it’s one of those regular maintenance jobs that has to be done on a regular basis.  Most of us don’t give such tasks a second thought, but the reliability of the hoses is critical to the success of the department’s mission. Thanks guys!


Sage Advice from Pat McAfee-

OCTOBER Happenings at MAC

Cape Ann Wellness

Adults Night Out: Spooky Soiree!

Join us for a frighteningly fun night of costumes and cocktails!


Dress to impress – prize for best costume!
* Costumes not required but highly encouraged

Party will be held in Studio A

FREE 21+ event
NON-MEMBERS WELCOME – Open to the community!

978-526-8900 X211


* Your RSVP helps us to plan for enough BOOS!


Membership Special

$31 fee to join until 10/15/18! (Typically $99)

Available at all three clubs: Manchester, Gloucester and Rowley

– Offer expires 10/15/18 – Includes sessions to get you started
– Join fee offer valid at all three locations for ages 18+ at MAC Manchester and 14+ at MAC Fitness Locations


All Month: $10 OFF your first Acupuncture session with Kate!
For new acupuncture clients only

“No Manic Mondays”:

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