Build your own surfboard class

Hi Joey,
After reading the GoodMorning Gloucester post about the First Annual Surf Competition at Good Harbor Beach last weekend, I thought the Gloucester surfing community might like to know about a Build Your Own Surfboard class we’re running at Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury. (So what’s the relationship between Amesbury and Gloucester? Lowell’s Boat Shop, the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the country — and a nonprofit — built the Banks dories used by the Gloucester fishing fleet back in the 1800’s! A longtime connection!) Wondering if you could post the blurb below the on GoodMorning Gloucester? Thanks for considering.
All best,
The Lowell’s Crew

Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19 

8AM – 5PM each day

**Register before MAY 1 for best price.

This workshop is a collaboration between Lowell’s Boat Shop and Grain Surfboards from Kittery, ME. Students will have their pick from a number of board styles, and will build their own boards under the guidance of two instructors from Grain. All materials(sustainably grown cedar, zero VOC bio-epoxy, etc.) are included in the tuition cost. We’ll even provide a delicious breakfast and lunch!
Email or call 978-834-0050 for information. 

register here


Message from Erin – Big thank you to Jodi Swenson!!! Just look at all the goodies she got me from my “Wildlife List” on Amazon!! As you know, we do not get paid to rehab wildlife, we rely solely on donations or it comes out of our own pocket. Now that I’m State and Federally permitted to rehab wildlife I’m going to have even more patients this year! Donations to Cape Ann Wildlife or my “Wildlife List” on Amazon… are greatly appreciated!!

Wonderful Essex County islands IBA #ornithology talk by Chris Leahy | Straightsmouth keeper’s house gets love from Thacher Island Assoc & looks like a scene from Edward Hopper!

Esteemed conservationist and bird and insect authority, Chris Leahy discussed recent multi-year surveys of Essex County islands for Mass Audubon and Mass Fish & Wildlife with humor and depth as only he can having resided on the North Shore, in Gloucester, and championed this Important Bird Area for some 50 years.

The islands range in size and offer different kinds of nesting habitat. There are great shoals for fishing. Islands include familiar names like Tinkers, Straitsmouth, Thacher, Children’s, Kettle, House, Eagle, Ram, Cormorant and Ten Pound. Leahy recalled visiting some in the 1960s-70s for the first ever field counts with Dorothy “Dottie” Addams Brown, Sarah Fraser Robbins & others, and readily compares data then and now.

Some of the bird species making the count: gulls, egrets, herons, cormorants, harlequin duck, geese, loon, coots, purple arctic sandpiper, common eiders, and snowy owls. There are not a lot of songbirds due to restricted habitat although so many song sparrows he quips, “it almost feels like they’re going to attack.” Predators do and did. Gulls and rats stuck in my mind, and our ruinous plume hat trade. At that time “Snowy egrets– in FLA and elsewhere south– were slaughtered for plumage developed solely at breeding time, leaving any young to die and rot.”

Climate is partly a factor and population dispersement in the birds they find. Sometimes there are great “fallout” of migratories which are unpredicatable and awesome. Various species are easier to count especially those perched amid low tree shrubs. Guess which ones? Forgot the burrowers! Forecasts are exciting. He predicts we might see Manx shearwters maybe nesting here in the coming years.

Kindness of organizations and people with boats helps make this happen. And one steel hulled sailboat that makes access to these rocky isles a bit more possible.

Chris Leahy presented Treasure Islands for Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library. Mary Weissblum has endeavored to host evenings for Leahy’s numerous publications and projects, so many that she’s lost count. “Always a treat to be educated and charmed by his incredible store of knowledge,” she writes. Look for Chris Leahy’s next talk.

Learn more about Thacher Island Association (Paul St Germain) here 

Learn more about Birdlife International here

photos below ©Linda Bosselman Sawyer Free Library- thanks for sharing Linda!

Call for Entries: The Sawyer Free Library annual photo competition

June 2019

“Where Is It?” Photo Exhibition

Deadline April 26

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Now accepting photographs to be considered for the annual ‘Where Is It?’ exhibit in the Matz Gallery of the Sawyer Free Library,  June 2019.  The exhibit is about places in Gloucester that are hard to find, perhaps overlooked, but true gems in plain sight. 
All photo subjects must be visible from public roadways or walkways.  To enter, send up to 3 photographs in JPEG format to: Please put Gloucester Exhibit in the subject line of the email.  Photographs that are accepted must be framed and matted with sizes between 12”x 12” and 24”x 20”
Mats should be white or cream and frames black or neutral. No saw-tooth hangers or sandwich frames, please.
If you cannot send digital images, please email to the Matz Gallery at: to arrange a time to show your work to the committee.
Deadline for submissions is April 26. Photographers will be notified by May 1. 
The work must be delivered to the Library by May 31.

Reserve Now: Easter Brunch at Feather and Wedge in Rockport


There is no better way to celebrate Easter than with a special brunch at Feather & Wedge. Book your table soon. Space is limited! To reserve your table, call 978.999.5917.

Sunday, April 21, 2019
11 AM  – 5 PM

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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