It’s been another unseasonably cold and wet week for the Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers (and all of we humans, too!). This morning, April 29th, at 5:45 am it was 36 degrees, and I nearly lost my balance on the unexpectedly frost-covered footbridge.

Crickly creek frosty morning at Good Harbor Beach

On the few warmer days we’ve had, the PiPls are courting and mating, but on freezing cold, wet, and windy days, they hunker down in divots and behind mini hills in the sand, and that’s exactly where I found them this morning. We should be seeing eggs any day now; perhaps Mama is just waiting for the weather to turn a bit warmer.

Hunkering down in sandy divots during cold, windy weather

The issue of dogs running through the roped off nesting areas has greatly subsided, thanks to the ordinance change, to increased enforcement by our dog officers Jamie and Teagan, to Piping Plover monitor presence over the past month, and to the bold new signage. We can see very clearly how fewer dogs on the beach has affected the plover’s behavior. Unlike the first two and half weeks of April where there were still many, many dogs on the beach, the PiPls are only occasionally seen in the parking lot.

Thank you to Gloucester’s awesome DPW crew, who in anticipation of the past weekend’s running race, encircled the plover’s nesting area with sawhorses and police tape.

We have seen a total of FIVE different Piping Plovers at Good Harbor Beach over the past two weeks, our mated Mama and Papa pair, the Bachelor, ETM (the banded PiPl from Cumberland Island, Georgia that Heather Hall spotted), and a mystery fly-by-night female.

We were hoping the new girl would stay long enough to strike up a piping conversation with the Bachelor, but she flew in for a one night stopover and has not been seen since. She was very distinctly pale, with only the faintest head band and collar band.

Fly-by-night female

There is one bit of troublesome news to share and that is someone had a bonfire within the roped off nesting area. The police chief and and the federal agent assigned to Good Harbor Beach have both been made aware of the bonfire.

We are grateful and thankful to all who are helping the PiPls successfully nest, especially those who are using Gloucester’s alternative locations to walk their dogs.

Photos from PiPl check 4-29-19




Sawhorses and police tape in the parking lot, with thanks to the DPW staff


Kevin Mazzeo and Mike Tarantino repairing the No. 3 boardwalk today.

Thanks so much to Mike and Kevin, and to the entire DPW crew, who do such a tremendous job in keeping Gloucester citizens safe, and the City looking her best and most beautiful.

“Clowns with Cellphones” Exhibit & President’s Reception: May 2, 2019

“Clowns with Cellphones” Exhibit & President’s Reception: May 2, 2019

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Stephen LaPierre…. the only year-round working oil painter in Gloucester’s historic Rocky Neck Art Colony,  is a Visiting Artist at Montserrat College of Art this semester.  A sampling of Stephen’s  recent  “Clowns with Cellphones” oil paintings, depicting this present-day circus, that some call ‘Circa 2019’ …are on exhibit at Montserrat this semester at the invitation of the college’s new president, Kurt Steinberg.

Dr. Steinberg is opening the LaPierre Exhibit to the public, with a reception honoring the artist, on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:00 to 7pm, President’s Suites, 248 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA.

Stephen will also give a critique of the “clowns” for students and faculty  at 11:30 that day, with the public also invited to attend. The lecture takes place in Room H-201 at 23 Essex Street in Beverly.

Artist  Talk:  May 2, 2019, 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM

23 Essex Street, Room:  H-201
Beverly, MA

“Clowns with Cellphones” Exhibit & President’s Reception: May 2, 2019, 5-7 PM

248 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA

Old Sloop Coffeehouse Presents ~ The Honeydew Drops Saturday May 4th @ 7:30pm Rockport, MA


Our next concert is Saturday, May 4 at 7:30, featuring The Honey Dewdrops. Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will open. An image of the concert poster that’s suitable for posting online is attached.

The concert page, which includes links for tickets, is at

Here is a video of The Honey Dewdrops performing their song “More Than You Should Say”:

Literary Cape Ann presents Bestsellers to Big Screen at Cape Ann Cinema | 3 bestselling authors dishing how & Hollywood

Literary Cape Ann presents Bestseller to Big Screen featuring Rodman Philbrick, Andre Dubus III, and Stepehn McCauley at Cape Ann Cinema21 Main Street in Gloucester on May 5, 2019. Sponsored by Bach Builders and Gloucester Writers Center

Literary Cape Ann hosts Bestseller to Big screen at Cape Ann Cinema and Stage_Main STreet Gloucester Mass-flyer

“When a book becomes a movie, a lot happens. It’s a transforming moment for an author whose book takes on a new life. Three authors share their Hollywood stories on May 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. Rodman Philbrick: The Mighty; Stephen McCauley: The Object of My Affection; Andre Dubus III: House of Sand and Fog. Free. Book signings, refreshments, film clips.”

Lynne Burke’s Wind and Water Luminations on Pavilion Beach

Adventureman is at it Again!

Unbelievable!  Jamie McDonald, Adventureman, is off and running again!  Well, this time he isn’t exactly “off”…in fact, he’s very much “on.”    ON a treadmill that is.  Running on a treadmill for seven straight days to attempt to break the 517 mile world record.  Roughly the equivalent of three marathons with only 90 minutes per day off treadmill.  WHAT?
You can watch the live stream of all the fun at the YouTube link below.
PLEASE consider donating if you have yet to do so.  Jamie feels super connected to Gloucester, Ma and it would be great to continue showing our support!
The two links below will help you learn all about the Superhero Foundation, Jamie’s efforts, who is “Adventureman” and so much more!
Watch live as I attempt to break the world record for the greatest distance covered on a treadmill in 7 days! The record is 517 miles which is the equivalent of 3 marathons a day. Find out more about me at and, more importantly, donate to help sick kids at…



Studio and Sailor Stan’s Open!

We were very happy to see this sign letting us know Sailor Stan’s would be open for breakfast on the weekends.

Also we were very happy to return to The Studio for (half price!) dinner recently. It feels as though the summer season is officially open now. Jim watched the Bruins game and I watched people. Great food, fun evening.

Seared scallops as an appetizer:

Lobster rolls and chicken scampi:

Adult beverages appropriate for people watching…I love the lighting at the bar.