Generous gardeners Plant sale This saturday

On my way home tonight I came across this pretty woman playing in the dirt on the island at Tally’s corner. She  asked me to remind everyone that the Generous Gardeners are having a plant sale Saturday morning starting  at 9 AM by the tennis courts at the boulevard.  ….not to be missed.

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Over the past several weeks we have been graced with a bevy of beauties arriving on our shores, some here to stay to nest for the summer, and for some, we are a stopover to their breeding grounds further north, a place to rest and refuel.

Last night a pair of Laughing Gulls was spotted foraging at the shoreline at Good Harbor Beach, earlier in the week a pair of Yellow Legs was at GHB in the early morning, and last week, a flock of Brant Geese, a trio of Black-bellied Plovers, and a Willet were observed. Our gardens, woodlands, meadows, and dunes have come alive with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Eastern Phoebes, American Robins, Baltimore Orioles, Eastern Towhees, Bobolinks, Carolina Wrens, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Bluebirds, and dozens more species of songbirds.

The striking black-hooded Laughing Gull breeds in Massachusetts, but was nearly extirpated because of the plume and egg hunters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They began to make a comeback, only to be devastated again by larger gulls expanding their southward range. Laughing Gulls are adaptable and today their numbers are increasing.

I’ve seen single Laughing Gulls at Good Harbor, but this is the first pair. Perhaps they are breeding at Salt Island or Thacher Island. Wouldn’t that be wonderful 🙂

Laughing Gull breeding and wintering range

Beautiful few moments when the sun was trying to break through the bank of clouds

Super high tides at Good Harbor Beach this week; notice how close to the dune’s edge is the line of seaweed left by the last tide.

Mama on the nest

Yella on the Water 25 Western Ave / Stacy Boulevard opening soon

The exterior transformation by RePro General Constuction & Design Services ( for Danielle and Carlo Berdahn’s new Mediterranean bistro, Yella on the Water, is moving right along (in the former Morning Glory space) on Stacy Boulevard.

 Before (2013)  vs. construction underway (May 2019)

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They opened Yella Grille in Andover  (and catering) ten years ago.

Tesoro Vintage Finds | 5 Short Street West End downtown #GloucesterMA

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Find Tesoro Vintage Finds at 5 Short Street next to Caffe Sicilia in Gloucester, Mass., a close walk to Bananas and Cape Ann Auction.

(Adrift 284 Main Street on the East End closed.)




This Weekend in the Arts 05/17-20/2019

Jane Deering Gallery presents PART II of

A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape continues at Jane Deering Gallery , 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester. 

Erma Wheeler . Quarried Waters 1997 . watercolor on paper . 22x28 inches . 30x36 inches framed
Artist: Erma Wheeler (1915-2005) lived/worked in Gloucester MA  • Title: Quarried Waters  • Date: 1997 • Medium: Watercolor on paper • Dimensions: 22×28 inches . 30×36 inches framed

Jane Deering Gallery presents PART II of A Turning Point | the contemporary landscape showcasing new works at an opening reception Saturday May 18th from 4:00-6:00pm.  The exhibition addresses the timely question Beautiful world, where are you going? and explores our fragile relationship with the natural world. The exhibition will run through mid-June and includes regional and international artists whose works are held in museum, corporate and private collections: Gabrielle Barzaghi, Deborah Brown, Tom Fels, Paul Cary Goldberg, Jacob Hessler, Jeff Marshall, Adin Murray, Esther Pullman, Steve Rosenthal and Erma Wheeler from New England; Nell Campbell, Gail Pine and Youngsuk Suh from California; Gail Barker, Neeta Madahar and Michael Porter from the United Kingdom. The gallery is located at 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester MA.  Gallery hours: Friday/Saturday/Sunday 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment at 917-902-4359 or

Nichole’s Picks 5/18 + 5/19

With any luck the sun will come out and we can enjoy some of the outdoor, spring activities that we have all been anxiously awaiting to participate in.  In addition to enjoying spring weather, there are some fun events going on as well.

Pick #1: Rockport’s Motif No. 1 Day

MAY 18, 2019 FROM 9AM TO 5PM

Motif No. 1 Day focuses on honoring Rockport’s heritage and future in the arts.

The Motif No.1 Day Festival celebrates Rockport. Poetry, dance, art, live music, interactive art, a 5k & Fun Run, local food (wood-fired pizza, grass-fed burgers and more!), small-batch craft beer and Massachusetts wine — all of it in honor of the red fishing shack that is known around the world as Motif No.1.



Rockport artist Brooke Demeri


Pick #2: Birds, Bees & Butterflies 

Families can head to the Cox Reservation in Essex for some kid-friendly fun between the hours of 10:00-1:00.  The expansive views and and natural beauty of the Cox Reservation make it a good pick any day, but even more so when they are hosting one of their many great events.  We’ve found a couple geocaching boxes there as well.


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Pick #3:  Operation: Safe + Boat

This event was such a great time last year and our city’s first responders are looking forward to a large turnout again this year.  Bring the whole family down to Harbor Loop in Gloucester (near Maritime Gloucester, the Building Center, and the Gloucester Coast Guard Station).  There will be several family friendly and important activities going on!

Thank you to the volunteers and, as always, to our First Responders for all that you do.


Pick #4:  Rockport’s EMS Day

Likewise, this is always a fun event for families with young children.  Take the opportunity to get up close to fire engines, rescue vehicles, police boats, and more!

Also take this opportunity to thank those who are always there to take care of us!

This event takes place right on Rockport’s T-Wharf from 11:00-3:00.  Take some time to shop locally and grab a bite to eat with the family afterwards.



As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, visit our good friends at North Shore Kid

One of the Ones Midas Touched

One of the ones Midas touched,

Who failed to touch us all,

Was that confiding prodigal,

The blissful oriole.

Emily Dickinson’s words seem very appropriate for these backyard orioles. I am so happy to see them….for me, this is a real treat….like an orange for an oriole. I will wait patiently for the male to sit still long enough for his photo shoot.

Fundraising Class for The Sunshine Fund

Cape Ann Wellness

Come support an amazing cause the FRIDAY! Join Treetop Yoga and The SunriseFund for a 60 minute Vinyasa Flow. Taught by Megan Ghirardi, this fundraising karma class will generate much needed funds to help assist individuals seeking long term, sustainable recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
$10 Suggested Donation, Cash or Check
All who attend are entered for a raffle prize – A 5 Class Pass for Yoga or Barre and a yoga outfit.
If you cannot make it to the Friday night fundraiser, for every person who attends the 7:30 AM Warm Vinyasa Flow (wake for the Sunrise then head to class) at Treetop on Saturday morning, $5 will be donated to the Sunrise Fund.
3A Pond Road, Gloucester
Congratulations to The Sunrise Fund for their successful inaugural golf tournament this week. We applaud your efforts to offer opportunities for recovery.

About the Sunrise Fund


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John Raimondi “Drawing to Sculpture” PowerPoint Lecture and Book Signing May 18th 5pm North Shore Arts Association

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John Raimondi “Drawing to Sculpture” PowerPoint Lecture and Book Signing May 18th 5pm North Shore Arts Association Reception to Follow the Lecture $10 Suggested Donation View John on YouTube ~ Click John Raimondi lives a life that is totally immersed in art. As both a distinguished sculptor and art collector, he has spent a lifetime studying, creating and celebrating art in a wide variety of media. With monumental sculptures in the collections of museums, colleges and universities, airports, and dozens of other public and private locations throughout the United States and Europe, John Raimondi is considered among the most prominent sculptors living today. As Malcom Rogers, retired director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, comments: “Raimondi is one of the few contemporary artists who addresses public sculpture in a rhetorical way, with a big gesture combined with a great elegance of line. You feel that you’re looking at…

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