Launching the student built ‘Essex Clam Skiff’ at Essex Shipbuilding Museum

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Congratulations to the students from Topsfield Vocational Academy, part of the Northshore Education Consortium, who launched their Essex Clam Skiff today! The students built the boat over the last nine months, using the only known original skiff as a model to follow. Special thanks to their teacher Mark, ESM boatbuilder Jeff, and @essexcountycommunityfoundation for supporting the project!


Our Good Harbor Beach PiPls made their first journey down to the creek this morning. They left the protected area about 11:00am, just as the soccer tournament was heating up. The family traveled along the dune fencing, crossed the back road, and spent the better part of the day foraging in the creek tidal flats and in the vegetation at the marsh edge.

For volunteers who have never seen this behavior before, in 2016 the chicks hatched over Fiesta weekend, when the beach was very busy. At only two days old, the PiPl family began making the epic journey to the creek from the protected area. This is harrowing for them and we lost a chick during the 2016 trek. Volunteers can best help the chicks by following along, from a safe distance that does not impede their movement. Keep an eye on stray balls and let folks in the vicinity know what is happening, if possible. They typically return as the tide is coming in or at dusk.

I believe easy access to the creek is one reason why our GHB PiPls choose to nest at the No. 3 boardwalk over the No. 1 boardwalk area. The creek is closer to No. 3 and gives the birds a secondary option for feeding when the main beach is super crowded.

The hatchlings are eight days old and are nearing the ten-day-old milestone. They are growing visibly stronger and increasingly more independent everyday. I have lots of photos to share and will provide a longer update after the weekend. 

Chicklet tracks

Creek tide flats

Mom calling for a chick, which is hiding in the vegetation at the edge of the marsh 🙂

Seven-day-old Piping Plover Chicks

City of Gloucester to Raise Pride Flag


Sponsored by Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, the Pride Flag Raising at Gloucester City Hall will take place on Monday, June 10 at 3:00 p.m.  Mayor Romeo Theken will be joined by members of City Council and City Staff.  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

June is Pride Month, which celebrates everyone in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag, is a symbol of LGBTQ pride. The original flag had eight stripes. Today, the most commonly used flag, created in 1979 by Gilbert Baker, has six stripes.  Each stripe has a different meaning: Red represents life; orange is for healing; yellow is for sunlight; green is for nature; blue is for harmony; and purple is for spirit.

WHEN:  Monday, June 10, 2019 at 3:00 p.m

WHAT:  Pride Flag Raising

WHERE:  Outside Gloucester City Hall, Warren Street Entrance

NOTE:  This event is free and open to the public

Atelier Cape Ann

Hello Joey,
This is Svitlana Rozghon from Atelier Cape Ann.
I was at a TV show in Waltham where I presented my bridal shop. I would like to post the link of it so that people can see what I do.

Jazz Brunch at Feather & Wedge This Sunday


Join Feather & Wedge this  Sunday for a Jazz Brunch with New York City-based jazz guitarist, Steve Lacey. Steve will be playing songs from the American Songbook along with some originals. If you’ve missed Steve’s performances at Feather & Wedge previously, make sure you catch him this time around. Reservations recommended. Call 978-999-5917 to book.

June 6, 2019
10:30 – 2:30 PM

Steve Lacey

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Yoga on the Harbor is here ALL SUMMER LONG! Every Saturday and Sunday morning 8-9 am at Maritime Gloucester

Cape Ann Wellness


Be a part of the working Gloucester waterfront! Get outside, get fit, and make some new friends.

This one hour class is appropriate for all levels of experience. Our welcoming teachers will guide you through a safe and invigorating yoga practice surrounded by the sights and sounds of Gloucester harbor.

Please bring a yoga mat, water, and a sweatshirt.

Some mats are available on a first come first serve basis.
The price is $15.
You can pay with cash on site, card on site or online. Preregistration is greatly appreciated.
Members of Maritime Gloucester may buy a 5 class pack for $60 or a summer unlimited for $150 (these apply only to Yoga on the Harbor classes).
(CAPY/ YMCA/ CFCA packages and unlimiteds don’t apply to these classes.)

Find out about Maritime Gloucester membership here:

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