There were not one, not two, not three, but four chicks feeding together at the wrack line at day break this morning. The mystery chick appears to be about the same age as our brood, exhibiting all the same behaviors, although it is not a Piping Plover fledgling. I think it is a Semipalmated Plover fledgling.

The chick was sopping, soaking wet and very disheveled, but feeding as vigorously as our family finding Good Harbor Beach ants, beetles, mollusks, and sea worms to be excellent breakfast fare.

When Papa Plover voiced danger warnings, the little visitor listened as attentively as did our brood of three. At one point Papa ran towards him, I thought to scare him away, but Papa was really after the Bachelor and kept on charging.

How could such a little fledgling fly from their northern breeding grounds at such an early age I wonder. He was so drenched, he appeared to have “washed” ashore, not flown. Semipalmated Plovers breed as far south as Newfoundland so perhaps he only traveled across the Gulf of Maine.

Evocative light at daybreak this morning.


Snapshots from a butterfly gardening workshop that I recently participated in at Philips Andover Children’s Campus. This wonderful program was coordinated with the Andover Gardening Club and Andover Memorial Hall Library. Many thanks to SHED educator Julie for inviting me to participate and for taking such great care of Charlotte while I worked with the kids!


My friend Eric Hutchins sent along this snapshot of his wonderfully lush patch of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). He thought I would like to see how beautifully his milkweed has grown from seeds distributed at our milkweed sale several years ago. Thanks so much to Eric, love, love seeing this!

Plant for the pollinators and they will come 🙂 

Professional Theatre Training for Young People of All Ages Begins July 12 at Gloucester Stage


Learn Acting, Develop Stage Presence and  Build Self-Confidence 
Limited number of Spots Available For Summer Session



Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop offers professional theatre training for young people ages 5 to 18  on Fridays from July 12 through August 16. Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop provides young people an opportunity to develop self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as to introduce them to the skills necessary for professional theatre. A professional training program, the workshops include an introduction to theatre basics such as theatre games, improvisation, movement, vocal and physical expression, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, writing, public speaking and confidence building training. Award winning actress Heidi Dallin teaches acting in collaboration with Special Guest Instructors who offer specialized training in theatre related disciplines. Guest Instructors in past summers have included:  Academy Award, Grammy Award and Emmy Award nominated actress Lindsay Crouse; Punk rock icon Willie Alexander; and former SNL  and Parks and Rec cast member Brad Hall  plus classes in stage combat, Shakespeare, sword play, and costume and prop design. The 2019 Summer Session begins Friday, July 12 and meets on Fridays for two hours per week through Friday, August 16 at Gloucester Stage, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The students are divided in classes according to age: Children’s Class: 9 am to 11 am-5 to 8 year olds; Pre-Teen Class: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm-9 to 11 year olds; Teen Class: 2 pm to 4 pm-12 to 18 years old. Need based Scholarships are available for all age groups. . Call Heidi at 978-283-6688 to register or for more information or to register online  go to

Music on the Meetinghouse Green

July 12 free concert of rock will inspire you to get up and dance on Meetinghouse Green

 North Shore based group Livin’ on Luck plays the second free Friday evening concert of the Music on Meetinghouse Green’s 2019 season, at the corner of Church and Middle Streets, on July 12, 2019, 6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. 

 Rockport-based vocalist Ann O’Donnell together with North Shore locals Josh Bevins (bass), Tom Bull (drums), Bobby Cedrone (guitar and vocals), and Tom O’Donnell (guitar and vocals) have a combined century of rock experience, while playing together as a band for fifteen years. All of the band members began their musical journeys in garage bands. They will play a choice mix of tunes from the seventies, eighties and nineties. Classic rock by Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones and Moody Blues and other greats will take you on a musical trip down memory lane. “Love, relationships and nature are big themes of our songs,” said Ann O’Donnell. “We combine ‘torch songs’ which are slow and soulful with eurythmic and dancing songs. We have fun, and the audience loves our choice of songs.”


Each week Music on Meetinghouse Green partners with a different non-profit organization to raise awareness for the services they provide to the local community. At the July 12 concert, the audience is invited to contribute to a freewill donation for Backyard Growers, a grassroots non-profit organization that teaches people to grow their own food. Classic Cooks will provide tasty food for concert-goers.

 The Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Unitarian Universalist Church, is located at the corner of Church and Middle Streets. The concert is handicapped accessible. Event parking is available on the green and at additional parking lots nearby in the Historic District. Folding chairs will be provided or bring your own beach chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse.

 The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is grateful to our 2019 sponsors who made this series possible:
Scobie Ward
Platinum Tier:
J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Harry & Mary Hintlian
Gold Tier:
John and Janis Bell, Bomco, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan
Silver Tier:
Anonymous, Gib and Sarah Carey, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Charles Nazarian, John and Sandra Ronan
Bronze Tier: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Bill & Rose Hausman

 All 2019 Music on Meetinghouse Green concerts are dedicated in honor of Linzee Coolidge and the late Beth Coolidge for their vision and generosity.


Windhover Summer News of Performances and Special Events 2019

Summer has burst forth on Cape Ann with its blossoms, peonies, late evening sunsets, sail boats and ocean waters that are slowly becoming swimmable. Now is the time to bring Windhover’s exciting performing arts season to your attention. Please join us in celebrating modern dance performed outdoors in the natural setting of a pristine quarry, as well as performances on Windhover’s beautiful outdoor stage.  Engage with our master modern dance classes taught by prominent dance companies from New York.

Here is our select summer schedule so far:

Better Balance & Brain Movement Workshop for teaching seniors.
Wednesday, July 3-Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Stay physically stable and mentally able. This workshop explores balance, cognitive impairment and movement by understanding issues related to aging. Taught by Lynn Simonson, creator of Simonson Technique, an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware including chair yoga. Three classes of two hours each are open to the public.  Contact Lynn at:  Lynn holds 4 certifications in Senior Exercise and balance training. Retreat includes lodging, food and yoga instruction. (See the Windhover website for further information.)

Summer Dance Intensive for teenagers (ages 12-18) from
Sunday, July 14-Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Taught by members of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre based in New York City. This company has had a residency at Windhover every summer for many years, and they perform the Quarry Dance each year. Technique classes in ballet and modern dance are followed by repertory work, choreography, composition and gyro. By special request, a guest instructor will teach hip hop classes as well. If you, or those you know, have teenagers that are interested in dance, please inquire further about our Dance Intensive from Director Molly Tupper at and check out our website at:  A final student performance will be held on Saturday, July 20 from 4:00-5:00pm on Windhover’s outdoor stage, pending the weather. All are welcome.

Open adult drop-in Gyrokinesis Classes
Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00pm & Thursday, July 18 at 2:00pm.

Classes offered by members of Dušan Týnek  Dance Theatre during the week of July 15-19, 2019. Classes are $12.00 per person. Check out our website for further information.

Quarry Dance Vlll
Friday, July 26th at 5:30pm;
Saturday, July 27th at 11:00am and at 4:30pm
Sunday, July 28th at 1:00pm

Quarry Dance Vlll comes to life at the exquisite setting of Halibut Point State Park where the breath-taking views of the Babson Farm Quarry set against the backdrop of the ocean are unforgettable. It is a unique landscape setting, and it will be a performance not to be missed. . This site-specific modern dance is performed by the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre around this spectacular quarry located on the grounds of the Dept of Conservation & Recreation (DCR). All performances are free and open to the public. Please check our website for further details and information. (Please take note this event is weather dependent. With rain, the performance is cancelled.)

Mid Summer’s Dream Women’s Yoga Retreat
Friday, August 2—Sunday, August 4, 2019

Led by 500 hour yoga instructor Nancy West. Nancy has been leading yoga retreats worldwide for 6 years and teaching for 19 years in the Boston area. Nancy shares her vast knowledge of yoga and meditation with you to help restore, re-set, and re-energize you.

Grab a few girlfriends or come solo and make new friends to join us in peace, serenity, and laughter. The beautiful natural setting of Windhover allows us to reconnect with nature and unplug from the craziness of life.

For more info, email Nancy at:  or call 508-990-6795
Styles of yoga: Vinyasa, restorative, hatha, and meditation
Paddleboard yoga, kayaking for an additional fee.

Iyengar and Restorative Yoga Classes
Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Taught by Annie Hoffman who was on the faculty of the Boston Iyengar Center for 14 years and has been teaching in this tradition for over 26 years. Weekend package, or single day classes available. Contact Annie Hoffman at 617-645-5573 or email Annie at:

Endless Summer Women’s Yoga Retreat:
August 30-Sept. 2, 2019

Taught by Nancy West, yoga instructor.
Styles of yoga: Restorative, hatha, vinyasa and meditation

Art workshop, paddle board yoga, kayaking for an additional fee. For more info, email Nancy at:  or call 508-990-6795

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company
Wednesday, September 4–Sunday, September 8, 2019.

This dynamic modern dance company brings athleticism, musicality, and creative ideas to bear on choreography.  All week, there will be morning master classes of all levels, plus two open rehearsals where you can learn how to interpret a dance based upon a wealth of images.

Friday and Saturday evenings September 6th and September 7th at 7:30pm

he entire company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. With inclement weather, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.


Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director,
Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966
Landline 978-546-3611,

Windhover’s outdoor stage with Teen Dance Intensive 2018.  Photo credit: David Watts Jr.

Hopscotch Brain From Stephanie Strauss

First introducing her poetry on Instagram (@drivestraightaheadswift/ @drivestraightaheadpoems), 19 year old Gloucester old Stephanie Strauss proudly presents her first poetry ebook: “Hopscotch Brain”.

Self published on amazon, the work is divided into 6 sections (Pandemonium, Love is Love, Things Hearts Say When They’re In Love, G?r?o?w?i?n?g? ?U?p? Evolving, and The World Needs Therapy).

This honest, modern poetry explores mental health, LGBTQ themes, heartbreak, love, getting older, and world issues.

The book is approximately 800 pages long, and costs $12.50. The poems were written over the course of 4 to 5 years, and she couldn’t be happier to share them with the world. Included are illustrations from several talented supporters of her work, who have been recognized accordingly.


Rob Ackerman Gloucester Fireworks Photos

My name is Rob Ackerman and I took the attached images of the July 3rd Firework show in Gloucester MA. A full google drive album of 15 images is also linked below. Feel free to use the images in any publication or social media post as long as my name/website is credited for the used images. 

Rob Ackerman (

Images may be purchased at here as well (

Please let me know if you have any issues accessing the images!

Thank you and have a great fourth of July!


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A Lady – A Flag – A Nation

Jerry Greely submits-

Gloucester, MA – 4th of July parade (1976) celebrating Betsy Ross, creator of the original flag, with13 stars representing the 13 original states and our Nation’s 200th Anniversary – Betsy Ross Float won a nice trophy – Mary Anne Greely was Betsy Ross, along with our three children, two nieces and two neighbor children.   

God Bless the United States of America

A Lady - A Flag - A NationBetsy Ross Float Winners

Photo left to right: Mary Anne Greely, Jay Greely, Jerry Greely, Cindy Greely, Steve Frontiero, Sherrie Greely with trophy, Kim Greely, Donny Favaloro and Susan Greely (front).


With the Greelys in the photo were Steve Frontiero (trumpet) and Donny Favaloro (drums), members of the GHS championship marching band.

Army Corps of Engineers Advance Open Bidding Process to Select a Contractor for Gloucester Harbor and Annisquam River Dredging


Gloucester  After years of collaboration between federal, state and local officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued an invitation for bids yesterday for the dredging of the Gloucester Harbor and Annisquam River.

The project will dredge nearly 140,000 cubic yards of sand from the channel and Lobster Cove.  To minimize impacts on natural resources in the area the Corps plans the dredging over two seasons with work taking place between October 1 and January 31.

“Dredging the Annisquam River is critical for our economy, public safety, our quality of life, and the preservation of this incomparable natural resource,” said State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R- Gloucester). “Steadily increasing accretion continues to reduce the navigability of the channel, and that demands remediation as soon as possible. Getting it done requires collaboration, focus, and persistence. Our partnerships at the state, federal and local levels have driven our progress to finally get approval for this project.”

Senator Ed Markey, along with Congressman Seth Moulton and Senator Elizabeth Warren, successfully lobbied to include federal funding for the Gloucester Harbor and Annisquam River dredging projects in the Army Corps’ 2018 Work Plan last June.

“The Annisquam River is an important means of transportation, commerce and safety for Cape Ann. The Annisquam River is Mile No. 1 of the Intracoastal Waterway; and important passage for commercial fishing vessels and for the Harbormasters and Coast for responding to emergencies in Ipswich Bay,” said Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D – Gloucester).  “We must commit ourselves to continuing the by-partisan multi-jurisdictional collaboration to ensure the viability of this unique natural resource as an environmental gem and as a practical necessity to our community.”

Following the opening of bids in August, a private vendor will be put under contract to operate a mechanical dredge and remove the material.

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken said, “We eagerly await the dredging operations to commence to restore the navigability of the federal channel in the Annisquam River for commercial fishermen and to correct the deteriorating channel depths that limit the ability of search and rescue vessels.  The economic development and public safety implications are substantial and the project benefits will be profound.”  

Gloucester Harbormaster TJ Ciarametaro has noted that tens of thousands of boaters and commercial vessels navigate the Annisquam annually with conditions growing increasingly more hazardous in low tides.

According to the Army Corps of Engineers’ Project Management Division natural process have reduced water depths to as little as 1 foot in some portions of the river “making  navigation hazardous or impossible at lower stages of the tide,” said Project Manager Erika Mark.

Tarr, who serves as Chairman of the Northeast Coastal Coalition, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken in a June 2018 letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Civil Works R.D. James wrote “beyond serious economic injury to the commercial fishing industry, additional harm from the worsening conditions in the river can and will impact other areas of the local and regional economy.”  They also cited both added delays and dangers for vessels circumnavigating Cape Ann at times of critical conditions.

Gloucestercast 341 Topic: New Harbormaster Facilities

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