NY Times: “In Defense of Sea Gulls: They’re Smart, and They Co-Parent, 50/50 All the Way”

From The NY Times- click the title to read the entire article-

In Defense of Sea Gulls: They’re Smart, and They Co-Parent, 50/50 All the Way

Besides, if people weren’t such slobs, gulls would never have learned about French fries.


Here are three good things about gulls:

They are devoted parents.

Males share child care equally with females. That includes sitting on the eggs during incubation.

And they have figured out a way — actually many ways — to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. Some eat clams, some eat fish, some are attracted to landfills.

Of course, a few will divebomb you at the beach or boardwalk to steal a French fry, or the cheese on your cracker, or an entire slice of pizza.

The beach pirate approach to survival is, of course, where humans and gulls clash. And the outcry from humans is almost as loud and outraged as the cries of the gulls themselves. Several recent news articles have chronicled the predations of gulls and some possible remedies.

From The NY Times- click here to read the entire article-


The Hummingbird Garden

October 24th at 7:30pm

Sacred Heart Church Parish hall

62 School Street

Manchester, MA

The North Shore Horticultural Society has invited me to give a presentation about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Over the years I have shared so much info about attracting this tiny avian pollinator that it was exciting to put the lecture together, just a matter of collecting all the bits into a cohesive program. BTW, it’s been a phenomenal year for hummingbirds in Cape Ann gardens!  

“The Hummingbird Garden” is free for members and five dollars for guests.

I am looking forward to giving this program and hope to see you there!

The Hummingbird Garden

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the only species of hummingbird that nests in Massachusetts. Learn what to plant to help sustain this elusive beauty while it is breeding in our region and during its annual spring and fall migrations. Through photographs and discussion we’ll learn about the life cycle of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the best plants to attract this tiniest of breeding birds to your garden.
Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Folly Cove Designs at the Annisquam Exchange

https://www.capeannmuseum.org › collections › folly-cove-designers


The Folly Cove Designers were a group of 45 designer-craftsmen who worked together between 1938 and 1969 producing carefully wrought designs cut into linoleum blocks and printed (primarily) on fabric. Their common interest was in producing solid designs and in good craftsmanship.
At the Annisquam Exchange they have many great gifts and treasures.  Yesterday I was there and saw some beautiful Folly Cove Designs.
To visit the Annisquam Exchange:
32 Leonard Street
Gloucester, Annisquam, MA  01930

Celebrate Next Week with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company at WINDHOVER


Taylor 2 in AIRS Photo by Whitney Browne

PAUL TAYLOR 2 DANCE COMPANY RETURNS TO WINDHOVER FOR THE CONCLUSION OF OUR SUMMER SEASON next week.  This engagement is part of “TheCelebration Tour” honoring Paul’s life and work, since his death at age 88 in August 2018.

You are invited to join in the fun of experiencing this company in one of three ways: Three Master Classes, Two Open Rehearsals and Two Dance Performances of Paul Taylor repertory. Here are the details:

Windhover Performing Arts Center hosts the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company starting Wednesday, September 4–Saturday, September 7, 2019. The week explodes with three Master Classes in modern dance for all ages and levels. Master classes offered on Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00-7:30pm; Thursday, September 5 from 9:30am-11:00am; and Saturday, September 7 from 9:30-11:00am. Please come. No fee, but donations are encouraged.

Open rehearsals for the public are Thursday, September 5 from 4:00-5:30pm and Friday, September 6 from 4:00-5:30pm. The works being rehearsed will be different from the works being performed in the evening performances, so come and see more of Taylor’s works.

Evening Dance Performances are Friday, September 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, September 7at 7:30pm. Performances include three works by Paul Taylor: “Images” (1977) to music by Debussy; “Funny Papers” (1994) to novelty tunes, and “Airs” (1978) to music by Handel. Performances will be held on Windhover’s outdoor stage in the back garden (weather permitting) or in case of rain, in the back dance studio.

There are no advance tickets and all seating is first come first served. Donations are greatly appreciated. Please come and experience this masterful company in the bucolic natural setting of Windhover.

Windhover is a non-profit 501© 3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Donations are critical to the continuation of these programs to the public, so please donate any amount either through paypal on our website: www.windhover.org or you can send checks made payable to Windhover at: P.O Box 2249, Rockport, Ma. 01966. Thank you.

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director

Windhover Performing Arts Center, 257 Rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966    978-546-3611 ~ windhover@verizon.net


Save the date! Artist Mary Rhinelander reads from her children’s picture book for a special Cape Ann Reads storytime with Christy Rosso at Sawyer Free Library

Sawyer Free Library Children’s Services shares the flyer for this fun family program with special guest, Mary Rhinelander.  A surprise friend may make an appearance 🙂🐾🐶

Mark your calendars for this Wonderful  storytime September 11 2019 10AM


Gloucester Lyceum Friends 2019 membership drive is live & get ready to preview the 2019 Art Auction September

Reposting as the flyer did not show as a picture.

Colleen HoganLopez shares news from Friends of the Sawyer Free Library:

Membership drive printable form here and below

The installation for the Friends 2019 Annual Art Auction will be happening this week. Art fans can preview and leave silent bids throughout September. Save the date for the evening auction, October 3, 2019. from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Contact Gailsarofeen@gmail.com with questions. 

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Buy membership on line here 


Public Hearing – East Gloucester new school Building Committee Monday 9/9/19 at 6 pm City Hall


Save the date

East Gloucester Building Committee Public Hearing agenda:  Public Hearing East Gloucester Building committee Agenda 9_9_19

Save the date

Ward  1 public meeting September 30th at Gloucester Stage 630pm


Ed Daley this evening with Fly Amero 7pm at The Rhumb Line 8.28.2019



Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, August 28 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: ED DALEY!
One of our all-time favorites this week, folks.  The great Ed Daley is our featured guest, bringing his wonderful catalog of original songs, sung as only he can sing them… with earthy grit and raw emotion.  Ed is dearly loved by us all.  Come and give him a big hug in the form of cheers and applause – or maybe just give him an actual hug!  Wouldn’t THAT be nice?! 🙂  ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…..features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Coming soon…
Honkytonk Women
Lynne Taylor
Looking forward…..to seeing you there 🙂

Grand Banks Showroom Opening

Cape Ann Home

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You may have noticed, but over the past year we’ve been making some changes around here. We are beyond happy with how things have turned out and would like to invite everyone to come join us for a celebration. We’ll have BBQ from the Farm Bar & Grille along with local craft beer and wine. Join us along with all of our vendors, check out our new space, pick up some new Grand Banks gear, and enjoy an evening of food and drink. We are ready to celebrate!

Let us know you’re coming!

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Now’s Your Chance To Get A Low Number Cape Ann License Plate!

Cape Ann Community

The second Online Auction for Low Number Cape Ann License Plates is open now through Sept 9!


Low number plates between C/A 2 and C/A 100 will be available to the highest bidders through an online auction Beginning today, Monday, August 26, 2019. All proceeds will go to the Cape Ann Community Foundation (CACF).  The auction will conclude on Monday, September 9, 2019. Very soon every Massachusetts resident who wants to display their love and support for Cape Ann will have a second chance to secure a coveted low-number Cape Ann license plate.

CLICK HERE to view the Low Number Cape Ann License Plate Auction.

“This is a great way for people to express their love for Cape Ann while supporting many worthy causes,” said Ruth Pino, President of the Cape Ann Community Foundation.  “The proceeds from the auction will build the Foundation’s reserves and enable us to do even…

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The Good Sailor’s Farewell: Remembering Ralph Cole Waddey May 12, 1943 – August 1st, 2019

by his friends

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Ralph Cole Waddey of Gloucester passed away peacefully in the wake of an accident and injury. Ethno-musicologist and a musician himself, social scientist, specialist in International Affairs, Portuguese language interpreter, father, husband and above all man of deep friendships, Ralph was ferociously Ralph. Charming irresistibly to some, dismissive of fools, witty by all accounts and remarkably intelligent, Ralph Cole Waddey made his own way.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to South Carolina when he was 3 years old. He was a teenager in Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. From an early age, he demonstrated his inclination for science and music. After having had conferred a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science at Georgetown University (Washington, DC,) he went to Bahia, Brazil, as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1965. In 1968, he returned to the United States where he started his master’s program in Economics, Social Psychology and Portuguese and Brazilian Literature at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida, USA). He earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies in 1973. Ten years later, while a doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) in Musicology at the University of Illinois, he returned to Bahia, Brazil. He did important research in the 70s and 80s on the musical phenomenon of the Bahian Reconcavo and was acclaimed by Brazilian authorities, especially from the Department of Culture. He walked into areas unknown to most researchers in order to produce the precious recordings of Samba de Roda and Viola music of that region.  Samba de Roda has proclaimed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2008 thanks to Ralph’s work, the first one and unique in its genre.

Brazil was his second home. He enjoyed official citizenship in Salvador, capital of Bahia, where intellectuals and scholars in the fields of social science, history, archeology, and music would rush to see him upon visits. The country folks of the Bahian Reconcavo, in particular, and where he joined some godbrothers, godsisters, and godchildren, loved Ralph.  It was in Brazil that he attached one of his nicknames, in Portuguese, Bom Marujo (The Good Sailor).

Ralph also loved Gloucester where he decided to live after having served in the United Nations in Angola and Kosovo from 1995-2005. His interpreting, human rights, and management work in United Nations peacekeeping missions earned him respect and deep friendships. Here in Gloucester, he found earthy sincerity, history, friendship and a good life.

He is survived by his wife Ana Alakija Waddey; daughter Anna Seton Cole Crosbie; former wives: Maria do Perpetuo Socorro Davico and Caroline Seaton Crosbie; sister Sharon Cole; cousins Gary Wendt, Sheri Beecher, Kathie Enloe, James Wendt, Chris Rushefsky, Jan and Michael Johnson; Jack Waddey; aunt Evelyn Johnson Wendt; and other relatives.

A Celebration of Life organized by his loved ones, friends, and neighbors will be held in his memory on September 1st, 2019, 11AM at the DES Portuguese American Club, 133 Prospect St, Gloucester, Massachusetts. The organizers ask people who want to join the event to please, park on the street.