Dreary Weather Still Has Photo-ops — pat morss

After being appropriately preoccupied with visiting family, there were a few photo-ops the last couple of days.

A Great Egret taking a stroll on the Niles Pond “Sargasso Sea”
The call went out for crows to close ranks and protect a nest from a raptor
Gloucester Gig Rowing crew off Eastern Point
Black-crowned Night Heron at Niles Pond
Deteriorating oak leaf on an aging muchroom
Leftover rain from Hurricane Elsa
Schooner Adventure in the late afternoon
Accompanied by Clipper Pride of Baltimore
The pair passing the “groaner” buoy, known as Mother Anne’s Cow

Jude Abbe’s Oil Painting Demo at NSAA this Thursday

NSAA Artist Demonstration: Jude Abbe
THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021, AT 6 PM
11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930
Open and free to the public 

North Shore Arts Association (NSAA) is excited to collaborate with the Rocky Neck Cultural District Partners to celebrate art on Cape Ann every Thursday night in July and August for the Cultural Splash between 4 – 8 PM. During Thursday’s extended hours come experience free artist demonstrations starting at 6 PM by extremely talented, well-known artists.  

Jude Abbe, “The Book,” oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches, $3,200 

We are excited to welcome NSAA’s artist Jude Abbe, who is giving an oil painting demo on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at 6 PM.  As an oil impressionist, Jude strives to share her love of light and shadow. Her work has been exhibited with, North Shore Arts Association, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Hudson Valley Art Association, Allied Artists, American Artist Professional League and Kent Art Association. 

Jude Abbe, “St. Peter’s Festival,” oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, $3,200

North Shore Arts Association is located at 11 Pirate’s Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For more information about events please call (978) 283-1857 or email arts@nsarts.org. Visiting hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays 12 – 4 PM.  

Case Closed

I got a call from one of my informants (Rhymes with Mate–first letter K) that there was an animal hanging from a tree along 128 that I really needed to see because it would make a great post. It happened I was already on the road so I took a little detour to find this. It does indeed appear to be an animal, tail and all, hanging from the tree. Upon closer investigation, I conclude this is a piece of plastic wrapping stuck in the tree branch. Case resolved. Sharing so you don’t wonder yourself as you ride along 128.

Save the Date!! Summer Mini-tour August 14th

Save the Date!!
For your Summer enjoyment….and tax free!
Summer Mini-tour August 14th
9AM* to 4PM
David Archibald will open at 10AM, all others at 9AM
We’ve been working hard creating new pieces inspired by the sights and feelings of summer! Read Full Press Release here.
Participating artisans for this event: (in order of photos)
Cynthia Curtis, Beth Williams, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, 
Erin O’Sullivan and Scott Place, Chloe Leigh,
Sallie Strand, Deborah Gonet, Pam Stratton,
David Archibald* (will be opening at 10, all else at 9)
The Massachusetts sales tax holiday for 2021 will occur on August 14th and 15th. Retail items of up to $2500, purchased for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.

Meetinghouse Green

Photography by Molly Haley, mollyhaley.com

July 13, 2021

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents The Early Risers, Vermont folk duo Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith,
in a free Friday evening concert on Meetinghouse Green at the corner of Middle and Church Street, July 16 at 6:00 p.m.
The Early Risers’ original work features vocal harmonies and lyrical arrangements for banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, and
shruti box. Free-will donations go to Backyard Growers, the evening’s featured local non-profit partner, connecting people
and communities through access to healthy food. Local food vendor for the evening is the Common Crow. The 2021 summer
music series is dedicated in memory of Harry Hintlian for his encouragement, generosity, and for making the Meetinghouse
a net zero building. For more information, a full schedule of upcoming concerts, and to sign up for the GMF newsletter,

Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith began separate careers as singer/songwriters but joined forces in 2015 to form The Early Risers.
The duo has performed across the continent from Maine to Texas, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Their 2019 debut
album, Making Life Sweet, was listed as #1 on the national Folk DJ Charts. The Early Risers music lingers in the heart, mind, and
imagination, and one reviewer noted, “Their music is comfort food.”

Music on Meetinghouse Green, now in its sixth season, features nine free Friday evening concerts with great music, favorite foods
from local vendors, and benefits a different North Shore non-profit organization each week through free-will donations from the
audience. Concert goers bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out across the spacious green. Performances are handicap accessible,
parking on the Green is limited to persons with disabilities only.

Founded in 2015, the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is dedicated to preserving the landmark building as a civic hub, entertainment
venue, and community center. In addition to its work to preserve the historic 1806 Meetinghouse, GMF is currently raising funds to restore
Meetinghouse Green to provide a safe and more flexible outdoor concert and event venue.

Thanks to our Sponsors all the series’ expenses, such as for the musicians, are pre-paid. 100% of the free-will donations go to our non-profit community partners.

Platinum             John & Janis Bell, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Cape Ann Savings Bank, J. Linzee Coolidge, Scobie Ward

Gold                      BOMCO, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Landesign, Inc.

Silver                  Anonymous, Tom Burger & Andrée Robert, JoeAnn Hart & Gordon Baird, Pat Johnson & Jeff Henderson, Susan McKain & Ken Steiner, Charles Nazarian, John & Sandra Ronan
Bronze                Jerry Ackerman, Karen Bell, Pamela Bynum & Henry Ferrara, Peter Calkins & Susan Casey, Frederick Cowan, Richard Gardner, Rev. Janet Parsons, Dick Prouty,
Joe & Maggie Rosa, Peter & Kathleen Van Demark, Kathleen Williams, Sarah Willwerth-Dyer & Michael Dyer


Surf’s Up

Finn had a great time at his first surf lesson with TM Sports and Tadhg Morgan yesterday. He can’t wait for his next session.

TM Sports does really fun Sports Training for kids + adults; surfing, hockey, mountain biking, soccer, lacrosse, hiking, tennis, skiing… and adventure. m.signupgenius.com

Check out their instagram here and see what adventure suits you….or your kids.


The Cupboard Is a Great Take

The skies were threatening so we decided to have our meal at The Cupboard while seated inside. We had never been inside, which seems kind of surprising. It was a pleasant surprise from what I was expecting. It’s diner style seating with counter seats and just a few tables. The service from Pam was friendly and the atmosphere homey. The fare is simple and satisfying. I had the Cape Ann Reuben and Jim had a Cuban. Perfect for what had been a hot sticky day.

Then the skies opened up! A brief but torrential rain came down outside but we were comfortable inside. Water collected quickly in the parking area and on the street, so I got my feet wet to watch the stunning rainbow develop.

It really isn’t hard to spatchcock a roasting chicken and cook it on the @WeberGrills kettle for great results.

Northeast BBQ

I see these roasting chickens on sale all the time at the Supermarket.

You take out the backbone, pat it dry, apply rub and cook it offset a lit chimney full of lit coals, place a piece of foil under the bird to catch chicken fat renderings, put the chicken down with the legs facing the coals and let it rip around 350 until the internal temp hits 145 in the breast, lightly mop it with BBQ sauce and then cover it back up til the breast hits 165, legs are around 180.

Here’s mine followed by some other BBQ guys I follow on YouTube

I put medium sized baked potatoes along side them as they take about the same exact time to finish if you poke em and partially soften them up in the microwave for 5 minutes before you toss them on the grill.

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Family Field Day Fundraiser

Cape Ann Home

Join us for a Family Field Day and help us raise money for a good cause! All proceeds from the event will go to the Jimmy Fund. We’ll have live music, a bounce house, selling t-shirts, raffle tickets, The Cornerstone Creative will be running a kids workshop and more!

Sign up today!

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