Catching Up — pat morss

Activity over the weekend, and a few earlier encounters.

Several weeks ago, this deer appeared to be dominant on the Audubon rocks
Interesting interactions with others
Filming of the National Geographic series ‘Wicked Tuna’ fleet outside the breakwater
In close on ‘Hard Merchandise’ as she goes out at full throttle
Catbird considering a second brood this season?
Swallows swarming the mosquitoes, late afternoon
No wind. Are swimming crew reverting to a ‘boat-tow’ race?
Free ticket to the Blues Festival at Stage Fort Park
‘Thomas E Lannon’ on her morning sail
Young skipper

I Am More Collection

This Thursday the I Am More: Massachusetts touring exhibit will join the Cape Ann Makers Market at the Paint Factory, hosted by Ocean Alliance, upstairs in the newly-renovated copper mill building as part of Gloucester’s Culture Splash series of events from 4-8 pm. This is the first Cape Ann exhibit of twenty new portraits and essays from around Massachusetts addressing topics such as opioid addiction, postpartum depression, PTSD, cancer, suicide, and disability. Wellness resources will be available from NAMI Cape Ann and Rep. Seth Moulton. Viewers requiring handicap access can view the entire I Am More collection of 36 portraits and essays at the Salem State University Berry Library from September 1st through November 30th.

Friday through Sunday from 12-5 see the exhibit along with the newest I Am More portrait by Amy Kerr in progress.

Behind the Scenes at the PBS Antiques RoadShow from Bex Borden

If you’re like me, you love watching the WGBH Antiques RoadShow and wonder what you would bring if you ever got on the show. We all have “something” picked up at a yard sale, bought at auction or passed down through the family.  Well, my mother Dot and I have always been curious about the Chinese Robe she inherited from her aunt in 1980. 

What better platform for appraisal than the WGBH Antiques RoadShow?

In 2019 I applied to the WGBH Antiques Roadshow Boston venue lottery and got accepted! Then COVID hit. I reapplied in May 2021 for a date and venue TBD in New England. I submitted images of the Chinese Robe and was CURATED into the August 10 filming at Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown CT

It is important to note this WGBH Antiques RoadShow venue was BY INVITATION ONLY.  There was no cattle-call. Strict COVID restrictions were in place: curated items meant fewer people; curated items also meant appraisers knew ahead of filming date what was coming.  I could only bring 1 person to help me with my 1 item. I was given the 11:30am slot. I brought my BFF Lisa as my handler and emotional support human. We both had to bring our vaccination cards. (AHEM = GET VACCINATED!!)

I definitely needed help with my 1 item as the framed Chinese Robe is 5ft x 5ft. I rented a van and booked a hotel nearby the night before. There were many emails and health checks leading up to our arrival at 11:15am and, unfortunately, they were already behind schedule.  

There was waiting here. Then waiting there. And then more waiting in over there. Finally we got to wait at an important table. And then there was more waiting. During this time, most of the other participants checked out each other’s items. What do you have? Everyone was very nice, respectful and courteous with one another – we were all in the same boat called “Hurry Up & Wait.”

I was reminded of something Craig Kimberley shared with me while on Yankee Fleet. He did a fishing shoot down in Florida, they had no action for 3 days. Dead calm and it was miserable. Once the fish started striking, it was like all that lost time was {forgotten}. Game on! Catch ‘em up!  Well, something similar happened to me at the WGBH Antiques RoadShow

My item finally came up for staging. My item was one of the largest items I saw that day and was framed in plexiglass. The filming crew needed an extra large easel with sandbags but the plexi caused numerous reflections from the stage, equipment, lighting and 3 cameras. The crew took the utmost care to make sure my item looked as perfect as possible. They worked with minimal words, as any well-coordinated team does. Those film crews make the magic of the WGBH Antiques Roadshow come to life on TV.  And I had the A-team.

Before filming started, the crew asked BFF Lisa where we were from. She responded proudly, “Glosta!” One crew guy said, “Hey! I am from Peabody! Formerly from Beverly!” Another replied, “I am moving to Glosta in September!” And just like that we saw each other as locals.

A word about the appraiser of my item: he was magnificent.  He answered all my questions about the Chinese Robe and gave me so much more detail about its origin, usage, design and symbols.  I asked if he was appraising other items that day. 

“No, I just came down for this one.” 

He has a house in Gloucester, and lives here part-time.

PBS will produce this Antiques Roadshow venue into three (3), 1-hour episodes which I was told will air in September 2022.

Wood and Bone opens the jam tonight @ Minglewood Harborside. Come join the fun 8pm 8.16.2021

Good day, Jamily!!We are gearing up for another amazing night at Minglewood Harborside TONIGHT, for the Jam!! Our man, Jesse Ciarmataro is our guest host tonight!! With the help of Joe Wilkins , the four of us will be opening the night with a Wood & Bone set!!! Wood & Bone (Jesse, Joe, Joe, and Dennis) is a roots/soul/Americana band , and tonight, we’ll be performing our original material for you!! Come hang, eat & drink, be merry, and PLAY!!! All are welcome (21+ after 9p)8-11pm

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25 Rogers Street.Gloucester, MA

Light Painting on Good Harbor Beach

We did a little steel wool light painting on Good Harbor Beach recently. It attracted some spectators along with the bugs that come out at sunset. When we do this, we are very careful to take precautions against accidental flare-ups and the shore provides this safety measure for us. In addition, the beach at sunset is a win-win anyhow. Anyhow, this is Jim along with our visitors Aiden and Jake plus a total stranger celebrating his birthday.

Free Streaming Nia and Restorative Yoga NEW- Moving to Heal Class Thursdays 11:15am Classes via Zoom with Linda for the Week of Aug. 16th-Songs of Summer

Cape Ann Wellness

NEW class addition, Moving to Heal at 11:15 am.

Moving to Heal Nia is a slower, less intensive class with less standing and more done in the chair. Great for people with injuries or conditions that make it hard to participate in a classic Nia class. Also good for people getting back into exercise. For more info on Moving to Heal, see the info and videos on my web site or click here

Current Nia Routine: The Songs of Summer

Our Nia routine for the next few weeks celebrates the Songs of Summer. Come dance to these great tunes before Summer ends.

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Restorative Yoga

Find some cushions, large books, yoga blocks, blankets, whatever you can use instead of bolsters and blocks. We make it work. For more information on Restorative yoga, check out my site, It is a lovely passive practice that gives the…

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