January 31, 2022
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Buy Oil Stock Index. That’s my prediction. Mark the tape. It’s 1358.64 Reasoning: tension with Russia. When Russia invades the Ukraine the US will impose economic sanctions and Russia will counter. Watch the price of oil skyrocket. We’ll probably be paying $5 for gas. Best way to hedge that would be the gains you get in the oil and gas index. That’s my call.
Here’s your comparison from that exact date-
The Oil and Gas Index ^XOI vs The Nasdaq
^XOI up 22% while the Nasdaq has an 18% loss. That’s a 40% swing. .
Wellfest 2022 was held on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the new YMCA at Gloucester Crossing. It was well attended and very organized and fun.
Saturday May 21, 2022 11AM – 1PM
Gloucester Harbormaster Building
19 Harbor Loop # 2, Gloucester, MA 01930
With the help of a grant from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and NOAA, Sea Scout Ship 5 has installed a public refillable water station at the Gloucester Harbormaster Building on Harbor loop. The Grand Opening is Saturday May 21 from 11-1. In addition to the Grand Opening, there will be local Environmental Organizations on hand to showcase their projects and offer opportunities for our community and youth to get involved.
Ship 5 has been working with the Gloucester Harbormaster since 2017 collecting and documenting trash at public boat landings on Cape Ann. To date Ship 5 crew members have logged over 33,500 items on the Marine Debris Tracker. Plastics are the worst offender. This refillable water station is Ship 5’s attempt at making a change. The trash is not going away, but maybe, with the refillable water station, people will change their habits and stop buying disposable water bottles. Everyone can use the refillable water station and feel they are part of the solution in the attempt to reduce plastics in the ocean.
Per manufacturers recommendations the Refillable Water Station will only be operational in the warmer months, Mid-May through Mid-October. Ship 5 will continue to maintain the refillable water station throughout the summer. The unit is filtered and has a water meter. Sea Scout Ship 5 will monitor the water usage and will be able to determine the number of potential water bottles that were kept from the ocean.
The Youth Environmental Summit portion of the event is to introduce the community and other youth to local environmental organizations that are available for people to participate in. There are environmental organizations that want youth involvement but are having trouble finding interested youth. And there are youth looking for environmental organizations. Ship 5 Youth Environmental Summit is a place to meet.
Sea Scout Ship 5 is chartered by Elks Lodge 892 and is a branch of the Boys Scouts of America BSA
Facebook page: Seascoutshipno.5
The Purpose of Sea Scouts
For over 100 years Sea Scouting has promoted better citizenship and improved members’ boating skills through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, outdoor, social, service experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.
The Sea Scout Program
Sea Scout units– called ships- are established all across the country on oceans, bays, rivers, and lakes. They provide limitless opportunities and exciting challenges that you won’t ﬁnd anywhere else. Sea Scouts is a place to grow and learn, ﬁnd adventure, and build long lasting friendships.
Our Brand New Permanent Tent Covering takes Center Stage in our back garden! (May 15, 2022)
WINDHOVER Center for the Performing Arts is ushering in a new era!
Windhover is open! We hosted our first gathering of performance artists this past weekend, and there are many more gatherings and retreats to come. Our Windhover season really began with the showing of the premiere of Quarry Dance X: The Film, on April 24, 2022. Many thanks to the more than 300 of you who tuned in. It was great to know that so many in our audience share our enthusiasm for this unique dance form which combines the art of dance in the natural world.
In addition to showing the film, we hosted conversation among the creative team of artists who made the film, including the choreographer, several of the dancers, the videographer, the producer and the composer of the music. It was a thrill to listen to them share their perspectives on their collaborative process. There was also a time for a Q & A with the viewing audience.
The making of this film highlights one of the core principles here at Windhover — collaboration. We offer the opportunity for artists to spend time together, to work together, and to create together. And with your help, we will continue to do so.
For those who missed the premiere of the film on Zoom, we’ve posted a link on the Windhover website for all to enjoy. Please share it with others. You can see the premiere of the film here windhover.org and Windhover’s YouTube Channel.
Quarry Dance X: The Film Is Streaming
Windhover is host to a selection of relaxing and restorative retreats and classes this summer that feature yoga, meditation, and dance instruction. Please look at our website for details.
And, Jimmy Tingle, the iconic Boston comedian, joins us for several delightful shows throughout the summer. Tickets are available now on our website.
Our signature dance performances are rich with an array of dance styles, including ballet, modern, Latin and contemporary dance from well-known groups and dance entrepreneurs, featuring Continuum Contemporary/Ballet and The Queen of Nori in June, North Atlantic Ballet and Saving Grace Dance Ensemble in July, and Cornfield Dance in August, plus many more!
Live, outdoor theater is back this year, continuing our collaboration with a Gloucester Stage Youth Company performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July. Lanes Coven will present Macbeth in August. And the prose poem “Dogtown” by Percy MacKaye will be performed on Windhover’s grounds for a weekend in September.
Please make room in your calendars for Windhover’s Benefit Gala on Tuesday,August 16th at 6;00pm, which will include a dance performance by Cornfield Dance and a celebration of the performing arts on Cape Ann, along with culinary delights from Willow Rest, our local cherished market and restaurant.
Visit Windhover.org to see the full line up of dance performances and retreats for 2022.
25K Matching Grant is Still Open
Windhover is still accepting donations to meet the $25,000 Matching Grant
for its restroom transformation, expansion and handicap accessibility. Can you kindly provide financial support for this important project?
The deadline for gifts, in any amount, is June 30th, 2022. Thank you for your donation!
Please Make A Donation Today
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022 AT 10 AM – 3 PM
Gloucester Elks Annual Spring Craft Fair
Over 30 crafters and artist from the North Shore Area.
The free staged reading of my new play Best If Used By will be live-streamed this Saturday, May 21st, beginning at 7 pm EDT.
Here’s a page with the Facebook and YouTube links: https://www.dougbrendel.com/infopage.html
Video of the reading event will also be posted afterward at the same locations, and at Outsidah.com.
(Of course you’re still invited to attend in person if you can! I’m attaching the poster about that, for your convenience.)
Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Thanks!
Introduction of digital pass platform will modernize an outdated system for non-resident beachgoers.
Today, Mayor Greg Verga announced the launch of a new online reservation and payment system for non-resident beach parking for the 2022 beach season. The City of Gloucester will utilize Yodel, a parking management platform, to allow non-resident beachgoers to reserve and pay for their parking space at City beaches up to ten days in advance.
This innovative technology will streamline the parking procedure for all visitors to Gloucester’s beaches. Modernizing our systems and creating new efficiencies will address several of the concerns of our residents and improve everyone’s beach-going experience.
“This is a major step towards modernizing and advancing an outdated and inefficient system for both resident and non-resident beachgoers,” said Mayor Greg Verga.
Yodel will serve as a digital pass platform and bring a modern solution to the beach parking management system. Non-resident beach visitors will be able to reserve parking in advance to guarantee a space while reducing traffic and improving service.
This is an improvement from the traditional first-come-first-serve, on-site cash payment that has been the norm for decades at City beaches. Non-resident beach stickers will no longer be available, and reservations are nonrefundable.
“This will improve access for non-residents visitors and ease the delays and traffic that our residents typically face,” said Verga.
There will be no significant changes to the resident beach sticker process, and no reservations will be required for residents.
Residents can learn more about purchasing a beach sticker and the new online application option at the City’s website: https://www.gloucester-ma.gov/654/Beach-Sticker-Application.
For more information about Yodel, please visit: https://www.yodelpass.com/.
About The City of Gloucester, Massachusetts
America’s oldest seaport, the City of Gloucester is known throughout the world as an authentic, working waterfront community, a place of spectacular natural beauty, and home to a diverse population of approximately 30,000 residents. Its sharp focus on economic development has helped build its reputation as the ideal location to live, work, and play. An important center for the fishing industry, Gloucester is also proud of its vibrant cultural life and rich art heritage. Gloucester is a destination for thousands of visitors who visit the harbor and its beaches during the summer months. The City will be celebrating its 400th Anniversary in 2023. For more information please visit www.gloucester-ma.gov.
My soon-to-be 15 year-old doesn’t often get up early if he doesn’t have school, or work, or a game, or practice (the opportunities to sleep in are kind of rare), but the other day he wanted to see the sunrise. He took this photo. Nice work, buddy.
We took a ride out to Parker River Wildlife Refuge recently and saw some of our “usual” suspects (killdeer, hawks etc) but were further rewarded with some rarer sightings. We found a vulture feasting along the side of the road and we also noticed a small mammal which appeared to be napping in the branches of a roadside tree. Of course, I researched what small mammals sleep in trees and was able to eliminate panda, jaguar, orangutan and Sumatran tiger from my list……I believe this to be a raccoon! Something I have never seen sleeping in a tree roadside. Parker River is a nice little ride and sometimes you get bonuses like these.
Hopefully some of these places reopen but some are lost forever.
Closed Saturday: Last Stop Variety- Sailor Stan’s (normally would be open this time of year)
Gone: Salahs Breakfast Place In East Gloucester Square (god I miss that place), The Variety Store In East Gloucester Square.
Not Open Yet- The Rudder, The Studio
Question marks: Duckworth’s, Madfish
I just wanted to grab a quick coffee to go at Last Stop Variety and a nice home baked muffin, a bag of ice and hop on the boat.
Nope. Sadness. Hopefully Last Stop opens with regularity this summer.
Keep supporting Charlie’s Place and Cape Ann Coffee before we lose them too.