Some Concerned Citizens were offended enough by the Piping Plover meme hat design enough to protest to the Mayor, certain city councilors, the Superintendant of schools and principal so…

I’d like to thank them for spurring even more sales of the caps.

The charity is now up for grabs and if there is a worthy cause that could use the donation we’d be happy to send it their way since these well heeled folks have deemed that they don’t need our donation. Seeing as they have plenty of dough I’m sure they will come up with a much more sizable donation for the Greg Swinson fitness room to benefit GHS athletes.

It’s nice to know that these people don’t have anything better to protest than a silly piping plover meme but these are the times we live in.

My response:

Buy a cap if you have a smidgen of a sense of humor and can’t stand this elitist bullshit.

Have a nice day and oh by the way, I’m bumping up the percentage of the proceeds from 5% to 20%.

With all the money these elitists have rolling around they should be able to bury my donation.

Win for the fitness room and win for whatever other charity wants to claim it

Have a nice day.


The Week That Was — patmorss

Here’s a recap of the last week, with some photo ramblings.

Kayakers. Preparing for the Blackburn Challenge Cup?
Race returning toward Marblehead after rounding Eastern Point “groaner”
Yankee Fleet fishing party returning home, trailing gulls
Black-backed Gull on an updraft at the Retreat House rocks
Ghost finch joining us for breakfast on the window sill
Great Egret, with stretched neck for a better view, Brace Cove
Elegantly strutting across the slippery rocks
Mallard mom shading her six ducklings from the midday sun
Putting every feather in its place, Niles Pond
Green Heron deep in the brush, with pond overview
Little Blue Heron standing on lily pads at sunset

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble July 25

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Saving Grace Dance Ensemble

“ARTFULNESS” dance concert showcases eight LOCAL professional and pre-professional dance companies

Rockport, MA – Robyn Goulette and Saving Grace Dance Ensemble will present the collaborative dance concert ARTFULNESS – An Evening of Inspiring Dance on Monday, July 25th on the outdoor stage under a large tent at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, MA. The performance begins at 7:00pm and features classical and contemporary dance performed by eight local professional and pre-professional dance companies.

 Saving Grace Dance Ensemble

With a passion to collaborate and share the stage with other dance companies, Robyn Goulette, Artistic Director of New Hampshire-based Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, creates a strong program that is diverse and exciting with something for everyone! The program includes dance companies from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and guest artists originally based in New York City.

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble will present excerpts from modern dance pioneer JosĂ© LimĂłn’s classic work, There is a Time, made possible by arrangement with the JosĂ© LimĂłn Dance Foundation, Inc. under the direction of Kathryn Alter. The company will also perform Peace, choreographed by guest artist Jere Hunt and Robyn Goulette’s contemporary ballet entitled Being, as well as a student repertory workshop dance. 

Forty Steps Dance (Nahant, MA) will present The FloodNSquared Dance (Manchester, NH/NYC) will debut a new work choreographed by Nick Neagle. Joining Artfulness for the first time, Onstage Dance Company (Malden/Boston, MA) will present a contemporary work choreographed by Erica Thorp. Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater (Bedford, NH) will showcase several classical and contemporary works by Douglas Davis, Sophia Hancock and Maille Zelco. Soloist Ava Girard (NH) will bring one of her original solos to the stage, and as part of the dance duo Veya, will present a shared work with Peyton Colegrove. Speaking in Taps (New England) under the direction of Aaron Tolson will bring a big smile to everyone’s face with their tap piece Sunday Best

Tickets are $34 for general and accessible admission and $24 for students, and are available at Performances happen rain or shine under the big tent on Windhover’s outdoor stage. Seating begins at 6:30 and audiences are welcome to bring refreshments of their choice and picnic on the grounds on Windhover’s picnic tables before that time. For more information about Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, please visit

About Saving Grace Dance Ensemble

Saving Grace Dance Ensemble was established as a non-profit corporation in the state of New Hampshire in August 2012. They are the host and producer of The New England Inspirational Dance Festival in southern New Hampshire held annually at The Amato Center for the Performing Arts in Milford, NH. Saving Grace Dance Ensemble’s mission is to present spiritually uplifting performing arts events and opportunities for dancers to be part of something special, keeping art alive and dancers dancing!

About Windhover

For more than 50 years. Windhover has served the community as a place to learn, perform, and share the beauty of dance and the related arts in a natural setting.

In 1967, modern dancer Ina Hahn and her husband Herb Hahn purchased the last farm in Pigeon Cove, a small village near Rockport, Massachusetts, and created Windhover. In less than a year, Herb Hahn converted the farm’s barn into a dance studio, the stable into a library, out-buildings into dormitories and the main house into a dining-kitchen complex. In 1968, Windhover opened as a performing arts camp for girls, drawing students from the US, Canada, and Mexico. New buildings included a chapel/theater, a second dance studio, and an outdoor stage.

In 1983 Windhover became a 501(c) (3) non-profit foundation that offered dance classes, teen dance intensives, residencies and performances in all of the performing arts to the Cape Ann Community and beyond. In 2016,  Lisa Hahn became Executive Director of Windhover and is ushering in a new era with more performances, classes and retreats than ever before, Windhover is reaching out to collaborate with other groups, hold spiritual retreats and meditative events, and host conversations of topics of interest to the community.Dance. Theater and Music remain the focus.

 Saving Grace Dance Ensemble

Lisa Hahn, Executive Director

Windhover Performing Arts Center

P.O. Box 2249

(257 rear Granite Street)

Rockport, MA. 01966


Long Beach Parking Lot Now on instagram. Come visit!

Search for and follow longbeachparkinglot on Instagram (one word, all lower case) Open every day at 8AM. Bathrooms, shower and changing rooms available.

Summer days and beach signs – Long Beach parking lot. No reservations needed. photos: c. ryan

Beach games

Summer sports

heart surf Long Beach motif

Gloucester Education Foundation Summer Campaign

Cape Ann Community

The GEF 2022 Summer Campaign is underway!

Our goal is to raise $60,000 this summer. With your support, GEF will catalyze new programs, sustain successful projects, and support students and teachers with creative ideas to make Gloucester Public Schools better and brighter!

Make a donation today!

Wondering what we’ve been up over the last school year?

Our FY22 Impact Report is out now!

Gloucester Students had a busy year! Check out highlights from live theater, elementary and middle school band, O’Maley Academy, GHS STEM and Vocational Programs… and so much more!

In case you missed it:

A Gloucester Public School and GEF-funded program was in the news!

On June 27, WGBH featured a story on climate change and how it is taught in Massachusetts public schools. Gloucester High’s AP Environmental Science class was prominently featured, including an interview with GHS teacher Amanda Pastel and students Cammi Cooper and Eliana Faria. GEF was proud…

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