Autumn Canvas — pat morss

We’re getting some beneficial rain. Fall colors are now more than dry, brown leaves.

Color and shadow composition on a stone wall
Maple leaves are among the earliest to turn
Rain intensifies color
Some colors are subtle, here surrounding turtles on Niles Pond
The brightest colors can be berries rather than leaves
This House Finch travels with his own spot of color
Audubon Sanctuary in the early morning sun
Swirls of color near the rocks in the afternoon
Audubon is overseen by a Cooper’s Hawk
‘Hank Heron’ is preparing for his daily sunset hunt in the sanctuary

Wood for a cause

Hi, Joey!

I am writing to ask if you can post info about our second annual fundraising effort for Cape Ann Animal Aid. 

My husband Bob is selling split firewood for $300/cord. You pickup, no delivery. 100% of the proceeds go to Cape Ann Animal Aid. Here is a link from their website:

Contact Bob for info at 978-325-1765. We have about 7 cords left, we will sell full or half cord only. We were able to donate approximately $3,000 last year!

Thanks for any help you can give!

Ellen Higgins and Bob Myers

Bob Myers, 978.325.1765

An Evening of Finnish-American Dancing

October 22, 2022

3 pm Children’s Dance Class at MAGMA, 11 Pleasant St. Gloucester – with Leila Luopa from Revontulet Dance Company – Class is FREE but  please register here

6 pm Dance Celebration at Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave. – for all ages with dance instruction from Leila Luopa, live music from Christine Anderson and Oivan Ilo, performances, refreshments, and more! No registration required.

All Ages Welcome
Free Admission

This is a program of the Gloucester Cultural Initiative, in collaboration with MAGMA and Cape Ann Finns, made possible by generous support from the Finlandia Foundation. This program was conceived as part of the Gloucester 400+ Commemoration.

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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

I was invited to visit Hammond Castle on Magnolia Ave and decided the Spiritualism Specialty Tour might be interesting for me. It was a (classic) dark and stormy night last Thursday when I joined about 15 other people for the tour to discuss the Spiritualism movement and the Hammond connections to the period in history. Lori and Caleb were the tour guides and each presented interesting factual accounts of the history of the movement and the Hammonds’ interest in it. It was a fairly academic presentation–not frivolous in nature. We moved slowly through the rooms in the castle on the hour long tour taking note of artifacts and stories connected to spiritualism. No hauntings, but ghostly moody lighting enhanced the experience. There are little-noticed details everywhere, so look up if you go. These tours are held on Thursday evenings in October so time is running out if this is something you might be interested in. Tickets and information available here. It’s an interesting way to spend a Thursday evening in October!