The Bookstore of Gloucester and local artists for Deborah Cramer’s Narrow Edge talk at Sawyer Free Library



Fans, friends, colleagues, and teachers enjoyed a free public program at Sawyer Free Library to hear more about the making of the Narrow Edge by Deborah Cramer. The talk was sponsored by the library, Kestrel, The Gloucester Writers Center, and Eastern Point Lit House (Deborah will be leading one of the upcoming book discussions at Duckworth’s). It was a treat to hear more about the long friendship and collaboration of Deborah Cramer and Susan Quateman (learn more about Susan’s art here) Patty Hanlon’s Cedar Tree Gallery at Walker Creek Furniture in Essex held the inaugural exhibit for this series.



Cramer read quotes from her book that also inspired Janet Essley’s art; Quateman, Essley and works by Michael DiGiorgio and George Textor were exhibited at the Matz Gallery in the Library.  Martin Ray’s sculpture seen to the right and behind Deborah during her talk is part of the library’s art collection.





“Unbeknownst to most people horseshoe crab blood safeguards human health.”

Avery from The Bookstore of Gloucester helped with the crush at book signing time.




Heidi Wakeman, a Gloucester O’Maley teacher, was excited to visit with her first grade teacher, and Barbara Kelley who we learned accompanied Cramer on a research trip for The Narrow Edge.



More scenes from this wonderful evening

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Nichole’s Picks 3/5 + 3/6

Pick #1:  The Merrimack River Eagle Festival


Come to Newburyport and Amesbury on March 5 for a full day of free activities celebrating the return of our Bald Eagles!

Visit Eagle Hotspots    9:00 am–4:00 pm

Drive yourself! Naturalist guides will be onsite all day along the Merrimack River. Parking available. See map. All ages welcome.

Go on an Eagle Tour    9:00 am–2:00 pm

Let us drive you! Tours start every half hour and take 90 minutes to complete. Departure point: The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. Advance registration required (978-462-9998). Adults and children age 6 and over. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person.

See a Raptor Show    10:00–11:00 am or 1:30–2:30 pm

Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility presents two educational programs at Newburyport City Hall featuring raptors great and small. First come, first served. Recommended for adults and children age 6 and over.

Pose for a Photo with a Raptor  11:15–11:45 am or 12:30–1:00 pm

Hunt’s Photo & Video will take your photo with a raptor for a $10 donation. to the Eagle Festival. Newburyport City Hall. Limited availability. Advance registration recommended (978-462-9998). Otherwise, first come, first served.

Have Fun with Your Family   10:00 am–3:00 pm

Have Fun with Your Family   10:00 am–3:00 pm

At the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters:

Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special features: Live owls from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).

At the Joppa Flats Education Center:

Family activities, arts and crafts, and more! Special feature: Live hawks from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm (11:00 – 3:00).

Visit Plum Island  10:00 am–3:00 pm

Drive out to Plum Island for more wildlife viewing with the help of naturalist guides. At the north end of Northern Boulevard, see seals and sea ducks at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Or drive south on Sunset Drive into the Refuge (free entry if you’re there for Eagle Fest), then 2.5 miles farther to the North Pool Overlook to see wintering ducks and possibly a snowy owl.



Pick #2:  Maple Sugaring at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary 


Saturdays & Sundays: March 5, 6, 12, & 13

Tours at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm

Advanced Registration Required

Spring celebrations begin early at the sanctuary with the age-old tradition of maple sugaring. The warm days of late winter awaken the flow of sap in the maples, causing buds to swell and resulting in sweet-smelling, billowing clouds of steam rising from the sugarhouse.

On our naturalist-guided tours, learn how to identify a sugar maple, observe tapping and sap collection methods, watch the sap being boiled down in the sugarhouse, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Afterwards, warm up by the woodstove in the Barn, where hot beverages, hot dogs cooked in maple sap, and delicious soups and desserts made by our volunteers are available for purchase.

Visit our gift shop to browse a selection of maple products, and be sure to bring home a bottle of our own freshly-made maple syrup.

Tours last about an hour and run in all weather. Dress warmly and wear warm waterproof boots because the walk is entirely outdoors.

Pick #3:  Cape Ann Summer Program Fair

“Come join us at the 1st Annual Cape Ann Summer Program Fair hosted by Kestrel Educational Adventures. It will be held at the Get Outside Center on Sunday, March 6th 1:30-4:30.”

Read all about the Summer Program Fair HERE!


As always, please see our friends at North Shore Kid for a more comprehensive list of family activities.

Kestrel Education Adventures and CACC Presents Film: Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team writes ~
Our good friends at Kestrel Educational Adventures are partnering, once again, with Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, to present a very special film. Antarctica: A Year on Ice was filmed throughout a single year.  It is the creation of long time Antarctic researcher and amateur film maker Mark Anthony Powell.  This award winning documentary is an intimate look at human life on the vast ice sheet of Antarctica.  The film incorporates extreme weather, the hilarious antics of a multinational isolated human population, and the joy of spring.
This spring we are proud to be hosting Dr. Allyson Hindle for a discussion, bonus wildlife film footage, and Q&A following the film Antarctica.  Allyson is an animal physiologist who studies the adaptations of species that permit them to live in extreme environments, such as Antarctica.  She was studying a few of these species onsite while the documentary was being filmed.
Saturday April 25th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
21 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
There will be free snacks provided, and additional snacks and drinks available for purchase through the theater.  Please purchase tickets in advance and arrive early, as seating is limited.
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