Stage Fort Park rock of ages

Pink sky, grey clouds, winter trees, and the park’s massive gem, Tablet Rock, one February morning.

Then / Now

natural back lit above  | artificial light atop below

Tablet Rock artificial light at night Stage Fort Park Gloucester MA

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Rush home with some presents | wonderful shopping at Alexandra’s Bread bakery #GloucesterMA

Great gifts and vintage finds at Alexandra’s Bread bakery and shop on Main Street Gloucester, Ma. Festive selections are folded in during holidays year round.

Still more Holiday Lights and cocoa drives#GloucesterMA

Have you seen these festive lights December nights? Merry drives and cocoa Part 3 scenes all around Gloucester, Massachusetts, including a few extra GMG reader tips and requests:

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photos below- Looking past Man at the Wheel on the left, through wreath, Beauport Hotel tower lit red and green 

 
Merry drives and cocoa nights 2019 (mobile photos #nofilter)
12/8/19 Part One here
12/19/19 Part Two here
12/23/19 Part Three (this post)

Merry drives and cocoa day 2019 (wreaths, traditional displays and/or mostly white lights) 12/13/19  here

 

Holiday wreaths and cocoa drives day #GloucesterMA 2019

Merry drives and cocoa – daytime

It’s beautiful out here! Wreaths adorning decorated homes and businesses make for merry daytime drives throughout Gloucester neighborhoods and Cape Ann.

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Twofers- bonus night illumnation for many!

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Merry drives and cocoa – part 1, nights Holiday lights: here

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So this is high tide #RockportMA and winter shoveling WINDY after super snow moon

Rockport, Mass.- Shoveling Windy just before high tide after the super snow moon

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And then the dinghy.

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Just before high tide

 

 

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Winter tide- Rockport Massachusetts Motif 1_February 18 2019 © catherine ryan
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Winter repair is coming | new holes, cracks, and breaks along Long Beach seawall

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Michael Cronin writes about upcoming seawall repairs_Gloucester Daily Times front page feb 2 2019

Town Begins to shore up Long Beach seawall, by Michael Cronin, Gloucester Daily Times

 

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JANUARY 2019 (BEFORE REPAIRS) Long Beach looking from Gloucester Mass side to Rockport- this edge of the beach has more tide to stage construction from. Construction crews will contend with tides as they did last year.

Plenty of prior GMG posts (search “Long Beach seawall”); here are a few:

REPAIRING LONG BEACH ROCKPORT MASS AFTER STORM DAMAGE|BUSY NEW ENGLAND DPW CREWS April 2018

Seawall damage coverage GMG post May 25, 2018

FILL RAKE AND ROLL- NEXT STEPS IN THE LONG BEACH SEAWALL STORM REPAIR June 2018

Motif Monday: Gloucester winter yellows (skies, ocean, sun and homes)

Motif Monday- a photo journal of December yellows, Gloucester, MA

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Wingaersheek Beach winter walk: sunrise, boulders, sand ripples

and a frost weathered shell-cracked horseshoe crab. Sequential views and hues in response to requests for Wingaersheek Beach photographs.

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WINTER sunrise Wingaersheek Beach Gloucester MA boulders low tide looking to Annisquam Lighthouse©c ryan _20180121_072057

I needed a flashlight at first, mostly for the ice, long stretches in the parking lot then frozen ice scoops in the dry sand. I waited for sunrise, returing to spots I’ve favored since I was a little girl, adding glances back in the direction of Wheeler’s Point, where my parents lived, and over picnic boulders and slide pools out to Annisquam Lighthouse.  The light was simultaneously a ring of orange mauve fire and rosy pale violet gray. More photos:

Continue reading “Wingaersheek Beach winter walk: sunrise, boulders, sand ripples”

caption this! Hawk eating prey after the storm

Hawk eating an unfortunate bird on the roof of an office of Gloucester home by the boulevard

Post storm wildlife

How would you caption this scene outside your window? My friend shared this photograph of a hawk eating an unfortunate bird on a small roof at her house by the boulevard, Gloucester, MA, January 6 2018.

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY GOOD HARBOR BEACH SUNRISE

Filming all this week at daybreak. Typical New England winter weather–yesterday it was ten degrees; this morning twenty degrees; and now, this evening it’s forty degrees. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings 🙂gloucester-good-harbor-beach-winter-sunrise-copyright-kim-smithgloucester-good-harbor-beach-winter-sunrise-2-copyright-kim-smith

Review: Just ahead of its theater release, Hollywood premiere in Beverly for Manchester by the Sea

Meg Montagnino Jarrett introduced the movie, Manchester by the Sea, from the Cabot stage in Beverly, MA, this past Thursday evening, the first public screening in Massachusetts. Members of the audience worked on the film, and dignitaries such as Senator Bruce Tarr and Mayor Romeo Theken were invited. Montagnino Jarrett is a local film producer who worked on behalf of the MA Film office to bring these kinds of projects to the area and is the official liaison for Rockport and Gloucester. Manchester by the Sea is directed by Kenneth Lonergan who appears in a biting scene.

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Should you see it because of the setting? Yes.

I didn’t recognize this as being such a typical Massachusetts or even an American story. I registered quality and pathos– a modern day Greek tragedy so thoughtfully sculpted it will be understood across the globe, whether you’ve set one foot in this state or not.

You can however walk right home: the sense of place is rendered as carefully as an artist can, as much– or more –than the characters and script. Impressions of the gray and brown landscape long shots were so right. I thought about winter scenes by local artists, like Stoddard’s murals at Sawyer Free Public Library. Residents can tally scenes, wardrobe, and dialogue filled with local references to Cape Ann communities: the harbor, Ten Pound Island, Rose Marine, Seatronics, local New England homes, the ‘Edward Hopper’ Herrick Court staircase, Richdale mart, property alongside East Gloucester elementary, signs along Highway 128, Manchester Essex school, Willow Rest, hockey scenes and Viking posters. Don’t worry, unless you are the talented location scouts celebrating at this premiere– which they were, Cabot has a bar and snacks–audiences won’t find each and every recognition flicker with just one screening. There were far too many, and oft times veiled. Besides, if you possess a beating heart you will be squeezing your friend, looking away, or grabbing Kleenex at least a couple of times.

Does it deserve Oscar buzz? Yes.

Manchester by the Sea is a beautiful and searing movie.

The film is a meditation on grief, love, and life. You’ll find flaws. That’s subjective and feels real, too. It’s meticulously crafted and directed. Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams are vivid; all of the cast and crew will be impacted by having been a part of the movie.  The movie will fuel your eyes and perspective while you watch, and hover around your thoughts and conversations days later. Walking away from the theater, I said American cinema verite. My mind wandered to more mood and art: crisp short stories; poetry; two films, House of Sand and Fog and In the Bedroomnot direct comparisons but as other powerful clutch ups. On the drive home we shared family stories and discussed edges of tragedy. Life and art can be devastating.

I made a mental list of movies that made me crumple beyond the pale. This one wasn’t exactly that for me, thankfully, as the lights came up quickly!  But it was memorable as all get out, and as art. Are there movies that have made you cry, yet you’d watch them again; or sad movies you haven’t forgotten?  I think this might be one for many viewers.

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Part II: more on the making of the film, locally