Category Archives: Events and Appearances

SNEAK PEAK – SCHOOL STREET SUNFLOWERS OPENING SOON- GET READY TO BE WOWED AND WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SPEND TIME OUTDOORS!

This World is But a Canvas to Our ImaginationPaul Wegzyn at School Street Sunflowers wrote to let us know they will be open to the public, beginning either Sunday or Monday (please check their website/FB/Insta pages for the most up to the minute updates). I met Paul last year, the first year School Street Sunflowers opened to the public, and we became fast friends. I am such a fan of his beautiful sunflower field!

Because of the pandemic, only a limited number of people will be allowed in the field at one time. Tickets will be available online and in person, but buying online will guarantee the date and time you want.School Street Sunflowers is my favorite sunflower field not just because of Paul’s kind, thoughtful nature and beautiful, gorgeous sunflower field, but because he has creatively woven themes into the sunflower experience. Last year, one of the themes was butterflies and this year he has chosen a pandemic perfect subject, transcendentalism. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau. Take a moment to read the signs posted throughout the field.

School Street Sunflowers is located on School Street in Ipswich, behind the high school. For more information visit –

Website: www.schoolstreetsunflowers.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolstreetsunflowers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/schoolstreetsunflowers

I went to the Sunflowers because…“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived…”

All photos above are courtesy of Paul Wegzyn

Photos below are of the field when it is was in bloom last summer. See post here –

A GOLDEN SEA OF SUNFLOWERS AT THE STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL STREET SUNFLOWER FARM

 

 

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE PAYERS ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA!

Dear Friend of the Annisquam Village Players,

We aren’t able to be on stage at the Village Hall this summer, but as a gift to the community, the Village Players will be presenting an online extravaganza.  This happy show will preview songs from our summer 2021 live production of the beloved musical about everyone’s best-loved, practically perfect nanny, Mary Poppins.  Some 50 present and past members of our company, ranging in age from 4-84, will sing favorites like Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious, Spoonful of Sugar, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, I Love to Laugh, Jolly Holiday and Step in Time.

Please join us Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm.  The show will be broadcast from AVP’s brand new Youtube channel. And since you’ll be watching from home, you can sing along!

We hope to see you August 6!

The Annisquam Village Players

DONATE to AVP here

BEAUTY ON THE WING ACCEPTED TO THE NEW HAVEN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL!

Overjoyed Beauty on the Wing is going to the New Haven Documentary Film Festival!

2019 Honors Filmmaker –

TONIGHT! TRY BACKYARD BIRDING – FAMILY ZOOM EVENT – SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL WINGED WONDERS SEEN IN OUR GLOUCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD DURING THE SPRING OF 2020 including Red-neck Grebe, Cedar Waxwings, Northern Flicker, Dowitchers, Eagles, Palm Warbler, Kingbird, Long-tailed Ducks, Tree Swallows, Chickadees, Mockingbird, Robin, Catbird, Cardinal, Finches, Orioles, Egrets, Grackles, and Swan, Kildeer, Eider, PiPl Chicks, and More!!

Try Backyard Birding – Please join John Nelson, Martin Ray, and myself for a virtual zoom hour of fun talk about birding in your own backyard. We’ll be discussing a range of bird related topics and the event is oriented to be family friendly and hosted by Eric Hutchins.

I am a bit under the weather but nonetheless looking forward to sharing this wonderful event sponsored by Literary Cape Ann.

Singing the praises of Cape Ann’s winged aerialists

Families are invited to join some of our favorite local naturalists and authors —  John Nelson, Kim Smith and Martin Ray — for a fun hour talking about the many birds and natural habitats found on Cape Ann. Wildlife biologist Eric Hutchins will moderate this-one hour conversation.

Zoom in Friday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fun as you celebrate the long-awaited summer solstice. See and hear birds, ask questions, learn some birdwatching tips and discover ways to document your bird sightings using your camera, notebook, blog or sketch pad.

This event is brought to you by Literary Cape Ann, a nonprofit group that provides information and events that support and reinforce the value and importance of the literary arts. LCA commemorates Toad Hall bookstore’s 45 years of service on Cape Ann. LCA’s generous sponsors include: SUN Engineering in Danvers, Bach Builders in Gloucester and The Institution for Savings.

Use this link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81423552319?pwd=VU5LU21Ga09wVE5QYWpsRnlhRCtFUT09

 

All the photos you see here were taken in my East Gloucester neighborhood this past spring, from March 17th to this morning. A few were taken at the Jodrey Fish Pier, but mostly around Eastern Point, Good Harbor Beach, and in our own backyard. The Tree Swallows photos were taken at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation. Several of these photos I have posted previously this spring but most not.

I love sharing about the beautiful species we see in our neighborhood – just this morning I was photographing Mallard ducklings, an Eastern Cottontail that hopped right up to me and ate his breakfast of beach pea foliage only several feet away, a Killdeer family, a male Cedar Waxwing feeding a female, and a Black Crowned Night Heron perched on a rock. I was wonderfully startled when a second BCN flew in. The pair flew off and landed at a large boulder, well hidden along the marshy edge of the pond. They hung out together for a bit- maybe we’ll see some little Black Crowned Night Herons later this summer ❤

 

 

SINGING THE PRAISES OF CAPE ANN’S WINGED AERIALISTS- Please join Kim Smith, John Nelson, and Martin Ray for a fun zoom hour of conversation!

Please join John Nelson, Martin Ray, and myself for an hour of talk about the many birds and habitats found on Cape Ann. The event is hosted by Literary Cape Ann and will be moderated by Eric Hutchins, Gulf of Maine Habitat Restoration Coordinator for NOAA.

From Literary Cape Ann’s newsletter-

TRY BIRDING IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

Singing the praises of Cape Ann’s winged aerialists

Families are invited to join some of our favorite local naturalists and authors —  John Nelson, Kim Smith and Martin Ray — for a fun hour talking about the many birds and natural habitats found on Cape Ann. Wildlife biologist Eric Hutchins will moderate this-one hour conversation.

Zoom in this coming Friday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. for an hour of fun as you celebrate the long-awaited summer solstice. See and hear birds, ask questions, learn some birdwatching tips and discover ways to document your bird sightings using your camera, notebook, blog or sketch pad.

This event is brought to you by Literary Cape Ann, a nonprofit group that provides information and events that support and reinforce the value and importance of the literary arts. LCA commemorates Toad Hall bookstore’s 45 years of service on Cape Ann. LCA’s generous sponsors include: SUN Engineering in Danvers, Bach Builders in Gloucester and The Institution for Savings.

Use this link next Friday: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81423552319?pwd=VU5LU21Ga09wVE5QYWpsRnlhRCtFUT09

Order books by our guest authors at The Bookstore of Gloucester. For those interested, bird books make great Father’s Day gifts. Further down in this newsletter, you’ll find lots of great information about books and birdwatching organizations.

Thank you, Kim Smith and Martin Ray, for providing us with some of your beautiful photography to help promote this event. And thank you, John Nelson, for the annotated lists of books and birding organizations.
Meet our panel!

Meet our panel!

Artist, author/blogger, and naturalist Martin Ray will talk about maintaining his fine blog, “Notes from Halibut Point,” and share stories discovered in that magical place.

Filmmaker, naturalist, and activist Kim Smith will share her own adventures chronicling Cape Ann’s vibrant bird life including the work she does advocating for the endangered piping plovers that nest at Good Harbor Beach.

Author-naturalist John Nelson will start things off with some birdwatching basics before getting into a few stories about local birds, their habits and habitats from his new book, “Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds.”

Our moderator, Eric Hutchins, is the Gulf of Maine Habitat Restoration Coordinator for the NOAA Restoration Center located in Gloucester. He  has worked as both a commercial fisherman and government biologist on domestic and foreign fishing vessels throughout the Northeast and Alaska.

Books by our speakers are available through The Bookstore of Gloucester:

Martin Ray
“Cape Ann Narratives of Art in Life” — A collection of interviews and images tracing the creative lives of 28 contemporary artists.
“Quarry Scrolls” (2018)— 24 photographs of Halibut Point natural life and scenes with accompanying Haiku poems

Kim Smith:
“Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!” — Written and illustrated by Kim Smith.

John Nelson:
“Flight Calls: Exploring Massachusetts through Birds”

More books, recommended by John Nelson:

  1. Sibley, David. The Sibley Guide to Birds
  2. Kroodsma, Donald. The Singing Life of Birds. 2005. On the science and art of listening to birds, by a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and a foremost authority on bird vocalizations.
  3. Leahy, Christopher, John Hanson Mitchell, and Thomas Conuel. The Nature of Massachusetts. 1996. An excellent introduction to the natural history of Massachusetts by three prominent Mass Audubon Society naturalist-authors.
  4. Sibley, David. What It’s Like to Be a Bird. 2020. Just published, a study of what birds are doing and why, by a longtime Massachusetts resident and renowned author/illustrator of a series of bird and nature guides.
  5. Weidensaul, Scott. Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. 2000. A Pulitzer Prize finalist study of bird migration by the naturalist and author of Return to Wild America, the subject of his memorable 2020 BBC lecture.
  6. Zickefoose, Julie. Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. 2016. Where art meets natural history, by a talented author/artist, former student of biological anthropology at Harvard, and keynote speaker at the 2014 Massachusetts Birders Meeting.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved in the birding life, here are some recommendations from John Nelson:

An excellent overall resource is the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website, especially the “All About Birds” sections, which includes free access to the MaCauley Library (the country’s best collection of vocalizations of birds and other animals), the free Merlin bird identification app, live bird cams, and other resources for beginners and intermediates. Some programs, like their “Joy of Birdwatching” course, require an enrollment fee, but many of their resources are free to anyone.

For bird conservation, the most active national organizations are the American Bird Conservancy and National Audubon. For state bird conservation, Mass Audubon (not affiliated with National Audubon) is most active and the best source of information, but many other organizations are involved in preservation of habitats, often with a local focus.

For birding field trips, Mass Audubon and the Brookline Bird Club both offer frequent trips at different seasons to Cape Ann, sometimes for just a morning, sometimes for a whole day. Both organizations welcome novices, and both have trip leaders who make an effort to be particularly helpful to beginners. Mass Audubon trips, generally sponsored by MAS Ipswich River or MAS Joppa Flats, require advance registration and some payment.

Brookline Bird Club trips are free, without any registration, but regular participants are encouraged to join the club with $15 as the annual dues. The name of the BBC is misleading; the club originated in Brookline in 1913 but is now one of the largest, most active clubs in the country and offers field trips across and beyond Massachusetts.

John Nelson is on the BBC Board of Directors and leads a few Cape Ann trips in both winter and spring. John reminds us that this is a strange time for beginners, since Mass Audubon has cancelled many field trips and the BBC has cancelled all trips through June, but eventually field trips will open up again, especially in places where social distancing is most possible.

The very active Facebook page, Birding Eastern Mass, has over 2,000 subscribers, from novice birders to experts. It’s a great site for sharing bird photos.

 

About Birding in Our Backyard

This Zoom event is for friends and families who are looking for safe, fun things to do close to home. Cape Ann’s abundance of natural wonders are here for us to enjoy and protect. Try chronicling your experiences in a new blog or a photo journal.

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Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
— John Muir, from “Our National Parks”

BEAUPORT HOTEL NOW OPEN FOR TAKE OUT! – CHECK OUT THEIR MENU HERE!

The Beauport Hotel is now serving to go. Take out hours are Wednesday though Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Call 978-491-5090 to order. They will bring your order when you arrive. Beauport Hotel is located at 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester.

Click here to order

MEMORIAL WEEKEND SPECIAL

  • Two Burgers for $22

    Choose two: 1606 Prime burger with Boston bib,
    tomato, red onion, house sauce, Grafton chedd…

    $22.00

APPETIZERS

  • Jonah Crab Cake

    Avocado remoulade, sweet corn relish, chili oil.

    $18.00

  • Point Judith Calamari

    Peppadew & pepperoncini peppers, chipotle aioli.

    $14.00

SOUP & SALAD

  • New England Clam Chowder

    Oyster crackers, chive oil.

    $8.00

  • Caesar Salad

    Parmesan crisps, house crouton, lemon caesar
    dressing.

    $12.00

  • Asparagus Salad

    Pickled vegetables, garbanzo beans, farm egg,
    champagne vinaigrette.

    $13.00

BURGERS, SANDWICHES & MORE

  • 1606 Prime Burger

    Boston bibb, tomato, red onion, house sauce,
    aged Cheddar, bacon. Served with fries.

    $16.00

  • Free Range Chicken on Focaccia Sandwich

    Prosciutto, Mozzarella, sun dried tomato
    tapenade. Served with fries.

    $14.00

  • Beauport Haddock Tacos

    Slaw, pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream, flour
    tortilla. Served with fries.

    $14.00

FAMILY STYLE MEALS (FEEDS TWO)

  • Misty Knolls Farm Whole Roasted Chicken

    Northeast family farms macaroni and cheese,
    brussel sprouts & apple slaw.

    $37.00

  • Berkshire Pork Loin

    Buttered asparagus, potato & Gruyere gratin,
    house Worcestershire sauce.

    $40.00

  • Day Boat Sea Scallops

    Fingerling potato hash, celery root, applewood
    bacon, sweet corn coulis.

    $45.00

  • Traditional Crusted Beauport Haddock

    Broccoli rabe, butternut squash, lemon butter
    sauce.

    $40.00

  • Filet Mignon of Beef

    Foraged mushrooms, cippolini onions, Yukon
    potato puree, red wine reduction.

    $45.00

DESSERTS

  • Mixed Berry Tart

    Lemon curd, Mascarpone, berry coulis.

    $8.00

  • Death by Chocolate Cake

    Buttercream, ganache, chocolate crisp.

    $8.00

WINE (LIMIT 2 PER ORDER)

  • Murphy Goode Pinot Noir

    $20.00

  • Tenuta Di Arceno Chianti Classico

    $22.00

  • Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon

    $23.00

  • Casalini Pinot Grigio

    $20.00

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    $22.00

  • La Crema Chardonnay

    $23.00

  • Mumm’s Napa Brut

    $27.00

  • Mionetto Prosecco

    $8.00

FUN NEWS – FREE PEOPLE IS NOW AT DESIGN OF MINE! – SEE THE COLLECTION AT THEIR VIRTUAL FASHION SHOW THIS FRIDAY NIGHT

FREE PEOPLE COLLECTION NOW AT DESIGN OF MINE!

Virtual Fashion Show Online Event at Design of Mine

May 22nd at 7pm

Call or message to order at 978-491-7495

For more information GO Here

 

FANTASTIC ARTICLE IN TODAY’S BOSTON HERALD ABOUT GLOUCESTER FISHERMAN’S WHARF!

Fishermen cast for new customers amid coronavirus pandemic

GLOUCESTER, MA – MAY 10: Leo Alvarado works to unload a fishing boat at Fisherman’s Wharf on May 10, 2020 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Angela Rowlings/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

PUBLISHED: | UPDATED:

Massachusetts’ commercial fishing industry is finding new ways to stay afloat as the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered restaurants and halted seafood shipments, shaking up the normal course of business and leaving fishermen looking for customers to buy their seafood.

“We had a wholesale business and like the stock market, we were up, up, up and dependable — and then all of a sudden it went away,” said Nick Giacalone, who with his brothers owns the Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester.

Restaurant closures amid the pandemic and the grounding of hundreds of planes that typically carry local seafood to overseas markets have decimated the demand globally and threatened to send prices crashing. It’s a sobering reality that has led many fishermen and related industries to tap an obvious but previously neglected market: Direct-to-consumer sales.

Up in Gloucester, haddock, pollack, scallops and lobsters arrive by the thousands of pounds at Giacalone’s Fisherman’s Wharf. The company entered retail sales for the first time last month as it looked to move its product and help the fishing boats it works with stay in business.

“We are adapting, we are pivoting,” said Vito Giacalone, Nick’s brother. The warehouse cuts, cleans and sells about 20 million pounds of seafood to grocery chains, restaurants and other processors annually.

The brothers say the entry into retail business has helped keep their heads above water.

On Sunday alone more than 300 people purchased seafood at fisherman’s Wharf and Vito said they’ve been processing roughly the same amount of seafood as they did before the pandemic hit. The Giacalones have so far been able to keep all 15 of their employees working.

“People are buying local and it’s keeping fishermen and industry in business,” he said.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

DOGTOWN BOOKS ON NPR TONIGHT AT 7PM

Tonight on WGBH’S “In it Together,” Arun Rath will be interviewing Dogtown Books for a segment on how bookstores are faring during the pandemic. FOLLOW THIS LINK or listen on the radio at 89.7 at 7pm.

VIDEO – HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE!

Nicole Duckworth’s birthday celebration parade, coronavirus style

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARADE FOR NICOLE DUCKWORTH!

Happy Birthday dear Nicole – you are beloved ❤ ❤ ❤

Organizer in Chief

ROLLING STONES – “LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN” NEW RELEASE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Newly released hours old single, so extraordinarily resonant with our times-

“I’m a ghost,” Jagger whisper-sings, “living in a ghost town/You can look for me/but I can’t be found.”

BACKYARD GROWERS April seedling sale is underway. Curbside pick-up only this Saturday

We continue to be steadfast in our commitment to getting the community growing again! In the last two weeks, we have delivered 832 items from our online shop to 91 households in Gloucester and Rockport. This weekend, we launched our annual April seedling sale through a new pre-order only system. See below for information about how to order for curbside pick-up this Saturday. We have also continued with our Backyard Garden Program builds for low- to moderate-income seniors. Our new community garden members now have access to our weekly virtual garden planning training, and we will soon launch more virtual training content that will be open to the public. In the meantime, we’ve updated our Resources page with information to get you started. Read on and stay tuned for more!

CORVID-19 UPDATE FROM CAKE ANN

This has been an unprecedented week and its only Tuesday! After a lot of thought and consulting our team we decided to open and serve our community as long as we are able.

At Cake Ann we have:
– Stepped up hand washing and continue to use all good health practices for safe food handling
– Removed our small seating and waiting area
– Clean the Point of sale after every customer interaction.
– Sanitize all surfaces and equipment on a continuous basis
– Serve coffee to limit cross contamination of equipment
We ask you to:
– You not travel if you and or your family is not well
– Please do not help yourself – we will help you.
– Be patient and realize that we are working in extraordinary times.
– Support your local businesses as you can
– Reschedule – not cancel your existing event.
I am working on online ordering and starting today we will accept prepaid orders that we will be delivered within a window of 4-6 PM in Rockport and Gloucester. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
Thank you very much –

Our team at Cake Ann

Man arrested for allegedly trying to abduct woman at Pavilion Beach

Although I am not suggesting that this case of attempted abduction correlates to the disappearance of Abbie Flynn, it illustrates how easily a woman of any age could be abducted.
Ipswich Local News

John P. Muldoon

March 6, 2020

IPSWICH — A Mattapan man is being held on cash bail after he allegedly tried to force a woman into his car at Pavilion Beach Tuesday.

The woman escaped by pretending a man nearby was her husband, police said.

Police said they arrested the suspect after a 30-minute standoff on Jeffreys Neck Road where they had to smash a car window to haul the man out.Pavilion Beach

The suspect, Anson V. Frazier, 30, of 27 Briarcliff Terrace, Mattapan, was still in custody Friday afternoon on $5,000 cash bail, according to records in Ipswich District Court.

Records said Frazier was charged with:

  • Attempt to commit a crime, to wit kidnapping
  • Resisting arrest, and
  • Assault and battery.

Should he make bail, he will have to wear an electronic monitor, stay away from Ipswich and the victim, not leave the state, remain drug and alcohol free and undergo random screening, and not possess any firearms or dangerous weapons, the court record said.

The incident reportedly happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, the police complaint on file said.

According to one report written by Officer Ryan Mayer, police were told a man “attempted to grab a woman and pull her into his vehicle.”

Mayer, who arrived first at Pavilion Beach, said he was met by a “distraught” woman, 65, who said she saw a man doing yoga on the beach.

The suspect “approached her and grabbed her right arm with both hands and began forcibly pushing her towards his car saying that he had a dog service that she would be very interested in,” the complaint alleged.

Police said the woman pointed to the vehicle next to her and said the man inside was her husband and they could talk with him about the service.

Mayer said that was a ruse to have Frazier let her go while simultaneously signalling for help.

Frazier “then let go of [the woman] and got in his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene at a high rate of speed,” the complaint alleged.

One man who said he witnessed the alleged abduction attempt told police Frazier “was acting strange on the beach, doing yoga poses near the water and believed he may have been on drugs due to his actions.”

Another witness told police “Frazier went near the water and started performing yoga [and] seemed to be laughing and talking to himself, and pacing around.”

The woman, whose daughter and grandchildren witnessed the alleged incident, “was in fear for her safety and stated that she thought Anton Frazier was there to grab whoever he could get his hands on,” Mayer’s report said.

With a number of witnesses in the area, police were given a license plate and a description, it added.

One man attempted to follow the car while another woman called 911, police said.

On the lookout for a gray Hyundai on his way toward the beach, Officer Daniel Holway saw the car, turned around and pulled the Hyundai over near 37 Jeffreys Neck Road, his report said.

Holway said he approached and asked the driver for license and registration, which was supplied, the report added.

Holway said his plan was to get Frazier’s side of the story while waiting for more information from Mayer and Officer Kelly Phelan, who had joined him at Pavilion.

He said he asked Frazier if he was at the beach. The driver replied that he had completed a delivery to Gloucester.

“But he later told me that he came here from Mattapan to enjoy the weather and meditate on the beach,” Holway said.

Frazier reportedly said “he only approached people and asked them if there were into dog massages and he didn’t touch anyone,” Holway’s complaint said.

Holway said he then heard back from the beach and told Frazier he was under arrest, the report added.

At that point, “he rolled up his window and locked his vehicle doors,” Holway said.

Officer Mark Ruggiero was at the scene at this point and the officers reportedly tried to talk Frazier out of the car for around 30 minutes, Holway said.

At one point, Frazier told police he wanted to get back to work, Holway added.

“Frazier was advised by me several times that his actions were making the circumstances worse and that his actions would result in further criminal charges,” Ruggiero’s report said.

However, Frazier reportedly lowered the driver’s side window a little for a few minutes “to allow limited conversation,” he added.

Although the Hyundai was boxed in, police said the engine was still running, and that presented an unsafe situation.

“After all options were exhausted,” Mayer said police decided to use a special tool to break the passenger side window to pull Frazier from the vehicle.

“This was explained to Anson very clearly at which point, Anson indicated he understood what I was explaining to him and what was about to happen,” Holway said.

After the window was smashed, Holway said he reached in, unlocked the passenger door and two officers reportedly hauled Frazier out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him.

Frazier is due to appear in court again April 8.

PLEASE LEND A HAND – JOSEPHINE TAORMINA GO FUND ME FUNDRAISER

Please consider helping this beautiful, kind lady. Thank you

TO DONATE GO HERE

In October of 2018 Josephine Taormina was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Her team of doctors swiftly and aggressively started treatment with chemotherapy. After 70 days in the hospital, Josephine was released knowing that she would receive a stem cell transplant over the next few months from her daughter.

The stem cell transplant was considered a success and everyone thought Josephine was on her road to recovery.

Her first relapse happened in September 2019.  She was back in the hospital which was becoming an all to familiar place for her and her family.  During her hospitalizations, Josephine acquired many side effects both common and rare.

READ MORE HERE

Josephine (right) and Friends

GLOUCESTER MISSING PERSON ABBIE FLYNN DAY FOURTEEN

Today marks the fourteenth day that Abbie Flynn mysteriously vanished from her home on Saint Louis Avenue.

For those many of us who continue to walk the beaches and trails around Eastern Point there remains a haunting sadness. Abbie is first and foremost on everyone’s mind. We ask friends and neighbors if they have heard anything, anything at all about Abbie.

We hope with all our hearts that answers to Abbie’s disappearance are found soon and we’re praying mightily for Abbie’s family and friends.

PLEASE CONTACT THE GLOUCESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT ABBIE’S WHEREABOUTS. 978-283-1212

UPDATE ON GLOUCESTER MISSING PERSON ABBIE FLYNN

This morning I went out at daybreak to walk where fellow photographer Abbie is known to have walked. I didn’t see any search activity and was hoping for the best, but unfortunately she is still missing. As I was leaving Eastern Point at 7:00am, the police began arriving to resume searching.

Yesterday afternoon I was walking at Niles Pond around the time Abbie went missing. At 8:30 this morning I met with Gloucester Detective Mizzoni to report some suspicious activity that I had observed on my walk yesterday. Our citizens should know that the detectives and officers are deeply concerned and doing an outstanding job. If you saw any suspicious activity yesterday afternoon, anything, please report to Detective Mizzoni. The command station is located at Saint Anthony’s chapel parking lot at the corner of Farrington Street and Saint Louis Avenue.

There are a number of search teams combing Eastern Point, with officers and detectives from all around the Boston area including Lexington, Andover, Salem, and Newbury. Thanks to Iain Kerr from Ocean Alliance for lending his drone cameras to the search effort.

IF YOU LIKE APEROL SPRITZ THEN YOU WILL LOVE CAPPELLETTI SPRITZ

Last night at Short and Main we had the best dinner of oven roasted Cape Cod Sea Scallops, warm farm fresh winter veggies, and the always superb Louis Prima pizza. Bethany, our friendly and knowledgeable bartender, asked if I would like to try Cappelletti instead of Aperol. I did try and absolutely LOVED it!!!

I found Cappelletti to be dryer and more richly flavorful than Aperol. Aperitivo Capelletti and Aperol are both red bitter liqueurs (aperitivos). Some red bitter liqueurs are spirit based and some are wine based. Cappelletti is categorized as gentian root infused aromatized wine. It’s difficult to find a list of ingredients because the recipes are closely guarded family secrets. Essentailly Cappelletti is made of wine, bitter gentian root, carmine (cochineal), alpine herbs, and spices. Carmine is obtained from grinding beetle shells into a fine powder and is what gives Cappelletti its distinct ruby red color. Carmine has been used for centuries to color food, clothing, cosmetics, and paint pigment.

Cappelletti may be the oldest classic red bitter liqueur in production. “The producer, which goes by the full name Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti, was first established in 1909. For most of their first century they were located in the historic Piazza Fiera in the center of Trento. Today they are located 20 km south of Trento in Aldeno, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards. As the name would suggest, the firm was and is still today focused on products from traditional herbs, roots and flowers. They achieved fame in the region for their productions of amari and aperitivi, including the classic red bitter Aperitivo Cappelletti. All production is done in house by the fourth generation of the family, Luigi and Maddalena.”

Next time you are at Short and Main, say hi to Bethany and try a Cappelletti Spritz. You won’t be disappointed

Short and Main is located at the corner of Short Street and Main Street at 36 Main Street, Gloucester. During the winter months, they are open from Wednesday through Sunday.

HOW TO GROW BUTTERFLY AMARYLLIS

The blossoms of the Butterfly Amaryllis are considerably more delicate and petite when compared to the blossoms of most Amaryllis cultivars so this year I grouped three bulbs to a pot for extra beauty. I think my plan was successful 🙂

The Butterfly Amaryllis (Hippeastrum papilio), has to be one of the most stunning of all bulbs to force indoors. Not only that, but unlike other species of Hippeastrum, which need to go dormant, you can grow papilio all year round. The plants will grow larger and produce more blossoms with each passing year!

Hippeastrum papilio is a member of Amaryllidaceae and is native to the tropical forest of the Atlantic Coast of southern Brazil. It is endangered in its natural range but is increasingly propagated among gardeners.

The following is excerpted from a book that I both wrote and illustrated titled Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden, which was published by David Godine.

How to Grow Amaryllis ~ Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! 

Living in New England the year round, with our tiresomely long winter stretching miles before us, followed by a typically late and fugitive spring, we can become easily wrapped in those winter-blues. Fortunately for garden-makers, our thoughts give way to winter scapes of bare limbs and berries, Gold Finches and Cardinals, and plant catalogues to peruse. If you love to paint, and photograph, and write about flowers as do I, winter is a splendid time of year for both as there is hardly any time devoted to the garden during colder months.

Coaxing winter blooms is yet another way to circumvent those late winter doldrums. Most of us are familiar with the ease in which amaryllis (Hippeastrum) bulbs will bloom indoors. Placed in a pot with enough soil to come to the halfway point of the bulb, and set on a warm radiator, in several week’s time one will be cheered by the sight of a spring-green, pointed-tipped flower stalk poking through the inner layers of the plump brown bulbs. The emerging stalks provide a welcome promise with their warm-hued blossoms, a striking contrast against the cool light of winter.

Perhaps the popularity of the amaryllis is due both to their ease in cultivation and also for their ability to dazzle with colors of sizzling orange, clear reds and apple blossom pink. My aunt has a friend whose family has successfully cultivated the same bulb for decades. For continued success with an amaryllis, place the pot in the garden as soon as the weather is steadily warm. Allow the plant to grow through the summer, watering and fertilizing regularly. In the late summer or early fall and before the first frost, separate the bulb from the soil and store the bulb, on its side, in a cool dry spot—an unheated basement for example. The bulb should feel firm and fat again, not at all mushy. After a six-week rest, the amaryllis bulb is ready to re-pot and begin its blooming cycle again. Excerpt from Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Coaxing Winter Blooms

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