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PRESENT! YOUR LAST STOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Amanda Cook and artisan friends have created another grand pop up shop, chock-a-block full of holiday delights. You’ll find lovely hand made gifts, art work, stocking stuffers, and lots of unique, yet practical, items for your home and family. Just some of the items featured in the photos include prints by Mary Rhinelander; Amanda’s Salty Yarn’s line of yarn, children’s gifts, and ornaments; and Hold Fast’s Dog Bar soap and wreaths made from recycled dock lines. There is a rich variety of gifts, far more than featured here –

You’ll find a super fun array of stocking stuffers at Present!

I stopped in Sunday on Present’s opening day and plan to go several times more during this upcoming stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas as they are constantly making new treasures and restocking the shelves.

Present  is located at 273 East Main Street, at the Last Stop cafe.

Hours:

Open everyday except Tuesdays, now through Christmas Eve.

Monday, Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 5 pm

Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Mary Rhinelander print for Present

RARE LARK SPARROW RETURNS TO #gloucesterma!

The Lark Sparrow returns!  It’s been a delight to observe her foraging at Eastern Point. She has been here for over a week, finding plenty to eat in the seed heads of wildflowers. The Lark Sparrow is also eating caterpillars she uncovers at the base of plants and snatching insects tucked in the tree branches.

You can see from the Lark Sparrow’s range map that she is far off course, although this is the second time I have seen a visiting Lark Sparrow at Eastern Point. In November of 2019, we were graced with an extended visit from a Lark Sparrow. You can read more about that here:

THE RARELY SEEN IN MASSACHUSETTS LARK SPARROW IS STILL WITH US!

While working on the Piping Plover film project, I am also creating a half hour long documentary on the ecology of New England pond life. Some of the beloved creatures that we regularly see at our local ponds that are featured in the film include Beavers, Muskrats, Otters, herons, frogs (of course), raptors, butterflies, bees, spiders, turtles, snakes, songbirds, and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Being able to include rarely seen wild creatures such the Lark Sparrow, the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and the Orange-crowned Warbler adds to the joy and fun of the film and i am so excited to be working on this project.  I just hope I can edit everyone in within a half hour time frame!

 

Lark Sparrow Eastern Point 2022

When out in the field and only a quick glance is afforded, the easiest way to tell the difference between the the Lark Sparrow and the Song Sparrow, (the sparrow most commonly seen in these part) is to compare breast feathers. The Lark Sparrows breast is white with only faint streaking and a prominent black spot in the center of the upper chest. Compare that to the more heavily streaked Song Sparrow’s chest feathers (see below).

THANK YOU GLOUCESTER DPW BEACH CREW FOR KEEPING THE FOOTBRIDGE SAFE!

Much of the sand keeps washing away at the beach end of the footbridge. We see this happen frequently during winter and spring storms and also in the summer months during a period of unusually high tides (thank you beautiful Buck Super Moon). Wednesday’s tide carried one of the lifeguard beach chairs down the Creek and also left a drop several feet deep at the footbridge.  DPW staff Steve, Eric, and Dean have been at Good Harbor Beach early in the mornings escorting people away from the work and filling in the crater so no one falls coming off the bridge.

Thank you Gentlemen!

Eric, Steve, and Dean

CRAZY HAT LADY SAMANTHA BARRETT’S MAGNIFICENT CREATION

Samantha Barrett if a first time Fiesta Crazy Hat Lady

WINNING WALK SHORT FILM – ANTHONY NOVELLO YOUR SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION!

“I did it for the Fort!”

VIDEO – LEO CANNAVO 2022 FRIDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEO!

Veteran Greasy Pole Walker Leo Cannavo captures the flag, his first in 20 years of walks. And it’s his birthday!

SCENES FROM ST. PETER’S NOVENA, MASS, AND PROCESSION

The last night of the nine-day Novena concluded with a Mass and procession to Beach Court. With thanks and gratitude to the beautiful Novena ladies for hostessing and organizing the Novena to St. Peter. You could feel the joy in people’s hearts to be back celebrating again in person.

YOUR SATURDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION ANTHONY NOVELLO!!

CONGRATULATIONS ANTHONY AND FAMILY!

SCENES FROM FRIDAY FIESTA

A glorious Friday Fiesta overflowing with joyful, smiling Fiesta goers. One attendee sweetly spoke about how during Fiesta, the community of Gloucester comes together like one big family, and we all become Sicilian for a weekend. Viva San Pietro!

With thanks and gratitude to the Fiesta Committee for organizing the 2022 St. Peter’s Fiesta, no small feat after a two year hiatus due to Covid. 

Joseph Novello – President

Michael Linquata – Vice President

Anthony Cusumano – Treasurer

Rose Aiello – Clerk

Christopher Palazzola – Committee Member

Salvatore Ferrara – Committee Member

Ralph Puopolo – Committee Member

Carlo Barbara – Committee Member

Rose Aiello – Committee Member

Alphonse Millefoglie – Committee Member

Lucia Sheehan – Recording Secretary

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

the agony

 

Santo Parisi, Friday Greasy Pole

 

YOUR FRIDAY GREASY POLE CHAMPION LEO CANNAVO!!!

Congratulations to Leo and the Cannavo Family <3

BEAUTIFUL ICONIC BEACON MARINE BASIN – THE FIRE IS CONTAINED

Fire broke out early this morning at Gloucester’s iconic Beacon Marine Basin. Everyone escaped unharmed. Sending love and prayers to our friends David and Bob, and to all who call the building home. We’re hoping so much the Beacon Marine can be  restored and rebuilt.

NONNA, WHAT IS ST. PETER’S FIESTA?

Charlotte LOVES Nonna, What isSt. Peter’s Fiesta?  and we have given it to many of her friends, and they love it ,too <3

Author Laura shares  – Celebrate St. Peter’s Fiesta with your very own copy of Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta? A great book for children and adults. All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Fiesta, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit. Available at The Bookstore of Gloucester, Main St. Gloucester.

SAINT PETER’S FIESTA OFFICIAL 2022 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

St. Peter’s Fiesta 2022 Schedule

Tuesday, June 21

6:00 Novena

7:00 Mass

American Legion

Wednesday, June 22
7:00–10:00 p.m.

Musical Entertainment….St. Peter’s Park:
Entertainment featuring “BARRY MOONEY”

                                                                              

Thursday, June 23                   
6:30 p.m.
Fiesta 5K Road Race – with Cape Ann YMCA
Starting location Stage Fort Park,

Finish line at St. Peter’s Park.

For further details, contact the Cape Ann YMCA.

 

8:00
Entertainment, Live Music and Dance at St. Peter’s Park
Featuring ….. “WILDFIRE” 

 

Friday, June 24
4:45 p.m.

Greasy Pole Contest…and…Women’s  Seine Boat Races
Pavilion Beach

 

6:30 p.m.
Entertainment….Before Opening Ceremony

 

7:30 p.m.
Formal Opening ….St. Peter’s Square
Entertainment immediately following

 

8:30 – 11:30 p.m.
featuring  “MORENO FRUZZETTI”

 

Saturday, June 25

10:00 a.m
Pavilion Beach… Seine Boat Race:
U.S. Coast Guard vs Gloucester
Fire Department 
and Gloucester Police Department 

 

10:00 a.m.
Playtime performance of our Children’s story book

“Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?”

Location: TBD

 

3:00 p.m.
Children’s Games…. Beach Court

 

4:45 p.m.
Sports Events… Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races & Greasy Pole Contest

  

8:00
Musical EntertainmentSt. Peter’s Square
featuring “FRANCO CORSO”                                            


Sunday, June 26
10:00 a.m.
Celebration of MASS OF ST. PETER
at St. Peter’s Park

                                   

12:00 noon
Procession following the Celebration of Outdoor Mass

 

3:00 p.m
Blessing of the Fleet… Stacy Boulevard.

4:45 p.m. 
Sports Events…at Pavilion Beach
Seine Boat Races & Greasy Pole Contest

7:15 p.m.
Awards Ceremony
Trophies awarded to winners of the Sports Events

 

8:30 p.m.
Musical Entertainment
St. Peter’s Park featuring
“ GRAZIANA LAZZARO  and ELIO SCACCIO

 

11:00 p.m.
Raffle Drawings and Closing Procession

 

St. Peter’s Fiesta Children’s Book  Nonna, what is St. Peter’s Fiesta” will be on sale at the Main Stage Altar throughout the Fiesta weekend. To purchase a copy before Fiesta, email http://www.stpetersfiesta.org

All proceeds benefit St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Save the Date: Next Year….

St. Peter’s Fiesta, June 21 – June 25, 2023

“St. Peter’s Fiesta ™ ”

Copyright © 2023 St. Peter’s Fiesta Committee.  All Rights Reserved.

THE GREASY POLE SHRINE IS A KNOCKOUT THIS YEAR!

Gloucester’s beloved Greasy Pole Shrine has returned after a two year absence due to Covid. The Shrine is beautiful and meaningful every year however, this year it has expanded. Eric Spear has made some outstanding improvements, including repainting and redesigning signs incorporating both Sicilian and American flags and iconography. Eric has also reprinted nearly every photo, at his own expense, and we know how high the cost of printing cartridges is currently.

Eric taking a break

It’s going to be a fantastic Fiesta!

Viva San Pietro <3

Charlotte practicing Greasy Pole moves

THE SUN RISES…HOPE SOARS

Beautiful Novena to Saint Peter

Saint Peter’s Novena continues nightly at 7pm through Monday night. On Tuesday evening, the 21st, the Novena begins at 6pm, Mass begins at 7pm.

The American Legion

8 Washington Street, Gloucester

MAKE WAY FOR GOSLINGS

Sweet Goose family at Flat Cove Landing. Silly fun to watch the goslings becoming entangled in, while trying to eat, the sea lettuce.

Mini lift offs

 

EASTER’S APRIL FULL MOON #pinkmoon

Beautiful to see Easter morning’s full Pink Moon descending behind the twin towers of City Hall

OH JOYOUS SPRING!

Happy Spring dear Friends!

Please forgive me if I am slow to respond to your notes, emails, and kind comments. I am so sorry about that but am spending every spare minute on the Piping Plover film project, creating the first rough cut while converting six plus years of footage. And uncovering wonderful clips of these extraordinary creatures, some I am just seeing for the first time since shooting! Not an easy task but I am so inspired and full of joy for this project, trying not to become overwhelmed, and taking it one chunk at a time, literally “bird by bird,” as Anne Lamott would say.

From daily walks, a mini migration update –

Gadwall female

Gadwall and American Wigeon pairs abound. Both in the genus Mareca, they share similar foraging habits when here on our shores and can often be seen dabbling for sea vegetation together.  The Orange-crowned Warbler was still with us as of mid-week last, as well as the trio of American Pipits. The very first of the Great Egrets have been spotted and Killdeers are coming in strong. The first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds will be here any day now; at the time of this writing they have migrated as far north as North Carolina

Have you noticed the Weeping Willows branches are turning bright yellow? In the next phase they will become chartreuse. For me it it one of the earliest, earliest indicators that trees are starting to emerge from dormancy. And our magnolia buds are beginning to swell, too. Please write with your favorite early signs of spring and I’ll make a post of them.

xxKim

Male and Female Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Black Ducks, and Buffleheads foraging for aquatic vegetation

More spring scenes

Eastern Screech Owl in camo, possibly brown morph 

Owl on the prowl

White-tailed Deer at Dusk

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler preening

RED-TAILED HAWK SETTING OUT FOR THE HUNT

Nearly every afternoon late in the day, we see this beautiful young Red-tailed Hawk hovering to hunt prey, seemingly effortlessly suspended in mid-air and barely moving a muscle.

EASTERN POINT BEACON PAINT BOX SUNSET

Eastern Point Dogbar and Lighthouse Beacon

LAST OF GLOUCESTER’S COAST GUARD ISLAND CUTTERS, THE KEY LARGO

By 2023, the Coast Guard plans to phase out home-ported Island Cutters. They will be replaced with a fleet of six larger vessels called Fast Response Cutters that will be ported and maintained in Boston.

USCG Key Largo from Niles Beach