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THANK YOU @ESSEXHERITAGE!

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Secretary Kerry

Together with the Essex National Heritage’s 20th anniversary celebration, 131 Trailblazing organizations where honored at last night’s grand gala, held at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Over 300 Essex Heritage supporters were in attendance.

Very special guest Secretary John Kerry, who helped craft the legislation in 1996 that designated the area (and worked with Senator Kennedy over many years to secure funding), gave an inspiring speech highlighting the fact that the past twenty years of this unique public-private partnership has created the tremendous success that is the Essex National Heritage area.

Congratulations to Essex National Heritage and all the Trailblazers!

The best fun seeing these four at the gala!! Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure, Captain Tom Ellis of the Schooner Lannon, Mayor Sefatia, and Tom Balf, Director of Maritime Gloucester.

A special toast was given to the following Trailblazers:

Preserving this Special Region: Essex County Greenbelt Association; Connecting People to Place: The Trustees of Reservations; Building & Growing Our Future: Peabody Essex Museum; Advancing Our Educational Mission (tied for first place): Lowell’s Boat Shop and The House of Seven Gables. Of special note to Cape Ann residents, Maritime Gloucester came in second place and Essex Shipbuilding Museum came in third place in the category Advancing Our Educational Mission.

BEAUTIFUL DECEMBER SUPER MOON OVER GLOUCESTER

Last of the 2016 super moon trifecta, the December Frost Moon (also called Full Cold Moon and Long Night’s Moon by Native Americans) was the brightest moon of the year according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Whatever called, it was stunning to watch as it went down over Gloucester’s skyline on Tuesday morning.full-cold-moon-frosty-moon-december-2016-fitz-henry-lane-house-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithfull-cold-moon-frosty-moon-december-2016-fitz-henry-lane-house-gloucester-ma-4-copyright-kim-smith-copyfull-cold-moon-frosty-moon-december-2016-maritime-gloucester-ma-3-copyright-kim-smith

Did You Know Massachusetts Has a State Shell?

neptunea_decemcostata_liveWhile at Gloucester Maritime during the Schooner Festival Maritime Heritage Day I learned that Massachusetts has a state sea shell! We have a state bird, the Black-capped Chickadee; a state flower, the Mayflower (Epigaea repens); a state tree, the American Elm (Ulmus americana); we’ll soon be voting on a state butterfly, and how exciting to learn from a member of the Boston Malacological Club that our state flower is the New England Neptune (Neptunea lyrata domcemcostata).

The shell is found from the Grand Banks off Newfoundland to North Carolina. According to the BMC, the shell is rarely found on beaches but is commonly taken in lobster traps. Next time when beach combing I’ll be on the lookout and am wondering if any of our Cape Ann lobstermen find them in their traps. Please write if you do. And if you have any spare shells to share, that would be wonderful 🙂

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Neptunea lyrata has many common names including wrinkled whelk, ribbed Neptune, inflated whelk, and lyre whelk. The New England Neptune is a marine gastropod mollusk, a type of large sea snail. 

neptunea_decemcostataAbout the Boston Malacological Club, from their website: The Boston Malacological Club was founded on March 14, 1910. They are the second oldest continuously active shell club in America (after the Pacific Conchological Club) and just celebrated their centennial. The Club was the proud host of the 2010 Conchologists of America Convention.

The BMC is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group, whose charter is to promote the study of land, freshwater, and marine mollusks, related creatures and their environments. The BMC participates in basic research (through local field trips), welcomes guests to its monthly meetings, and sponsors educational programs such as shell shows. In 2005, the Club donated $10,000 to malacological research through the grants program of the Conchologists of America.

BMC members practice responsible shell collecting in accordance with the COA’s Conservation Resolution.

Meetings are held in room 101 of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA (Directions) on the first Tuesday of each month from October to May. Meetings run from 8pm to 10pm, unless otherwise noted.

Image courtesy Google image search

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Party Snapshots from the Mayor’s Reception

Photos from the Schooner Festival Mayor’s Reception held Friday night on the grounds of the Coast Guard station. After the reception guests headed over to the Maritime Gloucester gala, An Evening Under the Spars, this year held at the Beauport Hotel. The gala sold out early and was a grand success. Proceeds from this event directly support Maritime Gloucester’s Ocean Explorers program and educational marine science outreach to all Cape Ann public schools.

Schooner Festival Mayor's Reception Schooner Lannon copyright Kim Smith

Happening Now! Maritime Heritage Day – Don’t Miss!

DSCF1499Erik and Neil measuring fish with NOAA

DSCF1515And bravely demonstrating Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team snakes

DSCF1495Phyllis Bezanson and daughter Amy at the Boston Malacological Club display

DSCF1487Michele Del Vecchio’s beautiful block prints of the Schooners Ardelle and Adventure that she made for the Maritme centerDSCF1488

DSCF1519Lotus Marsh making trunnels, the wooden nails used to build schooner

DSCF1539Amanda Cook’s gorgeous Salty Island Yarns, with hundreds and hundreds of handmade goods

DSCF1537Sam Cook making a schooner print

DSCF1535Katie Dench

DSCF1534Maritime Gloucester executive director Sam Balf and development director Sue Ann Pearson

Wednesday morning’s exquisite sunrise from Pirate’s Lane

Freemantle Doctor Fishing Boat Rockport ©Kim Smith 2015F/V Freemantle Doctor Heading Out

The sun’s light at daybreak coming up over the harbor after the snowstorm lent a golden aura to all. I find our neighborhood–the people, the architecture, the boats, the sweet little robins–to be a never ending source of inspiration. See panoramic view of Smith’s Cove sunrise, posted yesterday.

Cape Pond Ice winter Gloucester Harbor ©Kim Smith 2015Cape Pond Ice

Smith's Cove Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015Smith’s Cove

Gloucester City Hall winter snow @Kim Smith 2015Gloucester City Hall

Our Lady of Good Voyage winter snow Gloucester harbor ©kim Smith 2015Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Americold ©Kim Smith 2015Americold

Maritime Heritage Gloucester winter snow ©Kim Smith 2015Maritime Gloucester

Pirate's Lane Arbor ©Kim Smith 2015

East Gloucester Americna Robin ©Kim Smith 2015Pirate’s Lane Robin

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