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May 2011 Programs & Events

 

In May, Halibut Point State Park’s Saturday morning Quarry Tour is offered on the 14th, 21st and 28th at 10:00am.  Meeting at the park’s Visitors Center at 10:00am, the program features a granite-cutting demonstration, the showing of a short film and a walking tour of the former Babson Farm Quarry.

At 1:00pm on Sunday May 15th and the 22nd The Military History of Halibut Point will take place inside the Visitors Center.  This program details the two centuries long military history of the site and entails a climb to the top of the park’s five story artillery fire-control tower. 

It’ll be down to the shore for some inter-tidal exploration with Tidepools  being offered on Monday, May 9th at 10:00am; Thursday, May 12th at 11:00am; Monday, May 23rd at 10:00am; Fridat, May 27th at 1:00pm and Monday, May 30th at 2:00pm.

Birding for Beginners with Peter Van Demark is Sunday, May 15th from 8-10:00am.  This May date usually features the peak of warbler viewing at the park. Meet Peter in the parking lot.

And on Sunday, May 29th from 1-4:00pm Halibut Point is offering The Atlantic Path.  Be warned: this is a three-hour trek from the park to the Emerson Inn and back over some quite challenging terrain … bouldering, thicket, slippery shore and more.  But the rewards are fantastic … significant history, some little explored shoreline and fantastic geology.  If you plan to attend,  consider NOT wearing shorts – stretches of poison ivy and thorny underbrush as well as potential biting nasties make it a good idea not to leave yourself too exposed.  Also be advised there are no amenities along the route.  This event meets at the Visitors Center.

For a downloadable flyer with May 2011 programs & events click here.

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October 2010 Programs & Events

  

In October 2010, Halibut Point State Park is featuring two special events:

On Sunday, October 3rd from 1-4:00pm the Center for Wildlife from Cape Neddick, Maine is sponsoring A Wildlife Party!  This afternoon of live-animal presentations is an education opportunity for all to learn about the New England wildlife we share the environment with, the challenges they face, and what we all can do to lessen human impact on these animals.  Come find out more about the Center for Wildlife, one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in New England – this event is FREE and also offers free food, a granite-splitting demonstration, a look at Halibut Point’s new high-tech NOAA Automatic Ship Identification display and trips up to the top levels of the park’s World War Two artillery fire control tower.  There will be free gifts, live-animal presentations featuring CFW’s wildlife ambassadors at 2:00 & 3:00pm and more.  Come enjoy the fun and find out more about this wonderful organization.

Sunday, October 10th from 1-3:00pm is Military History Day at Halibut Point.  Join us in the Visitors Center for this program detailing the military history of Halibut Point and its artillery fire control tower, the only World War Two structure of its kind in New England open to the public today.  Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and initially staffed by the Army Coast Artillery Corps, its defense role continued in the 1950’s as a classified radar research facility used by the Air Force in conjunction with MIT’s Lincoln Lab.  This program features Gordon Bliss, Preservation Officer of the Coast Defense Study Group and also entails a tour of the tower and description of Halibut Point’s two centuries of military history.   

Standard programming for October 2010 at Halibut Point State Park includes the Quarry Tour at 10:00am on the Saturdays of October 2nd and 9th and Birding for Beginners with Peter Van Demark on Sunday, October 16th at 8:00am.

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September 2010 Programs & Events

September’s programming at Halibut Point State begins with a full schedule on the Labor Day holiday weekend beginning with a Tidepools program on Friday, September 3rd at 11:00am.  On Saturday the 4th at 10:00am and continuing on every Saturday in Spetember is the park’s Quarry Tour featuring a granite-spiltting display, video and walk around the former Babson Farm quarry.  On Sunday the 5th (and also on the 12th & 26th) at 12:00pm Halibut Point is offering its military history tour that includes a climb to the top of the park’s World War Two artillery fire-control tower.  On Labor Day, Monday September 6th the DCR will be sponsoring another Atlantic Path program.   This program is a three-hour trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline and participants should be advised that it entails negotiating some challenging terrain. 

On Sunday, September 12th, Halibut Point is offering its final Sunday Sounds concert – a concert of bluegrass renditions of popular oldies with the Squatch Bondo Band.  And a very big thanks to the Friends of Halibut Point State Park for their continued support of the park’s concert series!    On Monday, September 13th at 10:00am Halibut Point is offering another Tideppols progam and on Sunday, September 19th at 8:00am Peter Van Demark is leading another Birding for Beginners – meet Peter in the parking lot.

On the Mondays of September 20 & 27 at 10:00am  the park is offering Geology Rocks! a presentation about this great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann.

Saturday, September 25th at 1:00pm the Friends of Halibut Point State Park are sponsoring another program from the Center of Wildlife, Cape Neddick, Maine.  Birds of Prey will include live hawks, owls and more – come and learn about the raptors of New England   from one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilites in our region.  For more about the Center for Wildlife, go to www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org

All programs and events at Halibut Point State Park are FREE and unless otherwise noted meet at the park’s Visitors Center.  For a flyer with the park’s schedule that you can print or download, just click here.

Coming to Halibut Point State Park in October – a wildlife party!

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August 2010 Programs & Events

August 2010 features an exciting month of special events at Halibut Point State Park beginning with back-to-back live animal programs on Saturday, August 7th in an event themed, Creatures Seldom Seen!  Sponsored by the generous support of the Friends of Halibut Point State Park, it begins at 1:00pm outside the park’s Visitors Center with a Nocturnal Animals program with the Center for Wildlife from Cape Neddick, Maine.   The Center, one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in New England and a major education partner with the DCR, always provides a popular and memorable program from Education and Outreach Director Kristen Lamb and Board member Dawn Dickinson.  Don’t miss this – remember, it’s FREE!  And please take a moment to learn more about the Center for Wildlife and their mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife and what you can do to lessen human impact on animals – just click here, or you can find out more about the Center for Wildlife by scrolling down this page to a previous Interpreter’s Notes about the Center.  At 3:00pm Halibut Point will host Richard Wolniewicz of Massachusetts Audubon and his Creepy Crawlies of Essex County program.  This program features newts, frogs, salamanders, snakes and more – Dick always brings along a surprise or two, making his visits to the park always something special.  Don’t miss this back-to-back day of nature programming on Saturday, August 7th from 1:00 – 4:00pm.  Once again – it’s all FREE. 

Later in August, on Saturday the 28th at 5:00pm, Halibut Point will host another Shakespeare in the Park production from the Rebel Shakespeare Company –  the festive comedy Much Ado About Nothing.  For twenty years The Rebel Shakespeare Company  has been a fixture across the Boston’s North Shore, bringing the timeless works of Shakespeare and the creative genius of young people together.  Don’t miss this extraordinary troupe!  For more about rebel Shakespeare and this production, go to www.rebelshakespeare.org.

On Sunday, August 29th at 3:00pm the DCR and Friends of Halibut Point State Park are sponsoring another Sunday Sounds concert – a return engagement from the protean and sublime Boston rock n’ roll legend Willie “Loco” Alexander and the Persistence of Memory Orchestra.  Hailed by the Boston Globe as “this generation’s Kerouac”, and one of the originators of the Boston punk scene, Willie’s been around the music scene since the 60’s and the Bosstown Sound era…he’s a Cult hero, a Boston Rock and Roll Hall of Famer… was in the Velvet Underground after Lou Reed…The Lost on Capitol Records and The Bagatelle in the 60’s … in the 70’s The Boom Boom Band on MCA. His bands look like a list of Who’s Who in music from the Boston beat. He toured the country with Elvis Costello, but loves the other Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. He’s played jazz drums, rock n roll keyboard, and vocals with a ton of bands and released scores of singles, lps, and cds on everything from major labels to the smallest independent labels. He’s also been doing spoken word performances and readings from his voluminous journals since the 1960’s.  Fan of Jack Kerouac, he often performs at the Kerouac Festival in Lowell, Mass, opening for artists like Patti Smith.  These are only a few things we can tell you about Willie, though we think  you should know a couple more – his concert last year at Halibut Point was one of the most resplendent and exuberant events in the park’s history, and there’s a rumor going around Willie may be joined by a couple of surprise guests.  Can you believe it, Willie Alexander again at Halibut Point!  And his trio of extraordinary musicians making up the Persistence of Memory Orchestra – Ken Field (http://kenfield.org/bio.htm), guitarist/drummer/synthesist and producer par excellence Jim Doherty, and Mark Chenevert (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limbo_Race) – check them out!  And thanks to the DCR and park’s Friends group it’s all FREE.  For more about Willie Alexander, just go here.

Standard programs for August 2010 at Halibut Point State Park feature a number of Tidepools offerings: Sunday, Aug. 1, 9-10:00am; Monday, Aug. 2 10-11:00am; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 11-12:00pm; Friday. Aug. 6, 1-2:00pm; Monday, Aug. 30, 9-10:00am andTuesday, Aug. 31, 11-12:00pm.  Every Saturday at 10:00am the Quarry Tour will take place and on Sundays the 8th, 22nd and 29th at noon Halibut Point wil offer its Tower Tour.  On Sunday morning the 15th at 8:00am you can meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot for another Birding for Beginners and on the Mondays of the 9th and 23rd at 10:00am Halibut Point features its Geology Rocks! program.  You can download a flyer with Halibut Point’s  August 2010 schedule of programs and events by clicking here.

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July 2010 Programs & Events

Halibut Point State Park’s July 2010 programming schedule is jam-packed, beginning with a large number of goings-on over the long July 4th holiday weekend.  On Friday, July 2nd at 10:00am the park is offering Tidepools,  a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration.  On Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00am  and on every Saturday in July at the same time Halibut Point is offering its Quarry Tour, entailing a video showing of The Uncut Block, a stone-splitting demonstration, tour of the former Babson Farm Quarry, a presentation on the history of quarrying on Cape Ann and some surprising information about the region’s unique geology.  On Sunday, July 4th at 11:00am there will be another Tidepools program (other Tidepools in July are Friday, July 16th at 10:00am and Sunday, July 18th at 11:00am)   and at 3:00pm on July 4th (and repeated on Sunday, July 18th at the same time) there will be a presentation of The Military History of  Halibut Point, featuring two centuries of the park’s military history along with a climb to the top of Halibut Point’s World War Two artillery fire control tower.   To complete the long holiday weekend of programming, on Monday July 5th from 1-4:00pm Halibut Point is offering  The Atlantic Path, a trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline.  This very popular event comes with a number of factors to keep in mind – this is not a “path” per se, but in many cases calls for negotiating some challenging terrain including jagged, protruding boulders.  Also, wearing shorts is discouraged; there are areas of poison ivy, thorny bramble and areas of biting nasties.  For those who can handle a trek with extreme elements, the rewards are wonderful – geological features like no place else on Cape Ann or even in New England, fabulous tidepools, seldom visited coastal stretches and more.

But there’s still a lot more going on at Halibut point in July: on Saturday, July 17th at 2:00 the park will host the extraordinary images of photographer Leslie D. Bartlett and his program Halibut Point in Winter.  On Sunday, July 18th at 8:00am the monthly Birding for Beginners with Peter Van Demark will meet in the parking lot.  There will be another Sunday Sounds concert on July 25th at 3:00pm sponsored by the Friends of Halibut Point State Park featuring the classic oldies but goodies of Midlife Crisis.  And on Saturday, July 31st at 5:00pm Halibut Point will host the first of two productions from the Rebel Shakespeare Company – Othello, staged outside overlooking the former Babson Farm Quarry.  Yes, Halibut Point and the Rebel Shakespeare Company once again are collaborating on bringing Shakespeare in the park!  Don’t forget – all programs and events at Halibut Point State Park are brought to you by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and are FREE.  If you would like to download a flyer with Halibut Point’s July 2010 schedule of programs and events, just click here.

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June 2010 Programs & Events

Special events in June 2010 at Halibut Point State Park begin on Sunday, June 6th  at 11:00am with a Healthy Heart Hike.  This DCR iniative kicks-off  statewide on that day – join us at the Visitors Center for a jaunt around the former Babson Farm Quarry or come by and pick up a Healthy Heart brochure detailing other Massachusetts DCR sites with Healthy Heart hiking trails.

Also on Sunday, June 6th at 2:00pm Halibut Point is featuring Snakes of Massachusetts and the World.  Licensed herpatologist Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team will bring along some thirty live native and rare snakes.  This very popular family program takes place outside the Visitors Center – bring you camera!  And remember, all programs and events at Halibut Point State Park  are FREE.

On Sunday, June 20th at 8:00am Halibut Point will be hosting Peter Van Demark’s monthly Birding for Beginners program.  Meet Peter in the parking lot for this two to three hour stroll around selected park paths and area shoreline.

DCR’s Universal Access team will be at Halibut Point on Sunday, June 27th at 12:00pm for a Universal Access Hike for those of all abilities.  To register, call 413-259-0009.

Also on June 27th at 3:00pm the DCR and Friends of Halibut Point State Park bring you the season’s second Sunday Sounds concert featuring the original, well-known, R&B, jazz and swing music of Alek Razdan and A-Train.

Halibut Point’s featured standard programs in June are the Saturday 10:00am Quarry Tour that includes a film, granite-splitting demonstration, presentation about the unique geology of Cape Ann and a tour of the former Babson Farm Quarry.  On the Sundays of June 20th & 27th at 12:00pm the park will offer its Tower Tour about the military history of Halibut Point which includes a climb to the top of Halibut Point’s World War Two artillery fire control tower.  In June Halibut Point offers four trips down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration with Tidepools on Tuesday, June 1, 9-10:00am; Friday, June 4, 11-12:00pm; Monday, June 7, 2-3:00pm and on Monday, June 28, 9-10:00am.  For a printed schedule that you can download with Halibut Point State Park’s June 2010 programs and events, go here.

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May 2010 Programs & Events

 

 

The May 2010 schedule of programs and events at Halibut Point State Park begins on Saturday, May 1st at 10:00am with the park’s Quarry Tour.   Meeting at the Visitors Center and running every Saturday thru the end of October, this popular Halibut Point standard program features the showing of a ten minute video, a granite-splitting demonstration, a tour of the former Babson Farm Quarry and an introduction into the history of building with natural stone in America.

On Sunday, May 2nd at 12:00pm and on every Sunday thru May Halibut Point is offering The Military History of Halibut Point.  This program, taking place inside the Visitors Center, features a visit to the park’s new military history display, details about its two-centuries long military history and a climb to the top of the park’s five-story World War Two artillery fire control tower.

In May there will be four trips down to the shore for some intertidal exploration.  The Tidepools program, meeting at the Visitors Center,  will be offered on Sunday, May 9 @ 2pm; Friday, May 21 @ 2pm; Sunday, May 30 @ 9am and Monday, May 31 @ 10:00am.

On Sunday, May 16th at 8:00am Halibut Point is presenting Birding for Beginners with Peter Van Demark.  This two-hour stroll along park paths and along the rocky shore meets in the parking lot.  Note: The May Birding for Beginners program usually takes place at the peak of the wrabler migration!

Halibut Point’s May special programs begin on Sunday, May 16th at 2:00pm with The Secret Life of the Eastern Coyote.  Co-sponsored by the DCR and Friends of Halibut Point State Park, join Jon Way of Eastern Coyote Research and author of Suburban Howls who will present unique insights into these misunderstood, fascinating and highly successful predators.  This program meets inside the Visitors Center and like every program and event at Halibut Point State Park is FREE.  For more on Eastern Coyote Research, visit: www.easterncoyoteresearch.com.

Essex County Amphibians will be at Halibut Point on Saturday, May, 22 at 12:00pm.  Join Richard Wolniewicsz and live frogs, toads, salamanders and more!  Preceded at 9:00am by a volunteer coastal clean-up, both sponsored by The Friends of Halibut Point State Park.  To get involved, go to: www.halibutpointfriends.org.

Sunday, May 23rd at 3:00pm will feature Halibut Point’s first 2010 Sunday Sounds concert with the classic hits unplugged of long-time park favorites Livin’ on Luck.  Future 2010 Summer Sounds concerts will feature musical acts such as Alek Razdan and rock legend Willie Alexander.  For a flyer of Halibut Point’s May 2010 programs and events you can download and/or print out for yourself, just click here.

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