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.