July features a crammed calendar of programs and events at Halibut Point State Park, getting underway on the 1st at 3:00 pm with a Sunday Sounds concert featuring the Squatcho Bondo Band. Other special events in July are Stargazing with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club on July 7th, another Birding for Beginners on July 15th, and more Sunday Sounds on the 29th with Midlife Crisis. Standard programs in July are our Quarry Tour, Geology Rocks!, The Mineral Club (our geology program for kids), Tidepools, Reading the Landscape and our new program, Ceremonial Time: The Fifteen Thousand Years of Fifty Acres. See below for the dates and times of July’s programs and events. Coming in August Halibut Point will have natural light photographer Leslie D. Bartlett hosting the program Halibut Point in Winter (August 4th) featuring his extraodinary images of the park, some of which can be seen here as well at this website about Halibut Point State Park. August will also have the live animal program Snakes of Massachusetts and the World, as well as Dragonflies in the Park and the Essex National Heritage Photo Safari. In September Halibut Point will feature The Atlantic Path, a trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline with The Trustees of Reservations interpreter Ramona Latham. September will also feature a very special event at Halibut Point that will be announced in the near future. And please remember, all programs and events at Halibut Point State Park are FREE. You can download a flyer with the Halibut Point July schedule here.
Quarry Tour Saturdays 10:00am
Attend our weekly granite walk around the former Babson Farm Quarry. Beginning with the showing of a short film, this program features a stone-cutting demonstration, explains how rock is quarried, details the unique geology of Cape Ann and presents the history of building with natural stone in America. Later, the Visitors Center will be open for a climb to its five-story World War II observation tower. This program lasts approximately 90 minutes and entails a one mile moderately paced stroll around the quarry. The Babson Farm Quarry, in operation from the 1840’s until 1929 (though stone was cut at the site from the 1790’s, perhaps even earlier), is an excellent place to view evidence of progression in stone-cutting techniques and learn about the role stone harvesting, transporation and building played in the development of technology that led to the Industrial Revolution.
Geology Rocks! Sundays 11:00am
A rock is not a thing, but a drama! It refelcts the universal axiom: “As above, so below.” Geology is the great unifying science of the world. Cape Ann is one of the most geologically active areas in the United States. Learn about all this and more during this trek to some of the fascinating geological regions of Halibut Point. 90 minutes. Moderate two mile walk
The Mineral Club Mondays 11:00am
Build a volcano … create a sedimentary rock … construct a seismograph … play mineral tic-tac-toe and more. Geological activities for kids 8-12.
Reading the Landscape Wednesday, July 11 6:00pm
This program is an examination of the natural history of a landscape. Using the life and land of Halibut Point as an example, participants will learn how to read the clues that determine palnt and tree composition as well as the topographic, substrate and social factors that shape a landscape. This program meets at the Visitors Center and entails about two miles of walking over 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Ceremonial Time: The Fifteen Thousand Years of Fifty Acres
July 18 & 25 6:00pm
A “psychological” history and the “spirit” – past, present and possible future of a place gleaned via history, anthropology, architecture, geology, intuition and more. Inspired by John Hanson Mitchell’s book.
Tidepools July 8 @ 2:00pm; July 9 @ 3:00pm; July 26 @ 3:00pm
Halibut Point has wonderful tidepools. Come explore its intertidal life and learn about coastal splash zones. This program lasts about 90 minutes and there is some climbing about on rocks that may be slippery. You have to watch your step but the trip is worth it!
Squatcho Bondo Band July 1 3:00pm
Bluegrass and folk renditions of popular music from the 60’s thru today.
Stargazing Saturday, July 7 8:00pm – ?
No telescope necessary! Members of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will provide the equipment for our popular star party.
Birding for Beginners Sunday, July 15 8:00am
Meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot.
Midlife Crisis July 29 3:00pm
Oldies but goodies.