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August 2011 Programs & Events

The August 2011 schedule of special events at Halibut Point begins on Saturday, August 6 at 1:00pm with Nature Day – two back-to-back live animal programs featuring creatures seldom seen.  It starts with Nocturnal  Mammals with The Center for Wildlife from Cape Neddick, Maine.  The Center, one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in New England, is bringing along some of their wildlife ambassadors who will demonstrate the advantages and challenges of nocturnal life and reveal their unique adaptations to life in the dark.   Following Nocturnal Mammals at 3:00pm Richard Wolniewicz of Mass. Audubon is offering Essex County Amphibians and bringing along newts, frogs, toads salamanders and more.  Special events for the weekend of August 6-7 continue on Sunday the 7th at 2:00pm with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club offering The Sun: Exploring Our Nearest Star, a safe solar viewing program featuring some special activities ans NASA handouts.

The Atlantic Path, a three-hour trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline, is being offered on the Sundays of August 14 & 28 from 1-4:00pm.  Please be advised – this hike entails negotiating some challenging terrain.  Also consider not wearing shorts, bringing water and some insect repellent of choice.

On Sunday, August 21 at 8:00am Peter Van Demark is hosting the monthly Birding for Beginners at Halibut Point.  As usual, meet peter in the parking lot.

Shakespeare in the Park with the Rebel Shakespeare Company is returning to Halibut Point on Saturday, August 27 at 5:00pm with The Taming of the Shrew.  Bring a blanket or chair and a picnic for this  production overlooking the former Babson Farm quarry.

Standard programs at Halibut Point in August 2011 is the Quarry Tour on Saturdays at 10:00am.  The Military History of Halibut Point is offered on the Thursdays of August 4 & 18 at 12:00pm and Tidepools will be on Thursday, August 25 at 1:00pm and on Friday the 26th at 2:00pm.  Also in August, Reading the Granite Landscape, a natural history of granite told via geology, plant communities, environmental forces, human use and more is being offered on the Mondays of August 8, 15 & 22 at 10:00am.  For a flyer you can download describing Halibut Point’s Augsut 2011 schedule, click here.

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July 2011 Programs & Events

Halibut Point State Park is featuring a large number of special events in July, beginning with The Atlantic Path on Sunday, July 3rd (and also on Sunday the 24th, both dates from 1-4:00pm).  This program, a three-hour trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline, entails negotiaiting some challenging terrain, including some bouldering, stretches of significant poison ivy, overgrown thicket and muddy spots but the payoff is great – interesting history, tidepools, a varies shoreline and very interesting geology.  Meet at the park’s Visitors Center, don’t wear shorts, and bring water and sunscreen.  Best for ages twelve and up.  On Friday, July 8th from 7-10pm Halibut Point is offering Stargazing in conjunction with the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club.  Bring your telescope and if you don’t have one there will be plenty on hand.  And on Saturday, July 9 at 2:00pm Terry Dutton of D & D Masonry will be at the park with a Modern Stonecutting program demonstrating today’s methods and equipment used in fashioning stonework.  This program takes place outside Halibut Point’s Visitors Center.  Saturday, July 16th at 2:00pm brings Snakes of Massachusetts and the World with Rick Roth and the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.  This very popular program features some thirty live snakes!  Sunday, July 17th at 3:00pm is a Sunday Sounds concert of classic hits with Midlife Crisis.  Both Snakes of Massachusetts and the World and Sunday Sounds are brought to you by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Friends of Halibut Point State Park.  And on Satruday, July 23rd at 5;00pm the third season of Shakespeare in the Park with the Rebel Shakespeare Company gets underway with Macbeth.

Standard park programs at Halibut Point in July are the Quarry Tour on the Saturdays of July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at 10:00am.  Meeting at the Visitors Center, this program features a video, granite-splitting demonstration and tour of the former Babson Farm Quarry.  The Military History of Halibut Point is offered on Mondays at 12:00pm.  Encompassing almost two centuries of military history at Halibut Point, the program also includes a climb to the top of the five-story artillery fire control tower.   It’ll be down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration with Tidepools on Thursday, July 7th at 10:00am, Thursday, July 21st at 10:00am, Friday, July 22nd at 10:00am and Thursday, July 28th at 3:00pm.  And July’s Birding for Beginners with Peter Van Demark will be on Sunday, July 17th at 8:00am – meet Peter in the parking lot.   A July schedule you can download is available here.

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June 2011 Programs & Events

Special programs at Halibut Point State in June begin on Wednesday, June 1st with Keep Moving! a walking program for seniors sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  To get your fitness club involved, call 617-624-5972.  On Sunday, June 5th at 1:00pm the park is featuring Reading the Granite LandscapeThis program details the natural history of granite tols via geology, plant communities and succession. environmental forces and human use.  Another special program for June is the latest trek of The Atlantic Path.  A three-hour trek along Rockport’s resplendent public coastline, we advise that this hike entails negotiation some challenging terrain.  The next Birding for Beginners is taking place on Sunday, June 19th at 8:00am.  Meet Peter van Demark in Halibut Point’s parking lot.  Also on Sunday, June 19th at 3:00pm is a Sunday Sounds concert with perennial park favorites Livin’ on Luck providing classic hits unplugged.  And on Monday, June 20th at noon Halibut Point is hosting the DCR Universal Access Team for a quarry ramble for those of all abilities.  To let them know you’ll be attending, give them a call at 413-545-5758.

Standard park programs for June are the Quarry Tour on Saturdays June 4th, 11th and 18th at 10:00am.  This 90 minute tour entails the showing of a video, a granite-splitting demonstration and a walk around the former Babson Farm Quarry.  The Military History of Halibut Point is being offered on the Mondays of June 13th, 20th and 27th at both noon and 6:00pm.  And costal exploration with Tidepools will take place on Thursday, June 2nd at 8:00am and Friday, June 3rd at 9:00am.  For a flyer you can download containing June 2011 Halibut Point State Park programs and events just click here.

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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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