Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team

Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar - Snakes Exhibit  8-4-2017 and 8-5-2017


We dazzled 'em at the Sidewalk Bazaar for two days in our beautiful hometown Gloucester on Main Street in front of the Bananas Store. We had a lovely native snake display and a whole group of other snakes from around the world to share with our visitors. The crowd ebbed and flowed for two days and thousands of people visited our exhibit - including some camp kids. We had a guest appearance with a Massachusetts dignitary... see if you can identify him below. He even posed in a photograph with Rick in front of our display. A bunch of our supporters gave donations and bought t-shirts, hats, field guides and bumper stickers. It was super fun and we're glad we could provide such a great spread to the public.

We had quite a few ZEN moments where the child or adult was mesmerized and just couldn't leave. We love it... A grandmother came to our exhibit about three different times with a very active boy of about 7 years old. She told me it was the first time she had ever seen her grandchild settle down and focus... ever! He kept asking her to come back to our exhibit. She was amazed that our snakes got his attention and kept it in a soulful way. Why? We know there is something special about being around and holding our snakes. 

Thanks to our Friday volunteers... Joan Hawes, Kayla Saltonstall, Marisa Neves, Marion Healey, Colleen Anderson, Anna DiPerna, Wilhelmina Rolf Thaemert, Victoria Rolf, Nick Taormina, Keith Bertone, Mason Camille and Karen Camille. We even had some groupies who had so much fun holding snakes they decided they didn't want to leave and became on-the-spot volunteers - and one Skate Board Dude even helped tear down the whole works at the end of the day.

Thanks to our Saturday volunteers... Genevieve Healey, Susan Hedman, Anna DiPerna, Marion Healey, Mason Camille, Ron and Karen Camille, Colleen Anderson, Victoria Rolf, Nick Taormina, Keith Bertone, Steve McCrory and the Skate Board Dude who we actually discovered is Daniel Gattineri.

What an awesome group of youth and citizens we have helping spread the word about wildlife. I commend the young people, especially, for dedicating themselves so fully to helping others learn about our snakes and nature. Thanks Marion, Mason and Daniel for spending two full days enlightening the public!

Photographs by Victoria Rolf and Keith Bertone (noted below).



Who's sweeter?

Violet the albino reticulated python
or this fun guy...



Two days of Summer FUN... Rain or Shine


photograph by Keith Bertone









Volunteer
Nick
Taormina
is a
gentle
and
gifted
Educator
and
he
teaches
children
all
about
snakes
and
wildlife

Five baby Ringneck snakes were born two days before our exhibit on August 2 to the mother below. They are so tiny and pretty. The mother (below) lays the eggs and then she is done caring for them. The eggs are the size of a Good & Plenty. You can see our volunteer, Kate Bevins, fawning and gawking over the babies. They are pretty cool.










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photograph by Keith Bertone





photograph by Keith Bertone



Iridescent Skeletor the White-lipped python


three lovely photographs by Keith Bertone

SWEET TEENS






photograph by Keith Bertone


photograph by Keith Bertone

Yikes

Seriously?

Ahhhhh

Sweet...





Showing me

Showing Mom

Showing Snake 

Showing off!





It's a Family Affair










A Few Of Our Young VOLUNTEERS

photograph by Keith Bertone


photograph by Keith Bertone

photograph by Keith Bertone









Celebrity 
Visit 
To
Our 
Exhibit






Who

Is
The
Governor
Of
Massachusetts?

Young At Heart


photograph by Keith Bertone









Thanks for the Mannequin Jennifer and Amy!
It's very retro and styling.

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