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Swimming to the Top of the Tide

Saturday, August 21

2:00 p.m.

Community Programs, Lectures, Readings, Films

with Patricia Hanlon
CAM Green, 13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA
Free for members, $10 for non-members. Register now.

The Cape Ann Museum and Dogtown Books are excited to announce a special author event featuring Patricia Hanlon, author of Swimming to The Top of The Tide

On Saturday, August 21 at 2:00 pm, join us for an interactive presentation on what happens below the grassline in The Great Marsh and how tidal-creek swimming led to Hanlon’s fascination with the ecology of Cape Ann and New England. Signed copies of Hanlon’s new book Swimming to The Top of The Tide will be available for purchase.

The book centers around The Great Marsh, the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. Patricia Hanlon and her husband built their home and raised their children alongside it. It wasn’t until the children are grown that they begin to swim the tidal estuary daily.

In Swimming to the Top of the Tide, Hanlon lyrically charts her new explorations, at once intimate and scientific. Noting the disruptions caused by human intervention, she bears witness to the vitality of the watersheds, their essential role in the natural world, and the responsibility of those who love them to contribute to their sustainability. 

This event coincides with The Cape Ann Museum’s Learning to Swim exhibition which is on view at the Janet & William Ellery James Center Aug. 14 through Sept. 12, 2021.

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