26 Plympton St. Cambridge; (617) 547-4648
Performers at the Grolier have at least one thing in common: They've all been published. This certainly sets it apart from many other reading series around town, which tend to mix established authors with up-and-com-ing types. Here, such well-known authors as Steven Dobbins and Deborah Dix have been known to drop by to read from their works. Readings take place at Adams House (no relation to Mine's publisher) in Harvard Square on Tuesday nights from September through May, and every weekend in October. Best of all, these shows are free, though donations are gratefully accepted.
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It consists of a number of underwater hills which vary in length, at a depth of 5-8 metres. The surrounding seabed at 12-15 metres is mostly flat, stony and covered in a carpet of brittle stars. Tidal streams are very strong with overfalls developing in the proximity of the Shad during spring tides, so low slack water is the best time to dive the area and surface marker buoys are essential. Unless you have a GPS, the easiest way to locate Glororum Shad is to motor away from Brownsman Island towards Megstone using the echo sounder: the Shad is approximately halfway over. The hill at the southern end of the Shad has a steep cliff-like drop-off from 5 metres to the stony sloping seabed at 12 metres, which is covered in brittle stars. This end is also probably the best and most interesting because it has plenty of crevices and overhangs, which shelter a few crustaceans and the rock sides are covered in soft corals. On spring tides, the thick two-metre long stalks of kelp which blanket the reef top are almost flattened, but it is still possible to dive and find some shelter in the many gullies which criss-cross over the ‘hill. Big individual pollack can often be seen weaving their way through the kelp fronds, while large resident shoals of coley are sometimes so dense they can blot out the light. Best time to dive is at low slack water or on neap flood tides. After the dive it is worthwhile trying a spot of fly fishing because pollack and coley are very tasty, and when you hit the shoals you can catch them six at a time.