Monthly Archives: December 2010

The End is Near

The end of 2010, that is.  Even though I’m spending Christmas far from Cape Ann, I’m dreaming of a White Christmas in New England, and of course already planning for the last night of 2010 at New Year’s Rockport Eve, the annual party (including a ball drop in Dock Square) in downtown Rockport.  Claire Franklin, the one-woman whirlwind who founded and organizes the event, works hard all year to bring all of us this event, offering entertainment of all kinds – magicians, puppet shows, and every genre of music you can think of.

Click the link for more information and the Schedule of Events.  The video is of the band BeatleTracks playing at last year’s New Year’s Rockport Eve.

Thacher Island

Thacher Island

Did you know that in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson was returning from the Versailles Peace Conference, which officially ended World War I, on board the SS America when the ship ran into thick fog near Thacher Island. The fog signal was sounding, but the ship kept heading straight for the island.  At the last minute Third Assistant Keeper Maurice Babcock, later the last civilian keeper of Boston Light, put the foghorn in manual and sounded it repeatedly until the captain steered away from the ledges.  This painting called “Sole Sister” is of one of the towers.  Don’t know whether it is the North or South tower (photo was taken from Atlantic Road).  Can anyone tell me which it is?

Painting of one of the twin lights on Thacher Island

Painting by E.J. Lefavour

Rocky Neck Plunge Info From Brenda Malloy

Joey, baby, H A P P Y  D A Y  to you!
Thought it may be a good idea to give people some directions on exactly where the beach is that The Rocky Neck Plunge takes place. It is called Oak Cove Beach at the end of Stevens Way, neither of which names are commonly known to most, even on Rocky Neck!
When one is driving down Rocky Neck and bears right at Sailor Stan’s restaurant, you take the first street on the  left ‘Stevens Way’. This is a short street, 2 houses long, then you must go either right or left on Wonson St.  If you were to continue straight you go down the gravel path ahead of you, this leads to Oak Cove Beach where the plunge takes place.
Hope to see a big crowd, one and all are welcome!

Friends of The Blog Who Said they Will Take The New Years Day Rocky Neck Plunge-


Nephew BJ (Beasley)

Paul Morrison (and his rubber ducky)

Patrick Ryan

Amanda Nash

Ed (I’m game for anything) Collard

Who Else?

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