Here are the installations under way at Faneuil Hall.
It’s On! We’re meeting at 10:30AM Saturday at Passports for a nice warm up meal before we head to Oak’s Cove Beach on Rocky Neck. Who want’s to go and who of our contributors will be there to film it?
Weather Vanes and Slate Roofing
A weather vane is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind. They are typically used as an architectural ornament at the highest point of a building. Although partly functional, weather vanes are generally decorative, often featuring the traditional cockerel design with letters indicating the points of the compass. Other common motifs include ships, arrows and horses, or as in the case of this one in Annisquam at Lobster Cove, a lobster. The word ‘vane’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘fane’ meaning ‘flag’.
Slate roofing was used in the eastern part of the country prior to the American Revolution. Despite this, the slate industry did not gain prominence here until the mid-nineteenth century. A number of factors contributed to the industry’s development including the advent of cheaper forms of transportation, first by canal and later by rail. An increasing U.S. population (which almost tripled in the years from 1830 to 1860) increased the demand for housing and building materials. Architectural tastes also contributed to advances in the slate industry. The prevailing architectural styles of the mid-nineteenth century placed strong emphasis on prominent rooflines. Slate, laid in multi-colored decorative patterns, and was particular suited to the curved or straight Mansard roofs of the Second Empire style and the steeply pitched roofs of the High Victorian Gothic. Installed properly, slate roofs require relatively little maintenance and will last 60 to 125 years or longer depending on the type of slate employed, roof configuration, and the geographical location of the property. Some slates have been known to last over 200 years.
Hippy – Pet of the Week
Hello! My name is Hippy, a sweet five-month-old boy Spaniel mix pup.
I am happy and outgoing. I love people and other
dogs. I weigh about 13 pounds, so I will be medium in size when I am
all grown. I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (capeannanimalaid.com)
and hoping I will be adopted soon. I am so excited
about being part of a family. I don’t need my own room, I would be
happy just to sit on my new owner’s lap.
Please stop down to 260 Main Street in Gloucester and ask for
Hippy! If you want to start out the New Year with lots of fun,
just adopt me!
Thanks to Tina Ketchopolos who sends in the Pet of the Week
Jazz brunch with Linda Amero (vocalist) and Steve Heck (Piano)at The Gloucester House Restaurant, Seven Seas Wharf, Gloucester, MA on New Year’s day 11:00-2:00 pm. 978-283-1812. www.thegloucesterhouse.com
I hope you all had a great Christmas! I also want to let you all know about New Years Eve at the Topside. We will have a great dinner menu featuring Baked stuffed lobster, filet mignon, Duck Ala Orange, Fresh Atlantic Salmon, and Pork Scallopini Ala Oscar (with asparagus and lobster meat). We will also be ringing in the New Year with entertainment from Ryan Faraday and will also have a complimentary Champagne Toast at midnight!! See you there…
This is where we will be at noontime on New Year’s Day for the Rocky Neck Plunge. It will be a time to conquer fears. It will be a time for new beginnings., a time to bond with your fellow crazies who dare to step outside of normalcy and to do something just because others say it shouldn’t be done! People ask “Why?” I say- Why Not?
Bucket list stuff! Once you do it you will be able to recount the memory every year fro the rest of your life. Come join us for some serious fun!
Oak Cove Beach-
Rocky Neck Plunge Info from Brenda Malloy-
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!
The Plan B Christmas Night
My Number One Pick Is New Years Day at Noon-
You know you wanna!
There are a ton of New Year’s Eve Celebrations-
Friday Dec 31st-
More listings to be added as they come in
Jan 1st New year’s Day-
North Shore Blogger Consortium Picks-
The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.
Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.
Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.
North Shore Kid: Weekend Picks Dec. 31- Jan. 2, 2011
The “Doc” Will Be In The House!!
Willie Alexander…will be joining David “Doc” Vincent…Alek Razdan…Rik Razdan..New Years Eve..in Rockport Mass. Shalin Liu Performance Center Main Street ..here is an early W.A. video this aired on M.T.V. Filmed on Bass Rocks in Gloucester..thought you might enjoy this.
Previously aired on GMG
Fun filled music video shot in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the early 1980’s, starring: Willie Alexander and the Confessions.
Click The Pic For The Slide Show