Catherine Ryan Talks About Our Lady

Catherine Ryan writes-

I really like your cropped close up portraits of the our lady of good voyage in CAM and the craske Fisherman sculpture, by the way. Hard to do something new with these and I think you LOVE Gloucester so much they’re really portraits, alive for you.

ourlady ourlady2 ourlady3

The little carved wooden one has the boat and baby—given to Piatt Andrews (he and Gardener helped pay/raise funds for build out after fire) wonder why both and who worked with Halfdan H on it

Are You an American Suffering from Dishabille?

dis·ha·bille/ˌdisəˈbēl/ Noun: The state of being only partly or scantily clothed

I was lying in bed, half asleep, when a word entered my mind. Dishabille. I could spell it, I could pronounce it, but I had no idea what it meant. Dishabille, dishabille, dishabille, I repeated over and over again. A nice departure from counting sheep and just as effective.

When I woke up the next morning I looked up the meaning of dishabille. And damned if it didn’t mean exactly what I’ve been thinking about lately. Maybe the word entered my brain, subconsciously, as I made my way in various public spheres, witnessing the annual Shedding of the Clothes that arrives with warmer weather. Seeing the abrupt nakedness of people who should never be publicly unclothed — which is nearly all of us, frankly — is a bit of a shock. It’s almost enough to make one hate summer. Now I’m not talking about the beach. Unfortunately swimming, or potential swimming, hovers over any beach trip no matter how unrelated it actually is to what you are doing at the beach, and gives near-nakedness a sort of legitimacy. I’m talking about everything else. Up to and including: trips to the hardware store, the grocery store, the post office, Wal-mart, and the mailbox. Another category that might seem to warrant or justify near-nakedness: recreational activities (no, not that kind of recreation). As in, an afternoon at a park or a zoo. Think lying on the grass means you can wear those shorts and that tank top? Then you’re wrong. It does not. Unless you can actually fit in those shorts and that tank top without spilling over the sides, through the arm holes and over the top. If you need to call in reinforcements to stay in your clothes, then don’t wear those clothes.

Why am I saying this? ( 1) Because somebody needs to.  (2) For my own sake. I’m one of the approximately 95% of Americans who should not be wearing shorts. (3) For your sake. I’m one of the approximately 95% of Americans who should not be wearing shorts. (4) Because I love America. And we are embarrassing ourselves here.

Just in time for the 4th of July holiday, I think we need to re-think what it means to be truly patriotic. If you love your Country, cover yourself up. The rest of the world is laughing at us (not that we care). Maybe Toby Keith should write one of his grammy-winning songs about it, something like “God Bless the Land of the Free-of-Shorts”. Maybe then America would listen. I’m not asking us to do anything really hard, like lose weight. I’m a big believer in the Freedom Fries and the gymless existence, if that’s your thing. I’m just asking red-blooded Americans to avoid living in a state of dishabille. If it sounds like a disease, it’s for good reason, because no one wants to be the victim of dishabille, especially not the people who have to look at you for the three long months of summer.

P.S. And please don’t use the excuse that you’re “too hot”. This is New England. Our ancestors cooked over wood fires in layers of clothes. All you have to do is get fast food for your meals — the least you can do is put on a pair of linen pants to do so. Do right by your Yankee roots.

Big-time dishabille.

Pumpkin–Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Pumpkin – Pet of the Week


My name is Pumpkin and I am a twenty-month-old cat. I have a lovely pumpkin and black coat which is truly beautiful.   If you would like to meet me, I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA)at 260 Main Street in Gloucester.   The CAAA is a non-profit shelter caring for

homeless cats and dogs.   Check out our website at

Please consider adopting me!   I am so looking forward to having a forever family to love.  I am a calico cat and you   probably already know we are known to bring good luck!

Did You Know? (L.A. Dahlmer)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That in addition to being a wonderful painter of Gloucester, past and present, factual and imagined, L.A. Dahlmer (Larry) was a shipbuilder for almost 40 years, and worked on the restoration of two of Howard Blackburn’s boats?  After spending almost forty years building and repairing boats on Smith Cove, he has spent the last seven painting full time.  His first work was a 4‘x18’ mural of Smith Cove, which hangs on the building that houses his gallery at 15 Rocky Neck Ave.  He then proceeded to paint 106 oil paintings, concentrating on showing Gloucester’s history.  You will find Larry’s gallery and studio on the right just after the parking lot as you enter Rocky Neck.  Larry is a fascinating, salty character, who you definitely want to take the time to visit, and see (and buy) his work, which is very affordable.  His website is

E.J. Lefavour

ART IN THE BARN June 9th-12

Hi Joey, 

So many Greenbelt employees connected with Gloucester say you are THE news source on Cape Ann. We hope you can assist in publishing information about Greenbelt’s annual blockbuster – Art in the Barn, which will take place NEXT weekend, June 9-12. Details attached. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks much.

Mary Williamson

Director of Community Engagement

Artisan Showcase and Sale June 10 – 12 to benefit Essex County Greenbelt
Essex, MA, May 26, 2011: Essex County Greenbelt, the region’s premier membersupported
land conservation organization will present the 22nd Annual Art in Barn artisan
showcase and sale, June 10-12, at its Cox Reservation Headquarters in Essex. For one
weekend every June, the barns and grounds at the Cox Reservation are transformed with
color and form as paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, monoprints, ceramics and pottery,
jewelry and sculpture in wood and iron decorate the surfaces and surroundings of this iconic property. Even the conference room within the LEED certified, “green” headquarters will be transformed into creative jewelry display space, inviting all to discover the work of over 150 participating local artisans.
Greenbelt welcomes the public to Art in the Barn to see and purchase the diverse work of
talented artists from throughout the region, inspired by the natural landscapes and light that have drawn artists to Cape Ann and Essex County for decades. In fact, it is not unusual to see painters set up, palette in hand, on the many Greenbelt public reservations throughout the region. Renowned regional landscape painter and teacher, David P. Curtis, who frequently uses the Cox Reservation as his instructional “studio” confirmed, “For any plein air artist to have nature as an inspiration is important, but this location in particular, provides compositions and designs, which are ever varied and inexhaustible, to any creative individual.”

“The Cox Reservation has been an inspirational painting location for many years for many
artists – especially its namesake, Allyn Cox and his father Kenyon, two of America’s most
famous mural artists,” Mr. Curtis added. “From rolling meadows and open vistas, to the
intimate scenes of wildflowers along old stone walls, the Greenbelt has offered artists,
photographers and nature lovers, a beautiful tranquility that acts as a safe haven from the
world’s distractions,” he continued. And you could say the Greenbelt offers the ambiance of
particular state of mind. As Plato said, ‘It is beauty I seek, not beautiful things.’
Given its long-running popularity, Art in the Barn draws artists in every medium, and at
every experience level and price point. The participating artists submit to a rigorous
application and jury process for admission. The event continues to draw strong audience,
with crowds often numbering 4,000 attendees over three days. “Art in the Barn offers the
public a marvelous opportunity to see and purchase the work of fine regional artists, while
supporting Greenbelt’s important land conservation work,” said Sheilagh Doerfler,
Greenbelt’s Operations Manager, who manages the Art in the Barn event. “It’s one of many ways Greenbelt can connect people to the land and landscapes we cherish here in Essex County, and one way we can take a small piece of its beauty home with us!”

Sidebar: The schedule for the Art in the Barn 2011 event is as follows:
Public Exhibit: Friday, June 10, 9:30 am to 4 pm;
Wine & Cheese Reception: Friday, June 10, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Public Exhibit: Saturday, June 11, 9:30 am to 6 pm
Public Exhibit: Sunday, June 12, 10 am to 4 pm

Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and
communities to protect ecological areas, farmland and scenic vistas. Greenbelt has protected more than 14,000 acres of local land in the last fifty years and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved during most of the last decade. For more information about Greenbelt programs visit or call 978-768-7241

The Satch Kerans Band ~ Rhumb Line ~ Friday

Photo by Louise

“Kerans just keeps getting better and surer with the years…and the wisdom brought by time and experience plays right into his wheelhouse on his third solo effort: populist power-pop with a lived-in feel, in the vein of early Tom Petty, Dwight Twilley, or John Mellencamp.”

                                            The Boston Globe 6/3/11

AT:   The Rhumbline

Friday June 10 9:30

44 Railroad Ave. Gloucester

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Lisa Marie to join the Blues Party this Thursday night

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Dave Says,

That bodacious babe of the blues, Ms. Lisa Marie, Blows into Dodge this week for another grueling foray into the abyss of Railroad Ave. The Rhumb Line, that is. She’ll be bringin’ her big bag o’  musical tricks  and we’re looking forward to an amusing nite of hijinks and muse-ical madness.
Also on board will be that keyboard millipede, Mr. John Cameron, and Madhouse drummbler, Mr. Roger Brocklebank. Of course, Greg T. and myself complete the transaction. See you there!

Did You Know? Gallery Space Available on Madfish Wharf

That a gallery space just became available on historic Rocky Neck, at awesome, fun and rockin Madfish Wharf, right next to Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery!?  The space is very nice, 650-700sq feet, has new track lighting, bath and kitchenette, nice built-in counter for transacting business, good wall space – a nice gallery space in a great location, at the beginning of Madfish Wharf.  The space will be available in a week or so, in time to be set up and ready to go for 4th of July weekend, or possibly by Fiesta.  If you are interested, contact Niki Ahearn at the Madfish 978-281-4554 or her cell 617-543-2977, or if you can’t reach her, you can email me at and I’ll help make the connection.   

E.J. Lefavour

Art Seen on Main Street

Art Seen on Main Street

 Take a walk on Main Street and you never know what kind of Art you’ll come across.


Debbie Clarke’s leaf work drawings quietly speak for themselves.

the reflection is so strong.  the visual distortions interest me. best, deb clarke

foil works on stretchers copyright clarke 2011 gloucester ma

Front Beach, Rockport, circa 1900

Front Beach, Rockport, circa 1900 Charles H. Cleaves/©Fredrik D. Bodin
These folks are enjoying Front Beach in the latest beach attire. Observatory Point sits in the distance on the right. The Rockport fire house is on the left, with its hose drying tower. It wasn’t until after 1819 that water buckets were replaced by a great improvement in fire-fighting equipment – the cotton hose. After use, the hoses needed to dry, and this took place in a 50 to 60 foot tower. Often, a fire bell was hung in the top of the tower.


Printed from the original 4×5 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Negative # A9445-046
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

15 DAYS!!!!!

July 5th 1960 Gloucester Daily Times Fiesta Photos from the Infamous Fred Buck at The Cape Ann Museum

click the photo to see the larger view-


Fred writes-

joey – this is a section of a page from the july 5 1960 gdt showing scenes from that year’s fiesta.  i think i found it in somebody’s trash a long time ago.  i thought you could crop down to some of the photos showing sporting events (the vertical! greasy pole – bring that one back!).  i think most of the photos were by charlie lowe, the master, but no bylines, just ‘times staff’.