Our Buddy Gloucester Fisherman Joe Sans On Expedition Impossible Fiesta 5 K Race Results and Pictures

photos from GMG Photog extraordinaire David Cox-

Check out Nino, Joe and Gus On Expedition Impossible Thursday Night at 9PM on ABC


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Don’t forget to watch Expedition Impossible every Thursday night at 9PM on ABC.

Brian Wilson Band Member Returns To Rockport

Gloucester, MA: Rockport native, Nelson Bragg will return to Cape Ann following the latest leg of his Canadian tour with the Brian Wilson Band. An LA resident now, Bragg returns home to play music and enjoy the 4th of July festivities.


• Bragg plays percussion with Dan King and Tony Goddess on Wednesday, June 29 at the Dennis Monagle Sessions at Minglewood Tavern in Gloucester (9pm, 25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA, free).

• On Thursday, June 30 Bragg joins Dan King at the new Jalapenos Restaurant in Saugus (7-9pm, 168 Broadway St, RT 1, Saugus, MA, reservations recommended).

• On Friday, July 1 Bragg will sit in with groove, funk band, Down & Derby, live at The Studio on Rocky Neck. Derby features longtime friend and Rockport native, Brian O’Connor (9pm, 51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA, free).

Photo by Sharon Lowe


• And ,on Sunday, July 3 Bragg will sit in with live 80s band, SAFETY, at a private engagement.

Bragg has been playing and touring with Brian Wilson since 2003 when he was asked to play percussion on the Beach Boys singer’s Grammy award winning solo album, Smile. The Grammy was for the “Best instrumental” category–Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow featuring Bragg on virtually all of the whistles and sound effects at the top of the piece. In 2005, the Smile two-DVD set was released featuring a full-length documentary of Brian Wilson’s Smile story and the making of it both in 1966-67 and newly in 2004. That documentary aired on Showtime in October 2004 and was directed by Beach Boys and pop authority David Leaf. A live concert performance of Smile is featured on the second disc.

Nelson Bragg has continued on for many tours worldwide including Smile performances (12 nights at London’s Royal Festival Hall) and two nights at Carnegie Hall (broadcast on NPR radio, nationally on Thanksgiving Day 2004), two nights at The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl 3 nights w/The L.A. Phil – 2008, Royal Albert Hall, The Montreaux Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Newport Folk Fest, Brandenburgh Gate – Berlin for the worldwide Live 8 benefit and at The 2005 Glastonbury Festival in the UK, setting attendance records. Bragg has also performed with the band on several television appearances including Late Night With Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Recordings include Brian Wilson’s Christmas album All I really Want For Christmas released in 2005 and “That Lucky Old Sun” released in 2008. In 2006-2007, the band performed the Pet Sounds album in the U.S. and Europe, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Beach Boy Al Jardine joined the band for the U.S. leg of those concerts.

Chickity Check it!- Our Beautiful Sweet Bay Magnolia From Kim Smith

Dear Gardening Friends,

The air is redolent with June’s dreamy scents–Virginia sweetspire, mock orange and rose, Oyama magnolia and honeysuckle, and none more heady than our luxuriant, native sweet bay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana).

For more information about the history of the mysterious Great Magnolia Swamp and of the sweet bay magnolia in Gloucester see the article posted on my blog.

Warmest wishes,


Magnolia virginiana ~ Sweet Bay Magnolia

Located in the heart of Ravenswood Park in Gloucester there is a stand of Magnolia virginiana growing in the Great Magnolia Swamp. It is the only population of Magnolia virginiana known to grow this far north. I took one look at the native sweet bay magnolia and breathed in the fresh lemon-honeysuckle scent of the blossoms, fell in love, and immediately set out to learn all I could about this graceful and captivating tree. Recently having returned from a trip to visit my family in northern Florida, I had tucked the bud of a Magnolia grandiflora into my suitcase. I was dreaming of someday having a garden large enough to accommodate the Magnolia grandiflora and was overjoyed to discover the similarities between M. virginiana and

M. grandiflora. For those not familiar with the Southern magnolia, it is a grand, imposing specimen in the landscape, growing up to fifty feet in the cooler zones five and six, and one hundred feet plus in the southern states. M. grandiflora is the only native magnolia that is reliably evergreen in its northern range, flowering initially in the late spring and sporadically throughout the summer. The creamy white flowers, enormous and bowl-shaped (ten to twelve inches across), emit a delicious, heady sweet lemon fragrance.


Did You Know? (Avery & Mann)

That Wendie Demuth’s Photography Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck is located in the space that once housed the galleries of historically significant painters, Milton Avery and Ward Mann? 

Milton Avery was born at Sand Bank, New York, today known as Altmar, on 7 March 1893. After studying for a while at the Connecticut League of Art Students in Hartford under Charles Noel Flagg and at the Art Society School there under Albertus Jones, Avery worked in manufacturing and with an insurance company until 1924. During the early 1920s, Avery spent his summers in Gloucester at Rocky Neck Art Colony, where he met his wife, Sally Michel, also a painter. In 1925, he moved to New York City and married Sally a year later.

He had his first one-man show as early as 1928 at the Opportunity Gallery in New York. The decades that followed saw him show work at numerous exhibitions mounted by New York galleries and American museums. Milton Avery’s preoccupation with French Fauvism and German Expressionism led him to develop a simplified formal idiom distinguished by clarity of line and an expressive palette. Whereas Avery’s early figurative drawings and paintings from the 1930s attest to affinities primarily with the work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, by the 1940s he was discernibly close to Henri Matisse.
As the American upholder of Matisse’s colouristic doctrine, Milton Avery developed the French artist’s decorative colour surfaces into subtly toned colour zones, thus breaking the ground for the Colour Field painting of Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb, both of whom were friends of his. Even though his style was close to abstraction, Milton Avery nonetheless clung to representation throughout his entire career. Classical motifs and subject matter in portraits, still lifes and coastal landscapes were his main thematic areas and genres.  Prolific as a painter, graphic artist and ceramist, Milton Avery received numerous awards from American art institutions before he died in 1965 although he only really became famous posthumously. Now he is acclaimed as one of the most influential US 20th-century artists.

Ward Mann was born in Detroit on October 3, 1921, Ward Mann was introduced to drawing and painting at the Detroit Institute of Art. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, at age twelve his work was accepted in an open exhibition of the Scarab Club in Detroit.

During WWII, he volunteered and served as a commissioned officer in the US Army Air Corps. After service, he earned his engineering degree from the University of Michigan, College of Engineering. He then had a productive career as an engineer while raising three sons.

His childhood interest in art lingered. In 1963, after relocating to Webster, New York, he made a career change. A self-taught artist, he began achieving recognition in major exhibitions and by various art organizations. In 1974, he joined the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and opened the Ward Mann Gallery on Rocky Neck at what is now called Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck. Renowned for his marine paintings, he traveled and painted extensively in Europe, Greece, Norway, South America, and throughout the United States. 

His professional, signature memberships include Oil Painters of America (OPA), the Salmagundi Club (SCNYC), the International Society of Marine Painters (ISMP), and many other art organizations. He’s listed in Who’s Who in American Art and in Who’s Who in the East. He died October 13, 2005, in Webster, New York.

Wendie is in the company of some excellent artistic spirit at 77 Rocky Neck, G4.  Stop in to see her very unique, Cape Ann and world view photography, and to visit her historically significant space within the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

E.J. Lefavour


NORTH SHORE ARTS ASSOCIATION NEW MEMBER EXHIBITIONS & Charles Movalli Painting on Raffle for Know Breast Cancer Campaign

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North Shore Arts Association presents Members Exhibition III’s Opening Reception on Friday, July 1st 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The show will be on display through July 23rd. Also opening is the Associate Members Show, July 1st through July 16th. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, July 8th 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Gordon Grant Room. NSAA is proud to display artist Charles Movalli’s painting which is being raffled to raise money for “Know Breast Cancer” campaign.

The “Know Breast Cancer” raffle is a fundraising effort to help provide breast cancer awareness education to women of Essex County. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be purchased by cash or check at the gallery. This is a great cause with the chance to win a beautiful painting.

North Shore Arts Association has a thriving artist membership of over 350 contemporary artists recognized nationally and worldwide. They come not only from Cape Ann, but throughout North America. NSAA’s historic old building, located at 11 Pirates Lane in Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view the largest collection of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann.

North Shore Arts Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 pm. The gallery extends its evening hours on Fridays, June through August, until 8:00 pm. In addition to exhibitions, NSAA also offers demonstrations, workshops, lectures, critiques, an art auction on August 6 and more. Please call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

Thursday Night Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line To Host ~ Evan Goodreau ~ Alright!

Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Photo by Sharon Lowe


Dave Says,

    This time around, we exercise your limbic system with the addition of Mr. Evan Goodreau. X-spurt fabulator and jongleur, this string-breaking, indian rope burning glitarist and  vogelizer is sure to put a spring in your step with his particular brand of musical menthol.We’re lucky to have him live and kicking.
  Our backup plan consists of Mr. Greg Dann, security guard, on Drummps,and, of course, Mr. Greg T. on catarrh with myself, on base. come dance.


Come Celebrate Our Grand Opening! This Week with Schooner Adventure

Thursday, June 30

11 am – Historic Gloucester Harbor Cruise

Step back in time during a 1 1/4 hour cruise around Gloucester Harbor on the King Eider. Using historic photographs, we’ll go back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s identifying former companies from our fishing past at their original locations.

11 am – Thursday mornings (June 30 – Sept 1) – Weather permitting

$18 per adult/ $8 children up to age 12

Please make reservations with Cape Ann Harbor Tours on Harbor Loop


Saturday, July 2

10 am – Gloucester’s Working Waterfront Walking Tour

Join us at the Fishermen’s Memorial at 10am for a guided walking tour of the Gloucester’s Working Waterfront. Looking at old photographs and maps, we will go back to the days of Gloucester’s fishing heyday. Old companies and buildings will be identified at their original locations as we make our way to Duncan Point. ($5 pp)

Saturday, July 2

10 am – 4 pmGrand Opening of Schooner Adventure

at Her New Home at the Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck

· Open House on the 1926 Dory Schooner      Adventure

· Dory fishing presentations at 11:00 and 1:00

· View the 1925 Gillnetter Phyllis A.

· Sea Chantey singing

· Children’s Activities

· Ship’s Store

For more information call 987-281-8079 or email bwelin@schooner-adventure.org

Chamber Auction on July 21


The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its Twenty-fourth Annual Auction on Thursday, July 21, at Woodman’s inside of its’ function hall (The Essex Room) located at 121 Main Street in downtown Essex.

The auction, which has been hosted by several different function halls in the past, is back at Woodman’s for the first time since 2004. Donations include trips to Africa, as well as a trip aboard the Schooner American Eagle which goes includes a stay of six nights. Several other New England vacations are among the fabulous items as well as tickets to Red Sox games, beautiful local artwork, gift cards from many of Cape Ann’s finest restaurants and autographed sports memorabilia along with many other items.

The on-line edition of the auction will begin July 15 and continue through July. Many items can be found on the Chamber website (www.capeannchamber.com) or you can see additional information on Facebook (2011 Auction).

Tickets are $20 per person and are strongly encouraged to be purchased prior to July 10th. Call the Chamber office at 978-283-1601 to reserve your seat or contact Tim Burton at tim@capeannchamber.com

Absolutely Adorable!

These children were getting antsy as they waited for the parade to start. Keeping clean in  Fiesta whites isn’t easy when you’re a kid. But, under Tally’s where the balloons were being inflated seemed like a great place to hang out.  They posed briefly for my shot. To them, the balloons were much more fun!

Jacob Dow, Manchester, circa 1890

Jacob Dow, Manchester, circa 1890 Alexander R. Cheves/©Fredrik D. Bodin

Jacob Hilton Dow Jr. was born in Manchester in 1826. He worked as a furniture maker until enlisting in the Union Army in December of 1861. Seven months after reenlisting in 1864, he lost his leg at the Battle of the Crater in Virginia. When Dow returned to Manchester, he took up lobstering. In this photograph, he’s rowing his dory in Manchester Harbor. Beach Street is in the background. Jacob Dow passed away in Manchester in 1901, at the age of 75.
Thanks to: Carl R. Triebs, They Rallied ‘Round the Flag (Manchester Historical Society).

Printed from a 4×5 inch copy negative in my darkroom. Negative # AC9645-001
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Tagging Wolffish on Stellwagen Bank

It’s not easy wrestling with an Atlantic wolffish, even when it’s on a ship’s deck, out of its element. Strong, slimy, and endowed with a brawny set of jaws sporting hefty canines, wolffish—ocean catfish, many locals call them—exude a bad attitude. Those teeth, designed for crushing clams, crabs, and sea urchins, seem just as determined to clamp onto a hand or boot.

Just ask Dr. Elizabeth Fairchild, assistant research professor at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and lead investigator for the Northeast Wolffish Tagging Project. For the past few weeks, Fairchild has has been wrangling, tagging and releasing wolfs aboard two commercial draggers, the F/V Stormy Weather (Capt. Carl Bouchard) and the F/V Lisa Ann II (Capt. Jim Ford), departing from the Gloucester Marine Railway on Rocky Neck. Assisting Fairchild in these tagging endeavors—restraining an angry 25-pound wolffish isn’t a one-man job—are Dr. Shelly Tallack, research scientist at the Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), and GMRI interns Willy Goldsmith and Kristina Thorpe.

If you spend any time targeting groundfish off the Cape Ann coast, odds are you know two things about wolffish. First, they’re delicious—the “poor man’s lobster,” some say. Second, since May 2010, it’s been illegal for both recreational and commercial fishermen to keep them. The move to ban retention has sparked controversy, largely due to the dearth of data about wolffish biology, population structure, and migratory patterns. Enter Fairchild and crew.

Funded by the Northeast Consortium, this research project aims to tag wolffish in Massachusetts Bay in order to learn more about their movements in the region. Each fish is weighed, measured, and marked with two yellow dart tags beneath the dorsal fin.

The project puts a premium on cooperative research, both among research institutions and between researchers and fishermen. Joining Fairchild and Tallack is Dr. Michael Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MA DMF), based in Annisquam, who will look at age and growth patterns in the species.

A tagged wolffish is easy to spot—look for the bright yellow streamers just below the dorsal fin.

If you catch one, please leave the tag(s) in place, but note down the following information:

  • Tag number
  • Fish length
  • Location captured
  • Date

And if possible:

  • Gear type
  • Habitat type
  • Spawning condition
  • Water depth

To report your tag and claim your reward, you can:

  • Call (603) 862-1244

The plastic dart tagsCapt. Carl Bouchard with tagged wolffishElizabeth Fairchild preparing to collect dataGMRI Intern, Kristina, measures a wolffishGMRI Intern, Kristina, with wolffishGMRI Intern, Will, with wolffish

All pictures and story provided by William Goldsmith