Monthly Archives: November 2012

Gloucester MA City Hall Weathervane Repairs Info From Maggie Rosa

Repairs to City Hall’s Weathervane

Maggie Rosa writes-

Weather permitting a crane will be brought to City Hall at 7:00am on Friday November 9th. The crane will be placed in the Administration side of the City Hall parking lot. Campbell Construction, contractors for the ongoing exterior restoration project, are donating their services to remove the weathervane, repair it and place it back on the tower. Rental costs for the crane are being donated by C.E. Cyr Construction Co., Inc. (Lawrence, MA) and Craig Herrmann Design (Gloucester, MA). Both companies are working on the Gorton’s addition project and are happy to contribute to the community.

If mother nature is not cooperative the repairs will be rescheduled most likely for Friday, November 16th.

The weathervane was donated to the City in 1989 by the Cape Ann Savings Bank and is modeled on the famed schooner “Elsie”.

Many thanks to all of these public spirited firms. We appreciate your generosity.


We reported on the failing weathervane this past summer-

City Hall Weathervane in 1989 before She Was First Hoisted Atop City Hall From The Infamous Fred Buck

Posted on August 19, 2012 by Joey C

photo courtesy Cape Ann Museum

Fred writes-

joey – here’s the schooner with a broken mast on top of city hall.  the copper model was created by washburn on rt. 114 in 1989 and donated to the city by the cape ann savings bank.  this pic was taken just before she was hoisted up to her place of honor.  it is, of course, the elsie, built in 1910 by a.d. story in essex.  gordon thomas, in fast and able, called her "one of the greatest."  if anyone can help bring her down for repairs, step forward!  a model of the elsie by cape ann master craftsman erik ronnberg is on display at the cape ann museum.  it’s a beautiful thing…
infamous fred

copper model of sch. elsie made by washburn, rt. 114 as weathervane for city hall.  donated by cape ann savings bank.  1989.

This post is in response to our August 16th photos from David Cox showing the Elsie weathervane in serious peril below-

Sail on City Hall Schooner needs help–David B. Cox Photos

Posted on August 16, 2012 by Manuel Simoes



If you remember our David Cox Caught the

Video- Pounding Waves and Screaming Winds! From Skip Montello

Skip writes-

Hi Joey,

I enjoyed your storm video and stills, wicked nasty storm, nice work! Here are some of what I captured while ducking the wind driven rain,

Thanks Skip

Click below for video-


North Coast Angler

Skip Montello Photos

Sci Fi Ghost Hunters coming to Gloucester’s Hammond Castle

Received a call from our Lara from the Dress Code and her neighbor informed her about Ghost Hunters coming to Gloucester.  Destination Truth’s, Sci Fi’s,  Josh Gates, a local kid from Manchester, MA, will be joining the Ghost Hunters to investigate Hammond Castle and if their spirits are still haunting the property.

  • Wed 11/14
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM on the sci fi station.  Please check out the link below.

Cape Ann Painters and Photographers Group on the Move Again

Hi Everyone,

The next meeting of the Cape Ann Painter and Photography Group will be on Monday, November 12th from 9-11:00 AM.  The first 1/2 hour will be a social time with the meeting starting at 9:30 AM.  Please note that the meeting has been moved to “The Hive” at 11 Pleasant Street (next to the Pleasant Street Tea Company) returning to a more central location which will be more convenient for everyone.  The staff at “The Hive” has graciously allowed us to use their lovely new meeting space.  Thank you!!   Please bring your coffee or tea and any updates about what you are working on.

See you then!

Alice Gardner

Cape Ann MarketWATCH 11/8/12 From Kenny MacCarthy

Interested in Gloucester/Rockport real estate? Watch Kenny MacCarthy’s video commentary, complete with photos, stats and attitude. This week, tour several new property’s as well as a couple favorite "open houses" this weekend.

You have local Real Estate Questions?  Call my boy Kenny- (978) 758-0983

image Kenny MacCarthy’s weekly review of new Gloucester and Rockport homes and condos for sale. 10 properties this week including some good values that are "open houses" this Sunday.

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