Muffy White from the www.muffywhite.com sponsored Bikini Speedo “Speedo Cops” Keeping Camp Spindrift Safe for the 2013 GMG/Farm Bar and Grille Bikini Speedo Dodgeball Tournament at Camp Spindrift March 16th.
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Looks like we’ve finally tracked down those Dodgefather Twins. Apparently they have been hiding in the port-o-potties at Camp Spindrift right under our noses. Nobody panic, The Speedo Cops should have no problem corralling those hooligans and taking home the trophy.
Mamie’s Kitchen DodgeFathers Do not Look Intimidated-
As a side note I ran into the DodgeFathers at Mamie’s Kitchen yesterday where they were secretly plotting to bribe the Official Dodgeball Players Union (The DPU) while scarfing down $5 Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Potato Salad.
CAMP SPINDRIFT IS AVAILABLE FOR RENTALS
Host a birthday, anniversary, reunion or business outing and enjoy the beautiful grounds of our camp. For more information, contact Rick Doucette: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Photo caption: America’s Oldest Seaport: Gloucester, MA (courtesy of InAweofGod’sCreation)
With all the history of Gloucester, Massachusetts, there is an endless amount of sightseeing opportunities for visitors to enjoy. It’s a popular destination that you can get to and enjoy by land or water.
The Annisquam River connects Gloucester Harbor with Ipswich Bay where you can dock your boat along the southern end of the river at Cape Ann Marina (http://www.capeannmarina.com/) or another Gloucester marina (http://www.gloucesterma.com/Boating.cfm?c=71).
Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to enjoy one of America’s oldest seaports and summer travel destinations! Let’s begin our tour…
A glimpse of Gloucester history
● The area is known as America’s oldest seaport, discovered in 1606 by Samuel de Champlain.
● At the time, he named the harbor Le Beau Port, meaning beautiful port.
● The name changed many times before Prince Charles christened it Cape Anne, after his mother. (Now spelled Cape Ann.)
● In 1623, men from Dorchester England were sent to establish a fishing and trade plantation along the port, the first of any kind in America.
● They settled the area by setting up fish stages in an area now known as Stage Fort Park.
What to do in Gloucester?
There’s no shortage of activities awaiting you in Gloucester! Ready for some fun on and off the water?
1) Whale watching, fishing & water fun
Whale watching is a popular attraction, 15 miles off the coast of Gloucester. You can also take part in…
● Fishing charters
● Kayak tours
● River cruises
2) Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (http://gloucestermaritimecenter.org/) preserves Gloucester’s maritime industrial history. It’s located on the harbor and contains the oldest operating marine railway in the United States. The rail was built in 1849 by Burnham Brothers, Parker, Joseph, and Elias.
A 19th century mill building stands on the Center’s property and holds equipment used to power the railway and a workshop where wooden boats are built. The Center also includes three wharves where you can see fishing vessels from different time periods get a sense for how fishing technology has evolved.
3) Enjoy the water from shore
Find fun in unexpected places in Gloucester, MA!
There are plenty of attractions that allow you to soak in the picturesque waterways from land (or even on the docks!).
● Art exhibits, including the Rocky Neck Art Colony (http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/), one of the world’s oldest and continuously working art colonies. The Colony has attracted artists and art lovers to the waterfront for over 150 years.
● Half a dozen lighthouses, dating back to the 1780s
Uncover more info about the fun and excitement that’s ready to be had on the official Gloucester visitor’s website (http://www.gloucesterma.com/).
4) Gloucester supplies & services
There are several places to get gas and other boating supplies around Gloucester. Here are some of these places for your convenience:
● Brown’s Yacht Yard, Inc (http://www.brownsyy.com/) – Marinas & Boat Repair – 978-281-3200
● Cape Ann’s Marina Resort (http://www.capeannmarina.com/) – Marinas & Boat Repair – 978-283-2116
● Cruiseport Gloucester Marine Terminal (http://cruiseportgloucester.com/MarineTerminal/) – Port/Launch Services – 978-282-9700
● East Gloucester Marine – Marinas & Boat Repair – 978-281-0982
● Gloucester Marine Railways (http://www.gloucestermarinerailways.com/) – Boat Repairs and Supplies, Port Services – 978-283-2775
● Rose Marine (http://www.rosesmarine.com/) – Marinas & Boat Repair, Boat Supplies, Port Services – 978-283-3334
● US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester (http://www.uscg.mil/) – Port Services, Emergencies – 978-283-0705
What’s your favorite Gloucester spot, on water or land?
This article barely scratches the surface of this amazing and unique American treasure. If you live in or have visited Gloucester, please leave a comment with your top list of sights or events or activities!
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Dear Joey C.
I hope this note finds you well.
Gayle White suggested i contact you and tell you about our new Art organization in Gloucester. I hope you have a look and "like’ the new website and facebook page – the whole idea is to get artists together in relaxed community spirit of life-long relationship building.
Last year the annual benefit concert for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip sold out at Latitude / Minglewood. This year the concert will be held at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly with a very special VIP Package that includes an exclusive Mardi Gras VIP Pre-Party at the Larcom’s Grand Salon complete with meet & greet, free buffet, party favors and more (see details here). Space is limited so get your tickets TODAY!
We’ve noticed a number of live music benefits/fundraisers lately with a couple tonight (see complete live music schedule here). It’s nice to see people coming out, having a good time and supporting a good cause. One of the things we like about living here (despite the recent cold weather).
Here’s a taste of what you can expect on Friday, February 8 @ the Larcom Theatre
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
— Inspirational Stuff (@InspireYou77) January 26, 2013
Thanks FOB Brooke Welty for sending it in.
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I know this is not the greatest of photos but I was struck by the circular pattern the geese made this morning right as the sun emerged from the sea smoke. Does anyone know why they are doing this-is it just a coincidence? .Just wondering!
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Super sea Smoke today…here is one from Sandy Bay at dawn.
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Play with Clay
Cape Ann Sea Creatures is a February school vacation clay class for children and/or adults with Rockport potter Susan Hershey. It’s a three-part series on Monday, February 18th, Wednesday, February 20th and Friday, February 22nd from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Opportunity Center at Pond View Village in Gloucester. Limited to 24 students. To reserve a spot, contact Stacy Randell at 978-281-8181, ext. 141 or email@example.com . A $5 donation for the series is requested, but not required. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Gloucester Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
There’s no doubt that growing up in today’s world is challenging and perhaps it’s even more challenging to be a parent of a child going through adolescence. O’Maley Innovation Middle School is committed to doing all it can guide both young and old through this important phase of life. With that in mind, we have scheduled two free workshops for parents.
The first one will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in our library. The title of this workshop is “Growing up Male in America”. Some of the topics covered will be: The Boy Code, Boys and Aggression, The Boys Inner Life (a focus on the emotional life of boys), Boys and Schooling, Parent Relationships and Changing into Men.
The second workshop will be held the following Tuesday, February 5th, also from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. This workshop is entitled, “Growing up Female in America”. Some of the topics of this session include: The Girl Code, Girls and the Media, Girls and Schooling, Parent Relationships and a segment called Daughters of the Revolution (a look at the future for girls).
The presenter is Joann Stemmerman. She is an expert in gender as it relates to adolescents. Although now working in the private sector, she has held faculty positions at Harvard University and the University of New Hampshire. Please join us for these informative workshops. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and sharing of common experiences.