Dear Joey and All,
As usual, our days here have gone far too quickly and now it’s time to leave. Each day we experienced something special and have seen something more beautiful than the day before. We have loved eating in the restaurants, shopping in the shops, walking the neighborhoods and docks, hiking the woods and strolling the beaches. But most precious of all is having spent time with those who so generously have extended their friendship to us.
With thanks and best wishes to all for a wonderful summer, goodnight Gloucester!
Ann and Bob Kennedy
From the collections of the CAPE ANN MUSEUM, Gloucester, Massachusetts
“Start of the first race of the International Race showing ‘Elsie’ in the lead with Bluenose in the rear” 1921 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Thanks to Fred Buck for locating this photograph and sharing it with the Gloucester Schooner Festival committee.
From A Race for Real Sailors The first ELSIE – BLUENOSE RACE.
_________ The two fairly flew across the water, all sails filled in the stiff quartering breeze and hulls rolling heavily in the deep chop. “The end of Bluenose’s 80-ft. boom was now in the water, now halfway up to the masthead as she gained on her rival. The Elsie rolled still harder and three times brought her main boom across the Bluenose’s deck, between the fore and main rigging.” It was a constant battle for the weather berth, with members of both crews either handling lines or working aloft or hugging the windward rails. Anyone daring to raise his head above the weather rail on Bluenose caught the caught the edge of Walter’s caustic tongue. __________
A Race for Real Sailors is in stock at the Cape Ann Museum.
The stirring and poignant tale is illustrated with 51 historical photographs and five maps, and rounded out by a glossary of sailing terms and an appendix of the ever-changing race rules. This is a story that will keep even confirmed landlubbers pegged to their seats, a tale of iron men and wooden ships whose time will never come again.
There is a white pigeon with a band on its leg hanging around our little neighborhood. I first saw it on our patio on May 23rd. It has been hanging out between our house and a couple of the neighbor’s houses. (Riverview Road, the one way part that goes in a circle, on the Annisquam)
Can’t get close enough to catch him or try to see the band. I am sure he belongs to someone that does special events or races them. Thought maybe you could get the word out there about him. He isn’t wild, so he is not as afraid – worried a coyote, or cat may get him.
Lisa Ann Whistler Smith
The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.
This week we took a look at the longliner Iron Lady from Boston up for maintenance at Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Longline fishing is a commercial fishing technique. It uses a long line, called the main line, with baited hooks attached at intervals by means of branch lines called snoods (or gangions). A snood is a short length of line, attached to the main line using a clip or swivel, with the hook at the other end. Longlines are classified mainly by where they are placed in the water column. This can be at the surface or at the bottom. Lines can also be set by means of an anchor, or left to drift. Hundreds or even thousands of baited hooks can hang from a single line. Longliners commonly target swordfish, tuna, halibut, sablefish and many other species.
In the third photo below, note the transponders that are deployed to insure finding the location of the line at any time.
Photos © Kathy Chapman 2013
© Marty Luster 2013
Thought it might be a heron but not sure, anyone know
With CEO of Ocean Alliance Iain Kerr, Mayor Carolyn Kirk, State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, and many Ocean Alliance Volunteers.
To listen to Iain’s presentation link to IAIN Speaks
Our lobstrrman.Chris Aboard The Lobster boat F/V Trapper John just sent me these pics of a basking shark swimming 20 miles South of Gloucester
Gloucester Sculptor and Gardening Friend Morgan Faulds Pike writes ~
Just read your post at GMG and thought I’d send this along since it happened today.
I went into the barn to put the broom back after sweeping the porch and I did the daily check of Swally! OMG!
Had to rush the photos because I didn’t know how much time I had. I transferred him via his stick to the monarda. Then he flew away into the juniper hedge, perhaps to be shaded while firming up…
He was a tiny caterpillar last fall. We fed him parsley and you advised us to let him winter in the barn.
Thanks and Cheers,
Morgan Faulds Pike is well-known throughout Gloucester. She is the world famous sculptor who created Gloucester’s beloved Fishermen’s Wives Memorial.
Morgan at Work on the Full-Size Clay for the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Memorial
Leaf-person and Owls by Morgan Faulds Pike
It’s a revolution — a slow one. Perhaps you haven’t even noticed. In school we’re taught about revolutions as if they happen all at once. But most of them don’t. They take years. One day, you look around and everything has changed. It’s hard to notice the revolution when we’re in the middle of it. That’s where we are now — in the middle of Gloucester’s music revolution. Here’s how you can tell:
On Sunday, The Brew, recently named Best Band in New England by the New England Music Awards, will be at Minglewood. One quick listen and you’ll know why they won.
Music on Sundays at Minglewood? That’s right. This Sunday 6/2 Minglewood Tavern launches a new night of music. Let’s get down there and prove them right for adding another night to the Gloucester music revolution.
Next Saturday, Boston Magazine’s Best Local Band, Three Day Threshold plays The Rhumbline. This band ROCKS and defies genre. Listen here. They’ve also got a great sense of humor as evidenced by their Facebook description: “good country gone terribly terribly bad”.
If you look at their tour dates, you see they’re at Meadowbrook Pavilion, Middle East Downstairs (the big room) and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. But YOU can see them at The Rhumbline without even crossing the bridge. That’s revolution.
While you’re at it, check out tomorrow’s Rhumbline choice, Under Griffin’s Porch. Here’s a prediction: It won’t be long before they win a Best Band award.
Gloucester’s music revolution is all around you. Join in and have some fun!
What a great time last night at Giuseppe’s Ristorante, Gloucester, Ma. So many talented performers.
SingerSongwriters were, John Raymond Jerome, Kirsten Manville, Amy Lohman accompanied by Mel Green, Tee Max, The host for the evening with Bonnie Barish and Nancy Davis Williams“Shake”, Charlee Bianchini, Guy Zaccardi and Dan McGinn.
There will be more shows starting the second Thursday in June keep tuned.
Click the poster to view photos
Deb, Jim and I went out for our usual Thursday Cupboard dinner, burgers and fish sandwich. We wait all winter for the summer Thursday night event. After dinner we do the loop, down the boulevard over to GHB along the Backshore, then on to Niles for the sunset. Tonight we turned left to Pirates Lane and watched this beautiful sunset. What a painting mother nature gave us tonight. We are truly blessed!
All the work paid off! Here is City Hall this morning:
Kudos to all the people involved in the restoration work!
– Fr. Matthew Green
Fred Bodin Submits-
Historic Steam Ferry Prudence Visits Gloucester
The 62 foot long Prudence docked in Gloucester yesterday on her way from Belfast ME to Greenwich CT. The owner and two crew came into the gallery and told me about the 102 year old ship. She was originally steam powered and built of wood at East Boothbay in 1911. Prudence ferried passengers from Tiverton to Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay (RI) for 50 years. Later, the vessel gave water-based tours of the Kennedy compound in Hyannis. The Kennedys themselves also chartered Prudence for parties. She then went back to Maine for sightseeing on the Penobscot River, and will now be giving tours in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Prudence at the State Fish Pier in Gloucester
Prudence on Narragansett Bay.
Ted Kennedy at the wheel of the Prudence. This photo hangs in the cabin. Courtesy of Jonathan Wilkes.
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This is my Flat Coat, Jack, warming himself in the sun after taking a dip down in Lanes Cove this past Memorial Day.
Nancy Carolyn Kwant
Elvis Comes to Gloucester!
With award winning E.T.A. Rick Andrade. Rick has performed Elvis at Walt Disney World Night of Stars Show, and has most recently opened up for World renowned hypnotist Jerry Valley. Rick will be performing all the hit songs from Elvis’ 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, including some Gospel songs from his movie career. Proceeds to benefit the West GloucesterTrinitarian Congregational Church UCC as we celebrate our 300th anniversary. Please note that seating is limited.
This will be great fun and is a great fundraising opportunity. Please tell your friends and neighbors!
When: June 22 at 7PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Where: The West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church. UCC
488 Essex Ave. Gloucester MA
Tickets: $10.00 Donation in advance or $12.00 at the door. (Tickets on Sale Sunday after worship)
For tickets please call the church at 978 283 2817
Visit Historic New England for Free on June 1
Free Tours at Beauport – Saturday, June 1
Ten of the North Shore’s finest historic properties are open free to the public on Saturday, June 1, 2013 when Historic New England hosts a region-wide open house.
Travel along the Massachusetts North Shore and experience over three hundred years of history at Historic New England’s properties. Explore some of New England’s earliest architecture in Salem and Saugus, visit with farm animals in Newbury, and check out a 1924 Pierce Arrow touring car tucked into a carriage house on the prettiest street in Salem.
Travel to Cape Ann to visit Beauport, the seaside summer home of one of America’s first interior designers and Cogswell’s Grant with its celebrated collection of folk art. Tour times vary. Please visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org for hours and addresses to plan your trip around the North Shore sites.