Monthly Archives: July 2013

Summer Shots From Jay Smiledge (The Boulevard & Annisquam)

Hi GMG & Joey:

Here’s a few Summer shots from around town today 7-10-2013. (The Boulevard & Annisquam)

Jay Smiledge

Cape Ann Imagery

Henry David Thoreau Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


Sometimes called the first environmentalist, Thoreau, born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, was mentored by the Transcendentalists Ralph Waldo Emerson and Bronson Alcott, his neighbors. His book Walden, about the two years he spent living in a hut he had built himself on Emerson’s woodlot at Walden Pond, has become a classic of American literature for its introspection blended with natural history. His Civil Disobedience, written as an explanation of his non-payment of taxes as a protest against the Mexican-American war, is still influential, and his books on his journeys to Maine, Canada and Cape Cod go much deeper than mere travelogues. Thoreau is also credited with the invention of raisin bread.

Greg Bover

Fish on Fridays

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.

Capt. Russell Sherman (burgandy t-shirt) and his crew splice in F/V Lady Jane’s new nets after they lost the last ones on what “might have been an anchor.” Russell’s wife Chris (holding t-shirt, with the Northeast Seafood Coalition ( says they worked around the clock to replace the torn nets. They expected to leave soon for several days, looking for cod, among other species.

3071 (Kathy Chapman's conflicted copy 2013-07-12)


B+W photo © Marty Luster 2013

Color photos © Kathy Chapman 2013

First 2013 Downtown Gloucester Block Party Next SAT 7/20 – Entertainment Announced

July 20 Entertainment Stages

(SOVEREIGN STAGE) @ Sovereign Bank Upper Main St.

  • 6:00 PM – A Little Bit Country
  • 7:00 PM A short interlude with the Rose Baker Singers
  • 7:20 PM – Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
  • 8:20 PM – Not That Blonde
  • 9:20 PM – Lauriellen and the Boys

(SARGENT STAGE) – Middle Main St. by Sargent House

  • 6:00 PM – Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels
  • 7:00 PM – Fraternal Combustion Engine
  • 8:00 PM – Inge Berge
  • 9:00 PM – The Electric Ear with Special Guest Flag Worship

(MYSTERY TRAIN STAGE) – Lower Main Street in front of Mystery Train Records and the CA Cinema

  • 6:00 PM – T. Max
  • 7:00 PM – Joe and Renee
  • 8:00 PM – Cape Ann Dance Company
  • 8:30 PM – Alek Razdan and the Polygroove Orchestra

*All times approximate

See complete list of all Block Party music @ all downtown venues sorted by time here.

Chamber Music @ Crowell Chapel on Sunday 7/14

Join Us for Arcadian Winds

Date: July 14, 2013
Location: Crowell Chapel
Artist: Arcadian Winds

“A Night at the Opera!”

The Arcadian Winds wood­wind quintet will present their pro­gram “A Night at the Opera!” a cel­e­bra­tion of famous arias by Puccini, Verdi and Bizet in addi­tion to their own pop­ular arrange­ment of Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll.”  Other works include excerpts from Paquito D’Rivera’s “Aires Tropicales.”   The sound of the wood­wind quintet offers a broad range of depth, color and variety of sounds, that lends itself per­fectly to these rich vocal works.  The majority of the pro­gram will fea­ture arrange­ments unique to Arcadian Winds, cre­ated by clar­inetist and long­time Arcadian Winds member, Mark Miller.


Brindisi from La Traviata  Verdi [1813–1901]/arr. M. Miller

Sigfried Idyll    Wagner [1813–1883]/trans. M. Miller

Aires Tropicales  D’Rivera [b. 1948]

4. Vals Venezolano

3. Habanera

6. Contradanza


Carmen Suite  Bizet [1838–1875]/arr. M. Miller

1. Aragonaise

2. Habanera

3. Seguidilla

4. Intermezzo

5. Couplets and Toreador Song

“Songs Without Tenors”  arr. M. Miller

La donna è mobile (from Verdi’s Rigoletto)

Una furtive lagrima (from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore)

E lucevan le stele (from Puccini’s Tosca)

Nessun dorma (from Puccini’s Turandot)

Ah! mes amisPour mon âme (from Donizetti’s La Fille du rég­i­ment )

Visit our website for more information about Arcadian Winds and to Buy Tickets

ARCADIAN WINDS was founded at Boston University in 1987 as a wood­wind trio con­sisting of flute, clar­inet, and bas­soon. The ensemble expanded to a wind quintet in 1989 and has since pre­miered almost 50 new works and cham­pi­oned many others. As recip­i­ents of Chamber Music America’s “Residency Partnership Grant” in 2004, the Arcadian Winds pro­vided a year-long inten­sive chamber music expe­ri­ence for stu­dents in the Boston Public Schools, cul­mi­nating in a per­for­mance of a com­mis­sioned piece by Daniel Pinkham for the pro­grams’ top wind players.  With a strong com­mit­ment to edu­ca­tion, the group con­tinues to bring chamber and con­tem­po­rary music into the public, pri­vate and com­mu­nity schools in the Boston Area including ongoing work as fac­ulty with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The Eco Boutique

_Eco Boutique 0The Eco Boutique is located at 186 Main Street, in Brown’s Mall (to the right as you enter the mall, although they also have an entrance straight on to Main Street).  Like many of the stores I’ve reviewed, they carry a variety of items, including clothes for all ages (men and women) and hand-made jewelry, but they also have a very specific focus: used children’s clothing!  That is good news for anyone with kids, because we all know how fast they grow, and parents often have used children’s clothes to get rid of and need new ones too! Of course, in some families they use the hand-me-down solution; growing up, I often used clothes that had belonged first to my cousins and then to my older brother… But that isn’t possible for everyone. So, here’s a good place to get into the circle of recycling gently used children’s clothing!

Being just a bit east of the intersection of Main St. and Pleasant St., it’s very easy to find, and you can park at the lot a block away on Pleasant St.  (a good central location to part for you to visit practically any of the Main St. stores I’ve mentioned). Their hours are: Sun. 12-5PM, Mon-Wed. 10-5PM, Thurs. 10-7PM, Fri-Sat. 10-6PM.

Next up: The Past Present Shoppe!

Matthew Green


Gloucester Schooner

Greetings Joey C; Working up my ambition to put together some info about my ancestors & Gloucester fishing. Everything works slower with age.

I built this model and named it after my Grandfather Austin Adams who was mate on the Jesse Costa when she got lost all hands in Dec 1916 delivering it to Newfoundland .more to follow. Roger Francis

Austin Adams full sail

Reader Submits Controversy Cape Ann Brewing Steak Bomb- Not Really A Bomb? Vote

Toby Pett writes: :

Steak Bomb – 11 american cheese, peppers, onions, and linguica no mushrooms, no salami…NOT a Bomb…

I tend to agree.

Just because someone calls it a steak bomb is it a steak bomb?

Like if I served a tuna sub and called it a Steak Bomb does that make it a Steak Bomb?


The Annual Magnolia Art Show

Magnolia Events This Weekend! Don’t Miss These!

The Annual Magnolia Art Show will be held this weekend! This very popular annual event showcases paintings, sculptures, mixed media & photographs from Cape Ann’s fine artists. All displayed works are also for sale, and a portion of all proceeds will benefit your Magnolia’s Library & Community Center. Please join us at 1 Lexington Ave on Friday from 7-9pm (includes an artist’s reception with champagne punch & light refreshments, or on Saturday (10-7) or Sunday (10-4). Support your community & local artists, and have a great time!

Also on Saturday is the Magnolia Historical Society’s Cookout and open house. Enjoy free BBQ fare from 11-2 and a tour of their building at 46 Magnolia Ave!

Save the Date! The annual Magnolia 5K Road Race will be held Saturday August 24. An adult & a Children’s race, pancake breakfast and family activities will be held at the Magnolia Library & Community Center and along Lexington Ave. This is event you will NOT want to miss!

Community Stuff 7/12/13


Rockport Friends of the Library hold Summer Book Sale July 19 to 21

The Friends of the Rockport Library hold their annual summer book sale on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from  10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday July 21 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Members’ Preview Sale is Thursday, July 18 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Members can enjoy refreshments along with the best selection of books. Memberships available at the door.

Come browse for novels, mysteries, history, crafts, children’s books and much more.   Most hardbacks priced at $1.50, most paperbacks at 50 cents or 3 for a $1.00, trade backs at $1.00 each, and selected high quality editions at special prices.

Profits from the book sales are used to supplement programs at the library including   the Cabin Fever movie series, the authors’ series, special programs for children, and museum passes.

The sale is held on the second floor of the Rockport Public Library at 17 School Street.

Thank you

Dianne Anderson

978 546-2122

Schooner Adventure’s Gloucester History Sharing Program

History Sharing Program Poster - Urban Renewal part 1001

Come see images of old Gloucester and share your own memories during these monthly presentations at the Rose Baker Senior Center.

Next program: July 12, 2013 (10am)

Gloucester Lost, Part 1: Urban Renewal on Duncan Point (aka Harbor Loop) What happened to Locust, Ivy, Railway, Wharf and Water Streets? See images of the buildings and streets that were removed during the 1960’s Urban Renewal Projects. For more info contact Beth Welin 978-281-8079 or

Hi Joey,

It’s Navy Weekend in Rockport!

On Saturday night July 13 at 6:30 the Navy Vs Rockport Police softball game is always a good time. Is this the year for the Navy to shine? Live DJ and food available

On Sunday from 8AM-10AM a pancake breakfast will be served at Brackett’s Restaurant. This is the Navy committee’s major fundraiser. Enjoy the best breakfast value in Town, look out over Rockport Harbor and visit with the Midshipman and sailors. $5.00 donation at the door

On Sunday afternoon, the Navy Band is coming to Rockport High School !

The Northeast Navy Pops Ensemble is comprised of talented musicians from around the country and provides musical entertainment for audiences of all ages. The versatility of this group allows it to play a wide variety of musical styles, including modern and traditional concert band, patriotic favorites, and popular hits of today.
The concert is at 1:30 PM and FREE of charge. Tickets are still available. Go to for information

Visit our facebook page, rockport navy committee for more information.

Faye Anderson

PS Thanks, Joey!