Monthly Archives: July 2013

Schooner Fest Lobster Bake Is ON!

Somebody’s listening on that there Schooner Festival Committee and I like it!

Info is available at:


Last year I proposed this happen and the awesome folks at The Schooner Festival are making it happen-

Last August from your boy Joey C-

I Propose A Monster Lobster Bash At Maritime Gloucester’s New Harriett Webster Pier for Schooner Festival

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Joey C

Love, Pure and Solid From Fred Bodin

One of the highlights of the Block Party for me was a visit by these newlyweds. Phil is from Gloucester and Silvie is from the Czech Republic. They live in West Gloucester. Phil works in the corporate world, and Silvie is a holistic healer. She’ll be hosting an event called "Power, Women, & Wine," featuring healers, artists, and readers at Savour Wine and Cheese on September 19th. Call Silvie at 978-412-5400 for more info. It’s funny, 25+ years ago I hosted an opening at my first gallery in East Gloucester (next to the Last Stop). It was called "Ducks, Battleships, & Wine." Guy thing. Paul Morrison and Rubber Duck liked this:


GMG Stonewashed Caps Are In For The People That Ordered Them!!!! Unboxing Video

GMG Stonewashed caps are in!!! Let Me Know If You Would Like To Pick Them Up.

You can come down the dock and pick yours up any day from 5AM-8:45AM or 10AM-12:00PM at our lobster dock.

If you want it shipped I can ship it instead.

I’ll also have them tonight at our "East Meets West" Show at Castle Manor Inn at 6PM Info-

For pick up-

Captain Joe and Sons, 95 East Main Street, Gloucester MA

Also I’m placing orders for specific sizes of the new GMG Dry Fit Shirts short and long sleeve, Navy, White or Black.

If you would like to be assured that one in your size and preferred color is available for that first printing you’ll need to order by Thursday.

To pre order GMG Dry-Fit shirts for first week of August Delivery-


Silver-spotted Skipper

Although there appear to be far fewer Lepidoptera on the wing this year, as compared to last year’s extraordinary numbers, one frequent visitor to gardens this summer is the Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus). Like butterflies and moths, skippers are members of the Order Lepidoptera and, like all Lepidoptera, they are distinguished from other insects by their scaled wings.

Skippers are characterized by, and named by, a darting (skipping) flight pattern. Skippers are also easy to identify from butterflies and moths by their antennae clubs that hook backward, like to a crochet hook.

The Silver-spotted Skipper caterpillars feed on members of the legume family, including Black Locust, Honey Locust, Hog Peanut, ticktrefoils (Desmodium) and False Indigo (Amorpha fruticosa)

Notice the white sploges on the skipper’s under wing. The sploges resemble bird poop and are thought to be an evolutionary defense against predatory birds.

Silver-spotted Skipper -2 ©Kim SmithSilver-spotted Skipper Nectaring at Oriental Lily

Music in Masconomo Park – Chelsea Berry – Rescheduled to Wednesday

Due to anticipated rain/thunderstorms; tonight’s Music in Masconomo Park Concert featuring Chelsea Barry has been postponed until tomorrow (Wednesday, July 24th.)

The Concert is being sponsored by the Manchester Community Center who unfortunately will NOT be able to provide food at tomorrow’s makeup concert.

See you all at Masconomo Park tomorrow night

Satch Kerans Band performs with The Outlaws

The Outlaws performing at Blue Ocean Music Hall on July 25th, 2013

The Outlaws

Satch Keran Band

The Outlaws featuring Satch Keran Band will be performing on July 25th at the Blue Ocean Music Hall on Salisbury beach. The cost of admission is $29-$39 and The Outlaws will begin at 8pm sharp. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the start of the show allowing enough time to enjoy food and drinks.

East Goes West- A GMG Event At Castle Manor In Tuesday Evening! Be There!

east goes west

Eight of East Gloucester’s Rocky Neck artists exhibit 44 pieces of work throughout the reception area, lobby, dining rooms of Sea Glass Restaurant and function area of West Gloucester’s elegant Castle Manor Inn at 141 Essex Ave.   The exhibit runs July 2 – September 2 with an Opening Reception on Tuesday, July 23rd from 5:00-7:00.  A great reason to visit the Inn and Sea Glass Restaurant.  Hope to see you at the opening being put on by the Inn – it will be great.

E.J. Lefavour

Block Party Debris Field at Bodin Historic Photo

Fred writes-

Here’s my measure of our Block Party. This was a family event, and dicey weather was a factor. But the proof is in my sink. Big crowds, respectable sales, and boy were they thirsty. All of the wine glasses I had out were used, all the wine and beer was consumed, and it was a very successful event. One thing is for sure — we have a lot of happy drunken fruit flies in the back room.

Origami for kids at Art Haven and Theatre Camp for Kids at the YMCA

This Thursday (3:30-5PM) is the last origami class for kids this month at Art Haven!  The content and level of difficulty of the class is entirely flexible according to the needs and interests of those who sign up.

So, for example, if your child (or a child you know) has an origami book and has stopped using it because he/she is stuck on a difficult model or discouraged, register them for the class and bring them with the book in question! I will help them through whatever difficulty they may be facing, and we can fold some model(s) from the book with the other students.

The possibilities are endless! Contact Art Haven for details on pricing and registration, and if you do register and have a specific interest or need, let me know ahead of time so I can prepare if necessary (you can comment on this post).  Here’s a photo from a previous class, showing me with budding origami artist Leon Calvo:

origami class photo

We folded a boat, a dragon, a lotus flower, and a Brontosaurus (aka Apatosaurus). Leon’s father David Calvo is a wood carver who does beautiful work and teaches classes as well.

It’s not too late to sign kids up for Theatre Camp at the YMCA! I’ve heard great things about this program. “Murder on Rocky Neck: The Opera” was the result of a similar program with Henry Allen in the past.1077257_395860890520460_1502729790_oMatthew Green

Pet of the Week-Checkers!

Hello!  My name is Checkers, I am an active and sweet, two-month-old boy kitten.  I am brown-and-black and quite handsome. I love to play and wrestle with my brothers and sisters.  I was in a foster home that had a cat friendly dog and we got along well.

If you would like to meet me and my siblings, we are at the Cape Ann Animal Aid located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.  Please check our website at: for upcoming events.  We always enjoy receiving cat and dog toys for animals here at the shelter.   We are continuing to accept returnable bottle and cans on Sundays from 12 Noon – 3 p.m. for our Transportation fund.

Don’t forget my name – it’s Checkers and of course I know how to play checkers and I always win!


Chickity Check It!- “Tale of 2 fisheries on stage and at the dock Play’s ’80s packing plant a far cry from today” By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times


By Gail McCarthy Staff Writer Gloucester Daily Times

The 1986 setting for the play “North Shore Fish” — now showing at Gloucester Stage resuming Wednesday night — hints at a foreboding crisis in the fishing industry that started as a trickle in the mid-1980s, and has become a veritable deluge in 2013.

But while the dwindling fish landings feeding into the background story for the Israel Horovitz play continue into the 21st century, it is under dramatically different circumstances.

Local fishermen today are fighting to maintain their livelihood against the pressures of a federal bureaucracy they believe wants to shut them down, but the workers who manned the plentiful fish processing plants in the 1980s and in Horovitz’s play faced a vanishing way of life due to automation, foreign competition and eventually, yes, a dwindling number of landings.

In the mid-1980s, millions of pounds of fish were landed daily by the Gloucester-based fleet — compared to the landings at the Cape Ann Seafood Exchange on Harbor Loop last Thursday, which was 7,700 pounds.

For the entire article click here to read it at The Gloucester Daily Times Site

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