Tonno- Ridiculous.

Must visit.  Must Order The Pork Chop.  Yes the pork chop.  Don’t ask questions.  Just do as I Say and thank me later.
Tonno-Ridiculous .  There,  I said it again.

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Hale Construction Crew and Steve Corbett of Corbett  Electric – The Crew That Put This Beautiful Place Together

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Madame Mayor and Anthony

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The Pork Chop-

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The Ribeye-

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SUPER FUN GLOUCESTER HARBOR TOUR WITH CAPTAIN STEVE DOUGLAS!

Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -8 copyright Kim SmithHarbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theke -5n copyright Kim SmithThank you to Mayor Romeo Theken, Pauline Bresnahan, and Captain Steve Douglass for a super fun tour of Gloucester Harbor this morning. A tour of Gloucester’s harbor aboard the M/V Lady Gillian is a fantastic way to experience the waterfront. It’s actually a shuttle and costs only ten dollars for an adult ticket, children are five dollars, and kids under six ride for free. You can take the round trip, which takes about an hour, or you can ride between destinations, all day long. The Water Shuttle connects Gloucester’s two cultural districts, Harbortown and Rocky Neck, with points of arrival and departure at Maritime Gloucester, The Gloucester House Restaurant, Saint Peter’s Town Landing, and more. Visit the Harbor Tours website here for a map, hours of operation, and tour schedule.

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Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -7 copyright Kim SmithMayor Romeo Theken, Pauline Bresnahan, Rosaria Gaimbanco Floyd, Marianne Giambanco Pacquette, Grace Numerosi, Nina Goodick, Rosalie Favazza, Pierina LoContro, Rosa Palazollo, Geriann Palazolla, Donna Ardizonni, Manny Simoes, Kathy Santuccio, Susan Canning, and Roseanne CodyBeauport Hotel Greasy Pole copyright Kim Smith

 

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The last photo in the gallery shows the new handicapped ramp at Pavillion Beach, given by Beauport Hotel

Harbor Tour with Mayor Romeo Theken -9 copyright Kim SmithCaptain Dave Marciano’s Hard Merchandise

Bacheler Civil War coat : a case for a case?

Charles and George King write,

“Hey everybody,

The coat is with the textile conservator and they’re working on it and it’s going great! A magazine about the Civil War is publishing some news about this special Gloucester coat and restoration. We will share that as soon as it’s published.  In the meantime, we have a display case to decide on!
As a reminder, we hope that the coat will be shown 3D which poses some problems. For instance it makes any display case bigger and therefore more expensive. Before we make a decision we’d like the public to weigh in.
We have three options. All of them include the coat standing up on a special form from the restorer, a secure Gloucester High School location, and a stand design big enough to support the coat and show it off.Case002
1)We can place the coat in the huge, already made display case in the Gloucester High School currently filled with trophies and an old poster. The JROTC case needs to be de-cluttered and rearranged and the lighting switched out.
Pros: inexpensive and easy
Cons: You can not walk around the coat. (However we could install a mirror behind it.) 20160414_152350
2)We can put the coat in a 5 sided display case (1/4″ plexi) on a pedestal out in the open in the Gloucester High School. The wood shop could also make a cabinet for underneath the pedestal Pros: you can walk around the coat  Cons: more expensive than option 1 (estimates from a museum and gallery supplier start at $2000) Case006

3)Same as option (2), with some first class benefits that may offer more climate control
Pros: Special access door, special linen wrapped aluminum base, 3/8″ plexi
Cons: Pricey as estimates (from a museum and gallery supplier) with crating and shipping were more than $5000.

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Conservation vs. good enough?
Because some of the estimates are as much money as the restoration, we are considering all the pros and cons and want to hear from the supporters.
On the one hand, we think it’s a shame to repair the coat and chance going through this for nothing. On the other hand, these estimates are more than it costs for kids to go to camp this summer.
We ask: is there a case for such a case?
Please email us your vote for  1), 2), or 3) or  any comments or questions you have.
We hope to reach as many residents as possible, especially kids.
We wish nd Jane Enos will ask the Cape Ann Beacon readers, Mr. Lamont will ask the Gloucester Daily Times readers, and Kim will ask Good Morning Gloucester, and Caroline will ask in the High School,and Jule will ask Bay State Banner readers –even though we’ve asked so much already. “
Sincerely
Charles and George King

Dear GMG Friends

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After over five and half years as an author on GMG, the time has come for me to take my leave and follow a different path. I love Gloucester and have truly enjoyed being a part of GMG, getting to know and love fellow authors, friends of the blog and, of course, Joey and his family. We had many great times on Madfish Wharf at Khan Studio and the GMG gallery, during weekly mug ups, art openings, Nights on the Neck, get-togethers for no particular reason except to get together, Rocky Neck plunges, group exhibits in various places, Christmas parties at Fred’s and more. GMG is made up of a great, unique and talented group of contributors and devoted readers.

As has become obvious, to the great chagrin of some, after being a silent Christian spending too much time in the world and not enough time with Him, God has clearly called me to come out of it and focus only on Him, to be prepared for the times we are coming into. During the course of my posting of the Revelation Series, which Joey graciously allowed me to do, even though it was viewed by some as religion, many readers contacted me, some on blog, many off, to say how grateful they were for the “voice crying out in the wilderness”. When you have a deep and abiding love of someone or something that you cannot talk about, you have no choice but to leave. Imagine if Donna could not talk about her grandkids, Felicia about her cooking, St. Joseph’s Feast or St. Peter’s Novena, Kim about her butterflies, or Paul about RD. For those who despise, disbelieve or just feel they have no need of God, you can feel safe again on GMG.

To those whom God is calling and would like to stay connected, please email me at khanstudio@comcast.net. I intend to start a blog for sharing and discussions centered on God, His abundant blessings on us, and how He is calling us in these times. He is doing a work in Gloucester—calling His to stand up, be counted and come together. This is not about religion or Church—two institutions of man that have in large part miserably failed God in his courtship with mankind—it is about the most important relationship we can have in life. Anyone who is not turned off by God, feel free to come by the Hobbit House and visit any time.

To those who say “good riddance”, know that you are still loved, and no offense is taken. I and other believers in Gloucester continue to pray for all of Cape Ann and beyond.

Wishing all the best to everyone in GMG land, EJ

PS Those organizations and others for whom I have done postings, such as Cape Ann Forum and Rocky Neck Art Colony, please contact Joey so he can direct you on what he needs for future postings.

This Weekend in the Arts

Historic Middle Street Walking Tours
at the Cape Ann Museum

History and Culture while you walk.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present its Historic Middle Street walking tour on Friday, June 17th. Middle Street represents an ever-evolving neighborhood packed with four centuries of social, economic, and architectural history.

All tours begin at 10:00a.m. in front of the Cape Ann Museum. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 email info@capeannmuseum.org for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!

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Image credit: Thomas Sanders / Dr. H.E. Davidson house Middle Street, c.1870. Cape Ann Museum Library & Archive.

Did you know that a resident of Middle Street, Gloucester, saved the town from a British attack by sea during the Revolution? Or that a leading feminist and religious free thinker lived halfway down Middle Street? Or that the 1764 Saunders House that forms part of the Sawyer Free Library has undergone at least three radical architectural changes including a massive Victorian tower? Four centuries of Gloucester’s social, economic, and architectural history are packed into this one short street in the heart of downtown Gloucester. Join us for a docent-led tour of an ever-evolving neighborhood where you will see surviving evidence of the past and will learn about structures and people now gone.

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Fitz Henry Lane Walking Tours
at the Cape Ann Museum

Get your art fix outside.

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present its new and improved Fitz Henry Lane walking tour, Fitz Henry Lane: On Foot and Online, on Saturday, June 18.

All tours begin at 10:00a.m. in front of the Cape Ann Museum. Guided walking tours are held rain or shine and last about 1½ hours; participants should be comfortable being on their feet for that amount of time. $10 Museum members; $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. Call (978)283-0455 x10 or email info@capeannmuseum.org for details. Tickets can also be purchased online at Eventbrite.

Not a member of the Museum? Join now and get discounted tickets to all our events!

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Image credit: Fitz Henry Lane, Kettle Island, 1859, oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Estate of Samuel H. Mansfield (1332.1)

Experience 19th century Gloucester history as this tour leads you through the neighborhoods and waterfront that inspired the artwork of native son Fitz Henry Lane. Learn how Lane rose from modest beginnings in the pre-civil war era to worldwide recognition as a marine painter and why, even today, numerous artists journey to Cape Ann to capture its unusual light, first immortalized by Lane.

Participants are encouraged to bring smart phones or tablets in order to use the rich sources of information in the newly released Fitz Henry Lane Online catalog raisonne. During this walk, you will connect specific locations to the paintings they inspired by accessing the online catalog. Alternative visuals will also be available.

Upcoming Tour Dates: June 18, July 29, August 6, August 19.

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“Persona”
at Flatrocks Gallery

With Flatrocks Gallery’s new show, Persona, four artists are combined to make connections between the personal and the public self. Featuring Nina Fletcher, Kurt Ankeny, Gabrielle Rossmer and John Weidenbruch.  Each offers with their unique medium a challenge to look below the surface. Nina Fletcher, a former nurse, uses her knowledge of the human body as her muse and diverse materials for inspiration. She adeptly moves from printmaking, to sculpting wire, to glass casting to convey her subtly loaded message about the conflicts and universality of being human.  The painter, Kurt Ankeny, offers observations of the ‘others’ and his own anonymity. The figures in his oils(often faceless) are merely a part of the landscape, used to explore the formal elements of line, form and texture on a flat surface. The ordinary and mundane become curious, offering a psychological depth that is at once reassuring and unsettling.

Gabrielle Rossmer’s sculptures are a series of pillars rooted to the ground rising up, alive with form and color. They are built with wood, covered with plaster, painted with of rich color, the layers become integral to their message. These abstract figures create a tension between stability and mobility,  the personal and the private and define the space around them.

John Weidenbruch’s photographs represent an array of perspectives and emotions, and hint at untold stories. His opportunity to travel the globe has offered him the experience of numerous cultures. With a curious eye he seeks to catch the unexpected moment. In the context of this show, Weidenbruch invites the viewer to join him as the outsider, the observer, an individual within a crowd.

Persona runs through July 10th.
There is an artists’ reception open to the public Saturday, July 18th 6-8pm.

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978-879-4683 • www.flatrocksgallery.com

hours:  12-5 Thurs.-Sun.

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s Musical Guest: Bill Gleason 7-10pm 6.15.2016

 

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American Chop Suey – $9.95
and/or Grilled “Day Boat” Scallops – $14.95

Wednesday, June 15th – 7pm
Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!

 

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Think he don’t mean it? Think again. He does. Without a
doubt, Bill Gleason is the best we’ve ever had when it
comes to raw, genuine American blues. I’ve been kickin’
around here for a long, long time, folks… an’ I ain’t never
seen nothin’ close. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
6/22 – J.B. Amero

6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Art and money: Boston Creates chaos and Clara Wainwright Boston Globe op ed

A draft of the coveted 10 year master arts and culture plan for the City of Boston dropped in May a dud, despite– or because of –its $1.2 million price tag.  There’s a lot of pressure riding on Boston Creates final report, postponed until this coming Friday, June 17th. Boston is not alone in its struggles over funding and competing demands. Boston Creates and the ‘Art Czar’ fever did contribute to a climate of planning mana mania that found its way into Gloucester and other cities and towns. Boston Magazine writer Patti Harrigan profiled the year of Boston Creates, warts– no all in the article, “Boston’s Creative Crisis”:

Marty Walsh’s $1.4 million Boston Creates plan was supposed to turbocharge the city’s arts scene. A year after its launch, are we ever going to get anything other than a series of kumbaya sessions and generic platitudes?” 

She does a good job covering some of the reasons. I can add more.  Another perspective was an op-ed piece penned by Clara Wainwright for the Boston Globe. You may know her work with the celebrated 1998 quilt series: “Protecting the Oceans That God Has Created,” by Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association members including Lena Novello, Angela Sanfilippo, Fino Sanfilippo, and Nina Groppo. I am confident you have heard about another iconic project she established.

First Night founder and artist with Gloucester ties,  Clara Wainwright, weighs in on Boston Creates. Her column “A Way Forward for Boston Creates” was published on June 2, 2016, excerpt below:

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“Members of the arts community are praising Mayor Walsh’s Boston Creates, a 10-year master plan for the city’s cultural life, but are concerned about funding. The result of interviews with leaders of large and small arts organizations, and of community brainstorming in Boston’s neighborhoods, the Boston Creates report was directed by Julie Burros, the Mayor’s new cabinet-level chief of arts and culture. In presenting a draft of the report (the final is due to appear June 17), Burros pointed out the broad, rich scope of the plan, but warned that there was minimal funding to carry out some of its goals. I was again reminded of the recent Boston Foundation report that placed Boston last of 10 major cities’ support for the arts. Why such a sad warning, when Boston’s arts organizations and artists have been so clever and resourceful over the years?

In 1970 the Institute of Contemporary Arts invited city agencies and community organizations to come up with projects. The parks commissioner wanted a huge bell on Boston Common, which children could ring by swinging on its rope; a community health center wanted a mural for its waiting room. Artists were invited to choose one of many project ideas or submit a dream of their own. A large array of their ideas were exhibited in City Hall, which then had an art gallery. Mayor White’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the city’s financial community were encouraged to fund those selected. Boston Gas saw Corita Kent’s proposal for a billboard and commissioned her to paint a mural on one of its tanks.

Currently, Artists for Humanity provides instruction and small salaries to 200 high school students in a state-of-the-art building in South Boston. Zumix gives East Boston children musical instruction, the opportunity to perform, and a recording studio and a radio station. Both organizations were initiated by dynamic young women in the 1990s on minimal budgets. Some of their funding today comes from corporate commissions for murals, graphic work, and performances.

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Tourist from Arizona

This couple traveled here in a Travel Trailer to visit Gloucester one of their favorite places.  They are also avid fans of Wicked Tuna, especially “Hard Merchandize” .  They are originally from the New England area, she is a true “Header” from Marblehead, family dates back to the 1600’s.

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#GloucesterMA Fishin’ Update (I’m disappointed that no one guessed)

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A die hard GMG fan would recognize that silhouette. The Legend…

If you’re an old school FOB you remember The Bobskill Chronicles featuring Bobby Bobskill. Well it’s been a while and after a little run in the joint Bobby is BACK and still up to his old tricks.

Here’s a little refresher from back in 2008 when it all began-

The Bobby Bobskill Chronicles- Wake Up Sleepyhead!

And Now Bobby 2.0 2014 Edition
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same-

TERRIFIC INTERVIEW WITH NUBAR ALEXANIAN AT THE LITERARY HUB! (INCLUDING A GREAT SELECTION OF HIS GORGEOUS PHOTOS!)

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NUBAR ALEXANIAN DOCUMENTS THE DYING ART OF EAST COAST FISHING

June 7, 2016

By Rachel Cobb

Rachel Cobb: How did you fall into documenting these fishermen?

Nubar Alexanian: I moved to Gloucester from Boston in 1971. I was teaching photography and having shows, and that was getting a little boring. I wanted to start doing magazine work and learn how to do photo essays, so I decided to find the most successful fishing family, at least in Gloucester, if not on the East coast, and follow them. That turned out to be the Brancaleone family. They had two boats. They were the boats that everyone else wanted to know where they were fishing. I followed them for about a year and a half and went on four ten-day trips to Georgia’s Bank.

I have a middle ear balance problem and get seasick very easily. After the first trip, when my wife came to pick me up, I had lost 20 pounds. She just drove right by me. Every time I would tell the Brancaleone family I needed to go again, they were just incredulous. It was painful for them to see me so seasick. So they were like… No! But they always agreed. When I sold the story to Geo, the magazine asked me to go on one more trip—a winter trip (which are really bad). But when you’re working on something and it has you, you just have to keep up with it.

READ THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW AND SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

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AJ’s Closing Words From Erica Duda

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Erica DudaMorning everyone! I want to talk about the elephant in the room. I am the daughter of Chuck and the sister of Andrew. I am well aware of the reason why AJ’s is closed and will not be reopening.
First off, thank you for your patronage. Our family greatly appreciates your kind words about the food and atmosphere. We are truly sorry we couldn’t make the ship float.
Secondly, the reasoning. Most restaurants (I think the statistic is about 85%) fail. Running a restaurant is hard, getting people to work is even harder. People don’t come to work, people don’t show up for interviews, some people are overpaid but you need them…it’s just hard to find the right people. We decided as a family that it was the right thing to close. We are sorry to disappoint anyone, but it was our choice.
So please, be kind and…

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