Cranes Beach Rainbow


Photo by Sally Giaimo

” Hi Manny,

Thank you  a million times for meeting us at the foot bridge, you really went the extra mile for us. Joe was especially grateful to you for the dining recommendation for Azorean – fantastic, superb, delisiozo!  We went to Cranes Beach to walk off the meal so I could get my fried clam fix, later, at the Clam Box. I hadn’t been to Cranes Beach in many decades. What a surprise!  Biggest, most vivid rainbow I have ever seen, right there at Cranes Beach. We felt super natural vibes ! What a great day!

When my niece Vicki gets over her shock of seeing the magnificent photo you took, she will email or probably call me and I will share, you know she will be  a very happy gal.

Thanks so much for responding to my email.  GMG connects me to my roots and memories that I carry in my heart for the sweetness of family long, long ago. I am so glad for you and your “Gloucester Smiles” photos. It  always makes me wish I could be there, and last Thursday, I was!

With much love and appreciation,

Sally ”

One thought on “Cranes Beach Rainbow

  1. This is a excellent post and I feel the same way here as poster Sally, quite a rainbow over head too! Here is exactly how the community comes out to take care of those who have walked the path of life there and guest too! Great Post Sally & Manuel. I miss the falls on Cranes Beach and hitting the apple orchards and fall roadside stands 1(950’s & 1960’s) GMG updated classic. 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

    Sourced from there home page The Russell Orchards:

    The Russell Orchards property has a long history as a working farm. The first trees were planted in 1920 by Dr. Joseph Goodale as a pastime for his son. The orchard continued to thrive and was farmed successfully, with the fruit sold primarily at market in Boston. By the 1950’s the farm was sold to the Goodale family’s farm manager Kenneth Macleod. Mr. Macleod operated a popular cider mill on the southern corner of the property, and the building can still be seen today from the road. When it came time for Macleod to retire, he felt the pressure to sell to developers. A group of neighbors joined forces to purchase the land and make sure that the next owner would keep it as a working farm. They asked the Essex County Greenbelt Association to write an agricultural preservation restriction (APR) that would legally prevent the land from being turned into a development. It was with this APR in place and the blessing of the neighbors that the Russell Family purchased the farm and began the new era for the orchard. In the year 2000, the name was changed from Goodale Orchards to reflect the more than twenty years of Russell ownership and all the improvements and changes made over that time. As the third family that has owned the farm since its creation in 1920, we are honored to continue its long tradition.


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