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Ruby Wolf between double oriels

“Ruby Wolf” in big script

Cool sign on ground floor space below double orieole windows adorning W.G. Brown building on the 7-11 Pleasant Street side.  What’s coming?

Ruby Wolf

The building dates from 1882.

William Glover Brown was born in 1854 and emigrated from Scotland in 1872. He worked in Providence before building a business in Milford which he brought to Main Street in Gloucester in 1885. In five years the William G. Brown & Co drygoods moved to a bigger Main Street space.  From Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, ed. William Richard Cutter ©1908 from Harvard College Library collection (digitized by Google), and one ad from Polk’s 1960 directory. 

 

 

 

sweet ducklings navigate the current at the Cut alongside Gloucester DPW lovely storm repairs

It has been a long time since I’ve brought a tiny boat through the Cut from the Annisquam side (alert and praying I wouldn’t slam into the walls or another boat as the waters rush and pull).  How were ducks faring? They were  amusing and difficult to count for a few stolen moments on this glorious summer day. They’d dive to eat what I’m not sure, and pop up, sometimes a bit too far back. Once they were under so long I found myself crossing to the other side of the bridge to see if they were dragged back or catching a ride. Not a chance.

I found the completed winter storm repairs at the Cut equally beautiful and distracting.

Nice job Gloucester Department of Public Works (DPW)!

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VID (38 seconds) ducklings negotiate current at the Cut (wait for the cluster to pop up)

 

 

July 13 2018 – Gloucester Department of Public Works has completed winter storm repairs 

 

 

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Woman-Owned Businesses along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway to welcome Austin Healy auto tour

It has been just over 6 months since the first airing of the “ Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway” on Chronicle WCVB Ch.5.

Pauline Bresnahan writes, “We have seen a tremendous amount of visitors to our trail since because of that show. We have also mailed about one hundred copies of our trail map when we get a request either on our Facebook page or when they call a shop.

“We can’t begin to thank the Chronicle crew from the show. We have seen visitors from Needham, Pembroke, Roslindale, Methuen, Holliston, Quincy, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Gardner, Andover, Gloucester, Rockport, Cambridge, Boston, Arlington, just to name a few. (courtesy photos – find more on the Facebook page)

 

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“We were thrilled to have visitors arrive on a small bus from the Council on Aging in Topsfield MA. We encourage small tours when organizations contact us, including this exciting news:

VINTAGE CAR ENTHUSIASTS INSPIRED TO BOOK A ROAD TRIP for our tour

“Recently we were contacted by an Austin Healy Auto owners group. They will be holding a weekend summit in Beverly and have asked to do part of our trail on an early morning in August. They have a three hour window and have asked for information. We are very excited to host this group of about 60 owners and their spouses. Some of us will offer refreshments and small gift pack on information about our own towns. “We have connected four communities along a beautiful road by working together. It has been awesome!”-

photo challenge: can you name the stars with an Austin Healy? Look forward to seeing photographs of Austin Healys August 2018 in Gloucester and along the Byway.

 

Dog poop altars

 

Winter, spring, summer and fall-  beach paths, trails, sidewalks, boulders and streets are not immune to collections of remaindered dog poop bag offerings.

 

I assume this back windshield wiper tie off is temporary. However I’ve seen them on parked cars like this one in the Cape Ann Museum lot.

 

A Gloucester resident writes about this inconsiderate habit common in local…cemeteries. I have seen them there, too. Today’s paper July 9, 2018 Dog Owners should remove waste

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Not just Gloucester. Friends are barking mad about dog poop on Manchester Singing Beach. A frustrated Rockport resident penned a letter to the editor May 2018 “The Dog Poop Saga” , Gloucester Daily Times. 

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and another March 23 2017, this one in the police notes “Owners fined for pet poop on beach” 

Why is Gloucester providing bags at all especially at the newly completed Boulevard? They don’t seem to work.

Around the globe:

  • Cities go to extreme lengths to tackle a dog poop epidemic- excerpt “And so cities, tired of the turd, are devoting precious brainstorming hours to inventing ever-more-novel ways to combat it. The latest is Madrid, which this week announced a “shock plan” to force dog owners in two districts to clean up after their pets: Those caught not doing so must either spend a few days as substitute street cleaners or face a $1,700 fine. The Spanish capital’s city hall said “there is still excrement in the streets, parks and other places” despite “repeated public awareness campaigns” and the distribution of millions of free poo bags, according to The Guardian…In 2013, Brunete, a suburb of Madrid, boxed up dog feces and mailed it to scofflaw owners. For two weeks, volunteers spied on dog walkers, sidled up to those who didn’t scoop and asked the name of the pooch — which, because most were registered with the city, was usually enough information to determine the owner’s address. Mayor Borja Gutierrez told the New York Times that the problem was the No. 1 constituent complaint, and that the mail-bombs had improved things by 70 percent. “It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop. We are just returning it to you,” Gutierrez said. Why are such absurd programs necessary? Fortunately, someone tried to find out. Last year, Matthias Gross, a German sociologist, published an entire paper about it in the journal Environmental Sociology. Its title: “Natural waste: canine companions and the lure of inattentively pooping in public.”
  •  DNA pursuits: “People used to think dog poop was harmless; it was considered fertilizer when in fact it contains more bacteria and chemicals than human poop, spreads parasites and pollutes our water supply,” said J Retinger, CEO of BioPet Labs. “We also have way more dogs in the world. Millennials have dogs before they have children.”… BioPet’s subsidiary, PooPrints, may be the ultimate solution for eradicating dog poop scofflaws. The company, which has grown 40 percent since 2016, provides a DNA testing program to 3,000 clients — primarily homeowners’ associations and building managers — in the U.S., Canada and England, including 250 in Florida. More than 250,000 dogs are in the PooPrints registry. Communities that implement the program require residents to profile and register their dogs. Offending poop gets tested, and the DNA is matched with the offending dog. The owner faces fines or eviction.“Property managers report a 95 to 99 percent reduction in waste,” said Ernie Jones, PooPrints sales manager. “People know DNA testing is accurate and will make them accountable. If you know you are going to get fined $250 to $500 you will take a couple minutes to pick up after your dog.”
  • Japan- (2015)City launched app to report dog poo

Along with consequences (taxes and fines), some communities try incentives beyond bags. New Taipei Taiwan unleashed a dog poop lottery: “Officials in New Taipei City say that more than 4,000 people have collected 14,500 bags of excrement. For each bag they turned in, they were given a lottery ticket. A woman in her 50s won the top prize – a gold ingot worth $2,200 (£1,400). The scheme was due to end in October, but officials said it had been so successful it had been extended…”

The Poop Problem: What to Do With 10 Million Tons of Dog Waste, op-ed, Live Science, April 2014 What’s wrong with scrap paper or newspaper? I used that in New York when Bags were not a thing.

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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema welcomes three more sponsors- 2 days till The Greatest Showman

Five free movie nights begin Wednesday July 11th, 2018- The Summer of Song!

City of Gloucester and Rob Newton, Cape Ann Cinema and Stage, announce the 2018 Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema free outdoor movies line up:

July 11 ::: The Greatest Showman
July 18 ::: Coco
July 25 ::: The Wizard of Oz
August 1 ::: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
August 8 ::: Footloose
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8. Rain dates  August 15 & 22

HarborWalk Summer Cinema Sponsors and Presenters include:

Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library, Sudbay Automotive, and 1623 Studios (Cape Ann TV) join North Shore 104.9, the Building Center; ToodeLoos! ; Doyon’s Appliance ; and Cape Ann Savings Bank  as HarborWalk Summer Cinema important sponsors. 

 

The Summer 2018 movie nights are presented by: Woodman’s of Essex;  DIVA; Cape Ann Lanes, The Cave Gloucester Mass: Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Shop, and Gloucester Auto Body.

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Synergy at Cape Ann Motor Inn Long Beach: Salty Frank’s Dogs, Cape Ann SUP, and The Cow mobile ice cream parlor

Veritable foodie and water sports holiday corner at the Cape Ann Motor Inn Gloucester side of Long Beach in the summer of 2018.

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Water sports galore: Cape Ann SUP returns with their awesome crew ensuring the beach is festive with all that good energy

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new this summer:

Salty Frank’s Dogs will be on site Tuesday through Sunday fair weather days, and weekends after Labor Day. The menu changes up daily and goes beyond dogs (lobster rolls, mozzarella sticks, chicken…) One photo shows  looking back to his childhood: his family stayed in the first house on the front cottages row. There used to be a store on the ground floor.

 

 

Testing the waters this weekend:

The Cow: mobile scooped ice cream parlor frappes, iced coffee and more

 

 

Check out the Cape Ann Motor Inn’s live beach cam 

back and side Cape Ann Motor Inn; North Shore Music Theater flies Aladdin banner

 

 

 

 

Heidi L Johnson solo exhibition opens tomorrow at Jane Deering Gallery

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Heidi L Johnson holds a BFA from Tufts University and a Diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she was awarded the Traveling Scholar prize in 1990, after which she lived and worked in Italy. Johnson is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two Pollock Krasner Grants, the Elizabeth Foundation Artist Grant, the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award in Painting. Fellowships include the Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dale, Norway; the Bronx Museum Artist in the Market Place, New York; and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Residencies include Byrdcliffe Foundation for the Arts, New York; Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Maine; Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, New York; and ARTOMI International Residency Program, New York, among others. She has exhibited widely in the US and internationally in Sweden, Norway, Australia and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. Johnson maintains a studio in the Bronx, New York City.

 

The exhibition will continue thru July 31st. Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1:00 – 4:00pm and by appointment 917-902-4359 19 Pleasant Street Gloucester MA 01930 info@janedeeringgallery.com  http://www.janedeeringgallery.com

Cape Ann Museum special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady opens Saturday July 7

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From the museum’s press release:

Cape Ann Museum’s special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877–1970)

Affectionately known to many as the bug painter, Harrison Cady (1877–1970) was a much loved member of Cape Ann’s summer art colony throughout the 20th century. A prolific illustrator, a printmaker and a painter, Cady was one of the last links to our nation’s Golden Age of Illustration, a distinction he earned through his long collaboration with writer Thornton Burgess. View from the Headlands, a special exhibition of works by artist and illustrator Harrison Cady (1877-1970) will open at the Cape Ann Museum on July 7, 2018, and remain on display through October 28, 2018.

Cady began his 70-year career as an illustrator with the Brooklyn Eagle and later worked for numerous popular American publications, including Life magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, the Saturday Evening Post, and Good Housekeeping. His syndicated comic strip “Peter Rabbit” ran in the New York Herald Tribune for 28 years.

A frequent visitor to Rockport, Massachusetts, Cady made it his permanent summer home in 1920, purchasing a seafront property known as “The Headlands.” With his studio “the Silo” located nearby, Cady shifted his focus to painting landscapes and harbor scenes. Cady was an early member of the Rockport Art Association, founded in 1921.

View from the Headlands draws on public and private collections throughout the region with examples of Cady’s early magazine illustrations, his work with writer Thornton W. Burgess, and his later landscape paintings. The exhibition reflects the Cape Ann Museum’s commitment to preserving and presenting work that celebrates the area’s culture and history.

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Walter Harrison Cady was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts, and headed to New York City at eighteen. The successful artist eventually had an eight room studio in the Sixty Seventh Studios building at 27 West 67, NYC. The Cadys purchased a summer house and studio on Atlantic Avenue in Rockport (see photos above). In addition to this exciting and rare chance to see original work by Cady at Cape Ann Museum, there is a new book celebrating Cady’s art currently in production: Madness in Crowds: The Teeming Mind of Harrison Cady. Cady had long ties with the Rockport Art Association and local artists. Cady’s work is in the collection of the Library of Congress, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and various private collections and institutions. The Archives of American Art has a gifted collection of Harrison Cady (sketchbooks, correspondence, estate papers digitized. How fantastic that work will be acquired by the Cape Ann Museum.

photos below: Harrison Cady sketchbook, ca. 1943. Harrison Cady papers, 1902-2002. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Library of Congress

 

 

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Life Magazine, Volume 62, number 1616, page 658 (1913-10-16) Savannah College of Art and Design

 

 

Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2018: the dates and titles for the free outdoor movies are…

City of Gloucester and Rob Newton, Cape Ann Cinema and Stage, announce the 2018 Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema free outdoor movies line up:

Fifth annual year- Save the dates! Five free movie nights begin Wednesday July 11th, 2018- The Summer of Song!

July 11 ::: The Greatest Showman
July 18 ::: Coco
July 25 ::: The Wizard of Oz
August 1 ::: The Beatles Yellow Submarine
August 8 ::: Footloose
July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8. Rain dates  August 15 & 22

The 2018 series poster and movie flyers were designed by Ariana Puopolo for Jill Cahill, Community Development Director, and based on original designs by Chris Muskopf and C7A.

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First up

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THANKS

Over 5000 Cape Ann residents attended Gloucester’s HarborWalk Summer Cinema series in 2017. Awesome North Shore 104.9 amps the pre-show festivities! The HarborWalk Summer Cinema series is presented by the City and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage with the support of  local businesses:

North Shore 104.9

The Building Center

ToodeLoos! (has participated every year!)

Doyon’s Appliance

and Cape Ann Savings Bank.

The Summer 2018 movie nights are presented by

Woodman’s of Essex;  DIVA; Cape Ann Lanes, The Cave Gloucester Mass: Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Shop, and Gloucester Auto Body.

Contact Rob at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage for partnership options

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Annisquam then and now | DPW and Greenbelt team up at Lobster Cove new land preserve to solve access at narrow and blind corner on Leonard Street

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In 2017, donations of $650,000 were secured to preserve four acres of Lobster Cove acquired by Essex County Greenbelt Ed Becker and Dave Rimmer working with the city staff (DPW Mike Hale, Ken Whittaker, Community Development) and many in the community. The property is co-owned by Mt. Adnah Cemetery.

Wilman Trail

Recently DPW teamed up with Greenbelt to scrub out trees, rocks, earth and stone to grade a pedestrian path along its Leonard Street stretch at the landing past Annisquam Church. Widening Leonard Street because of its variable and intermittent scale would be a very expensive and perhaps unwelcome project. This quick jaunt seems like a thoughtful solution to support safe access and property exploration in a tricky spot.

 

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‘Squam rock has some practice boulders

No longer hidden by overgrowth, beautifully balanced granite outcroppings were exposed. If you look just so you might see the lines of a baby shorebird under wing or is that just me? Hmmm… Mother Ann, Squam Rock and baby Bird Rock.

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Facebook HORRIBLES Parade LIVE! hosted by Kory and Pauline from Gloucester Tavern on the Harbor

Get a front row seat for Gloucester’s Horribles Parade broadcast LIVE for the first time on Facebook. The special coverage will be cohosted by  Kory, owner of the Bridge Cape Ann, and Pauline Bresnahan, owner of Pauline’s Gifts, from a booth above the parade at lovely Gloucester Tavern on the Harbor and boulevard. Suprise guests and special reporters from along the parade route will join in with the emcees.

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“Gloucester Greasy Pole Winner Fulfills Childhood Dream” WBZ-TV Boston CBS interviews Frank Taormina

Juli McDonald WBZ-TV Boston CBS  channel 4 news Interview with Friday night’s champion, Frank Taormina 

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Niles Beach and Gate Lodge, Gloucester Massachusetts then and now

circa 1900 vs 2018

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Moving ivy –

ivy clad Gate Lodge built 1888, photograph ca.1900  Vs. ivy clad stone marker and grounds today

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Searching for Artist! Byron Brooks? Part 2

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks? query from Kate Foley posted November 2016 on Good Morning Gloucester generated comments about the artist and his work. I was inspired to piece together some of my primary research and the comments into an informal online catalogue. It’s very much a loose work in progress! Hope it helps people searching for information about the artist, and compels collectors to share additional images of his art.  Just this week (6/27/18) another GMG reader commented that they acquired a Brooks painting in Tucson, AZ.

Byron Brooks online catalogue

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Byron Brooks gravesite, Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester, Mass.

Byron Brooks is not listed in any artist biographical compilations. The index card sketch below mimics the format as IF he were listed in Who Was Who in American Art:

BROOKS, Byron [Painter] b. 1906, Manchester, Mass | d. 1978, Gloucester, MA.
Addresses: 12 Stage Fort Park Avenue and 2 Davis St in Gloucester, MA (Willet Street during the war)

Studied: not known

Member:
Manchester Art Association

Exhibited: 1961, Tenth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, Visual Arts Exhibition, Section VIII, Balcony Show. Painting, “Rock Clipper Ship”. Emily Anderson chairman (curator) 1957, Sixth Annual Cape Ann Festival of the Arts, “Cottage by the Sea”, Group SP (Sunday Painters section), curated by Emily Anderson
*Brooks ran a gallery from his home

Work: collection of Addison Gilbert Hospital
Employment: Driver-Delivery; employed by City of Gloucester Highway Dept

Veteran:  WWII veteran, served in the Coast Guard

1973 Greasy Pole Walker Fiesta photo challenge

“4th of July greased pole walk over water Glouceter, MA 1973” by Spencer Grant

Can anyone identify the Greasy pole walker, boat leaper, and little boy in the cool inflatable (50 something years old now)? Are you in this photograph on the platform or watching from the water?

4th of july greased pole walk over water glouceter ma by 1973 by Spencer Grant

1973 ©Spencer Grant

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Sound Harbor presents: FREE weekly Tuesday Jams facilitated by Joe Cardoza

Middle through High School students are invited to attend  FREE weekly Tuesday jams at Sound Harbor facilitated by Joe Cardoza. The series is made possible with support of the Massaschusetts Cultural Council. Sound Harbor is located at 11 Pleasant Street, Gloucester Ma (within Brown’s Mall). 6-8PM

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art or cow tipping?

View from the piping plover watch: trio of Good Harbor Beach lifeguard chairs, upended and evocative.

 

 

 

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