Dogtown is eligible for the National Register! Will Gloucester earn another major district designation?
Nov 29th, 7PM, Public Meeting
Come to a special public presentation November 29th in Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue, at 7pm.
Read excerpts from the press release shared by Bill Remsen, local project coordinator, and Mary Ellen Lepionka, co-chair Gloucester Historical Commission, and some Dogtown maps and memorabilia 1633-1961:
Mayor Romeo Theken with Daisy Nell. Mayor Theken holds a new original Sam Parisi painted oar that would be auctioned off later for the Schooner Festival. I heard Senator Tarr but did not hear the results!
The connecting dock between Maritime Gloucester and Solomon Jacobs Park is awesome!
Stores on Main Street had the Schooner Festival spirit and even some special schooner “sales”.
And there was business at on trend Cape Ann Slime
I was most delighted to see two Davids
Forgot to credit photographer and now I can’t find where I got this shot. Any help? I’m guessing it has to be Manny Simoes.
Gloucester 33rd Annual Labor Day Schooner Festival Sept 1 – 3 2017
June 17 – June 22, 2017 – SailBoston17 Participating Ships
SailGHS race schedule from Hilary Frye
April 12 Swampscott at Gloucester
April 13 Beverly at Gloucester
April 25 Winthrop at Gloucester
April 27 Landmark at Gloucester
May 5 Concord at Gloucester
May 10 Pingree at Gloucester
Look for local summer camp sailing options SailGHS, YMCA, Eastern Point Yacht Club, Rockport and Annisquam!
David Cox racing photos Main Street Art and Antiques
One weekend only…more than 50 exhibitors last year
Read dishy brief updates from downtown, marketing opportunities from MOTT, and trending topics from across the state. The arts scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann has so much going on and sets such a high, high bar for the state. We needed a calendar and GMG did it! Reminder: If organizations want to be featured on the essential GMG calendar and weekly arts round-up, they should email their listings to James Eves! Triple check the calendar before planning any major scheduling dates.
What’s New March 2017 updates link (if embed doesn’t show)
*= Founding Partner Yellow = NEW partner March 2017 Bold blue= updates
Cape Ann Museum docent Margaret Bernier spoke about Honor Moore’s biography of Margarett Sargent, Moore’s Grandmother. The Cape Ann Museum Book Group is reading The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent. Sargent’s painting Women and Mirror was acquired by the museum in 2002 and is on current temporary display to coincide with the book group and women’s history month. A beautiful Nell Blaine, a diptych by Pat Lowery Collins and two works by Juni VanDyke are also featured. Contact Kate Bibeau to learn more about the book group and other special events like the museum’s second recent on line photo competition, At the Water’s Edge, deadline April 30.
Mini ERIC HUDSON exhibition (1864-1932) Cape Ann Museum March 2017
“This Saturday morning forum is offered in collaboration with Essex County Greenbelt, Friends of Dogtown, Lanesville Community Center and Mass Audubon and held at Cape Ann Museum. The forum will be moderated by Ed Becker, President of the Essex County Greenbelt Association.”
UPDATE: Cape Ann TV is scheduled to film the event!
Chris Leahy gave a presentation at Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library on February 23, 2017: Dogtown- the Biography of a Landscape: 750 Million Years Ago to the Present
A photographic history through slides presented by the Gloucester Lyceum and the Friends of the Library. Mary Weissblum opened the program.
Chris broadly covered the history of the local landscape from an ecological bent with a bias to birds and blueberry picking, naturally. New England is a patchwork of forested landscapes. He stressed the evolution of bio diversity and succession phenomenon when the earth and climate change. “Nature takes a lot of courses.” He focused on Dogtown, “a very special place”, and possible merits of land stewardship geared at fostering greater biodiversity. Perhaps some of the core acres could be coaxed to grasslands as when parts of Gloucester were described as moors? Characteristic wildlife, butterflies, and birds no longer present may swing back. There were many philosophical takeaways and tips: he recommends visiting the dioramas “Changes in New England Landscape” display at Harvard Forest HQ in Petersham.
“Isolation of islands is a main driver of evolution”
“Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester has the highest concentration* of native butterflies in all of Massachusetts because of secondary habitats.” *of Mass Audubon’s c.40,000 acres of wildlife sanctuaries statewide. “The fact that Brook Meadow Brook is in greater Worcester, rather than a forested wilderness, underscores the value of secondary habitats.”
“1830– roughly the time of Thoreau (1817-1862)– was the maximum period of clearing thus the heyday for grasslands…As farmsteads were abandoned, stages of forests return.”
Below are photos from February 23, 2017. I added some images of art inspired by Dogtown. I also pulled out a photograph by Frank L Cox, David Cox’s father, of Gallery on the Moors (then) compared with a photo of mine from 2011 to illustrate how the picturesque description wasn’t isolated to Dogtown.
Louise Upton Brumback (1867-1929), Dogtown- Cape Ann, 1920 oil on canvas
David Cox had five older siblings. At the time of David’s graduation photograph, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Cox were residing at 853 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. David’s mom was so beloved 2 families named their daughters after her, and 3 families named their sons after her (her maiden name ‘MacAulay’ as their middle.)
Here is a close up of the GHS photograph for his brother, Norman (“Norm”). Norm gave this print to his friend, Ken. Thankfully it made its way back to the Cox family.
Frank and Norm graduated together from Gloucester High School in 1941; Frank had to make up a missed year recovering from pneumonia. He must have been busy as he was a recognized athlete and Flicker mentions his status in “our rogues gallery”. At this time the Cox family resided at 616 Western Avenue.
We are wondering if anyone has a copy of a cadet formal photograph of the oldest brother and sibling, Frank Cox? Or a copy of the senior photo as seen in the yearbook. Both Frank and Norman were in the Army Air Corp during WWII. Frank was drafted out of the Citadel and was a bombardier flying missions out of England. Norm went to Harvard on a GI bill. After retiring from a long career at Mitre Corp, Norm worked with David at the store. At Gloucester High School, all three Cox brothers were cadets which Albert Bacheler established at the school. David won awards.
Here’s one mention from the papers that David hopes I ditch, which I’d consider however it’s worth repeating for that mention of Albert Bacheler (see Civil War coat) and the brag: “David Cox, a senior cadet from Company E, turned in a brilliant effort last night to take top honors in the 63rd annual Prize Drill and Dance in Albert W. Bacheler Drill hall of Gloucester High School.”
The girls had their own unit, the ‘Girls Drill Team’ which David’s sister and athlete, Theo, won. We don’t know if there were cadet photos for the girls. Louise and Christine were David’s other siblings. David told me that there were 4 special Prize Drill and Dance galas at Gloucester High School each school year. The first was the individual drill competition. The second was the prize squad drill competition. The 3rd dance was the Officers Party. The 4th and final prom was the Sargents Party and for this one the boys wore white jacket cut aways. These scans are from the collection of David Cox. He’s speaking to Nancy Knowles Rossi in one of the photos. Who can you recognize?
What is everyone gathered around in that last photograph?
August 11, 2016
This festive summer soiree was a chance to celebrate some of the creative current on Cape Ann and enjoy two impressive exhibitions at the Cape Ann Museum— Design/Build and New Acquisitions.
How long have you lived in Gloucester? 18 years the 1st time then 25 years away and now 36 years this time
What is your favorite season In Gloucester? Both spring and fall
Do you have any secret outdoor spots in Gloucester where you go to “get away”? Not really “get away” but I like going to when possible: the pasture in Squam, Lighthouse beach, the Back Shore, walks in the woods-Dogtown
What is your favorite pizza joint in Gloucester? Poseidons
What is your favorite sub shop in Gloucester? Poseidons & Market Basket
What place would you go for a romantic dinner in Gloucester? What’s that?
What is your favorite bar in Gloucester? Not drinking these days… have not been going to bars for years.
What is your favorite breakfast joint in Gloucester? Sugar Mags!
What is your favorite local event in Gloucester? This one’s tough The Block Parties, The Fiesta, The Sidewalk Bazaar, The Annisquam Sea Fair, The Horribles Parade are some of my favorites.
In the summer do you prefer the beach or to be on a boat? I guess I’d rather be on a boat.
Who is your favorite local artist? Jeff Weaver.
Which is your favorite local beach? It’s another toss up… Good Harbor or Lighthouse.
Who has the best chowder in town? Halibut Point.
Excluding GMG what is your second favorite local blog? There’s others???
Do you prefer haddock chowder or clam chowder? Haddock.
What were your thoughts on The Downtown Block Parties last year? They were great when the weather was OK.
What is your favorite local band? The Docksiders.
What about Gloucester sets it apart from anywhere else? It’s People and the quality of light.
No more mishmash collection of wine glasses for our next holiday dinner! Thanks to David Cox’s wonderful Main Street Antiques, I found this perfectly beautiful (and highly affordable) set of vintage wine glasses, etched with flowers and finished with a swirly stem.
Some amazing collisions in our summer skies this summer and to really appreciate it you have to look at the darkened sky over the sunset starting tonight. It will be pretty easy to pick out Venus as the brightest object above the horizon. Then check out Jupiter which is sitting above Venus. Kind of cool but why are we looking at them? Because from here to the end of the month, keep track of how Venus tracks towards Jupiter. If you do, by the last day of June you will think they are going to crash into each other! It is only on July first that Venus edges by below Jupiter.
Then we can go back to figuring out where the Rubber Duck shaped Comet 67P is. This will be easy because the lander named Philae the European Space Agnecy sent woke up last week! The lander is sitting on the Rubber Duck’s head and we may be able to get photos of what happens to a comet when it heats up this August as it sweeps around the sun. Can you imagine photos of the Rubber Duck’s head popping off? (Joey and Craig are hoping!)
And here is where I got the photo of 67P Rubber Duck at the Bikini Speedo Tourney. David Cox is amazed.
[EDIT two days later]. Finally, someone asks about the mushrooms, EJ, wants to know. When I first posted the David Cox shot I was sure I caught a dodge ball player watering a tree in the background. But I looked at all my shots and a moment later got a clear view of the innocent players getting dressed after the game.