1979 time capsule – E. Raymond Abbott, former Cape Pond Ice owner and Gloucester philanthropist, on the history of Day’s pond, its waterlilies and a Rockport watershed

Next time you’re heading in the direction of Wolf Hill, Good Harbor Beach or Rockport thank E. Raymond Abbott when you pass Day’s Pond, a historic man made pond in Gloucester about 1 acre in size. In 1978 Abbott wrote about his family’s association with the pond:

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2018 new engineered wall, railing (sidewalk pending) – read more about Gloucester DPW work here

“On reading a recent article in the Gloucester Daily Times (July 1979) which made reference to the ‘so-called’ upper Day’s Pond off Eastern Avenue it occurred to me that the people of Gloucester might be interested in a brief history of the pond.

Years ago there were two Day brothers who owned a large tract of land which extended from the beaches and marshes all the way up to the old Rockport Road. This land, including the upper Day’s Pond, was later sold to a lawyer named Webster who lived in and owned a hotel on Pleasant Street. Later on the Webster property which also included land around Cape Pond in Rockport, came up for sale at a public auction. My father, James Abbott, bought it in June of 1905 and went into business which was later known as the Cape Pond Ice Company. In 1922, my father retired and I took over the ice business. 

I will always remember a young girl, Harriet Wonson, who lived just above the upper Day’s Pond, coming to me asking if she could beautify the pond by planting water lilies in and around it. Of course, I gave my consent.

In 1943, I decided to sell the Cape Pond Ice Company. However, before doing so, I gave the upper Day’s Pond to the city of Gloucester so that the children always have a place to skate in the winter, in the summertime provide a pond for fishing, as well as a beautiful subject for our local artists to paint. It was during this same period that I was able to acquire most of the land around Cape Pond and later gave my interest to the town of Rockport to be used as a water shed. 

It is my sincere hope and desire that the upper Day’s Pond will continue to provide as much enjoyment for the children of the future as it has in the past.

E. Raymond Abbott, Gloucester Daily Times Letter to the Editor, July 16, 1979

Twenty years later, Gloucester dredged Day’s Pond “as part of a watershed management plan to stabilize the pond’s ecosystem.” Massachusetts Department of Environmental Mangement awarded $2500 for the project in 1998. Marilyn Myett wrote a persuasive My View column about the pond’s vital impact in the neighborhood.

Cape Pond Ice was the subject of Mr. Goulart scavenger history challenge for 9th grade GHS students see results & historic photos here

Sugar Magnolia’s Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser night June 6th GHS Class 2022 |generous eats #GloucesterMA

❤️ Sugar Magnolia’s, 112 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 978 281-5310

“Brinner” – Breakfast for Dinner – perfect Fundraiser for Class of 2022

June 6th 5:30-9PM

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JASON BURROUGHS Goetemann Residency May 2019 intro talk May 6

 

Jason Burroughs Goetemann Artist Residency 2019 – Gloucester Invitational Artist month of May opening talk May 6th

Read more about Jason Burroughs here

Whether as sculptor, painter, muralist, mixed media or assemblage fine artist, Gloucester-born Jason Burroughs works across media with a signature touch. Can’t wait to see what happens from this residency. Follow him on Instagram- he’s been doing a weekly sketch on his instagram page @jazzyjburroughs

What would Jason do here?

Ever since I saw his inventive stepped paintings pre 2017,  I wonder what would Jason do here-

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JASON BURROUGHS

2017 – inventive sculpture paintings stepped away from flat and vertical surfaces

 

or just about anywhere! I’ve written about the monumental walls at O’Maley ideal for professionally trained artists that are former Gloucester O’Maley grads–like Jason– at the start of their careers. Murals are common public art attractions. To date I have not seen one mural initiative with that focus. Clandenstine street art and graffiti art can break through. (Some practitioners are diametrically opposed to that commercial conceit.) Elite global street artists and muralists command hundreds of thousands of dollars through private and corporate sponsorships. Commissions this scale for young artists with degrees begin at $16,000. That’s a great our town endeavor/grant investment.

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Monumental walls at O’Maley ideal canvas for murals by former alums now emerging artists / art school grads – O’Maley Innovation Middle School Gloucester Mass- Feb 3 2016

Read about the Parsons Street murals (wall) here.

ABOUT GOETEMANN GLOUCESTER INVITATIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY –

Established in 2015, this one month residency is offered by committee invitation to an inspiring and highly deserving Gloucester artist. It is understood that artistic inspiration can be difficult to attain when work and family take precedence. The artist is provided with a live-work studio for one month. Read more here about Goetemann juried and invitational artist residencies 

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is open Thursday-Sunday. Seasonal Hours are: June through August 12-6pm, September through May 12-4pm.

Gallery 53 at Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue is open seasonally May – October, seven days a week, 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat until 8pm.

Visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org for more information. 

Bird’s eye video | crowd joins #Adventureman Jamie McDonald finish in Gloucester Massachusetts March 27, 2019

Congratulations to Jamie McDonald, aka Adventureman, for his momentous, inspiring solo-run achievement across America~ And to his team! Little kids in the crowd sported red capes. GMG photographers are out in full force so great coverage will be coming like it’s St. Peter’s Fiesta.

Aerial no filter straight up phone video from rooftops across Gloucester Harbor. It was heartwarming to hear voices carry — from this height and battling wind–, to see the crowd stream past, pause by the Leonard Craske FisherMan at the Wheel memorial, then off to Pavilion beach by Beauport Hotel (site of former Birdseye factory) so Jamie could touch the water and conclude his generous journey. 

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David Cox in position

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Community fundraisers: O’Maley Washington DC trip and GHS soccer at Market Basket and Jalapenos

Local businesses step up for local schools and organizations! Save the dates

In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Market Basket on October 28th 8:30-3pm:

The BAKE SALE at Market Basket is a fundraiser for O’Maley 8th graders annual special trip to Washington, DC. “This important fundraiser is to provide financial assistance to
those who need it most for the trip.” Items can be dropped off at O’Maley on October 27th or at Market Basket at 8:30 on October 28th. Contact Allison Cousins for more details or if you’d like to help out on Saturday, October 28th email Allison acousins@gloucesterschools.com.  Donations and sponsors for the popular calendar raffle are also underway. Here’s a link to last year’s calendar if you’re interested in participating. You’ll recognize those generous sponsors!

In case you’re wondering what’s happening with GHS soccer raffle tickets:

Soccer players are raising money for the soccer banquet, gifts for senior players, and the soccer program. Raffle tickets are $10 each and each packet has 10 tickets. The prizes are listed on the tickets and are for sale through October 29. Winners will be announced at the fall banquet (date/time TBD)

JV2 has a soccer game at O’Maley today at 4pm. Varsity has a big game — Here’s their record “going into tomorrow night’s match vs Salem. Big game!!!!”

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In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Jalapeno’s on November 6th:

Save the date for Jalapeno’s Night fundraiser for O’Maley Academy on November
6th. Dine in or take out at Jalapeno’s and a portion of their proceeds goes to O’Maley Academy!

Boston Globe features Walter McGrath’s work at Gloucester’s Cove Hill Cemetery

Great story by Hattie Bernstein in the Globe today gives a shout out to Walter McGrath in Gloucester.

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“If you go to a cemetery on Memorial Day, you’ll see flowers and flags planted everywhere and a lot more visitors than usual.

What won’t be obvious on this holiday dedicated to military veterans who died fighting in wars are the efforts of Northborough’s Beth Finch McCarthy, 53, Gloucester’s Walter McGrath, 83, and Jordan Hurley, 15, who lives in Middleborough.

The three are among an uncounted battalion of volunteers across the region who share a common pursuit: maintaining their communities and ensuring that those buried there aren’t forgotten.

McGrath, a retired engineer with a long list of interests…

Continue reading “Boston Globe features Walter McGrath’s work at Gloucester’s Cove Hill Cemetery”

The People At En Vogue Salon Did Something Really awesome For A Close fOB Yesterday

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The way they helped our friend who they’d never met before is all I need to know about the type of caring people they are.

Big time thanks from the GMG Family.

Check them out on Facebook here- https://www.facebook.com/Envoguegloucester

BUTT FIENDS litter rant and good eggs shout out Dan Leaman Landscaping

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Cat Ryan submits-

Cigarette butts are right up there as the most common and yucky litter. Gloucester offers a quick ride right into our ocean waters. We were required to clean our sidewalk daily in front of our business or be fined.  Some smokers would flick one right in the midst of our dustpan and broom without missing a step.

Smoker trash is just an unfailing source of __________. You fill in the blank. There’s a big blind spot.

Business owners, employees, property owners, tenants: a lot of what we pick up downtown are piles of the same cigarette brand. Case in point:

Award for BUTT FIEND on Parsons goes to a proud Parliament smoker. Residents including kids are out here with gloves picking up your butts. We’re not talking the random passerby flick. We’re talking regular and routine breaks where you just sit there dropping.

Big shout out to Dan Leaman and Mike Carter today with Dan Leaman Landscaping. Thank you for coming back again to help with Parsons Street.

In life, look for the helpers. Donna Ardizzoni, Patty Amaral, and many volunteers  –See Donna’s post for this Saturday’s clean up

Live blogging: Relay for life festivities…

Our fearless leader, Super K, Donna Ardizzoni, Melissa Cox, John McEhenny and many more volunteer to brave the dunk tank in order to raise money for Relay for Life!

#cancersucks

What an amazing crew for an amazing cause! We all have been affected by cancer in such a way we will do anything for the cause!

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first up… Super K

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then chris paid a boat load to dunk Joey

 

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#relayforlife

#cancersucks

http://www.cancer.org

4 Years Ago Today Was Captain Pete Mondello’s 60th Birthday

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A lot has changed in the 4 years since that day except how hard Pete works to provide for his family- THAT IS A CONSTANT.

One of the best guys you’d every want to have the pleasure of knowing as a friend OR a business acquaintance.

Pete Mondello is the kind of guy everyone should be lucky enough to have in their circle of friends.

Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Family Of Our Friend Jackie Hardy

I first met Jackie as part of our founding group of Block Party organizers.  I can tell you this- there was never a doubt that we couldn’t have done what we got done without Jackie clearing the way to make them such a hit.

Never a doubt that Jackie always put the city and her constituents best interests first.   She was a councilor who did what was right for the city and put the decision making based on what was right and not on politics.

A great Gloucesterite and one of the best City Councilors ever.  Thanks for all you’ve done to make this a better place Jackie.

God bless you and our thoughts are with your family.

Chickity Check it!- Heidi Wakeman’s New Gloucester Biking Blog –

http://www.manatthewheel.blogspot.com/

Check out the interview with the ever upbeat Heidi Wakeman

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Here’s the blog-

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Send in pics of your bike, start up the conversation about local biking, all that good stuff.  Heidi is about the sweetest woman you’d ever wanna meet.

Here’s our interview from August 2008 when the GMG was only a few months old-

The Gloucester House

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If you’re looking for a great Sunday breakfast buffet, look no further.  The Gloucester House puts on an incredible breakfast buffet on Sundays from 9:30-1:00.

I and all the artists who took part, want to give a big round of applause and our thanks to The Gloucester House, Lily, Lenny, Dottie Linquata and all there who made the St. Valentine’s Art Show one of the best I’ve seen and participated in.  They made us feel like family and were so kind and generous to give us an exhibit and sales opportunity, in a delightful lovely space in the cold of February.   If that wasn’t enough, each day they put out coffee, tea and wonderful homemade Italian cookies for us and visitors to enjoy.  The Gloucester House and the Linquatas do much for the community, and the artists especially appreciate their generosity and kindness.

Special thanks also to Ray Lamont who gave the Show such great coverage in the Gloucester Daily Times, which drew many people to the show.  It was great to meet artists I didn’t previously know and many people who don’t make it over to Rocky Neck, as well as to see those I do know but wouldn’t normally see in the dead of winter.  All in all, a great four days that we all enjoyed immensely.  Many thanks.

E.J. Lefavour

Kudos To David Brooks, Bex Borden The Staff and Kids At The Hive

If you don’t know by now that The Hive is just an incredible gift to our community and positive force than you just aren’t living breathing and opening your eyes enough to realize what positive juju is being pumped out there daily.

It’s a testament to Founder David Brooks, his staff and the teens that make the place hum.

http://thehivecenter.org/

Thank you for this gift.

Drive by Samaritans and Good Eggs on Main Street

Fred Bodin Submits-

Just after 7 pm tonight (8/20/13), two young ladies came into my gallery to look around after out dining together at Jalapeños next door. On their way out, they stopped at the counter and one of them asked if I wrote the Drive by Shooting post for GMG. Yes I did, and one of them said it was her sister who did the shooting. Wow! After talking about the Drive by Shooting experience for a few minutes, they left. Seconds later, they returned and said: “We found a lot of money scattered on the sidewalk outside.” So we went all of ten feet from my door and I scooped up $106. They saw who dropped it and noticed that he went into Jalapeños. I went into the restaurant with the two girls and we searched for a man in his 30’s wearing a blue shirt and shorts. Good detective work, but no luck. I told the hostess (owner Alex’s daughter) to send the person looking for the cash over to the galley. If he doesn’t come in by 8:30 or so, I’ll bring it to the 24/7 lost and found, the Gloucester Police Department.

I took a photo of these two friends, and got the left to rights. On the left is Page Harmon, sister of the Drive by Shooter, and on the right in front of the Gloucester flag is Baylee Kirk, both from East Gloucester. Bailee’s parents are journalist Bill Kirk and Carolyn Kirk. Carolyn is the Mayor of the City of Gloucester. It was a good experience for the three of us, and a lesson in karma: Always do the right thing. Tomorrow I’ll drop off an envelope to the GPD with five $20 bills, a five, a single, with my business card. Karma is coming our way! Gloucester.

World Famous Deviled Egg Competition this Sunday at Mug Up

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This is not to be missed.  If you haven’t experienced a GMG Mug Up Food Competition at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, you have been missing something big. 

It is time for the World Famous GMG Biennial Deviled Egg Competition.  Those who would like to have their special deviled eggs included in the competition, be featured on the blog, and go down in deviled egg history,  just bring ‘em on Sunday, June 9th at 9:15 am at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3.  All those masterful in the art of deviled egg making are welcome.  Beware, I did not enter my world famous deviled eggs in the last competition to give people a fair chance.  Not so this year – I’ll be there with my eggs and will show no mercy.  Gigi Mederos has already started posturing, as she wants to go home with the ribbon again this year.  We’ll just see about that Ms. Gigi.  Haven’t heard a word from Kathy Chapman yet, but she is a strong contender who has a couple of GMG food competition ribbons under her belt.

We’ve assembled a distinguished panel of experienced deviled egg competition judges, including: Joey C., Ed Collard, Paul Morrison, Adam Bolonsky and newcomer, Richard Rosenfeld.  If you missed our first GMG Deviled Egg Competition in 2011, or are not sure how the judging works, you can see the distinquished panel at work here https://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/2011-good-morning-gloucester-deviled-egg-competition/

People who don’t like deviled eggs or are not entering into the competition, feel free to bring along something non-egg related to share for Mug Up.  Mug Up is alot of fun and everyone is invited and welcome.  Come meet GMG peeps and make some new friends.

E.J. Lefavour

www.khanstudiointernational.com

The Gloucester Committee for the Arts announces $13,200 in new private donation!

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey

The Gloucester Committee for the Arts announces $13,200 in new private donation!

This jumbo gift enables the current conservation work on six of the Charles Allen Winter New Deal murals in City Hall to be completed without interruption. We would have still pressed on but there may have been an interruption (scaffolding down and then set back up again months later) as we continued to raise funds.  While the donors of the $13,200 contribution wish to remain anonymous, the funds were provided to the Committee through the Belinda Foundation at the Boston Foundation

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Committee member Roger Armstrong, the owner of the State of the Art Gallery on Rocky Neck and the State of the Art Gallery II located downtown on Pleasant Street , secured this immediate funding gift.   Armstrong stated, “We are so very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of generous Gloucester citizens who share our appreciation for these art treasures in City Hall.”

And it’s also thanks in no small measure to the recent local media coverage –from GMG, Cape Ann Beacon and the GDT –of the current restoration of City Hall murals! The Committee is extremely grateful for this support of the conservation work and the recognition of the significance of the City’s collection of WPA-era murals.

If you would like to join the effort to care for the irreplaceable City art including these historic murals and the work of the CFTA, contributions in support of our City Art can be mailed to:

The Gloucester Fund

45 Middle Street

Gloucester, MA    01930

Be sure to put “Committee for the Arts” on the memo line of the check.