Monthly Archives: May 2012

Essex MA at Dawn 4:39AM 5/30/12 Essex Salt Marsh and The Burnham House

I have never ever in my life been more ferociously attacked and eaten alive by mosquitoes as I did this morning capturing this shot.  I drove past it at first but had to loop back.  The water was so still, the tide was just right, the light just beginning to peek through.

The mosquitoes were insane I tell you.  I’m still itching. Hit this one up larger.  I love the reflection of the house and the clouds in the sky reflecting in the water.  No brainer, had to get out of the truck and set up the shot, right?

click for the larger version, you won’t be disappointed.

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Phyllis A Restoration Photos From Len Burgess

The 1925 ‘Phyllis A.’ is now high and dry at the start of it’s restoration process at the Gloucester Marine Railways.

–Len Burgess

The Phyllis A. Marine Association is in the process of the restoration of this gill-netting fishing ship and has received some funding from the citizens of Gloucester through the Community Preservation Act.

A brief history of the Phyllis A. from "The Wheel House", How it all started!

Albert Arnold, the man who had the vessel built, owned a boat before the Phyllis A. called the Anna T. Captains Albert, Cy Tysver, and Mike Shoares, all “Michigan Bears”, had her built in Essex in 1913. She was about the same size as the future Phyllis A. and also a gill-netter. In 1923, Albert loaned the Anna T. to a family friend. Unfortunately, she was lost on the bar off Wingersheek Beach in the Annisquam River. The pilot house of the Anna T. floated to shore and was dragged up next to “the frog rock” (rocks painted to look like frogs) and made a shed out of it. The Anna T.’s pilot house/shed is there still today, sitting just south of frog rocks.

The insurance company paid Albert $4500 for the wreck, which he used to commission the building of the Phyllis A. at the Warner Shipyard, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Phil Boudain joined the venture with his nets, and when the Phyllis A. came down the ways in 1925, they set off gillnetting together.

Fishing the Phyllis A. has always been a family affair. Son Alvin Arnold took over from Captain Albert and sons Kenneth and Robert crewed. Later on, the youngest son, Richard, took on the captain’s position. From the beginning, Mrs. Arnold kept the books and kept everyone moving. Young Phyllis Arnold, though not a crew member, was present with the family when the vessel was christened and named for her. Then 3, she cried when she broke the bottle of champagne on the bow and splashed on the beautiful new deck!

Phyllis A. Marine Association

Our mission is not only the promotion of the industry and preservation of the vessel, but to provide the historical education of the fishing industry for our children.

Last Spring, the Phyllis A. Marine Association offered an educational program to East Gloucester Elementary School. Capt. Richard Arnold has done programs for the students of Veteran’s Memorial School and was interested in offering that program to the students of East Gloucester School. The program consists of a short movie about the Phyllis A., a short lecture, Q&A, and display of artifacts. The program lasts about one hour and can be designed to fit the needs of the students and teachers. This pilot program is offered free of charge. We hope to expand to more schools this Spring.

Phyllis A. Marine Association
c/o 39 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
info@phyllis-a.org

Cape Ann Farmer’s Market Opening for 2012 Season, June 21st to Oct. 11th. Official opening on Thursday, June 21st, at 3:00, Stage Fort Park

The Stats: On Thursday, June 21st at 3:00 p.m. the Cape Ann Farmers Market at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, will celebrate the opening of its 2012 season. The market will be open until 6:30 p.m.

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New this year: More markets, more vendors, more fun

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market has added to its season, starting one week earlier, and is planning two special indoor markets during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. New vendors this year are offering roasted nuts, herbs, homemade cheese, condiments and new additions to our prepared food vendors to take home or eat at a near-by picnic table. These, along with Cape Ann Farmer’s Market farm favorites, crafters and local food producers, make the market one of the largest in Massachusetts. Along with an extensive array of fresh produce through-out the season, vendors will be selling baked goods, gelato, fresh pasta, fish from Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood, local wines and locally roasted coffee. Back yard growers will be selling produce, eggs, maple syrup, desert sauces, salsa, and jams. Craft tents will offer organic soap, hand-made jewelry, pottery, hand-printed clothing and art made from recycled materials. A complete list of vendors and weekly schedules may be found on www.capeannfarmersmarket.org.

The Farmers Market is at Stage Fort Park, overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor, through the courtesy of the City of Gloucester. Parking fees will be suspended during market hours, so plentiful free and ample parking will be available to shoppers. A CATA bus will run from the Rose Baker Center on Rogers Street to Stage Fort Park by reservation.

The Cape Ann Farmers Market is an independent non-profit, mission-based organization, started by and for the community of Cape Ann, and sustained with one part-time paid employee. It is funded by vendor fees, memberships, donations and grants. Cape Ann Farmers Market sponsors a used cookbook and garden book table, and will be selling tote bags, aprons, t-shirts and memberships, which include discounts at local restaurants and specialty stores every week to help offset the costs of running the market.

The Cape Ann Farmers Market accepts WIC coupons, Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons, and SNAP/EBT, expanding its mission to bring healthy food to the entire community.

Other: The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market includes a wellness tent where shoppers can relax with a therapeutic massage, and an education tent where local non-profits promote their organizations and services. Cooking demonstrations are a frequent and popular attraction, and children’s activities are organized by Art Haven every week at 4:15 under the children’s tent. Stage Fort Park has a playground to entertain children while parents shop, and grills are available so families can stay for a picnic dinner or a concert at the bandshell. Prepared food available this year for taking home or dining at the park include homemade pickles, guacamole made on-site, fresh salsa, tacos, burritos, lobster and crab rolls, grilled chicken and pulled pork, fresh homemade pizza, savory and sweet tarts, a wide variety of baked goods including gluten-free goodies and Lebanese flat bread. A special picnic night is being planned in late July.

Talent: Instead of piped-in supermarket Muzak, area musicians provide an original background soundtrack for shopping. Performances are during market hours, from 3:30 to 6:30, and feature sea shanties, folk, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and world music over the course of the summer.

Special Events: The Seafood Throw Down, a cooking contest and display by local chefs, will be held July 26 and August 23.

Congratulations GMG Ticket Winner to a gimmeLIVE Summer Concert

Congratulations to Diana Long, who won our GMG text to win contest for 2 tickets to the gimmeLIVE summer concert of her choice.  Diana chose Chris Isaak with Chelsea Berry opening.  (Click here if  you missed yesterday’s post with one of Chelsea’s most touching songs.)

There’s still time to enter our contest to win a VIP upgrade  (see VIP details here).  You can’t buy a VIP upgrade, but you can win it.  Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free) and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to the concert of your choice.  All you need is 2 regular tickets and you and your honey can go as VIPs!  The winner will be chosen on Friday.  Good seats are still available, but they are going fast.  Get tickets here.

Now for some sad news.  The great Doc Watson died yesterday.  His playing influenced a generation of guitarists, including one of Gloucester’s best, Allen Estes, who knew both Doc and his late son Merle.   I saw Doc with other greats including Bill Monroe several times in Bean Blossom Indiana in the 70s.  Here’s a video of Doc with Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs & Alison Krauss.  Enjoy!

There are plenty of choices for live music tonight and many of them might be willing to play a Doc Watson tune if you request it.  See full music lineup here.

GMG Inside The Numbers For Tuesday May 29th, 2012- 48,303 Views All Time- 18,392,976

Here are the stats from yesterday, 48,303 views.  It seems like the people who were busy with memorial Day parties checked in in droves yesterday.  The top ten posts by views are listed as well.

it has been a while since I’d checked out the all time views so I just pulled it up.  before I clicked on it I told Ed I figured it was probably around 15 million but I guess because the average daily has bumped up to around 38,000 per day the views have been racking up much faster than I even thought and I already had pretty lofty expectations.

#KillingIt!

 

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A Beautiful “Angel Fish” Watercolor

A Beautiful “Angel Fish” in Watercolor

From Carol McKenna
“Asian Brush style painting of an Angel Fish complimented with watercolor from Sakura Field Sketchbox which Paul Frontiero has posted about using on post card stock ~ I have used this sketchbox for several years now and really like it. I prefer the pan watercolor versus the tubes; fits more with my fluid style of painting.

Below are photos of my work which of are ‘She Spirits’ done in sennelier oil pastels, Asian style brush paintings , Haiku on digitally manipulated photos (also called Haigas) and Photography. They can all be viewed in Kahn Studio and Good Morning Gloucester Gallery. More of my work and information about me, Carol L McKenna may be seen at my blog www.acreativeharbor.com ~ Hope you will stop by. “
www.acreativeharbor.com

www.acreativeharbor.com

Mosaic fragment in Gloucester – do you know where it is?

The other day I (almost literally) stumbled across this bit of mosaic  half-hidden under the asphalt on a road in Gloucester.  It is the last thing I expected – it looks like a little piece of Pompeii or some other ancient Italian city came over with the immigrants and decided to take up residence. Not many American cities have mosaic on (or under) the streets.  I wonder if there is more mosaic hiding under the asphalt?   And I wonder if this is common knowledge, or if it is something that most Gloucester residents never noticed?

Do you know where it is?

Miss Muffet – Pet of the Week

Miss Muffet Cape Ann Animal Aid

My name is Miss Muffet and I am a two-month-old
tiger kitten.   I am so excited because the Cape Ann Animal
Aid has moved into the new shelter at Four Paws Lane in
Gloucester at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter.
It is absolutely amazing.   We kittens have lovely rooms looking
over the woods and inside we have plenty of room to roam,
play and run.

We still appreciate friends stopping by with items such as
large trash bags, clean towels, paper towels and gas cards for our shelter van.

Don’t forget that the Rescue Reunion will take place at
Stage Fort Park on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m.  2 p.m. rain or shine.
Plan to attend this fun event!  I won’t be there because I will be at the new shelter
looking at myself in my gorgeous room at the shelter – and
I even have a mirror to see how continuously cute I am!

http://www.capeannanimalaid.com

Carved in 1930 – Still Relevant Today

Dogtown, circa 1930 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
 
When Gloucester property owner Roger Babson hired unemployed Cape Ann stonecutters during the Great Depression in the early 1930s, he left us with carvings on 24 boulders in Dogtown. Scattered across 3,600 now densely forested acres, they inspire to this day, and I post this one for this year’s high school and college graduates, as well as for the rest of us.
 
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #8857-337
 
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Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930