Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Schooner Defender From Al Bezanson

The Defender

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit

American Eagle with Alabama in pursuit, 2011 Gloucester Schooner Race.  Capt. John Foss has held off many newer, faster schooners to win the Mayor’s Cup time and again. American Eagle was the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester (1930). Capt. Foss reconstructed the boat in 1984-86 and has since worked diligently to keep her in tip-top shape.  The challengers to American Eagle in the over 80 ft class this year on August 31st are Adventure, Amistad, Liberty Clipper and Roseway.

Sailing in or alongside American Eagle in the Mayor’s Race is an unforgettable experience.  One passenger will be making his 16th trip to the GSF on American Eagle this year!  For his investment in all those races and weekends aboard in Gloucester he might have purchased just one Super Bowl ticket, to which he could add the cost of transportation and lodging.  The commercial boats that participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival are dependent on paying passengers and there are spaces still available.  Information on sailing opportunities is available here  http://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/?p=655

(Photo by Amy Beaudet from Green Dragon)

Al Bezanson

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Cole a mate on the Water Shuttle captained by Capt Pete, found a Black Centurion America Express Credit Card, under the deck at the Studio in Rocky Neck. He did not hesitate and rushed up the gang way, and returned the card to a Studio Employee.

The credit card is is the most exclusive and rare card offered by American Express; it is available by invitation only. Reserved for high end clients, this titanium (not plastic) card guarantees extras such as private jet services, personal concierges, business, savings and much more. The cost of the privilege to use this card is $2,500 a year.

The card was returned to the rightful owner, a prominent Gloucester resident. 

Cole, I applaud you on your integrity and instilling my confidence in our young generation.

Provocative Pokeweed

The charming note posted below was in my inbox today. I thought Fred would enjoy, as would our GMG readers find interesting.

Allen writes:

Dear Madame Butterfly,

(You may recognize my name as an infrequent commenter on

GMG. More importantly, I am an FOF, Friend of Fred Bodin, although he NEVER invited me to his gallery soires !!!!!)

I always read your GMG posts and enjoy and learn from them.

I have a plant that comes up in my back yard and grows to a height of 5 or 6 feet. This week it fell down. Do you know what it is? Can I cut it up safely and dispose of it? Should I throw it over the fence in the back and let wildlife eat the berries?

Any help, thanks,

Allen

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Hi Allen,

Allen, as an FOF and FOB, of course you are invited to ALL GMG soirées. I hope you’ll come to the mug-up this Saturday morning at E.J.’s new summer gallery on Rocky Neck. I am planning to go, but will not get there until closer to 11:00. I look forward to meeting you!

American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is what you have growing in your backyard. Pokeweed possesses nearly as many common names as the birds that find nourishment from its fruit, including pokeberry, Virginia poke, inkberry, ink weed, bear’s grape, American spinach, and American nightshade. The American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, European Starling, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, and Pileated Woodpeckers are some of the birds that dine on the fruits of pokeberry. Many mammals such as Red Fox, Virginia Opossum, Raccoon, White-footed Mouse, and Black Bear eat the berries, too.

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Pokeweed can grow to ten feet, with an equally as long taproot as is it is tall in height. It typically grows in disturbed areas, pastures, roadsides, fencerows, open woods, and woodland borders. All parts of the plant are toxic to people and livestock, and especially to children. The root is the most toxic and the berries the least. It is not recommended to add to you compost. If you have children visiting your garden, I would suggest that you talk to them about the plant’s toxicity, and only throw it over you fence if beyond your fence is part of your property. To control a plant, cut below the root crown. An older plant may have a ten foot taproot, which would be very difficult to dig up.

 

 

Images courtesy wiki commons.

Silly Wittle Wabbits

By Kathy Chapman

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This year the bunnies are really bugging me! I am on the second planting of seeds now, after the first sprouts were chewed off to an inch above the ground. They’re eating everything in the garden. Actually they don’t touch the nasturchums and spicy lettuce but LOVE the kale, beet greens and tender corn salad. And forget about pumpkins, squashes and zucchini! Just when they are ready for harvest they are devoured.

Last month we installed a three foot wire fence around the rows of greens to combat the invaders.

 

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They also love ripe tomatoes, so the toms need to be picked before they are vine ripened and then finished off in window light. They don’t have as great a flavor when sliced for salads, but they are delicious in my canned sauce with basil.

 

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Next year there will be fencing around everything. To be fair, rabbits aren’t the only ones enjoying the garden. My neighbor’s chickens wander over, different species of birds and various sized critters with long tails all eat my organic East Gloucester fare! There is evidence the coyotes are working to reduce the rabbit population, but all I ask is please just leave some for me and my guests!

Photos © 2014 Kathy Chapman
http://www.kathychapman.com

First Ten Tweets With Image Of Someone Buying A Six Pack Of New Cape Ann Brewing Cans Gets A $25 GC From Cape Ann Brewing, Get On It

Our Weather Guy Pete Gives The Classic Weather Guy Hedge Response When Asked For His Prediction If The Cool Summer Portends a cooler Fall/Winter-

So I ask Pete on twitter-

Pete comes back with-

and then-

Way to have all your bases covered there buddy!

You’re officially ready for the big time.

Can’t argue with that prediction. You’ve got every out imaginable.

I gotta get in on this weather forecasting game.  No doubt I could bring some keen insights to the local weather scene.

Go ahead, anyone, ask me a weather related prediction and I guarantee I’ll knock it out of the park.  Right here in the comment section on this post, fire away, i’m waiting for your weather question with baited breath.

Windhover Gala Fundraising Event – Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment)

Following upon the tremendous success of Quarry Dance 3, Windhover invites you to a GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT:  Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment). 

Windhover Performing Arts Center has been given a matching grant for exciting new plans to build an indoor theater. This will extend the season of live performances from May through October and allow for the continuance of excellent dance and theater events regardless of the weather.   The goal will be to provide the audience with an exceptional experience at Windhover at all times.

In celebration of this grant and with a commitment toward building this theater and realizing this vision, we are hosting a two hour gala presenting Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre and Sarah Swift Slifer in a short program of dance during this intimate evening that also includes culinary treats, live jazz music, champagne and conversation.  Dušan Týnek and his troupe from New York City performed the last three quarry dances on Cape Ann as well as their own choreography in the past on the Windhover stage.  They are returning to perform a duet. Sarah Slifer Swift, a well-known performer on Cape Ann and award-winning choreographer, will present a solo dance she created while on artist’s retreat at Windhover.

Jazz pianist Joe Mulholland will perform some jazz riffs on keyboard.

Tickets are $55.00 per person and include festive drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, the dance and music program – and an opportunity for great camaraderie.

Please join us as we launch our efforts to match the grant for a theater, and to rally around the expanding vision of historic Windhover. This Fête Du Moment will take place on the grounds of Windhover rain or shine, both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting.)

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please send in your check today.
Checks are to be made payable to Windhover and sent to the following address:
Windhover, Box 2249, Rockport, MA 01966
(phone: 978-546-3611)   Actual address is: 257 rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966

Paypal is also available online through the Windhover website: www.windhover.org
For any questions, please send to the following email address: windhover@verizon.net
(Windhover is a 501(c) 3 corporation and contributions are tax deductible.)

Lisa Hahn, Co-Director of Windhover

Allen Estes and The Souls & Joe Wilkins Band Tonight @ The Harbor Loop Concert 2014 6:30

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Allen Estes

 http://www.allenestes.com/allenestes/Souls_Of_The_Sea_(link).html

 

 

Joe Wilkins -Tonight- Playing at the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester – outdoors! – with Steve Burke on Bass, Dennis Monagle on drums and Scott Noring on percussion. Allen Estes opens the night the Harbor Loop stage in Gloucester

http://www.wilkinsnoise.com/

Joe Wilkins original. One of my favorites…

Lunch Box 101…because some of you have asked.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I LOVE my job teaching, but I’d be a straight up liar if I didn’t admit that I don’t love summer vacation a bit more.  It isn’t that I need a break from the work or from my amazing students….it is that I love the weeks of freedom to play, sleep, take long day trips, or do nothing at all with my boys.  Late mornings, late nights, sand, salt, water….  How can you not love that?

That having been said, typically, after 9 weeks off, I am ready to go back to work.  I miss my students, I miss the consistency of our schedule, I miss chatting with so many amazing coworkers/friends, and I miss using untouched summer regions of my brain.

One of the best parts about back-to-school is back-to-school shopping!  I don’t go crazy over new clothes…and even if I did, my boys would most likely refuse to wear them.    I get giddy about a couple of things though… new sneakers, new fall yucky weather playground (and fall family farm tour) boots, a few new super thin long and short sleeved shirts for layering, and then the gear!

I’ve also written before about how much I loathe packing lunches….however, being a bit obsessive compulsive, it has become kind of a sport for me.  See  here.

To pack “trash-free”, easy, and fun lunches for the boys….the right gear is essential.  So, on that note, yesterday was lunch gear shopping day!  Exciting, I know!  Actually, that’s kind of a lie, because I did most of it online the other night and they had a big bag ready and waiting for us when we got to the Container Store.  But, once there, we finished up shopping and I let the boys have some input in what else they wanted.

While I realize it is not fascinating business, believe it or not, I’ve been asked by several people what type of “stuff” I buy for lunch boxes.  Many people have also mentioned that packing trash-free lunches sounds difficult, but actually, I find it much easier…and, more importantly, cheaper!  One important factor to mention though is that my boys have access to a microwave to heat up left-overs for lunch…so that may make my lunches different from the norm.

So, without further adieu….this is what we bought this year.  (A good tip is to bring your lunch box with you to make sure things will fit inside before you get them home).  Oh my goodness, I sound crazy, don’t I?

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1.  Pottery Barn lunch box.  Has held up extremely well, super easy to hand wash….and going into its 2nd school year.  They always have sales and aren’t really much more expensive if you get them at the right time.  I’m a big off-season shopper!

2.  Land’s End water bottle.  Not only does it fit perfectly, hold the perfect amount of water, and encourage the boys to drink more water….with several ice cubes, it also helps keep the lunches cold until lunch time.  But…obviously…you can fill it with milk or juice too,  depending on what you and your child prefer.

3.  Skinny ice packs…I put one of the bottom each morning to help keep lunches cold and safe.  I heard a report last year (somewhere) that someone had gone in and tested kids lunch boxes to see if their food was staying at the right temperature during the day (hence staying safe to be edible) and they discovered that about 90% weren’t.  For whatever that is worth.  I don’t usually get hung up on things like that…but, come on, warm yogurt is also just gross!

4.  Awesome Frego glass and silicone containers for microwaving leftovers.  Glass is safer, right?  The silicone makes them easy to pull out of the microwave….and comes in fun colors to appeal to the kids.  It also cushions them incase they get dropped.  Pasta, quesadillas, mini hamburgers, “breakfast for lunch” like scrambled eggs or waffles, cheese steak, soup, fish, grilled cheese, popcorn shrimp or chicken…..  Whatever.

5.  A sandwich container for the days that I haven’t packed left overs or a “heat up” as the boys call it.  Great for more than sandwiches. My boys ask for things like sushi and ham or turkey roll-ups a lot.

6.  The little red “Cool It” pack on the left is for little snacks and dips.  Mostly veggies and salad dressing.  The second photo shows it better.  Not an every day thing, but fun to pack once in a while.

7.  A little 3 pack of small snack holders for things like pretzels, gold fish, cut up fruit, yogurt covered raisins, pepperoni and cheese, olives, apple sauce, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.  Pretty much, you name it, it can go in there.  These are mostly for Thatcher, my older son, because he needs several snacks throughout the day.  I actually pack him a smaller “snack time” bag and then a larger actual lunch box.  His class has a mid-morning snack and an afternoon snack.  In Finn’s class a different parent is responsible for sending in a healthy and yummy snack for the whole class to enjoy once each month.  So, Finn doesn’t need me to pack extra snacks each day. 

8.  However, even more riveting, is that Finn typically needs some extra fuel so that little “Cereal on the Go” container is for him.  My boys eat breakfast really early and get to school at 7:45 so I can get to my classroom on time.  Finn will have some cereal with milk around 8:30.  I put that little container in his classroom fridge so he can help himself when he gets hungry.  Per his teacher’s request…not because I’m super high maintenance.  :)  Which you most likely won’t believe after reading this post….assuming anyone is still reading.

9.  The clear two-sectioned container usually gets fruit on one side and something else on the other.  Again, pretty much anything goes, and I use that container every day.

10.  And then, there’s the Spork….which is actually a spoon, fork, and fairly dull knife all is one.

If you haven’t fallen asleep yet, congratulations on getting to the end.  All kidding aside, buying larger containers of things like yogurt, apple sauce, and cottage cheese and then filling these small containers each day eliminates A LOT of trash.  Eliminating things like individual cheese sticks, juice boxes, bags of chips, etc. and reusing these small containers instead goes a long way if you consider how many lunches get packed each year.

OK….I’ll hop off my soapbox.  I’m not preaching….just wanted to get more information to those who have asked….and for anyone else who may be interested. Again, our school encourages this, but I also find that I save a lot of money and feel pretty good packing things this way.

Lunch Supplies at the Container Store

HALF OF GLOBE NORTH BEST BETS ARE IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEKEND

Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester.  Here’s what they say:

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Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .

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Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv

Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.

Aren’t you glad you live here?

GLOUCESTER SCHOONER FESTIVAL WELCOMES TALL SHIP EAGLE

Tom Balf submits-

 www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net

This year’s 30th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival, which runs from August 29th to August 31st, celebrates and honors our maritime history.  Says Festival Chair Daisy Nell “this year’s Festival reaffirms Cape Ann as a premier location for schooner history, education, sailing and fun.”

This year’s festival offers a number of great story lines.

First, the City welcomes the Coast Guard Barque Eagle for the weekend. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in the U.S. government service. With more than 23,000 square feet of sail and six miles of rigging, the Eagle is a sight to see. In fact, the ship wil sail into Gloucester Harbor on Friday at approximately 1pm led by the Gloucester police boat and water cannon, the Schooners Ardelle and Thomas Lannon and a flotilla of other vessels. It will be berthed at Americold’s terminal in Gloucester Harbor (One Rowe Square on Rogers Street, adjacent to Cruiseport) and the training vessel will be open to the community for free tours on Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Second, the Festival has surpassed last year’s record number of schooners. Vessels vying for the Esperanto Cup on Sunday will include  Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure, Roseway, American Eagle, Amistad and Liberty Clipper. Additionally, at least six schooners will be offering spots to paying passengers to sail over the weekend and during the race. Go to http://www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net for further information about booking a sail on a schooner. This is your opportunity to sail in the race!

Third, this year’s festival will continue its theme of putting kids on the water. The Festival will be supported by the Sea Scout “Ship” 5 out of Maritime Gloucester as well as teens from Gloucester High School Sailing and The Museum School/Project Adventure . Some spaces are available to sail on some of the schooners at no cost. Interested youth should contact Maritime Gloucester at 978-281-0470 or at info@maritimegloucester.org

The festival sees the return of the now famous Lobsta Bake. On Saturday afternoon – from 4:30 to 7:30 — a Lobster Bake at Maritime Gloucester and Fitz Henry Lane Park will offer a lobster, corn on the cob and a Virgilio’s roll for $15. Beer, wine, soda and water, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers, will also be available. Music will be provided by Old Cold Tater. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop.

In addition to the deck tour of the Eagle, Schooner Adventure (at Maritime Gloucester) and Schooner Amistad (at the Coast Guard Station Gloucester) will offer deck tours.  In fact, the Amistad (a replica slave trade schooner) will host a special tour on Monday from 11am – noon entitled “Refuse to do Nothing” that discusses contemporary world slavery issues.

In addition to the sailing, Maritime Heritage Day takes place Saturday, August 30st from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Area environmental groups and maritime heritage organizations will be set up with interactive exhibits along side of local crafters demonstrating their art. Music will be provided during the afternoon and lunch will be available on the pier. This is a great and fun event for families and visitors to Gloucester Schooner Festival weekend. The event is followed by the Lobster Bake and then the Boat Light Parade and Fireworks over Gloucester.
Lead sponsors of the Festival include: Building Center of Cape Ann, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Market Basket, Americold and Institution for Savings. For a full list of sponsors, go to the website. The Festival raises much needed funds from the community by offering Schooner Festival raffle and lobster bake tickets in addition to corporate support. Please purchase raffle tickets (available at Maritime Gloucester) or during Maritime Heritage Day. These funds directly support our efforts to put kids on the water and to bring the Tall Ship Eagle to the City.
Maritime Gloucester is a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution whose mission is to inspire students and visitors to value marine science, maritime heritage and environmental stewardship through hands-on education and experiences. Its one-acre campus is located on Gloucester Harbor at 23 Harbor Loop, adjacent to the Coast Guard Station. For more information go to http://www.maritimegloucester.org or like us on Facebook.
Current List of Schooners Intending to Participate in the Gloucester Schooner Festival.
2014 SCHOONER REGISTRATIONS
1.    Adventure
2.    Adventurer
3.    American Eagle
4.    Amistad
5.    Apella
6.    Ardelle
7.    Bald Eagle
8.    Brilliant
9.    Estrela
10.    Fame (Parade of Sail only)
11.    Green Dragon
12.    Hindu
13.    Humble
14.    Irena
15.    Liberty Clipper
16.    Light Rein
17.    Perception
18.    Redbird
19.    Renegade
20.    Roseway
21.    Sugar Babe
22.    Thomas Lannon
23.    Tillicum I
24.    Tyrone

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