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Re-Opening: Plenty of Help From My Friends

It was the Stealth Reopening of Bodin Historic Photo. Late this Saturday morning I was driven to my gallery on Main Street, Gloucester after 4 months in hospitals and rehab. I was safely wheeled in, and proceeded to organize the desk area. My friends and assistants for the day cleaned, swept, and arranged items in the showroom. They also took out a good amount of trash and recycling. Thanks Donna, Valerie, Kathy, and Janet. Also rewarding was a Virgilios Eggplant Supreme sub.

It was the Stealth Reopening of Bodin Historic Photo. Late this Saturday morning I was driven to my gallery on Main Street, Gloucester after 4 months in hospitals and rehab. I was safely wheeled in, and proceeded to organize the desk area. My friends and assistants for the day cleaned, swept, and arranged items in the showroom. They also took out a good amount of trash and recycling. Thanks Donna, Valerie, Kathy, and Janet. Also rewarding was a Virgilios Eggplant Supreme sub.

The visit was rewarding, stressful, and tiring. This was a big step and a test of my rehabilitation. It's difficult to operate a gallery from a wheelchair or walker. Tomorrow it's back to physical therapy, continuing down the road toward walking. The gallery will be open Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and more days as my stamina and mobility improve. My next visit will earn me a spicy Italian meal from Virgilio's,  a third generation Gloucester bakery. Pictured above on cover: L-R: Donna, Janet, and Valerie.

The visit was rewarding, stressful, and tiring. This was a big step and a test of my rehabilitation. It’s difficult to operate a gallery from a wheelchair or walker. Tomorrow it’s back to physical therapy, continuing down the road toward walking. The gallery will be open Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, and more days as my stamina and mobility improve. My next visit will earn me a spicy Italian meal from Virgilio’s, a third generation Gloucester bakery. Pictured above on cover: L-R: Donna, Janet, and Valerie.

Oh What a Night!

You all know Jenn Cullen, who's on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who's originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She's also employed at Sugar's, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

You all know Jenn Cullen, who’s on the left. Jenn lives on the Fort, and does some work at Sugar Magnolias. The other FOB is Lidiane Sands, who’s originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She’s also employed at Sugar’s, and is raising her family in Lanesville, married to a Gloucester native.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

During the opening, we were entertained by the Old Folks Novice Acoustic Jam. Two or three of the players are GMG names you may recognize: Marty Luster, Len Burgess, and James Eves. Anyone is welcome to play with them. This was their first public appearance.

Two Days Til The 2013 GMG Holiday Party At Bodin Historic Photo!!!

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Bodin Historic Photo For The GMG XMAS Party December 13th! 6PMTil We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer  OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

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Dreidle Dreidle Dreidle A Dreidle Made Of Clay!  Sing It Toby!!!!

GloucesterCast 12/8/13 With Host Joey Ciaramitaro and Guest Toby Pett

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Topics Include:  Topics Include: Holiday Fair Weekend, Cape ann Farmer’s Market Harvest Market, Downtown Gloucester Ladies Night, Magnolia Historical Society opening of Art in the Schoolhouse, The Hive Bex Borden, David Brooks,  Giftwrapping Service and Great Community Partners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, GMG Holiday Party at Bodin Historic Photo, Thank You To Fred Bodin and His Ladyfriend Janet, Middle Street Walk, Bill OConnor, North Shore Kid, Gingerbead House Competition, Buoy Painting, Lobster Trap Tree Lighting, Rusty and Ingrid Handmade Prints, Half Marathon (Fu#$ing Up Traffic),Curmudgeons That Can’t Stand Being Slightly Inconvenienced,  Olivias For Sale or Lease, Restaurant Dead Pool, Ideas For Olivias Space, Question: Do Liquor License Boards Govern Entertainment As Well?, Former Old Timers Space, Aaron Tuftley, Sprockets, Your Dream Vintage Vehicle, Meg Frontiero, Tony Ciulla, Styles On Main, Sticky Fingers, Spin The Dradle With Toby At The GMG Holiday Party Friday Night, Downtown Gloucester Men’s Night, Passports, and Other Restaurants Doing 20% off Gift Certificates, Dinner Dealer Decks Are Out, Cape Ann Brewing Dinner Dealer Coupon

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Already? The Holiday Parties are Here!

The events start on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00pm, with the overwhelmingly poplar Ladies' Night on Main Street. Most of the shops will be open for shopping, sampling holiday eats, and refreshments. The following Thursday, December 12th at 5:00pm is men's night in the shops with treats tailored to the guys. Remember that Ladies and Men's Nights are open to all, including children. The next day, Friday December 13th, is the Third Annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party. This grand celebration, which is open to the public, is the "over the top event of the year." It begins at 6:00pm at my gallery, Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, Gloucester. Contact: 978-283-2524 or preferably info@bodinhistoricphoto.com

The events start on Thursday, December 5th at 5:00pm, with the overwhelmingly poplar Ladies’ Night on Main Street. Most of the shops will be open for shopping, sampling holiday eats, and refreshments.
The following Thursday, December 12th at 5:00pm is men’s night in the shops with treats tailored to the guys. Remember that Ladies and Men’s Nights are open to all, including children.
The next day, Friday December 13th, is the Third Annual Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party. This grand celebration, which is open to the public, is the “over the top event of the year.” It begins at 6:00pm at my gallery, Bodin Historic Photo, 82 Main Street, Gloucester. Contact: 978-283-2524 or preferably info@bodinhistoricphoto.com

Birthday Make Over in Gallery

Vignette and Peggy taking a little break. They worked their butts off doing this for me.

Vignette and Peggy taking a little break. They worked their butts off doing this for me.

This is the starboard side window, completed.

This is the starboard side window, completed.

And here is the finished port side window, which was Vignette's.

And here is the finished port side window, which was Vignette’s.

Andromeda, who’s Vignette’s daughter, eagerly pitches in as part of the crew. I enjoyed spending the day with her.

Andromeda, who's Vignette's daughter, eagerly pitches in as part of the crew. I enjoyed spending the day with her.

Peggy Russell, friend and owner of the POP Gallery, gets started on my starboard window.

Peggy Russell, friend and owner of the POP Gallery, gets started on my starboard window.

Vignette Lammott of the POP Gallery starts painting the walls in the port side window. This whole operation was huge for me! They did the work and I was their gopher.

Vignette Lammott of the POP Gallery starts painting the walls in the port side window. This whole operation was huge for me! They did the work and I was their gopher.

Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

Andromeda Emmeline Lammott is 4 years old today. DOB 9/11/09 at 11:11 pm in Chicago, IL. Her mother is Vignette, and Lucas is her dad. I spent most of the day with little Andromeda on Monday, while Vignette and Peggy of the POP Gallery gave my gallery a window "makeover." It was a birthday present from them. Delightful all around, so happy birthday to little Andromeda.

Andromeda Emmeline Lammott is 4 years old today. DOB 9/11/09 at 11:11 pm in Chicago, IL. Her mother is Vignette, and Lucas is her dad. I spent most of the day with little Andromeda on Monday, while Vignette and Peggy of the POP Gallery gave my gallery a window “makeover.” It was a birthday present from them. Delightful all around, so happy birthday to little Andromeda.

FOGs and FOBs Represent

Sharon St Clair King and Chuck King are in the gallery for their annual Cape Ann fix. Sharon is always on my Facebook Page, and also on Good Morning Gloucester.

Sharon St Clair King and Chuck King are in the gallery for their annual Cape Ann fix. Sharon is frequently on my Facebook Page, and also on Good Morning Gloucester. They’re holding an awesome dessert from Passports. (FOG is Friend of the Gallery, and FOB is friend of the Blog).

They're picking up this 1884 Cape Ann map tomorrow to take home to Florida. They'll be the only ones in 32162 to have it. The snow birds from 01930 will be envious!
They’re picking up this 1884 Cape Ann map tomorrow to take home to Florida. They’ll be the only ones in 32162 to have it. The snow birds from 01930 will be envious!

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Block Party Debris Field at Bodin Historic Photo

Fred writes-

Here’s my measure of our Block Party. This was a family event, and dicey weather was a factor. But the proof is in my sink. Big crowds, respectable sales, and boy were they thirsty. All of the wine glasses I had out were used, all the wine and beer was consumed, and it was a very successful event. One thing is for sure — we have a lot of happy drunken fruit flies in the back room.

Fish On! Mark Destino and “Friend” Laura from Cleveland Represent! At Bodin Historic Photo

Fred Bodin writes-

Fish On!

This is Laura, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and first time visitor to Gloucester, hosted by colleague and friend Mark Destino (http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/who-is-this-dude/). They both work at Cleveland’s Ronald MacDonald House. She and Mark went out on his Uncle Jimmy’s (Destino) boat "Tuna & Egg" (named after a popular sandwich from Destino’s Subs in Gloucester). Her first lifetime cast into salt water resulted in a trophy striper measuring 34". She yelled: "Fish On!" I say: "Sign her up!" I’m thinkin’ she’s now a Glosta’ girl.

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Mark Destino and friend Laura from Cleveland. Mark and I go way back – it’s always great to see him, and was also nice to meet Laura. He calls me "Uncle Fred." I call Mark a lucky man

Musicians on Main Street

Submitted by Fred Bodin

Here’s a very short video from Main Street during Fiesta Friday night. These two musicians were going into shops and restaurants to play Italian music. Between their lack of English and my lack of Italian, I couldn’t find out who they were or who hired them. My guess is that they were freelancers. You can see the $$ stuffed into their jackets!

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More photos from the Mass. Cultural Council meeting at Bodin’s gallery

I got there towards the end of the meeting last Thursday, but I got a few photos…

The meeting looked like a “who’s who of downtown Gloucester”!

Anita Walker sounded very optimistic about the establishment of the cultural district.

State Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante spoke for a few minutes while I was there too.

Joey obviously thought the whole thing was wicked awesome!

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Kudos to Joey and all those who have been involved in publicizing and promoting, organizing, recruiting support, writing proposals, etc., to make this happen! And thanks to Fred for being a great host and a fine gentleman, as always!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Fred wasn’t kidding about the stuffed clams…

Fred wasn’t kidding when he said the stuffed clams at his gallery on Saturday were a hit. I was there early in the evening and had a couple of the clams (and ‘shrooms etc.) and I wish I could’ve made it back on Sunday for more! If I had known there would be leftovers, I would have eaten a few more on Saturday night…

The Artist with her Work

Kathie’s Klams (Kloseup)

They taste as good as they look. If you want to try some for yourself, here’s the full info:

There was a fairly steady flow of people through the gallery while I was there, increasing as the evening went on.

While the stuffed clams were a big part of the draw, it’s always great to hang out with Fred and friends and chat.  I always meet interesting people at Fred’s events! And, of course, let’s not forget that he sells beautiful art.  One of my favorite things is the pottery, which is spread throughout the gallery. This time, I bought a beautiful mug that was on sale, but I have bought a couple other pieces from him as well.

I could fill my cupboard with these things – I love the colors and textures, and the fact that they are made relatively nearby.  Besides mugs, there are bowls, small pitchers, etc.

Stop in at Bodin Historic Photo during the upcoming events:

•December 6th, 38th annual Ladies Night. Party starting at 6 pm until whenever. Love it, a crazy night!

• December 13th, 38th annual Men’s Night. Rockin’ at 6 pm until 10. Guys get it done at this event.

• December 14th, 2nd annual GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER HOLIDAY PARTY, 6 pm until late. Last year, we had so much food that we ran out of table space, but somehow managed. Restaurant owner Mark McDonough brought a plank (not a mere platter) of sushi from Latitude 43. And Joey’s Sista Felicia stepped up with dishes from her Italian kitchen, as she always does (yum). And Joey himself bought 20 Scalifani’s pizzas. Beer was donated by Sam Adams and spirits from Ryan & Woods Distillery. Mayor Kirk was here, as was a significant portion of the City Council. Over the top! Not to be missed!

• December 20th, 1st annual Family and Friends Night. Bring your “home for the holidays” guests in for gallery offerings, free deserts or appetizers at many restaurants, and Carolers strolling Main Street. My theory is that last minute shoppers will get their buying done before panic time. Also a great time to bring the kids.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

 

 

 

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street From Fred Bodin at Bodin Historic Photo!

I always have Halloween treats in the gallery for the little trick-or-treaters and their parents, who are often my customers. Older spooks and goblins come in later, and the Main Street dinner crowd arrives in the evening, when I might offer wine and cheese.

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Andromeda Lammott represents, costumed as the Norse god Thor. She’s the daughter of Lucas and Vignette Lammott of Gloucester.

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Zelda McKeen and her brother Harrison, dressed as the Fairy Princess and the Transformer "Bumble Bee." They are the children of Tanya and Jeremy McKeen of Gloucester.


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Dutchman’s Pipevine Photo from 1915

Look what Fred Bodin from Bodin Historic Photo shared!

Julia Lane, later Julia Wheeler, posed for Alice M. Curtis on August 12th, 1915, in Gloucester.

Fred read my post about Dutchman’s Pipevine and Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies titled Plant, and They Will Come!  I mentioned in that post that the Dutchman’s Pipevine had it’s heyday in gardens in the previous two centuries. Pipevine was planted  to climb porches and arbors in pre-airconditioning days, providing  shade and cooling the rooms within. The Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly is rarely seen in our region today because the Dutchman’s Pipevine is rarely planted.

Thank you Fred for taking the time to find this delightful vintage photo showing the Dutchman’s Pipevine growing on the porch in the background!

Dutchman’s Pipevine is the host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly and makes a wonderful addition to the garden. Back when it was in vogue (and practical) to plant Dutchman’s Pipevine, Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies were a regular occurrence in the northeast.

4-day old Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars, and recently molted. Notice their spiny discarded skins.

Note: the flower in the second photo of the Dutchman’s Pipevine is a Rose of Sharon, not the flower of the vine.

In the Pit ~ Lanesville

Quarrymen, Lanesville, circa 1890 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin
I have fifteen quarry photographs in my collection, yet only this one shows quarry workers. The negative is from a house in Lanesville, and came to me four years ago. These men stopped in the midst of their labor for a picture. Three granite cutters on top are double jacking vertical drill holes into the granite with heavy sledge hammers, which means they are alternately pounding on a narrow star bit, held by the brave cutter sitting down. As you can imagine, his was a dangerous job. Below, two quarrymen score a horizontal seam with hand hammers into the granite bed, where it will (hopefully) break cleanly. I haven’t been able to identify this quarry. If you recognize it, please let me know. Thanks.
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image #A9957-007
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Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Motif No. 1 and the Fish Boat, 1934

Motif No. 1, Rockport, 1934 Alice M. Curtis/©/Fredrik D. Bodin
Motif No. 1 is the most famous fish shack in the world, constructed around the time of the American Civil War (exact year uncertain). Initially used for storing fishing gear, it is located on Bradley Wharf, in the middle of Rockport Harbor (MA). The building soon became a popular subject for painters, including students of renowned artist Lester Horby (1882–1956), who coined the term “Motif No. 1.” Motif became an art studio in the 1930’s and was sold to the Town of Rockport in 1945, dedicated to the Rockport men and women who served in the armed forces. In this photograph, a 17′ Montgomery Fish Boat glides by. The Fish Boat class was designed in 1921 by Nick Montgomery. Six to eight hundred were made at the Montgomery Boatyard in Gloucester, and still are at the historic yard on the Annisquam River. This one probably sailed from the Sandy Bay Yacht Club. They were also raced at the Annisquam and Eastern Point Yacht Clubs. You can read more about the boatyard and fish boats in a GMG post by E.J. Lefavour here. Coincidentally, when I was traveling through the southwestern U.S., I visited Rockport, Texas – a small fishing town (mainly shrimp). In the restaurant where I stopped for lunch, there was a laminated placemat on my table with a photo of … guess what?
Printed archivally from the original 4×5 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #A8345-196
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Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
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