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Skipper Dave Marciano of FV Hard Merchandise visits ENHA tour at Cape Pond Ice

Celebrity NatGeo Skipper Dave Marciano of FV Hard Merchandise stopped by Cape Pond during our ENHA Trails & Sails Saturday morning tour, to sign autographs and settle up his ice bill – he’d been by earlier with the boat – and also to model a Wicked Tuna / Wicked Ice t-shirt, which we traded for a fresh blue fin tuna steak…. — with Dave Marciano.

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There’s a new Humpback Whale at Cape Pond Ice on Gloucester’s inner harbor – if you didn’t see one today out on a Gloucester whale watch, than come tomorrow, Sunday, or next Friday, Saturday or Sunday, for our free ENHA Trails & Sails Icehouse tours. Master Ice Sculptor Donald Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture is carving a “pod” of Humpbacks for our ice sculpture display, a smaller scale version of his life-size sculpture done in 2007 for Boston’s First Night…. and the first whale has definitely arrived, in all his fluking glory.

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Gloucester Celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenger at Cape Pond Ice ?

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Who is it ? Guess who is the latest Gloucester Celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenger at Cape Pond Ice ?

Who is it ?  Guess who is the latest Challenger raising awareness & funds in the Strike Out ALS – Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser at Cape Pond Ice ?
Who is it now, beneath that cascade of ice ???
Hint:  This is a brave local “celebrity” shouting out to friends to promote an important cause…

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And,  Andy Ziergiebel, Leo DiMecurio and Peter Couture
this past Sunday….  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=941725072509482

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and on Saturday, Kevin Barrett of Reading at Cape Pond Ice:   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=790173539395

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Cape Pond Ice Company

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Great happenings down at Cape Pond Ice.  Wonderful turnout for all the exciting announcements.  “Re-Inventing Ourselves as a Player & Partner in the New Gloucester Harbor Economy.”

 

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With Ice Please!

With New Year's Eve here, there will be plenty of ice used in sculptures and serving foods such as shrimp and oysters, not to mention keeping the bubbly cold. But before electricity and refrigeration,   there was only one source of ice: Ice ponds and ice houses. Workers cut the ice and it was stored in a nearby "house," in salt hay, cork and sawdust insulation until it was needed. Around 1900, the Fernwood Lake Ice Company, pictured here, had the largest building in Massachusetts, measuring 105 feet x 205 feet. In 1908, the Fernwood Ice Company merged with Cape Pond Ice. The fishing industry used a lot of ice to preserve their catch as it was brought to market.

With New Year’s Eve here, there will be plenty of ice used in sculptures and serving foods such as shrimp and oysters, not to mention keeping the bubbly cold. But before electricity and refrigeration, there was only one source of ice: Ice ponds and ice houses. Workers cut the ice and it was stored in a nearby “house,” in salt hay, cork and sawdust insulation until it was needed. Around 1900, the Fernwood Lake Ice Company, pictured here, had the largest building in Massachusetts, measuring 105 feet x 205 feet. In 1908, the Fernwood Ice Company merged with Cape Pond Ice. The fishing industry used a lot of ice to preserve their catch as it was brought to market.

Trails and Sails on Saturday

Went to the tour over at Cape Pond Ice. Every time we take this tour we learn something new and we enjoy it. There were about 37 people of this tour. Thanks Scott and Brittany for a fun time.

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New for 2013: Cape Pond Ice meets Leonard Crask’s Fisherman at the Wheel

Joey:   New for 2013, as Gloucester’s historic fishing industry struggles under tightening Federal regulation.   Our traditional Cape Pond Ice logo on a Comfort Colors  Khaki T-Shirt features Leonard Crask’s Gloucester Fisherman Statue on the front, with our snowflake serving as ship’s wheel, and the monument’s "They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships" from Psalm 107, Verse 23 on the back, with the dates "1623-2013".

Icons on Icons… Definately a Collector’s Item, right up there with GMG caps…  call us, stop by our shop at 104 Commercial Street, the Weathervane on Main Street, or on-line at:  www.capepondice.com

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1956 GDT & National Fisherman Article About the "BioStat" Ice

Hi Joey – I don’t know if you saw this post from Fred Buck when you came back to snowy Gloucester.  Cape Pond Ice General Manager Phil Harvey used to tell me about their experiments back in the 1950’s with anit-biotic ice as an innovation to preserve fish better and longer, and I thought this 1956 GDT article about the "BioStat" ice was great !  Skip the flu shot, and use a Cape Pond Ice Shot Luge, carved from anti-biotic, anodized ice with a dose of Pfizer’s best OXYTETYRACYCLINE.

Best, Scott Memhard

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Pat Meier-Johnson Paints The Ice Company

Hi Joey,

Thanks so much.  I love your blog!

After taking a course at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, we came to Gloucester to spend a few days. My husband and I went walking around 5:30am one morning this summer and shot some pictures. One was the Cape Pond Ice house, the basis for the attached painting.

Cheers,

Pat Meier-Johnson

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Pat contacted me a couple of days ago asking me what I could tell her about the Ice Company-

Hi Joey,

We visited Gloucester this summer and I am working on an oil painting that features the huge ice building on docks. What can you tell me about it? Would you like me to send you an image of my painting when it’s done?

Pat

Rather than write out a long explanation I just did a search in the GMG search box in the right hand column of the blog  and forwarded her the link (there’s probably 60-70 Cape Pond Ice Features We’ve done on Cape Pond Ice, some very interesting videos as well-

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Museum presents second lecture in the series: Who We Are Is Who We Were: Historic Businesses of Cape Ann

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The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present the second lecture in their series Who We Are is Who We Were: Historic Businesses of Cape Ann. The series looks at today’s local businesses that have thrived on Cape Ann over a hundred years. On Saturday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. Scott Memhard, President of CAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC., will be discussing his historic business. As part of his illustrated talk, Memhard will have historic ice harvesting tools, block ice and other tools of the trade to share with the audience. This program is free with Museum admission.

Cape Pond Ice Company was started as Gloucester Co. in 1848 by blacksmith Nathaniel R. Webster, who recognized the local fishing industry’s need for a reliable, large volume source of ice.  Prior to that time, fish – primarily halibut & cod – were preserved with salt and brine. Webster dammed a local brook and built his first ice house on what became known as Webster’s Pond; today it is the site of Veteran’s Memorial School and the Route 128 extension.  The ice industry grew rapidly, and within four years Webster built ice houses on Upper & Lower Day’s Ponds, where Foster’s Service Station is located, and on Cape Pond in Rockport, which the company is still named after.  

Almost a century and a half later, in 1983, Memhard Investment Bankers of Riverside CT became the fifth family group to own and operate Cape Pond Ice. Today, it not only provides ice to the commercial fishing industry but also the produce, poultry, and concrete industries, and to sculpture and wholesale / retail packaged ice customers.

Since “The Perfect Storm” sales of the popular “Cape Pond Ice – Gloucester – The Coolest Guys Around” t-shirts and merchandise have become a significant element of the business, including national advertising and internet sales. Over the past 29 years, in the face of dramatic declines in the commercial fishing industry, the company has implemented a strategy of diversification, requiring substantial investment in plant and technology upgrades.  The workforce increases from a year-round base of 7 to 20-30 during the busy summer season, including a fleet of ice delivery trucks.  Cape Pond Ice occupies an acre of industrial harbor-front real estate, and also has storage and distribution operations in Peabody and Lawrence, MA.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.


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Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Cape Pond Ice

Check Out The Cape Pond Ice Website Here

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This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Gloucester Webcam of The Day- Cape Pond Ice

Check Out The Cape Pond Ice Website Here

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This Webcam and more can be found at www.gloucesterwebcam.com

This www.gloucesterwebcam.com local webcam portal project was an idea I had last year to have as many webcams streaming from local businesses or organizations as possible which highlight the incredible vistas that we as people that live and work here get to enjoy each and every day.

The idea was to have the organization install the webcam, have them embed the webcam feed on their own websites as well and have a link to each business website on the Gloucester webcam portal website to showcase their business as well.

Tim Blakeley from Gloucester Bytes provided the initial installation at ridiculously cheap cost because he believed in the project.

Ice, Ice, BABY!

Ice, Ice, BABY!

Heading to get a load of Ice.

 

 

Cape Pond Ice in NYC and the Marathon

Bob Cornell writes-

Hello Joey,

Thought you might get a kick out of this.

My daughter Stephanie Cornell ran the NYC Marathon yesterday—her first.  I had my iPad fired up and open to the ING NYC Marathon website so I could track her progress on the map.  At the same time I was following along on my iPhone in Google Maps StreetView so I could see something of what she was seeing as she ran, although in photos taken some time ago.  From mile 15 to 16 the runners cross the Queensboro Bridge then turn north on 1st Avenue .  As she crossed East 86th Street I was surprised to see a StreetView photo of a Cape Pond Ice Truck at 86th and 1st.   I took this reminder of home sweet home as a good omen. 

Although she didn’t quite meet her goal of doing the Marathon in less than five hours—mostly due to having to run through the pain of a couple of previous injuries—she was delighted to have finished in 5:41:48 and got many cheers and kudos from friends and family.  She said that at one point she entertained the idea of taking the subway to the finish.  I’d have taken the subway from the other side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at mile two.  Bravo Stephanie!

Bob Cornell

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Deadliest Catch F/V Time Bandit skipper Mike Fourtner at Cape Pond Ice

Mike Fourtner, crewman, engineer and skilled skipper of the kiing crabber  F/V Time Bandit, of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, stopped by CPI today and now is one of the official "Coolest Guys Around!".  He was with Gloucester’s own Jamie Marshall, heading down to a celebrity shootout fundraiser at Patriot’s Matt Light’s

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Annisquam Light photos and Historic Icehouse Tours for a rainy day

Scott Memhard writes-

Hi Joey – this photographer Bill Downey was down here at the ice co Saturday pm taking some pix, and looking for locations for a LaSalle college photography class project.  He said feel free to post his Annisquam lighthouse photos to GMG if you’d like.

We were slammed with "rainy day" tours here at the icehouse today.  Offered at 9:30, 11 am and 2 pm.

Best, Scott
Scott Memhard, President
CAPE POND ICE COMPANY, INC

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Cape Pond Ice’s 2011 Annual Father’s Day Contest

Cape Pond Ice’s 2011 Annual Father’s Day Contest

"Cool" Dads Make a Difference!

June 19, 2011

Maybe he is someone who spends time with you and listerns to your ideas and problems.

Maybe he always has an encouraging word.

Maybe he always goes above and beyond in his special way.

If he does, then NOMINATE your "Cool Dad!"

Lindsey & Neil Mathews 2009 Winner!

Submit an essay, including a picture of your "Coolest Dad," along with your name, address, and day and evening phone numbers — and don’t forget to tell us the name of your "Coolest Dad."

The Lucky Winner will receive……………

"The Cape Pond Ice Coolest Guys Around Collection!"

Long and short sleeve tee shirts, a hooded sweatshirt, a "cool" baseball hat and a few other "cool" surprises!

Send us your entries!

All essays must be submitted to us by June 10, 2011 to qualify.  The winner will be announced the week of June 13, 2011.

You can e-mail your essay to office@capepondice.com, mail it or drop it by:

104 Commercial St – Gloucester, MA 01930

All entries will receive a Cape Pond Ice Gift Certificate!

Thanks to the Good Morning Gloucester blog for another great shot of Cape Pond Ice!

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